The co-founder of the firm that paid for the creation of the infamous ‘Trump dossier’ said Friday that he would not be fulfilling a request to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and would be asserting his fifth amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.
Glenn Simpson’s lawyer released a statement Friday saying that the co-founder of Fusion GPS is on vacation and won’t be able to attend the hearing being held next week.
Simpson also protested that “partisan agendas” had resulted in the expansion of the investigation, saying through his lawyer that they were “profoundly disturbed.”
According to Reuters, the letter asked that Simpson be excused from appearing before the committee since, according to Simpson, the charge that he failed to register as a foreign agent was false.
But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) instead slapped him with a subpoena Friday. Simpson responded by saying he would invoke his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.
“FUSION GPS head Glenn Simpson won’t testify before Senate Judiciary next week, his rep attacks ‘partisan’ hearing and vows to plead Fifth,” reported CNN’s Manu Raju.
FUSION GPS head Glenn Simpson won’t testify before Senate Judiciary next week, his rep attacks “partisan” hearing and vows to plead Fifth
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 21, 2017
“This hearing’s purported focus on FARA [the Foreign Agents Registration Act] is pretext for an exploration of Fusion GPS’ reported work, on behalf of other clients, to investigate the ties of Donald J. Trump, his campaign and their associates to Russia,” the letter from Simpson’s lawyer said.
The “Trump dossier” was central to claims made by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian government had damaging information on the president that could be used against him. Buzzfeed was later excoriated for their lack of journalistic standards when they published the dossier. U.S. intelligence agencies, however, said that while some aspects of the document were dubious, other claims had been corroborated through their investigation.
Former Trump campaign official Carter Page has referred to the document as the “dodgy dossier,” in apparent reference to it’s dubious source and questionable claims.
Posted in Chuck Grassley, Donald Trump, Fusion GPS, Politics, President Donald Trump, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump, Trump Dossier
According to a Washington Post report published Friday evening, U.S. officials are in possession of intercepts that included a Russian ambassador saying that he spoke with Jeff Sessions before the election about then-candidate Trump’s campaign policies.
The intercepts were reportedly gained by U.S. intelligence agencies who monitor Russian officials’ interactions communications in the United States and abroad.
One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.
Sessions’ meetings with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were the cause of his infamous recusal from the investigations into Russian election meddling and alleged campaign collusion. Although he later said he never discussed any campaign policies in the meeting, he neglected to mention it to a confirmation committee.
The intercept of Kislyak’s alleged comments would contradict his statement and seriously damage the reputation of the attorney general at a time when his place in the administration is already being questioned.
On Wednesday President Trump publicly scolded Sessions for his past decision to recuse himself. He appeared to be upset that the recusal, in his mind, led to the naming of Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the Russian investigations.
Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said they would decline to comment on the story. “Obviously I cannot comment on the reliability of what anonymous sources describe in a wholly uncorroborated intelligence intercept that the Washington Post has not seen and that has not been provided to me,” she said, adding that Sessions did not discuss election interference in the meeting.
Some Trump critics questioned whether the story was planted by the administration itself in order to provide a reason and cover for forcing Jeff Sessions out. “Sessions story is suspicious,” tweeted former White House Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter. “Trump wants him fired for not recusing on Russia. Sonebody [sic] leaked intel to get him fired.”
“Irresistible question,” asked MSNBC host Joy Reid, “could Trump team have leaked the [K]islyak intercepts to push Sessions out after he failed to resign yesterday?” She referred to a report that White House officials were shocked that Sessions hadn’t resigned after being berated by Trump in public.
Posted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Politics, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump
Tucker Carlson implored of President Trump that he stop attacking his own attorney general after an interview with the New York Times quoted the president absolutely berating Jeff Sessions for recusing himself. He made the comments on his show on Fox News Thursday.
“Well its been overshadowed by news of war heroes and retired tailbacks, but the president has been in the news today too, as he often is,” Carlson began.
“Last night he went after his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, saying he was angry that Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation,” he added. “If he had to do it over again the president said, he would have hired somebody else to be the AG.”
“Stinging words, but this morning, Sessions seemed to brush them off,” he explained, and played clips of Sessions batting away the criticism from the president.
“We love this job, we love this department,” Sessions said, “and I plan to continue to do so, as long as that is appropriate.”
“I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” Sessions told the media.
“Now take a step back and you can kinda see how this all happened,” Carlson said. “The president is a 71-year-old political novice, and all of a sudden he’s the subject of a vague, open-ended investigation, whose goal may be to imprison him or his family.”
“Ask anyone who’s had an independent counsel on his case, and there are a lot of them here in Washington, what that’s like – it’s terrifying,” he added. “The pressure is soul-distorting. You can wind up lashing out at the people around you, even maybe especially, the ones trying to help you the most.”
“So that’s probably what’s going on,” he explained. “And yet attacking Jeff Sessions was still a useless, self-destructive act.”
“The first rule in politics, as in war, as in life, don’t shoot the friendlies,” Carlson advised.
“Sessions is the closest ally Trump has in this administration,” he added. “One of the very few who even understands why the president won in the first place.”
.@TuckerCarlson: “The first rule in politics – as in war, as in life – don’t shoot the friendlies. Sessions is the closest ally Trump has.” pic.twitter.com/ONM8ooKsgr
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 21, 2017
“Unlike most political appointees,” Carlson continued, “Sessions made big sacrifices to work in this administration. A year ago he was one of the most popular people in the state of Alabama.”
“Many on his staff didn’t want him to endorse Donald Trump but he did anyway,” Carlson said, “purely because he felt it was important. Sessions was worried about an unsecured border and what mass immigration would do to America, even though the biggest effects from those wouldn’t be seen until decades after he was long gone from this Earth.”
“He’s likely the most effective member of the Trump cabinet,” Carlson continued. “In return, the president attacked him in the failing New York Times.”
“That’s not just criticism, it’s an insult,” he said. “It’s also a worrisome sign that the president may be forgetting who is on his side. Goldman Sachs did not elect Donald Trump – America’s middle class did.”
“For God’s sakes, lay off Jeff Sessions,” he implored of Trump, “he is your friend, one of the very few you have in Washington.”
Donald Trump criticized Sessions while speaking to the New York Times for recusing himself in the Russian investigations into collusion and meddling in the U.S. election. The president seemed to think that it was the recusal that lead to the naming of Special Counsel Mueller.
Posted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Politics, Robert Mueller, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump, Tucker Carlson
President Trump publicly bad-mouthed his Attorney General to the New York Times Wednesday, saying that had he known he was going to recuse himself that the president would have chosen a different person.
Trump appeared angry as he openly discussed the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the investigations into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and alleged collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
“Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” he told the New York Times.
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” he continued.
“How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair,” he concluded,” and that’s a mild word — to the president.”
The outburst appeared to corroborate a report in June that the president was still angry over Sessions’ recusal.
Trump/Sessions rift is real. I’m told Sessions even offered to resign. Asked about that, his spokesperson declined to comment
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 6, 2017
That report from ABC News’ Jon Karl added that Sessions only notified the president that he intended to recuse himself minutes before making the announcement. According to Karl, Trump was subsequently so angry that Sessions’ offered to resign over the matter, as the president was constantly bringing up his actions.
Later when Karl asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if Trump had confidence in the attorney general, he had a vague response.
Wow — @PressSec cannot say whether the president has confidence in his Attorney General.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 6, 2017
“I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question. I don’t, if I haven’t had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak about it,” Spicer eventually answered when pressed.
Sessions recused himself in March from the investigations into Russian election interference and alleged collusion after it was discovered that he neglected to mention a meeting with a Russian ambassador during a confirmation hearing.
Sessions later said that he had not included the meeting because he attended under his office as a U.S. senator, and not as a member of the Trump transition team.
Posted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Politics, President Donald Trump, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump, Vladimir Putin
CNN political commentator David Gergen said a report Tuesday detailing a second previously undisclosed meeting between President Trump and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin just “arouses more suspicion” about the “obsession” the president has with Russians. He made the comments Tuesday on Anderson Cooper’s show.
“The White House is saying that it is not merely perfectly normal,” said Cooper, “it is part of a president’s duties to interact with world leaders, adding that it was ‘just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner.’ I mean if it was an hour long as it’s being reported, that doesn’t seem like a brief conversation. And there’s no official government record, and they wouldn’t even mention it.”
“It is the president’s duty to circulate and to meet foreign leaders in an informal way,” Gergen said. “But it’s highly inappropriate for a president to sit down in a way Donald Trump did with Putin.
“If the president had brought his own interpreter so that there were two people there,” he continued, “one an American, one a Russian interpreting, you had a record on the American, and if the White House had then disclosed it, I think we would be saluting the president for having yet another hour with Putin.”
“But the way in which he did it, leaving the Russian interpreter,” Gergen added, “I can’t remember a time when a new American president first meeting has allowed the interpreter from the other side, from the Russian side to be the only person in the room.”
“But it just does not happen,” he continued, “it is abnormal, and it is not appropriate for his duty, and then not to disclose it only arouses further suspicions about what the hell is Donald Trump’s obsession with Vladimir Putin and why won’t he be straight forward about it?”
“And David,” Cooper asked, “is it normal not to have a readout of it for the American people?”
“Yes, it’s abnormal,” Gergen responded. “It, well, Anderson, if they want to have a very private conversation with interpreters there with the appropriate people in the room, that’s regularly done, and you don’t have a readout of everything. You know sometimes diplomacy is best conducted behind doors.”
David Gergen: Trump-Putin’s undisclosed meeting “only arouses further suspicions” about Trump’s obsession with Putin https://t.co/UCufvwdYSU
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) July 19, 2017
“But you protect yourself as president by having other people with you who are from the American side and are looking after our interests and not letting the Russians take advantage of a new president.”
CNN said a White House official told them the meeting lasted “nearly an hour” during a dinner at the G20 economic summit, but later accounts said it was much more brief.
President Trump assailed the reporting from his social media account saying, “Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is ‘sick.’ All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!”
Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is “sick.” All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
David Gergen is a former presidential advisor who served under Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.
Posted in Donald Trump, Politics, President Donald Trump, Putin, Trump, Trump Putin G20, Vladimir Putin
President Trump took to his Twitter account Tuesday to slam the account being reported by mainstream media that there was a previously undisclosed second meeting between the president and Russian Federation President Vladimir Trump.
“Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is “sick.” All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany,” the president tweeted. “Press knew!”
Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is “sick.” All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
He added in a second tweet, “The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!”
CNN reported that a White House official confirmed the meeting, saying it was nearly an hour-long meeting and came after a dinner hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 economic summit on July 7.
They also indicated that there was only a Russian translator present, a fact which raised eyebrows among critics of the president.
A statement from the White House defended the meeting, saying it was not outside of common practice. “It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a president’s duties, to interact with world leaders,” the statement read.
The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
The president’s agenda has faced some stumbling blocks as Democrats and other Trump critics have accused his campaign officials of colluding with the Russian government before the election.
Prior to the New York Times reporting that Donald Trump Jr. and other officials met with Russians while seeking to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton, there was no real evidence of a willingness to collude with foreign governments.
Posted in Donald Trump, Politics, President Donald Trump, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump, Trump Putin G20, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Putin Trump G20
Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, mocked the response from a former top aide in the Obama administration to his challenge to debate. He made the retort from his social media account Monday.
“PREDICTABLE,” Gorka tweeted, “I guess an MA in Fictional Writing ill equips [Ben Rhodes] to publicly explain what he was doing in the White House for 8 years.”
I guess an MA in Fictional Writing ill equips @brhodes to publicly explain what he was doing in the White House for 8 years. https://t.co/LtG8Z0hoh2
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 18, 2017
He was responding to CNN’s Jake Tapper, who passed on a reply from Ben Rhodes, the former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for the Obama administration.
According to Tapper, Rhodes said, “I have no idea what Sebastian Gorka’s actual job is and have even less interest in debating him on television.”
Gorka had mocked the foreign policy failures of the Obama administration Thursday on CNN while speaking with Jake Tapper. When Tapper protested Gorka’s comment that no former military members advised the Obama administration, Gorka retorted that Ben Rhodes had more influence despite only having a master’s degree in creative writing to his credit when he was hired.
“Not people as influential as Ben Rhodes who had a master’s degree in fictional writing,” Gorka responded. “That is disastrous.”
“Well, I’m sure he would put his graduate degree against yours any day of the week,” Tapper jabbed. “Sebastian Gorka, I appreciate your time.”
“Anytime, I’d be glad to debate him on your show,” he responded.
Some have cast doubt on the credibility of Gorka’s Ph.D in political science from Corvinus University of Budapest, saying that it was granted under dubious circumstances.
Gorka has been celebrated by supporters of the president for his attacks on the media while defending the administration on cable news shows. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper referred to Gorka as “the Hungarian Don Rickles” for all the insults he’s hurled against CNN.
Posted in Ben Rhodes, debate, Donald Trump, Jake Tapper, Politics, President Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka, Trump
Members of the mainstream media reacted with confusion and skepticism when a visitor to the White House posted a photograph of President Trump as faith leaders prayed over him, with a laying on of hands.
“Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for [the president] & [the vice president],” the tweet read.
Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for @POTUS & @VP . pic.twitter.com/JrDOSJyFeN
— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) July 12, 2017
The post was composed by Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University.
Anyone who is even remotely familiar with the history and traditions of Christianity recognizes the ritual of “laying on of hands” that is even recorded in the Bible.
Harris Faulkner discussed the reaction from the mainstream media on Fox News’ Outnumbered.
“Well there are actually some new questions on whether the mainstream media are out of touch with much of America, after this reaction to a photograph,” she explained. “Evangelical leaders lay their hands on President Trump as they prayed over him at the White House earlier this week.”
Erin Burnett of CNN was quoted in her reaction, which seemed to be out of ignorance of the existence of the ritual.
“Pretty stunning image, I mean, I’ll give you a quick peek at it,” Burnett said. “The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of touching him, it’s very strange, we’re gonna tell you what happened there.”
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
Faulkner also cited the reporting from the progressive news site Huffington Post, where they question Trump’s faith while covering the story.
“Trump, who identifies as Presbyterian, has demonstrated a basic lack of understanding about the Christian faith,” the Huffpo writer said, “including what constitutes an evangelical. But his Christian supporters aren’t fazed.”
The author cited a report attributing confusion on the part of Trump about the distinction between Presbyterians and evangelicals. Another link went to a Huffpo article citing Biblical verses that were taken to be contradictory to policy items on Trump’s political agenda.
Conservative commentator Mark Steyn described the resistance of the left to “ostentatious” acts of faith on Outnumbered.
“There’s a secular elite that doesn’t like, it’s actually creeped out by ostentatious displays of faith. So a little kind of rump, residual, episcopalianism is like OK, but when you actually got laying on of hands, that’s, ‘Woah! That’s way too much, man!’” he exclaimed, throwing his hands up in mock pantomime.
Posted in Christian, Christianity, CNN, Donald Trump, Evangelicals, Evangelism, Mainstream Media, Politics, Religion, Trump
Former Vice President Al Gore said that the fight against global warming was just like the great moral causes in history, like abolishing slavery or the civil rights crusade of the 1960s. He made the comments in a speech at the EcoCity World Summit in Melbourne, Australia.
“The climate movement,” Gore said towards the end of his remarks, “is right now in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history. The abolition of slavery. Women’s suffrage and women’s rights.”
“The civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa,” he continued. “The late Nelson Mandela said it was always impossible until it was done. The movement to stop the toxic phase of the nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement.”
“Some of you may disagree with that. I don’t,” he said. “I did earlier in my life.”
“But all of these movements have one thing in common,” he explained. “They all have met with ferocious resistance and have generated occasional feelings of despair from those who knew the right direction and wondered whether we could ever get there.”
Gore also obliquely mentioned President Donald Trump during his speech. Trump has been a vehement critic of the global warming narrative, and at one point said it was a conspiracy created by China to undermine the United States.
“We are changing rapidly no matter what the person in the White House says,” Gore charged.
“This is a statement from Goldman Sachs,” he quoted, “The prices for batteries and solar panels will continue to drop. That will drive this transition regardless of who’s in the White House.”
“Can you imagine what I feel (about Trump?),” he added.
President Trump rescinded the United States’ commitment to the Paris Climate Treaty in June despite objections by Democrats and liberals like former Secretary of State John Kerry who called his action shameful.
Gore is promoting a sequel to his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth about the theory of climate change and the threat it might pose to future generations.
Posted in Al Gore, Climate Change, Donald Trump, Environmentalist, Global Warming, Paris Climate Accord, Politics, Trump
A Democratic state congressman apologized Wednesday for an obscenity-laden rant against President Trump that appeared to physically threaten him as well. The Daily Caller obtained a screenshot of the lengthy tirade from Portland Rep. Scott Hamann.
“I just can’t deal with you ignorant people anymore,” the post on Facebook read. “Trump was installed by the Russians, because they wanted to undermine American democracy and embarrass our country. Mission accomplished. Trump is a joke, and anyone who doesn’t have their head up their a** understands that.”
“The way he talks about and to women,” he continued, “that alone disqualifies him from leading anything. He’s an admitted rapist. He inserts his fingers into women against their consent. Would you be okay with leaving him alone in a room with your wife?”
Hamaan went on to rant against Trump’s attacks against Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), and calling the president a racist and a liar. He said Obama ran, “quite possibly the classiest 2 term presidency in US history, no scandals, successful commander in chief, zero rape victims.”
“Well then **k you, snowflake. You’re a f**king p***y,” the post continued. “And you people are destroying America. Some of us are educated and actually follow current events. 100% of intelligent Americans agree that Trump is a complete loser. But go back to clinging to your guns because you’re afraid. P***y.”
“See, it’s not only Trump supporters who can talk like complete a**holes,” he concluded. “As long as that’s what’s coming out of that side, then I’ll match you dumb f***s word for word. Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that p***y.”
Hamann later said that he regretted the “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate” post.
There was a call for a reduction in the heated rhetoric by politicians after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and other Republicans by a Bernie Sanders supporter who posted vitriolic messages against Republicans on social media.
Recently Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit against the New York Times for falsely tying her to the 2011 shooting of Gabby Giffords by a mentally ill man obsessed with the former congresswoman.
Posted in Angry Liberals, Democrat, Donald Trump, Facebook, hate speech, Politics, President Donald Trump, Social Media, Trump
Fox News’ host Eric Bolling assailed the mainstream media for what he saw as a biased obsession with the Russian investigation. He made the comments Wednesday on his show The Specialists.
“Time to wake up, America,” Bolling began. “Last night we had a special 11pm live show the Fox News Specialists after dark, so to speak. Anyway during some very heated debate regarding Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, I said collusion in and of itself is not illegal.
“Well the liberal media went apoplectic,” he explained. “But guess what, collusion isn’t illegal at all, and chatting about adoption policy certainly is not criminal. Politico magazine published a very nicely researched paper today highlighting several constitutional scholars and prosecutors who overwhelmingly agree with that thesis.”
“So, what’s all this hysteria about?” he asked. “I think I figured it out last night as well. This is a liberal media ‘witch hunt.’ A witch hunt not seen since Salem circa 1692.”
“Since the election the media have accused Trump of colluding with the Russians,” he continued, “they are totally invested in that narrative, completely invested in it. The problem is their investment is going belly up. For six months, the liberal media has delivered what they call ‘bombshell after bombshell.’”
“Well, guess what?” he said. “Bombshell after bombshell has fizzled out like a wet bottle rocket.”
“But the liberal media keeps on hunting for those witches,” he added. “They’ve become as pathetic as a Middle School boy with a crush on the cheerleader hoping for just once she agrees to date him.”
“Psst, liberal media?” he said mockingly, “she ain’t that into you.”
“So instead of beating that Russian dead horse,” he continued, “move on to something worth reporting – the economy are off the charts on fire, the borders are tightening, illegal immigration is way down, and ISIS is shaking in their sandals, waiting for another ‘mother of all bombs’ to be dropped on their you-know-whats.”
“Wake up liberal media, Trump is winning,” he concluded, “and I, for one, am totally not sick of winning yet.”
Bolling has been an outspoken defender of Trump on Fox News, first on The Five, and now on his show in the same time slot. Donald Trump Jr. gave the media more reason to obsess over the Russian collusion story when he released emails about his meeting where he hoped to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
Posted in Donald Trump, Eric Bolling, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, President Donald Trump, specialists, Trump
Sources told CNN Tuesday that Special Counsel Mueller will expand his investigation to included the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer that was revealed by the New York Times.
The New York Times reported on the meeting on Saturday, after which Trump Jr. released a statement saying simply that they had talked about adoption services. When more details became available, Trump Jr. expanded his statement and admitted that he had gone to the meeting hoping to receive emails hacked from Hillary Clinton, but was misled to talk about adoption instead.
After Monday evening’s bombshell that the New York Times knew of an email proving Trump Jr. was told the meeting was behalf of the Russian government’s effort to defeat Hillary in favor of Trump. This forced Trump Jr. to release the emails publicly on his Twitter account Tuesday.
“The investigators working for Robert Mueller are now planning to investigate the meeting and exchanges,” CNN’s Manu Raju told Wolf Blitzer, “the email exchanges that Donald Trump Jr. today disclosed publicly.”
“The full details of the meeting and the interactions were not known to the FBI,” he explained. “The FBI has been looking at this, as you know, for about a year. But they didn’t know all of these interactions, at least, I’m told, until recently.”
“What’s happened more recently is that Jared Kushner the president’s son-in-law has amended his SF-86 form,” he added. “This is the form that he submitted to get a permanent security clearance from the FBI. As part of that process, Jared Kushner disclosed this meeting because he attended it, as you know, with Paul Manafort, the then-chairman of the campaign, as well as Don Junior.”
BREAKING: Robert Mueller’s investigators plan to examine the meeting and emails Donald Trump Jr. disclosed https://t.co/hllBAhlYoc pic.twitter.com/DhxKlxFsnj
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) July 11, 2017
“It should be noted that the FBI has, in the past year, taken a look at Don Jr’s finances, his associations, as part of the broader look at whether or not there was any collusion or whether or not there’s any ties to Russia that crossed over into criminal territory,” Raju added.
Although Trump Jr. had vehemently denied any level of Russian collusion from the Trump campaign, an email he released from publicist Rob Goldstone said the meeting was about information from “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” However, defenders of the president’s son note that according to his account, no such information was actually exchanged.
Posted in Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Politics, President Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Trump, Trump Jr Russia, Trump Jr. emails
Critics of President Trump and his administration spread an anonymously sourced New York Times report Monday that claimed Donald Trump Jr. was told the damaging information he was seeking on Hillary Clinton was from the Russian government.
MSNBC host Chris L. Hayes responded to the story, “This is smoking gun evidence of collusion, right?”
This is smoking gun evidence of collusion, right? https://t.co/KraYNekLyb
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 11, 2017
“Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton,” the New York Times report read, “Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.”
The email was from publicist Rob Goldstone, according to the report, and made it clear that the information would be from an effort from the Russian government to aid Trump’s campaign to defeat Hillary Clinton.
However, the New York Times admits in their report that the email does not refer to the hacking of the DNC, which many believe was orchestrated by covert Russian government agents.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the promised damaging information was related to Russian government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails,” it read.
In response to the first New York Times report published Saturday, Trump Jr. released a statement saying that they had spoken about adoption during the meeting. Then later, he admitted in a longer statement that he had gone to the meeting in hopes of receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
“I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign,” Trump Jr. said. “I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance.”
‘We had a meeting in June 2016,” he continued. “After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered.”
“It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” he continued. “She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”
Trump Jr. said Monday that he would be willing to be questioned about the matter by the Senate Intelligence Committee after Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) called for the committee to interview him.
Happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know. https://t.co/tL47NOoteM
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
Posted in Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., New York Times, Politics, Russian collusion, Russian interference, The New York Times, Trump
John Bolton said the Syrian ceasefire deal President Donald Trump made in his meeting with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin sounded very much like deals made by former President Barack Obama’s administration. He explained his skepticism Friday on Fox News to guest host Laura Ingraham.
“I’m very nervous about this for two reasons,” he said of the ceasefire deal.
“One, on the broad level,” he explained, “I think it was a mistake for Barack Obama to acquiesce in greater Russian presence militarily in Syria. I understand the physical reality now. But this deal goes a long way towards politically acquiescing and legitimizing that Russian presence, and I think that’s a mistake, number one.”
“Number two, I’m not at all sure that this ceasefire,” he continued, “assuming it holds, and that’s a big assumption, doesn’t mostly benefit the Assad regime. In other words, it gives them some column on this particular front, to enable them to move forward on another front.”
“Well Tillerson’s not gonna be rolled over on this either,” Ingraham challenged, “you think Tillerson or [the] secretary of defense is gonna go along with something they think is completely unworkable? I mean they’re pretty involved in all of this. Not so much Mattis, but certainly Tillerson was, and what he said was looks like we can build on this conversation for future progress.”
“What bothers me about it more than anything else,” Bolton responded, “it sounds exactly like the Obama administration’s position.”
“The secretary of state then went on to say, we expect Assad to leave, we’ll have a transition period, we haven’t quite worked out the details, how that’s going to happen,” Bolton laughed.
“The Russians are never gonna acquiesce in Assad leaving, as they have not for the past six years,” he explained, “if it endangers their presence in Syria.”
Bolton began the segment saying that the fact Trump opened the negotiations with Russian meddling means that the collusion issue is completely over. Bolton also pointed out that Putin looked Trump in the eye and lied to him about their meddling in our election, saying that this should be a lesson for the Trump administration moving ahead.
“It’s very significant as a learning experience, both for the president and the former head of Exxon,” Bolton said, referring to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “You can have good talks with people who lie to you, it happens all the time.”
Trump announced the Syrian ceasefire agreement after his meeting with Putin during the G-20 economic summit Friday. The administration indicated that Trump brought up the issue of election interference with the Russian president, but they differed on what was said. The Kremlin said the U.S. president accepted Putin’s denial of any meddling.
Posted in Donald Trump, John Bolton, Politics, President Donald Trump, Syria, Syrian Civil War, Trump, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Putin Trump G20
A body language expert told the BBC what she thought of the interactions between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin during their highly anticipated meeting Friday.
Mary Civiello gave her assessment of three different signals that the world leaders gave during their highly anticipated meeting.
“You get the feeling that they’re both very self-confident, alpha males, but their body language [is] very very different,” Civiello said.
“Very interesting right from the get-go,” she added. “Look very carefully at that handshake, something that Trump has paid a lot of attention to.”
“They had an equal handshake,” she explained, “it wasn’t one on top or dominant than the other. But what was interesting is that Trump then got a leg up by putting an arm under Putin. That’s a dominant move.”
“If you’re meeting somebody that you’re a little cowed by,” she continued, “or you’re a little unsure of yourself with, you would never add an extra reach or touch under their arm. And then he doubled down on that move when they were side by side and Trump puts his arm on Putin’s back. Again, a dominant move.”
“The first thing I noticed when they were seated in those chairs was that Trump was far more comfortable than Putin,” Civiello said. “Putin of course is much shorter than Trump and he’s smaller in that chair. So it appeared that Putin was trying to compensate by putting his arms akimbo on the sides of the chair.”
“Trump, forget that!” she exclaimed. “He leans forward with his arms on his knees, very much kind of a macho move. And then if you’ll notice his hands were kind of in a steeple position.”
“Whereas if you go back with Putin,” she added, “at one point [he’s] kinda ringing one finger then ringing another finger. Again, this looks like an unsure or nervous body position.”
“When Trump talks or addresses the crowd, complete eye contact,” she explained, “when he looked over at Putin, eye contact with him.”
“Putin on the other hand, not great eye contact at all, looking down most of the time, and then glancing up at the end,” she concluded. “It gives us the feeling that he either doesn’t really want to be there, perhaps he is nervous or sees this as kinda useless, and he can’t wait to get in the back room.”
The meeting between the two global leaders came occurred during the G-20 economic summit on Friday. The White House indicated that Trump brought up the subject of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, while the Kremlin claimed that the president accepted Putin’s insistence that there was no interference, contradicting his account.
Posted in Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Politics, Trump, Vladimir Putin
A new poll from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist shows that Americans trust President Trump much more than they trust the media. The poll was conducted from June 21 to June 25.
While 30 percent of adults said they trusted in the media, 37 percent said they trusted in the Trump administration. While this is historically low trustworthiness for a presidency, its also very low for the media.
Trump has made it a special focus of his to bash the mainstream media that he believes is unfairly biased against him while giving Democrats and leftists a free pass.
Recently the feud escalated when Trump tweeted an animated image some say incited violence against CNN. CNN responded by allegedly threatening to reveal the identity of the image creator, who was a Trump supporter.
The poll also found that the intelligence community got high marks from Americans, with a trustworthy rating of 60%, while Congress continues to get low ratings, with only 29% trusting the legislature.
Americans are very divided on the trustworthiness of opinion polls, this opinion poll said. While half of Democrats believe they are trustworthy (50 percent), only 28% of Republicans believe opinion polls are trustworthy.
Trump has targeted the intelligence community and news media opinion polls for his Twitter ire in the past.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
The polls shows many more Americans believe that there was a loss of civility in politics after Trump was elected, than there were that said the same after former President Obama’s election. While only 35 percent said civility had declined in a Gallup poll after Obama’s election, twice as many, 70 percent, said the same thing of Trump’s election.
An online poll recently found that more Americans trusted the CNN news network than they trusted Trump, by a measure of 50 percent to 43 percent.
Posted in Donald Trump, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, Poll, poll survey, Polling, President Donald Trump, Trump
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to his Twitter account to explain why CNN might have committed a crime when they threatened to expose the identity of a Reddit user to created an animated video the president later tweeted.
The public furor over the controversy has prompted some to wonder if CNN committed an act of extortion or coercion.
A user of the Reddit social media platform claimed that he was the creator of the animated video the president tweeted intended to mock CNN, but some called an incitement to violence.
#FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski said that he figured out the man’s identity by using autobiographical details he had left in his social media footprint. He contacted the man on Monday, but before they communicated, he deleted his online posts and published a lengthy apology.
CNN’s article on the event implied that if the man continued in his online trolling that they would reconsider revealing his identity. Kaczynski has vigorously denied the charge that they bullied him into apologizing or that they had ever threatened him.
“Troubling,” Cruz tweeted about the story. “I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP… it’s a GA crime if they threatened to ‘Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule….’”
Cruz later tweeted another law that CNN might have broken.
“Another relevant crim law: NY § 135.60: ‘A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he…induces a person… to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he…has a legal right to engage…by means of instilling…a fear…the actor will… Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule..”
The backlash to CNN’s actions came not only from the right, from also from some on the left who said that it was thoroughly unethical for a journalist to bully the subject of a story.
Posted in CNN, Donald Trump, GIF, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, President Donald Trump, Reddit, Trump, Trump tweets, Twitter
United States Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley warned that North Korea would be in danger of military retaliation if they continued their aggressive acts, but pointed to other options the Trump administration had before them. She made the comments in a fiery speech before the United Nations Wednesday.
“Make no mistake, North Korea’s launch of an ICBM is a clear and sharp military escalation,” she said.
“The North Korean regime openly states that its missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the United States, South Korea and Japan,” she explained. “And now it has greater capacity to do so.”
“In truth,” she continued, “it is not only the United States and our allies that are threatened. North Korea’s destabilizing escalation is a threat to all nations in the region and beyond. Their actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution. The United States is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies.”
“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces,” Haley said. “We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.”
“We have other methods of addressing those who threaten us,” she explained, “and of addressing those who supply the threats. We have great capabilities in the area of trade. President Trump has spoken repeatedly about this. I spoke with him at length about it this morning. There are countries that are allowing, even encouraging, trade with North Korea in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
“Such countries would also like to continue their trade arrangements with the United States,” Haley continued.
“That’s not gonna happen,” she said declaratively.
“Our attitude on trade changes when do not take international security threats seriously,” she concluded.
President Trump appeared to confirm Haley’s warning when he tweeted this morning about the economic options before the United States in dealing with North Korea.
The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history.Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
“Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter,” the president tweeted. “So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!”
In campaign speeches before the election, then-candidate Trump had suggested pressuring China to force North Korea to de-escalate the situation in the Korean peninsula. After touting initial success with diminished coal shipments from North Korea to China in exchange for improved trade, the president later concluded the deal was a failure.
North Korea test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday, which they claimed could reach Alaska. U.S. officials confirmed many of their claims, but said they did not yet consider their missile capabilities a threat.
Posted in Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, North Korea, North Korea aggression, Politics, Trump, United Nations
The Sheriff of Orange County, California, said that the state’s new proposed “sanctuary state” bill is “very political,” “anti-Trump,” and would endanger residents. The sanctuary state bill would extend “sanctuary city” policies to apply to the entire state, and order all authorities to not cooperate with immigration officials seeking to capture illegal aliens.
“The public’s gonna be angry at the sheriff,” said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “And they should be. If I had the ability to protect them and I did not.”
“It’s very political, it’s anti-Trump,” she said of the sanctuary state policies. “For me, you have to think about what’s best for Californians, instead of making a statement.”
In February, Hutchens met with officials of the Trump administration to press for greater cooperation on immigration enforcement. She was praised by President Trump publicly for her efforts.
“I believe that this sanctuary state thing is really just absurd,” said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. “To give people sanctuary who are criminals.” Youngblood has asked county officials to declare Kern County a “law and order” county, not a “sanctuary” county.
“What I can tell ya is that there’s a greater cooperation between local law enforcement and their federal partners than there ever was,” he told CNN’s Kyung Lah.
“How do you view that greater cooperation?” Lah asked.
“Well I think it’s a very positive thing for our communities,” Youngblood replied. “From my standpoint, it’s just absolutely crazy to look at some of the bills that come out of there.”
Sheriffs side with Trump’s stance on sanctuary cities@KyungLahCNN has the report. https://t.co/uU7K19g1U4
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) July 4, 2017
State officials who are pushing the sanctuary state policies disagree. Advocates of the policies say they help reduce crime by encouraging all residents, legal and otherwise, to report crime instead of hiding from police.
“I don’t think it’s crazy at all because what I want to do is make sure we don’t increase crime,” said California State Senator Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), the author of the bill. “You will increase crime if local police officers are actually acting as cogs of the Trump deportation machine.”
Lah said the sanctuary state law would be a message to residents of California as well as a message to Washington D.C. from the Democrats who control the state government.
“No where in my lifetime have I ever felt this real insecurity with the current president of the United States, who I believe is a very clear and present danger,” DeLeon concluded.
Senate Bill 54 would institute the “sanctuary state” policies, and is still being debated in the California state legislature.
Posted in California, California politics, Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Politics, President Donald Trump, sanctuary cities, Sanctuary Policy, Trump
After the Pope and President Trump made statements about the fate of little Charlie Gard, the famous Hospital of the Vatican is requesting that Charlie Gard be allowed to be transported there. The European Court of Human Rights ruled against Gard’s parents who raised money to send their child to the United States for experimental therapy to treat his terminal illness.
The Bambino Gesù Hospital is owned by the Vatican and is located in Rome, Italy.
“We know that it is a desperate case and that there are no effective therapies,” said Mariella Enoc, the president of the hospital, “we are close to the parents in prayer and, if this is their desire, willing to take their child, for the time he has left to live.”
Enoc has asked the hospital’s health director to request Gard be allowed to be moved there from London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital. Gard was to be taken off life-supporting machines on Friday following the court’s decision, but that has been extended.
On Sunday, Pope Benedict called for the parents to be allowed to treat their son “until the end.”
The Vatican released a statement saying, “The Holy Father is following with affection and emotion the situation of little Charlie Gard and expresses his closeness to his parents. He is praying for them, in the hope that their desire to accompany and care for their own child until the end will be respected.”
Earlier Trump tweeted in support of saving Gard from his social media account:
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
The case has garnered international attention as an example of overbearing state power infringing on the rights of parents who simply want to give their son any chance to stay alive.
Posted in charlie gard, Politics, Pope Benedict XVI, Trump, Vatican
President Trump shot back at MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski with more tweet accusations Friday morning, but Scarborough says he has evidence to refute him.
The disagreement arose over a claim made in a scathing Washington Post article written by Scarborough and his fiancee Brzezinski questioning the mental fitness of the president. In the post, they say that White House aides repeatedly called them to warn them that a damaging story would be published in The Inquirer unless they apologized to Trump. They say they refused.
But Trump gave his version of the story on Twitter, saying,”FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show[.]”
Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
Scarborough shot back that the president was lying, and that he had proof.
“Yet another lie,” he tweeted. “I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven’t spoken with you in many months.”
Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven’t spoken with you in many months. https://t.co/TZWiElo6Gs
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 30, 2017
The New York Magazine said sources told them a story that fit Trump’s version more closely. “In mid-April, Scarborough texted with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner about the pending Enquirer story,” they reported. “Kushner told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story. (A spokesperson for Kushner declined to comment).”
But whether Scarborough has personal evidence, MSNBC told a Politico reporter they would not be releasing whatever proof they have.
“Why do you keep lying about things that are so easily disproven?” Scarborough added. “What is wrong with you?”
Why do you keep lying about things that are so easily disproven? What is wrong with you? https://t.co/aAoUj5HYZS
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 30, 2017
Posted in Donald Trump, Joe and Mika, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke defended President Trump and went after those on the right who were criticizing his twitter attack on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough in a tweet posted Thursday.
“People on the right criticizing
@realDonaldTrump for his tweet on Crazy Mika and Psycho Joe, stop yourselves,” he posted.
People on the right criticizing @realDonaldTrump for his tweet on Crazy Mika and Psycho Joe, stop yourselves. Those two are evil as is CNN. pic.twitter.com/dC6iXFUHrG
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) June 29, 2017
“Those two are evil as is CNN,” he concluded of the Morning Joe hosts.
The news cycle was upturned against by two tweets posted by Trump this morning in response to intense criticism from Morning Joe’s Scarborough and Brzezinski.
“I heard poorly rated
@Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..,” he posted in on tweet.
“…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” he continued in a second missive.
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
The personal attack rankled many on left and right, and has been condemned by many politicians. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said, “The American people need us to be focused on health care and tax reform, not Twitter fights and cable news.”
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) said,” This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women.”
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted, “This has to stop – we all have a job – 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.”
Sheriff Clarke recently rescinded his acceptance of an offer from President Trump to join his administration on the Office of Homeland Security. He had been accused of plagiarism by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski over the lack of citations in his master’s thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School, a charge which Clarke called “electronic terrorism.”
Posted in David Clarke, Donald Trump, Politics, real donald trump, Trump
A report from the Wall Street Journal claims that a Republican researcher attempted to obtain hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign during the election, and that he believed Mike Flynn was tied to the effort. Peter W. Smith, the operative, died 10 days after speaking to the Journal about his claim.
GOP operative sought Clinton emails from hackers, implied a connection to Flynn https://t.co/CBZLBFcjch
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 29, 2017
The report says Smith implied to associates that Flynn was somehow associated with the attempt to obtain hacked emails. Flynn was a senior advisor to Trump at the time.
The Journal quoted Eric York, an Atlanta-area computer-security expert, who said Smith told him Flynn was interested in their efforts. “He said, ‘I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this—if you find anything, can you let me know?’” York told the Journal.
The White House denied to comment on the story, while a Trump campaign official denied Smith ever worked for the campaign in any capacity and that Flynn would have been operating as as a “private individual” if he had any contact with Smith.
Smith himself admitted he did not work for the Trump campaign.
In the interview with the Journal, Smith claimed he knew of five groups of hackers who said they had Clinton’s emails, and of those he believed two were Russian sources. Smith was focused on obtaining the 33,000 deleted emails that were absent from those turned over to the State Department because they were of a “personal nature.”
The Journal admits that Smith gave no evidence for his belief that the emails still existed and were in the possession of hackers. Smith was 81 years old when he died in May after speaking to the Journal.
Mike Flynn resigned as the national security advisor to President Trump when it was discovered that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his meeting with a Russian ambassador. He has since been accused of also misleading U.S. officials about his various ties with foreign governments, including Russia and Turkey.
Posted in Clinton Emails, Donald Trump, General Michael Flynn, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump
President Donald Trump told reporters asking about the Republican health care bill that he had a big “surprise” in store for them. He made the short comments as he was hosting the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at the Oval Office Wednesday.
“Does anybody want to see the Oval Office?” he asked the group of professional baseball players, who laughed and answered affirmatively. “We’ll leave them behind,” he said, referring to the press.
Trump: “Health care is working along very well … big surprise … I think you’re gonna have a great, great surprise. It’s gonna be great.” pic.twitter.com/JLXrEdv4FC
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 28, 2017
“And just to do a little official business,” Trump said, addressing the media, “health care is working along very well.”
“We’re gonna have a big surprise with a great health care package,” he told them, “now they’re happy.”
“We’re gonna have a great, great surprise,” he said, walking away as the reporters asked about his revelation.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he had reached a break through idea with the president of splitting up the bill in order to help it pass Congress. A health care bill drafted by Republicans passed the House of Representatives narrowly, but the Senate decided to draw up their own from scratch.
The bills have been derided on both sides, from conservative Republicans who say it’s merely “Obamacare lite” and doesn’t do enough to repeal Obamacare, to liberal Democrats who say it will literally kill thousands of Americans.
Bette Midler went so far as to equate it to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad gassing his own citizens, while Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said that the House version of the bill would bring “death, pain and suffering.”
Posted in American Health Care ACt, Donald Trump, Health Care, Obamacare, Obamacare repeal, Politics, President Donald Trump, Repeal and Replace, Trump
Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter related her disappointment with President Donald Trump in a blog post that also mocked Sean Hannity for allegedly censoring her criticism on his show.
Coulter appeared on Sean Hannity’s show but said that her comments criticizing the presence of former Goldman Sachs’ executives were cut out of the show. Hannity responded on Twitter that they had merely ran out of time on the show and cut her comments for brevity’s sake.
I have done more to help promote you and your books which I like over the years. No CONSPIRACY. THERE ARE TIME CONSTRAINTS ON TV. https://t.co/zhem0bIGFd
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 24, 2017
Coulter did not appear to accept the explanation in her blog post published Wednesday.
“Sean Hannity, bless his heart,” she writes, “has the zeal of the late Trump convert. He would endorse communism if Trump decided to implement the policies of “The Communist Manifesto.” (Which the GOP’s health care bill actually does!)”
On his show last Thursday, he tried to get me to defend Trump’s “rich person” remarks about Cohn. I wish you could see the segment, but, unfortunately, Hannity decided no one would ever see it — NOT, I hasten to add, because he would ever censor criticism of Trump, but simply because he ran out of time.
In a pre-taped interview. It was a time problem. (It may not be evident to most viewers, but three minutes MUST be left at the end of every Hannity show for Nerf football throwing.)
Coulter also warned Trump that the influence of Wall Street was one of the few things that could erode the faith of his otherwise unshakeable supporters. She cited a recent focus group with voters from Macomb County in Michigan.
However, one fact, and one fact only, shook their faith: when they were told that his Cabinet was “full of campaign donors, Goldman Sachs bankers (bailed out by the taxpayers) and people who use undocumented workers in their homes.”
Hearing that, these devoted Trump voters called him “two-faced,” a “puppet” and sadly remarked, “It’s going to be a lot of the same old garbage.”
Trump knows this. His guilty conscience propelled him to stray from his standard rally speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week, and go into what seemed like an endless soliloquy on his chief economic adviser, Goldman Sachs’ Gary Cohn. (Not to be confused with his Treasury Secretary, Goldman Sachs’ Steve Mnuchin, or his deputy national security adviser, Goldman Sachs’ Dina Powell. These are the people the media call the “grown-ups” in Trump’s administration.)
The Cedar Rapids crowd was thrilled to see Trump. They would have cheered his tie. They would have cheered the humidity. But his lengthy disquisition on Cohn? Crickets.
President Trump has not weighed in on the feud or the controversy over what Coulter sees as oversized influence in his administration by Wall Street.
Posted in Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Goldman Sachs, Politics, Sean Hannity, Trump, U.S. cabinet
The Department of Justice has conceded their case against the Redskins football team to rescind their trademark rights. The Obama administration had sought to revoke their rights because the team name was perceived as an insult to Native Americans.
A recent ruling from the Supreme Court spelled certain doom for the case against the Washington Redskins.
In the case of Matal v. Tam, an Asian-American music band was denied a trademark right because their band name included a racial epithet. But “The Slants” band leader Simon Tam sued the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and won a unanimous decision when the case went to the Supreme Court.
The patent office claimed the band name violated their rule against trademarks that “disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute.”
The Supreme Court ruled sided with Tam, who said the intension of the name was not to insult or offend anyone.
And the Department of Justice shut down their case against the Washington Redskins in light of the Supreme Court decision.
“The Supreme Court’s decision in Matal v. Tam controls the disposition of this case,” Justice Department Civil Division attorney Mark Freeman wrote. “Consistent with Tam, the Court should reverse the judgment of the district court and remand the case with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Pro-Football.”
Civil liberty advocates hailed the Supreme Court decision as a victory for free speech and the Constitution.
A recent poll of Native Americans by the Washington Post revealed a majority did not find the team name offensive.
Posted in Barack Obama, civil liberties, Donald Trump, Free Speech, patent, Redskin Nation, Redskins, Sports, trademark, Trump
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore showed just how much he supports the controversial Shakespeare performance that featured a Trump-like figure being assassinated by posting a check on his social media account.
It was made in the amount of $10,000 to “the Public Theater.”
So here’s my donation & sponsorship to The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park in support of their right to free speech pic.twitter.com/obmzrpJAtD
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2017
“So here’s my donation & sponsorship to The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park in support of their right to free speech,” he explained in the tweet.
The controversial performance of “Julius Caesar” has been cited by many right-wing outlets as the exemplar of left-wing hate speech and hysterical rhetoric. Others have pointed out that there was a performance in 2012 of the same play with Julius Caesar as an Obama-like figure, and there was no similar outrage then.
Moore explained that he was donating the proceeds from his Broadway play because the outrage had caused corporate donors to pull out of their support for the Shakespeare performance.
I’m donating my total advance pay from my B’way show to Shakespeare in the Park after conservative media bullied Corp sponsors 2 pull out
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2017
Right-wing media attacked free showings of Julius Caesar cause they said tone was “anti-Trump.” So Bank of America & Delta dropped funding.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2017
Moore encouraged others to donate to the performance in the name of free speech.
Please join me in supporting Shakespeare in the Park. Stand for free speech. Donate here: https://t.co/T2WYaxkcVu https://t.co/uoCPMosdlr
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2017
The stage play was disturbed by far-right protesters who screamed at the actors that they were acting like Nazis.
Other performances of Shakespeare in the Park in different cities have reported death threats from Trump supporters who mistook those plays for the one in New York City.
Critics of the outrage point out that part of the moral of the play was that chaos and disaster ensue when law and order is disturbed by the assassination of Julius Caesar, which would be the opposite of encouraging the killing of such political leaders.
Moore has been a vehement detractor of President Trump, at point even suggesting that a military widow shouldn’t have let him use her grief for his aggrandizement at his speech before a joint session of Congress.
Posted in Donald Trump, julius caesar, Michael Moore, Politics, President Donald Trump, Shakespeare, Shakespeare in the Park, Trump
According to Politico, Democrats met to discuss the future of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after the disastrous elections many hoped would demonstrate President Trump’s weaknesses, but did the opposite instead.
A dozen Democrats led by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) discussed whether the hope to retake the House of Representatives from the Republicans would be dashed if Pelosi was still leading their caucus.
“There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, ‘I’m done. We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place,” Rice said.
Pelosi had abjured critics by touting her accomplishments Thursday, saying, “Well, I’m a master legislator. I am a strategic, politically astute leader. … My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I’m able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our elections.”
“We don’t agonize, we organize,” she concluded.
Rep. Rice disagreed, saying, “There is a consensus, I think, that we can reach in the caucus that allows for a new leadership team to be put in place in a time that’s well before, hopefully, November of next year.”
The talk of ousting Pelosi has come on the heels of their latest defeat in the Georgia special election. Democrats have been hoping that Trump’s low favorability polling might manifest itself in some special election victories, but those hopes have been obliterated by a clean sweep in four elections.
The fingers of blame have pointing to Pelosi especially since Karen Handel, who prevailed in the Georgia special election, made it a focus of her campaign to tie Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff to the San Francisco politician. That election was especially painful for liberals as it was the most expensive House race in U.S. history with most of the spending on the Democrat side.
Trump himself mocked the division in the Democrat party with a tweet.
I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ Chuck stay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
One lawmaker said that the Democratic brand had become “toxic” in many areas of the country, and that it was worse than Trump’s brand.
Posted in democrat loses, Democratic party, Donald Trump, Georgia special election, Nancy Pelosi, Politics, Trump
Former President Barack Obama made a veiled reference to the current occupant of the White House in his video speech to induct his friend and rap artist Jay-Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“I’d like to think Mr. Carter and I understand each other.” he said. “Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today.”
“We know what it’s like not to have a father around, we know what it’s like not to come from much,” he continued, “and to know people that didn’t get the same breaks that we did. And so we try to prop open those doors of opportunity so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well.”
“Jay and I are also fools for our daughters,” he said. “Although he’s going to have me beat once those two twins show up.”
“And let’s face it, we both have wives that are significantly more popular than we are,” he quipped, referring to Beyoncé, and Michelle Obama. “Like all of you I am a fan, and I have been listening to Jay since I was a young and hungry state Senator. I sampled his lyrics to close my speech at Selma.”
“I tweeted a reference to ‘my first song’ as I was putting the finishing touches on my final State of the Union address,” he continued. “I had to brush some dirt off my shoulders during a campaign.”
“I’m pretty sure I’m still the only president to listen to Jay Z’s music in the Oval Office,” he added. “That may change at some point but I’m pretty sure that’s true now.”
President Trump is not known to be a fan of hip hop, or rap music, although he is often cited in rap lyrics, even before his improbable candidacy for the presidency.
The popular music mogul will be the first hip hop artist to be recognized by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jay-Z campaigned for Obama and performed at some of his campaign events in 2012.
Posted in Donald Trump, hip-hop, Jay-Z, Politics, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Rap, Trump
In the latest of a string of anonymously-sourced stories meant to damage President Trump, the Washington Post says five sources are confirming that the president is under investigation for obstruction of justice. The story was published Wednesday, just in time for the president’s 71st birthday.
The official Washington Post Twitter account got a lot of attention when the story broke.
Breaking: Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say https://t.co/BTkq28nnWO
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 14, 2017
Officials told the Washington Post that Special Counsel Mueller was now looking into whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice, one of the most disputed claims debated during former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony.
While it remained true that the president had not been under investigation when Comey told him, and as he later pronounced on his Twitter account after firing Comey, the Post reports that the investigation opened soon after the firing.
A spokesman for Trump’s personal lawyer responded to the report but didn’t deny it. “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” he said.
Five people briefed on the requests, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’ recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week.
There were reports that the president was considering firing Special Counsel Mueller as well, but although many of Trump’s allies have provided reasons why he might want to do it, so far the White House has batted down those suggestions.
Posted in Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey, obstruction, obstruction of justice, Politics, President Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Trump
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer scolded those who kept to an unsubstantiated belief in the Russian collusion story. He said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions held off his accusers at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing and exposed the absurdity of the Russian collusion accusations. He made the comments Tuesday on Fox News.
“I think helped himself a lot,” Krauthammer explained. “He basically uncovered, or exposed the absurdity of this whole exercise.”
“I mean this is supposed to be about Russian meddling in our election,” he explained. “That wasn’t even in an issue. Then it was supposed to be about the collusion.”
“There’s not an ounce of evidence,” he said, “I’m open to empirical evidence, I used to be a doctor. You show me the facts, I’m willing to change my opinion. You know this has been investigated for seven months. There have been leaks like the Titanic, and yet has there been any leak of anything implicating the president in the collusion with the Russians? No.”
“And trying to tag it on Sessions is even more absurd,” he added. “I mean the man says and I think he was right in saying, that the big charge against him came from what was clear innuendo from the Comey testimony, where he implied there was something nefarious that he could not discuss in public, that would have forced a recusal of the attorney general on the Russia case.”
“Of course,” he continued, “the story that was then leaked from the closed session where Comey was, the third meeting, which is exposed as a ridiculous charge. All of us have been at receptions where you meet two dozen people. You can’t remember half of them, and he says, which is quite likely, he had no interaction at all. And if he had any interaction, it would have been brief, completely inconsequential, and forgettable.”
“So where’s the charge?” Krauthammer concluded. “Where’s the crime?”
“Lordy, I’m not a fan of Donald Trump,” Krauthammer said, referring to his former opposition to the candidacy of Donald Trump in the primaries.
“But this seems to me to be a case of all smoke, no fire,” he explained. “Yes, it all looks like this is a coverup, but where’s the crime? It’s the first coverup in history in absence of a crime.”
“You show me the crime,” he challenged, “I will admit it. But show it to me. And going after Sessions, is simply a way to go after Trump.”
“I think, look, he won, fair and square,” Krauthammer continued. “He’s elected, he’s the president. You don’t like it? Then you vote them out of office next time around. But the idea that there’s this kinda of obligation to bring him down to actually build a case for impeachment after three four months is absurd.”
“And I think it’s sort of un-American,” he added. “If he commits high crimes and misdemeanors, yes, but show me. Show me the evidence and I think this is just a sideshow of a sideshow. They’re going up tributaries to try to find anybody who can be condemned.”
“I thought Sessions did a very good job fending off all of these charges,” he concluded. “Where is the evidence of obstruction? I don’t see it.”
Krauthammer had been a stalwart critic of Trump in the primaries, even eliciting a few Twitter insults from the then-candidate.
Watching biased Charles @krauthammer, a @FoxNews flunky who didn’t know that I won every debate, in particular- the last one. Check polls!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2016
….Dopey @krauthammer should be fired. @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
The Fox News contributor has since defended the president when he believed he was being unfairly treated by the media or by the Democrats.
Sessions defended himself and his reputation in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, especially when challenged by Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.), who accused him of stonewalling the committee.
Posted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Charles Krauthammer, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump
President Trump’s first full cabinet meeting Monday was mocked in the media by pundits who called members “sycophantic” and “obsequious” in their praise of the president, but Rush Limbaugh said they were actually devastated by how “genuine” and “authentic” they were. He made the comments Tuesday on his radio show.
“The Democrats think the Trump cabinet meeting was scripted, it was planned, probably rehearsed,” Limbaugh observed. “If you watch it, it was genuine, it was legitimate, it was improv, it was ad-lib. There were not people reading scripts. The laughter was genuine. You can’t fake that.”
“One other observation I made on the media reaction to the Trump cabinet meeting yesterday,” he said. “I think — and I’ve touched on this in an ancillary way, but I want to double back here and zero in on this. I think these people in the media — and, of course, their accomplices in the Democrat Party — when they hear Donald Trump addressed with respect by people that they don’t consider to be Trump-like.”
“I mean, some of the people in the cabinet Democrats have previously associated with them, respected them,” he explained. “Like Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry. There’s any number of Trump cabinet members that the Democrats and the media have long found okay. But to hear them addressing Trump with such respect, the same kind of respect they gave Obama (very, very important), I think it just shattered them. It is so far out of their experience.”
“The media immediately thought that they were looking at Jim Jones and the cult or at North Korea,” he continued, “because they can’t fathom anybody respecting Trump. It just doesn’t compute. They don’t.”
“It’s kind of like Jimmy Carter’s reaction to the Nixon funeral,” he added, “when he heard all of these people just praising Richard Nixon. Carter didn’t understand it! Neither did see wife, Rosalyn. I think it sent them for a loop yesterday.”
“All they know is vicious hatred,” Limbaugh concluded. “They’re swimming in it, and to see Trump respected and treated with respect the way they treated Obama? I think it sent them in an all-new downward spiral.”
The cabinet meeting included Trump’s own self-praise, saying “Never has there been a president….with few exceptions…who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than I have.” One of the examples of the sycophantic praise came from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who said, “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda.”
Limbaugh went on to catalogue many of the mainstream media’s response to the cabinet meeting, including their reporting of the parody video by the staff of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Posted in Cabinet, Donald Trump, Politics, Rush Limbaugh, Trump, U.S. cabinet
CNN’s Jake Tapper aired a pointed video Tuesday from 1998 showing then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich absolutely pummeling associates of then-President Bill Clinton undermining the credibility of an independent prosecutor. The parallels to modern day events were fairly obvious.
“Newt Gingrich has recently been saying there’s no way Bob Mueller the special counsel looking into the Russian investigation will be fair, and criticizing him,” Tapper explained, “but here is what Newt Gingrich had to say about those people attacking Ken Starr back in 1998.”
“The fact is if he wants to fire Ken Starr he could do it in the morning,” Gingrich said in the video. “And if he doesn’t want to fire Ken Starr he should tell his staff to shut up.”
“Because there’s something,” Gingrich said forcefully before pausing for applause, “there is something profoundly demeaning and destructive to have the White House systematically undermine an officer of the Department of Justice.”
“And when I watch these paid hacks on television,” he continued, “to be quite honest, I am sickened by how unpatriotically they undermine the Constitution of the United States on behalf of their client.”
“Interesting words, in retrospect, uh Gloria,” Tapper said to CNN’s Gloria Borger in modern time, “the thing is we have seen this play out on the other side with Democrats attacking the credibility of an independent prosecutor, in this case an independent counsel, and now we see paid hacks on the other side going after Bob Mueller.”
Pretty sure @jaketapper just called @newtgingrich a “paid hack” live on @CNN #SessionsHearing pic.twitter.com/YekDRT72ws
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) June 13, 2017
The allies of the White House have pointedly turned their sights on Special Counsel Robert Mueller in recent days, with Newt Gingrich being among the most acerbic. Some noted that his Twitter account showed just how quickly Trump supporters have turned on the independent counsel.
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017
But on Monday, he joined the chorus of Trump allies attacking the credibility of Mueller:
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017
Newsmax CEO and friend to Trump, Chris Ruddy, suggested in an interview that the president was looking into firing Mueller. When some pointed out that he had visited with Trump earlier that day and might have spoken to him about it, the connection was eventually denied.
Posted in Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, obstruction of justice, Politics, Robert Mueller, Russian investigation, Trump
Chris Ruddy, Newsmax CEO and friend to President Trump, said that he’s thinking about doing something shocking – he’s weighing whether to dismiss Special Counsel Mueller, who was appointed over the investigations into Russia. He made the comments after being seen leaving the White House Monday.
He appeared on PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff.
“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” he said. “I think he’s weighing that option. I think it’s very clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.
“I personally think it would be a very significant mistake,” Ruddy continued, “even though I don’t think there’s a justification … for a special counsel in this case.”
“I mean Robert Mueller, there’s some real conflicts,” he explained. “He comes from a law firm that represents members of the Trump family. He interviewed the day before a few days before he was appointed special counsel with the president who was looking at him potentially to become the next FBI director. That hasn’t been published but it’s true.”
“But I think it would be strange that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become prosecutor of the person he would be investigating,” he added. “I think that Mueller should not have taken the position if he was under consideration and had a private meeting with the president and was privy maybe to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the bureau.”
Chris Ruddy, a friend of Trump, says the president is considering trying to fire special counsel Robert Mueller pic.twitter.com/chGlfuiv2t
— BNO News (@BNONews) June 12, 2017
Kayla Tausche of spotted Ruddy leaving the White House Monday morning before making the news.
Just spotted leaving the West Wing: Chris Ruddy, Newsmax CEO, close confidant of @POTUS.
— Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) June 12, 2017
When White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee was asked about the claim, she responded, “Chris speaks for himself.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted about the claim, saying, “If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don’t waste our time.”
Pundits also noticed that Trump confidante Newt Gingrich had publicly denounced Mueller, and said that he couldn’t be trusted to run an independent investigation, even though he had lauded him when he was first chosen.
Posted in Donald Trump, Newsmax, Politics, President Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Trump
A Fox News host said in an interview that after his television career ends that he plans to run for Senate. Eric Bolling, who gained fame as a co-host of “The Five,” now heads his own show “The Specialists,’ on the same network.
“When the lights go down on my TV career,” he told Vicki Hyman of NJ.Com, “the next step is running for Senate.”
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) May 1, 2016
But when the reporter asked if he would be going up against Democratic Senator Cory Booker for New Jersey’s seat, Bolling laughed and said, “Not yet.”
Bolling has been an unabashed supporter of President Trump since he announced his campaign, and was one of the few who believed he had a chance when the media and most pundits were laughing at the real estate mogul’s political aspirations.
“When he come down the escalator with Melania, I looked across the newsroom,” Bolling said. “Every single pair of eyeballs were staring at the screen. This guy has something that we can’t describe.”
Bolling’s unwavering support was repaid when he launched his new show and President Trump granted him an interview for the show’s opening episode.
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) May 1, 2017
He admitted in the same interview that he was offered a position in the Trump administration but turned it down.
Bolling, however, may eventually take an entirely different career turn. He confirms that the Trump transition team floated the Commerce Secretary job by him, but he demurred, saying the greater temptation would have been as a senior advisor, shaping policy in the White House.
So far, that possibility has not materialized, though recently Bolling’s former co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle claimed that she was being considered for the White House Press Secretary position currently inhabited by Sean Spicer. That hope was quashed when it was reported that the president was “furious” she was floating the idea publicly.
Posted in Eric Bolling, Politics, President Donald Trump, President Trump, Trump
Police say that a men who killed three of his co-workers in a shooting spree in a northeast Pennsylvania grocery store had a history of posting violent messages on social media, including a chilling prediction about President Trump.
Authorities identified the Twitter account of 24-year-old Randy Stair, who committed suicide after his murder spree. And he made this disturbing prediction about Trump:
I can almost certainly guarantee you that Donald Trump will be assassinated. Maybe not this year, but in the near future.
— Andrew Blaze (@EGSandrew) September 28, 2016
The tweet reads, “I can almost certainly guarantee you that Donald Trump will be assassinated. Maybe not this year, but in the near future,” and was posted in September of 2016, before the election.
In another post after the election, he wrote, “Donald Trump’s face is the *ss of America.”
Police say Stair barricaded his fellow employees in a Pennsylvania grocery store and shot three to death. A fourth escaped and called the police. He spent 90 minutes blocking exits, and then began his murderous spree.
“This is really a mental health situation that utterly spiraled out of control,” Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said. “I think he had longstanding mental health issues that resulted in this horrible tragedy.”
“It’s just unspeakable, it really is,” he added. “These people went to work and they lost their lives because they went to work. It’s senseless.”
Stair seemed to obsess over massacres and idolize mass killers on his social media, including Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
In one of the movies Stair left on YouTube, he angrily lashed out at the world, saying, “I’ve been stepped on my whole life; not anymore. …I’ve had enough of this putrid planet and I’m going to leave my mark.”
He posted one last tweet before his massacre.
Goodbye humans…I’ll miss you….
— Andrew Blaze (@EGSandrew) June 8, 2017
Posted in Donald Trump, mass shooting, Pennsylvania, Politics, Trump
Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly is using the social media outlet Twitter more to reach his fans, and Wednesday he used it to weigh in on the testimony released by former FBI Director James Comey.
“USA will become more divided after Comey testifies,” he posted before the statement was released. “Anti-Trump media will whip the story into a hysterical exposition, ride it for weeks.”
USA will become more divided after Comey testifies. Anti-Trump media will whip the story into a hysterical exposition, ride it for weeks.
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 7, 2017
O’Reilly expanded on what he meant on his website, adding, “the USA is a divided nation which will become more divided tomorrow when James Comey testifies in front of a senate committee. The former FBI director, recently fired by President Trump, is expected to criticize the President.”
“But no matter what Comey says,” he continued, “the anti-Trump media will whip the story up into a hysterical exposition and ride it for weeks. Donald Trump will get hammered no matter what happens at the hearing.”
After the prepared statement was released, O’Reilly declared his prediction had come true already. “As predicted, TV coverage of the pre-Comey testimony is hysterical,” he posted. “Here’s one simple fact: A sitting President has absolute authority to ask about any investigation as long as the Prez does not interfere in fact gathering process.”
As predicted, TV coverage of the pre-Comey testimony is hysterical. Here’s one simple fact:
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 7, 2017
A sitting President has absolute authority to ask about any investigation as long as the Prez does not interfere in fact gathering process.
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 7, 2017
O’Reilly also addressed the Senate Intelligence hearings Wednesday from his Twitter account:
Not much out of the Senate Intelligence hearings today. 0/4 chieftains implicated the WH in any wrongdoing. Bad day for the anti-Trump media
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 7, 2017
Did you know that the Obama admin prosecuted more leakers of classified information than every other administration combined since 1945?
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 7, 2017
When you hear the hate/Trump folks whine about cracking down on leakers, hit them with that.
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 7, 2017
And concluded by saying he was going to be doing something he never thought he’d do:
Never thought I’d say this but I will be “live tweeting” during the hearing tomorrow…
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 7, 2017
Comey’s prepared statement for his testimony was released Wednesday, one day before his highly anticipated questioning before Congress. President Trump and his supporters have focused on the fact that Comey’s statement corroborates Trump’s claim that was told he wasn’t under investigation.
His detractors, however, have pointed to conversations detailed by Comey that they say show Trump attempted to stall an investigation and is guilty of obstruction of justice.
Posted in Bill O'Reilly, Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey, James Comey, O’Reilly, Politics, senate intelligence committee, Trump
In a statement offering condolences for the victims of terror attacks in Iran, President Trump concluded with a stunning rebuke for the government of Iran. The statement was released Wednesday from the White House.
“We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran,” the statement read, “and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times.”
“We underscore the risks that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote,” it added.
The implication is that Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism across the world in the estimation of U.S. intelligence agencies, has suffered an attack in response to those it has originated.
Iran has blamed Saudi Arabia, their historical foe, for the twin attacks Wednesday that claimed the lives of at least 12. Terrorists utilized suicide bombs and an armed attack at the Iranian parliament and the shrine of the revered founder of the Islamic government.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard also tied the attacks to the recent visit by President Trump to Saudi Arabia.
“World public opinion, especially in Iran, sees the fact that this terrorist act was perpetrated soon after the meeting of the U.S. president with the heads of one of the reactionary regional states that has always supported … terrorists as to be very meaningful,” the statement read.
The statement from the White House is bound to encourage further acrimony from Iran, who was the beneficiary of a historic nuclear arms deal with Trump’s predecessor, former President Obama, but was greatly criticized by the new president.
Posted in Donald Trump, Iran, Iran Deal, Iranian, Islamic State, islamists, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump
CNN’s Chris Cuomo and White House aide Sebastian Gorka battled it out in a very heated debate over whether the Trump administration was spinning the messaging on the terror travel ban. They debated Monday on CNN.
“There are no games,” Gorka said. “The president can call it whatever he likes because he has the constitutional authority to control whoever comes into this country, Chris. That’s his job. The Constitution, tradition, precedents, and administrative law give him that right. If he wants to call it a ban he’s the president, he’s the chief officer of this administration and he has every right to do that.”
“Right, and why wasn’t the administration just honest about it,” Cuomo responded, “why have Sean Spicer and you and everybody else say ‘it’s not a ban, it’s just vetting, and you’re trying to make it sound like something it isn’t.’ The president just proved what the truth is – all this has been spin and a distraction. Why?”
“I’m not going to fall into the trap of us being the spinmeisters when CNN is one of the greatest purveyors of fake news,” Gorka interjected. “The fact is it’s been the same from the beginning. From the first EO to the second EO, it’s one thing, Chris, it’s about protecting Americans. And if anybody out there has a problem with us trying to keep Americans safe they need to look in the mirror and they need to ask themselves if they are the purveyors of fake news.”
“It’s always been about who it targets,” Cuomo replied, “how it targets them and whether or not that will keep us safe. And you guys played games about it and said it’s not a ban. I could play you Sean Spicer right now but you know it’s true.”
“And then the president decides to be honest about it this morning,” he continued. “That is spin, you are the purveyor of spin because that was your message that it wasn’t a ban and it was untrue that’s why I’m asking you.”
“So I guess President Obama was also a purveyor of spin with that calculation because the executive order is based upon the Obama White House analysis of the seven nations of greatest concern for immigration into America,” Gorka shot back. “Is he a purveyor of spin, Chris?
“Well that’s an interesting question,” Cuomo replied.
“It is, isn’t it?” Gorka laughed.
.@ChrisCuomo tangles with Trump aide @SebGorka: “You are a purveyor of spin … the facts are not your friend here” https://t.co/EKCjcljmne
— New Day (@NewDay) June 5, 2017
The debate devolved into shouting at this point, with Cuomo trying to get back to his question, and Gorka bringing up the most populous Arab nation, Egypt, and the most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia.
“The facts are not your friend because that move with the executive order from the Obama administration was about travel to those countries,” Cuomo claimed. “It was about whose coming in and out and why. Your order is about Muslims. About targeting Muslims and keeping them out and allowing those who are not Muslims a carve-out, to come in. Very different.”
“So if this had anything and I mean anything, to do with race or religion, why would those two nations, the most populous Muslim nation and the most populous Arab nation, not be included in the executive order?” Gorka demanded. “Explain that logic to me, because this is where your spin fails. This is where the fake news propaganda collapses, because if we had some dark dread ulterior motive, then those are the two first nations you would put on the list, not the seven nations the Obama White House identified as the greatest concern. So please answer that question.”
President Trump spurred the debate once again with his tweet Monday morning calling his executive order on travel from terror-stricken countries a “ban.”
People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
The White House is taking its argument for their travel ban to the Supreme Court to be decided once and for all.
Posted in Chris Cuomo, Donald Trump, executive order, Immigrant Ban, Politics, President Donald Trump, travel ban, Trump
Right-wing rock music singer Ted Nugent called into “The Specialists” to bash Kathy Griffin on her disgusting photograph, but ended up having to defend his controversial comments on former President Obama. He made the comments on Friday.
“Well it’s absolutely false,” Nugent said, “I mean I absolutely respect the greatest law enforcement investigators in the world of the Secret Service when they were forced to come investigate me when I expressed fear of my government. My quote was that I was afraid if Obama was elected again I would either be dead or in jail because of all of the farmers and ranchers and citizens across this country who unload on me on a regular basis where they’re being persecuted by various bureaucrats. And I’m sure you’re well aware of that, the EPA, and the Endangered Species Act, USDA, but that’s a different subject.
“I expressed fear of my government,” he said. “But Pelosi and Feinstein and Boxer sent the Secret Service to investigate me and they concluded absolutely conclusively, I did not threaten anybody’s life, yet Kathy Griffin and the whole left talking points including our own friend Juan Williams, just repeats the lie that I threatened the president’s life, never happened.”
“Well, Ted,” Eboni Williams asked, “what did you mean when you said, ‘Obama he’s a piece of bleep, I told him to suck on my machine gun, hey Hillary you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bleep,’ I mean, what did you mean by that if it wasn’t a threat?”
“Well I’m glad you asked that because what Kathy Griffin is hysterical over and I gotta tell ya, I know why – because she’s out of her mind,” Nugent responded. “President Trump and his family were reacting to her vile actions.”
“My statements were in response to an outrageous attempt to ban certain types of firearms that would do nothing except help bad guys with more gun-free zones,” he added, “I was on stage at a rock’n’roll concert when Obama was a senator, not the president, and I made an outrageous metaphor telling him that we will not accept his gun control laws, but I never threatened anyone.”
“We’re talking apples and grenades here. I did nothing to harm anyone, she came out with symbolism that was truly vile,” he concluded.
Nugent has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump, and was invited to the White House to meet the president, along with Sarah Palin and Kid Rock.
Posted in Barack Obama, Business, Donald Trump, Fox News, kathy griffin, President Donald Trump, Ted Nugent, Trump