Donald J. Trump: President of the USA Part II Covfefe

cerebus

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Trump sure does love illegal South American immigrants.... Who work at his clubs.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/us/trump-bedminster-golf-undocumented-workers.html

Ms. Morales’s journey from cultivating corn in rural Guatemala to fluffing pillows at an exclusive golf resort took her from the southwest border, where she said she crossed illegally in 1999, to the horse country of New Jersey, where she was hired at the Trump property in 2013 with documents she said were phony.

She said she was not the only worker at the club who was in the country illegally.


I love this detail btw...

That same year, she said, Mr. Trump had an outburst over some orange stains on the collar of his white golf shirt, which Ms. Diaz described as stubborn remnants of his makeup, which she had difficulty removing.
 

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Sure looks like the GOP candidate in NC-09 paid people to throw away absentee ballots and it seems the NC GOP had received info about it after the primaries.

Republican officials had early warnings of voting irregularities in North Carolina

I didn’t serve overseas in the Marines to come home to NC and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people’s very right to vote. Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when.
 

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Trump sure does love illegal South American immigrants.... Who work at his clubs.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/us/trump-bedminster-golf-undocumented-workers.html

Ms. Morales’s journey from cultivating corn in rural Guatemala to fluffing pillows at an exclusive golf resort took her from the southwest border, where she said she crossed illegally in 1999, to the horse country of New Jersey, where she was hired at the Trump property in 2013 with documents she said were phony.

She said she was not the only worker at the club who was in the country illegally.


I love this detail btw...

That same year, she said, Mr. Trump had an outburst over some orange stains on the collar of his white golf shirt, which Ms. Diaz described as stubborn remnants of his makeup, which she had difficulty removing.
This was incredibly brave of her.
 

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Greg: Mueller knows everything.

Emjay: But URANIUM ONE!

Greg: Look, *actual* sentencing memos for Flynn, Cohen and Manafort

Emjay: But the CLINTON FOUNDATION!

Greg:

Greg:

Emjay: But her EMAILS!
But her EMAILS! :p :
https://www.judicialwatch.org/press...dge-opens-discovery-into-clinton-email-usage/

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that, in a ruling excoriating both the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth has ordered both agencies to join Judicial Watch in submitting a proposed schedule for discovery into whether Hillary Clinton sought to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a private email system and whether the State Department acted in “bad faith” by failing to disclose knowledge of the email system. The decision comes in a FOIA lawsuit related to the Benghazi terrorist attack.
But the CLINTON FOUNDATION! ;) :
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cl...th-hundreds-of-pages-of-evidence-meadows-says
Three people have come forward with hundreds of pages of evidence of potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, including misappropriation of funds and allegations of quid-pro-quo promises made to donors during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News on Thursday.
 

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/39119/report-fbi-email-chain-may-spell-big-trouble-anti-james-barrett
A chain of emails between FBI officials regarding FISA applications obtained largely on the basis of the infamous Democrat-funded anti-Trump dossier may contain "the most damning evidence to date of potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)," The Hill's John Solomon reports.

The evidence reportedly contained in the email chain relates to the dossier, compiled by former MI6 British intelligence operative Christopher Steele and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, which contains salacious and — over two years later — still unverified claims about Trump's supposed connections to Russia. As more details about the process have come to light, it has become more clear that the partisan and highly suspect dossier was the key source of information FBI officials used to obtain the initial warrant to spy on Trump associate Carter Page.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) requested right before Thanksgiving that President Trump declassify the emails, which have been withheld from most members of Congress for over two years. According to Solomon's sources, this could spell trouble for some high-profile former FBI officials.

"The email exchanges included then-FBI Director James Comey, key FBI investigators in the Russia probe and lawyers in the DOJ’s national security division, and they occurred in early to mid-October, before the FBI successfully secured a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page," Solomon writes. "The email exchanges show the FBI was aware — before it secured the now-infamous warrant — that there were intelligence community concerns about the reliability of the main evidence used to support it: the Christopher Steele dossier."
https://kval.com/news/nation-world/...o-testify-behind-closed-doors-on-capitol-hill
WASHINGTON (SBG) - After weeks of back-and-forth, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have finally reached a deal with former FBI Director James Comey to testify privately before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.
I wonder, is that today, or is that a week from now? :unsure: No wonder Comey wanted to be interviewed in a setting where he couldn't be asked any sensitive questions. :laugh:
 

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Aaaaand it's looking like tre45on is going to pick a former Fox and Friends anchor to replace Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador, because of course he is. This administration is a buffet of ignorant anarchy, with a double serving of narcissism as dessert... Two scoops!

Trump to Pick Nauert to Replace Haley as UN Ambassador, Sources Say

President Donald Trump has settled on State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace departing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Nauert, 48, is an unusual choice for the UN role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April 2017 after several years as an anchor and correspondent for Fox News, including on the “Fox and Friends” show watched by Trump. Haley also lacked foreign policy experience when she took the UN posting, but she had twice been elected governor of South Carolina.

Nevertheless, Nauert’s candidacy had the strong support of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who came to trust her as a reliable voice and advocate for Trump’s agenda. It was a stark turnaround from the era of Pompeo’s predecessor, Rex Tillerson, who shut her out from his inner circle. She had threatened to quit several times under Tillerson but, thanks partly to her alliance with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, she ended up outlasting her former boss.
 
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Another bomb threat phoned in to CNN

The threat came Thursday night when a caller indicated there were five devices in the building, according to a law enforcement source.
Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN's New York newsroom, signaling an evacuation shortly after the call was received.
Staffers evacuated the CNN New York offices in the Time Warner Center building and Don Lemon's "CNN Tonight," which had been on a commercial break, was taken off the air.
The network temporarily went to taped programming for about half hour before going live from the street while police investigated.
 

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And at no point do you stop to think why exactly all these people would lie to federal investigators? Even after seeing that others get caught for it?

Remember, their plea agreements (where they plead guilty to lesser charges) are predicated on agreeing to cooperate with the investigation. Meaning there are other things they don't get charged with. Like Flynn literally working for the Turkish government while being National Security Advisor.

And I'm not sure how you can claim it has nothing to do with Russia? Cohen's role is directly tied to Russia. As is Roger Stone/Jerome Corsi/Julian Assange, who provide the link between Trump and WikiLeaks, which laundered the DNC emails that the GRU stole. There's already evidence of foreknowledge of the emails by them, and of contact between Trump Jr. and Assange/Stone.

Also notable that Trump surrounded himself with criminals, and more come out every week, and you don't bat an eye.

Possibly also witness tampering, obstruction of justice...
Post hoc ergo propter hoc, hey OD?

Well, we can wait and see. I see a litany of unrelated charges, a very wide two year investigation (one with the biggest scope in American history), and you see an invisible thread through them where unrelated lies point to some sort of corruption by Trump. Got it.
 

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So, Ben Sasse has asked the Justice Department to investigate any misconduct in its treatment of Jeffrey Epstein, serial pedophile pal of tre45on, Bill C, Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz and Alexander Acosta.

Thing is, David Jolly was on Lawrence's The Last Word last night and he contextualised this as only he can... He said that in spite of Sasse's request, were tre45on to nominate Epstein for the Supreme Court, Ben would vote for him anyway.

All I could do was nod and say, yep.
 

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"It’s like, 'Jesus, take the wheel', but scarier."

The White House Has No Plan for Confronting the Mueller Report

Nobody knows how the White House plans to respond to the Mueller report—including the people who work at the White House.

The special counsel is reportedly nearing the end of his probe. Sentencing memos are dropping. Plea deals are being struck. The president’s legal team expects a response to his written interview “soon.”

When the report will hit is the question. That it will hit, and that it will contain at least some new problems for President Donald Trump and those close to him—especially as House Democrats take the majority—seem certain.

But while most organizations, political or otherwise, might take the time to prepare for this kind of slow-moving train, the Trump White House is all but winging it. According to a half-dozen current and former White House officials, the administration has no plans in place for responding to the special counsel’s findings—save for expecting a Twitter spree.

The one thing they do know, Rudy Giuliani told me, is that they’re going to fight. If Robert Mueller’s team tries to subpoena the president, “we’re ready to resist that,” Trump’s attorney said.

Giuliani said it’s been difficult in the past few months to even consider drafting response plans, or devote time to the “counter-report” he claimed they were working on this summer as he and Trump confronted Mueller’s written questions about the 2016 campaign.

“Answering those questions was a nightmare,” he told me. “It took him about three weeks to do what would normally take two days.”

There are numerous other reasons no response plan has been produced, White House sources said, including the futility of crafting a strategy that Trump will likely ignore anyway. There have also been few frank conversations within the White House about the potential costs of Mueller’s findings, which could include impeachment of the president or the incrimination of his inner circle. Those close to Trump have either doubled down on the “witch hunt” narrative, they said—refusing to entertain the possibility of wrongdoing—or decided to focus on other issues entirely. Former Press Secretary Sean Spicer has even taken to treating the probe like a game: On Wednesday he tweeted a (quickly deleted) link where followers could place bets on “how many tweets containing #mueller” the president will send “before the investigation is up.”

Attempting to plan “would mean you would have to have an honest conversation about what might be coming,” a former senior White House official, who requested anonymity to speak freely, told me.
 

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Post hoc ergo propter hoc, hey OD?

Well, we can wait and see. I see a litany of unrelated charges, a very wide two year investigation (one with the biggest scope in American history), and you see an invisible thread through them where unrelated lies point to some sort of corruption by Trump. Got it.
There's nothing invisible about the thread. Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator on Cohen's plea deal for the illegal payments to Trump's mistresses. Every single facet of the investigation ties directly to Trump and his financial corruption.
 

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A great Republican conservative argument for renewable energy from Dale Ross:
https://www.citylab.com/environment...e-sanders-dale-ross-climate-town-hall/577279/

“We’re at a tipping point right now,” said Dale Ross, the city’s mayor and the unlikely environmentalist who spearheaded Georgetown’s transition. “Coal cannot compete with wind and solar on cost.”

First and foremost, we wanted to mitigate price volatility on the short term. How do you do that? Long-term contracts that create cost certainty. So we asked that everybody give us 20-to-25-year contracts. Natural gas would only give us seven years, and the pricing came back the same.

The second requirement was that it had to be an electricity source that mitigated regulatory and governmental risk. And that really only applied to fossil fuels, because there’s a lot of regulations in the production of electricity, while there were hardly any for green energy—so truly it came back as a no-brainer.

And then in 2016 we started getting our wind and solar delivered. That first year, we were 100 percent because of favorable weather conditions; in 2017 we were 90 percent; and then 2018 and going forward, we’ll be 100 percent, all the way to 2041.

We also communicated that, first and foremost, it was a business decision. The environmental impact didn’t have that much of an impact on the decision, in the beginning. But as we’ve gone down this learning curve for us, too, we’re realizing that we can be a shining example for others to follow because the environmental benefits are so good.
 

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https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/4...vide-most-damning-evidence-of-fisa-abuses-yet

And yet further abuses by the FBI. At this stage, everyone should be very scared as this sets a very bad precedent for the future.

The FBI fired Steele on Nov. 1, 2016 — two weeks after securing the warrant — on the grounds that he had unauthorized contacts with the news media.
But the FBI withheld from the American public and Congress, until months later, that Steele had been paid to find his dirt on Trump by a firm doing political opposition research for the Democratic Party and for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that Steele himself harbored hatred for Trump.
We now know the FBI used an article from Yahoo News as independent corroboration for the Steele dossier when, in fact, Steele had talked to the news outlet.
“If these documents are released, the American public will have clear and convincing evidence to see the FISA warrant that escalated the Russia probe just before Election Day was flawed and the judges [were] misled,” one knowledgeable source told me.

Congressional investigators also have growing evidence that some evidence inserted into the fourth and final application for the FISA — a document signed by current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — was suspect.
The whole basis on which this investigation was launched is a farce.
 

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https://thehill.com/opinion/white-h...-evidence-in-2017-alleging-clinton-foundation

Are the FBI going to be given such a wide berth to find whatever it can around this?

That evidence was assembled by a private firm called MDA Analytics LLC, run by accomplished ex-federal criminal investigators, who alleged the Clinton Foundation engaged in illegal activities and may be liable for millions of dollars in delinquent taxes and penalties.
Those reviews flagged serious concerns about legal compliance, improper commingling of personal and charity business and “quid pro quo” promises made to donors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.
The IRS sent multiple letters in 2017 and 2018 to MDA Analytics, confirming it had received the submission and it was “still open and under active investigation.” But, shortly before last month’s election, the agency sent a preliminary denial letter indicating it did not pursue the allegations for reasons that ranged from a lack of resources to possible expiration of the statute of limitations on some allegations.
Quid pro quo donations, a culture of noncompliance, travel abuses and commingling of personal with charitable business are serious issues, especially when Americans trusted the Clinton Foundation to spend $2.5 billion tax free in the name of charity.
How convenient.
 

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https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-legislature-convenes-20181203-story.html

A Fresno assemblyman, Democrat Joaquin Arambula, pledged to reintroduce a plan to extend Medi-Cal coverage to all California residents without legal immigration status. Both efforts would be expensive and could test the boundaries of a state budget that has ample cash reserves but has largely avoided the kinds of program expansions that would continue even in the presence of a recession and budget shortfalls.
Legal citizens should pay for illegal immigrant's healthcare? If the Democrats keep pushing these policies, the Republicans have a very good chance of taking back the House once budgets are tested even further.
 

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Cohen's sentencing memo is in...

"substantial term of imprisonment, one that reflects a modest downward variance from the applicable Guidelines range." - SDNY recommending 4 years and a $500,000.00 fine for Michael Cohen.

Still waiting on the Manafort memo...

EDIT:

SDNY Cohen Memo: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5453395/USDOJ-Cohen-20181207.pdf
Mueller Cohen Memo: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5453413-SCO-Cohen-Sentencing-Submission.html

MORE EDITS:

Manafort memo filed under seal. We'll get a redacted version, but it won't be today.
 
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https://www.wired.com/story/manafor...mp-mueller-investigation-worst-case-scenario/

Mueller’s court filings, when coupled with other investigative reporting, paint a picture of how the Russian government, through various trusted-but-deniable intermediaries, conducted a series of “approaches” over the course of the spring of 2016 to determine, as Wittes says, whether “this is a guy you can do business with.”

The answer, from everyone in Trumpland—from Michael Cohen in January 2016, from George Papadopoulos in spring 2016, from Donald Trump, Jr. in June 2016, from Michael Flynn in December 2016—appears to have been an unequivocal “yes.”

For example, in or around November 2015, Cohen received the contact information for, and spoke with, a Russian national who claimed to be a ‘trusted person’ in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign ‘political synergy’ and ‘synergy on a government level.’ The defendant recalled that this person repeatedly proposed a meeting between Individual 1 [aka Donald Trump] and the President of Russia. The person told Cohen that such a meeting could have a ‘phenomenal’ impact ‘not only in political but in a business dimension as well,’ referring to the Moscow Project, because there is no bigger warranty in any project than consent of [the President of Russia].’”
Holy forking shirtballs
 
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