DC RELEARNS FBI DIRECTOR TAKES NOTES; CHAFFETZ HAS A SUBPOENA PEN
The New York Times reports, “President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.” Oh hello obstruction of justice, might you be the straw that breaks the camel’s back as opposed to say all the earlier attacks on the security of women, Muslims, Mexicans and minorities who so obviously don’t count in our society, a city on a hill now ruled by indifferent white men? Keep in mind, this is the first news of a Comey memo to break so there is no way this is even the worst of it, if you think that, you still do not know how this works. The puppet president told Comey, “I hope you can let this go”. Yeah, no. Not. Going. To. Happen. The New York Times report continues, “The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.” Finally Republicans on the Hill are motivated to something akin to action as House oversight committee chair Jason Chaffetz wrote the FBI to demand, “‘memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings’ of discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey.” Chaffetz also “held out the potential for a subpoena on Tuesday”. What is great about this and places it over the words of all the women whose pussies and boobies Trump grabbed, is that unlike women who are obviously too emotional to be credible and too worthless to matter much – unless named Ivanka, “An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.” Washington relearns the FBI and its director in particular are copious note takers! Do not forget this is the first but will not be the last shoe to drop as “Mr. Comey created similar memos — including some that are classified — about every phone call and meeting he had with the president”. More to come it seems until it stops. Until it stops!
From The New York Times.
APROPOS OTHER CATASTROPHES, TRUMP WANTS TO JAIL JOURNALISTS
Buried in the aforementioned New York Times story about Comey’s notes detailing Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice, is the lovely detail that Trump wants the FBI to jail journalists. The New York Times reports, “On February 14, the day after Flynn was fired, “Mr. Comey had been in the Oval Office that day with other senior national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing. When the meeting ended, Mr. Trump told those present — including Mr. Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions — to leave the room except for Mr. Comey. Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.” It was then that conversation turned to Flynn. Shit happens but this is all next level really, really big dictator shit. And this is probably why this memo leaked first: to get journalists really angry and excited. Yee-haw!
From The New York Times.
TRUMP MAKES ENEMIES WITH MOSSAD
Contrary to early reports from the Israeli media cited by BBC World Service as TRUMPISTAN WATCH went to press yesterday, U.S. media is now widely reporting the source of the intelligence Trump shared with his $95 million (and counting) ruski comrades is Israel, ergo the Israeli media deflection. Of course it takes a man as stupid as Trump to make needless enemies with some of the most powerful intelligence services in the world. The New York Times reports, “The classified intelligence that President Trump disclosed in a meeting last week with Russian officials at the White House was provided by Israel, according to a current and a former American official familiar with how the United States obtained the information.” This “raises the possibility that the information could be passed to Iran,” because why not bring them and the North Koreans into the Oval Office for a back slapping confab next? Who cares! We have no foreign policy, no credible executive and no respect for electing this narcissistic megalomaniac. Of course, “Israeli officials would not confirm that they were the source of the information that Mr. Trump shared,” because opsec still matters in some quarters. BuzzFeed however was able to confirm the reports with Israeli intelligence officials who said it was the “worst fears confirmed”. Another Sheera Frankel scoop.
McMASTER SELF-DESTRUCTS IN 18 MINUTES AND 18 SECONDS
Recall when TRUMPISTAN WATCH bothered with loony toon Trump former foreign policy advisor Carter Page? TRUMPISTAN WATCH believed he represented a critical pivot in American culture from everyone being famous for 15 minutes to everyone being hate watched for the same duration of time. Sadly, H.R. McMaster appears to be the test case, sad because the desire to believe there was adult supervision was strong but delusions must die. Tuesday he gave a press conference in which he wholeheartedly defended Trump. A colleague who covered him for a long time asked why and for what and a friend who served in Iraq and respected him greatly lost a hero. And TRUMPISTAN WATCH was off only so slightly as McMaster took 18 minutes and 18 seconds to self-destruct in a must watch press conference, must watch because this is how you throw away a brilliant career in under 20 minutes. Very, very sad. Tragically this is probably the entrée to his dismissal by Trump as it fits in with the reality TV freakshow president’s m.o. of having perceived enemies and adversaries humiliated before the cameras. He is a smart man, surely he knows within hours, contradictory and devastating news would emerge to trash this White House. And that is exactly what happened. Conclusion: Trump ruins absolutely everything he touches. Watch out, Russia!
WHITE HOUSE MUTINY BEGINS
Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice! The mutiny and defection of Trumpworld officials not named H.R. McMaster has begun! The Daily Beast reports, “A senior official in the Trump administration, who previously worked on the president’s campaign, offered a candid and brief assessment of the fallout from that string of bad press: ‘I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely fucked.’” The Daily Beast spoke with nine officials in the White House who wished to keep their jobs and were only willing to go on the record anonymously, but perhaps all the better so they could savage Il Douche and can continue to do so in th future without fear or hesitation, and boy did they! What fun! It’s like they saw America’s new national pastime, hate watching the president, and wanted in on the fun! One said the constant chaos is “having an almost ‘numbing effect,’” while another said, “I feel like running down the hallway with a fire extinguisher” and TRUMPISTAN WATCH might add, there is gasoline in the extinguisher in lieu of water. Another White House staffer told The Daily Beast, “Every time I feel like we’re getting a handle on the last Russia fiasco, a new one pops”. Russia is like the new terrorists only they live and breath from the Oval Office, but the cat and mouse game of whack-a-mole is all the same only far less global, much more local! Perhaps the Russians learned a thing or two from the terrorists they sponsor around the globe, from ISIS to the Taliban?
From The Daily Beast.
McCAIN COMPARES PRESENT FIASCO TO WATERGATE (DAY 116 MIND YOU!)
The Associated Press reports, “Sen. John McCain says the latest revelations out of the Trump White House are ‘at a point where it’s of Watergate size and scale.’” To the wise man who said at a time of total fear and peril to have some faith in the moderate Republicans, ‘twas correct! At an awards dinner for the International Republican Institute while accepting the Freedom Award, McCain said, “We’ve seen this movie before.” Which one? “All the President’s Men,” “Frost/Nixon,” or any of the others? Also god, we are going to have to relive this through Hollywood a million different ways. Note to Hollywood casting agents: please get the trashiest starlets to play Aryan princess Ivanka! And no matter what Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels says, Rosie O’Donnell would make a fine Steve Bannon. By contrast, McCain’s role belongs to a future Oscar winner.
From The Washington Post.
CORNYN PASSES ON FBI DIRECTOR JOB A DAY AFTER GOWDY BOWS OUT
POLITICO reports, “Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) has told the Trump administration he will no longer pursue the post of FBI director, after interviewing for the job on Saturday.” Now the two men most likely to try and bury Trump’s big exploding Russia problem and open a case against Hillary for god knows what, breathing, existing, having a uterus, have bowed out of the running. Trump is in real trouble when even the reliable sycophants in Congress are deciding to dodge collusion with the all-corrupting Trump. Both Trump and the Attorney General, boy Jeff Sessions, e.g. private Russia sessions, implored Cornyn to go for the gig, so you know he really would have cleaned up for the Trump trash – or so they thought. Cornyn seems to know better than to go near this shit show, putting out a statement that among other things said, “Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI director.” It is not quite country before party but self-interest before jail, but it does the trick just fine.
FEDS SUBPOENA RECORDS ON MANAFORT’S $3.5 MILLION MORTGAGE
NBC News reports, “Federal investigators have subpoenaed records related to a $3.5 million mortgage that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort took out on his Hamptons home just after leaving the campaign”. Curiously, “The mortgage document that explains how Manafort would pay back the loan was never filed with Suffolk County, New York — and Manafort’s company never paid up to $36,000 in taxes that would be due on the loan.” While Manafort has previously claimed full transparency on his real estate deals to NBC News, “Manafort’s name and signature do not appear on any of the loan documents that are publicly available.” Of course “A Manafort spokesperson said the $3.5 million loan, which was taken out through a shell company, was repaid in December, but also said that paperwork showing the repayment was not filed until he was asked about the loan by NBC News,” because nothing to see here, just as there was nothing to see but ostriches and a bunch of dirty money reinvested in personal riches at former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s estate, a past Manafort client. The same day Manafort left his role as Trump’s campaign manager, August 19, 2016, over scandal related to his work in Ukraine, “Manafort created a holding company called Summerbreeze LLC. Several weeks later, a document called a UCC filed with the state of New York shows that Summerbreeze took out a $3.5 million loan on Manafort’s home in the tony beach enclave of Bridgehampton. Manafort’s name does not appear on the UCC filing, but Summerbreeze LLC gives his Florida address as a contact, and lists his Bridgehampton home as collateral.” Now here we go with the Trump and Ukraine ties: “A review of New York state and Suffolk County records shows the loan was made by S C 3, a subsidiary of Spruce Capital, which was co-founded by Joshua Crane, who has partnered with Donald Trump on real estate deals. Spruce is also partially funded by Ukrainian-American real-estate magnate Alexander Rovt, who tried to donate $10,000 to Trump’s presidential campaign on Election Day but had all but the legal maximum of $2,700 returned.” Rovt is tied to Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash who the U.S. is currently trying to extradite from Vienna on a seemingly unrelated case involving Boeing and Indian MPs in a case out of federal court in Chicago. After Manafort received the loan, “The mortgage notice for the loan, however, was never entered into government records by the lender.” While “highly unusual” this alone is not illegal but “Without it, there’s no public record that the borrower owes money.” Manafort’s spokesman denies everything and that which he does not deny has specious explanations for why dirty Manafort is so clean!
From NBC News.
CIA DIRECTOR BRIEFS HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
CNN reports, “CIA Director Mike Pompeo will brief the members of the House intelligence committee Tuesday on what President Donald Trump discussed with Russian officials last week”. He also “is set to brief the lawmakers later in the day”. Reportedly, “Across Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats alike are voicing frustration, distrust and irritation following the constant stream of controversies coming out of the White House.” Do not feel sorry for the Republicans, they made their bargain long ago and now they must wallow in the filth. Trump trash: it is no longer the problem of just women and minorities alone. Life is beautiful.
FLYNN’S NAME NEEDED NO UNMASKING
The New Yorker spoke last week with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who Trump fired and accused of “betrayal” over her refusal to enforce his Muslim travel ban. The New Yorker gives a brief preview of what Yates discussed. Recall the big discussion over whether Trump’s initial National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s name had been improperly “unmasked” by intelligence officials and then leaked to the press? It’s ok if no, it was pretty damn stupid. In any case, The New Yorker reports, “Yates declined to talk about any classified information, including underlying evidence in the Flynn case, but it seems clear that Flynn’s name was not masked in the reports on the phone call that she saw.” Additionally, “Yates said that she never made an unmasking request”. She also notes what sort of terrible people the Trumpkins are when she tells The New Yorker, “I just read online that the President has executed this travel ban… I had been sitting in Don McGahn’s office an hour before to talk about the Flynn issue and he didn’t tell me.” Hint to the Trumpkins: you give people a heads up before you do think that will shake their world, it is just polite courtesy. Also: Yates has a political future for the taking if she wants it.
From The New Yorker.
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TRUMP IS A THREAT TO U.S. ALLIANCES, PART I
The Associated Press reports, “Revelations that Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week prompted one European official to tell The Associated Press that his country might stop sharing intelligence with the U.S. as a result.” As long as he is in office, assume it is the Kremlin sitting in the White House. We need, no deserve the bruising, the mistrust, the pain of consequences because that is how people learn. And tell the press, do not just not share, rub America’s face in it because so much of the Trumpenproletariat refuses to accept the obvious: that the president is an untrustworthy, treasonous megalomaniac. Take a cue from German lawmaker Burkhard Lischka who called Trump’s offhanded, back handed info sharing with the Russian enemies, “highly worrying,” and scream it. Since Trump declared on Twitter Tuesday that he has an “absolute right” to betray America and share our secrets with whomever whenever, it would be foolish to assume anything is safe.
From The Associated Press.
PART II: NATO PREPARES TO DEAL WITH MANBABY BABY HANDS
Foreign Policy reports, “NATO is scrambling to tailor its upcoming meeting to avoid taxing President Donald Trump’s notoriously short attention span. The alliance is telling heads of state to limit talks to two to four minutes at a time during the discussion, several sources inside NATO and former senior U.S. officials tell Foreign Policy. And the alliance scrapped plans to publish the traditional full post-meeting statement meant to crystallize NATO’s latest strategic stance.” The sub-headline on the Foreign Policy story describes NATO as “freaked-out”. TRUMPISTAN WATCH was created to support the patriots over the partisans in this battle, so support for NATO goes well beyond the government but hits at the very heart of the American people. Besides, after yesterday and the subsequent mutiny of Trumpworld officials to the press, it is highly unlikely Trump will be around much longer. Just see this as an opportunity to learn about the dark underbelly of American public and political life and prepare your own troops and defenses accordingly. In the lives of all involved, old and young, this is truly as bad as America has ever been in living memory, and this includes the opinion of front line survivors of 1968 and Watergate. Or as colleague and Central Asia scholar (and fellow Sarah Lawrence College grad!) Sarah Kendzior said in Tallinn over the weekend according to The Daily Beast, “Watch your back and hope for the best.” Kendzior wrote on Facebook this morning, “what I actually said to the Estonian president was ‘Watch your back, and I hope for the best.’ I don’t prescribe hope as a policy.” And this is why we love you! America will bounce back and no matter what because we have active and engaged citizens who cannot be silenced, therefore we will never be as truly terrible as Russia, ever.
FAUX NEWS FOX DEAD AMERICAN DISINFO
Ever since Trump’s presidency has careened into the abyss after the nation that elected him by no majority in the last 48 hours, faux news Fox, a Rupert Murdoch owned propaganda outlet actively working against the American interest, has gone into overdrive with the disinformation. Reports on Twitter of screen grabs from Tucker Carlson’s prime time show posted by reporters showed him discussing anything but the reality of the present horror. A dash of Clintons, a revival of Vince Foster (yes Vince fucking Foster, the 25 year old conspiracy around the death of a 1992 Bill Clinton campaign aid) and the murder of Seth Rich, this is the recipe for faux news Fox prime time decline. The Seth Rich case is particularly sad as he was a young DNC staffer murdered in an inauspicious way when he was “shot July 10, 2016, in Northwest Washington’s Bloomingdale neighborhood,” according to The Washington Post. “D.C. police have repeatedly said that they think Rich was killed in a random robbery attempt, but several conspiracy theories have emerged about his death. No arrests have been made.” Nothing was stolen from Rich, not a wallet, credit cards or a cell phone, all of which remained on his person after his shooting death, Newsweek reported last August. Others, namely WikiLeaks and rightwing media have put forth bizarre and conflicting alternative conspiracies which got revived in the last 24 hours as Trump’s fortunes have fallen like the dollar, which hit a six-month low today. The Washington Post reports contrary to faux news Fox on air hysterics, “Rich’s parents, Joel and Mary Ann Rich, said Tuesday through a spokesman that they do not think their son gave any information to WikiLeaks.” A D.C. spokesman was even more unequivocal, “There is nothing that we can find that any of this is accurate”. The Washington Post notes, “Rich’s killing has been the subject of intrigue, with speculation centered on Russia, the DNC and the bitter presidential campaign. WikiLeaks has added $20,000 to a reward to find Rich’s killer but has not said whether he had been working with or in contact with the group.” Indeed TRUMPISTAN WATCH heard from well-placed sources months ago that inside the DNC and informed observers, the finger is pointed at Russia, but this cannot be independently verified. Now faux news Fox is trotting out a phony expert, wrongly attributing to him the description that he was hired by Rich’s family and perpetuating nasty conspiracies. It is an evil and truly horrible thing to do to an American family, thereby making faux news Fox about as un-American as it gets. Yay for finding a meaningful use of a McCarthy era term that wholly applies!
From The Washington Post.
IVANKA BOOK DISPLAY HELPFULLY REARRANGED
New York Magazine reports at Barnes & Noble, “someone has slotted in a few new titles like Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents and Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life” around a display for Ivanka’s new ghostwritten trash. Later in the day, “Librarian Chloé Pascual has since reached out to The Cut to take credit for rearranging this display at a Barnes & Nobel in Long Beach, California. ‘I was acting in my role as a cheeky bookstore customer,’ she explained.” Yay for librarians, a critical constituency in the struggle for intelligence over stupid!
From New York Magazine.
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