TRUMP ASKED INTEL CHIEFS TO INTERFERE IN FBI INVESTIGATION
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government,” citing government officials past and present. “Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election,” a request they found inappropriate and both “refused to comply with the requests”. “Trump sought the assistance of Coats and Rogers after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI” was investigating his ties and potential collusion with the Russian mafia state, according to The Washington Post. Trump’s effort to get Rogers to interfere “was documented contemporaneously in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official”; it is unclear if a similar memo exists within the Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence. The Washington Post notes, “Officials said such memos could be made available to both the special counsel now overseeing the Russia investigation and congressional investigators”. The White House, for its shameful part, would neither confirm nor deny, probably because as usual it was caught flat-footed by the ravings of the delusional lunatic our sad, sorry nation left in charge of the presidency. The Washington Post also notes, “In addition to the requests to Coats and Rogers, senior White House officials sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly with Comey to encourage the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, according to people familiar with the matter.” Shameless. And lawless. One official told The Washington Post that the line of questioning from the White House was quite literally, “Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?” Oh if these ignorant fools knew head from ass about Watergate, but that would require reading. Wait, no it wouldn’t, they could even watch the many films about Watergate to get the gist, so they probably only watch reality TV trash and with that as their sole imaginary, act as they do.
From The Washington Post.
MIKE “LOCK HIM UP” FLYNN WON’T COMPLY WITH SUBPOENA
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Former national security adviser Mike Flynn will decline to cooperate with a Senate subpoena, invoking his constitutional right against self incrimination and setting off a legal showdown with Congress”. Recall, as if anyone can forget, Flynn led chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” during the Republican National convention last summer. Oh, the irony! The Wall Street Journal notes, “Mr. Flynn had previously said through an attorney he was willing to cooperate in exchange for some guarantee that he could avoid criminal prosecution, this person said. No such immunity has been granted by Congress.” Lock him up! Lock him up!
From The Wall Street Journal.
FLYNN LIED ABOUT RUSSIA TIES TO RENEW SECURITY CLEARANCE
The New York Times reports, “Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, misled Pentagon investigators about his income from companies in Russia and contacts with officials there when he applied for a renewal of his top-secret security clearance last year,” citing “a letter released Monday by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee.” Initially lyin’ Flynn “told investigators in February 2016 that he had received no income from foreign companies and had only ‘insubstantial contact’ with foreign nationals”. Meanwhile in reality, “Mr. Flynn had sat two months earlier beside President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at a Moscow gala for RT, the Kremlin-financed television network, which paid him more than $45,000 to attend the event and give a separate speech,” a very well documented event also attended by left leaning third party candidate and useful idiot Jill Stein. The New York Times notes, “The House letter, written by Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, was made public hours after Mr. Flynn formally rejected a subpoena from senators investigating Russian interference”. Of course “His decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right puts him at risk of being held in contempt of Congress, which can also result in a criminal charge,” so he may be more afraid of treason charges and execution than a little jail time for contempt of court. Or as The Washington Post has it, “the long-shot risk of going to jail for contempt is lower than the risk involved if the Senate actually sees those documents.”
TRUMP TELLS ISRAELIS HE NEVER SAID ISRAEL TO HIS RUSSIAN HANDLERS
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump said Monday that he never told Russian diplomats during a May 10 Oval Office meeting that the classified information about the Islamic State he was sharing with them had come from Israel — something he has not been accused of doing.” Of course doing so in Israel is compounding diplomatic and intelligence mistake with injury, all while calling attention to his very, very special relationship with Russia. “Trump veered off the script of his heavily choreographed visit to Israel during a brief media appearance alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to address the issue,” which came in response to a question shouted by a reporter for Netanyahu, The Washington Post notes. In Trump’s words, “Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel,” adding, “Never mentioned it during that conversation. They’re all saying I did, so you have another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel.” The Washington Post recalls that Trump was not “accused of explicitly telling the Russians that the intelligence concerning the Islamic State came through Israel,” during the May 10 meeting, “Rather, because he revealed specifically where the information had come from within Syria, Russian intelligence officials could determine the source nevertheless.” So why does Trump even open up his mouth other than to hear himself talk?
From The Washington Post.
ALLIED EXERCISE WINDS DOWN IN ESTONIA WITH “FINAL BATTLE”
The Baltic Times reports, “Tanks of three allied nations taking part in the Spring Storm large-scale military exercise in Estonia were set to engage in mock combat in the final battle of the exercise that started on Tuesday. In the exercise simulating battle, “The attacking side will use French Leclerc and British Challenger 2 tanks, whereas the defending side will use Leopard 2 tanks of the German Army.” The Baltic Times notes, “The concluding meeting of the exercise will be held at the central training ground on May 25.”
From The Baltic Times.
MANAFORT + STONE TURN OVER DOCS TO SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE
NBC News cites congressional sources in reporting that “Two former associates of President Trump — Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — have turned over documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee in its Russia investigation,” noting “Earlier this month, the committee sent document requests,” for “information pertaining to dealings with Russia”. Meanwhile Carter “Page has not yet complied, the congressional source said, and Flynn plans to assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination,” because he is that guy who led the chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” at the RNC last summer like the bold-faced hypocrite and liar he is. However “it was too early to tell whether the documents from Manafort and Stone suggested they had fully complied with the request,” but TRUMPISTAN WATCH is willing to bet they have not because these are not men, these are rats, very corrupt and evil rats.
From NBC News.
CHAFFETZ POSTPONES OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HEARING
POLITICO reports, “House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Monday said he will postpone a hearing scheduled for Wednesday after speaking with former FBI Director James Comey, who had been invited to testify.” This is separate from the House intelligence committee meeting that Comey has already agreed to testify at after Memorial Day.
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RUSSIA IS STRONG + CAN BE DESTROYED BY YOUTH INTERESTED IN POLITICS Transitions Online reports, “Russian youths who have been taking part in protests that have occurred all over Russia in the past few months have had to deal with a lot of stick, and little carrot due to their political activities,” citing a report over the weekend by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Transitions Online notes, “The Kremlin’s initiatives to rein in enthusiasm for opposition politics have included a film”. As a result, “Students and teachers have clashed during the showing of the film, and these confrontations, as well as other arguments related to politics, have been documented and posted online by tech-savvy students.” Citing a BBC report, “two Russian music stars, pop singer Alisa Vox and rapper Ptakha, were also seemingly co-opted by the Kremlin,” to produce music videos discouraging youth from engaging in politics because Russia and the Kremlin is so big and strong, so great and mighty that it can be positively destroyed by any signs of life in young people, just like a real superpower. Yeah, right. Just like a real superpower in its little man dreams.
From Transitions Online.
RUSSIAN CORRUPTION MAKES ITS CITIZENS NOT SLAVES HOMELESS + ANGRY
The New York Times reports on Russian state corruption that seeks to demolish homes in Moscow and give the land to developers, usually oligarchs who develop their bank accounts first. “On May 14, thousands of residents of Moscow went into the streets to protest a project that entails the demolition of as many as 8,000 Soviet-era apartment buildings, now privately owned, to make space for an upscale residential development. The rally took place on Sakharov Prospect, named after the Soviet dissident and scientist Andrei Sakharov.” Moscow’s mayor and a former Chief of Staff to Putin, Sergei Sobyanin, who no doubt anticipates becoming very wealthy over “the scheme, which would uproot 1.6 million Muscovites, could increase the density of redeveloped areas by as much as threefold, and would cost an estimated $61 billion.” Of course Sobyanin claims the goal of the demolitions “is to improve the lives of ordinary people,” such as himself. No matter how much Kremlin thieves make, this is always and forever dwarfed by the smallness of their sense of self and how small they feel against the West. People do not want to move though because in addition to living in a country that gives them no rights and has little by way of a non-mafia state economy, they do not trust authorities who say “apartment owners would be offered ‘analogous’ apartments in the ‘same or adjacent districts.’” Would you trust the Kremlin’s thieves and murderers? See, the Russian people are not so stupid as their country treats them. Naturally, “The Moscow authorities claim an 80 percent approval rating for the initiative,” because they have no shame and even less dignity. The Russian people know “These schemes enrich oligarchs, while ordinary people are left to worry about whether they’ll end up living next to a garbage-processing site”.
From The New York Times.
FEC WANTS TO KNOW IF RUSSIANS BOUGHT ANTI-CLINTON FACEBOOK ADS
POLITICO reports, “A member of the Federal Election Commission is calling on the agency to investigate whether Russian agents paid for Facebook ads to spread damaging stories about Hillary Clinton ahead of last fall’s presidential election.” In light of recent revelations revealed by the company, which tried to and continues to try and deflect as much as possible from its role in the spread of the Kremlin’s propaganda, “The prospect of an escalating inquiry from the quasi-independent election watchdog agency could represent an intriguing new front in the battalion of investigations being pursued by various parts of the federal government.” Of course any foreign role in the election is technically illegal by U.S. election law and would spell trouble Facebook, which has so far said it has found no evidence that Russian intelligence was behind the spate of so-called “fake news” (read: propaganda) that appeared across the social network, which bills itself as “a place for friends” not bilious, hateful propaganda.
WHY THE SETH RICH CONSPIRACY + WHY NOW, FAUX NEWS FOX NEWS?
The Washington Post asks, “Why is [faux news Fox News presenter] Sean Hannity pushing the discredited conspiracy theory that a slain staff member of the Democratic National Committee was tied to the leak of emails from the DNC in 2016?” And notes, “Well, he told the world himself on Twitter on Sunday.” In a Tweet, the Fox News propagandist wrote, “Congress, investigate Seth Rich murder! @JulianAssange made comments u need to listen to! If Seth was wiki source, no Trump/Russia collusion”. Get it? Seth Rich is being dragged through the dirt to the total indifference of a grieving American family to vindicate Trump in the dreams of conspiracy hacks like Sean Hannity, who seems just more than a little eager to do Russia’s bidding for it. As The Washington Post puts it, “If the conspiracy theories around Seth Rich are true — that is, that he had some hand in the leak — that means that the hack of the DNC wasn’t a function of the Russians, as the government has determined.” Ergo “that, trickling outward in Hannity’s argument, means that there’s no need to investigate how Russia meddled in the election — and that means that the shadow hanging over President Trump must dissipate.” How totally convenient! Of course “The theories Hannity presents aren’t true,” but no matter, faux news Fox will continue to work hand in glove with Trump and Russia – as they all are pretty much synonymous as to be continuously on the same propaganda page as one another. Before we go calling Hannity the ultimate Kremlin troll, reserve that honor for the fake puppet president who has done more damage to the republic than Hannity could ever dream of.
From The Washington Post.
SHIT DMITRY PESKOV: WE WISH MCCAIN WAS NOT AS INFLUENTIAL AS HE IS
The Hill reports Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who works for a mafia state, condemned Senator John McCain’s most recent statements about Russia’s terror state calling them “rude attacks”. According to The Hill, Peskov, who is often quite rude in his attacks, told Russian state-run TASS, “Thank God, this gentleman is not the one who shapes or implements U.S. foreign policy,” because the Russians still hold onto their illusions that Trump has influence in an ideological sense over the state when he only wields influence over his unruly mobs of poorly educated and fairly desperate Trumpenproletariat. Peskov, continuing with his delusions, said, “Therefore we will naturally avoid exaggerating the significance of these insulting and rude attacks or linking them with bilateral Russian-U.S. relations somehow.” What bilaterial relations? Keep dreaming Dmitry, maybe some day the Russian state will not be such a nightmare terror! So what did the great patriot Senator John McCain say to merit such a shout out from one of the Kremlin’s henchmen? Oh only that “he was ‘speechless’ about an Oval Office meeting between President Trump and a Russian delegation including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,” adding, “I know this: Mr. Lavrov is the stooge of a thug and a murderer. He had no business in the Oval Office.” Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, also said this was “over the line of decency and departed from a tone appropriate for a statesman.” See McCain is a statesman by Peskov’s own account, but do not count on intellectual consistency from the Russian mafia state because it does not know what the meaning of intellectual is any more as it has given itself over to full criminality and willful delusions. And when the Kremlin spews racist and homophobic garbage with fair regularity, it is all pretty rich. Look no further than Russian state-run Sputnik for an example which, “ran the headline ‘Twitter on McCain: “Butt-Hurt, Russia-Obsessed” Senator ‘Has Lost His Mind.’” Butt-hurt is pure class, Russian mafia state! To which Senator McCain replied exactly as TRUMPISTAN WATCH would, “I’m always flattered to receive such accolades from our Russian friends!” So far, we have not had the privilege of being insulted directly by the Russian mafia state, perhaps because they do not wish to raise the profile of anything but conspiracy lunatics, Nazis, fascists, and assorted trolls. But when it happens, we will feel as big and great and patriotic as Senator John McCain!
From The Hill.
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SINKHOLE FORMS IN FRONT OF MAR-A-LAGO
The Washington Post reports, “A large sinkhole has formed in front of Mar-a-Lago”. Talk about metaphors! If this were a novel, critics would say it lacks verisimilitude. As Republican strategist and Never Trumper Rick Wilson tweeted, “I’ll take easy metaphors for $400,” a reference to the game show “Jeopardy!” for our readers abroad.
From The Washington Post.
“THE SLAP SEEN ‘ROUND THE WORLD”
It would be nice if for a moment our puppet president and his equally fake wife Melania Trump could set aside their own petty bullshit and insecurities and act like statesmen as they represent a nation now, or so we must say as long as they are not in jail or out of office yet. However on the Tel Aviv tarmac, “Melania Trump was in no mood to play along for the cameras Monday when her husband reached for her hand as they arrived in Israel under a blaze of media security,” she “slapped President Trump’s hand aside with a sharp flick of her wrist as he reached for her.” Seriously, this is the trash on the frontline of American diplomacy now!? Almost makes you nostalgic for Chelsea between Bill and Hillary walking to the helicopter following the Monica Lewinsky revelations, doesn’t it? Seems the absence of self-control is something the Trump family traitor trash has in common. Even Ivanka looks vaguely classy with her icy glare and total bullshit speechifying by contrast, well sort of, if we must pretend.
From The New York Daily News.
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