MICHAEL “LOCK HIM UP” FLYNN’S HAND FORCED AFTER TAKING THE FIFTH
Bloomberg reports, “Former Trump White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn agreed Tuesday to turn over a limited number of documents sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee for its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.” He “has agreed to initially produce documents the committee subpoenaed from his two companies, Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel Inc.,” reports Bloomberg citing an unnamed official with knowledge of the negotiations with the Senate. While Flynn as an individual can invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, businesses do not have Fifth Amendment rights. A date of June 6 has been set for Flynn to begin producing the documents. Let us wait and watch and see if that happens, Flynn, like many in Trump’s orbit, believes the laws of the land and human decency do not apply to them. Just don’t call it white male privilege, according to them that does not exist. Lock him up!
TRUMP’S PERSONAL LAWYER PROBED; WON’T COOPERATE WITH CONGRESS
CNN reports, “One of President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys, Michael Cohen, has received an ‘invitation to provide information and testimony’ that pertains to the Russia investigation to House and Senate intelligence committees, Cohen has confirmed.” Cohen told CNN, “”I respectfully declined to cooperate”.
FORMER WH COMMS PERSON + TRUMP ASSOCIATE EPHSHTEYN PROBED TOO
ABC News reports, “The Congressional investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election continues to grow, as yet another Trump associate, Boris Epshteyn, has acknowledged that he has received a request for information from lawmakers.” Ephshteyn, who now works for right-wing troll outlet Sinclair Broadcasting, was “a Trump campaign adviser who briefly served in the White House communications office,” ABC News notes. He “confirmed to ABC News that he has received a request for information and testimony from the House Intelligence Committee.” His lawyer offered a customary statement acknowledging Ephshteyn is a person of interest and has not been subpoenaed, but has followed up with the House intelligence committee with “several follow up questions and we are awaiting their response in order to better understand what information they are seeking and whether Mr. Epshteyn is able to reasonably provide it.” The 34-year old shill “most recently served as the special assistant to the president in charge of surrogate operations before leaving his post in March,” ABC News reports, without much explanation as to why or how come. By ABC’s count, Ephshteyn is the six Trump-linked official “whose activities are being examined in the rapidly widening Congressional investigation.” But it’s all fake news, folks, do not believe it, nothing to see here.
From ABC News.
BIG ANTi-TRUMP “MARCH FOR TRUTH” ABOUT RUSSIA TIES SATURDAY
NBC News reports, “After the Women’s March, the Tax March and the March for Science, progressives will march again this weekend for ‘truth,’ calling for an independent commission to investigate,” what NBC News will only call, “alleged ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.” The marches are planned in Washington, D.C. and a 135 [sic] other cities Saturday, according to organizers,” the patriots behind the previous marches. NBC News notes, “Members of Congress will address several rallies”.
From NBC News.
MERKEL TROLLS TRUMP WITH JFK QUOTE, WORKING UP TO IKE FOR SURE
The Telegraph reports, “Germany stepped up its criticism of Donald Trump,” just “a day after Angela Merkel declared that the US and the UK were no longer ‘reliable partners’.” While “Merkel did not specifically mention Mr Trump” she quoted John F. Kennedy, “those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future,” words from a 1963 speech Kennedy delivered in Frankfurt. Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also “criticised Mr Trump’s ‘short-sighted’ policies that have ‘weakened the West’ and hurt European interests,” The Telegraph reports. TRUMPISTAN WATCH believes times like these require a new verb tense in the English language: the futureless present continuous, so Merkel understands the ugly heart of Trumpistan.
From The Telegraph.
RUSSIAN HACKER CLOSE TO EXTRADITION TO U.S.
The Guardian reports, “A suspected Russian hacker came a step closer to being sent to the US on Tuesday, as a Czech judge gave tentative approval for an extradition to go ahead, during a court hearing held inside a high-security prison in Prague.” Yevgeniy Nikulin, accused of hacking several U.S. companies, was seized by authorities while dining in Prague last October. After eight months in solitary confinement in a Czech jail, “Nikulin appeared at the hearing pale and emaciated,” The Guardian reports. According to The Guardian, “The murky case has so far thrown up far more questions than answers, but one thing is clear: US authorities are determined to extradite the 29-year-old Muscovite, who drove a Lamborghini and socialised with the children of top Russian officials,” including Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s daughter, “and Moscow is determined to get him back, filing its own extradition request,” which is rather unconvincing based on a charge from 2009 that appears not to have been pursued until he was nabbed by Czech authorities. Nikulin is allegedly “responsible for huge password hacks on LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, back in 2012.” His arrest last October came three days before the Obama administration accused Russia of hacking interference during the election. According to The Guardian, “the FBI evidence is based on ‘witness interviews including confidential sources, ISP records, court authorised electronic interceptions, and other sources.’” Included among the evidence cited by the FBI are “emails from the Gmail account of Alexei Belan, a hacker on the FBI wanted list.” In a prison letter shown to The Guardian by Nikulin’s lawyers, Nikulin alleges that an FBI agent travelling from San Francisco “personally interrogated him in Prague on 7 February and raised the election hacking.” Fascinating read.
From The Guardian.
NORWEIGANS DEPLOYED IN LITHUANIA COMPLETE NATO CONTINGENT
The AP reports, “Some 200 troops and 60 combat vehicles from Norway arrived in Lithuania Tuesday, completing a multinational NATO unit of more than 1,000 soldiers”. According to AP, “Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis says the Norwegian soldiers added to a deployment that ‘signals that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all.’” AP notes, “The Norwegians joined German, Belgian and Dutch troops and armored vehicles in NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup,” and that the area around the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea “is the most militarized zone in Europe.”
From the AP.
MOSCOW COURT REJECTS NAVALNY MOTIONS BECAUSE HOW THIS WORKS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “A Russian judge has rejected a series of legal motions filed by anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny, as a defamation lawsuit filed by Kremlin-connected oligarch Alisher Usmanov got under way,” because obviously that is how this works. Russia’s kangaroo court is out to crush Alexey Navalny in a fake case brought by a Kremlin proxy in a feeble minded attempt to crush the aspirations of an entire generation that wants to live in freedom and not in Kremlin-induced poverty. As sad little guy Putin is hell bent on remaining Russian dictator forever under the mistaken belief that he is immortal and all the botox in the world can keep his waxen face from aging, the Madam Tussaud’s-like cretin must ensure that Lyublinsky District Court Judge Marina Vasina is to turn “away requests by Navalny’s legal team to summon Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and other top government officials.” Obviously some people are above the law and others the law was written for. Guess who fits in each camp in not-so-modern Russia? The only surprise was that “Vasina also ruled that the hearings cannot be broadcast live, despite requests from both sides in the case,” because surely the Kremlin wants the Russians to see what it can do its enemies and Navalny wants the same. The next and possibly final hearing is scheduled for today. According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, “Navalny told journalists outside the courtroom that the lawsuit aimed to deflect attention from the accusations against Medvedev. He noted that Usmanov is also seeking the complete removal of the Medvedev investigation from the Internet.” That is a winning strategy. It is like the Kremlin thinks it is the 1980s still, which they sort of do. Oh the good old days, when they occupied Poland and could declare martial law and cut off the country by literally knocking down the phone polls!
TRUMP HAS TWO INTERVIEWS WITH FINALISTS FOR FBI DIRECTOR
Less anyone forget what a reality TV freakshow this presidency is, TRUMPISTAN WATCH is adopting the nomenclature laid out by our reality TV freakshow Twitter blogger president. Ergo, Reuters reports, “President Donald Trump on Tuesday was scheduled to interview two candidates to replace James Comey as head of the FBI, former agency No. 2 James Pistole and former Assistant Attorney General Chris Wray, the White House said.” Let’s call them finalists! TRUMPISTAN WATCH imagine that no sane human being wants to touch this president, especially seeing as he called the previous director “a nut job” after hastily dismissing him and not even his wife will touch him. Then there are the five individuals, all white men of course, who took themselves out of the running for the gig, presumably because the job will come with reputational destruction and heavy fees when everything falls apart and descends into endless litigation. Reality tv freakshow, folks!
PUTIN + TRUMP SOUND THE SAME ON THEIR SCANDAL
The Hill reports, “Putin appears to have adopted President Trump’s rhetoric about the ongoing probes on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling it ‘fiction’ and accusing the Democrats of inventing the allegations because they are still bitter about losing.” No assholes, it’s because the evidence is piling up by the day and never before in our history has a presidential candidate let alone a U.S. president had so many demented ties to one foreign adversary, not even scary Kenyan Muslim jihadi Barack Hussein Obama. Nothing the Kremlin garbage says is worth dignifying with quotes; just presume he blathers to hear his own voice, much like our own great leader Trump trash.
From The Hill.
MEGYN KELLY DEBUTS SUNDAY WITH GEOPOLITICAL SECURITY ENEMY #1
The AP reports, “Megyn Kelly’s debut on NBC News this Sunday is a real-life cliffhanger involving Russian President Vladimir Putin.” Isn’t that special? Thanks NBC! First you brought us “The Apprentice” to normalize Trump, now you bring us Putin. In between no one ever asked her point blank if she slept with Roger Ailes (not suggesting she did, merely fascinating that no one even asked) and she wrote a book called “Settle For More” where she blames women for their shortcomings because it’s a man’s world ladies! As if we did not know that after November 9. Thanks Megyn! Should be great television, stellar ratings, and zero patriotic content.
From The AP.
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
RUSSIA WILL NUKE WEST IF IT PROTESTS CRIMEA + UKRAINE WHERE IT ISN’T
Here is a rich one straight from the department of asinine logic, deep inside the Kremlin’s inner sanctum. According to Newsweek, “A veteran Russian politician has suggested that Moscow could resort to nuclear arms to defend the nation if forces led by the U.S. or NATO moved against the Crimean Peninsula or eastern Ukraine.” But are the Russians not there, by their own omission? This is very confusing! Newsweek reports, “Vyacheslav Alekseyevich Nikonov, a member of Russia’s lower house of parliament and a political scientist involved with Russian politics since the 1970s, told attendees of the 2017 GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum in Slovakia on Sunday that Russian forces would need to utilize some form of nuclear warfare to deter U.S. or NATO forces from invading Russia should they decide to enter Crimea or eastern Ukraine.” But Ukraine is a sovereign country engaged in a civil war, not a Russian-backed occupation with rebel forces effectively backed by Russia, by the Kremlin’s own statements. Is the Kremlin calling itself liars? What is the truth anymore? Ok, so obviously that is the point – to get us to question basic tenets of reality. Russia is in Crimea and eastern Ukraine and will kill everyone who tries to pretend like they are pretending they are not. That is as good of a reason as any to initiate a nuclear exchange, which will be met with repercussions leading to a nuclear holocaust. TRUMPISTAN WATCH only requests to be awake for the light show and to experience in real time the radiation sickness; most would prefer their sleep, but what is sleep nowadays but an elusive ghost from yesteryear? Newsweek notes, “With at least 7,300 nuclear weapons, Moscow possesses the largest nuclear stockpile of any nation in the world. The U.S. comes in second, with about 7,000, according to a 2016 estimate by the Federation of American Scientists.” About a dozen, however, should do the trick and largely wipe out humanity, vegetation and make the burden of existence so great for the survivors that they might not wish to go on living. Enjoy the creature comforts of capitalism before the economy and then the earth are wiped out, for the children.
KREMLIN BUDDY OLIVER STONE AGREES SLEEPWALKING ABOUT NUKES
The Hill reports, “Oliver Stone says the United States is ‘sleepwalking toward a nuclear nightmare’ under President Trump.” Isn’t that nice of him? He just made a Putin hagiography so this must be the official line emanating from the Kremlin these days to scare us all into submission. TRUMPISTAN WATCH says bring it on, nuke us all because that is what it will take to kill the resistance. And make sure we are awake to see the light show, assholes! You all have so much more to lose than we do. Afterall, we have the covfefe, which lives in each and everyone of us. Nothing, not even Trump can kill the covfefe. The covfefe will survive nuclear annihilation, even if humanity does not.
From The Hill.
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