The Washington Post reports Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, “The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says Tuesday that hacking into state voting systems was more widespread than has been disclosed.” Surprise! Are you really? Has TRUMPISTAN WATCH not dutifully worked to prepare you for a future of disillusionment, one with hope not despair, but also one where your naïve illusions from life in America before 2016 are sort of dead or lifeless ghosts compared to all that insta-inspo of earlier times? Warner said, “I think it’s important that the American people understand that the Russian attempts to break into a number of our state voting processes … was broad-based.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH for one is not surprised in the least.

From The Washington Post.



From the Department of Insane Bullshit You Cannot Make Up, where real life resembles some elaborate Catch-22 of doomed fiction, regional gulf states moved to isolate diplomatically and otherwise Qatar earlier this week. Our insane lunatic of a faker at the helm of the American presidency tweeted some really insane and incendiary things about Qatar yesterday morning, which surprised the ambassador — as one might imagine when it’s coming from a leader with a sizeable foreign military presence in your country. Meanwhile, “The U.S. military says diplomatic tensions between Qatar and five other Middle East countries has had ‘no impact’ on coalition operations in the region,” Voice of America reports. Then last night came news that gulf countries may have reacted to some Russian planted disinfo after Qatar’s state news agency was hacked a few weeks ago, which caused the rift in the first instance. As CNN reports, “US investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar’s state news agency and planted a fake news report that contributed to a crisis among the US’ closest Gulf allies,” citing government officials with knowledge of the ongoing investigation.   This is truly the most insane moment yet, and we’re so down, somehow only Russia and Trump can take us down further because that is what they do for sport, constantly knock from below.

From The Daily Beast, The Hill, Voice of America and CNN.



Still cannot believe it’s time for impeachment yet? TRUMPISTAN WATCH struggles too with this as The Washington Post now reports, “The nation’s top intelligence official,” so Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats (a role and title previously held by James Clapper), “told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe,” citing government officials. Does the president know what obstruction of justice is? According to The Washington Post, “On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.” Everyone should know where this goes if they know what an erratic lunatic piece of garbage is squatting with Russia’s help in the White House. “The president then started complaining about the FBI investigation and Comey’s handling of it, said officials familiar with the account Coats gave to associates,” The Washington Post reports. Two days later, Comey confirmed the investigation was indeed into whether Trump’s campaign had colluded with the Russian mafia state. As The Washington Post correctly states the facts, “The events involving Coats show the president went further than just asking intelligence officials to deny publicly the existence of any evidence showing collusion during the 2016 election,” and shows, “Trump aimed to enlist top officials to have Comey curtail the bureau’s probe.”

From The Washington Post.



Yahoo! News reports, “Top lawyers with at least four major law firms rebuffed White House overtures to represent President Trump in the Russia investigations, in part over concerns that the president would be unwilling to listen to their advice,” citing five sources (three is enough for a trend story, so remember that ratio). What reasons do they give? While some gave a standard operating procedure too busy or trials coming up, Yahoo! News gets some dirt in that “Others mentioned potential conflicts with clients of their firms, such as financial institutions that have already received subpoenas relating to potential money-laundering issues that are part of the investigation. But a consistent theme, the sources said, was the concern about whether the president would accept the advice of his lawyers and refrain from public statements and tweets that have consistently undercut his position. ‘The concerns were, “The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,”’ said one lawyer close to the White House who is familiar with some of the discussions.” Incredible as this is the president of the United States they are talking about some not two-bit gambler in a third rate town, oh wait, that’s exactly what this is. Nevermind.

From Yahoo! News.



Traitor trash Trump left these 27 words out of his speech during the NATO mini-summit, allegedly blind sighting his National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Economic Advisor Gary Cohn: “We face many threats, but I stand here before you with a clear message: the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance and to Article 5 is unwavering.Why the hell did he take that out? That was literally all he needed to say but failed to, POLITICO MAGAZINE reports. Was it: a) to please Russia, b) to commit treason, c) to cause further divisions between the executive branch of government and the national security apparatus, of d) all of the above? If you guessed D, pinch yourself you are awake, not dead yet.

From POLITICO Magazine.



Reuters reports, “Russia scrambled a fighter jet on Tuesday to intercept a nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 strategic bomber it said was flying over the Baltic Sea near its border,” calling this “reminiscent of the Cold War” instead of all those barrel rolls Russia has been doing and attempting against coalition aircraft in the Baltic and Black Sea in recent months. Chalk this one up to a bullshit daredevil stunt that could lead to a real war with real repercussions and consequences – things Russia never quite allows itself to accept. According to Reuters, Russian officials whined a bunch about the presence of the B52 calling it “not respectful” because Russia sees anything less than a fear-inducing reaction from others as not respectful. According to Reuters, “Russian air defense systems detected the U.S. bomber at around 1000 Moscow time as it was flying over neutral waters parallel to the Russian border and sent a Sukhoi Su-27 jet to intercept it, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement,” in which it said “The Russian SU-27 crew, having approached at a safe distance, identified the aircraft as an American B-52 strategic bomber and escorted it”. By contrast, “The U.S. military said its aircraft was in international airspace and declined immediate comment on the Russian plane’s actions.”

From Reuters.





POLITICO reports on “Everything we know about the Mueller probe so far,” beginning with “His first appointmentstapping longtime law-firm partner James Quarles and Andrew Weissmann, the head of the Justice Department’s criminal fraud unit,” which POLITICO sexes up into chess calling the hires “opening moves”. This is the triathalon of corruption, not a mere marathon so no one get depleted and all low energy like Trump on his only foreign trip since taking office to golf on taxpayer dollars. According to POLITICO, “Mueller and his new staff have spent their first weeks holding briefings on everything that’s been done over the past year by the FBI, Justice Department and the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, on the probes into the 2016 election — work that now falls under their umbrella.” There is more inside baseball where this came from. This is written sort of like the yearbook to an all-star game.






Bloomberg has a comical look at Trump’s empty promises of everything your dreams can desire will be ready in two weeks! Two weeks! As Bloomberg tells it, “From overhauling the tax code to releasing an infrastructure package to making decisions on Nafta and the Paris climate agreement, Trump has a common refrain: A big announcement is coming in just ‘two weeks.’ It rarely does.” Surprise! Tax overhaul. Infrastructure construction. Paris Climate Accord decision. School choice. Tax legislation. Davis-Bacon law regulating wages on federal construction projects. Wiretap allegations at Trump Tower by Obama evidence. A news conference with the Saudis to announce plans to fight ISIS. These are all things this fun, must read little Bloomberg story romps through that Trump has promised and then failed to have accomplished in two weeks. It is a gem for it is really like North Korea kind of shit, but we suspect there most of these things are already a reality! Try harder, Trump! Otherwise, weep for the nation.

From Bloomberg.



It is well known everything Trump touches turns to shit. Remember those children Hillary once said she respected? Well, cross that one off your list. Uday and Qusay were to stay out of politics and Trump has already burned through the most reliably ridiculous of the idiots, Ivanka’s social capital, so the best he has is for the boys to go to bat for Daddy. Eric “Qusay” calls the Trump-Russia story “the greatest hoax of all time” because obviously he is a scholar of history and aware of every hoax from the Trojan horse to Rasputin to his father. Ok, he really only knows his father and like lyin’ Daddy, like lyin’ son. He also says Democrats are not really human. Time to take out the trash, America, and it is not Democrats but Trumpkin elites.

From ABC News and The Hill.



Forbes reports that Trump National Golf Club in leafy, green Westchester County, New York hosts the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis charity event attended by C-listers like a reality TV housewife show person with felony convictions and baseball player of yesteryear Darryl Strawberry. But as Forbes tells it, “The real star of the day is Eric Trump,” so Qusay, “the president’s second son and now the co-head of the Trump Organization, who has hosted this event for ten years”. This is such a great deal you see because “according to Eric Trump,” a definitive source on everything as we just learned, “is the charity’s efficiency: Because he can get his family’s golf course for free and have most of the other costs donated, virtually all the money contributed will go toward helping kids with cancer. ‘We get to use our assets 100% free of charge,’ Trump tells Forbes.” Oh, but not so at all when Forbes did some digging! Trumps, they melt under the light of day. Forbes reports, “In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it’s clear that the course wasn’t free–that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.” Do you trust Eric Trump or Forbes magazine’s panel of golf charity experts, James Comey, Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, Dan Coates, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, John Brennan or is every last one of them lying and only Trump is always and forever the only one who ever speaks the truth, even when he contradicts himself? Just to repeat: the Trump family steals from kids with cancer. That is what they do. They do not give a shit about your nation, your life, your geopolitical security architecture, you, your mother, your kids, people like you, people unlike you, anyone but their own fucking money. Remember, money does not care who owns it. The Trumps steal from cancer kids.

From Forbes.



Remember the princeling Jared Kushner made a $100 billion plus arms deal with the Saudis? Well now Bruce Riedel, a CIA veteran of 30 years (and grad school professor of TRUMPISTAN WATCH), is calling total horseshit on the whole thing on a Brooking Institution blog and all over the press. This one is so damn delicious because princeling Jared got punted sometime mid-morning yesterday and will not fast recover from this. Here it is, please have as much fun with this as TRUMPISTAN WATCH did/does/will forever after: Reidel writes, “I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them ‘intended sales.’ None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.” FAKE NEWS! Vanity Fair notes, “Some of Reidel’s reporting isn’t new—as the Times noted in its story at the time (‘$110 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudis Has Jared Kushner’s Personal Touch’), several of the weapons in the proposed package had already been approved under Obama,” which is not at all the same as calling total shenanigans, behold just the lousy headline. “But leave it to Donald Trump, a brand licensing tycoon who has always been more style than substance,” Vanity Fair continues, “to play up a rough draft of a potential agreement as a groundbreaking diplomatic success”. Now the human shit stain can stink pretty far from the Lubyanka toilet bowl, infecting his family and the country’s #2 oil supplier. God bless, a stinker like only a real Lubyanka shitstain can know and be capable of.

From Brookings and Vanity Fair.



The Hollywood Reporter reviews Oliver Stone’s four hours of Putin with no sodium pentathol. Have mercy on anyone sane who embarks on sitting through this undertaking of Russian propaganda. Set to air on Showtime over four nights next week, The Hollywood Reporter writes, “You don’t get to know Putin, really, but you get a reasonable glimpse into the mindset of a man who feels betrayed by decades of U.S. presidents claiming the Cold War is over and yet supporting his political rivals, siding against him in his difficulties with splinter republics and attempting to strengthen NATO even if he’s sure the only plausible adversary for NATO is him.” So that’s his view and his reason for a grudge. But like misbehaved children, listening to the reasons he gives is only part of the story. In this case, Putin chose his narrator but already after Megyn Kelly and so much else like hacking our election last year, Putin is more overexposed than a Kardashian with just as much Botox and fillers, you know, like a real man. If anything this shows how much Putin wants mainstream acceptance because to underwrite a so-called “Summer of Putin” for mainstream America like this takes a commitment to the frivolous predilections of the masses. Which is precisely why you should be very afraid. The visual dynamics of this drivel have been given the utmost consideration, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, “The Putin Interviews is much more visually dynamic than either of its on-camera subjects.” Ouch. Except visuals are one tool of seduction for the masses.

From The Hollywood Reporter.


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