ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST TRUMP INTRODUCED IN HOUSE
The Hill reports, “Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) formally introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday that accuses the president of obstructing justice during the federal investigation of Russia’s 2016 election interference.” About goddamn time! Note, “A majority vote in the House, currently controlled by Republicans, is required to impeach a president. Republicans have a 46-seat advantage.” The Hill reports, “Sherman’s article is unlikely to succeed in the GOP-controlled House, but the California Democrat said he hoped introducing an article of impeachment would serve as a warning to the Trump White House and establish a legislative vehicle in the long-shot event that Republicans endorse forcing Trump out of office.” It also lights a match under every collaborator, enabler and traitor among the Russia Party Republicans.
From The Hill.
RUSSIAN OFFICIALS DISCUSSED TRUMP ASSOCIATES BEFORE CAMPAIGN
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Investigators are re-examining conversations detected by U.S. intelligence agencies in spring 2015 that captured Russian government officials discussing associates of Donald Trump, according to current and former U.S. officials, a move prompted by revelations that the president’s eldest son met with a Russian lawyer last year.” The conversations were captured by American intelligence. According to The Huffington Post, “While WSJ’s sources did not say which associates were mentioned, they noted that the conversations included references to meetings between Trump’s allies and Russian officials held outside the U.S.”
UDAY’S TREASON ARRANGED BY RUSSIA’S PROSECUTOR GENERAL
According to The Daily Beast, “The meeting,” between Donald Jr. aka Uday and a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, “was orchestrated at the behest of Russia’s ‘crown prosecutor’—a non-existent position that seems to refer to the country’s Prosector General”. The Daily Beast reports, “That reference would appear to point to a man named Yury Chaika, a longtime ally of the Putin regime who is tight with Trump’s failed business partner, Aras Agalarov,” father of Russian pop star Emin whose manager Rob Goldstone was the go between for arranging Veselnitskaya to meet Uday, Paul Manafort, and princeling Jared. The Daily Beast notes, “both lawyers have in common is a shared hatred for Putin enemy Bill Browder, the former employer of deceased Russian whistleblower—and namesake of the Magnitsky Act—Sergei Magnitsky.” Veselnitskaya’s role was to attack Magnitsky and discredit him, unsuccessfully, and Chaika hit at Browder, also rather unsuccessfully. Of course as Russia is an oligarchy, Chaika’s sons have used “the prosecutor’s political connections to get rich,” in such “illicit businesses like gambling,” while amassing “fortunes, with properties in Greece and Switzerland,” according to Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, who targeted the troika in a 2015 video. The Daily Beast reports, “Agalarov, the very Trump associate whose meeting with the ‘crown prosecutor’ set Trump Jr. on the chase for anti-Hillary kompromat, went to bat for Chaika in the pages of Kommersant. He purchased an article attacking Navalny and downplaying the corruption alleged in the documentary,” and deflect to Nazis. Is there anyone in Russia’s government who is not an enormous criminal who refers to Nazis to justify themselves? Pussy Riot also attacked Chaika in a video, rapping, “I run the war on corruption here, or to be precise, I run the corruption here”.
From The Daily Beast.
NEW FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY CONFIRMATION HEARING
Given the fallout from Trump firing former FBI Director James Comey it should surprise no one that The Washington Post’s opening salvo on the confirmation hearing of Christopher Wray, Trump’s pick to lead the organization, reports “He testified during his confirmation hearing that no one has asked him for a loyalty oath as part of his nomination, adding, ‘And I sure as heck didn’t offer one.’” How can we be sure or be sure he is not compromised? Only time will tell. Such a great thing, to have to hope against hope these days in Trumpistan now that America is cancelled. Wray also said he “would consider an effort to tamper with [special counsel and ex-FBI] Director Mueller’s investigation unacceptable and inappropriate and would need to be dealt with very sternly indeed.” According to The Washington Post however, “Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) sought Wray’s position on the meeting with the Russian lawyer in June 2016 attended by Trump Jr., Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort. Wray did not answer directly. But when asked whether someone like Graham should take such a meeting, Wray responded: ‘Senator, I think you’d want to consult with some good legal advisers before you do that. . . . I think it would be wise to let the FBI know.’” Hope against hope, it’s the most truthful thing we have to rely on even as hope never dies. Afterall, former Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel “John Yoo testified in 2008 that Wray was among the senior Justice Department officials who would have reviewed memos relating to interrogation techniques during Bush’s first term.” So what is a moral compass? During his confirmation hearing, Wray could “only tell this committee I have no recollection of that, and I think it’s the kind of thing I’d remember.” According to The Washington Post, “Wray said that while he headed the criminal division, the department prosecuted a CIA contractor, David Passaro, who had ‘gone overboard’ in interrogating a detainee in Afghanistan.” What is half a dozen of one and six of the other anyway?
From The Washington Post.
DEMOCRATS SUE TRUMP + ROGER STONE FOR INVASION OF PRIVACY
The New York Times reports, “Two Democratic Party donors and a former party staff member have filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit against President Trump’s campaign and a longtime informal adviser, Roger J. Stone Jr., accusing them of conspiring in the release of hacked Democratic emails and files that exposed their personal information to the public.” It is nice some folks are still pretending that there are laws in Trumpistan and as such that it is a land of rules and laws where justice and liberty for all will prevail. According to The New York Times, “The case was organized by Protect Democracy, a government watchdog group run by former Obama administration lawyers.” While “Mr. Trump and his political advisers, including Mr. Stone, have repeatedly denied colluding with Russia,” the strategy here is “to depose witnesses and obtain campaign emails and other documents during the discovery process that is a standard part of lawsuits.” The New York Times notes, “If a judge permits the case to reach that stage, the lawsuit would become a new and independent fact-finding investigation into the Trump-Russia issue”. The plaintiffs in the case are “Scott Comer, who was the chief of staff in the finance department of the Democratic National Committee, and whose hacked emails revealed to his grandparents that he was gay, which strained family relations,” “Democratic Party donors, Roy Cockrum and Eric Schoenberg, whose Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, and other personal details became public when WikiLeaks published the files.” The New York Times notes the lawsuit “does not name as defendants Russia, which has sovereign immunity, or WikiLeaks, whose founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, is living in the embassy of Ecuador in London.”
From The New York Times.
OF COURSE KASPERSKY LAB HAS BEEN WORKING WITH RUSSIAN INTEL
Bloomberg Businessweek reports, “internal company emails obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek show that Kaspersky Lab has maintained a much closer working relationship with Russia’s main intelligence agency, the FSB, than it has publicly admitted. It has developed security technology at the spy agency’s behest and worked on joint projects the CEO knew would be embarrassing if made public.” Surprise! While “Most major cybersecurity companies maintain close ties to home governments, but the emails are at odds with Kaspersky Lab’s carefully controlled image of being free from Moscow’s influence,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The previously unreported emails, from October 2009, are from a thread between Eugene Kaspersky and senior staff. In Russian, Kaspersky outlines a project undertaken in secret a year earlier ‘per a big request on the Lubyanka side,’ a reference to the FSB offices. Kaspersky Lab confirmed the emails are authentic.” Oh Lubyanka, the biggest whore house in the world! According to Bloomberg Businessweek, “The software that the CEO was referring to had the stated purpose of protecting clients, including the Russian government, from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but its scope went further. Kaspersky Lab would also cooperate with internet hosting companies to locate bad actors and block their attacks, while assisting with ‘active countermeasures,’ a capability so sensitive that Kaspersky advised his staff to keep it secret.” Bloomberg Businessweek notes, “The project lead was Kaspersky Lab’s chief legal officer, Igor Chekunov, a former policeman and KGB officer. Chekunov is the point man for technical support to the FSB and other Russian agencies,” who was arrested in December on charges of treason along with a senior FSB cyber investigator.
From Bloomberg Businessweek.
WHAT TOOK SO LONG? KASPERSKY NO LONGER USG APPROVED VENDOR
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The Trump administration has removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology equipment, amid concerns the cybersecurity firm’s products could be used by the Kremlin to gain entry into U.S. networks.” Shows you how powerless Putin’s puppet really is because this is all the Pentagon. “Kaspersky products have been removed from the U.S. General Services Administration’s list of vendors for contracts that cover information-technology services,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov whined, “We certainly believe that this is a politicized decision”. Too damn bad, Dmitry, no one feels sorry for Russia anymore in Washington for anything, except those sad prostitutes Russia owns.
NATO INTERCEPTS RUSSIAN JETS TWICE LAST WEEK
The Baltic Times reports, “NATO air-policing Jets were last week scrambled twice from Lithuania to intercept Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.” One incident occurred “On July 4,” when “NATO fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian warplane IL-20 en route in the international airspace above the Baltic Sea from mainland Russia to the Kaliningrad region. The airplane had its onboard transponder off, did not have a flight plan but maintained contact with the regional flight control center.” The second incident took place on July 7 as a “Russian IL-20 was flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia,” also without its transponder on.
From The Baltic Times.
RUSSIAN MILITARY EXERCISES IN THE BALTIC SEA UNDERWAY
Newsweek reports, “Russian helicopters on Wednesday staged explosive exercises, destroying maritime targets in the already tense Baltic region, where the U.S. began its own multinational war games just one day earlier.” According to Newsweek, “The Russian military deployed 10 Kamov KA-27 antisubmarine warfare helicopters from the naval aviation branch of its Baltic Fleet to participate in bombing a simulated hostile submarine off the coast of Kaliningrad”. Newsweek notes on Tuesday, NATO “launched a regional exercise called Tobruq Legacy 2017, involving multiple European allies of the U.S. As the rivalry between Russia and NATO heats up, both displayed the readiness and might of their respective armed forces.” Citing a Wednesday Pravda report that circles back to an earlier Newsweek story, on Monday, “Russia and another leading military power, China, conducted live-fire drills in the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, respectively, in preparation for joint war games to be held later this month.” “Russia’s invitation to Chinese forces has sparked concern among Baltic leaders who rely on NATO for protection,” Newsweek notes. To counter these fears, Newsweek reports, “The U.S. has sought to allay these fears with a series of multinational drills, the latest being Tobruq Legacy 2017. The exercise mostly involves Surface-Based Air-Defense (SBAD) forces from the U.S., the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and will include more than 2,200 personnel and 800 vehicles contributed by over 13 nations,” according to NATO’s Allied Air Command at Ramstein Air Base in Uedem, Germany, home to NATO’s Combined Air Operations Center.
HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE SEEKS GREATER COOPERATION WITH SENATE
POLITICO reports, “The House and Senate intelligence committees must do more to coordinate their parallel Russia investigations or risk reaching conflicting conclusions, the House’s top Russia investigator, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), said Wednesday.” POLITICO notes, “Conaway also said it would ‘make some sense’ if the committees issued a unified report at the end of their probes”.
DEMOCRATS PRESS SESSIONS ON PREVEZON CASE TIED TO VESELNITSKAYA
ABC News reports, “Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday questioned the decision by the Trump administration Justice Department to settle a money-laundering forfeiture case with a Russian real estate investment firm that has ties to the Russian lawyer,” Natalia Veselnitskaya, “who met last year with President Donald Trump’s son.” ABC News notes, “Natalia Veselnitskaya represented the owner of Russian firm Prevezon Holdings Ltd.” In a letter sent by “House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers and other Democrats,” they ask “Attorney General Jeff Sessions whether Veselnitskaya had been involved in settlement negotiations between the Russian firm and the Justice Department.” ABC News reports, “Prevezon agreed in May to pay $6 million to the government to avoid a civil trial on charges that the firm had laundered proceeds from an alleged $230 million Russian tax fraud scheme. Veselnitskaya represented Dennis Katsyv, Prevezon’s owner. Katsyv backed a lobbying campaign in Congress and with federal officials last year that was aimed at scuttling the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law,” that targets those in the Russian mafia state linked to the death of the lawyer who once represented Bill Browder, formerly the largest foreign investor in Russia. Curiously, “The House Democrats also asked why the Justice Department settled with Prevezon two days before trial and asked whether Trump, his family or other aides contacted the Justice Department about its case against Prevezon.”
From ABC News.
FIRM THAT ORDERED STEELE DOSSIER CO-FOUNDER ON THE HILL SOON
The Hill reports, “The co-founder of the firm who ordered a salacious dossier on President Trump will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Glenn Simpson’s opposition research firm Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate then-candidate Trump.” The Hill notes, “Simpson will testify before the committee on Wednesday.” Should be fun. Note: Aras Agalarov whose son’s manager arranged for Uday to meet Veselnitskaya is figures prominently in the Steele dossier.
From The Hill.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TRUMP THINKS THE AGALAROVS ARE THE BEST FAMILY IN RUSSIA
Trump also cannot identify who the Nazis are (hint: not the CIA). According to POLITICO, “In Aras Agalarov’s telling, the first time he met President Donald Trump was in the lobby of Trump’s Las Vegas hotel before the 2013 Miss USA pageant. A crowd had gathered to gawk at ‘The Apprentice’ star,” adding, “Their camaraderie was instantaneous.” POLITICO reports citing snob.ru, “’Look who came to me! This is the richest man in Russia!’ Trump warmly declared, as he met Agalarov”. Of course, “Agalarov, who hails from Azerbaijan, was never the richest man in Russia. He says he told Trump that immediately, but that his host wasn’t interested,” POLITICO notes. During that encounter, “Trump regaled Agalarov with his philosophy on prenuptial agreements and gossiped about VIPs in the audience, per the Russian’s account,” POLITICO reports according to the personal account Agalarov delivered to snob.ru. At one point, Trump “turns around: ‘Where are the Agalarovs?’ We say: ‘We’re here.’ And then he declares: ‘I found the best family in Russia!’” Seriously?! How terrible. POLITICO notes, Agalarov’s pop star son “Emin, who was briefly married to and later divorced the daughter of the president of Azerbaijan, released an album in 2014, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. promoted it on Twitter.” Recall Emin’s manager Rob Goldstone served as the go between for Uday, princeling Jared and Paul Manafort’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton. When Miss Universe was in Moscow, “one of Agalarov’s developments — Crocus City Hall,” served as the venue for Trump’s pageant.
HACKERS HACK HACKS HOTELS, AGAIN
The Washington Post reports, “Guests at 14 Trump properties, including hotels in Washington, New York and Vancouver, have had their credit card information exposed, marking the third time in as many years that a months-long security breach has affected customers of the chain of luxury hotels.” Gee what corrupt mafia state might be fucking with the American president and his businesses? A 300-pound guy again, no doubt. See: not even patronizing the orange Russian bullshit lunatic’s businesses protects you from anything, in fact quite the opposite, it exposes you to a world of financial hurt. According to a notice on Trump Hotels’ website, “The latest instance occurred between August 2016 and March 2017,” and “and included guest names, addresses and phone numbers, as well as credit card numbers and expiration dates. The breach took place on the systems of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a reservation booking service used by Trump Hotels,” The Washington Post reports. “The hotel chain has probably become even more appealing to hackers in recent months,” Peter W. Singer, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation told The Washington Post, adding, “because it has attracted a steady stream of Republican lawmakers, industry lobbyists and foreign dignitaries seeking to conduct business with the president.” Emoluments do not mean a thing. In fact, nothing means a thing until Trumpistan is over, the regime falls and we can get started on a second republic, hopefully skipping over a third reich before and after in the process.
From The Washington Post.
MEN’S RIGHTS MATTER TO US SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
The Daily Beast reports, “Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos,” the sister of notorious mercenary company Blackwater (now Frontier Services Group) founder Erik Prince, “will hear personal accounts on Thursday from two former students and attorneys representing men who allege they were falsely accused of rape”. The decision to give an extraordinarily fair hear these valiant “men’s rights activists,” was announced by “a spokesperson for Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), a nonprofit that is described by the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) as promoting misogyny.” So then who is protecting a man’s right to get off anywhere, anytime – not just in the legal sense but also sexually speaking? It’s not really rape if the man derived pleasure from it and got off, it’s just the women, or men, who say that, amirite? Everyone should be so grateful DeVos has the time to meet with such noble souls! According to “Chris Perry, SAVE’s deputy executive director and an attorney who will also attend,” said, “SAVE’s goal was to open a dialogue with Secretary DeVos about the adjudication of on-campus sexual assault cases.” Don’t you want your daughter in school with real men of the Trump era? Young men need to know this administration will protect their right to violate. Of course “SAVE says the organization believes that ‘intrusive questions about the accuser’s prior sexual history’ should be permitted,” because is it not the fault of one’s sexual past if they are raped? Is it even rape if a woman, or man, is not a virgin? If you consent once, that consent is irrevocable and given for all time, forever and ever, in perpetuity to pretty much anyone but a Mexican, a Muslim, a black person or whoever is the out group of the week in Trumpworld and among the Trumpenproletariat. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, SAVE’s “overarching goal as ‘lobbying to roll back services for victims of domestic abuse and penalties for their tormentors, while working to return the focus to the ‘true victims of abuse’ — the falsely accused.” They are not advocating camps for the “false accusers” — yet — but let us just say that is what abyss of a road this puts us on. Rape camps, totally innovative idea! Only Milosevic with a bad comb over knows what is right in this world! As DeVos is the Secretary of Education, maybe she could even push for reeducation camps?
From The Daily Beast.
BEING A REPUBLICAN IS AS COOL AS BEING A PART OF THE PUTINOCRACY
The Washington Post reports, “Joe Scarborough, the conservative co-host of MSNBC’s political commentary show ‘Morning Joe,’ is leaving the Republican Party.” Being a Republican in the era of Trump is about as cool as being a member of the Putinocracy. The announcement, which Scarborough made “Tuesday night during an appearance on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ alongside his co-host [and fiancé] Mika Brzezinski,” comes after Trump tweeted, “Brzezinski ‘was bleeding badly from a facelift’ when he saw her and Scarborough during a brief visit to Mar-a-Lago last year.” As The Washington Post notes, “the two… once considered Trump a friend but distanced themselves from the president during his campaign.” See: what being friends with Trump does for you? Absolutely nothing. It is the old Stalin school of power so beloved in the Kremlin these days, namely use people until they have no worth for you then dispose of them, minus the mass slaughter – yet. Scarborough “told Colbert that he still believes in the core values of conservatism — lower taxes, small government — but that the party’s silence in the face of Trump’s racism is unacceptable,” insisting “the modern day Republican Party was ‘not a party that Ronald Reagan could associate with’”. White people in America are still unable to reconcile Reagan’s rightful hawkishness on Russia with the devastation he wrought on the black community at home. It’s a start? Sigh.
From The Washington Post.
SEAN HANNITY, FAUX NEWS FOX’S PURE KREMLIN HACK
The Washington Post reports, “Sean Hannity’s defense of Donald Trump Jr. during his Fox News interview on Tuesday evening began with a lengthy and muddled pastiche of ways in which the Democrats — and Hillary Clinton in particular — had behaved just as badly”. Guess how? Have you seen Russian propaganda in the last 48 hours, if so, you will have no trouble figuring the answer involves Hillary, Ukraine and a heaping pile of bullshit. The accusations center around Alexandra Chalupa and a hit job POLITICO ran on her back in January for having the audacity to do what the press failed to do up until that point, namely research Paul Manafort’s work in Ukraine. You see, when the press does no digging, political campaigns have to fill the gap and deliver the goods or else there is no sense relying on a bankrupt media – bankrupt both morally and financially. The Washington Post notes, “a Ukrainian American herself, Chalupa had been researching Paul Manafort’s work in,” Ukraine, “even before he was tapped to serve as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in March of last year.” The Washington Post notes, “Chalupa allegedly also worked with the Ukrainian Embassy in researching Manafort and any links between Russia and Trump. In an interview with Politico, she describes the embassy staff as being ‘helpful’ in trying to answer her questions,” and that “Chalupa’s work with the party ended in July.” This is rather different than the Ukrainians offering up dirt on Trump or trying to buy him or Hillary over 30 years, which is not to say both so-called dynasties do not have their issues. So as Sean Hannity drums this bullshit up, “The short-hand version of this story — Russia helped Trump, but Ukraine helped Clinton! — suffers badly from a collapse of scale,” The Washington Post reports. As usual, Sean Hannity echoes Russian propaganda that blames Ukraine for the election hacking, a heaping pile of bullshit Russian propaganda has promulgated since at least February, according to The Moscow Times. Ukraine did not hack our elections, our nuclear plants, our banks, and loot and pillage and blackmail along the way, sorry conspiracy theory kids.
From The Washington Post.
CONSPIRACY NUT INFO WARS’ ALEX JONES SAYS HE’S UNDER INVESTIGATION
The Washington Examiner reports, “Info Wars host Alex Jones said in a Tuesday broadcast that he’s under ‘criminal espionage investigation,’ as federal authorities look for connections between his popular internet and radio program and Russian actors.” According to The Washington Examiner, “The Federal Election Commission is expected to discuss Thursday whether to investigate if Russia colluded with far-right websites in order to boost President Trump’s 2016 campaign after news reports accused sites including Breitbart and InfoWars of receiving Russian support.” Money says they did as Russia loves polluting the infosphere with bullshit, lies and conspiracy.
From The Washington Examiner.
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