The Wall Street Journal reports, “Some of President Donald Trump’s lawyers earlier this summer concluded that Jared Kushner should step down as senior White House adviser because of possible legal complications related to a probe of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election and aired concerns about him to the president”. Who would run the money operation then? At least we know he is too puerile to be gun running with the big boys. So princeling Jared stayed on and every day he does his existence places Trump in peril. Stay on, kid, stay on ‘til the bitter end and then testify against him, please, for the reality show. This is not a presidential administration this is all just a reality show. This is the best true lie you can tell yourself.

From The Wall Street Journal.



The Washington Free Beacon reports, “Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. spoke at the Pentagon Monday, addressing a crowd that included the families and friends of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, and survivors who were at the Pentagon that day. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis were also present at the ceremony.” At the ceremony, Dunford said, “Instead of hopelessness, our mourning turned into action, and we have strengthened our commitment to the idea that the freedom of many should never be endangered by the hatred of a few.” That is not even thinly veiled. Doubtful Dunford looked at Charlottesville and saw “some very fine people,” and violence on “both sides”. Trump was probably not paying attention.

From The Washington Free Beacon.



USA Today reports, “Hillary Clinton says she is now convinced that associates of candidate Donald Trump helped Russia meddle in the 2016 presidential election.” She has a book coming out this week so a good – and lucrative – time to say so, but nonetheless significant in the annals of U.S. history. Clinton told USA Today, “there’s no doubt in my mind that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win. And there’s no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his operation with Russian money. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the Trump campaign and other associates have worked really hard to hide their connections with Russians.” Clinton also said, “I happen to believe in the rule of law and believe in evidence, so I’m not going to go off and make all kinds of outrageous claims. But if you look at what we’ve learned since (the election), it’s pretty troubling.” That “rule of law” and “evidence” part is a nice dig at the authoritarian trash hawking conspiracies and racism, sexism and misogyny squatting in the White House. Just think how close we were to the continuation of normal life with her.

From USA Today.



Yahoo! News reports, “The FBI recently questioned a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, the Russian-government-funded news agency, as part of an investigation into whether it is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).” Yahoo! News adds, “the bureau has obtained a thumb drive containing thousands of internal Sputnik emails and documents — material that could potentially help prosecutors build a case that the news agency played a role in the Russian government ‘influence campaign’ that was waged during last year’s presidential election”. Russian state-run Sputnik’s previous White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg turned over the e-mails, which he downloaded before he was fired in May. Feinberg “confirmed to Yahoo News that he was questioned for more than two hours on Sept. 1 by an FBI agent and a Justice Department national security lawyer at the bureau’s Washington field office.” For extra deliciousness, note “The investigation appears to center on whether Sputnik should be covered by the foreign agents registration law, a 1938 act passed by Congress to combat Nazi propaganda.” According to Yahoo! News, “The FBI reached out to Feinberg shortly after another former Sputnik staffer, Joseph John Fionda, sent a letter to the Justice Department’s national security division detailing a series of similar accusations against the news organization and requested that it be investigated for FARA violations.” Accordingly, “Fionda told Yahoo News he also sent ‘a big packet’ of information to the division on or about Aug. 15.” Yahoo! News reports, “In his letter to Justice, Fionda said he was employed by RIA Global LLC, a media company associated with Sputnik, from Sept. 5 to Oct. 19, 2015. During that time, Fionda wrote, Sputnik conducted ‘a perception management information warfare program’ about Russia’s military involvement in Syria. He said the news organization falsely described Russia’s targets in that country as ‘terrorists’ affiliated with the jihadist group ISIS when, he asserted, the Russian forces were actually bombing other anti-Assad rebel groups.” According to Yahoo! News, “Fionda said his last straw with Sputnik came on Oct. 19, 2015, after excerpts of private emails from then-CIA Director John Brennan were published by a hacker on Twitter. He claimed Gavasheli, Sputnik’s U.S. editor in chief, asked him to ‘obtain the CIA Director’s stolen emails’ from the hacker.” Fionda said, “I refused because I believed this was a solicitation to espionage”.

From Yahoo! News.



Bloomberg reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded former Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak the Alexander Nevsky medal, one of the country’s highest civilian honors, the Kremlin said Monday.” Bloomberg notes, “Kislyak was honored for his ‘great contribution to the implementation of the foreign-policy course of the Russian Federation,’ according to a text of the decree”. In other news, fuck you, Russia.

From Bloomberg.





Business Insider reports DARKNESS AT NUNES “attempt to deflect in the Trump-Russia probe could be about to backfire.” According to Business Insider, “Intelligence documents obtained by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes — who subpoenaed the National Security Agency, FBI, and CIA for them earlier this summer without telling his Democratic colleagues — contain no evidence of wrongdoing by the Obama administration, Reuters reported Monday.” However, “the memos do indicate that some of Trump’s associates made contact with Russian nationals during the election that may have violated an 18th-century law called the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from attempting to intervene in a conflict between the US and a foreign government.” NOTE: “It is unclear whether Nunes will share the content of the intelligence reports with his fellow committee members.”

From Business Insider.



The Daily Beast reports, “A controversial White House aide has gone back to work on Capitol Hill for the chairman of the House intelligence committee,” because DARKNESS AT NUNES! Derek Harvey, he of the political Maoists, deep state, and Islamists are seeking the removal of Trump and make up the bulk of the resistance. He was fired by General H.R. McMaster back in July as a signal the counter-coup was underway along with two of his batshit colleagues, including notably Ezra Cohen-Watnick. Sadly for America, the Russians probably did not need to give any of them anything to huff, they are all just that stupid and that is what still hurts TRUMPISTAN WATCH the most: the overwhelming stupid. Like DARKNESS AT NUNES, we must ask, why is this stupid man in our lives?

From The Daily Beast.





The Washington Post reports, “Nine months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, pictures of the president and Vice President Pence are missing from thousands of federal courthouses, laboratories, military installations, ports of entry, office suites and hallways, and from U.S. embassies abroad.” Wow, that is something that often gets swapped on day one. There is a famous photograph of a Guantanamo detention center captain switching the photos of Bush and Obama on Obama’s Inauguration Day. This cannot be some sort of accident, but what it is instead is something far more remarkable. Note, The Washington Post reports, “The changeover appears to be tangled in a bit of red tape and mystery.” Curiously, “Federal agencies ordered photographs of their new commander in chief months ago. But they say they are still waiting for the Government Publishing Office, the printer of official portraits, to send them for distribution by the General Services Administration, which owns or leases 9,600 federal buildings across the country.” Here is where it gets crazy. The Washington Post writes, “The Government Publishing Office says it has yet to receive the images from the White House. And the White House says the president and vice president have not yet decided when they will sit for the type of high-quality official photographs usually churned out by the modern GPO, continuing a portrait tradition that began after the Civil War.” Trump not sitting for a portrait?! This is the most un-Trump thing to ever happen since Trump happened giving us the situation and the horrors of Trumpistan. It’s like they know they should not be there and are fakes squatting in the highest offices of the land. No one tell them otherwise, it’s the truth, although Pence is totally tolerable when he is abroad and sticking to the presidential role script.

From The Washington Post.



Mediaite reports, “During a televised panel on the Russian show Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov, a member of Russia’s parliament claimed that his country ‘stole’ America’s 2016 presidential election.” Vyacheslav Nikonov said, [American] intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States”. Incorrect, the intelligence community and military were actually the only ones who were not sleeping.

From Mediaite.



BBC Trending reports, “Co-ordinated groups of Twitter bots pushing pro-Russian propaganda have developed an odd but occasionally effective strategy – retweeting messages that the bot-makers disagree with and flooding their enemies with followers.” BBC Trending notes, “Bots – automated or semi-automated accounts which tweet or retweet automatically – have been at the centre of allegations of Russian interference in Western elections. US intelligence agencies claim that bots spread false news stories and misinformation during the 2016 presidential election campaign. And networks of bots were also involved in spreading memes, gifs and misinformation in the run-up to the French presidential election in spring 2017.” BBC Trending adds, “Experts say the bots could be trying to clog up accounts with mentions, or even get their enemies suspended from the social network”.

From BBC Trending.





The Guardian reports, “It’s known for its low-cut swimsuits, lavish ballgowns and shimmering tiaras, but on Sunday, Miss America’s 91st pageant took a distinctly political turn.” According to The Guardian, the final five contestants, “took it in turns to criticize Trump, the former owner of the rival Miss Universe pageant, on an array of topics including climate change, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and white supremacist rallies.” Sadly the contestant hit with the Russia question is full of shit and clearly has not been reading TRUMPISTAN WATCH because otherwise she would know! Like all you TRUMPISTAN WATCHians do!

From The Guardian.


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