TRUMP DID NOT TALK ABOUT RUSSIAN ELECTION HACKING IN UN SPEECH
Surprise! POLITICO clearly found nothing to mock in our very fake president’s very real speech to the U.N. General Assembly to slap a headline like “Trump warns that major portions of the world ‘are going to hell’”. POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea and its ‘Rocket Man’ leader, warned the ‘murderous’ Iranian government that it cannot endure, and declared that much of the world is ‘going to hell.’” Yes, it’s true, that all happened. The Daily Beast notes, “If you liked the #MAGA speech that the American president just delivered to the UN, you’ll love the original version—the one spoken by the Russian president delivered in 2015.” He did not discuss Russia’s election hacking.
From POLITICO and The Daily Beast.
TRUMP USING RNC + CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO PAY LEGAL BILLS
Reuters reports, “President Donald Trump is using money donated to his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election”. Reuters notes, “The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows the use of private campaign funds to pay legal bills arising from being a candidate or elected official,” but still SO tacky. And of course, “Trump would be the first U.S. president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds to cover the costs of responding to a criminal probe.” Reuters reports, “One person familiar with the matter said the first payments, the amount of which Reuters could not determine, has already been made and would be disclosed in public filings.” Can’t wait, especially since our fake president claims to be a real billionaire.
HOW MUCH IS IT COSTING TO DEFEND THE FAKE BILLIONAIRE PRESIDENT?
POLITICO reports, “The Republican National Committee has spent nearly a quarter-million dollars on President Donald Trump’s legal bills, an RNC official confirmed on Tuesday.” Broken down, POLITICO reports, “The RNC, which is expected to release its August spending totals on Wednesday, has totaled expenditures of more than $230,000 on the president’s Russia-related legal fees: $131,250 to Jay Sekulow and $100,000 to John Dowd, both of whom are part of Trump’s personal legal team. The RNC also spent nearly $200,000 to cover Donald Trump Jr.’s legal fees, according to a committee official. More than $166,000 was paid to attorney Alan Futerfas, while another $30,000 was paid to the Williams & Jensen firm. Both helped the younger Trump prepare for testimony.” And the fake president claims to be a real billionaire. And the emperor has the finest clothes. What a fucking sham this all is.
ELEVEN YEARS OF MANAFORT’S LIFE + BULLSHIT FOCUS OF MUELLER PROBE
CNN reports, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is reaching back more than a decade in its investigation of Paul Manafort, a sign of the pressure Mueller is placing on President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.” CNN notes that it “is the latest indication that Mueller’s team is going well beyond Russian meddling during the campaign as part of its investigation of Trump campaign associates.” CNN reports, “FBI agents entered with guns drawn and insisted on searching Kathleen Manafort for weapons, a standard part of FBI searches but a jarring event for the Manaforts”. Imagine all and everyone they have to fear! CNN notes, “Mueller’s team has warned Manafort that they are working to charge him with possible tax and financial crimes, the sources said, an indication the investigation could be in an advanced stage.”
I SPY PAUL MANAFORT COLLUDING WITH THE RUSSIANS IN 2016
CBS News reports, “Long before the special counsel began investigating Russian meddling in the U.S. election — and whether anyone in the Trump campaign was involved – Paul Manafort was the target of an FBI investigation. It included electronic surveillance of the one-time Trump campaign chairman.” CBS News breaks the news that “surveillance on Manafort occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign.” Oh, goodie! And still Trump hired him.
From CBS News.
TRUMP LAWYER MICHAEL COHEN: “JUST DOING MY JOB.”
Might the Special Counsel Robert Mueller have anything to do with this delay? The Washington Post reports, “Michael Cohen, a close associate of President Trump and former lawyer for his business, has agreed to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee for a public hearing next month, after investigators abruptly canceled a private Tuesday session with him.” He released a statement, though, where among other things he details his role in the letter of intent for a Trump Tower Moscow that never came through. The most chilling part has obvious historical echoes. The Washington Post reports, “‘This was solely a real-estate deal and nothing more,’ he said in his written testimony to the committee. ‘I was doing my job.’” Oh where and when have we heard that before? The AP adds, “Committee leaders said they called off the interview after Michael Cohen sent a public opening statement to the media just as the meeting was about to start. Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and the panel’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, issued a sharp statement saying the panel had asked Cohen to ‘refrain from public comment’ and that they would request he return — this time for a public hearing.”
ZAPAD WATCH: “SPILLS OVER INTO NATO AIRSPACE”
Newsweek reports, “Two Russian military jets entered NATO ally Lithuania’s airspace over the weekend, a violation which prompted the Lithuanian government to demand an ‘immediate explanation’ from the Russian ambassador. Moscow has accused its neighbor of playing politics over the event.” In a statement on Monday, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement, “The incident took place in the evening on 16 September, when two Russian military aircraft Il-76 entered Lithuania’s airspace and stayed there for up to 2 minutes”. According to Newsweek, citing the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, “the violation took place around 11:00 p.m. and the two aircraft had made it several nautical miles deep into the airspace of Lithuania, on their way to Kaliningrad. NATO did not scramble jets because the Russian warplanes had noted their destination in a flight plan”.
DEPUTY AG ROD ROSENSTEIN INTERVIEWED IN MUELLER PROBE
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey”.
From The Wall Street Journal.
SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE WANTS FACEBOOK FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Bloomberg reports, “The Senate Intelligence Committee expects representatives of Facebook Inc. to testify at a public hearing examining Russia’s use of social media to influence last year’s U.S. presidential election.” Bloomberg adds, “The panel hasn’t yet determined all of the issues that will be covered or invited company representatives, Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, told reporters in Washington Tuesday.”
WHAT ISN’T FACEBOOK SHARING? OH, EVERYTHING
The Washington Post reports, “House and Senate investigators have grown increasingly concerned that Facebook is withholding key information that could illuminate the shape and extent of a Russian propaganda campaign aimed at tilting the U.S. presidential election”. The Washington Post adds, “Among the information Capitol Hill investigators are seeking is the full internal draft report from an inquiry the company conducted this spring into Russian election meddling but did not release at the time”. The Washington Post notes, “A 13-page ‘white paper’ that Facebook published in April drew from this fuller internal report but left out critical details about how the Russian operation worked and how Facebook discovered it”. Because it was all over the news while the CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in total and complete denial? The Washington Post reports, “Investigators believe the company has not fully examined all potential ways that Russians could have manipulated Facebook’s sprawling social media platform,” which is so totally true. Could their possibly even be some Russian money splashing into the company no through advertising but investing say? Must we be forced to ask if the company is infiltrated or otherwise compromised from within? The Washington Post notes, “Facebook spokesman Tom Reynolds said the company has worked to be as transparent as possible,” which is of course complete and total horse shit. Facebook is lying to all of us and you should punish it by not sharing every banal detail of your life with it.
From The Washington Post.
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TRUMP TALKS OF LOVE OF MILITARY PARADES, WANTS ONE FOR DC
CNN reports that when our lunatic traitor trash fake puppet president met with the leader of free and sovereign France Emmanuel Macron on the sideline of the UN General Assembly Monday, he took the opportunity to praise the military parade Marcon invited him to. CNN reports, “’I do want to say that I was your guest at Bastille Day,’ Trump said, according to a transcript of remarks from the White House. ‘It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen. It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France.’” CNN adds, “He told Macron he wants to have a similar parade in the United States to show off his country’s military force.” Trump said, “We’re going to have to try and top it”.
SENATE DEMS INTRODUCE BILL TO KEEP TRUMP FROM SPLURING ON SELF
The Washington Examiner reports, “A new bill from Senate Democrats would prohibit officials working for the executive branch from using taxpayer-funded travel expenses to stay or eat at any property owned by President Trump and other top administration officials.” Evidently properties belonging to our fake billionaire fake president have been charging government rack room rates because the tub of you-know-what can.
From The Washington Examiner.
TRUMPISTAN WATCH WILL NOT REHABILITATE SEAN SPICER
The New York Times reports, “During his surprise comedy skit at the Emmys on Sunday, Sean Spicer may have made light of his six-month tenure as the White House press secretary, but a message was also embedded in his performance. In an interview on Monday morning, Mr. Spicer said he now regrets one of his most infamous moments as press secretary: his decision to charge into the White House briefing room in January and criticize accurate news reports that President Barack Obama’s inauguration crowd was bigger than President Trump’s.” Not his worse offense, not even close. By far Spicer’s most egregious blunder was calling concentration camps “Holocaust centers” and insisting Hitler never used chemical weapons on Passover. Why go there unless you are dumb as all hell?
From The New York Times.
FOX FILES FOR ARBITRATION OR DISMISSAL IN SETH RICH LAWSUIT
The New York Times reports, “Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, have filed a motion to move the defamation and racial discrimination lawsuit involving a Fox News article about the death of a young Democratic aide from a New York federal court to arbitration.” According to The New York Times, “In the alternative, Fox said that the lawsuit should be dismissed, calling the claims ‘without merit and legally insufficient’ and saying that the ‘defamation claim is itself founded on a falsehood.’” The New York Times notes, “The lawsuit was filed in August by Rod Wheeler, a private detective who was hired by the family of the aide, Seth Rich, to look into his death. Mr. Wheeler said in the suit that the network fabricated quotations from him in an article about Mr. Rich on FoxNews.com. The article was retracted after it was published”.
From The New York Times.
WIKILEAKS RELEASES SOMETHING ON RUSSIA BUT WE ALREADY KNEW OF IT
Tech Crunch has an ill-informed piece on some supposed WikiLeaks release on Russia. It’s about the Russian mafia state’s internet and cell surveillance technology SORM. Pity Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan reported on it years ago in Red Web and so we already know about it. For his part, Soldatov told The Washington Post, “I don’t think it’s a real expose,” adding, “It actually adds a few details to the picture, [but] it’s not that much.” But now one supposes WikiLeaks can check a box whereby they and their lunatic supporters and conspiracy theory loser followers can pretend they are not really just a Russian front. Obviously these followers and excuser/apologists are the most well informed on things concerning Russia, more than 17 US intelligence agencies including the CIA.
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RIBBON CUTTING FOR STATUE OF KALASHNIKOV
Reuters reports, “Russia on Tuesday unveiled a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle that became by some estimates the most lethal weapon ever made and the best known Russian brand abroad.” In reality, e.g. planet not Russian propaganda, Kalashnikov suffered the conscience of a man who inadvertently had his name attached to one of humanity’s greatest killers through the effectiveness of his design. Reuters reports, “Perched atop a pedestal in a tiny square on Moscow’s busy Garden Ring thoroughfare, the statue of Kalashnikov, who died in 2013, has him dressed in a bomber jacket and clutching an AK-47 in both hands. ‘I created a weapon for the defence of my fatherland,’ runs a Kalashnikov quote hewn on the pedestal.” Unwritten subtext: so uncle Józef would not have me killed in cold blood.
THIS IS BASICALLY WHY RUSSIA CAN NEVER ADVANCE BEYOND PATHETIC
Meduza reports, “Pavel Pozhigailo, the head of the Russian Culture Ministry’s Public Council, has requested an advance copy of Armando Iannucci’s upcoming comedy-drama film ‘The Death of Stalin,’ warning that the movie should be banned in Russia, if it proves as controversial as another upcoming movie about the ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska and her relationship with Nicholas II before he became tsar.” According to Meduza, Pozhigailo said, “The public should simply initiate a review by experts who will say whether it is an attempt to incite national hatred or offend certain feelings, and determine if the film is a danger”. Ah yes, “the public”! Our companies have been hacked for offending foreign leaders and every type of horror conceivable short of Donald Trump has been enacted against the president from zombies to Armageddon to “The Manchurian Candidate” in our cinema. Yet our state barely intervenes in such bullshit and is not threatened by such things – yet. So welcome to a glimpse into some even more horrible, yet more dystopian future where the Russian mafia state sucks up even more oxygen from culture and society. We cannot let it get so bad.
MELANIA BILLBOARDS REMOVED FROM CROATIA
Newsweek reports, “Two billboards for an English-language school were quickly removed from the Croatian capital Tuesday after first lady Melania Trump threatened to sue because the use of her likeness suggested she had endorsed the school’s message, ‘Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English.’”
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