TRUMP WANTS MORE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA OVER ARMS CONTROL
The Moscow Times reports, “U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered his administration to draw up new sanctions against Russian officials over arms control violations, adding to the expanding list of measures imposed against Moscow.” Funny how Russia so utterly failed to grasp the Billy Bush principle, namely everything Trump touches turns to shit. He will also throw everyone and everything over to save himself. The Moscow Times adds, “On Wednesday, Trump ordered State Secretary Mike Pompeo to draft sanctions in accordance with an annual defense policy bill that lawmakers passed last year. The bill accuses Russia of deploying a ground-based cruise missile in violation of the 1987 pact that bans testing and fielding missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,417 miles), known as the INF Treaty. Russian officials deny violating the treaty and say that the missile in question can’t fly that far. Senior Russian government figures could face visa bans, transaction prohibitions and ‘any other sanctions the President determines to be appropriate’ under the $700 billion bill that Trump signed in December 2017.”
From The Moscow Times.
TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES STORMY PAYMENT IN FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE
The New York Times reports, “President Trump’s financial disclosure, released on Wednesday, included for the first time repayment of more than $100,000 to his personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, in 2017, raising questions about whether Mr. Trump’s sworn filing from a year ago improperly omitted the debt.” The New York Times adds, “Mr. Trump’s financial disclosure, released by the Office of Government Ethics, did not specify the purpose of the payment.” The New York Times notes, “Mr. Trump repaid Mr. Cohen $100,001 to $250,000 in 2017, according to a footnote in the filing.”
From The New York Times.
TRUMP APPOINTED ETHICS CHIEF KNOCKS HIM OVER STORMY PAYMENT
POLITICO reports, “The government’s top ethics officer told the Justice Department on Wednesday that President Donald Trump should have disclosed last year that he reimbursed his longtime personal attorney for a ‘hush money’ payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The letter from David Apol, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, came as that office also released Trump’s most recent financial disclosure form, a 92-page document that included the reimbursement to attorney Michael Cohen as a footnote.” POLITICO notes, “While the document provides the firmest proof yet of Trump’s involvement in the slow-brewing scandal around the $130,000 ‘hush money’ deal struck shortly before the election over an alleged affair between Trump and Daniels, it’s not clear what consequences Trump may face for failing to disclose the transaction,” adding, “It’s unclear if DOJ is investigating the lack of disclosure.” (More on the financial disclosure form in “KNOW YOUR ENEMY”.) The New York Times notes, “In a highly unusual letter, the Office of Government Ethics alerted the Justice Department on Wednesday to the omission, telling Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, that the ethics office had determined ‘the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported as a liability.’” The New York Times adds, “David J. Apol, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, sent Mr. Rosenstein a copy of Mr. Trump’s current and previous financial form, noting in his letter that ‘you may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the president’s prior report that was signed on June 14, 2017.’” Apol was appointed by Trump, too. At least they are not all lackeys for Twitler and his brand of massively corrupt evil.
CORRUPTION FOR DUMMIES: THE COVER UP IS WORSE THAN THE CRIME
The New Yorker reports, “Last week, several news outlets obtained financial records showing that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, had used a shell company to receive payments from various firms with business before the Trump Administration. In the days since, there has been much speculation about who leaked the confidential documents, and the Treasury Department’s inspector general has launched a probe to find the source. That source, a law-enforcement official, is speaking publicly for the first time, to The New Yorker, to explain the motivation: the official had grown alarmed after being unable to find two important reports on Cohen’s financial activity in a government database. The official, worried that the information was being withheld from law enforcement, released the remaining documents.” The New Yorker notes, “The payments to Cohen that have emerged in the past week come primarily from a single document, a ‘suspicious-activity report’ filed by First Republic Bank, where Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants, L.L.C., maintained an account.” The New Yorker adds, “The report also refers to two previous suspicious-activity reports, or sars, that the bank had filed, which documented even larger flows of questionable money into Cohen’s account. Those two reports detail more than three million dollars in additional transactions—triple the amount in the report released last week. Which individuals or corporations were involved remains a mystery. But, according to the official who leaked the report, these sars were absent from the database maintained by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or fincen. The official, who has spent a career in law enforcement, told me, ‘I have never seen something pulled off the system. . . . That system is a safeguard for the bank. It’s a stockpile of information. When something’s not there that should be, I immediately became concerned.’ The official added, ‘That’s why I came forward.’” Well holy shit! The whistleblower told The New Yorker, “The official who released the suspicious-activity reports was aware of the risks, but said fears that the missing reports might be suppressed compelled the disclosure. ‘We’ve accepted this as normal, and this is not normal,’ the official said. ‘Things that stand out as abnormal, like documents being removed from a system, are of grave concern to me.’ Of the potential for legal consequences, the official said, ‘To say that I am terrified right now would be an understatement.’ But, referring to the released report, as well as the potential contents of the missing reports, the official also added, ‘This is a terrifying time to be an American, to be in this situation, and to watch all of this unfold.’” Amen. Read every word.
From The New Yorker.
GIULIANI CLAIMS MUELLER SAID HE CAN’T INDICT A SITTING PRESIDENT
CNN reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has informed President Donald Trump’s attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President’s lawyer,” Rudy Giulaini. TRUMPISTAN WATCH is going ahead and calling bullshit, citing raging legal debates on the matter and the source. Even CNN notes, “That conclusion is likely based on longstanding Justice Department guidelines. It is not about any assessment of the evidence Mueller’s team has compiled.” CNN adds, “A lack of an indictment would not necessarily mean the President is in the clear. Mueller could issue a report making referrals or recommendations to the House of Representatives.” Also, “The inability to indict a sitting president has been the position of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department since the Nixon administration and reaffirmed in the Clinton administration, but it has never been tested in court.” And in the interest of due diligence on Giuliani’s claims, “CNN reached out to Mueller’s team. They declined to comment.” Furthermore, “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein publicly discussed the issue earlier this month at an event held by the Freedom Forum Institute. He was asked if a sitting president can be indicted. ‘I’m not going to answer this in the context of any current matters, so you shouldn’t draw any inference about it,’ Rosenstein said. ‘But the Department of Justice has in the past, when the issue arose, has opined that a sitting President cannot be indicted. There’s been a lot of speculation in the media about this, I just don’t have anything more to say about it.’”
BIPARTISAN SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE FINDS RUSSIA HELPED TRUMP
POLITICO reports, “Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday endorsed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election to help President Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.” The findings are “a powerful bipartisan endorsement of a conclusion that had been called into question by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who have accused intelligence agencies of failing to employ proper ‘tradecraft’ when they concluded Russia came to support Trump’s candidacy.” POLITICO notes, “The committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), said the panel would issue a full report on its findings after a declassification review by the intelligence community.” And, “in a statement, Burr said: “Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions. There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections.” Of note, “The Senate Intelligence Committee’s findings don’t address the most explosive aspect of their work, which is still ongoing: whether Trump associates worked with Russians to coordinate the anti-Clinton effort.”
SENATE INTEL RELEASES 2,500 PAGES ON TRUMP TOWER MEETING
NPR reports, “The Senate Judiciary Committee released more than 2,500 pages of documents on Wednesday related to its investigation about a meeting in 2016 between top Donald Trump aides and a delegation of Russians who promised to help their campaign. The material, which includes interview transcripts and other ‘exhibits,’ is available here.” Each piece of this is like a little present! What stands out for TRUMPISTAN WATCH is the breathtaking stupidity of Uday and Emin Agalarov, even Rob Goldstone, a pliant fool as easy to play as putty, looks like the brightest of the lot. NPR adds, “The transcripts and notes reaffirm accounts of the meeting that people involved have already given — that Donald Trump Jr. and his compatriots sought ‘dirt’ offered them on Hillary Clinton and received some political intelligence tip but nothing as explosive as they’d hoped.” NPR recalls, “President Trump and Trump Jr. initially said the meeting was about ‘adoptions,’ then modified their stories after Trump Jr. released the email thread in which he received his offer of help from the Russians.” NPR notes, “Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, authorized the release of the new material”. Suggested reading: the Rob Goldstone evidence package as it includes some delicious correspondence with the star chasing Emin. There is also a letter of intent to help Trump from none other than his Daddy, Aras Agalarov, tucked into the Uday evidence package. Merry treason documents!
WHAT’S IN THE DOCUMENTS RELEASED BY THE SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE
POLITICO reports, “Attorneys for Donald Trump Jr. sought to coordinate public statements for attendees of a June 2016 meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and top Trump campaign aides after news broke of the controversial sit-down, according to transcripts released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.” POLITICO adds, “after the meeting became public last year, Trump Jr. claimed that only Russian adoption policy was discussed. And even before reporting revealed the meeting, the new transcripts show that his lawyer had begun reaching out to multiple participants to get their accounts straight regarding the day in question.” POLITICO notes, “President Trump himself is reported to have helped craft a statement about the 2016 meeting that portrayed it as dealing largely with Russian adoption laws and not campaign matters, which obscured its initial portrayal to Trump Jr. as a chance to receive dirt on Clinton.” Most implausibly, the biggest red flag for lies and bullshit in a field of them is, “Trump Jr. told the Senate panel that he could not recall ever talking with his father about the government’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.” The best part? POLITICO reports, “It seems no party involved in the Trump Tower gathering was happy with the outcome. According to Goldstone, Kushner expressed frustration during the meeting with a presentation by Veselnitskaya. Goldstone described Kushner as ‘somewhat agitated’ and ‘infuriate[d]’ during the meeting, and he apparently asked the Kremlin-linked lawyer at one point to ‘focus a bit more and maybe just start again?’” Does this mean princeling Jared is part of the problem, not the solution? My goodness, it does. POLITICO adds, “Goldstone also thought things weren’t going well during the meeting, telling congressional investigators that he sent Kaveladze a WhatsApp message saying, ‘this is embarrassing,’ and that Kaveladze nodded at him.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s favorite detail: “Sometime after the meeting, Goldstone was even more apoplectic, texting Emin Agalarov that he had ‘20 years of reputation basically destroyed by this dumb meeting.’” And Emin was confused as to why or how because Emin is more of a child than a man, at least in terms of intellectual capacity. The Washington Post notes how, “Goldstone testified that Emin Agalarov told him he should be pleased he had become so famous. ‘You know, Jeffrey Dahmer was famous. I don’t think he got a lot of work out of it,’ Goldstone told Agalarov in one phone call, before hanging up.” But Goldstone’s work did not end at the June 9, 2016 meeting, as The Daily Beast notes during the transition he contacted Trump’s longtime secretary Rhona Graff to get a memo regarding sanctions delivered and was put in touch with Steve Bannon. The Washington Post also reflects on Paul Manafort’s notes from the meeting.
SENATE JUDICIARY DEMS CONCLUDE NRA GUILTY OF COLLUSION TOO
The New York Daily News reports, “Three key figures, including the founder of a Russian gun rights group, refused to submit to interviews or produce documents requested by Senate Democrats investigating whether the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association to boost Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.” The New York Daily News adds, “Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a report Wednesday that their preliminary investigation turned up ‘a number of documents” suggesting Russia used connections to the NRA ‘as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign.’” The New York Daily News notes, “The NRA was Trump’s biggest financial backer, spending more than $30 million on his behalf.”
From The New York Daily News.
ROGER STONE’S SOCIAL MEDIA ADVISOR GETS A SUBPOENA OR TWO
Reuters reports, “U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued two subpoenas to a social media expert who worked for longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential election campaign.” Reuters adds, “The subpoenas were delivered late last week to lawyers representing Jason Sullivan, a social media and Twitter specialist Stone hired to work for an independent political action committee he set up to support Trump”. Reuters notes, “The subpoenas suggest that Mueller, who is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is focusing in part on Stone and whether he might have had advance knowledge of material allegedly hacked by Russian intelligence and sent to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who published it.” Reuters reports, “One of the two subpoenas delivered last week requests that Sullivan appear before a grand jury on May 18 at the Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. The other orders Sullivan to bring documents, objects and electronically stored information.”
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA TESTIFIES ABOUT BANNON’S FETISHES + LUKOIL
CBS News reports, “Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica who provided multiple reports about how the London-based data firm misused Facebook data of as many as 87 million people during the 2016 election, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as part of a congressional probe into data privacy and security.” CBS News adds, “During the three-hour-long hearing, Wylie provided new details into the firm’s more controversial practices, including discussions of voter suppression, targeting African-American voters, and testing of slogans in 2014 that would be later used throughout the Trump campaign in 2016. The whistleblower told lawmakers that former vice president of Cambridge Analytica and Trump ally Steve Bannon, ‘saw cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics.’” CBS News notes, “‘The company learned that were segments of the population that responded to messages like “drain the swamp” or images of walls or indeed paranoia about the deep state that weren’t necessarily reflected in mainstream polling or mainstream political discourse that Steve Bannon was interested in to help build his movement,’ Wylie told lawmakers. He said that under Bannon’s leadership at Cambridge Anlaytica, U.S. clients could request testing voter suppression efforts in their contracts.” CBS News adds, “Wylie also noted the connections between Cambridge Analytica’s research and projects to Russian entities were cause of great concern to him. He pointed to connections with Moscow-based Lukoil, testifying that Cambridge Analytica made presentations and sent documents to Lukoil on its experience in disinformation and rumor campaigns.” CBS News notes, “According to the Guardian, Sen. Tillis and fellow committee member Ted Cruz were actually clients of Cambridge Analytica.” The Wall Street Journal reports Wylie has been contacted by the FBI.
T REX TROLLS TRUMP + NOTES TRUMPISTANI ELITES’ NON-ETHICS
POLITICO reports, “Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday appeared to offer an implicit rebuke of his old boss, as he warned of a ‘growing crisis in ethics and integrity’ during a commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute. ‘As I reflect upon the state of our American democracy, I observe a growing crisis in ethics and integrity,’ Tillerson told the graduates. ‘If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders in both public and private sector — and regrettably, at times, even the non-profit sector — then American democracy, as we know it, is entering its twilight years.’” So dood bro who smashed the State Department? We are so there already! POLITICO notes T Rex “did not mention President Donald Trump by name,” but he “delivered a pointed commentary on the importance of truth in political discourse, and insisted that ‘a common set of facts’ was essential to maintaining a free society,” like the one that was the former USA. POLITICO adds, “‘If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom,’ Tillerson said. ‘A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is not, what a fact is and is not, and begin by holding ourselves accountable to truthfulness, and demand our pursuit of America’s future be fact-based.’” Does this mean his former company Exxon Mobil is going to behave ethically on matters of climate change? Note also missing from this speech: accepting personal responsibility. That was not a feature of this talk and how could it be when those most responsible for our present predicament are all on a path to selfishly rehabilitating their personal reputations? Sit down and go home T Rex, we have heard quite enough. T Rex needs to think about what he has done.
ACCUSED CIA LEAKER POSTED CIA HACKING TOOL SOURCE CODE PUBLICLY
The Daily Beast reports, “Joshua Adam Schulte, the former CIA worker suspected of passing the agency’s hacking secrets to WikiLeaks, previously posted the source code for an internal CIA tool to his account on the public code-sharing site GitHub”. The Daily Beast notes, “That potential red flag was apparently missed by the spy agency just months after Edward Snowden walked out of the National Security Agency with a thumb drive of secrets in 2013,” because the empire has no security. The Daily Beast recalls, “Schulte, 29, worked at the CIA from 2010 to 2016. He was raided by the FBI on March 23, 2017, roughly two weeks after Julian Assange began releasing 8,000 CIA files under the rubric ‘Vault 7.’ The files had been copied from an internal agency wiki sometime in 2016, and contained documentation and some source code for the hacking tools used by the CIA’s intrusion teams when conducting foreign surveillance.”
From The Daily Beast.
SENATE DEMOCRATS WIN NET NEUTRALITY VOTE
POLITICO reports, “Senate Democrats secured a win on net neutrality Wednesday afternoon in a showdown on the chamber floor, a development they believe will stir up passion among young voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.” Can the young even be stirred anymore? We are so numb after two years of racist hate, massive corruption and endless bullshit to say nothing of a mass culture that compares unfavorably with say sucking on a drainpipe. POLITICO adds, “Republicans Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and John Kennedy (Louisiana) crossed party lines, joining the Senate’s full Democratic caucus in a 52-47 floor vote. That meant approval for a resolution that would undo the FCC’s 2017 repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules. That GOP-led rollback, set to take effect June 11, targeted rules that prevented broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast from blocking and throttling internet traffic.” POLITICO notes, “The resolution, crafted under the 1996 Congressional Review Act, still faces tough odds in the House. It requires 218 votes to force a vote there, and only 160 House Democrats back the measure for now. The legislation would also require the signature of President Donald Trump, who has criticized the net neutrality rules.” Of note, “Regardless of the resolution’s ultimate fate, Democrats say the Senate vote will put Republicans on the record on a key issue as voters approach the ballot box,” so politically it was a tactical move if nothing else. It will likely amount to nothing else because the death cult seems to have a penchant for putting their malignant leader above the former USA.
NORDSTREAM2 RISKS U.S. SANCTIONS
The AP reports, “A pipeline project between Russia and Germany risks triggering U.S. sanctions because of security concerns, a senior American diplomat said Thursday. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Sandra Oudkirk, an energy policy expert in the State Department, said the United States opposes the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline because it could increase Russia’s ‘malign influence’ in Europe.” The AP adds, “‘We would be delighted if the project did not take place,’ she told reporters in Berlin. Her comments came a day before German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to fly to the Russian resort of Sochi for a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, at which the pipeline issue is expected to be a key topic of discussion.” The AP notes, “While Merkel has taken a hard line on what it considers hostile Russian actions in recent years — from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria to the chemical attack on a former Russian spy in Britain — Germany badly needs to secure its gas supply and Berlin has calculated that Nord Stream 2 offers the best deal.” Also worth noting, however, that this pipeline would blow up European security and the security blanket for the continent is provided by the U.S. military while the German military faces all sort of real and historical complications should it even attempt to try and replace the existing one.
From the AP.
ADDED INTRIGUE: US UKRAINE ENVOY EXPECTS SURKOV WILL BE BACK
Voice of America reports, “Amid rumors among Russian media outlets that Moscow’s top envoy to Ukrainian peace negotiations has resigned, the top U.S. interlocutor says he expects Russia to return to the table with a peacekeeping proposal.” It is unclear why Volker thinks this though as Voice of America adds, “U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker, who last met with his Russian counterpart Vladislav Surkov in January, told VOA he had not received word on Surkov’s status or about a new meeting.” Instead of Surkov though, “Volker arrived Tuesday in Donbas to discuss the security situation near the front lines with Ukraine’s Joint Forces Commander, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev,” Voice of America notes. So where is Surkov and what is going on? As the most publicly known creative mind in the Kremlin, being thrown overboard suggests a panic button has been hit as the Kremlin does not fall back on creativity when it is in trouble but rather the old KGB playbook.
From Voice of America.
RUSSIAN BUSINESSES PUSH BACK AGAINST ANTI-SANCTIONS DRAFT LAW
Reuters report, “Russian business lobby groups voiced opposition on Wednesday to a draft law that would make it a crime to comply with sanctions imposed by the United States or other countries.” Reuters notes, “The United States last month imposed sanctions on some of Russia’s biggest companies and businessmen, striking at allies of President Vladimir Putin to punish Moscow for alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other ‘malign activities’. In retaliation, Russian lawmakers in a first reading approved a bill making it a crime punishable by up to four years in jail to refuse to supply services or do business with a Russian citizen, citing U.S. or other sanctions.” Reuters adds, “‘This bill creates risks of unreasonable criminal prosecution of Russian and foreign citizens, of restricted cooperation with foreign investors, reduction of interest in investing in Russia from foreign companies and the business climate worsening,’ the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs said in a statement.” Reuters notes, “It is unacceptable to pass the draft law in its current form, Andrey Kostin, the head of VTB, Russia’s second biggest lender, was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency.”
I’M ON FIRE
CNN reports, “President Donald Trump’s anger toward Robert Mueller’s investigation has a new comrade — an indicted Russian company,” or just their idiot hot head of an attorney. CNN continues, “The special counsel office’s criminal case against Concord Management and Catering has gotten so heated that the Russian company’s defense attorney Eric Dubelier told prosecutor Jeannie Rhee her presentation in court Wednesday was ‘bulls***.’ Dubelier appeared to lose his temper as he approached Rhee moments after the judge left the courtroom. The brief outburst followed weeks of Dubelier indicating in court filings and hearings that he’s ready to play hardball with Mueller’s team and Rhee in particular.” But why is he doing this to defend Russia when such language is wholly untoward in court? CNN adds, “During the hearing, Dubelier described a plan of attacking the prosecutors’ case, which accuses Concord of funding a Russian operation to spread election propaganda on social media, from all angles. His team would challenge the constitutionality of the conspiracy charge Concord faces and would attack the authority of the special counsel’s office both ‘generally and specifically,’ he said.” He is working hard for the rubles. CNN notes, “The company, which is connected to an oligarch,” Evgeniy Prigozhin, “called ‘Putin’s chef,’ is the only defendant among 13 Russians and three companies named in the indictment to make an appearance in the US court. The company is also among a group of Russian individuals and companies that have been sanctioned by the Treasury Department.” CNN adds, “Rhee countered that some but not all of the data in Russian had been translated by the government’s team, and that it was ‘voluminous’ evidence of Concord Management’s conduct and own statements. The data included email and other accounts, she said, that spoke to the internal operations of the alleged conspiracy.” Looks like Putin’s chef has himself a hotheaded lawyer as CNN notes, “She said lawyers hadn’t been able to discuss that request before the hearing, because Dubelier had hung up on her team nine minutes into a call they had last Friday, which had been scheduled to last an hour. Dubelier said he ‘resents’ Rhee’s representation of the call.” How immature, or as is the nomenclature of the day, Trumpian.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
THIS CREATURE SHOULDN’T USE DEHUMANIZING LANGUAGE
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump referred to some undocumented immigrants as ‘animals’ on Wednesday and suggested the Justice Department investigate the Democratic mayor of Oakland, Calif., for her role in tipping off the community about an impending federal enforcement raid in February.” A cockroach should not get determine from his lowly status as less than a sewer rat who is human and who is not. The full quote: “We have people coming into the country — or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country, you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are,” adding, “These aren’t people. These are animals.” No the creature uttering such things is the real animal, the true problem, the inhumane disgrace to our nation.
From The Washington Post.
OPERATION CROSSFIRE HURRICANE: INSIDE THE FBI’S INVESTIGATION
The New York Times reports, “Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark. Their assignment, which has not been previously reported, was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald J. Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election meddling. After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an F.B.I. interview to describe his meeting with the campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos.” Now recall days before the coup The New York Times wrongly and inaccurately reported there was no FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russian officials as you read the so-called paper of record reports now, “The agents summarized their highly unusual interview and sent word to Washington on Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the investigation was opened.” The New York Times adds, “a small group of F.B.I. officials knew it by its code name: Crossfire Hurricane,” which is “a reference to the Rolling Stones lyric ‘I was born in a crossfire hurricane,’” so they had a little proto-Indictment Rock City going on there, too. The New York Times notes, “Agents considered, then rejected, interviewing key Trump associates, which might have sped up the investigation but risked revealing the existence of the case. Top officials quickly became convinced that they would not solve the case before Election Day, which made them only more hesitant to act.” The New York Times adds, “The facts, had they surfaced, might have devastated the Trump campaign: Mr. Trump’s future national security adviser was under investigation, as was his campaign chairman. One adviser appeared to have Russian intelligence contacts. Another was suspected of being a Russian agent himself,” but instead the focus was on Comey’s public statements tearing Hillary down for her use of a private email server because fuck everything, absolutely everything. The New York Times notes, “underpinning both cases [against Trump and Hillary] was one political calculation: that Mrs. Clinton would win and Mr. Trump would lose.” The New York Times reports now, “The F.B.I. investigated four unidentified Trump campaign aides in those early months, congressional investigators revealed in February. The four men were Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Mr. Papadopoulos,” characters you should all be familiar with by now. Additionally, “The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election.”
From The New York Times.
THE TRUMP BRAND IS FOR DEGRADING + THE DEGRADED
POLITICO reports, “Trump’s first year in office wasn’t great for the family business, with the president reporting income from hotels, resorts, book sales and licensing deals down by about $150 million last year.” Remember this is the official income, all sorts of slush funds seem to be afoot so god knows how much they have tucked away in offshores, shells and how much they may have made up or exceeded the difference in bribes, kick backs and other scams our fake Russian bullshit president and the Worst Family are running. POLITICO adds, “Several of Trump’s signature properties saw a downturn in business from 2016 to 2017. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago winter getaway in Palm Beach, Florida, saw a $12 million decline in income, despite frequent visits from the first family – which occasionally included surprise drop-ins at weddings being held at the club. At the Trump National Doral in Miami, income was down more than $40 million and the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where the first family spends time during the summer, took in nearly $5 million less than it did in 2016. Management fees at the Trump Corporation fell by $2.4 million.” The most likely place for the corruption because it does not rely on American consumers but rather foreign officials, corrupt entities, transnational mafia and assorted other cretins is doing well as POLITICO notes, “There were bright spots on the president’s balance sheet. The family’s international hotel licensing business, for example, was booming. At Trump International Hotels Management, income soared more than fivefold, from less than $3 million in 2016 to more than $17 million last year.”
AND THIS LITTLE TRAITOR CONTINUES TO ATTACK AMERICA – LOCK HIM UP!
The Washington Examiner reports, “Forget about the felony — Michael Flynn is still a hot political commodity on the Right.” Well, the GOP is now a criminal enterprise and a death cult, so surprise! Lock him up! The Washington Examiner adds, “The disgraced former national security adviser has endorsed Troy Downing, the Air Force veteran turned entrepreneur who is running for the nomination against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in Montana. The two already appeared side-by-side at a May 6 event.” He is only disgraced if you have functioning intellectual facilities, but when you belong to a death cult, you forego those and pledge blind allegiance to a leader whose only end game is total annihilation. Or, as The Washington Examiner puts it, “Skeptics of the special counsel will see Flynn as the loyal soldier who has stood faithful to Trump even after being spied on illegally, having his identity unmasked, and his conversations with the Russian ambassador leaked by the Obama administration. To them, Flynn is a martyr.” What is a martyr? How is that not death cult shit? Obama, who was endlessly accused of being an Islamic terrorist by racists in the then proto-death cult GOP, had no martyrs.
From The Washington Examiner.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE INTERVIEWED BY MUELLER
ABC News reports, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have interviewed dozens of witnesses since his appointment nearly one year ago, but the process is largely the same. In most cases, witnesses arrive at a nondescript office building in Washington D.C., a discreet government annex maintained by the Department of Justice. Some have walked right through the front door, in full view of the swarm of reporters scanning the foot traffic, while others have opted to slip through the underground parking garage, where cameras cannot capture their arrivals.” ABC News adds, “They are typically ushered into a small conference room, greeted by a team of prosecutors and presented with a list of about 100 names. The first question is simple: ‘Whom do you know?’” ABC News notes, “A book of photos is used to refresh memories, and as hours of questioning gets underway, Mueller himself has been known to slide into the room to listen, and then just as quietly, slide out.” ABC News adds, “Several sources who have met with the special counsel were asked about specific individuals: when they first met, how often they spoke, what they spoke about, as well as anything they might heard about them. Should a witness not recognize a name, investigators might move on or offer hints, sources said, to jog their memories.”
From ABC News.
T REX DIDN’T KNOW WHY HE WAS SEC STATE (HINT: THAT RUSSIAN MEDAL)
Mediaite reports, “Ronan Farrow spoke to Seth Meyers last night on Late Night, and he offered some interesting insight into what he learned about Rex Tillerson while writing his foreign policy book: War On Peace.” Mediaite adds, “Farrow told Meyers, ‘Tillerson, if he had any logic, knew that he was going to be fired on some level,’ Farrow said. ‘Maybe that’s why he’s so frank in this book. He basically says ‘” didn’t know what I was doing, I wasn’t experienced enough for it.”’” Mediaite adds, “Farrow continued to say that Tillerson blames the White House for his unceremonious dismissal earlier this year, but Farrow wasn’t ‘surprised’ since ‘it is apparent to anyone looking at the State Department…that it’s become something of a dumpster fire.’”
CHINA THINKS RUSSIA IS TOO RISKY OF AN INVESTMENT
Foreign Policy reports, “On May 4, the planned investment by the Chinese company CEFC China Energy into Russian state oil giant Rosneft fell apart, eight months after it was first announced. The tie-up’s failure reveals the strict limits on the potential for energy cooperation between China — which is in the process of taking ownership of CEFC — and Russia, and with it a broader political alliance between the two countries.” Foreign Policy adds, “Beijing has come to view Rosneft more as a tool of the Russian state than a traditional oil company, and to the extent the two countries don’t share political priorities, China has little interest in any significant economic relationship. Although China is actively searching for new political and economic partners around the world, it seems to have decided the Russian government is too risky a political investment.” Funny how rule of law works in making one’s national economic rock solid and when it is absent, how that perception falls apart. After all the Chinese are not stupid and they know a thing or two about theft of and by the state.
From Foreign Policy.
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
IF BOLTON IS THROWN OVERBOARD, WE WILL HAVE KIM JONG UN TO THANK
The Independent reports, “North Korea is having doubts about holding talks over its own nuclear programme with a US administration which has just shown that it cannot be trusted to keep to an international agreement.” Because Trump thinks “the best people” means stacking a house full of dummies, The Independent adds, “Pyongyang has focused on what happened to Libya, and specifically on what was said by Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, who has declared that the Libyan disarmament would be the template the US wants for North Korea.” Deliciously, The Independent notes, “Pyongyang’s vice foreign minister, Kim Kye-gwan, was personal in condemnation about Bolton: ‘We do not hide our feelings of repugnance towards him,’ he stated.” The Independent adds, “North Korea has maintained in the past that Libya would not have faced a Western attack if it had kept its nuclear weapons,” and they are not wrong to think so. The same could be said of Ukraine; funny how both nations that willingly gave up their nuclear saw their sovereignty violated during the presidency of Barack “Nuclear Zero” Obama. The Independent rightly observes, “Those of us who saw the body of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim lying on the floor of a meat warehouse in Misrata could well understand why Kim Jong-un would not want the same fate to befall him.” Hilariously, tragically, “The US administration is said to have been caught by surprise by the North Korean move and is planning to continue with preparations for the summit. But the spotlight, inevitably, is now on John Bolton.” As The Independent notes, “Trump’s national security adviser replaced lieutenant general HR McMaster, who Trump had come to view as not being aggressive enough. Bolton is not personally a man of action, unlike McMaster. Like Trump, Bolton was a Vietnam draft dodger, but he has been steadfastly keen on other people going to wars.”
From The Independent.
EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT TUSK UNDERSCORES TRUMP’S STUPIDITY
Business Insider reports, “U.S. President Donald Trump has ‘rid Europe of all illusions’ by quitting the Iran nuclear deal and seeking trade disputes, the European Union chairman said on Wednesday, underlining the depth of transatlantic discord.” Business Insider adds, “Tusk said the EU must be more united than ever before to face off against Trump’s ‘capricious assertiveness’. ‘Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think: With friends like that, who needs enemies?’ Tusk told a news conference. ‘But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful to President Trump. Because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions. He has made us realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.’” Precisely. Such a smart man! Oh memories of what it was like in the former USA before the egregiously stupid arrogant bullies took power in a Russian-backed coup. Europe, thy name is civilization in contrast to Trumpistan and its horrors. Just know this friends and allies, some of us are internal exiles in Trumpistan and refuse any part and disavow all association with this Trumpenproletariat nonsense, lies and bullshit. We the American people welcome the downfall of the regime! Tusk can find us at the end of his arm, reaching for his hand.
From Business Insider.
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