TWITLER ATTACKS FORMER CIA DIRECTOR BEFORE SWEARING IN NEW ONE
Business Insider reports, “President Donald Trump launched a social media attack on John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, effectively claiming that the politically damaging Trump-Russia scandal is all his fault.” Twitler’s “Monday morning attack came in the form of a long quote from a segment on ‘Fox and Friends’ earlier that morning, in which pro-Trump pundit Dan Bongino launched an attack on Brennan, who ran the CIA under Obama,” Business Insider adds, noting, “Bongino said Brennan ‘started this entire debacle about President Trump,’ and in the process ‘disgraced himself,’ ruined public faith in the intelligence services, and brought shame on the US.” Business Insider notes, “Brennan, who ran the CIA from 2003 to January 2017, has been an outspoken critic of Trump, and has said he believes it is plausible that Russia could have compromising material on the president,” because Brennan lives in the realm of factual reality. POLITICO adds, “President Donald Trump on Monday praised Rep. Devin Nunes — who is aggressively pushing the Justice Department for sensitive documents related to the Russia probe — as a ‘very courageous man.’” Sick and so very wrong! POLITICO notes, “In remarks delivered before he swore in Gina Haspel as CIA director, Trump diverted from the focus of the event to offer encouraging words to Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.” Not appropriate!
BALLER DEPUTY AG SEEMS TO HAVE AVERTED CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS
The New York Times reports, “On Sunday, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter: ‘I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!’” It is shocking there are not more bizarre capitalizations, why not “Demand” or “Officially”? This was a lead item in yesterday’s TRUMPISTAN WATCH. Now The New York Times notes, “In response, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, referred the matter to the department’s independent inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, and issued a statement clearly intended to mollify Mr. Trump: ‘If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.’” It almost is as if Rosenstein is sarcastically mocking the Great Lunatic with such language. The New York Times adds, “The Justice Department rarely discloses when it has opened a criminal investigation, but it appeared on Monday that Mr. Rosenstein’s move had satisfied Mr. Trump for the time being without opening a criminal investigation,” probably because Twitler does not know the difference. The New York Times continues, “Still, he established a significant new precedent by directly demanding that the department scrutinize specific actions.” The New York Times notes, “That is because attorneys general who view a president’s request or demand as unjustified can refuse it. But the president can fire and replace the attorney general. The primary check against a president abusing that power is the willingness of Congress to impeach him,” which isn’t going to happen with the death cult GOP in charge, “as well as potential voter backlash,” which may or may not happen as the Trumpenproletariat is warming up well to fascism. As TRUMPISTAN WATCH predicted, the former USA’s biggest baller Rod Rosenstein is not going anywhere, which is most important of all if the former USA is to stage a comeback at some point down the line.
From The New York Times.
JOHN KELLY SEEMS TO HAVE HAD A HAND IN DIFFUSING THINGS, TOO
The Washington Post reports, “On Monday, the conflict was defused — at least temporarily — with the announcement that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly plans to convene a meeting between top law enforcement officials and GOP congressional leaders to ‘review highly classified and other information’ the lawmakers have requested about the source.” Funny how given the total lawlessness of the regime he works for we now consider intervening in an active investigation diffusing a crisis instead of intervening in a fair and impartial investigation, but Kelly knows better than just about anyone how the rule of law is being discarded and new Trumpistani Mafiosi ethos are emerging. The New York Times notes, “Until Monday, intelligence and law enforcement officials had strenuously resisted both demands, saying that the information was highly sensitive and that it was not appropriate to turn over the unredacted material to Congress, where they fear it could potentially become public or be used to undermine Mr. Mueller’s inquiry. They raised some of their concerns in a letter and then in a face-to-face meeting two weeks ago with Mr. Nunes.” The New York Times adds, “The agreement was made during a White House meeting on Monday afternoon that included Mr. Trump; Mr. Rosenstein; Christopher A. Wray, the director of the F.B.I.; Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; and John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff.”
TRUMP CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR SAM CLOVIS TALKS ABOUT THE FBI INFORMANT
CNN reports, “Former Trump campaign national co-chairman Sam Clovis broke his silence on the possible FBI confidential source on the Trump campaign during recent appearances on an Iowa radio show, telling listeners he was concerned that the source had been trying to plant an audit trail for investigators to later use to justify surveillance warrants.” CNN notes, “Clovis said the two had met over coffee on Sept. 1, 2016, at a DoubleTree hotel in Arlington, Virginia.” Clovis described the meeting as, “very high level; it was like two faculty members sitting down in the faculty lounge talking about research”. CNN adds, “Clovis said he and the confidential source exchanged four emails, with the source leveraging his previous meeting with former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page as a way to establish a networking connection with Clovis. Clovis contradicted his lawyer’s later statement to The Washington Post, which claimed he did not know of the source’s relationship with Page at the time and was ‘unsettled’ upon learning about it.” Remember: even the lies reveal further lies. CNN continues, “‘The thing that’s unsettling to me,’ Clovis explained, was the source’s apparent motivation ‘to establish an audit trail from the campaign or somebody associated with the campaign, back to those Clinton emails — whether or not they existed, we don’t know.’”
TRUMPISTAN WAS TO DECLARE RUSSIA A TERROR STATE
ProPublica reports, “After an attack on a former spy, the State Department pondered placing that label on Putin’s government. Instead, the Trump administration continued a longtime U.S. policy of treating Russia as a partner in fighting terrorism even as evidence of its misbehavior mounts.” ProPublica adds, “Soon after the March attack, Rex Tillerson, then the U.S. secretary of state, ordered State Department officials to outline the case for designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism under U.S. law. Experts in the department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism began to assemble what they thought was a strong case. But almost as quickly as the review began — within about two days — the secretary of state’s office sent new instructions to drop the initiative,” because T Rex was (is?) a giant weenie and subservient to the occupation regime despite recent protestations that his former boss is leading a charge against democracy. ProPublica adds, “The State Department’s reluctance to impose the terror designation was not a product of Trump administration sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials say,” which is bullshit. ProPublica notes, “Even as Washington has grown more concerned about an array of Russian security threats, it has continued to seek Moscow’s cooperation in combating terrorism,” because how useful has terrorism been to Russia since George W. Bush looked into Putin’s eyes and saw his soul? ProPublica adds, “Throughout the civil war in Syria, Russia has strengthened its backing for the regimes in Damascus and Teheran, which Washington has long accused of supporting terrorism, and their ally Hezbollah,” and, “Russia has intervened more directly in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials have said, shipping arms to the Taliban,” and it has used an array of chemical agents against its enemies in Europe, notably in the UK and Ukraine. ProPublica reports, “Secretary Tillerson was fired days after he ordered up the aborted review, apparently for reasons that were unrelated.” Sure.
POMPEO OUTLINES BELLICOSE POSTURE, PRETENDS IT’S AN IRAN STRATEGY
The Telegraph reports, “Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, threatened Iran with the ‘strongest sanctions in history’ and vowed to ‘crush’ the regime’s proxies around the world on Monday, sparking a furious response from Tehran. Mr Pompeo also called for a new nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the Obama-era deal that Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this month.” The Telegraph adds, “the top US diplomat issued a list of 12 requirements for such a deal, many of which Iran would be unlikely to agree to.” The Telegraph notes, “Iran responded in furious fashion. President Hassan Rouhani led a bitter personal attack on Mr Pompeo, pointing out that he had until recently led the CIA, which had been implicated in Iran’s 1953 coup.” The Telegraph reports, “Pompeo doubled down on the United States’ decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month,” because that is what these fools do, notably when they are sorely mistaken and it is costing them dearly in terms of credibility — that and pump conspiratorial bullshit into the ether of the modern media ecosystem. The demands of the Trumpistani regime include: “a new treaty with Iran, ratified by Congress, that ends enrichment and gives inspectors access,” “Iran must ‘stop enrichment’ of uranium,” allow “nuclear inspectors ‘unqualified access to all sites,’” “Iranians must also declare all previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon,” “Iran must end support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, withdraw all forces from Syria, halt support for Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel,” and last but not least likely, “release all US citizens missing in Iran or being held on ‘spurious charges’”. TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s personal favorite aspect of the speech was when, “Pompeo calls on Iran to rejoin the ‘League of Nations’ (which existed from 1920-1946),” as Washington Post reporter Josh Rogin noted on Twitter. That may very well be the most fantastical part of all!
From The Telegraph.
FRESH SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA AFTER SHAM ELECTIONS
The New York Times reports, “The Trump administration placed new sanctions on Venezuela on Monday, seeking to block President Nicolás Maduro from selling off government debt to enrich himself the day after he claimed victory in what the United States government called a ‘sham’ election in his crisis-ridden country.” After all, if there is anything at all the Trumpistani regime knows anything about, it is sham elections and how to run them. The New York Times adds, “President Trump signed an executive order imposing the new penalties, which would bar United States companies or citizens from buying debt or accounts receivable from the Venezuelan government, including Petróleos de Venezuela, the government-owned oil company that is the parent of Citgo Petroleum Corporation.” The New York Times notes, “The sanctions fall short of direct penalties on the oil sector, which the Trump administration has said would harm the Venezuelan people and American companies. They do not bar United States companies or citizens from selling oil products to or importing them from Venezuela,” also known as the real reason the Trumpistani elites care about anything, namely the Benjamins.
From The New York Times.
SENATOR GRASSLEY WANTS DOJ DOCS ON OFFICIAL’S CONTACT WITH STEELE
POLITICO reports, “Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday called on the Justice Department to release information relating to a former top official’s communications with the author of a dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump and Russia. In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Iowa Republican requested emails, phone logs, handwritten notes and text messages regarding former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr’s communications with Christopher Steele, who wrote the dossier. The report was commissioned by Fusion GPS, where Ohr’s wife worked.” POLITICO adds, “In addition, Grassley asked to schedule a transcribed interview with Ohr. Grassley said he was concerned that Ohr, who was demoted last year, had continued to send the FBI information from Steele, a former British spy, even after the bureau sought to distance itself from him over his contacts with the media.”
ATLANTA ALMOST RECOVERED FROM COSTLY CYBER ATTACK
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, “The City of Atlanta’s computer network has nearly recovered from a ransomware cyber attack suffered nearly two months ago, said Chief Operating Officer Richard Cox in an Friday interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Cox said the municipal court is the only department whose computers haven’t been brought back online.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution adds, “Cox said the total cost of the attack has yet to be calculated. But emergency contracts posted on the city’s procurement website have a combined not-to-exceed amount of about $5 million.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recalls, “On March 22, city employees were ordered to turn off their computers to stop a virus from spreading through the network and encrypting data. A cyber criminal group demanded that the city pay it about $51,000 in bitcoins — a crypto currency that allows for anonymous transactions online. The city refused to pay the ransom on the advice of federal agents.” Additionally, “Cox said on Friday it was too soon to say if any data or other records had been permanently lost,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
RUSSIA’S SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND WANTS TO INCREASE STATE DEBT
Reuters reports, “Russia’s sovereign wealth fund plans to propose that government increases its domestic debt to finance infrastructure projects, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) head Kirill Dmitriev told reporters on Monday.” Dmitriev is the same Russian official who met with Erik Prince and George Nader in the Seychelles just before The Catastrophe (Trump’s Inauguration).
RUSSIA TO LAUNCH AMBPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP INTO BALTIC SEA MAY 25
Russian state-run Tass reports, “The second Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov will be floated out on May 25, the press office of the Yantar Shipyard on the Baltic coast reported on Monday.” Russian state-run Tass notes, “The launch ceremony will begin at 13:00 Moscow time at the slipway of the Yantar Shipyard.”
From Russian state-run Tass.
SWEDEN PREPARES ITS COUNTRYMEN FOR WAR WITH NEW BOOKLET
Reuters reports, “Sweden will send out instructions to its citizens next week on how to cope with an outbreak of war, as the country faces an assertive Russia across the Baltic Sea. The 20-page pamphlet titled ‘If Crisis or War Comes’ gives advice on getting clean water, spotting propaganda and finding a bomb shelter, in the first public awareness campaign of its kind since the days of the Cold War.” Reuters adds, “It also tells Swedes they have a duty to act if their country is threatened. ‘If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up,’ the booklet says. ‘All information to the effect that resistance is to cease is false.’” Amen to that. Reuters notes, “Stockholm has repeatedly cited Russian aggression as the reason for a series of security measures including the reintroduction of conscription this year and the stationing of troops on the Baltic island of Gotland,” perhaps the most strategic point in all of Europe for Russia. Reuters adds, “The booklet on its way to Sweden’s 4.8 million households warns that supplies of food, medicine and gasoline could run short during a crisis.”
SHOPPING CENTER WHERE SKRIPALS POISONED DECONTAMINATED
Reuters reports, “A shopping center in the English city where a former Russian spy was found collapsed with his daughter after a nerve agent attack more than two months ago has been successfully decontaminated, Britain’s environment department said on Monday.”
FSB ACCUSES CRIMEAN TATAR ACTIVISTS OF EXTREMIST PLOT
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has accused Crimean Tatar activists of orchestrating and carrying out attacks with Kyiv’s support, allegations described as ‘fantasy’ by the Ukrainian Security Service. The FSB said in a May 21 statement that an alleged group of plotters was led by Erol Veliyev, a parliamentary assistant to Ukrainian lawmaker Mustafa Dzhemilev, a veteran Crimean Tatar leader.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “It said the group led by Veliyev acted on orders from Refat Chubarov — chairman of the Mejlis, the Crimean Tatars’ self-governing body that Russia has outlawed – ‘with support’ from the SBU,” Ukraine’s security service. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “The FSB statement said that in January the group set the home of Crimea’s Moscow-backed chief mufti, Emirali Ablayev, on fire,” which the FSB probably did, if you know how Russia works, because it’s a fine pretext for such acts as calling activists extremists.
Bloomberg reports, “FBI agents overstepped their legal authority in searching the northern Virginia storage unit belonging to Paul Manafort’s company, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump said in a court filing Monday. The agents improperly conducted a search in 2017 when they convinced a Manafort employee to unlock the unit, Manafort’s lawyers argued in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.” Bloomberg adds, “Manafort previously filed court papers to exclude evidence seized in the search. The request is also pending in the Washington case, and a judge will hold a hearing Wednesday.”
DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT
CNN reports, “Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has dropped a challenge he made to one criminal charge he faces in Virginia because of a revelation by the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office”. CNN adds, “As Manafort prepares for his trials in Virginia and DC, he has asked two federal judges to dismiss parts of the cases against him, as well as the indictments as a whole. The request Manafort dropped Monday initially asked the court to throw out one charge — alleging he failed to disclose to the Treasury Department foreign bank accounts worth more than $10,000 in 2011 — because its five-year statute of limitations expired. But the special counsel’s office had revealed last week they used secret court proceedings to delay their deadline to bring the charge.” CNN notes, “The prosecutors had sought records, including from banks and witnesses, related to the charge from Cyprus, and a federal judge in Virginia approved the request to the foreign government last June. It took almost a year for federal investigators to collect much of the evidence they sought. Cypriot authorities handed over the requested evidence in September, October and November last year, then more on April 30, Mueller’s team revealed last week.” CNN continues, “Because of the judge’s intervention and Cyprus’ delay to help with evidence collection, prosecutors said the statute of limitations clock paused, allowing them to bring the charge more than five years after the alleged crime.”
DON’T STOP ‘TIL YOU GET ENOUGH
POLITICO reports, “Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s defense is going after one of special counsel Robert Mueller’s top deputies in a bid to persuade a federal judge to order a hearing into leaks to the media. In a court filing Monday night, Manafort’s attorneys singled out prosecutor Andrew Weissmann over a meeting he attended with The Associated Press in April 2017 — about a month before Mueller was appointed to take over the Trump-Russia investigation. At the time, Weissmann headed the fraud section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.” CNN notes, “Manafort’s defense attorneys suggested the episode makes Weissmann a logical suspect as a source for anonymously sourced press accounts about the Manafort probe.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
“RUSSIA, IF YOU’RE LISTENING…”
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump uses a White House cellphone that isn’t equipped with sophisticated security features designed to shield his communications,” which, “potentially exposes him to hacking or surveillance.” Russia, if you’re listening… POLITICO adds, “The president, who relies on cellphones to reach his friends and millions of Twitter followers, has rebuffed staff efforts to strengthen security around his phone use,” which is so very odd given his paranoia and penchant for surveillance technologies. POLITICO notes, “The president uses at least two iPhones,” and, “The phones — one capable only of making calls, the other equipped only with the Twitter app and preloaded with a handful of news sites — are issued by White House Information Technology and the White House Communications Agency, an office staffed by military personnel that oversees White House telecommunications.” POLITICO adds, “While aides have urged the president to swap out the Twitter phone on a monthly basis, Trump has resisted their entreaties, telling them it was ‘too inconvenient’”. POLITICO notes, “The president has gone as long as five months without having the phone checked by security experts. It is unclear how often Trump’s call-capable phones, which are essentially used as burner phones, are swapped out.”
TRUMP’S FASCIST BULLSHIT DEPLETES DOJ MORALE
The Daily Beast reports, “President Donald Trump’s latest round of attacks on the FBI has left morale at the Justice Department at a new low, with officials bemoaning what they view as a full-frontal assault on their institution.” So if you have friends there, please TRUMPISTAN WATCHians, tell them about TRUMPISTAN WATCH, this exists for them! One federal prosecutor told The Daily Beast, “It’s a deliberate campaign to delegitimize institutions where the people who are inside those institutions are professionals and giving up lots of money for the jobs that they’re doing and it’s extremely demoralizing”. Hey that’s TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s M.O. so without equivocating, TRUMPISTAN WATCH feels you! The prosecutor adds, “As my father used to say, history goes forward and backward. And things go backward when the trust in bedrock institutions—which are trustworthy, by the way—is diminished for the benefit of a few. It accelerates, and you wake up one day and we’re in Venezuela.” No, we still have food and medicine, but we are on that road, especially with the collapse of the Farm Bill on specious pretexts by Trump’s allies in Congress! Another federal prosecutor told The Daily Beast, “Where I sit, people mostly suffer in silence,” so please federal prosecutors sign up for TRUMPISTAN WATCH on your personal email accounts so you will not feel alone! This is what TRUMPISTAN WATCH was actually created for: so our civil servants know that they have the support and esteem of the American people who need them there more than ever because if they leave, only corrupt, regime-backed assholes are coming in behind them. The Daily Beast adds, “Another DOJ official told The Daily Beast that morale at the FBI has hit rock bottom. That official said he hears a constant refrain, over and over, among his colleagues: ‘This is such a dark time for the FBI.’” Federal prosecutors and FBI agents, you are our front line! Please, as Mattis said, “Hold the line until our country gets back to respecting each another.”
From The Daily Beast.
LET’S CHECK IN WITH TRUMP’S PROXIES IN CONGRESS
Fox News reports, “Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ‘step up’ and renounce his recusal in the Russia investigation,” adding, “It’s like over at the Department of Justice he’s got Stockholm syndrome. He’s become sympathetic with his captors over there in the deep state.” Gaetz is the Congressman who took a Holocaust denier, Chuck Johnson, as his guest to the State of the Union. The Tampa Bay Times adds, “U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, a ubiquitous presence on cable news and ardent supporter of Donald Trump, endorsed fellow ubiquitous Fox News guest and ardent Trump supporter Ron DeSantis for governor,” which notes, “The endorsement would be been much more of a surprise if it had gone to Adam Putnam, the more establishment candidate. In a Breitbart column Gaetz casts Republican candidate Adam Putnam as a phony Trump backer from the ‘Never Trump’ wing of the GOP.” By establishment they mean non-death cult, which is a sin when you have a leader to protect at all costs. And last but not least, Fox News, the purveyors of the finest faux news around, adds, “A group of congressional Republicans plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday calling for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate alleged misconduct at the FBI and Justice Department. The resolution is backed by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus as well as two of the group’s co-founders — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.” All of Trump’s little traitor ducks in a row!
NEW AMBASSADOR TO BELGIUM NOTABLE FOR DEPLORABLE HOUSING
The Guardian reports, “A major financial backer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, who once owned a housing estate in which low-income tenants were said to endure ‘inhumane’ living standards, has been nominated as the US ambassador to Belgium. Ron Gidwitz, a 73-year-old businessman from Chicago gave Trump and other Republicans $700,000 in 2016, and acted as the presidential candidate’s campaign finance chair in Illinois. He will now undergo a month in a US state department ‘ambassadorial school’ before making the move to Brussels.” The Guardian notes, “For years, a company controlled by Gidwitz and his brother Ralph owned the Evergreen Terrace housing project in Illinois, where 90% of tenants were young African-American single mothers. In 2013, Gidwitz told a court that he would not invest in the complex as it would be equivalent to a charitable donation, and if the owners had wanted to make charitable donations, there were better options.” The Guardian adds, “the then senator Barack Obama had complained about ‘inhumane conditions’ on the project, where there was said to be an overwhelming stench of urine. Gidwitz admitted to a court in 2017 that a girl had fallen from a window and died during a hot summer when the building’s air conditioning was malfunctioning and broken window screens had not been replaced,” and, “He also admitted that a tenant was stabbed to death in a laundry room when security was not upgraded and that a shot man may have lain dying in the building’s courtyard for an hour before police were called”. The city of Joliet took over the complex; one imagines his taxpayer financed digs as a U.S. Ambassador won’t be, well, so “deplorable,” as a judge called the complex he owned.
From The Guardian.
WHO IS STEFAN HALPER, THE OUTED FBI INFORMANT?
The Washington Post reports, “Stefan A. Halper, the FBI source who assisted the Russia investigation and is at the center of a standoff between congressional Republicans and the Justice Department, is a well-connected veteran of past GOP administrations who convened senior intelligence officials for seminars at the University of Cambridge in England.” The Washington Post notes, “In the summer and fall of 2016, Halper, then an emeritus professor at Cambridge, contacted three Trump campaign advisers for brief talks and meetings that largely centered on foreign policy,” and, “At some point that year, he began working as a secret informant for the FBI as it investigated Russia’s interference in the campaign”. The Washington Post adds, “Halper’s connections to the intelligence world have been present throughout his career and at Cambridge, where he ran an intelligence seminar that brought together past and present intelligence officials. In 2014, Halper, along with Richard Dearlove, the former head of Britain’s foreign intelligence service, sponsored a session of the seminar that drew Michael Flynn”. The Washington Post notes, “Halper taught international affairs and American studies at Cambridge from 2001 until 2015, when he stepped down with the honorary title of emeritus senior fellow of the Centre of International Studies,” and, “Since 2012, Halper has had contracts with the Defense Department, working for a Pentagon think tank called the Office of Net Assessment. According to federal records, ONA has paid Halper more than $1 million for research and development in the social sciences and humanities. The funds did not go solely to Halper, who hired other academics and experts to conduct research and prepare reports”. Most interesting and ironic in light of present circumstances, “After the 1980 race, Halper was caught up in a scandal concerning alleged political spying. Aides to Reagan, including Halper, were accused of having spied on Carter’s campaign and obtaining private documents that Carter was using to prepare for a debate. Some Reagan White House officials later alleged that Halper had used former CIA agents to run an operation against Carter. Halper called the reports at the time ‘absolutely false’ and has long denied the accusations.” The Washington Post notes, “Most friends describe him as a moderate Republican who is hawkish on China and deeply committed to U.S. institutions, having worked for years inside and around the federal government.”
From The Washington Post.
WHO IS JOEL ZAMEL, THE ISRAELI THAT HELPED FUCK THE FORMER USA?
Haaretz reports, “The Israeli social media expert, allegedly linked to the Trump campaign through an online manipulation campaign, founded several companies, including one offering ‘honey traps’ and ‘deep web’ capabilities”. Haaretz adds the news “hit Israel like a bombshell,” but TRUMPISTAN WATCH heard such rumors very early following the coup but their hand was less obvious than the Russians until the Embassy moved and Aryan princess Ivanka and princeling Jared showed up in Jerusalem to inaugurate the new, provocative edifice. Always ask yourself when such favors are followed through on how the recipients may have acted to benefit Trump because there is no benefit to the former USA but Trump fails to distinguish between himself and Trumpistan. Haaretz notes, “The name thrust into the spotlight by Saturday’s New York Times report is that of Joel Zamel,” and, “His company, Psy-Group”. As Haaretz recalls, “It wasn’t the first time Zamel’s name has arisen in connection with the Mueller probe,” as, “On April 3, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Mueller team was examining the nine-year-old company owned by Zamel and his business partner Daniel Green, then a consulting firm called Wikistrat. The Journal said that Wikistrat was contracted by the UAE beginning in 2015 to conduct war game scenarios on Islamist political movements in Yemen and had developed close relationships with the Emirate’s security establishment and business community.” Haaretz adds, “Zamel’s two companies appear to be radically different. PsyGroup has a minimal footprint – a one-page website that gives a Cyprus address and a slogan ‘Shape Reality.’ A Hebrew language job recruiting site lists it as being a small ‘media, marketing and advertising company’ and says it has between 11 to 50 employees.” Haaretz continues, “By contrast, Wikistrat is a large, established company with a much higher and extremely public profile. It was founded in Israel in 2010 and is now based in Washington, D. C. It bills itself as ‘the world’s first crowdsourced consultancy…,’” and “Wikistrat’s list of clients on its website includes numerous U.S. government and intelligence agencies. Its advisory council includes many former U.S. intelligence officials, as well as familiar names like Dennis Ross, former Middle East peace negotiator, Elliot Abrams, former Deputy Director of the National Security Council and John P. Hannah, former National Security Advisor to then U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.” Haaretz notes, “A third company, with an even lower profile than Psy-Group was mentioned in the Times article, which said that in December 2016, Nader utilized another company ‘linked’ to Zamel, one called WhiteKnight and based in the Philippines.” Zamel’s lawyer is “Marc L. Mukasey, chairman of white collar defense at the law firm Greenberg Traurig,” where Giuliani used to work until very recently when his work for Trump forced him out of the firm. Mukasey is the son of former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
AUSTRIA’S SHIFT TO RUSSIA OF CONCERN TO INTEL EXPERTS
NBC News reports Autria’s “government appears to be drifting closer to Putin. With Vienna widely regarded as the spying capital of the world, that has serious implications for Washington and its allies. One factor is at the heart of these concerns: the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) — which is openly supportive of Russia,” noting that it was, “Founded by former Nazis in the 1950s, the FPÖ has been a junior member of the country’s coalition government since December.” NBC News notes, “The FPÖ won 26 percent of the vote in last year’s legislative elections by deploying anti-establishment, anti-immigrant populist rhetoric that was condemned by opponents as racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic. The party and its leading figures are also unashamedly fans of Putin. The idea of a pro-Russia party controlling intelligence services has led to fears that Western secrets aren’t safe any more if shared with Vienna.”
From NBC News.
GERMAN INTEL CHIEF: RUSSIA MEDDLED IN CATALAN INDEPENDENCE FARCE
The Times of London reports, “Germany’s intelligence chief accused Russia of seeking to destabilise Spain by backing separatists in Catalonia, as the region elected a new hardline president to lead its bid for independence.” The Times of London adds, “Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the German domestic intelligence service, the BfV, said it was ‘very plausible’ that Moscow had carried out a campaign of disinformation before the secession referendum in October to encourage voters to back splitting from Spain. Speaking at an intelligence conference in Berlin, Mr Maassen did not offer details but said that he had reliable information from other security services.” The Times of London notes, “His comments came as Quim Torra, a separatist, became the Catalan president when MPs in the regional parliament approved the move by 66 votes to 65.”
From The Times of London.
PUTIN’S CLAIMS ABOUT MISSILE CAPABILITY WILDLY EXAGGERATED
CNBC reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged earlier this year that his country had a new nuclear-powered missile with unlimited range — but it has yet to perform a successful test over multiple attempts, according to sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report on the weapons program.” Embarrassing! Thank god both Putin and his puppet in Washington are proving to be so utterly full of hot air and bullshit. CNBC adds, “The cruise missile was tested four times between November and February, each resulting in a crash”. Additionally, “The U.S. assessed that the longest test flight lasted just more than two minutes, with the missile flying 22 miles before losing control and crashing. The shortest test lasted four seconds and flew for five miles.” That’s not unlimited range by a long shot! Sad! But it gets even better as CNBC notes, “The weapon, which has been in development since the early 2000s, is believed to use a gasoline-powered engine for takeoff before switching to a nuclear-powered one for flight,” and, “The tests apparently showed that the nuclear-powered heart of the cruise missile failed to initiate and, therefore, the weapon was unable to achieve the indefinite flight Putin had boasted about.” Russia worked hard over many years to make it suck so much. And as usual in Russia, “the tests were ordered by senior Kremlin officials despite objections from the program’s engineers, who voiced concerns that the system was still in its infancy.” CNBC recalls how “During a state of the nation address in March, Putin claimed the cruise missile was capable of delivering a warhead to any point in the world while evading missile defense systems. In the same two-hour speech, Putin touted an arsenal of new hypersonic weapons which he called ‘invincible.’” Hardly. CNBC adds, “The Russians are expected to conduct a fourth test sometime this summer.”
TRUMP’S OUTSIDE ADVISORS IN ATTACK ON DOJ, SPECIAL COUNSEL
CNN reports, “A loose and informal group of Trump advisers outside the White House, some of whom think the President is being ill served by White House chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn, have been aggressively campaigning to attack Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of a ‘deep state’ plot against the President.” It might be helpful if they knew what an actual deep state is but considering the vast well of ignorance from which the Trumpenproletariat are drawn, this does not matter so much. CNN adds, “The members of this group working to persuade the President and Trump-friendly media include ousted former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former deputy campaign manager David Bossie, President of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council (and CNN commentator) Steve Cortes and many others. None of those reached for comment wanted to talk on the record. It was not clear how much Nunes is part of any of these conversations.” CNN notes, “The group over the weekend seemed to win a battle with White House insiders and succeeded in convincing the President to formally side with Nunes over his own Justice Department.” CNN adds the obvious: “Members describe the group trying to influence Trump as ad hoc and informal, with no structure but a common purpose. They consider House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, and Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, to be allies in this cause.” They left out Florida death cult GOP rep and gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.
NIKKI HALEY’S TWITTER IS EMBLEMATIC OF LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM
POLITICO reports, “Ever since she took over as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley’s personal Twitter account has been an object of fascination for the diplomatic set. On the @nikkihaley handle, the rising Republican star posts pictures of her dearest friends and showers love on her dog, Bentley. But she also denounces Russian actions in Syria and chides U.N. nations for voting against the United States.” POLITICO adds, “then there are the many music recommendations. ‘It’s a Journey kind of morning. @JourneyOfficial #DontStopBelievin #LifeIsBetterWithMusic,’ morning. Haley wrote Thursday.” Omg, it is NEVER a Journey kind of morning in Trumpistan, please Styx “Come Sail Away,” is a far better tune for these times. POLITICO notes, “The juxtaposition of silly and serious has produced eye-rolling among U.N. diplomats,” but not just them. She can’t be serious with Journey in Trumpistan but that is what happens when you drink too much Trumpistani Kool Aid. POLITICO adds, “analysts and former U.S. officials say Haley’s Twitter account — which she has used for nearly a decade — is indicative of another problem: Some U.S. diplomats are flouting State Department rules barring the use of personal social media accounts to make official statements.” Well isn’t that indicative of how Trumpistan functions? The personal is the political and officialdom of the former USA is dead now that the swamp is drained so the bottom feeders can be kings. There is no such thing as “public diplomacy” when the state functions as a giant cash grab and everything is for sale. POLITICO notes, “Haley has already been rebuked for her use of Twitter: The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said she’d violated the Hatch Act in June 2017 when she retweeted Trump’s endorsement of a South Carolina congressional candidate.”
ALEX JONES WANTS TO GO 24/7
The Wrap reports America’s most notable conspiracy theorist “Alex Jones will expand his digital TV and radio program to offer 24-hour live coverage, the InfoWars host announced on his show Monday.” The Wrap adds, “The right-wing commentator and conspiracy theorist — most famous for suggesting the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax — told viewers that he was looking to hire at least 15 people.” Where is this money coming from? You have no idea how demoralizing this is, when coupled with the fact that fake NGOs like Judicial Watch have over $60 million to a truly grassroots and seriously underfunded entity like TRUMPISTAN WATCH. Follow the money: it is working to derail our state and the truth by multiples so great it bears not calculating.
From The Wrap.
UK ANNOUNCES NEW PROBES INTO RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA NETWORK
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Britain’s media regulator says it has opened three new investigations into broadcasts made by the state-sponsored news channel RT in April and May.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “The latest probes add to seven investigations launched in April into whether the channel breached impartiality rules in the wake of the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain in March.”
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HARVARD CLASSMATES PUT TOGETHER A BURN BOOK ON PRINCELING JARED
Boston Magazine reports, “Jared Kushner has been brutally, savagely burned by his former Harvard classmates, and it’s really something. The ruthless commentary on the first son-in-law came in this year’s 15th Anniversary Report—written by members of Kushner’s class who, per tradition, were invited to submit updates on what they’ve been up to for the last decade-and-a-half.” Boston Magazine sardonically notes, “Kushner, who is hard at work bringing peace to the Middle East, declined to participate. But many of his classmate did, and several saw a golden opportunity to unload on their onetime peer and took it.” Boston Magazine adds, “So what might otherwise have been a largely unreadable collection of self-congratulation has this year become a sort of Ivy League burn book, where everything about Kushner—the tax-deductible $2.5 million his parents paid to smooth his path into the college, his inability to grow facial hair—gets a thorough and erudite roasting.” Boston Magazine features some excerpts:
– ““I, for one, am actually glad our Class of ‘03 finally has a real, live fascist among us. Who says Harvard isn’t diverse?” reads one of the entries. “I’ve always wanted to meet someone who is as unfamiliar with the principles of democratic self-government as he is with how to grow a beard.”
– “Our most infamous class member probably won’t even attend the Reunion; life’s busy when you’re unwittingly shooting the History Channel documentaries of tomorrow,” wrote another. “By the time this is circulated, maybe this entire gangster administration will have jumped bail and taken up residence in the authoritarian regimes of their choice.”
– “I think what I’m most proud of,” reads another, “is what I’ve managed to avoid during the past five years. I haven’t been accused of making false statements on or material omissions from security clearance disclosure forms. I haven’t been accused of colluding with representatives of a foreign government to affect the outcome of an election. I haven’t been accused of using my government position to sell visas to foreign investors in my family’s businesses. I haven’t been sued for mistreating tenants or violating rental laws.”
– a Kushner-related haiku: “Real tough world right now / Our classmate involved??? / Get out of there now.”
– “Mostly, I feel low-grade, constant horror as I watch attacks on refugees, minorities, my most at-risk patients, women’s rights, and the environment, and new threats of of nuclear war,” reads one, from a classmate who described him or herself as a descendent of Holocaust survivors.
– astrophysicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, took aim at Harvard for admitting Kushner in the first place, and at a system that rewards families like his with tax breaks for donations to private universities. “Shame on Harvard,” she wrote, adding that if she could take back her experience at Harvard in exchange for keeping Kushner out of its hallowed halls, she would have. “Harvard opened doors for me, but the immense distress people are experiencing right now was not worth it.”
Finally some fun and true humor in TRUMPISTAN WATCH, not these failed jokes about a dying Senator or an eternal president that come from Trumpistani elites and the fake Russian bullshit president himself the media keeps pumping into the information ecosystem!
From Boston Magazine.
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