TRUMP’S LAWYERS ARGUE HE IS KING + CAN DO AS HE FUCKING PLEASES
The New York Times reports, “President Trump’s lawyers have for months quietly waged a campaign to keep the special counsel from trying to force him to answer questions in the investigation into whether he obstructed justice, asserting that he cannot be compelled to testify and arguing in a confidential letter that he could not possibly have committed obstruction because he has unfettered authority over all federal investigations.” So the president thinks he is king? Send his two boys Uday and Qusay your virginal daughters some ballerinas to rape in that case – impunity rules! The New York Times adds, “In a brash assertion of presidential power, the 20-page letter — sent to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and obtained by The New York Times — contends that the president cannot illegally obstruct any aspect of the investigation into Russia’s election meddling because the Constitution empowers him to, ‘if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.’” “Brash assertion of presidential power?” Do they mean flaunting all pretenses of laws and behaving like a king – is that the normalizing euphemism the Normalizing Your Trash paper of record is rolling with? Um, ok. Now get your Kleenexes ready as you might cry a river over the fact that “Mr. Trump’s lawyers fear that if he answers questions, either voluntarily or in front of a grand jury, he risks exposing himself to accusations of lying to investigators, a potential crime or impeachable offense.” When does Trump get a rotating statue that always faces the sun, as he can also never fly too close to it? Most interestingly in the letter from our fake Russian bullshit president’s lawyer we learn Trump dictated the statement that the White House put out after son Uday’s June 9, 2016 meeting with Russian state officials at Trump Tower was revealed. This is only interesting as it reveals further lies as Trump, we were told, allegedly knew nothing about the meeting. Remember, even the lies reveal further lies.
From The New York Times.
BILL CLINTON SAYS DOESN’T KNOW IF ELECTION RESULTS TAMPERED WITH
The Washington Examiner reports, “Former President Bill Clinton said he isn’t sure whether foreign countries tampered with the 2016 presidential election results. ‘We’ve got a real serious problem about this cyber terrorism,’ Clinton said in a Friday preview of an interview with CBS. ‘They could go way beyond fixing the elections and those problems will happen faster if we allow our elections to continue to be tampered with by others.’” No way Bill! The KGB got all of its ducks in a row and then left things to chance, that is what they are known for, leaving things to chance. Bill waffled however, “‘I don’t know. I don’t know,’ Clinton responded, when asked whether he thought there was any ‘tampering in 2016 with results.’” The Washington Examiner adds the interview was “given to promote his new political thriller novel, ‘The President is Missing’”. If only the president were only missing but instead the First Lady is, sadly.
From The Washington Examiner.
ROGER STONE SOCIAL MEDIA GURU JASON SULLIVAN MEETS GRAND JURY
Reuters reports, “A social media expert who worked with influential Donald Trump ally Roger Stone during the 2016 U.S. presidential race testified before a federal grand jury on Friday after being subpoenaed by the special counsel investigating potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.” Reuters notes, “Jason Sullivan arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington at around 9 a.m. and left the courthouse at around 11:30 a.m. After his closed-door grand jury testimony ended, Sullivan declined to comment on what questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had asked him.” Reuters adds, “Sullivan is a social media and Twitter specialist who worked for an independent political action committee formed by Stone, a long-time Trump adviser and backer, to support Trump’s campaign. Stone has said Sullivan is one of eight of his associates approached by Mueller’s investigators.” Reuters continues, “‘Welcome To The Age of Weaponized Social Media,’ said a strategy document Sullivan prepared for Stone and seen by Reuters. Sullivan described a ‘system’ he devised for creating Twitter “swarms” as “an army of sophisticated, hyper-targeted direct tweet automation systems driven by outcomes-based strategies derived from REAL-TIME actionable insights.”
POMPEO ENDS T REX’S CAREER BLACKBALLING FOIA “SURGE” AT STATE
Government Executive reports, “In the latest sign of change in State Department management under Secretary Mike Pompeo, officials this week confirmed that the department has ended the practice of involuntarily transferring high-level career employees from specialized jobs to the office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests under what was an unusual ‘surge’ to whittle down the backlog of FOIA requests.” Government Executive adds, “Many career employees perceived the transfers, which began under then-Secretary Rex Tillerson, as a kind of banishment or retaliation for their involvement in programs supported by the Obama administration that had fallen from favor in the Trump administration.” Citing a report in Talking Points Memo, Government Executive notes, “the transfers affected hundreds of former ambassadors and top-level leaders of bureaus or the National Security Council.” Remember this whenever anyone calls T Rex a gentleman.
From Government Executive.
US AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY RICHARD GRENELL SHOULD BE PNG’D ASAP
Breitbart News carries an interview with Trump’s troll Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell in which he “has expressed great excitement over the wave of conservatism in Europe, saying he wants to ‘empower’ leaders of the movement.” Remember when neo-Nazis kill people, there are good people on both sides, just as our fake Russian bullshit president claimed after events in Charlottesville, Virginia last August. Breitbart notes, “Grenell expressed a deep respect and admiration for the young Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz saying, ‘Look, I think Sebastian Kurz is a rockstar. I’m a big fan.’” Recall Kurz’s government is widely seen as a Russian bulwark in the heart of Europe, notably for the pact of coordination and cooperation it signed with Putin’s United Russia party. As for Grenell, get him out of here! This is nothing short of an ambassador calling for the overthrow of the government of the country hosting him.
From Breitbart News.
US LOOKING TO HOST MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM IN GERMANY
Reuters reports, “The U.S. military has held preliminary discussions about moving a powerful missile defense system to Germany to boost European defenses,” noting the move “could trigger fresh tensions with Moscow.” Reuters adds, “The tentative proposal to send the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Europe predates U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, and comes amid a broader push to strengthen Europe’s air and missile defenses.” Reuters notes, “A senior German military official cited the need to add more radars across Europe to better track and monitor potential threats, and cue interceptors if needed. The U.S. Defense Dept said no such action had been decided.” Reuters adds, “One U.S. military official said there had been preliminary talks with German military officials on moving a THAAD system to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, headquarters for the U.S. Air Force in Europe and NATO Allied Air Command.”
NATO BEGINS HUGE MILITARY EXERCISE IN POLAND + THE BALTICS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “NATO’s Saber Strike 18 exercises involving some 18,000 troops from 19 nations have kicked off in Poland and the Baltic states, as the Western alliance looks to boost readiness on its eastern flank.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “The United States leads a multinational NATO battle group in Poland, while allies Germany, Britain, and Canada command three others in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, where the Saber Strike maneuvers will be held.”
US IS FLYING REAPER DRONE OUT OF POLISH BASE
Stars and Stripes reports, “The U.S. Air Force is flying for the first time at least one unarmed, unmanned drone from an air base in Poland”. Stars and Stripes adds, “U.S. Air Forces in Europe said in a recent statement that it is operating an MQ-9 Reaper aircraft at Miroslawiec Air Base ‘as a visible expression of U.S. efforts to enhance regional stability.’” Citing a report in The Aviationist, a military aviation blog, Stars and Stripes notes, “The base in northwestern Poland has hosted drones for a little more than two years,” adding, “European security analysts say the drone mission is likely aimed at watching Russia’s movements along borders and coastal areas.”
From Stars and Stripes.
UKRAINE SAYS IT UNCOVERED RUSSIAN HIT LIST OF 47 INDIVIDUALS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Ukrainian authorities claim they have uncovered a hit-list of 47 people — mostly journalists — who are potential Russian assassination targets as a result of their sting operation staging the faked murder of exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko wrote on Facebook on June 1 that the controversial operation, which involved top officials lying to the media and public about Babchenko’s death, had helped security services uncover a list of 47 mainly Ukrainian and Russian-emigre journalists who he said ‘could be the next victims of terrorists.’”
OLEG DERIPASKA WANTS TO SELL AUTO STAKE TO GET SANCTIONS RELIEF
Bloomberg reports, “Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is discussing selling part of his automotive business to minority investors, including former Magna International Inc. chief Siegfried Wolf, as part of a plan to end sanctions on the company. Deripaska is in talks with Wolf, whom he has known for more than a decade, about selling a portion of his stake in Russian Machines Corp., which owns GAZ Group, Russia’s largest commercial carmaker”. Bloomberg adds, “Deripaska hopes the deal would show that he’s willing to give up some ownership in exchange for the U.S. lifting sanctions, they said. The deal would depend on the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control agreeing to remove sanctions on Russian Machines and GAZ,” noting another Deripaska company, “Rusal, Russia’s largest aluminum company, is fighting for survival and has even had trouble paying employees after being effectively blacklisted from the Western financial system.” Bloomberg notes, “Through Russian Machines, he owns about 80 percent of GAZ, which has a joint venture with Volkswagen AG and assembles cars for Daimler AG in Russia.”
AUSTRIA’S FREEDOM PARTY IS BEHOLDEN TO PUTIN, MAKING IT UNFREE
Reuters reports, “Austria’s vice chancellor and leader of the country’s far-right Freedom Party called for ending the European Union’s sanctions against Russia, days before he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin during a trip to Vienna. Heinz-Christian Strache, whose pro-Moscow party is junior partner to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives, has said in the past he did not favor EU sanctions against Moscow over its backing of rebels in Ukraine.” Strache is quoted in the newspaper Oesterreich, “It is high time to put an end to these exasperating sanctions and normalize political and economic relations with Russia,” as if there is such a thing as normal relations with Russia, a country that classifies all other countries as either enemies or vassals. TRUMPISTAN WATCH believes we know in which camp Strache, his Freedom Party and Kurz belong.
VENEZUELA RELEASES MORE POLITICAL PRISONERS
Bloomberg reports, “Nineteen political prisoners had been released from jail in Venezuela on Sunday, among a group of 40 political prisoners due to be released after President Nicolas Maduro granted conditional freedom to at least 39 people. Freed prisoners as of Sunday at 9 a.m. local time included National Assembly lawmakers Gilber Caro and Renzo Prieto, the human rights group Foro Penal said in a message on Twitter.”
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TRUMP BREAKS LAW TWEETING ABOUT JOBS REPORT BEFORE RELEASE
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump on Friday shattered several decades of protocol — and possibly violated a federal directive — by hinting strongly that the monthly U.S. jobs report would be a rosy one 69 minutes before its release.” If we had a real president instead of a fake Russian bullshit president who has had a giant, never-ending tantrum that has isolated us from the world, ignited trade disputes with our greatest allies and flooded the White House with unqualified neo-Nazis, kleptocrats and Mafiosi, this would be a real scandal. The Washington Post notes that now instead, “In an 11-word Twitter post, Trump jolted financial markets and provided the latest example of how he is reshaping the presidency to fit his freewheeling impulses, pushing aside years of tight controls on the public release of sensitive material that were put in place by Republicans and Democrats.” The Washington Post adds, “Trump, like past presidents, is given a preview of the sensitive report before its official release, but a 1985 directive issued by the Reagan administration requires that the executive branch not comment on the information until an hour after it is made public.” The Washington Post notes, “because of Trump’s penchant for blurting out sensitive information… many West Wing aides and advisers privately say they are hesitant to share anything with Trump that they do not want to become public.”
From The Washington Post.
FAKE RUSSIAN BULLSHIT POTUS IS EVER MORE ISOLATED BY THE DAY
BuzzFeed News reports, “behind the scenes, reporters working the White House beat say covering the Trump administration has entered a new chapter that is, in some cases, more challenging than ever. Trump’s inner circle has solidified, and the president is increasingly acting on his own. Meetings are getting smaller, reducing the number of people with proximity to information. Top officials, some who acted as relatively helpful press gatekeepers, like former communications director Hope Hicks, have left without replacements. And,” BuzzFeed adds, “after back-and-forth hostile leaks between the White House and State Department under Rex Tillerson, reporters are now dealing with National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, kindred spirits who are also more discreet.” It’s like they may have been trained by former KGB officers or something! BuzzFeed notes, “All the while, Trump’s behavior is becoming more and more erratic, and White House reporters say it’s becoming harder to know what’s going on”. Here is a great quote from a reporter: “I always describe having sources in this White House as being like adopting a terminally ill rescue dog,” or perhaps a failing member of a terrorist or rebel group, “As soon as you get it to trust you, it dies.” BuzzFeed adds, “reporters say that they have noticed a heightened sense of nervousness in the building — and that their sources are more cognizant of their phrasing so as to not sound identifiable in stories.” The truth is closing in and it hurts.
MORE ON HOW WILDLY INAPPROPRIATE A PICK BOLTON’S CHIEF OF STAFF IS
The Atlantic continues the necessary raking over the coals of Fred Fleitz, who fake National Security Advisor John Bolton appointed last week as his Chief of Staff. The Atlantic recalls that “for the last five years served as a senior vice president at the Center for Security Policy,” and that “for more than a decade, the Center for Security Policy (CSP) has been arguing that American Muslims who observe shariah, or Islamic law, don’t deserve the protections of the First Amendment.” This racist center’s president is of course Frank Gaffney, a noted Islamophobe. The Center for Security Policy published “a 2015 report it called ‘The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.’ Fleitz was one of its 16 co-authors. It called for revoking the citizenship of American Muslims who follow Islamic law.” The Atlantic continues, “The report argues that, in seeking to replace the Constitution with shariah law, these mosques are part of a conspiracy led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which also secretly controls some of America’s largest Muslim communal organizations, including the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and the North American Islamic Trust.” The Atlantic notes, “In 2011, after Gaffney accused the anti-tax activist Grover Norquist of ‘supporting a stealthy effort to bring shariah’ to the United States, the American Conservative Union informally banned him from speaking at its signature event, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In 2013, Gaffney lost his longtime column at The Washington Times.” Of course now our fake “secretary of state is Mike Pompeo, who as a member of Congress appeared on Gaffney’s radio show at least 24 times,” and the fake “national-security adviser is John Bolton, a frequent speaker at events sponsored by the Center, and the man most responsible for Gaffney’s reinstatement at CPAC in 2016. And, as of Wednesday, Bolton’s chief of staff is Gaffney’s longtime right-hand man.” Do you have any idea how dangerous this is? Remember why we bombed Serbia in the 1990s over concentration camps for Muslim Bosniaks? The Wall Street Journal adds, “Jewish and Muslim groups are objecting to the appointment of a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst to a top White House post because of his controversial views of Islam. The Anti-Defamation League, Council on American-Islamic Relations and other groups said Fred Fleitz shouldn’t serve as chief of staff”.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? GORKA INVITED TO ADDRESS OXFORD UNION
The Guardian reports, “Sebastian Gorka, a former aide to Donald Trump and an ex-editor at rightwing website Breitbart, has been invited to speak at the Oxford Union, it was announced on Sunday. Gorka, a hardliner on immigration and terrorism, is scheduled to address the prestigious university debating society on 7 June,” and by address, they mean disgrace. In case you wonder whether neo-Nazis have gained traction at Oxford, The Guardian notes, “In a press release on Sunday, the Oxford Union, which is mainly run by students, said Gorka had risen to ‘prominence as deputy assistant to President Trump and a committed defender of the President’s foreign policy initiatives’.” They mean he is a disgraced ex-official with documented neo-Nazi ties who was forced out and took up a platform on Fox News, the propaganda wing of the fake Russian bullshit administration. “Prominence” as it is most loosely defined for the garbage detritus of the Trump trash klan.
From The Guardian.
MELANIA’S FORMER “MODELING AGENT” MAKES WEINSTEIN STORY CAMEO
The New York Times reports on the efforts by a lawyer attached to the firm Brafman and Associates to contact women who allege wrong doing by accused serial sex predator Harvey Weinstein, who is represented by the firms namesake Benjamin Brafman, the same lawyer who represented Dominic Strauss-Kahn. Buried in the piece Melania’s former “modeling agent” (the euphemism being used for alleged pimp) Paolo Zampolli makes a cameo! The New York Times reports, “Ms. [Melissa] Thompson said she was referred to Mr. [Alex] Spiro,” a lawyer with Brafman’s firm, “in mid-October by Paolo Zampolli, a former modeling executive she had known socially but had not spoken to in years. Mr. Zampolli, she said, knew about the 2011 incident with Mr. Weinstein, and had urged her to contact Mr. Spiro about potentially filing a lawsuit.” The New York Times adds, “Mr. Zampolli, widely credited with introducing President Trump and Melania Trump, the first lady, at a party in 1998, told Ms. Thompson he had a falling-out with Mr. Weinstein and wanted to ‘bury’ him, according to the audio recording of the conversation reviewed by The Times.” So was Weinstein a Zampolli john, or rather client, too? The New York Times adds, “‘You gonna be represented by the biggest lawyer that existed in United States history,’ Mr. Zampolli can be heard telling Ms. Thompson, using an expletive, in the audio recording. ‘There are all these girls, and they’re getting together and they’re being represented by Benjamin Brafman.’” Despite the recording, “Mr. Zampolli denied making the comments to Ms. Thompson and called the recording ‘fake news.’” Doesn’t he sound like all the savory we have come to expect from this fake Russian bullshit administration that runs everything like a criminal enterprise from family business to national political campaigns? Additionally, another woman, “Ms. [Daniela] Unruh, the model, and the third woman said they had gotten a similar pitch from Mr. Zampolli. They said he had introduced them to Mr. Spiro via emails, copies of which The Times reviewed. Mr. Zampolli said he had no recollection of the introductions.”
From The New York Times.
USA NOT REALLY: SUNLIGHT KILLS ACTIVE MEASURES
McClatchy reports, “A new Russian influence operation has surfaced that mirrors some of the activity of an internet firm that the FBI says was deeply involved in efforts to sway the 2016 U.S. elections, a cybersecurity firm says. A website called usareally.com appeared on the internet May 17 and called on Americans to rally in front of the White House June 14 to celebrate President Donald Trump’s birthday, which is also Flag Day.” Surprise! McClatchy adds, “FireEye, a Milpitas, Calif., cybersecurity company, said Thursday that USA Really is a Russian-operated website that carries content designed to foment racial division, harden feelings over immigration, gun control and police brutality, and undermine social cohesion. The website’s operators once worked out of the same office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency had its headquarters, said Lee Foster, manager of information operations analysis for FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence.” McClatchy notes, “The new website’s banner declares in English: ‘America will wake up on June 14th!’ It carries a drawing of the White House and a fluttering U.S. flag as a backdrop. Foster said the site has over 100 articles and they are posting an average of nine articles a day.”
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KIM GIVES TRUMP A GAME SHOW ENVELOPE, TRUMP SAYS SUMMIT IS ON
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump held an extraordinary Oval Office meeting with Kim Jong Un’s deputy on Friday, after which he snapped a chummy photo with the North Korean official and announced that the historic summit with Kim is back on. ‘We‘ll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore,’ Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House after escorting Kim Yong Chol, Kim Jong Un‘s second in command, into a vehicle.” POLITICO notes, “Trump tempered expectations for what the meeting in Singapore will yield, saying nothing would be signed during the summit and that it would simply be the beginning of a process toward denuclearizing North Korea.” POLITICO adds, “Trump delivered his comments after a nearly 80-minute meeting with Kim Yong Chol, a former top spy for North Korea, during which the official delivered a personal letter from the dictator to Trump.” POLITICO reports, “It was not immediately clear whether Trump had read the personal note from the North Korean leader. Initially asked for his reaction to the letter, Trump told reporters it ‘was a very nice’ and a ‘very interesting letter,’ appearing to indicate he was privy to its contents. But Trump later said he intentionally did not open it. ‘I haven’t seen the letter yet,’ the president said. ‘I purposely didn‘t open the letter. I haven‘t opened it.’” Everything is a farce until the peaceful nuclear exchange!
THERE IS NO DISCREET WAY TO SHIT ALL OVER YOURSELF
The Washington Post reports, “At an island resort off the coast of Singapore, U.S. event planners are working day and night with their North Korean counterparts to set up a summit designed to bring an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.” However, “a particularly awkward logistical issue remains unresolved,” namely, “Who’s going to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel stay? The prideful but cash-poor pariah state requires that a foreign country foot the bill at its preferred lodging: the Fullerton, a magnificent neoclassical hotel near the mouth of the Singapore River, where just one presidential suite costs more than $6,000 per night.” This is the kind of grifting the Trumps, who are known to demand luxury and then skip out on their bills, are familiar with. Kindred spirits! The Washington Post notes, “When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea’s preferred five-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs,” because taxpayers are footing so many other farcical bullshit expenses what is one more to the kleptocrats in charge? While “Pyongyang may view a U.S. payment as insulting,” it seems “U.S. planners are considering asking Singapore, the host country, to pay for the North Korean delegation’s bill.”
From The Washington Post.
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RESISTANCE ADVICE: THE CIA IS NOT YOUR ENEMY, OCCUPATION IS
The Washington Post carries an op-ed by John Brennan who “served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2013 to January 2017.” Brennan writes his “first visit to the Oval Office came in October 1990,” to discuss how “Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had invaded Kuwait two months before,” and, “Over the next quarter-century, I returned to the Oval Office several hundred times during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.” He recounts how, “The presidents I directly served were not perfect, and I didn’t agree with all of their policy choices. But I never doubted that each treated their solemn responsibility to lead our nation with anything less than the seriousness, intellectual rigor and principles that it deserved.” Now that we have a fake Russian bullshit president, things could not be more different as “The esteem with which I held the presidency was dealt a serious blow when Donald Trump took office. Almost immediately, I began to see a startling aberration from the remarkable, though human, presidents I had served. Mr. Trump’s lifelong preoccupation with aggrandizing himself seemed to intensify in office”. He notes how like a puppet of foreign adversary Russian Trump “has shown highly abnormal behavior by lying routinely to the American people without compunction, intentionally fueling divisions in our country and actively working to degrade the imperfect but critical institutions that serve us.” Additionally, Brennan recounts how “For more than three decades,” he “observed and analyzed the traits and tactics of corrupt, incompetent and narcissistic foreign officials who did whatever they thought was necessary to retain power. Exploiting the fears and concerns of their citizenry, these demagogues routinely relied on lies, deceit and suppression of political opposition to cast themselves as populist heroes and to mask self-serving priorities. By gaining control of intelligence and security services, stifling the independence of the judiciary and discrediting a free press, these authoritarian rulers followed a time-tested recipe for how to inhibit democracy’s development, retard individual freedoms and liberties, and reserve the spoils of corrupt governance for themselves and their ilk.” He adds, “Mr. Trump grandstands like a snake-oil salesman, squandering his formidable charisma and communication skills in favor of ego, selfishness and false promises.” So Brennan concludes he “will continue to speak out loudly and critically until integrity, decency, wisdom — and maybe even some humility — return to the White House,” and so should we.
From The Washington Post.
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