The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Trump administration has put its search for the Justice Department’s No. 3 official on the back burner after failing to persuade several candidates to take the challenging position, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign of the difficulties besetting the agency.” Do you have balls made of titanium? Do you enjoy constant abuse delivered via Twitter that then gets amplified by “journalists”? How could it be such a struggle to find someone to enjoy in all that fun?

From The Wall Street Journal.



The Guardian reports, “German politicians have called for Donald Trump’s envoy in Berlin to be expelled from the country after he said in an interview that he wanted to ‘empower’ conservative forces throughout Europe. Ambassador Richard Grenell, who has been in office for less than a month, has caused irritation in Berlin with a series of perceived breaches of diplomatic etiquette.” Great, TRUMPISTAN WATCH for one hopes they do as a gesture of solidarity with the majority of American people who are fed up with Russian occupation vis-à-vis a fake Russian bullshit president and want a life without far right trolls, neo-Nazis and klansmen, fear or prejudice. The Guardian notes, “On Monday, the former Fox News contributor further strayed beyond his ambassadorial remit by requesting a short meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu at Berlin’s airport following the Israeli prime minister’s meeting with Angela Merkel. On 13 June, Grenell will host the Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, for lunch at his residence in Berlin’s Dahlem district, another unusual move given that Austria’s own US ambassador, the tech entrepreneur Trevor Traina, was installed in Vienna only last month.” Seriously get him out of there! The American people value their alliance with Germany too much to let this far right troll get in the way. He is one fool, we are millions and he does not represent us, as he should. The Guardan adds, “The German government on Monday said it has asked Grenell to clarify his comments during his inaugural visit to the foreign ministry on Thursday.” PNG his ass then, for freedom, democracy and diplomacy to prevail! Meanwhile the State Department spokesman who T Rex was deeply correct to mistrust Heather Nauert, said to be close to the White House, who came direct from her role as a Fox News blond, defended the far right troll Grenell, claiming he “was merely highlighting that there are some parties and candidates in Europe who are doing well right now,” The Hill notes. And with all the integrity of a lying piece of shit Soviet era spokesman added, “We support democracy, we support countries figuring out for themselves who they want to vote in for office.” Hard to make that claim when she is part of an occupation regime in Trumpistan.

From The Guardian and The Hill.



The Hill reports, “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is placing a hold on President Trump’s counterintelligence chief nominee. Grassley said he would hold up William Evanina, Trump’s pick to be the director of national counterintelligence and security center because the intelligence community has not responded to congressional inquiries in a timely matter.” Grassley noted, “My objection is not intended to question the credentials of Mr. Evanina in any way,” adding, “However, the executive branch must recognize that it has an ongoing obligation to respond to congressional inquires in a timely and reasonable manner.” The Hill adds, “Trump formally nominated Evanina in February. Evanina is already filling the position, but lawmakers have decided it should now require Senate confirmation.” The Hill notes, “His nomination was approved unanimously by the Senate Intelligence Committee and sent to the full Senate last month. Grassley’s hold can’t formally block the Senate from voting on Evanina. But it would require Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to file cloture and eat up days of floor time in order for him to be confirmed.” Most bizarrely, “Grassley pointed to text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — two FBI officials whose text messages critical of President Trump caused a scandal — for part of the reason for his decision to hold up the nomination,” The Hill adds. Grassley notes, “an individual named ‘Evanina’ is mentioned in the context of government officials having briefed then Vice President-elect Pence on national security related issues and planning to brief him a second time”. What the hell is this really about?

From The Hill.



The New York Times reports, “Democrats see this Orange County seat — held by Representative Dana Rohrabacher, who is close to Mr. Trump and has been tied to Russia and WikiLeaks — as one of their best pickup opportunities in November.” But with a primary that split the Democratic vote, Rohrabacher advances to the general election in November. Not noted by The New York Times: Rohrabacher is Putin’s favorite Congressman as well. His Russian friends will no doubt be pulling for him.

From The New York Times.



The Hill reports, “Former county prosecutor Andrew Janz (D) is projected to win the second slot in California’s 22nd Congressional District primary, setting the stage for a high-profile clash with House Intelligence Committee Chairman” DARKNESS AT NUNES. The Hill notes, “Knocking off Nunes will be a tough task for Janz — the incumbent won by more than 30 points in 2016, when President Trump also won the district by 9 points.” The Hill adds, “Janz has made the race a direct referendum on Nunes’s relationship with Trump amid the ongoing Russia probe.” The Hill notes Aryan princess Ivanka “is headlining a fundraiser for Nunes later this month and the incumbent has raised $4.8 million this cycle.” Send Janz money! Nothing else seems to matter in California anyways.

From The Hill.



CNN reports, “Kelly Sadler, the White House communications aide who made a imprudent comment about Republican Sen. John McCain’s health, was quietly let go Tuesday nearly a month after making the insensitive remark. ‘Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President,’ wrote Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, in an emailed statement.” CNN adds, “The White House had been strategizing an exit for Sadler for the last two weeks, a senior administration official said. There had been a discussion about relocating her to another agency or department outside of the White House, and it remains unclear if she is going somewhere else or leaving the administration entirely.” CNN notes, “In the aftermath of the comment — in which Sadler told a meeting that McCain’s opposition to CIA director nominee Gina Haspel didn’t matter because he’s ‘dying’ — the White House refused to condemn her remark, and she did not apologize publicly. She remained on the staff for nearly a month before departing.” CNN adds, “Privately, Sadler did apologize to McCain’s daughter Meghan in a phone call. But afterward, Ms. McCain publicly questioned why Sadler still had a job at the White House.” Slowly the trash is ending up where it belongs in the dustbin of history.

From CNN.



CNBC reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump talk ‘regularly,’ the Russian president told an Austrian news outlet ahead of his visit to Vienna Tuesday.” Trump is more in touch with Vova than he is the majority of the American people. According to the Kremlin’s transcript of the interview, Putin said, “Indeed, Donald Trump and I have, firstly, met more than once at various international venues.” CNBC notes, “Neither the White House nor the Russian Embassy responded to requests for comment,” but adds that “The two presidents have spoken by phone eight times since Trump was elected, according to readouts available on the White House website.” CNBC adds, “Putin’s interview with Austrian news presenter Armin Wolf grew heated when Wolf asked about allegations that Putin had meddled in the domestic politics of other countries.” Vova and Putin also enjoy stripping down to their bra and panties for tickle fights.

From CNBC.



CNN reports, “The first person to serve jail time for a charge brought by special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation was deported and arrived in the Netherlands Tuesday,” citing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). CNN adds, “Alex van der Zwaan was turned over to Dutch authorities, the officials added, a day after he was released from a low-security federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, after serving 30 days. He also was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.” CNN notes, “Van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old lawyer formerly with international law firm Skadden Arps, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his interactions and records of communication with top Trump campaign official Rick Gates and a person with ties to a Russian intelligence service during the 2016 presidential campaign. Van der Zwaan had worked with Gates and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as they attempted to spin a report on Ukrainian politicians done by the law firm.” Van der Zwaan is also the winner of the RJ Vanecko Award for Prisoners of Politics as a reminder that no one is above the law, except of course those who are. He also received the exact same sentence as former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Vanecko did for killing a man outside a bar with his bare fist but regrettably van der Zwaan was not released early on a Friday in time to enjoy the weekend. Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan.

From CNN.



Reuters reports, “The United States is pressing its European allies to get more NATO battalions, ships and planes ready for combat, officials say, in a fresh move to shore up NATO’s deterrence against any Russian attack. U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis will seek broad agreement for the plan in Brussels on Thursday when alliance defence ministers meet, laying the ground for endorsement by NATO leaders at a summit in July”. Reuters adds, “Known as 30-30-30-30, the plan would require NATO to have 30 land battalions, 30 air fighter squadrons and 30 ships ready to deploy within 30 days of being put on alert.”

From Reuters.



The Kyiv Post reports, “Ukrainian Oleh Sentsov, who has been convicted in Russia for terrorism and has declared a hunger strike on May 14, has written a letter to the Group of Seven (G7) leaders with calls not to focus only on his destiny,” citing a report in online outlet Hromadske. The Kyiv Post notes, “Sixty-four Ukrainians are being held in Russia ‘for political reasons,’ according to the Ukrainian human rights initiative LetMyPeopleGo.” Among them, “Four Ukrainian prisoners, namely Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Oleksandr Shumkov are on a hunger strike in Russia, but Volodymyr Balukh has been on one the longest, acting Ukrainian Healthcare Minister Ulana Suprun said,” The Kyiv Post notes.

From The Kyiv Post.



Russian state-run Sputnik reports, “With a radius of 470 kilometers, the radar has been described as one of NATO’s most important tools for monitoring Russian activities,” noting it is located “On the island of Bornholm,” and citing Danish radio as the source. Russian state-run Sputnik adds, “In the coming years, NATO will invest an as of yet undisclosed sum into the Danish Air Force’s radar facility in Almindingen”. Russian state-run Sputnik notes, “One of the contributing factors elevating the Bornholm radar is the strategic placement of the island south of Sweden, northeast of Germany and north of Poland.” Oh poor Russia, always the victim and never the victor.

From Russian state-run Sputnik.





NBC News reports, “A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for June 15 on whether to revoke bail for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, after federal prosecutors alleged that he tried to tamper with potential witnesses while on pretrial release.” NBC News adds, “Judge Amy Berman is expected to rule at the hearing on whether Manafort will have to go to jail pending his trial in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, or whether the terms of his bail are further restricted.” Lock him up! He will flip after a night or two in jail because he is so precious, much more precious than the tens of thousands of Ukrainians whose deaths his activities have led to, at least in his imagination. NBC News notes, “Federal prosecutors asked Judge Berman to revoke bail in a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Monday night. According to an FBI affidavit included with the motion, Manafort used encrypted messaging applications in February to try to reach two unnamed business partners who could be witnesses to his alleged fraud and money laundering. The judge has ordered the FBI agent who filed the declaration regarding the messaging to be in court and available to testify if necessary.” The Washington Post adds, “The judge gave Manafort’s lawyers until Friday to present a written rebuttal to accusations by prosecutors that he and a longtime associate repeatedly contacted two executives at a public relations firm in hopes of persuading them to provide false testimony about secret lobbying they did at Manafort’s behest in 2013.” Quartz notes, “Manafort allegedly tried to hide his communications with potential witnesses using the encrypted messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram, but prosecutors appear to have accessed the messages via his iCloud account.” You have to admire his willingness to commit further crimes while being closely watched for committing assorted crimes. Yet he persisted! Meanwhile lick your lips and reach for the salt, the fish might flip or at the very least we will have a fish fry. Delicious!

From NBC News, The Washington Post and Quartz.



Courthouse News Service reports, “Prosecutors said Monday they will soon be ready to sentence the California man who admitted using stolen identities to sell bank account numbers to Russians suspected of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a brief status conference, prosecutor Ryan Dickey told U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich that he will be ready to set a sentencing date for Richard Pinedo of Santa Paula, California, by the end of the month.” Courthouse News Service notes, “Dickey and Pinedo’s attorney, Jeremy Lessem with Los Angeles-based Lessem Newstat, said they would confer and present a sentencing date by June 28, when they are scheduled to file a joint status report.” Courthouse News Service recalls, “Pinedo, 28, pleaded guilty on Feb. 12 in Washington to selling hundreds of bank accounts, some of which used stolen identities, to offshore users including individuals tied to Mueller’s Russia probe,” adding, “According to Pinedo’s plea agreement, the sentencing guideline is 12 to 18 months.”
From Courthouse News Service.





POLITICO carries an op-ed by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former NATO chief + Danish Prime Minister, and Michael Chertoff, the former head of Homeland Security. In it, they write, “Between now and the next U.S. presidential election in 2020, Western voters will go to the polls in more than 20 elections. Looking at recent cases of election meddling in both the U.S. and Europe, and the patchy responses from our democratic institutions, there is every reason to believe that these elections provide 20 ripe new targets for Russia and others to interfere. Foreign interference is a relatively low-cost affair in terms of human or financial resources needed. Yet it brings the almost guaranteed advantage of undermining confidence in our legitimate institutions, something non-democratic regimes like Russia relish in.” Rasmussen and Chertoff note, “First, we see a shift from fake news to hyper-partisan narratives. These are stories often with a grain of truth but with distorted facts to produce a polarizing public story,” adding, “The problem with hyper-partisan content is that this is less detectable than news that is outright fake. Combating it requires a more comprehensive effort from all democratic actors, governments, media, NGOs and voters, which is lacking today,” none of whom get paid a dime, are as well financed as our adversaries or even appreciated by the larger society [throat clears]. Rasmussen and Chertoff add, “The type of interference varies from one election to another. In the U.S., Russia had to use transgressive means – hacked email servers and operatives based in the country – to influence the political scene. In Italy or Germany, Russia can rely on parties close to Moscow and on its economic footprint to spread its polarising message. Ukraine is ground zero of Moscow’s interference campaign, where all tools from political assassination to corruption, trolling to cyber-attacks are deployed to full effect.” Don’t ever say you weren’t warned.




BuzzFeed News reports, “California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, whose championing of Russian President Vladimir Putin has made him among Congress’s most controversial Republicans, has asked House Foreign Affairs Committee leaders for permission to lead a congressional delegation [a CODEL, in State Department shorthand parlance] to Hungary in July to try to meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the staunchly anti-immigrant politician who made attacking billionaire George Soros a focal point of his recent successful reelection campaign.” BuzzFeed News notes, “Rohrabacher has defended Orbán’s Hungary for years — even as the Obama administration’s State Department tried to push back against what it saw as Orbán’s creeping authoritarianism.” BuzzFeed News adds, “Rohrabacher, whose Orange County district has become home to growing numbers of immigrants in recent years and went for a Democrat, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential election for the first time in 80 years, also has sought permission to travel to Poland, currently ruled by the right-wing Law and Justice Party, as well as to Vienna and Prague, where one source suggested he is expected to try to meet with Czech President Miloš Zeman, who has joked about the liquidation of journalists.” Very funny, but TRUMPISTAN WATCH assures everyone the free market has already seen to that as the truth is not nearly as profitable as the lies, bullshit and consumerism that prevail now.

From BuzzFeed News.



Business Insider, citing a paywalled Financial Times story, reports, “The former CEO of Cambridge Analytica allegedly withdrew more than $US8 million (£6 million) from the British data firm before its collapse last month.” The Financial Times reported, “Alexander Nix is in dispute with investors after he allegedly walked away with the cash, while Cambridge Analytica staff and investors salvaged little or nothing from the company’s closure,” noting, “the dispute is with the investors in Emerdataa potential successor company set up by the power players at Cambridge Analytica.” Emerdata: The Frontier Services Group of the future.

From Business Insider.





Gizmodo reports, “As it wrestled with accusations about a fake cyberattack last spring, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) purposely misled several news organizations, choosing to feed journalists false information, while at the same time discouraging them from challenging the agency’s official story.” Gizmodo adds, “Internal emails reviewed by Gizmodo lay bare the agency’s efforts to counter rife speculation that senior officials manufactured a cyberattack, allegedly to explain away technical problems plaguing the FCC’s comment system amid its high-profile collection of public comments on a controversial and since-passed proposal to overturn federal net neutrality rules.” Gizmodo notes, “The FCC has been unwilling or unable to produce any evidence an attack occurred—not to the reporters who’ve requested and even sued over it, and not to U.S. lawmakers who’ve demanded to see it. Instead, the agency conducted a quiet campaign to bolster its cyberattack story with the aid of friendly and easily duped reporters, chiefly by spreading word of an earlier cyberattack that its own security staff say never happened.” Gizmodo adds, “The FCC’s system was overwhelmed on the night of May 7, 2017, after comedian John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, directed his audience to flood the agency with comments supporting net neutrality. In the immediate aftermath, the agency claimed the comment system had been deliberately impaired due to a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS). Net neutrality supporters, however, accused the agency of fabricating the attack to absolve itself from failing to keep the system online.” All the lies and bullshit to cover for public outrage, it really is so very Soviet.

From Gizmodo.



Fox News reports, “Tucker Carlson spoke with model and actress Pamela Anderson about her friendship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.” What about this isn’t Russian propaganda? If you answered “none of it” congrats! Fox News adds that in this hard hitting interview, “Carlson asked why Anderson’s colleagues in Hollywood are not similarly drawn to Assange’s cause. ‘They are big Clinton supporters… people misunderstood his intention was not to get Trump elected, it was to give true information about people…’” Oh is Anderson full of shit. This is like listening to Jenny McCarthy about getting your kids vaccinated, but with an added Russian lobotomy on the truth. And in case you think TRUMPISTAN WATCH is delusional about Anderson’s connections to Russia and bullshit propaganda put forth by our adversary, “Anderson said she recently visited Vladivostok, Russia, a port city near the North Korean border, where she spoke about the ‘green economy.’” If you know anything about Russia, anything at all, know the Russian state like the Soviet Union before it care even less about the environment than Trumpistan even.

From Fox News.





The Washington Post reports, “Dennis Rodman is planning on being in Singapore during President Trump’s summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week.” The Washington Post notes, “Rodman is reportedly not certain to make the trip, and even if he does, it could well be simply as a publicity stunt for a sponsoring company called PotCoin.” That’s right: your fake North Korea denuclearization summit reality show will feature product placement for PotCoin. The Washington Post adds, “As far-fetched as that may sound to some, it’s not at all out of the question, particularly if the role is to help break the ice between Kim and Trump. Having been a contestant twice on Trump’s reality-TV show, ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ and having been to North Korea five times since 2013, he’s one of the few people on the planet to have met both leaders, let alone be on friendly terms with them.” Well, full Trumpistan! Point of maximum madness and covfefe infiltration of discussion of weapons of the utmost seriousness achieved! Bring on the peaceful nuclear exchange, the Trumpenproletariat are too dead inside anyways already to know what will hit them when it does!

From The Washington Post.





The Telegraph reports, “A Moscow court has left a 19-year-old Putin critic in pre-trial detention until September, as the Kremlin uses sweeping security measures to drown out dissent during the World Cup. As her parents stifled tears in the stuffy courtroom, judge Anatoly Kostyukov turned down veterinary student Maria Dubovik’s plea for home arrest despite complaints about her worsening health.” The Telegraph notes, “She and five others who disparaged Vladimir Putin’s government in private chats were jailed in March and face 10 years in prison for ‘organising an extremist group’. They include Anna Pavlikova and Vyacheslav Kryukov, who were 17 and 19 at the time of their arrest.” Your World Cup seats in blood.

From The Telegraph.


reports, “German airline Lufthansa scrapped an advert for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after viewers noticed many scenes were filmed in Kyiv. The video publicised Lufthansa flights to Russia for the competition from June 14 to July 15.” EuroNews notes, “Lufthansa told Euronews that parts of the advert were filmed in the Ukrainian capital for ‘logistical reasons,’” presumably the same reasons that will keep sane people away from Russia. As Kateryna Kruk, a Maidan activist and Kremlin Watch fellow noted on Twitter, “I still don’t know whether I should be proud of our filmmaking industry or mad because Ukraine&Russia are the same for a German corpo,” which is exactly how TRUMPISTAN WATCH feels. Talk about putting your camera and corporate footing in shit.

From EuroNews.



Reuters reports, “A ballet about Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev which tested the Kremlin’s tolerance with its evocation of gay romance on Tuesday picked up the major prizes at one of the ballet world’s most prestigious awards ceremonies. Among the award winners in the Prix Benois ceremony was the ballet’s original choreographer Kirill Serebrennikov, who is awaiting trial on what his supporters say are charges trumped up to punish him for challenging the Russian establishment.” Reuters notes, “Serebrennikov is charged with embezzling state funds, an allegation he has denied.”

From Reuters.



The Washington Post reports, “Frank C. Carlucci III, a soft-spoken but hard-driving crisis manager for four presidents and whose reputation as a tamer of federal bureaucracies led to stints as secretary of defense, national security adviser and deputy CIA director, died June 3 at his home in McLean, Va. He was 87.” The Washington Post notes, “Mr. Carlucci’s rise was linked with those of his Princeton wrestling teammate Donald H. Rumsfeld and Caspar W. Weinberger, both of whom were entrenched in Republican politics and became defense secretaries. They and others in high office often called on Mr. Carlucci, a self-described­ ­damage-repair specialist, to sort out turmoil and scandal in fractious federal power centers.” The Washington Post adds, “As No. 2 at the CIA in the late 1970s, he was widely credited with helping calm a spy agency in almost open revolt against its director, Adm. Stansfield Turner. A few years later, as national security adviser, Mr. Carlucci helped restore the National Security Council’s probity after the Iran-contra affair brought down its chief, Vice Adm. John Poindexter, and the head of its military-political office, Lt. Col. Oliver L. North,” who is of course now the head of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Carlucci began his government career in the Foreign Service and gained notoriety after he “was sent to Congo in 1960, just at the cusp of its independence from Belgium,” and, “helped save from mob bloodlust a carload of Americans whose vehicle had struck and killed a Congolese bicyclist in the capital of Léopoldville.”

From The Washington Post.


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