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—–BREAKING—–

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE POTUS IS FAKE BUT RUSSIA’S BITCH FOR REAL

POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump said the United States will not sign a joint agreement with other G-7 countries, an abrupt reversal that will further erode relations with key U.S. allies and underscore the country’s increasing isolation under Trump. Trump announced his decision in a tweet while lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed opposition to Trump’s trade policies at the conclusion of the contentious summit.” Nobody talks to our president Trudeau like that! POLITICO notes, “Trump’s decision is likely to further divide the U.S. from its G-7 allies, who have long been skeptical of the president and have publicly and privately expressed deep frustration with Trump’s flippant comments and desire to overhaul their trade policies.” POLITICO adds, “Trump did little to hide his distaste for the summit from the outset — arriving late to the summit on Friday and missing his first scheduled meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and then joining a Saturday breakfast on gender equality after it had already started.” It should be little surprise that Trump is uncomfortable around legitimate leaders of sovereign countries as they are above him and can never be viewed as his peers like third world dictators who base policy around personal insecurities.

From POLITICO.

 

THIS IS WHAT IS KNOWN AS A RIMJOB IN IR

The Washington Post reports, “President Trump called for Russia to be readmitted to the Group of Seven industrial nations Friday”. It’s a club of industrial nations with developed economies, not a den of thieves, murderers and mafiosi, remember this. The Washington Post adds, “Russia was expelled four years ago after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region, and it has since angered U.S. lawmakers and foreign powers over interference in the U.S. presidential election, among other actions. But Trump broke with most other G-7 leaders during the first day of their annual summit with his call to bring back Russia,” because these other leaders represent sovereign nations and Trump is the puppet administrator of an occupation regime. Of course Trump’s bullshit serves a purpose of deflecting from his and Russia’s active measures against our economy as “Most of the foreign leaders at the summit had hoped to use the meeting to confront Trump about new tariffs he is imposing on imports, but instead found themselves reacting to Trump’s Russia comments and bombastic Twitter posts.” Of course fellow Russian puppet “Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he agreed with Trump.” That’s nice because he represents an economy roughly the size of Russia’s despite being a fraction the size. Of course Russia kicked in on the trolling as it is the only thing besides theft and larceny the Russian state does with any real ability as “Russian leaders, meanwhile, largely shrugged off the remarks. ‘The G-8 needs Russia much more than Russia needs the G-8,’ said lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign relations committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament.” However Kosachev is full of shit as Putin would love to be back at the leaders table but woe is Russia, their pitiful nation lacks the economy that would deserve it a place at the table, not to mention all the hallmarks of a civilized nation.

From The Washington Post.

 

SILENCE! THE REAL POTUS IS SPEAKING

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “As President Trump feuded with some of America’s closest allies last week and talked about inviting one of their great rivals, Russia, back into an exclusive economic club, Jim Mattis was here [in Brussels] sounding a very different note. Standing at a lectern inside NATO’s gleaming new headquarters — marked by reminders of the transatlantic alliance’s powerful history — Trump’s defense secretary declared that ‘the American people remain committed to this alliance, and we look forward to working together.’” Former Assistant Secretary Derek Chollet notes, “He is, without question, within Europe, and really, I would argue, around the world, the most respected person in President Trump’s Cabinet”. Also among the American people, the lone voice seeking to unify rather than terrorize the nation who has his feet planted in reality and a brain that is not filled with rot. The Philadelphia Inquirer adds, “Mattis is a former NATO commander who sees great value in international cooperation, and he stressed the importance of alliances as he rumbled east in a Boeing E-4B nicknamed ‘the Doomsday Plane.’” Most unusually, “Speaking to reporters inside his quarters, stocked with old video consoles and a spartan bunk bed, Mattis downplayed the idea that Trump’s actions could disrupt key alliances. One or two disagreements, he said, aren’t enough to shake shared democratic values and decades of collaboration on security.” He is talking about the illegitimate American president, not the leaders of foreign enemies, let that sink in, albeit Trump works for himself first and for the adversary second, not for the American people. Mattis likened Trump’s role to a disruptive force in a symphony as, “It’s almost like you have an orchestra playing, but you got cymbals clashing. We’ll address the cymbals, no problem … but that does not refute the fact that the violins are in harmony”. Now wait for the most anti-Trumpian touch of all as Mattis said, “The reason I’m traveling there [to Europe] is to listen, to take notes, to work these things forward”.

From The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

MANAFORT GETS FRESH CHARGES BUT IS STILL A FREE MAN SO WTF

POLITICO reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office obtained a new indictment Friday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, adding a pair of charges that he and a longtime aide alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence, Konstantin Kilimnik, obstructed justice by attempting to tamper with witnesses.” POLITICO adds, “The new criminal charges — the first public ones against Kilimnik — track with allegations Mueller’s team leveled earlier this week that Manafort and an associate tried to influence the testimony of two men involved in a public relations campaign several years ago to buff up the image of Ukraine and its president at the time, Viktor Yanukovych,” who, like Trump, was a pure Russian puppet. POLITICO notes, “Legal experts said Mueller’s latest move could be particularly damaging for Manafort, predicting that the judge could soon rescind the former campaign chairman’s current house arrest arrangement.” Lock him up!

From POLITICO.

 

SOME QUASI-PATRIOTIC JOURNALISTS EMERGE TO TURN MANAFORT’S ASS IN

The New York Times reports, “ The special counsel’s accusation this week that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, tried to tamper with potential witnesses originated with two veteran journalists who turned on Mr. Manafort after working closely with him to prop up the former Russia-aligned president of Ukraine, interviews and documents show.” Well it’s nice of them to come around after being bought and paid for. At least they see the distinction between fucking with another nation’s sovereignty and one’s own, corrupt foreign practices and national security threats at home – how goddamn noble! The New York Times adds, “The two journalists, who helped lead a project to which prosecutors say Mr. Manafort funneled more than $2 million from overseas accounts, are the latest in a series of onetime Manafort business partners who have provided damaging evidence to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Their cooperation with the government has increasingly isolated Mr. Manafort as he awaits trial on charges of violating financial, tax and federal lobbying disclosure laws.” According to “Mr. Manafort’s associates,” who “say he feels betrayed by the former business partners, to whom he collectively steered millions of dollars over the years for consulting, lobbying and legal work,” I would suggest they all talk to the families of the dead in Maidan in 2014 and Ukraine’s war dead and then go cry into the fucking rivers of blood Manafort’s actions have created. While “The prosecutors did not name the journalists, but three people familiar with the project identified them as Alan Friedman and Eckart Sager.” The New York Times notes meanwhile, “Mr. Friedman helped prepare an Op-Ed by Mr. Prodi that was published by The New York Times in February 2014, according to prosecutors. The piece argued that Mr. Yanukovych could bring Ukraine back from the brink of collapse and that European leaders should not threaten sanctions against him or the nation.” Remember Putin also published an op-ed in that rag when you say no way could the former paper of record be infiltrated and subverted (the current paper of record is of course The Washington Post). The New York Times adds that our two noble men, “Mr. Friedman and Mr. Sager have been accused of misrepresenting themselves as independent journalists while being paid by foreign governments or their intermediaries. Mr. Friedman’s firm, Fact-Based Communications, went bankrupt several years ago after disclosures that the Malaysian government was paying the company at the same it was producing supposedly independent documentaries and reports about Malaysia.” Meanwhile, “Mr. Sager, a former producer for CNN, was accused last year of publishing articles that defended corrupt Azerbaijani interests in exchange for $2.6 million from Azerbaijani sources.” This is why the public does not trust the media and it shouldn’t, only a fool would.

From The New York Times.

 

THE BATTLE FOR MICHAEL COHEN’S LIFE IN RECORDS
Business Insider
reports on the ongoing battle for the files of Michael Cohen and Trump and his lawyer’s effort to cover our fake Russian bullshit president’s ass. Business Insider notes, “Late Wednesday, the new front in this battle opened up. Joanna Hendon, the attorney for Trump in the case, filed a letter on behalf of Trump, Cohen, and the Trump Organization requesting that they be allowed to make any objections to Jones’s assessments under seal. Hendon said they were ready to file those objections on Thursday, well before a Monday deadline, if they would be allowed to file them under seal.” Under seal means the public has no access. Business Insider adds, “On Thursday, federal prosecutors explained that they were OK with the objections to Jones’s determinations being filed publicly with redactions, but not under seal. The government disagreed with the rationale Hendon put forth as reason to file the objections under seal, saying that there is ‘no reason’ the government and public ‘should be deprived of access to the balance of the filing.’” Also on Thursday, “On Thursday evening, another party jumped into the fight. Lawyers representing a legion of news organizations said in a court filing it opposed Hendon’s request to have the objections filed under seal”. In the end, the public and media organizations won out as “President Donald Trump, the Trump Organization and Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen will have to publicly file their objections to privilege decisions by a special master, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York ordered Friday,” The New York Law Journal reports.

From Business Insider and The New York Law Journal.

 

JOHN KELLY WAS HACKED WHILE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND INSECURITY

Gizmodo reports, “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly informed his staff in an email that one of his personal email accounts hacked while he was still serving as Secretary of Homeland Security, confirming previous reports that suggested one of his phones may have been compromised.” Gizmodo adds, “The breach, which the White House has previously declined to comment on, was confirmed by Kelly in an email obtained by BuzzFeed through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Ironically, the email in which Kelly confirmed the hack was a message urging staff to limit email communications to avoid surrendering information via FOIA.”

From Gizmodo.

 

ROGER STONE IS PIMPING HIS GRANDSON FOR LEGAL FUND CASH

Mediaite reports on how important the Evangelical Christians’ favorite president/death cult leader’s political guru thinks family values are as, “Roger Stone, a longtime adviser for Donald Trump who has come under Robert Mueller‘s scrutiny thanks to his boasting about contacts with Julian Assange and Wikileaks, is fighting back with a GoFundMe page to raise money for his legal bills.” And Stone is using, “his family for help,” as the “ GoFundMe page established on Thursday, and circulated on Twitter, named ‘Grandson’s Roger Stone Legal Fund,’ seeks to raise $100,000 for Stone’s defense against the Russia probe, in the name of his grandson.” What would Cheeto Jesus do? Mediaite wryly concludes, “As of writing the fund has raised $890 of its $100,000 goal in two days.” That is still $889.99 more than it should have raised.

From Mediaite.

 

RUSSIA DOESN’T FORGIVE + IT DOESN’T FORGET EITHER

The Atlantic reports, “An ex-congressman has attracted scrutiny from the Senate Judiciary Committee, as it continues to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow to sway the 2016 presidential election.” The Atlantic adds, “Curt Weldon, a Republican and former Pennsylvania congressman, lost his reelection campaign more than a decade ago following an FBI probe into his ties to two Russian companies. He has ‘connections to both Russia and the Trump campaign’ that are raising suspicions among senators, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said. Feinstein is the committee’s ranking member, and wants to interview Weldon.” The Atlantic notes, “Members of Congress believe, for example, that Weldon may lead to answers about why the Trump administration sought to lift sanctions on Russia in the aftermath of the 2016 election despite a public statement by intelligence agencies that the Kremlin tried to help Trump win. Weldon may also have information about the role a Russian oligarch may have played in trying to influence the Trump administration”. The Atlantic adds, “Asked how Weldon was connected to the campaign, Feinstein’s office would not elaborate, citing the sensitivity of the Judiciary Committee’s ongoing investigation. Weldon declined multiple interview requests. But a letter Feinstein sent last year to Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, may provide a clue. In it, Feinstein asked for all of Cohen’s communications ‘to, from, or copied to’ Weldon, as well as correspondence ‘related to’ Weldon, along with nearly two dozen other people.” The Atlantic continues, “Weldon’s name stuck out—he had served as a member of Congress and had not been mentioned previously in relation to the Russia investigation. But his connection to Cohen may lie in a mutual acquaintance who has since testified before Mueller’s grand jury: a former member of the Ukrainian Parliament named Andrii Artemenko.” The Atlantic adds a “source who allegedly spoke to Weldon in March,” said, “Weldon referenced Columbus Nova, a New York City investment management firm,” owned by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, “as being involved in the funding of his and Artemenko’s plan,” which called for promoting some incredible Russian bullshit that Ukraine could lease Crimea to Russia and end sanctions.

From The Atlantic.

 

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST DARKNESS AT NUNES OVER WINERY’S CHARGES

The Fresno Bee reports, “A complaint against Rep. Devin Nunes with the Office of Congressional Ethics demands an investigation into whether the congressman violated the House code of conduct because of his partnership in a winery that was sued for sexual harassment and more. The complaint, sent by the left-wing nonprofit American Democracy Legal Fund on Thursday, alleges that Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee who represents parts of Fresno and Tulare counties, has failed to ‘conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House’ — the first rule for members of the House of Representatives.” The Fresno Bee recalls, “The complaint points to a lawsuit settled in 2016 against Alpha Omega, a Napa County winery that is listed as one of Nunes’ primary assets on financial disclosure forms. The lawsuit alleges that in 2015, aboard a cruise on a yacht owned by the winery that was auctioned off at a fundraiser, an employee witnessed 25 of the company’s top investors (all men) use cocaine and hire sex workers — some who looked too young to consent. The employee, who allegedly witnessed men ‘fondling and suckling’ womens’ breasts, said she, too, was asked to ‘provide services of a sexual nature.’” The Fresno Bee adds, “The complaint asks the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics to review the allegations in the lawsuit and investigate whether Nunes was on the yacht during the event.” The Fresno Bee notes, “Nunes, who is listed as among more than 50 people who own a part of the company, was not named in the lawsuit, and the identity of the 25 John Does is unclear. He has declined to answer questions about the case.” According to the winery, its only business ties to Russia are a one-time sale of 22 cases of wine handled by a broker in 2013. Meanwhile, The Washington Examiner reports, “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has set a Tuesday deadline for the Justice Department to provide documents related to an alleged FBI informant looking for suspicious ties to the Russians who spoke with members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.” Wonder why he wants to keep the FBI under the gun?

From The Fresno Bee and The Washington Examiner.

 

HACKER WHO TURNED IN MANNING’S CAUSE OF DEATH UNDETERMINED
Ars Technica
reports, “Forensic pathologists in Kansas who examined the body of the late Adrian Lamo, the hacker who famously turned in Chelsea Manning to military authorities back in 2010, have been unable to figure out what led to his death.” Ars Technica adds, “In 2004, Lamo pleaded guilty to hacking The New York Times, among other entities. He was sentenced to two years probation and six months house arrest. According to newly released autopsy report, Lamo’s cause of death was described as ‘undetermined.’” Ars Technica notes, “The 10-page report notes that Lamo, 37, was ‘last known to be alive around’ March 7, 2018 but was found ‘unresponsive’ in his Wichita apartment ‘in a state of early postmortem decomposition.’” Ars Technica continues, “The autopsy also noted that Adrian Lamo had a history of seizures, and one ‘causing or contributing to death cannot be ruled out.’ In addition, according to the report, Lamo was found with ‘multiple drugs’ in his system, including ‘esoteric drugs such as flubromazepam… It should also be noted that the esoteric nature of some of these drugs suggests the possibility that other rare drugs not tested for may have been used/abused.’” Most absurdly, “Curiously, Lamo was found to have a sticker underneath his clothes and attached to his skin, which read: ‘Adrian Lamo Project Vigilant Assistant Director Threat Analysis/Investigation 70 Bates Street Northwest Washington DC 20001.’ Project Vigilant is a now-defunct organization that, back in 2010, was described as a ‘semi-secret government contractor.’ Ars has reached out to Chet Uber and Steven Ruhe, two people known to be part of the group, who did not immediately respond.”

From Ars Technica.

 

KANSAS BOMBING PLOT MAY HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY RUSSIAN DISINFO OPS

The Kansas City Star reports, “The three southwest Kansas men recently convicted in a militia plot to bomb Somali immigrants may have been motivated by Russian manipulation of U.S. social media, a terrorism expert says.” Remember Russia’s goal is to induce behavior change that leads to destabilizing outcomes and the stupid are easy prey. The Kansas City Star adds, “Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said the domestic terrorism attack was being planned at the same time the Russians were conducting a cybercampaign that included posting material on Facebook designed to heighten racial tension in the United States. And, he said, his center has found that hate crimes spiked after the Russian operatives ramped up the volume of racially charged posts in the months leading up to the 2016 election.” The Kansas City Star notes, “Prosecutors said the bombing attack on a mosque and an apartment complex in Garden City where Somali immigrants lived and worshiped was planned for the day after the election. The plot was thwarted by federal authorities in October 2016.” The Kansas City Star adds, “In May, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released about 3,500 of the fraudulent ads that had been placed by the Internet Research Agency, the company at the center of the Mueller indictment. Many of the posts were anti-Muslim. One referred to Islam as ‘a culture of violence.’ Another, which had been shared 12,000 times on Facebook, said that ‘America’s slowly but surely shifting towards turning into islamic state.’” The Kansas City Star notes, “Two of the conspirators in the Kansas militia plot posted similar comments about immigrants on their Facebook pages in the months leading up to their arrests.”

From The Kansas City Star.

 

NATO SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXERCISE IN BALTIC CONCLUDES

Stars and Stripes reports, “American commandos in Europe concluded one of their largest combat drills since the end of the Cold War on Friday, quietly bringing firepower to the Baltics as an example of the expanding U.S. special operations mission on the Continent.” Stars and Stripes adds, “Special Operations Command Europe is anticipating more assets as part of efforts to counter a newly aggressive Russia, Special Operations Command Europe chief Gen. Mark Schwartz said in an interview at his Stuttgart office Thursday.” Stars and Stripes notes the Special Operations Command Europe or SOCEUR has a “growing mission in Europe was reflected in the just-completed Trojan Footprint 18 exercise, which took place on the ground, in the air and in the Baltic Sea over a two-week span. The war games involved the rapid deployment of special operators into the Baltics and Poland for a crisis-response mission. U.S. warplanes also took part, including F-16s and a B-1 bomber that conducted its first-ever live drop in Estonia.” Stars and Stripes adds, “Unlike conventional military drills that involve distinguished visitor days and heavy media coverage, the SOCEUR exercise was designed to test the ability of commandos to operate under the radar.”

From Stars and Stripes.

 

SO A BITCH SAID TO ONE OF HIS BITCHES

The Wall Street Journal reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked Austria’s chancellor to organize a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Vienna this summer and the White House is pondering the offer”. The Wall Street Journal adds, “Mr. Putin made the request during an official visit in the Austrian capital Tuesday,” adding he was moving on Trump like a bitch and when you’re famous, they just let you.

From The Wall Street Journal.

 

BREXIT IS ALSO RUSSIAN BULLSHIT + ARRON BANKS IS A GREEDY BITCH

The Times of London reports, “The hidden scale of Kremlin links to the biggest donor to the Brexit campaign are revealed,” as, “Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman who helped fund Brexit, was offered a business deal involving six Russian goldmines.” Oh look another quisling ready to sell out his nation for personal financial gain. Where have we seen this horror show? The Times of London adds, “He also had undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador to Britain — set up by a suspected Russian spy — and paid a previously unknown visit to Moscow at the height of the campaign.” So it goes, “David Lidington, Theresa May’s second-in-command, called for an investigation,” The Times of London notes, adding, “Emails by Banks and his sidekick, Andy Wigmore, shown to The Sunday Times, reveal the men made repeated contact with Russian officials”. The West is strong! The West cannot be deterred! But the West can be bought very cheaply for just a handful of quislings. Lock them up!

From The Times of London.

 

NEW SPANISH PM TAPS RUSSIAN PROPAGANDIST FOR NATSEC ADVISOR

El País reports, “A military expert on jihadist terrorism who has repeatedly expressed sympathy for Russia may soon head the Spanish prime minister’s top advisory body on national security issues. The position comes with powers over cybersecurity, maritime safety and immigration, among others.” Meet Pedro Baños! Pedro Sánchez foolishly thinks a man who wrote, “Which country has everything that we lack? Russia does,” will make for a good national security advisor? Hey Spanish people, do you like your lies extra think and laden with bullshit? El País notes, “This is one of the statements made to a digital daily a year ago by Army reserve colonel Pedro Baños, who is likely to become the new Director of National Security in the Pedro Sánchez administration. The executive is currently considering Baños’ resume and could confirm the appointment,” which would be a tragedy. El País adds, “Baños is a regular presence in the media, contributing frequently to the Spanish branch of RT, a media outlet funded by the Russian government, as well as to its sister agency Sputnik. Both of these news organizations have denied the existence of a Russian disinformation campaign in connection with the Catalan crisis, despite reports to the contrary by intelligence services in Spain, Germany and the US.” The nutjob “Baños also uses social media to express his views, describing himself on his Twitter account as an ‘analyst and speaker on geopolitics, strategy, defense, security, intelligence, terrorism and international relations,’” El País notes, and you can see his petty Russia love in action @geoestratego. El País notes, “On Thursday, Baños sent out a tweet about his nomination to head the national security advisory agency. ‘There is no confirmation yet. But as a military official, I always stand ready to serve Spain and Spaniards in whatever role is assigned to me. And it would be a tremendous honor to do so in a position of such responsibility.’” It would be a huge error to leave such an important job in the hands of someone who is ready to give the country over to Russia’s hands.

From El País in English.

 

—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–

 

TRUMP’S FILING SYSTEM IS THE AGE OLD STUFF OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS

POLITICO reports, “Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out in front of him. Lartey, who earned an annual salary of $65,969 as a records management analyst, was a career government official with close to 30 years under his belt. But he had never seen anything like this in any previous administration he had worked for. He had never had to tape the president’s papers back together again.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH grew up around corrupt politicians so this is the least surprising thing of all; many of TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s peers it seems grew up differently and are rather shocked. POLITICO adds, “Armed with rolls of clear Scotch tape, Lartey and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and put them back together, he said, ‘like a jigsaw puzzle.’ Sometimes the papers would just be split down the middle, but other times they would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti.” Welcome Trumpistan to the world of corrupt despotic types and their pals! POLITICO notes, “It was a painstaking process that was the result of a clash between legal requirements to preserve White House records and President Donald Trump’s odd and enduring habit of ripping up papers when he’s done with them — what some people described as his unofficial ‘filing system.’” POLITCO adds, “Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must preserve all memos, letters, emails and papers that the president touches, sending them to the National Archives for safekeeping as historical records.” At least this is not a bullshit job despite objections from one “Reginald Young Jr., who worked as a senior records management analyst, said that during over two decades of government service, he had never been asked to do such a thing,” who complained, “We’re making more than $60,000 a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this. It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans.” No this is very elevated work, TRUMPISTAN WATCH would argue. Few with salaries do more in the service of history. Thank you for your service. As in all authoritarian states with limited desire to record the truth of history, “That team is now smaller, after many of the career officials were cleared out earlier this year. Lartey, 54, and Young, 48, were career government officials who worked together in records management until this spring, when both were abruptly terminated from their jobs. Both are now unemployed and still full of questions about why they were stripped of their badges with no explanation and marched off of the White House grounds by Secret Service.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH has no questions about this. Should you have any, use your head.

From POLITICO.

 

HOW MIGHT I-III FEEL ABOUT THIS DENIGRATION OF THEIR LEGACY

Think Progress reports, “When G. Kline Preston IV first introduced National Rifle Association (NRA) leadership to Russian officials in 2011, he’d been close to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for years.” Oh good, fresh Russia bait we have not yet seen sloshing around the sewer where the bottom feeders lurk when you drain the swamp. Think Progress adds, “Both Preston and Blackburn have a long history in and around Brentwood, the tony Nashville suburb. And as Preston — the lawyer whose relationship with both NRA leadership and sanctioned Russian officials facilitated the unexpected cooperation between the two — recently told the Tennessean, he and Blackburn have been ‘family friends’ for a ‘long time.’” However, “as documents obtained by ThinkProgress reveal, Blackburn was far closer to Preston than has previously been reported. Preston not only listed himself as the ‘Campaign Finance Chairman’ for Blackburn, but additionally worked for years as the president of Marsha Blackburn for Congress, Inc.” Maybe you can even contribute in rubles, FARAbook style. Think Progress notes, “According to information now removed from his website, Preston says he served as president for Marsha Blackburn for Congress, Inc. through at least 2014, with official documents showing the work beginning in 2003. During the same time period, he also introduced Alexander Torshin, a now-sanctioned Russian official accused of mafia ties and massive money laundering in Europe, to then-NRA President David Keene. For good measure, documents filed show that Marsha Blackburn for Congress, Inc., also listed Blackburn’s husband as the registered agent, and listed Blackburn’s address as its own.” Think Progress adds, “An Internet Archive search shows Preston listed himself on his website as ‘Current President, Marsha Blackburn for Congress, Inc.’ as recently as June 2014 — three years after he began acting as liaison between the NRA and Russian officials, a relationship now reportedly under investigation by the FBI.” Of course, “Preston recently told ThinkProgress, he believes Putin was appointed by God,” because why shouldn’t any self-respecting nutter? One doesn’t merely fly over the cuckoo’s nest. After all god is a euphemism for make believe. (Sorry believers, TRUMPISTAN WATCH respects you, so just imagine this is about the other religions’ gods you think are nonsense). Naturally “Preston hasn’t limited his attempts at building bridges with Russia to trips to Moscow. Recent documents discovered by NPR show how Preston acted as host for Torshin, a lifetime NRA member, and Russian diplomat Igor Matveev during the 2012 U.S. presidential election.” Mateev got a meeting with Blackburn because nothing is free in this world.

From Think Progress.

 

MASS TRIALS: PART OF POST-SOVIET TRUMPISTANI REALTY FOR NOW

The Washington Post reports, “The words ‘all rise’ were still ringing in the brightly lit South Texas courtroom last week when Peter E. Ormsby slipped unceremoniously into his seat. ‘Good morning,’ the 62-year-old federal magistrate said as the courtroom filled with the clanking of shackled defendants returning to their wooden benches. ‘We’re here to take up a number of criminal cases that allege that the defendants violated the immigration laws of the United States.’” And “Seated in front of Ormsby were 71 disheveled immigrants caught illegally crossing the Rio Grande.” However, “the mass hearing was remarkable less for its size than for who it included: parents.” The Washington Post adds, “For the first time, federal courtrooms here and across the Southwest are being flooded with distraught mothers and fathers who have been charged with misdemeanor illegal entry and separated from their children”. The Washington Post notes, “In McAllen alone, 415 children had been stripped from their parents between May 21 and June 5, according to federal public defenders.”

From The Washington Post.

 

—–DISINFO WARS—–

 

FORBES RUSSIA EDITOR FIRED, VOWS TO SUE
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
reports, “The editor in chief of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, Nikolai Uskov, has been fired. The media group ACMG, which publishes the Russian Forbes, issued a statement saying Uskov was fired for unsatisfactory job performance and for violating a company rule against participating in ‘the events of other brands.’” However, “In a statement on Facebook, Uskov said he was fired for participating in a program on the Ekho Moskvy radio station.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Uskov also said that he was offered nearly $100,000 in severance compensation, but that he refused it so that he could speak publicly about his dismissal and contest it in court. ‘I want to do everything I can to protect the magazine, its dignity, the work we have done, and the memory of Paul Klebnikov,’ he wrote, referring to the former Forbes editor who was shot dead in Moscow in 2004.” How actually noble, we forget this in the West that our corrupt and incompetent journalists are actually not just destroying our own press but that around the world journalists make sacrifices both personal and financial so as to have just a taste of what we have, of the institutions we shit on and destroy, that somehow truth is worth more than money — banish the thought! Heresy! Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “Uskov accused Forbes owner Aleksandr Fedotov of repeatedly interfering in the magazine’s editorial affairs, including an incident in which Fedotov ordered the magazine not to publish information about the salary of the president of the state-controlled VTB financial group, Andrei Kostin.”

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

 

—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–

 

US AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA’S DAUGHTER ON “TWO DICTATORS” ON FOX

The AP reports, “A Fox News host has accidentally referred to the highly anticipated summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a meeting of ‘two dictators.’” Ah yes, “accidentally,” she must have been “joking”. Why is it the media is so reluctant to assign motive when it is the fake Russian bullshit president acting as an authoritarian but is zealous on the “joking” and “accidents” when shit ain’t funny and may actually have been deliberate? Is accident another code word for insecure sycophants made uncomfortable by truth concerning the reality of a situation perhaps? The AP adds, “‘Fox & Friends’ co-host Abby Huntsman made the comment on Sunday as TV footage showed the Republican president landing in Singapore for a summit with Kim on Tuesday. Guest and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci didn’t catch it.” Huntsman is the daughter of Ambassador Jon Huntsman, the current U.S. Ambassador in Moscow. Ha ha such an accident! Another joke!

From the AP.

 

RUSSIA’S ROLE IN NORTH KOREA: THE PARITY OF EVIL

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) blog reports, “Moscow’s greatest strength is its relatively equal relationship with both North Korea and South Korea. While the United States, Japan, and China maintain closer ties with one side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) or the other, Russia has maintained steady economic and political relations with both sides of the DMZ.” Putin “has been a relatively unenthusiastic participant in sanctioning North Korea,” because they run regimes based on defrauding their own people out of life, liberty and national riches. The CFR blog adds, “Russia watered down UN sanctions that sought to repatriate North Korean workers in order to shut down the flow of money back to the DRPK; and some of its companies have been sanctioned for attempting to evade sanctions on the provision of energy to Pyongyang. Russia’s aversion to sanctioning North Korea likely has several sources: it does not believe that the sanctions will produce change in the DPRK’s behavior; it does not want to be seen as simply following the lead of the United States; and, as the target of international sanctions itself, it does not want to support sanctions as matter of policy.” As the CFR blog notes, “Russia’s most important and often overlooked role with regard to North Korea may be its shared willingness to use chemical weapons.” In conclusion, CFR blog adds, “As President Trump and Chairman Kim meet in Singapore, Russia is unlikely to be leading cheers from the sidelines.” The CFR blog douses skepticism on all the insane hagiographic U.S. media noting, “Russia’s behind-the-scenes ability to throw a wrench in the process should not be underestimated.”

From the CFR blog.

 

NICE LITTLE SUB-PLOT FOR THE SERIES PREMIERE

The Hill reports, “A comedian known for impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was detained and questioned by Singaporean authorities shortly after he arrived in the city-state on Friday. Reuters reported that the comedian, an Australian man who identified himself as Howard X, was held by authorities for two hours and questioned for 30 minutes after arriving at Singapore’s Changi Airport.” The Hill, citing Reuters, adds, “‘(They) asked me what my political views were and if I have been involved with protests in other countries,’ Howard X said. He said he was ordered to stay away from Sentosa Island and the Shangri-La, which are designated areas for the Trump-Kim summit”. The Hill notes, “Howard X said that he is not planning any protests during his visit to Singapore, but is planning stunts for political satire.” Looks like Trump and Kim found a place as humorless as they are to kick off the series premiere.

From The Hill.

 

—–THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS + FOOTBALL—–

 

ARAS AGALAROV MUSES ABOUT TRUMP AT WORLD CUP BROADCAST CENTER

The AP reports, “Ahead of the World Cup, Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov is reminiscing about his time with Donald Trump. Agalarov was at Saturday’s opening of a World Cup broadcast center at his Crocus exhibition venue near Moscow, where Trump staged the Miss Universe beauty contest in 2013.” The AP adds, “‘I just want to remind you that before this there was a significant event at Crocus,’ Agalarov said. ‘There was Miss Universe under the management of Mr. Trump, who is now the president of the United States of America.’” Ok, fuck Aras Agalarov, how could we all forget? Now grab your barf buckets as the AP continues, “Speaking alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Agalarov joked ‘I reckon that Mr. President (Infantino) also has the potential to be president of some country.’” The Russian mafia state would like that very much and as usual when the press uses the word “joke,” it is of course so very not funny. Joke is just the press’s euphemism for being made too uncomfortable by the exposure of sycophantic insecurities to tell the truth about how horrible something is or would be. The AP recalls, “Agalarov is a construction baron often likened to a Russian Trump. His son Emin is a famous pop singer who featured Trump in one of his videos, made around the time of the Miss Universe pageant. After the contest was over, Trump tweeted to Aras Agalarov that ‘TRUMP-TOWER MOSCOW is next.’ No tower has been built.” The AP adds, “Emails published in December 2017 by Donald Trump Jr. describe how an associate of Emin Agalarov, the British music publicist Rob Goldstone, wrote to Trump Jr. in 2016 offering material which would supposedly ‘incriminate’ 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”

From the AP.

 

THE TIMES OF LONDON MUST BE CONFUSED BECAUSE CRIMEA IS UKRAINE

Unian Information Agency reports, “The Ukrainian Embassy in the UK has expressed its demand to the British newspaper, The Times, to fix the map of Russia published as a guide of Russian stadiums hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018.” Unian Information Agency adds, “‘The Embassy draws the attention of #TheTimes to the fact that it is unacceptable to mark on its maps Crimea, which was illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as part of Russia,’ the diplomats wrote on Facebook. ‘We demand to change the map,’ the Embassy wrote.” Unian Information Agency notes, “the Ministry of Culture of France had corrected a map on its official website were Ukraine’s Sevastopol in the occupied Crimea was indicated as a Russian city.” Crimea is Ukraine, it is very simple, despite all efforts of Russia to pollute the information space and otherwise confuse.

From Unian Information Agency.

 

—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–

 

MORE ACTION, FEWER WORDS WOULD GO FARTHER, ROBERT DENIRO

The Washington Examiner reports, “Robert De Niro repeatedly said ‘fuck Trump’ to cheers at the Tony Awards on Sunday.” The Washington Examiner adds, “‘I’m gonna say one thing: Fuck Trump,’ De Niro said. ‘It’s no longer “Down with Trump”; it’s “Fuck Trump.”’” Well, in that case TRUMPISTAN WATCH is not going to say “Down with DeNiro’s investment with the Agalarovs in Nobu Moscow and in the Russian mafia colony of Marbella, Spain,” but rather, “Fuck DeNiro’s investment with the Agalarovs in Nobu Moscow and in the Russian mafia colony of Marbella, Spain”. Just words, DeNiro, just words.

From The Washington Examiner.

 

 

IN MEMORIAM: ANTHONY BOURDAIN

Anthony Bourdain, the prolific traveler, chef, journalist and one man no bullshit zone, died last Friday in his hotel room in France after taking his own life. The Daily Beast reports, “Part of what made Bourdain such an effective traveler was his first-rate bullshit detector. He called it like he saw it, and his vision was rarely clouded. On the Season 5 episode of Parts Unknown titled ‘New Jersey,’ he traveled to Atlantic City and admonished Donald Trump for bleeding it dry. The episode aired on May 31, 2015; 16 days later, Trump declared his candidacy for president. When I brought up how prophetic it was to Bourdain, he offered, ‘It’ll be really prophetic if he does with the presidency what he did with Atlantic City, which is pretty much declare victory and then retreat. If you remember, when he left his casinos behind broken and in shambles, he was quick to point out how well it worked out for him. He made his money, but his investors and Atlantic City were left with a gigantic, hideous white elephant.’” The Daily Beast adds, “the most prescient episode of Parts Unknown was ‘Russia.’ Airing May 11, 2014, it opens with a montage of anti-Putin protests followed by Bourdain’s portentous voiceover: ‘No matter how transparently autocratic, vengeful, oblivious to even a thin veneer of democracy, Russians love [Putin]. They seem to feel about him like New Yorkers used to feel about Giuliani: he may be a sonofabitch, but he’s our sonofabitch.’” The episode continues as “Bourdain is lounging in the lobby of the tony Hotel Metropol, smack-dab in the middle of Moscow. There, he meets his frequent travelmate Zamir Gotta, a Russian TV producer. ‘Now, my concern is, you know, back in the day, this place was famous for… all of the rooms were bugged,’ Bourdain tells him. Zamir laughs it off. After a few vodkas, our host proceeds to lay into Putin… and Trump. ‘My perception of Putin? Do you really wanna hear it? A former mid-level manager in a large corporation. Short. I think that’s very important—short’—Zamir loudly clears his throat—‘who has found himself master of the universe. And like a lot of short people, if you piss him off, bad things happen to you. He likes to take his shirt off a lot. He strikes me as a businessman—a businessman with an ego. OK, so he’s like Donald Trump—but shorter.’” The Daily Beast notes, “Though the ‘Russia’ episode aired in May 2014, it was filmed in late 2013, well before Trump not only declared his presidential candidacy, but U.S. intelligence agencies found that the Kremlin had interfered in the presidential election to tip the scales toward Trump—and Trump, in turn, appeared to capitulate to Russia”. The Daily Beast continues, “‘Bad things seem to happen to critics of Vladimir Putin. Journalists, activists, even powerful oligarchs once seemingly untouchable are now fair game if they displease The Leader,’ narrates Bourdain, before seguing to a restaurant dinner scene with Boris Nemtsov, a leading Putin critic,” who was shot and killed outside the Kremlin in 2015.

From The Daily Beast.

 

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