Friday, February 2, 2018

John McCain: "The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s... If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him."

8:00 AM today: @KellyannePolls demands African Americans thank Trump for such a low unemployment rate. 9:00 AM today: Jobs number are released, showing the biggest monthly rise in African American unemployment in years!!!

They dropped this at height of the #NunesMemo. These so-called GOP leaders, who should be working across the aisle to strengthen these key initiatives are: 1) hoping you‘re distracted; and 2) plotting to destroy your Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security

Atty Gen Jeff Sessions went off script at human trafficking event this morn to praise Deputy Atty Gen Rod Rosenstein, a reported target of Nunes memo. Noting Rosenstein has 27 yrs at DOJ, Sessions said Rosenstein represents "the kind of quality & leadership that we want" in DOJ.

Some news: Devin Nunes’ Democratic opponent, @JanzforCongress, raised over $100,000 today alone with news of the memo release, per a senior campaign aide.

‘In letters sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the NRA on Friday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon requested any documents showing financial links between Russia and the gun lobbying organization.’

Federal Reserve ousts four Wells Fargo board members over scandal involving sham accounts

Fox News gives 30 minutes of airtime to Russian government agent

Ex-DNI Clapper calls Nunes memo a 'blatant political act'

BREAKING: Stocks have worst week in 2 years, with the Dow closing down by more than 675 points

Serious question: have the Trump folks ever explained exactly why they brought Carter Page on board, and announced him during the campaign as one of Trump's five foreign policy advisers?

Today Was a Good Day for Moscow and Other Takeaways From the Secret Memo

Analysis: Trump’s favorite indicator of his success just took a beating

Top Senate and House Dems have written to Trump, warning him against using the Nunes memo as a justification for firing Rosenstein or Mueller, saying they'd view it as attempted obstruction and that it'd cause a constitutional crisis not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre.

Why the stock market had its biggest drop of the Trump presidency

“We are in the middle of Watergate-on-steroids” says @LouiseMensch

So Team Nunes is admitting that Papadopoulos triggered the FBI's Russia investigation -- not the Steele dossier?

Opinion: Even if you take the Nunes memo seriously, it makes no sense

Full text: Nunes memo on FBI surveillance

Capitol Hill reacts to release of GOP memo

FBI chief after Nunes memo: 'Keep calm and tackle hard'

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on memo: "This wasn't about oversight. This was about telling a political story that's helpful to the president. It's about telling a political story that's designed to injure the work of the special counsel and to discredit it."

Donald is very concerned with pleasing his Kremlin bosses. He’ll sink to any depths necessary to prevent the tape of him raping an underage girl from coming out.

The President’s decision to publicly release a misleading memo attacking DOJ & FBI is a transparent attempt to discredit these institutions and undermine Mueller’s probe. We'll fight to release our classified response. Until then here's a glimpse at what's wrong with their memo

Painful splits on a range of issues were on full display at this week's Republican retreat

No, Mr. President it’s worse than that. The country’s top elected leader has agreed to selectively and misleadingly release classified info to attack the FBI — that’s what would have been unthinkable a short time ago.

Trump escalates attacks on FBI leadership. This time claiming agency favored Democrats over Republicans

Of all the ways Team Trump has tried to undercut the Russia investigation, casting Carter Page as a victim of U.S. surveillance is not their most convincing case

Trumps plan to use VA firing practices at other agencies threatens civil service workers and the public

Analysis | The memo, the dossier and the political weaponization of misinformation

Freedom Caucus pushing to have budget reforms attached to debt-ceiling increase

CDC to cut global disease outbreak prevention by 80 percent

BREAKING: At the GOP's meeting at a resort, Paul Ryan lays plans to gut Medicaid and anti-poverty programs. It will be called "welfare reform" or "workforce development."

Mounting pressure from multiple investigations and damaging revelations seem to have forced Trump and his allies into a new posture of overt obstruction & collaboration with Moscow. Unambiguous corruption is the worst. The concerned become desensitized and the desensitized numb.

Ex-CIA chief: Trump will create a "constitutional crisis" if he allows release of Nunes memo

This is the 14th American school shooting in 2018. It’s February 1st.

Russia approves warplane deployment on disputed island near Japan

The amount of white supremacist propaganda on college campuses in the U.S. increased 258 percent between fall 2016 and fall 2017

“WASHINGTON — The White House has grown frustrated in recent weeks by what it considers the Pentagon’s reluctance to provide President Trump with options for a military strike against North Korea”

The FBI Agents Association defends Chris Wray in a new statement.

FBI Director Wray ‘prepared to issue a rebuttal’ to Nunes memo: Former Bush Homeland Security Adviser

Russia is warning its citizens that US intelligence services are on a "hunt" to detain Russian citizens traveling abroad

Israeli investigative reporter says Trump shared more information than has been publicly revealed with the Russians

Yesterday it was the CDC, now it’s the NLRB. A National Labor Relations Board member is under investigation for potential conflicts of interest with his former corporate law firm.

The borrowing limit will most likely need to be raised in early March after the "extraordinary measures" to extend borrowing employed by the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, are exhausted, according to the CBO

Quite an interesting development here. Rick Gates' lawyers are moving to withdraw "immediately," given reasons the lawyers want to provide under seal.

Donald Trump’s FBI memo release 'risks revealing British spying methods'

#BREAKING: I will lead a multistate lawsuit to block the Trump Administration’s reckless and illegal suspension of the #CleanWaterRule

Russia probe lawyers think Mueller could indict Trump

Here’s Chuck Schumer’s letter to DNI Director Coats, demanding answers on why and how the chief of Russia’s Foreign Intel Service was allowed into the U.S. to meet with top American intelligence officials despite sanctions forbidding his entry without the Trump admin’s approval

Schumer demands Trump explain why Putin's top spy was let into US


The Trump administration tried to cover up their own study after it proved that restaurant owners want to pocket worker tips

Poll: Vast majority says Trump should talk with Mueller under oath

Intel Dem: Nunes should have been removed from Intel committee "yesterday"

Was Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen a part of the Trump campaign? Why would Trump campaign donations be paying his Russia legal fees?

We have to be able to trust that the House Intel Chairman will put long-term national security before short-term politics. @DevinNunes has proven he can’t.

CDC employees are delighted that their acting director is back in charge. Here is what some of them have to say

Over 500 people in Congress voted to place sanctions on Russia. The President refused. What is that about?

EXCLUSIVE: Devin Nunes Has Top Level Security Clearance Revoked for Leaking Classified Material


Paul Ryan is tarnishing the House

Pompeo responds to Schumer about the serious questions the Dem leader raised on Russian intel officials’ visit to the US. “...we cover very difficult subjects in which American and Russian interests do not align.”

Justice Gorsuch is proving to be so tempermentally immoderate that he is pushing Chief Justice Roberts toward the center to save the Court and preserve the Constitution

For a HUD event, Ben Carson's son and daughter-in-law invited people with whom they had potential business dealings. This is a violation of federal ethics rules, so I've filed a complaint with the HUD Inspector General

The AFL-CIO Chief says that 93,000 jobs were outsourced under Trump, most in years.

Fox News Under FBI Counterintelligence Investigation


EXCLUSIVE: Russian Ambassador Kislyak’s Phone Hacked by Five Eyes


Kay Tur calls BS on Paul Ryan for claiming memo is about protecting 'civil liberties'

At this stage, Trump knows he's busted on obstruction. He's not even pretendin' he's innocent. Usin' the #Nunes memo to end or discredit the Mueller investigation is his only way out. That's why he's openly talkin' about it

The Republican Plot Against the F.B.I.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel gets emotional reflecting on Steve Wynn's resignation as the committee's finance chair

Schiff: "The threat from Russia to our democracy is now far less than the threat from within... There is nothing Russia can do to us that rivals what we are doing to ourselves right now."

Trump Clears Way for Secret Memos Release

ICYMI: Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's co-defendant, might be seeking to cut a deal with Mueller's team

House Intel member: Chairman Nunes 'agent of the White House'

House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Quigley tells Lawrence O'Donnell that Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes are "far more concerned with protecting" Donald Trump "than they are with keeping us safe."

Nunes memo defense of Carter Page ignores facts of US intel focus

Rebecca Ballhaus, White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal, talks with Rachel Maddow about the focus by U.S. intelligence on Carter Page's ties to Russia before the Trump Russia dossier and after Page had left the Trump campaign.

Trump faith misplaced in memo reportedly focused on Carter Page

Rachel Maddow notes reporting that the subject of the Nunes memo is Carter Page, who has a long history with U.S. intelligence and Russia and unfortunately for Trump is not a sympathetic figure for abuse of surveillance.

Lawyer overhaul creates intrigue in Mueller's Rick Gates case

Rachel Maddow shares some intriguing new reporting about Paul Manafort co-defendant Rick Gates changing his legal team in his case being prosecuted by Robert Mueller.

A U.S. Army veteran and green card holder with a felony drug conviction began a hunger strike Wednesday to protest his likely deportation, after a federal court denied his appeal to remain in the U.S., where he has lived since age 8

Schumer: Nunes must be removed as House Intel chairman

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, is calling on Chairman Goodlatte to bring in FBI Director Wray on an “emergency basis” to brief the Committee on his issues with the Nunes memo

Sean Hannity Has Been Advising Donald Trump on the Nunes Memo, Because of Course He Has

Michelle Obama to frightened Americans: "All we have is hope"

A former White House ethics lawyer says staffers on Pence's crusade against a Democratic senator could violate ethics laws

It’s now clear that @HouseGOP are willing to risk the Republic to protect @realDonaldTrump from #TrumpRussiaCollusion investigation. And for what? Tax cuts for their friends? To deregulate worker protections?

WaPo Editorial Board: “[Paul] Ryan bears full responsibility for the deterioration of congressional oversight of intelligence operations.”

Was Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen a part of the Trump campaign? Why would Trump campaign donations be paying his Russia legal fees?

McCabe was fired?

BREAKING: Rick Gates' three attorneys who've been repping him in court withdrew from his case this afternoon. AND THEN: A team of lawyers from Sidley Austin (which we connected to Gates last week) spent the afternoon inside Mueller's office building.

The CBO says the U.S. is taking on debt faster than expected because of the Republican tax law, meaning we'll hit the debt limit sooner than expected