Thursday, April 12, 2018

Why is this alleged payment by American Media, Inc. to hide an unflattering Trump story significant? Ronan Farrow says it "establishes a pattern" of "illicit" payments -- it follows similar claims by Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

The website "lyincomey dot com" is registered out of...PANAMA.

Findings on Obstruction of Justice. Any move on Rosenstein or Mueller now would be a direct attack on the Rule of Law and the Constitution of the United States

Oh Dear. Republicans Made A Plan To Discredit Comey -- And It Leaked

Member of Trump's voter fraud commission sued for voter intimidation

"This train has left the station. There's nothing this president can do to stop it."

JUST IN: Former FBI Dir. James Comey likens Donald Trump's months-long effort to secure his loyalty to behavior of a mafia boss, he writes in new book: “The demand was like Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony.”

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ex-FBI Director Comey in new book says Trump is 'unethical and untethered to truth,' demanded loyalty like a mafia boss.

Republicans retreat on vote to make tax cuts permanent after disastrous CBO estimate

How Russia will respond to possible strikes on its ally in Syria is a subject of uneasy speculation in Moscow

Trump, Mueller teams prepare to move forward without presidential interview

POMPEO: Senator, I don't recall.

The White House is preparing to cast Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as too conflicted to fairly oversee the Russia probe

I predict this is about to become HIGHLY relevant in the coming days…. “The mob takes the Fifth,” [Mr. Trump] said at an Iowa campaign rally in September. “If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

Trump doorman said presidential candidate Donald Trump had fathered another woman's child, but National Enquirer paid for his silence. @RonanFarrow reports the doorman passed lie detector test, but David Pecker shelved story

I didn't see love child with the maid coming in the Trump saga! Feels a lazy plot twist to be honest

Well just holy shit...

Fired whistleblower details corruption at EPA

A Few...

Pruitt blew past an allotted $5,000 budget to redecorate his office by leasing works of art from the Smithsonian and building a $43,000 sound proof booth.

  • Pruitt attempted to sign a $100,000 per month lease for use of a private jet.
  • Scheduling international trips based on places he’d like to visit as opposed to where work required him to go.
  • Pruitt “100 percent” approved pay raises for favored staff even after the White House blocked the salary increases.

With Paul Ryan’s announcement, a total of 24 House Republicans are now set to retire when this session of Congress ends—the largest number since 1973.

"You got that dirt bag telling me that one of the most storied FBI directors ever is a crime boss? ... Facts are facts: Mueller's an American legend, the president is a dirt bag. Idk what to tell you, I'm pissed off"

The Monopoly Man is back on Capitol Hill, this time for Mick Mulvaney's CFPB testimon

Rep. @tedlieu says career prosecutors and FBI agents would continue any investigation even if Pres. Trump fired "some of the Republicans at the top." "This train has left the station. There's nothing this president can do to stop it."

Rep. Jerry Nadler: Any move by Pres. Trump against Mueller probe "would appear to be the actions of someone who knows he is guilty of crimes and cannot withstand an honest investigation—at which point, all options would have to be on the table."

"Past presidents should join forces, speak out on Trump"

.@RepJerryNadler: "The president apparently thinks he is the state, and that an attack on him is an attack on the country. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth."

Trump aware of concerns inside WH and on Hill about GOP losing House and potential impeachment proceedings that could follow, we are told. Mood inside the West Wing over the upcoming midterms: “the anticipation of death”

Gowdy: EPA hasn't turned over all the records on Pruitt's travel spending

TIME’s new cover: Donald Trump relied on Michael Cohen to weather the storm. Now the President is on his own

LIVE: Democrats from House Judiciary Committee speak on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller

Donald Trump Takes Out Paul Ryan, and ‘It’s Going to Be a Civil War’

Trump initially told aides that he wanted U.S. soldiers and Marines to leave Syria in 48 hours

Analysis | Trump’s would-be secretary of state Mike Pompeo has an Islamophobia problem

"The president woke up and started tweeting this morning. As usual, they were grammatically imprecise, nasty and inaccurate, but we thought we'd tackle the lies and exaggerations in this one"

The only fix for Facebook is a competitor that puts users first

China's government denies President Xi's promises to cut import tariffs on cars and open China's markets wider were intended to settle U.S. dispute

Mueller asks judge to subpoena 35 witnesses for Manafort trial

Ousted from the White House, Bannon pushes a plan to cripple the special counsel probe. Step 1: Fire the deputy attorney general.

Opinion: Paul Ryan is the personification of conservatism’s decline

Bannon is openly pushing a plan to conspire to obstruct justice in violation of 18 USC 371 & 1503. This should earn him a trip to the Grand Jury and an indictment. Oddly, Trump has read this guy correctly — he’s crazy

Lawrence: Paul Ryan is the worst House Speaker ever

Lawrence O'Donnell argues Paul Ryan earned that title through unprecedented and unrelenting cowardice and by surrendering his powers to the Trump presidency.

Trump shoots self in foot with Twitter missile taunt at Russia

Courtney Kube, national security and military reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump warning Russia that he's launching missiles at Syria even though the US has not actually decided what kind of action to take Bashar al-Assad.

Exclusive: Preservation notice shows breadth of Mueller probe

Rachel Maddow shares the contents of an exclusively obtained, previously unseen letter to Department of Justice officials directing them to preserve "Documents and Responsive Materials" related to Donald Trump's firing of James Comey.

Bannon to Trump: DO NOT COOPERATE (also fire Rosenstein): WaPo

Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about his new reporting that Steve Bannon is encouraging Donald Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein, stop cooperating with Robert Mueller, and fire his lawyer Ty Cobb as well.

Paul Ryan legacy gives lie to Beltway's deficit hawk mythology

Rachel Maddow shows how the Beltway media spun up an elaborate myth about Paul Ryan as a budget hawk focused on reducing spending and debt. Ryan announced his retirement two days after the CBO announced a record deficit resulting from the budget Ryan oversaw.