Friday, July 27, 2018

JUST IN: Trump repeatedly asked aides to ban Jim Acosta and April Ryan from press briefings: repor

Police investigating "suspicious item" at Trump Tower

Chuck Schumer is escalating the contentious dispute over SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh's records, pressing former president George W. Bush directly to release all the documents from the Kavanaugh's five years in the White House.

BREAKING: The court has ruled that CREW’s lawsuit against Scott Pruitt and the EPA for violating the Federal Records Act may proceed. See you in court, Mr. Pruitt

MORE: CBS plunges after report says CEO Moonves will be accused of misconduct in a forthcoming Ronan Farrow piece.

Today in the Des Moines Register, @MindyFinn and I call for the organization of a powerful cross-party coalition united around core American ideals to fortify our democracy, advance evidence-based solutions, and defeat ideological extremists.

I think @ggreenwald’s deletion - by his own standards cowardice - is related to the Estonian announcement that Teabeamet has the list of American journalists in the pay of Moscow, and Glenn’s knowledge that @JulianAssange will give him up the second @FBI sit down with him.

This weekend marks 100 days until the midterm elections, yet we haven’t properly held Russia accountable for its 2016 attack & efforts to interfere this year. The National Security Council has to send a strong message today when they meet.

‘Stupid and unfair!’ Trump freaks out because Mueller may use his own tweets to nail him

#BREAKING Twitter slumps 14% to $36.80 on fears of lower user base

Trump is making a habit of using taxpayer-funded trips to campaign for Republican candidates.

Trump is open to visiting Putin in Moscow, White House says

I don't know how many Presidential campaigns Alan Dershowitz has worked on, but I've worked on SEVEN. And no, this does NOT happen all the time. Indeed, I don't know of ANY time it has happened

The reason smart politicians try to maintain their own credibility is they know the day will come when they desperately need to be believed. That day has now come for a proven pathological liar

Putes is just toying with @realDonaldTrump now.

Tom Arnold is right about Mark Burnett doing something awful by propping up Trump, a serial sex predator, as a tv host with a false persona playing himself. Did you know that the show before his was a deal with Vladimir Putin? It was

This is extraordinary. @theintercept founder @ggreenwald, who in the past has called people who delete their tweets "cowards", appears to have deleted over 27,000 on July 22nd. This seems to be a very deliberate & systematic purge. Some I've checked relate to Russia & Syria

Don Jr's "adoption lawyer" Veselnitskaya has a very much closer relationship to high ranking Russian Govt officials ,who are part of Putin's inner circle, than has previously been acknowledged. You don't say?

Speaker Gym Jordan would be third in line to the presidency. Vote Democratic.

Analysis: Trump is crawling further inside his bubble

EU-US trade truce falters on Day 1 over farming. Brussels was quick to clarify: ‘Agriculture is not part of the scope of the talks’, directly contradicting Trump administration officials. The ‘deal’ did not even last 24 hours

Democratic senators read a dramatic letter from parents separated from their children at the US border in a new video

Proud to intro bill w/ @timkaine @SenCoryGardner & @SenJackReed to ensure that no president can withdraw from #NATO without the constitutionally required advice & consent of the Senate — a body that overwhelmingly supports the transatlantic alliance.

EU official used colorful, simplified cue cards to explain trade issues to Trump: report

Iranian Quds Force leader Soleimani steps out of the shadows to threaten Donald Trump

No Way, No How: Why Jim Jordan Shouldn't Even Be In Congress, Let Alone Speaker Of The House

Conservative group pledges to spend half a million dollars to elect Jim Jordan as Speaker

Republicans block bid to extend election security grants

EXCLUSIVE: Russian GRU hackers targeted Claire McCaskill’s Senate office, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals, making the Missouri Democrat the first identified target of the Kremlin’s 2018 election interference

Jim Jordan for House speaker, following in the proud tradition of serial child molester, Dennis Haster

Farm groups are going on the offensive with a multimillion-dollar advertising and advocacy campaign against President Donald Trump’s tariffs

Sessions says he should have handled ‘Lock her up!’ chant differently

Bipartisan bill would prevent Trump from exiting NATO without Senate consent

A mother from Honduras who was separated from her son was told that if she signed a form, she would be reunited with her child. “Only later did she learn that she had signed away her right to be reunified with her child.”

Why did Trump's team leak this bombshell?

.@DavidCornDC tells @Lawrence: If it’s true that Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with Russians ahead of time “this is collusion!”

Just got off phone with a former Trump Org employee who echoed @KatyTurNBC reporting on Weisselberg subpoena: “Alan knows everything and anything about all the financials...He knows every dollar that goes in and every dollar that leaves. He knows where all the bodies are buried.”

GOP lawmakers abandon effort to impeach Rosenstein after less than a day

Dancing Dinosaur & Violin at the Kremlin Annex

Betsy DeVos’ New Proposal Aligns Her With For-Profit Colleges Over Debt-Saddled Students

.@seanhannity - why are continuing to duck me and refuse to have me on your show? I thought you were one of the biggest, baddest Trump sycophants out there? You can even have Dazed & Confused Rudy on with me for protection. Are you that afraid that I’ll do that much damage?

One in three separated children have not been reunited with their families by the court-ordered deadline

A couple surprises at the Kremlin Annex tonight

New Manafort docs appear to contradict own lobbying claims

Y'all know that Rudy's a mobster, right? I don't have to point out something that obvious, do I? I do? OK... Here you go

The tide is turning — more Americans say Kavanaugh’s nomination should be rejected than believe he should be confirmed. We have a chance to defeat his nomination. Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121, then remind a friend to do the same.

Facebook just suffered its worst day ever

A note on @patribotics earlier reporting:@SheriffClarke, who went on the NRA funded trip to Moscow (where he received orders from Oleg Deripaska to attack Black Lives Matter) has just locked his twitter account.

"Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.

NEW: @MichaelAvenatti will represent 3 additional women who have come forward claiming they were paid by AMI for their stories about affairs with Trump. One of the women says she was impregnated.

Reminder: Trump said that he was going to give a "major speech" on Hillary Clinton the same day that Don Jr. agreed to the meeting with the Russian lawyer.

In the Azov Sea, Russian authorities have refused 144 foreign vessels access to #Ukraine's Mariupol and Berdyansk ports, strangling steel exports. Ukraine is suffering economic losses due to the unlawful detention of vessels by #Russia.

No wonder Zuckerberg didn't want front that British UK Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry on the 2016 Brexit referendum. So much illegal dodgy shit was going on. And Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to micro-target these dark ads

BREAKING: ABC News has learned that in February 2017 at the tony French eaterie, Bistro Bis, one guest who dined with alleged Russian agent Maria Butina was @DanaRohrabacher⁩, a California Republican congressman on the House Foreign Relations committee.

Get Your Absentee Ballot

Privately, some Trump lawyers have expressed concern that Mueller will stitch together several episodes, encounters and pieces of evidence, like tweets, to build a case that Trump embarked on a broad effort to interfere with the investigation, NYT reports.

If Trump knew about the June 9 meeting, this is the chronology

Giuliani says that Cohen's claims are worthless if they can't be corroborated. As I just told Chris Cuomo, Mueller can corroborate them with Don Jr.'s phone records: See if he called his dad right after meeting was offered and before it was accepted

"Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians,"

More Cohen tapes coming? Michael Cohen "kicks back" at Trump

Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox says the thought process for Michael Cohen when Trump attacks him: "If you want to kick me, I will kick you back. And I will kick you 10 times harder." Jill Wine-Banks and Tim O'Brien also join Lawrence.

Trump reportedly 'furious' at Cohen

Daily Beast reporter, Betsy Woodruff, joins Lawrence to report on President Trump's rage over his former attorney, Michael Cohen, releasing an audio recording of the two discussing a payment for a Playboy model. Woodruff reports that the top priority in Trump's orbit is to "destroy the credibility" of Cohen.

NBC source: Cohen prepared to assert to Mueller Trump knew...

Lawrence talks with fmr. federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah about the potential consequences for President Trump after NBC News source said Trump's fmr. lawyer Michael Cohen is prepared to assert to Robert Mueller that Trump knew in advance of the 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower for dirt on Hillary Clinton. Tim O'Brien and Mieke Eoyang also join.

Hundreds of kids still separated, Trump admin tempts court rebuke

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigration Rights Project, talks with Rachel Maddow about what happens next as the Trump administration reaches the court-mandated deadline to reunite migrant kids with their families as it still has hundreds of kids separated and alone.

McCaskill ID'd as first 2018 target of Russian hackers: report

Kevin Poulsen, reporter for the Daily Beast, talks with Rachel Maddow about his reporting that the Claire McCaskill campaign's 2018 operations have been targeted by Russian hackers using the same technique as was used against Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in 2016.

Lynchpin of all Trump financial matters subpoenaed in Cohen case

Rachel Maddow relays news from The Wall Street Journal that Allen Weisselberg, finance chief for the Trump Organization, who handles everything from Trump household expenses to Trump's taxes, has been subpoenaed to testify in the Michael Cohen case.

Bernie Sanders aide to assist Mueller in Manafort case: Buzzfeed

Rachel Maddow shares news from Buzzfeed that Bernie Sanders campaign adviser Tad Devine is assisting the prosecution's case against former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort at the request of Robert Mueller's team.

Cohen's claim Trump OK'd Trump Tower meeting potent despite leak

Chuck Rosenberg, former senior official at the FBI and DOJ, talks with Rachel Maddow about the legal liability posed by Michael Cohen's claim that Donald Trump knew in advance and approved of a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Cohen lawyer: Cohen's Trump Tower meeting news 'not from us'

Rachel Maddow adds to the breaking news that Michael Cohen is prepared to tell Robert Mueller that Donald Trump was aware of the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer ahead of time, with a statement from Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis that the Cohen team is not the source of that news. Emily Jane Fox, senior reporter for Vanity Fair, joins to discuss.

Source: Cohen ready to assert Trump knew ahead of Russia meeting

Rachel Maddow reports breaking news from CNN, confirmed by NBC News, that Michael Cohen asserts that Donald Trump knew in advance of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and is willing to say so to Robert Mueller. Hallie Jackson, NBC News chief White House correspondent joins with details.