Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"Manafort had no influence on the campaign--he was only there 4 months."

Horrifying news. 3 Russian opposition journalists working for Khodorkovsky doing an expose on the Wagner mercenary group in the Central African Republic all executed.

Latest Manafort: Defense throws Gates under the bus, way under, accusing him of embezzlement. As prosecutors say Manafort flouted tax & bank laws to preserve his lifestyle, defense salutes him for a life of public service (thru political campaigns

A $15,000 jacket 'made from an Ostrich': The latest from opening statements of Paul Manafort's trial

Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina and GOP operator Paul Erickson left a trail of cash - new docs on transactions of up to $300K provides new info on Russian campaign to influence American politics

The first witness of the Manafort trial has now taken the stand. It is Tad Devine, the Democratic political consultant who worked with Manafort in Ukraine.

#BREAKING We just won an order blocking the Trump Administration from allowing the distribution of plans for 3D-printed guns.

Paul Manafort used the first day of his tax fraud trial to reveal his defense strategy: blaming his longtime business partner Rick Gates

Manafort Trial Day 1: Prosecutors say ex-Trump aide lied to fund 'extravagant lifestyle'

BOOM. "Several people who have reviewed a portion of this evidence say that...they believe it is now all but inevitable that the special counsel will complete a confidential report presenting evidence that President Trump violated the law."

"A confidential White House memorandum, which is in the special counsel's possession, explicitly states that when Trump pressured Comey [to let Flynn go] he had just been told by two of his top aides ... Priebus and ... McGahn that Flynn was under criminal investigation."

BREAKING: Robert Mueller’s first trial in the Russia probe formally opened Tuesday as a dozen jurors were selected to decide the fate of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort

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RIS pushes Western extremists, activists, and radicals of every ideological stripe. Moscow's goal is tension and chaos. If you think this is all about the Alt-Right, do I have news for you...

When the Iranians are creeped out & think you are such a duplicitous sick f*ck, even they don't want to meet with you, then you've got some BIGLY issues crackin

Today at @senjudiciary hearing on family separation and reunification, I asked each witness "what went wrong?" Thankfully, Mr. White gave me an honest answer. I can't say the same for the others.

wait for it...very end

We have a jury! A jury of 6 men and 6 women has been sworn in, in the Alexandria trial of Paul Manafort. Also selected were 4 alternate jurors of 3 women and 1 man.

Openings in Paul Manafort's trial will begin at 2:45. Uzo Asonye will speak for the special counsel, Thomas Zehnle for the defense. Each are expected to take half an hour. We will be liveblogging; following along here:

The impending legal tsunami will shake our country to its core much like the aftermath of 9/11 did. Just like then, we’ll need to put aside every other label used to define one another besides “American” and “human.” We must heal while uniting to defend liberal democracy.

We’ve gone from “No Collusion!” to “Collusion is not a crime,” and back to “No Collusion” since Sunday. If there was “no collusion” @realDonaldtRUmp, why do you obsessively bring it up numerous times daily? Oh right, b/c you knowingly & directly colluded with the Kremlin.

"Butina Probe Predated Mueller, Grew Out Of Suspicious Money Transfers..."

Not content with a budget busting tax break that has helped the wealthy and CEOs, the Trump admin is considering another $100 billion gift.

Senate Democrats ask National Archives for all of Kavanaugh’s records from his White House years

BREAKING: Commander Jonathan White of HHS just admitted he warned Trump @realDonaldTrump & Sessions about "significant risk of harm" & "psychological injury" as consequence of zero tolerance & was ignored

LATEST: Facebook says it has uncovered a new, covert disinformation campaign on its social network, its first acknowledgment of potential political meddling ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

‘Has mom been tested for STDs?’ The Manaforts’ home life and why it matters

Mueller's team filed an updated exhibit list ahead of Manafort's trial, which includes an email with the subject line “Nervousness is setting in”

FB identified the Election Campaign Operation,That took place prior to the 2016 Election,Also. During the 2016 Run-Up,Facebook was,ACTIVELY,Targeting US Citizens,In Coordination with the Kremlins Election Influence Operations.

Judge Ellis makes a statement from the bench that they should be able to get a jury empaneled by this afternoon in the Manafort case, which reflects a very quick pace by all parties and the court. -VA

"A majority of Americans now suspect the answer to the puzzle of Trump’s relationship with Russia is simple: blackmail."

Your regular reminder that the last @POTUS who constantly attacked the press was ... Richard Nixon

The Koch Brothers are fossil fuel barons tied to Russians and Nazis. (But I repeat myself.) This is a last ditch effort to obscure their tie to Trump.

Supreme Court Blocks White House Attempt To Stop Teens’ Climate Suit

How Russia, Interpol, and ICE work together to weaponize our courts to serve Putin’s anti-dissident agenda:

Your administration approved this. What kind of incompetence and dangerous governing is this? And to check with the NRA? Holy moly

Ex-Trump Organization executive Barbara Res says that it's "impossible" that Trump didn't know about the Trump Tower meeting with Russian officials beforehand.

Former top FBI official responds to Trump team: Collusion is "absolutely a crime"

JUST IN: No deal. Manafort attorney Kevin Downing tells me “No chance!” his client will cooperate with Special Counsel in order to avoid trial today.

Trump says his new health insurance plans are doing ‘record business.’ Narrator - (They don’t even exist yet)

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg called to appear before federal grand jury.

Why We’re Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets

Stephen Colbert goes after his CBS boss Les Moonves: "Accountability is meaningless unless it’s for everybody, whether it’s for the leader of a network or the leader of the free world"

This will never be normal

SCOOP: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was the target of a bizarre impersonation attempt aimed at getting inside info on U.S. sanctions targeting Russia. We have the emails & audio.

Rohrabacher, "Putin's favorite congressman," tells me the Maria Butina case is "BS" and if Trump knew of and approved of the Trump Tower meaning, that means "zero." That is, he's fine with Trump colluding & conspiring with Putin's attack on a US election.

The biggest stock correction of the year is building, Morgan Stanley says

The Trump admin is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100,000,000,000 tax cut mainly to the wealthy, NYT reports, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives.

Here is a copy of the opposition we filed to prevent the Broidy complaint from remaining sealed and/or the striking of certain allegations. The public has a right to know. Note: we had to redact the blacked out portions per court order.

The Trump Files: Donald and Melania’s Creepy, Sex-Filled Interview With Howard Stern

Federal Judge Orders Government To Seek Consent Before Medicating Migrant Children

"The State Department estimates: Kremlin’s influence apparatus costs a $1.4 billion-a-year, claiming to reach some six hundred million people in 130 countries and 30 languages.”

Thousands sign official petition to block Bannon from entering the UK

2003 FBI testimony on Semion Mogilevich. Note: Budapest By 1995, "Mogilevich employed the safe haven in Hungary to DIRECT HIS CRIMINAL OPERATIONS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES."

White House aide shout down Jim @Acosta for asking collusion questions: “Move, Jim! Let’s go! Keep going Jim. Let’s go. We’re leaving. Come on Jim. Go. We’re done.”

BREAKING: On eve of trial, Manafort drops appeal of dismissal of his civil suit challenging Mueller's authority. Doc:

Caterpillar to raise construction equipment prices due to Trump tariffs

I have a great uneasiness about Murdoch. He fiddled a hell of a lot in Australian politics while he was based here. He above all others with his Fox network needs to take ownership of the climate created in America at this time

Here is the bipartisan, multi state letter @maura_healey sent today to @SecPompeo and @jeffsessions demanding an end to the dangerous 3D gun policy about to take effect. We are grateful to Maura and these 21 Attorneys General for their leadership.

In a new book, Bob Woodward plans to reveal the harrowing life inside Donald Trumps White House

NEWS House Judiciary Member Believes Trump Jr. & Kushner Will Be Indicted

WikiLeaks is Russian GRU op with server located in RU. That's a big deal.

BREAKING: WaPo: U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S., per officials familiar with the intelligence.

US Debt Sales To Surge: Treasury Raises 2018 Borrowing Need To $1.33 Trillion

Michael Avenatti Targeted in Person by QAnon, the Crazy Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory