Friday, August 17, 2018

Judge Gertner, a truly distinguished retired judge, hits the nail on the head in this piece re the evidence of Judge Ellis's anti-prosecution bias in the Manafort trial.The prosecution has no remedy. We may never know the impact or Judge Ellis's motives.

John Brennan: "I don't want to ever allow a politician or someone in the Oval Office to just so cavalierly toss around national security and security clearances. So I will fight on behalf of those who still have their clearances."

47 tweets since Wednesday morning ... good thing @realDonaldTrump only has a part-time job.

The sheer number of retired senior intelligence officials and spies rebuking the president can be described like this: An avalanche.

Leahy letter raises prospect that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was involved in proposed US Constitutional amendment to block gay couples from marrying...

Communications aides, including Sarah Sanders and Bill Shine, have discussed the optimum times to release security clearance revocation documents "as a distraction during unfavorable news cycles."

Brennan: As things get increasingly tough for Trump, how desperate is he going to become?

Brennan: Steele dossier was not part of the IC assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election

Brennan: Trump has crossed the line repeatedly in terms of his failure to fulfill the responsibility of the office.

Veterans group to hold 5K race after Trump cancels military parade: "One K for each of his deferments"

BREAKING - NBC NEWS: Bill Nelson wasn't making things up when he said Russians hacked Florida election systems

JUST IN: Mueller says “a sentence of incarceration” for Papadopoulos of between 0-6 months would be “appropriate and warranted.”

Erik Prince, a staunch Trump supporter whose sister is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, proposes replacing troops with private military contractors working for a special envoy who would report directly to the president.

"As part of their efforts, prosecutors have subpoenaed casino magnate Steve Wynn, the former RNC finance chairman and longtime Trump friend, for copies of records and communications related to Broidy."

New letter from 60 ex-CIA officials condemning Trump's revocation of John Brennan's security clearance. "The country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views."

Leahy To McGahn: What Was Discussed At Private White House Meeting That Led Republicans To Abruptly Change Course On Kavanaugh Documents?

Fox News and CNN hired ex-Trump aides who were bound by NDAs. Experts say that's "journalistic malpractice"

JUST IN: Judge in Manafort trial says he has received threats against him, and has US Marshal protection; on potentially releasing jurors' names, he added that he is concerned that the jurors would receive threats, as well.

Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling tells CNN's @jimsciutto that if President Trump continues to strip security clearances from those who speak out against his administration, then "take mine too," adding, "because we are speaking out in selfless service to our country."

NBC News: Trump eyes Erik Prince plan to privatize U.S. war in Afghanistan.

Breaking: Top GOP fundraiser reportedly under Justice Department investigation

AP source: It’s not just audio, Manigault Newman has video.

Georgia wants to close 75% of polling places in a mostly-black area. This is just old timey Jim Crow type stuff.

Russian state media freaks out about the prospect of a Democratic Congress: ‘The fate of Trump is at stake’

From twelve former senior intelligence officials (including me), who served both Republican and Democratic Administrations.

John Brennan at work.

Ex-acting CIA Dir. Mike Morell on CBS: "The use of a national security tool for political purposes is inappropriate, unprecedented, and dangerous in a democracy ... the risk here is that a number of people will no longer speak out because they'll be afraid of the president."

Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad)

....attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!

Admirals and Generals - if you don’t follow Admiral McRaven’s example in his condemnation of @realDonaldTrump you align with America’s most disgraceful President. Close ranks with McRaven. Continue to execute your oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

JUST IN: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes: report

Pres. Trump’s decision to strip former CIA Director John Brennan of his long-held security clearance "smacks of Nixonian-type practices," says Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark Warner

Remember when Rick Scott killed a high-speed rail project between Tampa and Orlando back in 2011? Turns out, he invested in the parent company bidding on same rail project he now supports.

"We are not the enemy; We are the people:" 16 must-read editorials from newspapers taking a collective stand against the President's anti-media rhetoric

Opinion | Ground Zero for the Democratic comeback: Midwestern gubernatorial races

China, unsure of how to handle Trump, braces for ‘new Cold War’

Judge Ellis answers four questions from Manafort jury, then grants their request to recess for the night, then... he starts talking about something else entirely

BREAKING: Trump administration releases latest numbers on migrant kids it separated from parents.

So, uh, looks like Kavanaugh lied to the Senate during 2006 judicial confirmation hearings—even just going by the tiny fraction of documents that are publicly available. Said he knew nothing about Bush torture & rendition. But: was emailed talking points.

A former ICE agent raped a woman twice, sexually assaulted another, and told the victims police would never believe them if they reported him because of his law enforcement position, federal prosecutors alleged.

Ryan’s super PAC quietly drops nearly $10M in attack ads on Dems in August, opting not to wait til after Labor Day and trying to force Ds to spend money early. The group has already raised $100M for cycle as its majority is increasingly at risk.

Trump has told advisers that he's eager to strip more security clearances as part of an escalating attack against people who've criticized him or played a role in the Russia investigation, two White House officials tell WaPo.

Eleven former CIA chiefs and one former DNI head - who have served under GOP and Democratic presidents - issue joint statement tonight raising alarms at Trump’s move to strip Brennan of his security clearance, calling it “an attempt to stifle free speech.”

Trump isn't going after his critics, he's going after the witnesses.

American Legion: "Until such time as we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism ... we think [military] parade money would be better spent fully funding the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible."

It's been three weeks since the deadline for the administration to reunify families it separated at the border. Today, 565 children are still reportedly separated from their parents.

Prosecutors Seek 15 Years In Prison For Ukraine's Ex-President

FYI: VoteVets has submitted a Letter of Intent, with DC, to do a 5K around the National Mall, for Veterans Day 2019. So, unless he kicks out a veterans race, @realDonaldTrump will not get his ego parade there, on that day next year, either