Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Opinion: Impeachment talk? Let’s have at it, @JRubinBlogger writes.

Journalist: Did Trump lie? Sarah Sanders: That's ridiculous. Trump has done nothing

Judge Kavanaugh worked in the Bush WH for 5 years, 35 months as Staff Secretary. He called that time “formative” for his career as a judge. The Judiciary Committee has ZERO documents from his 35 months as Staff Secretary. It’s a black hole in his record.

Plot twist --> Mollie Tibbetts’ accused killer is in Iowa legally, his lawyer says, calling Trump 'sad and sorry' for weighing in

Dangle that pardon .... to a man you do not want to "break" .... during a criminal investigation .... And document that obstruction of justice on Twitter.

Schumer calls for Trump Supreme Court pick's hearings to be delayed after Cohen guilty plea

@RepCummings just sent this letter demanding a hearing with Cohen

SUSAN COLLINS tells me she sees "NO BASIS" for delaying Kavanaugh hearings.

Here is the cease and desist letter to Trump from Steven Tyler’s lawyers demanding that the Trump campaign refrain from playing Aerosmith music at rallies. Aerosmith has made this demand before according to this letter.

Talking points from the Republican Party this AM on what Trump defenders/surrogates should say on TV, per GOP source

Fun fact: By Cohen implicating “POTUS” in felonies, he ensured tRUmp cannot pardon him, as it would be a clear case of an unconstitutional “self pardon.” Any pardon tRUmp issues that gains legal advantage for himself, family, or co-conspirators will be struck down by SCOTUS.

Prosecutors claim Trump used "sham" invoices to mask payments to Cohen in effort to silence women

"He committed a crime. He should be indicted if he were not president, he clearly would be indicted and jailed for that crime. Whether he can be indicted as president of course, is not yet decided by the Supreme Court." -- Lanny Davis

“Michael Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man.” — Cohen Atty Lanny Davis on @NPR

First tweet of the day

Facebook removes hundreds of accounts identified as part of influence campaign ahead of midterms

STEPHANOPOULOS: Is Michael Cohen prepared to tell everything he knows about President Trump to special counsel Robert Mueller and other prosecutors? LANNY DAVIS: Yes.

Democrats have drafted a wide-ranging contingency plan for if Mueller is ever fired, or if President Trump were to take other steps to quash the Russia investigation, like firing Deputy AG Rosenstein or pardoning key witnesses.

Hello @SpeakerRyan and @SenateMajLdr McConnell

REPUBLICANS preparing to forcibly remove DUNCAN HUNTER from his House committees, because he is refusing to take a leave from them after the indictment.

The day the news came like a flash flood

‘It’s the only excuse they’ll need’: Legal blows fuel impeachment fears. Expect Trump to Act Even More Like a CORNERED RABID ANIMAL.



New Russia meddling claims put Trump on the spot over Putin

Rand Paul Suggests Talking to Russia About the Size of NATO

Chairman Grassley unilaterally deemed #Kavanaugh records “Committee Confidential.” Penalty for release could include “expulsion” from the Senate, which hasn’t happened since the Civil War, for disloyalty to the Union. GOP is going that far to keep them secret. #WhatAreTheyHiding?

Why are some suggesting sanctions relief?

Congress isn’t the only branch for sale. Justice Clarence Thomas attended a fancy Koch Brothers retreat, paid for by right-wing lawyers – & accidentally “omitted” his wife’s work as a lobbyist on his financial disclosures... for 6 years


A rare and sobering sight tonight in the Central Pacific, as Hurricane #Lane becomes only the 6th recorded Category 5 hurricane in this part of the Pacific, and the nearest to #Hawaii a Cat 5 hurricane has ever been observed.

This parody song about Michael Cohen and Trump's other leaking ex-staffers will add some much-needed levity to your night

Call red states relatives & friends & urge them to contact their senators (202-224-3121) to vote “NO” on Trump’s SCOTUS pick Kavanaugh. Dem Sens from red states must vote ‘NO”: Heitkamp – ND, Donnelly – IN, Manchin - WV, & McCaskill – MO.

"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"

Paul Ryan refuses to call for Congressman Duncan Hunter’s resignation despite him being indicted

Mike Pence lied to us. Pence knew about Flynn. Pence has been a poodle. Handpicked by a felon & Putin, willing to cover up & lie about any crime. Pence is in the WH through criminal activity. The GOP must concede the White House.

Defamation case against Christopher Steele dismissed

Anatomy of a “catch and kill:” Michael Cohen's plea agreement tells the story of a scheme to protect the aspirating president, also known as “Individual 1.”

Michael Cohen has now sworn under oath that President Trump told him to pay off Stormy Daniels for the purpose of influencing the 2016 election. Omarosa says the Trump campaign knew about it

Could Paul Manafort still flip on Donald Trump? An ex-Justice Department official explains.

The Qanon narrative no longer makes sense after today's verdict and plea deal, and the community is trying to come to grips with it.

WATCH: Trump introduces West Virginia governor as "largest, most beautiful man"

The worst hour of Donald Trump's presidency just happened

First @omarosa tape today proving Michael Cohen was part of the campaign contrary to Trump claims

Senator Blumenthal says if President Trump pardons his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, “he would be screaming to the world: ‘I am guilty.’”

While Pres. Trump didn’t directly mention Paul Manafort or Michael Cohen during his Tuesday night rally in West Virginia, at one point he spoke of the Russia investigation, repeatedly asking the crowd: "Where is the collusion?!"

Republicans are all going to jail

...damn, i need a new lawyer

Now, CEOs at the 350 largest U.S. companies received 312 times as much in compensation as typical employees in 2017, new study says.

‘I can think of nothing more American.’ — Beto O'Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectfu

Trump considered revoking Obama security clearance: report

Here's the indictment of @Rep_Hunter and his wife

The @nydailynews front page: All The President's Henchmen

Rep Chris Collins was indicted for securities fraud, wire fraud and false statements stemming from an alleged insider trading scheme centered on an Australian pharmaceutical company. #1 Feb 24: Collins was the first sitting member of Congress to endorse Trump's presidential bid

Lanny Davis says on @CNNTonight that his client Michael Cohen now considers Trump to be "a danger to our country"

Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, said in a plea deal that "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office," he kept information that would have been harmful to the candidate and the campaign from becoming public

I've been skeptical about the wisdom and merit of impeachment. Cohen's guilty plea changes that. The president is clearly guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. He should resign his office or be impeached and removed from office.

Trump-backed Friess loses Wyoming governor's primary

The charges against @Rep_Hunter, one of @realDonaldTrump’s first supporters in Congress, are further evidence of the rampant #CultureOfCorruption among the Washington GOP today. @SpeakerRyan must call on Hunter to resign immediately.

Felons Welcome Here

In our meeting today, Judge Kavanaugh refused to answer even the most basic Qs ab his jurisprudence & judicial philosophy, especially re: women’s reproductive freedom, health care protections for ppl w/ pre-ex conditions, voting rights & presidential powers.