Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Day After Steve King is Denounced in Congress, Two GOP Congressmen Meet With Notorious Holocaust Denier Chuck C. Johnson

GOP is a threat to US national security and our childrens futures.

Senators nearing subpoena for Michael Cohen

The editor of a Kentucky newspaper has apologized to a local family after his publication refused to print an 87-year-woman’s obituary unless a dig at Trump was removed.

I guess @realDonaldTrump should know that @AnnCoulter couldn’t throw him under the bus fast enough on the #TrumpShutdown “In private conversations you’re not supposed to know about, but I just said it on camera anyway”

There is no excuse for the wanton destruction we're seeing in our National Parks and Forests. This goes against every principle that went into creating the park service in the first place.

So Barr testified: 1) Mueller is honest 2) Russia investigation NOT a witch hunt 3) POTUS shouldn’t obstruct So why does he want to work for someone who believes the opposite? & why 1 yr ago did he interview to be @realDonaldTrump’s defense lawyer?

Russian media & tRUmp in cahoots? Latest anti-FBI story ‘suggests’ link.

While Trump keeps bashing NATO & reportedly contemplating US withdrawal, #Russia's state-controlled media is discussing polls asking the Russians whether they miss the the Soviet Union (66% do) and whether they would like to see it revived (50% would). Two sides of the same coin

Rick Gates, the ex-Trump and Manafort aide, is cooperating with Mueller's probe into whether individuals from the Israeli firm Psy Group worked with the Trump campaign to influence the election, individuals with first-hand knowledge tell The Daily Beast.

At least four Americans died *today* in Syria, and this is what Fox News is covering

Look who popped on the radar again, Erik Prince, and his pitch is being pushed by UAE's national news service. Reminder; Nader & Elliot Broidy were wrapped up in UAE lobbying in the US

I just met with William Barr—President @realDonaldTrump’s nominee to be the next Attorney General—to put several specific questions to him and ask for better answers than he provided the @JudiciaryDems.

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” - Kevin McCarthy to Paul Ryan, caught on tape, June 15, 2016

IG: Lawyers "ignored" Constitution when allowing Trump to lease Old Post Office

Mueller’s team just told a federal judge that Rick Gates is cooperating with "several ongoing investigations." One of these investigations is looking into possible Middle Eastern election influence, three sources

So far, the events are unfolding much as the Russians predicted: they say "agreements" were made, the WH doesn't say what they are ("secret verbal agreements"). Also, we're seeing the beginnings of the "creeping removal of #sanctions"

Four Americans died in an ISIS-claimed attack while conducting a routine patrol in Syria, officials say

An internal watchdog says the General Services Administration had 'serious shortcomings' in how it handled the Trump International Hotel's lease of the Old Post Office in Washington, D.C.

I guess @realDonaldTrump should know that @AnnCoulter couldn’t throw him under the bus fast enough on the #TrumpShutdown “In private conversations you’re not supposed to know about, but I just said it on camera anyway”

Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding.

Dianne Feinstein says that she won't vote for attorney general nominee William Barr unless he promises to release Mueller report

Just now - on same day ISIS claimed responsibility for deadly explosion that killed US service members in Syria - @VP Pence says, “The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated."

Multiple U.S. troops were killed in an explosion in the Syrian city of Manbij today, the military confirmed, without releasing a number

While Trump keeps bashing NATO & reportedly contemplating US withdrawal, #Russia's state-controlled media is discussing polls asking the Russians whether they miss the the Soviet Union (66% do) and whether they would like to see it revived (50% would). Two sides of the same coin.

Democratic Sen. @ChrisVanHollen tells @jimsciutto he supports Nancy Pelosi's request to move the day of the State of the Union address or deliver it in writing, citing security concerns from the ongoing government shutdown

Should you be worried about the safety of your food during the government shutdown? The answer is complicated, and it depends who you ask

Russia: Accused American spy caught "red-handed"

Rebuking the Trump administration, the Senate has voted 57-42 (including 11 Republicans) to advance a measure that would stop the Treasury Department from relaxing sanctions on three Russian companies with ties to oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Christie: Trump has a "revolving door of deeply flawed individuals — amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons — who were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia."

What did they do with Lindsey Graham?

The failure to tackle climate change and extreme weather events are the most threatening global risks this year, according to the World Economic Forum

Join the Club: @Neomi_Rao, nominee for #Kavanuagh’s former seat, has bizarre past statements on race, LGBTQ+ rights, and sexual assault

So in addition to advocating before DOJ and sharing his views with WH counsel, Barr shared his memo with Trump's personal attorneys (including Kasowitz's firm), Kushner's attorney, and Pence's attorney. He was essentially a member of the president's legal defense team.

Trump administration calling nearly 50,000 back to work, unpaid, as shutdown drags on

Iran's English-language arm of state TV says its American-born anchorwoman was arrested after flying into the U.S.

Mass. attorney general alleges Purdue Pharma tried to shift blame for opioid addiction

Why does he WANT this job?

We need to hold Russian Dictator Vladimir Putin responsible for his crimes against democracy

11 Republican senators break with Trump in rebuke on sanctions.

Court filings show new details about how the Sackler family which owns Purdue Pharma the makers of OxyContin misled doctors and the public about the addictive drug behind the opioid crisis In 2002 Rudy Giuliani was hired by Purdue for legal and PR work

Why the landslide defeat of Theresa Mays Brexit deal matters to the U.S.

Another good day for Vladimir Putin as turmoil grips US and UK

There’s a very ugly situation brewing in Australia. A whistleblower who exposed Russian deputy prime minister Shuvalov’s unimaginable wealth is about about to be deported from Australia and his Russian wife will be sent back to Russia to her potential death. Getting more info no

The next likely EPA chief has almost completed his former coal client's wish list

An 87-year-old’s obituary said Trump ‘hastened’ her death. A local paper wouldn’t run it.

It would seem Americans are fed up with your govt shutdown, @realDonaldtRUmp. Do yourself a favor and end it, unless you want these numbers to worsen... Tick-tock.

Trump admin bringing back furloughed staff during shutdown to work on offshore drilling expansion

Has Trump been giving Hannity classified information?

T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval. The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trumps hotel.

Chef José Andrés is serving free meals daily to furloughed federal workers in Washington

and this is why May doesn't want a referendum: Remain likely to win - and the Tory party splits

Former interior secretary Ryan Zinke now works for blockchain kingpin Daniel P. Cannon after meeting him on a flight. The problem: Cannon and his company are littered with red flags

UK Prime Minister Theresa May takes questions during #PMQs after parliament voted against her #Brexit deal

Deripaskas Rusal Installs Kremlin Fanboy as White House Aims to Lift Sanctions

Would an Attorney General William Barr Put Justice Before Trump? Dont Count on It.

Power Up: Barrs testimony sets the stage for future fights over Mueller report

Elizabeth Warren wants an investigation into Mick Mulvaney's reported discussions with the University of South Carolina about becoming the school's next president.

Iran’s press TV claims one of its journalists has been detained in Missouri

Barr had to recuse on Epstein investigation because he’s employed by Kirkland & Ellis where several of Epstein’s lawyers worked & Alex Acosta, US Attorney in FL who gave the deal (now Sec of Labor) worked. But he said DOJ would investigate the sweetheart deal. Hold him to it.

In refusing votes on Dem bills reopening govt, Mitch McConnell isn't merely sitting on sidelines. He's *actively shielding* Trump from having to veto them once they pass. This, even though he *knows* Trump has no endgame:

Breaking News: The shutdown's economic impact may be double previous estimates, White House economists said. It could push the U.S. into a contraction.

🔥@ChrisCoons: Do you think it's permissible for POTUS to #pardon a family member simply b/c they're a family member...and #pardon himself? BARR: "Yes he does have power to pardon a family member, but...he could be held accountable for abusing his power."

Head of @TheDemCoalition was told Lindsey Graham is likely being blackmailed by Trump or Russia w/ a ‘serious sexual kink.’ Jon Cooper, who is openly gay, says his concern about Graham has nothing to do w/ his sexual orientation but rather blackmail fear

Kremlin dismisses claim that Trump is a Russian agent and attacks the U.S. media

We don’t know why Ivanka is qualified to help choose the next World Bank president. We do know that she’s gotten multiple foreign trademarks since becoming a White House adviser.

“Boys will be boys”? Isn’t it time we stopped excusing bad behavior?

cool story, now talk about boats. since, y'know the Transportation Secretary is connected to a cocaine boat. And happens to be married to Mitch

“If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent... and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law.”

Harris: Would it be appropriate to go against the advice of career ethics officials that have recommended recusal? Barr: If I disagreed with them. Barr won’t recuse himself from the Mueller investigation—despite publicly attacking it. Tell your senators to VOTE NO: 833-758-2799

Read: Special counsel Robert Mueller's filing on Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik

Donald Trump and His Team of Morons

Sen. Richard Blumenthal: "Would you defend Roe v. Wade if it were challenged?" William Barr: "Would I defend Roe v Wade?..."

I asked AG nominee Barr if he still believes Roe v. Wade should be overruled. Mr. Barr didn’t say no.

"There are few things that President Vladimir Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, ... Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States."

Russia now knows that whatever happened in that Putin-Trump meeting is something Trump is desperate to keep from the view of the American public and even his own aides

US v. Paul Manafort - Declaration in support of the Government's breach determination and sentencing - evidentiary basis to support finding the defendant's statements were false - some but not all evidence is described in the filing

'This isn't just arrogance -- Manafort is protecting something bigger': National security analyst

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) outraged by the Senate's inaction on shutdown

Schumer: Trump imperviousness to people's pain 'disgusting'

10 Republicans stood up to Russia today in the Senate and voted to maintain sanctions. It wasn't in opposition to Trump. It was opposition to Trump's master, Vladimir Putin.

White House says Trump scratched his hand playing with Barron after he was seen wearing a small bandage on the back of his right hand last Thursday and yesterday. WH also says Trump will have another physical this year and is finalizing details.

Today you will not be receiving your regularly scheduled paycheck. To the best of my knowledge, this marks the first time in our Nation’s history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in appropriations.

NEW: Special Counsel Robert Mueller issues more subpoenas to associates of former Infowars D.C. bureau chief Jerome Corsi, @ABC News has learned. Corsi is connected to former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone

Michael Cohen is expected to give an explosive recounting of his time working for Trump next month. "He's going to tell the story of what it's like to work for a madman," said a person close to Cohen. "He's going to say things that will give you chills."

Grand jury ordered to investigate office of former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will start proceedings next week.

Mitt Romney voted to ease Russian sanctions. He is who we thought he was.

Today’s ruling blocking the Trump Admin’s citizenship question on the #2020Census reveals the true, cynical political purpose behind the question’s proposal – a purpose which the Administration attempted to hide from the American people.

We’ll soon find out how many senators, along with @realdonaldtrump, are owned by the Kremlin. Senate Republicans break with Trump on Russia sanctions

@SenBlumenthal follows up (implicitly) on prior exchange. Asks #Barr to acknowledge FBI-DOJ would have extraordinary checks before opening counterintel investigation on president. Barr instead invokes Page-Strzok texts to cast doubt on FBI decision.

Mass AG amended complaint to show aggressive, reckless practices in marketing an addictive substance that led to a blizzard of dead bodies

Two Ukrainian Nationals Indicted in Computer Hacking and Securities Fraud Scheme Targeting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Karen Pence is working at a school that bans gay employees

Under Barr’s reading of the law, an obstruction case Mueller may be pursuing is “asinine.” He says results of Mueller’s report should be made public but nothing about its contents. And he has a view of presidential power that renders all of his promises moot. Senate must vote no

Schumer: Barr fudged his answers on respecting Mueller probe

William Barr *literally* wrote & published a book called "The Case for More Incarceration" while leading the Department of Justice. Found a copy in a law library. It's real. The fight for criminal justice reform has made so much progress – we can't let forces take us back

Jared Kushner told Donald Trump that firing Comey and Flynn would help end Russia probe, Chris Christie says

U.S. charges two Ukrainians in a scheme to hack into the database of the U.S. securities regulator and use unreleased corporate news releases to make illegal stock trades.

“Until the govt opens again, you are responsible for ALL of your rental amount.”

Experts on human trafficking say Trump’s tales about women being bound, gagged and stuffed in airless vans to be brought in from Mexico do not resemble any reality they’re aware of; they say cross-border trafficking runs on deception, not tying people up:

Ex-acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal: "This nominee is better than Matt Whitaker, but so is this coffee cup."

11 Republican senators break with Trump in rebuke on sanctions

.@ChrisCoons: Will you promise not to interfere with Mueller if he seeks testimony from Trump? BARR: "Ah...You know, I think, as I say, the regulations currently provide some avenue if there's some disagreement... [but] I'm not surrendering that responsibility."

ASSE: In no way would the job of 'protecting the president' be part of your role as AG? BARR: "No, that wasn't included in my description of the role of AG. Obviously in the policy arena, the AG is someone who should be sympathetic to the administration and its policy goals."

BARR repeatedly refuses to commit to making public Mueller's final report when he's done with his investigation.

.@SenBlumenthal: When the FBI opens a counterintelligence probe of POTUS, that decision is subject to multiple levels of review, correct? BARR: "I assume. I don't know what rules were in effect at the time." Barr quickly brings up Strzok/Page texts to deflect!

Alarm rises as Trump behavior aligns with Putin's fondest wishes

The Senate is only a few GOP votes shy of telling Putin he can’t run the show no matter what @realDonaldTrump's admin does. If Rs agree with @SenateMajLdr who said Putin is a "thug"—they’ll vote yes & block the admin from relaxing these Russian sanctions: