Friday, February 8, 2019

With little public fanfare, U.S. Cyber Command, the military’s new center for combating electronic attacks against the United States, has launched operations to deter and disrupt Russians who have been interfering with the U.S. political system

One by One. All of the President’s men are going down in flames. Where there is smoke, there is often fire. And there is a lot of smoke emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. right now

In all the years I have lived, I have never seen Army Military Operation Training within a large city here in the US. No warning given, reports of loud booms throughout LA.

Tried my best to overcome Acting Attorney General Whitaker's strategic evasions and filibustering to get to the facts about financial and political corruption engulfing the Administration. Watch:

Q: @RepEscobar “...did you ever create, see or become aware of the existence of any pardons...” A: @MattWhitaker46 LONG pause... ‘Yes I am aware of documents related to pardons of individuals...”

Robert Mueller wants to know more about a secret $1 million loan made to Paul Manafort's family in the days after the FBI raided his home, according to Bloomberg. It's unclear right now who actually funded the loan

Dear @KSAmofaEN & @AdelAljubeir: Congress doesn't care about red lines. We care about the truth. Qs for you: -Why did Saudi leadership lie for 17 days to Congress about Khashoggi's murder? -Where is Khashoggi's body? -Did Saudis funnel any money to @realDonaldTrump or Kushner?

Pramila Jayapal to Whitaker: "Your attorneys are prosecuting them, and your Department was not tracking parents who were separated from their children?" "Do you know what kind of damage has been done to children and families ... Do you understand the magnitude of that?"

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sought help from Vice Media in a Saudi effort to shape the kingdom’s image in the West

Thanks Trump: "Tax code changes leave Americans asking, 'What happened to my refund?'"

"The Trump campaign has spent more than $6.7 million in legal fees in the last two years."

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Accused of Sexual Assault by Second Woman, Meredith Watson

BREAKING: WOW Rep. Steve Cohen Just Told CNN that he believes that Whitaker is lying about not speaking to the president about the Mueller investigation

McCabe accuses Trump of acting like a mob boss: He offered me protection in exchange for loyalty

.@tedlieu asked a simple yes/no question: "There's no sentence in the U.S. Constitution that says the sitting president of the United States cannot be indicted, correct?" Whitaker refuses to answer.

#UPDATE President Donald Trump has until Friday to designate punish those responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, who was strangled and dismembered by Saudi agents in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2

NOT NEW: Ivanka Trump is lying.

This Administration is protecting payday lenders over vulnerable Americans. That’s wrong. Consumers deserve a government that fights to protect them.

Yesterday Republicans advanced 44 of Trump's nominees to lifetime federal court seats - nominees who have expressed views that are contrary to many of our foundational values of justice and equality. We all need to pay attention to what this Administration is doing to our courts

Analysis: Wealth concentration returning to "levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties," according to new research

Acting AG Matt Whitaker: "There was no family separation policy."

Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. is facing a 60-count federal indictment over allegedly filing false campaign finance records and misusing $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. Ammar Campa-Najjar, who lost to Hunter in November, is ready for a rematch.

.@RepSwalwell to us on Whitaker: "We're not going to take this witness at his word...Will test witness accounts to either confirm what they say or seek whether there’s contradiction. This trump admin, they’re just not worthy of being taken at their word. They’ve lost that right."

As a matter of fact @MattWhitaker46 did not use that term but again referred to the opinion of Office of Legal Counsel which is *not the same* as “DOJ policy”

#BREAKING Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was "not involved" in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and blaming him would be crossing "a red line," the Saudi foreign minister says

It is VERY REGRETTABLE that certain @Conservatives are endorsing @TPointUK Stop it, they are a project of Steve Bannon and are antisemitic

Roger Stone to Federal Judge: “Don’t Gag Me, and Get Off My Case” like that’s going to work

AP confirms Bloomberg: Federal prosecutors are probing whether the National Enquirer's handling of Jeff Bezos story violated their cooperation deal.

Every member of the Supreme Court chose to stop a Louisiana law that would require doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital—except for Kavanaugh—who was the only one to dissent

WATCH: "I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel's investigation," acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker tells @HouseJudiciary Chairman @RepJerryNadler after a heated moment during a hearing today.

Jerry Nadler starts off the Whitaker hearing by going in by reminding him that he was advised he was unqualified for the job of AG in the first place

This is shameless! Republicans, led by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), vote to adjourn the one and only hearing ever held with Trump's acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker instead of fulfilling their constitutional duty to provide congressional oversight.

“The time for this administration to postpone accountability is over,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said at acting attorney general Matt Whitaker's hearing. Whitaker initially said he would not show up unless Nadler dropped a subpoena threat issued this week.

You can watch the Whitaker hearing, now beginning, live here

Matt Whitaker opens his testimony with a LIE by claiming that the “vast majority of illegal drugs in this country are coming through the southern border.”

I am shocked...I've never seen a witness say this before.

"Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab"

According to the NY Times, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was discussed by the Crown Prince a year before it was carried out. If this can be proven, there is no reasonable excuse not to sanction him under the Global Magnitsky Act ASAP.

Warning: Jared Kushner will travel to the Middle East later this month that will include stops Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

NEW: @realdonaldtrump’s Bedminster golf course employed so many undocumented immigrants that there’s an entire town in Costa Rica built on Trump paychecks. We found it. “My whole town practically lived there,” one said of the Trump course

New: Rosenstein privately complained that Trump ordered him to write memo justifying Comey firing, Andrew McCabe writes in new book

KAVANAUGH writes dissent—would've let the Louisiana law take effect, even though it's virtually identical to the Texas anti-abortion law SCOTUS struck down in 2016's Whole Woman's Health. 5–4 decision

Gohmert reads Whitaker part of his opening statement (which I quote-tweeted earlier) about the southern border and crime. Whitaker says he doesn't know what speech those words are from

As per Andrew McCabe in his new book. @LouiseMensch reported these facts regarding the Rosenstein memo soon after Comey's firing. For almost 2yrs Louise & her reporting have been attacked by mainly "woke" ppl on the left solely because she was a Conservative, albeit Never Trump

For those who have been following Jamal #Khashoggi's case-- Back in October, senators triggered the process for possible sanctions on Mohammed Bin Salman. They gave the Trump admin 120 days to respond re: MBS's role. Trump admin has not responded.

Time's up.

Yesterday Bezos wrote “I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.” Things are crawling out Ronan Farrow says he faced ‘blackmail efforts from AMI’ for reporting on National Enquirer, Trump, AMI also threatened the AP & Daily Beast

Today's cover NYP

One purpose of Congressional hearings is to find answers that either allay fears or raise concerns. I am pleased to hear Acting AG Whitaker say under oath that he has not talked to @realDonaldTrump or senior White House officials about the Special Counsel's investigation.

oh dude, mr acting, that was not a smart move

Cool story, Kremlin bro. You know what you did, @realDonaldtRUmp. So does Mueller’s team. Bet on it.

Merkel vs. Trump: ISIS not defeated, 'transforming into an asymmetrical warfare force'

My latest bombshell ===> Jeff Bezos' security guru says a "government entity" likely stole the Amazon CEO's private texts, which AMI has. Which government? Which entity? Here we walk through the suspects. It's not a long list, but Trump will hate it

Bezos accusation could mean huge trouble for National Enquirer

Bezos suggests National Enquirer nervous about Saudi Arabia ties

Whitaker expected to appear for contentious congressional hearing

"We were trying to give even more courtesy to Matt Whitaker… we didn’t even issue a subpoena, we just authorized the issuance of a subpoena so if this is how the DOJ treats us, we’re going to recalibrate… We expect Whitaker to appear tomorrow"

Trump's trade war is killing the heartland. "Average farm income has fallen to near 15-year lows under Trump, and in some areas of the country, farm bankruptcies are soaring."

GOP Virginia state senator oversaw the creation of yearbook with racial slurs, blackface photos

Trump's net approval rating is now underwater in 32 states, including

BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court stops Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining court’s liberals in 5-4 vote.

New tonight: Former Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi (aka "Person 1" in Stone's indictment) is suing ... Roger Stone, accusing Stone of defamation for repeatedly saying that Corsi lied

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s family benefited from U.S. program for minorities based on disputed Native American ancestry

Whitaker agrees to testify before Congress after saying he wouldn’t if under subpoena threat

Bezos: National Enquirer made extortion threat over investigation

America has lost a beloved pillar of the Congress & one of the greatest legislators in our history. @JohnDingell’s entire life was lived in service to our country. His leadership played an important role in the passage of both #Medicare and the #ACA.

New: SDNY’s investigation into the inauguration stemmed, in part, from taped conversations between Cohen & Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who detailed her concerns about spending, Gates & Barrack, & the Trump family. The recorded calls only scratch the surface

The non-prosecution agreement AMI has with SDNY prosecutors is contingent upon, among other things, them not committing any crimes.

There is no doubt that Virginia’s leaders need to be held accountable for their personal history, but every Virginia leader is responsible for the racist symbols that still loom over our lives.

Trump doesn’t have GOP support to go through another shutdown or declare a national emergency — pressuring him to back whatever deal Congress makes

Dem senator will back Trump pick for attorney general

New: Washington Post reporter just said that Bezos’ investigator suspects that “a government agency” intercepted Bezos’ text messages.