Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Cohen says the expectation at the Trump organization was to lie for Trump. See the highlights of his testimony to Congress on @ReutersTV playlist:

Federal judge rejects Stone's claim CNN was tipped off by Mueller's office about his arrest

U.S. drops demand for full accounting of #NorthKorea nuclear program ahead of talks

Trump's border wall prototypes are being reduced to rubble. Via AP

BREAKING: McCrae Dowless has been indicted on three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of absentee ballot

BREAKING: House passes bill to require universal background checks on gun sales

We need judges who will interpret our laws according to the Constitution & what's best for our country—not according to politics & what's best for President Trump & Republicans. I strongly oppose Ms. Rao’s nomination—& I hope my colleagues join me in doing so.

Speier: Ok. How many times did Mr. Trump ask you to threaten an individual or entity on his behalf?

Watch live: Michael Cohen testifies at House Oversight Committee hearing

Today the house will vote on Universal Background Check Bill HR8.

Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows are showing why authoritarianism could happen here. People like them will use all their power and sacrifice any principle to protect their leader if he or she is a member of their party.

Matt Gaetz Under Investigation By Florida State Bar Over Michael Cohen Threat

Michael Cohen says that he briefed Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump on the Trump Tower Moscow project "approximately 10" times.

I hope Trump will get his friend to apologize for murdering

Committee Republicans are making no effort to find truth. They are failing their Constitutional responsibilities by covering up the corruption of a sitting President. What is happening to the soul & integrity of the once storied Republican Party?

New: The attorney general for the District of Columbia has subpoenaed documents from Trump's inaugural committee, NYT reports, the third governmental body to delve into how the fund raised $107 million and spent it.

Cohen says his testimony on Trump Tower Moscow was changed by the president's lawyer, Jay Sekulow

"It doesn’t matter what the Trumps say about Cohen, or he says about the Trumps. What matters is that the #CohenTestimoney will open up new, on-the-record venues for investigation, exploration, and, let’s be honest, prosecution."

For the love of god, @OversightDems, PLEASE ask @MichaelCohen212 if he had knowledge of Cease & Desists sent the day before the election about an ongoing criminal investigation of @realDonaldTrump's 1994 rape of a 12 year old girl

During every second of #CohenCongressionalTestimony, keep this in mind: @MichaelCohen212 is willing to go under oath and @realDonaldTrump is not. This is not Cohen’s word versus Trump’s. If Trump isn’t under oath, the state of the evidence is just Cohen’s word.

Michael Cohen will show Congress (Exhibit 5A) a copy of this $35K check that President Trump personally signed from his personal bank account on August 1, 2017 – when he was President to (per testimony) reimburse illegal hush money paid to Stormy Daniels

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries: "The American people deserve to know whether Donald Trump has been functioning as the President of the United States of America or as the equivalent of an organized crime boss. Michael Cohen can shed some light on that very important question."

Four years ago today, my friend and ally Boris Nemtsov was brutally assassinated on Moskvoretzky Bridge in Moscow in front of the Kremlin. The people who ordered his killing remain unpunished. He fought for justice for Sergei Magnitsky. It’s my duty to fight for justice for him

With only a one-in-a-million chance that humans aren't the cause of global warming, it's obvious that we need to dramatically reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide, experts say.

Michael Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform at 10 a.m. EST.

The Russian plot thickens in the European Parliament. Aymeric Chauprade, the far right MEP who hired Putin’s press secretary’s daughter has launched an initiative to keep Sergei Magnitsky’s name off the EU Magnitsky Act

This is also the part of American history where the character and the independence of the U.S. Justice Department becomes the most important thing we may ever need to know about this moment in American history.

Senate breaks precedent, confirms Trump court nominee without home-state's approval

Russia has tried to insert itself in Trump-Kim nuclear talks this week in Vietnam — interesting move by Lavrov

Thousands of miles away from Washington, Trump takes aim at Cohen

A source close to the planning of tonight's dinner in Hanoi with Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un says it has been a struggle to get the menu approved by the US and North Korea. If they had a hard time negotiating what's for dinner, what does that say about denuclearization talks?!

JUST IN: Pakistan PM Imran Khan says 'we should sit down and talk' to resolve crisis with India

Under oath, Scott Lloyd admitted that he let family separation happen, even after his staff raised concerns about child welfare. Horrendous. This will have long term psychological and physical effects on thousands of children -- and this administration did NOTHING.

With current tensions between two nuclear-armed states, we may see how the Trump Administration’s capricious leadership, rejection of intel, evisceration of State Dept & abandonment of NatSec policy process have affected US capacity to handle a serious international crisis.

Great catch by @ScottMStedman: Trump told Mueller in writing that Roger Stone did not tell him about WikiLeaks, per CNN. But Cohen now says Stone told Trump about the impending WikiLeaks release in July 2016. If Mueller can prove Cohen’s story...

Michael Cohen's opening statement has been obtained by Politico.

Both pilots "are under arrest and we are treating them with dignity," Pakistan says after shooting down two of India's aircraft

Trump fears Cohen testimony

This is on the verge of escalating out of control. Both sides claiming to have shoot down fighters. Air spaces closed. High emotions. Extremely risky. Where is global diplomacy?

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

Jimmy Kimmel tears apart Trump "ass-kisser" Matt Gaetz for threatening Michael Cohen: "Witness tampering is illegal. But it’s kind of nice, in a way. Because by the time Trump goes to prison, he’s gonna have all his family and friends there too."

BREAKING: Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority says it shut its airspace to all commercial flights as tensions with India escalate

Vice President Mike Pence faced a wall of resistance from Senate Republicans as he tried to sell Trump’s national emergency declaration on the southern border

TRANSLATION: @MattWhitaker46 will be granted the opportunity to explain why he misled Congress.

JUST IN: Indian Air Force plane crashes in Indian Kashmir, two pilots and a civilian dead - police

White extremism drives American terrorism

JUST IN: The government of Pakistan says its air force shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace on Wednesday, after the Indian Air Force crossed the line of control -- the de facto border between the two countries in disputed Kashmir

What was Trump doing signing Trump Org checks .... in 2017?

Sen. Richard Blumenthal: "Did you recommend that he declare a national emergency?" Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy: "Sir I did not directly recommend either way."

According to Michael Cohen's testimony, the president knew in advance and encouraged Wikileaks' release of emails stolen by Russian intel to harm Trump's main opponent. Whether this meets the requirements for conspiracy or not, it is certainly a betrayal of the American people.

BREAKING: The House passes a resolution to overturn the emergency declaration on the border. It could clear the Senate too, in a major rebuke of the President.

54 years after civil rights activists made the first Selma to Montgomery voting rights march, Democrats are introducing the Voting Rights Advancement Act

NEW: In Cohen’s opening statement, he will say he witnessed Trump speaking with Roger Stone about Stone’s outreach to Assange and say that Trump knew about WikiLeaks dump in advance. He will also say Trump lawyers edited his false statements to Congress.

We’ve seen how bad Trump can be when he’s a cornered animal, but tomorrow he becomes a wounded animal. He will be ten times worse than anything we’ve seen so far. Prepare.

a sitting president can be indicted.

Lavrov says he's dropping by Vietnam this week and that the U.S. has asked for Russia's advice on the North Korea talks

Hearing exposes Trump policy disregard for immigrant family ties

U.S. general: Southern border not a military threat

Cohen expected to raise new legal questions on Trump, Trump Org

Cohen revelations may test DOJ on presidential indictments

Trump border 'emergency' runs into wall of opposition in Congress

Cohen to Testify That Trump Engaged in Criminal Conduct While in Office

Michael Cohen’s prepared statement for the House Oversight Committee. He gives examples and has documentary evidence. But he will be grilled relentlessly. We must hope the GOP over play their defense of Trump, who a racist, con and cheat.

"Mr. Trump had frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgment of anyone in the world” -Michael Cohen

Maria Butina, Russian agent who conspired to infiltrate NRA, still cooperating, U.S. says

Madoff trustee can pursue lawsuits against Koch, banks, others

Michael Cohen Is Trump’s Worst Nightmare: A Loser With Nothing to Lose

Cohen will say Trump implicitly instructed him to lie about the Trump Tower Moscow project during the campaign. "He would look me in the eye and tell me there's no business in Russia and then go out & lie to the American people by saying the same thing."

Nope. Unless @RepMattGaetz has somehow spent significant time with Cohen in a personal capacity, it's hard to imagine how he would know of details of Cohen's personal life...unless he spoke with someone who was in a position to know such things. Who could that be?

Rep. Matt Gaetz

Jerry Nadler: "When a stranger rips a child from a parent's arms without any plan to reunify them, it is called kidnapping. This Administration is responsible for the harm suffered by thousands of children and their parents, and it must be held accountable."

I encourage all Members to be mindful that comments made on social media or in the press can adversely affect the ability of House Committees to obtain the truthful and complete information necessary to fulfill their duties