Thursday, April 4, 2019

So Alex Jones just threatened to assassinate @maddow for Trump on air. Seriously.

Rep. Katherine Clark to Labor Secretary Acosta: "If you as US Attorney ... could not fight for these girls, how, as Secretary of Labor, can you tell this panel and the American people that you can responsibly oversee this budget, the Dept. of Labor, including human trafficking?"

Michael Cohen's attorneys have told lawmakers in a letter that Cohen has discovered substantial files on a hard drive that might be helpful to investigators.

BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.

Chelsea Manning moved out of solitary confinement: report

For years, the US has been enabling Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. I was an early co-sponsor of legislation to end our support, which has now passed the House and the Senate. Our complicity must end

After the big banks crashed our economy 10 years ago, guess how many CEOs went to prison for their frauds? Zero. My new idea would hold executives at big companies criminally accountable—if you negligently oversee scams on the American people, you should go to jail.

This will not be so funny @realDonaldTrump when MGM’s Nancy Tellem let’s America see the 3000 hours of unseen unedited Apprentice Trump Outtakes sitting in MGM’s vault & they see you live in person on HD sexually hararring women on the crew again & again plus you make Don Jr cry

"Barr's handling of the Mueller report has confirmed the worst suspicions of his critics, and is doing further damage the reputation of the Department of Justice,"

In wake of reports of frustration between Mueller’s team and DOJ, Nadler tells Barr he wants “all communications” between special counsel and department “regarding the report, including those regarding the disclosure of the report to Congress” and public

BREAKING: Senior Oversight Committee Aide: “I’ve never seen this many whistleblowers reporting waste, fraud, abuse and just general concern. I’ve also never seen whistle-blowers so afraid of what could happen to them if somebody finds out who they are.” Just like a real mafia.

.@RandPaul blocks a resolution calling for the release of the Mueller report with the phony argument that the Steele memos started the Trump-Russia investigation. Even Nunes own memo says that was not the case. So we have lies being used to suppress facts

I asked the Senate to vote on a disaster relief amendment to help all communities who need it, including Puerto Rico and the Midwest. With @SenRickScott presiding in the Senate, @SenShelby objected. The @SenateGOP is planning to leave town without acting on disaster relief.

33 House Republicans buck GOP, vote to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

“This is like the 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers.' All these people that I knew and respected have had their brains sucked out and replaced with Trumpian mush."

JUST IN: In 263-158 vote, House passes Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which includes provision to close the so-called "boyfriend loophole" and would prevent people who have been convicted of abusing partners from buying firearms; bill heads to Senate.

Potential Federal Reserve board member Herman Cain frequently promoted scammy financial emails

Mysterious lender who gave Manafort $1 million doesn’t want his name made public because he’s concerned about the political fallout/unpopularity of Trump and Manafort in his California hometown

Trump backs off threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border.

Dersh would surely love to see the Herald’s series #PerversionofJustice go away, to the extent of having this sit down w them to make his pitch. But good news: the Herald ain’t goin’ away.

Questions surrounding Barr are mounting: He auditioned for the job with a memo attacking the obstruction case. He then pronounced his own judgment on obstruction. Now it is reported he may have substituted his own summary for Mueller’s. The only antidote is full transparency.

Spoken like a true criminal

Matthew Miller: "The attorney general's actions raise suspicions about whether he is acting primarily to benefit the president because they don't make sense when viewed through any other lens."

The House has just approved a measure to cut off U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's bloody civil war, in yet another harsh rebuke of Trump's foreign policy.

FBI director says white supremacy is a 'persistent, pervasive threat'

Pelosi explains legal precedent of required presidential tax audit.

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“Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General decided to release the report's bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately — without attempting to summarize the report,” DOJ spox says

Let me reiterate: Bob Mueller was my boss for three years. This claim makes me laugh out loud. He is the most unflinchingly decisive person I've ever encountered.

Both NYT and WaPo landing stories on the same day of former Mueller team members expressing their “frustrations” with Barr’s letter is a subtle yet clear warning to tRUmp & Co. The truth is coming one way or another. Stand in its way at your own risk.

Nancy Pelosi: "Just release the Mueller report ... And let me just say, the Mueller report will be released ... To us it is inevitable, to them it is inconceivable. We have to shorten the distance between the inevitable and the inconceivable."

After HHS Sec. Azar reveals he doesn't understand why unaccompanied children are crossing border between ports of entry instead of at them, @SenJeffMerkley admonishes him, "That's not the way it works... the fact you haven't educated yourself about this really is unacceptable."

Family of American woman killed in Ethiopian 737 Max crash sues Boeing, FAA

Pelosi says she associates herself with Chuck Grassley’s comments reacting Trump saying noise from wind farms causes cancer. “It’s an idiotic statement.”

JUST NOW ... NADLER: “Were going to issue a subpoena in very short order” if we don’t get the cooperation we want.

A senior law enforcement official tells NBC News that some Mueller team members say his findings paint a picture of a campaign whose members were manipulated by a sophisticated Russian intelligence operation. Some of that information may be classified


Coming to believe that Barr letter is to Mueller report as the Dr. Harold Bornstein letter was to Trump's actual health

If the investigators are right and there turns out to be a whole lot of evidence of wrongdoing, Barr should be forced to step down for acting like Trump’s PR man, not the attorney general of the United States

BREAKING—NEW: DOJ says Barr needs time to redact confidential info, responding to news reports. Didn’t want to release piecemeal info. 🙄

Good thing you guys were so cautious in not overhyping Barr’s memo. It’s not like you published a giant front page headline stating that Barr’s report was a perfect and accurate telling of Mueller’s report, right

NEW: Dems are alarmed about reports Mueller prepared summaries meant for the public but that they still have not seen. A furor, in an already furious week, is growing at the Capitol.

Ivanka has revised her financial disclosures *six times in the last month.*

There “was immediate displeasure from the team when they saw how the attorney general had characterized their work.” Mueller's investigators never leaked. What did Barr do to make them start talking now?

That time we took #RatBoat to Mar a Lago, logged onto their WiFi, encountered a fugitive Chinese billionaire and started getting photographs from the Lady in Pink.

Trump lied about saving the coal industry.

Elizabeth Warren is calling for an investigation into whether the White House is overruling Secret Service recommendations about which guests at Mar-a-Lago have access to him during his frequent weekend stays, WaPo reports


Every single person who lives in this country & claims to care about our national security should be terrified by the that people who are trusted with our nation’s most sensitive secrets were initially rejected to receive a security clearance.

China says it has been informed of the arrest of a Chinese woman at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend and is providing her with consular services.

The congressman who turned the VA into a lobbying free-for-all

Trump says he's not concerned about security at Mar-a-Lago after woman's arrest

Putin tells Netanyahu that Russian military, with "Syrian partners," helped locate remains of Israeli soldier killed in 1982. PS: Good luck in elections!

The Trump administration plans to shift much of the power and responsibility for food safety inspections in hog plants to the pork industry as early as May, cutting the number of federal inspectors by about 40% and replacing them with plant employees.

Mr. Epstein settled a lawsuit filed by lawyers for some of his victims. He issued an apology — to the lawyers, not the victims.

Rep. Jerry Nadler: "One day, one way or another, the country will move on from President Trump. We must make it harder for future presidents to behave this way."

"Mitch McConnell undid 213 years of Senate history in 33 minutes"

A federal judge ruled that the non-prosecution agreement Mr. Dershowitz helped fashion violated the Crime Victims Rights Act, which requires that victims be apprised of all plea deals.

The Herald successful petitioned a New York court for the release of sealed court documents in New York that could reveal evidence of a broader sexual trafficking ring.

The hate being legitimized by Donald Trump Trump unbelievable We are lost for words how much hate has been filled into these Trump supporters. Is this the country we want to live in? Not us.

Ohio middle schoolers allegedly told biracial student "this is MAGA country" and "all black people should die”

Biden accusers: a Bernie Sanders confederate and a Putin lover. Get it yet?

Marine Corp Commandant denies he leaked memos that explain Trump's border plan would be an "unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency," & that the readiness of Marines, "will continue to degrade given current conditions."

President Trump's economic advisers want to exempt commercial trade if the president closes the southern border

Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg: "NATO's position is united and clear. Russia is in violation of the INF Treaty."

British government and the opposition Labour Party to meet in an urgent search for a compromise solution to the country's departure from the European Union.

Read this love fest for Putin by Alexandra Tara Reade. Is this the same person who just made an accusation against @JoeBiden? If so — this game’s up

Evil Bernie Sanders mob.

Bernie Sanders is such a disgrace.

Op-Ed: "The rise of authoritarianism in Europe is exacerbated by the views and actions of President Trump, who seems to cheer democratic backsliding by strong-men," Rep. Adam Schiff writes in

WaPo’s ACTUAL reporting matches NYT concerning Team Mueller’s feelings on the matter. But in here, we also have a Giuliani quote attempting to FRAME the report to Trump’s benefit AND discredit TEAM MUELLER who spent 22mos in silence.

Sen. Lindsey Graham: "My bias is clear in terms of Joe Biden. I think he's one of the most decent people I've ever met. I don't believe for a second that he meant to do anything wrong, and I can understand why people took it differently than he meant."

“Barr told lawmakers he concluded the evidence was not sufficient to prove that the president obstructed justice. But members of Mueller’s team have complained to close associates that the evidence they gathered on obstruction was alarming & significant.”

“POTUS is being manipulated by a foreign power but is too dumb to meet the specific intent requirement of the U.S. criminal code” is literally where we are right now

Fmr. Assistant FBI Director Frank Figliuzzi: "If this is indeed the first leakage we're seeing from the special counsel's team, we need to stand up and pay attention to that ... That tells us they are not happy with what the attorney general is doing."

Then join our effort to get them the funding they need and deserve, and quit following the lead of an administration that considers Puerto Rico another country. This isn’t a game. These are Americans who need our help!

Dear @TheJusticeDept and AG Barr: Your job is not to protect @realDonaldTrump. It is to protect the US Constitution. Honor your oath and the Separation of Powers. Release the Mueller Report to Congress. And let Congress do its job as the Framers intended.

Of for the love of all that is holy...When the HELL will Democrats realize they're being played by Bernie?

Michael Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis says that Cohen is "offering more information that he's now discovered" to the Southern District of New York

NEW: Cummings says accounting firm Mazars USA has asked for a friendly subpoena before sends the Oversight Committee 10 years of Trump’s financial records.

Barr must be questioned. Investigators said they had summaries ready to be released immediately and Barr WILLFULLY decided to keep them hidden. There is NO good reason for it: investigators said they specifically prepared them ready to be released. Barr will be held accountable

“Summaries were prepared for different sections of the report, with a view that they could made public. The report was prepared ‘so that the front matter from each section could have been released immediately — or very quickly,’ the official said. “

President Trump refused to answer a question about whether he authorized the security clearance for his son-in-law Jared Kushner

"Some members of Mr. Mueller’s team are concerned that, because Mr. Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel’s findings, Americans’ views will have hardened before the investigation’s conclusions become public."

There’s only one way to interpret this. We’re lookin’ at a bigger cover-up than Watergate. Time to subpoena Mueller and end this!

Here's a clip of Steve Bannon in footage shot for the new @aliklay doc @TheBrinkFilm talking about Sleeping Giants and our massive effect on Breitbart. This is absolutely something we never would have expected

I can’t help but feel Alan Dershowitz has a horse in the “Jeffery epstein did nothing wrong” race

Let's shine a little sunlight on this: when now-AG Bill Barr's father, Donald Barr, was headmaster at the Dalton school in NYC, he hired a two-time college dropout to teach physics and calculus to high school students. That teacher's name was Jeffrey Epstein.

I have a prediction: Multiple victims of child sexual assault will file lawsuits against @realDonaldTrump + friends before the 2020 general election. In fact, I'd say they'll be filed by August 14, 2020

5 Ways We Misunderstand Pedophilia (That Makes it Worse)

Rep. Jerry Nadler says the House Judiciary Committee requires full Mueller report "because it is our job, not the attorney general's, to determine whether or not President Trump has abused his office ... We must make it harder for future presidents to behave in this way."

Just in: Mueller’s evidence on obstruction was alarming and significant — “much more acute than Barr suggested,” per one source. There was “immediate displeasure” among special counsel team members. WaPo matches NYT scoop tonight


Jared Kushner identified as senior White House official whose security clearance was denied by career officials

BREAKING: Congresswoman Katherine Clark to Acosta: “If you could not fight for these girls, how as secretary of Labor can you tell...the American people that you can do your job.”

Alan Dershowitz is on Twitter, trying to scotch a Pulitzer for @MiamiHerald and @jkbjournalist. They broke the horrifying story about Jeffrey Epstein and the prosecutors who forgave his sexual assaults. In deference to Dershowitz, let's re-up that story

Attorneys for Robert Kraft accused police of carrying out an overly invasive "NSA-style surveillance campaign" in their motion to suppress video that allegedly shows Kraft soliciting sex acts at a spa in Florida

Bizarre breach of Mar-a-Lago highlights Trump security ineptitude

Trump appears to be changing his mind on Mueller report release

Tax law compels IRS to give Trump taxes to Ways and Means chair

Ways and Means chair directs IRS to turn over Trump tax returns

Barr's rosy report spin frustrates Mueller investigators: NYT

Trump sets up battle over House Democrats’ tax returns demand

The senior White House official whose security clearance was denied last year because of concerns about foreign influence, private business interests and personal conduct is Jared Kushner, WaPo reports.

The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog opened an investigation into Mr. Acosta’s role in the secret negotiation that spared Mr. Epstein.