Wednesday, May 29, 2019

NEW: The White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for Trump’s visit to Japan. A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the trip, and sailors—who wear caps bearing the ship’s name—were given the day off for Trump’s visit.

Israel will hold new elections after Netanyahu fails to build coalition

White House runs into health-care industry hostility as it plans executive order

A former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting that computer servers were stolen from his office.

JUST IN: Acting SecDef Shanahan says that the 900 troops being sent to the Mideast in response to what the administration calls an elevated Iran threat are going to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. (This is interesting since the place officials say American troops were at risk was Iraq.)

BREAKING Senate Democrats announce deposition plans in emoluments lawsuit, focusing on private third-parties (following House's lead in subpoenaingTrump accounting firm Mazars USA and banks Deutche/Cap One.

#Breaking: White House announces trilateral meeting of National Security Advisors from the United States, Israel, and Russia to be held in Jerusalem in June. "To discuss regional security."

Why did Robert Mueller decide to speak today after two years of silence? 1. Because @realDonaldTrump & his lapdog Bill Barr of @TheJusticeDept are lying about what's actually in the Mueller Report. 2. He left it to Congress to take action. And we will. No one is above the law.

BREAKING: Trump campaign, Mar-a-Lago, hit with federal subpeonas. Feds want to know more about Chinese massage parlor owner's role in Trump fundraising

You don’t have to be a stable genius to know that restricting scientists from predicting the effects of climate change won't change the fact that time is running out. Burying your head in the sand is not a plan – it’s an abdication of responsibility.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana lawmakers pass a strict ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, without rape or incest exceptions.

Did @stevenmnuchin1 help his billionaire buddy siphon off more than $2 billion in Sears assets? @AOC and I are demanding answers.

This is silly. There is very, very little evidence that any platform has produced measurable success on any deradicalization campaign online. But sure -- let the Nazis hang around with other Nazis and see what happens

Louisiana passed an abortion ban. Its Democratic governor plans to defy his party and sign it.

What do you call it when you won’t do something for a black man that you would be happy to do for a white supremacist?

What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable. We need to start impeachment proceedings. It's our constitutional obligation. — Kamala Harris

Robert Mueller just made it crystal clear: Russia interfered in our elections in 2016 in a "systematic" way. So why won't @senatemajldr let us vote on any election security bills to prevent foreign adversaries from doing it again?!

This guy set himself on fire outside the White House.

The Geniuses Trying To Build Their Own Border Wall Continue To Fail In Humorous Ways

Fox News anchor Bret Baier: Mueller’s statement on obstruction is ‘the exact opposite’ of Bill Barr’s spin

Mueller's final message: “There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.”


Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner: "As the Special Counsel made clear today, it’s up to Congress to uphold the rule of law, and ensure this never happens again. Going forward, we must take steps to protect our democracy by passing legislation that enhances election security."

Bannon described Trump Organization as 'criminal enterprise', Michael Wolff book claims

We told you for years that Trump's a fake billionaire, not even close to one, while the Trump Org is a thinly concealed front for money laundering by Russians and other unsavory types. Bannon knew all along, and now's he said it on the record. Break out the Olde Oscelot.

Special counsel Robert Mueller breaks his silence following nearly two years of investigation into Russian interference. Watch his full remarks:

Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should. — Elizabeth Warren

Despite Department of Justice policy to the contrary, no one is above the law – not even the President. Read my full statement here:

#BREAKING: Booker calls for Congress to begin Trump impeachment proceedings

WATCH: Mueller destroys Trump’s claim he was vindicated – and says he was ‘bound’ by policy prohibiting charging president

Mueller: "As set forth in the report, after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime."

In his statement this morning, Special Counsel Mueller reaffirmed his report, which found substantial evidence that Russia attacked our political system and that the President sought to obstruct Mueller’s investigation over and over again.

Mueller: “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

Mueller’s statement is an indictment of a press that focused more on what people had to say about the report than what the report said, because the former was easier to cover. No one has learned anything.

Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so. No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.

The ball is in our court, Congress. — Justin Amash

The key line that will be played over and over. Robert Mueller: "As set forth in the report, after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so."

Mueller: you have a 400+ page report that lays it out unambiguously in black and white. If Special Counsel could say confidently Trump didn’t commit a crime, they would’ve. They can’t so they didn’t. Now it’s up to Congress and the American people to decide what to do.

Robert Mueller announced they are "formally closing the special counsel's office."

"Not an option we could consider."

Robert Mueller formally announces he is done: “I am speaking out today because our investigation is complete. The AG has made the report on our investigation largely public, we are formally closing the special counsel’s office and as well, I am resigning from the DoJ.”

It’s clear. Now Congress needs to do its job.

Mueller closes by coming back to the same point: "multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election" says that deserves the attention of every single American

!!!! “Charging the president with a crime is not an option we could consider” - Mueller makes clear it was not the evidence but the DOJ policy that precluded an indictment. This is huge.

"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so."

COMING UP: @GStephanopoulos anchors an @ABC News Special Report as special counsel Robert Mueller makes a public statement on the Russia investigation.

Robert Mueller Would Like To Say A Thing!

Bill Barr was briefed on the contents of the statement, so he knows what Mueller is planning to say, according to a source familiar with the plans. When asked if Barr requested that Mueller do this, the source said unequivocally: "No."

Special Counsel Robert Mueller to make statement at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Follow live coverage:

Special counsel Robert Mueller to make first public statement on Russia investigation. Watch live at 11 a.m.

Tea Pain's best advice about Mueller's 11 o'clock presser: "Prepare to be disappointed." The fact the announcement comes on the DOJ "letterhead" tells us all we need to know.

Robert Mueller to Make Statement on Russia Investigation

DOJ release: Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III will make a statement on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 11 a.m. EDT, on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

Three years ago, a man died of thirst in a jail run by former Sheriff David Clarke. A lawsuit filed by the man's estate has now settled for $6.75 million, one of the highest settlements in a jail death lawsuit on record.

Boris Johnson to face court for alleged Brexit lies

Here's where the presidential candidates stand on food and farming.

It’s been one year since the Pentagon had an on-camera briefing. One year.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Foreign Entities from Placing Ads to Influence U.S. Elections — PAID AD Act closes loopholes that allow foreign entities to legally purchase campaign ads on social media, TV

Democracy dies on Roger Stones Instagram

Also favoring Republicans, were affiliates and PACs of Wendy's. 62% of the $517,991 they made in contributions went to the GOP

For #NationalHamburgerDay a look at the political giving by McDonalds: In 2018, McDonald's Corp affiliates and PACs gave $983,677- about 2/3 of which went to Republicans

Remember “Egg Boy”? He just gave all the money raised for him online to New Zealand’s mosque-shooting survivors

Trump did many things on foreign soil — I was there — but defending Biden was not one of them. And his team chuckled when he doubled down on his insults of the former Vice President.

"Safety is at risk." Plumbers calling on Texas Governor to call a special session after Legislature unexpectedly wiped out the agency that oversees them and the entire state plumbing code

If I were @JoeBiden, I’d send Trump a hamberder and covfefe basket (I don’t think a fruit basket would be appreciated) for effectively framing Biden as his general election opponent. Then, I would call him #PresidentLoco and challenge him to a geography and a spelling contest.

In the next few months, the Trump administration will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration

Congressional Research Service—which is nonpartisan, independent, and highly-respected—just published a report that dismantles claims that the GOP tax law is doing much good for the economy

Brutal CRS Report on Trump’s only major accomplishment: 1) GOP tax bill did almost nothing for growth 2) Rather than “pay for itself,” it paid for ~5% of itself 3) Almost all the corporate tax cuts went to buybacks etc, virtually nothing to wages, especially for middle class

Kamala Harris on Justin Amash: "What he has done is what we need more people in the United States Congress to do, which is to put country before party."

For ten years, not one child died while in DHS custody. FIVE children have died since December 2018. I joined @RepJerryNadler, @RepZoeLofgren and @RepMGS in a letter to DHS officials demanding an IMMEDIATE investigation into the deaths of these children.

Rep. Amash: "I don't think that you can just let that stuff go and say, Hey, it's no big deal, we're going to have an election in two years, and just let it go."

Let’s face it,@senatemajldr is a liar. Vote him out Kentucky! Merrick Who? McConnell Says He’d Totally Fill Another SCOTUS Seat in 2020

If you don’t read the full Mueller Report, take the time to read this thread. It will be attacked as partisan by the president’s defenders, but it’s in fact a far more straightforward distillation of the special counsel’s findings than Barr’s statements.

REPORTER: Does it give you pause to side w/a brutal dictator instead of w/a fellow American, former VP Biden? TRUMP: Well, Kim Jong Un made a statement that Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is. I think I agree with him on that. R: So no? T: *continues bashing Biden*

BREAKING: Missouri's last abortion clinic says it may lose its license this week

He’s here! @justinamash walks in for the well-attended Town Hall

Ok. I’ve had enough. Here are 2 known facts about Haberman, that NYTimes & CNN omit. 1. She grew up in privilege thnx 2 both Kushner & Trump families, as they are generational clients of the PR firm where her mother is a VP. Millions in fees. 2. Roger Stone is a lifelong friend

Rep. Justin Amash charged that Barr, as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, has “used his position to sell the president's false narrative to the American people.”

Canadian parliamentarians approved issuing a summons next time Zuckerberg sets foot in Canada

This guy was a low-level staffer who worked in the Ukrainian Embassy in DC. If this is the best Rudy can do to concoct a crazy new conspiracy theory, he's not doing very well.

Top Trump Official Made $40,000 From a Stock She Promised to Sell - Vanity Fair

Bannon in new Wolff book: Trump will fall when people realize he’s “just another scumbag” and a crook

Trump’s love for rallies is all but certain to raise perennial questions about how the White House accounts for the cost of flying Air Force One

NEW: Former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe investigated the Russian mob in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn back in the 1990s. Some of those same people surfaced in the Mueller report. New “Trump, Inc.”

The Pentagon and White House have effectively halted daily news briefings. The State Department is resuming them after a hiatus.

Senator McConnell is a hypocrite — Chuck Schumer

BREAKING: We just sued the Office of Legal Counsel. It failed to turn over records concerning advice it gave William Barr on whether Trump obstructed justice.

I think opening an impeachment inquiry will help expose the public to all of the misdeeds of the Trump Administration and it will become apparent to the majority of Americans that @realDonaldTrump is not capable of being president

Delayed tweet, sorry. Video of Justin Amash being greeted with a standing ovation before his town hall began

Every Republican Representative & Senator knows what Rep. @justinamash knows and has now publicly stated-Trump committed impeachable offenses. When will they have the guts, the decency, the strength of character and, yes, the patriotism, to stand up and say so? Respect your oath.

We have a president who isn’t trying to make America great, he's trying to make America hate. We need to get rid of him.

BREAKING: Jaime Harrison to make formal announcement of candidacy for Senate Wednesday morning. Harrison will challenge Lindsey Graham to represent South Carolina.

Whoa. Merkel tells @camanpour that in Germany "There is to this day not a single Synagogue not a single daycare center for Jewish children, not a single school for Jewish children that does not need to be guarded by German policemen"

It’s not a “bi-partisan effort” to defend the constitution: It’s the right thing to do. Thank you Rep. @justinamash for speaking up for the rule of law.

Amash takes a swing at his “so-called leader,” @GOPLeader, who had accused him of seeking attention w his Trump tweets. “I read the Mueller report. I’m sure he didn’t read it. He resorted to ad hominem attacks; that’s the kind of ‘leadership’ we now have in Congress."

Franklin Graham wants us to pray for trump on June 2nd so I'll just do it now Dear Lord, I pray trump is Impeached, broke & his sorry-ass thrown in jail right next to Franklin Graham Amen

After 13 straight days of devastating tornadoes, 39 million are still under severe weather threat

History's Most Stupid President wishes Japan, a country that caused 426,000 American casualties in WWII, a happy Memorial Day.

Mitch McConnell has blocked over 100 bills in just 4 months

Pretty rare moment in politics. @justinamash says some of his colleagues agree with him about President Trump and the Mueller report but won't speak out publicly.

"What makes your head spin is the way Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo relentlessly attack President Barack Obama’s approach...and then seek to emulate it."

He doesn’t just fornicate with the porn stars, he also pays them off after. Sometimes with limited success

Counterpoint: This isn’t a reversal. The consistent principle is underlying everything McConnell does is consolidating power for the far right by any means necessary.

Lindsey doesn’t need to worry about me. He should worry about the $22 Trillion debt, the biggest deficits ever, a $16 billion farm bailout, massive tariffs, protectionism, bloated pentagon budgets, and a conservative challenger. He sold out. (See: 1994)

Talk like this lead the US to attack the wrong country after 9/11

Democrat Jaime Harrison is officially running for the Senate in South Carolina to send Lindsey Graham into retirement. This new campaign ad exposes Graham as a spineless flip-flopper who went from Never Trumper to Trump lapdo

In a sharp reversal from 2016, Mitch McConnell has said that if a Supreme Court vacancy occurs during next year's presidential election, he would work to confirm a nominee appointed by Trump

Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented key aspects of Mueller’s report and decisions in the investigation, which has helped further the president’s false narrative about the investigation. — Justin Amash