Friday, June 21, 2019

Appears former Trump communications chief Jason Miller shut down his account after his profanity laced tweets directed at Rep. Jerry Nadler.

Horrifying: 4 Severely Ill Migrant Toddlers Hospitalized After Lawyers Visit Border Patrol Facility

Lt General Mark Hertling: Iranian casualty concerns as reason for strike cancellation is a lie.

Paul Manafort had a sympathetic media ally in Sean Hannity as federal investigators closed in on him for a series of financial crimes and witness tampering, according to hundreds of text messages released Friday

TODAY U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson gives Roger Stone until Thursday to explain why she should not find he violated a court gag order and his release terms pending trial for new Instagram posts attacking FBI/IC/Robert S. Mueller III’s probe.

NEW: President Trump responds to sexual assault allegations by E. Jean Carroll, saying `I've never met this person in my life'

Manafort “You and Roger [Stone] were great TV tonight.”@SeanHannity “We are all on the same team. And we will prevail.” Does @FoxNews have any comment?

WILD: The judge in the MANAFORT case just unsealed 56 pages(!) of what appear to be regular text messages between @seanhannity & Paul Manafort from 7/2017 through 6/2018. MANAFORT thanks Hannity for standing by him. HANNITY responds: "anything I can do to help."

Manafort further pushing @Seanhannity to discuss these topics on his show . . again while on house-arrest.

Doesn't it represent poor judgement by whoever approved the mission, without the transponder on, at 22,000ft, only 17mi from shore? Did someone dismiss warnings this would happen? If this was not anticipated, how wasn't it? How did they fail to protect a $120M-$180M intel asset?

AP: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning the U.S. against using force on Iran, saying it would have catastrophic consequences.

A little Friday news: I just introduced this amendment to ban federal funds from being used to pay civil servants who violate the Hatch Act. Will be considered next week.

E. Jean Carroll is at least the 16th woman to accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault.

The Manafort-Hannity messages were originally entered into the record as an attachment to the government's objections to the pre-sentencing report in Manafort's case—those objections are still under seal, and are cited as an attachment in the government's sentencing memo.

Manafort logs

Court docs previously filed under seal with the government's sentencing recommendations for Paul Manafort have been made public. The documents include a months-long text exchange between Manafort and a "Sean" who appears to be Sean Hannity.

E. Jean Carroll: “Trump attacked me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.”

Putin tells Russians life is getting better as Russians complain life is getting worse. Donald Trump does the same.

JUST IN: Prosecutors argue in new STONE case filing that they gathered plenty of evidence to show that GRU officers hacked the DNC, published the documents and transferred files to Wikileaks

So a woman has accused Trump of raping her. At least the 16th woman to accuse him of sexual assault. And nothing will happen.

Not only is this creepy as hell and unhinged, anyone else notice that Pence is gone? Seriously, this is insane America!

VIDEO: Rep. John Lewis with a powerful defense of @JoeBiden: "I don't think the remarks are offensive. During the height of the civil rights movement we worked with people and got to know people that were members of the klan...We never gave up on our fellow human being..."

Sigh, what a total trainwreck admin Trump now says he never gave final approval on nixed Iran strike

"The genesis of both the attack and the decision to countermand it are a mystery, maybe even to Trump himself." @RadioFreeTom on Trump's hot mess on Iran.

He gets accused of rape so he posts a video implying that he can be president forever, because that’s what normal not completely insane presidents do. I mean, I’m sure Lincoln would have tweeted the same thing, amiright?

This is the story behind E. Jean Carroll's account of her alleged encounter with Donald Trump in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room more than two decades ago

Remember when this guy said only "fools tell you what they're going to do ahead of time?"

BREAKING: Felix Sater didn't show up to his hearing today, per House Intel. "The Committee had scheduled a voluntary staff-level interview with Mr. Sater, but he did not show up this morning as agreed. As a result, the Committee is issuing a subpoena to compel his testimony.”

Putin Defends Record as Angry Russians Say Life Is Getting Worse

Hope this absurd decision fires up Democrats and Independents in Wisconsin. My view is that the Presidential election could come down to Wisconsin. Based on the electoral map, very difficult for @realDonaldTrump to win re-election if he loses Wisconsin.

Large-scale immigration enforcement operations are typically kept secret to avoid tipping off targets, but Trump’s tweet Monday blew the cover off the roundup in advance

BREAKING: Felix Sater didn't show up to his hearing today, per House Intel. "The Committee had scheduled a voluntary staff-level interview with Mr. Sater, but he did not show up this morning as agreed. As a result, the Committee is issuing a subpoena to compel his testimony.”

How is it that you asked these questions 10 MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH!?!! Who authorized the strike in the first place?

“We were cocked & loaded,” the commander in chief says

NEW: Elizabeth Warren wants to ban private prisons: “There should be no place in America for profiting off putting more people behind bars or in detention."

Dear @realDonaldTrump: I agree with your decision to not use military force against Iran. In the future, you should ask questions about how many people will die before you order a strike in the first place.

When you’re one of the world’s great dealmakers, do you win by warning your adversary about an imminent attack while insisting you’re against a war - then launch your jets, then pull your jets back? Trump is perilously in over his head with Iran.

this really is coming down to need to demonstrate his manhood vs what appears to be his deep seated fear that major military adventures can damage him politically down the road

US Has No Defense Secretary as Global Crises Mount

And the @GOP doesn’t even try to come up with new stuff, just same ol game-plans over and over and over U.S. oil prices score biggest gain of the year on worries of a deepening U.S.-Iran conflict

A question that had to be asked during TIME's interview with Trump: "I'm sorry, Mr. President. Were you threatening me with prison time?"

New: Trump claimed he inked $250 billion in US investment deals on his 2017 state visit to China. But 18 months later, West Virginia is still waiting for the $84 billion Chinese investment it was promised.⁦

Pentagon is in ‘chaos’ as ‘incoherent’ Trump lurches towards war: Armed Forces Committee Dem

New routes and cancellations: Airlines worldwide react to the U.S. ban on Iranian airspace. I have a feeling last night wasn't planned out at all and this is one item that was overlooked.

“Since 2016, in at least three similar cases involving victims between the ages of 8 and 16, offenders were sentenced to five years of probation, matching Meili’s sentence. All those cases were also overseen by Holden, the judge who sentenced Meili.”

Saudi Arabia

“Without their 11 GOP colleagues, Senate Democrats can’t achieve a quorum, and their legislative agenda grinds to a halt. So the Republicans fled. They left the state, reportedly bolting over the Idaho line.”

Speaking of war with Iran, this is a nice dose of #reality from @TomRtweets -- be sure to read it.

Roger Stone is really testing Judge Jackson's patience. Her prior ruling set the stage for possibly revoking his bond and taking him into custody if he violated the gag order again.

He just announced he's running again for the US Senate in Alabama. This unblinking story on Roy Moore & his pursuit of a 14 yo girl was part of a package that won the @washingtonpost 1 of the 2018 @PulitzerPrizes

As Don McGahn’s attorney, William Burck was the key to both Brett Kavanaugh’s and Emmet Flood’s appointments, this @DavidCayJ article about Burck’s relationship to Felix Sater shines some light on the White House Counsel’s “executive privilege” claims

NEWS: Nadler tells us the McGahn lawsuit is imminent, and House Dems plan to use Hope Hicks’ testimony to strengthen their hand in court — and eventually break the White House’s blockade.@kyledcheney & I sat down with the Judiciary chairman

BREAKING: Revolutionary Guard general tells state TV that Iran warned US military drones several times before firing missile.

British arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful because they did not properly consider whether the weapons would be used to commit "serious violations of international humanitarian law," the UK Court of Appeal ruled

Well this is interesting: @anitakumar01 of Politico is throwing a farewell shindig for Sarah Sanders, who was well known for her lies and lack of respect for journalists. Oh! And she sits on the White House Correspondents Assoc Board. Yes—the ones who throw the dinner!

The House passed the bipartisan background checks bill. Senator McConnell is blocking it. Today, I’m delivering this letter to McConnell urging him to bring #HR8 or #S42 to a vote. Speaking is hard for me, but I can’t be more clear: The Senate must pass #BackgroundChecksNow

Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet! — Donald J. Trump

.@realDonaldTrump has no ideology or strategy. He believes in chaos and impulse. He threatens and blusters without considering consequences. He cannot collaborate. He does not believe in collaboration. He cannot plan. That’s what we’re seeing with Trump and #Iran.

Is Fox and Friends trying to goad Trump into declaring war against Iran?

To this day, the Iran episode of “Parts Unknown” is among the most frequently re-aired ones of the show.

I do not believe there is a palatable military solution to our problems with Iran. But recalling US strike aircraft IN THE AIR while begging Tehran for talks (then, best part, getting the hand from Iran) is the weakest, most pathetic thing to ever touch the White House

NEW: Trump’s constant riffs about extending his term and false claims about rigged elections has people chattering in the halls of Congress and throughout the Beltway: What if Trump simply won’t accept defeat in 2020?

Anywhoooo, hello from Oregon, where it appears Republican state senators have fled the capitol and are teaming up with local paramilitary groups for a potential armed standoff with state police.

Unlike so much other commentary on this topic, @Lawrence's deep dive on concentration camps is informed, fearless and shows a respect for history lacking elsewhere in a debate marked by knee-jerk personal outrage. Watch it

Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier on Hope Hicks stonewalling questions at meeting with House panel: “She is referenced in the (Mueller) report numerous times, so we have every right to have her answer those questions. ...This is all part of the President’s abusing the court system”

Three recently released videos highlight abuses inside Ohio's Cuyahoga County Jail, where nine inmates have died since the beginning of 2018. WARNING: The videos are hard to watch.

Felix Sater, a real estate developer who helped Donald Trump secretly pursue a Trump-branded tower project in Moscow, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.

Prosecutors Intensify Scrutiny of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy: Federal probe examines foreigners who attended inauguration at invitation of top Trump fundraiser

Reminder: Felix Sater, the Russian-born real estate developer, is set to testify today before the House Intelligence Committee about working on the proposed Trump Tower Moscow project during the 2016 election. The hearing will be behind closed doors.

There's no way to soft-pedal this: This mess can easily escalate and turn into a disaster.

White House Adviser Bolton To Travel To Israel For Talks with Russian, Israeli Officials

Trump has backed himself into a corner with no good way out. Especially given suspicions he is unduly influenced by Russia. Putin must be getting a little leery of his untrained poodle puppet by now

JUST IN: Iran has released the first images of what it says are pieces of the US drone shot down Thursday, according to state media outlet IRIB

In an exclusive interview, Jerry Nadler said Dems would soon sue former White House Counsel Don McGahn

It’s already out of control. I’d bet anything it was Putin who told him to stand down before he did.

“Twenty-five of the 30 states President Donald Trump won in 2016 have received bigger shares of funding from a federal transportation program that has shifted to favoring rural projects over urban.”

Trump Bets We’ll Stop Caring About Migrant Kids

Susan McDougal refusal to answer 3 questions for a grand jury during Whitewater, & received a jail sentence of 18 months for contempt of court. Hope Hicks declined to answer nearly every question about her time working in the Trump administration

Interesting article @forbes detailing NY State Senate passage of Bill S5433, which prohibits banks chartered in NY from financing private prisons. Bill heads to Assembly next. If bill passes, NY would be first state in country with this legislation

Something is wrong in America when Michael Thompson, a Black man, who sold 3 pounds of weed in 1994, is still in prison in Michigan, a state where it is now legal, yet, Joseph Meili, a white man, who kidnapped & raped an 11-yr-old in Missouri, just got sentenced to probation.

Anyway, Amazon will pay $0 in taxes on $11,200,000,000 in profit for 2018

Watch the GOP's own witness destroy the absurd claim of absolute immunity by the @realDonaldTrump Administration for Hope Hicks' testimony. LIEU: "What is your view of absolute immunity?" GOP EXPERT WITNESS: "I don't believe they have an immunity."

Prosecutors Intensify Scrutiny of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy, who was later tapped as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee along with Micheal Cohen. The perfect storm of 2016.

Iranian state television's website has published images it says show debris from the U.S. military surveillance drone that Iran shot down the previous day.

Perspective: How the Supreme Court made sexual harassment cases more difficult to win

Trump threatened Time magazine reporter with prison over photo of Kim Jong Un letter during White House interview: transcript

According to the UN the chance of a 15-year-old boy dying by the age of 50 is now higher in America than in Bangladesh

Mr. Hook, personnel decisions should not be made based on “intel” from your “friends” about a career diplomat’s national origin. We're disappointed you would not say so yesterday.

Robert De Niro, @robreiner, @SophiaBush, @StephenKing, @jvn, and more are cutting through the Trump administration’s lies and obfuscations about the Mueller report:

Trump lied about Iran violating the JCPOA, unilaterally left the deal, isolated the US, piled on sanctions and provocations and threats. It's utterly predictable that this resulted in Iran escalating. Trump's Iran policy is an incoherent mess that risks a very real war.

Former EPA staffer says Wheeler lied to Congress

Exclusive: Trump warned Iran via Oman that U.S. attack was imminent, called for talks - Iranian officials

Scientists push back against apparent purge at USDA under Trump

Pressure, new union thwarts moves to politicize USDA under Trump

#FAA Statement: The FAA has issued a Notice to Airmen (#NOTAM) prohibiting U.S.-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. The NOTAM applies to all U.S. air carriers and commercial operators.

Keep up the drum beat: Why did Justice Kennedy retire? What role did his son at money laundromat Deutsche Bank play? Who paid off Brett Kavanaugh’s $92,000 country club fees plus his $200,000 credit card debt plus his $1.2 million mortgage, and purchased themselves a SCOTUS seat?

@realDonaldTrump has suggested holding next yr’s G-7 summit meeting at...Doral. His own golf club.

Trade between Canada & the US supports millions of good, middle class jobs on both sides of the border. I’m at the White House today to work with @POTUS Trump on increasing trade and moving forward with the new NAFTA

Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected--be careful Republicans! — Donald J. Trump, October 22, 2012

Trump has chosen lobbyists to run EPA, HHS, DOD, and Interior

Trump, Iran escalating hostilities heighten war worries

This will get out of control. This will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.

The Trump admin should be holding Saudi Arabia accountable for its human rights abuses in Yemen & the murder of Jamal Khashoggi But of course, they're proposing another round of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia I’m proud the Senate just voted to block the sales

Others have said this but I thought I’d amplify: the next time Trump claims Mueller report says “no collusion,” ask him what page? When he lies about the report, ask what page? Maybe have a copy handy. Could you turn to the page

UN expert calls for probe of Saudi crown prince's role in Khashoggi killing

Today, a group of us met with the President on Iran. We urged him to de-escalate tensions and avoid miscalculation. Iran wants to drive a wedge between the U.S. and our allies. We shouldn’t let them. I also reminded him: there’s no congressional authorization for war with Iran

Meanwhile in Oregon, Republican legislators fled statehouse to avoid vote on climate bill; governor sent police to bring them back; & right-wing militias responsible for armed attacks are mobilizing to defend them "agst" police But sure. The Madness of Trump has no ripple effect

The place we have arrived at tonight on Iran is Donald Trump’s choice. He chose escalation over diplomacy, without any idea how to get out of the downward spiral he set in motion.

This guy was working on Trump Tower Moscow, secretly, while Trump was denying having any business in Russia, and then from Russia he was also apparently helping Michael Cohen out with the hooker tape freakout, which the campaign had tasked Cohen with fixing.

This guy was working on Trump Tower Moscow, secretly, while Trump was denying having any business in Russia, and then from Russia he was also apparently helping Michael Cohen out with the hooker tape freakout, which the campaign had tasked Cohen with fixing.

Prosecutors rebut Roger Stone: U.S. caught Russian election hackers on its own

“The House of Reps approved a far-reaching measure on Thursday to prevent the DOJ from interfering with state marijuana laws, including those allowing recreational use, cultivation and sales.”

Trump approved a strike on Iran to be launched tonight in retaliation for drone shutdown but then abruptly changed his mind and pulled back.

Oregon State Senate Republicans staged a walkout to prevent voting on a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill. In response, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown authorized the State Police to retrieve the missing lawmakers and return them to the Capitol.

"three girls, ages 10 to 15, said they had been taking turns keeping watch over a sick 2-year-old boy because there was no one else to look after him."

How many of Trump's lawyers are possibly under investigation for obstruction of justice? The Mueller Report makes clear that at least these three SHOULD be: Jay Sekulow - Suborning perjury John Dowd - Witness tampering Rudy Giuliani - Witness tampering

‘Look at That Thing’: Footage Shows Pilots Spotting Unknown Object

The ‘standoffs’ are a farce. They’re all playing for the same team. The all have the same goal. The downfall of America. The will also have the same result. Losing horribly. The Republic Stands.

Donald Trump promised to bring our troops home. Instead he has pulled out of a deal that was working and instigated another unnecessary conflict. There is no justification for further escalating this crisis—we need to step back from the brink of war.

When President Trump and his advisors again claim “no one has been tougher on Russia than Trump”, remind them that Trump admin has now conceded both Syria and Venezuela to Russian control and Russia has not withdrawn from an inch of territory in Ukraine.

So help me g-d, if he relayed the details to Hannity, and that's why Hannity was talking all night about blasting Iran back into the stone age....

BREAKING: Roy Moore, accused child molester, announces second Senate run

New Monmouth poll out today: "Fewer than 4-in-10 registered voters (37%) say that Trump should be reelected in 2020. A majority of 59% say it is time to have someone new in the Oval Office"

Of these 250 children, 15 had the flu. A sick 2 year old had detained teens caring for him. The children were eating uncooked frozen food. They hadn’t bathed or worn clean clothes in weeks. This is a violation of the Flores agreement and the human rights of these children.

Legal team that recently interviewed over 60 children at Border Patrol station in Texas says a traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation.

After carefully studying the Mueller report and watching how this President instructs current and former officials to ignore Congressional subpoenas and to act unlawfully, Congress has no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

“Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down.”

United Airlines has suspended flights from Newark to Mumbai over concerns about the safety of airspace near Iran

Video in which the Deputy PM of Australia labels Russian GRU & FSB MH17 suspects as terrorists

Although the conventions of American exceptionalism made it difficult, it's essential that Democrats state the truth about the current standoff with Iran. Tehran, for all its sins, is not the aggressor. America is

This @UN investigation makes it clear: The Saudi Arabian government deliberately planned to murder @WashingtonPost journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He and his family deserve justice—but Donald Trump has done nothing to hold the Saudis accountable.

The two students who killed a classmate as they attacked their suburban Denver high school last month were high on cocaine, police say.

See if you can spot the pattern here...

I’d like to know the truth but I have a hard time imagining that we’ll get it from this guy or his administration

Has a senior White House aide gone on the record before now saying @realDonaldTrump was concerned that his acknowledging Russian interference in 2016 could publicly "undermine the legitimacy" of his election? Because Hope Hicks just did.

Trump was right. Acknowledging Russian interference in our sovereign election *did* undermine his “legitimacy.” That why he tried at least 10 times to obstruct Mueller’s investigation. He knows he’s a phony.

Hicks says Trump campaign felt "relief" from WikiLeaks release of hacked information damaging to Clinton

This is what happens when the president of the United States picks a former big coal lobbyist to lead the @EPA. I’ve got not one but two plans to ensure that, in a Warren administration, we’ll make big, structural changes to protect our environment.