Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ronan Farrow: National Enquirer tried to help Trump bury teen rape allegation

Gangster: Yeah, I did the crime. Watchugonna do about it?

You’re praising Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo for cowering to Dictator Erdogan and leaving the Kurds to abandon their home or die? Please stop posting bible quotes. You’re an evil scumbag.

Meanwhile, "Russia and the United States are gradually starting to resume cooperation on cyber security, TASS news agency cited the head of Russia’s FSB Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov as saying on Thursday." [Yet another #Helsinki topic.]

A Republican source inside the Trump-Pelosi meeting described attendees as “shaken” and “shell-shocked” by the President’s demeanor. “He is not in control of himself. It is all yelling and screaming.”

New: prosecutor in Giuliani associates case tells judge that the government intends to produce “fairly voluminous” discovery material that includes 10 search warrants, email & other communications from more than 10 accounts and financial records from more than 50 banks.

I cannot remember a time when the world saw the United States this unsteady, adrift, corrupt, or incompetent. you go again...lie, can we believe you..?

The White House insists Trump will not make any money off of hosting the G7 at his own resort

After Pence said they agreed to a ceasefire, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says, “This is not a ceasefire. We will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave. We will only stop the operation if our conditions are met.”

Barr throwing Mulvaney under? We’re gonna need a bigger bus.

Man, this chinless turd hit all the stupid branches when he fell out of the trump nepotism tree.

Three congressional officials tell NBC News Deputy Assistant Secy of Defense Laura Cooper is now expected to appear in closed session next Thursday before House Intel, Oversight + Foreign Affairs Cmtes as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Not tomorrow as originally advised

Bill McRaven, the architect of the bin Laden raid and a retired 4-star admiral, says Trump is 'destroying' the country

“President Trump seems to believe that these qualities are unimportant or show weakness. He is wrong. These are the virtues that have sustained this nation for the past 243 years... we must embrace these values now more than ever.“

We all saw it bud, too late.

Reminder: Neither Congress nor the American people have seen the unredacted Mueller report. Meanwhile, the person who oversaw the redaction process, Bill Barr, is pushing conspiracy theories trying to undermine what we have seen.

NEW - A senior DOJ official has now provided this statement to reporters further distancing the department from Mulvaney’s comments: “If the White House was withholding aid in regards to the cooperation of any investigation at the Department of Justice, that is news to us.”

Trump vs. Trump: Kurds Edition

The elections are about Trump's depravity in the face of millions.

And now…Mulvaney walks back his comments. "Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election.”

Nancy Pelosi says an ‘unhappy’ Donald Trump had a ‘meltdown’ at a White House meeting with Democratic leaders on Syria policy after she questioned his decision to send U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia

Pelosi and Schumer: “President Trump is flailing. The President’s decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey for brutally attacking our Kurdish partners in exchange for a sham ceasefire seriously undermines the credibility of America’s foreign policy and sends a dangerous” msg

Officials close to Trump were infuriated by Mick Mulvaney's quid pro quo comments. One Trump adviser said Mulvaney did "far more damage" than Sondland's testimony. "He literally said the thing the president and everyone else said did not happen."

Then: No quid pro quo. Perfect call. Now: Of course quid pro quo. Get over it.

Opinion: Trump has lost Syria — and his mind

"The Turkish side will order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG [Kurd] forces...for 120 hours."

Turkey: NO Cease fire agreed upon!

These losers only talk to Fox. Just pathetic that we are paying them with our taxes to not do their jobs.

Trump called the Italian President “President Mozzarella”. The name is Mattarella. Do we laugh or cry or both ?

I just asked Rep. Speier if she had seen Mulvaney’s press conference this afternoon. She said just a clip but has the gist. I asked if she wants him to testify. “I think Mulvaney should go to jail,” she said. “Don’t quote me on that.” (I was never going to not quote her on that.)

I hope Scaramucci’s prediction is correct! Anthony Scaramucci Predicts 20+ Senate Republicans Are About To Turn On Trump

Yes, The Turkish government has been trying to ethnically cleanse that area of Kurds for a long time and Trump helped them do it.

Sen. Gary Peters is seeking info from W.H. counsel Pat Cipollone and the U.S. National Archives and Records Admin regarding the Trump admin's reported handling of Trump's call records with foreign officials and their storage in a codeword-level security system.

Nancy Pelosi said in her presser just now that she asked Trump why he abandoned the Kurds. Trump replied,"I promised to bring our troops home". Nancy's reply was " Is Saudi Arabia home? ". Trump replied "The Saudis are paying us." Trump is using our troops as mercenaries!

Between awarding the G-7 Summit to his own hotel & his acting chief of staff’s “Get over it” admission that @realDonaldTrump withheld funds from Ukraine for his own political purposes, we have a POTUS wearing his abuses of power on his sleeve and daring us to stop him.

“Are we so weak and so inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States of America? Turkey?!?” - Senator Mitt Romney

Climate change, drought may have made trees more vulnerable to storm, expert says

He’s talking about ethnic cleansing using the language of ethnic cleansing.

!! Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski: “yes, absolutely that’s a concern,” when she was told about Mulvaney. "You don’t hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative. Period,” she said.

Acting CoS @MickMulvaneyOMB ADMITS the Trump administration asked a foreign country for dirt on a political opponent (that is ILLEGAL, folks), AND, that they withheld money approved by Congress until that happened. STUNNING

Holy hell, this is a barnburner from McRaven. Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President

Everyone knows @jonkarl is a stellar reporter. But it never fails to impress me how he remains so unbelievably composed & graceful when asking the most essential questions in the face of bluster or obfuscation or 'nothing-to-see-here' answers.

U.S. taxpayer funds should not and cannot be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies. Hosting the G7 summit at Trump’s Doral property is a violation of the domestic and foreign #EmolumentsClause of the #Constitution

Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified the president today that he plans to resign two administration sources familiar with the matter tell WH pooler

The President of the United States has endorsed ethnic cleansing.

At a human level, I understand that Mulvaney is very scared right now and acting out of that fear. Nixon’s chief of staff went to prison.

Touting this deal with Turkey as a success shows you how desperate the administration is. - Turkey gets the land they want - Turkey gets sanctions removed - Turkey agrees for quit killing our allies for 5 days. Translation: Trump got taken to the cleaners... again.

Breaking News: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said the U.S. froze aid partly to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrats. He undercut President Trump's denials of a quid pro quo.

Noted fish oil pitchman and fraudulent terrorism "expert" weighs in on the death of a civil rights legend.

Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnell and Questions of Conflict Congress wants answers from the transportation secretary, wife of the Senate majority leader, about the apparent mixing of public and family business.

So, basically the cease fire is to let the Kurds flee while the Turks consolidate their positions? Do I have that right? Uh huh. GLORIOUS victory, Pence.

Pence is not only unhappy; he's terrified.

Mulvaney just said that U.S. military aid for Ukraine was held up pending Ukraine’s investigation of Democrats. Things just went from very, very bad to much, much worse.

Breaking News: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said the U.S. froze aid partly to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrats. He undercut President Trump's denials of a quid pro quo.

BREAKING: Gordon Sondland flips and throws both @RudyGiuliani and @realDonaldTrump under the bus!

NEW: In a blistering speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Mitt Romney says Trump's abandonment of the Kurds "will stand as a blood stain in the annals of American history."

This Doral madness is a gesture of such perverse defiance, such profound contempt, that it takes the breath away. What next? Trump won’t stop here.

How is Elijah Cummings gone and Trump is still here?

McConnell told Senate Republicans he expects that the House will vote to impeach Trump and that the Senate trial will probably begin around Thanksgiving, WaPo reports. McConnell told lawmakers the Senate would probably meet 6 days a week during the trial

Federal judge tosses star attorney Boies and law firm from Epstein victim’s libel case

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings, says her husband "worked until his last breath"

Trump’s Impeachment Blockade Crumbles as Witnesses Agree to Talk

The Brexit deal

Rep. Cummings: Those in the highest levels of the government must stop invoking fear, using racist language and encouraging reprehensible behavior. It only creates more division among us and severely limits our ability to work together for the common good

Good for Ann Richards: former Assistant Secretary of State, arrested protesting Secretary Pompeo's policies on refugees.The US is sharply limiting legal admissions

This filing by the House makes a compelling case for an immediate judicial order directing Don McGahn to testify in the face of Trump’s effort to silence him and obstruct his own impeachment

Update: We Found a “Staggering” 281 Lobbyists Who’ve Worked in the Trump Administration

Barack Obama today endorsed Canadian PM Justin Trudeau‘s reelection bid

I'm begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on. Because if you want to have a democracy intact for your children, and your children's children, and generations yet unborn we've got to guard this moment…this is our watch.

Elijah Cummings, veteran US Democratic congressman heavily involved with Trump impeachment inquiry, dies at 68

BREAKING: Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at 68

White House directed ‘three amigos’ to run Ukraine policy, senior State department official tells House investigators

A legal complaint filed by a conservative law firm in Wisconsin is arguing that the state should remove 234,000 voters from the state's voter rolls because they may have moved recently

"The president was reportedly so impressed by his completely insane letter to Erdogan that he asked Republicans to pass it around Congress."

Will ISIS get a hold of those 50 nuclear bombs in Turkey? Not like they have travel 7000 miles Mr. President.

Which Trump Kid Will Take the Fall for Years of Tax Fraud?

Trump 'doesn't know what he's doing or talking about': McGurk

Reports suggest greater reach by Turkey into Trump administration

Investigators' questions show counterintel interest in Giuliani

Trump Ukraine scandal spawns counterintelligence investigation

Onus of investigations on Congress, SDNY as Barr defers to Trump

"Fifty years from now, schoolchildren studying American history will come upon this photograph, and they will instantly know who was in charge in that room - the adult standing and pointing at that pained face across the table."

The House lawyers are essentially the prosecution. White House lawyers the defense. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will act as judge. Senators are the jury and *cannot talk* throughout. Mitch apparently warned talkers would be ejected.

"He was shaken up by it," Pelosi says on the House's overwhelming vote to condemn WH withdrawal from Syria. "And that’s why we couldn't continue in the meeting, because he was just not relating to the reality of it."

Turkey's Erdoğan holding 50 US nuclear weapons ‘hostage’ at İncirlik air base: report

4th Defendant Arrested In Alleged Campaign Contribution Scheme Linked To Giuliani

NEW: Gab, Twitter hit with search warrants in connection with white supremacist’s child porn arrest

Two US Air Force F-15 jets conducted an airstrike targeting an American munitions storage bunker at a US base in Syria in order to prevent the munitions and other equipment from falling into the hands of armed groups, two US defense officials told CNN

Nancy Pelosi ownin’ Donald Trump for the ages.

"I don't say this lightly, and I worked for two years in the Trump administration. He doesn't know what he's doing or talking about. He made this decision on Sunday night without any contingency plan for our troops on the ground." -Brett McGurk, former special presidential envoy

Asked Lindsey Graham if Trump is being naive on Syria, and he said it's "very naive. ... If there's a jailbreak and the ISIS prisoners start hurting Americans or hurting our interests, Trump owns that."

At 1:24 Don Jr slips and says “I’m still hearing about that FROM Russia”