Saturday, November 2, 2019

#Bannon advised #Kushner days before election to avoid #Manafort 'like the plague' "We need to avoid this guy like the plague," said Bannon. "Paul is nice guy [sic] but we can't let word get out he is advising us."

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Trump peppered Volker with his negative views of Ukraine, suggesting that it wasn’t a “real country,” that it had always been a part of Russia, and that it was “totally corrupt.” [That is EXACTLY what Putin would want Trump to think and say.

Jared Kushner and Rick Perry attended a Saudi Arabian economics conference this week, and their business ties and conflicts of interest raise serious ethics concerns.

This is pretty compelling evidence that Prince misled Congress about whether he advised the Trump campaign in 2016. He basically told lawmakers he sent some policy papers to Bannon and wasn’t even an “informal” adviser.

“We need to avoid this guy like the plague.” ~ Steve Bannon to Jared Kushner 11/5/16

Most insane revelation in the 302s: Bannon says Kushner WAS with Dmitry Rybolovlev in August 2016. There has been speculation about this for years.

Mueller interview notes obtained by CNN, show Trump's push for stolen emails

And fathead hannity is in the middle of it too.

Here's how Prince described to Congress his relationship to the Trump campaign in 2016.

NEW: From FBI 302s we just obtained via #FOIA. READ THIS from Michael Cohen's FBI interview

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's. clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15

NEW from the Mueller memos: Remember how Trump referenced a conspiracy theory that Ukraine was involved in the DNC hack in his July call with the Ukrainian president? Trump's campaign was talking about that way back in 2016

Bannon to Kushner talking about Paul Manafort three days before the 2016 election: “they are going to try and say the Russians worked with wiki leaks to give this victory to us... can’t let word get out he is advising us.”

How does the former KGB agent who now leads Russia attack his perceived enemies? Clandestinely.

BREAKING: Here's The First Batch of Memos From Robert Mueller's Russia Inquiry

“Barr focusing on the conspiracy theory Ukraine framed Putin over the election..asking foreign governments for help investigating FBI CIA & Mueller..odd that Trump having claimed the Mueller report = “total exoneration” is trying so hard to discredit

It is possible that Barr should be impeached and removed before you bother with trump.

It's an all out sprint to the finish between mobsters and the law.

The federal government's outstanding public debt has surpassed $23 trillion for the first time in history and continues to rise. This is what Trump does-he runs up his debts, doesn't pay his bills, bankrupts the entity and then walks away.

Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s tax-payer funded $10 billion ‘virtually impenetrable’ ‘Rolls Royce’ border wall - using a $100 tool fitted with special blades that cut the wall’s steel-and-concrete bollards in minutes,

The FDA learned of an E. coli outbreak in September. Six weeks later, the agency finally announced it.

UK intelligence officials shaken by Trump administration’s requests for help with counter-impeachment inquiry

Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, have been informally helping attorneys in the White House Counsel's office sort through publicly reported aspects of the testimony to the extent they can, sources say

Trump is keeping US forces in Syria to secure its oil fields & is willing to go to war over them. “We may have to fight for the oil. It’s OK. Maybe somebody else wants the oil, in which case they have a hell of a fight. But there’s massive amounts of oil.”

This is the scariest aspect of the recent revelations. That, and pulling out of Syria and basically doing everything else Putin wants.

Facts: -Republicans on the 3 Committees of jurisdiction are in the witness depositions -Democrats not on the 3 Committees are excluded -Both Dem & GOP Members ask questions When the transcripts are released, the GOP due process arguments will look very stupid

Stopping aid to Lebanon is a monumentally terrible idea. It will destabilize a fragile nation, and Iran and Russia are celebrating as Trump continues to hand the Middle East to them on a sliver platter. Plus, just as with the Ukraine aid, he doesn’t have the power to suspend it.

We cannot ignore that we take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. And we cannot — and *we will not* — ignore the unacceptable conduct of a President who abuses his power for personal and political gain. The times have found us to safeguard our democracy.

Remember, Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election AFTER the Mueller Report came out. AFTER the Mueller investigation, Trump colluded with another foreign government. Think about that. What an “f*** you” to the American people. What an un-American ass Trump is.

Both Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. have been saying they stopped conducting international business when their father became president. That's demonstrably, repeatedly, overwhelmingly false.

'I'm the best-paid interpreter in the world': Indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas touted windfall from Ukrainian oligarch

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's main personal attorneys, says his work for Trump is paid. But he declined, when asked by Yahoo News, to say by whom he is paid or how much he is paid.

Pay up. You owe God your January paycheck and I am His debt collector. Trump's spiritual adviser Paula White suggested people send her their January salary or face consequences from God

“If this is such a perfect call, why is everybody going to these extraordinary lengths? Why are people running immediately to the White House counsel? Why is the White House counsel telling people not to talk about it?”

No. The Whistleblower is protected. And you know the whistleblower never talked to Adam Schiff. The whistleblowers (more than one) followed the rules for filing a complaint. @realDonaldTrump is trying to destroy the whistleblowers act.

“Vindman did not consider the move itself as evidence of a cover-up...But he said he became disturbed when, a few days later, Eisenberg instructed him not to tell anyone about the call.”

"Feds Push to Open 1 Million Acres to Fracking in California"

Fact check: The call transcript was released more than a month ago.

Trump is talking about how Putin and Xi are much smarter because the only countries they protect are Russia and China. Because authoritarian countries have no "allies," and Trump thinks that's awesome.

Gov. Cuomo calls out President Trump for changing his residency from New York to Florida: "I don't believe he was ever a New Yorker anyway. Good riddance, Mr. Trump."

Pelosi suggests impeachment could expand beyond Ukraine

Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes - The New York Times

Maddow connects the dots: Trump ‘may have done this exact thing once before with Ukraine’

NEW: Federal prosecutors have filed the original notes of the FBI interview with Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn which appear to confirm the 302 which shows that Flynn lied about his contacts with former RU Amb. Kislyak. The filing disputes a Flynn argument that the 302 was edited.

The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics

Assad gassed women and children with chemical weapons,Now @thehill does PR for him

The passage of sanctions legislation against Turkey in the U.S. House underscores a sober reality that relations can still get worse

Tuesday is Election Day in Kentucky. @AndyBeshearKY will fight to expand access to affordable health care, improve public education, and create more good-paying jobs. This is the final sprint. Andy needs our help

"Without journalists able to do their jobs in safety, we face the prospect of a world of confusion and disinformation."

If reasons had to be given to other people who then had to help him put the transcript on the "secret server," presumably that means there are not only other witnesses, presumably that means there's a documentary trail.

Why is this important? Because based on the reporting below, Ambassador Sondland talked directly to @realDonaldTrump on multiple occasions. And how do we know Sondland wasn't going rogue? BECAUSE WE HAVE THE SUMMARIZED CALL TRANSCRIPT OF WHAT @POTUS SAID

BREAKING ...GOP members ready to admit Trump engaged in quid pro quo.... these two bringing you the news late on Friday

Monday impeachment sked: - John Eisenberg, NSC lawyer - Rob Blair, Mulvaney deputy - Michael Ellis, Eisenberg deputy - Brian McCormack, former Perry chief Tuesday - Wells Griffith, NSC official - Mike Duffey, OMB Wednesday - Russ Vought, OMB - Brechbuhl, State - Hale, State

Why I Haven’t Gone Back to SCOTUS Since Kavanaugh Some things are worth not getting over.

Paula White also told people they would suffer the wrath of God if they didn't send her their January paychecks. She's a scam artist pretending to be a preacher. And now she's a White House employee on the public dime

"The reality is we could fill every day of the next month with a new potential witness interview," a House Intelligence Committee source said. "Given the evidence we've collected so far, we think we're ready to enter a public phase sooner than later."

Dear Evangelicals and Christian religious right, The man in the middle (Trump) is one of the humans the Bible warned us about. Love, A Christian

PRO-TIP: Every time a Republican declares “I see no evidence that rises to the level of impeachment”, the next follow-up question should be, “then why move the transcripts to a top secret server?”

#Turkey - "Ankara has been contemplating developing #nuclear weapons since the 1960s."

Boris Johnson accused of burying intelligence report on Russian influence over Brexit

Firtash is "suspected" of having ties to the Russian mob much like Donald Trump is "suspected" of having an affinity for Putin.

If a preacher or minister has a private jet or lives in a mansion or has more than two cars or who wears suits that cost more than most people make in a month, they aren’t living out the Gospels.

JUST IN ; OAN (One News America) is the same deza disinformation outfit @JackPosobiec is connected with. They are literally using a Russian information warfare guy on their network, this time to gaslight the UK election

SCOOP: Co-conspirators of traitor president realize the next 100 witnesses will make them look like liars; make too late pivot; cannot stop fate.

The GOP tax cut failed. Their response? Let’s do it again!

Multiple sources tell ABC News that SDNY prosecutors are looking into whether former Republican Rep. Bob Livingston had contact with Rudy Giuliani related to the push for the removal of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yavonovitch.

If POTUS is willing to use his office & Pentagon to extort a foreign leader for personal gain (& sees nothing wrong w/ doing so), then do you really believe he wouldn’t take something offered willingly from a foreign leader for personal gain? I mean... extortion is HARD WORK

New: Morrison testified he tried to verify Trump told Sondland he wanted Ukraine to probe Bidens, showing concerns within WH over Trump’s role in pushing for probes as aid was withheld. Also raises more questions about Sondland testimony.

.⁦@SenJohnKennedy⁩ trying out a new defense: that Trump “pushed for an investigation of corruption in a country that has a history of missteps — and the request just happened to include the Bidens.” “Just happened”

NEW: OAN uses former Kremlin propagandist to blast "Russia hoax." The Trumpist cable channel enlisted an alum of the Putin propaganda machine to undercut a report about Russian propaganda.

Not “The Onion”

MAGA Mark Meadows keeps recyclin’ debunked talkin’ points from a week ago, confident the poorly educated won’t notice.

Official United States Department of Justice transcript of the Attorney General's speech at @NDLaw attacking "militant secularists" -- still posted on the official Twitter page for @TheJusticeDept. Is this happening in America?

I can't even imagine how much money must have changed hands in order for this man to have graduated college.

If this is their reasoning, why is Barr still investigating the origins of the Russia investigation? Even if the FBI/Deep State had a conspiracy to prevent Trump from getting elected, they failed. Trump won. No harm, no foul, right???

ICE and Brazilian police make MAJOR bust of one of the worst criminal conspiracies against human rights - human trafficking to the US from Asia.

Earlier this year, Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, received a sudden windfall of money from a prominent Ukrainian oligarch who is fighting extradition to the United States and is suspected of having ties to the Russian mob

Trump hired his side piece, didn’t we just go thru a whole thing about sleeping with subordinates?

Trump complaining he isn't getting the kind of credit for al-Baghdadi that Obama did. "Conan, the dog, got more publicity than me," Trump says.

Greta Thunberg: Meeting with Trump would be a "waste of time, really"

Soon, the American people will see new evidence of the President's abuse of power. Every Member of Congress will have to answer: is soliciting foreign interference in our elections acceptable? The answer must be no. Americans decide American elections.

Senator @ChrisVanHollen urges Senate to take up House-passed Turkey sanctions bill

New - Morrison testified he sought to find out if Trump told Sondland he wanted Ukraine to investigate Bidens, showing concern inside WH about the extent of president’s role. Details also raise more questions about Sondland testimony

"All roads to ruin run through Rudy Giuliani," says @chriscuomo on reports indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was being bankrolled by a wanted Ukrainian oligarch with ties to Russia. "Tonight, there is a new super highway of suspicion."

The Trump residency change to FL may relate to wider moves like the sale of the DC Hotel. What exactly happens to Trump Org? Whether he owns it or is secretly an employee, it feels like there is more asset unloading coming. Resignation/ exile odds rising.

The British government announces it will no longer allow fracking because of new scientific analysis that casts doubts on the safety of the controversial practice.

After the House of Representatives voted to begin an impeachment inquiry, President Trump reveals a counterstrategy – a fireside chat on live television to read the transcript of his call with Ukraine's president

Prosecutors examining former Rep. Bob Livingston over Ukraine

The Deeply Dedicated State

Boom Times for Turkey’s Lobbyists in Trump’s Washington

Planeloads of Cash From Russia Have Been Shipped to Venezuela

SEC sued over proxy voting guidance

‘It’s like nothing we have come across before’: UK intelligence officials shaken by Trump administration’s requests for help with counter-impeachment inquiry

Ukrainians are made refugees, forced from their homes by Ukrainian President Zelenskyy capitulating to Putin at Zolote.

Trump may have worked a previous Ukraine quid pro quo

Impeachment inquiry moves closer to Trump's inner circle

Flynn play for Trump sympathy not well suited to fact-based court

Stop trying to intimidate a fact witness, Mr. President.

'I'm the best-paid interpreter in the world': Indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas touted windfall from Ukrainian oligarch, Dmytro Firtash, who is believed to have prominent ties to the Russian mob

Parnas said he met with Firtash several times over the summer while in Vienna and later vouched to Firtash for two well-known Washington lawyers who later brought up Firtash's plight in a face-to-face meeting with Attorney General William Barr.

“One UK official with knowledge of Barr’s wish list presented to London commented that ‘it is like nothing we have come across before, they are basically asking, in quite robust terms, for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services’.”

Facebook will not fact-check ads run by British political parties and thousands of candidates running in a historic election in December

We won’t impeach anyone who hasn’t done anything wrong. Promise.

GOP first tried a hearsay defense. Then a process defense. Then they attacked Schiff. Based on the reporting below on the statement of Bill Taylor, my prediction is that some Republicans will now say quid pro quo is okay. And then they will lose their last shreds of integrity.

If the Republicans say they’re "just jurors" in the impeachment, it’s interesting that they’re sitting down with the probable defendant to discuss the case. Not exactly “juror” behavior.

Remember when Ukraine suddenly shut down its assistance with the Mueller probe last year? That was right before it received its previous batch of American missiles. House investigators appear to be lookin’ into this. Order popcorn.

Is the reason that Trump thought this was a perfect call and this was all fine is because he'd done it before and gotten away with it so he thought it was legal?

#BREAKING: Outgoing Energy chief Rick Perry refuses to testify in House impeachment inquiry

There you have it. The @SenateGOP admits @realDonaldTrump engaged in a quid pro quo: defense dollars for dirt. But they’re cynically wagering you don’t care. I bet they’re wrong.

NEW: Indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was said to be a mere "translator" for Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash. Turns out it was much more — Parnas claimed Firtash was bankrolling his company, paying for private jets and bodyguards.

"Vindman also testified this week that the official record and rough transcript of the call included an inexplicable change. A vague eight-word phrase was added and attributed to Zelensky that the foreign leader never said."

Sean Doolittle on declining White House invite: ‘I don’t want to hang out with somebody who talks like that’

News: Per the Fresno Bee I'm being subpeonaed by Devin Nunes. Dirty Devin is so thin-skinned he's demanding communications to determine who his mom and cow are. So take a moment to RETWEET & chip in to his opponent Democrat @PhilArballo2020 & our efforts:

AG Barr's full-throttle effort to manufacture evidence to undermine Mueller's findings caused one UK official to say: “It is like nothing we have come across before, [Barr is asking] for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services."

NEW: Federal prosecutors have filed the original notes of the FBI interview with Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn which appear to confirm the 302 which shows that Flynn lied about his contacts with former RU Amb. Kislyak. The filing disputes a Flynn argument that the 302 was edited.

Gen Flynn: The filing from prosecutors concludes by saying, "the defendant’s protestations of innocence and being misled into a guilty plea are demonstrably false."

A massive restructuring is underway at Ukraine's top law-enforcement agency. The changes could cripple some ongoing investigations, including two linked to President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort

This was always the plan: To fight a scorched-earth campaign against the people who reported Trump's behavior, and then to cave, admit it's all true, and then to say it doesn't matter. That's the cycle in *every* Trump scandal

Trump just told his Mississippi audience that if he weren't around, they wouldn't be nearly as happy with their 401Ks. Silence on that line, which suggests to me that this is not a group of people who have 401Ks.

Bad day in court for Giuliani associate Igor Fruman

In Ukraine, the quid pro quo may have started long before the phone call