Monday, January 6, 2020

Having just reviewed the President’s classified notification to Congress, I can say unequivocally: it is totally unsatisfying, & there is no reason—none—for it to be classified & the American people to be left in the dark.

Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday they are prepared to release sealed materials in search and seizure warrants against Roger Stone issued during the FBI probe into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia

What was I just saying about this being the least competent administration in memory and ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ being the least prepared, most untrustworthy & reckless president? They can’t get their stories straight on WITHDRAWING from IRAQ?!???

Mitt Romney said that he wants to hear from John Bolton. "Of course," Romney said when asked if he wants Bolton to testify. "He has firsthand information and, assuming that articles of impeachment reach the Senate, I'd like to hear what he has to say."

Bolton is an important witness to misconduct involving Ukraine that he called a “drug deal.” Bolton refused to testify in the House, following Trump’s orders. Now he is willing to come forward. The Senate must allow testimony from him, Mulvaney and others. The coverup must end

Compelled by our duty to Constitution and country, the House impeached President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate must now do its duty and conduct a fair trial. These are the key facts you need to remember about Trump's misconduct:

Trump seemed to suggest this morning on Twitter that impeachment shouldn't go forward because he is "so busy." Why, then, did he call into Rush Limbaugh for an interview, if he is so busy?

Trump tells Rush Limbaugh he had dinner "the other night" with Mark Zuckerberg, who congratulated him on "being No. 1 on Facebook."

U.S.-led coalition tells Iraqi military it will withdraw from Iraq out of respect for the nation's sovereignty

I love it when a plan comes together.

BREAKING: Netanyahu told security cabinet that Israel wasn't involved in the killing of Soleimani and stressed "it is a U.S. event and we should stay out of it", according to 2 cabinet ministers who attended the meeting

I can think of no legal grounds for @AmbJohnBolton to say he’d testify if (GOP controlled) Senate issues him a subpoena — but not testify when (Dem. controlled) House would. Nor are there legitimate grounds for this show of disrespect to the American people who want answers

In light of Bolton willingness to testify, Dems argue that Pelosi strategy to withhold articles has been vindicated. “We would not have this development absent the Speaker's hold," a senior Democratic aide said. "Another proof point that indicates the value of her strategy."

John Bass, U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan, Steps Down on Cusp of New Peace Deal

This means that only McConnell and his GOP caucus stand between what Bolton says he’s ready to testify under oath in a Senate trial and the American people. Your move, Mitch.

“I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.” -John Bolton - who reportedly referred to Trump’s Ukraine action as a “drug deal”- re #Impeachment trial. A step toward #ImpartialJustice.

Potentially seismic. BOLTON: "I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify."

Analysis: Pompeo stakes his reputation on controversial Iran strategy

.@HallieJackson: Pentagon Chief of Staff has just resigned.

Eric Chewning, Chief of Staff to Esper, to exit

NEW: Eric Chewning, chief of staff to the US secretary of Defense, will step down at the end of the month to return to the private sector; he will be replaced by Jen Stewart, who is currently the minority staff director for the House Armed Services Cmte -

I'm not that worried about the Mideast getting worse. I am worried about an unstable, vindictive, impulsive manbaby with a new taste for blood.

Trump Allies Ready to ‘Get Down in the Mud’

Mark Zuckerberg is, without question, one of the most destructive forces in our society today. We cannot affect his horrendous decisions. We cannot vote him out. We can only speak out and more people like @SachaBaronCohen should be doing it.

Out-of-state militias vow armed protest of common-sense gun control laws in Virginia

MSNBC’s Morning Joe rains hell on Trump for overreacting to Iran

Thread. Jeffrey Epstein photos are out and here’s my take

me watching ainsley earhardt passionately defend the deep state after spending three years accusing it of apostasy against the god-emperor trump.

Putin, Merkel to discuss Iran in Moscow

“An adviser to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani last night dropped a chilling hint of an Iranian attack on Donald Trump's property empire after the death of military commander Qassem Soleimani.”

NATO ambassadors will convene on Monday to address the situation in the Middle East following the US killing of a top Iranian general. Major non-NATO allies Japan and the Philippines have also expressed concerns

If you work in DOD or the IC, and have been tasked with identifying Iranian cultural or civilian targets to intentionally strike in violation of DoD rules and federal law, please blow the whistle through your leadership and to HPSCI/SSCI.

NEW: Allies say National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has no agenda other than what Trump wants, unlike Bolton. Critics worry he’s an enabler. On Syria, al-Baghdadi, Soleimani, he offered pros/cons but agreed with Trump’s preferred course of action.

5.8-magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico, damage reported

The Trump administration is already in danger of losing control of the swift chain reaction and political storm unleashed by its killing of Iran's top general, Qasem Soleimani

I don't feel safe anymore... I don't sleep anymore... This is one of the most frightening things I have ever seen..

Presidents on brink of war rely on teams of experienced advisers, strong ties with allies, credibility with American public. Trump has depleted his supply of all these. Mostly intentionally.

A government website was "defaced" with pro-Iran messaging and an image of a bloodied Trump. Hackers claimed responsibility.

Iran if you're listening, I hope you are able to hack into the IRS & release Trump's tax returns. Hand it over.

In late-August 2019, despite his advisors pleading with him to release the $391M in congressionally-approved funds (taxpayer money for our security), Trump illegally demanded a hold because Ukraine had not announced a sham investigation that would bolster his re-election chances.

Ainsley Earhardt, a civilian who hasn't ever fought for our country, suggests that "civilians who haven't ever fought for our country" should stay in their lane when it comes to war.

NBC News Tehran bureau chief: “Killing Soleimani seems to have backfired.”

WARNING: Israel had advance notice of US plan to kill Iranian general, but our closest allies weren’t notified. Mike Pompeo called Netanyahu immediately after the attack — *but Pompeo didn’t notify the US Congress before, or after the attack!


PELOSI: “Trump conducted a provocative & disproportionate airstrike... endangered our servicemembers and others... the House will introduce and vote on a WAR POWERS RESOLUTION to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran.”

our Secretary of State called the potential targeting and killing of American citizens “a little noise.”

The surprising news from Ukraine: Zelensky is succeeding despite Trump’s abuse. My new column:

Even before Air Force One touched down, Trump faced growing questions from Democrats fearful that the Soleimani killing endangered Americans in the region and may have been an effort to distract from the president’s political crisis back home.

In today’s totally normal news for a democracy, the president’s son—who a significant percentage of Republicans favor as his successor—posted photos of himself shooting a gun featuring an image of a crusader’s cross & his father’s former opponent in jail. So insane & appalling.

Iran expert calls strike on Iranian general "stunningly" stupid

Extraordinary scenes and crowds in Tehran. The largest crowds I have ever seen. The atmosphere is pregnant with grief and anger punctuated with chants of revenge and death to America

'While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used a series of Sunday morning television appearances to claim that Mr Trump "didn’t say he’d go after a cultural site," the president reiterated his desire to do just that Sunday evening'

Why was the Saudi Ministry of Finance in the US on January 2nd???

Family members confirm a 23-year-old United States Army Specialist from a Chicago suburb was killed when militants attacked a military base used by the U.S. Army in Kenya.

Graham gives Pelosi ultimatum, proposes Senate rule change to remove her from impeachment process | Fox News

Iran's leader Khamenei leads huge crowds and weeps at commander's funeral

Poor Mr Trump is scared. He made a bold, stupid move and thought it was heroic. Now he’s blustering illegal stupid stuff on camera. We are on the verge of a domestic Constitutional crisis. What will Congress do? This is not a partisan issue.

I’m probably going to get suspended for this but I don’t care. - WHY does this tax exempt quasi religious org have >3/4BILLION? - what was the $53M in securities - you want to be political THEN GIVE up your Tax Exempt status But their IRS990 is INSANE

The piece *someone* doesn’t want you to see or pay attention to

Fri. (12/27): we notify Deutsche Bank about our piece Sun. (12/29): Trump + Putin have mystery phone call Wed. (1/1): we tell DB we are publishing Fri. Wed. (1/1): Trump decides to kill Soleimani Thurs. (1/2): Soleimani assassinated Fri. (1/3): we are cyberattacked

Trump and the enablers had their holidays - they golfed and had fundraisers - all knowing this was happening - none felt like they needed to attend to business. Now they are sending troops who have been deployed 5, 6, 7 or 8 times already. Sending them as targets.

Fifth Pentagon official announces resignation in seven days

New: Washington’s influence industry, including former Trump officials and allies, has made big money helping companies get exemptions from tariffs — sometimes by undercutting small business owners like Mike Elrod.

Erdogan said warships will be able to use a planned multi-billion-dollar canal bisecting Istanbul, possibly undercutting a 20th-century agreement

Analysis: Iran's vow to strike the US military in retaliation for the killing of its top general presents the Pentagon with a massive force protection problem that events of the past 48 hours -- and past 40 years -- illustrate in American blood.

Cannot believe Trump doubled down on the illegal and stupid threat to attack Iranian cultural sites. What a way to rally support among Iranians ! Do we have any national security advisors left in the government willing to call stupid stuff stupid to the president? Feels like no

Incessant Fox griping over the “deep state” has been replaced by sober pleas that the U.S. intelligence community’s findings should be taken seriously.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the House will introduce and vote on a "War Powers Resolution to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran"

Well done, Republicans. You nominated and elected a blithering idiot with deep emotional issues. Fifty years of claiming to be a more realistic party on foreign affairs down the drain. Now it’s a question of how you stop this lunatic from blowing up the world.

"Women, please vote in your own self-interests. It's what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them. Don't forget: we are the largest voting body in this country. Let's make it look more like us." -- Michelle Williams

Dept of Homeland Sec issued order to CBP to “report” & detain anyone w Iranian heritage entering US who is deemed potentially suspicious or “adversarial,” regardless of citizenship. CBP at the Peace Arch Border Crossing has detained 60 Americans returning from concert in Canada

Venezuela's socialist government installed a new head of Congress after armed troops blocked opposition legislators from entering parliament

The Iraqi Parliament has voted to obligate Iraq's government "to work towards ending the presence of all foreign troops on Iraqi soil," according to the media office of the Iraqi Parliament

The British defense chief says the country’s navy will accompany U.K.-flagged ships through the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid raised regional tensions.

Graham threatens to 'take matters in our own hands' if Pelosi doesn't send articles of impeachment to Senate

Huge crowds in Iran for commander's funeral, daughter warns U.S. of 'dark day'

Sanctions threat against Iraq 'not very helpful', German minister says

#Japan plans “to dispatch Self-Defense Forces personnel to secure the safe navigation of commercial ships in areas excluding the Strait of Hormuz.” #Iraq

I can’t help but think the martyring of a monster may have larger even more problematic consequences.

Why Bolton won't testify, Exhibit A

Iran state TV places $80 million bounty on ‘the head of President Trump’ after the killing of top general

Sacha Baron Cohen, for the win

This is a big deal. It’s important to understand how this could happen. Al-Shabab attacks airstrip in Kenya, killing three Americans

This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you’re not a dictator.

Donald Trump is the laughin’ stock of the entire world.

Daughter of GOP strategist responsible for gerrymandering political maps across the country - AZ, FL, MD, MS, MO, OH, TN, VA, NY's Nassau County, TX Galveston & Nueces counties, releases his personal work files, and the GOP are running scared

Prosecutors have told a federal judge they're nearly ready to unseal details from court proceedings about how Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied during his cooperation, including about efforts to sway the President's approach to Ukraine

What a mess in the Middle East. Shiite world enraged. Sunni states nervous. Isis fight on back burner. US allies against ISIS (Kurds) betrayed. Iran and US trading blood curdling threats. All this to make Americans safer the administration says?

Finally found a poll Trump is leading in.

Don't be fooled by the propagandists who want us to wear blinders. It is patriotic to ask for evidence. To question official accounts. To wonder if the public is being manipulated into a wider war. It is patriotic to hold our leaders accountable.

I know we’re numb but these are arguably the most dangerous and bonkers tweets of Trump’s presidency and they were all posted this weekend

A former leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa can be targeted to avenge slain leader Qassem Soleimani

“Pompeo is dangerously dishonest and incompetent.”

Trump, who campaigned against being in Iraq, told reporters on AF1 today “We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there...We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it....We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever.” He’s lost his mind.

The military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader responded to President Donald Trump’s tweets threatening to strike 52 Iranian sites - including cultural sites - by threatening to strike 300 sites affiliated with the United States.

Nice job trump and Pompeo you dimwits. You’ve completed the neocon move to have Iraq become a satellite of Iran. You have to be the dumbest people ever to run the US government. You can add that to being the most corrupt. Get these guys out of here

NEW: Pelosi sends letter to colleagues: “This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran.”

Yes. That’s exactly how it works. We follow the rules even when others don’t. We behave morally to set an example. That’s like...the whole freaking point of America. And the fact that you don’t understand that is so unbelievably scary.

Um, you know....this might be the time

I am re-upping this in light of the president’s remarks tonight. Do not be party to federal felonies and war crimes. Consult a lawyer and use the lawful WBer process. You can stop this.

Mattis says he'll 'speak out' about Trump policies when time is right


Trump threatens Iran again on AF1: “They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way.” (per pool)

He's aiming to be the first U.S. President both impeached and extradited to the Hague.

Why do we not know more by now about the American contractor killed in the Dec. 27 rocket attack in Iraq? That death seems to have been the immediate spark for the momentous events we’re witnessing, yet the details aren’t forthcoming.

Out to sea this is what it’s like. Crazy

“Pompeo first spoke with Trump about killing Soleimani months ago, said a senior U.S. official, but neither the president nor Pentagon officials were willing to countenance such an operation.”

JUST IN: The House will vote this week on a War Powers resolution to limit Trump’s authority to go to war with Iran, @SpeakerPelosi announces.

Skies turned bright red on the beach in southeast Australia on Sunday as deadly bushfires continue to burn. Rain has brought some measure of relief, but officials warn the showers won't put out all the fires before conditions deteriorate again this week.

Trump’s comments tonight regarding Iran and Iraq are not only unacceptable, they’re unAmerican. American military forces adhere to international law. They don’t attack cultural sites. And they’re not mercenaries. Reckless and unprecedented words from a Commander-in-Chief.

Attorney General William Barr told reporters he personally reviewed video that, he said, showed nobody entering the area where Jeffrey Epstein was held. But sources say a 2nd camera that could have seen Epstein’s cell door was corrupted the night he died.

To be clear,the US president is threatening US ally Iraq with sanctions worse than those he imposed on the enemy Iran.

This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you’re not a dictator.

Come on Congressional Republicans: Is there not one of you that has the conviction and the courage to stand up to this dictatorial bullshit? NOT ONE OF YOU?