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Thursday, March 2, 2017


March 3, 2017

The Commander in Lies defends his lying AG:

Trump on Sessions: 'He did not say anything wrong'




From Talking Points Memo:

He [Sessions] was asked about it twice during his confirmation hearings - once very specifically by Sen. Franken and then in a slightly more general way by Sen. Leahy. Both times he said without equivocation that he had not had any communications or meetings with any Russian government officials during the 2016 election. Now the DOJ is admitting that he did. Michael McFaul, who served as Ambassador to Russia until 2014 is quoted in the story and I think has it right. There's nothing really wrong with having met with Kislyak. “The weird part is to conceal it. That was at the height of all the discussions of what Russia was doing during the election.”
Sessions' backers say he wasn't deceiving anyone. He meant that he had met with the Ambassador in his role as committee member, not as a surrogate for the Trump campaign. But that's silly. For whatever reason, Sessions chose to conceal this.



 Attorney General Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia InvestigationsThe attorney general bowed to mounting pressure over newly reported meetings with the Russian ambassador.


Say what you will about Jeff Sessions being a potentially treasonous liar and vehement racist, but at least he doesn't smoke pot.


Satyavati devi dasi said...

So pressure can be effective. I think the ivory tower is cracking. Hopefully he'll resign altogether.

Dave Miller said...

And now work that Jared Kushner was also involved in those meetings...

Drain the swamp indeed... why? Because Trump needed room for more critters?

Infidel753 said...

OK. We have a "nationalist" President beholden to a hostile foreign dictator, an anti-public-school ignoramus as Secretary of Education, an apologist for toxic polluters running the EPA, and the editor of a paranoid website as "chief strategist". Might as well have a perjurer as Attorney General. It fits the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Yet another tempest in a teapot from the left, having no power this is all they have.

NY Mary said...

Furthermore, there is the added evidence that at least six officials confirmed contact between campaign aides of now-President Donald Trump and senior Russian intelligence officials. It was well known that Putin saw America as much more favorable under Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton, having blamed her for many of the issues he was facing in his own country.

Thank you people who voted for Trump. The Russkies are pleased with your choice.

Shaw Kenawe said...

There's this, Mary:

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner met with Russia's U.S. ambassador at Trump Tower in December, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn also attended a meeting between President Trump’s son-in-law and Sergey Kislyak a month before Trump took office. Flynn was ousted last month after the revelation that he misled senior White House officials about his conversations with Kislyak.

Why isn't the right concerned with the close ties the Trump people have with Russia?????

Jerry Critter said...

We have completed step one. Sessions has recused himself. Step two, Sessions must resign. Step three. Sessions goes to prison on a felony conviction for lying to Congress.

Anonymous said...

What's the total now of Trump people who lied when they said they didn't have any contact with the Russians?

Ducky's here said...

Scorecard here! Get your scorecard!

If President Happy Hands just released his tax records it would go a long way to convincing the American people that they didn't elect the Russian mob's head money launderer as POTUS.

Word is that Wilbur Ross at Commerce is next. He's a real man of the people.
"Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who wore a$600 custom pair of Stubbs & Wootton smoking slippers that featured the Department of Commerce's emblem on the velvet uppers."

Poor Jason Chaffetz is between a rock and a real, real hard place. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Four more months. Four more months

More popcorn, shaw?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Satyavati devi dasi, not two months into the Trump administration and we've had his NSA adviser resign, his attorney general recuse himself because he lied to Congress, and now we're hearing that trump's son in law was in contact with the Russkies. Manafort resigned as trump's campaign manager because of his dealings with the Russians. That's an awful lot of smoke.

Dave, I hope we get a special prosecutor to dig into this swampy Russian mess.

Infidel753, I've never experienced an administration so fraught with so much chaos and lying and intrigue.

Jerry, I don't think Sessions will go to prison, but he's starting off his tenure as AG as a LIAR. His cred is shot.

Anonymous @6:05, Yeah. Right. Tempest in a teapot. Get your head out of that dark dank place, Anon, and understand that it's not just Democrats wanting to know more about the Trump/Russia connection. If it's such a "tempest in a teapot" why did you feel you had to come here and describe it as such? If it were nothing, you wouldn't feel you had to defend it.

Anon @6:46 I've lost count.

Ducky, how are the passengers on the Mother Ship dealing with all this horrible news about Trump's administration and their Russian pals? Last I heard, Lord Dampnut is blaming President Obama for everything.

L.D. is truly a classic blame-weasel.

Rational Nation USA said...

Fascism anybody?

Rational Nation USA said...

Hey Rusty. how the he'll are ya?

Rational Nation USA said...

Step four, Trump nominates more of the same?

Dave Miller said...

Shaw... the word on the deck of the good ship is... "Nothing to see here. All business as usual."

Anonymous said...

Not defending anything, just pointing out how silly you folks are. What windmill will you fight tomorrow.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Anonymous said...

Not defending anything, just pointing out how silly you folks are. What windmill will you fight tomorrow."

This is a typical statement made by people who don't want to look at a mess their own president and party is in. When Trump spoke about "American carnage" in his inauguration speech, it is now clear he was talking about his own administration.

Trump is a liar when eh said he doesn't know or has never met Vladimir Putin, Flynn had to resign because he lied about meeting with the Russians, Sessions recused himself because he lied about meeting with the Russians. Do you see a pattern here?

But Anonymous is saying "Move on folks, nothing to see here."

This is how rats act when cornered.

Rational Nation USA said...

Hey Rusty, or maybe it's Will. At any rate how the hell are ya. Say hi to Don Quixote.

Shaw Kenawe said...

John Cassidy of the New Yorker:

"Whatever happens to Sessions, attention will inevitably focus on Trump. Two days after his well-received address to a joint session of Congress, the President finds himself in another fine Russian mess. Sessions isn’t merely a White House aide or a Presidential adviser; during the campaign, he was arguably Trump’s most important political backer, and now he’s the top law-enforcement officer in the country. If Caesar’s wife had to be above suspicion, surely the same thing applies to the Attorney General.

Had the revelations about Sessions’s meetings with Kislyak come as a one-off thing, the White House could perhaps have tried to shrug them off. But they are part of a much bigger story, which is still evolving. The number of Trump associates who have been accused of having undisclosed contact with Russian agents, or who have reportedly been investigated by the F.B.I., now stands at six: Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager; Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer; Roger Stone, a longtime political associate; Carter Page, an oil-industry consultant who acted as one of his foreign-policy advisers; Flynn; and now Sessions."

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave, "Shaw... the word on the deck of the good ship is... 'Nothing to see here. All business as usual.' "

If they're not talking about it (and this is a YUUUUUUUGE scandal and story), that means they're soiling themselves over it but don't want to talk about it in public.

Just imagine if Mr. Obama had lost his NSA adviser because he/she lied, and then had his AG recuse himself from an important case because he/she lied, all within two months of taking office! Those "patriots" would be calling for Mr. Obama's head on a platter. But those people are the same folks who have no problem with supporting a president who lies with impunity, who mocked a POW, a Gold Star family, knows nothing about Christianity, and who bragged about his many adulteries and about his sexual assaults on women.

Do we really expect those people to have any honor? I don't. I expect them and other Trump supporters to do exactly what they're doing -- ignore the lies and deceptions coming from this administration.

There are honorable Republicans who are not ignoring this scandal; that group is not among them

Shaw Kenawe said...

RN, Rusty? Here? Where?

Satyavati devi dasi said...

Rusty who???

I keep hoping that Richard Burr (NC) will step up and actually do some investigating, but I don't have a lot of hope as it seems they all keep stonewalling.

The sad part is his base is still behind him.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave, I took a look over at the Mother Ship and found this incredible lie:

"if ONLY he’d spoken to young people ONCE to stop drugging, having illegit kids, to get an education. But, alas, he never did. So, give him an award. No comment. Except this: Can Obama do ANYTHING wrong in the eyes of leftwingers?"

The question to them should be "Can Obama do anything RIGHT in the eyes of the rightwingers?"

The wingers are obviously lazy and willing, like the man they support as POTUS, to spread lies, instead of doing easy research.

A simple Google search came up with 20+ million hits when I put in "President Obama's speech to young black students." Here's an excerpt from his "My Brother's Keeper" speech in which he urges young black students to get an education and become contributing member of American society:

"You know, Michelle and I are blessed with two beautiful daughters. We don’t have a son, but I know if I had a son, on the day he was born, I would have felt everything that I felt with Malia and Sasha, the awe, the gratitude, overwhelming responsibility to do everything in my power to protect that amazing new life from this big world out there.

And I want my son to feel a sense of boundless possibility. I want him to have independence and confidence. I want him to have empathy and compassion.

I want him to have a sense of diligence and compassion for himself, the tools that he would need to succeed.

I don’t have a son, but as parents, that’s what we should want, not just for our children but for all children.

And I believe the continuing struggles of so many boys and young men, the fact that too many of them are falling by the wayside, dropping out, unemployed, involved in negative behavior, going to jail, being profiled, this is a moral issue for our country.

It’s also an economic issue for our country. After all, these boys are a growing segment of our population. They are our future workforce.

When generation after generation they lag behind, our economy suffers. Our family structure suffers. Our civic life suffers. Cycles of hopelessness breeds violence and mistrust, and our country’s a little less than what we know it can be.

So, we need to change the statistics, not just for the sake of the young men and boys but for the sake of America’s future.


In my State of the Union address last month, I said I’d pick up the phone and reach out to Americans willing to help young men of color so America can reach its full potential.

And that’s what today is all about. After months of conversation with a wide range of people, we’ve pulled together private philanthropies and businesses, mayors, state and local leaders, faith leaders, nonprofits, all who are committed to creating more pathways to success, and we’re committed to building on what works. And we call it My Brother’s Keeper.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Here's another address to Morehouse College by Mr. Obama:

Obama spoke in very personal terms to the 500 young men as he urged them to not only become leaders in their community, but also good fathers and good husbands. Obama, who was raised by a single mother and grandparents, lamented the absence of his father in his life and urged the graduates to make family their top priority.

Obama told the Morehouse men they are also obliged to set an example for other black men.

"Keep setting an example for what it means to be a man," Obama said. "Be the best husband to your wife, or boyfriend to your partner, or father to your children that you can be. Because nothing is more important."

So the fact is President Obama DID reach out to young African-American men (and Mrs. Obama reached out to young African-American women) to be the best they can be; take responsibility, and become productive members of America.

Those particular rightwingers are lazy and have no critical thinking skills. And they lie, just like Trump.

Dave Miller said...

No Shaw, he never said those things, or gave any speeches like that.

That's how I feel, so it must be accurate.


Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave: "No Shaw, he never said those things, or gave any speeches like that.

That's how I feel, so it must be accurate.


They are so utterly smug in their wrongheadedness. I pity them. This small exercise in exposing one of their lies, or is it just laziness?, which is just as bad, serves to show people that they have no credibility, and no one needs to care about their opinions on anything.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Back to the subject of this post.

'Nobody That I Know Of': Trump Denies Campaign Contacts With Russia

Nobody that he knows of? Including his son in law Jared Kushner? Really?

Trump wants us to believe that his favorite daughter's husband met with Russians and Trump knew nothing about it?

Trump is a proven liar. I will never believe ANYTHING he says.

Rational Nation USA said...

Anon of course.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ah, yes, RN. You're probably correct. Rusty does show up here on a regular basis to read my blog.

Rational Nation USA said...

About 31% of what he says is true. So believing what he says is like rolling dice.

Dave Miller said...

All of this Russia stuff could go away with the release of his taxes. That would show the American people that he has no ties to a country known to murder political opponents.

It's as simple as that.

skudrunner said...


What does DJT releasing his taxes have to do with Sessions or Russia. You have confirmed this has no substance and is just political.

Wasn't Sessions chairman of the armed services subcommitte. I guess he should not have talked with Russia since they are no longer significant in world powers, at least that is what the former president said. Of course he also said “This is my last election. "After my election, I have more flexibility,” and this to the Russia ambassador.

I guess we should work with Iran and Syria but not Russia.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skudrunner: "Wasn't Sessions chairman of the armed services subcommitte. I guess he should not have talked with Russia since they are no longer significant in world powers, at least that is what the former president said."

skud, that's not why Sessions recused himself and why the Democrats are saying he should resign. Sessions LIED when he said he had no contact with the Russians. Even if he had contact with the Russian ambassador when he was still a senator, that means HE HAD CONTACT WITH THE RUSSIANS. If what he did was so innocent, why didn't he just state to Senator Franken that as a US Senator, he had a normal visit with the Russian ambassador. Why did he lie if the meeting was so innocent? Can you answer that?

skud: "Of course he also said “This is my last election. "After my election, I have more flexibility,” and this to the Russia ambassador."

First, that has nothing to do with Trump and his people LYING about contact with the Russians, there are three that we know, so far (Mr. Obama didn't LIE about that, okay?): Flynn lied, Sessions lied. Trump lied when he said no one he knows had contact with the Russians. His son in law met with the Russians in December. Do you really think people believe Trump didn't know about that? His son in law? The guy who's married to his beloved daughter? Puleeze.

It's always the cover-up. The cover-up through lying. Are you going to be like Trump and blame Mr. Obama for all of Trump FUBARS?

Why doesn't Trump want us to see his tax returns? What is he hiding?

WE have a right to know how the Russians interfered with our election.

Jerry Critter said...

One of the main reasons to see Trump's tax returns is to see what, if any, Russian business dealings he is reporting. He has said he has none. Given his long history of lying, why show we believe him now?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Jerry: "Given his long history of lying, why show we believe him now?"

We shouldn't believe him anytime he says anything. He.s a liar and a bull$h!++er.

He's hiding something really, really bad. There's no other explanation for not releasing his tax returns.

Jerry Critter said...

"He's hiding something really, really bad."

We already know that he does not pay income tax, so it is something worse.

Flying Junior said...

Hare Krishna Skud!

So you're okay with Trump? WTF?!?

Maybe you can explain that to the rest of us.

The thing that is killing me right now is that three out of four republicans are on board with this pathetic megalomaniac. That not only did they vote for him, but that they actually support him?

For God's sake. Think about Eisenhower, Goldwater, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bob Dole, Nelson Rockefeller. These were decent Americans who held conservative beliefs.

What do you consider Trump?