Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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"I am proud to shut down the government for border security ... I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it." –Donald Trump


Thursday, January 17, 2019

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S RUSSIAN BOTS





We  never want to hear that Republican Senators Cruz, Cornyn, Ermst, Inhofe, Lee, etc. are tough on Russia. Their vote on Wednesday was a gift to Putin and Trump.

McConnell held a vote for Russian Oligarch to get paid, but he won’t hold a vote for TSA & FAA to get paid. 

Now you know who he cares about, and it’s not the 800,000 Americans who aren't getting paid while they suffer under Trump's government shutdown.



Conservative David Frum:

If Trump now reopens Govt, he visibly surrenders to Pelosi.

If Trump keeps Govt closed, he bleeds support faster. Workers miss next paycheck, air travel delays, govt services fail, and economy stalls.

Trump built the trap and walked into it. Pelosi just locked it behind him.



AND THIS:

Remember when b.s.er Trump bellowed to his cultists that the polls and election were rigged?

Always remember that Trump blames his opponents for the very things that HE IS AND DOES.

"No puppet. No puppet. You're the puppet."




Michael Cohen in a tweet Thursday morning more or less confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that he paid an IT specialist in early 2015 for rigging two online polls in favor of President Trump.

"Go to your room! No SOTU in the House for YOU, Donnie!" --Madam Speaker


She's Boss!

Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi brings down the gavel after being elected during the beginning of the 116th US Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2019.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I WAS SENT THIS BY A FRIEND




"Here's what I wish the Democrats would say to Trump: 


 Mr. President you can have your wall. You can get it the same way that President Obama got Obamacare; the way Lyndon Johnson got Medicare; the way Franklin Roosevelt got Social Security. In each case the president had a project he wanted enacted; so his administration crafted a bill. That bill went to Congress where committee hearings were held; amendments were proposed; studies were conducted that tested the cost, effectiveness etc. of the proposal; testimony was held in Congress; debate ensued and if the measure had enough support, a vote was taken and the measure was passed. That's how you legislate. It takes hard work, planning and the ability to actually negotiate. Your pet project doesn't get to leap frog over the pathway laid out by the Constitution and 250 years of precedent. You have chosen to skip over this entire process (even when you had majorities in both Houses) and have resorted instead to taking the American public hostage in exchange for your wall. You want a wall? Put down the gun you are holding to the head of the American people and get to work."

Trump "knows exactly what he's doing' in pushing the Kremlin's agenda."


NEWSWEEK:


"Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California in an interview Tuesday claimed that President Donald Trump has “betrayed” his country and is knowingly working to promote Russian interests. Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews that the president “knows exactly what he’s doing” in pushing the Kremlin’s agenda. “He is acting every step like someone who wanted to work for the Russians and who has betrayed our country and put them first every single time,” Swalwell told Matthews.

Trump has denied working for the Russians, or hiding the content of his conversations with Putin."


Trump is a known LIAR. I do not believe his denial, nor should anyone.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

APPARENTLY THIS IS DRIVING THE TRUMP GOOPERS NUTS:




Some are even upset  AND AFRAID to hear that Robert Mueller is a man of integrity. I guess that means the TrumpCultists would prefer a cheat, liar, and fraud investigate Trump. You know, one of his peers.







Digby:

The enfant terrible of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue entertains like a seven year-old, lies by reflex, treats the U.S. Constitution as an inconvenience, holds his own citizens hostage, and undermines U.S. alliances for a hostile foreign power that helped elect him and likely still funds his businesses. To the untrained observer, Donald Trump appears "dirty" and has the bearing of a traitor. Trained eyes in the F.B.I. are investigating him as though he might be.

Tuesday Morning Laughs


"Eat up, footballers, and some day you'll have a body like mine!"

--Trump to the championship Clemson football team, while hosting a fast-food dinner for the team at the White House.

(photos via Huffington Post)



















Siri...show me the Trump presidency summed up in one photo.


Monday, January 14, 2019

The Rogue and Possibly Traitorous Donald J. Trump, POTUS












The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump concealed the details of five meetings with Putin and that he even went so far as to physically take possession of interpreter Marina Gross’ notes, further instructing her not to speak to anyone about the contents of the meeting, not even senior White House or State Department officials. That’s rather damning behavior on the face of it. 

Why wouldn’t Trump want his closest national security advisers to be aware of the content of the discussion between him and Putin?


Possibly because he's not fulfilling his oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America?

Why would the FBI open an investigation into whether or not Donald J. Trump is working on behalf of Russia, a country hostile to the United States of America?

Possibly because he refuses to disclose, even with high ranking officials in his own administration, secret discussions he's had with Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin:



From Vox:

President Donald Trump hid details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, going so far on one occasion as to seize his interpreter’s notes to prevent them from reaching the public, according to a new report published Saturday. 

 Washington Post reporter Greg Miller outlines how Trump went through “extraordinary lengths” to conceal the contents of his conversations with the leader of one of America’s biggest adversaries. On at least one occasion, during a meeting with Russian officials and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Hamburg in 2017, Trump asked his linguist to not share details about what had transpired. Even high-ranking officials within Trump’s own administration were unaware of specifics discussed between the two leaders, 

The Post reports. They only found out about possible subterfuge after an unnamed White House advisor and another unnamed senior State Department official specifically sought out the notes from Trump’s interpreter — but the records weren’t there: 

 As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference. This isn’t the first time that Trump’s interpreter has been sucked into the drama of Trump’s dealings with the Russians — she is one of the few Americans, if not the only person other than Trump himself, who knows what was said at these meetings. 

 The new revelations come just a day after another damning story for the president, which included allegations that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on the behalf of the Russians. The New York Times reports that soon after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, law enforcement officials expanded their open investigation into Trump’s campaign to include the president himself.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU READ THAT THE FBI OPENED AN INVESTIGATION INTO WHETHER THE U.S. PRESIDENT WAS WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT?

How about never. As in, I have never read anything close to this, except in possibly a John LeCarre spy novel, and yet here we are talking about the fact that the FBI suspected for good reason that a sitting U.S. president was working on behalf of a country hostile to the United States, Russia. 

Meanwhile, according to one of my commenters, the right wing bloggers are talking about a fake claim that Senator Elizabeth Warrn had a racist piece of pottery on her kitchen shelf. 

I'm not making that up. 

That is the equivalent of shoving their fingers in their ears and shouting "LA, LA, LA! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" Because they'd rather talk about lies and fake videos than what was reported last night.



From the Daily Kos:


 "Move over Tea Pot Dome scandal and move over Watergate, there’s a newer, bigger, more dangerous political scandal coming to light—the FBI initiated an investigation into whether Donald Trump, President of the United States, is working on behalf of the Russian government, against American interests. 

Repeat: the FBI opened a counterintelligence operation because they had reason to believe the president was not acting in the interested of the United States. If true, it amounts to nothing short of treason. 

To gauge just how big this scandal truly is, let’s look at reactions from legal experts, former U.S. Intelligence officers and journalists. First up, Frank Figliuzzi, former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He’s somebody who understands precisely what it would take for the FBI to take the drastic step of opening a criminal investigation into the sitting President of the United States. 

Figliuzzi says the FBI would never open such an investigation based purely on Trump’s behavior, that they would have other hard evidence, such as damning audio intercepts." 

 'The FBI is privy to all kinds of intel ... if you’re going to open a case on the POTUS, you're going to have more than just unstable behavior … you're going to have something that gives you at least a reasonable suspicion if not specific and articulable facts.' 

 "Take a listen to Figliuzzi, who made clear that in his 25 years with the FBI, specifically working on counterintelligence, there is much more to this story than the public knows now."

More:


Evan McMullin, former Central Intelligence Agency operations officer, had this to say. 




Former FBI Director James Comey, who’s dismissal was part of the reason for the investigation, had something a little more subtle to say.
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti made an urgent plea to Republicans to act accordingly. This is bigger than holding power. This is about the fabric of the nation.

Can any elected official explain *why* the American people should not be alarmed that the FBI thought Donald Trump might be acting to advance Russia’s interests over our own?

Republicans, you are Americans first.
Your country needs you.







Legal expert Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare has pulled together several critical pieces, revealing new information about Congressional testimony related to these cases and revisiting older testimony from Comey and others. In short, Wittes now believes that the Department of Justice’s investigation into whether Donald Trump obstructed justice isn’t so much a stand alone case, but rather an offshoot of the existing investigation into collusion. That Trump’s actions in 2017 were not simply obstruction, but rather part of the collusion itself. This is a brief summary of Wittes’ conclusion, but do yourself a favor and read the extensive post itself. 
Would not a sequence of overt interferences in the investigation by Trump himself, culminating in the decapitation of the investigation’s leadership and boasted about both on national television and—later—in an Oval Office meeting to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and flagged in a draft letter to Comey as specifically connected to the Russia probe, raise all kinds of red flags within the parameters of the existing investigation the FBI was already conducting? This was, after all, one heck of “link” between an “individual[] associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government”!
The reporting Schmidt shared with me about Baker’s testimony suggests rather strongly that the FBI did not think of the Comey firing simply as a possible obstruction of justice. Officials thought of it, rather, in the context of the underlying counterintelligence purpose of the Russia investigation. At one point, Baker was asked whether firing Director Comey added to the threat to national security the FBI was confronting.
“Yes,” Baker responds.
In short, the FBI was doing their job, investigating Russian operations against the United States of America, something they have been tasked with for decades, and during the course of that investigation, people connected to Donald Trump began appearing on the radar. And then Donald Trump’s own actions and words bolstered the case and the urgency of the agency to get to the bottom of it, for the sake of our national security. 
This isn’t a big political scandal, it may turn out to be the biggest political scandal in the history of this country—a fact made clear by Natasha Bertrand, national security expert and politics writer for The Atlantic.

Stepping back for a minute: If no other reporting existed on Trump/Russia, the fact that the FBI started a CI investigation to determine whether or not the sitting president of the US was either comprised by or an agent of Russia, it would be the biggest political story...ever.





Trump's reaction to this hydrogen bombshell of a report?

He tweeted that James Comey is "a total sleaze."


MORE HERE IN THIS POLITICO REPORT.