Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trump Shared Secrets with Russians in Oval Office

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When President Trump met with the Russian Ambassador and another Russian Operative in the Oval Office a few weeks ago, the big story at the time was that the American journalists were not allowed in the room.

But now the story has become something much worse and possibly world-shaking - while the Russians were there, Trump started bragging about U.S. intelligence on ISIS and let something slip that was so Top Secret that many in the government did not know about it, and some networks were told to hold back reporting it. Even more troubling, Trump's blabbing may have gotten the source of the information killed.

Trump sent General McMaster out twice to issue non-denial-denials on the issue, but in the end Trump himself admitted in a tweet that he had blurted out secret information. In 24 hours the story went from denial to acceptance as the norm. But there is nothing normal about this situation.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Trump Unhinged

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President Trump's weird behavior and bizarre statements are nothing new to anyone who keeps up with politics, but this past week took the high-strangeness to a new level. It's hard to say whether Alzheimer's or some other illness is causing his moments of derangement, or whether his Narcissistic psyche is collapsing under the pressure of the Trump-Russia investigation and the Comey-firing backlash.

Whatever his malfunction happens to be, there's no doubt the White House is in chaos, and our country is being poorly led by a man unfit to serve.

Just a few headlines using the word "Unhinged" from this past week:

Vox: Trump Had An Unhinged Early Morning Tweet Storm After Firing Comey

Jeet Heer on New Republic: Trump's Unhinged Impromptu Press Conference Was a Lesson for Sean Spicer

Mediaite: Dem Congresswoman Kathleen Rice says Trump is "Unhinged" "Acting Like a Petulant Child"

Daily Kos: Unhinged Trump Attacks Democratic Senator Blumenthal With Fake News

Crazy Quotes from his Time Magazine Interview:

I don’t watch CNN. I don’t watch MSNBC.
(hint: not true - he often rants about both on Twitter and aides have leaked that he often yells at the TV)

Scarborough used to treat me great. But because I don’t do interviews and stuff and want to … He went the other way. Which is fine. He’s got some problems. But I don’t watch the show anymore. It drives him crazy. I don’t watch the show.
(Interpretation: Trump often refers to the show on Twitter, but now that Joe and Mika have gone from cheerleaders to critics, he pretends not to watch it)

CNN in the morning, Chris Cuomo, he’s sitting there like a chained lunatic. He’s like a boiler ready to explode, the level of hatred. And the entire, you know the entire CNN platform is that way. This Don Lemon who’s perhaps the dumbest person in broadcasting
(Cuomo is critical, and Don Lemon is critical and happens to be black).

As far as newspapers and things, I glance at them. They’re really dishonest. I mean they’re really dishonest.
(Interpretation: Denial and Fear)

You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy. And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I’ve done his show. … But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high—highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.
(Colbert has criticized Trump for years and recently made a crude oral sex joke about Trump and Putin, and clearly Trump was not amused)

Quotes from the Lester Holt NBC News Interview:

TRUMP: Look, (Comey) he's a showboat. He's a grandstander.
(Trump Projection of his own personality)

The FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that, everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil -- less than a year ago. It hasn't recovered from that.
(No evidence of that whatsoever - only Twitter rumors from God knows who)

He (Deputy AG Rosenstein) had made a recommendation. But regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it
(Rosenstein says he was told to write a memo by AG Jeff Sessions, who also wrote a memo)

I said to myself -- I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won.
(Russian tampering in our election has been reported and verified)

And the reason they should've won it is the electoral college is almost impossible for a Republican to win. It's very hard because you start off at such a disadvantage. So, everybody was thinking they should've won the election. This was an excuse for having lost an election.
(Republicans have won many times, but Trump had "help" with his disadvantage - from Russian tampering)

I had a dinner with him (Comey). He wanted to have dinner because he wanted to stay on. We had a very nice dinner at the White House...very early on. That dinner was arranged. I think he asked for the dinner. And he wanted to stay on as the FBI head. And I said I'll, you know, consider. We'll see what happens. But we had a very nice dinner. And at that time, he told you are not under investigation...
(Comey denies ever saying that to Trump)

And this part is key to understanding the King of Denial - just make stuff up, but also have a Freudian Slip or two:
HOLT: That was one meeting. When was the -- when was the other two?

TRUMP: First of all, when you're under investigation, you're giving all sorts of documents and everything. I knew I wasn't under. And I heard it was stated at the committee -- at some committee level that I wasn't, number one.
(Not the "number one" perp but clearly not off the hook either - right?)

HOLT: So, that didn't come directly from him.

TRUMP: Then, during a phone call, he said it. And then, during another phone call he said it.
(Did this really happen? Wait until Comey gets to testify about this point - it will be epic!)

So, he said it once at dinner and then he said it twice during phone calls.

HOLT: Did -- did you call him?

TRUMP: In one case I called him and one case he called me.

HOLT: And did you ask am I under investigation?

TRUMP: I actually asked him, yes. I said if it's possible, would you let me know am I under investigation. He said you are not under investigation.
(It's believable that Trump would have the audacity to call the FBI, but no one there would ruin an investigation by telling the subject about it, especially not the Director of the FBI)

Trump's Twitter Rants:


Friday, May 12, 2017

Trump Faces Backlash for Comey Firing


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Trump Fires FBI Director Comey


The folks in the FBI were absolutely not amused that President Trump fired Director James Comey. And Trump hasn't made things any better by changing the story of how and why he did it from hour to hour for three days.

"When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story."

It's Over Now According to Spokesperson
Sarah Huckabee Sanders

But . . .


Via New York Daily News
"Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey," he said told NBC's Lester Holt. "He's a showboat, he's grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that."

But . . .


Just minutes after the NBC Interview, the FBI trolled Trump
with this ominous tweet - a warning perhaps?

Huckabee Sanders vs The FBI Reality

And Trump cancelled a trip to FBI Headquarters

Is this a turning point? asks Charles P. Pierce:

And All the Karma Comes Flying Back

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Trump Fires FBI Director Comey


Donald Trump fired controversial FBI Director Comey just as he was setting up indictments from grand juries for General Flynn and his associates over possible treason with Russia. But Trump would have us believe he fired Comey for his statements about Hillary Clinton's emails last year, which Trump famously called for Russia to hack, by the way. Yeah right.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote a letter suggesting the termination, even though he had recused himself from the Hillary Clinton email scandal as well as Trump-Russia. This comes right after also-fired Ex- Acting Attorney General Sally Yates appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Trump's Muslim Ban as well as his Russian connections.

Perhaps Comey and Yates were getting too close to the truth, so Trump got rid of them. Not since Nixon has a President fired someone who was investigating his own administration. Who knows what tomorrow brings?

From Journalist Dan Rather on Facebook

Kudos to the Trump-Russia Twitter Crowd
Who Have Been Sounding Alarms for Weeks
And Were Still Predicting Last Night

For more see Previous Post:
Russiagate Speculation Round-Up

It Might Be A Coup

Like Nixon and Watergate

AG Sessions Did What?

What Will the GOP Do Now?

Special Investigations Overdrive