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Online Martin Weidmann

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« Reply #9650 on: June 29, 2020, 09:57:00 PM »
  Sick Pics instead of PROOF, tells the story.  ALL  BS:, NO FACTS!

A demand for facts coming from a Trump supporter is hilarious.

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« Reply #9651 on: June 29, 2020, 09:59:30 PM »
  Sick Pics instead of PROOF, tells the story.  ALL  BS:, NO FACTS!

A demand for facts coming from a Trump supporter is hilarious.

Weeks ago, I communicated to you that everytime you parroted the substanceless "hater" schtick, I would reply with the video of Melania demanding the Negro in the White House produce his long form birth certificate to assure other white supremicists he was nor the clandestine. Kenyan born muslim her openly racist immigration device, "the Donald" accused him of being.

You kept on with parroting Trump's hater nonsense, in place of facts supported argument.

If you want "Eva" Storing to go away, show readers the respect they deserve. Explain in your posts how you are motivated, other than by racist sentiment, to continue to support Trump's candidacy. Is it because you are inspired by Trump's honesty, his ethics, his selfless service to his family and his country, or..... ?

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« Reply #9652 on: June 29, 2020, 10:16:50 PM »
Trump has committed four new impeachable offenses since Republicans let him walk after Senate trial: WaPo editor



In a rare column for the Washington Post, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt claimed that Donald Trump has committed at least four more impeachable offenses since the Republican-dominated Senate refused to oust him in January after the House submitted articles of impeachment to them.

On February 5, the Senate allowed the president to walk after being presented with two articles of impeachment regarding Trump’s attempt to dig up dirt of potential presidential opponent Joe Biden from Ukraine authorities in return for aid.

At that time, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) explained away her “not guilty” vote by stating that she hoped the president “… has learned from this case,” before adding that the turmoil of the trial was undoubtedly “a pretty big lesson.”

As Hiatt notes, had Democrats waited a few more months, they would have had more ammo as well as a minimum of four more impeachment charges to levy against Trump.

At the top of his list is the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic which Hiatt claims showed — and continues to show — “negligence.”

“What makes Trump’s response impeachable is the willful, knowing endangerment of the American people for selfish political ends. The president refused to acknowledge the danger because he did not want the stock market to tank,” Hiatt wrote before adding that Trump’s inaction has led to the U.S. suffering twice as many cases as any other country.

Next on Hiatt’s list was the president’s “abuse of power” as demonstrated by his demand that Attorney General Bill Barr fire the U.S. attorneys in D.C. and the Southern District of New York who were investigating the president and some of his associates.

In addition, Hiatt wrote, “Trump ordered federal law enforcement officers to violate the First Amendment rights of peaceful protesters to enable a photo op near the White House. He deployed the Justice Department to seek prior restraint on publication of a book that displeased him. He sicced the antitrust division on disfavored companies.”

Number three of the list the president’s “abuse of his appointment power,” as evidenced by the president’s wave of retaliation against whistleblowers and administration officials who testified against him during his first impeachment trial, with Hiatt explaining, “Since February, Trump has embarked on a rampage of retribution against anyone who told the truth to House investigators last fall or, even before that, tried to prevent his original sin in Ukraine.”

Lastly, Hiatt accused the president of “abuse of power in foreign affairs.”

"Perhaps the most appalling violation of human rights in the world today is the cultural genocide China is waging against the Muslim people who live in its far west. China’s dictator Xi Jinping has locked away more than a million people in concentration camps,” he wrote, before noting that Trump was made aware of the camps and gave his approval to Xi according to John Bolton.

It should be noted that Hiatt didn’t include recent reports that Donald Trump has been accused of being aware that Russia has been offering bounties for killing U.S. military personnel which has infuriated Democrats and Republicans alike.

You can read Hiatt’s entire case here:

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/trump-has-committed-four-new-impeachable-offenses-since-republicans-let-him-walk-after-senate-trial-wapo-editor/



The second coronavirus spike makes it official — this is Trump’s plague now: conservative David Frum





Writing in The Atlantic this Monday, David Frum contends that while the first peak in coronavirus cases this April was due to Trump’s negligence, but now that on June 24 the number of infections surpassed the April 24 peak, it can no longer be blamed on simple negligence. This time it’s his own doing. “This is Trump’s plague now,” Frum writes.

“The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been enforcing social-distancing rules, and for good reason,” he writes. “From June 1 to June 15, new COVID-19 cases in the state jumped from 67 in a day to 186. In advance of Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20, city employees affixed do not sit here please stickers to every other seat in the stadium venue. Trump campaign workers were captured on video removing the stickers so that Trump could cram attendees closer together. On June 26, Oklahoma reported 396 new infections in a single day.”

While there’s more than one factor involved in the resurgence of the virus, “Trump’s elevation of the needs of his own ego over the well-being of even his strongest supporters is profoundly implicated in the virus’s powerful June comeback.”

As Frum points out, from mid- to late April, the trajectory of cases in states such as Georgia, Florida, and Texas was relatively flat, not down, but Trump went ahead and cheered for states to reopen anyway — a line that was endorsed by his favorite media outlet, Fox News.

“Early reopening could only have worked if stringent safety measures, including the use of face masks and social distancing, were incorporated,” writes Frum. “Yet the president sabotaged the reopening he himself had forced. Throughout his presidency, Trump has subordinated rational policy in order to provoke virulent culture wars. And the mask has become a rallying symbol for his supporters.”

Read the full op-Edward over at The Atlantic.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/the-second-coronavirus-spike-makes-it-official-this-is-trumps-plague-now-conservative-david-frum/



'He is losing': GOP worried Trump has no path to re-election after driving away independent voters


Looking at the latest polling showing Donald Trump rapidly falling behind presumptive Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the November presidential election, former GOP lawmakers and Republican consultants are admitting that the president has driven away independent voters which is dooming his re-election bid.

According to a report from the New York Times by Adam Nagourney, many of the independent voters who helped propel the president into the White House in 2016 are abandoning him now after viewing his antics over the past three and a half years.

As the report notes, the loss of independents leaves the president with a steep uphill climb to hang onto his job.

The report notes that a Times and Siena College poll of registered voters shows Trump’s total of 46 percent who supported him in 2016 declining to 36 percent — and dropping — has Republicans worried.

“Whether Mr. Trump can still expand his support at this point, especially in the battleground states that are crucial to his Electoral College calculus, is an enormous challenge that the president, to date, has shown little interest in meeting,” Nagourney wrote. “Much of the nation has recoiled from Mr. Trump’s brash conduct and harsh language in office, and at the same time has moved to the left on health care, civil rights, same-sex marriage and other issues.”

Appearing on ABC over the weekend, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — who advises the president — admitted that Trump’s re-election hopes are rapidly slipping away.

“He is losing, and if he doesn’t change course, both in terms of the substance of what he is discussing and the way that he approaches the American people, then he will lose,” Christie explained.

Christie’s dour outlook is mirrored by former White House political director Sara Fagen who worked for President George W. Bush who referenced Trump’s meager 17 percent “strong approval” rating among independents.

“It’s not enough to win re-election,” Fagan lamented. “In this environment, it will be difficult to win an election without expanding the number of people who support you.”

“Trump is facing a decidedly different electoral landscape this time around. The Times/Siena poll found 9 percent of registered voters were undecided, and presumably fall into the category of persuadable voters. They, like much of the country, hold unfavorable views of Mr. Trump’s job performance, and particularly his response to the pandemic and to the demonstrations that followed the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police,” Nagourney wrote, with one 2016 Trump voter admitting he’s jumping off the president’s bandwagon.

“I’m not a huge Biden fan. I think he’s a career politician and a member of the donor class,” said John-Crichton McCutcheon of Florida — a key state for the president.

“But with Trump, things have gotten so bad, I’m going to have to go with Biden, ” he added, with one voter who went for Obama in 2012, and then Trump in ’16, also saying she is switching back again.

“I’m definitely not happy with Trump,” Donna Saylor, 67, of Pennsylvania admitted. “Every time he opens his mouth, it causes trouble. He’s not unifying this country as he should be; he’s dividing it.”

According to Dan Hazelwood, a Republican strategist, Trump’s collapse with independent voters is self-inflicted.

“Right now, Trump’s coalition needs motivation,” he claimed. “The economy and the pandemic have sucked the enthusiasm away. At least 50 percent of America has deep and serious policy concerns with Biden and the Democrats. A ‘choice’ election between two policy directions is the motivation that Trump’s coalition needs, and it is why Biden is trying to be vanilla.”

You can read more here:

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/he-is-losing-gop-worried-trump-has-no-path-to-re-election-after-driving-away-independent-voters/

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« Reply #9653 on: June 29, 2020, 11:22:42 PM »
'Unfathomable': Intel Committee chairman tears into Trump for asking favors for Putin as he threatened American troops

On Monday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) laid into President Donald Trump for continuing to ask for favors for Russia even as intelligence agencies warned the country had a bounty on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“We want to look into this issue of whether the president was briefed on this, and if he was not briefed, why that was,” said Schiff. “Is this again a concern with speaking truth to power, that Donald Trump doesn’t want to hear anything negative about Vladimir Putin, because after all, the president was inviting Russia back into the G8, and it’s kind of unfathomable that he would do that if he was knowing of the fact that his friend, Vladimir Putin, and the Kremlin or Russian intelligence services, if these public reports are accurate, were offering a bounty on the heads of American troops.”

“The White House says the president was not briefed on this as you were just saying, but Mr. Trump’s tweet — he tweeted about this last night, saying he had spoken to the intel community about what was going on in Afghanistan when it came to the Russian bounties,” said reporter Jim Acosta. “His tweet seems to suggest otherwise. Does that add up to you?”

“You know, the fact of the matter is, Jim, we can’t rely on anything the president says or anything the president’s people say about him, certainly can’t rely on the press secretary to give the honest truth about something,” said Schiff. “But it is really, I think, a problem either way, and that is, the agencies either told him and he is denying it or they didn’t tell him and we’d like to find out why.”

Watch below:


https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/unfathomable-intel-committee-chairman-tears-into-trump-for-asking-favors-for-putin-as-he-threatened-american-troops/



Ex-FBI agent warns Bill Barr will engage in ‘mother of all gaslights’ to save Trump from Russia bounty scandal




On Monday, former FBI Special Agent Asha Rangappa warned that Attorney General William Barr is likely to once again weaponize the Department of Justice to protect President Donald Trump from the scandal over Russian bounties on U.S. troops.

Folks, we are about to experience the mother of all gaslights in response to the Putin bounties.

My wager: Bill Barr is going to launch an "investigation" into the "leaker" who gave the story to the NY Times which is also going to somehow become magically connected to Obamagate


Barr’s tenure has been marked with what critics claim are politically-motivated manipulations of the justice system, from misrepresenting former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, to intervening in the prosecutions of Trump allies Roger Stone and Michael Cohen.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/ex-fbi-agent-warns-bill-barr-will-engage-in-mother-of-all-gaslights-to-save-trump-from-russia-bounty-scandal/


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« Reply #9654 on: June 30, 2020, 12:30:17 AM »
Trump's 'bullying' of foreign leaders seen as a  ‘danger’ to national security: Pulitzer Prize-winner


Current and former top Trump administration officials, up to and including former U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, say President Donald Trump engages in “abusive” and “bullying” attacks on foreign leaders, in telephone calls and in person.

“White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations” say Trump “posed a danger to the national security of the United States,” Carl Bernstein, writing for CNN, reports.

“In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.”

Bernstein spent four months talking with White House and intelligence officials before publishing his lengthy report.

Former top Trump deputies, including his Director of National Intelligence, and National Security Advisor, Defense Secretary, Secretary of State, and Chief of Staff, among others, concluded “that the President was often ‘delusional,’ as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders.”

Trump “regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America’s principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was ‘stupid.'”

Trump’s “most vicious attacks, said the sources, were aimed at women heads of state. In conversations with both May and Merkel, the President demeaned and denigrated them in diatribes described as ‘near-sadistic’ by one of the sources and confirmed by others.”

Trump’s conversations with May, the UK Prime Minister from 2016 to 2019, were described as “humiliating and bullying,” with Trump attacking her as “a fool” and spineless in her approach to Brexit, NATO and immigration matters.

Read the entire report here:

From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/trump-phone-calls-national-security-concerns/index.html



Watergate legend Carl Bernstein releases bombshell new report on ‘delusional’ Trump endangering national security

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Carl Bernstein published a blockbuster new report at CNN on Monday.

“In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations,” Bernstein reported.

The former Washington Post reporter named names.

“The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that the President was often ‘delusional,’ as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest,” Bernstein reported.

Bernstein explained the significance of the calls in light of the latest scandal involving Russia reportedly offering bounties for the killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“These officials’ concerns about the calls, and particularly Trump’s deference to Putin, take on new resonance with reports the President may have learned in March that Russia had offered the Taliban bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan — and yet took no action. CNN’s sources said there were calls between Putin and Trump about Trump’s desire to end the American military presence in Afghanistan but they mentioned no discussion of the supposed Taliban bounties,” Bernstein explained.

Trump’s insecurity around women was also reportedly on display in the calls.

Bernstein reported, “the President regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America’s principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was ‘stupid.'”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/watergate-legend-carl-bernstein-releases-bombshell-new-report-on-delusional-trump-endangering-national-security/


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« Reply #9655 on: June 30, 2020, 12:46:28 AM »
Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President's Daily Brief earlier this year, source says

The intelligence that assessed there was an effort by a Russian military intelligence unit to pay the Taliban to kill US soldiers was included in one of President Donald Trump's daily briefings on intelligence matters sometime in the spring, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the latest information.

That assessment, the source said, was backed up by "several pieces of information" that supported the view that there was an effort by the Russian intelligence unit -- the GRU -- to pay bounties to kill US soldiers, including interrogation of Taliban detainees and electronic eavesdropping. The source said there was some other information that did not corroborate this view but said, nonetheless, '"This was a big deal. When it's about US troops you go after it 100%, with everything you got."

Trump is not known to fully or regularly read the President's Daily Brief, something that is well-known within the White House.

The information was serious enough the National Security Council staff held a meeting during the spring to discuss "possible response options," including sanctions, if the intelligence developed to the point it was deemed ready to take to the President for any possible action, the official said.

Pressed on Monday whether the information was included in the President's Daily Brief -- the written document that includes the intelligence community's more important and urgent information -- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said only that Trump "was not personally briefed."

The US intelligence community and military are investigating to see if there is further corroboration, and if the National Security Council staff can recommend response options. The source said the White House is now claiming the leak will ruin the opportunity to get a real answer.

There is "no consensus within the intelligence community" about whether Russia offered to pay bounties to the Taliban for killing American troops, McEnany said. There is "dissent" within the intelligence community about the intelligence, which she insisted had not reached Trump's desk because "it wasn't verified."

The source tells CNN that intelligence of this nature with risk to US troops should be assumed to be true until you know otherwise.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins contributed to this report.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/russia-bounties-presidential-daily-briefing/index.html

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« Reply #9656 on: June 30, 2020, 02:29:10 AM »
A demand for facts coming from a Trump supporter is hilarious.

   So pony up some Facts of your own Jr. Yeah, they ain't there. But please keep this up. The never ending Trump/Russia stuff is handing Trump swing states by default. And remember, judge a pitcher by the Reaction of the hitter. If Biden were way ahead, we would Not be seeing these desperate maneuvers being attempted by The HATERS. This tells you what they Know backstage.   
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« Reply #9657 on: June 30, 2020, 02:47:08 AM »
   So pony up some Facts of your own Jr. Yeah, they ain't there. But please keep this up. The never ending Trump/Russia stuff is handing Trump swing states by default. And remember, judge a pitcher by the Reaction of the hitter. If Biden were way ahead, we would Not be seeing these desperate maneuvers being attempted by The HATERS. This tells you what they Know backstage.

So pony up some Facts of your own Jr. Yeah, they ain't there.

Maybe there are, maybe there aren't... Who cares. There was nothing there in the Benghazi matter, but that didn't stop the Republicans blowing the thing out of all proporations to damage Clinton as a candidate. The same goes for the e-mails.... and now for so-called Obamagate and the fiction Trump tried to create about Joe Biden in the Ukraine.... The bounty thing is Trumps problem now. Whether it's real or not, it's a taste of his own medicine.

The never ending Trump/Russia stuff is handing Trump swing states by default.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

If Biden were way ahead, we would Not be seeing these desperate maneuvers being attempted by The HATERS. This tells you what they Know backstage.

Please get a grip on reality. Even Fox News and the White House are admitting Trump is way behind Biden in the swing States and Nationally.

Nobody gives a damn about this Trump/Russia/Durham/Barr BS..... It's covid-19, massive unemployment and an uncertain future that's going to remove Trump from the White House. The Republican rats are already beginning to jump ship....



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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory
« Reply #9658 on: June 30, 2020, 04:13:19 AM »
The reason there is so much detail for Rick Plant to post in this thread is because Trump and Trump party are literally a conveyor of criminality, similar to a process line ubiquitous in any Amazon warehouse. Instead of packages picked, sorted, and staged to fulfill consumer orders, the Trump criminal conveyor spews a limitless, constant stream of lies to cover up crimes and sabotage to everything from the truth, the integrity of U.S. elections, environmental quality, the rule of law, U.S. national security, Civil Service emplyees, the integrity of tax collection and enforcement, a constant, aggressive assault against the U.S. military, the news media and its first amendment protections, the U.S. intelligence community,  Inspectors General, and against anyone who does not lick Trump's ______ as predictably and enthusiastically as V.P). Pence and Bill Barr do.

It's all about the Trump obstruction of justice, including surrounding himself with other criminals, Stone and Barr among the most prominent.
Trump's mendacious dishonesty in 20,000 "communications" to the American people since January 20, 2017 is just as criminally abusive to his oath of office.

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Donald Trump wants to bring back the "tough on crime" policies that helped cause mass incarceration
Trump hasn't always been very specific when it comes to criminal justice policy. But there have been some very big clues.

By German Lopez@germanrlopezgerman.lopez@vox.com  Updated Sep 21, 2016, 3:25pm EDT
May 25, 2016 - Trump's website includes no platform on criminal justice issues. Reform advocates have long complained to me that they have trouble ... such explanations for crime enable "soft" policies that aren't tough enough to make US streets safe. ... Department — until a court deemed the practice unconstitutional.

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Trump: Roger Stone has 'very good chance of exoneration' but will 'let the process play out'
Trump's comments Thursday
were his most extensive yet on whether he would pardon Stone, a subject he has dodged even as he's complained relentlessly about Stone's "unfair" treatment.
Feb 20, 2020 - President Donald Trump on Thursday strongly hinted that Roger Stone would not end up serving the 40-month prison sentence handed down ...

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Judge explains decision to reject delay in Roger Stone’s sentence
The judge says the former Trump adviser’s health issues are under control and the facility he’ll report to has no cases of coronavirus.
By KYLE CHENEY and JOSH GERSTEIN
06/29/2020 06:43 PM EDT - Updated: 06/29/2020 06:51 PM EDT

(The judge wonders about the DOJ's unusual concern about one particular convicted felon, not demonstrated by DOJ towards any other prison sentenced felon... The judge's 5 page order, unsealed today.: https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000173-0214-dbfa-a57f-96b547030000 )

...A few months after a high-profile intervention by Attorney General William Barr to try to gain a more lenient sentence for Stone, Jackson’s latest ruling appeared to reflect continued skepticism about the Justice Department’s response to Stone’s case, with the judge saying she expects the government to show as much flexibility for others as it has for Stone....
..Jackson’s opinion, which she originally issued under seal on Friday, adds rationale to her decision
to reject Stone’s request for a lengthy delay. Stone was convicted in November of repeatedly lying to House investigators pursuing evidence of Trump campaign contacts with Russians interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. He was also convicted of threatening a witness to impede the probe.....

...“Defendant’s response to the Court’s inquiry concerning his personal preventive practices and avoidance of public gatherings in accordance with these directives was vague, carefully parsed, and not reassuring,” Jackson said....

....In addition, Jackson noted in the five-page opinion, other defendants who were granted extensions of their sentence were not —like Stone — already the beneficiary of a 60-day delay authorized by the Bureau of Prisons. And those other defendants, too, were not convicted of threatening violence against anyone.

“By contrast, Mr. Stone was convicted of threatening a witness, and throughout the course of these criminal proceedings, the Court has been forced to address his repeated attempts to intimidate, and to stoke potentially violent sentiment against, an array of participants in the case, including individuals involved in the investigation, the jurors, and the Court,” Jackson wrote....


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The Political Scene July 6 & 13, 2020 Issue
Why the Mueller Investigation Failed
President Trump’s obstructions of justice were broader than those of Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton, and the special counsel’s investigation proved it. How come the report didn’t say so?


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« Reply #9659 on: June 30, 2020, 04:21:27 AM »
Here's what Trump was focused on the day the his briefing reportedly included the Russian bounty plot




More information is coming out on the timeline of when President Donald Trump was reportedly briefed on a Russian plot to offer bounties for the killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“American officials provided a written briefing in late February to President Trump laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan,” The New York Times reported Monday evening, citing “two officials familiar with the matter.”

“The new information emerged as the White House tried on Monday to play down the intelligence assessment that Russia sought to encourage and reward killings — including reiterating a claim that Mr. Trump was never briefed about the matter and portraying the conclusion as disputed and dubious,” the newspaper reported. “But that stance clashed with the disclosure by two officials that the intelligence was included months ago in Mr. Trump’s President’s Daily Brief document — a compilation of the government’s latest secrets and best insights about foreign policy and national security that is prepared for him to read. One of the officials said the item appeared in Mr. Trump’s brief in late February; the other cited Feb. 27, specifically.”

Due to the president’s fixation with sharing his thoughts on Twitter, we can see what he was focused on on February 27th.

Trump started February 27th on Twitter by hyping an upcoming campaign rally in North Carolina, which the president was hosting despite the pandemic.

He then retweeted a quote from Fox News anchor Trish Regan, blasting CNN for their coverage of the pandemic.

“Anti-Trump Network @CNN doing whatever it can to stoke a national Coronavirus panic. The far left Network pretty much ignoring anyone who they interview who doesn’t blame President Trump.” @trish_regan @FoxNews Media refuses to discuss the great job our professionals are doing!"

Trump then praised his Coronavirus Task Force for a “great job” and said cases of COVID-19 “look to be going down.”

"Congratulations and thank you to our great Vice President & all of the many professionals doing such a fine job at CDC & all other agencies on the Coronavirus situation. Only a very small number in U.S., & China numbers look to be going down."

Trump then attacked former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

He then accused CNN of being “fake news” in a second tweet quoting Trish Regan.

“Diagnosis positive: @CNN is infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome. I’m calling out CNN for irresponsibly politicizing what should be a unifying battle against a virus that doesn’t choose sides.” @trish_regan @FoxNews  Like I say, they are Fake News!"

He also praised a clip of Diamond and Silk, saying it was “so nice!”

Then came complaints he was being blamed for America’s coronavirus response.

He then again praised his administration’s response to coronavirus.

And he finished his day on Twitter with threats to withhold federal funding from U.S. cities.

The next day, Trump traveled to South Carolina, where he was holding a 2020 reelection rally despite the pandemic.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/heres-what-trump-was-focused-on-the-day-the-his-briefing-reportedly-included-the-russian-bounty-plot/



Here are 7 bombshell details from CNN's new exposé on Trump’s disturbing calls with foreign leaders


A new blockbuster CNN report from famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein published Monday documented his extensive findings about President Donald Trump’s disturbing conversations with foreign leaders.

Though the nature of Trump’s interactions with many foreign leaders has been explored before — his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led to his impeachment — Bernstein’s reporting expands the scope of past reporting and fills in new details.

It also reveals that an apparently wide circle of Trump’s aides has been and remains deeply troubled by Trump’s conduct in international relations. These worries, presumably, are what prompted officials to speak anonymously to Bernstein about what they’ve seen and heard.

Here are seven details from the report:

1. “[The] calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States.”

This is the main takeaway from the piece. Of course, many outside critics of the administration have argued — even long before Trump was elected — that the president’s character poses a unique danger in the Oval Office.

Bernstein also found that many former top officials concluded Trump was “delusional” based on the way he talks to foreign leaders.

On the other hand, much of Trump’s public behavior also indicates that he’s deeply delusional.

2. Trump was consistently deferential to Putin

Unsurprisingly, the report found that Trump shows extreme deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Again, this is another detail that confirms Trump acts privately as he does in public. This is, nevertheless, an important and revealing finding, since it shows that Trump’s public persona is not a mere act and that there’s no clever scheme going on behind the scenes. It’s also particularly relevant now, as questioned have emerged about Trump’s knowledge of and response to reports of a Russian government plot to place bounties on the heads of American soldiers.

The report explained:

In numerous calls with Putin that were described to CNN, Trump left top national security aides and his chiefs of staff flabbergasted, less because of specific concessions he made than because of his manner — inordinately solicitous of Putin’s admiration and seemingly seeking his approval — while usually ignoring substantive policy expertise and important matters on the standing bilateral agenda, including human rights; and an arms control agreement, which never got dealt with in a way that advanced shared Russian and American goals that both Putin and Trump professed to favor, CNN’s sources said.

3. Trump spoke most with Erdogan

While Trump’s relationship with Putin has drawn most attention during his presidency, Bernstein refocuses some of that scrutiny toward the president’s relations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He found that Trump is apparently absurdly accommodative of Erdogan, sometimes taking his calls “at least twice a week”:

According to one high-level source, there are also existing summaries and conversation-readouts of the President’s discussions with Erdogan that might reinforce Bolton’s allegations against Trump in the so-called “Halkbank case,” involving a major Turkish bank with suspected ties to Erdogan and his family. That source said the matter was raised in more than one telephone conversation between Erdogan and Trump.

4. “If members of Congress heard from witnesses to the actual conversations or read the texts and contemporaneous notes, even many senior Republican members would no longer be able to retain confidence in the President.”

This passage drew swift criticism of Twitter, with many observers pointing out that there seems to be nothing that could dissuade Republican lawmakers from supporting Trump. Maybe so. But the fact that such a claim would be made speaks to the seriousness of the behavior in question. The report also found:

Elements of that testimony by [Fiona] Hill, if re-examined by Congressional investigators, might provide a detailed road-map of the President’s extensively-documented conversations, the sources said. White House and intelligence officials familiar with the voice-generated transcriptions and underlying documents agreed that their contents could be devastating to the President’s standing with members of the Congress of both parties — and the public — if revealed in great detail. (There is little doubt that Trump would invoke executive privilege to keep the conversations private. However, some former officials with detailed knowledge of many of the conversations might be willing to testify about them, sources said.

5. Trump “regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America’s principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was “stupid.”

Trump is well-known to be a misogynist, and he seems to boil with antipathy for American allies. The report explained:

But his most vicious attacks, said the sources, were aimed at women heads of state. In conversations with both May and Merkel, the President demeaned and denigrated them in diatribes described as “near-sadistic” by one of the sources and confirmed by others. “Some of the things he said to Angela Merkel are just unbelievable: he called her ‘stupid,’ and accused her of being in the pocket of the Russians … He’s toughest [in the phone calls] with those he looks at as weaklings and weakest with the ones he ought to be tough with.”

6. Trump’s lack of knowledge puts him at a disadvantage.

The report said that those around Trump believed he was unable to learn or grow in his interactions with foreign leaders. And his wide-ranging ignorance could be used against him:

Two sources described the President as woefully uninformed about the history of the Syrian conflict and the Middle East generally, and said he was often caught off guard, and lacked sufficient knowledge to engage on equal terms in nuanced policy discussion with Erdogan. “Erdogan took him to the cleaners,” said one of the sources.

7. Trump acted in his own self-interest, rather than the national interest

This was the central charge in the impeachment case against Trump: he’s unable or unwilling to differentiate between the national interest and his own personal interest.

This has always been a clear defect in Trump’s character; it’s patently obvious in the way he speaks publicly. Behind the scenes, it seems, he’s no different. The CNN piece concluded:

“There was no sense of ‘Team America’ in the conversations,” or of the United States as an historic force with certain democratic principles and leadership of the free world, said the official. “The opposite. It was like the United States had disappeared. It was always ‘Just me’.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/here-are-7-bombshell-details-from-cnns-new-expose-on-trumps-disturbing-calls-with-foreign-leaders/



Blinkered, ignorant, and bumbling: Kayleigh McEnany paints a devastating picture of Trump




When White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took to the lectern on Monday to address reporters, it was presumably her intention to defend President Donald Trump. That is, as she sees it, her job. But whatever her intentions, the defense she offered of the president was anything but.

She portrayed the president as uninformed, steadfastly resistant to new information, and recklessly bumbling his way through presidential duties.

Addressing the most recent international scandal plaguing the White House, McEnany said the president was never briefed on intelligence reports that Russia put bounties on the heads of American soldiers to incentivize Afghanistan fighters to kill them. She said the intelligence community did not have a “consensus” on the reports of the Russian bounties.

“This has not been briefed to the president, because it was not, in fact, verified,” she said.

But CNN’s Kaitlan Collins pointed out that “not everything in his daily briefings, or in the presidential daily brief, that’s the written document, is airtight. They let the president know about what they’re hearing.”

McEnany responded by saying the intelligence agencies brief the president “as necessary,” but didn’t explain why it wouldn’t have been necessary to brief the president on these findings. Asked if the president has a specific message for Moscow in light of the reports, McEnany said no, “because he has not been briefed on the matter.” She said there were “dissenting opinions.”

There’s reason to doubt McEnany’s denials — it’s quite possible Trump was briefed on the findings about the Russian plot, and he simply dismissed them because of his fondness for President Vladimir Putin. Her remarks could indicate that Trump clung to qualifications and caveats of uncertainty in the reports, even if the overall conclusions of the intelligence community on the matter were solid.

But even if we accept McEnany’s claims as true, they’re a damning indictment of the president. They suggest he has no interest in hearing intelligence reports with any nuance in them, and that he insists on not being briefed about facts unless they’re entirely certain. This is a disastrous position for a president to take because presidents must always act with some level of uncertainty. Not being briefed about uncertain matters is a childish and frankly negligent practice for a president to engage in.

One plausible interpretation of McEnany’s defenses of the president is that, while the reports about the bouties were made available to the president in written form, no one ever verbally briefed him on the matter. This, too, would be another damning fact about the president, because it implies his lack of interest in reading prevented him from knowing vital information as he has been in repeated contact with Putin.

The idea that Trump is simply too lazy or incompetent to be fully informed about matters he should know came up in another McEnany defense of the president. Discussing the fact that the president shared a video on Twitter of his own supporter cheering the words “white power” at a counter-protester, McEnany said the president was unaware these words were in the video.

“Does the president retweet other people’s tweets and video without knowing the full contents of what he’s retweeting?” asked a reporter.

“He did not hear that particular phrase,” she said.

“Did he listen to the video before he retweeted it?” the reporter asked again.

“He did, and he did not hear that particular phrase,” said McEnany.

This is hard to believe because the chants of “white power” occurred after less than 10 seconds into the short video. Again, the most likely interpretation seems to be that Trump and McEnany are lying. But even if McEnany is telling the truth, it again suggests an ignorant, bumbling president who can watch a video of his own supporters and not even realize that they’re spewing vile racist slogans. This may be better than a president who is intentionally spreading racist vitriol, but it’s still deeply disturbing and disqualifying for the office.

But perhaps worst of all was the White House’s response to the raging coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

Tamara Keith of NPR noted that “cases are on the rise, this is a very serious time,” and asked: “What is the president’s message to the American people, and why aren’t we seeing him publicly talk to the public, encourage them to do things to stay safe?”

McEnany played down the dangers, noting (correctly) that the population of those infected appears to be younger than has previously been the case, meaning the risk of death is much lower. But she didn’t acknowledge that these spikes in cases are likely to spread to more vulnerable members of society, and she referred to the intense flare-ups as mere “embers that need to be put out.” She gave no indication that the president is going to take any personal steps to address the rising crisis, such as by personally embracing the use of masks to prevent the spread.

Once again, this message — put out by the White House press secretary — reflected a president who is disengaged, ignorant of the risks, and unwilling to put in the effort it would take to acknowledge and address a major crisis. Instead, he seems to be hoping everything will just work itself out without his having to make any sacrifices or work hard at all.

Now, to repeat, McEnany is a known liar. Trump lies constantly. So there’s no reason to believe that the White House’s excuse-making is anything more than the lastest round of intentional deceptions. McEnany’s claims about Trump not being briefed, in particular, seem to contradict his own Sunday night tweet. But even if McEnany’s assertions were true, they make the president look terrible. So what must they be hiding if they prefer telling such lies instead of admitting the truth?

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/blinkered-ignorant-and-bumbling-kayleigh-mcenany-paints-a-devastating-picture-of-trump/

 

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