Category Archives: Trump & Russia

Lie Detector Tests

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told associates he wants to put the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to root out leakers. It’s unclear whether this will ever happen, but Sessions floated the idea to multiple people, as recently as last month.

Sessions’ idea is to do a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of everyone on the NSC staff. Interrogators would sit down with every single NSC staffer (there’s more than 100 of them), and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of the president’s phone calls with foreign leaders. Sessions suspects those leaks came from within the NSC, and thinks that a polygraph test — at the very least — would scare them out of leaking again.

Sessions has told associates he likes the idea of targeting the foreign leader phone calls because there’s a small enough universe of people who would have had access to these transcripts. Also, the idea that the President of the United States can’t have private conversations with foreign leaders was a bridge too far, even for Democrats.

Ian Prior, a spokesman for Sessions, declined comment when presented with the details of this report.

Hilarious: Generalissimo Donaldo Juan Trumpo has set his monkey’s paw to task waaaaaay too late. 1 Mueller’s got what he needs, and the IRS will feed him the rest.

Just a matter of time now…

Lie Detector Tests

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  1. Also…how staggeringly hypocritical is it for lil’ Jeffy Session to ask others to take a lie detector test when he flat-out lied, obfuscated and back-filled at his own confirmation hearings?

Generalissimo Trumpo Under the Gun

Here’s the first public notice that The Orange ¡Pendejo! himself is now in Mueller’s crosshairs:

Federal investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller are keenly focused on President Donald Trump’s role in crafting a response to a published article about a meeting between Russians and his son Donald Jr., three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The sources told NBC News that prosecutors want to know what Trump knew about the meeting and whether he sought to conceal its purpose.

The meeting occurred at Trump Tower in June 2016 and was attended by Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. The meeting, which was first reported by The New York Times, also involved Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and former Soviet intelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin.

At the time, the White House confirmed that Trump had “weighed in” as the response to the Times report was drafted aboard Air Force One on July 8 as the president returned to the U.S. from the G20 meeting in Germany. The Washington Post reported that Trump had “dictated” the response.

Not good for Generalissimo Trumpo. So imagine his displeasure with the following revelation:

A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.

The business associate, Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he boasted about his ties to Mr. Putin and predicted that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would be a political boon to Mr. Trump’s candidacy.

Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Mr. Sater wrote in an email. “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.

But, of course, what Sater told Cohen probably never made it to his client, Trump. Right?

In another email, Mr. Sater envisioned a ribbon-cutting in Moscow. “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” Mr. Sater wrote.

Mr. Cohen suggested that Mr. Sater’s comments were puffery. “He has sometimes used colorful language and has been prone to “salesmanship,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement. “I ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”

I don’t know about you, but I believe him!

The Times reported earlier this year on the plan for a Trump Tower in Moscow, which never materialized. On Sunday, The Washington Post reported the existence of the correspondence between Mr. Sater and Mr. Cohen but not its content.

The Trump Organization on Monday turned over emails to the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election and whether anyone in Mr. Trump’s campaign was involved. Some of the emails were obtained by The Times.

The Trump Organization issued a statement Monday saying: “To be clear, the Trump Organization has never had any real estate holdings or interests in Russia.”

Really? Show us Generalissimo Trumpo’s tax returns to prove it. Because we already know the above is a lie: We KNOW Generalissimo Trumpo had Russian interests.

So…are the ReThugs coming to their senses and talking –finally!– impeachment? Fuck, no; quite the opposite:

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is pushing an amendment to severely curtail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

DeSantis has put forward a provision that would halt funding for Mueller’s probe six months after the amendment’s passage. It also would prohibit Mueller from investigating matters that occurred before June 2015, when Trump launched his presidential campaign.

The amendment is one of hundreds filed to a government spending package the House is expected to consider when it returns next week from the August recess. The provision is not guaranteed a vote on the House floor; the House Rules Committee has wide leeway to discard amendments it considers out of order.

In a statement, DeSantis said the order appointing Mueller as special counsel “didn’t identify a crime to be investigated and practically invites a fishing expedition.”

“Congress should use its spending power to clarify the scope and limit the duration of this investigation,” he explained. Deputy Attorney General Rod “Rosenstein has said that the DOJ doesn’t conduct fishing expeditions; the corollary to this admonition should be that Congress will not fund a fishing expedition.”

Given the obvious treasonous aiding and abetting Congressional ReThugs insist on providing for Generalissimo Trumpo, as well as the rest of the GOP turning their collective blind eye toward The Orange Pendejo’s machinations, combined with the increasing number of violent alt-right groups in the country, is it any wonder that people are seriously worried about another civil war?

America’s stability is increasingly an undercurrent in political discourse. Earlier this year, I began a conversation with Keith Mines about America’s turmoil. Mines has spent his career—in the U.S. Army Special Forces, the United Nations, and now the State Department—navigating civil wars in other countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. He returned to Washington after sixteen years to find conditions that he had seen nurture conflict abroad now visible at home. It haunts him. In March, Mines was one of several national-security experts whom asked to evaluate the risks of a second civil war—with percentages. Mines concluded that the United States faces a sixty-per-cent chance of civil war over the next ten to fifteen years. Other experts’ predictions ranged from five per cent to ninety-five per cent. The sobering consensus was thirty-five per cent. And that was five months before Charlottesville.

“We keep saying, ‘It can’t happen here,’ but then, holy smokes, it can,” Mines told me after we talked, on Sunday, about Charlottesville. The pattern of civil strife has evolved worldwide over the past sixty years. Today, few civil wars involve pitched battles from trenches along neat geographic front lines. Many are low-intensity conflicts with episodic violence in constantly moving locales. Mines’s definition of a civil war is large-scale violence that includes a rejection of traditional political authority and requires the National Guard to deal with it. On Saturday, McAuliffe and declared a state of emergency

…President Trump “modeled violence as a way to advance politically and validated bullying during and after the campaign,” Mines wrote in Foreign Policy. “Judging from recent events the left is now fully on board with this,” he continued, citing anarchists in anti-globalization riots as one of several flashpoints. “It is like 1859, everyone is mad about something and everyone has a gun.”

You, to summarize:

We’ve sitting president who (putatively) colluded with q foreign government to undermine the 2016 elections; who is at the heart of a vast investigation into those elections; who not only approved violence against his political opponents but actually approved of it; who thinks nothing of pitting American against American and appears ready to leave the White House only when it is pried from his dead, short-fingered hands.

Wake up, people.
Generalissimo Trumpo Under the Gun

Flop Sweat

Annnnnnd the gloves come off:

FBI agents raided the home in Alexandria, Va., of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, arriving in the pre-dawn hours late last month and seizing documents and other materials related to the special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The raid, which occurred without warning on July 26, signaled an aggressive new approach by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team in dealing with a key figure in the Russia inquiry. Manafort has been under increasing pressure as the Mueller team looked into his personal finances and his professional career as a highly paid foreign political consultant.

Using a search warrant, agents appeared the day Manafort was scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and a day after he met voluntarily with Senate Intelligence Committee staff members.

The search warrant requested documents related to tax, banking and other matters. People familiar with the search said agents departed the Manafort residence with a trove of material, including binders prepared ahead of Manafort’s congressional testimony.

Investigators in the Russia inquiry have previously sought documents with subpoenas, which are less intrusive and confrontational than a search warrant. With a warrant, agents can inspect a physical location and seize any useful information. To get a judge to sign off on a search warrant, prosecutors must show that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed.

How much flop sweat do you think that caused OMP? Bet it adds a few strokes to his game today.

Flop Sweat

The Reichstag Fire

reichstag fire“When Archie Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, was finally fired at the end of the Saturday Night Massacre and they were filing out of his office, a reporter asked his spokesman, whose name if I recollect it was James Neal, “Jim what are you going to do now?” Neal said, “I’m going to go home and read about the Reichstag Fire.” To impede Bobby Mueller at this point, six months into his administration, Donald Trump would have to create the American equivalent of the Reichstag Fire. Got that?”

The Reichstag Fire

16 Things

16 things you must believe to buy the ‘Witch Hunt’ Russia narrative:

  1. That Donald Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering dirt on Clinton. The emails requesting the meeting specifically mentioned a “Russian government attorney” and added that the requested meeting concerned “very high level and sensitive information” that “is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” That doesn’t prove a willingness to collude
  2. That concern about Paul Manafort’s extensive links with Putin’s former puppet in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, including at least $12.7 million in payments, is, to quote Manafort’s words, “silly and nonsensical.”
  3. That Donald Trump’s stubborn refusal ever to breathe a critical word about Vladimir Putin, even as he has freely criticized U.S. allies, or acknowledge Russian meddling in our election, is not strange.
  4. That Donald Trump’s stubborn refusal ever to breathe a critical word about Vladimir Putin, even as he has freely criticized U.S. allies, or acknowledge Russian meddling in our election, is not strange…

New Rift

On Christopher Wray

Obscured by lil’ Donnie Junior’s slow-motion, phantasmagoric self immolation 1 2 is Christopher Wray, lil’ Donnie Senior’s nominee to the FBI.

Wray, unlike James Comey, falls more in line with other OMP‘s nominees; he was part of Shrub’s DoJ and redacted documents strongly suggest Wray was involved in implementing the use of torture in pursuit of The Dark Lord’s false Global War on Terror.

In my book that would be more than enough to disqualify him, but there’s more: Wray’s response to reports of inmate abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison also suggests he is a willing lapdog of the powerful instead of a rule of law adherent. 3

Add to this his defense of Christie’s Bridgegate shenanigans: Is there any doubt Wray would protect/rule for the neo-kleptocrats stuffed into this WH administration rather than resign?

We think not. The DEMs need to send Wray home, jobless.

On Christopher Wray

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  1. Once again, for the record: There is no such thing as an ‘ex’ GRU/FSB agent, much as there is no such thing as an ‘ex’ CIA agent, an ‘ex’ los costra nostra or even an ‘ex’ Jarhead; some memberships are for life.
  2. I remember those long lost days when all we worried about was the president being ignorant of his own ignorance with certain fondness; it turns out the people he relies on are even more ignorant of their own stupidity.
  3. Much like lil’ Jeffy Sessions, who earlier in the week once again cock-blocked another avenue into the Russian 2016 election meddling.

Boris and Natasha

Previously on WNBTv

“The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government.”

It’s apparent the freaking WaPo isn’t going to name names, so let’s tease it out for ourselves, shall we?

Of course…sometimes the correct explanation is the simplest one. 1

Boris and Natasha

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  1. Which may explain why Pence just formed a PAC, the Great America Committee; perhaps there’s a very quiet palace coup in the works?

Putin: World Class Troll

Overshadowed by the appointment yesterday of a Department of Justice special counsel 1 2 to look into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign’s (putative) ties to Russia was the following bit of world class trolling by Putin:

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would be willing to provide the U.S. Congress a record of President Trump’s meeting with top Russian envoys, bringing scoffs on Capitol Hill that the Kremlin could help shed light on the disclosures of reportedly highly classified intelligence.

The provocative offer for the Kremlin to share evidence with U.S. oversight committees about the Oval Office meeting came with the caveat that the request for the transcript would have to come from the Trump administration.

Presenting a transcript is the Kremlin’s latest gambit in denying that Trump shared classified secrets last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the United States during an Oval Office meeting.

But the tactic may have more to do with attempts to sow further chaos in Washington than assuage suspicions about the talks.

Say what you will about Putin, but the only way he could have slagged OMP any harder would been have to have tweeted the offer…

Putin: World Class Troll

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  1. Seriously overdue, but…I’d feel better with an independent counsel; the Deputy AG may be in the acting-AG position because he is beholden to Trump. Yeah, right – go figure! And ultimately the acting-AG is the one that will receive Mueller’s final report, and then make recommendations about consequences…if any. Moreover, we, the public, may never learn of the special counsel’s findings – there’s no law that says the report must be made public. I hate to be so cynical as to suggest this appointment is merely window dressing, but look at what has happened since OMP took office; to my mind, I’m not being cynical enough.
  2. In fact! There is a deeply dark cynicism still at work, niggling at a portion of my brain, whispering “The whole election was a set-up!; none of the standard GOP candidates, much less Mike Pence, had anywhere near a shot at beating Clinton. So the ReThugs concocted this scheme to get the most conservative GOPer into the White House on OMP‘s coattails. The only thing wrong with their plan was the fact that it is taking longer than expected for OMP to step on his dick so bad he has to be removed from office. Genius!!!! And now And now And now!!!! We’ll have an ‘investigation” that turns up some ‘suspicious’ deaths (Ailes!!! Ailes!!!!), with a few minor players sent off to Federal Kiddie Camps and perhaps, just perhaps, the Big Cheese suffering a “heart attack” in office. Yep, I AM that cynical.