Saturday, May 20, 2017

Report: White House Lawyers Are Researching Impeachment Procedures

It is being reported that White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials believe is the distinct possibility that Donald Trump will have to stave off attempts to remove him from office.

Even though White House officials state that Trump has the backing of Republicans in Congress and that impeachment is not in the cards lawyers in the White House counsel's office have allegedly consulted experts in impeachment law during the past week.

After the story broke an unnamed White House official claimed "it's not true" that White House lawyers are researching impeachment procedures.

One outside attorney close to the office, again unnamed, cast doubt on impeachment preparations saying it wouldn't be something White House counsel Don McGahn would authorize.

Naysayers believe that the legal discussions that are taking place are instead part of a broader internal effort to bolster the president's legal defense, which has become more complicated with the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to pursue the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Throwing more weight to the speculation of possible impeachment proceedings came when close advisers to Trump, including his lawyer Michael Cohen, visited the White House to discuss Trump's need to hire a personal attorney.

Let it be noted that not even Democrats have started piling on in the call for impeachment saying talk of the implementing the procedure is premature.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Former FBI Chief Comey Agrees To Testify In Open Hearing

In a statement released today the Senate Intelligence Committee has stated that former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump last week, has agreed to testify in an open session.

Panel Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement....

"The committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former director on his role in the development of the intelligence community assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,

Panel Vice Chairman Mark Warner said Comey's testimony would help...

"answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President."

Comey is scheduled for after the May 29 Memorial Day holiday.

BOMBSHELL: Trump Told Russians He Fired "Crazy, Nut-Job" Comey To Get Rid Of Russia Probe "Pressure"

The New York Times has reported that Donald Trump told Russian officials on May 10 that he fired FBI Director James Comey because he had felt “great pressure because of Russia”.

He then admitted to the Russians that he felt he had relieved that "pressure" after he dismissed director Comey.

According to notes taken at that meeting Trump then went on to disparage Comey saying...

I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,

In addition Trump also told the Russians that he was not under investigation for what that's worth.

The White House did not refute the Times’ report.

If, at this point, anyone questions as to why Comey was fired Trump has just erased any doubt.

Any case for obstruction of justice against Trump just got infinity easier.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MORE BREAKING NEWS: Reports Surface That Trump Knew Gen. Flynn Was Under Federal Investigation Weeks Before He Took Office

It just doesn't stop.

It is now being reported that Michael Flynn directly told Donald Trump and his transition team that he was under investigation weeks before the president moved into the White House.

This information flies in the face of every account that Trump and his White House has put forth to date as they have to a person denied any knowledge that Flynn was under investigation

The New York Times tonight reports that Flynn himself told the Trump camp that...

"he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign"

The Times claims two people familiar with the Flynn case told the former national security adviser he was being investigated. Flynn then apparently informed Trump's chief lawyer, Donald McGahn, on January 4th.

Flynn, according to the newspaper, had another conversation with lawyers on the transition team two days later.

That Trump and his team had full knowledge that the FBI was investigating Flynn and still saw fit to appoint him Trump's national security advisor with access to highly classified information shows either an unconscionable lack of judgement on their part or that Flynn had a untoward hold over Trump... You can draw your own conclusion to what that hold may be.

BREAKING: DOJ Appoints Special Counsel To Investigate Trump/Russia Connections

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special prosecutor overseeing the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

In an order dated May 17, Rosenstein wrote that Mueller will conduct an investigation into any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Donald Trump.

Rosenstein said it was necessary to appoint Mueller at this time so that the American people will have “full confidence” in the outcome of the investigation.

As special counsel Mueller will have all the authority of a U.S. attorney to conduct his investigation. He will also be able to choose members of his team and request a budget from the Justice Department.

Mueller may also prosecute any matters that may arise directly from the investigation.

The White House was not notified of Rosenstein's decision.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

Trump Reportedly Asked FBI Director Comey To Imprison Members Of The Press For Him

On Tuesday night The New York Times dropped a bombshell report that revealed former FBI director James Comey had kept memos of his and Donald Trump's conversation in which Trump asked him to drop the bureau's investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Contained within that Times' report there was also another equally disturbing section of Comey's memo where Trump asked the FBI director to consider imprisoning reporters for publishing leaked classified information given to them by whistleblowers.

The Times said...

"Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information,"

The president’s request to imprison journalists has understandably elevated the fear that his administration may break with tradition and prosecute reporters for publishing classified information ― as opposed to only those who leak it.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press respond to the news with this statement...

"The comments attributed to President Trump cross a dangerous line. But no president gets to jail journalists. Reporters are protected by judges and juries, by a congress that relies on them to stay informed, and by a Justice Department that for decades has honored the role of a free press by spurning prosecutions of journalists for publishing leaks of classified information,"

Trump's request of Comey came after his Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to publicly commit to not prosecuting reporters.

I wonder if Trump will be looking into jailing people who leak top secret classified information to foreign adversaries like... Oh I don't know... Russia?

Trump Cries Out For Cash In Fundraising Email After Comey "Memo-gate" News Breaks (EMAIL)

In response to the revelation that not only did Donald Trump share highly classified top secret information with the Russians and that he reportedly fired FBI director James Comey after he refused to shut down his Russia probe the Trump campaign has sent out a fundraising e-mail.

The email alleged that Trump was being subjected to deliberate “sabotage” by the government bureaucracy and that "fake news” and the “people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage" Trump as the reason for the scandals and why they want some damn money!

Several journalists who had received the e-mail and posted it on Twitter noted the fundraising pitch featured a paraphrase from a February 2017 speech by Trump advisor Steve Bannon at the Conservative Political Action Conference in which he said...

If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. Every day is going to be a fight. That is the promise of Donald Trump.

The campaign e-mail closed with a now ridiculous reference to their “drain the swamp” slogan and a promised that...

Trump has already started cleaning house, but every day will be an uphill battle — and we need to be prepared to go into the trenches to FIGHT BACK

Here is a screen grab of the entire email...

No, I am not including a link.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE! Trump Fired FBI Director Comey After Asking Him To Shut Down The Russia Probe And Comey Refused

The reasons behind Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey becomes all too clear after today's bombshell.

As it turns out Trump's threat of having recorded his and Comey's conversations has become moot in light, through the reporting of several news outfits, that Comey himself kept a contemporaneous record of their conversations.

And contained within those meticulously written and filed records it shows that Donald Trump tried to get director Comey to end the FBI investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The New York Times says Trump made the request of Comey during a February meeting in the Oval Office. Comey reportedly detailed the meeting in a memo, which an associate then shared with the Times.

According to The Washington Post’s account, Comey’s two-page Feb. 14 memo is “highly detailed.” The paper details that those memos were shared with a “very small circle” of FBI and Justice Department officials.

Comey's memo shows Trump's saying something to the effect of...

I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.

Upon the release of this information the The White House put out a statement in which they denied the report...

While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn. The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey.

On top of this denial Trump, you'll remember, also denied asking Comey to drop the Russia investigation in the recent Lester Holt interview...

HOLT: Did you ask him to drop the investigation? 
TRUMP: No, never. 
HOLT: Did anyone from the White House... 
TRUMP: No. In fact, I want the investigation speeded up 
HOLT: Did anyone from the White House ask him to -- to end the investigation? 
TRUMP: No, no. Why would we do that? 
HOLT: Any -- any surrogates on behalf of the White House? 
TRUMP: Not that I know of. 

Today's revelation is the latest in a series of damaging news reports that have the White House scrambling to put out the multiple 3 alarm fires.

The fallout from Trump’s abrupt decision to fire Comey 
White House reports that the firing was due to  Comey’s “performance,” and his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server 
The Sally Yates testimony to a Senate panel that she had warned a top Trump official that Flynn was “compromised” and “could essentially be blackmailed” by the Russians. 
Then came Trump's interview with NBC’s Lester Holt in which he alone came to the decision to fire Comey and then cited “the Russia thing” as a consideration before the dismissal. 
That same day, the The New York Times reported that Trump asked Comey to pledge his “loyalty” during a private dinner on Jan. 27 
After that story broke Trump lashed out on Twitter, and implied he had taped his conversations with the then-FBI director. 
Then came the bipartisan calls for Trump to release any tapes that may exist. 
Next The Washington Post reported that Trump had disclosed “highly classified information” about a new plot by the Islamic State group to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. 
Immediately following the revelation Trump all but confirmed the report in a series of tweets proclaiming he has the “absolute right” to disclose any information he pleases, classified or not. 
Then this afternoon it came to light that the administration had received that intelligence from Israel. 
And now the news that Trump had requested the FBI probe be dismantled just days before firing Comey after he did not.

After this avalanche of bombshell revelations of criminal/incompetent activities the specter of impeachment has come to the forefront of the cable news talking points who argue that aside from the rest of the infractions Comey's memo, if accurate, could constitute proof of obstruction of justice by the president.

TRUMP DOESN'T CARE! Says If He Leaked Top Secret Intelligence To The Russians It's His "Right" (TWEETS)

Yesterday the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State when he disclosed highly classified top secret intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak while they visited the Oval Office.

Today, in response to criticism of that leak, Trump all but admitted that he had indeed revealed highly classified info during the meeting.

This morning, on Twitter, Trump proclaimed that he has “the absolute right” to share any information he wants...

What's makes these tweets worse is that they contradict his administration’s earlier attempts to deny the story.

The poor saps he threw under the bus this week include Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster who both claimed in mirror image statements that the the Post’s story was "false".

But Trump was not done. As a final insult to the collective intelligence of the country the schmuck tweeted this an hour later...

Hey idiot... YOU'RE THE LEAKER!!!!!!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

BREAKING: Trump Leaked Highly Classified Top Secret Intelligence To The Russians (*UPDATED)

The Washington Post has reported that Donald Trump disclosed “highly classified information” during a meeting with Russian officials last week.

The Post reported today, citing current and former U.S. officials with ties to the administration, that Trump revealed information to the Russians that...

jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State,

The report goes on to say that...

"Trump Seemed to be boasting about his insider knowledge of the looming threat,"

The information Trump gave was what the intelligence community refers to as "beyond classified". It is known as "code-word" information which is intelligence that is so secret that the US doesn't even share this type of information with it's allies.

The revelations raise new questions about the already controversial meeting of Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak

Trump's disclosure to the Russians raises concerns about both the consequences of his lack of competence when interacting with foreign leaders.

The Post purposely did not elaborate on what the president disclosed to the Russians, due to its sensitive nature, but said the information came from a U.S. ally.

Later reporting from Buzzed Polotics confirmed the report, adding that the Senate Intelligence Committee was also briefed on the disclosures.

 One official reportedly told the outlet....

It’s far worse than what has already been reported,

This is a breaking story and updates will be upcoming.