Saturday, July 21, 2018

New York State Opens Investigation Into Donald Trump's "Charitable" Foundation

New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into Donald Trump's charitable foundation to determine whether he or his charity has violated state law.

An official close to the case stated that the probe will be investigating whether the foundation committed any violations or made misrepresentations to the state.

The official has stated that if evidence of alleged crimes are found, the matter could be referred to prosecutors, who would then pursue criminal charges.

One of those investigation's demands would be the release of the infamous Trump's tax returns that he refuses to make available due to a specious claim that he is under audit by the government and therefore cannot.

This is the state's second front against the Trump Foundation following state Attorney General Barbara Underwood's lawsuit that alleges Trump illegally used his charity to settle legal disputes, help his campaign for president and pay for personal and business expenses including a $10,000 six-foot portrait of himself that presently hangs in his golf club.

The attorney general's office is seeking $2.8 million in restitution and other unspecified penalties in its civil suit and has referred it's findings to the IRS and the Federal Election Commission for possible a possible criminal investigation.

In addressing that point the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced this week that he will grant the states Attorney General the power to pursue a criminal investigation if it is requested.

For his part Trump has tweeted "I won't settle this case!" about the investigation proving only that he does not know how investigations work.

Trump is presently fighting two other lawsuits that could force him to release his returns both of which allege that he has violated the constitution's emoluments clause that bans him from accepting foreign government payments such as... Oh let's say...  Allowing foreign diplomats and governments representatives to spend vast sums of money at his hotels and golf clubs that could be construed as a bribe.

Secret Recordings Show Trump Lied About Affair Payoff... I Am Shocked, SHOCKED!

In what can be referred to as a completely non-stunning revelation a recording of Donald Trump has surfaced in which he discusses the payoff of a woman who claimed to have had a 9-month affair with him in 2006 shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron.

The tape, recorded right before the 2016 presidential election, reveals that Trump and his team have been lying about his knowledge of the payment for over a year.

Well hand me my smelling salts and fetch my fainting couch!

In the tape Trump speaks with his longtime attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen about a payoff of $150,000 to the publishers of the National Enquirer, whose CEO, David Pecker, a close friend of Trump's, had purchased the woman's story and buried it preventing it from being made public.

The deal effectively ensured the woman's silence for the remainder of the presidential campaign and the tape shows payment for services rendered.

The recording, which was among the documents and items the FBI seized from Cohen during a raid of his New York office earlier this year, had been ruled inadmissible due to attorney client privilege.

This leaves only one question... Who leaked the tape and why?

Only Cohen and Trump's legal team, who had received the tape through the process of discovery, were in possession of it.

So was it Cohen sending a message to Trump that he has a cache of recordings of compromising material?

Or was it Trump hoping to deflect from his horrible "surrender summit" with Russian President Vladimir Putin?

That remains a mystery.

What's not a mystery is the fact that Trump is a congenital lier, a serial adulterer and most defiantly does not "choose the best people"!

One other thing to ruminate on while this tape scenario plays out: How many other payoff confession recordings might there be as we know Trump likes to make his lady problems (adultery, sexual harassment, sexual assault) go away via secret shell corporation payments... Which happens to be one of Michael Cohen's specialties.

Friday, July 20, 2018

NIGHTMARE FUEL! Time Magazine's New Trump-Putin Face Meld Animation Is Freaking Out The Internets!

For Time's new magazine cover they decided to merge Donald Trump and the Russian President Vladimir Putin's faces to create one unsettling animation.

The gif accompanies the magazine's new article...

"Trump Wanted a Summit With Putin. He Got Way More Than He Bargained For"

Before the issue hit the stands the publisher tweeted out the above 19-second animated GIF which shows Trump slowing morphing into Putin, then back to Trump before ending on the combination photo.

Here is the cover of the melded faces that will run on the magazine's July 30 print edition...

Click image to enlarge

Pretty accurate considering no one can really tell when Putin starts talking and Trump stops.

Time released a statement saying the image, created by artist Nancy Burson, was meant to illustrate a...

"particular moment in U.S. foreign policy,

The early peek at the magazine's cover comes just days after Trump's "surrender summit" with Putin in Helsinki on Monday where he refused to blame Putin for ordering the attack on the 2016 U.S. elections.

This is the sixth time Trump's visage has graced a TIME magazine cover this year including last month when it featured the him looking down at a crying two-year-old Honduran girl with the text "Welcome to America" a reference to his policy of separating migrant children from their families.

MR. PUTIN GOES TO WASHINGTON! Trump Invites The Russian President To D.C. Sometime "In The Fall"

After Donald Trump's disastrous "surrender summit" with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he blamed the United States equally for Russia's interference into the 2016 U.S. elections, it seems he hasn't learned his lesson.

Despite the backlash for Monday’s meeting in Helsinki, that included a smackdown by his own state run media over at Fox News, the double down king is looking for a sequel to the bomb he released worldwide only days ago...

Aside from mentioning a "second meeting" Trump alludes to "implementing some of the many things discussed" between he and Putin on Monday.... Which no one could possibly know because they did it secret refusing to allow in advisors or notetakers.

Trump continued...

Yes, these problems "can ALL be solved" by Trump and Trump alone... Just like at the North Korea summit?


Later in the day Trump had White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirm what was considered the maniacal musings of an unmoored Trump when she confirmed that there was indeed an invite extended to Putin to visit Washington, D.C., at an unspecified time in the fall...

I'm sure this pleases Putin as he is on the record saying the Helsinki summit had been so very successful...

It was successful overall and led to some useful agreements. Of course, let’s see how events will develop further,

Putin did not disclose the nature of the agreements he referred to.

As for Trump I imagine he could care less as a new poll shows that 79% of Republicans approve of the way Trump handled his press conference with Putin while 7% of Democrats of approve.

So perhaps Trump's instincts are right as a second go round with Vlad the impaler isn't going to hurt him one iota with his base.

News of the second summit comes after Trump was rebuked by the Senate on Thursday with a vote of 98-0 approving a non-binding resolution that the United States should refuse to cooperate with the Kremlin on investigations into U.S. diplomats in Russia.

This vote was in response to a proposition by Putin to interrogate American citizens in exchange for helping American investigators look into Russian interference in the 2016 election that Trump was actually considering.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

BOMBSHELL! New Report Shows That Trump Knew From the Start That Putin Personally Ordered The Cyber Attacks On The 2016 U.S. Election To Get Him Elected

A stunning new report from The New York Times shows that two weeks before his inauguration Donald Trump was apprised by government intelligence officials that Russian President Vladimir Putin was the one who ordered the Kremlin election meddling plot.

At the meeting in Trump Tower, which included nearly a dozen people including former FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers, highly classified intelligence was revealed that showed that Putin had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.

The assessment Trump was shown included texts and emails from Russian military officers, as well as information obtained from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin executed it's campaign of hacking and disinformation.

Adding to the veracity of the report given to Trump was that the attacks had been carried out by the same Russian groups involved in cyberattacks on the State Department and White House unclassified email systems in 2014 and 2015, and in an attack on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2016.

In other words they had dealt with these hackers before and they were already known to the government.

Despite the fact that "Trump sounded grudgingly convinced" according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing he has since tried to hide, misinform or deny the findings that he received that day.

Interestingly it was after that meeting that James Comey told Mr. Trump about the now infamous “Steele dossier,” which included stories of Mr. Trump’s sexual (pee-pee tape) and criminal activities that had been documented by Russian intelligence agencies.

Trump's Military Parade Now Expected To Cost U.S. Taxpayers Somewhere In Between $12 And $30 Million

A new report has revealed that Donald Trump’s vanity military parade is, as of today, expected to cost the American taxpayers $12 million.

This estimate is according to initial planning estimates, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday.

A defense official, on the condition of anonymity, said the $12 million price tag could easily explode as...

"no final plan has been approved yet,"

The official claimed the price would depend on the final numbers of troops and type of equipment involved, and how those troops will need to be transported to Washington, such as whether they would need to be moved by train.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney previously told Congress the price tag could could be as much as $30 million.

With the parade date just four months away, questions are being raised as to how Trump would be able to execute the security and planning, such as getting the permits and public bathrooms, for his grand military spectacle.

To put the price tag of Trump's military parade into perspective the new $12 million figure shows that it will cost nearly as much as the now canceled military exercise with South Korea that Trump called "tremendously expensive" and said cost "a fortune,"

Trump dream of being honored by a military parade in Washington started after he visited France last year during the Bastille Day celebrations and taken with the pomp and circumstance of the coinciding military parade along the Champs-Élysées and immediately tasked the Pentagon with planning a parade of his own.

Trump Contradicts His Own U.S. Intelligence AGAIN Claiming Russia Is No Longer Targeting the U.S. (VIDEO)

A day after publicly reaffirming his confidence in U.S. intelligence agencies Donald Trump has flip flopped on his flip flop during a meeting of his Cabinet on Wednesday where he rejected their findings once again.

This comes after Trump's Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, said of Russia's continuing attacks on the U.S. last Friday that...

"The warning lights are blinking red again," and "Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack."

Despite those dire comments after a pool reporter asked “Is Russia still targeting the U.S.? Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?” Trump clearly replied "No"... Twice!

You can watch him say that here...

Hours later, in need of some more damage control, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Trump was saying “no” to taking more questions and not in response to the reporter’s question about Russia.

You can watch that bull-shittery here...

In rebuttal to Sander's lies several reporters, including Cecilia Vega who asked the question, tweeted that Trump was “clearly responding to the reporters Russia question.

Today's statement from Trump comes after he came under fire for siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the U.S. intelligence community when he claimed Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election during a press conference in Helsinki on Monday.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Federal Judge Halts Trump Administration's Deportation Of Reunited Families Amid Fear Of Improprieties

A federal judge has put a temporary halt to Donald Trump's deportations of families that were recently reunited after having been separated due to his "zero tolerance" policy.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), concerned about “mass deportations” following the reunification of children aged five to 17 with their parents, asked that deportations be halted for at least a week after family reunification, to allow time to ensure no family was being improperly deported.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, on Monday, ordered the halt request to any deportations for a week until the government can respond to the ACLU's motion.

Sabraw then gave government lawyers until 9pm on 23 July to respond to the ACLU’s concerns saying he would rule permanently after going over the paperwork.

This ruling comes much as a result of Sabraw's exasperation over the governments shoddy efforts thus far to reunite the more than 2,500 children aged five and older by 26 July.

Sabraw drove that point home making clear that the HHS understood it was the defendant in the case by ordering the agency to look out for the welfare of children by reuniting them with their parents after telling them...

"It is failing in this context,"

HHS officials provided an update on the separated children claiming they had reunited 57 children under age 5 and had identified 2,551 minors ages 5 to 17 who need to be reunited. Of those, the government said it could not locate the parents of 71 of those children.

WATCH: President Obama Delivers A Powerful Speech Commemorating Nelson Mandela's 100 Birthday And Addressing World Events (FULL VIDEO)

President Barack Obama delivered a heartfelt and timely speech on Tuesday at an event in Africa to commemorate the late Nelson Mandela's 100 birthday.

In what was Obama's first visit to Africa since leaving office he praised the civil right's leader who was imprisoned for 27 years for attempting to end apartheid in Africa...

"I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multiracial democracy built on the premise that all people are created equal. They are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. I believe that a world governed by such principle is possible and it can achieve more peace and more cooperation in pursuit of a common good. That’s what I believe. I believe we have no choice but to move forward. Madiba shows that those of use who believe in freedom in democracy, we’re going to have to fight harder to reduce inequality and promote lasting economic opportunity for all people.

But he also spoke of the crisis we are experiencing here in the U.S. all without naming names...

"Given the strange and uncertain times that we are in – and they are strange – and they are uncertain – with each day's news cycles bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines, I thought maybe it would be useful to step back for a moment and try to get some perspective,"

In another section of his speech he attacked the rise of authoritarian leaders...

And a politics of fear and of resentment and retrenchment began to appear. And that kind of politics is now on the move. It’s on a move at a pace that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago. Look around. Strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained, the form of it, but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.

He also spoke of the attacks on the free press...

Many developing countries now are looking at China’s model of authoritarian control combined with mercantilist capitalism as preferable to the messiness of democracy. Who needs free speech as long as the economy is going good? The free press is under attack. Censorship and state control of media is on the rise. Social media, once seen as a mechanism to promote knowledge and understanding and solidarity, has proven to be just as effective at promoting hatred and paranoia and propaganda and conspiracy theories,

Obama also spoke of politicians who lie without remorse...

Politicians have always lied, but it used to be if you caught them lying, they’d be like, ‘Aw, man,’. But now if you catch them lying, they’ll just keep on lying!

It was all too clear whom he was referring to.

You can watch President Obama's full speech below...

You can read the full transcript of President Obama's speech HERE.

Trump Tries To Back-Track After Disastrous "Surrender Summit" With Putin... Fails Miserably (VIDEO)

Today Donald Trump attempted to take a mulligan on his disastrous summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that was so god-awful many have taken to calling it "treasonous".

That assessment comes from the fact that Trump not only refused to condemn Russia’s interference into the 2016 U.S. elections but in the same breath blamed America for the attack on our democracy as well.

This occurred when Trump was asked about his own intelligence chief's accusation that Russia undertook an "unprecedented influence campaign" in the 2016 election and Trump replied...

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people. But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. Putin just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be."

This statement was so heinous even Fox News pundits reprimanded him for uttering it.

So after 26 hours and two interviews Trump attempted damage control by sitting in front of the gathered media, arms folded like a petulant child, and read from a prewritten script that claimed the whole mess stemmed from one single solitary word he misspoke in the entirety of yesterday's events.

That word was "would".

I will let Donald explain in his typical word garbage...

"I thought that I made myself very clear by having just reviewed the transcript. Now, I have to say, I came back, and I said, "What is going on? What's the big deal?" So I got a transcript. I reviewed it. I actually went out and reviewed a clip of an answer that I gave, and I realized that there is need for some clarification.
It should have been obvious -- I thought it would be obvious -- but I would like to clarify, just in case it wasn't. In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't." The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why I wouldn't -- or why it wouldn't be Russia. So just to repeat it, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't." And the sentence should have been -- and I thought it would be maybe a little bit unclear on the transcript or unclear on the actual video -- the sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia. Sort of a double negative."

Ahh, yeah. Watch that here...

Now that garbage might have worked if that had been Trump's only weak, capitulatory, servile moment from the summit with Putin but there were legion.

For instance when it came to Putin's order for the hacking of the American election Trump stated that he held "both countries responsible", said "I think the United States has been foolish," and that "we’re all to blame.

And if the "wouldn't" = "would" bit wasn't weak enough Trump went on to throw his intelligence agencies under the bus again!...

I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.

Yeah, we know, and "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds".