Thursday, July 20, 2017

Senator John McCain Has Brain Cancer

Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has brain cancer

The news of McCain's diagnosis was learned when his office released a statement from the Mayo Clinic that the six term Senator has a glioblastoma, one of the most common but also one of the most malignant brain tumors.

Mr. McCain’s office said he was recuperating at his home in Arizona and...

appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days.

Mr. McCain learned of the tumor after undergoing surgery late last week at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

Medical experts said the type of tumor Mr. McCain has is particularly aggressive. The median survival of a glioblastoma is about 16 months

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died from the exact same kind of brain tumor in 2009.

Senator McCain is the son of a prominent family dedicated to military service, was the public face of the mistreatment of American prisoners at the North Vietnamese camp known as the Hanoi Hilton. It was there where as a Navy pilot he was confined and tortured for over five years.

A few years into his imprisonment McCain was set to be released due to his ranking but instead chose to remain with his fellow soldiers until they were released as well.

McCain was tortured severely for his refusal and sustained injuries that plague him even today from the repeated beatings.

He was released from captivity on March 14, 1973.

After He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 McCain became interested in politics and ran for the congress in Arizona, easily winning his first election in 1982. He then went on to win the Senate seat given up by the Arizona icon Barry Goldwater in 1986.

In 2008 McCain ran for the presidency of the United States. He faced an uphill battle given public discontentment with the United States-led war in Iraq and overall fatigue with the administration of George W. Bush. and lost the bid to an upstart freshman Senator named Barack Obama.

Following his defeat McCain returned to the Senate where he continued to serve a a maverick known for his honesty, truth telling and no-nonsense style has earned him a level of bipartisan respect rarely seen in these times of political division.

Mr. McCain has stated that he would decide when to return to the Senate as he consults with his medical advisers.

Let's hope it's soon and for several more terms.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Push Trump Off A Cliff Again (GAME)

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REVEALED! Eighth Person At Trump Jr.'s Secret Russia Meeting Finally Exposed And He's A Money Launderer Who Works For Trump's Russian Business Partner

There are now eight confirmed attendees of the June 2016 meeting that the eldest son of President Donald Trump took after being promised damaging information on his father’s presidential election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

It started off with Donald Trump Jr. meetingng with a lawyer about adoption laws and has turned into a veritable clown car of who's who in the Trump administration and a squad of Russian power players with ties to Putin and the Kremlin

As of last week it was reported that there were a total of eight people in the room. the problem was that it wasn't known who those people were.

First out of the gate was (1) Donny Junior.

Then came the Russian lawyer, (2) Natalia Veselnitskaya, who it appears was working hand in glove with the Russian government in her efforts to repeal Russian sanctions for dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Then came the revelation that Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor (3) Jared Kusner was in attendance

In addition to Kushner it was also revealed that candidate Trump's then-campaign manager (4) Paul Manafort was invited to the ever growing meeting.

Then the emails came and with then the reveal of more invitees.

We found out that (5) Rob Goldstone, the man who helped Trump set up the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and sent the emails arranging the meeting, was also present.

In addition, to Goldstone, we have Russian-American interpreter (6) Anatoli Samochornov, also attended to be the interpreter for Veselnitskaya who does not speak English.

Then there was (7) Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian lobbyist, former Soviet military coater-intelligence officer who was hired by Veselnitskaya’s organization to work on overturning the Magnitsky sanctions.

And then there was number eight.

Just who was the eighth man out and and why was he the last one to be revealed? Perhaps it is because his presence in the room is the most damning of all those whom attended.

The previously unnamed attendee is a man named (8) Irakly Kaveladze.

Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze, who was born in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia in 1965, was implicated in a US money laundering scheme in 2000 in which his company, International Business Creations, set up more than 2,000 corporations in Delaware for Russian brokers and then opened the bank accounts for them. All without knowing who owned the corporations but taking the brokers word for it that they were on the up and up.

The New York Times reported at the time that, in total, more than $1.4 billion was transferred through the accounts that he opened.

Surprisingly Kaveladze was not charged.

According to a public records search, Kaveladze immigrated to the U.S. in 1991 and now lives in California and is presently the senior vice president for Russian real estate developer Aras Agalarov who's company had tried to had tried to build a Tower in Moscow with Donald Trump.

You might remember Aras Agalarov's name as his son, Amin, is a mid-level pop star in Russia and is represented by non other than Rob Goldstone.

Now we have to ask just how does a Russian born man, who works for Donald Trump's biggest business partner in that country and has a history of money laundering for that country fit into this picture. At this point I can only guess that it will have something to do with Russian oligarchs, lots unwashed money and shady Donald Trump land deals.

The revelation of Kaveladze presence at the meeting just happens to coincide as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, one of several probes looking into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, is now said to be actively looking into Trump Jr.’s meeting. This is seen as the Mueller declaring that  Junior's meeting is at this point the clearest indication yet of the Trump’s campaign collusion with the Russia.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Little Donny Sits In A Big Boy Fire Engine Truck To Kick Off "Made In America Week"... VROOM VROOM!!!

Ohhh, fun times for big boy Donald!!!!
Donald Trump celebrated “Made In America Week,” by pretending to be a big boy fire fighter!


Thumbs up big buddy!

The photos are frighteningly similar to the ones man-baby had taken when he made real cool driving faces when he sat in an 18 wheeler for some reason a few months ago...

Ahhh, through the eyes of a child.

Here are some other totally cool stuff Donny did for his big day...

He touched the tire on an awesome yellow truck!

He swung a neat new baseball bat...

And he even got to wear a real injun fighter cowboy hat!!!!


Trumpcare Is Dead... Again!

Like the vicious killer in an 80's slasher film every time they think they've killed off Trumpcare it sits up and resumes slashing health care coverage by 22 million people and gutting medicaid by nearly a trillion dollars.

Tonight, however, it appears that the dreaded bill has once again been deep-sixed and it was done in at the hands of the party that all but ran on the repeal of Obamacare.

The way this breaks down is that the GOP controls al three branches of government. The Presidency, the Congeress and the Senate. The Republican health care bill presently sits in the Senate and could be passed even without a single Democrat voting for it as they have a 52 to 48 majority. This means the the bill can only afford to lose two Republican Senators.

But hey! Why the hold up? The Republicans have been waiting seven years to do this right?

As it turns out there are still a few moderates left in the party and it just so happens that Obamacare is working well in their states and their constituency don't want the their current health care system repealed.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have stated they will not be voting for the bill leaving a margin of zero more defectors if they wish to pass Trumpcare.

Tonight they lost a third and the fourth Republican "yes" votes.

After Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah made it know they would be voting no it officially the bill was D.O.A..

After hearing of the defectors denying him his big win Trump threw a hissy immediately taking to Twitter to voice his disapproval and what he believes should be the strategy going forward...

Hours after the bills demise Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) officially threw in the towel and declared defeat releasing a statement that the chamber will instead vote to repeal Obamacare and then replace it two years later...

Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful." He continued “a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered healthcare system.

What Trump and McConnell seem to forget is that, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), if the Republicans simply repealed the ACA without replacing it 32 million people would have their health care stripped away and would double cost of insurance premiums over next decade.

Also, a full repeal of Obamacare would require 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

Make no mistake, the final outcome of this debate has yet to occur and some of you may remember that it was only a few months ago that a relatively similar version of this bill appeared all but dead in the House only to be revived weeks later when the lower chamber passed a bill similar to the Senate legislation.

So... BOO! Keep looking over your shoulder folks.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

FAIL!!!! Trump Perpetrates His Longest, Most Uncomfortable, Most Embarrassing Handshake EVER!

30 seconds of pure excruciating awkwardness.

Donald Trump, trying to assert his non-exististant dominance, tried one of his ridiculous "power" handshakes on the French President Emanuel Macron during his visit for Bastille Day... It did not go well.

Not only did he not assert said dominance he executed one of the most awkward, embarrassing, failed handshakes ever all while on the world stage.

Trump took his idiotic handshake game up a notch with hand slapping and his patented jerk-and-pull move almost causing the French president to lose his balance. When Macron tried to pull away, Trump switched to an upward grip and pulled Macron close to him before leaning over to kiss/maul the French first lady but then unexpectedly grabbed Brigitte Macron's hand pulling her into the fray!

Trump then proceeded to shake both their hands or several seconds until he finally let go of the couple, but not before giving the French president one last hand pat.

The entire exchange took almost 30 seconds.

Ladies and gentlemen I give to you the impotent Trump embarrassing all of us in front of the world... Again...

The gripping heard around the world came on Friday after the two watched the French National Day Parade.

MORE LIES! Turns Out A Russian-American Military Counter Intelligence Agent Was At Trump Jr.s Meeting Who Claims There Were At Least 8 People In The Room!

SURPRISE! Turns out former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin was at Don Jr.'s party!

This has now become comical.

How many lies can you tell about a single meeting? If you are the Trumps it becomes like a Rubic's cube. The truth can be twisted and twisted again into an almost infinite number of combinations or as in this case untruths.

Let's take for instance the scandal du jour... Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin connected lawyer with ties to Putin who promised to give him damaging information about Hillary Clinton's campaign that had been gathered by Russian intelligence agencies at a meeting in Trump tower.

• First, there was no meeting #FakeNews #WitchHunt.
 Then there was a meeting but it was with an adoption advocate.
 Then there was a meeting and it was with a Russian lawyer who was adoption advocate.
 Then there was a meeting with a Russian lawyer who was an adoption advocate named Natalia Veselnitskaya with no ties to the Kremlin.
• Then there was a meeting with a Russian lawyer who was an adoption advocate named Natalia Veselnitskaya and she did have ties to the Kremlin.
 Then there was a meeting with a Russian lawyer who was an adoption advocate named Natalia Veselnitskaya with ties to the Kremlin but nothing to do with damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
 Then there was a meeting with a Russian lawyer who was an adoption advocate named Natalia Veselnitskaya with ties to the Kremlin who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton but never delivered.
 Then Jared Kushner was there.
 Then Paul Manafort was there.
 Then there were no emails about the meeting.
 Then there were emails but Don Jr. released them for the sake of transparency.
 Then there were emails but they weren't released for transparency but because the New York Tmes were going to release them and Trump Jr. wanted to get it out so he could claim he was being transparent. 
 Then Donald Trump said his son was a "quality person" and it didn't matter because no information switched hands so it was a "nothing burger".
 Then the Trump administration had known about it all along as it had received the email three weeks prior to Trump Jr. releasing them.
 Then, Anatoli Samochornov, a Russian-born American translator was in the meeting. 
 And now Anatoli Samochornov, a Russian-born American translator, claims there were more people at the meeting including a former Russian-American Military counter intelligence agent named Rinat Akhmetshin.
 This former Russian-American Military counter intelligence agent named Rinat Akhmetshin claimed there were an additional seventh and an eighth attendees in the room whom he says he can't/won't identify.
 And on top of that the former Russian-American Military counter intelligence agent named Rinat Akhmetshin claims that the Russian lawyer/adoption advocate Natalia Veselnitskaya handed a folder to Don Jr. the contents of which he did not ascertain!

FACT CHECK: Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who was a supposed adoption advocate really wasn't. Her main objective is to repeal an American sanction placed on the Russians named the "Magnitsky Act" which main intention was to punish Russian officials, mostly Russian President Vladimir Putin's friends and associates, who were thought to be responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky by prohibiting their entrance to the United States and their use of its banking system.


So who is Ranit Akhmetshin?

Akhmetshin, 50, is a lobbyist and former Soviet military officer who holds dual Russian-American citizenship. He has spent decades embedded in several high-stakes lobbying campaigns on behalf of the former Soviet Union.

Akhmetshin confirmed that he had participated in the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, amid a lobbying campaign against the Magnitsky Act, legislation passed in 2012 that barred several Russian officials accused of human rights abuses from entering the U.S. and infuriated Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Just how sleazy is Akhmetshin?

Just last April he was the subject of a letter that Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as part of an investigation into potential violations committed by the lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Oh yeah, a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., was told in July 2015 that Akhmetshin had arranged the hacking of a mining company’s private records and then disseminating them....


As for the info that was given to Trump Jr., Akhmetshin said he thinks she left print-outs detailing an alleged flow of illicit funds to the Democratic National Committee. According to Akhmetshin, Trump Jr. asked whether the lawyer had all the evidence to back up her claims and Veselnitskaya said the Trump campaign would have to do further research themselves.

By the way, when Akhmetshin attended the now large gathering at Trump Tower he told the Associated Press that he didn’t expect his meeting with Trump Jr. to be a “big deal”, says he wore jeans and a t-shirt and was not asked for ID or whom he was with when he entered the building!

Perhaps he was a regular at Trump's Tower?

So, have I left anything out? If I haven't let me assure you Donald Trump, his son and everyone in his administration have as there will be more shoes to drop on this Russian-American collusion horror story.

Friday, July 14, 2017

RED HANDED: Time Magazine Puts Donny Junior On Their Latest Cover

Time magazine just released a sneak peek of their latest cover and it features none other than Donald Trump Jr. with the words “Red Handed” emblazoned across his face...

The cover comes just days after Trump Jr. released his emails that showed he had agreed to met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to obtain incriminating information about his father's presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

The words "I love it" that reside on Trump Jr.'s upper lip refer to one of the emails in which he stated that he said would “love” to receive such information.

The entire email exchange has proved that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign did in fact collude with the Russians during the 2016 election. A claim that Trump, his family and his administration have been denying for over a year.

As far as Donny Junior's first Time magazine cover goes... I wonder if they'll hang it next to daddy Trump's fake Times cover they have strewn all over their golf course clubhouses?

You can read the full Time article here...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

IT BEGINS: Congressmen Takes First Steps In Impeaching Trump

Rep. Brad Sherman and the bills co-sponsor Rep. Al Green

California Rep. Brad Sherman, an 11-term Democrat, introduced an article of impeachment in the House, seeking to remove Donald Trump from office.

Sherman believes Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in retaliation for his continued investigation into former national security advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

In his media release Sherman explains...

Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia. It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe. I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice.

In the release Sherman also took some well deserved shots at Trump's grotesquely unpresidential conduct...

The Constitution does not provide for the removal of a President for impulsive, ignorant incompetence,. It does provide for the removal of a President for High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

While Sherman fully expects Republicans to continue backing the disastrous Trump administration in the long term he has hopes that raising the option now might spur the GOP to action...

"First, I have slight hope it will inspire an “intervention” in the White House. If Impeachment is real, if they actually see Articles, perhaps we will see incompetency replaced by care. Perhaps uncontrollable impulses will be controlled. And perhaps the danger our nation faces will be ameliorated. 
Second, and more likely, filing Articles of Impeachment is the first step on a very long road. But if the impulsive incompetency continues, then eventually—many, many months from now—Republicans will join the impeachment effort."

Sherman concluded by saying...

I served with Mike Pence in Congress for twelve years and I disagree with him on just about everything. I never dreamed I would author a measure that would put him in the White House.

The impeachment measure is a long way from a floor vote and is expected to be referred to the House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) co-sponsored the article.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

GAME OVER! Donald Trump Jr. Is Forced To Release Emails Proving The Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia To Influence the 2016 US Election (FULL EMAILS)

This afternoon the New York Times had intended on running an article which was to have contained copies Donald Trump Jr.'s email correspondence with Rod Goldstone, the man who set up his meeting with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. In the emails Goldstone had indicated to Trump Jr. that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had promised to deliver damaging info on his father's political rival Hillary Clinton care of a Russian effort to help his father in the 2016 Presidential election.

Before the NYT ran their story they contacted Trump Jr. and various White House staff members for comment on the soon to be published article.

Trump Jr. and the White House staffers all stated that they would get back to the Times shortly with a statement.

Unknown at that time was that Trump Jr. and the staffers were quickly piecing all of Junior's emails to and from Goldstone and pumping them out via Twitter before the Times could get their story to print.

This was done for two reasons. One, because the NYT had forced the Trump Jr's hand and two, so the Trump surrogates could go on the friendly confines of Fox News and claim they had nothing to hide and were being 100 percent transparent with the communications.

The problem the Trump administration still faces is that these communications they were so transparent with are unbelievably damning to say the least.

They prove two things. One, that Donald Trump, his family and every single one of his surrogates lied when they said they never had any contacts with Russia to influence the 2016 US elections. Two, that Donald Trump, his family and every single one of his surrogates lied when they said they never had never colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 US election.

Here are the emails in chronological order.

*Keep in mind that up until four days ago Donald Trump Jr. was denying that he had ever met with a Russian let alone colluded  with one...

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What do we learn from theses emails?

Let's take a look...

• The emails show Donald Trump Jr. knew he was meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian government attorney with ties to the Kremlin, to obtain documents from the Russian government that would harm Hillary Clinton's election.

• The email explicitly shows that Trump Jr. knew that the meeting with Veselnitskaya would be for the purpose providing “official documents” that “incriminate Hillary” via a Russian government.

• Rob Goldstone, the man who set up the meeting, offered to send information directly to Donald Trump.

• Trump Jr. forwarded the emails to Trump’s then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner which referred to providing “incriminating” information as part of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump”. This shows that top officials in the Trump campaign knew there was a Russian effort to support Trump’s campaign.

• Manafort and Kushner, who initially failed to disclose the meeting in his application for a top-secret security clearance, attended the meeting.

• Natalia Veselnitskaya was not the only Russian at the meeting with Kushner, Manafort and Trump Jr. The emails refer to two Russians attending the meeting — Veselnitskaya and another individual who she told the Times was "an interpreter".

• The emails suggest Trump Jr. may have broken the law by soliciting anything of value from foreign nationals which violates campaign finance law.

• Even though Trump Jr. says he received “no meaningful information” from the meeting, it is instead the fact that Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort attended the meeting with intentions to accept secret help from the Russian government in order to damage Clinton and win the US election that is the smoking gun.

So, after 172 days the truth is out and I would wager that this isn't close to being the last shoe to drop.

The question of "was there any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia" is now dead. The question now is "how much collusion was there!"

So alas Trumpers... It is time to put the terms "witch hunt" and "fake news" out to pasture and come out of the bubble. Games over.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

BOMBSHELL: Trump Jr. Knew Lawyer's Damaging Clinton Info Was From The Russian Government In An Effort To Help His Father's Campaign

Yesterday it was revealed that on June 9th, 2016 Donald Trump Jr. met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, in the hopes of receiving information that was damaging to his father's political rival Hillary Clinton.

Late last night, in a new bombshell report, the New York Times says Trump Jr. was told in an email that the meeting he admitted to attending for the sole purpose of obtaining information damaging to Clinton was connected to intelligence gathered by the Russian government. Furthermore the email alerted Trump Jr. that the purpose of the information gathered by the Russian government was to help get his father elected.

Rob Goldstone

The Times, who citied multiple people with knowledge of the communication said the email was sent by publicist Rob Goldstone, who initially set up the meeting between Trump Jr. and  Veselnitskaya.

This means that Trump Jr., along with his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his father’s then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, took the meeting with the full knowledge that they would be receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton from Russian intelligence that was illegally obtained to help Donald Trump's chances to get elected.

This is the EXACT thing the Trump campaign has claimed never happened, was "fake news" and was "neither productive nor patriotic" to even suggest such a thing!

Legal experts have said Trump Jr.’s actions could very well be illegal, as campaign finance laws prohibit political candidates and their associates from obtaining anything of value (*not necessarily monetary) to aid their campaign from foreign nationals.

Robert Muller, who was named special counsel for the Russia investigation is said to be very interested in the findings and how they relate to his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow to sway the 2016 election.

Monday, July 10, 2017

COLLUSION: Donald Trump Jr. And Senior Officials Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Intel On Hillary Clinton

The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump Jr. and other senior Trump officials met with a Kremlin-affiliated lawyer approximately two weeks after Donald Trump became the GOP’s presidential candidate for 2016.

Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Trump's then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in Trump Tower under the impression that she was in possession of damaging information on Donald Trump’s presidential opponent Hillary Clinton.

When confronted with the story Trump Jr. initially claimed the meeting with Veselnitskaya, a lawyer who has represented Russian state-owned businesses and the son of a senior Russian government official, was solely to discuss an adoption program between the US and Russia...

It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.“I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.

But after further reporting, the Times discovered that Trump Jr. had been promised the damaging information about Clinton before arranging the meeting.

When this bit of news broke Trump Jr. then released an entirely different statement...

I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign. I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance. We had a meeting in June 2016. After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information. She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting. I interrupted and advised her that my father was not an elected official, but rather a private citizen, and that her comments and concerns were better addressed if and when he held public office. The meeting lasted approximately 20 to 30 minutes. As it ended, my acquaintance apologized for taking up our time. That was the end of it and there was no further contact or follow-up of any kind. My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events.

This makes two versions within a 24-hour period and in the second one Jr. all but admits that they went to the meeting expecting to receive the Clinton dirt but left when it was not forthcoming!

This 2016 meeting marks the first confirmed interaction between Trump’s inner circle and Russians during the presidential campaign.

In a Sunday statement to media organizations Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s outside legal team handling matters related to the Russia probes said that “the president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.” despite the fact that an Associated Press story from June 9, 2016, placed candidate Trump in the building that day.

Corallo has also stated that he believes that the meeting might have been a setup by "Russian nationals".

Kushner is already under investigation after failing to disclose his own meetings with Russian officials during Trump’s transition in December and Manafort is under investigation in Congress and by the FBI.

Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort are now part of a long list of Trump associates whom have lied about meeting with Russians that already included former advisers Carter Page, J.D. Gordon, Roger Stone, now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former national security adviser Michael Flynn who resigned in February after misleading administration officials about the extent of his own interactions with Russian officials.

It is unknown whether Veselnitskaya actually had damaging information about Clinton, the Times reported.

You can read the full Times article HERE.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Trump And Putin Meet Officially For The First Time. Each Tell a Different Story... No One Believes Either Of Them

On Friday Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the first (maybe?) time.

The headliner on the card between the two men was no doubt the election hacking done by Russia at the behest of Putin in which the DNC and a Hillary Clinton aid, John Podesta, were compromised and had their information leaked to and then by Wikileaks to harm the Clinton campaign. In addition to that affront there was also the Russian's use of bots and paid computer specialists who flooded the internet and social media with false stories in an attempt to sway the election in Trump's favor.

With those hefty topics on the front burner amazingly only six men were allowed to sit in on the meeting.

There was Trump and Putin who were joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. Besides those four only two translators were allowed to sit in on the tête-à-tête.

Interestingly, the meeting comes one day after Mr. Trump took a proverbial dump all over the US intelligence agencies that supposedly work for him. Answering a reporters questions in Poland Trump, despite reports from all of his intelligence agencies that concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 election, said Russia might not have been responsible for the US election hacking because 15 years ago they gave questionable information about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Despite the stunning breach of protocol by publicly berating the men and women of the US intelligence agencies while overseas the six way meeting was on and lasted for a whopping two and a half hours.

After the meeting both Trump and Putin sent out their respective mouthpieces to flack for them.

On Trump's side Tillerson said Trump "pressed" Putin on the election hacking and then asked "how do we go forward?". Apparently quite well as the Secretary of State immediately added that while the relationship between the U.S. and Russia is a "complicated" one the two men had a...

"positive chemistry," and that "there was not a lot of re-litigating of the past."

On Putin's behalf Lavrov claimed, when confronted by Trump about hacking the US election, Putin denied any role in such a scandalous affair to which Lavrov said Trump accepted fully.

Lavrov claimed Mr. Trump said that...

"some circles continue to pump up the topic of Russian interference in the American elections though they can't prove it."

So there you have it. The two men met, they sent out their respective shills to inform the media of the meetings content, no one knows whom to trust and no one really learned anything about what went on in the meeting.

The only thing that is iron-clad is that there are no further meetings scheduled between Mr. Trump and Putin at this point.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Trump Breaks Decades Old Tradition And Refuses Visit To Jewish Warsaw Ghetto Memorial During Poland Visit

On Thursday Haaretz reported that Donald Trump chose not stop at the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes memorial during his two-day trip to Poland.

The memorial commemorates the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, in which 750 Jewish residents took up arms to resist Nazi troops that had arrived to deport the entire population of the ghetto to concentration camps.

Jewish community leaders in Poland criticized Trump’s decision not to visit the monument in a statement cosigned by the President of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, the President of the Union of the Jewish Communities in Poland and Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich.

The statement reads...

We deeply regret that President Donald Trump, though speaking in public barely a mile away from the Monument, chose to break with that laudable tradition. We trust that this slight does not reflect the attitudes and feelings of the American people,”

The statement also notes that every U.S. president since 1989 has made a point of visiting the memorial.

Instead of attending himself Donald Trump decided to send his daughter Ivanka.

Ivanka, who is Jewish, laid a wreath at its base with Rabbi Michael Schudrichand calling the experience “deeply moving” in an Instagram post.

What, no tweet?

While Rabbi Schudrich said that while her visit was “very important,” he did however reiterate that her father’s snub was “sad.

Instead of visiting the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Monument Trump decided he would much rather give a speech at the nearby Warsaw Uprising Monument, which commemorates Polish resistance fighters who rebelled against the Nazis in 1944.

At that event Haaretz, the longest running newspaper currently still in print in Israel, noted in its report that Trump’s speech...

seemed to embrace the Polish right wing narrative according to which the Poles were merely victims of the Nazis and did not play a proactive role in the slaughter of Jews.

To make matters worse, he also mentioned the ghetto uprising alongside the ghetto itself in a list of “evils beyond description” endured by... “the Polish people.”!!!!!!!

What, is he allergic to the word Jews?!?!

As far as the US media goes, they panned Trump's address calling it a "White-Nationalist Dog Whistle", an "alt-right manifesto”, and a "far-right rallying cry".

Many believe that Trump’s decision to skip the Ghetto Uprising monument reflects ongoing problems with anti-Semitism in his administration.

As for Trump himself he has refused to condemn anti-Semitic hate crimes, failed to mention the Jewish people in the official White House Holocaust Remembrance Day statement and allowed a State Department office which monitors anti-Semitism around the world go unstaffed.

Top Ethics Chief Announces Resignation After Months Long Battle To Drain The Trump Administration Swamp

Walter Shaub Jr. announced Thursday that he will resign, effective July 19, as director of the Office of Government Ethics.

Here is his full resignation letter to Donald Trump...

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The resignation comes after months of tension between Shaub and Donald Trump

The problems between the two began when Trump announced after his election win that he would become the first president in the modern era to refuse to divest or separate himself from his holdings. This rightfully caused Shaub to sharply criticize the plan for failing to meet the standard that “every president of the past four decades has met.

Shaub told the media that Donald Trump’s businesses certainly appears to be profiting from his tenure in the White House but he couldn't definitively tell whether Trump and his family were in fact using the office to enrich themselves.

Despite that Shaub claimed that it “doesn’t matter” if the Trump family is or isn’t making financial gains...

"The effect is that there’s an appearance that the businesses are profiting from his occupying the presidency. And appearance matters as much as reality. So even aside from whether or not that’s actually happening, we need to send a message to the world that the United States is gonna have the gold standard for an ethics program in government, which is what we’ve always had. (...) America should have the right to know what the motivations of its leaders are, and they need to know that financial interests, personal financial interests, aren’t among them,

The Office of Government Ethics, which was created in the wake of the Watergate scandal, typically works with presidential administrations to resolve possible conflicts of interest but Shaub struggled to connect with the Trump transition team after the election.

Shaub said he is planning to join the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit that works on voting rights and campaign finance issues.

Shaub said that he didn’t believe there was much more he could have accomplished at the Office of Government Ethics, given the current situation, and that the timing was right for his departure. His new position with the nonprofit group will allow him to openly advocate for government ethics reforms.

Shaub's resignation marks the culmination of a months-long battle between his office and the man who once promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington.

The White House has accepted Mr. Shaub’s resignation and appreciates his service and added that...

the President will be nominating a successor in short order.

Shaub joined the ethics office as an attorney during the George W. Bush administration and was appointed director by Barack Obama.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

NPR Tweets The Declaration Of Independence For The 4th Of July And Trump Supporters Lose Their Minds!

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend NPR decided to tweet the Declaration of Independence — the entire Declaration of Independence — 140 characters at a time.

It's an annual tradition which is usually read live on the radio but they decided to do it on Twitter this year.

With that in mind never let it be said that there is a shortage of low information Trumpers waiting - no - lurking in the Twittersphere ready to be outraged by the ever present threat of liberal media bias!

As it turns out the MAGA-morons went ape-shit over the 241 year old document that shaped the very country they claim to want to put "first"!

Without pausing to realize what was being sent out over NPR's Twitter-feed the Trumpanzees proceeded to fling their poo...

Our country is turning into the movie Idiocracy.