Attorney General Wants Trump To Fire Him

The morning started with reports that president Donald Trump is very angry at attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump is angry that Sessions refused to take control over the investigation into Russian hacking and campaign spying, and instead “recused” himself, or in other words, removed himself, from the investigation.  Trump was probably angry because he thought Sessions would be there to cover up Trump’s ties to Russia:

“I thought that was a pretty damning report for the president,” Miller said. “Why would the president care if Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation or not unless he wanted him to exert inappropriate influence over it. It shouldn’t really matter who’s leading the investigation unless you want the person in charge to somehow steer it in a way that benefits you.”

Article after article kept coming, talking about how pissed off Trump was at Sessions, and explaining that the Trump’s tweets about the “travel ban” were really a way for him to blow off some of the steam he has built up about Sessions.  Trump effectively strangled the justice department’s case before it ever had a chance of making it before the supreme court:

The discontent was on display on Monday in a series of stark early-morning postings on Twitter in which the president faulted his own Justice Department for its defense of his travel ban on visitors from certain predominantly Muslim countries.

After all the bad stories about Sessions, it then was leaked to the press that Sessions actually offered to resign.  He’s had enough with El Trumpo, and seems to be who Trump is taking out his anger on these days.  Could it be that El Trumpo is getting scared?

As for Sessions, he’s ready to retire and pursue his life-long dream!

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Trumps Crimes Aren’t Just About Russian Hacking and Conflicts of Interest

The big complaints we’ve had about Trump so far are that (1) he refused to divest himself from his private businesses, thereby creating a conflict of interest and a potential violation of the emoluments clause of the United States constitution; (2) that Trump’s team “coordinated” with the Russians in hacking the Hillary Clinton campaign and otherwise worked with the Russians to manipulate the presidential campaign; and (3) obstruction of justice (or in other words, trying to screw up the FBI’s investigation on purpose).

Today, however, we learn that the FBI’s investigation is far deeper than who talked to the Russians and when.  We know this based on who is being put on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. We have Justice Department “fraud chief” Andrew Weissman.  Weissman was the director of the Enron Task Force in 2002, which if you might remember brought down Enron and their shady accountant company Arthur Anderson. He was also “co-chair” of heavyweight private law firm Jenner & Block’s White Collar Practice Group where he “worked on a broad range of matters including ones involving securities fraud, antitrust, health care fraud and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”

These are not experts on conflicts of interest and espionage. No, they are experts in fraud, white collar crime, corruption and illegal business practices. You build your team based on the game you are playing. And it appears the game here is fraud and corruption, and not hacking. This indicates that the investigation into Trump is far more serious than what games he played with the Russians to take down Hillary.

It’s clear that the Russians have significant leverage over Trump. We aren’t talking about pee-pee tapes, we’re talking about wide spread fraud and criminal activities.

Kushner Becomes an FBI Target

We learned today that Jared Kushner is a person of interest in the FBI investigation into Trump campaign connections to Russia.  Coincidentally, it was also reported recently that Kushner pushed very hard to have Comey fired and also pushed to retaliate for the appointment of a special counsel.  He wanted to fight the investigations into Trumpland very hard—as if it was the fight of his life.

But what has Kushner done to become a potential target of a federal criminal investigation?  We know that back in December 2016, Kushner met with a Russian banker at the request of the Russian ambassador to the United States.

This raises questions because “Russian bankers” usually are agents of the Russian government and work very hard to move dirty Russian money around the world and help cover up Russian financial crimes.  In fact, a Russian banker was sentenced to 30 months in prison after he was prosecuted in federal court in New York.  The charge? Conspiring to work for Russian foreign intelligence services in the United States.  The prosecutor who took down the Russian banker?  The U.S. attorney that Trump fired earlier this year.

As for Kushner’s meeting in December 2016 with Banker Sergey Gorkov, Gorkov is also someone on the feds’ radar. Gorkov used to serve on the Executive Board and was Vice President of another Russian bank, Sberbank. (source)  This week Trump named Marc Kasowitz, an attorney who previously represented Sberbank in federal court, as his private counsel for the Russia investigation.  Kasowitz has another Russian client: a company operated by Oleg Deripaska, a man who Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, signed a $10M annual contract with to influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States.  Manafort’s contract with Deripaska had one major purpose—to benefit President Vladimir Putin’s government.

Trump and his buddies are pushing their way to the top of the FBI’s list.

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Russia Investigation Targets Current Senior White House Official, Trump Admits to Firing Comey over Russia

Just when you thought the week might be calming down, the NYTimes drops the bombshell that Trump told the Russian spies, who he invited to the Oval Office, that he fired Comey for being a nutj ob, and to “take the pressure off” the Russia investigation.  Trump’s spokesman, Spicer, refused to deny that Trump made the comment. Which either means it’s on tape or video or that there were so many witnesses to the statement it would be impossible to deny it.

Then, a few minutes later, just as soon as Trump’s plane went “wheels up” for his trip to the Middle East, the WaPo dropped another bombshell: a current, and very senior member of Trump’s White House team has been swept into the FBI’s Russia probe.

We do not know who the senior official is.  However, based on what we know, the best guess seems to be on Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner. This is based on his track record: he forgot to mention on his security clearance forms that he had a meeting with Russians, met with a Russian banker with direct ties to Putin, did not want to appoint a special counsel, and pushed hard for Comey’s firing.  Kushner has also “lawyered up.”  Kushner’s dad is also a known criminal felon for . . . you guessed it, illegal campaign contributions, among other things.

According to Washington Post reporters on Twitter, the day is not over . . .

Trump Passed Classified Intelligence to Russian Spies during White House Meeting

The fun started on May 10, 2017, when president Trump met with the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office of the White House.  Kislyak is a known Russian spy.  Trump prohibited all American media from the meeting, but allowed Russian state news agency TASS, a Russian propaganda network, into the meeting.

Then on May 15, 2017, the Washington Post reported that Trump told the Russian spies during the meeting “highly classified information.” 

Trump’s people quickly came out and said it wasn’t true. But that didn’t last long. Instead of denying that he leaked classified information, Trump admitted it. He said he had the “absolute right” to share classified information with the Russians.  He also said he shared the classified information for “humanitarian” reasons. 

In response to Trump leaking classified information, Republican senator Collins has asked for a briefing on all of the info Trump passed to Russian spies.  Republican congressman Justin Amash is demanding that Trump share with Congress, in a classified setting, the “precise” details of Trump’s meeting with Russian spies.  Republican senator John McCain said that Trump’s sharing of information with Russian spies is “deeply disturbing.”

The intelligence community is also very angry. A former CIA agent said that Trump’s leak to Russian spies “will get Americans killed.”  And Israeli media is reporting that U.S. officials warned Israel not to share sensitive intelligence with Trump because Trump would pass the information to Russian spies would would then pass the information to Iranian spies. Iran is on record as wanting to destroy Israel.

Even Trump himself demanded that Edward Snowden be “executed” for giving “serious information” to Russia.

Republicans Don’t Believe Trump’s Own Words if it Makes Him Look Bad

President Donald Trump fired the FBI director and later explained in a news interview that part of the reason why the FBI director was fired was the ongoing Russian investigation against Trump and his campaign.  Of course, when the firing was first announce the president said the real reason was the botched Hillary investigation by the FBI.  He didn’t want to say that he fired a guy because he was tired of the guy investigating him for criminal wrongdoing.  That would be . . . a crime!  But eventually he stopped caring and admitted it–he fired Comey over the Russian investigation.

Even though Trump has now come right out and said that he fired Comey due to the investigation, republicans REFUSE to believe that the Russian investigation had anything to do with the firing.  Trump tells them the reason right to their face and yet, they don’t believe it.  His supporters seem unwilling to believe anything negative about Trump, even when he himself admits it.

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Trump Humiliated by Comey Congressional Hearing

The big news out of the Comey congressional hearing today is that the FBI confirms it is now investigating ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian intelligence services.  In response to the hearing, Donald Trump tweeted that Russia “did not influence” the electoral process.  It’s a flat out lie.  But more importantly Trump’s tweet appears to all but certainly confirm that Donald Trump operates the White House as  the American propaganda arm of Russia.  He has disrespected the White House and has cheapened the Office of Presidency.

Sadly, the Republican stooges during the congressional hearing could not even bring themselves to mention the bear in the room–Russia’s attempts to influence our presidential election.  Instead, all they could muster was a half-baked attempt to show that the leakers were the “bad guys” . . . . pay no attention to the leak itself, though, comrade Americans!  Representative Nunes the House Intelligence Committee chair humiliated himself, and showed himself to be a sick kiss up.  It’s almost as if the Russians have something on him as well.

It was also funny to watch Congressman Trey Gowdy put on his best self-righteous prosecutor show to be outraged at the release of information by members of the intelligence community.  Nevermind that the information proved that one of Trump’s top minions, Michael Flynn, was a pathological and public liar.  Nope, Gowdy was upset that classified information was leaked!  Nevermind that Gowdy himself incompetently leaked the name of a CIA source in 2015, thereby exposing classified information.  Do you think he will ask for himself to be arrested for releasing classified information?  Or maybe just for being a huge suck up and imbecile?

This follows a long line of recent examples of Trump pushing Russian propaganda.  Most recently, we had the Trump White House pushing the lie that the British were wiretapping Trump during the election.  When the British became upset, however, they had to backtrack significantly.  It seems our allies don’t like it when we tell lies about them.  Especially when the lies are manufactured and pushed by the Russians.

The underlying takeaway from the hearing today, however, is that Russia interfered with our elections.  The intent clearly was to hurt Hillary Clinton and to help Trump.

It is also clear that members of the Trump entourage were well aware of the hacking and were even aware of specific instances of hacking.  The best of example of this is Roger Stone, a core Trump flunky, who publicly began talking about the leaking of John Podesta’s (a Hillary flunky) e-mails before they were even leaked to the public.  In other words, a Russian source was obviously keeping Stone (if not Trump himself) updated on all of their hacking.

The FBI is on the record now as investigating the Trump campaign, and even Trump himself, for their involvement in the Russian hacking scandal.  Stay tuned.