1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Rudy Giuliani reaches his breaking point


Now that Rudy Giuliani has practically admitted that Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, Trump might want to rethink sending his lawyer to appear on any more cable news shows. During an interview on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Giuliani made the outrageous claim that, despite Giuliani and Trump screaming NO COLLUSION for the past two years, “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or people in the campaign.”




Giuliani’s claim was seen by many as the inadvertent admission of guilt by a desperate man suffering from dementia, while a few made the claim that he’s actually an evil genius. While I think it is certainly more of the former, this is not the first time Giuliani has publicly confirmed wrongdoing by Trump or his campaign just prior to evidence confirming such claims being made public. Sure enough, a day after Rudy’s appearance, we learned that Robert Mueller has Trump nailed for instructing Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow.






Joyce Alene, a law professor and former US attorney, was appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball” when she claimed, “We’ve seen him do this before. Every time there’s a new big shoe about to drop, Giuliani shows up on a television show someplace and fronts up the news.” While this could very well be the strategy Trump’s lawyers have decided to try, simply admitting their crimes before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is made public is not going to save them. Another possibility is that Giuliani is just trying to get the investigation over with as soon as possible.



According to Gabriel Sherman’s new article in Vanity Fair, “Rudy hates the job,” and is sick of working for Trump. A prominent Republican close to the White House told Sherman that things are growing more hectic and Trump has no actual plan to end the shutdown. “People are looking around asking, ‘What’s the play call?’” the Republican said. “He’s calling plays from the line of scrimmage … This was not played well. He’s in a pickle now, and I don’t see a way out.” Perhaps this is the same way Giuliani feels about defending Trump, and these public admissions are his way of getting out as fast as possible.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Everyone stop and take a deep breath

Buzzfeed blew up the internet and the news cycle when it released a bombshell that Michael Cohen was instructed by “President” Donald Trump to lie to Congress and that it was corroborated by evidence the Special Counsel’s office had in its possession.




In a rare statement, Robert Mueller’s spokesperson issued a carefully worded statement about the Buzzfeed article, stating: “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”


Many used this to attack the Buzzfeed story in total, arguing that the thinly sourced article was laden with mistakes. But parse the statement by the spokesperson and it is clearly a soft denial of specificity: “specific statements” and “characterization of documents and testimony” “are not accurate.” So they’re not denying that Trump told Cohen to lie, only specific sources or characterizations. Why would they issue a statement? Could be manifold, and we don’t know for sure exactly what the statement refutes, and what it does not.






Buzzfeed pushed back immediately, asking the Special Counsel’s office to identify what they specifically disputed, with editor-in-chief Ben Smith asking Mueller to identify and “make clear what he’s disputing.” Buzzfeed stood behind the story, but also noted it is working hard to determine what exactly Mueller and Special Counsel dispute, if anything. Smith stated, “We are eager to know what [Mueller’s spokesman’s] talking about.”
As always, Rudy the “G(aga)-Man” Giuliani went on Twitter and likely elsewhere to argue this shows it is all a false story, and many Twitter “pundits” and talking heads also took to the airwaves to attack the story. What we should all do is take a deep breath and let everything settle.



Buzzfeed has scored some major stories in the last several months on a variety of administration matters, and the statement by Mueller’s office is not a full statement of falsity, but a very carefully worded, nuanced statement about specifics. We already knew Cohen lied to Congress, and we already suspect Trump is manipulative and coaxing (look at statements and tweets trying to intimidate Cohen or Stone or Flynn or you name your target). The statement by Special Counsel does not change the landscape, it just adds a little gray hue.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and republican party” – Google News: President Trump’s second year in office and division across party lines in the U.S. – The Sun Chronicle

President Trump’s second year in office and division across party lines in the U.S.  The Sun Chronicle

Two years since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, local voters, politicians and professors are lamenting the intensifying political polarization in the …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Trump plans to make ‘major announcement’ on shutdown, border – SooToday.com

Trump plans to make ‘major announcement’ on shutdown, border  SooToday.com

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he’ll be making a “major announcement” on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: No, Robert Mueller did NOT just dispute that Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie


Last night BuzzFeed reported that Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie under oath to Congress about Trump Tower Russia, and that Robert Mueller has him nailed for it. This evening Mueller issued a brief statement which is being widely interpreted as disputing that Trump told Cohen to lie. However, if you look at Mueller’s actual words, this is ABSOLUTELY NOT what he said.




Robert Mueller’s statement is worded vaguely – but that’s the point. If Mueller were looking to say that Trump didn’t tell Cohen to lie, he’d have said it in those exact words, which he did not. Instead he’s simply saying that some of the details of the BuzzFeed report are wrong. This ostensibly refers to the details about how Mueller obtained the evidence proving Cohen’s assertion. So why put out the statement at all?






This leads us to a key point. BuzzFeed said that Mueller wasn’t initially interested in commenting for the story. This suggests that he didn’t consider the incorrect details to be important enough to be worth issuing a statement over. But now that the story has exploded and led House Democrats to talk about immediately starting impeachment on Monday, suddenly Mueller has issued a statement.



We suspect that may be the point: Robert Mueller doesn’t want impeachment to immediately begin before his report is complete, particularly based on a media report that isn’t 100% accurate in its details. If so, Mueller must be awfully close to having his report finished, if he’s doing this to hold up the Democrats by just a hair.

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“Next customers: Flynn and Jr.” – Google News: BuzzFeed’s Trump Story Latest In Long List Of Russia Bombshells That Weren’t – The Daily Caller

BuzzFeed’s Trump Story Latest In Long List Of Russia Bombshells That Weren’t  The Daily Caller

BuzzFeed News’ disputed report about former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is just the latest in a long line of Russia bombshells that turned out to be anything …

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