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

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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

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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

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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): “Elections 2016 Investigation” – Google News: Impeachment inquiry is the right idea right now – CNN

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Impeachment inquiry is the right idea right now  CNN

Julian Zelizer explains why the House needs to launch a Watergate-style investigation into the Trump administration right away.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Democrats vow investigations into report that Trump directed…  The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON – House Democrats on Friday moved to accelerate their investigations into President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russian interests, reacting to …

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“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Democrats To Investigate Report Whether Trump Asked Michael Cohen To Lie – NDTV

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Democrats To Investigate Report Whether Trump Asked Michael Cohen To Lie  NDTV

House Democrats on Friday moved to accelerate their investigations into President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russian interests, reacting to an explosive but …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump is rapidly hastening his own demise

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Earlier in the week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi uninvited “President” Donald J. Trump from giving his State of the Union Address as scheduled on January 29th. As only the #PetulantOrangeTantrumpUnhingedSpecimen can manage, he turned into a five-year-old, “It’s not fair,” child. Trump retaliated by firing off a letter to “Madame Speaker” (of course misspelling), stating, “I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan was postponed.”




By issuing the letter, Trump disclosed that Pelosi (and a bipartisan contingent) would be stopping in Afghanistan, while also disclosing the rest of the itinerary. The purpose of the trip was to reassure our NATO allies we valued them and to give moral support to the military fighting to protect us and our allies. All of that behavior is reprehensible. In the meantime, the #FlauntingLiarOfTrumpUnionShuckster smiled as she boarded a government plane at the tune of $840,000 to get away to Mar-A-Lago for the weekend.


But what is most reprehensible, and potentially criminal, is what Trump did next. In his letter to Pelosi, Trump suggested she fly commercial. Never mind the danger of doing so, Pelosi made such plans. But the Trump administration leaked the commercial travel plans, thus effectively cancelling the trip. Putting your political rival’s life in danger is criminal- period. There is no excuse for this conduct. One would think Trump would be figuring out what the hell he is going to do in light of the bombshell reporting that he told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, something that William Barr assured Senators Lindsey “KomproGraham” and Amy Klobuchar would be a crime.






Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill issued a statement about the reprehensible conduct of Trump: “The United States Congress is a co-equal branch of government in our system of checks and balances.  The Congress has a constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight in the war zone where our men and women in uniform are risking their lives every day … This morning, we learned that the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well. In light of the grave threats caused by the President’s action, the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights.”



Yes, Trump is a criminal. Reckless endangerment to start, but suborning perjury, lying, and more to come. KomproGraham and GOP will try to spin, but we must call bullshit. Enough.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Mueller breaks silence to dispute parts of bombshell report on Michael Cohen

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Special counsel says elements of BuzzFeed story, claiming Trump told his former lawyer to lie to Congress, are ‘not accurate’

In a rare public remark, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller disputed a bombshell report alleging that Donald Trump had directed his former attorney to lie to congress.

BuzzFeed News reported Thursday evening that Trump had personally directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a real estate project in Moscow. The report cited two federal law enforcement sources and said the special counsel’s office had learned of Trump’s alleged directive from multiple witnesses, Trump Organization emails, text messages and other documents.

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: The Latest: Trump claims Cohen ‘lying to reduce’ jail time – WBAL Radio

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The Latest: Trump claims Cohen ‘lying to reduce’ jail time  WBAL Radio

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a report that President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney to lie to Congress (all times local):. 7:50 p.m..

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump russian candidate” – Google News: Trump to hold second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – live news – The Guardian

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Trump to hold second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – live news  The Guardian

Special counsel Robert Mueller issued a rare statement refusing the explosive BuzzFeed report that the president directed ex-fixer Michael Cohen to lie to …

“trump russian candidate” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “organized crime and intelligence” – Google News: Surrey six cop pleads guilty – BC News – Castanet.net

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Surrey six cop pleads guilty – BC News  Castanet.net

A lead investigator in the largest-ever gang-related mass murder in British Columbia has pleaded guilty to breach of trust and obstruction of justice involving a …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Chris Christie just beat Donald Trump at his own game

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When Donald Trump lost yet another White House Chief of Staff last month, no one wanted the job. This left Trump to turn to Chris Christie out of desperation. Christie seemed to play along like he was interested, but then very publicly announced that he didn’t want the gig, leaving Trump looking foolish for having offered it to him. Now it turns out the whole thing was much more cutthroat.




Chris Christie is releasing a new book which slams the Trump regime for being amateurs and grifters. Books like this don’t just fall out of the sky. There’s no doubt Christie was already secretly working on this book, and pretty far along into it, when he briefly pretended last month that he wanted Trump’s Chief of Staff job.






By leaking that Trump had offered him the job, and then publicly rejecting him, Christie publicly established himself as having credibility in Trump’s eyes. This in turn lends heft to Christie’s new hit job of a book about the Trump regime. The average consumer is going to think, “Well, this is the guy whom Trump just tried to hire, so I guess I should read his anti-Trump book, because he must know something.”



When public figures write insider books like this, it’s always about money. Millions of dollars are there for the taking. Chris Christie ultimately failed in politics, so he’s cashing out in a big way. He’s doing it at Donald Trump’s expense, and he just manipulated Trump in the process. It’s precisely the kind of backstabbing thing Trump would do, but Christie beat him at his own game.

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

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Trump plans ‘major announcement’ on government shutdown, border wall  Montreal Gazette

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

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Politics: Advisers to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz are looking at him running as an independent for president in 2020

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A nonpartisan campaign could upend the major parties’ calculations, adding more unpredictability to a complicated campaign. Schultz has not decided whether to run, and in what manner.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump: Evangelical University Praises IT Chief Who Allegedly Participated In Trump Poll Fraud

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John Gauger’s connections to Michael Cohen are yet another example of the cozy relationship between Liberty University staff and President Donald Trump.

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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump Walk Out Of ‘Vice’ Screening, Director Adam McKay Laughs At Them – uInterview.com

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Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump Walk Out Of ‘Vice’ Screening, Director Adam McKay Laughs At Them  uInterview.com

Adam McKay, writer-director of the Dick Cheney biopic Vice is unbothered by the recent report that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump abruptly walked out of a …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump has berserk meltdown about Michael Cohen, commits another felony

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Last night the proverbial dam seemed to finally break when it was exposed that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie under oath to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow, and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has hard evidence to prove it. Yes, it’s yet another Trump felony in a long line of Trump felonies. But this time felt different. Now Trump has gone and made it worse today.




Suborning perjury is not nearly as severe as Donald Trump’s other crimes like espionage, money laundering, conspiracy against the United States, and so on. But it is a much more cut and dry crime, one that everyone understands, and one that can be easily proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the proper evidence. It’s a particularly big deal because, even as Trump yells “no obstruction” and “no collusion,” he’s been caught committing obstruction to try to cover up collusion.


Worse for Trump, this comes just as the House Democrats have been gearing up to begin the impeachment process. They’ve merely been waiting for Robert Mueller to make his findings about Donald Trump official, which according to various media reports could be in as soon as two to three weeks. Now this latest news has prompted the public to begin screaming for impeachment, at a volume not previously heard.






The best chance the Democrats have of successfully impeaching and ousting Trump is if the public is already demanding it before the process begins. Now at this point the prevailing discussion among the public is not whether Trump should be impeached, but simply whether the impeachment process should wait a few weeks for Mueller or begin right this minute. Trump may have made that decision a lot easier today.



Donald Trump woke up this morning and tweeted this about Michael Cohen: “Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!” So now Trump is threatening Cohen’s family, in particular pushing for a criminal investigation into Cohen’s father-in-law, in an attempt at punishing Cohen for being a witness against him. This is felony witness intimidation in plain sight. At this late date, whenever Trump commits a new felony, it only speeds up his ouster. Trump almost seems to want to be taken down at this point.

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