1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller filing reveals he’s zeroing in on the money trail from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump

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“President” Donald Trump has stated that he had no deals with Russia, and he’s downplayed the Trump Tower Moscow deal as something he only pursued because he had no clue that he might win the election. Setting aside that being a businessman is no defense for potential criminal activity while running for president, including potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, the Government Sentencing Memorandum filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller informs us of how much of a “nothing (but dynamite) burger” the potential deal in Russia was to Trump.






The Sentencing Memorandum clearly outlines why Michael Cohen’s activities and misstatements about interactions were crucial. The Sentencing Memorandum states:

By publicly presenting this false narrative, the defendant deliberately shifted the timeline of what had occurred in the hopes of limiting the investigations into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election—an issue
of heightened national interest.

The defendant’s false statements obscured the fact that the Moscow Project was a lucrative business opportunity that sought, and likely required, the assistance of the Russian government. If the project was completed, the Company could have received hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources in licensing fees and other revenues. The fact that Cohen continued to work on the project and discuss it with Individual 1 well into the campaign was material to the ongoing congressional and SCO investigations, particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the U.S. presidential election. Similarly, it was material that Cohen, during the campaign, had a substantive telephone call about the project with an assistant to the press secretary for the President of Russia.

The defendant’s false statements to Congress began in approximately late August 2017, when he submitted his written statement about the Moscow Project to SSCI and HPSCI. His false statements continued through his oral testimony before the committees in October 2017. And when Cohen first met with the SCO in August 2018, he repeated many of his prior false statements about the circumstances of the Moscow Project. Only when the defendant met with the SCO a second time on September 12, 2018—after he had pled guilty in United States v. Cohen, 18-cr-602.



What’s a $50 million dollar penthouse gift, when you stand to gain hundreds of millions of dollars? This confirms Robert Mueller is zeroing in on the money trail from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump. Like Jenga, the Trump Tower of crimes and deceit is tumbling down.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump authoritarianism” – Google News: The More Republicans Lose, the Harder They Work to Rig the Game – New York Magazine

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The More Republicans Lose, the Harder They Work to Rig the Game  New York Magazine

Even by the standards of a Republican-run state, Wisconsin’s legislature is gerrymandered so ruthlessly that the 2018 elections, in which voters supported …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff – The New York Times

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Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff  The New York Times

The decision leaves it unclear who will take the top West Wing job as President Trump confronts the fight of his political life.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: The real reason Nick Ayers just bailed on Donald Trump and Mike Pence at the same time

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It was already a strange scenario. For weeks, we’ve all heard that Donald Trump was planning to oust John Kelly as his White House Chief of Staff, and replace him with Mike Pence’s current Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers. Sure enough, yesterday, Trump confirmed that Kelly is resigning. Then today, out of nowhere, Ayers turned down the Trump job, and announced he was also resigning from his current Pence job. So what’s going on here?




There is going to be a lot of focus on Nick Ayers, but we don’t think he’s the story here. He’s saying he wants to spend more time with his family, but political figures always say that when they resign. The thing is, it doesn’t add up logically. By all accounts, Donald Trump has been increasingly relying on Ayers for advice for weeks. Ayers must have clearly signaled to Trump that he was definitely taking the job, or Trump wouldn’t have announced yesterday that Kelly was out.




Now suddenly, forty-eight hours after Trump was formally hit with two felony accusations, Nick Ayers has suddenly changed his mind and is bailing on a job that he had just 100% committed to. It’s not difficult to parse that Ayers now thinks Trump is going down, and doesn’t want to join the sinking ship.



Here’s the twist: if Nick Ayers merely thought Trump was toast, all he’d have to do is stick with his existing job as Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, and he could ride Pence into the Oval Office. Instead, Ayers’ decision to resign from the administration entirely is a sign that he thinks Trump and Pence are toast. Perhaps he looked at the mention of the Trump transition team in the Michael Flynn sentencing memo, and concluded that Pence – who ran the transition team – is also going down.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and intelligence community” – Google News: Trump brand now toxic in Putin’s Kremlin – CNN

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Trump brand now toxic in Putin’s Kremlin  CNN

Moscow (CNN) Gatherings of world leaders are often about the absence of substance. Several news cycles from now, few will remember what was discussed at …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Adam Schiff says Donald Trump is facing prison

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From the start of Donald Trump’s illegitimate presidency, Palmer Report has pointed out that no matter how things play out along the way, there is only one possible outcome in the end: Trump going to prison. We’ve been told, even by some members of the Resistance, that we’re being too “optimistic” with this scenario. From our view, the facts and logic dictate no other possible outcome. Now the influential Adam Schiff is also talking about Trump going to prison, in exact words.




When Adam Schiff appeared on CBS Face The Nation this morning, he said this: “There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.” Schiff was strictly addressing the two felony accusations against Trump made by the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s office this week. But as we all know, there’s a lot more to it.




Schiff has been the ranking member on the House Intel Committee during the Trump-Russia investigation, meaning that he’s been briefed on sensitive information that almost no one else in the government knows. So he’s in a better position to know what’s soon coming down the pike, and he probably knows when it’s coming. Within perhaps weeks, we expect Trump to be formally facing dozens of felony accusations, some of which will be far more severe than the current two campaign finance felonies.



It’s also worth noting that House Democrats seem to be coalescing around the narrative that Donald Trump will be arrested the minute he’s no longer president. This may be an attempt at forcing Trump to realize that he’ll have to pay for his crimes in the end, and that his only chance for any degree of leniency would be to resign now and cut a plea deal. Even if Trump pleads out on all possible federal charges, the state of New York will still put him in prison on charges like real estate fraud and money laundering.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump has berserk meltdown after Nick Ayers turns down White House Chief of Staff job

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Just yesterday, Donald Trump confirmed the mounting reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was planning to resign. By all accounts, Mike Pence’s current Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers, was set to take Kelly’s place. But this afternoon the news broke that Ayers is turning the job down, and is resigning from the administration entirely. Immediately afterward, Trump had a delusional, absurd meltdown.




When things get particularly bad for Donald Trump, he often reverts to the delusion that he’s the most accomplished president in American history. And when there are reports about personnel chaos in his White House, he starts insisting that everything is a smooth running machine. Now that everything is going wrong for Trump, all at once, he tweeted this screed:




“The Trump Administration has accomplished more than any other U.S. Administration in its first two (not even) years of existence, & we are having a great time doing it! All of this despite the Fake News Media, which has gone totally out of its mind-truly the Enemy of the People!”



So let’s try to parse this. Donald Trump seems particularly hung up on the idea that he’s accomplished more up to this point than anyone else ever has. That’s interesting when you consider that, on paper at least, Trump has more than two years left in office. Now that Trump has been formally accused of two felonies by the U.S. Attorneys office, with dozens more such felony counts against him forthcoming, it’s notable that Trump now seems to be framing things with the expectation that he’s near the end of the road.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Abedin” – Google News: Federal Judge Rips DOJ and State, Orders Discovery on Clinton Emails – Power Line

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Federal Judge Rips DOJ and State, Orders Discovery on Clinton Emails  Power Line

Royce Lamberth is an outspoken and sometimes controversial federal judge. Appointed by President Reagan, he has shown no partiality in going after litigants …

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