Trump as Laocoon | Mueller’s Strategy as a Test of Loyalty for Trumpistas: flip on him or else | Trump To World: I Know More Than You, So Sit Down And Shut Up!

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Trump as Laocoon

M.N.: Mueller’s Strategy as a Test of Loyalty for Trumpistas: flip on him or else. 

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Trump To World: I Know More Than You, So Sit Down And Shut Up!

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To our allies, sorry, but this is our president, for now.

Trump defends ‘America first’ foreign policy at UN, threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea – Washington Post

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Trump defends ‘America first’ foreign policy at UN, threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea
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NEW YORK — President Trump on Tuesday delivered a toughly worded defense of his “America first” foreign policy in his inaugural address to the United Nations and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary. The president, speaking at the …
These Trump phrases from the UN speech matter mostCNN
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Trump’s UN speech shows nationalist instincts firmly intactReuters
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Who is paying for Trump’s legal fees in the Russia probe? – CBS News

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Who is paying for Trump’s legal fees in the Russia probe?
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CNN and Reuters on Tuesday reported the RNC spent more than $230,000 in August to cover some of the president’s legal fees related to the federal investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates in the 2016 election. CNN 
Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe: sourcesReuters
The RNC Has Spent Almost $200000 on Donald Trump Jr.’s Legal Fees For the RussiaInvestigationTIME
Donald Trump ‘using Republican National Committee donations to help pay Russia probe legal bills’The Independent
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8:35 PM 9/19/2017 – Trump’s UN Speech Was a Giant Gift to China and Russia – BuzzFeed News 

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Trump Reportedly Uses Campaign And RNC Funds To Pay Legal Bills In Russia Probe Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 8:29 PM Donald Trump 1 Share Trump would be the first U.S. president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds to cover the costs of responding to a criminal probe. Senate panel invites Trump lawyer … Continue reading “8:35 PM 9/19/2017 – Trump’s UN Speech Was a Giant Gift to China and Russia – BuzzFeed News”

Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling, pre-empting interview by Senate committee – The Straits Times

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Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling, pre-empting interview by Senate committee
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The Senate panel is among three congressional committees interviewing Trump advisers and family members in the sprawling probe into how Russia intervened in last year’s election to damage frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, and boost …
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Trump lawyer Cohen to investigators: ‘There was no collusion’The Hill
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Hillary Clinton Denounces Donald Trump’s ‘Dark and Dangerous’ United Nations Speech – TIME

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Hillary Clinton Denounces Donald Trump’s ‘Dark and Dangerous’ United Nations Speech
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Hillary Clinton strongly denounced President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations Tuesday, telling Stephen Colbert the rhetoric was bombastic and inappropriate for the President of the United States. “I thought it was very dark, dangerous, not 
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Trump behaves like the buffoon his detractors always said he was – Manawatu Standard

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Trump behaves like the buffoon his detractors always said he was
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Hillary Clinton is hardly an impartial judge, but I believe she was on the mark when she recently described Trump as “immature, with poor impulse control”. She went on to … In any case, success in business is no guarantee of success in politics 

The real danger to US national security – Washington Times

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The real danger to US national security
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President Trump would do well to heed Dean Acheson’s advice today. The assertions made by Mr. Trump’s generals that “time is running out” for North Korea sound a lot like a national military strategy of “prophylactic offense.” In other words, attack and more »

Confirmed: Paul Manafort caught on wiretap colluding with Russia on Donald Trump’s behalf during election 

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Monday was an almost incalculably bad day for Paul Manafort, who was confirmed to have been under secret wiretap before and after the election, and is about to be indicted. But Tuesday has turned out to be an arguably even worse day for Manafort, based on what’s subsequently been revealed about that wiretap. It’s also just about the worst news possible for Donald Trump.

The latest revelation comes by way of CBS News, which is now confirming that Paul Manafort discussed the Donald Trump campaign with the Russians during the election (link). It’s still not being reported what Manafort and Russia specifically said to each other. But this amounts to collusion one way or the other. As has been pointed out by various legal experts, “collusion” is not a legal term; it simply means two parties are working together for nefarious purposes. But Special Counsel Robert Mueller already has the tapes of the Manafort-Russia conversations, so he knows precisely what was said. He also presumably knows what Manafort subsequently said to Trump about those conversations.

That’s where the problem comes in for Donald Trump. His own campaign chairman has now been caught colluding with the Russians about the election, on behalf of the campaign, during the election. On some level the burden will now fall on Trump to demonstrate that he somehow didn’t know his own campaign chair was taking these actions. If it turns out Trump did know, he’s on the hook legally for whatever it is that Manafort and Russia were specifically plotting.

There is also the matter of the court of public opinion. If Donald Trump can’t convince the general public that he didn’t know Paul Manafort was colluding with the Russians on behalf of the campaign, he’ll be presumed guilty by the American people. In the end, the damage to his approval rating may determine the swiftness of his ouster.

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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein interviewed over FBI ex-director’s firing: WSJ – Reuters

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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein interviewed over FBI ex-director’s firing: WSJ
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FILE PHOTO: Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies about the Justice Department’s budget before a subcommittee hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.
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Trump’s disaster of a speech before the United Nations – Chicago Tribune

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Trump’s disaster of a speech before the United Nations
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Beyond pragmatism, the speech will likely be remembered as one in which the president of the United States sounded more like a mob boss than a statesman — think Robert De Niro as Al Capone in “The Untouchables” minus the baseball bat. … But why, if 
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Donald Trump ally Paul Manafort calls for leaks probe after CNN wiretap story – Deutsche Welle

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Donald Trump ally Paul Manafort calls for leaks probe after CNN wiretap story
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Manafort was appointed as Trump’s campaign manager in June 2016, but was forced to resignjust two months later following reports of his business relationship with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a close Kremlin ally. “If true, it is a 
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Mueller Team Questions Deputy AG Amid Probe of Comey Firing – U.S. News & World Report

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Mueller Team Questions Deputy AG Amid Probe of Comey Firing
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Mueller Team Questions Deputy AG Amid Probe of Comey Firing. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as they investigate the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Sept.

Facebook “seems to have been less than forthcoming” with Congress, intel chairman says – CBS News

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Facebook “seems to have been less than forthcoming” with Congress, intel chairman says
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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says Facebook should testify as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential election, and that the social media giant “seems to have been less than forthcoming and more »

Trump attorney Michael Cohen has officially pissed off the Senate, and now they’re coming for him 

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As Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has gradually enveloped his staff, his associates, and even his family, one of the key questions has been who will flip on him in exchange for leniency, who will purposely decide to spitefully go down in flames, and who will dumbly get tripped up and be left with no choice but to flip. Based on what we just witnessed, it appears longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen is now facing Choice B or Choice C.

Cohen agreed to voluntarily testify about his role in the Trump-Russia scandal for the Senate Intelligence Committee, with the stipulation that it be in private. The Senate agreed, because it was easier than dragging him through the subpoena process, but on the condition that Cohen not speak publicly about his testimony. The trouble: just before Cohen’s scheduled testimony on Tuesday morning, after he was already in the building, he released a last minute statement to the media. In return, the Senate dropped the hammer on him.

The Senate Intel Committee decided to immediately send Cohen home without testifying, and announced that it will now only allow him to testify in public (link). It also announced that it’s subpoenaing him to force him to come back and testify in public (link). This isn’t merely an attempt at punishing Cohen by making him dodge questions on live national television. It’s all about who else will be watching that testimony.

Some Trump-Russia figures have only agreed to testify before Congress privately, because they don’t want Special Counsel Robert Mueller having access to it. He’ll subpoena them to come in and answer his own questions when he’s ready to. But in the mean time, because Michael Cohen just screwed up and gave the Senate an opening to force him to testify publicly, it means Mueller will be watching that day. If Cohen screws up and gives anything away, it’ll put Mueller that much further ahead in the game.

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AP Interview: Lavrov hints US-Russia ‘Tit-for-tat’ could end – Washington Post

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AP Interview: Lavrov hints US-Russia ‘Tit-for-tat’ could end
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The U.S. enacted a series of steps against the Russian and Russian diplomats in December, including new sanctions and expelling 35 Russian diplomats, to punish Russia for meddling in theU.S. elections, a charge Russia has denied. Moscow responded …and more »

Robert Mueller’s investigators interviewed Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation – Business Insider

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Robert Mueller’s investigators interviewed Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation
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U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein speaks at a news conference in Baltimore, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, to announce that seven Baltimore police officers who worked on a firearms crime task force are facing charges of stealing and more »

Reports of feuding between Robert Mueller and Congress are greatly exaggerated 

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At least once a week, a major media outlet pushes the same old narrative: Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the various congressional committees are feuding about their respective roles in investigating the Trump-Russia scandal, they’re getting in each other’s way, and some big bad scary unspecified thing could be the result. But no matter how many times this narrative gets recycled, there’s still no evidence to back it up. So why do we keep hearing this?

If it were true that Mueller and Congress were stepping on each other’s feet, it would be an important story. And if you look at the available evidence in the wrong context, you might come away with the impression that they’re feuding. As Congress has asked the various Trump-Russia figures to testify, some of them have agreed under the stipulation that their testimony be in private, because they don’t want Mueller to see it. That sounds like a bad thing, until you look at what’s really going on, and you see a different story.

Mueller will bring these folks to come in and answer his questions when he’s ready for them. He’ll have a judge sign off on a subpoena compelling that testimony, meaning they won’t get a choice. So Mueller will have his way with these witnesses and suspects. In the meantime, there’s no harm to Congress bringing them in for testimony that Mueller won’t have access to. It’s better for that to happen, then for them to clam up and not testify before Congress at all. In addition, there are some tangential benefits in this process for Mueller.

We’ve already seen Mueller have the FBI raid Paul Manafort’s house just hours after his congressional testimony. Mueller must have found some way to get word of what Manafort said, because it was enough to inform him to make an immediate move. Then there’s the case of Michael Cohen, who violated his testimony agreement with Senate by blabbing to the media. As a result the Senate is now moving to compel him to testify publicly, meaning Mueller will get to watch it from home.

So why do so many news outlets keep pushing the narrative that Robert Mueller and Congress are feuding or sabotaging each other? The cynical answer would be that it makes for a juicy story and a great ratings opportunity. In all fairness, it would be an important story – if it were true. There just isn’t any evidence that it’s true.

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Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech

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The former secretary of state then explained what Trump should have said.

The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation 

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Last night the news broke that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been interviewed as a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction investigation into Donald Trump. That led to immediate questions about why Rosenstein is still refusing to recuse himself from the investigation. Under almost any other circumstances, he certainly would step aside. But these aren’t normal circumstances.

Rosenstein only came to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation after his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, got caught lying about his own role in the scandal and had to recuse himself. Trump then went on to fire FBI Director James Comey in an attempt at sabotaging the investigation. Rosenstein was a witness to that firing, creating a potential conflict. But there are two reasons why Rosenstein isn’t recusing himself. One is technical, and the other is pragmatic.

The minute Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel, authority over the investigation was transferred from Rosenstein to Mueller. At this point Rosenstein only has the power to fire or not fire Mueller and nothing more. The only valid reason to fire Mueller would be some sort of criminal conduct on his part, such as conducting the investigation in an illegal manner, or going out and robbing banks in his spare time. Because none of that’s happening, there’s no question about whether Mueller needs to be fired. Therefore, there’s no actual conflict of interest when it comes to Rosenstein having firing authority over Mueller. But there’s a much more important reason why Mueller wouldn’t want Rosenstein to recuse himself.

If Rod Rosenstein were to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, someone named Rachel Brand would inherit the authority to fire or not fire Robert Mueller. Little is known about what she would do in that situation, but she was hand picked by Trump, so there’s reason to fear the worst. So no matter how convoluted this might become, as long as Rosenstein refuses to recuse himself, Mueller remains on the job – and that’s the part that matters.

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Republican National Committee Paid $230K to Cover Some of Trump’s Legal Fees for Russia Investigation – KTLA

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Republican National Committee Paid $230K to Cover Some of Trump’s Legal Fees for Russia Investigation
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The Republican National Committee spent more than $230,000 in August to cover some of President Donald Trump’s legal fees associated with the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, an RNC official told CNN on Tuesday.
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Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing – SFGate

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Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as it probes the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. It is not …
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Donald Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller resigns just as Donald Trump Jr gives up Secret Service protection

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Three weeks ago, Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller began informing people that he was planning to leave his White House job (link). As of Tuesday night, he has in fact officially left the job (link). This comes at nearly the exact time as Donald Trump Jr has given up his own Secret Service protection. So what’s really going on here? It appears all three men are trying to hide something.

We’ll see whether or not Schiller does indeed become Donald Trump Jr’s personal bodyguard, as so many are now presuming. But the mere fact that Schiller has left the White House, and the timing of his departure in particular, are a big deal. Donald Trump sent Schiller to hand deliver a firing letter to FBI Director James Comey. It was a bizarre and suspicious move, considering that Schiller was the wrong person for such a task, and Trump knew Comey was on the west coast at the time anyway; he deliberately sent Schiller to an empty office.

That makes Schiller, at the least, a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s attempt at obstructing justice when he fired Comey. Schiller revealed his departure from the White House at nearly the same time Mueller began zeroing in on that firing. Quitting his job doesn’t get him off the hook – but it does prevent him from being a witness or participant in any further attempts by Trump at obstructing justice.

Meanwhile, it’s clear that Donald Trump Jr is ditching his Secret Service protection because he knows the agents will have to testify about any illegal activity (including conspiracy to obstruct of justice) that they see him engaging in. Again, this doesn’t erase whatever the agents have already witnessed. But as we’ve seen, these aren’t the brightest people. For instance Trump Jr blocked Palmer Report on Twitter after we published a negative news article about him this summer, and he seemed to think doing so made our article go away.

Based on the timing, it’s fair to assume that Keith Schiller is leaving the White House due to the investigation into the Comey firing, and it’s fair to assume that Donald Trump Jr is ditching his Secret Service protection due to the investigation into his Russia meeting and its coverup. Whether Schiller ends up guarding Trump Jr going forward or not, these men are all merely trying to avoid the inevitable.

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Trump Supporters Invite Black Lives Matter On Stage In A Rare Moment Of Unity

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This isn’t something you see very often.


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