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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As was saying one thing in front of the G7 members then pouting how unfair it was, calling Canada both meek and backstabber and calling off a statement once out of earshot,.

This picture screams for a Hoobes plush
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could post more stories about how the G6 leaders are reacting to Trump's hissy fit.

But that's being covered elsewhere. I'd rather post this.

Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together

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Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must preserve all memos, letters, emails and papers that the president touches, sending them to the National Archives for safekeeping as historical records.
But White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor, according to people familiar with the practice. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasn’t violating the law.


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“We got Scotch tape, the clear kind,” Lartey recalled in an interview. “You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor.” The restored papers would then be sent to the National Archives to be properly filed away.


When historians look back on this administration, this is what they'll find. A bunch of original correspondences and documents carelessly or angrily ripped to shreds, then laboriously pieced back together by others.

An odd yet appropriate piece of metadata for this administration in the historical record.

Oh, and I nearly forgot:

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Lartey, 54, and Young, 48, were career government officials who worked together in records management until this spring, when both were abruptly terminated from their jobs. Both are now unemployed and still full of questions about why they were stripped of their badges with no explanation and marched off of the White House grounds by Secret Service.

Irene Porada, the head of human resources who personally terminated both men, did not respond to an email requesting comment. A White House spokesman also did not respond to a request for comment about the terminations.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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to make sure that the president wasn’t violating the law.


can we hope that mueller adds this to the list of charges? after all, there is actual evidence that he ripped things up....
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's too early to tell what could shake out from the "meeting between the two dictators."

However, this is a nice piece of juicy Mueller-related development:

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say

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As attorneys for Michael Cohen rush to meet Judge Kimba Wood’s Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen’s New York properties and law office, a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that the law firm handling the case for Cohen is not expected to represent him going forward.

To date, Cohen has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and New York firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.

No replacement counsel has been identified as of this time.

Cohen, now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, sources said. This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard.

After the federal raids on Cohen’s properties, President Trump lashed out in a tweet, writing, “Attorney-client privilege is dead!”

He told reporters at the White House that the move against his longtime personal attorney, which he likened to a break-in, was a “disgraceful situation.”

“It’s an attack on our country in a true sense. It’s an attack on all we stand for,” the president said during a meeting with senior military leadership at the White House. “That is really now on a whole new level of unfairness.”

Cohen then went to federal court in Manhattan arguing that his attorneys should be given a first look at the materials seized in the raids for items potentially covered by attorney-client privilege before federal prosecutors could examine the haul.

Judge Wood subsequently appointed former federal judge Barbara Jones to act as a “special master” to conduct an impartial review of the materials and to referee any disputes between Cohen and the government. Trump and the Trump Organization intervened in the case and were also granted access to review the materials for potentially privileged items.

Jones reported last week that of the first 300,000 items reviewed, she had determined that just 162 of them were covered by attorney-client privilege. She rejected three items that Cohen, Trump or the Trump organization had designated as privileged.

Judge Wood has given Cohen’s attorneys until Friday to complete the review of the remaining documents. Any remaining items to be reviewed would be turned over to a team of federal prosecutors unconnected to the case to complete the examination of the documents.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, Ty Cobb revealed that White House counsel Don McGahn recused his entire staff this past summer from the Mueller probe because they were all tied to the events being investigated in some way.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/13/mcgahn-mueller-russia-probe-recusal-white-house-counsel-643709

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The former Trump White House lawyer explained that McGahn’s recusal was a key reason for why he was hired last summer to manage President Donald Trump’s official response on the Russia case, including filling Mueller’s requests for documents and arranging interviews with current and former White House aides.

While it’s been widely known that McGahn handed over day-to-day responsibilities to Cobb when he started working in the White House last July, neither of the Trump lawyers had ever specified that the entire White House legal office had been recused from the Russia probe in its entirety.

“It tells us how deeply rooted this scandal is in every different part of the White House,” said Norm Eisen, a former top Obama White House ethics attorney in the audience for Cobb’s remarks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the mud just keeps getting deeper...

but it's not all bad news. ivanka made $3.9 million from her share of the trump hotel across from the white house, and $5 million from her brand. and we all know there is absolutely nothing questionable about that!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NY AG is suing Trump and several of his kinfolk for abusing the Trump Foundation in ways that everybody knew about.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/nyregion/trump-foundation-lawsuit-attorney-general.html


The Office of the Inspector General released a 500 page report about Comey and the FBI. Contra Trump, it did not find any partisan motivation to his actions and did not find that criminal charges against Hillary should have been pursued. It also found that Comey violated FBI protocols with his public statements about the Clinton investigation leading up to the elections. So it basically doesn't lend any credence to Trump's conspiracy theories but does retroactively give him cover for the firing that align with what Rosenstein originally wrote. You know in that memo that the White House released just before Trump blabbed on national TV that he fired Comey because of the Russia thing.
https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-director-christopher-wrays-statement-on-release-of-inspector-generals-report

And oh yeah, our new national pastime of destroying families:
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/14/620085615/these-are-not-kids-kept-in-cages-inside-a-texas-shelter-for-immigrant-youth
https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-06-14/what-reporters-couldnt-see-when-they-toured-texas-shelter-child-migrants




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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and since the existing shelters are filling up, the trump administration is considering housing the kids in tent cities.

hey - joe arpaio has experience with those, now that he's been pardoned i'm sure he'll be up for helping out with this....
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the inspector general's report seems to have completed trump's disconnection from reality. i can't even pull stuff to quote. he apparently completely doesn't get that all of this "deep state" "partisan bias in the FBI" did NOT result in hillary getting elected. HE IS THE FUCKING PRESIDENT. perhaps because, as the report states, of the damage done by the FBI's investigation into her email server. geez, you'd think he'd be celebrating the fact that he won _despite_ the "deep state"....
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, maybe one quote:

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He praised Mr. Kim, brushing aside questions about the repressive regime and gulags in North Korea. “Hey, he is the head of a country, and I mean he is the strong head,” Mr. Trump said. “Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”


of course he later said he was joking....ha. ha. ha.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mouse wrote:
ok, maybe one quote:

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He praised Mr. Kim, brushing aside questions about the repressive regime and gulags in North Korea. “Hey, he is the head of a country, and I mean he is the strong head,” Mr. Trump said. “Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”


of course he later said he was joking....ha. ha. ha.

Sarcasm, even. I don't think he understands the word.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't exactly have a range of resolutions from which to choose.


Manafort is going to jail for violating the terms of bail. Specifically, witness tampering.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/us/politics/manafort-bail-revoked-jail.html
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WASHINGTON — A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail on Friday to await trial, citing new charges that Mr. Manafort had tried to influence the testimony of two government witnesses after he had been granted a temporary release.



Trump says Manafort had nothing to do with his campaign anway, and the poor guy is such a victim because they went back to find crimes he did a few years ago.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/us/politics/trump-fox-and-friends-interview.html
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Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign. I feel a little badly about it. They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago. Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. He worked for Ronald Reagan, he worked for Bob Dole, he worked for John McCain or his firm did, he worked for many other Republicans. He worked for me, what, for 49 days or something?



Rudy Giuliani says all this might just get cleaned up with a few pardons.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-news-rudy-muller-pardons-trump-manafort-20180615-story.html
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“When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons,” the former New York mayor told the Daily News.

Giuliani’s stunning remark came hours after a Washington, D.C., judge revoked Manafort’s bail and ordered him to remain behind bars while awaiting his September trial on charges relating to his shady pro-Russian business dealings in Ukraine. The ruling came after Mueller’s investigators alleged the ex-Trump campaign chairman had attempted to secure false testimony from potential witnesses in the Russia probe.

One would think that kind of comment from Trump's lawyer might also constitute "witness tampering."


More info on exactly how much like a fucking idiot Trump blathered at the G-7.
http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-25-million-mexicans-japan-shinzo-abe-immigration-2018-6
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The remark came as the G7 leaders were discussing migration, which Trump said was a big problem for Europe and the United States, the report says.

"Shinzo, you don't have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you'll be out of office very soon," Trump said, according to the official.

Trump also took a dig at French President Emmanuel Macron while the leaders were discussing Iran and terrorism, the official told The Journal.

"You must know about this, Emmanuel, because all the terrorists are in Paris," Trump said, per the official.

The official added that the leaders seemed irritated with Trump, "but everyone tried to be rational and calm."

[...]
And The Washington Post reported last month that during an Oval Office meeting in 2017, Trump described hypothetical rapists and murderers by using made-up Hispanic names and reminded his top advisers that crowds at his campaign rallies loved hearing about how such criminals would be deported under his administration.



Trump sure is impressed with how loyal and obedient North Koreans are to their Dear Leader.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/392430-trump-i-want-americans-to-listen-to-me-like-north-koreans-listen-to
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President Trump said on Friday that he wants "his people" to listen to him like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's people listen to him.

"He’s the head of a country. And I mean, he is the strong head," Trump said of Kim in a tongue-in-cheek manner as he spoke to Steve Doocy of "Fox & Friends" outside the White House.

"Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same," Trump said.

It wasn't clear what Trump meant by "his people" and "my people," phrasings that could be interpreted to mean all North Koreans and Americans but that could also mean those people reporting directly to the two leaders.

Doocy did not ask a direct follow-up question to clarify.

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn after the Fox interview, Trump was pressed on what he meant when he said that he wanted his "people" to listen to him like the North Koreans listen to Kim.

"I was kidding," he said. "You don't understand sarcasm."



Trump and China escalate the tariff-fight.
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44498484



Back in November, Trump asked his aides to set up a private one-on-one with Putin. They ignored it, hoping Trump would forget it and move on.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/392573-white-house-officials-ignored-trumps-request-to-invite-putin-to-white
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An unnamed official told The Washington Post on Friday that Trump privately asked his aides in November to set up a bilateral meeting with Putin at the White House after meeting the Russian leader in Vietnam at an economic summit that month.

Aides ignored the request, the source told the Post, hoping it would be just a passing interest.

“After that meeting, the president said he wanted to invite Putin to the White House,” one U.S. official told the Post. “We ignored it.”

"They decided: Let’s wait and see if he raises it again,” the official continued.

According to the Post, Trump has been asking privately for such a summit since November.


Some of the brains that crawled out from under Cambridge Analytica have regrouped and started working on the Trump 2020 campaign.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/06/data-propria-run-by-cambridge-analytica-alumni-working-on-trump-2020-campaign/
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Data Propria, a brand-new "data and behavioral science company" run by former staff at Cambridge Analytica, has been "quietly working" for the president’s 2020 re-election campaign, according to the Associated Press.

Two reporters from the news organization overheard Matt Oczkowski, the company’s president, tell someone in a public place that he and Brad Parscale, who is Donald Trump’s re-election campaign manager, were "doing the president’s work for 2020."

Neither Oczkowski nor Parscale immediately responded to Ars’ request for comment on Twitter. Oczkowski "denied a link to the Trump campaign, but acknowledged that his new firm has agreed to do 2018 campaign work for the Republican National Committee," according to the AP.

"Oczkowski had previously told the AP the firm had no intention of seeking political clients," the news service wrote. "After being informed the AP had overheard him directly discussing campaign work, he said his young company had changed course and that whatever he’d said about the 2020 campaign would have been speculative."

Data Propria was only founded on February 1, 2018, according to its incorporation filings and its own May 2018 press release issued by its parent company, CloudCommerce. According to the AP, three of Data Propria's 10 staffers are ex-employees of Cambridge Analytica.



All this in the last 36 hours or so. It never fucking ends.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of this and more is likely be all demcorats' faults.

That one shouldn't go past any living being with an IQ just a bit higher than one of a golden retriever. All this tawpayer money piled upon absolutly powerless government employees, it's so biblical it's huge.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trump's mindset is frozen in the 1970's

which is working for him because so are the minds of his old white male supporters. guess it just sucks for those of us living 40 years in the future...
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