Sunday, May 28, 2017

THE HILL: PRESSURE FOR JARED TO TAKE HIATUS FROM WH.

YES,THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD FINALLY SAID IT.

Angela Merkel finally said it: "Britain and the United States are no longer reliable allies." 

She spoke about how European countries must now rely on themselves in the future.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

GARY COHEN of the Economic Council SAYS TRUMP WANTS TO LIFT SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

The sanctions in question were put into place for their annexation of Crimea and their activity to destabilize the Ukraine. Such actions would enable the Exxon-mobil $500 billion deal to go through. It would also benefit whoever bought that 19% of Rosneft.

Rumor: "The Lizard", a group of Western intelligence agents and Americans,will leak more soon.

NYTIMES REPORTS JARED THINKING ABOUT RETURNING TO NEW YORK LEAVING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.

WASHINGTON POST REPORTS REINCE PREIBUS TO BE NAMED AMB TO GREECE TO GET HIM OUT OF THE WAY.

His mother is Greek-American.

THE FURTHER ISOLATION OF AMERICA

Axios reports that while Trump's public position is wait and see on the Paris Climate Accords, he has definitely made up his mind to leave the Accord next week. This will trigger a series of bad things for the United States.

MULTIPLE REPORTS SEAN HANNITY TO BE FIRED.

FMR CIA CHIEF MICHAEL HAYDEN BELIEVES KUSHNER MEETING WITH RUSSIANS LED TO RICE UNMASKING.

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST NEW MONTANA CONGRESSMAN WITH FBI ON BUSINESS WITH SANCTIONED RUSSIAN COMPANIES.

TRUMP CANCELS HIS IOWA RALLY.

INTERNATIONAL TOURISM TO US DOWN 16%,WHILE UP GLOBALLY.

U.S. LONE HOLDOUT AT G-7 ON SUPPORTING PARIS ACCORDS.

POLITICO: JARED'S LAWYER SAYS KUSHNER DOESN'T REMEMBER RUSSIAN CONTACTS.

REUTERS: RUSSIA IMPLIED A DEAL"DROP SANCTIONS AND RUSSIAN BANK WOULD LOAN TO TRUMP-RELATED PEOPLE".

Friday, May 26, 2017

CONGRESSMAN JOAQUIN CASTRO PREDICTS JAILTIME FOR MULTIPLE PEOPLE IN RUSSIAGATE.

CORY LEWANDOWSKI, FIRST CAMPAIGN MANAGER, ADDED TO WAR ROOM.

TRUMP-RUSSIA WAR ROOM: KUSHNER,BANNON, PREIBUS.

We've forgotten about Bannon and his friendship with Putin's leading ideologue and his role with the Mercers, who are tied up in this thing.

DNC CALLS FOR JARED TO BE FIRED.

In INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS HAYES,WASH POST REPORTER DESCRIBES TIP.

The reason US Intel knew about this private channel ask was that Kislyak's communications were surveilled. It was not a US intercept from Trump Tower. 

But the tip off came weeks ago, one of the Post reporters received a single-spaced letter outlining things in the Trump transition that bothered them. They believe the source was within the Trump transition team. 

Who else was at that meeting? Michael Flynn. Is he singing already?

JOSH MARSHALL: THE TRUMP/RUSSIA JUST GOT DARKER

At TPM,Marshall explains why the Kushner story using "back channels" is deceptive. "Back Channels" are routinely used for official communications. Why a covert channel of communications through the Russian embassy when you are going to be the government in a month?  More shoes to drop from this centipede.

RUSSIA BOUGHT ADS ON FACEBOOK FOR TRUMP.

ZBIG BRZEZINSKI DEAD AT 89.

CNN REPORTS SESSIONS HAD MORE MEETINGS WITH KISLYAK

GOP congressmen tried to refute the report today but CNN stuck to it,saying Sessions was using Trump campaign funds during these meetings.

FORMERLY KUSHNER OWNED OBSERVER:

Mike Rogers, the head of the NSA,said he brief Trump on intelligence they picked up proving dubious connections between Trump operatives and Russians. He said he was asked by Trump to suppress that info and deny there was any collusion. He refused.

REUTERS: KUSHNER MET WITH CHIEF OF PUTIN'S BANK TO DEVELOP A DEAL FOR FUTURE WITHOUT SANCTIONS.

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS: TEXAS DIGITAL FIRM OVERSEEN BY KUSHNER TARGET OF FBI PROBE INTO RUSSIA.

FORMER AG MICHAEL MUKASY BLASTS JARED FOR COVERT COMMUNICATIONS WITH MOSCOW.

WSJ BREAKS STORY OF BIG TRUMP SHAKEUP AS RUSSIA CRISIS EXPLODES

Trump's lawyers are now vetting people and clearing his tweets as Russia closes in.

NYTIMES BREAKS THE STORY OF DERIPASKA,THE ALUMINUM TSAR.

REUTERS ADDS THREE MORE KUSHNER CONTACTS WITH MOSCOW IN AMENDED ARTICLE

Malcolm Nance is livid. He says "forget the 18 documented contacts,Jared's request to establish a covert communications to adversarial power is justification enough for the FBI to match to the White House and strip him of his clearance.

People are getting curious to his early contacts during the campaign itself.

KUSHNER'S LAWYER SAYS JARED HAS NO RECOLLECTION OF CALLS TO RUSSIANS.

GARY COHEN OF NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL SAYS SANCTIONS AT NATO & G-& SUMMIT.

He said at both venues Trump said he was thinking of easing the sanctions but hadn't made up his mind.

Josh Marshall today wrote an editorial on Trump's trip abroad and noted at the NATO summit Trump seemed to toe the Putin line.

REUTERS: KUSNER HAD SEVERAL UNDISCLOSED CONTACTS WITH THE RUSSIANS BEGINNING LAST APRIL.

MARKETWATCH WARNS US.

Marketwatch says time to think of your escape hatch , It urges Americans of Jewish,Irish and Italian descent to obtain dual citizenship. And the rest of us to globally diversify any assets we may have. It warns of the danger to react too slowly to the Trump crisis.

EARLIER IN THE DAY

A Nobel-prize winning cardiologist told the Boston Globe that Trump knew he had interviewed Gorbachev and asked him about the Russian leader. Trump's idea was to be appointed US ambassador to the Soviet Union. It was about that time that the CIA put a tail on him in Moscow. So his Russia mania goes back to the late 1980s.

CONGRESSMAN ENGEL HAS OFFERED A BILL FOR A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO PROBE THE RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT.

9-11 had never happened before. This situation has gotten so complex that we really must know what happened and why. The FBI is constrained in some ways to conduct a full investigation and the Trump administration is gearing up to thwart the Special Prosecutor every way they can.

The situation is as serious as 9-11,the JFK assassination,and the CIA assassinations that led to the Church Committee.

Aluminum Tsar Offers To Testify In Congress on 2016 Election Interference

A Putin confidente,Oleg V. Deripaska ,who now lives in Moscow has offered to testify anonymously to Congress on the election interference. He was close to Paul Manafort.  He has had difficulty traveling to the US because of US sanctions.

Can this come to a head sooner rather than Later?

MALCOL NANCE SAYS JARED PROBABLY VIOLATED THE ESPIONAGE ACT

Personally hate the Espionage Act which Obama arrested more people than everyone since Wilson.

Keith Olberman says "Arrest Kushner Now.'

TOTAL NUMBER RUSSIA-LINKED TRUMP OFFICIALS--15

What then hell were they doing? What is their end game? Have you seen any other administration with more people identified with one country let alone an adversarial one?

Think about it. W's Russian hand was Condi Rice who studied Russian at Stanford.

More on Jared Kushner

Rachel Maddow had on her show the Post reorder who wrote the Jared as person of interest story. She mentioned the FBI was now taking the story back to the April meeting of Sessions, Flynn,Kushner with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel here in D.C. Was it to coordinate ? Don't Know.

Earlier Today I saw a CNN blog post which suggested Jared's Observer ownership provided the window for collusion and coordination by his use of a software program which the author said you project "bots" into our internet. Kushner's answer to this was weird--he said he experimented around with this program for marketing ideas for Trump products. But then he slipped by mentioning he used it with the folks in Austin who ran the Big Data campaign stateside for the Trump campaign.

Does the princeling believe he is so entitled that he should not be questioned or is he as weird as the rest?

CORRECTION: IT IS KUSHNER, NOT KUCHNER Been reading a book on the Russian revolution. Sorry.

SENATE INTEL REQUESTS ALL OF TRUMP CAMPAIGN DOCUMENTS.

The Kuchner story is weird. He and Flynn met the Russian Ambassador in Trump Towers on December 1 or 2 so Flynn is NSC adviser. Kuchner requests using the secret communications in the Russian embassy to communicate directly with the Kremlin.And Flynn just says go ahead. The Russian ambassador wondered whether he was naive or ignorant about the FBI intercepting his communications. 

Remember the other "secret" communications was Eric Prince's meeting in the Sechylles.

What was so important to communicate?

POST REPORTS RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TOLD MOSCOW KUCHNER WANTED PRIVATE COMMUNICATIONS LINK TO KREMLIN.

TRUMP CREATES TRUMP-RUSSIA "WAR ROOM" TO COUNTER RUSSIA PROBES AND NEWS.

INDEPENDENT (UK) FBI INVESTIGATION AT THE FRONT STEP OF THE OVAL OFFICE.

MAINE'S NORTH WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT OPENS FOR FIRTST SEASON

Even thought it is under review by the Interior Department.

GUARDIAN: G-7 SUMMIT A DISASTER.

The summit expected an agreement on the world's refugees but Trump refused to sign the communique. He picked fights over trade and climate change. 

CLAUDE TAYLOR SAYS DOJ SENT TRUMP "TARGET" LETTER HE TARGET OF A GRAND JURY.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

QUIST LOSES IN MONTANA.

FBI REFUSES TO PROVIDE OVERSIGHT CMTE. WITH COMEY'S NOTES.

CLAUDE TAYLOR SAYS FLYNN HAS BEGUN THE PROFFER PROCESS WITH DOJ.

If true, this means he provides information against co-conspirators and if it is deemed reliable, the prosecutor files a 5A form to reduce his sentence.

SENATOR WHITEHOUSE SAYS THERE IS CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE FLYNN HAS FLIPPED.

NBC: KUSHNER IS THE PERSON OF INTEREST,ACCORDING TO FBI.

MSNBC: JARED KUSHNER UNDER FBI INVESTIGATION.

WSJ: TRUMP DOESN'T AFFIRM ARTICLE 5 AND DISMAYS ALLIES.

SEANTE INTEL CMTE GIVEN "WIDE AUTHORITY" TO SUBPOENA

AT EU MEETING, TRUMP ACTUALLY SAID THIS

"The Germans are evil, very evil."

TRUMP ACTUALLY SAID THIS.

That he is considering Wisconsin Sheriff Clarke for head of the FBI.

AARON NEVINS IS THE NAME OF THE FLORIDA GOP OPERATIVE WHO ASKED RUSSIA FOR HELP.

70,000 WERE AT OBAMA'S SPEECH.

PLANS TO ADDRESS THE KNESSET WERE CANCELLED FOR FEAR TRUMP WOULD BE HECKLED.

APPEALS COURT NIXES TRUMP'S TRAVEL BAN.

NY DAILY NEWS CAPTURES TRUMP PUSHING MONTENEGRO'S PM ASIDE FOR NATO PHOTO.

WSJ REPRTS GOP OPERATIVE ROBERT NEVINS ASKED RUSSIAN HACKER TO SEND FLORIDA VOTER INFO.

SO AFTER PRAISING THE SAUDIS,TRUMP TRASHES NATO.

Trump asked how much the new NATO headquarters cost--Google will tell you. Then he said NATO countries owed lots of money. NATO is not a golf club where you pay green fees. The assembled audience grumbled and snickered at the President of the United States. 

FYI--Under President Obama, NATO nations made commitments to raise their defense budgets and reach the desired goals by 2020. 

So we have a trip where the President of the United States admitted he leaked classified info from Israel. Leaked the name of the Manchester bomber. Now Israel and the UK is withholding intel from the United States. And we finish this leg of the tour insulting a real allies.

SEAN HANNITY TAKES VACATION AFTER LOSING 3 ADVERTISERS.

NEWSWEEK: HOW THE RUSSIANS TARGETED DEMOCRATIC VOTERS

Piggy-backing Time's reporting, Newsweek repeats that the investigations have targeted Cambridge Analytica owned by Robert Mercer and Breibart where Steve Bannon was the head.

Newsweek has a new twist--these two organizations had the help of Jared Kushner in relaying the voter lists to the Russians.

TENS OF THOUSANDS GREET OBAMA IN BERLIN

DAILY BEAST: PREIBUS SWEATING OVER COMEY MEMOS.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BRITS "INCANDESCENT" OVER US LEAKING THE NAME OF THE MANCHESTER BOMBER

The officials and politicians in the UK are furious that the US leaked the name of the suicide bomber while they still searched for a ring of accomplices. UK officials believed that the 22-year old suicide bomber could not have carried out a sophisticated operation on his own. They felt someone else had to make the bomb. Midway in their search American authorities publicized the bomber's name. 

Teresa May said she would take this matter up with President Trump.

SPICEY DISSED--CNN REPORTS

Melania wanted Sean Spicer gone by the end of this trip. Spicer is a devout Catholic and said he only wanted to meet Pope Francis. That was the reason he didn't come home with Bannon and Priebus. 

Asked about meeting the Pope, Spicer said ," Wow, wouldn't that be something?"

But it never came. The Trump entourage was too big. Normally non-Catholics step aside for the devout. But no one did for Spicer.

He didn't even get to see the Pope before he is fired. 

Trump tried to get the Pope to stop his eternal damnation probe. No luck there either.

CNN: DOJ REPORTS SESSIONS DID NOT REPORT RUSSIA MEETINGS FOR CLEARANCE.

TRUMP ADMIN SAYS TAX MONEY SLOW IN COMING SO GOV'T MIGHT RUN OUT OF MONEY.

NYT: RUSSIAN OFFICIALS DISCUSSED HOW TO MANIPULATE TRUMP AIDES LAST SUMMER

NEW CBO SCORE

23 Million lose their healthcare. The House bill only saved $150 million over a decade. The premiums increase for older Americans but only slightly less than the first bill. 

Paul Ryan spun this as lowering the deficit and providing some premium relief for the younger Americans.

Of course Price said that Obamacare was failing --thanks to Trump's sabotage.

HUGE,ASTONISHING SAYS JOSH MARSHALL

The FBI received fake Russian email that suggested Loretta Lynch promised to slow the Hillary Clinton investigation. That intel provoked James Comey to release his letter that eventually destroyed the Clinton campaign.

CARTER PAIGE TO TESTIFY IN HOUSE JUNE 6.

THOUSANDS PROTEST TRUMP IN BRUSSELS.

SENATE GOP MEETING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ON HEALTHCARE

And without any discussion with healthcare professionals. And without women in the group.

The good news is that McConnell said he didn't know how they could get to 50 votes.

TRUMP TELLS PHILIPINO PRES> TWO NUKES ARE OFF KOREA.

NOW THAT HE'S OUT OF TOWN,ISRAEL CHANGES PROTOCOL ON SHARING INTELLIGENCE.

TRUMP DOES NOT KEEP COUNT OF FOREIGN MONEY IN HOTEL.

Congressman Cummins is not so pleased because this detail is part of the emolument accounting.

UNHAPPY POPE PRESENTS TRUMP WITH HIS ENCYCLICAL ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Rex Tillerson says Trump hasn't made up his mind on the Paris Climate Accords.

Rex also said Trump today will demand Europeans spend more on defense. Does someone tell Trump the Europeans made that decision two years ago.

538: TRUMP AT 39% APPROVAL

RUDY CLAIMS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MUSLIM BAN

HOUSE INTEL SUBPOENAS FLYNN

Also asks Deutsche Bank for Trump's records and any Russian Ties.

TODAY IS CBO SCORING OF HEALTH BILL.

Read UPSHOT in today's New York Times where they interviewed past employees at the CBO on what to look for. The key is how to evaluate state waivers to the Obama Bill of Rights for patients. The article says it will favor the healthy and penalize the sick.

WH CHANGES MIND ON JOE LIEBERMAN AT FBI

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DEMS FLIP 2 STATE SEATS IN NH, AND NY.

TWO OF FLYNN'S BUSINESSES ARE IN ALEXANDRIA.

The two which were served subpoenas are here In Old Town. Mark Warner said Senate Intel issued them because corporations have no right to invoke the Fifth Amendment. Wait on that for the future.

But this suggests that Flynn was a busy beaver after being cashiered by James Clapper when he head the DIA. The Longman piece had Flynn going over to Russia before the RT dinner with Putin.

BRENT BUDKOWSKY PROJECTS TRUMP RESIGNING

Budkowsky writing in the Hill says that Putingate is our Watergate now and that Trump has already met at least three criteria for impeachment. He goes on to say Mueller being the one investigating this will force Trump to resign before he reaches the conclusion of his probe.

Color me skeptical.

MICHAEL FLYNN IS IN A WORLD OF PAIN

Martin Longman writes in the Washington Monthly about Flynn's links to Russia and the far-right in Europe. Longman repeats the story of Flynn meeting a woman Russian agent in Cambridge and his lying about not having been paid by the Russians. 

Longman does an excellent job of documenting Flynn's earliest ties to Trump and why his case is way more than talking sanctions with the Russian ambassador. 

Longman writes that Flynn is facing serious jail time for several crimes he committed.

And what is bizarre is that Trump expressed before his trip the desire to hire Flynn back.

Longman's article really is a must read.

JARED KUSHNER IS THAT "PERSON OF INTEREST".

TRUMP HIRES THE SAME LAWYER HE USED IN TRUMP U. FOR RUSSIA PROBE.

RYAN AND McCONNELL BRIEFED ABOUT RUSSIA AND TRUMP IN AUGUST.

SENATE INTEL SUBPOENAS FLYNN'S BUSINESSES.

MUELLER WILL FOCUS ON POSSIBLE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.

POLITICO: BRENNAN SAYS RUSSIA MAY HAVE SUCCESSFULLY RECRUITED TRUMP AIDES.

DOJ'S ETHICS WATCHDOG CLEARS MULLER TO RUN RUSSIA PROBE

The issue here was that Mueller worked for the law firm that represented Jared Kushner. The question was asked by the Trump team to slow or stall the probe.

BRENNAN: INTEL SHOWED COLLUSION BETWEEN RUSSIA AND TRUMP CAMPAIGN.

Brennan testified that he told the Russians that their interference in our election would damage relations.

The Democratic at the FEC this morning called for an acceleration into the Russian inquiry. She asked for an investigation into whether Russia paid Facebook to run anti-Hillary posts.

We still don't know who the top-ranking White House official is who is a person of interest.

Comey isn't testifying until Mueller reviewed his Memos on his meetings with Trump.

Monday, May 22, 2017

TRUMP ASKED INTEL CHIEFS TO CHALLENGE FBI ABOUT COLLUSION CHARGES.

FLYNN

All the subpoenas are really issued against Flynn as I reported last week. The Senate Democrats may call him to testify anyway. 

But tonight the rumor is that Flynn has had his first substantive interview with the FBI and it looks like he is turning against Trump. The charges will not be dropped until the FEDs know what Flynn has. 

Big take-away from this is that Pence is in deep shit from what Flynn is rumored to be saying.

OSSOF LEADS BY 7 PTs. in GEORGIA.

TRUMP CLOSE TO CHOOSING OUTSIDE LAWYERS FOR THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIONS.

HOUSE DEMS: FLYNN LIED TO SECURITY CLEARANCE INVESTIGATORS ABOUT FOREIGN MONEY.

MELANIA MAD AT SPICEY.

Melania thinks Spicer isn't doing enough to protect her husband.

TRUMP TELLS ISRAELIS "WE JUST GOT BACK FROM THE MIDDLE EAST"

And his White House press release says that Trump wants everlasting "Middle Eastern Peach." 

PAUL MANAFORT AND ROGER STONE HAND DOCS TO SENATE INTEL

The earlier news that Flynn would plead the 5th,still doesn't get him off the hook on submitting documents which he refuses. In fact, he places himself in more legal jeopardy.

B IBI CALLS TRUMP "THE ACTING PRESIDENT"

The Week That Was.

So Rob Rosenstein admitted we are in criminal territory in the Russian probe. He also said he knew Trump would fore Comey. Then why did he write the memo?

We found out that Trump told the Russians he fired that nut job Comey and now feels the pressures off . Comey's father responded that Trump is the nut job.

Former FBI director Mueller was appointed as special counsel on the Russia probe but also the business dealings with Trump associates.

Trump wants Joseph Lieberman as FBI Director. Joe is actually older than Trump.

Rachel Maddow spent all her show trying to tell us how Trump can sabotage the whole investigation. But the news agencies have stepped up their game and it is doubtful Trump Team can get away with it.

The stories I have posted about the subpoenas is true. One name that I didn't get was Mike Caputo, a Trump campaign worker who spend months working in Russia during the race.

The initial response of Republicans was to breathe a sigh of relief that Mueller would take care of things and they wouldn't have investigate anything.


A FLYNN TO INVOKE FIFTH AMENDMENT.

BANNON AND REINCE FLY HOME FROM ISRAEL TO DEAL WITH CRISIS

WILBUR ROSS " No Hint Of A Demonstration in Saudi Arabia."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

OFF TO CHICAGO.


Blogging next week. RESIST! Wish we would see some arrests soon.

CLAPPER CONFIRMS TAPES IN SINCLAIR DOSSIER.

RUMOR TRUMP HAS SECURE A LEGAL FIRM--SPECIALIZES IN DEFENSE OF MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES.

CBS REPORTS MUELLER CAN'T BE FIRED BY PRESIDENT.

ISRAEL SAYS TRUMP OUTED MOST VALUABLE ASSET IN ISIS.

TRUMP APPOINTING SPECIAL COUNSEL NOT GOOD FOR NATIONAL UNITY.

TRUMP WANTS FLYNN BACK.

ADVISERS TELL TRUMP TO HIRE OUTSIDE LAWYER.

PENCE CREATED OWN SUPERPAC YESTERDAY.

AGAINST HIS LAWYER'S ADVICE ,TRUMP GOT A MESSAGE TO FLYNN--STAY STRONG.

TIME: LAURA ROSEN

Investigators in US looking at Cambridge Analytica and Breibart coordinating with Russians.

SENATE INTEL: FLYNN WILL NOT RECOGNIZE SUBPOENA.

THAT TWEETSTORM THIS MORNING--JARED KUSHNER'S IDEA.

FLYNN DISCUSSED WITH KISLYAK BACK CHANNEL.

The idea was to bypass the entire national security apparatus. 

I would humbly suggest this was what Eric Prince's trip to the Sechylles was about.

ROSENSTEIN TO GIVE BRIEFING TO ENTIRE SENATE THIS AFTERNOON.

TRUMP CANCELS TRIP TO MASADA. BIZARRE.

IS TRUMP A FLIGHT RUSK?

DAVID FRUM REMINDED US TWO DAYS AGO.

We may be disappointed by Russian contacts that look hinky but they may not be elevated to a prosecutorial crime against the Trump campaign. Interesting.

ROGER AILES DEAD AT 77.

REUTERS: UNDISCLOSED MEETINGS WITH RUSSIANS BY TRUMP CAMPAIGN--18

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NYT: WH KNEW FLYNN BEING INVESTIGATED BUT HIRED HIM ANYWAY.

IT IS GETTING LATER EARLIER.

REP.McCarthy TOLD RYAN: "PUTN PAYS TRUMP."

FORMER FBI MUELLER APPOINTED AS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.

LISA MURKOWSKI CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIA-TRUMP.

MOTHER JONES: TRUMP TO DELIVER A SPEECH ON ISLAM ABROAD.

The speech is being written by Stephen Miller, the author of the Executive Order banning Muslims. Of course, it will be compared to Obama's Cairo speech.

WHY NO MEMOS ON OBAMA? COMEY: "OBAMA WAS TRUTHFUL."

TRUMP CONSIDERS SEANTOR JOE LIEBERMAN FOR FBI

11 DEMOCRATIC SENATORS ASK DOJ ABOUT SESSIONS' RECUSAL.

USA TODAY: TRUMP BUSINESSES LINKED TO RUSSIAN MOBSTERS.

WSJ: TORONTO TRUMP PART OF RUSSIA INVESTIGATION.

IMPEACHMENT TERRITORY

David Gergen, who was in both the Nixon and Clinton White Houses, said we are now in "impeachment Territory".

The assistant Watergate prosecutor told Brian Williams that the Comey memo shows we have classic obstruction of justice which is what brought Nixon down.

Rep. Amash (R.-Mich.) yesterday was the first Republican to talk impeachment.

Rep. Cummings said Paul Ryan has " zero,zero, zero, zero" interest in investigating Donald Trump.

Interviewed in People magazine,President Obama said Trump is a "bullshitter" and his opinions about him have gotten worse.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

GUARDIAN AND DAILY BEAST: COMEY MEMO "SMOKING GUN"

WPOST: TRUMP'S OVERSEAS TRIP MUST BE CANCELLED. TOO RISKY.

DEAR READER






DO YOU THINK HE WILL JUST RUN AWAY?

McCAIN: "The Trump Scandal HAS JUST BECOME WATERGATE SIZE".

SENATOR ANGUS KING," WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO IMPEACHING DONALD TRUMP".

MAKES SENSE

The Trump administration is complaining that as scandals mount up,they are finding spots more difficult to fill. Recall Rachel Maddow's segments on 500 empty spots with no nominees.

CBS: FBI SOURCES WE SAW UNPRECEDENTED INTERFERENCE IN RUSSIA PROBE.

RACHEL MADDOW REPRTS ANOTHER SUBPOENA FOR MANAFORT FOR THAT LOAN I WROTE ABOUT.

RACHEL MADDOW REPRTS SUBPOENA FOR PAUL MANAFORT ISSUED.

ALL THE DEMS ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY CALL TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP

JOSH MARSHALL: THIS IS NOT SMOKE, THIS IS THE FIRE."

DAILY BEAST

A senior Trump official who had worked on the campaign told the Daily Beast," I don't see how Trump isn't completely fucked now."

KURT EICHENWALD SAYS RUSSIA STORY NOW HAS LEGS

During the campaign, Kurt Eichenwald did superb reporting on the Russian story to the point many were disappointed it didn't have legs at the time. He says the Comey memo and reports that Comey created a paper trail for his colleagues means the story will go on until we reach a conclusion

CHAFFETZ: I WANT TO SEE COMEY MEMO.

He threatens to subpoena it.

COMEY SHARED MEMO WITH LIMITED PEOPLE AT DOJ

Trump wanted reporters locked up rather than Flynn.

COMEY MEMO

James Comey put down on paper every interaction he ever had with Trump. 

TRUMP ENDANGERED ISRAELI SPY PUT INSIDE ISIS.

NYT: TRUMP ASKED COMEY TO END FLYNN INVESTIGATION

ISRAELI OFFICIAL: TRUMP GIVING RUSSIA INTEL "WORST NIGHTMARE"

FOX'S KIMBERLY GUIFOYLE IN TALKS TO REPLACE SPICEY

NEW GAME: WHO WILL BE 1ST TRUMP OFFICIAL TO FLEE COUNTRY?

CORNYN BOWS OUT OF FBI POST.

NYT CONFIRMS ISRAEL IS SOURCE OF INTEL

NO, MERRICK GARLAND LOVES BEING A JUDGE TOO MUCH.

LOUISE MENSCH

Yesterday, Mensch's lawyer chided her on twitter to be more careful with what she releases.

Today she says she is reporting off documents that she has from the DOJ. She says that U.S. Marshalls submitted and got the approval from a senior DOJ official the plans for delivering the subpoenas and the logistical details for closing streets when arrests are made.

Her comrade in arms, Claude Taylor has reported last night such plans had been developed. The point is that such plans are only developed when arrests are imminent.

AFTER RESIGNING,MANAFORT GOT $3.5 MILLION NO-PAYBACK LOAN

Apparently Manafort has a Bridgehampton Beach House he bought with a loan someone gave him after he resigned from the Trump campaign. I think his problem here is that a shell company bought him that beach house.

JOSH MARSHALL ON McCONNELL'S CYNICISM

TPM reports McConnell's quote about we can do with less drama from the White House. Why? Because it interfere with tax reform, deregulation and Obamacare Repeal. Passing intel to Russians--Forget about it. 

ALLAN LICHTMAN SAYS MEDIA GIVING PENCE A FREE PASS.

SALLY YATES: THERE IS A CRI(MINAL STATUTE INVOLVED IN FLYNN CASE.

SASSE: "SHARING INTEL WITH RUSSIA IS JUST WEIRD".

AP: MAJOR EUROPEAN COUNTRY MAY NOT SHRE INTEL WITH US.

BUSINESS-INSIDER

Russians invested $193,000,000 in Trump's Florida properties alone. Russians linked to mafia and Putin.

McCONNEL; MERRICK GARLAND FOR FBI.

Isn't it rich. Isn't Grand. 

IMPEACHMENT: PPP. 48% FAVOR 41% OPPOSE.

MOSCOW NOW CLAIMS TRUMP DID LEAK INTEL ON US MILITARY OPERATIONS

JEWISH CHRONICLE

Remember during the transition,American intelligence officers went to Israel and warned them not to share intelligence with the Trump people?

Well, after yesterday's revelations in the Washington Post, Israel told their people not to share intelligence with the United States.

Monday, May 15, 2017

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

LEAKER OF THE FREE WORLD is the cover. TRUMP gives ISIS secrets to Russia.

ELIOT COHEN: THIS IS AT LEAST A FIRING OFFENSE,OR PROBABLE TREASON.

Why this is causing an uproar,particularly among the neo-conservatives, is that the intelligence by its factual nature exposes a penetration agent of a friendly agency--the assumption is an Arab agent for Mossad. 

Recall Dick Cheney infuriated the British when he exposed  two of their operations--one in Iraq and another having to do with an Al Qaeda plot out of London. One Cheney leak was for the sole purpose of using the operation as a success under George W. Bush. Unfortunately, it had not been completed.

MALCOLM NANCE TAKE

Since the original source of the intel on ISIS came from someone in ISIS-controlled Syria,Nance says this person has either already bolted or been eliminated.

The worry is that the Russians just relay it to the Iranians or Hezbullah.

Remember when the Wall Street Journal repotted in February that intelligence services were holding back providing Trump with very sensitive information, now you know why. At the time,they thought he would just shoot off his mouth.

The President can "declassify" by speaking himself and it is totally legal. But this time it was intelligence provided by a friendly service.

NOW PONDER THIS

The White House--meaning its staff--believe they can "reboot" or " reset" the Trump administration--once they send Trump overseas. 

They have openly debated a wholesale cleaning of house as Chris Wallace reported--but there is catch--there are no serious people around to take their place. 

This is clearly the time past administrations brought in the David Gegen types to provide adult supervision. But where are they is Republican/Trump world?

CNN CONFIRMS LEAKED INTEL FROM A CLOSE MIDDLE EAST ALLY

Officials actually told the Washington Post not to reveal the actual nature of the intelligence.  I guess Dershowitz had a keen sense where the intel came from.


GREAT NEWS: TREY GOWDY DROPS OUT OF FBI RACE.

DERSHOWITZ SUGGESTS ISRAEL SOURCE OF INTEL.

TRUMP DEFENDER< ALAN DERSHOWITZ SAYS THIS IS THE MOST SERIOUS ACCUSATION AGAINST TRUMP YET.

BUZZFEED SAYS IT WORSE THAN POST REPORTED.

AFTER MCMASTER DENIES, NYT CONFIRMS--THE CLOWNCAR CONTINUES

JOHN PODHORETZ CALLS TRUMP RELEASING TO RUSSIA "IMPEACHABLE" AND "MONSTROUS."

POST REVEALS TRUMP RELEASED HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFO TO RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND AMBASSADOR.

HOUSE DEMS WILL FORCE VOTE TO CREATE AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON RUSSIA.

HOW TO UNDERSTAND JAMES COMEY

Josh Marshall has an excellent long article at TalkingPointsMemo on James Comey and Preet Bahara. Please read as we go forward with this circus.

By the way--Amy Kloboucher was a law student along James Comey.

GALLUP: TRUMP 38% APPROVE 57% DISAPPROVE

MORNING JOE SAYS TRUMP FIRED COMEY BECAUSE FBI HAVE BEEN PULLING ON A STRING THAT IS CRIMINAL AGAINST TRUMP

NEWSWEEK: QUOTES CLAUDE TAYLOR THAT TRUMP IS MOVING MONEY OVERSEAS.

Newsweek cites Claude Taylor but notes he has been right about things Russia. Then they say Rudy Guiliani will be appointed head of the FBI but they note Rudy has ethical problems lurking in his closet.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

BLOOMBERG CONFIRMS MANAFORT'S REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS WILL BE INVESTIGATED BY NYC' TOP COP.

CLAUDE TAYLOR DOUBLES DOWN

He reported the other week that there were 28 to 42 targets of the Russian investigation.

Now he says the same source has told them the number has substantially grown to close to 70 individuals.

GALLUP: TRUMP APPROVAL 39%--THIS IS HIS HONEYMOON PERIOD.

GUARDIAN UK: FOLLOW THE DATA.

The Guardian produced a legal document today that showed the UK's Leave Vote was contractually tied to Robert Mercer and Cambridge Analytica. The article is well-worth a read to discover the complexities of such investigative reporting. They tie Mercer to Bannon and Trump.

DOJ IS TO BRIEF THE ENTIRE SENATE THIS WEEK

The Senate Intel Committee had been brief by Rosenstein and Dana Boente. The latter seems to indicate the Senate may be up speed on indictments.

POLITICO: IS IT TIME FOR TRUMP'S STAFF TO LAWYER UP?

Politico's Mike Allen says that Trump has no sense of boundaries and will admit his crimes freely. His staff for their own protection need to lawyer up because it a greater scandal hits then they will the target. 

CLAUDE TAYLOR

Taylor reports IC and a lawyer told him there is recorded conversations of criminal wrongdoing by each of the Trump kids--except Barron and Tiffany. This also includes Jared Kushner and Ivanka.

FOX NEWS: CHRIS WALLACE SAYS EXPECT MASS FIRINGS.

CLAUDE TAYLOR ISSUES CLARIFICATION

Taylor admits he is no lawyer and wants to clarify yesterday's bombshell. 

He says sealed indictments were handed down by the grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia under Dana Boente. 

He says there against: Manafort,Flynn and Trump.



NBC/WSJ: 78% OF AMERICANS WANT INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIA.

ALT-RIGHT ROBERT SPENCER LEADS TORCHLIGHT PARADE IN VIRGINIA

Chanting "Russia Is Our Friend", Spencer and his white supremacists held burning torches to protect the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia.

New York Magazine on the Alt-Right singles out Spencer as one of the trust fund babies who are the white nationalists. Spencer's family are sugar moguls in Louisiana and are staunch Republicans. 

Just after the Trump inauguration, Spencer was the focus of controversy here in Old Town, Alexandria, where he rented an apartment for his non-profit. A couple weeks of demonstration he seemed to move on.

CLAPPER TO TAPPER: OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE UNDER ASSAULT"

Clapper laid the claim against Trump's actions against James Comey and called on the Republicans to step up. Good luck!

NBC/WSJ POLL: 29% SUPPORT COMEY FIRING.

TRUMP JUST INCRIMINATED HIMSELF.

Andrew Sullivan reappears in New York magazine to lament Trump's firing of Comey. He says and he is right. Andrew had been thinking there is nothing in the Russian investigation that could incriminate Trump himself. Now he's not so sure. Firing Comey is an obstruction of justice.

Andrew recounts all the awfulness of the Trump term so far and says they could have been corrected by election in 2018 and 2020 but now he is a threat to the democratic order. As Andrew writes, "Senate this is not a fire drill."

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

The Washington Post reports that the White House staff joked and laughed about blaming Comey's firing on Ron Rosenstein. 

How about having your professional reputation totally ruined in just 24 hours? 

He should resign!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

KEITH OLBERMANN COMMENTS

KO says he can't attest to the accuracy of Mensch's latest report. He does say she was right about the FISA Court and the grand juries.

BIPARTISAN REPORTS TREATED THIS AS "BREAKING" STORY

There are two sealed indictments from a grand jury. Guessers are saying " Manafort and Flynn". That sounds more reasonable.

RAW STORY

Raw Story did put in the criticisms about Mensch but did point at that Rick Wilson , a GOP operative who has been involved in large campaigns, noted that Mensch has been right about the past indictments and Claude Taylor right about everything from the jury in Virginia and the Maryland raid. So here't to hope.

AT RAW STORY: They Covered The Sealed Indictment Against Trump

It was the rehash of the Mensch-Long piece. Complaints had been surfacing in left-wing websites that no one seemed to pick the story up. 

I would advise them to get a lawyer who knows the process we are dealing with before leaping to a psychologically satisfying conclusion.

Meanwhile the rest of us have to RESIST! and mobilize to stop the GOP Senate from passing Trumpcare.

Laurence Tribe has jumped the shark. Today he writes in a Washington Post piece we should prepare for impeachment because the firing of Comey to stop a national security investigation is a bridge to far.

GOOD NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Gallup released a nationwide poll on cultural attitudes on everything from same sex relations, marijuana, abortion, even wearing fur. 

Gallup said Americans are more liberal in their attitudes than ever before. 

So remember you are both the electoral majority and the cultural ones.

COMRADE DT AT LIBERTY U.

Waddles received a Doctorate of Law from Liberty today before a bigly crowd. He told the audience of fundamentalist Christians that :

"In the United States we do not worship government,we worship God."

I have no comment on the buffoonery of this statement. It's nike if you lived a good life, you would have no pre-existing conditions.

CLAUDE TAYLOR AND LOUISE MENSCH

Claude Taylor has caught recent developments somewhat accurately. Louise Mensch has been erratic . Sometimes I think it is because of her being British. She was an MP of the Conservative Party in the UK so it is clear from her stories she has Republican sources Claude does not.

So Mark this day--whether it when Taylor and Mensch become Woodward and Bernstein or the Marx Brothers.

DRUMROLL

There is a seal indictment against DONALD. J. TRUMP.

There are problems in how they report it. They claim it was issued by a FISA Court. I never heard of FISA court issuing Indictments--it's for surveillance warrants. 

I can see getting away with all the events and driving the facts to the inevitable conclusion but color mean skeptical.  But is a wonderful thought and will give me a good night's sleep.

FORBES: COMEY WAS LAYING A PAPER TRAIL

Very odd but intriguing piece Forbes of all places published. They were skeptical about Comey actually needed new resources for the Russian probe. Instead they said he putting down markers if the administration were going to try and stall the investigation. He in essence put it on the DOJ. Comey wanted to avoid being the guy called out on inaction.  And when he was fired,the DOJ had to say the Russia investigation was going on because they had to fire the real reason Comey was fired.

Now Rod Rosenstein is between a rock and hard place because he has to allow it to continue or appoint a special prosecutor.

Forbes writes that Comey's move means the system is still working.

Last night Rachel Maddow indulged in all our paranoia by gaming out ways the investigation can be stopped. Then she worked down to getting rid of the Inspector Generals at DOJ and other agencies. But then she showed the law that allowed a President to do so. Yet even there he would have to give 30 days advanced warning.

The train is already out of the station.

NYT: PENCE CONSPIRED WITH TRUMP TO OUST COMEY.

Friday, May 12, 2017

DUTCH RELEASE PART TWO OF TRUMP'S DUBIOUS FRIENDS

This is posted now on Democratic Underground. It is entitled Donald Trump and The King of Diamonds. It concerns Trump and Jared Kushner's relationship with an Israeli diamond merchant who launders money in Holland and who has links Vladimir Putin.

JAMES COMEY WANTS TO TESTIFY IN PUBLIC.

VANITY FAIR REPORTS MULTIPLE FBI INVESTIGATIONS INTO TRUMP-RUSSIA

As Rachel Maddow reported this night the financial aspect of the inquiry has ballooned. The target for the financial inquiry are Russian plutocrats who have laundered their money through Trump enterprises. As she reported the Wall Street Journal story that FinCen of Treasury the investigative arm into money laundering is to supply the Senate committee with documents which they claim" are necessary to prove whether there was collusion between Trump and associates and Russia."

Reuters printed a story that Russian plutocrats have bought millions of Trump properties through LLCs anonymously. Which is a prime way Russian launder money. 

So wait for more from USA Today which catalogued all Trump properties and the units available for their project to get in full swing.

The point of following this money tail is to " ascertain whether these people had  relations with the Russian government."

This is a lucrative field of endeavor and really shouldn't take that long.

JOSH MARSHALL ON TRUMP'S RUSSIA LETTER.

Josh examines the letter from what it did not say and it didn't talk about the mafia in the Central asian republics. Josh mentions who the lawyers get out of the whole Russian oligarch situation. Read it . 

ZACH BEAUCHAMP IN VOX

"Why the FBI MIGHT WAGE WAR ON TRUMP."

Zach outlines what the FBI as an institution can do and also individual agents. LEAK. LEAK.

But it is very important that they resist a new FBI head who is a Trump or Sessions stooge. He mentions that Nixon put Patrick Grey in and how the FBI made his life miserable with leaks after leaks. He talks about how Deep Throat cared really more about the tribal nature of the FBI than about democracy.  He thought he was protecting the FBI from Nixon's efforts to reign it in.

He also suggests other avenues of investigation and these develop. Trump has never been caught up in a criminal investigation but Matt Yglesias has reported Trump's long ties with the American mafia and his use of casinos for money laundering. They can go after these.

Also remember Laurence Tribe is working on an Emoluments Clause violation. They can help out.

He also points out that the Senate Intel Committee has little staff or resources. but the FBI can maximize its reach by being very helpful to them.

Zach's point is that Trump now is so much weaker after firing Comey than before.

TRUMP;COMEY SHOULD NOT HAVE EXONERATED CLINTON.

So Trump to defend himself by claiming it is all Democrats against him. This is really going to get ugly.

RICO STRIKES

Wall Street Journal reports that the first results of the New York Rico grand jury was to subpoena Manafort's bank records and all pertaining to him. I think you can credit Rachel Maddow with this one. She broke the story about how Manafort was buying Manhattan Real estate with Russian money. Since the WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch, we learn Schneidermann is a Democrat and his assistant Cy Vance is one too.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY.

Remember when Preet Bharara was fired after being told by Trump he could stay as US Attorney. There was that two days or so before he left his office. We had hoped he protected his materials on Trump.

He did and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have them.

Further Note: The Treasury FinCen division will be sending real documents to the Senate intelligence Committee.

SPICER WON'T DENY TRUMP HAS TAPES.

What is interesting all day long is that conservative websites thought this was truly awful and even the younger writers conjured up Nixon. 

FOX news' Chris Wallace came back from D.C. shaken by this week's events.

CHARLES PIERCE: FOLLOW THE MONEY

Pierce tries to imagine Richard Nixon sitting down with Walter Cronkite to talk about firing the Special Prosecutor because he wanted to stop the Russian investigation . And that threatening Archibald Cox with the "tapes". 

Pierce has settled where I am is that Trump was a laudromat and Russia needed to do its laundry. And that's what we find out about this sordid affair. That Trump cared about his business and image as a billionaire and two hoots for our democracy.

Pierce through in and shocker to me. He claims the Sinclair Dossier maintained Russian foreign minister Lavrov was Trump handler. When Malcolm Nance snakily said Trump handler paid a visit to the Oval office to see whether his asset was still up to it, I though he was referring to Russian ambassador Kislyek. Apparently not.

Everyone admitted this looked bizarre. On Trump's call with Putin, Putin asked him to receive Lavrov in the Oval office. He does so after he fired Comey. And only TASS was allowed in. And there is no record of what transpired. And there was Kislyek, who has been the figure who ignited all this investigation in the first place. Kislyek is notorious for being a great recruiter of spies in host countries. Given the context of the players and the political situation in the United states ,it was truly startling

BBC FOOTAGE ON TRUMP AND THE MOB

Add to the wonderful Dutch film is the BBC Newsnight's piece on Trump and the mob. It is posted at democratic underground. 

This is the leader of your country broadcast around the world.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: TREASURY TO PROVIDE INFO TO SENATE ON TRUMP AND RUSSIA.

This would be from the unit that covers money laundering. This should prove interesting.

NEW YORK AG MSY HAVE EXPLOSIVE DETAIL ON TRUMP

Apparently he has reason to believe that the Trump empire was a money laundering enterprise. More particularly the new information pertains to the role of the Russian mobster Felix Sater played in advising the Trump campaign and that was revealed in an interview in Moscow a week after the election by Sater. The new information shows that Sater and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was involved in a scheme to provide sanctions relief to Russia through a wild scheme proposed by a Ukrainian. 

This is the type of thing the AG would know from his work in unsealing tax fraud allegations against Bayrock ,one of the investors in Trump Soho. 

In fact I never knew this that the case to unseal record on Felix Sater went to the Supereme Court and had been opposed by the Federal government because of Sater's role as an FBI informant. 

The whole sordid history of Sater and Trump did not end and in fact grew more intense during the campaign.

COMEY TURNS DOWN REQUEST FROM THE SENATE TO TESTIFY.

REX TILLERSON SIGNED TREATY TO PROTECT ARTIC.

Why this is significant is that Arctic countries and indigenous groups have lobbied for this for years. In its text it makes specific reference to the Paris Climate Agreement of which this is a particular subset.

This is a day after Tillerson said that America will determine its own climate change policy. Strange man.

Senator Murphy Notes About TRUMP'S LAW FIRM


Murphy noted that Morgan,Lewis, and Bockis was named Russia Law Firm of the year 2016. 

Clients include Rozneft and Carter Paige.

JAMES CLAPPER CONFIRMED COMEY'S ACCOUNT OF HIS DINNER WITH TRUMP.

Clapper told Andrea Mitchell that Comey had attended his retirement dinner and no he did not say Trump wasn't be investigated and he confirmed the loyalty request.

CONGRESS JUST ASKED THE WH FOR THE COMEY TAPE.

Love it.

TOM PRICE: CONGRESS WILL PRODUCE OBAMACARE REPEAL THIS SUMMER.

How many hearings will they hold on healthcare?

The GOP has told its members not to refer to repealing Obamacare because they lose support.

Great Explanation of What Comey Was Investigating

Moscowproject.org. Now on democraticunderground explains this in a short clip. That is good to keep in mind.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS.

Sean Spicer denies he was hiding in the shrubbery. This, despite photos of him in the bushes.

Ron Rosenstein said he is not quitting and never threatened to quit. Too bad.

The twitter has responded to Trump's lawyer's letter with "few exceptions".

Snark--Malcolm Nance asked whether Trump's control officer--Russia's Kislyak--was in the Oval office to check out Trump's viability and health to continue on as an asset.

TRUMP LAWYERS SEND GRAHAM A LETTER

His lawyers maintain a review of his last 10 years of tax returns he had no income from Russians with a few exceptions. His fees from Miss Universe and the sale of that Florida property highlighted by Rachel Maddow where he made $95 million from the Fertilizer King.

Of course, they felt compelled to say he had no assets in Russian. But what is missing is any mention of Russian investments in his properties such as Trump Soho.

TRUMP ACTUALLY DEMANDS WH STAFF SIGN LOYALTY OATHS.

The FBI posted yesterday why FBI agents don't pledge loyalty to one man but the constitution. I thought this was in reference to Trump's conversation with Comey about pledging loyalty.

Apparently,it goes far beyond this. Last night a White House staff member quit because she refused to sign a loyalty oath.

It's 9AM, TRUMP THREATENS TO CANCEL WH PRESS BRIEFINGS.

TRUMP TWEETS ANOTHER CRIME.

Trump also could be had on intimidation of witness. He Tweeted that "Comey should worry about any tapes of our phone conversations if he is going to leak."

THE DUBIOUS FRIENDS OF DONALD TRUMP

I highly recommend you watch this documentary by Dutch journalists on Trump financial connections to Russian and Kazah mobsters. It is posted today at democratic underground. 

Rachel Maddow has done terrific journalism on Trump's dubious business relations but I think this documentary makes the connections clearer and shows that financial lawyers and journalists are a whole other layer of the case against Trump.

This has been known for years but it directly impacts on the Russian connection and the strange way Trump keeps saying he has no business in Russia. This documentary shows one "business partner through shell companies is Putin himself". 

This investigative work has been done for years so firing Comey can't stop it. 

You will actually see Felix Sater on screen. Remember Josh Marshall spent some time writing about Felix but saying his becoming an FBI informant and cooperating with the CIA muddles the issue. This documentary actually shows why that is not a problem in getting Trump for financial crimes because you can't do business even with companies where one partner has a criminal past.

The Dutch documentary promises a Part II.

One side note: one of the criminal front companies was created with the assistance of Rudy Guiliani, who now is under the gun for his "assistance" to Iranian-American money launderer.

Eugene Robinson wrote a column in today's Washington Post that Trump committed the cover-up yesterday but where's the crime?  I think you would find ample proof in this documentary.

SESSIONS ORDERS NEW STRICT SENTENCING GUIDELINES.

Waging a new war on Hippies,Sessions reversed all of Eric Holder's reforms about sentencing,especially for those arrested for marijuana possession. Thus is in line with the Trump American Carnage doctrine that a crime rate at a 50-year low is a threat.

May I humbly suggest the biggest existential threat to America are Baby-Boomer white males.

But Sessions aim is to go after young males--white,blacks and browns.

THE ATLANTIC ON GEN. FLYNN

The Atlantic reports Trump is getting antsy about Michael Flynn. You will recall the bizarre questioning of Comey by the Senate where he was asked about witnesses cleaning up their act like registering as a foreign agent or paying back taxes so as to be credible for juries. Comey said that was the process for a witness to survive challenges from a defense. 

In short, Flynn has registered retroactively as an agent of Turkey but Paul Manafort has not. 

Trump's lawyers have multiple times stopped him from calling Michael Flynn to ask him what he will testify. The suggestion by the stories is that Flynn will be a state's witness. and may have received immunity.

FBI TWEETS INTERESTING IMAGE IN RESPONSE TO TRUMP'S FIRING

Yesterday as Trump explained that he fired Comey to kill the Russian investigation, the FBI put up an image explaining "Asset Forfeiture". This also comes after Trump said he had no business with Russia again and the Senate intelligence investigation asked the Treasury Financial Crimes Department about Trump's Business and associates financial ties with Russia.

We know the New York Attorney General has secured multiple subpoenas and indictments on the Money laundering aspects of Trump businesses.

LOUISE MENSCH

Take it or leave it: Mensch reports that indictments are being prepared or are prepared against Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III on the Russian investigation. She claims in part that Sessions recruited Carter Paige as foreign policy adviser for Trump and that he was involved more in all things Russia than previously thought.

Rachel Maddow last night had a fascinating look at whether Sessions had recused himself on all matters Russia because he doesn't seem to have recused himself from the matters concerning Paul Manafort.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

LAURENCE TRIBE

Tribe, a distinguished Harvard professor in constitutional law, says Trump has crossed the line into "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" with his explanations of the firing of Jim Comey. With the explanations all day from the White House that they wanted the Russia investigation to go away.

DENNIS WHITFIELD OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

Linked to Manafort and Stone. So you have all the element when you throw in Mercer. Nice haul by FBI.

NYT: OVER DINNER, TRUMP ASKED FOR COMEY TO PLEDGE LOYALTY AND COMEY REFUSED.

TRUMP'S LAWYERS STILL TRYING TO STOP HIM FROM CALLING MICHAEL FLYNN

He is the nightmare client. Trump has tried to talk to Michael Flynn. So far his lawyers have prevented it. But today at the Daily Beast,there is a new report that the lawyers keep interceding to prevent him from making the call.

ROD ROSENSTEIN SHOULD RESIGN

Trump threw Rosenstein under the bus by telling Lester Holt that he didn't fire Comey because of Rosenstein's letter. He had decided to fire Comey as a grandstander before. He didn't need the letter. 

After the legal community questioning Rosenstein and how he got into this mess. Those who gave him the benefit of a doubt urged to create a Special Prosecutor. 

It's Too late. He should resign.

FBI WARRANT--RICO.

TRAVEL BAN NEWS

Judge ordered then Trump administration to provide Guiliani's memo on how to make the Muslim ban legal. Trump teams said needed time. Judge ruled until May 20.

THE FBI WARRANT DOES CONNECT STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS WITH CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA.

Which means this investigation is far,far advanced. It also means that the coordination or collusion is not just dingbats like Carter Paige but the whole infrastructure of the Trump campaign.

NBC/SURVEY MONKEY

54% thought Comey's dismissal inappropriate 
38% said it was.

46% Handling of Russia investigation caused it
24% Clinton's email
22% Something else.

55% less confident Russia being carried out fairly.
36% more confident.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS GROUP MAYBE ROBERT MERCER COMPANY

Since the name is so nondescript ,it could be anything. But the money laundering bloggers are noting Robert Mercer's group here in the United States which would clink you up Cambridge Analytica was named the same. 

If the dots could be connected between Mercer and the Russian involvement at such an early stage ,that would be terrific.

PELOSI TO FILE A DISCHARGE PETITION

This moves faces a vote on a special prosecutor and bipartisan commission to investigate Trump and Russia. Ryan has to put it forward immediately next week when the House returns.

FBI OFFICIERS CHANGING FACEBOOK PROFILES TO COMEY

This is usually done when an FBI officer is slain. It is a mark of respect and honor.

JOHN PODHORETZ CALLS WH SPOKESWOMAN A LIAR.

Huckabee's daughter said that she had been on the phone night and day to lawyers and constitutional scholars . She had said that it was perfectly legitimate that Trump asked Comey whether he was under investigation. It's not.

THE MSNBC STORY WAS ACTUALLY TRUE

Trump actually planned to visit the FBI headquarters but the FBI told him the "topics" would not be good and an agent told the reporter because of the "hostility against the firing of Comey".

Couple that with the comments by the White House spokesperson, this is an administration that is unravelling.

Another blogger pointed out that there were too many FBI agents in Annapolis for a simple complaint from a civil suit. Another blogger presented a paper trail linking Trump to this organization through casinos.The rumors were about money laundering and names like reince Preibus tossed around. Still rumors.

WH ADMITS THEY FIRED COMEY TO STOP RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION.

So bizarre that the WH spokesman would say it so bluntly that we want the invention to end and by firing Comey we have taken such steps.

I thought the blogger who posted that MSNBC reported that Trump wasn't going to go to the FBI building was just a spoof but if you r spokesperson just front out admits it--why not--there is no sense of the rule of law or "democratic decorum" which allows our system to run without laws in every situation.  Then Trump really might have thought about going to the FBI.

STRATEGIC GROUP

Believe it or not as the police fanout through the region. The FBI raid appeared to be related to a lawsuit brought by Cuccinelli against this group because he hired them against Terry McAuliffe.  Bummer.

JENNIFER RUBIN EXCELS TODAY AT WASHINGTON POST

Ruben describes in great legal detail how Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is in great jeopardy for his job and even his law license because he violated his recusal promise just being slightly involved in the Comey firing. 

Very good column. But someone should file an ethics complaint now with DOJ to set the wheels in motion.

First good news for a while.

HOUSE OBAMACARE REPEAL SUPPORT 23%.

IT's LEGAL SHOCK AND AWE

22 U.S. Marshalls assembled in Alexandria for executing subpoenas.

The earlier story has the FBI busting a Strategic Group--a GOP fundraising and consultancy in Maryland. Never heard of them. 

And so it begins.

GALLUP APPROVAL AT 38%--DOWN

TRUMP ADMITS HE CALLED COMEY ABOUT STATUS OF RUSSIA INVESTIGATION.

NBC: "I Was Going To Fire Him AnyWAY. HE WAS A SHOWBOATER". TRUMP

FBI NOW TRYING TO EXECUTE SUBPOENA ON ANNAPOLIS BASED GOP CONSULTING COMPANY

TRUMP THREATENS TO STOP ALL OBAMACARE PAYMENTS TO ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES.

This would radically destabilize the independent insurance market.

ROSENSTEIN AND DANA BOENTE MEETS WITH BURR AND WARNER IN SENATE SCIF.

Boente is the prosecutor of all the Flynn business associates here in Old Town.

ROSENSTEIN REQUESTS MEETING WITH SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE

NYT: OPEN LETTER TO ROSENTEIN

The New York Times said the only way the Deputy Assistant Attorney General can get his integrity back is to appoint a special prosecutor. They write that he knows he was used by Trump.

ANGUS KING SUGGESTS COMEY TO LEAD SENATE INVESTIGATION IN RUSSIA.

SENATOR MIKE LEE (D-UT) SUGGESTS MERRICK GARLAND FOR HEAD OF FBI.

DEMOCRATS DEMAND DOJ PROVIDE INFO ON COMEY'S RESOURCE REQUEST.

20 ATTORNEY GENERALS DEMAND SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

REMEMBER TRUMP'S WAR AGAINST INTELLIGENCE

Well,the Washington Post reports the FBI guys aren't pleased with what happened and feel their independence is threatened in a way it never happened under Comey. The Agents on the Russian cases vowed they were pursue this even more strongly than before.

EXPECT LOTS OF LEAKS.

NO!! TRUMP AUDITIONS PEOPLE TO REPLACE SPICEY

He didn't mean to hide in the shrubbery the other night. What we do without Spicey or Melissa McCarthy?

WALL STREET JOURNAL: THE INVESTIGATION WAS ACCELERATING

The problem wasn't that the FBI investigation was going slowly or that Comey needed the resources to kick it in gear.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Comey was being overwhelmed by the material. WSJ uses an analogy about Senator Burr briefed once a week now being briefed several times a day about new finds.

The WSJ says these new findings triggered the request to Treasury about Trump financial relations with Russia.

Now this is Murdoch's Wall Street Journal.

DOJ OFFICIAL; COMEY DIDN'T WARN TRUMP HE WASN"T BEIN INVESTIGATED.

The official said it would be unlawful and it is "farcical".

JAMES COMEY: "TRUMP IS BEYOND NORMAL,MAYBE CRAZY."

LOUISE MENSCH

As this moved along,Mensch gets more specific. While I have been hooting about the subpoenas issued down the street from me on Flynn and his business associates,Mensch reports that the bulk of the subpoenas are actually in the New York grand jury. 

She and Schindler predict the first arrest coming soon--maybe tomorrow. 

In other news,people like Malcolm Nance are saying that Europeans are preparing document dumps of their own. I imagine one will be the Dutch case against Trump on money laundering. Nance says they will be substantial.

There is now a whole Twitter stockpile on Kompromot--or the material used to compromise a target. Most half baked but a thread that does ring true. Republican congressional leaders are compromised by information on their mistresses and family dynamics. 

When we all ask when the GOP will have enough with Trump, maybe the question is how compromised are they?

WORRISOME: FIRiNG OF COMEY IN LA TIMES TO SEIZE FILES IN D.C.

SENATE INTEL CMTE SUBPOENA FLYNN

SAD,BUT THIS IS HOW YOU REALLY LOSE SUPPORT

The state of North Carolina has protested to congress that the Trump administration only provided them with 1% of the funds granted for Hurricane Matthews. 

Remember Good job, Brownie! That's how that works.

CNN: SOURCES CLOSE TO COMEY

Said Comey fired because the investigations were accelerating and he requested new funds.

Secondly, Trump was furious he didn't clear his testimony with the WH before appearing before Congress.

QUINNIPIAC: TRUMP APPROVAL 36%

THERE IS A GRAND JURY CONVENED IN NEW YORK

NOT THE ONION

Carter Paige praised the firing of Comey.

Trump met with Henry Kissinger.

Russian foreign minister Lavrov laughed about Comey being fired.Only Russian media was allowed in the White House.

RAW STORY: COURT DOCS SHOW FBI INVESTIGATING TRUMP HIMSELF.

HUNDREDS OUTSIDE WH SHOUTING "LOCK HIM UP."

CLAUDE TAYLOR: 25 SEALED INDICTMENTS FROM HERE

Eastern Virginia is notorious for being the place where prosecutors who want to go hard go to.

DAY BEFORE FIRING, COMEY ASKED FOR MORE RESOURCES FOR RUSSIA PROBE.

THE STAGECRAFT NOT AS GOOD AS NIXON

Sean Spicer actually hid in the bushes outside the White House last night to avoid the press.

BUZZFEED CONFIRMS FBI INVESTIGATING TRUMP HIMSELF.

JEFFREY BEAUREGARD SESSIONS MUST RESIGN

Buried in all the Hubbub over the firing of James Comey is that it came as part of a recommendation from the Attorney General at least according to Donald Trump. 

The problem with this is that Sessions recused himself both from the Russian investigation and the Clinton e-mail situation. So saying Comey was fired for the Clinton e-mail situation doesn't cut it.

Sessions had committed perjury at his confirmation hearing by neglecting to inform the committee about his own Russian ties. 

Now it seems his statement of refusal was also a lie. 

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III MUST RESIGN!

Also lost in yesterday's fracas was Eric Holder--who was career at Justice--tweeting to DOJ officials to do their duty  repeating the words of their pledge to duty, honor, country.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SCHUMER ORDERS ALL DEM. SENATORS IN SEATS BY 9:30PM.

POLITICO: FBI AGENTS IN TEARS AS COMEY FIRED.

TODAY, MANAFORT,PAGE,FLYNN SUPPOSED TO GIVE DOCUMENTS TO TREASURY.

CLAUDE TAYLOR: COMEY FIRING HASN"T STOPPED ANYTHING

Taylor tweets over a dozen indictments issued so far and more on the way. These will not stop because Comey fired.

CNN: US ATTORNEY IN ALEXANDRIA ISSUES 1ST SUBPOENAS

The US Attorney here in Old Town issued subpoenas against GENERAL FLYNN'S BUSINESS ASSOCIATES. EARLY THIS EVENING.

CLAUDE TAYLOR

9 SEALED INDICTMENTS IN ONE CASE. 16 MORE EXPECTED IN OTHERS.

SENATOR McCAIN CALLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR.

WHITE HOUSE SURPRISED BY THE UPROAR OVER COMEY'S FIRING.

The White House really,really did believe that firing Comey over how he handled the Hillary Clinton campaign would have pacified the Democrats. They sincerely didn't believe it would erupt.

AS TRUMP AIDES IGNORE DEADLINES,SEN. BURR THREATENS SUBPOENAS.

FROM THE NIXON LIBRARY

Richard Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI.

JUSTIN AMASH

Says he and his staff are looking to create independent commission on Russia. He tweeted that the second paragraph of Trump's Firing of Comey is weird.

JOSH MARSHALL:"THIS IS A VERY,VERY DARK DEVELOPMENT".

TRUMP TO MEET RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR AT WH TOMORROW.

DAVID FRUM:" IT'S A COUP."

COMEY FIRING

The excuse was the handling of Hillary Clinton's emails and the letter sent to Congress last year.

But Trump got his digs in with the mention that Comey told him he was not being investigated.

Jennifer Rubin writes in the Post that why if he recused himself from the Russian investigation did Sessions voice his opinion on Comey.

Jeffrey Toobin says this is obstruction of justice like Nixon.

The questions now who will continue the Russian investigations?

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager suggested that the Inspector General was investigating Comey's actions during the election and that to make this legitimate the Trump White House should call for a special prosecutor on the Russian matters.

ELIJAH CUMMINGS DEMANDS EMERGENCY HEARINGS ON COMEY FIRING.

SENATE ASKS TREASURY FOR MATERIALS ABOUT RUSSIA INVESTMENTS IN TRUMP.

WOW, TRUMP FIRES COMEY.

LADBROKES: ODDS ON IMPEACHING TRUMP 3-1.

SPICER: TRUMP HAS "UTMOST CONFIDENCE" IN H.L. McMaster

JOHN SCHINDLER: NATO INTELLIGENCE CONFIRMS FLYNN AND SON ON MOSCOW PAYROLL

Take it for what it is worth. 

SPICER: TRUMP HAS HIRED DC LAW FIRM TO ANSWER GRAHAM ON RUSSIAN FINANCES.

WH POSTPONES CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING SO TRUMP CAN MAKE DECISION.

SPICER SAYS WH DELAY IN ACTING BECAUSE YATES WAS POLITICAL OPPONENT.

CLAUDE TAYLOR: THEN THERE WERE THREE

Three grand juries now working Russia-Trump connection. Taylor says the new one is on FISA considerations.

LINDSEY GRAHAM WANTS TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP'S BUSINESS TIES WITH RUSSIA.

NBC REUTES WH CLAIMS ABOUT FLYNN'S CLEARANCE

Yesterday we learned that President Obama told Trump to not hire Flynn as NSC adviser.

Spicey has been jabbering that Flynn had the highest clearances because Obama had put him as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Well, it urns out that Flynn never got the clearances needed to be NSC adviser. Spicey is wrong.

CLAPPER'S TESTIMONY YESTERDAY

The Trumpsters say that Clapper said there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. False,

Clapper said that he was not kept informed about the FBI investigation. He also made remarks that suggest that Trump's financial ties to Russia were not being examined. He also confirmed that the intelligence given the US from Britain was solid. 

Grassley was desparate to get Clapper to refute the "Dossier". Clapper said that the "Dossier" was the responsibility of the analysts. Clapper said that as more things are confirmed the value of the "Dossier" would be elevated.

Clapper's testimony doesn't confirm the Trumpsters claims.

LEAKS

Yesterday at the hearing with Sally Yates, Republican Senators were fixated on the idea of leaks. Just a note--that Michael Flynn was only fired when the Washington Post published a story that had been leaked.

I would suggest that leaks came from the Trump White House--not the former Obama administration. In the transition period, normal Republican national security types had to interface with the Trumpsters. They found that transition people requested classified documents and put them at the SCIF (The term coming from this investigation for a place where classified documents are read.) What they found was that Trump people were xeroxing these documents and taking them to unsecured places and circulating them to people without security clearances. 

These people have seen White House staff disregard the rules and have been leaking about it. So the Republicans should look at their old colleagues who were so offended by this administration as the source of the leaked stories.

COMEY BUNGLES TESTIMONY ON HUMA ABEDIN

The only response I have gotten from the right over the testimony on the Hill is a gleeful reaction to James Comey saying Huma Abedin transferring classified documents on Anthony Weiner's laptop to provide Hillary Clinton.

Propublica found last night that that was not true and the FBI scrambled last night to respond. Today the FBI is sending to the Hill a letter correcting the testimony. 

Josh Marshall picked this up this morning. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

HUFFPOST/YOUGOV POLL: 31% APPROVE TRUMP CARE

About 14 points above first poll but without CBO scoring.

SALLY YATES APPEARS

The Hill reported that the Trump White House asked GOP Senators to kill her appearance. WHY?

She came across as a 27-year vet of the Justice Department. That was frustrating because she was scrupulous in not mentioning classified material. However she was specific about the items she discussed with the White House counsel. 

She told the White House that General Flynn was compromised by the Russians. But the explanation is not as racy as we would like. 

She was also asked how it was that Flynn wasn't fired for 18 days. She didn't know. That appears as the missing question. 

The Republicans tried to criticize her for not defending the travel ban. Suggesting that any attorney general has to do it. Unfortunately the Senators didn't show much conscience or legal acumen on constitutional issues. 

Josh Marshall argues today that Flynn would not have been fired unless the press had released the news Yates had warned them. 

CARTER PAIGE ACCUSES SENATE OF CONDUCTING A SHOW TRIAL

TODAY IS V-E DAY

I want to give Putin credit for sending directives to all Russian ministries particularly all those working abroad to emphasize  that the Soviet Union defeated Nazi Germany and that political forces who support either Nazis now or fascism will not be tolerated. Let's see whether that will change the rhetoric in Russia's support of the so-called populist Right.

COOK REPORT GIVES DEMS 40-50% CHANCE OF TAKING HOUSE.

FLYNN TOLD RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TRUMP HAD RUSSIA'S BACK ON SANCTIONS.

BIBI SUCK UP.

Bibi is responding to the news the Knesset will vote on a bill declaring Israel as a Jewish state--Calling reports FAKE NEWS. Fake News is over with, Bibi. So yesterday.

INDEPENDENT (UK) REPORTS WH PREPARED TO SMEAR YATES

I guess because she's a woman and a lawyer. Which means she is a Democratic operative or paid by George Soros.

SO THE OBAMA WARNING HITS ALL NETWORKS.

And Spicey says Trump didn't think it was a serious warning. (But in essence confirmed.)

The MAD TWEETER STEPS IN IT.

Trump tweets this morning are aimed at Sally Yates. Are they talking points for defenders or is he in panic. James Toobin believes he is trying to intimidate Yates. 

So the Mad Tweeter says Obama gave Flynn the highest clearance and he defends Flynn. Well, we know Obama fired Flynn and Pence vetted him. 

After the tweetfest,CNN reports that Obama told Trump when they met at the White House not to hire Flynn.

And Aunty Maxine Waters tweeted at Trump that Yates is more a patriot than Trump.

Stay Tuned.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

FRENCH FINAL: MICRON 66.1%, LePen 33.9%.

WATCHING MACRON AND OBAMA

I can't help but thinking ideology doesn't quite summarized my views on the past week. Looking at both,I got encouraged because they were life forces--not forces of death. America was a vibrant force in Obama's speech and Macron tapped the energy of the younger French voter to reject the nihilism of Le Pan. The spirit tonight in Paris is the same as that in Chicago 2008. Let us amaze you. That's what Macron said that Europe expected France to surprise Europe in a positive way. Obama speech was a more subdued we are still that country of profiles in courage but that our progress is a bit jagged. The whole speech he never mentioned Trump but he was the unspoken ghost. 

The task ahead is for America to reject Death.

MACRON'S SPEECH

It was like a French Obama--thousands greeting his speech like those in Chicago in 2008. Macron talked about a united France and defending the enlightenment and a new humanism. He called on all French people to help him fulfill this historic role. He mentioned that all of Europe watched as France rejected extremism. The young crowds made it look like a revolution in Eastern Europe--a moment of liberation.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH

With my internet balking as James Taylor sang four songs, finally Obama spoke. He invoked other peoples' courage--the dreamers,the activists,those who voted for the Affordable Care Act. He spoke again about who we are as Americans and the moments to be courageous citizens. The response from the internet was that he still is our President. Nicely delivered but subdued.

MACRON INVITES ALL AMERICAN CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCHERS TO FRANCE

Nice talk in English, Macron vows EU will double down on climate science, renewable energy sources, and welcomes all scientists and engineers to France to work. Nice touch.

SALLY YATES TO TESTIFY TOMORROW C-SPAN 2:30PM

OBAMA TO RECEIVE JFK PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD TONIGHT--8 PM EST.

THE HILL; NOT SO FAST ON TRUMPCARE

Paul Ryan said complaints about Trumpcare were coming from the Left. I wish we had a Left. Then he said it was a rescue mission from that horrible Obamacare.

Later shows noted that there are no women among the GOP Senators writing the new legislation.

But the Hill inconveniently post an article that raises doubts about whether some of the things contained in the House bill can even be considered in the senate. First, the waivers violates procedures. Second,the cuts in Medicaid can't go,Third, the prices raises for older patients above what Obamacare has already. There are at least two more awful things that can't be considered.

The Republicans had rigged this so that Democrats couldn't filibuster but the House did not craft a bill that the senate can even vote on.

NICE TOUCH

How appropriate democratic underground posts the scene from Casablanca where they play La Marseillaise to drown out the Nazis. Vive Le France! Thank you for a win.

FUN FACT FROM FRENCH ELECTION--MACRON YOUNGEST FRENCH LEADER SINCE NAPOLEON.

Reuters leads with low turnout. Be ashamed Americans, it still is 70%.

POLLS CLOSED: BBC HAS MACRON 65.5%, LePEN 34.5%

Unknown two years ago, Macron becomes the youngest President in history of the French Republic. Crushing defeat of the Bannon-altright-Putin coalition.

Viva La France!!!

EARLY FRENCH EXIT POLLS: MACRON 64%, Le PEN 36%.

WE HAVE ALL THE MONEY WE NEED FROM THE RUSSIANS. ERIC TRUMP

Said in 2014 when asked that no American banks would lend Trump a dime. Josh Marshall covers this today and why everyone is scared about the Mike Flynn case.

CHARLES GABA SAYS EXPECT TWO CBO SCORES ON TRUMPCARE

Gaba remind everyone that the CBO warned the House in December they would not score a bill with "junk insurance". 

Today with the clauses proving for state waivers on insurance requirements,Gaba says expect two scores because the waiver clause creates junk insurance.

MACRON HAS WON ALL OVERSEAS TERRITORIES.

GUARDIAN PROJECTS TURNOUT SLIGHTLY OVER 70% IN FRANCE

This would be the lowest turnout in a second round for years. The Guardian had done several projections yesterday about how Le Pen could win with "selective abstention".  But we are not in the danger zone yet.

GUARDIAN (UK): ROBERT MERCER BEHIND BREXIT.

The Guardian began a series today on the role Robert Mercer and Cambridge Analytica played in destabilizing the British election system.

He played the same role here and in the last week his daughter Rebekah toppled Jim DeMint at the Heritage Foundation to move to solid the Mercer family's position to control the American Right.