Republican Senator wants to know why the FBI didn’t Warn Trump about Manafort

Pretty darn obvious there, Chuck. They didn’t want to tip-off the Trumpster. He is part of the investigation. And was all along. But it was Manafort who had the deepest ties to Russia. This investigation isn’t about one person. It is a conspiracy involving several players. And Trump is one of them. Hope you understand now, Mr.Grassley:

Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the FBI if it warned Donald Trump that Paul Manafort, whom he brought in as campaign chairman in 2016, was being watched by the agency because of his dealings with pro-Kremlin figures.

And if there was no such FBI warning, Grassley says he wants to know why.
The chairman of the Senate judiciary committee made the request in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday.
The FBI declined to comment.
“I write to inquire about whether the FBI ever provided the Trump campaign with a defensive briefing or other warning regarding attempts to infiltrate the campaign by people connected with, or compromised by, Russian intelligence,” Grassley wrote.

 

Trump Has Filled, Not Drained, the Swamp

There is no campaign promise that Donald Trump has failed to honor more flagrantly than his oft repeated pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. He has violated the letter of his promise and trampled all over its spirit. His supporters ought to be furious. But few perceive the scale of his betrayal or its brazenness.

Are they skeptics of the Russia investigation?

Forget the Russia investigation. Even if no wrongdoing is proved on that matter, the Trump Administration’s behavior would still be epically swampy. A list of examples is clarifying…

Source: Trump Has Filled, Not Drained, the Swamp – The Atlantic

Ex-CIA chief stuns Nicole Wallace: It’s ‘absolutely’ possible Russia ‘dispatched Manafort to the Trump campaign’

We can’t rule out that Trump himself is an agent of influence. In other words, they committed treason:

As headlines surrounding former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, a former defense and intelligence official raised the possibility that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be investigating how he joined the campaign in the first place.

“It’s possible that Russia actually sent and dispatched Paul Manafort to the Trump campaign,” Jeremy Bash, who formerly served as chief of staff for the Defense Department and the CIA, told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. “Or at least that once Paul Manafort attached himself to the Trump campaign, the Russians said, okay, now our agent is inside.”

The Kremlin, Bash argued, might have “manipulated the campaign not just through propaganda…but also through agents of influence.”

“Wait wait wait,” Wallace said. “Are you saying it’s possible that [Mueller] wants to find out if Manafort was a Russian plant?”

“Absolutely,” he replied. “They’re going to want to know if there were ties between Paul Manafort and Russia, whether they were financial or otherwise, that caused him to in effect do Russia’s bidding.”

Trump’s UN Speech was a National Embarrassment

We’ve become accustomed to Donald Trump’s outlandish behavior. There seems to be nothing beneath this man. But for him to go before the UN and make the speech he did was too much.

Others agree:

Donald Trump’s maiden address to the UN general assembly was unlike any ever delivered in the chamber by a US president.

There are precedents for such fulminations, but not from US leaders. In tone, the speech was more reminiscent of Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro or Hugo Chávez.

Chief of Staff, John Kelley’s expression says it all. Then again, why is he still working for this madman. And who wrote the words Trump read from the teleprompter? He couldn’t have written them himself. Or did he?

This headline agrees with me completely:

Trump Gives Most Embarrassing United Nations Speech Ever

 

Paula Jones’ Lawyers Are Back to Help Summer Zervos Sue President Trump


This might be the sexual harassment lawsuit that finally brings down Trump just like it almost did with Bill Clinton:

Not long before Inauguration day, one of the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct— former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos—filed a lawsuit in New York. The lawsuit alleges that Trump defamed her by calling her a liar after she came forward with allegations that he groped her. If the lawsuit were to proceed, it would likely prove embarrassing to Trump, as the case could go into discovery and the president could be compelled to testify.

Trump’s lawyers want the whole thing to go away. They claim that Zervos has no grounds to sue Trump in state court, because he’s the President and the President can’t be sued.

But a group of attorneys dispute this. In an amicus brief filed today in New York, the group claims that Zervos does have standing to sue Trump, just as Paula Jones had standing to sue then-President Bill Clinton. In that 1997 case, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that because Paula Jones was suing then-President Bill Clinton over conduct that wasn’t part of his official duties and that occurred during a time that he was not president, she could sue him in federal court. Because the law applies to the president, too.

Philosopher Susan Neiman: “The president of our country is evil”

In light of the many examples of Donald Trump’s cruel and heartless behavior, both as president and also during the 2016 campaign, do you think he is evil?

In one sense the answer is easy. Yes, I certainly think Donald Trump is evil.  The question is indeed how to describe the ways in which he is evil, for he seems to be one of those rare human beings who has no sense of morality whatsoever. That, you might say, is itself a measure of evil: the simple absence of a moral compass, the inability to value anything except power. In his entire life, Donald Trump has never revealed that he even understands any other values — compassion, justice, love, curiosity about others and the world around him. He seems driven by the urge to dominate and lacks the ability to grasp that others might be moved by different goals.

Source: Philosopher Susan Neiman: “The president of our country is evil” – Salon.com

Investigators Wiretapped Paul Manafort before Election. Will Indict him.

This means that Trump most likely was recorded during conversations with Manafort:

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Continue reading “Investigators Wiretapped Paul Manafort before Election. Will Indict him.”

Refugees stay in Trump’s childhood home

On Saturday, the international anti-poverty organization Oxfam rented out Donald Trump’s childhood home in New York City, (it’s on Airbnb for $725 a night) and hosted four refugees who told their stories to reporters also invited there. This was planned to draw attention to the refugee crisis, with Trump at the U.N. this week.

Source: Refugees stay in Trump’s childhood home – Axios

Trump’s Ethical Nightmare Is Only Getting Worse

Even before he was sworn into office, Donald Trump’s refusal to divest from his vast business empire posed an unprecedented ethical challenge. Within weeks of his election, prices were surging at Trump’s new D.C. hotel, which was mostly empty when my colleague Emily Jane Fox visited the Sunday before Election Day. Foreign diplomats were flooding the lobby, sipping Trump-branded champagne, booking ballrooms, and speaking admiringly of the hotel’s landlord, soon to be president. The hotel, which was initially expected to lose $2.1 million over the first four months of 2017, has instead turned a $1.97 million profit. And since Trump’s inauguration, the swamp of financial conflicts has only gotten worse.

Source: Trump’s Ethical Nightmare Is Only Getting Worse | Vanity Fair

Opinion: Dancing With the Democrats Will Not Save Trump

The truth is that there is no safe harbor for Donald Trump. He chose to pursue the presidency out of arrogance despite his disinterest in the substance of the job. No amount of triangulation with the Democrats can save him from the long-term consequences of that uncontrollable egoism.

Source: Walter Shapiro