Former Watergate Special Prosecutor: Russia Is Blackmailing Trump

He is saying something that is becoming increasingly clear. And everyday that passes we learn more:

[Nick] Akerman said on MSNBC, “This is a job that is being done for Putin. It really — ironically confirms everything that Christopher Steele said. The reason Christopher Steele went to the FBI in the first place was because he believed he was seeing a crime in action. That is a major political candidate for president who is under the thumb of the Soviets — or I shouldn’t say Soviet, but the Russians and was subject to blackmail. And that is what it looks like is happening.”

Not convinced. Then why does Trump defy the entire Congress (in violation of the law) by not enforcing sanctions on Russia?:

The U.S. State Department said on Monday a 2017 U.S. law was deterring billions of dollars in Russian defense sales, but it did not announce any sanctions under the measure designed to punish Russia for allegedly seeking to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “Since the enactment of the … legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions.”

With the statement, President Donald Trump’s administration signaled it was not imposing new sanctions under a bill he reluctantly signed into law in August, just six months into his presidency.

Remember this shockingly un-American statement?:

[Bill] O’Reilly pressed Trump on his statement, saying, “But he’s a killer though. Putin’s a killer.”

“There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?” Trump responded.

 

Poll: Most Americans believe Trump should speak to Mueller under oath

A majority of Americans (71%) believe that President Donald Trump should agree to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a new poll from Monmouth University. If he does, 82% of Americans believe he should do so oath, including 93% of Democrats, 85% of independents and 67% of Republicans.

Source: Poll: Most Americans believe Trump should speak to Mueller under oath – Axios

Nunes could face obstruction charges: Expert says colluding with White House nullifies congressional immunity

Former White House ethics counsel Norm Eisen warned on Wednesday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) may have opened himself up to obstruction of justice charges if he colluded with the White House to create a memo smearing the FBI’s Russia investigation. The Daily Beast reported this week that Nunes has refused to deny that he worked with White House staffers while writing an allegedly misleading memo suggesting that the Justice Department acted…

Source: Nunes could face obstruction charges: Expert says colluding with White House nullifies congressional immunity

Frightening ways Trump’s America mirrors Hitler’s Germany

They laughed at Hitler too. Until they couldn’t anymore:

Mayer tells the story largely through the words of the Germans he got to know during his year in Germany after the war. One, a college professor, told him:“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security. . .“This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter. . . .“To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it – please try to believe me – unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop.

Trump Issues first Commutation

Of course he would commute the sentence of a bank fraudster. And he doesn’t care what you think. He’s a dictator now.

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of a man eight years into a 27-year term for bank fraud, the White House said Wednesday afternoon.Trump’s commutation of the sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, 57, marks his first commutation and the second use of his clemency powers since taking office, including his controversial pardon earlier this year of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.The White House, in its statement announcing the move, claimed bipartisan support for the action.

Ben Carson Breaks With Trump Hours Before Campaign Event

At this rate Trump won’t have any friends/allies left by the Christmas time:

In a stunning break with his boss, Housing Secretary Ben Carson released a statement on Friday supportive of an Alabama Senate candidate just hours before President Donald Trump is scheduled to lead a rally here for the candidate’s opponent.

As supporters lined up for Trump’s rally on behalf of Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., the campaign of challenger Roy Moore released a statement from Carson praising the insurgent candidate ahead of Tuesday’s special GOP runoff election.

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.

 

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.”