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  • Giuliani Makes Up Date Mueller Probe Will End

    Rudy Guiliani
    Rudy Guiliani

    The president’s “lawyer” Rudolph W. Giuliani said the special counsel plans to wrap up its investigation of whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry by September 1.

    Guillani made his remarks Sunday, according to the New York Times, saying “that waiting any longer would risk improperly influencing voters in the midterm elections in November.”

    Somehow I don’t believe Rudy Guiliani, nor do I believe that Robert Mueller’s primary concern is the midterm elections.

    Rudy doesn’t pass the smell test, again.

    How did he come up with the date of September 1? Likely he said it many times during the “negotiations” with Mueller’s team, finally convincing himself that the special counsel’s office agreed to that date.

    In short, he made it up.

    The NYTimes reports:

    The office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, shared its timeline about two weeks ago amid negotiations over whether Mr. Trump will be questioned by investigators, Mr. Giuliani said in an interview. A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.

    Mr. Giuliani’s comments were an apparent attempt to publicly pressure Mr. Mueller amid their interview negotiations.

    Most relevant from this report?

    “A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.”

    That’s all we need to know. Guiliani runs at the mouth every time he gets before a camera or microphone. No doubt this time he is simply playing parrot to what President Trump would like to be true. Mr. Mueller works in a political void — so it seems to me. Let his work continue until it has reached its natural conclusion, and a real report can be prepared.

    Bring on the midterms.


  • North Korea Is Pulling Out: How Will Trump Trump Obama’s Nobel Now?

    Crazy Donald TrumpThe talks between North and South Korea have collapsed.

    The summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un are collapsing as we write.

    How will Donnie T. trump President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize now?

    It’s all going up in smoke.

    For a while, I was thinking, “Only Nixon could go to China. Maybe only Trump can go to North Korea.” Except that appears less and less likely as time goes on.

    From the New York Times:

    North Korea threw President Trump’s planned summit meeting with its leader, Kim Jong-un, into doubt on Wednesday, threatening to call off the landmark encounter if the United States insisted on “unilateral nuclear abandonment.”

    The statement, made by the North’s disarmament negotiator, came hours after state media warned that the summit meeting might be canceled to protest a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea that began this week.

    The warnings caught Trump administration officials off guard and set off an internal debate over whether Mr. Kim was merely posturing in advance of the meeting in Singapore next month or was erecting a serious new hurdle.

    Sic transit gloria mundi.

    And I didn’t even know Gloria was sick. (h/t Mel Brooks)


  • Donald Trump’s Dangerous Reality Show

    Rex Tillerson
    Rex Tillerson, official portrait.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest to find himself outside the revolving door of the Trump White House. CIA Director Mike Pompeo will replace Tillerson, according to reports.

    Trump treats his White House as a reality TV show. He treats national security as a TV reality show. The number of firings, resignations, etc., of the “best people” is staggering. The number of positions not yet filled, numbering in the hundreds, is very troubling.

    The federal government employs 2 million civilian workers nationwide, but many positions at the top of the food chain remain empty a year into the Trump presidency. Of more than 600 key jobs filled by presidential nomination, more than half of them are currently vacant awaiting confirmation or have no nominee.

    We are in crisis. Our government is in crisis. Our national security is in crisis. The man at the top thinks he is running a TV reality show.

    I must say it again. I have no other explanation. He thinks this is all about him.

    And we are suffering, will suffer, for this.


  • Round And Round: The Web Spins ‘Round Trump

    Nick gates to change plea
    Nick Gates will change his plea to guilty, testify against Paul Manafort.

    The web spins ever more tightly, creeping closer and closer to Donald Trump.

    From the LA Times:

    A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days — and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

    The change of heart by Trump’s former deputy campaign manager Richard Gates, who had pleaded not guilty after being indicted in October on charges similar to Manafort’s, was described in interviews by people familiar with the case.

    Gates will change his plea to guilty within the next few days, according to the report.

    And this:

    Gates, 45, who is married with four children, does not appear to be well positioned financially to sustain a high-powered legal defense.

    “He can’t afford to pay it,” said one lawyer who is involved with the investigation. “If you go to trial on this, that’s $1 million to $1.5 million. Maybe more, if you need experts” to appear as witnesses.


  • Undocumented Immigrant Trump Trashed Acquitted in Killing of Kate Steinle

    Jose Ines Garcia Zarate
    Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (SFPD)

    An undocumented immigrant from Mexico who Donald Trump trashed in an August 2016 campaign speech has been found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Kathryn Steinle.

    The man on trial, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, was found guilty only of possession of a firearm by a felon.

    The jury also found him not guilty of assault with a firearm.

    From the New York Times:

    The backlash to his release into the community crescendoed when Donald J. Trump invoked Ms. Steinle’s killing as he campaigned for president. Mr. Trump rallied national support for his hard-line immigration agenda, which ultimately helped to catapult him into office.

    In a major speech on immigration in August 2016, Mr. Trump argued that “countless innocent American lives have been stolen because our politicians have failed in their duty to secure our borders and enforce our laws.”

    Mr. Trump then named several young people who he said had become victims of policies he considered failures. Among those he named was Ms. Steinle, who Mr. Trump said had been “gunned down in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, by an illegal immigrant, deported five previous times.”

    “And they knew he was no good,” Mr. Trump said of the man who had shot her.

    Except The Donald was wrong.

    Again.

    And again.


  • Donald Trump Betrays America. He Must Be Stopped.

    The GOP must get on board with stopping Donald Trump. The man is selling out this country piece by piece.

    He must be impeached. As soon as possible.

    From his Twitter rants today.

    Trump’s latest Tweets
    Trump’s latest Tweets

    Why does Trump want to be Kim Jong-un’s friend?

    why does he trust Putin over American intelligence?

    Why is he still obsessed with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? Why does he feel so inadequate?

    Why is he still in office?


  • New Jersey First Lady Nabbed In Distracted Driving Crackdown

    New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie
    New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie. (NJ.GOV)

    Mary Pat Christie, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s wife, was nabbed during a “statewide crackdown on distracted driving,” according to NJ.COM:

    A statewide crackdown on distracted driving ordered by Gov. Chris Christie’s attorney general earlier this year led to a surprising catch in New Jersey’s first lady, Mary Pat Christie, NJ Advance Media has learned.

    To her credit, unlike others with influence in Trenton, the first lady did not play the “Do you know who I am?” card after being pulled over, dash cam video of the traffic stop shows.

     

    As it turns out, how the first lady wound up getting that ticket is perhaps more interesting than why.

     

    After New Jersey traffic fatalities jumped 8 percent in 2016, state Attorney General Christopher Porrino requested and received $1.2 million in federal grant money to launch a campaign against texting and other distracted driving that was behind the rise.

    Bloomberg also has the story:

    NJ Advance Media reports Mary Pat Christie was stopped while driving with a cellphone in her hand on April 10 in Bernardsville by a police officer assigned to the grant-funded program that targeted texting and other distracted driving.

    She didn’t identify herself as Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s wife. But she did tell the officer she wasn’t making a call. The officer told her she could not have the phone in her hand while driving.

    The officer told her she was getting a ticket because he was on the distracting driving grant detail.

    She pleaded guilty and paid a $250 fine.


  • Trump’s Early Ties To Moscow Become More Clear

    Donald Trump smug smile
    From the New York Times:

    A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of RussiaVladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.

    The associate, Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he boasted about his ties to Mr. Putin and predicted that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would highlight Mr. Trump’s savvy negotiating skills and be a political boon to his candidacy.

    “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Mr. Sater wrote in an email. “I will get all of Putins [sic] team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”

    “Our boy?” Is Donald Trump really some group’s “boy?” And what do they want from him in return?

    What does Vladimir Putin want in return?


  • Rolling Stone Ranks Anthony Scaramucci’s 10 Days in the White House

    Anthony Scaramucci
    Anthony Scaramucci

    Yes, it happened.

    Turning Left readers are always very well informed, so this is not a breaking story.

    Anthony Scaramucci was fired by President Donald Trump.

    Rolling Stone ranks his 10 days in the White House, from “biblical murder analogies to denials of auto-fellatio, the Mooch’s brief tenure will be, at the very least, memorable.”

    There was a false report today that Scaramucci’s wife was leaving him, filed for divorce, because he posted nude photos of her and loved politics more than she.

    But that was satire.

    What’s real?

    Anthony Scaramucci lasted 10 days in the White House.

    Here are notable firings and resignations from the Trump Administration, from our friends at LATimes.com:

    • Anthony Scaramucci, Director of communications (fired), 10 days
    • Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff (resigned), 189 days
    • Derek Harvey, National Security Council Middle East advisor (fired), 186 days
    • Michael Short, Assistant press secretary (resigned), 186 days
    • Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, White House director of communications (resigned), 182 days
    • Walter Shaub, Director of the Office of Government Ethics (resigned), 180 days
    • Robert Iger, Advisory council (resigned), 133 days
    • Elon Musk, Advisory council (resigned), 132 days
    • Mike Dubke, Director of communications (resigned), 85 days
    • K.T. McFarland, Deputy national security advisor (reassigned), 177 days
    • James B. Comey Jr., FBI director (fired), 109 days
    • Angella Reid, White House chief usher (fired), 105 days (and the only Person of Color on the list)
    • Katie Walsh, Deputy White House chief of staff (resigned), 69 days
    • Craig Deare, National Security Council senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs (fired), 26 days
    • Mike Flynn, National security advisor (resigned), 22 days
    • Sally Yates, Acting attorney general (fired), 10 days

    That’s a list to rival, well, any previous administration.

    More details here.

    Candidate Donald Trump, The Don, Donnie “Make-America-Great-Again” T., boasted that he knew the best people. He would hire only the best people.

    But he’s treating the West Wing like an episode of that little-watched The Apprentice, even calling the Cabinet Room as the “boardroom.”

    Donald Trump, the most insecure man in America, governing, if you can call it that, out of spite for President Obama.

    Who is next to go?

    Bingo, anyone?

    next to go, Trump administration
    Who will be next to go in the Trump Administration.


  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders: The Eyes Have It

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders' eyes
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders has eyes for you.

    A friend suggested this to me, and it creeped me out royally.

    Try this.

    Above, a picture of Sarah Huckabee Sanders not answering questons. Sarah is the principal deputy press secretary in the Trump White House.

    Whatever that is.

    The Trump White House, I mean.

    What a mess.

    But, seriously, try this.

    Cover one of Sarah’s eyes in the photo above. Start with the right eye — as you are looking at the photo.

    Weird, right?

    Now, cover the left eye.

    <waiting…>

    Did you jump in your seat at what you saw?

    As my friend says, “One of her eyes looks like she wants to murder you, and the other eye looks like she can’t believe she has to deal with this bullshit every day.”

    Had me rolling with laughter.

    And then I stopped.

    And covered the left eye again.

    And quivered where I sat.