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Trump Daily 1/12/2020

  • The narrative over the justification for the assassination of Soleimani has been changing over the past several days. In order to be legal under US law, Soleimani had to present an imminent threat to the United States. Initially, the White House defended the strike by citing things Soleimani had done in the PAST (and mostly before the JPCOA). Several congressmen of both parties said no evidence of an imminent threat came from their briefings on the matter. Then president said in the Oval Office that Soleimani was looking to “blow up an embassy.” Congress was not presented with this information. Later, Trump changed that to FOUR embassies being targeted. The US submitted justification for the strike to the UN. This submission says nothing about a threat to embassies and in fact only mentions past acts. This morning, Defense Secretary Esper admitted he had not seen any intelligence regarding the targeting of four embassies. Our embassies were not alerted to any such threats as procedure would dictate. Trump made this up and likely on the fly. The president is lying about the legal justification for an assassination.
  • Rudy Giuliani, acting as the president’s personal lawyer, is calling on the Supreme Court to end Trump’s impeachment as unconstitutional. He’s parroting a right wing argument that impeachment can only happen over criminal matters. This argument is farcical. Firstly, there were no federal crimes when the Constitution was adopted. Secondly, it’s a deliberate misinterpretation of what “high crimes and misdemeanors” means. “High crimes” refers to the office of the president, not the seriousness of the charges. “Misdemeanors” in this case refers to wrongdoings. The founders wrote extensively on impeachment and what the phrase meant. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, several impeachments without a criminal violation have already happened.
  • The Department of Justice ended its last investigation into Hillary Clinton, finding no wrongdoing. The common Trump campaign of “lock her up” continues to this day despite SIX members of the Trump campaign being convicted of felony crimes.
  • The day Trump learned that Karen McDougal was shopping around the story about the affair she had with Trump, he called David Pecker and The National Enquirer and asked if he could make the story go away. The Enquirer bought the story with the intention of never publishing it, as they had done for several damaging stories on Trump. The president’s lawyer was convicted of a felony over the payment to The Enquirer and directly implicated the president in the crime.
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Trump Daily 1/8/2020

  • As tensions between Iraq and the US increase, both Russia and China are working to replace the military presence in Iraq.
  • The Saudi foreign minister had a meeting with the president in the Oval Office. This meeting was announced by the Saudis with no notification from the United States. (This is not normal, but Trump did the same thing when he met Russian foreign minister Lavrov.) Khalid bin Salman is the man who asked Jamal Khashoggi to come to the Saudi embassy where he was murdered by the Saudi government. Trump has never blamed them nor called for them to face any accountability. He is now meeting in the Oval Office with a man who helped murder a US resident.
  • Trump’s claim that the Pentagon had given him a list of 52 Iranian target sites, including cultural sites, was a blatant lie.
  • During his address about the Iranian missile strikes, Trump mentioned the need for an international coalition to come together to work on a treaty to prevent Iran from securing nuclear arms. The JPCOA Obama signed did exactly that. Trump withdrew the United States from it which many analysts predicted would lead to increased hostilities in the region. The analysts were correct.
  • I’m not going into much on the strike itself as it has been extensively covered in the last 24 hours. But I will say Iran has a long history of acting through proxies and taking their time with retaliation. This is absolutely not the last action they will be taking in response to the assassination.
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Trump Daily 1/1/2020

Apologies for the lack of updates. The holidays plus an infection did a number on me. Let’s get caught up!

Some housekeeping – the site has a URL now! http://TrumpDaily.news will be so much easier to keep track of than the nightmare WordPress URL I was under. I’ll be toying with the look and layout of the site for a bit. If you have any feedback, let me know.

  • In an unhinged interview, the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said he was more Jewish than George Soros is. Rudy Giuliani is Catholic. George Soros is a Jewish Holocaust survivor. At Mar-a-Lago this week, Giuliani said both that he should be chosen to run the president’s defense in the Senate trial and that he’d prosecute it as a racketeering case. He was confusing Trump’s defense with the bogus charges against the Bidens. His mental faculties are not intact.
  • After months of attacking the whistleblower, the president finally tweeted out his alleged name. While not explicitly illegal, the whistleblower protection laws are in place to prevent retaliation, which this certainly was. The Republicans in the Whistleblower Protection Caucus have not mentioned this incident at all.

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Trump Daily 12/17/19

Everything I noted to include is about Rudy Giuliani so a quick rundown on the insane last few days with Trump’s personal lawyer.

  • Trump recently had to amend a federal filing regarding his illegal payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal – payments he initially lied about making. Having learned nothing from that incident, Trump has not included Giuliani’s legal services on his federal filings. Giuliani is working without receiving payment from Trump which means his work is a donation which must be disclosed. It hasn’t been. Trump has so far waffled on whether Giuliani is his lawyer at all, telling the media at one point, “You’ll have to ask him.”
  • Giuliani went to the White House after returning from his Ukraine trip where he met with several criminals. He said he found out “more than you can imagine” and will be putting his findings into a report. The counter-report in response to the Mueller investigation Giuliani said he was working on never happened. While in Ukraine, Giuliani had to rely on apps for translation as the associates normally handling that task for him are currently under criminal indictment.
  • Giuliani claims Viktor Shokin has evidence that the Bidens were laundering money and that Shokin was twice poisoned to death and brought back to life. Shokin was fired for corruption with nearly every western democracy supporting his removal. None of what Giuliani is claiming is true.
  • In an interview, Giuliani said he needed to get Ambassador Yovanovitch “out of the way” because “she was going to make investigations difficult for everyone.” Republicans have argued her firing was not related to the investigations Trump requested. Giuliani tonight contradicted himself and said he didn’t need her out of the way. He then accused her of perjury. He’s lying.
  • To sum up, the president is illegally not reporting the activities of his personal lawyer who spent the last week in Ukraine attempting to dig up dirt on Joe Biden as the president is being impeached for asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. In doing this, Giuliani is meeting with corrupt political figures and people connected to the Russian mafia. The Republican Party is currently arguing there is nothing wrong or even unusual with any of this.
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Trump Daily 12/11/2019

  • At a rally last night, Trump said Peter Strzok took out a restraining order against Lisa Page. These are two former FBI agents who privately criticized him. He’s lying about the restraining order. At a previous rally, the president imitated the two agents having orgasms.

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Trump Daily 12/3/19 – 12/4/19

  • Trump was again a disaster at the NATO meeting this week. He said NATO spending was going down before he took office. He lied. He said the US spends 4 – 4.3% of GDP on the military. It’s 3.4%. He repeated an old story that the US was out of ammunition when he took office. The origin here is that he was informed of low numbers of certain KINDS of munitions but didn’t understand his briefing. He said most ISIS prisoners are from Europe. That’s a lie. He asked Macron if he would like to have some of them then smirked. He said Ukrainian president Zelensky said he’d done nothing wrong. That’s a lie. He said Republicans didn’t get any witnesses or lawyers in the impeachment hearings. That’s a lie. He said China was “down about $32 trillion.” It’s hard to call this a lie as no one has any idea what that means. He said China is eating his tariff cost. That’s a lie. Tariffs are taxes on US consumers. He said the US never won at the WTO before him. That’s a lie. He overstated our trade deficit with the EU and said those deficits are “losses.” Trade deficits are not losses. The president has never shown any sign of comprehending this. He said his approval in the Republican party is at 95%. That’s a lie. He responded to a question about climate change with his usual pivot that he wants clear water and air. Aside from these not being the same as climate change, air and water quality have decreased under Trump as he’s rolled back environmental regulations.
  • The Intelligence Committee released their impeachment report. I highly advise reading the entire executive summary which I will quote here: “President Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign. The President demanded that the newly-elected Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, publicly announce investigations into a political rival that he apparently feared the most, former Vice President Joe Biden, and into a discredited theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 presidential election. To compel the Ukrainian President to do his political bidding, President Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a coveted White House visit and critical U.S. military assistance Ukraine needed to fight its Russian adversary.”
  • John Durham, who has been tasked by Attorney General Barr to investigate the Russia investigation, has found no evidence that the investigation was begun or conducted improperly. This aligns with the Inspector General report reaching the same conclusions. Republicans have long pushed conspiracy theories about the FBI and Mueller’s team acting improperly in their investigation of the Trump campaign’s communications with the Russian government. Those conspiracy theories are now discredited.
  • The president is now claiming he does not know Prince Andrew. He’s given interviews in the past about enjoying his company. It’s a common tactic of Trump to claim he does not know someone connected to him when that person has been accused of wrongdoing.
  • Call records show Giuliani was in contact with the White House, Devin Nunes, the Office of Management and Budget, and Lev Parnas on key dates related to the Ukraine activities. Giulani placed several calls to the White House on the very day Ambassador Yovanovich was told to return to the United States. These records also show Devin Nunes was in contact with Lev Parnas, despite claiming he didn’t know who he was.
  • The president tweeted today that he was asking Ukraine to do the country a favor because they “knew a lot about it” referring to the 2016 election interference. The conspiracy theory Trump is referring to is that Russia did not hack the DNC, Seth Rich leaked the DNC emails to Wikileaks, Hillary Clinton assassinated him over it, and Crowdstrike hid “the server” in Ukraine because the company was founded by a Ukrainian. Not only is no portion of this true, it’s literally Russian propaganda designed to clear them and blame Ukraine for what Russia did in 2016.
  • In her testimony Pamela Karlan said, “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the President can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.” The same Republicans who excused their nominee saying he liked to “grab em by the pussy” are characterizing her statement as an attack on Barron Trump and feigning outrage.
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Trump Daily 11/15/19

  • The president has appealed to the Supreme Court to keep his tax returns secret. This is the first time he could potentially have a case at the court in a personal manner rather than the office of the president.
  • The day after asking South Korea to drastically increase payments for the US military presence there, Trump has made the same request of Japan.
  • I’m not including all of my thoughts on Ambassador Yovanovich’s testimony here, but shortly before it began, the White House released a transcript of Trump’s first call with Zelensky. In April, the White House issued a readout of the call which said they discussed fighting corruption in Ukraine and a commitment to strengthen Democracy there. These topics do not come up in the transcript. The White House lied in their initial readout.
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