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Trump Daily 7/17/2020

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Trump Daily 6/22/2020

  • Jerry Nadler is subpoenaing AG Barr over the firing of interim SDNY prosecutor Geoffrey Berman, who was overseeing multiple investigations into Donald Trump, his businesses, and his allies. Barr might decide to simply not show, starting another legal showdown between the House and the White House.
  • The president said foreign countries will be printing mail-in ballots during the election to rig it against him. Mail ballots are incredibly secure – printed on special paper, barcoded, and signature matched to registration rolls. In addition to matching all of this, a foreign country would have to make sure they were only submitting fraudulent ballots for people who are registered to vote but did not vote. Trump is lying. He also said in an interview tonight that people would rob mailmen for ballots. This has never happened. It will not happen this year.
  • In a separate interview, Trump accused Barack Obama of treason. Obama joins the pantheon of people Trump has said are traitors including Robert Mueller, Mueller’s investigators, Democrats as a whole, James Comey, Susan Rice, Adam Schiff, White House leakers, Chelsea Manning, Charles Krauthammer, the execs at Univision, the execs at Macy’s, Republicans who didn’t vote for him, James Clapper, John Brennan, Google (yes, just “Google), the New York Times, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, and people who did not clap at his first State of the Union address. (He really said that.) Needless to say, treason is an extremely narrowly defined crime and none of the above have committed it.
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Trump Daily 6/17/2020 John Bolton Book

  • I wrote last time about close Bannon ally Michael Pack taking over at the US Agency for Global Media. This is the organization which disseminates information from the US to the rest of the world. Tonight Mr. Pack fired the heads of four agencies under him (one of them was already leaving in July). It’s likely Pack will be politicizing our foreign media groups which have always been apolitical.
  • Excerpts from John Bolton’s upcoming book have become to come out. The president has begun attacking Bolton and the Department of Justice is seeking a temporary restraining order to block publication. (This will 100% absolutely fail). The book contains numerous serious accusations ranging from Trump’s incompetence to requests for foreign governments to help his re-election ala the Ukraine scandal. Trump told President Xi of China he thought building concentration camps for Uyghur Muslims was the right thing to do. He also told Xi he would help with the investigation into a Chinese company if Xi would agree to increase their purchase of American agricultural products. Trump directly linked Ukraine aid to investigating Joe Biden. Trump praised Mohammed bin Salman after the Saudis literally butchered a Washington Post reporter in order to hide media attention over Ivanka Trump using a private personal email account to conduct government business. Trump privately lamented being unable to execute journalists and said they should be imprisoned until revealing their sources. At the request of Turkish president Erdogan, Trump promised to “take care of” a US investigation into a Turkish company.

Bolton said he would testify during the impeachment trial, but Republicans voted to not have him appear.

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Trump Daily 2/24/2020

  • Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell had a second foreign client which he did not disclose to the United States government. In this case, he was working for Hungary’s right wing government. These are the same violations members of Trump’s campaign have gone to prison over and would normally keep someone from being granted a security clearance. Instead, Grenell is overseeing all seventeen US intelligence agencies.
  • The president tweeted today that things looked fine in the stock market during the third largest Dow point loss in US history. Later in the day, he tweeted that Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor should recuse themselves from any cases related to him in any way.
  • Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli is part of the coronavirus task force and has previously entertained the discredited conspiracy theory that the virus was genetically engineered by the Chinese. Today, Cuccinelli asked Twitter if a Johns Hopkins outbreak map was down or not. Needless to say, Homeland Security has better resources for tracking the virus than a non-government website.
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Trump Daily 2/4/2020

With impeachment ending I’ll be resuming my normal digest updates. Some quick stories to catch up here.

  • Per a recent book from Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, Trump attacked several top military leaders as “dopes and babies” for disagreeing with his Afghanistan policy. Trump was angry that the United States had not yet taken Afghanistan’s oil. He’s frequently expressed a desire to take oil from countries we have invaded. Doing so would explicitly be a war crime under multiple treaties. In the same book, a meeting is detailed where the president threw a tantrum when his campaign advisers sought to have him issue a retraction of his birtherism. Trump was furious and wanted to release a statement reaffirming the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
  • Six countries have been added to Trump’s travel ban. Of particular note, Nigeria not only has the largest black population of any country in the world, Nigerian immigrants in the US are more educated than those from any other country. At least they were. Now they aren’t allowed to come here.

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