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Trump Daily 9/26/2020

President Trump said that the story that Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she didn’t want him replacing her was a hoax that came from Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or Adam Schiff. The source for the story is Ginsburg’s granddaughter who was the person Ginsburg told this to. Trump called a family member of Ginsburg’s a liar days after her death.

A pseudonymous columnist at Redstate wrote several columns attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying there should never have been a lockdown or any need for mask wearing. The author implied Fauci and other health officials speaking about the pandemic were Nazis. As it turns out the author is Bill Crews. Mr. Crews worked in the public relations department at NIAID, the government organization headed by Fauci. Needless to say, Mr. Crews has stepped down.

In a new book from Andrew Weissmann, the former Mueller prosecutor claims the team shied away from examining Trump’s finances out of fear of angering the president. Among other allegations, Weissmann implies that Donald Trump Jr. pleaded the fifth amendment during the investigation.

The CIA has issued a report that Russia is likely directing an operation aimed at discrediting Biden. This report confirms another intelligence report recently published saying Andrii Derkach is the vector being used by Russia to spread disinformation. Derkach is a source for both Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who recently concluded his investigation into the Bidens. (The report showed nothing at all of consequence regarding the Bidens.) The CIA has been trying to keep intelligence about Russia away from the White House because Trump gets upset when he hears about Russia trying to aid his re-election.

I rarely just quote a headline, but I think it suffices here: “Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor.”

Multiple times this week Trump spoke about how “beautiful” it was when MSNBC reporter Ali Velshi was hit by a rubber bullet by police. The crowd in each instance has cheered Trump promoting violence against the press.

The CDC earlier this year responded to a severe Covid-19 outbreak in a South Dakota meat packing plant by issuing a report containing a large number of safety measures that needed to be implemented. Within a day, the report was altered so that every directive was qualified with a clause saying it should only be followed if it could be easily done. The changes came from CDC Director Redfield’s office.

Trump was on stage when word reached his campaign that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. His staff didn’t inform him because they were worried the crowd would cheer her death.

Eric Trump was ordered to testify in the criminal investigation of the Trump Organization. Eric responded that he would testify only after the election. Witnesses do not get to dictate to prosecutors the timeline of their cooperation. A judge has ruled Eric Trump must give his deposition on October 7 as ordered.

Twice this week, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election. During one response, he said that the election depends on whether Republicans can get enough mail-in ballots thrown out.

After years of saying he would unveil his health care plan “soon” or “within two weeks,” Trump announced an executive order on health care. The pillars include adding more choice, lowering costs, and protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Rather I should say the pillars say those are things we should do. The plan does not have any mechanisms for achieving these goals. Pre-existing condition coverage is CURRENTLY mandated by law. The Trump administration is suing to reverse that as we speak.

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Trump Daily 8/21/2020 – They Knew

The Senate Intelligence Committee released its final report on Russian election interference this week. This post will be solely about that. As you read, keep a few things in mind. This report comes from a Republican run committee. The Democrats attached their own points at the end, but I’m not covering those. Everything you’ll read here came from Republicans. And every single one of those Republicans voted not just to acquit the president earlier this year, but voted against hearing ANY witnesses regarding his actions. They knew everything you’re about to read. They knew how incredibly corrupt he is. They knew his campaign was working with a hostile foreign intelligence agency. They knew and they did absolutely nothing about it.

  • The Republicans concluded that Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was “a grave counterintelligence threat” explicitly because he opened the campaign to Russian influence by handing over campaign data to Konstantin Kilimnik. No one from the Trump campaign has ever offered an explanation as to why they were sending internal data to a Russian intelligence agent.
  • The Republicans concluded Kilimnik was involved in Russia’s hack of the DNC email system. Kilimnik was a key figure in the Mueller investigation as he previously worked with Paul Manfort in supporting Ukrainian dictator Viktor Yanukovych. (Yes, the president’s campaign manager did PR for a foreign dictator)
  • The Republicans concluded that Michael Flynn lied to investigators about his conversations with Russian ambassador Kislyak. The Department of Justice is currently trying to get Flynn’s case dismissed after he pleaded guilty.
  • The Republicans concluded that Donald Trump lied to investigators regarding conversations with Roger Stone regarding Wikileaks. The president said in writing he had never discussed Wikileaks with Stone. He did on multiple occasions and directed Stone to start working with Wikileaks to learn when information would be released.
  • When the Trump campaign learned the Access Hollywood tape of the president bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy” was going to be released, Roger Stone immediately contacted an intermediary to ask Wikileaks to released the emails Russia had stolen from the DNC. Wikileaks complied and the emails were released half an hour after the Access Hollywood tape aired. The Trump campaign directed the timing of the release of data stolen by the Russian government.
  • The Republicans concluded that the Trump administration hid information from both the investigators and from Congress via dubious claims of executive privilege.

We learned this week that last summer the Senate Intelligence Committee issued criminal referrals for Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Steven Bannon, Erik Prince, and Sam Clovis. These were criminal referrals for lying to Congress issued by Republicans. It is unknown if the Department of Justice did anything with these referrals, but it’s not likely under Barr’s leadership.

Marco Rubio, Richard Burr, Jim Risch, Susan Collins, Roy Blunt, Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, and Ben Sasse all knew that Donald Trump’s campaign was sending information to a Russian intelligence agent. They knew that Trump lied to investigators. They knew the Trump campaign arranged for data stolen by Russian intelligence to be released at a time to help the Trump campaign. They knew multiple members of the Trump administration and campaign lied to Congress. They knew the Trump campaign was a dire intelligence risk. They knew all of these things and they chose to do nothing at all about them.

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Trump Daily 7/12/2020

  • The president defended his frequent golfing during the pandemic by saying Obama golfed more often. This is a lie. Trump frequently criticized Obama for golfing during the minor Ebola outbreak which killed two Americans. Obama at this point in his term had golfed 90 times. Trump so far has golfed 275 times. He has spent over a year of his presidency visiting his own businesses.
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Trump Daily 6/19/2020

  • After a panel recommended the immediate reinstatement of Captain Crozier to his command, the Navy has announced he will not return to the USSS Roosevelt. Crozier was fired after drawing attention to the growing number of Covid-19 cases among his crew. The reason given for refusing to reinstate him is that Crozier wasn’t taking the outbreak seriously enough.

Geoffrey Berman is the interim (key word here) US attorney in the Southern District of New York. He has been in that position for over two years with no one named to fill the spot permanently. In that time Berman has overseen numerous cases related to the Mueller investigation, the Trump Organization, Rudy Giuliani, a Turkish company, etc… According to Bolton’s book, Trump told Turkish president Erdogan that the SDNY were not his people and he would be looking into doing something about the investigation – the investigation Berman has been overseeing.

Tonight, the Department of Justice announced Berman had resigned and would be replaced by the head of the SEC. They soon encountered a tiny problem – Berman issued a statement saying he had not resigned and would not leave the position until a Senate-confirmed prosecutor took his place. The law allows the president to fire any US attorney at will. But Berman is not a US attorney. Berman is an INTERIM US attorney who was appointed by a court, not the president. He can’t be fired by Barr or Trump until they can have a replacement confirmed by the Senate.

Trump is trying to get rid of the attorney who is investigating him and his allies. And that attorney is not having any of it.

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Trump Daily 4/21/2020

  • Multiple large companies have taken advantage of PPP loans due to a loophole that considers them a small business as long as they don’t have more than 500 employees at any single location. This allows huge restaurant and hotel chains to secure the loans. While Shake Shack returned theirs after some backlash, most have not. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse received a $20 million loan. The company was sitting on $86 million in cash reserves before the loan and recently spent $5 million on stock buybacks. (Fault here is with both Congress and the Executive Branch)
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