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Corruption Espionage

WATCH A CNN Host Choke Back Laughter As Her GOP Guest Attempts To Defend Trump

How do you know that even the most devoted Trump defenders are running out of valid arguments to use as a defense of the blatantly indefensible actions of both the president and his advisers? When they agree to go on cable news and then have an on-air spasm of such massive ignorance that even the host is almost unable to contain her laughter.

Such was the case on CNN Tuesday morning when former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu was interviewed by Alisyn Camerota. The host asked Sununu what he thought about Jared Kushner meeting with a Russian banker and the Russian ambassador to set up a back-channel line of communication. To that, Sununu replied:

“I don’t think there is anything there. So you’re implying — you’re implying — because during the ten weeks [of the presidential transition] everybody is trying to meet the administration. Everybody who is involved in business. Everybody who is involved in politics. I can’t tell you how many people tried to meet with me between the time I was named chief of staff.”

Camerota’s follow-up question was the one that tripped up Sununu: Did you ever meet with the head of a Russian bank when you were chief of staff for George H.W. Bush? Sununu responded:

“No, but I had breakfast with the vice president at the Russian embassy, and a lot of folks there started talking to me!”

The ridiculous analogy made Camerota snicker. She then asked:

“Would you have carved out time to meet with a Russian banker with ties to Vladimir Putin if he asked?”

Sununu:

“I’m not even sure what would have happened. First of all, Putin wasn’t there. Look, you’re asking hypotheticals on hypotheticals.”

As she ended the interview, Camerota, who was visibly trying to hold back bursting out laughing, told Sununu:

“We appreciate your perspective that there is nothing to see here, and that the investigation is, I don’t know, silly.”

Yep, nothing to see here except several instances of potential treason and espionage. Other than that, not a thing to see.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Corruption Espionage

Intercepts Show Russian Officials Bragged Of Having ‘Derogatory’ Financial Information On Donald Trump

Even though he maintains that he has no connection to Russia, President Trump is once again faced with new reports which suggest the Russians intended to use financial information about him as leverage to get what they wanted.

CNN reports that U.S. intelligence intercepts uncovered Russian officials bragging that they had “derogatory” information on Trump, and as a result:

“They had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information.”

The American intelligence sources also noted that Russian claims of being able to influence Trump may have been exaggerated or even fabricated as part of a larger disinformation campaign.

The latest revelations from CNN seem to dovetail perfectly with a report from the New York Times last week which suggested that Russian operatives were seeking ways to influence aides to Trump as early as the summer of 2016. One of the campaign staffers the Russians thought could be helpful was former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has extensive ties to Russia and received millions of dollars in payments from Russian entities.

Contacted for comment on the new CNN report, the White House issued a statement which denounced the reporting as:

“Yet another round of false and unverified claims made by anonymous sources to smear the president.”

The administration added that a review of the president’s finances from the last 10 years showed no financial ties to Russia. They did not, however, address the continued refusal of Trump to release his tax returns.

In addition to the report from CNN, the Times is also reporting this morning that federal investigators are now zeroing in on a meeting senior White House adviser Jared Kushner had with the head of a Russian bank in December of last year. The banker, Sergey Gorkov, met with Kushner at a time when harsh American sanctions were in place against the bank, the state-owned Vnesheconombank.

Kushner’s attorney said late last week that her client would be willing to meet with Congressional investigators to discuss his contacts with Gorkov and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

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Corruption Espionage GOP Whining

WATCH Eric Trump Declare The Russia Controversy ‘A Total Hoax’

If you weren’t already convinced that President Trump and numerous members of the White House staff are trying to hide something when it comes to the investigation into whether or not there was collusion and cooperation between the head of state and Russian operatives, then what his son Eric said on Fox News should pretty much seal the deal.

As part of an interview he gave to Jesse Watters, the always weasely younger Trump son whined:

“It’s all nonsense. It’s really a witch hunt. It’s really insane. I think, Syria quite frankly demonstrated there wasn’t exactly anything with Russia.”

Then Eric went on to belch out another specious claim his father has used on numerous occasions: The Russiagate investigation is taking place because Democrats are upset they lost the election:

“There was a political party. They got beaten very badly by a person who came out of nowhere who everybody wrote off, who everybody gave no chance to. They outspent us seven to one. He won. There are some pretty disappointed people out there. So, they want to further a narrative for their own political agenda.”


Nice try, illegitimate son of Gary Busey, but there are plenty of Republicans who were calling for a closer look at the election and even agreed a special counsel was necessary.

Watters then asked if the entire thing was just a big hoax. Trump was only too happy to play the not-so-bright parrot and respond:

“It’s a total hoax. It’s a total hoax.”

If it’s a hoax, if it’s all made up and the Trump administration has nothing to hide, why aren’t they lining up to testify under oath before Congressional committees and the special counsel? If they’re innocent, they should be eager to clear their names and move on. Instead, the president fires the FBI director after he’s asked him to drop the matter altogether. And while he was at it, Donald Trump also told Lester Holt he got rid of Director Comey in large part because of the Russia investigation.

A hoax? The biggest hoax of all was perpetrated by Donald Trump when he convinced millions of gullible Americans he was qualified to do anything but host a reality show.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Corruption Fox News Lies

Fox News Nutjob Says She Knows Who White House Leaker Is, ‘But I’m Not Ready To Share’ (VIDEO)

Fox News is in free fall. They’re mired in third place in the ratings, have lost the majority of their evening hosts to scandal or other networks, and are now trying to decide whether or not the time has come to cut ties with Sean Hannity.

And now, in a pathetic attempt to feed red meat to the right-wingers who still worship the Fox message, Jeanine Pirro is trying to defend the Trump administration by repeating White House talking points that Russiagate isn’t the fault of the perpetrators, but of those in the administration who are leaking to the press.

On her show Sunday evening, Pirro declared she has her “own ideas who that person is,” but is “not ready to share them.”

In other words, she has no damn clue, but tune in next week and maybe she’ll tease you a bit more with a new set of fake information.

Pirro then added this heaping helping of bullshit:

“We are in big trouble. What is it? The leaks. Yes, leaks. There is a leaker in the White House, there is traitor inside the people’s house. A traitor who must be taken out. That person is an enemy of the United States. That person doing enormous damage, no just to the president—who is certainly capable of taking care of himself—but instead to our nation.”

The traitor in the White House sits behind the desk in the Oval Office. His son-in-law, who sought to open a back-channel line of communication with Russia is also a traitor, an enemy of the United States and the free world. Let’s not confuse the issue here. If Trump and his staff hadn’t betrayed us all and made deals with the devil, there would be nothing to leak.

So, Jeanine, spare us the drama and the smokescreens. Defending a group of people who sold their own country down the river is not only disingenuous, it’s downright sinister.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rizkIBelkmo

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Elections

Trump Supporter In Kentucky Admits He Got Conned: ‘He Played Me For A Fool’ (VIDEO)

Wesley Easterling lives in a Kentucky county that has one of the highest poverty rates in the United States. Last November, he voted for Donald Trump because he believed the president would be good for the economy and fight for people like him who are struggling financially.

Now, however, Easterling admits he was conned. And he says he wishes he had voted for Hillary Clinton.

Easterling and his family receive food stamps and Medicaid. On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly swore that he would never cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits. But with the release of Trump’s 2018 budget proposal–which would cut programs Easterling needs to keep his head above water–it’s now clear that the president is only interested in helping the wealthy, which led Easterling to comment:

“I mean, I felt just like I was — just like he played me for a fool. I mean, I kind of took it personal.”

As for the future, Easterling is trying to better himself so he can get a decent job. He recently graduated from a pipe welding program at a local community college. And now he’s hoping to get a job at a local refinery.

If he could do it again, Easterling says he would vote for Hillary Clinton “without a doubt.”

Others in Kentucky are still sold on Trump, and when told of Easterling’s plight, one man replied:

“Tough luck.”

Some members of Congress are also appalled by the Trump budget proposal. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts had this to say about the drastic cuts in social programs the administration wants to make:

“I won’t say it’s not going to happen, but remember that I don’t think Congress has paid much attention to the president’s budget ever since Reagan, and they usually come in the transom and we simply throw ’em back out. Those programs have been very good programs. We’re going to keep those.”

The mistake so many Trump voters made was daring to believe a word this pathological liar said. His only concern is for himself. Everyone else is expendable.


This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org