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Drunken Bragging By Trump Campaign Staffer Led To Start Of Russia Probe: REPORT

During the Second World War, a familiar phrase was used that indicated how important it was for everyone in the military and intelligence community to not talk about the work they were doing because enemy spies might be listening: Loose lips sink ships.

But apparently, no one told that to former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who, according to The New York Times, touched off the Russia investigation by bragging in a London bar about having “dirt” on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton:

“During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

“About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.”


The Times also notes that the boasts by Papadopoulos were what alerted U.S. intelligence to the fact that someone was attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election:

Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role.”

Papadopoulos pled guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI in October. Ever since then, the White House has sought to portray him as little more than a “coffee boy,” even though he was named as a top campaign adviser by Donald Trump himself. Papadopoulos is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and could have information that incriminates both Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others.

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

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Corruption Crime Espionage The Trump Adminstration Trump-Russia

Top Aides Warn Trump: If GOP Loses 2018 Midterm Election, You Will Be Impeached

With the 2018 midterm election less than a year away, there are several warnings signs on the horizon for Republicans and the White House:

  • Trump’s poll numbers are historically low.
  • Generic ballot polls show Democrats with a lead of at least 17 points over the GOP.
  • The tax scam recently passed by the GOP and Trump has an extremely high negative rating
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump and the 2016 election continues to draw closer to the White House and president.

Things are looking so bad for Trump and the GOP that top aides are now warning the president that if indeed Democrats take control of Congress in 2018, he can expect to be impeached. The Washington Post reports:

“In recent weeks, the president has heard from a growing number of outside advisers, confidants, and members of Congress, warning that the White House is poorly positioned to handle the tough 2018 political landscape.

“This week in Palm Beach, Trump has been minimally staffed, especially around Christmas — a period during which he called outside friends and advisers, receiving another round of warnings about the upcoming political cycle. The president has been informed by aides and friends that if he loses the House in 2018, not only would Democrats almost certainly begin impeachment proceedings against him but his entire legislative agenda would be imperiled, making any 2020 reelection bid far more challenging.”


While Trump continues to play golf at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Chief of Staff John Kelly is reportedly looking to shake up the top staff at the White House yet again. But despite whatever moves Kelly may make, the one person he cannot replace is Trump himself, who remains the same loose cannon he’s always been.

If Democrats do take control of Congress in 2018, Trump will indeed be impeached, and, more importantly, he should be. From violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution to his unhinged comments and his campaign’s repeated contacts with Russian operatives, the man is a security threat to the United States.

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

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Corruption Crime The Trump Adminstration

BOMBSHELL: Leaked Email Proves Trump Is In Direct Violation Of The Emoluments Clause

Shortly after he was elected, Donald Trump promised that he was handing over control of his business interests to his two sons, Don Jr. and Eric, and that he wouldn’t be in violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause or have any conflict of interest because he was stepping away from the Trump Organization while serving as president.

As with nearly everything involving Donald Trump, it turns out his guarantees of staying clear of his business holdings are also gigantic lies.

Thanks to some excellent reporting by Betsy Woodruff of The Daily Beast, we know that Trump’s hotel business has suffered since he was elected. Numerous hotels are now trying to drop the Trump name from their branding because the president is so unpopular and bad for revenues.

But one Trump hotel is going great guns: the one in Washington, D.C., which just so happens to be the same city where Trump now lives and works, though to call what he does “work” demeans the very character of the word.

Why is the Trump hotel in D.C. prospering? Well, according to Director of revenue management Jeng Chi Hung in an email obtained and authenticated by The Daily Beast, the reason is simple, as Hung notes in the communique:

“DJT is supposed to be out of the business and passed on to his sons, but he’s definitely still involved… so it’s interesting and unique in that way. I had a brief meeting with him a few weeks ago, and he was asking about banquet revenues and demographics. And, he asked if his presidency hurt the businesses. So, he seems self-aware about things, at least more than he lets on.”

Talk about letting the proverbial cat out of the metaphorical bag.


Yet when the Trump hotel in Washington’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt, was asked for a comment about the email in question he resorted to the usual Trump strategy of what sounded like a lie and claimed the entire thing had been made up:

“Upon review of the email referenced in your inquiry, we have met with the individual and he has confirmed that he made these comments up in an effort to enhance his sense of importance to a former employer. In fact, this individual confirmed to me today that he has never met the President nor did any conversation ever take place.”

Do you detect strong hints of bullshit in that explanation, too? They’re so strong it makes you want to check the bottom of your shoe for residue.

So while Special Counsel Robert Mueller is indeed investigating the matter of Russian interference in the 2016 election, it seems safe to assume that when Donald Trump is impeached, the matter of his Washington hotel will also be one of the numerous articles of impeachment.

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

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Economics Police in America Taxation Taxes and the Economy

How Trump And The GOP Stuck It To First Responders With Their Tax Scam Bill

Donald Trump campaigned as the candidate of “law and order,” and catered shamelessly to police officers and other first responders. But a section of the tax scam bill he just signed proves that he and the Republican party truly are liars and hypocrites.

The section of the bill in question allows wealthy corporate CEOs can deduct the cost of a private jet, but a police officer can no longer deduct the cost of his or her uniform. As David Cay Johnson of DC Reports notes in an article he wrote for Salon:

“Buried in the hastily drafted tax bill’s more than 500 pages are provisions eliminating “miscellaneous” deductions taken by almost 28 million taxpayers in 2015. Those are costs you bore to support your job or an investment you own or to pay a professional to prepare your income tax return.

This year cops and other first responders can write off the costs of buying uniforms and dry cleaning them. But in 2018, cops who buy their uniforms or are required to buy their own guns and ammunition will no longer be able to deduct those costs as reasonable and necessary expenses to support their earning a paycheck, thanks to Trump and Congressional Republicans.”


And that’s not all. The bill will also punish union members:

“Cops and anyone else who belongs to a union will no longer be allowed to deduct their union dues. People who must bear travel costs without reimbursement from their employers will just have to suck it up starting in January.”

So the only question that remains is this one that every cop in America should ask him or herself: Does Donald Trump really have my back, or is he just using me as a prop? The answer is obvious.

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

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White House Insiders Confirm: Trump Has A ‘Lot Of Anxiety’ About The Russia Probe

While he loves to say that the entire subject of Russian interference in the 2016 election is “a ruse,” a new report suggests that President Trump is indeed worried about what Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have already found.

The latest strategy from Trump and his attorneys is reportedly to try and trash former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pled guilty to lying to the FBI and is now cooperating with Mueller in exchange for leniency when it comes time for him to be sentenced.

Appearing on Morning Joe, NBC reporter Julia Ainsley — who has covered the Mueller investigation from the beginning — noted:

“We put a lot of reporting into this Flynn investigation to know what a catch he was for Robert Mueller, because of what he knew both from the campaign, the transition and his time in the White House. He has a lot of information on Donald Trump. It’s clear now, they are going on a defensive strategy that includes undermining what Michael Flynn says, not because they can control what a grand jury decides or what would be decided in a federal court, but they want to control the court of public opinion.

“They want to make it whatever details emerge from Flynn’s testimony and whatever Mueller is able to use, it will be sort of, you know, not believed by the public or not believed by some of the Republicans who would be deciding, in a hypothetical world, whether or not to start calling for more scrutiny of this president as they head into the next Congress.”


Ainsley also reported that there is a great deal of anxiety and worry in the White House, especially among Trump, who can apparently sense that Mueller is closing in:

“There’s a lot of anxiety, we see it on the surface level from the president in tweets and anxiety from the legal team. There’s some sort of strategic calculations we have seen over the past few weeks. For example, Vice President Mike Pence in an interview with CBS tried to walk away from whether he knew Flynn lied to the FBI. He knew Flynn lied to him, but we want to know when Flynn lied to him. Did he know that before he sold the lie to the American people?”

Overconfidence and bravado are trademarks of narcissists, which Donald Trump clearly is. But he’s running out of BS, and Mueller hasn’t bought his lies from the beginning.

The end is coming for Donald Trump, and it’ll be so sweet to watch as that smug smile is wiped off his face once and for all.

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