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Enraged Trump Lashes Out At Fiona Hill After She Calls Him A Misogynistic Jerk In New Book

If there’s one thing that’s always been abundantly clear when it comes to failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump, it’s that he’s a sexist pig and rabid misogynist who hates women and thinks they serve no purpose other than sex and procreation.

If you doubt that, consider what the Donald once said regarding women:

“The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naïve or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part.”

You probably remember Fiona Hill from Trump’s first impeachment. She was his top expert on Russia who told congressional investigators that the then-president did indeed try to extort the nation of Ukraine in exchange for military supplies that had already been approved by Congress.

Hill has just released a new book, There Is Nothing For You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century. in which she carefully lays out the blatant criminal acts committed by Trump during his time in office.

On Thursday, Hill was a guest on CNN, and host Jim Sciutto read a passage from the book regarding how Trump viewed women:

“It was easier for Trump to dismiss women and see them as problems – women who got in the way. They were, after all, the ‘nonplayers in his world’…and like these other ‘nonplayers’, I too found myself in the crosshairs.”

On another occasion, Hill recalls in her book, Trump wanted to know if she would rewrite a press release, not realizing that he was asking that of one of the top diplomats in the administration:

There was an exchange between the president and McMaster that I didn’t catch. Then the president raised his voice: “Well, can she do it? Can she go type it up and bring it back?” She? I thought. What? What just happened? Only then did I realize Trump was talking about me. “She” could only be me. There were three shes in the room, and the she in question was certainly not Ivanka and unlikely to be Margaret Peterlin. Suddenly he was practically yelling — “Hey, darlin’, are you listening? Are you paying attention?”

Apparently, that passage got back to Trump through some of his current aides, and he lashed out at Hill via his spokesperson, who shared the failed ex-president’s whining on Twitter since he’s banned from the platform:

And then, once his “team” had a chance to think up some more cheap shots, we got this:

One wonders if Ms. Harrington was required to take these insults via dictation and then regurgitate them back into the internet ether to mollify her boss.

Whatever the case, once again we see that Donald Trump has learned nothing and is too damn stupid to realize that alienating the largest part of the U.S. electorate is the kiss of death.

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Court Documents Reveal Giuliani’s ‘Associates’ Are Likely To Flip On Him And Others: Report

New court filings in the case against one of Rudy Giuliani’s former “associates” suggest that he’s facing increasing pressure to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against the former New York City mayor for alleged fraud and illegal foreign contacts made by Giuliani in an attempt to bolster the campaign of former President Donald Trump.

Marcy Wheeler explains at her Empty Wheel blog that Giuliani associate Lev Parnas has managed to get his hands on documents from his former boss, but the documents also suggest he’s being pushed to flip on Giuliani in order to lessen his own legal exposure:

“We know the materials withheld under a Rule 16(d) extension are the files seized from Rudy Giuliani and Victoria Toensing’s iCloud accounts (as well as those of some Ukrainians) three ways. First, that’s what Parnas’ lawyer Joseph Bondy demanded in the May 20 request referenced in the footnote. And the government’s response to Bondy’s request explained that Oetken had authorized them under Rule 16(d) to delay sharing the material with the defendants on November 8, 2019. Finally, this is the July 14 order Judge Oetken issued denying Parnas and others the materials.”

While most of the documents have little or no relevance to the fraud trial against Parnas (which will begin on Oct. 4), they clearly show a pattern of behavior in efforts to get Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch dismissed from her post, which was the impetus for Trump’s first impeachment:

“That means a substantial amount of what the government is sharing is discovery on the additional charges [another Giuliani associate Igor] Fruman and especially Parnas face, after they’re done with October’s trial and even after Parnas is done with a second, Fraud Guarantee trial. The government is effectively showing Rudy’s grifters what they have to look forward to in a Foreign Agent case involving Rudy Giuliani.

“This is, almost certainly, an effort to convince them to plead guilty and flip on Rudy, which explains why the government is so intent on keeping the trial scheduled for October, to increase the pressure on the grifters.”

However, Giuliani isn’t the only person Parnas may have dirt on. There’s also the possibility that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have played a role, and Trump could also be facing charges for his actions in the attempt to extort Ukraine for damaging information on Joe Biden and members of his family.

The upcoming trial of Parnas could wind up precipitating more criminal charges against Giuliani and people in the orbit of former President Trump. No matter how you slice it, it’s clear that prosecutors are tightening the noose around anyone with a connection to Rudy.

 

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Nunes And Jordan Are Up To Their Necks In Giuliani’s Latest Criminal Scandal

Now that over a month has passed since the FBI served search warrants on the home and office of Rudy Giuliani, new information is coming to light which suggests that the long-term fallout from the Justice Department’s investigation into the former mayor of New York City may also present major legal problems for two Republican members of Congress: Rep. Devin Nunes (CA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (OH).

Nunes name came up when it was revealed that not only did the FBI serve warrants on Giuliani, but also attorney Victoria Toensing, which led former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman to respond to some tweets regarding Toensing also being on the warrant list:

That shows Nunes is also caught in the conspiracy that the DOJ is now starting to unravel.

As for Jordan, we since learned that he took $3,000 in contributions from Guiliani. That means he’ll also be getting a visit from the FBI very soon, if he hasn’t already.

Jordan was already facing a very uncertain run for another term in Congress next year, and when it was revealed that he’d taken, his likely Democratic challenger, Jeff Sites, remarked:

“It is beyond outrageous that Jim Jordan accepted money from the target of an active federal investigation. It would be improper for any member of Congress, but especially for Jordan, who helps lead the committee supervising the Justice Department while it conducts this probe.”

So while Rudy may be the one currently in the crosshairs, if Nunes and Jordan played any role whatsoever in Giuliani’s crimes, you can bet they’re going to be placed under the microscope, too.

Oh, there’s also the chance that Giuliani will roll over on Donald Trump and result in him being charged. That’s the only card the former president’s attorney has left to play.

Could Rudy wind up destroying the GOP? It’s beginning to look that way.

 

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New Developments In The Case Against Rudy Suggest The DOJ Has Evidence Of Multiple Crimes

A little over two weeks ago, you probably recall, the FBI raided the home and office of Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, seizing his electronic devices and sending a clear message that the former New York City mayor is on the Justice Department’s radar screen in a major way.

There are reports federal prosecutors already have evidence that proves Giuliani illegally took money from foreign governments such as Russia and Ukraine. If they can prove that, Rudy is looking at spending a few years in federal prison, which at his age could conceivably be a death sentence.

Now, however, we know now that the DOJ is investigating Giuliani for other, more serious crimes which also trace back to his connections in Ukraine.

On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that the feds are taking a long look at a dossier Giuliani had cooked up in an attempt to smear Joe Biden during the height of the 2020 election:

“In late 2019 during the Trump-Ukraine scandal, The New Yorker, which obtained a copy of the dossier, described one of its allegations as a byzantine conspiracy theory in which the U.S.-backed creation of NABU— Ukraine’s anti-corruption prosecutors—in 2014 was somehow a scheme concocted by Ambassador Yovanovitch and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent to prevent Ukraine from investigating the Bidens. In another allegation described by the magazine, the dossier casts right wing boogeyman and liberal philanthropist George Soros as the orchestrator of Yovanovitch’s appointment as U.S. ambassador in Kyiv.”

The dossier, however, did manage to make its rounds inside the Trump administration, where it was discussed and debated, then dismissed as worthless:

“According to one former Trump White House official, those in the White House who examined the pages and interview notes in 2019 almost across-the-board dubbed the research “amateurish” and unhelpful, with Trump officials discussing amongst themselves how they believed it was unlikely that anyone, foreign or American, would agree to pay Giuliani to produce this—if only because of the utterly shoddy nature of the work.”

The fact that none of those White House advisers reported Giuliani’s bogus dossier to the FBI or other law enforcement agency also places them in significant legal jeopardy. And it’s safe to assume they’ll be glad to sell out Rudy to save their own hides. Provided, that is, Giuliani doesn’t feed them to prosecutors first.

What a nasty mess Rudy and his pals have gotten themselves into. Here’s hoping they all go to prison for a very long time.

 

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Former Federal Prosecutor Says Rudy Is Toast – And That’s BIG Trouble For Trump

Today’s big news broke early in the afternoon: Federal law enforcement executed search warrants at Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office, with FBI agents seizing electronic devices and other information:

“The searches are a sign that prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into former President Donald Trump’s lawyer.

“Federal prosecutors had what they needed to seek a search warrant late last year, but it was just ‘a matter of timing,’ a source familiar with the investigation said, a comment that suggests the Justice Department might have wanted to wait until the administration changed hands.”

What’s the Justice Department interested in? Simple: Guiliani’s connection to Ukraine and his attempt to help extort dirt about the Bidens to boost Donald Trump’s 2002 reelection campaign:

“Federal investigators have been looking into Giuliani’s dealings with Ukrainian officials. Last December, federal prosecutors discussed whether to make a legal request for Giuliani’s electronic communications. Prosecutors for the Southern District of New York were in contact with Justice Department officials in Washington about gaining access to his emails.”

However, it’s likely that the FBI already had access to all of Rudy’s electronic communications, according to former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman, who shared his thoughts on Twitter and made it clear that Giuliani is toast:

Goldman also weighed in on the fact that others were also searched on Monday:

Goldman’s take on the search warrants was seconded by Elie Hoenig and Laura Coates, who work as legal analysts for CNN.

Hoenig told CNN:

“This is a big deal. It tells me this investigation is live and ongoing.”

Coates had this to add:

“At this point in time, the next thing to look at is whether or not the former president will try and step in in some way with his counsel and assert some sort of privilege if he believes anything on those documents or devices might implicate him or attorney-client privilege.”

That’s right: Giuliani was working as Trump’s personal attorney at the time, and that means he may have committed crimes on the former president’s behalf. And while Trump may try to suppress some of the information gained from Guiliani’s devices, it gives Rudy a card left to play: He can flip on the Donald and tell what he knows in exchange for leniency. If that happens, Trump is looking at having someone with intimate knowledge of his alleged crimes cooperating with the DOJ. That would spell doom for the ex-president.

The road to justice is often long and winding. But when it meets up with karma and starts visiting those who deserve it most, it makes one hell of a splash.