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    Rep. Don BeyerVerified account @RepDonBeyer 3h3 hours agoMore

    Last month I called on @FBI to revoke Jared Kushner's security clearance pending review of omitted #TrumpRussia meetings on his SF86 1/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevan View Post
    ^^^^ Where was that from? It's the first I've heard anything about him in a really long time.

    Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner 'person of interest in Russia investigation' | The Independent

    Former Director Mueller was spotted at FBI headquarters the day after Comey was fired according to Claude Taylor. Speculation is that Comey knew that Trump was going to try something so he had already laid the groundwork for Mueller to come in .
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    so true. and it was SO obvious during his whole campaign what he was. i can't imagine voting for this walking disaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    I had no idea Comey was 6' 8"!
    Yeah, #45 isn't short at 6'2", but he was dwarfed by Comey during that moment that was described.

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    That looks like more than a 6" difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    That looks like more than a 6" difference.
    I heard he lies about his height so he's still in the overweight bmi instead of obese.
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    Anderson Cooper:

    "If Trump took a dump on his desk, you'd defend it."-Anderson Cooper to idiot act/Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord on CNN, live. Unfortunately in the next segment he apologized, ugh.

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    Dammit, Coop, don't apologize if it's true!
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    WH staffers celebrating in the Executive Office Building after Air Force One took off.


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    Partaaaayyyyy!!!!
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    Trump Officials: ‘He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron’

    In the wake of yet another Russia-related bombshell, Trump aides despaired because they know President Trump only has himself to blame.


    Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast

    Donald Trump and his senior staffers were headed across the Atlantic when news broke that the president had trash-talked former FBI Director James Comey in a meeting with Russian government officials—a meeting in which Trump reportedly promised the Kremlin more flexibility in their relationship with “crazy” Comey out of the picture.
    “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump told Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, according to an official written account of the meeting first reported by The New York Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” Trump promised.
    The White House confirmed that Trump made the remarks in a Friday afternoon statement, but insisted that the president was simply attempting to elicit concessions from the Russians. The administration officials and West Wing aides who were left grounded stateside on Friday late afternoon couldn’t do much more than dodge questions and vent inflamed frustrations at their boss. (Senior staffers who escaped aboard Air Force One included Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks, press secretary Sean Spicer, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.)
    “I’m glad I’m not on the plane so I could be here to answer your Russia questions,” a senior Trump administration official said, sarcastically, before abruptly hanging up.
    Trump’s remarks quickly elicited groans, and some harsh words, from senior officials who did speak with The Daily Beast.
    “If Donald Trump gets impeached, he will have one person to blame: Donald Trump,” one of those administration officials said.
    The official noted a pattern among leaks that have dominated headlines this week: In virtually every case—the president’s request that Comey pledge fealtyto him, a subsequent ask that Comey ease an investigation into his former top national security aide, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and revelations that he hopes to rehire Flynn when the FBI wraps up its probe—leaked Trump statements have revealed flippance or hostility toward a federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in 2016’s presidential election.
    The resulting clamor of calls for an independent probe into that meddling—the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to lead such a probe this week—and allegations of criminal obstruction and calls for impeachment were entirely avoidable, the official suggested.
    “Trump himself hasn’t been implicated in any of these leaks except where he’s implicated himself, where he says something that makes his perhaps less-than-sterling intentions clear,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the controversy candidly. “He keeps saying there’s no collusion, and I think he’s right. So if he would just shut his trap, what would Dems have?
    “Okay, he fired Comey,” the official conceded. “With a semi-competent comms operation, that would blow over in 24 hours. And that’s the worst part: he has a competent comms staff. But they can’t do their jobs because he keeps running his mouth.”
    Those complaints echo weeks of griping from administration and White House officials who say that Trump, through unscripted tweets and statements to the press, has undermined a White House communications operation that is trying to dig him out of a very deep public relations hole—not to mention the legal bind the president may find himself in.
    Trump’s repeated media missteps have frustrated even longtime supporters. “Every day he looks more and more like a complete moron,” said one senior administration official who also worked on Trump’s campaign. “I can’t see Trump resigning or even being impeached, but at this point I wish he’d grow a brain and be the man that he sold himself as on the campaign.”
    Asked whether an administration staff change-up would ameliorate this latest crisis, a Republican source formerly involved with a pro-Trump political group told The Daily Beast, “yes, if it comes with a frontal lobotomy for Trump.”
    The consequences for Trump could be more dire than a staff shake-up, law enforcement sources suggested, however. Trump’s reported comments to the Russian officials could support allegations that he fired Comey in order to slow or put a stop to an investigation probing his campaign’s contacts with the Russian government—allegations that the White House vehemently denies.
    “Absolutely… Looks Like Obstruction”
    Asked whether those comments could be construed as intent to interfere in the FBI’s investigation, a Justice Department official told The Daily Beast, “absolutely.”
    “Individual acts/comments may not constitute obstruction [of justice], but the whole pattern—starting with the requested loyalty oath, ending with the firing—does look like obstruction,” the official said in an email. “And then the question is, is he obstructing because he knows he is guilty himself, or is he obstructing because he doesn’t know the full extent of [former Trump campaign chief Paul] Manafort, Flynn, and others’ shenanigans, and is terrified of finding out. Both are plausible; we know where I would place my bet.”
    David C. Gomez, a former FBI assistant special agent in charge, said Trump’s comments demonstrated a profound inability to grasp the potential consequences of his words.
    “In terms of potential criminal activity, it’s amateur night at the White House,” Gomez told The Daily Beast. “These guys—and Trump especially—don’t know how to not implicate themselves.
    “On a big case like this, the ideal thing would be a wiretap on your number one subject,” Gomez added. “But in this case, you don’t need a wiretap. He just comes right out and says it.”
    with additional reporting by Gideon Resnick
    Trump Officials: ?He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron?



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    Then:


    Now:


    He curtsied after receiving the medal.

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    And of course the idiot Trump voters LOVE this and are "so proud" of their president and they think, get this, that Saudi Arabia is such a beautiful country and the robes are wonderful and the ceremony is cool...............
    Had it been Barack Obama participating in this ceremony, those same hicks would have said he was a traitor, muslim lover, who danced with terrorists and didn't care about his country. Go FUCKING figure.

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    Source: Occupy Democrats


    Reagan’s Speechwriter Just Gave Top Republicans Great Advice To Deal With Trump
    If you need proof that the numerous scandals that have assaulted the Trump presidency in the past weeks are beginning to make Republicans really nervous, just read the latest editorial in the Wall Street Journal by former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan.
    Titled “Democracy Is Not Your Plaything”, Noonan feels the need to remind her audience that this is a really serious situation.
    “The president of the United States has produced a building crisis that is unprecedented in our history. The question, at bottom, is whether Donald Trump has demonstrated, in his first four months, that he is unfit for the presidency—wholly unsuited in terms of judgment, knowledge, mental capacity, personal stability.”
    It’s a difficult assessment to disagree with. Noonan goes on to ask a more nuanced question: given the stakes at hand, “are we up to it?”


    Or perhaps more accurately: “Are Congressional Republicans willing to do their duty for their country?”
    After criticizing the media and Democrats in general for gloating over the daily disasters emanating from the White House, Noonan shares her alarm over what this means for America.
    “There’s a sense nobody’s in charge, that there’s no power center that’s holding, that in Washington they’re all randomly slamming into each other. Which is not good in a crisis….The world sees the U.S. political system once again as a circus. Once the circus comes to town, it consumes everything, absorbs all energy.
    Again, none of this is difficult to agree with. For Noonan, however, the problem is that all of the turmoil is preventing the enactment of the Republican agenda of cutting taxes on the rich, eliminating “burdensome” regulations that protect citizens and the environment from the excesses of rapacious corporations, and removing millions of people from the ranks of those covered by health insurance.
    Who does the former Reagan acolyte blame for all of this? Not, as some people are claiming, his staff.

    “It is absurd to think the president can solve his problems by firing his staff. They are not the problem. He is the problem. They’re not the A-Team, they’re not the counselors you’d want, experienced and wise. They’re the island of misfit toys. But they could function adequately if he could lead adequately.”
    So you can add one more name to the ranks of Republicans disaffected with the man they allowed to lead their party. Noonan does propose a solution, and it’s one that many people would pay to witness.
    “It would be good if top Hill Republicans went en masse to the president and said: “Stop it. Clean up your act. Shut your mouth. Do your job. Stop tweeting. Stop seething. Stop wasting time. You lost the thread and don’t even know what you were elected to do anymore. Get a grip. Grow up and look at the terrain, see it for what it is. We have limited time. Every day you undercut yourself, you undercut us. More important, you keep from happening the good policy things we could have done together. If you don’t grow up fast, you’ll wind up abandoned and alone. Act like a president or leave the presidency.”
    I think that many of us have already chosen to support the second option that Noonan proposes to offer Trump. It comes as no surprise when she makes clear at the end of the article just to whom the title of the editorial is addressed.
    “The president needs to be told: Democracy is not your plaything.”
    We can only hope that this is a phrase that is uttered as Trump is being shown the exit door and as soon as possible.

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    Source: Daily Kos

    A $100 million donation from Saudi Arabia to kickstart Ivanka Trump's 'women's fund'?

    On same weekend as record-breaking arms deal, Saudis announced $100 million donation to Ivanka fund

    May 21, 2017 3:30pm by Jen Hayden


    Over the weekend, Jared Kushner was credited with negotiating a $110 billion arms deal to the Saudis, the largest arms deal in U.S. history:
    The deal was finalized in part thanks to the direct involvement of Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and senior adviser. He shocked a high-level Saudi delegation earlier this month when he personally called Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and asked if she would cut the price of a sophisticated missile detection system, according to a source with knowledge of the call.
    Pressured to finalize a massive $100-plus billion arms deal in the two weeks leading up to Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, Kushner hoped to maneuver a discount on Lockheed's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system during the Saudis' visit to the White House on May 1 -- a request that Hewson said she would look into at the time.
    Coincidentally, the Saudis have also agreed to donate a whopping $100 million to the recently announced women's fund inspired by Jared Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump:
    The World Bank plans to announce Sunday at an event with Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have pledged $100 million collectively toward a fund for women who own or want to start businesses, according to people familiar with the announcement.
    You know what would advance women in Saudi Arabia? Rights. Actual rights guaranteeing their protection and equality.
    The Wall Street Journal is quick to note that Ivanka Trump doesn’t personally solicit these donations. It can’t be helped they magically follow her around:
    Ms. Trump has made the promotion of women entrepreneurs a signature part of her focus since her father’s inauguration in January. She has advocated for issues such as paid family leave, though the issue has gained little traction in Congress. While she had proposed the idea of the World Bank fund, Ms. Trump doesn’t control it or raise money for it, one person familiar with the plans said.
    $100 million is quite the kick starter for a vaguely defined fund, right? Vanity Fair questioned the fund's intent last month when the fund first came to light:
    Others disputed that characterization. A White House official stressed to The Washington Post that while Ivanka helped inspire the idea, she will not be involved in soliciting funds. “This is not a White House fund. This is not something that she will have any authority over in any way,” the official said. The initiative was first mentioned publicly by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the panel, though a Trump administration official credited Ivanka for raising the idea during a meeting with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
    The donations and the White House are not tied. Definitely not. No way! It is a total coincidence the $100 million dollar donation is being made the same weekend a $110 billion arms deal is announced. And never mind that Ivanka Trump is traveling to Saudi Arabia in her official capacity as an ‘Assistant to the President of the United States.’
    Let’s recall Donald Trump’s reaction when it came to the Saudis donating to the Clinton Foundation. From October 2016:
    When Chris Wallace asked Clinton about reports of conflicts of interest at the foundation, she responded, "I'm thrilled to talk about the Clinton Foundation because it is a world renowned charity and I'm so proud of the work that it does."
    Trump shot in that it's a "criminal enterprise."
    "Saudi Arabia given $25 million, Qatar, all of these countries. You talk about women and women's rights? These are people that push gays off business, off buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly and yet you take their money," Trump said. "So I'd like to ask you right now why don't you give back the money that you've taken from certain countries that treat certain groups of people so horribly?
    When the fund was announced last month, the Washington Post spoke with experts who said this is dangerous territory for the Trumps:
    If true, this is egregious and potentially illegal, according to multiple ethics and legal experts. “If the donation would be a quid pro quo bribe, then asking for it is certainly solicitation of a bribe, which is every bit as criminal as the bribe itself,” Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe tells me via email. “But I started that sentence with ‘if’ because I don’t have enough facts about the donation request to opine on the ultimate bribe issue.” Nevertheless, he says:
    At the very least, though, a donation is a “present,” which – if made by a foreign government or an agent of such a government or an entity controlled by it – is expressly banned by the text of the Foreign Emoluments Clause with respect to anyone holding “any Office of Profit or Trust” under the United States. Whether it counts as an “emolument” becomes irrelevant if it’s a “present,” which any donation would at least be.
    Tribe explains, “Even if the First Daughter and Assistant to the President somehow manages to create formal distance between herself and that version of the Clinton Foundation, which of course her father denounced endlessly during the campaign, the hypocrisy of the move is jaw-dropping.” He adds, “Such contributions would surely constitute a financial benefit to … her brand, and her family’s brand even if she is unable to spend a penny of the contributions themselves. As such, soliciting such contributions violates at least the spirit of the Foreign Emoluments Clause.” Even more explicitly, the Office of Government Ethics rules, former Republican ethics counsel Richard Painter tells me, “prohibit use of official position to solicit for ANY charity or other private entity.” The OGE guidelines specifically state: “Executive branch employees are subject to restrictions on the gifts that they may accept from sources outside the Government. Unless an exception applies, executive branch employees may not accept gifts that are given because of their official positions or that come from certain interested sources.” The rationale for this is obvious (except to Trump). “Even if a gift is from a person or organization that has no official dealings with the employee’s agency, accepting a gift offered because of the employee’s official position may create an appearance of using public office for private gain,” the OGE guidelines explain. “Moreover, if an employee receives a payment from an outside source in some circumstances, the public may believe that the employee is serving two masters or is distracted by outside activities.”

    Sunday, May 21, 2017 · 3:57:07 PM · Jen Hayden White House spokesman Sean Spicer is touting the massive donation, which totally has nothing to do with the White House. Here’s the link to his tweet promoting the donation, but I’m using a screenshot below because it seems likely the tweet will disappear in the near future. Note the preceding tweet touting the record arms deal.



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    Jesus, Ivanka has a tiny tiny head.
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