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May
17

The Gift That Keeps Giving.


Even more from the very generous gift given by 80% of white evangelicals to the American people (and the rest of world).

 

The US President is accused of divulging highly classified information to Russia and of asking the FBI to drop an investigation into his former National Security adviser.

 

from:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/pressure-mounts-on-president-trump-over-fbi-and-russia/8533720

 

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Trump reportedly urged James Comey to drop Michael Flynn investigation.

 

Donald Trump directly asked the former FBI director, James Comey, to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to notes kept at the time by Comey and first reported on Tuesday by the New York Times.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to Comey’s record of the meeting, as reported by the Times. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

The latest crisis to beset the White House came just 24 hours after the first reports emerged of Trump having shared classified intelligence with Russia during Oval Office talks.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/16/trump-james-comey-memo-michael-flynn-fbi-white-house-denial?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+AUS+v1+-+AUS+morning+mail+callout&utm_term=226348&subid=19375719&CMP=ema_632

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9 Responses to “The Gift That Keeps Giving.”


  1. May 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    The Trump news you missed: he asked Comey to jail journalists by Trevor Timm

    Since before he took office, Trump has been obsessed with leaks, and you can see why: almost on a daily basis, his administration is painted as chaotic, corrupt and unhinged in the papers – even by the people who work in the White House. He has had to fire Flynn due to leaks showing he lied, multiple policies have been stopped in their tracks because of leaks and even the threat of war with Iran was tamped down because of official secrets that were reported by journalists.

    It’s bad enough for press freedom that Trump is so determined to go after whistleblowers and sources within his administration who are attempting to get the truth to the American public. When their sources are investigated, journalists face the prospect of surveillance or subpoenas to testify and it can inhibit important investigative reporting. But directly prosecuting journalists is an unprecedented step that should send a chill down the spine of any American who values the first amendment – no matter their political persuasion.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/17/trump-news-james-comey-jail-journalists

  2. 2 Marleen
    May 18, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I don’t know if we’ve touched on this one yet, but it has come out tonight additionally, that Flynn told the administration he was under investigation BEFORE they went ahead and appointed him.

  3. May 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    If that’s the case, almost everyone sounded alarm bells before hand, even Flynn himself.

  4. May 18, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Yes, just seen the following that includes that very same news:

    Fresh questions have emerged about the appointment of Michael Flynn as national security adviser. The New York Times reports he was appointed despite telling Trump’s transition team on 4 January he was being investigated for his secret work as a paid lobbyist for Turkey. McClatchyDC says one of his first decisions as national security adviser was to delay an attack on Isis that Turkey disapproved of.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/may/17/donald-trump-russia-james-comey-flynn-live

    It’s a link worth checking, not only for the above statement.

  5. May 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Robert Mueller and why Trump can’t fire his way out of ‘Russia thing’ this time by Julian Borger

    Appointment of special counsel to investigate Kremlin collusion bypasses president and demonstrates seriousness of the allegations against his circle.

    With the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, the future of Donald Trump’s presidency has become significantly more precarious.

    Since coming to office Trump has acted as if the post was an elected monarchy – and up to now, he has been cosseted in that illusion by a largely servile Republican party. But what differentiates the US presidency from a monarchy, even under these conditions, are the permanent institutions, made up of civil servants, prosecutors and lawyers. Trump derided them as “the swamp”, in which everyone was for sale. Now “the swamp” has struck back.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/18/robert-mueller-and-why-trump-cant-fire-his-way-out-of-russia-thing-this-time

  6. 6 Marleen
    May 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Head of the transition team was the vice president.

  7. May 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Head of the transition team was the vice president

    So he knew in advance about Flynn too.

    He seems to have been particularly quiet this week during Trump’s ongoing string of debacles.
    Keeping out of the way in the wings to seem untainted by it all should Trump’s fall become inevitable?

  8. 8 Marleen
    May 19, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Some people are saying it would be nice to pick a differerent Speaker of the House now.

  9. 9 Marleen
    May 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_Fishman_170518

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 5/18/17
    Trump baffles U.S. attorneys with sudden mass firing —
    Paul Fishman, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about the unexpectedly abrupt nature of the Donald Trump administration’s firing of all of the U.S. attorneys.
    Duration: 4:20

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSiteguid=n_maddow_bpence_170518

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 5/18/17
    False denials from Mike Pence continue to stack up —
    Rachel Maddow looks at the many times Mike Pence has denied something about the Donald Trump team only to be proven wrong by further reporting, leaving Pence with a lot of explaining to do.
    Duration: 18:29

    http://theslot.jezebel.com/turkish-dictators-suited-thugs-beat-up-protestors-on-em-1795292712

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/18/politics/turkish-ambassador-summoned-protester-incident/index.html


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