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What If Donald Trump Is Not The President?

What If Donald Trump Is Not The President?

 

In recent days we’ve learned that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, passed confidential campaign polling data to his business-associate, also a known Russian spy, Konstantin Kilimnik. In related news, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, admitted to hiring a man named John Gauger to rig online polls in Trump’s favor.

Taken apart from each other (or the dozens of other major events involving the Trump campaign and Russia) neither of those revelations specifically points to election theft. But if we look at these developments in the context of the Russia probe, it becomes harder and harder to deny the possibility that Donald Trump is not the duly-elected president of the United States.

What we know from public records and statements is that Russia spent an incredible amount of time and money to influence the outcome of the US elections. We also know that foreign-based hackers stole the personal information of millions of US citizens in the months leading up to the election.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the chart below speaks volumes. From a 2018 report on identity theft, the chart shows the dramatic spike in stolen identities of American citizens leading up to the 2016 election.

You can read the entire report here.

We know the criminals who were involved in the identity theft crimes were bold enough to use the stolen information to open bank accounts in the victim’s names (accounts which were used to launder-foreign money.) We also know that they used the stolen identity information to file thousands of fraudulent tax returns with the IRS.

Of course stolen identity information can be used to conceal all sorts of criminal activity. It can also be used to obtain the appearance of citizenship. As this article explains, there are likely many ‘illegals’ living in the US under false identities (they are probably not who you think.)

After the Russians Hacked Our Data, What Would Stop Them from Using It to Cast Fake Ballots?

But what if the financial crimes were not the main reason for stealing personal information from US citizens? If the goal of all of the other criminal acts was to tamper with the US election, why wouldn’t they use the stolen information directly to accomplish their intended goal? If they were bold enough to file false tax returns under a victim’s name, what would have stopped them from using the same information to cast fake ballots in the 2016 elections?

According to the most recent report from the Identity Theft Resource Center, in 2018, 30 percent of US citizens had their personal information compromised. The criminals behind the scheme used various methods to gain access to the personal data of millions of American citizens, including key-loggers and computer malware. They also hacked into official government and corporate websites, accessing private data of thousands of people with each successful attempt.

… And That’s Not All

But there was another way that the data of American citizens was compromised. It was all ‘accidental’ mind you. As reported by TechCrunch here, the voting data of 14.8 million Texas citizens was uploaded to the Internet by a private data firm connected to the Republican Party. There are 19 million registered voters in the state of Texas, meaning about 78 percent of all registered voters in the state of Texas alone had their personal data compromised in this single incident. Let me repeat for those in the cheap seats, this was all quite ‘accidental.’

In a completely unrelated incident (we’re told) in the months leading up to the 2016 election:

“an analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC) left the data of 198 million U.S. voters sitting out in the open on a public server. More than a terabyte of data, which was owned by Deep Root Analytics, included personal identifying information like birth dates, home addresses and phone numbers as well as demographic info like ethnicity and religion.”

Is It ‘Unpatriotic’ to Question the Legitimacy of a President If an Election Was Stolen?

While there are plenty of people out there who will tell you it is ‘unpatriotic’ or ‘bad for the country’ to question the legitimacy of the current *president, those people likely have their own motives for pressing that narrative. What seems unpatriotic to me is to continue to ignore a growing mountain of evidence that points to one single conclusion; the 2016 election was stolen, not won, by Donald Trump.

In order not to question the legitimacy of the current occupant of the White House, we have to accept the narrative that the people charged with upholding our laws and protecting our security, the FBI, the DOJ, NSA, DHS (and every other national security organization in the country) are our enemies. Also Russia and Donald Trump are on our side and they are going to save us from the evil US government.

In order to believe that Vlonald Trutin is not a traitor, you have to believe that the people closest to him are all confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. You have to believe that Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn and Rick Gates and Alexander Van Zwan and Maria Butina etc… have all plead guilty just to be mean to “poor, picked-on president pussy-grabber.”

You have to believe that the guy who swindles senior citizens out of their life savings, the guy who enriches himself by selling students worthless ‘diplomas’ to his sham University (which was forced to shut down), the guy whose ‘charity organization’ was just shuttered because it was a money-laundering front organization, the guy who has bankrupted more companies than anyone else in the United States, the guy who has earned a worldwide reputation for being an immoral shyster – that guy, is the only guy you can trust.

You also have to believe the biggest lie of all, that Donald Trump, one of the greediest men to ever walk this earth, self-funded his presidential campaign. (Read more about that here.)

Top Democrat seeks info on Kushner, Ivanka using personal email accounts for official work

Top Democrat seeks info on Kushner, Ivanka using personal email accounts for official work

 

Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland and Ranking Member on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, speaks to the media as Huma Abedin, longtime aide to former US Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, speaks to the Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings raised concerns Thursday that several White House officials, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, had violated federal records law and jeopardized national security by using personal email accounts for official business and failing to properly document their communications.

In a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings wrote that Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, told him and former Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy last December that both Kushner and Ivanka had been using personal email for official business. Kushner had also been utilizing the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp to interact with foreign counterparts, raising questions about whether he had been recording those interactions.

“For example during a meeting with Mr. Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, Mr. Lowell confirmed that Mr. Kushner has been using the messaging application WhatsApp as part of his official White House duties to communicate with foreign leaders,” Cummings wrote to Cipollone. “Mr. Lowell could not answer whether Mr. Kushner’s communications included classified information—which would be a major security breach—but instead directed the Committee to inquire with the National Security Council and the White House.” Cummings also said Lowell argued that Kushner was supposedly documenting his communications through WhatsApp by taking screenshots of them and forwarding them to his official White House email account or the National Security Council. Not officially documenting such communications undertaken in an official capacity is a violation of the Presidential Records Act.

Cummings’ letter also asserted that Lowell told them Ivanka was using personal email for official business but failing to forward some of those emails to her official White House account unless she replied to them.

Lowell quickly responded with a lawyerly parsing of Cummings’ characterization of what was said during that December meeting, calling it “not completely accurate.” Lowell maintained that he hadn’t exactly said Kushner was communicating in this manner with foreign “leaders” or “officials,” but rather he has used them with “‘some people’ and I did not specify who they were.”

Lowell offered similarly ambiguous language to argue that he never completely confirmed Ivanka’s use of personal email without documentation. The entire letter read more like an effort by Lowell to insulate himself rather than an attempt to shed light on the matter.

Cummings’ letter said the committee had also obtained additional documents showing former White House officials Steve Bannon and K.T. McFarland had used personal email for official business. McFarland, while serving as deputy national security adviser, allegedly used her AOL account to communicate about transferring “sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in coordination with Tom Barrack,” a personal friend of Trump who ran his inaugural committee. The Oversight panel released new details last month of the scheme by Barrack, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, and other Trump officials to sell nuclear technology to the Saudis. Bannon also received Barrack’s pitch on the plan at a personal account while he was serving as White House chief strategist, according to the letter.

Cummings charged Cipollone with informing the panel by March 28 about whether the White House would reply to its query for information on the matter. “As you know, the White House has not produced a single piece of paper to the Committee in the 116th Congress — in this or any other investigation,” Cummings wrote. “The White House’s failure to provide documents and information is obstructing the Committee’s investigation into allegations of violations of federal records laws by White House officials.”

Dumped Again! Jeff Lewis & New Boyfriend Split Over Broken Trust

Dumped Again! Jeff Lewis & New Boyfriend Split Over Broken Trust

 

Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis is single again just three days after announcing a new relationship on his SiriusXM radio show, Jeff Lewis Live.

The Flipping Out star announced that he had been dumped by his new boyfriend after they went on three dates and got in an argument over something Lewis said on his show.

“I’ve got some bad news for everybody. The chiropractor dumped me last night,” Lewis said, according to PEOPLE. “I tried really hard to put that back together, but it just kept going on and on and on. But I apologized and I was accountable.”

Lewis explained that his suitor called things off after discovering the interior designer discussed their previous dates on his radio show — he said he felt “like the trust was broken.”

Lewis has previously dished about their second date, he said that the chiropractor asked that “anything romantic or sexual stays between us.” But after noting that the man doesn’t listen to Jeff Lewis Live, he shared some details of their dates.

“I want to be an accommodating guy,” Lewis said during the previous episode, explaining that he didn’t tell his date he wasn’t thrilled with the restaurant locale. “I don’t want him to know yet how high maintenance I really am. He needs to fall in love first before he realizes how I really am. We all do that. In three months, I will be real Jeff. But right now, I am fake Jeff.”

He also hinted about a “hypothetical” scenario in which he asked listeners how to handle a situation when “you’re hanging out and the dog keeps jumping up [on the bed].”

“This is where I have to be really careful,” Lewis said of discussing the incident on air. “This is a slippery slope for me and I have a boundary to respect.”

The Bravoleb said he did text the chiropractor a link to an article with his on-air comments, writing, “Interesting article.” As a result, the two argued via text for over 24 hours.

“He kept saying I was upset and I feel like the trust was broken,” Lewis said Friday. “He was like, ‘You should have just gone over these issues with me even before you talked about me on the radio.’ But I was thinking about that last night. If I’m talking about it before I talk about it on the radio, it feels like a dress rehearsal to me. I want to just be here and be present and talk about what’s on my mind without rehearsing it.”

He added, “That’s the other thing, if we’re fighting for 24 hours about me not liking the restaurant and the dog jumping on the bed, this is nothing.”

He said that despite the argument, he was ready for a fourth date, but got upset when his romantic interest allegedly texted him to say, “We will not be going to my apartment after. I’m just making that clear.”

Lewis implied that the behavior reminded him of his past relationship with Gage Edward, who he dated for 10 years before announcing the breakup this January.

“So he’s withholding sex. Is that what’s happening?” Lewis said. “Because I went through that for ten years and I don’t wanna do that anymore. Where somebody gets mad at me and they don’t wanna hook up, so they go into the guest room. I don’t wanna do it. And then they’re mad for like three days.”

“I got dumped,” Lewis continued. “But what are you gonna do?”

Jeff Lewis Live airs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (11 a.m. ET) on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy, Ch. 102.

Kandi Burruss Says NeNe Leakes Is Pissed With ‘RHOA’ Co-Stars

Kandi Burruss Says NeNe Leakes Is Pissed With ‘RHOA’ Co-Stars

 

Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss is speaking out after NeNe Leakes unfollowed almost all of her Real Housewives of Atlanta co-stars and slamming her friend Cynthia Bailey.

“From what I can tell, she’s upset because we had invited Kenya [Moore] to Cynthia [Bailey]’s party, and Cynthia didn’t give her a heads up. She felt like that was an attack against her, which it wasn’t.” Kandi told TooFab. 

It’s no secret that NeNe does not speak to Kenya Moore and chooses not to be around the former Miss USA. And she left the cast last year, after five years, because she refused to let the show document her marriage to Marc Daly.

Kandi Burruss said that while Kenya and NeNe aren’t the best of friends, her former co-stars felt she deserved to be at Cynthia’s party.

“Overall, it’s just like, Kenya’s our friend,” Kandi said. “I feel like Kenya should’ve been at the party. Not only that, I definitely felt like our fans should see Kenya — happy, pregnant. How can we miss her whole pregnancy and not see her once? And that has nothing to do with NeNe, so I don’t understand why she took it so personally. Cynthia didn’t tell her that Kenya was coming, but at the end of the day, I’m looking at how crazy NeNe’s acting about this, and I’m like, ‘Okay, well, it’s clear why Cynthia didn’t tell you because you flip out and get all offended and mad for no damn reason.’”

Cynthia Bailey’s Seagram’s launch party will be featured on the March 31 season finale.

“Clearly, she’s upset. She’s going through all of that, you know what I mean?”

When asked if her relationship with NeNe’s suffered because NeNe and Phaedra Parks appear tight.

“No, because NeNe and I aren’t really hanging out like that. But it doesn’t matter to me if that’s who she chooses to be friends with. It’s not like NeNe and I were super tight.”

NeNe  issues with the cast stems from being ganged up on during the reunion taping.

“People definitely got a lot off their chests!” she said. “But that’s what the reunion is for. The girls all stuck to their guns and spoke their minds, and it just so happened that a lot of people seemed to have an issue with the same person.”

She continued, “Now, I wasn’t expecting that to happen, but it did!”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs on Bravo Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Two Russian Bombers Escorted Away From US Coast By Fighter Jets

Two Russian Bombers Escorted Away From US Coast By Fighter Jets

 

Buried beneath the news of Roger Stone’s arrest and the long awaited end of Trump’s devastating government shutdown, the AP reports that US and Canadian fighter jets escorted two Russian bombers away from the coast of the United States on Friday, 1/26/2019. The incident did not turn into a conflict, but it leaves us to question whether or not Donald Trump is able, or even willing, to keep Americans safe.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said “two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Saturday morning.” The nuclear-capable, Russian Blackjack bombers were detected by the agency as they entered Canadian airspace in the arctic region, reportedly approaching the coast of the United States.

Meanwhile our current ‘Commander and Chief’ is single-mindedly obsessed with building a wall on the southern border. Why? Can a border wall protect the country from Russian bomber jets? If the *president is truly concerned about national security, why does he refuse to listen to our national intelligence agencies? Even more puzzling, why does he act as if US intelligence agencies are the enemy and Putin is the friend?

While 17 different US intelligence agencies sounded the warning about Russia’s cyber attacks on the US, president Trump told the world at Helsinki that he “didn’t see any reason why it would be Russia.”

Here’s a look back at Trump’s disturbing betrayal of US intelligence last year via Associated Press on YouTube.

Since that time, instead of taking action against Russian hackers who targeted US infrastructure and government agencies like the SEC, threatening both our economic stability and our national security, the *president wants the investigation into Russia’s attacks halted.

Why?

Authorities have not given any explanation for the presence of the two Russian bombers in Canadian airspace. *President Trump has made no statement (or Tweet) regarding the incident.

Friday’s tense incident with Russia ended peacefully, for that we can be thankful. Yet we are left with the realization that our nation faces many real and imminent threats which have nothing to do with the southern border. Those threats are not going to be addressed by building a wall on the border.

*Featured image credit: russian blackjack bomber jet via wikimedia commons, public domain image

Trump Supporters Turn On POTUS After He Caves On Shutdown: ‘He Has Done Nothing’

Trump Supporters Turn On POTUS After He Caves On Shutdown: ‘He Has Done Nothing’

 

Donald Trump has had a busy day with his close ally Roger Stone getting arrested on seven charges, including obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and five counts of making false statements. Trump then announced that he will finally end the government shutdown that he started 34 days ago.  Trump has met his match with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she has repeatedly told him ‘no’ at every turn. The 800,000 federal employees that were furloughed or had to work without pay will now be able to collect paychecks. There was no actual deal made.

Trump is not getting funding to construct his ego-wall along the Southern border and his supporters are livid — and some of them are actually praising Pelosi.

And, of course, President Ann Coulter weighed in.

God help me. I agree with Ann Coulter:

I’m not sure what this means:

Trump isn’t getting his wall and you know who didn’t get arrested today? Hillary Clinton, that’s who.

Fox ponders whether Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a ‘Manchurian candidate’ because reasons

Fox ponders whether Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a ‘Manchurian candidate’ because reasons

 

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For those of you just joining us, Fox News morning show Fox & Friends is the lead paint of “news.” Donald Trump’s favorite key-rattling executive time program has for years been making viewers stupider, one segment at a time. Here they are expressing sincere concern over the very well-crafted questions Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been peppering witnesses with during House committee hearings, questions considerably above the grade of the usual posturing, harrumphing congressional bluster:

HOST WHO ISN’T STEVE DOOCY: Somebody’s writing her questions. I saw the questions at Michael Cohen and saw the questions at Wilbur Ross. And there are some forces behind her, I think there’s a story there.FAILED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TURNED ARTISANAL TWEET-CRAFTER MIKE HUCKABEE: Well there very well could be. There have been some allegations she was almost like the Manchurian Candidate. Recruited, prepared. You know, I don’t know.

This is an exquisite Fox News interaction, a perfect little eclair of conservative distrust for, ya know, the competent and the book learners of the nation. This congressperson whom we are absolutely obsessed over for unclear reasons is suspiciously smart, says one of the co-hosts of America’s dumbest news program. It may indeed be a conspiracy, says the day’s chosen buffoon of the moment. Somebody must be behind this suspicious ability to ask non-stupid questions.

We could mock the absolute obsession the Fox News right has with Ocasio-Cortez, who the network has decided will be a major focus of their latest attempts to send Fox News’s audience of shut-ins and tinfoil enthusiasts into spasms of pants-wetting terror. But it’s the particular accusation here that’s more instructive. By God, they get twitchy when someone in a position of power seems to take their job seriously. Trump’s bizarre, grievance-infused speeches get effervescent praise from Fox hosts, when he goes off on his usual inexplicable tangents and spouts demonstrably false nonsense. Asking serious questions of Michael Cohen or Wilbur Ross, though … what devilry is this?

And that is why Fox & Friends is the lead paint of news. Don’t watch it, kids. Don’t lick that particular windowsill.

WATCH: Ronda Rousey addresses rumors that her match might not be the WrestleMania main event

WATCH: Ronda Rousey addresses rumors that her match might not be the WrestleMania main event

 

Ronda Rousey’s latest YouTube video is up and it follows her around Chicago and her arrival at Monday Night Raw.

Towards the end of the video, she talks about rumors that claim her match with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair might not be the main event at WrestleMania.

“I feel like I’ve already done everything necessary to make sure it’s the main event,” Rousey said. “It’s gotten to the point where people are talking about rumors that it might not be the main event. It seems like such a foregone conclusion that I feel like I’ve already done everything I possibly can.”

It seems like the Raw Women’s Championship match is the likely match to close out the show but, as is usually the case every year, Vince McMahon will probably decide on that during WrestleMania week or on the weekend of the show.

Check out “Ronda on the Road” by clicking below:

What Is Going On With Jo’s Family on Grey’s Anatomy?

What Is Going On With Jo’s Family on Grey’s Anatomy?

 

Jo is in for one major conversation on next week’s Grey’s Anatomy.

She was absent almost all of tonight’s episode as she traveled to meet the birth mother she thought she had found after taking a DNA test. It was only at the very end that Alex arrived home to find her in bed. When he wasn’t looking, we saw that she was in tears.

Then in the promo for next week, we see Jo arriving at her mother’s door. The woman, played by Michelle Forbes, quietly tells Jo she “can’t be here,” so Jo asks if they can meet at a diner for one conversation.

We then see Jo crying at the table after asking who her father is, and the promo promises it’s “one astounding hour of television,” and even says that viewer discretion is advised.

The official description of the episode reads: “When a trauma patient arrives at Grey Sloan, it forces Jo to confront her past; Bailey and Ben have to talk to Tuck about dating.”

Jo has never known anything about her biological family, since she was left at a fire station when she was only two weeks old. She then bounced around foster homes, as she explained herself several seasons ago. She struck out on her own at 16, so she’s never really had a family at all.

From the looks of next week’s episode, she might be sticking with the family she’s found at Grey Sloan.

Tonight also saw Amelia and Link continuing to get closer while Meredith and DeLuca made up and sat down to enjoy the dinner he made for her (“You can cook and you can speak Italian?”), and Teddy and Owen hung out upside down for a while to keep her baby from being born too early. We also laughed very hard when Maggie, Bailey, Schmidt, and Qadri were on their way to face off against an 11 year-old math whiz with a slo-mo walk down the hospital halls.

More of that, please!

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

UFC’s Marlon Moraes mentions “WWE girl” Nikki Bella while throwing shade at Henry Cejudo

UFC’s Marlon Moraes mentions “WWE girl” Nikki Bella while throwing shade at Henry Cejudo

 

Top UFC bantamweight star Marlon Moraes brought up former WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella during a recent exchange of words with UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo.

It all started when Cejudo was talking about TJ Dillashaw failing a USADA drug test that was taken from his fight with Cejudo and voluntarily relinquishing the UFC Bantamweight Title.

As a result, several UFC stars who compete in the bantamweight division have been pitching their case for a title fight. Cejudo thinks he belongs in the conversation considering he just beat Dillashaw.

Cejudo revealed in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani in January that he had a big crush on Bella, which led to Nikki responding to him with a message sent out on her social media accounts. They had previously met once on a flight.

Moraes fired back at Cejudo on his official Twitter account by writing, “Stay humble my friend take care of your business. I will take care of mine, or You’ll strike out with me worse than you did with that WWE girl #bantamweightdivision.”

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