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What did Trump know and when did he know it? A damning timeline is emerging

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What did Trump know and when did he know it? A damning timeline is emerging

 

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No collusion! No collusion! Donald Trump has spent the last two years using his Twitter account and every microphone he can find to howl about the “witch hunt” and claim there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. With the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a timeline has emerged and at first glance, it appears to be quite damning for Donald Trump and his core campaign staff, including Don Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort. The now infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russians began with an email from Rob Goldstone, publicist for Russian billionaires Emin and Aras Agalarov. Here are the details of that email, from the Senate Intelligence Committee transcript:

“The crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras ” — I took that to mean Aras Agalarov — ” this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its  government’s support for Mr . Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.”

That email set into motion a series of calls and emails that culminated with the Trump Tower meeting. The emerging timeline of those calls and emails creates an undeniable pattern that appears to show that the Goldstone email and the impending meeting were widely discussed by Don Jr., Manafort, Kushner and possibly (or likely) even Donald Trump himself.

Philip Bump of the Washington Post summarized the timeline:

  • June 3, 10:53 a.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. … Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?”
  • June 3, 11:09 a.m.: Goldstone emails Agalarov. “He wants to speak personally on the issue with you early next week.”
  • June 3, 11:26 a.m.: Agalarov emails Goldstone. “Great.”
  • June 6, 8:44 a.m.: Agalarov emails Goldstone. “Trumps son call. Any news?”
  • June 6, 8:51 a.m.: Goldstone emails Agalarov. “Not yet but he said when he returns to NYC which for sure is after tomorrow as it’s the Super Tuesday final elections tomorrow in California where trump will be “crowned” the official nominee[.] Most likely he will return Wednesday and I will set up call “
  • June 6, 9:00 a.m.: Agalarov emails Goldstone. “Ok”
  • June 6, 12:40 a.m.: Goldstone emails Trump Jr. “Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this Hillary Info — you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try to schedule a time and day”
  • June 6, 3:03 p.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “Rob could we speak now?”
  • June 6, 3:37 p.m.: Goldstone emails Trump Jr. “Let me track him down in Moscow[.] What number he could call? “
  • June 6, 3:38 p.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “My cell” (the number is redacted)
  • June 6, 3:43 p.m.: Goldstone contacts Agalarov’s band manager Pavel Klychko and then emails Trump Jr. “Ok he’s on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 Minutes so I am sure can call”
  • June 6, 4:04 p.m.: Agalarov calls Trump Jr. Call logs suggest that the call lasts between 60 seconds and two minutes.
  • June 6, 4:27 p.m.: Trump Jr. receives an incoming call from a blocked number. It lasts for four minutes.
  • June 6, 4:31 p.m.: Trump Jr. calls Agalarov. The call lasts for three minutes.
  • June 6, 4:38 p.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “Rob thanks for the help.”

Emphasis added on this portion of the timeline:

June 6, 4:27 p.m.: Trump Jr. receives an incoming call from a blocked number. It lasts for four minutes.

Who did Don Jr. receive a call from, using a blocked number, that lasted four minutes? A call that was sandwiched between two calls to Emin Alagarov? Donald Trump is widely known to contact people from a blocked number. Junior was asked about this in his testimony, but this was an issue he just can’t seem to remember.

Q. Does your father used a blocked number on his cell phone or on any phones that you call him on?

A. I don’t know.

Q. So you don’t know whether or not this might have been your father?

A. I don’t.

It’s curious that he can’t recall whether his father ever contacts him from a blocked number. Corey Lewandowski has previously testified that Donald Trump’s primary residence has a blocked number. Junior’s memory was also quite fuzzy on the question of whether Donald Trump had a hand in crafting the misleading statement about the Trump Tower meeting.

Q. To the best of your knowledge, did the president provide any edits to the statement or other input?

A. He may have commented through Hope Hicks.

Q. And do you know if his comments provided through Hope Hicks were incorporated into the final statement?

A. I believe some may have been, but this was an effort through lots of people, mostly counsel.

With the new timeline above and the fact that Donald Trump Jr. was promised “very high level and sensitive information” from the Russian government and the fact that Junior set up the meeting with the highest echelon of the Trump campaign during a such a frantic time in the campaign, it is hard to imagine a scenario where Donald Trump himself remained unaware of the meeting and the details. After all, Amy Siskind reminds us that shortly after that Trump Tower meeting is when Trump first began talking about Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails.

Quite the coincidence, indeed.

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Twitter Just Hit Trump’s Sore Spot By Reminding Him How Much We Love Obama

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#ObamaDay is trending on Twitter in celebration of President Barack Obama’s fifty-seventh birthday today, and also trending is “Happy Birthday Mr. President.” A recent poll found that Americans find Obama to be the best President in their lifetime and that might explain Trump’s profound jealousy of Obama, a man who spent years trying to delegitimize our country’s first black president and to this day, the former reality show star can’t go a day without bringing up his predecessor. So naturally, Twitter being Twitter, Internet users are wishing the former president a happy birthday but in response to Trump’s tweets today and it’s pretty funny. Even Trump’s retweets are getting birthday wishes to Obama.

In 2014, the Obama White House sent out a tweet to wish former president George H.W’ Bush a happy birthday.

Happy birthday, President Obama.

P.S.: Come back. We need you.

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Pro-Trump Doctor Launches Rant For Cops Treating Him Like A ‘F***ing Black Person’ During An Arrest

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Pro-Trump Doctor Launches Rant For Cops Treating Him Like A ‘F***ing Black Person’ During An Arrest

 

An unruly pro-Trump passenger was arrested on Thursday morning at Orlando International Airport and the incident was caught on camera in which he expressed his displeasure at being treated like an African-American. Apparently, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a self-described ‘conservative Republican’ and ‘Trump guy’ thinks he shouldn’t be treated as roughly as the police sometimes treat black people, so he fought the law and the law won.

The police said they received a call regarding a disruptive passenger at the American Airlines ticket counter, according to WESH. As they arrived, Epstein started acting out, and yelled, the police said.

After calming down for a bit, Epstein grew angry upon finding out that he was being booted off the plane for his behavior so as not to disrupt the flight, so instead, he disrupted the airport.

“So this guy’s trying to provoke me,” Epstein yells while pointing at an officer. “He’s a law enforcement officer, and he’s trying to provoke me. Do you know how to de-escalate things, genius? No, you’re not. You’re talking about me foaming at the mouth. Is that going to de-escalate things, genius?”

In the arrest report, according to Law & Crime, the police asked him to leave for public safety reasons. An officer noted that he had “white froth” around his lips, and asked if “he was having an issue.”

“You want to test me?” Epstein can be heard saying on video. “You want me to count backwards?” At that point, Epstein puts his hands in the air, daring the police to arrest him, and that’s when they tried to handcuff him. After a struggle, the cops get the good doctor on the ground of the airport.

“Don’t beat me up,” he yells. “Look at them. Oh my god. I can’t believe they’re doing this. Oh my god. Look at what they’re doing.”

At some point during the struggle, Epstein is heard (again) complaining that the cops are being rough, and said they were treating him like a black person.

“You’re treating me like a f*cking black person!” he yells out. At some point, Epstein was pepper sprayed.

Watch:

Later, after his release, Epstein told WESH that “if you’re (cops) going to do this to a white doctor, who’s 59-years-old, for doing nothing, then why would black people trust you?.” That’s a good point, actually, and a surprising one from a Trump supporter since his president told the police last year that they should rough up individuals more during arrests. “Please, don’t be too nice,” Trump told the officers at the time. But, Jeffrey was acting like a man with white privilege who complained that he was treated just like a black person during an arrest.

“I’m a conservative Republican, I’m a Trump guy. But until the police fix this problem, I don’t blame black people for being upset when they get arrested,” he added.

He says that now. I’m wondering how he felt before he was arrested.

Jeffrey Epstein is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, trespassing after a warning and disorderly conduct.

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Top Republican Complains About Censorship After Forgetting How To Use Twitter

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has tweeted over 9,600 times since he opened a Twitter account in 2009 so he probably knows that there’s an area to adjust your ‘settings’ on the social site. On Friday, McCarthy took to Twitter to complain that conservatives are being censored and he even tagged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to demand that he rectify the issue immediately and explain to Congress what is going on because he couldn’t see Laura Ingraham’s tweet. But, it wasn’t Twitter’s fault. It was McCarthy who had adjusted his settings to “Hide Sensitive Content” so it wasn’t the sneaky Deep State censoring conservatives on Twitter. For some reason, McCarthy kept the tweet up. “Another day, another example of conservatives being censored on social media,” the California Republican tweeted. “@jack easy fix: explain to Congress what is going on. #StopTheBias cc @IngrahamAngle”

Twitter users pointed out to McCarthy what he had done wrong but it doesn’t appear that he’s noticed.

Oh, and it’s not just McCarthy. Greta Van Susteren is having a hard time, too.

Well, bless their hearts.

Image: McCarthy via Flickr.

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