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Judge Jeanine Says Obama Is Responsible For An Abuser Being In Trump’s West Wing (VIDEO/TWEETS)

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We expected to hear some pretty bizarre, unhinged, and flat-out dumb attempts by Donald Trump’s diehard supporters to spin White House staff secretary Rob Porter going down in flames amid reports that he’d physically abused his first wife and emotionally abused his second wife. But we already have what may have been the most bizarre, unhinged, and flat-out dumbest response to this affair. If we’re to believe Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro, the whole thing is all Barack Obama’s fault.

On Saturday night’s edition of “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Pirro devoted her “Opening Statement” to the Porter saga.

Pirro spent most of her career as an assistant district attorney, and later district attorney, in Westchester County, New York advocating for battered women. She started the nation’s first domestic violence unit in a local prosecutor’s office. She spoke with a senior White House official who detailed the process by which White House staffers get security clearances.

By design, it’s a very invasive process. The standard form for requesting access to classified information, Form SF86, asks “everything about you”–friends, addresses, bank records, foreign travel and contacts, employment history. The FBI then begins a detailed investigation that can take anywhere from six to eight months in the normal course of events. After the FBI concludes its investigation, protocol calls for the White House to conduct its own probe.

When John Kelly became White House Chief of Staff, he was told that the investigation into Porter was “complicated.” With no specific problems had been highlighted at the time, Kelly wanted things moved along.

According to Pirro, Kelly returned to the White House to learn about claims that Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, had emotionally abused her. When Kelly asked Porter about them, Porter not only denied them, but also denied there was a police report or restraining order against him. Just 40 minutes later, Kelly learned that Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, now claimed he’d physically abused her. According to Pirro, Kelly called Porter back in and told him to resign.

This account matches what a number of White House officials say they were told on Friday. But it doesn’t square with Kelly’s earlier praise of Porter–including after the news of Holderness’ account flashed across the wires–or reports that it was Porter who offered to resign and Kelly who wanted him to stay on.

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Nor does it square with reports that White House officials knew about the allegations against Porter for several months. It doesn’t square with Trump’s subsequent defense of him, both on-air and on Twitter. Most seriously, it doesn’t offer any explanation for why Porter was allowed to hold a post that normally requires the highest level of security clearance.

But Pirro not only glossed over these details, but somehow found a way to point the finger at Obama.

“You want to stop a four-star general who is running the White House, who believes in chain of command, who makes a decision within 40 minutes, because you hate Donald Trump? Find another scapegoat. You might want to look at the last president.”

Excuse me, Judge Jeanine? You would think that a woman who was an assistant district attorney for 16 years, a judge for two years, and a district attorney for 11 years would know that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Apparently Pirro has caught the same disease as Roy Moore, a former judge, who tried to make us think screaming “FAKE NEWS!” and “politically motivated!” was a defense.

What made this even more breathtaking is that this came just minutes after Pirro called out Porter as a “cunning” and “clever” fraud who hid his abusive nature behind his Harvard Law degree and his Rhodes Scholarship. Then again, a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Later in the show, Pirro tried to make us think she was offering extraordinary evidence that Obama was responsible for Porter being able to pull the wool over our eyes. Unfortunately, the man she brought on to make that “case” was former Trump adviser, so-called terrorism expert, and raving Islamophobe Sebastian Gorka. Watch here.

Gorka mused that CIA agents investigating a number of top White House staffers “slow-rolled” the investigations in an effort to “gum up the works” and make Trump’s job harder. He claims to have known about situations where people got slow-rolled while “a deliberate minefield” was set up to explode–and ensure that a lot of people got hit by the shrapnel.

Pirro ate it up. She wondered how it could be possible for an investigation to drag out for a year when, on paper, it was “easy stuff.” Gorka believed it shouldn’t take any more than two months to get a clearance. However, “the swamp has many ways to undermine an administration.”

Um, Judge Jeanine? Sebastian? Even if there’s anything at all to this conspiracy theory, how does that explain Porter being allowed to have a job that normally requires access to some of the most sensitive classified information this country has, when his interim clearance shouldn’t have allowed him that access?

Granted, there is an innocent explanation–Kelly may have simply worked around Porter.  But there are two explanations that aren’t so innocent. It’s possible that Kelly may have knowingly allowed Porter access to highly classified information without a clearance, or may have waived the rules for him. If either of these scenarios prove true, you cannot credibly blame “the swamp” for either of them.

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All things considered, this looks like a typically Trumpian response from two of Trump’s most diehard loyalists–deflect, deflect, deflect, and blame the Kenyan Socialist Mooslamb. But if you peek behind the curtain and wade through the smoke, you’ll see a president and a chief of staff who, at minimum, owe this country an explanation for how a man credibly accused of domestic violence could hold a sensitive West Wing post without a proper clearance.

(featured image courtesy Pirro’s Facebook)

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Fox & Friends host says America is great because ‘we defeated communist Japan’

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Let’s be clear. Fox & Friends isn’t just some shit-kicking local morning show in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, giving out tips on where to find the best cheese curds and night crawlers. The actual president of the United States watches it every day, and gives it more credence than the CIA, FBI, National Security Council, and Carson Daly combined.

And this is the kind of thing that comes out of their falafel-holes.

From The Hill:

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt incorrectly said Thursday that the U.S. defeated “communist Japan” in World War II as she defended America’s greatness.

“We defeated communist Japan,” Earhardt said on “Fox & Friends” as she responded to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) saying America “was never that great” a day prior. Japan has never been communist, and was under imperial rule during World War II.

I mean, come on. Come on! The pr*sident is confused enough as it is. Let’s just hope Brian Kilmeade hasn’t played Risk lately. The last thing we need is to get into a ruinous trade war with Irkutsk.

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‘Sloppy Steve’ Bannon’s Back, Declares Plans To Save House For GOP In November

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Steve Bannon had a war room in the White House, replete with a portrait of himself as Napolean, an oversized white board which contained every promise Trump made during the campaign, and most importantly, a “shit list” which he and Trump compiled, of Trump’s enemies to be eradicated. Unfortunately, after “Fire and Fury” was published, Bannon found himself at the top of said shit list and was subsequently banished by Trump, and Breitbart and the Mercers. To this day Republicans roll their eyes at the mention of his name. Be that as it may, Bannon has returned, Rasputinesque, and he intends to reestablish his relevancy, starting with saving the House for the GOP in November. Axios:

Bannon said his new group [COAR] is aimed at stoking the “populist-nationalist movement” that put Trump into office, and includes booking, messaging and rapid-response operations that regularly brief friendly cable-news pundits.

  • “The war room is up and running,” Bannon bragged, saying Citizens of the American Republic will focus on the triumvirate of ideas, communication and action.
  • “When I got involved [with the Trump presidential campaign] in August 2016, Trump was down 12, 14, 16 points. Democrats thought I was a clown. They never took him seriously. We caught them napping. We can do it again.”

The effort to hold the House for Republicans “is more winnable” than Trump’s campaign was three months before Election Day, Bannon contends.

  • “I think we can hold this to a net loss [for Republicans] of under 15 seats.” (Democrats need to flip 23 seats to take House; top Republicans fear losses of 40 or more seats.)
  • “All the whining I hear among establishment Republicans, all the whining I hear in the official corridors of the Republican Party, has got to stop.”

Bannon is characterizing the midterms as Trump’s “first re-elect.” Politico:

“It’s very simple to me. This is a referendum on Trump, up-or-down vote on impeachment,” he said. “This other side, they’re very motivated — and they’re motivated for one thing: They want to impeach Donald Trump.”

“It’s all on the table Nov. 6,” said Bannon, who flatly asserted that Democrats would impeach Trump if they seized control of the House. “This is the re-elect. How do you use this to trigger the civil war in the Democratic party? You must win. [The midterms] have more value than the typical, ‘We‘re holding the House.‘”

Bannon’s reasoning is that the Republicans not only need to hold the House as the first re-elect, with many more to come, one presumes, but he also declares that the Democratic party will erupt in civil war on November 6, as well —  a win win scenario.

“If we get to October and that blue wave is not evident, those people who walked those districts in July, they’re going to say ‘How can this possibly be?’” he said.

“There is a tremendous advantage to winning this. The civil war in the Democratic Party will start on Nov. 6 if they don’t win.”

Now how does Bannon intend to effectuate this miracle that will have the Democrats eating each other like rats and Trump bouncing back more resilient than moss growing on a volcano?  Simple. Through his film making genius. Bannon has made a film, “Trump@War” about which he says, “If you’re a deplorable, you’ll literally standing on your chair with your pitchfork saying: ‘I’ve got to get people out to vote.’”

Here’s the trailer. Maybe it is catnip to the deplorables, but to a normal sensibility, it’s so monochromatic and monotonous that it would have to rise several levels to become even pedestrian. Don’t look for this opus to be nominated in the Academy’s new category of “Most Popular Film.”

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It is NOT an Enemies List, It Is a “Witness List”: Trump Discrediting Witnesses

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“President” Trump is telling his advisers that he is eager to pull the security clearances of more people that have been involved in the intelligence community and been critical of Trump, according to the Washington Post.

Of course he is, that’s what Trump does, attack anyone he believes can hurt him, or attack their wives, or call them dogs, you get the idea.

So, the natural tendency for all of us is to think of these soon to be yanked security clearances as the equivalent of an enemies list. It is that, for sure. But, that’s not the primary reason for yanking these clearances, nor are they simply petty bull shit moves “just because I can.”

As Trump often does, he has – without realizing he has done it – told us exactly why he is yanking these clearances.

The real truth came out this afternoon, when Trump summoned two Wall Street Journal reporters back to his office, from the WaPo story:

Later that afternoon, Trump summoned a Wall Street Journal reporter into the Oval Office for an impromptu interview in which he linked Brennan’s clearance revocation to the “sham” Russia investigation.

“These people led it,” he said, referring to Brennan and others. “So I think it’s something that had to be done.”

Trump just admitted that he pulled the security clearance because these people were the ones that started the investigation, meaning they are not just enemies, but they are critical witnesses – the top cops, the ones that were on the beat when they found out all that was going on between Trump and Russia. Trump just told us that he is attempting to punish, or do something in response to the people who started the investigation against him. 

His goal is to muddy-up the witnesses, make them look bad, “they had their clearances revoked …” sounds bad, even if it is a naked political (or criminal) ploy to lift himself up.

The Wall Street Journal, owned by the same man who owns Fox News had the “scoop.” They had the direct quote from Trump stating that his action really relates to the fact that they started a hoax investigation. Yet, the Wall Street Journal did something peculiar with that story – they buried it. In fact, by the time Rachel Maddow’s show ran, the story had “disappeared” from the Wall Street Journal web page.

Why?

Likely, because the Wall Street Journal is more pro-Trump than any other paper, it is because that quote demonstrates direct obstruction of justice. Trump is going after the witnesses, and that is obstruction of justice – he’s admitting it, again.

Look at the rest of the list that Huck-Sand read from the podium without any sense of shame today; Clapper, Yates, Comey, etc. they all go back to the point of origin, when the American intelligence community first learned of Trump’s campaign contacts with Russia in 2015. Trump is not creating an enemies list. He is not punishing people for speaking out, well – yes, he is doing that, too, as a side effect. No, Trump is attempting yet again to save his sorry self from what is so obviously NOT a hoax, his criminal ties to Russia.

After all, this decision didn’t come up in a vacuum:

Trump grew increasingly agitated about Brennan and others earlier in the summer, believing they were exploiting their credentials as former national security officials to make money, aides said. The president mentioned the Russia investigation when discussing the matter in private and drafted a list of officials who have angered him for Sanders to read at the lectern in the White House briefing room, the aides said.

It is not an enemies list. It is a witness list, and thus it was “something that needed to be done.”

Problem is, as James Clapper asked yesterday; “Where does this end? Will he pull Robert Mueller’s security clearance, thus making Mueller’s team unable to get the evidence they needed?”

We will see.

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