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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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Trump: ‘Criminal deep state’ caught up in ‘major spy scandal’

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President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the “criminal deep state” and continued to press his claim that a spy was embedded within his campaign, dubbing it “spygate.”

“Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before!” Trump tweeted.

“What goes around comes around!” he added.

The president went on to declare that “spygate” could be one of the biggest political scandals in history.

The president has spent the last several days pushing a claim that an FBI informant was embedded within his campaign for political purposes. He has, without evidence, suggestedthe Obama administration planted the individual in his campaign in an effort to help Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton win the 2016 presidential election.

Trump on Wednesday morning also quoted Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News contributor, as saying “it’s clear they had eyes and earls all over the Trump Campaign.”

Trump’s allies, including Fox News personalities and conservative lawmakers, often reference the “deep state” as a group of government staffers working to undermine the president.

The president’s tweet follows a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray after the president had called for an investigation into the surveillance of his campaign.

Trump agreed with the Justice Department’s decision to expand its inspector general probe to include “any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump campaign.”

The White House also brokered a meeting between top intelligence officials and conservative lawmakers who have sought information on the informant’s identity. That meeting will take place Thursday.

No Democrats were invited, and no members of the White House are slated to attend.

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Suddenly, Robert Mueller is NOT Trump’s worst nightmare. Keep an eye on this.

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Suddenly, Robert Mueller is NOT Trump’s worst nightmare. Keep an eye on this.

 

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You know, watching His Lowness desperately trying to keep the SS Trumptanic from sliding under the surface reminds me of a cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid. The character is standing in front of a dam, and POP! goes a stone, water shooting out. He sticks a finger in the hole, and POP! goes another stone. The next thing you know, the poor slob has all his fingers, his toes, and his nose in holes, trying to stem the oncoming flood. That’s Trump.

But there was a stone that flew out of the dam last week, and Trumpelthinskin is fresh outta digits. And this hole has the potential to bring the whole dam crashing down around his fluffy little orange head. And you most likely completely missed it in the deluge of higher profile stories of more sensational sins.

Remember these two names going down the road, Summer Zervos and Gloria Allred. Summer Zervos was a contestant on The Apprentice, and one of the downsides of that gig is that it meant that you had to spend time around Trump himself. Zervos was one of the surge of women who all came out in a rush to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting her when she was a contestant. And of course, dipshit that he is, The Orange Julius derisively branded her, like all of the other accusers, a filthy liar. Which was music to the ears of Gloria Allred, who immediately filed a defamation suit against Trump. I have no doubt that this is why Don of Orange was so careful to make no such public statements about Stormy Daniels.

Trump has been on his hind legs trying to get Zervos’ suit tossed from court. As with all things Trump, he couldn’t care less about the accusations, to his mind, that just adds a splash of panache to his reputation. What Trump is terrified of is the discovery that would come in the lawsuit, including having to sit for a deposition. When the lower court judge ruled that the case could go forward, and discovery commence, Trump immediately appealed the ruling.

Well, guess what? Last week, the appellate court judge in New York wiped his ass with Trump’s appeal. The court ruled that the case could indeed go forward, and that discovery could commence. And, sadly for Der Gropinfuror, the Supreme Court has already ruled on this issue. They ruled that Bill Clinton, as President,had to sit for a deposition in the Paula Jones civil case, which eventually made his impeachment trial possible. But, believe it or not, having to sit for a deposition opposite of Gloria Allred, whom personally I would not want asking me if I stole that candy bar when I was 7, is the least of Trump’s worries.

Gloria Allred knows where The Tiny Thumbs Diktator’s true culpability lies, and it isn’t in any of the stupid, rambling, incoherent, lying shit that he says while under oath in a deposition. Allred is demanding access to the unedited video archive of the complete footage of tape from the season that Zervos was a contestant on The Apprentice. Not just the episodes, but the uncut footage that didn’t appear on the program, and the outtakes. Any footage in which Trump either speaks to, or about Zervos, Allred wants to see, and possibly introduce into evidence. And, considering the fact that she is limiting the scope of discovery only to portions that deal specifically with Summer Zervos, she will likely get what she asks for.

The critical difference here is that this is not a criminal trial, it is a civil trial. For all we know, Mueller may have already indicted Kushner or Donnie Redux, but the indictments are “under seal,” so they’re secret, and we don’t know about them. The judge is extremely unlikely to place evidence collected in a civil trial under seal, and a trial will not be held in secret, any incriminating footage she finds will likely become public record.

Look at the damage that the Access Hollywood tape did. It literally helped to fuel world record protest crowds on January 21st, 2017. And that was just one tape, which Trump could unconvincingly fob off as “locker room talk.” Knowing Trump’s affinity for imperious, sexist braggadocio, how many instances do you think that there may be of Trump, either speaking derisively, or in an overtly personally insulting or sexist nature to Zervos, or even worse, bragging about his attempted conquest of her, or her physical attributes when she wasn’t present? Does anybody here really doubt that Trump at least attempted to sexually assault Summer Zervos? And if he did, does anybody here honestly doubt that he could resist bragging about it, or at least alluding to it in what he thought was an unguarded moment, safe from prying ears? Lawrence O’Donnell said in his handoff from Rachel Maddow when she touched on this, that when he was in LA, it was common knowledge in town of what a treasure trove of embarrassing conduct those archives contained about Trump.

This has the potential of going far beyond the size and scope of any monetary damage payments Trump may have to make. Pretty much the entire GOP congressional delegation was able to excuse Trump’s churlish behavior on the Access Hollywood tape by buying into Trump’s lame ass excuse, it was “locker room talk.” Definitely bad behavior, but no real damage done. But what happens when multiple audio and video tapes start surfacing, with the same disgusting, vile rhetoric and bragging. At what point does the needle move from “locker room talk” to a graphic admission that your President is an admitted sexual predator? Knowing that discovery is almost certainly going to proceed, do you think that maybe Republican incumbents, even in state offices, are already starting to dread turning on their televisions in late September of October, unsure of what video or sound bite might scream out over the airwaves at them?

The current wisdom has always been that the GOP would continue to support Trump up until the point that it became politically perilous for them to do so. But, what if it wasn’t Robert Mueller, and the Trump-Russia investigation that finally made Trump politically toxic to the GOP? What if it turns out to be Summer Zervos, and Gloria Allred who can accomplish what Robert Mueller cannot, to make Trump so radioactive that supporting him becomes an act of political suicide? Watch for this story, it is going to explode, and hopefully sooner than later.


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Michael Cohen was paid at least $400,000 by Ukraine to set up meeting with Trump

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The BBC has a big scoop here:

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.

The meeting at the White House was last June.

Shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country’s anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Wow, what a coincidence. The report says there’s “no suggestion” Trump knew about the payment, which one source actually put at $600,000.

Cohen was reportedly approached because Ukraine’s registered lobbyists (the ones playing by the rules) could secure “little more than a brief photo-op with Trump.” So Cohen was serving as a “backchannel” to the pr*sident.

Poroshenko was apparently trying to get back in Trump’s good graces after reportedly approving a leak from Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau that showed Manafort receiving millions of dollars from pro-Russian forces in Ukraine.

Poroshenko appeared relieved as he beamed and paid tribute to Trump in the Oval Office.

He boasted that he had seen the new president before Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin. He called it a “substantial visit”. He held a triumphant news conference in front of the north portico of the White House.

A week after Poroshenko returned home to Kiev, Ukraine’s National Anti Corruption Bureau announced that it was no longer investigating Manafort. […]

One source in Kiev said Poroshenko had given Trump “a gift” – making sure that Ukraine would find no more evidence to give the US inquiry into whether the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia.

This is how American foreign policy is made under Trump—sold to the highest bidder who might also just grant Trump a gigantic political favor.


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