A courageous whistleblower who will not be intimidated by the goon tactics of Donald Trump and his henchmen:
Jessica Denson, a former Trump campaign official who is suing to have the nondisclosure agreement she signed voided so she can talk publicly about abuse she received, on Friday delivered a blistering denunciation of the man she once believed should be the leader of the free world.
When asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota what she was hoping to accomplish with her lawsuit to overturn her NDA, Denson did not hold back on slamming the culture of corruption that surrounds President Donald Trump.
We need an answer to this question. It could be preparation for a coupe d’etat. We just saw a white supremacist get arrested just before he was about to perpetrate a horrific terror attack. And Trump has not condemned it.
Why does the IRS need five million rounds of ammunition? Why did Health and Human Services purchase four million rounds over the last eight years and stockpile five submachine guns? And what about the 800,000 rounds purchased by the Social Security Administration?
These questions we’ve raised before have newfound urgency in light of recent events.
In December, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report to congress quantifying purchases of $1.5 billion in firearms, ammunition, and tactical equipment by federal agencies outside of the Pentagon (FY2010-FY2017).
Read the full transcript and see the video here:
Scott Pelley: How long was it after that that you decided to start the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president?
Andrew McCabe: I think the next day, I met with the team investigating the Russia cases. And I asked the team to go back and conduct an assessment to determine where are we with these efforts and what steps do we need to take going forward. I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.
Scott Pelley: You wanted a documentary record—
Andrew McCabe: That’s right—
Scott Pelley: —That those investigations had begun because you feared that they would be made to go away.
Andrew McCabe: That’s exactly right.
This book is similar to others written about this administration. It is a madhouse ruled by a psychopath:
The book, which will be published at the end of January, describes a nest of back-stabbing and duplicity within the West Wing, a narrative by now familiar from other books and news media reports. But Mr. Sims, who left last year after clashing with Mr. Kelly, is one of the few people to attach his name to descriptions of goings-on at the White House that are not always flattering to Mr. Trump, and many of the scenes are not particularly flattering to anyone, including himself.
“It’s impossible to deny how absolutely out of control the White House staff — again, myself included — was at times,” Mr. Sims writes.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at Pittsburgh International Airport held a protest on Friday demanding an end to the government shutdown, which has forced TSA officials to work without pay.
Photos of the protest obtained by local news stations showed dozens of TSA employees with signs calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to hold votes on bills passed by the House to reopen parts of the government.
TSA agents and other government workers still reporting for duty amid the shutdown are set to miss a second paycheck this month on Jan. 25.
Source: TSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport | TheHill
Don’t want Donnie to blow a gasket. I wonder how many of those conversations involve the Saudis or Russia:
In the past, American presidents have found great insight into foreign policy by reading intelligence briefings compiled from secret surveillance of foreign leaders.
But Donald Trump reportedly doesn’t see these briefings because intelligence officials are don’t want him to see how much those foreign leaders bash his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
It can’t be Saudi Arabia because they like Jared:
As further details emerge about how Russian officials attempted to form connections with those in Donald Trump’s orbit for political influence, a new report indicates that Saudi Arabian leaders were making concerted efforts of their own, cultivating valuable connections with a key figure in Trump world: Jared Kushner.
Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has formed a close bond with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — one that “did not happen on [its] own,” according to a New York Times report published Saturday.
There has to be some record of what was discussed:
President Trump concealed details about encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin from officials in his administration on multiple occasions, current and former U.S. officials told the The Washington Post in a report published on Saturday.
The Post reported that there is reportedly a lack of detailed records on five of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin.
On one occasion, Trump reportedly took notes on an encounter from his own interpreter and directed a linguist not to discuss the meeting with other officials in his administration.
Our president is nothing but a common criminal who made a deal with real gangsters. And now he owes them:
…make no mistake: Trump’s ties to shady Russian figures stretch back decades, and Unger diligently pieces them together in one place. Although Unger doesn’t provide any evidence that Trump gave the Russians anything concrete in return for their help, the case he makes for how much potential leverage the Russians had over Trump is pretty damning.
This man is not an adult. He has the temperament of a child. We have recognize we have a mentally challenged individual who is occupying the White House. Unfortunately we will learn later the cause for his mental disease. We know for a fact that he is narcissist. That is why it’s a national emergency that we remove him from office:
Trump doesn’t bear all the blame for this state of affairs, despite having preemptively taken credit for the shutdown. It was the Republican Party that embraced a president who, as the professor and commentator Dan Drezner has pointed out, behaves like a moody toddler. Over the past two years, one news story after another has documented how White House staff fear his pouty moods, his nasty outbursts, and his vicious tantrums.
For the past two years, the Republican-controlled Congress, rather than engaging in its constitutional duty to provide oversight of the executive branch, has acted more like bad parents pampering a spoiled child, not only enabling Trump’s corruption and abuses of power but also his fragile ego and tempestuous outbursts. Although some of them might vote to reopen the government, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is dead set on giving the toddler in chief what he wants by preventing such a vote from taking place.
Exactly right. Why did it take FOX News (of all people) to tell us the truth about what Trump is doing with the media:
But a Fox News host suggested that President Donald Trump is hardly eager to resolve the crisis, noting that focusing attention on the wall is beneficial to the administration.
“The shutdown is good for Trump. It keeps his base engaged. It keeps the news off of other things that are bad for him. When this is the story, Mueller is not the story,” Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewart said.
The shutdown “is the kind of chaos Trump likes” because it helps him control the news cycle, Stirewart added.