Julian Assange didn’t “steal” any documents.
In January, the U.S. National Archives retrieved 15 boxes of White House records from former President Donald Trump’s home at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida. Now, according to the New York Times, the FBI is getting ready to investigate the “handling of classified material” found at Mar-a-Lago. Here are four important details reported by Times journalists Luke Broadwater and Adam Goldman on April 7.
Source: Here Are 4 Bombshells from the Report of an FBI Investigation into Classified Material Found at Mar-a-Lago | The Smirking Chimp
Hitler was around politically for quite some time before being written off in a bunker. That seems to be a problem that democracies they simply don’t have the laws to deal with would be fascists. Trump is currently opening the door for Putin and promising him a “deal” and there isn’t anything America can do. If Trump wins in 2024 he will abandon NATO.
Even on the day Putin sent his armies into Ukraine last month, Trump called him a “genius” and “very savvy” for having invaded. Since then, as images and stories of Putin’s slaughter have emerged, Trump has criticized the invasion, but still has not been critical of Putin personally. After losing the 2020 election by 7 million votes nationally and 306-232 in the Electoral College, Trump became the first U.S. president in more than two centuries of elections to refuse to hand over power peacefully. His incitement of the 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol, a last-ditch attempt to remain in office, killed five people, including one police officer. That day’s violence also injured another 140 officers and led to four police suicides. Nevertheless, Trump remains the dominant figure in the Republican Party and is speaking about running for the presidency again in 2024.
Source: Putin May Be Accused Of War Crimes In Ukraine, But Trump’s Still Asking For His Help | HuffPost Latest News
Testing the Waters for himself not the state?
“He will not be a help to Trump-endorsed candidates when he comes on Saturday,” the conservative commentator Martha Zoller told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week. “He will be negative and backward looking – and that’s not what voters want.” Some Republican pollsters said that while Trump’s endorsement was coveted, he had diluted his influence by reaching far down the ballot or supporting late-entry candidates with little public recognition or campaign apparatus.
Source: Trump heads to Georgia in high-stakes bid to shape Republican primaries | Donald Trump | The Guardian
Similar Web’s estimates show a sharp spike of around 2 million daily visits to the site when it first debuted, before traffic dipped to an average of approximately 300,000 visits each day, putting the site on par with Gettr. Meanwhile, the far-right Gab has averaged around 650,000 daily average visits in the same time period.
Source: Donald Trump Can’t Stop Whining About His Failing Social Media App Truth Social
Donald Trump’s longtime accountancy firm cut ties with his business last week, saying that nearly a decade’s worth of Trump’s filings should “no longer be relied upon”.
The move comes amid ongoing criminal and civil investigations into whether Trump illegally inflated the value of his assets.
Donald Trump New York attorney general alleges Trump firm misled banks and tax officials
In a letter to the Trump Organization dated 9 February, William Kelly, US general counsel of the accountancy firm Mazars, said Trump’s financial statements for the period 30 June 2011 to 30 June 2020 “should no longer be replied upon and you should inform any recipients thereof who are currently relying upon one or more of those documents that those documents should not be relied upon”.
Mazars added it would no longer “provide any new work product to the Trump Organization”.
Source: Trump Organization’s accountants cut ties, calling years of filings unreliable | Donald Trump | The Guardian
These latest revelations do show us just how different these days are than 48 years ago when it was revealed that Richard Nixon had tried to get the CIA to block the FBI’s investigation into Watergate. That was known as the “smoking gun” in that case and it made dozens of Republicans and conservative Democrats turn against him. He resigned days later. What Trump did was worse. He tried to use the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (and for all we know the CIA and the Department of Education too) to overturn a legal election that he lost. And his party shrugs. Worse than that he is the front runner for the nomination in the next presidential election. If, for some reason, he is actually held to account for any of this — or anything at all — it won’t be because the Republican Party lifted a finger to make it happen.
Source: Donald Trump’s Having an Awful Week — and It’s Only Wednesday | The Smirking Chimp
Trump is doing what America and American governments have done since WW2 dictate the the human shape of the world. He demanding to be America’s first Dictator and has called for an army be it national or private to anoint him as such.
America tried tell Vietnam, Nicaragua, Afghanistan who should govern them and lost but by and large were successful in El Salvador , Honduras, Panama, Chile throughout the Americas along with so many other countries around the world. All in open defiance of any UN resolutions about interference. They have defended Israel and other client states for doing the same. It was just business but war became peace and any fight for a peoples Democracy war and the American mainstream media were onside. Now a Despot, the mirror image of what they wanted, and allowed in so many other countries, has been provided with the same opportunity that successive American governments offered others and Murdoch and other corporate media giants are helping.
John Dean, 83, was White House counsel from 1970 to 1973 before being disbarred and detained as a result of the Watergate scandal, which led to Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Dean responded to Trump on Twitter. “This is beyond being a demagogue to the stuff of dictators,” he wrote. “He is defying the rule of law. Failure to confront a tyrant only encourages bad behaviour. If thinking Americans don’t understand what Trump is doing and what the criminal justice system must do we are all in big trouble!”
Source: Trump pardon promise for Capitol rioters ‘stuff of dictators’ – Nixon aide | Donald Trump | The Guardian
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston is not giving up on exposing how Donald Trump and his family fleeced America while he was in the White House. To that end, the bestselling author is back with a meticulously researched new book, “The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family.”
Source: Donald Trump and his family fleeced America: Why aren’t they being held accountable? | Salon.com
Donald Trump’s former CDC director verified the House Oversight Committee’s report that said Trump, his administration and officials made “deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes.”
Source: Former Guy’s CDC Director: Trump Muzzled CDC On COVID Response In 2020 | Crooks and Liars
Psychotic narcissistic baby Trump is threatening to try to keep his supporters home if Republicans across the country don’t uncover enough voter fraud to prove he won the 2020 election.
Source: Former President Threatens To Have His Republican Voters Stay Home | Crooks and Liars
Donald Trump is preparing to sue to block the release of White House records from his administration to the House select committee scrutinizing the 6 January attack on the Capitol by claiming executive privilege, potentially touching off an extended legal battle over disclosure. The former president also expects top aides – former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, strategist Steve Bannon and defense department aide Kash Patel – to defy select committee subpoenas for records and testimony. Trump’s moves to try to resist the select committee, informed by a source familiar with his planning, are likely to lead to constitutional clashes in court that would test the power of Congress’s oversight authority over the executive branch.
Source: Trump plans to sue to keep White House records on Capitol attack secret | Donald Trump | The Guardian
Donald Trump dispensed with even the pretense of paying tribute to workers on Labor Day. Instead his three word Labor Day Statement, blasted out to his supporters everywhere via the right-wing media machine, was blunt about his political priorities: “Fix 2020 First.”
Source: Trump, Texas, and the MAGA Drive for Power | The Smirking Chimp
When Archie Bunker came to town
Donald Trump aired his personal grievances and spun election conspiracy theories during a one-on-one interview with the friendly One America News Network.
Source: “What did Fox know?”: Trump calls out Fox News during interview with rival conservative network | Salon.com
Perhaps someone should remind him that they’re private companies to which the 1st Amendment doesn’t apply.
Source: Trump to the Barricades | The Smirking Chimp
if you listen to him long enough — no easy chore — Donald Trump will tell you all his secrets. Witness this line from his July 3 speech in Sarasota, Florida: “If you say it enough and keep saying it, they’ll start to believe you.”
Source: Donald Trump just accidentally told the truth about his disinformation strategy – CNNPolitics
Experts in the legal and journalism world are weighing in on the bombshell news that the Trump Organization “will be criminally charged” and “will have faced criminal charges” by this time next week, according to an on-air report from MSNBC’s Tom Winter reports. The New York Times published a similar report stating charges could come “as soon as next week.”
Source: ‘Possible crime-a-thon’: Experts weigh in on bombshell that Trump Org may be criminally charged next week – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism
Remember Don McGahn? On Friday, Donald Trump’s ex-White House counsel will testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the former president’s efforts to obstruct the Russia investigation, an appearance so overdue that its main message will be an ironic reminder. The cover-up McGahn is supposed to shed light on was a smashing success.
Source: Don McGahn Is Finally Testifying About Trump’s Obstruction. In Other Words, the Cover-up Worked. – Mother Jones
Pundits and politicians today are being accused of stochastic terrorism. The most obvious example is Donald Trump, whose rhetoric has inspired violence from supporters, writes Dr Gerard Gill.
Source: Trump and terrorism: The predictable link
Email Sometimes people refuse to ask a question when they know the answer will be painful. Instead, they convince themselves that not asking the question will make the underlying reality change. Donald Trump and his regime committed many criminal, evil and otherwise despicable acts in plain sight. Those include, with no attempt to be comprehensive:
Source: Trump regime’s amazing list of crimes keeps getting longer — but we can’t afford to look away | Salon.com
Hasn’t his lawyers told him to just “shut the fuck up”. He has blocked his taxes from being revealed for years and expects special treatment.
“This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors,” Trump said in a statement. “Our Country is broken, our elections are rigged, corrupt, and stolen, our prosecutors are politicized, and I will just have to keep on fighting like I have been for the last five years!”
Source: Trump lashes out after reports of a grand jury leak | Salon.com
For example, when people are not paying what is legally required of them it means that someone else is not getting help recovering from their drug addictions, so instead they turn to crime. It means that the roads and bridges are not safe. It means that kids do not have access to preschool. Because the rich are not paying the taxes they owe and otherwise hiding income, it means that they are a de facto criminal class. The 1 percent are literally becoming wealthier and more powerful from criminal behavior. They use their influence to change the laws so that they pay fewer taxes, and this includes underfunding the IRS.
Source: Legal scholar Jennifer Taub on Trump as a symptom of America’s massive inequality | Salon.com
Republicans that have spoken with Trump in recent days describe him as depressed and “down in the dumps.” “People around him think his heart’s not in it,” a Republican close to the White House said. Torn between the imperative to win suburban voters and his instincts to play to his base, Trump has complained to people that he’s in a political box with no obvious way out. According to the Republican, Trump called Tucker Carlson late last week and said, “what do I do? What do I do?”
Source: New Report Explains Why Trump Is Facing ‘Not Just Defeat but Humiliation’ in November | The Smirking Chimp
Trump’s biggest creditor is Deutsche Bank, which in the late 1990s took a gamble on the real estate developer whose history of corporate bankruptcies made him untouchable by most other lenders. Although Trump and the Frankfurt-based bank pulled off several profitable deals, eventually Deutsche’s commercial lending division learned the hard way one reason why other banks considered him persona non grata: If pushed by his creditors on payments, Trump shoves back. In 2008, after he defaulted on a loan for his Chicago hotel and condo development, he filed a multibillion-dollar suit accusing Deutsche Bank and others of contributing to the recent financial meltdown, which he blamed for his inability to repay the loan.
via Trump Has a Half Billion in Loans Coming Due. They May Be His Biggest Conflict of Interest Yet. – Mother Jones
A majority of Americans are today wary of unlocking the economy and opening up the nation. Yet, each week, more and more people are demanding that it be done. And each week, more and more governors, reflecting the views of their constituents, are moving up the dates for partial reopenings.
By midsummer, the country will have caught up with Trump. That is the idea that animates the pivot.
Behind Trump’s Strategic Pivot, by Pat Buchanan – The Unz Review
“The House is a bunch of Trump haters,” the president said dismissively of a co-equal branch of government.
via Trump Admits He’s Blocking Coronavirus Oversight Because Of ‘Trump Haters’ | HuffPost Australia
The level of Trump’s mendacity is far grosser than that used to sell the Iraq War by claiming that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Then too there were stories of secret laboratories developing biological weapons. Though Trump is purging US intelligence chiefs and replacing them with Trump loyalists, even they could not stomach his latest conspiracy theory. “The intelligence also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified,” said a statement from the office of the director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell.
The purpose of Trump’s lies is not to convince by rational argument but to dominate the news agenda by outrageous allegations. This simple PR trick has previously worked well for him, but scapegoating China may not be enough to divert attention away from the price Americans have paid for his calamitous mishandling of the pandemic. The casualty figures tell their own grim story: in China there have been 84,373 cases of the illness and 4,643 deaths while in the US there have been just over 1.1 million cases and 64,460 deaths. Trump loyalists will claim that the Chinese are lying, but then they must also explain away the lower loss of life in South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.
via Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review
In other words, actions offering greater protection to the majority of the population would restart the economy in a truly sustainable fashion, while bringing back both jobs and confidence. But that, in turn, would involve a bold and courageous political response providing genuine and proportionate stimulus for people. Unfortunately, given Washington’s 1% tilt and Donald Trump’s CEO empathy, that is at present inconceivable.
via Wall Street Wins — Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus | The Smirking Chimp
HOW CAN AUSTRALIA OR ANY OTHER NATION TRUST AMERICA WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHIVE. AUSTRALIA YOUR BEING CONNED TRUMP WON’T DO ANTHINGTO HELP IF YOUR CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE IT’S THE LEAST TRUSTED COUNTRY IN THE WORD TODAY. (ODT)
Trump appeared to address some of the concerns over his decision to withdraw support in northern Syria, tweeting Monday that he would “totally destroy” Turkey’s economy if its leaders did anything he considers to be “off limits.”
“The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected,” he wrote. “It is now time for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!”
via Republicans, Foreign Policy Experts Condemn Trump’s Decision To Abandon Kurds | HuffPost
The District Attorney has subpoenaed Mr Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns
The Trump Organisation is being investigated for payments to two women who claimed to have had affairs with the President
Mr Trump’s lawyers say, as president, he is immune from any criminal probe
via Donald Trump’s bid to claim presidential immunity to avoid releasing tax returns rejected by US Federal Judge – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Calling Trump’s Racist outbursts just “Political Strategy: In doing so, the press is assisting in Trump’s attempts to rebrand his open bigotry as strategy and giving cover to a Republican Party that allows it.
The fact however is Trump took on a line minutes after doing what he does every day and that’s watch FOX. Hardly a planned strategic political event. Just a kneejerk reaction of a real Klansman.
via Behind Trump’s racism, mainstream media can’t help but see a plausible political strategy
This guy also partied with Epstein privately and 28 other guests (ODT)
Republicans Are The New Confederacy, Part Infinity | Crooks and Liars
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found Trump at an 44% approval rating—his highest since his tenure began. This is likely because people feel optimistic about the state of the economy—possibly because Trump constantly claims in the face of counterevidence that the U.S. has never had a stronger economy. Despite the fact that 65% of respondents do not consider Trump “presidential,” some predict that this poll indicates a clear path to reelection victory for the president.
via Are We Underestimating Trump Yet Again?