Friday, July 21, 2017


That's pretty bold. Refusing to attend a Judiciary Committee meeting. I assume they could subpoena and perhaps jail him. Out of the country where? And for how long?

Fusion GPS is the company that was hired to compile the dossier on Trump.
Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS is on vacation through July 31 and will be travelling abroad through Aug. 3, his attorneys said in the letter, adding that they were "profoundly disturbed" that the hearing had been expanded due to "partisan agendas" to include allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.


His attorneys asked that Simpson be excused from appearing, adding that allegations he had failed to register as a foreign agent were "nothing more than an effort to smear him."

The letter from Glenn Simpson's lawyer, obtained by POLITICO, says he is on vacation and then traveling overseas through early August — but makes clear his objections to the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing Wednesday go well beyond his vacation schedule.


Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is still in negotiations with representatives of Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort about his request that they testify publicly before his panel next week, according to a spokesman — and is reiterating his threat to subpoena them if necessary.

“Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member [Dianne] Feinstein have made clear that they intend to hear from all witnesses for next Wednesday’s hearing,” said Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy in a statement Friday. “Of course the preference would be voluntary cooperation, however Chairman Grassley has been authorized to compel testimony, if necessary, from the witnesses.”

I don't claim to understand what's going on here, but it doesn't look good for Simpson.  Just what all is the Judiciary Committee looking for?  Please, somebody just tell me.  I am too tired of this shit to do any research.  And there's no time to do it and still eat and sleep!

A little more info.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


Rosenstein May Be Next on the Hit List

Replacing him with someone who WOULD fire Mueller might be tough, though. Not nominating - he's got plenty who would do it, but they'd need to be confirmed.

But you know Trump has been fuming and stewing ever since Rosenstein appointed Mueller.  He'll get around to firing him one day, just for paybacks if nothing else.

Quick, Before He Notices

Q:  "Does he know what you said about him back in 2015...?"
A:  "Oh my gosh, he brings it up every 15 seconds....I should have never said that about him....So, Mr. President, if you're listening, I personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that...."

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Sean Hannity Tonight

No.  Sean Hannity is the real White House press.  If these guys are all on tonight, it's because they were told to go on and make nice and tell all of Trump's faithful that everything is just fine.  We'll learn that Spicer resigned because he needed to spend more time with his family and the president and Scaramucci have his greatest blessings.  Scaramucci and Priebus will praise Spicer's past performance and wish him all the best.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


As I was saying...


No need.  He did his job at the press conference.

Reince Is Next

What about Bannon? He's already been in and out and in again.

I've been reading that Bannon and Priebus both objected to the hiring of Scaramucci. Nobody in that administration can possibly feel any security. Except maybe Ivanka.

 ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Wow - Go For It, Trump

When Jonathan Galaviz left his job at a casino consulting firm to go work for the Trump State Department, he didn’t have any concerns about job security. The firm—which consults for at least two Russian state entities, according to its website—proudly announced that Galaviz would be back after his stint at State. Galaviz himself consulted for a Russian government corporation on casino gambling.

  Daily Beast
No matter how many times I read it, it still says the same thing.
“Note: Mr. Galaviz is currently on unpaid leave from GMA while serving in the Trump Administration in Washington DC on a full-time basis at the U.S. Department of State,” read his bio page.


“This arrangement carries a high degree of risk and [Galaviz] will probably need a lawyer following him around to make sure he understands each and every day what he can and cannot participate in.”
Oh, hell, there are lawyers crawling all over this administration. What's one more?
The Trump administration hasn’t shied away from ethically dicey situations. But ethics experts say this is one of the strangest.

“I’ve never seen this arrangement, to be honest with you, for somebody who is taking a position in the U.S. government to be on unpaid leave from a for-profit entity,” said Virginia Canter, the executive branch ethics counsel at the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Virginia, all due respect, but that's an unwritten law in politics these days - they just don't announce it. What I'm blown away by is the fact that the guy "consulted for a Russian government corporation on casino gambling." RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT corporation doesn't throw up some flags?

Also: He's a casino consultant ferfuxsakes. What's he going to do at State?
A State Department official told The Daily Beast that Galaviz was based as of June 11 at the State Department’s J Bureau, which includes the Office of Global Criminal Justice, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
Okay, I have to admit that as a casino consultant, he probably IS familiar with ALL those things.
Galloway also gave this explanation for why his bio page said he was on “unpaid leave”: “In terms of the webpage, that was an old archived webpage created during Jonathan’s professional transition. Due to a technology error, it apparently was still showing. Our IT department has fixed the error.”

The Galaviz bio page was removed shortly after The Daily Beast emailed Galloway asking about it.
"Technology error."

Holy fucking shit, fellow Americans. The Trump Cabal knows no bounds. Then again, we should have seen this coming. After all, who else does Trump know but money launderers, tax dodgers, casino "consultants" and Russian mobsters? Of course those were the people he would bring into the administration.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Is It Too Late?

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House to preserve all documents relating to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had with a Russian lawyer and others, according to a source who has seen the letter.

Not sure it isn't too late for that. But I suspect most of the dirt will be found in emails and phone calls - so those are preserved in numerous places that would be hard for the Trump Cabal to clean up completely.
Mueller sent a notice, called a document preservation request, asking White House staff to save "any subjects discussed in the course of the June 2016 meeting" and also "any decisions made regarding the recent disclosures about the June 2016 meeting," according to the source, who read portions of the letter to CNN.
Had to be somebody in the White House. I seriously doubt Mueller's people are leakers.
The preservation request is broad and includes text messages, emails, notes, voicemails and other communications and documentation regarding the June 2016 meeting and any related communication since then.

On Wednesday, the White House counsel's office sent a notice to White House staff informing them of the document preservation request.


Some of the President's closest aides, who were traveling with him back from Europe helped strategize about a response for Trump Jr., according to people briefed on the matter. The New York Times first reported on the crafting of the statement.


But the President's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, who is designated to handle personal legal issues, was not traveling with the President and was largely uninvolved, according to the people familiar with the matter. The Times reported last week that the President himself approved the statement, raising the possibility the President may have opened himself up to new legal issues not covered by attorney-client privilege. Jay Sekulow, the President's attorney, denied that Trump was involved.
What else can he do? Trump continues to prove time and again that he is his own worst enemy. And doesn't recognize it. Or refuses to admit it.

P.S.  Have I said how much I do NOT envy Robert Mueller?

 ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Cameras Are Back

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to give the White House’s first on-camera press briefing since June 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET, shortly after press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Frida morning.

Does anybody have any sense of why they were banned in the first place?  So Saturday Night Live wouldn't have any visual to work off?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

It's the Money, Honey - Part 2

[T]he larger story, especially from the Post, is that the President refuses to allow the law to apply to himself or his family.


Marc Corallo, a respected, albeit partisan Republican lawyer, had served as the spokesman for Trump’s legal defense team. He has had a professional relationship with Mueller and had made clear he would not be party to attacks on Mueller’s character or integrity. He has now resigned, apparently as a result of the new attacks on Mueller.

Relatedly, the President and his legal team are attempting to prescribe a narrow ambit for Mueller’s probe. Basically anything outside the four walls of the 2016 election is off limits, according to Trump, including his family’s business operations, perhaps even during the 2016 election. This isn’t remotely how these kinds of investigations work. In this specific case, Rod Rosenstein gave Mueller a broad mandate to go where the facts lead him. This is not an argument that would convince any lawyer or judge. It is a political argument which lays the groundwork for Mueller’s dismissal.


From a different perspective, we are beginning to see what everyone who’s studied Trump’s business history knows: to paraphrase the Army maxim, Trump’s business would not survive first contact with real legal scrutiny. So he made clear in yesterday’s Times interview that any review of his or his family’s business history would be unacceptable.

I'm not sure who he thinks he's talking to - unless it's the new FBI guy, Chris Wray, as a warning. Because I'm sure the Mueller team already has a very large "review" of the Trump Family Cabal, since they have incorporated the New York investigations into money laundering into their investigation.
He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.
It is quite remarkable that in a wide-ranging investigation into his campaign and himself Trump could have any expectation that his tax returns would remain off limits to Mueller. These are after all government documents. [...] It’s an amazing admission. [...] [H]e’s really worried about having anyone look at those tax returns, isn’t he!??!?
As speculated elsewhere, that COULD simply be because his own idea of his great self-worth is what drives him - and if those returns show he's busted, that would be catastrophic to his image.
As I’ve written before, President Trump has been in crooked business for decades: money laundering, mob partnerships, various straight-up swindles. Statutes of limitations will have run out on most of those infractions but not all of them. This has always been obvious to me and everyone else who’s looked closely at Trump’s record. What recent weeks has made clear to me is that there’s almost certainly lots of dirty laundry tied to money deals and connivances with the Russia government.


We are far, far past the point where there is any credible reason to doubt that President Trump is hiding major and broad-ranging wrongdoing. No mix of ego, inexperience, embarrassment or anything else can explain his behavior. It just can’t. He’s hiding bad acts. And the country is likely heading toward a major constitutional and political crisis because Trump is signaling that he will not allow the normal course of the law to apply to him – a challenge which puts the entire edifice of democratic government under threat.
...but hey, do what you will anyway.