Watergate Conspirator John Dean Says Comey Firing Looks Like a ‘Coverup’


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john dean John Dean — former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon who was jailed for his role in the Watergate scandal — gave his thoughts on the firing of FBI director James Comey to The New Yorker. Dean said that by firing Comey, President Donald Trump’s administration has “raised so many questions.” He continued, “how can you conclude anything but that Trump knows he’s got problems?” And then: “Every move they make keeps signaling ‘coverup.’” Dean is something of an expert on cover-ups himself. He served time in jail after he was found guilty for helping to orchestrate what became Watergate. For his role in the scandal that took down Nixon’s presidency, the FBI described Dean as the “master manipulator of the cover-up.” His insights clash with Kellyanne Conway’s assertions to Anderson Cooper Tuesday night that the firing of Comey was “not a coverup.” Dean also criticized the decision Continue reading "Watergate Conspirator John Dean Says Comey Firing Looks Like a ‘Coverup’"

‘This Country Could be Careening Towards a Constitutional Crisis’: Sen. Markey Demands Special Investigation


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Senator Ed Markey stopped by CNN to deliver a few alarming comments on Wednesday, before heading to the Senate floor for a special conference on the firing of FBI director James Comey. “This country could be careening towards a Constitutional crisis,” Markey said. “The President of the United States yesterday just fired the investigator who was leading an investigation into the relationship between the Trump campaign, the Trump transition team, and the Russian government.” Markey’s comments echo those of his colleague Senator Richard Blumenthal, who also warned of a “looming constitutional crisis” on CNN’s Situation Room Tuesday night. Markey, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, added that the Senate Democrats will continue to demand a special prosecutor be named to focus on the Russia probe. “A constitutional crisis, that is explosive language,” Poppy Harlow noted. “What specifically are you pointing to Senator?” Markey went on to Continue reading "‘This Country Could be Careening Towards a Constitutional Crisis’: Sen. Markey Demands Special Investigation"

Roger Stone Reportedly Urged Trump to Fire Comey


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stone Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, who is implicated in the current investigation into ties between the president’s election campaign and Russia, reportedly urged Trump to fire FBI director James Comey in recent weeks, per Politico. The Politico report outlines the moments before and after President Trump’s decision to fire Comey, notably his frustration with how the news was taken by both critics and supporters who questioned his timing. Stone, on the other hand, was reportedly “elated…enjoying a fine cigar,” and celebrated the news of Comey’s dismissal with a number of Tweets. Comey was recently grilled about Stone in a House Intelligence Committee hearing in March, with questions probing his involvement in Trump’s election campaign and potential contacts he may have had with Russia. Stone was reportedly in contact with Continue reading "Roger Stone Reportedly Urged Trump to Fire Comey"

Treason? Jon Meacham and Sen. Richard Blumenthal Go There on Morning Joe


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Morning Joe panel brought up the possibility of treason during their discussion of President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey on Wednesday. Author Jon Meacham was the first to drop the T-bomb, putting it plainly: “the President of the United States has removed someone, at will, who is in charge of an investigation that could lead to treason.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was next to join in, describing his reaction to the firing as “disbelief.” “I could not comprehend that the President of the United States was firing an FBI director whose investigation had him, the president, as a potential target,” he said. “It is such a defiance of the rule of law, and common sense, that I could not believe it.” Blumenthal then to called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “redeem himself and appoint a special prosecutor”:
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PizzaGate Conspiracist Attends White House Press Briefing — Who Is He?


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jack Another Pizzagate conspiracist attended a White House press briefing on Tuesday, two weeks after Mike Cernovich made a controversial appearance in the briefing room. Jack Posobiec — formerly a volunteer for President Donald Trump’s election campaign — attended the briefing and other White House events on Tuesday, causing a stir on social media. Posobiec is perhaps best known for relentlessly pushing the Pizzagate conspiracy, a bizarre internet theory alleging that associates of Hillary Clinton ran a child sex-trafficking ring out of D.C.’s Comet Ping Pong. Posobiec, a self-described “citizen journalist”, Periscoped a visit to Comet Pizza in November, leading #Pizzagate to trend on Twitter. A Comet Pizza manager called the police after seeing Posobiec filming a children’s birthday party at the restaurant, and Posobiec was removed. He later appeared Continue reading "PizzaGate Conspiracist Attends White House Press Briefing — Who Is He?"

‘Rich, White, Republican Men’: Politico Creates Database of White House Visitors


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donald trump hillary praiseedited Politico has assembled a database of White House visitors, after President Donald Trump’s administration decided not to release visitor logs in a break with the previous administration. The practice of keeping public White House visitor logs was started by former-President Barack Obama, but reversed by Trump due to “grave national security risks and privacy concerns,” raising questions over transparency in the new administration. Now, it appears reporters at Politico have taken it upon themselves to document White House visitors. The database is expansive, including meetings at the White House, interactions at Mar-a-Lago, and phone calls with foreign leaders. It is “compiled from public documents, media accounts and [Politico’s] own reporting.” Their conclusion? People that have interacted with Trump are “mostly male, largely Republican and often rich.” The report also notes: “Of the more than 1,200 people who have had direct access to the president as of Monday night, the Continue reading "‘Rich, White, Republican Men’: Politico Creates Database of White House Visitors"

‘SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!’: GOP Reps. Face Town Hall Fury Over Health Care Vote


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Congress is on recess this week and we all know what that means: town hall meetings packed to the rafters with furious constituents. Iowa Republican Rod Blum had a distinctly chaotic town hall, which he had attempted to rein in by screening the audience to ensure they were all from his district. Yet those attempts did not stop the rowdy crowd from skewering Blum for his vote for the American Health Care Act. Blum stood through more than an hour of questions from angry constituents, who often shouted “YOU LIE!” and “SHAME!” at the congressman. Watch above to see a video, via MSNBC, of Blum drowning in a wave of boos after trying to convince constituents that their Continue reading "‘SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!’: GOP Reps. Face Town Hall Fury Over Health Care Vote"

Looks ‘Politicized’: Paul Ryan Shifts Investigation Focus from Russia Collusion to Unmasking


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Monday’s Senate meeting on “Russian Interference in the 2016 Election” was a tale of two hearings: for Democrats it was a chance to hear evidence that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was compromised by Russia; for Republicans a chance to focus on unmasking and leaks to the press. A similar disconnect was on display on Fox & Friends Tuesday, where Paul Ryan — with a little help from Steve Doocy — artfully shifted the conversation away from Russia to an investigation into unmasking and leaks. Doocy kicked off by claiming “the Democrats wanted to talk about whether or not there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump camp — no evidence of that.” “But the Republicans wanted to talk about how somebody inside the government unmasked a name or two,” he continued. “And then leaked to The Washington Post, and that they say is a crime. Continue reading "Looks ‘Politicized’: Paul Ryan Shifts Investigation Focus from Russia Collusion to Unmasking"

Trump’s Muslim Ban Statement Deleted From Campaign Website After Reporter Asks Why It’s Still Up


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A statement calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” was deleted from President Donald Trump’s campaign website Monday, after Sean Spicer was asked about it during today’s press briefing. ABC’s Cecilia Vega grilled Spicer about why the page still featured on Trump’s website, noting the legal difficulties his administration has faced trying to enforce a travel ban. Here’s the page before it was deleted: ban og Trump received widespread, bipartisan condemnation for his December 2015 call to ban Muslims from the United States, including from now-Vice President Mike Pence, who called it “offensive and unconstitutional.” The statement, which noted “great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim
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Outnumbered Slams ‘Optics’ of Trump Rose Garden Celebration


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The panelists of Outnumbered railed against President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden health care celebration during a discussion of the lack of diversity in the lawmakers working on the Obamacare replacement bill. Meghan McCain started by noting criticism that white men are the only lawmakers visible in photos of the celebration. After playing a clip of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defending the diversity of the group to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, McCain noted there were women present at the celebration, and referred to the criticism as “gender politicking.” The panel also watched a clip of Sen. Dianne Feinstein lambasting the working group of Senators, composed of 13 men, that are putting together the Republican-led Senate’s bill. McCain pointed out the optics of the celebration were not ideal: “the first thing you always have to look out for is optics, because we live in a visual media world. Continue reading "Outnumbered Slams ‘Optics’ of Trump Rose Garden Celebration"

Creator of Pepe The Frog Kills Off Character; Alt-Right Celebrates


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pepe The cartoonist who created Pepe The Frog has killed off the character in a comic strip, following months of trying to rehabilitate the frog after it was co-opted by the alt-right. Artist Matt Furie created the cartoon character in 2005 for the comic book Boy’s Club, but it was not until the 2016 election that Pepe was adopted by the alt-right online as a mascot for their support of then-candidate Donald Trump. Since then, the character has achieved notoriety as a symbol for white-supremacy, and was declared a “hate symbol” by the Anti-Defamation League. Furie was devastated by the perversion of his beloved cartoon frog, upset that “racists and anti-Semites are using a once peaceful frog-dude from my comic book as an icon of hate.” In a statement put out by Furie and cartoon publisher Fantagraphics in November, they referred to Pepe as an “eternally chill comic book character” and Continue reading "Creator of Pepe The Frog Kills Off Character; Alt-Right Celebrates"

#BREAKING Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Michael Flynn


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Former President Barack Obama personally warned President Donald Trump against hiring Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser during their November meeting in the Oval Office, according to an NBC report. Flynn served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama, but was fired in 2014 over concerns on his temperament. He then went on to become a vocal supporter of Trump, and active member of his presidential campaign. Following Trump’s election, Flynn was selected as National Security Adviser, but was fired three weeks later after misleading the White House about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. According to three former White House officials, Obama warned Trump that Flynn should not be given a position in the Continue reading "#BREAKING Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Michael Flynn"

Breitbart Financier Robert Mercer Sued by Former Employee


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mercer Robert Mercer — billionaire Donald Trump-benefactor and investor in Breitbart — is being sued by a former employee who claims he was fired after calling Mercer racist, Bloomberg reported. David Magerman, who was a research scientist at Renaissance Technologies, of which Mercer is Co-Chief Executive, is suing his former boss after he claims he was wrongfully fired from the hedge fund on April 29. According to Magerman, Mercer fired him after he criticized his support for Trump and called Mercer racist. Mercer invested $10 million in Breitbart News when the website was struggling in 2011, according to Bloomberg. The secretive billionaire has long funded right-wing causes, from think tanks like the Heritage Foundation to political campaigns. Mercer dumped millions into Sen. Ted Cruz’s unsuccessful election campaign in 2016, before putting his money behind Trump. According to Newsweek, he was the “third biggest donor to conservative outside-spending groups” during the election. The Continue reading "Breitbart Financier Robert Mercer Sued by Former Employee"

Sally Yates is Testifying Before the Senate Over the Russia Probe Today — But Who is She?


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Screen-Shot-2017-03-28-at-12.03.31-PM Sally Yates is set to testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee this afternoon over discussions she had with the White House regarding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Yates was nominated deputy attorney general by former President Barack Obama in 2015, serving under Attorney General Loretta Lynch. A holdover from that administration, Yates served as acting attorney general from President Donald Trump’s inauguration, while a replacement was sought for Lynch. A long-time veteran of the Justice Department, serving under both Democratic and Republican administrations, Yates was thrust into the spotlight after she refused to legally defend the president’s travel ban executive orders in court. She was swiftly fired by the Trump administration, and replaced by Dana Boente. Yates has remained in the news since, over her involvement in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Those paying attention may recall that she was originally supposed to testify before the House Intelligence Continue reading "Sally Yates is Testifying Before the Senate Over the Russia Probe Today — But Who is She?"

Fake News? Sarah Huckabee Sanders Says She ‘Would Never’ Use Politico as a Source


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Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed Politico in her first press briefing with reporters Friday. The smackdown came in response to a question from Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev, who asked if there was credence to a Politico story alleging that President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget will slash funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “Look, my first piece of advice would never be to use Politico for a source for your story,” Sanders quipped, before claiming that the opioid epidemic is a top priority for the president. The Trump administration has long held the political website in contempt, and Politico was one of the outlets blocked from an off-camera press briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer in February. In a March interview with Breitbart, Spicer called Politico White House correspondent Tara Palmeri “an idiot with no real sources.” Trump’s disdain for the outlet predates his Continue reading "Fake News? Sarah Huckabee Sanders Says She ‘Would Never’ Use Politico as a Source"

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is Filling in for Sean Spicer Today — But Who is She?


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Sarah-Huckabee-Sanders-e1468941474280 Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is subbing in for Sean Spicer at today’s White House press briefing, in her first on-camera briefing with reporters. Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and adviser to President Donald Trump during his election campaign in January, landed a job as principal deputy press secretary for the new administration. Spicer will spend the day at the Pentagon fulfilling his Navy reservist duty. He joined the reserve in 1999, and is now a commander. Before joining Trump’s campaign, Sanders worked as a political consultant and staffer for her father’s two presidential bids. During the 2016 election, Huckabee made a name for herself as a vigorous defender of Trump, using creative justifications for the campaign’s more outlandish claims, which earned her the job as deputy press secretary. She has continued to make appearances on cable TV since the election, providing remarkably ham-handed defenses Continue reading "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is Filling in for Sean Spicer Today — But Who is She?"

Study: Trump Target of the Most Late Night Jokes of Any Early Presidency


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Donald-Trump-thumbs-up-Wikimedia-Commons-3 President Donald Trump was the butt of over 1,000 jokes on late-night television in the first 100 days of his presidency, more than any other president, according to a new study. The study, conducted at George Mason University and reported by Politico, also examined the first 100 days of former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, none of whom passed the 1,000 jokes mark. The study tallied jokes in the opening monologues of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. George Mason University has promised to continue tallying joke totals about Trump throughout his presidency. Late-night host Stephen Colbert led the pack with the most jokes about the president, with 337 jokes at his expense since the inauguration January 20. Jimmy Kimmel came in last with Continue reading "Study: Trump Target of the Most Late Night Jokes of Any Early Presidency"

Mike Huckabee Promises to ‘Drink an Entire Jar of Hot Salsa’ in Celebration of Cinco de Mayo


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Huckabee Former Arkansas Governor and author of bestselling book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy Mike Huckabee took to Twitter Friday to declare his plans for Cinco de Mayo: Huckabee, a two-time presidential candidate, Iowa caucus winner, bassist, and former host of a Fox News show, has recently added Twitter comic to his resume with a shocking quantity of groaninducing jokes. It’s likely that today’s tweet is yet another 140-character quip, but that doesn’t mean we can’t imagine Huckabee chugging salsa in his living room as Looney Tunes’ Speedy Gonzales blares from his T.V. Huckabee’s tweet is reminiscent of fellow Republican Donald Trump’s post celebrating the Mexican holiday last year, in which the then-presidential candidate posted Continue reading "Mike Huckabee Promises to ‘Drink an Entire Jar of Hot Salsa’ in Celebration of Cinco de Mayo"

President Trump Reportedly Speaks to Fox News Chief Rupert Murdoch ‘Almost Every Day’


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#16 Murdoch Family New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman was interviewed by Times Australia bureau chief Damien Cave Thursday, and made an interesting revelation: President Donald Trump “speaks to [Rupert] Murdoch now almost every day.” The insight came as the two reporters discussed the meeting between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York, following a contentious call between the two leaders in February. When discussing how the two allies will work together to handle with North Korea, Haberman noted that “one of the most significant voices for [Trump] here is Rupert Murdoch’s.” Trump has a long-standing relationship with the Australian, whose News Corp/21st Century Fox portfolio includes The New York Post, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. The two now reportedly speak almost daily, discussing political strategy. Per Haberman, Murdoch “urges the president to stay focused on the economy narrowly and foreign policy more broadly.” Continue reading "President Trump Reportedly Speaks to Fox News Chief Rupert Murdoch ‘Almost Every Day’"

Reporters ‘Fully F*cking With Sean Spicer’: Seth Meyers Skewers Press Sec. Over Border Fence


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On Thursday’s episode of Late Night, Seth Meyers jabbed White House press secretary Sean Spicer over his defense of the White House’s proposed ‘bollard wall’ for the Southern border. After President Donald Trump failed to secure funding for his border wall, Spicer had the unenviable position of trying to convince the White House press corps that new fences to be built are actually walls — but reporters were having none of it. Meyers played a testy exchange between Spicer and Charlie Spiering of Breitbart, in which the Spiering grills the press secretary on his “bollard walls”. “So you’re just basically telling his supporters, the president’s supporters, to be satisfied with this existing tough guy fencing until he’s ready to build the wall?” Spiering concluded. “I love that reporters are now just fully f*cking with Sean Spicer,” Meyers said. “No it’s a wall! It’s a bollard wall you Continue reading "Reporters ‘Fully F*cking With Sean Spicer’: Seth Meyers Skewers Press Sec. Over Border Fence"