Transportation Dept.: Anti-Trump Tweet from Sec. Chao Was Posted by an Employee

Earlier today a rather odd tweet about President Trump was posted from the official account of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, in response to a pro-impeachment tweet from Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters: Now, it’s probably a given that Donald Trump’s Transportation Secretary does not actually believe that Trump’s very soul should be sued. So what happened? Well, CNN reports the Department of Transportation explained that it was an employee:
[T]he tweet was “posted by an employee with access to the account” who “took action outside of his scope of work and duties and without any approvals.” “We are taking appropriate action,” the spokesperson said. “We regret that this transpired and have taken steps to prevent any future occurrence.”
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Adam Schiff on Russia/Trump Collusion: ‘There is Evidence That is Not Circumstantial’

After his press conference this afternoon slamming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for publicly revealing findings of “incidentally collected” Trump transition communications and briefing President Donald Trump on them before him, committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and dropped his own bombshell. Referencing a Meet the Press interview from Sunday, Todd pressed Schiff on the investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government being a “circumstantial case.” “Actually, no, Chuck,” the California lawmaker stated. “I can tell you that the case is more than that. And I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.” “You have seen direct evidence of collusion?” Continue reading "Adam Schiff on Russia/Trump Collusion: ‘There is Evidence That is Not Circumstantial’"

Adam Schiff: Is Devin Nunes Going to Chair an ‘Independent Investigation’ or ‘Act as a Surrogate’?

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes held two press conferences and briefed President Donald Trump over his findings that Trump transition team members’ communications were “incidentally collected,” committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) held his own presser to highlight what he knew. Having already released a statement expressing his concerns over the way Nunes shared this information, Schiff slammed the chairman over his close political relationship with Trump and how it hampers the committee’s investigation into Russia and the president’s campaign. “The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” Schiff stated. “Or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House because he cannot do both.” He further added that he learned about all of this the Continue reading "Adam Schiff: Is Devin Nunes Going to Chair an ‘Independent Investigation’ or ‘Act as a Surrogate’?"

‘There’s No Good Way to Do This’: Nunes Responds to Tapper Asking if ‘This Is All Political’

After holding two press conferences this afternoon — one following a briefing he gave President Donald Trump — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on CNN to speak to Jake Tapper about today’s announcement that he’d discovered members of Trump’s transition team had their communications “incidentally collected.” After a somewhat lengthy back-and-forth about why he discussed this with the president but not the rest of the committee — and the reason he was concerned about what he found out even though he pointed out it was legal surveillance — Nunes was asked by Tapper about the perception of his actions. “We live in a very divided country, as you know, sir,” the CNN host stated. “I just want to make sure you have the opportunity to respond to any Democrats, any skeptics out there who say, ‘Hey, Devin Nunes was on the Trump Continue reading "‘There’s No Good Way to Do This’: Nunes Responds to Tapper Asking if ‘This Is All Political’"

Senator Ben Sasse Wins $5 After Gorsuch Says ‘Bigly’ At Hearing

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch inadvertently stirred up some laughs during the latest phase of his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday by using a word “coined” by President Donald Trump. CNN spotlighted the humorous moment in a Wednesday article. The federal judge was in the midst of explaining how John Hancock, the famed signer of the Declaration of Independence, was now known more for his signature than for any of his actions. “No one remembers who John Hancock was, but they know that that’s his signature because he wrote his name so bigly — big and boldly,” Gorsuch outlined. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse jumped in and pointed out, “You just said bigly.” The hearing attendees started laughing after the Republican’s remark. Senator Sasse added, “And I just won five bucks.” HLN’s Erica Hill spotlighted the funny exchange on her program on Wednesday (see Continue reading "Senator Ben Sasse Wins $5 After Gorsuch Says ‘Bigly’ At Hearing"

Michael Moore: ‘The Democratic Party Needs to Declare a National Emergency’

shutterstock_410986885 Michael Moore is calling on the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to “bring a halt to all business being done” in the name of President Trump, and he’s encouraging the Democratic party to “declare a national emergency.” His plea comes following this week’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, when FBI Director James Comey said that there is currently an investigation into any connection between the Trump campaign and and the Russian government. Moore took to Instagram today to call on Democrats to act:

‘We Know Very, Very Little About His Finances’: Maddow Talks Importance of Trump’s Tax Returns

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow appeared on ABC’s The View a few days after her big report on Donald Trump‘s 2005 tax returns. Naturally, that’s what the panelists wanted to talk about. The well-rated host revealed that her first thought upon getting the tax returns she presented in a much-hyped segment was, “Don’t get pranked.” She was wary of a forgery, but knew the importance of showcasing such a document from the only candidate in modern memory — let alone actual president — who didn’t release their tax returns during the campaign season. Maddow explained, “We know very, very little about his finances. One of the things that seems important to me about getting that little piece of it is that it proves you can release some of his tax information without the world ending. He’s had weird excuses for not releasing his taxes. ‘I’m under audit.’ Well, every Continue reading "‘We Know Very, Very Little About His Finances’: Maddow Talks Importance of Trump’s Tax Returns"