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U.S. government watchdog to review Mar-a-Lago trips, Trump hotel profits

U.S. government watchdog to review Mar-a-Lago trips, Trump hotel profits

A U.S. government watchdog has agreed to review how classified information is kept secure at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida

Spoiler alert - it isn't.

Shit.

By law (31CFR408.3) the Secret Service needs to vet every single​ person that enters the President's "temporary residence." So it seems like they're already breaking that law, likely at Trump's behest.

The GAO is expected to begin the review in a few months.

lol

Nunes will not step down from Russia probe

Nunes will not step down from Russia probe
Nunes will not step down from Russia probe

Of course he's not going to step down. He's complicit in whatever shit he's trying to cover up, and stepping down would risk his own neck.

What a douchebag. As a transition team member, he shouldn't have been on the investigation in the first place. Justice is more important than loyalty, but apparently Nunes doesn't agree.

"Everything is politics here," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said, as reported by a journalist from Voice of America.

You were the one who made it all about politics you partisan piece of shit. They're asking you to step down so they can keep politics out of the investigation.

Edit: He's such an idiot. He said on O'Reilly Factor "I’m sure the Democrats do want me to quit because they know I’m quite effective" Dumbass just admitted he is good at fucking up the investigation to benefit Trump. They wouldn't want him out if he was good at running the investigation...

Edit 2: He must have gotten calls to confirm the Sally Yates letters.

"I felt I had a duty and obligation to tell <Trump> because as you know he’s been taking a lot of heat in the news media."

Rep. Devin Nunes, 3/23

"Everything is politics here"

Rep. Devin Nunes, 3/27

Trump pressures House Intelligence Committee to probe Clintons’ ties to Russia, not his

Trump pressures House Intelligence Committee to probe Clintons’ ties to Russia, not his

The Washington Post also already gave this accusation FOUR Pinocchios.

He has learned nothing.

Someone needs to tell him the election is fucking over

This is the surest sign yet that he was directly involved in any Russian collusion. Anything, literally ANYTHING that he accuses someone of doing, he has done himself.

The guy who said that

Obama is a kenyan muslim

Hillary was too ill to be president

Ted Cruz's father plotted to kill Kennedy

The Central Park 5 are guilty and deserve the death penalty

'Thousands and thousands of Muslims were cheering' on 9/11.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered.

Black people kill all the white people. (97%!!!)

Millions of people in the U.S. voted illegally on November 8.

Climate change is a trick pulled on us by the Chinese.

Vaccines cause autism.

says that the Trump/Russia connection is a hoax.

Okay.

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Donald Trump branded 'international embarrassment' after handing made-up Nato invoice to Angela Merkel

Donald Trump branded 'international embarrassment' after handing made-up Nato invoice to Angela Merkel
Donald Trump branded 'international embarrassment' after handing made-up Nato invoice to Angela M...

There's a great word for this: cringey. I read headlines and articles and roll my eyes, laugh, or think it's stupid. This made me cringe. Literally. The fucking President gave a fake invoice to the German Chancellor for NATO.

This demonstrates a lack of knowledge about NATO, a lack of knowledge about US global security interests, and a lack of knowledge on how to behave as an adult. That no one in the White House stopped this idiotic behavior is shocking.

Trump negotiation strategy: (1) Deliver Ultimatum (2) If they don't immediately capitulate to your demands, give up (3) Blame someone else. (4) Go Golfing.

Oh please, what a sensational title. He was ALREADY an international embarrassment.

The Germans have the perfect word for this: "Fremdschämen". Literally means feeling the shame that another person should feel for their behavior.

Trump's Approval Rating Drops to New Low of 36%

Trump's Approval Rating Drops to New Low of 36%

Sir, pay no attention to the people who say the glass is half empty, because 32% means it's 2/3 empty. There's still some liquid in that glass is my point, but I wouldn't drink it. The last third is usually backwash.

-Colbert, 2006.

Just for reference....

Historical lows while in office of each President since 1945, per Gallup:

Truman 22% Eisenhower 48% Kennedy 56% Johnson 35% Nixon 24% Ford 37% Carter 28% Reagan 35% H.W. Bush 29% Clinton 37% W. Bush 25% Obama 38%

Looking at how early it is in his term, trump could easily set a new record.

Edit: for those asking about Truman, check this article, he had a multitude of unpopular issues to handle like management of the Korean War and a poor economy...of course it's much more complex than that.

Also on JFK staying so high...he was very charismatic and as I understand it, history has been extremely kind to him. While he was wildly popular that doesn't always equal a highly effective president.

I'm no expert myself and would appreciate any insight someone more knowledgeable has to add!

That's a lot of backwash. Unpresidented levels of backwash.

All abroad the train to 20%!

Report: Jared Kushner had undisclosed meeting with head of Russian bank under sanctions

Report: Jared Kushner had undisclosed meeting with head of Russian bank under sanctions
Report: Jared Kushner had undisclosed meeting with head of Russian bank under sanctions

White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed both meetings, telling the Times that nothing of consequence was discussed and that the meetings went nowhere. The White House had previously only acknowledged the first meeting between Kushner and Kislyak.

Bullshit.

They lied and said he only met with Kislyak now we're supposed to believe this lie about meeting with a Russian bank under sanctions, they discussed "nothing of consequence"?

Get the fuck out of here.

Did Kushner tell the bank that sanctions would be lifted, just as Flynn did?

Did Kushner lie to Pence about these discussions as Flynn did?

It's always important to tie this treason around Pence's neck as well. He was too in the middle of everything not to be involved. Or else he was willfully ignorant which makes him just as guilty.

Edit: Also, let's remember. This isn't just some random Russian Bank.

Between 2012 and 2014, Vnesheconombank was used as cover for Russian spy Evgeny Buryakov to gather intelligence and recruit New York City residents as sources for Moscow, according to the Department of Justice. Buryakov was prosecuted by then-United States Attorney Preet Bharara, who was recently fired by the Trump Administration.

This is a KGB/FSB bank.

How many secret fucking meetings with the Russians is too many secret fucking meetings with the Russians?

This is now the third conversation with Kislyak and Russian associates where nothing of consequence is discussed (Flynn, Sessions, Kushner). Weird how they keep scheduling meetings with highly influential people to talk about subjects so mundane they're immediately forgotten.

Could you imagine if Hillary were president and this was Chelsea's husband? Right wingers would already have a dozen investigations launched....

Schiff calls on Nunes to recuse himself from Russia probe

Schiff calls on Nunes to recuse himself from Russia probe

https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/846493210960637952

Full Statement:

"After much consideration, and in light of the Chairman's admission that he met with his source of information at the White House, I believe that the Chairman should recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russia investigation, as well as any involvement in oversight of matters pertaining to any incidental collection of the Trump transition, as he was also a key member of the transition team.

"This is not a recommendation I make lightly, as the Chairman and I have worked together well for several years; and I take this step with the knowledge of the solemn responsibility we have on the Intelligence Committee to provide oversight on all intelligence matters, not just to conduct the investigation.

"But in much the same way that the Attorney General was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation after failing to inform the Senate of his meetings with Russian officials, I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the President's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the Chairman.

"As to the merits of the Chariman's underlying claim, none of the committee members - Democrats or Republicans - has seen the relevant documents, now almost a week later. Whether the documents support the argument that names were improperly unmasked or distributed, it is impossible to judge, but one this is very clear: There was no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of the committee. That it was also obtained at the White House makes this departure all the more concerning. In the interests of a fair and impartial investigation whose results will be respected by the public, the Chairman's recusal is more than warranted."

From Senator Schumer's Communications Director:

Ranking Member Schiff has been more than patient with Chairman Nunes & has bent over backwards to be bipartisan. This was not done lightly.

I think Schiff has played this very well. It's good he waited this long and let Nunes continue to show his own incompetence.

Nunes may try to stall longer but his days are numbered on the committee. Hopefully within a week so we can get this investigation running properly.

*edit: double word removal

He finally pulled the trigger.

Edit: And Nunes replied: https://twitter.com/kgyp/status/846499590891278338

Fox News Tweets That Trump Was at the White House When He Was Actually at His Golf Course

Fox News Tweets That Trump Was at the White House When He Was Actually at His Golf Course
Fox News Tweets That Trump Was at the White House When He Was Actually at His Golf Course

So if it only takes 4-5 hours to play a round of golf I would have no problem with the president "Taking a break" from work and relaxing... But he made such a big deal about the previous president golfing every once in a while. so fuck him.

great, now trump will see that and believe he was actually at the white house.

That's 4-5 hours assuming he doesn't fly somewhere on taxpayer money, and vacation in the most expensive suite for the entirety of the weekend.

Edit: words

vacation in the most expensive suite

Forget that he's taking the most expensive suite.

Let's talk about the fact that he's forcing the taxpayer to pay millions of dollars to Donald J. Trump so that Donald J. Trump and his Secret Service detail can take the most expensive suites in Donald J Trump's own hotel

Schumer: Nunes needs to be replaced

Schumer: Nunes needs to be replaced
Schumer: Nunes needs to be replaced

Schumer is putting Paul Ryan in an impossible situation. If he doesn't demote Nunes, he's complicit in obstructing an investigation that 2/3 of the AMerican people prioritize.

And if he does demote Nunes, he's caving to democrats.

Being Paul Ryan must suck, but I don't care because it sucks for Paul Ryan.

There's a reason no one wanted to be speaker after Boehner left. He knew, and a lot of the others knew their bullshit was going to catch up with them eventually.

But Ryan is too power hungry and way over his head. Plus, he seems to think its his destiny to turn the U.S. into Ayn Rand's political manifesto.

This is the right tactical move. Right now the White House is trying to smear their healthcare failure on Paul Ryan. Schumer is telling him if he yanks Nunes (which he has the power to do in a heartbeat), he will owe Ryan one. And that's how Washington works.

But then again this is Paul Ryan.. so... who knows if he's smart enough to realize it.

23 people ask the Justice Department to launch a criminal inquiry into its chief, Jeff Sessions

23 people ask the Justice Department to launch a criminal inquiry into its chief, Jeff Sessions

We need to hold a new election. This entire administration is illegitimate. Make America Great Again. Impeach Trump.

The Constitution actually doesn't prohibit a special election. There are several ways to conduct a new election without a Constitutional amendment, as argued here.

The simplest way would be to (1) amend the Presidential Succession Act to provide for a special election, and then (2) create a dual vacancy of the Presidency and Vice-Presidency by: (a) impeaching Pence and Trump in that order; or by (b) judicially annuling the election and vacating both offices.

Heck, count me in, make it 24.

They'd need to amend the Constitution. If all of this goes down, we are getting Paul Ryan until 2021.

Edit: You don't have to amend the Constitution. Check out the explanation from u/the-Autarkh

Try one of these subthreads