Nunberg Meltdown! The Russiagate Show Continues.

#NunbergMeltdown

It’s been an action-packed week in the Russiagate saga, even though it’s only Tuesday.

On Monday Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen was going around making some complaints. Apparently, Trump ordered Cohen to make a six-figure payment to a porn star he allegedly had an affair with. Cohen is said to be unhappy that he hasn’t been reimbursed.

Then Russiagate took a trip to Bangkok and a steamy Thai detention center where a “sex coach” named Anastasia Vashukevich is claiming to have detailed insider knowledge of Russian meddling in the US election. She told CNN she wants to cooperate with US investigators and asked for our help in resisting Putin.

These events were a mere prelude to one of the wildest moments in television history.

Robert Mueller subpoenaed former Trump staffer Sam Nunberg to appear before the grand jury.

Nunberg was asked to turn over emails, texts and other communications with ten of his Trump campaign associates, including Trump. Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks were named as well.

The subpoena covers a period of time beginning in November 2015 and running through the present, according to a subpoena dated Feb. 27 that was obtained by Bloomberg News.

That wouldn’t be strange in itself. Nunberg has been interviewed by Mueller before. It was Nunberg’s reaction that made the news.

“Screw that,” Nunberg told CNN’s Gloria Borger. “Why do I have to go? Why? For what?”

The guy freaked out completely. He started shooting his mouth off in every direction. It made for one of the most unusual twists and turns in this whole rotten Russiagate scandal. In a torrential outburst of denials, accusations, and slanders, Nunberg had all kinds of things to say.

He described White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as “unattractive” and a “fat slob”.

He vowed to defy the grand jury subpoena.

He dared Mueller to arrest him.

He claimed Mueller believes that Donald Trump is a Manchurian candidate.

He even loudly questioned his interviewer as to whether the subpoena would have happened to a Democrat.

Millennial Democrats readers will not require a reminder of the clamor surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Nunberg also spent a good part of his interview playing the oracle, apparently attempting to interpret some of the questions Mueller asked him the last time. He gave up some interesting stuff.
Among other things, he said he believes that the special counsel has something solid on Trump as connected to the Russian meddling effort on the 2016 election. “I suspect they suspect something about him,” were the words he used.
We’ve got a few suspicions of our own.
That one seems pretty clear.
Nunberg appeared to confirm as much in an interview on MSNBC. “I’m not going to cooperate when they want me to come in to a grand jury for them to insinuate that Roger Stone was colluding with [WikiLeaks founder] Julian Assange. Roger is my mentor. Roger is like family,” he said.
It’s a safe bet that Roger wasn’t very happy to hear his relative spouting off.
Nunberg’s meltdown is a clear indication of the stress he’s under, and people do tend to ramble on when they’re stressed out. But regardless of duress, the episode provided many hints of why the investigation is so terrifying to the malignant mutant in the White House.
Former FBI agent Josh Campbell called Nunberg’s display “the Great Unravelling.”
“Up until this point Mueller’s team has been so tight, we haven’t seen the leaks so it has been very difficult to see what he’s looking for,” Campbell said. “I think it’s incredible, seeing today this episode unfold before our eyes because it gives us that insight into where the investigation is ultimately headed.”
The incident has overshadowed a potentially far more serious discovery that came out over the weekend, namely, that Mueller is now investigating whether or not the United Arab Emirates attempted to buy influence in the Trump campaign. The scope of this thing just keeps getting wider.
Recent reports indicate that the U.A.E. has been licking its chops at Jared Kushner for a long time, actively planning how to profit from manipulating him. Current and former U.S. administrative representatives spoke based on intelligence reports about the matter.
It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the whole world was probably shopping with Donald Trump’s campaign, and it’ll be interesting to see where this one goes.
In the meantime, it’s up to us to raise awareness of the new information, and to keep a close eye on the developing situation.
America is seeing itself in the mirror as a result of this whole thing with Russiagate. We didn’t think it could happen to us. This kind of thing has only happened to small third world countries at the hands of superpowers previously. It’s important we stay awake. We’ve become a soft target for the rest of the world.
As this article was being completed, the news that Nunberg is backing down from his boastful challenges to the special counsel. “I’m going to cooperate with whatever they want,” Nunberg told CNN Tuesday in a phone interview.
What a surprise.
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Michael Flynn Has Flipped! Trump Gets A Christmas Present.

A sinking snitch

A gigantic piece of the riddle of Russiagate has finally fallen into place. This one blows Paul Manafort out of the water.

On Friday, retired Lt. General Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. And he pledged to cooperate with the investigation into the hacking of our 2016 Presidential election by the Russians.

It’s a sad day in America when a three-star general colludes with the Russians to subvert the democratic sanctity of our election. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that Michael Flynn will go down in history as one of the most sickening and pathetic traitors of all time. Benedict Arnold. Vidkun Quisling. Michael Flynn.

Flynn served briefly as President Trump’s national security adviser but resigned from his position 24 days later.  The Information that surfaced about him having plotted out a possible attempt to kidnap a Turkish cleric in Pennsylvania had made him a person of interest to the FBI. Trump reluctantly gave him the boot.

Shortly after, proof that he had lied to the FBI surfaced after pre-Inauguration phone conversations he’d had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak leaked to the press.

By pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate with Mueller, Flynn also appears to have averted prosecution of his son, who was reportedly implicated in some of these ongoings. What a bad father, to get his own son involved in all this mess. Good thing for him he can just snitch his way right out of it all.

Back in June, less than a month after President Donald Trump fired then- FBI director James Comey, the Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing in which Comey was asked for his version of the events that had led up to his firing. The testimony was frankly disturbing.

His suspicions were strong that he’d been fired due to a bizarre series of conversations he’d had at the time with Donald Trump, who had asked Comey outright to drop his investigation into Flynn. This unnerved Comey so much that he wrote an agent memorandum regarding it immediately afterwards. Such memorandums have been considered reliable courtroom evidence for nearly a hundred years.

The meeting in question took place on February 14th, in the Oval Office. with a group of Trump administration senior officials, including Vice-President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump asked Comey to remain when the others left. He wanted to talk about the F.B.I.’s investigation of Flynn.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump said. “He is a good guy.”

Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials. Sessions, unsurprisingly, refused to make any guarantees. That guy is completely worthless as an Attorney General. It’s almost a joke. Too bad it isn’t funny.

Comey distrusted Trump deeply. His unwillingness to be alone with him reflects upon that strongly.

The big question is, why Flynn? We don’t have the answer yet, at least not completely. One thing is certain, though: Trump’s aggressive steps to defend him defy reasonable explanation. Trump is not generally known for his magnanimous impulses toward his former employees. Narcissists love firing people. The question of why he wanted the F.B.I. to ease up on Flynn, therefore, became a matter of intense debate immediately.

Flynn’s decision to flip completely undercuts the argument made by Trump and his aides that they were not fully aware of any discussions Michael Flynn had with the Russians. This is going to have Trump’s legal team hopping through the holidays, especially if no one can convince him to keep his mouth shut on Twitter.

Court documents revealed by the plea agreement Flynn agreed to expose new details about exactly what the Trump team knew.

As a result, scrutiny is now honing in on Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner. And Donald Trump Jr. cannot be far behind.

Through the looking glass, a picture starts emerging.

Israel’s government, parts of the pro-Israel community and congressional Republicans were infuriated in late December when the Obama administration, in its final month, allowed through an anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution.

Someone in the Trump transition team – almost certainly Jared Kushner- probably asked Flynn to speak to the Russians to see whether there was any chance they might be persuaded to use their influence in the UN Security Council to get the vote on Security Council Resolution 2334, the December 2016 anti-settlements resolution, either delayed until after Trump took office or blocked altogether.

At any rate, this Russian query was to set into motion the now famous series of telephone conversations between Flynn and Kislyak. Over the course of one of these, Flynn also asked Kislyak for Russian restraint in response to Obama’s December 2016 sanctions against Russia. Sanctions are what a lot of this is about, for Russia. They want back their jet-set lifestyles. Being on America’s bad side makes this impossible.

It all led up to Special Counsel Mueller’s team looking into Kushner’s contacts with Israeli diplomats, which is being done this very minute. Presumably, they’re in the process of confirming that this was indeed one of the Russian quid pro quos. If you help us out in Israel, we’ll help you out with these sanctions, and we’ll all work together on hamstringing Hillary Clinton.

Flynn arrived at court on Friday. He admitted to one count of knowingly making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements.” According to an AFP reporter, Flynn was asked by Judge Rudolph Contreras if he wished to plead guilty and responded with the words “Yes, sir”. The judge continued: “I accept your guilty plea. There will be no trial and there will be probably no appeal.” And that was that.

Unfortunately, the arrest of Michael Flynn does not tell us much more about what this means for Donald Trump and the White House. There is no way to predict how soon information obtained from Flynn might reach the public or help to produce fresh charges. Mueller’s investigation has been highly disciplined about leaks. But the very fact of Mueller nabbing Flynn now is enough to ruin Trump’s Christmas.

At the end of the day, what’s bad for Trump is what’s good for the rest of us. What this does do for us is to take us a bit closer to being able to prove what we know, and a bit closer to knowing what we think. One is reminded of Trump’s diatribe recently about how we’re all going to start saying Merry Christmas again. Getting this whole mess cleaned up, so we can all get our lives back, would make for the whole world a very merry Christmas indeed.

I know what I’m grateful for this year.

Putin Divvies Up Syria, Trump Spills Israeli Intel- The Puppet Strikes Again.

#demontroll
Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted a trilateral summit with the presidents of Iran and Turkey in Russia’s Black Sea resort city, Sochi. Putin gave a warm welcome to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and declared that the three countries deserve all the credit for helping to maintain “stability” in Syria.
Turkey, which is still a NATO member and U.S. ally, announced that it may soon open talks with Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria, in a joint effort with Russia and Iran to return stability to the region. America was not invited.
Trump seems to have agreed to back off in exchange for Russian help last year. As a result, the future of Syria is being largely determined without significant input from Washington, the world’s single superpower.

In related news, highly-classified Israeli intelligence was offhandedly revealed by Donald Trump to Russian officials earlier this year. Earlier this week we found out what it was.

The US President’s decision to spill the information during a meeting with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was described as having brought Israeli spies’ “worst fears” to life.

During Trump’s meeting with Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, Trump revealed the details of a covert Israeli operation that exposed ISIS plans to create bombs out of laptops and smuggle them aboard commercial airliners.

Israelis were horrified.

Earlier this month, the “dead” ISIS leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi was spotted in the hotly contested Syrian town of Boukamel.

The Iraqi Media News Agency quoted an anonymous source in Iraqi News as saying: ‘In a yellow taxi, Baghdadi fled Iraq and headed to Syria.’

The question of whether al-Baghdadi is dead or alive has been a continuing source of mystery and confusion. Russia claimed in June that he had “likely been killed” in an airstrike just outside of Raqqa. But they offered no proof, and there are many questions about the relations peculiar to the relationships of the parties involved.

Russia had a good working relationship with Iraq under Saddam. Although it always repeatedly denied giving military or security assistance to the Hussein regime, the Russian government under Putin expressed intense disagreement with the U. S.-led war on Iraq.

In April of 2003, after the fall of Baghdad, documents were found in a Baghdad office of the Mukhabarat, the Iraqi secret police under Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime. Those documents showed that a Moscow- based organization had been training Iraqi intelligence agents as recently as September of 2002.

In other words, Russia was training some of Saddam’s best generals and their secret police. We know it went on for several decades. They spent billions of dollars on it.

The leadership of the Islamic State of the Levant consists primarily of former Baathist leaders, Saddam’s generals all coalesced again without him, like a hydra that grew back tens of thousands strong.

Of the six individuals who have been at the helm of the terror group, at least three of them served in Saddam Hussein’s army. Another is dead, and the very top guy, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was supposedly killed by Russian airstrikes back in June.

Imagine our surprise, seeing him strolling around in Syria healthy as a horse, and releasing more hate-filled videos calling for more terrorism. Claims of his death appeared to have been just more Russian disinformation.

If al-Baghdadi is alive, then Russia was most likely lying last summer, which was predictable. Russia lies about everything, routinely and by way of self-defence, like the ink-cloud of a giant squid. 

But what might Russia hope to gain by claiming the death of al-Baghdadi? What might they hope to gain?

A large amount of Turkish effort has been placed into acquiring this oil. Gaining energy autonomy to avoid having to depend on Russia for fuel has long been a goal of Turkish foreign policy.
But in spite of these attempts to diversify their energy sources and become more self-reliant, Turkey still depends largely on Russia for its energy needs, as do many other countries in Europe. They still have to depend on the goodwill of Vladimir Putin for things to run smooth.
Fortune 500 rated Vladimir Putin as the fourth richest person in the world last year, but some believe he is far wealthier than that. Hermitage Capital Management CEO Bill Browder believes Putin’s fortune to be in excess of $200 billion. Either way, if he wants things to stay that way, he’s got to stay in control of Russia.
Oil is obviously very important to us, but to Russia it is everything. Oil is essentially all that Russia has. It controls a huge mass of the world’s strategic oil reserve, and it comprises Putin’s fortune, which is sizeable by any standard, regardless of his Fortune ranking.
This dependence on oil as a source of wealth and income is also the case for Turkey and its leader Tayyip Erdogan.
Under President Bill Clinton, the United States and the EU engaged with and attempted to include Turkey as part of their efforts to strengthen the liberal international order, and it worked. They’ve been an ally for decades. Their fortunes in the Middle East were always fundamentally tied to ours. The Turks and the Russians have been rivals since the days of the Ottoman Empire.
And here is where we reach the ominous part of the story, the focal point of the developing narrative.
In spite of all these decades worth of progress strengthening American interests in the region, a perplexing area of cooperation between Russia, Turkey, and Trump seems to have arisen on Syria, with anti-EU undertones, and without American involvement.
Little by little, an outline begins to take shape. The way things looks from here, it’s a huge quid pro quo, in which Assad, Erdogan, Putin, and Trump came to an arrangement to simply leave alone Russia’s narrative about having killed al-Baghdadi.
For al-Baghdadi’s part, keeping the illusion alive would have given him months to regroup, lay low, and try to come up with something. In the meantime, there are those oil routes heading for Turkey, that the eyes of the world are not on. To all outward appearances, this is a strategic ceasefire if ever there was one.
 Assad gets to stay in power, and start seeing order restored to his country. Erdogan, who just survived a coup attempt last year, gets the sanctions applied by Russia for the fighter plane shot down in Turkish airspace in 2015 lifted and regains his ability to use Russia and the EU as a counterweight. Just last week, Erdogan and Putin met for four hours. Everybody’s happy- but all of them will soon be presented the bill.
Currently, Putin and his cronies are all smiles. They’re chopping up the spoils. And America was not invited. Trump seems to have agreed to back off in exchange for Russian help last year. As a result, the future of Syria is being largely determined without the world’s only superpower.
None of this could have happened without Putin, who will get the best that everyone has to offer. From Syria, a warm-water port in the Mediterranean Sea. This has been a dream of Russia’s for generations. From Turkey, restored good relations, and a subservient oil client. From Trump, an America weakened and thrown into chaos.
And from them all, Russia’s hold on the Crimea tacitly acknowledged, at the expense of ignored and pilfered Ukraine. Their criminal long game has become all too clear, and Trump is doing nothing. Please help us raise awareness.

Flynn’s Lawyers Shut Down Info Pipeline for Trump- Deal in the Works?

Flynn cuts off Trump

Michael Flynn’s attorneys have informed Donald Trump’s attorneys that they intend to stop sharing information concerning Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into improper Russian influence during the 2016 presidential election.

This notification is a likely signal that Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, according to a Thanksgiving Day report by The New York Times.

Michael Flynn, who is a three-star general in the United States Army, is now best known for having held the office of National Security Adviser under the newly formed administration of Donald Trump. His 24-day tenure in office was the shortest in the office’s history. 

After information surfaced that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak Flynn was forced to resign, but that was not to be the last we would hear of him.

April 27, 2017 was a big day for Russia. It was the 10 year anniversary of the first day of their undeclared, “non-linear”, transnational world war. A decade before, in 2007, the Kremlin had proven its ability to warp and disable entire sections of cyberspace when they knocked the highly wired Estonia offline for several days over an old war soldier like the one of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, where Heather Heyer was murdered by the alt-right this summer.

For the last decade, the rest of the European world has been dealing with this as it grew. Attempts to warn us have mostly fallen on deaf ears. Our opportunity to catch it early has already long passed us by. That’s what led to Trump getting in in the first place. But our eyes have opened. They’ve got our attention now.

On this day, the Pentagon’s Inspector General announced an investigation into whether Flynn had accepted money from foreign governments without the required approval, and requested that he preserve and make available all documents relating to that situation.

Initially, Flynn tried refusing to hand them over, citing the Fifth Amendment, saying that he didn’t want to incriminate himself. Apparently, that didn’t fly too far, because shortly thereafter it was announced that “a compromise had been reached.”

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that anyone who’s talking like that already knows he’s guilty.

On December 10, 2015, Flynn attended a gala dinner in Moscow, in honour of the Russian news outlet RT (formerly “Russia Today”). After he retired from U.S. government service he made semi-regular appearances on RT as an analyst.

That dinner has since become infamous. Everyone who was there that night is in big trouble now, including Jill Stein of the Green Party. Paul Manafort, of course, is under indictment and sitting locked at home on house arrest.

Journalist Michael Crowley of Politico reported that “at a moment of semi-hostility between the U.S. and Russia, the presence of such an important figure at Putin’s table startled” U.S. officials. As part of the festivities, Flynn gave a talk on world affairs for which he was paid at least $45,000. 

On Saturday, July 9, 2017, the first hard evidence of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russians became a matter of public record. The New York Times reported Sunday that Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son, was offered “damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign”.

Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort confirmed that they met with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in Trump Tower on June 9, 2016— a mere two days after Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. It’s clear they acted fast. Donald Trump has proven himself to be a very dangerous man, and behind him stands Putin, the most dangerous man on Earth.

On February 1, 2017, the ranking Democratic members on six House committees sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The contents were a request for a Department of Defense investigation into Flynn’s connection to RT.

Our legislators had serious concerns about Flynn accepting so much money from RT, which was characterized earlier this year by the intelligence community of America as “The Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet”.

As a retired military intelligence officer, Flynn was required to obtain prior permission from the Defense Department and the State Department before receiving any money from foreign governments.

Flynn did not receive permission before the RT speech, and he did not report the payment when he applied for renewal of his security clearance two months later. Soon after Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department Inspector General, confirmed that Flynn was under investigation

Earlier this month, reports indicated that Mueller believed he had enough evidence to bring charges in the investigation of Flynn. At that time, unidentified sources said Mueller was pressuring Flynn after issuing an indictment against Manafort.

During the interim, what does this mean to us? Of course, it is impossible to say for sure, but the probability that he has cut a deal with Mueller is the likeliest option by a sizeable margin. There’s no other reason that makes sense at all, actually, other than a random decision on the part of the general’s lawyers. Considering how rapid a pace the Russiagate investigation has been yielding results as of late, this does not seem very likely.

Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team, said that the Flynn team’s decision to no longer share information “is not entirely unexpected”, but it can’t be weighing easily on Trump’s mind. Flynn is the big cheese. They’ve been after him from the minute Rod Rosenstein gave Mueller the job.

Michael Flynn has always been the guy who seemed most likely to hold the final keys to the puzzle. The fact of his team not sharing information with Trump anymore almost certainly means he’s getting ready to snitch. That would mean the end of Trump for sure, which is cause to be thankful if ever there was, and on that note, Happy Thanksgiving from Millennial Democrats!

Sessions’ Short Memory, and the Campaign Chaos Defense.

Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin on his trip to Asia last week and endorsed his denial of hacking interference in our election. The intelligence agencies of America, who have unilaterally concluded otherwise, were thus laughed at and disregarded, by the President of the United States of America, in favor of an offhanded denial from the Russian president. It’s a sickening state of affairs.

Robert Mueller’s team dropped many a bomb this week, however. After the dust settles, there’s reason to hope for an early end. A number of former Watergate prosecutors believe that Mueller has all he needs already. All he has to do is gain access to the email inboxes of Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, Hope Hicks and others. Kushner, for one, has been sending hundreds of emails from a private server ever since January.

With all the documentation of Russian collusion piling up, Trump’s best excuse so far may be that his people were too incompetent to organize a conspiracy. They are running out of plausible lies to tell. And so, for once, they’ve decided to tell the truth. The Slob Defense has been born.

A not-guilty-by-reason-of-stupidity defense has the virtue in this case of being plausible, but since when has ignorance been an excuse in our legal system? It’s true that Donald Trump Jr. is not an intelligent man, but why should he catch a break because of it? He’s been given every advantage. How often do poor people beat a case due to similar limitations? About as often as Donald Trump Sr. tells the truth.

We’ve known about the meeting he had with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year, to collect the “dirt” they had gathered on Hillary Clinton. He wasn’t very careful about hiding it, and he blurted out all he knew when questioned. That was huge. Yesterday’s revelations about Trump Jr’s private electronic conversations with Julian Assange of Wikileaks register on a similar scale.

Trump Jr. exchanged multiple private messages on Twitter with Wikileaks before the election. In several cases, it appears he acted on requests from the group. In one instance he tweeted a link it had sent his way.

This is solid proof that the Trump campaign was in direct contact with WikiLeaks, described by Trump’s own CIA director as “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”

At the time, both WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, were under tremendous scrutiny for their role in disseminating stolen Democratic emails.The earliest known conversations with Trump Jr. were held just before their release.

Donald Trump Jr. is certainly having a rough week, but he is not the only member of the Trump clan under the Mueller microscope.

Jared Kushner has turned over all documents pertinent to his connection with the firing of then- FBI director James Comey earlier this year to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Kushner is said to be persona non grata around the Trump household these days. For all his blundering, though, he has made at least one important contribution to the Donald Trump administration.

His pleas of ignorance have inspired a pathetic go-to defense in the face of collusion charges. Over the summer, Kushner explained to congressional investigators, the Trump campaign was chaotic and disorganized to a miserable extent. So miserable, in fact, that even something as significant as a meeting between him and a number of other campaign aides and individuals with Russian ties didn’t even register.

We will not neglect to mention the email defense. Hillary Clinton was all but burned in effigy over the supposed carelessness of her handling of emails. In the Trump administration, carelessness is a best-case scenario.

“It was typical for me to receive 200 or more e-mails a day during the campaign. I did not have the time to read every one, especially long e-mails from unknown senders or e-mail chains to which I was added at some later point in the exchange,” Kushner said, claiming that he did not read an e-mail outlining the Russian effort to bolster Trump’s candidacy.

For a guy who claims to be a genius, he’s sure got a lousy memory.

Thus was born the Trump campaign’s chaos defense. Other aides have recognized in it their lifesaver, and are all rushing around vigorously, screaming out the tales of their incompetence. Anything to deflect from their own suspicious contacts and memory lapses.

Jeff Sessions spent the whole afternoon employing this technique. He was faced with a rough slate of questions, especially when Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) told Sessions flat out that he’s lying, either to the Senate or the House.

“That is exactly the opposite answer you gave under oath to the U.S. Senate,” Lieu replied, referencing Sessions’s Jan. 10 confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Either you’re lying to the U.S. Senate, or you’re lying to the U.S. House of Representatives.”

The House Judiciary Committee was prompted in their inquiry by a series of fresh revelations from campaign advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, two other guys who spent some hours in front of that committee as of late.

The attorney general tried blaming his own short memory on the sloven and incompetence that surrounded Donald Trump during last year’s election.

“It was a form of chaos every day from day one,” Sessions told the committee. That statement does not adequately fill hearts with confidence.

Collusion notwithstanding, there’s always the 25th Amendment. If thirteen Cabinet members and a Vice-President who would like to escape the wrath to come will simply vote the President out as incompetent, it is not too late for them. They had better act fast, though. The other doors are all closing.

The Penalties of Perjury- Mueller Closes In on Trump’s Inner Circle

It is getting toward the end of a dizzying week in American history.

We started out with the indictments that christened the name #MuellerMonday. For Paul Manafort and his henchman Rick Gates, the inevitable had happened. But the bigger news was 29 year old Trump campaign official George Papadopoulos, an unlikely piker who may soon bring down a president.

Young George, who reportedly was considering a run for office himself, has already accepted a guilty plea. Looks like he told on everybody.

 Papadopoulos communicated with several senior campaign officials about his outreach to the Russian government over a period of months. His emails were favorably noticed by senior staffers such as Paul Manafort and Trump’s nominee for head scientist of the Department of Agriculture Sam Clovis,
Trump is actually on the record in an interview with The Washington Post in March 2016, calling Papadopoulos an “excellent guy.” This is because Clovis handed him a piece of paper with Papadopoulos’ name on it.

Later on Monday, an act of savage and cowardly terrorism was carried out in New York City’s Lower Manhattan district on Tuesday. The suspect was an Uzbekistan national. He conducted a truck attack “to inflict maximum damage against civilians” in Manhattan, near the World Trade Center. It was the deadliest terrorist attack New York has seen since 9/11.

A note found in the truck claimed the attack was for ISIS.

We differ with Trump’s personality and policies in nearly every regard, but the fact remains that he is the one who’s got to manage this situation. We are hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Since Trump has chosen already to try and cash it in for an illusory political conquest, though, it isn’t looking good.
The Editorial Board of the Washington Post characterized this reaction as downright dispiriting. Millennial Democrats are inclined to agree.
On Wednesday Trump tweeted “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.” He adds in a subsequent tweet: “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems.”
But earlier in the month, on October 1, multimillionaire Stephen Paddock shot and killed 58 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, while wounding more than six hundred others. It was the largest mass murder in modern American history.
It happened because someone with money can buy enough ordnance to level half the country if they’re left to reign unchecked. The outrage we’re seeing from Trump these last few days was completely lacking then. Nothing to gain from talking up a white terrorist.
Trump was repeatedly asked about the impact of the shooting on his administration’s legislative opening the door for possible future gun control measures. “We’re not going to talk about that today,” he responded. “We won’t talk about that.”
It’s popular to kick immigrants around. It’s hard to stand up to the NRA lobbyists who stuck him in office.
Chuck Schumer responded from the floor of the Senate, noting that after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush brought Mr. Schumer and Hillary Clinton, then the other Democratic senator from New York, to the White House to demonstrate national unity. Nobody cared about what party they were from after 9/11. We were united in our sorrow by the sacrifice of four thousand of our people.

President Trump, where is your leadership?” Mr. Schumer asked. “President Trump, instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy, should be bringing us together and focusing on the real solution — antiterrorism funding — which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget.”

A different kind of distraction was offered up Thursday as well, a very sad one. It’s always sad, to see someone turn on their own with vicious lies and slander.
We would like to thank Donna Brazile for the years of service that she gave to the Democratic Party. We are saddened and shocked beyond words at her slanders, and at her betrayal. And yet, she will be missed.
The Brazile bone was thrown to get Democrats squabbling over last year, rather than focus on what’s going on today. This is a continuation of the Uranium One strategy from last week. It was done in order to divert attention from a number of other events taking place today, events with actual significance.
This is what they do when they need to deflect attention. They manage, in one way or the next, to push a button they know will cause internal strife among the left.
It’s like when they made a big show out of announcing that Jane Sanders was being investigated by the FBI for fraud relating to her tenure as president of Vermont’s Burlington College. It was unfair, and it was not new. It had been an ongoing story for months.
But they brought it back up when they found it convenient, and threw it at us like a bone among dogs in the hopes that we’d start in on each other. That’s what’s going on today. It’s an attempt at distraction, and today, they have got a lot to distract us from.
For one thing, Jeff Sessions changed his tune again on what he knew about the campaign and Russians. Our Attorney General- the highest law enforcement officer in the country- is once again under scrutiny on Capitol Hill.
It appears his candor was lacking, on the subject of Russia and the Trump campaign. During his previous testimony, he swore up and down that he knew nothing about any attempts on the part of Trump campaign officials to meet with the Russians or to set up meetings with the Russians.
The revelation that he rejected a suggestion to convene a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump last year comes in direct contravention of that statement and opens the door on charges of perjury.
Senator Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat who sits on the Senate intelligence committee, said that despite Sessions’ testimony before the panel earlier this year, “it turns out he was at this meeting with George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos proposed meeting with Putin and Trump. He didn’t disclose that to the committee.” That’s pretty cut and dry.
Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner has seen his fortunes falling as of late. A call on Tuesday with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon heard Trump laying blame for the expanding scandal surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference squarely on Kushner’s shoulders, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg told Vanity Fair.
“Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” said Nunberg. “Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s f—ed.”

“Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history,” Nunberg added.

Yet another of today’s torrential events involved billionaire Robert Mercer stepping down from his hedge fund and giving up his interest in Breitbart News, who he’s been bankrolling all this time. The ostensible reason for this, and maybe even the actual one, is that he doesn’t want to be called a racist anymore. It’s hurting him in his pockets. He is also cutting all ties with the repugnant Milo Yiannoupoulis.
There have been terrible things happening in America of every shape and size this past year. But Trump only cares about some of them. When the California wildfires ravaged wine country and ruined the lives of thousands, he gave a big smile, and offered us his “warmest respects”.
Puerto Rico was thrown under the bus completely. About the only help those Americans received, were the rolls of paper towels Trump threw to people lacking running water.
Florida and Texas, on the other hand, received all the help the federal government had to offer- from Obama-era FEMA holdovers, who did in fact largely save the day. Trump had not gotten around to firing them yet before the Congressional recess, and so the lives of many thousands were saved.
Not a day has gone by since Trump’s original travel ban, that hasn’t seen pandemonium breaking out somewhere. His pettiness and sloven has made this last year a time of great crisis, everywhere. The election was a year and three days ago. It feels like an eternity.
Trump has made it clear long ago where his priorities are. But somehow, knowing that never completely lessens the blow. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the current President of your country, or whether you voted for him, you expect to see him observe a certain decency. Good taste and kindness are not merely decorum. They bring honor to the highest office in the land. Trump doesn’t have any.
It’s a sad thought, to consider the impression he’s made on our children, the children of the millennial generation. When we were kids, we looked up to our presidents. What will our children have? All we can do is point to him as an abject example of everything we don’t want them to be.

Going forward, we’ve got our work cut out for us.

The APA has been conducting its Stress in America poll every year since 2007. The most recent provided an upsetting commentary on our collective state of mind. It found that 63 percent of Americans currently feel that the future of the country is a very significant source of stress in their lives.

59 percent of us said this is the “lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.”

People are in pain. They see confusion all around them. Economic challenges are getting worse. Disinformation and frustration have both taken a toll. We are going through it with everybody else because we are everybody else. However, it is precisely this shared sorrow that will allow us to make our voices heard.

We have a plan. We have specifics. We have continued to provide a sane and decent alternative to an increasingly messy ordeal. We will keep our noses to the grind and refuse to give in. And eventually, we will succeed.

Enough has happened today to keep analysts busy for years. What will happen next is at this point anyone’s guess. In the meantime, we stay tuned and stay focused. Things will come out all right, in the end. We’re all going to see to it.