Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

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Well, now, this is some next-level bed-shitting, isn't it?

 

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President Trump asserted executive privilege on Wednesday in an effort to shield hidden portions of Robert S. Mueller III’s unredacted report and the evidence he collected from Congress.

 

The assertion, Mr. Trump’s first use of the secrecy powers as president, came as the House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Wednesday morning to recommend the House of Representatives hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for the same material.

 

“This is to advise you that the president has asserted executive privilege over the entirety of the subpoenaed materials,” a Justice Department official, Stephen E. Boyd, wrote Wednesday morning, referencing not only the Mueller report but the underlying evidence that House Democrats are seeking.

 

Mr. Barr released a redacted version of the special counsel’s 448-page report voluntarily last month. But Democrats say that is not good enough, and they have accused the attorney general of stonewalling a legitimate request for material they need to carry out an investigation into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by Mr. Trump.

 

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The hosts over at Fox & Friends have spent their morning gushing with praise for Donald Trump after The New York Timesrevealed records showing that he lost over $1 billion over a ten-year period.

The president’s most loyal newscasters tried very hard to find a way to put a positive spin on the numbers that showed that Trump lost a total of $1.17 billion from 1985 to 1994—so much that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years, according to the report.

“If anything, you read this and you’re like ‘Wow, it’s pretty impressive, all the things that he’s done in his life,’ said breathless host Ainsley Earhardt. “It’s beyond what most of us could ever achieve.”

In a way, she’s right that Trump’s efforts were unmatched at the time. In 1990 and 1991, Trump reported losses of more than $250 million—more than double that of any other high-income individual U.S. taxpayer for those years, according to calculations from the Times.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade chipped in: “He lost a lot of money over the course of 10 years, if you consider a billion dollars a lot of money.”

Kilmeade went on to argue that the numbers make sense when you consider that Trump is a “bold businessman,” and that the numbers simply were simply a “chronicle” of an adventurous risk-taker.

“It’s as if you buy something and it doesn’t pay out right away or ever you’re a loser,” he said. “No, you take shots, you have an opportunity to do things, that’s the way you live. The reason why we all knew Donald Trump’s name is because for 30 years that’s what he did... What do people not understand about he’s a little bit different from most people?”

In his own defense of his business record Wednesday morning, Trump insisted that his suffering of more than $1 billion in business losses was actually part of his plan all along. He argued that his losses created a “tax shelter,” which “almost all real estate developers did” at the time.

But, appearing as a pundit on Fox & Friends, Newt Gingrich made the most audacious defense of Trump, saying that the president’s dodgy dealings prove that he was right to bring in huge tax cuts for the wealthy.

“When you lower taxes, there is less reason to have shelters, and when you lower taxes there is less reason to create losses for tax purposes,” said the former House speaker. “So, in a very real way, the Trump tax cuts are vindicated by The New York Times story.”

Imagine what they would have said if Trump had actually been proven to have made a profit.

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

the president’s dodgy dealings

 

Dastardly Donny, the Dodgy Dealer...

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No wonder you're an expert at yoga, Loretta - you'd have to be to get your head that far up your ass.

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4 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

No wonder you're an expert at yoga, Loretta - you'd have to be to get your head that far up your ass.

 

 I am not a yoga person, but Alex mentioned on another thread that she is doing yoga and even recommended its calming effects to someone else.  

 

Give it a try Jeffo.  Maybe it can help you deal with your anger and lack of fitness.

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Oh dear...

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/covington-catholic-student-files-275m-defamation-suit-against-cnn-n983041

 

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A Kentucky teenager sued CNN on Tuesday for defamation, saying the cable network falsely conveyed to viewers that he was the "face of an unruly hate mob" confronting a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January.

 

Regards yoga, I practice it daily, a sort of old ladies version related to Tai Chi. I get up 5.40am and light my fire and drink tea. Gets into the day nicely. 

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25 minutes ago, jeremytwo said:

Will be thrown out, but not before the kid's ambulance chaser takes several grand off this trust fund puppy. He will have to prove that CNN definitively knew he wasn't actually "the face of unruly hate mob" (whatever that is), but reported as such anyway. I guarantee CNN has better lawyers. But lemme guess, there's a Gofundme hat being passed around?

 

The whole thing exploded too quickly, and in my estimation is a good cautionary tale about the junk quality of social media twattle masquerading as journalism, and cable media ("both" sides) looking to hawk a narrative regardless of facts. A plague on both their houses.

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9 minutes ago, alderhill said:

Will be thrown out, but not before the kid's ambulance chaser takes several grand off this trust fund puppy. He will have to prove that CNN definitively knew he wasn't actually "the face of unruly hate mob" (whatever that is), but reported as such anyway. I guarantee CNN has better lawyers. But lemme guess, there's a Gofundme hat being passed around?

 

The whole thing exploded too quickly, and in my estimation is a good cautionary tale about the junk quality of social media twattle masquerading as journalism, and cable media ("both" sides) looking to hawk a narrative regardless of facts. A plague on both their houses.

 

Forget about that. The article is from February. It is a big who cares at this point.

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1 hour ago, balticus said:

 

Yoga, Alex.

 

Yoga on arm day? You need to get with the program.

 

EZ bar curls 5 drop down sets starting at 30kg going to the bar.

 

Damn gym hasn't got enough weight on the cables for my tris so nosebreakers with 45kg on the EZ bar and max out the dip machine because apparently spaghetti arms are the look for European men. (Excl my man Markus)

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Trump the billion dollar loser

 

 

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On Tuesday, the New York Times scooped the world on the news that from 1985 to 1994, Donald Trump incurred the biggest business losses of any single taxpayer in American history. What was it like for him to lose more than $1 billion in a decade? Was he perpetually ashen-faced with fear? Or smirking at the thought of outwitting the IRS “for sport,” as he said in a Wednesday morning tweet?

I happen to know, because from late 1988 to 1990, I was his ghostwriter, working on a book that would be called Surviving at the Top. Right in the middle of this period, I can tell you that the answer is that he was neither. Except for an occasional passing look of queasiness, or anger, when someone came into his Trump Tower office and whispered the daily win/loss numbers at his Atlantic City casinos, he seemed to be bored out of his mind.

I tend to see my time with him — the first part of it, anyway, before things started going bad in a hurry — as his “King Midas” period. I never said this to him; if I had, he probably would have thought I was suggesting he enter the muffler business. But it was a stretch of months when everything he touched turned into a deal. The banks seemed to accept the version of him depicted in his first book, The Art of the Deal, which we now know from his previous ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, was entirely invented. They believed it over what they saw on his balance sheets or heard coming out of his mouth, and never said no to his requests for more money. Often they came up with things he could say yes to before he could think of them himself. As a result, a failing real estate developer who had little idea of what he was doing and less interest in doing it once he’d held the all-important press conference wound up owning three New Jersey hotel-casinos, the Plaza Hotel, the Eastern Airlines Shuttle and a 281-foot yacht.....

 

 

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Donald Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr, has been subpoenaed to testify before the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee over his contacts with Russia.

The White House remains at daggers drawn with Congress after the House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to hold attorney general William Barr in contempt of Congress over his failure to release the full, unredacted Mueller report into alleged ties between the Trump administration and the Kremlin.

The president himself meanwhile addressed a rowdy rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Wednesday evening, where he pledged to deliver $448m (£344m) in disaster relief funding seven months after the Panhandle was hit by Hurricane Michael but laughed about the idea of shooting asylum seekers from Central America, who he said constituted an “invasion”.

 

 

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10 hours ago, fraufruit said:

 

 

What is the point of the Democrats subpoenaing their own failed investigation?

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I am sure it has nothing to do with the redactions of the CI information and the secondary witnesses. Nothing at all.

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Nothing wrong here. Nothing at all. All the Trump ass kissers can sit down.

 

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Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, is encouraging Ukraine to wade further into sensitive political issues in the United States, seeking to push the incoming government in Kiev to press ahead with investigations that he hopes will benefit Mr. Trump.

 

Mr. Giuliani said he plans to travel to Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, in the coming days and wants to meet with the nation’s president-elect to urge him to pursue inquiries that allies of the White House contend could yield new information about two matters of intense interest to Mr. Trump.

 

One is the origin of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The other is the involvement of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s sonin a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

 

Mr. Giuliani’s plans create the remarkable scene of a lawyer for the president of the United States pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that Mr. Trump’s allies hope could help him in his re-election campaign. And it comes after Mr. Trump spent more than half of his term facing questions about whether his 2016 campaign conspired with a foreign power.

 

“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” Mr. Giuliani said in an interview on Thursday when asked about the parallel to the special counsel’s inquiry.

 

“There’s nothing illegal about it,” he said. “Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”

 

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2 minutes ago, AlexTr said:

Nothing wrong here. Nothing at all. All the Trump ass kissers can sit down.

 

 

"What? I've been accused of obstruction of justice and accepting foreign assistance to my presidential campaign? Wait here while I obstruct more justice while asking for more foreign assistance to my presidential campaign!"

 

It would be comical if it weren't so serious.

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The court, sensing an easy decision, fast tracks Trump's attempt at lawbreaking by putting his "injunction" on the docket for Tuesday.

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4 minutes ago, AlexTr said:

The court, sensing an easy decision, fast tracks Trump's attempt at lawbreaking by putting his "injunction" on the docket for Tuesday.

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Trump to tweet complaints about the "very Unfair Obama Judge" (which will be echoed by our local forum Trumphumpers) in 3... 2... 1...

 

He just can't help undermining our democracy.

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Nope, not possible that there are entanglements that Trump doesn't want us to know about. Nope, not at all.

 

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The FBI has opened a public corruption investigation into Republican donor and South Florida massage-parlor entrepreneur Li “Cindy” Yang, focusing on whether she illegally funneled money from China into the president’s re-election effort or committed other potential campaign-finance violations, the Miami Herald has learned.

 

Investigators obtained a federal grand jury subpoena Tuesday seeking records from Bing Bing Peranio, an employee of Yang’s family’s spa business who last year contributed a maximum $5,400 to President Donald Trump’s re-election effort, according to a source familiar with the probe. Yang came to Peranio’s workplace and helped her write the check, Peranio told reporters from The New York Times, who first reported the contribution. Peranio told The Times she didn’t “say no.”

 

The subpoena asked for any records related to that March 5, 2018, donation and possibly other contributions between 2014 and the present, said the source, who asked for anonymity to discuss an ongoing federal investigation.

 

In a brief phone interview with the Miami Herald, Peranio confirmed that she had received a subpoena and that FBI agents had interviewed her at her home Thursday.

 

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