“Honestly, It Looked Like A Million And A Half People,” He Claims
Speaking at the hallowed ground of the CIA Memorial Wall on Saturday, President Donald Trump used the occasion to deliver what was essentially a vindictive campaign speech.
Addressing about 300 CIA employees, Trump blasted the media for allegedly lying about the crowd size at his inauguration, calling reporters “among the most dishonest human beings on earth.” He went on to claim that as many as 1.5 million people attended the inauguration, while independent estimates put the crowd size at only 250,000.Â
“We had a massive field of people, packed,” Trump said. “I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field.Â I said wait a minute, I made a speech, I looked out, the field was â€” it looked like a million, a million and a half people. They showed a field and there was practically no one standing there.
“Honestly, it looked like a million and a half people,” he added. “Whatever it was it was, but it went all the way back to the Washington monument. … [They said] we drew 250,00. Now that’s not bad, but it’s a lie.”Â
The Democratic National Committee responded to Trump’s speech with a blistering statement.Â
“After he finished ranting about crowd sizes on the National Mall, I hope President Trump sat down for an interview with the CIA to help with their investigation into his team’s possible collusion with the Kremlin to win the election,” DNC senior adviser Zac Petkanas said. “Next, he can sit down with the FBI who have sought warrants to monitor his team for the same reason.”Â
More reactions from Twitter below.Â
Highlights from the pool report on Trump’s speech at CIA headquarters pic.twitter.com/UbFK7p2ITj
â€” Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) January 21, 2017
He’s off by 400%-600%. This is a readily available fact that the president is choosing to lie about. https://t.co/tmDKEdNdB8
â€” Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) January 21, 2017
Donald Trump is literally lying to the CIA that the inauguration crowd went all the way back to the Washington Monument.
â€” Benjamin Pauker (@benpauker) January 21, 2017
Trump today: “We had a massive field of people. You saw them. Packed.”
â€” Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 21, 2017
Trump has now spent more time LYING* to the CIA about the purported size of his inauguration crowds than he did about fighting ISIS
â€” Seahawk Sneak (@word_34) January 21, 2017
To be able to stand before that wall, in that place, and feel no humility is truly something. https://t.co/rP70vd8DeL
â€” Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 21, 2017
â€” Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) January 21, 2017
Trump seems to be setting up another dishonest media attack to denounce/distract from women’s march coverage he must know is coming…
â€” David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) January 21, 2017
This man is stunningly insecure. And this shtick is not going to work for four years. https://t.co/R3v8F3OHHF
â€” Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) January 21, 2017
And you may not think itâ€™s a big deal. But if youâ€™re lying about something as trivial as your crowd size, what else are you lying about?
â€” Matt Viser (@mviser) January 21, 2017
Trump talking at CIA prattles on about “dishonest media” & how he’s been on Time magazine cover more than Tom Brady. This is nuts.
â€” David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 21, 2017
@LouiseMensch Obviously Team Trump is very insecure about his crowd numbers today. And about other things.
â€” Mark R. Yzaguirre (@markyzaguirre) January 21, 2017
anyone surprised by Trumpâ€™s speech at the CIA is willfully ignorant at this juncture. This is who he is. And how he acts
â€” Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) January 21, 2017
â€” Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 21, 2017
This CIA speech is loony tunes even by Trump standards. Iâ€¦ Itâ€™sâ€¦ Nonsense sidecar pepperoni turquoise mittens.
â€” Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) January 21, 2017
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Burn Bags and Use of Personal Email: Justices’ Security Practices Even Worse Than Leak Investigation Showed
Multiple sources familiar with the court’s operations told CNN that justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive communications, employees used printers that didn’t produce logs and “burn bags” to collect sensitive materials for destruction were often left open and unattended in hallways.
“This has been going on for years,” one former employee said.
Some justices were slow to adopt email technology — they were “not masters of information security protocol,” according to one source — and court employees were afraid to confront them over the security risks.
Supreme Court marshal Gail Curley in her investigative report noted that printer logs intended to track document production were insufficient, but a former employee said employees who had VPN access could print documents from any computer, and remote work during COVID-19 shutdowns and otherwise meant draft opinions could have been taken from the building in violation of court guidelines.
Curley’s report noted that court methods for destroying sensitive documents should be improved, but three employees said striped burn bags supplied to chambers were often left sitting out unattended, and each justice had their own protocols for disposing of court documents.
A source familiar with court security practices said some colleagues stapled burn bags shut, while others filled them to capacity and left them near their desks, and others simply left them sitting in hallways where anyone with access to non-public areas could have taken sensitive materials.
Ethics Complaint Against Sinema Urges Investigation Into Staffers’ Duties and Her Possible ‘Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars’
If you are hired to work in Senator Kyrsten Sinema‘s office on Capitol Hill there is a 37-page memo you’ll want to read detailing all the responsibilities her staffers are required to perform, from getting her groceries, calling Verizon and going to her D.C. home to wait for a repair person if the internet goes out, scheduling massages, and ensuring her very detailed airplane requirements are met.
“It is your job to make her as comfortable as possible on each flight,” the memo says, as The Daily Beast first reported in December.
But now a group of 13 non-profit organizations have joined to file an ethics complaint against Senator Sinema (I-AZ), a new Daily Beast report reveals Friday, including details from that 37-page memo which the newly-independent lawmaker directed to be drawn up. Dated Thursday, the complaint is titled: “Letter to Senate Ethics Committee Regarding Reports of Sinema Abusing Taxpayer Dollars.”
“Senate Ethics guidelines stipulate that staff should not be asked to perform personal errands for members. This is an unambiguous ethical boundary,” the group’s complaint reads.
It also points to that 37-page memo, which it says, “indicates that staff are required, as a condition of their jobs, to carry out numerous tasks that are outside the scope of public employment, including doing personal errands for the Senator, carrying out household tasks at her private residence, and advancing their own funds for her personal purchases. It makes unreasonably precise scheduling demands, and former staff have confirmed some of the allegations.”
The allegations continue.
“And, most troubling, it calls on staff members, who are employed and paid by the public and explicitly barred from campaign activity, to schedule and facilitate political fundraisers and meetings with campaign donors, presumably during the workday while they are on the clock and physically on federal property.”
“Senate staff are prohibited under your guidelines from engaging in political activity ‘on Senate time, using Senate equipment or facilities.’ While you have not prohibited campaign activity outside work hours, the plain language of the memo clearly implies that Sen. Sinema expects her staff to carry out these scheduling tasks during the workday. And these tasks may separately violate Senate Rule 41.1, which explicitly prohibits Senate employees from ‘solicit[ing]’ campaign funds.”
The complaint also alleges that “Sen. Sinema required her staff to schedule three physical therapy and massage sessions a week related to her training for athletic competitions, and to tightly manage her dietary schedule — while allotting only a 30-minute period on Wednesdays for meetings with the constituents she represents.”
The carefully-worded complaint adds, “the allegations paint a picture of a Senator who is not only unresponsive to her constituents, but also disrespectful and even abusive to her employees and wholly unconcerned about her obligations under the law.”
The Daily Beast has posted a copy of the complaint here.
You can read The Beast’s full report here.
Santos May Owe Thousands in Unpaid Traffic Violation Fines and Fees Across Two States: Report
When he left for Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. George Santos also appears to have left a string of unpaid traffic violation fines and fees in two states, including red light, double parking, and overtime parking citations totaling thousands of dollars.
The embattled serial liar and freshman New York GOP lawmaker “may owe more than $3,400 in unpaid citations, according to records from New York City and Florida,” CBS News reports.
Included in that total is $1,299.10 from Florida for toll violations that “racked up late fees and were ultimately sent to collections agencies.”
It appears that in November of 2016, as soon as he got his New York driver’s license after having one in Florida, a car previously ticketed via a red light camera whose plates match one registered to Santos “began piling up citations in New York City — 29 in the next two and a half years, according to city government records, which do not identify the drivers of vehicles being ticketed.”
“More than $1,800 in payments were made for 17 citations, but another 12 remain unpaid, with $2,142.61 still due, according to city records.”
CBS News also points to a New York Post report from January revealing “a Nissan Rogue driven frequently by Santos in recent months had been issued speeding tickets at least five times since he was elected on Nov. 8, ‘including four times in school zones.'”
Santos is under numerous state and federal investigations that span the gamut from campaign finance to allegedly stolen charity funds donated to save the life of a veteran’s service dog. The dog died after the vet could not afford to pay for the operation.
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