Twitter Mocks Sean Spicer for Announcing Trump’s Lawyer Will Send ‘A Certified Letter’ Saying He Has No Ties to Russia
‘He Has Already Charged a Leading Law Firm in Washington, D.C. To Send a Certified Letter to Senator Graham’
For nearly a year â€“ really, for years â€“Â rumors have been flying thatÂ Donald Trump has inappropriate and undisclosed ties to Russia. They were fueled by statements Trump and his family members made before he entered the presidential race, and fueled by statements he and his family made after he entered the presidential race. Those rumors exploded as Trump refused to make one negative remark about Vladimir Putin, they exploded when Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, exploded when Trump ally and former advisorÂ Roger Stone announced Wikileaks would deliver an amazing October surprise that would change the race, exploded when it became clear that Trump associates â€“Â including Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner,Â J.D. Gordon, and Roger Stone â€“Â have ties of some form or another to Russia,Â exploded when Trump refused to fire Mike FlynnÂ â€“ despite his ties to Russia, and exploded when Trump repeatedly refused to release his tax returns.
Trump once claimed he and Vladimir Putin were good friends, had bonded in the green room during the taping of a “60 Minutes” episode even though they were taped on separate continents and that never, ever happened.
The list goes on and on and on.
Is there collusion between Trump â€“Â or his family, or business associates, or campaign associates, or transition team associates, or White House associatesÂ â€“ and Russia? We don’t know, but there sure area lot of red flags (no pun intended.)
EarlierÂ Tuesday Senator Lindsey Graham said that while he has no knowledge or evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians, or any inappropriate business dealings, he would like to see any if it exists.
GRAHAM: “…do I want to know are there any Trump business ties to Russia that are inappropriate? The answer would be yes.” â€”via @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/efBNu8jFJi
â€” Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 9, 2017
On Tuesday afternoon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced a way to get all these (and so many more) rumors and accusations behind this White House.Â
.@PressSec: Pres. Trump “welcomes” inquiry into any possible business ties between Trump and Russia. “He has no business in Russia.” pic.twitter.com/J0ArkMZAr7
â€” ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 9, 2017
â€œThe President, obviously,Â was aware of Sen. Grahamâ€™sÂ suggestion after he made itÂ today and heâ€™s fine with that,â€ Spicer told reporters during the daily briefing. â€œHe has no business in Russia.Â He has no connections to Russia.Â So he welcomes that.â€
â€œIn fact, he has already chargedÂ a leading law firm inÂ Washington, D.C. to send aÂ certified letter to Senator Graham to that point, that he has noÂ connections to Russia,â€ Spicer added. â€œSo that should be a really easy look.â€
Very quickly Twitter began to mock Spicer and Trump for suggesting thatÂ sending aÂ certified letter would shed any light on the facts or would resolve this disaster.
@lachlan Wow, a certified letter from a law firm! That means the law firm gets a receipt from the post office!
â€” John Kenney (@johnlkenney) May 9, 2017
Hahahahahaha! “Certified” LOL. How about getting it notarized and making sure there’s a signature of receipt and tracking number? https://t.co/jJAaOmpoFL
â€” Simon Jessey (@scjessey) May 9, 2017
@IndivisibleCHS @IndivisibleTeam @MoveOn @maddow @SenatorTimScott @RepSanfordSC @LindseyGrahamSC Hey can you drop off this official #TrumpCertifiedLetter to Lindsay? pic.twitter.com/J8NVJABonv
â€” #StandIndivisible (@octoberskeye) May 9, 2017
@Amy_Siskind Wait, certified? If he opts for Return Receipt, game over.
â€” R. Judas Brown (@RJudasBrown) May 9, 2017
@JoyAnnReid Only his base would believe the term â€œcertifiedâ€ imports legal significance. It is the equivalent of sending it return, receipt requested.
â€” SpinDoctor (@SpinDr) May 9, 2017
And certified just means the Post Office sends you a receipt saying that your letter was delivered or not and who signed for it. https://t.co/Mw2zH7ZhaW
â€” Leanna Cowan (@Laighe) May 9, 2017
Obama should have sent a certified letter to trump telling him where he was born! That would have solved the birther issue!
â€” Lisa Moraitis (@LisaMoraitis1) May 9, 2017
@KatyTurNBC A certified letter is a worthless as a degree from Trump U. @PressSec show us all of Trump’s Taxes #Trumprussia #TreasonSeason getting hot?
â€” stumblingstudio (@stumblingstudio) May 9, 2017
“Certified” mail just means it has a tracking number/confirmation of receipt
Actually certifying may mean he has to show his tax returns https://t.co/DNzUHr6pfy
â€” Tim Mak (@timkmak) May 9, 2017
A certified letter? Like the one from his doctor that said Trump would be the most fit of any POTUS delivered by limousine for a quick sign? https://t.co/Hd8GGCJKwL
â€” meta (@metaquest) May 9, 2017
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Fox News’ Sean Hannity Whines Charging Trump With ‘Obscure’ Obstruction Is Unfair
Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested on Tuesday’s edition of his radio show that the possibility of former President Donald Trump getting charged with obstruction of justice is unfair because President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton never had their homes “raided” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“So you know, and here’s the other problem, you know, with top secret classified documents. So what they’re doing here is they’re not going to go after what they thought was the crime. Because they didn’t raid Hillary Clinton’s residences. They didn’t raid Joe Biden’s four places where he had top secret classified information. No,” Hannity complained.
Both Clinton and Biden cooperated with federal investigators. Refusing to do so, or impeding their work, is considered obstruction, which is a felony.
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“So they’ll look to something obscure,” Hannity continued. “‘Well, as a result of the investigation, it is alleged that Donald Trump obstructed justice’ — blah blah blah blah blah. Which, by the way, I would argue, legally, he doesn’t have any obligation to cooperate with, and nor can anyone give a real definition of whether or not, you know, exactly how one president is supposed to declassify the materials anyway.”
Trump has claimed that he declassified documents psychically and that they automatically had that status once he took them from the White House. Those statements are not just false — Trump was recorded acknowledging the limits to his power to declassify certain items, such as war plans for an attack on Iran.
Hannity then said that “it’s not going to have anything to do with the documents themselves, except it’ll be a process crime. That is my prediction.”
There are many indicators that Trump could facing an espionage charge (among a litant of others), as recently highlighted by experts.
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“They’re gonna go down the process crime route and they won’t apply the same standards to Joe, just like they didn’t apply the same standards to the Hillary, and whatever bone they throw you on Hunter is the low-hanging fruit that does not get to the heart of the family business with a multitude of countries that they were paid a fortune from,” Hannity added. “And we still haven’t gotten the final numbers, and clearly, Hunter Biden with no experience was leading up the effort and implicates his own father. They’re gonna stay as far away from the real crux of what legality would impact Joe Biden and just go after Donald Trump, to just continue their policies of politicizing or criminalizing political differences.”
Listen below via Media Matters for America or at this link.
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Double Bombshell: Mark Meadows and Trump’s Secret Service Agents Have Testified, NYT Reports
The New York Times late Tuesday afternoon published two separate reports revealing previously unknown details from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s double-pronged investigation into Donald Trump’s likely unlawful actions, including that investigators have interviewed or subpoenaed approximately two dozen people who are among those who know the ex-president best: Mark Meadows, Trump’s final White House Chief of Staff, and “more than 20” of the ex-president’s Secret Service agents.
The Times, pointing to the “surprise revelation” that a federal grand jury has been convened in Florida, reports Meadows has testified before the grand jury, presumably in Washington, D.C. The 20 or more members of the ex-president’s Secret Service detail have either testified before the D.C. grand jury or been subpoenaed to do so.
Meadows is a “key witness” who allegedly was intimately aware or involved in Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and he is believed to also have knowledge of the ex-president’s likely unlawful handling of classified and top secret documents.
Suggesting there could be “unknown complexities” with the revelation of a Florida grand jury, The Times reports Special Counsel Jack Smith’s D.C. grand jury appears to have stopped hearing testimony recently from witnesses, while the one in the Sunshine State “began hearing evidence last month,” but has seen “only a handful of witnesses.”
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Based on “people familiar with the matter,” The Times explains, “if both grand juries are in operation, it suggests that prosecutors are considering bringing charges in both Washington and Florida. It is possible that Mr. Trump could be charged in one jurisdiction while other people involved in the case are charged in the other.”
“But if only the Florida grand jury is currently hearing testimony, it suggests two possibilities,” The Times explains. “One is that the investigation in Washington is largely complete and that prosecutors are now poised to make a decision about bringing charges there while still weighing other potential indictments in Florida.”
Other possibilities are that the Special Counsel believes Florida is the proper venue to file charges against Trump, in the documents probe, or even that the Florida grand jury was convened to accommodate “local witnesses.”
But former Deputy Asst. Attorney General Harry Litman told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace Tuesday that if the Special Counsel files charges in the wrong venue, the entire case “can go away” and cannot be retried.
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“I think Smith has made all his decisions,” Litman added. “The fact that there was this meeting yesterday, only happens when everything’s final. I think there’s a draft indictment and everything, but a very important strategic decision is venue, and I think that they’re pursuing something separate in the Southern District of Florida.”
Meanwhile, The Times notes that “Mr. Meadows has kept largely out of sight, and some of Mr. Trump’s advisers believe he could be a significant witness in the inquiries.” Apparently, even Trump has “at times asked aides questions about how Mr. Meadows is doing, according to a person familiar with the remarks.”
Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger, played coy when asked about his client’s possible grand jury testimony. Terwilliger told The Times, “Without commenting on whether or not Mr. Meadows has testified before the grand jury or in any other proceeding, Mr. Meadows has maintained a commitment to tell the truth where he has a legal obligation to do so.”
In addition to his knowledge, if not participation in efforts to overturn the election, and his knowledge of Trump’s mishandling and possible attempts to obstruct the Dept. of Justice’s investigation into the classified documents, Meadows “tangentially” is involved in a meeting that Special Counsel Smith now has recorded audio of. Although he was not present, that meeting was about Meadows’ book. In the audio, Trump allegedly made clear he knew the highly-classified Pentagon document had not been declassified, shattering his stated defense, and he allegedly said he wanted to share it, which could lead to more legal troubles for him.
Andrew Weissmann, a former top DOJ official, tweeted in response to the Times’ story on Meadows, “Did he plead or was he given immunity?”
Professor of law at NYU Law, Ryan Goodman, a former Special Counsel for the Dept. of Defense, served up this equation:
“Put these 2 things together and what do you have? 1) Meadows ‘has testified before a federal grand jury…in the investigations being led by the special counsel’s office’! 2) Meadow’s actions seem to be kept secret from Trump team! Answer: A cooperator?”
Buttigieg: Republicans Are Targeting LGBTQ People Because They ‘Don’t Want to Talk About’ Their Own ‘Radical Positions’
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg blasted Republicans attacking the LGBTQ community on Tuesday, saying the reason right-wing lawmakers have decided to target them is they don’t want to talk about their “radical positions,” including opposing President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure law and other accomplishments, like $35 insulin.
Appearing on MSNBC, Secretary Buttigieg was asked to weigh in on the Human Rights Campaign’s declaration earlier in the day, of a national emergency in the U.S. for LGBTQ people.
“We have officially declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the United States for the first time following an unprecedented and dangerous spike in anti-LGBTQ+ legislative assaults sweeping state houses this year,” the organizations says on its website. “More than 75 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been signed into law this year alone, more than doubling last year’s number, which was previously the worst year on record.”
HRC also published a detailed chart by state on various issues, including bans on gender-affirming care, sports participation, drag, or support for forced student outing.
And while HRC points to the more than 75 bills that have been signed into law this year, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says it’s currently tracking 491 anti-LGBTQ bills across the country.
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“And if you zoom out to the progress that’s been made in the last 10 or 15 years, including the ability of somebody like me to be standing here doing this job, it’s extraordinary, and yet, now you see the attacks on the LGBTQ community, especially on the trans community and what they’re going through,” Buttigieg, who is the first out gay U.S. Cabinet Secretary, told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing.
“And I think it’s being done out of the perception that it is politically convenient to target vulnerable groups. And honestly, I think where it largely comes from is folks who don’t want to talk about why they were against the infrastructure loans, building roads and bridges. They don’t want to talk about why they were against $35 insulin that the President delivered for Medicare recipients. They don’t want to explain why they were for these radical positions that speak to what those people are worried about their everyday lives.”
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“Think about how hard it is to be a teenager to begin with. But think about how hard it is to be a teenager when you realize that you are different when you’re coming to terms with your gender identity or you’re coming to terms with realizing that you’re gay or lesbian.”
“The last thing you need in your life are politicians trying to score political points by making things worse for you. We’re gonna stand together, whether it’s pride or just on any given day and say no, we’re going to expand, not withdraw, the freedoms and equalities we won in this country, and we’re going to build on them.”
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