‘This Is an Island, Surrounded by Water, Big Water, Ocean Water’: Everyone’s Talking About Trump’s Latest Puerto Rico Excuse
Administration Ignored What They Knew Would Be a Disaster
President Trump would like Americans to know the reason his administration’s terrible response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, caused by Hurricane Maria, after being impacted by Hurricane Irma, has been so bad.
Despite reports that the White House until at least Monday had no plan to intervene in assistance efforts, President Trump and White House officials have spent the entire week talking about what a great job his team, including FEMA, is doing for the people of Puerto Rico.
That’s false, as the mayor of San Juan has repeatedly insisted.
On Friday, Trump defended his efforts by offering as an excuse the fact that Puerto Rico “is an island, surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.”
Pres. Trump on Puerto Rico disaster response: “This is an island, surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.” https://t.co/GD5nSl5ftY
â€” NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) September 29, 2017
That literally is his reason for not having sent in the military until now, for not having waived the law prohibiting non-U.S. vessels from delivering important supplies to the island, for not having ensured there were logisticsÂ plans in place.
“Water, big water.”
Trump went on to offer up that his administration is “closely coordinated with the territorial and local governments, which are totally and unfortunately unable to handle this catastrophic crisis on their own. Just totally unable to.
Trump also blamed “the tremendous amount of existing debt” Puerto Rico is facing as a good reason to not provide sufficient financial assistance.
Some responses via Twitter:
We’re so literally fucked. https://t.co/qiYSueOY69
â€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 29, 2017
This is a brain surrounded by water. Big water, ocean water #Resign https://t.co/nvIg1lTpUA
â€” Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 29, 2017
amazing, how Obama was able to deliver massive relief to the island of Haiti, which is surrounded by “big water” https://t.co/QYQIkLDdb4
â€” Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) September 29, 2017
Did you ever imagine that we would have a president who routinely speaks like a toddler?
â€” SCOTUSMarshalMathers (@Danofran) September 29, 2017
Remember when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor & the U.S. couldn’t do anything about it because it’s in the middle of a big ocean with big water?
â€” William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) September 29, 2017
If only someone had invented airplanes that could travel there faster over the big water https://t.co/6dXoHtYYlj
â€” Kendra Barkoff Lamy (@kabarkof) September 29, 2017
Oh wow! I didnâ€™t realize itâ€™s big ocean water. Now it makes sense why you spent 7 days attacking sports stars instead of helping Puerto Rico https://t.co/K1h2I0aReN
â€” Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) September 29, 2017
Big water. Ocean water. Filled with dragons and pirates. Not good. pic.twitter.com/sEfmZg3h8p
â€” Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) September 29, 2017
“Bigly water. Like no one has seen before. Nobody knew the water was this big, believe me.And wet.Very wet. I have a house that is wet, btw”
â€” Alex (@WereRoach) September 29, 2017
My 8 y/o son just said “Maybe someone should give him a thesaurus. Very big big water is so 1st grade” ðŸ˜‚ #TrumpHasNoVocab #VelshiRuhle
â€” Sarah Jane Tucker (@hippymom_2) September 29, 2017
Big water. Milk people. Trump doesn’t have the best words. He has Mad Libs.
â€” HelpPuertoRico Lisa (@Lisa_Battleaxe) September 29, 2017
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs
A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
According to an NBC News report from October, Corcoran directed another Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, to sign the letter claiming a thorough search of Mar-a-Lago had been made and all classified or “sensitive” documents had been returned. That was proven untrue after federal agents, executing a search warrant, recovered hundreds of documents with classified markings.
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