Trump Blasts ‘Fake News’ Accounts of His Puerto Rico Visit – Puerto Ricans Compared It to ‘Playing Go Fetch With Dogs’
‘Why Is He Throwing Things to Puerto Ricans Like Weâ€™re Animals?’
PresidentÂ Donald Trump, the First Lady, and several Cabinet members boarded Air Force One Tuesday morning and landed in Puerto Rico at 11:40 AM EDT. And while he cut short his trip to the island territory devastated by two back-to-back hurricanes, for five hours Trump talked with the governor, first responders, and even to a few survivors.
Before even leaving the White House grounds,Â President Trump set the stage for his visit, once again blaming the people of Puerto Rico form their plight, this time complaining they aren’t working hard enough. “They have to give us more help,” Trump cried to reporters.
During those five hours he was on the ground in Puerto Rico Trump managed to scold Puerto Ricans for throwing the federal budget “a little out of whack“Â â€“ something he did not say to the people of Texas or Florida, who already have had billions approved for hurricane relief.
The president also told them to be “proud” they only had 16 people die in the hurricane (it’s now 34) because in a “real catastrophe like Katrina” the death toll would be much higher. (Sadly, it’s likely the Puerto Rico death toll will be too.)
He also met with one survivor and on-camera told the man to “have a good time.” 95% of the island is without electricity and only 44% have drinking water.Â
trump throwing rolls of paper towels into the crowd at chapel. â€œA lot of love in this room,â€ he says pic.twitter.com/Q2wDEsYWfQ
â€” Justin Sink (@justinsink) October 3, 2017
And then, before leaving, TrumpÂ â€“ who according to reports spent the day smilingÂ â€“ literally threw rolls of paper towels at survivors who had lined up at a church now being used as a food distribution center.
Above, a photo, below, the video:
President Trump throws paper towels into the crowd at a Hurricane Maria relief event in Puerto Rico https://t.co/FLHYyPsaLD
â€” NBC News (@NBCNews) October 3, 2017
Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star who has been covering Trump since he announced he was running for the White House, talked to Puerto Ricans about President Trump’s visit.
â€œHe takes two weeks to visit a disaster zone where 3.5 million American citizens live. He arrives with a smile on his face, makes fun of the situation, shows no empathy, lies and lies on camera as he does 24-7. And then throws paper towel rolls to people in need as if he was playing Go Fetch with dogs,â€ said Joel Isaac, 27, a New York actor who moved from Puerto Rico three years ago.Â
Most of Isaacâ€™s family is still on the island. He said he had never felt humiliated as a Puerto Rican until he watched Trumpâ€™s visit.
â€œItâ€™s the whole scene where the privileged white man comes to save the brown peasants after theyâ€™ve been begging, thirsty and hungry. Itâ€™s super disgusting to see, honestly,â€ he said.
Isaac was not the only one who was offended.
â€œDoes he think this is a show? A game? The first reaction that I had: why is he throwing things to Puerto Ricans like weâ€™re animals?â€ said Frances Alvarado, 55, a Puerto Rican in North Carolina whose husband has spent three decades in the navy. Of Trumpâ€™s performance as a whole, she said, â€œItâ€™s shameful. Itâ€™s degrading. Itâ€™s insulting.â€
And yet, right on schedule, at 6:25 AM Wednesday morning President Trump blasted the mediaÂ for its supposed “Fake” reporting, insisting it was a “great day in Puerto Rico:
A great day in Puerto Rico yesterday. While some of the news coverage is Fake, most showed great warmth and friendship.
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2017
Wow, so many Fake News stories today. No matter what I do or say, they will not write or speak truth. The Fake News Media is out of control!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 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.”
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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