First time President has acknowledged this truth.
President Donald Trump’s Thursday morning rage tweets may have revealed more information than he realized. Just one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered a 9-minute speech that changed the entire direction of the impeachment debate, Trump lashed out.
“Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax…And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected,” Trump admitted, apparently for the first time.
“It was a crime that didn’t exist. So now the Dems and their partner, the Fake News Media, say he fought back against this phony crime that didn’t exist, this horrendous false accusation, and he shouldn’t fight back, he should just sit back and take it. Could this be Obstruction? No, Mueller didn’t find Obstruction either. Presidential Harassment!”
Of course, Robert Mueller did find obstruction – ten specific instances are laid out in his 448-page report.
On social media, many are having a field day.
This morning Trump acknowledged that Putin pulled off one of the most significant covert operations in world history—subverting a US presidential election to help Moscow’s favored candidate win. Yet he still calls it a “hoax.” pic.twitter.com/ci9AAudzgS
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) May 30, 2019
Trump appears to acknowledge for the first time that Russia tried to help elect him. https://t.co/78utpJ1OYP
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 30, 2019
So fucking thick he tweets his own confession. https://t.co/0O9AMmz3s2
— Fosh (@foshtown) May 30, 2019
Fully expect he’ll walk back what appears to be an inadvertent concession, but stunning historic moment for a President to say a foreign adversary helped him win an election.
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 30, 2019
Right now Sean Hannity is on a conference call with Rush Limbaugh and Geraldo trying to figure how to spin Trump’s HUGE admission this AM “I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected” as being the fault of Hilary Clinton https://t.co/IezjQviC85
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 30, 2019
“with Russa helping me to get elected.”
You invited it, encouraged it, didn’t report it and…your campaign manager was sharing polling data for the entire campaign season.
“Insufficient evidence” for conspiracy because you obstructed justice, per Mueller. https://t.co/VdduO68zc6
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) May 30, 2019
So here you finally admit that “Russia helped me get elected.” Well, that’s what the investigation was about. The investigation found plenty of evidence that Russia did just that. It thus wasn’t a “Witch Hunt” or “Hoax.” So why did you repeatedly try to obstruct it? pic.twitter.com/XhCeO1iblt
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 30, 2019
Russia helped get me elected is bad enough.
Hi America – re-elect me. I know Russia is helping me again and I did nothing to stop it but vote for me anyway is one hell of a campaign slogan. https://t.co/38ONYwWZRe
— 🇺🇸 Jon B. “Globalist” Wolfsthal (@JBWolfsthal) May 30, 2019
There it is. President Trump finally admits what we’ve known all along: Russia helped get him elected. https://t.co/U9qtaBVCjA
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 30, 2019
You asked Russia to hack Hillary
Your idiot son (not his fault — just bad genes), son-in-law (same) and campaign manager (and current inmate) met with Russians in Trump Tower for dirt on Hillary
You needed Russia’s help to win
You lied about your Russian ties
You are a traitor https://t.co/iI52tPP3Y1
— GOPocalypse Now (@GOPocalypseNow) May 30, 2019
So you’re saying your election win was illegitimate due to foreign interference like half the world has been saying all along? https://t.co/USvJdcnfEq
— Mustard of your doom (@windlashed) May 30, 2019
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DOJ Served Trump With Grand Jury Subpoena for Classified Documents Months Before FBI Raid: Report
The U.S. Dept. of Justice served Donald Trump with a grand jury subpoena months before the FBI raided the former President’s Mar-a-Lago home Monday, according to a right wing media outlet.
News of the existence of the grand jury subpoena being served on Trump months ago comes from Just the News, a website created by John Solomon. Solomon is a longtime journalist who in 2019 was labeled by The Daily Beast as “the Trumpian right’s favorite ‘investigative reporter,'” and the “Trump-friendly scribe” whose “Biden-Ukraine conspiracies were cited multiple times in the whistleblower memo.”
“Many of his co-workers are ashamed to be associated with him,” The Daily Beast reported, citing “his questionable reporting, which often seems specifically tailored to stoke the flames of right-wing paranoia.”
Solomon on Thursday writes: “Two months before his Florida home was raided by the FBI, former President Donald Trump secretly received a grand jury subpoena for classified documents belonging to the National Archives, and voluntarily cooperated by turning over responsive evidence, surrendering security surveillance footage and allowing federal agents and a senior Justice Department lawyer to tour his private storage locker, according to a half dozen people familiar with the incident.”
If accurate, that’s news.
“Very clearly not the intention of that John Solomon article, but it inadvertently reflects very well upon the Justice Department,” NBC News Justice reporter covering the DOJ, Ryan J. Reilly observes. “A subpoena was issued to the former president of the United States and it held for nearly three months, until Trump’s own team publicly disclosed it!”
National security and civil liberties journalist Marcy Wheeler adds: “Here’s what propagandist John Solomon says FBI had reason to believe Trump didn’t turn over in the original 15 box collection of stolen documents: Correspondence with foreign leaders.”
She points to this section of Solomon’s article:
“The subpoena requested any remaining documents Trump possessed with any classification markings, even if they involved photos of foreign leaders, correspondence or mementos from his presidency.”
According to multiple news outlets, FBI agents carted away an additional 10 to 12 cartons on Monday, in addition to the 15 the National Archives was forced to travel to Mar-a-Lago to retrieve earlier this year.
Even Rupert Murdoch’s Trump-friendly New York Post on Tuesday reported a “showdown over the materials first erupted back in January when the National Archives said it had retrieved 15 boxes of White House records — including classified information — from Mar-a-Lago that Trump should have turned over when he left office. The feds took another 12 boxes of material on Monday.”
Watch: Beto O’Rourke Swears at Heckler for Laughing at Uvalde Deaths: ‘It May Be Funny to You … But It’s Not to Me’
Just like his speech in a sweltering Cleburne, Texas gymnasium Wednesday morning, it was also standing room only Wednesday night when Beto O’Rourke, positioned in the center of the room and surrounded by hundreds of people at a town hall in Mineral Wells, Texas, swore at a heckler who laughed when the former U.S. Congressman mentioned the Uvalde, Texas elementary school mass shooting.
“It may be funny to you, motherf—er,” shouted O’Rourke, a former Democratic Party presidential candidate now running to unseat GOP Governor Greg Abbott, “but it’s not funny to me.”
The tall 49-year old father of three shared his profane remarks to massive standing applause, cheers, and the waving of black and white signs that matched the candidate’s black Levi’s and white long sleeve woven shirt.
He didn’t miss a beat.
O’Rourke had passionately reminded the audience that it’s now been “eleven weeks since we lost 19 kids and their two teachers, shot to death with a weapon originally designed for use in combat, legally purchased by an 18 year old who did not try to obtain one when he was 16 or 17, but followed the law that’s on the books ladies and gentlemen, that says that you can buy not one, you could buy two or more if you want to. AR-15s, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and take that weapon that was originally designed for use on the battlefields in Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier’s helmet at 500 feet and knock him down dead up against kids at five feet.”
Out of nowhere, a laugh from someone in the audience, apparently near where a few people were holding up signs for Gov. Greg Abbbott.
“It may be funny to you, motherf—er,” the Democratic nominee shot back, “but it’s not funny to me.”
“We’re gonna make sure that our kids who are starting their school year that they don’t have to worry about somebody walking into their school with a weapon like this,” he continued amid the applause and cheers, “that we take common sense steps we find the common ground, Democrats or Republicans gun owners non-gun owners alike.”
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.@BetoORourke to a Greg Abbott supporter who laughed when the gubernatorial candidate mentioned the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: “It may be funny to you motherfucker, but it’s not funny to me.” #txlege
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 11, 2022
‘Same Answer’: Trump Sat Across From the NY Attorney General and Pleaded the Fifth to Each Question For About 5 Hours
Donald Trump arrived at the New York Attorney General’s Office early Wednesday morning, around 9 AM. At 10:04 AM posted to his Truth Social account was a lengthy statement that says, “under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen.”
Trump was finally forced to appear after a subpoena ordering him to give a deposition on January 7 in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into his real estate pricing practices. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen told Congress in 2019 his former boss would increase what he claimed his properties are worth when attempting to arrange credit and decrease their value for tax purposes.
The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell reported Trump “departed 28 Liberty at 3:20pm slumped in a black Secret Service SUV and peered out of the rear window as his motorcade crawled out of an underground garage past onlookers.”
At 3:42 PM Trump posted: “Just leaving the Attorney General’s Office – A very professional meeting.”
The New York Times reports “Trump and James sat across from each other for hours as he said ‘same answer’ again and again.”
Trump “read a statement into the record in which he called the inquiry a continuation of ‘the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country’ and accused Ms. James of having ‘openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.'”
That statement is similar to the one posted to his Truth Social account.
Trump’s attorney, Ronald P. Fischetti, “said that over the course of about four hours, with several breaks, Mr. Trump answered only one question, about his name, toward the beginning of the interview.”
That statement Trump posted Wednesday morning attempted to merge the FBI’s Monday raid on his Mar-a-Lago home with his appearance for sworn testimony in a very different case.
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