Report will put to rest Trump’s claim of being victim to “the biggest scandal in the history of our country.”
The U.S. Dept. of Justice will soon release a long-awaited report that is expected to debunk, among a multitude of far right conspiracy theories and lies, President Donald Trump’s false claim that President Barack Obama wire tapped and spied on him, his campaign, and possibly even his transition team.
Less than two months into his term, seemingly out of nowhere, President Trump took to Twitter to deliver this astonishing claim:
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
He would go on to make other wholly unsupported allegations, like these:
THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (We will never forget)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
Trump’s lies were worldwide news. Here’s the UK’s Sky News covering Trump’s claims at the time:
“This is Nixon/Watergate” President Trump says, after claiming Barack Obama “wire-tapped” him ahead of his election victory pic.twitter.com/sM9msqk7YC
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 4, 2017
For the next two and a half years, Trump would occasionally, and again, seemingly out of nowhere, make similar false claims – without any proof, ever.
But on December 9 the DOJ will release Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report exposing the president’s claims as lies, according to The New York Times.
As NCRM and others recently reported, that Inspector General’s report is also expected to confirm that the FBI’s multi-pronged Russia probe was not tainted by any anti-Trump bias.
But as the Times notes, the report will find some flaws at the FBI, including in how it handled some FISA warrants and wiretaps.
“Mr. Horowitz’s mixed bag of conclusions is likely to give new ammunition to both Mr. Trump’s defenders and critics in the long-running partisan fight over the Russia investigation. Last week, Mr. Trump described the coming report in a phone interview with ‘Fox & Friends’ as potentially ‘historic’ and predicted ‘perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country.'”
The Times neglected to note that the report will not be “historic” nor reveal “perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country.”
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Giuliani Scorched for Claiming US Constitution ‘Obligates’ Trump to Extort Ukraine to Investigate Bidens
‘Lay Off the Shrooms’
The President’s personal attorney is claiming – falsely – that the U.S. Constitution “obligates” President Donald Trump to extort Ukraine to manufacture false evidence of crimes by his top political opponent Joe Biden and the former vice president’s son Hunter Biden.
And he’s getting scorched for these false claims.
Giuliani, a former U.S. Attorney, made the false claims Friday morning on Twitter.
Presidential Legal Obligations 101:
Art 2, Sec. 3 of the US Constitution obligates the President to investigate and ask for investigations of corruption in countries we provide funds to.
Who ever heard of a president being impeached for carrying out his constitutional mandate?
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 6, 2019
It comes as a huge shock to Democrats that @realDonaldTrump will ask for investigations concerning violations of US laws & misused hard-earned tax payer dollars.
It’s called his legal obligation under Article 2, Sec. 3 of the US Constitution. Ignored by Obama.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 6, 2019
Here’s what Article II, Section III of the U.S. Constitution actually says:
“He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.”
There is nothing in that portion of the Constitution to support Giuliani’s claims.
Here’s how some are responding on social media:
Actually the State Dept found they had met the criteria for receiving the money. Investigating corruption is completely different than asking a foreign country to dig up dirt on a political opponent.
— Barbara Williams (@oldWVgirl) December 6, 2019
Dude, lay off the shrooms, that’s not what it says at all
— Analyst @ Surefire Intelligence (@AaronAjlen) December 6, 2019
Rudy literally just admitted yesterday that “investigate corruption” actually meant “smear Biden.” https://t.co/doSwUrVNvu
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 6, 2019
Giuiliani is back in Ukraine claiming the Article 2 Section 3 “take care” clause in the Constitution compels the President to investigate crime anywhere on the planet. It’s turning into a global comedy show. I think Giuliani knows it is all BS yet having fun ridiculing things.
— Lucas W🎄 (@LucasWa05792703) December 6, 2019
He’s supposed to ask it of… the United States government.
But instead, he tried to keep it secret from the United States government.
The idea that the Constitution mandates begging foreign governments to enforce our law is even dumber than you are. https://t.co/kg54mQBx18
— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@KagroX) December 6, 2019
Obama Obama Obama. Obama. Obama. Obama. You’re going to jail Rudy. Tick tock.
— Baba Jessy (@mwabilimwagodi) December 6, 2019
Article 2, Section 3 empowers the president to convene Congress for a State of the Union.
Not sure what Giuliani is getting at here, besides trying to misrepresent the text of the Constitution for uninformed supporters. https://t.co/Lxf2qr621j pic.twitter.com/InvD6JoTio
— Ron Garza (@RonJohnOnline) December 6, 2019
Still lying, grifting and cheating eh Rudy? No learning curve for you!
— Zelda J Pinwheel ☂️ (@ZeldaJPinwheel) December 6, 2019
So… Shucking disclosure : Rudy Giuliani is citing a portion of the constitution incorrectly, thereby showing his utter ignorance of that document.
— Timothy Collins (@wookietim) December 6, 2019
I’m not a big city lawyer, but… that’s not what Article 2, Section 3 says. It does say POTUS must take care laws are “faithfully executed”, despite their own whims or opinions. Maybe he’s thinking of Article 2, Section 4, which calls for impeachment. https://t.co/Hcd55vfOWl pic.twitter.com/Ft5wRScqdD
— Fall is stupid. At least winter is honest (@Henke2020) December 6, 2019
Senate GOP-Led Committee Cleared Ukraine of US Election Meddling – and Yet Republicans Now Spreading Same Putin Propaganda
The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017 investigated allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and cleared that country of any actions that would be in any way similar to the attacks by Russia to put Donald Trump in the White House.
And yet increasingly prominent members of the GOP are parroting those widely-debunked talking points that come straight from the Kremlin. Among the Republicans spreading Russian propaganda are House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes of California, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, and of course, President Donald Trump.
The Intelligence Committee “thoroughly investigated” the claim that Ukraine attacked the U.S. election, Politico reports, “and found no evidence that Ukraine waged a top-down interference campaign akin to the Kremlin’s efforts to help Trump win in 2016.”
The Committee released a bipartisan report that found, in part, Politico notes, that “there was ‘little evidence’ of a ‘top-down effort’ by the Ukrainian government to sabotage Trump’s campaign.”
On Sunday, for example, Senator Kennedy (R-LA) (video below) said that “Russia was very aggressive and they’re much more sophisticated, but the fact that Russia was so aggressive does not exclude the fact that [former] President Poroshenko [of Ukraine] actively worked for Secretary Clinton.” That is false.
.@SenJohnKennedy: Dr Hill is entitled to her opinion
TODD: When does opinion become fact?
K: I believe reports Poroshenko worked for Clinton
T: My goodness, you just did exactly what the Russian op is trying to get Americans to do! Are you worried you’ve been duped?
K: No. pic.twitter.com/EXkFLbptp4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 1, 2019
That 2017 Senate Intelligence Committee report did, however, note that Russia tried to blame Ukraine for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Russia is believed to be behind the crash that killed all 298 passengers and crew members.
Read the full Politico report here.
‘Nauseating’: ‘CBS This Morning’ Slammed for Softball Interview With Trump Jr Promoting His Book Attacking the Left
“Never been so disappointed in a news crew in my life.”
“CBS This Morning” hosted Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday morning to talk about his new book that attacks the left and many Americans are asking “why?” Why invite him on the air? The title of Trump Jr’s book is “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”
That alone should have been a heads-up that maybe choosing to interview the president’s eldest son was a bad idea. But it was also a heads up that if they were going to actually interview him, perhaps they should have been prepared?
As many noted on social media, the panel of CBS hosts was not prepared, they let him spew his false talking points and ugly beliefs with little push back, and when the conversation went off the rails they resorted to flattery to get him to change subjects – just like people do with his father.
Case in point: Here is Donald Trump Jr. attacking transgender people live on CBS’s air:
CBS This Morning hosts tried to move the interview along quickly as Don Jr. started pushing anti-trans talking points pic.twitter.com/LeVjPGyFEu
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 5, 2019
“CBS This Morning” hosts’ solution? Not pushing back, not explaining why his point of view is offensive, but, flattery: “Are you interested in running for political office?”
More flattery: Trump Jr. is identified on the chyron as “The President’s Son.”
Or here: Trump Jr. is reminded polls show a majority of Americans now support impeaching and removing President Trump from office.
“Well I think that was a very plus-D poll,” he says, meaning heavily weighted with Democrats. In fact, among the polls that show majority support for impeaching and removing Trump is a Fox News poll.
CBS hosts didn’t bother to push back on nearly anything Jr. threw at them.
In this same clip, Jr. calls Washington, D.C.’s airport “middle America.”
.@DonaldJTrumpJr believes that the impeachment process will “vindicate” his father.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 5, 2019
Trump Jr. kicked off his first two minutes in the interview by attacking House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, then saying, “My father put the transcript out. Read it,” referring to the transcript of Trump’s infamous July 25 call with the president of Ukraine, in which he engages in attempted extortion.
But President Trump did not, at all, “put the transcript out.” In fact, the official White House call summary says it is not a transcript. No actual transcript was ever released.
And yet, none of the three “CBS This Morning” hosts pushed back on Jr’s lie.
Americans are angered at “CBS This Morning,” and with good reason. Take a look:
shame on you
— #TrumpFascism and the #RepublicanFascistParty. (@PinchandScrimp) November 5, 2019
“CBS This Morning” had the chance to ask Donald Trump Jr tough questions, but the anchors failed to effectively take control of the conversation. He was able to rant against Hunter Biden, the media and trans athletes with little pushback.
— Hayley Miller (@hayleymiller01) November 5, 2019
Because we shouldn’t use our own eyes and ears.
Trump’s transparency: Hide reports, hide phone transcripts, hide Putin notes, hide taxes, hide visitor log at White House, Stop holding press briefings.
Trump’s “LOVE” via Trump’s supporters: pic.twitter.com/MSNAupooXL
— Dianne Reum (@LibertyIsALady) November 5, 2019
MY EXACT QUESTION.
— Stephen Harrington (@_StephenH) November 5, 2019
Just watched trump jr walk all over CBS this morning never been so disappointed in a news crew in my life
— William Wright (@William88819776) November 5, 2019
@GayleKing I treasure you on the CBS morning show, but was incredibly disappointed this morning with your interview of Don Trump Jr. I respect even-keeled journalism, but you and your colleagues allowed him open reign to spin falsehoods. https://t.co/VHskXLpqi9
— Eric B (@ezb60613) November 5, 2019
Damn. I’d just started watching CBS This Morning. I thought I found a decent morning show. I was wrong.
— Philly Snowflake (@phillysnowflake) November 5, 2019
— Beth Tuura (@tvbethy) November 5, 2019
Tried hard to listen to Donny tRump Jr on CBS this Morning but just could not, had to turn off the sound. I love the show but why give voice to the lunatic rantings of this idiot? Sorry CBS this morning but this was a fail for you. @CBSThisMorning
— Daisy Mae (@hduffyg) November 5, 2019
This interview with Don Jr. on CBS this morning is nauseating. Can’t believe they invited him on the set.
— adrienne wright (@YOadriennnnnnne) November 5, 2019
Appallingly bad performance by the CBS This Morning on-air team with Donald Trump Jr interview. Embarrassing.
— mark rast (@photomarkrast) November 5, 2019
Cannot believe CBS This Morning allowed Don Jr. on their show, as much as he & Trump call them “Fake News”, now Gayle & the others have allowed him to use them to promote his book of evil, in which he speaks horrible things about those they hate for all the wrong reasons.
— Anita Blount (@anitablou) November 5, 2019
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