FBI decided Trump had to be investigated as a possible Russian agent


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❝ In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

❝ The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

Our fake president’s behavior would be insufficient for such an unprecedented investigation to be decided. The usual standards calling the counter-intelligence division of the FBI into play require additional substantive information. This would be coming not only from covert American sources like the NSA; but, might originate with the security forces of any of our longtime allies.

None of this is considered, of course, either by White House flunkies rolled out of weekend cold storage or predictable Fox News-level apologists. Word games and psycho-babble sufficient to impress today’s Republican base don’t require facts or sound reason.

Regardless, as the investigation progressed, the Mueller Investigation of Trump started. Initially into obstruction of justice. The FBI dossier was passed along to the Special Counsel and wherever that leads will determine whether or not the Fake President will become the first president indicted as a foreign agent.

Kudos to the New York Times reporters and staff who gathered this news and broke the story, this evening.

A Shut Down Government Costs Taxpayers More Than an Open One

❝ Sending workers home, not collecting fees and not paying bills on time all come with a cost, which escalates every day President Trump and Congress fail to reach a deal to reopen federal agencies.

❝ A federal government shutdown might seem like a great way to save money: When agencies aren’t open, they aren’t spending tax dollars. But history shows us that closing the government actually costs more than keeping it open.

Shuttered parks can’t collect entrance fees. Furloughed workers will ultimately get paid for not showing up to work. And the government will wind up having to pay interest on missed payments to some contractors.

And it goes on from there. RTFA. Please ignore the lies, distractions and other con games flowing from the Oval Office like urine from a drunken baboon.

Shutdown somehow spares tourist site in Trump hotel


Historic Clock Tower atop Trump Hotel in DCKaren Bleier/Getty

❝ Smithsonian museums are closed. There are no federal staffers to answer tourists’ questions at the Lincoln Memorial. And across the United States, national parks are cluttered with trash. Yet despite the federal government shutdown, a historic clock tower at the Trump International Hotel remained open Friday for its handful of visitors, staffed by green-clad National Park Service rangers…

The Trump administration appears to have gone out of its way to keep the attraction in the federally owned building that houses the Trump hotel open and staffed with National Park Service rangers, even as other federal agencies shut all but the most essential services…

❝ A watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the GSA, seeking documents explaining why the tower was open, how it continues to be funded, and any communications between the agency and the Trump Organization, the president’s company. Trump gave up day-to-day management of the firm in 2017 but continues to receive earnings from its operations.

At the very least, this smells funny.” Said Noah Bookbinder, the group’s executive director.

I wouldn’t call the smell of anything involving our fake president “funny”.

You have to wonder who is worse: the Ignoranus-in-Chief or the nutballs who support him

❝ President Donald Trump ranted about immigrants, attractive generals, the difficulty of being president and more on Wednesday in his first televised appearance of the year.

In a rambling and often disjointed conversation, the president led reporters and members of his Cabinet through his thinking on issues ranging from immigration to military strategy to the very role of the presidency…

❝ Trump claimed there are more than 30 million undocumented immigrants…experts’…estimated there were 10.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. as of 2016.

❝ In one extended rant, Trump put forth his theory that Afghanistan was responsible for turning the Soviet Union into Russia, shared his thoughts on military strategy to fight terrorism and then claimed he would have been a good general. Trump avoided the draft five times.

❝ He complained about being ‘all alone’ over the holidays, ‘except for all of the guys out on the lawn with machine guns.’

Read ’em all and weep, folks. Especially those of you who didn’t show up on Election Day 2016 because Trump’s defeat was a “sure thing”.