After Donald Trump’s embarrassing joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, he returns to his safe space. The Sean Hannity Show.

By | 2018-07-18T04:40:55+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |25 Comments

(The pertinent portion starts around the 4:30 mark.)

Here is a synopsis courtesy of Vox:

Putin generously offered to help Robert Mueller investigate Russian meddling in the election, despite the fact that Mueller’s investigation keeps indicting Russians.

But Trump seems pretty into the idea:

“I was fascinated by it,” Trump said, adding that Putin said, “Robert Mueller’s people could go with them, but they probably won’t.” Trump suggested this was because of political bias, not because, as one Republican representative put it, it “would be like bringing ISIS into a joint terrorism task force.”

“The 13 angry Democrats, you think they’ll want to go?” Trump quipped. “I don’t think so.”

Kind of like asking ISIS to help us deal with terrorism. 

Trump’s remarks were in response to this question from Hannity:

“Did you like President Putin’s idea, Robert Mueller should go talk to him?”

Damn, why doesn’t Hannity just blow him on camera and call it a day?

Of course, according to Trump the real fly in his getting along with Putin ointment is the investigation.

Trump, of the investigation, said “it has driven a wedge between us and Russia”:

“Maybe we’ve just knocked that down wedge. But it has driven a wedge, and President Putin said that — one of the early things that he said when we started — it’s really a shame because we could do so much good, whether it is humanitarian aid throughout the Middle East, whether it’s not just Syria, so many different things. The safety of nuclear power, which ultimately, there is nothing bigger and more important.

And they drove a phony wedge. It’s a phony witch hunt, rigged deal. With guys like Peter Strzok and Comey and McCabe. The whole group and you can imagine who else. It’s a real shame.”

You know I have to agree with Trump here. 

If it were not for the Russia investigations, and all of the scrutiny the media is paying to his interactions with Putin, I bet there are ALL KINDS of deals that he would be making with the Kremlin right now. 

You know things like providing the Russians with access to our NSA files, welcoming hundreds of their spies back into the country as “diplomats,” doing away with all of those silly sanctions, and of course, giving Putin final say on American policies moving forward. 

Actually, you know that last one I think he already has. 

There were a few voices raised on Fox that were critical of Trump’s meeting with Putin and the following press conference.

But you can always count on good old Sean Hannity to suck up to Trump no matter what and ignore anything he does that might seem wrong, or ignorant, or even traitorous. 

That is why he is Trump’s go-to guy when he starts to feel isolated and attacked from all sides. 

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25 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 11:16 am

    The White House gave the GOP talking points about Trump and Putin— but nobody used them

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/white-house-gave-gop-talking-points-trump-putin-nobody-used/

    CNN host: ‘Dozens’ of Republican lawmakers refused request to talk about Trump cowering before Putin

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/cnn-host-dozens-republican-lawmakers-refused-request-talk-trump-cowering-putin/

    Trump claims he misspoke at presser with Putin: ‘I accept’ that Russia ‘meddled’ but it didn’t affect the votes

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-claims-misspoke-presser-putin-accept-russia-meddled-didnt-effect-votes/

    CNN host Jim Sciutto revealed on Tuesday that “dozens” of Republican lawmakers had refused requests to discuss President Donald Trump’s highly criticized meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    At the start of an interview with Republican Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), Sciutto set the scene by noting that almost all Republican lawmakers contacted by the network had turned down the opportunity for an interview.

    “So our viewers know, we reached out to dozens of Republican lawmakers today to speak, to react to the president’s comments. I want to thank you for being the only one who said yes,” the CNN host said before asking Costello for his reaction to the summit.

    “Well, I was embarrassed,” Costello lamented. “I think that I was outraged because I think that in all my years of having a tremendous respect for the institution of the presidency and its role around our globe, I’d never seen a more pathetic and weak display of American leadership as a president.”

    “And it’s not explainable,” the Republican congressman added. “It’s not defensible. And it’s something we should view, I think, with outrage and ask serious questions as to why our president would somehow cast doubt or create some equivalency between Vladimir Putin’s denial and the very substantive investigative powers of our law enforcement and intelligence communities, which made a determination and issued an indictment that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election.”

    Watch the video below from CNN.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/cnn-host-dozens-republican-lawmakers-refused-request-talk-trump-cowering-putin/

    Donald Trump, King of the White People, bends the knee to a foreign tyrant
    Donald Trump’s ugly racist fantasies, embraced by millions of Americans, brought us to this national disgrace

    Through those actions Donald Trump has ushered a new phrase into the American vocabulary: treasonous racism.

    https://www.salon.com/2018/07/17/donald-trump-king-of-the-white-people-bends-the-knee-to-a-foreign-tyrant/

  2. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Bring back the learned black POTUS, NOW!

  3. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Trump Got Cut Off In Mid Lie As The Lights Suddenly Went Out At The White House

    Trump tried to say that he supported the intelligence agencies, and as he was lying, the lights went out at the White House.

    Video:

    Trump is in damage control mode, and the lights going on him as he lies about supporting the intelligence community assessment was the perfect symbolism for the declining state of the Trump presidency.

    America is shutting off the lights on Trump’s treasonous run in the Oval Office.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/17/trump-got-cut-off-in-mid-lie-as-the-lights-suddenly-went-out-at-the-white-house.html

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Brooke Baldwin Tears Into Trump’s Attempted Russia Clean-Up: How Gullible Does He Think Americans Are?!

      …Baldwin and her panel found it a little staggering that the President is trying to claim he caused this huge uproar, in part, because of a missing contraction.

      Dana Bash said, “If only that entire spectacle, unbelievably historically embarrassing spectacle, could have been and could be fixed with an N and an apostrophe and a T.”

      And in context, she argued, that correction doesn’t even make sense given everything else Trump said about Putin and Russia.

      “It almost makes what happened yesterday worse!” she added.

      Gloria Borger and Jim Sciutto agreed the clean-up was just ridiculous, and Baldwin asked this:

      “How gullible––you know, with a ‘slip’––does he think Americans or the world is?”

      Watch above, via CNN.

      https://www.mediaite.com/tv/brooke-baldwin-tears-into-trumps-attempted-russia-clean-up-how-gullible-does-he-think-americans-are/

      CNN Effusively Praises Fox’s Chris Wallace for his Putin Interview: ‘A Master Class’

      …“Bravo to Chris Wallace, of Fox News, who got the sit-down with Vladimir Putin and put the indictment to him,” she said. “He had it in his hands and he said ‘here is the evidence right here, would you take a look at this.’”

      After the clip she points out Putin “wouldn’t touch it.” It was a seriously memorable moment in the interview.

      It wasn’t just CNN though. Salon said that Wallace was “not outfoxed” by Putin and that he “pressed Putin in all the ways President Trump did not.” Politico, too, highlighted Wallace’s “probing questions”.

      https://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-effusively-praises-foxs-chris-wallace-for-his-putin-interview-a-master-class/

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 4:37 am

      No that was putin messing with the power grid sending a message to little donnie. wonder what is inside the soccer ball?

  4. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Trump Tries To Clean Up After Disastrous Putin Summit
    President Trump now says he accepts U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion on Russian interference, but also said it “could be other people.”

    …Trump’s attempt to walk back his remarks resembled his response to pushback from his moral equivalence remarks following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year in which he blamed “both sides” for the violence, before reading a prepared statement condemning the white supremacist groups — and then later doubling down on his original remarks.

    …Trump received near-universal condemnation of his Monday remarks, even from many Republicans. Just hours after the stunning press conference, he defended his statements during a friendly Fox News interview with host Sean Hannity, an informal adviser to Trump.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-putin-summit_us_5b4e35a2e4b0fd5c73bfe130

  5. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Lol. Trump goes two terms guaranteed if this is all the press and left have for another two years, ‘Russian collusion’.

    Find good candidates with solid platforms.

    Not a 29yo semi good looking recent bartender who doesn’t have any idea what she is doing, her platform is essentially communism, and she is going to fall flat on her face. Her backstory has already fallen apart, lord knows what else is going to come out. Of course the other candidate is on the general ticket still. He will probably win.

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 4:41 am

      LOL Russian collusion is trump’s slogan, he is like a putin parrot and if you think a foreign enemy messing with our election is fine, why don’t you move to russia, you will be right at home.

      LOL trump is going to crash and burn, he can’t keep his butt hole mouth shut and I guarantee if he cooked up some other treasonous actions with putin, it won’t be long before he starts bragging and it will all come out.

  6. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Apparently this morning in Lower Manhattan someone put a life-sized Putin on the Wall Street Bull and covered it with dildos!

    https://twitter.com/teetoatee/status/1019234888044695552

  7. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Nicolle Wallace: Trump is Weaving a ‘Web of Lies’ With Attempt at Russia Clean-Up

    There was no way MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace was letting President Donald Trump get away with his flimsy explanation for his mind-boggling performance in Helsinki Monday.

    “The president engaged in feeble cleanup this afternoon,” she began in a segment Tuesday, playing a clip of President Trump saying that he meant to say that he sees no reason that it “wouldn’t” be Russia who meddled in the 2016 elections.

    “You know how you know that’s a lie?” Wallace asked. “You know how long it takes when you’re president to get a clip of your press conference? About 60 seconds.”

    “We just learned though that stunning attempt at cleanup, most of it read from prepared remarks, followed an unscheduled meeting this morning of Trump’s top national security advisers concerning Russia and all the fallout from Helsinki,” she continued.

    Wallace then introduced her panel for the segment and turned to one of her guests, the AP’s Jonathan Lemire, and said: “It’s a flagrant lie and a shameless lie to say he had to pull a transcript to find out what he’d said. The headlines were instant. The reaction was instant. He couldn’t have even been in the motorcade before his entire White House staff would have gone to him and said ‘Hey, that landed with a thud, you siding with Vladimir Putin over Dan Coats and the intelligence community.’ So what gives with the web of lies that he tried to weave in that prepared remark today?”

    submit to reddit

    There was no way MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace was letting President Donald Trump get away with his flimsy explanation for his mind-boggling performance in Helsinki Monday.

    “The president engaged in feeble cleanup this afternoon,” she began in a segment Tuesday, playing a clip of President Trump saying that he meant to say that he sees no reason that it “wouldn’t” be Russia who meddled in the 2016 elections.

    “You know how you know that’s a lie?” Wallace asked. “You know how long it takes when you’re president to get a clip of your press conference? About 60 seconds.”

    “We just learned though that stunning attempt at cleanup, most of it read from prepared remarks, followed an unscheduled meeting this morning of Trump’s top national security advisers concerning Russia and all the fallout from Helsinki,” she continued.

    Wallace then introduced her panel for the segment and turned to one of her guests, the AP’s Jonathan Lemire, and said: “It’s a flagrant lie and a shameless lie to say he had to pull a transcript to find out what he’d said. The headlines were instant. The reaction was instant. He couldn’t have even been in the motorcade before his entire White House staff would have gone to him and said ‘Hey, that landed with a thud, you siding with Vladimir Putin over Dan Coats and the intelligence community.’ So what gives with the web of lies that he tried to weave in that prepared remark today?”

    “That excuse defies all believability, because even if he did misspeak in that one sentence, to take that as fact means you had to ignore the rest of the press conference,” Lemire replied.

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/nicolle-wallace-trump-is-weaving-a-web-of-lies-with-attempt-at-russia-clean-up/

    The Five Tackles Trump Russia Fallout: Saying Whether You Believe US Intel or Putin ‘Not a Hard Answer’

    Trump said today he misspoke at his press conference with Vladimir Putin yesterday, and he got some criticism on Fox News’ The Five today over it.

    After the President’s attempt at a clean-up today, Dana Perino said if it really was a clarification the White House felt was worth making, they should’ve done it yesterday.

    She also noted that Trump ad-libbed a comment that it could’ve been others instead of the Russians, which “negated” the rest of what he said.

    “Words do matter and they have consequences,” she said. “Being nice is fine… He does the right things and says the wrong things.”

    Jesse Watters said it’s either a gaffe yesterday, noting he could’ve cleaned it up with Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-five-tackles-trump-russia-fallout-saying-whether-you-believe-us-intel-or-putin-not-a-hard-answer/

  8. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    ‘Holy Moly’: Fox’s Neil Cavuto Says Putin ‘Appeared to Run Circles Around the President’

    Even Fox hosts were completely stunned by President Donald Trump‘s performance at his joint presser with Vladimir Putin today.

    Trump was directly asked whether he believes Putin or his own intel community on Russian meddling, and not only did he question whether Russia actually did it, but he seemed more outraged about the DNC server.

    “This has got to be the most incredible thing I’ve ever witnessed,” Neil Cavuto said. He likened it to someone offering to help look into the cause of a fire that they started.

    Stuart Varney said, “It was not a very forceful presentation from President Trump with Putin standing right next to him. Not forceful at all.”

    Michael Savage Aims at Hannity For Friendly Trump Interview: Has He ‘Become State Controlled Media?’

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/michael-savage-aims-at-hannity-for-friendly-trump-interview-has-he-become-state-controlled-media/

    Hannity Trashes ‘Weak, Pathetic, Visionless, Feckless, Spineless Republicans’ for Criticizing Trump

    Sean Hannity opened his radio show today with a lengthy diatribe against Republicans outraged by President Trump not confronting Vladimir Putin and throwing his intel agencies under the bus.

    Hannity was set off, in part, by Mediaite’s post earlier on the conservatives and Republicans who condemned Trump over the presser (hi, Sean), a list that ranges from John McCain to Liz Cheney to Ben Shapiro.

    (Also, for the record, a number of Hannity’s own Fox colleagues are pretty stunned too.)

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/hannity-trashes-weak-pathetic-visionless-feckless-spineless-republicans-for-criticizing-trump

  9. Anon July 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    This afternoon’s ridiculous claim of not contracting the word “would” was merely an attempt to play people as fools. It was a clever fix to correct one word in one sentence. I hope it was not enough to take actions to deal with Trump. Someone mentioned to me that Trump could leak information from classified briefings toTrump.

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Katy Tur: If Trump’s Advisors Thought He Misspoke, Why Did It Take a Whole Day to Correct?

      …“If the President’s advisers though he misspoke, why would it take 27 hours––27 hours––for someone to tell us? If the President actually misspoke, why is he incapable of telling us without reading directly from a written statement that was likely written for him? And why is he incapable of actually sticking to the script?”

      And indeed, as he read his prepared statement today saying he believes the Russians meddled, Trump ad-libbed, “Could be other people also. There’s a lot of people out there.”

      You can watch the video above, via MSNBC.

      https://www.mediaite.com/tv/katy-tur-if-trumps-advisors-thought-he-misspoke-why-did-it-take-a-whole-day-to-correct/

  10. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Senator Calls For Hearing With U.S. Interpreter In Trump-Putin Meeting
    Congress needs to know what Trump “promised Putin on our behalf,” says Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

    Nobody knows what President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin in their private, two-hour meeting on Monday, after which he publicly trashed U.S. intelligence and praised the Russian dictator.

    Well, almost nobody. At least one U.S. interpreter was in the room with the two leaders. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) says she wants to bring in that interpreter to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on what, exactly, Trump shared with Putin.

    “That translator is an official of the U.S. government,” Shaheen told reporters Tuesday. “It is imperative that the American people and this Congress know precisely what the president shared or promised the Kremlin on our behalf.”

    She later broadcast a similar message on Twitter.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-hearing-interpreter-trump-putin_us_5b4e4d86e4b0de86f487a4e3

    Here Are The Excuses Republicans Made For Donald Trump On Putin And Russian Meddling
    Apparently a bunch of Republicans just missed Trump’s Russia meltdown.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/house-republicans-trump-putin-summit_us_5b4e4faae4b0de86f487a7de

    GOP Senator Offers The Craziest Theory For Why Trump Didn’t Stand Up To Putin
    The president aired doubts about Russian meddling in order to stick it to Vladimir Putin, Sen. Mike Rounds hypothesized.

    …But one Republican senator has a different and more convoluted theory for Trump’s behavior: The president shrewdly executed some kind of mind jujitsu on Putin by purposely discounting the U.S. intelligence assessments that have said Moscow interfered in America’s political process and, instead, giving credence to the Russian leader’s denials of such efforts.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-putin-theory-mike-rounds_us_5b4e49e7e4b0de86f4879ecd

    How Trump’s Putin Summit Do-Over Mirrors His Charlottesville Response
    Trump has continually responded to debacles by suggesting he would give some kind of a mea culpa — and then creating another disaster.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-putin-charlottesville-false-equivalence_us_5b4e46d8e4b0fd5c73c00017

    Twitter Users Aren’t Buying Trump’s Excuse About Defending Russia
    The president said he misspoke when he dismissed the idea that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-excuse-about-defending-russia_us_5b4e4d9ce4b0b15aba897777

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      I would prefer the translator speak with Mueller, after all with the possibility of leaks from Congress, it might put their life on the line since putin likes to poison people that talk.

  11. Anon. July 17, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Hannity is an opportunist deviant. It’s not more complicated than that.His head is way up Trump’s rectum.
    His freakishness nature is obvious on his face. Spooky fellow.

  12. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Trump’s Worst Nightmare Comes True As There Is Bipartisan Support To Have Private Putin Meeting Translator Brief Congress

    …Blumenthal said, “President Trump has failed utterly refused to implement those sanctions against Russian energy, Russian financial, and Russian institutions generally that were required. They’re not discretionary. They are mandatory. And here is something else that Congress needs to do. Next week, Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State will be coming to testify before the foreign relation committee. I think we need the translator notes, and the translator herself come and brief us about what was said privately, because as important what that press conference was, where President Trump was a complete patsy, a pushover, and appeaser. Equally what he said privately to Vladimir Putin.”

    …If Congress does try to bring the translator in, it will raise the question of whether or not Trump will try to stop her from telling Congress what she heard by invoking Executive Privilege. Should Trump try to assert privilege, it is a pretty safe bet that all hell would break loose, because it would look like Trump was hiding something.

    Trump thought that he could keep the details of his two hours plus conversation with Putin a secret, but his secret could be about to come out. If the president tries to stop Congress from learning what was said, it will plunge the nation into turmoil and make the crisis even worse.

    Donald Trump’s private Putin meeting is about to cause a very big problem for the White House.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/17/trump-putin-meeting-translator-congress.html

    Trump Sabotaged His Own White House Script By Writing No Collusion Over It In Sharpie

    Even though the White House tried to chain Trump to prepared remarks after the summit disaster, Trump took a Sharpie and wrote in giant black letters, “THERE WAS NO COLLUSION.”

    Here is a picture of what Trump scribbled over his own remarks:

    Even when the White House tries to chain Trump to a script to make him sound like a president, Trump scribbles over their script and goes out in front of the television cameras and makes up his own script. At least Trump is consistent. He tweets no collision in all caps at least three times a week, so it is verification that he also writes in all caps on his written remarks.

    Trump is totally out of control.

    The White House tried to do damage control, but Trump blew it up.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/17/trump-sabotaged-his-own-white-house-script-by-writing-no-collusion-over-it-in-sharpie.html

    Majority of Americans think Trump mishandling Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    …A majority of registered voters, 59 percent, agree with the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia attempted to influence the U.S. election, the Reuters/Ipsos poll found. But only 32 percent of Republicans think that is true compared to 84 percent of Democrats.

    The Reuters/Ipsos poll also revealed a distinct split among Republican and Democratic voters over whether Russia should be considered an adversary of the United States.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/17/majority-of-americans-think-trump-mishandling-russia-reuters-ipsos-poll.html

  13. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    OK first of all, this is another lie by trump to do damage control. He meant what he said the first time and is only back peddling because of the uproar and disgust by just about everyone but his moronic supporters.
    I must be brain dead, but as many times has I have read his so called “correction” , it still doesn’t make any more sense than the gibberish he said the first time.

    Also he is claiming that all the uproar was created by the fake news, well since it was broadcast live, I would like someone to ask Mr. Stable Genius, if that wasn’t him on the podium with is controller trashing the USA, then who was it? The Manchurian Candidate?

    Finally, we all know that Mr. KGB Putin taped the private meeting, so what else does he have on trump to hold over his head? Mr. trump should keep in mind that putin has this tendency to eliminate those who are no longer useful or oppose him !!!
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    Trump corrects his quote, says misspoke on Russian meddling
    By ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO – The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.
    “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia” instead of “why it would,” Trump said, in a rare admission of error by the bombastic U.S. leader……

  14. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Rachel Maddow Drops A Terrifying Message On Republicans As The Russia Heat Reaches A Boil

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/17/rachel-maddow-russia-heat.html

    Rebuking Trump’s embrace of Putin, some lawmakers look to punish Russia

    …“The president needs to understand he has damaged U.S. foreign policy,” Representative Mike Turner, a Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN. “He’s given them a pass and is certainly not holding them accountable for what they’re doing.”

    Some lawmakers said they would seek remedies in Congress.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/17/rebuking-trumps-embrace-of-putin-u-s-lawmakers-look-to-punish-russia.html

  15. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    ‘Americans elected a president who — this is a safe surmise — knew that he had more to fear from making his tax returns public than from keeping them secret. The most innocent inference is that for decades he has depended on an American weakness, susceptibility to the tacky charisma of wealth, which would evaporate when his tax returns revealed that he has always lied about his wealth, too. A more ominous explanation might be that his redundantly demonstrated incompetence as a businessman tumbled him into unsavory financial dependencies on Russians. A still more sinister explanation might be that the Russians have something else, something worse, to keep him compliant.

    Trump has a weak man’s banal fascination with strong men whose disdain for him is evidently unimaginable to him.’ – George F. Will

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-sad-embarrassing-wreck-of-a-man/2018/07/17/d06de8ea-89e8-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

  16. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    ‘Morally repugnant’: Homeland Security advisory council members resign over immigration policies

    …The group noted that the Department of Homeland Security did not consult its advisory council before implementing the policy, which separated more than 2,500 children until President Trump reversed his endorsement of the practice amid an international outcry and signed an order instructing the agency to stop doing so.

    “Were we consulted, we would have observed that routinely taking children from migrant parents was morally repugnant, counter-productive and ill-considered,” the group wrote. “We cannot tolerate association with the immigration policies of this administration, nor the illusion that we are consulted on these matters.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2018/07/17/morally-repugnant-homeland-security-advisory-council-members-resign-over-immigration-policies

  17. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Congressman reveals GOP members refused to allow Dems to question Russian ‘spy’ Maria Butina and 30 other witnesses

    Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) revealed Tuesday that Republicans shut down any demands by Democrats to question Maria Butina, who was just indicted by the special counsel’s investigation. But Butina was one of about 30 witnesses that Democrats sought out that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and others on the Intelligence Committee denied. The investigation has since been closed by Nunes.

    “Let me tell you, she was high on our list on the Democratic side to interview on the House Select Committee Intelligence investigation,” Quigley said, in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.

    “Really?” he said, shocked.

    “The Republicans refused to allow her to come testify,” Quigley continued. “They refused multiple — I would say there’s probably 30 other key witnesses like her that they refused to bring before the committee.”

    Lemon asked why and Quigley said that he believes it’s likely for the same reason that the investigation was shut down entirely.

    “They didn’t like where it was going,” Quigley continued. “Thank God the [Robert] Mueller investigation continues so the American public can get a glimmer through the indictments last week and this indictment today of just what took place. It is a path towards the White House.”

    He went on that there seem to be more communications and more ties from Russia to U.S. politics, but it didn’t matter to the Republicans on the committee.

    “The fact that we were shut down, they refused to allow subpoenas to go forward involving the gun rights group she formed in Russia and its connection to the NRA — the fact that there were so many other documents they refused subpoena,” he continued. “They refused to subpoena anyone and make them answer questions. They went along with the White House insisting no one have to answer our questions. That sounds like they wanted to work with the White House to protect it politically and legally not get to it the truth.”

    Watch his full commentary below:

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/congressman-reveals-gop-members-refused-allow-dems-question-russian-spy-maria-butina-30-witnesses/

  18. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Trump Decided Russia Indictments Should Come Pre-Summit, Sources Say

    …Trump gave the go-ahead to announce new Russian election-hacking indictments before his meeting with Vladimir Putin rather than after — in the hopes it would strengthen his hand in the talks, according to accounts from people familiar with the decision.

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein went to Trump last week and offered him the choice: before or after the Putin summit on Monday in Helsinki? Trump chose before, ultimately putting the issue into the spotlight just 72 hours before the high-stakes meeting, the people said.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-17/trump-says-he-accepts-u-s-finding-russia-meddled-in-election

  19. Immoral July 17, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Trump goes to “specific” countries, and meetings with NATO, and ends up with Russia. So the unilateral agreement was reached? No one wants to go home eh?

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