After rejecting invitation to the White House Putin extends his own invitation for Trump to visit Moscow.

By | 2018-07-28T08:44:02+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News, News2|Tags: , , , , , , , |25 Comments

You can almost feel the sense of panic within the US intelligence community, can’t you?

Courtesy of NYT:

Just two days after the White House postponed plans to have President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia visit Washington in the fall, the Russian leader said on Friday that he had invited President Trump to visit him in Moscow.

Praising Mr. Trump as a leader “who seeks to keep his promises,” Mr. Putin continued to push for a second summit meeting, though their first, this month, generated intense criticism of his American counterpart. Mr. Putin said he was ready to meet either in Washington or Moscow, adding that he had already told Mr. Trump that he had an invitation to visit the Russian capital.

The White House quickly responded favorably to the idea. “President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told reporters.

I think perhaps the only thing that frightens Intelligence experts more than the idea of Putin walking around the White House, is having Donald Trump, and the nuclear football, being electronically monitored and scrutinized while visiting Moscow. 

You know that Trump is going to go, despite Bolton saying that it would have to wait until after the Mueller investigation wraps up, because if his boss says “Jump” Trump has to respond with “How high?”

Keep in mind that this would be Trump and Putin’s third date, and you know what that means. 

Somebody’s going to have to give up the goods, assuming of course that Trump did not already drop trou during their first get together. 

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25 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Donnie had better go to Moscow for his sleepover at Putie’s dacha, and fast. He can’t be extradited from there.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Yep, hope he enjoys the winters in Siberia.

  2. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Trump Releases Statement On Election Security And Does Not Mention Russia Once

    …The White House released a statement about a national security meeting on election security that did not mention the one country that is proven to have attacked a US election. This is, of course, not surprising because Donald Trump refuses to state that Russia attacked the election. The White House continues to deny what everyone knows is true. Russia attacked the 2016 election. Russia is attacking the 2018 election, and Donald Trump is doing less than nothing about it.

    Being that the meeting lasted less than 30 minutes, Trump just wasn’t able to get around to it, but the more likely answer is that Russia was intentionally left out of the conversation because Comrade Trump needs all the help that he can get this November.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/27/trump-releases-statement-on-election-security-and-does-not-mention-russia-once.html

  3. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Vladimir Putin hits the panic button over Donald Trump

    http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/panic-vladimir-putin-button-trump/11639/

  4. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    ‘Pot meet kettle’: Brutal Anderson Cooper commentary burns Trump for hypocritically calling Michael Cohen a liar

    …During his Friday commentary, Cooper said that it says something about the week, month and year (or three) that Americans have seen when the question being asked is: who do you believe?

    The host noted that in his first year in office, Trump managed more than 3,000 lies that can be fact-checked.

    “Sources tell us Michael Cohen is prepared to tell Russia special counsel Robert Mueller that candidate Trump had advanced knowledge of the new infamous June 2016 meeting between his son, son-in-law, campaign chairman and Russians promising Kremlin intelligence on Hillary Clinton,” Cooper said.

    He explained that if Cohen is the one to believed it means that everything the president and his children have said is false. According to Cooper, Trump’s defense boils down to this: “Don’t believe him. He’s a liar.”

    “Pot, meet kettle,” said the CNN host.

    He then walked through the series of lies from the president, his son, his allies and a “heaping helping of word salad” from Rudy Giuliani.

    “I mean, I obviously asked Jay [Sekulow] about this,” Giuliani said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. “I think he was informed at the time, just like I was when I came into the case. He was just in the case. This is a point that maybe wasn’t clarified in terms of recollection and his understanding of it. And what Jay did was he immediately corrected it. And even had been under oath, he would call that recanting. And it’s Jay, not the president. So that’s the wisdom of not having a president testify. It’s one thing to do it with a lawyer. It’s another thing to do it with your client.”

    “Make sense now?” Cooper said, noting that Trump’s defenders can’t seem to keep their stories straight “about the bogus story the president concocted about the meeting that they were misleading about after concealing for a year.”

    “On the other side, the president’s turncoat attorney who might or might not be telling truth about his serially less than an honest client,” he continued. “That’s where we are tonight.”

    Watch his opening commentary below:

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/pot-meet-kettle-brutal-anderson-cooper-commentary-burns-trump-hypocritically-calling-michael-cohen-liar/

  5. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Putin dares Trump to resist invitation to Moscow for second summit

    After the White House said Trump does not want to meet with Putin until next year, the Russian dictator is calling his bluff.

    Russian dictator Vladimir Putin once again demonstrated his dominance over Trump by inviting him to Moscow, just after reports that Putin had not accepted Trump’s invitation to the White House.

    That apparent rejection led the Trump administration to backtrack and claim it no longer wanted to have a meeting until next year, even though Trump had tweeted last week that he was looking forward to their “second meeting.”

    https://shareblue.com/putin-invitation-trump-summit-in-moscow/

  6. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    ‘Putin’s favorite’ GOP congressman dined with alleged Russian spy in DC

    Two years after meeting alleged Russian spy Mariia Butina in Russia, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) dined with her at a fancy French restaurant in Washington, D.C. To many, the news of the additional meetup adds to suspicions that Rohrabacher may have a special connection with Russia.

    In February 2017, Rohrabacher and Butina dined together at Bistro Bis, an upscale restaurant a few miles from the U.S. Capitol building, according to ABC News. The event was part of Butina’s plan to arrange “friendship and dialogue dinners” with influential Americans.

    Rohrabacher’s office confirmed he attended the dinner with Butina, who was recently indicted for conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government. Rohrabacher sought to downplay Butina’s importance at the dinner, claiming she “was arranging chairs at a dinner, a gopher.”

    Trump used a similar tactic when high-profile campaign aide George Papadopoulos was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, calling him a “coffee boy.”

    In 2015, Rohrabacher met with Butina in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of a plot allegedly in coordination with Alexander Torshin, an influential deputy governor of the Russian central bank.

    At the time Rohrabacher was confronted with the first known interaction with Butina, Rohrabacher claimed Butina’s arrest was part of a conspiracy by a mythical “deep state” intended to undermine Trump’s relationship with Russia.

    The 2017 meeting came weeks after Rohrabacher hosted a black-tie inaugural party where Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was in attendance. That party “caught the attention of counterintelligence officials at the FBI,” according to the Washington Post.

    Rohrabacher’s history of unusually friendly stances toward Russia earned him the nickname “Putin’s favorite congressman.”

    The Orange County congressman has regularly defended Russia against accusations of criminal activities during the 2016 election, even as U.S. intelligence agencies declared Russia a culprit. Rohrabacher accused America’s intelligence community of lying and embraced a debunked conspiracy theory that the stolen emails were an inside job.

    Rohrabacher’s ties to Russia are so troubling that even fellow Republicans, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have said they “think Putin pays” Rohrabacher.

    Just days after the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian agents for election crimes, Rohrabacher said, “We can’t blame Putin.”

    https://shareblue.com/dana-rohrabacher-mariia-butina-russian-spy-meeting/

  7. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    19 Instances of Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Jay Sekulow, Rudy Giuliani & Others Denying Trump Knew About the Trump Tower Meeting

    They were unambiguous in their denials.

    Thursday, CNN reported that Michael Cohen —longtime lawyer, confidant and fixer for President Trump— claimed the President knew in advance about the meeting between his son, son-in-law and at least one Russian operative at Trump Tower in June 2016.

    After providing several false statements about the purpose of the meeting —including one the President admitted to dictating while on Air Force One— Trump Jr.’s congressional testimony confirmed Russians contacted the Trump campaign to discuss passing on information damaging to candidate Hillary Clinton. But did the presidential candidate Trump know about the offer before they met?

    Friday, CNN compiled a list of 19 times the Trump campaign, administration and bevy of personal lawyers denied the President knew in advance about the meeting. In July 2017, after The New York Times broke the story, Trump Jr. stated he never told his father about the meeting.

    https://secondnexus.com/news/19-instances-trump-denying/

    • Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      ‘Get Far Away from This Unfolding Legal Disaster’: Conservative Writer Urges Republicans to Quit Trump Before It’s Too Late
      She argues that the latest Michael Cohen bombshell should leave Republicans shaking.

      ….”Several points are worth underscoring,” Rubin writes. “First, the latest Cohen news reminds us that we know a fraction of the potential facts in the Russia case. Roger Stone, Manafort and Cohen — if persuaded to cooperate — could have substantial, relevant information, including knowledge of the Russian hacking.”

      She continues: “Second, if Trump’s direct approval of cooperation with Russians can be proved, it will be the biggest political scandal in American history. His presidency for all intents and purposes would be delegitimized. We are talking about a presidential candidate who sought and received help from a hostile foreign power, covered it up and ‘repaid’ the favor by public obsequiousness to that power’s leader. Again, this has yet to be proved.”

      She also argues that the consequences for the Republican Party, which has aided and abetted Trump’s apparent cover-up, could be dire.

      “Members of Congress who may have actively conspired with the White House themselves could have legal exposure,” she writes, presumably referring to lawmakers like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who has used his chairmanship of the House Intelligence committee to run interference on the investigation for Trump.

      But Trump’s staffers, especially those like Sarah Sanders and John Bolton who have echoed Trump’s cries of “witch hunt!” should also be wary.

      To them, she cautions that “now might be a good time for staffers to exit and get far away from this unfolding legal disaster.”

      https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/get-far-away-unfolding-legal-disaster-conservative-writer-urges-republicans-quit

  8. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    President Donald Trump’s crusade against the free press has reached new heights in recent weeks, even including the president referring to his own words as “fake news.” Trump has also referred to the press as “the real enemy of the people.”

    Fox News’ Shepard Smith has had enough.

    In a powerful segment Thursday afternoon, Smith tore into Trump’s relentless attacks on American media.

    https://secondnexus.com/news/shepard-smith-donald-trump-find-facts-displeasing/

    Trump Is Trying To Ban Reporters From The White House For Asking Questions

    Trump has been trying to ban reporters from covering White House events because he didn’t like their questions.

    …Trump Is Trying To Silence The Free Press
    There is a term for what Trump is doing. The president is engaging in press intimidation, and it is a specialty of authoritarian regimes. Trump is trying to control what is reported in the press by using access denial as a punishment. Unfortunately for Trump, the US has a strong and free press, so if he continues with his suppression tactics the result will be stronger coverage of his administration’s behaviors. When reporters are told that they can’t investigate something, that is a red flag that leads to more and deeper investigation.

    If Trump tells journalists not to ask questions about Russia or punishes them for asking questions about the scandal, they will respond by asking even more questions.

    Trump can’t silence the press, but his impulse is undemocratic, and a threat to the basic freedoms of every American.

    Just because he doesn’t like the questions, doesn’t mean that Trump can ban reporters.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/27/trump-is-trying-to-ban-reporters-from-the-white-house-for-asking-questions.html

    • Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      ‘These People Shouting Questions Are the Worst’: New Report Says Trump Routinely Seeks to Punish Reporters — And His Aides Have Started Giving In
      “Why do we have them in here?”

      https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/these-people-shouting-questions-are-worst-new-report-says-trump-routinely-seeks

    • Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      The Shining
      The White House’s new communications chief is making the press corps great again.

      Bill Shine thinks of the White House as his show and of himself as its top booker.

      The former Fox News executive, who became President Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff for communications this month, exercised his booker’s perogative on Wednesday as he “disinvited” CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins from an open Rose Garden press event. In a subsequent dressing-down Shine gave to Collins in his office, he explained that the ouster was in retaliation for her persistent questioning of Trump at an earlier photo-op, where she represented the television pool.

      …But the Collins dust-up is different. It’s the nature of the questions—about Cohen and Putin—and not their loudness that has so unsettled Trump and his image-minder. Trump seems especially exasperated by the Cohen stories and the attendant discussions about his alleged payouts to paramours. Is he suffering at home because every new wave of sex talk riles his wife Melania? Does he interpret—as he should—that Cohen’s relentless semaphoring about cooperating with prosecutors means that more legal and domestic trouble is impending?

      The Collins disinvitation has had another ruinous effect for Trump. It has united the media—if only for a moment—against him. It’s hard to imagine Fox News Channel declaring comradeship with Trump archenemy CNN under any other circumstances.

      https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/07/26/bill-shine-comms-director-donald-trump-219070

  9. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Another House Republican—and Senate candidate!—with potential ties to Russia

    …So Blackburn’s finance chairman and likely friend is also the friend of a Russian spy master who worked with Butina to infiltrate the NRA and was the one who got that whole ball rolling. By the way, he was working with Blackburn at least through 2014, two years after he may or may not have introduced Blackburn to Torshin. Got that. Previously, Preston has told ThinkProgress that he “viewed Russian President Vladimir Putin as ‘God-sent’ and a leader whose rise was ‘divine.'”

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/27/1784031/-Another-House-Republican-and-Senate-candidate-with-potential-ties-to-Russia

    • anon July 27, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      “”Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and her son-in-law, Paul Ketchel, a Nashville healthcare entrepreneur.” Blackburn isn’t just any old client of Preston’s. He once served as her campaign finance chairman and is the former head of Marsha Blackburn for Congress, Inc. He’s also “the one who first introduced Torshin to NRA leadership.””

  10. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    If Cohen’s account is accurate, Trump knew from the start that Putin had a secret plot to hurt HRC & help him. Yet he constantly denied Russia was behind the attack on the US election. That is, he knowingly lied to protect a foreign adversary attacking the US. That’s betrayal.

    https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/1022673718470959109

    • Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      “FURY!”: MICHAEL COHEN IS MAD AS HELL—AND HE’S NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE
      There is an increasing sense inside Cohenworld that Trump’s former attorney is ready to torch the man he once vowed to take a bullet for, telling allies about a “treasure trove” of material that he could unleash to create headaches for Trump. “There’s a lot more to come,” he has said. “There’s a lot.”

      https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/theres-lot-more-come-michael-cohen-ally-reportedly-says-he-has-treasure-trove-dirt

      https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/07/michael-cohen-is-mad-as-helland-hes-not-going-to-take-it-anymore#~o

      This Reporter Thinks Russian Hackers Changed Votes for Trump — And His Explanation Doesn’t Sound Crazy
      He believes that’s the most likely scenario based on the available evidence.

      https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/reporter-thinks-russian-hackers-changed-votes-trump-and-his-explanation-doesnt

      • anon July 27, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        “how crazy is that idea, really?

        Yes, it’s a conspiracy theory; but some conspiracy theories — like the idea that a foreign adversary was ratfucking our entire election — turn out to be true.

        For one thing, exit polls, which not that long ago were considered pretty accurate, wildly missed the mark in four key swing states, having predicted that Clinton would win Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. ”
        “U.S. officials will admit that Vladimir Putin interfered with the 2016 election. They don’t specifically deny that Russian operatives altered votes. They will only say they cannot confirm that fact.”

        “When Bradley Moss, a cybersecurity lawyer, won a freedom of information suit against the U.S. government for data on the Russian hacks, the documents revealed that Russia actually got inside the voting systems of seven states, including 4 of the 5 largest states in terms of electoral votes—California (55) Texas (38) Florida (29) and Illinois (20).

        U.S. intelligence officials disputed the claim at first. But days later, on Feb. 18, DHS acknowledged that seven states were actually breached, and Homeland Security didn’t inform the individual states until eight months after the election”
        “DEFCON organizers believe the Voting Village was vital to growing the base of knowledge, expanding the circle of stakeholders beyond hackers, and shining a national spotlight on the serious cybersecurity weaknesses of U.S. election infrastructure.

        “The next step is to make clear that this is a conversation that cannot ‘stay in Vegas.’ It is imperative that leaders at the federal, state and local level come to understand this threat as a national security imperative and work together – leveraging the support of the national security and cybersecurity community – to better defend and protect the vote from cyberattacks in the upcoming elections in 2018 and 2020. Americans need the reassurance that their democracy is safe, starting at the ballot box.””

        https://www.theroot.com/evidence-shows-hackers-changed-votes-in-the-2016-electi-1827871206

        read the comments”Editor’s Note: This story was an opinion piece asserting there was evidence that hackers changed votes in the 2016 election. However, a number of statements in the piece are disputed by experts. As a result, we have pulled it down for editorial review, and will update it once that review is completed. “

    • Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Trump’s Losing a Tabloid War to His Own Lawyer
      Michael Cohen and company are running circles around the president.

      …As the tabloid war between Cohen-Davis and Trump-Giuliani escalates, the president’s ex-fixer will hold the advantage for several reasons. With his reputation already in ruins, Cohen has nothing lose from Giuliani’s attacks and everything to gain by pleasing the SDNY; he also has more offensive weapons at his immediate disposal—tapes, documents and recollections—than does Giuliani, and, should he go public with them, Giuliani will be forced to play defense; as a former prosecutor, Giuliani is unfamiliar with playing defense; and Giuliani’s client is one of the best-documented liars on the planet. Why should anybody believe anything a liar’s lawyer says in his defense?

      …For someone who was practically reared on tabloid wars, Trump has been surprisingly flat-footed thus far. Perhaps, in the guise of his own former lawyer, he’s finally met his match.

      https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/07/27/trump-lawyers-cohen-giuliani-avenatti-davis-219075

  11. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    ‘Dead to Each Other’: Team Trump Prepares to ‘Bury’ Michael Cohen, ‘Weakling’ and ‘Traitor’

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/dead-to-each-other-team-trump-prepares-to-bury-michael-cohen-weakling-and-traitor?ref=home

  12. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    LOL, she is going to fit right in with the family, I wonder if daddy has grabbed her yet?
    ==============================================

    Don Jr’s Girlfriend Fired By Fox News For Showing Nude Male Pics At Work

    https://crooksandliars.com/2018/07/don-jrs-girlfriend-showed-nude-male-pics

  13. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    “No need to wire me up, I already wired myself!”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/michael-cohen-debuts-the-art-of-the-squeal

  14. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    After watching The Appresidentship now for nearly two years, I still haven’t figured out who The First Mistress is. Anyone figured it out yet?

  15. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Inside the Mind of Donald Trump
    He’s grandiose, deceitful and paranoid—but don’t let him drive you crazy.

    …Trump’s increasing grandiosity is evident in the superlatives he uses to refer to himself—“stable genius” among them—and in the way he has consolidated his power by getting rid of aides and Cabinet members who have challenged his authority. Because no person or circumstance can possibly satisfy his needs, nearly everyone in his life eventually becomes expendable, and he becomes more and more isolated.

    Trump’s growing paranoia is reflected in the vitriolic comments he has made about a range of perceived enemies, including Democrats and Republicans, allies in the G-7, the intelligence community, the news media and immigrants. His hunger for absolute power is evident in his bizarrely admiring words about despots, including North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte. His frequent lies reveal his need to redefine reality when the truth doesn’t serve his needs.

    Given Trump’s volatility, incuriosity and severely limited attention span, his decisions are not significantly influenced by reflection or analytical reasoning. Because he cannot tolerate even the mildest criticism, he is largely immune to learning and growth. Instead, unable to regulate his emotions, he reacts angrily, and often with threats of revenge, to any challenge to his authority. Even success provides him with only momentary satisfaction.

    Trump’s psychological disposition has profound implications for our personal, national and international security.

    …Trump’s grip on reality will likely continue to diminish as he faces increasing criticism, accusations, threats of impeachment and potential criminal indictments. We can expect him to become more desperate, more extreme in his comments, more violent in his threats, and more reckless and destructive in his actions. His latest extreme threat to Iran is one example, and he is likely to return to similar threats to North Korea if he feels that Kim Jong Un is making him look weak and unsuccessful.

    So how can we hold onto our own mental health in the face of the danger Trump poses? First, don’t use logic or rationality to try to understand or counter Trump’s statements and behaviors. He is driven not by reason but by negative emotions that are infectious. Trump thrives on creating fear and sowing confusion. He lies without guilt. Don’t match his emotion with your own…

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/07/27/inside-the-mind-of-donald-trump-219074

  16. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    ‘Foot In The Door’: Prosecutors Penetrate Trump Org With Subpoena To CFO

    …“Weisselberg’s involvement in this gives the prosecutors a foot in the door to the Trump Organization, if they didn’t already have one,” Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, told TPM. “It doesn’t open the door all the way, but it gives them a foot in the door.”

    …Manhattan prosecutors will likely soon find out just how tuned in Weisselberg was to what was going on at the Trump Organization’s midtown headquarters.

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/prosecutors-penetrate-trump-org-with-subpoena-to-cfo-allen-weisselberg

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