Trump triples down on “Spygate.”

By | 2018-05-26T04:41:51+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News, News2|Tags: , , , , , , , |20 Comments

Here we go again.


“Alluding to the concept?” Looks like somebody is writing his own tweets this morning.

And the reason that the Democrats are differentiating between a spy and an FBI informant, is because they are not the same thing.


Yes the Obama Administration placed “spies” in your campaign, never told anybody, and never used the information that they uncovered to help Hillary win. Makes perfect sense.


Quoting from The Federalist is kind of like quoting your mother saying you are “the most handsome boy ever.”

Trump’s bizarre allegations against the FBI and Justice Department resulted in not one, but two classified meetings about the so-called “spy” yesterday.

See if you can point out who was NOT supposed to be at these meetings.

Courtesy of the Daily Beast:

Two highly classified meetings about the Trump-Russia investigation held Thursday had a surprise participant: one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers. And he got an earful for it.

Emmet Flood, the new lawyer for the White House overseeing its response to the Mueller probe, headed into the Justice Department with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly late Thursday morning and departed with him when the meeting was over. Flood also accompanied Kelly in and out of a second meeting held on Capitol Hill.

The first meeting included Rep. Trey Gowdy, Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Devin Nunes, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Rod Rosenstein, and Chris Wray, as well as brief appearances from Kelly and Flood. The second included the Congressional “Gang of Eight,” the leaders of both parties from both chambers, as well as the heads of the intelligence committees.

Flood and Kelly left soon after appearing in the Capitol Hill meeting. More than one participant in that meeting told Flood his appearance was inappropriate, according to a Congressional official familiar with the meeting.

Having Flood involved in these meetings is kind of like having John Gotti’s attorney checking to see who the informant was while the FBI was building their RICO case against him. 

The Democrats had to fight their way in but they finally were permitted access to this information and of course reported back what most of us have known all along.

Courtesy of the Washington Times:

Top Democrats said following a classified briefing with Justice Department and FBI officials that there is “no evidence” of a spy in the 2016 Trump campaign — putting them at odds with President Trump.

“Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the FBI or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign or otherwise failed to show appropriate procedures and protocols,” House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a joint statement.

Schiff was allowed in both back-to-back meetings convened by the Justice Department on Thursday after his Republican counterpart in the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., demanded all documents relating to a confidential source.

So far at least the Republicans who attended that meeting have not appeared on Fox News to flail about and claim that they have definitive evidence that the Trump campaign was spied on, even Trump lapdog Devin Nunes is unusually quiet, which would suggest that they too saw only evidence of a properly mounted investigation with no sign of the spying that Trump is so adamant must have taken place. 

So will Trump eventually drop this charade and allow the Mueller investigation to proceed unimpeded? 

Hell no. Because Trump knows better than all of us that if it does go forward he is well and truly fucked. 

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20 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 8:30 am - Reply

    220 celebrities, politicians, CEOs, and others who have been accused of sexual misconduct since April 2017

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    Trump is on the list.

    • anonymous May 25, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

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  2. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

    A Former CIA Director Just Destroyed Trump’s Campaign Spy Lie

    …Brennan was asked by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to explain the difference between a spy and a confidential informant.

    He answered, “First of all I think there’s very typical of Mr. Trump to mischaracterize. He’s a master of mischaracterization and dishonesty. A spy is recruited. Usually, it’s a foreign national who is going to work on behalf of U.S. Intelligence agencies and provide information about issues related to our national security. A confidential human source is what the FBI uses in order to have some insight into what may be going on that could involve criminal activity and so to label someone as a spy when they are confidential human source is doing a disservice to these individuals but to the FBI. This is something that Mr. Trump is masterful at in terms of twisting the truth in order to support his narrative.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/25/a-former-cia-director-just-destroyed-trumps-campaign-spy-lie.html

  3. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Nicolle Wallace and Jake Tapper Call Trump a Liar, Set the Standard for the Rest of the MSM.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/5/24/1766702/-Nicole-Wallace-and-Jake-Tapper-Call-Trump-a-Liar-Set-the-Standard-for-the-Rest-of-the-MSM

  4. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Court to Anchorage prison: Stop starving Muslim inmates

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the United States, has just won a temporary restraining order against the Anchorage Correctional Complex in Alaska’s federal district court. The Friday decision ensures that the facility will cease starving Muslim prisoners observing Ramadan.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/5/25/1767030/-Court-to-Anchorage-prison-Stop-starving-Muslim-inmates

  5. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Republican John Cornyn explains—Lying is fine, telling the truth is ‘leaking classified information’

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/5/25/1766985/-Republican-John-Coryn-explains-Lying-is-fine-telling-the-truth-is-leaking-classified-information

  6. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    James Clapper says Trump wasn’t legitimately elected—so Trump created a ‘spy’ lie about him

    …Trump is admittedly dangerous. He’s an expert brander who’s a serial liar with no conscience and no master but his own self-aggrandizement.

    But that’s not the salient point here. Clapper’s message is that Trump should never have even had access to the levers of power that he’s now pulling to his heart’s delight.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/5/24/1766861/-James-Clapper-says-Trump-wasn-t-legitimately-elected-so-Trump-created-a-spy-lie-about-him

  7. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

    As President Donald Trump continues to tweet about an FBI informant in his campaign and calling it “SpyGate,” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked former CIA Director John Brennan what the difference is between an informant and a spy.

    “First of all I think this is very typical of Mr. Trump to mischaracterize,” Brennan said. “He’s a master of mischaracterization and dishonesty.”

    “A spy is somebody who is recruited,” Brennan continued. “Usually it’s a foreign national who is going to work on behalf of U.S. intelligence agencies to provide information about issues related to our national security.”

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/ex-cia-chief-brennan-slams-trump-for-spy-claims-hes-a-master-of-mischaracterization-and-dishonesty/

    “A confidential human source is what the FBI uses in order to have some insight into what may be going on that could involve criminal activity,” he explained further. “To label someone as a spy when they are a confidential human source is doing a disservice to these individuals but also to the FBI.”

    “But again, this is something that Mr. Trump is masterful at in terms of twisting the truth in order to support his narrative,” he added.

  8. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Trump’s nonsensical ‘Spygate’ conspiracy theory ends with a whimper

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-nonsensical-spygate-conspiracy-theory-ends-whimper

    TRUMP GOES FULL ALEX JONES AS “SPYGATE” FALLS APART
    Republicans have gone silent after getting a secret briefing on the “informant” in the Trump campaign. Democrats say they were shown “no evidence” for the allegations at all.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/05/donald-trump-russia-investigation-fbi-informant

  9. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Trump is having a very loud public meltdown – all thanks to Michael Cohen
    Between Ukraine and his associate Evgeny Freidman, it’s heating up for the president’s former lawyer.

    If you’re wondering why President Trump’s mad-dog frenzy in the last 48 hours has surpassed even his typically manic tone, look no further than Michael Cohen’s mounting legal troubles. Two new fronts were opened this week, pushing Cohen closer to the edge of a painful, existential choice: cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or an extended, unpleasant stay in federal prison. Trump can sense his friend edging closer to capitulation and his own legal peril mounting as Cohen begins to crack. As usual, he’s having a very public, very loud meltdown.

    https://usa.spectator.co.uk/2018/05/trump-is-having-a-very-loud-public-meltdown-all-thanks-to-michael-cohen/

    Michael Cohen’s cover-ups, denials and supposed Russian connections
    What exactly does Robert Mueller have on Trump’s former lawyer?

    https://usa.spectator.co.uk/2018/05/michael-cohens-cover-ups-denials-and-supposed-russian-connections/

  10. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 11:26 am - Reply

    John McCain’s shocking concession on the Iraq War: it was a “mistake”

    In his new memoir, McCain says he’s to blame for the war.

    Sen. John McCain has made a shocking admission: The Iraq War was a “mistake,” and he’s taking the blame.

    In his new memoir, McCain who is battling brain cancer, writes that the Iraq War “can’t be judged as anything other than a mistake, a very serious one, and I have to accept my share of the blame for it,” as Politico reports.

    McCain is among the most hawkish Republicans in the Senate and was an ardent supporter of the George W. Bush administration’s decision to go to war with Iraq and a later US troop surge. As Michael Hirsh writes at Politico:

    McCain became, in fact, the first supporter of a “surge,” years before Bush and other Republicans did. “I came out of the Vietnam War convinced that frankly we could have won, and we had it won,” he told me in 2014. “Just as I believed we had the Iraq conflict won after the surge — and for which I sacrificed everything, including my presidential ambitions, that it would succeed.”

    McCain’s defense of the Iraq War was unwavering, even when it became increasingly clear that the United States’ stated intention of establishing democracy in Iraq was not only unrealistic but would take hundreds of thousands of lives. (If you want more about the neoconservative ideology behind the war, how the Bush administration convinced the nation to get into it, and how it turned out, read Max Fisher’s Vox explainer.)

    In 2005, when 66 percent of the country viewed the Iraq War unfavorably, McCain redoubled his commitment to the strategy:

    https://www.vox.com/2018/5/25/17394466/john-mccain-memoir-iraq-war-mistake

    John McCain’s Last Fight

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/18/john-mccains-last-fight-218404

  11. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Trump’s Art of the Deal ghostwriter explains why Trump’s big North Korea deal went south

    There was a lot of speculation as to why President Trump abruptly pulled out of a June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un that he had agreed to attend and was evidently excited about. Tony Schwartz, a Trump critic who shadowed the real estate developer for a year in the 1980s to ghostwrite Trump’s bestseller The Art of the Deal, had a theory. “Trump has a morbid fear of being humiliated and shamed,” Schwartz told The Washington Post on Thursday. The summit was all about “showing who’s the biggest and the strongest, so he is exquisitely sensitive to the possibility that he would end up looking weak and small. There is nothing more unacceptable to Trump than that.” Schwartz elaborated on Twitter:

    http://theweek.com/speedreads/775224/trumps-art-deal-ghostwriter-explains-why-trumps-big-north-korea-deal-went-south

  12. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Trump’s false claim that there is a “Criminal Deep State” conspiracy within the American government working against him, attacks against special counsel Robert Mueller by Trump and House Republican allies and the failure of diplomacy with North Korea darken GOP prospects in the midterm elections.

    With some tightening of midterm election polls, Democrats maintain an advantage to win control of the House of Representatives but should minimize talk about a blue wave. However, game-changing events in the past week increase the dangers to House Republicans in November.

    Trump appears to believe that escalating his attacks against Mueller, similar to his attacks against Hillary Clinton, would mobilize the GOP base to vote in November. He seemed to believe that talk about his potentially receiving the Nobel Peace Prize would lift his standing with voters.

    The problem with the GOP attacks against Mueller, the frantic and and aggressive support for these attacks from a pro-Trump faction of House GOP Republicans and the acceptance of these attacks from House Republican leaders, further locks the midterm fate of Republicans to events in the Russia investigations.

    Any GOP strategy to mobilize the GOP base against Mueller also mobilizes the anti-Trump base in America, which is larger than the Trump base and already highly motivated to vote.

    Lets be clear about one thing: The charge from Trump that there is a criminal deep state in America conspiring against him is one of the most false and self-destructive charges ever leveled by an American president.

    Trump is trying to demonize and criminalize the American counterintelligence community that defends the nation against the Russian attack against America. This kind of false and scurrilous attack enrages the large number of Americans who are opposed to Trump in the first place.

    http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/389339-attacks-on-mueller-korean-summit-failure-darken-gop-midterm-prospects

  13. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    GIULIANI ADMITS GOAL OF CLASSIFIED ‘SPYGATE’ MEETING WAS TO INFORM TRUMP LEGAL TEAM

    ..Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, admitted Thursday the White House strong-armed the DOJ into holding the classified intel meetings for one purpose only: to give Trump information about the Russia investigation.

    “We want to see how the briefing went to today and how much we learned from it,” Giuliani told Politico. “If we learned a good deal from it, it will shorten that whole process considerably.”

    https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2018/05/giuliani-admits-goal-of-classified-spygate-meeting-was-to-inform-trump-legal-team/

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/24/informant-republicans-democrats-doj-meeting-607128

  14. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    #NeverTrumpers had Trump pegged all along

    President Trump’s apologists can’t say they weren’t warned. Virtually every character flaw and policy debacle was in plain view during the campaign. Republicans then, as Republicans do now, convinced themselves and their fellow Americans that Trump was a business genius (in fact he serially failed and hid his finances to prevent any objective assessment of his success). These Republicans told us he’d find and use top-notch experts (not!), had great negotiating skills (aside from bluff and bluster, he has no finesse in presidential-level consensus-building on either the domestic or foreign policy side).

    Trump really did mean all the horrible things he said about immigrants and really does not have a clue how international trade works. His self-absorption and insecurity do pose a danger to the United States when he engages with foreign leaders who know they can play him through flattery.

    Yes he does have a problem with women — a dozen or more claimed improper sexual conduct and one consensual sexual partner was hushed up with a $130,000 payment. His denials about having nothing to do with Russia have proven misleading at best, if not outright false. (CNBC has compiled a helpful video examining Trump’s web of Russia connections.)

    He was never prepared to give up ownership of his businesses, and therefore perpetuates blatant conflicts of interest, including receipts of foreign emoluments, quite possibly in violation of the Constitution.

    His attacks on the press during the campaign did in fact reflect his contempt for the First Amendment. Fortunately a federal court In New York this week slapped down his attempt to block followers on Twitter as impermissible content discrimination. It should have surprised no one that his Environmental Protection Agency barred reporters from a national meeting on water contamination, including one by force. A president who dubs the press the enemy, wants to “pull the license” of a critical news network and hides from solo press conferences and legitimate news interviewers plainly is not prepared to defend constitutional rights of free speech and press.

    His attempt during the campaign to smear a federal court judge of Hispanic descent was not a one-off proposition. He routinely attacks the legitimacy of the courts.

    His authoritarian mindset is revealed over and over again…..

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/05/25/nevertrumpers-had-trump-pegged-all-along

  15. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Vladimir Putin says Russia is being held ‘hostage’ to President Trump’s political scandals

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/putin-russia-held-hostage-trump-scandals-article-1.4010034

  16. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    ‘A pile of impulsive, ill-considered threats’: Wall Street Journal trashes Trump’s disastrous foreign policy ‘mess’

    The editorial board of the conservative Wall Street Journal had very little good to say about President Donald Trump’s last few weeks of foreign policy miscues, saying their attempts to find something praiseworthy is like looking under a pile of manure hoping to find a pony.

    Under the headline, “Trump’s Trade Confusion,” the editorial cut right to the chase.

    “President Trump wants everyone to know he is a master trade negotiator, but this week his volleys look more like a mess than mastery,” they wrote. “His China policy is all over the place, Nafta is in jeopardy, and his new threat to impose a 25% tariff on auto imports undercuts his foreign policy and economic goals. But perhaps there’s some grand strategy that will eventually unveil itself and wow the crowds.”

    According to the editors, whose main audience is investors and businessmen, Trump is a threat to the economy due to his threats of tariffs and his administration’s lack of understanding about how worldwide economies have evolved.

    “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross declared on Wednesday that ‘there is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry.’ There is? ” the Journal scoffed. “The real evidence is that America’s Big Three car markers became less competitive as an oligopoly, and foreign imports forced them to shape up and make better cars.”

    “U.S. automakers aren’t asking for and don’t need protection. GM and Ford produce some small cars in Mexico to comply with fuel-efficiency mandates, but imports make up only about 1% of their sales. American manufacturers have been scaling back domestic production of some small passenger models, but that’s because of declining demand, not imports,” the WSJ scolded.

    Turning to tariffs, the editorial added, “We suspect the auto tariffs are one more attempt to bludgeon allies into trade surrender. Mr. Trump is frustrated that Mexico and Canada haven’t rolled over for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s absurd demand that 40% of light vehicle content and 45% of pickup trucks be produced in ‘high-wage zones’ with an average minimum wage of at least $16 per hour. So Mr. Trump may be trying to force Mexico to heel, though it could backfire and scuttle hope of any deal.”

    “Earlier this year, Mr. Trump threatened tariffs on BMW and Mercedes if the European Union doesn’t reduce its 10% levy on U.S. auto imports. But the EU has responded to his steel and aluminum tariffs by teeing up duties of up to 25% on $3.5 billion in U.S. goods if Europe doesn’t get a permanent exemption,” editorial explained.

    The Journal then went in for the kill over Trump’s day-to-day inconsistencies.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/pile-impulsive-ill-considered-threats-wsj-trashes-trumps-disastrous-foreign-policy-mess/

  17. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/25/democratic-senator-says-donald-trump-jr-lied-to-congress.html

    “Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) wrote a letter to Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asking that Donald Trump Jr. be compelled to reappear because of false testimony that he gave to Congress.”
    “Based on new information we learned this week, I’m very concerned that Donald Trump Jr. provided false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    I’m asking the Committee Chairman to bring Trump Jr. back in to testify-in public this time. Here’s the letter I sent yesterday
    6:14 AM – May 25, 2018”

    “rump world is falling apart, and Democrats will be an investigative sledgehammer if they are in charge of the investigation beginning in January 2019.”

  18. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Palin quit in ’09.

    Will Trump quit?

    The two of them can then try to read a newspaper together – one doesn’t read any, the other refuses to read any.

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