Trump Conspiracy just like all the others, a lie to distract & discredit the very real Russian Investigation….
It’s no witch hunt.  Many charges have been brought & Mueller is just getting started.  The Russian scandal will go down as the biggest political scandal in American history, as I’ve been predicting all along.  This whole scandal transcends politics & political ideology, although it is painfully obvious mostly far-right conservatives are being deceived.  This has turned into an epic battle of right vs. wrong, truth vs. lies, good vs. evil, moral clarity vs. corruption, & those who want to uphold our Constitution vs. those who seem bent on destroying it.  Those of us who love our country must battle the forces seeking to undermine our democracy.  If the clear-thinking segment of the American population don’t push back against this abuse of power by the president & his men, we risk becoming a banana republic &/or succumbing to an authoritarian regime.  Don’t take anything for granted when the foundations & institutions of our democracy are under assault: there-is-only-one-trump-scandal.  We must wage this battle by spreading truths & disprove any Trump conspiracy, so I ask you please join us in spreading messages like what is seen here in this blog, The Voracs.

 

Like we spoke to in part 1, the latest Trump gambit is demanding the DOJ look into whether the FBI infiltrated his campaign for political purposes (president-trump-says-he-demand-justice-department-probe-into-fbi-informant & also trump-calls-on-justice-department-to-release-mueller-probe-documents-drain-the-swamp & also sally-yates-trump-has-taken-his-assault-on-the-rule-of-law-to-a), which the reality of whether that could even happen is completely ridiculous.  The culture & safeguards built into the FBI assure such a coordinated plot could never materialize.  This presidential plot would be like the equivalent of a mayor in a city instructing his police dept. to overlook the string of armed robberies running rampant throughout the city, since he insists they instead focus on rumors of a shoplifter.  But Trump throws this stuff out there for the optics, since it resonates with his base & distracts from the facts we’re hearing about concerning the investigation, which the Mueller probe seems to be decidedly turning negative for team-Trump.  This could be another big test for the DOJ to maintain their independence, not being steamrolled by a dictatorial president seeking to confiscate dominion over the agency & turn it into his own personal gestapo or something: trump-lashes-out-again-at-justice-department-s-independence.  These are indeed dangerous times for our nation, so we must be vigilant or fascism really could happen here.

 

Check out more articles that show Trump is irresponsibly running roughshod over the DOJ, in order to smear the FBI & discredit/hamper the Mueller probe.  Please be aware we’re dealing with a bully & lifelong con man with no moral scruples, so to him no lie is ever too big & no evil too wrong.  As a nation we must stand up to such corruption & abuse of power.  Please read & share so people learn the risks:

 

The mounting evidence from the investigations suggests team-Trump won’t have a legal leg to stand on.  I believe the final Mueller report will be loaded with clear evidence of numerous crimes.  So the Trumpian strategy is to try & beat the rap by turning the probe into a political tug-of-war since impeachment really becomes a political issue as it weaves its way through Congress.  Trump’s disingenuous divide & conquer scheme depends on an exploitable base that provides unfailing support, willing to buy into a steady stream of false narratives & crazy conspiracies designed to attack/discredit the investigators: the-president-who-cried-wolf.  So this ratcheting up the ire of their bamboozled fans against law enforcement conducting the investigation is at the core of this more aggressive posture: donald-trump-rudy-giuliani-mueller-investigation-fbi.

 

Once the Mueller findings are released, Trump could become the poster boy on all the various ways a president can be impeached, such as crimes of conspiracy, bribery, abuse of power, obstruction of justice, money laundering, extortion, embezzlement, espionage, treason, perjury, violating the Emoluments Clause, campaign finance violations & whatever else the investigations might uncover.  If there really is a criminal enterprise operating out of the White House, & prior to that Trump Tower, as I really do believe the evidence will ultimately show, we’d better be aware of the devilish tactics these potential enemies to American democracy are using to evade punishment.  The whole strategy with adding Rudy to the legal team has taken a dark turn, raising the need for us to be on guard as seen in excerpts from trumps-new-strategy-for-responding-to-robert-mueller:

Rudy Giuliani’s first weeks as President Trump’s lawyer have been hectic and full of contradictions—both Giuliani contradicting himself, and the president contradicting Giuliani. Underneath the chaos, however, it’s becoming possible to discern a fresh Trump legal strategy since the president shook up his team. Rhetorically Giuliani and Trump are pursuing a harder line. As the Mueller probe heads into its second year, it seems almost comical to say that Trump could ratchet up his approach to what he’s been calling a witch hunt for months now, yet there are signs of a genuine shift. For example, it was only two months ago that Trump first singled Mueller out by name in a tweet. Until this spring, Trump’s top two lawyers, John Dowd, his personal attorney, and Ty Cobb, a White House attorney, argued for cooperation with Mueller. Both have left Trump’s employ in recent months. The new strategy, particularly as demonstrated by Giuliani on CNN, follows three prongs. First, impugn the investigators themselves. Second, argue that the investigation was tainted from the start. Third, argue that Mueller cannot indict Trump anyway. The Cobb-Dowd strategy began with the assumption that Trump had nothing to hide. The new strategy, however, seems to take as its premise that Trump is guilty of at least something.

 

The Times’ mention of an informant has once again inspired conspiracy theories about the probe. In a tweet Friday morning, Trump quoted Fox host David Asman: “Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn’t commit.” We’ve heard this again and again. First, Trump claimed that Obama had “tapped” Trump’s “wires” during the campaign. This remark turned out to be nonsense, the result of a game of speculation in conservative media. Trump’s Justice Department said it was not true. Later, when it became clear that Manafort had been surveilled, some of Trump’s defenders claimed it vindicated his wiretap claim, which it did not, as I explained at the time. Trump continues to make such claims—“this is bigger than Watergate!” he wrote Thursday—and compliant media allies continue to hype them as proven. The apparent aim of the “embedded informant” talking point is to make the case that even if anyone did commit crimes, they were being entrapped and led into crimes by DOJ infiltrators who sought to take down Trump’s campaign. As Jonathan Chait notes, one problem with this implication is that they did no such thing and Trump won. The theory requires a special combination of dastardly genius and incompetence on the part of Trump’s supposed deep-state opponents. Even without understanding the reasons for the shift, it’s clear that out of the chaos of the last several weeks, Trump and Giuliani are defining a new approach, at once aggressive and defensive, toward the special counsel.

This more aggressive nefarious strategy playing out in accusing the FBI of planting a spy within their campaign, which was another “bigger than Watergate” Trump conspiracy which is quickly being shot full of holes, as can be found in fbi-used-informant-not-spy.  Any time Trump-world can dream up yet another crazy tale they think their doting base will buy, they hype it up with their worse than Watergate drivel.  All these crazy conspiracies are always tossed out there without any actual evidence (dan-abrams-no-evidence-fbi-campaign-political-purposes) & every time turn out to be nothing, yet the base keeps coming back to drink more kool-aid.  How many lies are the base going to believe before they finally catch on?  Can’t they even recall all the previous dozen or so conspiracies they fell for that turned out wrong?  And when this FBI spy caper is also proven untrue, there will be more wild accusations coming right behind it from Trump & his echo.  It’s truly stunning how far echo-bubble has drifted off into space towards some alternate galaxy.

 

More on this goofy trial balloon about the FBI implanting some spy inside the campaign is seen in these excerpts from fbi-used-informant-to-investigate-russia-ties-to-campaign-not-to-spy-as-trump-claims.  Fact is, the FBI did appropriately use an informant based on receiving prior compelling evidence of wrongdoing, but the trumpist narrative tries to twist it all around:

President Trump accused the F.B.I. on Friday, without evidence, of sending a spy to secretly infiltrate his 2016 campaign “for political purposes” even before the bureau had any inkling of the “phony Russia hoax.” In fact, F.B.I. agents sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign. The informant, an American academic who teaches in Britain, made contact late that summer with one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, according to people familiar with the matter. He also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page, who was also under F.B.I. scrutiny for his ties to Russia. The role of the informant is at the heart of the newest battle between top law enforcement officials and Mr. Trump’s congressional allies over the F.B.I.’s most politically charged investigations in decades. The lawmakers, who say they are concerned that federal investigators are abusing their authority, have demanded documents from the Justice Department about the informant. Law enforcement officials have refused, saying that handing over the documents would imperil both the source’s anonymity and safety. The New York Times has learned the source’s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety. Democrats say the Republicans’ real aim is to undermine the special counsel investigation. Senior law enforcement officials have also privately expressed concern that the Republicans are digging into F.B.I. files for information they can weaponize against the Russia inquiry.

Over the past two days, Mr. Trump has used speculative news reports about the informant, mostly from conservative media, to repeatedly assail the Russia investigation. “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” he wrote on Twitter on Friday. “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true — all time biggest political scandal!” No evidence has emerged that the informant acted improperly when the F.B.I. asked for help in gathering information on the former campaign advisers, or that agents veered from the F.B.I.’s investigative guidelines and began a politically motivated inquiry, which would be illegal. But agents were leery of disrupting the presidential campaign again after the F.B.I. had announced in a high-profile news conference that it had closed the case involving Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, according to current and former law enforcement officials. After opening the Russia inquiry about a month later, they took steps, those officials said, to ensure that details of the inquiry were more closely held than even in a typical national security investigation, including the use of the informant to suss out information from the unsuspecting targets. Sending F.B.I. agents to interview them could have created additional risk that the investigation’s existence would seep into view in the final weeks of a heated presidential race. F.B.I. officials concluded they had the legal authority to open the investigation after receiving information that Mr. Papadopoulos was told that Moscow had compromising information on Mrs. Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails,” months before WikiLeaks released stolen messages from Democratic officials. As part of the operation, code-named Crossfire Hurricane, the F.B.I. also began investigating Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his future national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

The FBI used an informant, not a spy (there is a difference): fbi-used-informant-not-spy.  And it looks like his identity was leaked: trump-campaign-informant-revealed-as-cambridge-professor-sparking-debate-on-treason.  There are even indications the FBI surveillance was begun to protect the campaign against foreign spies, as seen in these excerpts from if-the-fbi-used-an-informant-it-wasnt-to-go-after-trump-it-was-to-protect-him, which Trump & his minions are now turning it against them:

President Trump and his allies are outraged at reports that the FBI used an “informant” to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign. “Really bad stuff!” the president tweeted early Friday. Supporters of the White House claim the FBI’s reported tactics were illegal. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has even subpoenaed the Justice Department for information on who the informant might have been; department and FBI officialssay public disclosures of this kind could put sources in danger. But Trump and his backers are wrong about what it means that the FBI reportedly was using a confidential source to gather information early in its investigation of possible campaign ties to Russia. The investigation started out as a counterintelligence probe, not a criminal one. And relying on a covert source rather than a more intrusive method of gathering information suggests that the FBI may have been acting cautiously — perhaps too cautiously — to protect the campaign, not undermine it. As a former FBI counterintelligence agent, I know what Trump apparently does not: Counterintelligence investigations have a different purpose than their criminal counterparts. Rather than trying to find evidence of a crime, the FBI’s counterintelligence goal is to identify, monitor and neutralize foreign intelligence activity in the United States. In short, this entails identifying foreign intelligence officers and their network of agents; uncovering their motives and methods; and ultimately rendering their operations ineffective — either by clandestinely thwarting them (say, by feeding back misinformation or “flipping” their sources into double agents) or by exposing them.

 

Ironically, the FBI’s apparent attempt to protect the campaign by investigating Russia’s efforts quietly is now being weaponized against it. Accusations that the FBI was “spying” on the Trump campaign — rather than spying on foreign spies, which is its job — erase the important distinctions between counterintelligence and criminal investigations. It also displays a shocking ignorance of the devastating consequences to our national security if the Justice Department hands over the information that Nunes is demanding: “Burning” the FBI’s purported source and exposing how it obtained intelligence against Russia’s efforts only helps Russia cover its tracks, change tactics and improve its future operations against the United States. The Trump administration’s assault against the FBI’s efforts to assess a national security threat posed by suspected foreign agents only raises more questions about what went on in 2016. Trump has repeatedly insisted that he is innocent of colluding with Russia and had no idea about his campaign staff’s Russia contacts. So he should be glad to know that the FBI appears to have been trying to thwart a hostile country’s efforts to infiltrate his campaign. That he and his allies in Congress do not even acknowledge that these individuals posed a national security threat and instead attack the FBI for apparently doing its job suggests that they would have been happy for whatever Russia was doing in 2016 to continue unimpeded.

And as we need to make patriotic Americans aware of this evil smokescreen they’re trying to pull over all of our eyes, let’s also keep in mind this coordinated plot is also being fully engaged by Trump’s lackeys in Congress & on Fox News.  They’re playing their base for fools.  Can thinking people actually believe when Trump & his cronies highlight a few specific examples of political partisanship in the 100,000+ strong agency of the DOJ/FBI, that extrapolates into the whole agency being politically biased?  Come on now!  In fact, we actually saw the FBI did far more to help Trump & hurt Hillary prior to the election, making public lingering doubts about Hillary’s actions while remaining silent on Trump’s mounting suspicions & strange contacts with lots of shady Russians.  We must keep a watchful eye on such political enemies in the House & on Fox cooking up their nutty conspiracies to smear those associated with the investigations, especially names like Nunes, Meadows, Jordan & Hannity: they-would-wound-our-security-to-save-the-presidents-skin.  They are among a large group of detestable evildoers out to deceive us & protect a corrupt leader, Rudy included, so see more ample warnings in its-time-to-stop-taking-giuliani-seriously & here in these excerpts from rudys-desperate-new-defense-for-trump-conspiring-with-the-russians-wasnt-illegal:

Such as he gleefully signaled in the days leading up to the election that the Trump campaign had “something up their sleeves” to derail Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani once again teased the press last week that the Trump team was preparing to “make a fuss” on the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller’s assignment as special counsel for the Russia investigation. Yesterday was the day, and the Trump defense brigade unveiled its extravaganza. The Washington Post reported: President Trump’s allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source. The effort reached new heights Thursday as Trump alleged that an informant had improperly spied on his 2016 campaign and predicted that the ensuing scandal would be “bigger than Watergate!” As usual Trump’s ignorance of facts and history is monumental. Perhaps it was the first scandal that came to mind since everyone’s always comparing him to Richard Nixon.

This is the latest smokescreen cooked up by House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes and the House Freedom Caucus, who are working overtime to find ways to take the heat off of their beloved leader. You may recall that Nunes has threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of Congress for failing to reveal the name of this secret informant. A New York Times report that it’s possible this same informant may have spoken to former Trump campaign officials Carter Page and George Papadopoulos seems to have ratcheted up the frenzy. As is his wont, Giuliani took this and ran with it, telling the hosts of “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning, “I’m shocked to hear that they put a spy in the campaign of a major party candidate, or maybe two spies. That would be the biggest scandal in the history of this town, at least involving law enforcement.” He further claimed that this proves there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government because “that spy should have been enough to tell them, ‘These people were not talking to the Russians.’ If they had incriminating evidence, they’d be able to wrap this investigation up. I wouldn’t be sitting here.”

 

Actually, we know for a fact that the Trump campaign was crawling with Russians and that people at the highest levels were talking to them. There are a handful of former Trump officials either under indictment or cooperating after pleading guilty to various crimes, so Giuliani probably shouldn’t count his Chicken Kievs quite yet. But this “fuss” about the so-called spy in the Trump campaign is just one part of the new Nunes-Freedom Caucus-Giuliani-Trump strategy to deal with the Mueller investigation. The congressional hitmen will continue to harass the Department of Justice and the FBI, assisted by Donald Trump’s mighty Twitter feed.  It may lead to Sessions and others being fired, including of course Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But more likely Team Trump’s job is just to lay down covering fire and keep Fox News amply provided with bizarro-world storylines like these.

Lie after lie after lie after lie: donald-trump-said-11-false-things-in-just-5-tweets-sunday-morning.  The lies have gotten to where that’s all we ever hear anymore from Trump-land.  It’s a falsified world where corruption & misdoings abound: here-are-the-political-norms-that-trump-violated-in-just-the-past-week.  These next links could amount to a dog whistle prepping his fervent followers for a coming civil war: trump-apos-real-americans-apos & also trump-on-mueller-investigation-stop.  We’re seeing this absurdly-transparent changing strategy on the part of the Trump narrative over Russia, where rather than so much denying the charges, him & his subservient mouthpieces are gaslighting us into thinking whatever illegal activities they’re found guilty of, it must have been the FBI setting them up.  As ridiculous as that idea is on the surface, there’s enough echo-swayed Trumpeters who actually believe such nonsense, being long past looking at any political situation objectively.  I’m tempted to refer to them as Trump’s low-information base, but more accurately they’re no-information suckers, since they willingly believe any of Trump’s blatantly false chicanery.  See this shifting & more aggressive stance in Trump-world strategy from now-we-know-what-trump-will-say-when-we-learn-what-hes-hiding, where not only does Trump look guilty as sin, but to protect himself he’s doing great damage to our nation’s law enforcement agencies:

How many times have we heard from the president and his defenders that the Mueller investigation is “a witch hunt,” that “there’s nothing there” and it’s time to shut it down? As the inquiry enters its second year, Trump’s forces now appear to be falling back to a new trench. Whatever Team Trump did wrong, the FBI tricked them into doing it. As I’ve said before, I intend to wait until Mueller presents his findings before I draw conclusions about what has gone on. So far, what I know with confidence centers on a few key points: Russia hacked the election, which is a problem whether or not the outcome was affected. Candidate Trump was more connected to Putin’s circle during the campaign than he acknowledged. If his son Donald Trump Jr. didn’t collude with Russia, he certainly wanted to. And Donald Trump’s desire to shut down “this Russia thing” led to his ham-handed firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, which in turn gave us the Mueller probe. No deep-state conspiracy, just Trump’s own blundering, according to sometime adviser and confidant Stephen K. Bannon. It has been said many times: For a man protesting his innocence, Trump sure does act guilty. And that, more than anything, creates the air of mystery shrouding this topic. But at least we now know what he’s likely to say if and when we learn what he is hiding. Feds set me up.

It’s simply stunning to think of the mindset it takes to actually believe such lies & conspiracies constantly heard coming from the rightwing media echo, yet it’s terrifying when we think how many people actually do.  The echo rhetoric & audience that believes them are the only reason Trump & his cronies can get away with all their shenanigans.  One reason the Trump/echo base so willingly believe the lies beyond partisan tribal loyalties is Trump keeps throwing all this crap out there (the-trump-teams-amazing-evolving-russia-defense), but Mueller’s team being consummate professionals are refusing to leak, so the facts & counternarratives remain hidden away under the surface.  Mueller knows geometrically more than the media & public.  That’s why Trumpeters will be totally in shock when Mueller’s report comes out.  Rubin chimed in with these thoughts about more of this Trump/Rudy disingenuous sideshow taken from team-trumps-egregious-gambit:

President Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, claimed that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has narrowed “from five to two” the number of subjects about which he wants to interview Trump. This is quite likely a story cooked up by a Trump lawyer who has repeatedly made untrue statements. There aren’t only five topics, and no one not employed by Fox News or the White House thinks Mueller has agreed to further limit any topics about which the president may have information. Even worse, Trump and Giuliani have created a story that the FBI planted someone to spy on the Trump campaign. Sadly, the media has run wild with that allegation. But the Trump team really cannot say that this wild allegation is true. This effort smacks of a glaring attempt to disrupt the investigation (in other words, obstruction) and to put his own personal need (to avoid impeachment and/or indictment) above those of the country and the work of an FBI source. Simply because Trump and his associates so cavalierly lie and smear law enforcement, and disrupt ongoing investigations for selfish reasons, there is no reason to stop pointing out how egregious this behavior is.

Fox fake news is still obsessed with Hillary as if she should be impeached.  BUT SHE’S NOT THE PRESIDENT!!!  Trump is, & our nation has never seen anyone like him!  With Fox taking the lead as the state-run media, they’ve also become the enemy of the state, spreading propaganda & misinformation with falsehoods originating directly from the pit of hell.  Always remember who is known as the father of lies.  I suppose he authors whatever Trump conspiracy that always come out next.  We’ve known for awhile now the White House has been coordinating their messaging with their state-run media: Way-Out-of-His-League-Sarah-Huckabee-Sanders-Has-Delusions-of-Trump-s-Grandeur.  I find these words below quite relevant about the two most dangerous men in America, teaming up to spread their verbal manure on the rest of us as seen in Conspiracy-Feary-Trump-Whines-Incoherently-About-Imaginary-Spies-Infiltrating-His-Campaign:

The President of the United States continues to exhibit clear signs of consciousness of guilt and a festering fear of exposure. Donald Trump’s Twitter feed would make a fascinating psychiatric study exploring acute paranoia in political leaders. Trump’s latest Twitter tantrum was likely inspired by his senior strategic advisor, Sean Hannity. As the top Trump-fluffer on Fox News Hannity has already initiated a campaign to smear special prosecutor Robert Mueller with an new emphasis on this being the one year anniversary of his appointment (as if that had any relevance to anything). Hannity and Trump are so cognitively aligned that they are now – as Stephen Colbert said – finishing each other’s prison sentences. And the familiar rhetoric of “fake news” and “witch hunt” flow from both of them as if in harmony.  So now Trump is blaming America for investigating his unsavory connections to Russia and his unlawful attempts to cover it up. And he continues to bleat out impotent declarations that there has been no collusion despite all of the evidence that is known, and even more that Mueller surely has but is not yet ready to disclose. And if that weren’t enough, Trump has also adopted the wingnut conspiracy theory that Obama planted a spy in his presidential campaign.

Here are more links taking us to the sad reality Fox fake news is no longer a credible news network.  Apparently their viewers would prefer to be entertained based on pre-established tribal ideologies rather than be told the truth:

 

NEWS FLASH!!!  I do have to admit Fox still has some real journalists working on air at the network!  While the early morning & prime-time lineup are a disgrace, & even on the weekend nights when they trot out the likes of Levin, Hilton, Watters, Gutfeld & Judge Jeanine, that’s a trip through the idiot zone rivaling those numbskullian weeknight shows.  They are nothing more than talking heads perpetuating the Trump conspiracy narratives.  But among the professional & sane Fox show hosts who come to mind are Cavuto, Shep, Wallace & this guy featured in an interview (so there are some shows safe to watch): fox-news-host-baier-it-pains-me-to-hear-fox-called-state-tv-for-trump:
 

Fox News anchor Bret Baier said in an interview with The New Yorker that was published Friday that “it pains me” when he hears his network referred to by critics and competitors as “state TV” for the Trump administration. In the piece, The New Yorker mentions Baier as attempting to maintain journalistic integrity while working in an environment that “often” celebrates President Trump. “On a network that often outright celebrates the President, Baier has tried to maintain a reputation as a hard-questioning newsman,” the piece read. “And he said in our interview that ‘it pains me’ to hear Fox called ‘state TV’ for the Trump Presidency.” “I have not gotten an interview with the president, and it’s 534 since I did one with candidate Trump, not like anybody’s counting,” Baier continued.

 

On-air hosts and anchors on Fox rivals MSNBC and CNN have referred to Fox News as “state-run TV” since President Trump took office. CNN President Jeff Zucker has characterized the network in that fashion on several occasions. “[Fox News] is really state-run TV,” Zucker said at an industry conferencein March. “It is a pure propaganda machine and I think does incredible disservice to this country.” Baier on Thursday told “The View” that Fox News is criticized unfairly and asked those who haven’t seen his program, “Special Report,” to tune in three times and provide him direct feedback on email or Twitter on whether the show “covers all sides fairly” or not. “If you watch my show, you know, some of the loudest critics of Fox don’t watch my show,” Baier said. “We’re on the news side and there’s an opinion side. I say to people, just watch my show three times and drop me an email or a tweet and tell me what you think. … I’m going to cover all sides fairly so people can make up their minds.” 

By blowing the cover of intelligence agents, our national security is put at risk since valuable informants will refuse to work with us.  So we’re also seeing Trump team’s gambit to expose sensitive information in protecting their demagogue leader has fallen to such depths, they’re even willing to jeopardize the lives of valuable intelligence officials: trumps-perilous-push-out-top-secret-source & also top-senate-democrat-warns-against-exposing-an-fbi-source-in-russia-probe-calls-it-illegal & also calls-for-identity-of-fbi-source-trump-campaign-risk-national-security.  The FBI Director sounded those warnings about the dangers to informants in this quote from fbi-director-christopher-wray-hearing:

“The day that we can’t protect human sources is the day the American people start becoming less safe,” Wray told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Human sources in particular who put themselves at great risk to work with us and with our foreign partners have to be able to trust that we’re going to protect their identities and in many cases their lives and the lives of their families.”

Trump’s sleight-of-hand strategy also features masterfully distracting the nation, as every shocking scandal-ridden headline is quickly displaced & soon to be forgotten by another chaotic episode….& then another & another & another: donald-trump-is-competent-at-one-thing-making-the-media-jump-from-scandal-to-scandal.  We know Trump would jump at the chance to abuse his power by setting up the same type of longstanding rule enjoyed by the Russian dictator he adores: lawmakers-propose-to-extend-putins-term-limits-as-president.
 
Seriously, I do believe the Russian scandal is far far worse than Watergate: former-bush-ethics-czar-trump-white-house-well-beyond-watergate.  Along with the obvious obstruction, this current scandal looks to expose conspiracy against the United States with a foreign power, while following the money may lead to a wide assortment of crimes.  A two-bit burglary of the DNC headquarters nearly a half-century ago can’t compare to the current drama.  If the evidence is rock solid enough once the Mueller team reaches their conclusions, like Nixon even GOP supporters in Congress would turn on him: presidential-historian-impeachment-will-be-the-season-finale-of-trump.  The one big advantage Trump has that Nixon didn’t is a lying propaganda machine like Fox to keep his base brainwashed, so Trumpeters will stay enamored with the leader they worship even if proven to be a criminal: TrumpRussia-s-smoldering-arsenal-at-the-end-of-the-beginning-of-the-end.  It’s incumbent upon us to teach people not to buy into the relentless Trump conspiracy string of lies.

 

Fox Lies
Fox fake news is still obsessed with Hillary as if she should be impeached.  BUT SHE’S NOT THE PRESIDENT!!!  Trump is, & our nation has never seen anyone like him!  With Fox taking the lead as the state-run media, they’ve also become the enemy of the state, spreading propaganda & misinformation with falsehoods originating directly from the pit of hell.  Always remember who is known as the father of lies.  I suppose he authors whatever Trump conspiracy that always come out next.  We’ve known for awhile now the White House has been coordinating their messaging with their state-run media: Way-Out-of-His-League-Sarah-Huckabee-Sanders-Has-Delusions-of-Trump-s-Grandeur.  I find these words below quite relevant about the two most dangerous men in America, teaming up to spread their verbal manure on the rest of us as seen in Conspiracy-Feary-Trump-Whines-Incoherently-About-Imaginary-Spies-Infiltrating-His-Campaign:

The President of the United States continues to exhibit clear signs of consciousness of guilt and a festering fear of exposure. Donald Trump’s Twitter feed would make a fascinating psychiatric study exploring acute paranoia in political leaders. Trump’s latest Twitter tantrum was likely inspired by his senior strategic advisor, Sean Hannity. As the top Trump-fluffer on Fox News Hannity has already initiated a campaign to smear special prosecutor Robert Mueller with an new emphasis on this being the one year anniversary of his appointment (as if that had any relevance to anything). Hannity and Trump are so cognitively aligned that they are now – as Stephen Colbert said – finishing each other’s prison sentences. And the familiar rhetoric of “fake news” and “witch hunt” flow from both of them as if in harmony.  So now Trump is blaming America for investigating his unsavory connections to Russia and his unlawful attempts to cover it up. And he continues to bleat out impotent declarations that there has been no collusion despite all of the evidence that is known, and even more that Mueller surely has but is not yet ready to disclose. And if that weren’t enough, Trump has also adopted the wingnut conspiracy theory that Obama planted a spy in his presidential campaign.

Here are more links taking us to the sad reality Fox fake news is no longer a credible news network.  Apparently their viewers would prefer to be entertained based on pre-established tribal ideologies rather than be told the truth:
NEWS FLASH!!!  I do have to admit Fox still has some real journalists working on air at the network!  While the early morning & prime-time lineup are a disgrace, & even on the weekend nights when they trot out the likes of Levin, Hilton, Watters, Gutfeld & Judge Jeanine, that’s a trip through the idiot zone rivaling those numbskullian weeknight shows.  They are nothing more than talking heads perpetuating the Trump conspiracy narratives.  But among the professional & sane Fox show hosts who come to mind are Cavuto, Shep, Wallace & this guy featured in an interview (so there are some shows safe to watch): fox-news-host-baier-it-pains-me-to-hear-fox-called-state-tv-for-trump:

Fox News anchor Bret Baier said in an interview with The New Yorker that was published Friday that “it pains me” when he hears his network referred to by critics and competitors as “state TV” for the Trump administration. In the piece, The New Yorker mentions Baier as attempting to maintain journalistic integrity while working in an environment that “often” celebrates President Trump. “On a network that often outright celebrates the President, Baier has tried to maintain a reputation as a hard-questioning newsman,” the piece read. “And he said in our interview that ‘it pains me’ to hear Fox called ‘state TV’ for the Trump Presidency.” “I have not gotten an interview with the president, and it’s 534 since I did one with candidate Trump, not like anybody’s counting,” Baier continued.

 

On-air hosts and anchors on Fox rivals MSNBC and CNN have referred to Fox News as “state-run TV” since President Trump took office. CNN President Jeff Zucker has characterized the network in that fashion on several occasions. “[Fox News] is really state-run TV,” Zucker said at an industry conferencein March. “It is a pure propaganda machine and I think does incredible disservice to this country.” Baier on Thursday told “The View” that Fox News is criticized unfairly and asked those who haven’t seen his program, “Special Report,” to tune in three times and provide him direct feedback on email or Twitter on whether the show “covers all sides fairly” or not. “If you watch my show, you know, some of the loudest critics of Fox don’t watch my show,” Baier said. “We’re on the news side and there’s an opinion side. I say to people, just watch my show three times and drop me an email or a tweet and tell me what you think. … I’m going to cover all sides fairly so people can make up their minds.” 

By blowing the cover of intelligence agents, our national security is put at risk since valuable informants will refuse to work with us.  So we’re also seeing Trump team’s gambit to expose sensitive information in protecting their demagogue leader has fallen to such depths, they’re even willing to jeopardize the lives of valuable intelligence officials: trumps-perilous-push-out-top-secret-source & also top-senate-democrat-warns-against-exposing-an-fbi-source-in-russia-probe-calls-it-illegal & also calls-for-identity-of-fbi-source-trump-campaign-risk-national-security.  The FBI Director sounded those warnings about the dangers to informants in this quote from fbi-director-christopher-wray-hearing:

“The day that we can’t protect human sources is the day the American people start becoming less safe,” Wray told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Human sources in particular who put themselves at great risk to work with us and with our foreign partners have to be able to trust that we’re going to protect their identities and in many cases their lives and the lives of their families.”

Trump’s sleight-of-hand strategy also features masterfully distracting the nation, as every shocking scandal-ridden headline is quickly displaced & soon to be forgotten by another chaotic episode….& then another & another & another: donald-trump-is-competent-at-one-thing-making-the-media-jump-from-scandal-to-scandal.  We know Trump would jump at the chance to abuse his power by setting up the same type of longstanding rule enjoyed by the Russian dictator he adores: lawmakers-propose-to-extend-putins-term-limits-as-president.
 
Seriously, I do believe the Russian scandal is far far worse than Watergate: former-bush-ethics-czar-trump-white-house-well-beyond-watergate.  Along with the obvious obstruction, this current scandal looks to expose conspiracy against the United States with a foreign power, while following the money may lead to a wide assortment of crimes.  A two-bit burglary of the DNC headquarters nearly a half-century ago can’t compare to the current drama.  If the evidence is rock solid enough once the Mueller team reaches their conclusions, like Nixon even GOP supporters in Congress would turn on him: presidential-historian-impeachment-will-be-the-season-finale-of-trump.  The one big advantage Trump has that Nixon didn’t is a lying propaganda machine like Fox to keep his base brainwashed, so Trumpeters will stay enamored with the leader they worship even if proven to be a criminal: TrumpRussia-s-smoldering-arsenal-at-the-end-of-the-beginning-of-the-end.  It’s incumbent upon us to teach people not to buy into the relentless Trump conspiracy string of lies.