Trump National Emergency Not What He Thinks It Is…It’s past the midnight hour & we’ve officially hit the mark as the longest-running government shutdown ever.  The prez admits declaring a Trump national emergency would get tied up in the courts, so he’s holding off for the time being but could still soon go that route.  Who knows how or when this Trump shutdown might finally end.  The real Trump national emergency is contained in the breaking news tonight.  In fact, there’s been several important stories from the past few days, so we have lots to cover.  With so much important news throughout the Trump era, I’d often have to scramble to meet the deadlines, so we’ve dedicated ourselves to posting after hours if need be.  So if you come to this blog & don’t see any new posts from our normal Tuesday & Friday afternoon schedule, please check back in the evenings.  Or sometimes like tonight, it spilled over into the next day.

The Story We Stayed Up Late For!

The story broke tonight by the NY Times on the FBI kicking off an investigation on Trump after he fired Comey, looking to see if our American president was secretly working on behalf of Russia!  Just having cause to launch such an investigation signals solid evidence.  It’s hard for me to even concentrate on the blog tonight as these riveting reports are coming in, so we’re staying up late into the night to report on it.  This is a major breaking news story!!!  I’m cynical enough to believe Trump may have concocted this government shutdown as a diversion away from his legal troubles being in the headlines, but he can’t cover up a story where it’s been revealed as president he was basically suspected of being a Russian agent!  Outside of the echo anchored by Fox fake news, this is a monster story in the real news.  The actual findings from the tentacles of numerous probes should all tie in together & be contained within the Mueller report.  We should know soon enough.  We always figured Putin had something on Trump, & we’re getting close to finding out exactly what that was.  With the walls closing in on the prez, we do need to be legitimately worried he could do something really crazy prior to heading out the door.

It’s still not THE smoking gun, but it plays into the overall narrative.  Let’s see, Russia was caught red-handed interfering in our presidential election, top Trump campaign officials had numerous contacts with suspicious Russians, then subsequently lied about it, while Trump constantly cowers to Putin.  There’s plenty of other evidence like the Trump Tower meeting, plans for Trump Tower Moscow, knowing in advance of the WikiLeaks leaks, & it appears Trump’s end of the bargain was to lift Russian sanctions.  The circumstantial evidence is overwhelming, so it’s not hard to see where all this is going.  When the results of various investigations are soon revealed & after tonight’s NYT report, we must definitively find out the extent our elected leader may have been a national security threat, & as Nixon once stated, whether our president is a crook!  This is really looking like it’s gone well beyond collusion, as when all the facts are in we may actually be looking at treason!!!  Yes indeed, I think that qualifies as a Trump national emergency.

Here is the news which kept me up late into the night, which posted is just the beginning to the article, with the rest of it being inside https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/us/politics/fbi-trump-russia-inquiry.html:

In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence. The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice. Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, took over the inquiry into Mr. Trump when he was appointed, days after F.B.I. officials opened it. That inquiry is part of Mr. Mueller’s broader examination of how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with them. It is unclear whether Mr. Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it. The criminal and counterintelligence elements were coupled together into one investigation, former law enforcement officials said in interviews in recent weeks, because if Mr. Trump had ousted the head of the F.B.I. to impede or even end the Russia investigation, that was both a possible crime and a national security concern. The F.B.I.’s counterintelligence division handles national security matters. If the president had fired Mr. Comey to stop the Russia investigation, the action would have been a national security issue because it naturally would have hurt the bureau’s effort to learn how Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Americans were involved, according to James A. Baker, who served as F.B.I. general counsel until late 2017. He privately testified in October before House investigators who were examining the F.B.I.’s handling of the full Russia inquiry.

Cohen’s Coming

The House Oversight Committee will question Cohen in an open session on February 7th.  That should make for a riveting bombshell testimony & the TV ratings will shoot through the roof.  The House Intelligence Committee would also like Cohen to testify behind closed doors, exploring the Trump Organization & campaign’s ties to Russia, digging through details which could be too sensitive to reveal in public.  We understand the prez was none too happy upon learning of Cohen’s appearance to testify for Congress in under a month, with all the dirt getting a public airing.  Cohen has already implicated Trump for felony campaign finance violations.  There’s something about live testimony that can get seared into our memories.  Cohen seeks to be to Russiagate what John Dean was to Watergate.  It might also pave the way for Mueller’s findings which could be ready soon after.  The news stories on Cohen’s planned visit to Congress are here:

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/10/michael-cohen-to-testify-to-congress-1096507

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/michael-cohen-congress-public-testimony/2019/01/10/id/897695/?ns_mail_uid=d66112f2-a648-400b-8da5-92d68de3edca&ns_mail_job=DM12323_01102019&s=acs&dkt_nbr=010502nu9zds

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/michael-cohen-will-testify-publicly-soon-here-are-5-big-questions-he-might-shed-light-on/ar-BBS5bl3?ocid=spartandhp

https://investigaterussia.org/media/2019-01-10/cohen-will-testify-publicly

https://www.inquisitr.com/5244877/donald-trump-reportedly-had-expletive-filled-outburst-after-learning-michael-cohen-would-be-testifying/

Rudy Alarmed

The cumulation of the evidence of crimes is really adding up, with the cumulative effect I’m more confident than ever will bring down this presidency.  Some accuse me of being too giddy over Trump’s mounting legal troubles, but I do get excited over the prospect of preserving our democracy.  And Trump understands all too well what he’s done.  PR lawyer Rudy has a good idea as well, gleaning info from Trump, Mueller, Mueller’s witnesses & the acting AG.  So in these excerpts from giuliani-fears-mueller-report-will-be-horrific-insiders-suggest-trump-may-strike-deal-to-resign, he describes as “horrific” what the Mueller report will show:

Rudy Giuliani recently told a friend that he expects the Mueller report to be “horrific,” according to insiders who have begun speculating that Trump will make a deal with the special prosecutor to exchange his resignation for clemency. In today’s story in Vanity Fair about how White House aides fear that President Trump has no exit strategy for dealing with the border wall and government shutdown crisis, it was also revealed that those close to President Trump are fearing the worst from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between President Trump and Russian interests. Giuliani, who is leading President Trump’s legal team, in the past few days has suggested that the White House wants as much of the Mueller report to be made public, but did not rule out invoking executive privilege to block some parts of the report, according to NewsMax.

Today’s revelations in Paul Manafort’s legal filings have given the first indication that Mueller may be closing in on a “smoking gun” in the Russian collusion investigation, as it was revealed that Manafort lied to investigators about sharing polling information with alleged Russian intelligence operative Konstantin Kilimnik during the 2016 presidential election campaign. While Manafort’s defense team had previously shared information with Giuliani as part of a defense agreement, it is not certain at this time that Giuliani had been aware that Mueller had caught Manafort in the alleged prevarication. The Manafort filings come at the same time that Donald Trump Jr. has again expressed concern to friends that he expects to be indicted by Mueller, according to Law & Crime.

Mnuchin Can’t Explain Deripaska Move

With Russia caught in a broad scheme to interfere in our elections, it put the kibosh on Trump’s intentions to lift Russian sanctions for his buddy Putin.  So it looks like the administration tried to do an end run by removing sanctions on the business of a wealthy Russian oligarch who is inside Putin’s inner circle.  Despite such a move raising red flags & looking extremely suspicious, the White House plans to plow ahead with such a brazen move.  Mnuchin bombed out in his congressional hearing, stonewalling the questioners & providing no real explanations for giving such a sweet deal to a close Putin associate.  It’s just another action that smells fishy & again raises the concern about what Putin has over Trump.  That story is in these links:

https://investigaterussia.org/media/2019-01-10/mnuchins-deripaska-briefing-disappoints

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/house-democrats-sanctions-oleg-deripaska-russia-steven-mnuchin/

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/steve-mnuchin-briefed-congress-on-why-he-dropped-sanctions-on-oleg-deripaska-it-didnt-go-well/

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/424849-house-democrats-clash-with-mnuchin-following-sanctions-briefing

Inauguration Funny Business

There is this probe into suspicious Ukrainians with friendly ties to Russia attending the Trump inauguration, reportedly interested in having Russian sanctions lifted.  This can also play into the huge contributions that were donated for the inauguration.  Following the money may lead to where the funds came from, where they went & whether it was part of a foreign influence deal: mueller-federal-prosecutors-probing-ukrainians-who-attended-trump-inauguration-nyt.

Articles on Trump’s Pollster & Acting AG

Mueller is way ahead of us as last year he interviewed Trump’s pollster.  This likely played into recent reports where Manafort & Gates had shared polling data with pro-Russian Ukrainians back in the Spring of 2016.  It raises suspicions of a quid pro quo where Russians could find out where to geo-target their disinformation campaign in the U.S., while in return the Trump camp would favor a Ukraine peace plan favorable to Russia.  It also raises serious questions about why Trump would hire Manafort & what could Manafort’s foreign contacts want with polling data?: mueller-met-with-trump-campaign-pollster-former-manafort-associate-cnn.  The next article reveals Dems in Congress want to talk things over with Whitaker, as far as why he didn’t recuse himself & is he in any way disrupting the Mueller investigation.  The acting AG is also really dragging his feet over an invitation to testify in front of a House committee: senate-democrats-call-for-doj-ethics-probe-after-whitaker-non-recusal.

The More We Learn…

the more it looks like there was a tit for tat going on between the Trump campaign & the Kremlin.  Despite continuing Trump denials, the evidence of collusion is stronger than ever as explained by Boot, as our prez may soon get the boot.  Check out this entire op-ed posted from collusion-case-against-trump-just-got-lot-stronger:

We interrupt the breathless coverage of President Trump’s deceptive and unconvincing Oval Office address on the border wall to bring you some genuinely big news: The collusion case against the president’s campaign, already strong, is getting even stronger. Attorneys for Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, inadvertently included a big reveal in a court filing on Tuesday through their clumsy failure to properly redact key portions. They admitted that during the 2016 campaign Manafort and his longtime associate Konstantin Kilimnik, who the FBI has said has ties to Russian intelligence, discussed a peace plan for Ukraine and that Manafort also shared with him political polling data. Peace plan? Where have we heard that before? Oh, that’s right: Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former Mafia-linked, Russian American business associate Felix Sater and Ukrainian politician Andrii Artemenko conspired after the 2016 election to present a peace plan to incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was himself suspiciously friendly to the Russians. The plan would have legitimated Russian annexation of Crimea and lifted sanctions on Russia. In other words, it would have been the payoff that Russian President Vladimir Putin was seeking from his well-documented intervention on behalf of candidate Trump — and it could easily have come to fruition if the Russian election interference had not become a scandal. So now we know that there was yet another senior figure in Trump World who was plotting to sell out Ukraine to the Russians.

But the even more significant part of the Tuesday revelations concerns the polling data that Manafort allegedly shared with Kilimnik. Why would an individual with ties to Russian intelligence need polling data on the U.S. election? There is only on reason I can think of: to help direct the covert social-media propaganda campaign that Russian intelligence was running on Trump’s behalf. The Russians reached 126 million people via Facebook alone and millions more on other social-media platforms. Combined with Russia’s theft and strategically timed release of Democratic Party emails, this most likely swung an exceedingly close election — decided by fewer than 80,000 votes in three states — to Trump. One of the central mysteries about the Russian campaign is how the Kremlin could have been so skillful in targeting American voters, focusing especially on African Americans, Bernie Sanders supporters and other groups who might otherwise have been expected to vote for Hillary Clinton. When political campaigns run advertising, they typically rely on detailed voter data to guide their efforts. Did the Kremlin do its own polling? It didn’t have to, if Manafort was providing the Russians with poll numbers. According to the New York Times, “Most of the data was public, but some of it was developed by a private polling firm working for the campaign,” and Manafort asked Kilimnik to pass the data to two pro-Russian oligarchs in Ukraine for whom Manafort had previously worked. The Trump campaign chairman had also worked for the Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska. The Post has previously reported that Manafort, who was running the Trump campaign for no pay, offered Deripaska, whom he owed as much as $17 million, “private briefings” on the 2016 campaign in order to “get whole.” We don’t know whether Manafort was technically a Russian agent, but this is classic espionage tradecraft: Compromise a person of influence, put him at your mercy, and then force him to do your bidding.

Actually, there is evidence to indicate that the data-sharing might have gone both ways. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has revealed that the Russians stole not only emails but also data analytics from the Democratic Party. A few weeks after this theft in September 2016, the Trump campaign shifted its “data-driven” strategy to focus on the very states where it would win the election. Maybe that’s just a coincidence. Or maybe not. There is a name for cooperation between an American political campaign and a foreign government. It’s commonly called collusion. Or, if you prefer the legal term, conspiracy. The revelation about Manafort sharing data with Kilimnik is the most significant evidence of collusion/conspiracy since Michael Cohen’s Nov. 29 guilty plea on charges of lying to Congress to conceal the Trump Organization’s active pursuit during the 2016 campaign, with help from Putin aides, of a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. That, in turn, was the most damning evidence to emerge since the New York Times revealed that there had been a meeting at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, between the campaign high command and a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. (Veselnitskaya’s deep links to the Kremlin have just been confirmed in a new court filing.) These are only the headline revelations, of course. There is a lot more there there. I surveyed the state of the evidence six months ago in this column. The Moscow Project of the Center for American Progress reports that “we have learned of 97 contacts between Trump’s team and Russia linked operatives, including at least 28 meetings,” and that the Trump campaign tried to cover up all of them.

If this is what it appears to be, it is the biggest scandal in American history — an assault on the very foundations of our democracy in which the president’s own campaign is deeply complicit. There is no longer any question whether collusion occurred. The only questions that remain are: What did the president know? And when did he know it?

Yep, There Was Collusion!

All that barking for two years from Trump & his pundits there was no collusion has now been blown to smithereens!  Just check out these articles…

Trump world can deny it all they want, but what starts with C & rhymes with Schmollusion?: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/manafort-filing-redacted-collusion-evidence.html?via=homepage_taps_top

In certain fleeting moments Fox viewers hear the truth: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-shepard-smith-and-judge-napolitano-talk-manafort-bombshell-this-would-be-collusion/

The question of whether the Trump campaign was in cahoots with Russia, the answer is now an irrefutable yes!: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25834739/paul-manafort-share-polling-data-russian-oligarch-2016-trump-campaign/

The dots are being connected, so we now know for a fact there was collusion between the Trump campaign & the Russians: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/opinions-this-is-exactly-what-collusion-looks-like/ar-BBS5bew

A legal term for this type of collusion is conspiracy with a foreign power to defraud the United States of America, which may also be considered treason!: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/9/1824740/-What-Clearer-Evidence-Of-Collusion-Do-We-Need

Trump is professional con man & master illusionist, causing his base to only see smoke & mirrors when it comes to collusion: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/11/real-collusion-is-spins-wheel-two-people-tv-using-same-phrase/?utm_term=.9df618b12b11

The verifiable number of contacts uncovered where the Trump campaign had engaged with shady Russians has now hit triple-digits: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/09/donald-trump-team-contact-russian-officials/2530829002/

The author of the book Proof of Collusion: How Donald Trump Betrayed America reveals the prez isn’t just fretting over himself, but his adult kids: https://www.salon.com/2019/01/09/why-donald-trump-and-his-children-will-be-charged-with-crimes/

Looks like the House Intelligence Committee will issue a subpoena to sonny-boy jr: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/trump-jr-house-democrats-subpoena/2019/01/09/id/897480/?ns_mail_uid=d66112f2-a648-400b-8da5-92d68de3edca&ns_mail_job=DM12099_01092019&s=acs&dkt_nbr=010502anrsfu

A Prediction

As for Lichtman’s crystal ball, his impeachment prognostication matches my own, as found in excepts pulled from donald-trump-will-be-impeached-in-2019-says-prediction-professor:

The US president’s basic conduct and politics are unlikely to change in 2019, but the new Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, coupled with the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, will lead to the impeachment of Donald Trump, predicts Allan Lichtman. “I think it’s more likely than not he will get impeached,” the American University professor told DW. After previously predicting 30 years of presidential elections correctly, Lichtman became a media phenomenon when he — against mainstream wisdom — predicted early on that Trump would win in 2016. Now Lichtman is convinced that as of 2019, and for the remainder of his term, Trump will be engaged in a fight to remain in office — a fight he may well lose.

That’s because until now, Trump could rely on a Republican-controlled Congress to shield him from impeachment or removal-from-office proceedings — essentially a political trial process — which can be triggered by a single majority vote in the House of Representatives. That process has long been a hot topic among the president’s opponents in the Democratic Party, and in the wake of the midterm elections that flipped the House, Democrats will hold a solid a majority in 2019. “If Mueller comes up with some devastating findings, the Democratic base will demand impeachment,” said Lichtman. “I think [Trump] is in grave peril from the Mueller probe.” He added that he believes that Mueller will issue more indictments and reveal even more damaging information linking people from Trump’s inner circle to Russia, thus proving a conspiracy to rig the election and undermine democracy. “I think there are going to be some very serious findings from Mueller directly tying the Trump campaign to the Russians.”

What’s more, he noted, it is not just the Mueller probe that Trump has to worry about. There are also the various other criminal investigations that extend down to the state level, including one by New York’s aggressive attorney general and another by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Lichtman is not just convinced that Trump will be impeached. He also sees an increasing likelihood that Trump will actually be ousted from the presidency. Such a scenario is less unrealistic than it sounds, said Lichtman, pointing to the steady drip of incriminating information from the Mueller probe and Trump’s conduct in office, which is beginning to take its toll on Republicans — a sentiment backed up by the recent midterm results. With presidential and Congressional elections in which Senate Republicans face a much less favorable electoral map than this year just around the corner in 2020, the GOP may be ready to cut Trump loose.

Lawyering Up

17 new White House lawyers have been hired with the intent to suppress the Mueller report.  Especially with regard to pivotal conversations between Trump & top aides, the legal team is reportedly looking to invoke executive privilege in blocking the release of the content from those discussions, invoking memories of Nixon fighting to stop the release of White House tapes.  Such claims of executive privilege would be on shaky legal ground in this criminal case, plus would spark outrage among the public & congressional Dems.  Click on this link executive-privilege-defense & here are these excerpts pulled from a-beefed-up-white-house-legal-team-prepares-aggressive-defense-of-trumps-executive-privilege-as-investigations-loom-large:

A beefed-up White House legal team is gearing up to prevent President Trump’s confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators and revealed in the special counsel’s long-awaited report, setting the stage for a potential clash between the branches of government. The strategy to strongly assert the president’s executive privilege on both fronts is being developed under newly arrived White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who has hired 17 lawyers in recent weeks to help in the effort. He is coordinating with White House lawyer Emmet Flood, who is leading the response to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on his now-20-month-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Flood is based in White House Counsel’s Office but reports directly to Trump. Trump aides say White House lawyers are focused on preserving a legal protection routinely invoked by presidents of both parties. But any effort to fight investigators is likely to further inflame Trump’s relationship with Democratic leaders and could lock the administration and Congress in protracted legal standoffs that may ultimately go to the Supreme Court. Of particular concern to Democrats: whether the White House will seek to use executive privilege to keep private any portions of Mueller’s report that addresses alleged obstruction of justice by the president.

There is a growing sense that the special counsel’s closely held investigation could come to culmination soon. Some Trump advisers think Mueller could deliver the confidential report explaining his findings to senior Justice Department officials next month. Under the rules authorizing the special counsel, the attorney general can then decide whether to share the report or parts of it with Congress and the public. Some House leaders have vowed to immediately seek to obtain a copy of Mueller’s findings. But the White House would resist the release of details describing confidential and sensitive communications between the president and his senior aides, Trump advisers say.

The legal showdown could be one of the most significant debates over presidential executive privilege since President Richard Nixon sought to block the release of his White House tapes in the Watergate investigation. Ronald Weich, an assistant attorney general under Obama, said the Mueller report will be of such “overwhelming interest” to Congress and to the public that it is highly likely the courts would rule in favor of Congress’s receiving it, as the Supreme Court did in ordering Nixon to turn over his tapes in July 1974. He resigned the next month. Further complicating the current dynamic is a possible change in Justice Department oversight of the special counsel probe, which Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein has continued to supervise hands-on under acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker. Trump’s nominee for the top post, former attorney general William P. Barr, has criticized aspects of Mueller’s investigation. His Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for next week. Rosenstein is expected to leave the Justice Department if Barr is confirmed, although the timing of his departure is unclear.

Staying Mum

PR lawyer Rudy insists his client is done answering questions, seen in excerpts from president-trump-will-not-answer-any-more-questions-from-mueller-giuliani:

Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump have told special counsel Robert Mueller that he will not answer any more questions in the probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Reuters on Wednesday. Trump submitted written answers to questions from Mueller in late November. In an interview with Reuters, Giuliani said Mueller raised the possibility of follow-up questions but that the president’s outside legal team told the special counsel before Christmas that Trump would not respond. Trump’s lawyers and Mueller’s team have had no contact since then, Giuliani said. “As far as we’re concerned, everything is over,” Giuliani told Reuters. “We weren’t convinced they had any questions they don’t know the answer to.” Giuliani said the ball was now in the special counsel’s court. “They could try to subpoena him if they want,” he said. “But they know we could fight that like hell.” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to try to help Trump win.

Rosenstein Leaving Soon

The original report indicated Rosenstein would leave as soon as the new AG is confirmed, but now it sounds like he’ll stay on until Mueller is basically complete with his investigative work.  We won’t know until we know, but plenty of credible sources believe Mueller may wrap things up in a month or two.  Rosenstein may have gotten wind that NY Times report was about to land revealing Trump was subject to that FBI probe, & his soon-to-be exit might help soften the hits he could take from an irate Trump.  We’ve exceeded our quota on live links, but these Rosenstein articles are out there if you look for them:

nbcnews/rod-rosenstein-plans-leave-justice-department-after-new-attorney-general

investigaterussia/preparing-go

huffingtonpost/rod-rosenstein-to-leave-doj-once-new-attorney-general-confirmed-reports

businessinsider/what-rod-rosenstein-departure-means-mueller-probe

vox/rod-rosenstein-resigns-mueller-trump

politico/rosenstein-step-down-new-attorney-general

His Lame Prime-Time Speech Promoting Trump’s Wall Plans Didn’t Change Any Minds

The need for a wall against illegal immigrants does highlight a problem, but is far from a crisis.  Opioid deaths are a crisis!  School, workplace & public event shootings are a crisis!  Gang murders in poor neighborhoods of Chicago are a crisis!  Working families unable to pay the bills are a crisis.  Russia’s hypersonic missiles, North Korea’s nukes & Iran’s evolving nuclear program are a crisis!  Yes, we should seek stronger border security, but make it as part of a much-needed, long-awaited immigration reform bill.  Also never overlook, colluding with a foreign power to taint an American election is a crisis!

The prez may opt for declaring a national emergency if no other solution can be found to end the government shutdown.  But beyond that, the Trump national emergency is coming from all his legal troubles starting to cave in on him.  I don’t know whether this shutdown might even stretch into February, but some are saying the Mueller report may be ready by late February, so by the spring his presidency may well be in serious jeopardy.  Stay tuned as the drama really elevates.  We do have limits on the number of outbound links, so you can find any article by doing a search.  These are articles from a few days ago mostly after that dud of a speech about the supposed Trump national emergency over the wall that prompted this government shutdown.  More recent articles on this same topic are also at the bottom of parts 2 & 3:

As the prez has boxed himself in with the shutdown & Mueller about ready to lower the boom, we may be about to see Trump meet his Alamo: vanityfair/trump-aides-fear-the-wall-will-be-his-alamo

A great dealmaker?  Mexico will pay for it?  MAGA?  All we’re seeing is incompetence: inquisitr/shutdown-drama-exposes-trumps-presidential-incompetence

A wall is definitely not a be-all & end-all: usatoday/donald-trump-border-claims-again-overplay-immigration-hand

Trump running into a brick wall with his wall demands: nytimes/opinion/trump-border-speech

We do have a Trump national emergency, as a weak president could do tremendous damage using the power of his office: nytimes/president-trump-border-wall-weak

Yep, we do have a crisis & he’s in the White House: vox/trump-speech-response-crisis-fake

Every single House rep on the border voted to reopen government without the wall funding: huffingtonpost/trump-border-wall-opposition

His argument for the wall has been so botched, disingenuous & lame, could it actually be a deliberate attempt to distract from Russiagate?: theguardian/trump-border-wall-address-president-immigration

Mr. Macho’s top rally talking point has backfired: theguardian/border-wall-speech-trump-is-losing-the-macho-game-of-staring-himself-down-in-the-mirror

Wake me when it’s over, but wake Trump while it’s still going on: theatlantic/oval-office-address

Don’t believe any of Trump’s claims: vox/trump-speech-immigration-fact-check-border

Ditto my last comment: vox/trump-speech-fact-check-immigration

Wilson has a smelly description for that speech: rawstory/rick-wilson-trump-reeked-defeat-death-twitch-oval-office-speech

This writer actually thought the prez wouldn’t lie (how naive): motherjones/so-how-good-was-my-crystal-ball

His speech a cure for insomnia: thedailybeast/disaster-looms-after-trump-tries-being-presidential-hates-it

No bully pulpit, just a bully: politico/trump-immigration-speech-analysis-bully-pulpit

Sonny boy jr a bully too: usatoday/donald-trump-jr-compares-border-wall-zoo-instagram-post

The majority really don’t want the wall: politico/trump-pitches-american-public-wall-demands

No Trump national emergency declared yet, but he’s the actual emergency: thinkprogress/trump-didnt-declare-an-emergency-last-night-but-his-authoritarian-tendencies-were-on-full-display

Even The Apprentice was better than this crap show: thedailybeast/trumps-big-problem-his-reality-tv-shtick-is-getting-boring

His gut has indigestion: washingtonpost/hes-a-gut-politician-trumps-go-to-negotiating-tactics-not-working-in-shutdown-standoff

Nothing new, just the same old spin: washingtonpost/trumps-nothingburger-speech

A bizarre snoozer: washingtonpost/trump-tried-play-normal-president-television-result-was-very-strange

Russia on the brain: dailykos/What-s-the-Real-Reason-Trump-Gave-that-Yawner-from-the-Oval-Office-Hint-Think-Russia

Gee, what a big surprise, Trump would lie to us: thinkprogress/fact-checking-trump-lies-immigration

Lies aplenty: huffingtonpost/donald-trump-fact-check

The one Fox host we can count on to tell the truth: businessinsider/fox-news-shep-smith-fact-checks-trumps-border-security-speech