Trump Attacks His Own FBI Director While Warning AG Barr to Pressure Russia Probe

President Donald Trump attacked Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an interview he gave earlier this morning on Fox Business.

“We know that the FBI lied to the Senate in February of 2018. Christopher Wray was running the FBI. Mr. President, is Christopher Wray hiding all of this stuff and protecting the FBI? Should he step down?” Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo asked. read more

Trump Lashes Out at U.S. Officials, Disputes Claim He Trusts Putin Over U.S. Intelligence

President Donald Trump lashed out at government officials and disputed claims that he trusts Russian leader Vladimir Putin over United States intelligence agencies.

John Bolton, one of the dumbest people I’ve met in government and sadly, I’ve met plenty, states often that I respected, and even trusted, Vladimir Putin of Russia more than those in our Intelligence Agencies,” Trump said of his former national security adviser. read more

Opinion: Corruption is Not A Second Amendment Right

The law was not kind to corrupt people this week.  The DC Circuit sided with congressional oversight when it said the House could sue Don McGahn  if he didn’t comply with a subpoena.  We learned that Deutsche Bank  gave up Donald Trump’s financials to Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance, and the crown jewel came with New York Attorney General Letitia James’s  announcement of a civil suit against the NRA over its corrupt business practices. read more

Trump Falsely Accuses Former Acting AG Sally Yates of Committing “Greatest Political Crime of the Century”

President Donald Trump lashed out at former acting Attorney General Sally Yates in a tweet earlier this morning, accusing her of participating in “the greatest political crime of the Century.”

The president accused Yates of “leaking” a conversation with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who would later plead guilty to a felony count of “willfully and knowingly” making false statements to the FBI, and agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference.

“Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!” the president wrote.

Sally Yates has zero credibility. She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game! read more

GOP Senator Pat Toomey Calls on Trump Administration to Brief Senate on Russian Bounty Scandal

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has called on President Donald Trump’s administration to brief the Senate on reports that a Russian military agency put a bounty on the heads of American troops.

In a statement, Toomey said he read documents made available behind closed doors––and that doing so raised even more questions.

“I have reviewed the classified information regarding bounties, upon which recent news reports are based. This information raises many questions and administration officials should come before the Senate and provide a classified briefing and answer questions from all members,” Toomey said. “If it is concluded that Russia offered bounties to murder American soldiers, a firm American response is required in short order.”

Intelligence reports are available for senators in the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). However, the administration has not provided the all-Senate briefing that Democrats have demanded.

Toomey’s call comes after the president took to Twitter to insist reports that he ignored intelligence briefings are “fake news.”

The president quoted a statement from the Department of Defense (DOD) released late Monday that it had not yet validated the reported intelligence and “DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports.”

“Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party,” he wrote. “I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level.”

Busted Trump Calls Russian Bounty Scandal A Fake News Media Hoax Made Up to Slander Him

President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to insist reports that he ignored intelligence briefings about a Russian military agency putting a bounty on the heads of American troops are “fake news.”

The president quoted a statement from the Department of Defense (DOD) released late Monday that it had not yet validated the reported intelligence and “DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports.”

“Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party,” he wrote. “I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level.”

“No corroborating evidence to back reports.” Department of Defense. Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party. I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level read more

Trump Claims Someone Said He Is “The Most Perfect Person” for Surviving Russia Probe

President Donald Trump claimed a friend told him he is “the most perfect person” for surviving the investigation into his Russian ties.

“Isn’t that true?” he asked the audience.

The president did not name his source. He has lauded himself multiple times in the past, however, including the time he referred to himself as a “stable genius”…

….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that! read more

Federal Judge Moves to Stop the Justice Department from Dropping Case Against Michael Flynn

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who oversees the case against former President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, has appointed former judge John Gleeson to counter the Justice Department’s argument that Flynn’s case should be dismissed.

Sullivan wrote that Gleeson will present arguments as an amicus curiae––or “friend of the court”––”in opposition to the government’s Motion to Dismiss” and on “whether the Court should issue an Order to Show Cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in criminal contempt for perjury.”

Flynn resigned from the White House in disgrace after he provided false information about his communications with the Russian government, particularly after the news of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the United States, became public. He later pleaded guilty to a felony count of “willfully and knowingly” making false statements to the FBI.

You can read the complete text of Judge Sullivan’s order HERE.

Gleeson authored a Washington Post op-ed earlier this week titled “The Flynn Case Isn’t Over Until the Judge Says It’s Over.”

“The department’s motion to dismiss the Flynn case is actually just a request — one that requires “leave of the court” before it is effective. The executive branch has unreviewable authority to decide whether to prosecute a case. But once it secures an indictment, the proceedings necessarily involve the judicial branch. And the law provides that the court — not the executive branch — decides whether an indictment may be dismissed. The responsible exercise of that authority is particularly important here, where a defendant’s plea of guilty has already been accepted. Government motions to dismiss at this stage are virtually unheard of,” he wrote.

He continued: “The department once argued that those conversations confirmed Flynn’s guilt. It now claims those conversations were innocuous. By ordering disclosure of the transcripts, the court can empower the American public to judge for itself — and assess why the department is trying to walk away from this important case.”

Gleeson notes that “Flynn’s guilt has already been adjudicated. So if the court finds dismissal would result in a miscarriage of justice, it can deny the motion, refuse to permit withdrawal of the guilty plea and proceed to sentencing.” read more

Paul Manafort Gets Released from Federal Prison Due to Coronavirus Fears

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted in August 2018 on eight charges of tax and bank fraud related to work conducted in Ukraine and sentenced to 7 1/2 months in prison, has been granted a release as the novel coronavirus spreads in prisons.

Manafort was released from a federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, early this morning. Manafort was slated to be released from prison in November 2024, according to the Bureau of Prisons, but will serve out the rest of his sentence in home confinement.

Manafort’s attorneys have in recent months cited Manafort’s reportedly failing health and requested that he be immediately transferred to home confinement because he is considered high-risk due to his age and preexisting conditions. Manafort, who takes multiple medications for various ailments, was hospitalized for several days in December due to a “cardiac event.”

“We write on behalf of our client to request that the Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) immediately transfer Mr. Manafort to home confinement to serve the remainder of his sentence or, alternatively, for the duration of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with Attorney General William Barr’s directives to the BOP on March 26 and April 3, 2020, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), enacted on March 27, 2020,” attorneys Kevin Downing and Todd Blanche wrote in an April 13 letter obtained by ABC News.

Although Manafort has only served about 30 percent of his sentence, prison officials are given a wide berth in deciding whether to move inmates to home confinement. The Justice Department last month issued a clarification regarding home confinement policy for certain inmates after its conflicting messages sparked controversy.

“[Bureau of Prisons] is at this time prioritizing for consideration those inmates who either (1) have served 50% or more of their sentences, or (2) have 18 months or less remaining in their sentences and have served 25% or more of their sentences,” DOJ prosecutors wrote in a court filing in the Southern District of New York last month. “As BOP processes the inmates eligible for home confinement under these criteria and learns more about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on BOP facilities, it is assessing whether and how to otherwise priority consideration.”

McConnell Says “Classless” Obama Should Have Kept His Mouth Shut

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized former President Barack Obama after news outlets obtained a tape of a web talk between the former president and members of the Obama Alumni Association in which he said the “rule of law is at risk” in the United States after it emerged the Justice Department dismissed the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut,” McConnell said in an interview with Trump 2020 senior adviser Lara Trump on an episode of Team Trump Online! “You know, we know he doesn’t like much (what this) administration is doing, that’s understandable. But I think it’s a little bit classless, frankly, to critique an administration that comes after you. You had your shot, you were there for eight years.”

“Generally former presidents just don’t do that,” he added, pointing to the tradition started by the Bush administration to not criticize presidential successors.

“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed – about the justice department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama reportedly said on the recording.

“And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury [in fact Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI] just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic – not just institutional norms – but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk,” he continued. “And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”

The former president’s comments prompted President Donald Trump to launch into an “Obamagate” conspiracy theory.

He got caught, OBAMAGATE! https://t.co/oV6fum0zIS

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020 read more

Trump Launches into “Obamagate” Conspiracy Theory After Obama Criticizes Dismissal of Flynn Case

President Donald Trump attacked former President Barack Obama, launching into an “Obamagate” conspiracy after news outlets obtained a tape of a web talk between the former president and members of the Obama Alumni Association in which he said the “rule of law is at risk” in the United States after it emerged the Justice Department dismissed the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“OBAMAGATE!” Trump wrote. He spent the rest of the night peddling numerous conspiracy theories.

He got caught, OBAMAGATE! https://t.co/oV6fum0zIS

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020 read more

Trump, Who Regularly Fires People, Claims He “Learned A Lot” About Not Firing People from Richard Nixon

President Donald Trump reflected on his approach to the Russia investigation during a phone interview with the hosts of “Fox and Friends,” saying he “learned a lot” from studying history and the administration of former President Richard Nixon.

“I learned a lot from Richard Nixon. Don’t fire people,” he said. “I learned a lot. I study history. And the firing of everybody — I should’ve in one way, but I’m glad I didn’t, because look at the way it turned out. They’re all a bunch of crooks and they got caught.”

“Of course there was one difference, one big difference,” Trump continued. “Number one, he may have been guilty. And number two, he had tapes all over the place. I wasn’t guilty. I did nothing wrong, and there are no tapes. But I wish there were tapes in my case.”

The problem with Trump’s reflection: He has fired many people during his tenure in the White House, including:

  • James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Andrew McCabe, the former Deputy FBI Director, who was fired after Trump pressured Jeff Sessions
  • Jeff Sessions, his former Attorney General
  • Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General (one of the earliest firings of the Trump administration)
  • John Bolton, his former national security adviser
  • H.R. McMaster, his former national security adviser
  • Mira Ricardel, the former deputy national security adviser
  • John Kelly, his former chief of staff
  • Reince Priebus, his former chief of staff
  • Rex Tillerson, his former Secretary of State
  • Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist
  • read more