In short, the danger in Trump’s language is that, for the surprisingly impressionable national audience, he degrades our democratic processes and safeguards against tyranny by recasting the fundamentals of democracy as instead the coarse and brutish misdeeds of a dictatorial power grab.
Many U.S. law enforcement and security officials now believe that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has its priorities wrong. According to these highly-experienced professionals DHS resources are being wasted on the so-called “threat” posed to our southern border by the caravan of poor refugees making its way north through Mexico from Central America.
A number of former FBI agents and prosecutors are saying that people who make up allegations tend not to ask for the FBI to investigate them.
Ken Dilanian of NBC News tweeted:
A number of former prosecutors and FBI agents have said today that people who make up allegations tend not to demand that the FBI investigate them.
Before the Senate Judiciary Committee FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the investigation being carried on by Robert Mueller is not a “witch hunt.”
Rod Rosenstein is nothing if not a survivor. Rumors have swirled around Washington for months that the president would fire Rosenstein — who is Bob Mueller’s boss — but Rosenstein is too smart to let that happen.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Donald Trump attorney/fixer Michael Cohen received access to $774,000 of funding during the height of the president’s 2016 campaign. Cohen had previously said that he used $130,000 of his own money to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about her sexual relationship with Trump.
On Sunday talk shows former FBI Director James Comey completely dismissed and derided the Republicans’ House Intelligence Committee report that said there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The name Paul Manafort seems to be synonymous with the Trump presidential campaign and Russian collusion.
But if new court filings by the Department of Justice are any indication, Manafort was known by the FBI to be committing crimes before he joined Trump, and even before Trump announced his candidacy for president.
The recently-released memos from former FBI Director James Comey revealed that Michael Flynn was under FISA surveillance while he was working for Donald Trump. They discuss at length the pressure Trump put on Comey to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn.
Newt Gingrich, who attacked the FBI’s recent raid of Trump attorney Michael Cohen, is now being attacked himself for his ridiculous and unpatriotic comments. In a television interview on Fox News Gingrich directly compared the United States’ top law enforcement agency to both Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (who killed 20 million people) and the Nazis’ secret police force, the Gestapo.
In September of 2015, during the early stages of Donald Trump’s campaign for the U.S. presidency, Ukrainian billionaire and steel magnate Victor Pinchuk donated $150,000 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday said it mishandled a January tip that the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people in Florida had guns and the potential to carry out a school shooting.
"This is cringe-worthy stuff for a counterintelligence professional. It's the weaponization of classified intelligence for political purposes."
The Democrats should send their memo back to the president with a lot of bullet points and flashy graphics if they want him to read it and approve its release.
"It gins up [Trump's] base and it may help him politically, but legally it’s of no moment. ... I think the Republicans over-promised and under-delivered with their memo."
Trump referred to himself in the third person, improperly used "their," and capitalized words at random. The simple act of reading the tweet left the AM Joy panel struggling to control their laughter.
While Republicans point to the memo as proof that the FBI was out to get Trump's campaign via FISA court warrants, Maddow explained just how insane that argument is.
The president's decision-making is being driven by right-wing conspiracy theorists – not his own intelligence community or law enforcement agencies. Think about how dangerous that is for the country.
"They are risking the republic to protect the president. And for what? For tax cuts? To deregulate their friends and industry?"
The White House was working on Thursday to clear the release of a Republican memo alleging bias within the FBI and Justice Department against President Donald Trump as they investigated contacts between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, according to an administration official.