Friday, January 20, 2017

Intercepted communications with Russia part of investigation into Trump team.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said. 

The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts. 

It is not clear whether the intercepted communications had anything to do with Mr. Trump’s campaign, or Mr. Trump himself. It is also unclear whether the inquiry has anything to do with an investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and other attempts to disrupt the elections in November. The American government has concluded that the Russian government was responsible for a broad computer hacking campaign, including the operation against the D.N.C. 

The counterintelligence investigation centers at least in part on the business dealings that some of the president-elect’s past and present advisers have had with Russia.

Mr. Manafort is among at least three Trump campaign advisers whose possible links to Russia are under scrutiny. Two others are Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign, and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative.

If Trump does ANYTHING to stop these investigations we will know that he fears what they will find, and THAT should be enough to start a real drive to impeach him. 

I'm not saying that that action alone is an impeachable offense, I am just suggesting that it would fire up lawmakers to find the information that we all already know exists to remove him from office.

This idiot could already be selling, or simply giving, our secrets to his Russian handlers, and the longer he is in office the more at risk he puts our country and our people.


  1. Anonymous11:58 AM

    The deplorables are ecstatic they have elected a traitor who will "Make America Great Again". Now we know 'cretinism' starts with the letter T as in Trumpanzies. Dumbest and most gullible folks on the planet. Palin/Heath stupid.

  2. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Even the air outside seems a little greater already!

    1. Anonymous3:50 PM

      Well I sure hope while you were out getting fresh air, you purchased some made in China/Vietnam/Bangladesh trump men’s wear, some made in Turkey trump furniture or stayed at a trump hotel with H1 visa employees. And don’t forget to visit the WH website and purchase some of Melanomia’s jewelry, guess she has given up on her cyber bullying and is going to hawk earrings on QUV as her project. CLASSY

      Buy only made in America/ hire American, except if you are the LIAR- in- chief president:
      ‘It’s made in Vietnam!’ At inauguration, origin of red Trump hats shocks many

      ....... In his speech, Trump struck a fiery, protectionist tone.

      “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” he said. “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”

      Sucker !!!!!!

  3. Anonymous12:16 PM

    Poor kid. Is Barron having a seizure or something at the inauguration? You can see Ivanka and Tiffany looking concerned while it looks like Pretty Woman 2.0 is scolding Barron. Maybe that's why his parents makes him disappear when the family is in Washington DC enjoying the moment? Maybe Pretty Woman 2.0 doesn't want to be embarrassed?

  4. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Purge Of White House Website Complete: Gays And Climate Change No Longer Exist

    1. Anonymous1:12 PM

      Buy Melania:

    2. Anonymous1:35 PM


  5. Anonymous12:21 PM

    GOP Senator Calls for Investigating What FBI Did About Russia-Trump Intelligence

    Lindsey Graham also slams Donald Trump for his "forgive-and-forget" stance toward Vladimir Putin.

    1. Anonymous1:18 PM

      Read this morning that the agencies have been collecting info on Manafort et al since LAST SPRING.

      Senator Cummings was interviewed after the lunch and he is not letting this die, he mentioned again that there will be a senate investigation!!!!

  6. Anonymous12:22 PM

    Republican lawmakers in two states are trying to give themselves power to overrule courts

    Two state legislatures are considering measures that would allow lawmakers to overrule decisions by Supreme Court majorities — and one Florida Republican wants to change the U.S. Constitution to allow Congress to do the same.

    In Florida, state Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) has filed two bills that would allow the state legislature or the U.S. Congress “to override or nullify court decisions.”

    House Joint Resolution 121 would allow lawmakers to undo any state court decision by a two-thirds vote for up to five years, and House Memorial 125 would permit Congress to propose a similar constitutional amendment to give themselves the power to nullify federal court decisions.

    1. Does this doofus know that this is unconstitutional? Or are they just trying to push the envelope. You know, drive us further into a fascist authoritarian dictatorship.

  7. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Trump’s First Act As President Is To Raise Mortgage Rates On Struggling Homeowners

    One of Donald Trump's first acts as president was to hurt struggling homeowners by signing an executive order that reversed an Obama interest rate cut on FHA mortgages.

    Trump Has Already Erased Climate Change Policies from the White House Website

    Remember the days, like this morning, when the White House website worried about climate change? Those days are over. It didn't take long for the Trump administration to take over the White House website and scrub it of icky climate change mentions in favor of "An America First Energy Plan".

    Trump Inauguration Flops As Thin Crowd And Empty Stands Line Parade Route

    Trump's inauguration is set to go down as one of the biggest flops in presidential history, as the president-elect is going to met with a tiny crowd and empty stands at his inaugural parade.

    1. Anonymous3:09 PM

      Al Gore

    2. I wonder if that's why my home refinance is being rushed through so quickly. The lender wants the appraisal in my Monday at noon. I just met with the mortgage broker two weeks ago. I've never seen a refinance go this fast before. It's like they're trying to meet some sort of deadline.

      I doubt my loan has anything to do with FHA but I have to wonder if something else is going on.

      Hope the Deplorables are happy when Trump's cabinet guy forecloses on their homes.

      Oh and Fuck Trump.

  8. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Watch the tweet video attached to the tweet comment and then watch the video at the bottom. It's scary.

    Tweet video:
    What's going on? Look at the area around Barron's eyes.

    (You have to look at the tweet to see the video.)

    Haroon Ali
    Twitter › haroonwrites

    Media posted by Haroon Ali
    We need to talk about Barron. #InaugurationDay #Trump

    2 hours ago - Twitter

    Then watch this video:

  9. Anonymous12:29 PM

    I've got a bad case of the trumps and the Pepto didn't help.

    RJ in Brownbackistan

  10. Anonymous12:33 PM

    After delivering a depressing Inaugural Address on Friday that was full of lies and promises he won’t keep, Trump took to Twitter to post some snippets of his speech and included two rules that he expects everyone to follow, except himself of course.

    Trump’s Divisive And Negative Inaugural Address Was Full Of Lies And Most Americans TRASHED It

    We’re Not F*cking With You: Trump Stole Part Of His First Presidential Speech From A Batman Villain (VIDEO)

    Internet Hilariously Mocks Trump’s Pathetic, Depressing, Empty Inauguration Crowd (TWEETS)

    Twitter Mercilessly WRECKS Trump For Posting Celebratory Inauguration Day Tweet

    1. Anonymous1:25 PM


    2. Anonymous1:39 PM

      "Donald Trump’s First Twitter Background as President Was a Photo From the Inauguration of Barack Obama"

    3. Buy American has been tried. Very difficult. Even more so for food.

      Trump is PLAGIARIZING Obama's inauguration photo and passing it off as his own?

      Well, his presidency is sure getting off to a rousing start.

      And Jeebus! Can someone get that damned orange looney a tailor? It's like he's wearing a sharkskin gunnysack.

  11. Anonymous12:43 PM

    Picture melania kissing Michelle

    Then pick IMAGE at top and look at todays picture with Melania in her sky blue dress.

    You can see Melania leaning way over to kiss Michelle. I imagine Michelle is saying I don't play that. I imagine Donald thinking man I wish I had my video camera.

    I know it is just the camera angles and nothing happened. Sorry Donald

  12. Anonymous12:57 PM

    Watch "Donald Trump parade with Alison Jackson

  13. Anonymous12:59 PM

    I also blame the repubic grabbers. They could have disqualified him from their list of candidates by any number of issues. Dont just go after dc go to the repubic grabbers. Scandals for each. You can easily get listening devices.

  14. Anonymous1:07 PM

    18 minutes CRUSH!

  15. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Parade: No bigly crowds, not much enthusiasm. metaphor of the election results: the majority is not with him.

    Looked like small crowds along the streets, there definitely was room for more people and security out numbered viewers.

    Saw larger group in one section with protest signs: illegitimate pres and swastikas, couldn’t read more signs, but more people than in other parts of the parade route.

    He got out and walked, but was the shortest walk of all previous parades, some reporters are blaming Melanomia high heels, but we all know it was because he doesn’t have the stamina.

    They got out again and walked about 1 foot in the ticketed section with family. All of sudden then everyone went back into their cars. This section was supposedly for VIPs, there were whole sections of EMPTY stands, and maybe that is why he got back in the car, he was waving to empty stands.

    1. I wonder if they sent tickets to VIPs, who even *said* they would come, then the didn't show up.

      If Donald didn't believe he was unpopular before, he should certainly believe it now.

      This wasn't a hollow victory. It is a dry, bitter victory.

      He is despised. He is hated.

      I wonder how he is going to retaliate against the entire country?

  16. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Chuck Todd: 'It Was Surprisingly Divisive For An Inaugural Address'

    NBC's Chuck Todd was very critical when expressing his first impressions of Donald Trump's inauguration speech moments after it needed and said, "That was not the type of Inaugural address that was intended to bring this country together."

    Host Lester Holt said the speech was an amalgamation of many of Trump's campaign speeches and said President Obama at times "seemed to be biting his lip."

    The Meet The Press host then said, “I have to say, it was surprisingly divisive for an Inaugural address — when you're channeling what was real anger out there with his supporters — It's going to play well with his folks, but that wasn't the type of Inaugural address that was intended to bring this country together.”

    Holt said, "There's a new sheriff in town."

    Todd replied, "America First. There was a point there, Lester, where it felt as if he almost was insulting every living President that was sitting next to him — in very personal ways.”

    Tom Brokaw jumped in and said, “He was also insulting all the Republican Congressmen and Senators who were on that stage. He has a majority. But he went after politicians point blank.”

    1. “Inaugural addresses are a time for inspiration and to chart a positive way forward. In substance and rhetoric, the speech was dystopian, divisive, and divorced from reality. His tone was more suited for his campaign rallies than for this moment, and he demonstrated perhaps the least amount of facility of delivering a prepared speech of any president since the invention of the teleprompter. Moreover, he made promises that will be almost impossible to keep. In every way, today marks a radical departure for our country. May God help us.”

      —Kenneth Baer, a former senior speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore who contributed to speeches given at the last five Democratic conventions. The founder of Crosscut Strategies, he can be followed @kennethbaer

  17. Anonymous1:39 PM

    Worst Inauguration ever, worst inaugural speech in history and worst inaugural parade. donald trump is overrated.

    So much for making America great again, more like making America the laughing stock of the world.

    1. LOL. He's already got his campaign line for 2020 "Keep America Great!" (never mind it's stolen from the movie The Purge: Election Night")

      When asked how the people will know when America is great the spokesperson said "Mr. Trump will tell them."

      So there you have it. America's own little tin god dictator. He told you America wasn't great. He'll tell you when America is great again. I'm sure the gullible Deplorables that believed him the first time will believe him the second time too. Despite reality to the contrary.

  18. Anonymous2:15 PM

    OT? China?

  19. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Obama Returns To Twitter And Gets More Retweets Than Trump Inaugural In 18 Minutes

    Former President Barack Obama returned to Twitter under his old handle and got more retweets than any inauguration day tweet from President Trump in 18 minutes.

    Obama tweeted:

    1. Even after he's left the White House Obama will still outdo Trump on every front. More followers, more retweets, higher approval rating.

      People *like* Obama.

      People are disgusted by Trump.

    Great article by Robert Parry.

    Another great article by Prof. James Petras.

    1. Sorry George, but I don't think this is reliable information.


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