Sunday, October 22, 2017

Donald Trump promises to pay $430,000 for legal costs incurred by White House staff and campaign associates due to Russia probe.

Courtesy of Axios:

President Trump has promised to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to defray legal costs incurred by campaign associates and White House staff due to the Russia investigations, a White House official tells Axios. 

What we know: The Republican National Committee has paid roughly $430,000 to lawyers representing the president and his eldest son, Don Jr. A White House official told me Trump will not be reimbursing the RNC for these costs. However, the White House official says he has pledged to spend the same amount, from his personal finances, "to defray the costs of legal fees for his associates, including former and current White House aides."

According to the article this $430,000 will only pay a fraction of the legal bills, though Trump has hinted he might pay more in the future. 

It also states that Trump will NOT be paying Michael Flynn's legal bills, and Flynn would not accept it if he offered, however there is no real indication whose bills Trump will pay and when he will pay them.

It should be noted that this is how mob bosses control their people. By offering to pay their legal fees if picked up by the cops so long as they keep their mouths shut.


  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Promises to pay like he did the $25K?
    Why do I think this will be coming out of my taxes?

  2. Anonymous8:43 AM

  3. lisa25958:59 AM

    The check's in the mail.

    And it probably will be after some journalist forced him to keep his promises.

  4. Anonymous9:04 AM

    If I were any of them, I would not expect Trump to pay them a red cent! He never follows through except in anger, racism, hate and division. He's deplorable as they come!

  5. Anonymous9:15 AM

    Get cash up front!

  6. Anonymous9:22 AM

    It looks bad, like hush money. Why would he handle it this way? The amount is so slight compared to the costs to the employees. He looks like a cheap ass moron. Couldn't his 'friends' set up a fund to pay off people? I really don't get why he would pay anyone this way.

    1. Anonymous10:16 AM

      The total makes him look like a big man -- his only goal in life. (He knows he isn't.)

    2. WA Skeptic6:53 PM

      Why doesn't he just forward the bill to his buddy, Vlad???

  7. Anonymous9:37 AM

    Organization needs to be going on to assure this man does not serve a second term. Get busy Americans - we need to counter him in the voting booth (2020) and be prepared to do so.

    And, remember to vote out Republicans every chance you get in 2018. They are not beneficial to state and local governments. Look at Alaska - majority in the Alaska Legislature is Republican and the state is deeply in the red!

    Trump has harmed our country horribly and is disliked throughout the country (majority) and across the world.

  8. Anonymous9:40 AM

    How is it appropriate (or even legal?) for the RNC to pay Junior's legal bills?

    If I gave money to the DNC, I would be outraged if the money went to the candidate's kid!

    1. Anonymous10:18 AM

      It is a Bizarro world we are now forced to live in because: Trump supporters and enablers...

  9. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Agree with you on the mob tactics, Gryphen.

    But then trump isn't very good at following through on money promises.

    1. Anonymous10:19 AM

      ...and if his stooges know that, why do they keep their mouths shut? Must be either threats to family or blackmail, the two other mob tools.

  10. Anonymous9:47 AM

    IF any of them had a decent brain cell in their head they would not accept the trump offer but instead accept Mueller's and come clean out of it.

  11. Anonymous9:55 AM

    Both the republican party and independent party have been invaded with radical white nationalist. The moderate republicans need to kick the radical out. The independents need to dissolve into right or left. And kick Bernie out. He must be the socialist party and extreme rw must be communist party.

  12. Chenagrrl10:09 AM

    Just remember, he talks a good game. But follow-through? Not so much! He is manipulative to the top degree; so assume we are being manipulated with this hearts-n-flowers drek! Harrumph!

  13. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Heads up, Alaska!

    Everything you need to know about the coming Trump Arctic drilling debate

    The Senate's budget vote on Thursday was the opening salvo in what's likely to be a bitter fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

    President Trump, key officials in his administration and leading Republicans support drilling in ANWR, an expanse of 19 million acres of land — about the size of South Carolina — above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, 1.5 million of which was set aside for potential oil exploration and development.

    But greens uniformly oppose any effort to produce oil in the refuge, which they consider a pristine frontier of American landscape.

    Here's what to know about ANWR and how this debate will play out.

    What’s at stake?

    President Eisenhower established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska in 1960. When Congress expanded it 20 years later, lawmakers specifically carved out a 1.5 million-acre region on Alaska’s North Slope for potential future oil development.

    The refuge is an untouched region of Alaskan wilderness, supporting the habitat of caribou, wolves, polar bears, and hundreds of species of migratory birds. The porcupine caribou herd, which migrates across the refuge, is sacred to the Gwich’in Indian Nation, who live in the region.

    “Americans know that this is one of the last wild corners left,” said Andy Moderow, the state director of the Alaska Wilderness League.

    “We are talking about whether we want to draw the line and keep it for future generations, or we want to let it look like the rest of the slope,” where energy development is permitted.

    Oil firms have eyed ANWR for years, though efforts to lease in the region have fizzled. But local developers say drilling in ANWR now could lead to new jobs and revenue for a state reliant on the energy sector and whose bottom line has been decimated by a downturn in oil prices.

    “We have infrastructure close by and the industry in Alaska does it right, so it’s seen as a very manageable, and minimal impact, approach to development,” said Wyche Ford, the president of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.

    Ford said the industry could work under regulations to protect the environment there.

    But, “I don’t know how to deal with people whose opinion is, ‘no development, no way no how,’” he said. “That’s just a different problem.”

    The Senate takes up the fight

    The Senate’s budget resolution, passed on a 51-49 vote on Thursday, directs the Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee to raise $1 billion in revenue or savings for the federal government over the next decade.

    The budget doesn’t formally say that should come from drilling in ANWR, but that’s considered the easiest way to raise that revenue.

    The ENR committee is chaired by a proponent of ANWR drilling, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who led the charge against an anti-drilling amendment on the Senate floor Thursday.

    She indicated this week that drilling in ANWR will be a central piece of any committee effort to reach its revenue goal.

    “When ANWR was established, it was recognized that there were areas that were appropriate for wilderness, and there were areas that were appropriate to be reviewed and considered for their exploration and production potential,” she said on Thursday.

    “Opening the non-wilderness … area to development is an option to meet the instructions to the energy committee. But it is not the only option. But I will tell you, it is the best option, and it is on the table.”

    The complicated political path forward

    The Senate’s budget is far from the last word on potential drilling in ANWR.

    1. Anonymous11:37 AM

      Murkowski has always spoken out of both sides of her mouth and she is a supporter of Trump! Vote her out of office next go around, Alaskans. She almost lost last time. Time for new blood in D.C. on all levels!

    2. Anonymous1:32 PM

      Murkowski didn't almost lose because of unpopularity. She didn't launch a campaign in the primary. However, she achieved the unachievable by being a write-in. You are trippin' if you think she will EVER be voted out. Ain't happinin' unfortunately!

    3. Anonymous1:44 PM

      "Numerous natural events hinge on a Single Degree, the difference between Freezing and Thawing."

      the story of the industrial world’s kamikaze mission is also the story of a single lifetime."

    4. Anonymous2:17 PM

      11:37 Who is trippin? She's one of the deplorables....supports Trump....always makes sure she sits next to him when they gather at the table and media is covering them....she is not as popular as you may think. I know too many throughout Alaska that do not support her. Republican money being thrown at her campaign (reelection) is my biggest worry - on the national and state levels!

  14. Anonymous10:28 AM

    Report: White House Rushed Condolences To Gold Star Families

    At least three families said they received express-shipped packages from the White House after Trump claimed he called “virtually everybody.”

  15. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Donald Trump makes offensive remarks during funeral of Sgt. La David Johnson

    1. Anonymous11:35 AM

      Fuck the asshole! He has zero empathy and is a proven racist. What was done to Stg. La David Johnson will be exposed eventually and I'm sure it is going to be very detrimental to Trump!

  16. Anonymous10:36 AM

    Yeah, using someone else's money. His hands are always in motion ( and they are very unattractive) but, somehow, they never write checks or go into his wallet. Sad. And CHEAP!

  17. Anonymous10:36 AM

    Top military brass leaks dirt exposing Donald Trump’s awful handling of families of fallen U.S. soldiers

    Trump made a mistake by pissing off the military

    ....After Trump publicly (and falsely) claimed that he had contracted the families of nearly every U.S. soldier who had died on his watch, while also insisting that President Obama and other former Presidents had not properly done so, the Trump administration frantically began emailing the Pentagon to try to cover up the mess, according to a new Roll Call report (link). This kind of butt-covering isn’t a surprise. The real shock here is that the email exchange was promptly leaked by someone within the Pentagon.

    This raises the question of who in the Pentagon would have had access to these emails to begin with. Considering the frantic nature of the Trump administration’s request, it would likely have been sent to someone at or near the top of the hierarchy.

  18. Anonymous10:58 AM

    Chic is a liar.

  19. Anonymous11:00 AM

    OT?>"four months after 9/11"
    that specifies who’s to be informed first in case of death, and what percentages of the gratuity and the military’s low-cost life insurance goes to which family members."

    "For a service member, naming a beneficiary is one thing—maybe the only thing— that makes the unwritten contract between them and their country tangible. It’s a weighty trust: In exchange for their life, the government will take care of their loved ones, who then become known as Gold Star family members."

    "More alarming, though—and separate from the role of the beneficiary—is that President Trump’s personal payment to this Army dad may ultimately threaten the unity of American military families. There are plenty of differences within the military family community already: the perceived chasm between officers and enlisted troops; socioeconomic class; political beliefs; and the usual variations in background and behavior that emerge when you throw together people from every farm, factory town, city, and suburb of this diverse country."The feeling that we’re all in it together, which has linked military families since Martha Washington first sewed uniform shirts for indigent soldiers, is imperiled by Trump’s offer of a payout to one individual."

    "When money is offered outside of the institutional framework that’s already in place, military families are going to start looking at who receives money and who doesn’t—and why. Was it based on rank? Or race? The popularity of the mission? Quality of the plea? These are questions that distract from a common purpose, affect morale, and—when it interferes with “family readiness”—may lower retention rates for service members. Ultimately, this has the potential to harm national security."

    "By putting a subjective value on the lives of our loved ones, it triggers an emotional earthquake among military families—because we are forced to understand that, for this administration, some service members might be more equal than others."

  20. Anonymous11:23 AM

    David Petraeus Schools The White House On Why Citizens Can Criticize Generals

    ...Being in the military does not make someone immune from criticism. No matter how much the Trump White House wishes that this was true, it isn’t. Gen. Petraeus was correct. No one from the Bush administration ever claimed that Petraeus was above criticism during the troop surge in Iraq. In a free society, people must have the right to criticize their government.

    The government is of the people, not above the people.

  21. Anonymous11:43 AM

    Anyone who actually thinks trump will pay is an idiot and deserves whatever will happen to them.

  22. Anonymous11:44 AM

    Trump SCREAMS On Twitter After Seeing A Poll On Fox News

    1. Anonymous1:34 PM

      "You know what else currently stands in the mid-30s? Trump’s approval rating. The latest Gallup poll shows that only 35 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance. The Politico poll has it at 44 percent, so you can probably guess which poll Trump will call “fake.”"

  23. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Trump And John Kelly Just Got RIPPED APART By A Medal Of Honor Recipient (VIDEO)

    ...After both Trump and his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, attacked Wilson and lied their a**es off to clear Trump’s name, MSNBC anchor Joy Reid brought on a guest that would make Trump sorry he ever challenged Wilson. Noting that Wilson was currently at the funeral of fallen soldier La David Johnson while Trump was playing golf, Reid said:

    “She is at that funeral as we speak. While General Kelly and his boss, Donald Trump, are still standing by their attacks on her. Like I said, extraordinary.”

    Then, she turned to one of her guests, retired Colonel Jack Jacobs, and asked:

    “Donald Trump likes to hide behind his generals, he likes to push them out front in order to give himself credibility. What do you make of General Kelly’s willingness to be used in that way this week and then to add this extraneous story that turns up not even to be true slamming the congresswoman?”

    It was as if Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, had been waiting all day for the opportunity to rip Trump and Kelly apart. He said:

    “Well, it’s quite surprising because I know — I don’t know him very well, I’m not that close to him — but I know General Kelly…I’m quite surprised. Attacks like this don’t make any sense from anybody.”

    The retired colonel, who is also the recipient of two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts, also stated that Trump and Kelly owed Wilson an apology:

    “If it were I, I would. I mean, I’d pick up the phone and say, ‘look, this has gone far enough, I apologize.’ But that should have been the case from the very beginning when whatever is emanating from the White House was inaccurate as well.”

    And the trashing continued with this brilliant attack:

  24. Anonymous11:49 AM

    NRA Releases Fascist Ad Calling All Trump Critics ‘Saboteurs’ Whose Future Is ‘Failure’ (VIDEO)

    ...Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the organization, has just released a new advertisement video that can only be described as purely fascist. She attacks anyone and everyone who dares to criticize Trump as saboteurs who wish to take the victory of Trump and his base away. You see, to these people, those who do not support Trump are the REAL threat to the republic, not Trump’s fascist, authoritarian regime. Loesch’s statement culminates in the following chilling statement:

    “From the highest levels of government, to their media, universities and billionaires, their hateful defiance of his legitimacy is an insult to each of us.”

    So, educational institutions, the free press, anyone and everyone who sees the dangers of Trumpism – we must be dealt with. It comes complete with violent imagery and creepy music to boot. This is what fascism looks like, folks. Trump is turning America into North Korea before our very eyes. We better wake up and get him out of office before he declares martial law.

  25. Anonymous11:50 AM

    John Kelly has become a field commander in Trump’s culture war

    The chief of staff divides America into those who “serve” in uniform — at home and abroad — and those who should shut up.

    1. Anonymous1:01 PM

      Kelley is now Butt Boy in Chief.
      Nuff said.

    2. Anonymous1:19 PM

      "As she notes, this all began because she has led the "Bring Back Our Girls" push for terrorist group Boko Haram to release the girls they kidnapped. Activity in Africa is an area in which Rep. Wilson is deeply engaged."There was a multinational task force that was put together that included Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Benin, and Chad. So they were put in place to fight Boko Haram.

      Boko Haram broke in half. One-half went with ISIS. That's the root that's in Niger. The other half is still in Nigeria and the Nigerian area." I just want somebody to answer the question, why was La David separated from the rest of his battalion? Why was La David found almost a mile away? Why was he not in an armored truck?

      I want to know. Representative Hastings and I want to know. We're neighboring Congresspeople and we wrote the letter and we want this investigation. I just love, love Senator McCain, that he is right on it. But we want to be on it, too."

  26. Anonymous12:06 PM


  27. Anonymous12:25 PM

    Donald J. Trump 

    It is finally sinking through. 46% OF PEOPLE BELIEVE MAJOR NATIONAL NEWS ORGS FABRICATE STORIES ABOUT ME. FAKE NEWS, even worse! Lost cred.

    8 hours ago · Twitter

    1. Anonymous1:26 PM

      46% out of 25% is 12.6% of 300 million = 11 magamorons believe trump.

  28. Anonymous12:59 PM

    New York Times and Washington Post did outstanding journalism in recent publications about Trump and now the boy/man is really pissed.

    Remember, Trump has always said the New York Times was going down! Not the case at all - their subscription base has increased substantially!!! Trump is such a liar and so easy to fact check!

  29. Anonymous12:59 PM

    He promises money all the time; he just never pays it. If I were one of his White House "aides," I wouldn't count on ever receiving anything but trouble from Trump.

  30. Anonymous1:25 PM

    All hat no cattle. He will never pry his tiny fingers loose from his untaxed money, just like Palin.

  31. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Promise to pay like donating his salary?

  32. Anonymous1:32 PM

    Her? "
    “If that kid had done to me what he did to Greg, I would have shot him,” Marshall told the “Voices of Montana” radio show."
    "At a recent event, Zemen held aloft an AK-47 assault weapon inscribed with the words “for journalists.”"

  33. Anonymous6:11 PM

    "Bergdahl said, “We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs.”“At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat,'”

    Much more to tell.

  34. Anonymous6:52 PM

    He better, that POS used some of my tax money for no good. POS in the outhouse

  35. Anonymous2:55 AM

    At this point? anyone that believes one word from that boneheado detardo bozo we cannot help. The legal fees will be astronomical for a very long time.

  36. Anonymous3:06 AM

    Don knows very well that he does not have other peoples money nor assets left. When all is said and done. Broke. zip zero gone. Every project and building has either failed or will fail. The world knows Donald john is a liar and scam.

  37. Anonymous7:33 AM

    Doesn't it set up an inherent conflict of interest if he pays even some of the legal bills of WH staff who may be, in fact, prosecution witnesses against him Himself?


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