A Complete Breakdown Of Donald Trump’s 47th Unpresidented Week As POTUS
A week filled with hope and preparation for the fights to come
Trumpism limped out of this week badly bruised while the resistance left with one hand held high in victory and the other tweeting #NetNeutrality, #ProtectMueller, and #StopGOPTaxScam.
Decency (and black women voters) won the battle in Alabama, but the resistance against the GOP’s agenda is far from over.
Internet freedom took a blow with the repeal of net neutrality, and the GOP’s tax cuts looked primed to pass.
New developments pushed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation forward while the GOP’s propaganda machine continued to try and pull it backward.
With the Trump administration hard at work rolling back meaningful policies, the incoming GOP tax cut vote, and the prospect of Republicans moving to undermine Mueller’s investigation looming over the win in Alabama, the American people head into the holidays victorious, hopeful, determined, and ready for whatever battle is to come.
And from what we saw this week, there are many more battles to come…
Here’s a complete breakdown of Donald Trump’s 47th week as POTUS:
47th Weekend (December 9–10)
Dozen Diet Coke Donnie
Over the weekend, The New York Times published a long-form exposé detailing Trump’s day-to-day life in the White House. It dove into his cable news addiction, the fact he drinks a dozen diet coke’s a day, and confirmation that the President does indeed see his presidency as a reality TV show:
Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals. People close to him estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.
To an extent that would stun outsiders, Mr. Trump, the most talked-about human on the planet, is still delighted when he sees his name in the headlines. And he is on a perpetual quest to see it there. One former top adviser said Mr. Trump grew uncomfortable after two or three days of peace and could not handle watching the news without seeing himself on it.
Trump’s unhealthy ego wasn’t the only thing revealed in this piece. The article touches on a meeting between President Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn, and Fox News Anchor Jeanine Pirro on November 1st where they discussed the Uranium One conspiracy theory. A few days before the meeting, she called for Mueller’s investigation to be ended and called on Hillary Clinton to be “locked up.”
This is crazy even for Fox. Shut down Mueller probe and arrest Hillary. https://t.co/0XMwdNJi0z
Since then, she’s been President Trump’s #1 propagandist in the dangerous anti-Mueller crusade, and by far the most extreme anchor on Fox News. Trump, of course, disputed this reporting.
Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the "dumbest man on television!"
First off, we know he watches CNN and MSNBC because he tweets in response to Morning Joe and Jake Tapper’s show constantly. Also, Trump has tweeted over a dozen times about Don Lemon’s various segments.
And yes…there really is a tweet for EVERYTHING.
I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.
- As if the people of Alabama needed another reason not to vote for alleged pedophile Roy Moore, there was another damning report.
During an appearance on a conspiracy-driven radio show in 2011, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore said getting rid of the amendments after 10th would "eliminate many problems" https://t.co/dcoMTd2IT5
The problem with that premise is, well, the amendments after the 10th are extremely crucial to our democracy…
The 13th abolished slavery. The 15th gave all races the vote. The 19th gave women the vote. The 24th abolished poll taxes. https://t.co/QZwuTzlrdO
- Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called on President Trump to resign due to his sexual assault allegations. Over the weekend, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) called on President Trump to resign as well. These lawmakers referenced Senator Al Franken’s resignation announcement as a basis to call on the President to do the same. And ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made a noteworthy break from the administration’s stance of calling Trump’s accusers liars. Haley stated that President Trump’s accusers “should be heard.” And heard they were…
47th Week (December 11–15)
Monday, December 11
In this new post-#MeToo reality, women have been empowered to come forward in droves to speak out against sexual assault and expose their perpetrators. Sensing the paradigm shift of empowerment, Samantha Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks (three of President Trump’s accusers) came together on Monday and hit the press circuit to speak out about their experiences of sexual misconduct.
WATCH: "If there are other women out there, what do you want them to know?" – Megyn asks Trump accusers Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey & Rachel Cooks on #MegynTODAY https://t.co/YPt1CxieUA
Important to note that these are just 3 of the more than a dozen women who have accused Donald Trump of sexually harassing or groping them.
The world that once called them liars and shunned them to silence was no more. Their appearances immediately made waves. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) who was the first to call on her colleague Al Franken to resign, called on President Trump to do the same.
As we saw the following morning, President Trump heard her loud and clear…
- NBC News reported that Mueller is focusing on Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and is scrutinizing what occurred between January 26th and February 13th of this year. Given what occurred between those dates, this indicates Mueller is gunning for obstruction of justice. Mueller’s key finding will be whether or not Trump knew that Flynn had lied to the FBI before he told Comey to back off Flynn.
Obstruction: Jan 26-AG Yates warns McGahn of Flynn lying to FBI. (In Jan. McGahn tells Trump) Jan 27-Trump asks for Comey's loyalty Jan 30-Fires Yates Feb 14-Asks Comey to back off Flynn May 9-Fires Comey Many times-Says he fired Comey for 🇷🇺probe https://t.co/qlqsZ8kf68
- Trump-Russia expert Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider reported the following:
A jailed Russian hacker told a Moscow court in August that he hacked the DNC under the direction of the FSB. He identified his FSB handler as Dmitry Dokuchaev, who was arrested in Russia last December on treason charges. https://t.co/iSlXg8QJcx
- America was gearing up for the Alabama Senate election where an alleged pedophile faced off against a former prosecutor of KKK members…The choice was clear. But Roy Moore’s wife made a final attempt to convince voters her husband isn’t a racist:
Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, accuses media of painting couple as anti-Semitic. https://t.co/Vcczj6pNPv
President Trump recorded a robocall for Roy Moore, and President Obama recorded one for Doug Jones. The polls on Monday were scattered, with one poll having Jones up 10 points and another having him down 9. No one knew for sure what would happen. One thing that was for certain, no matter who Alabama elected, the stain of supporting an alleged pedophile would remain on the GOP for the foreseeable future.
Pedophile Roy Moore: Said America was great during slavery Co-authored a course saying women shouldn't run for office Said Muslims shouldn't serve in Congress Argued homosexuality should be illegal …By supporting Moore, the GOP has embraced depravity https://t.co/xZ3J1g6myU
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Tuesday, December 12
No Moore Bigotry And Misogyny
The day everyone was waiting for had arrived. The stakes couldn’t have been higher.
Dear Alabama, This is a fight for your moral core A pedophile vs. a decent man A sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic, racist vs. a fighter for equal rights who prosecuted KKK members Roy Moore has shamelessly flaunted his indecency Vote Doug Jones https://t.co/DWe30wMKeN
President Trump sent out his final endorsement of the alleged pedophile as voters headed to the polls.
The people of Alabama will do the right thing. Doug Jones is Pro-Abortion, weak on Crime, Military and Illegal Immigration, Bad for Gun Owners and Veterans and against the WALL. Jones is a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet. Roy Moore will always vote with us. VOTE ROY MOORE!
One part of Trump’s tweet was right. The people of Alabama did do the right thing. Throughout the day one thing was clear: turnout was high. That had people on the right rightfully worried. The day wouldn’t end without at least one more embarrassment from a Roy Moore surrogate:
Roy Moore campaign spokesman responds with silence when asked if he knew people can be sworn in with a text other than the Christian bible https://t.co/B65qIKBjlI
As the results began to pour in, before major news orgs began calling it, Rantt’s newsroom was very confident Jones would take it. When he did, there was nothing but joy on Twitter. Including from our team.
Alabama has elected Doug Jones as their next Senator Decency, equality, and justice won! Bigotry and pedophilia lost but most importantly, Steve Bannon, @realDonaldTrump, and the depravity of Trumpism was rejected Welcome to Washington @GDouglasJones #AlabamaSenateElection https://t.co/ulqvFbOZLI
Tonight the losers were: Hatred Pedophilia Sexism Racism Homophobia Islamophobia And the winners? Hope and human decency. https://t.co/4iliU0L6gn
As a survivor, I have only one thing to say. #ThankYouAlabama https://t.co/DXtmHoAjnC
Black women are the heart of the Democratic Party. Any questions? Save them.
So how’d he do it? Jones over-performed in the highly populated counties, and those wide margins carried him onto victory while Moore couldn’t pull the votes from rural counties necessary for a win. Low GOP turnout and high Dem turnout turned the tide for Jones. Most importantly, Black women voted nearly unanimously for Jones.
Black voters, especially Black women, saved Alabama from making a terrible mistake.
97% of #BlackWomen in Alabama voted for Doug Jones, pushing him to victory. But their support is nothing new The modern Democratic Party exists because of contributions made by black female activists over decades #ThankYouAlabama https://t.co/xndQFYXMrv
Jones ended up winning by a margin too wide for a recount (0.5% margin required for a recount in Alabama).
Jones camp was thrilled.
Thank you ALABAMA!!
Moore camp was in denial (they still haven’t conceded).
Behold the cringeworthy scene at Roy Moore's 'victory' party during his stunning defeat https://t.co/Mlo88O1NEf
Donald Trump (or whoever wrote this tweet) managed not to send out something petty about the race.
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!
Whoever tweeted this for Trump deserves a medal We all know this wasn't him. He's probably staring at Fox News as we speak, angrily chugging his 12th Diet Coke of the day https://t.co/c93riVVk6Y
This was a fantastic win for the Democrats and the nation. Alabama is a ruby-red state. The fact that a Democrat won there is historic. Turns out that being an alleged pedophile running on blatant indecency and bigotry isn’t a winning game plan. Steve Bannon better rethink his strategy.
I don't think there can be any question as to what years of race-baiting and stoking economic anxiety have caused for the @GOP. Your establishment candidates can't win primaries & your radical ones can't win elections. Enjoying sitting front row as you destroy yourselves. Karma.
Alabama is further proof that people like Donald Trump and Roy Moore may try and bring out the worst in America but the best of us always rise to beat them back down In 2017, we rose. In 2018, we conquer.
- Earlier in the day, President Trump, a man who bragged about sexual assault on tape and has been accused by over a dozen women of doing so, sent out a tweet that very well may be the most objectively disgusting and misogynistic tweet he’s ever composed.
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office "begging" for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
Just beyond words. This man’s indecency knows no bounds. We know what he was alluding to. Senator Gillibrand responded:
You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv
It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hits back at President Trump after he criticized her on Twitter. Gillibrand has been vocal about Congress investigating Trump's alleged sexual misconduct and said on Monday that he should resign. https://t.co/aYf5WckAJk
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) chimed in.
Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted. https://t.co/mYJtBZfxiu
The White House tried to deflect that the tweet wasn’t as disgusting as it was.
White House denies that President Trump's tweet about Sen. Gillibrand contained sexual innuendo: "Only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way
Once again, @PressSec tries to convince us that the sky isn't blue What Trump tweeted about Sen. Gillibrand was clearly sexist, undignified, and insinuating something that should never be directed at any woman, let alone a distinguished member of the U.S. Senate #PressBriefing https://t.co/NADxTI90Wb
- More than 50 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee asking them to investigate the sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump.
- Speaking of sexual misconduct, right-wing extremist Mike Cernovich was trying to forge a smear against Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Dec 12th, story broke that someone was sending forged court documents to several news organizations, claiming Senator Chuck Schumer was charged with sexual harassment. Dec 11th, Chuck C. Johnson was bragging that he and Mike Cernovich would ruin a senator.
- Prompted by a Fox News article, one of Trump’s lawyers Jay Sekulow called on a second special counsel to investigate bias in the Trump-Russia investigation. This was the first sign this week that Trump and the GOP are planning to undermine the Trump-Russia investigation in a major way.
Wednesday, December 13
The Breitbartization Of The GOP
The day before Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein was set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee, the DOJ released FBI agent Peter Strzok’s text messages to Congress in what seemed like yet another attempt to put Mueller’s team’s credibility into question. The texts had a few anti-Trump texts like calling Trump an “idiot,” but that itself is not nearly enough to discredit an entire investigation, but nevertheless, the GOP persists. Not to mention that Strzok also held negative views of Chelsea Clinton, President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Bernie Sanders.
I spoke to over a dozen former FBI agents for this story. Many wanted to stay off the record, but the message was broadly the same: agents are human. They are allowed to have political beliefs. And many were confused by Strzok's abrupt demotion. "He's been thrown to the wolves."
All irrelevant, with no evidence these views had any impact on his investigative work. And it definitely does not tarnish Mueller’s credibility, who immediately fired Strzok upon discovering the text messages this past summer. Nonetheless, Rep. Jim Jordan and other Republicans at the hearing echoed the propaganda from Breitbart and Fox News, desperately trying to help the President obstruct justice.
At this House Judiciary Committee, @Jim_Jordan is off the rails. His questioning of Rosenstein was pure absurdity. Calling for the firing of Mueller and the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate FBI bias? (essentially deep state) The Breitbartization of the GOP
To be fair, some in the GOP understand that these texts are a nothingburger and don’t taint Mueller’s credibility, but have also signaled support for a potential review of Mueller’s team (which I think they’re gearing up towards rather than a outright firing).
8) Sen. Graham: "This FBI agent doesn't taint Mueller's investigation because Mueller's going to be responsible for the final product. Mueller fired the guy, I liked that…But we need to have somebody looking at this other stuff, and it can't be Mueller." https://t.co/QUKaEmV67k
@SpeakerRyan @POTUS By shutting down the congressional investigations when they continue to discover new and important evidence, the White House can exert tremendous pressure to end or curtail Mueller's investigation or cast doubt on it. We cannot let that happen.
GOP claiming that texts from 1 FBI agent discredits Mueller's investigation but (at least) 12 Trump associates who had 19 meetings & 51 contacts with Russian operatives wasn't collusion? Unlike Russian oligarchs with Trump properties, we're not buying it https://t.co/jtPkTWphIu
- Omarosa Manigault Newman was fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly after they got into an argument at the White House. Omarosa has had a bond with Donald Trump since the Apprentice days, but her time in the White House was marred with inaction and tension with Trump’s staff. After her firing, Omarosa reportedly tried to barge into the White House residence to make her case to Trump himself but tripped the alarm and was escorted out.
Omarosa walking into Robert Mueller's office. https://t.co/P2aKWxvNeW
- Trump Jr. was facing yet another grilling in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Jr.’s recently revealed correspondence with Wikileaks was most likely part of the hearing.
Don Jr been behind closed doors with Senate Intel staff for nearly seven hours – and no end in sight yet
Not to mention, the congressional investigators likely followed up on what the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, at the Trump Tower meeting told them about what happened. Deputy Managing Editor Remy Anne reports:
On the day before he is scheduled to appear in front of Congress, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, while testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed that Donald Trump Jr. asked her if she had any evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, during the now infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
According to Veselnitskaya, she did not have this evidence, and when she said as much, Trump Jr. seemed to lose interest in the meeting.
If true, this information further supports the widely accepted understanding that Trump Jr. took this meeting with the intention of receiving incriminating information on his father’s political rival. However, it also brings into question whether he violated federal election law, which states that it is illegal for an American to solicit such information from a foreign national.
- President Trump’s unpopularity continues…
Thursday, December 14
A Death Star To Internet Freedom
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai might be one of the most hated people in America right now. In a 3–2 vote, the Republican-appointed Chairman basked in his move to repeal net neutrality. The people, however, were outraged. This move is widely unpopular, with 83% of Americans opposed to it and only 1 in 5 Republicans in favor of it. As Rantt News Managing Editor Kaz Weida reports:
Net neutrality is the concept that there should be equal opportunity for all websites and content providers so the little guy isn’t forced into “a pay to play” situation. To show you how this works, we’ll take an example of something that’s already happening under Chairman Pai’s leadership.
AT&T, who purchased DIRECTV in 2015, began informing customers in 2016 that they could stream DIRECTV NOW on mobile devices without eating into their data cap. Tom Wheeler argued that such an action gave DIRECTV content a virtual fast lane and unfair advantage over other providers like Netflix. Customers might prefer Netflix original content like Stranger Things, but they would be less likely to stream it if AT&T was their provider. Under Chairman Pai’s leadership, the FCC dropped their complaint against AT&T on this matter in February, but the debate lingers.
Are you beginning to see the problem?
This will not only be detrimental to entrepreneurs, it would trickle down to the consumer. Also, another effect we haven’t spoken on is the potential for slower internet in various states. As Ms. Weida pointed out in a separate piece:
States with better, faster internet have better voter turnout. And those same states tend to lean left. Take a look.
What is the GOP constantly trying to suppress? Voter turnout.
After Pai sent out an awkward video essentially mocking people who were angry over the move, Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamill) decided to take on the real-life empire.
Cute video Ajit "Aren't I Precious?" Pai 🤮-but you are profoundly unworthy 2 wield a lightsaber-A Jedi acts selflessly for the common man-NOT lie 2 enrich giant corporations. Btw-did you pay John Williams his royalty? @AjitPaiFCCorpShill #AJediYouAreNOT
There’s still hope. Congress can reverse this.
The FCC just repealed #NetNeutrality Internet freedom was threatened today but the fight isn't over Here are the names of 84 of the 107 Republicans who sent @AjitPaiFCC a letter in support of this repeal Remember these names. Vote them out in 2018 https://t.co/hPNyN0QK6U
- Trump Jr. thought he was slick.
I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama's FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it in detail. I'd also bet most hadn't heard of it before this week. #outrage
@DonaldJTrumpJr My dude, there is so much wrong with this tweet idk if I have enough characters 1. @AjitPaiFCC was appointed by your dad 2. You're right, most of us haven't heard of "Net Neutality" because you can't spell 3. Save your money for legal costs https://t.co/zCsFCc3Itg
- Representative Blake Farenthold said he will not seek re-election amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
- In the midst of news that Rupert Murdoch was selling part of 21st Century Fox to Disney, President Trump checked in to make sure that he wouldn’t be losing his propaganda arm Fox News. (Important to note that the Trump administration has moved to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger to force a sale of CNN…)
Trump spoke with Murdoch ahead of Disney deal to make sure Murdoch wasn't selling Fox News, person briefed on the call said
- One of Trump’s judicial nominees who never tried a case was grilled on his inexperience.
- A truly disturbing report from the Washington Post outlined how resistant the President has been to the Intelligence Community’s findings that Russia interfered in our elections. It touches on the fact that the President has been not only in denial regarding Russia’s interference, he has been eager to lift sanctions on Russia and has tried on many occasions (more times than previously reported). Trump has been briefed on the specific instructions Putin used to interfere in our democracy and STILL tries to push policies favorable to the Russian President. But perhaps the most disturbing component of this report is how Trump’s daily briefings are being diluted to protect his gentle ego:
U.S. officials declined to discuss whether the stream of recent intelligence on Russia has been shared with Trump. Current and former officials said that his daily intelligence update — known as the president’s daily brief, or PDB — is often structured to avoid upsetting him.
Russia-related intelligence that might draw Trump’s ire is in some cases included only in the written assessment and not raised orally, said a former senior intelligence official familiar with the matter. In other cases, Trump’s main briefer — a veteran CIA analyst — adjusts the order of his presentation and text, aiming to soften the impact.
The result is w/out obvious parallel in US history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president-and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality-have impaired the government's response to a national security threat." https://t.co/KuLWUtaEiI
From denying conclusions on Russian interference to calling its leaders "hacks," Trump has shown distrust for the IC And now, WaPo reports that Trump's daily briefings are "structured to avoid upsetting him" Trump's ego is a threat to national security https://t.co/NtD5Rn9jxk
- Speaking of Trump-Russia, President Trump called Putin:
Trump reportedly initiated call to Putin to thank him for commenting on the stock market's performance under his watch (one of Trump's fav topics to tweet abt). Seems to confirm reporting that Putin receives briefings on Trumps tweets.
Today, President Trump called authoritarian President Vladimir Putin, a foreign adversary who just interfered in U.S. democracy to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor and expelled U.S. diplomats from Russia, to say…thank you https://t.co/eCqZ7vmaer
Friday, December 15 (Weekend Bonus)
After the loss of Roy Moore and the impending inclusion of yet another Democratic Senator chipping into their majority, Republicans rushed to finalize their tax cuts package. The GOP tax plan seemed primed for passage on Friday as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) went from a no to a yes after the Child Tax credit saw an increase.
Refundable portion of child tax credit increased from $1,100 to $1,400 per Kristi Noem Re Rubio: "I believe that we're in a good spot
This tax plan has been widely viewed as simply a bone being thrown to their donors, as multiple GOP Senators have said themselves. With the individual mandate repeal still included, 13 million people would be set to lose healthcare according to the CBO. It still contains a corporate tax cut from 35% to 21% and a tax cut on the top bracket from 39.6% to 37%. Analysts have panned this bill as one that disproportionally aids the rich at the expense of the poor.
With the vote expected the following week, over the weekend activists took to Twitter to try and mobilize opposition.
Roll Call! The GOP tax bill vote is Tuesday in the house & Wednesday in the senate. THIS IS IT! WE ARE OUT OF TIME! TONIGHT! Please join the Sunday night tweetstorm at 6pm PST/9pm eastern. PLEASE USE HASHTAG #StopGOPTaxScam in all tweets to get it trending.
To #StopGOPTaxScam this millionaire is revealing his taxes to show just how much the plan favors wealthy people https://t.co/KZnAJrwxKE
The #GOPTaxScam will do nothing but take healthcare away from millions, boost income inequality, and line GOP donors' pockets. It harms the most vulnerable Americans while the rich thrive. Pick up the phone and fight ✊ (202) 224-3121 #StopGOPTaxScam https://t.co/z4XuEq7Z7o
By the end of the weekend, we learned that Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who has been battling brain cancer, would miss the vote.
BREAKING: CBS News has learned Republican @SenJohnMcCain will not be on hand for the final vote on the GOP tax passage expected for early this week; he is returning home to Arizona after spending several days in a Maryland hospital https://t.co/UAXiQkiqVM
This news, plus the backlash of a potential sweetheart deal for Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the fate of the tax cuts are still yet to be determined. But as we’ve seen in the past, the Republican Party is capable of anything, no matter how depraved it may be.
- The Trump administration made a very authoritarian-like demand of the Center for Disease Control…
The Trump administration has forbidden the CDC to use the words "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based" Replace the word "administration" with "regime" when you read that to fully grasp how autocratic this admin is https://t.co/hZgeqnyYh4
- The data firm Cambridge Analytica that worked with Donald Trump’s campaign has turned over their employees’ emails to Robert Mueller’s team. This is important because Steve Bannon and GOP megadonor Robert Mercer have been involved with the company. Cambridge Analytica may be under heightened scrutiny due to their outreach to Wikileaks for assistance in organizing Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails.
- Jared Kushner’s legal team is seeking to hire a crisis PR firm, which is further evidence that Kushner’s indictment is incoming.
- When asked whether he would pardon Michael Flynn, President Trump said “I don’t want to talk about pardons with Michael Flynn yet…We’ll see what happens, let’s see.”
The Dangerous Propaganda War On Robert Mueller
As the weekend progressed, Democratic Representative Jackie Speier bolstered the already mounting speculation that Donald Trump was going to fire Robert Mueller before the end of the year.
The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller."-@RepSpeier A Saturday Night Massacre 2.0.
This rightfully raised alarms, as Twitter exploded. Right-wing propaganda was beginning to reach new extreme levels of absurdity, and House Republicans like Jim Jordan began to echo them…
@TomFitton: "I think the FBI's been compromised. Forget about shutting down Mr. Mueller. Do we need to shut down the @FBI because it was turned into a KGB-type operation by the Obama administration?" https://t.co/zBParrU9QJ
The only thing that remains is whether we have the fortitude to not just fire these people immediately, but to take them out in cuffs…." My #OpeningStatement : https://t.co/BNUtLVydah
After Robert Mueller surprised Trump officials in interviews with tens of thousands of transition emails he obtained, including some from Jared Kushner, the Trump transition team tried to falsely claim that Robert Mueller obtained them unlawfully. Fox News pushed that narrative…which was quickly dismantled by Mueller’s team and legal experts.
Update: Special Counsel's Office spokesperson responds with a rare on-the-record comment on this transition emails story. https://t.co/mg6heu2BZq
THREAD: Why are Trump's lawyers upset that Mueller obtained transition emails from a government agency? (Hint: They're just playing politics, but this is a bad sign for them.)
When it comes to the firing of Mueller, I had a different take than Robert Mueller being fired by the end of the year. I went full Seth Abramson (minus the sometimes dubious claims) and published a thread on the topic. My main argument was that Trump has lived in a bubble, believing he will be exonerated and it’s far more likely that the House will launch an initiative to try and undermine the investigation by the end of the year rather than an outright firing.
A lot of speculation that Trump will fire Mueller very soon While it's entirely possible Trump impulsively fires Mueller, here's why I think Trump & @HouseGOP may be planning a review to undermine Mueller's investigation rather than an outright firing right now (THREAD)
2) The last thing Trump's lawyers want him to do is fire Mueller. This is why Cobb & his team have been creating a bubble around Trump, convincing him he'll be fully exonerated by this probe.
3) The process to go about firing Mueller could end up being extremely messy. Trump would have to order people down the chain of command at the DOJ to fire Mueller starting with Rosenstein, who will likely decline. If Brand and Boente decline, Trump will look like a despot
4) If all Trump has to work with as grounds for firing is Peter Strzok's anti-Trump texts, then that won't fly. Top Senate Republicans like Grassley and Graham have expressed confidence in Mueller and thought the texts didn't discredit Mueller https://t.co/QUKaEmV67k
12) What I think could be more likely is that the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee is about to shut down their Trump-Russia probe and launch a review into Mueller's investigation to try and seek a passable excuse to fire Mueller or undermine the investigation in other ways
By the end of that night, my theory was confirmed. The House had acted as expected…
NEW: Congressman says top FBI officials will be subpoenaed by the judiciary committee as they investigate claims of bias in Mueller probe. Rep. Jim Jordan says he got the commitment from Chairman @RepGoodlatte. https://t.co/gJ4b57Qx97
And Trump does indeed have unrealistic expectations of exoneration.
Trump is privately striking a less agitated tone about Mueller's probe, buoyed by a rosy timeline for exoneration presented by his legal team. He's even boasting he'll soon get a letter of exoneration. From me, @SaraMurray & @mkraju: https://t.co/bgT83pcuyJ
We’ll know more after Trump’s lawyers and Mueller’s team meet in the coming days. All we can predict right now with 100% certainty is that Trump will likely be unpredictable.
14) That being said if/when Kushner is indicted, Trump may realize his lawyers have been lying to him and he could impulsively try and fire Mueller. All bets are off when it comes to Trump. So we should hope for the best and prepare for the worst https://t.co/fl0JZMNkno
Idk if Trump will fire Mueller or if it'll be some other move to try & undermine the investigation, but either way MSM must prepare. The people are ready. We will resist. But media MUST not "both sides" this. Only one side: Trump is a wannabe authoritarian obstructing justice.