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#1511863 --- 01/03/18 03:34 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/...s/steve-bannon/

Toobin: Bannon had a real 'axe to grind'

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CNN's Jerffrey Toobin and David Chalian discuss the implications of Steve Bannon calling the Trump Tower Russia meeting "treasonous."

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#1511865 --- 01/03/18 03:36 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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Who is not well? Both of them for sure!

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/03/steve-bannon-trump-conflict-322278

resident Donald Trump and his senior aides were fuming on Wednesday after the publication of a book excerpt containing a series of explosive comments from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Trump ranted about Bannon in conversations with advisers on Wednesday, at one point telling aides he is “not well,” according to a person briefed on the conversations.

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#1511873 --- 01/03/18 04:22 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/steve-bannon-apos-schizophrenic-apos-173657317.html

Steve Bannon is 'Schizophrenic,' Matt Drudge Says After New Trump Tower Meeting Revelations
Newsweek Michael Edison Hayden,Newsweek 4 hours ago

President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon is "schizophrenic" and in need of a full security detail after calling the Trump campaign's 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Kremlin-linked Russians "treasonous," says one of America's most-read right-wing journalists.

Matt Drudge, who runs the highly influential Drudge Report, made the remarks after Trump’s former political adviser called the meeting "treasonous" and cast new doubts on Team Trump's denials about the subject of the meeting.

"No wonder schizophrenic Steve Bannon has been walking around with a small army of bodyguards," Drudge tweeted after journalist Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury was excerpted in The Guardian on Wednesday.

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#1511874 --- 01/03/18 04:24 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-trump-adviser-says-tried-190751186.html

As a candidate for president, Donald Trump didn’t understand the Constitution—and didn't want to learn about it, a key campaign aide said.

“I got as far as the Fourth Amendment, before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head,” Sam Nunberg, a former adviser to the Trump campaign, said in Michael Wolff's bombshell new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, excerpted Wednesday in New York magazine.

The book offers a bird's-eye view of Oval Office dysfunction courtesy of Wolff, who was given rare access and conducted scores of interviews with Trump and his inner circle after the 2016 election, but the candidate's lack of concern for constitutional basics remains a theme in his presidency.

The failure to worry about the Constitution makes sense, Wolff wrote, given that no one in Trump’s campaign, let alone the candidate, thought he would win.

Neither [Kellyanne] Conway nor Trump himself nor his son-in-law, Jared ­Kushner—the effective head of the campaign—wavered in their certainty,” Wolff wrote. “Their unexpected adventure would soon be over.”

But Trump and the others were horrified to find that they had won. The new President-elect Trump “looked as if he had seen a ghost,” according to Wolff's book. And the future first lady, Melania Trump, was in tears.

"And not of joy,” the book added.

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#1511876 --- 01/03/18 04:31 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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From Breitbart:

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/01/0...s-dont-go-jail/

Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” while discussing President Donald Trump’s tweet about nuclear buttons and North Korea, co-host Joy Behar said Trump was worried about FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and therefore he would “blow the whole world up so his stupid sons don’t have to go to jail.”

Joy Behar said, “Trump needs to be medicated and hospitalized at this point, or he is just going to kill all of us. You know, my feeling is probably they’re getting closer to him in the Mueller investigation, and that’s what this is about, a lot of it. He’ll blow the whole world up so his stupid sons don’t have to go to jail.

Sunny Hostin said, “I keep on wondering is there some sort of theory here, some sort of strategy he’s using. If truly he’s playing a game of chicken with a dictator in North Korea, we really are in trouble. People are talking about the 25th Amendment saying he’s not mentally fit to be the president. If you’re doing this, is there a mental fitness problem? We all know the ramifications of nuclear war.”

Meghan McCain asked, “Do you want him impeached right this second?”

Behar answered, “I want him out of office immediately. I do. No matter how they do it. I don’t know how they’ll do it — maybe the 25th Amendment.”

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#1511899 --- 01/04/18 10:38 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/10/politics/house-retirement-tracker/index.html

House Republicans are announcing they're leaving office at a significantly faster rate than any other recent Congresses, suggesting Democrats could pick up seats in the 2018 midterm elections. On Tuesday it was Pennsylvania Republican Bill Shuster, the influential chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Already, at least 29 House Republicans have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning outright. They're leaving from all over the map, from southern New Jersey to southern New Mexico.

Democrats need to pick up 24 House seats to retake the majority from Republicans, who've had control of the House since 2011.

Republican leadership has acknowledged it has a problem.

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#1511936 --- 01/05/18 01:53 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/it-was-an-open-secret/549653/?utm_source=atltw


It's Been an Open Secret All Along

The scandal of Michael Wolff’s new book isn’t its salacious details—it’s that everyone in Washington has known its key themes, and refused to act.


Who is also in on this open secret? Virtually everyone in a position to do something about it, which at the moment means members of the Republican majority in Congress.

They know what is wrong with Donald Trump. They know why it’s dangerous. They understand—or most of them do—the damage he can do to a system of governance that relies to a surprising degree on norms rather than rules, and whose vulnerability has been newly exposed. They know—or should—about the ways Trump’s vanity and avarice are harming American interests relative to competitors like Russia and China, and partners and allies in North America, Europe, and the Pacific.

They know. They could do something: hearings, investigations, demands for financial or health documents, subpoenas. Even the tool they used against the 42nd president, for failings one percent as grave as those of the 45th: impeachment.

They know. They could act. And they don’t. The failure of responsibility starts with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, but it doesn’t end with them. Every member of a bloc-voting majority shares responsibility for not acting on their version of the open secret. “Independent” Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski share it. “Thoughtful” ones, like Ben Sasse and Jeff Flake. Those (in addition to Flake) who have nothing to lose electorally, from Bob Corker to Orrin Hatch. When they vote as a majority against strong investigations, against subpoenas, against requirements for financial disclosure, and most of all against protecting Robert Mueller and his investigation, they share complicity in the open secret.

We are watching the political equivalent of the Weinstein board paying off the objects of his abuse. We are watching Fox pay out its tens of millions to O’Reilly’s victims. But we’re watching it in real time, with the secret shared worldwide, and the stakes immeasurably higher.

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#1511940 --- 01/05/18 07:02 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/05/politics/trump-book-image/index.html

But as Washington consumes a sensational West Wing exposé by journalist Michael Wolff, Trump is being forced to watch as his prized image is ripped to shreds.

When a presidency is anchored so fundamentally on an image, as it is with Trump, rather than a long history of political achievement or ideological consistency, any deterioration of that image can be especially perilous. For Trump, who may be more conscious of how he is perceived than any politician in history, the mockery is likely to be especially painful.

Wolff, in some cases using on-the-record quotes, sketches an image far removed from the one constructed by Trump.
It's a picture of a President who knows little of policy details and cares less and appears not to perceive the vast responsibilities of his role.

Sometimes, this version of Trump appears fragile and out of control, prone to emotional and impulsive reactions, and seems lonely in the White House.

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#1511967 --- 01/05/18 03:32 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-impeachment-odds-rise-explosive-174138896.html

Trump Impeachment Odds Rise After Explosive 'Fire and Fury' Book Revelations
Newsweek Sam Schwarz,Newsweek 3 hours ago

President Donald Trump may have forcefully denied many of the stunning claims in the newly released bombshell book Fire and Fury, but international betting markets have adjusted the odds of a Trump impeachment in his first term, and the news is not good for the president.

Both Ireland-based gambling company Paddy Power and New Zealand–based prediction market PredictIt have increased the likelihood of Trump being impeached before his term ends at the beginning of 2021.

As the president is mired in international feuds with North Korea and Pakistan—to name a few—he may want to turn his attention inward to identify the greatest threats to his presidency, says Lee Brice, head of public relations for Paddy Power.

"With the simmering tension between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, it seems like the president should be worrying about threats closer to home, with odds of an impeachment during his first term shortening to 4-7, a probability of 63.6 percent," Brice told Newsweek.

In betting terms, the shortening of odds means something is more likely to occur.

What should be even more alarming to the White House, according to Brice, is the shortening of odds for a Trump impeachment this year.

“It’s not just North Korea causing Trump fire and fury, as Michael Wolff’s new book has listed a series of damaging revelations. We now think it’s evens—50 percent chance that he’s impeached in 2018,” he added.

The oddsmakers at PredictIt, which handles its betting differently than Paddy Power does, are a bit more bullish on Trump's chances of avoiding impeachment and remaining president through the end of his first term. Still, its odds have also shortened over the past couple of days.

When PredictIt’s markets opened on January 2, the day the first excerpts from Wolff's book were released, you could make a 33-cent bet on Trump being impeached in his first term, putting its odds at approximately 2-to-1. On January 4, that number rose as high as 39 cents before plateauing at its current price of 37 cents.

Further, the market for bets on whether Trump will still be president at the end of 2018 and 2019 have experienced similar 5-cent swings. The difference may not appear extreme, but such a rapid swing in betting markets is usually attributable to a specific event. In this case, according to PredictIt spokesperson Will Jennings, that event is likely the Wolff book.

"These markets are responding in real time to the news," Jennings told Newsweek. "Given one of the Bannon excerpts from the book alluded to a possible money laundering case against President Trump, and the subsequent bump in his odds of impeachment, it’s possible some traders are reacting to that new information."

The number of shocking claims in Wolff's book are too many to mention, but a specific few—if proved true—could spell trouble for Trump and his presidency. One major claim, as Jennings pointed out, is that the Trump campaign laundered money. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is pretty certain of it.

"This is all about money laundering," Bannon told Wolff in the book. "It’s as plain as a hair on your face."


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#1512027 --- 01/06/18 01:45 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wolff-says-...mps-presidency/


Michael Wolff, author of the new bombshell book "Fire and Fury: Inside Trump's White House," told the BBC in an interview broadcast Saturday that he believes understanding revelations resulting from his book about President Trump will "finally end this presidency."

"You know I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear, 'emperor has no clothes' effect — that the story that I've told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can't do this job, the emperor has no clothes, and suddenly everywhere people are going, 'Oh my God it's true, he has no clothes.' That's the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end this presidency," Wolff told the BBC.

"Fire and Fury," released Friday, describes Mr. Trump in an unflattering light, as someone prone to fits of frustration who eats cheeseburgers and watches TV in bed at 6:30 p.m., and whose capabilities are questioned by his entire senior staff.

"He doesn't read, he doesn't listen, he's profoundly uncurious. He's just interested in what he's interested in and isn't interested in the larger problems of the world, almost any of them," Wolff told the BBC.

"That's on the one hand, so the other side is he's experiencing now issues, fundamentally physical, mental issues..." Wolff continued.

Wolff, who says he conducted more than 200 interviews for his book and took up a semi-permanent seat in the West Wing for months, was asked if he sees Mr. Trump as someone who is mentally incapable of being president of the United States.

"Well, I think he's intellectually incapable of being president of the United States," Wolff told the BBC.

Mr. Trump took to Twitter early Saturday to defend himself, calling himself " a very stable genius" and slamming Wolff, saying he made up stories to sell his book.

Wolff also addressed his description of the president as childlike, an assessment senior officials in the White House share, he said.

"Sometimes it's an 11-year-old. Sometimes it's a six-year-old. Sometimes it's a two-year-old," Wolff said. "All about his need for immediate gratification. I want what I want, when I want."


Wolff also stood by portions of his book that have been called into question, such as his claim that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned the Trump campaign that campaign aides were under surveillance by British spies. Blair has flat-out denied the claim, but Wolff said he stands by his sources.

These claims in Michael Wolff's new Trump book are being challenged

"Tony Blair, listen," Wolff told the BBC. "All I know is that Steve Bannon and Tony Blair came to the White House. I actually was there, sitting on the couch. Saw him there. And shortly thereafter, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon got into a car, went out to Langley to see the director of the CIA and the deputy director, and to ask about these things that Tony Blair had told the president."

The author also addressed criticism that his book might be too one-dimensional, and if Mr. Trump was really incapable, he never could have made it to the White House.

"You know, I use the comparison of 'The Producers,'" Wolff said. "That this entire campaign was designed to bring Donald Trump fame and riches if he did not win, and winning is the thing that exposes him. And I would leave it there and say what we have is an event that should not have happened, and it is almost inexplicable that it did happen. And the fact that it has happened exposes the weakness of the system, but it also exposes Donald Trump himself. He has no clothes."

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#1512132 --- 01/07/18 04:57 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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Carl Bernstein was a journalist during the Nixon era so he has a lot of background on this topic.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2018/01/07/...ces-highlights/

Bernstein: 'We're in a real constitutional crisis'

Carl Bernstein says this is a place "where we as journalists have never been before," with so many people doubting the fitness and stability of the president. He discusses how journalists should seek answers from GOP leaders and other public officials.

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#1512133 --- 01/07/18 04:58 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/...ces-highlights/

Wolff: 25th Amendment discussed in West Wing

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CNN's Brian Stelter and Carl Bernstein discuss President Donald Trump's fitness after "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff told NBC's Chuck Todd people in the West Wing have brought up the 25th Amendment in conversation.

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#1512134 --- 01/07/18 05:06 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2018/01/05/lead-dr-james-gilligan-live-jake-tapper.cnn

Doctors call Trump's mental health 'danger to nation'

The Lead

Psychiatrists reveal the warnings they made to members of Congress about President Trump's mental health. One of those doctors joins The Lead.

Source: CNN

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#1512135 --- 01/07/18 05:11 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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Jake Tapper Pulls The Plug On Stephen Miller’s Train Wreck Interview

“I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time,” the CNN host told President Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser.

CNN’s Jake Tapper has a message for top White House aide Stephen Miller: Stop wasting my viewers’ time.

Tapper shut down his tense interview Sunday with President Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser after Miller continued to parrot talking points touting his boss while also attacking CNN.

“I think I have wasted enough of my viewers’ time,” Tapper told Miller as he abruptly ended the aide’s air-time.

Before he was cut off, Miller fumbled when asked whether Trump met the Russian operatives after his son, Donald Trump Jr., got together with them in the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. In an explosive new book by journalist Michael Wolff, former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon suggested there was “zero” chance Trump Jr. didn’t take the Russians to meet his father.

Despite having “no knowledge” of the meeting, Miller said he was certain all of the allegations in Wolff’s book are “a pure work of fiction” and “nothing but a pile of trash through and through.”

(Bannon on Sunday issued a statement backpedaling on his comments to Wolff about the meeting, which he had called “treasonous.”)

Miller, during his CNN appearance, praised Trump as “a self-made billionaire who revolutionized reality TV and who has changed the course of our politics.” He also lauded Trump as a “political genius.”

“I’m sure he’s watching and he’s happy that you said that,” Tapper responded.

Miller, in turn, scolded Tapper for making “condescending” and “snide” remarks and bashed CNN for airing “24 hours of negative, anti-Trump, hysterical coverage.”

I think the viewers right now can ascertain who is being hysterical,” Tapper responded. “You’re being obsequious, you’re being a factotum in order to please [Trump].”

While Trump had a decidedly different view of the segment, many Twitter users applauded Tapper’s decision to pull the plug on Miller.

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#1512155 --- 01/08/18 01:49 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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If Oprah beat him in 2020, Trump would truly lose his shit.
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#1512156 --- 01/08/18 01:49 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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Oprah Winfrey's rousing speech at the Golden Globes stirred more than a standing ovation –– it inflamed rumors that she may run for president http://cbsn.ws/2qB8OmB

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#1512157 --- 01/08/18 01:51 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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She would eat. Trump. Alive.
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#1512161 --- 01/08/18 02:05 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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“I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon.”

Oprah receives a standing ovation after being awarded the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille award at the Golden Globes.

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#1512162 --- 01/08/18 02:07 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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The US started looking foolish the day you were elected Donald and it gets worse every single day.

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Trump says the U.S. is "not going to look foolish as long as I'm here"

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#1512245 --- 01/09/18 01:39 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: kyle585]
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https://secondnexus.com/news/gordon-hump...f902fe1e08be610

by Amelia Mavis Christnot January 9, 2018

Former Republican Senator Gordon Humphrey minces no words when it comes to his perception of the fitness of Donald Trump to be president. Humphrey went so far as to endorse Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election after Trump won the Republican Party nomination.

In a recent interview on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes”, Humphrey gave another detailed list of his concerns regarding the president’s conduct while in office. He also called out his former colleagues and Republican Party members for enabling that behavior.

“The talk about comparing nuclear buttons, whether there was sexual innuendo in that or not was just outrageous… I mean… you don’t… The president apparently has no understanding of what a nuclear war would be like,” Humphrey stated.

This is extremely dangerous. The man is irrational. He’s an ignoramus. He’s totally unequipped and unprepared for the office. He’s incurious, unread… and on top of that he’s a man of depraved character and probably mentally ill. I mean delusional. He makes up his own reality, and believes it. “

These Twitters! We’ve got two years now of evidence the man is weird, bizarre, not of sound mind. He’s surely mentally ill to some degree. Precisely what that diagnosis might be is really immaterial because it’s the effect that counts and the president is undermining the national institutions that are of such great value to us.”

The First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press to name the most important. And he’s endangering national security with all his saber rattling and comparison of his nuclear button with that of the North Korean dictator.”

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