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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/internet-baffled-after-trump-suggests-he-can-hear-putin-smile/

Internet baffled after Trump suggests he can hear Putin smile


President Donald Trump left many people confused on Friday after he suggested that he saw Russian President Vladimir Putin smile during a phone call.

Speaking in the White House, Trump said Putin “sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that [Mueller’s investigation] started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse. But he knew that because he knew there was no collusion whatsoever.”

Many people on Twitter were baffled that Trump indicated that he could hear Putin smile over the phone.
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#1529657 --- 05/03/19 08:21 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/lock-hi...trouble-anyway/

Bill Barr will likely escape a perjury conviction — but there’s another charge he should deeply fear


On Wednesday, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, with an assist from an anonymous leaker, successfully proved that Donald Trump’s recently appointed attorney general-cum-cover-up artist, William Barr, is a liar.

Twice, in testimony earlier this month to Congress, Barr played dumb regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s opinions about how Barr handled Mueller’s report into Trump’s connections to Russian efforts to undermine democracy. First, Barr told Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., that he was unaware of Mueller’s opinion of Barr’s declaration that Trump had not obstructed justice. The second came when Barr told Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., that he had no knowledge of the Mueller team’s frustrations with his efforts to spin the contents of the report before it was released.

A letter leaked to the press Tuesday night exposed these comments as lies. It turns out that Barr had received two letters and one phone call from Mueller complaining about Barr’s spinning. Most observers assume that a particular stress point was Barr’s denial that any obstruction had occurred when the Mueller report lays out 10 separate incidents that any fool could see constitute obstruction of justice.

This has all understandably led to calls for Barr’s resignation. But soon, the p-word — perjury — started getting tossed around, leading to the hope among many liberals that Barr could face stiffer consequences than being forced out of office and publicly outed as a lying scumbag. Perjury could mean disbarment. Perjury could mean jail.
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#1529659 --- 05/03/19 08:25 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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“When a 22 month long investigation… finds, quote: "The Russian government interfered… in sweeping and systematic fashion," you say something about it the next time you talk to the Russian president responsible… right? Not if you’re Donald Trump” -
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#1529661 --- 05/03/19 08:34 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Julie Pillay @Julia3131

Grabber, Immediately after firing James Comey, you invite Russian Spooks to the Oval Office to Report Back to Putin.

Immediately after The Mueller Report & Chicken Barr's appearance in The Senate you report back to Putin.
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#1529663 --- 05/03/19 09:52 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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John Hossack @Hozman55 2h

Putin has consistently attacked us and Trump's cult doesn't give a damn. It is equal parts appalling and frightening. 45 will not even acknowledge the cyber attacks and in fact has closed most of the agencies that could help prevent it in 2020. I'm sure that was part of the talk.
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#1529665 --- 05/03/19 09:57 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/trumps-...call-cnn-panel/

Trump’s economic message went ‘out the window’ after president’s disastrous Putin call: CNN panel


On Friday, a CNN panel hosted by Jake Tapper bashed President Donald Trump for ruining his own message.

Trump’s team and TV networks were set to talk about the positive economic numbers coming out. However, that news got pushed to the side after Trump had a phone call with Vladimir Putin and failed to warn him against future election hacking.

“We were going to lead with the economy on the show, it was going to be the first block, we were going to sing the numbers, and President Trump decided to talk to Vladimir Putin and talk about the Russia hoax and all of that,” Tapper said.

“Today’s a perfect example of that,” CNN reporter Abby Phillip said. “White House aides were blanketing TV all day today, scheduled to talk about economic numbers they knew were coming out today because they always come out on the first Friday of the month.”

She added, “And instead, halfway through the day, this, with Trump and Putin, yet again throwing everything off of the message. I’ve been covering this president since the beginning, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a full day of the White House carrying out a message on the economy.“

“It’s because the president always steps on his own message. He was feeling really good this morning about where things are going, about the Mueller report being done. He talked to Putin and then everything went out the window,” she said.
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#1529667 --- 05/03/19 10:04 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/private...aration-policy/

Private child detention company hires former Trump official — who started push for Trump’s child separation policy


John Kelly Will Now Directly Profit From the Horrific Policy He Initiated

The former Trump administration official who first proposed separating migrant children from their parents with the specific intent to deter others from trying to come to the U.S. has a new job.

Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly, who started with the administration as the President’s Secretary of Homeland Security, has just joined the board of directors of the company operating the largest shelter for unaccompanied migrant children, CBS News reports.

In early Marco of 2017, less than two months into the Trump administration’s tenure, Kelly proposed the idea of separating migrant children from their parents.

Weeks later he publicly claimed the administration would not pursue the idea, after tremendous public outrage.

Later, the program would be initiated under his protégé and successor, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. But as investigations into child separation grew, as did the numbers of children (likely in the thousands) who will never be reunited with their parents, it became apparent the administration had been “testing” child separation long before it admitted to it.

“Caliburn International confirmed to CBS News that Kelly had joined its board of directors,” CBS reported Friday. “Caliburn is the parent company of Comprehensive Health Services, which operates Homestead and three other shelters for unaccompanied migrant children in Texas.”
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#1529669 --- 05/03/19 10:07 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1 10m

Not only does TASS report that Trump initiated the phone call with Putin, but TASS claims that Trump and Putin spoke "for almost 1.5 hours." If true, Trump had nearly 90 minutes to bring up Russian interference in future elections and he didn't.
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#1529671 --- 05/03/19 10:16 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Bill Kristol @BillKristol

Call me old-fashioned, but it would be nice to have a president who was at least trying to watch out for the interests of the United States.
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#1529673 --- 05/03/19 10:21 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Chuck Schumer @SenSchumer 27m

President
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spent an hour on the phone with Putin.

Instead of pressing Putin on the #MuellerReport's extensive evidence that Russia hacked our elections,

They gossiped about Fox News conspiracy theories?

Trump’s priorities are appalling and undermine democracy.
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#1529675 --- 05/03/19 10:29 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Trump has ‘totally undercut our foreign policy’ and is ‘damaging American interests’: Conservative journalist



On Friday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Beat,” conservative journalist Bill Kristol fiercely criticized President Donald Trump for his chummy “no collusion” phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I’m not sure we can” trust the democratic system anymore under Trump, said Kristol, who edited the right-leaning but Trump-skeptical Weekly Standard until the magazine folded late last year. “I hate to say that as an American.”

“As a candidate, Donald Trump behaved badly,” Kristol continued. “He didn’t stop the Russians from trying to help him and so forth. But he is president of the United States. If the president of the United States, dealing with the president of an adversary which has interfered, to say the least, in our election, which has interfered in Venezuela and until yesterday, I thought we were on the side of the people of Venezuela seeking freedom, now he has a conversation with Putin and reports in a very smug way that they agree on the Russia hoax.”

“He seems to be saying that he even agrees there was no interference, that he disagrees with the intelligence community or the Mueller report,” said Kristol. “And then on Venezuela, which has gotten too little attention in my opinion, he has totally undercut our foreign policy in a very important area where people have gone into the streets and been killed. I mean, that’s partly a result of them thinking we were on their side, and now it turns out, everything’s fine, we’re with Putin, there’s no problem with Russian troops there. And it is contrary to what the Secretary of State said.”

“The degree to which I think your question gets to this, this isn’t just about ‘gee, Trump contradicts himself a lot and gee, Trump watches out for himself and he lies,'” said Kristol. “Trump is really damaging American interests in the world when he says these kinds of things.”
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#1529677 --- 05/04/19 03:55 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Joe mastro &#127754; &#127754; &#127754; @joe_mastro 4 hours ago

Great line by Chris Hayes: “The man that would not talk to Mueller about Putin, spoke today with Putin about Muller.”
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#1529679 --- 05/04/19 04:01 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/heres-w...lous-harangues/

Here’s why Trump’s tweets are impeachable offenses legally defined as ‘scandalous harangues’


On Friday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank said that history can point us in the right direction when debating if President Donald Trump should be impeached or not.

“We don’t have to wonder. A president already has been impeached for something similar,” Milbank said. “In 1868, the House impeached President Andrew Johnson because of his firing of Edwin Stanton as secretary of war and, at root, Johnson’s thwarting of Reconstruction.”

Johnson was guilty of a “high misdemeanor in office” for his use “scandalous harangues” the article explained.

He went on to explain that Trump’s tweets can count as “scandalous harangues,” and the majority of his behavior is indecent.

“Trump’s indecency is commonplace. At a National Day of Prayer service Thursday, just after talking about how ‘we proudly come together as one nation,’ he spoke of God helping him survive ‘witch hunts.’ He has in recent days called Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential front-runner, ‘Sleepy Joe’ and ‘not very bright.’ Add to that a recent Twitter stream of invective about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the ‘dues sucking’ firefighters’ union, Democrats with ‘sick and demented ideas’ — and, of course, a ‘Deep State coup effort,’ collusion delusion’ and the Mueller ‘witch hunt,'” he wrote.

He then added that there is not any precedent for Trump’s behaviors because the framers of the Constitution could not have predicted someone like Trump would ever be in office.

“The framers assumed a president would be upstanding. Federalist Paper No. 68 says future presidents would likely be ‘characters preeminent for ability and virtue,’ reasoning that the electoral process would eliminate those who had only ‘talents for low intrigue and the little arts of popularity'”, he wrote.

“Alexander Hamilton never met Donald Trump,” he said.
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#1529683 --- 05/04/19 04:13 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/united-healthcare-immoral-barbaric/

An Insurance Company Denied a Life-Saving Treatment. A Judge Just Called It An “Immoral” Decision.


In a stunning court filing, U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. made it very clear how he felt about United Healthcare.

ABIGAIL WEINBER

When a personal injury attorney had to pay $85,000 out of pocket for a life-saving prostate cancer treatment, he filed a class-action lawsuit against his insurer, United Healthcare. On Monday, the judge assigned to hear the case recused himself: not only had he been recommended the same treatment for his own prostate cancer, but a friend of his had paid $150,000 for the treatment when United Healthcare denied him coverage.

Proton beam radiation therapy has been an accepted cancer treatment method since the 1980s, according to the Washington Post, but United Healthcare denied the treatment to Miami-based attorney Richard Cole on the grounds that it was “experimental,” Cole said. Although Cole was able to afford his medical care, he filed the lawsuit on behalf of the potentially thousands of others who had been denied treatment as well.
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#1529686 --- 05/04/19 07:53 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Ryan Knight #ImpeachTrump &#127825; @ProudResister 3 hours ago

Sorry @SpeakerPelosi, but you have it backwards. Impeaching the most unlawful president in U.S. history who continues to obstruct justice on a daily basis is not divisive. What’s divisive is not impeaching the most unlawful president in U.S. history.

#ImpeachmentHearingsNow
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#1529687 --- 05/04/19 11:16 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/furious...all-with-putin/

Furious Bill Maher panel blasts Trump for refusing to mention election meddling in call with Putin


During the Overtime segment of HBO’s “Real Time,” a furious Bill Maher launched an attack on President Donald Trump for saying nothing about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election during a phone call with Vladimir Putin.

Posing the question from a viewer to his panel about the phone call, the HBO host took the lead in excoriating Trump.

What would you have wanted President Trump to say to Putin during his phone call today?'” Maher read from the viewer request.

“We just go a big report from the Mueller team, it took over two years and the one thing that they said that was the big headline was, ‘You definitely interfered in our last election,” Maher angrily replied in answer. “If you do it again, there will be serious, serious consequences! That is what any president would do.”

Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens immediately chimed to add, “You don’t go far enough.”

“It’s not ‘if you if do it again’,” Stephens insisted. “You did it. We’re going to go after your assets and we’re going to go after the assets of your oligarchs. We’re going to put a squeeze on your entire financial empire so that things actually hurt you for a change.”
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#1529689 --- 05/04/19 01:12 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/george-...-out-of-office/

George W. Bush may be the only person in the world who can force Trump out of office
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#1529691 --- 05/04/19 02:34 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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David Corn Verified account @DavidCornDC 14 minutes ago
More David Corn Retweeted Donald J. Trump

“I am with him.” @realDonaldTrump says this about a murderous tyrant.

Donald J. Trump Verified account

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Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it. He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!
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#1529693 --- 05/04/19 03:34 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Bill Kristol Verified account @BillKristol41 minutes ago

We've had public figures who sided with dictators abroad; we've had demagogues who indulged bigotry and conspiracy theories at home; we've had politicians with little respect for the rule of law or the Constitution. Until now we've not seen these features combined in a president.
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#1529709 --- 05/04/19 11:07 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/longtim...ver-to-mueller/

Longtime Trump aide alleges White House destroyed 5 boxes of documents — that should have been turned over to Mueller
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