Giuliani Claims He Kept Texts From State Dept. To ‘Protect’ Himself

Remember in 2016 when the GOP thought that the threat that Hillary might have State Department communications on private devices was enough to disqualify her and the possibility that they might end up outside to control of the State Department was enough to justify red faced screaming “lock her up”? Some people might start to think those concerns about cyber security in 2016 were not in good faith. 

So how did Rudy get those? Who sent them? Will there be an investigation? Will the GOP show even the slightest concern about private devices being used for State Department communications? Of course not. They never cared.

“Giuliani also repeated his claim that the State Department had approved of all his communications with Ukraine–and that he had five or six more texts in his back pocket as proof.

“I’m going to use them to protect myself if and when I need them,” he told CNN.”

From: talkingpointsmemo.com https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/giuliani-texts-state-department-ukraine-protect

Mueller Was Right: Read the New Senate Report on Russian Technology Meddling in US Elections

““Throughout 2016 and for several years before, Russian intelligence services and government personnel conducted a number of intelligence-related activities targeting the voting process … the Committee found ample evidence to suggest that the Russian government was developing and implementing capabilities to interfere in the 2016 elections, including undermining confidence in U.S. democratic institutions and voting processes.””

That’s the key quote. This is going on and Moscow Mitch is doing all he can to block election security.

From: forbes.com

https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveandriole/2019/08/01/mueller-was-right-read-the-new-senate-report-on-russian-technology-meddling-in-us-elections/

Republicans always want credit for some shit they supposed to do: Mitt Romney edition.

You know the worst thing about Republicans? Republicans always want credit for some shit they supposed to do. A Republican will brag about some shit a normal man just does. A Republican will say some shit like, “I would go to the FBI” You’re supposed go to the FBI, you dumb motherfucker! What kind of ignorant obstruction of justice shit is that? “I ain’t never colluded with Russia!” What do you want, a cookie?! You’re not supposed to collude with Russia, you low-expectation-having motherfucker!

I don’t actually hate Romney. But… WTF? This isn’t about you Mitt.

Look, Mitt would go to the FBI. I’ll have no reason to think he wouldn’t go to the FBI. Great. That’s a low bar. And the fact that you wouldn’t commit light treason doesn’t matter when you’re unwilling to take action to stop the sitting president from doing it.

Mitch McConnell Will Not Act in Good Faith, Even When the Security of the Country Is at Stake

Why Obama didn’t take more action when presented with evidence of Russian attacks on our election? Mitch. That’s why.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting. Key Democrats were stunned by the GOP response and exasperated that the White House seemed willing to let Republican opposition block any pre-election move”

This is why Obama didn’t take more action. Mitch. And this guy is still there and still preventing the American people from knowing the full truth.

From: esquire.com

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27394996/mitch-mcconnell-mueller-report-donald-trump-elizabeth-warren/

A turd polishing in three acts.

Act one, the turd arrives

Act two, the turd must be made to shine

Act three, we realize it was still just a turd.

Here’s a list of all the ongoing government investigations that could spell legal trouble for Trump, regardless of whether he’s president, and the people and entities associated with him.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/03/after-mueller-ongoing-investigations-trump/585376/

The reaction is exactly what one might predict.

The Barr Letter completely exonerates Hillary Clinton

On October 19th 2016 Hillary Clinton stated this during her debate with then Candidate Trump:

It’s pretty clear, you won’t admit that the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race.

So here’s the thing. If you break this down, statement by statement you can see that from what we know of the Mueller report and the released Barr letter, she was correct about most of it.

you won’t admit that the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America”

Well this is true. We now know that Russia engaged in the cyber attacks and Trump was told this. But even at Helsinki, he was still unwilling to admit it. The Mueller indictments establish that case. In addition, we now know that there were multiple attempts by Russia to reach out to Trump and his campaign. They didn’t contact the FBI. They invited them to Trump tower.

that you encouraged espionage against our people”

There was that famous “Russia are you listening” moment. The Mueller indictments document that the Russian active ops stepped up. Clearly they listened. What’s important is that this occurred after Trump was warned that Russia was looking to interfere.

that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do,

This is a wash. It looks like Trump’s campaign changed the GOP platform, blocked sanctions congress enacted and did a host of other suspicious things, not because of a quid pro quo but because Trump really likes Putin and is looking to be his buddy? Ok. I don’t see why thats better but lets give them both partial credit here.

you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race

Again. the Mueller investigation and the Barr letter establish that Russia was looking to help Trump.

So my point is that almost everything she said about the hack during the debate on the was correct: ” of those points, Hillary was 100% right about points 1,2 and 4. And 3 is well, embarrassing for Trump.

Hillary has been exonerated.

The “Three’s Company Defense” is no longer credible.

If you aren’t familiar with the show Three’s Company, let me give you a quick synopsis: It was a 1970s sitcom where every episode revolved around some misunderstanding; often suggestively sexual in nature, that existed largely as a vehicle to put Don Knott’s supernatural facial reactions on your TeeVee. Literally the only thing I remember about that show was Don Knott’s face.

Let me now propose that any time someone is defending the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia and the repeated lies about contact with Russia and the 37 people indicted and the five people who have plead guilty about lying to investigators and suggests that this is all a hoax, a big ol’ misunderstanding; that’s the Three’s Company defense. I know it sounds like someone was doing you know what but in reality Janet was just about to sew a button on Jack’s pants.

And at this point it is no longer credible.

As examples:

  • Why did Trump deny having deals in Russia when saying something to the effect “I do business all over the world and likely have deals or could have deals in Russia. Why would anyone think that any one deal anywhere would be so important when I have so many deals everywhere?” would have had everyone shrug off the Trump Tower Moscow deal as a nothing burger?
  • Why deny the Trump Tower meeting rather than say something like “We had many meetings with many others and this is done by campaigns all the time and has never been a big deal”
  • Why deny wanting to get dirt on Hillary if it were no big deal and everyone does it?
  • Why not say something like “we had no reason to think the information they would give us would have been have come from illegal actions, why would we?”
  • Why change the story of that meeting multiple times if were no big deal?
  • If this is all a rigged Witch Hunt, why paint Cohen as a rat rather than a victim of an investigation gone bad? Why not say something like “Mr. Cohen is now lying because the investigation will attempt to use those lies against me” rather than suggest Cohen is credible because the “Witch Hunt” caught him?

If Trump and his campaign had made statements such were given in the above example, wouldn’t it sound much more like just a big misunderstanding? So that is in fact possible. So with that in mind, a person offering “Three’s Company Defense” of Trump owes you that explanation: why the lies, why the changing stories and why the pattern of behavior that has gotten people tossed in jail? What’s the credible explanation that makes this all just Janet needing to sew a button on Jack’s pants?

If they can not provide that alternate explanation they should at least give you a full on Don Knotts level bug-eyed WTF expression.

Read Michael Cohen’s opening statement here

“To be clear: Mr. Trump knew of and directed the Trump Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign and lied about it. He lied about it because he never expected to win the election. He also lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars on the Moscow real estate project.

And so I lied about it, too – because Mr. Trump had made clear to me, through his personal statements to me that we both knew were false and through his lies to the country, that he wanted me to lie. And he made it clear to me because his personal attorneys reviewed my statement before I gave it to Congress.”

He is confirming what we know.

So when the totally predictable happens and the GOP reacts to felonies by a sitting GOP executive by dismissing it as a distraction and circling the wagons to protect the party, remember this is the 4th time since Watergate they’ve done this.

From: cnbc.com

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/27/michael-cohen-read-the-statement-about-donald-trump-here.html

RNC tells Michael Cohen to ‘have fun in prison,’ as GOP readies war room to push back on testimony

“Convicted felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying, including lies he told under oath to Congress,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News.”

One thing stands out as odd about the GOP defense here.

Why didn’t the president do something when Cohen lied to Congress?

He would have known, right?

White House council should have said or done something.

Why wasn’t anything done until Cohen pled guilty and agreed to cooperate?

From: www-foxnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org

https://www-foxnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.foxnews.com/politics/rnc-tells-michael-cohen-to-have-fun-in-prison-as-gop-readies-war-room-to-push-back-on-testimony.amp