Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Trump’s delusions are not only putting him in legal jeopardy, they could sink him

Tucked into The Washington Post story revealing that Donald Trump personally dictated Don Jr.’s false statement regarding his meeting with the Kremlin-linked lawyer are several paragraphs that reveal exactly why Trump is such a menace to himself. Amid a handful of investigations into his administration—including one led by a DOJ-appointed special counsel—Trump still has no idea he could be in legal trouble.

“He refuses to sit still,” the presidential adviser said. “He doesn’t think he’s in any legal jeopardy, so he really views this as a political problem he is going to solve by himself.”

Trump has said that the Russia investigation is “the greatest witch hunt in political history,” calling it an elaborate hoax created by Democrats to explain why Clinton lost an election she should have won.

Because Trump believes he is innocent, some advisers explained, he therefore does not think he is at any legal

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Trump’s delusions are not only putting him in legal jeopardy, they could sink him

Tucked into The Washington Post story revealing that Donald Trump personally dictated Don Jr.’s false statement regarding his meeting with the Kremlin-linked lawyer are several paragraphs that reveal exactly why Trump is such a menace to himself. Amid a handful of investigations into his administration—including one led by a DOJ-appointed special counsel—Trump still has no idea he could be in legal trouble.

“He refuses to sit still,” the presidential adviser said. “He doesn’t think he’s in any legal jeopardy, so he really views this as a political problem he is going to solve by himself.”

Trump has said that the Russia investigation is “the greatest witch hunt in political history,” calling it an elaborate hoax created by Democrats to explain why Clinton lost an election she should have won.

Because Trump believes he is innocent, some advisers explained, he therefore does not think he is at any legal

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Trump’s delusions are not only putting him in legal jeopardy, they could sink him

Tucked into The Washington Post story revealing that Donald Trump personally dictated Don Jr.’s false statement regarding his meeting with the Kremlin-linked lawyer are several paragraphs that reveal exactly why Trump is such a menace to himself. Amid a handful of investigations into his administration—including one led by a DOJ-appointed special counsel—Trump still has no idea he could be in legal trouble.

“He refuses to sit still,” the presidential adviser said. “He doesn’t think he’s in any legal jeopardy, so he really views this as a political problem he is going to solve by himself.”

Trump has said that the Russia investigation is “the greatest witch hunt in political history,” calling it an elaborate hoax created by Democrats to explain why Clinton lost an election she should have won.

Because Trump believes he is innocent, some advisers explained, he therefore does not think he is at any legal

Continue reading “Trump’s delusions are not only putting him in legal jeopardy, they could sink him”

Trump’s delusions are not only putting him in legal jeopardy, they could sink him

Tucked into The Washington Post story revealing that Donald Trump personally dictated Don Jr.’s false statement regarding his meeting with the Kremlin-linked lawyer are several paragraphs that reveal exactly why Trump is such a menace to himself. Amid a handful of investigations into his administration—including one led by a DOJ-appointed special counsel—Trump still has no idea he could be in legal trouble.

“He refuses to sit still,” the presidential adviser said. “He doesn’t think he’s in any legal jeopardy, so he really views this as a political problem he is going to solve by himself.”

Trump has said that the Russia investigation is “the greatest witch hunt in political history,” calling it an elaborate hoax created by Democrats to explain why Clinton lost an election she should have won.

Because Trump believes he is innocent, some advisers explained, he therefore does not think he is at any legal

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Lawsuit alleges Fox News worked directly with the Trump White House to push fabricated story

A new lawsuit has been filed by Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler alleging Fox News investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman worked with wealthy Republican donor Ed Butowsky, who also happens to be a part-time Fox News contributor, to create a phony story around the murder of Seth Rich, the DNC staffer who was murdered in Washington, D.C. last summer in a robbery gone wrong. The now retracted Fox News story claimed Seth Rich was the Wikileaks source for the hacked DNC emails, something his family and police have vigorously denied. From the New York Times in May:

Citing unnamed sources, Fox News’s website published an article last week suggesting that Mr. Rich’s death was in retaliation for his sharing D.N.C. emails with WikiLeaks — a theory that, if true, would undercut the notion of Russian political interference and, in turn, offer cover for Mr. Trump.

No evidence to support that

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Washington Post: Trump ‘personally dictated’ false statement about son’s meeting with Russian lawyer

On the very same day that Trump’s new chief of staff takes on the job, he gets his first crisis. The Washington Post is reporting that the false characterization of the meeting between Russian government-sent individuals and the Donald Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner, was crafted by Donald Trump himself.

Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared a story, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”

We quickly learned that first characterization was entirely false; the meeting was arranged after

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White House press secretary: John Kelly has ‘full authority … all staff will report to him’

Donald Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly is clamping down on the White House with the full force of a former Marine general.

“General Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said from the White House podium late Monday afternoon.

Sanders reiterated several times that everyone—including Jared and Ivanka, supposedly—will be reporting to Kelly, who swiftly gave short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci the boot Monday.

So apparently, it’s the John Kelly show now. Good luck!

Perhaps, the only other notable news—or non-news—from the briefing was that we still don’t have a date certain for Trump’s big signing of the Russian sanctions bill sitting on his desk.

When asked about the West Wing’s striking silence on Vladimir Putin ordering some 750 U.S. diplomats expelled from Russia, Sanders again declined to take a

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White House press secretary: John Kelly has ‘full authority … all staff will report to him’

Donald Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly is clamping down on the White House with the full force of a former Marine general.

“General Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said from the White House podium late Monday afternoon.

Sanders reiterated several times that everyone—including Jared and Ivanka, supposedly—will be reporting to Kelly, who swiftly gave short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci the boot Monday.

So apparently, it’s the John Kelly show now. Good luck!

Perhaps, the only other notable news—or non-news—from the briefing was that we still don’t have a date certain for Trump’s big signing of the Russian sanctions bill sitting on his desk.

When asked about the West Wing’s striking silence on Vladimir Putin ordering some 750 U.S. diplomats expelled from Russia, Sanders again declined to take a

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Relations between Trump and Sessions sink to new lows

An alliance rooted in the hatred and demonization of vulnerable minorities has come unglued and it couldn’t be happening to a more deserving pair: Donald Trump and his early booster turned attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Though they had met over a decade ago, the real Trump-Sessions bromance began about two years ago on the campaign trail, writes the Washington Post:

Trump’s adviser at the time, Sam Nunberg, said Trump saw Sessions as a similar type: a hard-liner on immigration who was far from beloved by the elites and wealthy donors within the Republican Party.

“He saw Sessions as someone he could develop a natural rapport with,” Nunberg said in an interview.

The kindred spirit between the two men continued straight through election night.

“The first senator, first major, major politician, and let me tell you, he is highly respected in Washington because he’s as smart as you get: Senator

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Relations between Trump and Sessions sink to new lows

An alliance rooted in the hatred and demonization of vulnerable minorities has come unglued and it couldn’t be happening to a more deserving pair: Donald Trump and his early booster turned attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Though they had met over a decade ago, the real Trump-Sessions bromance began about two years ago on the campaign trail, writes the Washington Post:

Trump’s adviser at the time, Sam Nunberg, said Trump saw Sessions as a similar type: a hard-liner on immigration who was far from beloved by the elites and wealthy donors within the Republican Party.

“He saw Sessions as someone he could develop a natural rapport with,” Nunberg said in an interview.

The kindred spirit between the two men continued straight through election night.

“The first senator, first major, major politician, and let me tell you, he is highly respected in Washington because he’s as smart as you get: Senator

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Relations between Trump and Sessions sink to new lows

An alliance rooted in the hatred and demonization of vulnerable minorities has come unglued and it couldn’t be happening to a more deserving pair: Donald Trump and his early booster turned attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Though they had met over a decade ago, the real Trump-Sessions bromance began about two years ago on the campaign trail, writes the Washington Post:

Trump’s adviser at the time, Sam Nunberg, said Trump saw Sessions as a similar type: a hard-liner on immigration who was far from beloved by the elites and wealthy donors within the Republican Party.

“He saw Sessions as someone he could develop a natural rapport with,” Nunberg said in an interview.

The kindred spirit between the two men continued straight through election night.

“The first senator, first major, major politician, and let me tell you, he is highly respected in Washington because he’s as smart as you get: Senator

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Latest House Republican effort to derail Trump-Russia investigation cribbed from conspiracy group

Gone almost unnoticed during last week’s healthcare battles, House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday pulled the latest in their ongoing effort to block investigation of Russian election hacking and its potential connections to the Donald Trump campaign and administration. Specifically, they blocked a Democratic amendment asking for more information about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, replacing it instead with an amendment demanding more investigation of … Hillary Clinton.

By the next evening, Twitter sleuths had identified where the text of that House Republican amendment had been cribbed from: a pro-Trump Reddit conspiracy subgroup.

Thursday night, three Twitter users discovered that a staffer for one of the resolution’s sponsors attempted to crowdsource a number of the resolution’s salient points from r/The_Donald, a subreddit notorious for playing host to unfounded conspiracy theories and anti-Islam tendencies. In other words, not a conventional source of legislative inspiration.

The frequent r/The_Donald visitor

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View from the Left: After catastrophic week, Trump turns to executive power for satisfaction

The chickens finally came home to roost.

Who could’ve known that mocking a war hero might have consequences—that a guy who had survived five tortuous years in captivity might have the last laugh?

Not someone with the keen perception and incisive wit of Donald Trump, that’s for sure.

But sure enough, when it came down to the big Obamacare repeal vote that Republicans had been promising for seven years, neither insult nor threat nor wild diversion could win the day for the Trump.

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In actuality, Mr. Burns was too generous. Trump didn’t discharge just one errant message—every day was a new lesson in stepping on what Senate Republicans were furiously trying to accomplish as they crammed seven years of promises into one

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View from the Left: After catastrophic week, Trump turns to executive power for satisfaction

The chickens finally came home to roost.

Who could’ve known that mocking a war hero might have consequences—that a guy who had survived five tortuous years in captivity might have the last laugh?

Not someone with the keen perception and incisive wit of Donald Trump, that’s for sure.

But sure enough, when it came down to the big Obamacare repeal vote that Republicans had been promising for seven years, neither insult nor threat nor wild diversion could win the day for the Trump.

x

In actuality, Mr. Burns was too generous. Trump didn’t discharge just one errant message—every day was a new lesson in stepping on what Senate Republicans were furiously trying to accomplish as they crammed seven years of promises into one

Continue reading “View from the Left: After catastrophic week, Trump turns to executive power for satisfaction”

Republican Cornyn gets schooled in how a kleptocracy works and it sounds a lot like the GOP

When Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn isn’t trying his hand at playing president, he’s trying to steal away your health insurance for big tax breaks for the rich. Almost like the way an oligarchy works … or a kleptocracy. Anythewhos, Sen. Cornyn is trying his most republicany-ist to make the connections between the Putin regime and our current president seem … silly? In front of Sen. Cornyn on Thursday, was CEO of Hermitage Capital Management William Browder. Browder has testified very clearly that Putin wants there to be an end to the Magnitsky Act, and most specifically to the sanctions and financial consequences in the act, as they pertain to Putin’s vast financial network. Cornyn’s job was to say, hey, the president can only do so much—why would Vladimir Putin think he can get rid of a law with just a president? You might want to stay seated Johnny, because here comes

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Republican Cornyn gets schooled in how a kleptocracy works and it sounds a lot like the GOP

When Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn isn’t trying his hand at playing president, he’s trying to steal away your health insurance for big tax breaks for the rich. Almost like the way an oligarchy works … or a kleptocracy. Anythewhos, Sen. Cornyn is trying his most republicany-ist to make the connections between the Putin regime and our current president seem … silly? In front of Sen. Cornyn on Thursday, was CEO of Hermitage Capital Management William Browder. Browder has testified very clearly that Putin wants there to be an end to the Magnitsky Act, and most specifically to the sanctions and financial consequences in the act, as they pertain to Putin’s vast financial network. Cornyn’s job was to say, hey, the president can only do so much—why would Vladimir Putin think he can get rid of a law with just a president? You might want to stay seated Johnny, because here comes

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