Trump blasts ‘sleazebag’ John Dean for testifying to House about presidential obstruction of justice


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Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean appears before the House Judiciary Committee today to describe the progression of events of the Watergate scandal and their (rather obvious) parallels to obstruction of justice efforts by Donald Trump and crew today. In 1973 Dean testified before the Senate about the crimes and cover-up, and Nixon’s involvement; he served four months in prison for his own role in those crimes.

Naturally, Donald Trump is enraged by this. And naturally, that means broadcasting insults on his shipwreck of a Twitter feed.

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Sincere question for Mitt Romney: Why did you bother running for Senate if not to stand up to Trump?


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“Why?” It’s a question I think many of us find rising to our lips—along with a little bile reflux—when pondering the presidency of Donald Trump. And I’m not even talking about the question of why our electoral system declares someone the victor after losing by 3 million votes. Today I want to explore the question of why—other than Rep. Justin Amash of Wisconsin Michigan, who deserves great credit for his call to impeach the president—Republicans in Congress have remained publicly in lockstep with Individual 1 on the Mueller report.

I’d like to focus on one Republican who has been particularly disappointing: former Republican presidential nominee and now Sen. Mitt Romney. Romney has a tortured history with Mr. 46% of the Popular Vote (one percent fewer than Romney won four years earlier, which you know irks him to no end). Romney asked Trump to endorse him in 2012 (Trump claims there

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Russian trolls spurred anti-vaccine debate with misinformation on Twitter, says new study


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You’ve probably heard that the U.S. is facing some of our worst measles outbreaks in about two decades. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 900 cases of the measles have been reported in 2019 alone. (For the record, it’s also a growing problem on the global scale.) Disturbingly, as evidenced in a new study out of George Washington University, it appears that Russian trolls amped the entire anti-vaccination debate by participating in discussions on the subject way more than typical users on Twitter.

“Compared with average users, Russian trolls, sophisticated bots, and ‘content polluters’ tweeted about vaccination at higher rates,” the study, led by professor David Broniatowski, reports in its findings. “Whereas content polluters posted more anti-vaccine content, Russian trolls amplified both sides.”

To gather their data, the study compared the number of tweets related to vaccines from Russian trolls (bots) to

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Voicemail from Trump’s lawyer to Flynn’s lawyer reads like he’s running an errand for a mob boss


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The court-ordered release of the transcript of a 2017 voicemail left by Donald Trump’s lawyer for the defense attorney representing Michael Flynn dropped on Friday, and it’s clear that something is very, very wrong with it. The impetus for John Dowd’s call to Flynn attorney Rob Kelner was that Flynn, who was previously Trump’s national security adviser, had decided to withdraw from the joint defense agreement that had allowed the attorneys for Trump and Flynn to share information about the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Flynn’s withdrawal was a sure sign that he had begun cooperating with the government, prompting Dowd to leave the following voicemail for Kelner stating that he understands his “situation” and reminding him of Trump’s fond “feelings” for Flynn. Much of the transcript was previously excerpted in the Mueller report, but the halting nature of Dowd’s cryptic inferences are striking, to say that least.

Former Republican prosecutors release damning video calling for Trump’s prosecution for obstruction


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The Republican Party has been on a pretty steady trajectory toward fascism for a little over 50 years now. The original division between those who believe in a world of humane progress and justice and those who want total control over our country’s abundant resources and wealth was and continues to be predominantly racial. The push toward more fascistic powers of control by conservatives has historically followed the line that people of color, women, and those without money should not be allowed an equal say in the running of our country. That push has never been more overt than it has been in the past decade, when Republicans crystalized their white supremacist agenda, first against President Barack Obama, and subsequently with the support of Donald Trump.

A group of former Republican federal prosectors has combined efforts to push for the further investigation and possible prosecution of Trump for obstruction of justice. Calling itself

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Picks of the Week: Our favorite stories from the Daily Kos Community


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Last weekend, we introduced a new weekly “Staff Picks” series, where your fearless Daily Kos staffers chose their favorite diary written during the week. Folks around here seemed to like it well enough, but commenters durrati and Krotor made the very, very smart suggestion that we should expand the series to feature Community writers, too!

(actual footage from Thursday’s Daily Kos staff meeting)

Ask and you shall receive, dear readers. 

In no particular order, we lovingly present some of the Community diaries that really stuck with us this week. We know we’ve got some of the best writers on the web in the Daily Kos Community, and it’s a joy to show off some of them here.

Grab a snack and check them out … and be sure to come back next week for more.

Impeachment: Some Republicans brace for it, others invite it, all are obsessed with it


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Impeachment has become such an important topic on the right that competing theories are emerging. One line of magical thinking holds that a House Democratic majority and Donald Trump’s eventual impeachment by it (potentially doomed in the Senate) would be a boon for Republicans and Trump in 2020.

“If they take the House, he wins big,” Barry Bennett, former senior adviser to the Trump campaign, told Politico. “The market always overcorrects.”

The other “big idea” being pushed by former Trump campaign aide Steve Bannon is a midterm campaign to “Save Trump” from impeachment by a Democratic majority. In other words, if Democrats win the House this fall, all will be lost.

What both of those conflicting strategies have in common is an obsession with impeachment, something Democrats have taken pains not to talk about. It’s like Republicans are desperately groping around trying to find a way to spin Trump’s moral,

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Hackers have already weighed in help ‘Putin’s favorite Congressman’ Dana Rohrabacher


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A Democratic challenger to Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican congressman so obviously in the pocket of Vladimir Putin that other Republican congressmen joke about how he’s in the pocket of Vladimir Putin, is going public over hacking attempts that plagued his campaign before the recent primary. Stem-cell scientist Dr. Hans Keirstead lost the June 5 primary in California Congressional District 48 by a razor-thin 125 votes, finishing behind Rohrabacher and real estate investor Harley Rouda in California’s top-two primary system.

But, according to Rolling Stone, Keirstead had more to worry about in his race than just trying to finish ahead of the pack. Starting in August 2017, Keirstead was subject to a “spear-phishing attempt” similar to those used in infiltrating the accounts of Democratic consultant John Podesta and members of the DNC.  It’s not clear that this effort allowed the hackers into Keirstead’s system, but a few months

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Russia o’clock: Carter Page lied to the media and Papadopoulos was more than a coffee boy


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Posting two new Russia revelations here for discussion because, it’s Friday! And why not? Shocker: Carter Page lied to the media about his Russia contacts.

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Another shocker: Team Trump has been lying about ‘coffee boy’ George. 

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Discuss.

With Sessions’ legal jeopardy mounting, the question arises: Will he turn on Trump?


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Outside of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, no one in Donald Trump’s orbit was put in more immediate legal jeopardy by the special counsel’s revelations this week than Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is now once, twice, three times a liar.

  • Strike 1: He did have contacts with Russians.
  • Strike 2: He was aware that Trump aide George Papadopoulos was trying to coordinate with the Russians.
  • Strike 3: He did know that Trump aide Carter Page was communicating with Russians.

While Sessions’ repeated lies open him up to perjury charges, they also make him a prime target for Robert Mueller’s investigation. Even with what little we in the public know about his legal liabilities, Sessions is already practically begging to be interviewed about Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russians during the campaign as well as his actions as pr*sident. As Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin points

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Six times in 24 hours, desperate Donald calls for DOJ and FBI to investigate Hillary


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Donald Trump’s working hard, but naturally it has nothing to do with serving the American people. He’s desperate to find a foil for the Russia entanglements that are beginning to strangle his presidency. Here’s the start of Trump’s Friday morning campaign:

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By “everybody,” we assume he means all his Russian bot followers, whose concerns warranted another seven tweets following that opening bid. Three of those tweets explicitly called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate Clinton for, well, everything: “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…”

It’s clearly driving the Don crazy that he can’t just order two of

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Six times in 24 hours, desperate Donald calls for DOJ and FBI to investigate Hillary


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Donald Trump’s working hard, but naturally it has nothing to do with serving the American people. He’s desperate to find a foil for the Russia entanglements that are beginning to strangle his presidency. Here’s the start of Trump’s Friday morning campaign:

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By “everybody,” we assume he means all his Russian bot followers, whose concerns warranted another seven tweets following that opening bid. Three of those tweets explicitly called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate Clinton for, well, everything: “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…”

It’s clearly driving the Don crazy that he can’t just order two of

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Three House Republicans try to oust Mueller over laughable uranium deal conspiracy theory


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On the very week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe started producing evidence of problematic Russian contacts by the Trump campaign, three House Republicans suddenly want to kneecap Mueller. Who could have guessed it? The Washington Post writes:

Three conservative House Republicans are expected to file a resolution Friday calling on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to recuse himself from his probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, accusing him of conflicts of interest.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who wrote the resolution, accuses Mueller of having a conflict of interest because he was serving as FBI chief when the Obama administration approved a deal allowing a Russian company to purchase a Canada-based mining group with uranium operations in the United States, according to a draft obtained by The Washington Post.

Now keep this in mind: While there is zero evidence that Hillary Clinton was involved

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Three House Republicans try to oust Mueller over laughable uranium deal conspiracy theory


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On the very week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe started producing evidence of problematic Russian contacts by the Trump campaign, three House Republicans suddenly want to kneecap Mueller. Who could have guessed it? The Washington Post writes:

Three conservative House Republicans are expected to file a resolution Friday calling on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to recuse himself from his probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, accusing him of conflicts of interest.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who wrote the resolution, accuses Mueller of having a conflict of interest because he was serving as FBI chief when the Obama administration approved a deal allowing a Russian company to purchase a Canada-based mining group with uranium operations in the United States, according to a draft obtained by The Washington Post.

Now keep this in mind: While there is zero evidence that Hillary Clinton was involved

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Sorry Sessions: Carter Page tells House Intelligence panel Sessions knew about his Russia trip


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During a marathon closed-door hearing Thursday with the House Intelligence panel, former Trump aide Carter Page said he had told then-Senator Jeff Sessions he was going to Russia during the 2016 campaign. CNN writes:

Sessions’ discussion with Page will fuel further scrutiny about what the attorney general knew about connections between the Trump campaign and Russia — and communications about Russia that he did not disclose despite a persistent line of questioning in three separate hearings this year. […]

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who is leading the House intelligence committees Russia probe, confirmed to CNN that Page told the committee he had informed Sessions about his trip, though Conaway downplayed its significance. […]

“Back in June 2016, I mentioned in passing that I happened to be planning to give a speech at a university in Moscow,” Page told CNN. “Completely unrelated to my limited volunteer role with

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‘Trump is treason!’: Protester yells directly at Trump in Capitol


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A protester got rare access Tuesday to deliver a direct protest of Donald Trump as he entered the capitol to talk tax cuts with Republican senators.

“Why are you talking about tax cuts when they should be talking about treason?” the protester yelled as Trump passed by. “This president has conspired with agents of the Russian government to steal an election. We should be talking about treason in Congress …”

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The protester has been identified as “Ryan Clayton, same activist who tricked CPAC attendees into waving Russian flags during Trump’s speech.”

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Trump responds to special counsel’s grand jury by ranting about Russia to West Virginia crowd


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Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury and is issuing subpoenas in his investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties, so naturally Donald Trump went full demagogue about Russia in his West Virginia campaign-style rally Thursday night.

“We didn’t win because of Russia — we won because of you, that I can tell you,” Trump said, continuing the riff. “Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania? Are there any Russians here tonight? They can’t beat us at the voting booths, so they’re trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want. They’re trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us, and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

You know what’s demeaning to all of us and demeaning to our

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WSJ: Mueller impanels a grand jury as Russia probe intensifies


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The Russia probe that has dogged the Trump administration isn’t going away any time soon. The Wall Street Journal writes:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The grand jury, which began its work in recent weeks, is a sign that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry is ramping up and that it will likely continue for months. Mr. Mueller is investigating Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign or associates colluded with the Kremlin as part of that effort. […]

Before Mr. Mueller was tapped in May to be special counsel, federal prosecutors had been using at least one other grand jury, located in Alexandria, Va., to

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WSJ: Mueller impanels a grand jury as Russia probe intensifies


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The Russia probe that has dogged the Trump administration isn’t going away any time soon. The Wall Street Journal writes:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The grand jury, which began its work in recent weeks, is a sign that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry is ramping up and that it will likely continue for months. Mr. Mueller is investigating Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign or associates colluded with the Kremlin as part of that effort. […]

Before Mr. Mueller was tapped in May to be special counsel, federal prosecutors had been using at least one other grand jury, located in Alexandria, Va., to

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‘What’s the thing with boats?’ and other deep thoughts Trump shared with world leaders


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Who would’ve thunk that popular vote loser Donald Trump’s completely made-up phone calls would be less unhinged than the real thing? Truth really is stranger than fiction when it comes to Trump. A day after we find out he completely fabricated telephone conversations with the leaders of both the Boy Scouts and Mexico, Trump’s real conversations with world leaders have been leaked. It’s as bad, and horribly hilarious, as you could imagine.

First, his call with Mexican President Peña Nieto on January 27, after Peña Nieto cancelled a trip to D.C. following Trump’s signing an executive order to begin construction and tweets about how Mexico is totally going to pay for it. Peña Nieto kicks it off, reiterating “we find this completely unacceptable for Mexicans to pay for the wall that you are thinking of building.”

How else is Trump going to answer? “In the latest election, I

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