As Narrow as His Tiny Little… Hands

I’m so old I remember when the Republican mantra was If you haven’t done anything wrong, you don’t have anything to hide“:

Donald Trump’s legal team has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest terms for an interview with the president as part of the Russia investigation, and put forward a counter-offer, according to US media reports.
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“We have now given him an answer. Obviously, he should take a few days to consider it, but we should get this resolved,” Trump’s lawyer, the former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, said on Wednesday on a radio show hosted by a fellow Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow.

Mueller and his team have been seeking to grill Trump as they investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, as part of the effort to determine whether anyone on the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian efforts and whether Trump has obstructed justice.

Trump has said he wants to sit down with the investigators but his lawyers have resisted, fearing he could end up accused of lying to investigators based on his statements in an interview.

Ok, the real problem is not him being accused of lying. The real problem is the man is incapable of speaking a complete sentence WITHOUT lying. So his lawyers want to narrow the scope of the questioning down to basically his name, if he can even get that shit right. For those of you interested, we are now up to 4,229 verified and confirmed lies in 558 days, but that’s just what we have in public and it hasn’t been updated in a week.

Oh, that picture above? That’s the lady who SHOULD BE PRESIDENT instead of Donnie Dollhands testifying under oath in public by a dozen hostile interrogators over a totally made-up fucking faux scandal.



Michael Cohen Says That Donald Trump Approved The Trump Tower Meeting

CNN:

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.

Cohen’s claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.

Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians’ offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen’s account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.

Cohen says that he has no evidence to present other than his word.

Rudy Giuliani says that Cohen has lied all his life.

We report, you decide.

 



Thursday Morning Open Thread: Welcome to His World


 
Spent most of yesterday dealing with a dental appointment, so I didn’t get the chance to post about the unhinged behavior of the Oval Office Resident during his VFW speech. (In a more normal era, it would’ve dominated the news cycle for days.) He’s begging what should be a loyal crowd to accept a version of recent news that does not comport with reality…


 
And suddenly, some of the faithful are no longer buying the schtick!


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We Still Don’t Know

 

It is almost a week, and we have no reliable information about the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Trump and Putin spent two and a half hours together in Helsinki with no note-takers, no expert advice, only their interpreters. We have no record of what happened during those two and a half hours, no record of what either man said or may have promised.

The standard practice to have note-takers in such a meeting is because the president is not representing himself, but rather the country. It’s important to have notes because memories of a meeting may be inaccurate or the other party may dispute them.

Engagement in serious discussion precludes note-taking or even forming a coherent memory of all the things said and done. A competent interlocutor pays attention to what the other party is saying and thinks about what s/he will say, informed by recall of materials studied before the meeting.

Interpreting requires its own kind of concentration. Hearing what is said, finding the right words to express it in another language, all in real time, requires all one’s mental capacity. The notes that interpreters take are fragments of what is said and difficult phrases, often in a private shorthand. Although Thomas Pickering says that US interpreters make a “clear, verbatim record” of their meetings.

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Happening Now: Trump-Putin Meeting. Or Summit?

I’m a little late to this, and the two world leaders are in their meeting.

Don’t forget – This is the man who didn’t know what the nuclear triad was during his campaign. The New START treaty, which limits nuclear warheads on both sides, is coming up for renewal, but I’ll bet he has no idea what it is. Besides, it is one of Obama’s treaties, negotiated by a team that was led by a woman and staffed by a team about equally men and women. But I doubt he knows that last part either. My guess is he’ll go for something like what the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Reykjavik failed to achieve – a plan for total nuclear disarmament. If he can avoid giving away America’s nuclear arsenal for a promise that he can build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Anyhoo, I’ll post interesting tweets as they come in.



Pre-Dawn Treason CREEPster Open Thread: Oh, Please… Please

At first he tried to bluff it out, but an hour later that statement (to quote from history) was “no longer operative”…

A federal indictment filed Friday accusing a dozen Russian military intelligence officers of conspiring to hack Democrats during the 2016 campaign spotlights communications between Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Trump, and an online persona allegedly operated by the Russians.

Stone has previously acknowledged exchanging direct messages on Twitter in August and September 2016 with Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be a Romanian hacker. Stone has said there is no proof the account was connected to the Russians.

But according to criminal charges filed Friday by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Guccifer 2.0 was actually operated by a group of Russian military intelligence officers based in Moscow. The Russians used Guccifer 2.0’s Twitter account to send multiple messages to “a person who was in regular contact with senior members” of Trump’s campaign, Mueller wrote in the indictment.

The messages quoted in court papers match exchanges that Stone had with the account, according to an image he posted on his personal website. A person familiar with the investigation also confirmed that the Trump campaign associate referred to in the indictment is Stone…



Late Night SCOTUS Scrotes Open Thread: “Baseball Tickets”…


 
… Is that what the kidz are calling it, these days?