Trump appears to be guilty of yet another (financial) crime

Yes, I do realize that pointing out one more Donald Trump crime-’n’-lie is like posting a notification on Twitter every time you have to go to the bathroom. I mean, it’s just a given, right? But for what it’s worth, yeah, Trump appears to have skirted the law once again. I’ll let HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Dáte take this one: x…

So this unequivocal Trump denial sure didn't age well

Granted, “Donald Trump lies” is breaking news in the same way that “Drunk Packers fan still confused about Higgs boson*” is breaking news, but this particular lie is pretty memorable (or should be, anyway) and egregious: x NEW: Pres. Trump tells reporters he did not know about $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election….

Alex Acosta's job is safe…Tick-tock-tick-tock

I wrote in an article yesterday about his pathetic one man dog-and-pony show that I had gone on an Official Acosta Resignation (or Termination) Watch. Nothing in the resulting fallout has made me change my mind, but I’ve fine tuned it a little bit. If there’s one thing that a broken down reality show retread like…

AOC: Trump is 'such a small, mediocre person'

Hoo-boy. Cue the McRib sauce spittle and/or barking-mad tweetering. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, the GOP’s bête noire du jour, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, called out Donald Trump in a big way. Boom! Ocasio-Cortez says that she has tried to keep her focus partly by avoiding watching Trump on television: “He relies and thrives on…

The Great Trump “Unraveling” Begins.

Hey, what smells in here? Stick a pin in this week. In years to come, when we look back on the sad and sordid history of the Trump Presidency, this will be the week when we realize that the whole damn thing started to come apart at the seams. And to realize that Glorious Tweeter…

Hannity's brown-nosing of Trump may win him a congressional subpoena

Sean Hannity long ago ceded his soul to Donald Trump in exchange for access and an eternity spent as Satan’s go-to ass loofah. But now it looks like his pusillanimity may actually cause him trouble in this earthly realm. In an interview with DJT last night, Hannity was eager to prostrate himself further, and so…

Donald Trump Jr. retweets a tweet saying Cohen had no reason to lie

Didn’t Michael Cohen just say Trump thinks his son has the worst judgment in the world? Guess he’s right. So yesterday, Junior retweeted this: x Incredible to see all the hubris drained from Cohen. I've been personally screamed at by Cohen on the phone before and know how much bravado he once had. This is…

So just to be clear …

The Republicans’ line of questioning during this hearing seems to be singularly focused on demonstrating that Michael Cohen is a total sleaze, liar, and fraud. He worked for Donald Trump for 10 years. We’re supposed to believe all this sleaze was conducted only on his own behalf, and never to benefit Donald Trump — and that…

NYT: Cohen gave prosecutors new info on Trump business 'irregularities'

No wonder Trump acted like a trapped raccoon when he heard the feds had raided Michael Cohen’s office. According to a recent New York Times report, Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former fixer, met with federal prosecutors last month to discuss “irregularities” within the Trump family business. He also discussed a donor to the pr*sident’s inaugural committee….

Cohen to spill the borscht on Russia at congressional intel hearings

Michael Cohen is ready to talk. About Russia. Da. While he’s tried to put off his testimony to the House Oversight Committee because he’s afraid of the Trump mafia, he seems more than willing to give testimony to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, with the proviso that said testimony will be private. That privacy will give…

Michael Cohen Cancels Testimony Before House Committee Because of Threats From Trump And Giuliani.

Well, I guess this wasn’t exactly unexpected. x Witness, tampered. https://t.co/YTjIV63V2W — Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) January 23, 2019 Blatant lawlessness continues. How long must we endure this? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]

Rudy Giuliani: “As far as I know” Trump Didn't Tell Cohen to Lie….

Rudy appeared today on CNN’s State of the Union and spouted a bunch of gobbledygook framed by two classic examples of temporizing…. opening with “As far as I know”…. x Rudy Giuliani: “As far as I know, President Trump did not have discussions … in which he told (Michael Cohen) or counseled him to lie. If…

Wait a tick! In 2016, Michael Cohen admitted he had been to Prague

In the wake of McClatchy’s bombshell story about Michael Cohen’s cell phone being used near Prague in the summer of 2016, Cohen himself categorically denied — three times via Twitter — that he’d ever been to the Czech Republic. x I hear #Prague #CzechRepublic is beautiful in the summertime. I wouldn’t know as I have never…

Mr President, meet Medusa. Medusa, meet lunch.

Now I know for sure that I’m getting up there in years, because I find myself ore and more pining for “the good old days.” A kinder, simpler time, when everything was well defined, and things were black and white. You know, like 2017? Donald Trump beat the odds, and all sentient logic in 2016,…

Trump inauguration spending under investigation

Ruh-roh. Crooked Donny may have stepped in another fragrant, steaming pile of wrongdoing. And — what fun! — it’s Michael Cohen related! From The Hill: Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking into whether President Trump's inaugural committee misspent funds or accepted donations in exchange for access to the administration, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal reported…

Adam Schiff: Trump faces real prospect of jail time

Rep. Adam Schiff, the likely future chair of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Face the Nation this morning. And while he’s clearly a partisan observer, he thinks Donald Trump might actually — gasp! — spend some time in prison. Asked about the filings federal prosecutors made on Friday that appear to link Trump to campaign…

Cadet Bone Spurs taunts Sen. Blumenthal over Vietnam service, calls him 'the Dick'

Yes, you read that right. On Friday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Donald Trump an “unindicted co-conspirator” (which he is) during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, independent of the special counsel investigation, believe that Donald Trump committed a felony that enabled him or at least helped him…

Cohen spoke with Russian national who offered the campaign 'political synergy'

Is “political synergy” just a fancy term for collusion? The revelations are coming fast and furious this TGI Friday, but this seems particularly significant:   x Must-read: Mueller's office lays out the Michael Cohen's “received the contact information for, and spoke with, a Russian national who claimed to be a 'trusted person' in the Russian…

This upcoming “cat fight” is going to be EPIC!

I’m still laughing. You know, I thought that the G20 meeting was supposed to be a serious matter, between serious world leaders. That swing-your-arm-back-a-foot, loud slap, thumb grab handshake between the two international pariahs, Putin and MBS that I was yesterday was the most juvenile display in the history of diplomacy. It looked like a…

CNN: Cohen thought Trump would pardon him; people close to president reached out

Breaking from CNN: Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump who is now a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, was under the impression Trump would offer him a pardon in exchange for staying on message in support of the President in discussions with federal prosecutors, according to two…

Hey Democrats. Redefine the Manafort-Cohen-Trump narrative. NOW!

No Russians. No Collusion.   No Russians. No Collusion.   No Russians. No Collusion. Since the day that Robert Mueller was appointed, this has been the Tantric meditative chant for Trump and his nitwit cabal. Geico used to run ads with the catch phrase, “So simple, even a caveman can do it.” With this pack…

COHEN: 2 TRUMP: 0 MUELLER: 10

When it comes to Michael Cohen's guilty plea in federal court the day before yesterday, let's ignore Donald Trump for just a moment. There will be plenty of time to talk about The Tangerine Tantrum Machine, but I got my greatest case of the warm-and-fuzzies from a different source. And that source was Cohen's legal…

Trump pal David Pecker is cooperating with prosecutors

And BOOM goes the dynamite. More horrible, horrible, horrible #fakenews for our pr*sident. Another one of his old chums has tossed him under the trolley. x PER @WSJ : David Pecker, the chairman of AMI, which publishes the @NatEnquirer , provided prosecutors with details about payments Mr. Cohen arranged with women who alleged sexual encounters…

Guess what Fox News led its latest broadcast with (hint: not Cohen or Manafort)

The bad news has come so fast and furious for Donald Trump in the past couple of hours, you could write an entire “We Didn’t Start the Fire” parody based on just what’s happened today.  This is like police-carting-bodies-out-of-Jeff-Dahmer’s-apartment kind of stuff — that is, if two of those bodies had been bigfoot and Amelia Earhart….

Trump's real Michael Cohen problem.

Did any of you guys have a younger brother when you were growing up, or you ladies a younger sister? You'd be hanging with your friends, trying to be all cool and shit, and they'd be bouncing around like a neutrino, yapping like a Yorkshire terrier, and ruining all of the ambiance of the moment….

Gingrich: Fox News must punish me for comparing FBI to Gestapo and Stalin

By now, most Americans know not to take former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at his word. The Fox News regular and failed GOP presidential candidate, after all, is on his third religion and his third wife. (Callista Bisek, currently Mrs. Gingrich No. 3 and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, was previously known as Newt’s “frequent breakfast companion”…