It was a day late but the Justice Department did comply this morning with a federal court order and released part of a security clearance form detailing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts with foreign governments. The only problem is that it was basically blank – with one exception. According to NPR, the Justice Department released that… Continue Reading →
No, not the Rock, although he’s also considering running for public office. No, I mean Kid Rock. You know, the “Bawitdaba” guy. Or if you’re old enough, the white rapper who loved being compared to Vanilla Ice, but did his hair up like that one dude from Kid ‘n Play. Apparently just being pals with all… Continue Reading →
The Intercept just published a bombshell report based upon a leak of a classified report by the NSA, indicating that Russians had attempted to hack into voter databases using phishing schemes against vendors of software used for electronic polling books. The Intercept based their reporting on a leaked NSA document created in May, 2017, which was… Continue Reading →
James Comey is famous for leaving a paper trail, and this is really a bombshell:
WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.
Why are people always making up lies about Donald Trump?
A Republican congressman in March targeted an activist by writing a letter to the woman’s employer. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s (R-NJ) actions forced Sally Avelenda to resign from her job as senior vice president and assistant general counsel at a bank. In the letter, Frelinghuysen accused Avelenda of working against “economic growth” and “stronger national security,” WNYC… Continue Reading →
According to the latest bombshell report by the Washington Post, Trump’s little meeting with Russian foreign minister Lavrov wasn’t just a photo opportunity with Tass. Instead it appears that Trump disclosed some sensitive and key information critical to national security with…Russia. According to the report, information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through… Continue Reading →
Shortly after the Senate Intelligence Committee requested Trump’s financial records from Treasury.
And irony of ironies, Trump is using Hillary Clinton’s email investigation as the excuse.
Time for an independent special prosecutor.
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) May 9, 2017
WH Official confirms that Keith Schiller, Pres Trump’s longtime personal aide, hand-delivered @POTUS letter firing Comey to FBI HQ.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 9, 2017
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) May 10, 2017
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) April 30, 2017
And by that, I mean breathtakingly horrendous:
In early 2007, a group of Morgan Stanley bankers bundled a group of subprime mortgage instruments into a package they hoped to sell to investors. The only problem was, they couldn’t come up with a name for the package of mortgage-backed derivatives, which they all knew were doomed.
The bankers decided to play around with potential names. In a series of emails back and forth, they suggested possibilities. “Jon is voting for ‘Hitman,'” wrote one. “How about ‘Nuclear Holocaust 2007-1?'” wrote another, adding a few more possible names: Shitbag, Mike Tyson’s Punchout and Fludderfish.
Eventually they stopped with the comedy jokes, gave the pile of “nuclear” assets a more respectable name – “Stack” – and sold the $500 million Collateralized Debt Obligation with a straight face to the China Development Industrial Bank. Within three years, the bank was suing a series of parties, including Morgan Stanley, to recover losses from the toxic fund.
The name on the original registration document for Stack? Craig S. Phillips, then president of Morgan Stanley’s ABS (Asset-Backed Securities) division. Phillips may not have written the emails in question, but he was the boss of this sordid episode, and it was his name on the comedy-free document that was presented to Chinese investors.
This is just another detail in the emerging absurd narrative that is Donald Trump naming Phillips, of all people, to head up the effort to reform the Government-Sponsored Entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Where are the subpoenas? CNN: White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short outlined in a letter to the House oversight committee how it would not complete the request from the panel, referring some requests to the Department of Defense, saying the office doesn’t have custody of some of the other documents or simply stating “we… Continue Reading →