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Trump really doesn’t know how to stop talking

In this NYT interview, he says he never would have hired Jeff Sessions if he knew he was going to recuse himself.

Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, “I would say yes.” He would not say what he would do about it. “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”

Boy, is he gonna be surprised. And boy, is Trump stupid.

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New polls find Trump support falling in swing states

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Donald Trump is wearing out his welcome among the voters who swung 2016’s presidential swing states in his direction, according to just-released regional polls. The swing-state surveys are more incisive than national polls that found Trump’s approval ratings were below 40 percent: 39 percent by Monmouth University Polling Institute to 36 percent by the Washington Post/ABC… Continue Reading →

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You can’t handle the truth!

Lindsey Graham did his best to pin down FBI nominee Chris Wray on his independence:

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Should Donald Trump Jr. have taken that meeting?

CHRISTOPHER WRAY: Well, Senator I don’t – I’m hearing for the first time your description of it so I’m not really in a position to speak to it. I gather that Special Counsel Mueller —

GRAHAM: Well, let me ask you this. If I got a call from somebody saying the Russian government wants to help Lindsey Graham get reelected, they’ve got dirt on Lindsey Graham’s opponent, should I take that meeting?

WRAY: Well, Senator I would think you’d want to consult with some good legal advisers before you did that.

GRAHAM: So, the answer is, should I call the FBI?

WRAY: I think it would be wise to let the FBI know —

GRAHAM: You’re going to be the director of the FBI bell. So, here’s what I want you to tell every politician. If you get a call from somebody suggesting that a foreign government wants to help you by disparaging your opponent — tell us all to call the FBI.

WRAY: To the members of this committee, any threat or effort to interfere with our elections from any nation-state, or any non-state actor, is the kind of thing the FBI would want to know.

GRAHAM: Alright, so I’ll take that we should call you, and that’s a great answer. You say that Mueller’s a good guy, right?

WRAY: That’s been my experience, yes.

GRAHAM: And you’ll do anything necessary to protect him from being interfered with when it comes to doing his job?

WRAY: Absolutely, I think —

GRAHAM: Do you believe that, in light of the Don Jr. email and other allegations, that this whole thing about Trump campaign and Russia is a witch hunt? Is that a fair description of what we’re all dealing with in America?

WRAY: Well, Senator I can’t speak to the basis for those comments. I can tell you that my experience with Director Mueller —

GRAHAM: I’m asking you, as the future FBI director, do you consider this endeavor a witch hunt?

WRAY: I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.

Morning Joe’s fantasy for Trump and Putin

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By the time you read this, the historic meeting in Hamburg between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be over and – notwithstanding the propensity of both principals to lie their asses off – we will know something about what transpired. But as the Morning Joe crew noted earlier today, Trump’s behavior in the hours leading… Continue Reading →

Did Obama choke on Kremlin hack?

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Fewer than two months ago, on May 10, 2017, President Trump invited two Russian diplomats into the White House to celebrate his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Having boasted on national TV that he’d removed Comey as a means of relieving pressure from the “fake news” investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,… Continue Reading →

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