President Trump has asked his legal team to settle on terms for him to sit down with special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is leading a rigged witch hunt to discredit the Trump presidency and make Democrats feel better about Hillary Clinton losing the presidency.
The New York Times and The Washington Post this weekend reported that Trump asked his lawyers to agree on terms for an interview with Mueller and the 17 other witch hunters.
“Jay and Rudy don’t want the president to sit down for an interview with Mueller, because they’re concerned he could wander into legal jeopardy,” a White House source is quoted in The Washington Post as saying. “Jay and Rudy” are Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s two lead personal attorneys.
Sekulow has been against a face-to-face conversation between Mueller and Trump since Trump brought him on board as a personal attorney in mid-2017. Giuliani has been more open to it as long as the conditions are right.
Sources say Trump is convinced the Russia probe is a witch hunt, which is why he is eager to sit down with those conducting it. “How better to reinforce the illegitimacy of the probe than by answering questions as part of it?” said one aide familiar with the president’s thinking.
At a rally yesterday in Ohio to help shore up the flagging campaign of Republican Troy Balderson, who is running in a special election for a vacant House seat, Trump slammed the Mueller probe as a phony witch hunt that he should nevertheless participate in, under oath and with a tape recorder running. “I told my attorney general Jeff Sessions that he should end the witch hunt now,” Trump said at the rally to boisterous cheers from the audience. “I think it will end soon, probably after I talk with Mueller about it.”
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President Trump said he’s not worried about the law closing in on him because as long as he has his tweets, he can keep federal authorities at bay. “The coppers will never get through my onslaught of tweets about witch hunts, fake news, and Hillary Clinton’s emails to nab me!” he promised the people who follow him on Twitter this morning. Trump said he’s not rattled by the conviction of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort on eight counts of bank and tax fraud or the guilty plea by his former fixer Michael Cohen on campaign and finance fraud because his deft use of Twitter enables him to ward off arrest at the hands of federal law enforcement. “The Deep State might amass outside the White House but they’ll never lay a finger on me!” he tweeted this morning. More.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is accused of withholding fees last week from the team of lawyers defending him from bank and tax fraud charges so he could buy a $2.1 million home in McLean, Va. The charges, filed today by Kevin Downing, Manafort’s lead defense lawyer, says he and six other lawyers were due to be paid $57,000 for their legal work on Manafort’s behalf for the last two weeks but the money instead went to American Title Company as an earnest money deposit on the 2,000-square-foot house, which would be Manafort’s 14th. Downing says he hopes to settle the dispute amicably outside of court, but he’s filing the charges to put Manafort on notice that the long-time political operative and international campaign consultant must pay his legal bills. More.
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Thousands of supporters of President Trump say the investigation of Russia-Trump collusion by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is actually a sophisticated cover-up for a secret investigation into a global conspiracy led by Mueller to make people believe Trump never released his taxes, went bankrupt in the 1990s, and appeared on TV saying he thinks his daughter Ivanka is a piece of ass that he’d like to date. The theory has been circulating on what’s known as the dark web for months but has only recently come to light now that Mueller’s team is prosecuting former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. More.
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The bible of the journalism profession, the AP Stylebook, is no longer referring to the 45th president of the United States as Donald Trump or Donald J. Trump but as the criminal enterprise that’s taken over the White House. The change is significant because the Stylebook is the authoritative source on usage for newspaper reporters and editors as well as writers in broadcast, magazine publishing, marketing, and public relations. Charles Danbury, the style guide’s executive editor, says the change was necessary because of the importance of accurately reporting on the federal government. “As the resource that’s looked to by journalists throughout the United States, we take our responsibilities with the utmost seriousness,” Danbury said in a statement released today. “What we have in the White House is a criminal enterprise, funded by Russian oligarchs using money laundered through New York real estate, that is systematically assaulting the institutions that have made the United States a beacon for people around the world. Accuracy demands that we call the criminal operation what it is.” More.
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In a move to further push right-wing ideas into mainstream culture, a company is using funds from the conservative billionaire Koch brothers to buy a portfolio of storied magazines that no one under 50 reads! The magazines, Time and Sports Illustrated, among others, have played pivotal roles in the evolution of American journalism, but will now be used to inject a radical right-wing ideology directly into the blood stream of two million Americans who don’t realize they still receive the magazines in their mailbox each month except for when the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue comes out. “I am disgusted and concerned that magazines I didn’t know I still get will become nothing more than delivery vehicles for the detested ideology of the Koch brothers,” says Tom Blantner, 72, a long-time subscriber of the magazines who thought he discontinued them 10 years ago. More.
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The bible of the journalism profession, The Associated Press Stylebook, has downgraded Donald Trump to a “millionaire” because his “billionaire” claims cannot be verified. “We take our responsibilities as the official guide to journalists in the United States seriously, and we feel the only responsible course of action is to downgrade the status of Donald Trump from billionaire to millionaire until further notice,” says Alfred Whitehurst, editor-in-chief of the Stylebook. Under the reference to Trump in the latest edition, Trump is identified as, “Trump, Donald J., millionaire* real estate developer and 2016 presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States.” More.
The New York Times sent teachers of English into a tizzy when it split an infinitive on its front page this morning. “Clinton Team Starts to Cautiously Look at Running Mates,” blares the headline in the April 24, 2016, morning edition of the Times, widely considered the newspaper of record of the United States. Reaction from teachers of English was swift—and harsh. “We spend hours each quarter teaching students not to split their infinitives,and what does The New York Times do? It splits an infinitive!” says Mabel Goldsmith, an English teacher in Public School 371 in the Bronx and chair of the school’s English Department. “We expect better from The New York Times.” More.
President Trump said this morning he plans to kick off his 2020 reelection effort in a strategic planning session with his campaign manager on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. “The Dems have already started rigging the election, so we have to be smart and not let them fraudulently get three million more votes than we did like they did last time,” Trump said. Trump said his campaign manager, Vladimir Putin, “knows how to play tough” when it comes to winning elections, so that should serve as a warning to Democrats. “Vlad doesn’t fool around,” he said. “He gets in there and makes a difference, whether it’s on social media, cyber strategy, he has a plan for every situation.” More.