One of the central questions we must answer when interpreting the evidence in the Trump/Russia scandal is whether President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani are just plain nuts. Or, rather, “crazy like a fox.” Based on Rudy’s television appearances on Sunday, it is becoming pretty clear that part of why this conundrum is so confusing is that it they are a little bit of both, and, at least so far, this strategy is working like a charm. The biggest revelation to come out of Rudy’s most recent bout of televised insanity is that it now appears very obvious that the Trump Tower in Moscow project was not officially killed at least until Trump actually won the 2016 election. While Giuliani has implied this reality previously, he was far more definitive about it on NBC’s Meet the Press than he has been previously. Whether by design, dumb luck, or a little bit of both, the way this truly scandalous information has come to be publicly accepted as true could … [Read more...] about Giuliani and Trump Appear Nuts. But Did Their Craziness Neuter Damage of the Moscow Tower Story?
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If the lesson of Watergate was “follow the money,” then the lesson of the Trump/Russia scandal may well be “follow the lies.” As Michael Flynn’s aborted sentencing hearing this week made very clear, he, like almost everyone else caught up in the Russia scandal, purposefully, knowingly did not tell the truth about contacts he had with representatives of the Russian government or its agents. The question is why? The nature of the contacts between the Trump campaign and a hostile foreign power, whatever they were, appear to have been so damning that many risked their careers, their reputations — and even their freedom — to hide it. … [Read more...] about To unravel the Trump/Russia affair, don’t follow the money, follow the lies
President Trump has repeatedly claimed that he didn't stay overnight in Moscow during his highly-publicized trip to the Russian capital in 2013 — but flight records reveal that those claims are likely false. Trump insisted over dinner with ex-FBI Director James Comey last January that a scandalous claim about him engaging with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel suite couldn't be true because he didn't stay overnight when he went there for the Miss Universe pageant in November 2013. "He said he arrived in the morning, did events, then showered and dressed for the pageant at the hotel," and then left for the event, Comey wrote in a memo made public by the Justice Department last week. "Afterwards, he returned only to get his things because they departed for New York by plane that same night." But flight records unearthed by Bloomberg News on Monday show that Trump arrived in Moscow at 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2013 — and left 45 hours and 43 minutes later. … [Read more...] about Records show Trump stayed overnight during 2013 Moscow trip, contradicting what he told Comey about ‘pee tape’
TONIGHT: @StephenAtHome makes @Comey an offer he can refuse. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/BF94vYSp8i — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 18, 2018 Former FBI director James Comey continued his book press tour by appearing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he talked about what it’s like “working for a mob boss.” The late-night host asked Comey if he was “surprised” when he got “whacked” — a reference to that fateful day last summer when President Donald Trump fired the federal agent-turned-autobiographer. “I actually was quite surprised because I thought, I’m leading the Russia investigation,” responded Comey. Even though our relationship is becoming strained, there’s no way I’d be fired … that’s a crazy thing to do.” He then tried to get down to business with the former FBI director, asking if he has any information relating to the … [Read more...] about Stephen Colbert to Comey: Were You Surprised When ‘Mob Boss’ Trump Had You ‘Whacked’?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing before lawmakers on Capitol Hill, where he’s expected to be grilled over the company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The tech bigwig’s testimony before the Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees continues his atonement in Washington, D.C., where some members of Congress want to regulate Facebook. As many as 87 million Facebook users had their data improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, which a whistleblower claims was used to influence voters. Facebook, which initially thought the data was deleted, reportedly found out about the major snafu in 2015, but didn’t ban the London-based firm until last month. Zuckerberg has drawn the ire of lawmakers both in the U.S. and the U.K., where Cambridge Analytica was also linked to the Brexit movement to leave the European Union. Zuckerberg dresses up in D.C. to apologize for Facebook scandal On Monday, … [Read more...] about WATCH LIVE: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg appears before Senate panel over Cambridge Analytica scandal