He just blamed the Democrats in Congress for his ridiculous health care bill going down in flames, which is insane, because he did not work with Democrats to write the bill, he let the Republicans and the Insurance Industry write it.
Now he blames the Democrats, when they had nothing to do with it. Trump, Ryan, and the crazy Republicans let their power go to their heads, they found out what happens when you try to shove a bad bill down the throats of Congress and the American people.
Trump and Ryan tried to steamroll this bad bill over the people, and they failed. You can not just pass bad bills, even when you control the White House, the Senate, and the House. Which just goes to show what fools Trump and Ryan are, they did not work with the Democrats to come up with a good bill, so it died.
Trump has no clue what he is doing, and this proves it. How you do it is have open meetings and debates with both Democrats and Republicans, then pass a bill that the majority can agree on. Trump and Ryan did not do any of that, they said here it is, take it or leave it.
That does not work, it's a losing plan, and so much for the art of the deal, Trump is a loser. What works in business does not work in Congress, especially when people's health care and their lives are at stake.
This is life and death, not a real estate deal. Trump is a fool, a liar, a moron, and a loser, l-o-s-e-r.
And O'Reilly is in the boat with him, because he supported all these un-American strong arm tactics on the health care bill. Let me just say this one more time, Trump is an idiot and a loser. And I hope that some day he is impeached and we get a President who is qualified to do the job, and not a tweeting loon.
The People Spoke And TrumpCare Is Dead
President Donald Trump announced Friday afternoon that the House of Representatives would postpone a planned vote on the American Health Care Act, again, the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare.
The news was first reported by Robert Costa of The Washington Post, who spoke to the president directly.
The announcement came while a debate over the bill was still playing out in the House chamber, with GOP leaders realizing they lacked the votes to prevail.
It was not immediately clear when Congress plans to resume consideration of repeal - or whether it will do so at all.
The postponement is a significant defeat for Trump and Ryan, and a setback in the crusade against Obamacare that has defined Republican Party politics for seven years.
"We came really close today but we came up short," Ryan said at a press conference. "This is a disappointing day for us."
The announcement capped a week of chaotic activity at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, as Trump, Ryan and their lieutenants tried desperately to round up votes for the measure they introduced less than three weeks ago - which they were attempting to move through the legislative process at breakneck speed.
Less than 24 hours before, Trump had issued an ultimatum to the House, demanding a vote on what both he and Republican leaders had identified as a top legislative priority ― and threatening to move on to other legislative items if they refused.
Trump's demand was an audacious act of political brinkmanship, designed to rattle and win over dissident Republican lawmakers who, for various reasons, were objecting to the bill.
But the gambit failed, and it failed spectacularly. Now, instead of celebrating a victory over Obamacare, Trump and Republican leaders must figure out whether and how to press ahead with repeal - and where that fits into the rest of their governing agenda.
In the end, however, the effort was for naught. Leaders couldn't come up with language that would draw enough votes from the two holdout GOP factions to overcome the unified opposition of Democrats. In other words, the people said take your insane ObamaCare replacement bill and shove it.
Top House Oversight Democrat Calls For Probe Of Devin Nunes
The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is calling for an investigation into House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) after the Intel Committee chair gave information to a White House under investigation.
Cummings was asked on CNN if he had ever heard of a chair taking information to the target of an investigation.
Cummings answered, "No. I was ranking member of the Benghazi Committee, never allowed that to happen. They are privileged to information that most members of Congress may never see and so you expect them to be extremely confidential. What he did was basically to go to the president, who's being investigated, by the FBI and others and by the intelligence committee, to give them information. Basically, what he has done is scuttled his own investigation, and he has become the subject. Basically, he should be under investigation."
Cummings is the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee. This is not some low level member calling for an investigation of Nunes. Cummings has a large platform of his own, and if the ranking member of the Oversight Committee is calling for the Intelligence Committee chair to be investigated, it is a sure sign that the conspiracy to protect Trump on the Russia runs through the Executive and Legislative branches of the US government.
The reason why the Russia scandal has the potential to be worse than Watergate is that Trump tainted people like Devin Nunes are using their prominent positions and misusing the powers granted to them as committee chairs to protect Donald Trump.
Devin Nunes was a member of the Trump transition team that is under FBI investigation. His actions on Wednesday compromised the House Intelligence Committee and made it obvious that any congressional investigator with ties to Trump must also be investigated, and removed as the chairman.
New Polls Shows Only 17% Approve Of TrumpCare Bill
And O'Reilly has not said one word about it, but when ObamaCare had polls with only 40% approval, O'Reilly reported it and slammed it every night. And TrumpCare is at 17%, which is really bad. O'Reilly should be reporting these polls and telling people what a bad bill it is and how the Congress should vote it down.
He does not do that, instead he promotes it and spins out lies about how good it is, when even most Republicans oppose it, Trump and his goons have to scare Republicans into voting for it by saying they will take their PAC money away for their re-election.
The whole bill is a joke and a disaster, and O'Reilly is trying to help Trump and his team pass it, making him a low life piece of garbage who could care less about the people, as he claims. What they should do is keep Obamacare and work with the Democrats to fix the parts of it that are not working.
Only 17% of Americans support the Republican healthcare bill, according to a poll released Thursday from Quinnipiac University.
The poll found that 56% of those surveyed were against the American Health Care Act - the GOP leadership's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Twenty-six percent said they were undecided.
The poll follows a slew of other polling that has shown a plurality of Americans to be against the AHCA, which has been referred to as "Trumpcare," but the number was by far the worst of any recent survey.
A Quinnipiac press release said every age demographic, gender, and ethnicity opposed the bill.
"Disapproval of the Republican plan is 56 - 22 percent among men, 56 - 13 percent among women, 54 - 20 percent among white voters, 64 - 10 percent among non-white voters, 80 - 3 percent among Democrats, 58 - 14 percent among independent voters and by margins of 2-1 or more in every age group," the Quinnipiac release said.
Now here is my big question, these Congressmen and women were elected to represent the people, and only 17% of those people support the bill, so why are any of them voting for it, they should have 80% no votes, and anyone who does vote for it should then be voted out of office in the next House election.
U. S. Attorney Fired By Trump Was Investigating A Cabinet Member
And of course you never heard a word about any of this from O'Reilly, and you never will.
Fired US Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating a key member of President Trump's cabinet, a new report Friday revealed.
Bharara was looking into allegations that Tom Price, the health and human services secretary and the administration's point man on efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, improperly traded health care stocks while he was a member of the House of Representatives.
Price maintained that he broke no laws when he traded health care stocks even as he was involved in legislation relevant to the health care sector. He traded over $300,000 worth of shares of relevant companies during a four-year period in the House.
So let me get this straight, he was trading health care stocks while he was involved in legislation for the health care industry, and he says he broke no laws. If that is true why was a U. S. Attorney General investigating him, and why was he suddenly fired by Trump in March, after he was asked to stay on in February.
Could it be Trump fired him to protect his guy Price?
We sure will not get that answer from O'Reilly, because he has totally ignored the story.
The issue played a significant role in Price's confirmation process, and he was asked about it numerous times during his Senate hearing.
The revelation that Bharara was investigating Price comes as many were surprised the US attorney from the Southern District of New York was not retained by the Trump administration.
President-elect Trump met with Bharara after the election and during the transition period, when Trump asked him to stay on during his administration.
But just last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified all leftover federal prosecutors appointed by President Obama that they would be let go.
Bharara, however, refused to go and was fired by the Trump administration. And O'Reilly was silent, as expected.
Trump-Ally Roger Stone Contacted Russian Hacker 16 Times During Election
From the March 14 CBS Evening News:
ANTHONY MASON (GUEST HOST): The F.B.I. Is investigating whether the Trump campaign had improper contacts with Russians who wanted to meddle in the presidential election. Earlier this month, Roger Stone, a friend and former adviser to Trump, told our Jeff Pegues he had no contact with Russian hackers, including the mysterious Guccifer 2.0. But Stone's story has changed.
ROGER STONE: There is no collusion here.
JEFF PEGUES: Despite that claim, Roger Stone now admits that he was in contact with Guccifer 2.0, at least 16 times during the 2016 campaign. That Twitter handle released hacked information believed to be stolen from Democratic Party servers. It targeted Hillary Clinton and Democratic candidates in at least six states.
STONE: At the time I had my one and only communications with him --
PEGUES: You had more than just one contact with this person. You had. one two, at least three, between August 12 and September 9.
STONE: Right. I-- I would refer to it as an exchange.
PEGUES: That exchange appears to have started after Guccifer's first account was suspended, and then reactivated in mid-August. "Delighted you are reinstated," Stone wrote. Guccifer responded, "Do you find anything interesting in the docs I posted? A day later, according to these texts confirmed by Stone he asked Guccifer to retweet an article Stone had written.
"Please retweet how the election can be rigged against Donald Trump." Guccifer replied, done." And later on the same day, "Please tell me if I can help you anyhow." Earlier this year, U.S. intelligence concluded that Guccifer's sites were a front for Russian military intelligence.
In a way, you're encouraging them to release more information.
STONE: Yeah, that's called networking. Remember, I have no idea that this gentleman is allegedly a Russian.
PEGUES: On Sunday, Arizona senator John McCain called for Stone to testify in upcoming hearings. Anthony, Stone defiantly told us that his response to that is "Game on."
Trump's EPA Head Denies Carbon Dioxide Causes Global Warming
Which would be fine if he was one of the 1% of far-right gas and oil sponsored loons that are paid to say that, but this is the head of the EPA, who Trump put in charge. Now that is scary, a far-right loon is now running the EPA, which is in charge of making sure we have clean air and water.
Here is what the Guardian in England said about it.
Trump adviser shocks scientists and environmental advocates with statement that negates EPA policy and overwhelmingly clear evidence on climate change.
Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, has dismissed a basic scientific understanding of climate change by denying that carbon dioxide emissions are a primary cause of global warming.
Pruitt said on Thursday that he did not believe that the release of CO2, a heat-trapping gas, was pushing global temperatures upwards.
"I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," he told CNBC.
There is not tremendous disagreement, only a handful of right-wing stooges deny it, and most of them are paid to deny it by the gas and oil companies.
This stance puts Pruitt at odds with his own agency, which states on its website that carbon dioxide is the "primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change." This finding is backed by Nasa, which calls CO2 "the most important long-lived forcing of climate change."
Scientists have understood for more than a century that CO2 traps heat.
Atmospheric concentrations of the gas have increased by more than a third since the industrial revolution, driven by the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
Pruitt's comments were quickly condemned by scientists, environmental activists and even his immediate predecessor as EPA chief, Gina McCarthy.
"The world of science is about evidence, not beliefs," said McCarthy, an appointee of Barack Obama. "When it comes to climate change, the evidence is robust and overwhelmingly clear that the cost of inaction is unacceptably high."
"I cannot imagine what additional information the administrator might want from scientists for him to understand that."
Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said: "Pruitt has demonstrated that he is unqualified to run the EPA or any agency."
There is no doubt that the planet is warming, and it is primarily due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning of fossil fuels.
Republican Congressman Admits Insurance Industry Wrote Trump Health Care Bill
This morning on Morning Joe Republican Congressman Thomas Massie said his vote on the Trump health care bill will not just be a no, it will be a hell no. He also said he is voting no because the bill was written by the Insurance Industry, which is why it hurts everyone but them.
He said he will never vote for a bill like this because it hurts too many people, and does not lower the cost of anything. He also said it was ridiculous to vote on the bill so soon, and that it will never pass the Senate. It's basically a big tax cut for the wealthy and a profit bill for the Insurance Industry, that is trying to be passed off as a health care bill.
And btw folks, the Republicans have had 7 years to write this bill, and this is what they came up with. A bill that almost nobody likes, not even other Republicans. And now we find out that the Republican party did not even write the bill, let alone Trump, so they never even wrote the bill. Think about it, the Insurance Industry wrote the health care bill, that is why it screws the old and the poor, and makes the rich and the Insurance companies richer.
Obamacare is not perfect, but for most older people and the poor it works pretty good. We should not repeal it, we should make small changes to make it better, but the Republicans and Trump do not want to do that, they want to let the Insurance Industry make a fortune while screwing the old and the poor, at the benefit of the wealthy and the Insurance Industry.
If they gut Medicaid it will crush millions of older people, the disabled, and the poor who depend on that Medicaid for health care. These are real people who will get very sick, and die, if they lose Medicaid, or can not get it because of cuts to it in the Trump health care bill.
I know someone who is on Medicaid and if they lose it they will probably die, because they can not afford health insurance or their prescriptions without Medicaid. This person has 8 prescriptions that cost $300 a month, and they can not afford to pay for it, without Medicaid they will not be able to pay for their meds, or pay to go to a doctor, and it will most likely kill them. This is real, not a bullet point on a chart.
What this shows is that Donald Trump lied about everything when he ran for President. Because he let the Insurance Industry write the bill, with Paul Ryan, and then he said he would support it, even though it breaks every promise he made during the campaign.
Donald Trump is a proven liar, and that is a fact. Virtually nothing he says is true, so now nobody can believe a word he says, and if you voted for Trump, you were the biggest fools in the world. He is a disaster and it will be a miracle if he makes it a year, let alone 4 years.
The first 60 days of the Trump administration have been a joke, Trump has no clue what he is doing and he is letting people tell him what to do that have an agenda, and it is not to help the American people or the hard working men and women in this country.
If Trump had any integrity at all he would just admit he is in over his head and resign. Then we could have a new election, or replace Trump with someone who at least has a clue what they are doing, and someone who does not lie about everything they talk about.
Top Republican Leading Russia Investigation Must Step Aside
Both Democrats and Republicans are now calling on Devin Nunes to step aside from the Trump-Russia investigation.
After putting on the initial facade that he would run a bipartisan investigation of Donald Trump's ties to Russia, GOP chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes sold out on Wednesday by unexpectedly making politically motivated comments to the press about information collected on the Trump transition team.
"I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition," Nunes said, almost excitedly, from the White House.
It was a clear attempt by Nunes to give Trump some political cover to keep defending his bogus claim that President Barack Obama illegally wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign - even though his statement does nothing to validate the president.
Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the same committee, was caught off guard by the information because Nunes did not disclose any of it to him or any other members of the committee.
"If accurate, this information should have been shared with members of the committee, but it has not been," Schiff said, calling Nunes a "surrogate of the White House" after making the comments.
Nancy Pelosi echoed these calls in her own statement released not long ago, saying Nunes "cannot possibly lead an honest investigation."
The unprecedented comments of Chairman Nunes are an act of diversion and desperation. The Chairman's highly irregular conduct with the White House raises serious questions about his impartiality, especially given his history as part of the Trump Transition team. Abandoning any pretense of bipartisanship, Chairman Nunes raced to the White House and to the press to perpetuate the Trump Administration's misinformation campaign.
The unmasking of legally intercepted intelligence is often appropriate and necessary to understand the context of foreign intelligence information. Chairman Nunes actions are disrespectful of Ranking Member Schiff and the bipartisan membership of the Intel Committee. Republicans are grasping at straws because the FBI Director confirmed that President Obama did not wiretap President Trump, and affirmed an investigation of coordination between the Russians and individuals affiliated with the Trump campaign in the election.
Chairman Nunes is deeply compromised, and he cannot possibly lead an honest investigation. Congress must create a comprehensive, independent, bipartisan commission to expose the full truth of the Trump-Russia connection.
Pelosi is correct that Nunes appears to be helping Trump distract from the bombshell news made by FBI Director James Comey earlier in the week, when he told Congress that the Trump campaign is currently under investigation for its ties to Russia and that there is no evidence to substantiate the president's ridiculous claim that Obama was monitoring Trump through his microwave.
After a disastrous week for the president and Republicans in general, it's no wonder his GOP allies in Congress are trying to change the subject or create irrelevant diversions to protect their leader.
But not all Republicans are on board with Nunes's irresponsible behavior today. Conservative MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough posted a scathing tweet Wednesday, saying that Nunes needs to be removed from his post as chair of the House Intelligence Committee.
Scarborough also said that Nunes is being bullied into saying this stuff by Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. And that he knows it because Republicans inside the White House have told him what is happening.
While the president predictably pounced on Nunes's comments today by saying he feels somewhat vindicated by them, the American people should keep their eye on the ball and recognize that none of what the GOP congressman said proves any of the lies Trump spewed in his paranoid, unhinged series of tweets earlier in the month.
President Obama did not order surveillance of Trump Tower before the election, and nothing Nunes said changes that reality. What has changed is that Nunes has officially proven himself unfit to run this investigation.
Congressman Nunes Ruined His Credibility To Cover For Trump
Here is a great article by Kevin Drum that explains what Congressman did, and why he has zero credibility now. And btw, now some Republicans are even calling for an independent investigation now, because they see Nunes is nothing but a shill for Trump.
When a big story breaks while I'm at lunch, it can be a real pain in the ass. Instead of following it in real time, I have to rush around later trying to piece together what's happened. On the other hand, sometimes this is a blessing, because by the time I get to the story it's clearer what the real issue is. I think today is an example of the latter.
For starters, here's a nutshell summary of what happened. Devin Nunes, the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, took the stage a few hours ago to declare himself "alarmed." He believes that some of Donald Trump's transition team might have been "incidentally" recorded during surveillance of foreign nationals. He won't say who. Nor will he say who the foreign nationals were, other than "not Russian." And as soon as he was done with his press conference, he trotted off to the White House to brief President Trump.
There are several problems here. First, Nunes didn't share any of this with Democrats on the committee. Second, incidental collection is both routine and inevitable in foreign surveillance. Congress has had ample opportunity to rein it in if they wanted to, and they never have. Third, if this was part of a criminal investigation, Nunes may have jeopardized it by going public. Fourth, the chair of the Intelligence Committee isn't supposed to be briefing the president on the status of an investigation into the president's activities.
This is plenty to embarrass the great state of California, from which Nunes hails. But for what it's worth, I don't think any of this is the biggest issue. This one is:
He claims to have gotten the information personally from an unspecified source, and had not yet met with FBI Director James Comey to review the raw intelligence intercepts he was provided. Why would he go public without first consulting spies to see if what he had was actually worth sharing with the public?
Oh. This is one of those deals where the Republican chair of a committee gets some information; releases a tiny snippet that makes Republicans look good; and then eventually is forced to release the entire transcript, which turns out to be nothing at all like the snippet. We've seen this gong show a dozen times in the past few years.
My advice: ignore everything Nunes said. He's obviously carrying water for Trump, hoping to drive headlines that vaguely suggest the Obama administration really was listening in on Trump's phone calls. I gather that he's succeeded on that score.
For now, though, there's no telling what this raw intel really says. Eventually the intelligence community will provide analysis, and committee Democrats will get to see the transcripts too. Then we'll have a fighting chance of knowing whether it's important or not. In the meantime, everything Nunes said is literally worthless.
He's not "probably right" or "probably wrong." He's nothing.
GOP Intelligence Chairman Sparks Storm With Trump Briefing
Note: Think about this, O'Reilly basically praised Nunes for what he did and said it helps Trump. While everyone else is slamming it and saying that Nunes now has zero credibility, and some people (including Republicans) are now calling for Nunes to step down.
In an extraordinary move, the chairman of the House panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election bypassed his own committee Wednesday to brief President Trump on information related to U.S. surveillance of his transition team.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said he had learned from a source that the U.S. intelligence community incidentally collected information on members of Trump's transition team and then widely disseminated the information internally.
Democrats on the committee were blindsided, as were many Republicans. By the end of the day Wednesday, Nunes was still the only committee member to have seen the intelligence in question, according to the committee's top Democrat.
"The unprecedented comments of Chairman Nunes are an act of diversion and desperation," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. "The Chairman's highly irregular conduct with the White House raises serious questions about his impartiality, especially given his history as part of the Trump Transition team."
"Chairman Nunes is deeply compromised, and he cannot possibly lead an honest investigation."
Nunes was a member of the Trump transition team's executive committee and has in the past raised eyebrows with his apparent willingness to follow White House requests.
Nunes defended his decision to go directly to the president with the information because "what I saw has nothing to do with Russia and nothing to do with the Russia investigation."
"It has everything to do with possible surveillance activities, and the president needs to know that these intelligence reports are out there, and I have a duty to tell him that," Nunes said.
But alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign became part of the committee's investigation after the president's claim early this month that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower - making Nunes's decision to cut out members of his own committee unusual.
Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said Nunes's action "impedes our ability to do this investigation the way we should."
"If the Republican Party wants to do what is best for this country and its national security, they will remove Devin Nunes as Intel Chairman," the conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tweeted.
Nunes, who described himself as alarmed by what he had learned, said that the collection had been perfectly legal - but raised questions about who requested that the names of Trump associates be unmasked.
Under U.S. surveillance law, intelligence agencies may legally use information gathered on Americans as long as it is intercepted incidentally - meaning that the U.S. person is not the target of the surveillance.
Wednesday afternoon, committee member Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) called Nunes's announcement political theater.
Both Nunes and Schiff maintained that the discovery - whatever it entails - does not substantiate the president's claim that Obama wiretapped him.
The timing of Nunes's announcement did not escape Democrats.
"I'm not sure what the point of this extraordinary process is and I have to hope this is not a part of a broader campaign by the White House aimed to deflect from the director's testimony earlier this week," Schiff said.
McCain Slams Republican Nunes For Leaking Info To Trump
After the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee personally leaked info to Trump Wednesday, Senator John McCain labeled his conduct "bizarre" on Wednesday and said he has lost his credibility to investigate Russian interference in the election.
"No longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don't say that lightly," McCain, R-Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren.
McCain renewed his call for a congressional select committee or independent commission to investigate the matter - a step Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have so far resisted taking.
Earlier in the day, Devin Nunes, the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced that he had new evidence showing communications of President Donald Trump's transition officials may have been incidentally collected by U.S. intelligence surveillance.
Democrats were furious that Nunes, a former Trump transition official himself, briefed Trump on the matter.
"It's simply not possible to do a credible investigation if you take information that's pertinent to the scope of what you're investigating and bring it to the White House instead of bring it to your own committee," Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC's Chuck Todd, adding that there was "more than circumstantial" evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russia.
Surveying the entire Nunes exchange, McCain called it "bizarre."
"There is no substantiation for what Chairman Nunes said," the veteran senator told Van Susteren.
McCain said we know "for sure" that Russia interfered in the election."
Asked about Trump's claim of vindication, McCain responded, "I have long ago given up on trying to interpret the remarks of the president of the United States."
And all O'Reilly would say is that it could have proven that Trump was right about his phones being tapped, when in fact it proves nothing. If someone working for Trump, or Trump himself was caught up in a FISA phone tap, then it's even worse for Trump and his people, because that means they were talking to Russians who were involved in a FISA wire tap.
O'Reilly never once slammed Nunes for violating his duty as an independent investigator on the House Intelligence Committee. Even though almost everyone else is stunned that Nunes did what he did, O'Reilly basically praised Nunes for it. John McCain even said it was wrong, but not O'Reilly, he loved it.
Bill O'Reilly: Trump's False Wiretap Claims "Might Not Have Been Far Off." Wednesday night Bill O'Reilly claimed that statements made by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) proved that Trump might not have been far off in claiming that he was tapped by President Obama.
From the March 22 edition of Fox News The O'Reilly Factor:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Congressman Devin Nunes of California said that someone gave him evidence that intelligence agencies under President Obama did pick up electronic surveillance on members of the Trump transition team and put that so-called "incidental information" into intelligence reports. That might be illegal.
So, when President Trump tweeted that he was tapped by President Obama, he might not have been far off.
So, the controversy deepens. For weeks, the Trump haters have been vilified the president for his suggestion -- lacking evidence -- that his predecessor tapped his organization. But now, the story takes a major turn because, keep in mind, that President Obama, in his last days in office, allowed intel agencies to share information they had previously not been allowed to share. [Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, 3/22/17]
Wrong! O'Reilly is lying to you and dishonestly covering for Trump.
Incidental Collection On Trump Aides Was Already Widely Suspected And It Doesn't Prove Trump's Wiretap Lie About Obama Was Correct, not even close.
The Washington Post Reported Last Week That It Was Widely Believed That Incidental Collection Occurred On Former NSA Director Michael Flynn. The Washington Post's Aaron Blake noted that incidental collection was widely believed to be the reason that former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his calls with the Russian ambassador were recorded.
Blake added, "Incidental collection is, by definition, incidental - i.e. unintentional. The wiretap wouldn't be of Trump Tower; it would be of whomever was contacting Trump Tower."
Nunes even admitted that the evidence he told Trump about does not prove that Obama had a wiretap put on Trump, so O'Reilly and Fox News are lying about what Nunes said. All he said was that incidental collection happened. That means that someone who is from a foreign country had a FISA wiretap on them, and they talked to someone in the Trump administration, so they were caught up in the wiretap, which is legal.
One former DOJ official said it was as if Nunes poured gas on himself and lit himself on fire. With other former intelligence officials saying they have never seen anything like it. Nunes was already being watched for bias because he was on the Trump transition team, now he has blown his cover and can not be trusted to be an impartial investigator.
Nobody who is honest thinks you can run to the guy you are investigating and give him classified evidence nobody else has seen, they all say Nunes should not even be talking to Trump or anyone in the Trump administration, because they are who he is investigating, let alone meet with him and show him evidence.
New Report Says Trump Campaign Worked With Russia To Topple Hillary Clinton
According to a new bombshell report from CNN, U.S. officials reportedly coordinated with Russian operatives in order to damage Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump during last year's presidential campaign.
From the report:
The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.In a week filled with devastating developments for the White House, this appears to be the most damning as it would mean Trump's campaign worked with a foreign state to defeat Clinton and undermine the entire American electoral process.
Not only does it warrant a non-partisan, independent investigation, but it should result in, to paraphrase the president, a complete and total shutdown of Trump's agenda until we get to the bottom of this.
The CNN report also confirms what Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said earlier today on MSNBC when he told Chuck Todd that "there is more than circumstantial evidence now" showing that Russia and the Trump campaign were working together to defeat Clinton.
And the road to Donald Trump's impeachment is getting shorter by the minute. But of course if you watch the O'Reilly Factor for your news, you will not know about any of this, because O'Reilly is ignoring it all.
Former House Intel Chief Counsel: Nunes Actions A Breakdown Of Oversight Process
Here is a partial transcript from the Brian Williams show:
BRIAN WILLIAMS (HOST): Jeremy Bash, the president is at the top of the intelligence food chain. In this case the administration is also, by the way, under investigation. How can the chairman of a congressional, House intelligence committee, be in receipt of something, and he used words that made it sound like almost a whisteblower act, talking about more than one individual, using phrases like come forward. What do you think this means?
JEREMY BASH: Brian, I served as chief counsel of the House intelligence committee, and I think in 40 years of the committee's existence, since the post-Watergate era reforms with the Church and Pike committees that emerged from those scandals, I have never heard of a chairman of an oversight committee going to brief the president of the United States about concerns he has about things he's read in intelligence reports.
The job of the committee is to do oversight over the executive branch. Not to bring them into their investigation or tip them off to things they may be looking at. And I've got to believe that other members of the committee are horrified at what they just witnessed. This is a chairman who is supposed to be doing an impartial, bipartisan investigation of the president and his inner circle. Instead, he goes and basically tells the president and his team everything he knows.
It's very concerning, particularly when what he is saying is that the collection was lawful, it was court ordered by lifetime federal judges against valid foreign intelligence targets, that the reports generated by the nonpartisan, nonpolitical intelligence community were of foreign intelligence value.
And then he goes and tries to make this into a political cover story for the president's tweet storm two Saturdays ago and potentially reveals to the president things about the committee's existing investigation. This is a true breakdown, Brian, in the entire oversight process.
Top Democrat Investigating Trump Says Nunes Can Not Be Trusted
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called Wednesday for an independent investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia, arguing that the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), cannot credibly conduct the probe.
"Nunes actions simply raise enormous doubt about whether the committee can do its work, and I think that more than anything else I've seen, this makes the most profound case for the formation of an independent commission," Schiff said during a news conference Wednesday.
His call came after Nunes, the leader of the congressional investigation into whether Trump's team colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, said during a news conference Wednesday that some Trump surrogates were under surveillance during Obama's administration. Nunes visited the White House to brief the president on his findings before addressing the public, or anyone on the committee.
Matthew Miller, former Department of Justice spokesman even said he was stunned, saying it was a leak of classified information and probably obstruction of justice. That disclosure was news to Schiff, the congressman said.
"I only learned about this the way you all did," Schiff said.
Schiff said Nunes decision to brief Trump on the matter before discussing it with other members of the committee calls into question his credibility and ability to be a neutral investigator.
"The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or if he's going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both," Schiff said.
"I think the actions of today throw great doubt into the ability of both the chairman and the committee to conduct the investigation the way it ought to be conducted," he continued.
"I think it does underscore the importance of establishing an independent commission, a body that is fully independent of any political considerations, including those that may emanate from the White House."
Schiff said he expressed these "grave concerns" to Nunes himself.
O'Reilly reported what Nunes said, but not once did he say he was outraged that Nunes leaked classified information, or that he reported it personally to Trump, when he is on the committee who is investigating him. If a Democrat did that for a Democratic President O'Reilly would want him put on trial for treason, but when a Republican does it for Trump he says nothing, zero, nada.
Top House Republican Investigating Trump Leaks Info To Trump
And btw folks, Nunes was also on the Trump transition team, so he is hardly impartial. Now he gets caught sneaking over to the White House to meet with Trump and leak info to him that he should not have when you are doing an investigation on that very person.
And what a shocker, O'Reilly does not say a word about it.
AP -- Independent investigators don't normally brief the people they're investigating. But on Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the Republican who's leading a congressional investigation into whether President Donald Trump's team colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, went to the White House to talk to the president.
The names of Trump associates - and perhaps even Trump's own name - appeared in surveillance reports compiled by U.S. intelligence agencies in the final months of the Obama administration, Nunes said he told Trump.
Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a close Trump ally, said the intercepted communications didn't mention Russia and were therefore unrelated to his investigation.
But Nunes briefing with Trump broached the theme of an ongoing FBI investigation - the president's and his associate's connections to foreign powers. And Nunes objective appeared political: Deflect attention from Trump and his associates ties to Russia, and back up Trump's claim that he is a victim of deep state loyal to former President Barack Obama.
"It is so far beyond the pale for the person who is conducting an investigation to both brief the subject of that investigation and potentially jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the FBI."
Matthew Miller, former Department of Justice spokesman
In attempting to put out the Trump-Russia fire, he made much of it worse: In two press conferences on Wednesday, he claimed that Trump's surrogates - and maybe the president himself - were mentioned in reports compiled through legal surveillance, implied that they may have had suspicious contact with agents from a country other than Russia, and potentially disclosed classified information.
And by choosing to brief the president, who's so closely tied to the investigation, before sharing his new information with his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Nunes also raised doubts about his own ability to lead his committee's probe.
Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Nunes "will need to decide if he is the chairman of an independent investigation or if he's a surrogate for the White House."
"If a Democrat had done this, Republicans would have been asking for him to be investigated both for disclosing classified information and for obstructing justice," said Matthew Miller, a Department of Justice spokesman during the Obama administration.
Nunes multiple appearances on Wednesday raise more questions than they answer. And the information he revealed doesn't provide Trump and his associates with the vindication they claim it does.
And one last thing, Nunes went running to Trump with the information, but never showed it to anyone on the House Intelligence team, so they have not seen it and can not verify if it is from a valid source. It could be more lies from Trump and the Republicans, nobody knows because nobody has seen what Nunes claims to have. And even if it is true, it simply shows that someone working for Trump got in on a legal tap of someone suspected to be working with Russia.
Top House Intel Democrat Said There Is Direct Evidence Of Trump Links To Russia
The top House Intelligence Committee Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) dropped a bombshell on Donald Trump by saying there's more than circumstantial evidence against Trump for Russia collusion.
Chuck Todd asked Schiff on MTP Daily, "All you have right now is a circumstantial case?"
Schiff replied with a bombshell, "Actually, no, Chuck. I can tell you that the case is more than that, and I can't go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now."
Todd asked, "So you have seen direct evidence of collusion?"
Schiff answered, "I don't want to go into specifics, but I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial and very much worthy of investigation."
Rep. Schiff's answer means that there is a lot more evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia than circumstantial puzzle pieces that hint at collusion but don't directly prove it.
Schiff was touching on what the White House and Republicans in Congress are attempting to hide. As long as any direct evidence remains buried, Trump and Republicans can argue that the circumstantial evidence is open to interpretation.
Direct evidence is the kind of proof that will get Trump impeached, destroy his entire administration, and take down the Republican Party. What Schiff was talking about with Chuck Todd was the existence of a smoking gun.
Instead of being vindicated, Donald Trump may have just sent himself and the Republican Party on a one way trip to impeachment.
Former Trump Campaign Chair Paid $10 Million A Year By Russian Billionaire
This is a new story, and of course O'Reilly has not said one word about it, because he is a Trump stooge who ignores bad news about Trump or his people, and continues to ignore the Trump/Russia links, even though they are under investigation by the FBI.
Let me start this off by reporting that Manafort, Trump, and everyone in his campaign, Flynn, Carter, and on and on have all denied over and over that none of them ever met with any Russians for any reason, ever. And we now know they were all lying, Manafort and Flynn were even fired for it, and all the other have now admitted they did meet with Russians, saying they just forgot.
It is truly stunning, it seems like everyone in the Trump campaign has met with Russians, and lied about it, some even took money from the Russians, and lied about that too, including General Flynn and Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Open your eyes America, where there is smoke there is fire, and when multiple people lie about meeting with Russians they are lying for a reason.
It's not just one man lying, it's 5 of them, that we know of so far, and they all worked for the Trump campaign. This is big news, and O'Reilly will not even discuss it, which proves he is a joke of a hack journalist. Manafort was a Russian lobbyist making $10 million a year, and then he was hired as the Trump campaign manager, without disclosing it, if you do not see a problem with that there is something wrong with you.
(AP) -- Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.
Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin's government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse.
Manafort pitched the plans to aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.
"We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success," Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, "will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government."
He was a Russian lobbyist, hello! And Trump said he would only hire the best and drain the swamp, when he is filling the swamp to the limit.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday that President Trump had not been aware of Manafort's work on behalf of Deripaska. And if you believe that I have some land to sell you.
Manafort's plans were laid out in detailed documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. How much work Manafort performed under the contract was unclear. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.
Manafort confirmed again Wednesday in a statement that he had worked for Deripaska but denied his work had been pro-Russian in nature. He added, "I look forward to meeting with those conducting serious investigations of these issues."
And if you believe that I also have a bridge to sell you. Earth to Bill O'Reilly, do your job and report this massive corruption story, or retire.
Legal Analyst Trump Quoted Off Fox News Indefinitely
This story broke 2 days ago on Monday, and O'Reilly has not said a word about it. Now imagine what he would have said if a legal analyst on CNN or MSNBC had been suspended for spreading Russian propaganda lies for Obama. O'Reilly would be all over it for a week, if not longer, and call for them to be fired, but when it's someone on his own network who did it to help Trump he is silent.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely afte his false claim that President Barack Obama used British intelligence community to wiretap Trump Tower during the 2016 election. The claim originated from a discredited conspiracy theorist on the Kremlin-backed news network RT.
On March 14, Napolitano told hosts of Fox & Friends that Obama asked "the British spying agency for transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump" without American fingerprints to sidestep the American intelligence community. Napolitano's claims were repeated by White House press secretary Sean Spicer while he was defending Trump's baseless claims that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election.
The Trump administration's promotion of Napolitano's conspiracy theory resulted in an international incident with the U.K., and Trump faulted Fox News during a news conference with German President Angela Merkel.
Fox News distanced itself from Napolitano's claims in a statement explaining that the network "knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop."
This is a big story, and O'Reilly (the so-called king of journalism) has not even mentioned it. In O'Reillyworld it never happened.
Tillerson Said God And His Wife Told Him To Take His Job
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said he only accepted the job after being convinced by his wife. And she told him God wanted him to take it.
Tillerson, former head of Exxon Mobil with no previous political experience, said in an interview he was "stunned" with the job offer by Trump.
"I didn't want this job. I didn't seek this job," he told the conservative website Independent Journal Review (IJR) during his recent visit to Asia.
"My wife told me I'm supposed to do this."
In the interview, Tillerson said he had been due to retire after spending more than 40 years at oil giant Exxon Mobil.
"I was going to go to the ranch to be with my grandkids," he added in the interview, as he returned to the US from Beijing.
Tillerson said he had never met Donald Trump before his election in November. When he was invited for a conversation with the then president-elect, he thought they would talk "about the world" given his experiences at the oil company, he added.
"When he asked me at the end of that conversation to be secretary of state, I was stunned."
Tillerson then gave the news to his wife, Renda St Clair, who said: "I told you God's not through with you."
He added: "My wife convinced me. She was right. I'm supposed to do this."
It was Tillerson's first interview since he took office and correspondents say he has so far kept a low profile at the state department. He came under criticism after the state department press corps was not taken along with him on his trip to Asia.
The IJR's Erin McPike was the only reporter allowed to travel with him. The state department said this was because of the size of the plane. But in the interview Tillerson said: "I'm not a big media press access person. I personally don't need it.
"I understand it's important to get the message of what we're doing out, but I also think there's only a purpose in getting the message out when there's something to be done."
Tillerson has also been criticised for his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But when the subject came up in the interview, the IJR said: "He was so cagey when Russia came up, for example, that his answer wasn't even worthy of inclusion."
Bill O'Reilly Proves Once Again That He Is A Right-Wing Hack
Tuesday night Bill O'Reilly once again showed what a partisan and dishonest right-wing hack he really is. He did a 7 minute talking points memo promoting the Trump pick for the Supreme Court, saying he should be put on the court.
Here is what O'Reilly said:
Many Americans voted for Donald Trump because they feared that a Democrat winning the White House would appoint another liberal judge to the Supreme Court. In recent times, the court has often ruled on politics, not the law. Mr. Trump nominated 49-year-old Neil Gorsuch from Colorado, who has a very solid judicial record.All that is ridiculous and nothing but right-wing spin. Notice that O'Reilly never said a word about the Republicans not even giving the Obama Supreme Court nominee a hearing, let alone a vote.
They just stalled it until Obama was out of office. Gorsuch should not even get a vote, because the opening on the court should have already been filled by Obama, except it was blocked by the Republicans, and O'Reilly never says a word about it. He acts as if it never happened, he wiped it out from history.
Then O'Reilly says activist judges have blocked President Trump's travel order, while ignoring the fact that some of those judges were put on the court by George W. Bush. And btw folks, O'Reilly only calls a judge an activist judge when they make a ruling he does not like.
When the 5 conservative judges on the Supreme Court make a partisan political vote on a case that O'Reilly likes, he loves it, and not once calls them activist judges. We all know the Supreme Court is political, that is why 99% of the rulings come down 5 to 4, with the 5 conservatives voting one way and the 4 more liberal judges voting the other way.
Bill O'Reilly is a dishonest right-wing hypocrite. He takes opposite positions based on who supports it, if a Democrat supports something O'Reilly is against it, but if a Republican supports something O'Reilly also supports it.
And that is what he has done in the case of the Supreme Court nominee, when Obama made his pick in 2016, and the Republicans in the Senate would not even give him a hearing, O'Reilly was silent. Now that Trump is trying to steal that seat and fill it with a Republican, no only does O'Reilly support it, he says it is vital to put another conservative on the court.
While ignoring the fact that the seat should have already been filled by Obama, and ignoring the fact that most of these conservative judges rule against the people and for the corporations. O'Reilly is no better than Trump, they are both dishonest right-wing clowns.
And btw, not a word from O'Reilly about Trump being investigated by the FBI, or the Comey hearing on Monday, not a fricking word. Can you imagine what O'Reilly would say if we found out a Democratic President was under investigation by the FBI, while in office, O'Reilly would lose his mind and call for them to be horse whipped and put on trial for treason.
One last thing, many Republicans have also said nobody should be in the White House who are under investigation by the FBI, they were talking about Hillary Clinton. But now they sing a different tune, because it's their guy and not Hillary Clinton.
Trump Loved The CBO When Obama Was The President
And Trump also hated the jobs report and the unemployment numbers under Obama, but now he loves the very same report since he is the President. Trump said it was all made up under Obama, but now he says the very same numbers are real under him, even though he had nothing to do with it, since he has only been in office for 6 weeks. Those numbers are still linked to Obama, but Trump takes credit for them, even after he said they were fake and made up.
In case you have not figured it out, Donald Trump is a lying clown who is a massive hypocrite with double standards, and nothing he says is true.
Members of President Donald Trump's administration attempted to pre-emptively discredit the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office over the weekend -- just before it's expected to issue an official projection of how the Republican health care bill would affect the federal budget and insurance coverage.
They know it's going to be bad so they are trying to discredit them before they release their report. But the American people know better, and it will not work, it just makes them look more dishonest.
Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, made the case that scoring big legislation like the GOP's Obamacare repeal bill "isn't the best use of the CBO's time."
But for the last several years, Trump himself has been a big fan of the CBO and its analysis. In fact, he frequently cited the office's work in attacks against former President Barack Obama's record on health care, jobs, the unemployment rate and the economy.
Here's a sampling of some of Trump's tweets citing CBO figures to criticize Obama:
The stimulus "is a net negative effect on the growth of GDP over 10 years" --as admitted by @BarackObama's own CBO
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2011
The CBO has confirmed that @BarackObama's stimulus "crowds out" private investment while not creating any jobs.
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2011
The CBO has predicted that unemployment will rise to 8.8% this next year. This is @BarackObama's economic recovery.
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2012
Disaster! The @BarackObama tax hikes set for 2013 are going "to throw us back into a recession" according to the CBO
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2012
Scary--the CBO esimated that US publicly held debt amounts to over 70%. China is buying our country up.
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2012
Terrible CBO forecast for 2013--1.4% GDP growth and 7.5%+ unemployment (really 17%+) You get what you vote for!
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2013
As I predicted, Obama already caught lying on Ocare enrollment # by CBO who's sticking w/ "6 million enrollments"
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2014
Waste! The CBO now estimates that @BarackObama's stimulus cost $831B and a ridicuous $4.1M per job created
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2012
CBO estimates over 2.3M jobs will be lost due to ObamaCare Elections have consequences.
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2014
Congrats to Pres.Obama and Dems. CBO has TRIPLED its estimate of working hours lost due to ObamaCare Job Killer
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2014
CBO now estimates that over 2.5M will lose jobs directly because of ObamaCare. REPEAL now before it is too late.
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2014
Congrats to Obama & Democrats. CBO has just announced that ObamaCare missed its uninsured target by half & program costs extra $700B+.
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2014
Notice that Trump talks about China buying the country and Obamacare costing us jobs. Even though he is part of it, he does business with China and has his clothes made there. The jobs were not killed, they were added, under Obama we added 15 million new jobs in 8 years, so Trump is nothing but a lying con man.
Based on his advisers recent comments, Trump appears to be having a change of heart with respect to the CBO now that he's president. Republicans are bracing for a report that will show millions of Americans losing health coverage under the plan that GOP leaders, and Trump himself, are championing as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
Trump's opinion about government-issued statistics change, depending on whether they favor him or not. After years of doubting official Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on the nation's unemployment rate, Trump and his advisers cheered a strong jobs report on Friday -- the first complete report under his administration -- showing the nation added 235,000 jobs in February.
"The jobs reports may have been phony in the past, but it's very real now," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Friday.
Yeah, and he was laughing while he said it, and the entire room broke out into laughter after he said it. Even he knows they are a joke and nothing but liars. Then he jokes about it, I wonder if he will be laughing when Trump is impeached and forced to resign, just like Nixon was.
US Attorney Was Investigating Fox News & Trump When He Was Fired
Talk about corruption, here it is. And of course O'Reilly has not and will not ever say a word about any of it. Now just imagine if a Democratic President had done this, O'Reilly would call for a 2nd civil war and want to overthrow the Government.
Here is the deal, Trump and Sessions meet with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara a few months ago and asked him to stay on, then they suddenly asked him to resign, he said no, so they fired him. And oh btw, he just happened to be investigating Fox News (Trumps favorite news source) and maybe Trump himself for violating the Emoluments Clause.
Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara spoke out on Sunday with a cryptic message about his dismissal.
"By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like," Bharara tweeted, referring to the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which investigated corruption within New York's political system in 2013.
It was said that the Preet tweet implied he was fired because he was going to or was investigating corruption by Trump and people in his administration.
As The Washington Times reported, Bharara met with President Donald Trump in late November and "confirmed he accepted Trump's offer to stay on the job."
Then Sen. Jeff Sessions, who Trump had nominated to serve as his attorney general, also asked Bharara to stay in the job.
In November, Trump met privately with Bharara and asked the attorney to continue in his role. In addition, Trump broke protocol by attempting to call Bharara's office on Thursday -- but the two were not able to connect.
Yes, Donald Trump tried to call Preet, but he refused to take the call. Because he knows the rules and he has ethics. The President should not have tried to call him in the first place, and could be seen as obstruction of justice.
As the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Bharara had the ability to investigate Trump's conflict of interests. A letter from several watchdog organizations sent to Bharara on Wednesday insisted that the attorney look into whether Trump had violated the Constitution's emoluments clause.
And that is most likely why Trump changed his mind and decided to fire him, after asking him to stay on. Because he was worried that Bharara would investigate him. So Trump will replace him with someone who is friendly to him and will probably not investigate Trump.
"The Trump Organization has its main offices in New York City, and resides in the Southern District of New York," the letter reads. "Thus, your office has jurisdiction and is the appropriate arm of the Justice Department to conduct an investigation and take appropriate action in this matter."
The abrupt dismissal has some questioning the true motive behind Bharara's firing, including Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who suggested Sunday that the timing was a bit suspicious.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also questioned the timing of Bharara's firing, tweeting that Trump "wants a bunch of tame prosecutors who won't investigate him."
In other words, they are saying Trump was worried Bharara would actually do his job and investigate Trump, so he was fired, after they had asked him to stay.
CNN senior media reporter Dylan Byers reported on February 15 that the Justice Department had for months been investigating Fox News over failing to inform shareholders about settlements with employees who had pressed charges against Ailes for sexual harassment.
ABC News reported that Preet Bharara's office, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, which includes much of New York City where 21st Century Fox is headquartered, was "conducting a criminal investigation into Fox News."
Bloomberg reports that New York Lawyers Speculate Marc Mukasey Will Be Nominated To Replace Bharara.
Bloomberg reported on March 11 that "speculation is already building for who will be nominated by Trump as a permanent replacement" for Bharara and that "Many suggest it will be Marc Mukasey, a lawyer at Greenberg Traurig with close ties to former New York Mayor and Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani."
And btw folks, Mukasey Was also Part Of Roger Ailes Legal Team. Gabriel Sherman, who has written extensively about Ailes and Fox News, reported on March 11 that Mukasey also worked as part of Ailes legal team.
This Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Is A Joke
In case you do not know, this Supreme Court hearing is a joke, he will say what he thinks people want to hear to get on the court. To begin with he should not even be getting a hearing, because the seat should have been filled under Obama.
And once he gets on the court, if he ever does, he will vote 100% with the Republicans, because that is what always happens. They all say they will be an honest judge and vote the right way on every case, then the 5 Republicans vote one way and the 4 liberals vote the other way.
To say judges are just judges and not political is laughable.
Fox News Sidelines Napolitano After Obama Wiretap Lie
Andrew Napolitano, the senior legal analyst for Fox News, has been temporarily sidelined following his unproved assertion last week that former President Barack Obama had asked for British assistance in spying on Donald J. Trump, a person briefed on the decision said on Monday.
And of course O'Reilly never said a word about it.
Napolitano did not appear on Fox on Monday, even though there were two news events that normally would have called for his services: hearings involving the F.B.I. director James B. Comey, and the Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch.
Comey's hearing touched on Napolitano's allegation - which both President Trump and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, repeated - that British intelligence officers wiretapped Trump at Obama's request.
It is not clear how long Napolitano will be off the air, but his absence from Fox's airwaves on Monday was an indication that the network was not pleased with the unwanted attention focused on his unfounded allegations.
Last week, Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, reported on the morning show Fox and Friends that the Obama administration had asked British intelligence to wiretap Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The claim was forgotten nearly as quickly as it was stated until Sean Spicer repeated it in a news briefing later in the week. Trump then brought it up again on Friday, saying, "All we did was quote a very talented legal mind."
Fox was then put into the position of denouncing Napolitano's allegation, with the daytime anchor Shepard Smith saying on Friday: "Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, any way. Full stop."
Republicans Close To Trump Say He Is Showing Signs Of Mental Illness
Monday the former Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace said that people outside of the Trump administration who have spent time with Trump said that the president is showing signs of paranoia and delusion over his belief that Obama wiretapped him.
In other words, he read it on Breitbart so he believes it. Even though the facts show it is not true, he still believes it, no matter how many people tell him it is not true. And the stooges around him refuse to admit it because they do not want to make Trump mad at them, including O'Reilly
Wallace said this: "I sense that they have no plans today of walking away from this claim. This is still the president's belief. Some folks still close to the president, but not on the White House staff said it's a word I can't say on family-friendly TV, but the initials are B and S.
Another person who spent time with the president this weekend in Florida said it was signs of paranoia and delusion around this idea that he's so right.
Interestingly, he has sought to have people outside the government corroborate this wiretapping claim, which either suggests this observation of paranoia and delusion is in fact operation or extreme ignorance of all the powers at his disposal and all the investigative powers of the federal government."
These are Republicans close to Trump who claimed that the President Of The United States is paranoid, delusional, and believes that Obama wiretapped him. Wallace's comments were a statement that the President might be mentally ill.
Stunning Admission: FBI Director Admits President Trump Is Under Investigation
Yes it is true, before we thought it was, now we know it is. The President of the United States is under investigation for links to Russia before and after the 2016 Presidential election.
And O'Reilly has pretty much ignored it, saying that after Flynn was fired the story is over. Now imagine what he would say if Clinton had won and she was being investigated by the FBI for links to Russia. My God O'Reilly would go insane and cover it every night for a year, but when it's his friend Trump he just ignores it.
FBI Director James B. Comey acknowledged Monday that his agency is conducting an investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in a counterintelligence probe that could reach all the way to the White House and may last for months.
Comey also said nothing in the Trump tweet about Obama putting a wire tap on his phones is true, he also said the DOJ says the same thing. Trump was also caught lying about what they said to Congress Monday morning, and Comey said it was a lie in the hearing in real time.
So we have a President who lies about everything, and is under investigation for ties to Russia. Hey Trump voters, are you wishing you had not voted for this lying clown Donald Trump now?
Trump Job Approval Drops To 37 Percent
President Donald Trump's job approval rating has dropped to 37%, while 58% of Americans disapprove of his performance so far as president, new Gallup polling shows.
The approval ratings, Trump's worst since taking office two months ago, come as FBI Director James Comey is expected to tell lawmakers that there is no evidence for the President's unverified claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.
Trump's approval rating was in the mid-to-low 40s in the weeks following the beginning of his presidency.
Aside from the controversy over Trump's wiretapping claim, the latest poll numbers suggest growing dissatisfaction with his performance following the chaotic rollout of the Trump/Ryan plan to replace the Affordable Care Act and reaction to his unconstitutional Muslim travel ban that has faced stiff legal opposition.
Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of Trump's job performance. The daily results are based on telephone interviews with about 1,500 adults and have a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
O'Reilly Says You Can Believe The Fox News Polls
Bill O'Reilly says all the polls are wrong, except for the Fox News polls. Now there is just one big problem with that, all the other polls say the same thing the Fox News polls do, and it's all bad news for Trump.
Thursday night a viewer wrote to O'Reilly saying the polls can not be trusted because they were all wrong about the election, so O'Reilly said the Fox News polls are good and you can believe them.
So I looked at some Fox News polls, and they are all bad news for Trump, but O'Reilly barely mentions any of them.
Fox News Poll: Majority want congressional investigations into Russia
By Dana Blanton Published March 16, 2017 FoxNews.com
That's according to the latest Fox News Poll, taken amidst a new volley of allegations of ties between Trump and Russia.
Sixty-six percent want a Congressional investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the election, and 63 percent want lawmakers to look into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
President Trump receives his worst job ratings on his handling of America's relationship with Russia: 33 percent approve vs. 55 percent disapprove.
The president's overall job approval rating stands at 43 percent, down from 48 percent a month ago. Fifty-one percent of voters disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president.
Only 34% of voters favor GOP health care plan
An overwhelming 93 percent majority of voters say they have health insurance, and more than three in four (77 percent) rate their insurance positively (35 percent excellent and 42 percent good).
A majority of voters (54 percent) oppose the GOP health care plan.
Only 34 percent favor the current Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
President Trump gets negative marks on how he's handling health care: Only 35 percent of voters approve, while 55 percent disapprove.
These are some of Trump's lowest issue ratings, as he only performs worse on handling America's relationship with Russia (33-55 percent).
And btw, Republicans in Congress have a 29% job approval rating, with 63% who do not approve, and that is what the Fox News poll says, other polls have it even worse.
It's all bad news for Trump, and this is what the Fox News polls are saying. Now imagine what O'Reilly and the stooges at Fox would say if Hillary had won and she had numbers like this, my God O'Reilly would go nuts and call for her to be impeached. When it's Trump, he mostly ignores it and attacks the media for reporting it.
Guess how many times O'Reilly has reported any of this, almost never. He did mention the low Trump job approval one time this week, but he never went into detail about it and showed the poll numbers in full. He sort of mentioned it quickly, then moved on to crying about the bias against Trump in the media, or reporting on some college who has removed all their scales.
Top Democrat Suggesting Firing Of US Attorney Could Be A Cover-Up
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, suggested that President Trump could have changed his mind on firing US Attorney Preet Bharara because he had been asked to investigate the President's potential violations of the Emoluments Clause.
CUMMINGS: Certainly, the president has the opportunity and the right to fire U.S. attorneys. But, we -- I wonder, George, you know, just not very long ago, the president was saying that he was going to keep the U.S. attorney there in New York. And then, suddenly, he's, I guess, changed his mind.
I’m just curious as to why that is. And certainly, there's a lot of questions coming up as to whether Trump is -- President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this U.S. attorney and whether that might affect his future.
When you look at everything, George, surrounding the investigations, there are a lot of questions that need to be asked. But again, the president does have that prerogative.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you referring there to the fact that on Wednesday, several independent groups asked the U.S. attorney, asked Preet Bharara to investigate whether the Trump organization and President Trump were in violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution that there were conflicts of interest?
CUMMINGS: Yeah, I think that, again, what has been happening is that there is an air of distrust that has been brought on by President Trump himself and so many others. We have over and over again heard things that have been just proven to be untrue.
And,, so I think that, in part, the president has created this situation for himself. But yes, sure. No doubt about it. When they asked about Emoluments clause and possible violations of it and the U.S. Attorney's relationship to that, I think perhaps that had perhaps something to do with it.
President Trump has the power to fire US attorneys. The firing itself was not unprecedented or a violation of the law. It is the potential reason why this one US attorney was fired that is raising questions.
And Rep. Cummings (D-MD) isn't the only person who is questioning Trump's motives.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch tweeted:
Wednesday, Bharara received this letter to investigate Trump Thursday, Trump tried to call him (you know why) Today, Bharara was fired.
-- Loretta Lynch (@IorettaIynch) March 12, 2017
Because President Trump has not taken the proper steps to separate himself from his businesses, he has set himself up for years of conflict of interest questions, and potential corruption investigations.
There are many potential areas worthy of an investigation into this president, but Trump's conflicts of interest aren't going away, and if he is violating the Constitution, that is an impeachable offense.
Trump's Man Tillerson Recuses Himself From Keystone XL Pipeline Review
Just another day in the corrupt Trump White House, now we have another insider who had to recuse himself from Government business.
U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recused himself from State Department deliberations on granting a permit to TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline, heading off conflict-of-interest concerns over a project he praised when he was chief of Exxon Mobil Corp.
Tillerson had recused himself in February, the State Department acknowledged Thursday in a letter responding to Greenpeace USA's demand that he do so. He has "committed to full compliance with his ethics obligations," according to the the response, which was signed by the State Department's deputy legal adviser, Katherine McManus.
President Donald Trump signed an order within days of his inauguration reviving the Keystone pipeline from Canada, which President Barack Obama had rejected over environmental concerns linked to high carbon emissions from Alberta oil sands production.
Exxon has extensive business in Canada, including a majority stake in Imperial Oil Ltd., and owns the rights to tar sands projects that could take advantage of Keystone XL.
The State Department must approve the pipeline because it would cross an international border. In 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry, with Obama's backing, decided the pipeline wasn't in the country's national security interest because of the U.S. role as a global leader in efforts to fight climate change.
The State Department didn't say why it hadn't announced Tillerson's recusal when it happened. Earlier in the day, Greenpeace began a campaign and petition drive demanding he not be involved in the permit process. When Trump signed the order on the Keystone permit in January, the State Department was given 60 days to make a decision, a timeline that expires in about two weeks.
As chief executive officer of Exxon, the world's largest energy company by market value, Tillerson was a vocal advocate for Keystone, saying in a 2015 speech it would improve U.S. competitiveness and energy security.
"The delays and political machinations that have delayed the Keystone XL pipeline are the poster child for a much deeper problem hindering progress and advancement in this country," he said in the speech, adding that the U.S. regulatory process was stifling innovation.
Greenpeace Climate Campaign Specialist Diana Best said in a statement responding to the recusal letter that Tillerson's role "might have never been transparent to the public without people flooding the lines of the Office of Government Ethics today."
"The people will have to continue to watch Trump's cabinet of billionaires and corporate executives like hawks," Best said.
And you sure will not hear about it from O'Reilly, he is silent. He ignores almost all the bad news for Trump, and if in the rare case he does report it, he only does it to defend it and slam the media for reporting it.
Insane Trump Budget Director Said Killing Meals On Wheels Is Compassionate
And Republicans wonder why they get such a bad name and are hated by so many, this is just one reason why. The meals on wheels program feeds old people who have trouble getting out to the store etc. to get food to live on. It also feeds 500,000 veterans a year, did you know that?
Trump knows it, but he does not care. During the campaign Trump said he would help the poor and the working man, and the veterans. And now we know it was all lies, because he wants to take away their health care, and their food, so he can increase the defense budget by $54 billion, and give millionaires and billionaires big tax cuts.
It's the same old Republican garbage, the budget is the same as if Newt Gingrich was the President. Nothing Trump said he would do in the campaign is in his budget, in fact, it's the opposite.
Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters Friday that eliminating food for senior citizens via the Meals On Wheels program was the compassionate thing to do because if a program can't demonstrate results, it should get cut.
In other words, he is saying if some old people starve to death he is ok with that, so they can cut less than 1% of the budget.
Mulvaney was asked if this is a hard-hearted budget. He answered, "I don't think so. In fact, I think it is one of the most compassionate things we can do to. You're only focusing on half of the equation. Right? You're focusing on recipients of the money. We're trying to focus on both the recipients and the folks who give us the money in the first place, and I think it's fairly compassionate to go to them and say look, we're not going to ask you for your hard earned money anymore."
Which is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. He is saying cutting money to old people that buys them food is compassionate, are you kidding me?
In other words, screw the elderly and the kids who are going to go without afterschool programs, people like Donald Trump aren't giving you their hard earned money anymore.
Meals on Wheels helps 2.4 million seniors have access to food while being able to stay in their own homes. The results for the program can be seen in both nutritional terms and increased independence for millions of Americans. Meals on Wheels also saves taxpayers $34 billion a year in healthcare costs.
This is a vital program for America's communities, and anyone who claims otherwise is not telling the truth. The selfish argument about taxpayers isn't going to fly in this case.
The Trump administration has gone from being out of touch with the average American, to trying to starve older Americans.
And btw folks, the Trump budget does not save us any money, there is no savings, they just cut things for one thing to use it for another thing. And all the cuts are on the poor and the disabled, and the older people, to give it to the military and the wealthy in tax cuts.
I have been writing about O'Reilly and politics for 20 years, and this is the worst budget I have ever seen. But this is what you get when you vote for Republicans, this is who they are, remember that the next time you vote. You may not like Democrats, but they do not do none of this crazy stuff.
Remember this, Trump said he would drain the swamp and be the President of the people, protect medicaid, medicare, social security, and on and on. And he is doing the exact opposite, he is trying to put in place the policies of the Republican party, the same far-right garbage they have been trying to pass for 30 years, and Trump is letting them control him.
Trump's Secret Plan To Defeat ISIS Same Thing Obama Was Doing
Donald Trump promised during the campaign to implement a "secret plan" to defeat ISIS, including a pledge to "bomb the hell out of" the terror group in Iraq and Syria.
Now we know about the so-called secret plan, but it turns out to be a little more than the same slow and steady approach that Trump derided under the Obama administration, two senior officials who have reviewed the document told NBC News.
The plan calls for continued bombing; beefing up support and assistance to local forces to retake its Iraqi stronghold Mosul and ultimately the ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria; drying up ISIS's sources of income; and stabilizing the areas retaken from ISIS, the officials say.
Two prominent military strategists told NBC News the plan will not fulfill Trump's pledges to "totally obliterate ISIS" and do it quickly.
"The current plan to defeat the Islamic State is just like that old saying: Plan B is just, 'Try harder at Plan A,'" said retired Admiral James Stavridis, an NBC News analyst. "We have not come up with new ways of approaching this. I would say the president might want to send that report back to his team to take another hard look."
In other words, Trump lied again. He had no secret plan, he just said he did and people bought it. The proof is right here looking you in the face, he asked the Pentagon to come up with a plan, proving he had no plan.
Retired Air Force Gen. Dave Deptula, who planned the air campaign in the first Iraq war and is a vigorous advocate of conventional air power, insisted that the military should be directing more firepower at ISIS.
The bombing campaign against ISIS over the last two and half years, Deptula noted, has been commanded by Army generals. He says more air power is needed and that the Army should no longer be commanding the airstrikes against ISIS.
Trump's Non-Stop Lies Are Causing Problems For Everyone
The president and his aides habit of getting their information from right-wing media is offending foreign allies and making their fellow Republicans look bad.
Donald Trump's habit of repeating controversial claims from conservative media outlets - and refusing to apologize when he's called out for a lack of evidence - is repeatedly landing the White House in hot water, irritating Republicans and alienating foreign allies.
The White House touched off an international incident this week when press secretary Sean Spicer cited comments from a Fox News commentator who accused former President Barack Obama of using the British spy agency to surveil Trump Tower.
The Brits were not pleased. The typically close-lipped British spy agency fired off a strongly worded statement, calling the allegation "utterly ridiculous." The White House had to try to calm irate British diplomats, with Spicer and national security adviser H.R. McMaster getting an earful from British officials.
But this was hardly an isolated incident.
Trump has racked up a series of scandals that have sprung from his apparently voracious consumption of conservative media, both from watching Fox News and from aides sharing with him reports from Breitbart and other right-wing outlets. And as the fallout has spread each time, Trump has refused to admit any wrongdoing.
Trump set off a furor in Sweden when he claimed the country had just suffered a terrorist attack - a statement that appeared to spring from a Fox News interview with documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz about a crime surge in the country. Swedish officials angrily issued public statements that no such attack had happened.
After Fox News ran a segment about Guantanamo Bay, Trump falsely tweeted: "122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield." When the truth is only 9 of those detainees were released under Obama; most had been released under President George W. Bush. (Spicer later said Trump obviously was referring to the total released under both presidents.)
And in the biggest lie yet, Trump claimed Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower phones - an accusation that was based on a Mark Levin talk radio segment and a short Breitbart article. The allegation has created a major rift with prominent Republicans and put the White House in the awkward position of repeatedly defending it, without providing evidence.
When asked why Trump won't simply back down on evidence-free claims like the wiretapping allegation, one Republican close to the White House responded simply: "When has he ever apologized about anything?"
The White House is discovering that the president's and his adviser's words matter a great deal - a fact seen both in the fury of foreign governments at falsehoods and in legal opinions striking down the travel ban and alleging intent to discriminate by pointing to comments from Trump and his aides.
Those around the president, though, have proven more than willing to play along with the president's theories.
Jobs reports produced by the government may have been phony under Obama, but are to be trusted now that they show job growth under Trump, Spicer has said. The crowds at Trump's inauguration were the biggest ever, period, Spicer declared in one of his first briefings from the White House. Even though it was a lie.
And, on Thursday, he read off a series of media reports in an attempt to back up Trump's wire-tapping claim - none of them did - including the report that accused the British government of spying on Trump.
"Sean Spicer conducts every press briefing like he's on a hostage video. I mean he essentially has an audience of one," said Rick Tyler, a former communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign who knows Spicer. "Trump is just looking to make sure that Sean is out there defending him at all costs. I mean, I couldn't live like that, but he can."
It has not just been Spicer forced to try to explain controversial claims. Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway defended Spicer in January by saying he was using alternative facts,which is just another term for lies, and touted a terrorist attack that did not happen as a reason for Trump's attempted travel ban. Policy adviser Stephen Miller has claimed that there was mass voter fraud, even though no evidence of that has been presented.
And while reports surfaced on Friday that Spicer had apologized to British officials for repeating the spying accusation, the White House was publicly offered no such mea culpa.
"That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox," Trump said at a news conference. "And so you shouldn't be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox."
A Fox News anchor (Shepard Smith) said later Friday that the network has no evidence of any kind, that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop.
After the news conference, Spicer pushed back on the idea that he apologized.
"We just reiterated the fact that we were just simply reading media accounts. That's it," Spicer told reporters. "I don't think we regret anything. We literally listed a litany of media reports that are in the public domain."
Especially worrisome, to many, is Trump's seeming lack of desire to distinguish myth from fact.
"Donald Trump, like millions of Americans, is susceptible to conspiracy theories," said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. "He tends to just pick things up from right wing talk radio and the alt-right if it fits his agenda of the day."
"We've never had a president operate like this. The long-term damage is you're going to get just ravaged in history," Brinkley added.
Trump "essentially has a media company of his own, largely on Twitter, and what he needs to do, or wants to do, is get people to follow him and listen to what he says and 'believe me and not them,'" said Tyler. "He has to get his audience, his base, to mistrust the media and he becomes, ultimately, their media source."
Trump Throws Fox Under Bus & Fox Hits Back
Trump Blames Fox News For International Incident With UK
When Asked About Rejected Claims That British Intelligence Spied On Him, Trump Responds "You Shouldn't Be Talking To Me, You Should Be Talking To Fox"
Shep Smith: "Fox News Cannot Confirm Judge Napolitano's Commentary"
Smith: "Fox News Knows Of No Evidence Of Any Kind That The Now President Of The United States Was Surveilled At Any Time In Any Way, Full Stop"
Once again Trump sticks his lying foot in his mouth by tweeting that the UK spied on him for Obama, and his evidence is a loon at Fox. So then Trump blames Fox for his insane claims.
And btw folks, the judge Trump quoted is a far-right loon, he is a 9-11 truther. Trump called him a great legal mind, when he is a nut.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano is a truther, in 2010 Napolitano said that it's "hard for me to believe that" World Trade Center Building 7 "came down by itself" -- a central tenet of 9-11 conspiracy theories -- and claimed that "twenty years from now, people will look at 9-11 the way we look at the assassination of JFK today. It couldn't possibly have been done the way the government told us."
Napolitano made his remarks on the radio show of another far-right loon, Alex Jones, who is widely viewed as the leader of the conspiracy theory that the 9-11 attacks were an inside job. Jones describes himself as "one of the very first founding fathers of the 9-11 Truth Movement" and his website features a section for 9-11 conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy theorists have long claimed that explosives downed World Trade Center 7, north of the Twin Towers. Popular Mechanics, which frequently debunks 9-11 conspiracy theories, added that a "report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conclusively rebuts those claims. Fire alone brought down the building, the report concludes, pointing to thermal expansion of key structural members as the culprit. The report also raises concerns that other large buildings might be more vulnerable to fire-induced structural failure than previously thought."
Donald Trump is an idiot who started a scandal with the UK based on what some far-right loon on Fox News said. Instead of getting his information from the CIA, FBI, and the DOJ, Trump gets it from fricking Fox News, and that is scary, because it has been proven that 80% of what they report is lies or spin for the Republican party.
Note To Bill O'Reilly: Stop Talking About Other People In The Media
1) You are a Trump Butt-Kissing right-wing hack of a pretend journalist.
2) You have no right to slam other journalists for bias, because you are one of the most biased so-called journalists in America.
3) It is not your job to decide who in the media has a bias, so stop wasting our time crying about what other journalists do.
4) Nobody cares what you think about the job other journalists are doing, not even your own viewers. It is not news, your job is to report the news.
5) Do your job. You claim to be a non-partisan Independent journalist with a no spin zone, which is laughable. But that is what you say, over and over. Since you claim to be a non-partisan Independent journalist, why dont you prove it for once and do some actual journalism. Instead of spending all your time crying about other journalists and covering for Trump.
The real media just reported that General Flynn was paid $50,000 by Russia, while also being a foreign agent during the Trump campaign, and after he was made the head of the NSA by Trump, but you have not reported any of it. Flynn even lied that he was ever paid by the Russians, and Trump said that he knew nothing about it.
If you are a real journalist, why are you ignoring all of it?
What say you? Fraud!
Crazy Trump Now Says Obama Had The UK Tap His Phones
My God Trump is insane, so when does he get impeached and replaced. Instead of replacing Obamacare, they need to replace Trump, he is crazy, he's nuts. And btw, the source for Trump's new ridiculous UK wiretap claims, some lying fool at Fox News.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said it on Fox, Trump hears it and then tweets that Obama had the UK tap his phones, which is ridiculous, because nothing you hear on Fox can be trusted, but Trump believes it all and then tweets about it.
So the UK heard it when the Trump spokeman Sean Spicer reported on it, and boy were they mad, they responded and told them it is a lie and they need to stop putting out lies.
The White House even made an apology over it.
The Trump administration has made a formal apology to Britain after the White House accused GCHQ of helping Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.
Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, repeated a claim on Thursday evening - initially made by an analyst on Fox News - that GCHQ was used by Mr Obama to spy on Trump Tower in the lead-up to last November's election.
The comments prompted a furious response from GCHQ, which in a break from normal practice issued a public statement: "Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct 'wiretapping' against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored."
Intelligence sources told The Telegraph that both Mr Spicer and General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, have apologised over the claims. "The apology came direct from them," a source said.
General McMaster contacted Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister's National Security adviser, to apologise for the comments. Mr Spicer conveyed his apology through Sir Kim Darroch, Britain's US ambassador.
So this is like your crazy uncle saying things and then his brother says he is sorry for it. Trump is that crazy uncle who watches Fox News all day and all night and tweets about the lies they report, then the brother has to make an apology for them.
Mrs May's official spokesman said the White House has assured the Government that allegations that British intelligence services spied on Donald Trump will not be repeated.
The Government "made clear" to the US that the "ridiculous" claims should be ignored and received assurances in return that they will not be repeated, showing that the administration does not give them any credence, Mrs May's spokesman said.
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, described Mr Spicer's comments as "shameful".
"Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment," he said. "This harms our and US security."
British officials were quick to deny Napolitano's claims earlier this week. A government source reportedly said the claim was "totally untrue and quite frankly absurd".
The British official told Reuters that under British law, GCHQ "can only gather intelligence for national security purposes" and noted that a US election "clearly doesn't meet that criteria".
Senate Intelligence Committee Says Trump Was Not Wiretapped
Even O'Reilly admitted Trump was wrong on Thursday night, and said we should move on to a new story because this one is over. But Trump and his people are keeping it going because some of them are saying Trump has more info about it and will show it in 2 weeks, for whatever reason he says he will wait 2 weeks, which is ridiculous. He always says this when he loses, or is proven wrong, then 2 weeks go by and he has nothing.
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Thursday that it has found no evidence to substantiate President Donald Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped.
"Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016," committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in a statement.
He took Trump's allegations seriously, Burr told reporters on Wednesday, so he "searched and talked to every federal agency about whether there were any warrants that existed" before reaching a conclusion.
With the statement from the Senate Intelligence Committee chiefs, it's a bipartisan assessment that the president accused his predecessor of wiretapping him without any evidence to back up the claim.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who served on Trump's transition team, told reporters on Wednesday that if you "take the tweets literally, then clearly the president was wrong."
Trump's willingness to "make such an accusation without basis," said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, is a national security concern because it could make the public less likely to trust the president during a time of crisis.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also admitted Thursday that "no such wiretap existed," citing the work done by the congressional intelligence committees.
Earlier this month, Trump fired off a series of early morning tweets, accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before the election. And the White House insisted for weeks that the Justice Department could provide evidence to support Trump's claim.
Everyone knew Trump was lying, that he just made it up as a distraction from all the bad news and scandals about him. But O'Reilly and all the Republicans let him get away with it anyway, wasting taxpayer money and time.
Trump (or someone on his staff) could have found out in 5 minutes that there was no wiretap of him by Obama, but they did not do that, they let this circus go on for more than a week, and they should all be known as proven liars now, including and especially O'Reilly and Trump.
Car Companies Bribed Autoworkers To Attend Trump Speech
Trump Is So Unpopular That Car Companies Offered Bribes To Autoworkers To Attend Detroit Speech.
The Detroit Free Press reported this:
The Detroit Three are offering to bus workers from auto plants across southeast Michigan to President Donald Trump's rally in Ypsilanti on Wednesday -- a move that is drawing criticism from at least two union officials who say the president doesn't really support American workers, and that they don't want UAW members to become political props.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors told workers they will transport them to and from Trump's rally, provide lunch and cover their pay for the day if they miss a shift at their plant.
Ford will do the same, but will not cover their pay.
Trump is an anti-union president. The Trumpcare plan would be horrible for autoworkers. Trump keeps talking about building plants and creating manufacturing jobs, but he never discusses pay and benefits. Trump even tried to appoint an enemy of labor to be Labor Secretary.
This is not a president who will fight for the rights of workers. Trump's Michigan speech itself was a rehash of the 2016 election and empty promises.
In the Trump hotels he tried to keep the unions out, he is anti-union and anti-working man, and if you are a working man or woman who voted for him you are a fool.
Republican Senator Warns Against Voting For GOP Health Care Bill
Republican Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Sunday urged House Republicans not to vote for House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) Obamacare repeal bill, warning them that a vote in favor of the legislation could haunt them in the 2018 midterm elections.
"I'm afraid that if they vote for this bill, they're going to put the House majority at risk next year," he said during an interview with ABC's "This Week."
The Arkansas senator recalled how Democrats lost unified control of government in 1994 after House Democrats voted in favor of President Bill Clinton's proposed BTU tax.
The unpopular tax on energy did not end up getting a vote in the Senate, but House Democrats got stuck with it hung around their necks in the midterms anyway.
The lesson, Cotton said, is to avoid casting a politically suicidal vote on legislation that the Senate or the president may abandon in the future.
"So, I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives with whom I serve, do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote," Cotton said.
Several other Republican senators have publicly criticized the House GOP bill, putting the legislation as currently written in severe jeopardy.
Furthermore, a group of influential conservatives in the House is pushing to amend the bill further by phasing out the Obamacare Medicaid expansion by 2018 -- a big problem for senators who represent states that expanded the program.
Veterans Group Insulted After Trump Skips Meeting And Sends Omarosa
Yeah Trump really cares about the veterans, he cares so much he would not even meet with them, sending a reality tv loser instead, what a joke.
Trump pledged repeatedly during the 2016 presidential campaign to do a better job of taking care of veterans -- but now a veterans group says they feel "completely rebuffed" by his administration.
The Daily Beast reports that several veterans groups felt dismayed this week when they went to a meeting at the White House that wasn't attended by President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, or any other high-ranking administration official.
In fact, the most notable administration member present at the meeting was Omarosa Manigault, a Trump loyalist who burst onto the scene during her stint as a contestant on Trump's old reality TV show.
"I won't say anyone told us we were meeting with the president, but it was implied that we would be able to voice our concerns to the boss, the guy who ultimately runs everything, which is the president," Joe Chenelly, executive director of AMVETS said.
Trump Lawyer Threatens Scarborough After He Said He Leaked His Own Tax Return
Which is what a lot of people believe, including me. Why 2 pages from 2005, that make Trump look good. If someone wanted to leak a Trump tax return to make him look bad they would never leak 2 pages from 2005 that make him look good.
Donald Trump's personal lawyer threatened Joe Scarborough after the MSNBC host suggested that Trump leaked his own tax return to distract from Trumpcare and the Russia scandal.
Scarborough tweeted this:
The Trump camp released one positive tax return to distract from Russia hearings and the Trumpcare meltdown. That's painfully obvious.
-- Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 15, 2017
Trump's personal attorney then tweeted a threat to Scarborough. The Morning Joe host then reminded Trump's lawyer about that pesky First Amendment:
And by the way "attorney":
1. Read the First Amendment
2. Save your dumb thug routine for someone who gives a damn.
-- Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 15, 2017
If you buy what Scarborough is selling, which I do. Trump cherry picked a tax return and leaked two pages to the press to distract from the fact that he is going to take health care away from many of the rural and red state voters who supported him. Also, Trump is looking for a distraction on the Russia scandal.
What Scarborough is suggesting makes sense because only the first two pages of the return were leaked, and it was from almost 12 years ago. The more damaging information, if any exists, is will be found in the President's more recent returns. Who was the president in business with while he was a candidate? What potential conflicts of interest exist now that he in the White House?
These questions can't be answered by a couple of pages from a 2005 tax return.
The Trump crowd does not understand how the First Amendment works. Joe Scarborough has a constitutionally protected right to express his opinion about the President Of The United States. Rachel Maddow has a constitutionally protected right to report on Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns.
Threatening the press is a great tactic to motivate journalists to keep digging on a story. People who don't have anything to hide don't threaten reporters.
Joe Scarborough expressed an opinion, but in Trump's America, that's enough to earn a threat from the President's lawyer. Reminds me of when I started this website, O'Reilly did the same thing, he had his lawyer send me some bogus letter trying to scare me into shutting the website down, so I asked him to sue me, and I never heard from him or his lousy lawyer ever again.
Republican Says The FBI Is Withholding Information On Russia
And of course O'Reilly never said a word about it Wednesday night, he is too busy crying about MSNBC reporting on the lousy 2 pages of the 2005 Trump tax return.
Grassley Accuses FBI Of Withholding Information On Russia Investigations. And he is a Republican, so it's not just Democrats who are not happy with the FBI.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) accused federal law enforcement officers of withholding key information from lawmakers investigating Russia's interference into the 2016 election.
In a charged Wednesday phone call with the Washington Post, Grassley said FBI Director James Comey has not yet responded to his letter asking whether the agency is conducting its own probe on alleged ties between Donald Trump's staffers and Russian officials.
"Every time they come up here for their nomination hearing and I ask them are you going to answer phone calls and our letters and are you going to give us the documents you want? And every time we get a real positive yes! And then they end up being liars!"
Grassley told the Post, referring to senior law enforcement officials. "It's not if they're treating us differently than another committee. It's if they're responding at all."
Grassley warned the Justice Department this week that he would refuse to move forward with confirmation hearings for Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general until he has a response. He told the Post he'd heard from staffers that he would receive a positive answer from Comey at some point on Wednesday.
Other lawmakers are growing similarly impatient. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called Comey a fine man but said he still doesn't have an answer on whether the FBI is conducting an investigation on Russia and the Trump campaign.
Graham announced that the FBI will hold a classified briefing with Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member, to respond to his own letter asking if a warrant was ever issued to surveil any Trump campaign staffer.
New Poll Shows Only 24% Support The Trump/Ryan Health Care Plan
PPP's newest national poll finds that there is very little support for the Trump/Ryan American Health Care Act. Only 24% of voters support it, to 49% who are opposed.
Even among Republican voters only 37% are in favor of the proposal to 22% who are against it, and 41% who aren't sure one way or another. Democrats (15/71) and independents (22/49) are more unified in their opposition to the bill than Republicans are in favor of it.
While the Obama Affordable Care Act continues to post some of the best numbers it's ever seen, with 47% of voters in favor of it to 39% who are opposed.
When voters are asked whether they'd rather have the Affordable Care Act or the American Health Care Act in place, the Affordable Care Act wins by 20 points at 49/29. Just 32% of voters think the best path forward with the Affordable Care Act is to repeal it and start over, while 63% think it would be better to keep what works in it and fix what doesn't.
63% of voters now support an independent investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 Presidential election, to only 28% opposed to one.
On a related note, 60% of voters think Russia wanted Donald Trump to win last year's election to only 16% who think it wanted Clinton to win. Among Trump voters though, 30% think Russia wanted Clinton to win the election to 28% who grant it wanted Trump to be victorious.
Federal Judge Blocks Trump For A 2nd Time On Muslim Ban
Trump is just an idiot, his Muslim ban is unconstitutional but he will not give up.
A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump's new travel ban on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the ban was set to go into effect.
In a 43-page ruling, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson concluded in no uncertain terms that the new executive order failed to pass legal muster at this stage and the state had established "a strong likelihood of success" on their claims of religious discrimination.
And btw, what the hell is Trump doing running around the country giving speeches, the election is over, he won. It's nothing but a waste of taxpayer money and a propaganda tour. O'Reilly says nothing, but if Obama had done this he would have called for him to be impeached.
Republicans Admits Trump Was Lying About Obama Tapping His Phones
Which is what we knew all along, but Trump made the Congress spend 2 weeks worth of taxpayer money to prove it. And O'Reilly says nothing, but if a Democratic President did it, he would lose his mind and cry about the waste of time and taxpayer money. When Trump does it, he is silent, except to defend Trump for it, and call for Obama to be investigated.
WASHINGTON - House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) conceded on Wednesday that he had found no evidence to substantiate President Donald Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.
Nunes, a fierce White House ally, told reporters that absent such evidence, he could conclude only that no wiretap had ever been put in place.
If you "take the tweets literally," Nunes said of Trump's tweets on the matter, "then clearly the president was wrong."
One day prior to Nunes comments, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had said that Trump was extremely confident that the Department of Justice would produce evidence to support his claim.
So Trump and Spicer are both proven liars who can not be trusted. How sad is it that we can not even trust what our own President and his spokespeople say, because they have lied over and over about everything.
Trump O'Reilly & Paul Ryan Are Simply Low Life Jerks
They are trying to pass a terrible health care bill that hurts everyone, except the wealthy. Then they lie about it hoping everyone is stupid enough to believe their lies. And O'Reilly lies for them, spiining like a top to try and tell people what a great plan it is.
In reality it is terrible, and it really hurts the poor, kids, the elderly, and the disabled. How can cutting medicaid 25 percent be good for anyone. Yes it saves a lousy $300 billion over 10 years, but it will crush the poor, kids, the elderly, and the disabled.
The cost saving is from lower premiums, they get the lower premiums because the health care plans will cover less, so they will cost less, but if you have a major medical bill you will have to pay for some of it out of your own money.
They also save money by doing the way too low tax credits, that are not enough to pay for the health insurance plan you could get. For example, a 60 year old on average has a health care plan that cost roughly $15,000 a year, under Obamacare they pay almost $14,000 of that, so you only pay about a thousand dollars a year for good health care.
Under the Trump/Ryan plan they will give that 60 year old a $4,000 tax credit to pay for his or her health insurance. This will not pay for it, and the 60 year old will have to pay the other $11,000 out of their own money. If you can afford it, or you go without health insurance at 60 years old when you need it the most.
Think about it, let's say you are 60 years old and you make $25,000 a year, under the Trump/Ryan plan you would pay 60% of your income just for health care, which most people can not do. So they would not be able to afford health insurance at 60 years old, and most likely go without.
Go check right now, and find out if you can pay for a decent health insurance plan that only cost $4,000 a year, you cant.
Then you look at medicaid, the Trump/Ryan plans cuts medicaid 25% and also puts a cap on how much the states get in the future. This will de devastating to the poor, children, the elderly, and the disabled. Because those are the people who depend on medicaid.
If it ever passed the States would have to decide who on medicaid is going to be cut off, because they would have 25% less money. So who do you cut off, the kids, the poor, the elderly, or the disabled, or maybe all of them. Medicaid needs more money, not less, it is already underfunded, and Ryan wants to cut it by a massive 25 percent.
Medicaid pays for older people to be in nursing homes, and for disabled people, and kids, and the poor. So Ryan wants to cut medicaid by 25 percent so he can give billions in tax breaks to the wealthy, that is what this is all about. The money is there, Ryan just wants to take it away from the kids, the poor, the elderly, and the disabled, so the rich can get tax breaks.
It's really nothing but a bill to give wealthy Americans a tax break and gut Medicaid.
Two of the biggest tax cuts in Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $144 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to a congressional analysis.
And of course O'Reilly never said a word about any of that, while he was spinning for the bill on the Monday night Factor show.
The assessment was made by the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan panel that provides research on tax issues.
The provisions would repeal two tax increases on high earners enacted in 2010 to help pay for the Affordable Care Act: an increase in capital gains taxes and other investment-related income, and a surcharge on Medicare taxes.
People making $200,000 to $999,999 a year would also get sizable tax cuts. In total, the two provisions would cut taxes by about $274 billion during the coming decade, virtually all of it for people making at least $200,000, according to a separate assessment by the committee.
"Repeal-and-replace is a gigantic transfer of wealth from the lowest-income Americans to the highest-income Americans," said Edward D. Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California law school and former chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation.
And those are the facts, not that right-wing propaganda you are getting from Ryan and O'Reilly. In fact, O'Reilly should be banned from even talking about it after that lie filled segment he did on the Trump/Ryan health care bill on Monday night.
What is really stunning is that is what they came up with after 7 years. The truth is they think they can pass it because they have the White House, the House, and the Senate. And if they do, they will get crushed in the next elections, because the people are going to revolt.
On Almost Every Issue Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump
Here is another big story you will never see O'Reilly report on, because then he would have to admit the majority of America does not support Trump on almost anything.
Among the many questionable claims that have come from the White House over the past month and a half, one of the most questionable came from an unexpected source: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, Priebus asserted that the policies President Trump had outlined to that point met with the approval of 80 percent of the American public.
Which is not just political spin, it's a flat out lie.
A new poll from Quinnipiac University allows us to look at the question more closely. The pollsters gauged public opinion on a broad range of issues that have already emerged from the Trump White House -- policy on Russia, transgender school bathroom use, and deportations.
On only one did more people agree with Trump's position than oppose it.
On nearly every issue, Trump gets majority support only from Republicans. In the case of lowering taxes on the wealthy, he doesn't even get that. In every case where the results are about split, both overall and within party responses, more people oppose Trump's view than support it.
Spending more money to improve roads and airports (among other things) meets with overwhelming approval. More than 90 percent of the members of each party agree that such spending would be warranted. This highlights the partisanship that locked Washington over the past eight years.
Infrastructure spending is popular, and President Barack Obama consistently called for new spending, but no major infrastructure spending bill passed the Republican-controlled Congress.
Republicans generally approve of Trump's positions, and Democrats generally oppose them. This is why opinions are split on so many issues and why the opinions of independents usually align so closely with the overall value.
The Quinnipiac data does make very clear that any claim to a mandate for his policies by Trump is simply incorrect. The only group that consistently agrees with what Trump is doing is his base of Republican voters.
Rachel Maddow Drops A Reality Check On The Trump-Russia Connection
And Bill O'Reilly had this to say about it, investigate Obama for subversion.
On MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday, she dropped another Russian reality check on viewers, telling America to "get back to the main point," which is that it's slowly looking like the Trump campaign was working with Russia to topple Hillary Clinton last year.
In her opening segment, Maddow focused on a dossier released in January that details damning links between Trump and high-ranking Russian officials. While Trump and his apologists try to muddy the waters, point fingers, and deny any wrongdoing, more and more of that controversial dossier has become verified as truth.
As Maddow said, pieces from that document continue to fall into place, which is slowly raising the likelihood that Russia and Trum'’s campaign worked together.
She said this:
Forget all the salacious personal stuff. Forget all the stuff that made the White House so mad when this was published. The bottom line of this dossier, the bottom line allegation, the point of it is that the Trump campaign didn't just benefit from Russia interfering in our presidential campaign.
The point of this is that they colluded, they helped, they were in on it. The money quote from this dossier is, "The operation had been conducted with the full knowledge of Trump and senior members of his campaign team."
That's basically what this whole dossier alleges - that the Trump folks were in on it. There were multiple people close to Trump, involved in the Trump campaign, who were in contact with the Russian government about the Russian government's attacks on Hillary Clinton, while those attacks were happening, while Russia was waging these attacks.
Overall, yes, we still have to describe this as uncorroborated allegations, but little pieces supporting that bottom line thesis really do keep falling in line.
Maddow then listed the series of Russian revelations - and secret meetings between Trump associates and the Russian officials - that have come out over the past several weeks, despite initial claims from the president that nobody on his team met with the Russians during the campaign.
It turns out that more than a half-dozen Trump associates are linked to Russia, including Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, J.D. Gordon, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Michael Cohen.
As Maddow noted in her coverage, it was reported by Politico on Tuesday that one of those associates, Carter Page, was given permission by the Trump campaign last year to make a visit to Russia in the heat of the 2016 election cycle.
The president himself even met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before giving a campaign speech last year. Even though he lied and said he never met with any Russians. They met at Trump Towers in secret and never told anyone, Trump later lied that he never met with him, but he did.
All of these bits of information are turning what was previous an unverified dossier into a credible document implicating Donald Trump's presidential campaign in what would be the biggest political scandal in U.S. history.
And Bill O'Reilly has pretty much ignored it, while calling for Congress to investigate Obama. He ignores it because he is a Republican stooge and a friend of Trump.
There is so much going on in our politics right now, much of it disturbing and distracting, we must not lose focus on this scandal.
More Proof Bill O'Reilly Is A Biased Right-Wing Hack
One day after the CBO put out the devastating numbers for Trump and Paul Ryan about their joke of a health care plan, Bill O'Reilly had one lousy segment on it, with the far-right Karl Rove.
No balance, no fairness, no Democratic guest, no liberal guest, no opposing view, just Karl Rove. This is not what a real journalist would do folks, a real journalist would spend half the show talking about the Trump/Ryan health care plan with guests from both sides.
O'Reilly did not do that, he had a biased and one sided 4 minute propaganda segment on it with Karl Rove and no other guest. And this was 5 minutes after the Talking points memo where O'Reilly complained about propaganda on the issue.
Then he does this one sided biased piece of garbage propaganda segment on it with himself and Rove.
Here is the info on the segment, right from his own website. And btw folks, O'Reilly used to publish partial transcripts from his show on his website, so everyone could see exactly what he and his guests said, but not anymore.
Now he hides them, and you can only see them if you become a paid member of his website.
Here is the teaser from his website:
Health Care Debate Troubles
Guests: Karl Rove
A number of Congressional conservatives oppose the new GOP health care plan. Karl Rove explains why they can't get together on this issue.
Eric Bolling Says Ryan Lied And TrumpCare Should Be Scrapped
Now this is big news, when a far-right Trump supporter says TrumpCare should be scrapped and Paul Ryan was dishonest with everyone, that is a big deal.
But of course O'Reilly never said a word about it, while spending half the show on Monday defending the terrible TrumpCare bill. O'Reilly put so much right-wing spin on it his head almost twisted off.
And btw folks, one reason O'Reilly supports the TrumpCare bill is because he owns his show and he provides health insurance for his staff, so if it ever passed he would save a fortune. The other reasons are he is a friend of Trump, and a Republican who supports everything the Republicans and Trump want to do.
Here is what Eric Bolling said, and remember he is a 100% Trump supporter who defends everything Trump says and does, until now. He is actually opposed to TrumpCare.
Partial transcript from the Five on Monday:
ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): I think they need to scrap this. I think the leadership, Paul Ryan and the rest of the leadership pulled the wool over President Trump's eyes. They said it was going to be better, it was going to be cheaper, it was going to insure the same amount of people at a lower price, and it's not.
The CBO came out with basically the same price. We're talking $337 billion over 10 years, that's $33.7 billion a year. That's a drop in the bucket. But one of the things that Obamacare was imploding, one of the ways we showed that Obamacare was imploding in itself, was that fewer people were going to be insured in 2026.
That's true, 28 million fewer people would've been insured under Obamacare. The problem is, 52 million people are going to be uninsured under this plan according to the CBO right now. Look, is there a plan out there that can work? Yeah. But go back, start over, and come back with a plan that works.
Shep Smith Fed Up: Too Much Lying Too Much Russia Too Much Smoke
Fox News Shepard Smith interviewed Associated Press reporter Julie Bykowicz on Thursday about the latest bombshell, that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn concealed his foreign lobbying work from the Justice Department.
Trump said he would drain the swamp and not hire lobbyists, then he has made the swamp 100 times bigger, and hired a ton of lobbists, over 40 that we know of, and most likely more who are not currently registered as lobbyists, but were for years.
Lobbying disclosure forms that Flynn filed Tuesday revealed that the retired lieutenant general was collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars each month to lobby on behalf of the Turkish government while simultaneously campaigning for President Donald Trump.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that the Trump administration was unaware of Flynn's work. But Smith was not having it.
"There's been a lot of lying," Smith said. "And there's been lying about who you talk to, and by lots of people, and almost inevitably and invariably, they were lying about talking to the Russians about something."
He added, "It's too much lying and too much Russia and too much smoke, and now they're investigating."
Smith has been a vocal opponent of Trump's crusade to discredit the media. After the president railed against reporters during a lengthy news conference last month, Smith staunchly defended the press and criticized Trump for dodging questions.
"It's crazy what we're watching every day," he said at the time. "It's absolutely crazy."
Trump Secretly Filling Government With Lobbyists & Conspiracy Theorists
And this is the guy who said he would drain the swamp and ban lobbyists from working for the Government. Now he is doing the exact opposite, and keeping it a secret from the American people.
Despite his pledge to drain the swamp, Donald Trump has secretly installed hundreds of staffers at every agency in the federal government to serve as his eyes and ears, according to a recent report from ProPublica.
The non-profit news organization reports that more than 400 officials have been hired by the president without Senate confirmation, and many of them are lobbyists and right-wing conspiracy theorists - a stunning development after Trump spent the entire campaign promising to rid the federal government of career politicians and Washington insiders.
From the report:
While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior.
Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called beachhead teams have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.
While there is clearly a large group of officials inside the federal government - many of them holdovers from the Obama administration - resisting Trump and often leaking information to the media, the president is secretly expanding his reach into every level of the executive branch of government.
What's most troubling is the people Trump is installing. As ProPublica points out, many of the hundreds of staffers being quietly placed in the government are lobbyists and conspiracy theorists.
More from the report:
The list ProPublica obtained includes obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and others who have embraced conspiracy theories, as well as dozens of Washington insiders who could be reasonably characterized as part of the swamp Trump pledged to drain.
The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains: We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined.
ProPublica has obtained a list of more than 400 people hired by the Trump administration to fill key roles across the federal government.
That figure is almost certainly an undercount since we only included those who formally registered as lobbyists, a process increasingly avoided by many in Washington.
During the campaign, Trump said he would have no problem banning lobbyists from his administration. But they have nonetheless ended up in senior roles, aided by Trump's weakening of Obama-era ethics rules that modestly limited lobbyists role in government.
While this is yet another promise abandoned by a president with no principles, there is something about this revelation that is particularly disturbing, especially since these staffers have now taken on significant influence within the government, according to ProPublica.
Of course, none of this will help the forgotten men and women that Trump promised to represent as president. Nothing about Trump's shadow appointments will make America great again.
It's one thing to keep the swamp intact; it's something entirely different and more frightening to fill it up with more Washington insiders and Steve Bannon-like extremists.
And of course I can say this over and over, Bill O'Reilly has not, and will not ever, report one word about any of this. But he had time Monday night to do an entire segment reporting on schools that want to ban scales, yes I said scales, that people find out what they weigh on.
Congress Warns Trump To Stop Deleting His Tweets
WASHINGTON -- When President Donald Trump or a member of his staff deletes a tweet, they may be violating federal law, two top congressmen warned the White House this week.
Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn on Wednesday expressing concerns about the Trump administration's record keeping habits and its nontransparent use of social media and other forms of electronic communication.
One example the lawmakers cited is Trump's habit of misspelling and then deleting tweets, which they warned "could pose a violation to the Presidential Records Act" if the deleted tweets are not archived.
"Many of the messages sent from these accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved," they wrote, referring to both Trump's personal @realDonaldTrump account and his official @POTUS account.
"It has been reported, however, that President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived, it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act," Chaffetz and Cummings wrote in the letter.
Trump sometimes deletes tweets due to spelling errors. Over the weekend, he deleted two tweets that misspelled the word "hereby. He finally got it right on the 3rd tweet, so we have a President who can not even spell simple words.
Under former President Barack Obama, White House digital staffers instituted a system of auto-archiving tweets from the president and other top officials.
"We eventually set up auto-archiving for official platforms, so errors could be corrected while preserving the original," Ezra Mechaber, a former deputy director in the White House's office of digital strategy, tweeted in January.
In their letter, Chaffetz and Cummings also asked the White House to investigate whether federal officials are using personal email accounts for government business.
Under the Presidential Records Act, White House officials must forward emails sent from those accounts to their government account within 20 days. The same is true of employees at federal agencies, under the Federal Records Act.
"Official business must be conducted in such a way as to preserve the official record of actions taken by the federal government and its employees," they wrote.
They also raised ethical concerns about the use of apps like Signal and Confide, which encrypt messages and, in some cases, delete them once they're received.
"The need for data security, however, does not justify circumventing requirements established by federal recordkeeping and transparency laws," the lawmakers wrote.
Chaffetz and Cummings suggested that they may consider updating the laws to reflect "trends in federal employees use of technology."
In the meantime, they asked the White House to conduct trainings on proper record keeping and archiving of social media, email and other electronic messaging systems, and urged the administration to clarify its policies and procedures on such matters.
CBO Devastates Republicans By Finding 24 Million To Lose Health Care
This is just unreal, after 7 years of planning this is what they came up with. For 7 years the Republicans have been saying they will repeal and replace Obamacare, they said it would cost less and insure more people. And it was all lies, nothing they said was true. Yes they claim it will save $34 billion a year, which is like a penny in a $4 trillion dollar budget.
In case you do not know, there is $1000 billion dollars in 1 trillion. So $34 billion is nothing, it's not even 1 percent.
The really sad thing is that the Republicans had 7 years to come up with a plan, and this is it, a 10 year old mental patient could have come up with a better plan.
The CBO numbers are simply devastating to the Republican claim that people would not lose their health insurance under the Obamacare replacement.
The CBO score on the American Health Care Act was even worse than many expected:
CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. Most of that increase would stem from repealing the penalties associated with the individual mandate.
Later, following additional changes to subsidies for insurance purchased in the nongroup market and to the Medicaid program, the increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number under current law would rise to 21 million in 2020 and then to 24 million in 2026.
The reductions in insurance coverage between 2018 and 2026 would stem in large part from changes in Medicaid enrollment-because some states would discontinue their expansion of eligibility, some states that would have expanded eligibility in the future would choose not to do so, and per-enrollee spending in the program would be capped.
In 2026, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law.
The CBO also found that Trumpcare saves money by throwing people off of Obamacare subsidies and Medicaid. Premium increases will be age specific, so while a healthy younger person may pay less, an older person will pay more.
The big number that everyone is going to be talking about is the 24 million people who are going to lose their coverage under Trumpcare. Republicans have been trying to tamp down expectations on the CBO estimate for days, but with 24 million people set to lose their health care, Trumpcare may never become law.
Dishonest Trump Aides Say CBO Should Not Tell Us The Cost Of TrumpCare
Now this is really ridiculous, two Trump aides are now saying the non-partisan CBO should not tell the American people the cost of TrumpCare, they say they should not spend their time doing it. Earth to idiots, that is their job, it is what they do. Their job is to tell us the cost of what the Government wants to do, they are non-partisan and respected by everyone, Democrats and Republicans.
This is from the gang that is trying to pass the bill before the CBO can tell us what it cost, something that has never been done before in the history of the country. This is the gang that said they will protect medicaid and make sure nobody loses their health insurance. This is the gang that said their plan will reduce the cost of health care. Now we find out it will cost a fortune, premiums will go up as much as $1,500 a year, and up to 15 million people will lose their health insurance.
Not to mention that fact that they want to replace it with tax credits of $4,000 a year, that will not pay for any health insurance plan in the world.
It is and was all lies from Trump and Paul Ryan, they are lying to you, and the Trumpcare plan is a joke that will crush the poor and the older people. It will be a disaster if it ever passes.
Here is the story of the Trump aids who lied to you and who say the CBO should mind their own business and let them screw us all.
Aides to U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked the credibility of the nonpartisan agency that will analyze the costs of a replacement for Obamacare, as the White House sought to quell opposition from many Republicans.
The Congressional Budget Office, which provides official estimates of the budget impact of proposed legislation, is expected to issue a report as early as Monday that will assess the healthcare legislation put forth by Republican House of Representatives leaders.
The report could influence sentiment toward a bill that is already under fire from both Democrats and many conservative Republicans, especially if it suggests the legislation would reduce the number of Americans with health coverage or that it would worsen U.S. budget deficits.
In a series of television interviews, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said that the CBO is focusing on the wrong metrics with the estimates it will provide on the number of people who are insured.
"I love the folks at the CBO, they work really hard, they do, but sometimes we ask them to do stuff they're not capable of doing, and estimating the impact of a bill of this size probably isn't the - isn't the best use of their time," Mulvaney told ABC's "This Week" program.
Speaking on Fox News, Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council, said: "We will see what the score is, in fact in the past, the CBO score has really been meaningless."
The Trump administration's criticisms of the CBO are unusual and unhead of. In fact, the former head of the CBO said no President has ever tried to pass a bill before the CBO does their report that says what it will cost. Prior administrations, both Republican and Democratic, have steered clear of attacking the credibility of the agency, which many lawmakers regard as a neutral arbiter. The CBO's current director, Kevin Hall, was appointed by Republicans in 2015.
Republicans have long opposed Obamacare, formally called the Affordable Care Act, on the grounds it was government overreach and led to higher insurance premiums. The 2010 law, Democratic President Barack Obama's signature legislation, provided 20 million previously uninsured Americans with health coverage.
The credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has estimated 6 million to 10 million people could lose health insurance coverage under the Republican plan.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran for president in 2016 as a Democrat, said it was "cowardly" for Republicans to proceed with a healthcare bill without CBO estimates, telling CBS' Face the Nation show: "This is a disgrace."
The House Republican legislation would scrap tax penalties for Americans without health insurance, roll back an expansion of Medicaid insurance for the poor, and replace Obamacare's income-based subsidies with a system of fixed tax credits to help people buy private insurance on the open market.
Paul Ryan was even asked on Sunday what it would cost, and he said he does not know. This is the guy who wrote the bill, and the guy who said they have been working on it for 7 years. So the guy who wrote the bill who has worked on it for 7 years can not even tell you what it cost. And they want to pass it anyway, are you kidding me.
Wake up America, this Republican health insurance plan is not what they promised you, it is full of tax breaks for the wealthy, less people will be covered, it will cost a fortune, the poor and the old will suffer, and it does nothing they said it would. They know it's a big scam so they are sending out people to lie about it, do not be fooled, it is all lies and a disaster. Call and write your Congressman and Senator and tell them you know the truth and you want them to vote against it.
Top Republican Investigating Trump Was On His Transition Team
The top Republican who is on the House Intelligence Committee, in charge of the Trump/Russia link investigation, was not only on the Trump transition team, he is about as biased for Trump as anyone can be, and does not even believe Russia tried to help Trump. Which is ridiculous, because it has already been proven that Russia hacked the DNC to help Trump, and Trump even gave a speech during the campaign asking Russia to hack Clintons e-mails.
Then on top of that Trump's NSA pick had to resign for lying about Russian meetings, and not disclosing that he was a foreign agent. Then on top of all that at least 3 other people (that we know of) on the Trump campaign have lied about meetings with Russians, before and after the election.
You have to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to see it. Just like Hannity and O'Reilly, they are part of the cover up. If they did nothing wrong why are they all lying about it, ask yourself why people lie. They lie when they know they were doing something wrong, and that is what multiple people on the Trump campaign have done, including Trump, who also lied that he never met with any Russians. Then we find out they had a Russian go to Trump tower and meet with Trump, they took him in a secret door so the media would not see it.
When you lie and hide and cover things up, you did something wrong. But the top Republican on the investigation does not thing there is anything there.
The top Democrat Adam Schiff says Russia's effort to sway the election for President Donald Trump is one of the most serious issues of our time. Republican Devin Nunes isn't even convinced Russia tried to help Trump.
As Nunes and Schiff, the Republican chairman and top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, lead the House investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, it's unclear how two lawmakers with diametrically-opposed approaches will handle the most politically sensitive investigation to hit Capitol Hill in decades.
Their clashing perspectives on the Russia matter could have severe consequences if Nunes and Schiff are unable to come to terms at key junctures of the probe. Schiff has already signaled he would be prepared to disavow the intelligence panel's work if he feels Republicans are protecting sacred cows - a split that would undermine public confidence that Russia's election interference has been fully explained and won't be allowed to happen again.
The divergence has already burst into the public. After Nunes, a close Trump ally and member of the president's transition team executive committee, said last week that he had seen no evidence tying Trump officials to Moscow, he drew a swift rebuke from Schiff for appearing to prejudge the outcome of their probe.
"When you begin an investigation, you don't begin by stating what you believe to be the conclusion," Schiff said.
This is real simple, if Trump and his team did nothing wrong with Russia, they would have disclosed all the meetings and what they did before the election and after. Instead they hid it all and hoped nobody would find out, then after the truth came out they lied about it, and when you lie about something, especially when 4 or 5 people do it, you have a cover up.
Why lie about something if you did nothing wrong?
Senator McCain Calls On Trump To Show The Evidence Of Wiretap
Monday the Republican Senator John McCain demanded the release of any evidence backing up President Donald Trump's claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in the run-up to the presidential election, slamming the White House's refusal to answer additional questions about the matter.
McCain said the American people "have a right to know on what basis the president of the United States said that his predecessor had broken the law by wiretapping Trump Tower."
"I haven't seen anything like this," the Arizona Republican told reporters, explaining that the Trump administration "should answer questions."
"The American people should demand it," McCain continued. "The dimensions of this are huge."
Real Journalist Destroys Trump Spokesman Over Wiretap Nonsense
Note to Bill O'Reilly, this is what real journalists do, their job.
When you call the White House home, then you damn sure have to answer for any and every controversial or questionable comment you make. It's clear Donald Trump does not understand this. Much like his days pushing ridiculous conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's birth certificate, he still seems to think he can continue this behavior without being held accountable for his words.
Unfortunately for him, that's not how it works.
Thankfully, more and more members of the media are beginning to take a stronger stance against Trump, his behavior, and his fondness for pushing lies and conspiracy theories which he never seems to have any evidence to support.
NBC News White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, took apart White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's rather laughable defense of Trump's wiretapping claim against Barack Obama.
"You said the president stands by his tweets Saturday morning that President Obama ordered this wiretap," Jackson stated. "You've also said that the president wants Congress to investigate. Some members of Congress, by the way, have asked the White House and asked the president to come forward with the information."
"So bottom line, why would the president want Congress to investigate for information he already has?" she asked.
As Jackson pointed out, if Trump already has this proof he claims exists, why doesn't he simply turn it over to Congress? Why would he waste Congress time by making them dig for information that he claims to already have?
That doesn't make any sense, which was basically Jackson's next point.
"If the president has the info, if he's sitting on this information, if he's found out, he's now directing or asking or recommending that the intelligence committees look into this," Jackson replied. "And you talked about they have resources and staff, which they do. But why expend those resources and staff if the president found out this information and has it?"
Spicer then claimed Trump's desire to have Congress involved is his attempt to add credibility to the investigation. While that sounds all well and good, it still doesn't explain why he's withholding evidence from Congress.
If that sounds stupid, it should -- but that's essentially what Trump's saying. This isn't about whether or not Congress could potentially investigate these allegations. Obviously if they're presented with enough evidence indicating that what Trump's saying happened is true, Republicans won't have any problem launching an extensive investigation.
The controversy with all of this centers around Trump's claim to have evidence he says proves his accusations against Obama are true -- that he seems unwilling to share with the American public or even Congress.
Since he doesn't actually have any credible evidence to support his conspiracy, he's trying to spin it as he's holding back what he knows so it doesn't influence the checks and balances of any potential congressional investigation. Though, as Jackson made sure to bring up, members of Congress have asked for his evidence, yet he won't show it to them.
Like with all of Trump's other conspiracies, he's never going to provide any evidence to support anything he says -- because it doesn’t exist.''
That is just one of the conspiracies Trump's claimed are all true -- yet he's never once provided any evidence for a single one of them. Luckily for Trump, he's supported by people who believe anything he says and leads a party that doesn't seem interested in holding him to even 1/100th of the same set of standards they would a Democrat.
Jackson's point was spot-on. It's something many people, myself included, have been saying for the last few days. If Donald Trump has evidence he claims proves Barack Obama ordered an illegal wiretap of Trump Tower, then there's no reason for him not to provide that evidence to Congress.
The fact that he seems unwilling to do so, even though it's been requested by members of Congress, proves that he doesn't have anything. Otherwise there's not a single rational or logical reason why he'd withhold evidence from the very people he says he wants to investigate something that, if true, would be one of the biggest scandals since Watergate.
And btw, O'Reilly also never says a word about Trump spending a fortune in taxpayer money flying back to New York or Florida every weekend on Air Force One, instead of staying in Washington, like most Presidents do. O'Reilly also never says a word about the taxpayers paying an estimated $30 million dollars a year to pay for Trump's wife to live in New York, with secret service protection, instead of Washington.
But when Obama took a day and played golf 4 or 5 times a year, O'Reilly went nuts and said it was a waste of taxpayer money and that Obama was not doing his job. When Trump does it every single weekend, O'Reilly is silent.
Steele Says FBI Sat On Trump Russia File For Months
And if you watch the O'Reilly Factor for your news you would not know anything about this, because O'Reilly ignores it and never says a word about any of it.
This article is from the Independent newspaper in the UK:
Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who investigated Donald Trump's alleged Kremlin links, was so worried by what he was discovering that at the end he was working without pay.
What he found out bothered him so much he kept working on it after they stopped paying him. He worked for free, because the information he was finding was so important.
Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who runs the firm Fusion GPS, felt the same way and, at the end also continued with the Trump case without being paid.
Fusion GPS had been hired by opponents of Trump in September 2015. In June 2016 Mr Steele came on the team. He was, and continues to be, highly regarded in the intelligence world. In July, Trump won the Republican nomination and the Democrats became new employers of Mr Steele and Fusion GPS.
In the same month Mr Steele produced a memo, which went to the FBI, stating that Trump's campaign team had agreed to a Russian request to dilute attention on Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. Four days later Trump stated that he would recognise Moscow's annexation of Crimea, officials involved in his campaign having already asked the Republican party's election platform to remove a pledge for military assistance to the Ukrainian government against separatist rebels in the east of the country.
Mr Steele said that the Trump campaign was taking this path because it was aware that the Russians were hacking Democratic Party emails. No evidence of this has been made public, but the same day that Trump spoke about Crimea he called on the Kremlin to hack Hillary Clinton's emails.
And Bill O'Reilly reported that, he even agreed with Trump and said he wanted Russia to hack her e-mails too.
By late July and early August MI6 was also receiving information about Trump. By September, information to the FBI began to grow in volume: Mr Steele compiled a set of his memos into one document and passed it to his contacts at the FBI. But there seemed to be little progress in a proper inquiry into Trump. The Bureau, instead, seemed to be devoting their resources in the pursuit of Hillary Clinton's email transgressions.
The New York office, in particular, appeared to be on a crusade against Ms Clinton. Some of its agents had a long working relationship with Rudy Giuliani, by then a member of the Trump campaign, since his days as public prosecutor and then Mayor of the city.
As the election approached, FBI director James Comey made public his bombshell letter saying that Ms Clinton would face another email investigation. Two days before that Mr Giuliani, then a part of the Trump team, talked about "a surprise or two you're going to hear about in the next few days. We've got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn things around."
After the letter was published Mr Giuliani claimed he had heard from current and former agents that "there's a kind of revolution going on inside the FBI" over the original decision not to charge Ms Clinton and that Mr Comey had been forced by some of his agents to announce the reinvestigation.
Democrats demanded an investigation into how Mr Giuliani acquired this knowledge without getting an answer.
In October a frustrated and demoralised Mr Steele, while on a trip to New York, spoke about what he has discovered to David Corn, the Washington editor of the magazine Mother Jones. There was a little flurry of interest that quickly died down.
Trump's surprise election victory came and the Democratic employers of Mr Steele and Mr Johnson no longer needed them. But the pair continued with their work, hopeful that the wider investigation into Russian hacking in the US would allow the Trump material to be properly examined.
It was against this background that Senator John McCain, who had been hearing with growing alarm reports about Trump and the Kremlin, met Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow, who had spent 10 years in Russia and is highly respected for his knowledge of Russian affairs, at a security conference in Halifax, Canada.
Take note that John McCain is a friend of Bill O'Reilly and a frequent guest on his show, but not once has O'Reilly had McCain on to discuss any of it.
Sir Andrew stressed to Senator McCain that he had not read the dossier, but vouched for Mr Steele's professionalism and integrity. The chair of the Senate Armed Forces Committee then sent an emissary to London who picked up the dossier from an intermediary acting on behalf of Mr Steele. The Senator personally took the material to Mr Comey.
Then the FBI did nothing and sat on the information for months.
Trump and Barack Obama were briefed about the allegations as part of a report into Russian hacking in January of 2017. Trump remained silent about it until the information was published and then he angrily denounced them as lies.
His spokesperson even said he could not recall the briefing.
Now remember this, all during this time at least 5 people on the Trump team were meeting with Russians, including Trump and Jeff Sessions. Who all later lied about it, so if they did nothing wrong why are they all lying about it? Sessions even had to recuse himself, and General Flynn was forced to resign for lying about his meeting with the Russians.
Now I say where there is smoke there is fire, but according to O'Reilly and Trump it's all nothing and not news, it's just a political witch hunt. The place is burning down in Russian flames, and they call it nothing.
What say you O'Reilly? Oh yeah, nothing, zero, zip, nada. Because you are a biased Trump stooge who is not just ignoring the story, you are trying to help Trump cover it up.
More Proof O'Reilly Was Biased Against Obama
Remember the good old days when Obama was the President, over and over Bill O'Reilly did segment after segment on the debt and the deficit. In fact, during the 8 years Obama was in office I would bet it was reporting on more than any other issue by O'Reilly.
A thousand times O'Reilly said Obama is bankrupting the country, that we are broke, and that we must get the debt and the deficit under control. O'Reilly said we are going to go bankrupt under Obama, and end up like Greece.
Now I said it was all partisan right-wing propaganda and it would never happen, and I was right. It turns out that O'Reilly was lying to you, yeah I know, what a shocking turn of events, haha.
Here are a couple quotes from O'Reilly when Obama was in office:
O'REILLY: Now you would think President Obama, for his own political survival, would support drastic cuts in federal spending, but he does not, and neither does the Democratic Party in general.
O'REILLY: In fact, the far-left loons want to spend more, believing against all evidence that it will get us out of the stubborn recession. So if the Republicans are smart -- a big if -- they will simply run a campaign on economics.
O'REILLY: There is no question that the Obama administration has embraced out-of-control spending. That is not debatable. And if the deficit spending doesn't stop, the USA will become like Greece, insolvent and chaotic.
O'REILLY: Well "Talking Points" is playing Paul Revere. Bankruptcy is coming, and the Democrats are not considering that reality. The tax the rich mantra is a delusion. There are not enough rich people in the country to even put a dent in the federal debt. Government spending should revert back to the year 2007 when we had a manageable deficit.
Now I could post a hundred more quotes just like that from O'Reilly about Obama and the deficit. According to O'Reilly it was a major problem and it had to be fixed now, or we will go broke and end up like Greece.
Fast forward to Trump winning the election, it's been 50 days, almost 2 months, and how many times do you think O'Reilly has said we are broke, going bankrupt, and mentioned the debt and deficit?
If you said 0, none, nada, never. You are right. Suddenly the debt and the deficit do not matter to O'Reilly, suddenly we are not broke, suddenly we are not going bankrupt, and suddenly we are not going to end up like Greece, simply because Trump is now President instead of Obama.
O'Reilly used to ask how Obama was going to pay for anything when we are broke and in big debt, but now he does not ask Trump how we can pay for things we need. Not once has O'Reilly talked about the deficit, since Trump took over.
Maddow Explains Why The People Will Have To Bring Down Trump
Watch the O'Reilly Factor on Fox, and notice how Bill O'Reilly does not report on any of this, and never will, because Trump is his friend and they are both Republicans. Even though when Obama was in office O'Reilly reported it if Obama did anything, it's total bias and a total double standard.
In fact, O'Reilly just does not ignore all the Trump scandals, he defends Trump, and calls for Obama to be investigated, which is just laughable.
With all of the Congressional investigations being controlled by Republicans affiliated with the Trump campaign, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow showed why it would be up to the people and the media to find the answers on the Russia scandal that could bring down Trump.
Talking about Christopher Steele, the British intelligence officer who wrote the intelligence report that said Trump worked with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton, Maddow said this:
Does this mean that we are finally going get access to what he knows? That we are finally going to get hear what backs this up? Is the Senate Intelligence Committee going to call him and have him testify like NBC reported late last week? Well, we called the Senate Intelligence Committee tonight, and they told us no, probably not.So how many time do you think the name Christopher Steele has been mentioned on the Factor by Bill O'Reilly, answer: 0. O'Reilly will not even say his name, let alone do a segment on the report he put out.
And the Republicans leading the intelligence committees said that they will look at Trump's allegation that Obama wiretapped him strongly suggest that the Congress can't be trusted to do an independent investigation. With Jeff Sessions looming over the DOJ, it is unlikely that the FBI will be able to conduct an independent investigation.
If you want to understand why Democrats are demanding a special prosecutor, look no further than who is overseeing the investigations.
There is a giant scandal hanging over this White House. It is the kind of scandal that ruins a president and his party.
Republicans have a vested interest in protecting Trump, and so does Bill O'Reilly. Because he has spent 2 years telling us how great Trump is, and what a great President he will be.
They might be able to bury this scandal in Congress, but they can't stop the free press and the American people from uncovering and spreading the truth.
Crazy O'Reilly Calls Andrea Mitchell Unruly For Asking A Question
Andrea Mitchell was totally out of control and crossed the line, what did she do, she asked a question at a meeting with Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Yes that was it, she basically did her job as a journalist, ask questions.
But according to O'Reilly she was unruly and deserved to be escorted out of the room by White House security. Which just goes to show how insane and clueless Bill O'Reilly is. When Fox reporters did the very same thing to Obama, O'Reilly praised them and defended them, but when other journalists do it to Trump, O'Reilly slams them and calls them unruly.
And btw, Tillerson said this in January, just two months ago.
TILLERSON: "We want to ensure at all times, if confirmed, that the secretary of state and the State Department is fully transparent with the public." - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at his January 11, 2017, confirmation hearing.
When Andrea Mitchell was ejected from the room for daring to ask Rex Tillerson questions, Bill O'Reilly celebrated by calling her Unruly.
Andrea Mitchell has been trying to get answers from Trump's Secretary of State, Exxon-Mobil's Rex Tillerson. But that's not easy when Tillerson, seven weeks into Trump's administration, has yet to hold a press conference.
However, Tillerson did meet publicly yesterday with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Mitchell seized the day and that got her escorted from the room as she asked Tillerson how he will respond to threats from China, and if Donald Trump will be strong against Vladimir Putin.
She asked a question, and was kicked out of the room, yeah that's being unruly, or as the rest of the world calls it, doing her job.
So Bill O'Reilly wrote this on twitter:
Bill O'Reilly - @oreillyfactor
Unruly Andrea Mitchell escorted from press conf
11:16 AM - 8 Mar 2017
Mitchell owned it, signing off with "That does it for this unruly edition of Andrea Mitchell Reports."
As NBC News Brad Jaffy added:
She became an instant rallying cry for the press. Jaffy went on to lecture O'Reilly saying this:
"No. She was trying to ask questions -- as any good reporter should. And I'm proud to call her a friend and colleague."
Dan Rather also offered his "full support and encouragement to her. Solidarity."
Jake Tapper - @jaketapper
Yeah, that's not "unruly," that's a dogged reporter trying to get a powerful person to answer questions important to the public.
Brian Williams said "this is not Andrea Mitchell's first rodeo and she's been tossed out of fancier places while trying to do her job."
Which isn't saying much but says a lot about Donald Trump's so-called state department.
And one last thing. On Tuesday, bureau chiefs for major news organizations held a conference call to discuss the fact that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not going to allow the press to travel with him on his plane during an upcoming trip to Asia.
According to Poynter.org, which reported on the call, not allowing reporters on Tillerson's government plane would be would be "very unusual, if not unprecedented, certainly in recent times, with substantial access given by recent Secretaries of State, including John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice."
Flynn Told Trump Team He Might Register As A Foreign Agent
Flynn told them before the election that he was working as a foreign agent for Turkey, and of course Trump says he had no idea. Then Trump made him part of his campaign staff as an advisor, and went on to try and make him the head of the NSA.
WOW! And of course O'Reilly has never said a word about it, while saying Flynn did nothing wrong and he was forced to resign because the liberals made stuff up about him. O'Reilly basically said Flynn did nothing wrong, and he only had to resign because the liberal media smeared him.
In fact, O'Reilly did an entire talking points memo on it defending Flynn and slamming the media, here is the title:
The anti-Trump media's mass hysteria over General Flynn
Here is how O'Reilly reported on it:
O'REILLY: Summing up, there is no credible evidence at this point that the Trump campaign cooperated with the Russians in the hacking of the Clinton campaign. None.
There is no credible evidence that General Flynn was directed to do anything.
Yet the anti-Trump media spends hours talking trash.
One footnote, hard news reporters should be looking into all the Russian intrusions including the Flynn situation.
And if those reporters uncover evidence of wrongdoing, it should be presented.
But speculation by the media is garbage.
Attorneys for Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, informed the incoming White House legal counsel during the transition that Flynn might need to register with the government as a foreign agent - a phone call that raised no alarms within Trump's team, despite the unusual circumstance of having a top national security post filled by someone whose work may have benefited a foreign government.
The firm Flynn headed, Flynn Intel Group, was hired last year when Flynn was an adviser to the Trump campaign by the Netherlands-based firm Inovo BV, which is owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin. Alptekin has close ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
New details about the work Flynn did for Inovo resurrect the controversy over his short tenure as Trump's top national security aide.
The national security adviser is supposed to be an honest broker within the executive branch, pulling together military and diplomatic options for the president so he can decide what policy to pursue. But Flynn's work potentially benefiting Turkey meant he was representing the interests of a country other than the United States at the same time he was advising Trump on foreign policy during the election.
Flynn's firm was paid more than $500,000 by Inovo for public relations and research work, including looking into exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania. His extradition is being sought by Turkey, which has accused him of fomenting a coup attempt last year.
On Tuesday, Flynn filed paperwork with the Justice Department identifying himself as a foreign agent who was paid last year to do work that could benefit the Turkish government.
Then on Friday it was revealed that Flynn's attorneys twice told Trump's legal counsel team of his possible plans to register as a foreign agent - once in a conversation with Don McGahn, Trump's counsel, before the inauguration and then in a conversation with another member of the White House legal team during the administration's early days, someone with knowledge of the situation told The Washington Post, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
A White House official confirmed both calls, the first of which was reported by the Associated Press, but said that Flynn's attorneys had simply been seeking guidance, which Trump's legal team said it was unable to provide.
So Trump and Pence both knew, and yet they did not fire him or report the disclosure to anyone. In other words, they tried to cover it up and hoped nobody would find out. And as of 3-10-17 O'Reilly has not said one word about Flynn being a foreign agent, and never will.
Trump Lies About Jobs Then Takes Credit For An Exxon Press Release
Wow, Donald Trump just can not tell the truth, every word out of his mouth is a lie.
Donald Trump killed two birds with one stone on Monday, simultaneously taking credit for jobs he had no role in creating and plagiarizing from an Exxon Mobil press release.
A statement released by the White House Monday stole an entire paragraph from an Exxon PR statement issued just an hour earlier announcing investments that were planned in 2013.
The side-by-side image of the two statements shows just how similar they are, they match word for word, they just used the Exxon press release and said they wrote it, then the White House didn't even try to pretend it wasn't plagiarizing.
What's even more troubling is that Rex Tillerson, former Exxon CEO and current Secretary of State, met with Trump just two hours before the administration's statement was issued.
As Slate noted, the White House statement looks a lot like a "corporate press release on behalf of Exxon Mobile."
The line between Trump's business entanglements and his work as president is essentially nonexistent at this point, and his free advertising for Exxon on Monday is proof of that.
It also should not go unnoticed that the president is lying when he takes credit for jobs that he is supposedly helping Exxon create. The investment plan outlined by the oil company on Monday was announced four years ago when Barack Obama was president.
"There is nothing new or newsworthy here," said energy analyst Pavel Molchanov, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"At the risk of stating the obvious, plenty of companies, across various industries, have been touting their U.S. job creation efforts in order to get on the Trump administration’s good side - even when the underlying job creation has little or nothing to do with Washington policy. This is simply the latest example of that."
However, there was one new jobs announcement issued on Monday that the president was silent about. General Motors said it plans to lay off up to 1,100 of its workers from a plant in Lansing, Michigan. But of course Trump does not take credit for it. And you sure will not hear anything about it from O'Reilly.
Trump, who won Michigan last fall by convincing enough voters that he would bring jobs back, has yet to comment on that development.
Trump Lied About Keystone XL Using American Steel
A few weeks ago, when President Trump signed a directive clearing several hurdles out of the way of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the White House touted a new requirement -- that the pipeline be made with American steel.
Never mind, he lied, again.
The requirement to use domestic steel posed a potential conflict between the administration's populist agenda and it's pro-business stance. So business won.
Friday, a White House spokeswoman said Keystone would be exempt from the buy-America requirement because the pipeline was already partially underway.
In a speech at CPAC last month, Trump even hinted that he personally insisted on the buy-America idea himself.
"This took place while I was getting ready to sign," he told CPAC. "I said, 'Who makes the pipes for the pipeline?' Well, sir, it comes from all over the world, isn't that wonderful? I said, 'Nope, it comes from the United States or we're not building one.' American steel. If they want a pipeline in the United States, they're going to use pipe that's made in the United States, do we agree?"
Wrong! The pipeline will not use American-produced steel during its construction despite President Donald Trump's insistence after signing the controversial directives back in January and referencing the move in his address to Congress, the White House confirmed on Friday.
White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to language in the presidential directive as to why the proposed cross-border pipeline is not subject to Trump's U.S.-made steel promise.
"The way that executive order is written," Sanders said. "It’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired. Since this one is already currently under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there; it would be hard to go back."
Liar Trump Puts Out More Lies About Release Of Gitmo Detainees
Trump tweeted about "122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration" even though 113 of them were released by President Bush.
As part of his daily Twitter rant, Donald Trump tweeted a huge lie about President Obama and Guantanamo detainees, motivated by a bogus story on Fox & Friends:
Donald J. Trump - @realDonaldTrump
122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!
6:04 AM - 7 Mar 2017
Brian Klaas - @brianklaas
Trump watches Fox & Friends, then tweets (this time, neglecting that 113 of 122 detainees were released by Pres. Bush). This is SO reckless.
7:41 AM - 7 Mar 2017
Fact: Only 9 of the detainees that Trump blames President Obama for were actually released by Obama.
However, for Trump, it's a win. It's a distraction from the very real problems in his administration and it pushes the right buttons among his supporters, who will be repeating the lie all day long.
Even Conservative Joe Scarborough Is Calling Trump A Fake & Reckless President
But of course O'Reilly says nothing about it, as he claims only liberals are unhappy with Trump. O'Reilly even defended Trump after he said Obama put a wiretap on his phones, when it never happened. Presidents can not order wiretaps, especially on American citizens. The FISA court does that, if and only if the FBI or the DOJ can show probable cause.
And if they had probable cause to tap a Trump phone, then Trump is in more trouble than he wants to admit. Obama did not order a wiretap of any phones, ever, it is simply impossible. But Trump and O'Reilly still claim it is, which is ridiculous, and shows what liars they are.
Here is what Scarborough said, and remember he is a Republican and a conservative:
MSNBC's Morning Joe program, which once fawned over Donald Trump early in his campaign, denounced him Monday as "fake, failed and reckless," and blamed the president for bringing the nation to a crisis.
What had co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski so hot and bothered?
Trump's baseless claim that President Barack Obama had his phones at Trump Tower wiretapped during the presidential election.
"I think we reached a new low," Scarborough said.
Added Brzezinski: "I had hope and an open mind. And I have lost hope completely and my mind is closed. This presidency is fake and failed." She added, choking up: "This is really bad. Just for the record, we are all really nervous."
Scarborough said the accusations have "shaken this government and the confidence of its people to the core. It is hard to overstate how reckless" the president's tweets are.
"It is one thing when a reality TV star accuses a president of a sleazy conspiratorial theory. But when a president of the United States accuses another president, the context changes and it becomes dangerous," he added. "We are in crisis."
Trump was "totally unprepared for the job," Scarborough said he now realizes. "I think he just doesn't care. All he wants to do is blow something up, as big as an explosion as possible to distract from other things. Everything is the short game. It proves he is a day trader, he doesn't care who he hurts."
Morning Joe used to be one of Trump's go-to programs for a welcoming reception during the early campaign days, but relations soon frayed. As they became more critical, Trump then put out Twitter tirades against the co-hosts.
Monday's program was instantly attacked by conservatives and conservative news sites, who mocked Brzezinski's emotions.
FBI Director James Comey Says Trump Wiretap Claims Are False
FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump's claims that Obama wiretapped him. When the Justice Department did nothing, Comey's statement that the President's allegation is false ended up in the press.
Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, but the DOJ has not released any such statement. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.
Since the President and his White House don't seem to understand, the FBI telling the country that the President Of The United States has just lied to them is not a good thing.
Picking a fight with the FBI to defend the President's fact-free claims is also not good.
If Comey decides to turn over everything, the entire Trump administration will have a very big problem. When the FBI director is basically calling the President a liar, the dam is about to break.
And it looks like the FBI is not going to let Donald Trump throw them under the bus.
5 Reasons Why Trump's Twitter Rants Are The Beginning Of The End
His supporters will deny it, but Donald Trump is a national embarrassment. The rest of the world is looking at the United States like a disturbing version of reality TV with nuclear weapons, led by someone who's incompetent, emotionally unstable, and mentally unhinged.
It's embarrassing to know that a big part of the day for other world leaders is getting updates on the irrational Twitter behavior of the person living in charge of the United States.
Except that is the reality we are living.
Trump's crazy Twitter meltdown Saturday might just be the beginning of the end of his administration. It's one thing for him to push conspiracies about voter fraud, but it's another to publicly accuse a former President of the United States of illegally monitoring a presidential candidate during an election.
Especially when it's impossible, and his rant is tied to a Breitbart article which was based on comments from conspiracy theorist Mark Levin, who accused Barack Obama of being part of a coup attempt against Trump.
That is a big deal. But here is why I think this could be the beginning of the end:
1. If Trump truly believes this, he must immediately order investigations into this matter or admit he's incompetent and pushed a conspiracy that wasn't true:
What Trump did on Saturday was endorse a radical conspiracy that accuses Obama of being the mastermind of a diabolical (and highly illegal) shadow government. As the leader of this country, if he believes that's true, then he must order extensive investigations into these extremely serious accusations.
Otherwise, he needs to admit that he fell for a ridiculous, fact-less conspiracy and his incompetence makes him unfit for office. What he can't do is continue to make this claim, but do nothing about it.
2. You're seeing more Republicans speaking out against Trump:
The one benefit Trump's had thus far has been the cowardly reluctance by many members of his own party, especially those in Congress, to speak out against him. However, we're now seeing more members of the GOP doing just that.
I think he's finally reached a point where we're going to see an increased number of Republicans realizing that defending him is a lost cause.
3. He's forced Congress to do something after they spent weeks trying to avoid doing anything:
Because many of the Russia-related allegations against Trump have been based on media reports, congressional Republicans have mostly been able to side-step calls to hold investigations into whether or not he might have committed treason.
They can't do that now.
This isn't Trump fabricating conspiracies about his 3 million vote loss to Hillary Clinton. Saturday's Twitter tantrum was the President of the United States publicly endorsing a conspiracy that claims Barack Obama illegally bypassed the FISA court, unilaterally ordering surveillance of Trump Tower.
If true, this demands investigations unlike anything we've ever seen. Everyone in Obama's administration, the Justice Department, CIA, NSA, FBI -- they would all have to be investigated. We would need to know who carried out an illegal order, who covered it up, and who could still be working for Obama.
Which means congressional Republicans can't dismiss this as a "Democratic party witch hunt." This was their party's leader publicly accusing a former president of a crime bigger than Watergate. If Republicans brush this off like they did his conspiracy about millions of illegal votes, then they're admitting he's lying and is a national disgrace for trying to blatantly slander his predecessor.
Trump has put members of his party in the position to either side with him on this outrageous lie, or publicly admit that he's a crazy person who believes Internet conspiracies from sources that aren't remotely credible.
Either way, they now have to do something, and I believe more than just a few are going to realize that supporting Trump is a sinking ship that's no longer worth trying to keep afloat.
4. If this does lead to an investigation, a lot of the information relating to Trump’s ties to Russia -- including his tax returns -- could become public knowledge:
Any push for an investigation into Trump's attack on Obama would certainly lead to a record number of subpoenas. This would ultimately require people to testify, publicly, about what evidence they have that Trump or his associates have ties to Russia.
This could lead to a court-order requiring Trump to turn over tax documents if there's evidence (as some have alleged) that Putin has compromised him by using financial leverage as blackmail.
Once you go down the path of investigations, it's not a one-sided affair. Donald Trump won't be able to control most of the information that would be made public, nor could he block judicial orders with which he doesn't want to comply.
5. If Trump's rant is based on actual surveillance of people associated with him, he just publicly confirmed a FISA court was presented with enough evidence to approve the warrant:
Let's say Trump's rant was based on his misunderstanding of the legalities concerning a legitimate warrant approving the surveillance of Trump Tower. The only way for that to have occurred (without the illegal act of Barack Obama personally ordering it), would have been for U.S. intelligence officials to present the FISA court with credible enough evidence to issue the warrant to bug Trump Tower.
It is possible that this surveillance could have taken place. However, because Trump's too ignorant to know that it was carried out legally by way of a FISA court-approved warrant, his rant essentially confirms that there are on-going investigations into whether or not there was collusion between his campaign and the Russian government.
Nothing like spending months calling any allegations that his campaign has ties to Russia fake news, to then confirm the legitimacy of these investigations because you're dumb enough to buy into a conspiracy concerning legal U.S. intelligence surveillance.
While this is a story that's not going away any time soon, Donald Trump's rant on Saturday might be the first real sign that the end of his administration is near.
Bill O'Reilly Is A Joke Who Should Resign And Retire Now
When Democrats called for an investigation of George W. Bush, or someone in his administration, O'Reilly said if they do not show evidence of wrongdoing it is nothing but a witch hunt and a waste of taxpayer money. Then he defended Bush, or the person the Democrats wanted investigated.
So what does O'Reilly do when Trump claims Obama put a wiretap on his phones, with no evidence, he defends it and calls for fricking Obama to be investigated for subversion.
Joe Scarborough just said it all, he said it's ridiculous and a waste of taxpayer money. Scarborough said all Trump has to do is call the FBI or the Attorney General and ask them if they have any evidence Obama put a wiretap on his phones, it would take 5 minutes.
But he dont, and the White House spokesman Sean Spicer will not say why Trump does not do that. Instead he admits Trump has not even called the FBI or the Attorney General to ask them if they have any evidence Obama put a wiretap on his phones.
Because there is no evidence, it never happened, Trump just made it all up. There could be some evidence someone in a Trump building had a wiretap on them, but that would only show a FISA warrant was ordered and mean even more trouble for Trump, because it shows they had probable cause to get the wiretap, by showing evidence to a judge, who approved it, not Obama.
If a Democratic President had said a Republican President put a wiretap on his phones during the election, O'Reilly would lose his mind, call it an illegal and unconstitutional witch hunt, and call for the Feds to report the facts now to the American people.
O'Reilly would make it the mission of his life to get to the bottom of it and slam the Democratic President every night until the truth came out. But when the insane liar Trump does it, O'Reilly only says we should investigate Obama.
Which is not only ridiculous, it's biased insanity. It's the opposite of the job a real journalist would do. A real journalist would call for Trump, or someone in the White House to provide the evidence or shut up and say they lied and they are sorry.
Trump is just a spoiled rich kid who grew up to be a spoiled rich man, who is now the President. He is used to using his fame and wealth to bully everyone and getting whatever he wants with his money. He is used to everyone saying yes to him, and does not know what to do when someone says no to him, except get mad and put out insane tweets at 5 or 6 in the morning.
Donald Trump is a dishonest and dangerous lying clown who should not be the President, he needs to be impeached now and have someone who can be the President take his place. And Bill O'Reilly is a dishonest and lying clown of a fake journalist, who should resign in shame for not doing his job. All he does is defend every crazy thing Trump says and does, and ignore real news of all the scandals Trump is having.
Insane O'Reilly Now Wants Congress To Investigate Obama For Subversion
Want proof Bill O'Reilly is a dishonest hack of a biased fake journalist, just read this.
With all the scandals around Trump, O'Reilly wants Obama investigated for subversion.
Here is a partial transcript from the Tuesday night Factor show:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch working for President Obama ordered the rules about shared intelligence information changed just days before the president left office, just days before Mr. Obama walked out the door. So why did Miss Lynch do that. Did Mr. Obama order the change?
Again, we need to know. It's very important because by national security agency sharing raw information, OK, unvetted, with the FBI, CIA, and other agencies, you open up the potential for leaks. That's what happened. As soon as President Trump walked into the Oval Office, his phone calls to the Mexican president, to the Australian prime minister, and other high-level officials were leaked to the press.
So in effect, the Obama administration may have -- I emphasize may -- have created chaos for the Trump administration by allowing unsubstantiated intelligence information to be spread across a number of agencies.
This is big. If that were done intentionally to harm the incoming president, Mr. Trump, that's subversion. So you can see that Congress must get to the bottom of the situation.
Sessions Used Political Funds for Republican Convention Expenses
The Trump administration says Attorney General Jeff Sessions was acting as a then-U.S. senator when he talked to Russia's ambassador at an event during last year's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but Sessions paid for convention travel expenses out of his own political funds and he spoke about Donald Trump's campaign at the event, according to a person at the event and campaign-finance records.
Sessions made comments related to Trump's presidential campaign at a Heritage Foundation event during the Republican convention in July, when he met with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, according to a person at the event in Cleveland.
Sessions on Thursday said he would recuse himself from involvement in any probe related to the 2016 presidential campaign, following disclosures that he met with the Russian ambassador during the convention, and later in his Senate office in Washington.
Interactions between U.S. senators and foreign ambassadors are relatively common. But Sessions has come under fire for not disclosing his contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearing to become attorney general.
Democratic lawmakers have accused him of misleading Congress and called on him to resign. Representatives for the White House and Sessions have defended his failure to disclose his contacts with the Russian ambassador by arguing that the exchanges occurred in his capacity as a U.S. senator, rather than as a campaign official.
At the time Sessions met the Russian ambassador at the RNC convention, he had been serving as chairman of Trump's National Security Advisory Committee for more than four months.
Campaign-finance-disclosure records show Sessions re-election campaign account was used for travel expenses in Cleveland at the same time the Republican National Convention was held in July, rather than using official funds that would pay for travel by him or other members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
On July 16, two days before the convention began, his campaign account made two payments of $1,395 to the Sheraton Cleveland Airport. A week later, the account made two payments to the Westin Hotel in Cleveland totaling $223. All payments were described as for lodging.
No payments reimbursing Sessions appear in Trump's campaign account, the records show.
Larry Noble, general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan advocacy group, said Sessions likely used his campaign account, rather than official Senate funds, because as a senior adviser to the Trump campaign it would have been difficult to argue that he wasn't attending the convention for any political purpose.
"If he was truly there solely as a member of the Armed Services Committee, then he could've used his legislative account," Mr. Noble said.
One person at the Heritage event in Cleveland said Sessions left the impression he was there because of his role in the Trump campaign. This person said Sessions remarks in part were focused on Trump's trade policy, saying the then-candidate would do away with multilateral trade deals.
Sessions didn't definitively rule out the possibility that he had additional meetings.
"I don't recall having met him before those two meetings," he said at a news conference Thursday. He also said he doesn't think he met with any Russian officials besides Mr. Kislyak.
When people do not want to admit they did something wrong, they say this: "I don't recall doing it."
Beside Sessions, the FBI inquiry has examined contacts between the Russian ambassador and Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who resigned in February over his failure to accurately describe his conversations.
Several other associates of Trump's campaign also have come under federal scrutiny. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, now a senior White House adviser, met in December with Kislyak, along with Flynn, the White House said Thursday. A senior administration official said it was a brief courtesy meeting at Trump Tower in New York.
And btw folks, now there is a new story that Trump had a secret meeting with Kislyak at the Trump Tower building, where they had him sneak in a private door so nobody would know he was there.
Russian Ambassador Was Sneaked Into Trump Tower
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked why the Trump administration is just now revealing the meeting with Russian Ambassador Kislyak that took place at Trump Tower and if he used a different door since the press didn't capture his visit.
The Trump White House kept the December meeting at Trump Tower a secret. At the time, the press was staked out in the lobby covering what was functioning as one of two transition headquarters, and so every visit was public.
Yet the Russian Ambassador's visit, a man known by U.S. intelligence officers as one of Russia's top spies and recruiter of spies, was somehow kept hidden. Thus the press concluded yesterday that team Trump must have sneaked him in via a hidden entrance.
Another campaign aide, J.D. Gordon, met with Kislyak during the Republican convention, a White House spokeswoman said, adding to the number of known contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials. Mr. Gordon couldn't be reached for comment.
Sessions was the first sitting senator to back Trump, formally endorsing the New Yorker in February 2016. Sessions went on to become one of Trump's most high-profile surrogates, speaking for him on cable television and serving as an ambassador to Capitol Hill, where many Republicans were skittish about Trump's candidacy.
Sessions also went on to deliver the formal nomination of Trump at the Republican National Convention.
Rachel Maddow Used Leaked Document To Expose Trump's Muslim Ban
Here is something you will never see reported by O'Reilly, because it shows that the Trump Muslim ban is total garbage, it's all just made up by Trump and Bannon.
Maddow said this Thursday night: "It tells us that the national security justification for the whole ban is, the setting up for extreme vetting is bull pucky in national security terms. There's nothing they can set up at the border to tell you years down the road who might become a completely different and radical and violent person years from now because they haven't been radicalized yet. So this tells us substantively, in terms of the substance of the matter, that the intelligence community thinks the Muslim ban is nuts. The intelligence community on national security grounds thinks the Muslim ban and the whole justification for it cuckoo."
She also said that the fact the document was leaked to her (by people in the Government) told us something else: "That tells that people inside the government, people who have access to intelligence documents like this, they want this to be known. They want it on TV. They want this out, so that no matter what the administration says about what they are doing and why we can see what the career intelligence people actually think about what this government is doing before they presumably submarine this stuff."
Notice they did not leak it to Bill O'Reilly, or anyone at Fox News, because they know they will not report it, and most likely rat them out for doing it.
Maddow went on to call the Muslim ban a disaster, and she said that she thinks the Muslim ban is dead.
The whole reasoning behind Trump's Muslim was that it was supposed to keep terrorists out of the country, but it turns out that there is no way to tell who is a terrorist and who isn't because radicalization doesn't occur for years after entry into the US. So Trump's Muslim has nothing do with keeping America safe, and everything to do with bigotry and discrimination against Muslims.
Rachel Maddow has exposed Trump's Muslim ban to be the bigoted piece of un-American trash that most Americans believe it to be.
The free press has once against struck a great victory for transparency and informing the public against the Trump regime.
The First 40 Days Of Trump (Reality Check)
Trump says his first 40 days has been great, like a well oiled machine. Here is the reality, from Barbara Streisand, yes she is well informed and knows what she is talking about. Notice that you never hear about any of this from O'Reilly, he ignores it all.
Whenever the doorbell rang, the legendary Dorothy Parker reportedly said, "What fresh hell is this?" I feel the same way every day under President Trump. His speech to Congress on his 40th day as president was no different.
It was striking to see how this president has spent his first 40 days in office versus those of President Obama. Nancy Pelosi sums it up:
One week and one day from [Obama's] swearing in, the House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [the stimulus bill]. One week later, the Senate passed it. On February 17th, Four weeks from his inauguration, he signed a bill, which saved or created 4 million jobs [firemen, police, teachers and other essential services jobs]. He had already signed Lilly Ledbetter [equal pay for women, and], the children's health insurance program...
What has Trump done since his inaugural address, where he talked so pessimistically about our country's decay and carnage without any respect for past presidents who were sitting there? He's put Wall Street first and frightened immigrants. In his speech to Congress, Trump repeatedly tried to draw a connection between immigrants and violent crime. While every victim and every crime is a tragedy, it is also plain fact that immigrants actually commit crime at lower rates than native-born citizens.
Why is Trump so intent on demonizing these people? Even kids are skipping school for fear they will be deported.
Despite promises to drain the swamp, Trump has filled Washington with Wall Street cronies and his billionaire business buddies. He has rolled back Obama's Wall Street regulations, like an SEC rule that forces oil companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. Trump said he "wants to have clean air, clean water. That's very important to me."
But he just signed a bill that allows polluters to pour toxic waste back into the waterways. Does he intend to outright lie to the American people or does he not even see the contradictions between his promises and his actions?
His appointees at the EPA and Education Department seem intent on destroying their agencies. Steve Bannon even admittedly it plainly, saying the cabinet picks are meant to aid in the "deconstruction of the administrative state." Trump says that he is quashing lobbying and special interests in Washington, but immediately kowtowed to the NRA allowing mentally disabled to own firearms.
Trump says he inherited a mess. But Stephen Colbert, who has never been better, helped clarify the truth for us, "No, you inherited a fortune. We elected a mess." In fact he inherited a growing economy in America, while President Obama inherited a depression in 2009.
Trump claims credit for a bump in the stock market, but conveniently forgets that it was Obama who oversaw the second-longest bull market in history; the Dow went up 10,000 points. He brags about saving 700 jobs at one company, but doesn't mention the $7 million tax break they got in return. Obama presided over the creation of 15 million jobs during his tenure. If Trump wants to bring back jobs, why can't his branded merchandise, like his ties and baseball caps, be made here instead of China?
Trump claims he's going to make Obamacare better, but the Republicans have yet to produce an actual plan that lives up to their promises. Since the ACA passed, the uninsured rate fell below 9 percent. The Health and Human Services Department Secretary has projected 30 million people could lose health care coverage if this Administration and Congress repeal it.
Eight out of 10 people have been able to get coverage for less than $100 on the ACA marketplace because the cost is based on income. There are a record number of people signing up for ACA coverage this year.
Trump even tried to blame Obama for a failed raid in Yemen that Obama never approved. The father of the Navy Seal, Ryan Owens, killed during that raid refused to meet with Trump and said, "Don't hide behind my son's death." As we now know, Trump wasn't even in the situation room, but instead was tweeting and promoting his own television appearance.
The White House calls it a successful mission, but it has produced no intelligence, upwards of 30 civilians were killed including women and children, and a $90 million U.S. military aircraft was destroyed.
With the lowest approval of any new president on record, Trump, in a fit of paranoia, now blames Obama for protests against him. After endless tweets criticizing President Obama for time away from the White House, Trump has now spent approximately one-third of his first month on vacation, with three weekend getaways and multiple rounds of golf. His jaunts to Mar-a-Lago have already cost taxpayers $10 million.
Trump is a walking conflict of interest. His business ties have put him in violation of the Constitution since day 1, according to George W. Bush's ethics lawyer. The emoluments clause of the Constitution is there to keep our politicians from profiting off their position to make money off of foreign governments.
Trump has been fighting to trademark his brand in China for a decade. After being elected, Trump threatened the long-held American support of the "One China" policy. Then he reversed his comments, saying he will continue to support China and suddenly he got his long awaited trademark deal from the Chinese Government.
The Government of Kuwait switched their reception from the Four Seasons to Trump Hotel in DC presumably to keep him happy. Trump's Muslim ban did not include any countries where he has business dealings, and strikingly missing from the ban were countries where the 9/11 terrorists came from, namely: Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
It just came to light that Trump's Commerce Secretary was Vice Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, famed for laundering the money of Putin's oligarchs.
Trump has promised to make America great again. What makes America great is when our government is as good as our people, and acts with compassion and decency and humility. When it encourages people to support one another. When we celebrate our diversity and work together to make our bonds even stronger instead of living under a more authoritarian government trying to divide us.
He has failed this test already in his first 40 days.
Schwarzenegger Quits Apprentice Because Of Trump's Toxic Image
Arnold Schwarzenegger has officially quit from NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, and he's blaming the president of the United States for the show's epic failure on his way out the door.
On Friday, Empire published an exclusive interview with the Terminator star and new Apprentice host. At one point, the reporter asked Schwarzenegger about a recent Wrap report that said viewers and sponsors have bailed on the Donald Trump-associated reality-TV show.
Schwarzenegger confirmed the Wrap story, and then proceeded to vent about President Trump.
"I don't want to do it again," he told Empire. "It's not about the show, because everyone I ran into came up to me and said 'I love the show, but I turned it off because as soon as I read Trump's name I'm outta there!'"
When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, they started boycotting it.
"With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don't want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show," Schwarzenegger continued. "It's a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division."
The White House did not respond to The Daily Beast's request for comment, and NBC had no comment on the matter on Friday afternoon. As of press time, President Trump has not weighed in on the news of Schwarzenegger's self-firing, though the two have tussled on Twitter recently.
Schwarzenegger, who is no stranger to scandal and baggage, either, has continued to be a critic of the president during his short time in office.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican, was critical of, and said he would not vote for, Trump during the campaign.
In 2015, NBC made a big deal out of severing ties with Trump over his bigoted presidential campaign, only to get back in bed with The Donald when it was announced in December that Trump would keep an executive-producer credit on the new version of Celebrity Apprentice.
Trump also maintained a financial stake in the show, paid through the production entity of MGM, the media company that acquired Apprentice creator (and Trump pal) Mark Burnett's production company for upwards of $500 million.
Shortly before Trump stepped into office, the then president-elect began needlessly hate-tweeting Schwarzenegger, mocking him for having supported Kasich & Hillary in 2016 and for having inferior Apprentice ratings when compared to Trump's.
Trump ruined the show when he ran for President, so when the ratings crashed under Schwarzenegger, he blamed it on him, when it was Trump's fault. I used to watch it every week, until Trump ran for President, now I boycott the show and will never watch it again as long as Trump is a part of it.
What the president also didn't mention was that, despite good ratings, Trump's reign as host of The Apprentice was marked by scandal, humiliation, pervasive foul and sexist comments behind-the-scenes, and at its very worst allegations of sexual assault, as The Daily Beast reported in a month-long investigation last year.
"Trump is and always has been a joke, I can't believe anyone now is taking him seriously," a female Apprentice employee, who was sexually assaulted by Celebrity Apprentice contestant and actor Gary Busey, told The Daily Beast in October. "He's a monster."
Trump knew all about it, and then proceeded to do worse than nothing about it: Trump laughed it off and kept Busey on his TV series working with the victim.
Last year during the campaign, Summer Zervos, a contestant on Season 5 of The Apprentice, became one of many women to come forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault or misconduct. Zervos claimed that he thrusted his genitals on her.
In a subsequent season, Trump repeatedly called rapper and contestant Lil Jon an Uncle Tom, a racial slur, even after several producers begged him to stop.
Schwarzenegger is now bailing on a series with this kind of legacy. It is unclear if the reality-TV series will return for another season following Schwarzenegger's departure.
Behind Closed Doors Trump Has Been Freaking Out All Weekend
According to more than a dozen sources, President Trump spent the entirety of his weekend getaway at the winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, embroiled in all-consuming rage. A total of 17 sources told The Washington Post about the a furious Trump who unloaded on his aides before leaving for Florida and during his time in the Sunshine State.
ABC News reported Saturday that a ballistic Trump removed chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon from the Air Force One flight manifest for the Friday trip to Florida. Bannon eventually made his way down to Palm Beach on Saturday, but Priebus was sidelined in D.C.
Trump's anger was provoked by his post-joint session address victory lap getting cut short by the revelation that Jeff Sessions opted to recuse himself from investigations into the Trump-Russia affair not two hours after the president announced that he had total confidence in his attorney general.
Over the weekend, Trump decided to tweet crazy, unfounded allegations prompted by a Breitbart post that he had been wiretapped by President Obama and demanded a congressional investigation into the imagined surveillance. That rage and paranoia was no doubt enhanced by Steve Bannon constantly whispering imagined deep state sabotage plots into Trump's ear.
Trump is angry that he didn't get to enjoy the bogus praise that comes along with being able to read a speech (wrotten by someone else) off a teleprompter without incident before the conversation went right back to Russia.
From The Washington Post: "He was pissed," said Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, a conservative media company. "I haven't seen him this angry."
It didn't take long for word to leak that Trump summoned his top aides into the Oval Office and bitched them all out over how bad Sessions recusal made him look.
Priebus interrupted his Friday afternoon schedule to dedicate more than an hour to calling reporters off the record to deny that the outburst had actually happened, according to a senior White House official.
"Every time there's a negative story about Reince, the whole West Wing shuts down," the official said.
Trump is insecure, one adviser said, over how his scandal-plagued and egregiously leaky administration is stacking up against the first 100 days of his predecessor.
While Trump's disastrous Muslim travel ban was struck down by a federal judge and the GOP is spinning its wheels putting together a suitable Obamacare replacement, Obama managed to enact an economic stimulus bill that revived the country's fiscal pulse amid the Great Recession.
On Saturday night, Trump's goon squad, including Bannon, policy adviser Stephen Miller, and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, attempted to cheer up the president over dinner by regaling him with the details of the new version of his travel ban.
Trump's mood is said to have improved Sunday morning when he saw that his wire-tapping accusation dominated the news cycle, but then found reason to be pissed again when members of the GOP failed to defend his crazy claims while doing the rounds on the Sunday shows.
O'Reilly Is Not Even A Good Liar Any More
He should just quit his bogus Fox News job and go work for Trump, he is so biased for Trump his lies are not even good any more. Here is what the biased fool said Monday night.
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Taps, collusion, and chaos. That is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo, and this Memo will be free of speculation. No spec zone.
O'REILLY:Let's look at the facts. Unfortunately, there are only two facts in this whole swamp of accusations. Only two! First, the calls between General Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador were tapped by somebody. And a portion of those conversations were given to The Washington Post. So, who tapped the call? We don't know.
Second fact. President Obama allowed Attorney General Loretta Lynch to change the way US intelligence agencies share unconfirmed data. That happened in January, just a few days before President Obama left office. It used to be, the intelligence agencies would guard their secrets. Now, the NSA can give them to other agencies, even if the intelligence is not confirmed.
The results, leaks sprouting all over the place. Leaks that are damaging to the Trump administration. So, why did President Obama change the intel standards? We don't know. But Donald Trump apparently believes that was to sabotage his incoming administration.
Lies! Lies! Lies! and more Lies! From Trump and O'Reilly. We do know who tapped the calls, the FBI did, and they admitted it.
Here is a quote from the Washington Post:
"The calls were picked up as part of routine electronic surveillance of Russian officials and agents in the United States, which is one of the FBI's responsibilities, according to the U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss counterintelligence operations."
O'Reilly is so far in the tank for Trump his lies are terrible, and disproven with a simple Google search in 2 minutes. The FBI and Homeland Security, NSA, etc. listen on in all the calls by Russians in the country, and they know it, everyone knows it, except O'Reilly.
They did not tap General Flynn, they tapped the Russians, and he was caught in the tap. O'Reilly knows all this, he just refuses to admit it and spins it for Trump. Proving for the millionth time that he is a biased and dishonest partisan right-wing hack, who can not be trusted for any news.
Trump Team Ties To Russia Face Sharper Scrutiny Amid New House Probe
A series of bombshell revelations Wednesday night cast new light on Donald Trump's potential ties to the Russian government during the course of the presidential campaign and seem likely to escalate calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter.
The New York Times reported that intelligence officials working for the Obama administration had grown so concerned about the scope of Russia's meddling in the elections and the evidence of ties to Trump's operation that they began to leave a breadcrumb trail of clues for future investigators to follow.
Among those data points that had them spooked were a series of meetings that affiliates of the Trump campaign and the Russian government allegedly held in European capitals -- meetings that the Trump White House has consistently denied ever took place.
About an hour later, The Washington Post published its report that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice last year with Russia's ambassador to the United States and failed to disclose it to lawmakers during his January confirmation hearing.
Sessions had been a top surrogate for the Trump campaign and a senior member of the influential Senate Armed Services Committee. The newspaper noted that no other member of that committee could recall speaking to the Russian ambassador.
U.S. investigators have looked into Sessions communications with the Russian diplomat as part of a broader investigation into possible links between Trump's campaign and the Russian government, The Wall Street Journal reported later on Wednesday.
Justice Department officials told The Washington Post that Sessions met with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his role as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee rather than as a Trump campaign adviser.
Sessions followed up late Wednesday with a statement: "I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false."
The three articles stoked the fires of a controversy that has roiled Washington and threatened to derail the Trump administration's agenda just months into the president's term. The White House and most congressional Republicans have so far resisted calls to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's role in the election.
But by Wednesday evening, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was conceding that one might be needed in light of the Sessions revelation.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that if Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the campaign and failed to disclose it at his confirmation hearing, it is essential that he recuse himself from the investigation.
And btw, there is video of Sessions saying "under oath" to Congress that he never talked to any Russian officials.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused Sessions of perjury and called on him to step down as attorney general.
"After lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians. Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign," she said Wednesday night.
"There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians."
How the Justice Department proceeds from here will become more clear in the days ahead. A Sessions spokesman insisted to the Post that the former senator had not lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he said, point blank, that he did not have communications with the Russians during the campaign.
But that spokesperson gave no indication if Sessions would continue playing a role, if any, in the FBI's investigation into the matter.
Sessions, to date, has been ambiguous about whether he will step aside and appoint an independent prosecutor to head the Justice Department's investigation into alleged communications between members of the president's campaign team and Moscow.
GOP Praises Trump's Call For Family Leave After Blocking It For 8 Years
Before an audience Tuesday night that included female legislators dressed in white to protest his record on women, President Trump told a joint session of Congress that he wanted to work with them on two policies that are key to gender equality and long the territory of Democrats: paid family leave and affordable child care.
The child care and leave ideas come at the urging of Trump's daughter Ivanka, who holds no official position in his administration but has reportedly been pushing legislators to pass a child care tax credit as part of a larger tax overhaul. Her proposal would cost an estimated $500 billion over 10 years, according to Bloomberg.
Even if the policies come to nothing, and the versions that Trump has floated before have been extremely weak, that a Republican president is even talking about them is fairly remarkable.
Particularly this president, a man accused by more than a dozen women of sexual harassment, who's already moved to curtail abortion rights overseas and whose presence in the Oval Office has led millions of women across the country to take to the streets in protest.
It's all bogus, they will never pass it, Trump simply said it to try and get some more women to like him.
Trump has offered little indication that he's thinking of the needs of working women, recently addressing a roomful of governors and their wives, perhaps having forgotten that some U.S. governors are women.
The U.S. is the only developed country without paid leave. Which leads many women to leave the workforce or scale back their careers and ultimately keeps many out of the labor force. The lack of affordable child care also holds women, who are typically the family caretakers, back from the workforce.
Since the 1970s, the GOP has opposed supporting day care because it clashed with family values. President Richard Nixon even vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have provided for subsidized universal childcare. The underlying rationale was: don't encourage women to work because they belong at home.
"I know of no elected Republican who's on board with child care support," Michael Madowitz, an economist at the Center for American Progress, told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.
In reality, most children are now growing up in households where the mother works outside the home.
Trump's paid leave proposal leaves out adoptive parents and fathers - and runs counter to most state and city policies that now offer paid family leave to caretakers who require time off to look after an infant or a sick relative.
"The words say parents and family leave, but the proposal he has put forward is for maternity leave only," said Ellen Bravo, co-director of Family Values @ Work.
"leaving out non-birth parents and all the other reasons people need leave for their own serious illness or that of a family member. The proposal is also for only six weeks and would come from an under-funded source: state unemployment insurance funds. The devil is in the details, and if these are the details, they are devilish indeed, leaving behind those most in need of leave and least likely to have access."
Republicans Reject Disclosing Findings On Trump's Business/Russia Conflicts
House Republicans on Tuesday defeated a resolution that would have asked the Department of Justice to reveal what it has uncovered about President Donald Trump's contacts with Russia and his conflicts of interest with other foreign governments.
Eighteen Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee opposed a resolution offered by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that would have required Attorney General Jeff Sessions to hand over information related to investigations into the president, his campaign aides, the White House and Trump's businesses.
The vote came about after Nadler and other Judiciary Committee Democrats made several unsuccessful appeals to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) requesting he hold hearings on Trump's Russian ties and other foreign conflicts.
Goodlatte opposed the resolution, calling it "overbroad and premature."
Nadler's resolution is one way Democrats are pressuring Republicans over the president's business conflicts and his campaign's possible ties to hacking by Russian intelligence services against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Against all precedent in the modern era, Trump has retained ownership of his multi-billion dollar business empire. He is enriched by every payment to his hotels, resorts, golf courses and other enterprises. Foreign governments have paid his hotels to host parties and rent rooms, and to lease space in his commercial properties.
Trump has promised to hand over hotel profits related to foreign entities, but hasn't provided details. The president also refuses to release his tax returns, leaving the public in the dark about his financial investments, his investors and his debts.
News reports have said Trump campaign aides were in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential race. Seventeen intelligence agencies reported that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta to influence the vote for Trump.
Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after it was revealed that he lied about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the transition.
The resolution would have provided Congress with information to chart its own investigations, Nadler said before the defeat. "All this does is ask that the information in possession of the Justice Department be turned over to the House so that we can both preserve it, and decide what course of action to pursue," Nadler said.
Nadler introduced the measure as a resolution of inquiry, a special legislative technique that requires a vote on the floor of the House if it is not voted on in committee within 14 business days. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) decided to send the resolution to committee so that fewer members of his caucus would have to vote on it.
Republicans dismissed the resolution as politics.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) did not support the resolution, but said committee members should send bipartisan letters asking for information related to the Russian hacking allegations. He added: "If Russia has attempted to distort our democracy, we need to know it."
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, compared Republican rejection of the resolution to 1974, when 10 Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted against all three articles of impeachment against then-President Richard Nixon.
"Looking back, it seems obvious to us that these members misjudged the moment," Conyers said. "For political and personal reasons, they refused to engage with mounting evidence that the president had violated both the law and his oath of office."
He added, "I think about those 10 names from the summer of 1974, and I wonder how history will judge us today."
Insiders Say Trump Spends Most Of His Time Watching Fox News
According to people inside the White House, Donald Trump spends time when he should be carrying out his job of being president sitting in front of his television for hours a day watching Fox News.
Bloomberg reported, "The president now spends hours some mornings watching Fox News, switching occasionally to CNBC for business headlines, along with a daily diet of newspapers and press clippings," said the official, who asked not to be identified discussing private information.
"On the evenings when he doesn't have a dinner or briefing, Trump will spend most of his TV-viewing time watching Fox News shows hosted by Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity," the aide said.
This is the most important job in the world, and Donald Trump is spending half his time watching Fox News. It's really is like America has elected it's cranky, racist retired uncle to run the country.
And it also explains how Trump is misinformed, he gets it from Fox News, who just make it up.
It is amazing how much free time that a president has when he doesn't bother reading intelligence briefings, studying, or holding important meetings. The Trump presidency can be summed up as the president wakes up, watches Fox News, holds a few PR gatherings disguised as listening sessions, meets with a few people, calls it a day usually around 5 PM, eats dinner, watches more Fox News, and angry tweets about what he saw on television either late at night or early in the morning.
Trump has transformed the once vibrant center of global power into a retirement community.
When a real emergency or crisis strikes, the odds are that President Trump will find out about it from Fox News.
Republican Senator Says Trump's First Budget Is DOA
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's budget outline is "dead on arrival" and that proposed cuts to State Department funding "would be a disaster."
"It's dead on arrival. It's not going to happen. It would be a disaster," Graham said.
He said that if Trump limits the State Department's ability to exercise "soft power" he is "never going to win the war."
"What's most disturbing about the cut in the State Department's budget, it shows a lack of understanding," Graham said.
White House budget officials said on Monday that Trump's upcoming budget will impose cuts on domestic programs and foreign aid to balance a $54 billion increase in defense spending.
Donald Trump Is An Idiot
Now he says Obama ordered a wire tap on his phones before the election. This is not only a lie, it's impossible and ridiculous.
To begin with, the President can not order a wire tap, it is done by the FBI or the DOJ, they have to go to a special judge in a FISA court, then they have to show that judge they have probable cause to get the wire tap. The President has nothing to do with it, ever.
Now if there was a FISA ruling that got the FBI or the DOJ a wire tap, Trump is in even more trouble, because that means they had probable cause to look into the Trump/Russia connection, and a secret judge approved it.
Then you also have the problem of the President possibly leaking secret information, on his fricking twitter account. And this is the man who says leaks are bad, as he does leaks himself, and he has his people leak things to reporters at Fox.
Trump is a clown, and not a smart one. Anyone with a brain knows he just made the claim that Obama tapped his phones to try and get the media to stop reporting on his Russian links. It not only did not work, it made things worse for him, that is how stupid he is.
If you voted for, or now support this clown, you are a clueless fool. And I am predicting right now that Trump will go down as the worst president in the history of the country. Trump is at 43% job approval, a month into his term. All the other Presidents are at 60% or more at this time into their 1st term, Trump cant even break 45 percent, because he is an idiot who should not be in the White House.
Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Investigations
And of course O'Reilly wrote it off as nothing and said it was pretty much a non-story. Now imagine what O'Reilly would be saying if all this Trump/Russia stuff was happening while a Democrat was in office, say Hillary Clinton.
My God, O'Reilly and the Republicans would spend years reporting it and having hearings, and call her a traitor. But when it's Trump, he just mostly ignores it and sweeps it under the rug.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on Thursday from any Justice Department investigations into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, as well as any inquiries into ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.
"I have now decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matter relating in any way to the campaign for president of the United States," Sessions said at a press conference at the DOJ. "This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation."
Going forward, Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente will handle all campaign-related investigations. Trump's permanent nominee for the post, Rod Rosenstein, has a confirmation hearing on March 7.
Trump and O'Reilly say it's nothing, and just a liberal witch hunt. Even though a report shows that Russia hacked the election to help Trump win, Trump had a Homeland Security head step down over his Russia links, and now the Trump AG has to recuse himself, that is not nothing, it's something, and big news to everyone but Trump and O'Reilly.
And on top of all that the Trump Administration has Repeatedly Denied There Was Any Contact With Russia During the Campaign, and three people have lied about it, so far, with most likely more to come. This is a big scandal, but O'Reilly ignores it and downplays it as nothing, because he is a partisan hack and Trump's friend.
What's really funny is how O'Reilly complains about the rest of the media reporting it too much, simply because they hate Trump. While he ignores all the bad news about Trump, which is being a bad journalist who is not doing his job.
A real journalist would report the story, and be all over it every day, this story is why we have journalists. Which is why O'Reilly is not a journalist, he is a partisan analyst, which is not even close to being a journalist.
President Donald Trump's administration has now conceded that some of its top officials did indeed have contact with Russia during the campaign. Michael Flynn lost his job as national security adviser over the admission last month, and on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had his power diminished when he promised to recuse himself from investigations into Russia's interference in U.S. elections.
But it's not just Flynn and Sessions. On Thursday, officials admitted there were three other people who communicated with Russia during the campaign as well.
Two Trump campaign aides, Carter Page and J.D. Gordon, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Cleveland during the GOP convention last summer. In December, Trump's senior aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, joined Flynn for a meeting with Kislyak.
The Trump administration has maintained that there was nothing improper about these meetings and that they were not, for example, talking about how Russia could help Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton for the presidency. U.S. intelligence agencies have said they believe Russia interfered to do precisely that, although they have not yet revealed any evidence directly linking the Trump campaign.
But on at least three occasions, the Trump administration - including the president himself - had said no one from the campaign had any contact with Russian officials last year. So they have all lied about it, including Trump.
That we know of, so far. It's not going away O'Reilly, it is getting bigger and will possibly bring Trump down. If it does not, I am sure something else will, I even bet a guy $20.00 that Trump will be impeached in less than 4 years, and not make it to the end of his term.
Donald Trump is a dishonest, far-right clown who has no business in the White House. And anyone who voted for this fool, deep down is wishing they would not have, because they know he is an idiot, just like we all know it.
Misconduct Complaint Filed Against Reince Priebus
A misconduct complaint has been filed against Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation relating to Priebus interfering with the FBI's investigations into the Trump/Russia scandal.
The complaint filed by attorney J. Whitfield Larrabee states:
There is probable cause to charge attorney Reince Priebus with violations of Wisconsin's Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, Supreme Court Rules, Chapter 20. The violations of these rules relate to Priebus corrupt attempt to influence investigations by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation into criminal activity involving associates of Donald J. Trump and Russian government officials.
It is a violation of SCR 20:8.4 (b) for a lawyer to "commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects."
It is a violation of SCR 20:8.4 (c) "to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation."
There is probable cause to charge Priebus with such serious violations of these particular ethical requirements that it will be necessary and appropriate to revoke his license to practice of law if the charges are established.
Mr. Larrabee said this: "I filed the complaint as a concerned citizen and attorney because I was alarmed that Reince Priebus would communicate with the FBI about a pending investigation of the collusion between Trump campaign officials and senior Russian intelligence officials. Communications by Priebus with the FBI about a pending investigation of this sort severely violates the integrity of the investigation and is a blatant form of corruption."
It is important that concerned citizens get involved and use any mechanism to hold government officials accountable for their actions. People need to be involved. It has been decades since the United States has had an administration as opposed to transparency as Trump.
The complaint highlights the fact that an independent outside investigation must be conducted. The White House will try to squash and shape any investigation that they have access to or influence over.
The best way for the truth to be made public is for the American people to demand an independent investigation.
Tucker Carlson's Deceptive And Dishonest Practices Exposed
This is what they do at Fox News, lie and spin the facts to fit their narrative. O'Reilly and all of them do, it not just Tucker Carlson. And what's funny is how they complain about bias in the rest of the media, when they are worse than anyone they are complaining about.
Here are just a couple examples of the deception and dishonesty from Carlson:
Tucker Carlson's credibility sunk to new lows after several reports surfaced about the deceptive practices used by the host on his prime-time Fox News show.
On February 21, The Washington Post reported on a segment from Carlson's show about the surge of refugee violence in Sweden. During the segment, Carlson showed an interview between filmmaker Ami Horowitz with two Swedish police officers about the supposed surge in refugee violence in the country.
The interview used by Carlson was even referenced by President Trump during a Florida rally, but as the Post reported, the officers were shocked by the deceptive editing of the interview and claimed they were not asked about migration or immigration at all:
The two Swedish officers whose interview provided the basis for the report spoke out Monday and claimed that their testimony had been taken out of context. One of them, Anders Goranzon, said that the interview was about areas with high crime rates and that "there wasn't any focus on migration or immigration."
"We don't stand behind it. It shocked us. He has edited the answers," Goranzon said, "We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism."
Carlson then invited Horowitz again to his Fox News show on Monday to rebut the officers claims, saying instead that they were pressured by their bosses to disavow the interview because they were scared of being labeled racists.
Later in the same show, Carlson hosted Shane Saunders who was identified as a "Not My President's Day Protestor" by Carlson and by the Tucker Carlson Tonight chyron. But, as The Daily Beast reported, Saunders was not affiliated in any way with the rallies, but is "a Los Angeles-based actor and casting agent."
Tucker Carlson could not get Olga Lexell to do his show, the creator and co-organizer of the nationwide Not My President's Day protests on Monday. So, after repeated refusals, Carlson's show instead booked Shane Saunders, a Los Angeles-based actor and casting agent, who Lexell said, "was not affiliated in any way with our rallies and was not an organizer."
In the five-minute segment, Saunders was referred to as an organizer by an on-screen graphic and Carlson himself, who also asked Saunders about why your protest is going to make a difference.
Following the interview, Olga Lexell, the creator and co-organizer of the nationwide Not My President's Day protests emailed the producers of the show, saying, "that guy who you got on the show is not affiliated with our event and didn't even attend any of the protests."
An executive producer of Tucker Carlson Tonight responded to The Daily Beast report, admitting that the program incorrectly identified a Los Angeles based protest participant as a protest organizer in a graphic during Monday night's telecast.
They also said they regret the graphic didn't accurately reflect his role throughout the entire segment.
So it was all lies, then they put on a guest who had nothing to do with the event, as they sold him as being part of the group. None of it was true, and the swedish police say their statements were edited to make it look like they were talking about immigrant crime, when they were not.
Jeff Sessions Should Resign In Shame
Sessions Called For A Special Counsel After Loretta Lynch Met With Bill Clinton. But so far, he refuses to recuse himself from investigations into Russia's role in the 2016 elections.
In November, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) called for Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from any investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server or improper conduct by the Clinton Foundation, saying the attorney general could not be impartial after her impromptu meeting with former President Bill Clinton on an airplane in Phoenix.
"When a high public official is accused of serious wrongdoing and there is a sufficient factual predicate to investigate, it is imperative the investigation be thorough, with dispatch and without partisanship," Sessions wrote in an op-ed, co-signed by other high-profile Donald Trump supporters.
Sessions is now the attorney general. And he is so far resisting calls to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 elections - even after The Washington Post reported that he met with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. twice during the campaign, and that he failed to disclose those encounters when asked about them under oath during his confirmation hearing.
What Jeff Sessions Said About Perjury During The Clinton Impeachment.
In 1999, then Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) described perjury claims against President Bill Clinton as "serious allegations."
"In America, the Supreme Court and the American people believe no one is above the law," he said. Sessions also voted guilty on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice during Clinton's impeachment trial.
Now, questions are being raised over statements Sessions made under oath to the Senate during his attorney general confirmation hearings last month. Sessions testified that he "did not have any communications with the Russians" during the 2016 presidential election campaign, but a new report in the Washington Post said he spoke twice to the ambassador last year.
And it's not about the meeting with the Russian, it's lying to the Senate (under oath) about it that is the problem. Some are already calling for a perjury investigation; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has urged Sessions to resign.
Bush's Ethics Lawyer: Jeff Sessions Could Go To Jail for lying to Congress.
A law professor who served as the White House ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions over reports that he lied to Congress about his communications with Russia.
According to the The Washington Post, Sessions spoke to the Russian ambassador twice last year and did not mention the conversations in his confirmation hearings.
If the report is true, it's a good way to go to jail, said Richard Painter, who served as White House ethics lawyer between 2005 and 2007 and is now law professor for the University of Minnesota.
Said O'Reilly: Silence!
O'Reilly has not said a word about it, because he is a Trump stooge who should just collect his paycheck from the RNC and the Trump administration.
Report Shows Trump's Botched Yemen Raid Produced No Valuable Intelligence
But of course Trump says it did so O'Reilly ignores it all.
The ill-prepared Yemen raid approved by Donald Trump last month, which left U.S. Navy SEAL Ryan Owens and as many as 30 civilians dead, did not yield any valuable intelligence, according to a new NBC News report.
More from NBC News:
Last month's deadly commando raid in Yemen, which cost the lives of a U.S. Navy SEAL and a number of children, has so far yielded no significant intelligence, U.S. officials told NBC News.
Although Pentagon officials have said the raid produced actionable intelligence, senior officials who spoke to NBC News said they were unaware of any, even as the father of the dead SEAL questioned the premise of the raid in an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday.
A senior Congressional official briefed on the matter said the Trump administration has yet to explain what prompted the rare use of American ground troops in Yemen, but he said he was not aware of any new threat from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the al Qaeda affiliate that was targeted.
Plans for the raid begun during the Obama administration, but Obama officials declined to sign off on what officials described as a significant escalation in Yemen. Just five days into his term, Trump greenlighted the mission.
The report comes after the fallen SEAL's father, Bill Owens, slammed Trump for greenlighting the mission less than a week after taking office.
"Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into his administration? Why?"
Owens asked in an interview with the Miami Herald. "For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen - everything was missiles and drones - because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?"
The father of the fallen SEAL is now demanding an investigation into the raid, while the Trump administration's position on the operation is that it was a huge success.
It's heartbreaking when any American hero, like Ryan Owens, is killed on the battlefield. But it's even more devastating when the mission given to him by the commander-in-chief wasn't properly planned and produced no meaningful intelligence for the United States.
More and more, the botched raid looks like it was a chance for Trump to quickly prove his military toughness, not a smart strategic move to take out American enemies and gather intelligence while being mindful of the risks.
Losing a U.S. service member under any circumstance is difficult to bear, but it's even harder to swallow when it was the result of a rash decision by an incompetent clown of a president.
Almost 60% Of Americans Think Trump Is An Embarrassment
A new Marist Poll found that Donald Trump is worse than unpopular. By a margin of 58%-33%, respondents described President Trump's conduct as embarrassing.
According to The Marist Poll, Trump's job approval rating is upside down with 41% of voters saying they approve of the job he is doing and 49% reporting they disapprove. Democrats, 81%, African American voters, 74%, and Latino members of the electorate, 63%, are particularly displeased with how Trump is doing as president.
To make matters worse for the president, close to six in ten Americans, 58%, say his conduct makes them feel embarrassed while only 33% report the president's actions make them feel proud.
The rest of the Marist data lines up with what other polls have found. Trump's entire base of support consists of Republicans (85% approval), conservatives (72% approval), and evangelical Christians (64% approval).
Only 38% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the President, and 55% believe that Trump is not honest and trustworthy.
Note: Bill O'Reilly does not report any of this, but if the Obama approval numbers dropped even 1 point below 50% he reported it that night and usually all week. Then O'Reilly used it as a reason to say Obama is a terrible President and a disaster. But when Trump drops to a lousy 41% job approval O'Reilly is silent.
The fact that Americans are embarrassed by their president gives Democrats a powerful tool to argue against Trump's policies. George W. Bush beat Al Gore with a promise to restore honor and dignity to the White House, and the polling numbers suggest that there is a powerful argument waiting to be tapped into against Trump's policies and his presidency.
During the Democratic Leadership Debate on Wednesday night, Rep. Keith Ellison made a powerful argument for impeaching Trump to save the US Constitution and democracy. This is the type of moral case that Democrats need to be making. It isn't enough to argue against Trump's personal morals.
President Trump is an embarrassment to this country, and there are not too many more powerful political arguments for replacing a president than the case that his presence in the office disgraces an entire nation.
Fox News Shep Smith Slams Trump For His Blatant Hypocrisy
Donald Trump and his supporters (including Bill O'Reilly) live in their own fabricated version of reality where blatant lies are alternative facts, while most of the rest of us live in actual reality where truth, science, and facts still matter.
Trump's frequent contradictions prove that he clearly believes he lives in a world where it's acceptable for him to do the things he's criticized and attacked others for doing. Such as his four-straight weekend trips to Florida to play golf after spending years slamming President Obama for playing golf.
Another example of this is Trump's constant complaints about leaks being used against him by the media. Ignoring for a moment the fact that Trump frequently used leaks to attack Hillary Clinton during the election, he's now pushing the idea that the media shouldn't be allowed to use sources who won't identify themselves.
So Fox News Shepard Smith, someone on the network who hasn't held back from calling out the antics of Trump, embarrassed his administration on Monday by pointing out his network continues to get offered information from "anonymous sources" directly offered from the White House:
SMITH: "The leaks are not the news. The substance is the news. President Trump has already cracked down on those leaks, and last week said news outlets should not be allowed to use anonymous sources.Essentially, Donald Trump wants anyone speaking out against him to not be allowed to do so while remaining anonymous. However, he continues to allow his own administration to act as anonymous sources when feeding his propaganda-laden agenda to Fox News or other networks.
This is another classic case where Trump feels that he can operate by a different set of standards and rules than he feels others should have to follow.
I would also like to point out that Trump's infamous for pushing ridiculous conspiracies without citing a single source other than he's heard it from someone, or they're telling me it happened.
But when he's asked to provide evidence for any number of his made up statements rational people know aren't true, he never has any.
Shepard Smith deserves a lot of praise for being one of the few people on American's conservative entertainment network who's not afraid to call out the stupidity of Donald Trump.
Trump Tried To Get Intelligence Officials To Lie For Them
Bring on the impeachment, every day Trump does something that could get him impeached, and at this rate I will be shocked if he lasts a year, let alone 4 years.
The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House.
Acting at the behest of the White House, the officials made calls to news organizations last week in attempts to challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Trump's campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, U.S. officials said.
The calls were orchestrated by the White House after unsuccessful attempts by the administration to get senior FBI officials to speak with news organizations and dispute the accuracy of stories on the alleged contacts with Russia.
In other words, the Trump team got some REPUBLICAN members of the intelligence community and Congress to call the media to cover for them.
The White House on Friday acknowledged those interactions with the FBI but did not disclose that it then turned to other officials who agreed to do what the FBI would not -- participate in White House-arranged calls with news organizations, including The Washington Post.
Two of those officials spoke on the condition of anonymity -- a practice President Trump has condemned.
The officials broadly dismissed Trump associates contacts with Russia as infrequent and inconsequential. But the officials would not answer substantive questions about the issue, and their comments were not published by The Post and do not appear to have been reported elsewhere.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed that the White House communicated with officials with the aim of contesting reporting on Russia, but maintained that the administration did nothing improper. "When informed by the FBI that the Russia-related reporting was false, we told reporters who else they should contact to corroborate the FBI's version of the story," he said.
The decision to involve those officials could be perceived as threatening the independence of U.S. spy agencies that are supposed to remain insulated from partisan issues, as well as undercutting the credibility of ongoing congressional probes.
The effort also involved senior lawmakers with access to classified intelligence about Russia, including Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees.
A spokesman for Nunes said that he had already begun speaking to reporters to challenge the story and that, "at the request of a White House communications aide, Chairman Nunes then spoke to an additional reporter and delivered the same message."
In an interview, Burr acknowledged that he had conversations about Russia-related news reports with the White House and engaged with news organizations to dispute articles by the New York Times and CNN that alleged repeated or constant contact between Trump campaign members and Russian intelligence operatives.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, issued a statement Friday evening saying that if the White House "contrived to have intelligence officials contradict unfavorable news reports, this represents a new and even more grave threat to the independence of the intelligence community."
"I doubt that there was any enthusiasm from the intelligence leadership to get involved in this in the first place," former CIA director Michael Hayden said, noting that it seemed unlikely that Priebus's bluntly worded denials were consistent with the precise language favored by intelligence analysts.
"This is what happens when the intel guys are leaned on for the narrative of the political speakers. The latter have different rules, words, purposes. Getting intel into that mix always ends unhappily, and it looks like we just did."
The Trump administration's actions reflect its level of concern about coverage of its relationship with Russia. Trump has continued to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin, even after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had interfered in the U.S. presidential race to help Trump win.
Trump has also repeatedly disparaged the intelligence agencies that his administration last week turned to for support. Shortly before taking office, Trump accused U.S. spy agencies of a Nazi-style leaks campaign to smear him.
The White House statements on the issue Friday came after CNN reported that the FBI had refused administration requests to publicly knock down media reports about ties between Trump associates and Russian intelligence.
Here are the facts, people in the Government see Trump doing wrong, illegal, and unconstitutional things, so they leak it to the media to let the people know what he is doing. Trump gets mad that he got caught and slams the leakers, even though he loved the leaks before he was in the White House. Now he hates them because he is getting caught doing things he should not be doing.
When the media reports the accurate leaks, he slams them and says it is fake news, even though it is 100% accurate and true. Then he goes as far as to say the media is the enemy of the people, when they are actually informing the people, and Trump is the real enemy of the people for trying to get away with all his shady business.
And of course O'Reilly does not report on any of this, because Trump is his friend. But if a Democrat was doing it O'Reilly would make a career out of it and call for him to be impeached tomorrow.
Bush Slams Donald Trump Says He Does Not Like The Racism
And this is a conservative Republican saying this, not some liberal who hates Trump. But if you ask O'Reilly and Trump, they both claim there is no racism, and slam anyone who says there is. But when a Bush says it, they are silent.
What say you O'Reilly, when are you going to slam George W. Bush for calling Trump a racist?
Former President George W. Bush is turning up the heat on President Donald Trump.
Bush slammed Trump in an interview with People magazine published Monday, hours after he threw shade on his policies on NBC's "Today" show.
BUSH: "I don't like the racism and I don't like the name-calling and I don't like the people feeling alienated," he told the magazine. "Nobody likes that."
Though Trump has repeatedly claimed he's the "least racist person," many argue his actions say otherwise. Before his political career, the Justice Department had twice sued a Trump company in the 1970s for not renting to black people.
In recent years, he was the driving force behind the birther movement, the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama wasn't born in the U.S. He also kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign by referring to Mexican immigrants as "rapists."
The 43rd president, who had been reluctant to come down hard on Trump, told People that the Bush Center is involved with initiatives that appear to counter the new administration's policies. He listed several events at the presidential library and museum, such as pro-immigration programs and leadership training for Muslim women, to highlight the work.
"There's a lot of ways to speak out," Bush told People, "but it's really through actions defending the values important to my wife Laura and me. We're a blessed nation, and we ought to help others."
Earlier on Monday, Bush took a jab at Trump's controversial executive order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily barring visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.
"I understood right off the bat, that the executive order was an ideological conflict," Bush told NBC's Today show. "I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law."
Several federal judges have ruled against the measure. The president was expected to issue a new executive order on immigration this Wednesday.
Now O'Reilly Claims The Media Is Making Up The Trump Russia Link
This is what biased hacks do, they spin and lie to you to cover for their friends.
O'Reilly claims The Media Is Trying To Link Trump To Russia So The Election Will Be Perceived As Invalid.
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
The media is reporting the Trump Russia link because there is one, his National Security Advisor was even fired for it, not to mention the Trump aides who were in contact with Russians, not to mention the report that said Russia hacked Clinton and the DNC to help Trump win, and on and on.
I guess O'Reilly just forgot about all that, yeah.....right.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, you are a biased, Trump, butt kissing, joke of a pretend journalist. The media is doing their job, reporting the news. Unlike you, who simply ignore it and cover for Trump.
For the record, O'Reilly has used anonymous sources, he did it all the time when Obama was in office, so he is even lying about that. Either he does not remember, or he's lying, or both.
Here is what the biased hack said:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): There is no question that if the national media does not like your politics, it will try to hurt you, even if you are deceased. Anyone denying that is a deceiver.
Of course, the Trump administration is well aware of this. It knows the media is desperately trying to link the Trump campaign to Russia and will use anonymous sources to drive that narrative in the hope the election will be perceived as invalid.
By the way, we do not -- do not use anonymous sources here. I have been told plenty of bad stuff about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but without attribution, it is not going to be reported.
Retired Republican Judge Offers To Help Congress Impeach Trump
Over the past month, Republicans have shown an unwarranted sense of loyalty to a man who deserves nothing but contempt as a politician and revulsion as a human being leading many to wonder just what Trump would have to do to lose favor of even one of his supporters.
Now, it looks as if there is at least one Republican alive who understands the importance of a White House occupant with a grasp of the U.S. Constitution, hewing closely the rule of law, and comprehending the crucial nature of diplomacy; he also understands the threat to America in allowing Donald Trump near the White House, much less tolerating him occupying it.
Unlike any other Republican, that lone Republican, a distinguished judge for three-decades, says Trump has to go immediately and he is offering his expertise to start drafting articles of impeachment for the good of the nation.
Mark P. Painter is a recently retired Ohio appellate judge who was also the first American jurist to ever be elected by the United Nations General Assembly to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal. Judge Painter's credentials are uniquely extraordinary as a world-class jurist, but his primary concern as of late is the clear and present danger of allowing Donald Trump to remain in the White House or any position of authority and power.
Mr. Painter penned an op-ed for The Cincinnati Enquirer that was reposted in USA Today and says he is a lifelong Republican, and that he has voted exclusively for Republican presidential candidates; it is what any sane human would consider a dyed-in-the-wool Republican loyalist. However, he also said, like a very tiny number of Republicans, that he has watched as his party went from what once was a sane, center-right party go off the rails, first to the extreme right, then to wherever Trump is, which is in another universe.
That other universe, the one many Americans and world citizens consider a bizarre combination of a Adolf Hitler as carnival con man drove Mr. Painter to make what he says is tough decision; "End this dangerous presidency. Trump must be impeached and removed with all haste."
Judge Painter cited the same list of Donald Trump's affronts to America, its Constitution, and common decency as every other civilized human being, and noted that only Congress can send the reality show swindler packing, but there is really only one thing on his fairly long list that is grounds for immediate impeachment.
It is true that there are the issues of colluding with a hostile foreign power to influence American policies, but those issues are still being exposed. However, what is beyond refute is Trump's violation of the Emoluments Act and continuing gross conflicts of interest that began at his inauguration and have gone on unabated and unchallenged.
It is important to note that Trump still owns and profits from his expansive businesses that include making money with every weekend golfing trip to Florida, his wife's refusal to live in the White House, and his family's vacations and business trips around the country and the world.
By his own admission, Trump only put his sons and a businessman in charge of day-to-day operations; Trump still owns everything including all the profits from the government he is in control of whether it is putting up Secret Service agents in Mar-a-Lago, Melania's place of residence in New York, or when foreign dignitaries stay at his hotels anywhere on Earth.
Look, Trump can't be impeached for being an entitled bully, or an illiterate tweeter, or attacking his detractors any more than he can over his penchant for making up fake terror attacks or inauguration crowd sizes or popular vote numbers. In due time, however, he can be impeached for colluding with Russia and lying about his and his staffs collusion, but investigations and the wheels of justice in that kind of case turn slowly, but they do turn.
However, Trump violated the Constitution the day he was inaugurated by profiting from being president including every time a foreign dignitary spends one penny at a Trump property or he hauls the Secret Service to his Florida country club festivities; the other gross conflicts of interest are another issue entirely.
Judge Painter noted that his congressman, Steve Chabot (R-OH), has been a stalwart defender of Trump from the media, which is simply reporting Trump's machinations. However, he also said "It's time for him [Chabot] to man up and start drafting the articles of impeachment," and reminded Mr. Chabot that "he did it for Clinton for far less than Trump has already done."
In case Chabot forgot what the impeachment process entails, or needs assistance getting started, Judge Mark P. Painter said "We can't let him get away with the 'dozens of dazzlingly illegal things Trump has already done" and that "because America is at stake; If you need help drafting those articles of impeachment, Steve, I am available."
And, if Judge Painter needs co-signers to his offer, there are tens-of-millions of real Americans at the ready because they too realize that America is at stake.
Miracles Do Happen: O'Reilly Actually Admitted He Lied
Well, sort of. He never actually admitted he did a biased and dishonest segment, even though we all know he never checked the guy out because he wanted to believe him while covering for Trump, but at least for once he finally admitted to doing the dishonest segment, which is more than he usually does.
Normally he would never admit he made a mistake, and just attack the people that reported his lies or his mistake. For once he admitted he was wrong, dont get used to it though, because he will probably never do it again.
Bill O'Reilly admitted that the criticism against him was "valid" after Media Matters reported that guest Nils Bildt had no relationship with Swedish Defense forces and did not even live in Sweden.
O'Reilly claimed his show looked into the "situation" and found that the criticism from "some left-wing people" and the Swedish government was "valid."
Here is the transcript, he used the tip of the day to admit the so-called mistake, how it's a tip is beyond me, but that's what he did.
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): The Factor Tip of the Day, last week we did a segment on Sweden and its Muslim immigrant situation. Both sides were presented as always.
After the segment, some left-wing people objected to one guest, Nils Bildt, who was introduced by me at the Swedish Defense and National Security advisor. The Swedish government also weighed in, saying they've had no contact with Mr. Bildt.
Now, we looked into the situation and the criticism is valid. It is valid, Mr. Bildt does consulting work on terrorism, that is true, but we should have clarified that he had no direct role with the Swedish government.
To be fair, the information we gave you in the segment was accurate, but in hindsight, a more relevant guest should have been used on the anti-immigrant side. You should also know that before the segment was booked, we asked the Swedish ambassador to appear. He declined, that invitation stands.
Trump Chickens Out On White House Correspondents Dinner
The so-called tough guy (actual ego-maniac clown) Donald Trump has bailed out on the annual White House correspondents dinner, the one that every President has gone to, until now.
Donald J. Trump - @realDonaldTrump
"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"
3:53 PM - 25 Feb 2017
The annual gathering, hosted by the White House Correspondents Association, is usually attended by the president, reporters from media outlets that cover the White House, and some celebrities.
Trump's announcement, which gave no reason, came after a sustained attack on the media. He recently called news organizations the enemy, and the White House on Friday excluded several major outlets, The Huffington Post among them, from a press briefing.
Bloomberg and Vanity Fair, which host one of the hottest parties in Washington the weekend of the annual dinner, have announced they would not hold the event this year.
The annual dinner also features a roast of the president by a comedian -- something that clearly would not have gone over with the thin-skinned Trump.
Jeff Mason, White House Correspondents Association president, acknowledged Trump's announcement. "We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession," Mason said in a statement.
Trump has been stung by the event before -- in 2011, when then-President Barack Obama roasted him. At the time, Trump had been falsely claiming that Obama was not born in the United States and was pushing him to release his birth certificate.
The first White House correspondents dinner was held in 1921, and the first president to attend was Calvin Coolidge in 1924, according to the White House Correspondents Association website. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships for aspiring journalists.
The big bad Donald Trump is not going because he does not want to be made fun of and basically roasted. If he can not handle a comedian making jokes about him, how the hell can he run the country and stick up to world leaders.
Seth Meyers Said Trump Is The Tiger Woods Of Hypocrisy
Seth Meyers said President Donald Trump has the art of hypocrisy down to a tee.
On the broadcast of Late Night, Meyers explored the amount of time that Trump has spent playing golf during his first four weeks in office while Republican lawmakers have been dealing with protests about his policies at town halls across the country.
After establishing that the president has played golf six times in one month, Meyers asked, "Are you the president or a San Diego dentist?"
Acknowledging that Trump repeatedly berated former President Barack Obama for playing too much golf, Meyers then said that "when it comes to being a hypocrite, Donald Trump has a zero handicap."
"He's the Tiger Woods of hypocrisy!" Meyers added.
Trump regularly assailed President Barack Obama for playing golf, then spent the first weekends of his own presidency doing just that. He attacked Obama for using Air Force One to campaign, and then he did it over the weekend just a month into the job. He mocked Obama for heading out of Washington at taxpayer expense, but has no qualms about doing so himself.
Trump has taken three weekend getaways in the first month of office, spending millions of taxpayer dollars in Secret Service protection and about 25 percent of his time away from the White House. The Secret Service has also paid for security for expensive business trips for his sons business ventures to foreign countries.
The actions fly in the face of how he mocked Obama's travel. "President Barack Obama's vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars -- unbelievable!" Trump wrote in one of many tweets criticizing Obama for taking a trip.
Trump has headed to the golf course six times since he took office, another favorite criticism against Obama. Trump mocked Obama more than two dozen times for golfing amid problems in the White House.
"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter," Trump said in 2014.
Trump said last August that if he became president, he wouldn't have time for golf. "I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to go play golf," he said at an event in Virginia.
Aides have even tried to block reporters from seeing Trump play in recent weeks, even covering a basement room with black plastic bags to obscure views of what was happening on the course outside.
His spokespeople have frequently refused to confirm he was playing, even as he stayed at the course for almost five hours -- the usual time it takes to play a round.
After reports that he golfed a full 18 holes with Rory McIlroy on Sunday, his spokeswoman confirmed the much longer round on Monday, but said he also "had a full day of meetings, calls and interviews" about picking a new national security adviser.
Not one Republican, including O'Reilly, have said a word about it. But when Obama did it they all complained, even O'Reilly.
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