Showing posts with label Lies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lies. Show all posts

May 16, 2019

Jerry Fallwell Jr. Anti Gay Crusader Like (His Daddy) But Jr. Likes Young Gay Poor Boy(s) Section }1{



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So Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen has reported beginning his three-year prison sentence for a series of offenses, some of them done in service to Trump.

In a press conference, apologized for his wrongs, and suggested that he had more to tell and that he looked forward to the day when he could reveal all he knows.

Yes, we can look forward to another tell-all book on just how horrendous and corrupt Donald Trump is.

In the meantime, he’s talking, and some of those tales told paint a vivid picture about the 2016 election. In one particular instance revealed on Tuesday, he’s talking about one of Trump’s most ardent supporters, Jerry Falwell, Jr, dean of Liberty University.

Reuters dropped an exclusive on Tuesday, regarding an account given by Cohen to actor Tom Arnold as to how he helped “fix” a particularly sticky problem for Falwell and his wife, just months before the son of televangelist Jerry Falwell threw his public support behind then-candidate Trump.

It wouldn’t be the first time Cohen has stepped in to help Falwell with a problem.

Back in 2012, Falwell and his wife befriended a 21 year old pool boy at a luxury hotel in Miami, by the name of Giancarlo Granda.

For some mystifying reason, the Falwells decided to loan this otherwise inexperienced young man $1.8 million to invest in a youth hostel, where he would serve as manager.

He had no known business experience. He has no background in the hospitality industry, other than working as a pool attendant, but they were prepared to invest heavily, in order to help him in this venture.

Not only that, but they were flying him around on private jets, bringing him out to be with them on the Liberty University campus.

The odd story came to light because of a lawsuit, brought by two other investors in the Alton Hostel, Jesus Fernandez Sr. and Jesus Fernandez Jr.

The Fernandez family feel they were pushed out of the deal, as the hostel is listed as owned by Granada (the pool boy), Falwell’s wife, Cindy Falwell, and their son, Jerry (Trey) Falwell, III.

Granada was with the couple at a Liberty University convocation in 2012, and met Donald Trump and Michael Cohen at that event.

Just what kind of help Cohen provided in that incident is not immediately clear, but there was some discussion.

Tuesday’s news, however, is another level of “hhmmmm…”

According to Reuters, several months before Jerry Falwell, Jr became the first major evangelical voice to throw his support behind Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, Cohen was asked to bring his particularly greasy, mob lawyer tactics into play, on Falwell’s behalf.

In a recorded conversation, reviewed by Reuters, Cohen revealed how he stepped in to stop something deeply embarrassing and personal from seeing the light of day.

Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife,” Cohen said in the taped conversation.

According to a source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the person who possessed the photos destroyed them after Cohen intervened on the Falwells’ behalf.

Yikes!
Why do I get the feeling that we’re not just talking simply boudoir photos?

So this is where I recall some of the lessons learned from the sex counseling classes that were part of my Psychology major.

Sex between a married, devoted couple is not a bad thing. It’s not to be treated as dirty or wrong. There should be no shame in enjoying each other, as a married couple, because that is what God intended for us.

Touching, exploring, loving, and appreciating everything about our mates. Sex was not simply formed for the sake of procreation. Were that the case, it would be an instinctual process, just as it is for other animals. No one would derive pleasure from it.

In fact, humans are the only living creatures that have sex for pleasure.

As I have often said, however, sex was meant as a wedding gift, not a party favor.

So if Jerry Falwell, Jr and his wife felt like taking some spicy images, during the course of their marital playtime, is it wrong?

My first inclination is to say, no, not entirely.

With that in mind, however, if it’s a case of images that somehow disrespect the marriage bed, or show some otherwise unhealthy appetites, it could be troubling.

The husband is tasked with loving his wife as Christ loved the church, and part of that is protecting her from incidents like this.

The next question should be: Who had those images and how did they gain access to them?

That much we don’t know.

The Falwells enlisted Cohen’s help in 2015, according to the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the year Trump announced his presidential candidacy. At the time, Cohen was Trump’s confidant and personal lawyer, and he worked for the Trump Organization.

The Falwells wanted to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public, Cohen told Arnold. “I actually have one of the photos,” he said, without going into specifics. “It’s terrible.”
So the individual who had the images destroyed them, but Cohen is saying he’s retained one of them?

And while there is no proof that this is the catalyst for Falwell’s subsequent endorsement of Trump, and his steadfast approval of Trump’s every move, it doesn’t seem particularly on the up-and-up.

During the campaign, Cohen worked closely with Liberty University to help promote Trump’s candidacy. It was around that time that Cohen heard from the Falwells about the photographs, said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking.

The Falwells told Cohen that someone had obtained photographs that were embarrassing to them, and was demanding money, the source said. Reuters was unable to determine who made the demand. The source said Cohen flew to Florida and soon met with an attorney for the person with the photographs. Cohen spoke with the attorney, telling the lawyer that his client was committing a crime, and that law enforcement authorities would be called if the demands didn’t stop, the source said.
That part is actually correct, so kudos to Cohen for managing some legit lawyering.

With Cohen now behind bars for the next couple of years, we may not immediately get a follow-up to this story, but it’s unlikely to just go away.

And he still has one of the images, so there’s that

February 18, 2019

“I doubted Jussie Smollett, breaks my heart I might be right” Doubts About Jussie’s Account




By Nana Efua Mumford
Washington Post


Nana Efua Mumford is the executive assistant to The Post’s editorial board. She lives in Virginia with her family but will always call Chicago home.

“Empire,” Fox’s drama about a family-run hip-hop label, has always been defined by its bizarre plot twists. The show has featured a ghost who haunts her loving husband, a child whose stepfather is also his grandfather and an amnesia-inducing car bomb. But the latest real-world twist involving a member of its cast is the strangest — and saddest — yet.

On Jan. 29, Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, the openly gay heir to the show’s hip-hop record label throne, was allegedly attacked in a baroque hate crime. He told police that his attackers immediately identified him as a gay actor from “Empire,” then proceeded to yell racial and homophobic slurs, shout “this is MAGA country,” pour an unknown chemical on him and place a noose around his neck. The story has since become even more complicated: The Chicago police questioned two Nigerian brothers, one of whom said that he played a small part on “Empire,” about their possible role in the attack. As of this writing, the department is seeking to interview Smollett again; he has hired a criminal defense attorney.

Actor and singer Jussie Smollett in Los Angeles in 2016. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
                   


But even before these latest details emerged, when I first heard of the attack on Smollett, I had to pause. On “Empire,” Jamal Lyon came out as gay in front of his homophobic, abusive father; took a bullet for that same father and overcame an addiction to pain pills. Was I reading last week’s episode recap, or did this actually happen in my hometown of Chicago? Almost immediately, I had a terrible feeling that I was victim blaming, or worse, that I am so brainwashed that I no longer can hear cries of hurt and outrage from my own black community. It was a horrifying feeling that I am still trying to work through almost three weeks later.

Actor and singer Jussie Smollett in Los Angeles in 2016. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
I wanted to believe Smollett. I really did. I know that there is a deep, dark racist history in Chicago and, if proved true, this would be just one more point on the list. I wanted to believe him with every fiber of my being, most of all because the consequences if he were lying, were almost too awful to contemplate.

And yet I struggled with Smollett’s story.


I tried telling myself that it is possible that two assailants were walking around downtown Chicago at 2 a.m. in January in 10-degree weather, waiting for a black victim. In addition to that, they were stalking around with a bottle of bleach and a rope. And ultimately, the prey they selected was an actor on a show that they must’ve been somewhat familiar with because they were able to not only name the show but also know that he played a gay character. Never mind the fact that he was likely bundled up because again: Chicago, January, 10 degrees. Also, after he fought to get away, he left the rope around his neck until he got to the hospital.

Perhaps I don’t want to believe him because this is a stark and scary reminder of the poor condition of the country (and city) that I call home. Maybe this story makes the boogeyman in my nightmares all too real, too close and too calculating. Maybe it’s because while I consider myself an ally to the LGBTQ community, I still don’t understand and appreciate the daily harassment that they endure. Or maybe even though I am a black woman, I still don’t know what it’s like to be a black man in America.

Over the past few hours, there have been speculations that have confirmed my worst fears. Unnamed “police sources” have claimed that Smollett orchestrated the entire thing.

Surveillance images show alleged attackers in an assault of ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett

Chicago police released images Jan. 30 of two “people of interest” in the assault against actor Jussie Smollett. (Reuters)
If Smollett’s story is found to be untrue, it will cause irreparable damage to the communities most affected. Smollett would be the first example skeptics cite when they say we should be dubious of victims who step forward to share their experiences of racist hate crimes or sexual violence. The incident would be touted as proof that there is a leftist conspiracy to cast Trump supporters as violent, murderous racists. It would be the very embodiment of “fake news.”

And that reason, more than any other, is why I need this story to be true, despite its ugliness and despite what it would say about the danger of the world I live in. The damage done would be too deep and long-lasting. This could be one tragedy that the Lyon family — and more importantly, the ordinary people who loved the show and invested in Smollett and his character — could never overcome.

January 17, 2019

"The Little Jerk” (Named by McCain) S.C. Linsey Graham Fell From Grace With His “Kook” President



                                           






If loyalty goes only so far, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham’s goes every which way — depending on the day, week, month — or proximity to Election Day.

One day, the South Carolina Republican may think Donald Trump is a “kook.” That was Graham’s description of then-candidate Trump in 2016, shortly after he’d ended his own campaign for president. Or, he may think Trump is “presidential,” as he said recently in appraising President Trump’s speech from the Oval Office on border security.

What did they do with Graham, one might reasonably ask? If you posted this question to random people on Capitol Hill, you might hear them say, Aw, that’s just Lindsey. He’s in a cycle.

If this sounds vaguely endocrinal, well, suit yourself. What it means, of course, is that Graham is up for reelection in 2020. When you’re in one of the redder states in the union, you’d best cheer for the Man from MAGA or risk fading into local history.

It isn’t unusual for politicians to tweak their language or style, to soften or toughen rhetoric as one’s audience pleases. Still, there’s something almost comical about Graham’s toughening stances and head-snapping reversals. It’s as though his body has been occupied by someone else, his inner Terminator liberated at last — in part, perhaps, because he’s no longer John McCain’s wingman. He’s Maverick now.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Whatever else he intends, Graham has always known how to play the media and keep himself in the headlines. This may explain his and Trump’s recent comity, which can be traced to lunch in March 2017 when the two found common ground in, among other things, an affection for playing golf. They are also both showmen and may share some mutual respect. Both love to be center stage, and both seem to have a similar knack for giving people what they want. The president and the apprentice.

Confession: I love Graham — for all the right reasons. He’s a mensch who’d give you the shirt off his back, whether you needed it or not. He’s a good guy, brought up hard, who transcended tragedy (both parents died while he was in college, leaving him to care for his then-13-year-old sister). He’s a true patriot who served in the Air Force judge advocate general’s corps and then the Air Force Reserve as he was rising from lawyer to congressman to the U.S. Senate.


He is also very funny, as debate viewers will recall from his 2015 performances. His best lines from those debates were spontaneous, quick-witted and true. We delighted in his unfiltered answers to questions, such as: “You know how to make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.” Or, if Trump were to win, the Islamic State “would be dancing in the streets; they just don’t believe in dancing.”

Funny then, but no more. Graham has become a lead gladiator for a wall along the southern border, even recently advising Trump to invoke national-emergency powers to fund it. From “Little Jerk,” McCain’s affectionate nickname for Graham, to Maximus in a few short months. No longer is Trump a “kook.” In 2017, Graham repeated the word but that time in taking issue with the media for “this endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of kook not fit to be president.”

But then Monday happened. The president turned on Maximus, rejecting Graham’s suggestion to temporarily reopen the government while the wall debate continues. The mind meld lost its connection. Do we sense a split after all Graham has done, not least his fiery attack against Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Brett M. Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, which Graham called an “unethical sham”?


Instantly, Graham became a meme sensation on the right. On the left, you’d have thought he had called Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, “bat---- crazy,” a term he previously had used to describe the GOP for its support of Trump.

As we enter 2019, the Grahamster is full of brio and bluster, ready to rush Texas with his own posthole digger. His speechwriter must surely be busy preparing text for the senator’s remarks upon the groundbreaking, perchance to include: “President Trump, build this wall!” In the meantime, as Judiciary Committee chairman, Graham has vowed that the next Supreme Court justice will be a conservative, as though anyone doubted it.

One can hardly wait, but not for long. The night is young, the news breaks 24/7, and we’ve nearly two more years to wonder what Graham will say, growl, hiss, spit, growl, whisper or sing, hallelujah! May his cycle be unbroken.

December 27, 2018

Trumps' Lies Upon Lies is Disgraceful For the Legacies of Washington, Lincoln



It is hard to imagine that there is a line from George Washington to Donald Trump, that we could have so squandered the legacies of past generations.

By David Rothkopf
A corrupt and fraudulent family foundation. Hush money to mistresses to help swing an election — felony violations of campaign finance laws. Seeking and embracing the help of an enemy to win an election. Repeatedly obstructing justice to cover up those crimes.
Selling out American interests to patrons overseas. Profiting from the presidency. Helping foreign murderers cover up the murder of an American permanent resident. Attacking our allies. Destroying the international architecture that has been the foundation of our strength.
Lying to or misleading the American people on average 10 times a day. Celebrating Nazis as very fine people. Building detention camps for children on our borders. Racist policies that turn away good people from our shores. Serial misogyny. Upwards of 20 allegations of sexual harassment.
At least one accusation of rape from an underage minor. A massive, decades-long record of income tax fraudSeventeen investigations into his activities. Virtually every major organization he has run for two decades under investigation. 
An international record of celebrating despots and autocrats and kleptocrats and brutal totalitarians and enemies. Unprecedented isolation from America's friends and a repeated record of insults of them and international rejection of him as a trusted leader.
Attacking America's law enforcement institutions. Attacking America's intelligence institutions. Collaborating with fellow travelers in Congress to circumvent the laws and to undermine decades and decades of regulation. Irreversible damage was done to the environment.
A campaign to take health care away from the neediest Americans. A systematic effort to deport productive contributors to our society who have lived and worked here for decades. Hypocrisy. Vulgarity. Deceit. Mounting evidence of criminal behavior. Serial violation of his oath of office. Serial betrayal of his country.
This is our president. This is the heir to Washington and Lincoln. He stole the office with the aid of our enemies, and he has done grievous damage to this country ever since.
Sometimes I walk through Alexandria, Virginia, where I live, past the places Washington walked, and I have to admit it, it makes me physically ill. It is hard to imagine that there is a line from George Washington to Donald Trump, that we could have so squandered the legacies of past generations.

What would Washington and Lincoln say about Trump?  

Read this list of wrongs and crimes and missteps and compound it with the ignorance and the incompetence and the absence of principles and the deficiency of character of this man. Think how each and any of them might have disqualified past leaders.
Think how you wouldn't allow such a man into your home or contact with your children and then of the power and prestige he has been given, the precious gifts of heritage that have been placed in his hands.
It is easy to grow numb to this. It is possible to become distracted by rage. But remember what is at stake, we must focus on undoing this great wrong that took place in 2016 and seeking justice for the crimes that contributed to that and have unfolded since.
Imagine what Washington or Lincoln would say were they to see this. Worse still, imagine what our grandchildren and generations to come will say. This is the history we bequeath to them. Let it, in the end, be an affirmation of our institutions and our ability to repel the danger.
Let it, in the end, be worthy of the best of the legacy that came before. We're an imperfect society, but we should not elevate the worst among us as we have done with this man Trump and the corrupt crowd of enablers surrounding him.
David Rothkopf is CEO of the Rothkopf Group and host of Deep State Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @djrothkopf. This column was adapted from a Twitter thread.  

November 1, 2018

A Low Down With a Kids Face Addicted to Conspiracy Stories Wanted to Pay a Woman to Say Mueller Abused Her

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 This is the scummy Jacob wOhL



It seems his company is own or run by two people: him and mom.






After he was implicated in a conspiracy to concoct false sexual-assault allegations against special counsel Robert Mueller, Jacob Wohl, a prominent young supporter of President Donald Trump on social media, was ruthlessly mocked on Twitter for a hack job at covering his tracks.
Wohl, 20, who has been accused of defrauding investors in his financial firms, is known for peddling conspiracy theories, far-right talking points and boosting Trump on his social media accounts.
It looks as if Wohl is behind a pretend company called Surefire Intelligence named Tuesday on documents published by The Gateway Pundit, a far-right fake-news website for which he writes, alleging Mueller was accused of raping a woman.
The Gateway Pundit quickly took down the article and the documents. “Earlier today we were given information on accusations against former FBI Director Robert Mueller,” Jim Hoft, the editor, wrote in their place.
“We took the documents down and we are currently investigating these accusations. There are also very serious allegations against Jacob Wohl. We are also looking into this.”
Journalists from The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, Bellingcat, NBC News and other publications quickly got to work, establishing that the LinkedIn profile pictures of supposed Surefire Intelligence employees were either models or actors, such as the Hollywood star Christoph Waltz.
Other sleuthing revealed that Surefire’s website was registered by someone using Wohl’s email address, that Wohl was actually the man in a shaded anonymous image purporting to be company managing partner “Matthew Cohen” and that the firm’s phone number redirected to Wohl’s mother’s voice mail.   
On Tuesday, Wohl tweeted: “Several media sources tell me that a scandalous story about Mueller is breaking tomorrow. Should be interesting. Stay tuned!”
The conservative D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman, known for pushing conspiracy theories, particularly around the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, claims to have several women willing to make allegations of sexual assault against Mueller.
Burkman promised a press conference on Thursday, during which one of the women would identify herself.
A couple of weeks ago, multiple journalists, including two reporters at Newsweek, received an email claiming women were being offered money to accuse Mueller, a former FBI director, of sexual misconduct.
A woman purportedly named Lorraine Parsons claimed that an associate of Burkman’s had offered to pay off her late husband’s credit card debt and give her a check for $20,000 if she falsely accused the special counsel of sexual assault. She would not speak further to reporters.
Burkman denied paying any women to come forward. Wohl, whose own apparent efforts to discredit Mueller were connected to Burkman, had also denied this.
In an interview with Hill Reporter, Burkman acknowledged working with Surefire and that Wohl was behind it. 
“Surefire is a real company, an intel operation in Los Angeles," Burkman said. "We have known them for a long time. The guy’s name is Jacob Wohl. They do a lot of intel work. They do a lot of good research.”
Wohl later tweeted: "Very credible allegations are set to be made against Robert Mueller—The MSM is scrambling! They're accusing me of offering to pay accusers with ZERO PROOF and ZERO EVIDENCE!"
The special counsel’s office said it referred to the FBI the allegations that women were offered money to make false claims against Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump 2016 campaign.

March 14, 2018

ICE Spokesperson Resigns No Longer Able to Lie For AG Sessions and The Trump Administration



James Schwab, who turned in his resignation on Friday, made sure to point out that there are many individual ICE agents who are good, honest, hardworking people. But he said he couldn't work at a place anymore where he couldn't keep his integrity.




[By Dan Simon, CNN]

 James Schwab, a spokesman for the San Francisco Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has resigned, citing what he says are falsehoods being spread by members of the Trump administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"I just couldn't bear the burden -- continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false," he told CNN on Monday.

Schwab cited Acting Director Tom Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as being the purveyors of misleading and inaccurate information, following Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's controversial decision to warn the community of an upcoming ICE raid.

ICE released a press release on February 27 about the operations in Northern California in which Homan stated that "864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision."

Sessions also repeated a similar estimate in his remarks while visiting Sacramento last week.

"Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community -- 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more dangerous situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action," Sessions had said.

Schwab said he took issue with their characterization.

"Director Homan and the Attorney General said there were 800 people at large and free to roam because of the actions of the Oakland Mayor," he told CNN. "Personally I think her actions were misguided and not responsible. I think she could have had other options. But to blame her for 800 dangerous people out there is just false."

"It's a false statement because we never pick up 100% of our targets. And to say they're a type of dangerous criminal is also misleading."

Schwab said he brought up his concerns to ICE leadership and was told to "deflect to previous statements. Even though those previous statements did not clarify the wrong information."
"I've never been in this situation in 16 almost 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry -- when the data was not correct" he said.

The Oakland mayor said in response to the former spokesman speaking out, "I commend Mr. Schwab for speaking the truth while under intense pressure to lie. Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard."

Schwab also said he is a registered Democrat, but has been a loyal federal servant, regardless of which party is in power.
CNN has reached out to ICE in Washington and the Department of Justice for comment.



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February 10, 2018

WH Needs a Replacement for Porter and if Kelly Likes him No Security Clearance Needed



 Kelly and His man Porter

Kelly is a lier but he works for a President who lies all the time. Is it a requirement for working for a lier you have to be one be one yourself? It seems that way. We knew people in government lied and politicians lied. What we never saw or allowed to be seen as people high up in the government lying right in front of us on TV.  Kelly said he didn't know about this problem of having a wife beater working for him...lie!  He knew about it because the FBI knew it and reported it to his office. He is either very thick like his boss or doesn't read, just like his boss. People were so excited when Kelly was named the chief of staff. They thought they would straighten out the Trump's White House.
Why would Trump not pick someone that was in line with his ways of doing business (Kelly)? 
Kelly had a guy without a security clearance working in the highest places in the White House  Kelly allowed this and the question is did Trump know? did he care? Still, Kelly stuck his face on TV and said 'this was the first he heard about it' Not true.
Trump's son in law won't get a permanent security clearing because of the flags raised by the FBI but then He is the this President son in law and the President ignores this fact.  But Porter was no family of the President. Why then having given a promotion after the FBI sent a report about him beating his wife to the WH. and be kept there. They could not find a replacement. Well, Kelly liked him so he stayed.  Adam

Sources close to the White House say chief of staff John Kelly has suffered a serious blow to his standing from the bungled resignation of staff secretary Rob Porter, who has been accused of domestic abuse. 

Kelly’s most vehement critics even suggest the episode could herald his demise within the administration. 

“We’ll see this as an inflection point when he is fired,” said one source within President Trump’s orbit. The source, who requested anonymity to speak candidly, blasted Kelly as “tone deaf and politically inept.”

A second source close to the Republican Party complained, regarding Kelly, that “everybody knows he limits access and information flow to POTUS on a daily basis; this could be the beginning of the end of that — and maybe Kelly as chief.” 
Such predictions can be motivated in part by personal rivalries. Some people who had become accustomed to having relatively free-flowing access to Trump have found their contact sharply reduced since Kelly replaced Reince Priebus as chief of staff last July. 

But Kelly's woes deepened late Thursday when The Washington Post reported that White House counsel Don McGahn had first informed Kelly of the abuse allegations against Porter last fall. Instead of firing Porter, according to the Post, Kelly gave him a bigger role.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah insisted that Kelly retained Trump’s full confidence during a media briefing on Thursday. 

But Shah had a thankless task in trying to defend a White House, and a chief of staff, that had expressed total confidence in Porter amid allegations of domestic abuse by two ex-wives — only to cut him loose within hours. 

In a statement sent via the White House pool reporter at 3:54 p.m. Wednesday, Porter was praised as “effective in his role.” The statement added, “the President and Chief of Staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance.” 

At 9:31 p.m., a statement under Kelly’s name was released, noting that he had accepted Porter’s resignation and that “there is no place for domestic violence in our society.” 

The furor is so politically explosive in part because the allegations are so disturbing. Both of Porter’s ex-wives have alleged that he was physically abusive to them.  

The Daily Mail’s website published photos of his first wife, Colbie Holderness, with a bruised eye. She said the injury had been inflicted by Porter, whom she accused of punching her while they were on vacation in Italy. His second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told the same news organization that Porter had pulled her from the shower to scream at her. 

In a statement that was read aloud at the White House media briefing on Wednesday, Porter called the allegations “simply false” and “vile.”  

But those allegations also seemingly stopped Porter from getting a security clearance, even though he had daily access to the president. Shah said Porter was working under an interim clearance and insisted that the full clearance was never denied. "His background investigation was ongoing," he said.

The difficulties for the White House were further complicated because Porter is reported to be dating Hope Hicks, the communications director and one of Trump’s closest aides. Shah said Hicks had recused herself from some discussions regarding the matter. 

Kelly was initially emphatic in his defense of Porter. Kelly at first told the Daily Mail that Porter was “a man of true integrity and honor” and added that he was “proud to serve alongside him.”
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So there’s another vacancy in the outstandingly successful Trump administration. White House staff secretary Rob Porter either resigned or was fired this week following allegations he assaulted both of his former wives.

Porter joins an impressively long list of people who have left or been ejected from the administration, including but not limited to national security adviser Michael Flynn; deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh; deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland; National Security Council deputy chief of staff Tera Dahl; assistant press secretary Michael Short; chief of staff Reince Priebus; chief strategist Stephen Bannon; deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka; William Bradford, director of the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy; director of Health and Human Services Tom Price; Jamie Johnson, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships; Office of Drug Control Policy deputy chief of staff Taylor Weyenet; press secretary Sean Spicer; special adviser Carl Icahn; and Office of Public Liaison director of communications Omarosa Manigault. 

These departures, along with more than 20 others, stemmed from issues ranging from embellished background credentials to past racist comments to lying about contacts with Russians to conflicts of interest to disagreements with the administration.

No presidency has ever had this kind of turnover in its first year, which is probably why no presidency has ever been as totally fantastic and smooth-running as this one.

And just as Porter is leaving, there’s a good chance current chief of staff John Kelly — who reportedly knew about the allegations against Porter since last year and allowed the man to continue handling classified information even though he couldn’t get a security clearance — will be the next one out the door.

It’s all perfect because the key thing people want from their government is abject chaos. Any political scientist will tell you that entropy breeds success.

With that in mind, I’ve prepared an advertisement White House officials can use to promote their new opening and attract the perfect candidate.

This should immediately be posted on the White House’s website, on Ashley Madison, the dating site for people interested in extramarital affairs, and on the walls of correctional facilities across the country:

“Have you always dreamed of being part of something you are in no way qualified, professionally or morally, to handle? Do you love America so much that you would sacrifice time and what little integrity you have to work for her in the hope of raising your profile or unethically enriching yourself?

“If you answered yes to either of those questions or if you recently had a restraining order taken out against you, the Trump Administration might be the place for you. And the good news is … WE’RE HIRING!

“That’s right, thanks to the recent departure and/or indictment of one of our exemplary colleagues, we are looking for a fresh voice to help us MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

“Are you a former reality television star who was despised by viewers? Have you ever spent long evenings anonymously posting online comments detailing your views on the superiority of the white race?

“Do you think President Donald Trump is unbelievably awesome and perfect, and are you willing to tell him that every day or even multiple times a day?

“Then you may already be more than qualified to join our team and jovially mishandle classified information that people risked their lives to obtain. And you’ll get a free hat!

“At the Trump Administration, we want REAL people, not snooty experts or idealistic dreamers who think they can make the world a better place.

“To answer these questions: Are you hopelessly self-centered or toxically masculine? Have you freely associated with agents of unfriendly foreign countries without understanding why that’s such a big deal? Will you do just about anything to ‘trigger the libs?’

“Then you need to contact us right away and see if you qualify — YOU DO! — for a spot in the greatest administration in the history of America and probably everywhere else.

“Benefits include very little actual work, regular opportunities for lying, a comfortable spot on the wrong side of history, free vials of immigrant tears, backstabbing training and zero job security.

“Must be fluent in hypocrisy and lack any sense of self-awareness. No spelling or grammar skills necessary.

“Stupid losers and people from ‘shithole’ countries need not apply.”

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September 22, 2017

Trump Plainly Lies About Pre-Existing Conditions Having Guarantee Coverage



 

President Donald Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to assure Americans their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) covers people with pre-existing conditions.

Both the president and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) is co-sponsoring the health care bill known as the "Graham-Cassidy plan," took to Twitter to defend the legislation, expected to be up for a vote on the Senate floor next week. "I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great bill," Trump wrote Wednesday night. "Repeal & Replace."  

Graham quoted the president’s tweet later Wednesday, adding that any claims his bill doesn’t cover those with pre-existing conditions should be called "#FakeNews on steroids!" 

Unlike former President Barack Obama's landmark health care law, however, the new Republican bill would not guarantee coverage for people living with pre-existing conditions. Instead, the Graham-Cassidy plan would disproportionately harm sick people and Americans living with a variety of medical factors, who could see their insurance costs soar if the legislation were to pass.

The bill would allow states to opt to waive Obamacare rules requiring basic health benefits, essentially cutting protections for sick people in an effort to keep premiums from rising. The waivers allow states to charge more for health insurance offered to people with pre-existing conditions—including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's (or dementia), cerebral palsy and even pregnancy, among other medical factors that could have resulted in denied coverage prior to Obamacare—while continuing to receive federal block grant funding.

Experts say the bill could raise health care costs for those with pre-existing conditions to a point where insurance would be virtually unaffordable for millions of people. 

The Graham-Cassidy plan would allow states to more easily gut protections for sick people than the previous Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, as well as the House’s failed effort, the American Health Care Act. The earlier Senate bill would have let states request a reduction from the federal government in what was considered “essential health benefits," while the House bill would have allowed states to charge more for people living with certain pre-existing conditions when searching for insurance.

The new bill—seen by House Majority Leader Paul Ryan as "our best, last chance" to repeal Obamacare—has received criticism from the even health care industry, which said it would damage existing benefits and do little to reduce insurance premiums that continue to tick upward for millions of Americans.

"The Graham-Cassidy plan would take health insurance coverage away from millions of people, eliminate critical public health funding, devastate the Medicaid program, increase out-of-pocket costs and weaken or eliminate protections for people living with pre-existing conditions," Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, Democrats are warning that if a sudden vote on the legislation is held before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) can issue a full report on it, there could be serious implications for years to come.

"Thus far, every version of Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the ACA has meant higher health costs, millions of hard-working Americans pushed off coverage, and key protections gutted with devastating consequences for those with pre-existing conditions," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter Monday to CBO Director Keith Hall. "A comprehensive CBO analysis is essential before Republicans force a hasty, dangerous vote on what is an extreme and destructive repeal bill."

So, while those with pre-existing conditions wouldn't have their insurance suddenly ripped away, the Graham-Cassidy plan could make it increasingly difficult for sick Americans to afford any insurance at all. Until the CBO is able to fully assess the latest Republican-led attempt to overhaul the nation's health care system, the bill's total impact will remain unknown.



August 7, 2017

Trump Buys Second Hand Presidential Plane for The Next President





 President Obama's Plane on final approach to Habana, Cuba 2016. In 2030 the president of the US will be flying an airplane just like  it after paying for basically a brand new one (bought by a lousy negotiator or a President who did not care about the Presidency).





The US Air Force announced Friday that it has finalized a deal to purchase two already-built aircraft from Boeing to serve as the next generation of Air Force One, flying future presidents around the world for decades to come. A Boeing spokesperson told CNN the two aircraft in question were originally destined for a now bankrupt Russian airline.

Trump said the new Presidential plane (airforce one) was too expensive and he was going to cancel. He wanted to save the tax payers money!  He knew he would never fly that plane anyways since it would not be ready for service after 2024. What did he cared about cancelling on reasons of saving money ? Would be a good sound bite.

This second or third hand 747, waiting to be lease, sold or mouth balled is one of the
 new models
which will look identical to AF1 before wash,wax and paint job
Actually He likes flying his own plane which is a mini Trump Tower except the Air force will pay for modifications and Fuel, paint job to say US Airforce instead of Trump. It seems this has already been done because we’ve seen Trump flying in a similar plane to his old(new) plane (I bet his old pilot is flying it too except the slary would come from US Treasury, just guessing on the pilot).

All the modifications to these two 747 planes plus all the expenses done to them is not going to be cheap. Boeing says they are new because only they have flown it in tests. You be the judge.

When you see them there taxi there is no difference on the outside because they are basically the same plane as the now 747 except it was built in latter years but not last year, more like last decade.....The price of retrofitting  these 747’s would probably exceed a new plane built brand new and have everything incorporated in the factory as is being built or finished there. Do you imagine the money to keep the two antiques flying opposite a new planes. These two old 747’s which were destined for Russia, then Iran when the Russian company could not pay for them(bankrupcy they say) and then Iran passed, they wanted something newer and bigger. Trump will have these old elephants painted and retrofitted with new modifications which anybody knows you don’t do to your car unless you keeping it as an antigue. You buy a brand new one with what you want in it. Particularly if you want a lot done! Then if you are a “good negotiator” you get the top of the line not a 12 year old car laying around because it could not be sold.  Go ahead laugh but you are paying for it because a top negotiator with a University to teach people the art of the deal went for the old ones on the side, dusty amd all. But then you will not find Trump getting in any of these two planes, not to even check them out so the negotiator does not care. May be he is a good ngotiator when it belongs to him not uncle Sam. He is buying for a President in the future (with old planes)

This is another illussion from Trump. 'I will save you money on the AF program'  which is not happening. Boeing has to make money on this, they are not giving the planes away. Actually Iam so sure that if this planes was going to be ready by 2019 instead of 2024 the earliest,  Trump will be adding stuff to them with a brand new plane design for the mission and his comfort!
Does anyone with a fair mind and not in love with Trump really thinks Trump cares about these planes or the next president if its not going to be him? Why is he doing this?

First, it saves him money in the current budget because it postpones the expense for latter, rather than go with had been designed already. Secondly it allows him, like he did (first decision even before he was sworn in) to say he is a good negotiator (it shows the opposite, big time) and he cares about the American people 's money. If this was so why is he making money from his government in everything from keeping the name Trump in the hotels and keep tied to them thru their families. Even the secret service on Trump tower was kicked out because they would not pay the amount of money they wanted. Where is he secret service today in NYC? In a van parked by the sidewalk. I will say no more.


We thought we share this with you.  The Presidential planes might not be called second hand because they might have never left Boeing legal papers for the buyer and there was at least one but it most likely made trips to Russia and Iran which were supposed to be buyers. Originally built for Russia. I think the correct name is old because if a plane sits through the years and no body buys it it doesn't because second hand but it becomes old. I did not want to use the adj. old on the tittle, people might not believe it.

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August 3, 2017

Boy Scouts Chief Disputes Trump's Lie About His Speech was "Greatest Ever'




President Trump waves after speaking to Boy Scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, on July 24, 2017.Getty
  


          By REBECCA SHABAD CBS NEWS



The Boy Scouts are disputing President Trump's claim that he was told his speech last week at their national jamboree event was the "the greatest speech ever made to them." 
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal after the event last week, the president claimed that he received a call from the head of the Boy Scouts praising his speech. This came after Mr. Trump appeared to get annoyed that a reporter said that there was "mixed" reaction to his speech. 
"There was no mix there. That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix," Trump said, according to a transcript obtained by Politico. 
"And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful. So there was — there was no mix," Mr. Trump added. 
But the Boy Scouts told Time magazine and other outlets Tuesday that they aren't aware of a call being placed to the White House by national leadership, saying that a statement from the organization's chief scout executive last week speaks for itself
"I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree," Michael Surbaugh said in the statement last Thursday. "That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies."
The speech from the president was highly political, with comments, for example, calling on Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, boasting of states where he beat Hillary Clinton, and blasting the "fake media."

July 10, 2017

Trump Lies About Russia Hacking






On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump made some questionable claims about the U.S. intelligence community’s finding that Russia hacked into U.S. political organizations to interfere in the 2016 presidential election:
  • Trump said the computer hacking “could have been other people and other countries.” There is no evidence for that. U.S. intelligence has named only Russia as the culprit. A Jan. 6 report based on the work of three intelligence agencies said Putin “ordered” a broad “influence campaign” to help elect Trump.
  • Trump claimed former President Barack Obama “did nothing” from August to Nov. 8 about Russia meddling in the election. That’s wrong. Among other things, Obama spoke to Putin about the issue in September, and his administration worked with state officials from mid-August until Election Day to prevent voting systems from being hacked.
The president made his remarks during a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on July 6. Trump made the stop in Poland on his way to a Group of 20 summit meeting in Germany, where he is scheduled to meet with Putin on July 7.

‘Other Countries’?

Hallie Jackson of NBC News asked the president if he would “once and for all, yes or no, definitively say that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.” He gave a less-than-definitive answer.
Trump, July 6: I think it was Russia. And I think it could have been other people and other countries. It could have been a lot of people interfered. I’ve said it very simply. I think it could very well have been Russia but I think it could very well have been other countries, and I won’t be specific. But I think a lot of people interfere. I think it has been happening for a long time. It has been happening for many, many years.
There is no evidence that other countries were involved in the cyberattacks.
The Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement on Oct. 7, 2016, that said the U.S. intelligence community is “confident” that hacks into the email systems of the Democratic Party and its officials were directed by “Russia’s senior most officials.” The U.S. intelligence community includes 17 separate intelligence agencies.
“Such activity is not new to Moscow — the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there,” the statement said. “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
After the election, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a declassified report on Jan. 6 that went even further. That report said that “Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump” and that “Putin ordered an influence campaign” to help Trump and damage his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The 25-page report was “drafted and coordinated” among three intelligence agencies — the CIA, FBI and the National Security Agency — based on “intelligence information collected and disseminated by those three agencies.”
Among other things, the report said, Russian military intelligence gained access to Democratic National Committee computers from July 2015 to June 2016 and then used WikiLeaks, DCLeaks.com and “Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be an independent Romanian hacker,” to publicly release hacked emails and documents. The cyberattacks and public release of hacked material were part of larger “Russian propaganda efforts” to hurt Clinton and help Trump, the report said.
“Russia’s state-run propaganda machine — comprised of its domestic media apparatus, outlets targeting global audiences such as RT and Sputnik, and a network of quasi-government trolls — contributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences,” the report said. “State-owned Russian media made increasingly favorable comments about President-elect Trump as the 2016 US general and primary election campaigns progressed while consistently offering negative coverage of Secretary Clinton.”
In sworn testimony before the Senate intelligence committee on June 8, former FBI Director James Comey said there should be no confusion that Russia interfered with the election.
Comey, June 8: There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. It was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that. It is a high confidence judgment of the entire intelligence community and the members of this committee have seen the intelligence. It’s not a close call. That happened. That’s about as unfake as you can possibly get. It is very, very serious, which is why it’s so refreshing to see a bipartisan focus on that. This is about America, not about a particular party.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Trump has questioned U.S. intelligence on Russia. He did so before and after winning the election, sometimes in the same way as he did at his Warsaw press conference.
After the election, Trump issued a statement on Dec. 9 that compared U.S. intelligence on Russia’s election meddling to U.S. intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. At his press conference in Poland, Trump again raised the issue of WMDs. He said “everybody was 100 percent sure that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction,” but faulty intelligence “led to one big mess.”
And, as he did in Poland, Trump told Time magazine in a Nov. 28, 2016, interview: “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”
But no evidence to date has emerged that China or any other country was involved.
Update, July 7: Two House members – a Republican and a Democrat – said they have seen no evidence that any country other than Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
CNN’s John Berman asked Rep. Jim Himes in a July 6 interview: “[H]ave you seen any evidence that any other country besides Russia tried to meddle in the 2016 election?” Himes, a Democratic member of the House intelligence committee, responded, “None. None.”
Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said in a July 7 interview on MSNBC that the intelligence reports and briefings that he has received show “very clear and convincing evidence that it was a nation state attack by Russia.”
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