President Donald Trump regularly says that there was no justification for appointing a special counsel to investigate his campaign’s ties with Russian government agents.
However, as a devastating CNBC video makes clear, there is ample evidence that connects Trump to Russia going back well over a decade.
The video starts by noting all of the Trump campaign officials who have entered guilty pleas and who are now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe — and then it takes a deep dive into Trump’s past business dealings with Russian nationals.
Among other things, it notes Trump’s decision to partner with convicted Russian mobster Felix Sater to build Trump Tower Soho, a project that has been accused in a lawsuit of being a thinly veiled vehicle for money laundering; Donald Trump Jr.’s 2008 statement that Russian money had been “pouring in” for his family’s properties; Eric Trump allegedly telling a reporter in 2013 that Russian sources were providing the family with money that American banks wouldn’t; and Trump’s decision to hold his 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, where he tried to arrange a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The video then notes Trump’s decision to hire Paul Manafort — who is facing multiple money laundering charges related to his work on behalf of a Kremlin-connected Ukrainian oligarch — as his campaign manager.
From there, it breaks down all the known contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian agents, ranging from foreign policy advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos to Trump’s own son meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower to discuss her government’s campaign to help Trump become president.
The whole video paints a damning portrait — check it out below.
Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing
President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.
Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."
Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud
One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.
Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."
Trump told Republicans he didn’t care ‘about terrorists 7,000 miles away’
President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't care about terrorists, according to sources inside the room after Democrats abandoned the Wednesday meeting with the president.
Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.
The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.
The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.