One of the most salacious details from the “Steele Dossier” on Donald Trump and Russia, written by a former top British spy, could actually be real, according to a U.S. senator.
In a Monday interview with BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) suggested the so-called “pee tape” may explain Trump’s deference to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.
BuzzFeed first published the Steele Dossier in January of 2017.
When asked if Putin “has anything” on Trump, Sen. Merkley said it was, “likely.”
“Your view is that the pee tape is real?” Smith asked.
“Something close to that,” Sen. Merkley replied. “Something close to that.”
Here is how Christopher Steele, a former top British intelligence officer, described what has become know as the “pee tape.”
“One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’S personal obsessions and sexual perversion in order to obtain suitable ‘kompromaf (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, Trump’s (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ’golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to,” the Steele Dossier explained.
“Speaking separately in June 2016, Source B (the former top level Russian intelligence officer) asserted that TRUMP’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so
wished,” the report continued.
Trump is reportedly “obsessed” with the “pee tape” and lashed out against it as “fake news” hours after BuzzFeed published the intelligence file.
Re @BuzzFeedBen's exchange with @JeffMerkley this AM: that's Foreign Relations Committee member Jeff Merkley, who's also fresh off yet another trip to New Hampshire as he (Bernie Sanders' lone Senate endorser in '16) seriously considers running for POTUS in 2020…
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) July 16, 2018
GOP’s use of Kanye West to help Trump has been a spectacular flop: CNN host
On CNN Saturday, Michael Smerconish examined rapper Kanye West's presidential campaign — and how the GOP efforts to boost it to siphon voters from former Vice President Joe Biden don't appear to be working.
"Is Kanye West serious about running for president or is it all part of a dark twisted fantasy?" said Smerconish. "NPR has documented how several operatives, some with Trump ties, are actively helping the superstar get on general election ballots in various states. Kanye West officially on the ballot in Vermont, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and has filed recently in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Jared Kushner met privately with West in Colorado, where the two par took in a friendly conversation ... the RNC and Trump has denied involvement in West's campaign. but the president isn't exactly discouraging the competition."
Greenland’s ice sheet has melted past the point of no return
Greenland's ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.
Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.
That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland's ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters -- enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.
Trump targets TikTok again with new executive order
US President Donald Trump late Friday lashed out anew at ByteDance, issuing a fresh executive order stating the Chinese internet giant must sell its interest in the Musical.ly app it bought and merged with TikTok.
The order builds on sweeping restrictions issued last week by Trump that TikTok and WeChat end all operations in the US, his latest explosive moves aimed at countering China's rising global power.
ByteDance bought karaoke video app Musical.y from a Chinese rival about three years ago in a deal valued at nearly a billion dollars. It was incorporated into TikTok, which became a global sensation.