MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed out Wednesday that the links between the National Rifle Association, Donald Trump and Russia may be deeper than previously thought.
The host pointed out that on the exact day last July that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their “super sketchy” off-the-record conversation in Helsinki, Finland last July, a Russian national named Maria Butina was being charged in Washington, D.C. for being a foreign agent of her home country.
Butina, Maddow noted, presented herself as a “leading light” of a supposed Russian gun rights movement — but is a member of the political party led by Putin, who does not support the right of Russian to bear arms.
Furthermore, the host added, the Russian “gun rights advocate” and her group was addressed by Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton — who was with the president at the Helsinki summit.
The U.S. government claimed in its indictment of Butina that she was attempting to infiltrate the U.S. conservative movement and the NRA specifically. Butina, the host added, has since pleaded guilty to those charges.
Maddow noted that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has asked White House lawyers for information about whether Bolton “disclosed his previous contacts and work with Maria Butina” when he joined the Trump administration.
Cummings has also written directly to the NRA about Bolton’s foreign trips and contacts, the host added.
Regardless of whether the White House and the NRA respond or force the House Oversight chair’s hand and make him subpoena them, Maddow mused, “it’s probably going to be interesting, right?”
Tucker Carlson’s ex-lead writer has a history of racist, homophobic and misogynistic social media posts
Blake Neff, the lead writer of The Tucker Carlson Show on FOX News, resigned on Friday after CNN uncovered a trove of disgustingly racist, homophobic and misogynist social media posts that Blake published under the handle “CharlesXII” on AutoAdmit (aka. XOXOhth), a largely unmoderated message board used by lawyers and law school students.
Among Neff’s most telling posts are a reference to “foodie faggots,” a comment stating, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down,” and another comment stating that Democratic U.S. House Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, all women of color, want to “MAKE YOUR COUNTRY A DUMPING GROUND FOR PEOPLE FROM THIRD WORLD SHITHOLES.”
Supreme Court decision on Trump’s taxes handed Democratic lawmakers a powerful new weapon: law professor
According to a law professor writing for Politico, Donald Trump earned a small victory this past week when the Supreme Court did not allow Congress to have his tax returns that prosecutors in New York will receive, but it did set a precedent for more Congressional power over the president that can be used in further conflicts.
In her column for Politico, Kimberly Wehle of the University of Baltimore School of Law, wrote that "Congress emerged with more clarity about its oversight powers, and how to enforce them, than it had before the Supreme Court weighed in," in its 7/2 decision.
Trump campaign workers ducking wearing masks over fears of mockery: ‘You get made fun of’
According to Politico, Trump campaign officials at the re-election headquarters in Arlington, Virginia are too embarrassed to follow the president's own CDC guidelines about wearing masks and practicing physical distancing — because the president himself has done so much to politicize the coronavirus pandemic.
"The campaign’s headquarters — located on the 14th floor of an Arlington, Va., office building that shares space with multiple businesses — is normally packed with dozens of staffers, often sitting in close proximity to conduct phone calls and other urgent campaign business, said three people with knowledge of its operations," wrote Dan Diamond. "But the office was shut down for its first deep cleaning in weeks after a senior campaign official tested positive for the virus. The decision to conduct the cleaning came after two months of flouting the Trump administration’s own public health guidance: There are no face coverings or temporary barriers between desks at headquarters, and leaders have limited efforts to implement social distancing."