Trump Damage Report – 6/8/2017
The James Comey Show, mobster in chief, Gorkovian connections, liberating Deepwater Horizon, returning to Too Big to Fail, McCain befuddled, Clapper on the Steele Dossier, privatizing the interstate, and faking the bill to Saudi Arabia. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Thursday, June 8th, 2017.
- Fox News Chris Wallace reports that Comey’s testimony today was “very damaging” to Trump. Comey flat-out referred to the lies, insistence upon oaths of loyalty, and clear evidence of an attempt to convince the former FBI Director to make the Russia investigation go away. Comey thoroughly documented the meetings with Trump, citing how he expected at some point he would be required to refer back to them based on Trump’s history of lying.
- Federal agencies are treating the Trump administration like a mob house, handling him and his associates like a criminal network and subjecting them to time-tested law enforcement tricks, The Daily Beast reports.
- Trump’s son-in-law and Secretary of Everything, Jared Kushner, has an not-so-secret communications channel direct to the Kremlin, The New York Times reports. Meet Mr. Sergey Gorkov, a banker and intelligence agent.
- Trump is hoping to combine the two federal agencies that were separated after the Gulf spill in 2010 into the regulatory monster that allowed the incident to occur in the first lace, Bloomberg reports.
- Trumpist Republicans in the House passed a bill today aimed at killing Dodd-Frank regulations on Wall Street, The New York Times reports. The regulations include the prohibition of taxpayer-funded bailouts of financial institutions, provide for an early warning system on economic collapse, and created rules that partially prevent the hyper-risky derivatives gambling that led to the 2008 crash.
- Senator John McCain’s questioning of fired FBI Director today was markedly bizarre, The Washington Post reports. He did not seem to know where he was, and kept making reference to Hillary’s emails.
- The New York Post asked: Does John McCain even know what’s going on?
- Comey’s testimony this morning will haunt Republicans, The New Republic reports. Trump lapdog Paul Ryan went before microphones after the testimony to excuse Trump, saying he’s “…new at this.” and it was likely just an innocent mistake, trying to interfere with FBI investigations and all that. Is ignorance of the law an adequate defense against willful obstruction of justice, now?
- The former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, says that Trump asked him to “publicly refute the infamous Steele dossier, which I could not and would not do” Business Insider reports. The Steele Dossier contains damning allegations that Russia has blackmail on Trump, that Trump engaged with Russian prostitutes while on trips there, and that Russian intelligence agencies have video of the encounters and more.
- Comey mentioned during the testimony that he’s cool with Trump releasing the tapes, if there were tapes of his meetings that Trump took secretly, The Washington Post reports. “Release all the tapes. I’m good with it.” Bearing this in mind, the tapes will not be released.
- The most important takeaway from the Comey testimony is that congressional Republicans don’t care, Vox reports. All Republicans present who asked questions of the fired FBI Director did so in an effort to make it clear that Trump is not *personally* under investigation (he isn’t, but the Trump campaign, Trump companies, and Trump associates all are). When that wasn’t the goal, they continually brought up Hillary Clinton.
- Trump’s big new infrastructure plan is a scam to privatize the nation’s highways, airports, and water treatment facilities and then allow private equity to charge whatever they want to American citizens for the use of those parts of the infrastructure, PoliticsUSA reports on the revelations of the plan by Senator Sanders.
- Trump is pretending his infrastructure plan is real; it’s not, The Washington Post reports.
- Trump-fired FBI Director who was investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, James Comey, testified today that Trump asked him to let the Traitor Michael Flynn investigation go, CNN reports.
- Democrats play hardball on Russia sanctions, The Hill reports. Democrats are pushing to include stronger financial penalties against Moscow for meddling in our elections and invading neighboring countries. Republicans are expected to oppose this, as for some reason they are now all totally cool with Russia doing whatever it likes on the international stage.
- Trump’s tally of $350 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia ranks at a whopping three Pinocchios for absurd lie, The Washington Post reports. Those numbers are make pretend.
TAXPAYER COST FOR TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE TO DATE, AS OF JUNE 8TH 2017: $157,978,857.26
Above all, and as always, stay vigilant.