President Trump is facing calls to retract and apologize for his sensational claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last year. The chances of that happening are approximately zero, but Trump can meet his critics partway. Here’s what he should say: “My words were imprecise when I expressed concern that President Obama engaged in illegal surveillance. My intent was to focus public attention on the torrent of leaks of confidential information gathered by federal authorities. Such leaks are serious crimes and must be firmly addressed.
President Trump should apologize on the same day that the New York Times retracts its stories of January 19 and 20 and fires the four reporters who detailed the extent of the wire tapping based on illegal leaks from senior American officials. He can apologize after the MSM explaind the logic of saying that the intelligence community found no evidence of collusion between himself and the Russians without using any electronic surveillance techniques.
Does any elementary school teach grammar any longer? I don´t know how old Goodwin is, but you´d think that a professional writer could get his nouns and verbs to match up. Sorry to be a grammar Nazi, but it puts me off reading an article when the headline is so stupidly written.
What Goodwin says is valid and good but it still doesn´t hit the core issue. It WAS 0bama himself who ordered and orchestrated this. The secondary and corroborative evidence is plenty. There is no smoking gun for precisely the reason there never was one against the Clintons till the little blue dress. Trump knows this. He has also realized that this is a fight to the finish with the Kenyan. Nibbling away will take forever. One man will be left standing. And he intends to be that one. So he did the unexpected and he went directly for the head of the snake. There was no choice. IMO the stark evidence will come forward, out of sequence perhaps, but it will.
For a charge as serious as this one made by POTUS Trump, you´ve got to know that he has evidence and is simply waiting for all the leftoids to make a$$e$ of themselves--again, and for all to see. Also puts the "intelligence community" on notice that they had better wise up, too. Word play intended.
What the liberal media conveniently forgets is that all electronic monitoring (wiretapping) that was conducted by US agencies during the Obama terms was ultimately conducted in President Obama´s name, as the "buck" always stops at the President´s desk.
Michael Goodwin brings up the good point that what affected the election result was Clinton keeping an illegal home-brew email server in a bathroom closet, then erasing 33,000 emails with bleachbit.
As for the DNC data Wikileaks, who never has lied so far, suggested it was obtained as a thumb drive from a Sanders supporter at DNC. This young man, first name Seth, was assassinated in D.C. As for the Podesta emails the Password was Password and after consulting with his IT specialist he authorized a phishing email himself.
I would like to thank Wikileaks for the most recent CIA files for I have a Samsung TV in my bedroom.
When the White House backed off its efforts to dump Sebastian Gorka on another federal agency, the controversial counterterrorism advisor had the president himself to thank, The Daily Beast has learned.After news emerged last week that the Trump administration was setting the stage to move the British-born national security aide out of the White House, President Donald Trump and his chief strategist Stephen Bannon “personally intervened” to put a halt to Gorka’s White House eviction, two senior administration sources said.
Jim DeMint´s ouster from The Heritage Foundation came as a shock to the hundreds of scholars and staffers who´ve seen the organization´s political influence grow thanks to DeMint’s controversial decision to align the leading conservative think tank closely with Donald Trump. But interviews with over a dozen sources at the center of the drama suggest Heritage´s stewards — particularly DeMint´s predecessor, Ed Feulner, and Feulner´s sharp-elbowed protégé, Mike Needham — became convinced that DeMint was incapable of renewing the foundation´s place as an intellectual wellspring of the conservative movement. Days of speculation, tension, and internal bickering came to a close on Tuesday:
Thousands of labor and immigrant right activists took to the streets Monday for a wave of protests in conjunction with May Day, a day that sparks protests annually among progressives but which took on a sharper edge this year over concerns about President Donald Trump´s agenda. Across the country, groups urged immigrant workers to skip work, school and shopping to demonstrate their impact on the economy. In Austin, activists staged a sit-in at the governor´s office at the capitol complex to protest a bill increasing immigration enforcement in Texas.
The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.The "Let Girls Learn" program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN. While aspects of the initiative´s programming will continue, employees have been told to stop using the "Let Girls Learn" name and were told that, as a program unto itself, "Let Girls Learn" was ending.
WASHINGTON — When President Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Saturday, White House officials saw it as part of a routine diplomatic outreach to Southeast Asian leaders. Mr. Trump, characteristically, had his own ideas.During their “very friendly conversation,” the administration said in a late-night statement, Mr. Trump invited Mr. Duterte, an authoritarian leader accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines, to visit him at the White House. Now, the administration is bracing for an avalanche of criticism from human rights groups. Two senior officials said they expected the State Department and the National Security
In December 2014, Hillary Clinton made up her mind to run for president. But even as her team geared up in early 2015 for the formal announcement in April, the campaign was beset by problems: press leaks, the burgeoning e-mail-server scandal, competing speechwriters, divided staffers, leaderless advisers and a meddling Bill Clinton. Yet the most alarming issue of all, authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes reveal in this exclusive excerpt from their new book, “Shattered,” was the candidate’s inability to convey a clear vision or message.
Saturday marks President Trump’s 100th day in office, and to celebrate the occasion he got a bit too candid in an Oval Office interview with Reuters. Obviously certain elements of being president are pretty fun, but President Trump has discovered that it isn’t all playing with trucks and pressing a button that makes Cokes appear. Sometimes there’s work to be done, and as it turns out being leader of the free world is a lot harder than running a fake university and playing a caricature of a rich person on TV.“I loved my previous life. I had so many things
PARIS -- French voters shut out the political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted for the runoff election between populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron.French politicians on the moderate left and right, including the Socialist and Republicans party losers in Sunday´s vote, immediately urged voters to block Le Pen´s path to power in the May 7 contest.Voters narrowed the presidential field from 11 to two. Both that vote and the May 7 runoff are widely seen as a litmus test for the populist wave that
WASHINGTON — The day before he upended the 2016 election, James B. Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, summoned agents and lawyers to his conference room. They had been debating all day, and it was time for a decision. Mr. Comey’s plan was to tell Congress that the F.B.I. had received new evidence and was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton, the presidential front-runner. The move would violate the policies of an agency that does not reveal its investigations or do anything that may influence an election. But Mr. Comey had declared the case closed, and he believed
Before there was Trump, there was O’Reilly’s populism infused with a New York sensibility. Dear Reader (I said “reader.” This will not be the venue for Caitlyn Jenner’s nude debut.), Bill O’Reilly is leaving Fox, and I can’t say I’ll miss him. I don’t mean that to sound too harsh (not that he much cared about sounding too harsh). The truth is I almost never watched his show, unless it was on someplace where I didn’t have control of the remote. That’s not quite the slight it may seem to be either. My job often makes me feel like Lucy
Aaron Hernandez may have murdered a former pal to protect his most guarded secret — that he was bisexual, a new report says.The muscle-bound former New England Patriots tight end allegedly had a longtime male lover, a friend from high school, and left behind a suicide note this week addressed to a gay jailhouse lover, Newsweek said.The suicide note was one of three found in Hernandez’s cell after he hanged himself Wednesday — the other two were to his fiancée and to his 4-year-old daughter.Hernandez, 27, had been serving life without parole in a Massachusetts prison for the 2013 shooting
Taliban fighters dressed in military uniforms attacked an army base in northern Afghanistan, killing or wounding more than 100 soldiers, authorities said Saturday.The updated number of specific soldiers killed or wounded in the attack Friday was not immediately clear. The Afghan ministry of defense said it will provide a breakdown later Saturday. Earlier Friday, Qahar Araam, an army spokesman, said at least eight soldiers died. At the time of attack, security forces were observing Friday prayers. The militants engaged in a six-hour battle with soldiers that left five fighters dead, he said. The base attacked is the headquarters of the
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Tuesday evening said allegations against President Trump´s administration have reached a "Watergate size and scale." McCain, who has not been an ardent supporter of Trump, made the comment at an International Republican Institute panel in Washington, D.C., according to reporters who attended. (Snip) Tim Mak ? @timkmak McCain just said at a dinner honoring him that the Trump scandals have reached a "Watergate size and scale" -- wow 8:33 PM - 16 May 2017 4,821 4,821 Retweets 8,240 8,240 likes Trump has been lambasted with accusations over the past week. Last week, he abruptly fired
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said during a joint CNN town hall Tuesday with Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders that his instincts were right about President Trump. Mr. Kasich, who unsuccessfully ran against Mr. Trump in last year’s Republican presidential primary, said the allegations that Mr. Trump shared Israeli intelligence about the Middle East with the Russians is “a very, very serious matter.” “I don’t like people that say, ‘I told you so,’ but you both know how much pressure, criticism and heat I took because I was the one Republican who would not endorse Donald Trump,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash
Apparently, people are now marrying themselves. Well, more specifically, sad, bitter feminists with a millennial-like flare for narcissism are marrying themselves after sticking it to The Patriarchy by choosing to put their careers ahead of their personal lives. “I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves,” Anderson, 37, told WUSA9. “It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else. "You´re worth it!" added the feminist. In the new, sad trend called "sologamy," women are committing themselves to themselves with their own wedding ceremony. These women, such as self-styled "sologamist" Erika Anderson, throw
Republican Sen. John McCain issued a blistering statement Tuesday morning condemning President Donald Trump´s reported disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office last week. "The reports that the president shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials are deeply disturbing," said the Arizona senator, who is notably hawkish on Russia. "Reports that this information was provided by a US ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America´s allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future." The Washington Post reported Monday night that Trump
President Trump will interview four candidates for FBI director — including former independent senator Joe Lieberman and the acting head of the bureau, Andrew McCabe — White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday. Trump will also meet with Frank Keating, a former Oklahoma governor, and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI agent, Spicer said during a briefing on Air Force One as Trump returned to Washington after speaking at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. The interviews come a week after the president abruptly fired former FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential
Cool, even-keeled, no-drama Barack Obama is one of the few people in the country who hasn’t publicly opined on the tweets and turmoil wrought by President Trump. And so a persistent question to those close to the former president is: What does Obama really think of the man now occupying the Oval Office? “He’s nothing but a bullsh–ter,” Obama told two friends early last November, describing an election night phone call with Trump, in which the businessman suddenly professed his “respect” and “admiration” for Obama—after years of hectoring. Speaking to PEOPLE for its new cover story on Obama and his wife Michelle
Why would a loyal staffer who adores the president of the United States leak damaging information to the national media that makes the president look bad? That is one of many questions that must be examined in light of the Washington Post-led story on President Trump’s Oval Office conversation with the Russians. (Snip) White House staff have ample incentive to leak to the press when they believe the president needs to pay attention or be admonished. This was the case with the source I know. He was not in the Oval Office while the Russians were there, but he was
James Comey was lying in wait. His gun was cocked, he took aim and fired. But his weapon was empty. Three months ago, the then-FBI Director met with President Trump. Following their private conversation, Comey did what he always does –he wrote a memorandum to himself memorializing the conversation. Good lawyers do that routinely. Now, only after Comey was fired, the memo magically surfaces in an inflammatory New York Times report which alleges that Mr. Trump asked Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation. Those who don’t know the first thing about the law immediately began hurling words like “obstruction of justice”, “high crimes
At certain times Donald Trump has seemed like a budding authoritarian, a corrupt Nixon, a rabble-rousing populist or a big business corporatist. But as Trump has settled into his White House role, he has given a series of long interviews, and when you study the transcripts it becomes clear that fundamentally he is none of these things. At base, Trump is an infantalist. There are three tasks that most mature adults have sort of figured out by the time they hit 25. Trump has mastered none of them. Immaturity is becoming the dominant note of his presidency, lack of self-control his leitmotif.
Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is reportedly in talks to join President Trump´s White House as his press secretary, a position currently occupied by Sean Spicer. The conversations have focused on Guilfoyle, a former first lady of San Francisco, replacing Spicer as White House spokesperson, the Mercury News reported Tuesday. The co-host of "The Five" was originally considered to fill the post during the Trump transition, but the job ultimately went to Spicer, the former chief strategist and communications director for the Republican National Committee. "I´m a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country," Guilfoyle told
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice slammed President Trump and his administration on Tuesday for their handling of foreign policy and direction of American leadership around the world. “Since I left the White House, I’ve become deeply concerned that the U.S. is squandering one of our greatest strategic assets: America’s leadership of the world.” Ms. Rice explained at the liberal group Center for American Progress’ annual conference. “It seems that the current administration looks at the world and sees only threats: immigrants, refugees, Muslims, Mexicans and even trade. It’s American first and the rest of the world last,” she said.
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson says he knows one of the Washington Post’s sources and that Trump’s sharing of classified information with Russia is worse than originally reported. (Snip) However, in this case, Erickson says, he knows one of the sources involved. The source is apparently a Trump supporter and credible. “What sets this story apart for me, at least, is that I know one of the sources,” Erickson explains. “And the source is solidly supportive of President Trump, or at least has been and was during Campaign 2016. But the President will not take any internal criticism, no matter how