May 20th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #486

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937 Responses to May 20th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #486

  1. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Wall Street Journal joins the list of media outlets now openly naming Stefan Halper

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-to-demand-investigation-into-whether-fbi-infiltrated-his-campaign-1526849292

    They also add they had no agreement in place NOT to name him. As in, the information is out there (sorry Mark Warner and Ben Wittes) and we’re allowed to discuss him.

    I was able to read the article, but it now seems behind a paywall. Most of it (maybe all of it) seems like things we’ve seen before, going over Halper’s background and Trump’s call for an investigation into the spy ring.

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    • PremAmerica says:

      Stefan Halper wasn’t The Spy. Just a deep state agent who tried to entrap and frame Team Trump.

      President Trump was very specific in his Tweet. He wasn’t being careless with his choice of words. Trump said the spy was “implanted” into the Campaign. Halper wasn’t a plant. He was never in the Campaign.

      There is another person. Halper was thrown out because he is the easy and obvious distraction. But Halper simply does not fit the facts. He can’t be an informant on the campaign from London.

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      • PremAmerica says:

        It could be Carter Page. He has a history of doing that for the FBI. And, he is suspiciously untouched by all the investigations. So central to the collusion charge, yet totally untouched.

        There was probably at least another one.

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        • No, not Carter Page, IMO. He and Papadopolous were nothing burgers.

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          • cozette says:

            For what its worth, Q said Carter and Manafort were plants. That does NOT mean they were aware they were plants although research into their backgrounds suggests either of them could have known. Since Q is read by all of the Black Hats as well as true hearted anons I’m looking forward to how things unfold.

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            • Oh, no doubt they tried to use Page but he was only on the campaign for a short period of time, with next to no real involvement, and that has already fizzled out. Don’t know about Manafort, but he was also only there for a very brief period – only brought in to handle the delegate votes and he is fighting back. IMO, there is someone else who was there through most of the campaign. This is definitely going to be a wild ride, for sure.

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      • We have great analysis here at the treehouse.
        I am impressed!

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      • MakeAmericaGreat says:

        Yes, it will be interesting to see exactly who the spy was. There does seem to be more than one person involved here.

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      • snarkybeach says:

        Possibly Reince since he is establishment GOP

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        • Carrie says:

          I think Reince Priebus is also a good guess. The hardest ones to out will be the Republicans – some of these might prove to be shockers. This definitely links to the Senate, and I don’t mean the usual suspects. I think some we thought were clean won’t be. Think Tessio in the Godfather.

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  2. G3 says:

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  3. kinthenorthwest says:

    Do believe that Markle’s beliefs align much closer than most would like to Sharpton. When the rumors came out of the possible union of Harry and Markle, it seemed that Markle got even more radical on her Anti-Trump outbursts Who knows maybe all of England will soon be ruled by Muslims .
    All one has to do is look at all the Radical ANTI-Trump Hollywood people at her wedding there was. From most pictures I saw there seemed to be very few English nobility at the wedding. It appeared more like a Hollywood Gala versus a British Royal Wedding. (Just my Two Cents. )
    REPORT: Al Sharpton goes on bizarre rant about royal wedding and ‘white supremacy’
    http://dennismichaellynch.com/report-al-sharpton-goes-on-bizarre-rant-about-royal-wedding-and-white-supremacy/?newsletter_uid=2764&newsletter_date=05%2F20%2F18

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    • Kerry Snyder says:

      I”ve been wondering about this for a bit today. Who set up or how did the first meeting come about. It was a “date” but how?

      Also, remember that obie’s invite was nixed by the Queen herself. I smell a rat here sonewhere. Did they pick up on a vulnerability that he has. Harry has a Huge heart but also a rather huge whole that needed to be filled.

      Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re going to do great things together but still…what preacher ever brings ip slavery when talking of Love at a wedding?

      Politics came in from a Chicago preacher. A back handed or passive aggressive God Damn America and God damn Britain?

      That would also explain some of the looks on the faces of the royals as i had the same damn look on my face when i heard that.

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    • singular says:

      I used to love royal weddings, but I had know interest in this one. She left her first husband, divorced him and left him broken-hearted. Duchess of Kent and many of the royals were not in attendance. A lot wrong with this.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        Believe it or now I was one of those that got up at 4 for William and Kate’s wedding.
        Not this one.

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      • kea says:

        singular I have read but can’t seem to find it that this might have been her 3rd wedding. Some say the first one was an annulment and then the one divorce

        I loved the comment that oprah only met her mother once. Yes true friendship.

        I know we were talking about this in the other thread before it got closed/removed but I hope Trump does not to the the UK in July.

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    • cplogics says:

      So, let me get this straight Al. You are saying that little girls now all over the world want to be beautiful and smart like Michelle Obama and dress like the Obama girls, Malia and Sasha? All they have to do is shop on line at JCrew. See how easy peasy that is? A $43 Million wedding makes the white guy look stupid, not extinct.

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  4. Troublemaker10 says:

    Wow. Jack Tapper finally asked a real question.
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    “Still, as far as the public knows,” Mr. Tapper said, “no evidence of anybody in the Trump team accepting the offers of help, no evidence of actual conspiracy that we know of yet, that we in the public know of yet. And you’re not willing to comment on whether or not you’ve seen evidence of that conspiracy.”

    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/20/jake-tapper-cnn-presses-mark-warner-evidence-trump/

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    • Mr. Warner pointed to the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who was offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. He said the meeting shows the Trump campaign was “receptive to these kinds of offers” and may be indicative of a “pattern.”

      Why or what is different between getting dirt on Hillary and paying an ex MI6 Agent to work with the Russians to dig up dirt on Trump?

      This seens to be lost in all of this. There is no doubt that Hillary paid for information from 2 different Governments, the Brits and the Russians.
      She paid with her Campaign money and the money she funneled into the DNC when she took that over.
      She also used agents of other Governments to dig up dirt on then Candidate Trump or the people who worked for or around him.

      Her attempts to turn this election in her favor are proven and documented.
      His are all alleged and still to this day not proven.
      This does not have anything to do with the FBI/DOJ and the CIA and all the rest who have now been caught redhanded.
      This is about paying Russians to dig up dirt on Trump through the Campaign, the DNC, Obama, Lawyers, ex British spies and the Russians.

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  5. Atomic Fireball says:

    Greetings treepers
    I want to post this again in more threads but here’s one weird trick to support justice:
    If you deal with Amazon like I do, go through smile.amazon.com. This portal allows you to donate part of you purchases to the charity of your choice. For a couple years I did the Red Cross and at my extravagant spending rate it got them 80 or a hundred bucks.
    A couple months ago I learned that amazingly bezos allows you to choose Judicial Watch. A no-brainer.

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    • iswhatitis says:

      Good advice.

      For myself, I don’t want Amazon to know any of the charities that I might favor, so it’s a non-starter for me. But I’m probably a bit more ‘paranoid’ than most. Don’t like ‘feeding the machine’ any more than I have to.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Our homeschool tutorial (classes that meet once a week, usually taught by a paid teacher, usually includes group subjects such as drama, AE, choir, music and subjects a littles harder to teach at home such as science, esp. labs/hands on, math, foreign languages such as Latin, Spanish, etc., & Englash comp/writing) is a 501c3 so I set us up on Amazon associates program.

      We all click on our tutorial web site link to Amazon and then shop. A percentage goes to our tutorial on a monthly basis.

      2nd way to help the Same tutorial is to have the Kroger (grocery chain) discount card linked to the tutorial. Every dime we spend on Amazon (and lowes, Home Depot, etc.) is first a gift card from Kroger, sending double money for every Amazon purchase to our Christain homeschool tutorial! 😎(And we save significant money on $, esp when buying significant purchase for home improvement/repair like last month’s $2k to replace a rotten door/frame/subflooring that got us 3 free tanks of gas, and Christmas shopping.)

      Yes, Amazon gets our money but we some of it back! Easy to set up and you can set up your political org or your church, etc., for these fundraising ideas!

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  6. kinthenorthwest says:

    What an awesome guy — he raised funds for Harvey Too.

    J.J. Watt offers to pay for funerals of all Santa Fe High School shooting

    http://www.fox26houston.com/sports/jj-watt-offers-to-pay-for-funerals-of-all-santa-fe-high-school-shooting-victims

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  7. distracted2 says:

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    • distracted2 says:

      By the way, this is breaking news.

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      • Oldschool says:

        Thanks distracted. This was the reaction I was concerned would happen. DOJ referring this to IG. Now they get to restart the clock. If POTUS is content with this course of action, we can look forward to at least another year of “investigating”, while it’s business as usual at DOJ, FBI and mule’s SC. Hope POTUS has something up his sleeve.

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        • distracted2 says:

          I think he does have something up his sleeve. None of the firestorm of tweets he sent this morning were “news” to him. It was a deliberate narrative that he wanted out there, going into Monday.

          That said, I believe an IG investigation is the only recourse available at the moment. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

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          • Oldschool says:

            Thanks for your feedback distracted. Makes sense. I prefer, and hoped, that declassifying was a more expeditious and transparent way to clean this mess, inform the folks and move to MAGA rather than starting another lengthy investigation, especially since they likely know everything they need on this.

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        • Zennalou says:

          Another year of tick-tocks and zippo’s.

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          • Oldschool says:

            My concern also Lou when I read Trump’s demand to “look into”. That was Jeff’s phrase when asked about FISA. I am hoping for more tomorrow. If it’s nothing more than Trump accepting another IG investigation, we have our answers.

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          • cozette says:

            Zennalou You are correct. We are in a global war with the forces of pure EVIL. Literally. Wars involves winning skirmishes and battles. Each victory is important. No war of this magnitude is won with one skirmish or one battle. Hopefully more and more citizens will wake up to what is really going on. Even people who think they’re awake often make comments that show they’re still myopic surface skaters. However heres no shame in that #TheGreatAwakening is definitely a process.

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      • Oldschool says:

        Thanks distracted. This was the reaction I was concerned would happen. DOJ referring this to IG. Now they get to restart the clock. If POTUS is content with this course of action, we can look forward to at least another year of “investigating”, while it’s business as usual at DOJ, FBI and mule’s SC. Hope POTUS has something up his sleeve.

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        • Sauce says:

          Really? Its probably already investigated and part of the IG report phase 3 You’d rather have a SC researched, appointed, weeks to pic a staff, etc. etc.?

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          • Oldschool says:

            How you arrived at the conclusion that I want another SC is beyond me. Honestly, folks need to not get hysterical project, assume, misconstrue or intentionally mistate another’s post. And please stop scolding posters.

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      • PremAmerica says:

        This is huge news.

        Trump sent a Tweet demanding this earlier today. No way that Rosenstein and the DOJ are working on a Sunday and responded this fast.

        This breaking news means that this investigation is already under way.

        It also means Rosenstein might be bending the knee. But I still wouldn’t trust him. He is Judas. He will take the winning side. He will play his cards so he can switch conveniently to the winning side. We have to win first.

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    • Sauce says:

      …as if they (IOG) isn’t already neck deep into investigating this

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      The plot thickens!

      Per the article in the Daily Caller (referenced in Mollie’s tweet) hours after PDJT tweeted that he will be asking the DOJ to look into the campaign spying Rod Rosenstein announces he is asking the DOJ OIG to look into this.

      That would be after they wrap up the Clinton email thing and the FISA court abuse, one assumes.

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    • singular says:

      We

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    • TejasRob says:

      Wait! What? Rosenstein? Since when did he become AG? Where the hell is Sessions? Do we need proof of life?

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      • cozette says:

        TejasRob Rosenstein is in charge of all investigations around the 2016 election, NOT AG Sessions, for reasons the are obvious to all but those suffering from Sessions Derangement Syndrome. May God heal them soon.

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  8. distracted2 says:

    On Fox & Friends this morning, Ed Henry said that the word around town is that the IG’s report will be released midweek, which would be Wednesday, May 23.

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  9. bessie2003 says:

    It’s just a simple hunch, but whatever it is that our VSG-PDJT has planned, It’s Going To Be Beautiful!

    Popcorn ready, breath baited.

    Waiting for the zippo to hit the floor.

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  10. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Someone I know watched the ABC This Week show and felt like Donna Brazile tipped the hand of the Dems’ strategy on Mueller and the midterms.

    Supposedly, Brazile said that she was hoping for the Mueller report around Labor Day. Then my associate told me that they think what will happen will be that the Dems will run on something like a “culture of corruption” campaign for the midterms once Mueller puts out the (fake) dirt on Trump in that report.

    This person said that (I think) this kind of Congressional campaign had been done before (“culture of corruption”).

    I think many of us expected this would be about what we were going to get. The Dems have no issues (except Gun Children and Net Neutrality, and a few others), so they need help. And once it started spreading around that Mueller’s report might come out in like June that made me think that it was certainly going to be used a fixture in the Dems’ gameplan for the midterms.

    This person also felt like Brazile, and others, are starting to realize that Trump isn’t going anywhere (via impeachment). I’m not sure I agree with that (still think the Coup will try to impeach Trump if they can), but I do think that the left is beginning to recognize that people are tiring of the whole Russia charade.

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  11. phoenixRising says:

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  12. Katherine McCoun says:

    Wouldn’t we all love to see the same standards and questions concerning contacts, donations and information passing between the Clinton campaign and foreign nationals?! Would love to see Hillary investigated for possible foreign collusion and see her finances investigated back for years concerning interactions between her and ant nationals or associates of Russia, Ukraine, etc.

    Let them proceed with her exactly as they have done with President Trump!

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  13. jeans2nd says:

    Have y’all seen this one yet? 51 sec

    We shall see

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      He may get an eviction notice before then.
      Here’s another one that may be coming:
      Ryan OUT? GOP ‘Entertaining’ The Idea Of Ousting Speaker Before Summer’s Out
      https://www.dailywire.com/news/30863/ryan-out-gop-entertaining-idea-ousting-speaker-emily-zanotti

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    • Mueller has no, repeat NO reason to interview President Trump and it shoud never be allowed to happen.
      What possible reason besides entrapment could there be?
      Potus has done nothing provably wrong and nothing good can from this.

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      • cozette says:

        The whole “will POTUS let Mueller interview him or not” is all pure theater/WWE tier hype to keep people interested in what’s going on. POTUS is a genius showman. Enjoy the show. Pray. Only elect Republicans on November 6th. Help spread #TheGreatAwakening.

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    • dallasdan says:

      This is the third or fourth time someone on the President’s team or the President himself has announced that the Mueller charade will be ending in the near-term, although Labor Day is a political eternity away. Mueller’s handlers will decide when he quits and issues a negative, accusation-laden report.

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      • cozette says:

        dallasdan Are you really so confident in your insider knowledge/discernment that you believe you KNOW who Muellers handlers are? The beauty of a great double agent is everybody KNOWS who he’s working for and everybody is WRONG. BTW PDJT has always used double agents. Why would he stop using them now when he’s fighting a war to save our country and the world?

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  14. phoenixRising says:

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  15. phoenixRising says:

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    • kea says:

      Considering how anti the media is over there I would not be shocked at all!!!

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    • cozette says:

      And ALL of them were heavily invested in portraying Putin as the bogey man long before the “muh Russia controls Trump” hoax. Theyre the 1984 Big Brother clones who constantly intoned “We’ve always been at war with East Asia.” The servants of EVIL are being outed. And the pope, as Q predicted in April, is having a very bad May.

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  16. ivehadit says:

    Sundance, I am so glad you tweeted this. It is one of my most favorite quotes and the one I thought of immediately when I read Brennan’s tweet earlier today. 🙂

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  17. Carrie says:

    What’s this about a possible indictment of Roger Stone? Why is he being even bothered when the Clinton Cabal goes untouched with much bigger crimes?
    I also don’t like that my source in the Senate told me about this possible scenario earlier this week. Why would they do this? what is the angle? He would never turn on PDJT.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/roger-stone-prepared-mueller-indictment-n875796

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    • smartyjones1 says:

      That’s garbage. They have a hard-on for Roger Stone in the worst way. He’s been embarrassing them for quite a while. They wouldn’t let him testify publicly and he taunted them continuously: before during and after.

      Now they are pursuing his assistant. It’s nothing but harassment.

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      • snarkybeach says:

        NPR thinks Roger Stone hacked the DNC server due to his twitter correspondence with Guiciffer 2.0 and Kim.com. Since when is “guilt by association” a chargeable offense?

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        • iswhatitis says:

          snarkybeach says: “Since when is “guilt by association” a chargeable offense?

          Anytime the Left is in power. That’s when.

          (I wish I was joking)

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Stone went before congress, but mueller hasn’t sought him, out as of yet.

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  18. phoenixRising says:

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  19. dufrst says:

    Yessss!!!!!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^THIS!!!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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  22. Katherine McCoun says:

    Some of the details in this Twitter thread were new to me. Posting in case anyone else has missed these too. The team really had Cohen set up and must have been schocked that they were so sloppy as to write the whole story around the wrong Cohen. Major mistake on their part!
    https://mobile.twitter.com/tracybeanz/status/998242710824869888

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