November 7th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #657

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4,915 Responses to November 7th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #657

  1. Free Speech says:

    Ben Shapiro

    This is not what happened. You could have banned him simply for refusing to abide by any of the normal rules of the press room. No need to state something happened that didn’t.

    Sarah Sanders

    President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…

    8:37 PM – Nov 7, 2018
    1,882 people are talking about this

    What the actual f . . . says the guy who staged the whole Michelle Fields phony drama.

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  2. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    I hope Tucker Carlson has some major fire power since I just saw on GP that the snowflake terrorists in black masks have stormed his residence.

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  3. Co says:

    Hannity very solemnly stated he has an announcement at the end of his show

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    • Piper77 says:

      He’s resigning?


    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Said he was going to explain not being on the air last night…………………..

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    • Ivehadit says:

      Oh dear!


    • Co says:


      Sean Hannity Foils Fox News’ Attempt To Showcase Its Journalists On Election Night

      On a day when Fox News planned to shift focus away from conservative political opinion in favor of hard-news election coverage featuring the network’s journalists, Fox News Channel’s biggest star, Sean Hannity, sure managed to muddy things up.

      Fox had spent days promoting tonight’s America’s Election HQ: 2018 Midterms coverage, anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, who both consider themselves just-the-facts reporters—and who both did media interviews Monday stressing that Tuesday was a night when the news came first, not the often-fiery opinion segments that fill prime time most weeknights.

      But Hannity, who was in Missouri on Monday night for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Donald Trump on the eve of the critical midterm elections, stepped on the messaging—and reinforced critics’ suggestions that Fox News was nothing but “state-owned television” that works to support the president.

      Trump was thanking people Monday night, including the radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh and the singer Lee Greenfield, when he told the cheering crowd: “While we’re talking about incredible people … I have a few people that are very special. They’ve done an incredible job for us, they’ve been with us from the beginning—Sean Hannity, come on up.”

      You could be forgiven for hearing “done an incredible job for us” as Trump’s way of saying Hannity was part of the White House communications team. Hannity, who walked onstage to applause, made no effort to distance himself from that suggestion, opening his brief remarks standing at the lectern emblazoned with the presidential seal by pointing to the journalists at the back of the hall and saying, “By the way, all those people in back are fake news.”


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  7. JX says:

    Now that we’ve lost the House what becomes of these?

    Devin Nunes – List of Individuals Referred to the House Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform Committees’ Joint Task Force for Open-Setting Interviews:

    Note that names cut off at a certain political level. Below Sally Yates at DOJ. Below Comey at FBI. Below Kerry at State. All Names appear to be tied/related to Steele Dossier.

    Original Names – Group 1 – June 29, 2018:

    Note: This group is comprised of DOJ & FBI officials.

      • Trisha Anderson – DOJ lawyer – Adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, was previously an attorney at Attorney General Eric Holder’s former firm, Covington & Burling.
      • James Baker – Former FBI General Counsel – demoted and reassigned on December 20, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Senior-most legal counsel at FBI.
      • Gregory Brower – Former FBI Congressional Liaison. Assistant Director for the Office of Congressional Affairs. Resigned suddenly on March 30, 2018.
      • John Carlin – Former Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – announced resignation on September 27, 2016 after filing the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications on September 26, 2016. The filing does not disclose known FISA Abuses.
      • Kevin Clinesmith – FBI lawyer. Outed as “FBI Attorney 2” on Mueller Team. Removed by IG/Mueller.
      • Tashina Gauhar – DOJ official. Deputy Assistant Attorney General. National Security Division. FISA lawyer. Appears in Strzok Texts as “Tash”.
      • David Laufman – DOJ National Security Division, Former Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence – resigned on February 7, 2018. Laufman “played a leading role in the Clinton email server and Russian hacking investigations.”
      • Andrew McCabe – Former Deputy FBI Director – on December 23, 2017 announced retirement effective March 22, 2018. Forced to resign active position on January 29, 2018. Fired on March 16, 2018. Involved in all aspects. Subject of IG Report
      • Mary McCord – Former Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division (replacing John Carlin) – announced resignation on April 17, 2017 – Left on May 11, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign.
      • Jonathan Moffa – FBI official. Copied on Comey’s Draft Statement exonerating Clinton of Email Scandal. Mentioned in Strzok/Page texts. Surprisingly hard to find any information on Moffa.
      • Sally Moyer – FBI lawyer. Outed as “FBI Attorney 1” on Mueller Team.
      • Bruce Ohr – Former Associate Deputy Attorney General – demoted twice. Stripped of Associate Deputy Attorney General title on December 6, 2017. Removed as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force January 8, 2018. Unofficial liaison between Fusion GPS and FBI/DOJ. Wife worked at Fusion. Long-standing ties to both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS.
      • Lisa Page – Former FBI/DOJ Lawyer – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Page resigned/fired May 4, 2018.
      • Joseph Pientka – FBI Agent – Counterintelligence Division. Pientka potentially identified by Grassley as second FBI Agent (Strzok the other) present at Flynn Interview.
      • E.W. “Bill” Priestap – Assistant Director – Head of FBI Counterintelligence – Holds same position. Strzok’s boss – reported directly to McCabe.
      • Peter Strzok – Deputy Assistant Director of FBI’s Counterintelligence – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017 to FBI’s Human Resources. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Strzok involved in all facets of Clinton exoneration. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group.
      • George Toscas – Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division. Toscas contacted by NY Prosecutors (possibly Preet Bharara) about Weiner investigation re: HRC/Huma emails on Weiner computer. Toscas contacts FBI, forcing McCabe to tell Comey of emails.

    Added Names – Group 2 – July 2, 2018:

    Note: This group is comprised of State Department Officials & Some Obama/Clinton Officials (Kahl, Murray, Sullivan).

      • Elizabeth Dribble – Chargé d’affaires & former Deputy Chief of the Mission in London – received tip on Papadopoulos via Downer (h/t @JohnWHuber).
      • Jonathan Finer – Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning for former Secretary John Kerry.
      • Colin Kahl – National Security Advisor to former VP Biden and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East.
      • Kathleen Kavalec – Deputy Assistant Secretary – Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Served under Nuland.
      • Lewis Lukens – Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in London – also likely involved in Downer interactions.
      • Shailagh Murray – Assistant to Obama and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications. Married to Neil King who works at Fusion GPS.
      • Victoria Nuland – former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at State Department. Gave permission for FBI Agent Michael Gaeta to meet with Christopher Steele in London. Received abbreviated copy of Steele Dossier directly from Steele in mid-July 2016 (see here).
      • Jake Sullivan – Senior Policy Advisor to Clinton Campaign – expertise in foreign policy. Along with Jennifer Palmieri, Sullivan took the lead in briefing the press on the Trump-Russia collusion story.
      • Thomas Williams – Deputy Chief of Mission – State Department.
      • Jonathan Winer – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement and former Special Envoy for Libya. Received copy of Shadow Dossier from Blumenthal. Also received copy of Steele Dossier in September 2016. Has known Steele for some years.

    Added Names – Group 3 – July 5, 2018:

    Note: This group is primarily comprised of non-government individuals. Many related to Fusion GPS.

      • Rinat Akhmetshin – Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer. Attended Trump Tower Meeting with Veselnitskaya.
      • Edward Baumgartner – Co-founded UK-based intelligence consultancy Edward Austin. Hired by Fusion to work with Veselnitskaya on Prevezon and work with Steele on Dossier.
      • Sidney Blumenthal – Clinton Confidant. Received Shadow Dossier from Shearer. Passed copy to Jonathan Winer at State Department.
      • Thomas Catan – Fusion GPS Partner.
      • Alexandra Chalupa – A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee. Chalupa met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, Paul Manafort and Russia. The DNC paid her $412,000 from 2004 to June 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records.
      • Marc Elias – Partner at the law firm Perkins Coie. Head of its Political Law practice. Elias was General Counsel for Clinton’s Campaign and Kerry’s 2004 Campaign. Elias retained Fusion GPS and paid for Steele Dossier on behalf of DNC. Appears to be involved in multiple facets. Lied to NYT reporters regarding Fusion’s employment. On the board of Democrat Super PAC Priorities USA Action. Led efforts against voter identification laws.
      • Peter Fritsch – Fusion GPS Co-Founder. Surprisingly little information on Fritsch is available.
      • Mary Jacoby – Simpson’s wife. Visits White House the day after Mike Rogers shuts down FBI/DOJ contractor access to the FISA Search System.
      • Daniel Jones – Heads Penn Quarter Group. Ex-Feinstein Staffer. PQG funded by 7-10 Silicon Valley Billionaires – $50 million. PQG Hired Steele and Fusion post-election to continue opposition research into President Trump. Linked to lobbyist (Adam Waldman) for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele (texts here). Notes Jones was speaking w/Senator Mark Warner.
      • Neil King – Works for Fusion GPS. Married to Shailagh Murray – former Assistant to Obama and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications.
      • Robby Mook – Campaign Manager for Clinton Campaign. On July 25, 2016, Mook stated Russia was helping Trump.
      • Nellie Ohr – Wife of former Associate Deputy AG – Bruce Ohr. Conduit for documents passed to FBI through DOJ’s Bruce Ohr. Simpson and Bruce & Nellie Ohr have known each other since at least 2010.
      • Cody Shearer – Compiled a “shadow” dossier that was similar in make-up to the Steele Dossier. Shearer gave this “shadow dossier” to Sidney Blumenthal who passed Shearer’s dossier on to Jonathan Winer in September 2016. Winer would then share this information with Steele.
      • Glenn Simpson – Fusion GPS Founder. Hired by the DNC and Clinton Campaign – through Perkins Coie – to produce the Steele Dossier on President Trump. The Dossier would be used by the FBI to obtain a FISA Warrant on Carter Page. Fusion GPS was employed by Russian lawyer, Veselnitskaya (Prevezon Case) through law firm BakerHostetler during the same period that Fusion commissioned the Steele Dossier.
      • Michael Sussmann – Partner at the law firm Perkins Coie. Responsible for retaining Crowdstrike to examine DNC servers after hacking incident.

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  8. mashall says:

    Recent comment I came across
    “Donald J. Trump‏ just said………………………….
    If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!”

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  9. kea says:

    I think someones worried

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  11. kea says:

    And this just made me laugh

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  12. kea says:

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    • kea says:

      Well Congresses IQ is about to drop.

      See kids if you stay in school this is what happens.

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      She’s not the first. There have been many to go before her. For just one recent example, go to YouTube and look for some of the House floor speeches of former Rep. Corrine Brown (FL-17), now serving time in a federal prison after serving 24 years in Congress.

      As you watch, remember she has a masters degree from A&M, and a degree in education from my alma mater, the University of Florida. Her “Go Gators” speech is epic.

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  13. Margaret Berger says:

    So I just read that sessions exited the doj to a round of applause. Guess that means he was the firewall and it held.

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  14. Joemama says:

    Many small protests being organized by (which someone wrote is part of

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  15. kea says:

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  16. TheWanderingStar says:

    In future press conferences I would propose that the WH speaker be given a boom mike so that when taking questions the speaker would be able to more easily move to the next question OR they could possibly use it to bip Jim Accoster types on the head.

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  17. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Following WH meeting today:
    DAG Rod Rosenstein has canceled a speech scheduled for Thursday in San Francisco, the Aspen Institute says.
    Rosenstein was scheduled to speak to the organization’s cybersecurity summit.
    The institute says it wasn’t given a reason for the cancelation

    — Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiPrzybyla) November 8, 2018

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  18. patrickhenrycensored says:

    The mainstream press are not — in my opinion – ‘Enemies of the People’ but rather ‘Allies of the Democratic Party’ playing an activist role in support of their agenda.

    — Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 7, 2018

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  19. woohoowee says:


    NBC REPORTED: Following WH meeting today:
    DAG Rod Rosenstein has canceled a speech scheduled for Thursday in San Francisco, the Aspen Institute says.

    Rosenstein was scheduled to speak to the organization’s cybersecurity summit.
    The institute says it wasn’t given a reason for the cancelation

    Maybe Rosey doesn’t want to end up like Curtains Comey did: in California giving a speech and whamo(!), the next thing ya know, he’s fired on CNN? LOL! Hahahaha!

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    • benifranlkin says:

      look for his resignation in the morning. he doesn’t want to be forced to testify before Congress re: FISA warrants, etc….and of course his underling Whitaker was just promoted and is now his boss….karma baby.

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  20. Troublemaker10 says:

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  21. Lucille says:

    Our extraordinary President continues to work for pre-born children…two articles today from Steven Ertelt of Life News…

    “President Trump Issues New Rule to Protect Americans From Funding Abortions Under Obamacare”
    November 7, 2018 | 6:56PM


    “Trump Issues Final Rules Protecting Religious Groups Like Little Sisters of the Poor From Funding Abortions”
    November 7, 2018 | 7:24PM

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  22. phoenixRising says:

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  23. linda4298 says: “If you’re a state prosecutor you can’t investigate federal crimes. If you’re in New York, you can’t investigate things in Idaho. So the notion that we are going to create a special counsel that has no boss, no jurisdictional strictures at all is just typical Chuck Schumer and I think it’s why so few people take them seriously,” he continued. his role here? One would’ve assumed that the deputy, that’s why he’s the deputy if the attorney general is not there, he would step in as acting.” Of course he is alleged to have wanted to vote the 25th Amendment and question the president’s fitness for office, so I’m not sure that would’ve been the right pick.”


  24. phoenixRising says:

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  25. treehouseron says:

    Holy crap… Paul Rodriguez comes out in support of President Trump!

    I’ve liked this guy since “Born in East L.A.” glad to see some of Hollywood with a little sense.

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  26. kea says:

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  27. kea says:

    Law and Order

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  32. JoD says:

    Dave Bratt (R)may have lost VA 7, but he had help.
    Eric Cantor (R), the former seat holder, apparently enlisted his “friends” to sabotage Bratt……sick.
    Turns out, those R’s can be vengeful bastards when they wanna be.

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