This week and a half has been the most chaotic, destructive, and mindblowing for the Trump administration since inauguration. So much so, that the “White House lawyers are researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials believe is a distant possibility that Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office. ” (CNN)
You may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start so here are the TOP pieces of info to catch you up on the last 10 days. It all started when he FIRED COMEY, the Director of the FBI! I started with today and go back in time but it may be easier for you to start from the bottom with the firing and work your way up! Pick your poison! Be prepared! It’s not good!
Friday: Day 120
Comey will testify before Senate committee in an open hearing. (WaPo) The hearing will occur after Memorial Day, committee leaders said. SET YOUR DVRS and 🍿
The investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has expanded to include a current White House official. (WaPo )The senior adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, additionally people who were previously part of the Trump campaign and administration are being investigated.
In meeting with Russian foreign minister and ambassador, official says Trump called former FBI Director Comey a “nut job” and said firing him eased the pressure of the Russia investigation. (NYT) Exact quote being “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Russia also offered Congress the transcripts!
Thursday: Day 119
Trump’s transition team knew former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was under investigation before hiring him but hired him anyway. (NYT) Trump made Flynn his national security adviser anyway, giving him access to nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies. Great job!!!
During a press conference with Colombian President Santos, Trump denies collusion with Russia. (NPR) When asked the direct question he interrupted and said “NO, NO NEXT QUESTION!” He only took 2 questions it was a bust. Trump denies telling Comey to back off the Flynn investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Trump says the special counsel investigation “hurts our country,” calling the probe the “single greatest witch hunt” in political history. He suggested that the investigation, now being led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, was motivated by an attempt to tarnish his election victory last year. (CNN) All self inflicted wounds DT, No one to blame but yourself…
Roger Ailes, Who Built Fox News Into an Empire, Dies at 77. Mr. Ailes exerted wide influence on American politics with his conservative Fox News, only to be undone by sexual harassment allegations. (NY Times)
Rod Rosenstein already knew James Comey was going to be fired when he wrote the three-page memo that the White House used to justify firing Comey. Rosenstein learned Comey was being fired on May 8, but the memo is dated May 9 — the day the firing took place. (Politico / Los Angeles Times) This matters because the WH keeps changing their story about when and why they fired Comey, trying to blame RR, and RR not taking the fall for it.
Wed: Day 118
The deputy attorney general appointed a special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election. Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Bob Mueller to oversee the investigation. Mueller will take command of the prosecutors and FBI agents who are working on the far reaching Russia investigation. (NBC News / New York Times / Washington Post)YAY FINALLY A LIGHT AT THE END OF TUNNEL!
Leaked recording from June 2016 reveals that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy may think Putin was paying Trump. (WaPo) Paul Ryan told them not to leak the remarks and swore them to secrecy, ya know to “keep it in the family”. So funny we forgot to laugh…
McCain compares Comey memo about his meeting with Trump to Watergate. “The only thing I can say is I think we’ve seen this movie before. I think it’s reaching the point where it’s of Watergate size and scale,” McCain said. (ABC NEWS) Even the Repubs are turning on him…
Tues: Day 117
Trump asked James Comey to shut down the Michael Flynn investigation in a February memo he wrote shortly after meeting with Trump. “I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey. The request is the clearest evidence that Trump tried to directly influence the Justice Department and FBI investigations. Comey kept detailed notes of his meetings with Trump, documenting what he perceived as improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An FBI agent’s notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations. (New York Times)
Gingrich urged Trump to shut down White House press room in order to send a message to the country “that the media is a corrupt institution and [Trump] is tired of being harassed by people whose only interest is making him look bad.” (Politico)
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer says “history is watching” and “the country is being tested in unprecedented ways” in the wake of a New York Times story that says President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to call off an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Schumer said in a brief, somber floor speech Tuesday (THAT WE WITNESSED BEFORE OUR VERY EYES) that he was “shaken” by the report that Trump asked Comey “to shut down an active investigation into a close political associate.” (Dailey News)
Monday: Day 116
Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats during their Oval Office meeting last week, which has jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. Trump’s decision to disclose information risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. A US official said Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.” (Washington Post)
North Korea successfully test-fired a new type of ballistic missile, signaling an advance in their ICBM development. North Korea said the new “medium long-range” missile is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, warning that the United States’ military bases in the Pacific were within its range. (New York Times / Wall Street Journal / Reuters / Associated Press)
Friday: Day 113
In a tweet, Trump threatened to cancel all future press briefings for the “sake of accuracy,” saying it’s “not possible” to always tell the truth. While the White House can’t get its story straight about the firing of FBI director James Comey, Trump has offered his solution: cancel all press briefings. (CNN) If that happens I will be devastated for the country and for myself and I will also be more available for lunches lol
In another tweet, Trump warned James Comey against leaking to the press, suggesting there are “tapes” of their private conversations. It’s unclear if any tapes exist. Regardless, Comey is “not worried about any tapes,” a CNN source said, adding that “if there is a tape, there’s nothing [Comey] is worried about” that could be on it. (Washington Post / Politico / CNN) Threatening a witness aren’t ya?
Trump shifts his reason for firing Comey to “this Russia thing” being a “made-up story.” He labeled it “an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.” (New York Times) The fact that he tried to blame it on defending poor little Hillary was embarrassing. Amateur hour
Wed: Day 111
Trump met with Putin’s top diplomats at the White House one day after Trump fired his FBI director, who was overseeing an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Sergey Lavrov first met with Rex Tillerson earlier in the day and sarcastically acknowledged the dismissal of James Comey by saying “Was he fired? You’re kidding. You’re kidding.” The Kremlin said Trump’s firing of Comey will have no effect on bilateral relations between the two countries. Trump also met with Sergey Kislyak, a key figure in the Flynn investigation. (Associated Press / Reuters / Washington Post / NPR)
Tues: Day 110: The Beginning of the End…May 9th
Trump fired James Comey on the recommendation of Jeff Sessions. In a letter dated Tuesday to Comey, Trump concured “with the judgment of the Department of Justice that [Comey is not] able to effectively lead the bureau.” Earlier today, the FBI notified Congress that Comey misstated key findings involving the Clinton email investigation during testimony, saying that only a “small number” of emails had been forwarded to disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, not the “hundreds and thousands” he’d claimed in his testimony. (Washington Post / New York Times / NBC News) ok suddenly he feels bad for Crooked Hillary? I don’t think so… He fired Comey Bc he was suppose to testify 2 days later to Congress!
OK SO NOW THAT YOURE ALL CAUGHT UP IN THE LATEST WHAT DO YOU THINK? It wasn’t so hard was it? It’s a 24 hour reality show except the episode keeps jumping the shark. Shelf life of breaking news stories are a few hours these days because nonstop bombshells keep dropping. Thank God for the media and investigative reporters because if we left it to Our Republican Congress nothing would ever get done to find out the truth! 🔎🔍🔦 if your interested in learning more let me know and I’d be happy to help! 🙋🏽
I’ll say it again…my favorite resource is
for your one stop nightly emailed recap of the day!!! Concise, easy to read and links for each article for further reading! I love it so much that I need to wear this shirt everyday because all I keep asking myself is “WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED TODAY?”
Like I keep saying it’s so so so important to take your anger, disappointment and energy and funnel it into something worthwhile for your country. If you would like to be a soldier along side me or at the very least are slightly interested in hearing more you can get involved with http://www.heardinthethird.com with Congressman Suozzi. If you live in the Roslyn and surrounding area you belong to Region 7. Feel free to add yourself to both FB groups: Heard in the Third and HITT Region 7 after you’ve signed up on the main website! The idea is to use this Facebook group as a forum for sharing innovative ideas, engage in robust discussion and to plan events and actions for our participation. It is a closed group so what you put there is between us, not for the general public. 👍🏽👏🏽🙌🏾
And if you REALLY want further reading material this will get catch you up from Day 1-111!!! Stamina NEEDED!