Despite claims from Michael Cohen that he violated campaign finance laws on Trump’s behalf and that Trump knew ahead of time about the DNC hack, there is still no cooperation deal on the table. That means prosecutors either for New York or Mueller have not come to Cohen to offer him a deal. Additionally, some have noted that his attorney taking the claims to television rather than working with prosecutors behind closed doors underscores that Cohen has nothing to offer. Cohen faces years in jail even with the plea deal and could face additional charges in the future. His attorney, Lanny Davis, is a huge Bill Clinton supporter and Trump hater.
No cooperation deal yet for Cohen
“Deeply confused or dishonest” Bill Nelson was hit by the Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper after the FBI and DHS issued a joint statement that Nelson’s Russian interference claim was false. Nelson had stated that Russia had infiltrated Florida’s election system, but the claim turned out to be a lie. Scott’s charge that Nelson may be deeply confused may be a comment about Nelson’s age. At 75 years old, Nelson is actually only the 16th oldest Senator.
Confirmed: Bill Nelson lied about Russian infiltration
Iran has a “new” fighter jet. The Kowsar fighter jet is supposedly domestically designed and built by Iran. There’s only one problem, the plane looks exactly like a US fighter jet from 1974.
Military experts say Iran’s new fighter jet is remake of 1970s US jet
First let’s talk about media censorship. As we’ve documented, reporters like CNN’s Jim Acosta went crazy when Trump suggested Fake News was the enemy of the people. Over 200 newspapers wrote coordinated editorials attacking Trump based on the narrative that he was anti-Press. But in West Virginia, Trump shot down that narrative by going after social media censors. “I would rather have fake news than have anybody — including liberals, socialists, anything –than have anybody stopped and censored,” Trump said. He added warnings about the dangers of censoring opposing viewpoints.
Trump makes statement opposing censorship of any viewpoints, including liberals
The Left is frothing at the mouth over convictions of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. But there’s very little chance it will amount to anything. The media also seems to be confused into thinking that paying people for non-disclosure agreements of affairs is somehow illegal. What was illegal was Cohen submitting the payoff to one of Trump’s companies as some sort of expense reimbursement. For investigators to even begin to think they have a crime to charge Trump with, they have to get evidence beyond Cohen’s unreliable testimony. But beyond that, Trump can’t be indicted. He can only be impeached if evidence of criminal activity can be proven. An impeachment vote won’t pass with the current House makeup and even after November there is no way the Senate will have 75 yes votes on impeachment.
But more importantly, the Russian collusion narrative is once again proven to be dead. Manafort’s convictions are all for pre-Trump campaign financial crimes that have nothing to do with Trump. Despite Cohen’s willingness to sing like a bird to Mueller, he had nothing to offer when it comes to Russia. These two were literally the best hope Mueller had of ever having anything on Trump when it comes to Russia. Both flipped. Neither one had anything to offer. There was no Russian collusion with Trump.
Trump could be in political trouble, but won’t be impeached
In another Russia related story that the media is dutifully ignoring, Rick Scott announced Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security and FBI informed him that there is no evidence that Russia has infiltrated the Florida election system. This was a wild and baseless claim made by his opponent Sen. Bill Nelson. Nelson provided no evidence for the claims, but seemed to be indicating that it was classified. After being called out on his claim by even the Washington Post, Nelson got quiet but hasn’t apologized for lying.
DHS and FBI confirm Bill Nelson lied about Russian meddling in Florida
Iran, in trouble with their people and staring down the barrel of new US sanctions, began a tweet war with Trump over the “mother of all wars”. Trump responded in all caps that Iran’s leaders would suffer consequences few others have. In the end it’s likely all blowing smoke. Iran doesn’t have nuclear capabilities and the US isn’t about to go invade another Middle Eastern country. But the developments continue to show that despite the rhetoric and narrative, Trump has been tougher on Russia allies than Obama was.
Rouhani warns Trump about mother of all wars
Speaking of rhetoric on Russia, Trey Gowdy had a warning for Trump administration officials that they should steer Trump to take Russia more seriously or consider leaving their posts. Gowdy has consistently chided the Trump administration for not being tough enough on Russia’s election interference, however he has also acknowledged the extreme prejudice shown by Obama’s intel apparatus. In addition to noting that James Comey, James Clapper, and John Brennan continue to show their anti-Trump bias in editorials, Gowdy recently took Inspector General Michael Horowitz to task over his failure to call out anti-Trump bias deeply rooted in the FBI. Texts from Peter Strzok reveled that the Russia/Trump collusion investigation was an “insurance policy” to “stop Trump”. But so far, nothing has actually tied Trump to Russia or proven collusion.
Anti-Trump bias in the FBI can’t be put aside
Speaking of bias, the FISA court warrant to spy on Carter Page and the Trump campaign has been released through a Freedom of Information Act request. This extraordinary release marks the first time a secretive FISA warrant has been released. It proves two things. The first is that Hillary Clinton’s paid for political propaganda dossier played a major role in getting the warrant. Second, that the secret warrant to spy on a US citizen during the Obama administration was obtained simply because there was suspicion that Russia was trying to recruit him. It’s also important to know that the warrant was issued after Page was no longer with the Trump campaign. Spying on a US Citizen because there is a belief that a foreign power might try to recruit them is likely a violation of the 4th Amendment.
For some good reading, here is Andy McCarthy’s argument why suspicion that someone is being recruited by a foreign government is not good enough to secretly spy on a US Citizen.
If you want to read through the FISA Warrant, you can do that here.
What do Sacha Baron Cohen and James O’Keefe have in common? Both used hidden cameras to expose the other side. It’s interesting to see how many lend credence to what Cohen exposes compared to those who dismissed O’Keefe’s videos out of hand because they felt he was using trickery or deceptive editing. O’Keefe’s undercover operations exposed massive Democrat voter fraud and routine illegal activities being carried out by Planned Parenthood. Cohen got a racist Georgia politician to drop his pants and shout the N word. I wonder if the Left will dismiss Cohen so quickly.
Sacha Baron Cohen gets former GOP lawmaker to make racist jokes