This is your President speaking.

Number 51 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Great jobs numbers and finally, after many years, rising wages- and nobody even talks about them. Only Russia, Russia, Russia, despite the fact that, after a year of looking, there is No Collusion!

I’m beginning  to think the big guy has something on his mind.

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This is your President speaking.

Number 50 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!

Love the way he works to unify the country.

The Golden Shower

Number 29

Not so much this week are there updates on the supposed encounter between Donald Trump and some Russian prostitutes in Moscow:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Possibly because, who needs it?

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

There is a temptation to jump all over this and conclude the President has been playing too footsie with a hostile foreign power. I say, “Not so fast.” The President denies emphatically there was no collusion with the Russian government. He also said:

But who am I to quibble?

There’s going to be a lot more of this. Keep reading.

The Golden Shower

Number 28

Sorry, this is a story that will not go away. I mean, once word came, albeit unconfirmed, that Donald Trump paid prostitutes to pee on a bed in a Moscow hotel room, then that should have been the end of the story. As a reminder:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Anyhow, that’s what supposedly happened. Apparently the story was not enough for the FBI. These guys get paid to dig, so they elected to dig further:

FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion, according to Glenn Simpson’s Senate testimony

Glenn Simpson, a former newspaper reporter and the founder of a research firm called Fusion GPS, spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 10 hours in August about his research into Trump, and on Tuesday more than 300 pages of his testimony were released by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California.

To be sure, the FBI received ample encouragement and able assistance from Democrats, all eager to dig some dirt on Mr. Trump. And that is true if you decide to call George Papadopoulos a Democrat:

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

Of course, this has nothing to do with the aforementioned Steele dossier. Except the Republicans don’t seem to think so:

Republican Senators Raise Possible Charges Against Author of Trump Dossier

Yes, there is a lot more to this story than I’m putting out today. It’s the kind of thing we like to savor. What would really be swell if this business were to drag out into 2019 and beyond. Joy, be unbounded.

The Golden Shower

Number 27

I am telling you, this bunny has a life of its own. They should start using it in ads for Energizer Batteries. The story goes back a bit. In 2015 The Washington Free Beacon hired private research concern GPS Fusion to conduct opposition research on presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Free Beacon ceased its interest in the research when Trump became the presumptive Republican candidate. At that point the Clinton campaign, no friend of Donald Trump, started picking up the tab for the research. GPS Fusion hired former MI-6 operative Christopher Steele to continue the work, but they lost interest once Trump won the election on 8 November 2016.  Glenn R. Simpson of Fusion GPS continued supporting the research, eventually handing off the results to British and American intelligence services. Sources for this are the Wikipedia entries for the Donald Trump–Russia dossier and GPS Fusion.

Parts of the Steele Dossier have been independently corroborated, but essential sections have not. One that possibly has not been verified is among the most salacious. A paragraph labeled 3 relates the following:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Anyhow, President Trump is vigorously pushing back against the FBI investigation of possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. The implication of such collusion is that a foreign government, particularly one unfriendly to the United States, has assisted in the election of a preferred candidate. The drama has been playing out on the President’s Twitter account and also on television news. President Trump spent the Christmas holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort, and ABC News followed the story from there. Trump is denying any collusion with the Russian government,  and he is particularly bearing down on the Steele dossier.

This ignores, of course, that the Steele dossier is not the main concern of the FBI investigation. The feds are really going after a meeting Trump campaign operatives had with representatives of the Russian government at Trump Tower in New York City on 9 June 2016. From all appearances, Donald Trump and his supporters are attacking the Steele dossier as a distraction.

“WOW, [Fox and Friend] ‘Dossier is bogus,'” Trump tweeted. “‘Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI Tainted.'”

The president added, “And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!”

Trump appeared to reference an interview between the “Fox & Friends” panel and former Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who is now a political pundit for the channel.

Chaffetz stated: “The dossier we have long known is bogus. The question is, how was it funded?”

Fueled by his cheering section at Fox News, this is a strident refrain on Trump’s Twitter feed.

WOW, “Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.” And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!

President Trump’s war with his own intelligence services, particularly the FBI, has been unrelenting of late. Currently bearing the brunt of the President’s assault is FBI acting director Andrew McCabe, who’s wife’s political campaign last year obtained funding from Hillary Clinton associates. McCabe obtained advice from the Bureau ethics arm prior to continuing his work investigating Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Meanwhile, President Trump announced he would return to work the day following Christmas, but 26 December found him still playing golf at one of his Florida properties. Say what you will about President Trump, but he continues to set records.

If the FBI needs to learn one thing, it is to not mess around with a guy swinging a golf club.

The Golden Shower

Number 23

It’s a story that will not go away, possibly because I love it so much, and I want to keep coming back to it. It’s long past wondering whether Donald Trump paid prostitutes to pee on a bed in a Moscow hotel. It’s to the point we have Justice Department lawyers in a full-court press trying to unravel just how much involvement the Trump campaign had with Russian operatives bent on impacting the 2016 election. Almost every day there is a new headline. Here are two, starting with The New York Times yesterday:

Trevor Noah Thinks Paul Manafort Got Mixed Up With the Wrong Crowd

Guilty Associations?

As the special investigator Robert Mueller presses on with his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, reports have surfaced that Paul Manafort, then the Trump campaign chairman, offered to privately brief a Russian billionaire on the status of his primary campaign. Trevor Noah doesn’t think there’s any way to put a positive spin on that one.

“Manafort offered to brief a Russian oligarch on the campaign that he was running for Trump. Now, does that prove he did anything wrong? No, but ask yourself this: When has the phrase ‘Russian oligarch’ ever been a good thing? It’s like the phrase ‘a cappella concert,’ or ‘unmarked van,’ or ‘homemade condom.’” — TREVOR NOAH

Trevor Noah, of course, is not a news reporter. He’s a comedian pulling to his radio and TV audience. But this is an indicator as to how far this story has seeped into the daily conversation. Of more immediate interest is the infamous Steel dossier, the tale of which continues to surface. From The New York Times last Tuesday

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate panel probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election abruptly canceled an interview with President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen on Tuesday after he issued a statement about his testimony in violation of committee policy.

The relevance crops up a few paragraphs in:

Cohen’s name surfaced in a dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele that reported Cohen played an important role in liaison with the Russian government and secretly met with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016.

The Steele dossier, Cohen said in his statement, was “riddled with falsehoods and intentionally salacious allegations.”

“I have never in my life been to Prague or to anywhere in the Czech Republic,” he said.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials have said that while they cannot verify all the details in the Steele dossier, neither have they debunked it entirely.

To be sure, it is not what Michael Cohen did or did not do that is of much interest. What is of interest is whether this part of the Steele dossier has merit:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Americans should rightly cast doubt on allegations that a candidate for our highest office would engage in such activities. Then too, it could have been a ploy by Donald Trump to make President James Buchanan look good.

The truth is out there, somewhere, but it may turn out to be not very interesting. It’s the search for truth that is the thing. And it’s a gas.

There will be more. Keep reading.

The Golden Shower

Something interesting—this is number 22.

 

Friday was looking to be a very dull day. So-called President Trump was out of town, out of the country really. Making nice with the French. Found time to compliment Mme. Macron on maintaining her shape after all these years. Washington was really quiet. Nothing much going on. I figured I was going to have to make something up about the Trump administration.

Just kidding.

At one point yesterday I recalled the image above. It shows Donald Trump Jr., oldest son of the current President. It’s from an interview with Trump Jr. on 24 July of last year, and it came the month following when he got wind of an offer from a Russian lawyer. The offer was that the Russian government had embarrassing information on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that person was willing to share it with the Trump campaign. The word was that the Russian government, under president for life Vladimir Putin, favored Donald Trump in the 2016 elections and definitely did not want Mrs. Clinton in charge. It was in June that Mr. Trump Jr. jumped at the chance to meet and obtain this invitation, and he invited Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump Jr.’s brother-in-law Jared Kushner to come along.

The following month following the meeting Trump Jr. was on television with choice words about the political opposition. He was asked about any involvement the Trump campaign might have had with the Russians, perhaps even the Russian government, and he had this to say. See the image above:

… CNN anchor Jake Tapper asks Trump Jr. about Mook’s allegations that Russian state actors were behind the leaked DNC emails. Trump Jr.’s response is staggering, considering what we know now:

Tapper: [Mook] seemed to be suggesting that this is part of a plot to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. Your response?

Trump Jr: Well, just goes to show you their exact moral compass. They’ll say anything to be able to win this. This is time and time again, lie after lie. You notice he won’t say, “Well, I say this,” he’ll say, “Here are experts, here’s house cat at home who once said this is what’s happening with the Russians.” It’s disgusting; it’s so phony.

Trump Jr. also went on to say that Mook ought to be “ashamed of himself” for spreading the idea that Russia was working in support of the Trump campaign. But just weeks earlier, in early June, British publicist Rob Goldstone had informed Trump Jr. about “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

I have observed that moral compasses come, and moral  compasses go, but the truth just seems to hang around like the odor of dead fish.

As already noted, a week ago Trump Jr. got wind that The New York Times was preparing to publish contents of an email exchange. The email exchange demonstrates that it is Trump Jr.’s moral compass that needs some adjusting. The rising political star of Donald Trump Jr. seems to have lost its sheen and may be going the way of his father’s. Once it  was apparent The Times was going to publish the damning correspondence, Trump Jr. eagerly jumped in front of cameras and laid the entire episode bare. He acknowledged the emails were factual and that he and Manafort and Kushner had, indeed, taken the meeting in Trump Tower on the 25th floor. He noted that Rob Goldstone, an associate of Trump Sr., was also there. And that was the sum of it.

In a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity, Donald Trump Jr. set the record straight:

Hannity: Did you ever meet with any other persons from Russia, that you know [of]?

Trump Jr.: No. I don’t even know. … Not in the context of a formalized meeting, or anything like, because, why would I?

And that was that, and that was what was making Friday to begin to look like a day without sunshine. But what an idiot I was. I should have known. That was definitely not all of it.

Yes, there were more people in the room. There was interpreter Anatol Samochomov and also sometimes-lobbyist for the Russian government Rinat Akhmetshin.

And that was all.

That was definitely all. There were no more people attending the meeting in June of last year on the 25th floor of Trump Tower in New York City. Absolutely no more people. That is the final count.

I apologize. This story is expanding faster than I can keep up with it. In order to keep readers informed I am going to need to get ahead of the wave on this. I’m going to have to extrapolate and fill in the blanks before they open up. Here is more of the story as it will continue to  develop.

Yes, there were more people in the room that day. In fact, information has come to light that Brown and Root was contracted by Donald Trump Sr. to implement serious reconstruction of Trump Tower to expand the meeting room. Observers at the time now report having seen lines of buses parked at 725 5th Avenue to unload those attending the meeting. Seen entering were Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong-un, Ross Perot, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Hawking, Lawrence of Arabia, and Judge Crater.

And I promise you, there were no others in attendance I have not already listed.

All right. Full disclosure. I was there, as well. Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya had some questions about the Russian language, and I was called in to consult.

And that is the final count. End of story.

Except, you may ask, what does all this have to do with the possibly fake dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele? Good question. Parts of the dossier are obviously bogus, including references to an episode in a Moscow hotel:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

There is likely no connection, but I need to make sure I don’t leave anything out.

There is going to be more. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.