Is Donald Trump’s presidency about to turn a corner?
As Roger Stone said on Sunday, July 9 to Alex Jones, the next media/Democrat attacks will be on Trump’s mental health and his children. Earlier in the year, Stone said this would happen and so it has come to pass.
The New York Times published an exposé of Donald Trump Jr, accusing him of colluding with the Russians during his father’s presidential campaign:
President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.
Under the guise of dishing the dirt on Hillary Clinton, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya actually wanted to meet with Trump’s son:
to lobby for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act, an Obama-era law that allows the US to deny visas to Russians thought guilty of human-rights violations. In retaliation, the Russians promptly ended the adoption of Russian orphans by Americans.
As The New York Post says:
But in the end, the lawyer had nothing, gave nothing, got nothing in return, in a meeting that lasted 20 minutes. This is a scandal?
Having established the smear of “collusion,” the Times must now link every story with the word “Russia” to it in the hopes that the rubes and suckers won’t stop believing that Trump somehow cheated his way into the White House.
Hasn’t the Times learned its lesson from its disastrous Feb. 14 story, also anonymously sourced, about the Trump campaign’s “repeated contacts with Russian intelligence?” In his congressional testimony last month, former FBI director James Comey said: “In the main, it was not true.”
Yet, New York magazine is running with the NYT story and expanding it. They will discover if trying to tie Trump Jr to the email leaks that emerged before the election is a good idea or not:
Trump Jr.’s latest defense is that while he sought damaging information from Veselnitskaya, she failed to deliver any …
The most interesting follow-up question is, what was the nature of the damaging information that Veselnitskaya promised? Stolen emails, perhaps?
Update: Trump Jr.’s statement not only implicates him in the potential crime of requesting an electronic break-in, it apparently implicates him in a already-proven one …
The Sunday news shows continue to lead all interviews with Trump’s cabinet members with the Russian collusion narrative. This takes up half the interview, which a) further cements this notion in the minds of the American public and b) reduces the time available to discuss the achievements and policy plans of the Trump administration.
Fake news posing as fact.
Meanwhile, The Hill tweeted:
JUST IN: More than half of Comey’s private Trump memos contain classified information
The Hill’s article states, in part:
More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.
This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.
Comey testified last month he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director …
A spokesman for the FBI on Sunday declined to comment.
FBI policy forbids any agent from releasing classified information or any information from ongoing investigations or sensitive operations without prior written permission, and mandates that all records created during official duties are considered to be government property …
The Congressional investigation continues. Will the GOPe do anything significant?
Perhaps not. They never expected Trump to win on November 8, 2016.
Addressing the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senator Patrick J Toomey (R – Pennsylvania) told constituents:
“Look, I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win, I think most of my colleagues didn’t, so we didn’t expect to be in this situation,” the Pennsylvania Republican said Wednesday night during a meeting with voters hosted by four ABC affiliates across his state …
Republicans did not, as Toomey said, “expect to be in this situation,” so they did not go through the difficult process of airing their differences and putting together pre-vetted consensus plans. On issue after issue, they are doing that now, on the fly, using — as Toomey puts it— “live ammo.”
It’s not going very well.
Even when the Republicans win, they are, in fact, losing.
New York magazine also has an article about the waxing of Steve Bannon and the waning of Jared Kushner, excerpted from a new book, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency, by Joshua Green (July 18; Penguin Press):
According to advisers inside and outside the White House, Trump grew frustrated with his son-in-law, not just over the Russia stories but over reports that members of Kushner’s family, in an effort to entice Chinese investors seeking EB-5 visas to back a New Jersey real-estate project, hinted at their Trump connection. Both issues hastened Bannon’s resurrection.
he brought Bannon out of the doghouse and gave him a familiar mission: to organize a defense, go after his enemies, and head off the latest threat to Trump’s political career. Bannon’s first task was to create an outside war room to “put a prophylactic around the Oval Office,” as a White House official put it …
Joshua Green says that Bannon now heads a ‘war room’ to protect President Trump:
Bannon is now back in his natural element, at the center of the chaos. He modeled Trump’s war room after the one set up by Bill Clinton to handle Ken Starr’s Whitewater probe.
However, Green states that no one — not even a diehard conservative — wants to work in the war room, defending Trump against allegations and accusations:
“Defending against Russia is the worst duty you can pull in the Trump White House, an impossible job where you can’t make the boss happy,” says GOP strategist Liam Donovan.
Bannon has set up the war room outside of the White House so that he can act freely without constraint. Currently, special investigator Robert Mueller:
looms as the greatest threat to Trump’s presidency, and is therefore the object of his chief strategist’s latest machinations.
Green thinks that Trump could fire Mueller, the way he fired James Comey. They also say that the GOPe would stop supporting Trump if he did so. Regardless, Steve Bannon will remain:
There’s no question, though, who would lead the attack on Trump’s critics if such a scenario were to unfold.
In Europe, Trump had a good week in Poland and at the G20 conference in Hamburg. Even though many Europeans, influenced by media coverage, loathe him, he attracts respect from nearly all the world leaders he has met. Ultimately, that’s all that matters. And he must look forward to getting away from Washington in the present climate. Next stop: Paris on Bastille Day.