Day 625 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
In the past 24 hours:
55 gun deaths
88 gun injuries
3 children (age 0-11) shot
10 teenagers (age 12-17) shot
13 armed home invasions
7 incidents of defensive gun use
7 unintentional shootings
2 mass shootings
WHCA: "For as long as there have been WH press conferences, reporters have asked follow-up questions. We fully expect this tradition will continue. We will continue to make the case that a free and independent news media plays a vital role in the health of our republic."
TURKEY IN THE BRIEFING ROOM. This is not a drill.
Reminder: There has not been a formal White House briefing in that room since October 29.
Reminder: The Trump administration is systematically locking up thousands of children at unheard of rates - now more than 14,000 are in U.S. custody.
The government classifies these children as "unaccompanied"
A federal judge has blocked the Trump admin's asylum ban for migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. washingtonpost.com/national/judge…
Trump embraces dictators and chastises democratic leaders. He has devoted more critical words to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau than to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
A State Department official who has seen a version of the CIA's assessment on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi told ABC News it's "blindingly obvious" that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's death. abcn.ws/2DQtE76
Trump says no new punitive measures against Saudi Arabia for murder of Washington Post columnist; says he doesn't want to jeopardize $450B Saudi investment in U.S. apne.ws/pQESvc4
Iran's foreign minister 👇
Trump said he would make America great again and we'd be respected in the world again.
He's now saying he will give Saudi Arabia a pass for an attack on American sovereignty because it has too much leverage.
Feinstein: "I'm shocked that Trump said there will be no punishment for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The facts are clear. Khashoggi ... was killed by agents of the Saudi gov't ... This was a premeditated murder, plain and simple."
"It's a mean, nasty world out there," Pompeo says when asked about U.S.-Saudi relations following the Jamal Khashoggi killing.
"As [Trump] said today, the United States will continue to have a relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," he adds
Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan: "Trump's response to the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a betrayal of long-established American values of respect for human rights and the expectation of trust and honesty in our strategic relationships."
Fred Ryan: "Trump is correct in saying the world is a very dangerous place. His surrender to this state-ordered murder will only make it more so. An innocent man, brutally slain, deserves better, as does the cause of truth and justice and human rights."
Ron Wyden says that he'll introduce legislation requiring the U.S. Intelligence Community to publicly release an assessment of their findings regarding Jamal Khashoogi's murder. bit.ly/2R08F4K
Trump on the fallout over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi: "It's a shame, but it is what it is." (via ABC)
Trump: “I don’t make deals with Saudi Arabia. I don’t have money from Saudi Arabia. I have nothing to do with Saudi Arabia.”
Trump in August 2015: “Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million.”
What we know about Trump's business ties to Saudis & the Saudi govt -- including the Trump hotel in NYC crediting Saudi travelers for boosting their business this year. washingtonpost.com/politics/i-lik…
Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme allied commander: "I served under 8 commanders in chief.
Trump doesn’t grasp the role."
The ex-Navy SEAL who fired the shot that killed bin Laden: "Something like this is not about Republicans or Democrats ... Adm. McRaven is the reason that my SEAL team got it and Pres. Obama approved it. I mean, it's just as simple as it gets." nbcnews.com/nightly-news/v…
How closely attached is the modern GOP to Trump? GOP campaigns spent $4.2M at Trump properties during the midterm elections.
(Only bad news for Trump Org: four of their biggest-spending customers lost). washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/…
Trump Org's best customer is still Trump himself. He's converted $743K of supporters' donations to his 2020 campaign into revenue for his business.
And that's before the 2020 campaign really even began.
Ivanka made $3.9 million from the family's DC hotel in 2017 -- the hotel that is supposed to remit profits to the Treasury, hosts foreign diplomats, which is the target of lawsuits alleging violation of emoluments provisions of the Constitution
Current and ex-W.H. officials have said Ivanka's personal e-mail use was characteristic of a repeated blurring of the lines between her government work and other aspects of her life, which used to include her namesake licensing & apparel businesses. nytimes.com/2018/11/19/us/…
The House Oversight Committee will investigate whether Ivanka's use of a personal email for gov't biz violated federal law.
"We need those documents to ensure that Ivanka, Jared Kushner and other officials are complying with federal records laws."
Blumenthal: The Founders "wanted to prevent the president from appointing people who were of such insignificance & pliancy as to render them obsequious instruments of his pleasure and that's Matt Whitaker, an instrument of the president's pleasure." msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/…
In the three years after he arrived in Washington in 2014, Matthew Whitaker received more than $1,200,000 as the leader of a conservative nonprofit with obscure roots, no other employees, and undisclosed funders, WaPo reports. washingtonpost.com/investigations…
"Whitaker's 2017 pay from the charity — more than $500,000 for the first nine months, or half the charity's receipts for the year, according to tax filings — and the group's earlier, dormant incarnation have not been previously reported by media."
So, this is odd ... The White House won't say when Trump formally named Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General
He knows the the Senate must confirm within 7 months.
Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: Hillary Clinton and James Comey, two people familiar with the conversation tell NYT.
White House lawyers warned Trump in a memo that he could be impeached if he tried to get the Justice Department to investigate his rivals. nytimes.com/2018/11/20/us/…
Reminder: Matthew Whitaker repeatedly said that Clinton deserved to be prosecuted and has suggested that the Trump admin should reopen the case.
Whitaker even has said justice only could be served if a Trump A.G. revived the case.
Lawyers for Donald Trump say they've provided written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller's questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Trump’s lawyers said that his “legal team would not release copies of the questions and answers or discuss correspondence with the special counsel’s office.”
Why isn’t Trump releasing his answers publicly if he's confident there's no malfeasance?
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says on @Morning_Joe that if he were in Jim Mattis's position and he was asked to send troops to border, he "would have resigned. I should have resigned before I went to the U.N. with Colin Powell. I will regret that to my grave."
A Federal Judge issued a temporary restraining order saying that Trump can not prevent those crossing the Mexican border from seeking asylum in the U.S.
Trump is asked about troops who are spending Thanksgiving at the border.
"Don't worry about the Thanksgiving— These are tough people ... You're so worried about the Thanksgiving holiday for them. They are so proud to be representing our country."
This is nuts. Where is FEMA? // With disease in shelters and hotels at capacity, wildfire evacuees desperately seek refuge
Canadian cannabis investor gets lifetime U.S. entry ban, despite the CBP's claims that Canadian cannabis industry workers could "generally be admissible." business.financialpost.com/wcm/333ab145-c…
“He was travelling straight from Vancouver to Vegas. When they found out he was going down to tour the marijuana facility and that he was an investor in marijuana, they gave him a lifetime ban" business.financialpost.com/cannabis/canna…
Trump fans are spending their savings to buy millions of Iraqi dinars, convinced that Trump will use the near-worthless currency to make them rich. thedailybeast.com/trump-fans-sin…
Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic advisor, on the economy: "My personal view, our administration's view, recession is so far in the distance I can't see it."
Everyone knows how this ends, right?
Reminder: Trump said if elected, he would never see his golf courses ... would be working all the time #TrumpLies
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
CREW: The DOJ released Matthew Whitaker’s personal financial disclosures today, which revealed that the forms had been edited five times in the two weeks since his appointment as Acting AG.
We just filed a FOIA request for all versions of it. citizensforethics.org/foia/crew-file…
The concertina wire only extends about 2 hundred feet. The hill and stretch to the ocean are still the same old fence. #MigrantCaravan 2/3
The section of concertina wire was placed behind the podium where Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen inspected the “fortifications” and staged her press conference. 3/3