Day 634 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Man hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the groin inside Walmart hill.cm/UCm8BYl
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"
SAN DIEGO (AP) — US official: No criminal charges filed against 42 migrants arrested during caravan protest that ended with tear gas.
North Korea: Americans want to sully our human rights image to justify sanctions bit.ly/2RniFFt
North Korea has written to the UN Security Council warning that a Dec 10th meeting on NK human rights proposed by the US and others would be a “provocation”. Such a meeting is “never helpful to peace and stability” on the peninsula, it says, and “flares up confrontation”.
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Trump real estate project in Russia.
Trump attacked the Mueller investigation in three tweets this morning, calling it a "witch hunt" just hours before his former personal lawyer reportedly pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia.
In testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Michael Cohen played down the extent of his contact with the Kremlin about the potential Trump Tower project and made other false statements about the negotiations, according to Mueller.
Important context for today's news.
Paul Manafort, asked in July 2016 if Trump has any business interests with Russian oligarchs
Cohen plea indicates that he successfully reached an aide to President Putin in January 2016 after he emailed Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov for help on a Trump Tower Moscow deal. He had insisted he emailed a general address and never heard back. washingtonpost.com/politics/top-t…
Trump says his former lawyer Michael Cohen is a "weak person" who is "lying" to get a reduced sentence.
"I made these misstatements to be consistent with individual 1's political messaging and out of loyalty to individual 1," Cohen said in court, according to Reuters.
He previously identified individual one as Trump. af.reuters.com/article/worldN…
Reminder of a Felix Sater email sent to Michael Cohen in 2015:
"Buddy our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it," Sater wrote. "I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process."
Remember one of the questions Mueller reportedly wanted to ask Trump: "What communication did you have with Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and others, including foreign nationals, about Russian real estate developments during the campaign?" nytimes.com/2018/04/30/us/…
Guiliani attacks Mueller in statement: "It is hardly coincidental that the Special Counsel once again files a charge just as [Trump] is leaving for a meeting with world leaders.. [Mueller] did the very same thing as [he] was leaving for a world summit in Helsinki."
Mark Warner: "There seems to be a trend here amongst so many of the [Trump's] closest allies, that they don't tell the truth. Although, you've also got a White House that seems on a daily basis not to have its facts straight." (via CNN)
Trump supposedly cancels meeting with Putin, citing Russia's seizure of Ukrainian vessels.
The Kremlin says it has not been notified of a cancellation of the much-anticipated meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
Reminder: According to CAP's Moscow Project, the House Intel Committee "obtained either no or incomplete information about 81% of the known contacts between Trump officials & Russians, or groups and individuals w strong Russia ties like Wikileaks." nbcnews.com/politics/congr…
Trump hours ago: "So very simply: Michael Cohen is lying and he’s trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me."
Rudy Giuliani now to NYT: Trump's recall of Moscow deal matches Cohen's nyti.ms/2DT1DeD
'We will be in Moscow’: The story of Trump’s 30-year quest to expand his brand to Russia
The Trump Organization planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the real estate development, four people tell BuzzFeed, one of them the originator of the plan. buzzfeednews.com/article/anthon…
"Two US law enforcement officials also told BuzzFeed News that Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, discussed the idea with an assistant to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary."
Investigators obtained emails about the Trump Tower Moscow project from late 2015 and January 2016, WSJ reports, in which Cohen communicated with or copied Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump. Ivanka Trump recommended an architect, the people said. wsj.com/articles/micha…
Multiple sources have confirmed to Yahoo News that Ivanka and Don Jr. were also on the Trump Tower Moscow project.
One source familiar with the investigation told Yahoo News that Mueller has asked about Ivanka and Don Jr.'s work on the project.
'GUILTY PLEASures' parked blocks from WH with free treats featuring flavors such as “Southern District of NY Cheesecake” & “Mo’challusion,” sponsored by @MoveOn calling itself “the only ice cream truck defending the investigation by Robert Mueller”
Wall Street Journal accidentally identifies Russian president as "Vladimir Trump" hill.cm/e7XbEu0
Deutsche Bank's headquarters were raided as part of a money-laundering investigation.
Deutsche is Trump's main lender over the last decade. Trump Org. borrowed $360M from Deutsche Bank for Doral and the DC hotel.
Federal agents have raided the City Hall office of Chicago Alderman Ed Burke this morning.
Burke's small law firm did tax work for Trump for 12 years 👀
Ex-federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman on Trump's Manafort pardon talk: "If you are trying to corruptly influence his testimony by dangling a pardon, that could be witness tampering."
Any info shared after Manafort began cooperating isn't protected by a joint defense agreement, Joyce Vance says.
"If I were Mueller I'd be issuing subpoenas today to Rudy Giuliani and Kevin Downing...to explain under oath exactly what was conveyed."nbcnews.com/politics/justi…
Joyce Vance: "The whole idea that we are talking about a president having a joint defense agreement with 32 other people — because they are all under criminal investigation — is not normal, and we can't let it become normal." nbcnews.com/politics/justi…
"JDA can operate only among parties who do in fact have a common interest ... Thus, Mueller is fully entitled to subpoena Manafort counsel Kevin Downing and whichever Trump counsel spoke with him ... to reveal every word of the discussions." washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-m…
Whitaker has been in his role for approximately 22 days. DOJ won't say what's going on w/ his ethics consultation, no one will produce his actual appt letter, and Grassley rejected Feinstein's call for him to testify before the Judiciary Committee.
Huckabee tears into Jeff Flake: "Selfish narcissist" who should "go hide in an elevator"
What all-GOP government under Trump has wrought:
—no Obamacare repeal
—no infrastructure plan
—no border wall
—no executive oversight
—short-term tax-cut stimulus
—long-term budget deficits
—chaotic trade conflict
—House Democratic sweep
Interesting research in WashPost: How Donald Trump appeals to men secretly insecure about their manhood washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-ca…
Trump’s national security advisor Bolton meets Bolsonaro for one-hour meeting in Rio.
Why is he doing this if he can’t speak Portuguese?
Christmas ad for New Zealand airline shows mini-Trump on Santa's naughty list hill.cm/Cij2VeH
The winning party's margin in votes the past 4 times the House has flipped:
1994: Republicans +6.8%
2006: Democrats + 8.0%
2010: Republicans +6.6%
2018: Democrats +8.4% and counting
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Russia rejects Trump's canceled meeting, Kremlin ready for contact