Day 642 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
There have been 52,000+ total incidents of gun violence, 13,500+ gun deaths, and 26,200+ gun injuries in the 340 completed days of 2018.
Visit @GunDeaths for up-to-date statistics and information
House Minority Leader Pelosi says the House "will pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation soon, and that will be bipartisan."
Update: During Thousand Oaks shooting, a police officer was killed in a case of friendly fire.
This should serve as a warning to arming teachers. Guns kill, and the more untrained shooters you have, the more likely the wrong person will get shot. latimes.com/local/californ…
Marines identify "dedicated leader" from Florida killed in crash off Japan cbsnews.com/news/jahmar-re…
FYI: The Trump admin has quietly resumed separating immigrant families at the border.
At one agency, the children were put into temporary foster care and shelters with little or no indication that they arrived at the border with their parents:
The Trump admin separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The AP. apnews.com/dcb05d02726e4d…
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"
Pyongyang is also still producing nuclear weapons, according to researchers studying satellite images on.wsj.com/2EjzrCC
Senators say they are intent on punishing Saudi Arabia for role in Khashoggi killing. abcn.ws/2EfvZsN
In an apparent break with Trump, outgoing US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested the Saudi government needs to be held in continued account for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi cnn.it/2RHbnwp
Trump sent out a tweet storm this morning attacking the Mueller investigation.
This could be a reason:
US hiring slowed to 155,000 jobs in November, unemployment rate stayed at 3.7% apne.ws/vETNab4
House Democrats plan to send Robert Mueller the transcripts of testimony by some of Trump's closest associates so they can be reviewed for evidence and possible falsehoods, Reuters reports.
House Intel Democrats are eager to bring back Blackwater founder Erik Prince for another interview about Trump's Russia ties.
Mike Quigley: "My priority is to bring back anyone before HPSCI who refused to answer our questions."
The Justice Department Still Hasn't Told The Federal Accountability Office That Jeff Sessions Quit
Trump says he will nominate William Barr to be next Attorney General, Heather Nauert to be new U.N. Ambassador. cnbc.com
US officials say Trump to nominate Army chief Gen. Mark Milley as next chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Trump & John Kelly have had an up and down relationship for months now. So what’s different this time? They aren’t speaking. And Trump is becoming increasingly concerned about what the next two years will look like with Dems in charge of the House. cnn.com/2018/12/07/pol…
Though Trump asked John Kelly over the summer to stay on as chief of staff for two more years, the two have stopped speaking in recent days, sources say cnn.it/2RHufLQ
Potential replacements for John Kelly include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff
Current or former WH aides who gave interviews to Mueller: Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, John Kelly, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Don McGahn, Hope Hicks, KT McFarland, Stephen Miller, and more. (Also, Michael Flynn, as part of his cooperation.)
George Papadopoulos has been released from prison -- he's expected to travel to DC this weekend with his wife to speak at the conservative American Priority conference.
Rex Tillerson on Trump: ‘Undisciplined,’ ‘doesn’t like to read' and tries to do illegal things
Tillerson says Trump repeatedly tried to do illegal things as president:
"I would have to say to him, Mr. President I understand what you want to do but you can't do it that way. It violates the law."
Why did Trump hire a secretary of state who "was dumb as a rock" and "lazy as hell"?
Fun fact - Heather Nauert, who Trump earlier named UN ambassador, was hired by Tillerson at State.
Oil prices jumped 5% as Opec (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreed to cut oil production by 1.2m barrels a day
So much for Trump taking credit for oil production
The Dow plunged 1,150 points, or 4.5%, for the week.
It was the index's worst week since March.
Trump will often keep the TV tuned to business channels and watch the Dow’s minute-to-minute movements
"He’s glued to it.”
This is a consequence of having a dangerously unfit president more interested in watching cable news than running the government. No one is in charge, there is no plan, no strategy, just a series of tactics fueled by Fox segments
Two-thirds of business economists in recent survey forecast the US will fall into recession by the end of 2020 - the year Trump would face re-election cnbc.com/2018/12/06/tru…
James Fields found guilty on all 10 counts, including 1st-degree murder, for ramming car into a group of peaceful counter-protesters following Charlottesville white nationalist rally in 2017. on.msnbc.com/2RHjzg9
2 more immigrant women say they worked for Trump when they were undocumented. “We said the papers are not good. She said it didn’t matter, but don’t talk about it,” recalled Ms. Dominguez. nyti.ms/2zHPuGr
Rep. Jackie Speier, a member of the House Intel Committee, said she believes Donald Trump Jr. lied to the committee "on at least two occasions." bit.ly/2G38R2o
Prosecutors say ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen deserves substantial prison time, despite his cooperation
USA v Michael Cohen Sentencing Memorandum
The SDNY US Attorney's Office filed a 40 page sentencing memorandum for Michael Cohen:
And Special Counsel Mueller's office filed a 7 page sentencing memo
Mueller's 7 page sentencing memorandum for Michael Cohen mentions "Russia" or "Russian" 23 times assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5453…
That mysterious Russian national named in today’s Cohen memo? A weightlifter that Ivanka Trump instructed Cohen to speak with about the Moscow Tower.
5 takeaways from the Michael Cohen sentencing filings:
1) Cohen overstated his cooperation
2) "Individual 1" is back
3) Trump is implicated in crimes
4) Another Russia gov't contact
5) Mueller is pretty obviously interested in Trump's biz w/ Russia
US v Paul Manafort - Government submission in support of its breach determination
MANAFORT filing: Special counsel says he lied about:
1) His interactions with Kilimnik
2) Kilimnik's participation in count 2 of superseding information
3) wire transfer to firm working for Manafort
4) another DOJ investigation
5) His contacts with admin officials
11/28 WSJ scoop on lies identified by Mueller - Mueller had questioned witnesses about a boat trip Manafort took w/Tom Barrack, after Manafort left the Trump campaign in Aug 2016, to determine whether Manafort met w/Konstantin Kilimnik on that trip
Here's the WSJ story that described what is in the Manafort lies filing from earlier in the week: the big one is a Tom Barrack/Manafort meeting on a boat with Kilimnik.
Flashback. August 19, 2016. Newt Gingrich: "Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to really help get this campaign to where it is right now."
Reminder: People who have been convicted or pleaded guilty since Trump became POTUS
-- Trump's personal attorney
-- Trump's former campaign chairman
-- Trump's former WH national security adviser
-- Trump's former campaign adviser
-- Trump's former deputy campaign chairman
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Mueller and investigative reporters have uncovered and assembled a picture of a presidential campaign and transition infected by unprecedented deceit and criminality, and in regular—almost obsequious—contact with America’s leading foreign adversary. wired.com/story/manafort…