Day 704 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Real-time American gun violence data for 2019, as of February 7th:
•1,400 gun deaths
•2,490 gun injuries
•52 kids shot
•236 teens shot
•200 armed home invasions
•129 incidents of defensive gun use
•152 unintentional shootings
•35 mass shootings
The record # of firearms seized in 2018 breaks:
record set in 2017 (3,957),
record set in 2016 (3,391),
record set in 2015 (2,653),
record set in 2014 (2,212),
record set in 2013 (1,830),
record set in 2012 (1,527)... nbcnews.com/news/us-news/t…
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: propub.li/2QcsPvY
Reminder: The Trump administration is systematically locking up thousands of children at unheard of rates - now almost 15,000 are in U.S. custody.
The government classifies these children as "unaccompanied"
Thousands more kids may have been separated from their parents at the border under the Trump administration than was previously thought, according to an internal government report.
CHILD SEPARATION HEARING:
Rep. Schakowsky: Does anyone know how many children were separated from their parents?
(No answer from panel.)
Schakowsky: Does anyone know how many separated kids are still in U.S. custody?
Schakowsky: No one knows.
Rep. Guthrie: Would you have advised Trump's DOJ or DHS to implement the "zero-tolerance" immigration policy?
HHS official Cmdr. Jonathan White: "Neither I nor any career person in would ever have supported such a policy proposal."
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on March 5 on the deaths of Jakelin Caal Maquin and Felipe Gómez Alonzo, the two migrant children who died U.S. Border Patrol custody last year.
Fmr. DNI James Clapper says North Korea "moderating" their behavior is not due to US action, it's because they have "achieved what they consider to be a nuclear deterrent."
US envoy Stephen Beigun is due back from North Korea in the coming hours. He traveled to Pyongyang Weds to hammer out "concrete deliverables" for Trump Kim 2.0 in Vietnam later this month.
Documents related to the April 9 FBI raid of Michael Cohen's home, office and hotel room can be made public, with some redactions to protect ongoing investigations, U.S. District Judge William Pauley has ruled. bloom.bg/2E06D0F
The SNDY probe into Trump's inaugural committee started in part from taped convos between Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Michael Cohen.
Wolkoff raised concerns with how money was spent, the involvement of the Trump family, and Gates and Barrack. vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/b…
Bill Barr says he won't allow WH to assert executive privilege...
Blumenthal responds: "William Barr is likely to take the position there can be no indictment of a sitting president. If there is no indictment and no report, there's a coverup"
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide in 2017 that he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi if Khashoggi did not return to the kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government, current and former American and foreign officials say. nyti.ms/2DYO5Oh?smid=n…
Evidence shows Saudi officials "planned and perpetrated" Khashoggi killing, UN investigator says
Saudi Arabia "curtailed and undermined" investigation into Khashoggi’s killing, U.N. expert says wapo.st/2DYcTpA
9 Days remain until the temporary bill providing fiscal appropriations through February 15, 2019 expires.
If Congress & Trump do not agree on a fiscal year spending bill, government agencies will again be shut down.
From the man who launched a multi-year effort claiming a president wasn’t actually born in the United States
Anybody else remember when Donald Trump insinuated that President Obama was responsible for a murder?
Nancy Pelosi: "I am not commenting on what the president has to say about our work. I always think that whatever [Trump] says about us, he's projecting his own unruliness. He's a projector." Via ABC
Nancy Pelosi says a kitchen worker recently told her, "'When the president says that the Mueller investigation is going on too long, you just say back to him, Not as long as your tax audit, Mr. President.' I thought those were words of wisdom."
House Judiciary Committee votes to authorize a subpoena of Attorney General Matt Whitaker if he refuses to discuss his conversations with Trump and his oversight of Mueller’s probe in testimony before the committee Friday bloom.bg/2DXOvEy
DOJ tells House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler that Matt Whitaker **will not testify** unless Nadler promises in writing by 6pm that he won't subpoena him.
Here's a story detailing the drama: thedailybeast.com/they-hate-this…
Nadler to Whitaker: “If you appear before the Committee tomorrow morning and if you are prepared to respond to questions from our Members, then I assure you that there will be no need for the Committee to issue a subpoena on or before February 8.“
The script seems to have called on Trump to reference "abolition of slavery AND civil rights" ... but as you see, he says "abolition of civil rights," have been led by people of faith. 🤦🏽♀️
Trump was misleading the country about wall and crime in El Paso before the State of the Union.
He made a similar misstatement on Jan 14. Fact checks were written.
He still used that false statement on Tuesday.
Beto O'Rourke said in interview with Wash Post @BobMooreNews that Trump is distorting the truth and facts about El Paso "in the most racist terms"
Trump put razor wire on border fence — Arizona town just voted unanimously to tear it down
Former Fox News reporter joining State Department to lead anti-propaganda efforts
Kushner to visit Mideast for peace plan push, seeking buy in from Arab leaders on economic aspects of plan — politico.com/story/2019/02/…
Adam Schiff: “We have a long tradition of hiring out of the intelligence community, out of the NSC. If [Trump] is worried about our hiring any former administration people, maybe he should work on being a better employer.”
The Treasury Department missed a deadline to hand over documents explaining its decision to ease sanctions on companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Politico reports.
The transcript from Manafort's hearing with prosecutors reveals that Mueller has evidence Manafort continued doing work related to Ukraine in 2018, despite being indicted in Oct. 2017 for charges that include failing to register as a foreign agent.
The transcript reveals Mueller's interest in Manafort's discussions with Konstantin Kilimnik about a "backdoor" in 2016.
Andrew Weissmann: "That meeting and what happened at the meeting is of significance to the special counsel." axios.com/mueller-invest…
87% of Americans say investigators should release a public Mueller report, just 9% say they should not, according to CNN.
Support for a public release is at 80% among Republicans and those who approve of Trump, 92% among Democrats, 88% among independents.
A big Democratic donor turned his money to Trump.
Now investigators turn to him cnn.it/2DX8rrb
Millions Of Americans Won't Get Refund Checks This Year Because Of The Trump-GOP Tax Scam
Trump will not meet President Xi Jinping of China before trade deal deadline. A senior administration official says an extension is possible.
Which means a possible increase in tariffs causing further economic harm. Buckle up! nyti.ms/2UT8F8v
The news is also that Pecker, who has had relationships with both Trump and Jared Kushner, is having this sent as he is also a witness receiving immunity in a federal case.
Every president since Nixon has voluntarily given their tax returns. Trump hasn’t.
There’s a reason for that, he has a lot to hide.
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
A thing that happened that will probably get lost in the news: Republicans just advanced 44 of Trump's nominees to lifetime federal court seats. huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-ju…
Missed this earlier - Kushner is planning a trip to the Mideast that includes *a stop in Saudi Arabia* politico.com/story/2019/02/…
Trump’s physical exam is the only thing listed on his schedule tomorrow. It’s scheduled to last just over 3.5 hours at Walter Reed.