Day 711 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Real-time U.S. gun violence data for 2019, as of 2/14:
•1,654 gun deaths
•2,918 gun injuries
•60 children killed or injured
•274 teenagers killed or injured
•241 home invasions
•151 defensive use incidents
•178 unintentional shootings
•37 mass shootings
Congress just took real action on gun violence for the first time in a decade — and on the eve of the Parkland shooting anniversary
Border crossings are the lowest they’ve been since 1971. School gun violence reached a new record in 2018.
On the one year mark of the mass shooting in Parkland, focus on the real national emergency: gun violence.
"You want to talk about a national emergency? Let's talk about today. The one year anniversary of [Parkland]... [Gun violence] a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr. [Trump]? ... A Democratic president could."
The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey met to discuss the "significant inroads" being made by ISIS in Syria.
1. That's not what Trump has been telling us.
2. No American was at the meeting.
The wife of White House communications chief Bill Shine said Wednesday that childhood diseases such as measles "keep you healthy & fight cancer."
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.
“The Homestead ‘temporary influx facility’ is the biggest and most controversial shelter for migrant children in the country. Critics say the govt is warehousing kids in a makeshift prison camp.” - kids between 13-17 ARE PRISONERS. In America, 2019. npr.org/2019/02/13/694…
With a second summit scheduled for the end of February, Trump appears no more inclined to press Kim on human rights issues than he was eight months ago.
At a July 2017 briefing, Trump trashed intel that North Korea had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
McCabe: “He thought that NK didn't have the capability to launch such missiles. He said he knew this because Putin had told him so.” washingtonpost.com/outlook/andrew…
This corroborates Cohen’s under oath statements that Trump directed him to make the payments in the first place. And also strongly suggests Trump knew & approved of Cohen lying to the FEC about it. Which is itself a separate crime.
2 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.
Mark Warner whacks Trump over lack of contractor back-pay in the spending deal: "I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that [Trump] threatened to veto this whole bill over treatment of contractors because he’s had a history of stiffing contractors throughout his whole career."
The government shutdown delayed $1.5 billion in disaster relief funds for Puerto Rico that the island had been waiting on for a year, a letter from a Housing and Urban Development official to Sen. Elizabeth Warren confirms. buzzfeednews.com/article/nidhip…
Chuck Grassley: "Let's all pray that [Trump] will have wisdom to sign the bill so government doesn't shut down." Via CSPAN
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate GOP leader McConnell: Trump has 'indicated he's prepared to sign' funding bill, will declare emergency on border.
Nancy Pelosi says she may file a legal challenge if Trump declares a national emergency. Via Politico
Pelosi and Schumer on a national emergency: "It is yet another demonstration of Trump’s naked contempt for the rule of law. This is not an emergency, and [Trump's] fearmongering doesn’t make it one ... The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities."
A national emergency for the wall:
- Is unpopular
- Is more unpopular than the wall
- Is unlike past such declarations
- Likely requires lots of eminent domain
- Is predicated on a dubious 'emergency'
- Lets Trump feel unbound by checks and balances
Flashback: February 4.
Sen. John Cornyn on a national emergency declaration: "I think it's a dangerous step. One, because of the precedent it sets. Two, because the president is going to get sued and it won't succeed in accomplishing his goal."
House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler: "This is a gross abuse of power that cannot be tolerated ... I will fully support the enactment of a joint resolution to terminate Trump's emergency declaration ... and intend to pursue all other available legal options."
The Justice Department has warned the White House a national emergency declaration is nearly certain to be blocked by the courts on, at least, a temporary basis, preventing the immediate implementation of Trump's plan to build the wall.
Trump tweet November, 20, 2014
"I wrote memos about my interactions with Trump for the same reason that Comey did: to have a contemporaneous record of conversations with a person who cannot be trusted." -- Andrew McCabe on his encounters with Trump
McCabe: "Every day brings a new low, with [Trump] exposing himself as a deliberate liar who will say whatever he pleases to get whatever he wants. If he were 'on the box' at Quantico, he would break the machine."
How McCabe describes Jeff Sessions, via WaPo:
* Didn't read intel reports
* Mixed up classified material with news reports
* Often overwhelmed in meetings
* Blamed immigrants for societal problems & uttered racist sentiments w/ shocking callousness
Senate votes to confirm William Barr as attorney general.
He will oversee Mueller probe as lawmakers grow eager to see its results.
The son-in-law of Trump's attorney general is reportedly going to work in the White House counsel's office.
Conflict of interest?
Trump's Department of Homeland Security has *gutted task forces protecting elections from foreign meddling*.
"It's very curious why the leadership has not committed resources to prepare for the 2020 election," one DHS official says.
Adam Schiff calls the Manafort news "devastating": "It's not just that if he told the truth, it would be damaging to Manafort or Kilimnik, but it would reflect so adversely on the president that he would lose his chance of a pardon." msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/…
Chuck Rosenberg: If there's snow on your lawn, you can safely conclude it snowed. Is that direct evidence? No. It's circumstantial—someone could've...thrown snow on your lawn...The law treats circumstantial & direct evidence of being of equal weight theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
Democratic aides were confused at Richard Burr's claim that Christopher Steele hadn't responded to the Intel Cmte's attempts to engage. Steele submitted written answers to the panel last August. The Senate's subpoena was soon dropped.
A Dem member of Congress has suggested that lawmakers may seek testimony from Ivanka Trump.
"Obviously there are a number of public reports about her involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow deal, and she may very well have relevant information."
Top Russian military intelligence official identified as suspect in Skripal poisoning: investigative group
* Reminder that Trump has yet to impose sanctions against Russia stemming from the Skripal poisoning
Based on the report from the president's physician, Trump is now considered obese by the National Institutes of Health.
His BMI (based on a height of 6'3" and a weight of 243) is 30.4. Anything 30 or above is considered obese.
Sometimes Trump's tweets don't work: Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors voted to retire the remaining coal unit at the Paradise power plant in Muhlenberg County, KY, by a vote of 7-1.
The one dissenter was a former coal industry executive appointed by Trump.
Blaming Political Climate, Trumps Give Up on New Hotels. Plan to build two new mid level brands called SCION and American Idea are shelved. nytimes.com/2019/02/14/us/…
“The retrenchment comes as the company faces growing scrutiny from federal prosecutors and congressional investigators, and as a former employee, Michael D. Cohen, heads to prison for multiple crimes.”
US retail sales suffer steepest drop in nine years
Yet another sign this economy is on the brink of a recession
JUST IN: House passes government funding deal in 300-128 vote; bill heads to Trump's desk for signature.
Trump has indicated that he will sign the legislation and declare a national emergency at the border. nbcnews.to/2EdFjfl
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:
Tomorrow Trump will announce $8 billion for the wall:
$1.375B appropriations bill
Plus exec action:
$600M - Treasury's drug forfeiture fund
$2.5B - DoD's drug interdiction program
Plus emergency declaration:
$3.5B DoD construction budget
Trump tomorrow: Declares national emergency in the morning, heads to Mar-a-Lago in the afternoon