Day 712 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Five people were killed and five officers injured in a shooting in Aurora, Illinois, police said.
Today's mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois is the 39th American mass shooting of the new year - 12th so far in the month of February. #NationalEmergency
Although he'd been briefed about the shootings of police officers and civilians in Aurora, Illinois, Trump refused to answer questions about the unfolding tragedy shouted at him by reporters as he boarded Air Force One to go golfing in Florida.
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.
Update: With Trump’s signature, it is now the law that ICE cannot arrest immigrants solely because they came forward to take in undocumented children.
Dems pushed for this after reporting on those arrests happening:
Trump again touts North Korea as a great location for economic development, given its location near China and Russia and South Korea. "Right smack in the middle...phenomenal."
Make. North Korea. Great. Again.
House Oversight says it has new documents from OGE that show Trump's lawyers gave the agency "evolving stories" on whether Trump had reimbursed Cohen—including likening the expenses for which Trump reimbursed him to "payments for a kitchen remodel."
New Jersey’s attorney general has stepped into the investigation of Trump’s $107 million presidential inaugural fund, issuing an administrative subpoena for the fund’s financial records, including any that document fund-raising in the state. nytimes.com/2019/02/15/us/…
"There are no red lines except what’s necessary to protect the country," Schiff said, telling WaPo he plans to request info, perhaps by subpoena, from Deutsche Bank, a major Trump lender, and that "our work on Trump's finances has already begun." washingtonpost.com/opinions/were-…
Khashoggi's body may have been burnt, consulate had gas, furnace: Report ndtv.com/world-news/jam…
Turki Aldakhil Was Named In A Report On Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Killing & Now He's Been Appointed As 🇸🇦's Ambassador To 🇦🇪 !
Remember that in hours of testimony on national security threats last month, Trump's intelligence chiefs never mentioned the need for a wall along the southern border, which Trump has portrayed as the single most pressing need facing the country.
Trump begins his national emergency speech by talking about...trade with China.
Trump then talks about...his special relationship with totalitarian dictator Kim Jong-un
TRUMP: "The market is getting close to the new highs that we created. We have all the records. We have every record."
Trump explains that he doesn't believe government data about smuggled drugs coming through the southern border, because...the crowd at his rally in El Paso cheered when he asked them if the wall there reduced crime.
Trump announces he's "signing a national emergency," arguing that "We're talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs," he says.
Trump explains that he'd like American drug laws to be more like China's, where drug dealers receive the death penalty.
Trump just recently signed criminal justice reform.
Trump takes total credit for the good economy: "Let me tell you, the previous administration, it was heading south and it was going fast. We would have been down the tubes... you see what's going on today, it's through the roof."
In a bizarre sing-song cadence, Trump acknowledges that his national emergency will face legal challenges, but expresses hope that SCOTUS will eventually rule in his favor.
Asked about a 2014 tweet in which he criticized Obama for using executive action instead of making a deal with Congress, Trump claims he did in fact make a deal w/ Congress for $1.375b in border fences, but says Dems "skimped" on more wall funding.
Asked about to what "outside conservative voices" are influencing him, Trump says, "Sean Hannity has been a terrific supporter of what I do...Rush Limbaugh, I think he's a great guy. For 3 hours, he speaks. He's got one of the biggest audiences."
Trump claims he has secret stats indicating undocumented immigrants commit more crimes than is publicly known
Asked about his plan to reduce the national debt, which just hit an all-time high, Trump blames Obama, then says, "growth will straighten it out."
Trump claims Obama told him that he was "so close to starting a big war with North Korea."
He then says PM Abe of Japan nominated him for the Nobel Prize, and also takes credit for "stopping the slaughter of perhaps 3 million people" in Syria.
Key moment from Trump's remarks today: He accidentally admits "I didn't need to do this" with regard to his national emergency declaration.
It will likely come back to haunt him when it's challenged in court.
This tweet hasn't aged well in multiple respects 😬
Trump ignores a real national emergency on his way to vacation shortly after declaring a fake national emergency
Schumer and Pelosi: "This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve ... [Trump] is not above the law. The Congress cannot let the President shred the Constitution."
Sen. Kamala Harris: "What the President is doing right now is irresponsible and a misuse of public resources."
Trump has declared a national emergency at the border:
Stacey Abrams: "There is no emergency. It is a falsehood and it is entirely a political stunt." Via CSPAN
"This is a moment of extreme national cowardice. America’s governing institutions are abdicating their authority in pursuit of expedience and amid a craven scramble to save face." theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
Trump's 'base-only' strategy can't win him MI, PA, WI again. D's now equally (or more) energized. Key swing demo in 2020 are the "ambivalent" voters who hated both Trump & Clinton in 2016. cookpolitical.com/analysis/natio…
Today, Trump justified his national emergency with multiple lies.
He then claimed he gets his numbers from "Homeland Security primarily."
Guess who's testifying on Capitol Hill on March 6th? Kirstjen Nielsen.
House Judiciary to investigate Trump's decision to make national emergency declaration. Nadler and Dems tell Trump in letter they want a hearing with WH counsel Pat Cipollone and Justice officials in the coming days.
The ACLU announces its intention to file a legal challenge to Trump's emergency declaration.
“By [Trump's] very own admission in the Rose Garden, there is no national emergency."
CREW is suing the Justice Department after it failed to produce documents on the legality of Trump's decision to invoke emergency powers to build his border wall.
California plans to sue the Trump admin over the president's emergency declaration.
Gov. Gavin Newsom: "Donald Trump, we'll see you in court."
Public Citizen files suit to stop Trump emergency declaration on behalf of three landowners in South Texas who were told by the government that it would seek to build a border wall on their properties if money was available in 2019.
Ann Coulter on KABC: "The promise [Trump] made every single day at every single speech" was to build the wall. "So forget the fact that he's digging his own grave, this is just— Look, the only national emergency is that [Trump] is an idiot."
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to the Supreme Court and is attending the justices’ private conference today, the court’s public information office confirms. Her return to the court follows her December surgery for lung cancer. #SCOTUS
The court’s next public sitting is Tuesday, when it will hear oral arguments in one case. Justice Ginsburg missed the January sitting of arguments while recovering — the first arguments she missed since joining the Supreme Court in 1993.
In Paul Manafort's EDVA case, Mueller's prosecutors are asking for a jail sentence of 235 to 293 months (approx 19-24 years) in prison, a fine range of $50,000 to $24+ million, restitution of $24+ million & forfeiture in the amount of $4+ million. usatoday.com/story/news/pol…
"Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars," Mueller's prosecutors wrote. "The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes."
IMPORTANT: Gag order bans attorneys in ROGER STONE case from making any public statements on the case, but DOES NOT ban Roger Stone himself from doing so.
He's only banned from making comments on the courthouse steps.
He's free to keep talking about the case elsewhere.
Forget the gag order here's the important Roger Stone news today
Roger Stone's case and that of 11 Russian military officers arise from common search warrants and involve activities that are part of same alleged criminal event/transaction
"Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1" (aka Wikileaks)
U.S. investigators pursuing a long-running criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange have dug into the website’s activities from recent disclosures and also going back years to 2010, per sources reuters.com/article/us-wik…
Senate Finance Committee launches bipartisan investigation into conservative think tank over Maria Butina meetings with senior U.S. administration officials in 2015.
Facebook removed, then restored more than 100 ads for Trump hotels and golf courses “after ruling they had breached strict new transparency rules surrounding political advertising”
This story should be getting more attention—
Trump nominated Michael Park to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Park is a partner at a firm representing Trump in an emoluments suit.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is exploring a primary challenge against Trump.
"Our president is simply too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest executive office in the land," Weld said.
Trump has arrived at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, according to the pool report.
This is Trump's 223rd day at a Trump property since taking office at our expense.
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: