-Disclosure Admits Stormy Payment
-Senate Intel Shows Russian Support
-Kremlin Used NRA to Help Trump
-Calls Deported Immigrants "Animals"
-Cancels WH Press Briefing Again
-Walls Closing in on Michael Cohen
-Trump/Kim Summit Now in Question
-THIS IS NOT NORMAL!
Day 586 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 454 since Donald Trump held a news conference.
Trump’s first and only solo news conference was on February 16, 2017.
What is he afraid of?
Day 227 since the deadliest mass shooting on U.S soil in Las Vegas that killed 58, injured 546 and Congress has taken NO action to prevent future mass shootings. #NeverForget
Day 47 without Trump publicly offering his condolences for Master Sgt. Johnathan Dunbar, the fallen American service member who lost his life after an IED bombing in Syria. Why?
Day 47 Since Hope Hicks left as Trump’s 4th Communications Director after testifying to a Congressional committee that she had told "white lies" on Trump's behalf.
Trump has since been directing all White House messaging and communication.
“Too many jobs in China lost”
“In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed...Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr.Trump fully reimbursed Mr.Cohen in 2017.”
Giuliani had said that Trump paid Michael Cohen $460,000 or $470,000, which included "incidental expenses."
But this disclosure says that Trump repaid Cohen a range of money between $100,000 and $250,000.
Michael Avenatti to @MSNBC on Trump's disclosure: "Either Mr. Trump was lying then or he's lying now. One of the two. But you can't reconcile this disclosure with what he previously stated to the American people on Air Force One."
Michael Avenatti to @MSNBC on Trump's disclosure: "It's remarkable now that the president has come forward and is now admitting that he paid these monies when he denied it on video tape to the American people."
Ethics office sending letter to Rod Rosenstein stating that Michael Cohen's payment on behalf of Trump was a debt and may be relevant to "any inquiry" Rosenstein may be pursuing.
Novartis’ senior lawyer says he’s retiring after co-signing the agreement to pay $1.2 million to Michael Cohen. wapo.st/2L67kXO
Ronan Farrow interviews the law-enforcement official who leaked records describing Michael Cohen’s banking transactions.
The official had grown alarmed after being unable to find 2 important reports on Cohen’s financial activity in a govt database.
First Republic reportedly began flagging Cohen’s transactions in his account as possible signs of money laundering.
Docs cite “suspicion concerning the source of funds,” “suspicious EFT/ wire transfers,” “suspicious use of multiple accounts.” newyorker.com/news/news-desk…
WaPo confirms: Michael Cohen solicited a payment of at least $1,000,000 from the government of Qatar in late 2016, in exchange for access to and advice about the Trump admin, according to several people with knowledge of the episode. washingtonpost.com/world/national…
"News of the Qatar solicitation marks the first time Cohen is believed to have pitched his influence directly to a foreign government."
Giuliani says it’s “absurd” for Mueller’s probe to go beyond the midterms, wants to follow Comey’s model with Clinton: “although I think it was a complete whitewash — I’d like to have them do that for us.”
Never mind Comey later re-opened the case. politico.com/story/2018/05/…
The Senate Judiciary Committee has just released about 2,500 pages of transcripts and material related to the Committee’s inquiry into the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting—including interviews with Don Jr. and the Russians involved. bit.ly/2KuwnCK
Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember whether he had discussed the Russia investigation with his father.
In July 2015, Rob Goldstone emailed Trump's longtime personal assistant, inviting Trump to Aras Agalarov's birthday party in Moscow.
When rebuffed, Goldstone adds: "unless maybe he'd welcome a meeting with President Putin which Emin would set up"
Senate Judiciary Democrats: "In its investigation so far, the Committee has found evidence of multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials including offers of assistance and purported overtures from Vladimir Putin."
P. 26-28: Don Jr. "believes" he spoke with Emin Agalarov (this call was also described in House Intel report).
Following that, Don Jr. had a call lasting 4-minutes to a blocked number. Don Jr. couldn't remember to whom he spoke.
His father's number is "blocked"
Ike Kaveladze says that Don Jr. asked Rinat Akhmetshin and Natalia Veselnitskaya "if they got anything on Hillary" during the Trump Tower meeting. (Page 45)
Reminder: On June 7, 2016, Don Jr. confirmed a meeting with a woman described as a “Russian government attorney” who would give him “information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia.”
Hours later, Trump said this in a speech:
Interesting that Don Jr. can't seem to remember Rinat Akhmetshin even being present (left, P. 37-38) but Ike Kaveladze makes a point of saying he remembers how surprised he was with Akhmesthin's "highly inappropriate" pink attire (right, P. 49).
Scaramucci emailed Rob Goldstone in July 2017 (after Goldstone was reported to have attended the Trump Tower meeting): " I just wanted to drop you a line to say if you ever need to pick my brains then my door is always open."
Russia favored Trump in the 2016 election, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee—breaking with House Intelligence Republicans. wapo.st/2IolKRe
Schiff: “The House Intel Committee Majority’s assertion that Russia did not aim to assist Trump... now stands in lonely isolation—rejected by the Intel Community... the Mueller investigation & by Intel Committee members in both chambers who have reviewed the facts.”
Mueller's team has reportedly informed Trump's attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to Giuliani. cnn.com/2018/05/16/pol…
Seems Giuliani may have misstated/overstated what the special counsel's office said re: indicting a president.
House Democrats have unveiled a bill to create a new White House cyber office led by a Senate-confirmed director following John Bolton's move to eliminate the top cyber policy post. bit.ly/2k1qCBk
Mueller has issued two subpoenas to Jason Sullivan, a social media expert who worked for Roger Stone during the 2016 election, Reuters reports. reuters.com/article/us-usa…
Investigators have obtained text messages, emails showing Michael Cohen was working on a deal for Trump Tower Moscow far later previously acknowledged.
Comms show that as late as May 2016 Cohen was considering a trip to Russia, Yahoo reports.. yahoo.com/news/michael-c…
FBI agents are reportedly probing Michael Cohen’s deal with Korea Aerospace Industries.
The California man who says he served as a translator for Cohen and KAI tells WaPo that FBI agents recently interviewed him.
Sweeps are carried out to track down personal devices that have made it into the WH
Men carrying large handheld devices roam the West Wing—moving from room to room—scouring the place for devices that aren't gov't issued in an effort to stop leaks. cnn.com/2018/05/15/pol…
For the 2nd day in a row, the White House did not hold a formal press briefing.
The Senate has voted 52-47 to reinstate the 2015 net neutrality rules, sending the measure to the House.
Every Democrat voted to reinstate, along with Republicans Murkowski, Kennedy, and Collins.
The Trump admin disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change last year because of concerns that it did not have enough industry representatives. washingtonpost.com/national/healt…
Mysterious LLC that donated $1M to TRUMP's inauguration was paid nearly that much by secret $ org (@judicialnetwork) that led fight to block Merrick Garland from — & to confirm Neil Gorsuch to — SCOTUS.
Sen. Tom Udall to Scott Pruitt: "Your tenure at the EPA is a betrayal of the American people." (via ABC)
Schwarzenegger to Pruitt: Drink contaminated water "until you tap out or resign" hill.cm/rYionUt
On the Trump delegation's trip to China, trade adviser Peter Navarro "blew up" at Steve Mnuchin over his decision to participate in one-on-one talks with his Chinese counterpart.
Navarro cursed at Mnuchin & fumed about being shut out.
“These aren’t people. These are animals.” - Trump says of (some of) the immigrants being deported during his sanctuary cities roundtable.
California governor goes off on Trump for "lying" about immigration at sanctuary city roundtable hill.cm/OJCLD8P
ICE targets husband of Army chaplain for deportation after he's granted marriage exception hill.cm/ZcSxJ8K
Rex Tillerson brought a single, handpicked reporter on a trip to Japan, China and South Korea under embargo that nothing was published until the end of the trip.
MONEY BUNNY: Pence family rabbit, Marlon Bundo, helped @VP and Karen Pence earn up to $50,000 last year.
Pence family has previously said they'd donate the proceeds from the book to an art therapy charity and nonprofit that fights slavery and human trafficking npr.org/2018/03/19/594…
Guess who had a private WH meeting with TRUMP, PENCE, MNUCHIN & BOLTON the day after the Iran deal exit?
SHELDON ADELSON, of course.
The GOP mega-donor “was an important factor” in Israel embassy move & Iran deal exit, says friend.
Trump’s DC hotel reported $40M in revenue over last 12 months. That’s up from $19M listed on Trump’s previous disclosures, which spanned 16 months. There are no details about where revenue is from.
A question from House Financial Service Committee Democrats to Steve Mnuchin that has, so far, gone unanswered
Treasury IG declined to "pursue a request to probe whether Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should recuse himself from federal investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election." wsj.com/articles/treas…
The new head of the FTC’s consumer protection unit represented a notorious payday lender run by jailed racketeer/race car driver Scott Tucker in a case brought by the division he was just tapped to run.
Investigation news today:
-Senate Intel endorses IC conclusion Russia supported Trump.
-Cohen solicited $1m from Qataris
-Cohen files went missing from Treasury
-Trump Tower transcripts reveal effort to coordinate messages
-NYT tour de force on origin of Russia probe
Rudy Giuliani on Russia investigation: "When I ran against [Dems] they were looking for dirt on me every day, I mean, that's what you do...Nothing illegal about that. And even if it comes from a Russian or a German or an American, it doesn't matter.