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2 Jun 20
So, the DOJ now has private mercenaries on staff? Who's paying these armed commandos who wear neither badge nor identifiable uniform?
One guy, armed and in fatigues near DOJ, told @dfriedman33 that he was only ALLOWED to say he was with the “federal government.” O-Kay...
.@dfriedman33: DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec wrote in an email that the guys decked out like commandos claiming to be "assets of the DOJ" are from the Bureau of Prisons, but she didn't clarify why they were ordered not to disclose what agency they were from.
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8 Apr 20
Feds are seizing masks and other #COVID19 supplies from hospitals without a word.

“Federal officials sweep in without warning to expropriate our supplies... Are they stockpiling it? Distributing it? Will we get any of it back? We can’t get any answers.”latimes.com/politics/story…
“Trump and other White House officials, including Jared Kushner, claim that the federal government is using a 'data-driven approach' to procure [STEAL] medical supplies from hospitals and direct them where they are most needed [TO HELP TRUMP'S REELECTION].”
!! Chairs of two key House panels are demanding answers about Jared Kushner's role “in the acquisition, distribution of, or federally directed sale of any form of PPE or medical supplies and equipment to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.”nbcnews.com/politics/white…
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4 Apr 20
It took 70 days from the initial notification on Jan 3 for Trump to treat coronavirus not as a hoax, but as a lethal force poised to kill thousands. But by then, critical time had been squandered and opportunities to mitigate the pandemic were lost.washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
Because of Trump and his admin's failures over the first 70 days of the coronavirus crisis, the US will likely go down as the country that was supposedly best prepared to fight a pandemic but ended up sustaining heavier casualties than any other nation.
For 70 days, Trump lied to the public about coronavirus.

By the time he proclaimed himself a wartime president and coronavirus the enemy, the US was on track to see more of its people die than in the wars of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
washingtonpost.com/video/politics…
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4 Apr 20
BREAKING: Trump has fired inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, who opposed then-DNI Maguire’s decision to withhold the whistleblower complaint from Congress, which sparked the impeachment inquiry.
NEW: Trump has fired intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson, who was first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he’d received from an intelligence official re Trump’s communications with Ukraine.politico.com/news/2020/04/0…
Schiff: Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.
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29 Mar 20
Trump is now verbally attacking and berating @Yamiche, talking over her and telling her to “be nice. Don’t be threatening. Be nice.” He never answers her question, then cuts her off, yelling, “Enough!”

He's such an asshole.
Unflappable badass @Yamiche persisted, ignoring Trump's tirade: “I was quoting you directly from your interview with Sean Hannity.”

Trump's bouncers then took the mic away from her.
YESSSSSSS!!!!!

Trump called on a reporter [@JDiamond1 I think?] and he gave the mic to Yamiche so she could finish her question.

Trump is now pretending he never yelled at Yamiche, as abusers always do.
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29 Mar 20
“So the 'party of life' becomes a sort of death cult.”
Mar 23: Falwell defends reopening Liberty University amid COVID19 pandemic by falsely claiming that "99% of students aren't at the age to be at risk."

Mar 29: Nearly a dozen Liberty students are sick with coronavirus symptoms after Falwell reopened campus.thedailybeast.com/nearly-a-dozen…
Falwell, a rabid Trump ally, reopened Liberty U last week. Now, a dozen students are sick with COVID19 symptoms.

“I’m not allowed to talk to you because I’m an employee,” a student living on campus wrote in an email. “We need help to go home,” he pleaded.nyti.ms/2UKAmlh
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29 Mar 20
.@jaketapper: Are you saying Trump's denial/downplaying the coronavirus ultimately costs lives?

@SpeakerPelosi: Yes.

And that's a fact.
A shouting match broke out on Feb 5 when HHS Sec Azar requested $2B to buy masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies for the national stockpile.

The $2B request was cut to $500M when Trump *eventually* sent Congress the budget request *weeks* later.
Feb 5: Trump cuts Azar's $2B request to buy masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies for the national stockpile by 75%

Feb 7: State Dept sends 17.8 tons of medical supplies ––including masks, gowns, respirators, and other vital materials –– to China state.gov/the-united-sta…
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22 Mar 20
Cut the bullshit. No one is claiming that Rand Paul went to the gym *after* learning his test results, but that he we spreading his coronavirus germs all over the gym, pool area, and god knows where else, while waiting for his results –– which is a major dick move.
Rand Paul's Chief Strategist, @dougstafford, on March 16: "So people can’t eat out but can go to the gym where they expel bodily fluid and touch things other people just touched. Ok."
.@RandPaul got tested SIX OR SEVEN DAYS AGO but continued going to Senate lunches, the Senate gym, the Senate pool, and wherever the hell else he hangs out, exposing staffers, security guards, waiters, coffee baristas, and god knows who else to coronavirus.
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22 Mar 20
Sen. Rand Paul has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Rand Paul was the only senator to vote against a bipartisan $8B deal to provide emergency coronavirus funding earlier this month.axios.com/rand-paul-coro…
Rand Paul, who has tested positive for coronavirus, attended the GOP Senate lunch on Friday.

He was asymptotic, so I wonder how many GOP Senators came in close contact with him without realizing they could be infected?
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21 Mar 20
In mid-Feb, the WHO warned that global demand for medical safety gear was 100 times higher than normal, prices were 20 times higher, stockpiles were depleted, and there was a 6 month backlog. Despite this, the US government made no effort to submit orders. apnews.com/6d9382c1e8ee36…
Trump's trade policies haven’t helped. Tariffs on medical supplies made them more expensive, and they were only lifted on March 5, even though health care associations asked the Trump administration LAST YEAR to exempt items like masks, gloves, and gowns.
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21 Mar 20
NEW: US intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in Jan and Feb about a likely global coronavirus pandemic as Trump and GOP lawmakers called the virus a hoax and failed to take action that might have slowed its spread and saved lives.washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
By January, “the system was blinking red” but “Trump’s advisers struggled to get him to take coronavirus seriously.”

Azar spoke to Trump about the virus on Jan 18 but “Trump interjected to ask when flavored vaping products would be back on the market.”
“US intel reports painted an early picture of a virus that showed characteristics of a globe-encircling pandemic that required governments to take swift actions to contain it.

But Trump continued to play down the threat coronavirus posed to Americans.”washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
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19 Mar 20
SCOOP: In a secret recording obtained by @NPR, Senate Intel Chairman @SenatorBurr raised alarms about the dire consequences of coronavirus to a small group of well-connected constituents 3 WEEKS AGO –– concerns he never shared with the public.
by @timkmak npr.org/2020/03/19/818…
NEW: After assuring the public about the government's coronavirus preparedness [while secretly raising coronavirus alarms with GOP donors], Senate Intel chair Richard Burr dumped up to $1.6M of stock in one day. A week later, the market began its nosedive.propublica.org/article/senato…
Burr changed his profile pic to a sketch of him and fellow insider trader, @SenatorLoeffler, on Jan 22 –– right around the time the two of them were dumping their stocks after the PRIVATE, all-Senator coronavirus briefing.
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13 Mar 20
Most of these CEOs, Pence, and other Trump admin officials on this stage shook hands with Trump, who came in direct contact with at least one person infested with coronavirus –– and they all used the same mic that Trump breathed and spit all over.
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12 Mar 20
Trump was directly exposed to #Covid_19 on Saturday, but, according to the White House, has not been tested. Obviously, Trump could care less if he might be exposing others to the coronavirus.
#CoronavirusPandemic
In addition to Wajngarten, 3 other people in the delegation have coronavirus symptoms too. translate.google.com/translate?hl=e…
It's completely irresponsible for Trump not to self quarantine and to publicly refuse testing just to hide his health status from the country.
When asked if he's worried he contracted the coronavirus from Wajngarten [tested positive], Trump, who clearly doesn't understand how the virus works, said:

“We did nothing very unusual. We sat next to each other for a period of time. I’m not concerned."
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7 Mar 20
NEW: Erik Prince, who's under investigation by the DOJ, helped recruit former American and British spies for Project Veritas to infiltrate Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations, and other groups considered ‘hostile’ to the Trump agenda.nyti.ms/39zJeAn
Erik Prince become interested in using former spies to train Project Veritas operatives in espionage tactics during the 2016 campaign and invited Project Veritas operatives, including James O’Keefe, to his family’s Wyoming ranch for training in 2017.
Richard Seddon, an ex-MI6 officer recruited by Erik Prince [brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos], helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the AFT, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation.
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21 Feb 20
Former top Nunes aide Kash Patel, who played a key role in helping House GOP obstruct the Russia probe, left the NSC – where he was involved in the Ukraine scheme – and is now senior adviser to new acting DNI Richard Grenell, who has ZERO intel experience.politi.co/2V8HpGf
Vindman testified that NSC staffer Kash Patel [who, as Nunes' aide, helped the GOP undermine the Russia probe] “misrepresented” himself to Trump to involve himself in Ukraine policy and circumvented normal NSC process to feed Trump false info about Ukraine.
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21 Feb 20
Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in 2020 to get Trump re-elected, a disclosure to Congress that angered Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

None of this comes as any surprise.nyti.ms/2uTOgJ7
Trump was so enraged that acting-DNI Maguire's staff briefed Congress about this national security threat from Russia, he replaced Maguire as his permanent DNI pick and replaced him with Trump lackey, Richard Grenell, who has ZERO intelligence experience.
In the wake of ODNI's briefing to Congress that Russia is interfering in 2020 to get Trump re-elected, Trump fired acting-DNI Maguire.

Also departing the senior ranks of ODNI: ODNI General Counsel Jason Klitenic and Principal Deputy DNI Andrew Hallman.
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20 Feb 20
BREAKING: Longtime Trump confidant and former campaign advisor Roger Stone has been sentenced to 40 months in prison "amid pardon speculation."

Judge Jackson pointed out that Stone lied to Congress to cover up for Trump.
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14 Feb 20
Given the mountain of evidence which conclusively proves that Erik Prince repeatedly lied to Congress, it will be completely outrageous if Barr lets him off the hook –– but that's likely what will happen.
When confronted by @mehdirhasan about the many lies he told Congress, with Mehdi quoting Erik Prince's own words from House Intelligence Committee transcript, Prince claimed that "the [OFFICIAL!] transcript was wrong." I mean...
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14 Feb 20
BREAKING: Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against former Trump NSA Michael Flynn.

The review is highly unusual and more evidence of political interference by Barr into the work of career DOJ prosecutors.
#Maddow nyti.ms/2SJAAZ1
Barr has also installed outside prosecutors to review the handling of other politically sensitive [Trump related?] cases in the DC US Atty’s office. The team includes prosecutors from the office of US Atty Jensen, who's handling the Flynn matter.
#Maddow
MORE: Barr asked St. Louis US Atty Jeff Jensen to look into Flynn's FBI interview.

The inquiry began within the past month – around the time DOJ officials began pressuring Flynn prosecutors to recommend a lighter sentence than they had initially proposed.nbcnews.com/politics/justi…
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13 Feb 20
I just don't understand these people claiming Barr lashed out at Trump or that Trump is embarrassed, angry, or somehow chastened by Barr's comments. Are they new?
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