Donald Trump, Jr., is a big an asshole as his father

It’s Halloween, which means the president’s grandkids are celebrating along with the rest of the country by going trick-or-treating.

But if you’re Chloe, the daughter of Donald Trump, Jr., this Halloween might not be your best.

“I’m going to take half of Chloe’s candy tonight & give it to some kid who sat at home,” the eldest Trump child wrote. “It’s never to [sic] early to teach her about socialism.”

Papadopoulos plea puts Donald, Jr., in deep shit

George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about a Russian offer of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton remarkably similar to one made to Donald Trump Jr. — who may face new legal jeopardy in the special counsel probe.

The 30-year-old Papadopoulos officially joined the Trump campaign’s foreign policy advisory board March 21, 2016, and just three days later was contacted by a woman he believed had connections to “high-level Russian government officials,” according to his plea.

The Russian contact promised damaging information about Clinton that came from hacked and stolen emails, but Papadopoulos told FBI agents he met the woman before joining the campaign and brought knowledge of the hacked data with him.

However, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators found evidence the contacts came only after joining the Trump campaign, and Papadopoulos was arrested July 27 — one day after FBI agents raided Paul Manafort’s home — and began cooperating with the probe.

There’s nothing in the guilty plea to directly implicate the president’s son, who set up a June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian attorney promising “dirt” on Clinton — but the court documents show a much clearer picture of what investigators already know.

Court documents show investigators have known or strongly suspected since late January that Russians had promised campaign assistance through Papadopoulos since at least late April 2016, and he then lied about it.

The documents refer multiple times to Papadopoulos keeping “high level campaign officials” notified of his efforts to set up meetings between Russia, including President Vladimir Putin, and the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump.

One of those email notifications was sent June 1, 2016, by Papadopoulos to a “high-ranking campaign official” who referred him to the “campaign supervisor” who was “running point.”

Carter Page, who served on the same advisory committee as Papadopoulos, traveled to Moscow in July 2016 with the permission of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, but without the blessing of his campaign supervisor, J.D. Gordon.

An associate emailed Trump Jr. on June 3, 2016, to set up a meeting with the “Russian government lawyer” to discuss the campaign, and the president’s son invited Manafort — one of the campaign officials described in the plea — and his brother-in-law Jared Kushner.

The guilty plea signed by Papadopoulos, who has turned over documents to the special counsel and likely has worn a wire, show it’s nearly impossible that Manafort — and possibly Trump Jr. and Kushner — did not know what the meeting would be about.

Trump Jr. later offered shifting explanations of the meeting, which Mueller’s team is investigating as possible obstruction of justice by the president himself.

Trump personally dictated the first, demonstrably false statement while flying home from the G-20 meeting where he met privately with Putin.

According to court documents, Papadopoulos told Trump on March 31, 2016, about his efforts to set up a meeting during the campaign between Trump and Putin, and he continued trying to arrange a meeting with Russian officials, with the campaign’s knowledge, until at least August 2016.

Although individual campaign officials and associates are not identified in the plea agreement, Mueller’s team clearly knows who they are, and some of them may have been recorded by Papadopoulos after his unpublicized arrest three months ago.

News reports published Aug. 14 revealed Papadopoulos had sent at least a half-dozen requests for Trump or campaign associates to meet with Russian officials, but those failed to attract sustained attention.

Trump Jr. was interviewed Sept. 7 by congressional investigators, one of whom suggested in a tweet that the president’s son had broken the law by lying.

It’s not clear what Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) believes Trump Jr. may have lied about, but investigators frequently ask questions to which they know the answers to gauge their target’s truthfulness.

According to news reports, Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he didn’t inform his father of the meeting — but the Papadopoulos plea shows nearly everyone around the candidate were aware of Russian efforts to deliver damaging information on Clinton.

Rob Goldstone, who pitched the Trump Tower meeting and also attended it, said it would be “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump” of which Papadopoulos was a part — and which he just pleaded guilty to lying about.

Meanwhile, there’s this tweet from the Tweeter-In-Chief: “I don’t know anyone named Donald Trump, Jr, maybe he was a campaign coffee boy?”

 

 

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Trump keeps throwing people under his bus

One thing is even more certain than death or taxes: if someone gets in trouble, then Donald Trump never knew them. Even before today’s indictments, Paul Manafort morphed from someone who had lived in Trump Tower since 2006 and chaired Trump’s campaign through most of the primaries and into the convention, into someone Trump had worked with “for a very short time.” Felix Sater. Sergei Milian. Carter Page, Katrina Pierson, Michael Flynn, and, of course, George Papadopoulos. They all became nothing burgers as soon as their names became of interest to the FBI or other authorities.

Today it was Rick Gates’ turn. Gates might not appear in the news as often as his boss, Paul Manafort, but that’s because until the indictment Gates had mostly seemed to avoid the limelight. What he didn’t avoid was working with Donald Trump.

Gates, the longtime lobbying partner of Manafort, was indicted alongside his previous business partner on Monday. Long after Manafort formally left the presidential campaign, Gates lingered around in a number of capacities. He visited the White House numerous times, including as recently as this summer. And on top of that, he was one of six former Trump campaign aides who helped start the nonprofit group America First Policies to support the president’s agenda shortly after his inauguration.

Just because Gates was one of the founders of America Fist Policies doesn’t mean he was actually involved in it.

… On Monday, Gates too found his place under the proverbial bus. Though he had left America First Policies just two months into President Trump’s term, another official with that organization, Katrina Pierson, now insists that he was never formally involved.

Rick Gates was never formally involved with the group he founded. George Papadopoulos was nothing but a volunteer.

The line of those who have come and gone from the Trump White House is already longer than the list for many two-term administrations. The list of The Forgotten seems even longer.

As Mueller rolls out more indictments, Trump will keep rolling out his bus.

Oh, no, Trumpistas — this is just the beginning

The great thing about this morning (Oct 30, Monday)  was you could see the Trump spin shaping up early…

… they were going to build the entire defense around there being “zero evidence of collusion in the Manafort indictment” the special prosecutor knew this, and did an almost perfect bookend play from the media perspective and from the legal side we now have confessed collusion and a complex electronic trail from Papadopolous to his fellow Trump campaign members.

Folks trying to change the subject should have known all along this isn’t boob bait for the comments section of Breitbart, this is not Fox and Friends, this is not Sean Hannity . . . these are serious people running a serious investigation and you’re either a cooperating witness or a target.

If you haven’t inferred why it was so easy it was to bust Papadopoulos, may I remind you once again:  The intelligence community has a royal flush. Team Trump Crime Family has a pair of dueces on their best day.

Even more disappointing — given how much narrative the clickservatives have been doing — the information Mueller is using existed either before, separately from, or verifies the Steele Dossier information.

So — tweet all you want, deny all you want, wrap yourself in the warm bullshit from Fox, Breitbart, Hannity, Sanders and the rest of the Trump Lie Generator — because — if you think this is the worst day for you, you haven’t see the worst day yet.

Revelations 6:8:  “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed after.”  Mueller and his pale horse are on the way!!!

Virginia cyclist speaks for most of us

One for the Kick Ass file.

While Trump was leaving his Northern Virginia golf club last Saturday after yet another golf outing, his motorcade came upon and passed a woman riding her bicycle. And she, realizing who was passing her, decided she had something to say.

The White House pool report on Saturday afternoon made note of the bicyclist’s gesture to Trump.

“POTUS’s motorcade departed the Trump National Golf Club at 3.12pm, passing two pedestrians, one of whom gave a thumbs down sign. Then it overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger. The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction. Motorcade is now gathering speed and heading for DC.”

Get another look at the cyclist flipping off the president, folks: a rare opportunity to witness fake news in the flesh.

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RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jared Kushner made secret trip to Saudi Arabia . . . looking for asylum?

Washington (CNN) Jared Kushner and other senior White House advisers traveled to Saudi Arabia last week to continue discussions on Middle East peace, a White House official told CNN.

Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Jason Greenblatt, special representative for international negotiations, joined Kushner on the trip.

Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, traveled commercially, leaving Wednesday and returning Saturday evening. Politico first reported the trip, which was not announced to the public.

The White House official would not say who Kushner and the other officials met with while in Saudi Arabia.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/29/politics/kushner-saudi-arabia-trip/index.html

 

What was the purpose of the trip?  This trip was made a few days before word came that Mueller had issued indictments.  Could it be that Kushner was in Saudi Arabia seeking asylum for himself and other members of the Trump Mob Family?