President Trump retweeted a fan account’s meme showing all his political rivals behind bars. The photoshopped pic showed failed former president Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Robert Mueller, John Podesta, and others in goofy poses behind bars. The tweet was part of a twitter storm where the president fumed about the Mueller investigation. Let the liberal outrage begin.
—QUOTABLE: “The Mueller Witch Hunt is a total disgrace. They are looking at supposedly stolen Crooked Hillary Clinton Emails (even though they don’t want to look at the DNC Server), but have no interest in the Emails that Hillary DELETED & acid washed AFTER getting a Congressional Subpoena!” -Trump twitter rampage
President Trump is keeping the option of pardoning Paul Manafort on the table. While he never discussed it with his former campaign chairman, the president told the New York Post there is no reason he would take the option off the table and expressed his displeasure with special counsel Robert Mueller. Anyone who tells Mueller the truth gets thrown in jail, while those who lie in plea deals are rewarded, Trump complained. He compared the Mueller probe with the McCarthy witchhunts.
—QUOTABLE: “It was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?” -Trump to the New York Post
—QUOTABLE: “While the disgusting Fake News is doing everything within their power not to report it that way, at least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!” -Trump tweet
A top Hillary Clinton adviser and talking head had a behind the scenes meltdown after a TV appearance Tuesday night. Philippe Reines was debating President Trump adviser Harlan Hill on Fox Business Network, when afterward he charged toward Hill calling him a “jackass,” following Hill through the newsroom screaming…and he wasn’t wearing pants, according to Twitter pictures posted by Hill. It’s not that uncommon when all they show on TV is your head, but combined with the rant…Reines was kinda asking for it.
—QUOTABLE: Hill told The Daily Caller that Reines said, “You’re just as much of a jackass on TV as you are online” and that Hill needs to “stop hiding behind [FBN anchor Trish Regan’s] skirt…We chirped back and forth, and he said, ‘You’re not half the debater you think you are.’ To which I said, ‘That’s probably the lamest, most D.C. diss I’ve ever heard.” -Excerpted from The Daily Caller
President Trump is denying any knowledge of two key events being investigated by Robert Mueller. In written answers submitted to Mueller’s Russia probe on November 20, Trump said he did not know about his son’s infamous meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in June of 2016, and he was not told by longtime confidant Roger Stone that WikiLeaks planned to dump unflattering information about the Hillary Clinton campaign. Both events are important if Mueller is going to prove that the Trump campaign was working with outside players like WikiLeaks and the Russians to influence the election’s outcome.
Robert Mueller is a “conflicted prosecutor gone rogue,” President Trump said Monday in a Twitter storm. Mueller’s horrible treatment of people will eventually come out, Trump said. The comments were apparently in response to Mueller’s team accusing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement by lying to investigators—an accusation that could terminate the plea deal and worsen the charges against him. Jerome Corsi, a right wing conspiracy theorist with ties to former Trump adviser Roger Stone, also claims Mueller has been trying to get him to sign onto a plea deal containing lies.
—QUOTABLE: “Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie…He is doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System, where he is only looking at one side and not the other.” -Trump tweet
House Democrats are gearing up to investigate the supposed connection between President Trump’s proclamation to be a “nationalist” and the rise of hate crimes. Incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerrold Nadler said he’s concerned about what he sees as the rising threat of white supremacists, which he links to nationalism. Trump has said he’s a nationalist, but supporters say he meant “nationalist” more in the sense of supporting the nation, not the European interpretation linking more to pride in one’s race.
—QUOTABLE: “He calls himself a nationalist. He falsely claims that ‘foreigners’ are the primary sources of domestic terror. He famously claimed that there were ‘some very fine people on both sides’ of the riot in Charlottesville — where a neo-Nazi demonstration ended in the death of one counter-protestor and two officers of the Virginia state police.” -Rep. Jerrold Nadler
President Trump is downplaying the use of tear gas on members of the migrant caravan who stormed the border over the weekend. Describing some of the caravan’s adults as “grabbers” who grabbed children and are using them for optics, Trump said the tear gas is a “very minor form” and not particularly dangerous. He also questioned the motives of people who would bring children into that kind of environment in the first place—the migrants, most of them adult men, know that having a child will help them with obtaining status in the U.S. The Washington Times has reported on adults abducting children as they made their way north, he told reporters.
—QUOTABLE: “In some cases, you know, they’re not the parents…These are people, they call em grabbers. They grab a child because they think they’ll have a certain status by having a child. You know, you have certain advantages in terms of our crazy laws that frankly Congress should be changing.” -Trump
MEANWHILE—The shine is off the administration of failed former president Barack Obama when it comes to tear gas. While many on the left are critical of President Trump’s administration for using tear gas on the migrants who charged the border over the weekend, they conveniently forget that that same gas was used monthly by the Obama administration, according to Department of Homeland Security data. Pepper spray was also used a decade-high 151 times in 2013.
In the wake of GM’s downsizing announcement, President Trump is threatening to pull the plug on electric car subsides to the automaker. GM recently announced its plan to shed 14,000 salaried workers and shutter several plants in a global re-structuring. That was met with the threat by Trump to axe a $7,500 per car federal subsidy the automaker gets to defray the consumer price for each electric vehicle. GM isn’t planning on shuttering plants in Mexico or China, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said, echoing a tweet by the president, adding there is disappointment and anger over the company’s decision.
—QUOTABLE: “Nothing being closed in Mexico & China…The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get! General Motors made a big China bet years ago when they built plants there (and in Mexico) – don’t think that bet is going to pay off. I am here to protect America’s Workers!” -Trump tweet
—QUOTABLE: “There’s great disappointment there…It seems like GM would rather build its electric cars in China than in the U.S.” -Kudlow
Jerome Corsi says he has a joint defense agreement with President Trump and was given limited immunity by Robert Mueller. The right wing author and associate of Trump adviser Roger Stone is a target of the Mueller probe for allegedly brokering deals with the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which he has denied. But in a new book, Corsi details a cover story he hatched with Stone to explain a 2016 tweet Stone sent out saying it would soon be Podesta’s “time in the barrel.” Not long after, WikiLeaks dumped hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign manager’s account. Mueller gave Corsi limited immunity for describing that under oath, testimony which undercuts Stone’s claims that he did not collude with WikiLeaks to release the emails.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday compared the migrant caravan to Jews fleeing the Holocaust, denouncing President Trump’s order that migrants who bypass the legal process for entering the country not be granted asylum. Asking for refugee status and asylum “isn’t a crime,” she tweeted. She made the comment as the migrants were making a run at the border in an effort to storm the gate, throwing rocks and bottles at U.S. border agents.
—QUOTABLE: “Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime…It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.” -AOC
MEANWHILE—Sen. Lindsey Graham isn’t having any of it. In a Twitter reply, the South Carolina Republican suggested Ocasio-Cortez takes tour of the Holocaust Museum in D.C. “Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana,” he wrote. “Americans will not be played for fools.”
ALSO—Despite the insistence of liberals, the majority of migrants arrested as they tried to illegally cross the border Sunday are adult men, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. 42 migrants were arrested after clashes with border officials—just 8 were females. And according to NBC the majority of migrants camped out in Tijuana are men seeking work, not women and children fleeing persecution.
Rep. Adam Schiff still believes in the discredited Trump-Russia dossier, and he’s prepared to use his new position of power to investigate it. Also known as the Steele Dossier, the document contained salacious allegations against President Trump, but was discovered to be little more than a smear job commissioned by the Democrat Party in a desperate bid to push Hillary Clinton over the finish line in 2016. Schiff, who will soon take the reins of the House Intelligence Committee, says he will continue the investigation into the dossier’s claims, including a theory that Trump and Russia colluded in money laundering schemes. Republicans say that allegation and others are nothing more than conspiracy theories.
—QUOTABLE: “Throughout the investigation, committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses.” -Schiff
Caravan migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. should be able to enter the country immediately, Rep. Elijah Cummings said on Sunday. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Maryland Democrat challenged President Trump’s assertion that the thousands of would-be illegal immigrants will not be allowed to cross the border except through a legal port of entry. Cummings said the law is that they should be immediately allowed in, contrary to Trump’s recent executive order requiring asylum seekers to enter legally and be processed in an orderly manner. The system as it was, was working, he said.
—QUOTABLE: “I think we have a system that has worked for a long time…This president’s come in, wants to change it. That’s up to him. But now the Congress has got to stand up, and hopefully they will.” -Cummings
Barbra Streisand says women who voted for President Trump because they “don’t believe enough in their own thoughts.” In promoting her new anti-Trump protest album, the has-been Hollywood icon echoed Hillary Clinton’s earlier comments that women voted for Trump because their husbands told them to. Hillary was just too experienced and too fit for the presidency because she intimidates women, Streisand added.
—QUOTABLE: “Perhaps [Mrs. Clinton] made women feel unsuccessful…All of this was so devastating to me and I was heartbroken, so I wanted to write about it, sing about it and deliver an album. It was perfect timing, so I just did it.” -Streisand
President Trump on Monday threatened to permanently close down the U.S. border with Mexico. Amid growing chaos as thousands of migrants descend on the border, with some throwing rocks and debris at border patrol agents, Trump called for the deportation of the migrant mobs back to their home countries or he’ll close the border for good. The escalating tensions includes U.S. agents’ use of tear gas, which officials said was necessary as agents face down hundreds of would-be illegal immigrants trying to jump the border fence near Tijuana.
—QUOTABLE: “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A….We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” -Trump tweet
—QUOTABLE: “…[O]ur agents were being assaulted. A large group approached the area and they were throwing rocks and bottles at my men and women, putting them in harm’s way as well as other members of the caravan.” -Carla Provost, chief of U.S. Border Patrol
MEANWHILE—The problem isn’t getting any better. As some 5,000 migrants have congregated in Tijuana, just across the U.S. border between Mexico and California, there are reports of thousands more en route. That’s according to reporter Jean Guerrero, who spoke with a group of 200 mostly young adult males who had just arrived to join the 5,000.
Democrats will probe President Trump’s financial dealings to try determining if they were have anything to do with as-yet unproven claims his campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. It would be “irresponsible” not to find out if Trump’s personal financial interests in the Persian Gulf are wagging the dog of his foreign policy approach, particularly as it relates to the murder of a Saudi journalist, said Rep. Adam Schiff on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Schiff is the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
—QUOTABLE: “I think others will also have responsibility of looking at: Are there financial entanglements with the Gulf? Are there financial inducements that the president has to not want to cross the Saudis? That cannot be allowed to drive US policy.” -Schiff
A judge on Sunday ordered George Papadapoulous back to jail. U.S. federal judge Randolph Moss dismissed the former Trump campaign aide’s request to postpone his sentence pending a separate case that could lead to Papadapoulous’s conviction being overturned. Papadapoulous pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents investigating possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. He will report to jail on Monday.
The caravan saga continues. On Sunday, U.S. agents fired tear gas at a group of would-be immigrants who had snuck through the razor wire installed on a border fence separating the U.S. from Mexico near the southern California border crossing near Tijuana. The Associated Press reported that children were screaming in the ensuing mayhem. Migrants have also been trying to hop over the fence—all, apparently, under the belief that President Trump was just joking when he said weeks ago they won’t be allowed in.
MEANWHILE—Several hundred members of the caravan marched on a U.S. border crossing, chanting “We are not criminals.” The protest happened on the Mexican side of the border near Tijuana, so they’re technically right—they’re not criminals because they haven’t illegally crossed the border yet. That’s with the exception of some 500 criminals estimated to be in the caravan. The mob pushed past a blockade of Mexican police to insist on being let in—even though border officials there are processing several hundred asylum requests per day, it’ll be a while to process them all.
AND—President Trump is dialing up his calls for Mexico to do more to stop these caravans from forming the first place. Mexico should reinforce security on its own southern border to stop the groups from crossing into the country, and central American countries shouldn’t be allowing the caravans to form in the first place, Trump tweeted.
—QUOTABLE: “Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer). Dems created this problem. No crossings!” -Trump tweet
James “Maddog” Mattis and Donald “President” Trump are headed for a budget showdown. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and, well, President Trump are at odds over White House instructions to start cutting budgets bigly. The DOD began looking for places to cut after the Trump administration demanded budget plans to be drawn up that include multibillion dollar cuts, a reversal from the current fiscal year budget that added to defense spending. Military leaders claim to have been blinded by the cuts, but have come up with $33 billion in cuts in just a couple weeks. Insiders say the cuts threaten Mattis’s long range plan for the country’s military readiness, and that could lead to an epic clash between Mattis and President Trump, which supposedly could end in Mattis’s resignation.
—QUOTABLE: “Mattis will come in with his two budgets — the higher one they had been working on and the lower one they’re now building…And he’s going to say, ‘Mr. President, I cannot execute the strategy we published last year and do the things you’ve asked me to do with the lower budget amount.’ And then Trump can do what he wants. My guess is he will backtrack, at least some.” –Mark Cancian, senior adviser with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Talk of another round of tax cuts has practically dried up now that the midterm elections are over. President Trump and other Republicans have been talking about the next round of tax reform, Tax Reform 2.0, for months, and Trump promised it at numerous rallies. But with the elections over, there has been no bill in the House Ways And Means Committee, and politicians’ attention is turning to keeping the government funded. The plan described before the election was for a ten percent tax cut for the middle class, which would add to the tax overhaul signed into law in December 2017.
—QUOTABLE: Ways And Means Chairman Kevin Brady has said the tax cut was contingent on the Republicans holding both the House and Senate, but he said, “[W]e’re going to continue to push for more relief for middle-class taxpayers and see if there is some common ground we can find with Democrats without triggering tax hikes on families or local businesses.”
Three Senate Democrats are suing to oust acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker and replace him with deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse and Mazie Hirono say President Trump went around the Constitution by appointing Whitaker to temporarily replace Jeff Sessions, who the president asked to resign. While Whitaker is just a temporary caretaker of the position, the Democrats see a great way to clog the pipes with a lawsuit while claiming Trump went around the Constitution’s “advise and consent” role for the Senate. Dems fear Whitaker will curtail the Robert Mueller investigation.
—QUOTABLE: “The U.S. Senate has not consented to Mr. Whitaker serving in any office within the federal government, let alone the highest office of the DOJ.” -The Three Dems
Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris are trying to broker a deal on judicial nominees with the White House. At issue is an appointee not on President Trump’s list named Lucy Koh, who the Democrats apparently really want to be confirmed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. They would vote for a Trump pick for the same court, James Rogan, if Koh can get the votes to be confirmed. They also offered a horse trading situation, where each party would pick a nominee from the other’s list. The pair of Dems, both sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the offer while reiterating that they still oppose a slate of nominees put forward by Trump on Oct. 10—and just months after their party tried to destroy the career of Brett Kavanaugh.
President Trump says he plans to give acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker a long leash when it comes to the Robert Mueller probe. Asked whether he’d allow Whitaker to stymie the investigation, including limiting it or shutting it down, Trump said “it’s going to be up to him…I wouldn’t get involved,” Trump told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Democrats and some Republicans concerned about the optics of standing in Mueller’s way have urged Trump to find a permanent attorney general soon who can be confirmed by the Senate.
Carl Bernstein thinks it’s high time for news networks to start “editing” President Trump and stop airing his press briefings. The famed Watergate journalist and CNN commentator told that network’s “Reliable Sources” program on Sunday that airing Trump speeches and press conferences in full just gives Trump a forum to lie, and that reporters are simply overwhelmed by all the lying. The press events are “propagandistic,” he added.
—QUOTABLE: “For instance, I don’t think we should be taking them live all the time and just pasting them up on the air, because they’re basically propagandist exercises because [reporters] are overwhelmed by his dishonesty and lying…But we need to start editing…We need to say, ‘Here’s the story,’ not just give him a microphone when we know that his methodology is to engage and manipulate us on the basis of lying, propaganda and agitprop.” -Bernstein
President Trump gave himself a A+ for his job of running the country. In an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, Trump awarded himself high marks, asking “Can I go higher than that?” That’s an improvement from last year, when Trump gave his administration an A+ for effort, an A for achievement, but a C+ at most for messaging.
—QUOTABLE: “I think I am doing a great job…We have the best economy we’ve ever had. We’re doing really well. We would have been at war with North Korea if, let’s say, that [previous] administration continued forward.” -Trump
Mexico and three central American countries are suing the United States over President Trump’s new asylum policy. Arguing that their residents have a right to flee to the U.S. and demand asylum, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala objected to Trump’s new requirement that the refugees arrive here in an orderly manner through a legal port of entry. But even those who cross the border illegally should be able to demand asylum, the countries argue. The suit comes as some 10,500 members of the migrant caravan have arrived and are camping out south of the border, trying to figure out a way to enter the country.
MEANWHILE—Mexican citizens apparently agree with President Trump that the migrant caravan is an “invasion.” As some 3,000 migrants set up camp in the Mexican city Tijuana, the residents there have had enough—hundreds of Tijuana residents gathered to wave Mexican flags and protest the migrants, who they say are ruining their community, echoing Trump’s insistence that the influx amounts to an invasion.