Monday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

Good Monday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • President Trump participates in the swearing-in ceremony of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • The president participates in the signing ceremony for S.J. Res. 57
  • President Trump hosts the NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and team
  • The president has dinner with governors on border security and safe communities

Must read: Chuck Ross has a great story at The Daily Caller, "An Email Referring To ‘Collusion’ Sheds Light On Cambridge Prof’s Interactions With Trump Aide"

Page told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Halper rolled his eyes during an encounter in late Summer 2016 when a letter that then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid sent to then-FBI Director James Comey was brought up in conversation. Reid accused Page in the letter of possibly being a Russian agent.

Another must-read: "The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election"

Trump demands investigation into spying allegations

President Trump went on a tweet storm yesterday announcing that he will demand the DOJ investigate whether his campaign was spied on during the Obama administration. Rosenstein, the acting Attorney General since AG Jeff Sessions recused himself from virtually everything of substance going on at the DOJ, promptly responded that he will have the Inspector General add this to his long list of sketchy crap on his to-do list.

Trump is getting bad advice. He should not have asked the DOJ, a subject of the investigation, to investigate itself. With all the DOJ stonewalling and slow-walking of documents to comply with congressional oversight, there's no doubt a mountain of bad behavior is being covered up. What Trump should have done, and can still do, is DECLASSIFY ALL THE DOCUMENTS in question. He has the power to do this and after the documents are declassified, then we can look at further steps depending on what they reveal.

“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement. Fabulous, we'll get to the bottom of the travesty in a year. Rosenstein needs to go.

Related:

Trump: Why didn't DNC hand over hacked server to FBI?

Justice Department calls for inquiry after Trump demands probe into whether FBI ‘infiltrated or surveilled’ his campaign

Nunes says he won't meet with the Justice Department until he gets documents on source

Devin Nunes: If DOJ Has Nothing To Hide, ‘Show Us The Documents’

RED SCARE update

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said over the weekend that the Mueller RUSSIA-collusion-obstruction investigation should wrap up by September of this year.

The special counsel hopes to finish by Sept. 1 the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said on Sunday that waiting any longer would risk improperly influencing voters in November’s midterm elections.

Mr. Giuliani said that the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, shared its timeline about two weeks ago amid negotiations over whether Mr. Trump will be questioned by investigators, adding that Mr. Mueller’s office said that the date was contingent on Mr. Trump’s sitting for an interview. A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.

Why does Mueller have to speak to Trump? Do they need information from him (no) or are they trying to get him under oath so they can say he "lied"?

Wrapping up the obstruction case would not signal the end of Mr. Mueller’s work. That is one piece of his broader inquiry, a counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump associates coordinated with it. Counterintelligence investigations are used to gather information quietly about the activities of foreign powers and their agents — sometimes for years — and can result in criminal charges.

The Special Counsel investigates crimes; they do not conduct counterintelligence investigations. So what's going on here?

Related:

Michael Avenatti Says He’s Protecting The First Amendment Despite Threatening To Sue Five Different Journalists

Roger Stone ‘prepared’ to be indicted in Mueller’s probe

Texas shooting: we learn more and the anti-gun posse weighs in

On Friday, a maniac opened fire on a school in Santa Fe, Texas. Now we have more information about what exactly took place. CNN reports that the maniac exchanged gunfire with the police for more than 25 minutes. Ten people were killed, both students and teachers, and 13 people were injured. The murderer has been identified. I won't name him here, but he had a shotgun and a .38 cal handgun, both stolen from his father. For the gun control crowd: yes, we have laws against stealing.

Why did this maniac kill his teachers and classmates? Law and Crime writes that the gunman killed one girl who rejected him, according to the victim’s mother.

“He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no,” Rodriguez told The Los Angeles Times in a private Facebook message. She said her daughter had “4 months of problems from this boy.” [SHOOTERS NAME REDACTED] got more aggressive, and Fisher stood him up to him and embarrassed him in class, Rodriguez said. “A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like, Shana being the first one.”

Additionally, according to reports, the shooter cheered and taunted his victims as he killed his fellow students. The shooter is under the age of 18, so he will not face the death penalty.

Related:

Oh. Top Senate Dem admits: No gun control law would have stopped Santa Fe massacre

This clown's "policies" allowed the Parkland shooter to remain free to kill: Obama’s Ed. Sec: Boycott schools until gun control laws are passed

New NRA head blames Ritalin, violent media for school shootings

Houston police chief: We need people to start using the ballot box to take action on gun control

Historical picture of the day:

Babe Ruth, vice-president and right fielder for the Boston Braves, sits in the dugout in Chicago before the game against the Cubs on May 21, 1935. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Pompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran

China trade war 'on hold' as Trump pauses tariffs

WAT? Parents angry after students at elite NYC school have moment of silence for fallen Hamas terrorists

Oakland Mayor Writes Op-Ed Criticizing Trump On Immigration — Doesn’t Mention MS-13

Hillary trolls Trump with Russian hat during Yale commencement

Pope Francis reportedly tells gay man, 'God made you that way and loves you'

Trump to attend swearing-in of CIA's 1st female director

Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate

A sorry end to Paul Ryan’s speakership

Europe may be realizing America isn’t their sugar daddy or punching bag

John Kerry Spits In Trump’s Face — We Will Not Go ‘America First’

NYU Abu Dhabi blocks journalists from filming John Kerry

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reportedly hospitalized

Americans give Trump credit for good economy, mixed reviews on N.K.

Ohio man calls police to report he's being followed by a pig

Hillary Clinton to get Harvard medal for 'transformative impact on society'

Oil hit $80 but OPEC isn't about to start ramping up production

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

More details are emerging about Stefan Halper, one of the swampiest of swamp things in the whole Russia collusion saga.

Yes, while Halper was an agent provocateur in the Trump campaign, he was promoting Clinton in an interview with Russian media -- and then after the election, was apparently pulling strings to get a job in the Trump administration.

Fortunately, his pitch to become an ambassador was not successful.  Unfortunately, many other swamp things are slithering around the Trump administration, trying to undermine the president at every turn.

For the sixth year in a row, the US was the top fossil fuels producer in the world.

U.S. Energy Information Administration:

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2017, reaching a record high. The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when U.S. natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when U.S. production exceeded Saudi Arabia’s. Since 2008, U.S. petroleum and natural gas production has increased by nearly 60%.

For the United States and Russia, total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production, measured in energy content, is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas, while Saudi Arabia's production heavily favors petroleum. Total petroleum production is made up of several different types of liquid fuels, including crude oil and lease condensate, tight oil, extra-heavy oil, and bitumen. In addition, various processes produce natural gas plant liquids (NGPL), biofuels, and other liquid fuels, some as a result of refinery processing gain.

I giggle every time I read something like this. In the '80s and '90s we were told that the world is running out of oil! We were assured that we'd never be self-sufficient in fossil fuels again. We were living in an era of limits, the last gasp of industrial civilization.

We are now exporting oil and fracking companies can't get the stuff out of the ground fast enough to meet demand. And our oil reserves surpass those of Saudi Arabia and Russia:

Proven oil reserves in the United States were 36.4 billion barrels (5.79×109 m3) of crude oil as of the end of 2014, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The 2014 reserves represent the largest US proven reserves since 1972, and a 90% increase in proved reserves since 2008. The Energy Information Administration estimates US undiscovered, technically recoverable oil resources to be an additional 198 billion barrels.

Wow. Just wow.

This past weekend I had to endure ESPN coverage of Cleveland sporting events TWICE. First it was the Cavs vs. Celtics game on Saturday, where the announcers spent 15 minutes chit-chatting about the royal wedding. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP! Then, during the Indians/Astros game yesterday, they were at it again, this time with former softball star Jessica Mendoza adding color commentary to the royal wedding patter. The thing went completely off the rails when they spent another five minutes discussing the Lauren/Yanny controversy. What is this, sports for Barbie princesses? And don't get me started on Mendoza's hard-hitting explanation of how Houston was shading Michael Brantly and Jose Ramirez. To hear her talk you'd think this was some novel baseball move.

I have zero patience for ESPN's ongoing effort to dumb down sports coverage to appeal to women or whatever it is they're trying to do. I don't need some third-rate ESPN commentators to womansplain baseball to me, thank you very much. (And shame on A-Rod for participating in this madness.)

Red Ken Livingstone's fall from prominence is now complete. The former mayor of London resigned from the Labor Party following controversial remarks made to the BBC.

Politico:

Livingstone was suspended from the party and an investigation launched into comments he made during a BBC interview in which he suggested Hitler had supported Zionism. The former mayor had been trying to defend comments made on social media by Labour MP Naz Shah.

In a statement on Facebook the former mayor said he decided to quit as “the ongoing issues around my suspension from the Labour party have become a distraction.”

He rejected claims he was guilty of anti-Semitism but added: “I also recognize that the way I made a historical argument has caused offence and upset in the Jewish community. I am truly sorry for that.”

Labour has faced repeated accusations that the party has not done enough to combat anti-Semitism within their ranks. Jeremy Corbyn, the party’s leader, said Livingstone’s resignation was a sad moment but it was the “right thing to do,” the BBC reported.

This is actually pretty mild compared to some of his previous comments. He once said of the 7/7 bombers who set off several bombs in the London underground that they "gave their lives" for the cause.

Former Labor leader Neil Kinnock described his ideology as "Kennist." That just about sums up this self-promoting jackass of a politician.