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.
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.
I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
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.
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?
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.”
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
Historical picture of the day:
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!