2020 Trump Watch News & Commentary

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Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Investigative commentary: Formerly sealed documents in Maxwell-Epstein case ordered released, Wayne Madsen, left, July 30, 2020. Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has ordered released sealed documents from a 2016 defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell, the now-indicted former assistant to international underage female sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Although the civil case was settled in 2017 it generated a number of documents, including emails, as well as depositions by Giuffre and other abuse victims. Maxwell sought to block the release of the sealed documents on the grounds that they would embarrass her. Judge Preska ruled, "the court finds any minor embarrassment or annoyance resulting from Ms. Maxwell's mostly non-testimony ... is far outweighed by the presumption of public access."

jean luc brunelThe sealed documents reportedly provide additional details concerning the activities of Epstein; Maxwell; and Jean-Luc Brunel, right, the French owner of two Epstein-financed modeling agencies, Karin Models and MC2 Model Management. Brunel is the subject of an international criminal investigation involving the FBI and French National Police. Brunel has not been seen in public since the suspicious Manhattan jail cell death of Epstein in August 2019. Brunel was named in Giuffre's lawsuit against Maxwell. Giuffre said Epstein had bragged to her in claiming that he had slept with over 1,000 of "Brunel's girls."

In 1989, Brunel and his brother, Arnaud Brunel, founded the Next Management Company modeling agency, a subsidiary of the Next Management Corporation, which was founded the previous year as a New York corporation.

Steven Mnuchin The individual listed as the New York Department of State process or agent for the Next Management Corporation is none other than Steven Mnuchin, left, Donald Trump's Secretary of Treasury. Mnuchin, in typical Trump administration fashion, has denied knowing that he was the agent for the Brunel brothers' company or even having ever met either of the Brunels.

However, WMR conducted a search of the New York Department of State (DOS) corporation filings and discovered Mnuchin listed as the DOS Process for not only Next Management Corporation but its follow-on identity, Next Time Corporation. Mnuchin cannot honestly claim he had no knowledge of a business relationship with the Brunels that spanned at least a decade.

July 24

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ny times logoNew York Times, Judge Orders Cohen to Be Released, Citing Retaliation Over Tell-All Book, Benjamin Weiser and Alan Feuer, July 24, 2020 (print ed.). A judge agreed that federal officials had returned Michael Cohen to prison because he wanted to publish a book about President Trump. A federal judge on Thursday ordered that Michael D. Cohen be released into home confinement and said he should be allowed to finish writing a book that has been billed as a “graphic” tell-all memoir about Mr. Cohen’s former boss, President Trump.

alvin hellerstein SmallThe judge, Alvin K. Hellerstein, right, of Federal District Court, found that prisons officials had acted against Mr. Cohen because of his desire to write the book when they returned him to prison this month after he had been released on a medical furlough.

“I make the finding that the purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory,” the judge said. “And it’s retaliation because of his desire to exercise his first amendment rights to publish a book and to discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and with others.”

Mr. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, sued U.S. officials on Monday night, claiming federal officials sent him back into custody to prevent him from completing the book. In court papers, he said the book would paint Mr. Trump as a racist and will offer revealing details about “the president’s behavior behind closed doors.”

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Palmer Report, Opinion: Mary Trump just beat Donald Trump again, Bill Palmer, July 24, 2020. Donald Trump did his best to try to keep his niece Mary Trump from releasing her tell-all book – but bill palmer report logo headeras is so often the case with Donald Trump, his best wasn’t very good. He failed in court, and her book ended up being released ahead of schedule. Mary Trump’s book debuted at #1 overall on the Amazon sales charts. Now it turns out Mary’s book sales were even stronger than we thought – and it hit Donald Trump where it hurts:

Here's something pretty cool: In one week, Mary Trump's book Too Much and Never Enough sold more hardcover copies than The Art of the Deal has in the 33 years since it was published.

— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) July 23, 2020 (primary author and co-author with Donald Trump of The Art of the Deal)

July 21

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U.S. 2020 Elections, Politics

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 ny times logoNew York Times, Live Updates: Case Numbers Are Far Higher Than Reported in Parts of U.S., C.D.C. Says, Staff Reports, July 21, 2020. The European Union agreed to a $857 billion stimulus package to fight the pandemic recession that includes steps to help less wealthy countries. The deal sent a strong signal of solidarity even as it exposed deep new fault lines in a bloc reshaped by Britain’s exit. Here’s the latest.

cdc logo CustomThe number of people infected with the coronavirus in different parts of the United States is anywhere from two to 13 times higher than the reported rates for those regions, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings suggest that large numbers of people who did not have symptoms or did not seek medical care may have kept the virus circulating in their communities. The study is the largest of its kind to date, although a subset of the data was released last month.

“These data continue to show that the number of people who have been infected with the virus that causes Covid-19 far exceeds the number of reported cases,” Dr. Fiona Havers, the C.D.C. researcher who led the study, said in an email. “Many of these people likely had no symptoms or mild illness and may have had no idea that they were infected.”

The researchers analyzed samples from people who had routine clinical tests, or were inpatients at hospitals, in 10 cities and states for evidence of prior coronavirus infection. The team released early data for six of the sites in June, and for all 10 locations Tuesday in the journal JAMA. They also released data from later times for eight sites to the C.D.C.’s website on Tuesday.

ny times logoNew York Times, Opinion: What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt Trump, Paul Krugman, right, July 21, 2020 (print ed.).“Slow the testing down,” he said, and it’s happening. We’re paul krugmannow at the stage of the Covid-19 pandemic where Donald Trump and his allies are trying to suppress information about the coronavirus’s spread — because, of course, they are. True to form, however, they’re far behind the curve. From a political point of view (which is all they care about), their disinformation efforts are too little, too late.

Where we are: In just a few days millions of Americans are going to see a drastic fall in their incomes, as enhanced unemployment benefits expire. This calls for urgent action; but avoiding economic calamity was always going to be hard, because Republicans in general have balked at providing the aid workers idled by the pandemic need.

But now it turns out that there’s another obstacle to action: An intra-G.O.P. dispute over funding for testing and tracing of infected individuals. Even Senate Republicans support increased testing, which is desperately needed given our current situation: Surging cases have created a testing backlog, and test results are taking so long to come back that they’re effectively useless.

But Trump officials are opposed to any new money for testing. They’re barely even trying to offer excuses for their opposition, since Trump himself explained the strategy a month ago at his Tulsa rally: When you expand testing, he declared, “you’re going to find more cases, so I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’”

Virus Updates, Responses

washington post logoWashington Post, Live Updates, U.S. marks another record-setting day as Trump complains about coronavirus case counting, Staff reports, July 21, 2020 (print ed.). Surgeon general argues against federal mask mandate, citing controversy over federal troops in Portland; reliminary trial shows new treatment prevents 79 percent of covid-19 patients from needing ICUs; Senate GOP coronavirus bill leaves out many priorities for Democrats and Republicans, but talks have just begun.

american flag upside down distressSunday marked the 41st straight day that the seven-day average for new daily coronavirus infections in the United States trended upward. Six months after the novel coronavirus reached America, more than 3.7 million cases have been detected, and at least 137,000 people have died. Globally, the global death toll has surpassed 600,000, fueled in part by recent surges in states such as Texas, Florida and California.

President Trump — who aides say no longer attends coronavirus task force meetings because he does not have time — showed himself to be particularly misinformed about the basics of the virus that has been ravaging the nation. He told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday that “young people that would heal in a day” made up many of the new cases.

“They have the sniffles and we put it down as a test,” Trump said.

Race, Brutality Protests

ny times logoNew York Times, Opinion: Trump’s Occupation of American Cities Has Begun, Michelle Goldberg, right, July 20, 2020. Protesters are being snatched michelle goldberg thumbfrom the streets without warrants. Can we call it fascism yet?

The month after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Yale historian Timothy Snyder published the best-selling book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century.” It was part of a small flood of titles meant to help Americans find their bearings as the new president laid siege to liberal democracy.

One of Snyder’s lessons was, “Be wary of paramilitaries.” He wrote, “When the pro-leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the end has come.” In 2017, the idea of unidentified agents in camouflage snatching leftists off the streets without warrants might have seemed like a febrile Resistance fantasy. Now it’s happening.

washington post logoWashington Post, U.S. prepares to deploy federal agents to Chicago as Trump threatens action in other cities, Nick Miroff and Mark Berman, July 21, 2020 (print ed.). The president defended the use of federal agents in Portland, Ore., where they have engaged in nightly clashes with racial justice protesters.

Homeland Security officials said Monday they are making preparations to deploy federal agents to Chicago, while President Trump threatened to send U.S. law enforcement personnel to other Democratic-led cities experiencing spates of crime.

Trump made the pronouncement as he defended his administration’s use of force in Portland, Ore., where agents have clashed nightly with protesters and made arrests from unmarked cars. Calling the unrest there “worse than Afghanistan,” Trump’s rhetoric escalated tensions with Democratic mayors and governors who have criticized the presence of federal agents on U.S. streets, telling reporters at the White House that he would send forces into jurisdictions with or without the cooperation of their elected leaders.

“We’re looking at Chicago, too. We’re looking at New York,” he said. “All run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by the radical left.”

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washington post logoWashington Post, Michael Cohen’s book to allege Trump made racist comments about Obama and Nelson Mandela, lawsuit says, Shayna Jacobs, July 21, 2020. The book manuscript being drafted by President Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, above left, alleges that Trump has made racist comments about his predecessor Barack Obama and the late South African leader Nelson nelson mandela 2008 wMandela (shown at right in 2008), according to court filings made public Monday night that contend Cohen was sent back to prison this month as retaliation.

The filings from Cohen’s attorneys seek his immediate release from federal custody following his rearrest July 9, less than two months after he was allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence on home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.

His lawsuit alleges that Cohen’s First Amendment rights were violated when he was detained at the federal courthouse in Manhattan during a meeting with probation officers, who had asked him to sign a gag order prohibiting him from speaking to the media or publishing a book while serving the rest of his sentence.

U.S. 2020 Elections, Politics

washington post logoWashington Post, Opinion: Another Trump failure: His campaign against voting by mail, Jennifer Rubin, right, July 21, 2020. President Trump is out of sync with supermajorities of Americans on jennifer rubin new headshota range of issues, from reopening schools to police reform to the Confederate flag. He operates in the right-wing media bubble, absorbing the utterly untrue pablum of talk radio and Fox News’s evening lineup (Disclaimer: I am an MSNBC contributor). It should therefore surprise no one that he is wildly out of step when it comes to voting by mail.

Pew Research released a poll Monday showing nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans favor early voting or absentee voting for “any voter without requiring a documented reason, while a third say early and absentee voting should only be allowed with a reason.” Even 44 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners — despite a steady diet of Democratic-Republican Campaign logosanti-absentee voting messages from their party’s leaders — remain in favor of no-excuse voting early or by absentee, along with 83 percent of Democrats or Democratic-leaners.

Likewise, 60 percent of voters say “changing election rules to make it easier to register and vote would not make elections any less secure, while 37% say that elections would be less secure if it were easier to register and vote. These views are little changed from 2018.” Nearly 60 percent of Republicans, however, have convinced themselves that making it easier to register and vote (without saying what the changes would be!) would make elections less secure.

World News

Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Investigative Commentary: Fred Trump Sr. -- Nazi and war profiteer, Wayne Madsen, below left, July 21, 2020. According to informed sources familiar with Fred Trump Sr.'s construction and apartment rental and construction businesses during World War II, the father of Donald Trump was not merely a pro-Nazi and likely an agent for the German Gestapo and Abwehr military intelligence, but also a notorious war profiteer.

 

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Mary Trump (Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo by Peter Serling).

Daily Beast,  Mary Trump: What Really Shocked Me About My Family and the KKK, The New Abnormal with Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson, July 21, 2020. The president’s niece joins The daily beast logoNew Abnormal to give us a peek behind the Trump family veil. From KKK rallies to Donald Trump’s sleeping habits, Mary Trump holds nothing back.

Mary Trump had a giant barrel of tea to spill about her family on today’s episode of The New Abnormal by The Daily Beast.

She claims her uncle Donald Trump “was protected at every turn from his incompetence, from his total inability to handle money.” And the Republican Party picked up where the media and the investment banks left off.

Remember her grandfather Fred, the family patriarch who got arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally?

Mary was surprised by that news, but “not because my grandfather wasn’t anti-Semitic.”

Nope, Mary was shocked her grandfather took time away from making money to join a KKK event. But of course, he was “perfectly happy being racist and anti-Semitic in his own house and his place of work.”

Mary Trump held nothing back as she spoke with Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast. She even commented on Trump’s sleeping habits, alleging that the late-night tweeter-in-chief doesn’t sleep because “because Daddy wouldn't approve.”

“So that’s maybe why he drinks 12 Diet Cokes a day and is up until three in the morning tweeting,” she said.

Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Investigative Commentary: Fred Trump Sr. -- Nazi and war profiteer, Wayne Madsen, below left, July 21, 2020. According to informed sources familiar with Fred Trump Sr.'s construction and apartment rental and construction businesses during World War II, the father of Donald Trump was not merely a pro-Nazi and likely an agent for the German Gestapo and Abwehr military intelligence, but also a notorious war profiteer.

Palmer Report, Opinion: Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention pipe dream crashes and burns, Bill Palmer, July 21, 2020. Donald Trump cares so much about his own narcissism, and rnc logoso little about the lives of his own supporters, he’s still trying to figure out how to hold an in-person Republican National Convention during a worsening pandemic. Trump has already moved it from North Carolina to Florida – even though Florida is now the coronavirus epicenter of the world – simply because the state’s corrupt Governor Ron DeSantis will let him do whatever he wants.

bill palmer report logo headerBut even if DeSantis is willing to let Donald Trump murder people for political reasons, the local Sheriff isn’t. Mike Williams, the Sheriff for Duval County, where the convention would be taking place, is telling Politico that he and his officers “can’t pull it off” from a law enforcement or security standpoint. He says they’re not even close to having a plan for pulling it off.

This isn’t some partisan move; Sheriff Williams was elected as a Republican. He’s simply taking the side of reality, whereas Donald Trump is operating in a haze of delusional fantasy.

Considering how ugly things will get if Trump does hold an in-person Republican National Convention, he’s probably better off if it does get canceled. With the Sheriff throwing up his hands, the odds of it getting canceled just went up significantly. Of course Trump could try moving it to yet another city – but time is running short to even attempt such a move.

July 20

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 washington post logoWashington Post, The crisis that shocked the world: America’s response to the virus, Joel Achenbach, William Wan, Karin Brulliard and Chelsea Janes, July 20, 2020 (print ed.). How the world’s richest country got into this dismal situation is a complicated tale that exposes the flaws and fissures in a nation long proud of its ability to meet cataclysmic challenges.

american flag upside down distressSix months after the coronavirus appeared in America, the nation has failed spectacularly to contain it. The country’s ineffective response has shocked observers around the planet.

Many countries have rigorously driven infection rates nearly to zero. In the United States, coronavirus transmission is out of control. The national response is fragmented, shot through with political rancor and culture-war divisiveness. Testing shortcomings that revealed themselves in March have become acute in July, with week-long waits for results leaving the country blind to real-time virus spread and rendering contact tracing nearly irrelevant.

washington post logoWashington Post, Trump defends bungled handling of pandemic with falsehoods and dubious claims, Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez, July 20, 2020 (print ed.). The president was visibly rattled and at times hostile during a Fox News interview.

djt i dont take responsibility at allPresident Trump said in an interview aired Sunday that the rising number of U.S. deaths from the coronavirus “is what it is,” defended his fumbled management of the pandemic with a barrage of dubious and false claims, and revealed his lack of understanding about the fundamental science of how the virus spreads and infects people.

fox-news-logo Small.pngMaking one of his biggest media appearances in months — an hour-long, sit-down interview with “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace — Trump was visibly rattled and at times hostile as he struggled to answer for his administration’s failure to contain the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 137,000 lives in the United States.

On a range of other topics, including the racial justice movement and the Confederate flag, the president positioned himself firmly outside the political mainstream. And Trump suggested he might not accept the results of November’s general election should he lose because he predicted without evidence that “mail-in voting is going to rig the election.”

ny times logoNew York Times, Trump Threatens to Send Federal Law Enforcement Forces to More Cities, Peter Baker, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Monica Davey, July 20, 2020. As military-clad agents patrol Portland and head to Chicago, President Trump suggested that he would follow suit in New York, Detroit and other cities.

As military-clad agents patrol Portland and head to Chicago, President Trump suggested that he would follow suit in New York, Detroit and other cities. Governors and other officials compared his actions to authoritarianism and vowed to pursue legislation or lawsuits to stop him.

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Ghislaine Maxwell, left, Donald Trump and future First Lady Melania Trump

Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Trump's dirty secrets closet slowly opening, Wayne Madsen, July 20, 2020. The more one peers into Donald Trump's closet of past and present relationships, the more one discovers that Trump's association with the late pedophile and investor Jeffery Epstein and his consort, Ghislaine Maxwell, went beyond the mere social and involved shady business operations.

July 15

washington post logoWashington Post, Trump to continue legal battle over tax returns after Supreme Court defeat, Shayna Jacobs, July 15, 2020. President Trump intends to pursue his legal fight against the Manhattan district attorney over access to his tax records, according to a court filing.

Trump recently lost his bid to have the grand jury subpoena tossed on the grounds that as sitting president he has absolute immunity from state court proceedings. The Supreme Court decision last week favored efforts by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., whose office was investigating Trump and his business over hush money payments made to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign, including to pornography actress Stormy Daniels.

Vance’s office, which is facing a looming statute of limitations should he decide to pursue a felony case, suggested it would not allow the new matters to drag on. It said in Wednesday’s filing that it could enforce the subpoena immediately but would give the president until July 27 to file his new claims before doing so.

washington post logoWashington Post, Two crimes benefited Trump’s campaign in 2016. The president has worked to block scrutiny of those schemes, Rosalind S. Helderman, July 15, 2020. A porn star was paid to keep silent about her alleged dalliance years earlier with a presidential candidate, which a judge has agreed was an illegal violation of campaign finance laws. The private emails of Democrats were stolen and published, which prosecutors have said was an illegal intervention into the U.S. political system by foreign operatives.

The two crimes were undertaken to help Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. They led to the indictment or conviction of 13 men, including Trump’s personal attorney.

But for nearly four years, Trump has bullied, browbeaten and litigated his way out of efforts to pin down whether he had involvement in or knowledge of the illicit actions that were undertaken to help his presidential campaign.

Legal experts said his commutation last week of the sentence of confidant Roger Stone, who had been convicted of lying to Congress about his efforts to interact with WikiLeaks while it was publishing the hacked Democratic emails, was part of a pattern in which Trump flexed the powers of his office and his platform to evade scrutiny of his actions.

It is a pattern that vexed special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who devoted substantial space in his report on election interference to Trump’s tactics but ultimately declined to come to a conclusion as to whether they constituted crimes, an ongoing source of frustration to Democratic lawmakers and some legal experts. And it has emerged as an issue for Trump’s reelection as critics accuse him of corrupting the government and the justice system to serve his personal needs.

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 washington post logoWashington Post, Opinion: In op-ed, ex-CDC directors slam Trump for politicizing science, Tom Frieden, Jeffrey Koplan, David Satcher and Richard Besser, July 14, 2020. Four former directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention co-wrote an op-ed published by The Washington Post. The administration is undermining public health.cdc logo Custom

As America begins the formidable task of getting our kids back to school and all of us back to work safely amid a pandemic that is only getting worse, public health experts face two opponents: covid-19, but also political leaders and others attempting to undermine the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of this date, the CDC guidelines, which were designed to protect children, teachers, school staffers and their families — no matter the state and no matter the politics — have not been altered. It is extraordinary for guidelines to be undermined after their release. Through last week, and into Monday, the administration continued to cast public doubt on the agency’s recommendations and role in informing and guiding the nation’s pandemic response.

The four of us led the CDC over a period of more than 15 years, spanning Republican and Democratic administrations alike. We cannot recall over our collective tenure a single time when political pressure led to a change in the interpretation of scientific evidence.

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Dr. Mary Trump, clinical psychologist, niece of Donald J. Trump, and author of a best-selling book about her family released on July 14 after the family failed to stop it via a court fight that resulted in a New York state court ruling July 13 enabling her to publish the book and speak publicly about it (Photo by Peter Serling via Simon & Schuster).

NBC News, Mary Trump's book reveals Trumpworld's web of lies — and the enablers who protect it, Nina Burleigh (author of The Trump Women: Part of the Deal), July 14, 2020. Trump’s niece becomes the first family member to openly break ranks, but only the latest critic to face threats for doing so. There's no doubt Mary Trump's uncle knows what she knows about him.

Lawsuits, nondisclosure agreements and emotional or financial blackmail kept the lid on the secrets of Trumpland for years. But the political career of President Donald Trump, a self-described billionaire, has brought an increase in attention. Now as more and more insiders bust out their own books, Trump and his attorneys are playing an increasingly wild and desperate game of whack-a-mole to keep dissidents, including some very close to home, silent.

mary trump coverIn Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man, officially released on Tuesday, Trump's niece, Mary Trump, becomes the first family member to openly break ranks but only the latest of many critics to face threats for doing so.

Mary Trump's book is the literary equivalent of an ambulance siren.

The book is the literary equivalent of an ambulance siren. Mary Trump (Peter Serling / Simon and Schuster;, a clinical psychologist, describes her uncle as a man whose personality was damaged early by his sociopathic father, Fred, and his fragile, absent mother, Mary Anne, and whose retinue of enablers have allowed him to fail up while shielding his profound impairments from the public eye.
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The book's shocking bits have already been picked over and reported: She was a secret source for family financial documents behind The New York Times' investigation that revealed that a "potential tax fraud" enriched the Trump siblings; Trump paid someone to take his SAT test; Trump ogled and praised her breasts.

But the disturbing thesis of the book has gotten less attention so far because it is too complex for a bullet point or a tweet. Mary Trump argues that her uncle has been "institutionalized" his entire life, from his father's rigid house to military school to the Trump Organization and now the White House. In Washington, he is, for the first time in his life, subject to close scrutiny but still surrounded by enablers who have everything to lose if he is exposed as a fake and a fraud.

"The walls of his very expensive and well-guarded padded cell are starting to disintegrate," she writes. "The people with access to him are weaker than Donald is, more craven, but just as desperate."

These desperate people will use whatever means are at their disposal — courts, lawyers, intimidation, loss of employment and even, apparently, prison — to bolster Trump's increasingly fragile facade. She writes that the president's own siblings find him odious and ridiculous by turn and that they knew he was unfit for office but still kept quiet — and even tried to silence her in court.

ny times logoNew York Times, Opinion: Did Mueller Ever Stand a Chance Against Trump and Roger Stone? Nick Akerman, July 14, 2020 (print ed.). I was a Watergate prosecutor. I know why he didn’t. The robert mueller full face filecommutation last week of Roger Stone’s sentence is the latest of multiple, brazen efforts to make the fulfillment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation all but impossible.

The efforts by President Trump have amounted to a cover-up — and they were often made possible by his ability to control the Justice Department and by the lack of independence of the Mueller investigation. It demands a renewed look at how we empower independent counsels — regrettably, history has shown us that, under extraordinary circumstances, they are needed to conduct proper oversight of abuse by the executive branch.

We were lucky to get the Mueller report, but Mr. Mueller, right, was acting under restraints. Unfortunately history tells us that we Newwill need special counsels in the years ahead, under extraordinary circumstances, and like we did with Watergate, that office should have true independence to protect our country and Constitution.

Nick Akerman, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, was an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Commentary: Under-counting the number of dead and mass graves and cremations: The whiff of Nazi Germany, Wayne Madsen, July 14, 2020. Impeached president Donald Trump has already been caught lying about the number of coronavirus infections in the United States, so it stands to reason that he would also lie about the actual death count.

America's top government infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned in May that the nation's death count from Covid-19 was likely being under-counted due to people dying at home who did not receive medical treatment or who were untested or failed to obtain test results before dying of the virus or a co-morbidity heightened by the virus.

Trump pulled a death count caper in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, claiming the 3,000 death toll on the island was a "made-up figure" dreamed up by “the Democrats.” According to former Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Trump wanted to "sell" off Puerto Rico after the hurricane devastated the island.

washington post logoWashington Post, Opinion: The one constant in Trump’s presidency: Tomorrow will be worse, Dana Milbank, right, July 14, 2020 (print ed.). Whenever you are asked to dana milbank Customname the lowest moment of the Trump presidency, one answer is almost always correct: Tomorrow.

As the nation ricochets between chaos and calamity, the one reliable constant is the near certainty that things will get worse.

On Friday night, President Trump commuted the sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone, convicted by a jury of multiple felonies for lying to federal investigators to protect Trump in the Russia probe. Trump’s clemency came the same day Stone made the corrupt bargain explicit by saying he resisted “enormous pressure to turn on” Trump.

On Saturday, Trump’s White House launched a public broadside attempting to discredit its own chief infectious-disease expert, Anthony Fauci, because Fauci sounded renewed alarms about the coronavirus, which has killed at least 132,000 in the United States and is accelerating out of control. Then, on Sunday, as Florida reported a breathtaking 15,300 new cases of the virus in a single day, and other states reported overwhelmed hospitals and climbing death tolls, Trump tweeted a defense of his decision to play golf during his 276th visit to one of his golf clubs during his presidency.

On Monday, Trump retweeted a TV clip in which one of his allies, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), accused the left of “cultural genocide,” an echo of white nationalists’ claims of “white genocide,” and saying “the organizers of Black Lives Matter, who pledge allegiance to the destruction of America, have a lot more in common with the Confederate generals that they hate than they would like to admit.” This followed Trump’s “white power” retweet and another instance of his campaign allegedly appropriating Nazi symbols.

 

washington post logoWashington Post, Brad Parscale hits a rough patch as Trump’s campaign manager, Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey,July 14, 2020 (print ed.). Parscale, above, is brash and self-promoting as Trump’s campaign manager. But he’s increasingly out of favor with his boss, and others in the campaign are gaining influence.

Palmer Report, Opinion: Ivanka Trump just made a total mess for herself, Bill Palmer, July 14, 2020. By the time Tuesday night rolled around, Ivanka Trump had already thoroughly embarrassed ivanka trump goya pose resized july 14 2020herself by rolling out a “Find Something New” campaign which encouraged unemployed Americans to simply find a new career by magic wand or something. The Trumps never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, so Ivanka found a way to humiliate herself even further.

Ivanka Trump posted this tweet – and yes, it’s real:

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If it’s Goya, it has to be good.
Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno.

That’s right, Ivanka Trump is now doing straight up product placement, like something out of The Price Is Right, to try to reward a brand that’s facing widespread boycotts because its CEO came out in support of a sinking Donald Trump. The thing is, Ivanka just stepped in it. This idiotic photo of her will be thrown back in her face for as long as she’s in the public eye.

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Headquarters of the National Security Agency in Maryland.

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