It’s Monday aka Manic Monday.
For Manic Monday, President Cry-Baby has tweeted 12 times and retweeted 12 times, so far.
President Snowflake on Sunday, Mother’s Day, tweeted/retweeted a total of 125 times. He’s apparently attempting to out do himself for Monday with 24 tweets and retweets so far. 17 tweets/retweets were sent in about an hours time.
OBAMAGATE! https://t.co/mSmWsbfOWf— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
As the News Blender covered on Friday, the Department of Justice on Thursday dropped its case against former Trump Administration National Security Adviser and confessed criminal Michael Flynn.
In a court filing the DOJ justified this move by saying Flynn’s contact, which he admits he lied about, with Russia were “entirely appropriate,” therefore his interview by the FBI should never have taken place.
On Sunday in a New York Times Opinion Piece former acting assistant attorney general for national security at the DOJ Mary McCord, accused Attorney General William Barr of twisting her words in attempting to justify the decision to drop the Flynn case.
From McCord’s New York Times piece:
In attempting to support its argument, the motion cites more than 25 times the F.B.I.’s report of an interview with me in July 2017, two months after I left a decades-long career at the department (under administrations of both parties) that culminated in my role as the acting assistant attorney general for national security.
That report, commonly referred to as a “302,” is an interesting read. It vividly describes disagreements between leadership of the Justice Department and the F.B.I. about how to handle the information we had learned about Mr. Flynn’s calls with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and, more specifically, Mr. Flynn’s apparent lies about those calls to incoming Vice President Mike Pence.Mary McCord, New York Times. 05/10/2020.
She goes on to explain that the report of her interview is not support for Barr’s dismissal of the Flynn case nor does it suggest that the FBI had no reason to investigate Flynn.
But the report of my interview is no support for Mr. Barr’s dismissal of the Flynn case. It does not suggest that the F.B.I. had no counterintelligence reason for investigating Mr. Flynn. It does not suggest that the F.B.I.’s interview of Mr. Flynn — which led to the false-statements charge — was unlawful or unjustified. It does not support that Mr. Flynn’s false statements were not material. And it does not support the Justice Department’s assertion that the continued prosecution of the case against Mr. Flynn, who pleaded guilty to knowingly making material false statements to the FBI, “would not serve the interests of justice.”Mary McCord, New York Times. 05/10/2020.
She notes that Barr and Acting U.S. Attorney in Washington, Timothy Shea, who signed off on the motion to dismiss the Flynn case, do not argue that the FBI interview of Flynn “violated the Constitution or statutory law,” nor does it claim that they violated his Fifth Amendment rights “by coercively questioning him when he wasn’t free to leave. Nor does the motion claim that the interview was the fruit of a search or seizure that violated the Fourth Amendment. Any of these might have justified moving to dismiss the case. But by the government’s own account, the interview with Mr. Flynn was voluntary, arranged in advance and took place in Mr. Flynn’s own office.”
Their argument she says, “makes a contorted argument,” that Flynn’s false statements, the lies in which he pleaded guilty too, “were not “material” to any matter under investigation.”
The department concocts its materiality theory by arguing that the F.B.I. should not have been investigating Mr. Flynn at the time they interviewed him. The Justice Department notes that the F.B.I. had opened a counterintelligence investigation of Mr. Flynn in 2016 as part of a larger investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere with the presidential election. And the department notes that the F.B.I. had intended to close the investigation of Mr. Flynn in early January 2017 until it learned of the conversations between Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kislyak around the same time.Mary McCord, New York Times. 05/10/2020.
She explains her interview:
The account of my interview in 2017 doesn’t help the department support this conclusion, and it is disingenuous for the department to twist my words to suggest that it does. What the account of my interview describes is a difference of opinion about what to do with the information that Mr. Flynn apparently had lied to the incoming vice president, Mr. Pence, and others in the incoming administration about whether he had discussed the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia in his calls with Mr. Kislyak. Those apparent lies prompted Mr. Pence and others to convey inaccurate statements about the nature of the conversations in public news conferences and interviews.
Why was that so important? Because the Russians would have known what Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kislyak discussed. They would have known that, despite Mr. Pence’s and others’ denials, Mr. Flynn had in fact asked Russia not to escalate its response to the sanctions. Mr. Pence’s denial of this on national television, and his attribution of the denial to Mr. Flynn, put Mr. Flynn in a potentially compromised situation that the Russians could use against him.Mary McCord, New York Times. 05/10/2020.
This is where the F.B.I. disagreed with the Justice Department’s preferred approach. The F.B.I. wasn’t ready to reveal this information to the incoming administration right away, preferring to keep investigating, not only as part of its counterintelligence investigation but also possibly as a criminal investigation. Although several of us at Justice thought the likelihood of a criminal prosecution under the Logan Act was quite low (the act prohibits unauthorized communications with foreign governments to influence their conduct in relation to disputes with the United States), we certainly agreed that there was a counterintelligence threat.
That’s exactly why we wanted to alert the incoming administration. Ultimately, after our dispute over such notification continued through the inauguration and into the start of the Trump administration, the F.B.I. — without consulting the Justice Department — arranged to interview Mr. Flynn. By the time Justice Department leadership found out, agents were en route to the interview in Mr. Flynn’s office.Mary McCord, New York Times. 05/10/2020.
She finally gets back to her interview:
The account of my July 2017 interview describes my department’s frustration with the F.B.I.’s conduct, sometimes using colorful adjectives like “flabbergasted” to describe our reactions. We weren’t necessarily opposed to an interview — our focus had been on notification — but any such interview should have been coordinated with the Justice Department. There were protocols for engaging with White House officials and protocols for interviews, and this was, of course, a sensitive situation. We objected to the rogueness of the decision by the F.B.I. director, Jim Comey, made without notice or opportunity to weigh in.
The Barr-Shea motion to dismiss refers to my descriptions of the F.B.I.’s justification for not wanting to notify the new administration about the potential Flynn compromise as “vacillating from the potential compromise of a ‘counterintelligence’ investigation to the protection of a purported ‘criminal’ investigation.” But that “vacillation” has no bearing on whether the F.B.I. was justified in engaging in a voluntary interview with Mr. Flynn. It has no bearing on whether Mr. Flynn’s lies to the F.B.I. were material to its investigation into any links or coordination between Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.Mary McCord, New York Times. 05/10/2020.
Authors note: I tried to include as much of her op-ed as possible, for those readers pay-walled.
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
More ALL CAPS this time he whines about how people in the media, *grasp horror* are married or related to someone by birth.
This is why it’s not really the Lamestream Media, it’s the Rigged Media….and it is what I’m up against. It was corrupt in 2016. Now it is much more corrupt, and what you are seeing is the least of it….but WE WILL WIN AGAIN! https://t.co/UXyOrQ7fXW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
Stephen Miller President Hypocrite’s Senior Adviser is married to his Vice President’s Press Secretary. His daughter and his son-in-law, work inside the White House, and his Transportation Secretary is married to the Republican Senate Majority Leader. Those are just the people I can remember without google connected to each other via marriage inside Trump’s own admin, while not exactly the same, it’s close enough.
I’m skipping a tweet, but it will be included in next tweet section.
He once again attempts to taint a CA special election by lying…shocking no-one, really.
Dems are trying to steal the Mike Garcia Congressional Race in California. Republicans, get out and VOTE for your terrific candidate, ASAP!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
Voting in the election to replace resigned Congresswoman Katie Hill, started on May 2nd, the election concludes May 12th.
In light of the coronavirus polling places as well as mail-in ballots are being provided for this special election. Totally Rigged.
In the skipped tweet he brags that “great credit,” is “being given,” to him and his admin for their coronavirus response, of course this “great credit,” is not reflected in the “fake news.” In a tweet sent after this one and the one attempting to taint an election he gushes that the coronavirus numbers are looking “MUCH,” better.
Great credit being given for our Coronavirus response, except in the Fake News. They are a disgrace to America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
Coronavirus numbers are looking MUCH better, going down almost everywhere. Big progress being made!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
Coronavirus numbers =’s people. Let that sink in, those numbers that are looking better are people.
John Hopkins; 1,329,885 people are said to have the coronavirus in the U.S.. 79,606 people have died from the virus. Hopkins has changed their data tables, recovery is now recorded by state.
World O Meter; 1,370,384 people are said to have the coronavirus in the U.S.. 80,862 people have died from the virus, while 256,345 people are said to be in total recovery.
Also it should be noted that there are now positive cases inside the Trump administration with several top officials self-isolating, or self-isolating with modifications.
What should never be forgotten when talking about the data, they are people, people who left behind loved ones that will mourn them forever.
Skipping another tweet posted shortly. President Asshole who lacks Empathy moves back to whining about Obama.
OBAMAGATE makes Watergate look small time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
.@WashTimes “FBI Went Rogue In Pursuit Of Trump”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
As a reminder President idiot with tin-foil hats on too tight, was not under investigation until he fired FBI Director James Comey. Members of his campaign were under investigation to see if they knowingly worked with Russia to interfere with our 2016 election.
For links to all Russian Investigations matters in timeline form @ Just Security: Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations.
The skipped tweet in where President Hypocrite shows once again he is a hypocrite.
The great people of Pennsylvania want their freedom now, and they are fully aware of what that entails. The Democrats are moving slowly, all over the USA, for political purposes. They would wait until November 3rd if it were up to them. Don’t play politics. Be safe, move quickly!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
Insane presidential rant re: Pennsylvania comes courtesy of Fox Business.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 11, 2020
Left, Fox Business’ Varney & Co., 10:21 a.m.
Right, Trump, 10:26 a.m. pic.twitter.com/qhEEIHN69A
The Democrats are moving slowly, all over the USA, for political purposes.
Buddy needs to find a mirror and stop projecting his own fails onto others.
Because Twitter is Twitter his 3rd tweet was missed by me, until I clicked “tweets and replies,” it happens some times, not very often.
He demands the FCC fire Chuck Todd of NBC News.
He is then told that only NBC News can fire Chuck Todd, as they are a private business.
Apparently this edited clip of Attorney General William Barr shown by NBC News’ meet the Press on Sunday has riled the DOJ/Trump and the Right-Wing media complex.
.@MSNBC's @ChuckTodd shares a deceptively edited clip of AG Barr.— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 10, 2020
The rest of his answer:
"I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It helped it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice…" pic.twitter.com/JkQRSUYqvR
Attorney General William Barr said, ‘history is written by the winners, so it largely depends on who's writing the history,’ when asked how history would look back on the Justice Department's decision to drop charges against Michael Flynn pic.twitter.com/HBX0eE1TUj— Reuters (@Reuters) May 11, 2020
He is back to Obamagate…and dusting off the his old favorite ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.
Because it was OBAMAGATE, and he and Sleepy Joe led the charge. The most corrupt administration in U.S. history! https://t.co/PTzFvvITh3— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. Sadly, our Lamestream Media is TOTALLY CORRUPT! https://t.co/S4hRDIZIOQ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
I was one of almost 2,000 alumni of the Department of Justice who signed this letter condemning Barr’s politicization of the DOJ.— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 11, 2020
The president’s friends should not be treated differently from other defendants. Giving them favorable treatment is corrupt. https://t.co/1QtNDnmUOm
As if day two of the Presidential Twitter Meltdown wasn’t enough to bring us joy for Monday…
Here’s Trump’s public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don’t include all of a president’s activities.) pic.twitter.com/5n1DhF7y6N— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 11, 2020
There is a mini-rally, I assume this event will be more campaign rally like than all the other horrible press conference before it.
In sad news.
I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad. pic.twitter.com/KyoNsJIBz5— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 11, 2020
This post might be updated.