The Dolts

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - John Branch)

In other news, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, has reportedly dropped out of representing him.

Meanwhile, and in related news, Kushner has been pushing White House staffers to defend him, but no one is taking the bait.

Finally, the director of the State Department's Russian intelligence shop had his private email hacked.

There was a ton of news this week that I didn't get to. Here are more stories I missed:

CNN reports that 8 people attended the now infamous Trump Jr. meeting at Trump tower. That's 3 more than we previously knew about.

A group of 8 members of Congress including leading climate change denier Lamar Smith went on a secret tour of the arctic where they learned about climate change.

The State Department reportedly spent $15,000 at Trump hotels in Vancouver when Trump's children visited for the hotel's grand opening.

Trump's friend Jim from Paris, who he frequently cites when he wants to share a stupid anecdote, doesn't appear to exist.

Three DC area contractors have filed liens against Trump's hotel at the Old Post Office because they haven't been paid.

The Trump regime has canceled a visa program for immigrants who wants to open a tech startup business in America.

An Air Force veteran has been charged for bombing an Air Force recruiting station in Oklahoma on Monday of this week. They say he's not a terrorist.

A judge has tossed out the conviction of the women who laughed out loud Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing.

Trump's legal team is reportedly struggling to deal with their loud mouth boss.

He won’t follow instructions. After one meeting in which they urged Trump to steer clear of a certain topic, he sent a tweet about that very theme before they arrived back at their office.

He won’t compartmentalize. With aides, advisers and friends breezing in and out of the Oval Office, it is not uncommon for the president to suddenly turn the conversation to Russia — a subject that perpetually gnaws at him — in a meeting about something else entirely.

And he won’t discipline himself. Trump’s legal team, led by Marc E. Kasowitz of New York, is laboring to underscore the potential risk to the president if he engages without a lawyer in discussions with other people under scrutiny in widening Russia inquiries, including Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser.

Have a good weekend.

  • Badgerite

    Daily Kos has an article today by Notdrinkingtheringwingkoolaid wondering “Could Alfa Bank Server be the Link Between the trump Campaign and the Kremlin.”
    The post cites the October 2016 articles in Slate and the New York Times about “two mysterious servers registered to Alfa Bank in Moscow communicating with a server registered to the trump Organization on Fifth Avenue in NYC. The line of communication was designed to be discreet and specific to two parties, not available to others, ‘configured something like a digital hotline connecting two entities, shutting out the rest of the world, and designed to obscure its own existence.”
    Once these articles appeared the connection between these two entities was severed, as I recall. Found out? As it were.
    Doesn’t this sound very much like the “back channel” that Kushner was seeking from Kislyak via the Russian embassy? Sure does to me.
    They lost their other “back channel”, so Kushner was seeking to re-establish that via a direct line from the Russian embassy to Moscow,
    It would be most interesting to find out when this initial line of communication between the Alfa Bank server in Moscow and the one in trump Tower was initiated.
    Wouldn’t it. The post at Daily Kos does a good job of connecting the dots.
    I don’t believe for five seconds that there was “no further action” taken by trumps campaign people after that meeting with the Russian lawyer and ‘ex’ spy.
    Kislyak had an exceptionally busy “meetings” schedule after that with a lot of people in the campaign and later during the transition with Flynn. And Kushner sought to set up (replace) the “back channel” that had come under public scrutiny and had to be shut down.
    These people are guilty as shit.

    • ninjaf

      This is the server I was wondering about earlier last week. We’ve only heard a couple of things about it and then nada. I am VERY curious to learn more about it.

      • Badgerite

        Me too. Especially after Kushner’s attempt during the transition to get a “back channel” going from the Russian embassy during the transition.
        Maybe, after the private server ‘hotline’ was made public and had to be shut down, he figured the only safe place to conspire with Russia was inside the Russian embassy. Jesus these guys are treasonous crooks.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Regarding the Air Force Recruiting Office bombing, I cut this from the report: “Witnesses reported that a white man on a red motorcycle tossed a backpack at the Bixby recruiting office before it exploded”.
    Normally, attacking any military facility would be seen as a terrorist act, so it’s hard to see why the man isn’t a terrorist. I think it may have something to do with the colors and I could be wrong, but I don’t think it’s the color red.
    Go figure?

  • Aynwrong

    “The State Department reportedly spent $15,000 at Trump hotels in Vancouver when Trump’s children visited for the hotel’s grand opening.”

    If the federal gov’t had spent one dime that made it’s way into Barack Obama’s pocket… THESE. FUCKING. PEOPLE.

    A movie I still really need to see. Posting for the synth music (Tangerine Dream) that you seem to really appreciate JM. Happy Weekend.