Donald Trump’s Russian mess will now be investigated by a special counsel

Angela Merkel meets Donald Trump in Washington, joined by Ivanka Trump

Yesterday, Donald Trump was muted on social media and his silence spoke volumes about the many controversies in which he finds himself. Thankfully, our Emperor got to make a speech for a Coast Guard graduation, and he managed to wallow in self-pity publicly, like he is the most maligned politician EVER.

“Never, never, never give up. Things will work out just fine,” he said in New London, Connecticut, Wednesday. “Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down, you can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that is why we won.”

[From CNN]

Do you hear that, Nelson Mandela? No politician IN HISTORY has been treated worse than Donald Bigly. Speaking of history-has-its-eyes-on-us, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein finally got off the dime and appointed a special counsel to investigate Trump, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Michael Flynn and Russia.

The Justice Department has decided to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian officials seeking to meddle in last year’s election, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Robert Mueller, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has agreed to serve in the role, Rosenstein said. The move marks a concession by the Trump administration to Democratic demands for the investigation to be run independently of the Justice Department. Calls for a special counsel have increased since Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week.

“In my capacity as acting attorney general I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,’’ Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.’’

He said Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm to avoid any conflict of interest. Under the order signed Wednesday by Rosenstein, Mueller is tasked with investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump’’ as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation’’ and any other matters that fall under the scope of the Justice Department regulation covering special counsel appointments.

[From The Washington Post]

Mueller’s appointment is being praised on both sides of the aisle, although many Trump-critics are now complaining that the appointment might mean that everything slows down, as Mueller will have to spend weeks catching up on where the FBI and DOJ investigations stand.

What else? Surprising no one, it seems like the FBI is closing in on Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. According to NBC News, “multiple grand jury subpoenas and records requests have been issued in connection with the two men during the past six months.” NBC’s sources also say that the FBI investigation has expanded beyond Flynn and Manafort as well. Also: read this story about how Flynn maybe-probably committed treason. Yeah. Also: Reuters reports this morning that Trump-officials had more than “eighteen undisclosed contacts with Russian officials.” Shocking!

Update: Trump is acting like a butthurt snowflake on Twitter this morning.

This is Robert Mueller, the guy who will save us all? Eh.

FBI Director Robert Mueller

Photos courtesy of WENN, Pacific Coast News.

 

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  1. eXo says:

    Yeah, no US President has been treated worse than Drumpf *cough* JFK, Obama,.. *cough*.

  2. Prince says:

    Sometimes I wonder if he really believes the stuff he is saying or is he saying stuff like that just because his dumb supporters believe everything he says?

  3. Jem says:

    Mueller has a sterling reputation. Trump has good reason to be nervous enough to STFU for once. It won’t last, but at least we get to enjoy the silence.

    • Craven says:

      I can just see White House Counsel frantically refreshing his twitter feed hoping against hope that this idiot is not incriminating himself before the entire world in the middle of a special investigation. What do you wanna bet there are high level closed door discussions on whether to just secretly change his password and just hand the account to a PR staff member?

    • Jem says:

      Aaaaaannnd it’s over. He’s back on Twitter, whining like a baby

    • Melly says:

      My dad use to work with Robert Mueller. According to my dad, Mueller is one of the toughest and most ethical people he’s ever met. Trump better watch out, Mueller don’t play.

      • Lady D says:

        So, Mueller is clean? He can’t be blackmailed by Trump, the GOP’s and Dems or the Russians? I’m asking because I’m desperately searching for a glimmer of hope that Trump is going down. Also, I’m Canadian and haven’t heard of Mr. Mueller, which is why I ask.

      • holly hobby says:

        Mueller was the US Attorney when I worked the federal courts. He is a stand up guy and he just does the job without a lot of bells and whistles. People seem to forget but he was the FBI Director for a few weeks before 9/11 happened. He resurrected and modernized the FBI as we now know it.

        He’s the real deal. Orange Trumpkins should be afraid. Someone hide the WH silver and valuables. Him and his band of thieves would try to remove them.

      • The Other Katherine says:

        Trump doesn’t have anything to offer that he can tempt Mueller with, and I’d be genuinely shocked if Mueller has any dirty laundry that leaves him open to blackmail. He had a truly sterling reputation throughout his career in government service, and he’s not interested in fame or running for office. I was astounded to hear he’d been selected, as Mueller will be implacable in getting the job done — to pick such a formidable special counsel, whose reputation will eclipse the rest of the current DoJ, Rod Rosenstein must have been wicked *pissed* that Trump and co. tried to pin Comey’s firing on him.

  4. IndifferentCat says:

    Let the impeachment begin!

  5. Nicole says:

    Mueller being hired is a HUGE deal for a lot of reasons
    1. They hired him sans WH notice which means they are serious about the investigation
    2. The guy has a great rep on both sides of the aisle so GOP members can’t complain without looking stupid
    3. The guy is no slouch either. They went for a big gun. This is good news.
    4. Apparently there are more subpoenas on the way but they waited for this hire to go through

    What this does is prove that the intelligence agencies are dead serious about the investigation. Clearly the WH is scared because no one went on tv last night to spout the usual BS. This is good

    • Wilma says:

      Yup, and he has a broad mandate plus he basically ask for any document he needs.

    • IlsaLund says:

      Agree. Mueller was FBI Director for 13 years…..the second longest tenure after Hoover. Also Comey replaced him as FBI Director and both Comey & Mueller are alleged to have a close professional and personal relationship. I think Comey will help Mueller get caught up quickly on the investigation.

      • Ramona says:

        This is how close they were; When George W was trying to fire some State AGs, his own AG (John Ashcroft) was against it. Ashcroft then very suddenly fell very ill. So W or more likely Chenney, sent White House staff to the hospital to get AG Ashcroft’s signature while he was under heavy sedatives and unable to think. Comey, was at the time the Deputy AG and Acting AG while Ashcroft was in hospital. Mueller was the Director of the FBi. Comey heard about the circling White House staff at the hospital from Ashcroft’s wife and figured out why they were there. He then called FBI Director Mueller and explained why the White House had to be stopped. Mueller instantly got into his car and started heading to the hospital to stand guard at AG Ashcrofts bedside. Meanwhile he instructed FBI Agents closer by to get there fast. Acting AG Comey arrived but was stopped from going into the hospital room presumably by Agents under instruction from the White House. So he rang FBI Director Mueller who gave FBI Agents instructions over the phone directly countermanding whatever Chenney or Bush had asked them to do. Comey and Mueller then personally sat by AG Ashcrofts bedside until he was lucid and succeeded in stopping the White House coup. They then both wrote resignation letters but then so did most of their senior staff and the White House could not afford those optics so the resignations were rejected. They were both subsequently called to testify in Congress which is how this story became public knowledge.

        Now you tell me which Hollywood political thriller even comes close to that? Its like that scene from the Godfather will Al Pacino standing guard outside his dads hospital but better because it really happened.

        All of that just to say, you are so right. Those two have a great professional relationship.

      • wolfpup says:

        WOW! – Ramona – good one! Obviously, just “believing” (in Jesus?) will not save the USA. The Land of the free, and home of the brave, does not come without the price of bravery against ALL corruptions.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Mueller is a genius pick.

    • Lightpurple says:

      And he hasn’t been gone from the FBI for very long so most of the agents investigating Trump probably know and trust Mueller.

    • swak says:

      Apparently Conway was suppose to go on Fox News, at the request of the White House, but cancelled at the last minute. Also, thought Trump was spouting how he would be vindicated by the investigation and to bring it on. What happened?

      • ELX says:

        Right now, all the minions are thinking about the hitting the exit. First out gets the best deal, ’tis always so–immunity, tell-all book deal, exclusive interview, TV pundit spot, blog, etc. They’re going to need it to, as George S. recounted in ‘All Too Human’ one trip to Capitol Hill to testify is $10,000 to your lawyer. Kellyanne decided to stay for the money–she better have a lot of it.

  6. jwoolman says:

    Ha ha. The special counsel is the same kind of independent details man as Comey. Good luck, Donald. Did you look at those retirement brochures yet?

  7. TheOtherOne says:

    Nope, Donald will save us all. And by ‘save us’ I mean the embarrassment and anxiety of a prolonged investigation by putting his foot in his mouth or a committing another blatant act of obstruction. He is a narcissist. They are self-destructive by nature and hence everything he touches he destroys. So let the countdown begin since Flynn is leaking to the press by stating he told the WH Counsel on Jan 4 he was under investigation. And more leaks are occurring from the Flynn side after the appointment of Mueller. Nervous are we, boys??

    • wolfpup says:

      I sigh with relief because of hard-core facts.

      Perhaps everyone is seeing that Donald Trump is a dangerous man to the American nation, the globe – our world!

      He is the opposite of Robin Hood. He takes from the poor and increases the wealth of the rich. I do not see why the poor would see this as a great idea. Do they watch too much TV? Certainly, they watch too much racist and sexist TV in that they do not know how to vote in their own interests. Donald wants to cut their healthcare, food, and public education.

      I’ve noticed with the very poor, that some of their racism has to do with finding another further down on the pecking system to rail against. They copy the rich in desiring a class system that would disenfranchise another, lower than they.

  8. Tata says:

    Did anyone read this: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/a-special-prosecutor-is-not-the-answer/526662/

    Special prosecutors have a statue of limitations, and have to find a CRIME (not just unethical behavior or impropriety)

    He talks about the Valerie Plame incident, and how only one person wws charged, despite multiple people engaging in wrongdoing.

    I get nervous we are going to blow our chance.

    • Cherise says:

      Yes thats why a few democrats were calling for a special commission instead. The other problem is that the special counsel will seal all the media leaks and so the republicans get to go into mid-terms unencumbered by constant nedia revelations. Theres no reason you cant have both the commission and counsel though except Republicans will argue that it will lead to toe-stepping. In terms of matters of justice, its a great move. In terms of politics, this is the best outcome for republicans given the circumstances.

    • cr says:

      Per Politico, as special counsel (not prosecutor) he has no time limit:
      5) Is there a set length of time for the inquiry?

      There’s no fixed duration for the investigation. It’s probable that getting Mueller and his team into place will cause some delay as they hire staff and get up to speed on work that’s already been done. Given the sensitivity of the intelligence matters, those newly-assigned to the case will need special security clearances and approvals.

      The investigation could well enter a relatively quiet period for a while until Mueller decides whether to take steps likely to draw public attention, like summoning witnesses to a grand jury.
      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/donald-trump-special-prosecutor-questions-238536

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Congress doesn’t need to find a “crime” to impeach. They just need to determine he did serious wrongdoing, like obstructing justice or abusing power. That threshold is whatever congress determines on any given moment, so it is SO IMPORTANT to win back the House in 2018.

      There are two different things going on: criminal investigation and investigations into wrong doing that could lead to impeachment. They can both co-exist, and their findings can support each other.

  9. Shambles says:

    Not breaking out the celebratory white Russians just yet, but this is the first piece of trump news that has eased my emotional exhaustion at least the tiniest bit since November. Un-president him.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. As Jon Lovett from Crooked Media tweeted, “this feels different. this feels new. ” Lol.

      Even the Fox crowd seems to be scared. I read that last night they had a panel discussing…wait for it…HIllary. Desperation has no bounds.

    • Giddy says:

      Yes. When I heard about the special counsel I had the first feelings of hope that I’ve had since the election.

    • wolfpup says:

      Dear Ones; ladies, this will be a long battle – All of Your Life you will be fighting for your children and the poor among us, whether that be the poor in spirit, or those who are poor in resources. You must take a break, and refresh yourselves. Remember, that in the 5 billion years of the history of our planet, (that we emerged from), we are but a blink in that historical time – Enjoy your sojourn! It is beautiful here on our blue and green planet. Remember that everyone here, now, at this very moment, will be dead in 100. There is great meaning in being alive. We are all-together-now.

      Our amazing brain lets us see, smell, hear, touch, and feel. DO IT – because that is how our cells intended that we choose to live.

  10. grabbyhands says:

    I lost my shit on Facebook yesterday over the “no one has been treated more unfairly than me” BS. Like not only are you at a graduation (which at this point you should feel grateful that people even want you at) where the day is supposed to be about the graduates and not you, but then you double down on your narcissism by having the gall to give one of the most transparently pathetic whines on record. If I was a graduate I would have just sit there in stunned silence, especially if I was a graduate of a military academy listening to a five time draft dodger complain about how mean everyone is.

    And then this morning I wake up to hear Chris Cornell has died. Chris Cornell dies and this slob gets to be president. There is no god.

    • Aiobhan Targaryen says:

      Yeah, reading that Chris Cornell died was truly shocking. I am hoping it had nothing to do with drugs because I remember that he has struggled with it for a long time.

      I remember being both terrified and strangely entranced by the “Black Hole Sun” video when I saw it on MTV.

      • grabbyhands says:

        The speculation – suicide or accidental overdose – is devastating. I’m really hoping that it was just unexpected natural causes, as awful as that is. His poor family.

        I am absolutely gutted by this -this music was my world in my twenties and I was lucky enough to be in the middle of it as a Seattleite. Today is going to be hard.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      If I was one of the graduates, I would have been as openly disrespectful as possible without doing anything illegal.

    • Esmom says:

      Our local TV news station was showing shots of the graduates while Trump spoke and from what I saw they were ALL OF US.

      And yes, RIP Chris Cornell.

    • Kiki says:

      I know, I know. We have lost a good musician and yet we have a Whiny baby for a President. This is beyond me….. R.I.P Chris Cornell. This is not fair. Oh Please for the love of God that he didn’t die of Drugs.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      I saw Soundgarden in LA when I used to tag along with my live music obsessed older sister and her friends. It was right before they became well known. She took me to see Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Stone Temple Pilots etc. I had such a crush on those Seattle rockers but he stood out the most to me.
      It was announced on the same day as Roger Ailes too.
      I hope drugs weren’t involved because that means he was struggling again with addiction.

  11. Rapunzel says:

    Whiny Mcwhinerson (DT) ruined that graduation with his whining. Sad!

  12. Perpetua says:

    Rosenstein was the one who encouraged the firing of Comey, and Mueller hates all whistleblowers and forced Colleen Rowley out of the FBI for disagreeing with her critiques and warnings about terrorism, which turned out to be completely right, so idk how this is a good thing.

    • toni says:

      Rosenstein didn’t encourage the firing of Comey that’s Trump’s spin for him wanting to get rid of Comey.

      • Perpetua says:

        From The Hill:
        “Rosenstein, a 27-year Justice Department veteran, was little known outside of government circles until Tuesday.

        That’s when the White House hung its decision to fire Comey, who led the FBI investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia, on a memo Rosenstein wrote criticizing Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

        Rosenstein’s notion that Comey overstepped his bounds, broke protocol and generally politicized the Clinton investigation is accepted by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as many legal scholars and law enforcement officials.”

      • Cherise says:

        @Perpetua

        Rosenstein had a conversation about Comey with the AG and president together shortly after taking his position. It is not clear who initiated this conversation but I would bet you it was that slimy Sessions. He was being baited into saying what was evident to anyone with a brain….Comey should not have issued that statement on Hillary. Trump and Sessions now knowing what he would write, then requested that he submit this in a rushed memo. He did not at any point call for Comeys sacking. Trump received the memo and sacked Comey that same day. After a few days, Trump then confirmed both in interview and twitter, that he had always intended on sacking Comey and just needed a pretext. Rosenstein was set up.

        BUT DONT FEEL BAD FOR ROSENSTEIN; he won this one. He has not only salvaged his reputation, he has forestalled whatever damage Trunp intended to do at the FBI with a political appointee. The special counsel is former FBI man with deep ties to career FBI staff so not even a political director will help Trump now. Also, the new Counsel has ties to Comey going way back to the 43 trenches. He wont be coming in just to tear down Comeys work and maintain a Trump presidency.

      • Esmom says:

        Cherise, I agree that this goes a long way in restoring Rosenstein’s credibility, which he pretty much flushed down the toilet with the Comet incident. Last night Iw as thinking how Rosenstein, knowing his reputation was torn to shreds, pretty much had to do this if he wanted to salvage his career.

    • BJ says:

      That’s not true.That was the first of many lies the WH put out.Trump contradicted that story in Lester Holt interview, if I am not mistaken.
      Another #alternativefact…

    • jwoolman says:

      It looks now that Rosenstein simply had some legitimate concerns and was detailing them in a memo. That’s not the same as recommending firing Comey. Trump was the one who tried to blame Rosenstein, then it came out that Trump had already decided to fire Comey and was just trying to get something out of Sessions and Rosenstein to back up his original false claim that he was firing Comey for being mean to Hillary. When nobody believed that and the Democrats didn’t jump for joy as expected (well, the smart ones didn’t), Trump decided to show that he was in charge and admitted that the Russia investigation was on his mind when he did it, because OF COURSE that’s a fake investigation just because the Democrats haven’t accepted the insane result of the 2016 election, nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah.

  13. Beth says:

    When I watched that speech he gave at the CGA,I SMH when I heard anyone clap. Hè’s going to be taking lots of money from the CG. This speech was ridiculousbecause again, it was all àbout him.

    Waaah! Mommy,nobody likes me! The media is fake and mean! Waaah!
    Shut the f*ck up Donnie

  14. Incredulous says:

    It’shappening.gif? IT’SHAPPENING.GIF!

  15. Snoopy says:

    After I read the announcement of the special counsel, I spent an hour on YouTube just watching obama videos. Reminding myself that this is not normal.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I visited a lawyer friend in Northern Ireland over the New Year’s holiday. I brought the 2016 year-end issue of People magazine with me which had the Obamas on the cover. When I was packing to fly back to Texas, my friend brought it to me with some other magazines I had shared with her during my stay. I took one last look of the beautiful picture of the Obamas, handed it back to her, and said, “Keep it. I do not want to be reminded of everything we have lost.” Then we both started tearing up because we both respect and love the Obamas so much and knew that with Cheeto Mussolini in charge everything would change.

      This is NOT normal. This will NEVER be normal or okay.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I feel sad too when I remember the days when we had elegance and decorum in the White House. The Orange Despot is a representation of the worst aspects of human nature and 80s greed. When he goes we will all need time to get over our collective shell shock.

      • wolfpup says:

        Bearcat – our heritage is before us, plainly seen. The Obama’s taught us everything we need to fight for. Fight!!! A bearcat might roll over in the night to have a cry, but we wake in the morning light, Loving One Another, and willing to go again!

        Right!?

  16. Indiana Joanna says:

    baby fists is a lunatic full of self pity and rage.

    I’m grateful for the appointment of Special Counsel but while it’s going on baby fists has ample time to continue to destroy the delicate trust we have with allies regarding fighting terrorism, wreck trade alliances, and let his overlord Putin infiltrate our democracy. baby fists is such a vindictive monster he would do all this simply to spite the American people. Because his feelings are hurt.

    • jwoolman says:

      Donald might actually have a major meltdown if he goes on this foreign trip. It’s nine days away from home and he doesn’t like sleeping away from one of the places he calls home. He’s under more stress than ever and is likely to be meeting people who won’t be happy with him and ordinary citizens who will make it clear they don’t respect him.

      Plus it’s pointless because he can’t be coherent about US policy, he can’t easily learn new things and keep them in his head, and he’s likely to cause a lot of damage in his cluelessness. His staff should give up on futilely trying to prepare him and just focus on thinking up a graceful way for him to send his regrets and let Pence go in his place.

  17. Jan says:

    It seems that Rod Rosenstein has saved his reputation after being set up by the WH to take the fall for firing Comey. After two weeks on the job. Actually, I’m glad. By all accounts Robert Mueller is fair and impartial and will not be intimidated by the Oranage Menace and his goons.
    As for the Traitor-in-Chief, if he has a persecution complex now, just wait until Mueller starts uncovering the money laundering, Russian mob ties and subpeonas the tax returns. This will be interesting to watch. I feel bad for the graduates at the Coast Guard Academy who had to listen to the snivelling, self-righteous Orange 2 year old at the podium. He was not at all inspirational or even coherent, just as self-absorbed as ever. SMH
    (RIP Chris Cornell)

  18. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    Here is a list of leaders that come right off the top of my head that have been treated more unfairly than Dump,

    John McCain, JFK, Lincoln, Mandela, Reagan, Aung San Suu Kyi, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Coretta Scott-King, Betty Shabazz, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Morgan Tsvangirai, Benazir Bhutto, Big Bird.

  19. laur says:

    I hope for the sake of humanity that an investigation somewhere finally finishes Trump soon. But I have a feeling that he’ll just carry on regardless and blame “fake news”. After all, he’s already turning the USA into his own little dictatorship so who’s to say what’ll happen as the result of any investigation. It’s obvious what he’s done and the classified info leak is IMO the worst by far and probably lead to someone dying, if I were American I would be on the streets after that DEMANDING action not just carrying on “hoping” for impeachment. If history has taught us anything, it’s that checks and balances, and democratic processes don’t always work. Look at Hitler – in hindsight you think how could this have been allowed to happen? But once he was in power nobody was going to stop him. I pray Trump can be stopped but I hold out little hope right now… Also, what happens when this investigation proves his ties with Russia, what will their reaction be? War? I am truly scared and I don’t even live in America. This twit has potentially doomed us all.

  20. toni says:

    The bigger story is the transcript of Ryan and McCarthy talking about Russian hacking of DNC before it became public and talking about Trump getting paid by Russians.

  21. Natalie S says:

    There is Russian dirty money everywhere. Look at Chaffetz doing an about-turn.

    This is about to get so much uglier.

  22. Jenns says:

    I believe that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. But I don’t know how much Trump knew about it. In fact, I’m willing to believe that he didn’t know about it all. I think Flynn, Malfort and yes, even Kushner, were the ones behind the scenes in contact with Russia. I’m not holding my breath that Trump will go down, but hiring Mueller, and only notifying The White House after he was signed shows that the FBI isn’t going to let this slide.

    I’m interested to see how Trump’s trip goes over. Because I have a feeling that if he doesn’t literally sh*t himself, and somehow says coherent words, the media will start with the “He sounded presidential!” BS all over again. And all of these scandals will continued to be swept under the rug.

  23. Rapunzel says:

    DT broke the twitter silence! He’s whining about Obama and Clinton again and why nobody appointed a special counsel for them. “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” He says.

  24. Lightpurple says:

    Let’s just recap the events of yesterday, keeping in mind that anyone of these events on its own could lead the news for a week or more, but they all happened on the same day!
    1. Putin offered Congress transcripts of the meeting between Trump & his spies in the Oval Office.
    2. Putin insulted Americans who want Trump investigated.
    3. It was confirmed that the intel Trump leaked came from MOSSAD and MOSSAD and others now are reluctant to share intel with the US
    4. Mitch McConnell again said an independent investigation was not necessary.
    5. Paul Ryan said that he would leave various committees to do their thing, an independent investigation wasn’t necessary.
    6. The President gave the Commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy.
    7. During the Commencement address before what was basically a captive audience, he’s their boss so they can’t protest or boo, Voldemort’s orange turd said he was the most unfairly treated politician in history. With all due respect to Nelson Mandela, Archduke Ferdinand, Marie Antoinette, and the rest of the world throughout eternity, restricting this to just Americans for the moment, Abraham Lincoln, a man who was blamed for the Civil War and survived three assassination attempts before the fourth was successful, and his successor Andrew Johnson, also the survivor of assassination attempts, including one on the night Lincoln was killed, and the first President to be impeached, could not be reached for comment. But Michelle Obama’s eyeroll caused tremors in three states.
    8. Democrats stood on the floor of the US House of Representatives and demanded impeachment.
    9. The Speaker issued a warning that congressional members were not to speak harshly about Donald Trump.
    10. The Speaker whined that people were trying to hurt Donald Trump.
    11. The Speaker announced that tax reform was necessary because tax laws had been in place since before he got his driver’s license. What does that even mean? A rather arbitrary measure, yes?
    12. Rumors spread that the FBI is now investigating the Kushners because of that whole China visa mess.
    13. Rumors spread that Jared had demanded Trump fire Comey because his family was now being investigated.
    14. Rumors spread that Trump is furious that nobody is happy that he fired Comey.
    15. Rumors spread that a Russian bank bailed out a failing Trump property in Toronto.
    16. NATO instructed leaders to limit their speeches at the upcoming conference to two to four minutes because of Trump’s short attention span.
    17. The Washington Post asked Ryan to comment on a story that he knew about Trump Russian ties last July. Ryan said the story was false.
    18. Trump wants his visit to Israel shortened.
    19. The Washington Post told Ryan they had a transcript of his comments about Trump’s ties to Russia. Ryan again said the story was false and the transcript was fake.
    20. Trump wants his entire trip shortened.
    21. The Washington Post tells Ryan there is a recording of his comments about Trump ties to Russia last July. Ryan says he was just joking.
    22. News spreads that Flynn blocked an attack on ISIS because Turkey opposed it.
    23. News spreads that Trump administration knew in December that Flynn was compromised but gave him the NS post anyway.
    24. Questions arise about what Pence knew and when did he know it?
    25. Special Counsel announced.
    26. Jason Chaffetz has a meltdown over the appointment of a Special Counsel, screaming no crimes were committed.
    27. Secretary of State Tillerson says there is no way to know whether the Russians bugged the Oval Office during the meeting, because apparently, we lack resources to frisk them or to guard the office while they were there or to sweep the office after they left, and hey, we’re still using it even though it is probably bugged. Too bad we don’t have any intelligence agencies that could search it for bugs.
    28. Paul Ryan welcomes a Special Counsel
    29. News spreads of 18 undisclosed meetings between Russia and Trump campaign staff and transition staff.

    That’s just in one day!

    • third ginger says:

      Many thanks, and I am tired just reading it.

    • IlsaLund says:

      Exhausting and absolutely mind boggling.

      I hope he cancels the foreign trip altogether. I’m afraid that Orange idiot will do or say something to make matters worse. He won’t stick to any prepared speech and if he says something ignorant and stupid, who knows how others will react. The thought of him traveling abroad representing the U.S. makes me sick to my stomach. I can only hope that the Pope won’t indulge Trump’s nonsense like other foreign leaders will.

    • Christin says:

      Ole Jason was in partisan screeching mode on Faux News yesterday evening. For someone suddenly planning to retire, he is quite yappy now.

      The speeding up of drips and defensiveness makes me think the claims of involvement/awareness by many of the party’s leaders may be true. Dirty laundry is all around.

    • SusanneToo says:

      Is “Just joking” the new “No comment”?
      Republicans-such great comedians.

    • SusanneToo says:

      #27. Please, CIA, install new bugs. There’s a foreign agent in the OO.

    • Jenns says:

      So much is happening that you can’t even keep up.

    • Maria F. says:

      if you would have written this about 3 months ago, it would have sounded like fiction. Independence Day Part 4 or some movie script….

      What offends me is how the WH and its lackeys assume we are all as stupid as their voters.

      I mean Ryan is asked 3 times about his comments. Why not say from the beginning ‘if i said something like that, it was in jest’ – then he has it covered. It might not be ideal, but believable.

      Oh no, deny, deny and then deny again. Oh wait, the thing I denied so fervously – and I apparently had totally forgotten about, because it never happend… Well if it happened, then i was joking. For sure. I would know, believe me, cause i have incredible memory.

      So insulting to my intelligence as a human being.

      • jwoolman says:

        Maria F.- yes, if both Ryan and McCarthy, when first asked about that conversation, just had said “oh, I remember that conversation. We were all just joking around”, I might have believed it was all a joke. But they both independently first denied it ever happened, them when told there was a transcript they both said it was a fake transcript. And finally when they were told the transcript came from an audio recording – they both resorted to the “it was a joke” defense.

        In other words – they did the same suspicious thing Trump’s people did when asked about contacts with Russian officials, denied they ever happened until faced with proof that they did, then just tried to say it was all innocent small talk. Nobody would have worried about it if they just told the truth from the beginning.

        I would like to see all of these jokers questioned under oath by the committee. And also voice experts asked for an expert opinion (preferably three independent ones).

    • Esmom says:

      I know, my nerves were jangling all. day. long. I missed the Chaffetz thing. And here I was thinking he might tone it down since he’s leaving his seat. Ugh.

      All I can say about Paul Ryan at this point is…history will not be kind to the monster.

      Oh and the NATO thing burns me up. It’s like having a parent insist that their toddler join the adult table while everyone else sort of cringes. What an embarrassment.

    • swak says:

      I’m exhausted by just reading that! Thanks for the summary. I try to keep up but it’s hard!

      • wolfpup says:

        Stop stressing, and “Come Together”, like the Beatles said in the 60′s. It is a joyful movement on behalf of all mankind. You don’t need f***ing pills, but each other. Stop stressing – We will show up at all rallies, We will vote, We will educate, and We will advocate for all poor. We will be joyful!!! (Music, lots of it, and conversation and joyfulness in being together – never anger alone. Anger is a good thing, but it is limited, because it merely destroys, and we need united citizens rooting for each other. May I call upon the power of love?

    • Lightpurple says:

      Oh, I missed Donald Jr mouthing off and Princess Nagini pretending to be a humanitarian to distract from all the treason.

      • wolfpup says:

        I learned that keeping my mouth shut was supporting the tyrants of my own life. I thought that I was being good – but the fact is, that I was only merely keeping them in power, by being dutiful, compliant. The sad stuff is, that in all my efforts to please, I would never be enough. Eventually, I learned to please and believe in my own cells, and life Itself, on the grander scale.

        Moral of the Story is Don’t Be Complaint, or Silent.

    • Rachel says:

      I think we need lightpurple as a special correspondent during this time. You’re always so up to date and offer brilliant insight.

    • HK9 says:

      All this and it’s only May. What state will the country be in by September??

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Masterful. I hope you keep this in your own separate file to add to as needed (and it will be needed). Thank you for helping us reap this whirlwind.

      Roger Aisles (sp) died. Oh well.

  25. third ginger says:

    Once again, Trump is contradicting subordinates who sent out a carefully worded statement on his behalf yesterday. Then, the truth comes out, as usual.

  26. IlsaLund says:

    I only hope that criminal prosecutions come of this and not just a slap on the wrist and we’re all told it wasn’t illegal but bad judgement and improper behavior.

    Also, now that a special prosecutor has been named, the GOP think they can return to the business of destroying government:

    Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice. Documents obtained by The Post show how the president wants to reshape K-12 education and college financial aid.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

    The Koch brothers launch campaign to pass President Trump’s tax cuts? Trump’s one-page tax blueprint, released last month, includes plans to slash the corporate tax rate, reduce taxes for high-income earners and abolish the federal estate tax.

    https://usat.ly/2qvLzIZ

  27. RBC says:

    I wonder if any more information will be unearthed when Trump goes on his first official overseas trip? Or on the other hand will Trump be on his best behaviour when he meets world leaders?

  28. SusanneToo says:

    Digital Unicorn posted this yesterday and it bears reposting. Truly hilarious smackdown of the Orange Buffoon.
    http://twitter.com/thehistoryguy/status/864894581002780673

  29. abby says:

    This is a step, a positive step, but just a step.
    I am not cheering until real action is taken and as long as Republican voters are still backing Trump, I don’t expect too much from Congress or this Special Prosecutor. These guys are slippery.

  30. Eric says:

    Mueller is a CRIMES prosecutor.

    This is the beginning of the end.

    Emperor Zero wanted a wall? Now he will get 4.

  31. Seraphina says:

    I hope the special counsel isn’t headed up by Ivanka.

  32. toni says:

    Roger Ailes, Trump’s role model in harrassing women, is dead.

      • third ginger says:

        Ailes is being “eulogized” even on MSNBC. At a certain level, pundits, not straight news reporters, are really all in it together. Wealthy, same neighborhoods, children going to the same schools, etc.

        I just watched Andrea Mitchell, God love her, remind a group of men why FOX had a corrupt culture.

      • wolfpup says:

        I’ve had two sons inform me that it was better to be a man. If I had to be born again, I would want to be a man – who wouldn’t want a wifey to support everything you do, make your meals, wash your clothes and give birth from their own body; your children? When you come home tired, you have a meal, and all the kids cleaned up for bedtime, and a fuc*, with a nice woman (who wouldn’t give you a disease?) Meanwhile, you get to work all day, make money, be intelligent, and boss around the family, because of the position of being merely male: with DEPENDANTS.

        This is simply a political truth. Freud, and penis-envy is ridiculous. If I were to choose, truly, it would be to be a woman. I love women. And I love the fact that I give birth to those who are most beloved to me. However, our political position, as women, is somewhat embarrassing.

    • Esmom says:

      I hope the special place in hell with his name on it is ready to go. I fully believe that without Fox, Trump would not be anywhere near the White House today. Their brainwashing of their viewers has ripped families apart and divided us as a country and championed ignorance and bigotry and misogyny…I could go on but I don’t want to waste any more energy on him/it.

      • Insomniac says:

        Could NOT agree more. Good riddance. Sorry that his passing will probably overshadow Chris Cornell’s in the news.

      • The Other Katherine says:

        Yes, Roger Ailes and his crew of misogynist bigots provided a toxic stew of propaganda that my father has chosen to marinate in for the last 25 years, and it has turned my father from a cranky libertarian with some mild prejudices and unexamined patriarchal privilege, into a genuine tin-foil-hatted racist who has barely concealed contempt for women who don’t agree with him. My mother and I can no longer discuss politics with him at all if we want to continue having any other kind of meaningful communication. She says that he’s not the man she married, and she’s right. It was my father’s choice to soak up all their poison, but they put it out there for him to wallow in. I don’t believe in hell, but if there is one I hope Ailes is in it. He has contributed to suffering and degradation of relationships in untold numbers of families.

    • I'mScaredAsHell says:

      Hmmmm…now the conspiracy theories will begin. Was Ailes done in cause he knew too much or was somehow connected to the Russian/Trump investigation? Let’s see how this gets spun in the world of conspiracy theories.

    • Shambles says:

      I feel as if all of this is hugely symbolic. Fox is going down in flames, and the man behind it is dead. It seems like a symbol of the death of this nasty, nasty far-right ideology that had the country in a frenzy. Or at least I hope.

  33. SusanneToo says:

    Hackers could access MAL wifi in less than five minutes. Also other trump properties.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4517766/Hackers-access-Mar-Lago-wifi-five-minutes.html

  34. Rice says:

    A bit pedantic but did anybody notice that Drumpf can’t even spell “counsel”? Anyway, there was talk about how Marco Rubio tweeted bible verses yesterday, like he knew that shit’s about to go down. There’s also a video of Roger Stone saying the Repubs will start saying that Drumpf has Alzheimer’s.

  35. I'mScaredAsHell says:

    Would love to know the behind the scenes machinations that went into selecting Mueller as the special prosecutor. Was Comey at all involved in the process? Did DOJ reach out to Mueller or vice versa? What caused Rosenstein to finally crack?

  36. Veronica says:

    Unless Pence gets taken down with the rest of them, impeachment won’t be a relief for any of us. We’ll have to deal with an equally extremist but far more competent president then.

    • holly hobby says:

      He will go too. He was chairing the transition committee where it was disclosed that Flynn was under investigation. So for all intents and purposes he did know Flyn was in bed with the Russians.

    • B n A fn says:

      IMO, Pence is just as compromised just as much as 45. I never forget during his debate with Tim Kaine he was sitting there lying his ass off. Tim was so frustrated, that the moderators did not called him with his lies, Pence was the press darling. This is pence favorite saying, I did not know, he knew every thing. I hope he goes down with 45. He has a very quiet way about him which get him a pass because he plays up being a Christian and above the Frey.

    • Aren says:

      He’s not as popular as Trump, they might share beliefs and/or tactics, but Pence is seen as a more regular person, thus can be taken down easier.
      I don’t think we’ll see masses outing themselves are racists or misogynists over Pence.

  37. robyn says:

    We are now learning that Trump’s transition team knew all along about Flynn’s work with Russia and Turkey. Why is this a surprise? Didn’t we all learn of this in the papers before he even actually “settled” into the WH and his summer palace in Florida? Pence knew, too, as did the entire GOP gang probably. They should all be sent to Sibera, along with the liars at Fox News.

  38. ash says:

    so having your head blown half off and being shot while your wife is enjoying a play with you…. not treated badly??? this guy mannnnnnn

  39. phlyfiremama says:

    Y’all DO realize that the law firm Mueller is resigning from represents Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, right!?

  40. holly hobby says:

    I’m pretty sure Kenneth Starr was appointed to investigate the Clinton Oval Office blowjob so Orangino is wrong on that count.

    I was working at the courthouse when Mueller was the US Attorney. He’s a stand up guy and he’s very thorough. I trust he will see this investigation through. They picked a good one.

  41. supposedtobeworking says:

    This is one of my favourite tweets: A spotlight on the twitter BS from the republicans from the Daily Show: How many times will we find Republicans criticizing the exact thing Trump is doing?

    https://twitter.com/i/moments/864246708112420865

  42. Magnoliarose says:

    If he’s dragged out in a straightjacket kicking and screaming I will not be surprised.

  43. why? says:

    Last night, Trump and the Russian bots were rejoicing over Mueller’s appointment, claiming that they would be vindicated and prove that there was no collusion between Trump and the Russians. What happened between now and then? Did Trump request a private meeting with Mueller and he refused?

    Trump is his own worst enemy. He is in this position because he doesn’t bother to learn anything, refuses to apologize for his bad actions, and is a bully who seems to think that he can do whatever he wants without any consequences. Why is Trump tweeting about witch hunts when he is the King of Witch Hunts?

    He falsely accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower.

    He used Devin Nunes, 3 of his WH staffers, and the NSA to reverse engineer support for his lie about being wiretapped by Obama.

    He said that Susan Rice committed a crime and was going to go to jail just because she did her job.

    Claimed that Obama wasn’t born in the US and demanded that he show his birth certificate.

    Claimed that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of Kennedy.

    Pushing for the death penalty for the Central Park 5, he even went so far as to place ads calling for it.

    Said that he was going to put the media and reporters in jail.

    Said negative things about the appearance of the wives of GOP senators.

    Participated in the “lock up her up” chants against Hillary.

    Claimed that Hillary had over 600 corrupt emails.

    His Muslim ban.

    Gave ICE the authority to arrest mothers and fathers as they dropped off their children.

    Gave Sessions the ability to make punishments harsher.

    Fired Comey because he wouldn’t drop the Russian investigation.

    Said he was going to sue those women who came out and said that Trump had harassed them.

    • wolfpup says:

      Why? -(Why, why, my dear?) You have spoken nothing but facts, and the absolute truth. Why does Trump call this all “fake news”?

      Trump discredits the opposition, and empowers and embolden the believers (that believe in Jesus – never science) Jesus was a good guy, obviously, but the stories told after his death is not the way to deal an adversary, like Korea, or Russia. Trump doesn’t even follow the 10 commandments, nor does he apologize, or repent.

  44. Andrea says:

    Can we just get Orrin Hatch in office already? Who? He is next in line after Paul Ryan.

  45. Bumfry says:

    Somewhere in the back of my mind I think he will go on denying while it all crashes around him, go into narcissistic crisis and shoot himself

  46. why? says:

    Lindsey Graham had a meltdown after Rosenstein’s meeting, he was misrepresenting everything. Graham whined that Muller’s presence would limit Congress’s ability to call witnesses and share with the public . Now go back to the Sally Yates hearing, Graham spent the entire time asking about leaks and unmasking, not about Flynn and Russia. So why is Graham acting like he is concerned about the investigation when given the chance he decided to push Trump’s agenda(before the hearing Trump tweeted that the senators should ask Sally Yates if she leaked the stuff about Flynn to WaPo)? Lindsey Graham is just upset because he isn’t going to be allowed to use the investigation to do Trump’s bidding. He also claimed that the WH’s version of the Comey was firing was correct, but when another senator came out, she said that Rosenstein knew that Comey was fired before he wrote the letter. When someone asked Rubio if Rosenstein knew that Comey was fired before he wrote the memo, Rubio stated that this was not made clear during Rosenstein’s meeting. What is wrong with the GOP? They will do anything and everything to protect Trump and won’t call him out on his bad behavior even when they know it’s wrong. Then they just can’t understand why a independent investigation is needed. It’s interesting, when the Democrats are asked if Rosenstein knew that Comey was going to be fired before he wrote the memo, they say yes and he found out that Comey was going to be fired the day before he wrote the memo. When the GOP are asked the same question, they lie.

    Trump says the the Special Counsel divides the country. Trump’s campaign was based on hate and creating division. Trump is upset about this investigation because so far all of his attempts to control and interfere with it are being shut down.

  47. IlsaLund says:

    Did anyone else hear that DOJ denied Sessions access to its computer systems yesterday to prevent him from tipping off Trump? Apparently, Rosenstein & et al, were super cautious and careful to keep Sessions in the dark about the naming of the special counsel.

    • holly hobby says:

      I think the tables has turned. DOJ and FBI the whole crew are treating these morons like criminals. The fact that Mueller was appointed meant that Keebler Elf was not consulted. I heard Orangino wants to appoint Lieberman to the FBI job. I don’t know how he would have qualified. There was another person on the short list that was approved by law enforcement. Lieberman wasn’t it.

      Orangino made a big mistake in dumping Comey. Mueller can’t be intimidated and he will start unraveling that yarn. Enjoy prison you fake criminals!

  48. third ginger says:

    Trump is in a press conference with his usual “everybody thinks and everybody knows” and still insisting that everything is a “witch hunt.”

    “Even my enemies have said there is no collusion.” DYING HERE!!!

  49. Stella in NH says:

    Pency-Poo needs to be included as well. He was in charge of the transition team. He knows all about the skeletons and did nothing to stop it. Guilty!

  50. Disco Dancer says:

    Lock Him Up!

    Trump this bitch! Although I could say trump the bitch for Ivanka-ho and Malaria Trump! I hate them that much!

  51. robyn says:

    So now everyone is “shocked” that the Trump team gave Flynn his very important job in the WH apparently knowing he was under investigation. Does anyone see the irony that the GOP and American people gave Trump an even more important job while under FBI investigation. Trump and Sessions cannot be trusted with classified information. It’s like letting the Russian’s come to roost in the WH.

  52. wolfpup says:

    I am nearly an old woman. I will love the meadows, flowers, and trees, until the day that I die. I try and say everything! God Bless, my darlings – Life Is wondrous – do you have a better word for Us? – that is, the old and young, together?”

    How could our dream of together, die with a Donald Trump.? It will not happen. I believe in Us.
    My son asks me, how would the Universe be stricken by a lack of humans? So we ask ourselves and are willing to look at the answers.

    The Universe does not need humans. Why is there this “specialness” that destroys own bounty, that is our own home, in search for Another one, that we did not emerge from? Another planet, whose germs might destroy…we do not know…What is the point of this risk, this involvement of $$$? Especially knowing the fact that we do not understand or appreciate our own planet>

  53. wolfpup says:

    Why should I be crying, when I am asking the rest of you to take heart?. I want to go to sleep. I want to wake to a sunrise. What is the point of a Donald Trump, except to cause to cause heartache fto an entire world?

    It’s a big world – I am so glad I will be dead, because I am old, after all this Trumpness… It’s all on you, my little lovelies. The beauty of stillness, and your children… I am really thankful that I had a good run with airplanes and Bill Gates.

    Do not forget the pleasure of being alive.

    Fight for all humans – all of the creatures who know pleasure. –

    My son asks me, “what can I do?”

    Speak.

    • Giddy says:

      Please hang in there with us wolfpup. We need to be strong together to fight against the madman who temporarily occupies the Oval Office. His comeuppance is on the way and sooner than he imagines. I will celebrate. So I’m asking you to take heart and Resist! Do not let Bigly rob you of life’s pleasures. I hate him, but last night I sat on my front porch and saw the first firefly of the season. It’s the small perfect moments that remind me that DT can’t rob me of what I treasure most. We’re all in this together.

  54. teehee says:

    So he thought he could work on the political and social front like corporate America works: good ole boys club. Unfortunately this still gets people quite far, but, on a global scale this requires much more insight than he has.