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A GOP Congressman engaged to a Pence aide: Wow-We bombed our own base on purpose because of Trump

A GOP Congressman who is engaged to a Pence aide

Wow. We bombed our own base on purpose, because of the impulsive decision by @realDonaldTrump didn’t leave time to evacuate the right way. Is this the America you grew up believing in?




https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1184655049361899520

PELOSI uses the image the president tweeted out for her Twitter banner



https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1184610520881610752

The Democratic Party Finally Ready To Support The Building Of Trump's Wall

just today, we have

– the insane presser with the Italian PM
– the insane non-event with the grieving British parents
– the insane ranting at Nancy Smash
– the insane letter to Erdogan

Am I missing anything?
https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/10/16/yall/#comment-7440904

Trump assigned Barr & Manchin to deal w Erdogan's pleas to avoid charges against 1 of Turkey's banks

Trump assigned his AG and Treasury sec to deal with Erdogan’s pleas to avoid charges against one of Turkey’s largest banks.

President Donald Trump assigned his attorney general and Treasury secretary to deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s repeated pleas to avoid charges against one of Turkey’s largest banks, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In an April phone call, Trump told Erdogan that William Barr and Steven Mnuchin would handle the issue, the people said. In the months that followed, no action was taken against Halkbank for its alleged involvement in a massive scheme to evade sanctions on Iran. That changed when an undated indictment was unveiled Tuesday -- a day after Trump imposed sanctions over Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria.



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-16/trump-erdogan-call-led-to-lengthy-push-to-avoid-halkbank-trial

We know this is a lie, because Trump is NEVER "measured, factual, and decisive."

PressSec’s description of Trump’s Syria meeting with Dems offers a different view. Blames leadership for choosing to “storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine.”


https://twitter.com/weijia/status/1184582851213307904

This woman speaks at least two languages. Neither of them allowed her to understand Babyfingers.

Welcome to the Splash Zone, Italian Translator.
VIDEO:
https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/1184583701876879361

At WH - Pelosi To Donald's Face: "All roads with you lead to Putin"



per senior Democratic aide, the Speaker told the President at the WH his policy had given Russia the “foothold in the Middle East” that Moscow has always wanted

Pelosi to Trump directly: “All roads with you lead to Putin”

https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/1184592684926849031

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Per Dem aide:
Schumer to Trump: "Is your plan to rely on the Syrians and the Turks?"
Trump: "Our plan is to keep the American people safe."
Pelosi: "That's not a plan. That's a goal."


https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1184598942765453312
https://twitter.com/DavidLauter/status/1184601583457316864

Trump: "We were the ones that got ISIS. We're the ones that took care of it, specifically ME"



Over 10,000 SDF fighters died in the fight against ISIS, painstakingly clearing town after town. The US-led coalition backed them, but the SDF did the bulk of the fighting.

https://twitter.com/Elizabeth_McLau/status/1184542833476358145

The FBI believes Rudy Giuliani may pose a national security threat to the United States.

THREAD. What does it mean that the FBI reportedly has a counterintelligence investigation on Giuliani?

1. First and foremost, it means that the FBI believes he may pose a national security threat to the United States.

2. CI investigations aren’t predicated on a suspicion that someone has broken the law. Rather, they typically begin because some has had contact with people linked to foreign intelligence and/or is furthering the interests of a foreign power in the U.S.

3. Sometimes people may be targeted unwittingly. For this reason, and bc CI investigations have broader threshold to open (and are secret), they have to be closed after 6 months if no actual threat exists or it can be neutralized in that time

4. Based on reports that the FBI was questioning people about Giuliano’s counterintelligence related issues as far back as Feb/Mar, an ongoing investigation would mean that this is a “Full” rather than “Preliminary” Investigation (former can be open indefinitely)

5. Given that Giuliani is an USPER, the bar to have a Full Investigation on him would be higher than for nonUSPERs. Also, in my experience, people who are being “unwittingly” targeted are neutralized pretty quickly (usually with a warning/heads up that they are targets)

6. (I should also note that the bar would be especially high since Giuliani is POTUS’ lawyer and, well...honestly wth would the FBI go through this movie all over again if there not some serious red flags???)

7. So basically, the FBI thinks something bad — and likely not “unwitting” — is up: That Giuliani is a conduit for pushing the agendas of foreign intelligence and/or foreign interests. Which we really don’t want happening, especially in the Oval Office

8. A couple of things: First, a CI investigation is not mutually exclusive with a criminal investigation. They can happen on different tracks. Given that SDNY has public corruption unit involved, there appears to be a separate criminal investigation on G as well

9. Second, there can be criminal violations on the CI side: Those are espionage (not likely here) or FARA violations (more likely, given what G’s associates were up to). But CI investigations don’t have to — and often don’t — result in criminal prosecutions

10. And bc CI cases don’t often cross over into criminal prosecutions, they would stay within FBI, and not bleed into SDNY unless and until that happened. (It’s not clear to me how much Main Justice would be involved, and how much power Barr would have over it)


From this Xlnt thread:
https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1184540825155489793

On CNN, @AshaRangappa_ says the counterintelligence probe means they think maybe Giuliani is a threat to our national security.
https://twitter.com/CNNnewsroom/status/1184536927317479429
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