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Trump may not understand what 'quid pro quo' means...


One more reason why I am leaning Warren...Go Liz


Chuck Schumer...


If true, the reports that President @realDonaldTrump may have told close associates of Putin that he didn’t mind Russian interference in the U.S. elections are extremely harmful to both our national security and the integrity of our elections.
It’s one of the most disturbing things we’ve learned yet.

The White House should immediately provide the Congressional intelligence committees with all the records of that meeting so we can get to the bottom of it.
Since President @realDonaldTrump does not seem to care about the integrity of our elections, it’s incumbent upon the Congress to take action.

@SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell: Stop blocking desperately-needed election security legislation in the Senate.

Watch for an avalanche of revelations....


Carl Bernstein...


Gouliani will absolutely face criminal charges...!


Seth Abramson...


I remember when I wrote my "October 2016" chapter for PROOF OF COLLUSION (published by Simon & Schuster in November 2018) there was some consternation among folks helping to work on the book as to why I wrote so much about Joe diGenova—because no one else was. Well, now you know.
1/ I was trained in criminal investigation. In a case of potential conspiracy, you *have* to know who the known associates of the suspect are, and you *have* to have some sort of a *timeline* for their intersection with the case. DiGenova and Trump's intersections go *way* back.
2/ Throughout the Trump-Russia and Trump-Ukraine scandals, there were people Trump corrupted for select purposes (special agents) and people he corrupted for all possible purposes (general agents). The number of *general* agents is far smaller than the number of *special* agents.
3/ *Every single movement* of Trump's lawless band of general agents—from 2013 onward—should have been tracked. That includes (in some cases beginning in 2015) Trump, Cohen, Trump Jr., Kushner, Giuliani, Flynn, Clovis, diGenova, Prince, Barrack, Pecker, Manafort and a few others.
4/ Other names include—e.g.—Sessions, Gates, Lewandowski. Others briefly dovetailed their lawlessness with Trump's—Bud McFarlane—or were recruited briefly into his lawlessness (K.T. McFarland) or for special purposes (Papadopoulos). But all the major criminal incidents involve...
5/ ...a small group of associates with no conscience, morals, or belief in law. We're talking fewer than 20 people being involved in 95% or more of the likely illegal events of these two scandals, with perhaps 10 to 15 more being specially tasked for minor roles in a few of them.

6/ Another category includes foreigners/foreign-born persons—in a few cases native-born persons—acting first and foremost on behalf of other countries openly or covertly: Nader, al-Otaiba, Dermer, Birnbaum, Zamel, Sater, Simes, and a few others. And one radical ideologue: Bannon.
7/ And there's virtually no one in major media systematically tracking the travels and meetings and public statements of this relatively small group of (globally and in total) 40 persons or so. But the moment you look—say, at Flynn's *travel*—the story appears almost immediately.
8/ So don't say "diGenova who?" He was in this group and so of *course* appears at *many* points in Trump's crime spree. I'd venture to say he's involved with elements of it even I—and other deep-divers—have never encountered. It's his *assent* to be part of it that matters most.
9/ I'd go further: anyone in Trump's small "circle of trust" should've been considered by investigators. For instance, one of his two best friends is Howard Lorber. When we learned Trump Jr. called Lorber in the midst of negotiating a secret Trump-Russia meeting at Trump Tower...
10/ ...the fact that *no one* had been tracking Trump's rogues' gallery meant Trump Jr. could say "See? I was just calling a random family friend!" In fact, Lorber's name recurs in the Trump story, and so it's *fascinating* Trump Jr. called him—but most of America didn't know it.
11/ More recently, we learned Trump discussed Biden with Schwarzman. Media—thinking Schwarzman was appearing in Trump's saga for the first time—said, "Uh... he's connected to China?" But anyone who's tracking the crew knows it's more significant he's connected to Kushner and MBS.
12/ I represented enough accused criminals to see in Trump the signs of a career criminal—which *also* means he has a crew of associates who know what he is and *still* aid him regularly or on occasion. DiGenova and Giuliani are in the crew—and media should've known that in 2016.
13/ Most of us would *never* associate with someone who violates the law routinely—as Trump does. But there's a *different* type of personality that seeks out such an individual and—if he's powerful—asks him, "How can I be of service?" Joe diGenova is precisely that sort of worm.
14/ I think few of us will be around to see the entirety of Trump's story written down; his criminality will be studied for *decades*. But at least we can do now what media should've done a long time ago: recognize the story's *cast of characters*, and try to track their actions.


Lawrence O'Donnell....


WTF.. in America we have legal weed but you can still get arrested for smoking it...


To Rep Nadler...We on DU will never forget..

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