Cohen’s Account Of Russia Talks Raises Questions About Trump Jr. 2017 Testimony: (Lock Him Up!)

Cohen’s Account Of Russia Talks Raises Questions About Trump Jr. 2017 Testimony: (Lock Him Up!)

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this report mischaracterized an answer Donald Trump Jr. gave to Senate investigators in 2017 about the prospective projects his family was negotiating with people in Moscow.

The story reported that Trump Jr.’s response — that negotiations on one project concluded by the end of 2014 — contrasted with the version of events as laid out in the guilty plea by Michael Cohen on Thursday. In fact, Trump Jr. and investigators were alluding to a different set of negotiations — not to a deal that Cohen was reportedly pursuing. Trump Jr. did acknowledge in his testimony that Cohen and another man were exploring a possible deal in Moscow in 2015 or 2016.

Trump Jr. did not address what Cohen has now admitted — that talks about such a deal continued at least into June 2016, longer than previously known and well into the presidential campaign.


This week’s guilty plea by Donald Trump’s ex-attorney Michael Cohen has raised questions about Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony to Congress regarding his family’s real estate negotiations with powerful Russians.

Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 that he was only “peripherally aware” of negotiations that Cohen has admitted to carrying on through June 2016.

Cohen said in his guilty plea that he had briefed Trump’s family members about his talks, although the court documents don’t specify who.

Trump Jr. also told Senate investigators that he wasn’t aware that Cohen had reached out to the press secretary for Vladimir Putin as part of his talks with Moscow about a putative new Trump Tower project there.

Cohen had previously told Congress that although he emailed Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, he hadn’t heard back, and the discussions with people in Moscow concluded by January 2016.

Cohen then acknowledged in his guilty plea that, in fact, Peskov had responded to him and he and others had continued negotiations about the project until after Trump had become the presumptive GOP nominee.

Trump Jr.’s answers allude to a number of prospective projects; he was asked by Senate investigators about news reports about a Trump Tower Moscow negotiation that took place in 2015 and 2016, which he acknowledged but did not detail.

Looking “lightly”

An attorney for Trump Jr. didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.

Earlier this year, when other potential discrepancies arose between what Cohen was saying and what Trump Jr. told Congress, attorney Alan Futerfas stood by Trump Jr.’s testimony.

“Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and congressional investigations,” he said in the summer. “We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump Jr., and on his behalf.”

Separately, an attorney for President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, said on Thursday that no laws have been broken and that the information that underpins Cohen’s plea actually came from the Trump Organization — confirming that it has been supporting the ongoing investigations.

“Michael Cohen is a liar,” Giuliani said. “It’s no surprise that Cohen lied to Congress. He’s a proven liar who is doing everything he can to get out of a long-term prison sentence for serious crimes of bank and tax fraud that had nothing to do with the Trump Organization.”

Continued Giuliani: “It is important to understand that documents that the special counsel’s office is using to show that Cohen lied to Congress were voluntarily disclosed by the Trump Organization because there was nothing to hide.”

President Trump downplayed the importance of the negotiations in a Twitter post on Friday that said he’d only “lightly” looked into a Moscow project and underscored how it never moved forward.

The shift in understanding of the events of 2016 provided by Cohen is important for a few reasons:

First, it called into question the Trump family’s denials about having business dealings with Russians. Second, it confirmed the Trumps had a channel open with powerful Russians at the same time the Russian government was waging a widespread campaign of “active measures” against the United States.

And third, it put the Russian government and others in Moscow in the position of being able to know, confidentially, the truth about the Trump family’s denials about negotiations over the Moscow real estate deals.

According to Trump Jr. and others who have spoken to Congress, the Trump family negotiated one of its potential projects with Moscow real estate billionaire Aras Agalarov and his family.

Aras and his son Emin also were in the chain of contacts used to convey an offer of help for the Trump campaign from the Russian government to Trump Jr., one that yielded a meeting in New York City in June 2016. Trump Jr. and other top campaign leaders hosted a delegation they believed would deliver dirt on Hillary Clinton.

A representative for the Agalarovs, Ike Kaveladze, also attended that conference on June 9 in New York City. Aras Agalarov asked him to attend, he told Senate investigators. He was briefed beforehand about the presentation he said attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya intended to give, Kaveladze said.

The Russians intended to tell the Trump campaign leaders about what they called a scheme involving American investors funneling money to the Democratic National Committee, Kaveladze told investigators.

The contrasts between Cohen’s statement and Trump Jr’s version of events may complicate potential legal problems for Trump Jr. Although seldom prosecuted, lying to Congress is against the law — as evidenced by Cohen’s plea.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said he has made referrals to the office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller because he said he believed people hadn’t given his committee the truth.

He declined to identify who might be involved or how often he has referred cases to Mueller, but Burr did allude to Cohen’s plea as an example of what he called the consequences that could be involved.

“One instance just highlighted of late is that the special prosecutor made an indictment yesterday using the transcripts of interviews we have done in our committee to indict somebody for lying to Congress,” Burr said on Friday.

“It’s a loud message to everybody that is interviewed by our committee. … If you lie to us we’re going to go after you.”

Trump Jr. was advised in his Senate Judiciary Committee interview that although he hadn’t sworn an oath to tell the truth, he was required by law to answer questions from Congress truthfully. He was asked whether he understood that.

“I do,” Trump Jr. answered.

NPR reporter Tim Mak contributed to this report.

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School officials caught on video busting into bathroom stall with trans girl inside:

School officials caught on video busting into bathroom stall with trans girl inside:

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School employees were caught on video forcing open a bathroom stall that a transgender student was using.

The video, obtained and shared by Kenidra Woods on Twitter, shows a transgender teen using the bathroom while school employees at Osseo Senior High School in Minnesota try to get her out of the stall.

They reach over the stall door with a stick and use it to open the door’s latch. Two men and a woman can be seen as the door opens.

“Look at that,” the student said, who is recording the incident on her phone. “I’m using the bathroom right now and they just violated me.”

“I am so scared and violated right now. They just walked in the bathroom while I was using the bathroom for no reason.”

The student posted the video to Facebook, although local media is not reporting her name because she is a minor.

In a later video taken at a police station, the teen said, “They got me fucked up. I can’t use the girls bathroom? I call myself a she and not a he, OK?”

The video was then shared on Twitter by Woods.

“I’m not personally in touch with the student, but in her video, she asked for people to share it far and wide,” Woods told the Daily Dot. “So, I made it my priority to share it because it infuriated me to my core. No one should be treated in the manner she was treated.”

girl who says she’s the trans student’s sister posted several messages to Facebook about the incident, using “he” pronouns to refer to her sister.

According to her, the teen in the video has “a bathroom of [her] own to use whenever [she] wants to use it because [she] doesn’t feel comfortable using a men’s bathroom[…] because other girls won’t feel comfortable.”

While she said she does not condone the school’s actions, she still blamed her sister. “My school supports my [sister] in each way they possibly can but the way [she] acts just isn’t okay.”

Later, the sister posted a message that she said was from their mother, who said that what the student in the video “doesn’t realize is that [she’s] not the only one who has been effected by all [she] has done in the last 24hrs and the rollercoaster [she] brought us on.My God I don’t even know what possessed [her] to do all that. [She] was definitely raised better than what [she’s] putting out here on this blue book. Im seriously embarrassed.”

The school has not commented on the video.

The Doubtful Guest:

The Doubtful Guest:

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When they answered the bell on that wild winter night, There was no one expected — and no one in sight

Then they saw something standing on top of an urn, Whose peculiar appearance gave them quite a turn.

All at once it leapt down and ran into the hall, Where it chose to remain with its nose to the wall.

It was seemingly deaf to whatever they said, So at last they stopped screaming, and went off to bed.

It joined them at breakfast and presently ate All the syrup and toast and a part of a plate.

It wrenched off the horn from the new gramophone, And could not be persuaded to leave it alone.

It betrayed a great liking for peering up flues, And for peeling the soles of its white canvas shoes.

At times it would tear out whole chapters from books, Or put roomfuls of pictures askew on their hooks.

Every sunday it brooded and lay on the floor, Inconveniently close to the drawing-room door.

Now and then it would vanish for hours from the scene, But alas, be discovered inside a tureen.

It was subject to fits of bewildering wrath, During which it would hide all the towels from the bath.

In the night through the house it would aimlessly creep, In spite of the fact of its being asleep.

It would carry off objects of which it grew fond, And protect them by dropping them into the pond.

It came seventeen years ago — and to this day It has shown no intention of going away.

The End

The Disrespectful Summons:

The Disrespectful Summons:

The Devil gave a sudden leap
and struck Miss Squill all of a heap.

He Swooped her up from off the ground
And twirled her madly round and round.

That night she saw when she undressed
His mark was burned upon her breast.

Next day flew in her open door
A creature named Beelphazoar.

It brought a recipe for fudge
Of pounded pencil-stubs and sludge.

Also a book called Ninety-two
Entirely Evil Things To Do.

She cindered toast and rotted silk
Corroded tin and curdled milk.

Her laugh made beetles swoon: her frown
Made geese and cows turn upside down.

She did her neighbours’ forms in wax
And stuck them full of pins and tacks.

They then expired with frightful pains
Inside their bowels, lungs and brains.

She got from somewhere stones with eyes
And plants that gave out screams and sighs.

But then the demon, much too soon
Returned one Sunday afternoon.

He seized her hair and with his hoof
He kicked a way out through the roof.

The end had come, and this was it:
He dropped her in the Flaming Pit.

Trump administration sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing: (Twenty Lashes With A Wet Noodle)

Trump administration sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing: (Twenty Lashes With A Wet Noodle)

The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against 17 Saudis for their alleged roles in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Among those being sanctioned are Saud al-Qahtani, a former top aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who the Treasury Department says was part of the “planning and execution” of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s death, as well as a top subordinate and the Saudi consul general in Istanbul.

“The Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions.”

The sanctions mark the U.S.’s most sweeping punishment to date of Saudis over the journalist’s killing, which sparked a diplomatic crisis with one of President Trump‘s closest Middle East partners.

Any U.S. assets belonging to the individuals are frozen by the sanctions, and Americans are banned from doing business with them. The sanctions were imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, which is aimed at human-rights violators.

The Treasury Department made its announcement hours after the Saudi government said it has indicted 11 people in Khashoggi’s death, which took place on Oct. 2. Five people face the death penalty in the case, but the Saudi public prosecutor did not reveal their identities.

The Saudis’ latest explanation, however, appeared to contradict its previous accounts and the Turkish government said it found it “unsatisfactory.”

The Saudis said the operation was designed to bring back Khashoggi alive to his home country, but that rogue agents caused a fatal overdose when they injected him with “a large amount” of an unspecified drug. The U.S. statement suggests that Khashoggi was targeted for death.

Neither country placed blame on Crown Prince Mohammed, a close ally of the Trump administration whom some foreign officials believe was responsible for the operation.

Riyadh’s statement was largely consistent with its previous claims that Khashoggi’s killing was the result of an extraction mission gone awry, but it admitted for the first time that the journalist’s body was dismembered and removed from the consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi was once close to the Saudi monarchy, but became critical of the crown prince and left the country last year over fear for his own safety. He wrote columns in The Washington Post and other publications that were critical of both Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed.

The Trump administration took its first steps to punish the Saudis in late October when it revoked U.S. visas for some officials deemed responsible for Khashoggi’s death. It also ended air refueling flights for Saudi forces fighting Iran-backed insurgents in Yemen.

But members of Congress and human-rights groups have urged Trump to go further, including imposing direct punishments on the crown prince.

Trump has rejected the possibility of ending U.S. arms deals with Saudi Arabia and expressed reservations about taking actions that could do lasting harm to his relationship with Riyadh, which he has placed at the center of his Middle East strategy.

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You Are Mean And A Bad Person; Stop Calling Yourself A Christian:

You Are Mean And A Bad Person; Stop Calling Yourself A Christian:

Something We’ve Heard…

” Let me understand this. Myself and my children are American citizens who can’t afford healthcare and are not entitled to Medicaid because we make too much money. Just enough to live paycheck to paycheck. I can’t get any help but you want me to help others who are coming into our country illegally. Sorry but no!”

I WOULD NOT LET THIS PERSON NEAR MY CHILD!