rolling trump-russian collusion

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maybe it's time to de-poll

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:49 (one year ago) Permalink

a quick poll about Russia and Donald Trump

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:49 (one year ago) Permalink

On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trump's victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, "which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him," she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.

It is not clear whether Ms. McFarland was saying she believed that the election had in fact been thrown. A White House lawyer said on Friday that she meant only that the Democrats were portraying it that way.

But it is evident from the emails - which were obtained from someone who had access to transition team communications - that after learning that President Barack Obama would expel 35 Russian diplomats, the Trump team quickly strategized about how to reassure Russia. The Trump advisers feared that a cycle of retaliation between the United States and Russia would keep the spotlight on Moscow's election meddling, tarnishing Mr. Trump's victory and potentially hobbling his presidency from the start.

As part of the outreach, Ms. McFarland wrote, Mr. Flynn would be speaking with the Russian ambassador, Mr. Kislyak, hours after Mr. Obama's sanctions were announced.

"Key will be Russia's response over the next few days," Ms. McFarland wrote in an email to another transition official, Thomas P. Bossert, now the president's homeland security adviser.

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Cost of Mueller investigation to date: $5 million
Number charged or pled guilty as a result: Four

Cost of investigation of Hillary Clinton's role in Benghazi: $100+ million
Number charged or pled guilty as a result: None

Cost of GOP Tax Scam: $1,500,000,000,000
Number damaged: 323,000,000 give or take a few dozen.

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 3 December 2017 00:14 (one year ago) Permalink

U.S. House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, claiming stonewalling in producing material related to the Russia-Trump probes and other matters.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other committee Republicans, after considering such action for several weeks, decided to move after media, including the New York Times, reported Saturday on why a top FBI official assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia-Trump election collusion had been removed from the investigation.

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 3 December 2017 19:34 (one year ago) Permalink

we need to stand by our russian allies

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:17 (one year ago) Permalink

ten cups of coffee says Haley was just shooting from the hip with that random shit

El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:21 (one year ago) Permalink

"The obstructionist Democrats are going to shut down the olympics, because weak on crime, and Alabama, and the Supreme Court!"

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I read it again - that’s pretty classic completely-unprepared-for-the-question ad-libbing, except as an unelected official with a limited remit she could’ve said “nothing’s changed about our commitment to the Olympic Games but we are of course keeping a close eye on the situation” - but no, full derp; then again it accidentally throws the State Department under the bus, so that’s a bonus for this administration

El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:29 (one year ago) Permalink

and then there were five . . . bannon, kushner, pence, don jr, don sr

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

maybe six if you count sessions

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Don Jr.'s b.s. attorney-client privilege defense - that he doesn't have to reveal a conversation with his dad because there was an attorney in the room or whatever - seems like such shit that I assume he's begging for a subpoena or otherwise risks contempt.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

It’s as if his counsel did a completely terrible job preparing him for the interview

El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

& I’m guessing most of these fucking yokels are stupid enough to lie to their own lawyers, so it might not even be his attorneys’ fault

El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:07 (one year ago) Permalink

We're dealing with matryoshka dolls of lawyers with their own lawyers.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:16 (one year ago) Permalink

former KGB agents pulled off the most epic maskirovka troll of all time -- hijack the GOP/koch/fox nation put an un-dentured (pun intended!) servant in the white house whose debt they own. go capitalism

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:21 (one year ago) Permalink

even charter school chait is starting to catch on

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:48 (one year ago) Permalink

a greek, stephanopolous is providing cover for another greek here, a covfefe boy merely ~

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 8 December 2017 13:51 (one year ago) Permalink

uh oh sure looks like ol' 2spurs instructed general flynndictment to lie to the FBI. who ever would have guessed?

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 11 December 2017 20:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Excited to see the progresssion of these nicknames.

Nerdstrom Poindexter, Monday, 11 December 2017 20:10 (one year ago) Permalink

i started callin him "ol cloggy veins" but it's not caught on.

correlated noise of conformity (Hunt3r), Monday, 11 December 2017 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

just don't call him 2terms

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 11 December 2017 20:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Ol Rexxon accidentally spilled the beans?? Pretty sure little yam hands isn’t gonna like that.

Nerdstrom Poindexter, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:47 (one year ago) Permalink

"a pussy-grabbing casino bankrupt who’s coherent for about 20 minutes in the morning" doesn't quite roll off the tongue nerdstrom poindexter

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:58 (one year ago) Permalink

settle down

Literally no part of this is "exclusive." This meeting was televised live to entire @StateDept press corps. And Tillerson says this all the time. See: Wilson Center speech two weeks ago, OSCE speech last week in Vienna

— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) December 12, 2017

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:59 (one year ago) Permalink

what does sir richard dearlove know about anything anyways?

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:37 (one year ago) Permalink


BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 16 December 2017 01:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, but other than all those facts, what do they have? Nothing! Fake white paper!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

deep lurching dread, all this stuff gives me

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 18 December 2017 02:24 (one year ago) Permalink

fake news, witch hunt, drivel

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:27 (one year ago) Permalink

the 'law & order' republican congress is investigating the FBI (who refused to disclose to the american public that they were investigating russia for influence on the trump campaign) . . . for bias against donald trump. you go, jim jordan and devin nunes. this is where america is in the age of putin :)

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:35 (one year ago) Permalink

The GOP have taught me that I can do basically whatever I want as long as I couch it in terms that sound reasonable to those affected by my actions.

Me: 'I'm a patriot, and law and order are my paramount concerns.' (simultaneously and impressively burns down someone's house while shitting on an American flag)
My victims: 'He's such a patriot, and his respect for law and order is truly admirable.'
Me: 'PS, I can't believe the Democrats just burned down your house. Sad!'

Encyclopedia Beige and the Case of the Bland Sandwich (Old Lunch), Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

a GOParable: FBI agent preter strzok reacting to the trump campaign lying about russian contacts they were warned to avoid is the real villainy here

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I know modern conservatives have no politics outside of resentment but it’s still been pretty wild watching the “blue lives matter” crowd call for the disbanding and prosecution of the entire FBI

— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) December 14, 2017

frogbs, Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:42 (one year ago) Permalink

“this secular religion” *closes lrb*

y'know, LIBS! libertarians, libertines, even liberians and librarians (Hunt3r), Sunday, 31 December 2017 16:55 (one year ago) Permalink

not interested in male opinions on this particular theory tbh

maura, Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Intriguing question asked: what does it mean that Rod Rosenstein has not yet recused himself?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:38 (one year ago) Permalink

2/2 Imagine a case involving a major drug ring. Investigators bypass the leaders, their lieutenants, regional dealers, money people & so forth and go straight to prosecuting a neighbor who disclosed the gang to the press. This makes just about that much sense.

— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 5, 2018

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:24 (one year ago) Permalink

to go with the bad analogy: the major drug ring is being investigated and no drugs have been found

khat person (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

but they're swimming in contraband vodka

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 21:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Hard to process the idea of anyone currently thinking there’s nothing to the Russia investigation.

Nerdstrom Poindexter, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:29 (one year ago) Permalink

If the Russians were out to defeat Hillary Clinton (which every intelligence agency says they were), why would try to damage her opponent?

If the Trump team is innocent, why have they consistently lied about almost every aspect of the Russia investigation?

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 22:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Also there have been indictments, guilty pleas, publicly admitting to obstructing the investigation, almost everything Trump does and says etc

Nerdstrom Poindexter, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:44 (one year ago) Permalink

feel like there's enough out there in public to make a strong case for a half dozen cases of obstruction of justice, if nothing else

also think that if Trump & his gang were ever straight up offered a quid pro quo like this they'd gleefully accept w/o knowing that such a thing would even be illegal

all that said most likely outcome seems to be a zillion crimes getting uncovered and the House and Senate doing fuck all about it besides trying to throw Mueller in jail

frogbs, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:59 (one year ago) Permalink

14 Angry Democrat Generals!!

(It doesn’t matter that they aren’t all democrats. It doesn’t matter that they’re not generals. It doesn’t matter that there are 12.)

Karl Malone, Friday, 17 August 2018 16:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

it's extremely weird (and suspicious) that he has felt, almost since day one, that the best move for himself would be to pick fights with the intelligence community

Trϵϵship, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

you kind of expect a right wing president to get along with the CIA--the least accountable, most secretive part of the federal government

Trϵϵship, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

especially since reporters love to do stories about how much happier the intelligence community is with a Republican president

President Keyes, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

Well, he probably shouldn't have colluded with the Russians to get elected, then.

Frederik B, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

you kind of expect a right wing president to get along with the CIA

calling him "right-wing" implies he has some identifiable ideology when all he seems to have in his brain is an assortment of idiot-tested-and-approved memes, many of which come from the conspiracy-obsessed fringe, where the CIA is often the arch-villain.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 17 August 2018 17:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

his gut instincts are all right-wing individually and coherently american-postwar-backlash-fascist in combination: xenophobic racism, strongman authoritarianism, and greed-is-good hypercapitalism.

Doctor Casϵϵno (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Investigators are focused on two bursts of transactions that bank examiners deemed suspicious: one a short time after the meeting and another immediately after the November 2016 presidential election.

The first set came just 11 days after the June 9 meeting, when an offshore company controlled by Agalarov wired more than $19.5 million to his account at a bank in New York.

The second flurry began shortly after Trump was elected. The Agalarov family started sending what would amount to $1.2 million from their bank in Russia to an account in New Jersey controlled by the billionaire’s son, pop singer Emin Agalarov, and two of his friends. The account had been virtually dormant since the summer of 2015, according to records reviewed by BuzzFeed News, and bankers found it strange that activity in Emin Agalarov’s checking account surged after Trump’s victory.

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Extremely self-serving analysis by Putin, but there's a kernel of truth about the USA making typical imperial mistakes by overextending its reach and overestimating its power. The British did this consistently from 1870 onwards, but they stayed in the power seat for nearly half a century more.

Where Putin indulges in wishful thinking is where he asserts a multi-polar world will emerge as US power hits some air gaps. The only nation ready to exploit US weakness enough to insert itself as our rival great power is China. Which, if it happens, makes for a bi-polar world again, not the multi-polar world Putin wishes for. Russia still wouldn't be in the game.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

^ in case anyone's curious about the kremlin's (quite effective) strategy for dividing americans against each other, this DoJ complaint is rewarding reading

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 2 November 2018 12:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

So is the big moment coming when they finally take down Trump and all his cronies?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

When is that deus ex machina perp walk that saves us from having to actually accomplish anything politically?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

when flushing a particularly repulsive and sticky turd the jets of water must come from all directions

Jacob Lohl (stevie), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

"Mark Whitaker, now in charge of the Mueller investigation, chaired the 2014 campaign of Sam Clovis, a grand jury witness in that investigation."

LOL @ GOPutin

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 22:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

so this guy has even more of a reason to recuse than Sessions did

guessing he won't but lol if he does

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

Cool. After two years of vaguely political comments on Reddit I finally attracted a Петербу́рг/Москва́ fan, who has followed me with pro-Trump comments on wholly unrelated threads.

The only thing I've said acknowledging our new acquaintance is "вы влагалище", which Google translates as "you are a cunt". Purely based on my English-language hierarchy dick,jerk < asshole < cunt. It's not a gender thing for me.

Is this an insult in Russian? Are their more cutting and less overtly misogynistic ways of making this point?

This may be important for many others on this thread with Russian followers.

They Bunged Him in My Growler (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

who else?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 9 November 2018 15:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

maybe no one

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 9 November 2018 15:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

Eventually, I expect to sell my firstborn to the Qatari Wealth Fund and Glencore. As someone who has only hovered on the margins of commodity markets, the growth of both over the past two decades is just staggering.

They Bunged Him in My Growler (Sanpaku), Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

from the office slack, re: barbara ehrenreich --

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 20:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

this is cute

Well now. Russians claiming a hack of the DNC was a legitimate "military attack"

That's going to have repercussions for the Americans who were conspiring with them.

— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) November 13, 2018

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 21:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

hm yeah doesn't conspiring in a military action against the US govt constitute treason

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

DNC isn't the government.

But as I've been trying to push out in monthly increments to Trumpster relatives, they're unwitting accomplices to a multi-faceted information warfare attack on American sovereignty and interests. The Trump campaign was just one arm, and probably not the most important one (given its likelihood of abject failure). The more important Russian information warfare attacks have infiltrated nodes of the U.S. electric grid and major corporations. Maybe its all deterrence against similar infiltrations of Russian infrastructure, but I suspect its really Russia turning one of its few strengths (a bunch of hackers, who will work for rubles) into a force multiplier.

At first my relatives responded by regurgitating kool-aid. After a dozen or so of these I don't get responses. Maybe they've all got me blocked, or maybe they are starting to see the pattern.

Sanpaku, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 23:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

weird how emma kennedy has became a sort of louise mensch lite

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

weird how much better at chess russians are than americans

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

carlos d would make a much better choice imho

More evidence of the absence of US leadership. Next up: A Russian official in charge of @INTERPOL_HQ .

— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 18, 2018

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

"the head of interpol has herpes"

fajita seas, Sunday, 18 November 2018 20:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

Days after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russian legal authorities deployed the rule of law for political purposes, Interpol is about to elect a Russian government official as its head. Crazy.

— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 19, 2018

i don't know much about interpol *insert carlos D* joke, but


Karl Malone, Monday, 19 November 2018 19:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

"deployed the rule of law for political purposes" is a very strange uh, term of art? is it?

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 19 November 2018 20:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

maybe it's a autocorrect-ism for "destroyed"

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 19 November 2018 20:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

I just want them to be sure. It’s a pretty serious charge. I know a lot about hacking and hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else, and I also know things that other people don’t know, so they cannot be sure of this situation.

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:13 (six months ago) Permalink

wait, he has a boy who is ten years old?

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:03 (six months ago) Permalink


Οὖτις, Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:35 (six months ago) Permalink


fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:38 (six months ago) Permalink

What's Baron Von Trump been up to?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Baron is definitely not 10

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:59 (six months ago) Permalink

The story is from two years ago.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 December 2018 02:21 (six months ago) Permalink

Maybe Baron was 12 then but he is 10 now

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 December 2018 02:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Checking in on Trump-Russia “no collusion” dead-enders.

— Zachary #FBPE 🇪🇺 (@zatchry) December 8, 2018

Nerdstrom Poindexter, Saturday, 8 December 2018 01:44 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

lol @ gop

“It turns out to be true now, that the Department of Justice and the FBI, under President Obama, rigged the investigation for Hillary and really turned the screws on Trump, and now it looks like in a corrupt & illegal way. The facts are out now. Whole Hoax exposed. @JesseBWatters

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2018

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 30 December 2018 13:47 (five months ago) Permalink

You do not want to miss RT’s Christmas vid for The Donald (cc @joshtpm)

— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) December 30, 2018

... (Eazy), Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:34 (five months ago) Permalink


BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:33 (five months ago) Permalink

what presidential campaign manager doesn't share internal polling data with kremlin officials #MAGA

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:22 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is the filing I've been waiting for today. The SCO says evidence in Roger Stone's case was found in accounts that were searched for the GRU case, in which 11 Russian military officers were charged with a conspiracy to interfere in the election.

— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) February 15, 2019

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 15 February 2019 21:35 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Oh man, I was just reminded of the fact that Eric Garland runs a premium Twitter account that's *still* doing $5,000/month in revenue, down from close to $20k/mo at its peak IIRC

— Quantian (@quantian1) April 29, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 29 April 2019 21:38 (one month ago) Permalink

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