Special Counsel issues indictment against 13 Russians

Whoa. This is a brilliant move. If Mueller had indicted Jared, or Donny Shit for Brains Junior, Trump would probably have moved to fire Mueller on grounds of a political witch hunt. But Mueller went for the Russians first which makes it far more difficult for Trump to declare this as just personal.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice has announced.

In addition, three defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.

Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as any connections between Russia and Trump campaign associates.

Beginning as early as 2014, the Russian organization Internet Research Agency began operations to interfere with the US political system, including the 2016 elections, according to the indictment, which was released by Mueller’s office Friday.

Hannity on Stock Market Plunge: It’s Obama’s Fault

But of course. Expect Trump to tweet soon about how it’s all the obstructionist Democrats’ fault.

Today wasn’t a good day for the stock market. After experiencing a big dip on Friday when the Dow Jones took a 666-point hit, Monday ended with the Dow plunging to its lowest level of the year as it experienced the biggest one-day point drop in history.

With President Donald Trump having repeatedly touted the stock market’s historic gains since he entered office while taking credit for the continued rise of the Dow Jones, one wonders if he’ll be as willing to own the market in the advent of a major sell-off. Well, it appears that one of Trump’s biggest loyalists in media is potentially giving the president an excuse to embrace if stocks continue to drop.

Of course, Alex Jones has another theory:

Trump calls Democrats “un-American” and “treasonous”

They didn’t stand for Little Fingers:

President Trump, speaking to a crowd of workers in Ohio, blasted Democrats, who he said acted “un-American” and “treasonous” during his State of the Union speech.

“You’re up there, you’ve got half the room going totally crazy wild, they loved everything, they want to do something great for our country,” Trump said. “And you have the other side even on positive news, really positive news like that, they were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said treasonous. I mean, yeah, I guess, why not. Can we call that treason? Why not. I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much. But you look at that and it’s really very, very sad.”

New Week Same Shithole President

I’m just tired of waking up to this kind of shit on a daily basis. Get this shithole out of office soon.

A Bit Busy This Morning But Catching Up On Last Night’s News

You turn off the computer early with this administration and you are suddenly left trying to catch up, which is almost impossible at this point. There’s just too much.

The Nunes memo, which will most likely be released this afternoon or tomorrow, is creating a lot of havoc. Especially since Nunes may be one of the least competent people in DC which is saying a lot!

With FBI statement on memo, Christopher Wray could now be in the president’s crosshairs:

The FBI thrust its low-key director squarely into the public eye and potentially into the crosshairs of the president Wednesday when it issued a statement declaring the bureau had “grave concerns” with a not-yet-public GOP memo that questions the basis to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray had privately warned the White House against releasing the memo, but as it became clearer Wednesday that his entreaties were likely to be rejected, his agency issued a terse two-paragraph message laying bare its worries about the document.

“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the statement said. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.

And Hope Hicks now enters Mueller’s crosshairs:

The latest witness to be called for an interview about the episode was Mark Corallo, who served as a spokesman for Mr. Trump’s legal team before resigning in July. Mr. Corallo received an interview request last week from the special counsel and has agreed to the interview, according to three people with knowledge of the request.

Mr. Corallo is planning to tell Mr. Mueller about a previously undisclosed conference call with Mr. Trump and Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, according to the three people. Mr. Corallo planned to tell investigators that Ms. Hicks said during the call that emails written by Donald Trump Jr. before the Trump Tower meeting — in which the younger Mr. Trump said he was eager to receive political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians — “will never get out.” That left Mr. Corallo with concerns that Ms. Hicks could be contemplating obstructing justice, the people said.

In Wolff’s Fire and Fury, there’s a passage about Bannon yelling at Hicks for getting involved and putting herself right into the middle of the obstruction case. Looks like Wolff got that part pretty dead on the nose.

Stay tuned. Whenever Trump has a moment where people want to declare him presidential (like the SOTU), he can’t keep it up for more than 48 hours without something big happening.

Fact-checking website crashes during Trump’s first State of the Union

The fact-checking website crashing while checking Trump is the perfect metaphor for this Administration:

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address proved too much for non-partisan fact-checking site PolitiFact Tuesday night. The website saw its servers crash for six minutes during the President’s speech.

“Welp … our website just crashed. Thanks for reading ?!!? We’ll keep things up here on Twitter while we see what happened,” the website tweeted, citing high web traffic numbers.

Trying to Keep Up on News

So last night the following stories came out (after McCabe’s story broke)

The Trump Administration will not sanction Russia despite a bi-partisan bill which was overwhelmingly passed, and then signed by Trump himself. It’s almost as if Trump is colluding with Russia or something.

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Monday it would not immediately impose additional sanctions on Russia, despite a new law designed to punish Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, insisting the measure was already hitting Russian companies.

“Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “Since the enactment of the … legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions.”

Names of campaign donors to be flashed during live stream of Trump’s State of the Union speech. I honestly thought this was from The Onion. This is a fool me 50 times shame on me situation.

President Trump is seeking to parlay his first State of the Union address on Tuesday into cash for his reelection campaign by offering supporters a chance to see their name flashed on the screen during a broadcast of the speech.

In a fundraising solicitation on Monday, Trump offered those willing to pay at least $35 the opportunity to see their name displayed during a live streaming of the address on his campaign website.

And the GOP is going all in with the Nunes memo. Probably the biggest question I will have years from now while I’m looking back at this time period from the upcoming nuclear winter, is, why on earth did the GOP decide that Trump was the hill they were going to fight for everything on when they have Pence right behind him who is an honest to goodness, gay-hating, uterus-policing, conservative. If they had let Trump burn himself out, Pence could have stepped in and they would have had everything they wanted in probably a much more competent manner. My only guess is they are too afraid of Trump’s base and that letting Trump dig his own holes would be riskier if they waited for the midterms.