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Day 851

1/ Deutsche Bank staff identified multiple suspicious transactions made in 2016 and 2017 by legal entities controlled by Trump and Jared Kushner. A group of anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended that the bank report the transactions to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. But executives at the bank, from which Trump has borrowed billions of dollars, rejected the advice of their staff and chose not to file the reports with the government. The nature of the transactions in question is still unclear, but at least some of them involved money flowing back and forth between overseas entities or individuals, something the bank employees flagged as suspicious. Deutsche Bank has denied the report that its executives ignored the recommendations of its own anti-money-laundering specialists. (New York Times / Reuters / Reuters)

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#ex Dem Senator Tom Reid (and former Democratic Leader who resigned for health reason) speaks out on impeachment and thinks that preventing Mueller and McGahn from speaking then we will have reached a “trigger point.”

Harry Reid Remembers One Impeachment and Ponders a Second

I sat through an impeachment. I was right there, and — right in the front row. And Chief Justice Rehnquist was the presiding officer. And it was a great experience, it really was.

But I believe Jerry Nadler [the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee] is handling things the right way. Of course Pelosi’s backing. I think the Mueller report deserves a full airing. I think that there should be witnesses, and I think that Trump better be very careful. Because if they’re going to order McGahn [Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel] and Mueller and others not to testify, I think that opens the door to impeachment. So I think that they have — to do it the right way they have to go through these hearings, public in nature, of course. But the one, I repeat, trigger point is if they try to not allow people to come forward and testify.

> Do you share Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s concerns about political backlash to some of her members, or to the nominee?

The answer’s yes. Because you don’t have to go very far to remember what happened. I mean, Clinton was impeached — it helped him. And, you know, I’ve been saying that for several months.


T trying to walk back about ‘not knowing’ or claiming he was not warned about Flynn. There is a lot of evidence to say otherwise…

But Trump did get a warning not to hire Flynn from Obama — advice that the Mueller report, in a footnote, says began to gnaw at him and eventually soured the president on Flynn.

“Several witnesses said that the President was unhappy with Flynn for other reasons at this time. [Senior adviser Stephen] Bannon said that Flynn’s standing with the President was not good by December 2016. The President-Elect had concerns because President Obama had warned him about Flynn shortly after the election. (President Obama’s comment sat with President-Elect Trump more than [press aide Hope] Hicks expected). [White House chief of staff Reince] Priebus said that the President had become unhappy with Flynn even before the story of his calls with Kislyak broke and had become so upset with Flynn that he would not look at him during intelligence briefings. Hicks said that the President thought Flynn had bad judgment and was angered by tweets sent by Flynn and his son, and she described Flynn as “being on thin ice” by early February 2017.”


Amash is tweeting again, :smirk: click tweet to read the full thread. :point_down:


Trump’s tariff war is saddling average American families with a massive financial burden.

The pain will be felt most acutely by lower-income voters who rely on cheap imports and Midwestern farmers who make up critical slices of Trump’s political base and will help decide the outcome of the 2020 election.

Trump’s central political narrative so far has been that the tariffs he’s levied — now at 25 percent on over $200 billion in imports — are being paid by the Chinese, money he’s said he will use to aid farmers now largely unable to sell soybeans, pork, sorghum and other products into the Chinese market due to retaliatory tariffs.

But studies done so far using actual data on prices for American businesses and consumers show that the opposite of Trump’s argument is true.

“The strong conclusion is that so far, U.S. consumers have borne substantially all of the tariff increase,” Deutsche Bank chief economist Michael Spencer wrote in a recent note analyzing available data.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics estimates the China tariffs amount to a tax hike of about $550 per American family. If Trump goes to 25 percent tariffs on over $500 billion in Chinese imports — hitting nearly every category of consumer goods from clothing and diapers to electronics — it could mean a $2,200 tax hike on the average family of three. By contrast, Trump’s tax cut gave middle-income families a tax cut of about $800, according to the Tax Policy Center. …


:joy::joy::joy: Funniest shit I’ve heard all week!



It’s long been gospel in the Russia probe: When special counsel Robert Mueller learned of the inflammatory anti-Trump text messages sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok, he immediately removed him from his team.

But in a newly released transcript of a December 2017 interview, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe told lawmakers that he’s the one who made the call to oust Strzok from the probe, worrying that Strzok’s involvement could taint the special counsel’s work.


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