Day: March 4, 2017

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Sean Hannity takes bets on when Sen. Lindsey Graham becomes a Democrat


Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested that it is only a matter of time until one Republican senator crosses the aisle and joins the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested that it is only a matter of time until one Republican senator crosses the aisle and joins the Democratic Party.

“Attention Irredeemable Deplorable twitter peeps. Should we start a pool on when @LindseyGrahamSC officially becomes a democrat?” Hannity tweeted Saturday.

Hannity chided the South Carolina lawmaker after he had said he was “very worried” about President Trump’s allegations that President Obama ordered his campaign headquarters be wiretapped.

Graham also told attendees at a town hall on Saturday that the claims, if true, “would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate.”


“It’s my job as a United States senator to get to the bottom of this. I promise you I will,” Graham told the group.

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Updated schedule: Trump will meet with Sessions, Kelly in Florida tonight


President Trump's weekend itinerary was updated on Saturday afternoon to include a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President Trump’s weekend itinerary was updated on Saturday afternoon to include a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly in Mar-a-Lago at 6:30 p.m. local time.

Trump’s schedule had previously just noted a dinner on Saturday evening with Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross. However, Sessions and Kelly will also join the dinner, as well as top aides Stephen Miller, Don McGahn and Steve Bannon.

The meeting and dinner are both closed press, but officials may discuss potential plans for Trump to travel to the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters on Monday, where he will sign a new version of an executive order that had temporarily suspended immigration from seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa.


Trump had been slated to approve the new order last Wednesday, but was delayed following his speech to a joint session of Congress a day earlier. DHS employees were told to work from home on Monday morning via internal email.

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The Washington Post hits readers with the very edgy and very original idea of comparing Trump to Hitler


President Trump announced this week that he plans to create an office to highlight crimes committed by illegal aliens, meaning he’s pretty much the next Adolf Hitler.

This is an actual thing suggested this week in an article filed under the Washington Post’s foreign news blog.

Trump touted his plans for the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office Tuesday evening during his joint address to Congress.

“I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims,” he said, outlining his plans for the new organization. “We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media and silenced by special interests.”

For the Post’s Worldviews blog, this is basically Hitler 2.0. Because, as the story’s headline stated, Hitler also “published a list of crimes committed by groups he didn’t like.”

Godwin’s Law has been getting a real workout lately, hasn’t it?

“There’s a reason Trump’s opponents are so worried,” the article read. “This strategy — one designed to single out a particular group of people, suggesting that there’s something particularly sinister about how they behave — was employed to great effect by Adolf Hitler and his allies. In the 1930s, the Nazis used a similar tactic to stir up anger and hatred toward Jews.”

“To spread these ideas, there were books (like the pamphlet pictured above) and films that portrayed Jews as subhuman. ‘The Eternal Jew,’ released in 1940, depicted Jews as wandering cultural parasites, consumed by sex and money,” it added.

It goes on like that for quite a bit.

Obama fires back at Trump's 'simply false' wiretap accusations

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Trump said the wiretaps are indicative of “McCarthyism.”

03/04/17 12:49 PM

The best (worst?) part is when, after all of the obvious comparisons, the author concludes by saying she’s not really saying Trump is like Hitler (except maybe a little).

“Of course, a regular government report is a far cry from the Nazis’ aggressive, constant drumbeat against the Jews. Third Reich officials had significantly more control over what people were exposed to than any American president. They controlled the media and decided what kinds of art were and were not allowed in the country,” she wrote.

She added, “The point is not that VOICE equals the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. But when leaders use the levers of government to drum up fear of one group of people, we should all be worried.”


Wink, wink.

Report: Ivanka Trump and her Jewish in-laws toured Holocaust Museum

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Jared Kushner’s late grandmother was a Holocaust survivor.

03/04/17 12:36 PM



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Obama fires back at Trump's 'simply false' wiretap accusations


A spokesperson for former President Barack Obama says President Trump’s assertion that Obama unlawfully wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign is “simply false.”

“A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis in a statement Saturday afternoon. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

In a series of tweets early Saturday morning, Trump said wiretaps were place in Trump Tower in October, just before his Nov. 8 election victory over Hillary Clinton.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”, Trump first tweeted. Then the president sent out a tweet about the 22 times the Russian ambassador reportedly visited the White House, including four times last year.

Trump’s next tweet compared the wiretap to the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”, Trump tweeted.

The president then mentioned he might look into a “good lawyer” to make a “great case” out of the wiretap.

“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”, Trump tweeted.

He added: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

Report: Ivanka Trump and her Jewish in-laws toured Holocaust Museum

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Jared Kushner’s late grandmother was a Holocaust survivor.

03/04/17 12:36 PM

The president has not provided any evidence of wiretapping. Trump has tweeted out unfounded claims in the past.

Trump is likely reacting to a Breitbart story published Friday, which explores conservative radio host Mark Levin’s claim a day prior on “police tactics” the Obama administration used to undermine Trump’s campaign. The article discusses reports about the Obama administration applying for a FISA court warrant to tap Trump Tower in New York City to investigate suspected links to Russian banks. A federal judge would need to find probable cause in order to approve any such surveillance activities.

Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was previously Breitbart News’ chief executive.

There has been some pushback against Trump’s claims from former Obama administration officials.

CNN and NBC reported unnamed officials denying Trump’s claims on Saturday. Former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes tweeted at Trump, saying no president can order a wiretap.

Report: Obama told Trump the greatest threat to the US was North Korea

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Trump has said Obama outlined the three greatest threats to the U.S.

03/04/17 12:03 PM

“Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” Rhodes said.



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Lindsey Graham offers two ways Trump Tower wiretapping could be bigger than Watergate



Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Saturday that President Trump’s tweets about former President Barack Obama wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign could be the biggest political scandal since Watergate.

At a rowdy town hall event in Clemson, S.C., the Republican offered two ways the story could develop into a controversy larger than the one that forced President Richard Nixon to resign.

“I don’t know what happened,” the senator began, before offering a summary of Trump’s allegations on Twitter earlier in the day.

“If it is true, ilegally, it would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate,” Graham said, to shouting. He added that if the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia, then that would be the biggest scandal since Watergate.

“I’m very worried,” he said.

He assured his constituents: “It’s my job as a united States senator to get to the bottom of this. I promise you I will.”


Several politicians, including Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Saturday have suggested an independent commission investigate the wiretapping.



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Lindsey Graham takes a cue from Trump in dealing with protester: 'Get him out of here!'


South Carolina Lindsey Graham faced off against a rowdy crowd at his town hall event in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, at one point taking a cue from President Trump’s playbook in dealing with protesters.

Graham was repeatedly interrupted by boos and shouts throughout the event as he spoke about Congress working with Trump. Many of them held up red and heart-shaped cards.

At one point, while discussing how Republicans plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, he was confronted by a man who stood up and yelled “traitor” at the senator.

“I’ll tell you what,” Graham replied. “You’re going to get kicked out in about 30 seconds if you don’t shut up.”

The man shot back that Graham was threatening removal because he is telling the truth. Graham replied: “No. Because you’re rude.”

He continued with a line straight from Trump during the campaign, when he would tell security, mid-rally, to remove noisy protesters.


“How many want to kick this guy out? All right. So get him out of here. Get him out of here,” Graham said.

Trump hires Peter Thiel's top aide for technology post

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Thiel’s offering his top aide comes after months of supporting Trump behind the scenes.

03/04/17 10:57 AM



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Trump: Arnold Schwarzenegger was 'fired' from 'Celebrity Apprentice'


President Trump disputed a claim by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger that is leaving his role as the star of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" after one season. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

President Trump disputed a claim by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger that is leaving his role as the star of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” after one season.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Schwarzenegger told the website EmpireOnline in a story published Friday that he is leaving the show because of Trump’s continued association with it.

“It’s not about the show,” Schwarzenegger said. “Because everyone I ran into came up to me and said ‘I love the show … but I turned it off because as soon as I read Trump’s name I’m outta there!’

He added: “When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people [started] boycotting it.”

Trump is still credited as an executive producer of the show, though he claims to have no further dealings with it.


The president’s tweet about Schwarzenegger came an hour after accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in New York City, where much of the show takes place.

Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the election

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The president has not provided any evidence of wiretapping.

03/04/17 7:20 AM

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Report: 13 boxes of Mike Pence's emails sent to Indiana Statehouse



Thirteen boxes of Vice President Mike Pence’s state-related emails were delivered by his attorneys to the Indiana Statehouse this week, to be archived as required by law, according to a report late Friday.

The move, reported by the Indianapolis Star, happened Thursday, the same day the publication broke the story about the former Indiana governor’s use of private email account to conduct state business. The AOL account was hacked last summer when a scammer sent an email to his contacts claiming Pence and his wife, Karen, were stranded in the Philippines and needed money.

Stephanie Wilson, a spokeswoman for current Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, told the Indianapolis Star that state officials have yet to fully review the contents of the boxes.

“Yesterday we received a large delivery of paper documents,” Wilson said. “And we understand there is more to come.”

Some of the emails that have been released publicly show Pence discussing with state officials such matters as refugees being arrested for supporting the Islamic State and vandalism at churches around the Columbus area.

Despite the media firestorm and comparisons to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, Pence maintains he has done nothing wrong.


“We have fully complied with Indiana’s laws,” Pence told reporters in Wisconsin on Friday. “We had outside counsel review all of my previous email records to identify any that ever mentioned or referenced state business.”



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Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the election


President Trump accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign in October, in a series of tweets Saturday morning

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”, Trump firest tweeted. Then the president sent out a tweet about the 22 times the Russian ambassador reportedly visited the White House, including four times last year.

Obama, the 44th president, just left the White House in January. He has supported and campaigned for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump then compared the “scarry” wiretap to the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”, Trump tweeted.

The president then mentioned he might look into a “good lawyer” to make a “great case” out of the wiretap.

“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”, Trump tweeted.

Report: 13 boxes of Mike Pence's emails sent to Indiana Statehouse

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The vice president maintains he broke no laws, after a report that he used a private email account for state business.

03/04/17 7:14 AM

He added: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

The president has not provided any evidence of wiretapping. Trump has tweeted out unfounded claims in the past.

Trump is possibly reacting to a Breitbart story published Friday, which explores conservative radio host Mark Levin’s claim a day prior on “police tactics” the Obama administration used to undermine Trump’s campaign. The article discusses reports about the Obama administration applying for a FISA court warrant to tap Trump Tower to investigate suspected links to Russian banks.

WATCH: NBC's Andrea Mitchell grills Rex Tillerson at photo op, gets escorted out without an answer

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She asked about budget cuts and a deputy secretary nominee before being escorted out by staffers.

03/04/17 6:38 AM

Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was previously Breitbart News’ chief executive.



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WATCH: NBC's Andrea Mitchell grills Rex Tillerson at photo op, gets escorted out without an answer



A slew of questions directed at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from an NBC journalist went unanswered at a photo opportunity this week, according to video posted to social media late Friday.

The video, shared by Kyle Griffin, producer for MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” shows NBC chief foreign affairs Andrea Mitchell using a press pool camera spray of Tillerson and International Atomic Energy Agency Director Yukiya Amano to ask the secretary of state about budget cuts and a deputy secretary nominee before being escorted out by staffers.

Here is the transcript of what transpired on Thursday:

Mitchell: “Mr. Secretary, can you do your job with the kind of budget cuts the president has proposed?”
Mitchell: “What does it say about the priority of diplomacy in this administration?”
Mitchell: “Do you think you’ll have a deputy anytime soon, sir?”
Mitchell: “When do you think you might have a deputy?”
Staffer: “Andrea. Come on guys. Come on. Let’s go. Andrea. Come on guys. This way. Out, please. Out.”

Tillerson and Amano discussed the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, according to a report from Reuters.



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