OOPS: Kushner Forced To Amend Financial Disclosures After Omitting Dozens Of Assets

Trump son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, apparently has a really faulty memory.

Already in trouble for excluding numerous meetings held with foreign officials from his security clearance paperwork (including meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and the head of a Russian state-owned bank), today, he had to make good on his financial disclosures.

Apparently, Kushner “forgot” about some of his real estate, bonds, and his personal art collection. He “forgot” to the tune of 77 additional assets that needed to be listed.

The refiled form also adds additional details about Kushner’s real estate assets that were included on his original disclosure form filed in March.

One of the disclosures Kushner omitted was a business relationship with Goldman Sachs and billionaires George Soros and Peter Thiel, also an informal Trump advisor. The three worked together on a real-estate tech startup that was revealed in May.

Kushner founded the startup with his brother, Joshua, and another friend in 2014, but only included the investment in the startup on the newest disclosure form.

Emphasis mine, there. I didn’t want anyone to miss that we still can’t get Soros out of the White House.

Kushner’s lawyers are writing off the omissions to an “administrative error.”

He may seriously want to shake up his administration, because they omitted 77 assets, and failed to list around 100 contacts on his security clearance paperwork. In fact, it took three tries to get the security clearance right.

While Kushner’s lawyers further try to pass this off as “normal,” I’m not buying it. I don’t think any of us should.

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Scaramucci Takes To TV To Give Public Apology For Calling Trump A Hack

Anthony Scaramucci, the Wall Street financier that was just named White House communications director, has a lot of making up to do.

During the election season, he wasn’t a big fan of Donald Trump.

He wasn’t a fan, and he was vocal about it, once calling the reality TV host a “political hack.”

And now, Scaramucci is working directly for the hack and kissing a lot of gold-plated butt, very publicly.

Appearing on TV today, to subject of his earlier opinions of the man he’s now working for came up, and Scaramucci has no pride.

Noting that Trump brings up the comments often – which can be directly translated to mean, “Trump is making me say this” – Scaramucci remarked:

He called the comments the “biggest mistake I made,” attributing it to his inexperience in politics.

Turning to the cameras and addressing the president, he said, “I personally apologize for the 50th time.”

This guy has no spine.

But if you want to see what he’s groveling for, check out his comments from just 2 months after Trump announced his candidacy:

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NEVERMIND: Sean Hannity Won’t Be Receiving Media Excellence Award, After All

Several weeks ago, we brought you the mind-boggling news that Fox’s Sean Hannity would be receiving Media Research Center’s William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.

The absolute audacity in presenting somebody like Sean Hannity with an award named after the man who founded the National Review and was considered, in his time, “arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States” was surreal.

Hannity has never been an intellectual, and since jumping the Trump train, he has devolved to nightly, frothing rants, raves, and tabloid-level pimping of conspiracy theories.

Actual conservatives, those who are holding firm to the platform of less government, state rights, and the free market, over nationalism and the sycophantic blathering of Trumpism, were pretty aghast at the notion of Buckley’s name being associated with Hannity.

Just a small tip moving forward for Hannity, or anybody else living in confusion: Conservatism does not mean “Whatever Trump says is right.”

Buckley’s family were just as upset, and apparently, his only child, author Christopher Buckley, made his displeasure known.

According to CNN:

A source familiar with the situation tells CNN that Christopher Buckley “expressed great dismay” at the announcement that the award would go to Hannity, who has spent a great deal of time insulting conservative intellectuals on Twitter, particularly since he became a strong supporter of Donald Trump.

Buckley, sources say, called the Media Research Center and expressed his disapproval. Sources tell CNN that the MRC acquiesced and will no longer give the award to him. Hannity has since been removed from the gala website.

The line they’re going with, in order to explain away the sudden switch from news that was announced several weeks ago is that Hannity had a “scheduling conflict.”

A source familiar with the situation tells CNN that Christopher Buckley said of the concocted scheduling excuse: “perhaps Mr. Hannity has been offered the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award on the same evening and had decided to leverage upwards.”

Can we safely say the younger Buckley is not a fan?

A Fox News spokesperson has confirmed that Hannity will not be attending the gala to accept that award.

That’s because they’re not giving it to him, now.

Brent Bozell, the founder of Media Research Center, is the nephew of William F. Buckley, so this train wreck was, ultimately, his doing. Thankfully, he listened to his cousin and corrected it before further besmirching his uncle’s name.

Maybe he should have checked with the other members of Buckley’s family before attempting to posthumously load his uncle aboard the Trump train – a move the man would have almost assuredly objected to, were he in a position to speak.

For his part, Hannity is taking it well:

You stay classy, Sean.

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As Mueller Expands Investigation Into Trump’s Business Dealings, Trump Sweats

Of all the things Donald Trump has chosen to do differently than any other president before him, his refusal to release his tax returns has struck many as the most curious.

Initially, Trump insisted that he was under audit, but the IRS said that even under audit, his releasing his tax returns would not be a problem.

Then it was that they were too complicated for anyone to understand.

That morphed into, “Nobody cares.”

Now it seems, he’s moved on to, “OMG… THEY’RE GOING TO LOOK AT MY TAX RETURNS!”

That was the report late Thursday, when the news turned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation expanding to look into Trump’s business dealings.

According to Bloomberg:

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

That’s a pretty deep probe.

Trump, in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, had said that if Mueller started digging into information beyond the 2016 election, it would be crossing a line.

By Thursday, Mueller hadn’t just crossed the line, but it appears he soaked it in kerosene and lit a match.

All that being said, the scope of Mueller’s investigation was given pretty wide territory.

The Justice Department’s May 17 order to Mueller instructs him to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” suggesting a relatively broad mandate.

Agents are interested in dealings with the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became commerce secretary. In addition, they are examining the efforts of Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior aide, to secure financing for some of his family’s real-estate properties. The information about the investigation was provided by someone familiar with the developing inquiry but not authorized to speak publicly.

The roots of Mueller’s follow-the-money investigation lie partly in a wide-ranging money-laundering probe launched by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last year, according to the person.

Bharara was fired back in March.

There has also been recent reports that Trump has at least broached the topic of his powers of pardon, although those reports are framed in the context of casual curiosity, and not as if he were addressing this investigation, specifically.

Whatever the case, Trump is not pleased with the news of Mueller’s expanding investigation.

We can only speculate why.

 

 

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Suspect Who Threatened The Life Of Ted Cruz And His Family Arrested In San Antonio

He didn’t make a big deal out of it.

He didn’t use this to a political advantage.

He apparently just let law enforcement do their job, and they did.

The news coming from the San Antonio Express-News today is that a man has been arrested, in connection to a case where he left death threats on the voicemail of Senator Ted Cruz, towards Cruz and his family.

While Cruz was not named in the case, it soon became clear that he was, in fact, the target.

The official allegedly targeted by James Amos Headley, 59, is not identified in court records, other than by the initials T.C., and prosecutors and the FBI won’t name him. The Express-News confirmed it is Cruz through other sources.

“Pretty soon you’re gonna be runnin for your life, just hope your family is not with ya because I’m not gonna insult them, I’m gonna kill them, right after I shoot you right in front of them…” court documents quote Headley as saying in a July 11 voicemail left at the official’s office at the U.S. Capitol.

This is somebody twisted.

It is also somebody who thought he’d never have to worry about being tracked down.

Agents quietly arrested Headley last week on a federal felony charge of threatening to assault and murder a public official with intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with the official and his duties. Headley remains in jail, and his court hearing this week was postponed until next week.

So what could possibly have been the motive behind such a hateful attack against not just Cruz, but his wife and two young daughters?

The San Antonio Express-News confirmed through law enforcement sources and others sources familiar with the matter that Headley, of Live Oak, supports President Donald Trump and was upset with Cruz’s stance on a number of issues that don’t align with Trump’s views.

So it’s not even partisan hate. Trump supporters are willing to threaten their own party members, out of loyalty to Trump.

Senator Cruz hasn’t commented on the case, and Capitol police have kept pretty mum about their actions in the case, as well.

This is coming shortly after the June Alexandria ballfield shooting, that left Majority House Whip Steve Scalise fighting for his life in a D.C. hospital.

Last week, someone left a threatening note near the office of Senator Dean Heller, in Las Vegas, Nevada, saying that if he voted to repeal Obamacare, he would die.

This is the latest news of people who don’t know how to deal with dissenting opinions in politics, and it’s ugly.

The criminal complaint affidavit said a staffer for the official retrieved the voicemail on July 13 and reported it to Capitol police, who traced the call to San Antonio. With the help of the FBI here, the agencies identified Headley as the suspect, the affidavit said.

Headley admitted to the FBI that he was mowing the lawn, then came inside and watched the news.

“Defendant told agents he was upset with T.C.’s position on different policies and decided to call and leave a message demonstrating an intent to impede and intimidate a U.S. Official,” the affidavit said.

Headley also acknowledged having a Beretta pistol in the house, the affidavit said. And, to further show a judge that Headley has had access to other weapons, agents put in details in the affidavit from an incident in 2008. Headley’s wife told agents that, at that time, the couple argued, and Headley retrieved one of his rifles and put it next to him as he sat on the couch, the affidavit said.

Yikes!

During next week’s hearing probable cause will be determined, along with the possibility of bail.

Yeah, that shouldn’t happen.

If convicted, he’s looking at a potential 10-year sentence.

By the time he gets out, Trump will be long gone and maybe whatever vile psychosis he’s in the grips of will have let him go.

 

 

 

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TRIVIA: How Often Does Trump Tweet? We’ve Got The Numbers

You just know this is going to come up in some future version of Trivial Pursuit, so jot this down, board gamers.

As today marks 6 months since Donald Trump was sworn in as president, Mashable decided to do the math on the Tweeter-in-Chief’s online habits.

The examination came after a tweet by Trump’s arch-nemesis, CNN:

You had to know CNN were going to make that swipe.

The battle rages on.

Mashable, however, went to Twitter’s archives on Trump to gather further numbers.

If you look at the number of tweets from Trump’s account from the day he announced his presidency – June 16, 2015 – until today, he tweeted 9,146 (or around 365 tweets per month).

During the six months prior to his Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration Trump tweeted a respectable 1,837 times, about 10 tweets a day. And though it seems like Trump’s tweets consume our days since he’s taken office, the archives show he’s actually tweeted less in his first half year than he did leading up to his swearing in.

And the exact number of tweets from January 20, 2017 to the 6 month mark?

From Jan. 20, 2017 until July 20, 2017 Trump appears to have fired off a mere 1,002 tweets at the time of writing this article, which breaks down to about 5.5 tweets per day. Feels like A LOT more; however, keep in mind that the president has deleted his fair share of tweets — at least 22 that we know of.

I suspect the rigors of the job, traveling, and those who have desperately sought to cut down his mad lib tweeting have had something to do with the decreased time playing keyboard warrior.

Mashable goes on to note that if he keeps on pace (and nobody breaks his phone), Trump will have logged in 8,000 tweets.

Half of them will likely be attacks on CNN.

 

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Always Classy: Must Read Statement From President Bush On Senator John McCain

So. Much. Class.

The news that long-serving Arizona Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer was a shocker, and for those who are capable of putting politics aside, it was time to send well-wishes and prayers.

I’m not a big fan of John McCain’s politics, but I wouldn’t wish this on him, nor would I wish the worry and heartache on his friends and loved ones.

The continued prayers are for recovery.

I won’t even get into all the nastiness I’ve already seen across social media. It suffices to say, some of those who are wallowing in the sewer of their own depravity and lack of human empathy had better hope karma is not a real thing (looking directly at you, Richard Spencer).

When Senator McCain went for surgery to have a blood clot removed from over his left eye last week, the cancerous tissue was discovered.

The support being voiced for the 80-year old senator has been encouraging, and bipartisan.

Former President Obama tweeted out his encouragement on Wednesday evening, after the news broke.

Today’s statement from former President George W. Bush was characteristically positive and uplifting.

It’s a wonderful word of encouragement.

This is how you bring civility back to our government. Remember that there are real people involved.

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Russia Is Still Pushing The Idea Of A Joint Cybersecurity Group With The U.S.

Guys, just to be clear, didn’t we all agree this was a bad idea?

The joint cybersecurity working unit that President Trump proposed with Russia after a private meeting with Vladimir Putin, at the G20 summit immediately set off alarms with U.S. lawmakers, and pretty much everybody else. It was unanimously deemed the worst of many very bad ideas expressed by the president in his short time as Negotiator-in-Chief.

Dude, you and your team are already under heavy scrutiny because of Russian interference in a U.S. election. Don’t be so blatant.

A Russian official is saying that cybersecurity group is still in the works.

Andrey Krutskikh, a top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin on information security, was cited in Moscow’s RIA news agency on Thursday as saying that talks on the joint group were ongoing.

Really? Who is talking about this?

No, seriously. The words “Russia” and “cybersecurity,” at least on the national level, should never be used in the same sentence to express a positive.

An official from the White House, however, is putting a different spin on keeping the doors for joint cybersecurity efforts with Russia open.

“What was broached at that [Group of 20] conversation, as I understand it, was an opportunity to continue a dialogue — one that had in the past existed between the two countries, and I think one that we could pursue in the future with the appropriate reservations and the appropriate expectations, that we at least start with what is acceptable behavior in cyberspace and what norms and expectations that we’ll have moving forward,” White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday.

That’s a 30-second conversation. We don’t need ongoing “talks” and joint units for that.

Here’s how it goes:

U.S. – “Don’t hack into the emails of our elected officials or meddle into any of our elections. Furthermore, don’t share hacked materials, should you ‘somehow’ come into possession of them, with sites like WikiLeaks.”

Russia – “But we didn’t.”

U.S. – “So you say. Just make sure you don’t and it’ll go a long way towards keeping things civil. Agreed?”

Russia – “Ok.”

End of conversation.

The entire U.S. intelligence community are in agreement that Russia actively sought to influence the 2016 election, turning it in favor of Trump, who is seen as more malleable, due to his inexperience in politics.

His openly expressed man-crush on Vladimir Putin didn’t help.

Talks of working with Russia on just about anything, right now, only serves to heighten suspicion of Trump or his team’s involvement with the Kremlin.

 

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Another Conservative Speaker Is Inexplicably Blocked From Berkeley College

It’s almost as if the “enlightened” class of California’s Berkeley College are frightened by words and thoughts. They’re soon to devolve to grunts and howls as a means of communication, given the air-tight nature of the bubble they live in.

In the latest show of intolerance from the tolerant left, the University of California, Berkeley have refused to host a speech by conservative writer/commentator, Ben Shapiro.

Maybe the college brass are a bit intimidated and suffering from the trauma of the Antifa thuggery that ripped apart the campus in 2016, as they protested the notion of a speech by shameless self-promoter, Milo Yiannopoulos.

I won’t shed many tears for Yiannopoulos. I could rail on endlessly about his demerits, and all the reasons nobody should take him seriously and then still expect to be called a “conservative.”

That being said, I wouldn’t burn down a college to keep him from speaking.

Earlier in 2017, Berkeley likewise cancelled a speech by Ann Coulter, citing security concerns.

So what’s the problem with Ben Shapiro? He was on the campus in April 2016 with no issues.

Shapiro, unlike Yiannopoulos and Coulter, is not a “bomb thrower.” He’s amazingly informed, reasonable, and always delivers compelling content when he speaks.

The left are supposed to be the diversity crowd, right?

I don’t think that word means what they think it means.

The appearance by Shapiro was coordinated by the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation, but they were told on Wednesday it wouldn’t be happening.

As YAF reports:

In an email to BCR members, Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell and Student Organization Coordinator Millicent Morris Chaney denied the students’ request for a venue for September 14, 2017, despite what the Morris Chaney calls “extensive efforts.”

Berkeley had earlier explained, “Ben Shapiro is welcome on our campus, and we are committed to supporting his, and your, rights to free speech.”

So what’s going on that will prevent the Shapiro event?

Who knows? To date, they haven’t given a list of any events going on that would make any campus venues unavailable.

If they have actual security concerns, maybe they should just say: We’re scared.

As has been pointed out, however, Shapiro is not a bomb thrower. He’s not a provocateur. He’s just a really interesting speaker.

If it’s a security issue, it’s not Shapiro they’re afraid of. It’s the atmosphere they have had an active hand in fostering that they’re now afraid of. This is a case of their own monster turning on them.

Shapiro told YAF, “Using ridiculous pretexts to keep conservatives from speaking is unsurprising but disappointing. We’ll find a way to get this event done, and UC Berkeley has a moral and legal obligation to ensure we do so.”

To date, there has been no word on rescheduling efforts.

 

 

 

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LOOK: Las Vegas Police Release Image Of “Person Of Interest” Who Threatened Senator Heller

Want to get a look at the angry soul, who thought leaving a threatening note on the door of a politician he disagreed with was a super-smart idea?

To recap, this past Sunday, someone left a note on Nevada Senator Dean Heller’s office door, and while authorities are declining to release the exact contents of the letter, the basic gist was, “If you take away my healthcare, you’ll die.”

I don’t care who you are. If you threaten an elected official with violence, not only is healthcare the least of your worries, but you’re the last one who needs to be commenting on any vital issues of national importance.

From the Nevada Independent:

The incident occurred on Sunday at 9:06 a.m., the police reported. “The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a call from an alarm company representative reporting a burglary alarm at the main entrance of an office building where Senator Dean Heller’s office is located,” the police statement said. “The preliminary investigation by patrol officers determined that a burglary did not occur to the main building or to Senator Heller’s office. However, a threatening note addressed to Senator Heller was discovered near the door to his office.  Officers took a report for Threatening or Obscene Letters or Writing (NRS 207.180). The LVMPD has an on-going investigation into this incident.”

Heller is considered a pivotal swing vote on health care. He has raised questions about the loss of Medicaid funding, as has Gov. Brian Sandoval. But neither, as of this writing, have come out against the bill.

Earlier today, President Trump sat next to Heller and attempted to pressure him on the bill, saying to others in the room, “He wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he?”

Heller’s seat is said to be one that is vulnerable and what goes on with the Obamacare replacement vote could be key to retaining his position.

Las Vegas Police released a video of a man they’re referring to as a “person of interest” in the case.

So does anybody recognize him?

It’s not a smart move on his part. If you put aside that it’s just not what rational people do, what sort of planning did he put into entering a government building and not considering that there may be cameras everywhere?

He deserves to be caught.

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