Report: Jeff Sessions Is Desperate to Get Back in Trump’s Favor

This is so sad. What has Jeff Sessions been reduced to?

He was a U.S. senator. He was an accomplished man, but now, he’s little more than a groveling toady.

Worse than that, he’s acting like a battered spouse, attempting to get on his abuser’s good side.

A new report suggests that Attorney General Sessions is so broken from being forced to exist in the badlands, outside of the Trump circle, that he’s going out of his way to gain some positive notice from the president.

He’s made it a priority within the Justice Department to step and fetch over every Trump tweet, making Trump’s concerns a priority.

He’s also reportedly asking that his allies within the White House make sure Trump is following the media coverage of DOJ moves, and that Trump is kept aware of what he’s doing for him.

Are you pleased with me, Daddy?

There’s something kind of sickly uncomfortable with that.

I mean, I get trying to please the boss. Nothing like a little brown-nosing to keep your career path on a nicely upward trajectory.

Sessions drew the ire of Trump and his [other] sycophants when he tried to remove the appearance of impropriety and recused himself from the Russia investigation, allowing for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel.

“He’s one of the most active Cabinet secretaries there is,” an administration official told the Post. “He’s done a fine job. Does it wash away the sin of recusal? I don’t think so.”

The “sin” of recusal?

Yeah. Forgive me Trump, for I have sinned against thee.

Unbelievable.

He did what he felt he had to do, considering he may find himself wrapped up in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and possible collusion or obstruction on the part of Trump and his team.

People like Kellyanne Conway and the newly-toxic Steve Bannon have urged Trump to look at Jeff Sessions’ puppy-dog face and take him back.

They point to the crackdown on White House leaks, successful policies on illegal immigration and targeting of gangs as issues that the Justice Department has done well in addressing under Sessions.

So far, their pleas have fallen on callous and deaf ears.

Those Republicans acting as Trump’s attack force against the Russia investigation and U.S. intelligence agencies are actively calling for Sessions to be booted and replaced with someone who will be more willing to acquiesce to Trump’s wishes, as far as firing Robert Mueller and shutting down the investigation.

Trump has, so far, said that he has no plans to fire Mueller.

That’s all well and good, but for now, it appears he only keeps Sessions around to have someone to kick when he doesn’t like the way things are going. Trump has never shown loyalty to anyone that wasn’t serving his good. Sessions was Trump’s first and most ardent supporter from the Senate. He never wavered, and helped carve out a place for Trump to shine in the southern states. You’d think that would count for something.

 

 

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Prepared to Run on the Birtherism Platform

OH, the Arizona Republican Senate primary is going to be fun.

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who announced his intent to run for Jeff Flake’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat on Tuesday, has decided that birtherism will be his campaign platform.

Yeah. He’s worried about where Barack Obama was born. You know… in case Obama decides to run for office again.

 “I’m going to tell you again that that document is a forgery document,” Arpaio told WABC’s Rita Cosby.”And nobody will touch it.”

“I wanted to get it to Congress so they can pass some type of law – regulation – that when somebody runs for president you ought to check their background, so this won’t happen again,” he added. “But I can’t get anybody – anybody – to even look at it.”

Because nobody but a few fringe kooks still cling to that narrative.

Arpaio, who lost his bid for reelection as sheriff in 2016 is a Trump loyalist, pardoned by President Trump in 2017. He was convicted by a federal court for ignoring orders to stop racial profiling.

He also thinks saying it is his intent to bring it back up to Congress is a winning strategy.

It actually may resonate with the base he’s hoping to reach. Trump clung to the birther theory about Obama for years, and some reports are that he still privately questions the validity of the birth certificate.

I hope news agencies are leaving plenty of space open on their front pages. They’re going to need it.

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Report: James Rosen Latest Fox News Personality Ousted for Being Just a Really Awful Human Being

More Fox News shenanigans.

James Rosen, Fox’s chief Washington correspondent resigned from the network a month ago because of – you guessed it – really bad behavior towards women.

The behavior was bad enough that eight former colleagues in the Fox News Washington bureau were cited in a report about his behavior.

Fox News gave no reason for Rosen’s departure, but according to NPR, the former chief correspondent made sexual advances toward two Fox News reporters and a producer and aggressively flirted with a number of colleagues.

Rosen’s departure followed criticism of his overall conduct at the network.

So was his conduct Roger Ailes-bad or Bill O’Reilly-bad?

Rosen is just one of the names caught in the wave of misconduct reports, now that women have found some sense of empowerment that drives them to finally come forward about sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace.

It just seems like next to Hollywood, Fox News is one of the worst places to work, if you’re a woman.

Get your act together, Fox.

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How Michael Wolff’s Book Breathed New Life into This Decade-Old Non-Fiction Work (and It’s HILARIOUS)

They walk among us.

So the hottest book on the market now is Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” Inside the Trump White House.”

Clearly.

You would think there’s be no forgetting that author name or that title, given how much attention it has been getting.

It’s a little harder for some folks. Details, and all.

Apparently, there’s a 10 year old book with a similar title, but having nothing to do with Donald Trump, that some eager readers became confused about, and ordered it, instead of the Wolff book, driving the decade-old book close to the top of the best sellers list.

Randall Hansen’s “Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945” shot up close to the top of three of the website’s bestseller categories after the publication of Wolff’s book last week, The Guardian reported.

I get it. The first 3 words were the same, and that happens with books.

Here comes another shameless plug – My book, “But God: Seeking Our Father, Unafraid” is one of about a bazillion books that begins with “But God.” I didn’t know it until after my book was published.

But seriously, the cover, the author name, nothing should have led any to believe Hansen’s book was the book on the Trump White House.

Hansen is a Canadian professor. Upon hearing that there were people dumb enough to confuse the two. His book gives civilian accounts of the Allied bombing of Nazi Germany during World War II.

Wolff’s book gives inside accounts of the MAGA bombing of America.

“It amused me. Part of me thought: can people really be that dumb to be confusing these books?” he said.

Some of the reviews of those who bought the book by mistake. Some apparently even read it, before realizing it wasn’t a book about Trump (I get how they could have thought these were actual details about the Trump administration).

“I had a couple of bitter comments,” Hansen told The Guardian. “There was one tweet, he came forward and said, ‘I bought this book by accident and there’s no way I’m reading it,’ in kind of this accusatory tone. I thought, well, it’s not quite my fault, mate.”

Hey, after they buy it, they can bury it in their backyard or use it as a coaster. Who cares?

“I DON’T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP! I DON’T KNOW WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE SO HAPPY WITH THIS BOOK AND MAKEINIG A BIG DEAL OF THIS,” one review said.

“HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BLUMPF !!! SCAM !!!” another read, according to The Post.

These people vote and breed.

Hansen, for his part, says he hopes they at least find some relevant message in the book, regarding war and the consequences. It’s obvious he’s no Trump fan, however.

“And we’re talking about that at a moment when we have this warmongering, unstable, deranged demagogue in the White House,” he said. “So that coincidence actually makes me happier than the sales.”

Wolff’s version of “Fire and Fury” is now the fastest selling book in publisher Henry Holt’s history.

 

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Newly Released Letter Shows How Completely in Tatters the FBI Is

All this talk of the FBI in tatters…

In a letter released earlier Wednesday, we get a look at how FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe handled news of the firing of FBI Director James Comey back in May 2017.

Comey was fired after repeated requests for loyalty from President Trump, and for not stopping the Russia investigation.

Hey, that’s what Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt.

Yes, I know. Trump’s people said it was for how Comey handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal – a very valid reason – but Trump blew that cover the day after he trotted out H.R. McMaster to pee on our legs and tell us it was raining.

McCabe’s letter was sent to FBI personnel as a pep talk, in order to keep morale up, after Comey’s firing.

“First, thank you. Thank you for continuing to do the great work of this organization. […] [d]espite the fact that we are still trying to adjust to an FBI without Director Comey,” McCabe wrote.

“So please — hang in there. As men and women of the FBI, we are at our best when times are tough. Please stay focused on the mission, keep doing great work, be good to each other and we will get through this together,” he said.

That’s touching, actually. They must have really respected Comey as their director.

That explains the reports of FBI agents and their “Comey is my homie” t-shirts.

No matter the narrative pushed by the administration, James Comey was actually respected by those working under him.

It’s good that McCabe wrote that memo. It shows a brotherhood within the bureau. Not the “tatters” or dysfunction we’ve been hearing about.

It’s certainly a contrast to the message sent by Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“The president of the United States has exercised his lawful authority to remove James B. Comey, Jr. as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Sessions wrote, adding, “As you well know, the FBI is an exceptional law enforcement and intelligence agency. It is made so by you, the devoted men and women who work tirelessly to keep our country safe.”

Easy, guy. It kind of sounds like he was exercising the right of jus primae noctis or something.

Of course, he was right. In fact, the president doesn’t need a reason to fire the FBI director. He could do it on a whim.

But that’s not what he did.

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Anyway, it’s not quite clear why the FBI released these letters today. Maybe they’re just hoping to end some controversy?

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“Fire and Fury” Author Claims Trump Circle Is “Afraid”

“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff is still making the rounds. I suspect he will, for as long as the book is a top seller.

Truthfully, that could be Wolff’s only agenda – selling books – in which case, he’s accomplishing his goal. Otherwise, he says he has no agenda, at least, not of a political nature.

Speaking with PBS News, Wolff suggested that what his book has uncovered is a certain sense of anxiety among Trump’s circle.

“I went into this experience just waiting to hear what people would tell me,” he said.

“And what they told me, the people closest to the president, was that things became more alarming by the day, that all of them, in some way or other, were afraid, afraid for their — both for their own careers and for the country.”

That’s not far from some of the early leaks that were coming out of the Trump White House. I think the belief for many from the beginning was that if Trump surrounded himself with enough competent people, they could somehow act as a buffer against Trump’s incompetence, doing the bulk of the heavy lifting, while Trump played the wacky TV president in some grotesque, real-time sitcom.

How long can they keep that up?

“They didn’t know what to expect. They woke up in the morning, and they were in, you know, in something of a cold sweat,” he said.

“Almost all of them — for almost all of them, it was a countdown until when they could leave.”

There has been an unusually high rate of turnover in the first year of the Trump presidency. It’s the highest in about 40 years, actually. Some were dismissed, or forced to resign. Others gnawed off their own arm and escaped.

It’s still happening, with Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn both said to be among 2018 departures.

Of course, the White House is pushing back against the book and Wolff’s accounts.

CNN’s Jake Tapper even took Wolff to task for his “questionable” journalistic standards, as Caleb Howe points out here.

At this point, without direct testimony from someone who has left the White House to back up Wolff’s claims, we can’t really know.

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Leaked Memo Confirms What We Already Knew About Democrats and Illegal Immigration

To the surprise of absolutely no one, a leaked document from the Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund shows what most of us have always known, but what Democrats like to pretend isn’t their reality.

Namely, the memo, in great detail, maps out how Democrats are relying on illegal immigration to prop up their political future.

In approaching the debate regarding “Dreamers,” and former President Obama’s executive order on DACA:

The memo, co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to allies calling on Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

I don’t know how much of a concern that is going to be. President Trump has already sat in agreement with Senators Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to protect illegals already living here, but still, Democrats are building their base.

The latest efforts in the House have come in the form of compromise bill on DACA, with the focus being on a worry over chain migration.

The memo makes it clear that Democrat interest in the poor, shadow-dwelling illegals isn’t simply from the goodness and mercy in their hearts.

“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” reads Palmieri’s memo, obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Note to Democrats: If you must qualify any statement about “moral imperative” by adding what’s in it for you, then it is no longer a moral issue.

“If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond,” reads the memo. “In short, the next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Democratic Party and its long-term electoral prospects.”

It’s a lot of emotional nonsense, regarding a problem with no easy fix. What this memo does, however, is remove the mask of altruism from the Democrat party. It really is all about votes, to them, and they don’t care how they get them.

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Alabama Football Player Throws the Gutter at Trump Before Championship Game (VIDEO)

I can only hope there’s some disciplinary action taken. This was vulgar and unnecessary.

President Trump decided to attend the 2018 College Football National Championship between Alabama and Georgia.

He ruffled the feathers of fans outside of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, as they were forced to wait outside the stadium in the rain, while his motorcade and security drove in.

Inside, the players had their own thoughts.

Video was taken of the Alabama team making their way to the field, and at least one player couldn’t contain himself. He shouted out (to no one in particular), “F**k Trump!”

Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough yelled the expletive as the team walked onto the field for the game, according to a clip shared by Sporting News.

It looked as if coaches and trainers were coming up behind him, but none appeared to be upset. I would have made my way through the crowd and informed him he could go back to the locker room.

That’s not what I saw.

I’ll say, it’s hard to tell if this is in response to Trump’s feud with NFL players, or if it was just his general feelings.

Either way, it was thuggish and low. It was gutter behavior, and it needs to be left on the streets.

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EVERYBODY Helped Michael Wolff With His Book

While the White House insists that Michael Wolff had no access and his book is a fraud, he begs to differ.

In fact, Wolff has suggested that everybody who was anybody in the Trump circle helped him get interviews for the book.

Yes.

Everybody.

Said Wolff:

“Everybody was told to speak to me,” Wolff said in an excerpt from his interview set to air in full on CNN’s “Tonight with Don Lemon.”

“[Stephen] Bannon told people to cooperate, Sean Spicer told people to cooperate, Kellyanne Conway told people to cooperate, Hope Hicks,” he said respectively about the president’s former chief strategist, former press secretary, senior adviser and current communications director.

And it is quite the collection of quotes he was given.

Earlier today, former White House aide Seb Gorka seemed to say he’d been instructed to help Wolff.

Wolff is claiming over 200 interviews, in putting together his book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

“Why are they saying its fake?” Lemon asks.

“Because they are liars,” Wolff responds.

“He doesn’t tell the truth because he doesn’t know what the truth is.”

There are those who insist Wolff is the liar, and that the book is evidence.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is one of them.

“Considering his track record, chalk this up to another made up story by Michael Wolff. There is not a single staffer that I asked to cooperate with or meet with him,” Spicer said.

We haven’t heard from Kellyanne Conway or Hope Hicks, yet.

Wolff acknowledges in the book’s introduction that certain parts of the book reflect “a version of events I believe to be true” but that are sometimes based on conflicting accounts.

Sssooo… he basically took those conflicting stories and gleaned his own conclusion?

So much of the book deals with Trump’s mental stability, and the concern it caused those working around him.

Trump lashed out over the weekend and declared himself a “stable genius.”

We’re still trying to figure out what that one is.

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Bannon-Founded Group Attempted to Shop Anti-Trump Research in 2015

Seriously, Steve Bannon. Have you ever done anything that wasn’t self-serving?

Now that the mask is off, we know several things, thanks to Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

We know that Bannon was likely the source of the leaks from the early months of the Trump White House, and he had a lot of really unflattering things to say about Trump and his family.

We also know that he was no fan of Trump’s and only got on board after the wealthy Mercers, who bankroll Breitbart, wanted him installed on Trump’s team during the elections.

Mercer money was apparently the carrot dangled to get Bannon on board with a man he saw as a narcissistic idiot.

CNN is reporting today on Bannon’s work with the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), a conservative watchdog group that set about in the early days of the 2016 Republican primary to prove Donald Trump was involved with the mob.

The anti-Trump opposition research was the work of author Peter Schweizer for the Government Accountability Institute, which he cofounded with Bannon in 2012. It described years of alleged business connections between Trump companies and organized crime figures, allegations that have circulated among Trump detractors for years.

Ask people of New York and New Jersey.

The twisted nature of politics is all over this. The Mercer family, who were the major donors to Trump’s campaign, are the backers of GAI. Rebekah Mercer is the group’s chairwoman. In 2015, when the first document related to the Trump oppo-research was released, the Mercers were still backing Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Bannon hadn’t joined Trump’s campaign, yet.

Ted Cruz actually alluded to Trump’s rumored mob ties during the primary race, and some say that’s one reason he won’t show his tax returns.

A source familiar with GAI’s work said the group conducted research on all Republican and Democratic candidates running in the 2016 election. Bannon and the Mercers were not involved in the “day to day machinations of the research,” but the source said they were aware of the effort to drill down on candidates and share some of that research with news organizations.

A GOP operative provided CNN a copy of the anti-Trump document. Two sources confirmed that GAI shopped copies of the document to donors for Trump rivals during the GOP primary.

“We did not and would not share that with any candidates,” the source familiar with GAI’s work said. “There would be no sharing with candidates, with political operatives or anybody of that category.”

The Mercers, Bannon, and Schweizer all jumped the Trump train, at some point.

It’s not clear if Trump knows Bannon’s group were pursuing the mob story.

It’s equally unclear how deep the alleged mob ties run.

What’s known is that around 30 years ago, Trump was blocked from opening a casino in Australia’s New South Wales, because authorities felt it would be “dangerous,” given Trump’s rumored ties to the Russian mob.

Oops. Russians, again.

You can read about that case, as well as the shady dealings of Trump property in Panama, here and here.

These are likely what Bannon’s group was investigating, before the apparent draw to power and something in it for them made them drop the research.

 

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