RUDY GIULIANI -  MICHAEL COHEN


TRUMPS TURMOIL WITH COHEN


BAD DAY AT TRUMP ROCK - IT TRUMP VS COHEN 
(CNN)  What we know: This is the week that Michael Cohen officially declared war on Donald Trump. From the release of a secretly recorded tape of the two men talking about a potential payout related to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to the bombshell accusation that Trump knew about the much-discussed June 2016 meeting between his top campaign officials and a group of Russians, Cohen seems absolutely dead-set on breaking very, very publicly with Trump.

After all, Cohen spent years and years making a name for himself as Trump's most loyal bulldog. And even after the FBI raided his home, hotel and office in April, word out of Cohen world is that he remained loyal to Trump. As recently as May, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was on TV touting Cohen as "an honest, honorable lawyer." And Trump tweeted this of the possibility that Cohen might flip on him under pressure: "Sorry, I don't see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!"

Plus, sources have told CNN that Cohen didn’t bring up Trump's alleged pre-knowledge of the meeting during his testimony before a House committee earlier this year.  But beginning earlier this month, with an interview with ABC where Cohen said his loyalty was to his family and his country (and didn't mention Trump at all), things appear to have changed. Bigly.


BAD REPRESENTATION - RUDY KAZOOTI TO THE RESCUE ?
Washington (CNN)  President Donald Trump’s TV lawyer, Rudy “ Kazooti” Giuliani,  substantially weakened his case against Michael Cohen by going back and forth as to whether Cohen could tell federal prosecutors the truth, said Jay Goldberg, President Donald Trump’s friend and former lawyer.  

Giuliani called Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, "honorable" and truthful on several occasions before an audio recording of a discussion between Cohen and Trump about buying rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump took part in became publicized.

After CNN aired the audio, Giuliani called Cohen a “pathological liar” and said he doesn’t “ See how he has any credibility."  Which totally contradicts what Giuliani said a couple weeks ago.  

We call this in journalism, Cranial- Rectal Dyslexia, and is highly contagious,  caused by any association with Donald Trump, he is a carrier.  On the street C.R.D. is commonly known as  ‘ Shit for Brains’.  Others who contracted it from Trump were Priebus, Puzder  Pruitt,  Porter and Price, one ‘ P” thats missing is Perry... soon due to incompetence.


Rudy calling out Cohen is ironic.  Thats a blackened pot used for cooking bull testicles over a volcano lava pit calling the kettle black.  
Rudy “ Kazooti” Giuliani is the only one on Trumps team who can legitimately out-shit the boss when the truth is concerned.  Thus his nickname “  Kazooti”  a musical device requiring a lot of hot air!  

His problem is he doesn’t have Trumps numbers in pure bullshit yet and lies (T-rump has over 4000) but he is working on it and coming on strong as the AM cable buffoon of the T-RUMP Sh*t House.

"I expected something like this from Cohen," Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday. "He's been lying all week. He’s been lying for years."  Goldberg, who served as Trump's divorce lawyer for the President's first two marriages, said Giuliani "immeasurably" damaged his case against Cohen by changing his tune.

"I knew as soon as Giuliani spoke that he was damaging Trump's case immeasurably," Goldberg told CNN's "Erin Burnett Out Front." “It ranks near 100 in terms of damage."  "No defense lawyer would say that," Goldberg later added.

Goldberg argued that Giuliani's early assertion on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that Cohen would tell federal prosecutors the truth "strips the defense of its main weapon of claiming that he is coloring his testimony to favor the government, so he can get a letter of cooperation."

The former Trump lawyer also said that he advised the President not to hire Giuliani.

"I didn't think Giuliani knew how to handle a case from the defense perspective. He was a long-time prosecutor and he didn’t know how to set a case up for the possible impeachment of a witness such as Cohen,” Goldberg said.


DONNY JR FACES EMBARRASSING EXAMS - IF HE GOES TO JAIL FOR PERJURY
(CNN)  If Michael Cohen can show federal prosecutors credible evidence that President Donald Trump knew in advance about the infamous Trump Tower Russia meeting of June 9, 2016, - as Cohen now reportedly claims -- the President’s son could be facing perjury charges. And that could mean jail and lots of inmates might not take too well to him.

It was Donald Jr. who approved the time, location and participants in a meeting that included a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and a Russian-American lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin. He also brought to the Trump Tower conference table the then-chairman of Trump's campaign, Paul Manafort, and brother-in-law Jared Kushner among others.

The President has repeatedly denied being told about the meeting before it happened. He has said this to the press and the public, most recently on Friday via Twitter, but apparently never to federal investigators or under oath. 

Under the circumstances, if Cohen's claim is corroborated -- a big "if" -- this may be a reprehensible lie, but it's not necessarily criminal. Still, it is so serious that it could theoretically give special counsel Robert Mueller the leverage to propose a deal: Resign the presidency in exchange for immunity for Don Jr.   Otherwise Don Jr. will be indicted for lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and could -- again, theoretically -- go to jail.  

THE TESTIMONY - In extensive testimony under oath before the committee in September 2017, the following exchange occurred: Patrick Davis, deputy chief investigative counsel: “Did you inform your father about the meeting or the underlying offer prior to the meeting?"
Donald Trump Jr: “No, I did not.”    Do you really expect truth from any TRUMP, scumbagisim and lieing is in their DNA !

Of course, the younger Trump can assert that someone else told the President, but who is the first person the President would have called upon hearing that such a meeting was scheduled? Common sense suggests his son, the person who set up the meeting. Undoubtedly, as investigators seek additional evidence, this common-sense proposition will not be hard to prove.

If Cohen's claim is proven to be true, this is materially false testimony given under oath. That is, perjury.
Cohen's testimony alone, however, would be insufficient to support a perjury conviction. The federal "two-witness" rule doesn't really require a second witness to the actual perjury but rather any kind of reliable corroborating evidence. One example of this type of corroborating evidence might include candidate Trump's promise two days before the meeting he was going to make a "major speech" in the following week about "... all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. ... And I think you're going to find it very, very interesting."

Prosecutors will argue that he was anticipating "dirt" from Don Jr.'s scheduled meeting on June 9 with Veselnitskaya. Cohen's criminal lawyers will be gathering other corroboration of Cohen's claims to negotiate a favorable deal for their client.

In such a high-stakes chess game, though, the President could respond by pardoning his son and appealing to the Republican Congress to fight off Democratic impeachment efforts. Hypothetically, the Republican Senate could, even in the face of clear proof of perjury, refuse to seek a criminal referral of Donald Jr.'s perjury charges for trial.

As long as the Republicans maintain a congressional majority, the President may well survive this battle. If the Democrats take control of Congress in November, any Cohen testimony against the President could supply critical ammunition to support an impeachment effort in 2019. Criminal charges against a sitting president remain unlikely.

This first volley of shots fired by Cohen, the President's former personal lawyer and renowned "fixer," suggests that he may have additional evidence to sink the Trump presidency. Even more ominous as federal prosecutors empanel a grand jury in the Southern District of New York, the President's true Achilles' heel may turn out to be not collusion with the Russians but perjury by those, including family members, who may have lied to protect him or the Trump Organization.


MIDDLE CLASS ABOUT TO GET SCREWED AGAIN

And with the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, under subpoena (and Cohen waiting in the wings), the Trump Organization had better batten down the hatches. A storm is brewing that may be big enough to put the Trump empire under water and take the Trump presidency with it.

It doesn’t sound like everybody is in sync on exactly what they’re going to do to Social Security and the rest, but there is real movement in Washington on using entitlements to cover the pending debt created by the new tax bill. But the most interesting thing this lawmaker said about entitlement reform? That Donald Trump wouldn’t be willing to go after Social Security “until the first day of his second term, he told me once.”

The reason that Trump allegedly wouldn’t want to go after Social Security (or Medicare and Medicaid) until the first day of his second term – if he actually were elected a second time – is because he made a very big promise that he wouldn’t. Here is the content of a tweet from Trump’s personal Twitter account on May 7, 2015:

“I was the first and only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.”

Trump knows that to tackle these programs would be a major risk to reelection in 2020, which he still views as a possibility despite an approval rating of just 35% after his first 11 months in office. If he truly wants to keep his promise through the next three years, Trump will have a major challenge ahead.


SOME GOOD - SOME BAD - SOME LOST SOULS  

Scott Pruitt - Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (resigned) 
Joe Hagin - Deputy chief of staff for operations (resigned)
Tom Bossert - Homeland Security Advisor (resigned)
H. R. McMaster - National Security Advisor (resigned)
DJ Gribbin - Special assistant to the president for infrastructure (resigned)
Gary Cohn - Director of the National Economic Council (resigned)
David Shulkin - Secretary of Veterans Affairs (fired)
Hope Hicks - Director of communications (resigned)
Rick Dearborn - Deputy Chief of Staff (resigned)
Andrew McCabe - FBI deputy director (fired)
John McEntee - White House personal assistant (fired)
Rex Tillerson - Secretary of State (fired)  
Rachel Brand - Associate attorney general (resigned)
David Sorensen - White House speechwriter (resigned)
Rob Porter-White House staff secretary (resigned)
Brenda Fitzgerald - Director Centers-Disease Control and Prevention (R(resigned)
Taylor Weyeneth - White House liaison to Office of National Drug Control Policy (resigned)
Omarosa Manigault Newman  - Assistant to the President, Director of Communications - Office of Public Liaison (resigned)
Carl Higbie - Corporation for National and Community Service chief of external affairs (resigned)
Dina Powell - Deputy National Security Advisor (resigned)
Tom Price - Secretary of Health and Human Services (resigned
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George Safaris - Director of the Office of Public Liaison (resigned)
Keith Schiller - Director of Oval Office Operations (resigned) AKA BODYGUARD
Sebastian Gorka - National security aide (unclear)

Carl Icahn - Special advisor to the president on regulatory reform (resigned)
Stephen Bannon - Chief strategist (unclear)
White House Advisory - Manufacturing council (dissolved)
White House Advisory Economic council - (dissolved)
Inge Thulin,  Thea Lee,  Scott Paul,  Richard Trumka
Kenneth C. Frazier, Kevin Plank,  Brian Krzanich
Ezra Cohen-Watnick -NSC senior director of intelligence programs (fired)
Anthony Scaramucci - Director of communications (fired)
Reince Priebus -  White House chief of staff (resigned) 
Derek Harvey - National Security Council Middle East advisor (fired)
Michael Short - Assistant press secretary (resigned)
Sean Spicer -  White House press secretary, White House Comm.director  (resigned)
Walter Shaub - Director of the Office of Government Ethics (resigned)
Robert Iger  -Advisory council (resigned)
Elon Musk - Advisory council (resigned)
Mike Dubke - Director of communications (resigned)
T. McFarland - Deputy national security advisor (reassigned)
James B. Comey Jr. - FBI director (fired)
Angella Reid - White House chief usher (fired)
Katie Walsh -  Deputy White House chief of staff (resigned)
Craig Deare - N S C senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs (fired)
Mike Flynn - National security advisor (resigned and indicted) Pleaded guilty (see below)
Advisory council (resigned) - Travis Kalanick
Sally Yates - Acting attorney general (fired)


SCUMBAG RESIGNATIONS                                   

•   REMOVED FROM OFFICE -  Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services: Rep. Price, a doctor who has taken a particular interest in legislating on health care, has a habit of trading in health care stocks that are affected by the legislation he writes; he also recently got a “sweetheart deal” on stock in a foreign biotech firm.

•   REMOVED FROM OFFICE - Andrew Puzder, Secretary of Labor: If Trump had searched America to find the individual most hostile to the rights of workers, he could not have done much better than Puzder, the CEO of a fast-food company. The man who will be responsible for safeguarding workers’ rights is an ardent opponent of minimum wage increases and laws mandating things like break time and overtime pay; his company has been repeatedly cited for wage theft. 

•   REMOVED FROM OFFICE - Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Like Puzder and DeVos, Pruitt seems to have been chosen for his fervent opposition to the mission of the agency he’ll be leading. As Attorney General of Oklahoma, he sued the EPA multiple times over its efforts to enforce environmental laws. In his confirmation hearings, he refused to commit to recuse himself from the cases among those that are still open, in the apparent belief that there isn’t anything wrong with essentially being both plaintiff and defendant in a lawsuit. When asked about lead poisoning, a vital and longstanding environmental issue that gained new urgency with the poisoning of the water in Flint, MI, he said that he had “not looked at the scientific research on that.”

•   REMOVED FROM OFFICE - Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser: Flynn, former three star General, mostly not liked by his men, an ardent Islamophobe and purveyor of lunatic conspiracy theories, was fired from his last job in government because of mismanagement.  And found to be in collusion with the Russians,  and acting as a foreign agent representative, really some bad shit for an Army officer, pleaded guilty to just about everything under espionage to save his ass.

They said Trump’s National Security Adviser was a Russian confident or plant who was taking Turkish payoffs as an unregistered foreign agent. Trump’s gang of incompetent morons couldn’t manage their way out of a 7/11 at closing.and they’re getting our troops own dangerous situations for nothing.


SCUMBAGS THAT SHOULD BE REMOVED

•  INCOMPETENT -  Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education: DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor, has spent much of her adult life attempting to destroy public education in America. Despite that work, at her confirmation hearing she displayed a shocking ignorance of basic issues in education policy, though she did opine that schools should be able to have guns in them to ward off grizzly bear attacks.

It amazes me how we can pick a real frickin idiot to run the schools.  She rates in stupidity with Sarah Palin another well educated individual.  Sarah is just a loud mouthed twitter bitch who Donald couldn’t even stand and Michelle “ Bat-shit Crazy” Bachmann.  She and Bachmann are both Evangelical nut cases.    You almost wish for her to be sent to prison and have to watch the entire movie series of old Japanese Godzilla movies and the more recent Planet of the Apes over and over again till they went nuts. Won’t take long.

•   INCOMPETENT -  Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: The former presidential candidate, who has precisely zero experience in housing policy, was apparently appointed to lead this department because he’s one of the few African-Americans Donald Trump has met that kisses his ass so fervently.

•   INCOMPETENT -  Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Mulvaney was just revealed to have employed a nanny without paying payroll taxes for her, to the tune of over $15,000.

•   INCOMPETENT -  Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce: The billionaire investor just realized that one of the dozen or so household staff he employs was undocumented.

•   INCOMPETENT -  Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior: Rep. Zinke is a former Navy Seal whose career was hampered by the fact that he was caught repeatedly billing the government for personal trips home which he falsely claimed were for the purpose of scouting training locations. Ryan Keith Zinke is an American politician and businessman serving as the 52nd and current United States Secretary of the Interior since 2017, in the Cabinet of Donald Trump.  Zinke had long been among President Trump’s most controversial Cabinet members, with the number of ethical scandals plaguing his administration nearly approaching that of Scott Pruitt.    
Zinke’s tweet — and the furious response it engendered — crystalized one of the criticisms of his tenure, namely that he celebrates his own image as a conservationist frontiersman, even as he effectively gives away lands rich with dinosaur remains and archeological treasures to mining companies and other business concerns. He is a died in the wool genuine fake asshole.


WINNER

•   WINNER - TOUGH NEGOTIATORNikki Haley, United Nations Ambassador:  She is too good for Trump - what she lacks in experience, she has in brains, she is a smart respected individual, with a set of cajones (nerve) exceeding the male members of Trumps cabinet, I do like her.  Don’t know if she’ll be able to put up with Stupid.  Haley’s foreign policy experience consists of going on a couple of trade missions as governor of South Carolina, but she has education and a good mind. 

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