Monday Reads: Crossfire Hurricane and other Master Trumpers’ Disasters

Good Morning Sky Dancers!

Master Trumpers has been on a spiral of ever increasing psychosis so it’s only natural that the news cycle should be caught up in a cyclone of chaos.  I figured today would be one of those news days but it’s one of Those NEWS DAYS raised to some kind of crazy large exponential blaze of a number.

This is mostly a live blog that may break into many threads through out the day because the breaking news is coming at us faster than I can keep up.

By the time I first checked twitter then  walked the dog and grabbed the first cup of coffee, BB had called to tell me there is a 4th Judge Gang Rapist victim that’s evidently gone to the police in Mississippi.  I saw a Howard Dean tweet suggesting that Rod Rosenstein may have resigned or been fired or something and the full interview of the guy who set up the  Russian meeting rather indicated that he thought Trumpers Junior committed some form of treason.

So, I will dump some headlines and will continue to add as the day wears on.

From NPR: “Rosenstein, Expecting To Be Fired, Heads To White House For Meeting On Tense Morning”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired following the reports about his early tenure within the Justice Department — but had not actually stepped down as he traveled to the White House on Monday morning for a meeting.

A source close to Rosenstein said he believes he will lose his job following the New York Times report on Friday that described him discussing secretly recording President Trump and enlisting other Cabinet officers to remove Trump from power under the 25th Amendment.

Some news organizations reported that Rosenstein had submitted a verbal resignation to White House officials. The situation was confused and unclear.

Trump was not at the White House; he traveled to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

From ABC:  “Rod Rosenstein, Trump’s deputy attorney general, expected to be fired: Sources”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is heading to the White House Monday morning with the expectation that he will be fired, sources told ABC News.

he news came on the heels of reporting that at a May 2017 meeting between Rosenstein and then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Rosenstein suggested that McCabe or others wear a wire when speaking with the president, according to memos McCabe made of the conversation, sources familiar with them told ABC News. The meeting took place a week after President Donald Trump had fired James Comey as director, the sources said.

Additionally, sources told ABC News that, according to the memos, Rosenstein told McCabe he could recruit members of the president’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit. Rosenstein believed he would be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kellyto sign on, according to the sources.

After Comey’s firing, ABC News previously reported that Rosenstein was so upset with the White House for pinning Comey’s dismissal on him that he was on the verge of resigning.

Rosenstein remained on the job and a week later assigned Robert Mueller as special counsel to look into allegations that the Russian government tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Okay, that’s still just out there … so watch this space.

We just knew from the Blasey-Ford allegation that the rape team of Cavanaugh and Judge had to have a history that would come out sooner or later.   First, Ronana Farrow and Jane Meyer came out with the story of Deborah Ramirez yesterday in the New  Yorker.  Then, Michael Avenatti tweeted a cryptic charge that insinuated a gang rap.  This morning we get a 4th story and this one includes law enforcement in Maryland,

Investigators in Montgomery County confirmed Monday they’re aware of a potential second sexual assault complaint in the county against former Georgetown Prep student and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

While investigators weren’t specific and spoke on background, they said they are looking at allegations against Kavanaugh during his senior year in high school after an anonymous witness came forward this weekend.

This would potentially bring the number to four women accusing Kavanaugh of wrongdoing and comes after Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale college student, stepped forward this weekend to accuse Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her in college, and after attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted out a message saying he represents a woman with “credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.”

In an email to Mike Davis, the chief counsel for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Avenatti said he had evidence that at house parties in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and his friend Judge and others plied women with alcohol and drugs, “In order to allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.”

Investigators say it is unclear if Avenatti’s tweet and email is in regards to the same woman they’ve interviewed.

Judge is a writer who wrote a fictional account of his time at Georgetown Prep and was allegedly involved in the sexual assault of Professor Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s first accuser who is set to testify this Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

From Raw Story: “Montgomery County investigators are ‘looking at’ allegations from potential fourth Kavanaugh accuser: report”

A new report from the Montgomery County Sentinel claims that investigators in Maryland are looking into allegations from what could be a potential fourth accuser against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Specifically, Montgomery County investigators say that an anonymous witness came forward over the weekend to level charges against Kavanaugh that date back to his senior year in high school.

However, the Sentinel’s sources would not describe the specific nature of the charges, and would only say that they were examining them at this time.

If the allegations are credible, they would mark the fourth woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Okay, final wow moment this morning has to do with Rob Goldstone and setting up the Trump Tower Russia Meeting for Trumpers Junior, Manafort, and Kushner.  Goldstone has been hauled before a grand jury and I’m pretty sure this means Trumpers junior is in deep do do.

The AP reports that there are arrests happening on the Hill of Kavanaugh Protesters.

From NBC:

The British-born music publicist who helped arrange that infamous meeting between senior Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Democrats now believes the meeting could have been a set-up by Russian intelligence, he told NBC News in an exclusive television interview.

“I’m willing to believe that I don’t know who wanted this meeting,” Rob Goldstone told NBC’s Cynthia McFadden in a wide-ranging interview, in which he also discussed Trump’s behavior in Moscow during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

Asked if he had conveyed a “dirty offer” to the Trump team in brokering the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Goldstone said, “Yes. That is true.”

“That [dirt] didn’t materialize,” said Goldstone, but he believes the apparent willingness of campaign officials to accept dirt is what drew the scrutiny of congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller.

The entire interview is at the link.

Here’s the nasty bits via The Hill.

When asked whether he regrets his role in the meeting, Goldstone said he did and wished he had not set it up.

“I regret not listening to the little voice in my head,” Goldstone said. “The same one that made me say to [his client, Russian pop star] Emin, ‘No good can come from this and this is a bad idea.’ ”

Goldstone acknowledged to the news outlet that he conveyed a “dirty offer” to members of the Trump campaign when discussing the possible June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, but noted that the damaging information that was promised on Hillary Clinton “didn’t materialize.”

The publicist told NBC News that he believes its possible the meeting may have been a set-up by Russian intelligence officials.

“I’m willing to believe that I don’t know who wanted this meeting,” Goldstone said.

The Trump Tower meeting has become a flashpoint in special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Goldstone says he discussed the details of the meeting with Mueller in March. He also told NBC that he discussed his time with Trump during a Moscow visit in 2013.

President Trump admitted on Twitter last month that the meeting was intended to gather information on Clinton, despite his son’s previous claims that it was focused on Russian adoption policy related to American sanctions.

Donald Trump Jr., who welcomed the offer of the meeting and later attended it, has downplayed its significance and called it a “waste of time.”

So, these are the THREE main things today but hang on to your hats.  It’s likely getting more newsy and stormy as the day progresses.

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36 Comments on “Monday Reads: Crossfire Hurricane and other Master Trumpers’ Disasters”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Other news : Trumpers at the UN and this:

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  3. bostonboomer says:

    The latest is that Rod Rosenstein is at the White House for a regularly scheduled meeting at hasn’t yet been fired or resigned.

    • bostonboomer says:

    • Enheduanna says:

      Something really sounded off to me about Rosenstein abruptly resigning after an article so poorly sourced and widely debunked.

      But it does not surprise me – I expect it will be non-stop smash and grab by the GOP all the way to November and up until the adults are (hopefully) seated in January.

    • Fannie says:

      He is and if he has to go, he needs to be fired. After him is another one who has never confirmed by congress, and then the next is a lawyer for Bush in 2000 election (Noel Francisco, Solicitor General), big on presidential powers.

  4. dakinikat says:

    • Fannie says:

      Right here in Boise, Idaho a Russian drug ring, mafia style has been doing business for years. Big bust, and no a peep from Trump or the GOP.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Great post, Dak. I know from experience that it’s really difficult to write one when all hell is breaking loose in the news. Can you believe it’s only Monday?

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    I am wondering if my insurance covers the whiplash from what is happening in the news.

    All this confusion and chaos on behalf of a possibly illegitimate POTUS. Astounding!

  7. Enheduanna says:

    If Kavanaugh is confirmed it will be like reliving November 7, 2016 all over again. It took me days to get over feeling like I was punched in the stomach. When will this country ever do the right thing by us women?

    Thank you Dak for posting – I know it can’t be easy.

    • dakinikat says:

      I seriously read twitter, saw a few things, walked the dog, picked up my cup of coffee and it was like all hell broke lose. It’s hard to even know where to start but I know we can all sort it out together.

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  9. dakinikat says:

    Super Rapey Prick at the entitlement thing again …

  10. Jslat says:

    Dak & BB, several of your replies are blank FYI.

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  13. dakinikat says:

    If Kavanaugh’s accuser is lying, why is she the one asking for a thorough investigation?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-brett-kavanaugh-ford-assault-fbi-huppke-20180918-story.html

    he came forward, anonymously at first, with notes from a therapist she spoke to about the incident long before Kavanaugh was a candidate for the high court and with a successful polygraph conducted by a former FBI agent.

    Does that mean it happened? Of course not. But it means Ford is coming forward with more than just some idle claim. It’s worthy of a thorough investigation, one that Kavanaugh himself, if he’s innocent, should be demanding.

    But he’s not. He’s willing to appear at a hastily scheduled hearing Monday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and give his side of the story. But it’s Ford — who is also invited to testify at that hearing — who is calling for an FBI investigation into her claim before she testifies.

    A letter her lawyers sent to the committee late Tuesday reads in part: “A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”

    That seems like a sensible request. And let me stress: It’s the accuser who is asking investigators to dig more deeply into her accusations. That’s not the behavior of someone making outrageous claims.

    Why on Earth would a judge — a person who has devoted his life to the practice of law — not want a thorough investigation at least as badly as his accuser?

    As it stands now, the Senate Judiciary Committee doesn’t even plan to call the one potential witness to the alleged assault, Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge. That friend, via an attorney, notified the committee Tuesday that he doesn’t want to testify:

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  15. Old Guy says:

    One weird day. Does not speak much for the future of humans. May be a failed species. May the next generation will be better.

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  17. dakinikat says: