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Burn Your Notes


cjones01192019

According to the dictionary, a cult is a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object and a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing. It’s a cult of personality surrounding a leader. It’s less about policy and more about adoration. It’s also less about facts and members of a cult will deny reality, truth, and perceive any criticism of their leader as an attack. North Korea is an entire nation in a cult. In the United States, Trump defenders are now sycophants, and they are in denial of reality. Trump defenders are a cult.

A conservative cartooning colleague of mine posted on social media today, that it’s hard to be friends with liberals when they think you’re a racist or a member of a cult. My answer to him is, if you’re supporting Trump then you might be a racist, you’re definitely in a cult, and I don’t want to be your friend. No friend request has been sent. He can get over himself.

You have to surrender objectivity to support Trump and claim that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the newly reported FBI inquiry into whether Trump is acting to advance Russia’s interests and is a national security risk are all attacks by a “deep state.”

The fault for an investigation into Trump belongs to Trump. While sycophants ignore Trump’s actions that advance Russia’s interest, our justice system can not.

You can’t ignore that Trump called for Russia to hack into his opponent’s email.

You can’t ignore that Russians met with the Trump campaign in Trump Tower, their campaign headquarters. You can’t ignore that Trump issued a denial that was a lie about Russian adoptions. We initially thought the president wrote the denial for his son, Donald Trump Jr, but now we learn that Vladimir Putin may be the author. Hours before the denial was issued, Trump sat down with Putin, with only Russia’s interpreter present, and talked about, wait for it, Russian adoptions.

You can’t ignore that Trump has worked aggressively to dismantle NATO, which delights Russia. You can’t ignore that there are new reports that Trump discussed pulling the U.S. out of NATO, telling officials that he doesn’t see the point of the organization.

You can’t ignore that Trump thought Russia cooperating with our FBI to investigate Russian meddling into our election was a “generous offer,” and not more obstruction.

You can’t ignore that Trump spent over a year denying Russia meddled into our election and believed Putin’s denial over his own intelligence agencies. You can’t ignore that Trump refused to call out Putin at their Helsinki summit, or at any point in his presidency.

You can’t ignore that Trump said he fired Comey to get rid of the Russia investigation, and bragged about it to Russians in the Oval Office, with only the Russian media present.

You can’t ignore that when Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, no American aides were present, which is highly unusual for an American president. It’s unusual as in; no president has ever done that.

Now, we have something else we can’t ignore. After Trump’s visit with Putin in Hamburg at the 2017 G20, Trump tried to conceal his talks with Putin from even the senior-most members of his administration, and even reportedly seized the interpreter’s notes after one of his meetings. The second time he met with Putin in Hamburg was unscheduled without any Americans present, which is where he claims they talked about Russian adoptions.

This brings us back to other huge facts we can’t ignore. Trump offered Putin a free penthouse suite in his Trump Tower project, which never came to fruition (and by keeping it hidden, gave Putin leverage on him). Trump’s largest lender is Deutsche Bank, which many believe is financed by Russia. And finally, Russia meddled in the election to elect Donald Trump.

While talking to one of his favorite sycophants on Trump TV, er, Fox News, Trump said being asked if he was working for Russia is the most insulting question ever, without answering the question. He later did answer with an angry denial. But he also denied knowing about paying off porn stars and a host of other things in the past that later turned out to be true.

Trump is a liar and a traitor. He has worked actively to advance the interests of Russia and Vladimir Putin. The only thing we’re not entirely sure of is if he’s a useful idiot or a willful idiot.

If you still support Donald Trump and defend him, I have to ask what kind of idiot are you?

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Lawyering Up


cjones01162019

For the past two years, Trump sycophants have been barking “what evidence is there that Trump colluded with Russia”? It’s as if Robert Mueller is supposed to call each and every one of them directly each time he discovers something new. Never mind that there is evidence that Trump worked with Russia, such as calling Russia out to hack his opponent on the campaign trail, reading Wikileaks out loud at Trump rallies, and having Russians visiting his campaign headquarters to meet his son, son-in-law, and campaign manager. But after this week, the Sycophants should be having a harder time asking their stupid question. The mountain of evidence just got higher.

Sycophants aren’t the only ones who will struggle with their talking point. Donald Trump himself will have a harder time saying “no collusion” now that we know his campaign manager and current prisoner of the federal government Paul Manafort was sharing internal campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian national with suspected ties to Russian intelligence and who has been indicted by the Special Counsel’s office. Kilimnik formerly worked for Manafort’s consulting firm. Manafort had also discussed a Ukrainian peace plan, which would lift sanctions on Russia, with Kilimnik, who is believed to be hiding in Moscow at this time. Manafort, deep in debt to very dangerous pro-Russian oligarchs, was working for the Trump campaign without pay only because he’s such a nice guy.

Why was Manafort sharing polling data with a Russian national who has ties to Russian intelligence? There have been questions since the election about how Russian hackers knew to target specific areas and people, like Wisconsinites who didn’t like Hillary Clinton but would never vote for Trump. Trump beat Clinton by around 80,000 votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, a total lower than candidate Jill Stein’s. Russian hackers promoted Stein’s candidacy in those states. How did they know to do that?

Now, we have learned that the FBI has been investigating Donald Trump which is a big deal. The FBI doesn’t normally investigate a president, especially into if he was secretly working to benefit Russia against American interest.

The FBI, much like anyone with eyes, ears, and their head not currently up their own ass, was suspicious of Trump’s attitude toward Russia. They were holding off on an investigation until he fired FBI Director James Comey and told NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired Comey to relieve the stress of the Russia investigation. He told the same thing to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

If Trump had fired Comey to stop the Russia investigation, the act would have been a national security issue because it would have hurt the bureau’s effort to learn how Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Americans were involved. That’s what they call obstruction. Donald Trump is a national security threat.

Trump recently added seventeen lawyers to his defense team. What’s more shocking than the FBI investigating a president is that one of the lawyers is Not Natalia Veselnitskaya. That probably would have looked too weird.

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Fake Investigation


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The Federal Bureau of Investigations did about as thorough of a job investigating sexual allegations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh as O.J. Simpson did in his search for the “real killers.”

Originally, Donald Trump said he wouldn’t ask the FBI to extend its background investigation on Kavanaugh, as it wasn’t what they do. Republicans echoed that nonsense. When asked if he would call for an FBI investigation, Kavanaugh said, “I like beer.”

Retiring senator Jeff Flake flaked on voting to confirm unless there was an investigation, so the White House authorized one, but limited its scope. Trump claimed he wasn’t limiting the FBI’s search while limiting their search. They gave the FBI a week, and they only took five days. You could actually keep video rentals out longer than that, back when there were video rentals.

Republicans didn’t want an investigation as they were afraid something new would be found. They don’t want to find any nastiness until Kavanaugh is on the bench. After looking at the report, that didn’t contain interviews with the accuser, or the accused, or a polygraph from Kavanaugh, the Republicans described it as a “very thorough investigation.”

Those who were interviewed gave additional names to the FBI, which went ignored. Several people contacted the FBI claiming they had corroborating information on Kavanaugh, but they too were ignored. It’s like the hunt was conducted by those Finding Bigfoot geeks, who claim they’re experts at finding Bigfoots, yet they’ve never found one. But, even they would have taken longer than five days. In fact, you could call the FBI and report you saw Bigfoot and aliens and probably get a faster response than if you were calling about Kavanaugh.

But, we didn’t need the investigation to know Kavanaugh doesn’t belong on the Supreme Court.

More than 2,400 law professors are opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Former Justice John Paul Stevens is opposed to the confirmation. A majority of Americans are opposed.

Other than being a suspected sexual assaulter with a drinking problem, there are several reasons Kavanaugh should not be confirmed.

The first is a reason we keep forgetting. Donald Trump is being investigated, thankfully by real cops, for colluding with Russia and other crimes to gain the presidency. A fraudulent president shouldn’t be shaping the Supreme Court for the next forty years.

Kavanaugh is not a consensus candidate. If you have to struggle to find 50 votes for confirmation, then you should give up. Find someone who can get the support of at least 60 Senators. Yes. Even in this day of tribal politics, you can find a nominee with bipartisan support. They’re out there. But, this Senate knew Trump would only nominate d-bags and the worst from the judicial system to place on the court, which is what the GOP wants. So, they changed the rules so that only 50 votes, not 60, are required to place a person on the Supreme Court for the rest of his life.

Kavanaugh doesn’t have the temperament. He displayed that at his last hearing, crying, shouting, and throwing questions back at senators when he wasn’t dodging or refusing to answer them. He’s a partisan hack, having worked in the Ken Starr investigation, which was an actual witch hunt.

Speaking of which, if a president can be impeached for lying about something that wasn’t a crime, then a SCOTUS nominee shouldn’t be confirmed for lying during his confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh hasn’t just lied about Devil’s Triangle, the Ralph Club, FFFF, or boofing. He lied about torture during the Bush administration and receiving stolen documents. We deserve a justice that can be trusted, not a perjurer.

He engaged in partisan conspiracy theories, the likes peddled by Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh, during his last hearing. He claimed people bitter about Trump’s victory and those wanting revenge for the Clintons were out to get him. He said “what comes around goes around,” which is not something you want to hear from a guy headed to the Supreme Court. All that was missing was a “bwahahahahaha” and wringing his hands together. That’s probably coming after he’s confirmed.

Realizing he came off as a partisan hack, Kavanaugh wrote a column which appeared in The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Good job, Brett, I mean “Bart.” Let’s prove you’re not a partisan by writing for Murdoch’s paper and appearing on his network. He didn’t apologize but wrote that he shouldn’t have said the things he said during that hearing, and he promises to be impartial and fair. But, those weren’t spontaneous comments. He wrote them down. He was prepared to say them. He thought beforehand that it was a great idea to say them. The only thing his advisers edited out was, “bwahahahahaha.”

The Senate needs to vote no on Kavanaugh. I don’t know why they’re insistent on dying on the hill for this guy. There are plenty of other right-wing assholes to choose from that will please their base, and who probably aren’t alcoholic rapists.

Probably.

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Lingering Stench


cjones09272018

Last Friday, The New York Times published a story that said sources within the FBI claim Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein had discussed secretly recording Donald Trump and talked of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit.

Rosenstein immediately issued a statement saying the story was untrue. Within a couple of hours, he issued another. Doth he protests too much?

The story doesn’t just claim that he brought up the idea recording Trump once, but on multiple occasions and even suggested that candidates for the job of FBI Director (after James Comey was fired) should also wear wires during their interviews.

What do you want to bet that at some point since Trump was elected that someone has worn a wire to record him, other than Omarosa?

An FBI spokesperson said Rosenstein did talk about wearing a wire to record Trump, but it was sarcasm, kinda like, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” That’s hilarious stuff, right there.

I believe he did make the comments and without sarcasm. I’m sure most Republicans believe it too and will use it to call for Rosenstein’s firing…after the midterm elections.

Trump has been attacking the Justice Department and FBI for the past several months. Last week, he said he didn’t have an Attorney General, which is like the time my Trump-sycophant little sister told me, “I don’t have a brother.”

My sister has two other brothers (but they’re goobers and not cool like me. My other Trump-sycophant sister told me I “wasted my talent”), but Trump only has one Attorney General. It’s just not the kind of AG he wants, one that will use his position to protect Trump, punish his political enemies, and not go after lawbreaking Republicans. He wants an Attorney General that will shake people down, take ’em for rides, make them sleep with the fishes, etc.

Trump and Republicans will surely use the story, despite it coming from the “fake news” and “failing” New York Times, to double-down on the Deep State conspiracy.

Trump and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to ruin his SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh’s career. They forget that Trump has worked to ruin the careers of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok, for cheap political gain, and Republicans either stood on the sidelines and watched it happen or worse, helped.

He’s not done. We can expect more firings after the midterms, and they’re not doing a good job of keeping it a secret.

During a rally in Missouri Friday night, Trump said, “Just look at what is now being exposed in the Department of Justice and the F.B.I. We have great people in the Department of Justice, but you have some real bad ones. You see what happened at the F.B.I. They’re all gone, but there’s a lingering stench, and we’re going to get rid of that, too.” Earlier in the week, he described some law enforcement as a “cancer on the country.”

How is it that when you criticize police for shooting unarmed black men, you hate law enforcement, but when Trump attacks law enforcement then he’s rooting out the Deep State and being patriotic? How dare they go after suspected spies for Russia!

Donald Trump would not be president if not for the help of Russia and Vladimir Putin. He may have colluded with Russia, and he did ask them for their help. He hosted representatives of Russia in his campaign headquarters. He secretly paid off women weeks before the election to be quiet about their affairs with him. He’s spent his entire time in the White House bilking the government for personal profit and using his office to obstruct justice. Before he became president, he stole from charities. After he became president, he praised Nazis and pedophiles.

He’s right. There is a “lingering stench in Washington,” but you know what they say.

He who first smelt it dealt it.

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Naked Yeti Mario Kart


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Just in case you’ve never heard of it, Mario Kart is a game where a plumber races go-karts against humanoid toad creatures or something like that. I’m not really sure. It’s been around since 1992, and there are still geeks geeking out over it enough that they hashtag it on Twitter so they can talk about it and share tips and tricks. Boy, were they disappointed yesterday.

Along with the video nerds, thousands of people were wondering why Mario Kart was trending. Hopefully, they weren’t eating breakfast when they found out, because it’s bad enough that Donald Trump has now ruined sex, mushrooms on pizza and spaghetti, and Mario Kart for everyone. Think of the children, people.

If you do not want all the above ruined for you forever and can move along without expanding your knowledge of useless stuff, then stop reading right now. Just stop. I’ve warned you. OK, then. But, then again, if you follow me on social media, then I already ruined everything for you yesterday. Sorry about that.

Anyway…Tuesday, The Guardian published excerpts of Stormy Daniels’ upcoming tell-all book, Full Disclosure, detailing her tryst with a future president of the United States. In it, she gives details on the Trump junk. Now, might be when you wanna stop reading.

Don’t blame me for this, but she writes, “It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool. I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart.” I could go into detail to explain what she’s describing there, but I think you get it.

A lot of people were upset with this description and not just Trump sycophants who would probably tell all of us that the president’s penis is perfectly fine, if not truly spectacular. Women want it, men want to be it. No, Mario Kart aficionados weren’t happy. You see, Toad, the mushroom guy with a mushroom cap that’s actually a part of his head, is a nice guy who runs a “Mario Party,” and is very helpful and kind in every way, unlike the president’s penis, where, rumor has it, created Donald Trump Jr, and Eric. Why, Toad didn’t deserve to be dragged into this sordid affair. Hell, Michael Cohen never even called Toad to offer him a buyout for his silence. Toad has been a good Samaritan going all the way back when Mario Bros. was released in 1985, while Trump was pretending to be someone else while calling the media to talk about all the action his weirdly shaped tiny Yeti-pube penis was getting.

Is this information important to the state of our nation (I ask rhetorically)? Yes. Yes, it is. Donald Trump was the one who talked and lied about his weird wiener during a presidential debate. Now, looking at all of his insecurities and feelings of inadequacies, the freakish penis explains it all. The trade wars, quarreling with NATO and allies, admiring dictators, boasting about how strong and awesome he is, the lifetime of lying, and the future end of the world can all be explained by President Yeti Pubes’ (he likes nicknames, right?) teeny, tiny, disfigured, mushroom-like willy. Basically, his dick will be the end of all of us.

This is not the classified information Trump wants us to know. Trump would rather we see the details from the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in our election. He’s declassifying intel like texts between FBI agents and the FISA warrants for surveillance on Carter Page. You know, because chasing wild, deep-state conspiracy theories is more important than national security.

Trump said that declassifying this stuff may be the “crowning achievement” of his presidency. Really. He believes this will expose the investigation as being corrupt, a hoax, and a total witch hunt. Republicans believe this will validate their defense of Trump and attacks on the Special Counsel just like the Nunes Memo did, which it really didn’t.

Trump has ignored requests from the FBI and the Justice Department not to declassify this. As Rachel Maddow said last week or something to this effect, this is why we don’t let dogs drive cars. That means this is why we don’t let insecure man babies with weird toad dicks become president.

Yesterday, Trump also said the FBI shouldn’t investigate the attempted-rape charges against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, because, INVESTIGATING isn’t something the Federal Bureau of INVESTIGATIONS does. INVESTIGATING is “not their thing.”

What a dick.

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Strzok Gets Struck


cjones08192018

Peter Strzok was an FBI agent with 22 years experience who had investigated Russian spies, defense officials accused of selling secrets to China and other assorted cases of extreme importance. He was also the agent in charge of investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State and the Russia case.

During his investigation of Clinton’s server, Strzok exchanged texts with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with who he was having an affair. The texts were discovered while he was the lead investigator for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who swiftly removed him from the investigation of Russiagate.

The director of the FBI office that usually handles employee discipline had decided that Strzok should be demoted for having a rational viewpoint and suspended for 60 days. The Deputy Director of the FBI ignored that advice and decided to fire Strzok on Monday.

The text Republicans keep clinging to is one where Strzok was replying to Page’s concern about Trump being elected. Strzok texted, “we’ll stop him.” Republicans claim this is proof of conspiracy within the agency to destroy Trump and not a comment from a regular citizen referencing the voters of America. The Trump campaign was under investigation by the FBI for colluding with Russia before the election, but Strzok never leaked or made the investigation public knowledge, though the FBI held press conferences and leaked information about investigating Hillary Clinton. Oddly enough, those leaks went straight to Rudy Giuliani who is now campaigning to end the Russia investigation because of FBI bias.

Trump and his sycophants are using Strzok’s text as proof that Mueller’s Russia investigation is a hoax and should be shut down, the dossier is fake, Hillary Clinton should be re-investigated and thrown into prison, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be fired, everyone should vote Republican, Donald Trump isn’t a racist, and he only weighs 239 pounds.

What this really proves is that each day of the Trump administration brings us one step closer to an authoritarian government. People have literally been fired for expressing a negative viewpoint about Donald Trump (and this one’s not a political cartoonist in Pittsburgh).

When assigning agents to investigate politicians, is it now mandatory that they not have any political opinions about anything? Or, are they allowed to have them just so long as they favor Trump? The problem with this is how does anyone who familiarizes himself with a subject not have an opinion about that person? Are cops required to have neutral feelings about the people they’re in a shoot-out with? When they encounter pedophiles, do they not have any negative views about them until they’re convicted?

If this is the new standard in today’s chaotic new normal, we’re going to encounter problems finding people competent enough to do their jobs. Any professional who is educated, intelligent, rational, with half a brain, and not in a coma is going to have a negative viewpoint of Donald Trump. Have you seen and heard Donald Trump? Currently, only about 39% of Americans have a favorable view of Donald Trump, and they’re all Nazis. OK, maybe they’re not all Nazis, but they’re OK with a guy who is OK with Nazis. Do we really want Nazi sympathizers in charge of investigations? We can’t have everything run like Congressional committees.

Perhaps the most bizarre thing about this (other than there is a sex scandal connected to Trump where you don’t have to get a mental image of Trump boinking playmates, raw dogging porn stars, being spanked with a Forbes magazine with his daughter on the cover, or engaging in a pee-pee contest with Russian hookers) is that between Trump and Strzok, one has testified in front of Congress and the other refused to answer questions to Robert Mueller.

The most hypocritical aspect is that Strzok was fired for texting a viewpoint while Trump has been tweeting that Strzok should be fired, thus muddying up the entire review process at the FBI with his idiotic viewpoints. If that’s not meddling in an investigation or with the Justice Department, then I don’t know what is.

We can’t conduct a bloodletting in government agencies of those who harbor negative views of Trump. We need competent people serving our nation. If we only hire people who respect Trump, then we’re going to have a government staffed with the likes of Michael Cohens and Omarosas.

This is truly ironic because it might be Michael Cohen and Omarosa who bring down the Trump administration.

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Spies Like Us


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The priorities for the Trump administration and the entire Republican Party are seriously messed up. When the press reports that a White House staffer dissed Senator and Vietnam veteran John McCain by saying, “he’s dying anyway,” the outrage isn’t directed at the staffer, who still has her job, but at the leaker.

Now it’s reported that the FBI may have had an informant following the moles Russia had in the Trump campaign. Is Trump’s outrage directed toward Russia? Of course not. It’s toward the agency that’s trying to protect our nation from interference from a hostile foreign power.

Trump tweeted, “Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI “SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT.” Andrew McCarthy says, “There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.” If so, this is bigger than Watergate!”

Trump has to say “Obama’s FBI” so it’ll gin up his base with outrage. But he is right about one thing. If Donald Trump allowed Russian spies into his campaign, it’s bigger than Watergate.

And Trump did allow Russians into his campaign headquarters. When the Russians contacted them claiming they had dirt on Hillary Clinton, did Donald Trump Jr say “no thanks?” Did he report it to the FBI? No. That treasonous trust-fund baby said, “I love it!” If the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, it’s not for lack of trying.

While the campaign was ongoing, Trump was trying to work out a business deal with Russia. When Trump says he doesn’t have any business with Russia, again, it’s not for lack of trying. And on that issue, he’s probably lying.

While the FBI was secretly following Trump’s Russians around, they announced to the world that they were investigating Hillary Clinton, and then they weren’t, and then they were. The FBI was also leaking information about the investigation into Clinton to Rudy Giuliani, who is now complaining about the bias at the FBI. I’m a cartoonist and even I can’t make this stuff up.

Trump sycophants who parrot his claim of the investigation as a “witch hunt” and “no collusion” don’t stop for a second and ask, but why were there so many people with Russian connections in your campaign? What sort of organization was Trump running that let spies in to sit at the big table with Trump?

Now, Trump, Republicans in Congress, the idiots in conservative media like Breitbart and Sean Hannity, are screaming for the FBI to publicly identify the informant. What happened to protecting sources? Why would they want to give someone up, not just for the conservative base to chew apart, but for Vladimir Putin? People who anger Putin have a tendency to suffer accidents, like falling off buildings and walking face-first into a batch of Russian-made nerve agent.

This is another instance of Republicans putting sycophancy over country. They worship at the altar of a stupid, racist, snake-oil selling conman complicit with Russia, and their love for their deity is stronger than their love for the country.

You know what they say runs downhill. You know who’s on top of that hill. Trump’s leadership has set an example of the corruption rampant throughout his cabinet. His leadership encourages leaks from the White House. And, it was his leadership that invited Russians into his campaign. This is a man who didn’t devote himself entirely to his country while seeking to be its leader, as he was working business deals with Moscow at the same time while also asking for them to hack his opponent’s campaign.

We need to leave the informant alone. Quite frankly, Melania’s been through enough this week.

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