62% say Trump isn’t telling the truth in Russia probe.
Half of the country says the investigation has given them doubts about Trump’s presidency, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll. https://t.co/X9t5UWDhtb
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 16, 2018
Trump keeps whining and lying about the cost of the Mueller investigation. It has made money for the government through recovery of unpaid taxes.
The Mueller investigation has cost $12.3 million so far. (If you add additional DOJ spending that is related but would have happened anyway, the figure rises to $25 million.) Still, it’s not close to the $40 million price tag that Trump appears to have invented out of thin air.
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) December 15, 2018
President Trump has often complained about the cost of the Mueller investigation, saying its costs have exceeded $40 million.
According to a new report, that is not the case.https://t.co/IuAmaCpf70
— Axios (@axios) December 15, 2018
6/ Mueller’s team spent $12.3M on the Russia probe since last May. They’ve used another $13M worth of federal assets for the investigation. That’s far less than Trump claimed. This also doesn’t count forfeiture collection, which will add up to several mil+ https://t.co/RJp2dAnZC0
— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) December 15, 2018
The Mueller investigation has cost $25 million so far, but it has lead to monetary estimated gains of up to $48 million for the government through the tax evasion the investigation has revealed.https://t.co/plp4pwIdM7
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 16, 2018
I’ve never heard a public official call someone cooperating with law enforcement a “rat” until Trump did. That is a term criminals use. https://t.co/JgfEDpXUXW
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 16, 2018
When a Republican president floats breaking into the DNC w no apparent irony https://t.co/0PQgDlOLHj
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) December 16, 2018
Media should remember not to normalize the President of the United States calling someone who cooperates with law enforcement “a rat.” Language of organized crime debases the office.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) December 16, 2018
Sir, in mobster lingo, a ‘rat’ is a witness who tells prosecutors real incriminating info. Perhaps a different word? Searches of lawyer’s offices common enough that DOJ has a procedure for them. Here it yielded evidence of crimes you said he should be jailed for. You should stop. https://t.co/EV1txBYrhz
— Andy McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) December 16, 2018
The tenor and fever-pitch of these tweets are markedly different than they were even a few weeks ago https://t.co/i6DTwj7fxz
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) December 16, 2018
Trump speaks like a gangster instead of a president. That’s because he is a mob boss.
This is from the President of our country, lying about the lawful execution of a search warrant issued by a federal judge. Shame on Republicans who don’t speak up at this moment — for the FBI, the rule of law, and the truth. pic.twitter.com/c5dhQBnmyi
— James Comey (@Comey) December 16, 2018
They didn’t break into his office. They had search warrants authorized by a federal judge – who would need to find probable cause – for his office, home and hotel he was staying at https://t.co/dL0L3ynQkl
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 16, 2018
I know it’s hard when you try and hide behind a lawyer & attorney client privilege & it doesn’t work because two different Judges said very little was privileged because he wasn’t really your lawyer but your fixer. Saw it all the time in Mafia cases, so I get that it’s scary. https://t.co/br4kLZdXWn
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) December 16, 2018
FACT-CHECK: Rank & file FBI agents were executing a lawful court order.
Now would be a good time for rule of law Republicans & DOJ leadership to slam this alarming shot at FBI agents and government cooperators. Your deafening silence permits this corrosive narrative to continue. https://t.co/dv2wZwgLZu
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) December 16, 2018
To recap, the President of the United States is calling someone a rat for cooperating with *the Justice Department he oversees*
When Trumpers harrumph about "show me the attacks on the rule of law," this is a prime example.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 16, 2018
Wow. Andy is a strong conservative former Federal prosecutor who Trump himself invoked and retweeted earlier to try to bolster his defense. https://t.co/ri4xEaQ6en
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 16, 2018
Wrote back in August, this president uses lexicon of a gangster. Whatever one thinks of M. Cohen — for @POTUS to call him a “rat” — utterly disgraceful & unconscionable.
And, DOJ doesn’t “break into” attorney offices w/o cause, warrant approved by judge. https://t.co/wahhQ3WDx1
— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) December 16, 2018
My former colleague Andy McCarthy, one of the President's most steady and articulate defenders, is starting to take the measure of the man he has so vigorously defended. POTUS's language reflects the mentality of an at risk mob boss, not of a President.There is a reason for that. https://t.co/FXTVqt1Rdf
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) December 16, 2018
1. This is obvious but the FBI didn’t “break into” anything. They executed court-approved search warrants.
2. The Mueller investigation was not “illegally started.” Four separate federal judges have upheld Mueller’s appointment and authorities. https://t.co/zLDUe1lWmk
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) December 16, 2018
I worked mafia cases for years in SDNY, mainly Gambino and Genovese. I usually hesitate to make this comparison but here it is completely warranted. This – calling somebody who provides information to law enforcement a “rat” – is straight up mob boss language. https://t.co/K8w46rVMP5
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) December 16, 2018
a good graphic
Trump foundation pic.twitter.com/FbfK6z4efg
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) December 14, 2018
“Two years after Donald Trump won the presidency, nearly every organization he has led in the past decade is under investigation” https://t.co/utlPnkWbtD
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) December 15, 2018
"At this point, the only surprise would be if there hadn’t been any corrupt dealings in the inauguration. It has long been a source of suspicion because the records are not public, and the sums are staggering." – @PaulWaldman1 https://t.co/wv1av9OBaD #TrumpCrimeFamily
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) December 15, 2018
Many Republicans, including Trump, claimed they wanted to preserve the popular Obamacare provision to protect people with pre-existing conditions. At the same time, they supported a court case to kill Obamacare.
Now, a judge made a far-reaching decision that goes beyond even what some Republicans wanted but that was always a risk. Trump tweeted praise for the decision which kills all of Obamacare. This will wind up in the Supreme Court.
The GOP know that they can’t repeal the ACA in Congress. So they’ve continued their crusade through the courts — and a right-wing judge in Texas ruled in their favor. Let’s be very clear: the ACA is still the law of the land. https://t.co/ddjSJsXWkc
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) December 15, 2018
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) December 15, 2018
Two legal experts who were on opposite sides of challenges to ACA at SCOTUS in 2012 and 2015 agree this time on how flawed last night's ACA ruling was: "this decision makes a mockery of the rule of law and basic principles of democracy." https://t.co/XUHgmPvQnV
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) December 15, 2018
Judge Reed O'Connor, appointed by George W. Bush, previously blocked other Obama protections including another ACA rule, transgender rights, native American children's rights. You get the picture. https://t.co/p66AbF3wsJ
— Kevin B. Blackistone (@ProfBlackistone) December 15, 2018
I have a lot of friends who will try to downplay this ACA decision – "it's totally unsound logic!" "It will be appealed!" – but it actually should be a mass freakout moment about how vulnerable our hard-won progressive gains remain due to the fact we ceded the courts to the GOP
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) December 15, 2018
Researchers find roughly one additional death per year for every 800 people who lose insurance. So if the result of the GOP suit is that ACA falls and millions of Americans lose insurance, the consequence is also clear: More Americans will die. https://t.co/Xz01FYJBQT
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) December 15, 2018
Short answer: Every legal attack on ACA has been focused on the market-based aspects. Mandate, subsidies. No court has suggested that expanding existing government programs would violate the Constitution. https://t.co/1HkpcQ1odp
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 15, 2018
Analysis: With ACA in peril, Republicans get to show if they really want to protect people with preexisting conditions https://t.co/0CwwlsLuni
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 15, 2018
Tonight’s absurd ruling exposes the monstrous endgame of the GOP’s all-out assault on people w/ pre-existing conditions & the ACA. When @HouseDemocrats take the gavel, the House will swiftly intervene in the appeals process to #ProtectOurCare!
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 15, 2018
This is exactly why Cruz argued that the ACA needed to be killed in 2013 — once the benefits were locked in, it would be politically impossible to take them away. 40 House Republicans, when they finish updating their resumes, will tell you he was right. https://t.co/wk43aJFgCw
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 15, 2018
The case, seemingly bound for the Supreme Court's new conservative majority, now threatens to complicate a wide array of policies. https://t.co/6jt0XpYS5a
— POLITICO (@politico) December 15, 2018
There was not enough coverage of this lie at the time. https://t.co/ySUNr1lTKb
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 15, 2018
Former President Barack Obama responded to a federal judge's ruling that core aspects of the Affordable Care Act were unconstitutional. https://t.co/JtTQnNLAmW
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 16, 2018
just more made up nonsense but his cult believes it
To get a green card you need to be vaccinated against DT, DTP, DTaP, Td, Tdap, OPV, IPV, MMR, Hib, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella, pneumococcal influenza, rotavirus and meningococcal disease. Which means immigrants are more vaccinated than most of the US population.
— Sebastian McKenzie (@sebmck) December 4, 2018
This admin has consistently demonized immigrants & those seeking refuge. Their policies & actions have galvanized the anti-immigrant movement. We must call out this extreme ideology for what it is – cruel & xenophobic. America is a #NationofImmigrants https://t.co/Wh25i29qwJ
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) December 11, 2018
Trump spinning his case that immigrants represent "tremendous problems" with "communicable disease" and crime — none of which is born out by facts.
— Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) December 11, 2018
Something that shouldn’t be lost today—Trump said immigrants bring “large-scale crime & disease” into the USA while sitting next to the Archbishop of Erbil Iraq during the signing of a bill that “directs U.S. assistance toward persecuted communities” https://t.co/sXh9b9ipCt pic.twitter.com/Fvf5dbpApH
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) December 12, 2018
Yeah the doubling down on racist rhetoric about saying immigrants carry disease and are “invading” the country while focusing exclusively on immigration really worked well in the midterms, right? https://t.co/xReSEn6Bj6
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) December 11, 2018
Note: I interviewed senior citizens in a gated Florida retirement community who told me they were worried that the caravan was going to bring deadly diseases to America. Even without any evidence that immigrants will bring "communicable diseases," people believe the Pres Trump. https://t.co/jHDb4Odvsh
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) December 11, 2018