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  # 2078776 24-Aug-2018 20:32
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CNN - Trump learns the taste of betrayal

 

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President Donald Trump's fortress of loyalty is beginning to crumble. ...

 

Recent events make clear that some who served Trump no longer fear his contempt, or are putting themselves first when forced to choose between their fidelity to him and their own political and constitutional duties or legal exposure. ...

 

The cycle of betrayals must be especially galling for a President who craves loyalty and genuflection - but it's perhaps inevitable given he has often failed to show loyalty to those around him. ...

 

But any sense that he's no longer quite the omnipotent operator he was will embolden his enemies and, if the midterm elections go badly, may eventually weigh on the calculations of his GOP protectors in Washington, a town with a feral instinct for weakness.

 

 





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  # 2078894 25-Aug-2018 08:05
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary. approaching podium, under breath: "I need a drink"

Addressing reporters: "OK idiots. Are you ready?

I just can't stand the faces of you people. Those dead questioning eyes.

You dummies don't matter."

Pointing to reporter "Greedo?" [green bounty hunter in Star Wars cantina]

First Reporter: "What happens when I scratch a horseradish all over my face?"

Sarah: "Now why would you do this?"

First reporter: "well you've got to scratch it somewhere"

Sarah dismissively "Yeah you don't matter", pointing to second reporter "Mangey?"

Second reporter: "my beard itches pretty bad. Is this because of my bugs?"



 
 
 
 


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  # 2078900 25-Aug-2018 09:01
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Fred99:

 

It's been a great week for Trump. Heh heh.

 

Now he's even got a problem with his flipping Pecker.

 

 

 

 

Yes, it seems his end is coming.





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  # 2078920 25-Aug-2018 10:47
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The statement by Trump about the stock market collapsing is the silliest thing I have heard him say.  If Pence were to take over the market would likely go up solely due to Pence being of steadier character.


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  # 2078940 25-Aug-2018 11:31
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SaltyNZ:

 

Fred99:

 

It's been a great week for Trump. Heh heh.

 

Now he's even got a problem with his flipping Pecker.

 

 

Yes, it seems his end is coming.

 

 

He might peter out.


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  # 2078948 25-Aug-2018 11:49
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amiga500:

 

The statement by Trump about the stock market collapsing is the silliest thing I have heard him say.  If Pence were to take over the market would likely go up solely due to Pence being of steadier character.

 

 

There's plenty of warning about the state of the stock market - the thing that starts corrections is always unseen by most people - so who knows. His comment was probably designed to afford himself a little slack if there is a correction - he'll blame that on not being able to get his own way, Obama and Hillary - and not that running trillion dollar deficits and starting trade wars could have been the problem.

 

 


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  # 2078977 25-Aug-2018 13:11
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From conservative magazine "Bloomberg"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-24/trump-insiders-could-offer-holy-grail-of-long-hidden-finances

Trump Insiders Could Offer ‘Holy Grail’ of Long-Hidden Finances
By David Kocieniewski and David Voreacos

Michael Cohen’s guilty plea is opening a door to a long-closed world -- the business of Donald Trump.

Many have tried, unsuccessfully, to get a look. Trump rebuffed calls during the election to release his federal tax returns. Public advocacy groups have sought those returns and failed. Even his ex-wives, and by one account his bankers, haven’t been able to get a full view of Trump’s finances.

But now that Cohen has told prosecutors that Trump directed him to pay women for their silence and was repaid by the Trump family business, U.S. and New York authorities are taking a closer look.

“Because there are tax implications to all these transactions, it even opens up Trump’s tax returns to state and federal prosecutors: The Holy Grail,” said Frank Agostino, an attorney in Hackensack, New Jersey, who formerly prosecuted U.S. tax cases.

Since Cohen spoke earlier this week, it has emerged that federal authorities have granted immunity to two key witnesses. Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, is cooperating, the Wall Street Journal reported. So is David Pecker, whose American Media Inc. made “catch and kill” deals that helped keep illicit affairs out of public view, as Vanity Fair first reported. Also circling are New York authorities, whose actions would be beyond the president’s power to issue federal pardons.

Tax charges never sound sexy. Trump and his team spend more time on Twitter and TV batting back other allegations thrown their way, like a Russian conspiracy and obstruction of justice. But tax law has been a fundamental tool for authorities since the days of mobster Al Capone. This week, tax crimes helped sink Cohen (five of eight counts) and Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort (six of eight).

 
 
 
 


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  # 2078978 25-Aug-2018 13:18
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I would find it fitting and extremely satisfying if Trump went down the same way Capone did.

 

 





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  # 2079106 25-Aug-2018 16:29
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Say it with Jim Morrison:

 

"This is the end

 

Beautiful friend ..."

 

 

 

"... I'll never hear your lies again." cool





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  # 2079117 25-Aug-2018 17:03
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CBNN - Why the Allen Weisselberg immunity deal may be the biggest news of this bananas week

 

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"Follow the money."

 

Those three words - which first emerged in the Watergate scandal and have become the iconic call to arms for investigative journalists everywhere - tells you exactly why the news that Allen Weisselberg was granted immunity in the investigation into Michael Cohen is such a gigantic deal.

 

Weisselberg is the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization - but he's so much more than that. Hired first by Trump's father, Weisselberg has been the money man in Trump's orbit for decades. And, he didn't just handle finances for the Trump Organization but also for Trump's personal accounts. ...

The man who handles the money is always the one who knows the secrets. And, in a financial world as complex as the one Trump has constructed for himself over the past few decades, there is literally no one who knows more about the finances of the Trump Organization - and the man sitting in the Oval Office - than Allen Weisselberg. ...

 

Weisselberg is the key to understanding Trump's finances. He may well be the only person who could possible understand and explain the full scope of Trump's financial life. And now, he has been granted immunity to talk about at least a small part of that world with prosecutors in New York.

 

 





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  # 2079134 25-Aug-2018 18:33
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Hahaha. The week gets worse for Trump.

 

It looks like there's an unknown, now approx 30YO "baby Trump" out there - half brother or sister to the tight and very nasty gang - apart from the one they don't include, ummm, Tiffany.  As we know, the owner of National Enquirer - Pecker - has flipped on Trump, now CNN  (Trump's favourite news organisation) - has got a copy of a "catch and kill" agreement between the National Enquirer and an ex Trump Tower doorman, who they paid $30k to "buy a story" then STFU forever about an affair Trump had with a housekeeper - which resulted in a pregnancy and birth.  Only $30k?  Well LOL - how much do you think Trump would pay a doorman?  That's a fortune.

 

Crime of the century (last) or impeachable offense - not even close.  If it was anybody else in politics (apart from Pence) - I couldn't care less / who cares?  But Trump - LOL.  Hope this one bites him - hard.

 

Fake news from CNN?  There's a link to a scan of the contract in the article:

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/24/politics/trump-tower-doorman-contract-ami/index.html


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  # 2079153 25-Aug-2018 20:25
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Maybe Trump needs to worry about the "Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act (DPPA)"

It is a federal child support law that was established in 1998 to punish parents who willfully fail to make child support payments by traveling to another state to avoid making child support payments.

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  # 2079374 26-Aug-2018 13:41
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This one says it all ...

 





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