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Discussion Thread: White House Press Briefing – 05/08/2020 | Live -12:30pm EDT

Westlake Legal Group yQWoUYDWjpHsYSQJ6rOx07DyoTg3UqJ64Yhzux8uDSw Discussion Thread: White House Press Briefing – 05/08/2020 | Live -12:30pm EDT r/politics

You can tell she’s a shit press sec. considering she can’t neutrally answer as easy a question as that. I presume the comment was made sometime pre mid-march.

Just throw in 2 easy sentences that at that time no one knew how serious for the whole world it would be, and you were hopeful that the global response blahblahbblah….

How are people so incompetent at talking paid $170k/year to move their mouths is beyond me.

*I do not want

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Staffer for Vice President Mike Pence tests positive for coronavirus

Westlake Legal Group m9fNRI0Wfl5bioyF5VC9dAwCJRj3ttm7BZ6Q2Kw6LHM Staffer for Vice President Mike Pence tests positive for coronavirus r/politics

That’s because the Abbot tests they’re relying on (the 15 minute tests) have a 15% or so failure rate.

Which is okay if you’re dealing with actual sick people in a clinical setting. Okay, the present with COVID-19 symptoms, your rapid test says “no”, you start treatment assuming it’s not COVID (which is fine, as there’s no actual fucking treatment for COVID) and their symptoms don’t improve so you test again.

But it’s shit if you’re trying to use it to screen people so they can work in an office setting. First, every active case has a 15% chance of getting through and spending the day spreading it. Second, everyone in the office — including the shitbird President — feels “secure” because everyone is tested, so why bother with masks, social distancing, and hand-washing?

You think the President’s valet or Pence’s aides are staying 6 feet away, wearing masks, and shouting down hallways? Fuck no. wearing a mask in the WH is disloyalty to Trump, and I suspect so is acting like there’s a fucking pandemic on.

So once someone wanders in with COVID-19, but hits that test failure rate, it’s gonna spread.

Of course Trump won’t get it. First off, this is the dumbest timeline so of course he’s goddamn immune from his own plague. Second, he’s a goddamn germaphobe, so despite his refusal to wear a mask and his habit of fucking flags on stage, he probably washes his hands more than anyone.

In this fucked up timeline, he’d probably be the fucking Typhoid Mary of the WH, utterly asymptomatic despite having every risk factor, and spreading it to everyone else.

Because the writers of 2020 have clearly just fucking given up.

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‘My God,’ Says US Senator After William Barr Deploys ‘History Is Written by the Winners’ Trope | “The head of the American justice system now saying publicly that there is no good or bad except what the strongest want. The definition of autocracy.”

Westlake Legal Group XFpNa-AZRwAlmiwaxjgjqYKWiVsvX9S9WBHy9XFmrIA 'My God,' Says US Senator After William Barr Deploys 'History Is Written by the Winners' Trope | "The head of the American justice system now saying publicly that there is no good or bad except what the strongest want. The definition of autocracy." r/politics

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Sen. Kamala Harris renews call for Attorney General Barr to resign

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Don’t Forget, Michael Flynn Pleaded Guilty. Twice.

Westlake Legal Group g8GBuy1ICd9CALLfDseVPLutuiqelLjs-NdyHtwiNlM Don’t Forget, Michael Flynn Pleaded Guilty. Twice. r/politics

“After Russia’s deliberate and coordinated assault on US democratic elections, recall that Trump downplayed the incident and dismissed the intelligence community’s conclusions; he questioned whether the interference was perpetrated by Moscow; he speculated that others could have been behind it; he promoted conspiracy theories; he said he believed Putin’s word that Russia was not responsible; and he suggested it would be a mistake for the United States to ruin the possibility of a good relationship with Moscow over the matter. The collective national reaction was not the patriotism, unity, and resolve of 9/11. It was internal conflict, and in the meantime, the Russians got away with it.

The two attacks reveal a lot about our choices. In both cases our enemies wanted to spark chaos in our democracy. In both cases we had the option to let them, or not. I wish the passengers of Flight 93 could have seen the influence of their example upon the country in the first instance—how their courage on 9/11 became a metaphor for American determination. They would have been proud that we chose to come together rather than allow terrorism to rip us apart. I also suspect they would be dismayed to witness our equal capacity for divisiveness not even two decades after their noble sacrifice.

One might blame Trump for provoking widespread discontent instead of cohesion after Russia’s interference. Go ahead and reread the above paragraph. It’s still stunning to recall that this was the president’s reaction. Ultimately, though, it was our choice whether to follow his lead. We decided to indulge in irrational speculation. We decided to engage in social media warfare. We decided to alienate neighbors based on whether they agreed with Trump or not. Our response to the attack led to record levels of incivility.”

“Let’s roll.” Those were Todd Beamer’s final words before he set down the phone.

Todd was an account manager for a computer company, and his early-morning business trip came on the heels of a five-day vacation in Italy. He and his wife had just returned the night before. Rather than take off immediately to his next destination, he spent the evening at home with her and their two children. Now Todd was midair on the way from Newark to San Francisco, and his plane had just been hijacked. About forty-five minutes into the flight, four men stormed the cockpit, slitting the throats of the pilots and taking over the aircraft. One of them made an announcement over the intercom in broken English: “Ladies and gentlemen: here the captain. Please sit down, keep remaining seating. We have a bomb on board. So sit.”

They herded passengers into the rear of the jet and banked back toward the East Coast. Todd tried to use the seat phone and was connected with Lisa Jefferson, a call center representative for the in-flight phone company. He calmly described the scene for her to relay to authorities. The men had knives out. One appeared to have a bomb strapped to his body. The pilots were lying motionless on the floor. A fellow passenger had been killed. Todd’s seatmates received word via calls to loved ones that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had been struck by hijacked airplanes. The passengers and crew huddled to discuss the situation. They didn’t want to be the next aircraft flown into a target, so they took a vote and agreed to retake the cockpit. Todd informed Lisa, who was still on the line, that they planned to wrest control of the plane back from the hijackers. He asked her to do him a favor. If he didn’t survive, he wanted her to call his wife with a message: “Tell her I love her and the boys.” She promised she would, but what Todd would never know was that his wife was pregnant with a baby girl, too. He recited the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23.”

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CDC guide to reopening was trashed by the Trump admin. It just leaked

Westlake Legal Group b5tr9efFh-ocs2uAYcV-YkjoRfWyKYOwD3V5LgC1XAY CDC guide to reopening was trashed by the Trump admin. It just leaked r/politics

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Pelosi considering $2,000 a month for Americans

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That’s a big thing I worry about.

Because of our shortsightedness, this shit is not going to go away (despite the fact that so many people think it already has). It is only going to get worse. Other nations are going to recover and not want to trade with us because we’re still continually fucking up. US consumer demand alone will not be enough to sustain the economy in its current form. Not to mention the fact that several businesses are straight up just going to go bust because either all of their employees get sick (seeing this already in meatpacking) or because not enough people want to go out to patronize them (gyms, bars, restaurants).

And consider that by November/December, it is very likely that almost every person in America will know someone within one degree of them who has died. Many, many people will know several–this thing is going to absolutely devastate some families and social circles.

So you’re going to have a nation of unemployed people with no prospects for the foreseeable future, in a country where they can’t leave the house, who may very well feel like they have lost everything and everyone close to them.

That, my dudes, is a fucking recipe for disaster.

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William Barr’s DOJ Is Now Covering Up Crimes for Trump in Broad Daylight

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Trump-Russia investigation: House releases long-awaited transcripts from closed-door interviews

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MR. SCHIFF: Was this the first communication you received from Mr. Goldstone where he indicated that the Russian Government wanted to provide assistance to the campaign?

MR. TRUMP: Yes.

MR. FUTERFAS: I object to the form of the question. I’ll permit my client to answer it, but I think there’s a characterization of the email. So in any event, we can proceed, but I just want to note that.

MR. SCHIFF: It’s what the email explicitly says.

Interview Transcript of Donald Trump, Jr. (December 6, 2017)

Page 12

MR. SCHIFF: Did they communicate by email?

MR. TRUMP: My father doesn’t generally use email, so I don’t — I don’t think so.

Page 15

MR. SCHIFF: How did you decide which version of the email to release publicly?

MR. TRUMP: I just released the one that I had.

MR. SCHIFF: And who did you consult in that decision?

MR. TRUMP: Counsel. MR. SCHIFF: Did you discuss it with anyone other than counsel?

MR. TRUMP: Not anyone other than in privileged conversations.

MR. SCHIFF: Now, Mr. Trump, apart from counsel, there are no privileged conversations.

MR. TRUMP: Correct. So it would’ve been with counsel. So the answer is no.

MR. SCHIFF: So the decision to release the emails publicly you never discussed with your father?

MR. TRUMP: Not without counsel.

MR. SCHIFF: Not without counsel present?

MR. TRUMP: Correct.

MR. SCHIFF: So you did discuss this with your father with counsel present?

MR. TRUMP: Yes.

Page 19

MR. SCHIFF: When Mr. Goldstone represented that the Agalarovs had information, official documents that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia that would be very useful to your father, what was your understanding of what you were being offered?

MR. TRUMP: I didn’t know what I was being offered. I know what Rob wrote, but, again, I had no way to validate any of that.

MR. SCHIFF: Mr. Goldstone wrote that this was part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump, helped along by Aras and Emin. Did you understand what he meant by that?

MR. TRUMP: No, because I was not aware of any support from Russia.

MR. SCHIFF: You replied less than 20 minutes later saying, “If that’s what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer.” Why were you willing to accept help that was part of Russia and its government’s support for your father?

Page 22

MR. TRUMP: He was the head of the campaign. He knew more about this stuff than I did. So I asked him to sit in on it, as I would with a lot of meetings throughout the course, if they were available.

MR. SCHIFF: He knew more about what stuff?

MR. TRUMP: Campaign procedures and what we could or couldn’t do. So I would have brought him in on any meeting.

MR. SCHIFF: Was there a question in your mind about whether you could or could not accept help from the Russian Government?

MR. TRUMP: I don’t know that I thought about it.

Page 35 (Context from page 27/to 34 is interesting to note he implies he knew nothing about the matter of the meeting, but still found it important enough to invite Manafort and Kushner)

MR. GOWDY: Right. How much of the time was spent discussing that, and how much of the time was spent discussing dirt on Secretary Clinton?

MR. TRUMP: Again, the majority was really split up between — really started off as Russian adoption, which was sort of the, you know, what I perceive to be sort of the feel-good segue to probably lobbying for something as it related to that Act. So, you know, I’d say we spent less than, you know, 5 minutes of the 20 minutes, again, speaking through a translator about the quote/unquote “dirt,”

Page 56

MR. SCHIFF: Well, you said, when you responded to my colleague’s questions, that it wasn’t that useful. If you had known this was the derogatory information that she had on Secretary Clinton, would you have taken the meeting to begin with?

MR. TRUMP: I don’t know.

MR. SCHIFF: Well, you said it was essentially a bait-and-switch and a waste of time, did you not?

MR. TRUMP: I did.

MR. SCHIFF: Does that indicate that if you knew that in advance, you would have not taken the meeting?

MR. TRUMP: If I would have known that, I perhaps would have heard them out, but I don’t know.

MR. SCHIFF: But it’s fair to say that you were hoping for something more useful than what you got?

MR. TRUMP: That’s fair.

MR. SCHIFF: And is it fair to say you wouldn’t have invited the campaign chairman to the meeting if all you knew you were going to get was what they provided in terms of derogatory information?

MR. TRUMP: In hindsight, that’s probably accurate, but I don’t know.

MR. SCHIFF: And in hindsight, you wouldn’t have invited Mr. Kushner if you weren’t going to get anything more useful than that?

MR. TRUMP: I may not have. I don’t know.

Page 59

MR. SCHIFF: But you may have asked Ms. Veselnitskaya about whether she had any dirt on the Clintons, vis-à-vis, the Clinton Foundation?

MR. TRUMP: I may have asked if that’s what she was talking about as it related to donations, but I don’t know. I don’t know specifically, and I don’t recall.

Page 74

MR. SCHIFF: Once you did discuss the emails with your father, what took place — I’m not going to ask you about what you asked your attorney or what your attorney told you, but what did you tell your father about the emails?

MR. FUTERFAS: That’s a — we’re going to assert privilege there, please.

MR. SCHIFF: There’s no privilege between Mr. Trump, Jr. and his father.

(they try to ask the question gain but:)

MR. FUTERFAS: Yes, we understand the question. Thank you, but at this time, I’m going to have to request that my client not answer. There are — we believe there are valid privilege invocations given that there were counsel, both on his side of the conversation and on his father’s side of the conversation who were present for that conversation, and certainly, we want to count — get counsel from and speak to his father’s counsel to understand their position. They may feel similarly or not.

Page 78

MR. SCHIFF: Were you involved at all in helping your father prepare for the speech that he was previewing about the very, very interesting information on the Clintons?

MR. TRUMP: I was not.

MR. SCHIFF: Did you ever ask your father what he meant by the very informative and very, very interesting information on Clinton?

MR. TRUMP: I did not.

MR. SCHIFF: Rob Goldstone’s June 3 email to you said that Emin Agalarov had “asked me to contact you with something very interesting.” Was this the very interesting information that your father was referring to?

MR. TRUMP: I have no idea.

MR. SCHIFF: So you have no idea whether it was ever communicated to your father that the Russian Government, via Aras Agalarov, was offering very interesting information on Clinton?

MR. TRUMP: I know that I don’t recall ever giving it to him. I don’t recall bringing it to anyone else.

Page 88

(This has 237 pages, it’s going to take very long to highlight.)

Last edit for today, battery is running out. I’m stopping on page 106 when they start discussing the twitter exchange with WikiLeaks, if someone wants to pick up where I left it, go right ahead

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Michael Flynn Admitted Lying To The FBI. The Justice Department Now Says That Doesn’t Matter.

Westlake Legal Group thejiDx8OXBIUpPi_QY6P6VcSE-kSHvXTDMg6NZuvgw Michael Flynn Admitted Lying To The FBI. The Justice Department Now Says That Doesn’t Matter. r/politics

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