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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:02 am    Post subject: Trump and Women Reply with quote

I'm surprised this hasn't made the title of a thread yet. Starting with the infamous Access Hollywood tape but all through his fights with Meghan Kelly, Mika Brezinsky, etc. Not forgetting, of course, Mrs. Khan, LaDavid Johnson's widow, Congresswoman Wilson, etc.

The Worst Thing Donald Trump Says in Michael Wolff’s Book
Once again, the commander in chief rhetorically reduces a woman to a body part.
Margaret Carlson

If you think you know everything about how the president feels about women, listen as former co-chief of staff and chief strategist Steve Bannon relays the president’s disgust for Yates. Trump, Wolff writes in Fire and Fury, was up against the Justice Department but thought he was “up against Sally Yates, who was, he steamed, such a c---t.”

For its crudity and window into Trump’s misogynistic mind, this is as revealing as the Access Hollywood tape. The “c” word, which still has the power to shock, was reportedly employed by the president to describe the former acting attorney general of the United States for taking actions in her official capacity he didn’t like.

How cheek, what nerve for Yates to follow the rule of law, as was routinely done in those long-ago days before a sitting president challenged the authority of the Justice Department and the FBI as if he were a Nigerian prince. Trump told Bannon, says Wolfe, that Yates had been “lying in wait” to unload on him when she testified before the Senate in May ever since he’d fired her at the end of January for her decision—the same one reached by most legal scholars and U.S. judges—that the law did not support the president’s travel ban blocking entry to the U.S. to people from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Still worse, from Trump’s view, was Yates telling the White House six days after the inauguration that—contrary to the story that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was swearing to, and the White House (including Vice President Mike Pence) was spreading—the feds had incontrovertible proof that the general, who had lucrative business dealings with Russia, had in fact talked to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about easing up on sanctions. (Wolff notes that when Flynn’s business came up during the campaign, those concerns were shrugged off, because no one really expected Trump nor Flynn to make it to the White House.)

The day after Yates warned the West Wing about Flynn’s potentially treasonous actions, White House counsel Donald McGahn summoned her back, not to say thanks but to ask why this concerned her at all. “What does it matter to the Justice Department if one White House official lies to another?” he asked.

That line should figure prominently in any history of this period or at least on a needlepoint pillow as the operative ethic of the Trump administration. It wasn’t until word about Flynn leaked out to the press that Trump felt the heat to get rid of him. By that time, Yates, whose grandmother was one of the first women admitted to the Georgia Bar and whose father was an appellate court judge, was gone, sent packing by Trump a mere three weeks into her tenure as acting AG. Flynn stayed on for another 18 days, privy to the most sensitive intelligence the country has, including joining Trump for a phone call with Russia President Vladimir Putin. When Trump finally let Flynn, “a great guy,” go, he did so without any nasty name-calling. “I believe that it would be very unfair to hear from somebody who we don’t even know,” the president said, referring to Yates, “and immediately run out and fire a general.”

A lieutenant general, actually, but who’s counting stars. In firing Yates, Trump picked on the wrong woman. While those accusing Trump of sexual assault go largely ignored by Republican leaders, Yates got a full-fledged hearing before a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee to tell what happened. With courtroom skills honed over 27 years of service, during which she prosecuted a number of Democratic officials for corruption, Yates testified about Flynn’s conversations (they were on tape), his lies about them, and how those subjected him to blackmail.

To anyone listening to her testimony, it came as no surprise a few months later when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Anyone listening now, pay attention to the case Trump is making through surrogates on the Hill for firing Bob Mueller.

It’s worth noting that as mad as he was at Comey for pursuing the Russia investigation and failing to pledge his loyalty, the worst Trump came up with for the male FBI boss was “nut job.” The female acting attorney general, though, was rhetorically reduced by the president to a body part, just like he did many of his women accusers who weren’t, he noted, pretty or young enough for him to bother molesting, and the women whose “p****ies” he boasted about grabbing with impunity because he was famous.

Not today or tomorrow but someday, he may come to learn from women, and the rule of law, that he has no impunity after all.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-worst-thing-donald-trump-says-in-michael-wolffs-book?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:09 am    Post subject: ]Trump’s Anti-Hillary Crusade Could Break the DoJ Reply with quote

Trump’s Anti-Hillary Crusade Could Break the Justice Department
There will be severe, lasting damage if prosecutors reopen the Clinton investigation even if it’s only to appease the president.
Barbara McQuade

To be effective, the Department of Justice must be independent from partisan politics.

And, just as important, it must be perceived as independent.

Today’s reporting in The Daily Beast that the Department of Justice is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server threatens to undermine that essential virtue.

Federal investigations are based on collection of evidence and legal analysis to determine whether a prosecution is in the best interests of justice. In the case of Hillary Clinton’s email server, FBI agents reviewed emails, interviewed witnesses, and reached the conclusion that no charges were appropriate.

In summer of 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey publicly announced that the FBI had concluded its investigation and was recommending against charging Clinton. Calling her conduct “extremely careless,” Comey nonetheless stated that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case against Clinton for her conduct. Looking to prior cases, Comey said, “We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.” He noted that all previous prosecutions involved “some combination of clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.”

Comey reopened the investigation in October 2016 when seemingly new Clinton emails were found on a laptop computer, only to close it a few days later when the FBI reached the same conclusion as they had in July. That was the end of the investigation.

Until now.

During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump frequently blasted DOJ’s treatment of Clinton. In the past month, President Trump has renewed his criticism of the Justice Department regarding its treatment of “Crooked” Hillary, putting “Justice” in quotation marks in one tweet, and later demanding the “Deep State Justice Dept” finally act.

And now, it appears that DOJ is reopening the investigation. Renewing an investigation into the president’s political opponent just because he demands it is wrong and dangerous. The Department of Justice is not the president’s personal legal team, designed to lock up his rivals. DOJ has a long tradition of independence from the White House. Bowing to the wishes of the president to investigate his political enemies would undermine public confidence in the objectivity of DOJ’s charging decisions in this case and all others.

One legitimate reason to reopen an investigation would be the discovery of new evidence. Just as the FBI reopened the investigation in October upon finding new email messages on a laptop computer, reopening it again could be appropriate if some other new evidence has been discovered or new witness has been identified. But today’s report does not indicate that any new evidence has been discovered.

In the absence of newly discovered evidence, it would undermine the non-partisan nature of the Justice Department to reopen an investigation just because of a change in the party that is in charge of the executive branch. Reopening this case could set a dangerous precedent for future administrations to reconsider all charging decisions with which they disagree.

It may be, as some have speculated, that the new investigation is designed merely to appease Trump, and that officials know full well that no charges will emerge. Even that sort of charade would be an abuse of the awesome powers of the Department of Justice and a waste of resources that could be better spent on new cases. One would hope that DOJ’s leaders would have the backbone to reject such pressures rather than to pretend to accede to them.

At the end of his remarks announcing his recommendation in the Clinton case, Comey said, “What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done competently, honestly, and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.”

Will we be able to say the same about the new investigation?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-anti-hillary-crusade-could-break-the-justice-department?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:23 am    Post subject: How Donald Trump Treats Women Reply with quote

How Donald Trump Treats Women | Time
The Trump White House Sounds Like a Hostile Work Environment for Women
Sarah Begley

Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury has captured America’s attention for its claims about the White House’s infighting and incompetence, as viewed from Wolff’s 18-month-long perch inside Trump’s circle, but it also depicts, at times seemingly inadvertently, a testosterone-fueled workplace replete with casual misogyny, hardwired sexism and vile language.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Fire and Fury as “a book of ridiculous lies,” and some have taken issue with Wolff’s reporting. The White House asked Wolff’s publisher to stop publication of the book; instead, the publisher moved up publication by four days.

The book, out today, depicts a hostile work environment for women, filled with sexist slights that would get any other workplace in the country in serious legal trouble. If the book is accurate, no woman in Trump’s circle is exempt.

Every White House has its share of cursing: Vice President Joe Biden calling the Affordable Care Act a “big f–king deal,” President George W. Bush calling a reporter a “major-league a–hole.” But in anecdote after anecdote in Wolff’s book — many of which are not attributed to any on-the-record source — the vulgar language casually used in the White House and even by the president himself against high-level women serving in the Administration includes ones especially demeaning to women, referring to them as a “piece of tail,” a “b-tch” and a “c-nt.”

The details should not shock anyone who followed the 2016 campaign closely; Trump repeatedly offended women in his path, from Carly Fiorina (“Look at that face!” he said in front of a Rolling Stone reporter. “Would anyone vote for that?”) to Hillary Clinton (who he said did not have “the look” to be president). And no one, except perhaps Trump himself, could forget the “Access Hollywood” tape in which he said he grabs women “by the p-ssy.”Even after he took office, the president called an NFL player protesting the national anthem a “son of a b-tch” in a nationally broadcast speech, and his personal attorney told a private citizen in a string of angry emails to “watch your back, b-tch.” In a series of angry tweets in June, Trump claimed that “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a visit to Mar-a-Lago.

In Wolff’s telling, Trump’s overall attitude toward women doesn’t necessarily preclude them from working closely with him. “While Trump was in most ways a conventional misogynist, in the workplace he was much closer to women than to men,” Wolff writes.

In fact, after firing two male campaign managers, Trump promoted Conway to the position, making her the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign.

Trump’s complicated feelings about women extend outside his work circle, who face attacks on their looks, insinuations and uncomfortable compliments, even as he seeks the approval of some of them. Aside from his Twitter attack on Brzezinski, he faced criticism last year for saying that Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand used to come “begging” for campaign donations and “would do anything for them.” (The White House denied any sexual innuendo in the tweet.) He was also criticized in June for singling out an Irish female reporter in the Oval Office, saying she had a “nice smile” and telling the Irish Prime Minister she probably treats him well. At the same time, while Wolff describes New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman as Trump’s bête noire, the president has consistently turned to her coverage in the hope that it would be positive. She is “his go-to journalist for some higher sort of approval,” he writes.

The Trump Administration includes very few women — one analysis from the nonpartisan Brookings Institution last year found just 27 percent of posts were filled by women — and the women in his Cabinet hold posts farther down the line of succession overseeing transportation, education and small business. One infamous viral photo depicted more than two dozen men sitting around a conference table in the White House discussing the Republican health care bill — and not a single woman.

But while there may not be many women around the president, in Wolff’s telling it seems they are always on his mind — just not in ways most women would appreciate.

http://time.com/5088984/trump-women-michael-wolff/

I wonder how Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders manage to survive in that environment. confused
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:42 pm    Post subject: Stormy Daniels on Trump Reply with quote

Stormy Daniels on Trump: ‘What a D*ck’

In a 5,500-word transcript of an interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels conducted in 2011, the erstwhile lover of President Trump says looking back on their relationship that she felt bad about helping him cheat on his wife. “Now that I have a baby that’s the same age that his was at the time, I’m like, ‘Wow, what a dick.’’’ She added, “Karma will always bite you in the ass.” In a separate part of the interview, Daniels said she spent an evening hanging out with Trump while he watched a TV special about sharks. “He is obsessed with sharks,” Daniels said. “He was like, ‘I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.’”

http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/stormy-daniels-full-interview-151788?via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:45 pm    Post subject: Stormy Daniels on Trump Reply with quote

Stormy Daniels: I Had ‘Ongoing Relationship’ With Trump

Porn star Stormy Daniels said, in her much-anticipated tell-all interview with InTouch Weekly, that her relationship with now-President Trump was more than a single hookup and that the real-estate mogul was calling her “at least three times a month” in between inviting her to events. She said, “If I was his wife and I found out that my husband stuck his dick in a hundred girls, I would be less mad about that than the fact that he went to dinner and had like this ongoing relationship.” Daniels also says she made fun of Trump’s infamous hairdo, asking why he didn’t have any desire to “upgrade” it. “He said that he thought that if he cut his hair or changed it, that he would lose his power and his wealth,” she said. “And I laughed hysterically at him.”

http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/stormy-daniels-full-interview-151788?via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition

I heard today that Trump lawyer paid $130K to Daniels, through a front, to keep her from talking about her affair with him, just weeks before the 2016 election.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:02 pm    Post subject: 'Trump Is a Lot Like Weinstein' Reply with quote

Stormy Daniels Reveals Trump Is a Lot Like Weinstein
The president’s M.O. with his alleged mistress was the same as it was with some of his accusers: Sleep with me if you want a job.
BY Erin Gloria Ryan

InTouch Weekly released the full transcript of its lost-and-found 2011 interview with porn star Stormy Daniels (née Stephanie Clifford), wherein she details the months-long 2006 affair she claims she had with then-reality-TV host Donald Trump. The interview details, among other things, how Trump used his longtime bodyguard and his assistant to facilitate their meetings, and how, during their entire relationship, the only family member Trump willingly talked about was his daughter.

But most notable about Clifford’s account of the consensual affair was how it mirrors accusations of non-consensual advances by Trump. For him, this is a pattern. Like many others, Clifford thought Trump wanted to give her a professional opportunity. Like many others, Trump dangled the promise of a professional opportunity—a promise he never intended to keep—in exchange for sex. Unlike the others we know about, Clifford gave in to Trump’s advances.

Clifford told InTouch that their first one-on-one meeting occurred in Trump’s hotel suite in Lake Tahoe, a meeting facilitated by his bodyguard Keith Schiller. “Keith was always with him,” she told the magazine. “That’s how I got in touch with him. I never had Donald’s cellphone number. I always used Keith’s.”

Clifford arrived dressed for a date; Donald wore sweatpants. (Tale as old as time.) When the two got to talking, Trump wanted to talk business. He wanted to know about the adult-film business. He wanted to know about Clifford’s skill as a businesswoman. He showed her a magazine on which he was the cover, demonstrating to Clifford what a famous business success he was. Then, the conversation turned to how Trump could possibly do business with Stephanie Clifford. Clifford would be a contestant on The Apprentice.

Daniels tells InTouch that Trump said that being on The Apprentice would be great for her, because people think she’s stupid, but she’s actually not. “And I was like, ‘Well, it’s never going to happen. NBC is never going to let a porn star on.’ And he was like, ‘I can make it happen.’ And I was like, ‘You can’t. I dare you.’ I was totally egging him on. And that was kind of like the thing, he was like, ‘No, we have to work on this for you.’ And that was sort of what he tried to bait me with for an entire year.”

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“Trump has displayed a decades-long pattern of promising women professional advancement in exchange for sex, or expecting sex in exchange for giving women professional opportunities.”

The interview flirts with tabloidy sensationalism, as one could expect, about his sexual style, his “junk,” his fears and strange habits. That he only mentioned his wife once, at the very beginning of their affair, and when Clifford asked about her, Trump said “Oh, don’t worry about her,” and changed the subject. The only other family member Trump mentioned during their months-long involvement was his daughter Ivanka, who Trump said shared many similarities with Clifford.

The quirky details drive home the fact that these are strange times indeed; it’s hard to imagine the nationwide apoplexy that would have followed a similar on-the-record account of an affair with, say, President Obama. But the more mundane details of Clifford and Trump’s affair reinforce much of what the women who have accused Trump of predatory behavior have long said: Donald Trump has displayed a decades-long pattern of promising women professional advancement in exchange for sex, or expecting sex in exchange for giving women professional opportunities.

Read more:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/stormy-daniels-reveals-donald-trump-is-a-lot-like-harvey-weinstein?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:48 pm    Post subject: Trump's Attorney Used Private Company To Pay Porn Star Reply with quote

Du Khach wrote:
I heard today that Trump lawyer paid $130K to Daniels, through a front, to keep her from talking about her affair with him, just weeks before the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump's Attorney Used Private Company To Pay Porn Star
President Donald Trump's lawyer used a private Delaware company to pay a former adult-film star in return for her agreeing to not publicly discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to the WSJ.

https://youtu.be/LGD39vGxP1I


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:50 pm    Post subject: Stormy Daniels on Sex With Trump Reply with quote

Stormy Daniels: Sex With Trump Was 'Textbook Generic'
Before she signed the $130,000 NDA, porn star Stormy Daniels gave 'In Touch' magazine a detailed account of her affair with Donald Trump.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:07 am    Post subject: Stormy Daniels, Robert Mueller, And The Trump Presidency Reply with quote

Stormy Daniels, Robert Mueller, And The Trump Presidency
Lawrence O'Donnell looks at what was "another day at the office" for the White House: a porn star's tell-all about Trump on the cover of a national magazine, a GOP senator's speech comparing the president's rhetoric to Stalin, and pressure from the Mueller probe.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Missing the blue dress! Reply with quote

Trump’s Having an Affair Now, Michael Wolff Tells Bill Maher
The only reason Wolff didn’t put it in ‘Fire and Fury’ is that he “didn’t have the blue dress.”
BY Matt Wilstein

The last time we saw Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, he was defending his friend Al Franken and condemning his ideological enemy Roy Moore. Three months later, neither man is serving in the U.S. Senate and the government is on the verge of a possible shutdown.

As the Senate began to vote on a continuing resolution to keep the government open, Maher kicked things off by wishing his audience a happy New Year, or as he called 2018, “the year of the shithole.” The host summed up Trump’s immigration position with one question: “Why can’t we do immigration more like the way I got Melania, by using a catalog?”

But the main event of Maher’s first show back came in the form of a sit-down with Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, the book that managed to make Trump’s White House even more chaotic during the first few weeks of 2018.

“Well, you have done the impossible, you’ve made America read again,” Maher told Wolff at the top of their interview. Since Wolff has done so many TV appearances over the past few weeks, Maher asked him for one detail from the book that he’s surprised no one has picked up on yet.

Video: https://youtu.be/M1aw1yczeas

Instead of telling Maher about something that he did put in the book, Wolff slyly teased a White House anecdote that he apparently didn’t feel comfortable including. There was one story about Trump that he kept hearing, but couldn’t confirm, even by his questionable standards.

“I didn’t have the blue dress,” Wolff said, referring to the evidence that damned Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

“It’s about somebody’s he’s f*cking right now?” Maher asked, excitedly.

“Yes,” Wolff replied, but he refused to elaborate. “You just have to read between the lines,” he said, adding, “Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph, you’ll say bingo.”

Maher struggled to get any more specifics out of his guest, but when Wolff mentioned “back doors” that could allow Trump to have a White House affair without anyone noticing, the host joked, “There are back doors? Oh, it’s a gay liaison!” As the audience groaned, Maher ventured a guess: “Sean Spicer!”

If Wolff got attacked for the shocking stories he put in Fire and Fury, it’s not hard to imagine how his critics will react to him teasing something he left out.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/president-trump-is-having-an-affair-right-now-michael-wolff-tells-bill-maher?via=newsletter&source=Weekend
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