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Video || Rod Rosenstein Grilled by House Judiciary Republicans

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday said he saw no reason to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, as per statute, he therefore would not do so if told to by President Trump

How did we get in a situation where Rosenstein, a confirmed swamp creature who has been in and around the Justice Department all his life, was permitted to appoint fellow swamp creature Robert Mueller to investigate, among other things, the firing of a third swamp creature, former FBI Director James Comey, by the man who is also a de facto target of the probe, Donald Trump, who was ELECTED TO DRAIN THE SWAMP??

Here’s some video from Rosenstein’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. What an unlikable seeming character he is.

Omarosa Manigault Newman Resigns from the White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former contestant on President Trump’s “The Apprentice” who followed Trump into the White House to work on outreach to various constituency groups, has resigned and will leave the White House next month.

“Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement. “Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”

Newman is one of Trump’s best-known African American supporters.

UPDATE: Wall Street Journal reports she was dragged out of the White House, though it appears she will get paid until January 20, her last official day.

According to WSJ:

Ms. Manigault Newman’s departure was abrupt, according to a White House official, who said that Ms. Manigault Newman was “physically dragged and escorted off the campus” Tuesday evening.

Ms. Manigault Newman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a tweet, the U.S. Secret Service, which protects the president, said it deactivated Ms. Manigault Newman’s White House access pass Tuesday night but wasn’t involved in removing her from the complex.

No, the Moore Loss is Not a Big Blow for Trumpism

Let’s put this in perspective. Not spin it, but put it in proper perspective. Because most journalists and pundits in Washington, even many conservatives and Republicans, are dancing on what they think is Trump’s political grave. And they are gravely mistaken. Like they were many times before.

Roy Moore’s decisive victory in the Republican primary several weeks ago over a sitting U.S. senator reflected the intensity of Republican antipathy toward the GOP establishment. Just because Moore lost the general election does not mean the antipathy or the desire for change that originally put Trump in the White House has diminished in any way. It is a fundamental thing, one that elected Trump and that could elect many Republicans in 2018.

Washington political types and the people you are forced to listen to on TV look at politics as a sports event, concentrating on who’s up and who’s down and assuming that a trend is an inevitability, while failing to understand deeper dynamics that cause events. So let’s remember a few things.

In the same way Trump was elected despite obvious flaws and red flags for the conservative and deeply religious voters who backed him, Moore nearly won in Alabama despite major hurdles.

Moore had in the past said some controversial things that were probably already offputting to moderate and some other Republicans who might have stayed home even before the sexual misconduct allegations came down. Then, of course, he was accused dating teens in his 30s, and worse.

I think it is hard for most people who have heard these charges not to believe at least that he had a predilection for teens while in his 30s. The charges are just too numerous, and most of the women do not seem to have been cooked up in some George Soros-funded laboratory for smearing Republicans. The charges must have at least made Republicans across the political spectrum uncomfortable with Moore, with responses ranging from voting for his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, to sitting home, to putting aside their concerns and backing Moore. That’s not a great get-out-the-vote recipe.

Meantime, Moore was vastly outspent, perhaps by $7 million in a state with only about five million people. The national party only late and grudgingly backed Moore, and the Republican Senate campaign committee never got behind him. Even Alabama’s other U.S. senator, Republican Richard Shelby, said he couldn’t vote for Moore.

And yet Moore nearly won, losing by only 20,000 votes against Jones, a credible Democratic candidate, not some horrendous ethical mess like Hillary Clinton.

Admittedly, Alabama is a deeply Republican state. But Moore was deeply disadvantaged. His loss says nothing about the future of Trumpism. It says nothing about the state of Republican populism that is seeking to upend the establishment.

And it says nothing about Steve Bannon’s talent for picking candidates. Bannon, when he first came out for Moore during the primary, could not have known about the sexual misconduct allegations. Such charges seem to attach themselves just as easily to “normal” public personas as they do to colorful characters like Roy Moore. That they came up with Moore does not reflect on Bannon.

Republican congressional leaders, driven by what they read in the press and hear on the TV, will have the wrong reaction to this. They will use Moore’s loss to reaffirm themselves in the illusion that people don’t want fundamental change in Washington. But as long as Bannon’s money doesn’t dry up, he will still be able to run anti-establishment candidates in GOP Senate primaries. And they will win those primaries, and they will mostly win general elections.

Because these are the candidates that will bring out the GOP base. They are the ones who can counter the Democratic base, which is highly energized. If Republican Washington swamp runs establishment candidates, then the GOP is going to get swamped.

“Normal,” establishment candidates are bad political news. Bannon isn’t just trying to “blow things up,” he is doing what he thinks is politically advantageous, avoiding candidates who will fail to excite the GOP base. Just ask Ed Gillespie, professional Washington lobbyist — and pitifully failed 2017 Republican candidate for governor of Virginia.

Keith Koffler is the author of the Book Bannon: Always the Rebel.

Trump: “Deck was Stacked Against” Moore

President Trump this morning tweeted out an effort to salvage some measure of victory from Tuesday night’s loss in Alabama, saying defeated Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was playing at a disadvantage and that he was right about endorsing Moore’s GOP primary opponent Sen. Luther Strange. The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Wednesday, December 13, 2017

11:00 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing 12:30 pm || Lunch with bicameral tax conferees 1:45 pm || Participates in the swearing-in of Judge Gregory Katsas to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals; Roosevelt Room 3:00 pm || Makes remarks on tax reform All times Eastern ******* Get my new biography of Steve Bannon, “Bannon,… Continue Reading

Trump Repeatedly Sexually Harassed Ted Cruz, Saying He’d “Do Anything”

President Trump repeatedly and gruesomely sexually harassed Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, White House Dossier has learned, sending out tweets in January 2016 suggesting that Cruz would have sex with Goldman Sachs and that Cruz and Jeb Bush would use their bodies to maintain political power. The shocking harassment was repeated Tuesday when some of… Continue Reading

Trump: Gillibrand Used to “Do Anything” for His Contributions

President Trump Tuesday fired back at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has called for Trump’s impeachment, saying she used to come running to him for money but is “now in the ring fighting against Trump.” Gillibrand, who appears to be positioning herself for a presidential run in 2020, has suggested Trump should be removed from… Continue Reading

“Mystery” Soros-Backed Group Steps in for Jones in Alabama

He’s trying to get elected to the Senate in Alabama, so Democrat Doug Jones has sought to distance himself from the national Democratic party. With Washington Democrats not able to help much publicly, shadowy figures have kindly stepped in to help out. From an article by Politico: A mystery super PAC backing Democrat Doug Jones in… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Noon || Signs H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018; Roosevelt Room 1:45 pm || Meets with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and United States Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty All times Eastern Live stream of White House briefing at 2:00 pm ******* Get my new biography of Steve Bannon, “Bannon, Always… Continue Reading

Demoted DOJ Official’s Wife Worked for Compiler of Trump Dossier

Was the Obama administration actively trying to get the Trump campaign? The scandal is deepening. Seems the more the investigation proceeds, the more anything serious related to collusion with Russia points to the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration, not the Trump campaign. According to Fox News: A senior Justice Department official demoted last week… Continue Reading