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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 3:15 pm 
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Watch Scott Pruitt accidentally admit to violating federal law

During a Senate Appropriate Committee hearing on Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt accidentally admitted to violating federal ethics guidelines by having an EPA subordinate help him house-hunt during her “personal time” without compensation.

Pruitt copped to the violation under questioning from Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), who pointed out that “it’s been reported that a member of your staff, one who got a 33 percent raise to over $114,000 earlier this year, house-hunted for you during work hours.”

According to The Washington Post, that staffer is 26-year-old Millan Hupp, Pruitt’s director of scheduling, who followed Pruitt to the EPA and received a large raise earlier this year that was rejected by the White House. (EPA staff used a work-around to grant Hupp a raise anyway.)

Hupp house-hunting for Pruitt during work hours “would be a violation of federal rules as well as a misuse of taxpayer dollars,” Udall said. “Did your staff contact realtors and arrange tours for you during work hours, yes or no?”

As he did repeatedly throughout the hearing, Pruitt attempted to dodge the question.

“It’s my understanding that all activity there was on personal time, and the individual that you are referring to is a longtime friend of my wife, and myself,” Pruitt said. “To link any review on a pay increase is just simply not substantiated. It’s not related at all.”

Udall pointed out that Pruitt — the former attorney general Oklahoma — should have known better.

“You were an AG, a law enforcement officer — CFR regulations prohibit directing a subordinate to do personal work for you, and if they volunteer that’s a gift,” Udall said. “Services must be paid for at fair market value, so it doesn’t cut it that ‘they’re a friend’ or that kind of thing. Did you pay them at the time for doing that work?”

Pruitt again tried to dodge, reiterating that “all activity that I’m aware of that was engaged in by the individual you are speaking about occurred in personal time.”

“And did you pay them for it?” Udall pressed.

“No, I did not,” Pruitt replied.

“Then that’s a gift that’s in violation of federal law,” Udall concluded.

Later, Udall asked Pruitt to commit to turning over all email correspondence related to his housing search. Pruitt did, but with a major caveat.

“Yes — with the clarification that obviously it would be EPA email, emails from the agencies. That’s what I trust you are asking for,” he said.

“Well, I’m asking for any emails that relate to this, but yeah, emails from the agency, that’s included,” Udall replied.

The hearing began with Udall telling Pruitt that “every day there seems to be a new scandal, and you at dead-center… your tenure at the EPA is a betrayal of the American people.”

At another point, Udall noted that there are up to 16 investigations into Pruitt’s conduct going on right now. Under questioning, Pruitt repeatedly tried to pin blame on others.

Despite the myriad scandals, President Trump has stood by Pruitt’s side. In response to a reporter’s question last Friday, Trump affirmed that he still has confidence in his EPA boss.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 9:52 am 
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...significantly raise rates on Amazon as retaliation for critical coverage of him in the Bezos owned Washington Post.

Forgetting for a moment how dumb this revenge plan is as it wouldn't actually hurt Amazon, this is egregious corruption. It's another one of those for the "What if Obama..." files where he likely would've faced a very serious attempt at impeachment on this ground alone. And in this case, that probably would've been justified. It's quite bad. If you were ever to draw up a list of grievances against Trump ala the Declaration of Independence, this is one that ought to make the list.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business ... df5d39c576


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 3:48 pm 
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Trump Jr. Met With Emissary For Gulf Princes Offering Help With Campaign In 2016: Report


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 3:59 pm 
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Hawkeye wrote:

In the words of Brian Beutler:

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At some point it starts too look like a transnational consortium of authoritarians saw value in having one of their own in control of the U.S. government, and found Trump to be a willing conspirator.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:32 pm 
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We can add a sitting president wiretapping and sending spies into the campaign of the opposition candidate without a search warrant to your swamp watch.

Imagine if DJT were to do that to whomever the Democratic nominee is in 2020.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:53 pm 
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ajax18 wrote:
We can add a sitting president wiretapping and sending spies into the campaign of the opposition candidate without a search warrant to your swamp watch.

Imagine if DJT were to do that to whomever the Democratic nominee is in 2020.


If only that were true. It isn't.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 7:00 pm 
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ajax18 wrote:
We can add a sitting president wiretapping and sending spies into the campaign of the opposition candidate without a search warrant to your swamp watch.

Imagine if DJT were to do that to whomever the Democratic nominee is in 2020.
That didn't happen. Try to get news from websites that aren't dishonest shills.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 8:33 pm 
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EAllusion wrote:
ajax18 wrote:
We can add a sitting president wiretapping and sending spies into the campaign of the opposition candidate without a search warrant to your swamp watch.

Imagine if DJT were to do that to whomever the Democratic nominee is in 2020.
That didn't happen. Try to get news from websites that aren't dishonest shills.


MSNBC is now talking about this desperate conspiracy theory in which the President's own attorney admitted there was absolutely no evidence to support it. Which obviously means FOX will run with it as will Brietbart.


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 5:40 am 
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We can add a sitting president wiretapping and sending spies into the campaign of the opposition candidate without a search warrant to your swamp watch.

Imagine if DJT were to do that to whomever the Democratic nominee


Clapper: 'Good Thing' If FBI Spied on Trump Campaign

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/james ... 743a26221b

I expected you guys to follow Clapper's apologetics. The New York Times has already admitted that the Obama administration wiretapped the Trump campaign and sent spies/informants in.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 6:27 am 
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ajax18 wrote:
I expected you guys to follow Clapper's apologetics. The New York Times has already admitted that the Obama administration wiretapped the Trump campaign and sent spies/informants in.



Nice flip-flop there ajax. You went from asserting, without any evidence at all, that Obama was "wiretapping and sending spies" into the Trump campaign, to now asserting that Clapper said it would have been a good thing had he done so. And no, the New York Times never said Obama "wiretapped the Trump campaign." That's just another bogus lie coming from your sewer of information providers. The New York Times article stated that intelligence agencies were monitoring Russian officials, and that some of the conversations they intercepted in the course of their investigations may have also involved Trump aides. Which isn't surprising because every time the Mueller investigation shakes a branch here and there, a few Russians start falling out.


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 7:47 am 
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We can add a sitting president wiretapping and sending spies into the campaign of the opposition candidate without a search warrant to your swamp watch.

This is why there's no point talking to you. You willingly believe easy to debunk ____. You have no interest in what's real, only interest in what forwards the nonsense you want to believe.

You are pointless, and an incurable imbecile.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 9:16 am 
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ajax18 wrote:
Clapper: 'Good Thing' If FBI Spied on Trump Campaign

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/james ... 743a26221b

I expected you guys to follow Clapper's apologetics. The New York Times has already admitted that the Obama administration wiretapped the Trump campaign and sent spies/informants in.


Clapper says here "But if an intelligence agent was "observing" Trump campaign officials' interactions with Russia, "that's a good thing because the Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system."

Would you agree with Clapper here even if it had been the Hillary Campaign? Is it not the job of intelligence community to keep tabs on Russian officials?

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:33 am 
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Would you agree with Clapper here even if it had been the Hillary Campaign? Is it not the job of intelligence community to keep tabs on Russian officials?


As it turns out, it was Hillary Clinton who colluded with Russia.

The secret orders used to bypass the need for a warrant need to be more limited.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 11:21 am 
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ajax18 wrote:
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Would you agree with Clapper here even if it had been the Hillary Campaign? Is it not the job of intelligence community to keep tabs on Russian officials?


As it turns out, it was Hillary Clinton who colluded with Russia.

The secret orders used to bypass the need for a warrant need to be more limited.


I wish I knew if you were cynically saying this because you imagine yourself as a soldier dedicated to disinformation warfare on behalf of your dear leader or if you are this thoroughly duped by disinformation from your preferred sources.


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 5:29 pm 
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ajax18 wrote:
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Would you agree with Clapper here even if it had been the Hillary Campaign? Is it not the job of intelligence community to keep tabs on Russian officials?


As it turns out, it was Hillary Clinton who colluded with Russia.

The secret orders used to bypass the need for a warrant need to be more limited.


It's my understanding Putin does not like Hillary so why would Russia collude with her? Does she have lots of business dealings and owe Russians lots of money as Trump does?

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 5:48 pm 
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There are two versions of "Hillary colluded with Russia."

The first is the the Hillary campaign paid for opposition research started by a Republican primary opponent of Trump by a British national that, obviously, relied on Russian sources to get information about Russian infiltration into the Trump campaign.

This argument relies on equivocation of what it means to "collude with Russia." It's also so dumb that you are probably stupider for having read it.

The second is that Hillary Clinton, while secretary of State, orchestrated a clandestine effort to sell US uranium to the Russian government. This one relies on a bevy of misunderstandings about what occurred, but suffice it to say, it's not "colluding with Russia" so much as ordinary government work. This one has been around since before election, but it has had several iterations re-injected into the media by right-wing propaganda as an explosive development.

The next argument Ajax is now relying on is the fact that the FBI, in an effort to protect the Trump campaign, sent an informant to speak with members of the Trump camp to gather information on possible Russian infiltration into the campaign that we now know happened. The Trump camp was warned about this, which is ironic given that we now know that the Trump camp was actively courting Russian aid. Likewise, Trump campaign officials had clandestine conversations with people on the Russian end that were under US surveillance and those conversations were incidentally picked up as a result of that. This isn't planting a spy, wiretapping the campaign, or anything of the sort. That's misrepresenting ordinary counterintelligence. The scandalous thing about this is the the Trump campaign was crawling with people with illicit and illegal dealings with Russia necessitating counterintelligence operations that would pick them up.

Given what we now know, the Trump camp probably should've been wiretapped and much more aggressive spying was warranted if we knew then what we know now, but that ship has sailed.

The fun thing about the conspiracy theory Ajax is weaving is it requires you to believe that the FBI, which repeatedly interjected itself into the 2016 campaign in ways that were highly damaging to Clinton and ultimately cost her the election, secretly had it out for Trump instead even though they kept the investigation into Russian ties with Trump campaign figures they were performing hidden from the public. In fact, rogue FBI agents leaks to the New York Times that the FBI sees no link between the Trump camp and Russia, which dutifully reported that. We now know that that story was false. That story alone could've cost Clinton the election.

So we're to believe the FBI that was targeting Trump and their grand plan to get him was to kneecap his opponent, conceal damaging information about him, then some time down the road release false, derogatory information after he was president? Sure thing.


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 5:56 pm 
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On what I'm sure it is a random tangent, here's some recent research showing a strong correlation between affinity for social intolerance among whites and declining support for American democracy as well as increased support for anti-democratic governments:

https://github.com/svmiller/woi/blob/master/woi.pdf


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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 6:34 pm 
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EAllusion wrote:
On what I'm sure it is a random tangent, here's some recent research showing a strong correlation between affinity for social intolerance among whites and declining support for American democracy as well as increased support for anti-democratic governments:

https://github.com/svmiller/woi/blob/master/woi.pdf


I suspect Ajax cares so much about keeping nonwhite people out of the US and getting rid of as many as possible in the US that he would willingly give up democratic rule.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 6:42 pm 
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OMFG, this is a must watch.

https://nowthisnews.com/videos/politics ... orth-korea


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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:28 am 
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The fun thing about the conspiracy theory Ajax is weaving is it requires you to believe that the FBI, which repeatedly interjected itself into the 2016 campaign in ways that were highly damaging to Clinton and ultimately cost her the election, secretly had it out for Trump instead even though they kept the investigation into Russian ties with Trump campaign figures they were performing hidden from the public.


The Russians were always against the candidate they thought would win. At first this was Hillary Clinton. Just a week after the election Russia was sponsoring anti Trump protests.

Comey only relased the information on Hillary that was so "damaging," because the deep state was sure Hillary would win anyway. It helped in the cover up of wiretapping and Hillary Clinton' Russian collusion so as not to make them look biased.

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:34 am 
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ajax18 wrote:
The Russians were always against the candidate they thought would win. At first this was Hillary Clinton. Just a week after the election Russia was sponsoring anti Trump protests.

Comey only relased the information on Hillary that was so "damaging," because the deep state was sure Hillary would win anyway. It helped in the cover up of wiretapping and Hillary Clinton' Russian collusion so as not to make them look biased.


You're an idiot who always rationalizes some lame excuse for why you're always dead wrong. Trump and his entire entourage of "fine people" have been in kahoots with Russians since forever. It is why so many have had to recuse themselves, get fired, get indicted or have to lie about their connections with Russia. Without Russia, Trump has no one else to bankroll his life since American banks won't do business with him anymore. His own son even admitted that his golf courses are funded by Russian money.

If Hillary had received so much as a $1,000 gift from someone with a weird Arabic name you'd be in conniption fit mode about how she's working with terrorists. But Trump's entire livelihood is dependent on the Russians bailing him out and you're like, "Move along, nothing to see here."


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