Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe claims in his new book that Donald Trump asked him in 2013 to get his hands on President Obama’s sealed Columbia records.
In the introduction of his book “American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News,” O’Keefe recalls meeting Trump back in 2013. O’Keefe said that he didn’t get the idea that Trump was a “birther,” but Trump did seem to believe that Obama might have misled people about being a foreign national.
“He was confident Obama was born in the United States, but he suspected Obama had presented himself as a foreign student on application materials to ease his way into New York’s Columbia University, maybe even Harvard too, and perhaps picked up a few scholarships along the way,” O’Keefe explains. “Trump had reason to believe Obama was capable of this kind of mischief.”
In the hopes of figuring out if Obama was participating in any misconduct, Trump allegedly asked O’Keefe to uncover Obama’s sealed records from Columbia University.
“Nobody else can get this information,” Trump reportedly told O’Keefe. “Do you think you could get inside Columbia?”
“As I explained, that was not exactly our line of work. We were journalists, not private eyes,” O’Keefe writes about the request. “At the end of our discussion, Trump shook my hand, encouraged me to keep up the good work, and half-whispered, ‘Do Columbia.’”
President Trump in an interview on Thursday called the senior Federal Bureau of Investigation official who texted his lover about an insurance policy in the case of Trump’s election “treasonous.”
“A man is tweeting to his lover that if [Democrat Hillary Clinton] loses, we’ll essentially do the insurance policy. We’ll go to phase two and we’ll get this guy out of office,” Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
“This is the FBI we’re talking about—that is treason,” he added. “That is a treasonous act. What he tweeted to his lover is a treasonous act.”
The official, Peter Strzok, had major roles in the Clinton email investigation and the FBI’s initial investigation into Russian meddling and potential Trump campaign collusion, and had been assigned to the subsequent special counsel team until the text messages were discovered and he was removed.
The Justice Department inspector general, who is conducting an investigation into whether there was political bias in the FBI’s handling of the Clinton and Russia probes, discovered the text messages Strzok had sent to his lover, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
The two last year during the 2016 presidential campaign season exchanged thousands of text messages that revealed they supported Clinton and detested Trump and had discussed an “insurance policy” in the case of his election.
Strzok texted to Page in August 2016: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration…that there’s no way he gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
“People familiar with” Strzok’s text told the WSJ he meant the FBI had to aggressively investigate allegations of collusion, and that it was not intended to suggest a secret plan to harm his candidacy.
Strzok was the lead agent on the Clinton email investigation and had watered down language in a statement exonerating Clinton that might have had criminal implications for her.
Trump also said the U.S. is taking steps to ensure Russia and other countries do not try to influence future elections.
“We’re going to be very, very careful about Russia and about anybody else, by the way,” Trump told the paper.
He said his administration is working on different solutions and “all sorts of fail-safes.”
He also flatly denied any collusion with Russia, and said since there was no collusion crime, prosecutors were trying to say he obstructed justice for firing FBI Director James Comey.
“Of course there was no obstruction — there was no crime,” he said. “They make up a crime, and the crime doesn’t exist, and then they say obstruction.”
He said, rather, he should get credit for firing Comey, saying “everybody wanted Comey fired.”
“I should be given credit for having great insight,” he said.
Comey’s firing led to the special counsel probe, and for Democrats to argue that Trump obstructed justice by trying to fire Comey and squelch the FBI’s investigation.
A recent book, Fire and Fury, alleged that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president’s son-in-law and daughter, insisted that he fire Comey and that “cosmopolitans” would welcome it, too.
Trump said his lawyers’ initial instinct was to fight the special counsel, but then after reviewing requested documents, decided to be open.
“They said, ‘You never did anything wrong,’” he said. “To be honest, they probably were surprised, as most lawyers would be.”
Mueller has told Trump’s lawyers that he may want to speak with the president in the near future, but Trump on Thursday would not commit to anything.
He said he hoped that investigations in Congress were nearing an end, and that Republicans would be strong and take charge.
Trump addressed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s remarks that a meeting his son Donald Trump Jr. took with Russians was “treasonous,” although Bannon later said his comments were directed to his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort.
“What he said about my son is horrible,” Trump said.
President Donald Trump shot down an amnesty plan offered by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and several GOP Senators, prompting amnesty-advocates to wreck the amnesty talks by leaking Trump’s Oval Office “sh*thole” description of undeveloped countries.
The report said:
President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met yesterday.
The comments left lawmakers taken aback, according to people familiar with their reactions. Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and then prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.
The amnesty-plus plan was developed by Dubin and several pro-amnesty GOP Senators, including Sen. Cory Gardner from Colorado. The plan would provide an unpopular fast-track amnesty to more than one million illegals, reserve future chain-migration and also provide a quasi-amnesty to the illegal-immigrant parents who brought their children — dubbed ‘dreamers’ by Democrats — to the United States.
The Washington Post‘s story is based on a leak, likely from Durbin’s team. That leak suggests that Durbin and his allies do not expect to make a deal that they can sell to their base. Without that deal, the Democrats are using Trump’s “sh*thole” comment to blame his supposed racism for their failure to persuade Trump to abandon his base by accepting a big amnesty.
The White House released a statement after the Washington Post article was published. The statement did not deny the comment about less-developed countries, but promised an immigration policy which helps Americans and legal immigrants:
White House response to @jdawsey1 report on Trump’s “shithole countries” comment RE El Salvador & African countries:
5:07 PM – Jan 11, 2018
The amnesty advocates had hoped to persuade Trump via a many-on-one lobbying session, but White House officials quickly invited pro-American supporters to attend their pitch. The Trump supporters at the event included Georgia Sen. David Perdue, co-author of the pro-American RAISE Act. his aide tweeted:
NEW: @sendavidperdue on #immigration meeting today at #WhiteHouse:
“Today I went to the White House to stand firm with President Trump.
We’ve been crystal clear: chain migration must end–Period.
Any solution the Senate will consider must include ending chain migration.”
3:28 PM – Jan 11, 2018
The meeting also included Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who has drafted an immigration-and-small-amnesty bill that has already won Trump’s approval.
Trump semi-endorses House immigration bill, which cuts chain migration, ends visa lottery, changes laws to end catch & release at the border, and provide non-citizenship work-permit to 670k DACA illegals. Business is unhappy.
12:22 AM – Jan 11, 2018
President Trump Backs House Immigration Reform Bill – Breitbart
The House bill raises the bar for pro-amnesty Senators now pushing a huge amnesty
Goodlatte’s bill has been applauded by House Speaker Paul Ryan, but Ryan has not yet announced if he plans to schedule a debate and vote.
Polls show that Trump’s American-first immigration policy is very popular. For example, a poll of likely 2018 voters shows two-to-one voter support for Trump’s pro-American immigration policies, and a lopsided four-to-one opposition against the cheap-labor, mass-immigration, economic policy pushed by bipartisan establishment-backed D.C. interest-groups.
Business groups and Democrats tout the misleading, industry-funded “Nation of Immigrants” polls because they which pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants, including the roughly 670,000 ‘DACA’ illegals and the roughly 3.25 million ‘dreamer’ illegals.
The alternative “priority or fairness” polls — plus the 2016 election — show that voters in the polling booth put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors, and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy.
Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.
But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.
The Washington-imposed economic policy of economic growth via mass-immigration floods the market with foreign labor, spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.
The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.
Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.
The revolution will be televised, that’s the word coming down from NBC executives who say they will televise any player who chooses to protest the anthem during the Super Bowl.
“When you are covering a live event, you are covering what’s happening,” NBC Sports EP Fred Gaudelli told reporters at the Television Critics Association on Tuesday.
“If there are players who choose to kneel, they will be shown live,” he said.
Gaudelli explained that, if a player chose to protest during the anthem, NBC broadcasters Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth would likely give the players’s name, some background on the a protests, and then “get on with the game.”
According to Fox News, “The anthem will be aired live and is scheduled to be performed by Pink. Potential protesters will have an opportunity to make a statement in front of a massive audience, as 112.2 million people watched Super Bowl LI last season – the fifth most-watched program in television history.”
The NFL’s anthem protest movement began in the preseason of 2016, when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat, then knelt, in protest against police brutality. Kaepernick continued his protest throughout the 2016 season, but has not suited-up for another NFL team since walking away from his contract in San Francisco at the end of that year.
Despite Kaepernick’s absence in 2017, the protest movement he began continued without him. Increasing in intensity during Week 3 of the season, after President Trump blasted the protesting players at a political rally. During that weekend over 200 players, executives, and coaches, protested the anthem and President Trump.
However, after that weekend, the number of protesting players dwindled to the point where only 19 players protested in the final week of the season.
Talk show host Chelsea Handler took to Twitter Wednesday to launch a foul-mouthed attack on Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), suggesting that the senator was gay and being blackmailed to control his views on immigration.
“Holy, f*ck f*ck. I just the video of trumps bipartisan ‘meeting’ yesterday [sic],” Handler wrote. “Hey, @LindsayGrahamSC what kind of d*ck sucking video do they have on you for you 2 be acting like this? Wouldn’t coming out be more honorable?”
Holy, fuck fuck. I just the video of trumps bipartisan “meeting” yesterday. Hey, @LindseyGrahamSC what kind of dick sucking video do they have on you for you 2 be acting like this? Wouldn’t coming out be more honorable?
8:03 PM – Jan 10, 2018
Handler’s tweet came after President Donald Trump met Tuesday with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers to discuss immigration reform, with about half of the 90-minute meeting televised live.
Followers of the 42-year-old Chelsea host were quick to respond to the tweet, accusing her of homophobia and hypocrisy.
“Using homosexuality as a sick burn is so woke,” wrote one commenter.
“Wow. So non homophobic of you. And so graphic. Aren’t you ‘they go low we go high?’ Or are you just high?” added another.
Others called for Handler to be banned or suspended from Twitter for the message, with commenters suggesting conservatives were being punished by the service for saying far less.
Handler also took aim at so-called “Trump puppets” and blasted America’s healthcare system in relation to that of Canada.
What kind of impact do all these Trump puppets have when they resign or retire from “public service,” without speaking up and telling the truth about why. You were supposed to be serving your country. This is your country that you were born in. Is there no loyalty at all?
I’ve spent the day with a ski guide in Canada who pays 14 dollars a month for health insurance. In Canada’s, if you make under 35k a year, you get healthcare for free. What I’m the fuck is wrong with our country and why can’t we take care of our own people?
4:29 PM – Jan 10, 2018
The Netflix star — who recently announced she would focus more on her political activismafter the cancelation of her talk show — has repeatedly attacked Trump, members of his administration, and his family on social media.
Handler previously called White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a “harlot,” and called Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson a “black white supremacist.” She has also attacked First Lady Melania Trump, and the president’s then-unborn grandchild, though she misspelled the punchline in the case of the latter.
Handler also recently blamed Republicans for a recent deadly church shooting in Texas, and appeared to blame Trump himself for recent wildfires in California.