Joined on 5 February, 2017
As @steve_vladeck notes, Grenell is already Senate-confirmed as Ambassador to Germany so Trump can name him Acting DNI under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.
Replying to @Susan_Hennessey: Trump is doing this because he knows Grenell couldn't be confirmed to the role, which is what the US Constitution requ…
If he, like Trump, wasn’t allergic to referencing the Kremlin info ops that supported him and his divisive rhetoric in 2016, this would have been a moment to mention those Kremlin info ops and how they work AND ACTUALLY CONDEMN THEM.
But he doesn’t.
Replying to @TaraSetmayer: One of the most under reported stories of the Mueller Report.
The Russians boosted Sanders also!!!! 🤨🤨🤨
And they’ll do…
Breaking News: President Trump is expected to name Richard Grenell, an ambassador and vocal Trump loyalist, to be the acting director of national intelligence
Replying to @Susan_Hennessey: This should frighten you. Not just brazen politicization of intelligence, but also someone who is utterly incompetent…
To #DemDebate candidates:
Our house is on fire.
Instead of telling me about your plans to rebuild the house, tell me why you’re the best one to stop the arsonist and put out the fire.
Tell me about your organization, resources and turnout strategy.
And don’t cite polls.
This is what I want to hear tonight too.
Bear witness & take the toll of the last two weeks:
- Trump purged officials who contradicted his claims on Ukraine under oath during impeachment
- He pardoned campaign donors
- He is appointing a loyalist with no intel experience to the most senior intel role in the nation
This should frighten you. Not just brazen politicization of intelligence, but also someone who is utterly incompetent in an important security role. The guardrails are gone.
@maddow So Grenell is not only not qualified to do the job of DNI, but he also has a direct communication channel to one of Putin’s oligarchs (Firtash) and is actively protecting him, according to Parnas?
The guardrails really are gone.
"A spokesperson for Grenell at the US embassy in Berlin did not respond to multiple requests for comment, which included detailed visibility of this reporting. State Dept officials in Washington also did not respond to multiple requests for comment."
“During the situation that was going on with the Firtash case, Victoria [Toensing] called Ric Grenell...
“She basically asked him, if he sees any pressure coming from DOJ to extradite Firtash, if he could let us know. She told me he said he would.”
Trump is doing this because he knows Grenell couldn't be confirmed to the role, which is what the US Constitution requires. Once again, when the Constitution is inconvenient, Trump finds a work around and the Republican-controlled Senate just obliges. Originalism, indeed.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking DNC emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.
This, if true, indicates Trump not only tried to obstruct the Mueller investigation but was complicit in trying to cover up the Russian interference campaign that helped him
These guys are still pushing Seth Rich conspiracy theories. The Republican Party has made Infowars mainstream.
Rohrabacher confirms here he met with Assange Aug 2017 and was in touch with White House: "I've talked to senior people at the White House ... I had extended conversation with the Chief of Staff Gen Kelly." Says deal with Assange between him and WH is confidential. What deal?
Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat. He served 8 years in prison, with many remaining. He paid a big price. Another Comey and gang deal! Thank you to @LisaMarieBoothe who really “gets” what’s going on! @FoxNews
Comey left DOJ before Blagojevich committed his crimes and returned after he began serving his prison sentence. He wasn't involved in the case.
It's 2589 BC. The Egyptians are building the Giza Pyramids. You are immortal.
You have $0. You decide to save $10,000 every day, never spending a cent.
4609 years later, it's 2020.
You only have only one-fifth the average fortune of the 5 richest billionaires.
Tax the rich.