Trump-Related Notes from May 8th to May 16th
Monday. May 8, 2017. Day 109. On the morning of Sally Yates’ testimony to Congress, Trump shoots off 4 tweets to intimidate her; calls the Trump-Russia investigation a “hoax” and a “witch-hunt.” Yates testifies that she and the FBI warned the Trump regime about Michael Flynn lying to the public about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. She testifies that the lie subjected Flynn to possible Russian blackmail.
Tuesday. May 9, 2017. Day 110. Trump fires FBI Director James Comey. The Trump regime lies about the firing having nothing to do with the Trump-Russia investigation Comey was overseeing. The regime uses Rod Rosenstein’s letter to justify the firing, but Trump mentions the Trump-Russia investigation in his own letter firing Comey: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”
Wednesday. May 10, 2017. Day 111. Trump welcomes top Russian officials to the Oval Office at the request of Vladimir Putin. The meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak was closed off to the American press; TASS, Russia-state owned media, was allowed. TASS publicized pictures of the meeting quickly after; the Trump regime says that the Russians “tricked” them.
Thursday. May 11, 2017. Day 112. Lester Holt interviews Trump. Trump admits that he fired Comey to end the Trump-Russia investigation.
Friday. May 12, 2017. Day 113. Trump tweets: “It is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!” Trump throws his aides under the bus and threatens to “cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy.” On Twitter, Trump also tries to blackmail Comey in an attempt to prevent Comey from contradicting his account of conversations with him: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
Saturday. May 13, 2017. Day 114. The Trump regime issues a press release on North Korea Missile Testing; the memo invokes Russia/Russian three times: “With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil — in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan — the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased.”
Sunday. May 14, 2017. Day 115. Mother’s Day. Trump is seen golfing at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. The golfing trip is Trump’s 21st visit to a golf course as president.
Monday. May 15, 2017. Day 116. The Washington Post publishes a bombshell report citing sources that claim Trump revealed highly classified intel to Lavrov and Kislyak during the Wednesday Oval Office meeting. National Security Advisor HR McMaster does not deny that Trump leaked classified information, but says that Trump did not reveal sources or methods. The Post’s report, however, is independently corroborated by several established news organizations.
Tuesday. May 16, 2017. Day 117. Trump admits on Twitter that he revealed “facts” to Russians for “humanitarian reasons.” McMaster confirms that Trump decided to give codeword, highly classified intel to Russia: “The president wasn’t even aware of where this information came from.” NYT publishes a report: “Israel Was Source of Secret Intelligence That Trump Gave to Russians, Officials Say.” The NYT reports later that Comey kept memos of his communications with Trump; a memo says Trump asked Comey to shut down the federal investigation into Michael Flynn. This is obstruction of justice.