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The Comey Rule (2020)
Marcus Aurelius 3 points 1 month ago. (Contains Spoilers)

I just checked, and the facts remain the same. No amount of spin, lies, deflections, or excuses changed the fact that Trump was fully aware of Flynn’s connections and his actions. : )

The Comey Rule (2020)
Marcus Aurelius 2 points 1 month ago*. (Contains Spoilers)

Trump was warned at least 3 separate times. And no amount of lies, spin, or excuses Will ever change that. Trump even stated on national tv that he fired Flynn because he lied to Mike Pence. Trump essentially threw Flynn under the bus because he knew all along about Flynn’s close connections to Putin. It was the reason why Trump hired him in the first place.

The Comey Rule (2020)
Marcus Aurelius 3 points 2 months ago. (Contains Spoilers)

Except Trump was warned about Flynn. He was warned 3 times. Once by Obama immediately after the election, once by Chris Christie, and he was warned by Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General at the time. And as usual, Trump ignored their warnings.

KT McFarland corrected a claim she made to the FBI about what she knew during the presidential transition about Russia sanctions after Flynn’s guilty plea in the Russia investigation contradicted her lie.

In court papers accompanying his plea agreement, federal investigators disclosed that Flynn had coördinated his contacts with Kislyak with an unnamed senior transition official, who was later identified as McFarland.

McFarland, who served as Flynn’s deputy on the NSC, was first interviewed by the FBI in summer 2017. She said at that time she didn’t have a precise memory of whether Flynn had spoken to the then-Russian ambassador or what they may have discussed.

But shortly after Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to investigators about his conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions, McFarland spoke to the special counsel’s office. She had reviewed her notes and documents by then and walked back what she previously said — this time saying that she did remember from a conversation with Flynn that he had discussed sanctions with Kislyak.
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On Dec 29 2016, McFarland wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours earlier by President Obama in retaliation for Russian meddling were aimed at discrediting Trump’s victory, and would make it hard for Trump to ease tensions with Russia.

“If there is a tit-for-tat escalation Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russia, which has just thrown U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote.

Trump was at Mar-a-Lago on December 29 when McFarland — who was also at Mar-a-Lago — and Flynn spoke by phone about Kislyak.

Trump picked Flynn for the fact that he had close ties to Putin. In a now infamous video, Flynn is seen applauding and toasting Putin, Trump’s benefactor, and America’s adversary. The video shows that the Dec 10th 2015 Moscow dinner Flynn attended was swarming with ex-russian spies, Putin’s cronies and oligarchs. In the video, Flynn is seated next to Putin at the head table.

Flynn’s lies to the FBI even prompted the DoJ to warn Trump about Flynn. On January 26, 2017, acting AG Sally Yates, personally informed the White House that Flynn lied to the FBI about his calls with Kislyak, and therefore was at risk of being blackmailed by Russia. But instead of immediately taking action against Flynn, Trump decided to reward Sally Yates for doing her job, and for her due diligence in warning him about Flynn, by firing her 3 days later.

On Nov 10, 2016, during a White House meeting 2 days after Trump’s election, President Obama ONCE AGAIN tried to help Donald by warning him about Flynn, but Trump proceeded with hiring Flynn anyway. Longtime Trump confidant Chris Christie also directly advised Trump against hiring Flynn. “If I were president-elect of the United States, I wouldn’t let General Flynn into the White House, let alone give him a job,” Christie said in 2017..

The Comey Rule (2020)
Marcus Aurelius 4 points 2 months ago. (Contains Spoilers)

I actually learned about a few things that I was not aware of before. Definitely worth watching. Trump asking Comey to swear loyalty to him was like corruption on steroids. That would be the equivalent of a Mayor asking the
Police Chief to swear loyalty to him.

John Dean warned the world about Trump back in 2016.
John Dean served as White House counsel to Nixon from 1970 to 73, he was a key figure in the Watergate saga—participating in, and then helping to expose, the most iconic political scandal in modern U.S. history at the time. Back in 2016, Dean said that Trump could easily be the most corrupt presidents ever—and possibly get away with it.

“The American presidency has never been at the whims of an authoritarian personality like Donald Trump,” Dean stated. “He is going to test our democracy as it has never been tested.”
Dean stated that he is not only convinced that Trump will be worse than Nixon in virtually every way—he thinks he could possibly get away with it.

“I used to have one-on-one conversations with Nixon, where I’d see him checking his more authoritarian tendencies,” Dean recalled. “He’d say, ‘This is something I can’t say out loud…’ or, ‘That is something the president can’t do.’” To Dean, these moments suggested a functioning sense of shame in Nixon, something he was forced to wrestle with in his quest for power. Trump, by contrast, appears to Dean, to be unmolested by any such struggle.”  Dean went even further in his assessment, stating: “I don’t think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump.”

Auschwitz Untold: In Colour (2020)
Skyehawk 2 points 10 months ago*.

It’s the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp and they have recolored some of the official pictures from the original camp photographer. These along with the recollections of the survivors makes for a horrible yet inspiring presentation (if that makes sense). The past is prologue if we could only wake up to see it.
Give these episodes a watch. You owe it to yourself and those who have gone through this.

Marcus Aurelius 4 points 4 months ago.

Agreed. We owe it to them, and to ourselves, as fellow human beings.

The Last Dance (2020)
Marcus Aurelius 2 points 7 months ago.

The greatest athlete of all time.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020)
Marcus Aurelius 3 points 8 months ago.

Humans are an odd species indeed. My observation of them so far has only left me with more unanswered questions.

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