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A Point by Point Rebuttal To Trump's Morning Tweet Storm

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | December 18, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | December 18, 2018 |


The texts were not deleted — there was a software glitch that affected thousands of phones at the FBI, which caused the phones not to save the texts. The texts that have been made available basically said what most rational people — including Trump’s own Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney — said around the election, which is that Trump was not fit to be President (or, as Mulvaney said, Trump “is a terrible person.”) In either case, Strozk was immediately removed from the Mueller probe after the texts were made known to Mueller (and he was later fired from the FBI). The texts wouldn’t have explained anything, because the initial FISA warrants were not based on them.

Michael Flynn will be sentenced today. He’s expected to be sentenced between 0-6 months. The judge released a memo last night detailing how Flynn lied to the FBI, and among other things, it showed that Flynn asked the Russian ambassador not to retaliate against Obama, who expelled Russian diplomats over election meddling, because the implication was that Trump would lift those sanctions (Congress wouldn’t let him, however). The memo, in addition to proving that Flynn lied, showed clear coordination between Flynn — Trump’s national security advisor — and the Russian Ambassador.

The stock market is on track to have its worst December since the Great Depression. The stock market’s gains for the year have been wiped out. The Trump tax cut has not spurred capital investments in the United States, as Trump promised. They only benefited the wealthy at the expense of the ballooning federal deficit. Trump wants to blame everyone but himself. Also, how is it that he can spell illiquid but not “border.”

Trump is pissed off because Twitter removed hundreds of thousands of bots and fake followers. The idea that Facebook, instrumental in getting Trump elected, or Twitter, which refuses to remove Nazis from its service, is biased toward the Democrats is absurd. Google is only biased against Trump in the same way that “facts” are biased against Trump.

This is better than the other made-up number Trump often uses, which is $250 billion. Both numbers are inaccurate. It’s closer to $115 billion, a number which doesn’t take into account the money undocumented workers sink back into the economy in the form of taxes, nor their positive impact on businesses that could not otherwise find workers willing to do the work, like, for instance, Donald Trump’s housekeeping service.

Some of the Steele Dossier claims have already been substantiated (in fact, Michael Cohen helped in that regard), and while it is true that some of the salacious claims in the dossier may never be proven true, it doesn’t matter, because the FISA warrants were not predicated on the Steele Dossier. They were predicated on information gained from Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, who was just released from prison for lying to the FBI.

Moreover, that’s not really what Isikoff said.

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