The Real Steele: The Ex-MI6 Spy Looms Large in the New DOJ Reportand a Big Best Seller

In a much anticipated Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz exonerated the FBI from allegations of abuse of power and political bias against the Trump campaign during its initial investigation of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The dossiers allegations also propelled the FBI to intensify its Russia probe, which was already under way. Yes, we're talking about that dossier. It was never intended to go public in its raw form, which Steele long ago conceded might only be 70 percent accurate. And when it did hit the media, published by BuzzFeed in January 2017 days before Trumps inauguration, many headlines focused on an allegation by Steeles sources that Trump had hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed the Obamas had …

Who Needs NATO?

PARISJust at the moment members of the House of Representatives were closing in on Henry Kissinger, he did that fairly well. Among his goals on that trip: to reassure Europe about Americas commitment to the North Atlantic Alliance. But if the mission to reportedly said last month that Trump might pull out of the organization altogether if elected to a second term. Macron, meanwhile, went one step further when he talked about the brain death of NATO in anThe Economistwrote, If Americans complain about having to pay most of the cost of the alliance, Europeans could reply that thats only fair if NATO is going to be little more than the American Foreign Legion. (Trump on Tuesday was talking about …

Trump Tells Allies He Wants Absolved War Criminals to Campaign for Him

If Donald Trump gets his wish, hell soon take the three convicted or accused war criminals he spared from consequence on the road as special guests in his re-election campaign, according to two sources who have heard Trump discuss their potential roles for the 2020 effort. Despite international backlash to Trumps Nov. 15 clemencyfallout from which cost Navy Secretary Richard Spencer his job on SundayTrump believes he has rectified major injustices. Two people tell The Daily Beast theyve heard Trump talk about how hed like to have the now-cleared Clint Lorance, Matthew Golsteyn, or Edward Gallagher show up at his 2020 rallies, or even have a moment on stage at his renomination convention in Charlotte next year. Right-wing media have …

Hello, John Bolton? This Is History Calling

Is former National Security Adviser John Bolton going to sell it, or give it away? (It, of course, being his birds-eye view of the president putting his own interest, in getting an advantage in the 2020 election, over the interests of his country.) Will he or wont he? is the drama that remains after the pause, if not the end, of House Intelligence Committee hearings into impeachment. In a series of volleys after he wrested control of his Twitter account back from the White House, Bolton President Recep Trayyip Erdogan to turn against our Kurdish allies because of his business interests in Turkey, as Trump trumpeted a fakecease fire and a Russian flag was being raised over an abandoned base …

Why Are Republicans So Anxious to Play Putins Game on Ukraine?

When secret room.Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russias foreign affairs committee,have plenty to say, and most of it benefits the Kremlin. Indeed, the Republicans of Donald Trumps regime and the Russians of Vladimir Putins often sing in amazing harmony. When Kennedy was interviewed Sunday by Chris Wallace on Fox News, he gave us a striking example of synchronicity. Kennedy, who was educated at Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, and Oxford Universitys Magdalen College, and ought to know better, readily echoed a fable spawned by the Russian security services. Who do you believe was responsible for hacking the DNC [Democratic National Committee] and [Hillary] Clinton campaign computers, their emails? Ukraine?To which Kennedy replied, I dont know, nor do you, nor do any …

Trump Privately Frets Whats Going on With Drudge? During Impeachment, Asks Jared Kushner to Look Into It

As House lawmakers move quickly toward a likely hasnt been shy about trashing them for projecting insufficient fealty. But its been one media outlet in particular that has caught the presidents ire, even though it has so far been spared his Twitter rage: the Drudge Report. Publicly, Trump hasnt said a peep about the highly popular news aggregator run by right-wing media impresario Matt Drudge. But privately, he has simmered over the critical coverage that the site has run and linked to, with regards to the impeachment proceedings. Whats going on with Drudge? Trump has been asking allies since Democratic lawmakers launched the impeachment probe in late September, according to a person with knowledge of his private remarks. Two other …

The Alleged Russian Mobsters in Trump Worlds Orbit: A Dirty Dozen

Donald Trump knows absolutely everybody but cant remember their names or faces, especially when theyre in trouble, and even more so when their mother tongue is Russian. Last month Congress began its inquiry into whether or not the president committed an impeachable offense (or offenses) by withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine until Kyiv agreed to dig up dirt on his likely rival for the White House in next years election. Since then, America has grown acquainted with enough characters from the post-Soviet mob milieu to fill the Star Wars cantina. Some are newcomers to Trumpland, thanks to the tireless efforts of Trumps personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose legal reputation has swung pendulously from that of latter-day Eliot Ness to …

Witness Intimidation: Trump Slimes Ambassador During Impeachment Hearing

As Marie Yovanovitch outlined the smear campaign that President Trumps allies successfully used to oust her as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Trump decided to add to it. Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad, the president tweeted, insisting on his absolute right to appoint ambassadors. Yovanovitch had just finished describing the vague threat she felt from the president himself, months after his allies derailed a diplomatic career notable for fighting corruption in Ukraine. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the point person for the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, stopped a line of questioning to ask Yovanovitch what the effect would be on her and future impeachment witnesses. I cant speak to what the presidents trying to do, said Yovanovitch, …

Donald Trump Isnt Julius Caesar. Hes Republic-Killer Tiberius Gracchus.

As Americans try to find familiarity in strange times, people have grasped at a sea of comparisons to try and fully capture Trumps innate Trumpiness. Our most analogized president has been compared to Jesus, a Julius Caesar. The Daily Beasts Clive Irving likened Trump to an Charles II of England. But weve seen this before, over 2,000 years ago, when another insurgent faux-populist movement whipped disaffected citizens into an anti-establishment frenzy. The echoes of his worldview can be heard nearly a century before Caesars rise, when Tiberius Gracchus convinced Roman citizens to hollow out their governing institutions. By the time Romes senators realized the full extent of their self-immolation, the Gracchiand the Republicwere dead. Tiberius Gracchus was born around 169 …

Ukrainian Official: Trump Looking for Dirt To Discredit Biden

KYIVUkraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Bidens son Hunter had with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, according to Anton Geraschenko, a senior adviser to the countrys interior minister who would oversee such an inquiry. Geraschenko told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that as soon as there is an official request" Ukraine will look into the case, but currently there is no open investigation. Clearly, said Geraschenko, Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison. Among the counts on which Manafort was convicted: tax evasion. We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received …

Team Trump: Saudis See This Attack as Their 9/11

A top State Department official told Congress Monday evening that the Saudis view the massive attack on their oil infrastructure as their 9/11, according to two congressional sources. After a national security meeting this morning, President Donald Trump told reporters that it was looking like the attack over the weekend emanated from Iran but that the U.S. would wait for Saudi Arabia to conduct an investigation into the strikes. Brian Hook, the Trump administrations special representative for Iran, made the 9/11 comparison during a telephone briefing on Capitol Hill about the administrations latest thinking on the attack. Hook communicated the reaction from Riyadh and said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would be headed to the country soon. Several individuals on …

John Oliver Brutally Mocks Trump Over Sharpie Stunt

After a month-long break, Last Week Tonight and immediately confronted the most absurd news of the week: Sharpiegate, wherein President Donald Trump spent seemingly the entire week desperately trying to prove he was in the right when he claimed last Sunday Alabama was one of the states most likely to be hit by Hurricane Dorianan effort that included 10 tweets and this incredible moment. Yes, Trump presented a map of the storm path to the press that had clearly been altered with a black Sharpie to convey that Alabama was in its path. And, when Trump was pressed on the alteration during a presser, he not-so-convincingly responded, I dont know I dont know I dont know Really? You dont know? …

Trump to Congress: Its None of Your Business if I Break the Law

Donald Trump thinks Congress has as much clout as a potted plant. William Consovoy, According to Cosovoys Kafkaesque syllogism, Congress is barred from investigating the president because that is a proper function of law enforcement, not Congress, and in turn, law enforcement may not investigate President Trump because he is immune from prosecution. Confused? Thats the point. Its a theory After the court hearing, our constitutional democracy stands at the precipice of being transformed into an updated version of ancient Rome, helmed by a leader who demands unaccountability for himself and tribute from the rest of us. As for Congress in this script, think part rubber stamp, part tax collector, and part tourist attraction. Who cares if the Constitution gives …

Venezuela: When a Coup Is Not a Coup, What the Hell Do You Do?

John Bolton is right. Whatever it was that self-declared Venezuelan President Juan Guaid announced on Tuesday morning in Caracas, it was not a coup. But it there werent enough. To keep up the pressure on Maduro and his military and security forces, From now on every day we are going to have protests, he declared, until we reach our objective. He called for nationwide strikes. Meanwhile a woman was killed and some 40 people were injured in clashes. Such competing marches, sooner or later, lead to carnage, as Venezuelans know after years protesting massively and clashing violently with Maduros brutal security forces. Video Tuesday of reported in the past. And President Trump keeps saying thats still a possibility. But declarations …