September 2018

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  • 9/1/18 The Trump administration withholds more than 100,00 pages of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's records on the basis of presidential privilege, notifying the Senate Judiciary Committee one calendar work day before Kavanaugh's confirmations are to start. (CBS)
  • 9/3/18 Attacks AG Jeff Sessions over the indictments of two Republican congressmen, tweeting: "Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff......" 〈CNN〉
    • Rep. Duncan Hunter of California has been indicted for using campaign funds for personal use, wire fraud, falsifying reconrds, campaign finance violations and conspiracy.
    • Rep Christ Collins of New York has been charged with 13 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements related to an alleged insider trading scheme.
  • 9/4/18 Bob Woodward publishes a book about Trump's 18 months in office, entitled "Fear," which contains the following quotes: (BBC)(buy book on Amazon)
    • "I can stop this. I'll just take the paper off his desk." - Gary Cohn, Chief Economic Adviser describing several instances where he stole documents waiting for Trump's signature which would have caused major global trade disruption.

    • 1/27/18 "Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit." - John Dowd, lawyer to Trump after conducting a mock interview with Trump to see if interviewing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller was a good idea. Also calls Trump "a fucking liar."

    • "Let's kill the fucking lot of them." - Donald Trump, referring to Syrian president Bashar  Assad and his government.
    • "We're not going to do any of that." - Jim Mattis, Secretary of State, after Trump's murderous rant regarding the Assad regime.
    • "We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I've ever had." - John Kelly, Chief of Staff.

  • 9/4/18 Attacks Bob Woodward's credibility, and calls for a change in free speech law to allow him to sue: "Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?" (USAToday)
  • 9/4/18 The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases a report that reveals that more than half of the workers FEMA deployed to Puerto Rico were known to be unqualified for the jobs they were tasked with. (CNN)
  • 9/5/18 The New York Times publishes an anonymous op-ed in which a senior White House official, whose identity is known only to NYT editors, confirms that many staff act on a daily basis to thwart Trump's impulsive decisions that would otherwise destabilize the nation and the world. The author writes in part: "The root of the problem is the president's amorality." (NYT op-ed)
    • Trump responds with tweets and outbursts lasting days, including the tweets: "TREASON?" and "“If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!” (NYT)
    • 9/6/18 W.H. spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweets a call for Trump's supporters to call the "failing NYT" opinion desk and complain to them about not revealing the identity of the "gutless loser" and "anonymous coward" who wrote the piece. She provides the phone number to call. The tweet may have violated 5 CFR 2635.702, in which a public official may not misuse their position in government to openly interfere in the workings of a business by fiat. (Newsweek)
    • 9/7/18 Calls on the Justice Department to investigate the author of the column, warning of a national security imperative. (WaPo)
  • 9/5/18 Accuses social media firms of interfering with upcoming congressional elections without offering any evidence. (Reuters)
  • 9/6/18 The Trump administration announces a new rule that would allow immigrant children with their parents to be held in detention indefinitely, ending a ban on indefinite detention that has been in place for over 20 years. (NBC)
  • 9/8/18 Attempts to remove himself from a lawsuit involving hush money paid to porn actress Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) in the months before the 2016 election, stating that he would not seek to enforce the 2016 settlement agreement. (CNN)
  • 9/8/18 After the sentencing of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, Trump mocks the light sentence, tweeting: "14 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion. A great day for America!" (CNN)
  • 9/9/18 Newly released records from a 2017 investigation reveal that a government photographer was instructed to crop photos of Trump's inauguration to remove empty space and make the audience look larger. (CNN)
  • 9/9/18 Trump's national security adviser John Bolton threatens action against the International Criminal Court if it tries to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, and adds that the Palestinian Liberation Organization will be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the ICC. (Reuters)
  • 9/9/18 Expands a C.I.A. drone strike authorities that were scaled back during the Obama administration, allowing the spy agency to conduct more secret attacks overseas. (NYT)
  • 9/10/18 The Trump Administration takes its third major step in 2018 to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, planning to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. (NYT)(CNN)
  • 9/11/18 Begins the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks by tweeting attacks on the Russia investigation, then upon arriving at the Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed, pumps his fists and gives thumbs up to supporters on the tarmac. (CNN)
  • 9/11/18 Is reported that the federal deficit hits $895 billion in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2018, an increase of 22% ($222 billion) over the same period the previous year. (Hill)
  • 9/12/18 Is reported that in 601 days, Trump has made 5,001 false or misleading claims, including claiming that the investigation into Russian meddling of the 2016 election is a hoax 137 times. (WaPo)
  • 9/12/18 Documents reveal that the federal government is currently detaining a total of 12,800 migrant children in detention centers across the U.S., a five-fold increase since May 2017. (NYT)
  • 9/12/18 A released budget document reveals that the Department of Homeland Security transferred nearly $10 million from FEMA's operation and support budget to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the eve of the 2018 hurricane season that started in June. (NYT)
    • 9/12/18 Is reported that the Trump administration quietly redirected $200 million from all over the Department of Homeland Security to ICE despite repeated congressional warnings of ICE's "lack of fiscal discipline" and "unsustainable" spending. (CNN)(document revealing transfer)
  • 9/12/18 On the eve of Hurricane Florence making landfall at South Carolina, gives himself praise on his handling of Hurricane Maria, saying to reporters: "The job that FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous. I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success." (BBC)
    • 9/13/18 Falsely refutes the official death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, tweeting: "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000...This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" (NYT)
  • 9/13/18 Photos reveal possibly millions of bottles of water sitting on a tarmac in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, still undistributed one year after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. (CBS)
  • 9/13/18 FEMA director Brock Long is reported to be under investigation by the DHS inspector general for personal travel using government resources. (CNN)
  • 9/13/18 Trump's nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, is reported to have had between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt suddenly vanish at the time of his nomination, as well as receive a country club membership worth $92,000. Kavanaugh did not disclose the source of his debt relief, nor the true source of the country club fees in his financial disclosure statement submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee. (MotherJones)
  • 9/14/18 Falsely claims that nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico "did not die." (CNN) Beseiged FEMA director Brock Long backs the claim, saying "I don't know why the studies were done." (MotherJones)
  • 9/15/18 Attacks Special Counsel Robert Mueller after former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agrees to cooperate with Mueller's investigation. He tweets: "While my (our) poll numbers are good, with the Economy being the best ever, if it weren’t for the Rigged Russian Witch Hunt, they would be 25 points higher! Highly conflicted Bob Mueller & the 17 Angry Democrats are using this Phony issue to hurt us in the Midterms. No Collusion!" (Politico)
  • 9/17/18 Imposes tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, gambling that Americans are willing to pay more for popular products such as air conditioners, spark plugs, furniture and lamps. The total amount of tariffs now cover half of all goods imported into the U.S. from China. (WaPo) China vows immediate retaliation. (WaPo)
  • 9/17/18 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces that the U.S. will admit no more than 30,000 refugees in the coming fiscal year, the lowest number in decades and a steep cut from the 45,000 allowed in this year. (WaPo)
  • 9/18/18 The EPA's inspector general Arthur Elkins announces that he is resigning after eight years on the job. (Hill)
  • 9/19/18 Says in an interview with Hill.TV "I don't have an attorney general. It's very sad." And continues at length to denigrate Jeff Sessions. (Hill)
  • 9/19/18 Is reported that on a phone call with Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin told Trump that the two were not to blame for the lack of friendship between the two, and pinned the problem on a "deep state" working against their relationship. Putin said, in part: “It’s not us. We get it. It’s the subordinates fighting against our friendship.”(Newsweek)
  • 9/20/18 A letter reveals that HHS plans to divert up to $266 million in funding originally allocated for programs like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health in order to pay for the expenses of housing detained immigrant children. (Yahoo!)
  • 9/21/18 In an interview, questions why Professor Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, did not report the assault while in high school: "Why didn't somebody call the FBI 36 years ago? I mean you could also say when did this all happen, what's going on?" (CNN)
    • 9/25/18 Attempts to discredit Deborah Ramirez, the second woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault: "The second accuser has nothing. She admits that she was drunk. She admits time lapses... She said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up, and she doesn't know it was him but it might've been him. 'Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.' " (CNN)
    • 9/25/18 During a rambling solo press conference, Trump answers questions about the Kavanaugh scandal, and accepts a challenge by one reporter to take questions from female reports. Proceeds to interrupt four different female reporters in mid-sentence. (DailyBeast)
  • 9/21/18 Backs away from his earlier tweeted demand for the "immediate declassification" of vFISA warrant applications related to the Russia investigation. The declassification would have jeopardized intelligence sources and politicized intelligence during the ongoing investigation. (CNN)
  • 9/21/18 At a Missouri rally, Trump vows that he will eliminate the "lingering stench" at the Justice Department and root out the "real bad ones," referring in part to the allegation that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested in 2017 invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office due to mental unfitness. (NYT)
  • 9/21/18 A draft order from the White House reveals potential plans to instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open probes into the practices of Alphabet Inc., Facebook, Inc. and other companies, in order to address perceived bias against Trump and conservatives. (Bloomberg)
  • 9/22/18 The White House proposes a rule that would make it harder to obtain visas or green cards for immigrants already in the U.S. legally, as well as those seeking to enter, if they have ever been dependent on certain public benefits like Medicaid, food stamps or public housing. (NBC)
  • 9/25/18 At the start of his second address to the United Nations General Assembly, says that his adminstration has accomplished more over two years than "almost any administration" in American history, and is met with guffaws and laughter throughout the chamber hall. Reacts by saying "Didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay." (WaPo)
  • 9/26/18 While addressing the UN Security Council, levels a serious accusation at China without any supporting evidence, saying in part: "Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration." (CNN)
  • 9/26/19 Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani meets and has photographs taken with Faith Goldy, a Toronto mayoral candidate who has been accused of promoting white supremacy doctrine and anti-Semetic literature. (DailyBeast)
  • 9/28/18 A federal judge in D.C. rules that lawmakers have standing to sue Trump for accepting payments and other benefits from foreign governments without obtaining permission from Congress, a violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution). (NYT)(emoluments clause via Wikipedia)
  • 9/30/18 Is reported that detained migrant children have been moved under the cover of night to a tent city in a desert in West Texas, where they will no schooling and limited access to legal services. The federal government now houses 13,000 migrant children, a 500% increase from a year ago. (NYT)
  • 9/30/18 White House Counsel Donald McGahn limits the FBI's one-week supplemental background check on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The allowed witnesses list excludes one of several women who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, as well as former classmates who would have told investigators that Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker. (NBC)
  • 9/30/18 White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells Fox News that she thinks Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's first accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sworn Senate testimony to be "compelling" but ultimately false. (Newsweek)
  • 9/30/18 At a campaign rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, tells the crowd of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: "I was really being tough, and so was he. And we would go back and forth. And then we fell in love, okay? No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love. But you know what? Now they’ll make, they’ll say, ‘Donald Trump said they fell in love, how horrible. How horrible is that? So unpresidential.’” (Vox)