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For Christ’s sake.

As we said when we told you about the Paul Manafort and Rick Gates indictments, Mueller Time is just beginning. So here’s another thing! A low-level Trump campaign “policy” adviser named George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI on October 5, in news that Robert Mueller just now allowed to be unsealed today FOR SOME REASON. Can’t imagine why! And it’s only a one-count guilty plea. Legal experts are saying that’s a signal that maybe this kid is officially a cooperating witness in the Mueller investigation, and maybe Mueller is sending a signal to all of Trump World that he means serious business right now. Legal expert “Wonkette.com” is saying there is no MAYBE about it, since it fucking says so in the very last line of the plea, all, quote, “he is soooo cooperating and giving us soooo much information, sooooo many numerous times.” LEARN TO READ, LEGAL EXPERTS, LIKE YOUR WONKETTE.

George Papadopoulos might not be a Trump campaign idiot you think about every day. He was listed as a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump in March 2016, as part of the team that included Dumbest (Until Now) Russian Spy Ever Carter Page. Papadopoulos seems to have spent most of his tenure at the campaign trying to bug Paul Manafort and others about setting up meetings between Donald Trump and high level Russians, up to and including Vladimir Putin. At the time, it seemed like he was a little dumb pipsqueak, and since emails showing what Papadopoulos was up to were actually turned over by the Trump administration, people figured he was a minor player in the #scandal.

But maybe there’s more to this story! And maybe it is a VERY STUPID STORY, if Padadopoulos’s statement of offense is any indication.

Papadopoulos said all the lies to the FBI on January 27, 2017. (For context, former DOJ official Matthew Miller notes this is the same day Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to sign a loyalty oath in blood and jizz. OK, Miller did not say the “blood and jizz” part.)

Lie numero uno:

OH GOD IT’S HER FUCKING EMAILS AGAIN. Remember how the Russians approached Donald Trump Jr. claiming to have sexxxy dirt on Hillary? That meeting was in June of 2016. In May of 2016, a Russian military intelligence officer was picked up in surveillance bragging that Russia was about to fuck Hillary Clinton the fuck up. Also in 2016, Trump data gurus Cambridge Analytica approached Trump-Russia data gurus Wikileaks to see if they could help find Hillary Clinton’s mythological “33,000 deleted emails.” Meanwhile, Michael Flynn’s alleged buddy Peter Smith, who is currently dead, was ALSO bragging about working with Russian hackers to find those emails.

We are sensing a theme here.

So PAPADOPOULOS had a PROFESSOR with “ties to” RUSSIA, and the PROFESSOR was going to give him all the dirty Hillary Clinton emails. And the kid lied to the FBI and said he wasn’t part of the campaign at the time, when he totally was.

The second lie was that Papadopoulos tried to tell the FBI his professor friend was just some nobody, when in reality he believed his professor friend was a super-cool secret powerful “ties to” Russia person who was trusting him and only him to share THE SECRETS. Papadopoulos also lied to the FBI about another Russian contact, who was an actual bona fide lady Russian (!!!).

It all started on March 14, 2016, when Papadopoulos was on holiday in Italy, just like in every spy movie ever, and met the PROFESSOR, who didn’t give two shits about him until he revealed he was joining the Trump campaign. A week later the PROFESSOR brought the LADY SEXY RUSSIAN PERSON with him to meet the kid. PROFESSOR said she was related to VLADIMIR PUTIN!

Over the course of the next month, there was much back and forth between the idiot kid and his Russians, and the kid dutifully reported back to “advisers” and “senior advisers” and “senior campaign officials” and such as on the Trump campaign about setting up meetings with high level Russians. Then in late April, the PROFESSOR told the kid about the sexxxy Hillary Clinton dirt they had to share:

THIS WAS SO ‘SCITING! HILLARY DIRTS! And he was Skyping with the Russian Lady Human Spy all the time too, about doing a top secret foreign policy trip to Russia too! But her emails! Lady Russians! Maybe lose virginity in process?

(The trip never happened. Awwwwww.)

Note also that when the Russians told him about these alleged “thousands of emails,” we did not yet know Russian hackers had infiltrated the DNC or the Hillary Clinton campaign. But the Trump campaign mighta had a clue, seems like! (FYI, the hack of the John Podesta emails happened in March.)

After Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about all this in January of 2017, he suddenly deleted his Facebook and threw away his Obamaphone, because that’s what innocent people do. He was arrested on July 27, 2017, and has met with the government “on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions,” which lends more credence to what we said above, about how it looks like he’s an official cooperating witness, which Jesus of course he is.

Trump idiots are reacting predictably to the Papadopoulos news. They don’t know her, just like they don’t know Paul Manafort:

It’s going to be really weird when they try to claim they’ve never met Jared Kushner.

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  • Put On Your War Paint!

    The Trump Admin know more Russians than Ensign Pavel Chekov does.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Mongo only pawn in game of life.

    I knew it! Webster was a Russian plant!

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Lies! Trumpanzees don’t want nothing to do with dirty foreigns like Pythagoras!

      • laughingnome

        And Algebra – he’s muslin

      • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

        Chimpanzee libulz!!111!

    • calliecallie

      If she hadn’t dangled her emails in front of them like some kind of common streetwalker…

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    It’s going to be really weird when they try to claim they’ve never met Jared Kushner.

    Wait until they claim they never heard of Donald J. Trump.

    • ManchuCandidate

      And that’s just Melania

  • Scooby

    So, if he pled guilty to lying about colliding with the Russians that means???

    • Msgr_MΩment

      He’s a weakly interacting massive boson?

      • Oblios_Cap

        If he were shooting about through the CERN particle accelerator he would be…

  • JMP

    But I thought George Papadopolous was Webster’s adoptive dad; and that he died back in 2012.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/95/Webster_Season_1.jpg

  • msanthropesmr

    The professor? Did he make a twitter bot out of a coconut and some string?

    • Oblios_Cap

      I thought he made MaryAnn and Ginger.

      • Noxious Resistance

        …he made MaryAnn and Ginger what?
        ;-)

        • onedollarjuana

          Play with his coconuts and string.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            My fanfic has Ginger and Mary Anne taking care of bidness theirselves.

  • Timothy Watson

    God, who knew it was so easy to recruit foreign agents as an intelligence officer? I read all sorts of Tom Clancy when I was kid and imagined how hard it must be to for an intelligence agency.

    This is all so disappointing to me now…

    • ManchuCandidate

      Tom Clancy is to spy fiction as Michael Bayhem is to filmmaking.

      More for techno part of techno thrillers. Not anywhere close to actual espionage.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Isn’t Clancy a RWNJ too?

        • ManchuCandidate

          Was. He’s dead.

          • MynameisBlarney

            Ah.

          • Oblios_Cap

            He’s still writing books. Sort of. If by writing, you mean other people use his name.

          • The Wanderer

            His books linger on like a shitmist.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            He will be missed. Not by me, particularly, but by someone surely.

          • ManchuCandidate

            His publisher.

        • JMP

          But hasn’t the greatest threat to US security been radical environmental terrorists, and he and Michael Crichton both predicted?

          • ManchuCandidate

            I stopped reading his books after that piece of shit.

          • Oblios_Cap

            They are, and always have been, a clear and present danger.

        • Put On Your War Paint!

          He was, especially when he started fighting with his ex over the “Jack Ryan” profit$.

          I loved the first 10 or so Clancy novels, I admit. I still think Larry Bond wrote “Red October” and “Red Storm Rising”, and I still buy Bond’s novels and wargames.

        • Put On Your War Paint!

          “A Guards Armored Regiment, Comrade Colonel? Elite soldiers of the Soviet Army, Comrade Colonel? These tit-sucking children of yours couldn’t *guard* a Turkish whorehouse, Comrade Colonel – much less accomplish anything worthwhile inside of it! If those had been NATO troops on that hill, Comrade Colonel, you and your men would be dead! Three times!

          Now, these men’s lives are of little account to the State, Comrade Colonel. But, your men are burning valuable fuel, they are using valuable ammunition, and most importantly they are WASTING MY VALUABLE FUCKING TIME!”

          Yeah, I’ve read “Red Storm Rising” a few times.

        • ez

          yup.

        • Noxious Resistance

          Wouldn’t he have to be?

      • jez

        they call clueless amateur spies ‘Clancies’ in intelligence agencies due to their complete lack of understanding of intelligence work.

        • jez

          Generally they are the ones that they send to bug the Israeli embassy and then they pick up the body in the morning.

    • Put On Your War Paint!

      xD Me too.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Well, consider who they were targeting.
      Not the brightest bunch to ever be in the WH.

    • President in Exile Firefly

      Looks like our hunt for Red October is over!

    • coozledad

      Everybody has a price. But white trash is dirt cheap.

    • Historicat

      Let alone LeCarre. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Moron

  • Bill D. Burger

    “Oh fuck….shit….oh damn….I need to tweet so badly….what do I say? What do I say? …..Got to tweet….Can’t take this much longer…..must….”

    https://media.giphy.com/media/mli13oDTUzXby/giphy.gif

    • MrTusks

      Apparently he’s currently lunching with Pence and li’l Jeff right now. I assume about resignation?

      • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

        Where are you reading this??!!

  • memzilla Ω

    Who else is having delicious pumpkin-spice-flavored schadenfreude that Hillary’s emails are getting Dolt 45’s supporters arrested?

    • JMP

      And it seems like it’s all because they drank their own Kool-Aid, and forgot that the email “scandal” was all bullshit but actually thought there was something incriminating she was trying to hide. But nope, as much as Wikileaks tried to spin the stolen emails as scandalous there was nothing to them.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        No kidding. I thought the whole point of the missing emails is that they could be ANYTHING! Anything your heart desires!

        • Red Bird

          Yes. I felt in my heart that all of the emails were of Hillz and me gossiping about the guys in DC. Like which one’s the cutest, smartest, creepiest. That kind if stuff.

  • Put On Your War Paint!

    “Trump Aide George Papadopoulos May Be The Russia Connection ‘Deep Throat'”

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/10/trump-aide-george-papadopoulos-may-be

  • IdiokraticCulturalMarxist

    Maybe it was the Russian pee hookers! https://twitter.com/RedTRaccoon/status/925030766953852928

    • Bill D. Burger

      FOX Spews IS the piss in the punch bowl.

    • weejee

      Manafort’s attorneys leaking? Sean Idjit Hannity leaking? doG leaking?

      • Kryptonian Canis

        They might STFU about it right quick in that case.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Well, we know it didn’t come from Mueller’s people. They arrested Papadopolous at an airport in July, he pled guilty in August, and today is the first we’ve heard anything about that.

        Former prosecutor on Maddow says that cooperation probably means wearing a wire and getting people on tape. In some ways, teevee isn’t that far off.

    • dshwa

      Doesn’t this happen like, all the time? I seem to recall reading plenty of news stories about indictments being pending, in cases not involving politicians.

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      Dear Fox Lady,

      You can go ahead and spit that out now.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Let me fix that chyron for you.

      GROWING CONCERN OVER WHO LOOKS LIKE A RUSSIAN COLLUDING STOOGE

    • ez

      Yes, ‘growing concern’ over who leaked the info. FOX doesn’t appear to give to give two shits and a bag of puke over the content of the leaks.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      My biggest concern right now is who does that Fox Blond’s hair and makeup. What the ever-loving fuck is that? A poor man’s Rachel?

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Considering it’s Fox, I’d say an old man’s Rachel.

    • SeeTrain65

      I’ll save you the trouble of speculation.

      IT WAS MUELLER. TO SCARE THE FUCK OUT OF ALL OF YOU.

  • Old town Urbandale

    OH GOD IT’S HER FUCKING EMAILS AGAIN.

    So Hill’s emails *are* going to bring down an administration… just not the one the Trumpanzees had in mind.

    • clairence

      And as they all go to prison, DJT will be spouting off: “see I told you! The story was Clinton’s emails! I have the best brain.”

    • Celtic_Gnome

      LOCK AOT, K UP!

  • laughingnome

    THis guy Papadopoulos is the Trojan Horse and a gift to prosecutors because he’s got the 411 on the Russians and Trump.

  • WiscoJoe
  • Lance Thrustwell

    But have you met his father, Pop-Pop “Papa” Papadopoulos?

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Oblios_Cap

      That should be awkward…

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Will Trump make Jeffy cry when he yells at him for recusing himself? Will Pence claim he has no idea who Manafort was? Where is Mother? Will Trump get 3 scoops?

      • MynameisBlarney

        That ice cream, hand-churned by Mueller himself.

    • Darrell Imaginarian

      The only food Jeff Sessions will have is the olives in his three martinis.

    • Fartknocker

      Trump wants a plan for firing Mueller. Or the White House Chef is cooking Mama’s Fried Chicken.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      I’m thinking Tums, Kaopectate and grain alcohol.

    • TJ Barke

      Gonna fire Mueller. Depending on how congress deals will signal whether or not America is officially doomed.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Isn’t that kind of awkward after the first indictments have come down?

        • TJ Barke

          You think that halfwit cares?

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Probably just talking about adoptions and whatnot.

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      Don’t forget the tiny pickles.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        [Insert obligatory Wonkette dick joke here.]

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      I would have started with borscht.

  • calliecallie

    Three down, one more to go. Who will it be? I did not even have this Papadopoulos character on my Bingo card!

    • weejee

      Is Jared driving to an FBI field office right now?

    • BigCSouthside

      Who said there were 4?

      • calliecallie

        I read it on the internet yesterday. It must be true.

  • Ryan Denniston

    He was listed as a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump in March 2016, as part of the team that included Dumbest (Until Now) Russian Spy Ever Carter Page.

    Woah! There are boxes of tack hammers that can scrape together more brains than Carter Page.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Clinton’s emails is what brought Trump down? Specifically, their obsession over them.

    • Noxious Resistance

      Fact is funnier than fiction

  • WotsAllThisThen

    You mean Trump’s foreign policy adviser is now a convicted felon because of HILLARY’S EMAILS/?????

    BUT HER EMAILS!!!11!1

    • Ryan Denniston

      He cries at the top of his lungs as he’s perp-walked into the prison for money laundering.

    • Kryptonian Canis

      What a tidy turn of events it’ll be if these assholes all go down to prison on account of their obsession with Hillary’s old risotto recipe emails.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      This just shows how conniving Obama and Clinton are. This was all PLANNED!!!!! FOR YEARSGRIKOFHJGOIEFTUHJOIWKUJH

  • Covfefe

    Let’s start a Go Fund Me account to put leaper nets all around the White Hoise.

    • weejee

      Must admit I first read that as “leper nets,” because tRump.

    • Rags

      how about a moat full of shit instead?

      • clairence

        a swamp. with gators.

    • TJ Barke

      How about we just go in and throw nets on all the criminals?

    • President in Exile Firefly

      Nah, let nature take its course.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        Who I am to try to interfere with God’s will?

        Also, it’s not like it’s a skyscraper.

  • msanthropesmr

    Jethro Bodine. Double Naught Spy.

  • Khavrinen

    “Trump campaign staffer” / “admitted being moron.”

    You’re being redundant again, Evan.

  • Blackest Noobs

    o/t: library fines

    so here at my library we will let you have up to 10 dollars in fines before blocking your account…i.e. if no pay up, no more free shit. however the people i hate more than the ones who rack up the fines ( these are the fucking idiots who use up their limit; we allow a person to checkout 50 items at one time, a family of four would 200 fucking items) because their dumbfucking asses cannot keep track of 50-200 items are the asshole who need to pay their .20 cent fine with a 20 dollar fucking bill.

    Hey JACKASS….this is a fucking library….not a commercial business….we do not do like a gazillion business transactions you stupid fuckhead….so when your lame ass decides oooooh i’ll pay my little tiny fine with a fucking 20…you’re telling me you’re an asshole. cuz you don’t mind wiping out my change and have the person who counts the draw at night scrambling to find fucking change ( cuz the fucking till has to have exactly a certain amount of coins, bills, etc….)

    and best part….this asshole could have paid at another time….i.e. the fine doesnt accrue interest, and the person could still checkout items ( still under $10)…so what in the fuck is the urgency when you are basically causing more shit than what you are resolving….is it because you’re American and that is what you do…fuck shit up more than it needed?!?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Alex Jones checks out stuff at your library?

      • Blackest Noobs

        lotsa Alex Joneses checks out stuff.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      wow $10 in fines is a lot (what are they like a dime an offense?)

      My local library cuts me off with basically any fines. I’ve had to go pay two dollars or something just to use the digital library stuff.

      • Blackest Noobs

        well so is 50 items at a time to check out…i am against it cuz it causes more problems but my admin are on a mission to coddle the shit outha every fucking patron out there.

        like a while back we had a problem with people with duplicate cards, you see the person would pretend they had a kid, so they would sign up imaginary kid. they recently made a change and said that kid did not have to be in person when getting a library card, a “parent” could get them on one on their behalf. so i betcha sooner or later we will have this problem again of people with multiple accounts and no children.

        coddling the public doesn’t do it any favors and you make it worse for those poor saps working in the library.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          yeah, that 50 items thing is nuts!

          • Blackest Noobs

            you’re telling me brotha….fucking headache city of us dealing with assholes who habitually turn in things late and then fight you tooth and nail about the 200 items they said they returned on time.

    • Blackest Noobs

      hilariously there is a correlation to people who always asking for their library card number and their accounts being barred ( cannot borrow any of our items, but yes, since we coddle you, you can still use a computer).

      pretty much everytime….like 95%….person asking for library card number is someone who owes us money.

  • JMP
    • Paul

      Classic!!! Thanks.

    • Joe Beese

      Written by the same guy who went on to write the theme to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

      True story!

      • aureolaborealis

        Moar trivia about 60s musicians:
        One of the guys from Strawberry Alarm Clock got a job in my department back in the 90s. Yes, he put it on his resume. He was so shitty that he only lasted a day or two of his probationary period. It did lead me to vow, though, to never become that kind of useless and angry middle-aged white guy. Also a true story.

        https://youtu.be/yRhaWvavjy8

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Professor? Shit, everyone knows that it was Ginger who was the Russian plant.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      Lovie Libelzzzz!

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Of course Gilligan took that meeting. Anybody would have!

  • Ryan Denniston

    “So PAPADOPOULOS had a PROFESSOR”

    That should have been clue #1. Some Ivy League hippie loving professor is who you’re going to listen to?

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    so, there goes the Trumpkins’ argument that this had nothing to do with the campaign.

    • Ryan Denniston
      • clairence

        That’s the ‘shadow government’ Obama set up to destroy Trump.
        Obviously.

    • MynameisBlarney

      *looks around interwebs*

      Yanno…I was kinda expecting an overwhelming onslaught of turmp supportin’ fucktards stinkin up the joint.

      But….

      https://i.imgflip.com/1m5kdt.jpg

      • clairence

        The intellectual gymnastics required to formulate a rebuttal is beyond their abilities.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        they’re all in their own sekrit chat caves formulating their talking points.

        “This one hard!”

        • jesterpunk

          They are waiting for Putin and Fox to tell them what to think.

        • MynameisBlarney

          “What do?”

    • jesterpunk

      Actually on reddit the_donald’s top post says Manafort was indicted and its proof the Podesta group will go down next with Hillary. Delusional.

  • laughingnome

    Both Papadopoulas and Page did post grad work at the University of London. I’m wondering whether the perfessor is affiliated with that institution.

    • msanthropesmr

      Wow. Is that like the UK version of Corinthian college or what?

      • laughingnome

        It’s a real thing. Not like Turnip U.

        • Kyu

          Yup. I did study abroad work at UL – it’s actually a pretty liberal school, or at least it was during my year there. Very Labour and Green heavy.

  • msanthropesmr

    GEORGE SOROS

    pajsjasdn fdsoid ai aidrfgja[fda[fej

  • Major_Major_Major

    The schaden is just freude-ing itself today. And I actually have shyte to get done, FFS

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      IKR? Gotta leave for class soon.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    I give it maybe a month before Maggie “emails” Haberman and Glenn “MCCARTHYISM” Greenwald burst a blood vessel.

    And speaking of Maggie and her Glenns, bet this isn’t doing the book she’s writing with Thrush a lot of good, especially since he was at Politico not colluding at the time.

    • JMP

      Considering how Glenn’s talk is now indistinguishable from that of Fox “News”, I do wonder how leftists who are still fans of that shithead can actually claim he’s really still a decent liberal worthy of respect.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        those “leftists” are so far gone that they’re no longer even progressive. They’re batshitcrazy and, as per the horseshoe theory, have gone completely round the bend to a point on the darkside of the moon where they have more in common with Infowars than they do with liberals. It’s also why they’re so eager to spout RWNJ talking points and embrace the looney tune theories- they’re so lost that they hate the mainstream left more than they do the nutty right.

      • Red Bird

        He’s gay.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Yes. So is Andrew Sullivan. So were Roy Cohn and J Edgar Hoover. Being a member of a marginalized group doesn’t always mean empathy or wisdom.

          • Red Bird

            I know that. But that is exactly the angle he uses to convince people that he is liberal.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Yeah. tbh, I wonder if Milo is even gay.

          • Red Bird

            Not trying to be icky but……why? Are interested in Milo? You can admit it. We’re all friends here.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            No, just rumors.

          • Red Bird

            Well that explains the over the top behavior. He’s trying too hard. Makes me wonder about another Trumpkin.

          • Mehmeisterjr

            TLM would know. Hey, TLM…!

  • Joe Beese

    Papa Dop can add “admitted felon” to “policy and economic advisor to Ben Carson” on his resume.

    • Crank Tango

      I’d just stick with the “admitted felon” part.

  • msanthropesmr

    Chris Cilliza can now honestly talk about Sec. Clinton’s emails.

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      Not until he asks why Hillary has not spoken out about Kevin Spacey.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Thank Undergod. It must have been killing him to have gone all this time without having a reason to mention them.

    • Kryptonian Canis

      Or he can just go fuck himself forever into the sunset.

  • Joe Beese
  • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

    Guys, I am beginning to believe the only people who will go to jail over Hillary’s emails will be the people that were leading chants of, “Lock her up” in reference to them. #projection #winning

  • Kryptonian Canis

    Famous last words right before the Papadopoulos news dropped. Sure is quiet now.
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/925006418989715456

  • memzilla Ω
    • Joe Beese

      I expect the opening monologue on his old-timey radio show to be about the real scandal – which is, of course, Hillary’s uraniuming.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      It’s almost as if Lyin’ Sean will say anything to get a pat on the head from Liddle’ Baby Donnie.

      • Historicat

        I can’t believe you would suggest that Sean “happy endings ensured; no teeth – guaranteed” Hannity would be anything less than a force for truth and justice.

    • SeeTrain65

      Nostradumbass here learned well from Nostradumberass.

  • Panika MCD

    didn’t both Dem and GOP campaign operatives say back when we were finding out about Banana Runtz’s Russian Clown Car Party in Trump Tower that when you receive this kind of offer that your first call is to the FBI? it doesn’t matter whether or not the campaign said “NO”. it matters that they did not report it to the FBI. and why would they have any reason to not report it to the FBI? because Paul Manafort was involved and with his decades of campaign experience he would have known SOP and if he didn’t, it means there is a pretty good chance that lots of foreign conspiracies were afoot. can’t wait to see what he spills over the next week.

    • HooverVilles

      Trump pardon in 3… 2…1.

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Pardon removes Manafort’s right the plead the Fifth, since he would no longer be incriminating himself. No way do you hand a pardon to a guy who can sing like a canary.

        • HooverVilles

          But the $64,000 question. Is Trump smart enough to realize that?

          • Donkey Option

            Let’s hope not!

          • puredog

            Ty knows that.

        • Kyu

          This. If you’re not an attorney, you’re at least as smart as one of us, which is refreshing.

      • Panika MCD

        he could do that, but you have to remember that to receive a pardon you have to first admit guilt. so the pardon, if granted, would create more evidence against Trump–not less–and it would leave Manafort open to civil liabilities.

        • puredog

          That’s just not so. See: Nixon, Richard.

          • Panika MCD

            who ended up resigning and was pardoned by Ford.

            also too: see: Joe Arpaio

    • Gigglesnort

      Some people were clued in. But in case you weren’t, when you join the top levels of the campaign, or the Administration, somebody should sit you down and say “Foreign agents may try to compromise you, and this is how they’d do it.” From now on, they can use Papadopoulos as a prime example.

  • James Baskin

    We’re going to hire the best people. The best.

  • Crank Tango

    Jeeze Louise, did they ever find anything in those fucking emails anyway besides some risotto and crème brûlée?

    • Yeah, they found that the Clinton Campaign was running a child pedophile ring out of the (non-existent) basement of a pizza parlor… to MARS!

      • SterWonk

        They also found out that Hillary hates Catholics, on account of how some of the Catholic people on her staff were discussing how their religion informed their political views. (Trump even brought it up at the Al Smith dinner…)

  • Joe Beese

    He stupidly lied to the FBI. Not because there was anything to hide. Just to see if he could get away with it.

    Just a dumb kid, really.

    • Crank Tango

      Boys will be boys. We’ve all done it.

      • cmd resistor

        Locker room talk!

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    My hope is that this whole clusterfuck nets all those awesomely self-proclaimed ALPHA MALES, like Nigel Farrage, Julian Assange and Rudy Guiliani — to name a few. I know I’m getting greedy — just getting the orange shitgibbon should last a lifetime.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Saaaaay, isn’t Dok Zoom a perfesser?

    • Timothy Watson

      Connect the dots, sheeple!

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Rhetorically speaking…

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        ISWYDT

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      OMG, we are all in on it!

    • SterWonk

      OMG, didn’t Rebecca herself teach journamlizm in college? That wouldn’t make her Dr. Trix, but it would make her Professor Trix.

      IT GOES STRAIGHT TO THE TOP!!!

    • Doug Langley

      Don’t be silly. After all, I’ve taught college, and, and . ..

      Why is everyone looking at me?

      • PubOption

        The FBI don’t want anyone associated with Langley getting involved with their investigation.

  • beingreleased
    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      how in the FUCK is manafort gonna have anything on Clinton and Podesta?

      Dummy.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      FAKE NEWS! Do we even know that’s really Manafort?

      https://twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/925039521309315073

      • ltmcdies

        they really are all as dumb as Trump, aren’t they

      • cmd resistor

        I was disappointed they didn’t do an OJ chase. I was watching CNN and they kept saying Manafort had left his home and they were all waiting outside the FBI building. Would have made better TV to have at least SOMEONE follow the car over there!

      • puredog

        Um — I believe that is the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, NOT the FBI HQs.

    • SeeTrain65

      Something tells me Daniel needs a new hobby.

      Flogging dead horses isn’t working out well for ol’ Brainiac.

      • Daniel

        But I’ve got my technique down and everything.

      • NastyBossetti

        Maybe he could do some light reading about the uses of capitalization.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    A meeting with a sinister professor, eh? I was right when I said months ago that this was the perfect soundtrack when reading posts about the Russia investigation.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6K0sVf4AZY

  • Bill D. Burger

    White House is stating firmly that the Mueller investigation will not be hindered by them and must continue.
    Soooooooooooooooo’….how long before the Fucking Moron fires Mueller and creates an historic constitutional crisis. Over/Under?

    • Crank Tango

      Wait til he goes to Jared?

      • Bill D. Burger

        Or Junior.

    • Rags

      The Papadapalous reveal immunizes Mueller by tying his investigation right into the WH. Firing now is prima facie obstruction of justice.

      • Bill D. Burger

        Trump: “So?”

        ~snicker~

        • Rags

          and then the murders began

      • Crank Tango

        prima facie obstruction of justice

        I think Hillary’s emails had a recipe for that. Too much cheese, if you ask me.

        • Doug Langley

          Or canned clams.

      • ltmcdies

        that’s kind a what I was wondering? How on earth does the Trump WH fire anyone without looking guilty as hell…

        or have it all splash back on the GOP come the midterms

  • sosuume

    “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.” https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/925029460142944258

  • Joe Beese
    • Kyu

      RIGHT? Ugh. And yet the media (and many progressives I know) were giving them credit for their “honesty” and all that. Don’t make me f*cking laugh.

  • ltmcdies

    FYI to tweeters ….there is more than George Papadopoulos so careful who you tweet at

    https://twitter.com/feeonlyplanner/status/925011145957761024

    • James Baskin

      Oh sure, you don’t buddy.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Don’t people check the bios before harassing somebody online ?(rhetorical, of course they don’t)

      • ltmcdies

        of course they don’t … where’s the fun in accuracy?

    • ariel_gee_398

      That’s what he would say, isn’t it?

    • Crank Tango

      Is HE Webster’s dad then?

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Nice try, buddy, but he’s your President too.

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      Then why did Trump say you do/did?

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      All Geo. Papas report to your FEMA assembly areas.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • TJ Barke

      And a jolly Arrestivus!

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Meanwhile, Two Scoops might need 4 after all the sads
    https://twitter.com/DustinGiebel/status/925042937989353477

  • SayItWithWookies

    So the investigation has gone totally out of bounds of its original charter, Mueller’s snared some pesky kid who was an obvious narc so nobody paid attention to him, and a couple innocent decent people we’re rolled up so they could say their investigation was worth the effort. Now back to Hillary and the uranium…

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Someone sent you Hannity’s script for tonight?

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Growing concern over the leakers!

  • ariel_gee_398
  • Mr. Blobfish

    Here’s what I don’t get about Republicans and the emails. Hillary said she deleted the emails herself. There is no evidence that her server was hacked. If the Russians had them, they would have released them when they released what they did have. Maybe I’m just looking at this logically but WTF?

    • Ling Ling

      I don’t know about the Russian motives, but mail servers are always a problem. I am thankful to not admin any mail spool.

    • Doug Langley

      “. . . I’m just looking at this logically . .. ”
      Suddenly, the problem comes into focus.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      I think she did NOT personally delete them. She gave criteria to her lawyers to delete before handing over her emails to State Department system.

    • rebecca

      because “hillary emails” and “podesta emails” are the same in everyone’s minds, up to and including the trump team.

    • mardam422

      Logic??? WTF is the matter with you, anyway?

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Joe Beese
  • Bill D. Burger
  • sosuume

    tRUMP, Sessions and Pence having lunch now, as we speak.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Oh to be a fucking fly on the wall.

      • Bill D. Burger

        Or on the food, with this group. Just sayin’!

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Or just a solo fly watching the conversation…

        • MynameisBlarney

          Hey, don’t harsh my fly pr0ns fetish, bro!

      • Kryptonian Canis

        Gotta get their stories straight.

      • Rags
        • GoutMachine

          Can’t believe he murdered that innocent, defenseless fly. What a monster!

          • JAKvirginia

            Right? So few left in the wild. Killer.

    • SayItWithWookies

      I’ll bet WH personnel can hear the shouting from the next room.

      • MynameisBlarney

        And I’ll bet they’re trying to figure out how they’re gonna get outta this one.
        They’re all fucking guilty of collusion.

      • Johnnymoreno

        “DO SOMETHING!!!”

    • Kryptonian Canis

      The unindicted co-conspirators.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      daily press briefing supposed to start about now.

      • dshwa

        Daily Press Breifing batshit insane liefest supposed to start now.

      • Doug Langley

        Even money says all they talk about is Killary’s slave kids digging for uranium in the Comet Pizza basement.

        • JAKvirginia

          Well, finally, someone put the pieces together on that one. Makes sense now! /s definitely.

    • GHERKINS du RESISTANCE!

      “Hello gentlemen! What will we be having today? Fresh underpants all around, then?”

  • Claire
    • SeeTrain65

      And Trump is such a good boxer he took both shots square on his glass jaw.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Proud Liberal

      Thanks Jared!

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    Actually I feel stupid now but I thought they meant the Professor from Gilligans Island. Guess they just used title as shorthand. Sad. https://t.co/Z3fN3xeW8z— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 30, 2017

  • memzilla Ω

    #MAGA — Manafort And Gates Arrested.

  • Joe Beese

    The right-wing but not stupid Allahpundit observes:

    Given Papadopoulos’s age and inexperience, his interest in being the point man in a big Trump/Russia tete-a-tete reeks of a junior advisor trying to prove his value to the people around him by freelancing some amazing coup. … Ask yourself this: Why, with Paul Manafort on a first-name basis with Putin confidants like Oleg Deripaska, would the campaign have needed to go through a rando like Papadopoulos to get Hillary Clinton’s emails? It would have been insanely reckless to trust a kid who’s not well-known to the campaign’s brain trust with facilitating something as sensitive as a secret Trump/Russia summit or major collusion involving Clinton kompromat.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2017/10/30/hmmm-former-trump-advisor-pleads-guilty-making-false-statements-fbi-russia-contacts-campaign/

    A Trump undertaking? Insanely reckless? Unpossible!

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Who go with some rando? Simple – any plan has to have a patsy, right?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Because, Fall Guy.

      • Crank Tango
        • MynameisBlarney

          Hollywood REALLY hated cars in that era.

          • Crank Tango
          • MynameisBlarney

            And DON’T get me started on the Dukes of Hazzard.
            There oughtta be a retroactive law for their single-minded effort to rid the world of one of the worlds sexiest muscle cars.

          • aureolaborealis

            Cars of that era were very hateworthy.

          • MynameisBlarney

            Some were, for sure.

          • aureolaborealis

            I think ‘just about all’ would be more accurate than ‘some’.

    • cheetojeebus

      Why simply to use him for a fall guy intermediary.

    • ltmcdies

      I keep hearing “kid”…..is that in Donald Trump jr years.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        The normally impeccable interwebs are a little vague as to Master Papadopoulos’s age but reckon him to be around 30, which seems beyond the age when a man is called “kid” (unless his name is Ted Williams.)

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Yes, because Putin would only bother having one tentacle probing the Trump campaign, as opposed to an ongoing widespread effort to penetrate that campaign and turn whoever they could, along multiple fronts…

    • Beanz&Berryz

      So, this defense is: They had much better connections to the Russians through Manafort, so it makes no sense that they’d use low-level Papadopoulo for such important collusion?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        at which point Mueller says “please proceed, Mr president”

    • Dg Hacket

      The question has already been answered. They wanted a low level guy to arrange it so nobody would notice

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Joe Beese
    • SeeTrain65

      “Pure Journalistic Dynamite” in the sense of “A Truckload Of Horse Shit Straight From The Stables.”

  • Bill D. Burger
  • TJ Barke

    Please burn them all, Mueller…

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Bill D. Burger
    • James Baskin

      Understatement of the century.

  • Put On Your War Paint!

    Anypony else think a lot of GOPers are feeling anxiety today?

    • Daniel

      But you know that if you accept that they’re anxious you also have to accept that literally anything they want to do is justified. That’s what the election taught us horrible bubble dwelling liberals.

    • theblackdog

      I think quite a few of them are, so now they’re going to try to push through the tax cuts for the rich.

      • Rags

        so they’re economically anxious?

        • theblackdog

          …dammit

    • SeeTrain65

      They deserve more than a day of anxiety after the 37 years of anxiety they’ve put this nation through.

      And no coping mechanisms for them. Let ’em suffer like we’ve had to.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      hopefully, some enterprising street merchant has set up an antacid cart on Constitution Ave

    • chazmanr

      No. Denying reality comes naturally when you live in an information bubble.

    • Doug Langley
    • Rocket Pony Ron

      All over DC, underwear is growing progressively yellower and yellower.

      • JAKvirginia

        In the front. I don’t wanna think about the back.

        • GHERKINS du RESISTANCE!

          [Rick Santorum waves]

  • Bill D. Burger

    Even Kittez’ prepared for Indictment Monday:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNXPLf4UQAAE9js.jpg

    (Just saw that and had to post it.)

    • Rags

      “Mon Dieu! You buy a fuckin’ piece of merde Renault and expect it get you home? Zees will cost you mainy feeshes.”

      • Invisible Bunyip

        “The ceegarette? Iz only catneep.”

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    Josh Marshall on Papadopolous

    “… This may be projecting too much. But in revealing the Manafort news
    early, giving time for the White House to respond as you’d expect
    (nothing to do with us or Russia or the campaign) and then following up
    by revealing this Papadopolous indictment certainly has the feel of
    sucker punching the White House.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/thoughts-on-the-papadopolous-plea

    • dshwa

      No, I suspect that Mueller did it deliberately to let the potential canaries know he knows more than they thought he did. That it sucker punched the White House was probably added bonus.

      • ltmcdies

        either suits me….I’m just enjoying the spectacle right now

  • Jenny

    Yeah yeah. Lets start getting into The Trump Family’s cash filled laundry baskets already!

    • Lurkylu

      Beautiful Russian nesting baskets of the finest quality. Each with more money than the last !

  • sosuume
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Papadopoulos was a shot across the bow- it was Mueller saying “you have no fucking idea how much we know, but you’re about to find out”

      • dshwa

        Yup. Added bonus of sucker punching the White House after their response this weekend, and double added bonus of letting the canaries know he knows much more than they thought he did. All those stories they prepared about Manafort just went up in smoke.

      • Kyu

        This. The Papadopoulos indictment is designed quite deliberately to scare the piss out of anyone who thinks 45 could beat all of this.

        I know that the road is long and we’re still in for some choice f*ckery. But goddamn if that level of taunting “just wait, motherf*cker” doesn’t make me kinda want to make out with Robert Mueller right now.

    • Lil’Evil

      Thanks for linking this! Great summary. Long but a great read.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Trump: “There’s no collusion! There’s no collusion! There’s no….”

    https://i.imgur.com/Q9vq0t4.gif

    • UnsaltedSinner

      His feet are as dainty as his hands.

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    The burning question of the day (for me): how will Turnip make this worse (for himself)?

    • SeeTrain65

      By opening his mouth. Natch.

    • Crank Tango

      Probably another fucked up distraction/own goal.

  • Bill D. Burger

    WH briefing coming up shortly:

    “Fer’ thu’ one billionth time, Preznut’ Trump is not a larr’!”

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNZmR42X4AUo4dt.jpg

    • JAKvirginia

      I’m not fluent in the language of the Dakotas, but isn’t this “Dancing with Whores”?

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Poly_Ester

    How long till we hear? Manafort and Papadopoulos were volunteers, therefore their collusion doesn’t count!

    Say, didn’t a George Papadoloulos once lead a military junta in Greece.

    Trump tweet? “We didn’t collude with the Russians because we are facsists not commies.”

    • CripesAmighty

      It’s Republicanworld: if no one was swindled out of fat sacks of cash, nothing happened.

    • PubOption

      They could have a non-aggression pact.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I’m finding this all very frustrating because the media is allowing Trumpco to define what constitutes an offense. They are basically allowing the administration/campaign to say, “Sure, I planned to have my wife killed, and, yeah, I met with eight different hitmen, but I didn’t hire them, so I didn’t technically do anything wrong.”

    • dshwa

      When they finally put a tombstone over this nation, the epitaph will read “Dedicated to bothsiderism to the last.”

    • Paul Dietzel

      “They don’t give you a Nobel prize for “Attempted” Chemistry so why is Attempted Murder a thing” . . .
      Sideshow Bob, paraphrased

    • Kyu

      Isn’t it ironic that whataboutism was the preferred misdirection tool of … bum bum bum, THE SOVIETS.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • dlemex

    Oops… not unpaid nobody. Per Think Progress, he is in this photo!
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/715725628465680386/photo/1 which trump twitted at the end of March.

    • Rags

      The Future Old Dead White Guys Club

      • StrangerCaptainHowdy

        The future cast of “Prisoners of Love”.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Rocket Pony Ron

      When he’s right, he’s right.

    • Weird Fishes

      * Restrictions may apply.

  • Courser_Resistance

    I’d kind of like to see Matthew Miller say ‘…blood and jizz…’ on Rachel. That’d be hysterical

  • Bill D. Burger
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  • Bill D. Burger

    Popcorn Alert: It’s back to Code Red today:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNUj-R8VQAAbc8a.jpg

  • greyXstar

    Holy smokes

  • Reximus
    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      There really is a Santa Claus!

    • dshwa

      So much winning… for US!

    • ltmcdies

      more presents for Indictment Day……

      • SDGeoff3

        Do you suppose that this might actually become A Thing? The day the heads started rolling and The Nation Was Restored? Maybe even, dare I suggest, a Federal Holiday?

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      And the hits just keep on coming!

  • Doug Langley

    Saaaay, you know who else was caught making agreements with Russians?

    • dshwa

      Reagan?

    • Daniel

      Emissaries of the Muscovy Company?

    • Nockular cavity

      Secretary of State Seward?

      • proudgrampa

        FTW.

      • aureolaborealis

        Nah. Sounds like folly to me.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Put that joke in the icebox!

    • SeeTrain65

      Roger Moore’s version of James Bond?

      • Odd Jørgensen

        More like Leslie Nielsen.

      • Nick Slaughter

        at least he didn’t kick it with al Qaeda like Dalton’s Bond did

    • dshwa

      Napoleon Solo?

    • SeeTrain65

      The Rolling Stones?

    • Kip TW

      Starts with H and has a funny mustache?

      • Weird Fishes

        An OLDER HARRY POTTER??

        • Kip TW

          get out of my head

    • SDGeoff3

      Could it be…Satan???!!1!!

    • PubOption

      William Seward and Andrew Johnson?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      von Ribbentrop?

    • StrangerCaptainHowdy

      Wilhelm II?

    • Invisible Bunyip

      Napoleon Bonaparte?

  • Nockular cavity

    THIS FUCKING TRUMP IDIOT

    You’re going to have to be more specific.

    • dshwa

      AOT, K

  • Thiazin Red

    Man, my experiment turned out well, I just happened to be walking past the place with the really good cookies when they were taking a fresh batch out, and this all in one day. Truly everything is coming up Milhouse.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      I hope you brought enough for everyone!

      • I didn’t know there were going to be so many!

        *gets shot*

        Damn, he’s strict!

    • writersbloc

      So your feet are soaked, but your cuffs are bone dry?

  • proudgrampa

    You can’t make this shit up.

  • Rocket Pony Ron

    I’m guessing that George is grassing so hard it’s coming up through the floor.

  • IdiotsforPalin
    • Thank god she doesn’t have any weight issues.

      • SDGeoff3

        She just helped rid the world (at least in the picture) of fifteen pounds of ugly fat.

      • StrangerCaptainHowdy

        If they’re overweight at 10 it’s just so hard to get ’em shape by 13.

  • SheltonTodd

    Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes…

  • Bub, the cynical zombie
  • Jeff Ackerman

    My great grandfather was Russian and I never met Jared Kushner!

    • PubOption

      Have you been to his jewelry store?

      • Jeff Ackerman

        I’d swear on a stack of bibles, “no!’ if I’m lying, I’m dying!

  • sosuume
  • beatbort

    Hey, Papa Dope-us-up: Beware people holding umbrellas on sunny days, especially those with poison tips. Beware any wait staff with a Russian accent. In fact, you may as well enter the witness protection program…

  • SweetDeeKat

    Are there any other legal beagles out there that are jizzing themselves over the “proactive cooperation” of Papapapapadoopus? Lordy, I hope he had a wire!

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Trump hires the best people. The best. Trust me.

    • Weird Fishes

      Though it’s endlessly amusing that while we do “trust them” the first time, we stop trusting them shortly thereafter.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Is George Papadopoulos Trump’s John Dean?

  • smitallica

    I simply can’t get enough of the fact that the White House’s response to this total smoking gun is “Yes, but Papadopolous was colluding with the Russians FOR FREE.”

    • AdmNaismith

      If Papadopolous had so much access to Russia and so many Russians, why weren’t the Trumpstets meeting with them?
      Were they that canny about keeping it all seperate? (or were they just holding out for Putin?)

      There still a link missing. I think the link is getting smaller, but it’still missing to prove fill-on collusion.

      • If today proved anything, though, it’s that Bobby Three Sticks knows way than any of us do. I honestly didn’t even know Papadopolous’ name and I’ve been following this investigation borderline obsessively. I suspect you could fill thousands of pages with things Mueller knows that we don’t.

        • AdmNaismith

          Fair enough- I suppose Mueller does know more than we do, hence Papadopolous and such.

      • Darrell Imaginarian

        Derp.Donnie Jr., Kushner, and Manafort met with Russians shortly thereafter, on what seems to be the exact same topic.

  • TundraGrifter

    Many people don’t know this:

    Issa Blamed IBM Software For Loss Of 22 Million Bush Emails
    By Jon Perr June 21, 2014

    …millions of Bush White House emails conveniently went missing between 2003 and 2005, including those in the critical days during which the administration formulated its response to Ambassador Joe Wilson and his covert CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame. In July 2007, Darrell Issa accused Plame of perjury. Then, in February 2008, Issa turned IT expert and brushed off the email imbroglio as merely a software problem. As Mother Jones reported that March:

    During a House Oversight Committee hearing last month on the preservation of White House records, an indignant Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a frequent critic of Chairman Henry Waxman’s investigations, did his best to play down the extent of the Bush administration’s now well-documented email archiving problems. Defending the White House’s decision to switch from the Lotus Notes-based archiving system used by the Clinton administration, Issa compared the software to “using wooden wagon wheels” and Sony Betamax tapes. To observers of the missing emails controversy, Issa’s comments seemed little more than an attempt to deflect blame from the White House for replacing a working system for archiving presidential records with an ad hoc substitute. But to IT professionals who use Lotus at their companies, Issa’s remarks seemed controversial, if not downright slanderous. Now, according to an executive at IBM, the software’s manufacturer, the California congressman has apologized for his characterization of Lotus and offered to correct the congressional record.

    Complicating matters, some 50 Bush White House staffers had used email accounts provided by the Republican National Committee to sidestep federal laws regarding the preservation of digital records. But as CNET reported at the time, Congressman Issa wasn’t concerned about potential crimes, but only the cost of investigating them:
    “Are we simply going on a fishing expedition at $40,000 to $50,000 a month?” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked National Archives and White House officials at the hearing. “Do any of you know of a single document, because this committee doesn’t, that should’ve been in the archives but in fact was done at the RNC?”

    Thanks to a now-settled lawsuit filed by the National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington [CREW], Americans learned in 2009 that “the Bush White House, which initially denied that any e-mails had gone missing,
    announced in January it had located more than 22 million messages that had been mislabeled after a search by computer technicians, according to court records filed by the government on the day after Bush left office.”

    Alas, that was then and this is now. And now a Democrat is sitting in the Oval Office. And with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testimony before two House committees regarding what even Democrats like Sandy Levin (D-MI) agree constitute “gross mismanagement” by IRS information technology personnel, Chairman Issa is singing a different tune. With his probe having already cost the IRS a quarter of a million man hours and some $10 million, Issa has done a 180 degree turn from his days pretending to be the Bush administration’s IT expert. As he wrote to Koskinen this week:
    “I will not tolerate your continued obstruction and game-playing.”

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/issa-blamed-ibm-software-loss-22-million

  • Husband Of Mrs God

    Ah, that Natasha.
    Time to drink some White Russians.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Wait a minute! Early March comes before mid-March? And April comes after that? No wonder Paparopeadopealous’s mind was reeling.

    Is the Russian educator’s name, by any chance,
    Профессор Слива? Because in that case, knowing that the crime took place in the Oval Office, we are 2/3 of the way to a solution and only need to figure out the weapon. (I’m guess, Fox News.)

    And let’s consider that alluring Russian-type female lady person who is related to Putin. Are we certain that it wasn’t Putin himself in drag?

    At any rate, have happy Manafort Day!

  • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

    I just want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to take a breath and remember this isn’t even close to over. In Churchill’s words (paraphrased) it isn’t the beginning of the end, but perhaps the end of the beginning.

    Lots of people are speculating about what this means, and what that means – okay, that’s cool, but none of that has happened, or may happen.

    Take a moment and rejoice. I’ve been listening to Fight Song, but we have a long ways to go, and the worst of this is still ahead of us. So, steel yourself and courage! We have miles to go before we sleep.

  • George Papadopolous was also the name of the colonel who became military dictator of Greece in 1967. But it’s an extremely common Greek name – which just made it creepier. Imagine if your government was overthrown by “Colonel John Smith”.

    • Nick Slaughter

      and Webster’s foster dad!!!

    • dieselox

      Wasn’t he the arch villain in several Tintin books? Where’re are the Tompson Twins when you really need them…

      • dieselox

        And Professor Calculus!!! Holy hell, it’s the next plot of the new Tintin!!!! All coming together……….

      • You’re thinking of Rastapopolous, who oddly enough wasn’t a Rasta. As for the Thompson Twins, with a P as in psychology…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9694K85Xc8

  • Yellerduck

    I hope George Stephanopoulos interviews George Papadopoulos for no other reason than to see the entire news crawler on the bottom of the screen taken up by the announcement.

  • whitroth

    Mueller Time… a friend at work got this link from a friend… look at the *faces*. Whoever did this should be making Big Bucks in Hollywood doing special effects….

    https://youtu.be/d7Uy0Uznw4E

    • SDGeoff3

      This is brilliant. Thanks!

    • Zyxomma

      Not enough upfists in the world.

    • Petunia Cat

      Love this! I like how the only head that isn’t talking is Sean Spicer. The spokesperson.

      Trump looks way more dignified in this than he ever does in real life. Also the Russian flag colours tie is a nice touch.

    • Petunia Cat

      It doesn’t have Manafort! It does have Priebus. So whoever made this shall have to make another one. 😁

  • Joshua Norton

    Talk about dense. My first thought was – why did they arrest that short guy from “Good Morning America”.

  • Peter Ravenscroft

    The Mystery Lady Spy

    Georgie Papa-doubledutch
    just admitted lying to us
    or at least to the FBI
    excuse me while I go and cry.
    And Mr Man-a-fort
    washed money in a bucket
    that he bought in Moscow
    so that on the ramparts
    he could look squeaky clean.
    But not a tinker’s curse for either lout
    It’s the mystery Russian lady spy –
    Putin’s rellie? my, oh my? –
    that the twitteratti wish to ogle
    and for at least fourteen seconds
    hyperventilate about.

    PSR, Closeburn Australia Tuesday, 31 October 2017

    Public domain

    Good one, Wonkette

    • rubikcube

      Is that supposed to rhyme?

  • How many unpaid people work for these guys anyway XD

    • Joshua Norton

      The way Trump welshes on his bills, I’d say AOTK!

  • John McManus

    OK; the professor was there but what about Maryanne . Was Thurston Bumcheecks the 3 invioved?

  • Elizabeth Hillcrest

    I still haven’t figured out what this “dirt” on HRC was, exactly… I mean I get that they’d (the Russians involved) get the Trump campaign jizzing their pants over essentially nothing in exchange for favors, because the Trump campaign is dumb as fuck. But why the unnamed intelligence official bragging in May? It’s probably some made up horseshit anyway. But still, a part of me wants to know what Russia “had” on Hildawg that got the Trump campaign to step on their own dicks in so contusiony a way. And also, why Russia isn’t waving it around now if their “dirt” was so incendiary.

  • H0mer0

    Is that Carillo dude a “Stone Temple Pilots” fan?

  • mysonsam

    Have you seen this court order http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/sites/dcd/files/17-mc-2336_MEM_OP_REDACTED%20FOR%20UNSEALING_20171030.pdf ?

    Manafort’s lawyer just got his attorney/client privilege waived by a Judge at Mueller’s request. Evidently said lawyer has to tell what he knows about Manafort’s (alleged) money laundering. Mueller ain’t fucking around, is he?

    • dieselox

      He ain’t. I assume. I got 11 pages into that and had to give up. So far, right on, Ibtrust that’s what all the rest says.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I could never tell whether those Spy vs. Spy characters were birds with hands and feet instead of wings, or guys with really big, pointy noses.

  • Apple Scruff

    Papadopoulos looks like the lovechild of Carter Page, Stephen Miller, and Anthony Scaramucci.

    http://www.newsincyprus.com/upload/news/image_1458732304_27326466.jpg

    • rubikcube

      It is a type, right? A doll-eyed, sociopath of reptilian origin type.

      • Apple Scruff

        Funnily enough, I actually meant to say Corey Lewandowski, not Stephen Miller. But they’re all basically the same, so I just left it as is.

    • mailman27

      My two moms?

  • rubikcube

    “George Papadapoulos is an oil executive and a great guy.” – Candidate Donald J. Trump
    “George Papadapowho? Eh, yeah never heard of him.” – President Donald J. Trump

  • Celtic_Gnome

    The Professor and Mary Anne, with Papadopolous as Gilligan. Makes the original look like it was written by Paddy Chayefsky.

    • Carole

      I just looked him up. He was cute, in a nerdish way. I saw Network in my youth, but I never paid much attention to writers in those days.

  • willi0000000

    jared who?

  • Petunia Cat

    “He wanted Trump to meet with Putin, Team Trump said no”.
    Ifins Team Trump said “no” how come they didn’t call the FBI? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
    Team Trump, not super good at dealing with the old spyzels.

    Or, put another way: this is all horseshit the objective wasn’t to meet with Trump it was to give the campaign something of value so that they would beholden to Putin and change US government policies.

    What I hoping for is evidence of the specific person with the campaign who helped target congressional districts for Internet-based disinformation.

  • Petunia Cat

    Wait, the overseas Professor wasn’t Sebastian “pajamaboi” Gorka was it? 😱😱😱😱😱

  • Moar Wordz

    Does anyone have a pic of the Lady Spy ?

  • Kurt Weil

    The saddest part was when he shaved his pubes just before the trip to make his dick look bigger (whistling “Luck be a lady tonight!”) and then he got in-grown hairs and had to wrap up in a towel all the time at the gym for two months.

    That was in the secret part of the indictment.

    • MyLovelyNose

      “Luck be a–fuck, ouch–Luck be a lady tonight–shit!”

  • Deborah Ujevich

    One of the footnotes in the indictment referenced an email on which Papadopoulos was NOT cc’d; the parties aren’t, of course, identified by name. But the originator wanted to discuss the potential coordination of Russian trip and noted that it shouldn’t include DT, but a lower level campaign staffer SO AS NOT TO SEND A SIGNAL.

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