Digby's Hullabaloo
2801 Ocean Park Blvd.
Box 157
Santa Monica, Ca 90405

Facebook: Digby Parton

@BloggersRUs (Tom Sullivan)

thedigbyblog at gmail
satniteflix at gmail
publius.gaius at gmail
tpostsully at gmail
Spockosbrain at gmail
Richardein at me.com


Mother Jones
Raw Story
Huffington Post
Crooks and Liars
American Prospect
New Republic

Denofcinema.com: Saturday Night at the Movies by Dennis Hartley review archive

January 2003 February 2003 March 2003 April 2003 May 2003 June 2003 July 2003 August 2003 September 2003 October 2003 November 2003 December 2003 January 2004 February 2004 March 2004 April 2004 May 2004 June 2004 July 2004 August 2004 September 2004 October 2004 November 2004 December 2004 January 2005 February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 July 2009 August 2009 September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009 January 2010 February 2010 March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019


This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?


Friday, May 04, 2018

Looks like Rudy's about to be Mooched

by digby

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday morning that his new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, knows that the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt.”
Talking Points Memo:
“He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight. He’s a great guy. But what he does is he feels it’s a very bad thing for our country, and he happens to be right.”

During a series of interviews this week, Giuliani said that Trump paid back his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for a hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has claimed that she had an affair with Trump about a decade ago. 
Before boarding Air Force One to travel to the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Trump addressed the Giuliani situation once again. 
“I will tell you this, I will tell you this, when Rudy made the statement, Rudy’s great, but Rudy had just started, and he wasn’t totally familiar with everything. And Rudy, we love Rudy, he’s a special guy. What he really understands is that this is a witch hunt. He understands that probably better than anybody.”
Here's the transcript of his remarks at the airport:

Q    Mr. President, how’s Rudy doing?

Q    When did you find out?

THE PRESIDENT:  I tell you what — Rudy is a great guy, but he just started a day ago.  But he really has his heart into it.  He’s working hard.  He’s learning the subject matter.  And he’s going to be issuing a statement too.  But he is a great guy.  He knows it’s a witch hunt.  That’s what he knows.  He’s seen a lot of them.  And he said he’s never seen anything so horrible.

As an example, 33,000 emails requested by Congress with a subpoena, and they get burned, they get deleted.  And nobody says anything.  Give me a break.

So Rudy knows it’s a witch hunt.  He started yesterday.  He’ll get his facts straight.  He’s a great guy.  But what he does is he feels it’s a very bad thing for our country, and he happens to be right.

Q    When did you find out what the retainer was being spent on?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you’re going to find out, because we’re going to give a full list.  And people know.  And virtually everything said has been said incorrectly, and it’s been said wrong, or it’s been covered wrong by the press — just like NBC and ABC yesterday covered the story wrong.

But you’ll be finding out.  It’s very — it’s actually —

Q    Mr. President, are you —

THE PRESIDENT:  Wait a minute.  It’s actually very simple.  It’s actually very simple.  But there has been a lot of misinformation, really.  People wanting to say — and I say, you know what, learn before you speak.  It’s a lot easier.

Q    Mr. President, when are these Americans going to be released from North Korea?

THE PRESIDENT:  We’re having very substantive talks with North Korea.  And a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages.  And I think you’re going to see very good things.  As I said yesterday, stayed tuned.  I think you’re going to be seeing very, very good things.

And also, the trip is being scheduled.  We now have a date and we have a location.  We’ll be announcing it soon.

Q    Mr. President, have you changed your mind at all about being willing to sit with Robert Mueller?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, the problem with sitting is this:  You have a group of investigators, and they say that I am not a target.  And I’m not a target.  But you have a group of investigators that are all Democrats.  In some cases, they went to the Hillary Clinton celebration that turned out to be a funeral.  So you have all these investigators; they’re Democrats.  In all fairness, Bob Mueller worked for Obama for eight years.

If you look at the statements that were made, if you take a look, as an example, at the Rod Rosenstein letter to me, prior to the firing of James Comey, just read it; put it in the air.  Your viewers don’t know about it.  Put that letter on the air.  It very much speaks very loudly, and that’s just one thing.

So I would say this:  If I could be — I would love to speak.  I would love to.  Nobody wants to speak more than me — in fact, against my lawyers, because most lawyers, they never speak on anything.  I would love to speak, because we’ve done nothing wrong.  There was no collusion with the Russians.  There was nothing.  There was no obstruction.

You know, very funny — if you fight back, because you people say something wrong, or they say something wrong, or they leak, which they’ve been doing; if you fight back, they say, oh, that’s obstruction of justice.  If somebody says something wrong, and you fight back, they say that’s obstruction of justice.  It’s nonsense.

So let me just —

Q    Are you —

THE PRESIDENT:  Wait, wait.  Let me just tell you.  So I would love to speak.  I would love to go.  Nothing I want to do more, because we did nothing wrong.  We ran a great campaign.  We won easily.  We won that easily: 306 to — I think, it was 223.  We won it easily.  That was a great victory.  That was a great day for this country.

We just had new jobs numbers out.  You saw we broke 4 — 3.9 percent.  I would love to go.  I would love to speak.  But I have to find that we’re going to be fairly.

Q    Are you sure —

THE PRESIDENT:  Wait, wait.  I have to find that we’re going to be treated fairly, because everybody sees it now, and it is a pure witch hunt.  Right now, it’s a pure witch hunt.  Why don’t we have Republicans looking also?  Why aren’t we having Republican people doing what all these Democrats are doing?  It is a very unfair thing.  If I thought it was fair, I would override my lawyer.

Q    (Inaudible) the jobs report today?

THE PRESIDENT:  I thought the jobs report was very good.  The big thing to me was cracking four.  That hasn’t been done in a long time; you’ll tell me how long.  But it hasn’t been done in a long time.  We’ll full employment.  We’re doing great.  The stock market is doing — I guess it’s up 35 percent since the election.

And now I think, really, they’re waiting to see what’s going to happen on trade, because we’re going to have some incredible trade deals announced.  My people are coming back right now from China, and we will be doing something, one way or the other, with respect to what’s happening in China.

And let me say this:  I have great respect for President Xi.  That’s why we’re being so nice.  And we have a great relationship.  But we have to bring fairness into trade between the U.S. and China.  And we’ll do it.

Here's the other one:
THE PRESIDENT: I want to just tell you something. General Kelly is doing a fantastic job. There has been such false reporting about our relationship. We have a great relationship. He’s doing a great job as Chief of Staff. I could not be more happy. So I just want to tell you that.

The New York Times has falsely reported. They’ve said things that are absolutely false. So I just want to tell you that. And, General, you may have something —

GENERAL KELLY: Well, I would just say it’s an absolute privilege to work for a President that has gotten the economy going. We’re about to have a breakthrough, I believe, on North Korea. The jobs report today. I mean, everything is going phenomenally well. Attacking the opioid crisis. It’s nothing less than brilliant what’s been accomplished in 15 months, I believe.

Q Mr. President, why did you change your story on Stormy Daniels?

THE PRESIDENT: I’m not changing any stories. All I’m telling you is that this country is right now running so smooth. And to be bringing up that kind of crap, and to be bringing up witch hunts all the time — that’s all you want to talk about. You’re going to see —

Q But you said —

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me —

Q — on Air Force One that you did not know (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT: No, but you have to — excuse me. You take a look at what I said. You go back and take a look. You’ll see what I said.

Q You said, “No,” when I asked you, “Did you know about the payment?”

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, you go take a look at what we said. But this is a witch hunt like nobody has ever seen before. And what they should do is look at the other side, where terribly bad things have happened, where terribly bad things have been done.

But what I do want you to do is look at our economy. Today, we broke 4 percent; 3.9 percent we hit today for the first time in many, many years. We’re really proud of it, and we’ll talk to you folks later. But I will tell you — I will tell you this, I will tell you this: When Rudy made the statement — Rudy is great — but Rudy had just started, and he wasn’t totally familiar with every — you know, with everything. And Rudy — we love Rudy, he’s a special guy. What he really understands is that this is a witch hunt. He understands that probably better than anybody.

Q When did you know —

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, excuse me. But Rudy — Rudy understands this better than anybody. But when he made a certain statement — he just started yesterday. So that’s it.

So bottom line is — bottom line is: I want to talk to the people in charge, if they can prove that it’s a fair situation. The problem we have is that you have 13 people — they’re are all Democrats, and they’re real Democrats; they’re angry Democrats. And that’s not a fair situation.

Thank you very much.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: We have a chance of bringing — we have a chance — we’re doing very well with the hostages. We’re in constant contact with the leadership. We are in constant contact with North Korea. We’ve actually worked out a time and a place which will be announced shortly and very soon.

Q Where?

THE PRESIDENT: I figured you would ask that question.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: But — wait a minute —

Q (Inaudible) or South Korea, are they on the table?

THE PRESIDENT: Not really. Not at this moment, certainly not.

Q You’re not planning to withdraw (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT: No. No. And we haven’t been asked to. Now, I have to tell you, at some point into the future, I would like to save the money. You know, we have 32,000 troops there. But I think a lot of great things will happen. But troops are not on the table. Absolutely.

Thank you very much.

Oh god. I'm going to have to start drinking early today, I can tell.