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Michael Goodwin: Welcome to the snake pit: ‘Deep state’ leaves Trump no good options on FBI, Rosenstein

President Trump is not generally given to understatement, but he soft-pedaled problems at the Department of Justice. There is, he said Friday, a “lingering stench” there. A “stench” doesn’t describe the situation. A snake pit is more like it. The report by The New York Times that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plotted to remove Trump, either by wearing a wire or invoking the 25th Amendment, cements forever the fact that there was and still is a deep state centered in the nation’s top law-enforcement agency. This was a plot by power-mad individuals who aimed to overturn the 2016 election and thwart the will of voters. Rosenstein, two weeks into his new job, reportedly suggested the ideas in a meeting with others at the FBI. He called the Times story “inaccurate” but denied specific ...

Dan Gainor: Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh reveal big problem in media

In a nation where every major issue ends up in the Supreme Court, it only makes sense a nomination to that court has turned into political combat. And the media love it. Journalists have set aside their already pretend neutrality to openly support Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. They have either skewered Kavanaugh or pushed to delay the hearings in a desperate hope that Democrats take the Senate and stop all future Trump nominees. This is a national #MeToo moment. Ford has to be believed because, in the words of ABC Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, “For 250 years we have believed the he in these scenarios.  Enough is enough.” The battle spiraled out of control from there. “View” Co-host Joy Behar called Kavanaugh a “coward” and “probably guilty.” Smarmy New Yor...

Trump, in Las Vegas, on Kavanaugh confirmation vote: ‘I don’t think you can delay it any longer’

President Trump on Thursday night told Fox News he thinks Brett Kavanaugh is “an outstanding person” who deserves a vote on his Supreme Court nomination, adding: “I don’t think you can delay it any longer.” The remarks came during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity ahead of a “Make America Great Again” rally in Las Vegas, where Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is up for re-election. Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh forced himself onto her and covered her mouth in the 1980s, when Kavanaugh was 17 and she was 15. Ahead of the rally, Trump added that Ford should be given an opportunity to “have her say and let’s see how it all works out.” “But I don’t think you can delay it any longer. They’ve delayed it a week already,” T...

Trump rips into Jeff Sessions: ‘I don’t have an Attorney General’

President Trump tore into Jeff Sessions in an interview published Wednesday, going so far as to say “I don’t have an attorney general” — although he appeared to later soften the statement. In an interview with The Hill, Trump said the beleagured Sessions was absent and performing poorly in his role as the nation’s top lawyer. “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” he said. Trump’s relationship has long been strained with Sessions since the former Alabama senator recused himself from the Russia investigation in early 2017. While Sessions was the first senator to back Trump, and has been central in passing key planks of Trump’s agenda — particularly on border enforcement and law and order — Trump has repeatedly slammed him publicly. In the latest interview, Trum...

Strzok-Page texts on ‘media leak strategy’ fuel Trump fury at DOJ: ‘NOTHING is being done’

New Strzok-Page texts reveal ‘media leak strategy’ FBN’s Sara Carter discusses the new documents provided to Congress, which raised concerns that DOJ-FBI executives coordinated a series of leaks to U.S. media outlets in an effort to discredit President Trump. Newly released text messages showing anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discussing a “media leak strategy” amid the Russia probe rekindled harsh criticism from President Trump and his allies of Justice Department and FBI leadership. “So terrible, and NOTHING is being done at DOJ or FBI – but the world is watching, and they get it completely,” Trump tweeted Tuesday, in reference to a Fox News report about the texts. In a new letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-...

Bannon says ‘six to a dozen’ administration officials likely behind anonymous op-ed

Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist, told Fox News on Monday that he believes last week’s annonyous op-ed in The New York Times by a ‘senior’ White House official was likely developed by “six to a dozen” members of the administration. “I don’t think there’s any one author,” he told Laura Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle.” “There are many voices in there … I think that’s a much broader conspiracy than people think. I think it’s probably six to a dozen people.” Bannon, who left the White House last year, went on to decry the “absolutely outrageous” anonymous New York Times op-ed and urged the Trump administration to find out who were responsible for it. “I mean, there is a coup, like saying there was a coup by General McClellan...

Pence slams ‘disappointing’ Obama speech, says he’d take lie detector to prove he didn’t write NYT Op-Ed

Vice President Pence lambasted Barack Obama’s return to the campaign trail in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” telling host Chris Wallace that the former president’s rhetoric was a “very disappointing” attempt to paper over a legacy pockmarked by major tax increases and a massive hike in the national debt. “It was very disappointing to see President Obama break with the tradition of former presidents, and become so political, and roll out the same tired arguments that he and liberals have made over the last eight years,” Pence said. “We inherited an economy that was growing a little bit more than 1 percent,” the vice president continued. “In the last quarter, our economy is growing at 4.2 percent. Four million new jobs, ...

Anti-Trump journalists find new, bizarre ways to join the resistance

Trump officials rush to deny involvement in op-ed The vice president’s office, nearly every Cabinet secretary and senior officials all release statements denying any involvement with the New York Times ‘resistance’ op-ed; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. Media bias seems to get worse by the week. Even a work week shortened by Labor Day delivered on that depressing trend. Journalists cheered protests at the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and swallowed a silly Internet hoax. Then there was the anonymous New York Times op-ed defending a “steady state” rebellion against President Trump. It was a new low for journalists devoted to overturning a democratic election. Call it the pièce de résistance. The New York Times trumped oppo...

WH official pens anonymous NY Times op-ed calling Trump ‘anti-democratic,’ ‘petty and ineffective’

The New York Times on Wednesday published an opinion piece written by an anonymous senior White House official who described a “two-track presidency” in which top officials are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [President Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.” In the piece, entitled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the author wrote that the alleged actions by White House officials were not the popular ‘resistance’ of the left. Despite the rare anonymous nature of the piece, the Times’ Twitter account indicated that the author was a man. The White House had no immediate comment on the article. “We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies hav...

Trump asks if Bob Woodward is ‘Dem operative’ amid explosive book details

Trump administration pushes back on Woodward book Members of the Trump administration are vigorously denying various insults and slights against President Trump in a new book by Bob Woodward; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. President Trump on Tuesday asked whether Bob Woodward could be “a Dem operative” after an early copy of the veteran reporter’s soon-to-be-released book portrayed a chaotic White House plagued by infighting and bad-mouthing against the president. Labeling details of the book “a con on the public” with “made up” quotes, the president also seemingly questioned the “timing” of the book reveal. “The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly,” Trump tweete...

Trump slams John Kerry as ‘father’ of Iran deal amid 2020 speculation

President Trump slammed John Kerry on Monday, labeling the former Massachusetts senator and secretary of state the “father” of the Iran nuclear deal amid speculation that Kerry could challenge Trump in the 2020 election. “I see that John Kerry, the father of the now terminated Iran deal, is thinking of running for President,” Trump tweeted. “I should only be so lucky – although the field that is currently assembling looks really good – FOR ME!” The tweet from the president came amid speculation that Kerry, the Democratic nominee who ran unsuccessfully against President George W. Bush in 2004, is considering another run in two years. Kerry, 74, has refused to rule out another run for the White House in 2020, but has urged Democrats to focus on the midterm races. “Talking a...

Virginia town where Red Hen refused to serve Sarah Sanders is trying to recover its image

A small town in Virginia is attempting a reputation makeover after a restaurant in the area infamously refused to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in June. The area’s regional tourism board is pulling together emergency funds to boost its digital marketing campaign, the Roanoke Times reported Sunday. The money is normally saved, however, officials agreed the region is in desperate need of positive coverage after the Sanders controversy. The tourism board serves Lexington, Va., where The Red Hen is located, and other communities that are about three hours from Washington, D.C. SARAH SANDERS SAYS SHE WAS THROWN OUT OF VIRGINIA RESTAURANT BECAUSE SHE WORKS FOR TRUMP Following the incident, the tourism board was flooded with thousands of calls and emails — and the co...