It’s barely Tuesday and already it’s been a crazy week.
1 – Trump said we were going to pull completely out of Syria. Our military commanders on the ground in Syria said they were increasing troop levels. Somebody somewhere wasn’t communicating well in the executive branch.
2 – The DOJ response to the Paul Manafort motion to dismiss his case has illuminated more details, and it didn’t look good for Manafort. He was being pursued on two fronts, and these were direct quotes from the Mueller response:
Committed a crime of crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election for President of the United States, in violation of United States law;
Committed a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government before and during the tenure of President Viktor Yanukovych;
These were heavy duty charges that included COLLUSION and it looked likely the judge will reject Manafort’s motion. Important to also mention that the Tax Fraud division of the DOJ also signed off on the case.
3 – Lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, another indicted person in the Mueller probe, pleaded guilty last year to lying to federal investigators but did not cooperate with them, so Mueller asked for jail time. van der Zwaan is being sentenced today, so watch to see what sentence the judge hands down.
4 – The scandal surrounding EPA head Scott Pruitt continued to explode. His $50 per night rent at a townhouse condo owned by an oil lobbyist buddy looked more and more like an illegal gift. The DOJ is apparently investigating.
5 – Another woman came forward to sue Trump to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement that has kept her silent. Just how many women signed such contracts with Trump over the years? It’s mind-boggling to consider.
6 – The outrage over the Orwellian scripts that Sinclair Media forced its TV station anchors to read on air continued to grow. Many were calling for a boycott of advertisers, and a Twitter hashtag started trending: #BoycottSinclair
7 – The stock market plunged almost 500 points on Monday, and the S&P 500 closed below its 200-day moving average, which was a bad technical sign. Between talk of trade wars and actual wars, the following logic seems to be taking hold: stable Obama, stable stock market; unstable Trump, volatile stock market.
Lets’ see what Tuesday brings. Keep resisting…