White House steps up attacks as Mueller report release nears

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  • Ranch Here, UT
    April 12, 2019 11:20 a.m.

    @Craig Clark;

    "What will Trump be saying tomorrow or the next time he tweets?"

    -- "I'm melting"?

    @Count Rushmore;

    You use "leftist" as a pejoritive; I'll take it as a compliment. Thank you for the compliment. (is this "overly speculative", moderators?)

  • Count Rushmore Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 10:38 a.m.

    "weaponized" DOJ (who Trump appointed), FBI (whose current director Trump appointed) and CIA (whose director Trump appointed) were only doing their jobs. "

    Is that a new leftist charge? That Trump appointed the leaders of the DOJ, FBI, and CIA during Obama's administration? It's frankly just as believable as other leftist accusations.

    I rate your mental gymnastics performance an 8.

    As for "only doing their jobs," may I suggest you read some Solzhenitsyn?

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 9, 2019 8:09 p.m.

    @ Ginger Marshall

    I'm a former teacher and I'm sure we could have an interesting discussion about the many ways people use language. Observing and listening seems to be the key to figuring it all out.

    New York state alone had about five different accents. Northern New Hampshire and rural Mississippi were very difficult accents to master. Texas people were the most humorous. In New York City, Philly, and Providence, the rule was, "the person who talks the slowest loses".

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 9, 2019 6:43 p.m.

    @ 2 bits

    "Saturday Ocasio-Cortez mocked people from the South, using a Southern accent when saying things she knows are stupid, mocking people with an accent as stupid."

    I'd like to develop Ginger Marshall's comment a bit further if I may.

    First, Trump mocked Jeff Session's Alabama accent in a campaign speech. That was serious ridicule. He did it for a laugh. Maybe you laughed too.

    I was a telemarketer years ago when that profession had a better reputation. I learned the ropes from some legendary characters. The best telemarketers mimic their customer's cadence, pace, tone, and inflections. You speak differently to a West Virginia antique store owner who is sitting in a rocking chair than to the owner of a Philadelphia waste management company. That's true for all cultures and ethnic groups. There's a way to do it without coming across phony. Talking to people in a way that makes them feel comfortable is not being disrespectful.

    You may dislike AOC and Hillary but they knew their audience. Good public communicators know who they are speaking to. Making a sincere effort to connect with people is not a crime.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    April 9, 2019 5:11 p.m.

    A Guy With A Brain - Enid, OK said, "Because Mueller said there will be "no" more indictments. Period."

    So let's be honest here. Robert Mueller never said any such thing. It has been implied that once he wrote his report, HE would not be issuing any indictments. But it is also true that throughout the course if his investigation he ran across troubling information that proved to be outside the scope of his investigation so he sent that information to other federal investigators, like the Southern District US Attorneys Office in Manhattan and there might very well be other indictments coming from those investigations. Including the Special Prosecutor's investigation there are a total of 17 different investigations currently ongoing involving our president.

    Of course, as long as he is in office, and especially with the current Attorney General in office, he will not be charged with any crimes. But the moments following the inauguration of the next president, whenever that comes about and whoever that is from whatever party, should prove to be a day with much activity by our judicial system.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    April 9, 2019 2:15 p.m.

    @2 bits:

    I’ve read plenty of comment on AOC’s speech. “Nuyorican” dialect overlaps English, Puerto Rican Spanish, and Black English.

    As a teacher I’m very aware of the language overlap of my black and Latino students, and regularly observe the code switching in lab and during breaks as they speak with each other and me.

    (I see similar code switching with my Middle Eastern students. The details differ, but it is the same process. Some of my white students do the same, others are utterly baffled by it because of privileged majority / dominant culture backgrounds.)

    We can discuss the appropriateness of AOC code switching and if it was natural from growing up in a multi-ethnic neighborhood or an attempt to manipulate.

    There is no discussion whatsoever about Trump’s actions. He was not code switching. He was being the neighborhood bully when I was in third grade, making fun of the way my polio survivor mom walked, making fun of the kid with cerebral palsy, mocking the kid with the stutter...

    There is no equivance, not “what about...”

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 9, 2019 1:56 p.m.

    2 bits,

    So many things so few characters. Typical republican defense of Trump whataboutism. Why are all you guys so afraid to talk about Trump and who he is. Let who he is rise and fall on his own merits, let's quit with trying to make it ok because you think somebody did it first or worse.

    You also chastise people for claiming to know what you think and then you turn around and claim the Democrats won't stop even at impeachment. How do you know that? Do you know what they think but others don't know what you think?

    You tell us again that Robert Mueller concluded there was no obstruction. How do you know that? Have you seen the report? I have no idea what Mueller concluded, all I know is was Barr concluded. Fairly big difference.

    The real double standard is what the Republicans said about Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and number of other people but refuse to see all the things they claimed to be true about those three are actually true about Donald Trump.

    Republicans should remember those who live in glass houses probably shouldn't cast the first stone.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    April 9, 2019 1:40 p.m.

    Honest question:

    So what will you hardcore liberals on here do when you read the report yourself and see that Muller said "there will be NO more indictments."

    What then? This is an honest, civil question and it deserves an honest, thoughtful, civil answer.

    So, what will you do? Will you trust Mueller like you said you would for the last 22 months?

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    April 9, 2019 1:32 p.m.

    This is a hit piece on Trump and nothing more.

    Why do I say that?

    Because Mueller said there will be "no" more indictments. Period.

    Spin away, liberals, but there's absolutely no way that your beloved Mueller, whom you praised night and day for his impeccable integrity for almost 2 years, said that there "would" be more indictments and Barr, as the Attorney General, said there would "not be" any more indictments. You can't "spin" that big of a contradiction.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    April 9, 2019 12:42 p.m.

    2 bits - Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 9, 2019 11:23 a.m.
    @GingerMarshall 10:30
    RE: "When Trump mocked a person’s disability, you didn’t care"...

    ======

    2bits, I notice that although you tried to refute SOME of Ginger's comments about trump, you completely disregarded his sexual attacks on women, his insulting, threatening, and demeaning those who had courage enough to try to let us know what he had done to them. And why no objection from you regarding his hush-money payments to porn stars?

    You're being kind of selective, aren't you?

  • Fabulous Jen Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 9, 2019 12:39 p.m.

    "Close your eyes everyone! If you close your eyes, that report written by a Republican Bronze Star winning former FBI director who has honorably served his country his entire life will go away like a bad dream!"

    worf: "I closed my eyes while driving as soon as I heard the news but it didn't seem safe. So I'm pulled over on the shoulder now awaiting further instructions."

    thid: "Thank you Mr. Trump, greatest president ever! While this darkness is temporary, I am looking forward to brilliant pulses of white light! Bring it on, sir!"

    DN subscriber: "Closing one's eyes to negative repressive thoughts can be a holistic form of healing. Let me explain . . . "

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2019 12:01 p.m.

    Man oh man, Giuliani. How times have changed.

    Can you believe in January, 2007 Giuliani held a significant lead in the nationwide polls for the GOP nomination?

    The Republic dodged a bullet with that one.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 9, 2019 11:49 a.m.

    What the President said is true. Many Democrats have said they won't be satisfied with the full report.

    He said, "The Democrats will never be satisfied, no matter what they get, how much they get, or how many pages they get"...

    Democrats in Congress already said they will not be satisfied with the full report. They are already requesting all the underlying documents. Every email, every phone call, every document investigated. So they can use to them to destroy trust in our leaders.

    There's nothing that can satisfy them. Even Impeachment would not satisfy them. Because impeachment would just give them President Pence (not President Clinton).

    They have already said the full report will not be enough. So what he said is actually true.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 9, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    @GingerMarshall 10:30
    RE: "When Trump mocked a person’s disability, you didn’t care"...
    ---
    Actually... I did care. Don't assume to know what others think.

    Are you consistent in your condemnation?

    Saturday Ocasio-Cortez mocked people from the South, using a Southern accent when saying things she knows are stupid, mocking people with an accent as stupid.

    Google “She Pulled A Hillary” – Ortez Uses Accent When Speaking To An African American Audience"...
    ---
    Did you condemn that?

    It's more recent than Trump's sin. And just as bad.

    Hillary Clinton did the same thing during her campaign. Using a Southern drawl when saying stupid things (enforcing the elitist stereotype that people from the south or rural America are less intelligent).

    Did you care Saturday? Did you care when Hillary did it in 2016? It's as bad as mocking people with MS. Both are wrong. But I didn't hear you calling out AOC Saturday.

    ===

    RE: "When Trump openly obstructed justice, you didn’t care"...
    ---
    Was there conclusive evidence? Mueller said it was not conclusive. What do you know that he doesn't know?

    Did you support Clinton's impeachment? After he confessed to obstructing justice?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    April 9, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    "The Democrats will never be satisfied, no matter what they get, how much they get, or how many pages they get," Trump tweeted Monday, two days after he blasted "Bob Mueller's team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats."
    ____________________
    It's pointless to try to find any consistency in sifting through Trump's mercurial mood swings. In his mind, Mueller went from conducting "a witch hunt" to totally exonerating Trump, neither of which is true. Now it's just "Mueller's team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats."

    What will Trump be saying tomorrow or the next time he tweets?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 9, 2019 11:01 a.m.

    unrepentant progressive 8:06
    RE: "There is no 'other side' of the story"...
    ---
    There's always more than one side/viewpoint/perspective to every story. Even this one. If you can't accept that... you have an infantile understanding of real life. There's always more than one viewpoint, more than one side to every issue. Even this.

    ===

    RE: "And besides, you have not an inkling of what that report might contain"...
    ---
    And neither do you. So why the instant-certainty that you know what it will say, and there's only one-perspective, and conveniently... it's yours.

    That's a pretty pompous perspective on life IMO. I acknowledge that there's always at least 2 sides to any issue. And yes, yours is just as valid as mine.

    I would appreciate the same respect from your side.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    April 9, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    Count Rushmore said - "After the incessant attacks on President Trump by a weaponized DOJ, FBI, and CIA, not to mention the entire media/entertainment/socialist complex (using extremist language such as "Nazi," "Fascist," "Hitler") , the press has the gall to claim it's the White House that's been doing the attacking?"

    "weaponized" DOJ (who Trump appointed), FBI (whose current director Trump appointed) and CIA (whose director Trump appointed) were only doing their jobs. What is "galling" is that Trump still has American citizens as supporters when he rejected the work of 17 different intelligence agencies who all said that Russia interfered with our 2016 election and, instead, stood by a supported the denial of Vladimir Putin who claimed it was all nonsense.

    But what I really want to know is, did any of those villains listed above accuse Donald Trump of not being a citizen of the United States?

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    April 9, 2019 10:30 a.m.

    When Trump mocked a person’s disability, you didn’t care.

    When Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, you didn’t care.

    When Trump said an Indiana born judge wouldn’t give a fair ruling because he has a Spanish surname, you didn’t care.

    You Trump ripped off hard working Americans with his fake university, you didn’t care.

    When Trump refused to pay contractors and suppliers, you didn’t care.

    When Trump said members of a torch carrying mob chanting Nazi slogans were “good people,” you didn’t care.

    When Trump was shown to have cheated on his third wife, home with their newborn, you didn’t care.

    When Trump added $2 trillion to the deficit, you didn’t care.

    When Trump openly obstructed justice, you didn’t care.

    So I don’t expect you’ll care no matter what the report says.

  • Count Rushmore Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    "White House steps up attacks?" Seriously? After the incessant attacks on President Trump by a weaponized DOJ, FBI, and CIA, not to mention the entire media/entertainment/socialist complex (using extremist language such as "Nazi," "Fascist," "Hitler") , the press has the gall to claim it's the White House that's been doing the attacking?

    I am old enough to remember when the difference between journalism and satire was clear-cut.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    April 9, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    On the other hand, a different comment by a champion trump supporter here indicates strongly that BYU's standards for graduation have slipped terribly.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    April 9, 2019 8:59 a.m.

    Fabulous Jen, your comment this morning was a true masterpiece.

    Thank you.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2019 8:35 a.m.

    The president holds such immense power that the crime of obstruction of justice not only applies to him, but applies especially to him: When he abuses that authority he is not only potentially breaking the law, he is encroaching on Congress’ constitutional interest in the administration of justice which means Congress has a lens, independent of its impeachment power, through which to review his actions. The full details of Mueller’s report will reveal if Trump used his power to undermine the efforts of his coequal branches to uphold the rule of law and Congress has every right to find out. Trump is not a King he is president and is sworn to protect and preserve our Constitution.....

  • Eponymous Eggplant Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2019 8:22 a.m.

    More unhinged ranting and raving from the leftist press. Please, get professional help. We wish you well in your recovery, but perhaps it's best done in silence? Every attempt to keep the odious Russian Collusion narrative alive makes it look more and more pathetic.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    April 9, 2019 8:06 a.m.

    BYUAlum

    There is no 'other side' of the story. Why do you claim that? The Mueller probe was appointed by a Republican, run by a Republican during a Republican administration.

    Trying to have it otherwise, saying the whole thing was a conspiracy, begs disbelief.

    And besides, you have not an inkling of what that report might contain. Not that any crime the President has possibly committed would sway your adoration of Trump, but we don't know what we don't know or know so far.

  • Fabulous Jen Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 9, 2019 7:51 a.m.

    Trump: "Close your eyes everyone! If you close your eyes, that report written by a Republican Bronze Star winning former FBI director who has honorably served his country his entire life will go away like a bad dream!"

    Trump supporters: "Our eyes are closed, Glorious Leader! Tell us when it's OK to open them again!"

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    April 9, 2019 7:45 a.m.

    Article: "[S]ix White House officials and outside advisers ... acknowledged that the victory lap was deliberately premature."

    Yeah, America noticed. It was pretty obvious.

    So Republicans' solution to their incompetently executed "deliberately premature" victory lap?

    Blow up the stadium that contains the tiny track Trump was shuffling around.

    Brilliant.

    No wonder fewer and fewer people are willing to self-identify as Republicans/conservatives.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    April 9, 2019 7:41 a.m.

    Mainstream media is not giving up on the Russian collusion crap. It's been easy money for them for two plus years and dems just keep eating it up. What's next a investigation onto Mueller and Barr? dems you got to smarten up and start thinking for yourselves.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2019 7:29 a.m.

    if there were a full investigation on the other side of this story, the ones in the DOJ that concealed and conspired against a candidate and then President of the United States, they would find that there was plenty of evidence for collusion and conviction. We have such a one-sided justice system. And, the media is a big part of it.

    God bless America, and God bless our great President Donald Trump!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 9, 2019 7:26 a.m.

    ""You're darn right I'm going after them again," Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's attorneys, told The Associated Press. "I never thought they did their job in a professional manner. "

    Oh, the bastion of professionalism, Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump. If you have nothing to hide and the report exonerates Trump, you know Trump would've had thousands of copies made and mailed them out. Trump's hand picked lackey AG's summary means nothing. It's like letting a kid fill out their own report card. What is Trump afraid of the American people finding out?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 9, 2019 7:15 a.m.

    Enough already. Let the public read it for themselves and Congress get the unredacted version. We don’t need talking heads or partisans telling us what to believe when we can read it for ourselves.