December 9, 2018

The House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Saturday evening released a transcript of former FBI Director James Comey's lengthy testimony from the day before — and President Trump, naturally, denied it all early Sunday:

Trump has long made Comey, whom he fired last year, a target of his ire. Read Comey's full testimony here. Bonnie Kristian

December 8, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Saturday repeatedly linked the weekend's "yellow vest" protests in France to the Paris climate accord from which he withdrew the United States in 2017:

Trump's claim that demonstrators in Paris have chanted about him seems to be based on a tweet from Charlie Kirk, a pro-Trump activist. Kirk's post does not include any video or audio evidence of the supposed chants; it may reference a Rush Limbaugh commentary citing unnamed "friends." The account has no independent confirmation.

Yellow vest protesters initially assembled over a gas tax hike, but the protests also take issue with France's high cost of living more generally and the administration of French President Emmanuel Macron. The new fuel tax has been canceled, but the demonstrations continue with demands for Macron's resignation, a higher minimum wage, lower taxes, and more. Bonnie Kristian

December 8, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Saturday morning issued a fresh iteration of his typical denial that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe has turned up any evidence of his own wrongdoing:

In a second post several hours later, he quoted Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera to further downplay the significance of Mueller's Friday court filings:

The filings in question concern Trump's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Mueller says Manafort told federal investigators "multiple discernable lies," violating his plea deal, and Cohen engaged in "serious" crimes, including "deliberate and premeditated" deception of Congress.

The Cohen document "detailed anew his tax evasion and campaign finance violations, noting again that he 'acted in coordination with Individual-1' (Trump) to pay off women who allegedly had affairs with Trump," explains The Week's David Faris in his guide to Mueller's new filings. Read more of Faris' analysis here. Bonnie Kristian

December 3, 2018

Near the start of a five-post thread on his Saturday trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump made an unfortunate phrasing decision on Twitter Monday morning:

The phrase in question is "BIG leap forward," which observers quickly noted sounds an awful lot like the "Great Leap Forward," a 1958 to 1962 campaign by Chairman Mao Zedong to industrialize communist China which left between 20 and 55 million people dead.

The Great Leap Forward has been called the worst man-made disaster in world history. It led to mass-scale famine in China, starving tens of millions while millions more were executed or tortured to death by the state.

Trump's tweet does not indicate whether he realized the allusion he was making. But Factba.se — which offers a searchable database of all Trump's public comments as president — does not turn up any other instances in which he has used the phrase "leap forward." Bonnie Kristian

December 1, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Saturday morning shared his disappointment over postponing his press conference at the close of the G-20 summit in Argentina in light of the death of former President George H.W. Bush:

The White House has announced Trump will attend Bush's funeral, though he did not attend that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, earlier this year. Trump has also designated Wednesday, Dec. 5, as a national day of mourning on Bush's behalf. Bonnie Kristian

November 24, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Friday evening denied a Wall Street Journal report that he is dissatisfied with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin:

The Journal story, published earlier that day, said Trump is displeased with Mnuchin for recommending Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who has raised interest rates against Trump's wishes. The president has publicly expressed concern that higher interest rates will slow economic growth — and hurt his own political fortunes.

"To me the Fed is the biggest risk, because I think interest rates are being raised too quickly," he said in October. "And Obama — remember this, it's very important — Obama had zero interest [while in office]. ... I'm just saying this: I'm very unhappy with the Fed because Obama had zero interest rates." Bonnie Kristian

November 10, 2018

President Trump arrived in France Friday to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I and meet with world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron. Moments after landing, Trump tweeted an attack on Macron's recent proposal to create a "true European army."

NATO members are required to devote 2 percent of GDP to defense spending, but most do not keep that promise, which has long been a point of contention for Trump.

Macron argued in a radio interview Tuesday that Europe must "protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States of America." An unnamed senior French official told CNN Trump took Macron's words out of context, and that Macron will likely respond directly to the rebuke sometime Saturday. Bonnie Kristian

November 3, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Friday asked the Justice Department to investigate a Kentucky woman named Judy Munro-Leighton for making a false accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Munro-Leighton reportedly admitted in a phone conversation with the committee that she lied about being the author of an anonymous accusation letter against Kavanaugh. The letter, sent when Kavanaugh was a nominee, was actually penned by Christine Blasey Ford, who later gave congressional testimony about her allegations.

Grassley's message said Munro-Leighton also admitted she has never met Kavanaugh; "just wanted to get attention;" and that her assault claim "was just a ploy." Kavanaugh has denied all accusations.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted about Munro-Leighton's decision to recant:

Trump's tweet, which never mentions Munro-Leighton's name, suggests her deception had a far more significant impact on Kavanaugh's nomination than it did. Unlike allegations from Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, her claims were not publicized during the nomination process. Bonnie Kristian

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