Stephen Hayes

Stephen Hayes

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Even as the WH faced new questions about the indictment of two associates of POTUS' lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s defense received a boost yesterday when Ukrainian president Zelensky said he didn’t think he was being blackmailed.

The two Ukraine scandals converge in one key respect. Trump has leaned hard on a dubious argument: That he was interested in getting dirt on Biden not for his own political gain, but simply because he couldn’t stand to see anybody get away with political corruption.

From The Morning Dispatch: An ISIS resurgence, "dead" Taliban talks revived, Dems get radical on LGBTQ and the week ahead.

Since WH announcement: •Kurds displaced by the tens of thousands. •They’re the lucky ones; others have been killed. •Turks attacked a U.S. military outpost, perhaps deliberately. •The Kurds ally w/Bashar Assad’s govt in Syria. •Hundreds of ISIS-affiliated detainees freed.

Adding to ISIS momentum. Mattis on MTP: “If we don't keep the pressure on, then ISIS will resurge. It's absolutely a given that they will come back." A Pentagon report from this summer found that the earlier partial US withdrawal contributed to an “ISIS resurgence.”


Watch this. It's exactly what Trump did at the Iowa press conference after he mocked John McCain for being captured. He simply denied saying what he had plainly said. Aggressive, unrelenting dishonesty.

Got it. Russia attacks our elections, steals our cyber secrets, supports our enemies and meddles (currently) in our 2018 vote - and they’re worthy of G-8 membership. But a strong G-7 ally says something POTUS doesn’t like at a press conference and it’s time for toughness?

BREAKING: A senior State Dept official discussed a "quid pro quo" w/the FBI in exchange for reclassification of HRC emails, per FBI docs.

"King claimed our reporter lied. He didn’t. He claimed we didn’t have a recording. We do. He insisted we refused to release the audio. Untrue." The audio makes clear King was quoted accurately. We stand by the story.

Brennan is an incredible hack. He's been caught lying repeatedly. He routinely politicized intelligence. He sought to silence dissenting intel voices. Whatever you think about Trump's decision, it's a mistake to lionize a political hack.

Ronald Reagan, on the KKK: "The politics of racial hatred & religious bigotry practiced by the Klan & others have no place in this country."

When Brennan was CIA Director, his agency presented unnecessary NDAs to Benghazi survivors -- at a memorial service for their fallen comrades. An ugly attempt to silence them.

In Trump's mind, PR workers are lazy ("want everything done for them") but C'ville white supremacist protests included "very fine people."