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The following thread is a TIMELINE featuring some of Trump's actions that directly led to the appointment of a Special Counsel.
May 3 - Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He refuses to answer if there’s any evidence of collusion. This triggers Trump's fury and his decision to fire Comey.…
May 6 - Trump and Stephen Miller draft a letter to fire Comey at his golf club in NJ.

The first line in this original letter mentions the Russia investigation, as the reason for his firing. The letter is never sent.

Mueller has that original draft...…
May 8 - Trump meets with Sessions and Rosenstein. Rosenstein agrees draft a memo, which is used to justify firing Comey.

It isn’t known whether Trump revealed his pre-occupation with the Russia investigation OR the original letter.

That day he tweeted:
May 9 - Trump fires Comey.

He cites Sessions' recommendation, which used Rosenstein's memo as justification.

Rosenstein didn't recommend firing, but focuses on handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Trump also mentions Comey told him 3 times he isn't under investigation.
May 10 - In the Oval Office with Russia's Sergei Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, Trump admits firing "nut-job" Comey lifted pressure from the Russia investigation.

“I just fired the head of the FBI...I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”…
May 11 - Trump admits to NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired Comey thinking of the Russia investigation.

“In fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats...'"
May 12 - Trump tweets a threat to Comey about “tapes, in hopes of intimidating him into remaining silent.

May 16 - NYT reports existence of the Comey memos and Trump's attempt to obstruct and "let go" of the Flynn investigation.

Later, we learn Trump's tweet led Comey to ask a friend to leak details, in hopes of spurring the appointment of a special counsel.…
May 17 - Comey's efforts are successful.

Rosenstein, the ranking authority due to Sessions’ recusal, announces the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian election interference and any connections to the Trump campaign or associates.

He appoints Robert Mueller.

5/9 - Trump fires Comey, mentions investigation.

5/10 - Trump admits firing lifts Russia pressure.

5/11 - Trump admits firing b/c Russia.

5/12 - Trump tweets threat.

5/16 - Trump's threat leads to leak of attempt to obstruct investigation.

5/17 - Mueller appointed.
#BOTTOMLINE: No one is to blame for the appointment of the Special Counsel...


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With all due respect to the hosts on @MSNBC...but move over.

@BarbMcQuade, @JoyceWhiteVance and @JillWineBanks need their own show together, right now!

Love them so much! Could listen to the three of them forever.
There could even be a quick #JillsPin segment each day, like @AllInWithChris's #Thing1Thing2. 😜
With the addition of @MimiRocah1, why has this show not yet been #Greenlit?

Maybe it needs a little @MayaWiley to seal the deal!

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#FTR: Nixon WH Counsel, John Dean, is pretty much universally considered a hero in the Watergate scandal.

While he wasn't an angel, his cooperation ultimately led to Nixon's impeachment and resignation.

Hmm, I wonder why Trump would call him a "RAT" and view him negatively...?
#FLAG: Trump invokes McCarthyism, while hurling unfounded accusations at Democrats and the Special Counsel.

He claims he demands transparency, while his White House lies at every turn.

When he says "many lives have been ruined," he's setting up pardons.
#FLAG: Trump and the Right Wing often say "No Collusion...except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats."

It's a repeated counter-narrative about the FusionGPS commissioned #SteeleDossier, claiming it's collusion.

It's been debunked. But truth isn't truth.
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I hate to say it, but the U.S. has sadly been complicit in what has been described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
In May, Trump signs a "tremendous" $110B arms deal with Saudi Arabia. #YEMEN…
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He has detailed the most damning episodes in at least 3 voluntary interviews that have totaled 30 hours over the past 9 months.…
#FLAG: McGahn has disclosed details surrounding...

- The firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
- Trump's obsession with putting a loyalist in charge.
- Trump's repeated urging of Sessions to claim oversight of the investigation.
- Trump's attempts to fire Mueller himself.

They were suspicious when Trump didn't protest letting him be interviewed...

So McGahn cooperated extensively to cover to demonstrate that McGahn did nothing wrong.
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#TBH: I hate to say this, but I've been skeptical of this jury from the beginning.

How are there 12 individuals in the Alexandria, Virginia area (just outside of D.C.) who had never heard of Paul Manafort?

Either they are particularly ignorant individuals, or someone's lying...
#FTR: If Justice is not served at the conclusion of this trial...

No one is more to blame than Judge Ellis.
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They would cost $14M...
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The annual August exercises were suspended...AS LONG AS North Korea acted in "GOOD FAITH" in working towards denuclearization.…
#FLAG: U.S. Officials, from the Military Intelligence Agency in the Pentagon to the Secretary of State, have ACKNOWLEDGED...

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Good faith?
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