Republicans senators paid by Saudi lobbyists. President Trump traveled 250 yards to greet George W. Bush. Stone snubs Senate document request, invoking Fifth Amendment [r/politics, Episode #4]

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REPUBLICANS SENATORS WHO TRIED TO KILL YEMEN WAR RESOLUTION WERE PAID BY SAUDI LOBBYISTS

On Wednesday, senators delivered a historic blow to the country’s relationship with ally Saudi Arabia, a country whose leadership has committed notable human rights violations, by voting to move forward a resolution that would end all U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

But at least five of the Republican Senators who voted against the bill have received funding from lobbyists working for Saudi Arabia, a fact that illustrates how the kingdom uses its vast wealth to influence U.S. foreign policy.

Republican Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Boozman of Arkansas, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Crapo of Idaho, and Tim Scott of South Carolina received financial contributions from lobbying firms that worked for Saudi Arabia, according to a report by the Center for International Policy released last month.

One of the Reddit users says that he really hopes Americans wake up to the insane corruption that is going on in their government.

Apathy is the fifth horseman of the apocalypse, and he thinks he’s an American citizen at this stage.

At least the French know how to protest effectively

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President Trump traveled 250 yards to greet George W. Bush. He used a stretch limo and an eight-vehicle motorcade to make the trip.

The Trumps spent 23 minutes visiting with Bush and his wife, Laura, by all accounts a cordial meeting in which the former president exchanged kisses on the cheek with the current first lady at the curb.

It was the latest in a series of magnanimous gestures that President Trump has made this week to honor the legacy of former president George H.W. Bush, whose state funeral will take place at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.

The need for the motorcade, however, prompted questions, and a healthy dose of speculation, about why the Trumps were unable — or unwilling — to simply walk across the street.

One of the readers reminds us that This always makes him think of this story some guy on this site told about running into Obama before he announced he was running. The guy makes some quip about whether or not Obama is going to run, and Obama naturally gives some kind of noncommittal answer in response. The guy goes out of his way to mention that he felt some kind of way about Obama’s cool demeanor, so he shouted some snarky comment at him at the last minute.

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Stone snubs Senate document request, invoking Fifth Amendment

Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone is under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Mr. Stone respectfully declines to produce any documents and declines the invitation for an interview,” Smith wrote.

Smith noted he expects Stone’s House Intelligence Committee testimony to be posted publicly in the next few weeks.

Robert Buschel, another Stone attorney, told POLITICO that his client’s decision to spurn Feinstein’s request was not a reflection of increasing legal peril from Mueller. Rather, he said, it’s because the Senate Democratic minority “leaks too much.”

“The Ranking minority member tweeted out Mr. Stone’s letter without as much as contacting his counsel to discuss. This proves Mr. Stone’s point,” Buschel said.

Redditors ask a question why is Stone even bothering? This is still a Republican-controlled Senate as if they’d ask serious questions or follow up on anything. Just another opportunity for a Graham to blow his gasket and call Stone a good man who the Dems are trying to tear down, blah blah blah.

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GOP senators come out and say it: The Trump administration is covering up Khashoggi’s killing

This is completely contrary to the narrative that has been put forward by President Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo. Trump has said it’s unknowable whether the crown prince was actually behind it — despite the CIA concluding this with “high confidence” — while Pompeo said last week that there was no “direct reporting” implicating him.

Graham said Tuesday that you’d have to be “willfully blind” to not know Mohammed was responsible — a clear rebuke of Trump’s argument that this whole thing resides in some kind of gray area.

Questioning Trump is not unprecedented for Republicans in Congress; the fact that they are going there on Pompeo and even Mattis, who is perhaps the most bipartisan figure in the administration, shows the severe degree of concern about the lack of consequences. These senators are serving notice that they won’t back down without a fight — a fight that could tar both Pompeo’s and Mattis’s legacies.

Reddit users ask.

Well then Graham and Corker, if you believe this administration is misleading you about this, just imagine all the other stuff they’re misleading you on. Surely you can’t believe this is the only lie they’ve told.