• 12-30-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    James Comey: This is what it is like to be attacked by the president

    James Comey is a former FBI director and deputy attorney general.

    What’s it like to be personally and publicly attacked by the president of the United States? Like many others in and out of government, I have some experience. I have also watched friends and former colleagues deal with vicious, repeated assaults. The attacks have interfered with their ability to find work after government service, as even employers who see through the lies fear hiring a "controversial" person or being attacked themselves.

    Read the full article here.


  • 12-26-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    McConnell Homestate Diss

    We Kentuckians know that our word is our bond. Oaths are the most solemn of promises, and their breach results in serious reputational — and sometimes legal — consequences.

    President Donald Trump will soon be on trial in the Senate on grounds that he breached one oath. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is about to breach two..

    Read the editorial here.


  • 12-22-19

    Political Hypocrisy

    On Dec 16th, the Comptroller for the State of Illinois, Susan Mendoza wrote a piece for the Chicago Tribune about the impeachment process, in Washington and in Illinois. She noted the similarities between the actions of Trump and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat.

    She noted that Trump is accused of holding up tax dollars meant for Ukraine unless Ukraine’s president did a favor for Trump. She compared that to Blagojevich who was charged with holding up state money meant for a children’s hospital until the hospital’s CEO forked over a campaign contribution. The contribution was never made.

    "Surely they could not hold their heads up now in public and argue that Democratic abuse of power is impeachable but that Republican abuse of power is ... well, what everybody does?" Mendoza wrote.

    Read her full article here.


  • 12-21-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    Case For Removal

    The National Review — a pillar of conservative intellectual commentary since its inception in 1955 — published an entire issue dedicated to denouncing then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Although the outcry hasn’t been like that since the election, one of the magazine’s senior editors did make the case this week that Trump should be removed from office.

    In Four Tests for Impeachment, Ramesh Ponnuru describes the bar impeachment advocates need to meet if they are to persuasively make the case for a president’s removal.


  • 12-19-19

    Just For Giggles

    Oh the irony :)



  • 12-19-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    Christianity Today Opinion


    Trump Should
    Be Removed
    from Office


    The evangelical magazine founded by the late evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham published a surprising editorial by its editor in chief on Thursday calling for President Trump’s removal. The magazine has been critical of Trump but not politically outspoken during his administration.

    The piece, which appeared to draw so many readers that the magazine’s website crashed briefly, was written by Mark Galli, who called Trump “a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.”

    Read the article HERE


  • 12-18-19

    Articles of Impeachment


    Article I — Abuse of Power

      Y N P NV
    Dem 229 2 1  
    Rep   195    
    Ind 1      
    Total 230 197 1  

    Article I passes 230-197


    Article II — Obstruction of Congress

      Y N P NV
    Dem 228 3 1  
    Rep   195    
    Ind 1      
    Total 229 198 1  

    Article II passes 229-198


    AP — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

    The historic vote split along party lines, much the way it has divided the nation, over a charge that the 45th president abused the power of his office by enlisting a foreign government to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election. The House then approved a second charge, that he obstructed Congress in its investigation.

    The articles of impeachment, the political equivalent of an indictment, now go to the Senate for trial. If Trump is acquitted by the Republican-led chamber, as expected, he still would have to run for reelection carrying the enduring stain of impeachment on his purposely disruptive presidency.


  • 12-17-19

    Trump's Letter To Pelosi

    On September 24 Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced that six committees would formally undertake an impeachment inquiry into the President's conduct and not once has Trump offered anything of substance into a defense of that conduct.

    The House throughout the impeachment proceedings have invited the President to submit any witnesses and any documents that would support his position regarding the matters before the inquiry and until today has refused to respond to all House requests an subpoenas.

    On the eve of his impeachment by the House, Trump sent a seathing letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a futile attempt at a defense while claiming to be a victim. What sounded like a campaign rally on paper, Trump railed against anything and everything.

     Read the letter for yourself.

    Remember — The victim(s) here are: Ukranian President Zelensky, America's national security and Democracy itself.


  • 12-17-19

    Rick Gates Sentenced

    Rick Gates, former senior aide to the Trump campaign, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation. He plead guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI. He will also pay a $20,000 fine and fulfill 300 hours of community service. He will be allowed to serve his jail sentence on weekends during his three years of probation.


  • 12-15-19

    Full Impeachment Report

    House Judiciary Committee publishes full impeachment report

    NBC News
    Dec. 16, 2019
    By Richie Duchon and Alex Johnson

    The House Judiciary Committee released its  full report on the impeachment of President Donald Trump after midnight Sunday, ahead of consideration by the full House as early as Wednesday.

    The report, a 658-page document, is an explanation in four parts of the committee's process and justification for recommending two articles of impeachment against Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

    The committee, led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., devotes part one to detailing the process by which the House Intelligence Committee investigated the case against Trump. Part two is dedicated to examining the standards of impeachment laid out in the Constitution.

    Part three delves into the details of Democrats' case that Trump abused the power of his office to pressure a foreign government, Ukraine's, to investigate his domestic political rival and interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

    "President Trump has realized the Framers' worst nightmare. He has abused his power in soliciting and pressuring a vulnerable foreign nation to corrupt the next United States Presidential election by sabotaging a political opponent and endorsing a debunked conspiracy theory promoted by our adversary, Russia," the committee wrote.

    Part four makes a case that the president obstructed Congress' ability to hold the executive branch accountable by flouting House investigators' requests for documents and testimony.

    "Other Presidents have recognized their obligation to provide information to Congress under these circumstances," the report states. "President Trump's stonewall, by contrast, was categorical, indiscriminate, and without precedent in American history."

    The committee concludes that Trump "has fallen into a pattern of behavior: this is not the first time he has solicited foreign interference in an election, been exposed, and attempted to obstruct the resulting investigation. He will almost certainly continue on this course."

     Read the full report here.


  • 12-15-19

    Something You May Not Know

    Now that it looks likely that Trump will become only the third sitting president and the first in his first term to be impeached and sent to the Senate for trial, every senator that participates is required to take a special oath before sitting as juror in that trial.

    Prior to an impeachment trial, according to Article I, section 3, clause 6 of the Constitution, says the senators serving as a jury "shall be on Oath or Affirmation."

    According to the Senate Rules in Impeachment Trials that oath is:

    "I solemnly swear (or affirm) that in all things appertaining to the trial of ____, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help me God."

    With the tone of this senate, good luck with that. Many senators have indicated they would break that oath before even having taken it.


  • 12-13-19

    Articles Go To Full House

    The House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in the Ukraine affair. The 23-17 vote along party lines moved the articles out of the committee and sent it to the full House for consideration.  Watch the vote here.


  • 12-12-19

    Editorial Boards Flip

    Editorial boards from newspapers across America calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

    Major editorial boards endorse Trump's impeachment and removal


    Washington Post editorial board: "We take no pleasure in recommending the president’s impeachment and are aware of the considerable costs and risks — considerable costs and risks further dividing and inflaming our politics, turning impeachment into one more tool of partisan warfare, perhaps giving Mr. Trump unwarranted aid in his re-election effort. But the House must make its decision based on the facts and merits, setting aside unpredictable effects."


    Boston Globe editorial board: "The question before the country now is whether President Trump's misconduct is severe enough that Congress should exercise that impeachment power, less than a year before the 2020 election. The results of the House Intelligence Committee inquiry, released to the public on Tuesday, make clear that the answer is an urgent yes."


    LA Times editorial board: editorial board: The evidence produced over the last two months is more than sufficient to persuade us that he should be impeached ... Trump flagrantly abused the power of his office.


    The Chicago-Sun Times editorial board: "The president compromised our nation's best interests for pure political self-profit, as baldly as a Chicago alderman holding up a zoning change for a bribe. Trump has brought impeachment upon himself."


    Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board: "It is the second article, the obstruction of Congress, by his unprecedented categorical and defiance of subpoenas and the members of Congress who initiated President Trump has severely disrespected his office and the document he swore to protect and uphold. Should this process end with a trial and a Senate vote to remove him from office, a prospect that seems highly unlikely, it’s not hard to imagine that he would insist that the process was invalid, and he would refuse to go. Such an act of tyranny is what the Constitution was created to protect against. That’s why this impeachment process is urgent and should move forward without delay".


    The New York Daily News editorial board: "The House Intelligence Committee presents a coherent and compelling case for impeachment ... There may be no single, smoking gun, but there's ample acrid black stuff rising from the White House."


    USA Today editorial board: "Put your own narrow interests ahead of the nation's, flout the law, violate the trust given to you by the American people and recklessly disregard the oath of office, and you risk losing your job." (Said during Clinton inpeachment)

    This isn’t partisan politics as usual. It is precisely the type of misconduct the framers had in mind when they wrote impeachment into the Constitution. Alexander Hamilton supported a robust presidency but worried about "a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper” coming to power. Impeachment, Hamilton wrote, was a mechanism to protect the nation "from the abuse or violation of some public trust."


    The New York Times editorial board: "To resist the pull of partisanship, Republicans and Democrats alike ought to ask themselves the same question: Would they put up with a Democratic president using the power of the White House this way? Then they should consider the facts, the architecture and aspirations of the Constitution and the call of history. In that light, there can be only one responsible judgment: to cast a vote to impeach, to send a message not only to this president but to future ones."


  • 12-10-19

    Articles of Impeachment

    House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, declaring his actions toward Ukraine "betrayed the nation" as they pushed toward historic proceedings that are certain to help define his presidency and shape the 2020 election.

    The specific charges aimed at removing the 45th president of the U.S.: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

     Read those articles here.


  • 12-09-19

    IG Report Released

    The Justice Department's inspector general released his report on Monday examining authorities' use of their surveillance powers in the Russia investigation.

    As part of this, he reviewed the FBI’s relationship with former British spy Christopher Steele, whose opposition research on Trump’s ties to Russia became known as the “Steele dossier.” Horowitz also reviewed the FBI’s wiretap applications to the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court (FISA) and the bureau’s use of confidential informants or undercover agents.

    Horowitz concludes that the “FBI had an authorized purpose when it opened Crossfire Hurricane to obtain information about, or protect against, a national security threat or federal crime.”

    The report also discredits the theory that the FBI used informants or undercover sources to “spy” on the Trump campaign prior to opening the investigation, and finds that the FBI did not rely on the Steele dossier — to open the investigation (though Horowitz did criticize the FBI’s decision-making when it came to its relationship Steele and how it presented his information).

     Read the report here.


  • 12-07-19

    Judiciary Releases Report

    The House judiciary committee released a report outlining historical arguments for impeachment of the president.

    Intended to update similar documents prepared in 1974 and 1998, the report focuses on how to define the offenses listed in the Constitution as suitable grounds for impeachment: "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

    Read the report here.


  • 12-06-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    White House Rejects Invite

    In a brief letter to Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., White House counsel Pat Cipollone sharply attacked the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump as "completely baseless" and said House Democrats had "violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness."

    . . . More


  • 12-06-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    Impeachable Offense

    More than 500 legal scholars have signed on to an open letter asserting that President Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and that lawmakers would be acting well within their rights if they ultimately voted to remove him from office.

    The signers are law professors and other academics from . . . More


  • 12-04-19

    Case For Impeachment #7


    52 U.S.C. §§30118(a)& 30109(d)(l)(A) & 18 U.S.C. §2(b)
    52 U.S.C. §§30116(a)(1)(A),30116(a)(7) & 30109(d)(l)(A) & 18 USC.§2(b)


    Note that these are the same statutes that Michael Cohen plead guilty to violating and is currently serving time in federal prison.



  • 12-04-19

    Judiciary Hearing Statements

    Three witnesses testified for the Democrats: Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina Law School and Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School. Jonathan Turley, a George Washing University law professor, testified for the Republicans.

     Opening statement: Noah Feldman (12-04-19)

     Opening statement: Pamela Karlan (12-04-19)

     Opening statement: Michael Gerhardt (12-04-19)

     Opening statement: Jonathan Turley (12-04-19)

     Watch the hearing on constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment.

  • 12-03-19

    Other Headlines

    House votes to send impeachment report to Judiciary Committee

    The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Tuesday night to approve a report that found evidence of President Donald Trump’s misconduct and obstruction of Congress is “overwhelming.”

    The report, released earlier Tuesday, will form the backbone of the impeachment proceedings against the President and charges that Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine compromised national security.

    The vote will send the report to the House Judiciary Committee as that panel considers moving forward on articles of impeachment.

    Appeals court says banks must turn over Trump financial records to House Democrats

    Two banks must turn over President Donald Trump's financial records to the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives, thwarting the President's efforts to block Congress' move to obtain his financial records, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Tuesday.

    Ex-White House lawyer McGahn ordered to comply with subpoena

    U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, ordered former White House counsel Donald McGahn to appear before Congress in a setback to President Donald Trump’s effort to keep his top aides from testifying.

    William Burck, an attorney for McGahn, said the former White House counsel will comply with the subpoena, absent a court-imposed stay.

    Judge denies DOJ request for stay on Don McGahn testimony

    U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, in a  17-page opinion, rejected the Justice Department’s request to put a long-term stay on her earlier opinion requiring Don McGahn, the former Trump White House counsel, to appear before the House Judiciary Committee.

    Republican congressman from San Diego pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds

    Six-term House member Duncan Hunter changed his not guilty plea at a federal hearing in San Diego on Tuesday in a dramatic reversal and faces five years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

    In October, former four-term Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York pleaded guilty in an insider trading case, a day after he resigned from Congress. He faces a maximum sentence of about four years in prison.



  • 12-03-19

    House Intelligence Report

    The House Intelligence Committee released a 300 page report today that said President Trump placed his political interests above national interests in his conduct toward Ukraine.

    In the report the House Intelligence Committee said Trump had "compromised national security to advance his personal political interests" in his dealings with Ukraine.

    The committee also found that Trump “engaged in an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry.”

    The panel will vote later today on forwarding the report to the House Judiciary Committee, which will consider articles of impeachment against Trump.

    Read the full report online here.:

     Read/Download here.



  • 12-02-19

    Case For Impeachment #6



    United States. 32 U.S. Code § 1512
    United States. 2 U.S. Code § 684

  • 12-02-19

    GOP Impeachment Report

    (NBC News) — House Republicans issued a 123-page minority report Monday arguing that Democrats, after weeks of closed door depositions and public hearings from a number of former and current administration officials, failed to establish any impeachable offenses by President Donald Trump.

    Later Monday, members of the House Intelligence Committee began reviewing a report from the Democratic majority on the panel's findings in the impeachment inquiry. That report is expected to be approved by the committee Tuesday evening, likely on a party-line vote.

    Read the full GOP report:


  • 12-02-19

    Article II Podcast

    Article II - Inside Impeachment

    The latest developments on the impeachment inquiry. What's happening in Washington and why it matters for the nation. Powered by NBC News journalists. Hosted by Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent. New episodes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with bonus episodes for breaking news.


  • 12-01-19

    Rosa Parks Day

    Rosa Parks
  • 11-26-19

    Documents Released

    House Transcripts Released To Date:

    WitnessReleased
    Mark Sandy (closed deposition)(11-26-19)
    David Holmes(11-18-19)
    David Hale(11-18-19)
    Tim Morrison(11-16-19)
    Jennifer Williams (11-16-19)
    Christopher Anderson (11-11-19)
    Catherine Croft (11-11-19)
    Laura Cooper (11-11-19)
    Fiona Hill (11-11-19)
    Alex Vindman (11-08-19)
    George Kent (11-07-19)
    Bill Taylor (11-06-19)
    Gordon Sondland (11-05-19)
    Kurt Volker (11-04-19)
    Marie Yovanovitch(11-04-19)
    Michael McKinley (11-04-19)

     .pdf reader required.

    To read all released impeachment documents click here.


  • 11-26-19

    Judiciary Schedules Hearings

    The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday will hold its first hearing as part of the impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump on Dec. 4.

    The public hearing will be titled, "the impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump: constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment." A panel of constitutional experts and authorities will explain the constitutional framework of high crimes and misdemeanors, though the experts have not yet been identified.

    The House Intelligence Committee is expected to forward the report from its own proceedings to Nadler’s panel next week. The intelligence panel conducted several weeks of closed-door depositions and public hearings that laid out a pattern of abuse by the administration toward Ukraine.


  • 11-25-19

    McGahn Must Testify

    A federal judge decided Monday that Trump's former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify to the House of Representatives in its impeachment probe.

    The 120-page decision by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia is a blow to Trump and the White House witness stonewalling and could also lay the ground work for additional articles or obstructing Congress and Justice

    The Justice Department had no immediate comment, but a stay request and appeal is widely expected.

    While the ruling pertains to McGahn's testimony regarding findings in the Mueller report, it also carries broader implications because the White House has also invoked the same expansive immunity theory to block witnesses from cooperating in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into the Ukraine affair.


  • 11-23-19

    Testimony Videos

    Public testimony of Dr. Fiona Hill, former NSC senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs, and David Holmes, Political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Kiev. (11-21-19)

     Testimony video - (Hill & Holmes)

    Public testimony of Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and David Hale, the under secretary of state for political affairs. (11-20-19)

      Testimony video - (Cooper & Hale)

    Public testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S ambssador to Ukraine. (11-15-19)

      Testimony video - (Yovanovitch)

    Public testimony of William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine and George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State public hearing. (11-13-19)

      Testimony video - (Taylor & Kent)


  • 11-19-19

    Quid Pro - Oh No!

    In his opening statement, Ambassador Gordon Sondland claimed that Trump was seeking a quid pro quo with Ukraine in exchange for investigations into the president’s political rivals, adding that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani was “expressing the desires” of Trump.

    Directly from Sondland's opening statement:

    "I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a quid pro quo? As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes." — page 14

    An interesting development that has emerged is that Sondland implicated both Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of having full knowledge of plans pushed by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

    Sondland testified that he had mentioned to Pence directly his concerns in delaying key military aid to Ukraine as part of a quid pro quo arrangement to carry out Giuliani's investigations.

    "I mentioned to Vice President Pence before the meetings with the Ukrainians that I had concerns that the delay in aid had become tied to the issue of investigations. I recall mentioning that before the Zelensky meeting." — page 17

    The vice president's office has since denied any such conversation.

    Regarding Secretary Pompeo:

    "We kept the leadership of the State Department and the NSC informed of our activities.That included communications with Secretary of State Pompeo, his Counselor Ulrich Brechbuehl, and Executive Secretary Lisa Kenna within the State Department; and communications with Ambassador John Bolton, Dr. Fiona Hill, Mr. Timothy Morrison, and their staff at the NSC. They knew what we were doing and why." — page 9

    Sondland further stated:

    "Within my State Department emails, there is a July 19 email that I sent to Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Perry, Brian McCormack (Perry’s Chief of Staff), Ms. Kenna, Acting Chief of Staff and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney (White House), and Mr. Mulvaney’s Senior Advisor Robert Blair. A lot of senior officials. -[Exhibit 4]- Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret. Everyone was informed via email on July 19, days before the Presidential call." — page 15

    "Again, everyone was in the loop." — page 15

    Read his full opening statement here.

    At least five other key impeachments witnesses have supported the notion of a quid pro quo in both closed-door and public hearings. Here's who they are:

    — Gordon Sondland
    — Lt. Col. Vindman
    — Bill Taylor
    — Tim Morrison
    — Laura Cooper

    Additionally Sen. Ron Johnson (R) and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney have publicly acknowledged a "quid pro quo".



  • 11-19-19

    Today's Testimonies

     Alex Vindman. (earlier transcript), the top Ukraine expert on the White House National Security Council, testified publicly before the House Intelligence Committee. He told lawmakers he reported concerns about Trump’s call with the Ukrainian President out of a "sense of duty" because he thought it was "improper" for Trump to demand an investigation into Biden.

     Jennifer Williams (earlier transcript), an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, testified publicly before the House Intelligence Committee. She described the July 25th phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky as "unusual" because it touched on a domestic US political issue.

     Kurt Volker (earlier transcript), Former US Special Envoy for Ukraine, testified publicly before the House Intelligence Committee. He said that if he had realized that Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, he would have "raised my own objections" because it would have been "unacceptable."

    Tim Morrison (earlier transcript), who served as the top Russia expert on the White House’s National Security Council, testified publicly before the House Intelligence Committee. He told lawmakers that the impeachment proceedings distracted from Ukraine’s ongoing war against Russia.

    It should be noted that both Volker and Morrison were the first called by the Republicans to testify.


  • 11-18-19

    Documents Released

    House Transcripts Released To Date:

    David Holmes(11-18-19)
    David Hale(11-18-19)
    Tim Morrison(11-16-19)
    Jennifer Williams (11-16-19)
    Christopher Anderson (11-11-19)
    Catherine Croft (11-11-19)
    Laura Cooper (11-11-19)
    Fiona Hill (11-11-19)
    Alex Vindman (11-08-19)
    George Kent (11-07-19)
    Bill Taylor (11-06-19)
    Gordon Sondland (11-05-19)
    Kurt Volker (11-04-19)
    Marie Yovanovitch(11-04-19)
    Michael McKinley (11-04-19)

     .pdf reader required.

    To read all released impeachment documents click here.


  • 11-18-19

    Case For Impeachment #5



    United States. 18 U.S. Code Chapter 79
  • 11-18-19

    Trump Word of the Month

    NOV: NEVER-TRUMPER

    Trump's Definition:

    noun:

    1. — a person regarded as despicable, especially a person who appears to have been deceitful or disloyal to Trump.
    2. — "human scum".

    3. — a person that deserts Trump's party, side, or cause.
    4. — an informer, "You dirty rat!"
    5. MARKETING
    — a piece of content intended to induce a viewer, reader, or listener to participate in a cause.
    — stochatic terrorism.
    — "dog-whistle".

    adjective

    1. — of or relating to being disloyal.
    2. — of or relating to being a "dirty rat".
    (Yesterdays Never Trumper witness)




  • 11-15-19

    Case For Impeachment #4



    United States. 18 U.S. Code § 1512
    United States. 18 U.S. Code § 1513

  • 11-15-19

    Stone Guilty All Counts

    (CNN) - Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was found guilty on Friday of lying to Congress and other charges in a case that has shed new light on President Donald Trump's anticipation of the release of stolen Democratic emails in 2016 by WikiLeaks.

    Stone, a political operative, was found guilty of all seven counts brought by the Justice Department, a victory for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Stone was found guilty on five counts of lying to Congress, one of witness tampering, and one of obstructing a Congressional committee proceeding.

    The verdict marks a stunning conclusion to one of the highest-profile prosecutions to emerge from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation -- a case that began with one of Trump's most vocal supporters arrested during a pre-dawn raid as the special counsel's investigation wound down, and that since then has gradually revealed new information about the Trump campaign's positive reception to foreign interference in the 2016 election.

    The full article can be read here


  • 11-12-19

    Procedures for Impeachment

    Schiff: Procedures for Impeachment Inquiry Hearings

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) released a memorandum to committee members ahead of the start of pulic hearings in the impeachment inquiry of the President.

    Read the memo here. (11-12-19)


    House GOP memo outlining their defense of Trump.

    House Republicans outlined their central defenses of President Donald Trump ahead of the upcoming public hearings in the impeachment inquiry.

    Read the 18 page memo here. (11-12-19)




  • 11-12-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    From 'Anonymous,' Key Exerpts

    USA TODAY has obtained a copy of A Warning, a book written by a self-described senior official in the Trump administration. The author paints a scathing portrait of a president and administration in chaos. The White House has denounced the book as a work of fiction, with Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham saying, "the coward who wrote this book didn't put their name on it because it is nothing but lies."

    Some key excerpts: .  .  .  .     Read more


  • 11-11-19

    Case For Impeachment #3



    United States. 18 U.S. Code § 878
  • 11-11-19

    Veteran's Day



    Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.


  • 11-11-19

    Trump Lawsuit Dismissed

    A federal judge on Monday issued another blow to President Donald Trump and his ongoing effort to avoid having his tax records turned over to Congress.

    U.S. Judge Carl Nichols granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that Trump filed in July over the TRUST Act in New York, which gave Congress the authority to retrieve tax information from New York residents.

    In granting the dismissal, he noted that the president, "has not met his burden of establishing personal jurisdiction over either of the New York Defendants."


  • 11-05-19

    Case For Impeachment #2



    United States. 15 U.S.C. § 78dd-1, et seq
  • 11-05-19

    Trump's November Numbers

    A little fun with some of Trump's numbers - Tweets that is:

    11998: Total Tweets since inauguration.
    1019 days (today)

    Dec 10, 2016 - 1st Fake News tweet.

    599 -Fake News related.

    11.8 AVG tweets daily.
    1 out of 20 - Fake News.

    Fake News once every 41 hours.

    See if this sounds all too familiar:

    "His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

    The above quote appears in the report by the United States Office of Strategic Services titled: A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend (1943), by Walter C. Langer.


  • 11-04-19

    Trump Loses Another Appeal

    Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump lost an appeal Monday to keep his tax returns from a Manhattan grand jury, setting up a potential Supreme Court challenge.

    A three-judge panel for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals said "presidential immunity does not bar a state grand jury from issuing a subpoena in aid of its investigation of potential crimes committed by persons within its jurisdiction, even if that investigation may in some way implicate the president."

    Read the panel's ruling here.

    The court also noted that "the only question before us is whether a state may lawfully demand production by a third party of the President's personal financial records for use in a grand jury investigation while the President is in office." The judges added that "we hold that any presidential immunity from state criminal process does not bar the enforcement of a subpoena.

    The appeals court ruling gives a green light, in theory, for investigators to obtain the President's tax returns, but Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow said the President will continue his appeal.

    Read the panel's ruling here.


  • 11-01-19

    Case For Impeachment #1



    United States. 52 U.S.C. § 30121 and 11 CFR § 110.20
  • 10-31-19

    House Resolution Passes

    House Democrats on Thursday (10-31-19) passed resolution (H.R.660) outlining the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

      Y N P NV
    Dem 231 2   1
    Rep 0 194   3
    Ind 1 0   0
    Total 232 196   4

    The 232-196 vote passed nearly along party lines, with no Republicans voting for the resolution (H.R.660) . Two Democrats — Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey — joined Republicans in voting against it.

    The measure, which sketches out guidelines for public hearings in the inquiry and the president’s participation in the process, marks the first time lawmakers’ votes will be counted on matters related to the Trump impeachment process.


  • 10-29-19

    House Draft Resolution

    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled a measure formally laying out next steps in their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, which authorizes public committee hearings and the public release of transcripts of closed-door depositions.

    Under the proposal, the Intelligence Committee is authorized to have public hearings on its Ukraine investigation. The committee and other panels investigating Trump would forward their findings to the House Judiciary Committee, which could also conduct hearings before making decisions about filing any articles of impeachment.

    Read the text of the draft here.


  • 10-25-19

    Senate Intelligence Report



    On Tuesday, October 8 the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released a new report titled,

    VOLUME 2: RUSSIA'S USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA WITH ADDITIONAL VIEWS.

    It is the second volume released in the Committee’s bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election.

    The new report examines Russia’s efforts to use social media to sow societal discord and influence the outcome of the 2016 election, led by the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency (IRA). The analysis draws on data provided to the Committee by social media companies and input from a Technical Advisory Group comprising experts in social media network analysis, disinformation campaigns, and the technical analysis of complex data sets and images to discern the dissemination of disinformation across social media platforms.

    The first volume titled

    VOLUME 1: RUSSIAN EFFORTS AGAINST ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE WITH ADDITIONAL VIEWS is available.

    We are posting this belated news item on the heels of the Department of Justice announcement of their ongoing review of the origins of the Russia probe has now become a criminal investigation.


  • 10-23-19

    Hypothetical Grounds - OPINION

    Everthing that has been publically observed for the past 20 - 30 months regarding certain actions by this administration including those taken prior to assuming office have unltimately lead to initating grounds for impeachment. While impeachment of a President has been described as a "political process", how are charges of criminal violations incorporated into that "political process"?

    Just how much weight do criminal charges carry when formulating Articles of Impeachment? Impeachment as a political process, why does it feel that criminality is being assuaged because the "process" refuses to call the result of those charges - indictments?

    When a President violates the constitution, which is the law of the land, how is in deference to their position, any consequential action timidly called an Article when it simply is a criminal indictment?

    In our history impeachment happens so rarely that the average person is oblivious to just what is an Article of Impeachment. The same cannot be said to an indictment. They know from the word "indictment" someone has been charged with breaking the law.

    Our current President, has sworn an oath to the American people to faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my [their] Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

    Donald Trump, our current President has multiple times broken that oath and he has shown he does not have the ability to "preserve, protect and defend" the law of our land.

    As such, he should be "indicted" on one or all of the following:


    1. Campaign Finance Violation - (2016) Cohen payments to Stephanie Clifford (Stormy Daniels) at the direction of candidate-Trump. Un-indicted co-conspirator Individual-1.

    2. Campaign Finance Violation - (2016) Cohen payment to National Enquirer to a Playboy model named Karen McDougal of $150,000 to catch and kill her story about her alleged affair with Trump. Violating the Tillman Act.

    3. Campaign Finance Violation - (2020) Mr. Trump asked (solicited) the Ukrainian president for help digging up opposition research on Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden. Violation of the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. - Foreign National Violation.

    4. Campaign Finance Violation - (2020) The notes released from the White House of the Trump/Zelensky phone call indicate that Trump, a candidate for federal office, was soliciting information about the Biden family from a foreign government—the Ukrainians. Violation of the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. - Foreign Government Violation.

    5. Emoluments Clause Violations. Violating both the Foriegn and Domestic aspect of the Emoluments Clause. Recieving emoluments from foriegn leaders currying favor by patronizing Trump properties. Recieving emoluments from domestic enitities (i.e. Secret Service, Military institutions, Elected officials) by patronizing or requiring agencies to patronize Trump properties.

    7. Abuse of Power - President’s alleged misuse of the classification system to hide records of his communications with world leaders in order to protect himself personally and politically.

    8. Abuse of Power - President’s role in attempting to keep the August 2019 whistleblower complaint from the congressional intelligence committees and to intimidate the whistleblower, his or her sources, and other potential whistleblowers.

    9. Obstruction of Congressional oversight. Refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents and testimony.

    10. Obstruction of Justice - namely 10 instances deriving from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Investigation.

    11. Bribery - Offering approved bi-partisan financial assistance to the President of Unkraine in exhcange for investigations into a political rival.

    12. Extortion - Withholding approved bi-partisann financial assistance from the President of Ukraine until he agrees to investigate a political rival.

    13. Conspiracy to defraud the United States - 18 U.S.C. § 371 - attempting to collaborate with domestic agents and a foreign government to influence an American election.


    OK - take your pick. Only one needs accepted to remove.


  • 10-20-19

    Impeachment Format Explained

    In response to criticism from the White House and Republican members, House Intelligence Chairman, Adam Schiff sent out a Dear Colleague letter designed to counter the arguments that Democrats are conducting an invalid investigation.

    Schiff explained his position further on the October 16 edition of the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC   .  .  .  .     Read more


  • 10-17-19

    Elijah Cummings 1951-2019

    Elijah Cummings

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, the powerful House Democrat who represented Baltimore for more than two decades and was a vocal critic of the President, died early Thursday after battling health problems, his office and family said.

    Cummings, who was 68, died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he was one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington.


  • 10-17-19

    Rick Perry to Resign

    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who has faced scrutiny over President Donald Trump's interactions with Ukraine, has resigned and will leave his job by the end of the year.

    The former Texas governor is one of the last remaining members of the president's original Cabinet.


  • 10-14-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    Important Documents

    Updated 12:21 PM ET, Thu October 17, 2019

    (CNN) -- The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has LEFT quite a paper trail, which started with a whistleblower complaint about Trump's interactions with the President of Ukraine, led to   .  .  .  .     Read more


  • 10-11-19

    Trump's Bad Day In Court

    In a 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Trump lost his appeal in a federal appeals court to stop a House subpoena of his tax documents, which he's guarded fiercely since refusing to make them public as a candidate.

    Judges in New York, Texas, Washington state and California sided against Trump administration initiatives meant to limit immigrants from entering the country -- both through a physical barrier and by raising the requirements on migrants seeking legal status.

    All of the court cases will be appealed. But the Democratic investigations into his finances and foreign activity seemed to gaining steam.


  • 10-09-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    Whistleblower Memo

    Washington — CBS News has learned the full contents of what appears to be a memo written by the whistleblower one day after the President spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July. The memo, dated July 26, is based on a conversation the whistleblower had   .  .  .  .     Read more


  • 10-08-19

    Obstruction Revisited

    In the White House's letter to congressional Democrats, the President's lawyers said the President and his administration won't cooperate in an ongoing impeachment inquiry, arguing the proceedings amount to an illegitimate effort to overturn the 2016 election results.

    In the letter to the House, the White House claims Trump's due process LEFTs have been circumvented without a vote, and that Trump has no choice but to not cooperate.

    Read the letter here*

    * - Be sure to read the fine print and the footnotes. Especially footnote 9. To save you the trouble:

    9. See Hastings v. United Stales, 802 F. Supp. 490, 504 (D.D.C. 1992), vacated on other grounds by Hastings v. United States, 988 F.2d 1280 (D.C. Cir. 1993

    In a nutshell the psuedo-legal looking letter was nothing but political obstructionist ramblings. Constitutionally the White House has no say in what an impeachment proceeding or inquiry is.

    Also coming from the White House: Trump has enlisted former Representative Trey Gowdy to work with White House team.

    This is the very same Trey Gowdy that once said: "The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress no matter whether you are the party in power or not in power is wrong. Respect for the rule of law must mean something, irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles."


  • 10-08-19

    Trump's October Numbers

    A little fun with some of Trump's numbers - Tweets that is:

    11093: Total Tweets since inauguration.
    991 days (today)

    Dec 10, 2016 - 1st Fake News tweet.

    579 -Fake News related.

    11.2 AVG tweets daily.
    1 out of 19 - Fake News.

    Fake News once every 41 hours.

    See if this sounds all too familiar:

    "His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

    The above quote appears in the report by the United States Office of Strategic Services titled: A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend (1943), by Walter C. Langer.


  • 10-07-19

    Judge: Turn Over Returns

    A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump's effort to prevent his tax returns from being turned over to a New York grand jury.

    The ruling raises the likelihood that Trump's tax returns will be provided in response to the subpoena, although any material obtained through a grand jury subpoena is covered by grand jury secrecy rules, meaning it would likely become public only if it were used as evidence at a trial.

    Dismissing Trump's "extraordinary" claim that any occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind,"

    US District Court Judge Victor Marrero said in a 75-page opinion that “the expansive notion of constitutional immunity invoked here to shield the President from judicial process would constitute an overreach of executive power,” and that Trump’s argument essentially claims “that a constitutional domain exists in this country in which not only the President, but, derivatively, relatives and persons and business entities associated with him in potentially unlawful private activities, are in fact above the law.”

    The ruling is also a setback for the US Justice Department, which had asked last week to temporarily block the subpoena, to allow time for "appropriate briefing of the weighty constitutional issues involved."

    An attorney for Trump filed an emergency notice of appeal to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals minutes after the district court judge filed his decision, and the appeals court immediately ordered a temporary stay of the subpoena.

    Read the 75 page ruling here.


  • 10-06-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    "Chimera of Conscience"

    Published on Friday, October 04, 2019
    by Common Dreams


    “I emancipate man from the humiliating chimera which is called conscience. Conscience, like education, mutilates man. I have the advantage of not being restrained by any considerations of a theoretical or moral nature.” This from a speech in 1941 where the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin ostensibly quoted Adolf Hitler to  .  .  .  .     Read more


  • 10-05-19

    Impeachment By the Book


    In 1974 the House Committee on the Judicary staff produced a report on impeachment. It has been over a hundred years since Congress had to deal with impeachment of a president and no-one alive then had any first hand knowledge of just what was expected.

    The result was a 64 page report entitled:

    CONSTITUTIONAL GROUNDS FOR PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT.

    Now with Trump and our current impeachment inquiry, we may as well dust off the cover and sit back and learn about something that has seldom occurred in the history of our republic.

    You can be read it and/or download it from the U.S. Archives by clicking its title. This document certainly makes for rather informative reading and just a bit of irony.

    Nearly a half century ago, a young committee staffer named Hillary Diane Rodham (Clinton) helped work on it.


  • 10-04-19

    Criminal Referral??

    A new report says that the CIA’s top attorney made a criminal referral to the DOJ about the whistleblower’s complaint that President Donald Trump abused the office.

    According to NBC News, CIA general counsel Courtney Simmons Elwood — a Trump appointee — made the referral, signifying that she and other senior CIA officials concluded that a potential crime was committed. The DOJ, however, did not conduct an investigation and closed the case.

    The referral makes Elwood one of several Trump appointees who deemed the whistleblower’s complaint credible, and merited further investigation.

    As to why the DOJ closed the case? The report, authored by Ken Dilanian and Julia Ainsley, says:

    Justice Department officials have said they only investigated the president’s Ukraine call for violations of campaign finance law because it was the only statute mentioned in the whistleblower’s complaint. Former federal prosecutors contend that the conduct could have fit other criminal statutes.

    The decision not to open an investigation meant there was no FBI examination of documents or interviews of witnesses to the phone call, participants in the White House decision to withhold military funding from Ukraine, the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Ukrainian officials who were the target of Trump and Giuliani’s entreaties.

    The DOJ scope was apparently narrow in only looking to just possible campaign finance violations. They obviously ingored other criminal statutes, including those involving extortion, bribery, conflict of interest or fraud. In their swift judgement and by neglecting to investigate further they appear to have not considered just how wide the participation into any infractions and the consequent cover-up encompassed.

    Who else was involved? Was the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act considered? The Act prohibits bribery of foreign officials and seems applicable here.

    If they would have investigated further they would have found that Attorney William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were specifially named in the complaint and as fact witnesses should have had no dealing with the determination to pursue an in-depth study.

    DOJ's argument, the test for a "thing of value" under the law should be viewed in a new light considering that Ukraine’s chief prosecutor said on October 4 that he would conduct an “audit” of an investigation related to Burisma. Just how much is that going to cost? Is the price tag of such an audit a "thing of value" ???


  • 10-03-19

    Trump Breaks Oath

    The US House Intelligence Committee's chairman, Democrat Adam Schiff, said on Thursday that President Donald Trump broke his oath of office in asking China to probe former Vice President Joe Biden, who could end up running against Trump in the 2020 election.

    "The president of the United States encouraging a foreign nation to interfere again to help his campaign by investigating a rival is a fundamental breach of a president's oath of office. It endangers our elections. It endangers our national security. It ought to be condemned by every member of this body, Democrats and Republicans alike," Schiff told reporters.

    In a tweet the Chairman reiterated the same message:


  • 10-02-19

    Remembering Khashoggi

    Jamal Khashoggi

  • 09-24-19

    Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday (today) that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry of the President, saying that he had betrayed his oath of office and the nation’s security in seeking to enlist a foreign power for his own political gain.

    At issue are allegations that Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his son. The conversation is said to be part of a whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress.

    Ms. Pelosi said she had directed the chairmen of the six committees that have been investigating Mr. Trump to “proceed under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry.”

    Trump's requesting a foreign leader to aid him personally in his re-election campaign by getting dirt on a polital rival, extorting the leader of a foreign government by withholding congressionally approved funds in return for that dirt and the White House holding up the whistle-blower complaint lays the ground work for Articles of Impeachment namely: Abuse of Power, Bribery. Extortion, Obstruction and Soliciting Foreign Election Aid.

    UPDATE:

    (Sept 25) - White House transcript of call with Pres. Zelensky of Ukraine.

    (Sept 26)- Declassified whistleblower complaint released.

    (Sept 26)- Inspector General letter on whistleblower complaint released.


  • 09-17-19

    Corey Confirms Obstruction

    Trump's former campaign chairman testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee today and it only took minutes to become contentious and combative. Although Lewandowski was never employed at the White House, he was bolstered by a statement issued by Trump regarding executive privelege. Lewandowski mockingly refused to answer questions and used the letter as a shield to deflect questions directed at him.

    Lewandowski said under oath Tuesday that Mueller's report was "an accurate representation" of his conversations with Trump in summer 2017, when Trump wanted Sessions to stop Mueller from investigating the campaign and retool the probe to focus on meddling in future elections.

    He also confirmed that Trump dictated to him the statement that Sessions was supposed to make to the public. One that Lewandowski never delivered, however he did confirm that he had handed off the delivery of Trump's message to Sessions to Rick Dearborn, who also did not act on it.

    The hearing for all intent and purposes seem to be awash until the Democrat's staff member questioning.

    At the tail-end of the hearing, Barry H. Berke, a well-regarded white-collar defense attorney consulting for the committee, unleashed a rapid-fire cross-examination in which he quickly established that Mr. Lewandowski had lied in an interview earlier this year when he said he couldn’t recall any conversation he had with Mr. Trump about Mr. Sessions.

    Mr. Lewandowski said: "I have no obligation to have a candid conversation with the media whatsoever, just like they have no obligation to cover me honestly, and they do it inaccurately all the time."

    The committee also subpoenaed former White House aides Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter to appear Tuesday to testify about their role in the Lewandowski incident, and other matters that were mentioned in the Mueller report. They did not show up, and the White House previously claimed that both men are immune from testifying before Congress due to executive privilege.


  • 09-10-19

    Trump Fires Bolton

    Trump fired John Bolton, his National Security Adviser via tweet today.


    Bolton was Trump's third NSA head and will name his replacement sometime next week.


  • 09-06-19

    Smoke and Mirrors*

    While Trump was busy tweeting his personal weather advisory regarding Alabama in complete contradiction to the National Weather Services forecast of hurricane Dorian this past week the Trump administration was surreptitiously defunding multiple overseas programs marked for the defense of Europe and our allies.

    Hidden in the proposed military spending cuts to fund his wall are essential and critical cuts to programs vital to European defense against Russian aggression.

    Trump since taking office has systematically countermanded the U.S and its attempt at having a check on Putin.

    So far:

    1. -Trump has slow walked sanctions on Russia.
    2. - While under a Trump ordered review, funds for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative have been put on hold and are set to expire on September 30.
    3. - Trump overtly supports Russian re-admittance to the G7 from which they were expelled for invading and annexing parts of Crimea.
    4. - Trump now plans to cut funds to the ERI/EDI, the European Defense Initative.

    To better understand the proposed defense spending cuts we have included links to both The U.S and Territories cuts and the Overseas project cuts.

    * it may just be a bit ironic that the phrase, "smoke and mirrors", was coined by American newspaperman, Jimmy Breslin in his book Notes from Impeachment Summer, published in 1975. The book deals with the Watergate scandal.


  • 09-04-19

    Deporting Sick Children

    On Aug. 27, 2019 an exemption that allows immigrants to remain in the United States and avoid deportation while they or family members receive life-saving care was reported as being scrapped by the Trump administration.

    The policy change was effective Aug. 7, according to a Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman, and letters were issued to affected people, the Associated Press reported.

    The decision could force migrants to seek less effective treatment in their homelands, critics say.

    In Boston alone, the Trump administration decision could affect about 20 families with children being treated for cancer, HIV, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy and other serious conditions, according to Anthony Marino, head of immigration legal services at the Irish International Immigrant LEFT, which represents the families.

    The letters sent to applicants for the exemption order them to leave the country within 33 days or face deportation, which could harm their future visa or immigration requests.

    UPDATE:The Trump administration is re-opening immigration cases for people in the United States seeking medical treatment after previously denying those applications without warning, saying they had to leave the U.S. in little more than a month.

    “While limiting USCIS’ role in deferred action is appropriate, USCIS will complete the caseload that was pending on August 7,” the announcement said on Monday.

    Although the reversal re-opens the cases that were pending, it’s still uncertain how future applications will be handled.

    While this reversal of a reversal may seem a reprieve for those affected, this does not appear to be a permanent change of Trump's policy. Future updates are likely.


  • 08-31-19

    Odessa - Midland. Tx Shootings



    More than half a dozen people died Saturday after a man opened fire, apparently at random, shooting several people in Odessa and Midland, Texas, after a trooper tried to pull him over for a routine traffic stop, according to authorities.

    Officials said seven people were killed in the shooting, including a man slain outside his parents' home and a teenager fatally shot as she LEFT a car dealership with her family. Officials said 22 other people were injured.

    The slain victims were identified as:

    Leilah Hernandez, 15, Odessa, Texas
    Joe Griffith, 40, Odessa, Texas
    Mary Granados, 29, Odessa, Texas
    Edwin Peregrino, 25, Odessa, Texas
    Rodolfo Julio Arco, 57, Odessa, Texas
    Raul Garcia, 35, El Paso, Texas
    Kameron Karltess Brown, 30, Brownwood, Texas

    Twenty two people have been reported as injured in the shooting. They include:

    Nathan Hernandez, 18, Odessa, Texas
    Marc Gonzales, 38, Odessa, Texas
    Zachary Owens of the MDP
    Timmoth Beard, 55, San Antonio, Texas
    James Santana of the ODP
    Glenda Dempsy, 62, Odessa, Texas
    Marco Corral, 62, San Diego, California
    Coy Edge, 53, Odessa, Texas
    Joseph Glide, 60, Odessa, Texas
    Anderson Davis, 17 months, Odessa, Texas
    Daniel Munoz, 28, Yuma, Arizona
    Robert Cavasoz, 38, Alice, Texas
    Maria Boado, 27, Haileah, Florida
    Efe Obayagbona, 45, Round Rock, Texas
    Bradley Grimsley, 64, Clarksville, Texas
    Timmothy Hardaway, 54, Brownwood
    Quadri Fatai, 41, Houston, Texas
    Jesus Alvidrez, 21, Gardendale, Texas
    Lilia Diaz, 46, Odessa, Texas
    Krystal Lee, 36, Odessa, Texas
    Larry Shores, 34, Abilene, Texas
    Chuck Pryor of the Texas Department of Public Safety

    List updated Sept 2.


  • 08-28-19

    Trump's August Numbers

    A little fun with Trump's numbers - Tweets that is:

    9928: Total Tweets since inauguration.
    950 days (today)

    12,019 False or misleading Statements since inaugruation. (Aug 5)

    521 -Fake News related.

    10.5 AVG tweets daily.
    1 out of 19 - Fake News.

    Fake News once every 48 hours.

    See if this sounds all too familiar:

    "[P]eople will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

    The above quote appeared in a report titled: A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend (1943), by Walter C. Langer.


  • 08-27-19

    G7: G Whiz!

    The world got a fresh taste of Donald Trump at this past weekend's G7 summit held in Biarritz, France. From his missing meetings on climate to outLEFT brazen defense and championing Putin throughout the summit, Trump single-handedly continues to diminish the U.S. standing in the world's eye.

    The only thing american promoted by our president in Biarritz was Trump International Resort in Doral Florida for a possible site for the G7 next year, which coincidentally is to be host by the United States.

    It was rather difficult watching Trump's sweaty and unglued comments throughout the summit. His degrading of a former president on foreign soil, his lies regarding the first lady, his calls from China he never recieved, his singular insistence in wanting Russia (Putin) back in the G8 and his overall air of incompentence seemed to leave a stink on the weekend that others attending most certainly will want to wash off after getting home.


  • 08-22-19

    America: For Sale

    From special interest groups such as the NRA dictating policy coming from this White House to a Russian oligarch buying a senator from Kentucky, this administration and his senate cronies have literally put a FOR SALE sign on the White House lawn.

    Only 18 days ago, America suffered not one but two gun massacres in a period of 13 hours, but what was initially condemnation and concerted vows to change policy regarding guns, Trump's administration and the GOP provided lips service long enough to appease part of the American public yet still capitulated to Wayne Lapierre and the NRA.

    This is the same NRA that had gotten into bed with Russia in the 2016 election. The same Russia whose influence dictated dropping sanctions on the oligarch that is now looking to infuse 200 million dollars into Mitch McConnells' backyard.

    Trump: bought and paid for.
    McConnell: bought and paid for.


  • 08-07-19

    Lawfare: THE REPORT



    Don't have time or the patience to read the Mueller Report or do you find the legalese just a little long in the tooth and somewhat foreign to you?

    Well, now you can listen to the Mueller Report in clear and an understable fashion thanks to those over at Lawfare. Not only is the report read to you, accompanying commentary provides a very fluid telling of just what is contained in the Mueller Report.

    Investing a few minutes a day listening to the podcasts could pay dividends in understanding just how our democracy was attacked.

    From Lawfare: On April 18th 2019, the Justice Department released the redacted Mueller Report to the public. The 448 page document details a story that has captured America's attention. From Russian plots to interfere in our election to constitutional questions of executive power, the Mueller Report is potentially one of the most important and consequential documents of our time. But there's a problem. Very few people have read it.

    There is still so much confusion about the Report. What it says, who it implicates, and what it means for our country. At Lawfare, we are distilling the report into a multi part audio narrative series, telling you the story of what is in this document, the story Mueller wants you to understand.

    Listen to the podcast here.


  • 08-04-19

    13 Hours - 2 Mass Shootings



    EL PASO, TX: 20 people were killed and 26 others wounded or injured after a shooting Saturday morning at an El Paso Texas Walmart.

    The death toll increased to 22 on Monday after news that two victims died in a hospital

    The Del Sol Medical LEFT in El Paso confirmed the deaths during a news conference Monday. One victim died on Sunday night, and another died Monday morning.

    A 21-year-old Dallas resident suspected of the El Paso killings is in police custody.

    The suspect, Patrick Crusius, is accused of authoring a screed claiming credit for the attack and railing against what the author called a "Hispanic invasion of Texas."

    Federal prosecutors are treating the case as an incident of domestic terrorism.

    DAYTON, OH: A gunman wearing body armor and carrying extra magazines opened fire in a popular nightlife area killing nine and injuring at least 27.

    The shooter — who wore a mask, hearing protection and a bullet proof vest — was killed at the scene by police within about 30 seconds.

    Authorities identified him as 24-year-old Connor Betts, and said a motive was not yet known.


    The shooting Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX comes less than a week after a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, LEFT three people dead and fifteen injured.


  • 08-03-19

    Ratcliffe Out of Running

    Trump on Friday abruptly dropped his plan to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, as the nation’s top intelligence official after questions by Republicans and Democrats about his qualifications and concern over whether he had exaggerated his résumé.

    This yet again brings into question the WH vetting process.


  • 07-29-19

    Coats To Step Down

    Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, is resigning after a turbulent two years in which he and the president were often at odds over Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump named a GOP congressman, John Ratcliffe to replace him.

    Coats' resignation marks the sixty-fifth departure from the Trump administration since taking office.



  • 07-28-19

    Trump's July Numbers

    A look at Trump's Numbers - (Tweets):

    9267: Total Tweets since inauguration.
    919 days (today)

    Dec 10, 2016 - 1st Fake News tweet.

    465 - mentions Fake News or related.

    10.08 Average daily tweets.
    1 out of 19.9 tweets - Fake News.

    Fake News once every 48 hours.

    See if this sounds all too familiar:

    "His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

    The above quote appears in the report by the United States Office of Strategic Services titled: A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend (1943), by Walter C. Langer, which can be obtained from the US National Archives.



  • 07-16-19

    Trump's WTF Moment

    Donald Trump on Monday (July 15) seemingly wanted to have America take a step back from the atrocious conditions and the handling of immigrant detained along the border. What better way than instigate misdirection and bring some other issue to the forefront of the national discussion (it may be noted that this is the practice that he has exercised for quite some time).

    So what better way to create a new talking point than to exascerbate the discussion of possible conflict within the Democratic party in Congress. Playing on media attention to assumed infighting between the House Speaker and a handful of freshmen Congress members he posted on Twitter a number of racist tweets directed toward those House members, who just happened to be women of color. Trump implied in the series of tweets that the congresswomen weren't born in America and sarcastically suggested, "they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

    His tweets are as follows:


    Today, Congress, although along party lines, wanting to put the incident into the record, passed a resolution condeming his racist comments.

    Read the resolution here.

    Another note here should be that in the history of our country, only two sitting presidents have been officially condemned in a resolution by Congress: President William Howard Taft and now Trump.



  • 07-12-19

    Labor Secretary Resigns

    Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has announced he is resigning Friday morning.

    Acosta had defended his handling of a decade-old plea deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex crime charges when Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Florida's Southern District. Acosta faced renewed scrutiny over the case after Epstein was arrested on new federal sex trafficking charges in New York last week.

    "As I look forward, I do not think it is LEFT and fair for this administration's labor department to have (Jeffrey) Epstein as the focus rather than the incredibly economy we have today."

    "I told [the President] the LEFT thing was to step aside," he continued. "Cabinet positions are temporary trusts. It would be selfish to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that's 12 year old, rather than the amazing economy we have LEFT now."



  • 07-11-19

    House Judiciary Subpoenas

    The House Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 crucial witnesses as part of House Democrats’ ongoing investigations targeting President Donald Trump.

    On a party-line vote, the committee empowered Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to issue subpoenas to current and former Trump administration officials who were central figures in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation of Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

    The subpoena list also includes Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, in addition to some of Mueller’s key witnesses: former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter.



  • 07-01-19

    New Press Secretary

    Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, became the White House press secretary today, July 1.

    Before working for Trump, Grisham worked as Spicer’s deputy press secretary. She was also a spokesperson for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign.

    Grisham also served as a spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. During that time, she was present during a 2014 botched execution. The person on death row, a convicted murderer, lived for nearly two hours after the execution began and was LEFT gasping for air. Grisham denied media reports that the execution went awry. She said he “looked to be snoring,” according to an Associated Press report.

    “This was my first execution, and I was surprised by how peaceful it was,” Grisham said in an email to the AP at the time. “There was absolutely no snorting or gasping for air.”


  • 07-01-19

    Like Father Like Son

    Trump Jr. retweeted a post from Ali Alexander – a conservative commentator whose Twitter profile claims to have "exposed Kamala Harris" – that said "Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It's disgusting."

    "Is this true? Wow," President Donald Trump's oldest son wrote, before deleting the post that same night, according to The New York Times.



    Although Trump Jr. after-the-fact stated that he was simply curious as to the answer to the question (ahem). This sounds so similar to a reaction he had to another bit of info he was eager to learn:

    "If it’s what you say I love it"

    It should be noted it went viral he deleted the tweet.

  • 06-24-19

    Iran Downs Drone

    Iran on thursday downed a U.S. RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft. They claim that the drone was in Iran's territorial waters when shot down.

    Pentagon official claim the drone was operating in international waters.

    Trump stepped away from a counterstrike Friday, saying that collateral damage in lives cost was disproportionate to the loss of a machine. Mr. Trump had approved a strike against Iran in response to Iran striking down a drone last week, but backed off.

    Today, Monday Trump signed into effect additional "hard hitting" sanctions against Iran and it's leaders. Namely Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei; Ali Reza Tangsiri, who was responsible for the Iranian regime's forces threatening to close the straits of Hormuz; Amirali Hajizadeh, who was commander of the air force and responsible for downing the U.S. unmanned aircraft in international airspace; and Mohammad Pakpour, who is responsible for IRGC's ground forces.

    Democrats in Washington argue that just because Mr. Trump backed off the military strike, it doesn't mean he should be praised for a conflict they say he created by walking away from the nuclear deal in the first place.


  • 06-13-19

    Headlines Continued

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders is Leaving the White House.

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave the job at the end of the month. Trump did not immediately announce who would succeed her.

    Kellyanne Conway and the Hatch Act.

    A federal agency is recommending that White House adviser Kellyanne Conway be removed from federal service, saying she violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions.

    The US Office of Special Counsel said Conway erred by "disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media."

    Special counsel Henry Kerner wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump Thursday that his office's investigative report found that Conway was a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act.

    A separate statement from the Office of the Special Counsel, issued alongside the report, said that "given that Ms. Conway is a repeat offender and has shown disregard for the law, (the office) recommends that she be removed from federal service."

    The recommendation carries no actual power to remove Conway. That decision is up to Trump, who has expressed nothing but support for Conway.

    Donald Trump Welcomes Foreign Collusion.

    President Donald Trump — who has claimed again and again that there was no collusion with Russia — now admits in an interview with ABC News that he would welcome an opportunity to collude with a foreign entity looking to help him win reelection.

    ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos asked the president, hypothetically, that if his campaign was approached by a foreign concern — like China or Russia — and told that they had information on a political opponent, what would he do, accept the information or turn it over to the FBI?

    Trump said, "I think maybe you do both."

    Trump added, "I think you might want to listen, there's nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, (and said) ‘we have information on your opponent' — oh, I think I'd want to hear it."

    Still, Trump said, “It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong.”

    This is simply "wrong" and it should make every U.S. voter stand up and notice.

    What Trump fails to recognize here is, that once our foreign adversaries tire of him, he just invited them to "dish the dirt" on him.


  • 06-12-19

    This Weeks' Headlines

    Donald Trump Jr. Testifies Before The Senate Intelligence Committee.

    The Senate Intelligence Committee heard testimony from Donald Trump Jr., for the second time on Wednesday.

    Exiting the Senate Intelligence Committee secure room at 12:05 pm, Trump Jr. said he was "not at all" worried about committing perjury.

    Trump Jr. was a key figure in the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York in which a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin met with him and senior campaign officials.

    Hick To Testify Before The House Judiciary Committee Behind Closed Doors.

    Hope Hicks, a top aide to the President during his 2016 campaign and his first year in the White House, has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Hicks will be the first former Trump aide to go before the committee investigating whether Trump tried to obstruct a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    House Panel Holds William Barr and Wilbur Ross In Contempt.

    The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted 24-15 to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for refusing to provide documents about how and why a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census.

    Trump invoked executive privelege regarding the census documents.

    The Judiciary Committee had already found Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena for the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller.


  • 06-01-19

    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    12 Killed and 4 injured in another mass shooting. Today's shooting was at the Virginia Beach Municipal LEFT, Virginia Beach, VA.


    Officials on Saturday identified the 12 victims killed in a mass shooting at the city's municipal LEFT. Eleven of the victims were city employees and one worked as a contractor at the Virginia Beach Municipal LEFT.

    The gunman, identified as a city employee named 40-year-old Dwayne Craddock, died after a long gunfight with police.

    A local police officer was wounded while confronting the gunman. Chief James Cervera said in a news conference Friday that the officer was saved by his bullet-proof vest.

    Those lost in this, the latest senseless shooting were:

    Laquita C. Brown, of Chesapeake Brown worked as a LEFT-of-way agent at Public Works for 4.5 years.

    Tara Welch Gallagher, of Virginia Beach
    Gallagher worked as an engineer at Public Works for six years.

    Alexander Mikhail Gusev, of Virginia Beach
    Gusev worked as LEFT-of-way agent at Public Works for nine years.

    Mary Louise Gayle, of Virginia Beach
    She worked as a LEFT-of-way agent at Public Works for 24 years.

    Katherine A. Nixon, of Virginia Beach
    Nixon worked as an engineer for Public Utilities for 10 years.

    Richard H. Nettleton, of Norfolk
    Nettleton worked as an engineer with Public Utilities for 28 years.

    Christopher Kelly Rapp, of Powhatan
    Rapp worked as an engineer with Public Works for just 11 months.

    Ryan Keith Cox, of Virginia Beach
    Cox worked as an account clerk with Public Utilities for 12.5 years

    Joshua A. Hardy, of Virginia Beach
    Hardy worked as an engineering technician with Public Utilities for 4.5 years.

    Michelle "Missy" Langer, of Virginia Beach
    Langer worked as an administrative assistant with Public Utilities for 12 years.

    Robert "Bobby" Williams, of Chesapeake
    Williams worked as a special projects coordinator with Public Utilities for 41 years.

    Herbert "Bert" Snelling, of Virginia Beach
    Snelling worked as a contractor.

    Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the community of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • 05-27-19

    House Investigations

    At least 14 Democratic-led House committees have been investigating various aspects of President Donald Trump. In all, those committees have launched at least 50 probes into Trump world.

    Trump says it's "harrassment", Democrats say they're playing catch-up after two years with virtually no oversight from Republicans.

    Here's a look at the probes that have been made public, organized by committee:

    This is what oversight looks like and should have the past two years under the GOP lead House. Instead, under Nunes, all the American public got was obfuscation and obstruction which has allowed the Administration to flaunt skirting the rule of law unempeded.



  • 05-25-19

    Preidential Declassifications

    The President has ordered all major US intelligence agencies to assist Attorney General William Barr in his review of surveillance issues surrounding Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, delegating significant authority to Barr to declassify sensitive intelligence materials as the attorney general sees fit.

    The move Thursday marked an escalation in Trump's efforts to "investigate the investigators," as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe amid mounting Democratic calls to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump.

    The new declassification powers are limited to materials related to Barr's inquiry into the Russia probe. The memo released Thursday states that the powers will terminate when Barr leaves his post and will not extend to the next attorney general.

    Trump has long said he would declassify and release sensitive documents, including the application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to surveil Page, a highly redacted version of which the Justice Department made public last summer under pressure from Republicans.

    Trump's move here all but guarantees his administration will release certain materials from the early stages of the Russia investigation.

    OPINION: First thought - just what Putin ordered - plain and simple. Must be time to kick in gear his 2020 interference campaign.

    Putin for quite some time has been on a quest to indentify "A Highly Placed Kremlin" source of information for the Americans. How better to "kill" the leak than to let his buddy in the White House find it for him. Once accomplished, the Russians can ramp up their activities and bring them back up to 2016 campaign levels.

    The language we hear out of this White House - "coup", "treason", putting "on trial" the former director of the FBI - that is what we hear in dictatorships.

    This should be fLEFTening to all Americans.


  • 05-24-19

    Trump's Lie About Dems

    President Donald Trump is angry at House Democrats for "getting nothing done in Congress." He may want to quarrel with his own party instead.

    Trump released a tweet tirade on Thursday morning admonishing Democrats for not making enough progress on infrastructure, health care, and veterans issues. The tweet came after an explosive meeting on infrastructure between Trump and Democrats the day before, which the president walked out of.


    Trump is objectively wrong; House Democrats haven’t been squandering time. In addition to their investigations, they’ve been passing legislation at a rapid clip. In all, the House has taken up 51 bills, resolutions, and suspensions since January — 49 of which they’ve passed.



    RE: Vox


  • 05-22-19

    Deutsche Bank Ruling

    A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Trump’s request to block his longtime lender, Deutsche Bank, from complying with congressional subpoenas.

    Judge Edgardo Ramos of United States District Court in Manhattan issued his ruling after hearing arguments from lawyers for Mr. Trump and his family, as well as two Democratic-controlled congressional committees. “I will not enjoin enforcement of the subpoenas,” Mr. Ramos said, and added that he thought it was unlikely Mr. Trump and his family would win in a trial.

    The ruling was the second setback this week for Mr. Trump’s efforts to prevent the release of his financial records, a central issue in his fight against Democrats who won control of the House of Representatives last year. The decision came the same day the New York legislature passed a bill that would allow Congress to obtain Mr. Trump’s state tax returns from the state.


  • 05-21-19

    More Subpoenas

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., issued subpoenas on Tuesday to former White House communications director Hope Hicks and to Annie Donaldson, the former chief of staff to ex-White House counsel Don McGahn.

    The subpoenas were issued for testimony and documents related to the panel's investigation into obstruction of justice, corruption and other potential abuses of power by President Donald Trump and members of his administration, the committee said.

    The subpoenas, which the committee had authorized last month, call on Hicks and Donaldson to produce requested documents early next month and for Hicks to testify June 19 and for Donaldson to appear for a deposition on June 24.

    The subpoenas come the same day that McGahn failed to show up at a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday morning at which Nadler subpoenaed him to testify. McGahn, however, defied the subpoena at the direction of the president and his administration.


  • 05-20-19

    Judge Orders Records Release

    Washington (CNN) A federal district judge has told the accounting firm Mazars it will need to turn over Donald Trump's accounting records from before he was President to the Democratic-control House Oversight Committee.

    In a 41-page opinion ( read here), Judge Amit Mehta of the DC District Court rejected Trump's attempt to block the committee's subpoena, asserting that Congress is well within its authority to investigate the President.

    Mehta's opinion will now likely become fodder for other judges to consider as Trump and his Cabinet try to hold off Congress from getting his business records, such as through the IRS, banks and in other court fights.

    Congress specifically can probe the President for conflicts of interest and ethical questions, Mehta wrote. "History has shown that congressionally-exposed criminal conduct by the President or a high-ranking Executive Branch official can lead to legislation," Mehta wrote, citing the Watergate investigation by the Senate.

    Mazars has seven days until it will have to comply with the subpoena.


  • 05-09-19

    Subpoenas Galor

    House Ways and Means Comittee Chairman Richard Neal subpoenaed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the IRS for six years of Trump's tax returns after formal request for them failed.

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr subpoenaed Don Trump Jr., the first known congressional subpoena of a member of Trump's immediate family.

    The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday (along party lines, 24 to 16)to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. The matter now moves to the full House for a vote.

  • 04-26-19

    Trump Withdraws from ATT

    US President Donald Trump has said he will withdraw his country from the international Arms Trade Treaty.

    What is (ATT) the Arms Trade Treaty?

    The ATT was signed by 130 nations in 2013, and officially came into law the following year.

    It requires states to monitor their arms exports, and to ensure their weapons sales do not break existing arms embargoes.

    Nations also need to ensure the weapons they export do not end up being used for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or terrorist acts. If they do find out the arms will be used for any of these, they need to stop the transfer.

    The pact has been signed and ratified by 101 countries so far - including Germany, France and the UK. The US is among another 29 nations that signed the treaty but have not ratified it to make it law.

    The White House claims some groups try to use the treaty to overturn "sovereign national decisions" on arms sales, specifically pointing to attempts to block the UK's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

    The sale of arms to Saudi Arabia by western countries has been highly contentious because of the use of those weapons in air strikes in Yemen, that have killed and injured thousands of civilians.

    The withdrawl from the ATT is just another withdrawl, repeal or deregulation that Trump and his administration has littered his tenure with. Below is a list of several that you may have heard of and some not.

    PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
    Trump announced in June 2017 he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord. Trump sided with conservatives who argued the 2015 agreement was bad for the US economy. Critics said he was weakening global efforts to stop climate change.

    IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
    Trump announced in May 2018 he was pulling the United States out of the agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Experts said the move would isolate the United States from its allies who remained in the deal, and they worried that Iran could resume its push to get a nuclear weapon. So far, according to the US intelligence community, Iran hasn’t.

    TPP
    Shortly after he took office in 2017, Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that included 12 Pacific Rim countries. Trump said he was doing it for American workers. Critics said he was creating an opening for economic heavyweight China to expand its influence in the region.

    NAFTA
    Trump has threatened to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, the trade pact between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He has negotiated a new agreement with the two countries, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but now needs congressional approval for it. It’s not clear whether he will get it and, if not, what happens next.

    UNESCO
    The Trump administration announced in October 2017 it would withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization.

    UNHRC
    The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2018.

    UNRWA
    The Trump administration announced in August 2018 it was ending its decades of funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency, which helps Palestinian refugees.

    ATT
    The Arms Trade Treaty, signed by Barack Obama in 2013, aims to regulate the sale of weapons between countries.

    Other targets of Trump:

    Net Neutrality
    The Fiduciary Rule
    The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule
    The Tip-Pooling Rule
    The CFPB Arbitration Rule
    Transfer of Surplus Military Equipment to Local Police
    The Clean Power Plan

    Interesting and interactive reading can be found at tracking deregulation in the Trump era


  • 04-25-19 - FEATURED ARTICLE

    Hillary Op-Ed

    In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, the former secretary of state and Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, called the outline of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report: "a serious crime against the American people."

    "Our election was corrupted, our democracy assaulted, our sovereignty and security violated. This is the definitive conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report."

    Click here to read the article.


  • 04-23-19

    Kuschner: Meuller More Harmful

    Jared Kushner downplayed the significance of Russian interference in the 2016 election, dismissing it as a “couple of Facebook ads” in an interview with TIME and arguing that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was more damaging to democracy than the influence operation itself.

    “You look at what Russia did, buying some Facebook ads to try to sow dissent and do it, and it’s a terrible thing,” Kushner said at the TIME 100 Summit in New York City. “But I think the investigations and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads.”

    “If you look at the magnitude of what they did, the ensuing investigations have been way more harmful,” he added.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's report, called the Russian election interference "sweeping and systematic."

    From a reader perspective, Kuschener doesn't seem to have a clue as to just how unpatriotic, unAmerican and treasonous his calculated statements are.


  • 04-18-19

    Redacted Report Released

    Attorney General William Barr released to Congress and the public Special Counsel Robert Muellers's redacted report today.

    To read the report or download, click here

    Redactions belong to 4 areas of interest.
    1. Grand Jury Testimony.
    2. Ongoing Investigations.
    3. Privacy of 3rd party or uncharged individuals.
    4. Sources and methods.

    While Mueller's report couldn't conclusively determine that Trump or his teams willingly participated in conspiring with Russian operatives to interfere in our election process, he did lay out 10 issues of obstruction that are still open and yet to be resolved.

    A note here: The counter-intelligence investigation continues and the grand jury is by no means finished.


  • 04-10-19

    Oranges

    As if on cue and after Trump bellowing that the "oranges" of the Russia probe needs looked into, Attorney General William Barr testifying before Congress stuck his nose into the political fray and showed his colours.


    Barr made an inference, without evidence, that untoward "spying" had taken place at the beginnings of the Russia probe.

    Barr parroting Trump and by extension has muddied the waters surrounding the actual report.

    Trouble is that facts are facts and subtracting all the rhetoric leaves facts.

    America needs the report made public.


  • 04-08-19

    Secret Service Director Out

    Randolph "Tex" Alles is out as the Director of the U.S. Secret Service.

    Randolph Alles “will be leaving shortly,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says, adding that Trump “has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May.”

    A White House official, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss Alles’ departure, told CNBC that the president has been frustrated with the increasingly high numbers of monthly illegal border crossings.


  • 04-07-19

    Nielsen Out At DHS

    Kirstjen Nielsen is out as Secretary of Homeland Security.

    Nielsen resigned after a conversation with the president Sunday afternoon, making clear that the “tougher direction” is extending to a new DHS secretary. Kevin McAleenan, the head of Customs and Border Protection, will serve as acting DHS secretary until a formal successor is nominated.

    Nielsen will likely be remembered for presiding over the widespread separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border in late spring and early summer 2018, under a “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting first-time border crossers for illegal entry.


  • 04-05-19

    Week In Headlines

    Chinese Woman Carrying 'Malware' Arrested After Illegally Entering Trump's Mar-a-Lago

    April 2, 2019 • The woman told Secret Service agents she wanted to go to the pool. But she didn't have a swimsuit. Then she said she wanted to attend a United Nations event. Nothing was scheduled.

    Trump Backs Off Obamacare Replacement After Top GOP Leader Nixes The Idea

    April 2, 2019 • The president still promises "a great health care package" — but not until after the next election. His comments come after a phone call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    Key House Democrat Formally Asks For Trump's Tax Returns

    April 3, 2019 • Rep. Richard Neal, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, asked the IRS commissioner for six years of Trump's personal tax returns, as well as returns for some of his businesses.

    House Judiciary Approves Subpoena For Full Mueller Report In Party-Line Vote

    April 3, 2019 • Attorney General William Barr plans to give Congress the Mueller report in mid-April, but with some redactions. Democrats insist they should get the full report and the fight could end up in court.

    Trump Walks Back Threat To Close U.S. Border, Giving Mexico A '1-Year Warning'

    April 4, 2019 • Trump is pushing Mexico to stem the flow of migrants and drugs into the United States. After a year, he said, he will consider tariffs on cars or a border shutdown.



  • 03-24-19

    Mueller (Maybe), Barr (No)

    U.S. Attorney General William Barr submitted his summary findings to Congress today, essentially declaring there was no proof of collusion or coordination of the Trump team with Russian election interference.

    Read Attorney General Barr's "principal conclusions" letter to Congress.

    From Barr's report: The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: "[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."]

    The Special Counsel states that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

    Two words ascribed to Mueller in Barr's report that should be red-flagged as curious are "difficult issues" of law. . .

    Mueller's words are highlighted.

    On an editorial note, this summary cannot ignore several facts:

    1. Russia DID interfere in the 2016 elections. Outstanding indictments are still pending.

    2. Many of Trump associates LIED about their contacts with Russia (Russians). Why?

    3. So far, Mueller's report is nothing more than the Barr Report.

    Barr's assessment is flawed in that it is HIS judgment that obstruction was not committed. The Special Counsel was inconclusive.

    In plain sight on Russia: Trump asked Russia for help, he got it, he benefited from it, he rewarded it.

    Next phase: Congressional committee hearings.


  • 03-22-19

    Mueller Report Is Finished

    The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over Trump for nearly two years.

    Mr. Barr told congressional leaders in a letter late Friday that he may brief them within days on the special counsel’s findings. “I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” he wrote in a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary committees.

    Read the letter Attorney General Barr sent to Congress reporting that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report.


  • 03-19-19

    Trump's March Numbers

    A little fun with some of Trump's numbers - Tweets that is:

    6936: Total Tweets since inauguration.
    788 days (today)

    Apr 11, 2012 - 1st Fake.
    Jul 18, 2012 - 1st Fake Obama's birth certificate.
    Dec 10, 2016 - 1st Fake News tweet.

    474 - mentions Fake (various).
    399 - mentions Fake News or related.

    8.8 AVG tweets daily.
    1 out of 17.4 tweets - Fake News.

    Fake News once every 48 hours.

    See if this sounds all too familiar:

    "His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

    The above quote appears in the report by the United States Office of Strategic Services titled: A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend (1943), by Walter C. Langer, which can be obtained from the US National Archives.


  • 03-15-19

    Christchurch, NZ Massacre

    Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.


    Officials said that one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two explosive devices were found attached to a vehicle that they had stopped.

    The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said in an evening news conference that 41 people had been killed at Al Noor Mosque and seven at Linwood Mosque, and that another victim had died at Christchurch Hospital.

    David Meates, the chief executive of the Canterbury District Health Board, said that 48 people, including young children, were being treated for injuries at the hospital. He said the injuries included gunshot wounds and ranged from critical to minor.

    The police said that four people, including three men and one woman, had been taken into custody. Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia said that one of them was Australian.

    Once again our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the citizens of New Zealand.


  • 03-14-19

    Manhattan Charges Manafort

    Minutes after Paul Manafort was sentenced in federal court in Washington, Trump’s former campaign chairman was indicted Wednesday by a state grand jury in New York on 16 charges of residential mortgage fraud and conspiracy.

    The charges filed against Manafort may stand as a kind of prosecutorial insurance policy against a possible presidential pardon – a scenario that Trump has refused to discuss as Manafort’s case worked its way through the federal court system.


  • 03-14-19

    Manfort Sentenced in D.C.

    Judge Amy Berman Jackson has handed down the District of Columbia sentence to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort: Combined with the sentencing in a separate case last week, Manafort will ultimately spend more than 7 years behind bars.

    Jackson sentenced Manafort to 73 months, or just over 6 years. He was previously sentenced in Virginia to 47 months, or just under four years.

    Jackson imposed a 30-month overlap with the Virginia sentence, so the total is 90 months, or 7.5 years. He has already been in detention for nine months, leaving 81 months to serve.


  • 03-07-19

    Manfort Gets 47 Months

    Federal judge T.S. Ellis on Thursday sentenced Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to serve 47 months in prison.

    Manafort is expected to serve only 38 more months of the 47-month sentence because of time he has already spent incarcerated. In addition to the sentence, Ellis ordered Manafort to pay a $50,000 fine, the lowest fine provided for by guidelines that recommended a fine between $50,000 and $24 million.

    Manafort had been convicted in the Virginia court last summer on eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to file a foreign bank account report.

    Manafort was not convicted on 10 other criminal counts in that case, which were deadlocked by the 12-person jury.

    Manafort faces sentencing in a separate federal case in Washington, D.C., on March 13.


  • 03-04-19

    House Judiciary Requests

    The House Judiciary Committee announced Monday that it is sending letters seeking information and documents from more than 80 groups, organizations and individuals, as part of its sweeping investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign, businesses, transition and administration.

    In an interview with ABC News' "This Week," Rep. Jerry Nadler said Sunday the requests for documents are to "begin investigations, to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, about corruption and abuse of power."



    RE: CNN


  • 03-01-19

    Trump's Di-Curiosity

    Simply put - Trump is di-curious.

    If it isn't his showering praise on Vladimir Putin or calling Kim Jung Un a "friend" or capitulating to Turkey's Erdogan to a bizarre past relationship with Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Trump has had this affinity to embrace authoritarian leaders around the globe.

    His juvenile praise for Kim Jung Un and insistence on taking "him at his word" in the death of Otto Warmbier is once again troubling.

    Coining the new phrase "di-curious" was our attempt to put a little levity to what has been very perplexing and troubling behavior from the leader of the free world.

    We were considering the phrase "dic-curious" however out of respect for the office of the President, "di-curios" will suffice.

  • 02-26-19

    Know Your Committees

    Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney testifies before Congress Tuesday (today), Wednesday and Thursday in front of three separate committees. Two closed door sessions sandwiched around an open hearing in front of the House Oversight Committee.

    Below are the members of those committees.





    A note here - while Cohen is testifying in the open session to Congress, Trump, half way around the world, will be meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jung Un.


  • 02-22-19

    Trump's February Numbers

    A little fun with some of Trump's numbers - Tweets that is:

    6578: Total Tweets since inauguration.
    763 days (today)

    Apr 11, 2012 - 1st Fake.
    Jul 18, 2012 - 1st Fake Obama's birth certificate.
    Dec 10, 2016 - 1st Fake News tweet.

    450 - mentions Fake (various).
    382 - mentions Fake News or related.

    8.8 AVG tweets daily.
    1 out of 17.2 tweets - Fake News.

    Fake News once every 48 hours.

    See if this sounds all too familiar:

    "His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

    The above quote appears in the report by the United States Office of Strategic Services titled: A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend (1943), by Walter C. Langer, which can be obtained from the US National Archives.


  • 02-20-19

    This Week's Headlines

    Shutdown Averted, National Emergency Declared.

    Congress overwhelmingly passed appropriations to keep the government open and avoid another shutdown. Trump signed the legislation on Saturday after announcing that he was declaring a national emergency on the southern border. Almost in the same breath, Trump stated that he was grabbing $8.5 billion dollars scavenged from the military budget.

    16 States File Suit Against Trump's Emergency.

    The ink was not dry on Trump's national emergency declaration when 16 states led by California filed to stop it.

    The attorneys general from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia joined California in the lawsuit.

    Over the weekend, the Center for Biological Diversity, Border Network for Human Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union all announced lawsuits.

    At the core of each lawsuit is the argument that Trump is circumventing Congress to fund the wall along the US-Mexico border by declaring an emergency.

    Roger Stone Ordered to Court After Online Post.

    The federal judge presiding over Roger Stone’s case said Tuesday she’s considering gagging or jailing the longtime Donald Trump associate after he posted images on Instagram targeting her.

    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Stone to appear at a Thursday afternoon hearing in Washington, D.C., to explain why his social media posts shouldn't change the terms of Stone’s bond and why she shouldn’t impose harsh new restrictions on his speech.

    Bernie's Back

    Senator Bernie Sanders, Vermont announced that he was running for President in 2020 - again.

    The announcement alone helped him raise $4 million on Tuesday from nearly 150,000 individual donors.


  • 02-13-19

    Manafort Intentionally Lied

    A federal judge says former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's office. The ruling also concludes that prosecutors are no longer bound by their plea deal with Manafort.

    Manafort agreed to plead guilty only days before a trial last year in Washington, D.C. Prosecutors agreed to consider recommending leniency for Manafort based on his cooperation. Now Judge Amy Jackson has found Manafort intentionally lied about payments to a law firm and his interactions with a business associate the FBI has linked to Russian intelligence services. Manafort now faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison. He will be sentenced March 13.


  • 02-11-19

    National Debt Tops $22 Trillion

    The national debt surpassed $22 trillion for the first time on Tuesday, a milestone that experts warned is further proof the country is on an unsustainable financial path that could jeopardize the economic security of every American.

    The Treasury Department reported the debt hit $22.012 trillion, a jump of more than $30 billion in just this month.

    The national debt has been rising at a faster rate following the passage of President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax-cut package a little more than a year ago and as the result of congressional efforts to increase spending on domestic and military programs. The nation has added more than $1 trillion in debt in the last 11 months alone.


  • 02-05-19

    Inauguration Subpoena

    The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York subpoenaed the Trump Inaugural Committee on Monday (Feb 4).

    What the subpoena demanded:

    * "All documents related to the committee’s donors and vendors."
    * All records related to “benefits” provided to donors.
    * Documents related to the financier Imaad Zuberi and his company Avenue Ventures LLC. (He is the only donor specifically named in the subpoena. The Daily Beast has previously reported on Zuberi’s connections to Michael Cohen.)
    * Documents related to donations “made by or on behalf of foreign nationals,” including communications about possible donations from foreign individuals.
    * Documents related to “donations or payments made by donors directly to contractors and/or vendors.” (The Journal reports that there was some discussion on the inaugural committee about having donors pay vendors for the inauguration directly — which could violate disclosure laws.)

    The New York Times reports that the subpoena also asks for documents about Stripe, a startup that processes credit card payments, for which Jared Kushner’s brother is an investor.

    CNN reports that the subpoena specifically names several different offenses that investigators are probing:

    * Conspiracy against the United States.
    * False statements.
    * Mail fraud.
    * Wire fraud.
    * Money laundering.
    * Inaugural committee disclosure violations.
    * "Violations of laws prohibiting contributions by foreign nations and contributions in the name of another person, also known as straw donors."

    Three Justice Department offices have reportedly been investigating aspects of Trump’s inauguration.

    * Special counsel Robert Mueller.
    * SDNY US Attorney’s Office.
    * EDNY US Attorney’s Office.

    Contrary to what spin the White House tries to put on this, these investigations look quite serious.


  • 01-29-19

    Trump Calls Intel Naive


    President Trump lashed out at U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday, calling them “extremely passive and naive” about the “dangers of Iran” and pushing back on their assessments of the Islamic State and North Korea during a congressional hearing.

    In tweets, Trump offered what amounted to a rebuttal of testimony on global threats provided to the Senate on Tuesday by a panel of top officials from his administration.


    During the Senate hearing, officials warned that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, was capable of attacking the United States and painted a picture of a still-formidable terrorist organization. Trump had declared the group defeated and has said he wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as a result.

    The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the United States Intelligence Community report can be read here.


  • 01-28-19

    Shutdown = $11 Billion

    Federal employees went back to work Monday after the longest shutdown in government history — but the economic effects will be felt for a long time.

    A report released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the economy took an $11 billion hit, including $3 billion that's gone forever, in the 35 days that parts of the federal government went unfunded.

    "In CBO's estimation, the shutdown dampened economic activity mainly because of the loss of furloughed federal workers' contribution to GDP, the delay in federal spending on goods and services, and the reduction in aggregate demand," the report said.

    And that may just be the tip of the economic iceberg.

    "Underlying those effects on the overall economy are much more significant effects on individual businesses and workers. Among those who experienced the largest and most direct negative effects are federal workers who faced delayed compensation and private-sector entities that lost business. Some of those private-sector entities will never recoup that lost income," the report said.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that the report shows that "the President’s shutdown inflicted needless pain and chaos in the lives of millions of Americans, and stole billions of dollars from the economy."

    "When the Congress completes its bipartisan, bicameral work to fund government, the President should swiftly sign that legislation to avert another shutdown and restore certainty to our economy and the lives of the American people," she said.

    --NBC News - Dareh Gregorian


  • 01-25-19

    Trump Caves On Shutdown

    President Donald Trump and congressional leaders reached a tentative agreement to temporarily reopen the government, the president announced Friday from the Rose Garden.

    The deal would lift the federal shutdown for three weeks, but does not include the $5.7 billion Trump requested to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Federal workers who have been on furlough or working without pay would receive back pay "very quickly or as soon as possible," the president said.

    The president said he will ask Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to put a proposal on the floor "immediately" for a vote. Once the government is reopened, a bipartisan conference committee in Congress will then review Department of Homeland Security requests for border security.

    A note here should be that after all the political posturing and 35 days of intense anxiety and financial burden for hundreds of thousands of government workers, the agreement signed was the same one that Trump refused to sign in December, of which makes the Trump shutdown completely unnecessary.


  • 01-25-19

    Roger Stone Indicted

    The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, revealed on Friday the most direct link yet between the Trump campaign’s and WikiLeaks’ parallel efforts to use Democratic Party material stolen by Russians to damage the election campaign of Hillary R. Clinton.

    In an indictment unsealed Friday, the special counsel disclosed evidence that a top campaign official in 2016 dispatched Roger J. Stone, a longtime adviser to President Trump, to get information from WikiLeaks about the thousands of hacked Democratic emails. The effort began well after it was widely reported that Russian intelligence operatives were behind the theft, which was part of Moscow’s broad campaign to sabotage the 2016 president election.

    The indictment makes no mention of whether Mr. Trump played a role in the coordination, though Mr. Mueller did leave a curious clue about how high in the campaign the effort reached: A senior campaign official “was directed” by an unnamed person to contact Mr. Stone about additional WikiLeaks releases that might damage the Clinton campaign, according to the court document.

    Mr. Stone was charged with seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering. Mr. Mueller did not say that Mr. Stone’s interactions with WikiLeaks were illegal, nor that the Trump campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the organization.

    -- NY Times

    Read the Indictment Here


  • 01-16-19

    Trump's January Numbers

    A little fun with some of Trump's numbers - Tweets that is:

    6207: Total Tweets since inauguration.
    726 days (today)

    Apr 11, 2012 - 1st mentions Fake.
    Jul 18, 2012 - 1st Fake Obama's birth certificate.
    Dec 10, 2016 - 1st Fake News tweet.

    423 - mentions Fake.
    341 - mentions Fake News or related.

    8.5 AVG tweets daily.
    1 out of 18.2 tweets - Fake News.

    Fake News once every 48 hours.

    The reason behind the numbers.

    See if this sounds all too familiar:

    "His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

    The above quote appears in the report by the United States Office of Strategic Services titled: A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend (1943), by Walter C. Langer, which can be obtained from the US National Archives.


  • 01-16-18

    Mueller Updates

    Two reports were released in the Mueller Investigation yesterday. One dealt with Rick Gates and his continuing cooperation with the Special Counsel. The second was Mueller's release of information regarding Manafort's lying to the Special Counsel.

    Although not much information can be gleaned from both reports, it is noted that Gates sentencing will be postponed because of his further cooperation with ongoing investigations.

    Both reports can be read from the links below.

    Manafort Breach Determination Report

    Rick Gates Status Report

    Paul Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced on the remaining counts against him in Virginia on February 8 and March 5 in The District of Columbia.


  • 01-15-19

    Trump's Shakedown

    I've started this article at least five times and find it difficult condensing 500 cuss words into a coherent and readable article.

    What is the end-point for Trump's Shakedown of the American people?

    With Trump's it's about money and deep down it's always about what's in it for him.

    All the pieces of this government shutdown center around a wall. A 5 billion to 30 billion dollar albatross. One that even if started would not be finished with Trump still in office. What are Trump's long term benefits in insisting in construction of his white whale?

    Long-term, border security is necessary but the short-term of this shakedown is that 850,000 government workers and their families are adversely affected. The costs of the shutdown will exponentially increase as other people and local businesses will ultimately be affected also. It is horrifying to even imagine the uncertainty thrown into their lives.

    Center to complicity in this shakedown is Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.

    The House has sent numerous funding bills to the Senate for McConnell to put on the floor for vote. Yet her refuses.



    Six terms in the Senate just may be the max that constituents in Kentucky will be willing to put up with.

    The irony in Trump's yelling for a wall and border security is that his government shutdown has cancelled 42,000 immigration hearings (and counting).



    As I have noted before a word of caution is that what appears to be on the surface with Trump is not always what is going on. Keep your eyes on talks about NATO.


  • 01-12-19

    Congress Approves Back-Pay

    The House and Senate this week voted (411-7) overwhelmingly to provide back pay to about 800,000 federal workers who are going without paychecks because of the partial government shutdown.

    But seven lawmakers — all House Republicans — opposed the measure. Those "no" votes came from:

    Justin Amash (Mich.)
    Andy Biggs (Ariz.)
    Paul Gosar (Ariz.)
    Glen Grothman (Wis.)
    Thomas Massie (Ky.)
    Chip Roy (Texas)
    Ted Yoho (Fla.)

    A note here is that 5 of the 7 Congressmen identify or have been identifed as members of the House Freedom Caucus.


  • 01-08-19

    Manafort Response to SC

    According to a court filing Tuesday, in his response to a Special Counsel Breach Filing, it has been shown that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence, and prosecutors say he lied to them about it.

    Read the court filing here.

    The allegation marks the first time prosecutors have accused Trump’s chief campaign aide of sharing information related to the election with his Russian contacts. Although the filing does not say whether the polling information was public or what was done with it, it raises the possibility that Russia might have used inside information from Trump’s Republican campaign as part of its effort to interfere with the election on Trump’s behalf.

    The information was accidentally revealed in a defense filing that was meant to be redacted. The Associated Press was able to review the material because it wasn’t properly blacked out.

    The filing contains new details about Manafort’s connection to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian business associate who was indicted last year on charges he tampered with potential witnesses. The U.S. believes he is connected to Russian intelligence, but Kilimnik, who is not in U.S. custody, has denied those ties.

    The latest allegations further detail how Manafort’s work on the campaign intersected with his past international work with Kilimnik.


  • 01-07-19

    Border Emergency???

    At the start of the third week of Trump's shutdwon, we now have him and V.P. Pence floating the idea of declaring a national emergency at the border by executive order and relegating funds and manpower earmarked for the military to build his wall on the southern border.

    Trump and company have been peddling the notion of a "crisis" at the border to justify such and action.

    Several thing should be noted here:

    1. - NO CRISIS at the border - this is a Trump fabrication.

    2. - The GOP and Senator McConnell ARE RESPONSIBLE for this shutdown.

    McConnell has abdicated his constitutional legislative duty by refusing to consider any bill from the House that "he thinks" Trump won't sign. His job is to send bills to the President to sign or not.

    3. - Terrorist ARE NOT pouring over the border.

    In July 2017, the State Department said there was “no credible information that any member of a terrorist group has traveled through Mexico to gain access to the United States.” According to separate DHS data for 2017, most of the 2,554 people on the terrorist watch list who were encountered by U.S. officials tried to enter through airports (2,170) or by sea (49).

    4. - BAD FAITH NEGOTIATING.

    The White House by entertaining the thought of "creating a need" for declaring an emergency shows that they have no interest in good faith negotiating. Trump declaring an emergency would simply be "taking the ball and going home".

    5. - Using military funds for a "Trumped up" emergency and wall could eventually be illegal.


  • 01-05-19

    Grand Jury Extended

    District Judge Beryl A. Howell has granted Mueller’s request to extend the term of the grand jury hearing evidence in his criminal inquiry for up to six months, according to several media reports.

    The term of the jury, impaneled in Washington in early July 2017, was set to expire this weekend. Extensions for up to six months are routinely granted if a judge is convinced that it serves the public interest.

    The extension is likely an indication that there could be more indictments.




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