Trump Sound & Fury

What, is Donald Trump going to do after 1/20/17 ? He will be sworn in as President, and for at least a year or more he will have no opponent to bash, no one to throw unsubstantiated rumors at to throw off the media & his wholly uninformed supporters.  Trump tweeted again about Hillary Clinton “being guilty as hell”. As you would say Mr. Trump, wrong!!! Clinton has been completely cleared & exonerated. The only question that remains now is how badly the F.B.I botched the investigation.  The rest of your spew is just sound & fury. 

More on this from Robert Reich & The New York Times. 

In the wake of news that the Justice Department’s inspector general is investigating FBI director James B. Comey over his actions in the final days of the campaign, Trump tweeted this morning: “What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had she should never… have been allowed to run – guilty as hell.”

“Guilty as hell?” 

1. The investigation has nothing to do with whether Hillary Clinton violated the law with her private email server. Instead, it will center on why Mr. Comey sent a public letter to Congress in the last days of the campaign announcing the FBI was reopening the Clinton emails investigation after discovering other messages on the laptop of Anthony D. Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide. Days later, Comey announced the computer held no incriminating evidence. Comey’s announcement clearly damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign. 

2. We now know that Comey and the FBI were also investigating Russian operatives and their intervention in the presidential election on behalf of Trump, and possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Russians – but Comey and the FBI never announced they were doing so. By announcing the reopening of the Clinton investigation but saying nothing about the Trump investigation, the FBI seems to have been playing favorites in the campaign – a clear violation of the FBI’s role, and a threat to democracy. Hopefully the investigation will also examine this.

3. Trump obviously doesn’t want to the inspector general’s investigation to cast further doubt on the legitimacy of his presidential win. But for him to respond to the investigation by tweeting that Hillary Clinton is “guilty as hell” is even below the low bar he’s already set. The man lies compulsively, and will say anything to divert attention from what’s really going on. 

What do you think?

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/us/politics/donald-trump-transition.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

WaterGate 2017 ?

I was very young when President Nixon resigned from office amid the Watergate scandal. As someone who follows history, I found many things fascinating & equally scary about that time in history. The scariest being Nixon’s unbelievable abuse of his powers, and fracturing of the Constitution. The events of yesterday, will now set off a firestorm that will haunt the President Elect for much of his tenure. Despite what Trump thinks his power is not absolute, he isn’t a monarchy. Trump can spew all he wants to, but there checks & balances, no matter what party controls The House & The Senate. A lesson the new President is going to find out the hard way. 

Below are some thoughts from Robert Reich and an article from USA Today, discussing the rebuke from the ethics oversight office. 

Yesterday, the federal government’s top ethics official joined a wave of ethics watchdogs denouncing President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to retain his financial interest in his global real-estate and branding empire, merely turning management over to his sons while he’s president. 

“The plan the president has announced doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the past four decades has met,” says Walter Shaub, the head of the Office of Government Ethics. He called Trump’s pledge to step away from management of his company “meaningless from a conflicts of interest perspective.”

Ethics experts had urged Trump to take two specific steps to avoid the appearance or existence of conflicts of interest: (1) divest himself of a sprawling business empire with outposts scattered across the world, and (2) create a blind trust managed by an independent trustee—standards adhered to by Presidents for decades. 

Trump has chosen to do neither.

According to his most recent financial disclosures, filed in the spring of 2016, Trump appears to own or control more than 500 companies in some two dozen countries, including an array of nations who are key geopolitical actors – creating a significant possibility of running afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s ban on high officials receiving cash from foreign governments (Article I, Section 9). 

Is the American public concerned? “No I don’t think so,” Trump said at his news conference today. “I won, when I became president. No, I don’t think they care at all.”

People, that’s the issue.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/11/ethics-watchdogs-dismiss-trump-business-plan/96448828/

Those Pesky Facts….

One wonders in this modern age does President Elect Trump think that no one is going to catch onto the balooney he frequently spews at any given opportunity. To call this guy a SERIAL FABRICATOR is almost taking it too easy on him. Lying on the campaign trail is par for the course for many politicians, but Trump made it an art form. Trump has already figured out what we know as well, his supporters are wholly not interested in facts, sadly. 

Here is a fact-checking article from the Washington Post. The article takes a look at about 15 points. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/11/fact-checking-president-elect-trumps-news-conference/

Democracy’s Really Terrible Awful Day…

So for the first time in almost six months, President Elect Donald Trump held a press conference. The bad news for Trump was he had to follow President Obama’s magnanimous & heartwarming speech from last night. Trump, per his usual came across like the preening schmo that he is. He completely backed off his campaign promises of divesting himself & putting his many business in a blind trust. If that wasn’t enough, Trump also claims “the wall” construction will start almost immediately, at the expense of the American Taxpayers, most of whom didn’t vote for him, just mentioning.  

Trump’s backing off putting his business interest creates a clear & present danger for democracy as whole. It’s an unprecedented move historically, and one that has a strong likely hood of going extremely wrong.   Overall, today was a bad day for America & Democracy. 

Also some great insight on today’s events from The New York Times & Robert Reich. 

Trump just held his first news conference since July. 

Apart from admitting that Russia “probably” interfered in the election, and saying he won’t put his assets into a blind trust but will instead turn them over to his sons (hardly a remedy for conflicts of interest), he offered nothing he hasn’t said before. 

And, as before, he was nasty and vindictive.

He wouldn’t take questions from members of the press whose outlets covered him in ways he didn’t like (“Not you, your organization is terrible;” Buzzfeed is “a pile of garbage;” CNN is “fake news.” And “BBC that’s another beauty.”) And he repeated claims that media is “dishonest.” 

He said the intelligence community leaks classified information, and it was a “disgrace that information would be let out” from his recent U.S. intelligence briefing.

He even took a swipe at Hillary Clinton: “I won’t be pressing a little ‘reset’ button like Hillary.”

9 days to go before he’s president.

What did you think of the press conference?


https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/us/politics/donald-trump-press-conference.html

The Russian Trump Card??

News is flying fast and furious this evening, and several media outlets are reporting the following information. The information below was reported by Robert Reich & The New York Time

More to follow…..

Here’s what the Russians have on Trump: 

None of the following are yet substantiated by the FBI or other U.S. intelligence agencies. The information comes from a former British intelligence officer who is considered a competent and reliable source, with extensive experience in Russia. His memos describe: 

1. Several purported meetings during the 2016 presidential campaign between Trump representatives and Russian officials to discuss matters of mutual interest, including the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

2. Lucrative deals proposed to Trump by Russian officials — essentially disguised bribes — designed to win influence over Trump.

3. Sex videos involving prostitutes with Trump in a 2013 visit to a Moscow hotel. The videos were supposedly prepared as “kompromat,” or compromising material, with the possible goal of blackmailing Trump in the future.

Again, none of this is substantiated. Apparently the FBI is looking into them.

What do you think?


http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-intelligence.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Liar…Liar…

One of the many that things were proven facts along the trail in 2016 and into the transition into the Trump presidency, is how fast & loose Donald Trump plays with the truth.  Some would call him a bald face liar, I will just use the phrase, serial fabricator.  One of Trump’s biggest problems with the media is they actually cover most of his bluster, sound and fury.  Apparently this makes the President Elect unhappy.  So he takes to twitter, his propaganda machine.  His loyal followers have not adopted his scary stance now, that the media is lying, or whomever draws Trumps ire that day.  For weeks he took a break from the media, to basically call all 17 of the intelligence communities that concluded Russia interfered into out elections, liars or as close as he could get.  As we saw most of last year, facts and reality was something many Trump supporters & Trump himself were not fond of.  Disparaging of the media & intelligence services is not a new tactic however, a brutal German dictator back in the 30’s used this method to much success.  You may have heard of him, Adolf Hitler.