Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) stated that Trump will have to turn over his secret tapes. This will be interesting because Trump will either have to produce the tapes or publicly admit that he was lying. Rumor has it that Sean Spicer was caught actually hiding from the press in the bushes to avoid answering question. Things have been going bad for Trump this past week and Trump will never admit it is his own fault so what will he do? Start blaming other people and firing them. In Atlantic City Trump even fired his first wife who was running one of the Casinos that was actually making money. He fired many people who were running the other casinos.
Now it looks like Trump is seriously considering firing Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon. Spicer will be fired because Trumps approval ratings are continuing to fall and that was before firing the director of the FBI. Since it couldn’t possibly be Trumps fault it must be Spicer fault. Spicer is responsible for making Trump’s public image all Trump needs to raise his approval ratings is a competent spokesman. Bannon has to compete with Trump’s son-in-law who has a completely different world-view. I don’t think there was any doubt that Kushner would win out when push came to shove. So far Comey has remained silent after being fired but if Bannon is fired he will be extremely angry and as a former head of Breitbart News he is likely to come out swinging in the way he knows best. Trump will have made a real enemy and he will live to regret firing Bannon because Bannon knows the real inside story and he will have access to facts that few others have. When you live by the size of your ego you die by the size of your ego. An oversize ego will not allow you to take the reasonable council of others in the mind of an ego maniac his opinion will always be superior to others. Trump’s overblown ego is about to do him in.
Not a day goes by that Trump doesn’t manage to screw something up and now the Washington Post reports that Trump revealed state secrets to the Russian when they visited because he wants to have better relations with Russia. Trump barred any of the American news agencies from attending the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak but the Russian press was free to cover the event. Trump told the American press they could obtain pictures of the event from the Russian news agencies. Now we know why the American news media was not welcome. After the Russian meeting senior Whitehouse staff placed calls to both the CIA and NSA that Trump had compromised the information and the city it came from.
The detailed information that Trump shared with the Russian was not even shared with our allies. The information about ISIS plot was given to us with the condition that details not be shared with others. The details given the Russians would be enough for them to identify the source and terminate that source. Trump, true to course, was bragging and show off to Russian what a great intelligence gathering service he has. This is another way that Trump assuages his overblown ego.
During the election Trump repeatedly harped on Hillary’s e-mail server and that she might have compromised confidential information but now Trump just runs off at the mouth giving highly confidential information to the Russians. “Lose lips sink ships’ but in Trump’s case it is a lose and deteriorating brain aided by an ego that can’t imagine anyone as great as he is. Our allies will be far less likely to share secret information with the United States as long as that senile old man is in the Whitehouse and you cannot blame them. It is horrible that Trump shared the information but the reason he shared is much worse.
“The more things change the more they stay the same.” Watergate II is right on script. Can you say obstruction of justice? Evidently Trump doesn’t know what that is but I think he is about to find out. Trump has actively been trying to kill the Russian investigation all along but now the proof is coming forth. Everybody understood what Trump meant when he tried to get Comey to pledge loyalty to him. It seems the director of the FBI, James Comey, kept detailed notes when he was called to the Whitehouse or met with Trump. These notes are not classified and are now being made public after Trump fired Comey. At a meeting with Trump a day after Flynn was fired Trump asked Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” That is above and beyond the classic example of obstruction of justice the only question now is how soon will Trump be indicted and convicted.
Trump has committed a number of crimes in his life but he has never been convicted because of crooked politicians and his mob connections but now Trump is playing in a whole new league he is about to find out that Washington is not New York and the fact that sis sets on the Federal Bench is not going to help. I really didn’t believe it could get any better at least not this quickly. Even the Republicans are saying that the Trump Administration is on a downward spiral.
When the FBI heard Trump say that there were secret tapes they were overjoyed. The meeting where Trump tried to kill the Russian investigation was a private meeting between Trump and Comey and it would be Trump’s word against Comey but Trump is a known and persistent liar. Comey on the other hand has a reputation for honesty maybe to honest on occasion. In a survey people were asked to do a word association test. One of the most frequent words that popped up associated with Trump was “liar.”
Now that it has become public that Trump is trying to kill the Russian investigation a special prosecutor must be appointed to run the investigation. I never saw Trump smile so broadly as he did when he was telling the Russians the classified information. The information blab to the Russians was at the absolute highest level but to hear Trump tell it, it was not secret at all the bad part for Trump was the Russian have a transcript.
House majority leader Kevin McCarthy a Republican from California was heard saying on tape, “There are two people I think Putin pays Rohrabacher and Trump. The tape was recorded on June 15, 2016. Rohrabacher is a Republican congressman known to be a fervent defender of Putin and Russia. Trump and Rohrabacher’s Russian agenda are the same and even the House Republican Majority Leader was speculating last year that Putin was paying Trump and Rohrabacher. McCarthy now says it was a joke but we all know what makes humor work is there are elements of truth in any joke. What is more interesting is that the remarks were made after a meeting with the Ukrainian prime minister. You might remember that Putin was attacking Ukrainian and had annexed parts of the Ukrainian.
The tape was recorded at a meeting of Republican leaders. The tape was also recorded before Trump got the Republican nomination for president so McCarthy and the republicans did not owe any loyalty to Trump so they were more likely to be candid when discussing Trump. I don’t think many people can deny that Trump displays a lot of favoritism towards Russia. Trump smiled more during the visit with Russians than he has in the last four months. He seems to know who his real friends are.
I just love it when a bully starts playing the victim. Trump was playing the victim card at the Coast Guard graduation. Claiming he is the most mistreated president in history. Trump was crying on the Coast Guard graduate’s shoulders. Poor Trump all he wanted to do was stop the Russian investigation and now everybody is piling on. I think when it comes down to it bullies cry the loudest. Now and author has come forward and stated that Trump had a thing about recording every conversation. Trump had recorded the author and jumped up and showed him the recorder. Trump may be hung with his own recordings.
Now a special prosecutor has been appointed because the third in charge at the Department of Justice has recused himself. After he recommended firing the director of the FBI who was running the Russian investigation.
Trump has said that he wants this witch-hunt to come to an end and one can only hope that when it comes to an end we can burn the witch at the stake on the Whitehouse lawn. The noose is tightening around Trump’s neck with each new revelation. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before congress that the memo recommending that FBI director, James Comey, be fired was written after the decision to fire him was made the day before. It turns out that the main excuse for firing Comey was in fact a lie. Now the Whitehouse is fielding yet another excuse for the firing saying that Comey went around the chain of command. Who knows Comey may have asked for paper clips to keep track of all the new leads on Trump’s Russian connections.
The New York Times reports that four current intelligence officials have reported that there were numerous contact by Trump aides with Russians intelligence operatives in 2016 and it was not limited to just those participating in the Trump campaign but several other associates of Trump were also involved. Now Trump is no longer denying that his campaign was colluding with Russia he is simply saying that he did not collude with the Russians. It seems in the Whitehouse it is now every man for himself Trump just threw his buddies under the bus.
Donald Trump denied any collusion with the Russian in the 2016 election but said on Thursday that he spoke “for myself “, leaving open for the first time that someone on his staff may have been involved.”
From an Internet article from the “Guardian”
Everyone in the Whitehouse is being advised to get their own attorney even Trump. The sky is falling on the Trump administration and they will be playing let’s make a deal
Now the Whitehouse lawyers are consulting with impeachment experts to begin to prepare a defense for Trump if and when impeachment charges are bought against Trump. It becomes more and more likely each day that Trump will be impeached. With each new bombshell revelation the calls for Trumps impeachment are growing louder from both sides. Trump told the Russian he fired that “nut job Comey” and that had eased the pressure on the Russian investigation. If Trump had wanted to confess to obstruction of justice he could not have done a better job. Now the investigation is being widened to include the cover up, it is Watergate all over.
Next week the FBI Director, James Comey, will testify in public hearings. Trump can rattle his secret tapes at Comey but I don’t think it will scare him. The American people will get to see the real Trump next week. Those of us who have researched Trump will not be surprised but for those who were taken in it will shock them.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes announced today that he is not only stepping down from the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee but he is quitting the House Of Representative. Nunes you might remember was Trump’s lap dog he went to the Whitehouse and was given secret information by the Trump administration and promptly held a press conference that some of Trump’s cronies had been named in intelligence documents that tied them to the Russians. Trump then tried to claim that this proved that Trump Tower had been wiretapped. Now Nunes is afraid he will be part of the Trump cover up so he is going to disappear. .
There is the radical right but when Trump was elected not only did the radical right vote for him but the crazy right. The crazy right are going to be more of a factor with Trump’s impeachment looming. After Al Green (D-Texas) demanded Trump’s impeachment on the House floor earlier this week it bought out the far right crazies. “You ain’t going to impeach anybody. Try it and we will lynch you,” said a caller. “The calls used graphic racial slurs call Green the n-word.” Green you might have guessed is black. This is the way the mafia does business and the mafia is going to be extremely upset if they lose their man in the Whitehouse.
As the country moves forward with the impeachment and prosecution of Trump violence will become common place and it will not be contained to threats. Trump will not try and put a stop to the violence of his followers instead he will encourage it.
Trump has to be senile because even as his lawyers have told him to keep his mouth shut he continues to run off at the mouth. Trump answered only one question about Flynn like he would have been directed by his lawyers. When ask about Flynn Trump answered with a simple no he didn’t continue to run off at the mouth giving a lot of information that will help convict him of obstruction of justice. When Trump told the Russians that firing that “nut case” Comey would slow the Russian investigation down it would be equivalent to a bank robber going to a bank and handing them a note with his name and address on it. It least if you are going to obstruct justice you should not be bragging about it. Trump has to be senile.
Every once in a while you see a glimmer of sunlight on the darkest day and at Notre Dame’s graduation when vice president Mike Pence got up to speak a 100 students promptly got up and walked out to protest the Trump-Pence’s policies. The student organization released a statement: “We all know to well when his policies endangered or caused direct harm to public education, health care, women’s rights, the environment, LBGTQ individuals, immigrants and refugees, reproductive rights, local infrastructure, the economy of our state, and more.” The students realized that Pence’s conservative values are not only at odds with the values taught by the University but long standing American values in general.
In the sixties the younger generation became politically active and changed the face of American. When Bob Dillon wrote “The Times They Are A-Changin” the times were changing rapidly and the younger generation was the driving force. In short order they put an end to the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was won on street corners and college campuses. Huntington was a quiet college town but I can well remember the riots and molotov cocktails being thrown. There have been several generations that passed by quietly since without any significant political participation. The conservatives have done nothing but take from the middle class for the last four decades but they may have finally awakened a sleep giant. If this generation decides to take on the conservative’s values they can become the moral conscious of America once again. The students at Notre Dame saw something that was wrong and decided to do something about it. Let’s hope it catches on.
Some people make the world a better place by living; others make this a better place by dying. The passing of Roger Ailes made America a better place. Ailes poisoned millions of minds with his politics of envy. It will take generations to undo the damage he did but the students of Notre Dame were also protesting the policies that Ailes had carefully nurtured for years. The longest journey starts with a first step. The youth of America have been a silent for too long.
We live in a post factual age where facts have become subordinate to political ideology. Where part of the country is able to disregard even the most outrageous behavior in support of political ideology. When political ideology becomes the lens that people use to view reality America is in trouble. The ability of people on the right or the left to look at their own leaders and ascertain the facts is probably the most important quality necessary for our democracy to survive. When the right can chant lock her up because Hillary used a private e-mail server that might have endangered classified information but turn a blind eye to Trump giving top secret information from another government to the Russians it shows that reality has become subordinate to political idology. If top-secret information was the issue than Trump’s violation was many times worse.
Political ideology now not only shapes reality it is used to define what reality actually is. If we can’t agree on a consensus reality we will have trouble down the road. If we can look at inauguration crowds and declare that less is more it becomes easier to ignore more important facts. If churches can support a sexual predator and say that that it makes no difference when every community in America has passed laws to make those acts criminal violations they do so in violation of the very values they profess. What we are seeing is the triumph of political ideology over religious values. We don’t realize how far down this road we have gone but now in America political ideology is distorting every area of our lives and many don’t realize how profound the effect is.
The contrast between Watergate and Trumpgate is stark when Nixon was being investigated the country was not nearly as divided they simply waited to see what the facts were. In the investigation of Trump there is no waiting to see what the facts are there is just a belief that there are no facts only political ideology. A politician can use political ideology to put any and all facts in doubt.
At one time massive armies waged war to take over countries but times and the battlefields have changed. In the evolution of war men fought with clubs and spears, then bow and arrows, crossbows and muskets, to aircraft carriers and nuclear weapons. The weapons of war are constantly evolving but the last and most terrifying change is being ignored by many. A foreign battleship off shore or foreign bombers flying overhead would alarm everybody. But to be real it has to be tangible. The US invested billions in stealth technology so planes could fly undetected by radar.
What if you could wage an invasion that can’t be seen? The new and most terrifying new weapon is information. If you can control information you can gain control of a nation’s politics. Now you don’t have to transport large armies you can launch an invasion from a computer anywhere in the world. You can see the damage when bombs are dropped but the damage caused from misinformation is like a radar operator looking for a stealth bomber it is difficult to see. It is easy to see the damage done by the bombs the stealth bombers dropped on Iraq but their radar didn’t show the planes flying away. Misinformation is far more dangerous as its damage is almost invisible. Misinformation can show up on the Internet and disappear in a few hours doing damage that goes unseen and often denied by those that were influenced by it. Information technology as a weapon is in its infancy. It can drive a wedge into even the best of societies.
We now know for a fact that the Russians launched a major information invasion during the 2016 election but yet no one is willing to quantify the damage. Everyone agrees there was damage but no one has ever been able to put a number to it and say that it changed 6% of the vote or 2% of the vote. The fact that the damage and there was damage cannot be assessed should frighten everyone. This is truly a stealth weapon and we should feel violated. If this just affected one election we might survive the attack but this attack will not end with the last election it will continue.
When a criminal suspect decides he need in attorney he is usually right he needs a lawyer for a good reason. Imagine Trump needing a lawyer to protect himself from “fake news.” I wonder if Trump will now openly admit that the Russian Investigation is not “fake news” and that there are going to be real world consequences both for those who cooperated with the Russians in the Trump campaign and those who have tried to cover it up and impede the investigation. Trump may be a businessman but he is in a whole other league now. Trump has been king of his empire all his life and when he said off with their head it was a forgone conclusion but government was designed by the founding fathers for the power to be shared. The founding fathers had seen the gross abuses of kings in other countries and were determined that no one man would ever have that kind of power in America.
Trump by his very nature didn’t understand the structure of our government and this is what has led to the mistakes he has made. In Trump’s business if an employee came to him and told him that he had discovered that one his division heads was selling green cards to foreigners if they bought million dollar condos in one of Trump’s buildings in Florida for the last eight years. Now Trump was well aware of the scam was going on so he just tells the employee to stop the investigation and the employees has no choice if he continues the investigation he will be fired. This is what Trumps know this is what he has done all his life but now the rules have changed and Trump is set in his way. Trump still believes that he could kill somebody in the street and not face any repercussions and said as much during the campaign. Trump believes he is so powerful and popular that he is above the law. In a showdown between Trump and the Constitution my money is on the Constitution. In the end the bigger they think they are the harder they fall.
It is called the EB-5 program and if a foreigner invests at least $500,000 in a project he will be granted a green cards for himself and his family. Trump talks about illegal immigration and it is time we look at legal immigration to benefit the rich. There are many newly rich foreigners especially from China who would pay for a green card to become a legal resident of the US. In fact 10,000 foreigners became legal residents of the US that way last year. Times have changed, so much for, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.” Trump is shipping the poor huddled masses back to make way for rich foreigners who are willing to fork over at least $500,000.
The EB-5 program is limited to 10,000 foreigners a year at least till Trump took office it seems his son-in-law has a large shy scraper he is renovating and if the Chinese Government banks don’t loan him enough money this program would let individual investors seeking green cards supply the needed money. If the government wants to sell green cards why not put the money in the US Treasury instead of the hands of the ungodly greedy? A green card normally takes several years for a foreigner to get a green card but under the EB-5 program the time is reduced to 22 to 26 months. This program is a windfall for Trump and family. Trump son-in-law, Jarred Kushner, raised $50 million that way. Trump was not expected to change the program but I look for a huge expansion after all why stop at a few hundred million when you could take in billions?