Mon 31 Jul, 2017 09:10 am
Compare and contrast statements as people cycle on and off #45's staff list.
Kelly is from around here. I hope he won't be treated poorly, but who am I kidding? Everyone on that staff is.
The Comey timeline ... including the hug
OCTOBER 31, 2016 – Trump holds a rally in Grand Rapids, MI
“You know that. It took a lot of guts. I really disagreed with him. I was not his fan,” Trump said of Comey. “I tell you what, what he did, he brought back his reputation. He brought it back. He's got to hang tough. A lot of people want him to do the wrong thing. What he did was the right thing.”
While speaking to supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Trump again offered praise for the FBI and this time mentioned Comey by name. Trump said that Comey has effectively saved his reputation by re-investigating Clinton.
JANUARY 22, 2017 – Trump attends a law enforcement reception on his second full day as president
"He's become more famous than me," Trump said of Comey to a crowd at a reception.
Before making the comment, Trump called out to Comey, who was in the crowd. Comey approached Trump who shook his hand before embracing him in a hug.
after I catch up (is that possible?) on firees, I'm going to try to get in front of the hirees
But the news raises furthers questions about why Trump was so determined to bring Flynn into his Cabinet and overlook his considerable baggage, which included including a falling-out with the Defense Intelligence Agency and his lobbying work for a Dutch firm linked to Turkey's government throughout the end of 2016. Trump has reportedly stayed in contact with Flynn, urging him to "stay strong" in a private message in April, according to Yahoo News.
"Trump's team knew about [Flynn's] ties to Russia and they knew about his work with Turkey," said Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat who sits on the House Intelligence Committee. "What's most concerning is that it looks like they just didn't care. So you have to ask yourself — were Flynn's prior relationships an asset?"
The developments came as Flynn refused a subpoena for documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chair of the committee.
Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, renewed his call for the White House to release any documents related to Flynn that may aid the committee's investigation into his foreign contacts and payments. The White House has so far declined to do so.
"The White House has been obstructing our congressional investigation, covering up for Michael Flynn, and refusing to provide a single document in response to our bipartisan request. Now we can see why,” Cummings said in a statement.
He said that the committee's chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, "needs to subpoena the White House or let the committee take a vote."
Flynn's time at the White House lasted just 24 days. He was asked to resign on February 13 over reports that he had discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition. But Trump continued to defend him, going as far as suggesting to FBI Director James Comey the next day to drop the investigation into Flynn's foreign contacts, according to a memo Comey wrote about the conversation.
Trump also waited nearly three weeks to fire Flynn after being warned by former acting Attorney General Sally Yates that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. He also ignored advice by President Barack Obama — who fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 — to steer clear of him entirely.
But Trump's family "had a blind spot" for Flynn, who asked Trump's daughter and son-in-law for the national-security adviser position shortly after Trump was elected, NBC reported on Wednesday. He got it, the report said, because of his loyalty during the campaign.
quite a few paths seem to lead back to Kushner (who I personally think is behind the transgender ban)
New presidents typically ask U.S. attorneys to resign and have the power to fire them. But Trump asked Bharara to stay in his job when they met in November at Trump Tower, as Bharara announced after the meeting.
In early March, Trump reversed himself. He asked all the remaining U.S. attorneys to resign, including Bharara. Bharara, a telegenic prosecutor with a history of taking on powerful politicians, refused and was fired March 11.
As ProPublica previously reported, at the time of Bharara’s firing the Southern District was conducting an investigation into Trump’s secretary of health and human services, Tom Price.
Tom , are you next?
In addition to firing or forcing people out of his administration, others have also quit or been reassigned. These people are: Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland (reassigned), U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson (resigned), Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub (resigned), and Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh (resigned).
and then there is the separate issue of how far behind #45 is on appointments ... he needs to get working on his FB friends list
and off he goes
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Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's communications director, fired
CBC.ca-16 minutes ago
U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his job as communications director, the New York Times reports ...
Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director ...
Globalnews.ca-15 minutes ago
Anthony Scaramucci's aggressive incompetence
Opinion-USA TODAY-Jul 30, 2017
Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications ...
International-New York Times-48 minutes ago
Trumps appointments evoke the same feelings a mess of pit bulls. I don't like them; I don't trust them, they are scary, but I also don't like to see them abused.
I'm just listening to a small Washington panel talk about the increasing difficulty of recruiting faced by the WH precisely because of that problem.
The panel was interrupted by news ... which featured a clip of Sarah Huckabee Sanders who sounds worn to a nub right now.
Spicer may not be gone after all
Spicer, naturally, was furious, and quickly said he would resign rather than report to Scaramucci. And Trump accepted his resignation (though it technically hasn’t gone into effect yet, suggesting it’s not impossible that Spicer might even stick around now that Scaramucci is gone).
Most people have had constipation that lasted longer than Scaramiucci!
We were changing prime ministers nearly as fast for a bit....and look set to continue