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Trump Loyalty vs. Real Loyalty

Not only did Donald Trump have a bad day yesterday (8-21-2018), but America had a terrible day as we learned of corruption at the top. We are now faced with the task of repairing the republic.

On these pages we have previously pondered the possibility that someone like Donald Trump might take actions leading to a Constitutional crisis. Well we may have one soon.

There is a notion and policy in the Justice Department that a sitting president cannot be indicted. We aren’t sure if this was what the framers of the Constitution had in mind, but both Republican and Democratic lawyers have used it as a guideline over the years. What some will point out is not what is said, but rather what is written in this case.

In Section 4: Impeachment: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. The President, Vice-President, Cabinet Secretaries, and other executive officers, as well as judges, may be impeached by the House of Representatives and tried in the Senate.

Any official convicted by the Senate would be immediately removed from office. The Senate could also choose to bar the removed official from holding any federal office in the future. No other punishments may be inflicted, pursuant to the impeachment proceeding, but the convicted party remains liable to trial and punishment in the courts for civil and criminal charges. If Donald Trump was not the President right now, he would have been named a coconspirator in the crimes of Michael Cohen.

So, the notion is that, while in office, these people shall be judged by Congress and could be impeached. Once out of office, the courts can have at them. A president can be charged, according to the Constitution, if they commit treason, take bribes or commit other “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The capitalizations are from the founders.

Garrett Epps in The Atlantic magazine in 2018 wrote a great article called, The Only Way to Find Out If the President Can Be Indicted: Scholars disagree on existing precedents—and the question won’t be settled until evidence leads a prosecutor to try it. In that article, he points out “that the Constitution suggest that the president is subject to laws like any citizen, but never discusses prosecution in office.”

In 1973, the then-Solicitor General Robert Bork, wrote an opinion that a Vice President should not have the same protections against prosecution while in office that a president would have, but that was just an opinion, not law. Also, the article reminds us that a 1998 opinion, written by a lawyer in Kenneth Starr’s Office of the Independent Counsel investigating President Bill Clinton, clearly stated that a sitting president could be indicted. Of course, he was trying to lock up Clinton for lying under oath about affairs.

Only the Best People?

Yesterday in court, we had President Donald J. Trump being accused in the pleading and allocution of Michael Cohen that candidate and client, Donald Trump “directed him” to commit election fraud. Cohen testified under oath and said that he knew it was against the law. That would mean that citizen Donald Trump is an Unindicted Coconspirator in a felony. This is a federal crime.

Epps’ article points out, [Bork’s] memo considers the Constitution’s text and finds no answer. It says, correctly, that there is no “airtight separation of powers, but rather … a system of checks and balances, or blending the three powers.”

And there is this famous line from then Vice President Gerald Ford, “Impeachment is whatever the Senate says it is.” Remember that Nixon was told to resign from office by his party leaders, long before Congress got to the destructive action of impeachment. Barry Goldwater and other Republicans at the time knew that if a trial took place Nixon would have been the first president to be removed from office.

Even more troubling, if a president has committed “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” and ends up on the outside, the new president could easily pardon him. It happened with Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon. Pence would likely do the same thing with Trump. Why? It’s been said that it would look bad if a former leader of the free world wasn’t free. Huh? We don’t want to look bad? When did the judicial system ever worry about how we look?

Donald Trump wanted to disrupt Washington and the whole of government. All he has done is waste a lot of time on things that don’t matter. He may have pulled the U.S.A. out of a bunch of treaties and agreements, but he hasn’t made better deals. Trump has gotten everyone’s attention in the world on trade, but with no short or long term guarantees that he has done more good, than damage. Trump has moved the Republican party to the far-white-right, but few are complaining in the G.O.P. Were they racists and isolationists all along? Do they care more about re-election than they do about America?

People must decide if they will be loyal to Trump or loyal to our country. Do we uphold the laws of the land, or do we choose to look the other way? It’s time for us to indict a sitting president and see where that goes. If the Supreme Court reasons that the founders and the Constitution say that impeachment is the only way to deal with a crime committed by a president, then let’s impeach the bastard. But if the Congress and the Supreme Court say that a sitting President is above the law, then it’s time to change the laws. Trump is a self-serving anarchistic pea brain with absolutely no redeeming qualities.

The more we learn the worse it gets. Let’s unite this country now and throw Trump out of office.

 

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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The Jonas Bronck Series

BOOK ONE (IF GOD COULD TALK) A Cable TV talk show host is approached by a friend who offers a guest for his show who has never been on TV before. The Diary of a TV Journalist is the story about the host of the show and his executive producer vetting the guest and attempting to determine what would happnen If God Could Talk…

BOOK TWO (IF GOD COULD CRY) One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on a quest for truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

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SIMPLY EXPRESSING HIS OPINION

Can Trump Ever ‘Put up, or Shut up?’

Donald Trump’s words and actions are enough to embarrass all 44 presidents that came before him, even Nixon. Rudy Giuliani is a disgrace to every lawyer and prosecutor in the land. And Sarah Huckabee Sanders is complicit with an array of lies and misinformation that proves that she is part of a major coverup. There I said it.

Most smart people in America know that our President lies. Experts in the legal field have made it very clear that the diversionary tactics of the Donald are not going to hold up in a court of law. It seems that these goofballs have been lying about everything, including what the law says about collusion and conspiracy: “If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.” This is 18 U.S. Code § 371 – Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States. Most judges would be hard pressed to say that any conspiring by someone in the Trump campaign to “affect” the outcome of a national election would not be a crime.

And while we are at this legal language part, let’s look at 18 U.S. Code § 1503 – Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally, which was what Trump did yesterday (8-1-2018) with this tweet to the Attorney General. The statue states clearly: “Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, endeavors to influence, intimidate, or impede any grand or petit juror, or officer in or of any court of the United States, or officer who may be serving at any examination or other proceeding before any United States magistrate judge or other committing magistrate, in the discharge of his duty, or injures any such grand or petit juror in his person or property on account of any verdict or indictment assented to by him, or on account of his being or having been such juror, or injures any such officer, magistrate judge, or other committing magistrate in his person or property on account of the performance of his official duties, or corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be punished as provided in subsection.” The bottom line is you can get ten years in jail for breaking this law.   

What Trump tweeted yesterday might not make his base nervous, but a skilled prosecutor might conclude that our Great Orange Leader is getting closer and closer to breaking the law, “This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”

The mentally limited Giuliani said that it wasn’t an order, because Trump used the word “should” rather than “must.” Rudy didn’t reference the fact that the President did use the words, “right now” which could be interpreted as more of an order. If I said you should do something right now, the “right now” mean NOW!

Sarah Sanders claimed that it was NOT an order, but just the President expressing his opinion. Well, there you have it folks, we must have someone tell us when something Donald Trump says is “just an opinion” — like assholes, everyone has one — or Trump’s official statements. This one certainly did smell like a threat.

When Sanders says, “The president has made his views very clear” we all must just wonder what part of oxymoronic does she not get here? Giuliani, a New Yorker, like Trump, thinks he can slap the Special Counsel with the old poker yarn, “Put up or shut up” but would he ever say that to a judge? The disrespect for law and order by this former Mayor is agonizing. He’s become such a bottom-feeder, so much for legacy.

The latest headline on CNN says that TRUMP IS IN A DARK SPACE. And he should be. He cannot keep asking for this investigation to conclude, without comprehending that it cannot end without him sitting down with Robert Mueller. Could Trump be that stupid not to understand that he is NOT ABOVE THE LAW?

This is what we have, a businessman who thinks he can manipulate the press and opinions, intimidate judges and officers of the court and figure out loopholes around whatever gets in his way. When he says that America is tired of this investigation, he is correct. But be careful about what you ask for Mr. President. The end of this investigation could be the end of your presidential fantasy. All reality TV shows end, eventually.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

The Jonas Bronck Series

BOOK ONE (IF GOD COULD TALK) A Cable TV talk show host is approached by a friend who offers a guest for his show who has never been on TV before. The Diary of a TV Journalist is the story about the host of the show and his executive producer vetting the guest and attempting to determine what would happnen If God Could Talk…

BOOK TWO (IF GOD COULD CRY) One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on a quest for truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Books available on Amazon:


DESPERATE & DISTRACTED

The Growing Fear of Government

Some say that the Trump administration is a train wreck. What seems to have been ignored by this President is the fact we have had two actual train wrecks and more than 50 children have died from the flu. Where was our great leader when US citizens were in pain and dying? He was busy tweeting away for himself:

“This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!” One would think the President of the United States would use spell check on his phone but, no, accuracy is not his thing.

He continued his harangue, “The four page memo released Friday reports the disturbing fact about how the FBI and FISA appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath….The FBI failed to inform the FISA court that the Clinton campaign had funded the dossier….the FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law….The FBI wasn’t straight with Congress, as it hid most of these facts from investigators. Wall Street Journal”

While this was happening, people were injured and dying. Trump is right, the Russian interference probe is totally distracting him from being a good president. A decent leader would have been front and center on transportation safety and would have been using his pulpit to ask for more money on infrastructure. Maybe he should be calling for all the safety procedures to be put into action right now. You can’t always be anti-rules when people’s lives are in the balance.

While our president wastes his time tweeting and defending himself, two of his important appointees hit the wall. And their importance to the administration should not be ignored.

In July 2017, Tom Price appointed Brenda Fitzgerald as the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first job of the new Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, was getting rid of Director Fitzgerald. After POLITICO reported that the director had traded in tobacco stocks while she led the agency, she was asked to resign. And let’s not forget that Tom Price was forced to resign because of misuse of government funds using private planes.

While this was happening, Kathleen Hartnett White, who was Trump’s choice to chair the Council on Environmental Quality under Rick Perry, had her nomination withdrawn by the administration. White, not a scientist, has declared climate change findings as “the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics.” During her Senate hearing last November, she defended past statements that particulate pollution released by burning fuels is not harmful, unless one were to suck on a car’s tailpipe. With Ms. White’s withdrawal for consideration, we see a major flaw in the Trump presidency. There is a complete lack of responsible vetting. These people are being served up to the President by the party in power as paybacks for political deeds done dirt cheap. Not all the bad people are being found and forced out by the process of nominations and hearings. And that is what we should be worrying about. These fools Trump puts into positions of power might harm the very people the President says he is here to protect.

With the release of the phony Nunes memo, it’s clear that we have a President who is manipulating the Speaker of the House, and most Republicans who have sold their souls for political gain and job security. They, too, are flawed in their thinking. While attempting to erect a wall to protect himself from the FBI and the Department of Justice, Trump fails to understand that the men and women who sit on the Supreme Court will follow the law, not a fool soaked in Propecia.

I find it rather strange that the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has this growing fear of the government. He is trying to make a case that those in law enforcement are against him. He should just start using #OrangeLivesMatter, because obviously he has some great fear of being abused by the people who are paid to protect us from criminals, drug-cartels, fraud and terrorists. Finally, Trump now knows how someone feels when they have been pulled over in the dead of night by an aggressive cop not willing to hear their side of the story. Poor baby.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 


Low-Level Volunteer

Trump Thinks He’s a Lawyer

Donald Trump constantly acts in ways that would give even the youngest lawyer heartburn. He attempts to litigate and impeach people before he knows all the facts. This jumping of the gun might be his way to secure a win, but it disqualifies him as a credible contestant.

One of the things I learned early in business was emotional reactions to things and events must be confined. When attempting to sue someone for what I thought was wrong-doing, I blasted off what I thought was a stern letter laced with sarcasm and creativity.

When the letter was attached to the response from the other side’s law firm, I was accused of being “cavalier.” My offhandedness, it was explained, would be used against me in court. Trying to understand this, I asked, “Why is that bad?” And my thoughtful lawyer explained, “You come off as arrogant. Most judges and juries usually side against people who are arrogant.” Lesson learned.

This week, we had two top campaign officials indicted on money laundering and conspiracy against the Unites States. We also had one person, who the United States District Court for the District of Columbia calls a foreign policy advisor to the Donald J. Trump campaign, plead guilty to charges of false statements to the FBI.

The Donald, with no restraint, attempted to handle this bad situation as if he was running a TV show, rather than legally managing a major scandal in his administration.

This morning (10-31-2017), the President of the United States tweeted, “The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manafort’s lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!” Aside from the over use of ellipses, exclamation points and missing punctuation, Trump is indeed being arrogant and cavalier.

Words seem to have different meanings for our great Orange Leader. Collusion, a word he always spells correctly, is a secret agreement or cooperation between two or more people, especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose. You know, like acting in collusion with the enemy. That is more like treason. Donald Trump is a deceitful human being.

It’s interesting how Trump uses the term “young” in a disparaging way when talking about someone who seems to be a problem for him, but never uses that when talking about his son-in-law and daughter, who I guess are high-level volunteers. Allegedly, they don’t take paychecks from the government.

The leader of the free world, in the most arrogant way, has no problem saying that someone is “already proven to be a liar.”  Of course, anyone convicted of lying to the FBI is a liar, which is why they must arrange a plea deal. But the Donald didn’t bother to read the statement of offense. The feds are claiming that his actions impeded the investigation into the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election.

Okay, that would mean that someone from the campaign had contact with the Russians. This is something Trump, already proven to be a liar, has denied from the beginning. Papadopoulos’ plea proves that there was communication and the nature of those emails and discussions fall into the category of deceitful purpose.

The people involved in this caper surely know who the “overseas professor” might be and, of course, the identity of the “high-ranking campaign official” the complaint lists as the person Papadopoulos was talking to inside Trump-world.

On or about May 21, 2016, George P. emailed that “high-ranking campaign official” with the subject line, “REQUEST FROM RUSSIA TO MEET MR. TRUMP.” (I added the caps). Now, within the scope of arrogance and high-handedness, this also stacks up as blatantly stupid. With Trump and his minions claiming that the Russia-Trump scenario is a hoax with false narrative launched by the cunning Democrats, the name Russia sure shows up a lot in the cross-talk of the campaign. They seem to have been obsessing on Russia before obsessing on Russia was the fashion.

On October 5, 2017, George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to these charges and part of that deal means he will get no more than six months in jail, rather than five years. The fines will also be reduced. The court will determine his sentence, but the court is not bound by the plea agreement or the sentencing guidelines. Yes, the court has the final decision Mr. Trump. This is the way America works.

OF NOTE: Something was hand-written into the agreement. Papadopoulos cannot use the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to documents (this part was written in) “for the duration of the Special Counsel’s investigation.” If Trump fires Mueller, George would be able to write a tell-all book about what happened.

In the final analysis, someone who sat with Trump, advised Trump and was called an advisor by Trump himself, willfully and knowingly made a material false, fictitious and fraudulent statement to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I guess the word, “Fake” is not a legal term.

Some call this the new beginning and one more crack in the dam of deceit, distraction and obstruction. The name Papadopoulos will be haunting President Pumpkin for more than just this Halloween. One person’s trick, is another person’s treat. Mueller knows what he is doing and we will eventually get to the very bottom of this horrific White House, which 61% of America is already booing.

The First 200 Days Of Trump

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

 


POOR DONALD TRUMP

“Believe me, there was no collusion!”

We have to feel sorry for Donald Trump because he has been treated so unfairly by the media, the press, Democrats, zoning boards, Congress, the legal system, interest groups, lobbyists, women, Billy Bush, the intelligence community, the Justice Department and now the Special Counsel. The whole world is against him.

When Richard Nixon uttered the words, “I am not a crook” most of America knew that this was one of the great examples of what I have always called the “implication of the opposite.” When people use defensive terminologies and then repeat them too often, the listener slowly flips the meaning. The more Nixon said that he was not a crook, the more we believed he was. Nixon also called Watergate a “witch hunt,” and when he obstructed justice he was forced out of the office by Congress.

When Trump says the appointment of Special Counsel is “respectable” but in the same sentence calls the whole investigation a “witch hunt” he combines opposite propositions.

Trump uses words “believe me” a lot when he speaks. Some would say that is the mark of a very insecure speaker, but it just might be a tell. The tell being, I am lying so I have to ask for belief before my words are spoken, like a hypnotic suggestion.

Another behavior occurred after one of his unbelievable tweets. We heard Trump and his surrogates say, “the tweet speaks for itself” which is almost like blaming the tweet for what was said. The next level was the question from Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro about whether conversations are being recorded in the White House. Trump answered, “That I can’t talk about. I won’t talk about that.” Why not explain yourself and the tweet?

This is what Trump does when he cannot back up his opinions with facts or truth. It is quite clear that our president is not a student of history. If he would have studied what happened to Richard Nixon, he would have known what not to do. But he is more interested in being known for someone who did it his way. Where is Frank Sinatra when we need him?

I would like to remind all those evangelical power brokers about the ninth of the Ten Commandments, bearing false witness against thy neighbor. Scholars make a distinction between lying in general and bearing false witness (perjury). Funny how there wasn’t a specific commandment regarding every day lying. I guess if Trump perjures himself in future cases, the Bible crowd will have to leave him.

This pattern of lying is disturbing. The quick darting from one story to the next hurts America. The stock market, allies and the citizens need to have a consistent and well- thought-out plan. We are not getting that from this administration.

Trump will learn that having only 39% of the public behind him and constantly playing to his base will earn no value abroad. They don’t care how popular you think you are.

But what we should really be concerned about is a sign that our President is losing his grasp of putting words together in a meaningful way. When asked about the investigation, he actually said these words:

 “…there certainly is no collusion between myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero.”

You can brush off this as more hamburger helper or you can take this sentence for the way it was constructed. Is this a soundbite for a courtroom drama? The man said there was no collusion between him and his campaign. Was that a way to plant the seed that he didn’t control what his campaign and transition team did? Is he that smart?

And you could also say, perhaps a little Freudian slip there, that he was confessing that he can speak for the Russians. Really? Who made him the Russian ambassador?

Adding the word “zero” at the end doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence. When the leader of the free word has a major problem with syntax, this is a real problem. When people translate these words into other languages, he might be very surprised how misunderstood he is.

When Trump peppers his speech with “everybody thinks so,” or bragging about the “fantastic job” he is doing, he doesn’t cloud the negative moments that can appear in the same paragraph, even in the same sentence. He’s elevated George W. Bush to valedictorian status.

The pressure is getting to poor Donald. Everybody is treating him so unfairly. Why? He should be analyzing why so many people are against him.