HARD FACTS & HUSH MONEY

Trump’s Way of Doing Government

There isn’t much a fish can do once that hook is in its mouth and the taut line is being pulled closer to the boat. It can attempt to swim away, inflicting pain on itself and damage to its most important orifice, but one must do whatever one can to get away from the peril.

Donald Trump has, once again, demonstrated vividly his convoluted and confused soul. Yesterday (2-13-2018), was not a good day for the Commander in Chief of the United States of America.

We all watched with great interest as the top men who protect us from evil doers around the world and at home: Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, Mike Pompeo, Director of Central Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Robert Ashley, Director Defense Intelligence Agency, Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI went before Congress to bring the Senate Intelligence Committee up to speed on worldwide threats.

Disclosed there were some cold, hard facts about what this country faces from global and local risks to our security. It was clear, beyond the usual partisan questions, that these group of highly respected experts disagreed with President Trump’s assessment of Russian interference in our country’s business and democratic processes. Our Great Orange Leader’s view that the threat is not real and only a punchline for a red state rally is not acceptable. Trump must be a better leader on this issue.

What the president says to these gentlemen behind close doors is unknown, but what they demonstrated yesterday was less theater and more reality check. Dan Coats was very clear, “Persistent and disruptive cyber operations will continue against the United States and our European allies using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy. Frankly, the United States is under attack.” And now we wait for the President to either come out of the closet on this crisis or remain in the dark, therefore sending the wrong message to Putin and to the citizens he has sworn to protect.

All six men agreed that we have a problem and that the Russian interference is real. Astonishingly, none of them have been instructed or ordered by President Trump to do anything about it. Imagine an executive not addressing a problem or attack from a competitor in business. That would be dereliction of duty and a blatant disregard of their fiduciary responsibility, a reason for dismissal from any public company.

And through the questioning of these security officials, we learned that Chris Wray is not about to share information or discuss the Russian investigation with Donald Trump. That was very good for America.

But one of the other answers he gave sent a shiver through the spin doctors in the West Wing. After trying to pin the Rob Porter Scandal on the FBI, Trump’s current whipping boy, Wray disclosed that their work on Porter’s clearance was completed and sent to the White House a long time ago. In fact, if the procedures were followed as Wray described, the president’s people probably knew about Porter’s problem last year and covered it up.

We’re all numbed by the flow of lies and fabrications from the people surrounding Trump. Most likely, these lies come directly from the horse’s mouth.

There have been endless cable news quarter-hours discussing whether the White House takes security clearances seriously and if retired General John Kelly should be dismissed. Not sure why replacing Kelly would make a difference, when you still have the head of the snake. Without removing Trump from office, we will continue to suffer through disjointed messaging, inconsistent plans, inept positions and worse, LIES, LIES, LIES!

Just when you think yesterday was completely a loss for Trump, it became even worse. News broke last night that the Donald’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, when answering a Federal Election Committee inquiry about the source of money paid to a porn star, admitted he paid the “actress” $130,000 out of his own pocket. To prove that Trump’s campaign didn’t violate campaign finance laws, Cohen fell on his sword for the President. That payment was paid during the campaign and after the Access Hollywood “pussy grabbing” tape was released. Not sure if anyone declared the payment as a business expense, but then, Trump hasn’t released his tax returns. More secrets.

We don’t know if Donald Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels 11 years ago, but we do know that she got more than one hundred thousand dollars from Trump’s attorney for something. It would be hard to determine how much that was per hour, but then she was clearly a private contractor. If this doesn’t bother the evangelicals, then Christianity is surely doomed to collapse within itself. When do the leaders of the church stand up and condemn this man?

And why do we keep hearing phrases like, “on-going” or “I don’t want to get into process” as armor against questions seeking the truth. Is Donald Trump capable of sensitivity and honesty?

If hard, cold facts and admission of hush money paid for hot, illicit sex don’t make a difference with those who support this lunatic, then maybe we are off the tracks as a nation. The next step in this saga is the release of the Robert Mueller findings. Trump can hear the footsteps. He hasn’t been heard from on Twitter for 16 hours, gee, nothing to see, or just nothing to say? Sad, really sad.

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NO SUCH THING AS DUE PROCESS

Trump’s Viewpoint on the Judicial Process

Before Richard Nixon nominated Elliot Richardson to be Attorney General, he tested his loyalty and basically told the nominee that he, Nixon, was innocent and Richardson should protect the presidency. He encouraged Richardson to appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of what Nixon called a “Witch Hunt” or, as it eventually became known, Watergate.

At a later meeting Richardson felt like Nixon was attempting to stonewall by asking the Justice Department to help him thwart the investigation. According to Washington Post journalists Woodward and Bernstein, Richardson wrote on a legal pad during the meeting, “If the monster is me, save the country.”

There is a parallel world between the accusations of sexual misconduct with Trump and the possible collusion or, at best, ignorance of Russian involvement in our election. If Trump denies a charge, no matter how credible the accuser, he claims innocence and believes there is no need for deeper examination.

In this “wife beater White House,” it’s clear that customary laws of decency and decorum are out the window. It’s okay to ignore the victims of any crimes or misdeeds done by Trump’s merry men.

This tweet really sums up Trump’s campaign against women: “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” Aside from the bad grammar and spelling errors, Trump is building a case not for the Rob Porters of the world, but for himself.

His attempt at martyr status for the men who have cast their wrath on women is shallow and tone-deaf, sounding like Archie Bunker. Even with the talking heads defending or deflecting for him on the Sunday talk shows, Trump has, once again, hurt himself. He is the turd in the punch bowl at his own party.

What I don’t get here is his mention of “due process.” One has the right to confront our accusers. Check. One has the right to prove one’s innocence, and even though one can declare one’s innocence, it’s not the end in court but merely the beginning. Check. One has a right to be judged by an impartial jury of one’s peers but, just like in business, government doesn’t have to wait for a trial.

If someone is considered dangerous to the people they live with or work with, we tend to act long before the due process of justice. Why would we wait to act while someone else gets smacked? What are the damages a court might award? Surely much greater than losing a job at the White House. Trump is attempting to defend anyone on his team who is accused of a crime or sexual misconduct.

According to our Great Orange Leader, lives are shattered and destroyed by mere allegations. Oh, like the young men in the Central Park jogger murder case. In 1989, after five teenagers were arrested for the rape of a woman in Central Park, Donald Trump bought an ad in The New York Times calling for the death penalty. The men were convicted, but later exonerated. Their lives were shattered and destroyed by the mindset that they were guilty. Donald Trump promoted that concept with his own money and he never apologized for how he treated those citizens.

The little things, like turning away from any prosecution of EquiFax for their lack of security and mishandling of 140 million America identities, make Donald Trump dangerous to the Republic. He and his cronies won’t even investigate.

Trump is doing nothing about cybersecurity for the 2018 election. People like Rex Tillerson have waved the white flag and given up on fighting the threat. As long as Trump believes, “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign,” nothing is going to change. Without the FBI and CIA, America could be taken.

Perhaps we will see how the Donald deals with due process in the case of the United States Government vs. Donald J. Trump. He is the monster and we must save the country. With his lies and deceit, his lack of focus on protecting our nation and the possible high crimes and misdemeanors to be revealed shortly, we will learn the importance of due process in obtaining a clean prosecution, and then impeachment.

Donald Trump will learn that no man in above the law and that women are to be respected.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ACCUSED & RECUSED

Terms of Trump’s White House

Donald Trump’s most dangerous flaw is there is never any calm in the sea. There is never any normalcy. And while that might be Trump’s trademark in business, being a disrupter in government only makes his task more difficult. There will always be scandals and salacious rumors to handle, but it’s pure incompetence when your own team produces problems.

For those following this story, it’s simple. The FBI is charged with vetting and doing an investigation into anyone who applies for security clearances. Rob Porter, in a sense, failed the test and was granted only a temporary clearance. The long-haired White House lawyer, Don McGahn, knew about it, General Kelly knew about it, but no one with power in this administration stood up and made it clear there was a problem. ONCE AGAIN, THE FBI WAS NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY. When they accuse someone of wrongdoing, we should all take notice.

Aside from the mainstream media outlets trying to take Retired General John Kelly to the woodshed, there are some serious tribulations of law and order, plus potential blackmail, due to a lack of protocol by the President. This appears more precarious than a private email server; a server which obviously was so damn secure no one seems to know what was on it.

One of the more embarrassing aspects of the Rob Porter dismissal is the fact that he’s having a romantic relationship with Hope Hicks, the White House Communications Director and good friend of the Trump family. After certain facts were revealed, one of the funnier statements from the administration said Hicks “recused herself.” How does a Communications Director recuse herself of anything?

Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah admitted that Hicks helped draft a supportive statement about Porter from Chief of Staff General John Kelly. So, what is involved in “recusing” on this matter? Are they forced to break up? Are they both sent off the island? Are they allowed to continue their romance while she works in the White House? The old movie Sleeping with the Enemy comes to mind.

Why are so many people being accused of things? Why is there male machismo here which says you can simply deny something that happened with a woman and the world will side with you? Some sources say Porter got encouragement from senior White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, to “stay and fight.” This Trump-Roy Moore strategy might work with something less emotionally charged but, once again, what women wants to be put through this kind of privacy invasion and abuse from the press? Women in Alabama were the targets of retribution and, just in case you forgot, one of the Roy Moore accusers had her house burned to the ground.

As we move to the next level of this investigation and affair, will there be a tough-guy President reaction with another “You’re fired?” Will Donald Trump, out of loyalty to his girl Hope Hicks, give her some fatherly advice to stay away from an abuser? Will he finally figure out that having people on his team with the same DNA and personal relationships with each other will eventually do him in and hurt our country?

Trump says that when he found out about Rob Porter he was “very sad.” He stated that the man did a good job and worked very hard. Trump wished him well but made no attempt to decry spousal abuse. Instead of saying he believes the wives, he mentioned only that Porter has denied it all. The Roy Moore game plan has become the Donald Trump game plan. This make him complicit, in a sense, and we can only hope that he’s not enabling the behavior.

The FBI should turn over all of its documents and communications on this issue to show they did their job. The ethics lawyers in the government need to step up and start to act responsibly. The laws are on the books for a reason. And if Jeff Sessions was doing his job, he would be advising the White House how they are walking on very thin ice. By the Spring, the ice will melt, and Trump will be deep in the dirty water of the swamp. It’s time for action America.

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.

 

 

 

 

 


BLACK EYE ON THE ADMINISTRATION

Absentee President Trump

It is amazing to me how disconnected Donald Trump is from in the citizens of America, but it’s even more troubling seeing how unconnected he is with those who work with him every day. If we believe reports, he might be more interested in his teams’ sex lives than whether they received the proper security clearance to be working with classified documents.

The story of Rob Porter, White House secretary, is just another example of this administration’s inability to find the right people, vet them properly and make sure they won’t become a public relations problem. One can get fooled by pedigree and college diplomas, but the FBI knew of Rob’s shortcomings and let the Chief of Staff, John Kelly, know about them. Can you believe the FBI did its job? Hope Hicks, another Trump private dancer, appears to be “involved” with too many of the Trump men and is on the Special Counsel’s radar. Should she also go?

According to CNN, “Senior aides to President Donald Trump knew for months about allegations of domestic abuse levied against top White House staffer Rob Porter by his ex-wives.” Now, no one likes a wife beater, but the grotesque defense of this public figure by those in high places is despicable. Even after we all saw a picture of one of Porter’s wives with a black eye, they continued the soft-shoe routine.

This “nothing-to-see-here” routine has become mighty old. I contend that Donald Trump doesn’t have the principled disciplines of a good business person because he never worked for a public company. In a sense, his private venture businesses made him isolated and ignorant about why good governance is good business. All of his success went to his head, not to a knowledge base he can rely on during today’s challenges.

Trump may want a splashy military parade, but he doesn’t want to admit that, after one year in office, the number of people who had to be shit-canned displays his abundant incompetence. If he wants to put on a uniform and go fight some of these wars that we still wage, he might be able to salvage some credibility. Right now, though, he looks like a little boy playing with his tiny toy soldiers, alone in a room, far, far away.

Rob Porter is just another one on the list of people who follow Trump not because they are gallant patriots but because they, too, have fallen for the con. How do we judge the people who will lie for this man? What will history show about people like Omarosa, Tom Price, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, Michael Flynn and, now, Rob Porter? I predict they will become little footnotes in the story I am now calling The Great American Mistake.

Donald Trump as President is a mistake. As the stock market yo-yos up and down, the leader of the free world appears to be less in control and more out of touch than any president before him. He said, “… what the hell!” at a Prayer Breakfast in Washington. At least he didn’t use the F-word or say “shithole” again. But there is still time for more faux pas and indiscretions. Just like his kids, the Great Orange Leader has achieved the award for most out-of-touch person of the year. Maybe he’ll make the cover of DIPSHIT magazine.

I spoke with a gentleman the other day who works with stocks and trading. We were talking about all the partisan bickering and how it prevents things getting done. And then he said, “I just wish we could get back to moderation on all this stuff.” And I agreed. But with Donald Trump, he doesn’t care about moderating his views. He has no compromise genes in his body.

The true “black eye” on this administration is that fact they don’t listen to other points of view. The Trump Republicans, like sheep, wait to find out what the big guy is going to say before they articulate their positions. Whatever Trump says about the deal, they all align with and defend. When someone does something wrong, there is an unwillingness to simply tell the truth and move on. Any person who refuses to say, “I’m sorry” has a huge character flaw.

John Kelly has become today’s “whipping boy” on the Rob Porter crisis. But why is this even a crisis? As soon as Porter’s erratic and damaging personal conduct was discovered, he should have been eliminated from the team. John Kelly has already shown that he is nothing but Trump’s puppet, and he works every day attempting to fix the behavior of what most of his contemporaries believe is a disastrous human being in command.

This is not Kelly’s fault. Donald Trump probably knew about Porter’s past and simply didn’t think it was important. It’s been documented that Donald Trump has harassed and performed his own sexual misconduct on more than 19 women. Why would he care about what Rob Porter did to his two ex-wives?

The character of the man at the top continues to be exposed, but that doesn’t change anything. This is a President without any core belief system or a genuine need to follow the law. As John Kelly might say, Trump is an empty barrel. Totally absentee and asinine.

 

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.