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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.
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