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Showing posts with label Mueller. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mueller. Show all posts

Friday, May 31, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: White House Lawn "Like Party", Ingraham Wall of Fame, and Red States Fact (Abortion)





It seems Trump morning included comment which couldn't even come from the mental concoction of a pre-teen. 

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Listen carefully and give the related CNN segment a one-minute viewing; linked here. How can any American follow the illogical lies of the nation's 4th President?  

Didn't Trump recently blast Nancy Pelosi for his exception of her on-air affect; including use of her hands?  
If you care to spend a few minutes reading about facts related to Trump's early morning lie attack, Media Matters offer the best summary, as yet. Media Matters for America, linked. Oh, let's not stop. Herewith is a quick fact check via CNN, linked.

Yes, the post-inauguration lies from Trump have to now stand well over 10,500 (verified). With record lying numbers as such one could begin to believe Trump even lies in his sleep. 

From Trump's lies to a reminder of the total commitment for Fox News to a social ideology some call whit nationalism. The phrase is a whitewash of the reality of white supremacy.  Laura Ingraham recently posted a set of images of Right-wing nutjobs she labeled "prominent citizens".  You will notice both Alex Jones, James Woods, and Candace Bergen the list.  Of significant interest and very noteworthy, Ingraham also posted one of the nation's most recognizable white supremacists on her screen feed to Fox News minions.  



That salute came at the end of a 17:26 minute RNC Convention speech I which Ingraham opened by equating, or making a weird analogy of,  Trump actions to that of a "god." 

Here is Ingraham'swall of fame via Media Matters. 

Did you read or hear about Trump's inner cabal ordering a US Navy warship named John McCain (named after the former Senators' father and grandfather...both Navy Vets to cover the name of the ship to avoid viewing by Trump? 


Let's close our run through Trumpism and US conservatism with a Twitter post of Democrat Party strategist Keith Boykin. A reminder of US conservatism and the politics which attract one-third of the US electorate. 

There is truly something horrible brewing in conservative America. 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Mueller Report: Coming Soon




Pro Publica


Six Tips for Preparing for the Mueller Report, Which May or May Not Be Coming


Being investigative journalists means we’re constantly asking questions. But these days, it also means people are asking us questions. One we hear a lot nowadays: “When is the Mueller report coming — and what will it say?”

Our answer: We don’t know. But we’ve realized that perhaps we can be more helpful than that. We don’t have insider information on special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. (Sorry!) But we have spent lots of time investigating the president and his businesses. And we thought we’d share some of the perspectives we’ve gained.

Here are six things to keep in mind.

1. Don’t Predict.

We don’t know what Mueller will report, when he will report it or even whether we’ll be able to read it. That’s because Congress changed the law after special prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s salacious tell-all on President Bill Clinton. When Mueller is done, he has to give a report to Attorney General William Barr. But Barr can choose to keep the report confidential. Barr only has to give a summary to Congress. If Barr doesn’t make Mueller’s actual report public, Democrats will almost surely subpoena it. Then get ready for a fight.

2. Stop Focusing on “Collusion.”

“Collusion” has come to be a kind of shorthand for ... basically doing something bad with Russia. But the term is both too vague and too narrow. For one thing, “collusion” is not itself a clearly defined crime. It is a crime to commit a conspiracy against the United States — for which there is a high bar: proving an intent to undermine the government.

3. Remember: We Already Know a Lot.

We already know Trump had a hidden conflict of interest involving Russia during the campaign. Despite publicly denying it, Trump was negotiating to develop a tower in Moscow while he was running for president. That means Trump had interests involving Russia — which voters didn’t know about — that could have been influencing his policy positions. That’s all problematic on its own.

We also know that Russian government interests hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee, handed them to Wikileaks, and that at least one Trump ally, Roger Stone, was in touch with Wikileaks.

4. Don’t Expect Answers to Everything, or Even Most Things.

That’s not Mueller’s job. He is a prosecutor. His job is first and foremost to look for crimes. And while he can, and has, looked beyond Russian interference in the election, he’s unlikely to dig into everything. And, of course, there are lots of areas worthy of scrutiny beyond Russia: Trump’s businesses, his inauguration, his hush money payments and more.

5. Mueller Is Not Alone.

There are lots of active investigations looking into all these issues. A partial rundown of just the ones we know about: Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating the inauguration and other matters, the New York attorney general is investigating the Trump Foundation, and the District of Columbia’s attorney general and the state of Virginia are suing Trump over emoluments. There are also a whole host of coming congressional investigations.

6. The Final Judgments on Trump’s Actions Will Be Political, Not Legal. (Caveats Apply.)

Whatever Mueller ultimately files, he is very unlikely to charge the president with a crime. Since Watergate, the Department of Justice has had a policy that a sitting president should not be indicted. And Mueller is a stickler for the rules.

Having said that, Trump does face significant legal jeopardy. For example, former presidents can be indicted. So can Trump’s own company.

So: Stay tuned. Stay patient. And while you wait for the report, check out our conversation with “On The Media” — they’ve created a handy guide.

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