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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trump Is Guilty of What?

 Trump is guilty of self-incrimination. 

Trump says he's innocent. What does a reasonable citizen observe?

1. Characterized as an incessant liar, Trump lies a lot about essential matters. Doing that as an elected federal official is a crime. Why is he not prosecuted? The answer is, the US Congress has a conflict of interest and is failing to do its job.

2. Trump makes slanderous statements that are untrue. People like Obama could sue him. It is former girlfriends who bring the charges. That involves his lawyer, Michael Cohen.

3. Trump's friends, associates, and appointees are a terrible lot. Indited are many as more face criminal investigation including his lawyer.

4. Trump says he didn't conspire to collude or cooperate with the Russians, and yet many of his close associates apparently did. Trump said he didn't have conflicts of interest with Russians, though he never came clean with his IRS statements and business audits.

"Trump keeps saying he’s innocent. But his posturing over his legal troubles often makes him sound guilty, our analysis shows. 
President Trump’s declaration that his longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen would not “flip” and cooperate with federal investigators is only the latest instance of Trump adopting a posture that is both combative and defensive — and, perhaps unwittingly, creates the appearance of a coverup." 
The Washington Post email


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The Trump Experience

Attributed to the reign of Donald Trump, in the last year, some things happened.

1. Many retirement savings accounts lost many
2. The stock market is taking a beating
3. The debt and deficit are on the rise

Is that what his loyalists expected?

Then, there are the matters of squandering money on a partial wall, the collapse of affordable healthcare without a replacement, the revolving door of the executive branch executives and staff, and chronic corruption. Trump didn't drain the swamp; he built another one.
"Stock markets tumble on corporate earnings, rising interest rates 
The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted more than 2 percent in afternoon trading as a key U.S. government bond yield hit 3 percent for the first time in more than four years and several major companies signaled difficult times ahead.
Traders have been worried that the rising yield of long-term government bonds may mean higher rates for consumers and companies and a period of falling stock prices.
Meanwhile, 3M, the maker of Scotch tape and Post-it Notes, weighed heavily on the Dow after the company said it would lower its earnings guidance for 2018. Shares of the bellwether multinational dropped more than 8 percent, and other industrial corporations followed suit." 
The Washington Post email

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Democrats Take Trump to Court

Some might wonder, "It's about time." Timing is everything, and it appears that the Democrats filing charges against the Trump campaign and co-conspirators in court is right for these reasons:

1. The Special Prosecutor has a head start and is nearing a position of recommending charges. Democrats can leverage that.

2. The tactic is a proven backstop to the circumstance where a President fired a Special Prosecutor, i.e. Nixon.

3. Taking depositions in the Federal Court venue in New York will amplify the Federal investigation and support actions by Congress to impeach the alleged illegitimate regime.
"Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign 
The Democratic National Committee alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Donald Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there. The multimillion-dollar lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Manhattan. 
The lawsuit echoes a similar legal tactic that the Democratic Party used during the Watergate scandal. In 1972, the DNC filed suit against former President Richard Nixon’s reelection committee seeking $1 million in damages for the break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building." 
The Washington Post email



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Haley Breakdown is not a 'Spat'

Normally, I depend on The Hill as one of my trusted Washington sources because their reporters report the facts as I once covered the beat with them. Today, they used the word, "spat" to describe the miscommunication between President Trump and her statement to the UN that the US was ready to impose sanctions on Russia. The President pulled back on acting again, even though Congress approved sanctions months ago.

Using "spat" trivializes what is a significant breakdown in a matter of national security. The breakdown should alert Congress to warn the President that if such performance persists, he faces censor or impeachment on the grounds of incompetence.

That won't happen. Though, that is how grave this mistake is.

Surprising this analyst is that Nikki Haley has been performing well in her role, even though her credentials and experience don't suit the position.

"Haley spat fuels political chatter around White House 
Nikki Haley’s public spat with the White House has underscored Trump World’s obsession about the political ambitions of people in the president’s orbit. 
Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, raised eyebrows Tuesday when she hit back at the White House after top economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused her of being confused when she prematurely announced new sanctions against Moscow on Sunday.
Her cutting rejoinder — “with all due respect, I don’t get confused” — earned cheers from people who called it an example of resolve from a strong female leader and boos from others who accused her of disloyalty for going after one of Trump’s newest handpicked aides."
The Hill email 

Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the UN


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Trump-Russia Conspiracy

Until now, this independent journalist has not offered analysis or explanation for Donald Trump's behavior toward Russia beyond the obvious. While he was soliciting business in Russia, he likely engaged in sexual activity that the Russians documented on tape. That would provide them with something they could use in the future to blackmail him, should that necessity arise.

On the other hand, Trump may have sewn the seeds for a very big deal with Vladimir Putin. In that deal, Donald Trump and the Russians would make lasting peace in the form of real estate development.

Trump & Company benefits

  • A very-large commercial complex in Moscow designed and produced by the Trump family.
  • Peaceful coexistence with Russia including denuclearization
  • Trade with Russia


Putin & Russian benefits

  • Reclamation of a few lost states, i.e., Ukraine
  • Warm port and oil in Syria
  • Economic development assistance from the USA

It might all make sense in Trump's big picture, short of any details. This conspiracy theory is consistent with the facts on the ground, don't you think?


Image: CNN


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Michael Cohen's Devious Ploy

Being an expert on "fixing" calamities, Trump's lawyer must now dig himself out of a mess of his making.

Cohen spent days before the Federal Court appealing that much of the information seized by the FBI is private and under client-lawyer privilege.

As expected, the judge asked that an independent review is made of the inventory to segregate the FBI's trove into categories:

1. Evidence pertinent to the case as defined in the warrant

2. Information that is protected by attorney-client privilege

3. Irrelevant information

Why did Cohen decide to explicitly identify Fox News celebrity, Sean Hannity as a client? The plausible answer is that some information may have involved conversations with Hannity that Trump wants undisclosed and Cohen seeks to hide it under Hannity as a client.

The trouble with that is that Hannity claims he never retained Cohen as an attorney and may have only asked some questions about a real estate deal. He never paid a fee. In that, the only attorney-client privilege argument would pertain to that specific discussion.

That leads to some possibilities about someone lying about the relationship and that something is being hidden. Rest assured that the lawyers and the judge will get to the bottom of it with intense interest by the FBI investigators.

Meanwhile, Fox News is stained by Sean Hannity for failing to disclose his relationship with Michel Cohen.


Image: Fox News

What astonishes this independent journalist is that Sean Hannity has no credible credentials for his job. Look at his resume: college dropout.

"Hannity attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Hempstead, New York, during his middle school years and St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary high school in Uniondale, New York.[7]
Hannity dropped out of New York University[citation needed] and Adelphi University.[6][8][9]"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Hannity 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Unfit: It was apparent

In my book, How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A.Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, I offer readers a method for evaluation of Presidential Candidate resumes. The method applies to evaluating all elected officials to their respective jobs.

You are the judge, and if you look at resumes and consider the criteria, it would be apparent that Trump and Clinton are equally bad candidates for very different reasons. Common deficiencies are the character flaws that make them unfit.

The question is, how can political parties improve their vetting process to give greater assurance to citizens that their candidates are viable. Nothing has happened to improve the process as suggested in my book.

You can help me get the point across to our leadership:

1. Read my book
2. If you like it, recommend it
3. Share the message with your Congressional representatives and party leaders

"In interview, fired FBI director Comey says Trump is ‘morally unfit’ and may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail 
In his first televised interview since being fired, James B. Comey took aim at President Trump in no uncertain terms, comparing his administration to a mafia family, likening his presidency to a forest fire and asserting there was evidence that he had committed a crime. The interview aired just days before Comey is set to release a book and begin promoting it." 
The Washington Post Email 



Both: Unfit


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