US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

16 Aug 2018

Thanks to their NDAs, Trump officials have no credibility. These clips prove it.

On the heels of former Trump campaign and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman saying she’s heard tape of President Trump using the N-word, Trump’s allies have taken to the cable news networks to defend his reputation. But there’s one big problem — because they’ve signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), even if they have heard Trump using a racial slur, they’re legally prohibited from saying so.
On the heels of former Trump campaign and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman saying she’s heard tape of...
29 Sep 2017

White House tries to defend Trump’s claim that he pays more under his tax plan. It’s a train wreck.

During a White House briefing on Thursday, chief White House economic adviser Gary Cohn tried to defend President Trump’s claim that his tax plan will not benefit him. It did not go well. “Based on what we know, what little we know about [Trump’s] finances, he’d get a big cut on the AMT [Alternative Minimum Tax], I think he’d save something like $31 million. On pass-through income, he’d save $16.5 million, he’d obviously save a lot not paying the estate tax, his heirs would — so how can you say that this is not a plan that would help him?” a reporter asked.
During a White House briefing on Thursday, chief White House economic adviser Gary Cohn tried to defend President...
15 Sep 2017

Sanders destroys norm of DOJ independence, lays out case for political prosecution of Comey

During a news briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the administration’s case for prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey from the White House podium. In making the comments, Sanders is disregarding what was previously an important ethical standard — that the Justice Department has prosecutorial independence. The idea is that the Justice Department should decide who to prosecute based on a unbiased application of the law, not political pressure from the White House. This is something that neither Sanders or her boss seem to value.
During a news briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the administration’s case for...
2 Aug 2017

Explosive lawsuit alleges Trump reviewed and approved bogus Fox News story on Seth Rich

A defamation lawsuit  filed by longtime Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler against the network alleges that President Trump was directly involved in concocting a fake  story intended to undercut the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian hackers waged cyberattacks against Democratic targets to help him get elected.
A defamation lawsuit  filed by longtime Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler against the network alleges that...
13 Jul 2017

House Republican threatens new Clinton investigations unless Democrats stop talking about Russia

Republicans have gone to extreme lengths to help Trump. Acting on a request from the White House in February, the chairs of the House and Senate intelligence committees — Devin Nunes (CA) and Richard Burr (NC) — “made calls to news organizations... in attempts to challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives,” the Washington Post reported.
Republicans have gone to extreme lengths to help Trump. Acting on a request from the...
9 Jun 2017

Republicans dine at White House, then use Comey hearing to try to exonerate Trump

Less than 48 hours before former FBI Director James Comey’s testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and detailed a January dinner during which he claims President Trump asked him to pledge personal loyalty, two Republican members of committee dined with Trump at the White House. Those members — Marco Rubio (FL) and Tom Cotton (AL) — then spent Thursday’s hearing trying to exonerate Trump of wrongdoing
Less than 48 hours before former FBI Director James Comey’s testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and...
25 May 2017

Former FBI agent details how Trump and Russia team up to weaponize fake news

In this post, former FBI agent offers specific examples of when Trump and Paul Manafort, diverted attention from questions posed to them to fake news articles propagated by the Russians.
In this post, former FBI agent offers specific examples of when Trump and Paul Manafort, diverted attention from...
22 Apr 2017

House Oversight Committee calls on Trump’s business to prove he’s not violating the Constitution

Days after a lawsuit accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution’s “emoluments clause” added more plaintiffs,  the House Oversight Committee is requesting the Trump Organization turn  over documents detailing what processes Trump’s business has implemented, if any, to make sure the president isn’t profiting from foreign governments who want to curry favor with him.
Days after a lawsuit accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution’s “emoluments clause” added more...
14 Apr 2017

Trump kids push for changes to White House policies to maximize profitability of Trump brand

There’s supposed to be a firewall between President Trump and the business he continues to own, which is being run by his his two adult sons. But there’s already been indications that firewall isn’t as firm as it should be. During a February interview with Forbes, Eric admitted that he plans to give his father quarterly financial updates about how Trump’s sprawling business empire is doing. And earlier this week, Donald Jr. told the Associated Press he “has spoken to his father more frequently in recent weeks.” A new Washington Post report citing 21 of Trump’s aides, confidants, and allies suggests that not only are Eric and Donald Jr. talking with their dad about his business, but they — along with Ivanka Trump and fellow White House staffer Jared Kushner — are exerting their influence to make sure his flagging presidency doesn’t destroy the family brand.
There’s supposed to be a firewall between President Trump and the business he continues to own, which is being run by...

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