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mtls2005    3,171

According to WH leaks, all of the staff except Jared advocated for a measured response to the naming of Mueller. And that's more or less what the WH issued as a statement. But Jared (AKA Sonny Corleone) evidently had Trump's ear later on and voila, counter-productive tweets.

 

Hopefully his soon to be named private attorney can convince his client to to stop talking, and tweeting, about the Russian thing. 

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Credo    6,315
3 minutes ago, Yann55 said:

... A significant percentage of whom must be masochists, then, since they elected their persecutor to his present position.

 

After only a hundred days of Trump-at-the-White-House, I wonder how many of those who voted for him are now biting their nails in anger, frustration and regret.

 

I do understand that a large proportion were just voting against Hillary, and I certainly don't blame them for that, but when you choose the devil to avoid the devil, you still end up electing the devil.

No, there were people voting against Hillary, but there are plenty of people who just dislike gov't and Trump shared that view.   They voted against gov't.

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ilostmypassword    6,168
2 minutes ago, Credo said:

No, there were people voting against Hillary, but there are plenty of people who just dislike gov't and Trump shared that view.   They voted against gov't.

They certainly didn't vote against the so-called intrusion of government into everyone's lives. If that were the case, Rand Paul would should have won the nomination. Trump campaigned on protecting entitlements.

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mtls2005    3,171
1 minute ago, Credo said:

No, there were people voting against Hillary, but there are plenty of people who just dislike gov't and Trump shared that view.   They voted against gov't.

45% of eligible voters chose, for various reasons, not to vote.

 

That's almost criminal, as criminal as the Russian activities to sway and suppress voters, and needs to be addressed. We should be making it easier for people to vote rather than harder. Holding an election on a weekend alone might result in a 10% increase.

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Berkshire    7,308
3 hours ago, tonray said:

I disagree but really the DEMS would do far better with Trump at the helm in blunting the right's agenda. With him gone and Pence in place...if they cannot wrest control in 2018, the agenda will be implemented at lightening speed. Trump's ineffectiveness and impulsiveness are the DEM's main weapon against policy right now.

I actually thought about this and yes, I agree that a President Pence "could be" worse in terms of his extreme right-wing position on a great many issues.  But consider the hardcore Trump supporters and what they're going to do if Trump is ousted.  I doubt they would instantly warm up to Pence.  Not sure how this would play out, but I don't think you can assume that the GOP will automatically become one big happy family with Pence as President.

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Peterw42    2,489
Yes, if only the President had the power to stop legislation from passing.  Maybe we could call it the veto.  That would give him lots of leverage. If only the USA had a constitution and in that document he was given such a power.  


A two thirds majority of Congress overides a presidents veto, a good clause to have in hindsight

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ilostmypassword    6,168
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Trump's claim to executive privilege could be jeopardized.

Trump needs private attorney to navigate complex probe, his ex-lawyer says

Trump’s constant tweeting about subjects under investigation — as well as his claim that then-FBI Director James B. Comey assured him in three conversations that he was cleared — could undermine efforts to cite executive privilege, analysts said.

“It makes it extremely hard for him to make a claim of executive privilege after he has already put it out there publicly,” said Mark J. Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Public Policy at George Mason University and author of a book on executive privilege. “He is just not careful. ”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-needs-private-attorney-to-navigate-complex-probe-his-ex-lawyer-says/2017/05/18/f8dd81e0-3bf7-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_privilege-9pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.05a110f195d4

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ilostmypassword    6,168
1 minute ago, Peterw42 said:

 


A two thirds majority of Congress overides a presidents veto, a good clause to have in hindsight

 

And given the current makeup of the House and Senate, is an override likely on any of the major issues pending?

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Langsuan Man    3,107

Trump calls special counsel Russia probe 'greatest witch hunt' in U.S. history

 

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iReason    7,332

Trump denies collusion with Russia but says I 'speak for myself'

The president, at a remarkable press conference, was forced to deny he had done anything worthy of criminal charges – calling Russia crisis ‘a witch hunt’ (sub-title) 

 

"Donald Trump denied any collusion with Russia in the 2016 election but said on Thursday he spoke “for myself”, leaving open for the first time the possibility that some of his staff may have been involved."

 

T"here is no collusion – certainly myself and my campaign – but I can always speak for myself and the Russians – zero,” he said at a joint press conference with the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos."

 

 

"Trump’s embattled presidency, which has invited increasingly frequent comparison with Richard Nixon and Watergate, passed a new landmark at the press conference when he was asked bluntly, in front of a foreign head of state, whether he recalled anything he had done that “might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigation or impeachment”.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/18/trump-strays-white-house-message-mueller-witch-hunt

 

The screws are tightening now, and the inept one opens the door to throw his surrogates under the bus...

 

On a lighter note:

 

 

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iReason    7,332

Chaff-outz

"Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House oversight committee, announced his resignation, effective June 30."

"In a letter to constituents, Chaffetz said he wanted to spend more time with his family."

Read the letter

 

Trumptanic survivor.

 

Jason Chaffetz announces early resignation from Congress

 

"Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House oversight committee, announced on Thursday that he'll be leaving office on June 30, 18 months before the end of his congressional term."

 

"Chaffetz has faced criticism recently for his role in investigating President Donald Trump and his administration."

 

"In February, he met a packed townhall in his Utah district, filled with constituents chanting, "do your job." 

 

 

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55Jay    3,835

More filler, but again, it's the chickens coming home to roost.  Trump is waaayy out of his league now, these DC sharks are going to rip him to shreds and the media will bury the remains.  I don't expect there will be any real barn burners, not on Trump specifically, but even if he does survive, he'll be full on radioactive and might as well resign.

 

Coulda shoulda woulda..... had he not conducted himself like a douche bag after winning the R nomination, he could of gotten some things accomplished and maybe done some good.  In some areas, broad strokes, he's not wrong, but nobody likes an <deleted>. 

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