Trump Rejects House Oversight Demand For Private Email Records

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump made as big an issue of Hillary Clinton’s emails as he did pledging to make America white and evangelical, going so far as calling on his Russian facilitators to find and release illegally hacked documents. However, in what is a blatant display of hypocrisy Trump is renowned for, on Monday the White House officially designated Trump administration players’ email records off limits to the House Oversight Committee; the reason given was that Trump’s people “endeavor” to comply with all relevant laws. Apparently Trump regards the House Oversight Committee’s demands “irrelevant” to his administration.

The bipartisan request came from Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Elijah Cummins (D-MD), and for their trouble they received a “terse” letter from Trump’s congressional liaison Marc Short. The request was for information “regarding the use of personal email and encrypted messaging apps for government work by White House staff.” Mr. Short also refused to hand over records Messers Gowdy and Cummings demanded regarding the use of expensive private air travel by administration officials.

In a two-page response to the Oversight Committee, Short said “The White House and covered employees endeavor to comply with all relevant laws.” It is noteworthy that Short said the Trump cabal only “endeavored” to comply with “relevant” laws, and if that were the case there was nothing to hide if they were really “trying” to comply with the laws.

The Trump response did not sit well with members of the Oversight Committee prompting member Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to remark:

These were bipartisan requests to the White House related to the Administration’s private travel and email usage, and the White House has completely blown off the Committee. The Committee needs to assert its jurisdiction and authority immediately to get this information. If the White House won’t provide documents to permit basic oversight, the Chairman should send subpoenas.”

An aid to the Committee’s chairman said the Committee’s members “are currently in the process of evaluating whether there has been compliance, partial compliance or non-compliance” by Trump’s White House and other administration officials. The aide added “We expect full compliance.

The requests from Gowdy and Cummings for details about the extent of the administration’s use of private email came after a report in POLITICO that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in particular was relying on his private email account to conduct official White House business.  It was also revealed that Steve Bannon, Gary Cohn, Ivanka Trump and Reince Priebus used private email accounts for “public business;” it leads any thinking human being to believe the practice was widespread in the West Wing. Apparently Trump’s cohorts using private email accounts is different than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using a private email account.

The Committee’s September 25th letter to White House counsel Don McGahn specifically asked for the names of any Trump senior official who “had ever used a personal email account to conduct official business.” They also asked for “the individual, cellular number and account used” by any White House officials who communicated using “text-messages, phone-based message applications, or encryption software to conduct official business.” Trump said no; his administration “endeavors” to comply with the law and as usual he is not going to release anything showing his people violated the law. It is the only reason to blow off a House Oversight Committee request.

The White House gave a similar reply to the demand for details on administration officials use of charter jets, but didn’t even bother to lie that they were “trying” to abide by the law. Instead, Short claimed the committee’s inquiry was addressed to the White House chief of staff and since “not all components” of the White House “are under the supervision of the President’s Trump’s Chief of Staff,” the Committee is getting nothing.

The Committee asked fora detailed breakdown of every flight on a government-owned aircraft” or a “private, non-commercial aircraft” used by “senior White House officials.” Of course the inquiry came on the heels of an investigation into costly flights taken by Tom Price, the former Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary who was forced out after reports he was fleecing the taxpayers. Since Price left his post, there have been several other Trump cabinet officials facing questions over chartering jets for expensive trips; like Trump’s weekly golf outings.

Trump’s congressional liaison wrote:

The White House seeks to ensure employee travel is conducted through the most economic and expeditious means of transportation available.”

According to Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson, Trump’s liaison is lying.  There is a fairly complete list of senior staffers and cabinet officials who are more concerned about “living large,” than they are “economic and expeditious means of travel.”

It is not out of line to assert that the only reason the Trump White House is refusing to “comply with the law” that gives the Oversight Committee authority to examine anything it deems necessary is because they have plenty to hide. If their communications and travel were in compliance with the law, they would have handed over everything the Committee demanded.

This is just another signal that although Trump is a dunce of epic proportions, he is also a dirty hypocrite and corrupt. He railed on the debunked Hillary Clinton email “controversy” non-stop to great effect, including calling on his Rusky comrades to do his bidding. Now he’s flouting the authority of the sole check on his dirty corrupt administration. And instead of drafting articles of impeachment, the Republican Chair of the Oversight Committee hopes they will issue a subpoena.

Lock Her Up – Sarah Huckabee Sanders Should Go To Prison With Trump

It is a travesty there is no legal means to hold Trump and his cohorts accountable for their steady stream of blatantly mendacious statements, because it would be the quickest way to put the entire Trump administration out of the nation’s misery. It is particularly noteworthy that Trump’s liars club members are predominately evangelical Christians who violate their bible’s Ninth Commandment at about the same rate normal human beings draw breath.

That applies to the Baptist preacher’s daughter serving as Trump’s press secretary who immediately earned membership in the administration’s liars club before she was “officially” named press secretary. If lying was a crime, Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be in prison along with most of Trump’s Cabinet and the two liars at the top of the administration: Trump and Pence.  However, now it appears that one of Huckabee Sanders’s lies could result in a criminal indictment in addition to her violation of a statute in the U.S. Code; both of which could land her in jail if the Department of Justice wasn’t being run by one of Trump’s evangelical serial liars.

It isn’t clear how much of Huckabee Sanders’ lies and statements come directly from the king of the liars Trump, but regardless where they originate, she has waded into trouble twice in the past week and everyone and their dog has noticed.

The latest “federal crime” Huckabee Sanders committed was attempting to influence a private employment decision in calling for an ESPN employee to be fired for telling the truth. That’s how bad it has become in Trump’s America; an administration ‘official’ calling for a private employee to be fired for telling the truth about the liar in the White House.

According to  18 U.S. Code § 227, Huckabee Sanders committed a “federal crime” when she called for ESPN anchor Jemele Hill’s firing over an honest-to-dog truthful “Tweet” about the white supremacist Trump.  Ms. Hill tweeted on Monday that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” It is as an honest and truthful statement as claiming the Sun rises in the East; it was also a personal opinion posted on social media, but freedom of speech is not the point.

18 U.S. Code § 227 says:

Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”

Huckabee Sanders certainly violated that federal statute and she rightly earned an ethics complaint filed by the Democratic Coalition whose chairman Jon Cooper said:

When Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for Jemele Hill to be fired by ESPN, she crossed the line and put herself in dubious legal territory. Even in Donald Trump’s America, there’s still such a thing as freedom of speech. For Sanders to publicly call for the dismissal of a Trump critic is bizarre and disturbing, to say the least. If anyone is to be fired, it should be her.”

She should also face federal criminal charges, and after being convicted they should, as Trump likes to repeat ad nauseam – “lock her up.” That is what the law demands and Trump claims his administration is all about “law and order;” except for him and his criminal administration. Huckabee Sanders will never face any criminal charges because the Trump administration is criminally corrupt. Besides, violating 18 U.S. Code § 227 may be the least of Huckabee Sanders problems going forward.

This week, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), explained on MSNBC that Trump’s Press Secretary likely put herself in legal jeopardy. Senator Whitehouse was referring to three comments on consecutive days about former FBI Director James Comey.  Mr. Whitehouse described three of Huckabee Sanders’ statements as “torpedoes” that appear to be an attempt by the Trump administration to influence grand juries convened by the special prosecutor Robert Mueller in the Russia probe.

Mr. Whitehouse said: “If the motivation was to poison the reputation of James Comey with the grand jurors, you have another indictment;” for attempting to obstruct justice. Of course no human being knows “for sure” what was going through Huckabee Sanders’ mind, or what her true motivation was when she telegraphed Donald Trump’s “message to the public.” But it is relatively clear that because she has no official legal standing to “prosecute from the White House press briefing room,” her repeated assertions that James Comey broke the law and should be investigated were a propaganda ploy; almost certainly incited by Trump himself.

On Monday Huckabee Sanders claimed that Comey’s firing was appropriate because “not only did he leak confidential memos, he lied during testimony to Congress.” The next day she continued the White House “prosecutor’s case” again claiming that Mr. Comey’s actions were “improper and illegal” and something the Department of Justice prosecutors should be pursuing. On the following day, she reiterated the Trump “administration’s charges” claiming that “it was pretty clean and clear” that Comey broke the law and he should be prosecuted.

Since Trump announced his candidacy last year, he has regularly called for Americans he doesn’t like to be prosecuted; not because they did anything illegal or untoward, but because he thrives on demeaning the character of his perceived enemies. His campaign made “lock her up” a rallying cry to portray Hillary Clinton as a criminal; it is a classic case of what psychologists call “projection.”

There is really only one reason Huckabee Sanders would spend three consecutive days arguing like a prosecutor to impugn James Comey’s character, and that was to influence both public opinion and the various grand juries Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is rumored to have convened. In legal terms, that certainly qualifies as attempting to obstruct justice and worthy of a federal indictment, as Senator Whitehouse explained.

Obviously, Trump’s Justice Department is not going to pursue charges against Huckabee Sanders for violating 18 U.S. Code § 227 because Sessions is too terrified of Trump and corrupt to do his job. Plus, he is a liar of the first order and is damned lucky he is not serving time for committing perjury under oath before the U.S. Senate; a federal crime worthy of five years in prison and a hefty fine.

Huckabee Sanders may not be as fortunate with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller who is a real prosecutor and is thoroughly investigating obstruction of justice charges against the Trump administration players that Huckabee Sanders became party to. But that investigation is ongoing and hopefully Mr. Mueller added Huckabee Sanders to the long list of Trump administration actors guilty of obstructing justice.

Trump’s entire administration is looking more corrupt by the minute, and it is stunning, really, that Huckabee Sanders is willing to stand in front of the media and implicate herself to protect the criminal in the Oval Office. Maybe it is because she is allegedly a good Christian and considers lying reasonable to preserve the evangelical right’s rubber stamp in the White House. However, what is considered reasonable to  a cabal of serial liars and corrupt Republicans is obstruction of justice and illegal in the eyes of the law. Huckabee Sanders deserves to be prosecuted along with her criminal cohorts in the Trump administration and the Trump liars club needs to be locked up to preserve the rule of law and what is left of America’s failing government.

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White House: Minnesota Mosque Bombing a Hate Crime Faked by the Left

By now most Americans are well aware that anytime there is a terror attack involving a person, or persons, of Middle Eastern heritage, Trump’s fast fingers unleash a rash of deliberate anti-Muslim rage to incite his hateful devotees. However, when Muslims or people of color are the targets, tiny hands puts those fast fingers in his pocket and pretends nothing happened. Over the past seven months Trump has been extraordinarily silent, and his little fingers at repose, every time there is a hate crime or terror attack committed against Muslims or people of color.

Yesterday, the White House took a different approach and blamed liberals for “faking” the bombing of a Minnesota mosque. As many pundits and commentaries have taken to saying since Trump’s election, “you just can’t make this sh*t up.” The idea of liberals faking hate crimes and terror attacks against Muslim Americans is beyond the pale, even for a hate-mongering imbecile like Trump.

According to Trump’s national security advisor, Sebastian Gorka, the official White House reason for Trump’s silence on the hate crime against a Muslim place of worship is because it’s “probably a hate crime faked by a liberal.”

Unlike every other time Trump tweets out anti-Muslim rhetoric minutes after a terror attack or hate crime suspected of being driven by Islamic extremists, the Trump wants to wait until the investigation into the “incident” is finalized. He claims all of the hate crimes targeting Muslims and people of color are propaganda and faked by the left.

Gorka lied like his boss and claimed that Trump operates on the assumption that until authorities know for sure exactly who the perpetrators are, any reports are fake; including the news that there was a bombing of a Minnesota mosque. With a straight face Gorka said:

“There’s a great rule: All initial reports are false. You have to check them and find out who the perpetrators are. We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to be propagated by the left. Let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments.”

Naturally, Gorka failed to cite an instance of an “alleged hate crime committed by a right wing individual” that was fabricated by the left, but that is part and parcel of the Trump administration’s modus operandi; just say ridiculously absurd bullsh*t and expect the public to buy it as gospel. What is certain, is that Trump has been uncharacteristically silent every time a right wing extremist commits a hate crime; including when there are multiple witnesses, arrests, and boastful confessions that attacking Muslims is “patriotic” because it’s Trump’s America now.

Gorka’s lie that the White House always waits until “local authorities” weigh in with their assessments is easily debunked on myriad counts, but none as blatant as last June. Trump jumped in and commented on an alleged terror attack in the Philippines without any information whatsoever; not from local authorities or his national security personnel. Trump condemned what “he claimed” was a terrorist attack; “It is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror.”

However, local authorities, victims, witnesses, and video footage said the incident was committed “by a tall white foreign man” who botched a casino robbery and started a fire; it was not a terror attack and no victims were killed by gunfire. Trump was quick to cry ‘terrorism’ in a botched robbery in a foreign country, but he couldn’t even condemn a terror-hate crime attack in the United States because it targeted a Muslim place of worship.

Even Minnesota’s governor called the attack what it is, an act of terror. And, as has been pointed out by no small number of journalists and pundits, authorities can and should always condemn hate crimes or terror attacks no matter who the targets are and despite the perpetrators are yet unknown. As an MSNBC host said to national security advisor Gorka a day after the Minnesota mosque bombing:

“You don’t have to make a statement about who did it, but you can make a statement denouncing how terrible it is to attack a building of worship.”

Gorka’s response was, “That’s fine and I’m sure the president will do that.” However four days later and not only has Trump not condemned the terror attack on a place of worship, his official comment is that it is a hate crime faked by a liberal. There is almost certainly a more despicable reason for Trump’s silence besides blaming liberals for faking a terror attack and it involves inciting Trump’s supporters inclined to take matters into their hands and “make America white and Christian” to aid Trump keep his vile campaign promise.

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Trump to condemn the terror attack on innocent worshippers even though no-one was injured. Ibrahim Hooper noted the obvious:

Silence on the part of public officials at the national level only serves to empower Islamophobes.”

The director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, Asad Zaman, expressed the sentiments of most decent Americans.

We are wondering why President Trump has not tweeted about this. He seems to want to tweet about security and terror issues.”

Mr. Zaman is not telling the whole story; likely to avoid being attacked by Trump or his supporters. Trump only wants to tweet about security and terror issues if he can malign and demonize Muslims, otherwise, tiny-hands remains silent; except when it presents an opportunity to blame liberals.

Trump has had ample opportunities to condemn hate crimes and acts of terrorism committed by right wing extremists and white nationalists, but they are his base of support. What is patently obvious at this juncture is that among his most rabid acolytes, his silence is regarded exactly as it is meant; tacit approval straight from the White House.

This latest ploy of blaming liberals is, although despicable at best, not surprising. What is glaringly apparent is that Trump is never going to blame right wing extremists because not only are they targeting innocent American Muslims, they are doing Trump’s dirty work to make America white and Christian – the real meaning of his favorite twitter hashtag MAGA because it appeals to his white evangelical base.

Trump’s Voter Commission Does Exactly What Americans Feared

Donald Trump is widely regarded by anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of coming in contact with him as a vindictive piece of work. In particular he has built a reputation of “getting even” with any human being who doesn’t bend to his will or dares challenge anything he does. Billionaire Richard Branson related a story where Trump told him he would move the proverbial heaven and Earth, and spend the rest of his life trying, to destroy the 5 people who failed to “help him,” and he is now out to cause misery to Americans who oppose his corrupt voter suppression “commission.”

There is only a “voter integrity commission” because Trump cannot tolerate the idea that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by about 3 million votes. Remember, Trump still claims he lost 3 to 5 million votes to fraudulent (illegal immigrant) voters; a claim that has been so widely and often debunked that even Republicans know Trump is lying. But they also know that Trump’s fragile ego will allow them to go to extreme lengths to launch robust voter suppression tactics based on Trump’s claim and they are moving at breakneck speed to enact legislation restricting the right to vote to their white evangelical base. As of March of this year there were 20 Republican states enacting severe voter suppression laws and using Trump’s claim of “massive voter fraud” as justification.

When Trump tasked Mike Pence and voter-suppression expert Kris Kobach with demanding states hand over all voter data from the past ten years, including highly personal and confidential information, only a fool believed there was not a typical Republicans’ untoward motive behind it.

In fact, even Republican state election officials opposed the “demand” and were not bashful about telling the “commission” to go to Hell, or “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.” Trump’s response to 46 states refusing to cooperate was that even Republican election officials were afraid the results would show that he, Donald J. Trump, really won the popular vote and won by historically unheard of majorities.

What Trump discovered after foolishly calling for public comments on the request for their personal and private data was that it wasn’t just 46 state election officials who opposed the illegal maneuver, the public went ballistic. And, as if to justify every public commenter’s worst fears that the commission would publicize voters’ sensitive personal information, the commission duly publicized voters’ sensitive personal information.

Pence and Kobach released the contact information, along with some really angry comments, of everyone who responded on the White House website.

As noted by nearly everyone with a pulse, Mike Pence and Kris Kobach’s decision to publish the emails containing the names, phone numbers, home addresses and places of employment of Americans who were concerned that Trump’s  voter integrity commission was a nefarious plot to make such information public was no accident. In fact, there are already reports, and comments on the White House website, that many Americans are “deregistering to vote” to keep their private data out of Pence’s and Kobach’s dirty hands. However, even though the “commission” cannot access their private data from the state election officials, their voter suppression ploy worked by frightening voters to take their names off voter rolls.

What the people probably didn’t know prior to submitting their “public comments” was that now the White House website includes a warning that the “Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted.

One of the commenters actually expressed his fear that the commission’s request for his personal data and identifying information would make him a target. Subsequently, the commenters’ email, replete with his current identifying information including his home address, was published on the White House website.

There was no reason whatsoever to publish the comments, much less the respondents’ personal contact information, except to use the White House website and taxpayer dollars to inform Trump’s hateful supporters of who to harass and intimidate and precisely where to find them. And there is little doubt that Trump acolytes will rush to defend their fascist hero based on a sampling of some of the less brutal comments courtesy of Salon’s Sophia Tesfaye. These are only a few printable “excerpts” from angry Americans sans their email addresses or personal identifying data still on the White House website.

  • Mr. Trump’s claims that millions of fraudulent votes were cast against him is the ravings of an egomaniac who can’t stand to lose
  • I hope and pray that you fail
  • The person reading this email should be ashamed to be supporting this effort.
  • It is obvious that your commission will be using this information, especially voting history, to target people who are likely to vote Democratic, and use various, well-known techniques to suppress as many of their votes as possible. I am a Teddy Roosevelt Republican. He would never condone such un-American behavior
  • P.S. I removed my name from voter rolls. And I’m a Republican!

That last comment about removing their name from voter rolls apparently is of no concern to the “king of voter suppression,” Kris Kobach, and one suspects that indeed was part of his voter suppression plot. Instead of being appalled that the administration’s actions would prompt even one registered voter to abandon participation in the democratic process, Kobach called it a “political stunt,” by a Republican voter no less. Kobach said that no matter that it is glaringly obvious Americans are so “fearful of what he’ll do with their personal information,” like making it public, that they are voluntarily “removing themselves from voter rolls.” The king of voter suppression said:

It could be a political stunt ― people who are trying to discredit the commission and withdrawing temporarily because they are politically active but planning to get back on the voter rolls before the election next November,”

If those voters live in Republican states with harsh voter suppression laws, they may never be allowed to register again; a fact they are likely aware of and one that Kobach knows is a fact. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) didn’t designate Kobach as the king of voter suppression without good cause and it is just one of the reasons why there is such opposition to Trump’s voter integrity commission; that and the fact that even Republicans understand that giving anyone connected with Trump personal information about voters will be used to against them.

If any idiot was confused as to why other Americans, including Republicans, were highly suspicious of what Trump would do with their personal voting and private information, the revelation that his commission revealed the private contact information about commenters opposed to the “commission” should clear up any confusion; including any doubts that the Trump administration is being run by criminal fascists.

Sessions’ DOJ Defends Trump’s Constitutional Violations

After learning there is another lawsuit against Trump for using the office of the presidency for profit (self-dealing), it is curious whether or not the Trump-Sessions Department of Justice will rush to defend the corrupt swindler again. That is precisely what happened the last time, and if the Sessions-led DOJ repeats what it said just three days ago, it will prove there is a serious malignancy in Trump’s administration, and likely the majority of the Republican movement.

Yesterday the Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit asserting that Trump’s well-documented failure to separate himself from his businesses has undermined public trust and violated constitutional bans against self-dealing. The Maryland and D.C lawsuits fairly reiterate the charges in a lawsuit filed a few months ago in New York by a legal watchdog. In fact, the Trump Department of Justice recently filed a motion to dismiss that earlier lawsuit after spending months concocting a defense.

The real outrage in this insidious affair is that Trump’s Department Of Justice is rushing to defend what it knows is a constitutional violation, and likely “illegal.”  DOJ lawyers attempted to prove that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had no “standing” to bring a lawsuit against Donald Trump because its claim of injury is unjustified.

CREW’s lawsuit was only filed to compel Trump to adhere to the U.S. Constitution and “divest” from his business empire and stop profiting from being in the White House. The legal watchdog is not seeking criminal charges or pecuniary damages; it just wants Trump to stop violating the Constitution by profiting from living in the White House.

The Department of Justice motion to dismiss also claimed that even if Trump “illegally” owns and profits from his business empire while in the White House, it is none of the courts’ business. Instead of the Judiciary Branch doing its job in deciding the merits of a lawsuit, the Justice Department lawyers say it is up to the GOP-controlled Congress to work it out.

The Trump DOJ also said that dealing with another lawsuit would be too much of an impediment on Trump’s ability to perform his presidential duties and would distract him from his busy schedule. The DOJ claims that one branch of government cannot force “such an impairment” on another branch.

CREW said it was still going forward despite the DOJ’s sleazy defense of Trump and its refusal to defend the Constitution. The group said:

It’s clear from the government’s response that they don’t believe anyone can go to court to stop the president from systematically violating the constitution. We heartily disagree and look forward to our day in court.

As CREW’s lawsuit noted, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and other countries have held state-sponsored events at Trump’s D.C. hotel, and other entities associated with foreign governments lend money to his businesses or lease space in his properties.

CREW asserted in its lawsuit,”because Trump-owned buildings take in rent, room rentals and other payments from foreign governments which may seek to curry favor with him, the president has breached the emoluments clause.”

It is noteworthy that Trump has indeed been very “favorable” to Kuwait, Turkey and particularly Saudi Arabia as of late;  including keeping them off his “Muslim majority nation” travel bans because there are mutual investments involved.

It is abominable that instead of upholding, supporting or defending the U.S. Constitution, the one Trump violated the day he swore to uphold the Constitution, the Sessions-Trump Justice Department is defending the violator. And it is attempting to interpret the Constitution by claiming the Emolument Clause just doesn’t apply to Donald Trump because he is a businessman.

The cancer in Trump’s administration is endemic in the Republican Congress; they willfully refuse to support, uphold, and defend the U.S. Constitution. One is hard-pressed to identify even one Republican who is defending the Constitution from Trump’s violations and it is particularly disheartening that the Justice Department, the one agency expected to defend the Constitution, is attacking its legitimacy by defending Trump.

Trump’s Deputy Press Secretary Joins the Administration Liars Club

Nobody likes a liar for myriad reasons, but chief among them is that no sane human being wants to be around or associated with a person that can’t be trusted, is dishonest, and will break all ethical rules and societal norms for profit to themselves. Of course there are always imbeciles that embrace liars and it explains exactly why Trump still has support among the gullible class. It is also why he has such a devout following among the evangelical crowd; they believe absurd archaic mythology at about the same rate they believe Trump’s lies; even though his lies are easily debunked.

After former F.B.I.  Director James B. Comey testified in front of the Senate under oath and told the truth about the Trump, he was tickled at the idea that Trump may have tape recordings of the meetings he had with, as Vox noted, “the bullshitter-in-chief.” In fact, when the subject of White House tapes came up during his testimony and interrogation by the senators, Mr. Comey said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes;” he knew they would show what everyone already knows, that Trump is a liar. Of course Donald Trump is a dirty pathological liar and the Senate Republicans know it as well as the White House “principle” deputy press-secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders does.

Despite knowing Trump lies at the same rate most humans draw breath, Huckabee Sanders revealed that she is nearly as pathological a liar as her boss deceitful Don. During a press briefing after Comey’s Senate testimony a reporter asked Huckabee Sanders; “does the president lie?” She said:

No, I can definitely say the president is not a liar. I think it’s frankly insulting that that question would be asked.”

What’s insulting to anyone with an IQ over 34 is that Huckabee Sanders actually thinks any American is going to believe “the president is not a liar” when there are literally hundreds of glaring lies and as many “not fake news” revelations that dishonest Don Trump is a very proficient pathological liar.

Now everyone in American knows that Trump’s “principle deputy press secretary” Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a liar too.

However, it is likely that if she didn’t emulate Trump, his family, his inner circle and no small number of his cabinet members in the Trump liars club, she would not have a job. Still, that doesn’t give her a pass for treating the American people and members of the press as if they are as stupid as Trump to fall for a bald-faced lie about a lying liar like her boss two-faced Trump.

There are websites devoted to listing Trump’s lies, and several media outlets are frantically attempting to keep the Trump lie list updated; it is a full-time task with this bunch of liars. But instead of going through, literally, hundreds of Trump lies, there are a couple that are so glaring it makes one wonder why the mythological god of the Christian  bible didn’t smite Huckabee Sanders with a proper Old Testament plague right in plain view of the press and on camera.

Huckabee Sanders, and the entire nation, knows damn well that Trump lied when the question of releasing his tax returns from previous years was raised throughout the campaign and since the election. First Trump said he would release them “later.” Then after the election his acolyte said “No, he’s not going to release them – he won.”

Then there’s  Trump’s bullshit lie, the one he told a hundred or so times during the campaign, that he couldn’t legally release his tax returns because he was being audited by the I.R.S.; that dirty lie was swiftly debunked by no less a tax expert than the Director of the Internal Revenue Service. This “release the tax returns” cry was, and still is, a national issue and yet Huckabee Sanders said it’s “frankly insulting” that anyone would question Trump’s veracity. Huckabee Sanders is a typical Trump administration liar.

The “principle” deputy press secretary also knows that Trump pledged to completely separate himself from the Trump organization business, a dirty lie, and then verified he was lying by pledging to donate all “Trump business’s  emolument money” he earned to charity.

First, Trump still has total control over his business empire and Huckabee knows it or the issue of “donating his organization’s emolument earnings” to charity would have never entered tiny-hands Trump’s pea-brain. And then in yet another related lie, Trump recently said he can’t possibly donate “emolument money his businesses earn” to charity because it’s simply way too hard and far too complicated; a familiar refrain from the Oval Office oaf.

Both issues have been raging in the press and all manner of media since the election, and particularly as of late; so it is impossible that a White House “principle deputy press secretary” would not know that dirty Donnie “definitely” is a liar; so is Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The Trump administration is full of liars and as this author has said before, it must be a hard and fast rule that lying is not only acceptable, it is a requirement to work in the Trump administration. Mike Pence lied through his teeth on more than one occasion about Michael Flynn’s connections with Russia and Turkey. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also lied under oath before the Senate, a federal crime, during his confirmation hearings. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price all sat before the Senate and committed perjury under oath. And they lied with impunity because this is Trump’s America and in his corrupt administration committing perjury, like treason, is not only acceptable, it is rewarded.

There is a good reason why James Comey carefully documented every meeting he had with Trump and he didn’t hesitate to tell the Senate; he didn’t trust Trump because he knows he is dishonest and a serial liar. Now the country knows that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a liar like Trump, Pence, DeVos, Pruitt, Kushner, Mnuchin, Price, Sessions and likely the great majority of Trump’s inner circle.

That old saying that “you are the company you keep” may explain why Huckabee Sanders blatantly lied in front of the press, but it is more likely that she has always been a liar according to the ease at which she feigned being “insulted” that anyone would question Trump’s honesty. She certainly earned her stripes and qualifies as a member in good standing in Trump’s liars club; a distinction that most human beings would avoid at any cost.

 

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Trump Aligns America With ISIS Because They Hate Iran

It is fair to assume at this juncture that nothing Donald Trump utters is the truth or has any foundation is pursuing Americans’ best interests. Over the past couple of days Americans learned that no matter what Trump says about ISIS (ISIL, IS, Daesh), it is likely not true. It became fairly obvious when he praised the Saudi Arabia provocative action against America’s ally Qatar, that there was something untoward going on with the Trump that had everything to do with starting a conflict with Iran.

After ISIS terrorists launched two attacks on Iran this week, instead of calling for a more robust and concerted effort from all the players to crush the radicals in ISIS, Trump issued what Iranian officials rightly called a “repugnantremark. Of course he would find a way to enrage the Iranians; they are a nation Trump’s new BFF Saudi Arabia hates with Wahhabi religious passion nearly as much as the Wahhabists in ISIS hates Iran.

Trump’s perilous embrace of Saudi Arabia, a nation steeped in promoting terror attacks around the world, is fundamentally aligning America with ISIS’ Sunnis. It is a dangerous sign that he is “searching for ways to turn the cold peace [with Iran] into a hot war.”  A hot war with Iran is something Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis are intent on provoking, and one no small number of Republicans and Israel would love to see begin sooner rather than later.

Trump revealed his ‘warming’ on ISIS this week when after going crazy over the ISIS-inspired attacks in Manchester and London, inciting a vicious Twitter rant, he spent time Tweeting his trip to Cincinnati after ISIS launched two attacks in Iran. A pair of attacks that killed 17 and wounded scores of innocent Iranians and tourists. It is noteworthy that Iran has been fighting tooth and nail against ISIS since its inception, but instead of embracing, even tepidly, what should be a “de facto ally” in the effort to stamp out a terror-driven group of maniacs, Trump made a “repugnant” remark implying that Iran got what it deserved from Saudi Arabia’s friend and ally ISIS.

Alternet’s Jefferson Morley explained that what Trump is doing is putting America in the middle of a long-simmering religious civil war among competing Islamic factions to provoke a war with Iran. Morley stated, “His [Trump’s] method – commit the United States to take sides in the long-standing political struggle between the Sunni and Shia traditions of Islam.” Apparently Trump wants America at war with Iran so badly that he is willing to take sides in a Muslim religious conflict not unlike George W. Bush did in Iraq.

For all intent and purposes, Trump is following in George W. Bush’s footsteps that aided in the creation of ISIS in the first place. Saddam Hussein’s regime was aligned with Sunni Muslims that America helped drive out of Iraq into Syria to become ISIS. In doing so, Bush elevated the Iran-backed Shias in Iraq that enraged Saddam’s Baathists to create ISIS in Syria and further disrupt the region in their attempt to take back Iraq. It is never a good idea to become involved in a centuries-old religious war between rival factions and yet Trump is doing just that; all to provoke a conflict with Iran.

In his “repugnant” slight against Iran, Trump implied that every nation that suffers ISIS-inspired terror attacks are “states that sponsor terrorism.” He said in a statement about the two terror attacks in Tehran:

We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”

What Trump is not-so-subtly implying is that the people killed and injured in ISIS-inspired attacks in Manchester, Paris, New York, San Diego  and London all fell victim to “the evil they promote;”  because they are “states that sponsor terrorism?” Seriously, those are Trump’s words, not this author’s.

It is also noteworthy that Iran is not a state sponsoring terrorism, but Saudi Arabia certainly is. In fact, since 2000, over “95 percent of terrorist casualties worldwide have been inflicted by Saudi-influenced militants.” Trump’s reason for a policy embracing Saudi Arabia, and by extension its cohort in ISIS against Iran, is based on a lie that Iran is a terrorist state.

Trump is working hard to instigate another conflict in the Middle East by aligning America with Saudi’s theocratic dictatorship and “its international brigade of Sunni foot soldiers, known as ISIS.” Remember, ISIS militants adhere to, and are devotees of, the Saudi fundamentalist Wahhabist Islamic tradition that “abhors Shiism, hates democracy and forbids women’s rights;” something Iran supports. Experts on Islam claim that “ISIS loathes the [Shia] heretics of Iran even more than it despises the infidels of the West.” And, since Trump wants to start a war with Iran, he is embracing ISIS by supporting its greatest sponsor Saudi Arabia.

Trump claimed, and continues claiming, that his close ties and embrace of Russia is to enlist their aid in a concerted war effort to defeat ISIS; that is a blatant and filthy lie. Iran has been battling ISIS as long as America or the Syrian government, and yet Trump is aligning America with ISIS’ primary sponsors, Saudi Arabia because the Wahhabist Saudis hate the Iranian Shias as ardently as ISIS. This is not a secret and something Trump and his anti-Iran hawks have known for years.

America is already mired in several wars in the Middle East, but none of them involve Iran and it is something Israel, no small number of neo-con Republicans, the military-industrial complex, and Saudi Arabia are hoping Trump can deliver. He took a big step towards handing warmongers the conflict they’ve lusted after since George W. Bush first invaded Afghanistan, and then Iraq, but it is questionable if they believed Trump would embrace ISIS until now.

Whether Trump’s base or his Republican cohort like to hear it or not; when Trump aligned America with the ISIS-sponsoring Saudi Arabia because they both hate Iran, he did more than just “give ISIS a pass.” He embraced them along with their greatest supporter Saudi Arabia and all but guaranteed America’s involvement in yet another Middle East war.

Eric Trump Says People Opposing His Dad Are “Not Even People”

There is an entire industry devoted to determining why some human beings’ behaviors are so removed from established societal norms and lack basic human traits such as common decency or any sense of empathy for others. There must be hundreds of different psychological and mental defects contributing to anti-social behaviors, but it is not very often that a truly anti-social deviant actually spells out in public exactly why they act without any sense of decency or respect for other human beings.

There have been several “remote” and unofficial psychological diagnoses of Donald Trump’s many and varied psychological deficiencies, and it’s obvious that besides his ‘toxic malignant narcissism, he certainly lacks ‘theory of mind’ that most human beings develop by the time they are 6 or 7 years old. Although Trump displays every aspect of malignant narcissistic behavior towards any human who fails to worship him, there is an underlying reason he has no use for any person who disagrees, much less, opposes him.

On Tuesday Trump’s punk son Eric revealed a deep dark Trump family secret that explains in the starkest and simplest terms exactly what drives the family’s disregard for the preponderance of humanity; even those who give them money. On Tuesday while whining on Fox News’ Hannity, Trump son Eric said Democrats are “not even people” because they are “obstructing his father’s agenda.” Sane human beings would say Democrats are humanitarians for attempting to slow Trump’s crusade to decimate America and create a banana republic with him as dictator. The Trump son said:

I’ve never seen hatred like this. To me, they’re (Democrats) not even people. It’s so, so sad. Morality’s just gone, morals have flown out the window and we deserve so much better than this as a country.”

First, there is no Trump alive who has the right to question anyone’s morals, morality, ethics or honesty. Even before Trump won the election it was well-established that the reality television personality didn’t even have a vague idea of what it means to be moral, or ethical, or how to act like an American.

Since he has been in the White House, Trump and his progeny have shown a lack of morality that would make the proverbial Satan blush. And according to polls, most Americans do ardently agree that “we deserve so much better than this as a country;” and that “better” is what Democrats are attempting to preserve.

Now, something the younger Trump needs to understand; it isn’t just Democrats in Congress that oppose his father’s agenda. That being the case, it is safe to say the Trumps believe an overwhelming majority of the American population are “not even people.” And based on Trump’s agenda, a purely anti-human set of policies, it’s plain to see that Trump never considers any demographic as “even people,” including his moronic gullible base. If he did regard the great majority of the population “as people,” he would not have joined Republicans in attacking every demographic except the very rich and those running very big corporations.

According to “the Trump Doctrine,” retired Americans “aren’t even people” because they oppose Trump and want Democrats to obstruct his agenda of wiping out Social Security and Medicare. Likewise, real educators “aren’t even people” because they oppose Trump and want Democrats to obstruct his agenda of privatizing education and imposing evangelical instruction on every child in America.

Minorities “aren’t even people” because they oppose Trump’s unrelenting attack on them as well as every program and agency devoted to protecting their equal rights; as the Constitution dictates.

For dog’s sake, Trump doesn’t believe that patriots “are even people” because they believe the Constitution is the law of the land and oppose Trump’s habitual violation of long-established laws. Real American people oppose Trump’s mindset that the Constitution is just an “archaic document” preventing his ascension as America’s emperor.

Donald Trump knows that his agenda is highly unpopular. And he now knows that even his acolytes realize he lied like the immoral monster he really is throughout the presidential campaign; it is why there are overwhelming majorities from all demographics desperate for Democrats to obstruct everything Trump and his Republican cohort are proposing.

Whether it is taking healthcare away from tens-of-millions, rewarding fossil fuel and chemical polluters, demonizing Hispanics or assailing the judicial branch of government for ruling according to the U.S. Constitution; of course “decent American people” are going to oppose and obstruct his agenda. There is little doubt that the Trumps don’t believe federal and state Judges “are even people” because they too have obstructed Trump’s hateful agenda on several occasions.

This revelation by the younger Trump that in his frighteningly twisted mind Americans opposed to his daddy’s agenda “are not even people” isn’t something Eric Trump just realized or developed of his own accord; it has been inculcated in all the Trump kids throughout their rich entitled lifetimes. And it was indoctrinated into their pathetic psyches by the man who more Americans every day are coming to view as not even a half-decent person, Donald J. Trump.

Trump Ambassador Warns U.N.To Stop Condemning Israeli Human Rights Abuses

Anyone who has been paying attention over the past year-and-a-half understands that the current administration is both no friend of international organizations and cooperation, or human rights. Still, it was a stunning revelation to learn that the Trump administration’s chief diplomat to the United Nations issued a not-so-veiled threat to extract its support and withdraw from the world organization’s Human Rights Council (H.R.C.) unless it meets Trump’s demands.

The big deal now is that with a Netanyahu-friendly imbecile in the White House, the official White House position is that America is damn sick and tired of the Human Rights Council condemning Israel for its never-ending human rights violations against the Palestinian people. It is also highly likely that the Trump administration is making a provocative threat against the H.R.C. because the Obama Administration refused to support Israel’s continued land seizure and encroachment into Palestine just six months ago.

Most people know that a U.N. Human Rights, or a Security Council, condemnation doesn’t carry any punitive consequences; if it did there would be a lot less human rights abuses. However, it does alert the offending nation that the world condemns a country that abuses human rights, usually of its own citizens.

However, in Israel’s case every criticism from the Human rights watchdog has concerned Israel’s abuse of the Palestinian people. The last U.N. condemnation was no different except that America abstained from protecting Israel’s encroachment into Palestine and did nothing to stop the Council from officially condemning the Jewish State. It was the first time in history that America did not condone Israel’s aggression by blocking the Security Council’s statement that Israel’s aggression into Palestine is illegal. Still, illegal or not, nothing came from the condemnation but it was enough irritation that the Trump White House is issuing yet another threat to exit an important world organization if it fails to meet Trump’s demands.

The news of the warning came in the form of an opinion piece in the Washington Post by U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. The United States, under the Trump administration, warned that if the U.N. H.R.C. does not cease its “anti-Israel bias,” America will withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Ms. Haley will push for Trump-demanded reforms that include condemning nations that Trump decides are “bad actors” and removal of any criticism of Israel for its actions against Palestinians. Haley said Trump will decide whether to withdraw from the H.R.C after its three-week session in Geneva ends at the end of this month.

The crux of Haley’s piece is that it just isn’t fair to call out Israel’s human rights violations when there are two or three countries on the Council that are guilty of human rights violations. It is noteworthy that on several occasions the H.R.C. has condemned the United States for abusing its own citizens’ basic human rights due to Republican legislation; the last condemnation in March was over several Republican state legislatures attempting to criminalize peaceful protests. It is not beyond the realm of believability to think Trump wants out of the H.R.C. due to criticism of his policy that peaceful protests against his regime are criminal acts.

Haley complained that there wasn’t enough criticism of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba, and that there is far too much focus by the entire organization’s members on the way Israel abuses the Palestinians. Her solution is for the H.R.C. to implement the “reforms” demanded by the Trump administration forthwith or America will decide to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. Maybe Haley is unaware of how often the H.R.C. has condemned America’s human rights violations while it is a member in good standing on the Council, because she complained that:

The presence of multiple human rights-violating countries on the Human Rights Council has damaged both the reputation of the council and the cause of human rights. When the world’s preeminent human rights body is turned into a haven for dictators, the idea of international cooperation in support of human dignity is discredited.”

If, as Haley demands, countries with “multiple human rights violations” damage the Council’s reputation and warrant being kicked out of the Council according to Trump’s demands, America will not have to “withdraw;” it will be evicted according to the Trump’s contention that no human rights violators be allowed to remain on the Council. And, it is noteworthy that according to Trump’s standards, Israel has every right to abuse Palestinians because they are Muslims and he is Netanyahu’s friend; a friendship founded on mutual adoration for bullies.

There is a reason, and a damned good one, the H.R.C. condemns Israel’s abuse of the Palestinian people; they have put the Palestinians on a fenced-in reservation with no hope of ever getting out. And, Israel is systematically taking Palestinian land not unlike Russia’s annexation of Crimea; an act Haley complained didn’t get a harsh enough H.R.C. condemnation.

Haley ended her mini-screed, and warning, with another veiled threat that the organization cannot exist unless it adopts the Trump administration’s reforms. She said,

“I believe the vision of the Human Rights Council is still achievable, but not without change. It is the responsibility of the United Nations to reclaim this vision and to restore the legitimacy of universal human rights.”  (author bold)

What Haley didn’t write, but clearly implied in her rant, was that the H.R.C. can only achieve its vision if it stops criticizing Israel’s human rights violations, and only if America is the only the only human rights violator allowed to stay on the Council. It is unclear how much of Haley’s warning was her idea, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it came straight from the Trump.

Taxpayers To Fund Trump’s Global Alt-Right Propaganda Network

 

Of all the things Donald Trump hates about America and particularly the U.S. Constitution, besides a robust system of checks and balances to prevent him becoming emperor he despises freedom of the press. The aspiring tyrant has made little secret that he would imprison any journalist who failed to report on the greatness of Donald Trump or that the entire world didn’t support him; if not for that pesky First Amendment. Trump has stated often that the only news Americans will ever need are whatever lies come out of his mouth or through his Twitter feed. Absolutely anything else, according to Trump, is “fake news.

In an attempt to expand his reach in excess of social media, and to seize control of a large sector of the media, Trump made two moves this week that would impress Adolf Hitler’s Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels (sod off Godwin). The despicable actions are in preparation for a taxpayer-funded Trump propaganda network that will have worldwide coverage as the official alt-right news outlet of the United States of America as presented by the Trump.

First, when Trump provided waivers for his senior staff giving them permission to disregard ethical conflict of interest laws, he made sure Brietbart chief Steve Bannon has free rein to run the alt-right conspiracy site from his White House position funded by taxpayers. As noted In the Washington Post, The waiver gives Bannon “permission to communicate with Breitbart News, the conservative website he used to run.” What the authority to violate ethics and conflict of interest rules really does is give Bannon unchallenged authority to “run a pro-Trump propaganda outlet with a sordid history of white supremacist content, while working in his taxpayer-financed White House position.

It is no surprise that Breitbart championed Trump; there were rumors from Breitbart employees that Trump was paying the alt-right news site to do his campaigning. Breibart is a perfect fit for Trump because Bannon boasted regularly that the conspiracy site was “the platform for the alt-right;” the misogynist, white supremacist, anti-immigration movement that is now a dominant force within the conservative movement and running Trump’s administration.

To accompany Bannon’s new authority to use Brietbart as the official White House domestic media outlet, or use his White House position to set the editorial direction of his and Trump’s alt-right perspective via Brietbart, Trump is preparing to install a Bannon devotee as the CEO of the “taxpayer-funded Broadcasting Board of Governors.” Although that position may seem like just a title and a thank-you gift appointment to Bannon, it is a position with worldwide reach and the implications that it will be Trump’s personal alt-right (Nazi) propaganda network are as certain as the knowledge that the Sun will rise in the East.

The position of CEO of Broadcasting Board of Governors has purview over “the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and the Middle East Broadcast Network. Those taxpayer-funded networks combined reach over 278 million people around the world and broadcast to 100 different countries in 61 languages.” Now those millions in 100 different countries will experience the world as told by “the voice of Trump;” and it will be regarded as officially the voice of the America.

As one might expect from a government operation, previous CEOs of the Broadcasting Board of Governors had well-founded experience as journalists and with the media; they certainly were not partisan political activists or alt-right fascists.  For example, John Lansing, the current BBG CEO was the president of Scripps Networks and prior to him Andy Lack, the current president of NBC News held the CEO position. Now a Steve Bannon zealot will lead the BBG and if any American thought there was a built in protection against partisanship in taxpayer-funded media, they are going to be disappointed.

As Oliver Willis noted, “In the past the [CEO] position was walled off from directly controlling the output of the network by a bipartisan board. But Republicans in Congress disbanded the board in a provision tucked into the Defense Authorization Act that passed in December.”

One anonymous senior government official fretted to Politico that, “The White House could theoretically use the BBG for any kind of messaging” and there is no doubt in most people’s minds that Trump and Bannon will use the BBG for the same “mendacious messaging” as that seen daily in Trump’s tweets. Another Republican official told Politico a few months ago that “There’s some fear among the folks here that the firewall will get diminished and attacked and fall victim to propaganda.” Apparently that “Republican official” failed to see that his congressional Republicans decimated that firewall in December, possibly to make it easier for Trump’s worldwide propaganda network to operate unimpeded.

To get an idea of the type of person Trump wants spreading his lies and propaganda around the world, besides being a Bannon-Breitbart disciple, Michael Pack has no journalism experience; save being a worshipper of Steve Bannon and Breitbart. Pack is currently the president and CEO of the Claremont Institute, an organization the Chronicle of Higher Education described as the “academic home of Trumpism.” As an aside, use of the words academic and any variant of Trump in the same sentence is the definition of an oxymoron.

Under Pack’s leadership, Claremont Institute has been a staunch supporter of Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic and racist radio show and has been instrumental in keeping it on air via expensive ads sponsoring his program, his racism and his misogyny. In fact, Claremont under Pack’s leadership gave Limbaugh its Winston Churchill Statesmanship Award, and now its CEO will be running the BBG as CEO to spread Trump’s alt-right racism and bigotry around the world; paid for with taxpayer dollars.

During the campaign Trump threatened to start his own media empire, but that was prior to being installed in the White House by the Russians and emoprogs. Now that he has taxpayer money at his disposal, he is starting his own media and news network to spread alt-right propaganda around the world as the official voice of America.