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B DeBrun wrote:There wont be any findings of a collusion between Trump and Russia, no matter how much they want it to be. If there was, it would have been out by now.There wont be any findings of obstruction of justice by Trump, despite Comey's memo. In fact, that memo supports Trump, not Comey. Comey, as an officer of the court, would have been required to notify the DOJ. He did not last Feb.There wont be any impeachment of Trump. Not happening. This isnt Watergate. Not even close. It wont even be a Bill Clinton like inquiry which led to the impeachment.Most likely scenario is what happened to Bush/Cheney. After two years, it ended with a minor scalp: Scooter Libby and no findings against Bush/Cheney. Mike Flynn will be the Scooter Libby in this tale. Perhaps Mike Manafort. Who knows?To the rabidly foaming MSM and liberals, be careful what you wish for.If the IC veers into Hillary Clinton's ties to Russia, whoops....Good luck.
05/18/17 10:06 AM
cocoapelli wrote:Did Trump give control over US uranium supplies or something? Maybe Mueller will find out. Did he send pallets of cash and gold to Iran so they could make more IEDs to kill and cripple Americans? Maybe Mueller will investigate.
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Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White
House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling
gripe of their own — their boss, the president himself.
fired FBI Director James B. Comey, Trump has lurched through crises of
his own making — from the explosive report Monday that he had revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian officials to the bombshell Tuesday that he had urged Comey to end the federal investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.
his wake remain his exhausted aides and deputies, the frequent targets
of Trump’s wrath as they struggle to control an uncontrollable chief
executive and labor to explain away his stumbles.
Wednesday evening brought yet another challenging development for the White House, as the Justice Department announced a special counsel
to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the
Russian government to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
White House staffers have turned to impeachment gallows humor. Other
mid-level aides have started contacting consultants, shopping their
résumés. And at least one senior staffer has begun privately talking to
friends about what a post-White House job would look like, according to
two people close the staffer.
Trump largely thinks that his recent mishaps are not
substantive but simply errors of branding and public relations,
according to people close to him and the White House. Indeed, as he
faced a wave of criticism following the disclosure that he had
leaked “code word” intelligence material to Russian officials during an
Oval Office meeting last week, the president took to Twitter to say that
he had “the absolute right” to do so.
House officials are particularly worried about the news this week that
Comey took meticulous notes about conversations he had with Trump —
including one in which Comey says Trump requested that he end his
investigation of Flynn, according to two people in close contact with
administration officials. Aides realize that the White House has
squandered its credibility and will have difficulty pushing back against
the latest allegations, one of the people said.
president’s siege mentality was on display Wednesday when he delivered
commencement remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London,
Conn., offering graduates a warning that life is “not always fair.”
will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that
are not always warranted,” Trump said. “Look at the way I've been
treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history — and I
say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
But his team is growing increasingly weary. Privately they
say that the problem is not an incompetent communications shop, as the
president sometimes gripes, or an ineffectual chief of staff, as friends
and outside operatives repeatedly warn, but the man in the Oval Office,
whose preferred management style is one of competing factions and
One West Wing official recently stopped
defending Trump or trying to explain away his more controversial
behavior. Another characterized the operation as “trudging along,” with
aides trying to focus their attention on Trump’s upcoming foreign trip
and the budget landing next week.
Ari Fleischer, former
White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, said the
president has created a situation in which his team is increasingly
unlikely to succeed.
“It’s torture — torture because
of everything that is happening externally, but it’s also torture
because of how divided the White House is internally,” Fleischer said of
the challenges that Trump’s staff faces. “It makes it very hard to keep
your head up and do your job.”
He added, “If you don’t
give people something substantive to talk about in Washington, they will
be plenty happy to talk about things that are personal, political and
For many White House staffers, impromptu support groups of
friends, confidants and acquaintances have materialized, calling and
texting to check in, inquiring about their mental state and urging them
to take care of themselves.
One Republican operative in
frequent contact with White House officials described them as “going
through the stages of grief.” Another said some aides have “moved to
angry,” frustrated with a president who demands absolute loyalty but in
recent days has publicly tarnished the credibility of his team by
sending them out with one message — only to personally undercut it later
with a contradicting tweet or public comment.
[Turmoil over recent Trump controversies triggers big Dow losses]
a third said that others are sticking around purely for self-interest,
hoping to juice their future earning potential. This Republican added
that any savvy White House staffer should be keeping a diary. “The real
question is, how long do you put up with it?” this person said. “Every
one of those people could get a better-paying job and work less hours.”
Trump White House has always been full of leaks to the news media. But
the latest waves of anonymous griping have subtly shifted from warring
aides bickering among themselves to staffers training their frustrations
on the president, as well. Those who remain fully loyal to Trump report
a growing sense of isolation.
The president has grown
increasingly willing to shake up his staff, although aides say any major
changes are likely to come after a nine-day foreign trip starting
Friday that many hope will provide a stabilizing reboot. If and when
Trump does overhaul his team, Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior
adviser, is expected to play a key role in rethinking the structure and
personnel within the West Wing.
The president has
groused about his communications operation, most notably its director,
Mike Dubke, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer. But Spicer has
also received assurances that his job is secure and was asked to
accompany Trump on his trip to the Coast Guard Academy, largely to help
manage the tornado of news.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has been a particular target of mockery, both inside and outside the administration.
Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of
Staff Define Every Presidency,” said the most important duty of a chief
of staff is to prevent “end runs” — including the situation in which
Trump allegedly asked to meet privately with the head of the FBI, which
is investigating his campaign.
“The White House staff
system is completely broken, maybe beyond repair. It is inconceivable
that something like that could have happened on James Baker or Leon
Panetta’s watch,” Whipple said, referring to chiefs of staff under
previous presidents. “The problem with this White House is that there is
no one, including Priebus, who is able to tell the president what he
doesn’t want to hear and until there is, this White House will be
broken, will be dysfunctional and so will Trump’s presidency.”
[DOJ appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election]
president has not signaled whether Priebus will suffer in a staff
change. But a handful of familiar names are circulating as potential
replacements, including Tom Barrack, a real estate investor and longtime
Trump confidant; Republican lobbyist Wayne Berman; former Trump adviser
and Republican strategist David Urban; Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross;
and perhaps implausibly, businessman and casino magnate Phil Ruffin.
Capitol Hill , meanwhile, some of Trump’s top advisers worked Wednesday
to stabilize his policy agenda, which has been sidetracked by two weeks
of snowballing controversies.
The big stories and commentary shaping the day.
Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House National Economic Council
Director Gary Cohn met behind closed doors with Republicans and
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee, trying to solicit input on
the White House’s recent one-page proposal to overhaul the tax code. The
White House wouldn’t commit to new details of the tax plan, however,
and said it wanted more time to negotiate and talk.
Democrats streamed out of the meeting, they expressed skepticism that
the White House would be able to focus on something as policy intensive
as an overhaul of the tax code when it seems to be engulfed in constant
are they going to do any of this — tax policy, infrastructure, health
care — when all this is distraction?” asked Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
Damian Paletta contributed to this report.
05/18/17 10:40 AM
The latest blow to the president came as he
interviewed candidates to replace the FBI director he had fired eight
05/17/2017 11:16 PM EDT
A battalion of White House aides entered the Oval Office together to present a unified front after the bombshell.
The Justice Department had appointed a special prosecutor to
oversee the probe into Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016
presidential election, White House counsel Don McGahn had just told
President Donald Trump. Many of Trump’s top aides gathered with the
president Wednesday evening just after deputy attorney general Rod
Rosenstein signed the order and called McGahn — and just before the news
exploded publicly in Washington.
Trump handled it better than anyone expected, according to a
person in the room. His reaction was “extremely measured,” another
He didn't yell or scream. He told the assembled crowd they had nothing to hide.
The mood in the room appeared to be one of resigned
acceptance even though they were blindsided. “Everyone knew this wasn't
good news," this person said.
The announcement marked yet another severe blow to the 45th
president just 118 days into his term. It followed eight days of chaos
inside the White House after the president suddenly fired FBI director
James Comey, further crippling an administration already struggling with
internal discord and mounting crises at home and abroad.
The crowd entering Trump’s office was sizable, as is often
the case: chief of staff Reince Priebus, White House counsel Don McGahn
and other lawyers, senior advisers Kellyanne Conway and Jared Kushner,
communications aides Michael Dubke and Hope Hicks and others.
Aides outlined the background of the special counsel, former
FBI director Robert Mueller, who Trump had met before. Some explained
to the president what a special prosecutor can do.
Over the course of about 40 minutes, aides streamed in and
out of the Oval Office. The team drafted a statement from the president
for Trump’s approval. A gaggle of reporters camped outside press
secretary Sean Spicer’s office to wait for it.
It was released Wednesday evening around 7:20 p.m., 80
minutes after the Justice Department’s public announcement and two hours
after staff first got word of the action.
“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will
confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my
campaign and any foreign entity,” Trump said in the statement. “I look
forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never
stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the
future of our country.”
Priebus and Trump together delivered a rally-the-troops
message to the team: “This is an opportunity to let them do their work
so we can do ours,” Priebus and Trump both reiterated multiple times to
the aides gathered.
Outside the White House grounds, the news would soon be
interpreted as a potential step that could drain the presidency for
months to come.
So Trump's upbeat nature surprised some of them, though it
brought the team together in the face of a common outside threat,
according to a source who was present Wednesday.
No one really thinks having a special prosecutor is good and no one is “happy" about it, a senior administration official said.
But the communications staff agreed on a positive message
for the wrenching news: Because of the special prosecutor, the brewing
Russia-related controversies would become something “that we just can't
talk about,” one aide said.
In the communications office, which has suffered some of the
most brutal criticism internally from Trump, the feeling was the
special counsel would be a burden off its shoulders.
In the weeks leading up to the decision to appoint a special
counsel, Spicer and his deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders,
have both publicly said there was no need for the step Rosenstein
finally took Wednesday.
Now, Spicer and other briefers would no longer have to look
like they were stonewalling on Russia questions, and could refer those
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Aides are now urging Trump to tweet and speak cautiously. "I
think he actually understands what a mess this is," one person said.
"He has lawyers telling him nonstop what the stakes are here."
Trump will spend Thursday at the White House meeting with
the president of Colombia and holding a joint news conference in the
Then he departs Friday for his first international trip as
president: an eight-day, five country journey from Saudi Arabia to
Israel to the Vatican to Brussels to Sicily, where he is attempting to
shift the narrative away from his domestic crises.
One of the things Trump is most looking forward to about his
upcoming trip, according to a White House aide, is a reprieve from the
daily press briefings.
On Wednesday night, a person close to him said, Trump was in
the White House residence talking to friends and associates about how
it was playing on TV.
Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.
05/18/17 10:46 AM
merkyl wrote:I wonder what that fag Romber would have to say about that, Powers.
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Just ignore me
For any president, one of these headlines would be very bad news. For President Trump, they all came in a span of 12 hours:
05/18/17 11:02 AM
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Braincake wrote:Obama has executive privilege but Trump does not because Trump is an illegitimate President.
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SurvivorLDog93 wrote:I see we're still shuffling our ghostnics in this camp.
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