The Trump Presidency : Year III

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May 01, 2019, 11:12 PM
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The Trump Presidency : Year III
Originally posted by Rightwire:
The lesson that I'm learning from all of this is that if one party loses the White House, but gains control of Congress, they have enough power to control or overthrow the President.

Is that what I'm seeing here? It sure seems like they believe that everything Trump does must be approved by Congress and clearly they are trying to remove him from office. When did the Legislative branch assume more power than the other two?

Legislatively, nothing would likely get done.

But if they just went ahead and impeached the President simply because they controlled both chambers of Congress, I would think that the supreme court would step in and stop it for being groundless and unconstitutional. I would hope so anyway.


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May 02, 2019, 11:09 AM
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Sen. Grassley: ‘Jig Is Up’ On Trump Collusion

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said the “jig is up” on the Russian collusion narrative.

While speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Grassley slammed Democrats as well as the media for rejecting the outcome of the Mueller report, and pushing the collusion narrative. He said everyone was sold a bunch of “snake oil,” and defended William Barr’s assessment of the special counsel’s findings.

Grassley then weighed in on who he believes is guilty of a crime:

“The Mueller report spent millions investigating and found no collusion between Trump campaign and Russia, but the Democrats paid for a document created by a foreign national with reported foreign government sources — not Trump, but the Democrats. That’s the definition of collusion.”

Attorney General William Barr said he is not confident the dossier was not part of a Russian disinformation campaign and is looking into the matter.”

Look about you.
May 02, 2019, 12:02 PM
"Be A Rooftop Korean" is another great article by Col. (Ret). Kurt Schlichter!

I am sure that he was inspired to write this in part due to the insane levels of hatred and mischief that the left continues to espouse, embrace and escalate.

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May 02, 2019, 12:37 PM
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That night, the Korean shopkeepers cleaned their rifles.

Look about you.
May 02, 2019, 12:51 PM
“Sen. Grassley: ‘Jig Is Up’ On Trump Collusion



Laconically well said Sen. Grassley. Soft spoken and is so seldom heard from most folks in DC.
May 02, 2019, 01:19 PM
Three posts above yours, man. Please scan the thread before posting.


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May 02, 2019, 03:34 PM
well, my form of posting was not good. I now realize that. What I was trying to comment about was the quality of Sen Grassley's post being soft spoken and concise, and that kind of reply to a question is seldom heard from DC folks. I apologise for my poor form, but not for what I said.
May 02, 2019, 03:45 PM

A Real Attorney General

Bill Barr gets smeared for refusing to duck and cover like Loretta Lynch.

Washington pile-ons are never pretty, but this week’s political setup of Attorney General William Barr is disreputable even by Beltway standards. Democrats and the media are turning the AG into a villain for doing his duty and making the hard decisions that special counsel Robert Mueller abdicated .

Mr. Barr’s Wednesday testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was preceded late Tuesday by the leak of a letter Mr. Mueller had sent the AG on March 27. Mr. Mueller griped in the letter that Mr. Barr’s four-page explanation to Congress of the principal conclusions of the Mueller report on March 24 “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Mueller team’s “work and conclusions.” Only in Washington could this exercise in posterior covering be puffed into a mini-outrage.

Democrats leapt on the letter as proof that Mr. Barr was somehow covering for Donald Trump when he has covered up nothing. Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, the Democratic answer to Rep. Louie Gohmert, accused Mr. Barr of abusing his office and lying to Congress, and demanded that he resign. The only thing she lacked was evidence.

Mr. Barr’s four-page letter couldn’t possibly have covered all the nuances of a 448-page report. It was an attempt to provide Mr. Mueller’s conclusions to Congress and the public as quickly as possible, while he took the time to work through the entire document to make redactions required by law and Justice Department rules.

This is exactly what he promised to do in his confirmation hearing. Even Mr. Mueller’s complaining letter admits that Mr. Barr’s letter wasn’t inaccurate, a fact Mr. Barr says Mr. Mueller also conceded in a subsequent phone call. The Mueller complaint, rather, was that there was “public confusion about critical aspects” of his investigation.

Translation: Republicans were claiming vindication for Donald Trump, and Mr. Mueller was taking hits in the press for not nailing the worst President in history. Having been hailed for months as a combination of Eliot Ness and St. Thomas More, Mr. Mueller and his team of prosecutors seem to have been unnerved by some bad press clips.

Mr. Barr told the Senate Wednesday that he offered Mr. Mueller the chance to review his four-page letter before sending it to Congress, but the special counsel declined. Mr. Mueller worked for Mr. Barr, and that was the proper time to offer suggestions or disagree. Instead, Mr. Mueller ducked that responsibility and then griped in an ex-post-facto letter that was conveniently leaked on the eve of Mr. Barr’s testimony . Quite the stand-up guy.

Mr. Barr has since released the full Mueller report with minor redactions, as he promised, and with the “context” intact. Keep in mind Mr. Barr was under no legal obligation to release anything at all. Mr. Mueller reports only to Mr. Barr, not to the country or Congress.

Mr. Barr has also made nearly all of the redactions in the report available to senior Members of Congress to inspect at Justice. Yet as of this writing, only three Members have bothered—Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and ranking House Republican on Judiciary Doug Collins. Not one Democrat howling about Mr. Barr’s lack of transparency has examined the outrages they claim are hidden .

Democrats are also upset that Mr. Barr concluded that Mr. Trump did not obstruct justice regarding the Russia probe. But in that decision too Mr. Barr was behaving as an Attorney General should. Mr. Mueller compiled a factual record but shrank from a “prosecutorial judgment.” Mr. Barr then stepped up and made the call, however unpopular with Democrats and the press.

Contrast that to the abdication of Loretta Lynch , who failed as Barack Obama’s last Attorney General to make a prosecutorial judgment about Hillary Clinton’s misuse of classified information. Ms. Lynch cowered before the bullying of then FBI director James Comey, who absolved Mrs. Clinton of wrongdoing while publicly scolding her. That egregious break with Justice policy eventually led Mr. Comey to re-open the Clinton probe in late October 2016, which helped to elect Mr. Trump.

All of this shows again the risks of appointing special counsels. They lack the political accountability that the Founders built into the separation of powers. Mr. Mueller, in his March 27 letter, revealed again that like Mr. Comey at the FBI he viewed himself as accountable only to himself.

This trashing of Bill Barr shows how frustrated and angry Democrats continue to be that the special counsel came up empty in his Russia collusion probe . He was supposed to be their fast-track to impeachment. Now they’re left trying to gin up an obstruction tale, but the probe wasn’t obstructed and there was no underlying crime. So they’re shouting and pounding the table against Bill Barr for acting like a real Attorney General.
May 02, 2019, 04:31 PM
So they’re shouting and pounding the table against Bill Barr for acting like a real Attorney General.

And... they are afraid of him.

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May 02, 2019, 04:47 PM
The ridiculous act by Cohen - bringing a bucket of KFC and eating it at the seat Barr was supposed to take - shows what a bunch clowns Cohen and Nadler are, and what a complete circus the Democrats are creating. The left derides Trump for not being "Presidential," and these two are acting like immature junior high schoolers.

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May 02, 2019, 05:04 PM
Originally posted by DrDan:
The ridiculous act by Cohen - bringing a bucket of KFC and eating it at the seat Barr was supposed to take - shows what a bunch clowns Cohen and Nadler are, and what a complete circus the Democrats are creating. The left derides Trump for not being "Presidential," and these two are acting like immature junior high schoolers.

Let them yuk it up and eat chicken now because Barr could have them all sharing a big shit sandwich before long and I really hope he serves it up hot and steamy and soon!

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May 02, 2019, 05:42 PM
Is this what our government has devolved into these days? Eating KFC (no one was offended?) , a political shit show, unprecedented theatrics, repeating the Liar liar liar mantra.... While real issues that are impacting real America??


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May 02, 2019, 06:18 PM
Cohen couldn't have found a more perfect way of displaying the true character of Memphis's 9th Congressional District.
May 02, 2019, 06:21 PM
The Dems are going to scream bloody murder about this.

President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to give law enforcement officials the authority to conduct interviews with asylum seekers arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Under the upcoming plan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers would train Border Patrol agents deployed on the southern border on how to perform “credible fear interviews,” according to sources who spoke with the Washington Examiner. A migrant illegally crossing the border would be subjected to an interview by an agent shortly after apprehension and would only be allowed to claim asylum if they pass the interview.

The changes would reduce the number of migrants who are waiting for a decision on their asylum case, alleviating an immigration court system bogged down with some 900,000 pending cases, and more quickly deport foreign nationals who do not qualify.

“If that gets rolled out and we actually start deporting people within a timely manner, you’re going to see the numbers drop exponentially,” an official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said to the Examiner.

The only drawback for the administration would be that agents would be temporarily diverted away from border enforcement duties as they undergo training. However, the plan is expected to result in an overall drop of illegal immigrants entering the interior of the country.

“Theoretically, we could end up deporting them in two weeks, rather than two to five years,” another source stated. Asylum seekers typically wait in the U.S. for years as they wait for their case to be adjudicated.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) believe they are within their authority to implement this plan because asylum officers are required to be immigration officials, and Border Patrol agents are considered to be immigration officials. For this reason, DHS is not seeking congressional approval.

Nevertheless, the change is expected to be challenged in court.

It’s not yet clear when the Trump administration will begin training agents, but sources said the White House wants to move forward with the plan “ASAP.”
May 02, 2019, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by olfuzzy:
The Dems are going to scream bloody murder about this.

May 02, 2019, 06:57 PM
Originally posted by chellim1:
So they’re shouting and pounding the table against Bill Barr for acting like a real Attorney General.

And... they are afraid of him.



They are running scared, so what do they do? Attack the man who can bring them down. It's in the playbook.


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May 02, 2019, 07:18 PM
Originally posted by Gustofer:


They are running scared, so what do they do? Attack the man who can bring them down. It's in the playbook.

I don't think commies have a choice at this point. Kinda like 4th and 50 with 2 seconds left down by 7. This is their Hail Mary.
May 02, 2019, 07:41 PM
The 2016 election gets even more strange and complicated.

John Solomon reports that a DNC operative tried to get dirt on Manafort from the Ukraine govt. The DNC operative was Alexandra Chalupa. We may have a new name to put in the playbook.

As you read this, remember that Nellie Ohr was passing research info from Ukraine into the DoJ in the spring of 2016.

It is a long article, so I'll just post a bit of it and leave the link

Ukrainian embassy confirms DNC contractor solicited Trump dirt in 2016

by John Solomon

The boomerang from the Democratic Party’s failed attempt to connect Donald Trump to Russia’s 2016 election meddling is picking up speed, and its flight path crosses right through Moscow’s pesky neighbor, Ukraine. That is where there is growing evidence a foreign power was asked, and in some cases tried, to help Hillary Clinton.

In its most detailed account yet, Ukraine’s embassy in Washington says a Democratic National Committee insider during the 2016 election solicited dirt on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and even tried to enlist the country's president to help.

In written answers to questions, Ambassador Valeriy Chaly's office says DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa sought information from the Ukrainian government on Paul Manafort’s dealings inside the country, in hopes of forcing the issue before Congress.

Chalupa later tried to arrange for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to comment on Manafort’s Russian ties on a U.S. visit during the 2016 campaign, the ambassador said.

Chaly says that, at the time of the contacts in 2016, the embassy knew Chalupa primarily as a Ukrainian-American activist, and learned only later of her ties to the DNC. He says the embassy considered her requests an inappropriate solicitation of interference in the U.S. election.

The fresh statement comes several months after a Ukrainian court ruled that the country’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), closely aligned with the U.S. embassy in Kiev, and a parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko wrongly interfered in the 2016 American election by releasing documents related to Manafort.

The acknowledgement by Kiev’s embassy, plus newly released testimony, suggests the Ukrainian efforts to influence the U.S. election had some intersections in Washington as well.

Nellie Ohr, wife of senior U.S. Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, acknowledged in congressional testimony that, while working for the Clinton-hired research firm Fusion GPS, she researched Trump and Manafort’s ties to Russia and learned Leshchenko, the Ukrainian lawmaker, was providing dirt to Fusion.

In addition, I wrote last month that the Obama White House invited Ukrainian law enforcement officials to a meeting in January 2016 as Trump rose in the polls on his improbable path to the presidency. The meeting led to U.S. requests to the Ukrainians to help investigate Manafort, setting in motion a series of events that led to the Ukrainians leaking the documents about Manafort in May 2016.

The DNC’s embassy contacts add a new dimension, though. Chalupa discussed in the 2017 Politico article about her efforts to dig up dirt on Trump and Manafort, including at the Ukrainian embassy.

Over lunch at a Washington restaurant, Chalupa told Telizhenko in stark terms what she hoped the Ukrainians could provide the DNC and the Clinton campaign, according to his account.

“She said the DNC wanted to collect evidence that Trump, his organization and Manafort were Russian assets, working to hurt the U.S. and working with Putin against the U.S. interests. She indicated if we could find the evidence they would introduce it in Congress in September and try to build a case that Trump should be removed from the ballot, from the election,” he recalled.

After the meeting, Telizhenko said he became concerned about the legality of using his country’s assets to help an American political party win an U.S. election. But he proceeded with his assignment.

Telizhenko said that, as he began his research, he discovered that Fusion GPS was nosing around Ukraine, seeking similar information, and he believed they, too, worked for the Democrats.

As a former aide inside the general prosecutor’s office in Kiev, Telizhenko used contacts with intelligence, police and prosecutors across the country to secure information connecting Russian figures to assistance on some of the Trump organization’s real estate deals overseas, including a tower in Toronto.

Telizhenko said he did not want to provide the intelligence he collected directly to Chalupa, and instead handed the materials to Chaly: “I told him what we were doing was illegal, that it was unethical doing this as diplomats.” He said the ambassador told him he would handle the matter and had opened a second channel back in Ukraine to continue finding dirt on Trump.

Telizhenko said he never was able to confirm whether the information he collected for Chalupa was delivered to her, the DNC or the Clinton campaign.

Chalupa, meanwhile, continued to build a case that Manafort and Trump were tied to Russia.

In April 2016, she attended an international symposium where she reported back to the DNC that she had met with 68 Ukrainian investigative journalists to talk about Manafort. She also wrote that she invited American reporter Michael Isikoff to speak with her. Isikoff wrote some of the seminal stories tying Manafort to Ukraine and Trump to Russia; he later wrote a book making a case for Russian collusion.

“A lot more coming down the pipe,” Chalupa wrote a top DNC official on May 3, 2016, recounting her effort to educate Ukrainian journalists and Isikoff about Manafort.

Though Chaly and Telizhenko disagree on what Ukraine did after it got Chalupa’s request, they confirm that a paid contractor of the DNC solicited their government’s help to find dirt on Trump that could sway the 2016 election.


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May 02, 2019, 10:30 PM
Trump approval at 51%.

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May 03, 2019, 09:32 AM

The U.S. unemployment rate has gotten so low, that most Americans were not alive the last time it was at this level.

On Friday, the Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate dipped to 3.6% in April, which was the lowest level since December 1969.

That means anybody younger than 49 years and four months hasn't been alive long enough to see the unemployment rate this low.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2017, the median age of all Americans was 38.1, meaning that half of the population was younger than that age.