Executive Priviledge In TrumpLand, Echoes Of Nixon and Watergate……

Trump is apparently very, very worried. He ought to be. With the Senate calling Trump Jr, to testify before it and AG Barr being cited for contempt of congress the president’s world continues to look bleaker and bleaker. So, his administration has invoked executive privilege. There is no doubt something in the redacted sections of the Mueller report that Trump does not want Congress to see.

President Donald Trump’s administration invoked executive privilege Wednesday to explain why Attorney General William Barr won’t hand over special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report to Congress. There’s just one problem: Executive privilege has nothing whatsoever to do with the parts of the report that were redacted in its earlier release.

Executive privilege covers communications between the president and his closest aides on matters that must be kept from Congress or the courts to protect the effective operation of the executive branch.

Barr already had a chance to redact anything from the Mueller report that in his judgment would’ve violated executive privilege — when he did the redaction in the first place.

But Barr didn’t redact anything at all from the report on the basis of executive privilege. In fact, he included plenty of material in the report, such as conversations between Trump and White House counsel Donald McGahn, that arguably could have been included within the privilege.

In other words, Barr has already effectively determined that nothing in the Mueller report needed to be redacted for executive privilege reasons.

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The nation waits as the gears of our lumbering bureaucracy grind towards a full accounting of Trump and his administrations arguably unethical and possibly criminal activities.


The Dishonest Man In The White House……

When The Donald tells you something, anything actually, be prepared to check, check, and check again with knowledgable and credible sources. Why you ask. The answer is simple and straightforward. Because with over 10,000 verified mis-statements and outright right lies who in the hell can trust anything he says? I know I sure don’!

President Donald Trump is justifying raising tariffs on Chinese imports on grounds they are helping the U.S. economy and are mostly paid by China. The opposite is true, economists say.

According to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, almost $15.3 billion in duties imposed by the Trump administration last year were assessed on imported goods from China as of April 10. Actual collections could lag and be lower with refunds and other factors.

While Trump has suggested on Twitter and in public comments that tariffs are somehow being charged to or paid by China, economists say that’s misleading. U.S. importers are responsible for the duties, and ultimately U.S. businesses and consumers pay through higher costs, they say.

“Our results imply that the tariff revenue the U.S. is now collecting is insufficient to compensate the losses being born by the consumers of imports,” a study published in March by economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Princeton University and Columbia University concluded.