Another Swamp Creature In The Spotlight……

Trump promised to “drain the swamp”, and we assumed he meant drain it of corruption. But of course that was just another of the Trump campaign memes, and like so many others the swamp remains swampy and the family values party has rather mucked it up worse than it has ever been during the modern era.

Not at all suprising really, the party leader, aside from being the nation’s most famous pus*y grabber, is also a liar, a cheat, and generally a man of little to no decency or integrity.

One could say the party is simply following their leader down the path of corruption, indecency, dishonesty, and anti Americanism. But Trump won the election and apparently his winning is embolding other lawmakers to act as if they, like their leader, believe they do o need to act ethically and see themselved as above the law.

Hunter said Tuesday: “This is all going to trial, so you have criminally political prosecutors in this case. . . . This is a personal smear campaign.” He declined to address the allegations of affairs.

In the new filing, prosecutors allege Hunter’s romantic entanglements blossomed as he used campaign money for large expenses — such as a ski trip near Lake Tahoe — and small ones, such as Uber rides to and from the women’s homes.

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Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were charged last year with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for family vacations, theater tickets and other personal expenses. Prosecutors say he used his campaign account as his “personal piggy bank” to live well beyond his means.

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Hunter was one of the first lawmakers to endorse Donald Trump’s run for office. Prosecutors have sought to preclude the congressman’s defense from alleging political bias at his trial.

Hunter’s wife, meanwhile, pleaded guilty in the case this month and agreed to “tell everything,” according to a copy of her agreement with prosecutors. Prosecutors revealed in another court filing they have texts between Margaret and her husband, who have three children, in which they discussed using campaign funds on personal expenses.

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More Heat On Trump……

If justice prevails,  there is certainly no gaurantee it will, Trump may turn out to be that proverbial frog siting in a pan of water on the stove and coming to a slow boil.

One can hope.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hope Hicks, once a close aide to President Donald Trump, told the House Judiciary Committee that Trump was serious in saying there was nothing wrong in accepting derogatory information about political opponents from a foreign government, panel Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Thursday.

“Ms. Hicks made clear that she understood the president to be serious when he said that he would accept foreign interference in our elections,” Nadler said in a statement for a hearing on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“She also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI,” he said.

The committee later heard from an expert witness who said Trump’s remarks about accepting foreign assistance, made in an ABC News interview, could violate the presidential oath of office and provide evidence for any future impeachment inquiry.

“Receiving foreign assistance has been recognized throughout the entire history of the“Ms. Hicks could not even answer whether she told the truth to the Mueller team because the president’s lawyers objected to the question,” Representative Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, said during Thursday’s hearing. country as something that is counter to and undermines the Constitution,” said Carrie Cordero, a conservative attorney who is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security think tank.

“That is an invitation … to Russian intelligence and any other intelligence service that’s out there that wants to try to find a way to influence our democratic processes,” she added.

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“Ms. Hicks could not even answer whether she told the truth to the Mueller team because the president’s lawyers objected to the question,” Representative Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, said during Thursday’s hearing.

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McConnell Is No Better Than Trump……

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the attention on the president’s comments on foreign election helps distract from the legislative agenda at hand. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Trump is fine with accepting dirt (information) from foreign sources if it serves to help reelect him in 2020. We should not be at all surprised as we know (from his own words) that Trump encouraged Russia to “find Hillary Clinton’s lost emails” on worldwide television during the 2016 campaign.

And now we have the senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-S.C.) acting like Trump’s expressed willingness to accept foreign (help) intervention into our national elections is no big deal. He poo poos it all as merely a distraction from addressing legislative agendas.

Of course side kick Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) took the milquetoast toast position that taking help from foreign agents is “probably not a good idea”. Senator  John Cornyn (R-Texas) in another toothless statement that  “I’d rather just have Americans participate in American elections.”

The republican leadership (and by extension the republican rank and file) by not forcefully calling out their president and supporting legislation aimed at insuring anyone accepting help and intervention from a foreign agent would be prosecuted and imprisoned is derelict in their obligation to the American people.

This is where we’re at folks. Since the election cycle that resulted in the unfortunate election of DJT our nation has have been exposed to a continuing  barrage of seemingly never ending lies and acts of deceit by Trump. Only those who have chosen to willfully ignore the truth continue to support the most corrupt and inept president of the modern era.

Trump has repeatedly refereed to the news media as “the enemy of the people”. This is of course a lie. In fact Trump is the REAL enemy of the people. Followed by McConnell and Graham et all.

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Now for the truth regarding accepting “dirt” from foreign agents.

Reacting to President Trump saying he would accept foreign intel on a political opponent if offered, and that he doesn’t feel it’s necessary to contact the FBI, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Thursday said he worries the president is “prepared to commit a felony.”

Napolitano was asked by Fox News anchor Shep Smith if there was any “gray area” or “wiggle room” when it comes to campaigns legally receiving “dirt from a foreign entity on a political opponent.”

“There’s no wiggle room with respect to dirt,” the judge responded. “With respect to opposition research. The Federal Election Commission decided in other cases that that is a thing of value.”

This prompted Smith to wonder if what the president described he was willing to do during his interview with ABC News constituted a felony.

“Correct,” Napolitano confidently declared. “Meaning he would be committing a felony and the person giving it to him, if the person was here, would be committing a felony as well.”

After pondering what kind of message Trump is sending to foreign leaders around the world who want to curry his favor, Napolitano argued that regardless of the president’s belief that freedom of speech protects him, the law strictly prohibits him from soliciting foreign assistance in an election.

“If he is a candidate, then what he receives is regulated by federal laws that he took an oath to uphold,” the Fox analyst explained. “Among them are you cannot take something, accept something, receive something from a foreign national under the guise of being the head of state or because you want to use it for your campaign.”

Smith went on to report that Senate Democrats are now working on legislation that would make it a requirement of the law that candidates report such contacts with the FBI.

“The president of the United States of America is prepared to commit a felony to get re-elected,” Napolitano concluded. “That was my reaction and it was not a happy one…

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Trump Admits Collusion……

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans joined together on Thursday to condemn President Trump for saying that he would still accept campaign help from Russia or other foreign governments, but disagreed on whether new legislation was required.

In an interview broadcast on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump rejected his own F.B.I. director’s recommendation that candidates call the authorities if foreign governments seek to influence American elections, saying he would gladly take incriminating information about a campaign opponent from adversaries like Russia.

If there was ever a doubt that Trump is a sleazy anti-American douche bag all doubt should have evaporated with the above statement from The Donald.

Republicans apparently don’t think new legislation is necessary. They’re probably right because The Donald would likely ignore new legislation anyway.

Democrats said Mr. Trump seemed to be inviting the help of Russia and other foreign powers as he campaigns for re-election in 2020. “Yesterday, the president gave us, once again, evidence that he does not know right from wrong,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters. She added, “I believe that he’s been involved in a criminal cover-up.”

Ms. Pelosi said Democrats would advance legislation intended to make it a legal requirement for candidates to report to law enforcement authorities any effort by foreign governments to influence American elections. She and other Democrats said it should not be necessary to write that into law but Mr. Trump’s comments made it clear there was no choice.

Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic party are absolutely right. Trump is undeniably a man without morals or conscience, therefore he cannot be trusted to do the right thing. For this very reason it is imperative that new and powerful legislation be passed making it a high crime and treason for Trump, or any other candidate in the future, to conduct themselves as Trump has said he was willing to do.

In the Senate, Republicans on Thursday rejected an attempt by Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, to pass a bill by unanimous consent that would require candidates to report any attempts by foreign nationals to donate or coordinate with their campaign by offering assistance.

But Republicans agreed that Mr. Trump was wrong to express willingness to take help from Russia.

“If a public official is approached by a foreign government offering anything of value, the answer is no — whether it be money, opposition research,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a close ally of the president, told reporters. “The right answer is no.”

Here you see Republicans refusing to take the action necessary to cut the legs out from under a miscreant president that refuses to see the error of his ways. The republican leadership and the party of stealth and deceit talk a “good” game but refuse to put any teeth to their words. The reality is that republicans are concerned only about raw power and they do not care what it takes to retain their power.

The right answer is to Impeach Donald Trump Now. Trump makes Richard Nixon look almost a saint by comparison.

Mr. Trump sought to defend himself on Thursday by comparing his willingness to accept campaign help to the sorts of diplomatic meetings he holds regularly with foreign leaders like Queen Elizabeth II of Britain.

“I meet and talk to ‘foreign governments’ every day,” he wrote on Twitter. “I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about ‘Everything!’” he added, misspelling the title of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, before fixing and reposting it.

“Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings?” he continued. “How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again. With that being said, my full answer is rarely played by the Fake News Media. They purposely leave out the part that matters.”…

Here the Dotard Trump is equating apples to oranges. In doing so he is placing his obvious ignorance on display for the entire world to again witness. Trump embarrasses our nation on an almost daily basis. Yet the republican party and 40+ percent of Americans are apparently oblivious to this. Either that or they simply do not care. 

You be the judge.

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Senators Request The Federal Reserve To Review Trump’s Transactions With Deutsche Bank……

We know Trump is far from an honest or decent man. Evidence of his character flaws are  numerous and can be easily found. That is for anyone who is really concerned with learning the truth. Therefore it is proper and necessary for senate democrats  to push the Federal Reserve , who regulates Deutsche Bank operations in the US,  to look into transaction transactions by legal entities controlled by Trump and Jared Kushner.

A group of Democratic senators want top officials at the Federal Reserve to examine whether Deutsche Bank complied with anti-money-laundering and other laws after bank employees flagged transactions tied to President Trump as potentially suspicious.

The request, in a letter sent Thursday, was in response to a New York Times report about specialists at Deutsche Bank recommending that transactions by legal entities controlled by Mr. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crime regulator. Managers at the bank rejected their employees’ advice and did not alert the government.

The letter to the Fed chairman, Jerome H. Powell, and John C. Williams, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, called on the Fed to look into the transactions and whether the bank’s handling of the matter adhered to anti-money-laundering laws. The Fed is one of the main regulators of Deutsche Bank’s American operations.

“Only by conducting a thorough review of the full range of this activity can we better understand what happened in these cases; what practices, procedures, or personnel may need to be changed at the bank; and what regulators should do to ensure the Federal Reserve’s ability effectively to monitor compliance with anti-money laundering laws,” the senators wrote.

Employees in Deutsche Bank’s Jacksonville, Fla., office flagged the transactions in 2016 and 2017 — during the presidential campaign and Mr. Trump’s first year in office. The German lender was the only mainstream financial institution consistently willing to do business with Mr. Trump over the past two decades because of his repeated defaults.

The employees said the handling of the Trump and Kushner transactions was part of a pattern of the bank’s executives rejecting valid reports to protect relationships with lucrative clients. The bank had disputed that view…

When you’re dealing with someone like Trump, a man without either an ethical or moral compass, it is imperative to be thorough when investigating, and, to e sure to dig very deep.