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    Presidential Graft

    Presidential Graft

    Nearly every week in Washington brings another example of how the Trump Administration actively promotes the business interests of the Trump Organization around the globe. That is, we see how government is used to enrich the president. Which means—if you happen to sweat the small stuff—the president is in violation of his oath of office to faithfully execute the responsibilities of the presidency and to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. In a functioning constitutional republic, he would be subject to impeachment.

    But instead, it’s just Trump being Trump. “To ethics lawyers, the most extraordinary aspect of the daily merging of Mr. Trump’s official duties and his commercial interests both in Washington and around the world,” noted New York Times reporters Eric Lipton and Annie Karni last week, “is that it has now become almost routine.”

    It made a small ripple when the media noticed that Vice President Mike Pence and his entourage arranged a two-night stay early this month at a Trump hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg, Ireland, even though Pence was traveling for meetings in Dublin, some three hours away by car. Likewise, a few eyebrows were raised when Politico reported that the House Oversight Committee is looking into a series of military stopovers at an airport in Scotland that happens to be near a Trump resort, where Air Force crew members sometimes lodged at a steep discount and golfed for free. “Taken together,” Politico reported, “the incidents raise the possibility that the military has helped keep Trump’s Turnberry resort afloat—the property lost $4.5 million in 2017, but revenue went up $3 million in 2018.”

    Everyone who wants to curry favor with the president knows they are expected to patronize his properties. The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., has become de rigueur for right-wing Trumpian conferences and parties. Attorney General William Barr has already booked the Presidential Ballroom for his annual holiday party in December, the Washington Post reported last month. But there’s more than just Trump-style cronyism at issue here. As last week’s Lipton and Karni Times story about the Trump Hotel in D.C. observed, “The single biggest known tab was paid by the government of Saudi Arabia, which disclosed that it spent $190,273 at the Trump hotel in early 2017, as well as an additional $78,204 on catering.”

    It’s that fact that shows how brazen this president is about ignoring his constitutional responsibilities. Trump has been in violation of the Constitution’s ban on receiving gifts and income from foreign governments since the day he was sworn in. Because he refused to follow precedent by divesting himself of his commercial properties, he waded into a swamp of daily ethical conflicts. In fact, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report in August documenting more than 2,300 conflicts of interest in his term so far. These include the more than 360 times the president has visited his own properties at taxpayer expense, as well as the visits by at least 250 administration officials, ninety members of Congress, and more than a hundred visits from officials of sixty-five countries. . . .



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    This is one of the principles the right wing traded for power and social control:

    You will see such a stance taken by the very people who consider themselves “strict constructionists” in constitutional interpretation—the ones who insist that the text of the Constitution must be interpreted in its original meaning and intent. They will ignore, as always, the great irony that in these cases they are reading their own new meanings into constitutional law. As Teachout explains in great detail in her history of the problem of corruption, during and after the Revolutionary War there was a widespread fear that the “Old World’s” corrupt ways could lead to a return to despotism. Thus, even the smallest gifts to American officials from foreign dignitaries could not be accepted without permission from Congress. Historians such as Bernard Bailyn and Gordon Wood, she writes, showed that “the framers were ‘perpetually threatened by corruption.’ . . . The fear of corruption was ‘near unanimous’ and there was a sense that corruption needed to be ‘avoided, that its presence in the political system produced a degenerative effect.’”

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    We are witnessing the end of democracy as we have known it for about 230 years. The GOP is not only ignoring norms of democracy but they are ignoring the laws. They are playing the system to see how far they can go and will the GOP SCOTUS let them do it?

    -- John Dean

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    It's nearly impossible to track all the scandals swirling around Trump

    The President's perpetual cycle of chaos shields him from scrutiny for too long on any one political storm. And he knows that his base voters have taken his advice to believe only the version of reality that he creates for them.

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    So, impeachment?

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    Oh, yeah. Any problems with protecting whistleblowers has to be Trump's fault. Only president who could have interfered in anything. Sorry, the whistleblower laws protecting both intelligence and FBI agents are basically non-existent and have been since before Clinton's presidency. No president, Republican or Democrat has done anything to improve this situation, and neither has Congress so it is all Trump's fault. He's the evil mastermind behind all of this rot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffreeloader View Post
    Only president who could have interfered in anything.
    Who said that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post
    CCR - Credence Corrupted Revival.
    _/\_

    Christians: "I - a stranger and afraid - in a world I never made.." -- Houseman

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    Two Giuliani Associates Who Helped Him on Ukraine Arrested on Campaign-Finance Charges

    Prosecutors say Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were part of a conspiracy to funnel a Russian donor’s money into U.S. elections



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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post
    Two Giuliani Associates Who Helped Him on Ukraine Arrested on Campaign-Finance Charges

    Prosecutors say Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were part of a conspiracy to funnel a Russian donor’s money into U.S. elections
    Shocking.
    TRUST
    is a fragile thing.

    Easy to break, Easy to lose
    and one of the hardest things to
    ever get back.








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    well, it has its butt on the wrong side.
    So, what?

    believe it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktoyou View Post
    well, it has its butt on the wrong side.
    You can only expect so much from a Cheeto before it begins to disappoint.

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    I talked today to a former @DeutscheBank executive, who was among those who reviewed the @realDonaldTrump tax returns that were in the bank's possession. When I told him Deutsche says it doesn't have the returns, this is how he reacted. (Posting this with source's permission)










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