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  1. Equating the civil rights struggle with what own worst enemy mobster Trump is going through is nauseating.
  2. Everything shouldn’t revolve around Trump for your decency filter. Says something...
  3. I didn't sit on the Senate Committee, nor do I have access to the redacted information. Why would you be resistant to the idea that Russia would be trying to meddle in our affairs? They have also been shown to have a pattern of attempts in other countries. https://time.com/5565991/russia-influence-2016-election/
  4. TRIED and will again...from a July 25th article in the NY TIMES. WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, an effort more far-reaching than previously acknowledged and one largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time. But while the bipartisan report’s warning that the United States remains vulnerable in the next election is clear, its findings were so heavily redacted at the insistence of American intelligence agencies that even some key recommendations for 2020 were blacked out.
  5. Got 30 plus years done in public education and served many roles, but NO, I have not and will not bring my personal political leanings into any school I am in, because I consider my students to be a captive audience, and that it would be unethical and just wrong to push my views on them. Don't think that is the case for enough out there.
  6. You can talk directly TO ME, if you like, Hagar, with your muttering. And, I want our doctors, our lawyers, our teachers, our journalists, our auto mechanics, our plumbers, our electricians, to be trained, educated, degreed or certified, so that they will do the best job possible. I think that's what a successful society should strive for...you don't? Those three men you listed, all WERE educated to a point, then they went out and were successful, not finishing their degrees, not that they were hayseeds who just poofed out of nowhere. The value of education is very important and personal to me.
  7. ...who needs enemies? What’s that new smell? Sorta like a smoking gun! Mulvaney says there was a quid pro quo in Trump withholding military aid to Ukraine — then tries to walk it back Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said President Donald Trump did not withhold military aid to Ukraine as part of a quid pro quo to get that country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Instead, Mulvaney said that the withholding of aid was due in part because Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate the possibility that elements in that country had somehow interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Later Thursday, Mulvaney released a statement to walk back his earlier remarks, saying, "The president never told me to withhold any money until the Ukrainians did anything related to the server." At the same news conference Thursday, Mulvaney said that the United States had selected a Trump resort property in Florida, Trump National Doral Miami, for the G-7 summit next June. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Thursday that President Donald Trump — who is facing an impeachment inquiry because of controversial contacts with Ukraine — did not withhold congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine as part of a quid pro quo to get that country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Instead, Mulvaney told reporters that the withholding of almost $400 million in aid this summer was due in part because Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate the possibility that elements in that country somehow had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Trump's detriment. "The money held up had absolutely nothing to do with Biden," Mulvaney said. Instead, he said, the withholding of aid came in connection with "an ongoing investigation into the 2016 election," and the possibility that a Democratic National Committee server that investigators have said was hacked by Russian agents ended up in Ukraine. While Mulvaney did not himself use the term "quid pro quo," when he was told by a reporter during a White House news conference that the situation of withholding aid to get Ukraine to conduct a probe at Trump's request was in fact a quid pro quo, Mulvaney said, "We do that all the time." Referring to a conversation with Trump, Mulvaney said, "Did he also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely," "No question about that. But that's it, and that's why we held up the money." "You're saying the president of the U.S. can't ask someone to help with an ongoing public investigation?" Mulvaney said. Later Thursday, amid a wave of criticism, Mulvaney sharply walked back his comments. "Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election," he said in the statement. "The president never told me to withhold any money until the Ukrainians did anything related to the server. The only reasons we were holding the money was because of concern about lack of support from other nations and concerns over corruption." During a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — at a time when the White House was withholding military aid from Zelensky's country — Trump asked Zelensky to "get to the bottom" of questions about the 2016 election. But Trump also asked him during the same call to speak with Attorney General Bill Barr "to look into" Biden allegedly stopping "the prosecution" of Biden's son, Hunter Biden, while serving as vice president. A senior Justice Department official told NBC News, before Mulvaney walked back his comments, that "if the White House was withholding aid from Ukraine with regard to any investigation by the Justice Department, that's news to us." Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow, in a brief statement before Mulvaney's about-face, said, "The President's legal counsel was not involved in acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing." The idea that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election is a conspiracy theory often promoted by supporters of Trump. It relates in part to the suspicion that Ukrainians revealed actual or false financial information about Paul Manafort, a longtime Republican operative who had led Trump's campaign for several months and who had worked for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Federal investigators and intelligence agencies have said that Russian agents — not Ukrainian agents — interfered in the election to help Trump's candidacy and hurt that of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The House is conducting an impeachment inquiry into Trump because of a belief among congressional Democrats that the president used military aid and the potential of a meeting with Trump to pressure Zelensky, Ukraine's new president, to launch an investigation of Biden. Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who heads the House Intelligence Committee and who is playing a leading role in the impeachment probe, when asked about Mulvaney's admission of a quid pro quo, said, "With his acknowledgement now that military aid to a vital ally, a ally battling Russia as we speak, was withheld in part out of a desire by the president to have Ukraine investigate the DNC server or Democrats or 2016, things have just gone from very, very bad to much, much worse. The idea that vital military assistance would be withheld for such a patently political reason for the reason of serving the president's reelection campaign is a phenomenal breach of the president's duty to defend our national security and I hope that every member, Democrat and Republican, will speak out and condemn this illicit action by the president and his chief of staff." Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have argued that Biden, while serving as vice president, pressured Ukraine to dismiss a prosecutor in that country in order to thwart a supposed investigation into a Ukrainian natural gas company on whose board Biden's son, Hunter, served. Joe Biden is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. There is no evidence that Hunter Biden was or would have been eyed in such a probe. And Joe Biden's pressure on Ukraine to terminate the prosecutor was in line with moves by other European countries that believed the prosecutor was not doing enough to target corruption in Ukraine. On Thursday, Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, was expected to tell House investigators that he had called Trump directly after hearing "many versions of speculation that had been circulating" about why military aid had been withheld from Ukraine. "I asked the president: 'What do you want from Ukraine?'" Sondland said in a copy of his planned statement to the House. "The president responded: 'Nothing. There is no quid pro quo.'" "The president repeated: 'no quid pro quo' multiple times," Sondland planned to testify. "This was a very short call. And I recall the president was in a bad mood." At the same news conference Thursday, Mulvaney said that the United States had selected a Trump resort property in Florida, Trump National Doral Miami, for the G-7 summit next June.
  8. Purposely gullible and oblivious to corrupt mobster? Sure, why not?!
  9. Funny, you all would be screaming bloody murder if Obama tried something similar. Sorta like ignoring Kushner and those Trump children with their back door deals and using the Trump name and position, while shouting hysterically about Hunter Biden. Politics are just full of irony.
  10. The network's legal analyst reacted Thursday after the White House announced the 2020 meeting of world leaders would be held at the president's Doral golf resort, calling this a violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits the president from accepting "any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." After quoting from this clause, Napolitano noted its purpose is to "keep the president of the United States of America from profiting off of foreign money," and so Trump holding the summit at his private resort is "about as direct and profound a violation of the emoluments clause as one could create." The White House has claimed the resort was simply the best venue for the event and that Trump will not profit from it. Napolitano, however, dismissed this defense. "The president owns shares of stock in a corporation that is one of the owners of this, along with many other investors," Napolitano said. "He also owns shares of stock in the corporation that manages it. Those corporations will receive a great deal of money from foreign heads of state because this is there. That's exactly what the emoluments clause was written to prohibit."
  11. Tee hee. What Constitution? Really not a level he won’t sink to...and, pew, he is in Texas right now. Wondered what that cheeseburger and tanning oil reek was!
  12. https://theweek.com/speedreads/872595/fox-news-andrew-napolitano-trump-holding-g7-doral-resort-profound-emoluments-clause-violation Fox News' Andrew Napolitano: Trump holding G7 at Doral resort is a 'profound' emoluments clause violation 4:14 p.m. President Trump just created an "enormous headache" for himself with his plan to hold the 2020 Group of Seven summit at his Florida resort, according to Fox News' Andrew Napolitano. The network's legal analyst reacted Thursday after the White House announced the 2020 meeting of world leaders would be held at the president's Doral golf resort, calling this a violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits the president from accepting "any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." After quoting from this clause, Napolitano noted its purpose is to "keep the president of the United States of America from profiting off of foreign money," and so Trump holding the summit at his private resort is "about as direct and profound a violation of the emoluments clause as one could create." The White House has claimed the resort was simply the best venue for the event and that Trump will not profit from it. Napolitano, however, dismissed this defense. "The president owns shares of stock in a corporation that is one of the owners of this, along with many other investors," Napolitano said. "He also owns shares of stock in the corporation that manages it. Those corporations will receive a great deal of money from foreign heads of state because this is there. That's exactly what the emoluments clause was written to prohibit." Fox host Neil Cavuto also sounded fairly baffled by Trump's decision, saying he'd think Trump would "bend over backwards to avoid" holding the event at a location with his name on it. "You would think so," Napolitano responded. "But you know the president. He loves a fight, and he just picked another one." Brendan Morrow
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