All we have are a lot of opinions by talking heads. We need to resolve this in the supreme court:
Can a sitting president be indicted? The public should be skeptical of arguments saying no, which frequently rely on two opinions by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). This office, in part through its opinions, provides legal advice to the executive branch. As legal counsel to the executive, OLC is naturally biased in favor of helping its client achieve its goals through legal analysis. Media coverage of this important question concerning presidential immunity, however, has largely failed to question the underlying rationales found in those OLC memos. And when it comes to preserving the rule of law and our constitutional system of checks and balances, OLC does not have the final word, and we should not treat its views as such.
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One of the very few Senators willing to stand up to Trump. Problem is he is leaving the Congress:
Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker accused his party of cowering before President Donald Trump in an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.
In an animated exchange, Corker — who was trying to get a vote on an amendment as part of an ongoing debate over the Senate’s defense bill — argued that Republicans were blocking his trade proposal because they were afraid of Trump and what he might do to the party if they upset him in an election year.
“We might poke the bear!” said Corker, who is retiring at the end of his term. “My gosh, if the President gets upset with us we might not be in the majority,” he said referring to sentiments he often hears from colleagues.
Corker has worked for the last week to try to get a vote on his amendment that would roll back Trump’s trade authority and give Congress the power to check the President’s ability to impose tariffs on national security grounds, like the steel and aluminum ones he announced earlier this month on US allies.
He attacks our closest allies and cozies up to our enemies. There is no longer question that he is agent of Putin and the Kremlin. But his charade meeting with the North Korean dictator is the final straw. If Obama had met with Un he would have been accused of treason. This meeting is nothing but a charade intended to divert public attention from Trump’s legal problems. And he has succeeded. With the help of the press, of course.
The appeasement has begun. Un already has gotten Trump to make concessions. This agreement works to undermine our relationship with our allies, South Korea:
President Donald Trump rocked the region with the stunning announcement Tuesday that he was halting annual U.S.-South Korean military drills — and wants to remove the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.
Trump’s surprise, almost offhand comments, made during a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly upended decades of the U.S. defense posture on the Korean Peninsula.
The remarks contradicted countless previous declarations by U.S. political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely critical.
Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a “provocative” drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner.
His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only last year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.
It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of U.S. troops has long been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.
Apparently love of Power has turned most Republicans, and Employees of this White House, into professional liars. They are willing to completely compromise their beliefs in the service of their great leader, Donald Trump:
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow repeatedly accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “betrayal” and saying he “stabbed us in the back” for standing up to President Donald Trump after the G-7 meeting.
Speaking hours after Trump ordered the U.S. not to endorse the G-7 communique, Kudlow slammed Trudeau for a “sophomoric play” in holding a press conference after the G-7 meetings and saying Canadians “will not be pushed around.” Soon afterward, Trump tweeted that the U.S. would not participate in the G-7 communique agreed to earlier on Saturday.
In 2015 Kudlow, a well known defender of free markets on television, took this position on his future boss’ views on economics:
Here’s a historical fact that Donald Trump, and many voters attracted to him, may not know: The last American president who was a trade protectionist was Republican Herbert Hoover. Obviously, Hoover’s economic strategy didn’t turn out so well — either for the nation or for the GOP.
Does Trump aspire to be a 21st-century Hoover, with a modernized platform of the 1930 Smoot-Hawley tariff, which collapsed the banking system and helped send the U.S. and the world economy into a decade-long depression?
Trump is also running full throttle on an anti-immigration platform that could hurt growth as well as alienate the GOP from the ethnic voters it needs to win in 2016.
White Supremacists are on the rise. And they can thank their savior Herr Trump. But once Mein Trumpf goes down so will this scum:
A participant in last summer’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville has been elected to public office as part of the Washington state Republican party, The Daily Beast reports.
James Allsup, 22, took part in the Charlottesville rally as a member of the white supremacist group Identity Evropa, which is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Defamation League.
He is now a precinct committee officer for a Spokane-area precinct and says he’s “on the way to taking over the local GOP,” according to The Daily Beast.
Maybe the event should be moved to Russia. I’m sure he’d be happy to go then:
President Donald Trump is reportedly throwing something of a hissy fit these days over having to fly all the way to (gasp!) Canada, where he’s expected to (gasp! gasp!) do his job by representing the United States to the rest of the world.
The Washington Post wrote on Thursday that Trump has begun whining to aides that his trip to the G7 summit of world leaders in Quebec is a waste of time compared to his planned one-on-one with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
But it’s not just that he thinks he’s too good for the summit. It’s that he’s afraid of getting yelled at by all the other mean world leaders.
Ret. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters isn’t done taking his former employer to task. A few months after he quit his position as military analyst at Fox News in dramatic fashion—calling the network a “propaganda machine”—he appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night and went even further in his condemnation.
While President Donald Trump has claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller is leading a “witch hunt” against him, Peters argued on CNN that it is Fox News that is promoting a witch hunt against Mueller.
Source: Ex-Fox News Analyst Ralph Peters Unloads on Sean Hannity