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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why do you fire the guy that forced a rep gov to resign for criminal activities, a trump appointed indicted, and another top republican to lead guilty to corruption and serve 4 years.


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/alabama-a-g-removes-state-s-top-public-corruption-fighter-1375542851823?v=railb&cid=eml_mra_20181120

Alabama A.G. removes state's top public corruption fighter

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Rachel Maddow reports on the surprise firing of Alabama's top public corruption prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart, by A.G. Steve Marshall, despite Hart's impressive record and Marshall being under ethics investigation.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/roger-stone-longtime-trump-associate-pleads-the-fifth?cid=eml_mra_20181205

Roger Stone, longtime Trump associate, pleads the Fifth
12/05/18 08:40 AM—UPDATED 12/05/18 02:45 PM
By Steve Benen
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In a missive that looked like witness tampering, Donald Trump published a tweet on Monday praising longtime associate Roger Stone, writing, “ ‘I will never testify against Trump.’ This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about ‘President Trump.’ Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’”

Just one day later, the Republican operative who received Trump’s praise announced he’d plead the Fifth rather than cooperate with a Senate inquiry. Politico reported:

President Donald Trump’s longtime political ally Roger Stone invoked the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination as he declined to share documents and testimony with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a letter posted Tuesday by the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein. […]

Stone is under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, in part over allegations that he had foreknowledge of WikiLeaks’ dump of Clinton campaign emails the month before the election. Stone has denied any advance knowledge, despite a series of tweets foreshadowing the contents of the emails, which he attributed to educated guesses and indirect information provided through an intermediary with WikiLeaks.

Stone is not the first person close to Trump to invoke the Fifth Amendment as part of this scandal. In May 2017, former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded the Fifth in response to a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena, and in April 2018, Michael Cohen did the same as part of the Stormy Daniels lawsuit.

We now know, of course, that Flynn and Cohen later adopted far more loquacious postures in the months that followed. Whether Stone does the same remains to be seen.

But for Trump, his previous rhetoric on the subject should make all of this a bit awkward.


As the Washington Post reported in the spring, according to the president, those who plead the Fifth should be assumed to be guilty.

“The mob takes the Fifth,” Trump said after Hillary Clinton aides invoked their right against self-incrimination. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

He added at his first debate with Clinton that pleading the Fifth is “disgraceful.”

“When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment, taking the Fifth so they’re not prosecuted, when you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, I think it’s disgraceful,” he said.


I have a hunch Trump has a different perspective on the issue now.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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By Jennifer Rubin
Opinion writer
December 9 at 12:00 PM
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), in a letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal, blasted the paper’s editorial board for dismissing concerns about Thomas Farr, a judicial nominee with a track record of support for voter suppression schemes:

I am saddened that in the editorial “Democrats and Racial Division” (Dec. 1) you attempt to deflect the concerns regarding Thomas Farr’s nomination to the federal bench. While you are right that his nomination should be seen through a wider lens, the solution isn’t simply to decry “racial attacks.”


Scott makes a key point that should go well beyond Farr or judicial nominees: “We should stop bringing candidates with questionable track records on race before the full Senate for a vote.”

That raises a broader question: Why is the Senate bringing and confirming candidates with questionable track records — on race or otherwise — to a vote on the floor?

Consider the people brought to the floor and confirmed: judges rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association; an oil executive, Rex Tillerson, with no government experience, as secretary of state; a lawyer, Alex Acosta, whose supervision of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was roundly criticized and who participated in the atrociously lenient plea deal for serial child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein; Ben Carson, a man utterly lacking in government experience or housing expertise, as secretary of housing and urban development; former congressman Tom Price for Health and Human Services despite his record of trading “shares worth more than $300,000 in about 40 health-related companies” while he was sitting on the House Ways and Means Committee and “working on measures that could affect his investments”; Steven Mnuchin, who had no government experience and had failed to disclose $100 million in assets, as treasury secretary; Wilbur Ross, who also lacked government experience and had been “forced to pay fines to the government several times, including as recently as August of 2016 to the SEC for failing to disclose fees his firm was charging … [and had] sat on the board of a company that agreed to pay over $2 billion in a settlement over its handling of subprime loans,” as commerce secretary; Scott Pruitt, who had repeatedly sued the Environmental Protection Agency and collaborated secretly with private industry to defeat federal regulations, as EPA administrator; and a hodgepodge of unqualified cronies for ambassadorships (a sin other administrations are guilty of as well).

Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer law questions
President Trump’s U.S. District nominee Matthew S. Petersen could not answer routine law questions during a hearing on Dec. 13. (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse/Twitter)

Now, when Trump nominates Heather Nauert for ambassador to the United Nations — a woman who was until a year ago a Fox News personality and as a State Department spokesperson with zero experience in diplomacy — we can expect that, once more, the Republican-controlled Senate will issue its stamp of approval.


We shouldn’t be surprised that the least qualified president in history -- with a long record of bankruptcies, refusal to pay his bills and schemes such as Trump University -- should select unqualified and ethically challenged advisers and/or retain those whose ethical misdeeds and incompetence become apparent once in office. However, we cannot blame Trump alone for lousy appointments and staffing the government with unfit characters. The Constitution provides a check on the president’s ability to put shady characters in positions of power. It’s the current Republican Party that rejects that role and decides its job description is to enable Trump’s worst instincts. Just as House Republicans proved themselves incapable of fulfilling their oversight responsibilities, Senate Republicans prove themselves incapable of fulfilling their advice-and-consent duties.


All of them alligators with conflicts of interest.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mac wrote:
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By Jennifer Rubin
Opinion writer
December 9 at 12:00 PM
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), in a letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal, blasted the paper’s editorial board for dismissing concerns about Thomas Farr, a judicial nominee with a track record of support for voter suppression schemes:

I am saddened that in the editorial “Democrats and Racial Division” (Dec. 1) you attempt to deflect the concerns regarding Thomas Farr’s nomination to the federal bench. While you are right that his nomination should be seen through a wider lens, the solution isn’t simply to decry “racial attacks.”


Scott makes a key point that should go well beyond Farr or judicial nominees: “We should stop bringing candidates with questionable track records on race before the full Senate for a vote.”

That raises a broader question: Why is the Senate bringing and confirming candidates with questionable track records — on race or otherwise — to a vote on the floor?

Consider the people brought to the floor and confirmed: judges rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association; an oil executive, Rex Tillerson, with no government experience, as secretary of state; a lawyer, Alex Acosta, whose supervision of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was roundly criticized and who participated in the atrociously lenient plea deal for serial child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein; Ben Carson, a man utterly lacking in government experience or housing expertise, as secretary of housing and urban development; former congressman Tom Price for Health and Human Services despite his record of trading “shares worth more than $300,000 in about 40 health-related companies” while he was sitting on the House Ways and Means Committee and “working on measures that could affect his investments”; Steven Mnuchin, who had no government experience and had failed to disclose $100 million in assets, as treasury secretary; Wilbur Ross, who also lacked government experience and had been “forced to pay fines to the government several times, including as recently as August of 2016 to the SEC for failing to disclose fees his firm was charging … [and had] sat on the board of a company that agreed to pay over $2 billion in a settlement over its handling of subprime loans,” as commerce secretary; Scott Pruitt, who had repeatedly sued the Environmental Protection Agency and collaborated secretly with private industry to defeat federal regulations, as EPA administrator; and a hodgepodge of unqualified cronies for ambassadorships (a sin other administrations are guilty of as well).

Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer law questions
President Trump’s U.S. District nominee Matthew S. Petersen could not answer routine law questions during a hearing on Dec. 13. (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse/Twitter)

Now, when Trump nominates Heather Nauert for ambassador to the United Nations — a woman who was until a year ago a Fox News personality and as a State Department spokesperson with zero experience in diplomacy — we can expect that, once more, the Republican-controlled Senate will issue its stamp of approval.


We shouldn’t be surprised that the least qualified president in history -- with a long record of bankruptcies, refusal to pay his bills and schemes such as Trump University -- should select unqualified and ethically challenged advisers and/or retain those whose ethical misdeeds and incompetence become apparent once in office. However, we cannot blame Trump alone for lousy appointments and staffing the government with unfit characters. The Constitution provides a check on the president’s ability to put shady characters in positions of power. It’s the current Republican Party that rejects that role and decides its job description is to enable Trump’s worst instincts. Just as House Republicans proved themselves incapable of fulfilling their oversight responsibilities, Senate Republicans prove themselves incapable of fulfilling their advice-and-consent duties.


All of them alligators with conflicts of interest.



Mac takes his talking points from the dumbest cunt in journalism...big surprise!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mat-ty wrote:
mac wrote:
Quote:
By Jennifer Rubin
Opinion writer
December 9 at 12:00 PM
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), in a letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal, blasted the paper’s editorial board for dismissing concerns about Thomas Farr, a judicial nominee with a track record of support for voter suppression schemes:

I am saddened that in the editorial “Democrats and Racial Division” (Dec. 1) you attempt to deflect the concerns regarding Thomas Farr’s nomination to the federal bench. While you are right that his nomination should be seen through a wider lens, the solution isn’t simply to decry “racial attacks.”


Scott makes a key point that should go well beyond Farr or judicial nominees: “We should stop bringing candidates with questionable track records on race before the full Senate for a vote.”

That raises a broader question: Why is the Senate bringing and confirming candidates with questionable track records — on race or otherwise — to a vote on the floor?

Consider the people brought to the floor and confirmed: judges rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association; an oil executive, Rex Tillerson, with no government experience, as secretary of state; a lawyer, Alex Acosta, whose supervision of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was roundly criticized and who participated in the atrociously lenient plea deal for serial child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein; Ben Carson, a man utterly lacking in government experience or housing expertise, as secretary of housing and urban development; former congressman Tom Price for Health and Human Services despite his record of trading “shares worth more than $300,000 in about 40 health-related companies” while he was sitting on the House Ways and Means Committee and “working on measures that could affect his investments”; Steven Mnuchin, who had no government experience and had failed to disclose $100 million in assets, as treasury secretary; Wilbur Ross, who also lacked government experience and had been “forced to pay fines to the government several times, including as recently as August of 2016 to the SEC for failing to disclose fees his firm was charging … [and had] sat on the board of a company that agreed to pay over $2 billion in a settlement over its handling of subprime loans,” as commerce secretary; Scott Pruitt, who had repeatedly sued the Environmental Protection Agency and collaborated secretly with private industry to defeat federal regulations, as EPA administrator; and a hodgepodge of unqualified cronies for ambassadorships (a sin other administrations are guilty of as well).

Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer law questions
President Trump’s U.S. District nominee Matthew S. Petersen could not answer routine law questions during a hearing on Dec. 13. (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse/Twitter)

Now, when Trump nominates Heather Nauert for ambassador to the United Nations — a woman who was until a year ago a Fox News personality and as a State Department spokesperson with zero experience in diplomacy — we can expect that, once more, the Republican-controlled Senate will issue its stamp of approval.


We shouldn’t be surprised that the least qualified president in history -- with a long record of bankruptcies, refusal to pay his bills and schemes such as Trump University -- should select unqualified and ethically challenged advisers and/or retain those whose ethical misdeeds and incompetence become apparent once in office. However, we cannot blame Trump alone for lousy appointments and staffing the government with unfit characters. The Constitution provides a check on the president’s ability to put shady characters in positions of power. It’s the current Republican Party that rejects that role and decides its job description is to enable Trump’s worst instincts. Just as House Republicans proved themselves incapable of fulfilling their oversight responsibilities, Senate Republicans prove themselves incapable of fulfilling their advice-and-consent duties.


All of them alligators with conflicts of interest.



Mac takes his talking points from the dumbest cunt in journalism...big surprise!!!


troll, why don't you try to debate the points she made. glanced through her points and all seem spot on... that show you are a deplorable.

Remember just yesterday trump now calls Rex Tillerson a idiot no-brainer so to speak. So start with that one.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matty is incapable of anything but a slur.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jennifer Rubin is a well known conservative writer.. Another in the line of anti-trumpers who recognize the damage he is doing to our democracy...
The Clown Car that Drumpf has put into high places is remarkable...
Let's see what poor sap decides to be the chief of staff...I'll bet on Mick Mulvaney, D-bag extraordinaire....
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

boggsman1 wrote:
Jennifer Rubin is a well known conservative writer.. Another in the line of anti-trumpers who recognize the damage he is doing to our democracy...
The Clown Car that Drumpf has put into high places is remarkable...
Let's see what poor sap decides to be the chief of staff...I'll bet on Mick Mulvaney, D-bag extraordinaire....



Do you think Rubin is a journalist??? That might explain your airhead opinions.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/12/jennifer-rubin-trump-obsession-mindless-opponent/
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mat-ty wrote:
boggsman1 wrote:
Jennifer Rubin is a well known conservative writer.. Another in the line of anti-trumpers who recognize the damage he is doing to our democracy...
The Clown Car that Drumpf has put into high places is remarkable...
Let's see what poor sap decides to be the chief of staff...I'll bet on Mick Mulvaney, D-bag extraordinaire....



Do you think Rubin is a journalist??? That might explain your airhead opinions.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/12/jennifer-rubin-trump-obsession-mindless-opponent/


why do you think anyone at the national review is? for that matter, brietbart, alex jones, Rush, anyone at fox? sean, bill hammer, your russian troll machines?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Busy making the world safe for environmental criminals.

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/425485-gao-investigating-epas-low-enforcement-numbers
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