Trump has always said that he's innocent, and then done things that make him look guilty, even going so far as to admit his built publicly several times.
This time the Trump administration is trying to find ways to weaken the Special Counsel investigation by Robert Mueller. Despite knowing that they are in very deep trouble, the administration, instead of saying "fine, let's get it all out and clear the air...we'll cooperate fully"...they're saying "we don't want to play. Trust us no matter what the cost."
"Trust us". Despite all the conflict of interest, self-enrichment, nepotism, outrageous public spending to play golf or keep family in New York, lies, and deceit.
I think it's fairly clear here where the division of our country comes from, Trump. It's not from the people. It's not from the Special Counsel. It's from the idiot who sits in the Oval Office.
It's time the administration should shut up, hunker down, cooperate, and accept what comes to them like every other American has to when the law is involved.
So, yesterday, in my blog post where I point out how Trump lies, there was a tidbit that was interesting.
Trump has repeatedly and often made the claim that Obamacare (ACA) is about to implode. However, the fact check page on the Washington Post's site says that the Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare will happily continue on without imploding if conditions stay the same.
To keep Obamacare working, the White House is paying $7 billion to insurers annually to help pay for the medical costs of 7 million poor people.
The insurers are currently forced by contract to pay for those costs whether the White House contributes or not.
Trump wants to take those subsidies away.
If the insurance companies can't get the money from the White House, where do you expect that the money will come from? YOU!
In a mis-guided attempt to get the AHCA passed at any cost, Trump's going to throw the poor to the wolves now as a bargaining tactic. Your medical insurance premiums will rise (as they must for the insurance companies to stay afloat).
7 million poor will immediately lose their care, the cost of the ACA to you will skyrocket. Make no mistake, that will not make Trumpcare a better approach, where costs will continue to stay high and up to 24 million will lose coverage.
It will simply mean that Trump is throwing his dummy out of the pram to get his way, whether it's good for the American public or not.
Grow up, Trump!
To all Republicans backing this insanity: the mid-terms are coming. Over 60% of the American public knows you're complicit with Trump in this. You will feel the outcome come the election.
At the moment, it's sounding a lot like "he said, he said" in regards to the whole Comey saga. Trump was, apparently, a creep beyond all reason. Comey wrote about it, apparently, and of course those memos got out.
As Trump jets off to try to convince the rest of the world that he and his administration, despite all the "America First" slogans and attacks on Islam during the campaign, really do have the best interests of the rest of the world at heart ("Make America Great Again!")...while at the same time trying, somehow, to convince us that Comey has made it all up.
Problem is...well...his credibility is not the best. Okay, let's be honest, he lies like a rug. He lies like a dog. He lies like a...well...(there's more here if you're interested)
If I had money to spend, I'd bet on Trump lying about this too. It's his thing.
Politics used to be simple: every 2 years or so, there was something to vote about.
I'd get a vague sense of something from the news, or newspapers. I might go vote, if I was feeling particularly noble, but I was just as likely to not vote. It didn't take up a lot of my time.
Mostly, I just got on with my own shambolic, chaotic life, and did the best I could.
From the uproar of the 2016 election, and the amount of vitriol and hate spewed back and forth on the waves and the internet, I don't think that's the case for most people any more.
Is it a good thing, this sudden and deep political interest from people who didn't really care that much?
It's bad enough that whole Departments of the government aren't really functioning because they don't yet have leaders put in place by Trump...or the day to day noise ratio of chaos compared to actual work getting done continues to grow.
Worse for me is the fact that this is reflected in my thoughts on a regular and predictable basis. I wake up in the morning, shower, read a little news, and think about it in the journey in to work. I might listen to news as well and get more angry. I usually arrive at work ready to...what? Do battle?
How can that be productive? I don't think it can be.
Could this be quantified? Could we put a measure on how much of the nation's soul is being eaten up by this last election cycle and the ongoing train wreck of the Trump presidency?
What wold we even call it? Trumpsession? (Nah, sounds like Trump and Sessions had a love child.) Trumpcycle? Trumpmania? Trumpychosis?
Trumpression? Like depression, but caused by Trump? Yeah, that sounds about right. I'm definitely feelin' it.
So, the word impeachment has been said out loud, and in public by both parties. The Democrats have actually called for an impeachment.
Pelosi had it right though: gross incompetence, petty crime, and hearsay are not, strictly speaking, sufficient grounds to remove a sitting president. We might not like it, but that’s not going to get the job done.
Given the vicious mood both across the country and in Washington, any impeachment battle is likely to drag on for a very long time indeed, and be a real drain on the country in general.
Our allies are backing away because we’re not credible or trustworthy anymore, the markets are reacting badly because they see this could go very wrong, and our enemies are amused because we’re defeating ourselves.
Perhaps we’re focusingn on the wrong details, though…
Let’s say we drag the country through the muck, (further) damage our reputation, and get into the odd battle here and there. At some point, given Trump’s history and his inability to realise it really is him and his actions the world is unhappy with, he’s going to be replaced.
The person that replaces Trump will look Presidential, Smart, Well-Mannered, Polite, and have a certain gravitas, simply by showing up on Monday with a normal-length tie, and not using Twitter.
They’re going to look like a hero. For some period of time, if they can calm the open warfare between parties, and try to unify the government into a semblance of common sense, they’ll look like a Nobel peace-prize winner.
Who’s the first in line to become this saviour?
Michael Pence, the sitting VP.
All along, he’s seen the shambolic, chaotic, unknowing groping Trump administration stumble, falter, and shoot itself in the foot, leg, spleen, heart and both lungs. He’s nodded when Trump tried to cut support for ecology, education, and diplomacy, while ramping up pointless things like support for the wall, increasing the military spend by $54B, or trying to take healthcare away from 24 million Americans.
He’s gone along with every stupid, crazy, insane declaration Trump made, without standing up for America, Democracy, Human Rights, Truth or anything resembling morality.
He’s smiled knowing that in a little while Trump would damage his presidency so much that it would have to be taken from him and delivered into Pence’s hands.
He’s not the hero the US needs.
Yet again, Trump likes to confess, openly and in public, to illegal activities.
On Friday, Trump threatened Comey saying that Comey had better hope that there were no tapes.
For sure, he has threatened Comey via electronic message, which would fall foul of the harassment law.
If there were tapes, then Trump is required, by law, to preserve them, and hand them over to congress for investigation when subpoenaed. If he says no, he's guilty of contempt. If he says he doesn't have them, and later does, he's guilty of perjury.
Pretty much the only way he can get out of this one is 1) hope Comey doesn't sue for the threat and 2) admit that there aren't tapes (or just be done with it and hand the tapes over to Congress).
Bottom line, we've all got better things to be doing than watching Trump Circus.
I do think it's been too long in coming...time for an open letter to Trump.
Despite his attempts to pass blame onto his staff, at the end of the day the buck well and truly stops on the President's desk. No more dissembling, no more excuses: Trump, quit playing games and do the job that you were voted in to do. Quit obstructing investigations. Let those teams do /their/ jobs.
You're absolutely right: you've got a "lot of things happening". Perhaps you shouldn't be stirring up so many controversies? No? Too simple of a concept?
Oh dear, how can we help a harried President out? I have an idea:
We've been watching your actions for the last four months, and have come to the conclusion: You're useless. You can't tell the truth. You make the US a laughing stock around the world, while at the same time putting the fear of nuclear war foremost in everyone's mind. All this to distract from the fact you're fleecing the US taxpayers out of millions (soon to be billions, I'm sure), and advancing the causes of your business cronies so millionaires can be billionaires, and billionaires can be even richer.
Time to realize this isn't working out. You're hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.
We greatly appreciate you making it painfully obvious you're a blithering idiot focused on the size of your massive ego. We hereby concur with the judgement of pretty much the rest of the world that you're not capable of being President.
It is essential that we find new leadership for the US that restores public trust and confidence in us as a country, and repairs the incredible damage you've caused in a short period of time. Oh, and take that bunch of malingerers and hangers-on you brought into the cabinet with you...they're beginning to smell up the place.
I'd wish you the best of luck, but, like Herpes, I feel we'll see you again.
Everyone else who is a US citizen (really the rest of the world, but they cannot vote)
The various talking heads trying to address the mess Trump made of firing Comey have at times suggested that 'countless' FBI Agents have spoken to the White House to express their concern (which could, in fact, indicate that the White House was attempting to influence on-going investigations).
Yet another example in a long line of the White House lying. The FBI agents, who are people like you and I, with families and responsibilities, are trying to do a job. It's a job of investigating Treason, which carries severe penalties. Penalties that a certain billionaire doesn't want to face. Very much doesn't want to face. Considering that billionaire is your boss, that puts you in a very precarious situation.
Continue to investigate, threatening your boss, and bad things could happen. We've seen track records of Trump firing whole groups of people (remember the Justice Department).
The FBI agents as a group, both currently on the job and retired pretty much all have the same story to tell: The White House is, once again, lying.
What's Trump's strategy to deal with all this going forward? By taking his toys, and going home, refusing to talk with the media directly ever again until he's blue in the face.
He's claiming that he wants to do it "for the sake of accuracy". Yes, that'd be nice. A bit of honesty would be good too.
So, the truth begins to emerge.
Trump tries to demand loyalty from the head of the FBI, who refuses. The American people need to be able to hold the President to account. The FBI is one of the organisations that we the people will use to do that. It must not be personally loyal to the President, so it was only right for Comey to do so. This is a seriously incriminating action.
If we had an honest and open President (none come to mind, though), then it wouldn't matter. In the case of a sitting President that has told documented and easily verifiable lies, and who continues to do so...while at the same time confessing that he disapproved of Comey's investigation into Russia and the sacking was because of that...well...
It's interesting that Trump threatened Comey with the release of tapes of some sort. I certainly do hope that Congress forces Trump to either deny their existence under penalty of perjury, or produce them as evidence.
Perhaps the most damning of all things, is that, despite all the lies, double dealing, profiteering, nepotism, and sexual assault, the GOP stands behind the President, almost to a man. Instead of the sensible outrage and desire to get to the bottom of these issues, you have the House Investigation whose Republican chairman has thoroughly discredited, the Senate investigation that has stalled and blocked and obstructed itself at every turn, and the FBI investigation which has now been decapitated.
Just what are these GOP people thinking? WHY are they continuing to stand by a man who flouts constitution, law, tradition, taste and even simple common sense? They are hurting American "Democracy", stealing money from us taxpayers, and ruining the planet while they're at it.
All Congressman, Representatives and Senators alike, should be baying for blood at this point. Even the Russians are openly laughing at the circus of the White House.
Congratulations Trump. It's taken you less than 4 months, and the world is publicly laughing at you. There are articles saying that the US is becoming a failed state.
C'mon people. You want a Republican in the White House? Impeach Trump and leave Pence in there.
You want Democracy, sense, and stability to really help the American people? Bundle all the idiots, saboteurs and wanna-be's onto big busses and ship them out to the countryside with no phones or internet so the can't hurt anyone. Let's get adults back into politics.
Trump can't seem to stop telling us he's not under investigation.
He's leaving one very important word out these days: yet.
The only way this can end well is when Congress and the Senate agree that the time has come to remove this damanging demagogue from office, and start repairing all the things he's broken, departments that haven't been functioning, etc.