It’s been over a year now and with every bombshell, political observers ask if the latest will be the end for the Trump. And it never has been and never will be one event that will push his presidency over the cliff. Instead, we see a slow drip of bad news that indicates Trump is dying a death of a thousand political paper cuts.
Just this week, we saw Trump fire his Secretary of State, which is basically the number #3 position in the administration behind the president and vice president. And he did it with a tweet. Today we learned that Trump has effectively fired national security advisor McMaster. The only reason McMaster remains in the position is that they are trying to find a new place to put him so he is not completely embarrassed.
Next we hear rumors that chief of staff Kelly is headed out the door. Reports are mixed. Some say he’s going to resign today, some say he and Trump “worked it out,” some say he is going to be on his way out in the next weeks. Who knows.
Rumors of firings have reached a fever pitch.
We also learned this week that Vanessa Trump, the wife of Don Jr., has filed for divorce. But instead of hiring a divorce lawyer, she instead decided to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent her in the divorce. Perhaps she knows a lot about crimes that took place within the Trump Organization? The fact that Mueller is now subpoenaing documents from Trump’s company shows that people like Vanessa are getting really concerned.
As for Vanessa, she seems to be cut from the same cloth as the Trumps:
Trump filed for divorce from Don Jr. on Thursday, providing a statement to Page Six. It’s assumed that the couple have a prenuptial agreement since Trump filed for an uncontested proceeding, meaning there will be no back-and-forth over the custody of their five children and assets.
Page Six spoke to Nancy Chemtob, an attorney unassociated with the Trumps’ divorce proceedings, who speculated that Vanessa Trump timed the filing so it could come before the Robert Mueller investigation potentially put her husband’s assets in danger. Planned out like a true ill thug.
The president fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday via an early morning tweet. And it looks like the president really liked humiliating Tillerson with the surprise and the disrespect of announcing it publicly on social media before Tillerson knew anything. It also looks like the president is not done.
First up, we have Andrew McCabe, someone that the presidents’s supporters hate as a person with a “conflict of interest.” Looks like President Trump is trying to get Sessions to fire McCabe a day or two before he is set to retire, obviously having an impact on his pension.
We also now have reports that Trump wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well, and in fact appears to be actually in the planning stages of this:
President Donald Trump has been formulating a plan to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday.
Sessions has been a target of Trump’s ire since he recused himself from the FBI’s Russia investigation last March, following reports that he was not forthcoming during his Senate confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign season.
Next we have National Security Adviser McMaster:
And three sources told me that the next official likely to go is National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster
Is this all part of a brilliant leadership strategy to deflect criticism, out play everyone, and win the political game? Probably not, in fact it appears to be a sign that Trump is feeling extreme pressure and is starting to get out of control and nonsensical:
“When he’s under pressure is when he tends to do this impulsive stuff,” said Jack O’Donnell, former president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. “That’s what I saw in the business. When he began to have pressure with debts, when the [Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City] was underperforming, is when he began acting very erratically.”
O’Donnell pointed to the increasing pressure on Trump with the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the scandal surrounding Trump’s alleged affair with a pornographic film star. “I think he likes the vision of himself being in control,” O’Donnell said. “I doubt he realizes the consequences of North Korea, just like he didn’t realize the consequences in business of walking in and firing someone at the Taj without thinking about it. It’s Trump.”
The walls are caving in?
It was very strange to see the supposed very talented and brilliant and highly educated folks in the “mainstream media” fall for the Trump memo like a sack of potatoes. Before they had even seen the memo or knew what it said, they called it “controversial” and suggested it was “explosive.” Oh really how the hell do you know if you’ve never even seen it? Well, after the memo was released it turned out to be a big flat flop, and in fact hurt the president’s argument more than it helped (see my prior post).
So why hype up, distract the idiotic US press over a worthless memo? Is Trump really just a stupid fool, or is he someone who knows how to play the media like a bunch of idiots and get maximum attention or distraction?
While the memo saga played out, we learned that Trump refused to enforce a law that was passed by Congress and signed by him to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference. That’s right, the president said he just didn’t feel like enforcing a law that he signed and promised to enforce against his Russian buddies.
In addition, we learned that three top Russian intelligence agents traveled to the US right before Trump made his decision not to enforce the sanctions law against Russia. Could it be that one of Trump’s buddies had a few meetings with the Russians to coordinate how they were going to refuse to enforce US law to benefit the Russian government? No, that would just be a conspiracy theory!
We also learned that Dutch Intelligence watched the Russian hacking of our 2016 election in real time while it was happening in 2016. We therefore know for certain that there is direct evidence proving that the Russians attempted to illegally interfere with our presidential elections.
Meanwhile, a Russian hacker, Pyotr Levashov, who the US suspects was involved in 2016 US election hacking was extradited from Spain to the United States. Strangely, most of the “mainstream media” reports simply claimed that the guy was just a “spammer” and just liked to put out computer viruses and made little mention of the fact that he is suspected of participating in US election attacks on behalf of the Russian government.
So you see, there really is a method to the Trump madness. Too bad the press is too stupid to figure it out.
In case you missed it, Congressman Nunes, the retiring head of the House Permanent Select Committee on intelligence, decided he wanted to release a memo which he claimed showed the FBI favored Clinton over Trump during the 2016 election. Intelligence Community professionals slammed the moved and claimed it was dangerous to release classified information.
Trump, announced in his typical boisterous fashion that he couldn’t wait to release the memo, and this morning tweeted in part, “The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago.”
So this was set up by Trump and Nunes as a “devastating blow” to the “credibility of the FBI.” Leaving aside the fact that a sitting president is taking the extraordinary step of directly attacking the highest profile federal law enforcement agency, the memo quite clearly does nothing to help Trump’s position. Making the whole show over releasing it a rather odd performance by Nunes and Trump.
First, the memo is an attack against the FBI for investigating Carter Page, one of Trump’s flunkies. Basically, it suggests the Page investigation was just a witch hunt initiated in the run up to the 2016 campaign, and was started based on the “Steele Dossier” that was released in 2016. Steele has been attacked by Republicans as a Hillary Clinton political hit man. Interesting news if that was true. But it’s not. The reality is the memo confirms that Page was under investigation for being an agent of the Russian government since 2014, and possibly as early as 2013. This is long before Trump announced he was going to run for president and “build the wall.”
Second, the memo attacks Steele as an unreliable source because Steele talked to the media and not because Steele’s information was false. In other words, attack the messenger.
Third, the Nunes memo claims that FBI agent Strzok, who has been the latest target of the Trump crowd as the “Hillary Clinton FBI mole,” had a clear bias to Clinton, and therefore had motivation to attack Trump. This bias, the memo claims, led Strzok to initiate an FBI counterintelligence investigation against Page and another Trump flunky,
Papadopoulos. This again would be interesting if true. The problem with this thinking is that it would be a bit strange for a supposed Hillary Clinton “FBI agent pro democrat spy” like Strzok to try to reopen the Clinton email investigation a week before the 2016 election–which if you recall caused significant political damage to Clinton just before an election. Kind of strange for a Hillary Clinton suck up, no?
Fourth, Nunes and the Republicans claim the FBI was out to get Trump. The memo, however, really only focuses on attacks against Carter Page as “unfair” and “biased.” It’s a bit strange to say an attack on Page is an attack on Trump, especially since Trump and his flunkies have been in the media repeatedly saying that Page was only a low level volunteer nobody during the campaign. So what would investigating a low level volunteer have to do with Trump?
Fifth, the memo’s secondary target, the Steele Dossier, was created by a company called Fusion GPS. The memo claims that Fusion GPS and the Steele Dossier is essentially a democrat hit job against Trump. Which would be strange because Fusion GPS was originally contracted by a republican group that wanted to find dirt on Trump, not democrats.
This whole memo saga has been quite strange. The Trump crowd played it up like it was going to be a knock out blow, but it’s not. Democrats were outraged, but it seems to have helped their case more than hurt it. And the Intelligence Community didn’t want the memo released because they said it distorted facts, but the memo is a big nothingburger. Seems like a lot of posturing and theatrics and drama over nothing.
We’ve heard recent news that there is a “wave” of Republicans retiring from Congress and refusing to run for reelection in 2018. In fact, some are calling it a record number of retirements, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a hundred years. The conventional wisdom is that there is a Democrat “wave” coming in the mid terms and the Republicans would rather go back to the private sector (or wherever) rather than battle it out.
But buried in this news story is the fact that, in addition to low level congress critters, high level and extremely powerful committee chairs (and even the Speaker of the House!!!) are also announcing their retirement at an extraordinary pace. The committee chairs usually come from safe districts, are very well funded, and stand a very strong chance of winning reelection even in a tough political climate. So why are 9 of the most powerful politicians in the U.S., including the the person third in line to be president, also retiring and walking away?
It could be the “wave” everyone is talking about. Or it could be that these more powerful Republicans, who see a lot more information than the low level congress critters, know that there is big trouble brewing for the Republican party in terms of the Mueller investigation. Could it be that a slew of indictments against the President’s team are coming down such that they will destroy Republican chances of reelection and fundamentally destroy Trump’s presidency? Could it be that for congressmen like Nunes and Gowdy, two retiring chairmen who were also members of Trump’s political campaign and/or “transition team,” also see that they may personally have some exposure if Trump’s team goes down?
We don’t know, but there is a strong possibility that these retirements are due to something far more interesting than an upcoming “tough election.”
It’s well known that Deutsche Bank moves dirty Russian money around for corrupt Russian officials and gangsters. A few weeks ago we learned that Mueller’s investigators subpoenaed bank records from Deutsche. Now we are learning that Deutsche is willing to turn in Kushner’s “suspicious” transactions.
As Bannon said recently, the “Kushner shit is greasy.”
A German bank reportedly has evidence of “suspicious transactions” related to Jared Kushner’s family accounts and is willing to hand the information over to Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller.
The board chairman of the banking giant Deutsche Bank, Paul Achleitner, called for an internal investigation and found troubling results, German business magazine Manager Magazin reported in its print edition released on Friday.
Looks like people are starting to realize that Kushner is just a big fraud and a money launderer. In other words, he moves money around for criminals and takes a little off the top for his troubles. He’s going to get caught. As Steve Bannon said recently, the “Kushner shit is greasy!”
Deutsche Bank is looking at evidence that companies related to Jared Kushner may have moved “suspicious” money through the German lender, according to a report.