Thursday, June 08, 2017

A guide to the proceedings from the Brennan Center for Justice.

June 7, 2017
By Faiza Patel, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Douglas Keith and Harsha Panduranga

Americans of all political stripes (click here) are concerned about the fact that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 election – and the possibility that President Donald Trump’s close associates were involved and that the White House may be covering up these events, including by abruptly dismissing the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, James Comey, who was investigating these connections.1 These events compel a thorough investigation, and various inquiries are already underway. In a rapidly unfolding, complex situation of this sort, what is the most effective way to conduct an investigation? Such a probe, after all, is inevitably politically charged, may not elicit cooperation from many important witnesses, and will reach into the highest levels of our government....

Kindly page down at the link cited at "(click here)" above and download the "Trump-Russia Investigations: A Guide."

Thank you.

Sounds like a cry for help to me.

The gender and political balance of the morning coffee table is grossly out of balance. This is an obvious oppression of women at the table, there have been many times when it was obvious but not addressed. All persons need to be heard without prejudice or bias.

There is dearly NEVER a discussion of vital environmental facts or policy laid on same table.

If there was a coffee named Mika the name of the show should be changed to "The Morning Joe and Mika Show."

Mika Brzezinski is a very important woman and it is really a shame MSNBC and NBC doesn't recognize that. She is invited and welcomed into government offices such as Speaker Pelosi and Senator Feinstein to mention only two. She not only is a woman that opens doors of other powerful women, she seeks to bring the American public, especially women, along. She persists in her focus of the American woman no matter where she is and what she does with her life. That is incredible and the corporation absolutely does not appreciate her.

08 June 2017
By Travis Getty

...The “Morning Joe” (click here) co-host argued that Trump’s actions throughout the Russia investigation suggested he was either covering up a crime or, most charitably, suffering from a mental illness.

“He’s not well, at the very least he’s not well, and he’s so narcissistic he does not believe the rules apply to him,” Brzezinski said. “That’s where the ignorance label may apply, because this is a man who says he can grab women anywhere because he’s famous.”

Host Joe Scarborough then tried to cut her off, and then talked over Brzezinski’s explanation with the other men on the panel.

“I think there’s an innuendo to perhaps the other sex, but everyone has their ideas about what he said,” Brzezinski said. “The point is, he thinks he can say or do things different from the norm because he’s famous, is a celebrity, has power. It’s going to come down to something. We don’t know if it’s obstruction of justice, we don’t know if it’s abuse of power. We don’t know if it’s utter stupidity, but he may not be able to be in that office.”...

...“Nothing I have said is crazy,” she said, and Scarborough told her they’d discuss her comments during the commercial break. “I was watching the show while I was gone (earlier this week) — you have all said what I said.”...                    

Cornyn is unable to practice responsible behavior in the face of an OPPORTUNITY for inflammatory politics.

I am not going to allow Senator Coryn or Former Director Comey to have a mock trial of Former Attorney General Lynch and run a political game as if he and Comey are of higher moral authority. It is nonsense.

If I may?

Raising the topic of Former President Clinton and Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting on a tarmac is nothing short of a political priority in a public meeting. The reason for such a meeting has been established through press reports with interviews of Former Attorney Loretta Lynch. Certainly, the content of the visit reveals the lack of racism.

Former Loretta Lynch has made it eminently clear that she advised Former Director Comey about making inflammatory statements so close to an election. If she stated he was to use the word "matter" instead of "investigation" is more of the same directive.

The directive discussed with Former Director Comey by Former Attorney General Lynch is a long standing policy of the Department of Justice. They are not to introduce inflammatory language to effect the outcome of a national vote. 

The questions regarding the Clinton meeting and the actions of the Former Director of the FBI by US Senator Cornyn is EXACTLY the dirty politics that takes place within the Republican Parties behavior whenever the public is within ear shot. It is a clear demonstration of how the Republicans use the government for their particular brand of politics. Freedom of Speech is absolute, but, the fact such departure from THE COUNTRY'S BUSINESS occurs is a clear indication the cost of Republican politics is at the expense of every USA taxpayer. Such behavior is unethical.

It is notable that Former Director was so willing to along with such unethical behavior to exonerate himself. 

The Republican politics is thick as pea soup. It will be interesting to learn who is faithful to the USA Constitution and who isn't.

The corruption cannot stand.

In a very naive statement by Kellyann Conway it revealed the level of inexperience this administration has while still exerting enormous powers nationally and internationally. She stated, and these are not her exact words, "There are people in the government agencies that have been working a long time." In other words, her political electorate should understand that Donald Trump does not have complete control.

June 8, 2017
By Clark Mindock

A pair of Democrats (click here) in Congress are drafting up articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, saying that the president’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey constitutes an obstruction of justice.

Texas Representative Al Green, who has been one of the most outspoken proponents of impeachment proceedings against Mr Trump, was joined by California Representative Brad Sherman in announcing the long-shot bid.

“The question really is whether the president can obstruct justice with impunity,” Mr Green told a press conference. “We live in a country where no congressmen, no senator, and not even the president of the United States of America is above the law.”...

Given the gross lack of experience this administration has, they have insisted on proceeding as if that lack of experience doesn't matter. The administration has persisted in destroying relationships with allies and global agreements in the face of the best interests of the USA, BUT, it benefited the Trump Organization and Exxonmobile.

The disregard of law and policy is obvious with every action of Donald Trump's family, including, the multiple breaches in ethics that began with Conway openly endorsing Ivanka Trump's company and products. The ethical complaints about his administration would fill a warehouse.

The accounting of what occurred with former Director Comey that was discussed by Erin Burnett on "Out Front" revealed a man alone among many. Donald Trump's administration rules by consensus and not by law. Former Director Comey was a man of the law and he didn't turn his back on that. What was supposed to happen with James Comey was to join the lies and deceit of the Trump White House under the guise "this is what the people want."

This is not what the people want, it is what Donald Trump and his family wants, including a complete reversal of policy with Russia. It is out of the question. The USA is one of the countries that is suppose to be holding the line with NATO and the independent countries that were the former Soviet Union. These alliances, treaties and agreements are not just words on a page, they are real people and the future of these people. These documents are life and death and cannot be changed, in good conscience, with the ink of a pen. It is outrageous the lives Donald Trump is willing to ruin, alter or destroy with the power within the USA Presidency.

It is corruption at it's worse and it extends beyond his office and staff, but, well into his cabinet with the worse offender being Secretary Tillerson.

Government is not an efficient machine that can institute changes overnight as if a business able to dump employees on the street to unemployment. It isn't that way and it never will be that way. Government is not a business and never will be. Government is an institution of the people, not a single solitary CEO with his eye on a gold mine in Russia or China. The blatant disregard for ethics and law by this administration cannot be ignored.

The impeachment can be overridden by enough Republicans, but, it cannot be erased from the display to the people of assault against the country and constitution.

The USA presidency comes with a great deal of power and Trump is using the power to instill fear and not confidence. That is a huge difference. The personal gain involved is at least as bad as Cheney, but, marks an entirely new venue of corruption that reaches into alliances and "citizenship for sale" that is unknown in previous history.

The impeachment proceedings is the right thing to do. It will be said the Democrats are just playing politics. An FBI Director had to choose between his career and the country. That is not politics, that is intimidation and treason.