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The Appointments - Trump's Swamp

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Bill Barr has written to Mueller to limit his testimony.

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Dan Coats Spoke Truth to Trump. Now He’s Out.

The director of national intelligence won plaudits for plainly laying out the intelligence community’s assessments on issues ranging from Iran to Russia, putting him at odds with the president.

 

Dan Coats attracted President Trump’s ire on more than one occasion as director of national intelligence, describing assessments on issues from Russia to North Korea that contradicted Trump’s own. On Sunday night, his time in office came to an end: Trump said, via Twitter, that Coats was stepping down, to be replaced by Republican Representative John Ratcliffe.

 

Coats lasted two years in office—longer than many of Trump’s other national-security Cabinet officials, and more than any director of national intelligence save one, establishing along the way a reputation of being willing to offer Trump conclusions he might not want to hear. Yet this wasn’t just a workplace spat between boss and employee. It fit Trump’s widely documented pattern of disinterest in information that contradicts his instincts, and his inclination to punish people who offer it...........

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/07/dan-coats-out/594952/?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_term=2019-07-28T22%3A35%3A23&utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo

 

 

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If you wanted to hear *more* about Hillary's 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 emails in 2019 and 2020 and beyond,
boy have I got a new Director of National Intelligence for you
 
That's right: the Director of National Intelligence believes the whole Mueller investigation (which began in *2017*, 7 months after the end of the Clinton campaign and Clinton's exit from politics)
 
was a from-the-grave Clinton-campaign conspiracy to destroy Trump's presidency.
 
America is going to get *whiplash* from the far right's pivot from LOL-ing about what they claim is a left-wing "hoax"
—a Russian attack on our democracy confirmed by every possible intelligence source
 
—to peddling the most *insane* deep-state conspiracy theory you'll ever hear.
-_-

 

 

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4 hours ago, mr6666 said:

OSC Determines Kellyanne Conway Should Be Fired Following CREW Complaints

 

Office of Special Counsel (OSC) ruled today based on complaints filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in October 2018 and May 2019. OSC issued a scathing report detailing Conway’s numerous violations and took the unprecedented step of recommending that Conway be removed from federal service.

“We are glad to see the OSC confirm CREW’s findings of multiple Hatch Act violations committed by Kellyanne Conway,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder.

“Conway’s repeated violations and publicly expressed disdain for the law show a dangerous disregard for governmental ethics, the rule of law and the long-held understanding that government officials should not use their official positions to advance partisan politics.

We join OSC in calling for Kellyanne Conway to be removed from federal service and expect today’s findings to send a strong message to officials across the Trump Administration and the federal government that these violations will not be taken lightly.”.........

https://www.citizensforethics.org/press-release/kellyanne-conway-hatch-act-violation-fired/

 Kellyanne Ann is a typical trump appointee with no respect for the law.

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16 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

 Kellyanne Ann is a typical trump appointee with no respect for the law.

 

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Trump hires only the best.  Ratcatcher has now withdrawn his name from consideration to head the Intelligence Agencies after it was found he fudged his resume to get elected.

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9 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

Trump hires only the best.  Ratcatcher has now withdrawn his name from consideration to head the Intelligence Agencies after it was found he fudged his resume to get elected.

Donald Trump - still the ultimate pro in his picks, a true reflection of his "professionalism." No wonder he went bankrupt or near bankrupt countless times and had to be bailed out of trouble by Daddy, among others.

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Trump will now be able to appoint an acting Director of National Intelligence and not have to worry about the media and Senate hearings and confirmation.

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18 hours ago, TomJH said:

Donald Trump - still the ultimate pro in his picks, a true reflection of his "professionalism." No wonder he went bankrupt or near bankrupt countless times and had to be bailed out of trouble by Daddy, among others.

I loved the way he simultaneously blamed the media and fake news for destroying the reputation of his 'good man' and then when asked why he didn't vet him he replied that he leaves that to the media to do as it saves money.

What a load of cod's wallop.

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20 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

I loved the way he simultaneously blamed the media and fake news for destroying the reputation of his 'good man' and then when asked why he didn't vet him he replied that he leaves that to the media to do as it saves money.

What a load of cod's wallop.

Yeh, Trump leaves it to the media to do the vetting for him. But what about the fact that the media is "fake?" Why would he rely upon a "fake" media to do the proper vetting for him? I thought he didn't trust them.

This incompetent just B.S.'s so much he doesn't care how blatantly insulting his lies are, merely doubling down on the fallacies instead.

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1 hour ago, TomJH said:

Yeh, Trump leaves it to the media to do the vetting for him. But what about the fact that the media is "fake?" Why would he rely upon a "fake" media to do the proper vetting for him? I thought he didn't trust them.

This incompetent just B.S.'s so much he doesn't care how blatantly insulting his lies are, merely doubling down on the fallacies instead.

It just makes his followers look dumber and dumber and dumber.

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2 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

It just makes his followers look dumber and dumber and dumber.

And that stands to reason because racism doesn't make any sense.

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23 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

And that stands to reason because racism doesn't make any sense.

Racism makes a lot of sense which is why everyone is a little bit 'racist'.     OK,  the better term is biased and when one is overly biased that crosses over into racism but everyone has built in bias.

The above is the key to the concept of majority privilege (which in the USA is called white privilege since whites are the majority but in India it would be Hindu privilege).       Generally good people in the majority don't wish to accept they are biased.    When challenged their defensive response is often racism.

  

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40 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Racism makes a lot of sense which is why everyone is a little bit 'racist'.     OK,  the better term is biased and when one is overly biased that crosses over into racism but everyone has built in bias.

The above is the key to the concept of majority privilege (which in the USA is called white privilege since whites are the majority but in India it would be Hindu privilege).       Generally good people in the majority don't wish to accept they are biased.    When challenged their defensive response is often racism.

  

Obsessing over a classification as abstract as race is really pointless and stupid. The entire idea is really a "spook" as the great philosopher Stirner said. 

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1 minute ago, Gershwin fan said:

Obsessing over a classification as abstract as race is really pointless and stupid. The entire idea is really a "spook" as the great philosopher Stirner said. 

I agree and as a half-breed whose parents raised us with no concept of a racial identity,  'race' is pointless and stupid.   BUT I believe the majority of people,  especially those whose's parents both identify with the same 'race',  believe 'race' is really important. 

 

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3 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

It just makes his followers look dumber and dumber and dumber.

Everyone who is either hired by Trump or calls him/herself a follower is stained by their association with the man. Only James Mattis and Nikki Haley have quit him while retaining their integrity to a large degree. As for his followers, some of them may resent being called racists, for example, because they support him for other reasons. However, Trump is a package deal and his blatant racism is part of that package. To continue to support him despite his racial divisiveness makes them, at the very least, enablers of a racist.

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23 hours ago, TomJH said:

Everyone who is either hired by Trump or calls him/herself a follower is stained by their association with the man. Only James Mattis and Nikki Haley have quit him while retaining their integrity to a large degree. As for his followers, some of them may resent being called racists, for example, because they support him for other reasons. However, Trump is a package deal and his blatant racism is part of that package. To continue to support him despite his racial divisiveness makes them, at the very least, enablers of a racist.

I would not place Nikki Haley in same class as James Mattis.  While occasionally disagreeing with Trump, she also supported most of his policies and wishes.  She probably left the UN post for monetary reasons, rather than to separate herself from Trumpism.  She also is ambitious and needed to burnish her image before seeking another political office.

True that she did occasionally disagree with him, but she could because she was the "woman of color in the cabinet."  Although I am sure Trump had little regard for the UN Ambassador's position or the UN itself, so he could tolerate her occasional disagreement.

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1 hour ago, TheCid said:

I would not place Nikki Haley in same class as James Mattis.  While occasionally disagreeing with Trump, she also supported most of his policies and wishes.  She probably left the UN post for monetary reasons, rather than to separate herself from Trumpism.  She also is ambitious and needed to burnish her image before seeking another political office.

True that she did occasionally disagree with him, but she could because she was the "woman of color in the cabinet."  Although I am sure Trump had little regard for the UN Ambassador's position or the UN itself, so he could tolerate her occasional disagreement.

Haley has demonstrated a certain degree of independence from Trump through her mild criticism of him, at times (ie. her latest "This is so unnecessary" tweet regarding his sarcastic tweet about the home burglary of Elijah Cummings) which, I think, prevents her from looking like the complete toadie that others who sit in silence have been. It's quite a tightrope she has to walk with such a thin skinned egotist at the helm. But it takes some courage and elevates her above the sycophants who have surrounded him. The undoubtedly ambitious Haley is wisely preparing herself for the post Trump era (hopefully beginning in 2021).

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34 minutes ago, TomJH said:

Haley has demonstrated a certain degree of independence from Trump through her mild criticism of him, at times (ie. her latest "This is so unnecessary" tweet regarding his sarcastic tweet about the home burglary of Elijah Cummings) which, I think, prevents her from looking like the complete toadie that others who sit in silence have been. It's quite a tightrope she has to walk with such a thin skinned egotist at the helm. But it takes some courage and elevates her above the sycophants who have surrounded him. The undoubtedly ambitious Haley is wisely preparing herself for the post Trump era (hopefully beginning in 2021).

Being from South Carolina has given me a more extensive viewpoint of Haley.  You are probably correct in that she is preparing herself for the post-Trump era as hopefully the GOP nominee for president.  However, that would probably not preclude her from accepting the nomination for vice president in a Trump administration if Pence was bypassed, nor in becoming more supportive of him if it was to her political advantage.

As a Republican woman of color, she can afford to be somewhat independent of Trump. 

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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

Lori AKA Storm

@DemocracyStorm

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2h

This is the problem with “Acting” Directors.

He said on #MTP that he didn’t even know it was happening.

He admitted that the raid violated HHS policies

that the employers would be indicted BEFORE employees were arrested.

& They separated families despite a court order to stop.

The plethora of vacancies and acting directors or secretaries in the trump Administration is to his liking.

 Because when you don't have an experienced Department head, someone who actually has an informed opinion about how that department should be run, then trump can get away with whatever he wants without any opposition.

Also when the people you nominate, for the most part, have controversial backgrounds or are unqualified, it's easier just to let them be acting rather than looking for Congressional approval.

It's obvious with all these vacancies and acting heads, trump is a defacto One Man Band, who can't abide by other people's opinions conflicting with his. It's a waste of time to be an advisor to a president like this. You either agree with him or you're out.

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