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The Appointments - Trump's Swamp


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"Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee to lead the FBI, stressed his independence Wednesday, saying that his loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law and vowing he would "never allow the FBI's work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period."

Wray faced questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing,....

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/12/536549751/trumps-fbi-pick-says-his-loyalty-is-to-the-constitution-and-rule-of-law?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170712

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"Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee to lead the FBI, stressed his independence Wednesday, saying that his loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law and vowing he would "never allow the FBI's work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period."

Wray faced questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing,....

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/12/536549751/trumps-fbi-pick-says-his-loyalty-is-to-the-constitution-and-rule-of-law?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170712

What else would he say?  Saying it, believing it and practicing it are very different.

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- Trump has appointed an “event planner” and family loyalist with no government experience to a crucial HUD post. The New York Daily News’ Greg B. Smith reports: Lynne Patton "has arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding … Patton — who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree the school says she never earned — was appointed to head up the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region II, which includes New York and New Jersey, where she’ll oversee distribution of billions of taxpayer dollars.”

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/06/16/daily-202-prospect-of-trump-firing-mueller-keeps-becoming-more-untenable/5942f946e9b69b2fb981dd36/?utm_term=.27dc8edc6ee3&wpisrc=nl_most-draw5&wpmm=1

 

Talk about a swamp!!

 

 

Par for the course along with his other appointments.........

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Donald Trump's new FBI director pick has Russian ties of his own-

 

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The most troubling issue that Wray may face is the fact that his law firm — King & Spalding — represents Rosneft and Gazprom, two of Russia’s largest state-controlled oil companies.

Rosneft was prominently mentioned in the now infamous 35-page dossier prepared by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

The dossier claims that the CEO of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, offered candidate Donald Trump, through Trump’s campaign advisor Carter Page, a 19% stake in the company in exchange for lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia. The dossier claims that the offer was made in July while Page was in Moscow....

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/08/trump-new-fbi-director-chris-wray-russian-ties-rosneft-gazprom-column/102603214/

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Jeff Sessions complies with court order on Russia disclosure by releasing completely redacted paper-  

Trump's attorney general was ordered to release information about contacts with Russians.

That's not what happened

 

"On June 12, a judge ordered Sessions to release sections of the Standard Form 86 regarding all communications Sessions has had “with any official of the Russian government,” according to a report by NPR. This was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the ethics watchdog group American Oversight.

 

In response, the Department of Justice only released one page of Standard Form 86, which checks “No” to the question of whether Sessions has had any contact with a foreign government in the last seven years. Much of the rest of the form seems to have been redacted.

 

“Jeff Sessions is our nation’s top law enforcement officer, and it is shocking one of his first acts after being named Attorney General was to mislead his own agency about a matter of national security,” executive director Austin Evers said in a statement......

 

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/13/jeff-sessions-complies-with-court-order-on-russia-disclosure-by-releasing-completely-redacted-paper/

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Jeff Sessions complies with court order on Russia disclosure by releasing completely redacted paper-  

Trump's attorney general was ordered to release information about contacts with Russians.

That's not what happened

 

"On June 12, a judge ordered Sessions to release sections of the Standard Form 86 regarding all communications Sessions has had “with any official of the Russian government,” according to a report by NPR. This was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the ethics watchdog group American Oversight.

 

In response, the Department of Justice only released one page of Standard Form 86, which checks “No” to the question of whether Sessions has had any contact with a foreign government in the last seven years. Much of the rest of the form seems to have been redacted.

 

“Jeff Sessions is our nation’s top law enforcement officer, and it is shocking one of his first acts after being named Attorney General was to mislead his own agency about a matter of national security,” executive director Austin Evers said in a statement......

 

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/13/jeff-sessions-complies-with-court-order-on-russia-disclosure-by-releasing-completely-redacted-paper/

 

Are we surprised??

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Taser Lobbyist Quietly Appointed to Top Immigration Enforcement Job-

 

"Thomas Blank, a former lobbyist and Republican official, was recently appointed to serve as the chief of staff to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with investigating and enforcing immigration-related matters for the Department of Homeland Security........

 

 

"...12-year lobbying career, noting that he “provided private sector consulting services in business development primarily for the security technology industry.”

Records show Blank attempted to influence lawmakers and homeland security officials on behalf of a number of government contractors. His clients included firms such as the company formerly known as Taser International, the manufacturer of electronic shock weapons used by law enforcement as an alternative to firearms. Another former Blank client, Assuretec Inc., specializes in facial recognition and identity authentication...

 

.......Blank signed a contract, through a partnership with Gephardt Government Affairs, to lobby on behalf of the government of Turkey to assist with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s outreach efforts in Washington.

The appointment is the latest in a long procession of revolving door hires.

President Donald Trump has filled his government with former corporate lobbyists overseeing key decisions on matters from agriculture to health to financial regulation to military acquisition and beyond......

 

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/13/taser-lobbyist-quietly-appointed-to-top-immigration-enforcement-job/

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Trump to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as U.S. ambassador to Russia-

 

"Huntsman has twice served as an ambassador. He was the nation’s top diplomat to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush. He then served in that role in China under President Barack Obama before returning to the U.S. to run for president.

 

 

The White House made the announcement shortly after it confirmed that Trump had a previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dinner at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-nominate-former-utah-gov-jon-huntsman-u-s-ambassador-russia/

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Trump to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as U.S. ambassador to Russia-

 

"Huntsman has twice served as an ambassador. He was the nation’s top diplomat to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush. He then served in that role in China under President Barack Obama before returning to the U.S. to run for president.

 

 

The White House made the announcement shortly after it confirmed that Trump had a previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dinner at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-nominate-former-utah-gov-jon-huntsman-u-s-ambassador-russia/

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He actually picked someone qualified for the assignment!  I'm shocked!

 

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He actually picked someone qualified for the assignment!  I'm shocked!

 

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He was also the governor of Utah and briefly ran for president in 2012  Republican primary.  If he had lasted I would have voted for him in the primary and maybe the election.

His daughter is Abby Huntsman, currently on Fox on week-ends.

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From the Washington Post ...

 

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Callista Gingrich’s nomination to the Vatican stinks to high heaven
 
But if it is good news for the Gingriches, it is an(other) insult to Francis from Trump, who has sparred with the pope over immigration and climate change. Newt carried on a six-year extramarital affair with Callista in the 1990s when she, 23 years his junior, was a House staffer and he, as speaker, led the impeachment of Bill Clinton over his extramarital affair with an intern. National Catholic Reporter’s Michael Sean Winters called it “astonishing that a party that celebrates family values at every turn has a president who is on his third wife and who has bragged about his extramarital affairs and who is appointing an ambassador to the Vatican who had a six-year affair with her future husband while he was still married to his second wife.”
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In closed-door speech, Jeff Sessions tells right-wing group religion is under attack. http://abcn.ws/2sVSQQK

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My takeaway from the NYT interview, in which he mows down Sessions--Sessions!--is that Putin remains the only ally Trump has never betrayed.

 

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What kind of tone from the top do you set when you criticize AG for doing the right thing&recusing from a matter in which he had a conflict?

 

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If Sessions were to resign, I almost shudder to think what horror would replace him. Things always get worse with this crowd, not better.

 

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Norman Ornstein Retweeted Joy Reid

Just remember. Sessions brings back drug war, mandatory minimums, private prisons, voter suppression, civil forfeiture. Hard to find worse

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"On a party-line vote, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm President Trump's most controversial judicial nominee.

He is John Bush, a Kentucky lawyer and political blogger whose posts disparaged gay rights and compared the Supreme Court's abortion decision in Roe v. Wade to its pro-slavery 1857 Dred Scott decision.

 

And he is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

 

Blogging under a fake name, Bush posted more than 400 items, often citing alt-right media reports containing conspiracy theories and false information, such as the claim that former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.........

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/20/538363825/conservative-political-blogger-confirmed-for-seat-on-federal-appeals-court?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170720

 

:rolleyes:

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Senator Dick DurbinVerified account @SenatorDurbin 9h9 hours ago

 
 

John Bush's statements, temperament & judgment should disqualify him for a lifetime appt on the U.S Court of Appeals

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News: Marc Kasowitz out as @POTUS attorney - legal team now Cobb, Sekulow & Dowd. Sounds like a law firm but is not. Corrallo has resigned.

 

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Jon Heyman Retweeted Major Garrett

sources: new trump lawyer ty cobb will go at bob mueller with spikes high

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Sean Spicer RESIGNS as Press Secretary.

 

Source--politico.com.

Trump has appointed Anthony Scaramucci as new White House Communications Director.  Sean Spicer has resigned.  Scaramucci is a financier and has conflicts with Spicer and Priebus in the past.

Will Priebus be the next to go?

Has Trump set a new record for number of resignations in this short period of time?  Meanwhile his and the Senate GOPers' incompetence leaves more vacancies than any other president in history.  Many in senior and key positions.

 

www.washingtonpost.com/politics/widening-russia-probe-prompts-shake-ups-in-trumps-legal-communications-staff/2017/07/21/dea3e18a-6e0a-11e7-8961-ec5f3e1e2a5c_story.html?utm_term=.df0a95a671b5&wpisrc=nl_p1most-partner-1&wpmm=1

 

Appears there also may be some questions re: Scaramucci's [skyBridge Capital] apparent contacts with Russian Direct Investment Fund (maybe a Russian Sovereign Investment Fund?) that was sanctioned by US in 2015.

Something else for Mueller to investigate?

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Trump’s New Communications Director Has Admitted Trump Lies On Purpose-

 

 

"Trump's new communication director has admitted in an interview that Trump lies. He lies to sound good, Scaramucci said.....

 

 

Now Trump has put the founder of SkyBridge Capital, which specializes in funds of hedge funds products, in charge of communications for his White House; a man who does not care when the President is lying, if things “sound good.”

 

I give you the perfect hire for a President who lies 4.6 times a day: Fox News Business pundit, hedge fund owner, lie-as-long-as-it-sounds-good-and-allows-the-big-boys-to-keep-making-money-off-of-the-Trump-rubes: Anthony Scaramucci.

 

It is a mistake for Trump to think that a better liar, a less careful person, is the help he needs for a clean slate....

 

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/07/21/time-trumps-communications-director-admitted-donald-lies-sound-good.html

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"Anthony Scaramucci deleted tweets in which he previously criticized Donald Trump hours after accepting his new job as White House communications director on Friday.

 

Scaramucci also previously expressed support for his boss's old rivals, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama—even donating money to their campaigns.........

 

“I'm just shocked he hadn't deleted them earlier,” Billinson told The Daily Beast. “That he could've been in the running for communications director and not even thought to check what he had publicly said about Trump in the past is wild to me.”...

 

“I hope she runs [in 2016], she is incredibly competent,” he tweeted in April 2012, adding she was "the real deal." “I like Hillary," he also tweeted.

 

Scaramucci also tweeted a quote from a David Cameron interview where he bashed Trump for “making a fundamental mistake of trying to blame all of Islam and all Muslims for what is the ideology and the actions of a minority.”......

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/new-trump-hire-anthony-scaramucci-deletes-old-tweets-bashing-trump

 

:lol:

 

Ben CollinsVerified account @oneunderscore__ 3h3 hours ago

 
 

New from me: Scaramucci deleted old tweets bashing Trump today, then blocked the journalist who found out. http://www.thedailybeast.com/new-trump-hire-anthony-scaramucci-deletes-old-tweets-bashing-trump 

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Spicer quits amid White House feud-

 

The beleaguered press secretary resigns after Trump settles on Scaramucci for communications director, splitting aides.

 

"This was a murdering of Reince and Bannon. They said Anthony would get this job over their dead bodies," said one top White House official.......

 

...added that Scaramucci had the backing of Trump son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell....

 

,,,"The open question is Reince," the person said.

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/21/sean-spicer-resigns-white-house-press-secretary-240802

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