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The Appointments - Trump's Swamp

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Skullduggery @SkullduggeryPod


 #EXCLUSIVE: Before @realDonaldTrump tapped #BillBarr to be his new AG, he reached out to him for another job, his defense lawyer.

STORY HERE: http://bit.ly/BillBarrDefenseLawyer  PODCAST here: http://bit.ly/ReturnOfBillBarr  @YahooNews #skullduggerypod




Norm EisenVerified account @NormEisen


Mr. Barr, you know the rules, 18 USC 208, 5 CFR 2635 & 28 CFR 25.2: a personal or professional relationship w/ the subject of an investigation requires recusal.

Your contacts with Trump & his people about serving as his defense lawyer may well disqualify you. We need some answers


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Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff-

Mr. Ayers had told the president that he would do the job on an interim basis, through the spring. But Mr. Trump wants a permanent chief of staff as he heads into the fight of his political life.





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From pinnacle to punchline: How Trump diminished the job of his chief of staff

The surprise news that Nick Ayers declined Trump's job offer underscores how a once all-powerful West Wing post has become 'mission impossible.'


.........A job that was once a ticket to Washington royalty has recently become a laughing stock. Trump’s first two top aides, Kelly and Reince Priebus before him, have left as diminished and arguably humiliated figures, unable to control the wild chaos of this president’s White House. Priebus was marginalized and mocked before he was abandoned on an airport tarmac. Kelly was subjected to analyses of his facial expressions during awkward moments, repeatedly threatened to quit, and wasn’t even allowed to announce his own resignation despite a reported agreement with Trump that he could do so.

“You really do have to wonder why anybody would want to be Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff given that so far it’s been mission impossible,”....

— a Democratic Congress, Mueller closing in, and anybody who comes into this White House has to be thinking about lawyering up.

Worst case scenario you could become H.R. Haldeman,” Whipple added, referring to the chief-of-staff to President Richard Nixon who ended up serving 18 months behind bars.




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It appears that after Plan A (fire Kelly) and hire Nick Ayers as CofS,  Trump had no Plan B.  Now he is considering a bunch of really poor choices, some of whom may not really want the job anyway.  Or ones that will be ineffective in it.

Of course, what sane, intelligent person would want to be Trump's CofS?

Maybe Ivanka?  At least he sometimes listens to her.


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Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrFan 19m19 minutes ago


Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will be my new Acting Chief of Staffs.

Nobody knows WHY Mulvaney said YES, when EVERYONE else - Nick Ayers, Jared Kushner, Chris Christie, Scott Walker & 27 others said NO to being my Chief of Staffs.

Something is going on! What is Mulvaney up to?


Mick the Knife

Meet Mick Mulvaney, who proudly calls himself a “right-wing nutjob” and is quietly—and radically—trying to dismantle the federal bureaucracy.

..... In the past, he has questioned whether government should fund medical research or student loans, called Social Security a Ponzi scheme, proposed abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency and pushed repeatedly for government shutdowns. .......


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Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump

Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service


Adam SchiffVerified account @RepAdamSchiff 4h4 hours ago


Zinke HAS accomplished much: There’s the Connecticut casino matter

And Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument issue

And suspect land development project in Zinke's hometown of Whitefish


In fact not since Scott Pruitt has anyone done so much...to keep ethics lawyers busy.


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Never can find this thread when I am looking for it.

Mattis' replacement has no military, no government and no foreign relations experience.  He does have very close ties to a major defense contractor.  It appears Trump's goal for national defense and the military is to find ways to funnel as many tax dollars to defense contractors as possible.


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4 hours ago, jakeem said:


4 hours ago, jakeem said:

In any other administration, it would be newsworthy that the new defense secretary is a defense contractor.


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Trump struggles to replace Mattis as Pentagon chief

Former GOP Sen. Jon Kyl is at least the second person to say he's not interested in the traditionally sought-after top Pentagon post.


.......... The refusals are particularly striking given that the top Pentagon job is historically among the Cabinet’s most prestigious and powerful, and coveted by national security veterans.

But Mattis’ resignation — announced in a letter indicating that Trump had disregarded his advice on fundamental issues — has reinforced the image of a commander in chief unafraid to buck his top military advisers. ......

“Syria withdrawal a strategic mistake. Bush won the war in Iraq w/ the Surge. Obama lost the peace by premature withdrawal. The result was ISIS,” Keane wrote on Twitter on December 19.

“POTUS destroyed ISIS safe haven in Syria & will lose the peace by withdrawing.”


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Rachel Maddow MSNBCVerified account @maddow 3h3 hours ago


-- Mattis resigned 12/20

-- McGurk resigned 12/22

-- Sweeney (DOD Chief of Staff) reportedly forced out 01/05

-- Now Zinni resigned/forced out 01/08


"........ Zinni had originally agreed to work as a special adviser to the secretary of state on Middle East issues at the request of then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — both of whom have since left the administration in the wake of significant policy differences with Mr. Trump.  .....


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Mick Mulvaney is being sued over a $2.5 million debt he has publicly said he is not going to pay.  Mulvaney is Trump's acting Chief of Staff, OMB Director and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director.  He is also being considered for president of USC (not that one, the real one - the University of South Carolina, founded in 1801).


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Public CitizenVerified account @Public_Citizen 6h6 hours ago


-Ryan Zinke out at Interior, lobbyist in. Zinke gets industry gig.

-Scott Pruitt out at EPA, lobbyist in. Pruitt gets industry gig.

-Tom Price out at HHS, pharma exec in. Price gets industry gig.


A quick thread on the Trump administration’s perfect cycle of corruption:


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Will the Real Bill Barr Please Stand Up?

In confirmation hearings, the attorney general nominee projected himself as principled and deeply committed to the rule of law—but also raised cause for concern.

......There were numerous questions from senators about what might constitute obstruction of justice by a president. Barr agreed that an explicit offer to exchange a pardon for favorable testimony or the refusal to cooperate would constitute obstruction of justice. Likewise, destroying documents with the intent to interfere in an investigation would be a crime.

But on more nuanced questions, he reserved judgment.........

These two visions are fundamentally incompatible. If the president controls law enforcement, then—as President Trump and his lawyers have insisted—he is allowed to do anything legal, including inject political considerations into individual prosecutorial decisions. Under his own theory, Barr would be limited to resigning if he disagrees with the president’s directive. ...........

But his strong vision of executive power calls into question whether that commitment is as strong as he trumpeted at his hearing.

If he is confirmed, which Barr will assume the role of attorney general? And, more importantly, when the political pressure mounts, as it always does in this administration, will Barr withstand that pressure in the name of prosecutorial independence?



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Mick Mulvaney, acting Chief of Staff, OMB director, etc. has apparently put his name in play to become Commerce Secretary.  Guess he thinks the incumbent (Wilbur Ross) may not be around much longer.

Also, he probably sees continuing as CofS to Trump as losing proposition.

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Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary


"..........Bernhardt, whose past clients include oil companies and others with business before the Interior Department, will lead an agency that oversees about 500 million acres as well as the energy production on that land.

He became the agency’s deputy secretary in 2017 and has led the department on an interim basis since former Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned amid ethics scandals in January. .....
As deputy secretary, Bernhardt, a Colorado native, worked hand in hand with Zinke on his oil and gas leasing agenda and took the lead on many others, including the administration's push to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the rollback of a number of Endangered Species Act regulations.
In the past he’s called the ESA an “unnecessary regulatory burden.”........
“The ethical questions surrounding David Bernhardt and his commitment to pandering to oil, coal, and gas executives make former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke look like a tree-hugging environmentalist in comparison. And Ryan Zinke was a disaster,” ........
- "ALL THE BE$T People"  :blink:
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Trump Quietly Planted a Top Koch Official Inside the E.P.A.

How much cancer is too much cancer? Let Koch’s expert on water and chemical regulations decide.


"O f all the federal agencies that fall under Donald Trump’s purview, none embodies the administration’s unofficial mandate to do the exact opposite of its stated mission quite like the Environmental Protection Agency.

For the last two years, the E.P.A.—which, as a reminder, is supposed to be protecting human health and the environment—has done everything in its power to turn the planet into an ashtray and convince Americans that toxic chemicals are actually totally fine to drink, breathe, and otherwise ingest, all in an effort to help companies secreting those chemicals maximize their profits.

Which is to say, we probably should have seen this one coming: ......

Here’s a few other actions Trump’s E.P.A. has taken over the past two years:

You know, policies the Forgotten Man was hoping Trump would push through when they voted for him in 2016."




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