Lion of the Blogosphere

More about Trump and Sessions

with 52 comments

In response to some comments.

1. Trump is not playing 4D chess here, he’s just being stupid. For a while I bought into Scott Adams’ 4D chess theory, but now I realize that Trump is more like Mr. Magoo, who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but because of bizarre happenstance, Trump being Trump resonates with the proles who voted him into office.

2. Jeff Sessions recused himself because he thought it was the correct thing to do being that he was part of Trump’s campaign and thus it would be a conflict of interest to investigate himself. Monday-morning quarterbacking that decision isn’t helping anything.

3. There isn’t anyone better than Session waiting in the wings. Sessions has quietly been working on the illegal immigration problem. Just because he doesn’t tweet about it or hold press conferences doesn’t mean that stuff isn’t happening behind the scenes. Do you think that Rudy Giuliani or some someone else who takes the office is going to continue that and do as good of a job at it? Sessions has been anti-immigration for a very long time. I am sure that Trump can find a yes-man willing to take the job and do whatever Trump says, but as we know, Trump isn’t setting top-down policy, he’s just letting Sessions do his thing.

4. There’s no guarantee that anyone else can stop the witch hunts.

5. Trump is the Big Boss of the government. He can fire anyone he wants, he doesn’t need Sessions or some other AG to pretend that they gave the order. And if the rules say Mueller can’t be fired, and those rules are administrative rules and not statutory rules, then Trump can just change the rules by issuing an executive order. (I admit that I haven’t looked into this closely, so I could be missing some nuances.)

6. Trump has the undisputed power to pardon anyone he wants except for himself, and possibly himself as well. The Supreme Court would likely be forced to agree that Congress can overrule the pardon power through the impeachment process, but otherwise the President is ultimately immune from prosecution by the executive branch of government that he’s in charge of.

So if Trump wants to end the investigation, my advice is to stop whining on Twitter, take out your pen, and start signing some pardon orders. The added benefit of pardoning people is that they can then be compelled to testify because they wouldn’t have a Fifth Amendment privilege with respect to issues for which they have been pardoned.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

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  1. IHTG

    July 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm

  2. Lion,

    “There isn’t anyone better than Session waiting in the wings. Sessions has quietly been working on the illegal immigration problem. Just because he doesn’t tweet about it or hold press conferences doesn’t mean that stuff isn’t happening behind the scenes.”

    The question is, how do we actually know any of this? How do we know tings are going on quietly in the background? Furthermore, if something happens to Trump, how does Sessions expect to keep his various investigations going? Does Sessions not think that he is where he is because of Trump?

    He recuses himself and the Deputy AG goes and starts an investigation of Trump. Sure Trump is mad. What proprieties does Session think he is following given the context of the war.

    Heck, if we’re going to imagine quiet things happening in the background, why not imagine that this is just Sessions and Trump quietly trolling the media?

    map

    July 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm

  3. Incredible. People say they want good judges appointed to the federal bench and SCOTUS and Trump says he’ll do that and does. People say they want immigration laws enforced and illegals deported. Trump says he’ll do that and does. People say they want Obamacare repealed and Trump says he’ll do that and he humiliates Republican Congressman until they do. People say they want the swamp drained and Trump says he’ll do that and scolds his AG until his AG acts. Some Americans are fucking spoiled brats.

    Of course, this is the true state of things in Trumpland and all is well for 2018, 2020 and beyond:

    Andrew E.

    July 25, 2017 at 6:27 pm

  4. https://pragmaticallydistributed.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/nuu-yawwk-scaramucci-mafia/

    Scaramucci is fast out of the gate taking over the helm at communications. Given how Trump’s political and communications team has struggled to build political momentum for Trump we take Scaramucci’s promising appointment as an opportunity to review how various Trump administration officials have performed to date, and where the strong and weak links are.

    To locate where the weak points are let’s look at who in the White House before the appointment of Scaramucci was doing their job and who was not – and by “doing their job” I am considering only job performance running their corner of the political machinery, not their ideology or whether they have conflicted with Trump over policy.

    Who is doing their job well
    Rex Tillerson
    James Mattis
    John Kelly
    Wilbur Ross
    H.R. McMaster
    Dina Powell
    Gary Cohn
    Steve Mnuchin
    Peter Navarro
    Whose results are mixed results
    Jeff Sessions – I’m willing to cut Sessions considerable slack given his role fighting immigration in the Senate and his early support for Trump. But his role just isn’t working so long as Sessions drags his feet when he should be rounding up leakers at the CIA and NSA as well as investigating former Obama officials for unmasking Republican candidates last year. In retrospect, Giuliani or Christie would have been better AGs for bringing the intelligence agencies to heel.
    Regardless, I would like to keep Sessions, but doubt if he can hang in.
    Who is failing at their job
    Steve Bannon – Poor, stupid, Bannon doesn’t know how to avoid making enemies unnecessarily. It was bad enough he thought he could win a power struggle against Trump’s daughter and son-in-law – an erroneous idea that by itself would have gotten any adviser to any previous American President fired swiftly. He’s compounded his isolation by angering H.R. McMaster, a dangerously slick political pro, as well as other officials. Even nationalist advisors like Stephen Miller have disassociated themselves from him to avoid getting embroiled in his many feuds.
    Bannon’s one strategy for remaining in the White House was to ally with his former enemy, Reince Priebus. But Priebus (see below) is in the most trouble of any other official.
    Bannon lacks administration influence; he remains only for the sake of his own vanity. Keeping him around is pointless now that he’s blown his opportunity.
    Reince Priebus – Saving the worst for last. Priebus is by far the most worthless member of Trump’s inner circle (only Bannon was dumb enough to form a partnership with Priebus).
    Two of Priebus’ closest allies from his RNC stint, Katie Walsh and Sean Spicer, are already history. Walsh was apparently removed because of her leaks to the press. Spicer was incompetent. The last straw may have been the attempt by Priebus (and Bannon) to block Scaramucci from joining communications. That both Priebus and Bannon failed illustrates how powerless Priebus and Bannon are.
    The first thing that stand’s out from this list is that A-type personalities are whom Trump gets the best results out of; usually generals, and business executives. The only exception has been the protectionist academic, Peter Navarro.

    The weakest links in the chain are Trump’s political and communications officials. Especially career politicians and RNC functionaries.

    In terms of political operatives, his best working relationships have been hard nosed street fighters. This includes past operatives long since separated from Trump who were the right operatives at the right stage of Trump’s campaign: Lewandowski was appropriate during the first social media driven phase of the primary. As one of the only Republican operatives alive today with experience at a contested Republican convention (the 1976 floor fight between Ford and Reagan) Manafort was the appropriate choice to nail down delegates ahead of the Republican convention.

    Scaramucci is a good addition because his arrogant hedge fund persona resembles the iron-fisted political operatives who have won Trump’s past favor.

    In the future dominant personalities like Scaramucci are the type of adviser Trump should seek out.

    Run of the mill RNC Republicans should be avoided and whomever are currently with the administration should be cleared out.

    In light of these facts, Pragmatically Distributed’s wish list of personnel changes for team Trump is as follows:
    Dina Powell for Chief of Staff.
    Stephen Miller to replace Bannon.
    Elevate Julia Hahn to replace Miller.
    Hire Newt Gingrich as a part-time political consultant.
    Hire Tom Delay as a full time political adviser focused on Congress.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 25, 2017 at 6:32 pm

  5. The only thing “4D” about bashing Jeff Sessions on Twitter is that Trump might be testing the reaction Republicans and his base would have for firing Sessions.

    I’m betting that some Trump staffers go over blogs and Twitter accounts like this one. That’s one reason why I’m being so vocal about why I think firing Sessions would be an utter disaster.

    Sid

    July 25, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    • Hmm, in that case. Trump people, if you’re listening: Ask for Sessions’ resignation and recess appoint Kris Kobach into the AG slot.

      Andrew E.

      July 25, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      • Just fire Rosenstein and put Kobach or Giuliani into the deputy AG slot.

        map

        July 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

    • I like Sessions, but I don’t understand the hesitation at going after the corruption in Washington. You could throw a dart and hit someone with anti-American dirty laundry. Go after Clinton, go after Obama. I think it would be bad for Trump to fire Sessions, but Sessions can and should delegate responsibility to bulldogs.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      July 25, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      • That would look terrible. And there’s nothing obvious there. The idea of Clinton or Obama being super corrupt is just some right wing echo chamber nonsense.

        Magnavox

        July 25, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    • Andrew E – Trump isn’t mad at Sessions because of immigration: he’s mad at him for recusing himself. Therefore, his priority would be to find a yes-man in an AG, instead of an immigration restrictionist.

      If Kobach doesn’t fire Mueller as AG, then Trump will figure it will have been for night. And if Trump fires Sessions for making a legal decision, then the best and the brightest legal minds in the country aren’t going to bother being considered for AG.

      Panther – There’s a political norm to not use the law to go after your political foes, even if they have broken the law. Using the law as a political weapon politicizes the law, which is altogether corrosive for society.

      Hence, I imagine Sessions figures Obama is out of office and Hillary has been defeated, so prosecuting them would be counterproductive.

      Magnavox – Obama wasn’t squeaky clean, but he wasn’t especially corrupt compared to other US politicians. The Clintons are an order of magnitude worse than the usual sleazy politician (they’ve faced scandal their whole lives – does that follow them arbitrarily? No, I don’t think so), but have been able to wiggle themselves out of most of the punishment. They both have Yale Law degrees and they both know how to make the most out of it.

      Sid

      July 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

      • The law is already politicized.

        map

        July 26, 2017 at 11:03 am

      • Jeff Sessions probably sees that as a problem he’d like to fix, rather than an excuse to go after the Democrats.

        Sid

        July 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      • I agree, Sessions wants a more civil justice department. I just think this is foolish.
        Regardless of what Sessions does, the Left will absolutely go mad-dog partisan the next time they have someone in that office. There is no point in trying to play by the rules when the other guy is already kicking and screaming that you aren’t playing by the rules. The entire point of the Leftist outrage machine is to fuel support for pushing more Leftist agenda once they swing back in charge. Letting the pendulum only swing one way is branding yourself a gentleman loser.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        July 27, 2017 at 12:28 am

  6. 1. Trump is not playing 4D chess here, he’s just being stupid. For a while I bought into Scott Adams’ 4D chess theory, but now I realize that Trump is more like Mr. Magoo, who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but because of bizarre happenstance, Trump being Trump resonates with the proles who voted him into office.

    The beauty of the 4D chess theory is that Adams will look like a genius when Trump, again, gets away Scott free with all of this anarchy and wins 2020 in a landslide.

    5. Trump is the Big Boss of the government. He can fire anyone he wants, he doesn’t need Sessions or some other AG to pretend that they gave the order. And if the rules say Mueller can’t be fired, and those rules are administrative rules and not statutory rules, then Trump can just change the rules by issuing an executive order.

    It’s true. The President can change the DoJ guidelines governing Special Counsels.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 25, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    • The beauty of the 4D chess theory is that Adams will look like a genius when Trump, again, gets away Scott free with all of this anarchy and wins 2020 in a landslide.

      That’s also consistent with Lion’s Mr. Magoo theory.

      Magnavox

      July 25, 2017 at 10:57 pm

  7. I agree with a lot of what you are saying, but I think you are missing some points.

    Trump firing Comey to try end the Russia investigation just made Trump look guilty. It made it look like there was something illegal Trump was trying to hide.

    Trump attacking Sessions for recusing himself in the Russia probe just makes Trump look more guilty. Actually firing Sessions would make Trump look even more guilty.

    Somehow forcing the firing of Mueller would close to admitting guilt.

    Now issuing pardons before anyone has been charged with anything, would seem to me to be an admission of guilt. You have to pardon a person for some specified crime. Trump would have to specify the crimes people in his campaign had committed to issue a pardon. Presumably that pardon could be used as evidence in an impeachment proceeding. Especially, if Trump went so far as to try to pardon himself.

    It seems totally crazy to think that the Trump campaign colluded or co-ordinate with the Russians, but Trump has sure been acting guilty. Why is he so obsessed with the Russia thing if it is a nothing burger? Just let Mueller run his investigation and find nothing.

    mikeca

    July 25, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    • Runaway investigators will always find something eventually.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      • I read David Cay Johnston’s “The Making of Donald Trump” can came away persuaded that Trump has plenty of skeletons in his closet. Not in the sense of having people offed, but more than a few instances of funny accounting, skirting the law, bribing officials. Altogether, it’s far from as bad as the Clinton Foundation, but it’s not something he’d like investigators to rummage through.

        I don’t think that Trump had ties with Putin or colluded with the Kremlin, but he was clearly cozy with the Agalarovs (Russian-Azeri billionaires in Moscow, and the son Emin was formerly married to the President of Azerbaijan’s daughter), the Mammadovs (the former Transportation Minister in Azerbaijan), and sold property to the Russian billionaire Rybolovev. Again, these certainly don’t amount to collusion, but I read up on Trump Hotel Baku and I think a smart, determined prosecutor could charge him with the Corrupt Foreign Practices Act.

        Before people accuse me of deserting Trump: I support him and his policies, but I don’t have any illusions about Trump the man. Having Sessions as AG is a key reason why I pull for him in my very limited capacity as a commenter.

        Sid

        July 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      • Rich foreigners are buying up luxury properties in the U.S. If you’re in the business of selling luxury properties, then 10% of your customers are going to be rich foreigners. That’s NOT suspicious.

      • We don’t live in Stalinist Russia, it’s not supposed to be “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.” The President has the right to shut down a politically motivated witch hunt, none of his supporters will think that makes him guilty of anything and all his enemies already think he’s guilty of everything, so why put up with Mueller’s hit squad? Fire Mueller, shut it down. The dems can’t impeach without many Repubs defecting and joining them and since Trump voters make up the majority in Republican primaries that would be political suicide for Congressional Republicans. Trump will win and the Dems will appear pathetic and powerless.

        Jimbonobo

        July 25, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      • Let’s all pretend that there weren’t these long, open ended investigations of Clinton and Obama. Whitewater was literally about sleazy real estate deals.

        Magnavox

        July 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      • “Rich foreigners are buying up luxury properties in the U.S. If you’re in the business of selling luxury properties, then 10% of your customers are going to be rich foreigners. That’s NOT suspicious.”

        Trump attracted lots of questionable customers for his luxury condos because he didn’t ask questions. He allowed cash purchases without having any idea what was the source of the cash or background of the purchaser. He allowed offshore LLCs to purchase luxury units without even knowing who controlled the LLC. In some cases these were money laundering transactions. Dirty money from Eastern European organized crime groups was used to purchase the properties. A few years later they could be sold at a nice profit and all that money would then come from a “clean” source. Apparently many of luxury units in Trump buildings owned by LLCs just sit vacant, because they are just “investment properties” primarily for money laundering.

        Trump’s lax business practices made his properties the go to investment for corrupt Eastern Europeans with large sums of money to launder. That does not mean Trump knew that these people were engaging in money laundering, but he must have suspected it.

        mikeca

        July 25, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      • “Rich foreigners are buying up luxury properties in the U.S. If you’re in the business of selling luxury properties, then 10% of your customers are going to be rich foreigners. That’s NOT suspicious.”

        Yes, but if you sell to enough people whose last names’ end in -ov, then the Dems are going to be able to craft a narrative that will make their voters suspect SOMETHING was amiss.

        Trump University was a scam. Trump has been engaged in funny accounting, not paying people the amount promised, ignoring work safety
        requirements, and wiggling his way around casino permit requirements for decades. None of it sinks to the level of the Clinton Foundation, but it’s not the kind of stuff Trump wants to be investigated and publicly aired.

        Sid

        July 26, 2017 at 12:08 am

      • Whitewater was an actual crime.

        map

        July 26, 2017 at 11:06 am

      • Trump is not a bank. He is not required to “know his customer” the way Jamie Dimon is.

        map

        July 26, 2017 at 11:10 am

      • Under the FCPA, simply not knowing how a corrupt foreign racket was operating doesn’t protect you if your business profited from it.

        Sid

        July 26, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      • The FCPA isn’t a six-degrees-of-separation law criminalizing anyone who does any normal, legitimate business with foreigners involved in unrelated corruption.

        Selling or renting property at market rates to foreigners, even influential, corrupt foreigners, is not a crime. Providing property to foreign persons of influence for free or for below-market rates is illegal under FCPA, unless you can show that it wasn’t a as a quid-pro-quo for anything illegal under US or applicable foreign law.

        Businesses are also supposed to keep detailed accounts of all their foreign business relationships, explain any unusual gifts or special treatment given or received, and immediately report any illegal or improperly-accounted-for gifts or special treatment.

        If Mueller chooses the FCPA as his angle, the charge would almost certainly be either inadequate record-keeping or failure to report.

        Just about every business in existence, from the Trump Organization to nonprofits run by saintly mothers to cure their cancer-stricken dyslexic babies, could be prosecuted under those charges.

        However, while this would allow the (Deep State) Feds to levy penalties on the Trump Organization, they would need evidence Trump himself participated in the FCPA violation to file charges against him personally.

        snorlaxwp

        July 26, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    • It seems totally crazy to think that the Trump campaign colluded or co-ordinate with the Russians, but Trump has sure been acting guilty.

      None of this is proof a crime was committed.

      Somehow forcing the firing of Mueller would close to admitting guilt.

      When Trump fires Mueller be sure to be respond by wasting another $30 million on John Ossoff next year.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    • It seems totally crazy to think that the Trump campaign colluded or co-ordinate with the Russians, but Trump has sure been acting guilty.

      None of this is proof a crime was committed.

      Somehow forcing the firing of Mueller would close to admitting guilt.

      When Trump fires Mueller be sure to respond by wasting another $30 million next year on John Ossoff.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 25, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    • I’ve just about had it with Trump. I voted for him for three reasons, and a trust me, a fondness for the man himself was not one of them. It literally turned my stomach to cast a ballot that day. The United States’ disastrous immigration problems need to be addressed, and Jeff Sessions is probably our last hope for getting that done.

      Stealth

      July 25, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      • Sessions is not an immigration hope. Sessions accomplished nothing towards that end as a Senator. He had no following pre-2015 and no prospects for effecting any kind of immigration reform. It was only Trump who gave victory to the immigration patriot movement. All hope on immigration lives or dies with Trump, not Sessions.

        Andrew E.

        July 25, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    • The law in the United States is such that it is virtually impossible for anyone to go through life without committing a felony. I have committed felonies. You have committed felonies. Lion has committed felonies. You probably don’t even know what they are because of the complexity of the Federal Code, but you have committed them all the same. Trump was a real estate developer in New York City. He’s likely committed hundreds if not thousands of felonies in his career. Trump understands what the Democrats are doing here, and he wants it shut down.

      In America we investigate crimes people have committed. We don’t investigate people and then scour their
      entire lives looking for a crime (which is exactly Mueller is going to end up doing). This is a witch hunt. Session’s naivety allowed it to happen. He should be huddling with his former staffer Miller and working out a way to rectify the problem and get himself back in Trump’s good graces. Theater is an essential component of Trumpism. Trump is sending a message, but nothing would please him more than Sessions redeeming himself and the two of them going back to being bosom buddies. The base would love it.

      PerezHBD

      July 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm

  8. From Wikipedia:

    President Donald Trump nominated Rosenstein to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice on January 13, 2017.[22] He was one of the 46 United States Attorneys ordered on March 10, 2017 to resign by Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Trump declined his resignation.[23] Rosenstein was confirmed by the Senate on April 25, 2017 by a vote of 94-6.[24][25]

    So when Sessions recused himself, the matter got left in the hands of the Deputy AG that Sessions wanted out, but Trump decided to appoint anyways. Trump has no right to blame Sessions for this.

    Alex

    July 25, 2017 at 7:12 pm

  9. I agree on all points. Pardon everyone in exchange for their testimony and then put Rosenstein and Mueller on a deadline to get the investigation wrapped up. If they continue to drag it out with a fishing expedition after that then Sessions can fire both and be right to do so. If he tried to fire them now he and Trump would be hit with obstruction and impeached. But no one could accuse him of obstruction if he pardoned everyone to compel their testimony.

    destructure

    July 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm

  10. Attacking Sessions isn’t 4D chess, it’s anger. And of all Trump’s tantrums, this could be the most costly. If he fires Sessions or gets him to resign, the Trump populist nationalist revolution is effectively over. Sessions is almost the only one in the administration (and definitely the only one in the cabinet) who sympathizes with it and wants to achieve the same goals Trump does. If Sessions goes, our Flight 93 will have crashed.

    Mike Street Station

    July 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    • I agree. But the fact that he’s the only anti immigration cabinet level appointment is why Sessions is unlikely to survive.

      Magnavox

      July 25, 2017 at 10:56 pm

  11. In the WSJ: Trump Won’t Say if He Will Fire Sessions

    http://archive.fo/4YJxh

    Mr. Sessions was the first U.S. senator to back Mr. Trump, a decision that was seen as a major blow to rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas). The endorsement came ahead of a handful of primary contests in Southern states with large numbers of evangelical voters—including Alabama, Mr. Sessions’s home—that Mr. Cruz’s campaign had banked on winning.

    Mr. Sessions’s endorsement came at a rally in Alabama, one of the biggest of the campaign.

    “When they say he endorsed me, I went to Alabama,” Mr. Trump said on Tuesday, recalling the endorsement. “I had 40,000 people. He was a senator from Alabama. I won the state by a lot, massive numbers. A lot of the states I won by massive numbers. But he was a senator, he looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, ’What do I have to lose?’ And he endorsed me. So it’s not like a great loyal thing about the endorsement. But I’m very disappointed in Jeff Sessions.”

    HT:

    MEH 0910

    July 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm

  12. He may not be playing 4D chess, but he does see several moves ahead while most people are focused on the here and now. Trump knows that there needs to be a fall guy for the Russia stuff, and not just any fall guy, but a big fish for a fall guy, so he’s testing the waters to see which big tuna should get the heave-ho.

    Tom

    July 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm

  13. The tradeoff is that the kind of AG that would go after Trump’s enemies bareknuckled (a Giuliani or a Christie) would be softer on immigration. Also, there’s no guarantee those guys would get confirmed.

    Trump is used to more personal loyalty, but Sessions is a rule of law guy.

    Dave Pinsen

    July 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    • Giuliani is on record as saying that he would have recused himself too.

      Magnavox

      July 25, 2017 at 10:54 pm

  14. “he was part of Trump’s campaign and thus it would be a conflict of interest to investigate himself.” Would there have been an investigation into Trump’s campaign if Sessions hadn’t recused himself? Did Sessions say Trump’s campaign should be investigated?

    Steve@steve.com

    July 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm

  15. It’s not firing it not firing Sessions, which is Trump’s business as far as I’m concerned, but the way it’s being done that brings dishonor to the country.

    Yakov

    July 25, 2017 at 8:52 pm

  16. I agree. It’s very hard to think of anyone senior in USG who is as committed to immigration restriction as Sessions. And there is simply no way to make progress on the issue without an AG willing and able to enforce US immigration law.

    The Russia investigation is theater. It’s obviously a very dear issue to Trump, since DoJ played him hard, but it’s irrelevant to Trumpism (nobody who supports Trump cares, the media is self-destructing via fake news, Trump can end it any time he chooses through pardons).

    Immigration is core to Trumpism. I pray that the spiff with Sessions is kayfabe, but I fear that it is not.

    SkepticalCynical

    July 26, 2017 at 1:41 am

  17. In banking and finance there are know-your-customer requirements. I guess I’m not surprised that a sleazy business like real estate doesn’t have those.

    Anthony

    July 26, 2017 at 7:30 am

  18. It’s 4D. It’s Trump publicly not publicly criticizing a player on his team, like how a coach might berate a player during practice loudly and in front of the whole team but not so much during a game in front of the stadium. There’s no undermining of Sessions, because it wasn’t “public” enough. It’s a challenge to Sessions to get better or get off the team –or get taken off the team.

    As for the democrats and enemies wringing their hands about how bad this is and how Trump shouldn’t lead like this: look at the score. Trump is president. Trump and the deplorable are winning. We’ll see how it goes in 2018.

    CMC

    July 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    • We’ve won some small victories while the legislative agenda has been eaten up by health care, probably fruitlessly because a few female senators (Murkowski, Collins, Capito) have basically orthodox Democratic views on the subject but were lying to voters all these years.

      If nothing happens soon we should wrap it up and move on to infrastructure and immigration, not tax reform. Trump wasn’t elected because voters were eager to see what he’d do with taxes, so the GOPe should wait a little on their pet projects, especially since the health care boondoggle was a kowtow to them in the first place.

      Richard

      July 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

  19. Wouldn’t you think there is something really bad that Trump doesn’t want other people to know about him if he’s willing to risk his political career firing Sessions? He seems to be way too concerned about the Russia investigation and the things that it might dig up. Just a thought.

    M.

    M Jakowski

    July 26, 2017 at 11:19 am

  20. For the clowns who are saying that the fact that Trump is concerned about the witch hunt means he must be guilty, let me explain it this way: If you knew there was a biased prosecutor with unlimited resources leading a witch hunt against you, your friends and your family, would you be comfortable with that? Even if you knew it was bogus and you were innocent, wouldn’t you put a stop to the witch hunt if you could? That’s all Trump wants to do. He’s 100% correct legally and morally to do so, it is an abuse of the justice system to go after people when there is zero evidence that any actual crimes were committed. This whole witch hunt is based on fraud and misinformation, but they can undermine the President with endless leaks and innuendoes and possibly create “process” crimes through perjury traps and so on. Or they could pressure another party to offer phony testimony to implicate the President. It would be foolish for Trump or any President to let this fiasco go on any longer.

    Jimbonobo

    July 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

  21. […] is the theory of the Lion of the Blogosphere.  According to the Lion, Trump is just bouncing around from situation to situation, but through […]

  22. 1. Trump is not playing 4D chess here, he’s just being stupid. For a while I bought into Scott Adams’ 4D chess theory, but now I realize that Trump is more like Mr. Magoo, who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but because of bizarre happenstance, Trump being Trump resonates with the proles who voted him into office.

    I think Trump is a serial opportunist. I think Trump did know what he was doing, doing the sales job to get elected, when we voters immediately had the power to decide the outcome. As soon as Trump got elected, the voters power receded to the background and Trump refocused on the immediate power brokers in Washington. The voters, and their advocates, like Ann Coulter, etc., have to keep working to push that voter power back into the foreground of Trump’s awareness.

    MEH 0910

    July 28, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    • Now having said that, I think some of his serial opportunism is dopey and focused on petty power concerns, like stupid office politics or gossipy news items, when he should be focused on the voters major power concerns like securing the border.

      MEH 0910

      July 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm


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