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Rudy Giuliani says Sessions was right to recuse himself

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Reported by CNN:

Sessions “made the right decision under the rules of the Justice Department” in recusing himself from the investigation, Giuliani told CNN on Monday after landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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Andrew E. write in a comment:

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.

There’s not much Sessions could do when he was the only one out of 100 Senators who was against immigration.

I agree that the Trump campaign changed the zeitgeist, and that only Trump could have done it. See my only Trump post.

But my observation is that Trump isn’t paying attention to most of the stuff he said when he was campaigning. Why is his administration wasting what little political capital it has on repealing Obamcare, which Republicans obviously don’t want to repeal anymore, instead of using it to fund the wall or require mandatory E-Verify?

Sure, Trump can replace Sessions with a yes-man, but if Trump isn’t pushing immigration from the top down, which he’s not, then the yes-man isn’t going to do it.

So yes, Sessions is the immigration hope. As AG, he’s changing policies so that immigration laws are actually being enforced.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 25, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Posted in Politics

More about Trump and Sessions

with 31 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.

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July 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Posted in Politics

Trump attacks Sessions again

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This is terrible that Trump is doing this publicly. Sessions was loyal to Trump, the first Senator to support him. Whomever replaces Sessions is going to be weaker on illegal immigration.

And Trump is the Executive of the entire government. I don’t understand why he isn’t taking charge privately instead of whining about not being in charge on Twitter.

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July 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

Who’s in charge at the Trump White House?

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Trump has no clue about policy. He doesn’t understand healthcare, he doesn’t understand taxes, he’s not interesting in learning about that kind of boring stuff. Consequently, he’s not setting any top-down policy direction, leaving each cabinet member or other person of power to set their own personal policy agenda, and the agendas often conflict or have nothing to do with Trumpism.

We had hoped that Steve Bannon would be the guy setting the policy, but that has not happened. I think it’s a combination of Trump not wanting him to have too much power, and Bannon is really bad in a managerial role. He was able to run Breitbart effectively because he had the power to only hire people who believed in the stuff he did. He has no ability to herd people with conflicting agendas. We should have known he’d be a bad leader type based on his frumpy appearance.

Lacking anyone with the power to set a Trumpist agenda (although Stephen Miller still has some influence), we have a mix of TruCon types (pushing to repeal Obamacare and replace it with nothing, plus Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education) and big-business globalists (Jared Kushner, Ivanka, Steven Mnuchin, and now Anthony Scaramucci) plus a mix of other people who don’t believe in Trumpism.

That said, Trump needs Jared and Ivanka. Jared and Ivanka have been key to making Trump more effective and they are on his side because they are family. Wherever the leaks are coming from, I am certain they are not coming from Jared and Ivanka. Plus I strongly believe that Scaramucci is the right person for Director of Communications. Like Jared and Ivanka, he looks like the kind of person who can make Trump more effective in a non-ideological way.

Trump may be going along with the TruCon stuff because he still feels the sting of rejection by the Republican establishment and he’s trying to show them that he’s a “real” Republican. And Trump is easily led into going along with a big-business globalist agenda because he was from that class himself, and he feels most comfortable dealing with other rich businessmen.

Even Jeff Sessions is setting his own agenda. He’s on-board with Trump’s anti-immigration stance, but he’s doing his own thing on marijuana and forfeiture that were never part of the Trumpist agenda.

On the topic of Jeff Sessions, I was thinking about the recusal thing. Sessions recused himself because he was part of the Trump campaign and can’t investigate himself without having a legal conflict of interest. Mueller, on the other hand, doesn’t have any legal conflicts of interest. Being friends of the guy who was previously fired, and having a personal hatred of the person you’re investigating do not count as conflicts of interest in the legal sense. It’s probably pretty routine, if you think about it, that investigators hate the people they’re investigating, and prosecutors hate the people they’re prosecuting. (Which is not to say that Trump should just sit back and do nothing about a witch hunt against him, but whining about “conflicts of interest” and publicly dissing Sessions for recusing himself isn’t going to accomplish much.)

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July 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

Posted in Politics

The Mooch in New York Magazine

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After reading this article in New York Magazine (ironically saying that the Mooch is a really bad choice), I am absolutely convinced that Anthony Scaramucci is absolutely the best choice that Trump could have made.

Based on the quote below, the Mooch gets it. And he has enough guido in him to be a fighter.

“What happens in Washington is they will stab you right in the chest with a smile on their face. It’s like the Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games screenwriters got together with the writers of House of Cards and they made a story. And the other thing I have learned about these people in Washington, Nelson,” he said, turning to his partner, who had settled in at the bar, “is they have no money. So what happens when they have no fucking money is they fight about what seat they are in and what the title is. Fucking congressmen act like that. They are fucking jackasses.”

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July 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

The Mooch joins the team

with 22 comments

I have a good feeling about this.

Trump gets along a lot better with rich business types than he does with career politics types.

Ivanka and Kushner both support the Mooch, and I trust them to know what’s best for Trump.

There’s the fact that he actually wants the job when he could be making a lot more money with a lot less personal risk in the private sector.

And he has a law degree from the Big H.

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July 21, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

Trump and Sessions

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Shame on Trump for publicly criticizing Jeff Sessions who was his earliest supporter in the Senate and who is necessary for implementing the Trumpist immigration policy.

If anything, this shows that Trump is actually not playing 4D chess but is just the clueless blowhard that the Trump-haters say he is.

The worst I can say about Sessions is that he was following the normal rules of DC by recusing himself, but the unprecedented attack on an incoming president by the combined “deep state” and mainstream media is not normal and maybe deserved other than the normal response by the Attorney General. That said, I’m still not willing to conclude that Sessions did anything incorrect.

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July 20, 2017 at 8:12 am

Posted in Politics

The Clintons are the real croocks

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fortaleza84 writes in a comment:

For me, it would be interesting if there was evidence of a deal, explicit or implicit, whereby the Russians agreed to influence the election in favor of Trump and in return Trump agreed to push for policies which the Russians would deem favorable. In other words, evidence that Trump sold or attempted to sell political influence to foreigners.

So far, I have not seen even a shred of evidence of such an arrangement.

At the same time, there is lots of evidence that Hillary Clinton sold influence to foreigners.

So yeah, it seems that this is just another example of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

That’s right, the Clintons received $153 million from giving speeches (and that info comes from CNN, not from some dubious right-wing site). There’s no way they got paid that much because their speeches are so amazing. The people who paid them thought they were buying influence. A lot of that money came from foreigners. Even Russians.

Plus, $2 billion raised for the Clinton Foundation and other Clinton-related charities. Even the left-leaning Washington Post stated “the foundation elevates the wealthy by giving them entree to one of the nation’s most prominent political families.” That sounds like influence-buying to me. And we don’t entirely know where that money came from, because charities have very light reporting requirements.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

Posted in Politics

Was the meeting with the Russian lawyer a Democratic setup?

with 56 comments (link provided by commenter JerseyGuy) makes a compelling case that the meeting with the Russian lawyer was a Democratic setup orchestrated by Fusion GPS, the firm hired to find dirt on Trump.

This certainly makes a lot more sense than the Russia conspiracy theory being pushed by the Trump-hating mainstream media.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Posted in Politics

Trump Jr. news

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I had insomnia so I read a lot of mainstream media stories in the middle of the night.

The impression I get is that the mainstream media is elated because they think they’ve finally caught Trump red-handed, confirming everything they always believed.

Ignoring the reality that there was only a short one-time meeting with someone who is just a private lawyer and not a Russian government official, who as far as we know provided zero help to the Trump campaign and only wanted to lobby the campaign about the Magnitsky Act and Russian adoptions.

Donald Trump Jr.’s “crime” is that he didn’t have a proper sense of paranoia regarding the carrot of obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton. This may be a failing of him being born rich. Regular people like me are much more paranoid. I never write anything in an email that would get me in trouble if it were leaked to anyone.

What about the real mysteries here?

1. How did the Times get Donald Trump Jr.’s emails? My first guess was that the Mueller investigation obtained them, and someone from that group leaked them to the Times. But now I read that CNN says that Mueller didn’t know about the emails until now.

So who could have had the access and the motive to leak them?

2. Why was Donald Trump Jr. set up to meet the Russian lawyer in the first place? Was the Goldstone guy who played a key role the duper, or was he duped by someone else?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 12, 2017 at 8:27 am

Posted in News, Politics

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