Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians

Source: CNN

“Two of the nation’s top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and Senate investigators, in separate meetings last week, that President Donald Trump suggested they say publicly there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians, according to multiple sources. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers described their interactions with the President about the Russia investigation as odd and uncomfortable, but said they did not believe the President gave them orders to interfere, according to multiple sources familiar with their accounts. Sources say both men went further than they did in June 7 public hearings, when they provided little detail about the interactions.” (06/22/17)


Free Markets will liberate Cuba, not embargoes

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“A little over a year ago, President Obama made modern history by reversing the outdated Cold War policies that have kept the Cuban people isolated from the American economy. While this move was arguably one of the Obama Administration’s most free market oriented decisions, many of these policy changes now stand in jeopardy thanks to President Trump. Just this past Friday, Trump announced that he would be reversing many of Obama’s recent reversals to the Cuban embargo, disappointing many who thought the Cold War may finally be coming to an end.” (06/22/17)


IA: Trump holds campaign rally

Source: US News & World Report

“Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters — the kind of event he relished before winning the White House. … Trump, no stranger to victory laps, turned his visit to a battleground state he captured in November into a celebration of his resilience despite the cloud of investigations that has enveloped his administration and sent his poll numbers tumbling. With the appearance in Cedar Rapids, he has held five rallies in the first five months in office.” (06/22/17)


Trump’s lawyer disagrees with him on whether or not he’s under investigation

Source: New York Daily News

“When President Trump tweeted the exact words ‘I am being investigated’ last week, he did not actually mean that he is being investigated, his lawyer claimed Sunday. In a series of baffling TV interviews, attorney Jay Sekulow denied that Trump was speaking literally when he seemed to confirm on Twitter that he is now a focus of the special counsel probe into his campaign. Sekulow even asserted that Trump is not under investigation at all, despite reports and tweets from days ago that signified he is being probed for possible obstruction of justice. … The Washington Post reported last week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is running the federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential Russia ties, was now focusing on Trump himself for obstruction of justice over the firing of FBI Director James Comey.” (06/18/17)


Trump changes Muslim ban expiration date ahead of high court decision

Source: The Hill

“President Trump on Wednesday made changes to his revised travel ban in an effort prevent the Supreme Court from declaring it moot because it was set to expire. The president approved the changes in a memo as the high court considers whether it will allow the long-stalled ban to take effect. Trump directed federal agencies to begin the 90-day ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, and a 120-day ban on refugees, 72 hours after lower court orders blocking it are lifted.” (06/14/17)


Trump Twitter whinefest of the day: “Dangerous time” to nix Muslim ban

Source: WNAX Radio 570

“U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals one day after it handed him another legal setback by refusing to revive his U.S. travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations. … ‘Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again — Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a dangerous time in the history of our country. S.C.’ … Trump has been on the losing side in all four court rulings on the March order. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration is reviewing Monday’s decision and expressed continued confidence that the order is fully lawful and ultimately will be upheld by the Supreme Court.” (06/13/17)


Most hated

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I was once ‘the most hated man in Washington.’ Why? For my work on term limits. I wore the appellation as a badge of honor. Last year I noted that Ted Cruz had taken up the mantle, but now, certainly, it’s President Donald Trump’s. Has ever a president been as hated? Thomas Jefferson was characterized as the Antichrist. Andrew Jackson made many enemies in overthrowing the Second National Bank. But John Tyler is the most interesting case.” (06/13/17)


DC, Maryland to sue Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath

Source: Washington Post

“Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House. The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president. Trump said in January that he was shifting his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interests. But D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) say Trump has broken many promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests.” (06/12/17)


Preet Barrator … er, Bharara: “Absolutely evidence” to begin obstruction case against Trump

Source: The Hill

“Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Sunday said he thinks there is evidence to start an obstruction of justice case against President Trump. … ‘I think there’s absolutely evidence to begin a case — I think it’s very important for all sorts of armchair speculators in the law, to be clear that no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction,’ he said on ABC’s ‘This Week.'” [editor’s note: The story doesn’t mention that Trump fired Bharara, or that Bharara has seemingly never met anyone he DIDN’T want to prosecute – TLK] (06/11/17)


US DOJ defends Trump hotels getting foreign business, arguing it doesn’t violate the Constitution

Source: CNBC

“The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday called for the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump violated the constitution by accepting foreign payments at his hotels. The lawsuit, filed in January, said Trump violates the Constitution’s ’emoluments’ clause, which bars him from accepting gifts from foreign governments without congressional approval, by maintaining ownership over his business empire despite ceding day-to-day control to his sons. In a filing in Manhattan federal court on Friday, the justice department argued that the plaintiffs in the case — an ethics non-profit, restaurant group and hotel events booker — do not have legal standing to sue. The government also said payments to Trump’s hotels do not qualify as a violation of the emoluments clause, which is intended to cover personal services performed by the president.” (06/11/17)