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Day-3 of Impeachment Inquiry: Whistleblower complaint released ahead of congressional testimony

I’ve been tied to the news about this.  Here is the Whistleblower’s Complaint at this link.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

This is day-3 of Donald Trump’s impeachment process.  Events are moving at light-speed, and it appears that the president – who had escaped accountability in the Mueller investigation and countless other transgressions – has finally gone too far even for Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the release of the whistleblower complaint detailing Trump’s corrupt interactions with the Ukrainian government.  That the demand was quickly complied with is very telling.  It indicates that Trump has lost control over this situation, and that Congress’ tolerance for continued obstruction by his administration has come to an end.

A redacted copy of the formal whistleblower complaint filed by Inspector General Michael Atkinson has been submitted to Congress ahead of today’s testimony by acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire.  The still unnamed whistleblower has also agreed to testify…

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U.S. tourism drops, GOP to cancel primaries, Trump coerces NOAA, Dem controversy, and health concerns

Thanks for the updates.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Tourism to the U.S. is declining due to international concerns over mass shootings, xenophobia, trade wars, and foreigners’ dislike of President Trump.  The loss of revenue to American businesses is estimated to be in the tens of billions from 2018-2020.  GOP officials in several states are planning to cancel their presidential primary elections in order to protect Trump from challengers to his reelection campaign.  Embarrassed by his contrived, inaccurate, and illegal publicized “weather forecast” for Hurricane Dorian, Trump apparently coerced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into rebuking its own National Weather Service (NWS) agency for having the temerity to tell the truth.  NOAA’s statement was suspiciously authorless and the timing of its release suggest that the White House ordered it as an act of retribution and to protect Trump’s prodigious yet fragile ego.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is involved in another internal party…

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Dare Call it What it Is: Race Hatred Blessed By the President — Padre Steve’s World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps

 

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Another day, another race based mass killing, another fake message of support from the President.

This time it was El Paso, Texas. A young white man from Dallas, an admitted White Supremacist went to a Walmart at a mall. Using an AK-47 he went on a killing spree. When police confronted him he offered no resistance.  The latest casualty count is 20 dead and 26 wounded, but the count is still fluctuating.  In his manifesto retrieved from the 8Chan site preferred by violent White Supremacists, he wrote:

“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” 

via Dare Call it What it Is: Race Hatred Blessed By the President — Padre Steve’s World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps

IT’S NOT MENTAL HEALTH, IT’S WHITE SUPREMACY — THE LEON KWASI CHRONICLES

It’s also White Supremacy taking advantage of the First and Second Amendments.  Too many are now one-man “militias” under the auspice of helping the government wage race war on American soil.   

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2 mass shootings, Trump fires Coats, Putin foe poisoned, Feds to cut interest rate, Earth Overshoot Day — The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella What would be a Monday in America without more mass shootings? Trump fired the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and replaced him with a Mueller-hating sycophant. The physician who treated Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned political foe of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, suspects he was poisoned in jail. The decade-long period […]

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State-Sanctioned Murder! — Filosofa’s Word

Does anybody remember Clayton D. Lockett? No, of course not. Allow me to refresh your memory. Mr. Lockett was brutally murdered by our own federal government on April 29,2014 in a botched execution. Lockett was administered an untested mixture of drugs that had not previously been used for executions in the United States. Although the […]

Why do we kill people

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Robert Mueller’s Scheduled Testimony Today – Open Discussion

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is testifying before both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees for a total of five hours Wednesday., July 24, 2019.   The Committees intend to get a “much clearer narrative” of the Special Counsel’s two-year investigation before the American people about Trump’s conduct.

I plan on watching, and found where it is being live streamed online.   The video is below and should be live when testimony begins.  Please join me in watching and comment below.  Based on Mueller’s history of sometimes being vague, and his press conference where he stated that if he came before Congress he would not go beyond what is written in his report, this should be interesting.

Mueller’s testimony is scheduled to be split before the two committees, with 3 hours before the Judiciary Committee and 2 hours before the Intelligence Committee.  There will be a 30 minute break between the two hearings, and Mueller can request breaks. Read the rest of this entry

“A Symbol of Renewed White Identity and Common Purpose” What Trump is to White Supremacists and Nationalists

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Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Yesterday in Christchurch New Zealand an Australian White Nationalist not only committed mass murder against Muslims at worship in Christchurch’s two mosques. Before he did so he released a 74 page manifesto on Twitter, and announced it on 8chan, a website devoted to White Supremacism, Racism, and war against Muslims, Jews, dark skinned immigrants, and people on the political left. When he made his attack he announced to his followers that it would be carried live on his Facebook page.

He killed 49 men, women and children in cold blood, and wounded many more, live-streaming the whole event. It was an event made for social media and it became viral before media outlets and YouTube attempted to scrub it from their servers, but be assured, it will keep popping up in other places because White Nationalists will publicize it, and ghoulish people will,watch it and…

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Michael Cohen postpones congressional testimony, claims ‘threats’ from President Trump and Rudy Giuliani

Trump’s veiled threats of blackmail or extortion on Cohen’s father-in-law are illegal. In my opinion, rather than depending on Congress to do more than use strong words, Cohen should file a criminal complaint against Guiliani and Trump.

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WASHINGTON – Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and longtime fixer, announced through a spokesman Wednesday that he wouldn’t testify before Congress on Feb. 7 because of “threats” from the president.

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“Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen’s continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date,” said Lanny Davis, a Cohen spokesman. “This is a time when Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first.”

Continue reading:  Michael Cohen postpones congressional testimony, claims ‘threats’ from President Trump and Rudy Giuliani

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  Two weeks ago, I wrote the following regarding Michael Cohen’s scheduled congressional testimony:

Knowing Trump as Americans do now after two tumultuous years in office, it is conceivable that the president…

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FDA looks to restart safety inspections for risky foods amid shutdown — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

The FDA is working to restore some food-safety inspections for products deemed high-risk, such as seafood and raw fruit, that have been suspended or delayed because of the government shutdown. “We’re taking steps to expand the scope of food safety surveillance inspections we’re doing during the shutdown to make sure we continue inspecting high risk…

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‘Never been more depressed’: Trump kills Graham effort to end shutdown — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

President Donald Trump has rejected a plan proposed by a bloc of Senate Republicans who had hoped to break an impasse over the government shutdown, leaving Congress and the White House with little obvious way out of the extended battle over Trump’s border wall.On the 20th day of the shutdown, the GOP group tried to…

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Donald Trump’s Personal Reason for the Government Shutdown; To Delay Emoluments Case

Department of Justice lawyers representing Donald Trump have asked a federal appeals court to indefinitely postpone all filings in an appeal related to a suit that the governments of Maryland and Washington, D.C. filed over Trump’s alleged violation of profiting from business his Washington hotel does with foreign countries.

Their argument?  Because they cannot work during a government shutdown.  Politico reports;

“The Department does not know when funding will be restored by Congress,” Justice lawyers wrote. “Absent an appropriation, Department of Justice attorneys and employees are prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis, except in very limited circumstances, including ‘emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property’. … Undersigned counsel for the Department of Justice therefore requests a stay of briefing on the President’s mandamus petition until Congress has restored appropriations to the Department.”

The court of appeals granted the motion. Read the rest of this entry

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is Out

Reported By CBS News

 

“Jeff Sessions has been forced out as attorney general. “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote to the president Wednesday.  President Trump tweeted the news, writing, “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!”

A senior Justice Department official said that White House chief of staff John Kelly called Sessions to request his resignation. The president did not call him. Sessions has repeatedly come under attack by Mr. Trump for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, will now become acting attorney general, and he will also oversee the Russia investigation that the president often refers to as a “witch hunt.” Before Whitaker joined to the Justice Department, he wrote an opinion piece for CNN in August 2017 criticizing the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Whitaker argued that Mueller should not be able to investigate the Trump family’s finances in the course of his probe. “It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel,” Whitaker wrote.”

The revolving door of Trump selected officials continues turning.

Full article at this link.

Inside the Trump Administration

The New York Times has published an an anonymous Op-Ed essay by someone who works inside the Trump administration.   An excerpt says;

“From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.”

“Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”

“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.”

Based on many observations of his words and actions, it is my opinion that Trump believes he works for himself rather than for the American people.   This ideology also applies to his staff; i.e., that his staff works for his interests and not those of this nation.

A disadvantage that Trump has is a lack of communicating with former Presidents.  He doesn’t have to talk to them about policies.  Truly, the ability to talk to others who have experience in the same position can relieve stress.  Along with this, we have witnessed that past presidents do not hold grudges against each other.

Maybe Trump fails to appreciate any of our currently living, former Presidents.   My opinion might be different had Trump served in any political capacity on a state or federal level, but he has no experience representing the interests of anyone other than himself.  In his business position, there has not been anyone in a position to overrule him.

I remember when Ronald Reagan ran for president.  My first question was that as an actor, would he be suited for the job as president?  However, at least Reagan had served the people of the State of California as their governor.  As an actor, he worked under directors who worked under producers and the directions of studios.  It helps when people are disciplined in taking directions from others.  Lone rangers appear to lack self-discipline and also have a screwed view of team work, thinking it to mean that all others simply allow them to do what they want.  They lack seeing the bigger picture.  Read the rest of this entry

Pictures That Say A Thousand Words

 

 

Keep in mind that the jury did not acquit Manafort on the 10 other counts but rather, they hung.

Trump implicated in electoral fraud case as former lawyer pleads guilty

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In the last few hours it’s been reported than Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and has implicated the president in breaking electoral law.

Most significant amongst the guilty pleas is that of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate or campaign, directly implicating the president himself.

Speaking during the hearing, held at a Manhattan court, Mr Cohen said that he had been instructed by ‘a candidate for federal office’, alluding to Mr Trump, who was not named directly during today’s proceedings.

Mr Cohen said that he had acted ‘for the principal purpose of influencing [the] election’.

The president’s former lawyer payed ‘hush money’ to two alleged mistresses of Mr Trump, one of whom is Stormy Daniels, who Mr Cohen previously admitted to paying on the eve of the election in order to win her silence.

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Trump’s Personal Lawyer, Michael Cohen, Enters Guilty Plea

AS REPORTED BY MSN

“Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, made the extraordinary admission in court on Tuesday that Mr. Trump had directed him to arrange payments to two women during the 2016 campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they said they had with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Cohen acknowledged the illegal payments while pleading guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and other charges. He told a judge in United States District Court in Manhattan that the payments to the women were made “in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.”

“I participated in this conduct, which on my part took place in Manhattan, for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016, Mr. Cohen said.

The guilty plea and Mr. Cohen’s statements in court represent a pivotal moment in the investigation into the president: a once-loyal aide admitting that he made payments at the behest of Mr. Trump to shield him from politically damaging disclosures.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers have, for months, said privately that they considered Mr. Cohen’s case to be potentially more problematic for the president than the investigation by the special counsel.

But Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said in a statement after Mr. Cohen’s plea, “There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen.”

In federal court in Manhattan, Mr. Cohen made the admission about Mr. Trump’s role in the payments to the women — an adult film actress and a former Playboy playmate — as he pleaded guilty to two campaign finance crimes.”

Full article at;

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump%E2%80%99s-former-fixer-michael-cohen-reaches-a-plea-agreement-over-payments-to-women/ar-BBMfjEA

Omarosa – What Trump Thinks About His Chosen “Liaison” To Black Americans

I did not watch the Apprentice.  In fact, until campaigning in 2016, I barely ever heard the name Donald Trump.  I saw him on television touting the “Birther” claims and thought of it as a circus.  Barack Obama could have been born in a plane flying over Germany.  His mom was still a natural born U.S. Citizen which according to federal law, makes him a United States citizen.  In other words, I paid little attention to that nonsense.

Yes, I heard that he owned some casinos and hotels.  Not being a New Yorker, I had not heard of Trump Tower until 2016.  Back around1998, I knew that Trump attempted to team with Jessie Ventura who was then governor of the State of Minnesota, and that he was considering a run for the presidency.  I didn’t pay that much attention.

With the recent news about Omarosa, I didn’t pay it much attention at first.  I can’t keep up with the names of the people who have gone through the revolving door of Trump’s administration.  What did peek my interest however, were Trump’s recent tweets about Omarosa.

Yes, I find his arrogant and condescending name-calling as signs of immaturity, insecurity, inadequacy, and completely unprofessional.  There are people who find Trump’s name calling of Omarosa as an offense to all women.  I don’t disagree.  What I do see however, is something that goes much deeper.  It goes into Trump’s attitude about citizens.  Here’s an analogy …

Let’s imagine that parents did not support Trump for president.  Their interests in parenting, whether it be custody issues, education, health, nutrition, capture and prosecution of child sex abusers, are all packed under the one category of “parental rights”.   Trump wants to try to win parents over to support him. Read the rest of this entry

House moves to impeach Rosenstein, Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Two important but very strange developments occurred today regarding President Trump.

Two members of the House of Representatives’ far-right Freedom Caucus (a.k.a. Tea Party members) and nine other members introduced articles of impeachment against U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who oversees the Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election), but did so immediately before the House adjourned for its summer recess.  Apparently, either the vote threshold to impeach Mr. Rosenstein do not yet exist or this is simply a political move to appease Trump supporters ahead of the midterm elections.  See:  Sessions defends deputy Rosenstein after impeachment move

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is now examining President Trump’s statements made on social media (i.e. Twitter) in order to determine if it constitutes a general obstruction of justice pattern intended to intimidate DOJ officials and potential witnesses (i.e. witness tampering) related to…

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White House delays Putin visit to 2019 after Republican backlash — Daily Republic

The logic here is that after 9/11, George W. Bush should have invited Osama Bin Laden to the White House for tea to discuss peace.

United States intelligence agencies have said that Russia interfered in America’s presidential election.  Trump now wants to wait until next year before deciding to re-invite a thief into our house.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has postponed his invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to Washington until next year, after Republican congressional leaders registered their opposition about a visit initially planned for this fall, around the time of the midterm elections.

Putin never responded to the administration’s announcement last week that, at Trump’s direction, “plans were underway” for a fall welcome; a Russian official pointed to the controversy in the United States to explain the hesitance. On Wednesday, the president’s national security adviser, John Bolton, issued a statement about the change of plans, citing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s ongoing Russia probe — not political concerns — as the reason.

The statement came just hours after Trump had met with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both of whom had told reporters Tuesday at the Capitol that Putin would not be welcome in Congress because Russia is not an ally.

 

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