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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #975 on: July 30, 2017, 12:41:09 AM »
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-28/fbi-general-counsel-comeys-right-hand-man-reportedly-under-investigation-leaks-mains
FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media
Sara Carter via Circa.com
Jul 28, 2017

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

Right wing agitprop. Circa is the seemingly normal appearing news portal owned and operated by the Sinclair broadcast group, the same people that are attempting to acquire the Tribune broadcast group, and and bring their special brand of right wing lunacy to your local station. They are also the same people who provide"must carry" propaganda segments featuring such luminaries as Boris Epshtyn for their group station's newscasts.

So now we have zero hedge quoting circa, in a perfect right-wing circle jerk. This is akin to Breitbart quoting Drudge on a news item.
Meanwhile, a search for, "James a baker DOJ investigation" yields no mainstream reportage, and only stories originated by circa, zero hedge, Fox, Breritbart, in the usual list of right-wing suspects, including the Epoch Times.

MAYBE the report is true, but what is certain is that this report is just the right wing media doing its part to help Trump win each and every day's news cycle, which is a matter of existential importance to the junta attempting to remain in power.

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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #976 on: July 30, 2017, 01:26:42 PM »


Trump v. Sessions: Who Do You Root For? The Truth

Saturday, July 29, 2017

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

JUICY SNIPPET:   


Forget?   Hell!

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... Jeff Sessions has not reached this high station in political life without knowing how to nurse, and properly repay, a grudge. Unless I am completely mistaken about everything I've ever known regarding human nature, politics and Southern gentlemen -- the attorney general and I both have Alabama red clay under our fingernails ; I've had my eye on him since George Wallace's last term as governor --  I can tell you this for certain sure: Jeff Sessions now despises Donald Trump, and will wait in the tall grass for the proper moment to fully express his displeasure. He may be giving meek interviews to Fox News, but when the time is right, Sessions will spring at Trump's throat like a leopard and say "Bless his heart" when he does.


Where is that tall grass? The office of the attorney general of the United States. Trump wants Sessions to resign so he can nominate a replacement who won't recuse themselves from involvement in the Russia investigations. That person would then arrange the dismissal of Robert Mueller and the termination of his investigation. As long as Sessions is in the office, with Senate Republicans and the base of the party rallying to his banner, with the president unwilling to fire him, Mueller is safe to continue his investigation. If that investigation bears prosecutable fruit, Jeff Sessions will have his vengeance.

Oh what a tangled web, right? Rooting for one over the other is akin to choosing between explosive diarrhea and persistent constipation. Either way, you're dealing with a lot of shit. Mueller is no prize either, his ongoing investigation notwithstanding.

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41439-trump-v-sessions-who-do-you-root-for-the-truth
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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #977 on: July 30, 2017, 01:27:57 PM »
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-28/fbi-general-counsel-comeys-right-hand-man-reportedly-under-investigation-leaks-mains
FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media
Sara Carter via Circa.com
Jul 28, 2017

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

Right wing agitprop. Circa is the seemingly normal appearing news portal owned and operated by the Sinclair broadcast group, the same people that are attempting to acquire the Tribune broadcast group, and and bring their special brand of right wing lunacy to your local station. They are also the same people who provide"must carry" propaganda segments featuring such luminaries as Boris Epshtyn for their group station's newscasts.

So now we have zero hedge quoting circa, in a perfect right-wing circle jerk. This is akin to Breitbart quoting Drudge on a news item.
Meanwhile, a search for, "James a baker DOJ investigation" yields no mainstream reportage, and only stories originated by circa, zero hedge, Fox, Breritbart, in the usual list of right-wing suspects, including the Epoch Times.

MAYBE the report is true, but what is certain is that this report is just the right wing media doing its part to help Trump win each and every day's news cycle, which is a matter of existential importance to the junta attempting to remain in power.



Where is the leak?  There is no 'MAYBE' because if there was a leak something would be getting wet which means we could find what the hell Baker is accused of.  We can't, so there is no leak.

Can't do the time if you don't do the crime.  Ooops, I take that back.

Good job sleuthing out the Sinclair broadcast group!



Sara Carter is quite prolific.

https://muckrack.com/sara-carter/articles
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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #978 on: July 30, 2017, 01:54:09 PM »
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-28/fbi-general-counsel-comeys-right-hand-man-reportedly-under-investigation-leaks-mains
FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media
Sara Carter via Circa.com
Jul 28, 2017

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

Right wing agitprop. Circa is the seemingly normal appearing news portal owned and operated by the Sinclair broadcast group, the same people that are attempting to acquire the Tribune broadcast group, and and bring their special brand of right wing lunacy to your local station. They are also the same people who provide"must carry" propaganda segments featuring such luminaries as Boris Epshtyn for their group station's newscasts.

So now we have zero hedge quoting circa, in a perfect right-wing circle jerk. This is akin to Breitbart quoting Drudge on a news item.
Meanwhile, a search for, "James a baker DOJ investigation" yields no mainstream reportage, and only stories originated by circa, zero hedge, Fox, Breritbart, in the usual list of right-wing suspects, including the Epoch Times.

MAYBE the report is true, but what is certain is that this report is just the right wing media doing its part to help Trump win each and every day's news cycle, which is a matter of existential importance to the junta attempting to remain in power.



Where is the leak?  There is no 'MAYBE' because if there was a leak something would be getting wet which means we could find what the hell Baker is accused of.  We can't, so there is no leak.

Can't do the time if you don't do the crime.  Ooops, I take that back.

Good job sleuthing out the Sinclair broadcast group!



Sara Carter is quite prolific.

https://muckrack.com/sara-carter/articles


K-Dog, you are a Trumper.  :evil4: You are also a loyal defender of Sessions.  :evil4: Why don't you admit that you wish they would kiss and make up instead of posting irrelevant arm waving about reactions to right wing (as in 24/7 LIES) media?

Right wing media just does what it does. Anyone that takes absolutely anything they say seriously is critical thinking challenged, if not hopelessly brain damaged.

Right wing media says this and says that and the other sensationalist mendacious baloney every single day.

THIS is the story that is important now, though you don't want to deal with it:



Trump v. Sessions: Who Do You Root For? The Truth
Saturday, July 29, 2017
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

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I never thought we'd all live this long. My assumption after November was that Donald Trump would have figured out a way by now to blow the mantle off the planet and scatter our collective component elements into the farthest reaches of space. As we are somehow still here, let's take a moment to enjoy the ridiculous steel cage match unfolding between Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. There is so much wrong baked into this situation, so much error and ego and straight-up birdbrained ignorance, that we're left with a simple question.

Gadzooks, who do you root for?

Trump is a known quantity at this point. While his ultimate capacity for the demolition of all things moral, ethical, legal, intelligent or proper has yet to be established, he has done more than enough for us to cobble together a fair measure of the man, and it's pretty straightforward stuff. The president of the United States is, in no particular order, a boor, an oaf, a braggart, a bully, unlettered, inexplicably vain, immoral, amoral, orange for some reason, an unskilled congenital liar, a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a cheat, a fraud, a terrible public speaker, a comprehensive embarrassment every single day and the purveyor of notoriously bad steaks.

We know this. We also know that Trump, the self-crowned king of social media, has unfriended Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the most OMG WTF LOL way history has ever seen. He says it's because Sessions hasn't been tough enough on Hillary Clinton and White House leakers, but again, he's a terrible liar. The reason Trump is going Donkey Kong on the attorney general has everything to do with a guy named Brian Benczkowski.

Benczkowski is a lawyer who came to work for the Department of Justice (DoJ) during the time of George W. Bush. He led Trump's DoJ transition team after the 2016 election. Last Tuesday, he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee because he's been nominated to run the DoJ's criminal division, which is a damned big deal. During that testimony, Benczkowski informed the committee that he once represented a Russian-owned financial institution named Alfa Bank.

"Questions about the bank's activity first arose last year," reports CNN, "when a group of computer scientists raised concerns about internet records that showed that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a Trump Organization computer server in the United States." Both the Trump for President campaign and Alfa Bank denied any relationship or wrongdoing. The whole matter was investigated by a team supervised by Brian Benczkowski from his partnership perch at Kirkland & Ellis, the world's second-highest-grossing law firm.

Brian Benczkowski, along with every other person on the planet who knows something about Trump's relationship with Russia, or thinks they know something, or might know something, is why Trump wants Jeff Sessions gone. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his ongoing Trump/Russia investigation are very interested in speaking to the Brian Benczkowskis of the world. This terrifies Trump, who wants Mueller's investigation stopped. Sessions could have done that, if he hadn't recused himself from all things Russia. Hilariously, Sessions is one of the people who knows something about Trump and the Russian government's electoral meddling, and is himself an established serial liar and perjurer on the topic. That's why Sessions recused himself from any part of any investigation. He didn't want to; he had to, after all those undisclosed, lied-about meetings.

Ah yes, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III,
son of Alabama, named after the president of the Confederate States of America and the general who opened fire on Fort Sumter. Once deemed too racist for a federal judgeship by his fellow Republicans, Sessions has managed over the years to establish himself as a stalwart ally of the religious right, the coal industry and of course, the war weapons manufacturers.

His overt racism, you see, is not Mr. Sessions' only selling point for the far right. In 2002, Sessions voted to authorize the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and in 2003 approved spending $86 billion on the endeavor. In 2005, he voted against paying for the war "on-budget," meaning on the books, and that same year voted against investigating outside contracts awarded to companies like Blackwater for work in Iraq and Afghanistan. At every opportunity afterward, he voted against withdrawing US troops from Iraq.

With that, the tale is told: Vote for an illegal war, fund it lavishly, invite your friends to the trough, hide the funding from prying eyes and the public, and keep the money machine going by refusing to end the war no matter how many die in the process.

The tension surrounding whether Trump will actually fire his attorney general has been ratcheting up for days, but as of this writing, that shoe has not yet dropped. Those who name the president a coward point to this situation as proof: The man lacks the sand to back up his bluster. The big question for the media has been "Will Sessions resign?" The answer is utterly obvious: Hell no. Sessions has a lot of friends on the Republican side of the Senate, several of whom have forbidden Trump from firing him while promising terrible consequences if he does. This is unprecedented.

FULL ARTICLE AT LINK:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41439-trump-v-sessions-who-do-you-root-for-the-truth



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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #979 on: July 30, 2017, 02:20:21 PM »

Good job sleuthing out the Sinclair broadcast group!



Sara Carter is quite prolific.


https://muckrack.com/sara-carter/articles


K-Dog, you bad, bad doggie! You just exposed yourself as a defender of right wing propagandist LIARS! Yes, I know you consider them "truth telling" pundists, but Snopes begs to differ:

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We were unsuccessful in obtaining confirmation from the Syracuse affiliate that the segment Dafoe described in fact aired on that station in May, but the commentator she named, Sara Carter , is indeed a conservative pundit who appears regularly on the Fox News Channel in addition to working as a national security correspondent for Sinclair-owned Circa News.

Mark Hyman, a former Sinclair executive who delivers the “Behind the Headlines” op-ed segments SGB pushed out to affiliates, is a contributor to The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Human Events, and other conservative publications. And former Trump staffer Boris Epshteyn was hired in April 2017 to serve as Sinclair’s chief political analyst, a job which so far seems to entail defending the president and castigating the mainstream media, according to a report by the Washington Post:

Epshteyn’s segments have added yet another pro-Trump shading to news and commentary offered by Sinclair, a Baltimore-area company with a long history of favoring conservative causes and candidates on its stations’ newscasts.

http://www.snopes.com/2017/07/11/sinclair-broadcast-group-propaganda/


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Bye, Bye Moochy
« Reply #980 on: August 01, 2017, 08:07:09 AM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/08/01/goodbye-mooch-late-night-hosts-bid-farewell-to-anthony-scaramucci/?utm_term=.917093d0c362

‘Goodbye, Mooch’: Late-night comedians bid farewell to Anthony Scaramucci
By Samantha Schmidt August 1 at 5:11 AM


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Anthony Scaramucci resigned as White House communications director on July 31. Late-night comedians Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and others made jokes about his quick departure. (The Washington Post)

“The Mooch” was a character — and a name — made for late-night comedy.

In the days after Anthony Scaramucci’s appointment as White House communications director, late-night hosts introduced their mobster-like imitations of the fast-talking, brash New Yorker. They came up with a slew of puns, comparisons and words that rhymed with “mooch.”

Stephen Colbert said he looked like a “lawyer whose ad is above the urinal.” Seth Meyers called him the “human embodiment of a double-parked BMW.”

“I could go on and on … you know what, let’s! He definitely calls waitresses, ‘Sweetheart,'” Meyers said last week on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

Indeed, late-night hosts could have gone on with the quips much longer. But their one-liners had a short shelf life. On Monday, after only 10 days with Scaramucci in the White House, President Trump fired him at the urging of new White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.

So naturally, late-night hosts were in mourning. Sort of.

‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

“I come to you tonight as a broken man,” Stephen Colbert said on CBS’s “Late Show.” “Because just this afternoon I was shocked by this breaking nooch.”

The show staff had just finished creating a cartoon version of Scaramucci, Colbert said. (It was unclear if he was joking or not).

Just days earlier, Colbert welcomed Scaramucci to his post, singing a rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” (“Scaramouche, Scaramouche, can you do the fandango?”).

But on Monday, Colbert night switched to the more somber part of Queen’s song, changing the lyrics to “Mama, I just got canned … barely got to the White House, said some dumb stuff now I’m out … Mama, my job had just begun, and now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.”

“Now I guess it’s time to say goodbye,” Colbert said. “We hardly knewcci.”

He joked that it was time for him to get rid of all of his mooch memorabilia — his “moochandise.”

“Ten days,” Colbert said in reference to Scaramucci’s brief tenure, “That’s not even a whole pay period! His going away party can serve what’s left of his welcome cake.”

Colbert staged a going-away party for the exiting communications director, complete with repurposed decorations from a welcome party. The word “Congratulations” on balloons was changed to the word “Congratulater.”

“He said he was gonna fire everybody,” Colbert said, “And I gotta admit, he delivered.”

‘The Daily Show’

On Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,”  Trevor Noah also took a sarcastically melancholy approach to bidding the Trump-like New Yorker farewell, featuring an “in memoriam” tribute similar to those broadcast at the Academy Awards.

“The guy got fired before the job began!” Noah said, in reference to the fact that Scaramucci’s communications job was not supposed to start until Aug. 15.

“It’s like the song of the summer,” Noah said. “Scaramucci came into our lives, made everyone obsessed with him for like a week, and then left us with nothing but memories and a bunch of weird moves.” He showed a video clip of Scaramucci blowing a kiss during a news conference last week.

Noah discussed the decision to replace Reince Priebus with Kelly, a retired Marine general, comparing it to Trump sending himself to boarding school to get disciplined.

“Why do they keep bringing in new people as if we don’t all know what the real problem is?” Noah said. “It’s like Donald Trump is a tornado and the White House keeps hiring new maids” to clean up the mess, he said.

‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’

On “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the host noted that Scaramucci’s tenure was as long as his last name. He joked that Trump has fired so many members of his White House staff that “at this point getting fired is part of orientation.”

He talked about how Priebus was ousted shortly after Scaramucci’s public, vicious feud with Priebus.

“Scaramucci got Priebus fired, and then he got fired two days later,” Meyers said. “That’s like telling someone ‘See you in hell’ and then literally showing up in hell the next day.”

‘The Tonight Show’

Jimmy Fallon, in recounting the news of the day, he added a make-believe twist: “This was a little awkward. When Scaramucci called an Uber to pick him up at the White House, Sean Spicer was driving. Imagine the odds of that happening.”

Spicer, of course, resigned as the White House press secretary on the day of Scaramucci’s hiring.

Fallon also mentioned the news last week that Scaramucci missed the birth of his son last week, when he was in West Virginia with Trump. Scaramucci reportedly sent his wife a text reading, “Congratulations, I’ll pray for our child.”

“Trump was like, you don’t text your wife after she has your baby,” Fallon quipped. “You tweet her.”

A lawyer representing Scaramucci’s wife told the New York Times Sunday the reports about the text message were false.

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Jimmy Kimmel, meanwhile, joked he landed the first “exclusive interview” with Scaramucci after his firing which, of course, wasn’t true. The fake audio played was almost entirely bleeped out due to profanity — spoofing Scaramucci’s vulgar rants in a New Yorker interview.


With all the shake-ups in the White House, Kimmel said, it’s only a matter of time before Trump replaced Ivanka Trump, his daughter and a White House adviser, with his other daughter, Tiffany.

Then, Kimmel summed up the night: “How did we lose the Mooch already?”
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Film at 1, the Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #982 on: August 13, 2017, 04:54:32 PM »
Film at 11!
A day after the Charlottesville waconutball went off on his murderous self indulgence, two protest groups, a pro-Trump rally and an anti-rally against hate are having their planned protests in downtown Seattle.  Live footage is showing battles with police.

http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/real-time-updates-freedom-rally-met-by-counter-protest-in-seattle/590508325

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SEATTLE — Protesters decrying hatred and racism converged around the country on Sunday, saying they felt compelled to counteract the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia.

The gatherings spanned from a planned march to President Donald Trump’s home in New York to a candlelight vigil in Florida. In Seattle, police made arrests and confiscated weapons as Trump supporters and counter-protesters converged downtown.

Some focused on showing support for the people whom white supremacists’ condemn. Other demonstrations were pushing for the removal of Confederate monuments, the issue that initially prompted white nationalists to gather in anger this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Still other gatherings aimed to denounce fascism and a presidential administration that organizers feel has let white supremacists feel empowered.

‘‘People need to wake up, recognize that and resist it as fearlessly as it needs to be done,’’ said Carl Dix, a leader of the Refuse Fascism group organizing demonstrations in New York, San Francisco and other cities. ‘‘This can’t be allowed to fester and to grow because we’ve seen what happened in the past when that was allowed.’’

‘‘It has to be confronted,’’ said Dix, a New Yorker who spoke by phone from Charlottesville Sunday afternoon. He’d gone there to witness and deplore the white nationalist rally on a Saturday that spiraled into bloodshed.

In Seattle, hundreds of demonstrators and counter-protesters converged downtown. Police say they have made arrests and confiscated weapons. Police also ordered crowds at one downtown intersection to disperse.

Blocks away, a conservative pro-Trump group was rallying at Westlake Park in downtown. The rally organized by the conservative pro-Trump group known as Patriot Prayer — and a counter protest aimed at standing against hate — were previously planned for Sunday. Patriot Prayer has held similar events throughout the Pacific Northwest and they have been met by counter protests.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/08/13/arrests-made-seattle-trump-supporters-counter-protesters-collide/EC0fZJ2fKL9MGtKzVUXKFI/amp.html

From local news:



Chants of 'cops and clan hand in hand' peppered the audio in the news where I got this picture.

The United Sgainst Hate group was trying to get at the Trump supporters to kick their asses. The police were keeping the two groups apart.  Much pepper spray.
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Steve Bannon’s Crystal Ball: A Split in the GOP
« Reply #983 on: September 16, 2017, 02:20:38 AM »
Somehow, I don't think things will go well for Repugnants in 2018.  That of course does NOT mean anything will get any better for J6P.  ::)

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https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/09/steve-bannons-crystal-ball-a-split-in-the-gop/

Steve Bannon’s Crystal Ball: A Split in the GOP


by Binoy Kampmark / September 13th, 2017

Rarely does the virus speak so formidably to the condition he is a product of.  The soiling, devastating strategist Steve Bannon, despite exiting the Trump administration, remains within it (symbolically at least), moving about with effect and influence. But it is a legacy of mixed curses that bodes ill for the Republican Party.

The one call he repeats with truncheon carrying persistence is one of division. This is not a man who believes, let alone tolerates, unified fronts.  Disunity is his bread, butter and caviar.  Where a front of consensus appears, his shock methods seek to disrupt it. And nothing, for Bannon, would be more reflective of failure than a united GOP, lips moving in synchronous agreement, all on that one vast page of political thought.  Unless, of course, they agreed with him.

His performance on the 60 Minutes show was nothing short than pure in its protest. In his discussion with Charlie Rose, the familiar terms were deployed with weaponized zeal.  Targets were identified, elites excoriated.  There were those troublesome individuals, the “swamp”, the establishment.  All were given a generous verbal lashing.

The personal targets were predictable enough: old stalwarts such as Speaker Paul Ryan and the human personification of the detested swamp, that veteran insider Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. They supply the stifling set, keen to submit Trumpism, or Trumpism envisaged by Bannon, to gradual strangulation.  “They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented.”

The theme of frustrated revolution proves constant in the interview, and here, the revolutionary was speaking as a combatant in exile, gazing over a world that refused to change.  “In the 48 hours after we won, there’s a fundamental decision that was made… We embraced the establishment.”

Everything else followed: the stuttering, the plodding, the meandering of the Republicans.  “I think their choice,” he predicts of the GOP functionaries in response to such instruments as the Affordable Care Act, “is going to be you’re not going to be able to totally repeal it.”  As, indeed, it is proving to be.

For Bannon, purity, despite being in a country of the energetic melting pot, is a genuine concept, the very product of a form of archaic Americanism.   Amnesty for the undocumented, he blustered, was non-negotiable.  “Economic nationalism” was indispensable to the American character. But the impure are in the ranks, laying out the pillboxes and road blocks. “The Republican establishment,” he shot at Rose with conspiratorial suggestiveness, “is trying to nullify the 2016 election.”

Of course, nothing would be Bannon without the crystal ball, the gloomy prediction with its rich wafting of apocalypse.  The GOP, he surmises, will duly be divided, and will suffer come the 2018 elections.  He expressed particular worry about how the Republicans will fall on their sword regarding the matter of immigration and undocumented labour, the great poisoned chalice of US politics.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, introduced by President Barack Obama in 2012, is a point of considerable demurral. President Donald Trump promised on September 5 to repeal the measure, which allows applicants who arrived in the US before the age of 16, subject to various conditions (continuous residence, study, lack of a criminal record), the chance to receive work permits.  There was one softening concession: a six month grace period before the program joints the ranks of history.

For Bannon, any approach to such programs should be unequivocal and swift, necessarily brutal and decisive.  Opponents, such as the Catholic Church, were merely keen to fill the pews with the faithful. (The church, as an economic liberal entity, is a curious Bannonism indeed.)

DACA, however, risks being the bomb that goes off within GOP ranks, with its ticking device set. Leaving it linger will have lethal results: “if this goes all the way down to its logical conclusion, in February and March, it will be a civil war inside the Republican Party.”

When the ashes settled, the interview concluded, the fumes could still be seen.  Bannonism remains furious and unbowed, and most of all, angrily unrepentant.  But his one persistent illusion remains: Trump is not a Bannonist, an ideologue, a person who will sport his own variant of Mao’s Little Red Book to wave with dedication.  (The Art of the Deal hardly counts.)

The current US president remains an opportunistic misfit, never one to play by the code of any specific philosophy, any credo that is not a self-interested one. It is for that very reason that Bannon had to go, to assume the visage of the indignant, philosophical monk, where he will continue to rail and pontificate about race, the undrained swamp of Washington, economic irrationalism and “the pearl-clutching mainstream media.”


Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne and can be reached at: bkampmark@gmail.com. Read other articles by Binoy.

This article was posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 7:52pm and is filed under Children/Youth, Culture, Discrimination, Donald Trump, Media, Nationalism, Opinion, Racism, Right Wing Jerks, United States.

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Russia probes leave Trump associates struggling with huge legal bills
« Reply #984 on: September 16, 2017, 04:23:36 PM »
I feel really bad for these guys.  Really, I do.  ::)

Finally, the Legal System is WORKING!  :icon_sunny:

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Russia probes leave Trump associates struggling with huge legal bills
by Sarah Westwood | Sep 16, 2017, 12:01 AM


An expanding special counsel probe into the Trump campaign's alleged Russian ties has saddled many of President Trump's current and former associates with hefty legal fees and few options for footing the bill. (AP Photos)

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An expanding special counsel probe into the Trump campaign's alleged Russian ties has saddled many of President Trump's current and former associates with hefty legal fees and left them few options for footing the bill.

More than a dozen people, including the president and vice president, are known to have hired attorneys to help them navigate special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and several additional probes in Congress. Some have complained about the burden of paying for their legal bills without assistance from the wealthy president whose campaign is in the crosshairs of federal investigators.

"It's very expensive and nobody's called me and offered to help," Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign adviser who has been contacted by congressional investigators, told the Washington Examiner.
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"The problem is, it's very specialized representation, so it takes a certain type of attorney, and they're quite competent. And you'll pay for competency," Caputo said.

The former Trump communications adviser said he has hired a New York-based attorney near his hometown of East Aurora, N.Y., which has helped him save moderately on costs by allowing him to confer locally rather than travel back and forth to Washington, D.C.

But Caputo said he still had to liquidate his children's college fund to pay the tab for his lawyer.

And his mounting legal fees, which could grow larger depending on whether Mueller's team reaches out to him, are not the only sources of financial strain Caputo said the Russia investigation has imposed on him.

"I have the associate costs of being in the spotlight of a bogus investigation, so I have security costs now," Caputo said, noting that his family has received "death threats" as a result of his media exposure. "We've had to install security. I've had to take security precautions at both my home and at my office, and with my children, so these all add up very quickly."

Caputo described the Russia probe as politically motivated and argued Trump's opponents will not stop until "there's a smoking crater where he once stood."

"This can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars for people, and that's where destroying people comes in," Caputo said.

Another former campaign hand said Trump "has hung us out to dry" by leaving associates to drown in their attorneys' fees.

"Multibillionaire Donald Trump has a moral obligation to pay the mounting legal bills of his advisers who are facing four-, five- and six-figure costs just for doing their jobs," said a former Trump adviser who had to pay thousands of dollars of his own money for legal representation.

"After all, the reason Trump advisers have any legal bills at all is because Trump and key spokespersons like Hope Hicks and Kellyanne Conway repeatedly misled the public over Russia contacts, no matter how benign," the former adviser told the Washington Examiner. "Such lies gave congressional and federal investigators, let alone the media, probable cause to destroy our lives at will. Some reward for loyal service to President Trump."

The former adviser, who declined to be named to speak candidly about finances and his involvement in the investigation, said he hired an attorney after multiple congressional committees contacted him about his time on the Trump campaign. The lawyer cost him $500 an hour, the adviser said, and quickly racked up thousands of dollars in costs after helping him prepare documents to turn over to Congress and accompanying him to two lengthy interviews with congressional committees.

"I entertained the idea of billing the re-election campaign for my legal bills," the former adviser said. "But then, I don't want to incur the wrath of the White House."

A spokesman for Trump's re-election campaign did not respond to a request for comment about whether the campaign has helped pay for the lawyers of former Trump associates. The Republican National Committee, which has faced pressure to help current and former Trump aides with their legal bills, declined to comment.

A source familiar with the situation said staffers who have left the White House, such as former chief of staff Reince Priebus, are "on their own" when it comes to representation in the special counsel probe. Trump has hired several attorneys to shepherd him through the investigation, and one — Ty Cobb — has even moved into the West Wing to oversee his response to the probe.

Priebus is among several aides who Mueller has requested to interview over his involvement in crafting a misleading statement about a meeting Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, took with a Russian lawyer who claimed during the campaign to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Although all participants in the meeting — which Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, and Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, also attended — say the lawyer offered no dirt on Trump's Democrat rival, the statement Trump Jr. initially released in July falsely suggested the meeting had always been intended to focus on Russian adoptions.

Priebus has hired an attorney to guide him through the investigation, Law360 reported this week. Trump's former chief of staff did not respond to a request for comment.

Donald McGahn, White House counsel, hired the same lawyer this week to advise his own interactions with Mueller's team.

The two are just the latest figures in Trump's orbit to hire attorneys as the Russia investigation has broadened.

Kushner, communications director Hope Hicks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence are among the growing group of Trump associates to lawyer up in recent weeks, and each could incur thousands of dollars in legal fees that their government salaries and conflict of interest restrictions could make difficult to pay.

However, the administration's top watchdog recently tweaked its guidelines in a way that may help the aides who don't have pre-existing deep pockets to reach into if their legal bills become burdensome.

The Office of Government Ethics now allows lobbyists to contribute anonymously to the legal defense funds of White House staffers, a practice that the federal watchdog previously discouraged. While the OGE did not officially change its rules on such donations, it clarified them to make plain that aides can accept anonymous help from lobbyists who want to assist administration officials with their bills.

Legal defense funds could be of little use to former aides and those who don't have the profile to attract donations, however. And it's unclear whether Trump, the RNC, or the campaign could use the funds to help White House staff afford their legal bills.

The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment about whether it had offered to help pay the legal fees for anyone caught up in the investigation.
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Re: Russia probes leave Trump associates struggling with huge legal bills
« Reply #985 on: September 17, 2017, 02:56:39 AM »
I feel really bad for these guys.  Really, I do.  ::)

Finally, the Legal System is WORKING!  :icon_sunny:

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So sad.

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