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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

As President Trump drops increasingly broad hints that he believes he is above the law, Congress and the public face an impending crisis that will test whether the Republican Party is more loyal to Trump or to the rule of law. The crisis is all but certain, and the outcome is very much in doubt.

In talking up his “complete power” of pardon, humiliating Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and denigrating special prosecutor Robert Mueller, Trump has made clear that he doesn’t believe any investigation of his campaign’s contacts with the Russian government is legitimate. “A special counsel should never have been appointed in this case,” Trump told the New York Times.

With investigators closing in on his friends and family, time is not on Trump’s side. But the weakness of the rule of law is.

The pace of the various investigations is picking up. Mueller has assembled a high-powered staff. The House and Senate intelligence committees both grilled Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, has now joined the hunt, issuing a subpoena for Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. If Trump doesn’t act soon, more revelations—or indictments—could further limit his options to act.

Trump understands that Mueller’s investigation is a mortal threat to his presidency, which is why he is looking for the earliest opportunity to fire him. And the obstacles he faces are not insurmountable, at least from the White House’s point of view.

Hollowed-Out Congress

The opposition to Trump is divided, not just along party lines but also over the meaning of democratic government. The Citizens United decision and gerrymandering have hollowed out Congress as a deliberative body. The House and Senate have become a collection of fiefdoms where party loyalty ensures survival, and adherence to tradition (at least among Republicans) is seen as betrayal or suicide.

Unlimited money and safe seats have made the norms of a parliamentary democracy disposable. The idea that the House and Senate would vote on national health care legislation without a single hearing, and without input from doctors, nurses, patients, hospitals, senior groups, and anyone save insurance company lobbyists, would have once been inconceivable. Now it’s the new normal.

Polarization has subordinated principles to politics. Support for law enforcement was once a given among conservatives. A registered Republican like former FBI director Mueller, a man comfortable with mass surveillance and the drug war, could have once counted on GOP support in Congress. Now when he investigates Trump, he is viewed as the cat’s paw of Democrats. The rule of law is seen as just another partisan trick.

Trump hopes to provoke Sessions into quitting so he can use a recess appointment to hire a more compliant attorney general willing to fire Mueller.

Mitch McConnell has the power to put principle ahead of party—but how often has the Senate majority leader or his caucus done that? Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics, such as John McCain and Ben Sasse, will complain about his policies and his tweets, but not about his contempt for the rule of law.

Cataclysm or Cave-In?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer predicts firing Muller would provoke a “cataclysm.” Among Democrats, he is probably right. Among Republicans, a cave-in seems more likely.

House Speaker Paul Ryan gives every indication that he will acquiesce to Trump’s whims. Ryan defended Mueller from Trump’s claim that he is a Democratic partisan. But when asked about the possibility of Mueller’s firing, Ryan signaled he would not object.

“Look, the president gets to decide what his personnel is…” Ryan told reporters. “He’s the executive branch, we’re the legislative branch.”

Rank-and-file Republicans agree.

“Bob Mueller’s obviously intent on hiring people who are antagonistic toward this administration. He’s one of Mr. Comey’s closest friends, and it looks like there’s a deliberate orchestration to damage or undermine the president regardless of the basic facts,” Arizona Rep. Trent Franks declared in an interview with Politico

Perhaps the most telling sign of the weakness of rule of law in Washington is that its most prominent defender is now former CIA director John Brennan, a man who ran a lawbreaking agency and has never been elected to anything.

“I really hope that our members of Congress, elected representatives, are going to stand up and say enough is enough, and stop making apologies and excuses for things that are happening that really flout, I think, our system of laws and government,” Brennan told CNN.

But there is no collective understanding of our “system of laws and government” in Washington. That is Trump’s biggest accomplishment and his greatest opportunity to evade the rule of law.

Jefferson Morley is AlterNet’s Washington correspondent. He is the author of the forthcoming biography The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin’s Press, October 2017) and the 2016 Kindle ebook CIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files.

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68 responses to “The Rule Of Law Has Never Been Weaker In Washington”

  1. FireBaron says:

    “Bob Mueller’s obviously intent on hiring people who are antagonistic
    toward this administration. He’s one of Mr. Comey’s closest friends, and
    it looks like there’s a deliberate orchestration to damage or undermine
    the president regardless of the basic facts,” Arizona Rep. Trent
    Franks declared in an interview with Politico.

    But these same guys had no problem with Ken Starr and his 7+ year witch hunt of the Clintons!

    • dbtheonly says:


      You see where Lindsey Graham is proposing a law to keep the President from firing the AG? Sound familiar? Only it was the Secretary of War and 1867.

      Remember where that lead?

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Those good ole boys do only one thing best: Stick together in right or wrong. I’m not surprised in the least to hear Graham say, “If the president fires Jeff Sessions, they’ll be hell to pay.” Hell hath no fury like a Confederate who is double crossed by a NY Yankee.

        • dbtheonly says:

          Was it Twain who said that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes?

          President Johnson was impeached for violating a law that prohibited him firing a Cabinet Secretary, in his case Sec. of War, Stanton.

          The irony of Trump’s impeachment coming from violating a law prohibiting him from firing a Cabinet Secretary is just too much karma.

          As to your other comments, I doubt the Republicans will show any backbone in defying Trump and the RWMO. Dean Heller wussed on skinny repeal.

          There’s no such thing as a “moderate Republican”. Only by eliminating them, root and branch, from politics can our very system of democracy be preserved.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            I don’t want Trump impeached. I want him to go to prison. This is a man who since his first entry into business has consistently flouted the law. He fashioned himself into a corporate elitist baselessly and now believes his rise to power via Putin’s tutelage grants him the privilege to be above the law.

            But you are, of course, correct about the Republicans. I left that party after 33 years because I could stand no more of bossy white males making ALL the rules. It was Cheney in 2004 that was the end for me.

            It never occurred to me that the GOP could possibly ever consider a sleazebag like Trujp for president. His reputation here in the Metro area preceded him and in our minds, made it highly unlikely he’d ever be allowed to run for president. The other thing is that southern and midwestern men have a very similar “code of honor” to my father’s Italian male relatives. Double cross one of them and it’s Morto. lol.

            But I digress. We’ve been extremely lucky to have had 44 presidents with sense of decency and duty to this country. A sleazebag like Trump was bound to happen the minute the Koch boys and Citizen United opened that door.

            You are on the mark about the Republican Party. Right now, from my past knowledge of them is that they are about to experience what might be their first baptism of fire.

            There is no way they can escape their complicity in what they all knew and when they knew about the Russian hacking. There is no way they can make the investigation into any foreign country’s interference in our government and elections go away. All that remains now is the presentiment.

    • RichFromShowMe says:

      Starr’s investigation was based on legal and obvious documented facts; i.e., the Whitewater scandal that screwed thousands out of millions of dollars, which then led to hillary’s “investment”, and on and on. A scandal under nearly every rock he overturned.

      Then, finally, the Blue Dress, which was tangible proof of willy’s lies and subterfuge against the American people.

      Other than that, as you stated, Starr had nothing to go on. 🙂

      So far, after nearly a year of investigations, the only tangible un-American act(s) President Trump is involved in is ordering Russian dressing on his salads.

      • dbtheonly says:

        Our Gracious Host, Mr. Conason, had written the definitive book on Whitewater. You should buy it, from this site which supports the work here, and read it.

        Can’t figure out how President Clinton getting a blow job is a subterfuge against anyone beyond Mrs. Clinton.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          You know what is really hilarious? Remember that dossier that Trump claimed was “fake?” It isn’t. So now to prevent the final blow that would prove what a sexual deviant the right wing and Republicans put in the White House, the House “20” are demanding a 2nd investigation of Hillary, AG Lynch and Comey. All so they can try and save their own asses from discovery of their complicity in the Russian Hacking.

          Dollar to a donut every one of the Republican 20 are guilty of accepting laundered money from the Trump campaign coffers Trump could ONLY have gotten from the Russian bank.

          What surprises me is how manyh Americans don’t know Putin’s net worth is over $200 billion. Nice work for a Ruskie assassin right?

          • dbtheonly says:

            Haven’t seen the news of the new “House 20”. Wouldn’t surprise me though. The RWMO & Republicans spent years creating any number of “scandals du jour”. Why stop now?

            Besides, anything that might distract the Lamestream Media from Russian support of the Trump Campaign is a plus.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            The House “20” wrote a letter to DOJ AG Jeff Sessions demanding an investigation of Hillary Clinton, Comey and AG Lynch. From the House Judiciary Committee letter: “Washington, D.C. July 27, 2017 – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Judiciary Committee Republicans today sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein calling for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate unaddressed matters, some connected to the 2016 election and others, including many actions taken by Obama Administration officials like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The letter follows yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee approval of H. Res. 446, as amended, to request documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary Clinton.

            In their letter, the Judiciary Committee members express concern that the directive given to Special Counsel Robert Mueller is narrow in scope and many concerns arising out of the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath are not being investigated. The members call for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate grave concerns such as former Attorney General Lynch’s directive to former FBI Director Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of the investigation into former Secretary Clinton; the FBI and Justice Department’s investigative decisions related to the Clinton email investigation, including the immunity deals given to potential co-conspirators; selected leaks of classified information that unmasked U.S. persons incidentally collected upon by the intelligence community; and the FBI’s reliance on “Fusion GPS” in its investigation of the Trump campaign, among many others issues.


          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            In effect, the House “20” are looking for what the late LA Senator Russell Long, would say, “gnatshit in a haystack.”

            According to the 20, it’s not nearly as consequential for Putin to infiltrate our election as it is for AG Lynch, Clinton or Comey to so called “unaddressed matters.”

            Smells smells smells like a huge cover up by the House 20.

          • kep says:

            Aactually, in the REAL world, that dossier was proven to be nothing but lies made up by fusion gps group. You should try to at least keep up with the liberal lies.

        • RichFromShowMe says:

          His book is down to the cost of bird cage lining . . . typical Leftist fairy tale?

          willy didn’t get in trouble for BJ’s . . . he got in trouble for lying about them, plus other things. willy’s brilliant question to the Grand Jury . . . about what the meaning of “IS”, is, blew the Grand Jury’s mind . . . a great strategy.

          The AG downgrading Comey (the clinton’s bag man) an ongoing investigation to a “matter” was her chance to walk free.

          • kep says:

            Liberals love fabricated “facts”.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Men like you and RichieBitchy are mentally ill. 78% of the country want Trump gone. He has a tiny little group of supporters he has to pay to show up at speeches in places ONLY a scumball like he can show rank.

            Get professional help morons.

          • kep says:

            That is PRESIDENT TRUMP.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        So you are saying Kushy boy never met with the Russians? Donny Jr. Never did either? Did anyone in GWB’s, Obama’s or Clinton’s campaign feel the need to meet with Russians?

        Ken Starr spent $12 million dollars, $1 million a year for 12 years of his phony ass Get Clinton investigation set up by his Young Republican College Club cronies, Grover Norquist, Karl Rove, Eric Blackwater Prince, Ken Starr and Peter Smith who is believed to have committed suicide rather than out his decades long harassment of the Clintons.

        So tell us moron….Why didn’t Hillary go to jail as a result of WhiteWater? Get over it you little shitbag. We all know now who paid millions over the years to smear the Clintons. And now the House “20” think they will try her all over again? When the POS you voted for in the White House has in his cabinet porn stars and lawyers who years ago should have had their law licenses yanked?

        • RichFromShowMe says:

          I’m amused with your filthy mouth . . . . which demonstrates you have nothing to back up your accusations.

          Most of the accusations you’ve made about President Trump, if even true, happened decades before he even decided to run in the Primary.

          The Clinton’s, for example, accumulated all their “skul-duggery” since being in elected office; i.e., never holding down a real job.

          Bernie, the old burnt out hippie socialist, was chosen to run against “the witch” so she “would seem” to be moving to the middle of the political/social spectrum. At least Bernie got two pre-paid vacation homes for his troubles and raised “herds” of Snowflakes-in-Training who want free university educations, education loans expunged and other FREEBIES, so the National Debt can increase by leaps and bounds, like during the obamba Regime.

          • kep says:

            Elie is the most vile, nasty creature on the internet. She is constantly making up things to make her pathetic life seem more interesting to other liberal terrorists.

          • RichFromShowMe says:

            I’m a Conservative and decided to comment on this Liberal Blog in order to see what the Left actually believes.

            I’ve never seen so much foul language and sadistic sexual comments before, though it seems concentrated in only a few individuals.

            It’s a rare occurrence to see four-letter words used on Conservative Blogs and most comments are followed by some sort of proof, sometimes even from the FAKE NEWS Media.

          • PrecipitousDrop says:

            Four-letter words and homoerotic imagery might be “rare” on conservative blogs, but they’re plentiful on RW websites in general.
            P.S. OpEd is short for Opinion/Editorial. None of the RW websites (or blogs that I’ve seen) — or 95% of RW Commenters, can distinguish between opinion and fact, particularly when offered as “proof, sometimes even from the FAKE NEWS Media.”

          • RichFromShowMe says:

            What is a good example of a RW website?

            I would like to see just how their language and comprehension compare with LW websites.

      • The lucky one says:

        None of the transgressions turned up by Starr’s investigation were part of the original scope of the probe. That is what scares Trump so much. Perhaps there is nothing beyond ethical lapses in Russiagate but a thorough investigation of a long time grifter, conman and lowlife like Donnie dumpster is sure to reveal a whole litany of prosecutable offenses.

      • 788eddie says:

        Hillary Clinton has never been charged with, nor convicted of ANY wrong-doing, Rich. None! Nada! Zilch! Stop bringing it up. To quote Trump officials it’s a “nothing-burger.”

        The GOP (and you) seem to be so sadly obsessed with Hillary Clinton! For God’s sake, it’s time to grow up and move on!

        So sad. . . So very sad.

        • RichFromShowMe says:

          Not Yet . . . . but wait until she’s finally investigated, along with the DNC, and other peripheral activities.

          So far, since Whitewater, the clinton’s have eliminated or bought off anyone who has proof and documentation of wrong-doing.

          I can wait 🙂

        • kep says:

          There are no charges because career politicians refuse to go after the Clinton crime family. Everyone knows what happens when you cross the Clintons. Most dissappear, or just drop over dead.
          Once investigations actually start, there will be so many charges against the Clinton. Crime family, Emperor Obama, and the DNC, that it will take years to prosecute them all.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            There are NO charges because in the US, you are innocent until proven guilty. Prove her guilt or shut the hell up already. Do you nuts always beat a dead horse? Hillary isn’t president. The Lard Ass thinks he is.

          • kep says:

            How extremely hypocritical of you. No charges against Hillary, not yet, but I’m sure that will change. Also there is NO PROOF that PRESIDENT TRUMP has done ANYTHING wrong, yet you traitorist liberals still go on and on.

          • 788eddie says:

            We’re still waiting for all of the charges that are impending against George W. Buch and Dick Cheney, as well as war crimes for both of these.

            Also the charges against the “Lords of Wall Street” who robbed the American public blind during the 2008 collapse, and yet managed to get filthy rich, while millions of Americans lost jobs and their homes.

            After that, you can go after Hillary, if you still have the energy.

            First things first!

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            No charges? Geeeee No kidding? So how long have you pricks been trying now? Face facts jerkoff…In order to bring charges DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH a crime has to be committed.

            No charges against Hillary? No crime. Now go change your Depends old man. You cockfaces on the right are so goddamn guilty of corruption you just can’t stand not to try and label others guilty. Lard Ass tries that and right now, you shitbaggers of the right are about to get just what you voted for: Incinerated asses thanks to Trump’s incompetence over North Korea. I hope you are the first to go.

          • 788eddie says:

            No, kep, in reality, EVERYONE on the GOP side has tried to go after the Clintons.

            It’s more like. “Don’t pay attention to every law the Trump White House has broken so far, don’t pay attention the the fact that they have corrupted the Constitution of the Unite States regarding the emoluments Clause of Article 1, don’t pay attention to the possible collusion with factions in Russia, don’t pay attention to the fact this administration and Congress, both in the hands of the Republicans, have done absolutely nothing for the first six months, except try to take away health insurance for more than at least fifteen million Americans ( and thankfully, they failed at that, too), but lets remember to go after the Clintons.

            For the sake of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, why don’t you give it a rest and get to church and pray for this country (and your own soul, while you’re at it).

            You are such a sad case, kep.

            So sad.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Starr’s investigation resulted in no charges lodged against Hillary or Bill Clinton. Can you say the same for Trump?

        Which is worse, buying property from business associates and friends in the US as an investment or selling property to Russian oligarchs who then created shell businesses here in the US using laundered money.

        Funny thing about the Clintons…They’ve never had 4400 people they never paid wages to. They’ve never had union contractors suing them for millions. They’ve never filed bankruptcy dozens of times for failed business deals. They’ve never consorted with foreign countries during their campaigns.

        They’ve never gotten a U.S. Treasury fine for money laundering.

        No matter how you lying POS right wingers try to launder Trump, you are wasting your time. You would NEVER hear President Clinton say, “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your 14 year old daughter than your wife?”

        And we now have evidence that nearly all of the lil Dixiebelles placed under Clinton’s nose was done by Ken Starr and Peter Smith. No surprise now Ken Starr is making like an innocent lamb to clean up HIS act. As for Monica Lewinsky, it is now known Peter Smith and Linda Tripp were both whispering in Lewinsky’s ear so they could do the bidding of the right wing.

        Want more shitbag? You righties are going down WITH Lard Ass. When we take HIM down for shaming this country as NO other president EVER has, you and your moron traitors are going with him. Count on that one.

        • RichFromShowMe says:

          Good luck with the only thing that’s been proven, so far, about President Trump; i.e., that he likes Russian dressing on salads.

          This seems like a pretty thin charge for Mueller to base his investigation on . . . don’t you think?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Do we need to shove all those classified documents Comey testified UNDER oath that indict Trump for collusion?

            And dicklicker, Trump hates Russian dressing unless it’s a Russian whore he paid to pee in his face. That dossier about his filthy sick sexcapades has Lard Ass going bananas trying to figure out where MI6 agent Christopher Steele got hold of that.

            If it walks like a Ruskie traitor, posts like a Ruskie traitor, it must be you and your right wing shitbaggers.

            So tell us Traitor, why did Trump wait to get rid of Flynn when he knew Flynn was consorting with the Russians?

            Tell us dogshit, why ONLY TRump refuses to admit his bromance with Putin and his numerous past business deals in Moscow. Tell us why it is ONLY Trump ran a campaign, lost by 3 million popular votes and the FEC has already documented 200,000 votes that were either deleted or their registrations were changed in Republican states ONLY.

            Tell us pigshit, why it is TX, VA and NC all went before the SC for helping Lard Ass win by overlapping Dem voters into GOP voting districts?

            You and your traitor turdballs need your mouths sealed with super glue. And before you try again your little Ruskie scheme of dumping computer viruses on anyone who disagrees with you, make sure you don’t want to go to jail when the IT guy who is a friend of my son and quite adept at discovering computer viruses sources doesn’t return the favor.

      • 788eddie says:

        Funny ’bout that, Rich; most people have seen the accusations and the “evidence” and they say there was nothing there; just another right-wing off-the-wall conspiracy theory.

        The only believers are the usual; Godzilla, kep and YOU. Sheesh!

        So sad. . . so sad.

        • RichFromShowMe says:

          If my memory serves me, willy clinton was impeached for lying under oath and obstruction of justice about “collecting BJ’s from an intern”; i.e., the wearer of the Blue dress.

          willy walked when he confused the “Rocket Scientists” on the Grand Jury with the penetrating question . . . it depends on what the the definition of “is”, “IS”.

          So far the only evidence on President Trump is his affinity for Russian dressing on salads, which in the dark recesses of some Liberals (Al Green, Maxine Waters, et al) mind surely provides the total reason to charge him with “something”?

          • 788eddie says:

            Not to state the obvious Rich, but all seventeen intelligence agencies in our country have assessed that Russia interfered with this past election, and yet Trump has stated that he doubts that info, and furthermore, has not requested, nor taken ANY steps to prevent it from happening again.

            The obvious conclusion one can draw is that Trump had prior knowledge of the interference, and some in his organization may have even helped. That’s treason, and should be dealt with severely!

            And we’re not even getting into the “other stuff” like the Trump family’s corruption of the emoluments clause.

            Wake up, Rich; time to get to work to clean up the Sewer that Trump is making America into!

          • RichFromShowMe says:


            We know other countries were involved; i.e., the DNC hired British ex-intelligence guy to fabricate the “Russia Dossier on Trump” and “the witch’s” story of bloggers in Manchuria(?) or other foreign nation(?) causing her problems, not to mention WikiLeaks which has never been wrong with its information.

            We also know the USA has been quite active in other nations elections for multiple decades inluding the most recent when obamba spent $350,000 of taxpayers money to influence Netanyahu’s election.



            So far the only provable evidence is the Russian dressing connection and it looks like the investigation may soon turn to the DNC, “the witch” and her Coven, Rice and other notable obamba Regime actors.

            The passage of Time will tell the story better than you or I, or anyone.

          • 788eddie says:

            Like many on the far right fringe, you mention questionable information, then insert things that are totally “off the charts” in hopes that someone reading it will accept it.

            The British document has, indeed, not been totally verified, however, many parts of it already have. The rest remains to be seen.

          • RichFromShowMe says:

            You certainly could be correct, but the articles were in your Leftist new outfits . . . it’s surprising they would print negative facts about Leftist ops.

    • RichFromShowMe says:

      Mueller violate federal regulations code 45.2 the second he accepted the job as his BFF is comey, who set up the position by leaking confidential info to the media.

      Ken Starr followed an actual “trail of evidence”, unlike Mueller who has only found the sole damning Russian Connection; i.e., Russian dressing on salads 🙂

  2. RichFromShowMe says:

    The article left out the one and only most damning “charge” against President Trump . . . . . his affinity for Russian dressing on his salads . . . . just like millions of other Americans. Should we all be charged with a criminal conspiracy?

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      I hate Russian dressing. Try again. An alien from outer space would be able in seconds to see that no other US president has EVER had contacts with a foreign government during their own presidential campaign.

      As for Trump and men like you dickheads, you are asking for the Civil War you are going to get. Trump is going down. NO president is above the law as you shitballs of the right so frequently reminded us when Obama and Clinton were president.

      Now you little dickheads think you can change the rules of law to suit that Lard Ass Sleazebag?

      • RichFromShowMe says:

        Knowing how much you hate facts, I’ll try once again – I see your foul mouth is at the forefront, once again, or, is it always? 🙂

        Congress limited (1978) the scope of a Special Prosecutors investigative powers, primarily due to Starr, following the evidence trail and the clinton’s lying.

        Teddy Kennedy, for instance enlisted Russia to blemish Reagan’s political image . . . and then there’s “the witch” and her Coven’s Russia Connection that is being “unearthed”

        • 788eddie says:

          Eleanor is actually very mild in her language choices, compared to Trump’s “The Mooch.”

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            I am certain the White House walls have heard more fbombs from Trump than it ever had even with Hoover or Nixon.

          • 788eddie says:

            The phrase”lowest common denominator” referring to this White Gouse does come to mind, Eleanor.

            Sad, so sad.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Right now the Lard Ass is strutting around, mouth agape and totally ignoring what’s going on in North Korea. Meanwhile, he points, delegates and leaves all major military decisions on the shoulders of the military.

            Now, he brings in Kelly. Whooop dddde doooo. Kelly is a product of decades of military regimentation. Something Trump abhors with every fiber of his being.

            So now it’s up to Kelly to rein Trump in? Kelly will be the fastest appointee to leave the minute he finds out that nothing he advises Trump will be Trump’s first choice.

          • 788eddie says:

            A good assessment, Eleanor!. Thanks!

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Now really Eddie…Can you honestly see Trump ever taking direction from anyone other than himself or Putin? It’s almost laughable. Here we have a decorated General Trump is calling his “star” as National Security Advisor and that phony ass Guido Moochie who is bound and determined to be the only one who has Trump’s ear, making any decisions that would be taken seriously by that nut?

            Prediction: The first National Security situation will be North Korea. General Kelly will advise Trump who will then go off on his own and start tweeting the nasties about Kelly’s advice as he’s done to over a dozen others he appointed. I give Kelly one month if that. rofl

    • PrecipitousDrop says:

      Special Counsel Robert Mueller was tasked with the investigation of Trump’s obstruction of justice in the firings of acting Attorney General Sally Yates, federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, and FBI Director James Comey — all of whom were actively engaged in probes of highly unethical and potentially illegal ties between the Trump campaign, transition, and administrative teams to known Russian operatives and officials.
      Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America.
      He is not another fat guy at the salad bar.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Trump pretends he “doesn’t know” when it’s to his advantage. Who stands before a Boy Scouts of America rally of young boys and goes into a political speech? Trump that’s who.

    Who tells the crowd of young boys to “boooooo” Obama? Trump the sleaze ball that’s who.

    The thing that the right wing now has to chew and swallow is Trump proving what we in the Metro area always knew about him….he is gutter trash trying to pretend he has any shred of decency and class. But then, neither do the right wingers who hail from states where men makes babies and dump the cost on Dem state taxpayers, women are so man dependent the only tune they know is “Stand By Your Man” and children are taught to use guns before they are taught to use a toilet.

  4. stsintl says:

    These type of issues used to be discussed for failed democracies and dictatorships in the third world. Instead of making “America Great Again”, this 5th grader bully is taking America back to the days of “Cowboys & Indians” when lawlessness was the law.

  5. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Manafort, Flynn, Donny Boy Jr., Iskanka, the Mammadov Crime Family, Kislyak and dozens of other Russian oligarchs Trump has done business with are denied constantly by Trump. You could put his mother’s skeleton in front of him and he’d deny she’s a Trump.

    This is how sick Trump is. No other president out of 44 in 284 years has ever gotten away with the violations to the US Constitution or emoluments clause as Trump is defiantly doing.

    When Mueller’s investigation proves there is reason to put Trump in prison for his deals with Putin and the PUtin government bank that laundered money here in the US, it will be time to round up all of the right wing liars and traitors and ship them off the Gitmo.

    At least that way, our tax dollars spent on keeping Gitmo open will not go to waste.

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