What The Steve Bannon Subpeona By Robert Mueller Might Mean

by Richard Cameron   Former chief White House political strategist, Steve Bannon appeared before the House Intelligence Committee  investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and declined to answer all questions posed to him by members of the panel, including those of Republican Mike Conaway (R-TX).  Fellow GOP panel member Devin Nunes, (R-CA) was left with no option but to issue a subpeona to Bannon’s attorney. “Of course I authorized the subpoena,” he told reporters. “That’s how the rules work.”  Bannon was in meeting in closed door hearings for…

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Fallacies, Foolishness, Fails And Fictions Of Trump’s New York Times Interview

by Richard Cameron   The New York Times Michael Schmidt’s impromptu interview with President Donald Trump at his Trump International golf club in West Palm Beach was evidence that Trump has not developed any new habits of embracing facts, grasping reality or curbing his instinct to loiter around absurd and unfounded pretensions. The audience that the unscripted interview was intended for, as all of them are – is Trump’s continuously shrinking political base. Schmidt apparently was of the view that employing open ended questions colloquially known as “softballs”, would cause…

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Donald Trump and Steve Bannon: Trophy Hunting The Republican Party

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by Tony Wyman How ironic that President Trump, the man who history may credit with the destruction of the Republican Party, has come out against trophy hunting elephants.  Isn’t that, in effect, what his presidential campaign and his presidency, itself, has been all about? It certainly is for his chief supporters, men like Steve Bannon, who told crowds at the Values Voter Summit in October, “Nobody can run and hide on this one. These folks are coming for you,” referring to rebel alt-right candidates targeting mainstream Republicans opposed to Mr. Bannon’s…

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Fear And Loathing In The West Wing – Trump Adminstration’s Circular Firing Squad

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by Richard Cameron The story that was disseminated by Trump’s media circus surrogates when General John Kelly took over from the beleaguered ex White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, was that Kelly was going act as a judicious gatekeeper, limiting access to the Oval Office.   The cherry on top would be that the chaos and confused messaging was going to be brought under control and Kelly would be a sobering influence on Donald Trump. From all we can see, Kelly may have accomplished the former to one degree or…

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Former Trump advisors, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates charged with Conspiracy; Papadopolous Admits Lying

By Dani Graham President Trump‘s former campaign manager and chief strategist, Paul Manafort, turned himself into federal authorities this morning. In addition, Rick Gates, longtime business partner of Manafort and another former Trump campaign official has been urged to turn himself in. The charges filed against Manafort and Gates include conspiracy against the United States, foreign lobbying, money laundering, and tax evasion are shown here: News that the first charges were approved by a federal grand jury broke on Friday, while rumors swirled that the first indictments would be issued…

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Leaky Trump Syndrome – The President’s Bad News Continues Into August

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by Oletta Branstiter     Quotes “Even the President of Mexico called me. Their southern border, they said very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get to our border, which is the ultimate compliment.” “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.” Lies After bragging that both the President of Mexico and the head of the Boy Scouts organization had made calls to praise him, President…

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Senator Lindsey Graham Moves to Restrict President Trump’s Power to Fire Special Counsel Mueller

By Oletta Branstiter Following days of increasingly negative tweets by President Trump expressing his displeasure with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Presidential candidate and Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham put his proverbial foot down yesterday by declaring publicly, “As a human being, I think he should show respect for Jeff Sessions as a person. Jeff Sessions was the most loyal supporter of Donald Trump. A rock-solid conservative. The reason I like him so much is I often disagree with him, but I’d never believe he was a man…

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Did Donald Trump Nominate A Lap Dog For FBI Director? Christopher Wray’s Street Cred

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by Richard Cameron Flying under the radar of all the hurricane force coverage of President Trump’s inability to extricate himself from the tar like substance called #Russiagate, is the story of Trump’s replacement for James B. Comey at the helm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2017 Wray’s testimony in Senate confirmation hearings has brought the nomination somewhat back into…

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Pence Lawyers Up For Russian Investigation Though Guilt is Not Likely – Whose Next?

By Janice Barlow Mike Pence has decided to be proactive concerning the special investigation into Russian ties to the Trump administration. He has retained an outside attorney. Richard Cullen, a former U.S. attorney, who is now based out of Richmond, VA has been hired by Pence. The Vice President made this decision after a lengthy and careful interview process involving several law firms over the last few weeks. Cullen will also be providing assistance to Pence with regards to questioning by Congressional committees. An aide to Vice President Pence stated…

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