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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New Book On Donald Trump’s Presidency Unleashes Trump’s “Fire And Fury”

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by Richard Cameron   A new book, “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, set for imminent release, has been previewed by the BBC, is an inside look at the first few months of the Trump presidency and contains a series of bombshells and embarrassing anecdotes that have Donald Trump and the White House already on the defensive. We’ll discuss a small sample of the excerpts, which include Trump’s description of an administration official as a “cunt”, his daughter Ivanka’s presidential ambitions and Rupert Murdoch’s personal assessment of Trump. Donald the…

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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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The Steele Dossier Continues To Gain Confirmation – And Worry Trump, Inc.

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by Richard Cameron As the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller moves forward, it seems apparent that the intelligence report on Donald Trump and the Trump campaign, known as the “Steele Dossier” is gaining in credibility. Experts in the field of investigating criminal operations are widely of the opinion that the Steele Dossier, compiled by former MI6 British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, is a rough blueprint for much of the focus of Mueller’s investigation. That appears evident by the overall picture that is forming of intrigue between Trump…

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The Manafort Indictment Is Ominous News For Trump Inc., But So Is George Papadapoulos

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by Richard Cameron   Now that the official news is that former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates have been charged in a sealed indictment, we take a look at all this from 30,000 feet. What are the implications? If you ask President Trump – there aren’t any: At face value, you would think Trump believes today’s announcement from the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is the end of the matter. He doesn’t believe that and no one with any sense believes that. The tweets…

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Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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What Is Donald Trump’s Base Of Support Looking Like In July 2017? The Latest Polling & What It Means

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by Richard Cameron Trump’s Base of support in July 2017 Here at National Compass, we are frequently tracking how Donald Trump’s presidency is trending, looking for signifiers that may indicate a shift in the national outlook towards him.  So far the baseline numbers are holding steady although not favorably for the President. The latest Washington Post / ABC News poll shows President Donald Trump’s approval ratings remaining at 36 percent as they have been for several months at this point.  As a point of comparison, George W. Bush and Barack…

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Donald Trump’s Buyer’s Remorse In New York Times Interview – Now He’d Like To Jam Sessions

Senator Jeff Sessions arrives before the 58th Presidential Inauguration Parade at the White House reviewing stand in Washington D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. More than 5,000 military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support and Defense Support of Civil Authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A.

by Richard Cameron President Trump now feels like he got taken by the car dealer. He thought he was getting a fleet of  lap dogs and what he finds he actually has is a herd of independent minded cats. Reports from the Washington Post that surfaced in mid June, indicated that White House insiders were hearing Trump rant about various individuals in his cabinet, mostly in the Justice Department and particular among them, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those reports, as most all reports coming from the ‘mainstream media’, were quickly…

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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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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Invokes The “I Do Not Recall” Strategy In Senate Hearings

by Richard Cameron Attorney General Jeff Sessions resorted to two main tactics in hedging particular lines of questioning in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee today.  One was selective amnesia with regard to particulars concerning interactions with Russian officials during the 2016 Presidential campaign. The other was his invoking of a “longstanding policy” of cabinet level heads of the Department of Justice not to comment on private discussions, “confidential communications”, as he termed them, with the executive branch (i.e., the President). It’s interesting, the pattern emerging. Trump’s media surrogates and…

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