Donald Trump Again Dredges Up Baseless Claims Of Intelligence Community Misconduct

by Richard Cameron   This is a follow up to a report I wrote originally last March in reaction to Donald Trump’s wild and unfounded claims that former President Barack Obama had personally put him and his campaign under surveillance. My decision to re-publish it now, is based on Trump having started up a  baseless line of attack on the intelligence community once again and using it as a tactic to divert attention away from the Mueller investigation that is coming to a rolling boil.  Here is the most recent…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

What Are Americans Thinking About Trump And His Job Performance And Honesty?

by Richard Cameron Quinnipiac University just released the results of a poll on President Trump and his job performance and credibility. It should, and most likely has alarm bells ringing in the West Wing.  We know that recent surveys of Trump’s approval ratings are showing strong indications that he is viewed negatively by a majority of Americans, with only 36% approving of his handling of duties in the Oval Office.  And Quinnipiac’s poll of 2 weeks earlier (May 10), more than half, 52 percent, said that they disapprove of the way…

Read More

Did President Trump Attempt To Enlist Intelligence Officials In Shutting Down The FBI Investigations Into Russian Collusion?

by Richard Cameron The Washington Post released a report last night detailing information that indicates President Trump and the Trump White House sought to persuade high ranking members of the intelligence community to influence former FBI Director James Comey, Jr., to close down its investigations on Russian influence in the 2016 Presidential campaign. In the report, the Washington Post outlines that Trump, in March, asked the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats and also Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), to make statements to the…

Read More