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February 27, 2020

Being Gay Does Not Make You Good} Trump's Gay Intelligence Appointee Has Hidden$$ from Government


Richard Grenell — the out gay U.S. ambassador to Germany who Donald Trump recently named as acting director of National Intelligence — has failed to report his past work on behalf of a corrupt and mega-wealthy Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc.
As such, Grenell’s actions may have possibly broken a law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a federal law that requires government employees to disclose their work on behalf of foreign politicians. 
Concurrently, former National Security Adviser and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice called Grenell a “hack and a shill” and “one of the nastiest, dishonest people I’ve ever encountered.”
According to the investigative journalism website Pro Publica, Grenell ran a public affairs consulting firm called Capitol Media Partners (CMP) which received more than $5,000 to work as a media consultant for Plahotniuc. Plahotniuc is a mega-wealthy and once influential Moldovan politician who Grenell defended against corruption claims in several August 2016 op-eds for the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times.
Grenell’s op-eds called the corruption allegations against Plahotniuc an anti-Western plot by Russia, a stance that aligned with Plahotniuc’s goals to rehabilitate his public image and gain access to U.S. politicians. Plahotniuc was later barred from the U.S. for widespread corruption charges and has since gone into hiding to evade prosecution by European authorities.

Vladimir Plahotniuc of Moldova, wanted for corruption.
Vladimir Plahotniuc Shutterstock

Grenell denies that he was paid for his op-eds and says he merely wrote them to support Plahotniuc’s “pro-western political party.” Nevertheless, Grenell’s non-disclosure of his op-eds may have violated FARA, a law that exists to prevent high-level government employees from being influenced or blackmailed by foreign government agents.
The law is especially important considering that Grenell has recently been named by Trump as the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI), a job which even a Republican senator says Grenell is unqualified for.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said, “As one of the four authors of the law that created the DNI back in 2004, I care deeply about that position and believe the person needs experience in the intelligence community, which regrettably Ambassador Grenell does not have.”
Rice agreed, saying Grenell has “absolutely no background, no preparation, and no knowledge” to be the DNI, adding, “He is a hack and a shill and that’s all he’s ever been.” She said Grenell has been named as DNI for one reason: to use government intelligence for Trump’s personal benefit.

June 13, 2019

How Does The rich Like Trump appointee to The Transportation Dept.Elaine Chao Uses It to Get Richer?

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 Name the rich donkey!

I am referring to Elaine Chao who is in charge of billions in the Transportation Dept. The bridge, the potholes in the street that don't get the repair, she is in charge of the money to have the states fix these roads. But there is only one company that supplies the asphalt and she owns close to a million dollars in stocks, which grow every time her boss (mention)mentions the word infrastructure. The caveat of these is that she is the wife of Senator Mitchell who is the head of the majority in Congress and without his blessing, no bills will reach a vote and neither would an impeachment from the House of Representatives.

I wrote yesterday talking about why rich people only worry about making more of what they have. I keep asking what one of the owners of a business I used to manage. He would say, How many shirts can I buy?  and I only can ride one car at the time.. It makes no sense to become blind of how much you are trying to get if you look at the balance between your family, neighbors, friends, and people in your country. 

This woman Chao Who should have never been appointed to the White House because of her husband and the crashing of interests of the companies that she invests and then have deals with representing the people of the USA. Which is a conflict because you can't serve two masters(for those that believe in the bible but haven't read it). You can't be my lawyer and the lawyer of the guy who wants my money... It is that simple. These could not happen before. Have we lost our sense of decency allowing this corruption to go on?? 

The house as it stands can impeach the President who just said he believes his new friend of North Korea opposite our CIA committed a crime by saying that and saying he would never spy on this killer. But The husband of Mrs. Chao would not remove. We have never ended the war declaration of North Korea so actually Trump committed a crime of_T__________________. You fill it out. 

In order for you to commit that crime which the constitution says the President should be removed and emoved the nation has to be on a war declared by Congress. True, President Truman called it a Policing action not war but there has been no cessation of hostilities on paper, so he can still commit crimes against the United States by siding with North Korea..particularly A President who is supposed to protect us from the guy that every day is getting longer-range missiles to reach most cities in the United States. Maybe Trump will make a deal and give his new friend which he loves,  Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico in exchange for him to stay cool. and not nuke Florida.

Being rich by most of those 80-90 super billionaires in the world is not enough. They always WANT MORE BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT MORE SHIRTS OR MORE CARS OR MOE HOUSES. THEY WANT POWER TO CONTROL OTHERS BECAUSE  MONEY IS POWER.

 "He wrote me a letter and we both fell in love with each other"

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao came under fire from ethics experts and reporters after The Wall Street Journal revealed Tuesday that she still owns shares in a major construction company that provides materials for road-paving despite pledging to divest from the company in the ethics agreement she signed before her confirmation in early 2017.

"Elaine Chao just threw her hat into the ring for the Trump admin's worst self-enriching action."
—Public Citizen
"The road to tyranny is paved with corrupt intentions: Elaine Chao just threw her hat into the ring for the Trump admin's worst self-enriching action—retaining shares in a construction-materials company more than a year after she promised to relinquish them," the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen tweeted in response to the report.

Shares of Vulcan Materials Co. "have risen nearly 13 percent since April 2018, the month in which Ms. Chao said she would be cashed out of the stock, netting her a more than $40,000 gain," the Journal noted. "The shares, now worth nearly $400,000, were paid out to Ms. Chao in April 2018, as deferred compensation for the roughly two years she served on Vulcan's board of directors before being confirmed as secretary of transportation." 
Why this matters? @apmreports tracked Vulcan’s stock in 2017. It spiked whenever Chao or @realDonaldTrump talked infrastructure $.  Cc: @TMannWSJ

Elaine Chao, champion of Trump's infrastructure plan, chose to keep stock in a building company

After she was confirmed, the transportation secretary resigned from the board of Vulcan Materials but held on to deferred stock awards worth $300,000, an amount that could grow if Chao helps push an...

A Department of Transportation spokesperson told the Journal that the 2017 ethics agreement failed to account for Vulcan's compensation policy and the agreement's language "is being clarified to avoid confusion." The spokesperson also said DOT's top ethics official determined that Chao owning the shares does not present a conflict of interest, but the secretary will continue to recuse herself from decisions involving the company—another pledge she made in the agreement.

Walter Shaub, who resigned as director of the Office of Government Ethics in mid-2017 over clashes with the Trump administration, agreed that Chao's ownership of Vulcan shares likely is not a legal conflict of interest but criticized her decision to retain the shares.

"If you look at her ethics agreement, it provides for a complete disentanglement of her interest from Vulcan Materials, and that's what was represented to the Senate," Shaub told the Journal. "For the head of the DOT to have a financial interest in an asphalt company, that is not sending a message to employees of DOT that she is making ethics a priority."  

Shaub, who is now a senior adviser at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), added in a series of tweets that "the ethics agreement is supposed to be binding. Changing it post-confirmation is a bait-and-switch on the Senate."

The Senate confirmed Chao in a 93-6 vote in January of 2017. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao's husband, abstained. 
The Journal pointed out that "Ms. Chao's decision to retain the shares and recuse herself from matters that might affect Vulcan stands in contrast to the way previous transportation secretaries have handled potential conflicts of interest."
For instance, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who served under President Barack Obama, sold stakes in Caterpillar Inc. and Ford Motor Co. upon being confirmed to lead the department.
"I basically sold everything," Mr. LaHood said. "The ethics police told me to do it, so I did it."
The newspaper reported that other government officials—including Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory as well as Jeffrey Rosen, who served as Chao's top deputy before becoming deputy attorney general—have divested from companies that posed potential conflicts.
However, as Carrie Levine, money in politics reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, acknowledged on Twitter Tuesday, "this resembles ethics issues of two other cabinet members"—Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. 
"It is pretty unusual," Levine concluded, "to have three cabinet secretaries who either haven't complied with their original ethics agreements or have belatedly gotten revisions.

January 23, 2019

Simm’s Book: “THE White House OUT of Control"

 White House lower corridor

President Trump watched on television, increasingly angry as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan criticized his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. He held the remote control “like a pistol” and yelled for an assistant to get the Republican leader on the phone.
“Paul, do you know why Democrats have been kicking your ass for decades? Because they know a little word called ‘loyalty,’ ” Trump told Ryan, then a Wisconsin congressman. “Why do you think Nancy [Pelosi] has held on this long? Have you seen her? She’s a disaster. Every time she opens her mouth another Republican gets elected. But they stick with her . . . Why can’t you be loyal to your president, Paul?”
The tormenting continued. Trump recalled Ryan distancing himself from Trump in October 2016, in the days after the “Access Hollywood” video in which he bragged of fondling women first surfaced in The Washington Post. “I remember being in Wisconsin and your own people were booing you,” Trump told him, according to former West Wing communications aide Cliff Sims. “You were out there dying like a dog, Paul. Like a dog! And what’d I do? I saved your a--.” Paul Ryan's path to supporting Donald Trump 
 House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) did not always support Donald Trump's quest to the White House. 
The browbeating of the top Republican on Capitol Hill was one of the vivid snapshots of life inside the Trump White House told by one of its original inhabitants, Cliff Sims, in his 384-page tell-all, “Team of Vipers,” which goes on sale next week and was obtained in advance by The Post. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Sims, who enjoyed uncommon personal access to Trump, recounts expletive-filled scenes of chaos, dysfunction, and duplicity among the president, his family members, and administration officials.
Unlike memoirs of other Trump officials, Sims’s book is neither a sycophantic portrayal of the president nor a blistering account written to settle scores. The author presents himself as a true believer in Trump and his agenda and even writes whimsically of the president, but still is critical of him, especially his morality. Sims also find fault in himself, a rarity in Trump World, writing that at times he was “selfish,” “nakedly ambitious” and “a coward.
The author reconstructs in comic detail the Trump team’s first day at work when the president sat in the residence raging about news coverage of the relatively small size of his inauguration crowds, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer scrambled to address it.
Spicer had worked the team “into a frenzy,” and it fell to Sims to write the script for his first statement to the media. Nervously chewing gum, Spicer dictated “a torrent of expletives with a few salient points scattered in between.” At one point, Sims’s computer crashed and he lost the draft, so it had to be rewritten. And in their rush to satisfy the impatient president, nobody checked the facts. Spicer, he writes, was “walking into his own execution.”
“It’s impossible to deny how absolutely out of control the White House staff — again, myself included — was at times,” Sims writes. The book’s scenes are consistent with news reporting at the time from inside the White House.
President Trump speaks at a Dec. 18, 2018, roundtable event at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Sims depicts Trump as deeply suspicious of his own staff. He recalls a private huddle in which he and Keith Schiller, the president’s longtime bodyguard and confidant, helped Trump draw up an enemies list with a Sharpie on White House stationery. “We’re going to get rid of all the snakes, even the bottom-feeders,” Trump told them. 
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told the staff that he viewed his job as serving the “country first, POTUS second,” which Sims interpreted as potentially hostile to Trump’s agenda.
Sims recounts that Kelly once confided to him in a moment of exasperation: “This is the worst [expletive] job I’ve ever had. People apparently think that I care when they write that I might be fired. If that ever happened, it would be the best day I’ve had since I walked into this place.”
A conservative media figure in Alabama, Sims came to work on Trump’s 2016 campaign and cultivated a personal relationship with the candidate-turned-president. Sims writes rich, extended dialogue from his conversations with Trump and others in the administration.
As White House director of message strategy, Sims regularly met Trump at the private elevator of the residence and accompanied him to video tapings — carrying a can of Tresemmé Tres Two hair spray, extra hold, for the boss. At one such taping, about an hour after Trump had tweeted that he saw MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski “bleeding badly from a facelift,” the president sought feedback from Sims and Spicer. 
“They’re going to say it’s not presidential,” Trump said, referring to the media. “But you know what? It’s modern-day presidential.” The president then raged about the “Morning Joe” program on which Brzezinski appears and instructed Spicer, “Don’t you dare say I watch that show.”
President Trump greets House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) at a Dec. 20, 2017, White House event celebrating passage of the tax cut bill, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other lawmakers looking on. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
 Sims also recounts a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime friend, and former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon at which Sessions suggested a polygraph test of national security officials to root out “leakers” after The Post reported the transcripts of Trump’s phone calls with the Mexican president and Australian prime minister.
At times, Trump evinced less rage than a lack of interest. Sims recounts one time when Ryan was in the Oval Office explaining the ins and outs of the Republican health-care bill to the president. As Ryan droned on for 15 minutes, Trump sipped on a glass of Diet Coke, peered out at the Rose Garden, stared aimlessly at the walls and, finally, walked out. 
Ryan kept talking as the president wandered down the hall to his private dining room, where he flicked on his giant flat-screen TV. Apparently, he had had enough of Ryan’s talk. It fell to Vice President Pence to retrieve Trump and convince him to return to the Oval Office so they could continue their strategy session.
 White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci talks with reporters outside the White House on July 25, 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Sims reconstructs moments of crisis for the West Wing communications team in play-by-play detail, including the domestic abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter and the firing of James B. Comey as FBI director.
He paints Spicer, counselor Kellyanne Conway, and communications adviser Mercedes Schlapp in an especially negative light, calling Conway “the American Sniper of West Wing marksmen” and describing her agenda as “survival over all others, including the president.” 
Sims writes that former aide Omarosa Manigault cursed members of the Congressional Black Caucus when they asked for a moment of privacy in the West Wing after meeting with Trump and before addressing the media.
“Privacy?!” Manigault said. “You think you can come up in our house and demand [expletive] privacy? Hell, no! You must be outta your . . . mind.”
Perhaps the book’s most cinematic chapter of chaos is “The Mooch Is Loose,” a reconstruction of Anthony Scaramucci’s 11 days as White House communications director.
Sims was Scaramucci’s right-hand man and describes the flamboyant aide’s hunt for “leakers,” which began with his own staff. Scaramucci assembled the 40-odd media aides and threatened to fire them all, Sims writes, as if he were a “fire-breathing dragon that had just returned from laying waste to the unsuspecting peasants in the village.”
Sims writes that Scaramucci ordered them to reply to anyone in the White House instructing them to leak information to a reporter, including then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, by saying: “I cannot do that. I only report to Anthony Scaramucci and he reports directly to the president of the United States.”
Even Trump was amused.
“Can you believe this guy?” the president told Sims. “He’s completely out of his mind — like, on drugs or something — totally out of his mind. We’ll figure it out, but the guy is crazy.”

November 26, 2018

Trump Campaign Aide Papadopoulos Has Been Ordered to Start Jail Today


 A judge denied requests on Sunday from former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to delay his scheduled sentence to prison. He'll head there Monday and stay for two weeks. 
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about his relationship with Russian officials and their intermediaries during the 2016 presidential election.
In September, a federal judge sentenced him to 14 days in prison, along with 200 hours of community service, one year of supervised release, and a $9,500 fine. 
Papadopoulos filed multiple requests in recent weeks leading up to his prison sentence: He asked that his incarceration be delayed until a separate case appealing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appointment concluded. He argued that the challenge to Mueller's appointment could affect the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and therefore Papadopoulos' own conviction. He then asked for the opportunity to appeal the court's decision about his request. 
Federal Judge Randolph D. Moss said no, and wrote in his ruling that Papadopoulos "has only his own delay to blame." Papadopoulos waived his right to appeal his sentence when he pleaded guilty — and waited until what Moss called the "eleventh-hour" to file a motion asking for a delay.  
Moss noted that judges in lower courts have found Mueller's appointment to be lawful. 
After the sentencing in September, Papadopoulos' lawyer at the time, Thomas Breen, told reporters that the 14-day sentence was completely fair. "I think it is really stupid to lie to the FBI," he added. 
Breen and attorney Robert Stanley asked the court to remove them from Papadopoulos' case earlier this month.
Papadopoulos' new lawyer, Christopher LaVigne, said in a statement to NPR on Sunday:
The Court's decision not to stay Mr. Papadopoulos's incarceration is an unfortunate result in an inequitable case ... Nevertheless, for practical reasons, Mr. Papadopoulos has decided not to appeal the Court's decision or move to overturn his plea. Given the immense power of the Special Counsel's Office and the costs to Mr. Papadopoulos of continuing to fight, he will serve his sentence today and hopes to move on with his life. 

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