Misadventures of a minority-elect President 92

Chronicling the misadventures of our minority-elect President’s alternate reality, alternative facts and the miscreants that comprise his administration so you don’t have to:

Having a Comey recording in the White House would prove fatal for our minority-elect President, mulling a sweeping shake-up of his staff and cabinet after his very bad week – despite the obvious – which is only going to get worse, an explanation of our Liar-in-Chief’s credibility – or lack thereof – issues, Trump thinks he can get away with anything – which is rather ironic given the fact that it appears he never thinks before he speaks or does anything, Trump’s Russia scandal stars in Sunday morning political theater, another call for Trump’s impeachment from Harvard law professor, speculation about the removal of 3 of Trump’s stooges from key positions in his duplicitous cabinet, Dems fire another shot over the bow as they demand preservation of the ‘tapes’ – if they exist – for use in Trump’s upcoming Watergate scandal, Sessions exemplifies the problem of having a corrupt ‘Justice’ Department in bed with a corrupt White House, inconvenient data has no place in Trump’s land of delusion, GOP brown shirts are stuck in Trump’s train wreck presidency, Vice Chair of Trump’s bogus ‘Election Integrity’ sham confirms it’s all about suppressing voters and more.

Maddow: A Comey Tape Is Interesting Not Because Trump Recorded It, But Because It’s Subpoenable article from The Independent Journal Review. –
http://ijr.com/2017/05/871935-maddow-comey-tape-is-interesting-not-because-trump-recorded-it-but-because-its-subpoenable/

Sources say Comey hopes there is a tape, which is also interesting because not only would it be illegal, it would reveal that Trump has lied to whole time.

Scoop: Trump, irked at cabinet and staff, mulls sweeping shake-up article from Axios. –
https://www.axios.com/scoop-trump-irked-at-cabinet-and-staff-mulls-sweeping-shake-up-2407137307.html

Here’s some free advice Mr. President: Try looking in the mirror before you start blaming everyone else.

Is it time for Trump staff to lawyer up? article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/14/trump-staff-lawyers-counsel-238360

With subpoenas coming from Congress and an active FBI investigation, it might not be a bad idea.

Trump’s dangerous credibility gap article from The Los Angeles Times. –
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-comey-credibility-20170514-story.html

Trump and his miscreantic administration lost all credibility long ago:

“When Donald Trump was merely a real estate mogul, he exaggerated flamboyantly and reporters considered it charming: He promoted Trump Tower as a 68-story building, even though it has only 58 floors. When Trump was a presidential candidate, he lied enthusiastically, but that didn’t prevent him from winning: He insisted falsely that he opposed the Iraq war from the start, to cite only one of many instances.

Now Trump is president, and his old habits haven’t changed. He’s still spinning bald-faced untruths whenever it suits his purpose.

The difference now is that the stakes are higher, and the lies more consequential. Earlier presidents husbanded their credibility as a precious commodity; not Trump. His modern predecessors from Lyndon B. Johnson to Barack Obama needed years to open a “credibility gap”; Trump produced his in record time. That’s not merely a problem of ethics or integrity; it’s a practical problem too. Trump doesn’t seem to know it, but he’s hurting his ability to govern.

As one of Napoleon’s aides said under not-quite-similar circumstances, this is worse than a crime; it’s a blunder…”

It Appears That Trump May Have Just Falsely Accused Himself of Wiretapping Himself article from Slate. –
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/05/12/trump_accuses_trump_of_surveilling_trump_in_tapes_tweet.html

On how our dimwitted dumbass of a President keeps digging himself a bigger hole that he may never get out of.

ACLU files FOIA demanding evidence of Trump’s voter fraud claims article from The Hill. –
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/333297-aclu-files-foia-demanding-evidence-of-trumps-voter-fraud-claims

In response to Trump’s ‘executive order’ establishing his (lack of) ‘Election Integrity’ sham to be used to enable more vote rigging and suppress more non-GOP voters in 2018.

The man President Trump fears the most article from The San Francisco Chronicle. –
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/williesworld/article/The-man-President-Trump-fears-most-11144034.php

Now that he dubiously fired FBI Director James Comey, our illegitimate, minority-elect President should be even more afraid.

Trump thinks he can get away with anything article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/13/opinions/trump-thinks-he-can-get-away-with-anything-opinion-zelizer/

Not entirely true since – obviously – most of the time it doesn’t appear that Trump thinks at all:

“President Trump thinks he can get away with anything.

This week’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey has greatly intensified the fears that our commander in chief sees absolutely no boundaries to his power.

By axing the director of an agency investigating whether there was collusion between members of his campaign and Russians, Trump risked being seen as obstructing a criminal investigation. He then piled on by tweeting out a threat to Comey should he leak information to the media. If Trump obstructed justice, it would be fair to say this scandal could be worse than Watergate.

In retrospect, the most revealing moment in the 2016 campaign occurred when Trump said at a campaign rally in January, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” The statement perfectly captures the mentality of the leader who holds the keys to power in the United States…”

Clapper: US institutions are ‘under assault’ by Russia and Trump article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/14/clapper-us-institutions-are-under-assault-by-russia-and-trump/22086171/

And so Trump’s Russia scandal continues as Clapper strikes back.

Trump may drop Spicer, Bannon and Priebus: report article from The New York Post. –
http://nypost.com/2017/05/14/trump-may-drop-spicer-bannon-and-priebus-report/amp/

The 3 Stooges – albeit as well as our profoundly corrupt ‘leader’ – should have never been there to begin with but better late than never…

Harvard law professor calls for Trump impeachment article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/14/harvard-law-professor-calls-for-trump-impeachment/22085951/

And so the calls for Trump’s Impeachment grow.

If Trump’s Comey ‘tapes’ exist, top Democrats want them ‘preserved’ article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-comey-tapes-exist-top-democrats-want-preserved-174249323.html

A brief preview of Trump’s upcoming Watergate scandal:

“If President Trump secretly recorded his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, the top Democrats in the House and Senate investigations on Russian interference in the 2016 election want those tapes.

“We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don’t mysteriously disappear,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday. “So I have asked, others have asked, to make sure the tapes are preserved if they exist.”

“If they exist, Congress needs to get them,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “If they are not provided willingly, Congress should subpoena them. And if they’re not in existence — if this was another fabrication by the president — he needs to come clean about it.”

“If there are tapes, the president should turn them over immediately, of course,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “To destroy them would be a violation of law. But he should turn them over to Congress and to the investigators. If there are no tapes, he should apologize to both Jim Comey and the American people for misleading them.”…”

Jeff Sessions: hardline Trump ally hits ground running with role in Comey firing article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/14/jeff-sessions-attorney-general-trump-comey

The perfect example of the potential corruption that happens when the “Justice” Department is in bed with Trump’s White House.

After acting FBI boss breaks with Trump talking points, White House won’t confirm confidence in him article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/acting-fbi-director-mccabe-confidence-trump-russia-b1cba2915538

Whoever he appoints to fill the role of FBI Director will have sworn loyalty to Trump, making them as corrupt as our dimwitted dumbass leader is.

Will A Mob-Connected Hustler Be The First Person To Spill The Beans on Trump’s Russian Ties for the FBI? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/will-mob-connected-hustler-be-first-person-spill-beans-trump

Donald Trump’s disastrously bad week in Washington article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/14/politics/worst-week-donald-trump/

And it doesn’t look like this week will be much better for him:

“(CNN) – Donald Trump’s week started with Sally Yates’ damning testimony about Michael Flynn and ended with a series of wild tweets and an ever-changing story about exactly why he chose to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Even by Trumpian standards, the wild swings, erratic messaging and general chaos was beyond the pale — raising real concerns about whether Trump was losing control of the ship of state.

Start with the testimony of Yates, the one-time acting attorney general, to a Senate subcommittee Monday. She made clear that on two occasions — once on January 26 and then again on January 27 — she sought out White House counsel Don McGahn to warn him that national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised by the Russians and was a blackmail risk. Trump didn’t fire Flynn until 18 days later — a seemingly inexplicable amount of time given the allegations against him.

On Tuesday — even as Trump’s White House was trying to find an explanation for that 18-day gap — Trump stunned the political world by firing Comey. He did so by having his former bodyguard deliver a hand-written letter — in which Trump asserted that Comey had told him on three occasions that he wasn’t under investigation(!) — to the FBI. Comey was in Los Angeles at the time, finding out of his firing the way the rest of us did: on TV…”

Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined article from The Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/under-trump-inconvenient-data-is-being-sidelined/2017/05/14/3ae22c28-3106-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html

Truth and facts, especially when it’s inconvenient to your fallacies, have no place in Trump’s land of delusion.

Donald Trump’s Mother’s Day proclamation is straight out of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ article from Quartz. –
https://qz.com/983339/donald-trumps-mothers-day-proclamation-is-straight-out-of-the-handmaids-tale/

Unsurprisingly, women don’t play much of a role in Trump’s Mother’s Day proclamation.

Caught in the Trump trap: Republicans made a deal with the devil and now they’re stuck with him article from Salon. –
http://www.salon.com/2017/05/14/caught-in-the-trump-trap-republicans-made-a-deal-with-the-devil-and-now-theyre-stuck-with-him/

So far it appears the Trump’s GOP brown shirts are happy to go down with our illegitimate, minority-elect president’s train wreck of a presidency.

Hannity’s Interview With Kris Kobach Proves Election Commission Is About Voter Suppression article from Media Matters. –
https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/05/11/hannitys-interview-kris-kobach-proves-election-commission-about-voter-suppression/216416

Vice Chair of Trump’s disingenuous ‘Election Integrity’ sham confirms it’s all about suppressing voters during Fox ‘News’ interview:

“Sean Hannity’s interview with Kris Kobach, who was chosen as vice chair on President Donald Trump’s commission on “election integrity,” was filled with myths about voter fraud, voter intimidation, and undocumented immigrants, confirming that the entire commission is really about finding ways to suppress voter access.

On May 11, Trump signed an executive order establishing a bipartisan “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” tasked with investigating alleged voter fraud in the voting system. It was announced that Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will serve as chair and vice chair of the commission. Kobach has a history of extremism, ties to white supremacists, and promotion of misinformation on immigration and voting issues. During a May 11 an interview on Sean Hannity’s radio program, Kobach promoted multiple debunked myths about the issue of voter fraud, including the racist, bogus story about ‘voter intimidation’ at a polling place in Philadelphia.

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): So tell us about the executive order that establishes the presidential advisory commission on election integrity.

KRIS KOBACH: So what this order does is something that’s never really been done before and that is establishing national nationwide entity to collect data on the issue of voter fraud and election integrity. I have seen examples and many cases of voter fraud in Kansas and that’s one of the reasons we adopted photo ID laws and proof of citizenship laws. You know, I only see what’s in my state, and other secretaries of state and election officials only see what’s in their state and this commission will gather data on a nationwide level and present facts to inform the debate and inform the public of how big this problem is, what the numbers are and people can draw their conclusions and we’ll go where the facts lead us…”

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