April 5th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #76

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1,585 Responses to April 5th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #76

  1. Pam says:

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  5. Katherine McCoun says:

    Perhaps a naive question: why must crimes or potential crimes by Hillary and Rice, for exAmple, go through committees and hearings in congress? If Rice broke the law, then cant the FBI investigate and charge? Of the federal district attorney for that region?

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    • janc1955 says:

      My hope is the evidence gathering is going on full force behind the scenes. Even minor local crimes seem to take awhile to get to the perp walk stage, so I’m assuming this much bigger deal would take that much longer.

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    • Chuck Roast says:

      Good question. The answer is that hearings give all these do nothing Congress people cover to act outraged and in the end, do nothing. The Benghazi hearings ring a bell?

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    • StateSovereigntyNationalUnion says:

      Its not one or the other, both serve a purpose:
      (1) Congressional oversight of the Executive Branch is an important duty to safeguard our freedoms. Because the democrats have made everything partisan after Bush vs. Gore (Committe investigations are now insufferable to watch), and due to the Uniparty lack of any results from investigations, people have lost faith in Congress as an oversight body. But remember T45 asked Congress to investigate spying on his administration! Perhaps Trump did this politically to cut off the runaway train, spurious Russia investigation (the dems would now love for the whole Congressional investigation to just go away after this week, LOL). However, I believe T45 truly wants Congress to have a roll in investigating. If protection against abuse of power, safeguard the proper working of our intelligence agencies, and making sure there is not improper leaking of intelligence (such as “unmasking”) are not investigated by Congress, well then we have no checks and balances and no Republic, just imperious Federal officials and imperious Federal courts. All of this is the proper purvue of Congress. Congress can also make criminal referrals to the judicial branch. And while also a power of Congress, impeachment is actually a highly specialized subset of Congressional power reseved to investigating (and putting on trial in Congress) Federal officials who may have committed high crimes and misdemeanors while in office.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_oversight

      (2) Prosecutors of various courts can of course investigate crimes whenever they want and impanel grand juries to screen criminal indictments for Federal crimes (the 5th Amendment provides that ‘No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury’). We also have statutory basis for use of special prosecutors at various points in our history. The Star investigation started as an investigation into the Whitewater land deal and mushroomed into whatever it became.

      We are in the top of the 1st inning in all this. Hope it helps.

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  6. Pam says:

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  8. truthandjustice says:

    Five problems Pres. Trump seems to have delegated to Kushner:

    Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute
    Eradicating ISIS from Iraq and Syria
    Ending the Opioid Addiction Epidemic
    Bridging the Divide Between the Trump Administration and the Muslim Community
    Maintaining Friendly Ties to the Government of Mexico

    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/04/05/five-delicate-problems-trump-trusts-jared-kushner-solve/

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  9. Julescat says:

    eff Fox News for cancelling Red Eye in order to air reruns of Tucker Carlson

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    • evadouglas says:

      I agree! Red Eye was the best program on Fox when Gutfeld ran it and held it’s own after he left. Irreverence on steroids! Gutfeld’s own show is gold too. 🙂

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    • Oldschool says:

      Tucker’s show is awful. Tonight some senator kept saying Trump was being criminally investigated for Russian collusion. Tucker never once corrected that. He’s too engaged in his own banter. Reminds me of Hannity, so wrapped up in launching their comebacks that they are not listening and let much slip by.

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  12. ZZZ says:

    Israel, where the Mayor of Tel Aviv had his City Hall light with the colors of the Russian flag in the aftermath of the St. Petersburg massacre at the hands of a Muslim terrorist.

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  13. Regina says:

    omg CNN going to town, playing the Access Hollywood tape again because Trump defended O’Reilly – lol lead in line was “why is he always defending sexual predators”
    Ummm…like Bill Clinton?
    this will backfire

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  14. Pam says:

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      I am glad that he is still optimistic, but the House is leaving for 2 weeks starting tomorrow afternoon.

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      • Athena the Warrior says:

        Sean Hannity was going nuts on his radio show about all the time off being taken by the House with so much work to do. Also saw a story on Yahoo! News so grain of salt about Lyin’ Ryan claiming that it might take longer on tax reform because they were farther apart than on HC.

        If true he needs to be removed. They are making things difficult to sabotage POTUS thinking we’re too stupid to see that.

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        • the5thranchhand says:

          Didn’t lyin’ Ryan make a comment, to a reporter, after the healthcare debacle, that ‘they (republicans) were new at governing; and they weren’t very good at it’? Well, for once he wasn’t lying. He is just dumber than a box of rocks. No offense to rocks.
          Send him back to his fenced-in compound. Please! And elect a man that knows how to govern for the good of the people.

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        • Hollywood Bungalow says:

          I’m not a big Hannity fan but I had to agree with him today. He railed on Congress, the summary being: “they are off for two weeks and they haven’t done anything. Keep your word, do your job!”

          He’s right.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          Ryan needed to go yesterday already. He has no interest in tax reform or any of President trump’s agenda to MAGA.

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  17. Pam says:

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      That’s what I am talking about – they come back after taking off for two weeks and then go into the so-called crisis to pass a Bill to avoid a Govt. shutdown. Then, stay and do your job and stop taking so much time off!!!!!!!!!!

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      • setup2100 says:

        That is called working! Who do you think they are TRUMP. He works more in two weeks that the House and Senate does in a year. They are only in session 152 days a year and look at the damage they still do to this country.

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    • Michelle says:

      Heh Trump is his most productive when they are gone!

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      • elleb77 says:

        Trump should appoint the absolute most conservative judge he can find in a recess appointment next week, while the congress failures are on vaycay. The demo will be begging for Gorsuch when they get back.

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    • So, POTUS can drop a nuclear tweet on Friday or Saturday morning settine all their hair on fire and they will be dark for two weeks. Bazinga

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  19. Has anyone read this on BB today:
    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/05/brandon-darby-border-patrol-agents-feel-betrayed-trump-administration/

    From the article:
    “Despite being an Obama holdover, McAleenan’s role appears to have been key in the implementation of those controversial programs, Darby said. “This is the guy who was picked by Barack Obama to enact Barack Obama’s open border policies.” he said.“This guy for some reason has been picked by Trump to be the boss of the border patrol agents who did so much and believed so much in Donald Trump.””

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  20. Summer says:

    I hope this is true.

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  21. citizen817 says:

    Pence interview Martha McCallum
    Audio Only…11 minutes

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  22. ZZZ says:

    Justice Department Cautions Employers Seeking H-1B Visas Not to Discriminate Against U.S. Workers

    One of the biggest critics of this practice — while he was in Congress serving as a senator from Alabama — was Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As we noted in an article in 2015 (“American IT Workers Complain of Losing Jobs to Foreign H-1B Visa Holders”) on April 9 of that year, Sessions, who was then chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) led a bipartisan coalition of senators who sent a letter to then-Attorney General Eric Holder, then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and then-Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, asking them to investigate Southern California Edison’s use of the H-1B guest-worker program to replace American workers.

    https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/25766-justice-department-cautions-employers-seeking-h-1b-visas-not-to-discriminate-against-u-s-workers

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  23. sunnydaze says:

    This no joke. This ignoramus (Lindsey Lohan) is wearing a burkini in THAILAND of all places.

    Thailand! Where they have been having their fair share of problems from a newly radicalized muslim population in SE Asia. She is absolutely feeding the problem there:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4383522/Lindsay-Lohan-sports-Burkini-Thailand.html

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  24. cozette says:

    Rex Tillerson said we are not pursuing a policy of regime change in Syria. After the obvious false flag gas attack the WH did not change that policy statement. They continued to focus on ISIS. I agree with SD. The seeming condemnation of violence in Syria and linkage to Assad was for the Jordanian press and our neoconservative so there is cover for peace plans to continue. Trump needs to position himself publically as “tough” to avoid the neo cons at FOX undermining him before he’s ready. Ditto for the King of Jordan. If he’d taken Assad and Russia’s side right now the public is not educated enough to understand why and it would feed the Putin Puppet narrative. Trump avoided that with a “meaningless” public statement that buys him time and positions him as not a feckless baby like Obama.

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  25. Patriot1783 says:

    Hahaha after a long day just flipped on the tube and found “The Patriot” just a few minutes before the boat blew up! 😂😂😂
    Karma for Gorsuch??

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  26. JMScott says:

    “This is information about their everyday lives,” Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence committee said. “Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/05/reports-in-unmasking-controversy-were-detailed-had-info-about-everyday-lives.html

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    • JMScott says:

      “…in 2015, NSA disseminated 4,290 FAA Section 702 intelligence reports that included U.S. person information. Of those 4,290 reports, the U.S. person information was masked in 3,168 reports and unmasked in 1,122 reports.”

      The report said “NSA is allowed to unmask the identity for the specific requesting recipient only under certain conditions and where specific additional controls are in place” and those conditions were met for “654 U.S. person identities” in 2015.

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  27. big bad mike says:

    President Trump’s Approval Rating jumps 10,% in one day on Reuters, Rasmussen, Gallup, blah blah…So his Real Approval must be in the high 50’s.

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  28. JMScott says:

    Watching Hannity now, going to be interesting if K. Heritage is on…

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  29. duchess01 says:

    WHAT’S HAPPENING – 04/05/2017

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog

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  30. StateSovereigntyNationalUnion says:

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  31. Landslide says:

    One thing that I am happy about today: President Trump is an EXCELLENT judge of character. He is discerning and it comes completely naturally to him. He can smell a trap, a fake, or a traitor a mile away. He has successfully maneuvered around and through people and situations for decades. This is one of his very best qualities.

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  32. janc1955 says:

    Michelle Fields returns to Fox on Hannity. I’m not listening closely, but I do believe she’s defending Susan Rice. Sooo very predictable.

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  33. Mariposa 323 says:

    Here is an article by Spanish nuns working in Syria who refute the stories about the chemical attack saying the evidence that was presented to EU and US groups were from notably untrustworthy sources .. according to them . They have been working in Syria during all the attacks and have been very clear that it’s not Assad who is behind this :
    Sorry I don’t have a translation :
    https://soscristianosensiria.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/la-conferencia-internacional-en-apoyo-a-siria-se-ve-ensombrecida-por-un-supuesto-ataque-quimico/

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  34. maggiemoowho says:

    🚩Intelligence agencies were briefing Harry Reid about info found on people associated with the Trump Campaign.
    Why would different US Intelligence agencies be briefing Harry Reid on members of the Trump Campaign. Harry Reid was briefed about Carter Page and Reid asked Comey to investigate Carter Page. As pointed out in an article in Politico dated Sept 2016.

    ♦️As for the FBI investigation, well, it’s unclear. A State Department official who works on Russia sanctions but was not authorized to speak on the record told me that, for one thing, there is “no prohibition meeting with a designated [sanctioned] individual. Moreover, sanctions violations are not criminal in nature and not enforced by the FBI. OFAC runs them.” He added, “the story doesn’t add up.” What does seem to have happened is that various U.S. intelligence agencies were looking into Page’s time in Moscow, then briefed Senate minority leader, Democrat Harry Reid, who wrote a letter to FBI Director James Comey asking him to investigate, among other things, “whether a Trump advisor who has been highly critical of U.S. and European economic sanctions on Russia, and who has conflicts of interest due to investments in Russian energy conglomerate Gazprom, met with high-ranking sanctioned individuals while in Moscow in July of 2016, well after Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee.”♦️

    Full Article here, very interesting.
    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/the-mystery-of-trumps-man-in-moscow-214283

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  35. Patriot1783 says:

    Anybody still watching senate vs Gorsuch? Chris Murphy D/CT just finished what a lying sack of shyt. Moaning on about how the republicans are changing the rules, Er no your guy Reid did that all on his own with every democrat fully in his corner. Suck it up cupcakes, YOUR chickens have come home to roost.
    Obama’s legacy…the Democratic Party can now be called “The Party of Stompy Feet”

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  36. SeekerOfTruth says:

    Important news nobody is covering.

    Republicans mull second ‘nuclear option’ change to Senate process
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/republicans-mull-second-nuclear-option-change-to-senate-process/article/2619362

    Senate Republicans are considering a unilateral change to Senate procedures that would limit the ability of the minority party to drag out debate on executive branch nominees once the Senate votes to end debate on those nominees, known as cloture.

    Under the current process, voting for cloture on a nominee sets up 30 hours of post-cloture debate, then a confirmation vote. But Republicans are mulling whether to chop that down significantly, possibly as low as eight hours, in order to speed up the process of approving nominees.

    The change is being considered this week, when the GOP Senate is also expected to change Senate precedent to allow cloture to be won with just a simple majority vote, instead of the current 60-vote threshold.

    “With 1,200 people that have to go through the process, if every single one of them took eight hours, it would not be possible to run the calendar,” Lankford said. “So the minority still has leverage to be able to forge negotiations.”

    One of McConnell’s spokesmen told the Washington Examiner there is “nothing to report” about the meeting beyond senators offering “lots of ideas” this week, but the majority leader’s colleagues believe he favors the idea.

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  37. In Az says:

    Just over one hour ago I was standing in line at a store. A man was in front of me paying for his purchase, and he had his daughter with him. His daughter looked to be about eight years of age. The little girl told the cashier, without any coaxing, she just blurted it out……” if that mean Clinton lady had won president she would have taken away all of our guns and then try to hurt us “. The cashier said……” Your are right, that would have happened”. I told the father he was doing a very good job in educating his children about our Constitutional Rights.

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