GOP Support For Impeachment Grows As Republicans Say They’ll Vote Against Trump | HuffPost UK


It would now appear that some Republicans in the Senate and Congress have now come to their senses and see Trump for what he is, no matter how belatedly this is.

For Trump has done and still is causing serious damage to the Republican Party, who now appear to see to it that Trump can never be elected to Governing Office again.

I feel it is forgone that the Impeachment resolution will have no problems coming through the Congress, but the hurdle will be the Senate.

 

Source: GOP Support For Impeachment Grows As Republicans Say They’ll Vote Against Trump | HuffPost UK

Capitol breach prompts urgent questions about security failures – The Washington Post


This was and is a disgraceful state of affairs, but it has been coming ever since Trump joined the Presidential election of 2016 and even more so since he became President.

The Republican Party has by degree or design allowed him enormous leeway and Trump is adept in using this to his advantage, in fact, believing that it amounts to acceptance of his actions.

In fact, in viewing some of the actions of the law enforcement at the US Capital building it may even be true that they are in agreement with Trump. This is especially so, when barriers were removed by some law officers, thereby offering even more encouragement to Trump’ mob.

This action by Trump and his supporters has been forecast for sometime and now it has come to fruition.

If the required actions are not taken against Trump and his supporters, then this can only get worse.

 

Source: Capitol breach prompts urgent questions about security failures – The Washington Post

Barr continues his retaliation against Trump critics — outs a Russia-linked FBI source – Alternet.org


Trump-loyal Attorney General William Barr continues to use his granted federal powers to retaliate against Trump’s enemies—namely, those that would dare investigate Trump and his uncountably-many crooked allies. He has taken it upon itself to sabotage federal investigations, remove investigators and watchdogs who have taken on Trump-related cases, withhold evidence from Congress, order that testimony be withheld from Congress, and rigorously done whatever other actions would best cement conservative, fascist-premised power.

Source: Barr continues his retaliation against Trump critics — outs a Russia-linked FBI source – Alternet.org

It wasn’t the US Senate that saved Trump – it was the founding fathers | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian


His acquittal was never in doubt, because that’s how the US constitution was meant to work, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

Source: It wasn’t the US Senate that saved Trump – it was the founding fathers | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian

Individual members of Congress barred from suing President Trump over business dealings – The Washington Post


Emoluments case tried to stop Trump’s businesses from accepting payments from foreign governments

Source: Individual members of Congress barred from suing President Trump over business dealings – The Washington Post

Trump heads to court in fight over emoluments | TheHill


The Trump administration is heading to court this week in two lawsuits charging that the president is violating the Constitution by profiting off of his hotels and other businesses while in office.

Source: Trump heads to court in fight over emoluments | TheHill

Native votes went missing in North Carolina. Tribal leaders vow that won’t happen again next week. – ThinkProgress


Native American voting groups have made it their mission over the years to get as many of their members to the polls as possible. That effort has even greater urgency, as North Carolina prepares next week to hold one of its most closely watched elections ever.

The 40,000 voting-eligible Lumbee tribal members living in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District could swing the special election for the tightly contested U.S. House race pitting Republican Dan Bishop against Democrat Dan McCready.

Ahead of next Tuesday’s vote, tribal members have been knocking on doors to encourage their neighbors to get out to the polls. Working with the Native voting-rights group Four Directions, more than two dozen members of the Lumbee tribe have been hired to visit every home on the reservation, and to even drive people to the polls if necessary.

Just 26% of eligible Native voters cast ballots in last year’s election. Harvey Godwin Jr., chair of the Lumbee Tribe, told ThinkProgress that there are various reasons that fewer Native people turn out at the polls than he would like, and not all of them have to do with voter suppression.

 

Source: Native votes went missing in North Carolina. Tribal leaders vow that won’t happen again next week. – ThinkProgress

Asia Times | ‘Disturbing evidence’ of Trump obstruction | Article 


Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report revealed a two-year campaign of obstruction by Donald Trump, senior Democrats said Thursday, vowing to hold the US president accountable.

“Even in its incomplete form, the Mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

“The responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions,” he said in a statement.

Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday released the redacted 400-page report after already declaring that it provided no proof that Trump colluded with Russian intelligence to influence the 2016 presidential election.

 

Source: Asia Times | ‘Disturbing evidence’ of Trump obstruction | Article

Michael Cohen’s testimony on Trump business reveals conduct that’s widespread in corporate America : The Conversation 


The Trump Organization, Donald Trump’s private, family-run business, is well known to have operated at the fringes of what’s legal. Trump got his start in the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of New York City real estate development, after all.

And so, as someone who pays close attention to how businesses operate, I was glued to the Feb. 27 testimony of former Trump “fixer” and personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who also served as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

While I learned little that was new, the testimony was still troubling – but not for what it said about the Trump Organization.

Rather, what I found most noteworthy is how the conduct attributed to Trump the businessman, however extreme, actually reflects actions and attitudes that are widespread within corporate America generally.

Putting leaders on a pedestal

It is well known that Trump runs his enterprises – both business and governmental – on loyalty, rather than, say, competence or performance.

What Cohen highlighted was just how debilitating, even destructive, the lionization of individual leaders and expectation of loyalty can be, whether we’re talking about Trump, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg or Apple’s Steve Jobs.

Cohen said he was “mesmerized” by Trump, calling him a “giant” and an “icon.” Being around Trump was “intoxicating,” he said, and “everyone’s job at the Trump organization was to protect Mr. Trump.”

Cohen’s testimony revealed just how blinding that commitment to a mesmerizing individual became, leading him to replace judgment with worship. Cohen admitted both to lying to Congress and to falsifying campaign finance reports in the name of standing by his boss.

Cohen’s description may seem startling. But to someone who has extensively studied leadership in business organizations, I recognize an unfortunate pattern that dominates corporate America.

Corporations all too often fall into the trap of romanticizing leaders, often to the detriment of performance. By placing their own role front and center, CEOs enhance their self-esteem and justify their power and prodigious financial rewards.

 

 

Source: Michael Cohen’s testimony on Trump business reveals conduct that’s widespread in corporate America : The Conversation

Trump suggests investigations into his scandals shouldn’t be ‘allowed’ | MSNBC


Someone really ought to introduce Donald Trump to the phrase, “Never let ‘em see you sweat.”

President Donald Trump escalated his complaints about the myriad of investigations he is facing on Thursday morning, tweeting that there was “no reason” for the House Intelligence Committee to open a new, sweeping probe into whether his decision making as president is motivated by financial gain.

A day after claiming he’s never heard of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Trump began the day by lashing out at the congressman, claiming that the Democrat is poised to examine “every aspect of my life, both financial and personal.”

The president went on to say that “unlimited presidential harassment” has “never happened before,” adding, “The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House!”

He concluded the little Twitter tantrum, “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!”

These are not the missives of a man who’s feeling confident in the face of scrutiny. On the contrary, between these tweets and his State of the Union threat, Trump appears to be panicking a bit.

Let’s unpack the tantrum a little, because the presidential pitch is deeply flawed.

Are Adam Schiff and House Dems going to investigate every aspect of Trump’s life, “both financial and personal”? No. As Rachel explained on last night’s show, the House Intelligence Committee has established five areas of interest in its investigation into the Russia scandal. The scope includes probing “whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates.”

Sure, that’s likely to make the president uncomfortable, but it’s hardly an unreasonable line of inquiry under the circumstances.

Is this level of scrutiny unprecedented? It’s probably fair to say the Russia scandal is itself unique in American history, but Trump may not realize just how aggressive Republicans were when investigating the Clinton and Obama presidencies. Maybe someone can share with Trump some reading materials on the number of Benghazi investigations Congress launched and the melons Dan Burton used to shoot in his backyard.

For that matter, maybe the guy who harassed Obama for years with a racist conspiracy theory should avoid about whining about “presidential harassment.”

 

Source: Trump suggests investigations into his scandals shouldn’t be ‘allowed’ | MSNBC