Pence to work from White House after aide tests positive for COVID-19 | TheHill


Vice President Pence will continue working from the White House this week after his press secretary tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, a spokesman said Sunday.

Source: Pence to work from White House after aide tests positive for COVID-19 | TheHill

Former Bush official Richard Painter: ‘Substantial chance’ Trump is being blackmailed by Putin | Salon.com


President Donald Trump has fulfilled almost all of Vladimir Putin’s dreams and plans to expand the global power of Russia by diminishing the power, respect and influence of the United States.

The New York Times reported this week that during the past year Donald Trump repeatedly and in private expressed the desire to withdraw the United States from the NATO alliance. Beyond an almost heretofore unthinkable betrayal of one of the most successful alliances in modern history — and one founded by the United States after World War II to counter the influence and power of the former Soviet Union in a war — such a move could be seen as surrendering Europe to Vladimir Putin and Russia.

This is one more example of Donald Trump’s behavior that validates the logic and reasoning behind the counterintelligence investigation opened by the FBI in 2017, in order to determine whether the president of the United States, is actually a Russian asset.

This may all seem unimaginable. However, a nightmare scenario where a foreign country could buy (or otherwise install) an American president to do its bidding was anticipated by the framers of the Constitution.

Is Donald Trump an agent of Russia? What impact is the revelation that Donald Trump may be a foreign asset having on members of the FBI and those others charged with protecting the United States from foreign threats? How was the “emoluments clause” and the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural-born citizen intended as a protection against foreign control of the United States government? With the mountains of public evidence that Donald Trump is doing the bidding of Putin, why are both Democrats and Republicans reluctant to remove him from office?

In an effort to answer these questions I recently spoke with Richard Painter. A longtime Republican until his recent decision to quit the party, Painter was White House chief ethics counsel under George W. Bush and is a frequent political commentator and analyst on CNN, MSNBC and other news networks. He is also a professor of corporate law at the University of Minnesota and the author of several books, including “Getting the Government America Deserves.

 

Source: Former Bush official Richard Painter: ‘Substantial chance’ Trump is being blackmailed by Putin | Salon.com

Pence tried to disappear from Trump’s meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, but Twitter was watching : Daily Kos


Today in Donald Trump public relations disasters: The monumentally idiotic “private meeting” with the Democratic congressional leadership, which the entire press corps captured, has left many feeling all of the emotions one feels when Trump does anything. Anger. Sadness. Freaked out! But in the tragicomedy of our current Republican administration there is one truly consistent thing: Mike Pence is always bone-chillingly terrifying. Vice President Pence sat quietly, closing his eyes, barely moving, while Trump said stupid things like, “If we don’t get what we want I will shut down the government.”

Pence, probably just happy that there were two other men in the room, stared at the three participants in a way that emotes … true nothingness. The internets saw this and decided to rev up their engines.

 

Source: Pence tried to disappear from Trump’s meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, but Twitter was watching : Daily Kos