Claycord – Talk About Politics

January 6, 2017 19:10 pm · 348 comments

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This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other.

301 GRX January 12, 2017 at 6:16 PM

Jeez. Lemme provide you all a reality check.

Maybe all this hoopla about alleged Russian hacking and Wikileaks would have never evolved if Hilliary Clinton didn’t have a private email server.

Democrats should look in the mirror instead of pointing fingers to external causes. Hilliary didn’t have a message, vision, or plan except “I’m not Trump”. Hahahaha.

Hilliary Rotten Clinton…#loser, #liar, #unqualified.

302 Randy January 12, 2017 at 6:16 PM

People who voted for Trump didn’t read the whole document. There will be unpleasant surprises.

303 GRX January 12, 2017 at 6:21 PM

Abedin/Weiner’s laptop could have contained emails related to the investigation. As a law enforcement official, Comey had the duty to investigate that possibility.

Oh gosh forgive me. “Duty” is a foreign word to libtards.

304 Local January 12, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Donald Trump press conference: Folders ‘containing his business plan’ appear to be blank

The papers that Donald Trump made the centre of his first press conference in six months actually appear to have been blank.

And the pages themselves appear to be blank. While the majority of the sheets were hidden, some of them were visible – and there was no sign of page numbers or the sticky notes that lawyers tend to use to mark places in large documents.

The paper itself also appeared to be the wrong size, printed on A4 rather than legal size sheets, and appears to have fallen like fresh sheets of paper. And the folders themselves were also entirely blank

The room also appears to have been filled with staff members, as well as the reporters who attended the event. Those staff members laughed and applauded throughout the conference, in noted contrast with the occasional hostility from journalists.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-press-conference-folders-business-plan-empire-blank-fake-handover-donald-jr-eric-a7523426.html

305 Atticus Thraxx January 12, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Sure, what’s not to admire about a draft dodging war chicken with leftist $ympathies and the impulse control of a 14 year old autistic? I’m sure everything will be fine. As I was Clinton-proof and Bush-proof and Obama-proof, I’ll be Comrade Cheeto-proof.
It’s the rest of you mugs that I worry about. :)

306 FlyingSpaghettiMonster January 12, 2017 at 7:18 PM

@Randy#301:

Blackstone is a very old American company as I understand it. The have stock issues and so are under the SEC, so it is not credible they are controlled by the Russian mob. And you know that. Their Wikipedia article only has brief mention of Russia, and even then it is to say they gave up trying to invest there after there were no good possibilities. The sources you mention for that story do not seem to have anything to do with that story and was put there for pretend credibility. Your cut and paste is easily found elsewhere in leftist blogs.

307 Local January 12, 2017 at 7:19 PM

Westal #293 – “Ladies who march to be heard … the rest of
us are laughing at you behind your back.”

Whereas Donald does it to all women out in the open:

“Grab them by the p***y”

“You have to treat ‘em like sh**”

“When I come home and dinner’s not ready, I go through the roof.”

“Unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man, he made a good decision.”

“I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing,” said Trump. “Unfortunately, after they’re a star, the fun is over for me.”

Women reaching age 35 meant it was “check-out time”

“You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of a**. But she’s got to be young and beautiful.”

To a breastfeeding mother at one of his many depositions: “You’re disgusting.”

“Miss Piggy”, “Miss Housekeeping,”, “eating machine.”

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

To a playboy model on the apprentice “It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.”

About a 10yr old girl: “I am going to be dating her in ten years.”

Donald talked about dating his “voluptuous” daughter, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

When asked about similarities Ivanka said “either real estate or golf.” Donald said: “I was going to say sex”

“Been with women with extraordinarily bad breast jobs” and “pancake t*ts”

He said he’d have “nailed” Princess Diana

“bimbo” used many times

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/donald-trump-sexism-tracker-every-offensive-comment-in-one-place/amp/?client=ms-android-google

308 AlwaysBePositive January 12, 2017 at 7:40 PM

@#316 grx
The investigation is not the issue. How many law enforcement officials would send a public letter to congress updating them on their investigation? I can’t name one.

In a week the P-e will be inaugurated, and since I am an American citizen will become my President. Constitutionally, I am also a citizen of the great state of California. I’ll look to Sacramento for leadership.

How uncool is it to see the number of posters here that are overtly anti- woman, and also anti-Constitution (freedom to petition, assemble, speech etc.)? See you at Civic Park

309 FlyingSpaghettiMonster January 12, 2017 at 7:43 PM

@Local#321:

And yet the majority of white women, both college educated and not, voted to elect Trump. Are you saying their judgment cannot be trusted and need to be treated like children so their opinion does not matter?

https://qz.com/833003/election-2016-all-women-voted-overwhelmingly-for-clinton-except-the-white-ones/

310 Local January 12, 2017 at 9:33 PM

@FlyingSpaghettiMonster

No.

311 TIFOKCIS January 12, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Never mind how many women Trump employs, let go after him because we are mad at all men.

Signed,

A woman no man ever want to grab by her p*SSy.

312 TIFOKCIS January 12, 2017 at 9:44 PM

After the stain known as Barack Hussein Obama, its no wonder so many people expect nothing but foul play.

313 Westal January 12, 2017 at 11:02 PM

@Local 307

Actions speak louder than words. They always
have and they always will. His action betray his
bluster.

“The place to change the world is in your heart
and in your head and work outward from there.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle
Maintenance.

314 Westal January 12, 2017 at 11:21 PM

@Local 307

Whoop, there it is! All you are proving is that
he isn’t “politically correct.” Would you rather
he be phoney, fawning, and disingenuous?

315 Westal January 12, 2017 at 11:54 PM

@Local
” … not the poster you want … the poster you
deserve …”
We gave up our posters in high school. We have
actual paintings on the walls. You should talk to
your mother. Maybe she would let you redecorate
the basement.

316 Local January 13, 2017 at 12:03 AM
317 Not my president January 13, 2017 at 12:32 AM

Nope sorry Phil he is not a citizen. The big Cheeto was born in Brooklyn and saw thousands of partying Muslims on 9/11 in New Jersey.. Everyone knows his birth certificate isn’t real!!!
I want to see his REAL birth certificate. In place of that his tax returns would suffice.

318 Westal January 13, 2017 at 8:14 AM

The open-minded, tolerant, anything goes
liberal minds appears to have snapped shut.
All the peverse, bizzaro, and just plain bad
behavior that they champion doesn’t appear to
hold a candle to what men say about women
every day of the week behind their backs. The
hypocracy is deafening.

319 Randy January 13, 2017 at 8:35 AM

Good news ladies, your hands will be free to protect the parts our PEOTUS *does* want to grab, should you ever have occasion to meet him and cannot escape.

Shaking hands is ‘barbaric’: Donald Trump, the germaphobe in chief

320 PEGASUS January 13, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Existing in their perverse milleu has taken a predictable toll on the left-wing mindset.
The center in nowhere to be found.
Sad, because that’s where sanity resides.

321 FlyingSpaghettiMonster January 13, 2017 at 9:41 AM

I’m looking forward to seeing some of these anti-Trump marches on the news to see what the people look like. They demand tolerance, and yet organize mass boycotts of companies like LL Bean to bully them because they supported Trump. There is a Jewish person at work who asked me not to mention to anyone he is Jewish because of the “politics” in San Francisco (they are very upset about the Palestinians). In the same way, I had two different discussions about politics on voting day in which I had to pretend to be a Hillary supporter because I did not want a confrontation. I’d like to see one of these tolerance protestors try to walk through the UC Berkeley campus with a Trump hat to see what their definition of tolerance is. These people are not tolerant of your politics, your religion, what you say, or even what you wear. And as sick and twisted as it is, when called on it, they say they are just exercising their free speech rights.

322 Anon January 13, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Keep whining, Randy and local. It’s obvious that can’t do or say anything constructive, so you just sit in the corner and cry.

Just what I expect from a libtard.

323 PEGASUS January 13, 2017 at 9:47 AM

In a few days, as we celebrate the departure of the one without honor or honesty, we will witness the inauguration of the one who is the new breed of leader. A plain-talker, politically incorrect, no nonsense man of action.
Will he step on toes, embarrass swamp dwellers, point the finger and callout those who hide behind roadblocks?
I CERTAINLY HOPE SO!

324 Anon January 13, 2017 at 11:02 AM

@321….

Their tolerance extends to only those who have the same mentality ndsets and beliefs…..despite their claims of tolerance, diversity and freedom of speech. Aside from that, it’s just insults – which tells me they have NOTHING else to support their positions.

They’re the worst kind of hypocrites in that they’re unwilling to look in the mirror and see the truth.

325 AlwaysBePositive January 13, 2017 at 11:03 AM

@#314 w
It is quite obvious that you have no understanding of the term politically incorrect. It would be politically incorrect of you to refer to a black person as colored, or negro. It is not politically incorrect to call a women “a fat pig, or an eating machine”. That just indicates the speaker is an ill-mannered jerk.

Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT), who said he wouldn’t be able to look his daughter in the eye if he supported djt, and then did-is blasting the non-partisan ethics office for their complaints about how the djt administration is failing to provide ethics compliance. He has threatened them with a complete revamping of their office. Who is in the swamp? Apparently, a whole bunch of house Republicans.

326 AlwaysBePositive January 13, 2017 at 11:09 AM

I don’t want to say that the Repub posters here are uninformed, but there appears to be a consistent complaint about free speech. If I shout you down, and don’t allow you to make your point, I have not violated your rights of free speech. Free speech rights protect you from the government shutting you down.

Glad to provide civics tutoring, free to progressives…conservatives will have to pay. Wait a minute…I thought you supported free markets.

327 FlyingSpaghettiMonster January 13, 2017 at 12:23 PM

@#326:

That is really depressing to see how some think. The political philosophers, from the French Revolution on to the founders of this country, fought for freedom of speech for inclusive discussion and transmission of alternative ideas to make the society stronger. Its rather distressing to see those who, instead of thinking of the purpose, turn the words of a law into a litmus test of what they can get away with before being charged for a federal crime. This is a profound misunderstanding of the traditional culture of America.

328 PEGASUS January 13, 2017 at 1:07 PM

The Unaffordable Care Act –

Congress is on the cusp of completing the first — and by far the easiest — step toward gutting President Barack Obama’s divisive health care law.

Friday’s vote in the House would adopt a House-Senate measure to make it easier for a subsequent “Obamacare” repeal bill to advance through the Senate without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.

The legislation doesn’t need to be signed by the president and wouldn’t actually change a word of the hotly contested health care law.

But its passage is crucial if Republicans controlling Congress are to keep their longstanding promise to scuttle the law, which has delivered health coverage to about 20 million people but is saddled with problems.

329 PEGASUS January 13, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Uppity Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia says he doesn’t view Donald Trump as a legitimate president and will be skipping next Friday’s inauguration.

What an arrogant JACKASS.

330 PEGASUS January 13, 2017 at 1:18 PM

MAKING DEMOCRATS LOOK AS IDIOTIC AS THEY ARE

Rumor has it Congress has already passed the 2017 budget.

What? You mean those Republican scoundrels did what DEMOCRATS couldn’t do for years?

Yep!

331 Randy January 13, 2017 at 1:27 PM

There is really something wrong with Trump What were you doing at 6am this morning?

I feel more comfortable that he checked with Russia and they confirmed nothing happened.

Trump’s 6 a.m. tweetstorm lashes out at intel, Clinton

“It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued … Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists.”

332 Randy January 13, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Chump Making America Great

Prospective US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson better watch his mouth, angry Chinese media said Friday, warning Donald Trump’s nominee that his threats to block China in the South China Sea are fighting words.

The comments came after the former ExxonMobil CEO told US senators that he would seek to deny Beijing access to the artificial islands they have been building in the South China Sea.

China’s actions in the region are comparable to Russia’s invasion of Crimea, he said, a comment that did not sit well with the nuclear-armed Asian giant.

If Tillerson acted on his threats, Chinese state-owned China Daily warned “it would set a course for devastating confrontation between China and the US.”

333 PEGASUS January 13, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Randy, is Dumbing down the class curve.

We no longer need to fear chinà, the coward is leaving the building.

334 Silva January 13, 2017 at 1:46 PM

7 Reasons The Russia Controversy Just Got Much Worse For Trump

By: Seth Abramson

1. The BBC, generally considered the gold standard in international journalism, now says that “multiple” intelligence sources—not just one—allege that “Russia is in possession of potentially embarrassing or compromising material regarding President-elect Donald Trump.”

Yesterday, the common belief in the media was that only one person, a former MI-6 agent long believed to be credible by U.S. intelligence agencies, was alleging that Russia was in possession of such explosive and damaging material. We now know that multiple individuals in European intelligence services, including one in an unnamed Eastern European intelligence service, are in possession of, and find credible, the same allegations as the trusted MI-6 source who authored the unverified report published on Tuesday by BuzzFeed.

2. Per the BBC, intelligence agents in Europe believe there is much more compromising material about Donald Trump in the possession of the Kremlin than previously believed.

According to the British news service, and as reported by an internationally respected publication, The Week, there is, as to the most salacious (”golden shower” and “sex party”) allegations in the memo, “more than one tape, not just video, but audio as well, on more than one date, in more than one place, in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.”

On Tuesday, the assumption had been that—at most—one compromising tape of Mr. Trump’s sexual activities was in the possession of the Kremlin, and that any other sources who could confirm these facts had been “coerced to disappear.”

3. The name of the MI-6 agent who is thought to have prepared the memo published by Buzzfeed has been identified, and he has fled his home for fear he will be assassinated—presumably, though we cannot yet know for certain, by the Russians or Trump allies. Whatever his reasoning, his reaction to what’s happened casts a pall over claims that his report was merely a frivolous fiction.

The author of the memo, Christopher Steele, is apparently a well-respected intelligence consultant whose contacts in Russia are the product of many, many years of clandestine service there. The fact that Steele, who owns several businesses in good standing (and a very large home) in England, is now on the run for his life does not conform to the Trump narrative that, despite being a professional paid for his work—and despite producing shockingly detailed accounts of an alleged plot hatched by the Kremlin and the Trump campaign—Steele was in fact trying to create “disinformation.”

4. The NBC News report that came out Wednesday, and which the Trump transition team believes exonerates them, in fact is not only contradicted by U.S. intelligence services but in no way exculpates the Trump team.

The CNN report that preceded the Buzzfeed release of the controversial memo made three claims: (1) that a summary of the memo had been part of briefing materials presented to President Obama and Donald Trump; (2) that the FBI was still investigating the allegations in the memo; and (3) that Congress plans to investigate the allegations. The NBC report did not contradict, to any extent, either of the latter two claims. As to the first, it merely clarified that while the memo was brought to the briefing by intelligence officials, it was not ultimately presented to Trump. Whether it was presented to Obama is unclear, meaning that this portion of CNN’s first claim may be correct. Indeed, it is even unclear whether the other part of CNN’s first claim is incorrect, as NBC relied on a single source who wasn’t at the meeting, and no one who was at the meeting (including anyone on the Trump team) will reveal what happened there.

NBC further reports, without additional clarification, documentation, or confirmation from witnesses, that U.S. intelligence services consider the memo “disinformation”—a term used to denote false, often propagandistic information deliberately compiled by a bad actor to mislead readers. NBC has no evidence that Steele (employed for decades by England, our nation’s closest ally, and with no known U.S. or Russian political affiliations) is a bad actor. Indeed, the BBC today confirmed he is not, as did other organizations who profiled him. So there is every reason to think that Steele had both the ability and the means and the good faith to compile the information he did and that he still believes his multiply-sourced information to be accurate—so much so that he considers its public release to have put his life in danger.

5. In a way most former or current criminal attorneys, like myself, would deem prima facie evidence of “consciousness of guilt,” Trump lied repeatedly—and needlessly—at his Wednesday press conference, and almost always on matters directly related to the Russia memo.

Trump spent some time reminiscing, and in some detail, about a trip to Moscow from over three years ago that he would have no particular reason to remember other than it now being mentioned repeatedly in a leaked memo accusing him of treason. He claimed that during the trip he specifically and repeatedly demanded of his entourage that they be on their best behavior because they were likely being filmed by Russia’s clandestine intelligence agency, the FSB. Trump appeared—in the sloppy, after-the-fact cover-up kind of way that every day gets petty criminals nailed during misdemeanor and felony trials—to be trying to craft a story that would be responsive, in a targeted manner, to the myriad allegations now stacked against him. He added to this reminiscence of Moscow that because he is a germaphobe, he couldn’t possibly have hired Russian hookers to perform a urination ceremony for him—despite the fact that the Steele memo doesn’t allege that he was ever touched by any urine during the spectacle.

Trump further claimed, in what is a known lie, that he has absolutely no ties to Russia of any kind. This claim, contradicted by every piece of reporting done by every news agency in America—and even contradicted by his own son, Don Jr., who has said that “a disproportionate cross-section” of the Trump Organization’s business is in Russia (which would mean that the organization does or did billions of dollars of business there and has made the sort of ties there commensurate with that amount of business)—is so obviously false that any objective observer would have regarded it as the nervous lie of someone caught red-handed in a crime. Today, CNN began the process of making that case.

Trump’s strangest lie was his claim that, between last night and this morning, he summoned Michael Cohen to Trump Tower and demanded to see his passport. There is no evidence this meeting ever occurred, or that Trump conducted any other “overnight” investigation into the 35 pages of claims made in the Steele memo—many involving Carter Page, a man who worked for Trump until he was fired for (allegedly) being too close to Russia, and who Trump claims to somehow have never met—and so it’s unclear why Trump would feel the need to spin this story of personally sleuthing (if ineffectively and in a cursory fashion) claims he committed acts of treason.

6. Earlier reporting claiming that the FBI had definitely sought and definitely failed to receive a FISA court warrant to eavesdrop on Trump campaign staff was found to be—most likely—false.

The Guardian reports that while the FISA court returned the FBI’s first application because it wanted the FBI to narrow its focus, “according to one report [in Heat Street] the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October.” While this second report remains unconfirmed, it is also uncontradicted by other credible sources, even as the first report, from The Guardian, contradicts Trump supporters’ confident claims, on Tuesday, that the FISA court rejected the FBI’s warrant application on the grounds that the Bureau’s evidence against the Trump campaign was too thin. Why does this matter? If, as believed, the FBI was relying in part on the Steele memo to secure its FISA warrant, the fact that the FISA court turned down the application due to over-broadness rather than the unlikelihood of criminal conduct is telling. Moreover, the fact that the FBI may have obtained a warrant and now appears to (per the slyly leaked implications of Senator Ron Wyden during a Wednesday committee hearing) still be investigating the Trump-Russia ties may mean that the FBI has wiretap evidence on the case that it has not yet disclosed to Congress. All of this is terrible news for the Trump team.

7. Claims that the Steele memo was filled with inaccuracies, and that it is provable that the memo contains inaccuracies, were found to be false.

Across numerous news reports reporting on the content of the 35-page memo, just four “inaccuracies” have been found thus far. One, a misspelling, can be ignored. Another, in which a wealthy Russian suburb is described as being reserved for party officials from the Kremlin rather than (as is actually the case) simply most easily afforded by these well-to-do party bosses, appears as likely to be a translation issue or miscommunication between Steele and a Russian source as anything else. A third involves a misstatement regarding an unrelated matter—the status of a Russian bank.

The fourth “inaccuracy” involves whether or not Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, ever traveled to Prague for a clandestine meeting with Kremlin intermediaries. At present, the only contradiction to this report is Cohen’s own word, as his “alibi” contains a paper trail only for a single day — August 29 — when the Steele memo says the meeting happened sometime “in August or September,” later winnowing that to “the last week of August or the first week of September.” While of course Cohen’s word proves nothing in any case, as if the memo is accurate he could be tried for treason and imprisoned for life, his claim that his passport has no stamp from the Czech Republic was found on Wednesday not to be probative, as in fact hundreds of people on social media pointed out that one can often travel around the EU without receiving a single passport stamp, and that Cohen would not have been using his own passport during such a trip in any case.

Meanwhile, other claims made in the memo appeared to be prescient—such as one of the memo’s most explosive claims, that the Trump campaign changed its policy on the Ukraine as part of its dealings with the Kremlin. The timing of meetings described (over the summer) by Steele in his memos, and the Trump campaign’s pro-Russia amendments to the GOP platform and other subsequent actions, appear to align.

In sum, there is nothing that happened on Wednesday that alleviated the danger Trump’s presidency is now in due to the Steele memo, and much to suggest that things just got far worse for him and his team.

The NBC News report the Trump transition team spent all day trumpeting simply had nothing to do with the content of the Steele memo, only whether CNN was correct that the memo was physically “presented” to Trump during his briefing. And NBC’s subsequent misuse of the word “disinformation” in its breathless reporting-cum-CNN takedown—”disinformation” being a word it takes from a single source who wasn’t at the briefing, and which conflicts with all other reporting on this issue, given what the word means—is possibly a greater journalistic malfeasance than the accidental error committed by CNN yesterday.

335 Silva January 13, 2017 at 1:55 PM

The House Republican with power to investigate Trump is threatening Trump’s critics instead

https://goo.gl/qiMaFj

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, hasn’t offered even mild criticism of President-elect Donald Trump’s many conflicts of interest. But he’s plenty upset with the federal government’s top ethics watchdog, who called out Trump in an unusually public and critical speech on Wednesday.

Chaffetz has summoned Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, to the Hill for a closed-door interview, and he’s reminded Shaub that his committee has the power to pull the plug on his agency.

“Your agency’s mission is to provide clear ethics guidance, not engage in public relations,” Chaffetz wrote in a letter to Shaub.

Since Election Day, the OGE has struggled to work with the Trump administration to make sure it’s following ethics rules. Shaub’s growing frustration has spilled out publicly in tweets, in emails released under the Freedom of Information Act, and at a forum on Wednesday, when Shaub called Trump’s plan to step back from his businesses day to day “meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective.”

Chaffetz does have a point that Shaub has been unusually public and vocal about the new administration. But Chaffetz’s main job isn’t to defend the administration from attacks. He’s supposed to serve as a check on the executive branch, particularly holding the presidency accountable — and instead he’s going after a relatively powerless member of the executive branch who is critical of Trump.

The ethics office is trying to hold Trump and his team accountable
The Office of Government Ethics was already in Chaffetz’s sights after it issued a statement in December 2015 taking Hillary Clinton’s side in an ethical controversy about whether she should have disclosed fees paid to the Clinton Foundation for her speeches. Now Shaub, who was a civil servant in the ethics office before President Obama appointed him as director in 2015, has been in the spotlight as the most prominent voice criticizing Trump from within the federal government.

On Wednesday, after Trump announced he would not be giving up ownership of his businesses while in office, Shaub gave a blistering speech that stopped just short of calling the president-elect unpatriotic.

“Every president in modern times has taken the strong medicine of divestiture,” he said, urging Trump to reconsider, work with the ethics office, and change his plan.

The ethics office is independent and nonpartisan, and its job is to prevent conflicts of interest within the executive branch. Federal law requires Cabinet nominees and lower-level officials to take whatever steps necessary to ensure there’s no overlap between their public duties and private investments. But those laws don’t apply to the president and vice president, and emails show that Trump’s team virtually ignored the ethics office in the aftermath of the election while Shaub grew more concerned and frustrated.

So Shaub tried to reach the president-elect another way — on Twitter, in a frenetic string of tweets congratulating Trump for divesting from his businesses (a promise he hadn’t actually made). “I was trying to use the vernacular of the president-elect’s favorite social media platform to encourage him,” Shaub explained on Wednesday.

.@realDonaldTrump OGE is delighted that you’ve decided to divest your businesses. Right decision!

— U.S. OGE (@OfficeGovEthics) November 30, 2016
.@realDonalTrump As we discussed with your counsel, divestiture is the way to resolve these conflicts.

— U.S. OGE (@OfficeGovEthics) November 30, 2016
Chaffetz wrote that the tweets, as well as the ethics office’s decision to weigh in in favor of Clinton in the speaking fees controversy, suggest the office is overstepping. (He didn’t mention the speech on Wednesday.)

The letter is the second time in two weeks that House Republicans have been skeptical of an independent watchdog’s ability to speak directly to the public. They made a foiled attempt on the first day of Congress to defang the Office of Congressional Ethics, which investigates unethical behavior in Congress. One of the provisions would have banned the office from employing a spokesperson.

Instead of investigating Trump, Congress is threatening its critics
Chaffetz’s letter included a line that concealed a veiled threat in legislative jargon: “OGE’s statutory authorization lapsed at the end of fiscal year 2007 and the Committee has jurisdiction in the House of Representatives for reauthorizing the office.”

In plain English: That’s a nice ethics office you’ve got there; would be a shame if something happened to it.

The law giving the ethics office its power technically expired in 2007, but it stays in effect until Congress decides to change it. Chaffetz, who promised to continue the committee’s “examination” of the ethics office, is reminding Shaub that its fate rests in his hands.

Meanwhile, Chaffetz, whose committee has the power to investigate anything it chooses, has promised only to take a “wait and see” approach to Trump’s conflicts of interest.

That sends a strong signal that what the House of Representatives’ most powerful investigator is interested in isn’t the president-elect’s potential for corruption. It’s the actions of the people who are trying to oppose him.

336 Westal January 13, 2017 at 1:56 PM

@325 ABP I said nothing about “politically incorrect.” You
appear to have some reading deficiencies, so I guess we can
forgive your failure of understanding. It a matter of nuance.
You know, nuance? You don’t define what is offensive to me.
In my upbringing, fat wasn’t tolerrated, so none of us were. I
have an aunt that is 103 and a great aunt that lived to 104. She
never saw a doctor a day in her life because there wasn’t one
within walking distance and she walked everywhere she went.
Both are thin. Being fat is not good for you Fat is as offensive
to me as colored or negro is to a black. It’s ugly and repulsive
and I don’t like looking at it. But, it’s not politically correct to say
so. Sorry, but you don’t define politically correct for me. Trumps
exclamations as cited by Local are not politically correct. Got it?
You women who think you have to control other people are just
sad little girls. Get your own life in order and you won’t have the
need to do so. Trump is free to say whatever he pleases.

337 Randy January 13, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Republicans are out of control.

A conservative Arizona lawmaker, Rep. Bob Thorpe, is proposing a far-reaching law in Arizona, House Bill 2120, banning virtually every college event, activity or course which discusses social justice, skin privilege, or racial equality. Violating the law would allow the state of Arizona to levy multimillion-dollar fines and penalties against universities — removing at least 10% of their state aid.

This is no joke. Arizona already passed a law targeting ethnic studies in the state. They are fulling willing and able to pass this bill as well.

Please allow me to highlight some of the most disturbing sections of the bill.

It would ban any courses, activities, or events that:

“Are designed primarily for a particular ethnic group.”

“Promote social justice toward a race.”

“Advocate solidarity based on ethnicity.”

Strangely, so as to not appear anti-Semitic, the bill then makes a very particular allowance for any and all discussions of the Holocaust

338 FlyingSpaghettiMonster January 13, 2017 at 2:26 PM

@Randy#337:

Whoa. I think you have a steep learning curve ahead.

339 TIFOKCIS January 13, 2017 at 2:42 PM

My mind is open to freaks, creeps, weirdos, criminals, terrorists…….but stop Trump NOW.

Liberal Logic.

340 TIFOKCIS January 13, 2017 at 3:03 PM

When your fragile existence depends on politicians it makes perfect sense voting democrat.

Must suck to be loser.

341 Aspirin January 13, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Rep John Lewis on Trump: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president”.

No kidding. You mean to tell me that foreign tampering with an American election and a politically inspired last-minute FBI investigation of Hillary caused the election to tilt to Trump?

I agree with John Lewis 100% unless proof is available that shows neither of these events to have any effect whatsoever.

342 Aspirin January 13, 2017 at 3:19 PM

If Trump is causing this much trouble and angst already just imagine what the next four years will bring.

The GOP has a tiger by the tail and the GOP does not have the intelligence to handle it.

343 Aspirin January 13, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Pegasus, as of yesterday (1/12/17) Congress has not passed a 2017 Budget.

A little research will save you a lot of embarrassment.

344 Aspirin January 13, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Lets see ……

1. Possible Russian tampering with the election.
2. Politically inspired Republican Comey improperly announces another Hillary email investigation with no proof whatsoever.
3. Hillary gets almost 3,000,000 more votes than Trump.
4. Trump accusing Hillary of being “crooked” with no proof whatsoever.

I agree with John Lewis that this election has been badly compromised.

345 Randy January 13, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Shocking. The Office of the Presidency will be in the gutter.

JUST IN: Entertainer Steve Harvey says he will team up with Housing Secretary-designate Ben Carson on inner city initiative

11:40 AM – 13 Jan 2017

346 PEGASUS January 13, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Aspirin , keeping current on the day’s activities may save you some embarrassment.

Thanks for yesterday’s news.

347 TIFOKCIS January 13, 2017 at 5:29 PM

CNN shovels the doom and gloom and the blue pigs devour it.

348 Local January 13, 2017 at 7:06 PM

FSM hasn’t heard of voting with your wallet – “yet organize mass boycotts of companies like LL Bean to bully them”

Westal supports Donald even though they don’t believe what he says – “His action betray his bluster.”

Pegasus advocates adding $9 billion to the deficit.

TIFOKOS apparently only believes fake news.

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