It Shouldn’t Be This Hard To Protect an Innocent Man – Rolling Stone

the article from Rolling Stone stated perfectly, it shouldn’t be this difficult to defend an innocent man but then our 45th president is anything but innocent. Everyone keeps talking about how he’s listening to the manafort trial and fuming. I don’t think it’s because he sees his son in manafort position, although they may well be. I believe that he sees himself in Paul Manafort the micro manager who does not let anything go by. He has online videos showing him looking at furniture and saying that he’s a stickler for detail. I believe he was a stickler for details during the campaign and yes he is a slacker as a president but that doesn’t mean that he was not in on the meeting in Trump Tower with the Russians.

Donald J Trump is a lot of things but an innocent man he is not.

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The screenshot is not from Rolling Stone magazine but since Rudy Giuliani is now defending 45 I thought it would be appropriate.

Judge rejects latest bid to invalidate Mueller probe – POLITICO

The special counsel, and the special counsel’s office is on firm footing. Thanks to the broad mandate given to him by Deputy attorney-general Rod Rosenstein his mandate is not going to go away anytime soon, much to the sorrow of trump supporters.

Now this Kavanagh guy that they want to put on the Supreme Court and he may well invalidate or try to vote against the special counsel’s office. the Judiciary branch of government must check the other two branches of government. If it is not do its job then our democracy is truly at risk.

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The ruling is a major win for special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. | Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Why do we celebrate July 4th? Independence Day is a reminder that America is more than our constitutional parts – NBC NEWS

I am 64. So it has been a long time since I read the Declaration of Independence. Today I took the time and when was most shocking is that what our Founders found wrong with the king’s actions are so similar to what we are dealing with with our current president. Please take the time and read the following and see what similarities you can see with what we’re going through and what they were going through.

Excerpt of the Declaration of Independence ratified 242 years ago.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

I am in no way saying that we needs to declare independence from this president but I am showing you that many of the reasons we left the United Kingdom’s group was for the same reasons that we are so unhappy with our current president. Our current president thinks he is King.

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NBC NEWS ARTICLE HERE

John Trumbull’s painting, “Declaration of Independence,” depicting the drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress.Universal History Archive / Getty Images

Trump Jr. told Senate he didn’t recall telling father about Russian meeting – NBC News

I was a Sag-Aftra agent for many years. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best casting directors and none of them could have envisions a monthly crew like the people who surrounded Trump before and after the election.

I’ve said this on my blog before, I have seen this movie before. And the last time the Senate committee released documents about a president this damaging was during Watergate.

People are continuously asking me what I believe the endgame is going to be. I truly believe that people are going to go to jail and I don’t think that Mike Pence is going to become president. Mike Pence was in charge of the transition. He had to know what was going on. His weird Allegiance, almost cult-like, to Trump tells me that Trump knows a lot that he’s holding over Pence.

This is a white house that has no head. And I mean it has no brain. Not to have foreseen that the North Koreans were playing them is mind-boggling. Everything this white house has done before the election and since it’s been in power has been a shit show.

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Feds tapped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s phones – NBC NEWS

The Trump Administration has not drained the swamp but they have brought in the Clowns.

Michael Kahn and Rudy Giuliani what an incredible pair to have as your personal attorneys. You would think that a self-described multi-billionaire could afford the best attorneys on the planet. I wonder how long this new White House attorney for the special counsel, the same attorney that worked on the Clinton impeachment, he’s going to last? Good attorneys don’t stay with bad clients.

Which brings me to the clowns, Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani. The FBI and the justice department run by Republicans would not put in a tap on a phone of the personal attorney of the president of the United States if there was not a very very good reason to do so. Even Rudy Giuliani and his television Fox News appearances has said that Michael Kahn was a fixer and that Rudy Giuliani and his past dubious legal career has also done the same kind of thing. Most attorneys that I know don’t consider themselves fixers, they are professionals who abide by a code of ethics. Something that is completely foreign to this White House.

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Michael Cohen, longtime personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, leaves the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on April 26, 2018.

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The GOP Gets What It Deserves

If one were to believe his hype Donald J Trump invented America first. In fact a rampant anti-semite named Lindberg, yes the guy who flew across the ocean, started the movement in the 19 thirties to bolster Hitler’s regime and make sure that the United States would not go into war defending England and France. Lindbergh later said that he saw no reason why America should go and try to save Jews that were being massacred during the Holocaust. So America first is a slogan that Rings badly in my ears. And the more Trump says it the more he becomes the Neo-Nazi I know he is.
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http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-gop-gets-what-it-deserves-1462231897

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The only political entity less popular than Congress and the GOP? Donald J. Trump-WashPost

It’s a bit too early to start playing Hail to the Chief when Hillary Clinton walks in the room but the tea leaves are looking good. I was always of the impression a terrorist attack would help Donald J Trump. But Donald J Trump does not help himself when he opens his mouth. American people are smart and will pick a leader that will take us to safety and to a great future and that will be Hillary Clinton.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/03/24/the-only-political-entity-less-popular-than-congress-and-the-gop-donald-j-trump/

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Trump gestures while demonstrating he has incredibly small hands. (AP/Gerald Herbert)

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