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David Herron
Electric Vehicle Journalism, Software Development, Node.js book author
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The Trump Administration is failing in big and major ways. The President is not responding to threats made by Russia against USA troops -- and in general, the President is not conducting proper oversight over the Military. For example he was not involved in the decision to shoot down that Syrian fighter airplane a few days ago, an action that greatly increased the tensions. As a result we may be heading to fighting a hot war rather than the undeclared war that we're currently fighting. And it would be extremely dangerous if US/Russia were to get into direct conflict. All just because the President is too busy tweeting. 

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'The founders did not anticipate this, a defect not just of private misconduct (which we've seen before) but of public character. "The process of election affords a moral certainty," Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 68, "that the office of president will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single state; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of president of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue."'

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"At a time like this, it is important to express things plainly. On Tuesday evening, Donald Trump acted like a despot. Without warning or provocation, he summarily fired the independent-minded director of the F.B.I., James Comey. Comey had been overseeing an investigation into whether there was any collusion between Trump’s Presidential campaign and the government of Russia. With Comey out of the way, Trump can now pick his own man (or woman) to run the Bureau, and this person will have the authority to close down that investigation."

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Trump just fired the FBI director -- the 2nd time in history that has happened, and the previous time was an FBI directory who was committing low-level-graft. Comey's FBI was running an investigation into TRUMP and his campaign and his administration. Comey was due to testify in Congress TOMORROW. Taken as a whole this is way beyond the pale of what we should accept as Americans of our government.

This is the 3rd or 4th constitutional crisis created by the Trump Administration. We're barely 100 days into his Presidency. It's not too far a stretch of the imagination that SOMETHING will come up sooner or later that will be undeniably impeachable.

I'm saying this not from a Partisan viewpoint, but just from looking at the facts. This is America, and we follow the rule of law. Supposedly. That means having a President under investigation by the FBI itself is egregiously strange and wrong -- but then for that President to fire the head of the FBI -- that goes beyond the pale.

The surface story, that Comey had made mistakes in handling the Clinton investigation, has some truth to it. But that cannot be the entire story. The timing of this screams a panic move to shut down the investigation and cause a cover-up.

This article gives quite a lot of information as to why this firing has to be seen in the larger context, and the surface story we were given is completely inadequate --- given all the other investigations and information regarding what the Trump Administration is doing.

Former campaign chair Paul Manafort, former foreign policy advisor Carter Page, and political operative Roger Stone, all had clear obvious dealings with Russia. Michael Flynn had troubling dealings with Russia. During testimony earlier this week, former Acting Atty General Yates said she'd informed the White House (shortly before her firing) that Flynn's pattern of behavior was very troublesome, plus he was probably compromised by Russian Intelligence.

It's bad news for the Nat. Security Advisor to be compromised by Russia.

Another troubling aspect -- Comey's firing was recommended by Atty General Jeff Sessions. Sessions was supposed to be recused from these matters. So, what was he doing making recommendations if he was recused? Something is wrong here, and a large part of that could be that Sessions was involved at a very high level in Trump's transition team.

And, Sessions has his own ties to Russia, and he lied to Congress about those ties during his confirmation hearing.

Highly recommended is to view the Rachel Maddow show of May 9, as she had a dynamite series of interviews.

Taken as a whole this is way beyond the pale of what we should accept as Americans of our government.

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The public face of firing FBI Director Comey is misstatements during his congressional testimony a few days ago. But is that the real cause of Comey's dismissal?

The letter informing Comey he'd been fired included this: "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau." That letter was signed by Donald J Trump

Why did the letter specifically call out the INVESTIGATION of the Trump Campaign? In other words, is this an effort to cover up or shut down that investigation?

There is strong evidence the Trump Campaign, and now the Administration, were collaborating with Russians ... it's something that requires an honest and fair investigation.

Firing the FBI Director like this is the opposite of giving the impression of an honest and fair investigation. Instead, it gives the impression of cover-up and trying to keep damaging allegations from reaching the public.

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California has a looooooooong history of protecting its coastal zones, but the Trump Administration is gearing up to attack those protections. "Trump ignores the 20-year bipartisan support for protection of every California governor, U.S. senator, congressional representative and state legislator serving us during the relevant period of time.... After appointing petroleum industry executives throughout his Cabinet, President Trump is now taking his policy instructions directly from the oil industry as a whole. More difficult to understand is the current fascination by the White House with trashing the valued work of past administrations of both political parties, all the way back through that of President George W. Bush, who protected 10 sensitive islands and magnificent atolls of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands during his term of office. "

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Paul Manafort's ties to Russia go back many years. Manafort had worked for Reagan and GHW Bush, making his pro-Russia work very curious. Further, the Trump Administration is reacting with surprise about this, when the reporting about Paul Manafort for years described him as working for Yanukovych and other pro-Russia interests.

Beginning in 2005 or so, Manafort began working with Yanukovych, rehabilitating his political career after being driven from power in the 2004 Orange Revolution. After Yanukovych returned to power in 2010, he stayed on as an advisor, and became involved in other business projects in Eastern Europe. I'm seeing many current news articles claiming he was involved in Russian money-laundering schemes.

Yanukovych is of course the pro-Russia leader of Ukraine who was pushed back out of power by a EU/US-backed coup a few years ago.

Manafort more recently became head of Donald Trump's campaign - until forced out due to allegations over his lobbying work for pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs. Being the Campaign Chairman is not a limited role, as they're currently trying to claim.

Roger Stone who is a senior Trump aid is described in many reports as a long-time partner of Paul Manafort.

The reports linked here date from 2010, 2013, 2014, etc, and all freely discuss extensive payments by the Party of Regions to Manafort's agency.

The current report that Manafort had a long-running contract with Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska to conduct lobbying/political work "greatly benefit the Putin Government" going back many years - well, given the other reports available this new should revelation should be seen as highly credible.'s-plan-to-'greatly-benefit-the-Putin-Government

An example of Manafort's work is involvement in a legal case against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoschenko

NY Times reported on Manafort's work with Yanukovych in 2010

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The President that could have been - holding a town hall in Vermont. Instead, we got the President we got, and oh my what a contrast.

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