[Discussion] Hope to Remember The Trump Administration Thread as being 'transparent and honest'

Let's follow and discuss what our newest presidential administration gets up to, the good, the bad, the lawsuits, and the many many indictments.

Paleocon wrote:
firesloth wrote:

I thought it was frontotemporal dementia...whatever that is.

It doesn't explain, though, why his sons do it too.

What makes you think they're not following in Daddy's high-heeled footsteps?

Paleocon wrote:

In the end, it blew up in his face and bought him an impeachment. Had their been four Republicans in the nation with an ounce of decency between them, he would have lost his presidency over it.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. No.

If there were four Republicans in the nation with an ounce of decency between them, they would have been able to hear from witnesses at the Senate trial.

However, conviction requires a two-thirds supermajority, not a simple majority. We would have needed twenty Republicans in the Senate with an ounce of decency, and you know damned well that was never going to happen, ever, no matter how many witnesses we heard from and what they said.

And for everyone's situational awareness, section 4 of the 25th amendment requires two-thirds of both houses to agree that the President is unfit and should be removed if the President says he is fit.
It's actually harder to remove a President via the 25th, because you also need the VP and the cabinet to agree with two-thirds of both houses.

The President's first post-hospital interview devolved into vicious and sexist attacks on his opponents and dangerous boasts about his health

Dialing in for his first interview since being hospitalized, President Donald Trump went on an hour-long ramble that devolved into vicious and sexist attacks on the Democrats running against him, desperate claims against old enemies and dangerous boasts about his own apparent recovery from coronavirus.

Trump's appearance did little to reverse impressions of a candidate in denial about the country's health situation or lost in a web of old grievance and comes just weeks before a presidential election that polls currently show him badly trailing. He called into Fox Business from the White House residence, where he continues taking a steroid as part of his Covid treatment.
Trump, whose voice sounded husky over the phone, had no events on his schedule Thursday; it was the third day in a row since he returned from hospital that his public agenda appeared empty. In White House videos posted Wednesday and Thursday, he appeared upbeat but at moments seemed breathless and wore heavy makeup.
The President said he was eager to return to the campaign trail and insisted he was no longer shedding the virus, even though he was only diagnosed a week ago. But he said he would refuse to participate in a virtual debate with Joe Biden, saying it would be easier for the moderator to cut him off.

I wonder if they're going to try to keep him on steroids through the remainder of the election? If they don't, he's going to crash hard even with the process of weaning them off.

Nvm....didn't realize it was already a topic of discussion on the Political News thread.

farley3k wrote:
The President said he was eager to return to the campaign trail and insisted he was no longer shedding the virus, even though he was only diagnosed a week ago. But he said he would refuse to participate in a virtual debate with Joe Biden, saying it would be easier for the moderator to cut him off.

Most of the world sees this as a feature!

Trump announced on Hannity that he wants to hold a rally on Saturday. During the same interview he coughs and his voice gives out.
We may not need to worry about mail-in ballots because President Plaguelord may kill off all his supporters before in-person voting opens.

ruhk wrote:

Trump announced on Hannity that he wants to hold a rally on Saturday. During the same interview he coughs and his voice gives out.
We may not need to worry about mail-in ballots because President Plaguelord may kill off all his supporters before in-person voting opens.

The real news is that they oscillated his mic--and they oscillated it very, very seriously--during the debate.

Trump goes after Steve Schmidt of the Lincoln Project.

It does not go well.

OG_slinger wrote:
ruhk wrote:

Trump announced on Hannity that he wants to hold a rally on Saturday. During the same interview he coughs and his voice gives out.
We may not need to worry about mail-in ballots because President Plaguelord may kill off all his supporters before in-person voting opens.

The real news is that they oscillated his mic--and they oscillated it very, very seriously--during the debate.

Has he ever NOT had an excuse for something?

Paleocon wrote:

Trump goes after Steve Schmidt of the Lincoln Project.

It does not go well.

Yes that would be devastating if Trump cared. Or could read.

If anything, the lesson in this election cycle is that Trump is the one who hasn't learned from history. Clinton caught a whole lot of deserved sh*t for not recognizing that the political environment had changed since 2008 when her window for taking the White House was a real one. By 2016, she either needed to adapt her message and approach or die a death of a thousand paper cuts. She chose the latter by simply dusting off her 2008 playbook.

This time around, it looks like Trump is the one caught with an old playbook. He tried in vain to get Kanye West to run as a third party in a hamfisted and insulting way to bleed off the AfAm vote and he committed treason to manufacture a fake scandal involving Hunter Biden in Ukraine as a retreaded version of Clinton's emails. Both of them blew up in his face and rather than adapt and overcome, he is stuck fishing that sh*t out of the trash, dusting it off, and sounding like an absolute lunatic.

He got handed a winning plan in 2016 and thought he could replicate it with his hand picked band of amateurs. Now he's getting ROFLstomped by professional operators.

Trump Engineered a Sudden Windfall in 2016 as Campaign Funds Dwindled

NYT wrote:

Tax records expose more than $21 million in highly unusual payments from the Las Vegas hotel Donald Trump owns with Phil Ruffin, routed through other Trump companies and paid out in cash.

Donald J. Trump needed money.

His “self-funded” presidential campaign was short on funds, and he was struggling to win over leery Republican donors. His golf courses and the hotel he would soon open in the Old Post Office in Washington were eating away at what cash he had left on hand, his tax records show.

And in early 2016, Deutsche Bank, the last big lender still doing business with him, unexpectedly turned down his request for a loan. The funds, Mr. Trump had told his bankers, would help shore up his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. Some bankers feared the money would instead be diverted to his campaign.

That January, Mr. Trump sold a lot of stock — $11.1 million worth. He sold another $11.8 million worth in February, and $7.5 million in March. In April, he sold $8.1 million more.

And the president’s long-hidden tax records, obtained by The New York Times, also reveal this: how he engineered a sudden financial windfall — more than $21 million in what experts describe as highly unusual one-off payments from the Las Vegas hotel he owns with his friend the casino mogul Phil Ruffin.

In previous articles on the tax records, The Times has reported that, in all but a few years since 2000, chronic business losses and aggressive accounting strategies have allowed Mr. Trump to largely avoid paying federal income taxes. And while the hundreds of millions of dollars earned from “The Apprentice” and his attendant celebrity rescued his business career, those riches, together with the marketing power of the Trump brand, were ebbing when he announced his 2016 presidential run.

The new findings, part of The Times’s continuing investigation, cast light on Mr. Trump’s financial maneuverings in that time of fiscal turmoil and unlikely political victory. Indeed, they may offer a hint to one of the enduring mysteries of his campaign: In its waning days, as his own giving had slowed to a trickle, Mr. Trump contributed $10 million, leaving many people wondering where the burst of cash had come from.

The tax records, by their nature, do not specify whether the more than $21 million in payments from the Trump-Ruffin hotel helped prop up Mr. Trump’s campaign, his businesses or both. But they do show how the cash flowed, in a chain of transactions, to several Trump-controlled companies and then directly to Mr. Trump himself.

The bulk of the money went through a company called Trump Las Vegas Sales and Marketing that had little previous income, no clear business purpose and no employees. The Trump-Ruffin joint venture wrote it all off as a business expense.

Ruffin legitimately gave Trump's campaign, inaugural fund, and now-defunct charity north of $2.5 million.

After Trump's election Ruffin asked for help in reviving a bullet train project that would shrink Southern California's four or five hour drive to Vegas down to a 90 minute train ride.

This year the Transportation Department’s Credit Council authorized the company who hopes to build that bullet train to sell $1 billion in tax-free bonds that are backed by the government. The bonds--and the government backing--are often used to attract additional investors. So far California and Nevada have voted to sell an additional $3.2 billion in bonds for the project.

Trump got a $21 million tax break for saving the forest outside his NY mansion. Now the deal is under investigation.

WaPo wrote:

Five years ago, Donald Trump promised to preserve more than 150 acres of rolling woodlands in an exclusive swath of New York suburbia prized for its luxury homes and rural tranquility.

In exchange for setting aside this land on his estate known as Seven Springs, Trump received a tax break of $21.1 million, according to court documents.

The size of Trump’s tax windfall was set by a 2016 appraisal that valued Seven Springs at $56.5 million — more than double the value assessed by the three Westchester county towns that each contained a piece of the property.

The valuation has now become a focal point of what could be one of the most consequential investigations facing President Trump as he heads into the election.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is investigating whether the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of Seven Springs as part of the conservation easement on the property, according to filings in the case in August. The investigation also scrutinizes valuations, tax burdens and conservation easements at Trump’s holdings in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

Trump’s son Eric, who now helps run the Trump Organization, sat for a deposition in the case Monday.

The Seven Springs appraisal, obtained by The Washington Post, appears to have relied on unsupported assertions and misleading conclusions that boosted the value of Trump’s charitable gift — and his tax break, according to two independent appraisers who reviewed the document at The Post’s request.

The appraisal was written by Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate firm that has worked with Trump over many years and whose New York City headquarters are in a building co-owned by Trump.

The firm established the value of the 212-acre estate by assuming a future buyer could build and sell 24 mansions on the land, without providing evidence that such a subdivision would meet local regulations. Over two decades, Trump himself tried and failed to build on Seven Springs — first a golf course and later various housing developments — but the projects were stymied amid local opposition and environmental disputes.

The appraisal also claimed the land preserved under the easement had no economic value of its own, which one independent appraiser described as “crazy.” The tax break is calculated by subtracting the value of the conserved property from the value when it could be developed.

“This is not a good appraisal, and it’s misleading, and it’s thin as all get out,” said the first independent appraiser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preserve relationships in the industry. “What you get is appraised values for these 24 hypothetical lots that appear to be much higher than they ought to be.”

If the conservation easement transaction was ever litigated, the appraiser said, “they’d tear it apart.”

This is likely what faces Trump when he's out of the White House. New York State officials are going to systematically go through his taxes and his finances looking for anything they can find. And there'll be plenty.

So dUmpty is going to have a "medical evaluation" AND "interview" with Dr. Nick Dr. Phil Dr.Drake Ramoray Dr. Siegel live on Fox tonight.

Sorry.

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mortalgroove wrote:

So dUmpty is going to have a "medical evaluation" AND "interview" with Dr. Nick Dr. Phil Dr.Drake Ramoray Dr. Siegel live on Fox tonight.

Wikipedia wrote:

In Fox News appearances during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Siegel fueled unfounded right-wing conspiracy theories suggesting that candidate Hillary Clinton, whom Siegel never examined, had a hidden serious illness that raised questions about her physical fitness for office.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Siegel frequently appeared in conservative media where he pushed medical advice that contradicted CDC guidelines. In an March 2020 appearance on Fox News's Hannity, Siegel incorrectly claimed that the coronavirus "should be compared to the flu. Because at worst, at worst, worst-case scenario it could be the flu." A study by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Dolores Albarracin, published in the peer-reviewed Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review in April 2020, identified Siegel's statement as part of a broader set of COVID-19 misinformation circulating in conservative media; the study found that Americans who relied upon Fox News and other right-wing sources for news were more likely to credit conspiracy theories or baseless rumors than Americans who relied upon mainstream sources. Author and media analyst Brian Stelter, in his book Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, wrote that Siegel's "just-the-flu" claim "was shockingly irresponsible stuff" and that Fox News executives were aware of this, because they had at the time already begun taking precautions.

Russian confirmed as source of funds in alleged Parnas, Fruman ‘straw donor’ scheme

Miami Herald wrote:

Last October, federal prosecutors brought campaign finance charges against two associates of Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who had worked with him to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine to benefit President Donald Trump.

Those Ukraine efforts contributed to the impeachment charges brought against President Trump in January and put Parnas and Fruman’s messy business history on display.

The two men were accused of using money provided by a then-unnamed Russian businessman for political donations to help their efforts to obtain marijuana licenses. They are scheduled to go to trial next year, along with two co-conspirators.

On a pretrial call Thursday, the Russian businessman was identified as Andrei Muraviev by a lawyer for one of Parnas and Fruman’s two alleged co-conspirators, Andrey Kukushkin.

McClatchy was the first to report Muraviev as the likely foreign national last October, days after the charges against Parnas, Fruman and their alleged co-conspirators were unveiled on Oct. 10, 2019. And the Sacramento Bee reported soon after that Kukushkin and Muraviev were partners in multiple Sacramento cannabis businesses with local pot king Garib Karapetyan.

Kukushkin’s lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, added Thursday that federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Muraviev’s e-mails.

Federal prosecutors filed a superseding indictment in the case on Sept. 17, 2020, adding fraud charges against a business operated by Parnas and his partner David Correia called Fraud Guarantee.

The new indictment also contained more detail about the alleged foreign straw donation scheme involving Muraviev.

He allegedly provided $1 million in September and October 2018 that was to be used for efforts to obtain marijuana licenses in Nevada, California, New York and New Jersey, including political donations that they believed would help them obtain the licenses. Federal campaign finance law prohibits donations from foreign nationals and straw donations made in someone else’s name.

The money provided by Muraviev was intended to pay for both future political donations and reimburse Parnas and Fruman for political donations they had already made. The two ramped up their political giving in 2018, including a $325,000 check to America First Action, a political action committee supporting Donald Trump, and $50,000 to a committee supporting Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.

Both donations were given in the name of Parnas and Fruman’s newly created natural gas company Global Energy Producers. Parnas also hosted two fundraisers for DeSantis who narrowly won election in 2018 against Democrat Andrew Gillum.]

So while yet another connection between Trump and Russia has been revealed, Trump's mad at Barr for not delivering the results of an explicitly political investigation before the election that was supposed to frame the Obama administration for illegally targeting Trump's campaign in 2016.

Trump hits Barr for not delivering Russia probe bombshells

Politico wrote:

President Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General William Barr on Friday after it was revealed that the U.S. attorney investigating the origins of the Russia probe is not expected to release any information related to his inquiry before the election.

“If that’s the case, I’m very disappointed,” Trump told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “I think it’s a terrible thing. And I’ll say it to [Barr’s] face.”

POLITICO first reported this week that Republican senators investigating similar matters have been told to not expect additional indictments or other disclosures from U.S. Attorney John Durham before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“It’s a disgrace. It’s an embarrassment,” Trump added. “See, this is what I mean with the Republicans. They don’t play the tough game.”

The apparent preelection fizzle began circulating earlier this week, coinciding with a flurry of angry tweets from the president, in which he repeatedly demanded the jailing of his political enemies; he has accused a slew of Obama administration officials of unfairly and illegally targeting him during the 2016 campaign and the presidential transition period, without citing evidence.

Moreover, the president’s allies in Congress and within the administration have been releasing declassified documents related to the Russia probe in recent days, fueling speculation that they were trying to fill the void being left by Durham, who was tapped by Barr to examine the origins of the Russia investigation. That Durham cleared the documents for public release suggests they will not be used in a criminal prosecution.

The best thing, though, is that while Trump was roid raging about this he tweeted "I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!"

Buzzfeed News, which has been trying to get its hands on an unredacted version of the Mueller Report since it came out, seized on the tweet and filed an emergency motion to have the government immediately release it. A federal court ordered the DOJ to confer with the White House about the declassification and publication of information related to the Russia investigation and get back to them for a hearing on the motion on Friday.

If you had told me 5 years ago that Buzzfeed was going to be a big news organization that was very cleverly and systematically adept at tearing down the facade of the President’s bullsh*t... I’d have been very skeptical.

Demosthenes wrote:

If you had told me 5 years ago that Buzzfeed was going to be a big news organization that was very cleverly and systematically adept at tearing down the facade of the President’s bullsh*t... I’d have been very skeptical.

Obama predicted it pretty well during his last Whitehouse Correspondants Dinner:

It looks like Obama is getting ready to rub that dude’s shiny head.

How much do you want to bet that he couldn't manage the strength to rip open the top shirt?

He could have improved 2020, but no, yet another failure.

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Is 2020 an issue? Does it have to be a failure?

Nevin73 wrote:

How much do you want to bet that he couldn't manage the strength to rip open the top shirt?

Trump doesn't realize he's Lex.