Trump White House Staff 2.0

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Spicer gone. Anthony Scaramucci in as White House Communications Director. Reince Priebus gone. Jon Kelly in as new Chief of Staff. What do I think?  What everybody else thinks: (1)  You need people with experience in their job. Scaramucci is a Wall Street bulldog, and has no experience at communications. This was made abundantly clear by giving a profanity-laced screed to Ryan … Read More

It Happened Last Night

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It was dramatic.  Even for 1 a.m. But…. …it appears that any chance of repealing (and replacing?) the Affordable Care Act died last night as Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins were joined by John McCain in opposing the Senate’s “skinny repeal” bill. Here’s how it went down. Yesterday afternoon, the Senate voted against a straight repeal of the Affordable Care … Read More

Hot Mic: He’s Crazy

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Awkward: At the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) didn’t switch off her microphone. Apparently speaking to Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the ranking Democrat of the committee, Collins discussed the federal budget — and President Trump’s lack of familiarity with the details of governing. After Reed praises Collins’s handling of the hearing, held by the Transportation, … Read More

BIG Vote Today On Something That Nobody Knows What It Is

Ken AshfordCongress, Health Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

In a few hours, Senate Republicans will vote whether to start debate on a plan to overhaul American health care, without knowing exactly what is in that plan or, by extension, how it will change the lives of millions of Americans. There are few, if any, comparable examples of a bill with such wide-reaching consequences, being voted on so abruptly, with so … Read More

Trump’s Boorish Behavior

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Everyone is talking about Trump’s horrible appearance before the Boy Scouts of America at their annual Jamboree yesterday. I agree with the criticism — I just am not very surprised or shocked. In keeping with the Scouts’ traditions, all eight presidents and surrogates who have represented them have stayed far, far away from partisan politics. Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the … Read More

Can A Sitting President Be Indicted?

Ken AshfordConstitution, Crime, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The conventional wisdom has always said that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Under current law, a President is immune from civil lawsuits in federal court, when it comes to his official acts as president.  This is because of Nixon v. Fitzgerald, a 1982 Supreme Court ruling.  There, the Supreme Court wrote: “The ‘singular importance of the President’s duties’ warrants a stay … Read More

Beleaguered Attorney General

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017 Trump could always pick up the phone and ask his “beleaguered” Attorney General this question, although I think the answer in all cases was that the Committees and investigators looked into … Read More

Kushner Releases Statement Of Testmony

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Main takeaways: Kushner says he had four contacts with Russians last year. The first was a handshake with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before a Trump speech in April. The second was the highly controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June. The third was a meeting with Kislyak during the transition. And the fourth was with Russian … Read More

Breaking: Sean Spicer Resigns

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The same morning that Anthony Scaramucci is appointed as White House Communications Director, Sean Spicer resigns. Reports are that he vehemently opposed Scaramucci’s appointment. Trump offered Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. Trump requested that Spicer stay on, but Spicer told Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to a person with direct knowledge of the … Read More

The Constitutional Crisis Cloud

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It’s been an insane few days for me personally (with work) and insane in the world of Trump.  I wanted to write at some length about the bizarre Trump interview in the New York Times — and how he dissed his attorney general for recusing himself from the Russian collusion investigation and his veiled threats to Bob Mueller, the independent counsel … Read More

Person No 8 In The Trump Tower Meeting Is Identified

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WaPo: An American-based employee of a Russian real estate company took part in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., bringing to eight the number of known participants at the session that has emerged a key focus of the investigation of the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian. Ike Kaveladze’s presence was confirmed by … Read More

Trumpcare Declared Dead But GOP Not Finished Screwing America

Ken AshfordCongress, Health Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

So this happened: My colleague @JerryMoran and I will not support the MTP to this version of BCRA #HealthcareBill — Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 18, 2017 Republican senator from Kansas and his Republican colleague from Utah said “no” to the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. This comes even before the CBO had scored it, but it would have resulted in … Read More