Trump Reverses His Advisors On NK Sanctions

Ken AshfordNorth Korea, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Yesterday: Important actions today from @USTreasury; the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices. Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea’s sanctions evasion. https://t.co/AVnOPrWbH6 — John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 21, 2019 Today: It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale … Read More

Why Is Trump Trying To Hide His Putin Conversations?

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump claims he has nothing to hide — so why is he going to such great lengths to make sure no one ever finds out what he discussed with Putin? The White House on Thursday rejected a request from House Democrats to turn over documents pertaining to Trump’s conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing that such communication is off-limits … Read More

The Mueller Report Is Highly Anticipated. Here’s What We Already Know: An Interactive Post

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

By LARRY BUCHANAN and KAREN YOURISH MARCH 20, 2019 The investigation has revealed a range of eventsrelated to Russian interference and the 2016 election. After more than two years of criminal indictments and steady revelations about contacts between associates of Donald J. Trump and Russia, we already know a lot about the work done by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s … Read More

Thank God For The Federal Courts

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

WaPo: Federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration at least 63 times over the past two years, an extraordinary record of legal defeat that has stymied large parts of the president’s agenda on the environment, immigration and other matters. In case after case, judges have rebuked Trump officials for failing to follow the most basic rules of governance for … Read More

Suing Fictional Cows And Other Twitter Embarrassments

Ken AshfordCongress, Social Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is funny, but also disturbing in the sense that some are actually taking it seriously. Yesterday, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued a fictional cow for $250 million. In addition to the anonymous Twitter account “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” Nunes is suingthe “Devin Nunes’ Mom” Twitter account, a political operative named Liz Mair, and Twitter itself. Nunes, a close ally of President Trump, … Read More

Trump Crimes Update

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

(1) This is interesting. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is extending his stay at the Department of Justice for at least “a little longer,” according to Tuesday NBC reporting. Slated to leave in mid-March, Rosenstein has reportedly spoken to Attorney General William Barr about staying for an indefinite amount of time. The hearings for his replacement are currently scheduled for … Read More

Updates From Our Tweeting President

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Beginning at 8 am, Donald Trump put up no fewer than 30 tweets on Sunday. A total of 50 for the entire weekend. Busy guy! Here are the subjects that are obsessing him at the moment: Saturday Night Live making fun of him too much. The Steele dossier and the whole Russia witch hunt (7 tweets). St. Patrick’s Day (2 tweets). … Read More

Trump To Speak Live From The Oval Office To Sign His First Veto

Ken AshfordCongress, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Donald Trump didn’t just lose any old Senate vote on Thursday. He didn’t even just lose a vote on his signature issue. When 12 Republicans voted to block Trump’s national emergency declaration, they did so despite Trump’s personal lobbying and insistence that the vote was about Donald Trump. The Washington Post reports that, in calls to Republican senators, “the president spoke of the battle almost … Read More

Trump Suddenly Against Public Release of Mueller Report

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

He was for it before it was against it: Up until now, Trump has pretty consistently insisted that he has nothing to fear from the Mueller report, saying that there’s “NO COLLUSION.” Just a few weeks ago, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “We feel good about the fact that what we’ve said all along for last two years … Read More

Senate Passes Not-An-Emergency Resolution, Setting Up Trump’s Veto

Ken AshfordCongress, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The Senate delivered a high-profile rebuke to President Donald Trump over his signature agenda issue Thursday when 12 Republicans joined Democrats to overturn the President’s national emergency border declaration. The vote was 59-41, an overwhelming vote against the President’s executive action.Lawmakers don’t have enough votes, however, to override a certain veto from the President, but passage of the resolution in … Read More

Trump Grounds 737 Max… For All The Wrong Reasons

Ken AshfordDisasters, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

There’s a word for how well the Trump White House handled issues surrounding the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and their possible connections to a Lion Air crash in October. Unfortunately, using that word would filter this story from many readers. Concerns about the plane being flown at the time of both crashes—the relatively new Boeing 737 Max 8—caused airlines and … Read More

NY Attorney General Looking Into Four Trump Projects

Ken AshfordCrime, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas on Monday for banks involved in financing four Trump Organization projects. That includes Trump National Doral golf course, his hotel in Washington, D.C., and his effort to buy the Buffalo Bills. The subpoenas are the next step in promises to “shine a bright light” on Trump that James made in both her campaign and her victory … Read More

Trump’s New Deficit-Exploding Budget

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

WaPo: President Trump is releasing a $4.7 trillion budget plan Monday that stands as a sharp challenge to Congress and the Democrats trying to unseat him, the first act in a multi-front struggle that could consume Washington for the next 18 months. The budget proposal dramatically raises the possibility of another government shutdown in October, and Trump used to the … Read More