Nobody Pays Attention To Trump’s Rape Victim

Ken AshfordCrime, Political Scandals, Sex Scandals, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

This is how low we’ve sunk. A very credible claim of rape, and it doesn’t register on the news: Acclaimed author E. Jean Carroll publicly alleged for the first time Friday that President Donald Trump raped her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s. Two days later, the hosts of the most popular Sunday morning talk shows in the U.S. … Read More

10 Mueller Report Myths Debunked

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Myth: Mueller found “no collusion.” Response: Mueller spent almost 200 pages describing “numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign.” He found that “a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.” He also found that “a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations” against the Clinton campaign … Read More

Indecision As Foreign Policy

Ken AshfordIran, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Things have been ratcheting up with Iran for a few weeks, starting last week with a questionable attack by Iran on a US oil tanker, accompanied by weak, grainy photographic evidence. But it went into overdrive this week when Iran shot down a U.S. drone over… well, Iran or international waters, depending on who you listen to. Trump’s response was… … Read More

The Purge Begins (In Words Only, Probably)

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump announced, on Twitter, a massive sweep of undocumented immigrants across the United States: “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of … Read More

Trump Kills The Messengers

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Polls, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

A peak inside Trumpland shows that if you speak truth to him, he goes on off on you. This is how he is in private: President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is cutting ties with some of its own pollsters after leaked internal polling showed the president trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in critical 2020 battleground states, according to a … Read More

Queen Of Gaslighting To Leave In Two Weeks

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Yup. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving at the end of the month. And why not? She has nothing to do. She is the press secretary that killed press conferences with the press secretary. But that will not be her legacy. Her legacy will be, bluntly, lying. Love this WaPo editorial: When Sarah Sanders said Thursday that she hopes to be … Read More

Office of Special Counsel Recommends Kellyanne Conway Be Removed

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Wow. Not surprisingly, the White House is doping nothing: White House Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves responds: — Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) June 13, 2019 This statement is just wrong. 1) #SCOTUS has repeatedly held that government employees have very limited First Amendment rights _as_ employees. 2) No one has deprived @KellyannePolls of anything; this is a recommendation to terminate … Read More

Trump: No Collusion, No Collusion, But Would I Collude? You Bet!

Ken AshfordElection 2020, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

In an Oval Office interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump said he would consider accepting information on his political opponents from a foreign government, despite the concerns raised by the intelligence community and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III over Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump also said he wouldn’t necessarily alert the FBI if a foreign country … Read More

Don Jr Testifies Behind Closed Doors

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

He’s sticking to his story, which contradicts previous testimony of Gates and Cohen: Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday that he did not tell his father about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting and that he didn’t pay close attention to the Trump Tower Moscow project that was one of many potential deals that had been in … Read More

House Judiciary Committee Voting Now On Contempt For AG Barr And Commerce Secretary Ross

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This relates to refusal to turn over documents relating to the citizenship question on the census. New: DOJ informs House Oversight President Trump is invoking executive privilege with regard to some of the subpoenaed documents regarding addition of a citizenship to 2020 census — Sam Levine (@srl) June 12, 2019 So weird that the administration is going to such … Read More

Actually, It Seems The President IS Above The Law

Ken AshfordCongress, Courts/Law, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It is worth noting that, while Attorney General Barr has apparently negotiated an agreement to provide the House Judiciary Committee with access to Robert Mueller’s “most important files” related to the obstruction inquiry, Trump’s lawyers continue to fight in court against the release of the president’s financial records. It is very likely that the latter poses the bigger threat to Trump, who has already … Read More

Barr Caves; Mueller Evidence To Go To House Judiciary Committee

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Breaking: House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Monday said he has struck a deal with the Justice Department to begin providing Congress with some documents from the Mueller Report related to obstruction of justice. Nadler announced the agreement ahead of a vote scheduled for Tuesday, when the House is expected to approve a resolution to go to court to enforce … Read More

Trump Ends Tariffs Threat After Working Out A Deal With Mexico, Except….

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Except the “deal” was going to happen anyway. Yup: The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations. Friday’s … Read More