Sunday, April 22, 2018

Latin Translation Lying Weasel: Donaldus Johnus Trumpus Per Excellentiam

Proof in the Pudding: His reason (now reasons) for Firing Comey
(Three different versions)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trump once again offers a shifting rationale for the reason he fired former FBI Director James Comey,

He also joined other Republicans in exaggerating how much simpler it will become for Americans to file their taxes next time.

Then he erred by a hair in claiming a historic achievement in black and Hispanic joblessness. More behind the scene recent statements on these matters and more:

TRUMP TWEETS: “Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!”

FACTS: Only Trump knows why he decided to fire Comey. But Trump has changed his story. In May 2017, two days after ousting Comey, Trump told Lester Holt on NBC this: “In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.”

Comey's firing, and Trump's subsequent suggestion that the investigation into Russian meddling in the election was a factor, led Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the probe.

Mueller is now examining the Comey firing as part of an investigation of potential obstruction of justice by Trump. The wide-ranging investigation also has been looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interests. 

Historical trail of Trump's rationale for dismissing Comey and how it has changed before:

Proof meet pudding:

1.  Initially, the White House attributed the firing to Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices.

2.  Trump then contradicted that explanation in his NBC interview with Lester Holt.

3. Now, once again, he has changed that story version again.

My 2 Cents: When will the brain dead Trump loyalists who stick to him like glue come to their senses and say: “This man is a serial liar – a pathological liar in fact, and boy have we been duped time and time again by him and his lies.” 

This is greatly harmful to the nation and to our national sanity. It is time to dump him and return to some sort of sanity now before it is long too late. 

Help push this message with every resource you have. 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

North-South Korea Reunification and Denuclearization: Historic Event If Successful

View from Space: North and South Korea World of Differences

Peace Makers or More Showboating
(Time will tell)

Introduction from CNN report: – The last time a U.S. official of CIA director Mike Pompeo's stature visited North Korea was in 2014, when then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went to secure the release of two Americans held prisoner. There, Clapper met with low-level officials.

Note: The news of Pompeo's meeting with Kim, which occurred over Easter weekend (sometime over the end of March and the beginning of April) also raised eyebrows that unlike Clapper, Pompeo went to North Korea and didn't come back with Americans being held captive there. 

There are three Americans currently being held in North Korea. Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang-duk (also known as Tony Kim) were imprisoned in 2017 on suspicion of “hostile acts.” Kim Dong-chul was arrested in 2015 and has been serving a 10-year sentence on “espionage charges.” Noteworthy: Sweden has been helping to negotiate their release.

This time, Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang and met with leader Kim Jong-Un himself, a move that appears to signify both sides' commitment to have a summit and discuss denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, and giving Kim the presidential audience he's craved.

To meet with a sitting US President has been a long-held ambition of the Kim family. 

For President Trump however, the nearer the summit approaches, the harder it will be to back out.

Key Summary (my emphasis on key points):

Trump's mention during the briefing of North and South Korean officials discussing an end of the Korean war (Note: Now only a UN “cease fire” is still in effect since July 1953) will certainly require an American presence should such negotiations actually succeed. It was the U.S. and not South Korea that signed that cease fire armistice with North Korea in 1953.

Trump told reporters he supported the discussions adding: “And they do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war. People don't realize the Korean War has not ended. It's going on right now and they are discussing an end to the war.”

Another factor in Trump's inability to walk away from a meeting with Kim: It might bring about some kind of arrangement for a peaceful solution for the peninsula. That would be a huge political win for his presidency.

Now, the standard Trump self-praise:

He claimed credit for the peace the Koreas have experienced so far this year.

He praised his own leadership prevented military confrontations during the Winter Olympics that were held in South Korea in February.

He said praise from President Moon, Jae-in, and Japanese PM Shinzō Abe, and others as proof of his skills.
More from self-fluffing Trump: “They've been very generous that without us and without me in particular, I guess you would have to say, they wouldn't be discussing anything, and including the Olympics would have been a failure. Instead it was a great success. They would have had a real problem. But as you know North Korea participated in the Olympics and ... it was quite a success. That would not have happened.”
My 2 Cents: First of all, that self-praise that Trump mentions for his own credit actually belongs to South Korean president Moon, Jae-in and not to Trump – let’s be clear on the facts, shall we? 

Historically, I have advocated for a one-Korea peaceful solution my whole adult life. Such a reunification would put one Korea on a path to greatness – just look at the comparisons now between North and South – as different as seeing Earth and our colors at night and the dark side of the Moon – it’s that stark

Kim, Jung-un right now has a great chance to do something no one has ever tried with any kind of success even under the Kim one-family rule since 1945. He could be a real hero in that region if it’s peace and prosperity the wants and not to sustain a one-man dictatorship. 

The key to all this is: What would one Korea look like, be established as, and governed under – either some sort of democratic system or a parliamentary system, and what laws and such. All that is a long way away. But, any peaceful first steps are sorely needed – this could be that.

Time will tell – but keep in mind that both Kim and Trump love center stage and a monopoly on bragging rights, attention, and heaps of praise and that could be one huge road block – we shall see.

Hopefully any meeting between Trump and Kim will lead to permanent peace on that peninsula – it is long overdue.  I know and have seen that massive change and brilliance in the south since the war that I saw firsthand when I first served there in 1961-63 and nearly 15 years after that off and on as a Marine and later as a DOD civilian. 

Just look at South Korea today, or Japan since WWII, and now China today - all true miracles. 

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Trump Empire, Inc: The Biggest Business Merger and Prized Acquisition to Date

Trump Empire, Inc. 1600 PA Ave Wash DC 20006
(Estab: January 20, 2017)

All that matters to the Trump clan: Name, Fame, and Fortune
(The More the Merrier)

Trump’s in it for the money and for expansion of Trump Empire, Inc., and not for any kind of public service to the nation as pointed out in an excellent and simple article from a compilation of spending records put together by Public Citizen and obtained and published by McClatchy that follows below:

WASHINGTON — Trump’s U.S. businesses have received at least $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since 2015.


That money went to Trump’s airplanes, hotels, golf courses, and even a bottled water company during the presidential campaign and the first 15 months of his presidency.
  • Trump’s campaign itself spent the most of that $15 million by far — about 90 percent, or $13.4 million in fact.
  • More than $717,000 from the RNC,
  • Nearly $595,000 from Trump Victory (a joint fundraising committee set up by the RNC and Trump’s campaign);
  • Some $9,000 from the NRSC (National Republican Senate Committee).
  • PAC: American First Action, dedicated to electing federal candidates who support Trump’s agenda, spent $33,000.
  • PAC: Great America Committee, VP Pence’s group, spent $24,000.
  • Incumbent campaigns and PACs supporting Republicans House members Bill Shuster (PA), Jodey Arrington (TX), Tom MacArthur (NJ), and Dana Rohrabacher (CA) also spent money on Trump businesses.
In contrast and by comparison, in 2013 and 2014, political spending at Trump properties was less than $20,000.

My 2 Cents: So, tell me – what is Trump’s single most-important goal while in office: security of the nation; help for needy people; compassion, what really based on his actions and deeds – not his empty words? 

Simple: Enrich himself and his family – not much else. 

Yet his base sticks with him as they wait for him to deliver on broken promises. Their trust in him is quite frankly down the proverbial drain: They are in fact, suckers in this his latest and most-elaborate con ever – as clear as a bell…!!! 

The painful yet truth. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pop Quiz: Where is the biggest Weasel found today? Oh, simple: In the Oval Office

 Trump's 11th Commandment: He dares anyone to prove otherwise

With all the crap Donald J. Trump has pulled and still has lined up to pull, it’s pretty easy to see why he truly is “A con-man” above everyone and everything else. 
The story follows, and it is truly astonishing, but pretty much routine Trump that I call “The reel Donald J. Trump.”  

Q:  So. why is Trump’s business empire arguing that its properties are worth just a fraction of what Trump has claimed they were worth are on all his own financial disclosure filings? 

A:  To save on his taxes.

My 2 Cents – wow does not even come close to my and hopefully yours too, outrage … but then again, this is classic Trump through and through – it’s in his DNA.
Pretty damn sad to say the least … defiles words doesn’t it? Although pathetically disgusting ranks high on the list.
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Kneeling NFL Player's Insult: "Get that son of a bitch off the field" — /s/ DJT

EPA's Scumbag Administrator, Scott Pruitt (R-OK)
(Mr. President: Give him NFL Insult; Whatcha' Waiting On)

The relentless bullsh*t from EPA Chief Scott Pruitt (R-OK) and his cronies is tough to deal with say EPA insiders and he has a record of fraud, waste, and abuse to prove it. 

From this excellent rundown The Guardian.

In case you or anyone forgot, here is that NFL insult reminder:

BTW Mr. President: We the People have not forgotten your nasty insult.

Pruitt's Trail of Corruption and Public Thievery:

He spent $105,000 on first-class flights in his first year in the job.

He pulled a group of EPA staff from investigating environmental crimes to become his 24-hour personal security guards.

He spent more than $50,000 on sweeping his office for listening bugs, installing biometric locks, and a soundproof booth in which to take and receive calls.

He rents a D.C. townhouse room for just $50 a night from the wife of an energy lobbyist.

He used an obscure provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act to give two favored aides, the counsel Sarah Greenwalt and the scheduling director Millan Hupp, raises of almost $57,000 and $28,000 respectively, after the White House refused them.

He had at least five EPA officials reassigned or demoted after they raised concerns about Pruitt’s spending, including a request for a $100,000-a-month charter aircraft membership and $70,000 for two office desks, one of them bulletproof.

He wanted to use sirens to sweep aside D.C. traffic so he could reach Le Diplomate, a French restaurant, the security official said no and was demoted.

His rollback of Obama efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants and vehicles, stem pollution from entering streams and rivers and ban chemicals linked to brain damage and other ailments in children has delighted industry groups and conservatives, who have rallied to Pruitt’s defense.

He rollbacks and tears up new pollution standards for cars and trucks, wants more personal control over activities near waterways, introduces “transparency” to EPA science by tossing aside scientific research.

Insiders say morale is at a very low ebb, and the bigger concern is the environmental mission of the agency. Substantively, what has happened in the last year is as big a threat as the agency has ever faced.

Pitiful but typical these two conservative views: 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-RX) said Trump would not fire Pruitt because “Trump is too cagey to be duped and bullied by the Obama groupies.” 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called Pruitt “The bravest and most conservative member of Trump’s cabinet."

My 2 cents: I find it very hard to find words to express my outrage and disgust over this Pruitt corrupt stinking mess in the Trump administration. Also, I find it very hard to go back in time and find any administration that has been corrupt and messy and crappy as this one.  

This Trump gang of greedy SOB thieves has set a new historical record for their arrogance and awful behavior as public servants.

So, for the man at the top himself, I say for “We the People” in unison your own words right back at cha: “Get that son of a bitch out of office.”  /s/ The Vast Majority of Americans.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Welcome the Hot New Cold War Arms Race Era: Trump-Bolton vs. The World

Heading for the starting blocks  

My Introduction: We, the U.S. and other global powers: Russia, China, Iran, and collectively, the EU and other wealthy nations are on the road to the end of time = Apocalypse and Armageddon here we come – “Cold War” is out – Welcome to the “Hot War” era getting fresh nuclear fuel and cranking into high gear. 

Cite: Recent world events here at home, in Russian, Syria, Iran, China, and North Korea.

Sample below from this article from the Daily Beast: New arms race between the U.S. and Russia with North Korea now being a side dish player and of course a new war hawk who is now close to Trump – John Bolton – whose philosophy on nukes and war is clear *with a little of my editing to make it fit the blog format – the overall content is not changed however:

Bolton believes in weapons and war over diplomacy – and coercion over negotiation whether it’s being pro-missile defense, pro-regime change, or anti-UN, his record has been consistent: hardline militarily and not much else.

Background from then until now: Bolton was Bush’s Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and in that capacity was the principal advocate for tearing up the ABM Treaty — and, then later as our envoy to Moscow over the arrangement, was the one who ripped it up right in the Kremlin’s face.

“When he and we cancelled that ABM Treaty, we did two things” (says Jim Walsh, a nuclear-strategy scholar at MIT): “We embarrassed Russia, we left them hanging. That’s a psychological effect, but there was also a direct consequence for their national security: If we build a missile defense, the only way they can respond is to build new missiles. That’s why we had an ABM Treaty in the first place, because we knew missile defense leads to arms races and creates strategic instability.”

Now Bolton has been elevated to being Trump’ NSC adviser and thus and rightly so, much is been made of his bellicose statements toward North Korea and Iran, his continued defense of the disastrous Iraq War, and his much-vocalized contempt for arms-reduction agreements, particularly the 2015 Iran deal. 

Far less attention has gone to his role in getting rid of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty — a footnote buried in the accumulated foreign-policy wreckage of the Bush administration, but one bitterly remembered in Moscow, where it contributed to the present reemergence of U.S.-Russia antagonism.

Now today we hear Putin announce he has a new ICBM codename: “Satan 2” that Putin professes is able to evade anything and strike anywhere, and anytime. Putin did so, but was not responding to anything Trump or even Obama had done.

In his eyes, he was reliving a decade and a half earlier when Bush and his administration threw away that ABM Treaty. Recall that Putin recently said to Megan Kelly in his TV interview: “If you were to speak about ‘arms race, then an arms race began at exactly the time and moment when the U.S. opted out of the Anti-Missile Treaty.”

Continue this fine article here – it is worth read:

My 2 Cents: As I said – here were now and yes Bolton is at the center again and hawk that he is, he fits right where Trump wants him – close by between Fox and Fiends and twitter.

If you thought Bannon and others around Trump who are now gone were awful to bad or just plain terrible, well, think again, they can’t hold a candle to Bolton. He is a horrible choice where Trump has placed him to head the NSC.

Time will prove me and others right, so stay tuned – it’s gonna get real ugly real fast.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

NEW UPDATE: Mueller Probe Grows as More Key Players in Focus & Plot Thickens

Not me or anyone near me is involved with Russia
(Pay no attention to the guy standing next to me)

The plot thickens and smack dab in the middle is Rick Gates (pictured above next to Trump) — who happens to be a longtime associate of Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort with this startling headline:

“New Mueller court filing links Trump campaign, Russian intelligence, and WikiLeaks”

Original Post Follows this Update:


“Person A” seems to be Konstantin Kilimnik: His name has surfaced many times in the 2016 election drama. He is a Russian national who was a longtime fixer in Ukraine for lobbyists Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

Kilimnik also was a conduit between a Russian oligarch and Manafort, who was Trump’s Campaign Chairman and Gates who was the Deputy Campaign Chairman. 

Kilimnik communicated with Gates just ahead of the presidential vote in November 2016, and a year later, he traded emails with a freshly indicted Paul Manafort. Now, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has fleshed out another detail and now it seems that Gates, when questioned, revealed that he knew (all along) that Kilimnik was a onetime Russian military intelligence officer with the GRU (Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate), according to this recent Mueller court filing.

The FBI is even more direct saying: “Our Agents believe he has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016.”

Related to all this is here from CNN

B/L: Mueller is doing, as they say: A Yeoman's job.



In a recent late night court filing, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office revealed that it has linked Gates, a former Trump campaign official, and he is cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation, to a person who “has ties to a Russian intelligence service ever since 2016.”

According to Mueller’s office, Gates was “directly communicating” with “Person A” who Gates identified to associates as “a former Russian Intelligence Officer with the GRU.” Those contacts occurred “in September and October 2016” and are “pertinent to the investigation” says Mueller.

A GRU agent is believed to be responsible for hacking the DNC emails that were later published by WikiLeaks. According to a recent Daily Beast report, Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker who took credit for supply WikiLeaks with the DNC hacked emails, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU)… an attribution that resulted from a fleeting but critical slip-up in GRU tradecraft (that revealed that key data).”

In its declassified report about Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) assessed “with high confidence that the GRU used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and to release U.S. victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.”

Noteworthy: Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone exchanged Twitter direct messages with Guccifer 2.0 during the 2016 campaign.

During the same months that Gates was allegedly in touch with the former GRU officer, Trump was exploiting the stolen emails on the campaign trail. In fact, Trump mentioned WikiLeaks 164 times during the month of October 2016 alone — then he preposterously later claimed after the election that WikiLeaks had “absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.” 

(I Note: Mr. Trump, the public you say I love Wikileaks. Now based on that reminder, key the laughter and sustain it from here on out).

To date, Manafort and Gates have been charged with laundering about $30 million and working as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine. Gates is now cooperating with Mueller, and it is possible that more will become known about the specific nature of his communications with the former GRU agent as a result.

Though Trump has tried to spin Manafort and Gates and their alleged criminal conduct as happening “years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign,” court filings indicate Gates was lying about his foreign bank accounts as recently as October 2017.

Manafort has pleaded “not guilty” to all Mueller charges.

Gates has pleaded “guilty” to only two charges (lying under oath, and to conspiracy against the United States).

All options are still open – which way S/C Mueller ends up going and taking the country is the key of course. So, stay tuned.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

President for the all People: More Likely for the Top Crust Thus the Con Continues

A picture worth $1.5 Trillion
(For whom and how much)

Trump's tax cut promise vs. Trump’s tax cut reality: No match – not even close – not one bit. Below are a few hard facts with this linked headline:

A few highlights from the story:

People faring best under the Trump presidency and recent tax bill are those more likely to be his peers and his guests at Mar-a-Lago NOT the “forgotten men and women” that he campaigned on and who believed his BS and then voted for him.

(I Note: Forgotten men and women, for sure – forgotten by him).

The average Wall Street bonus hit an 11-year high of $184,220 report from the New York State comptroller in part due to the profits by Wall Street trading firms that rose 42% in 2017, to the highest level since 2010.

Public U.S. companies are on track to buy back a record $800 billion worth of their own shares this year – a new record according to J.P. Morgan Chase.

(I Note: Share buybacks generally boost the value of stocks — since they reduce the supply of shares — and that boon for shareholders – again, who is buying back all those shares)?

The Trump tax cuts include rate reductions in virtually every tax bracket, but they provide much bigger savings for the wealthy than for anybody else. An average middle-income family will save about $930 per year in lower taxes – the top 5% will average $13,48, the top 1% will see a $51,140 break and for the top 1/10th of 1% a whopping $193,380 cut.

A bit desert (for some) to “spread the wealth around as they say:” Some 200 companies gave out one-time bonuses – with most of them giving out around $1,000.

Story continues here – call it: The good, the bad, and more of the ugly as it were.

My 2 cents: As noted in the piece, most Americans say the tax cuts haven’t produced a meaningful improvement in their bracket or pockets.

Finally, on top of all that, this startling news from The Hill: Trump is privately pushing for the Pentagon to pay for his wall using funds from the recently passed budget that increased DOD overall with him saying: “It is a national security issue.” 

I simply say: BS. 

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

It Seems Donald J. Trump Is More of a Conspiracy Nut Than Even Alex Jones

New Lawyers to be Hired by Trump: Husband and Wife “Tag Team”
(Hold on tight – the road ahead is a mine field)

OOOPS ... now not so sure - UPDATED from Vox here highlights:

Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal lawyer, gave The NY Times this statement:

The president is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the president’s special counsel legal team...However, those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the president in other legal matters. The president looks forward to working with them.”

Trump’s legal team is facing major upheaval as the Russia investigation heats up.

The president’s lead attorney, John Dowd, resigned Thursday after clashing with Trump about legal strategy. The president reportedly wanted to sit down for an interview with investigators, as they had requested, but Dowd believed it was too risky.

Original post is below.

Wow it's hard to keep track or keep up with Trump and all these changes that he seeks as he "will hire only the best" that he promised - so who's next? Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh?

Introduction to this post is what I call “Here we go again” BS: There is a lot to read and cover, but the truth matters, not more rumors and myth based on opinion, simply the facts — enjoy.

In In May 2015, with the publication of a book called “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” turned out to be an exposé of alleged Clinton Foundation corruption that was written by Peter Schweizer, former editor-at-large at Breitbart. One chapter in the book suggests that the Clinton family and Russia each may have benefited from a “pay-for-play” scheme while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, involving the transfer of U.S. uranium reserves to the new Russian owners of an international mining operation in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation – referred to as the “Uranium-One Deal.”

Summary: Book author Schweizer raised legitimate questions about the Clinton Foundation and its donations but, he simply goes too far when he says Clinton had “veto power and could have stopped the uranium deal” when in fact only the President has the authority to suspend or prohibit (not approve) such a covered transaction. 
Through a spokeswoman, Schweizer backpedaled and told the TIMES that he “meant the Clinton could have forced the issue to the president's desk.” However, at is not what he said when he appeared on Fox News Sunday, where he discussed the uranium deal and his book (which was released May 5, 2015).
Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday: Made that point when he questioned Schweizer about his lack of evidence connecting the donations to the uranium deal. 
(Note: Fox News was among the media outlets that received an advance copy of the Schweizer book). Schweizer made his counter-argument and again without any evidence that “…investors bought Hillary Clinton’s silence by making contributions to the Clinton Foundation.” Schweizer speculated that investors were worried about Clinton's history of opposing the sale of “critical assets in the U.S.,” while citing her opposition as a senator to the 2006 sale of six U.S. ports to Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates.
Fox’s Chris Wallace: Nine separate agencies and the Clinton campaign all pointed out there's no hard evidence, and you don't cite any in the book that Hillary Clinton took direct action or was involved in any way in approving as one of nine agencies the sale of the company?”
Schweizer: Well, here's what's important to keep in mind: it was one of nine agencies, but any one of those agencies had veto power. So, she could have stopped the deal. So, what's interesting about this, of all those nine agencies, who was the most hawkish on these types of issues? Hillary Clinton. She had a reputation going back to the Dubai Ports deal.” 
Note: Schweizer and his publicist were emailed links about the comments and assertions to CRS report and the regulation that governs the CFIUS and their work.
Schweizer responded through the publicist saying (in fancy sidestepping): “By veto I mean halt the deal and advance their concerns to the President.”  He then noted that Clinton was the only committee member who had a family foundation that received donations from the investors in the uranium deal.
Schweizer is trafficking in pure and utter speculation even as he raises legitimate questions about the Clinton Foundation and its donations – all fair game, but, he goes too far when he says Clinton had “veto power and could have stopped the uranium deal.” 

Further is this super update from this Shep Smith also at Fox:

While Fox News has doubled down on the “Clinton-Russian Pay-to-Play Uranium One” story on recent weeks, devoting hours of programming time to the Obama-era uranium deal in an effort to paint it as “the real Russian conspiracy,” one prominent face on the network has completely avoided covering it. Until today, that is. And let’s just say, he covered the story in a far different way than, say, Sean Hannity.

Now with Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pushing AG Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the deal, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith devoted a few minutes to breaking down the facts of the deal. In doing so, he made it clear that much of what’s been reported on his own network about the “scandalous” deal doesn’t hold water.

After giving a bit of a history lesson on mining company Uranium One and the 2010 deal involving a Russian agency obtaining controlling interest in the company, Smith zeroed in on the Schweizer book and his theory – and not facts.

Smith said flatly: “That Schweizer statement is inaccurate in a number of ways. Most importantly, Clinton State Department had no power to veto or approve that transaction. It could do neither.”

Smith then went on to explain how the approval process worked with this particular deal while pointing out that Clinton appeared to have very little, if any, involvement. Also, regarding the claims that $140 million was donated to the Clinton Foundation from investors involved in the deal, Smith pointed out that most of those donations cited were from a man who sold his stake in the company in 2007, three years before the deal.

Note: During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump lodged the uranium accusation during a campaign rally saying that “Hillary Clinton gave up 20 percent of America’s uranium supply to Russia — to Russia.”

Note: According to Politifact, Trump said that and ranked the claim “mostly false” because there was no evidence of a quid pro quo, adding: “The State Department did approve the Uranium-One deal, but it didn’t act unilaterally. It was one of nine U.S. government agencies, plus independent federal and state nuclear regulators, as well as the Canadian government had to sign off on the deal.”

Separately, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) needed to approve, and did approve, the transfer of two uranium recovery licenses as part of the sale.

Key Facts that are stunning and should be a wakeup call for all Americans and especially the right-wingers who follow this crap without facts:
1. Only * CFIUS (The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) can approve a sale, but it cannot stop a sale. Only the president can do that (stop a sale), and then only if the committee recommends or “any member of CFIUS recommends suspension or prohibition of the transaction.”
2. According to guidelines issued by the Treasury Department in December 2008 (Note: Barack Obama was not president in December 2008) and then after the department adopted its final rule which was a month earlier and that would have been in November 2008 and under President George W. Bush).
That rule reads “Treasury Department, Dec. 8, 2008: Only the President has the authority to suspend or prohibit a covered transaction. Pursuant to section 6(c) of Executive Order 11858, CFIUS refers a covered transaction to the President if CFIUS or any member of CFIUS recommends suspension or prohibition of the transaction, or if CFIUS otherwise seeks a Presidential determination on the transaction.”

* The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an inter-agency committee of the United States Government that reviews the national security implications of foreign investments in U.S. companies or operations.

CFIUS is chaired by the Treasury Secretary, and it also includes representatives from 16 departments and agencies, including DOD, STATE, COMMERCE, and personnel mostly from DHS.

CFIUS BTW, was established by President Ford’s EO Executive Order 11858 in 1975. President Reagan delegated the review process to the CFIUS with EO 12661 in 1988.

Further: Even the president cannot prohibit a transaction without “credible evidence that the foreign interest exercising control might take action that threatens to impair the national security.”
Also: Very little is known about the Uranium-One-Rosatom deal or even Clinton's role in it because the law for such matters and according to Treasury Department guidelines have:

Strong confidentiality requirements by law information filed with CFIUS is subject to strong confidentiality requirements that prohibit disclosure to the public, and accordingly, CFIUS does not disclose whether parties to any transaction have filed notices with CFIUS, nor does CFIUS disclose the results of any review. When a transaction is referred to the President, however, the decision of the President is announced publicly.”

Last note: Jose Fernandez, former Assistant Sec of State with CFIUS stated that: “Mrs. Clinton never intervened with me on any CFIUS matter.”

My 2 cents: Also, it all ties into this latest critical update from Trump in the White House on this bogus issue again is the story from Media Matters here. 

As pictured above: Victoria Toensing, newest Trump lawyer is the wife of recently-hired Joseph diGenova. As the article headline states: “She has been trying to use the “Uranium-One” myth to get Mueller investigated and ultimately fired.” 

It is more and more apparent to me that Trump wants to rule America as a one-man nation that is apparent with each passing day crazy-ass idea coming from like these two recent hires and the idea he wants to eliminate the Chief of Staff position in favor of what he calls: “Four co-equal principals reporting directly to him instead of having one White House Chief of Staff.” 

So, when will the general public come to grips of what Trump has done and proposes to do to consolidate his power and thus the country at this finger tips as a business acquisition. 

Stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed this review.