“Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government” – Milton Friedman
This White House and Trump Administration have a special place when concerning to its Communication Directors. Because during the tenure of President Donald J. Trump, there have officially been today 5 Communication Directors. That is impressive, concerning that the President only have been in power since January 2017.
The White House and President today accepted the resignation of Bill Shine as the Communication Director and Assistance to the President. He is following suit of Hope Hicks, Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer and Michael Dubke. All of these has at one point been in this role and served the President.
Scaramucci still have the record in this Presidency as 10 days being at the helm. While Shine gotten a longer time in the role, than Hicks, but that is just about 20 days more. As Hicks got 225 days and Shine got about 246 days. We can all say that is short time to anything significant anywhere. Not that Scaramucci or Spicer even made an impact, except for jokes on SNL, Late Night with Stephen Colbert and Daily Show with Trevor Noah. They have made major impact there, but not elsewhere, even if they are pundits now.
So, Bill Shine is the 5th Communication Director, whose been in this White House. Barrack Obama also had 5 Communication Director, but that was during his two 4 year terms. That shows more consistency, because that has been lacking with this administration. Not that there is anywhere or anything that is consistent with Trump, except for lies, deception and acts of contempt of the office his carrying.
That is why, the act of having people about 200 days in their office, shows how little time or ability the President have to keep his staff. Even if Shine is becoming part of the Re-Election Team for Trump for 2020, as a Senior Adviser there. He is still leaving and ensuring the President needs to hire his sixth communication director.
That what this President do and does. Shine isn’t shining anymore, even he was the favourable pick. As he has the statute of a man, that the President looks for, someone that sexual harass woman, just like the President does.
President Trump, good luck finding someone good now. As we see, the appointment of someone by you, will not last long. It will be short stint and your reputation will be gone. Therefore, not that attractive place to work. Unless your a hack or someone who has already been disgraced by their actions in the past. That is why Shine was fitting as the fifth. Now, who will be the sixth? Peace.
Well, over the recent day, there been news of a John Kelly of last year trying to stop the White House from giving Security Clearance to Jared Kushner, surely there would be speculations into the wife as well, Ivanka Trump, who is the daughter of the President, both who are in informal or non-specific roles in the Trump Administration. They are there, but not really there. Which makes the whole arrangement more hectic.
However, ever since winning the election, these two, the power-couple behind the President. Has lingered around him. Not that they have any expertise or knowledge in public administration. No, they are just relatives of the President and therefore, trusted counsel. They are not what you say, career civil servants nor been ideological driven to get the position they are in. It is not because of their education or their profession, they have no experience and no merits to prove their value. Therefore, only the blood-line and the relations are the reasons.
That is why it is even more striking, that the power-couple behind the President are under fire today again. Because of an issue that lasted so long. They went so long without proper security clearances. It is now proven that the President demanded the son-in-law to get the Top Secret Security Clearance, even if he could be compromised, lied about foreign communications and other forms, which is used to prove scrutiny and eligibility for security clearances in the White House. The same was done by his wife Ivanka, as she also had revise her forms and information to the officials for Security Clearance.
These two wouldn’t have gotten away with it, if they weren’t related with the President. The White House has already been in a hot mess of the Security Clearances, as there been plenty with interim security clearances and not gotten properly integrated and following protocol, as the staff is supposed to be clear and trustworthy of such. As they are keeping state secrets and ensuring the safety of the Republic. However, instead there been plenty of questionable behaviour and connections, that even the ones who was already flagged and in question got appointed with the likes of Gen. Michael Flynn.
What we have seen and read is yet another step of nepotism. Where the President has resident and ruled in favour of his family and his closest kin over the Republic. Where the President are ordering for his own sake and not for the safety of the Republic. That is why Security Clearance given to Jared Kushner is done in spite of the laws. The same can be said about the position and abilities Ivanka has too in the White House. They are there because of the President and nothing else.
This is what Tin-Pot dictators does. This is what autocrats and tyrants do, because they doesn’t trust anyone else than family. This is like the mafia and crime-families, this is not actions made by government or public administrations, which are taken serious. They would hire and appoint people of expertise and merits in the fields. Not hire family members and give them ultimate security clearances without having an official office or position in the Cabinet.
Instead, they are two internal satellites within the West Wing. Doing whatever they like, as their mission, their value to staff is bound by family loyalty and not by any ordinary function. They are not afraid of being fired or retired. The family will always take care of them. They are as thick as thieves and maybe they are. Since the investigations are following them and they have to answer for the public for the orders and the appointment of themselves. Since, it is a public administration and not a Sopranos. Feel me?
Kushner, explain yourself, why you revised your documents a million times, John Kelly didn’t advance you and later you still got clearance! Explain, also Mr. President explain that and why Ivanka got a vital role, when none is doing anything significant. Peace.
“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”– Herbert Spencer
The Michael Cohen testimony today to the Congress is only proving one vital thing. That the Republican Party and the Republican National Congress (RNC) will do whatever to defend him and to make Cohen look like a villain on his own. That the man who was working for the President for 10 years. He knew the President and was his personal attorney.
Cohen surely knows the secret behind the scenes deals made by the Trump Organization and the Trump Campaign, as he even was the Vice-Chair of Financial Committee of the RNC. Therefore, what the GOP is doing today is shielding the President at any cost.
There are no hard-hitting questions from the GOP. The GOP is only using bait-lines for the Breitbart, Fox News and even InfoWars. That is what the GOP have become, they are not trying to dig into what Cohen knows. Which is weird, seeing how the GOP used hours upon hours putting Hillary Clinton under fire and questioning her. That for selective committee hearing and checking her actions in the past as Secretary or State and elsewhere. Therefore, the acts of the GOP is really foolish.
If the GOP thinks this is wise, they are playing the short-con. They are accepting the crimes of the possible President. They are not looking into the information that Cohen has on Trump or any of his associates. Even as they are afraid of the reality to hit the fan or getting to deep. Because, that make their base smile and giddy. But they are not the party of patriots and neither of loyalty to the Republic.
Everything Cohen has does is now put under fire and that is natural. Not because he is a felon, but because his paper trail and his documents are now evidence under investigations under the Southern District of New York and also by the Special Counsel. Therefore, this can also shed light on what Trump has done and not in concern of “catch and release” stories, also the the trade deals with the Moscow Tower and other connections to Kremlin. As today, there even stated that Trump had Russian Mobster Felix Sater on his own floor of the Trump Tower. Even having the office, which Cohen used to have. Therefore, it is interesting that the law and order party of the GOP has nothing to say about that.
That is because they are shielding their President by any means. This is what we have learned today. Instead of finding the truth, seeking the truth or even ask the hard questions, they are on a own duck-hunt. They are playing Nintendo with the public and hoping they won’t catch their game. They have used their time and this hearing for something useful. To gain interesting information, but then they would possibly hurt their President. However, that doesn’t matter to them. That they would only do, if there was a Bill Clinton or a Democratic Party elected one. They would never dare to cross and show true honour.
Instead, they are letting this go. Wasting time and playing the short-con. They are not gaining new information or even showing some effort for an investigation. Because the GOP have a heart in it, when they can do it to the other party, apparently. But not when its about their own. They just have to blind sheep following their leader and use the same rhetoric.
It is weak tea, really, really weak tea. Peace.
Well, the counts of criminal activity of these two gentlemen has now been known for a while, as the Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been investigating. Therefore, the revelations there of the money laundering done by Paul Manafort and Richard Gates is known. It is already established how they transferred funds from foreign accounts and laundered them through accounts in Cyprus and elsewhere. That was part of livelihood.
However, there was other more striking revelations in the Sentencing documents released this weekend or Friday. As it showed certain aspects of what the Special Counsel and their investigation believes, as they have collected statements, affidavits and evidence of conspiracy against the United States, misuse of the Foreign Agent Operations and others, that puts the former Campaign Manager and also close associate of President Trump into hot water.
We know that Manafort will struggle to defend himself in Court, as the government has successfully found evidence of the crimes committed, the counts of crimes and possible jail-time will be long. As the government have a striking assessment of the former political lobbyist, which they describes like this:
“Based on his relevant sentencing conduct, Manafort presents many aggravating sentencing factors and no warranted mitigating factors. Manafort committed an array of felonies for over a decade, up through the fall of 2018. Manafort chose repeatedly and knowingly to violate the law— whether the laws proscribed garden-variety crimes such as tax fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and bank fraud, or more esoteric laws that he nevertheless was intimately familiar with, such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). His criminal actions were bold, some of which were committed while under a spotlight due to his work as the campaign chairman and, later, while he was on bail from this Court” (Manafort Sentencing Memo, 22.02.2019).
What Manafort can anticipate is to spend lots of time in jail, as he has already been sentenced in another case and therefore, this one will pile up that one. His comrade in crimes, Gates, also had a released Sentencing Memo this weekend, as they both was partners. The vital information and plea deal, which Gates has followed. Would surely help the government also ease the sentences for Gates. If he was sentenced straight without a deal, he could spend up to 28 years in prison, but he made a plea deal and with that his estimated time is now between 57 months and 71 months. Which by all means are more favourable, than three decades behind bars for his actions.
However, what is striking in the Memo was this:
“In furtherance of the scheme, from 2006 until 2014, both dates being approximate and inclusive, Manafort and GATES engaged in a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign in the United States at the direction of Yanukovych, the Party of Regions, and the Government of Ukraine. Manafort and GATES did so without registering and providing the disclosures required by law” (Richard Gates Plea Agreement, 22.02.2019).
All of this proves how the associates close to the United States President operated. How they willingly did illegal and also was connected with foreign agents to change policies locally, without proper registration, while earning wealth on the illegal activity. They were not following the laws, while lobbying and also using schemes to the amount of $75 Million USD during the years. This shows to what extent the two partners did contact the Ukrainian and working for them.
With the knowledge that Yanukoych was the Ukrainian Puppet of Vladimir Putin. There is some connections there and also in the realm of Manafort. Which means even more for the collusion and proof of that at a later stage. Because the Manafort-Gates Operations for Kiev was most defninitly done on the mercy of Kremlin and the comrades there. That is just how they do, to control their sphere and who better to change a paradigm shift. Than having old political operatives to work for a better relations and make the regime looking nice then them. Right?
We can wonder if there will come up more or if the bullets, where things connects to the Individual One will be in reference in the unpublished report of the Special Counsel, but these sentences documents are showing the intent and also the long-term conspiracy, where they did illegal activity over a long time. Where both parties was willingly doing it and deliberate about it. No question about it, and it was profitable too!
That is all we need to know. Surely, Manafort and Gates will answer for this, but Gates gets off the hook for following up on his plea deal. Manafort on the other hand get into bigger issues, as he will answer for what he did do. Plus the counts his already sentenced to in another case. Therefore, Manafort is going to prison. It is just a matter of time. There are more the associates around Trump, that is one the way, this being Roger Stone, whose also implicated and even mentioned in the Court in the Documents of Manafort, as they are associates going back to the 1980s.
Therefore, the ones in the circle around the President is all getting closer, than comfort to Law Enforce. But that was their decision in the first place. When they violated the laws, while being involved in the politics and within the reach of power. Sooner or later, someone would get caught. Now it was them. Peace.