The Donald Chronicles, #25 – Feb. 20, 2017


*Presidents day

From Stand Up America:

“We celebrate by standing up and fighting for our values, our Constitution, and our fellow Americans. We honor great American presidents by protecting the democratic institutions that Trump is threatening.”

#notmypresident

* “Five big Trump narratives to watch

From The Hill

  1. Trump and the travel ban
  2. Trump’s hard-line immigration policies are a reality
  3. Trump’s war on the press
  4. Trump’s agenda in Congress is moving sluggishly
  5. Is Trump White House united or divided?”
  • Most worrisome to me is Trump’s attack on the press, which looks like it was taken directly from Hitler’s playbook.
  • The travel ban and deportations are hateful, but Trump may feel obliged to carry these forward so that he can say he is keeping his campaign pledges. They are otherwise nonsensical.
  • The dynamics of Trump’s White House are a mystery. The two Steves: Bannon and Stephen Miller are very scary characters, to be sure. How far does their influence extend?  One shudders to imagine.
  • As to Congress, only time will tell. The fates of Obamacare and Medicare are foremost in my mind, but The Donald promised not to touch them, right?

* “@20Committee’s Tweetstorm RE: Trump/RIS+OC corruption

From Twitter

Assessing the info below is above my pay grade, but I pass it along ‘cuz it is SO interesting. Certainly, The Donald’s behavior towards Russia needs explaining. And here are some explanations. Thanks to Ethan Miller for reposting it.

Acronyms and other shorthand: OC = Organized crime; RIS = Russian intelligence services; IC = Intelligence community; MSM = Main street media; ROC = Russian organized crime; ; KGB = old Soviet Union spy agency; Don = Donald Trump; Atomic tea = radioactive poison; IOW = In other words; CI = ?; FSB =?

 January 9, 2017

All of @20Committee’s 15 tweets regarding Trump’s connections to Russian intelligence services/organized crime.
 

Kicking off with the below tweet – see whole thread – it’s time to have an official CI Tweetstorm on this issue.

  • Trump Org’s secret ties to Russian OC are well known in certain circles, including some IC folks. But MSM has been (mostly) derelict. /2
  • MSM has been reluctant to seriously explore Trump’s Kremlin ties because Don loves suing everyone. And his Russia mafia pals kill people. /3
  • Moreover, actually grasping what the Trump Org does — which Don works hard at anyone getting a look at — requires a lot of knowledge. /4
  • You need to understand real estate finance, and Russian organized crime AND Russian intelligence…if you do, the picture is quite clear. /5
  • Mogilevich is the biggest mob boss in Russia — maybe the world — and his capos+footprints are all over the Trump Org since early 1990s. /6
  • Mogilevich launders money in the West, including the USA, on a gargantuan scale; he is clever and good at this. FBI knows all about it. /7
  • In 1992, Mogilevich sent a capo to NYC to run his US show. That was Yaponchik AKA Vyacheslav Ivankov, who was murdered in Moscow in 2009. /8
  • Yaponchik/Ivankov — for 3 years until the FBI caught up with him — was dividing his time between Trump Tower & Don’s Taj Mahal Casino. /9
  • There are literally dozens of Russian OC scams, some gargantuan, that we know were based at Trump properties — quite a coincidence. /10
  • The real issue is how Mogilevich made the Trump Org one of his overseas subsidiaries, de facto, back in the 1990s. FBI knows this too. /11
  • Also, Mogilevich has a very cozy relationship with Putin & his special services, going back to KGB days. They help each other non-stop. /12
  • Not long after Sasha Litvinenko told reporters about Putin’s close links to Mogilevich, FSB gave him atomic tea. Another coincidence. /13
  • There’s an old IC joke about Russian organized crime: “Who do you think organized them?” Trump being in bed with ROC = in bed with FSB /14
  • End of Tweetstorm — for now. Would be nice if Congress took a look at the evidence here, it’s overwhelming. Very, very soon would help. /15

* “Republicans Freak Out As Senate Democrats Have Made It Impossible For Trump To Do Anything

from PoliticusUSA

Senate Democrats have found the perfect tactic to prevent Trump and the Republican Congressional majority from accomplishing anything. By using all of their time to review each Trump nominee, Democrats have slowed down the Senate to the point where Trump may not get his full cabinet or any legislation to sign.

Republicans Freak Out As Senate Democrats Have Made It Impossible For Trump To Do Anything

Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren

Senate Democrats have found the perfect tactic to prevent Trump and the Republican Congressional majority from accomplishing anything. By using all of their time to review each Trump nominee, Democrats have slowed down the Senate to the point where Trump may not get his full cabinet or any legislation to sign.

Politico reported on how Democrats have gummed up the Senate:

Republicans — including Trump — are furious that Democrats have strung out debate on a series of Trump’s nominees for as long as they can, occasionally letting through less controversial figures like Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon or Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. The effect has been that Trump’s agencies have been rudderless for weeks — and that the Senate floor has been tied in knots.

…..

But there are literally hundreds more nominees that must be confirmed to staff Trump’s administration: Agriculture Department nominee Sonny Perdue, undersecretaries, ambassadors and members of organizations like the National Labor Relations Board. If Democrats keep stringing this out, it could become impossible to both pass a legislative agenda and confirm everyone that Trump needs to run his administration.

Republicans and Trump are enraged, but they don’t have any recourse. The only way that they could speed things up would be to work more hours, and we all know that Republicans have done nothing, but cut back the House and Senate work schedules since they took over.

For those on the left who are screaming at Democrats to do something, this is what they are doing. Senate Democrats are using the rules to their advantage to leave Trump with an understaffed administration, and Senate Republicans unable to get legislation through Congress.

This should look very familiar because it is what Sen. Mitch McConnell did to Barack Obama for most of his presidency.

Democrats have found a way to keep Trump, Ryan, and McConnell in check, and if this keeps up, Republicans will have nothing to run on with their jobs on the line in 2018.”

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