Democratic Congressman Rocks Trump’s World With Bill To Force Him To Sell His Businesses
By Jason Easley on Thu, Aug 3rd, 2017 at 6:27 pm
Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) has introduced legislation that would force Trump to convert his businesses to cash and buy Treasury bonds to avoid any conflicts of interest.
According to a release from Rep. Evans, “The No Conflict of Interest Presidency Act of 2017 requires the conversion of the Trump Organization’s businesses, which include real estate, golf courses, hotels, resorts and a range of other investments, into cash; with which he would then be required to buy treasury bills and widely diversified mutual funds, which are considered conflict free under federal law.”The Congressman said, “The American people have heightened concerns about President Trump’s untamed business interests. The No Conflict of Interest Presidency Act of 2017 aims to calm fears of conflict and collusion by creating a clear wall between President Trump’s duty to govern and his family and business interests. There is a big difference between campaigning and governing,” Evans said. “It is time for President Trump to govern for the well-being of the American people. Their needs to be a clear wall, a clear line between President Trump’s business connections and his role as President. My hope is that the No Conflict of Interest Presidency Act of 2017 will provide much needed clarity so that the Trump Administration can start to focus on issues that matter such as improving the quality of life for Philadelphians, Pennsylvanians and Americans—things like food policy, school modernization and necessary home repairs that give the residents in our cities and suburbs the tools they need to build strong, healthy neighborhoods.”
This legislation could get very popular very fast depending on what the results are of the investigation into Trump financial crimes. Paul Ryan’s Republican will make sure that this legislation never sees the light of day in 2017, but if Democrats take back the House, this is the type of bill that they will be looking to pass. If Democrats win the House and Senate, they will put Republicans on the spot by either forcing them to defend Trump’s conflicts of interest or vote against the President.
Trump is terrified of anything that gets near his money, so legislation such as what Rep. Evans has introduced is this president’s worst nightmare.
Amid concerns that President Donald Trump may try to fill positions while Congress in in recess for August, the Senate moved to ensure he’s unable to do just that.
According to The Hill, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (who Trump attacked earlier this year) wrapped up the Senate’s session by locking in nine “pro-forma” sessions — incredibly brief sessions that sometimes only last a few minutes — during their summer break.
In doing so, she ensured that “the Senate will be in session every three business days throughout the August recess,” and has historically been used to block recess appointments in the past — most recently when President Barack Obama attempted to fill former Justice Antontin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court.
The move, which the Senate voted for unanimously, came amid tensions between Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who many in Washington fear will be fired in the coming weeks.
Trump came from a world where he ran his family business as a dictatorship . . . his word was law, no one questioned him, everyone kissed his fat ass. Suddenly, he is in Washington where he is one of three co-equal branches of government . . . where judges and members of Congress and, yes, even members of his executive branch, are not afraid of him and do not bow down in front of him. This reality is too much for him. He is rapidly losing his grip on reality.
Trump is doing his job with relentless, unending incompetence. Trump is terrified of looking weak, yet, everywhere he turns, he is weak. Too damn bad.
BREAKING: US investigators found intercepted communications of Russians talking about coordinating with Manafort
A CNN report commemorating the year anniversary of investigations into Russia‘s election-meddling in 2016 revealed new information about one of President Donald Trump’s more troublesome associates.
According to the report, Trump’s former foreign policy adviser Carter Page has been suspected as a foreign agent since as early as 2014 — “earlier than had been previously reported,” a source said.
“Page had been the subject of a secret intelligence surveillance warrant since 2014,” the report noted.
The Hill‘s Jordan Fabian clarified the warrant on Twitter, saying Page has likely been under investigation by the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.
The CNN report continued by saying that suspicion regarding whether Russian intelligence officials were attempting to use Page to gain access to the Trump campaign prompted the FBI to “renew their interest in him.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Journal reports the grand jury convened in recent weeks and will likely continue for several months, according to two sources familiar with the probe. The move signals Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign has intensified.
“This is yet a further sign that there is a long-term, large-scale series of prosecutions being contemplated and being pursued by the special counsel,” Stephen I. Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas, explained to the Wall Street Journal. “If there was already a grand jury in Alexandria looking at Flynn, there would be no need to reinvent the wheel for the same guy. This suggests that the investigation is bigger and wider than Flynn, perhaps substantially so.”
Mueller was appointed in May by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters involving Russia. Trump has repeatedly derided Sessions over his recusal, suggesting he would not have appointed him as attorney general had he known ahead of time. He’s also publicly berated the special counsel, calling the probe “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
As the Journal notes, a separate grand jury in Alexandria, VA, had already been convened prior to Mueller’s appointment to look into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s work on behalf of foreign governments. Flynn resigned as Trump’s national security adviser in February after it was revealed he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
According to a memo written by ousted FBI Director James Comey—who Trump fired to relieve “pressure” from the Russia investigation—the president had asked Comey to end the department’s investigation into Flynn. Trump also asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him, a request the former FBI director declined.
Trump has reportedly been mulling over firing Mueller, a move Republicans and Democrats warn would be the “beginning of the end” of his presidency.
Meanwhile — a source with NY Attorney General Schneiderman’s investigations into Trump’s dealings in NY (real estate & modeling agency) says “what we are uncovering will shock the public and prompt outcry..”
Turns out Trump campaign official Carter Page has been under FISA surveillance warrant since 2014!!!!
The first came when he claimed, at a Cabinet meeting on Monday, that the President of Mexico had called him recently. Said Trump: “Even the President of Mexico called me. Their southern border, they said very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get to our border, which is the ultimate compliment.”
The second came last week in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the transcript of which was published Tuesday night. In the interview, Trump boasted: “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.”
Neither of those phone calls actually happened, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted in her daily press briefing Wednesday.
Despite those admissions, Sanders blanched at the idea Trump had purposely misled. “I wouldn’t say it was a lie,” she said. “That’s a pretty bold accusation. The conversations took place, they just simply didn’t take place over a phone call.”…………………………………………….
Listen carefully, Ms. Hookerwannabee -Donald said he got “phone calls” — he did not. He lied and YOU lied. Shame!
Washington (CNN) Republican Sen. John McCain slammed President Donald Trump on Thursday amid reports that Trump is weighing firing Gen. John Nicholson, the top US military commander in Afghanistan.
“General John Nicholson has served our country with honor and distinction for 35 years. He has earned the trust and admiration of those he has served with. And he has earned my full confidence,” McCain said in a statement.
“Our commanders-in-chief, not our commanders in the field, are responsible for this failure,” he added. “I urge the President to resolve the differences within his administration as soon as possible and decide on a policy and strategy that can achieve our national security interests in Afghanistan and the region.”
The Obama years were a great time for the gun business.
But since the election of Donald Trump as president and the resulting decline in fears over increased gun regulation, sales in the industry have plummeted.
On Thursday, shares of gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR) were down as much as 9% after reporting results Wednesday afternoon that missed expectations. In the second quarter, sales for the company were down 22% against the same period last year while profits fell 53%.
In its earnings release, Sturm, Ruger cited, among other factors weighing on results, “Decreased overall consumer demand in 2017 due to stronger-than-normal demand during most of 2016, likely bolstered by the political campaigns for the November 2016 elections.”
Cabela’s (CAB), an outdoors retailer which sells guns, was also down about 1% on Thursday after it reported second quarter retail store sales declined 6.7%.
“Since the fall election, we have continued to see a slowdown in firearms and shooting related categories,” said Cabela’s CEO Tommy Millner.