Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Trump’s Unwillingness To Comply With The Constitution Will Lead To His Impeachment

Donald Trump lied the moment he took oath to office, by refusing the Constitutional requirements to stop accepting all forms of foreign government payments. Trump has multiple properties around the world and they all continue to accept these payments. This makes it a violation of the constitution and should cause Trump to be impeached.

A group of lawyers have sued Trump to enforce the constitution. One of these lawyers is former George Bush White House Counsel, Richard W. Painter.

He sent out a warning to Donald Trump, he either agrees to stop accepting foreign government payments or face involuntary eviction from the White House.

Painter said in an Australian news network:

“He makes sure first and foremost, that he complies with the Constitution, that means the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution with respect to the foreign government payments. That also means the provisions of the Constitution that protect Americans from discrimination based on their religious faith. We are not going to be keeping a registry of Muslims in America, we’re not going to be deporting Muslims, we’re not going to be barring people from coming into our country because of their religion.

“All of those ideas are antithetical to our Constitution and he is going to need to comply with the Constitution to be a good President, in order to remain as President.”

“We will remove a President who cannot comply with the Constitution.”

Trump unwilling to comply with the Constitution will not only cause him to be removed from the White House, but is a danger to national security, as his buildings could become terrorist targets.

“There are complications that could come up with the President’s investments overseas in countries where there’s tensions and the United States has to resolve,” Painter said. “For example a dispute between Russia and Turkey. We shouldn’t have a president invested in either Russia or Turkey. He should not have a dog in the hunt.”

Will Trump listen? Or is he to worried about losing his money that he’s willing to put millions of lives in danger?

Calls Between Trump Adviser And Russian Operative Under Massive Investigation

A massive counterintelligence investigation of Russian activities in the US and their connection to the Trump campaign is now underway, law enforcement and intelligence officials revealed Monday, reported CNN.

According to the report, U.S. investigators are scrutinizing late December calls between Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, and Russia’s ambassador to the US as part of a broader investigation.

The calls were captured by routine US eavesdropping targeting the Russian diplomats, Intelligence officials told the network.

Officials said the content of the conversations raised such grave concerns that prompted investigators to look into the discussions, amid a broader concern about Russian intelligence-gathering activities in the United States.

Among the communications being scrutinized are calls between Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and Flynn on December 29. The calls came on the same day the US announced further sanctions against Russia and expelled a group of 35 Russian diplomats the US had accused of spying.

The FBI, along with the CIA, National Security Agency and Treasury Department, has assembled a task force to focus on increased Russian spying efforts in the US — an investigative effort that includes meddling in the US election and alleged dealings with several people tied to Trump.

CNN states that investigators collected communications during the course of the presidential campaign between intermediaries of the Russian government and Trump surrogates and others associated with the president’s 2016 election campaign.

The revelation that the calls of the new White House national security adviser were investigated creates a difficult situation for law enforcement and the intelligence community, which has been at odds with the new Trump administration over its handling of the Russian hackings. This weekend, Trump went to the CIA for his first official stop as a president, an effort to mend what had been incredible tension between the two groups.

On Sunday, FBI Director James Comey was at a White House event where Trump honored first responders. Reporters in the room said Trump called out to Comey who walked over and shook hands with the president. The president appeared to whisper something to the FBI director, although what was said could not be heard.

While no determination of any wrongdoing has been made, just the fact that intelligence officials are so concerned to reveal the investigation should be alarming to Americans.

Trump’s First 48 Hours As President Foretells More Danger Than Anticipated

Trump and his band of fools started their administration by lying like they have been, and worrying about the size of the inaugurational crowd, which aparently is very important to Trump.

But besides the whining and the lies, Trump and his team have already started to make America “great again,” which means destroying what is beneficial to the American people and doing whatever they want in order to keep their pockets full.

CNN made a list of the policy changes Donald Trump has made over the weekend. Nothing surprising though.

1.Taken over running of the entire federal government.

2.Issued an executive order aimed at rolling back former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

3.Halted a reduction to the annual mortgage insurance premiums borrowers pay when taking out government-backed home loans.

4.Ordered agencies to freeze new regulations, giving the new administration time to review them.

5.Received a key legal OK from the Justice Department for Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to take on a role in the White House.

6.Met with the CIA, where he addressed employees. Trump also took over the nuclear codes

7.Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, contradicted his earlier testimony and said he was open to revisiting limits on interrogation techniques including waterboarding if his intelligence officers think it is needed.

8.Raised the specter of another conflict in Iraq, with Trump expressing regret for not taking over the country’s oil and telling the CIA, “We should have kept the oil. Maybe we’ll have another chance.”

9.Spoke to the Mexican president and said the two will meet at the end of January.

10.Spoke to the Canadian prime minister about the two nations’ economic relationship.

11.Announced he has meetings with leaders in Mexico and Canada to begin re-negotiating NAFTA.

12.Announced his first foreign leader meeting will be Friday with the United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May.

13.Signaled a shift in the Justice Department’s civil rights efforts when it requested a delay in the lawsuit over a Texas law requiring voters to present certain types of government-issued IDs.

14.Prepared to issue more executive orders this week.

15.Told the National Park Service not to tweet after it retweeted side-by-side images showing the crowd at former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Trump’s inauguration.

16.Began discussions about moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

17.Confronted his first national disaster as President, deadly tornadoes in Georgia.

18.Issued executive orders to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal negotiations, as well as executive order on abortion and lobbyists who want to work in the White House.

What Kellyanne Conway Just Confirmed About Trump’s Healthcare Plan Will Make You SCREAM

The Trump administration is just a few days old, but its war against the poor is already going at full speed. As Republicans continue to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed on Sunday that Trump’s proposed replacement for the healthcare law could wipe out health coverage for millions. Just let that sink in for a moment.

According to Conway, Donald Trump wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by converting Medicaid into a block, taking its administration out of the hands of the federal government and putting states in charge, even when the administration is aware of the potentially disastrous consequences.

As Think progress notes:

“It’s difficult to figure out exactly how many people would lose coverage as a result, but here’s a rough guess from the CBPP report:

The Urban Institute similarly estimated that the 2012 block grant proposal would lead states to drop between 14.3 million and 20.5 million people from Medicaid by the tenth year. (That would be in addition to the 13 million people who would lose their new coverage or no longer gain coverage in the future due to the repeal of the Medicaid expansion, with the number rising as high as 17 million if all states take up the expansion.)”

“At a minimum, block granting Medicaid will cost millions of vulnerable Americans their health insurance. Some of those people will die preventable deaths as a result.”

One thing is evidently clear: Donald Trump’s health care plan is mostly a giant blank, and his promise to defend the coverage that low-income Americans currently have was a bald-faced lie.

During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump promised that he would not cut Medicaid, the premiere health insurance program for low-income Americans.

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“Every other Republican is going to cut, and even if they wouldn’t, they don’t know what to do because they don’t know where the money is,” Trump said at the time. “I do.”

Additionally, in the week before taking the oath of office, Trump went a step forward promising that his Obamacare replacement plan would provide “insurance for everybody.” That was a lie, of course.

But we knew what a promise from Donald Trump is worth. Which is why it should come as no surprise that the Trump administration is now planning to strip health coverage from millions of low-income households.

Dallas Stars Just SAVAGED Donald Trump In The Most BRUTAL WAY

In response to Donald Trump’s lies about the size of his inauguration, the Dallas Stars mocked the president by posting on their Jumbotron a similar lie about the attendance of their crowds on Saturday’s game.

The giant screen posted a graphic that said “Tonight’s Attendance: 1.5 million.” However, the American Airlines Center, where the game was being held, only holds 20,000 people.

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President Trump and his press secretary Sean Spencer have attacked the media for showing side by side photos of Trump’s inauguration vs Obama’s, which clearly had a much higher gathering of people.

“It looked like a million, a million and a half people,” Trump said during a speech at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters. “They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there,” he added.

Experts disagree, saying it is unlikely that the numbers were that high. The anti-Trump Women’s March, by contrast, is estimated to have had approximately 4.3 million protesters demonstrating on behalf of women’s rights nationwide.

What Trump Just Did With James Comey Is Raising Eyebrows – Did You See It?

The cloud of suspicion over the Trump campaign colluding with FBI director James Comey to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is getting bigger and darker. And what president Trump just did during a White House event on Sunday is only adding to that suspicion.

In the video below, President Donald Trump blows a kiss at FBI Director James Comey, apparently thanking him for helping him win the election.

“He’s become more famous than me,” Trump said as he called to Comey and shook his hand. Trump also gave the embattled FBI director a couple of pats on the back.

Less than two weeks before the election, Comey sent a letter to lawmakers saying the FBI was reviewing emails that “appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Then, just days before voters headed to the polls, Comey cleared her ― but many Democrats believe the move helped cost Clinton the election.

“Had he not written that letter a week or so before the election, she would have won,” former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told CNN last month. “We would have picked up at least two more Senate seats.”

Take a look and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below:

A Group Of Ethics Lawyers Just Filed A Federal Lawsuit Against Trump For Violating The Constitution

Donald Trump has been president for only three days and he’s already facing a major lawsuit for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

An ethics group filed a federal lawsuit on Monday claiming President Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments through his business empire, CNN reported Monday.

The group of legal scholars, ethics lawyers, and money in politics experts are suing President Trump for his refusal to divest from his businesses and getting cash and favors from foreign governments in exchange for access to his administration

The lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, argues that the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution should bar Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments without congressional approval.

The Emoluments Clause states, “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them (i.e., the United States}, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

“We did not want to get to this point. It was our hope that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a news release Sunday.

A statement released by CREW Sunday reads:

“Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is bringing a federal lawsuit to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments. The lawsuit will be filed in the Southern District of New York when the court opens at 9 AM on Monday.

They added:

“Since Trump refused to divest from his businesses, he is now getting cash and favors from foreign governments, through guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and valuable real estate deals abroad. Trump does business with countries like China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, and now that he is President, his company’s acceptance of any benefits from the governments of those countries violates the Constitution. When Trump the president sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about the profits of Trump the businessman.”

The plaintiffs will not be seeking monetary damages. Instead, they are looking for something much more dangerous for Trump. They want access to his tax returns.

President Trump has been very crafty with putting his kids’ names on his business interests. However, as Politicus USA states, “if the CREW legal team, which includes Norman Eisen, Richard Painter, Erwin Chemerinsky, Laurence H. Tribe and Zephyr Teachout, and Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler PLLC, is successful, America will finally find out what it is that Donald Trump is hiding.

Even After Audit Is Completed, Trump Won’t Release His Tax Returns, Conway Says

In less than 24 hours after it was posted online, a petition calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns has garnered more than 232,000 signatures–more than enough to warrant an official response from the White House.

However, Donald Trump will not release his tax returns —even after the audit he’s frequently cited is completed— senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on Meet The Press.

Pressed on whether the White House will respond to more than 232,000 petition signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns, Conway said:

“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns.”

The sheer number of signatures makes the petition by far the most popular link on the website known as “We the People”, which established by the Obama administration and miraculously survived the Trump transition.

According to the rules set by the Obama administration, any petition that received at least 100,000 signatures within 30 days must receive an official White House response. But now is clear that Trump won’t follow the rules… as always.

during his first official press conference last week, Trump reiterated his refusal to release the tax returns, claiming that journalists were the only ones interested in the documents. Trump’s comments are directly contradicted by most major public polls on the issue. A CNN poll from October found that 73% of registered voters surveyed think Trump should release his tax returns for public review, including about half of Republicans at 49%.

Additionally, recent polling data, however, has consistently shown that “a majority of Americans want to know what’s in Trump’s tax records,” according to PolitiFact.

America demands a response. Release your taxes now, Mr. Trump!

Women’s March: Thousands Of People, Zero Arrested

The women’s march was the biggest protest in the country’s history. Over 3.1 million people gathered around the states and shared their message of unity, after the most disliked President took offie.

In Washington D.C. alone over gathered more than half a million people, and despite the large crowd no arrests were made.

Christopher Geldart, Homeland Security director for Washington D.C. told NBC Washington that even though police from multiple jurisdictions were on hand, there were no arrests made the entire day.

Not only was the March successful, but it has sparked people to go out and stand for what they believe is right.

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Let’s move forward from here on out and be active. It’s time to fight for what’s right!

Merriam-Webster Just DESTROYED Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ With This BRUTAL Definition

Merriam-Webster Dictionary just demolished the Trump administration through its Twitter feed, taking senior adviser Kellyanne Conway to task for saying that press secretary Sean Spicer was offering up “alternative facts” about the crowd size at the inauguration.

“A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality,” the dictionary company said in a tweet that links to a Merriam-Webster post after lookups for the word “fact” spiked following Conway’s comment.

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Conway told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday morning that Spicer was offering “alternative facts” when he told reporters Saturday night during an impromptu briefing that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” (Aerial footage and Metro ridership statistics show that attendance was down significantly from President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.)

“Alternative facts are not facts,” Todd responded. “They’re falsehoods.”

Merriam-Webster also noted on Twitter on Sunday that the word “feminism” was getting a lot of attention in the wake of the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. However, “our #1 lookup is ‘fascism’, which has been trending consistently for the past few months. We report trends when they’re new,” the company wrote.

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