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    There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.

    He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.

    He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,

    And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

    Three days before Trumps' inauguration, Insider Monkey published a list of the 10 most corrupt presidents U.S. presidents. If you scan the list, you'll discover a few surprises. However, the author alluded to the fact that it would not take long for Donald Trump to make the list.

    Trump seems to attract dishonest people, and Scott Pruitt and Tom Price are just two examples. Andrew Wheeler, who replaced Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA on February 28, is ALREADY under investigation by the inspector general of the EPA.

    This morning, the Chicago Tribune published an article about Stephen Calk, the founder and CEO of Federal Savings Bank of Chicago. He was just charged by the Feds with financial institution bribery for allegedly issuing millions of dollars in high-risk loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in exchange for help getting a position within the Trump administration.

    Calk had been named to the Trump campaign's economic advisory panel in August 2016, at Manafort's suggestion, several months after they had begun discussing a possible loan for Manafort. On November 30, 2016, Manafort sent an email to Jared Kushner recommending Calk be named Secretary of the Army, to which Kushner replied, "On it!" Shortly before Christmas 2016, Manafort added Calk and Calk's son to a list of people to be invited to Trump's inauguration

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    As I've said a million times the "stupid people" of this country invited an mob boss to be President. Nothing is more clear than that right now. The same as the any real "mob" does, give them all an "name" like Sleepy Joe, Crazy Pelosi etc., then also try to eradicate any opposition and call them "rats". These "traitors" deserve the "death" penalty; yes just like the good old times with Al Capone. I guess none of the GOP "mob" is waking up to see this picture.

    The only difference is that I've not seen Trump with an fat Cuban cigar and an AK 47 at his side.

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    We've discussed Trump's emoluments a few times before, but I couldn't find the articles this morning.

    Another example of how Trump is using his position to enrich himself are the fees that he charges the Secret Service when they stay at his properties. He has charged them as much as $650 a night to stay at Mar-A-Lago, and as much as $17,000 a month to stay at Bedminster.

    The full extent of the Secret Service’s payments to Trump’s company is not known. The Secret Service has not listed them in public databases of federal spending, as is usually required for payments over $10,000.

    Between January 2017 and April 2018 the records show more than $471,000 in payments from taxpayers to Trump’s companies. But — because these records cover only a fraction of Trump’s travel during a fraction of his term — the actual total is likely to be higher - and we already know that he has spent more than $100 million on his golf trips.

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    In July, a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington D.C. that sought to pass judgement on Trump's numerous emolument violations because the attorneys general "did not have standing" in the case.

    That may well be true, but wouldn't investigation of violations of the emolument clause be more properly handled by the House Oversight committee?

    The answer is "yes" - and they have been. However, it you click on the link below you will notice that Trump has simply withheld documents, which would be considered an obstruction of justice, which is an impeachable offense.

    Oh, wait.

    We've already done that, and Il Duce got acquitted.

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    Again it shows that the law system is totally corrupt as is just about everything right now, thanks to the election of an "mafia" trained President. The Dem's don't have their act together, otherwise they should have had at least 15 articles on the list to impeach him on. But yeah Pelosi thought the dumb ass people here could only manage 2 articles at the most. Thus the message is: proper "education" of the people should have an priority; if you keep them "dumb" then they will vote for Trump; that is why in the GOP his approval rate is 95%. They love FOX news, who is "educating" them on how to destroy an country's morals.
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    Donald Trump never really got out of business. Sure, he handed day-to-day management of his companies to his children, like a lot of tycoons who get preoccupied with other interests late in life. But the president held onto ownership of his assets after taking office, ensuring that he would continue to generate money while serving in the White House. From 2017 to 2019, the president’s businesses raked in an estimated $1.9 billion of revenue.

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    Arizona. don't you get totally sick of these total mismanaged things in this country?

    I guess about 40 plus% of the people here don't care what this mental patient does. Why have "clauses" and "rules" or "laws" and no one takes "real" action? It shows that even the Democratic party are scared little weasels who also refuse to enforce the law/rules/emoluments. In the meantime all pro-Trump lawyers were appointed through McConnell as well all over the place with "loyalty" pledges. So if no one did anything when this was happening, yes then this is the result. Also Barr has become the "loyal ass crawler" of Trump, while his position he should be totally independent. And no one blinks.

    All of this is an self inflicted wound, because of making un-enforceable laws/rules/clauses without "black and white" enforceable penalties if not complied with as well should be dealt within the courts with priority. Especially the "emolument clause" is an total joke and has been totally run over by the Trump clan and only a little sputter from the Dem's.

    Is anyone surprised that this country is totally un-governable now?

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    Trump still thinks that he is a king.

    Trump didn’t dispute Friday that he could consider removing Christopher A. Wray as FBI director after Wray gave congressional testimony Trump didn’t like on Russian interference in the 2020 election and the threat of antifa to Americans.

    The president has also complained privately about Wray for months, but advisers have urged him not to make any moves or personnel decisions before the election, according to people familiar with the discussions.

    This was the second time this week that Trump pushed back against sworn testimony from one of the top officials in his administration on issues that are central to the election and his own political interests. Trump publicly rebuked Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for telling a congressional committee that it was unlikely that a coronavirus vaccine would be available to the general public until at least the middle of next year.

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    Arizona,and you still think this is an "normal" country ruled by normal laws and normal "governing". Don't let me laugh, it is even worse than any country in S.America. Just keep the "loyalty" thing going; then you don't need laws or honest "news".

    What is the matter here ? Don't the 40% understand what they are doing? I guess it must be the "education" here, Betsy DeVos should have been fired a long time ago. Teach the kids and grownup's what life is all about, besides learning to read or how to make "money". Shaking my old head; this country is going to the dogs!

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    I agree with you about Devos. If you did the research, you would likely discover that she is the least qualified Secretary of Education that we have ever had. Even her former chief of staff would agree with that,

    Josh Venable, who served as the top aide to DeVos in 2017 and 2018, has joined the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR), the group announced Thursday.

    http://Among all 13 countries surveyed, the U.,S. response to coronavirus received the worst marks by far, compared with the World Health Organization, the European Union, the respondent’s own country, and China. Whereas 37% said China has done a good job containing the coronavirus outbreak, just 15% expressed the same view of the United States.

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    Arizona, I hope that you saw the Fareed program this morning; finally people start to say what I've said forever. That this "isolated" country behaves as if they "know everything" and won't even look at other countries who have their act together because of the arrogance in this country since WWII. All the losers with which Trump has surrounded himself still live in this "arrogance" la la land as it has finally surfaced in the world, that indeed this country has become an"mafia" owned entity even worse as some S.American countries.

    This coming election will "prove" such, especially if the "bully" party gets their way with the SCOTUS apppointment.

    I fear, looking at the total picture that this will become Trump's 6th bankruptcy; but then the whole country thanks to the "smart" 40% of the population.

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    Still milking it for all that it's worth.

    Although Biden's inauguration crowd will be smaller than Trump's, Trump is still going to soak them for all that their worth.

    The normal room rate for his hotel in D.C. starts at $476 per night.

    For the inauguration, the room rates will start at $2225 a night, and the minimum stay is 2 nights.

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    Yes and his New Year's bash at Mar-a-Lago where 500 guests paid up to $1,000 for the honor of rubbing shoulders and getting a photo of them with Trump is another money making scam -- Trump and Melania are no shows leaving the guests to spend time with the Trump family instead. I guess the $1,000 is peanuts to many of the party-goers at Mar-a-Lago, but they might not like Trump being a no-show.
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    That's not all; if he leaves, he collected fortunes; let alone on his properties and the "wall" as well the "arms" deals with the Arab's. He's still busy with "fund raising" as well. Also he probably for sure gets an fantastic "pension' may be with "secret service" protection for quite a while. Sorry stupid people here he "robbed" everything he could find to rob. But yeah this awful stupid country allows all of this, because he gets an treatment as an "king". It is time that this country comes to their senses and changes our laws for Presidents so they only get what an Prime Minister gets in other country's. The time of 16th century Kings and Potentate's is long gone. Wake up for a change, stupid country. Also we got since the pandemic more "billionairs" than ever; so something must be wrong here. Just keep electing Presidents which steal this country blind, that will work.

    My prediction is as long as nothing is done about the outdated laws here, then Biden will be also an one term President, if he lasts even that long . Therefore I hope that in 2024 we get an "strong" candidate who has clearly observed what is wrong with this country and corrects it. Right now "stupidity" reigns. As long as an Ted Cruz can campaign in Georgia and they allow such, then there must be something wrong with the "brains" here.

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    During one of my senior moments, I started another thread with the same title on 9/7/2020. Since more "crooked man" news surfaced last night, I'll add it to the earlier thread, since it has more comments.

    Here's the latest, courtesy of HCR:

    It turns out that, in the last, desperate days of his attempt to keep his grip on the presidency, Trump plotted with a lawyer in the Department of Justice, Jeffrey Clark, to oust the acting attorney general. The plan was to replace Jeffrey A. Rosen, who replaced Attorney General William Barr when he left on December 23, with Clark himself. Clark would then press Trump’s attacks on the election results.

    A story by Katie Benner in the New York Times explains that as soon as Rosen replaced Barr, Trump began to pressure Rosen to challenge the election results, appoint special counsels to investigate disproven voter fraud, and look into irregularities in the Dominion voting machines (Dominion is now suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation). Rosen refused. He told Trump the Justice Department had found no evidence of anything that would have changed the election results.

    Trump complained about Rosen and moved to replace him with Clark, who promised to stop Congress from counting the certified Electoral College votes on January 6. This struggle came to a crisis on Sunday, January 3, 2021, when the news broke that Trump had called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to pressure him to “find” the votes Trump needed to win the state. That evening, the senior officials at the Department of Justice agreed to resign as a group if Trump put Clark in as the new acting attorney general.

    The vow that the leaders of the Department of Justice would quit if Trump tried to demote Rosen and put Clark in his place made Trump back off from his plan to pervert the Department of Justice. Three days later, rioters stormed the Capitol.