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    Dutch -- Trump does in fact know what "oversight" means to him and his cronies and he doesn't like it. That's why he keeps firing Inspectors General because he knows if they do their jobs, it could expose his lies, inactions and crimes. He wants people who are loyal to him. We don't know about his latest replacement, but the writing is on the wall. Any IG who is critical of Trump's actions will too find their way to the door. It's an implied threat which will give all IGs pause in considering how they will proceed.
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    This what I wrote:

    I guess he has no clue what oversight means. Because he does not want any!

    Therefore I'm so amazed that our "laws are not "black" and "white" (and clear) about that an President can't "overrule" "oversight" by "firing" people who adhere to the rule of law.

    Of course if you want to be an"dictator" then you don't want any. Indeed the result will be that all the people who work in the government will become obedient "slaves". Even the Dem's are powerless and show it.

    I warned ages ago about this; "power grabbing" is now in its last phase. Amen

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    Paul Harvey used to say, "and now, for the rest of the story".

    We now know that Steve Linick was starting to investigate abuses of office by Mike Pompeo. Supposedly, Pompeo was being investigated for using government employees to run personal errands.

    But, there is more to the story:

    Rep. Eliot Engel, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, may have found a better answer for Linick's abrupt ouster, according to the Washington Post's Greg Sargent.

    “I have learned that there may be another reason for Mr. Linick’s firing,” New York democratic Rep. Engel, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement to the Post. “His office was investigating—at my request—Trump’s phony declaration of an emergency so he could send weapons to Saudi Arabia.”

    Ah, okay, arms sales sounds more like it. Also, not just Pompeo, Trump too. Of course. Specifically, Trump made an emergency declaration in 2019 that allowed him to push through an $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia before Congress could formally object to the deal. Congress ultimately voted to block the sale, but Trump vetoed the legislation. That's when Engel requested the inquiry into the deal, which also involved a former State Department official who had previous ties to a company involved in the transaction.

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    Yes, this shows how the Dem's keep on sleeping; they should have demanded "approval" by the Dem's. Sorry the "system" does not work, neither the "laws". Furthermore this deal of course gave "kickbacks" via the "war industry" here to Trump, Pompeo and Kussner. But yeah the Dem's are too dumb to investigate such as well.

    An Trump "veto" should not be possible if our "laws" were "sound" and well written, related to these things. How often I have to mention such, but the dumb asses here, bump their heads a hundred times into Trump's "wall", but never learn from it, or update or correct the outdated laws here.

    What an dumb ass country.

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    HCR's letter of May 21 highlights why the Trump administration is THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENCY THAT HE HAVE EVER HAD.

    The day after Trump removed the State Department Inspector General, he removed yet another Inspector General, this one from the Department of Transportation. Career public servant Mitch Behm was serving as the Acting Inspector General of the Department of Transportation. He is to be replaced by Howard R. Elliott, who is the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and who will continue to hold that office while also serving as the DOT IG. The kicker of this arrangement is that in his position as the administrator of PHMSA, Elliott reports to Elaine Chao, the Secretary of Transportation. So, rather than being independent, the Inspector General would actually report to the head of the department he is supposed to be inspecting.

    It appears that Inspector General Behm was on the chopping block because he was investigating Secretary Chao’s conflicts of interest. Chao is married to Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Reports had surfaced that the Department of Transportation was steering contracts to Kentucky, where McConnell is running for reelection. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Subcommittee on Government Operations, have all protested the firing and demanded documents relating to it.

    Mitch Behm has been with the DOT OIG since 2003,

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    Can you add that to the long list? How in hell is the next President ever going to clean up all of this shit?

    If it happens to be an mentally strong person (Biden? I doubt if he can), then it will take years to undo all the damage done by the Trump reign. I also doubt if it will happen the way it should.

    By the way I would love to see the whole list of candidates fired by Trump since the inauguration and the reasons for it. Such list should be presented to Biden to show him what he has to clean up.

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    Heather Cox Richardson provide an update on the turnover last night:

    "We learned tonight that Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Elaine McCusker has resigned from the Pentagon. McCusker was the one who flagged the administration’s withholding of money from Ukraine in 2019 as illegal. A string of emails revealed in the Ukraine scandal showed that she continued to press the administration to release the money. After Congress learned of the illegal hold, an administration official emailed her to suggest that it was the fault of the Pentagon, rather than the White House, that the money had not been processed. McCusker would have none of it. She answered: “You can’t be serious. I am speechless.”

    Also tonight, Eliot Engel (D-NY), chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, warned that Michael Pack, the new head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, the agency that oversees the nonpartisan media outlet Voice of America, is planning a purge of the agency’s career leadership tomorrow morning. Pack is an associate of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and it seems he is intent on turning the VOA into a mouthpiece for the Trump administration. Engel warned Pack that “the law requires that our international broadcasting be independent, unbiased, and targeted toward audiences around the world.” He pledged to “use every tool at the Foreign Affairs Committee’s disposal to make sure career employees are protected, the law is followed, and USAGM’s credibility remains intact.”

    The purge of career officials from government has been made easier by gutting the Merit Systems Protection Board, the federal agency that protects civil service workers from being fired without cause. Since 2017, the board has not had enough members to decide cases, and for more than a year there has been no one on it at all. The president has nominated enough people to get the board back to work, and only one of them faces serious objections. But McConnell has not put the nominations on the Senate calendar."

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    Sorry this is only part of the ploy; if he gets re-elected then everyone around "him" will have to be "loyal", he'll make sure of that. At that time there will not one person who will be against him. The Democrats will only be (if they then still exist) be the punching bag, nothing else. It will be an full blown "dictatorship" for sure. King Trump will dictate his "nonsense" until the people are fed up, because this "island" has then become even worse than Venezuela. But yeah I guess the Trumpers want that, until they come very late to the conclusion that it is "paradise lost" for them.
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    Brad Pascale just got demoted. He is no longer in charge of the campaign, but will still be providing data to the campaign.

    Here's where it gets interesting:

    First, Trump announced tonight he is replacing his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, less than four months before the election. A replacement at this stage of the game indicates trouble for the campaign. Parscale has borne the brunt of Trump’s anger at his dropping polls, which today showed Trump behind the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by double digits. The debacle of the Tulsa rally, in which Tik Tok users and K-pop fans so badly polluted the data the campaign was harvesting from the event it almost certainly could not be used, appeared to seal his fate. This is a tad awkward for the campaign, since Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump, Jr.’s girlfriend, and Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, have been receiving $15,000 a month through Parscale’s company to avoid disclosure on Federal Elections Commission reports.

    Parscale will stay on the campaign as an adviser for data and digital operations.

    Bill Stepien, a political operative who worked for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, will replace Parscale. Stepien got embroiled in the 2013 Fort Lee Lane Closure scandal that snarled traffic on the George Washington Bridge for four days. Intended to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for opposing Christie, the scandal instead hurt Christie’s national ambitions. Emails and texts show that Stepien knew of the scheme before it happened. Christie fired him when the communications came to light, but Stepien was never indicted in the case.

    As a result, the guy that caused the Bridgegate scandal is now going to be running Trump's re-election campaign.

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    The acting inspector general for the State Department is resigning, effective Friday. Stephen Akard took office less than three months ago after Trump fired his predecessor, Steve Linick, apparently at the urging of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Linick was investigating Pompeo’s emergency declaration to permit an $8.1 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia over the objections of lawmakers of both parties.

    Linick was also investigating the story that Trump asked the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, Robert “Woody” Johnson, to ask the UK’s then-Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, to bring the British Open to Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Scotland in 2018. The British Open is a valuable event: in 2019, it brought more than 100 million pounds to the host town where it was played. (This translates to more than $130 million.)

    The report about this attempt to use the power of the government for Trump's financial interests was about to come out when Linick was fired. The second-in-command at the UK embassy, deputy chief of mission Lewis Lukens, whom Johnson pushed out of his position after Lukens called the golf course request unethical and possibly illegal, gave an interview to Rachel Maddow tonight. He said State Department leadership is unwilling to try to stop this sort of self-dealing amongst Trump’s appointees because they know they will lose.

    Akard gave no reason for his departure, but it might well be connected with either of these investigations.

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    The appointments of the top two officials at the Department of Homeland Security violated federal law, the Government Accountability Office said on Friday.

    GAO, which is an independent watchdog agency that reports to Congress, said that Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and his deputy Kenneth Cuccinelli are serving under an invalid order of succession under the Vacancies Reform Act.

    The Vacancies Reform Act governs how temporary appointments can be made to positions that require Senate confirmation. President Trump has repeatedly circumvented the Senate confirmation process by placing people in acting positions — including Wolf and Cuccinelli, whose official title is Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

    Those two appointments violated the act, GAO said, because of the sequence of events following the resignation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in April of last year. The official who assumed the title of acting secretary at that time, Kevin McAleenan, had not been designated in the order of succession, GAO said.

    Wolf was a deputy chief of staff in the Trump administration before rising through the ranks, in part because of his repeated public professions of support for Trump and his hard line views on immigration. Wolf has played a central role in the government’s controversial response to protests throughout the United States this summer, actions some former DHS officials from both parties have said crossed the line.

    Cuccinelli, formerly the attorney general of Virginia, is also an immigration hard-liner who also served as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    In addition to the temporary appointments at DHS headquarters, none of the three agencies that run the country’s immigration system — U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) — have a Senate-confirmed leader.

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    I read something yesterday that I found troubling. Trumps supporters don't care about what he has done for them. They much more so care about what he does against the group's that they don't like. That's accurate though dysfunctional and immature. Just like themselves.

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    Like Arizona wrote; most appointees by Trump were appointed without due process, so who's sound "asleep" here? Again something in our useless laws is omitted ; which is very convenient for Trump and his cronies. Of course you can drop cases of this in the court and they will say; yes we will process this in 2021 if we have the time or "mood" to do this.

    We've entered now the "time" that Trump can trample anything and everything, it won't hurt him because the courts will not handle anything until next year.