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Monday
Mar252019

Does the Mueller Report Exonerate the President? Not Exactly.

After 22 months, 25 millions dollars, and 500 interviews, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally gave his final reports to U.S. Attorney General Barr.  Barr then released a 4 page memo outlining the findings. And, drum roll please, Mueller concluded that there was no conspiracy between Trump and the Russians.  As one might imagine, Trump and the GOP jumped on this, claimed complete vindication and exoneration.  They then turned on the Democrats. The problem is, while Trump is apparently correct about the conspiracy piece with the Russians, we still haven't seen the Muller report, just the Barr report.  The problem is that the obstruction question, frequently the one that people get hung up on, think Martha Stewart, is still up in the air.  Barr said it was insufficient, but Mueller didn't say that.  As you might imagine, this where the Democrats are hanging their hats. 

I appear on Voice of America International Ediiton to discuss.  After so long, the country is tired and surly and wondering what comes next.

Saturday
Jan262019

Is Roger Stone's Indictment the Missing Link between Trump and the Russians?

So where exactly is the Russia/Trump Mueller investigation going?  With half a dozen convictions and dozens of indictments, is there enough to go after a sitting President? Can they go after Donald Trump?  This is the question that many continue to ask and the Administration is resting their argument behind that same question and claiming that the answer is no.  Well, Roger Stone may provide the answer. However, at this point, Stone was essentially indicted for lying to Congress and the Mueller team, not for "helping the Trump campaign conspire with the Russians."  

Simply put, during a the campaign in July, 2016, Trump asked the Russians to release more Clinton emails during a stump speech.  Were the Russians listening? Of course they were.  Is that enough? Nope.  You really need an unbroke chain. This is what Mueller is trying to build as we speak.

Not long thereafter, Wikileaks released those emails.  What we seem to know now is that Russian intelligence provided those emails to Wikileaks.  We also seem to know that Roger Stone, a long time, Trump advisor, was having direct contact with Wikileaks about those emails.  We also seem to know that Steve Bannon, the Trump campaign senior advisor, was pushing Stone to do exactly that.  How close was Kushner, Trump Jr. and even the President himself?

Now, it is important to remember one point: it is illegal for a campaign the benefit from the efforts of a foreign government.  If the Trump campaign sought the help of the Russians, that is a crime and anybody involved is equally guilty. The question now is whether Stone, Bannon and other knew that the Wikileaks emails were from the Russians and sought their help. If so, it is a crime.  Further, if Trump himself also knew, he is equally culpable. This is where we sit right now.  

I appear on MSNBC today to discuss.  

Monday
Jan142019

Will the Govt Shutdown and Russia Probe be the One Two Knock out For Trump

Monday
Jan142019

Little is Private in the Presidency and There is a Reason For That.

Stories have come out and seem, to have been confirmed been confirmed by the President, Trump has met on at least one or more occasions where there are no notes, tapes and/or confirmation of the contents of the conversations. While that might be just fine if this or any President were a private citizen, as President, this simply shouldn't happen.  

A sitting President is the proverbial leader of the free world. What he or she says matters. As importantly, when the President says something, it impacts how the Country responds and can impact everything that happens thereafter. However, if nobody else knows what is said, that institutional knowledge simply breaks down.  There is nothing to establish what was said, what it meant and what happens next.  

I'm purposely excluding anything nefarious from this conversation.  Of course, records help keep everybody honest and anonymity encourage it.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.  Should be interesting.

Sunday
Jan132019

So Is Trump a Russian Asset?

It is a really interesting and important question.  The FBI apparently opened up an inquiry into exactly that back in 2016. What is missed in the press is why?  Just because he fired James Comey?  I think not.  In fact, it is important to really consider why they would do such a thing.  If fact, I have a feeling that if the Bureau were actually doing more than just murmuring about it to themselves, they had something more.  In fact, the only word for it in the intelligence world is sigint.  Signal Intelligence.  This is some kind of communication that said it was something more than a worry in the back of their minds.

I wrote a short response in Sharq Wa Gharb Newspaper based out of London regarding this issue. There are many in the world who have a deep interest regarding this issue because this President has had a dramatic impact upon foreign policy that makes him different than any U.S. President, including every single Republican, that the U.S. has ever seen.  And, by the way, slogans don't mean anything.  It is what is done that matters.

Tuesday
Jan082019

The Truth is the Truth, Whether its Before Congress or the Justice Department

The truth is the truth is the truth. The Mueller Investigation continues to gain steam. Lots of indictments, multiple convictions and still lots of questions. At the same time, the House Intelligence Committee has continued its own investigation. Under the Republicans, it certainly had a much different approach. However, under the Democrats, it seems to be running in a different direction. It appears that the leadership on the Committee is seeking to cooperate with Mueller in terms of the statements made to both.  The Committee has said it wants to provide transcripts to Mueller for comparison.  

Essentially, it is a crime to lie to Congress and to the Mueller team, the FBI and the Department of Justice in general. However, there has been little cooperation between the House Intel Committee and Mueller, until now. From an investigatory perspective, this should get even more interesting. However, in the end, this process, on all sides, needs to be as apolitical as possible.  Hopefully, cooperation between both make that point clearer.  At the same time, I'm calling for as much transparency as possible.  This is not just of interest to Mueller, or Congress.  The American people should be the ultimate and most important consumer of this information.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.   

Tuesday
Oct092018

Nikki Haley Resigns as UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley resigned as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations today.  She claims that this was in the planning for months and months but today was the first that the U.S. public or her staff have heard anything about it. Some have questioned the timing of this resignations and spurred questions regarding a possible run for the Presidency.  

Polling has suggested that she is the most popular of all of Trump's high level officials and might even challenge Trump himself.  Considering the fire in the public regarding Kavanaugh and the possibility of the midterms as well as the Mueller investigation, it seems that some in the GOP are lining up quietly behind her. We will see.

I will appear on Press TV International News out of Tehran, Iran to discuss the ramifications.  

 

Thursday
Sep272018

Who Wins in the He Said She Said Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing

Judge Kavanaugh appeared again today before the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations regarding an attempted sexual assault while the two were in high school. As both appeared before the Committee today, there seemed to be two issues happening at the same time. The first is, of course, whether or not Kavanaugh can be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. However, it also seemed clear from both sides of the political aisle that the bigger issue is the personal survival of the Senators themselves and what will happen in the midterm elections in the next six weeks.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to talk about the ramifications and exactly what comes next.  

Wednesday
Sep262018

Trump Rejects Globalism as Russia Embraces It

President Trump spoke at the United Nations General Assembly and unequivocally rejected globalism and embraced nationalism and patriotism.  As he withdraws from the world to leave all to their own devices, the Russians are doing just the opposite.

President Putin intends to sell advanced missiles to the Syrians in support of the regime. Assad is alive and well and is continuing to take back all of Syria with the help of the Russians and the Iranians.  Further, The Russians are expanding their influence in the region and seeking to become the driving force and it's geo-political epicenter. They are certainly succeeding. The problem is that the countries in the region will be looking to the Russians rather than the Americans.  This will impact trade, development, terrorism, immigration and more.  As Russia's influence grows, the Americans influence shrinks.

I will appear on I24 International News to talk the latest in Syria and how President Trump's words at the UN highlight America's future.