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Donald Trump’s Team Isn’t Performing Due Diligence on Cabinet and Other Administration Picks

Many Americans blindly voted for Donald Trump because he sold himself as a successful businessman who knows the corporate world and how to get things done. That was just one of many deceptions the president-elect foisted on an electorate where many are unable to discern between real and fake news. 

The fact is that Donald Trump is a businessman unlike most others. The head of an allegedly multi-billion dollar empire, Trump does not report to a board of directors. He does not report to shareholders. He does not make his business’s financials public. No public quarterly or annual reports. There are no checks and balances for him. He does not have to follow rules or corporate policy. He doesn’t have to attend Human Resources sessions on, say sexual harassment. He doesn’t even use email.

And no one can fire him.

Trump runs The Trump Organization off his instincts. His gut. His personal beliefs. 

That’s fine for a small business owner, but it’s not how corporate America rolls. It’s not how the federal government rolls. And it certainly is not how the 12 tech CEO’s who sat with him – and his three children – in a meeting Wednesday roll. 

None of them ever would have hired him. His past behavior, Twitter posts, treatment of women and opponents would have been disqualifying.

All of which makes a report published in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday evening exceptionally troubling but not surprising.

Donald Trump and the Trump transition team aren’t properly vetting nominees for his cabinet and other top level administration jobs, where they will have access to some of the nation’s biggest secrets and largest budgets.

“Cabinet picks have been named without extensive reviews of their background and financial records, people familiar with the process say,” the Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta reports, noting there “are signs some of Mr. Trump’s choices haven’t been rigorously vetted during the informal deliberation process.”

That’s likely generous. Trump is the least-vetted major presidential candidate, and nominee, in modern history. He refuses to release his taxes. American know almost nothing about his possible ties to foreign governments. While it’s entirely unlikely, Vladimir Putin could personally be writing him million dollar checks and there’s no way the American public would know.

So Trump’s bar of vetting is extremely low, as the Journal notes.

“In many cases, Mr. Trump has announced his prospective nominees without requiring a review of extensive paperwork about their background and financial records, including tax returns, people familiar with the process said.”

Former RNC spin doctor Sean Spicer, now the Trump transition team’s spokesperson and a top contender to become the Trump administration’s press secretary, told the Journalwe have a thorough vet of all nominees and staff members,” but “declined to ‘get into the exact procedures and tactics that we use in all of them.'”

The Journal insists Trump’s nominees are likely to face heavy Senate vetting – that’s ludicrously the title of the article. Given the Senate is under the control of Republicans – they have a 52-seat majority and cabinet nominees require only 51 votes, and the Vice President can be one of those votes – it’s unlikely the Senate will block any of Trump’s nominees.

Mother Jones’s Kevin Drum Wednesday night mocked the Journal’s claim, writing point-blank: “No, the Senate Will Not ‘Heavily Vet’ Trump’s Cabinet Nominees.”

And so, the least vetted major party candidate and nominee in modern history is nominating the least vetted candidates for his cabinet and administration in modern history, and they will all likely be confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate complicit and too afraid to stand up to the newly elected leader of their party.

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

GOP Congresswoman Saying She Would ‘Do Anything’ to Protect Her Grandchildren, Even ‘Shooting Them’ Sets Internet on Fire

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U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in a speech denouncing a House bill on gun safety, appears to inadvertently have declared that to protect her five grandchildren, she would “do anything,” even shoot them.

“I rise in opposition to H.R. 2377,” Congresswoman Lesko says in the video. “I have five grandchildren. I would do anything, anything to protect my five grandchildren, including as a last resort shooting them if I had to, to protect the lives of my grandchildren.”

NCRM has verified the video is accurate. Congresswoman Lesko made the remarks on June 9, according to C-SPAN, while she was opposing a red flag law.

The Congresswoman presumably meant she would as a last resort shoot someone threatening her grandchildren.

One Twitter user, Ryan Shead, posted the previously ignored video to Twitter, where it has gone viral and is trending.

Lesko, who some social media users note is running for re-election unopposed, went on to say: “Democrat bills that we have heard this week want to take away my right, my right to protect my grandchildren. they want to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their own children and grandchildren. and wives and brothers and sisters,” which is false.

“This bill takes away due process from law-abiding citizens. Can you imagine if you had a disgruntled ex or somebody who hates you because of your political views and they go to a judge and say, ‘oh, this person is dangerous,’ and that judge would take away your guns?”

Lesko’s hypothetical claims are false. Red flag laws are designed to protect both gun owners and those around them.

Some social media users noted that Congresswoman Lesko reportedly “attended meetings about overturning the election,” while others are having fun with the Arizona Republican’s remarks:

Watch Congresswoman Lesko’s remarks above or at this link.

 

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RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

Separation of Church and State Is a ‘Fabrication’ Says Far Right Activist Charlie Kirk: They Should Be ‘Mixed Together’

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Far-right religious activist, conspiracy theorist, and founder of the right-wing organization Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk has falsely declared that separation of church and state, a bedrock principle on which American society is based, is a “fabrication” not in the Constitution.

Kirk is a member of the secretive theocratic Council for National Policy., a close friend of Donald Trump, Jr., and spent years promoting President Trump – even interviewing him at one point. Turning Point USA has had repeated challenges. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer in 2017 write a piece about TPUSA titled, “A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity.”

Former TPUSA communications director Candace Owens has praised Hitler, saying “the problem” with him was that he wanted to “globalize.”

RELATED: Watch: Charlie Kirk Calls for Texans to Be ‘Deputized’ to Protect ‘White Demographics in America’

On Wednesday Kirk declared, “There is no separation of church and state. It’s a fabrication. It’s a fiction. It’s not in the Constitution. It’s made up by secular humanists.”

That’s false.

The claim separation of church and state is not in the Constitution is a religious right belief that has been debunked by countless legal experts.

“Of course we should have church and state mixed together,” Kirk continued. “Our Founding Fathers believed in that. We can go through the detail of that. They established – literally – a church in Congress.”

That too is false.

RELATED: ‘When Do We Get to Use the Guns?’: TP USA Audience Member Asks Charlie Kirk When Can ‘We Kill’ Democrats? (Video)

“It’s a good thing Charlie Kirk doesn’t go to Wheaton because he would fail my Constitutional Law class,” writes Dr. Miranda Yaver, PhD, a Wheaton College professor.

As most public school students know, Kirk’s claims are belied by the First Amendment to the U.S., Constitution, which states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It’s the Establishment Clause, legal experts say, that debunks Kirk’s falsehood.

In reviewing the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, Reuters last month noted: “It was President Thomas Jefferson who famously said in an 1802 letter that the establishment clause should represent a ‘wall of separation’ between church and state. The provision prevents the government from establishing a state religion and prohibits it from favoring one faith over another.”

Jefferson is also considered the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Watch Charlie Kirk below or at this link.

 

 

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Pat Cipollone Is ‘A Greatest Hits Package of Crazy Statements’ by Donald Trump: Legal Expert

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Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has agreed to speak to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress on Friday.

Former Assistant Deputy Attorney General Harry Litman told CNN that Cipollone has carefully negotiated the testimony and he will likely “steer around down the middle” of the attorney/client privilege. However, former President Donald Trump is not the client of a White House counsel, the White House is. President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege for anything involving Jan. 6 or the 2020 election.

“He is a greatest hits package of crazy statements by Donald Trump,” Litman said of Cipollone. “He is the one who says to Mark Meadows, ‘You know, if you do this, you’ll have blood on your effing hands.’ He’s the one who says to Mark Meadows about [Mike] Pence, ‘You’ve got to stop it’ and Meadows says, ‘You’ve heard him. He thinks the rioters are right.’ He’s the one who has to go to Cassidy Hutchinson, a 25-year-old, and plead with her because Meadows won’t speak to him. ‘Please try to keep him from going to the Capitol.’ He’s the one who says, ‘if I go to the Capitol, it will be every effing crime imaginable.'”

READ MORE: Longtime friend of GOP’s Eric Greitens calls him a ‘broken man’ and accuses him of lying about his beliefs

“Now, they’ve negotiated it up, and probably what he wants is to say he’s not piercing attorney/client privilege. But all these statements I’ve said to you, Trump’s nowhere around. So, attorney/client has to be with the client for the purpose of getting legal advice, so he’s got tons to say without that.”

As Litman explained, Cipollone is in “everything.”

See the discussion below.

Image: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks  via Flickr:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump talk with Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse Barrett, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, his wife Virginia Thomas, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and Deputy White House Counsel Kate Comerford Todd in the Blue Room of the White House Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after attending Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony as Supreme Court Associate Justice.

 

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