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Trump Accuses FBI Officials Who Investigated Him of ‘Treason’ – After Being Told It’s a Death Penalty Crime

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President Donald Trump was asked about his recent accusations of “treason,” and on Thursday afternoon named the FBI officials involved in investigating him, claiming they are guilty of the capital crime.

The President, as The Washington Post notes, has no idea what the word actually means.

“Sir,” NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander said to Trump, “the Constitution says treason is punishable by death.”

The President nodded.

“You’ve accused your adversaries of treason,” Alexander continued. “Who specifically are you accusing of treason?” he challenged.

“Well,” Trump, only too happy to entertain the question, said, “I think a number of people. And I think what you look is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person.”

Trying to “take down the wrong person” is not treason, despite the President’s propensity for equating himself with the federal government and with the country overall.

“If you look at Comey,” Trump added, referring to Jim Comey, the FBI Director who Trump fired, the act that kicked off the start of the Mueller investigation. “If you look at McCabe,” he said, referring to his former deputy director of the FBI.

“And if you look at people probably higher than that,” Trump said, an apparent attack on Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and President Barack Obama, who were both in charge when the Russia investigation (not the Mueller investigation) first began. Trump has previously, falsely accused them of spying on him and wiretapping him.

“If you look at Strzok, if you look at his lover Lisa Page, his wonderful lover. The two lovers,” Trump said, mockingly, referring to the former FBI attorney and to former Chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section Peter Strzok.

Calling it “an absolutely ridiculous assertion,” The Washington Post’s Phillip Bump writes, “unless Comey and McCabe raised an army to take on the U.S. military or provided direct aid to countries who are officially at war with the U.S. — countries to be named later — they didn’t commit treason. By definition.”

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Trump Trade Advisor Says Americans ‘Don’t Have a Right to Know’ if Administration Tied China Policy to Getting Dirt on Biden

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It is a stunning confrontation. Peter Navarro, the White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy says the American people “don’t have a right to know” if the Trump administration has tied China trade policy to getting dirt on Joe Biden. President Trump has been engaged in an extortion scheme against Ukraine, using congressionally-approved military aid to try to strong arm that country.

“You don’t have a right to know what happens behind closed doors,” Navarro, whose often referred to as President Trump’s trade advisor, tells CNN’s Jim Sciutto at a televised forum Thursday.

“I think the American people have a right to know if politics have entered trade negotiations,” Sciutto responded.

Navarro tried to deflect by decrying “too many stories reported based on anonymous sources,” despite the fact that President trump freely admitted he was engaged in an extortion scheme.

“I’m asking you a diret question,” Sciutto continued. “Did you bring up investigating the Bidens as part of the negotiations?”

Navarro refused to answer the simple and direct question that, despite his false claim, Americans absoutely do have the right to know.

“It’s not an appropriate question in my judgment,” he claimed, falsely, repeatedly raising his hands as if to say “stop.”

“Asked and answered,” Navarro concluded.

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Professor of international relations, political scientist, and journalist David Rothkopf offered this response to Navarro’s remarks:

President Trump has publicly asked China to dig up dirt on the Bidens. China, at least publicly, refused. Experts say Trump’s request is a “felony violation of law.”

 

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‘I’m in Charge of the Hatch Act’ Trump Barked at ‘Weak’ Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney – In a Room Full of Aides

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The Wall Street Journal has published an exposé about the Trump 2020 re-election campaign and how the president is “banking on base-pleasing campaign events – more meticulously produced this time – to outweigh any need for a fresh message.”

In one disturbing tale WSJ White House reporter Michael Bender relays how Trump has apparently grown frustrated with White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney – his third in under three years – and attacked him during a meeting with other aides present.

President Trump wanted to bring his Cabinet to a June rally in the critical swing state of Florida. Appropriately, Mulvaney warned the president about the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch employees from using their positions for political activities.

“I’m in charge of the Hatch Act,” Trump “barked” at Mulvaney, calling his chief of staff, one of the most powerful people in the nation, “weak.”

Trump is not “in charge” of the Hatch Act. It is an 80-year old federal law that was amended in 2012.

Special Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway’s violations of the law have been so egregious that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel requested the White House “remove” her from her job. President Trump refused.

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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo

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President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”

In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”

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