President Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief directly ordered the head of the Pentagon to not remove an accused war criminal from the ranks of an elite Navy SEAL team.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday told reporters, “I spoke with the president on Sunday,” The New York Times reports. “He gave me the order that Eddie Gallagher will retain his Trident pin.”
The Trident pin is the coveted Navy designation of being a member of a SEAL team.
Instead of Gallagher being removed the President, through his Secretary of Defense, fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer late Sunday.
In a series of tweets Trump had claimed he “was not pleased” with the way Gallagher was treated by the Navy. Five of his SEAL team mates accused him of committing war crimes, including premeditated murder, attempted murder, obstruction of justice, posing for a photo with the corpse of a teenaged Islamic State captive.
During Gallagher’s court martial Trump, likely fueled by Fox News reports, took to Twitter to show support for the accused war criminal. The jury convicted Gallagher of only the lesser of the charges, posing with the corpse.
Gallagher, as The New York Times reported, “was turned in by his own platoon last spring. Several fellow SEALs reported that their leader had shot civilians and killed the captive Islamic State fighter with a custom hunting knife during a deployment in Iraq in 2017. He was also charged with obstruction of justice by threatening to kill SEALs who reported him.”
Navy Secretary Spencer was reportedly threatening to resign over Trump’s unprecedented interference with discipline and chain-of-command issues, but instead Trump had him fired. The reasons Trump offered are not congruent with those Defense Secretary Esper offered. Spencer, in a letter to the President acknowledging his termination wrote: “I cannot in good conscience obey an order that I believe violates the sacred oath I took in the presence of my family, my flag and my faith to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Image: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian via Flickr
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Federal Appeals Court Rules Obamacare Individual Mandate Unconstitutional
A federal appeals court has just ruled ObamaCare’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, but neglected to go as far as a lower court that reached the same conclusion. The case was brought by GOP officials across 20 states, led by Texas, and is supported by President Donald Trump.
The court sent the case back to a lower court directing judges to determine if the law could be saved without the individual mandate.
The 20 Republican Attorneys General and other state officials asked the lower court to declare ObamaCare unconstitutional in its entirety, a move President Trump and his Dept. of Justice have actively supported.
Almost one year ago to the day U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the individual mandate was “inseparable” from the Affordable Care Act.
“The appeals court’s decision keeps the legal threat to Obamacare alive while reducing the likelihood the Supreme Court could render a final verdict on the law before the 2020 elections,” Politico reports.
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‘Playing Clean Up for Trump’: AG Barr Destroyed for Statement Directly Contradicting 400 Page Inspector General Report
“One of the most dangerous men in America.”
Attorney General Bill Barr‘s reputation was forever tainted after he lied in his infamous four-page memo that allegedly summarized the Mueller Report. Over time his reputation has continued to suffer strong attacks, based on his actions, which appear to be motivated by one goal: the protection of President Donald Trump and the concept of the unitary executive, or an all-powerful U.S. president.
AG Barr has just released a statement one again that mischaracterizes another important DOJ report, one just-released that spans more than 400 pages. That Inspector General report finds there was no political bias against President Trump when the DOJ opened its Russia probe – including an investigation into Trump and his associates.
The report also destroys Trump’s repeated lies that President Barack Obama spied on him and wire tapped Trump Tower.
In response, Barr issued this false statement defending Trump and casting doubt on the work product of his own agency and hand-picked IG:
Barr again in statement defending Trump: “It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.”
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) December 9, 2019
To be clear, Barr’s above conclusions, regardless of framing them as opinion, are false.
And as a result, Barr is being destroyed on social media.
Here’s a former federal prosecutor:
No, AG Barr.
It doesn’t make that clear at all.
You are lying again.
You are an utter disgrace. https://t.co/YWh8qlrSSh
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) December 9, 2019
And here’s a NY Times op-ed writer and CNN contributor:
Bill Barr is by far one of the most dangerous men in America.
— Wajahat “Abu Khadija” Ali (@WajahatAli) December 9, 2019
A former DOJ chief spokesperson:
In addition to playing clean up for Trump, Barr is also making perfectly clear he will never authorize a criminal investigation of the president. Trump has a free pass for criminality as long as Barr is AG. https://t.co/E78B3msM0y
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 9, 2019
Calling Barr a mob lawyer is kind of an insult to the lawyers that mobsters actually hire, who at least pretend to have some respect for the law.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 9, 2019
Never in all of our lives, or the history of the country, have we had an Attorney General as corrupt as William Barr. https://t.co/GeN1Ygbx5G
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) December 9, 2019
Bill Barr is trying to Bill Barr the Horowitz report like he did the Mueller report and let’s not play this game again. https://t.co/q4teT6g1Qo
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) December 9, 2019
Barr’s still at it: disputing and falsely reimagining his own department’s inspector general report. Laughter seems appropriate (as do screams…) https://t.co/uB007F6A2x
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 9, 2019
This is some actively evil disinformation shit right here. https://t.co/kFXDnxqjgA
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) December 9, 2019
As A.G. Barr’s statement questioning the legitimacy of the investigation is about to be read on air, @NicolleDWallace breaks out into laughter on @MSNBC and says, “Wait. Stop, stop, stop, stop. Where does that come from? Where?”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 9, 2019
This is, quite literally, the opposite of what the Inspector General concluded in the new report. Barr doesn’t like the conclusions, so he’s simply trying to rewrite them in a way that is favorable to Trump.
Stunning dishonesty on display here. https://t.co/YTl52pb9Vk
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) December 9, 2019
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
Pentagon Panicked as US Troop Affinity for Russia Grows: Report
According to a report from Voice of America, military leaders at the Pentagon are growing increasingly concerned with the popularity of Russian President Vladimir Putin within the military ranks due to the influence of Russian propaganda and Donald Trump’s boosterism.
The report states, “While most Americans still see Moscow as a key U.S. adversary, new polling suggests that view is changing, most notably among the households of military members. The second annual Reagan National Defense Survey, completed in late October, found nearly half of armed services households questioned, 46%, said they viewed Russia as ally. Overall, the survey found 28% of Americans identified Russia as an ally, up from 19% the previous year.”
That same survey links Putin’s increasing popularity to the election of President Donald Trump.
“Pollsters found the positive views of Russia seemed to be ‘predominantly driven by Republicans who have responded to positive cues from [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump about Russia,’ according to an executive summary accompanying the results,” VOA reports.
At the same time, Washington Monthly reports, “Now, due to purely partisan interests, the nation’s military is being warped into supporting the hostile foreign power–against our own values, geopolitical interests, and intelligence services It’s like the plot from a bad spy novel, except that it’s happening right out in the open. This is the situation as it stands between Trump, Russia, the Republican Party and Ukraine.”
“U.S. defense and security officials have told VOA that Russia has been targeting U.S. military personnel, specifically, with a ramped-up influence campaign, as far back as 2017 in preparation for the November 2018 midterm elections,” VOA reports. “Russia’s goal, they said, was not so much to swing the result of the elections but to seed U.S. military personnel with the right type of disinformation so that they would be predisposed to view Russia and its actions in a more favorable way in the future.”
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