Trump’s Move to Seal Mexican Border Draws Harsh Rebuke from Border Patrol Agents

It was early in April when Trump formally directed several thousand National Guard troops to go to the U.S.-Mexico border, supposedly to prevent people from crossing the border illegally. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with the military,” Trump stupidly announced.

It quickly became clear, though, that the Trump administration couldn’t fully explain the goal of the plan. Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security Secretary, attempted unsuccessfully to defend the deployments. A CNN report says that it “remains unclear exactly what [the National Guard troops] will be there to do.”

Almost two months later, the issue has gotten worse. The L.A. Times wrote overnight:

A month after President Trump called for sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the head of the national Border Patrol union called the deployment “a colossal waste of resources.”

“We have seen no benefit,” said Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents 15,000 agents, the National Border Patrol Council.

The criticism is a dramatic departure for the group, which endorsed Trump’s candidacy for president and has praised his border security efforts, including National Guard deployments.

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones added, “This is yet another example of Trump talking big but accomplishing little because he has no idea what the issues really are and what kind of actions to order. He just tweets out a command to deploy the National Guard to the border, basks in the applause, and then assumes everything will just work out.”

Trump’s actions and choices aren’t legitimate governing. He begins by making incorrect assumptions based on biased and/or lying reports he sees on conservative media – Trump is convinced there’s a serious border crisis, the truth be damned – and then attempts to think of “solutions” with his small brain, ones that will impress his uneducated and rabid base.

In this case, it means deploying thousands of troops from the National Guard with no clear objective.

What would they do? Trump had no idea. How would they assist the Border Patrol? He didn’t know anything about that, either. What exact policy would the troops be implementing? Don’t ask the idiot president, who just does whatever he wants with little understanding of the future, like a toddler.

Why would he pretend there is a border crisis while also bragging about a historically low number of people illegally crossing the border? Because Donald Trump doesn’t know about cognitive dissonance.

“We generally support the administration,” Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council added, “but we’re not going to be cheerleading when things are not going well.”

Trump SLAMMED by Parents of Murdered Children…”You are a DISGRACE” !



These are powerful words from two parents whose children were murdered by a deranged psychopath. They are angry because their children’s deaths are being exploited by President Trump in his attempt to justify his illegal and unconstitutional ban from seven Muslim-predominant nations.

Their names were Mia Ayliffe-Chung and Tom Jackson. Twenty-one year old Mia was stabbed to death by an obsessed man who was suffering from severe mental disorders. He also stabbed Tom Jackson, who had stepped in to try to help Mia. The murderer was named Smail Ayed, and as he committed these heinous crimes, he allegedly yelled, “Allahu akbar” in the midst of what the Washington Post calls “incoherent ramblings.”

Mia’s mother, Rosie, wrote a pain-stricken letter to The Independent last year. The purpose was to tell the story of Mia and the story of a mother’s grief. But she also dealt with the claims that Ayed was an Islamic Extremest. “My brother asked me what I would do or say in a hypothetical world if I could meet Mia’s killer. Much nonsense is being spoken in the press about her alleged killer. The TV engineer who visited yesterday said, “Well we know what that was about, it was that Moslemic terrorism!”. Thanks for clarifying.  Smail Ayad – the French man being held on suspicion of my daughter’s murder – is not an Islamic fundamentalist, he has never set foot in a mosque.”

So last week when President Trump released his list of under-covered terrorist attacks, the fact that Mia’s murder was listed really stirred anger in her mother. She recognized that Trump was lying about the circumstances of this attack in order to justify his actions in issuing his highly-controversial executive order. He was not only exploiting Mia’s murder for his own selfish gain, but he was also completely falsifying the circumstances in order for the story to fit his own twisted narrative.

In response, Rosie penned an open letter to Trump on her Twitter account, completely blasting him for his actions.

Rosie’s efforts were echoed by the parents of Tom Jackson, the heroic backpacker who tried to say Mia’s life. Tom’s mother, Sandra, posted her own condemnation of Trump’s exploitative lie.

Only a heartless person would capitalize on the death of innocent children for his personal selfish gains. America…we are witnessing the actions of a bottom feeder.

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Trump Accidentally Spills The Beans On Twitter

We know President Trump and his dishonest team took their hatred toward Canada in such a hysterical direction last weekend. But we don’t know why.

During a press conference at the G-7 summit in Quebec on Saturday, a journalist asked Trump about the frayed relationships with allied leaders. After finding out that the reporter works for CNN, stupid Trump whined about CNN for a bit, then he bragged idiotically about his imaginary personal closeness with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, the French President Emanuel Macron, and Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister.

“I would say that the level of relationship is a 10,” Trump boasted ignorantly. “We have a great relationship. Angela and Emmanuel and Justin. I would say the relationship is a 10.”

Not long after, the Canadian prime minister hosted a press conference where he repeated the same obvious things he’s said in public and private for quite some time, at which point Donald Trump turned to Twitter and then inadvertently suggested that the CNN reporter that he chastised was right.

“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!

“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”

People on Trump’s White House team, getting their misguided cues from an idiotic boss, piled on. Larry Kudlow, who is the director of White House’s National Economic Council, said Trudeau’s comments are a “betrayal,” lying that the Trudeau “stabbed us in the back” then delivered a supposed “slap in the face.” (Nobody can simultaneously stab a person in the back and also slap them in the face.)

Trump’s tweets show that he said that his tariffs were “in response to” Canada’s protective trade policy for dairy products. This was one of those very rare instances in which Donald Trump made a serious mistake by accidentally saying his genuine beliefs.

When the president declared his tariffs against steel and aluminum, his official line was that it was necessary for national security reasons. Via Twitter, Trump admitted that his given reason was a lie.

After Korea Summit Fail, Trump Just Came Face to Face with Harsh Reality

A month ago tomorrow, President Trump declared with pride that the North Korean officials “have agreed to denuclearization.” At the time, it was obviously a bizarre thing for an American president to claim: Kim Jong-un’s regime had merely agreed to discuss denuclearization, however, Trump made it sound as though negotiations were done and he’d already achieved exactly what America wanted.

Soon enough though, North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator explained that his country would not ever give up the nuclear program in exchange for mere sanctions relief – which is just what the Trump administration offers them.

“It doesn’t look like they want to denuclearize at all,” a top U.S. official told Washington Post.

Oh really. Trump, with no forethought or strategy, leaped into high-risk negotiations against a rogue nuclear dictatorship. He is apparently now very surprised that his “plan” isn’t going so well and experts were correct about North Korea’s position.

New York Times reports that Trump is seeking advice about whether to proceed with his plans for a summit. The article explained that White House officials are worried that Trump has “signaled that he wants the summit meeting too much” already, giving power to North Korea, which is complicated by the problem that Trump won’t do his homework.

The aides are also concerned about what kind of grasp Mr. Trump has on the details of the North Korea program, and what he must insist upon as the key components of denuclearization. Mr. Moon and his aides reported that Mr. Kim seemed highly conversant with all elements of the program when the two men met, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made similar comments about Mr. Kim, based on his two meetings with him in Pyongyang, the North’s capital.

But aides who have recently left the administration say Mr. Trump has resisted the kind of detailed briefings about enrichment capabilities, plutonium reprocessing, nuclear weapons production and missile programs that Mr. Obama and President George W. Bush regularly sat through.

News outlet Axios reported back in April that a source who has talked about North Korea with the president says that Trump’s position is mere, “Just get me in the room with the guy [Kim Jong-un] and I’ll figure it out.”

That is not how nuclear diplomacy works.

What exactly are the possible consequences of Donald Trump’s lack of intelligence and preparedness? The worry, if the summit takes place, is that Kim Jong-un will exploit the amateur president’s ignorance, making terrible offers that Trump can’t realize are weak. Indeed, Trump could end up accepting the terms of a deal he doesn’t understand – and if it’s long than a page, will he even bother to read it? – out of an irrational wish to gain a political victory.

When we are dealing with this incompetent White House, the common saying is, “What could possibly go wrong?” Of course, the answer is always, “A lot.”

With New Conspiracy Looming, GOP Congressman Hints that Speaker Paul Ryan May Soon Do the ‘Unthinkable

Paul Ryan is about to resign as Speaker of the House, says fellow Republican Congressman Mark Amodei. So exactly what is going on here? Is this real, and why is Amodei saying this publicly right now? We can give insight into at least a few of those answers.

Amodei is just calling Ryan’s resignation a “rumor” he’s hearing, but we should call this what it is. Congress members don’t just walk around spreading gossip to the media they heard about their party’s Speaker resigning, if they believe it’s just gossip. There is no way a Republican Congressman would publicly suggest something so serious unless he either thinks it’s true, or he’s involved trying to make sure it happens. So let’s look at what else went down with Republicans recently.

The out-of-the-blue story about Paul Ryan resigning, which was first reported by the respectable Ralston Reports, is coming just after an Associated Press report saying that Mueller’s cooperating witness George Nader moved millions of dollars in foreign bribes from the United Arab Emirates directly into the pockets of Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy. The important detail that the media has mostly overlooked: Broidy is Deputy Finance Chairman of the RNC as well. Which means that millions in illegal bribes flowed through the Republican Party’s top money man, and there are many reasons to ask how many Republican members of Congress might have taken an illegal cut of that money, and who among the GOP’s leaders were aware of it.

Now, right after all the crooks in the Republican Congress found out that Mueller has the guilty individuals totally nailed in the UAE bribery conspiracy, suddenly a Republican Congressperson is saying openly that the Republican Speaker will quit soon. This might be a coincidence, but it certainly doesn’t feel like one. Of course, the question is whether this means that Ryan is guilty and the Republicans are trying to hurry and force him out prior to a huge load hitting the fan, or if the other members of the Republican party are guilty, and they’re attempting to hurry up and take the House leadership so they will be in a better position to defend themselves against the truth.

Something major is happening within the Republican Party. Congress members don’t go around publicly speaking about how their party’s Speaker of the House will quit soon unless they have an excellent reason to be saying things like that. The real question here is what’s really behind this. Considering how quickly the details of the UAE bribery conspiracy are hitting the media, it may not take very long for the worst details to the surface – like who within the Republican party is tied to that money.

Here Are the 10 Senate Seats That Will Turn Democrat

The race for the Senate has become an all-out brawl as Republicans fiercely defend their slim 51-49 majority against a Democratic Party sensing momentum is on its side.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged Tuesday that Republicans will be facing a “storm” in the November midterm elections, describing the races as “a knife fight in an alley,” while adding he was still hoping that Republicans would retain their majority “when the smoke clears.”


Republicans still have the upper hand, as Democrats must defend 10 seats carried by President Trump in 2016, but Democrats believe they have a narrow path to take the Senate.

Here are the top 10 seats most likely to flip.

1. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)

The freshman senator is one of five Democrats up for reelection in a state that Trump won by double-digits, with North Dakota giving the president a 36 point margin over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), the state’s lone House member since 2013, has been a loyal ally of Trump, who persuaded him to run after he initially declined. The last public poll from June had Cramer up 4 points, and Republicans say private polls show him ahead.

But Democrats contend that GOP polling was off in Heitkamp’s 2012 race, which showed her down consistently. She ultimately won by less than a point.

The escalating trade war has become a central issue in the race. And like many Democrats, Heitkamp is hoping her opposition to an anti-ObamaCare lawsuit will be a successful wedge issue.

Meanwhile, Cramer is hitting Heitkamp for opposing the tax cuts passed by Congress last year, Trump’s most significant legislative achievement to date.

But Heitkamp has a strong personal brand, and she believes she can win over enough moderate voters. Ultimately, political observers say the race could hinge on Trump, and whether voters prefer a consistent Trump ally or a senator with an independent streak.

2. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)

Heller remains the most vulnerable GOP senator as the only one up for reelection in a state that Clinton won. Nevada is a swing state turning bluer with demographic changes and elevated Democratic enthusiasm.

The tax law has taken center stage as Heller has touted his role in crafting the law that Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) opposed in the House.

But Rosen has campaigned saying the tax cuts largely benefit the wealthy and corporations and has knocked Heller’s support for repealing ObamaCare.

Heller has defended himself by saying that the GOP-led health-care bill, which ultimately failed, wouldn’t have touched Nevada’s Medicaid expansion, and said in his own ad that he’s “fighting to protect pre-existing conditions.”

Polls consistently show a tight race, with the latest survey from Suffolk University/Reno Gazette-Journal finding another dead-heat race with Rosen nominally ahead.

3. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

McCaskill has always faced a tough path to a third term. Trump won Missouri by nearly 20 points, and Republicans are hoping to repeat that in the race between her and state Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Hawley is considered one of the GOP’s top recruits in 2018, and he has made support for Trump and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh centerpieces of his challenge to McCaskill.

The two-term Democrat, on the other hand, is banking on liberal dissatisfaction with the president and Republican efforts to chip away at the Affordable Care Act to hand her a win in November.

Working in McCaskill’s favor is her reputation as an adept campaigner and fundraiser. She’s far ahead of Hawley in the money race, having brought in more than $20 million this cycle compared to her challenger’s $4.75 million.

4. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

Donnelly has maintained a more comfortable lead in the polls despite being considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents. The latest poll from NBC News has him up 6 points.

But Donnelly is still facing an uphill battle against Republican businessman Mike Braun in a state that Trump won by 19 points.

Both candidates have liabilities: Democrats have criticized Braun over his business record at his trucking and auto parts distribution companies, while Braun and allies have hit Donnelly with outsourcing attacks related to a family company.

Braun is touting his relationship with Trump, who’s made several visits to Indiana for rallies and has made Donnelly a top target.

5. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

After a low-key, uncontested primary season, Nelson is facing a formidable opponent in the form of Florida’s wealthy Republican governor, Rick Scott. And while the three-term Democrat has easily won reelection in the past, the challenge from Scott has turned the race into a nail-biter.

Scott faced only a nominal primary challenge but saturated Florida’s expensive airwaves early with spots attacking Nelson — a strategy that allowed him to set the terms of the race early.

Nelson is on the air now, but only after weathering months of negative ads and headlines describing his reelection bid as lackluster.

But Democrats argue that there’s a silver lining for Nelson. Scott has drastically outspent him but has yet to surge ahead in the polls. The two-term governor also has a history of winning by razor-thin margins in Republican wave years, and Democrats say that, this year, they are the ones with the momentum.

6. Arizona’s open seat 

Democrats have felt bullish about Arizona for months with Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) running for the seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.

Sinema’s a prolific fundraiser and received little on-air pushback while a contentious GOP primary raged on, which ultimately ended up nominating GOP establishment candidate Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.).

During the primary, Sinema polled consistently ahead of McSally. But with the late August primary in the rearview mirror, new polls show McSally quickly consolidating support — and slightly leading Sinema.

Sinema, a Blue Dog Democrat, is running as a moderate in a state that Trump won by less than 5 points, but one that also hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate in three decades.

McSally, the first female combat pilot in the U.S., is leaning heavily on her military credentials and touting border security.

McSally is looking to turn up the heat six weeks out from the early voting kickoff. Her latest ad uses footage of Sinema in a pink tutu, and goes on to note that McSally served in the military while her opponent protested the Iraq War and “denigrated” the troops. Politifact, however, has labeled those claims “mostly false,” saying it had found no evidence that Sinema had disparaged American troops.

7. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)

On paper, Manchin should be an easy target for Republicans in their bid to expand their Senate majority; West Virginia gave Trump one of his largest margins of victory in 2016.

But he has managed to hold a lead over his GOP opponent, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who weathered a brutal primary season earlier this year.

Still, Trump remains highly popular in West Virginia and has hit Manchin during multiple rallies in the state over his opposition to the GOP-led tax overhaul.

Manchin has said he voted against the measure because it effectively killed the requirement that people purchase health insurance.

At the same time, however, Manchin has found himself on the receiving end of an attack by the National Rifle Association, which endorsed Morrisey and debuted an ad this month targeting Manchin for his stance on gun control.

8. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Trump may have won Montana by a hefty margin in 2016, but Tester is betting that his support for measures, including a pair of veterans’ health-care bills, will convince voters to send him back to Washington for a third term in the Senate.

He’s facing a general election challenge from Republican Matt Rosendale, the state auditor who has made his support for Trump a key focus of his campaign. In response, Tester has played up his willingness to work with the president on veterans’ issues. One in 10 Montanans are veterans.

Still, Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock are the last remaining Democrats serving in statewide offices in Montana and Trump has hit the two-term senator repeatedly for raising concerns about his former pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, Ronny Jackson.

9. Tennessee’s open seat

Tennessee makes its debut on the list, with polls continuing to show a close race between former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) for the seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Bob Corker.

After being out of office since 2011, Bredesen is looking to convince voters that he won’t be a rubber stamp on the Democratic Party’s agenda as he campaigns in a state that went for Trump by 26 points. And he hasn’t said whether he’ll support Sen. Charles Schumer(D-N.Y.) for leader.

Bredesen has proven before that he can sway Republicans, but will have to do so in an increasingly polarized environment. Meanwhile, Blackburn, who’s built up a conservative portfolio over the years, is running a more nationalized campaign, touting her support for Trump.

10. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)

Trump’s narrow win in Wisconsin in 2016 fueled hope among Republicans that they could pick up a second Senate seat in the Badger State. But Baldwin was never among those mentioned by Democratic and Republican leaders as being particularly vulnerable.

She is now. Baldwin is the most liberal of the Senate Democrats up for reelection this year in states Trump won, and her Republican opponent, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, has been bullish in casting the one-term incumbent as too far to the left.

Overall, the race still looks good for Baldwin. Trump’s approval rating is underwater in Wisconsin at 36 percent, according to an NBC News/Marist poll released in July, and Baldwin is outpacing Vukmir in fundraising.

Still, Republicans say that there’s time for the race to pick up and Democrats acknowledge that it’s still competitive.

More Big Trump-Russia Problems For Pence

Mike Pence has had a difficult couple of weeks. He had been trying to stay hidden during Donald Trump’s implosion, so he could safely inherit the presidency once Trump loses the presidency, whether via impeachment, the 25th amendment, or resignation. But then the anonymous New York Times piece came out which exposed that Donald Trump is dangerously senile and stupid, and many people accused Pence of helping to author it. Now Pence has a whole new problem with a very different – and criminal – nature.

We all witnessed Mike Pence lying about the Russian connections of Michael Flynn, the National Security Adviser, shortly before Michael Flynn was exposed and then ousted. Since that time Michael Flynn has made a plea deal, and due to requirement, has shared every single thing that he knows with Special Counsel Mueller. Mueller may already have Mike Pence nailed for felony obstruction of justice. However, this latest trouble involves someone else: Paul Manafort.

ABC News reported that Manafort has agreed to a plea deal and will spill his guts to Robert Mueller. So how exactly does this involve Mike Pence? Back when Manafort was running the terrible Trump campaign, he went to great (and highly manipulative) lengths to get Donald Trump to choose Mike Pence as his vice-presidential candidate. Two years ago, CBS News reported that Paul Manafort literally pretended that Donald Trump’s plane was having serious mechanical problems, just so that he would have more time to convince Donald Trump to go with Mike Pence.

There was really no legitimate reason for Manafort to have been so intent on picking Pence, whose approval rating as the Governor of Indiana was so insanely low, he was not even bothering to run for reelection. If Paul Manafort believed that Trump should have an evangelical running mate, better options were available than Pence. The move made no sense, at least from outside, non-colluding-with-Russia perspective. We have since learned that Paul Manafort was under the firm financial control of an ultra-wealthy Russian oligarch during the 2016 election. If the Kremlin told Paul Manafort to go with Mike Pence as VP, then Manafort is going to tell Mueller why that was – and that’s horrible news for Mike Pence.

After Stunning Release from Senate Intel Committee, Trump Shocks by Running to Putin

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee announced last night, in a bipartisan fashion, that Vladimir Putin, the Russian President,  worked to rig the 2016 election in favor of racist demagogue Donald Trump. That’s obvious already but it’s a big deal because the Senate is finally acknowledging this, and even the Republicans are approving it. So what’s Donald Trump doing about this? Running off to get some new instructions from his Russian puppet master.

Trump and Putin announced that their summit will happen in Helsinki, Finland on July 16th. However, two days ago it was reported that Trump and Putin are going to be meeting one-on-one and there won’t be any aides present. It was fairly obvious that they were planning to discuss the intensifying Trump-Russia treason scandal, and they didn’t want witnesses to their talk, even friendly ones. However, now this new report from the Senate offers context on the specific timing and extreme urgency of it.

The Republicans for the Senate Intel Committee are all attaching their names to this report for a reason. The report confirms that Vladimir Putin installed Donald Trump in office and that it means Trump is Putin’s puppet. They have seen the extensive evidence in the Trump-Russia investigation. They know exactly how ugly Trump’s future is. They know that Robert Mueller is extremely close to pulling all of the pieces together. And Republicans afraid of staying on the wrong side of certain inevitable future events.

So, obviously Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin want to talk secretly. They have issues that go far beyond the criminal trial of Trump’s Kremlin-controlled and corrupt campaign chairman Paul Manafort starting this month. Time is running out, and Trump and Putin know it. For anyone wondering about the translators for this secret meeting, Putin speaks perfect English.

Jeff Sessions is Now By-Passing Congress to Solidify Trump’s Power Base

Given what we’ve learned about the investigations into the president’s treason and Trump’s authoritarian instincts, this is certainly a frightening and very dangerous development.

U.S. Attorneys have immense power. From enforcing US drug laws to looking into money laundering, they have a huge amount of discretion regarding how to use the Department of Justice’s minimal law enforcement resources. U.S. Attorneys can make prosecutions of federal statutes far more or far less likely and the sentencing for any violations more or less extreme.

Due to that power, the U.S. Senate should and does have the role of confirming or turning down presidential appointments to this important position. Without that power check, the U.S. attorney offices could easily become another part of the executive branch.

In 2007 —as a response to a Bush administration scandal about U.S. lawyers when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales tried to purge attorneys that were seen as not sufficiently loyal to Bush— Congress voted to change the statute for U.S. attorney appointments to make it clear that there are limits on the appointment of temporary U.S. attorneys.

But in that amended statute (28 U.S.C. Section 546), attorney generals still have nearly unlimited power in selecting interim U.S. lawyers to serve for a maximum of 120 days. This is where Trump and Jeff’s Sessions are messing with the rule of law.

As was reported by Slate’s Jeff Hauser:

“On March 10, 2017, Sessions summarily fired 46 U.S. attorneys, including most dramatically U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara. Under the Vacancies Act, the career figures who took over those offices could serve for 300 days on that acting basis. Flash forward the start of this year, when on Jan. 3, the Justice Department announced the appointment of 17 interim U.S. attorneys to replace acting officials whose time had run out.”

Due to the potential legal exposure of Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, Jared Kushner, and the Kushner family business in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and New Jersey, those interim appointments are the most obviously troubling.

For example, the close ties of Trump and Jared Kushner to Deutsche Bank have been the subject of much scrutiny. Sessions’ handpicked interim U.S. attorney for SDNY, Geoffrey Berman, meanwhile, has his own ties to the financial institution that has remained controversial due to its relationships with many figures close to Vladimir Putin. 

A decade ago, Berman was brought in to do legal work for Deutsche Bank when Robert Khuzami was its general counsel in the U.S., according to three people familiar with the matter. Now that Berman has been tapped for the Southern District of New York, Khuzami has become his deputy.

Additionally, Trump “personally interviewed Mr. Berman for the job,” according to reporting from the Wall Street Journal. A president interviewing a potential U.S. attorney “is rare,” per the Journal, “and the move—reported last fall—was seen by some as particularly troublesome, given the office’s authority over Mr. Trump’s home city and the seat of his business empire.”

The power of new handpicked interim U.S. attorneys to see all evidence for various ongoing investigations is a very big deal.

Beyond preferential treatment, what can a Trump-allied U.S. attorney do to help the Trump or Kushner families? One way is that in his or her 120 days being in charge of the office, an interim U.S. attorney might review case files that are relevant to the legal risk for the president, the Trump Organization, or even the Kushner Companies. A corrupt prosecutor could then share those findings with other political appointees working in the Justice Department and the White House.

Friendly U.S. attorneys might potentially divert resources away from an investigation to relieve pressure on Donald Trump and his criminal family. What would happen if a U.S. attorney tried to settle a series of controversial cases, then diverted resources away from areas of Trump family legal issues (e.g., money laundering, securities fraud, and tax evasion)?

No matter how justifiable such a chose may or may not be by itself, it would be extremely scandalous if it was done in order to try to relieve pressure on Donald Trump or his treasonous allies.

Why Trump is Trying to Punish Corporation Everybody Loves

Donald Trump has been “obsessed” with for a long time, because the online company is owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post and is wealthier than Trump. It’s a case of despicable presidential contempt: the Republican president hates the newspaper’s excellent coverage, which causes Trump to despise its owner, which causes the jealous president to hate the owner’s other businesses.

Trump has argued, both privately and publicly, that Amazon is really a tax-dodging company that unfairly exploits the Postal Service. Wall Street Journal  reported in April that White House officials, who are eager to help the delusional president understand reality, put together several “PowerPoint presentations and briefing papers they believed debunked his concerns.”

Trump, of course, was unmoved by the facts and evidence. He feels he’s right regarding Amazon, and in this dysfunctional White House, that ends the conversation.

What is the Republican prepared to “win” his manufactured feud? Washington Post reports today about one alarming scenario.

President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of dollars.

Brennan has so far resisted Trump’s demand, explaining in multiple conversations occurring this year and last that these arrangements are bound by contracts and must be reviewed by a regulatory commission, the three people said. She has told the president that the Amazon relationship is beneficial for the Postal Service and gave him a set of slides that showed the variety of companies, in addition to Amazon, that also partner for deliveries.

The Post reported that Brennan and President Trump “have met at the White House about the matter several times,” even though none of the meetings were on Trump’s publicly accessible schedule.

Trump is the cause of a great number of scandals, but if this is true then the president abused his office to punish a company that he dislikes personally, an unusually outrageous abuse of presidential power.

Given Donald Trump’s preoccupation with Watergate, it may interest the Trump to know that almost a half-century ago, former president Richard Nixon, among many other things, attempted to use the IRS as his political weapon to punish his political foes.

Those actions have long been viewed as a terrible abuse of his presidential power. The echo is no different.