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Here's House Republicans' List of All the Trump Scandals They're Covering Up
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33430"><span class="small">Matthew Yglesias, Vox</span></a>   
Monday, 27 August 2018 13:42

Yglesias writes: "In total defiance of the (flawed) logic of the Madisonian constitutional system, Republicans have used their control of the congressional agenda to stymie any kind of rigorous investigation into dozens of urgent scandals swirling around the Trump administration."

Paul Ryan. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Paul Ryan. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Here's House Republicans' List of All the Trump Scandals They're Covering Up

By Matthew Yglesias, Vox

27 August 18


It’s not a short list.

epublicans on the Hill have again and again claimed that there is no Donald Trump scandal worth investigating. But in a sign that maybe they aren’t operating totally on the level, Jonathan Swan at Axios reports that a “senior House Republicans office” has compiled a spreadsheet of all the things they believe House Democrats will investigate if they win a majority in November — and they are terrified of what these inquiries might turn up.

In total defiance of the (flawed) logic of the Madisonian constitutional system, Republicans have used their control of the congressional agenda to stymie any kind of rigorous investigation into dozens of urgent scandals swirling around the Trump administration.

Swan reports that “it has churned Republican stomachs” and includes the following:

• President Trump’s tax returns
• Trump family businesses — and whether they comply with the Constitution’s emoluments clause, including the Chinese trademark grant to the Trump Organization
• Trump’s dealings with Russia, including the president’s preparation for his meeting with Vladimir Putin
• The payment to Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels
• James Comey’s firing
• Trump’s firing of U.S. attorneys
• Trump’s proposed transgender ban for the military
• Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s business dealings
• White House staff’s personal email use
• Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses, and other misused perks
• Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago
• Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance
• Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors
• The travel ban
• Family separation policy
• Hurricane response in Puerto Rico
• Election security and hacking attempts
• White House security clearances

The striking thing about it is that almost everything on this list is stuff that’s urgently worthy of investigation. Maybe one or two items here (the emails thing, for example) could be characterized as partisan grandstanding that’s likely to be irresistible to Democrats but doesn’t serve a real public purpose.

But of course Congress should be looking into election security and Trump’s dealings with Russia, especially since many Republican members of Congress in their own public statements have acknowledged that there’s something weird about Trump’s takes on these matters.

Of course Congress should be trying to understand how the White House botched its “zero tolerance” border enforcement initiative so badly that there are still hundreds of children separated from their parents. Of course the business dealings of Cabinet secretaries and the president’s family should be overseen by Congress.

It’s natural, normal, and almost certainly inevitable for Congress to go softer on a same-party president than they would on an opposite-party president. But the sheer length and gravity of this list is an indictment of congressional Republicans’ total abdication of their responsibilities to the country.

But instead of seeing it that way, they’re just using it as a scare story to try to motivate greater effort toward winning the midterms so they can continue the cover-up.


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+4 # wilhelmscream 2018-08-27 15:10
Right Wing went against Nixon during Watergate;Nixon resigned from Office(if he did nothing, Nixon would’ve been Impeached and possibly removed from office. Sharing a cell with Spiro Agnew?
 
 
0 # MikeAF48 2018-08-27 17:49
Not bad for starters by the way who is running the White House. Oh that's right its Carrel Ann Conway. Where is Steve Bannon.
 
 
+11 # Working Class 2018-08-27 22:40
I wonder if its possible to indite the entire GOP House delegation for conspiracy to obstruct justice......? Hmmmm.
 
 
+11 # janie1893 2018-08-28 01:31
If the government continues to ignore climate change and environmental issues that are occurring now, it may be too late to deal with other problems. Weather and environmental breakdowns are almost at the point where we cannot fix them. Human life is expendable!!
 
 
+4 # ddd-rrr 2018-08-28 05:30
WHEW! This article by Matthew Yglesias (Vox) covers a remarkable amount of ground
relevant to our current political situation in the US. Please also read the article
linked in it with "(flawed)" -- and it is also available at this URL:

https://www.vox.com/2015/3/2/8120063/american-democracy-doomed

These two articles do appear to explain much about our current political predicament!
 
 
+4 # hectormaria 2018-08-28 06:50
Breaking News: Journalists opened the National Enquirer's vault and found: Trump's PECKER. Republicans disappointed it wasn't the millions of votes that would have legitimized Trump's presidency; or, evidence to confirm he was the new 'White Messiah'.
 
 
-21 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-08-28 07:40
Whitewater redux. I remember a list similar to this that circulated about the Clinton scandals.

-- murder of Vince Foster
-- murder of 4 boys on railroad tracks in Ark.
-- cocaine smuggling in Mena air base
-- many, many women Clinton had sex with
-- Hillary's futures market investment
-- Clinton body count
-- Clinton draft dodging
-- Clinton as CIA asset
-- much, much more


And there was a similar list for Obama, including his foreign birth, his Islam religion, his secret financing by oligarchs, and so on. .


This is now how politics is played in the US. It is a tragedy. It means that no one will run for political office unless they have completely sold out to the FBI like the Clintons so that the FBI will protect them from all investigations. All of us are vulnerable to investigations like this. You don't have to have done anything wrong for an investigation like this to ruin your life. If Sanders runs in 2020, he will be taken down in this way.

When Trump leaves office in 2020, any state attorney general can investigate him all they want. For now, the best thing is to keep this partisan attack trash out of politics.

This is about criminalizing political differences. Many of the points on the list above are political opinions. I don't agree with them but they are not criminal. Calling someone's political opinions criminal is the end of democratic politics.
 
 
+8 # BetaTheta 2018-08-28 14:46
There is a huge difference between the Trump and Clinton/Obama accusations: Trump's have mostly played out in the clear light of day, under our eyes, and are incontrovertibl e. The majority of the latter were laughably phony and obviously politically motivated.

The Trump crimes are not mere "political differences." They amount to true criminality and an existential threat to decent governance.
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-08-29 06:22
BT -- "Trump's have mostly played out in the clear light of day, under our eyes, and are incontrovertible."


Oh, yeah? You have not seen his tax returns. So far, there are just allegations, nothing proved.

I agree that most of the charges against Clinton were phony and made up by his enemies like David Brock. This is more true for Obama. But that does not mean that both Obama and the Clintons were not into very criminal activities. It means that both had the FBI to protect them. It is beyond doubt that Hillary released classified material via her unsecured private server. It was hacked and all her State Department communications were captured by foreign nations. This is a criminal violation. But the FBI protected her from criminal charges being filed.

You are misunderstandin g how "political difference" plays in a criminal investigation. Any of us could be subject to an FBI criminal investigation. They would find things to prosecute ----- if they were interested in preventing our political beliefs from being propagated. If we had the right political beliefs (i.e., ones the FBI likes), our crimes would be covered up.

The FBI has always used its investigation powers to support or destroy certain politicians. It has never been this massive and we may have crossed a tipping point.
 
 
0 # BetaTheta 2018-08-30 09:38
The tax returns are only one of the things listed above. The travel ban, attorney firings, etc. etc. are all there for anyone to see.

"The FBI has always used its investigation powers to support or destroy certain politicians. It has never been this massive and we may have crossed a tipping point."

The FBI was far, far more political under Hoover. And it prosecutes real criminals all the time. The present Trump case will probably go down as a shining example of how it rose ABOVE politics and did the right thing.
 
 
+8 # lfeuille 2018-08-28 19:25
News flash! Tax evasion and money laundering are CRIMES, not political differences.
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-08-29 06:30
Who has been charged with tax evasion and money laundering? Manafort? You know there is a five year statute of limitations on tax evasion. Manafort was not convicted of tax evasion but rather tax fraud and conspiracy. The IRS cleared Manafort.

But you miss the point. Why prosecute Manafort for money laundering and not the Clinton Foundation? Meuller as FBI director ran the investigation of the Clinton Foundation in about 2005-06. He found nothing wrong, but issued the same kinds of comments Comey did for Clinton's emails -- extreme carelessness, incomplete or inaccurate financial reporting, and so on. To most people, there were criminal actions, but the FBI said "no problems."

Why? Mueller was protecting the Clintons. He's not now protecting Trump. Why? This is the use of the FBI's powers to protect or destroy political positions.

On a smaller level, this is why the FBI opens terrorism investigations against groups like Black Lives Matter, Earth First, Animal Liberation Front and dozens more left-wing activists. A criminal or terrorist investigation immediately sets up people in the media and in the police surveillance for destruction.

You just don't seem to understand how a national police like the FBI has worked in politics from its very beginning. You need to read some history. It is not about tax evasion or any crime. It is about destroying certain people and protecting others.
 
 
+4 # Glen 2018-08-29 07:18
Rodion, true, but there is no way to keep the corruption, character assassination, true crimes, out of politics in the U.S. Character, especially under George W. and Trump was a lost cause from the beginning. Clinton did a better job of hiding his background. Johnson was also accused of crimes in Texas, and never forget what Karl Rove did in Texas and the careers he destroyed, not to mention lives.

There is no way we can return to those golden days of yesteryear. Snort.
 
 
+2 # mac-n-valley 2018-08-29 08:32
RR,
I am not sure whether you are legit or not. Sometimes what you have to say is right on, but what you said in this post is so perverse. I am not a Clinton fan. It seems to me the Democratic party became Rep... lite under his influence. And it also seems to me he and Hillary are way too much about cashing in. But to make the accusations about them you did in your post, IMHO, is totally spurious. With the exception of Slick Willy not being able to keep part of his anatomy tucked away. And yes he did dodge the draft. But that was what so many persons our age did. I volunteered for the service right out of high school and volunteered for VN. I was not a John Wayne type. I believed what President Kennedy said: 'ask not....'
My birth year must have been a bad one for this country. Three of the last four presidents were born the same year as myself and I don't have much respect for any of them. Especially the buffoon that currently occupies the WH!
 
 
+13 # Wise woman 2018-08-28 08:22
It's quite a laundry list. The GOP is hardly recognizable these days. The party of Eisenhower is long gone. It's been replaced by a bunch of right wing crazies that sure don't have any right to governing the American people. From the top down McConnell and Ryan should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the swamp to triple in size. It's good that Ryan is leaving. He should take McConnell with him.
 
 
+3 # Robbee 2018-08-28 12:35
Quoting Wise woman:
It's quite a laundry list.

- not quite up to date? to it add -

Student Loan Watchdog Quits, Blames Trump Administration
Cory Turner, NPR
Turner writes: "The federal official in charge of protecting student borrowers from predatory lending practices has stepped down.
 
 
+3 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-08-28 14:55
"WE" don't have a government anymore.
 
 
+1 # wilhelmscream 2018-08-28 16:52
Regan had Iran/Contra(Sim ilar incident @ the climax of "The Living Daylights”)