Category Archives: 2016 presidential campaign

Stormy White House

stormy

The WSJ says, President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid $130,000 to porn star Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. Stormy says the payment was part of an agreement to keep quiet about an “encounter” between the two in 2006.

Better Offer for Stormy?

But now she wants out of the deal because she says Trump never signed it.

The Washington Post reported Hillary Clinton’s campaign hid payments through a lawyer too. The campaign’s law firm Perkins Coi paid Fusion GPS to make noise by digging dirt on Trump before the election. Fusion GPS in turn hired the British spy Christopher Steel who produced the “salacious” dossier used to gain FISA court permission to spy on Trump associates.

According to a new book, Russian Roulette, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hillary was following in big footsteps. The Obama campaign had hired the same firm to dig dirt on Mitt Romney.

 

White Lies of Hope

white lies

Republican Congressman Tom Rooney is a member of the House Intelligence Committee. Here’s what he had to say to CNN about the committee’s Russian collusion investigation:

“It’s been going on for a year. We’ve interviewed scores of witnesses and now we’ve gotten to the point where we’re literally bringing people in for nine hours just so the Democrats can leak to the press something as ridiculous as ‘white lies.’ “

White Lies

Hope Hicks, the 29 year old White House communications director, was such a witness. Democrat Eric Swalwell asked if she ever lied for her boss. After consulting with here lawyer Hope confessed that yes she had. White lies. Like “the president is in a meeting” when he’s not really in a meeting.

She resigned the next day.

Trumponomics

tax cuts to tariffs

President Trump yesterday announced a 25% tariff on imported steel. Good news for American steelmakers but not so good for American Steel users. He also slapped aluminum with a 10% charge.

The news came as a surprise to the stock market. The Dow displayed its displeasure with Trumponomics by tanking 420 points. And it opened this morning down another 320.

Trumponomics: Tax Cuts and Tariffs

The news from Dan Henninger in the WSJ yesterday morning (before Trump’s announcement) was that the president is obsessed with jobs.

Every president claims to be a jobs president, but after a year it is becoming clear that this may be the only thing Donald Trump thinks about. He may even impose tariffs soon on imported steel, seeing only the protected jobs in front of him and missing the larger loss of jobs in steel-using industries.

But the bigger surprise might be that Trump’s keeping his campaign promises, from tax cuts to tariffs.

Rigged Elections

rigged elections

It was Donald Trump and other Republicans who fretted about rigged elections – before Trump actually won one. But now the tables have turned.

By The Book

by the book

Susan Rice didn’t let the door hit her on the way out of the White House. Instead she sent herself an email.

It was time stamped 12:15 pm January 21 –  the day of President Trump’s inauguration. And her self-message recapped a January 5 meeting President Obama held with top staffers.

By the Book

In that meeting Obama instructed his staff on the transfer of information to the new administration. Or the non-transfer of information as National Review’s Andrew McCarthy suspects.

At any rate, Susan Rice let the record show that President Obama insisted it be done “by the book.”