As the now late Senator John McCain (AZ-R) is mourned and eulogized since his weekend passing, many talking heads in the mainstream media have been quick to canonize him as some sort of warrior statesman, the great “warrior politician” worthy of emulation as some sort of secular civic saint.
There were two John McCains. One was the fictional, well-curated political image of a straight-talking, principled maverick war hero who disdained politics and partisanship in favor of doing he believed was the right thing. This is image being eulogized and propagated by the mainstream media currently.
That other image of John McCain that lived in a little place called reality, was a warmongering political hack that seemingly parroted whatever media talking point was expedient at the moment, often to the detriment of the American people. One of President Donald Trump’s harshest critics and instrumental in the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, he hand-delivering the salacious and fictional “Steele dossier” to former FBI Director James Comey, leading the charge into the investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. This dossier was used as the basis for the FISA warrants that were used to spy on the Trump campaign and a host of additional government malfeasance in a concerted effort to overthrow a duly elected American president.
As they often do, the media attempts to whitewash and gloss over unfavorable attributes if the person is deemed to be useful in pushing the narrative of the moment. McCain is currently useful to the media, even in death, due to his abject hatred of all things Trump. Yet as the media often does as the propagate works of fiction, they seem to forget that research is not just a one-way street and not all of us have short memories. In fact, some of us still remember when the media hated all things McCain during the 2008 Presidential election when McCain was running against former President Barack Obama.
However, as is often said, facts do not care about feelings and accuracy matters. Many have noted throughout the years of McCain’s lengthy political career, it was significantly marked by jarring flip-flops and malleable principles. He was opposed to former President George W. Bush’s NSA wiretap program before he supported it. He defended the estate tax before he harshly criticized it. He vaguely opposed torture but undermined legislative efforts to stop it. He claimed opposition to the current head of the CIA – Gina Haspel during the nomination process, yet supported the former head of the CIA – John Brennan for the exact same policies.
He embraced Social Security privatization before saying otherwise — twice. McCain also caused much bitterness and animosity amongst the American people when he chose to return to the Senate in July 2017 after emergency brain surgery to become the deciding vote that killed the GOP’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Some would simply dismiss all that saying that positions evolve over time. While that is true to some degree, most career politicians do not carefully craft their entire image around that of being principled and honest merely to shift like the sand with regards to the cause of the moment in a seemingly arbitrary fashion.
Now it seems McCain is not quite done with the American people, reaching out posthumously from the grave to speak to Americans one last time.
The Atlantic reports –
My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for 60 years, and especially my fellow Arizonians, thank you for the privilege of serving you, and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead.
I’ve tried to serve our country honorably. I’ve made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them. I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I feel that way even now, as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. I’ve had experiences, adventures, friendships, enough for 10 satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life in good or bad times for the best day of anybody else’s.
I owe this satisfaction to the love of my family. One man has never had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America to be connected to America’s causes: Liberty, equal justice, and respect for the dignity of all people brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth were not circumscribed, but are enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.
Fellow Americans, that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history, and we have acquired great wealth and power in the progress.
We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down; when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.
We are 325 million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before, we always do.
Ten years ago I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening. I feel it powerfully still.
Do not despair of our present difficulties. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history. Farewell fellow Americans, God bless you, and God bless America.”
President Trump Preparing To Fire Obama’s Top Swamp Slug
President Trump is on a tear these days to weed out those in the swamp who should have been removed long ago. He has plenty of slugs to choose from. The place is literally filled with them. I still contend they should have been vetted and purged from the various agencies from the very beginning. But here we are.
Trump has been asking since last month why Justice Department official Bruce Ohr still has a job. He’s definitely getting ready to fire Obama’s top swamp slug.
The president asked, “how the hell” he is still employed after he testified on Capitol Hill about his relationship with former British spy Christopher Steele and his ties to the now infamous anti-Trump dossier. That’s a very good question and I think we’d all like an answer to it.
“How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department?” Trump tweeted. “Disgraceful! Witch Hunt!” Truer words were never spoken in my opinion.
From Fox News in August:
“Republicans allege that Ohr played a key role in selling the so-called Steele dossier, commissioned by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Ohr was grilled over his involvement behind closed doors on Tuesday by the House Oversight and Judiciary committees
“Messages indicate Ohr continued to communicate with dossier author Steele after the FBI fired him as a source in late 2016 due to his contacts with the media.
“I don’t know if it’s improper but I want to know who at DOJ knew and it certainly looks like he continued to meet with Mr. Steele after the FBI had terminated their relationship with Mr. Steele,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News ahead of the Tuesday meeting.
“Ohr’s wife Nellie worked at Fusion as a Russian specialist and did research that formed part of the dossier.
“Ohr, who joined the Justice Department in 1991 and eventually was named the associate deputy attorney general before being demoted amid the investigation into his meetings with Steele, did not reply to questions shouted by reporters before his hearing on Tuesday.
“At least seven Republican House members traveled to Washington over the August recess for the interview. No Democratic lawmakers appeared to attend, though staff were in the room.
“Democrats say the entire GOP investigation is an attempt to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller. They have criticized the Republicans’ focus on Ohr as overblown and misleading.
“With Paul Manafort in jail, Michael Cohen in court, and a host of longtime Trump confidants cooperating with federal prosecutors, we can understand why Republicans are increasingly desperate to create a distraction and undermine the Department of Justice as a hedge against what the investigators may find,” Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., said Wednesday in a joint statement.
“The two lawmakers added: “Mr. Ohr has already been forced to endure President Trump’s baseless Twitter attacks. Yesterday’s interview was merely a doubling down of that strategy.” Nadler and Cummings serve as ranking members on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees respectively.”
How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department? Disgraceful! Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Trump had previously gone after Ohr and said that it was a “disgrace” for Ohr to be in the Justice Department and added that he suspects he’ll “very quickly” revoke his security clearance.
That tweet, combined with his revoking of the security clearance for former CIA Director John Brennan, has drawn strong criticism from a number of people in the intelligence community and raised questions of whether Trump may be obstructing the Mueller investigation.
Trump wants Ohr fired over the Russia investigation and he’s also taking swipes at Attorney General Jeff Sessions over it. “Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions ‘Justice’ Department? A total joke!” Trump tweeted. Hard to argue with that sentiment.
Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions “Justice” Department? A total joke!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018
If Ohr has his security clearance revoked, he will be instantly severely hampered in doing his job. Which makes the argument that he should just be fired as President Trump wants.
Ohr was demoted late last year after it was revealed he had contacts with Christopher Steele who authored the Russia dossier. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, also worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign. Trump and other Republicans have used those ties to argue the special counsel’s Russia probe is tainted by bias.
“‘Bruce Ohr is at the center of FALSE ALLEGATIONS which led to a multi-million dollar investigation into what apparently didn’t happen.’ Darrell Issa, House Oversight. We can take out the word ‘apparently,'” Trump said in another tweet, citing the Republican congressman’s comments on Fox News.
Trump is right to call for removing Ohr. I’m just sad it wasn’t done much, much sooner.
“Bruce Ohr is at the center of FALSE ALLEGATIONS which led to a multi-million dollar investigation into what apparently didn’t happen.” Darrell Issa, House Oversight. We can take out the word “apparently.” @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018
Trump Just Nailed Kavanaugh Accuser To The Wall With Blunt Sudden Announcement
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been in a whirlwind of controversy since a few weeks ago. Ever since an accuser came out and said she was sexually assaulted by him the process has been in turmoil. Now, President Trump has made an announcement regarding Judge Kavanaugh and it is going to nail Kavanaugh’s accuser to the wall.
The New York Times reported,
“After a tense night of legal brinkmanship, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee late Friday told lawyers for the woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault that they can have until 2:30 p.m. Saturday to negotiate the terms of their client’s testimony before the panel next week.
The chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, made his announcement on Twitter shortly before midnight, after lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford sent an angry email accusing his staff of bullying their client. He directed his tweet to Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, who has flatly denied the assault and has said he is eager to testify to clear his name.
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
“Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate,” Mr. Grassley wrote, using Twitter shorthand. “She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive.”
In an email to the lawyers, aides to Mr. Grassley said that they “absolutely must hear by 2:30 p.m.” that Dr. Blasey — who also goes by her married name, Ford — has agreed to their terms for testifying. It was not clear precisely what those terms were.
The late-night missives were the latest twist in a legal tango that has riveted Washington, with a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court hanging in the balance. The back-and-forth has also infuriated Mr. Trump, who lashed out on Friday at Dr. Blasey on Twitter, saying that if the attack “was as bad as she says,” she or her parents would have reported it to the authorities when it happened more than 30 years ago.
The comment was Mr. Trump’s first direct attack on Dr. Blasey, 51, a research psychologist in Northern California who has accused Judge Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed, grinding his body against her and muffling her screams at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s. She has said that she is willing to testify publicly, though not on Monday, the date Mr. Grassley had scheduled a hearing.
Throughout the day on Friday, Dr. Blasey’s lawyers and Senate Judiciary Committee aides tried to work out details like how many photographers and television cameras would be in the room (Dr. Blasey, fearful of being mobbed by the news media, wanted one of each); who would ask the questions (Republicans wanted an outside lawyer, Dr. Blasey favored senators); and what day the session would take place (Dr. Blasey asked for Thursday, Republicans wanted Wednesday).
But as the workday drew to a close, Mr. Grassley announced that the judiciary panel would vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Monday morning unless negotiators reached an agreement by 10 p.m. Friday. One of Dr. Blasey’s lawyers, Debra S. Katz, responded a few hours later with a blistering email, accusing Mr. Grassley’s aides of pressuring her client “to agree to conditions you find advantageous to the nominee,” and of imposing “aggressive and artificial deadlines” whose “sole purpose is to bully Dr. Ford.”
Ms. Katz asked for an additional day to negotiate, and in the end, Mr. Grassley acquiesced.
But he did not seem happy about it. In a follow-up tweet sent after the one directed to Judge Kavanaugh, Mr. Grassley wrote: “With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor.” He was referring to Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.
Dr. Blasey’s allegations, which for weeks had been kept secret by the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, have knocked the White House and its conservative allies — who fear that their chance to remake the court is slipping away — on their heels.
In a bizarre turn, one of those allies, the conservative legal analyst Edward Whelan, posted pictures on Twitter on Thursday night of a high school classmate of Judge Kavanaugh’s — with the man’s name — and suggested that the man was responsible for the assault. On Friday, facing condemnation from liberals and conservatives alike, Mr. Whelan apologized.
In his tweet on Friday, Mr. Trump called on Dr. Blasey to produce contemporaneous law enforcement reports “so that we can learn date, time, and place!” Dr. Blasey, who was around 15 at the time of the assault, has said publicly that she did not report it to the authorities, and that she does not recall exactly when it took place. Experts say many women are reluctant to come forward and report sexual assaults, in part because they fear they will not be believed.
Mr. Trump’s broadside outraged many women, some of whom took to social media and the news media to reveal their own stories of long-ago sexual assaults. Patti Davis, the daughter of President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, wrote an opinion article for The Washington Post revealing that she was raped about 40 years ago, and like Dr. Blasey, is hazy on the details.
As a result of the controversy, hundreds of women went to social media to share their stories of sexual assault. One, in particular, is former First Daughter Patti Davis, who was the daughter of President Reagan. She wrote an opinion article for the Washington Post about the alleged incident where she revealed she was raped 40 years ago, and like the Kavanaugh accuser, does not remember a lot about the details of the night.
President Trump went to Twitter however when he went to Twitter to discuss the investigation there were allegations he did so against the advice of his aides. The risk was that President Trump could come off as a bully, which could potentially make the bitter visions between both parties worse.
Until Friday, President Trump was largely leaving the investigation to the Senate Judiciary Committee to handle the sexual assault accusations. There are rumors that he was being repeatedly reminded by his legislative aides how important it was for Congress to get Judge Kavanaugh confirmed on the Supreme Court.
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