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Virtually All Trump-Led Organizations Under Investigation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 5:16 pm

Washington Post:

Two years after Donald Trump won the presidency, nearly every organization he has led in the past decade is under investigation.

Trump’s private company is contending with civil suits digging into its business with foreign governments and with looming state inquiries into its tax practices.

Trump’s 2016 campaign is under scrutiny by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, whose investigation into Russian interference has already led to guilty pleas by his campaign chairman and four advisers.

Trump’s inaugural committee has been probed by Mueller for illegal foreign donations, a topic that the incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman plans to further investigate next year.

Trump’s charity is locked in an ongoing suit with New York state, which has accused the foundation of “persistently illegal conduct.”

The mounting inquiries are building into a cascade of legal challenges that threaten to dominate Trump’s third year in the White House. In a few weeks, Democrats will take over in the House and pursue their own investigations into all of the above — and more.

How you perceive this is almost certainly driven by your view of the man. Do you think he’s a con artist and a clown? Then you’re likely to react to this by saying: “Good.” Do you think he’s a Hero of the People who has been unfairly targeted by the Deep State? Then you probably see this as a very bad thing — perhaps close to treason.

Either way, lots of good drama headed your way with the Reality Show Presidency. Season Three is going to be a blockbuster. Too bad we can’t binge watch it all now.

Ah, even watching it day to day will feel like binge-watching anyway.


  1. Came here to avoid a shouting match. I’m decidedly more luke warm on Trump than you are Patterico. I see some good out of his administration (judicial picks, some of the deregulation, especially regarding environmental issues (I’m an enviro attorney so I may see more of this daily than others), ditching the Paris agreement, etc.). I also see a lot of bad. I hate his temperament, I hate his dishonesty, I hate his trade policies, etc. I could not bring myself to vote for him.

    But, I also like that he doesn’t bow to the liberal media overlords (not that I agree with the way he goes about it, though).

    Point to all this is that I’m not sure how to feel about this. I get notifications on my phone from WaPo, CNN, FoxNews, and the AP and I will say I see a decidedly more negative tilt to them during the Trump administration that Obama’s (but, that’s not surprising). So, when this notification popped up, my first reaction was to groan and roll my eyes at the press. It does seem to me that when one negative narrative fails, they switch quickly to another. If the Russian narrative is cooling, they switch to campaign finance, etc.

    So, I just don’t know what to make of this. I think the President is dishonest and I would not be surprised if his businesses ventures had some shady (and illegal) practices. But, I also think Obama was a liar and if the press had been 1% as motivated by truth as they are since 2016, things may be different…

    (TL;DR: help! I don’t know what to think!!!!).

    Comment by Ryan — 12/17/2018 @ 5:51 am

  2. Why character matters in a President:

    Thus, Publius argues that self-government is possible and indeed desirable, but only under certain conditions. The two most important conditions are properly structured governing institutions and a virtuous people. Government is structured properly when it conforms to the great principles newly discovered by political science: checks and balances, separation of powers, the scheme of representation, the division of political authority between the national and state governments, and the like. These structures divide political power so as to make unlikely the concentration of too much power in one person or office, and to make government responsive to the will of the people, as contrasted with the immediate expression of every caprice and passion of the people. They also enlist the self-interest of the elected representative in the support of those very constitutional structures that are intended to secure our rights.

    Proper structure must be supplemented, however, with moral and civic virtue. Without the virtues of self-restraint and public spiritedness in particular, free government, no matter how well structured, would be impossible. As Publius states, virtue is especially critical in a civil society dedicated to securing individual rights, as ours is. Without self-restraint, dedication to securing individual rights can easily be transformed into a sanction for self-indulgence and selfishness, to the detriment of our fellow citizens.

    Neither Party cares about character anymore, so we have become a nation of factions. It is nice when the President agrees with my faction’s goals, as Trump generally does, but it isn’t good.

    Comment by DRJ — 12/17/2018 @ 7:44 am

  3. Our leaders need character because that is where self-restraint comes from. Presidents need self-restraint so they don’t become power mad authoritarians. Legislators need self-restraint so they enact proper laws/funding and avoid overreach/overspending. And judges need self-restraint to keep them from approving all government spending/acts (just because it is government) or becoming legislators themselves.

    Comment by DRJ — 12/17/2018 @ 10:58 am

  4. There was also a time when we looked up to our leaders – not that they were perfect, but that they embodied positive things about our country: Kennedy’s youthful vigor, Reagan’s optimism, etc.

    Gerald Ford was no JFK or Reagan, but I still admired him during my formative years.

    I tremble to imagine how the example Trump sets will pollute the minds of today’s children and young adults.

    Comment by Dave — 12/18/2018 @ 12:27 pm

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