The Jury Talks Back

8/2/2019

Trump’s Pick For Director Of National Intelligence Will Remain In Congress

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 4:00 pm

[guest post by Dana]

President Trump made the announcement while simultaneously defending Ratcliffe and blaming the media:

Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media. Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people….

….John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.

Ratcliffe’s statement:

“I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation, however untrue, to become a purely political and partisan issue. The country we all love deserves that it be treated as an American issue.”

This comes on the heels of a report in the Washington Post which suggested that Ratcliffe’s level and scope of experience wasn’t quite what he had claimed.

Maybe Trump should consider Will Hurd as a replacement…

ADDED: Trump provides a fuller look at how he views the vetting process and how the media plays a part in it:

…on the South Lawn, he suggested coverage of his nominees was part of the vetting process.

“I get a name, I give it out to the press and you vet for me. A lot of time you do a very good job. Not always,” Trump told reporters. “If you look at the vetting process for the White House, it is very good, but you are part of the vetting process. I give out a name to the press and you vet for me, we save a lot of money that way.”

“But in the case of John, I really believe that he was being treated very harshly and very unfairly,” he added.

–Dana

Elijah Cummings’ Home Burglarized, Police Say

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 7:16 am

[guest post by Dana]

This is unfortunate:

Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore home was broken into over the weekend, police and a report said Thursday.

The burglary took place Saturday around 3:40 a.m. at the house in the 200 block of Madison Avenue, a Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman said.

According to local outlet WJZ, that is where the Democratic congressman lives. It’s still unclear if anything was stolen, cops said.

The break-in occurred several hours before President Trump accused the House Oversight Committee chair on Twitter of being a “brutal bully” and called Cummings’ district a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and a “very dangerous place.”

President Trump reacted to the break-in on Twitter:

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My unpopular opinion: If it was anyone else but Trump saying this, I would assume that it was a heartfelt gesture. But this is Trump we’re talking about, and history has shown that such a charitable read would be foolish. So I’m just going to say: what a deplorable response from the president. In light of his very recent attacks on Cummings and his city, it would have been best if the president had simply remained silent.

–Dana


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