Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Trump claims conflict of interest laws don't apply to him, and he's right.

Wait you thought I was going to follow the rules? That's just adorable.
Courtesy of HuffPo: 

President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times Tuesday that laws around conflicts of interest don’t apply to him, and he can simply keep running his businesses from the White House. 

“In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly,” Trump said, according to tweets from New York Times reporters interviewing the president-elect Tuesday. “There’s never been a case like this.” 

Wait, can he get away with this?

The answer is yes.

He is technically correct on both counts. 

Federal conflict of interest laws do not apply to the president of the United States, and the obvious conflicts of interest created from his ownership of a global real estate empire are unprecedented in the nation’s history. Just because the federal laws mandating other federal officials to place their assets into a true blind trust run by an independent trustee do not apply to the president, does not mean that Trump’s conflicts of interest are not real. 

Trump seems to think otherwise: “The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”

When Trump says that "the law's totally on my side" what he means is that he will not get prosecuted for not following these guidelines, and he is absolutely right. 

After all who is going to go after him on this?

His Justice Department?

A Republican Congress?

Nope, nobody.

This is why you do not elect a megalomaniac to the highest office in the land.

They believe they can get away with anything already, and once they enter the White House, for all intents and purposes, they can.

Trump supporters are not going to see the swamp get drained, they are simply going to see a whole new creature emerge from its depths.


  1. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Welcome to the wilderness asshole.

    1. Anonymous12:12 PM

      What's a wilderness asshole?

      ...wilderness, asshole?
      Who are you referring to?

    2. Anonymous1:05 PM

      Welcome to the wilderness asshole.

      That's what Barstool texted Duhkota when he moved into her house. She also sent him a picture of her playing the harmonica with her pootietang.

      Just a guess. It's out there. People are talking about it. Ask Cokie Roberts.

    3. Anonymous2:19 PM


    4. Your silly asshole comments are not as witty or scintillating as you think they are.

      They're downright stupid.

    5. Anonymous7:25 PM

      your right, trump's administration is one giant quagmire.

    6. Anonymous8:20 PM

      Nefer, which of the comments were you referring to?

      I've seen so many "stupid" "asshole" comments on this blog lately that I can't tell anymore which ones I am supposed to dislike without someone telling me.

    7. Anonymous12:45 AM

      Yeah. You are Welcome ASSHOLE, Thanks for giving us that ASSHOLE. You can bet that the ASSHOLE RIGGER will not be a ASSHOLE happy camper in the wilderness OUThouse party. Wont be no ASS kissers there.

  2. Anonymous11:42 AM

    JHC! We are in one fucking mess with this asshole at the helm. Good God Almighty - please protect us - we are going to be in dire straights!

  3. Anonymous12:01 PM

    I'm thankful computer scientist are lookung closely at voting.

    1. Anonymous2:21 PM

      The elections done. Nothing is changing just because some nerds didn't like the end result. Suck it ups buttercups.

    2. Anonymous7:27 PM

      The elections done.
      Gosh you can’t even write that simple sentence correctly.

      By the way the election is not done until it is certified and the Electoral College has “voted”.

    3. Anonymous12:48 AM

      I'm thankful and hopeful that juctice will remove that toxic waste from our ears and eyes. NEW ELECTION straight up paper ballot vote. NO RIGGERS allowed.

  4. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Read Trevor Potter in the Washington Post about the Emolument Clause of the Constitution.
    Watch Keith Olbermann's YouTube post today about the 25th Amendment.
    His actions can be declared unConstitutional, and the Constitution allows for a non-impeachment way for the Republicans to make Mike Pence the Acting President, no matter what Donald Trump wants. It could happen.

    1. Anonymous2:22 PM

      You should start living with the reality that Trump is going to be President, instead of hanging on to every one of these fluff pieces that mean nothing.

    2. Anonymous7:28 PM

      @2;22 pm

      Are you scared? Hardly fluff pieces.

    3. Anonymous12:54 AM

      But even pense cannot assume the presidency if the election was rigged. The only way is to throw out the rigged results and demand new election without 16 liars. The republicans lost. They know, we know and the world knows it. And they will confess and pay before it is over.

    4. Anonymous8:38 AM

      Yes, fluff pieces. I deal in reality. You must pleasure in repeated dissapointment.

  5. Anonymous12:11 PM

    I think this is the end of our USA as we know it. No idea, what will happen if he really does get inaugurated. I put my hopes on the computer scientists who are demanding an audit of several state's voting computers.
    No idea why Obama is against this. The election was stolen from the People by a few computers in a few states. We got a narcissistic megalomaniac who is a pedophyle, a misogynist, a racist, a convoluted P.O.S.
    This is NOT the country I adopted as my own country!

    1. Anonymous2:01 PM

      Then go back to your country of origin. This is how the American political process works. Didn't you learn that in your citizenship classes?

    2. Anonymous2:17 PM

      Go back to your country of origin if you don't like how American democracy works. You won't be missed.

    3. Anonymous2:32 PM

      As is Jill Stein, a third party could prove useful - for once.

    4. Anonymous1:02 AM

      201? this is how the RIGGED usa political system works? really? Are you saying that RIGGERS are the new normal usa election process? Really? And so you are ok with RIGGERS and LIARS because why? I don't give a flying rigger ratz azz whom you voted for but I do have concern about a fellow American considering a rigged election normal.

  6. Anonymous12:24 PM

    There are two ways to take that statement, "There is no conflict of interest when I am the president." The first way would be, "Try and catch me. Impeachment? What? With a Republican Congress and Senate? LOL."

    The other way to read that sentence is that when you are the president there should be no appearance of any conflict of interest. Your job is to defend and support the constitution. Even though you were not elected by a majority of the people, the electoral votes fell your way and that means that you work for the American people who put you there. That is and should be your only job. Using your political position to get zoning or the windmills moved is a no no, bigly.

  7. Anonymous12:33 PM

    Richard Painter, an ethics lawyer, has been on CNN and MSNBC a lot lately talking about Trump's BS. He was in the Bush WH but really is a decent guy and a lawyer who knows his stuff when it comes to ethics in the govt. He filed a complaint against Comey on Oct. 30 and is watching Trump, so I expect that he'll file a complaint anytime one is warranted. There are many things Trump needs to be worried about when it comes to breaking laws. In general it may be the case that some conflict of interest law doesn't apply to the pres but to other govt. personnel, but there are so many ways by which Trump can break the law and have to face consequences.

  8. Anonymous12:35 PM

    Good NPR Q&A article:

  9. Anonymous12:38 PM

    Another useful article on this stuff:

  10. Anonymous12:51 PM

    We are SO screwed.

    1. Anonymous1:21 PM

      Who's we? My last name starts with a T

  11. Anonymous12:56 PM

    Herr Drumph wants to be Emperor of the World. He will set up his platform through the Presidency. He will make yuuuge fortunes. He will buy whatever he wants, and bully the rest of us who have nothing to enhance his megalomaniac psyche.

    Herr Drumph has an end game. And it's all about his wealth and power.

    I really think Herr Drumph is the most dangerous candidate to ever take high office. And he is surrounded with his sycophants. Who will say "NO" to Herr Drumph?

    1. Anonymous1:46 PM

    2. No, 1:46.

      The electoral college will not say no to Drumpf.

      The recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania that Jill Stein is stepping up to pay for won't change the outcome either. They will just expose even MORE corruption in this corrupt election.

  12. Anonymous1:13 PM


    You are not dealing with just any old rich guy who will screw you and your country over within the blink of an eye.

    You are now dealing with El Presidente, the old rich guy who has the power to screw you and your country over within the blink of an eye.

    We are here to pay to play baby if you know what I mean?

    You need some economic help?
    You need some protecction? (not misspelled)
    Need some earthquake disaster relief?
    Your people are starving?
    Need a boycott or two lifted?
    Need someone to take your side during a territorial dispute?
    You want our warships to take or continue to take shore leave in your country?
    Your people are pounding at the gates and want to overthrow you?
    Need a friend to look the other way during a drug or weapon deals?
    Need a heads up when the Federales are coming?

    Talk to me, not directly
    We are here to pay to play
    People the store is now open

    First what can you do for
    El Presidente?

    Got any lakeside or ocean front property?

    Any drop dead women who don't mind getting their lady parts massaged?

    Have any banks with 0% interest?

    Want to buy a bottle of soda for a $1,000,000 in a brown paper bag?

    I can't think of everything, work with me, be creative.

    1. Anonymous1:46 PM

      Will a suitcase be okay?

    2. Anonymous1:49 PM

      We need protection from Putin.

      How much?

    3. And if they cross them he can vaporize them.

  13. Anonymous1:20 PM


    1. Anonymous1:31 PM

      "“To be clear: Certified results in just one Wisconsin county bring Trump’s margin of victory down almost 7 percent."

    2. Anonymous1:44 PM

      2 Million and counting...

    3. Anonymous2:02 PM

      Lol. Politicususa again.

      Good luck with the hopey dreamys they offer you lol.

    4. Anonymous2:11 PM

      Computer Scientists And Election Lawyers Urge Hillary Clinton To Challenge Election Results

    5. Anonymous2:16 PM

      Hahahaha. Keep dreaming losers. Sour grapes don't win elections retroactively.

  14. Anonymous1:29 PM

    This is the single most dangerous thing Donald Trump said in his New York Times interview

    1. Except he's not exempt from the emoluments clause and it specifically lists it as one of the grounds for IMPEACHMENT.

      If he wants to test that, he can go ahead. I'd love for him to be impeached as the last act in an election that has broken all tradition and history.

      The only downside would be that we'd get President Mike Pence.

  15. Anonymous1:31 PM

    Fox Can’t Believe People Would Question An Elected President’s Legitimacy

    Fox News is literally pretending that they treated President Obama with nothing but respect.

    The reality, however, is the complete opposite as Fox News and Republicans spent eight years calling President Obama an illegitimate president and working against him to make him fail.

    They rejected President Obama’s call for unity from the very beginning, questioned his citizenship, obstructed, demonized, and whined.

    Fox News served as the Republican’s anti-Obama propaganda machine for all eight years.

    But now that Donald Trump is being given the same treatment across the country, Fox News is throwing a hissy fit about it.

    They expect everyone across the country to bow down and kiss Trump’s ass and anyone who doesn’t do so is branded as a traitor or un-American.

    It’s hypocrisy of the highest order.

    1. Anonymous2:59 PM

      You've said it perfectly. And thanks for the links.

    2. Sauce for the gander.

      I say cook their goose but good.

      A president elected through FRAUD (Russian, FBI, voter disenfranchisement, etc.) is NOT an elected president.

      The election was CORRUPT.

      I have every right to say NOT MY PRESIDENT.

    3. Anonymous8:36 AM

      It was not rigged or corrupt. He is your President elect, and will be your President. Especially to you medieval fair gooballs, as you clearly need leadership.

  16. Anonymous1:33 PM

    Trump Team Says Elton John Is Performing At Inauguration, Elton John Tells Trump To Go F*ck Himself

    During an interview with BBC, Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci claimed that openly gay singer Elton John will be performing at Trump’s inauguration on January 20th.

    “Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for inauguration,” Scaramucci said, adding that John’s appearance “shows our commitment to gay rights.”

    “This will be the first American president in US history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance,” Scaramucci continued.

    There’s just one problem. Apparently, Trump and his team failed to ask Elton John first.

    Because after hearing about this claim, Elton John told Trump to go f*ck himself.

    First a representative for John made it crystal clear that the openly gay artist isn’t going anywhere near Trump’s inauguration. “Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration,” the rep said.

    Then John’s publicist Fran Curtis rejected the claim more emphatically. “Incorrect. He will NOT be performing.”

    Donald Trump may be a fan of Elton John, but the feeling is far from mutual. John supported Hillary Clinton for president and said of Trump just last month that, “We need a humanitarian in the White House, not a barbarian.”

    1. Anonymous7:33 PM

      guess that leaves draft dodger ted poopy pants nugent to provide the entertainment.

    2. Don't cry, Donny. I'm sure you can get Ted Nugent to perform.

  17. Chenagrrl1:38 PM

    So maybe he can't make overt pitches from the WH, but his kids, Skittles, Bangle and TeaThief are free to do whatever they want.

  18. Anonymous1:40 PM

    Thank you Jill Stein! Recount Johnson too please!

    1. They'll recount ALL of the votes. That's the point. She's not doing this for herself. She's doing it to put Hillary in place of Trump. Trump is not the friend of the Green Party so the enemy of my enemy is my friend. She wants to overturn Trump in favor of Hillary. Stein is the only one willing to step up and pay for the recounts in the three suspicious states. Clinton's campaign is just rolling over and playing dead and Gary Johnson is a doofus.

    2. Anonymous10:16 PM

      Gary Johnson as a fiscally minded Libertarian doesn't waste money on fruitless ventures.

  19. Anonymous1:41 PM

    You can be 100% positive that this is the only reason he ran for president.

    The only reason.

  20. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Trump Hit With Thanksgiving Surprise As Green Party Files For Recount In WI, MI, and PA

  21. Anonymous1:46 PM

    If all of this is true (I didn't vote for Trump!) why aren't politicians in Congress - Democrats and Independents doing something to counter this awful man?

    It seems as though nothing opposition wise is going on - only the Republicans ready to tear apart Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

    Do the American people need to come out and rise up to his regime? Are we expected to be the force against Trump vs our elected politicians? None of this makes sense to me!

    Or, is his pending presidency being blown out of proportion? Americans don't know what they can believe!

    And, Trump loves saying one thing and then changing his mind. A great leader to be? Hell no, is my thought!

    1. Because they are in the minority now and will be in the minority after the new Congress is sworn in.

      Plus you've always got some DINOs and the spineless that roll over and play dead in the name of can't we all get along.

  22. Anonymous1:50 PM

    The Constitution is not a living document. But it archaic 240 year old language suits some people just fine (NRA and Trump to name but two).

    1. That's what the Supreme Court is for. There are still only 8.

      Probably a good thing considering Trump's likely appointee.

      "One of President-elect Donald Trump’s possible choices to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court of the United States is a judge whose career is marked with anti-LGBT acts.

      William H. Pryor, Jr., is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta. His name has been mentioned as one of multiple potential nominees for the SCOTUS seat. Pryor’s anti-LGBT agenda certainly makes him stand out. "

      “This Court has never recognized a fundamental right to engage in sexual activity outside of monogamous heterosexual marriage, let alone to engage in homosexual sodomy,” Pryor wrote in his brief. “Such a right would be antithetical to the ‘traditional relation of the family’ that is ‘as old and as fundamental as our entire civilization.’”

      $20 says this is Pence's pick.

  23. Anonymous2:11 PM

    America Gets A Reminder Of How Good A President Obama Is During Turkey Pardon

    ...The President said:

    Of course, we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Six straight years of job creation, the longest streak ever, low unemployment, wages are rising again, inequality is narrowing. The housing market is healing. The stock market has nearly tripled. Our high school graduation is at an all-time high, and our uninsured rate is at an all-time low thanks to the twenty million Americans, including millions of children who finally know the security of health insurance….Proud families are finally complete now that marriage equality is the law of the land, and there are many families of service members who had empty chairs at the table in recent years, but who in this Thanksgiving can celebrate with our brave troops and veterans who we’ve welcomed home.


    1. Rub it in.


      This time next year, you are going to be sorry you put that orange fascist in the white house.

  24. Anonymous2:23 PM

    The media is giving Trump Jr. a pass on his Russia connection and the internet is furious

    1. Anonymous8:31 PM

      So how is this not treason?

  25. Anonymous2:31 PM

    enoulement - look it up.. And yes, a couple of p. o.ed congresscritters can do some major damage on that.

    1. You'll have better luck if you spell it correctly :


      "The Foreign Emoluments Clause in Article I, section 9, provides that “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States] shall, without the Consent of Congress, accept of [sic] any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”"

      Like a $4,000 golf club.

      "Not long after he took office, President Obama sought advice from the Justice Department about a potential conflict of interest involving a foreign government. He wanted to know whether he could accept the Nobel Peace Prize."

      "It took David J. Barron, a Justice Department official who is now a federal appeals court judge in Boston, 13 single-spaced pages to answer Mr. Obama’s question."

      "Two things were clear, he wrote. The Emoluments Clause “surely” applied to the president, and the prize, which included a check for about $1.4 million, was the sort of thing that would be barred if it came from a foreign state. In the end, however, Mr. Barron concluded that Mr. Obama could accept the prize because the committee that chose him was independent of the Norwegian government and the prize itself was privately financed.

      But he said that the answer would be different if a foreign government sought to make a payment to a sitting president. In a footnote, Mr. Barron added, “Corporations owned or controlled by a foreign government are presumptively foreign states under the Emoluments Clause.”"

      "The way to address violations of the clause, Mr. Painter said, is not a lawsuit but impeachment."

  26. Anonymous3:41 PM

    Clinton Now Leads Trump By More Than 2 Million Ballots In Popular Vote
    And her lead is projected to continue increasing.

    There are still a few million ballots left to count, and they’re expected to be disproportionately for Clinton.

  27. Anonymous4:23 PM

  28. Anonymous7:53 PM

    The theme music of the inauguration is going to be Money, Money, Money, which he will steal from the apprentice show.

    It’s not like we don’t know exactly what slippery, little fingers trump plans to do, enrich himself at the cost of the country.

    He has already given us numerous examples, he is not going to change just because he lowered himself to be sworn in as president.

    1. Anonymous2:12 PM

      Yes trump will fuck us all, but Bannon will fuck the country. Putin will become World Czar.


    "When President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 9, he mentioned one of his Turkish business partners as a “close friend” and passed on his remarks that he is “your great admirer.”

    The twinned Trump Towers bear the president-elect’s name in Istanbul. Dogan Holding, a massive media and real estate conglomerate in Turkey, owns the conjoined buildings and pays the Trump Organization to license the Trump name and brand. It can now rely on that name and brand to be sitting in the Oval Office and singing its praises to President Erdogan.

    In his call with the Turkish leader, Trump passed on praise for Erdogan from Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, son-in-law of Dogan Holding owner Aydin Dogan and former president of the Dogan Media Group. His wife, Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindage, sits on the board of Dogan Holding. He’s friends with the Trump family and had worked closely on the Trump Towers project in Istanbul. On election night, he attended Trump’s shocking victory celebration at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan."

    "One week after his election, he welcomed three of his Indian business partners to Trump Tower in Manhattan. The Trump Organization is involved in at least five real estate deals in India. Ivanka Trump, despite her supposed separate role as head of the Trump business, joined her father last week for his in-person meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe." (Who gave Trump a $4,000 gold club.)

    Can we say BRIBE? Can we say Emolument? Can we say IMPEACHMENT?

    "Further, Trump recently told British politician and former head of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage that he should help lead the opposition to offshore wind farms in Britain. Trump has long opposed the construction of such offshore wind farms near his golf course in Scotland. When the New York Times asked Trump on Tuesday if he had this conversation with Farage, he said, “I might have brought it up.” "

  30. Anonymous12:38 AM

    But. Let us back up to the RIGGED election of 2016. The criminal intent to commit espionage, treason and cause harm to America. Without a rigged election this person would not be in our life another day. He did not win fair and square and he cannot be awarded. He did not win the election, he rigged it. And the FEC must step in and make it right. Our forefathers did not account for this type of criminal nonsense to exist or that we the people would have to suffer through. Never back down from the fact. The election was rigged and must be corrected.

  31. Anonymous1:05 AM

    Time to send in the little dogs. Mccain and boyz must follow the RIGGERS to the gates of hell and bring the RIGGERS to justice. LOCK THE RIGGERS UP LOCK THE RIGGERS UP LOCK THE RIGGERS UP LOCK THE RIGGERS UP LOCK THE RIGGERS UP LOCK THE RIGGERS UP FOREVER.

    1. Anonymous8:30 AM

      (someone is living in a fantasy world, and losing their mind)

    2. Anonymous2:15 PM

      And exactly how long ago was your lobotomy?

  32. Anonymous1:06 AM

    Lock the riggers up. LOCK THEM UP.

  33. Anonymous1:16 AM

    Since most americans online were hacked and affected by the espionage, if you kept the evidence or submitted to legit honest authority handling the federal case this will help build the class action too. Damages from the known LIARS and RIGGERS are mounting. Charges are compiling and riggers will be in court for the rest of their miserable lifes.


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