United States Federal Government Could Follow Huawei Ban With Hikvision Blacklist

Just last month, in April 2019, the United States federal government enacted regulations that prevented government agencies and government-funded entities from purchasing any and all products from the Chinese electronic and telecommunication giants Huawei and ZTE.

Further, last week, the United States Department of Commerce prevented Huawei, formally known as Huawei Technologies, from being able to purchase goods from the United States.

Although United States citizens, residents, businesses, and organizations can still readily purchase goods that are either manufactured by Huawei or ZTE either directly from either of the two companies or from second-hand sellers, Huawei and ZTE both are adamantly against the U.S. legislation, which has caused U.S.-based non-government buyers to begin switching to other brands of electronics. Recently, Huawei sued the United States federal government in response to the bans, alleging that it did not go through with due process in determining that the company’s interests were inherently against that of the U.S. government.

According to recent reports from The New York Times, the Trump administration could be on the verge of restricting Hikvision, yet another Chinese company, from purchasing technology from companies based in the United States.

Hikvision, formally known as Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd., is a video surveillance equipment supplier and manufacturer that was founded in 2001. All controlling, voting shares of the company are owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China. As such, the U.S. federal government likely considers Hikvision’s interests as inherently being in line with those of the Chinese government.

The New York Times reported yesterday, Tuesday, May 21, that the U.S. federal government is contemplating placing Hikvision on a blacklist that would effectively require companies in the United States to apply with the U.S. Commerce Department in order to sell goods to Hikvision, which currently purchases a large volume of silicon-based computer chips from U.S. manufacturers and suppliers.

One of the reasons why the Trump administration is thought to be against doing business with Hikvision is because of China’s social credit program, through which the government widely surveils its population through a vast network of cameras that employ facial-recognition technology to keep up with what its citizens do. Another reason, of course, is that the U.S. is deeply locked in a trade war with China and wants to further establish its upper hand in the two countries’ relations.

Virginia Governor Northam’s Racial Photo Investigation Completed By Law Firm

Earlier this year, headlines broke around the country after a report came out of Ralph Northam being identified in a yearbook as a man in blackface standing aside a fellow student who was decked in white robes indicative of Ku Klux Klan membership. The picture of Ralph Northam, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was published back in 1984 in the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s 1984 yearbook.

Just earlier today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, McGuireWoods, a law firm hired by Eastern Virginia Medical School to conduct an investigation into just how the racist photo found its way into the school-approved publication, announced that it had completed its inquiry.

The results, according to both Eastern Virginia Medical School and McGuireWoods, are slated to be released to the public tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 22.

Although some amount of people, which is obviously unknown, saw the picture of then-recent graduate Ralph Northam in the 1984 yearbook, the Virginia Governor didn’t start receiving widespread flak for his involvement in the racist picture until Feb. 2019, when a conservative-learning web page published a photograph of the two men standing beside one another, taken directly from the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook.

Shortly after buzz began building up as a result of the post, Democratic Virginia Governor Northam published a pair of apologies, taking the form of a social media post and a formal press release. He did, in fact, ‘fess up as one of the two men pictured in the yearbook picture.

Within a day of the Governor publishing the two apologies, countless politicians and political groups, including the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, called on Northam to resign.

Northam hasn’t since resigned. As a matter of fact, just one day after he published the pair of apologies, Northam shared with the world via an in-person press conference in the state’s capital that he felt convinced that he was not either of the men presented in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook’s racially-themed picture.

Shortly after news of his alleged depiction in the picture broke in Feb. 2019, Northam essentially became a recluse, not making any public appearances for nearly two months, though he’d begin showing his face around the state of Virginia at official public appearances in April 2019.

Fortunately for Northam, two other public scandals involving members of Virginia’s state legislature, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, took some of the spotlight off of the Governor. These two scandals broke headlines just a few days after Northam’s scandal broke.

Deutsche Bank Employees Smelled Dirty Money In Kushner And Trump’s Account in 2016

George Conway shot a couple of zinging-tweets at Trump, again. Conway told Barr his Roy Cohn un-legal attitude has to stop. Trump thinks Barr is his new Cohn. He needs a legal protector to help him take the heat off until the election. opened an insane investigation. The FBI is his target. Mr. Barr thinks Trump is right when he claims the FBI wanted to screw with his campaign, in 2016. Barr should know that’s not true. But he’s in some sort of Roy Cohn cross-legal-boundaries-frame of mind, according to the New York Times.

Trump wants to hang the FBI villains who were trying to find out why Russian businessmen supplied the Trumpster with a couple of local girls in 2015. The girls did the kind of kinky stuff in those porn publications.

Mr. Trump’s Republican army of lawmaking general seems to have a few cracks in the ranks. Congressman Justin Amash, the Republican congressman from Michigan, got on Trump’s loser list when he told the press Trump needs a good impeachment spanking.

Mike Pence acted like he knew he would beat the odds and not have a group of protesters in the audience when he gave the commencement speech at Taylor University. But Taylor wasn’t that happy to see him. Some students and faculty members decided to give Pence the Christian bird before they walked out. They didn’t want Pence acting like he’s a good Christian when he commits unchristian-like acts every day. And they didn’t want Pence to go into that Trump pep talk mode of his. But most of the people stayed and suffered through Mr. Blue Suit’s version of the world according to the Trumpster.

The president decided to put the pressure on China. Mr. Trump thinks the Chinese will bend and sign his one-sided agreement. President Xi is in no mood for another Trump problem. The Iran mess, and the way Trump treated Kim Jon Un doesn’t sit well with Xi. He knows Trump must make a deal before the election.

Anti-Money Laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank wanted the bank to report the Trump and Kushner money-laundering activity they thought they discovered in 2016 and 2017. Some of the transactions involved Trump’s ruling-breaking foundation, and the Kushner transactions were cash deals from Russians.

The computers blew up when Trump and Kushner related accounts had money-laundering written all over them. But the executives at the New York branch of Deutsche Bank didn’t report the accounts to the Treasury Department. Trump owned the bank a lot of money.

Bill Barr Laughs About His Fabulist Tendencies

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Salman decided to throw his two cents into the Iran debacle. Prince Salman claims the Houthis attacked Saudi ships with drones. Iran gave the Houthis that mission, according to the prince.

It’s no surprise the Saudi Prince Salman would want to rumble with Tehran. He’s Jared Kushner’s party buddy, and Trump likes the color of Saudi money. Instead of lowering the heat in the Middle East, Prince Salman set the area on fire. Trump keeps telling the press, “I hope not” when they ask him if he will send Bolton his tweet of approval so war-happy Bolton can shoot off a few missiles before Congress shuts him down.

Mr. Trump screwed the Chinese pooch when he told Huawei they can’t do business in the United States. Mt. Trump tried to get his negotiating team to stop Chinese tech companies from making Silicon Valley look stupid. China’s 5G technology is more advanced. Trump wants to stop them from controlling the global 5G network.

China told Trump to keep Bob Lighthizer home. The Chinese need some space away from Trump. When he blocked Huawei from doing business, President Xi had to act. Xi still hasn’t got over how Trump disrespected Kim Jon Un in Hanoi. The Chinese press said Xi Jinping wouldn’t let Trump do that to him. He might sell bigger chunks of America’s debt. Plus, China is in no hurry to make a deal. They know Trump has to make a deal before the election. That means the farmers suffer until Trump leaves office.

Mr. Trump wants to give farmers another $15 billion and a big “take one for the kipper” speech. Mitch McConnell keeps warning Trump about tariffs. Hitler had a tariff addiction too, and everyone knows how that ended.

Republican and Democratic senators who saw and heard Jared Kushner make an ass out of himself know Jared is in over his head. Kushner’s Middle East peace program never made it to first base with the Palestinians. The Palestinians don’t want Trump to build a Trump Tower on the West Bank.

Bill Barr seems to enjoy his position as Trump’s legal bodyguard. Congress thinks Bill lied when he said he didn’t know if Mueller thought his summary was a smoke screen. But Bob sent Bill a letter before Barr talked to Congress. Bob told Barr he needs therapy. Barr’s still laughing at Congress. He knows Trump has his Six.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Demands Are Rooted In Dominance

Donald Trump Jr. has a date with the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his lawyer told the press, Senator Richard Burr subpoena doesn’t mean squat to him. Don Jr. had his way with a congressional committee in 2017. Lawmakers knew it was only a matter of time before they nabbed him for breaking the law. Senator Blumenthal wants Don Jr. in an orange jumpsuit instead of prancing around throwing shade at Democrats while he has that former Fox News chick on his arm.

Mr. Trump Jr. believes he’s above the law. His dad showed him how to go around the system when Don Sr. wrote the University of Pennsylvania a big fat check so Wharton could give his often confused and ignorant son a chance to show his ass on campus. The Trump kids know they can create chaos and reap the executive privilege reward. Executive privilege doesn’t apply to Don Jr., so he might just plead the Fifth on paper or ignore the Burr subpoena.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib thinks the country has a crooked CEO in the White House. Most people know that by now. His voter base knew that years ago. That’s why they elected him, according to some news reports. During a recent interview, Tlaib said we have a corporation running the country.

Rashida told Yahoo News Trump never put his corporation in a trust when the Russians helped him get elected. And the amount of foreign dignitaries that stay at the Trump Tower in Washington is off the charts. Big Don has foreign coin flowing into his Capital One bank account while he tears up the constitution.

Kim Jon Un’s cargo ship is now in American Samoa. Trump snatched the “Wise Honest” after Kim tried to get his attention by shooting off missiles. Some reports say Kim has to show his people Trump can’t throw him to the foreign policy curb just because Ben Netanyahu needs back up if Hamas starts missile-bashing him.

Trump’s foreign policy decisions have dominance written all over them. He’s in a trade war with China. And he has his weapon hanging out in the Middle East, and he wants Iran to see how big it. Bolton and Pompeo screwed up his CIA coup in Venezuela, and now he’s not sure who he wants to fight first.

The president wants to score a 2020 campaign victory, and war may be his wild card, according to the New York Times.

Biden Surfaces As The Lead Candidate But Elizabeth Say Joe’s Old News

The Chinese are on their way to Washington for another round of trade talks. The Chinese know Trump’s additional tariff threats are just that. But they want to end the trade talk chaos Trump reigns down on them before he goes off the deep end again. China holds a strong hand in the negotiations. Mr. Trump may come away from the talks with a victory, but the experts say his victory is more hype than reality. China won’t let Trump interfere with how they run the country. But they will throw him a few trade bones to get him off their backs.

Trump doesn’t want Mueller or Don McGahn to talk to Congress. Senate leader Mitch McConnell said the Mueller case is over and the Democrats need to move on. McConnell knows he’s on a slippery political slope and he might fall off if the public finds out what the Mueller report says about Trump. Mr. Trump did try to obstruct justice, according to Mueller. Congress wants Mueller to tell the public how Trump wanted to control his investigation.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave the press a verbal thrashing for the way they treat her. She also told teachers if they want to complain they should do it on their own time. DeVos did admit she’s an introvert. She doesn’t like to be on stage and make a fool of herself but she can’t help it due to her shyness. Dick DeVos may put his foot down and make Betsy come home if Trump wins another term. He hates it when Betsy acts stupid in front of the cameras.

Elizabeth Warren told the press more than 500 U.S. prosecutors think Trump would be behind bars if he wasn’t the president. There’s enough evidence in the Mueller report to charge him. That’s why Warren wants to impeach Trump. But Nancy Pelosi thinks that’s a bad idea. She wants to beat Trump in 2020. But according to Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen Trump won’t give up the presidency without a fight if he loses. That’s why Pelosi thinks the Democrats must overwhelmingly beat Trump.

Nancy thinks Joe Biden is the candidate who can bring Democrats together. But Biden has a lot of political baggage and most of it doesn’t jibe with liberals in the party. Biden is a capitalist who wants to protect insurance and credit card companies. Plus, he still doesn’t know who the Prime Minister of England is so his foreign policy skills are more than rusty, according to his critics.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Wants To Extend Trump’s Term By Two Years

The talks with China are in a political ditch. Trump wants to force the Chinese to change the way they do business, and that’s a big ask, according to a former U.S. ambassador to China. China did agree to buy more products from the U.S., and they will lower tariffs on American-made vehicles. They also agreed to stop the seemingly unlimited supply of fentanyl that comes to the U.S. from Chinese drug factories. But they won’t let Trump tell them how they run their government. And they want all the tariffs removed when they sign an agreement. Trump doesn’t want to do that.

Trump is full of requests, thanks to the Mueller report. According to nymag.com, he wants Barr to investigate the investigators. That’s Trump’s new slogan on the campaign trail. Barr has his own issues now that the Democrats know his sole purpose as attorney general is to protect the president. The Democrats want to impeach Barr, but that won’t happen, according to the New York Times.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Barr to resign now that he showed the world he’s a liar. Barr lied to Congress when he said he didn’t know if Mueller had an issue with his four-page Trump gets-out-of-jail free card. Nancy also thinks Trump is guilty of impeachable offenses. But she knows starting the impeachment process is a waste of time. She wants the Democrats to solidly beat Trump in 2020. If it is a narrow Democratic victory, Pelosi thinks Trump will protest the vote to stay in office. She believes Trump will not leave office if a Democrat beats him by a narrow margin.

But Trump has other fires to put out now that Mueller may sit in front of Congress and tell them what he really found in his investigation. Trump claims the FBI spied on his campaign for no reason. And that’s why the investigation started. The FBI did spy after an Australian diplomat said George Papadopoulos told him the Russians had dirt on Clinton in 2016. The only way George would know that is if he talked to the Russians about exposing the Clinton dirt.

But even though Trump is up to his neck in the Washington swamp, Jerry Falwell Jr. thinks Trump deserves another two years in office. Jerry thinks Trump’s term should be six years instead of four. Falwell claims the Mueller investigation robbed Trump of two productive years. A Trump tweet confirms the president is on board with that idea. Mr. Trump believes even though he is the greatest president in history another two years in office would make him greater.

Bill Barr May Ignore Congress After His Shaky Senate Performance

President Trump knows Deutsche Bank has some revealing financial information that could make his life miserable if the German bank shares it with Congress. Deutsche Bank is Trump’s $300 million-dollar friend. Trump made friends with high-ranking German bank executives and he cut a deal, according to Congressman Adam Schiff. Schiff thinks the Trump Organization was part of a money-laundering scheme.

A NY Mag article outlined the scheme, and that was enough information for Mr. Trump. He decided to sue Deutsche Bank to stop the release of his financial records. The president also blocked the Congressional subpoenas that require his aides to tell what they know about Trump’s plan to obstruct justice by firing Bob Mueller.

Suing is part of Trump’s DNA. He has more than 4,000 lawsuits notched in his super-sized leather belt. Stopping Deutsche Bank from raining on his unethical presidential parade is standard behavior for the Trumpster. The lawsuit will give him enough time to win the election, according to Republicans. But the state of New York isn’t waiting for the lawsuit’s verdict to get Trump’s financial records. New York thinks it can get Trump’s state tax returns by using a new law.

But Trump’s lawsuits and Biden bashing took a backseat when Attorney General Bill Barr sat before the Senate Judiciary committee. Mr. Barr thought he could get away with acting like Trump’s consigliore instead of the attorney general. But when Democratic Senator Miro Hirono called Barr a liar, he knew he couldn’t sit before Congress and let the Democrats have their way with him. The Department of Justice told House Oversight Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler Mr. Barr would be a no-show for his hearing.

If Mr. Barr tells Nadler to stick his meeting up his butt, there’s not much Congress can do to get Barr to testify. Barr said he didn’t like Nadler’s question format. Nadler wants staff lawyers to question Barr. He got a taste of the type of question they would ask him when Kamala Harris caught Barr off guard with her carefully worded questions during the Senate Judiciary hearing. Chairman Lindsey Graham told Harris she was out of line, but she proved her point. Mr. Barr is Trump’s protector and he’ll stick by his no collusion, no obstruction story despite what the Mueller reports says.

Senator Hirono thinks Barr should resign. And Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the same thing. Barr did the job Trump expected when he nominated him for attorney general. But Mr. Barr legal credibility took a massive hit. But in Trumpland, legal credibility doesn’t count as much as mobster loyalty.

Russian Agent Maria Butina Receives 18-Month Prison Term

Maria Butina, a confessed Russian agent, pled for mercy moments before being sentenced for conspiring to infiltrate a group for gun rights advocates. Once the group was infiltrated, Butina and a Russian official planned to influence the thoughts of conservatives and Republicans. Butina expressed remorse to the court for her actions.

United States District Judge Tanya Chutkan provided a judgment that was in line with the desires of prosecutors. In addition to an 18-month prison sentence, Butina will be deported to her home country of Russia following her incarceration.

According to CNN, the effective start date for the sentence is the day Butina was first arrested in July. This means Butina is already credited with serving nine months of her 18-month sentence.

Butina once attended graduate school at American University where she was a public advocate for gun rights. Her lawyers asked Judge Chutkan to issue a sentence of time served and allow their client to return home to Russia.

Butina appeared at her sentencing dressed in a green prison jumpsuit and was in tears while asking the judge for leniency.

Butina told the court she was embarrassed and ashamed of her actions. She also said her parents taught her the value of higher education. Butina says her parents always encouraged her to live a lawful life and treat others well.

Butina continued by telling the court she has earned three degrees but is now a convicted felon with very limited opportunities.

Judge Chutkan chastized Butina and told her the offense she committed was not a simple mistake by an overzealous college student from a foreign country.

Butina confessed to working with a Russian Official and two Americans citizens to gain influence within the National Rifle Association. The group is closely aligned with the Republican Party and current president Donald Trump. Butina and her co-conspirators intended to create a line of communication with politicians in Washington to influence political policies.

The Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow characterized the harsh sentence received by Butina as politically motivated. The feeling of the Ministry is Butina’s status as a Russian citizen is the true reason she received the sentence.

Prosecutors say Butina did not take part in traditional activities of spies. Instead, she worked behind the scenes arranging dinners in New York and Washington. She also attended events that gave her the opportunity to meet top politicians. Her goal was to promote better relations between the United States and Russia.

Trump’s Legal Fees Top $8 Million During His First 28 Months In Office

Theresa May needs help from Mr. Trump. Her Brexit deal is a mess, and the U.K. is in a pot of political turmoil. Parliament rejected the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal with the European Union three times. But May still believes her government can hammer out a deal that Parliament will approve. But even May’s government are at odds with each other over Brexit. If May can’t get her act together and come up with a solution for the backstop clause, the U.K. may leave the EU without a deal when the extension she got from EU leaders expire, according to British news reports.

But just like all smart politicians, Theresa May wants to shake up the status quo and make a risky move. Ms. May has President Trump in her risky mix. May asked the queen to invite Trump to England for one of those royal state visits. That means Trump will be able to act like the king he thinks he is when he rides down the streets of London in a royal carriage. He will finally get the recognition he wants, but he will experience that recognition in British chaos.

Mr. Trump likes chaos, according to a Times article. He likes it when people fight over his words and actions. Trump is a die-hard fighter who likes to battle in court. And he has the legal bills to prove it. According to ABC News, the Trump campaign paid lawyers $8 million while he’s been in office. Trump’s 2019 legal fees hit $1.7 million at the end of March. And former White House attorney Don McGahn’s firm received $1.2 million of that legal fee windfall.

McGahn’s legal firm, Jones Day, is still the number one legal firm on the Trump campaign’s legal payroll. The campaign paid Jones Day $5.6 million for legal services rendered for Trump, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner.

According to ABC News, Jones Day won’t continue to reap the rewards from Trump’s court battle addiction. The Trump campaign hired a new legal team to represent the president, according to a Politico article.

Trump enormous legal bills make Obama’s $2.7 million legal expenses look like pocket change. George W. Bush only spent $260,000 in legal fees during his first two years in office. But according to Bill Clinton, he left the White House $16 million in debt because of his legal issues.

President Trump’s Campaign Raises $30 Million

President Trump’s re-election campaign has already raised over $30 million. The campaign now has a total of $40.8 million in the bank. This is more than any other presidential campaign. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, leads the Democratic fundraising.

Bernie’s campaign has raised $18.2 million in the past four months. He currently has $28 million in the bank. Nathan Gonzalez is a political insider. He stated that Trump is trying to raise as much money as possible. However, he does not believe that money will be the factor that decides who wins the 2020 election. The Democratic nominee will have a lot of money, and the president has a lot of money.

The 10 Democratic hopefuls have raised a total of $79.6 million. This is more than the Democratic nominees raised during the first quarter of 2016. Pete Buttgieg, who is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a Democratic donor enthusiasm, has raised over $7 million.

Jon Soltz is the president of Votevetz, which is a progressive group. He stated that the momentum is clearly shifting left. He also stated that the group will get behind whoever receives the Democratic nomination. Additionally, they will pool their money and donate it to the Democratic nominee.

Trump has been focused on getting re-elected ever since he took office. In fact, he filed his paperwork for reelection in January 2017. He has received a lot of financial support from anonymous online donors. The average contribution was $34.26. Ninety-nine percent of the donations were less than $200.

Even though Trump’s campaign has raised a lot of money, it does not set any records. Former President Obama did not start raising money for his re-election until April 2011. He managed to raise $47 million during the first three months of the campaign.

Trump’s Circling His Legal Wagons In The Swamp While Theresa May Battles The Gators In Her Swamp

It’s no secret. Trump likes to battle his foes in court. Sometimes Trump goes into court knowing he’ll lose, but at least the Trump name is in front of the public. Trump welcomes attention. His greatest asset is his ability to form his own reality based on his beliefs. Good or bad Trump loves to be the focal point.

According to the New Times, Mr. Trump has racked up more than 4,000 legal battles over the last 40 years, and he’s proud of them. But the legal storm that’s brewing in Congress could be his biggest legal battles ever. Thanks to Attorney General Bill Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump will be able to keep the Democrats at bay while he’s in office. But if he loses the 2020 election, Trump’s world will experience its own version of climate change.

No one expects the Democrats to impeach Mr. Trump. In fact, several political analysts think Trump will win the 2020 election. The pros say the Democratic Party is fragmented. Not all Democrats embrace Bernie Sanders and his Democratic socialism. The centrists still believe people will accept the old status quo mentality of the Obama administration. Voters want to upset the political applecart in Washington, but candidates like Joe Biden don’t want radical change.

The British Parliament acts like they don’t want change either. Prime Minister Theresa May can’t seem to get through to the Labour Party in Britain. May wants Brexit to work, but there’s too much political mud in the negotiating waters between May and the European Union. The chance of No-Brexit deal is still on the table.

Prime Minister May had to crawl back to European leaders when the agreement she carved out with Juncker and the other European counsel leaders got nixed by Parliament for the third time. The EU gave May a 6-month extension so May can get Parliament to agree on some kind of realistic deal. Some members of May’s cabinet don’t agree with May’s approach and that only complicates her attempt to leave the EU on good terms, according to British news reports.

Donald Trump thinks Theresa May messed up when she didn’t listen to his advice. Trump told May to sue the European Union to get the deal she wants.

May won’t resign even though members of Parliament and some members of her cabinet want her to go away. May will do what all good politicians do. She’ll find common ground and make Brexit a reality in one way or another, according to her supporters.

Rudy Giuliani Claims Mueller’s Investigators Are Sneaky Unethical Rabid Democrats

Congress wants to see Trump’s tax returns for the last six years. According to the New York Times, Trump did some creative financial maneuvering on his returns, and those shady entries gave him the ability to pay no taxes. Mr. Trump told the press his tax returns are in the IRS audit department. But according to the IRS, even if Trump’s tax returns were in audit mode he could still release them.

Congress found an old 1920s law that states lawmakers has a right to see any citizen’s tax returns, but Trump and the DOJ don’t care about that law. They plan to fight Congress to keep Trump’s taxes secret. Congress also wants to see Trump’s financial records. Lawmakers want his accounting firm to hand over those documents, but that’s another fight Trump plans to win. Plus, the Congressional Intelligence Committee wants to know if Trump and his organization played a role in the alleged money laundering scheme Deutsche Bank had in place with the Russian government. Trump denies he had any knowledge of a money laundering scheme.

Trump’s Barr summary victory is also in jeopardy. Mueller investigators say Barr’s summary of their report isn’t accurate. Investigators say there’s information in the report that could inflict serious damage to Trump. The Mueller report didn’t exonerate Mr. Trump. Mr. Barr did, according to the investigators. The investigators told DOJ officials Barr didn’t summarize the report the right way. They say they gave Barr information in their notes that don’t need redacting. Barr didn’t use those notes. He used his own opinion to give Trump a pass.

Rudy Giuliani told Fox News the investigators are a bunch of unethical and sneaky leakers. Rudy called them rabid Democrats who hate the president. Obviously, Rudy is in damage control mode. According to recent polls, most American want to see the complete report. Even Lindsey Graham thinks the complete Mueller report should go to Congress as soon as possible.

But despite the recent Mueller news, Trump found time to bash Joe Biden for his amorous inflections while he was vice president. Biden’s up close and personal approach with supporters doesn’t fly in the age of #MeToo. Joe apologized for acting like an infatuated schoolboy when he gets around women. Now that four women said Joe made them feel uncomfortable, Trump jumped into the Biden bashing with a video of a cartoon Joe putting his hands on Biden’s shoulders from behind. Trump added the phrase, “Welcome back Joe.”

Betsy DeVos Continues To Create Turmoil In The Education Department

When Betsy DeVos got caught trying to cut the Special Olympics budget, she claimed she is a big supporter of the Special Olympics. She couldn’t tell the public that Trump cut the funding for that popular program.

DeVos does her part to support the Special Olympics. She donated $50,000 to the Special Olympics from her government paycheck last year. And that was enough to take a little political heat off of her.

But when the news broke that just a few public servants get approved for student loan forgiveness, all the old DeVos screws ups came to the surface. Betsy sat before Congress last week and the meeting didn’t go the way she expected. She called the meeting a sham and a disgrace after Democrat Dick Durbin insinuated she reached her level of incompetence. Billionaire Betsy doesn’t like it when people call her out for upending the public school system to promote her for-profit charter school system.

DeVos and husband Dick are big Republican donors. Dick and Betsy are big political dogs in Michigan. They are political and religious junkies who have enough money to pull strings and get things done their way.

When Trump saw the check DeVos wrote him in 2016, he knew Betsy would be the controversial education secretary he dreamed about. Trump is a big fan of the charter school approach to education. He likes the for-profit concept. And the fact that charter schools can be picky when it comes to what students can go to these inflated versions of the for-profit college debacle.

Mr. Trump got involved in the for-profit college debacle. His college failed just like his airline and his casinos. But now that Betsy is in the education driver’s seat she will take the education heat while Trump threatens to close the Southern border.

But Betsy has a lot of explaining to do now that people know the government workers who want to take advantage of a temporary student loan relief program aren’t getting loan relief. The government authorized $700 million so firefighters, police, nurses, and other public servants can get out from under their student loan debt if they paid the loan payments on time for the last ten years.

More than 38,000 public servants requested loan forgiveness from the education department in 2018, but only 1,100 of those applicants met the first requirements to get loan forgiveness, according to the Washington Post. And only 262 of those people actually got student loans forgiveness, according to the Post.

Trump May Push The Pardon Button Now That He Believes He’s Exonerated

Mr. Trump is still high from his unverified Mueller investigation win. Thanks to Attorney General Bill Barr, Mr. Trump thinks Mueller didn’t discover his deal with the Russians. He told Fox News no president should go through the trauma he experienced during the two-year investigation.

The president and the U.S. constitution live in different worlds. Trump wanted to step on the constitution a lot more. But when James Comey opened that FBI investigation to prove what so many people around the world already knew, the Trumpster had to keep his illegal agenda focused on his border wall debacle.

Mr. Trump may think the Russian investigation is over, but according to federal prosecutor David Goodhand, the investigation hasn’t lost any steam since Mueller gave his report to Bill Barr. Investigators still want to know why an unnamed corporation won’t turn over documents related to the Mueller investigation.

But the president doesn’t care about the ongoing investigations that could show he had a long-term deal with Russia. Money laundering is on the list of questions investigators have for this unnamed foreign corporation. The Congressional Intelligence Committee is also looking for proof Trump helped Russia launder money.

Despite the pending challenges Mr. Trump still has to face, he is on the offensive. According to Fox News, the Trumpster might pardon the Trumpians Mueller indicted. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort might be first on the pardon list. But Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani thinks that’s a bad idea. If Trump pardon’s Manafort Congress would go ape-shit, according to Giuliani. Rudy thinks a Manafort pardon would send the wrong message.

Manafort may have to wear an orange jumpsuit for seven years. But the other Trump campaign officials Mueller charged with crimes could get a Trump pardon. George Papadopoulos, Mike Flynn, Rick Gates, and Roger Stone could walk free if Trump decides he wants to show the world he’s still in control.

However, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, and legal muscle won’t be on the pardon list. Mr. Cohen did the unthinkable in Trump’s eyes. He ratted on Trump, and in the mobster world, that’s a death sentence. Mr. Cohen will serve five years for his crimes. Cohen said he doesn’t want a pardon. He wants to show the world he told the truth when he testified before Congress.

Mr. Cohen will do the time and probably write a book that tells his version of the Trump story. According to Cohen, Trump acts like mobster John Gotti, and he has the proof to confirm that statement.