On MSNBC Saturday, Vicky Ward, the author of “Kushner Inc.,” emphasized how important it is to focus on President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, whose own potential legal issues have yet to be exposed.
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, noted Ward, “have a totally antithetical mindset. They believe rules are for other people.” And former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly urged Trump to get rid of them, for all their potential to damage the administration, but Trump “couldn’t pull the trigger” due to his daughter’s influence over him.
Ward noted that Ivanka “owned her own fashion brand” while advising the White House, and that her agenda “seems to be guided by so much self-interest.”
When asked why Ivanka had not been summoned to testify by House Democrats as her brother Donald Trump Jr. is being subpoenaed to do, Ward said that there was in fact oversight of her coming down the pipe — and rightly so.
“I think it’s very clear from a lot of questions that, particularly the Judiciary Committee sent out to 81 people, there were an extraordinary number of questions about Ivanka, and actually about Kushner companies and Jared’s businesses on that,” said Ward. “It’s actually my hope that Congress, in a way, starts really focusing and digging down on the money trail. Including that of Ivanka and the businesses and that of Jared Kushner companies, businesses.”
“That is a slightly different path from all the focus on Russia,” Ward continued. “I think Robert Mueller found quite a lot of things that were extraneous to the matter of whether or not there was coordination of obstruction of justice, and he has farmed some of the witness testimony that he was presented out to places like the Southern District of New York. But Congress is aware, and I think they need to, really methodically now, go and look.”
“It’s like Watergate,” she said. “Follow the money.”
‘You cannot expect anything but fascism’: Pedagogy theorist on how Trump ‘legitimated a culture of lying, cruelty and a collapse of social responsibility’
The impeachment of Donald Trump appears to be a crisis without a history, at least a history that illuminates, not just comparisons with other presidential impeachments, but a history that provides historical lessons regarding its relationship to a previous age of tyranny that ushered in horrors associated with a fascist politics in the 1930s. In the age of Trump, history is now used to divert and elude the most serious questions to be raised about the impeachment crisis. The legacy of earlier presidential impeachments, which include Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, provide a comparative historical context for analysis and criticism. And while Trump’s impeachment is often defined as a more serious constitutional crisis given his attempt to use the power of the presidency to advance his personal political agenda, it is a crisis that willfully ignores the conditions that gave rise to Trump’s presidency along with its recurring pattern of authoritarian behavior, policies, and practices. One result is that the impeachment process with its abundance of political theater and insipid media coverage treats Trump’s crimes as the endpoint of an abuse of power and an illegal act, rather than as a political action that is symptomatic of a long legacy of conditions that have led to the United States’ slide into the abyss of authoritarianism.
2 police dead after shootout in Diamond Head, Hawaii
Two police officers are dead as a Sunday morning shootout is prompting lockdowns and an active-shooter situation in Diamond Head, outside of Honolulu.
The shooter allegedly started multiple fires that are burning residents in the area, reported CNN.
There is currently no information available about the identity of the shooter or confirmation that the shooter has been killed.
Virginia capitol staff will be forced to confront armed protesters because of official’s ‘bravado’: strategist
Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency after white supremacists threatened to come to the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia, with weapons to protest new gun laws. Northam gave a "mandatory" order for every staffer in the executive branch and General Assembly to telework for safety.
The problem, according to Virginia-based political strategist Ben Tribbett, elected officials are still planning to go to the Capitol to attend committee hearings, putting other Capitol staff in danger.