Oversight Chair Who Declined To Investigate Trump Not Seeking Re-Election — WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who doggedly investigated Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but declined to investigate President Donald Trump, said Wednesday he won’t run for re-election or any other office in 2018.

Chaffetz, who has been rumored as a possible candidate for Senate or governor, says that after consulting with his family and “prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018.”

The 50-year-old Chaffetz had strolled to four easy re-election wins in his Republican-friendly Utah congressional district. But he was facing a surprising challenge from a Democratic newcomer who raised more than a half-million dollars by tapping into anger over Chaffetz’ recent comment suggesting people should spend their money on health insurance instead of iPhones.

Dr. Kathryn Allen has been transformed from a political unknown into a liberal hero for calling out Chaffetz on Twitter, giving her an early boost in name recognition.

Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also drew fire from Democrats after saying he would not investigate Trump’s sprawling business empire, given that he had promised before the 2016 election that he would investigate Clinton “for years” if she was elected.

In a statement on Facebook, Chaffetz noted that he has long advocated that public service should be for a limited time. He said that after more than 1,500 nights away from home, “it is time” to step aside.

Chaffetz said he has “no ulterior motives” is healthy and confident he would re-elected.

via Oversight Chair Who Declined To Investigate Trump Not Seeking Re-Election — WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Bill O’Reilly: “Disheartening” To Exit Fox News “Due To Completely Unfounded Claims” — Deadline

Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly has issued a statement calling “disheartening” Fox News’s decision to cut ties with its biggest star over what he calls “completely unfounded claims.” In FNC’s Mediabuzz coverage of today’s announcement, Howard Kurtz reported that his bosses severed ties to O’Reilly “after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

In FNC’s Mediabuzz coverage of today’s announcement, Howard Kurtz reported that his bosses severed ties to O’Reilly “after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior prompted the network to end his program.”

O’Reilly’s statement:

Over the past 20 years at Fox News I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television. It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.

I will always look back on my time with Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.

via Bill O’Reilly: “Disheartening” To Exit Fox News “Due To Completely Unfounded Claims” — Deadline

Buyers’ Remorse Is Setting In For Some In PA Who Voted For The President — Gronda Morin

There is a recent Pennsylvania poll demonstrating that buyers remorse is beginning to felt by some who voted for the republican President Donald Trump. He will always have his hard core supporters but outside of this group, those who voted for him are having second thoughts. There is a recent poll which supports this premise as well as a first hand account by a reporter who returned to the scene of a county which delivered a narrow victory for our president.

via Buyers’ Remorse Is Setting In For Some In PA Who Voted For The President — Gronda Morin

Let’s hope that this state of voters’ regrets is a true mirror of how Americans are feeling across the country. Today, 4/18/17, there is a Georgia special election taking place to fill the republican seat previously held by the current HHS Secretary Tom Price. The president won in this district by about 1%. If the highly qualified democratic contender Jon Ossoff prevails in this race, this will be a positive sign for democrats in the 2018 election cycle. He has served in the Georgia General Assembly. On 4/18, he can win the 6th district’s seat outright in the U.S. Congress if he wins by more than 50%. If he wins with a margin of less than 50%, he will have to run again against the republican nominee on June 20.

Image result for jon ossoff gayAs per a 2/23/17 CBS (News Radio 1020 KDKA),–”A new Franklin and Marshall College poll

shows less than one-third of all Pennsylvania voters approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing.”

“The Franklin and Marshall College poll shows only 32 percent of those surveyed think Trump is doing a “good” or “excellent” job.”

“Remember, the job performance of even Sen. [Bob] Casey is not good. The fact of the matter is that the voters – Democrats and Republicans – are pretty fed up with politics,” Poll Director Terry Madonna said.”

Continue reading at https://grondamorin.com/2017/04/18/buyers-remorse-is-setting-in-for-some-in-pa-who-voted-for-the-president/

Perspectives: AP EXCLUSIVE: US PROBES BANKING OF EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEF

There are too many circumstantial incidents of President Donald Trump’s associates nefariously colluding with the Russian government, for the most obvious reason: to put Donald Trump in the White House. Source: Perspectives: AP EXCLUSIVE: US PROBES BANKING OF EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEF

via Perspectives: AP EXCLUSIVE: US PROBES BANKING OF EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEF — Horatio’s Perspective

New DNC Chair Tom Perez: Need to investigate whether presidential election was ‘rigged’ — FOX6Now.com

Watch Video WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is joining calls for an independent investigation into reported contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians known to US intelligence. “What we need to be looking at is whether this election was rigged by Donald Trump and his buddy Vladimir Putin,” Perez  said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday, February 26th.

Perez argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can’t adequately investigate any possible connections because the Alabama Republican was a close adviser and supporter of President  Trump during his presidential campaign.

“It’s really unfair to any foxes around the country to say that would be the fox guarding the hen house,” Perez said.

Asked about the issue Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it’s too early to call on Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation.

“I wasn’t saying that he shouldn’t recuse himself or that he should,” Sanders said. “My point is, I don’t think we’re there yet. Let’s work through this process. You guys want to jump to the very end of the line. That’s not how this works. Typically, you go through a congressional oversight review. We’re doing that. Let’s not go to the very end of the extreme. Let’s let this play out the way it should.”

via New DNC Chair Tom Perez: Need to investigate whether presidential election was ‘rigged’ — FOX6Now.com

Trump’s Russian Connection

president-trump-in-philadelphiaThursday, President Trump in a press conference that covered a variety of subjects once again stated he has nothing to do with Russia and has never done business with Russia. Yet, there is more to the story.

President Trump is facing a loud chorus of Americans who are just realizing that there are actual financial connections between himself, his corporation and Russia. Monday, National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, tendered his resignation in what the Trump campaign called an “erosion of trust” due to questions regarding the honesty of Flynn’s comments on phone calls between himself and a Russian Ambassador before President Trump was actually sworn in. According to multiple news sources, including the New York Times, Flynn spoke to the subject of Russian sanctions had been leveled against Russia by the Obama Administration for Russia’s interference in the Presidential election.

The erosion of trust came when Flynn relied to Vice President Pence that the phone calls did not involve the sanctions. That story was then changed by Kelly saying he didn’t remember talking about the sanctions and that it may have happened. All of this has caused an increased interest in what role does Russia play within the Trump administration. President Trump has repeatedly denied that he has any business with Russia or with that country’s President Putin. The question arises then, is that the truth?

Investigating the business side of Trump International is not an easy task. There are numerous companies from real estate, to entertainment and lifestyle products. The Trump name is a brand. The Trump corporation may not have anything to do with the product or real estate property except for the name on the door. The ins and outs of the finances of that very large and billion-dollar corporation is what many are asking for.

Russian money has helped to finance the Trump brand. To say that the Trump corporation has never done business with Russian businesses is a falsehood. For instance, in his book Trump: The Art of the Deal, Trump admits to seeking Russian financing. In 1986 the Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinin sat next to Donald Trump at a New York lunch and they talked about Trump Tower. According to Trump “One thing led to another, and now I’m talking about building a large luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin in partnership with the Soviet government.” Although a Trump Tower was not built in Moscow, financing by Russian banks have been an asset to Trump.

In 2010, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. stated at a real estate conference in New York in 2008, that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” Donald Trump Jr. added, “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” The project Trump Jr. was speaking of was the Trump SoHo is a hotel/condo complex that has faced lawsuits and the refund of millions of dollars to tenants who sued Trump on the basis that the facilities were not as promised. Trump SoHo eventually. was seized in a foreclosure amid slow sales of its condominiums, in 2015.

President Trump continues to say he has no business interests in Russia and Thursday said again, “we have no deals there, I have no money there.” In 2007 Trump stated in a deposition that “Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment, we will be in Moscow at some point,” he promised. In 2005, Trump even signed a one-year deal with a New York development company to explore a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Then there is the even larger development of property called Trump SoHo as previously described. The partner in that project was with the financial backing of the Bayrock Group. Sitting on the board of Bayrock Group, Russian-born developer Felix Sater who ended up being convicted for his role in a $40 million mafia-linked stock fraud scheme. Trump has since stated he doesn’t know Sater and wouldn’t know him if Sater sat down next to him. Yet, Trump later hired Sater as a “senior adviser” in 2010 and he was even given a Trump Organization business card. The question that arises with this information is which statement by Trump is true? Is Trump now telling us there are no ties to Russia because the appearance of his real estate and other enterprises have a direct link back to Russia? Until President Trump releases his tax returns this question will continue to grow and continue to be a thorn in the side of this administration.

Senate Judiciary Committee approves nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general

A committee vote is expected on Wednesday.

via Senate Judiciary Committee approves nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general — Alabama News, Weather, Sports & Traffic

Senate Judiciary Committee approves nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney generalDemocrats have used an obscure Senate rule to delay a committee vote on attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. By giving lengthy speeches, Democrats were able to trigger a rule that doesn’t allow committees to be in session for two hours past the start of the Senate day. In their speeches, Democrats questioned whether the Alabama Republican could be independent of President Donald Trump as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Sessions was one of Trump’s first and strongest supporters. A committee vote is expected on Wednesday.