Enablers of the White House Swamp stand up and protect our democracy

Christine McM

is a trusted commenter Massachusetts 7 hours ago

I will never understand how and why Donald Trump gets away with just about anything he wants to to. And yes he is the head of an administration loaded with “advisers” who don’t have to be confirmed.

So Trump is clever: he avoids naming people to agencies where they would be subject to serious questions as cabinet members did,

The American people aren’t stupid. They can tell the difference between mr. Trump’s boasting and Mr. Trump’s real efforts to attract quality people without conflicts of interest.

Unfortunately he attracts people who act like him, above the law. Even cabinet appointees, such as Tom Price, continue to be mired in insider trading issues.

Despite the many conflicts of interest in and all this great wealth so entangled It can’t be separated, nothing is being done nor will be done.

Unless the New York Times wants to institute its own lawsuit, I suggest it’s reporting offer more concrete suggestions about what the American people can do to tell the Trump administration we know exactly what they’re doing.

Supposedly nobody under our constitution is above the law. I say supposedly – because it sure looks like nobody is going to step up to the plate and Challenge team Trump to adhere to the law.

Cathy

Hopewell Junction 6 hours ago

Trump’s group have decided that giving up titular control of the decision making, but keeping the holdings meets the requirements. They can lobby and push for things that will enrich their holdings, in their definition, as long as they are not in charge. No blind trusts here,

It is a nice distinction, because it allows us to slide from virtual oligarchy run by lobbyists and influencers to actual oligarchy run by actual oligarchs. Nice touch for the Trump crowd. Why hire a lobbyist, when you can get a job at the White House? That’s efficiency, son!

Trump promised a different kind of government and he is delivering. Voting for change is always tricky – change for change sake doesn’t have to be change for the better.

Douglas McNeill

Chesapeake, VA 4 hours ago

I am less concerned about the amount of money the White House team has and more concerned about how much authority it has been given. Take Jared Kushner. Please. [insert nod to Rodney Dangerfield here] Reports indicate he has been given authority over trade, infrastructure, opioids, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, relations between the US and Mexico and the US and Canada. Yesterday he turns up in Iraq with the CJCS. I have visions of the variety show act with the man wildly spinning plates on sticks. His is not a portfolio–it is a library of responsibility. Pretty good for a man just one year older than the Constitutional requirement to be President. But wait–he married the boss’s daughter. The Cosa Nostra has nothing on THIS family. They have taken self-dealing to a new height as we all wonder which plate will fall first…

Annie P

Washington, DC 4 hours ago

I am so glad my children are graduating high school and college this year and know the difference between right and wrong because they grew up under President Obama. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be the parent of an elementary or middle school child right now trying to instill values, empathy for other people and to tell the truth. How do you raise children in a country where other children are learning to hate from our president (some of it of course is parents but that would have happened anyway, perhaps not so openly), and that constant lying can get them what they want? This says nothing about their teachers who are desperately trying to figure out how to teach accountability in a country where there appears to be none. And what about a child who is older and gay or transgender or just different? How can they grow up in a country where our VP believes they can be turned straight because who and what they are is an abomination? I used to be proud to be an American and that is over.

Nuffalready

Glenville, NY 4 hours ago

No matter what insignificant and reflective disclosures have occurred by our “president” and his advisors and staff so far, the grandest of them all still needs to be disclosed. Where are the taxes? These are the tell all. There’s no reason why they would be so strongly coveted if they didn’t contain very significant information that could bring this man down. And out.

David Caldwell

Melbourne,Austrlia 3 hours ago

What worries me is that it is more or less a given that these current White house staff will doubtless continue to evade their ethical responsibilities under the protection of the Trump umbrella.
But what will happen in future White House administrations? Will those staff follow suit by the example that is currently being set to them by this current bunch? Lets hope not.

Kathleen Martin

Somerville, MA 2 hours ago

Yes, staff members could go to jail for profiteering. But at the risk of sounding cynical (or realistic) — does anyone seriously believe that they will? Clearly the staffers don’t think so, so keeping up with all the scandals that will result is going to be exhausting, and the Trump administration has sent out clear signals that nothing will be done about them when they are discovered. Nor, apparently, will the Republican-controlled Congress demand accountability; the confirmation hearings, and their almost total lack of interest in the Russian connection, are probably indicative of their willingness to get involved. That means We, the People, will have to make a tremendous fuss about any corruption that comes to light, because otherwise impunity is guaranteed.

MKKW

Baltimore 2 hours ago

Being rich is not a sin. What galls me is the lack of respect for the job of government.

The US is a democracy, or used to be, and these men and women working in the Administration from the trumped up president to the assistant doing mail are supposed to understand that their mission is working for the people of this country.

Even deluded misguided Nixon, who doesn’t need explanation, seemed to have a deep belief that he was doing what he thought was in the best interests of the country.

The Trump administration seems populated with officials who are either so globalized like Tillerson or so insular like Bannon, Conway, Miller, Kushner that they have no guiding principles except their own self-interests and religious belief in business as a calling. They believe themselves to be characters in the fake TV culture that bases most of its story premises on the idea that money can buy anything and anyone and every situation is a competition.

We can only hope they get voted off the island because these people truly have mediocre minds except for the power and greed lobe.

Ed Bloom

Columbia, SC 2 hours ago

“The ethical lapses of this administration expose a serious flaw in our system of checks and balances.”

Yes. The reason for this is that the founding fathers didn’t take into account party politics. They were thinking that we could avoid the party strife that so distorted British politics. They were pretty naive in this respect. In fact, parties started forming right from the start. Washington’s administration started dividing along a Federalist/Democrat fault line.

What that means for us is that there is little or no checks and balances when one party controls all three branches of government. The checks are in the mail.

Peter Lewis

Avon, CT 1 hour ago

It is a noble gesture when successful and wealthy individuals leave the private sector to apply their unique skills to running government. That’s one way to look at this which is being completely ignored. So far in the Trump administration’s short life, no laws have been broken, no scandals have taken place and no one has made a dime off their government service. Yet the NYTimes has smeared these individuals over and over again. Charges of racism, antisemitism,xenophobia, sexism and unlawful behavior are hurled so frequently that these words have lost all meaning. After this sorry spectacle, I doubt any successful and wealthy person will ever want to leave the private sector. We’ll all be left with hack partisan statists whose goal is to preserve their pathetic little jobs.

James Lee

Arlington, Texas 7 hours ago

The ethical lapses of this administration expose a serious flaw in our system of checks and balances. The fact that the officials responsible for monitoring the actions of the president and his staff work in the White House, or at least the executive branch, raises serious questions about their capacity for independent judgment.

Heretofore, political ambition prompted individuals to seek the presidency. Trump appears to qualify as the first chief executive to envision his office as a great business opportunity, not just for himself, but also for his family. His version of family values rewrites the old slogan to read, the family that profits together, stays together. This new challenge to responsible government requires Congress to exercise its own constitutionally-mandated oversight authority.

Any federal official runs the potential risk of impeachment and removal from office. The mere threat of such action might encourage Trump and his minions to conform to the law. The effectiveness of this check on executive misbehavior, however, depends on the willingness of legislative leaders to take their responsibility seriously, something Ryan and McConnell have shown no inclination to do.

When elected officials evade their duty, the only constitutional alternative for voters remains the ballot box. The election of 2018 cannot arrive soon enough.

He changed his ideas about China policy once the Chinese agreed to grant him 38 new trademarks worth untold millions or even billions. Trump is running the country like it is just part of his family business.

Trump must be impeached!

Polaris

New York 9 hours ago

If I Iearned nothing else from what I was taught in grade school civics, it was that in our system of checks and balances, the legislative and judiciary branches of government are invested with the powers to defy and overcome the executive branch if it is bent on corrupt practices. In a White House so completely outside the norms of presidential ethics, powers that the Congress and the Judiciary have never been called upon to employ must be asserted. The alternative is a slow and painful death by poison of our democratic establishment so courageously born and valiantly defended for so long against so many enemies. It’s urgent for the doctors of constitutional law and government to find the antidote.

Frank

is a trusted commenter Durham 7 hours ago

We are in full banana republic mode: family control of the government, fusion of public and private interest, neglect of potential corruption, use of public funds for private gain. Now, these people who have no knowledge, no experience, no sense are going to make the government in their own image. They want to introduce into government business practices. The trouble is that they don’t come from serious, traditional business communities but from the corrupt construction-political world where all sorts of manipulations form the basis of their dealings. Nothing good can come from them.

paul

nz 9 hours ago

The word “swamp” in the title serves as a perfect summary of the financial entanglements and the lack of transparency in the business dealings of individual cabinet members. The Trump White House has developed a disease that is gradually degrading it to the level of banana republic pseudo-governments run by power- and money-hungry despots. The US does not deserve to join the cohort of corrupt and undemocratic countries on the political map of the world. The question is whether there is a legal way to make Trump and his circle of family and friends stop pushing America in the direction of becoming a rogue state and whether it is not already too late.

Jefflz

San Franciso 9 hours ago

Trump has set the tone for the corrupt practices evidenced by the dishonesty of his administrative appointees.

More importantly, Trump started breaking the law when he took the oath of office without having divested his personal business interests that receive funding from both foreign and domestic sources in violation of the Constitution’s emolument clauses. These laws are are very clear-cut and need to be enforced.

NM

NY 13 hours ago

When Trump was a candidate, he claimed that since he understood the corruption of our political system better than anyone, he was the only one who could fix it. That was, of course, a lie.
It is true, though, that because Trump understands political corruption, he was always poised to exploit it. Trump exploited it by tapping into voters’ distrust and pretending that being a non-politician elevated him above cashing in on power. And now Trump continues to exploit it by his use of cronyism and nepotism for positions of power; by using political connections to enrich his familial enterprises; and by surrounding himself with people who do likewise.
Forget about Trump draining any swamp. It is murky as ever beneath the gaudy Trump name.

Samme Chittum

90065 9 hours ago

Ethics? We don’t need no stinkin’ ethics, seems to be Trump & Co.’s working motto. As the White House ethics officer, Stefan Passantino must have a permanent crick in his neck from looking the other way. He is truly the Alfred E. Newman (“What me worry?”) of ethics officers. Trump’s wife exposed the real Trump family agenda last month when she sued a news outlet that she said harmed her reputation, thus depriving her of a “once in lifetime opportunity” to launch her brand. i.e., cash in on being First Lady! How galling. So much for public service.

gregory

Dutchess County 14 hours ago

The leadership in the White House and Congress is not interested in democracy or the potential our role as leader of the free world has for preparing a sane order for future generations. These are small minded, greedy people who will sacrifice our national treasures and institutions in order to further concentrate wealth into their hands and the hands of their friends. My hope for the future is that other countries will take on the mantel of world leadership, maybe India or the European Union, and the descent of the United States into mediocrity and meaninglessness will not hamper the evolution of our species toward a sane, just world for all people.

jdh

ny 14 hours ago

I am sickened and angered by the disdain and total disregard shown by these vile people for history and the standards expected of them. The standards are there as an acknowledgement of respect for the offices they hold and our trust in them while they serve. It is a slap in the face to all Americans and the trust placed with them to do the business of the country for US. It used to be considered an honor to put aside your own ambitions and put a hold on serving your own self interests, setting them aside to honorably serve the people. They have no integrity and deserve not one iota of trust on any level. It is going to take a long time for this country to get the stink off it after this crew has been in the water…… I can only hope the rest of the world can hold their nose until we are able to rid ourselves of them. Vote.

Frank

is a trusted commenter Durham 7 hours ago

We are in full banana republic mode: family control of the government, fusion of public and private interest, neglect of potential corruption, use of public funds for private gain. Now, these people who have no knowledge, no experience, no sense are going to make the government in their own image. They want to introduce into government business practices. The trouble is that they don’t come from serious, traditional business communities but from the corrupt construction-political world where all sorts of manipulations form the basis of their dealings. Nothing good can come from them.

Bruce Rozenblit

is a trusted commenter Kansas City, MO 16 hours ago

This all goes part and parcel with the dismantling of the administrative state. Ignoring the ethics commission and its rules is the same thing as getting rid of the ethics commission. Score another win for president Bannon.

Piece by piece, the Trump crew is wrecking our government. Look at the budget Bannon drew up. By cutting these non-defense programs so severely, he renders them useless. Bannon knows it would be very difficult to eliminate these various agencies, so he wants to cut them to where they cannot function. Chaulk up another win for our non-elected dear leader.

The swamp talk was all garbage. There may have been some credibility to it two years ago, but after Bannon grabbed hold of Trump’s puppet strings, he skillfully used this platform as a gateway to implement his anti-government policies.

Why do I blame Bannon for all of these swampy creatures slithering around and not Trump. Quite simply, because Trump is far too stupid to come up with this stuff. Bannon is a chess player, a strategist with a long term agenda. Trump is just a stooge that seeks constant adulation and praise from all.

Gorsuch is the key to the long term installation of a permanent swamp. As stated in a recent Times editorial, Gorsuch is a far right anti-government foe of the administrative state. He is dead set against allowing agencies of the government to impose regulations. Gorsuch is then the swampthing delivered by Bannon to render agencies powerless.

Jefflz

San Franciso 9 hours ago

Trump has set the tone for the corrupt practices evidenced by the dishonesty of his administrative appointees.

More importantly, Trump started breaking the law when he took the oath of office without having divested his personal business interests that receive funding from both foreign and domestic sources in violation of the Constitution’s emolument clauses. These laws are are very clear-cut and need to be enforced.

He changed his ideas about China policy once the Chinese agreed to grant him 38 new trademarks worth untold millions or even billions. Trump is running the country like it is just part of his family business.

Trump must be impeached!

jdh

ny 14 hours ago

I am sickened and angered by the disdain and total disregard shown by these vile people for history and the standards expected of them. The standards are there as an acknowledgement of respect for the offices they hold and our trust in them while they serve. It is a slap in the face to all Americans and the trust placed with them to do the business of the country for US. It used to be considered an honor to put aside your own ambitions and put a hold on serving your own self interests, setting them aside to honorably serve the people. They have no integrity and deserve not one iota of trust on any level. It is going to take a long time for this country to get the stink off it after this crew has been in the water…… I can only hope the rest of the world can hold their nose until we are able to rid ourselves of them. Vote.

Socrates

is a trusted commenter Verona 16 hours ago

Three cheers for America’s newest National Park Service monument:

The Donald Trump Washington D.C. National Swamp Creature Refuge

“We’re gonna’ need a bigger swamp…”

Daveindiego

San Diego 14 hours ago

I’d like to know how lifetime ‘public service’ employees like Elaine Chow, and her husband, Mitch Mcconnell, are worth between ’11 and 40′ million dollars. That was one of the glaring figures for me.

Richard

Ithaca 7 hours ago

Unfortunately, our country has lost its way. We have an administration that wraps itself in the American flag and speaks continuously about jobs-while doing absolutely nothing that gives working people a hand up. Make no mistake, these are not American Patriots, they are self-serving maggots feeding on the helpless and poor-history will bear this out. The Leader of the USA and the Free World should have:

1. High ethical values and standards

2. High degree of respect for Freedom and Democracy

3. High degree degree of respect for our institutions and history

4. High degree of intelligence

5. High degree of moral values

6. High degree of world and domestic understanding

7. And a deep commitment to restoring our Republic, its Institutions, and our International relationships

This Administration is unequivocally the most incoherent, incompetent, and dangerous in our history. Who ever voted for them has put their personal circumstances, their neighbors, their country’s, and the world’s at risk-history will bear this out.

The Resistance is rising, act before its to late…

MKKW

Baltimore 2 hours ago

Being rich is not a sin. What galls me is the lack of respect for the job of government.

The US is a democracy, or used to be, and these men and women working in the Administration from the trumped up president to the assistant doing mail are supposed to understand that their mission is working for the people of this country.

Even deluded misguided Nixon, who doesn’t need explanation, seemed to have a deep belief that he was doing what he thought was in the best interests of the country.

The Trump administration seems populated with officials who are either so globalized like Tillerson or so insular like Bannon, Conway, Miller, Kushner that they have no guiding principles except their own self-interests and religious belief in business as a calling. They believe themselves to be characters in the fake TV culture that bases most of its story premises on the idea that money can buy anything and anyone and every situation is a competition.

We can only hope they get voted off the island because these people truly have mediocre minds except for the power and greed lobe.

eegee1

GA 14 hours ago

Trump has been allowed to get away with so much, that I would not be surprised if he tried to sell Alaska back to Russia.

dmdaisy

Clinton, NY 6 hours ago

More than half the country is hyperventilating with anxiety about the outrages that come, not every day but every hour, as Sheldon Whitehouse said, while a Republican Congress sits on its hands, or worse, gives this administration cover. If John McCain is such a paragon of virtue, as some claim, why isn’t he working more diligently within his own party and with Democrats to stop the coming train wreck?

Bob S

New Hampshire 6 hours ago

One of the biggest issues in regards to this matter is that a vast swath of the electorate are uninformed and refuse to accept reporting such as this.

Douglas McNeill

Chesapeake, VA 5 hours ago

I am less concerned about the amount of money the White House team has and more concerned about how much authority it has been given. Take Jared Kushner. Please. [insert nod to Rodney Dangerfield here] Reports indicate he has been given authority over trade, infrastructure, opioids, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, relations between the US and Mexico and the US and Canada. Yesterday he turns up in Iraq with the CJCS. I have visions of the variety show act with the man wildly spinning plates on sticks. His is not a portfolio–it is a library of responsibility. Pretty good for a man just one year older than the Constitutional requirement to be President. But wait–he married the boss’s daughter. The Cosa Nostra has nothing on THIS family. They have taken self-dealing to a new height as we all wonder which plate will fall first…

NOT MY PRESIDENT

CA 13 hours ago

The so-called president is keeping his words to the American people. He ran on claiming he will drain the swamp but he never said how and where. So he did drain the swamp – INTO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE OVAL OFFICE.

Another WIN for the one with the biggest inauguration crowd!

D Price

Wayne NJ 14 hours ago

John Adams said, “We are a nation of laws and not of men.”
If the Trump administration is allowed to have its way, we will become a nation of ultra-rich men (and a few token women), all of them lawless. No one else will matter.

Paul Wortman

East Setauket, NY 13 hours ago

Welcome to the Trump Oligarchy (aka Administration). Now that ethics have been cast aside, watch out for the raids on the public treasury like the thwarted attempted heist called the American Health Care Act that will further enrich the “billionaire class” posing as public servants. We have a government now run by modern-day Robber Barons where the Republican-controlled Congress enabling this behavior to turn our democracy into a corporate-state run by kleptomaniacs for whom the “rule of law” seems a mere inconvenience.

concerned mother

new york, new york 5 hours ago

As far as I can see, the rule of law has been abandoned in this country. That makes the United States not a democracy, but an oligarchy, where laws of the land have become ‘rules’ that can be flouted by an adolescent bully, his family, and his minions.

Jerry Farnsworth

camden, ny 14 hours ago

The swamp was not drained, it was dredged to accommodate the passage of the flotilla of luxury yachts invited to dock at the White House.

NYT Pick

NM

NY 14 hours ago

When Trump was a candidate, he claimed that since he understood the corruption of our political system better than anyone, he was the only one who could fix it. That was, of course, a lie.
It is true, though, that because Trump understands political corruption, he was always poised to exploit it. Trump exploited it by tapping into voters’ distrust and pretending that being a non-politician elevated him above cashing in on power. And now Trump continues to exploit it by his use of cronyism and nepotism for positions of power; by using political connections to enrich his familial enterprises; and by surrounding himself with people who do likewise.
Forget about Trump draining any swamp. It is murky as ever beneath the gaudy Trump name.

slimjim

Austin 7 hours ago

Lock em up.

James

St. Paul, MN. 14 hours ago

Further proof that we have entered the post-democratic era—-the United States of America is now formally a plutocracy / kleptocracy, serving the financial and political interests of the 1% at the expense of all other American citizens.

tom

saint john new brunswick 13 hours ago

It s quite clear the American people really don’t think care about this reality. All they want is a return to the good old days whatever that was. I mean what did they expect from trump. He said nothing more then a carnival barker and undoubted will go down as the worse president the u.s.a. has ever had. That s not going to be good for his ego.

PETER EBENSTEIN MD

WHITE PLAINS NY 6 hours ago

The American voting public, like the “students” at Trump University,, have placed their trust in a charlatan. The rest of this repulsive show follows from that.

thetruthisoutthere

small town, usa 14 hours ago

Welcome to the United States of Kleptocracy where nepotism reigns, corporations are people, “alternative facts” become reality, Fox “news” is the unbiased truth, and Lady Liberty hangs her head in shame.

Misterbianco

PA 6 hours ago

What’s troubling is the ease with which checks and balances, instituted by our founding fathers to counter tyranny, are being virtually nullified. We have an executive branch clearly on the fringe, as a compliant congress sits idly by hoping their own special interests might get nudged along by the Trump tsunami.

Ed

Washington, DC 5 hours ago

Ol’ Jared really sounds like a piece of work. That hump sounds like Trump when he was a kid – cocky, stupid, and a bull in a china shop.

Just what we need at the helm of our country – two numbskulls pushing buttons, with a daughter on the side nodding and smiling and Pence off to the side clapping and cheering.

wc

md 6 hours ago

It’s no wonder why the Ethics Committee was eliminated on day one of this coup.

Themis

Earth 14 hours ago

The editorial board’s statement about the “White House Swamp” is a spotlight on the truth: “Mr Trump has no commitment to ethics or transparency. His failure to shed his business ties and release financial records makes him the most suspect, conflicted president in modern history.”

In Trump’s case the potential financial gains for himself, his families & friends could be in the billions if there is any truth to potential side deals with Russia and Rosneft if the sanctions are lifted…and if the MI6 Dossier proves true.

Never in the history of the United States have we seen so many people claiming to be serving the public while using their position to further enrich themselves. This is a time when the House and Senate leaders on both sides of the aiels need to renew their determination to protect the Constitution and our democracy before Trump turns us into Russia2.0

ChrisC

NY 6 hours ago

No, people like this don’t go to jail.
They don’t pay taxes either. Remember the secretary who could not remember how many houses he owned?
They don’t live in the world we live in. The rules do not apply to them.

WHO

USA 7 hours ago

Please raise your right hand …

“I swear to enrich myself, my family, my business, and friends, both financially and politically. To never criticize Russia or question our leader. To lie, double speak, and create alternative facts whenever possible. To sacrifice our country’s reputation. And, to waste our citizens tax dollars while cutting back on their services. I make this solemn pledge with my fingers and toes crossed. So help me DJT.”

ipswich 7 hours ago

The Cheney/Bush administration successfully demonstrated an administration can do whatever it wants and the only response will be editorials, protests & marches, parodies & satire and the like. In other words, no one, not the populace, not Congress, not even the Supreme Court, will do anything of real substance to actually stop or even impede bad behavior. This new gang is simply bringing it all to a new level. Trump was absolutely correct when he said we would all get sick of winning so much. Most of us, however, missed who he was referring to when speaking about “we.”

Alan R Brock

Richmond VA 7 hours ago

Donald Trump values the presidency for two reasons: The massive dose of attention to gratify his narcissism and the profit potential from exploiting the position.

Mr. Trump barely bothers to disguise the profit motive. While some White House underlings may run afoul of ethics laws, Mr. Trump stands to reap a fortune in the kleptocratic fashion of the man he admires, Vladimir Putin. Americans with a conscience should do what is necessary to prevent that.

David Henry

Concord 6 hours ago

Third world countries often prosecute and jail abusive leaders and lackeys. Not here.

We reward them with book contracts, TV appearances, and pensions. We even listen to them as if they have something to say.

Being two steps ahead of the sheriff becomes a badge of honor. No wonder they sneer at us, the very people they pretend to serve.

Guy Fawkes

anywhere but america 7 hours ago

no, genius… the news is that opaque, and incomplete information can pass legal muster. the laws clearly need to be changed to demand more transparency, I.e., more complete information

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Den

Palm Beach 8 hours ago

Well at least we know where all the people in the swamp are.
We can watch and report on them and for the moment that is all
we can do. If they commit a crime for which they are not charged
we can put a shinning light on it. The Times needs to be as aggressive as
possible in reporting on all of these individuals. No stone left unturned.

NYT Pick

Cathy

Hopewell Junction 6 hours ago

Trump’s group have decided that giving up titular control of the decision making, but keeping the holdings meets the requirements. They can lobby and push for things that will enrich their holdings, in their definition, as long as they are not in charge. No blind trusts here,

It is a nice distinction, because it allows us to slide from virtual oligarchy run by lobbyists and influencers to actual oligarchy run by actual oligarchs. Nice touch for the Trump crowd. Why hire a lobbyist, when you can get a job at the White House? That’s efficiency, son!

Trump promised a different kind of government and he is delivering. Voting for change is always tricky – change for change sake doesn’t have to be change for the better.

RK

Long Island, NY 14 hours ago

The last line in your editorial, “We’ll be watching — but we won’t hold our breath,” probably summarizes the problem.

As New Yorker put it, “Partisanship plays a big role: Republicans cared a lot about the Clinton Foundation but gave Trump a pass. Besides, issues that the press and government reformers take very seriously often matter less to ordinary voters.” http://tinyurl.com/h488sac

Investigating the Clintons for anything and everything was a full time job for most Republicans in the Congress. They are now too busy trying to save Trump.

Yeah, don’t hold your breath.

Chuck

Martin, TN 5 hours ago

How pathetically contemptible and corrupt this administration is. It’s so sad to watch.

On the positive side of the ledger, I’m glad the NY Times and Wash Post have both rediscovered investigative journalism. I’m happy to subscribe and I tell others to do the same! Keep up the good work!

upstream

RI 6 hours ago

The Four SleazeMen of the Apocalypse. Sure is fun sitting back and wTching the Republicans in congress let our country slide into a 3rd world gutter of corruption and chaos.

Adirondax

Southern Ontario 5 hours ago

In Trump’s world ethics are for losers.

The truth? Hey, it’s whatever it needs to be at the moment.

Believe me.

fastfurious

the new world 7 hours ago

Trump’s filled the swamp with big fat albino gators.

Reaper

Denver 4 hours ago

How much will they destroy before he is impeached?

John F. McBride

is a trusted commenter Seattle 11 hours ago

Go to jail? You’re kidding, right? To go to jail charges have to be brought against you. This isn’t a swamp, it’s quagmire and no one in this Republican Congress, or this Department of Justice, all unwilling to act against the administration for fear of losing their hold on the nation and out of love of being in the position to do legislate what they’ve lusted for since FDR, is going to bring charges.

They won’t bring charges against anyone. They won’t bring charges for any reason because reasons to bring charges are fake news by definition for the modern GOP.

Somehow you’ve failed to grasp what’s happened. Republican control government. We’re not LIKE Venezuela, we ARE Venezuela, only dressed up so traditionally Republicans can act out the charade of democracy.

Mitch McConnell, who prevented the president of the United States from appointing a justice to the Supreme Court is about, as a Senator, to appoint a justice instead. Our Constitution doesn’t get more perverted than that.

Failing to bring charges against anyone is little league to everything else going on.

Worse of all, a Republican voting public that purchased guns like they would no longer be available to fight against Barack or Hillary doing this applaud their own people doing it. They’ve stopped buying guns now. They don’t need them to fight their own whose policies they love, anyway.

Elliot Silberberg

Steamboat Springs, Colorado 8 hours ago

Being famous or infamous, Trump’s team are guaranteed a happy financial landing after politics: large speaker’s fees, photo ops, fat contract kiss and tell tomes, etc. That bright future is obviously not enough. This already wealthy crowd has a rapacious talent for milking the cash cow until it moos for mercy. Whatever happened to the altruistic notion of being a public servant?

soxared, 04-07-13

Crete, Illinois 14 hours ago

If Trump Nation watched anything other than Fox Snooze or listened to anything other than Rush Limbaugh’s Hate Radio Network, they would soon begin to understand that the lack of anxiety in the Republican hierarchy means that they approve of their gifting Donald Trump, his family, his cronies and his debtors with the national country store. Anyone with the barest vigilance on the Right would see that there are no jobs; no health care; no schools (worth the name); no infrastructure repair; no protection of the environment. What has increased is military spending, by $54 unnecessary billions.

Congress has not been assiduous in ferreting out the nepotism and the clear conflicts of interest that lie at the very heart of this administration. Trump Nation, for all its nationalist fervor, forgot–if it ever knew–that the purpose of government is for selfless representatives of “the people’s will” to work to provide certain basic standards for the citizens of the city or burg or hamlet; the county; the state; and the nation.

What the 62-millions of Trump Nation have done is play Santa Claus to the president and his own. All the campaign rhetoric of “make America great again” could have been reduced to “make me and mine even richer.” They spent their hard-earned money on lottery tickets and Trump cashed it in on Nov. 8. And he’s not sharing his winnings with anyone outside his family or immediate circle.


Connie’s comments: All of us will dance with joy on every streets when the current While House swamp is drained, impeached or jailed. We call on the press to help us and the enablers of the current swamp to listen to the people.

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