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Another Long-Time White House Staff “Throws Trump Under the Bus” by Breaching Confidentiality Agreement

by Brennan Bobbie

Madeleine Westerhout, Donald Trump’s long-time personal executive assistant, finds herself out of a job after sharing intimate personal information about Trump’s family during a dinner with news reporters. Although Westerhout claimed her comments were made off-the-record, she is still bound by a confidentiality act stipulated under the Hatch Act.

 

Later, a reporter who said Madeleine did not state that her remarks about Trump’s family were to be treated as off-the-record, divulged the details of what transpired at the dinner. The executive assistant’s fallout from the Trump administration only marks the POTUS’ troubles with the extensive information leaks that have been coming out of the White House. The incident also makes Westerhout the sixth White House staff has breached the Hatch Act, since 2018.

Madeline’s departure also highlights the series of resignations currently besetting the Trump Administration.

What Personal Information Did Madeleine Westerhout Share with Reporters?

Apparently, Westerhout had one drink too many during the dinner that she and White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley attended at the Embassy Suites where reporters stayed to cover Trump’s visit. Such dinners are said to be common but are supposed to be off-the-record as far as any conversations that may have taken place during the gathering.

According to political news website Politico, Westerhout said that Trump will not be able to pick out Tiffany if ever she becomes part of the many faces in a crowd. CNN also reported her claim that she (Madeleine) enjoys a stronger relationship with Trump than Tiffany or even Ivanka. Another CNN report said Madeleine told the group that Trump prefers not to be photographed with Tiffany, because he thinks is youngest daughter is “overweight.”

 

 

Still, Trump who learned of Madeleine’s revelations to reporters said he understands why the incident happened, although it does not mean she is off the hook. He later tweeted that since Madeleine is a very good person, he does not see any reason to enforce full punishment over her violation of her confidentiality agreement with the White House.

Court of Appeals Upholds Lower Court’s Decision to Deny Emergency Appropriation of Funds for Border Walls

by Brennan Bobbie

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that upholds a lower court’s decision to deny the Trump administration the right to appropriate funds outside of Congressional approval. The appeal to reverse the lower court’s stay order was put forward by the Justice Department, on behalf of the Trump administration. That way, the latter can move forward in a supposed emergency need to reinforce the border walls located in Arizona, California, and New Mexico for security reasons.

The 3-judge panel of the Appeals Court though was not unanimous in arriving at the decision. Judge N. Randy Smith, an appointee of President George W. Bush, disagreed saying that a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, the Southern Border Communities Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union, is an approach that is contradictory to the basic fundamentals of judicial review. His opinion is that the majority of the panel members created a constitutional issue where none had existed. Mainly because the complainants who obtained the injunction, have no right to take part in what is actually a dispute between the U.S. president and Congress.

The dispute refers to Donald Trump’s insistence on spending as much as $8 billion for the construction and reinforcement of the U.S.-Mexico border walls, an amount that exceeded the $1.375 billion approved by Congress for border barriers. Congress denied his initial request for a $5.7 billion budget for wall-building this fiscal year, Trump’s insistence and disapproval of the national budget for the fiscal year led to a 5-week, partial shutdown of government offices and agencies.

Although Trump later relented by finally approving the national budget in order to lift the shutdown, he pursued the matter by calling a state of national emergency. In doing so, he gained the executive power to appropriate the budgets of other departments for the perceived emergency purpose of enhancing the security of the country via the border walls.

How the 9th District Court of Appeals Ruled

The two other members of the 3-judge panel, Judge Richard Clifton and Judge Michelle Friedland, wrote in a 75-page order that president Trump’s attempt to transfer Defense Department construction funds amounting to $2.5 billion in order to pursue and build the border wall project beyond what was appropriated by Congress, appeared as a clear violation of federal laww.

The Constitution delegates to Congress, the power to make decisions on how the government is to spend taxpayers’ money. More so where Congress added language that specifically states flexibility of budget does not include use for purposes previously denied by lawmakers. Judge Clifton and Friedland explained that

“Congress did not appropriate money to build the border walls Defendants (the Trump administration) seek to build here. Presumably, Congress decided such construction at this time was not in the public interest. It is not for us (the judicial branch) to reach a different conclusion.”

Moreover, Judges Clifton and Friedland cited the likelihood of the Trump administration’s violation of Appropriations Clause of the Constitution, which disallows drawing from the Treasury for purposes other that those appropriated by law.— the latter being the national budget that he initially refused to approve.

Nancy Pelosi Partake In a Turmoil Of Words Over Probable Impeachment

by Radim Sabryna

Pelosi claimed that Trump was attempting to intentionally mix up talk of impeachment to enable his core voter-base

Democratic congressional head Nancy Pelosi stated Donald Trump is furious that her party is not speeding up to impeach him, as the bond was to new lows with the competitors trading primitive personal barbs.

It was two days straight of a quite open war of words involving Trump and the speaker of the House of Reps, who previously questioned the president’s psychological capacity for office and depicted hope that those close to Trump would step up an involvement “for the good of the nation.”

Trump replied by naming Pelosi “crazy Nancy,” in what seemed to be the first time he related a contemptuous nickname to the lady who is his congressional enemy.

“The White House is just desperate for impeachment’ – Trump is “upset” that the Democrats are keeping off, for now, Pelosi mentioned, even as they heighten congressional inspections into the president’s connection to Russia and his accusations of obstruction of justice — a quest that Trump is attempting to block.

Being forced from the congressional inquest, the president directed the US intelligence group to “completely cooperate” with an investigation into what he has called “spying” on his 2016.

He has even referred to the probe as “treason” and pointed out that he would like to view criminal charges added against his investigators. Pelosi, who repeated her allegations that Trump was involved in a “cover-up,” proclaiming that she was praying for him and that she wanted “his family, as well as his staff or his government, would have an intervention for the good of the country.” – Trump reacted with demeaning allegations, branding her “crazy Nancy” and contemplating about her mental fitness.

Just as quickly as their attack on each other, many citizens are raising eyebrows on the issue. Checking news sites over the internet, relying on WordPress Speed Performance to provide the latest news site that speaks of the issue.

Nancy Pelosi’s Response 

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