Leonard Woolsey, Galveston County Daily News Publisher, stated that he was “concerned for democracy, furthermore, I’ve never felt so strongly as the role of the press as I do now,” a reference to Trump’s war with the press (“Journalists are under fire,” The Daily News, March 5).

Woolsey said, “America’s bloody experience in the Vietnam War and the fact that Walter Cronkite turned against the war are examples of the press’ good virtues by helping end a senseless war.”

Hasn’t Trump essentially said the same thing stated over and over again both on the campaign trail and as president that these wars were a mistake, resulted in trillions of dollars spent, thousands killed and maimed, the Middle East in turmoil, the rise of ISIS and created a world refugee problem.

Woolsey writes how strongly Thomas Jefferson believed in a free press. Jefferson did in fact believe in a free press, but he also believed in an honest press. What Woolsey failed to mention was that Jefferson, one of America’s greatest presidents whose face is on Mount Rushmore, suffered greatly under the press during his presidency. Jefferson also said, “On the other hand, newspapers too often take advantage of their freedom and publish lies and scurrilous gossip that could only deceive and mislead the people.” That too was absent from the editorial.

Woolsey said, “The press is there to uncover and tell those stories for the people and those who cannot speak for themselves.” Surely, he realizes that the press was trying to influence an election when twice in less than a month, Politico chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush was caught sending stories to Hillary Clinton staffers for approval, and another influential reporter Kenneth Vogel sending advance copies to the Democratic National Committee for approval.

I don’t remember any editorials about this or the dirty journalistic standards of hot shot New York Times Magazine writer Mark Leibovich’s leaked email in which he told Hillary Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri she “could veto what you didn’t want” from his interview with the candidate.

Our country is facing serious challenges at home and abroad. President Trump has made credible proposals that have been well received by labor, business leaders and the stock market.

While this is going on, we see a press whose approval rating is below sea level focusing on claims that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians over email hacking, knowing that both Republican and Democratic chairmen on the senate intelligence committee, the FBI, the intelligence community and James Clapper, the Obama appointee, who headed up the intelligence department, have said loud and clear that this has been investigated and no wrongdoing or collaboration by the Trump campaign have been uncovered.

Real crimes have and continue to occur designed to undermine the president. His private conversations to foreign leaders and other classified material have been leaked to the press. These can only come from a shadow government within the intelligence community of career Obama holdovers.

These are felony crimes that more than undermine the president, they undermine the founding principle of democracy.

Jack Cross lives in Texas City.

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(66) comments

Mike Zeller

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Trump has nobody to blame, but himself. If Trump was my kid, I would have slapped him on the wrist, taken away his phone, and shut down his Twitter account, a long time ago. This is a great time to be a Journalist or Reporter, just sitting back, and waiting for the President to make his next Tweet.

Carlos Ponce

Wrong? For what Mike? Just sit back and watch America become a great again under Trump.[beam]

Jarvis Buckley

Great article Jack. LW is very progressive, where as you are a
Conservative. As am I . Trump will
make our country great again even
If you scream in protest .

Lisa Blair

No one needs to try to undermine Trump. He does it himself on a daily basis. Next stop: Impeachment.

Carlos Ponce

Impeachment? On what CONSTITUTIONAL grounds? Is it just because Lisa Blair doesn't like him? That's not a legal reason.

Lisa Blair

There are several to choose from!

PD Hyatt

Name them one by one.... You can't because there aren't any!!!!

Carlos Ponce

Name one.

Dan Freeman

Too easy. Here are the first five: https://www.inverse.com/article/24886-reasons-trump-could-be-impeached

Carlos Ponce

No. 1 "He’s done business (and made deals) all over the world, and despite publicly stepping away from his business, he remains attached to them, claiming that he isn’t obligated to put his assets in a blind trust as past presidents have done."
Did George Washington put his assets in a "blind trust"? No. Remember George Washington was the wealthiest man in the newly created United States.
"The wealthiest Commander-in-Chief in American history will be exempt from conflict of interest statutes and most prohibitions against gifts (as are all U.S. presidents and vice presidents), so nothing stops Trump from maintaining the status quo and running his business from the White House. He’ll have to file a Federal Elections Committee disclosure document annually, which lists his assets and income. Tax returns, which Trump has steadfastly refused to release, do not have to be made available to the public."
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferwang/2016/11/15/why-trump-wont-use-a-blind-trust-and-what-his-predecessors-did-with-their-assets/#156bfa7929c0
Claim Number 1: FALSE

No. 2: Warterboarding as a "war crime". Has ANYONE been waterboarded since Trump took office? No.
Claim No. 2 FALSE

No.3 Renewed Sexual Assault Allegations: Notice that the women have remained silent. " But should the women reassert themselves?" Because they knew they had EXAGGERATED and witnesses to the events won't back them and tell a completely different story. " He fondled my breasts for 15 minutes but I put a stop to it when he went 'downstairs' ". On board a commercial airliner ? Know why they don't back her claim? It didn't happen. No passenger, no flight attendant, NO ONE. That scenario is so implausible. As far as his "comments", you'd have to put half the male population into the clink if that was considered a crime. Besides,impeachment only is applied to crimes committed while in office. Has anyone accused him of sexual misconduct since inauguration? No !
Claim No. 3 FALSE

No. 4 "Sharing Confidential Information With His Kids"
Does anybody know this as a fact? No, just another Leftist unfounded unsubstantiated allegation.
Claim No. 4 FALSE

No. 5 "Pirating Music" Really ????? The website says, "But imagine this". FALSE and STUPID!
Try better next time Dan.

Dan Freeman

And there is the emoluments clause of the Constitution (Article 1: Section 0, Clause 8). He has tossed that aside to reap the China benefits, all 27 and counting: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/business/china-trademark-donald-trump.html

Carlos Ponce

Many presidents from Washington to Obama could have charged under the emoluments clause. Unless you can prove that INFLUENCE was gained there is NO CASE.
You're grasping at straws, Dan. So Sad.[sad]

Dan Freeman

You have an interesting take on the Constitution. It does not stipulate influence was gained, so that is a speculation or perhaps a revision you would like.

We need to be careful when using a term like emolument. As noted by Andy Grewal at Yale: term “emolument” refers only to payments made in connection with the performance of services. That is not necessarily “INFLUENCE.” The House and Senate would have to decide.

Now consider some examples, first Washington. As noted by Seth Tillman:” [President] Washington received two gifts from officials of the French government — including a diplomatic gift from the French ambassador. Washington accepted the gifts, he kept the gifts, and he never asked for or received congressional consent. (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/11/17/would-trumps-foreign-business-ties-be-constitutional/constitutional-restrictions-on-foreign-gifts-dont-apply-to-presidents). “ But President Washington was the exception.

The more common case is reported by Professor Zephyr Teachout. “Most presidents avoid violating the emoluments clause by setting up a blind trust, which prevents them from knowing when “something of value” comes their way. But Mr. Trump has said he will give his children the responsibility of running the Trump Organization. This puts a constitutional burden not only on him, but on Congress, to create a procedure to review and consent to foreign-state related transactions that benefit him.” Congress has exercised this obligation in the past. In 1840, when President Martin Van Buren was offered horses, pearls, a Persian rug, shawls and a sword by Ahmet Ben Haman, the Imam of Muscat, Van Buren got a joint resolution of Congress authorizing him to split the bounty between the Department of State and the Treasury. When President John Tyler was given two horses from a foreign power, Congress had him auction them off and give the proceeds to the Treasury.” So we have the blind trust option that President Trump has avoided, so far.

Now to President Obama. He has received interest payments from United States Treasury bonds, which is a domestic emolument. But the House and Senate chose to overlook that. I am not surprised. As for foreign emoluments: “The Justice Department back in 2009 decided the clause didn’t apply to the Nobel Prize and President Obama since the Nobel Prize committee didn’t represent a King, Prince, or Foreign State, and that two prior Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, were given the same award while in office.” http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2017/01/looking-at-the-foreign-emoluments-clause-lawsuit-against-president-trump/

Back to President Trump. Given the wording of the Emoluments Clause, at any point the House could impeachment him and the Senate could convict him, given his extensive benefits from both foreign and domestic emoluments. By not creating a blind trust he has placed loaded and cocked gun in the hands of the Congress for his impeachment.

Doyle Beard

Lisa hopes.

Jarvis Buckley

Ms. Lisa I would have thought you would have taken the day off.✌️

Lisa Blair

NaNanny boo-boo! You guys sound like children.

Carlos Ponce

We sound like children? Who's the one who posted "NaNanny boo-boo!"? Now you said Trump should be impeached but have yet to name any CONSTITUTIONAL rationale behind your statement. Your silence on the matter speaks volumes.

Jack Cross

If anyone can name one thing in my guest column that is not true, I would like to hear it. if people think it is ok for the press to share their stories with a political party before they are printed, shame on you.
This is what is wring with public discussion. people take sides and are blinded of the facts. Regardless of one's political leanings, when you have leaks from the intelligence, it puts everyone at risk. There is zero evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, so what are they investigating?

Steve Fouga

"There is zero evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, so what are they investigating?"

Jack, it's simple: they're looking for the evidence. If they don't investigate, they'll never find it (if it exists).

George Croix

Jack, the 'resistance' doesn't CARE, imho, about finding anything actually done or illegal, they just want as many people as are willing to do so to THINK there was, which is even better for the 'resistors', because then the narrative lives well beyond a definitive conclusion.....
If they cared about wrong-doing and illegality, they'd have been 'resisting' for several years.....summarized, the concern is a sham, as it's actually a carefully calculated and useful set of tools to divert and distract....
Divert and distract from what??
Sanity, I'd say......[wink]

Steve Fouga

"Jack, the 'resistance' doesn't CARE, imho, about finding anything actually done or illegal"

Since I'm not one of them, I can't be sure, but I disagree, George. I think they're out to get him, they smell blood in the water, and they have the bit between their teeth -- to mix metaphors.

Seriously, the 'resistance' wants to bring him down, all the way. Of course the problem with that, if you're a resistor, is then you have President Pence, and what good have you done? None. You're worse off than before.

George Croix

ps:
Jack, maybe they'll get around to looking for that one thing you asked for after they get through trying to find the one impeachable offense committed so far...by this President, I mean....[beam][beam][beam][beam]

So, question for the 'resistance'....is there a secret handshake,, and a free decoder ring with membership......[whistling]
It's no wonder this country is in the shape it's in.....

Steve Fouga

"So, question for the 'resistance'....is there a secret handshake"

I'm not a member, but I'll answer: No, there's nothing secret about it. It's right out there for everyone to see, and it's y-u-u-u-g-e!!!!

George Croix

Steve, if the 'resistors' have the bit between their teeth, that must be pretty painful, in an alimentary sort of way, considering where so many have the rest of their heads...
imho, of course.....
The blood in the water is just as much self-inflicted wounds, as the non-mentally unstable segment of the country watches and sees the 'horrific' result of refusal to accept the results of an election, and can see how such is 'a direct threat to our democracy'....
At least Hillary left something behind useful...her own words....
But she probably didn't mean them to help her opponents....
We'll know next election whether the 'resistors' daily showing their A's beats the rest of the country daily showing their common sense........

Steve Fouga

George, some of the 'resistors' are doing real work, investigating the Trump-Russia connection. The marchers and town hall attendees count for something, as senators and congressmen are finding out, but the danger to the Administration is the Russia story, which is getting bigger rather than dying off.

Tough times ahead for President Trump.[batman]

Debra Criss

Mr. Cross, it is fair to say that I disagree with most of your opinions, but I am surprised that you are a conspiracy theorist. Shadow government?

John Merritt

Thank you Jack. Those weekly FACT CHECKS are so ridiculous, they keep breezing over so called facts that are mostly innuendos and myths. Two Associated Press reporters just dreaming up a lot of BS. And they get about half a page in Galvnews. Ridiculous.

Jim Forsythe

The chance of getting   the two-thirds of the Senate to  vote to convict at this time is slim.
Has he committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors", possibly.
We have not removed a president from office after being  impeached ,and the chance of Trump being the first, is not great. As it has only been 6 weeks since he became president,  and still is a active  twitter, he is setting himself up for problems. Anything he post on twitter becomes unclassified, which could lead to problems for him and us.
The following is a reason, some may think is enough for impeachment and removal, but the chances of it happing are slim. This will take months or years to prove, one way or the other.
"Breaking the law by tapping Trump's phones would have been an abuse of executive power that implicated the democratic process itself. Impeachment is the remedy for such a serious abuse of the  executive office.
That includes abuse of office in the form of serious accusations against political opponents if they turn out to be false and made without evidence. These, too, deform the democratic process.
The Constitution speaks of impeachment for "high crimes and misdemeanors
Suffice it to say that what makes crimes "high" is that they pertain to the exercise of government office. That's exactly what accusations by the executive are: actions that take on their distinctive meaning because they are made by government officials.
What's more, government acts that distort and undercut the democratic process are especially serious and worthy of impeachment. The Watergate break-in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters was part of an effort to steal the 1972 election. A wiretap of Trump's campaign would've had political implications.
And accusing the past Democratic president of an impeachable offense is every bit as harmful to democracy, assuming it isn't true. The effect of attacking him isn't just to weaken him personally, but to weaken the political opposition to Trump's administration.
Given how great the executive's power is, accusations by the president can't be treated asymmetrically. If the alleged action would be impeachable if true, so must be the allegation if false. Anything else would give the president the power to distort democracy by calling his opponents criminals without ever having to prove it."

Carlos Ponce

"And accusing the past Democratic president of an impeachable offense is every bit as harmful to democracy, assuming it isn't true."
Please read the New York Times January 20, 2017 page one headline article.

Jim Forsythe

"assuming it isn't true", to me means it has not been proven. If we are going to convict presidents by what is printed about them, all would have been impeached.
The NYT says "intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions."
It did not say the president did it , or were it was done.
Trump says  "wire tapp" not that they were "examining intercepted communications and financial transactions". Most if not all presidents get examined. Since he did not release  his taxes , they may have used this, and other methods to find out if he had bad things he forgot to disclose.

Unless you think that this is fake news, it is NYT after all. Is this not the one that prints all that fake news.LOL
So here was the Jan. 20th story an the front page of the NYT:
“WASHINGTON — American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.”
“The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts.”

Carlos Ponce

You forgot the title, Jim: "Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry Of Trump Aides".

Gerhard Meinecke

Cognitive Dissonance

Gerhard Meinecke

On both sides of the spectrum

Ken Hufstetler

Thanks Jack. There are sufficient responses to indicate you struck a nerve. Keep up the good work.

Jack Cross

MS Criss, what I wrote was a guest column that was published in the opinion section of the GDN but my column was not my words, they were quotes of other people that Mr. Woolsey cited in his column. Mine were FACTS not opinion. Again, please tell me what you disagree with. You may not like it that the Intelligence committee, the Head of intelligence, James Clapper and the house select committee found no wrongdoing or evidence of any collaboration with the Russian, but that is a fact.
You may not like it that a reporter with the NYT gave Hillary Clinton communication director Jennifer Palmieri an advance copy of a story that was going to be run or other reporters sending advance copies of news stories for their approval, but these are hard facts. You may not like it that Thomas Jefferson made many critical statements about the press but these are a fact. You may be happy that someone in intelligence committed a felony crime by leaking the president’s private conversations with foreign leaders. As a former judge and a smart lawyer, do you not agree that these are crimes. You may not agree that the press approval rating is at the bottom of the barrel, but that is a true fact. MS Criss it is a fact that Trump has said over and over that these wars costs trillions, thousands maimed and killed and caused the rise of ISIS and the great refugee problem.
MS Criss, I just gave a summary of my article, please please them me that these are not correct fact.
Now let’s get down to my opinion part of the article; I said “Our country is facing serious challenges at home and abroad” Do you disagree? I said; “These are felony crimes that more than undermine the president, they undermine the founding principles of democracy. MS Criss I know your gal Hillary lost and you are upset, but take off your democratic hat off for a minute and use your training and experience as a former prosecutor and judge tell the readers that I am wrong.
You see MS Criss, I am a former democratic chairman and a delegate to the state convention. I know how crazy my former party has drifted so when I write this political stuff, I make damn sure my fact is correct. Mr. Woolsey is 100 percent correct that a free press is a stable of democracy and YOU know that justice is supposed to be blind. I also know that both of these founding principles are in danger today and we all should be concerned about that.


Doyle Beard

2 Grandslams today Jack

George Croix

Jack, that was Debra Criss that made the comment, not Susan Criss.

Gerhard Meinecke

When did you switch, Jack? What year was that?

judgecriss
Susan Criss

"Our country is facing serious challenges at home and abroad" I agree with that 100%. I agree that the media has had very low approval ratings for the few years and bears responsibility for that. I agree and wrote in similar words just days ago myself that a free press is a stable of democracy.
I did not read your column before 5 minutes ago when I was notified that you were going off on me.
For the record I also agree that felonies have been committed. I say that as a board certified in criminal law attorney, former prosecutor and former district judge.
Here is where we differ the most. Your hero Trump committed them. I predict he will commit more. The most serious of them being sexual assault and treason. He has some yet to be indicted co-conspirators.
This has nothing to do with his being Republican and me being Democrat. He is no more Republican than he is Democrat. He has no loyalty to any party. Or to this country & the Constitution he swore to God to defend.
I also agree with you that I am upset that Hilary lost. I have been upset each time a Democrat lost the White House, Governor's office, Lt. Governor etc. What I have not done is accuse any of the past winners of sexual assault or treason. I disagreed with them. Some I liked and still do. Some not as much.
As a former judge, former prosecutor, current criminal defense attorney & former chair of the Gulf Coast MHMR Chairman of the Task Force for Jail Diversion for the Mentally Ill, I think your hero Trump is extremely mentally ill. He needs help. That is not an insult or laughing matter. It is a serious matter when he has to make decisions as the leader of this country.
My name is Susan Elizabeth Criss.

Jack Cross

My apology to Susan Criss, The reply should have been to Debra Criss. I respect Susan and was suprised. otherwise I stand by my comments. Susan is too smart to remain a democrat.

George Croix

Y-u-u-u--g-e huh....?
That sounds like the last-Summer-predicted election win margin for Hillary......
That, too, was a bunch who didn't have a clue.....[wink][beam][smile][cool][innocent][rolleyes][whistling]

Steve Fouga

Yep, huge. Wait and see.

I was wrong every time I made a prediction about Candidate Trump, but I'm doing better now that it's President Trump. Time will tell. [wink]

Lisa Blair

LOL. It's not a grand slam when you address the wrong person. Details, details.

Debra Criss

Yes, Lisa. Wrong Ms. Criss.

Doyle Beard

cherry pick one little thing , how childish?

Jim Forsythe

How long has it been when a majority of citizens were happy with the President ?
Some think that all we need to do is cut the head of government off (President), and all will be alright.
They do not realize what it takes to impeach a president. Even it happens, it will not change what is going on.

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will. Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson knew that as a country, we can not be free , without a free press.

All Presidents know the price they may pay, JFK says it all.
If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's. John F. Kennedy

Fill in the blank with the President of your choice.
But even if Congress has constitutional authority to impeach the president, that doesn’t mean it should. Quarrels between a president and Congress over the statutory limits on his authority are common, and the precise boundaries can be hard to discern. However truculent _______     defiance may be on this issue, Congress has other ways to stymie it — for example, barring the action by statute.
This was written about Obama
Nothing new, in calling for impeachment.

Here are some reason people are giving for impeachment of Trump.
Trump will be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which unambiguously prohibits any person holding public office from profiting from gifts or financial benefits from “any king, prince or Foreign state.”

This is Happening Now.
The Million American Petition
We, the undersigned, lobby for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump suspected of treason, in violation of THE USA PATRIOT ACT for conspiring with Russia in tampering with the results of the 2016 election. He and his administration are an immediate threat to national security and his use of intimidation as president presents undeniable challenges in this investigation. Ergo, we petition his immediate removal from office as well as the removal of Vice President Mike Pence and all civil officers appointed under his rule, pending the results of his administration's investigation.

George Croix

Jim, do you have any examples of actions being taken by non-HUA, SANE people...???[beam]

"How long has it been when a majority of citizens were happy with the President ?"
Since 'polling' doesn't count just citizens, who knows for sure....and who cares whether non-citizens are happy with a President....
And since pollsters' questioning is often set up to achieve a desired outcome, who knows for sure....and who cares who was happier with the last President...any last President....all but a few of us have to live in the present.....
And since this is a representative democratic (small -'d' ) Republic, and not a democracy, who CARES whether a majority are happy with a President, as what counts is the majority in the Electoral College....
These days, I'd say 'happiness' with a President boils all the way down to whether you want the government to be responsible for a majority of your life, or you want that majority responsibility for yourself.....
Pretty simplistic, but seems to be the bottom line......
imho...

Dan Freeman

A careful reading of the article’s title and content reveals these are reasons Trump could be impeached, not “claims.” Now let’s look at what the article says.
No. 1 "He’s done business (and made deals) all over the world, and despite publicly stepping away from his business, he remains attached to them, claiming that he isn’t obligated to put his assets in a blind trust as past presidents have done."
Now let’s read the last paragraph of the Forbes article Mr. Ponce quoted verbatim: “Trump has so far not shown any inclination of selling off any of his assets. But despite not needing to follow conflict of interest laws, there are incentives for Trump to sort out any potential problems that may arise. “There’s a deep seated principle about not using public office for private gains. The press and the public and the Congress will certainly focus on these issues,” Kiernan pointed out. “There are numerous laws still applicable to the president, including the financial disclosure laws, the bribery laws. He can be impeached.” True enough.
To finish Reason 1: “If it was ever proven that Trump was putting his personal finance interests above the interests of the nation (like maybe with the Dakota Access Pipeline, that would certainly be a violation of public trust, as well as rank corruption, and could be grounds for dismissal.”
Bottom line, the wealthiest Commander in Chief is at risk of impeachment.
No. 2: Warterboarding [sic] as a "war crime". Has ANYONE been waterboarded since Trump took office? No. Claim No. 2 FALSE
Again reading the whole paragraph, which concludes: “Trump, in the past, has even said that the Geneva Conventions, which outlaws torture, is a “problem.” He may feel that way, but Congress might not agree with him if he actually keeps his word here. Violating international law and human rights might just be the most impeachable offense on this list.” The reason is not FALSE.
Reason (not claim) No.3 Renewed Sexual Assault Allegations is not FALSE. Again read the second paragraph: “Trump, at one point, threatened to sue all of these women, but as of now he seems to have forgotten all about that. But should the women reassert themselves? Trump will have much to answer for — first to Congress, then maybe even a judge.” I suspect the virtually unlimited resources to support a SLAP suit would discourage most people. But, if Mr. Trump were charged and convicted of sexual assault, that would be a reason for impeachment, regardless of when the crime occurred. The reason is valid.
Reason No. 4 "Sharing Confidential Information With His Kids" again reading the second paragraph: “It must be recalled that on November 17 Ivanka was present at a meeting between Trump and the Japanese Prime Minister. She wasn’t really supposed to be there, and may have even been closing a business deal in Japan during the meeting. That’s what you call a two-for-one.” So yep, we know that sharing of information is occurring. So Reason 4 is valid.

“No. 5 "Pirating Music" FALSE and STUPID!” Now “ man up” and stop the name calling and caps. The website leads with “Admittedly, this is the least likely of scenarios.,.” Not exactly something to call false and stupid.
So, I am happy to have provided up to five reasons that may lead to impeachment. BTW next time, leave President Washington out of it. The prohibitions against emoluments and so forth applied to him as well.

Carlos Ponce

Faulty logic, Dan on all 5. and Number 5 is FALSE AND STUPID because it NEVER occurred. Why ignore the part that says "But imagine this..." FALSE AND STUPID!!!!!!

Dan Freeman

I do not think your response was appropriate or pertinent. Lose the caps and name calling.

Jim Forsythe

Foreign emoluments
The prohibition against officers receiving a present or emolument is essentially an antibribery rule to prevent influence by a foreign power.It has even caught gifts made to the President of the United States:
George Washington received two gifts from officials of the Government of France, which he chose to keep without controversy arising.
Martin Van Buren and John Tyler received gifts from the Imam of Muscat, for which they received congressional authorization either to transfer them to the United States Government or to auction them with proceeds vesting to the United States Treasury.
Other Presidents have chosen to eliminate any risk of conflict of interest that may arise by choosing to vest their assets into a blind trust.
Concerns have been expressed that the extensive business and real estate dealings of President Donald Trump especially with respect to government agencies in other countries, may also fall within the clause's scope, but there is debate as to whether that is the case

George Croix

Did they know anything about uranium, and how much money anybody manipulating who owns it can make, back when George Washington was saving this country's rear....??[innocent]

Jim Forsythe

The first uranium identified in the USA was pitchblende from the Wood gold mine at Central City, Colorado in 1871. Uranium mining in southwest Colorado goes back to 1898

Doyle Beard

wishful thinkingby the liberals, show me a liberal and that wold be a hypocrie also.

Carlos Ponce

My response is appropriate AND PERTINENT. Don't you get it, Dan? They made up the story about downloading music. FALSE, BOGUS, A CHARADE. And unless we are able to use bold fonts, I will capitalize to emphasis. Rule are, "PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK". I never use "caps lock". I hit "shift".[smile]

Gerhard Meinecke

Carlos Ponce, my my, an anti-liberalist, anti-socialist, who lived all or most of his life off that most-liberal, most-socialist brain-washing institution of all: Public Education

Carlos Ponce

Gerhard, most of my teacher friends are very Conservative. [beam]

Gerhard Meinecke

No matter how conservative your teacher friends are, they all made their living from a Socialist institution: PUBLIC EDUCATION. If one is Anti-Socialist he should be consistent, should not make money of what he despises. They say "don't bite the hand that feeds you"

Carlos Ponce

I guess Gerhard would say police departments, road departments, the military, anything associated with the government is "Socialist". Not really.[beam]

George Croix

[yawn]

George Croix

It's no wonder this country is in the shape it's in...it's been a bit too 'flexible'.....

George Croix

Perhaps Pres. Trump should just direct any monies he'd receive to a foundation or a global initiative, then pay his personal bills and expenses from it/them......

Steve Fouga

That would be analogous to what he reportedly did with his foundation monies, so it's certainly not out of the question.

Randy Chapman

Wrong. That is the factual description of the Clinton Foundation.

Steve Fouga

And the Trump Foundation.

Willis Briggs

Maybe if the liberals (democrats) would clean up their own messy compromised house before making gosh awful accusations against others some might take them a little more serious.[beam]

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