The first of three inspector general reports were released. It illustrates how and why the Washington sewer exists. The sewer is the senior executive service, politically appointed heads of federal bureaucracies appointed by Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — people who think “running the government” exempts them from all laws.

Leaders of the Department of Justice were tasked by Obama to stall or delay investigations of any crimes by members of Obama’s senior executive service before and after the election of Donald Trump.

Trump has replaced a few Obama executive service members — but Congress has been slow to approve more.

Democrats and some establishment Republicans are obstructing Trump.

Gary Miller

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Gary Miller

Past Presidents have replaced all the senior executive service of the prior administration. Bill Clinton did. George W. Bush did not. B.H. Obama did. Trump did not. Trump has himself to blame for the Clinton and Obama SES he failed to replace. He still can, and should, replace them without any reason needed.

Carlos Ponce

How can he replace them when the anti-Trumps (not all Democrats) are dragging out the approval process. Time to toss out the RINOs along with the Dems.

Cary Semar

There is no doubt that Trump has been slow to make appointments for non-cabinet level posts. There are plenty of competent Republicans out there to fill these jobs, but perhaps they are not eager to work for a man who insists on loyalty but does not return it.

Casey Alan

I’d be willing to bet you had no problem when they obstruct Obama. I’ll be willing to bet you had no problem when they said they would not work with Hillary if she won. I bet you had no problem when they obstructed Obama from electing a justice when he had seven months left in his presidency. And now you know how the other side feels. So maybe now there can be some understanding. If not get used to it just like the other side did.

Don Schlessinger

Here's hoping you get to vote for Hillary again Casey.

Paul Hyatt

You might want to look up the Joe Biden rule about appointing Judges... The democrats started that when he was still a Senator.... Knowledge is power....

Steve Fouga

Of course they're obstructing Trump! Where have you been for the past 200+ years? This is what political parties do. Get over it.

Cary Semar

Don't be so cynical, Steve. It wasn't always this way. We live in interesting times.

George Croix

Simple obstruction?
Sure.
Where obstruction is a synonym for dementia.....
That would be wherever the 'resistance' lives.
The same place Thomas Gray wrote about.....

George Croix

ps:
Obstruction would be where a member(s) of Congress uses procedural rules or political maneuvers to stall or prevent the Other Side's agenda.
It's total dementia for a member(s) of Congress to openly call for harrassment and assault of that Other Side.
Eventually, someone is going to get seriously hurt....

Cary Semar

I think we crossed that bridge long ago.

George Croix

Ya think...?[unsure]

Jim Forsythe

How committed Trump is to staffing the government. The Partnership for Public Service, which tracks political appointees, notes that more than 200 key positions don’t even have nominees.Trump himself has suggested an understaffed bureaucracy might be more of a feature rather than a defect of his administration. He told Forbes in an October 2017 interview:
"I'm generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally be — because you don't need them," he says. "I mean, you look at some of these agencies, how massive they are, and it's totally unnecessary. They have hundreds of thousands of people."
Experts noted that some of the delay is the result of legitimate concerns about Trump nominee qualifications and conflicts of interest, which has led to heightened scrutiny.
"If the president were nominating persons with impeccable credentials, no conflicts of interest, and broad support, there would be not concerns about delays," . "Instead, the president is choosing non-traditional nominees with complex financial holdings and often less expertise than they need."


Carlos Ponce

There's a lot of bureaucratic pork in Washington. Not filling certain positions is by design.
"Experts noted that some of the delay is the result of legitimate concerns about Trump nominee qualifications and conflicts of interest..." from Politifact
Re-phrase that:
Liberal pundits noted the delay is the result concerns about Trump nominee qualifications and conflicts of interest by Liberals..."

Jim Forsythe

So what is the total number positions that are not filled, that would be how many . The RINOs that are preventing filling the rest, they would be whom, or could they not agree with his candidates? Just because some belongs to a party, does not mean they are a trader if they do not vote with the rest of the group.
Could it be, complex financial holding of some that is causing the delays, as it is harder to unravel some of there investments?

George Croix

Jim, Trump could nominate the 12 Apostles, the Vienna Boys Choir, Little Sisters of the Poor, the Red Cross, and the ASPCA and the left would still find fault.
NONE of this is about qualifications - it's about 'resisting'......
You keep the books and make the reports, you decide what goes in them.....
'Experts'....unnamed, of course.....

Jim Forsythe

"Jim, Trump could nominate the 12 Apostles, the Vienna Boys Choir, Little Sisters of the Poor, the Red Cross, and the ASPCA and the left would still find fault."
If that was true, how did so many get confirmed?

Presidential appointments sent to Senate by July 5 (2ed year)
Trump
Failed nominations 93 (On January 3, 2018, the Senate returned 64 pending civilian, non-judiciary nominations to the president, as was required by congressional procedure)
Confirmed 460
Sent but not yet confirmed 223
Average time to confirm 87 days

The number of days to confirm has been increasing with the exception is GW Bush.
With the next new President, it could take longer.
Average time to confirm by July 5 (2ed year).
Trump 87 days Obama 79 days G. W. Bush 44 days
Clinton 55 days GHW Bush 55 days

George Croix

Jim, I KNOW you understand the difference between 'find fault' and 'totally unwilling to do job'.....
The job of projecting onto another's postings is already taken by the 'resistance' and the bait sellers.....
BUT, thanks for pointing out that EVEN WITH THE RESISTANCE this President has beaten all others in some key areas to date in judicial appointments, et al, AND in making life better, read able to get a job and have a future, for minorities especially and the rest of us, too, along with lower taxes and less stupid regualtions, and is no longer having to order Chapstick by the caseload for the Oval office because he's also not kissing our 'allies' and enemies rear ends to get them in line, either.
Just imagine if the 'resistance' wasn't so utterly two-faced and had NOT failed 'to accept the results of an election'....just like they P&M's that Trump would do...they said...no telling how much better off the country could be right now......

Paul Hyatt

Like Van Jones and others like him that Obama appointed? Yes they had such good credentials for communist agitators....

Steve Fouga

Gary says: "Past Presidents have replaced all the senior executive service of the prior administration"

This is a load of hooey. A majority of the Senior Executive Service stay in their positions when a new administration takes office. What Gary probably means is that past presidents have replaced a portion of the percentage they are entitled to replace. By far, a majority of the SES are career civil servants, not political appointees.

That Trump has not replaced more is the result of a conscious effort to diminish the capabilities of the Federal Government, incompetent personnel management, and such poor selections that confirmation is difficult.

Gary Miller

Steve! Members of the SES are exempt from normal Civil service rules. None are protected from a new President replacing them. Clinton "retired(?) all the SES from the Reagan/Bush administrations". Many are often rehired after turning in their letter of resignation.

Jim Forsythe

Up to 10% of SES positions can be filled as political appointments rather than by career employees. About half of the SES is designated "Career Reserved", which can only be filled by career employees. The other half is designated "General", which can be filled by either career employees or political appointments as desired by the administration. Due to the 10% limitation, most General positions are still filled by career appointees.

Emile Pope

trump is attacking our allies and embracing Russia. Apparently they have something on him since he is about to leave NATO and side with the Soviet Union. Thank you anyone trying to stop him from doing so...

Paul Hyatt

Like Hillary was not embracing Russia when she made the Uranium One deal with them?

Emile Pope

Totally made up. She had nothing to do with the deal, did not have an input or decision connected with the deal. Which is why nothing came of it.

Carlos Ponce

"trump is attacking our allies and embracing Russia."
Leftist spin on reality. Part of his so called "attack" on allies is that they are feeding the Russian economy billions for their gas and oil and in NATO meetings claiming Russia as an enemy.
“They go out and they make a gas deal — oil and gas from Russia, where they pay billions and millions of dollars to Russia, OK? So, they want to protect against Russia, yet they pay billions of dollars to Russia, and we’re the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing." President Trump
http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1807/10/ampr.01.html
If calling out STUPIDITY is "attacking our allies", I'm all for it.
How else is he "attacking our allies"? Each NATO country agrees to spend 2% of their GDP in defense. THEY DON'T! They want US to protect them and pay as little as possible, below the 2% level agreed to. “23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying".
If calling out allies for not paying what they agreed to in 2006 is "attacking" I'm all for that too.
Read "Revealed, the NATO freeloaders: Why Trump is so infuriated by countries spending less than half their fair share on European defence (and we should be too)"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3934266/Sorry-France-Germany-Canada-NATO-countries-not-spending-defence-warrant-Trump-using-forces-protect-attack.html
For the record The U.S. spends 3.61 percent of GDP on defense.
http://time.com/4680885/nato-defense-spending-budget-trump/
Maybe that's why Obama kept our GDP at record LOWS.

George Croix

Who knew that stopping the practice of kissing your 'allies' but_s was an 'attack'....
"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."

Emile Pope

Guess that's why when he went to the summit he insisted on Russia being included and refused to impose sanctions on Russia when Congress approved them. And why his son met with Russian agents?

Carlos Ponce

Emile the Conspiracy theorist. And when Hillary went to Moscow and met with Putin - SILENCE.
And when the Hillary campaign sought a dossier made by Russian agents - SILENCE.
And when Bill Clinton got an HUGE, ENORMOUS speaking fee for speaking in Russia after Hillary arranged the Uranium One Deal with the Russians - SILENCE.
Your motives have an agenda other than seeking truth, Emile.

Emile Pope

Hillary Clinton didn't arrange anything. She didn't seek a Russian dossier and if she met with Putin it was connected with her job as Secretary of state. AND SHE'S NOT PRESIDENT!!! I'm more concerned about the guy in charge conspiring with Russia and attacking our allies.

Carlos Ponce

"The Clinton camp and DNC funded what became the Trump-Russia dossier: Here's what it means"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/25/the-clinton-camp-and-the-dnc-helped-pay-for-that-trump-russia-dossier-heres-what-it-means/?utm_term=.7de1f65590f0
You don't believe truth but you believe lies. You know what that says about YOU! Even Leftist WAPO gets it.

Emile Pope

Is Hillary Clinton president? False equivalency isn't an answer. Your "what about" response shows that trump is corrupt. No denials...

Carlos Ponce

No, Emile. It just points out your hypocrisy.

Emile Pope

Your president is in concert with Russia and you are fine with that? Really? Tell me again how Eastasia was always at war with Eurasia...

Carlos Ponce

"Your president is in concert with Russia and you are fine with that? "
No he is not. If you paid attention to the news Trump is urging Germany to cease buying natural gas from the Russians therefore ruining the Russian economy and Putin.
And you cannot back your statement with ANYTHING. You won't even try to back it. You know your statement is as you put it - "garbage".

Emile Pope

Threatening to quit NATO? We've been in it for 70 years and who does that help? Putin. Stopping military exercises with South Korea? Russia suggested it. He criticized his allies but never Putin. Hope he doesn't give him Texas when they meet...

Carlos Ponce

"Threatening to quit NATO?'
Donald Trump said he would not leave NATO in this morning's news conference broadcast from Brussels.
See video. Question is asked at 7:30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFQm1Wtm0AI
Some FAKE NEWS outlets reported Trump threatened that the United States would leave NATO but-
French President Macron said, “Generally, I do not comment on what goes on behind the scenes, but at no moment did President Trump — neither bilaterally nor multilaterally — say that he was intending to leave NATO.”
ttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/world/europe/trump-nato-russia.html

George Croix

Russian 'collusion'...?

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=you+tube+obama+more+flexibility#id=2&vid=eca98f2e93b4d6e97ca18bbd96dad125&action=click

Steve Fouga

LOL!

And who criticized President Obama's statement most loudly? The Republicans!

And why? Because the Republicans realized what folly it is to consort with the Russians. As a nation, we have nothing to gain from their friendship. Trump, on the other hand, has plenty to gain.

The Republican congress's most unpatriotic stance has been it's unwillingness to stand up to Trump as he allies himself with Russia.

George Croix

So, when at work, you never, ever, made contact with your work related enemies, Steve? never felt the need to keep abreast with them or even better get ahead of them.
You were lucky.
I often had to work and interact with people who could really make a mess of my area unless I stayed on top of what they intended to do, or ahead....
At least from Pres. Trump we get an open intent, not hot mic moments......
Maybe that's the difference between a builder and an organizer.....

Steve Fouga

No, it's the difference between naivete and caution. Since Reagan, and maybe forever, every president has dealt with Russia from a position of strength, and even then they were cautious.

Of course Trump has to deal with the Russians; so did Obama. My worry is not that the U.S. president is dealing with the Russians; it's that TRUMP is dealing with them. I don't trust that he has U.S. interests at heart, I don't see him as having a good strategic mind compared with Putin and Lavrov, and I believe, strongly, that he is in some way compromised. I don't think the U.S. will ever come out on the good side of a deal with Russia, as long as it's Trump making the deal.

George Croix

That's why Baskin Robbins selll 31 flavors....[wink]

George Croix

ps:
Of course, it WAS ex-Pres. Obama who KNEW the Rooskies were meddling in 2016 and did squat, evidently preferring not to rock Hillary's boat, or perhaps some less obvious reason.
A good argument could be made that such use of strategic thinking on his part wasn't so hot, and no doubt that his decision to whiff was compromsed by his own Party self-interest..and thus his personal interests ne legacy.
So, imo, to date, looks like Pres. Trump has done less, or at least no worse than the ex-Pres. did as it relates to his own personal interests.....
We'll see what happens.....

Steve Fouga

I won't argue about Obama's failure to disclose the Russian meddling. It was the worst decision I'm aware of a president making.

I also thought Obama was weak on foreign policy. Yet I'd still rather have him dealing with the Russians than Trump. I never felt he was compromised; I just thought he did a lousy job.

George Croix

Steve, in my opinion, preferring to have Obama dealing with the Russians is the same as poreferring they not be dealt with at all, which is hoiw he handled it under his Administration - excpet for the 'reset button' - which, of course, didn't even say 'reset'......[beam][whistling]

Steve Fouga

"Steve, in my opinion, preferring to have Obama dealing with the Russians is the same as poreferring they not be dealt with at all"

That's my opinion too, and that's what I wish would happen. Not dealing with them at all is better than submitting to their wishes, which I think is what Trump is doing. We'll see; hope I'm wrong.

George Croix

"Not dealing with them at all is better than submitting to their wishes,..."
But, Steve, not dealing with them at all IS submitting to their wishes...

Steve Fouga

Maybe; it depends on the situation. Right now, it would be better not to deal with them at all, in my opinion. There is literally nothing they can do to benefit us in the same way our traditional allies can, or even China can.

George Croix

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan

But, Reagan predated the 'resistance', so his assessment would be correct on both counts these days....[whistling]

Emile Pope

Reagan call Russia the "Evil Empire". trump now calls them friend, conspires with them, and attacks NATO and South Korea at their bidding. Strange how many people support him just as long as he promises to keep taking children away from their parents...

Carlos Ponce

Asides from your statement about Ronald Reagan, the rest of your post cannot be backed unless you go to extreme Left wing Blogs. As usual, Emile posts "garbage".

George Croix

If that was aimed at me, Pope, then I say it's a new level of stupid on your part. If not, then my most sincere apologies.........

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