Saturday, January 7, 2017

Continued corruption silence

In Alabama Today, Rep. Bradley Byrne has laid out Five things to watch for progress by Congress in 2017, consisting of health care relief, a stronger military, regulatory reform, immigration enforcement, and a simpler tax code.

Thus far, on his Congressman Gary Palmer Facebook page, Rep. Palmer has mentioned repealing and replacing Obamacare and his co- sponsorship and vote for  Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017, H.R. 26.

Since November 10th, I have been making an effort to elicit comment from the Alabama legislative delegation in Washington (Senators Sessions and Shelby; Representatives Byrne, Roby, Rogers, Aderholt, Brooks, Palmer and Sewell), concerning President-Elect Trump's Contract with the American Voter and its plan for restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion.

I have received no response from any of Senators Sessions and Shelby and Representatives Byrne, Roby, Rogers, Aderholt, Brooks, Palmer and Sewell, except that Rep. Byrne replied that he supported term limits. 

For further information about this effort and response or lack of response, see DC corruption silence.

There are a couple of possible interpretations here. One is that the Alabama delegation does not believe anything is wrong with Congress that needs fixing. Or that something is wrong with Congress, but they don't have ideas for how to fix it or don't believe it can be fixed. Or that something is wrong but it is not so bad to be worth worrying about. Or that something is wrong with Congress, but they like it that way.

Is the silence of Alabama's legislative delegation going to continue? Is the silence representative of what will be forthcoming from the rest of the members of Congress? 

Is President-Elect Trump's Contract with the American Voter, and its plan for restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion, basically a joke or a fraud perpetrated on the American people?

Update 10/18/17
60 Minutes provided breaking news over the weekend related to corruption and special interest collusion in Washington. 

I don't know what efforts Alabama's reps in Congress think they have made in the first 9 months of 2017 for restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion. At a minimum they should, in response to the opioid drug bill controversy, inform Alabama voters about this. I have initiated with the below tweets. Other Alabama voters should join in to seek answers.



Problem of Trump
Alabama's Republican reps in Congress have a special problem growing out of Trump's contention that he is exempt from conflicts of interest and he can use the Presidency to profit himself and his family businesses. The Republicans have turned a blind eye to this since November. For some discussion, see Priority questions for Congress and Trump Inc.

Trump's conflicts of interest are ultimately corrupt in the same way that Trump accused the Clintons of being corrupt in blurring the lines between Hillary Clinton's public office and the personal, political, commercial and charitable interests Bill Clinton pursued through the Clinton Foundation.

In terms of "buying access" and "pay to play" corruption, Trump may have spectacularly outdone the Clintons in connection with the $100,000,000 donation the Saudi's made to Ivanka's Women's Empowerment Fund. See Mo Brooks and Swamp.

The more the country learns of the corruption from Trump's past, and his ruthlessness in the pursuit of his self-interest, the greater the question becomes of whether he is able to faithfully discharge his duties as President. The below article seems quite telling.
Doug Jones should strongly call out the silence of Alabama's reps in Congress about corruption and their turning a blind eye to Trump's corruption.

Doug Jones should challenge Roy Moore to speak out against the silence of Alabama's reps in Congress about corruption and the blind eye the Republicans are turning to Trump's corruption.

Update 10/20/17
As discussed at #crookederthanHillary, Trump called off the Clinton investigation in November most likely because the charges of Clinton corruption no longer served his purposes, and continuing to pursue them would result in Trump's own conflicts of interest being a focus of attention as well.

Now, matters of Trump's own corruption have been accumulating for 10 months, and he is getting cornered. Trump now wants the country to go back to investigating the Clintons, which is probably in order to help himself with his personal problems.
Trump is showing a pattern of abuse of power by taking actions that are within his power to take but that are being done to for his private interests and purposes, and not fulfilling public interests.

As to the Comey firing, which was within his legal power, Trump first got letters from Sessions and Rosenstein saying Comey should be fired for the way he handled the Clinton email investigation, and then Trump tells Lester Holt he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. Robert Mueller is now considering whether that rises to the level of obstruction of justice.

If the Clinton corruption was as bad as Trump said it was in the campaign, it was in the public interest for the investigation to be continued. It fits a pattern of abuse of power for Trump to use his power to call off the investigation in November in order to keep his own conflicts of interest out of the public spotlight.

This abuse of power is now further evidenced by the current circumstances of Trump wanting to resume the investigation of the Clintons probably in order to help himself defend against his mounting personal problems.

Any articles of impeachment against Trump should include abuses of power, such as evidenced by facts surrounding the Comey firing and Trump's actions regarding the Clinton corruption investigation.

Is below another instance of Trump using powers for personal agenda?

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