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Donald Trump's cocoon is all he has left

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“President” Donald Trump has a protective cocoon around him. For whatever reason, those around him tend to protect him. Nowhere has this been more readily apparent than in the lawyers who worked at the White House and the Department of Justice. Government attorneys owe their allegiance and dedication to the United States of America and are not hired by, or on the private payroll, of any president. That is how it has worked for 230 years, but it apparently has broken down.


Attorney General William “Fu” Barr is a good example of this cocoon of Trump. FuBarr has claimed that Trump was wrongly accused, and so his obstruction of justice is justified. And this week, Barr stated in an interview that he is defending Trump because he “felt the rules were being changed to hurt Trump, and I thought it was damaging for the presidency over the long haul.” 


FuBarr gives not a clue of what rules had been changed, but if he means the rule of law, it has not been changed. And make no mistake, he is not concerned with the office of president in general, at least not if it is occupied by a Democrat in the future. He is only cocooning Trump.


Another example is Don McGahn, who was White House Counsel. That position offers advice to the president in his official capacity and does not serve as the president’s personal attorney. In a letter from his attorney confirming his no show at the House Judiciary Committee, McGahn’s position was outlined: “Mr. McGahn remains obligated to maintain the status quo and respect the President’s instruction.” Reports are that Trump has suggested that the RNC stop using McGahn’s law firm if he agrees to testify. These government attorneys are all providing a cocoon around Trump. The rule of law is being cast asunder, and a constitutional crisis may be afoot.


Daniel is a lawyer writing and teaching about SCOTUS, and is the author of the book “The Chief Justices” about the SCOTUS as seen through the center seat.

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New York Times Reports Deutsche Bank Flagged Trump and Kushner Transactions

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These four lengthy sentences from The New York Times should be enough for people of good will and patriotism to consider ending a presidency.

Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes.

The president* and his son-in-law, who has anywhere between three and 81 jobs in the administration*, were shuffling money around in such a funky fashion that money-laundering experts—at the only bank in the world from which the president* can get more than a souvenir calendar—felt compelled to raise an alarm. Putting the words "money laundering" and "president" in the same sentence used to be enough for network news to throw up one of those scarifying "BULLETIN" graphics. Putting the word "Russian" in there, too, used to be enough to get Walter Cronkite to sail his sloop all the way from the Vineyard to Black Rock.

In the summer of 2016, Deutsche Bank’s software flagged a series of transactions involving the real estate company of Mr. Kushner, now a senior White House adviser. Ms. McFadden, a longtime anti-money laundering specialist in Deutsche Bank’s Jacksonville office, said she had reviewed the transactions and found that money had moved from Kushner Companies to Russian individuals. She concluded that the transactions should be reported to the government — in part because federal regulators had ordered Deutsche Bank, which had been caught laundering billions of dollars for Russians, to toughen its scrutiny of potentially illegal transactions.

Apparently, according to the people interviewed by the Times, DB functioned as an all-purpose international laundromat for various people who needed money cleaned. Of course, the stakes rise considerably when one of the folks waiting for the spin cycle to finish is the president* of the United States.

After Mr. Trump became president, transactions involving him and his companies were reviewed by an anti-financial crime team at the bank called the Special Investigations Unit. That team, based in Jacksonville, produced multiple suspicious activity reports involving different entities that Mr. Trump owned or controlled, according to three former Deutsche Bank employees who saw the reports in an internal computer system...Senior executives worried that if they took a tough stance with Mr. Trump’s accounts — for example, by demanding payment of a delinquent loan — they could provoke the president’s wrath. On the other hand, if they didn’t do anything, the bank could be perceived as cutting a lucrative break for Mr. Trump, whose administration wields regulatory and law enforcement power over the bank.

None of this is normal. None of this is right. None of this comes within several hundred hectares of complying with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution that this guy swore to preserve and protect. Presidents are not supposed to scare bankers into hand-waving money-laundering allegations. That's not in the job description.

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Charles P. Pierce Charles P Pierce is the author of four books, mostly recently Idiot America, and has been a working journalist since 1976.

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Avlon: What's Trump trying to hide with Deutsche Bank? - CNN

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Avlon: What's Trump trying to hide with Deutsche Bank?  CNN

CNN's John Avlon breaks down President Trump's complicated -- and sometimes litigious -- history with Germany's Deutsche Bank.

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Judge rules in favor of House Democrats over subpoena of Trump accounting firm - Washington Examiner

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Judge rules in favor of House Democrats over subpoena of Trump accounting firm  Washington Examiner
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The New German Anti-Semitism - The New York Times

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When Solomon first told his parents about the bullying, they resolved to turn it into a teaching moment. They arranged to have Wenzel’s father visit the school to share his story about escaping the Gestapo. But the bullying worsened, Gemma told me, and they felt the school did not do nearly enough to confront the problem. The Michalskis went public with their story in 2017, sharing it with media outlets in order to spark what they viewed as a much-needed discussion about anti-Semitism in German schools. Since then, dozens of cases of anti-Semitic bullying in schools have come to light, including one case last year at the German-American school where my own son attends first grade, in which, according to local news reports, students tormented a ninth grader, for months, chanting things like “Off to Auschwitz in a freight train.” Under criticism for its handling of the case, the administration released a statement saying it regretted the school’s initial response but was taking action and having “intensive talks” with the educational staff.
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