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The Petty Tyrant
Author: BobR    Date: 08/16/2018 12:53:36

It seems like so long ago, but was in fact maybe less than a week, that representatives and supporters of pResident tRump suggested that being interviewed under oath by Mueller would be a "perjury trap". The absurdity of that notion is that there is no such thing. The only way it would be a "trap" is if tRump planned on lying. If he tells the truth - there is no "trap".

Earlier this week, former reality start Omarosa played a tape of herself being fired by Kelly. She indicated she has other tapes, and has since then played one of her talking with tRump after the firing. This REALLY seems to have upset the White House. When asked if there was a tape of tRump using the "n-word", press secretary Sanders indicated she couldn't say "no" for certain. A friend on the Book of Faces mused "Why would the president need to be told “no tapes exist” of him using racial slurs if he never used racial slurs?" (thanks David).

In response, the tRump campaign has threatened a lawsuit against her for violating an NDA she signed. There are two problems with that - the tapes in question were not recorded during the campaign; they were recorded in the tRump White House. Secondly, for anything occurring while she was working there, she is covered by the Whistlecblower Act:
In 2012, Congress unanimously passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), introduced by the Oversight Committee leadership, to prohibit agencies from implementing or enforcing “any non-disclosure policy, form or agreement” that did not specifically include the following language: “These provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights or liabilities created by existing statute or Executive order relating to (1) classified information, (2) communications to Congress, (3) the presorting to an Inspector General of a violation of any law, rule or regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or (4) any other whistleblower protection…”

Simply put, it is illegal for anyone in the Trump administration to impose a nondisclosure agreement on a member of the federal government that in any way limits that person’s ability to communicate with Congress and expose waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

In another act of desperate deflection, they revoked Brennan's security clearance. Much worse, though, is that they are threatening to revoke the clearances of other former security staff if they deign to criticize tRump.

These are all the acts of a stupid desperate petty tyrant, trying to keep his power, influence, and legacy intact. It seems to me to be the signs of his career's death spiral beginning to accelerate.

Soon.

 

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