Now that Donald Trump has used the infamous Devin Nunes memo to launch a stunningly illegal (if probably ineffective) attack on the FBI and Department of Justice, the big question is what comes next. Trump made this move because he fears Special Counsel Robert Mueller is moving in too closely on him in the Russia investigation. So what is Mueller about to do to him in return? Some of the attorneys in the Trump-Russia investigation believe Mueller has a specific ace in the hole: an indictment against Trump.
Palmer Report pointed out back in November that when Mueller got a grand jury to indict Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, they were listed as “Indictment (B)” in the official court paperwork . That means there’s an “Indictment (A)” in that same case, and it’s still under seal. By definition it would have to be against a bigger fish. But the big fish like Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions weren’t connected to the financial crimes that Manafort and Gates were indicted on. According to Louise Mensch, in October, there were already MANY indictments.
Multiple attorneys representing people in the Trump-Russia scandal are now acknowledging that Mueller may simply move to indict Trump despite the fact that he’s a sitting president Although Richard Nixon’s DOJ was of the theoretical opinion that a sitting president should not be indicted, that theory was never tested in practice. Mueller can get a grand jury to indict Trump, and then he simply has to get the court system to rule that the indictment is valid. In fact there is strong circumstantial evidence that Mueller may already have a sealed indictment against Trump.
In other words, there is strong reason to suspect that the sealed Indictment (A) is against Donald Trump. If so, Robert Mueller can unseal it any time. In fact he may be collecting sealed indictments against Trump from each of the grand juries against Trump’s underlings, so that Trump can’t pardon his own co-conspirators. Now that Trump is trying to dismantle the FBI, will Mueller strike back by revealing what he’s got up his sleeve? Stay tuned.
Gallery: Inside Melania Trump’s Extreme Forced Plastic Surgery
Melania Trump has opted for some major cosmetic procedures to stay looking young for the President (especially because Donald Trump reportedly had a scalp reduction to correct balding, and maintains his complexion with heavy-handed spray tans).
There have been so many, despite denials, that it’s often questioned whether FLOTUS is actually Melania Trump, or perhaps a new model that Trump had imported. However, most insiders have claimed that Melania was forced to have these extreme treatments, so much that she looks nothing like the original.
Trump Blames Dead McCain for Healthcare Failures
In a Thursday interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Trump attacked late Senator John McCain (R-AZ). He said McCain “did the nation a tremendous disservice” when he voted against a GOP bill that would repeal and replace ObamaCare in 2017.
“He did the Republican Party a tremendous disservice and he did the nation a tremendous disservice, tremendous, and it’s unfortunate,” Trump said, according to The Hill.
“He went thumbs-down at the very last moment and I thought it was a disgraceful thing to do and very, very bad for our country and bad for health care,” Trump continued. “It was done and then John McCain, at the very last moment, late in the evening, went thumbs-down and everybody said, ‘What was that?'”
Trump also criticized McCain for being connected to a dossier of claims about Trump and Russia. Trump also complained about not being thanked for giving McCain the “kind of funeral that he wanted” after the senator died of brain cancer in August 2018.
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you. That’s OK,” Trump said.
Trump Wants to Take Away Disability Benefits from Happy Veterans
The Social Security Administration once again is floating an extremely ableist proposal: using social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook, to monitor people with disabilities who receive disability benefits from the government including the 1.3 million veterans.
It’s not uncommon for veterans to have both Social Security and veterans disability claims going on at the same time.
Alternatively, some veterans receive veterans disability benefits before applying for Social Security disability.
A “service-connected” disability is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.
The agency is arguing this is necessary to fight fraud, ensuring that people who “aren’t really disabled” won’t be able to collect benefits. For the disability community, the implications of this proposal are significant — and very scary. If they seem too happy on social media, or show their live is getting better in any way, shape of form, they might lose their benefits.
The government provides many forms of disability benefits. But most people think of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income when they hear “disability.”
Social Security Disability Insurance is paid to people who worked at some point during their lives. It’s linked to their earnings, with people generally making less than $1,200 in benefits every month.
Social Security disability does not compensate disability claimants based on a partial loss of employability. You are either totally disabled or not disabled under Social Security’s definition of disability.
The SSA hasn’t yet offered specifics on how it might use social media in evaluating disability claims.
But writing for Forbes, Imani Barbarin, who has cerebral palsy and is an advocate for the disabled community, observed that the policy could backfire by mistakenly rejecting people from the program. She noted that such a proposal demonstrates a “fundamental misunderstanding” of disability and how a social media post made by a disabled person could easily be misconstrued.
“Disabled people don’t all function in the same way, and disability is not a set of stereotypes like taking selfies staring longingly at the world. They live lives while managing their energy for the activities they can handle and trying to make those they cannot more accessible,” Barbarin wrote. “Additionally, studies have shown that a majority of social media users show only the good in their lives, not the hardships or difficulties.”