Trump Tweets “The Swamp!” for Friday’s Open Thread

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For Betty White’s Birthday and Friday, the President has tweeted 9 times and retweeted 12 times so far.

The Whining about Impeachment by Quoting Fox News Tweets.

The above thread of 2 tweets is likely to be deleted as the Government Accountability Office is the GAO not the GOA.

This above tweet is not a retweet but a shortened version of a quote from Laura Ingraham that President Trump tweeted on Thursday.

On Thursday as the News Blender covered, here, here, and here, the GAO, a nonpartisan group that reports to Congress, released their findings that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) violated the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 when they at the direction of the President withheld $214 million worth of security assistance aid to the Ukraine.

According to the House Committee on the Budget website, the ICA was passed in 1974 as a response to “President Nixon’s executive overreach – his Administration refused to release Congressionally appropriated funds for certain programs he opposed. While the U.S. Constitution broadly grants Congress the power of the purse, the President – through the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and executive agencies – is responsible for the actual spending of funds.”

How does the ICA work?
“The ICA lays out procedures the President must follow to reduce, delay, or eliminate funding in an account. The Act divides impoundments into two categories: rescissions and deferrals.”

Rescissions: 

House Committee on the Budget.

But wait there’s more…

In 2018 responding to a request made by then-Ranking Member of the House Committee on Budget Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) the GAO offered a legal opinion regarding the ICA.

From pg. 8 of the legal opinion issued December 2018.

GAO 12/2018.

Deferrals:

House Committee on the Budget.

It should be noted that in both Rescissions and Deferrals the President under the law is obligated to inform Congress of the intent to withhold Congressional approved funding under the ICA.

As we know the President did not inform Congress of the intent to delay the funds earmarked for Ukraine military aid. In fact during testimony we learned that the OMB’s decision at the direction of the President could offer very little information in regards to their decision to withhold the already cleared funding for Ukraine.

From the GAO report issued on January 16th, 2020.

GAO pg. 6.

It should be noted the GAO also points out that both OMB and the State Department have failed to provide the GAO with information needed in order for the GAO to fulfill it’s duties.

GAO pg. 9.

The Attacking “Political Rivals” Tweets.

This is the second time this week that President Trump has attacked from Mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg. You can view Bloombergs campaign ads via YouTube.com.

On Friday actor Sam Waterston, based known for his role on the crime drama “Law and Order,” endorsed Bloomberg.

I’m not entirely sure how anyone is “rigging” anything at this considering there hasn’t been one primary election so far. The first one happens on February 3rd in Iowa.

Also it should be noted that the Republican party leaders in states are refusing to hold primaries against the incumbent Impeachment President Trump.

The Other Tweet.

On Monday LSU beat Clemson to become National College Football Champions. The final score was LSU 42 Clemson 25.

In Other News.

Axios is reporting that included with Dershowitz and Starr, also joining the legal team is Robert Ray. That’s in addition to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow and Pam Bondi, the former Florida Attorney General.

Behind the scenes: Several White House officials told me they were hoping Trump wouldn’t pick Alan Dershowitz to play a role in the Senate trial.
They said it was an unforced error given the team was already strong and he has close, publicly documented ties to Jeffrey Epstein which could become a distraction.
But Trump thinks Dershowitz is magnificent on TV, a White House official told me.

Axios 01/17/2020.

Let it sink in America the President picked his lawyer because he was “magnificent on” Fox News.


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