There is little doubt that the first 131 days and 18+ hours of the Trump Presidency has started more chaotically than any of the other 44 Presidencies since the American Revolution. Scandal after scandal continue to smother the White House, and the few accomplishments that this Presidency may have achieved quickly have been buried. Things don’t seem to be getting any better any time soon, as some could say the last 24 hours have been one of the worst yet for the Trump Administration and America in general. We decided to briefly outline the chaos and confusion of the last 24 hours below.
Trump Exempts All Senior White House Staff From Ethics Rules
The Trump administration has just released a list of waivers to the White House’s ethics pledge that they imposed in a January Executive Order. This list includes Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway among other senior staff. In short, Trump is going against the very thing he denounced so clearly on the campaign trail and while signing the executive order three months ago to block such conflicts of interest. Conway will now be able to communicate with “political, advocacy, trade, or non-profit organizations” which she had worked for in the past, while Bannon will be able to continue communicating with the very pro-Trump news organization Breitbart News, whom he chaired as recently as last year.
Trump Admin is Ready to Return The Two Russian Compounds Obama Seized in Retaliation to the Russian Hacking of the DNC
According to a report by the Washington Post, the Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland, that the Obama Administration seized as retaliation for the hacking of the DNC, will soon be returned to Russia. Note that these are also the compounds that many believe Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn tried to set up a back channel within. The signal that such a move would put out, in regards to the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, certainly would not be good for this administration.
Brexit Figurehead Nigel Farage Now a “Person of Interest” in the FBI’s Trump/Russia Investigation
Early this morning the Guardian reported that a key figurehead in the Brexit vote, Nigel Farage is now a person of interest in the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s collusion with Russia. In particular, the FBI is said to be looking into the former Ukip leader’s ties to both the Trump campaign as well as Wikileaks. While the source providing these details to the Guardian did mention that Farage is neither a target or subject of the investigation, they said that he is a person who the FBI believes could have information linking the Trump campaign, Julian Assange/Wikileaks and Russia together.
“He’s right in the middle of these relationships. He turns up over and over again. There’s a lot of attention being paid to him,” the source stated on the condition of anonymity.
Congress Looking into a Possible Second Sessions-Kislyak Meeting At Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
Sources tell CNN that members of Congress are investigating whether Attorney General Jeff Session had more than just one meeting with Kislyak. Their investigation centers around a VIP reception on April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, during a Trump foreign policy speech leading up to the election.
James Comey, in a Public Testimony as Soon as Next Week, Will Confirm that Trump Tried to Influence Him to End The Investigation into Michael Flynn.
If any one man can make Trump’s nerves shatter it’s James Comey. Next week could be the week in which Comey testifies in a public hearing, and according to sources, he will confirm that Trump did indeed try and influence him to end the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.