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Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy will step down from his position as Director of the Secret Service this coming Sat., March 4th. With all the time spent on the golf course,it seems Donald Trump hasn’t found time to hire a replacement.
It might be more difficult than Trump realizes. Women might be worried that they would become subjected to harassing situations, including agents masturbating at their desks. Men who are members of a racial minority might not want the job in light of the years of discrimination that became the subject of a 16 year legal battle. There might also be concern over whether the agents would get paid. The Service paid 24 Million Dollars to settle the discrimination suit. Moreover, the Secret Service has already charged the American taxpayers $11.3 Million dollars for the first month of protection for Trump. To put that sum in perspective, the cost of protecting President Obama for a year averaged 12.1 million dollars. At that rate the cost of protecting President Trump for 2017 will be $135.6 Million dollars, roughly $123.5 million dollars more than the previous year’s cost while Obama was President. This budget nightmare is especially problematic because the 2017 yearly budget for the Secret Service was only increased by $42.2 million dollars.
To make matters worse, the Secret Service Agency currently polls as the worst place to work in the federal government.
After Trump’s election, and before his inauguration, people familiar with Trump’s plans announced that Trump planned to keep some of his private security team as part of his Presidential protective personnel. Security officials warned that employing private security personnel heightens risks for the president-elect and his team, as well as for protesters, dozens of whom have alleged racial profiling, undue force or aggression at the hands of Trump’s security, with at least 10 joining a trio of lawsuits now pending against Trump, his campaign or its security.
“It’s playing with fire,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who worked on President Barack Obama’s protective detail during his 2012 reelection campaign. Having a private security team working events with Secret Service “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk,” Wackrow said.
“You never want to commingle a police function with a private security function,” he said, adding, “If you talk to the guys on the detail and the guys who are running the rallies, that’s been a little bit difficult because it’s so abnormal.”
Fifteen law professors from law schools around the country have filed an ethics complaint with the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Board of Professional Responsibility regarding the conduct of Kellyanne Conway.
“We do not file this complaint lightly,” states the letter, which legal ethics professors from leading universities such as Yale, Georgetown, Fordham and Duke filed this week. “We believe that, at one time, Ms. Conway understood her ethical responsibilities as a lawyer and abided by them. But she is currently behaving in a way that brings shame upon the legal profession.”
Conway obtained a law degree from George Washington University Law School. She was admitted to the Washington, D.C., bar in 1995, but it seems she is suspended from the active practice of law for nonpayment of dues.
The letter lists Conway’s lies, including those about the non-existent “Bowling Green Massacre” to justify Trump’s ban against travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Not only was there no massacre, but “Ms. Conway knew there was no massacre,” the filing states.
The complaint also upbraids Conway’s touting of “alternative facts” — which are “not facts at all; they are lies,” the letter notes.
Finally, Conway’s touting of products sold by the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump on national TV were a “clear violation of government ethics rules, which a lawyer and a member of the bar should surely know,” the document states.
The complaint concludes that Conway’s “conduct, clearly violative of the rules that regulate her professional status, cries out for sanctioning” by the bar.
There was no immediate response from the White House, or from Conway herself. Moreover if a response is forthcoming, it is questionable if it will be reported since we have no reason to trust the White House to disclose any information to the press.
Sean Spicer is the Press Secretary for Donald Trump. As the White House Press Secretary Spicer is the senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the executive branch of the United States government administration, especially with regard to the President, senior executives, and policies.
The press secretary is responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president’s administration and issues the administration’s reactions to developments around the world. The press secretary interacts with the media, and deals with the White House press corps on a daily basis, generally in a daily press briefing. n December 16, 2016, 70 days ago, Spicer explained that the difference between a democracy and a dictatorship was the right of the Press to report on the activities of the President, without filter, editorializing by the government, and consistent with their opinion.
Just yesterday I explained that Trump’s conduct was tantamount to making himself a dictator!
Please send messages to your Senators and Representatives expressing your outrage at this latest attempt by Trump to position himself so that he remains unaccountable to the American people. Conservative or Liberal, Muslim or Christian, Black or White, EVERYONE in America should be able to express their opinions regarding our President. The day we stand by and allow any President to control the media, is the day that we transform ourselves from a democracy to a dictatorship.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
It’s a common strategy of a dictator or communist government to control the press and media. A dictator like Putin, has a long and colorful history of limiting the press to reporters and journalists who report on things that make him appear favorable to the public. He forces those who report anything negative out of business, or worse, they are killed. In North Korea, the dictator expels reporters from other countries who publish anything he deems disrespectful. Under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq, the media had a long history of repression. The Iraqi media suffered relentless repression for 25 years. In a book about Resisting a Dictatorship, Vincent Boudreau compares state repression in three post-war dictatorships under Burma’s Ne Win, Indonesia’s Suharto and the Philippines’ Ferdinand Marcos. In each case the dictator faced distinct social challenges and responded with specifically tailored repressive strategies. These strategies shaped the resources, social bases and opposition cultures available to dissidents and in turn influenced the effectiveness of that opposition. Thus the importance of freedom of press is critical to freedom in America. Even Fox News recognizes the critical importance of all news networks gaining equal access to the President.
The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News were among those blocked from taking part in a off-camera “gaggle” inside Spicer’s West Wing office. It is time to stand up and protest. We can’t wait. Tell your neighbors. Tell those who hold political views different than your own. Surely everyone recognizes that the First Amendment is critical to our way of life and ensuring our freedom!
In case you were wondering about Trump’s ties to Russia…wonder no longer! At the CPAC conference, people attending were waiving Russian flags. Evidently Republicans don’t respect the First Amendment rights of other Republicans because the security team at the conference seized the flags.
It’s ironic that Trump declared at the CPAC conference that nobody loves the First Amendment more than he does.