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(Politico)   The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts   ( politico.com) divider line
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2017-10-03 12:47:28 PM  
...anti-nepotism law passed in 1967

Gee, I wonder what that was in response to?

/ no I don't
 
2017-10-03 12:52:30 PM  
...and do you think that President Daddy really cares? Or that Congress is going to hold his feet to fire on that one?

We handed the keys to a sh*t besmeared clown, and he proceeded to muck up the office, and the entire Administration with his brand of hucksters and grifters, and folks didn't complain once. Do you really think that anyone in Congress really cares about the legality? You know, up until that charges are going to be dropped, that could implicate themselves?
 
2017-10-03 01:11:52 PM  
Isn't that one of the things he campaigned on?

"Nobody is Some of us are above the law."
 
2017-10-03 01:44:19 PM  

skyotter: Isn't that one of the things he campaigned on?


*snerk*  If anyone still believes anything Trump says to be true or that he'll actually follow through on it is smoking WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much weed.

\unless it has some benefit to him directly
\\Or has people cheering for him
\\\Or to spite someone, pay someone back for some perceived slight
 
2017-10-03 02:05:13 PM  
Draining the swamp.
 
2017-10-03 02:24:30 PM  
Haha, you think anyone will do anything about this. The rule of law is gone.
 
2017-10-03 02:53:47 PM  
The Evil Elf has cast *strikethatreverseit*!

/who knew D&D would become reality?
 
2017-10-03 03:13:15 PM  
You won't believe how far down the Line of Succession you have to go before you see the name "Tiffany Trump"
 
2017-10-03 03:18:50 PM  

SpaceyCat: skyotter: Isn't that one of the things he campaigned on?

*snerk*  If anyone still believes anything Trump says to be true or that he'll actually follow through on it is smoking WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much weed.

\unless it has some benefit to him directly
\\Or has people cheering for him
\\\Or to spite someone, pay someone back for some perceived slight


Your comment made me think of this
MADD - Too High To Drive ( The Talking Pirate)
Youtube uuc7sAcmzXY
 
2017-10-03 04:03:59 PM  
Well that settles that then. Bye Javanka.
Yeah right, like they're going anywhere.
 
2017-10-03 05:53:11 PM  
Despite the OLC opinions, President Bill Clinton appointed first lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 to head a task force on his administration's health care reform efforts. It's unclear whether Clinton White House lawyers explored the legality of the move.

Aaaaand there's the talking point they'll hammer relentlessly if anyone questions them about it.
 
2017-10-03 07:54:07 PM  
Can we have an anti-despotism law?
 
2017-10-03 08:14:17 PM  

lindalouwho: ...anti-nepotism law passed in 1967

Gee, I wonder what that was in response to?

/ no I don't


you know, at least Democrats prohibit what previous Democrats committed. Republicans just encourage you to do it again and more brazenly.
 
2017-10-03 09:43:07 PM  

somedude210: lindalouwho: ...anti-nepotism law passed in 1967

Gee, I wonder what that was in response to?

/ no I don't

you know, at least Democrats prohibit what previous Democrats committed. Republicans just encourage you to do it again and more brazenly.


It was a pretty widespread problem in Congress and beyond, too.
 
2017-10-03 09:44:44 PM  
Some elf is gonna get his cookie dough pissed in.
 
2017-10-03 09:58:27 PM  
shiat clown in a shiat circus with the shiat winds a blowing.
 
2017-10-03 10:02:42 PM  

vudukungfu: shiat clown in a shiat circus with the shiat winds a blowing.


Worst Dylan song ever.
 
2017-10-03 11:36:20 PM  

fusillade762: Despite the OLC opinions, President Bill Clinton appointed first lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 to head a task force on his administration's health care reform efforts. It's unclear whether Clinton White House lawyers explored the legality of the move.

Aaaaand there's the talking point they'll hammer relentlessly if anyone questions them about it.


And they'd be right to do it. Hillary might be much more qualified to do anything than Ivanka/Jared, but the same law exists. Or it doesn't apply. Pick your poison, but in this case, if Trump did it, so did the Clintons.
 
2017-10-03 11:48:42 PM  

fusillade762: Despite the OLC opinions, President Bill Clinton appointed first lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 to head a task force on his administration's health care reform efforts. It's unclear whether Clinton White House lawyers explored the legality of the move.

Aaaaand there's the talking point they'll hammer relentlessly if anyone questions them about it.


Mmmm, so what was bad for because Bill did it isn't bad when Trump does it multiple times?

/It's OK when we do it obviously.
 
2017-10-03 11:58:43 PM  
Remember those two hours that one afternoon in February? The 3rd of February, I believe.. Anyway, that's when nepotism was our biggest concern. We'd just gotten over that real knuckle biter from 10 am. Can't remember that one. I want to say it was our president making racist statements, but it also could have been him quadrupling down on his tripling down on his doubling down regarding his inauguration crowd size, but that could have been the day before...

Anywho, we were really up in arms over that one for about 2 hours, it really pissed us off that he was staffing the White House with a bunch of family members who had no experience and no business poking their noses in our government's operations.

But that outrage was short lived. He wasted no time in giving us another WTF moment. Maybe it was the news that he had a national security meeting g in the dining room of Mar A Lago, I'm not sure. It's been a really tough 8 months so far. It could have been anything, really. Whatever it was, it moved nepotism to the back burner and made us wistful for the days when that was the current "worst" thing we could expect...

Good times!
 
2017-10-04 12:02:54 AM  
The best swamp people.
 
2017-10-04 12:03:09 AM  

Mikey1969: Remember those two hours that one afternoon in February? The 3rd of February, I believe.. Anyway, that's when nepotism was our biggest concern. We'd just gotten over that real knuckle biter from 10 am. Can't remember that one. I want to say it was our president making racist statements, but it also could have been him quadrupling down on his tripling down on his doubling down regarding his inauguration crowd size, but that could have been the day before...

Anywho, we were really up in arms over that one for about 2 hours, it really pissed us off that he was staffing the White House with a bunch of family members who had no experience and no business poking their noses in our government's operations.

But that outrage was short lived. He wasted no time in giving us another WTF moment. Maybe it was the news that he had a national security meeting g in the dining room of Mar A Lago, I'm not sure. It's been a really tough 8 months so far. It could have been anything, really. Whatever it was, it moved nepotism to the back burner and made us wistful for the days when that was the current "worst" thing we could expect...

Good times!


Me, I'm more fond of 8 years ago, when the biggest Presidential "scandal" was the President winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
2017-10-04 12:04:02 AM  

AirForceVet: fusillade762: Despite the OLC opinions, President Bill Clinton appointed first lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 to head a task force on his administration's health care reform efforts. It's unclear whether Clinton White House lawyers explored the legality of the move.

Aaaaand there's the talking point they'll hammer relentlessly if anyone questions them about it.

Mmmm, so what was bad for because Bill did it isn't bad when Trump does it multiple times?

/It's OK when we do it obviously.


Or, what wasn't bad when the Clintons did it is now bad when Trump does it because Trump is evil.
 
2017-10-04 12:06:44 AM  
Jesus.  Rosalyn Farking Carter gets nixed but we do get Kushner and Ivanka.

I need another tub of Haagen-Dazs.
 
2017-10-04 12:11:05 AM  
Appointing relatives/friends to "honorary" positions where they're not being paid or actually doing anything is ok.  Oh, but they're going to be paid and actually doing stuff.  Yeah, that'll make a judge's day.
 
2017-10-04 12:31:56 AM  

hubiestubert: ...and do you think that President Daddy really cares? Or that Congress is going to hold his feet to fire on that one?

We handed the keys to a sh*t besmeared clown, and he proceeded to muck up the office, and the entire Administration with his brand of hucksters and grifters, and folks didn't complain once. Do you really think that anyone in Congress really cares about the legality? You know, up until that charges are going to be dropped, that could implicate themselves?


Because it's worked out SO WELL now that Jared looks like he's going to be facing charges in New York?
 
2017-10-04 01:18:42 AM  

vudukungfu: shiat clown in a shiat circus with the shiat winds a blowing.


Now we know Jim Lahey's fark handle.
 
2017-10-04 01:25:02 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: fusillade762: Despite the OLC opinions, President Bill Clinton appointed first lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 to head a task force on his administration's health care reform efforts. It's unclear whether Clinton White House lawyers explored the legality of the move.

Aaaaand there's the talking point they'll hammer relentlessly if anyone questions them about it.

And they'd be right to do it. Hillary might be much more qualified to do anything than Ivanka/Jared, but the same law exists. Or it doesn't apply. Pick your poison, but in this case, if Trump did it, so did the Clintons.


I believe the First Lady is a de facto government official already albeit one with nebulous responsibilities.
 
2017-10-04 01:51:54 AM  

Beast_Ice: Three Crooked Squirrels: fusillade762: Despite the OLC opinions, President Bill Clinton appointed first lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 to head a task force on his administration's health care reform efforts. It's unclear whether Clinton White House lawyers explored the legality of the move.

Aaaaand there's the talking point they'll hammer relentlessly if anyone questions them about it.

And they'd be right to do it. Hillary might be much more qualified to do anything than Ivanka/Jared, but the same law exists. Or it doesn't apply. Pick your poison, but in this case, if Trump did it, so did the Clintons.

I believe the First Lady is a de facto government official already albeit one with nebulous responsibilities.


TFA was peppered with stuff about Roslyn Carter. Ain't so easy as saying "We share a bed."
 
2017-10-04 03:29:59 AM  
Part of the reasoning was that nepotism could unleash dark forces which would first be seen in multiple catastrophes of weather like Cat 5 Hurricanes or earthquakes or volcanic events.
 
2017-10-04 06:22:55 AM  
Still, not as bad as a President having sex and lying about it.

/Conservative logic.
 
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