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(Talking Points Memo)   You'll never believe this, but that guy Trump picked to head up the SDNY won't commit to recusing himself from cases involving Trump and Trump cronies   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line
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1532 clicks; posted to Politics » on 25 Jun 2020 at 9:00 PM (8 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-06-25 5:14:30 PM  
When asked by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on whether he can "commit, right here, to recusing yourself" from matters linked to the President, Clayton wouldn't give a direct answer to the question.

"What I will commit to do, which is what I commit to in my current job, is to approach the job with independence and to follow all ethical rules," Clayton said.


Recusal is an ethical rule, you dumbass.
 
2020-06-25 5:18:27 PM  
Clayton, you should just commit then not recuse yourself anyway. Your boss won't do whit about it, and Congress has already shown they won't do shiat about it, so who cares.

/God it'll be nice when things actually matter again.
 
2020-06-25 5:28:18 PM  
I thought there was no chance of the Senate approving him?
 
2020-06-25 5:32:35 PM  
Why do Republicans who have managed to not utterly destroy their reputation  - which is where Clayton is at the SEC, not a star but not the worst - would volunteer for a high profile reputation bonfire to protect Trump...

This is an abiding mystery.

It's almost like they don't really have a choice because whoever pulls their strings gives them no choice.
 
2020-06-25 5:41:10 PM  

wejash: Why do Republicans who have managed to not utterly destroy their reputation  - which is where Clayton is at the SEC, not a star but not the worst - would volunteer for a high profile reputation bonfire to protect Trump...

This is an abiding mystery.

It's almost like they don't really have a choice because whoever pulls their strings gives them no choice.


They all weirdly believe they will only get what they desire without being corrupted.  They think they can outsmart the Devil and his contract.
 
2020-06-25 5:41:19 PM  

Clarence Brown: I thought there was no chance of the Senate approving him?


That's what I thought too.
 
2020-06-25 6:11:35 PM  
Trump hires the best yes men that no money can buy.
 
2020-06-25 6:15:41 PM  
Diogenes:

It's almost like they don't really have a choice because whoever pulls their strings gives them no choice.

They all weirdly believe they will only get what they desire without being corrupted.  They think they can outsmart the Devil and his contract.


Guess who else thought that? Every asshole who supported the establishment of an authoritarian government, ranging from Danton to Von Papen.
 
2020-06-25 9:04:12 PM  

Clarence Brown: I thought there was no chance of the Senate approving him?


hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha you believed that?

This is the GOP.
 
2020-06-25 9:05:24 PM  
fark them all.  They aren't even hiding their corruption.
 
2020-06-25 9:05:38 PM  
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the law matters. JFC, I am sick of this rot.
 
2020-06-25 9:10:29 PM  
When asked by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on whether he can "commit, right here, to recusing yourself" from matters linked to the President, Clayton wouldn't give a direct answer to the question.

If you can't answer that question with an unqualified yes, then your answer is no.
 
2020-06-25 9:10:29 PM  
Still has to pass the senate to be confirmed as the office holder. Even then, the investigators just have to end-round their boss. Also, having the charges dismissed is the wrong play. That means that the charges can come back; since Double Jeopardy doesn't apply
 
2020-06-25 9:12:50 PM  
Laws only apply to brown people, poor people, and poor brown people.

Don't like it?

Unhappy with the status quo?

Vote against fascism. Vote as far left as possible in every election for every office every time until we end the unjust, unfair, unequal capitalist system which always gives rise in turn to fascism.
 
2020-06-25 9:18:23 PM  

Diogenes: When asked by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on whether he can "commit, right here, to recusing yourself" from matters linked to the President, Clayton wouldn't give a direct answer to the question.

"What I will commit to do, which is what I commit to in my current job, is to approach the job with independence and to follow all ethical rules," Clayton said.

Recusal is an ethical rule, you dumbass.


Why isn't that observation the follow-up question?
 
2020-06-25 9:18:44 PM  

Diogenes: Recusal is an ethical rule, you dumbass.


He might not know that, because he's never been a prosecutor.  Not an AUSA, not a DA, not an ADA, not even a paralegal or a clerk.

He was briefly an intern at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia while he was in law school, so there's that.
 
2020-06-25 9:23:01 PM  

wejash: Why do Republicans who have managed to not utterly destroy their reputation  - which is where Clayton is at the SEC, not a star but not the worst - would volunteer for a high profile reputation bonfire to protect Trump...

This is an abiding mystery.

It's almost like they don't really have a choice because whoever pulls their strings gives them no choice.


This one may have more to do with protecting his own outside interests as Clayton has previously represented Duetsche Bank, but that also leaves little doubt about why he was selected for his current job, and why he specifically is wanted for the SDNY gig now that their investigations are likely turning up some real dirt.

Donnie lured a whole bunch of crooked people into political appointments and his sphere on the basis of "the grift is in", and let them get fat on the hog. Now, as a result, they're stuck having to hoist his fat ass onto the life raft, because, being chained to him, they would rather he not sink them all. Most of these assholes are basically unemployable after this outside the derp squad or Fox as is, but doubly so when Trump's corruption exposes the depth of their own.
 
2020-06-25 9:23:34 PM  
Gonna just make some assumptions because nothing ever goes any way but the worst possible and ask this: If he gets confirmed and doesn't recuse himself, who's gonna call him out on it?

To those out there who voted Trump to "see what happens", I don't think that was a question worth asking. Now I want to see if we have any confidence in this government by 2021.
 
2020-06-25 9:27:28 PM  
I love how the last 20 years of the USA, thanks to the War on Terror, has bene one of those puzzles with twins. One always tells the truth, one always lies, and of course they both say they tell the truth and the other lies. The difference between the puzzle and the USA is that the twins are political parties where both parties vote the farking same because of their rhetoric about terrorism, Al Qaeda, and "Have you served?" bullying that always benenfits the liar at the expense of the truth-teller.

The USA failed the IQ test. Now they have the same corruption at home that they were riding overseas. There's no difference between this SDNY dude and the bribed officials that let Haliburton have its way in Iraq, and let Aemrican troops stay there.
 
2020-06-25 9:33:18 PM  

wejash: Why do Republicans who have managed to not utterly destroy their reputation  - which is where Clayton is at the SEC, not a star but not the worst - would volunteer for a high profile reputation bonfire to protect Trump...

This is an abiding mystery.

It's almost like they don't really have a choice because whoever pulls their strings gives them no choice.


He is being put there to run interference on the investigation of Deutsche Bank for money laundering. He represented DB the last time they got spanked for laundering Russian money. He is well aware of what they missed last time. The only bank that would loan money to Pinocchio. Even after he stiffed them, and sued them for being dumb enough to loan money to him.
 
2020-06-25 9:38:22 PM  
Lets forget everything else for a moment... Why is it ok to fire someone with the only reason is because one of your friends wants to live in NYC.
 
2020-06-25 9:39:46 PM  
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New York Times just claimed that Barr was putting pressure on Berman to review the Cohen case to determine that Individual 1 was not guilty of any crimes. Complete coincidence, I am sure.
 
2020-06-25 9:49:57 PM  

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New York Times just claimed that Barr was putting pressure on Berman to review the Cohen case to determine that Individual 1 was not guilty of any crimes. Complete coincidence, I am sure.


Correction: the push to unimplicate Trump happened last year, but is still outrageous that he would try to put his thumb on the scale. At least he backed off that time.
 
2020-06-25 9:53:19 PM  
Still have the Durham report to come out as well
 
2020-06-25 10:04:00 PM  
Goddamn there's a lot of shiat people that are willing to saddle themselves toTrump. They could offer me all the Lagavulin and Bruchladdie on the planet and I would take a nomination to be his dog walker.
 
2020-06-26 1:14:06 AM  
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2020-06-26 1:14:41 AM  
So they aren't repeating the "Sessions problem."
 
2020-06-26 4:14:51 AM  
Why does this seem like an episode of Boardwalk Empire?
 
2020-06-26 6:49:55 AM  
So much for "I really just want to move back to Manhattan"
 
2020-06-26 9:31:30 AM  

Clarence Brown: I thought there was no chance of the Senate approving him?


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