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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Trump White House has careened from one crisis to another since January, with the furor around the publication of Michael Wolff's best-selling tell-all Fire and Fury -- which sparked a public break between Trump and his former top strategist Steve Bannon -- replaced by outrage sparked by Trump's description of African countries as "---," as well as a stand-off between Trump and the FBI over the ever-present Russia investigation. In the midst of all that, the government shut down -- twice. The relentless chaos has prompted some senior officials to leave the administration in recent weeks. The latest is Rachel Brand, the number three official at the Justice Department, who resigned on Friday to join Wal-Mart, telling friends that she was concerned that her association with the Trump administration could hurt her reputation.

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I think the Trump White House is permanently lurched.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-10 11:51 AM | Reply

If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live in Donald Trump's family, he's giving you a semi-public exhibition.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-10 11:52 AM | Reply

This is what happens you elected a "CEO" to run a government.

Permanent crisis mode due to the lack of forward thinking.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-10 01:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#2 no wonder his kids are retarded.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-10 02:18 PM | Reply

"I think the Trump White House is permanently lurched.
#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-10 11:51 AM"

www.youtube.com

#5 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-02-11 05:51 AM | Reply

Wow leaving the government for a job at Walmart?

How bad is it when the #3 at the justice department describes becoming a greeter as "getting a great job"?

#6 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-02-11 07:39 AM | Reply

Brand's husband is a partner in the law firm that is now representing Rick Gates in his negotiations for a plea deal with Mueller, as reported by Carl Bernstein on CNN. If somehow Rosenstein was removed from heading the investigation while she remained as #3, she still would have had to recuse herself anyway due to a conflict of interest.

All-in-all, this was the perfect time to remove herself from the Trump/Sessions stench permeating throughout the Justice Department currently.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-11 07:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Rachel Brand, the number three official at the Justice Department, who resigned on Friday to join Wal-Mart, telling friends that she was concerned that her association with the Trump administration could hurt her reputation.

The DOJ chain-of-command goes like this ...

1. Jeff Sessions = Attorney General
2. Rod Rosenstein = Deputy Attorney General
3. Rachel Brand = Associate Attorney General

Trump will undoubtedly want to put a lackey in the DOJ's #3 position to replace Rachel Brand in an effort to influence (in the least) and disrupt (in the most) the Mueller Investigation.

#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-11 08:55 AM | Reply

"Brand's husband is a partner in the law firm that is now representing Rick Gates"

I read that too:

Polly Sigh‏ @dcpoll

Rachel Brand's husband, Jonathan Cohn, is an attorney at Sidley Austin, the firm Rick Gates just hired to represent him in the Mueller indictment. Maybe Brand is taking herself out of Trump's line of fire – he would certainly use that against her.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-11 10:32 AM | Reply

Can orange lurch just leave the white house already?

He's so bad at the job.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-11 05:40 PM | Reply


@#3 ... This is what happens you elected a "CEO" to run a government. Permanent crisis mode due to the lack of forward thinking. ...

I don't think lack of forward thinking is due to electing a CEO. Indeed, CEOs typically think in strategic terms regarding the corporation, i.e., 5 to 10 years down the road.

The problem with electing a CEO to the White House resides in the very different organizational and management structures.

Pres Trump, in CEO-mode, expects to give a command in Washington, and have it followed. He expects the Judiciary to always rule in his favor. In Washington, with the Constitutional checks and balances, such obedience is not the norm.

Pres Trump's expectation of loyalty foremost to him, and secondarily to the Constitution and Country, is similarly misplaced.

Pres Trump is trying to run Washington like a corporation, and it isn't working. It will never work. That is just not they way our Constitution is written.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-02-11 07:39 PM | Reply

Plus, he's a douchebag.

#12 | Posted by squinch at 2018-02-12 05:54 PM | Reply

Plus, he's a douchebag. #12 | Posted by squinch

Good, honest, hatred. Quite refreshing!

#13 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2018-02-13 08:39 AM | Reply

Good, honest, hatred. Quite refreshing!

#13 | Posted by CrisisStills

It's okay to hate horrible harmful cruel evil people.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-13 04:52 PM | Reply

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