It’s Mueller Time!

Saturday Night Live will continue Alec Baldwin’s ham-handed send up of Donald Trump but it doesn’t look like Robert DeNiro will long reprise his role as a menacing Robert Mueller. The Special Counsel has filed his final report and closed shop on his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and, particularly, of whether…

Trump ouster plot is bureaucratic overreach

Cape Cod Times, March 7, 2019 Contrary to the assertion in your March 2 editorial, “When is a coup not a coup?” the plotting by a group of career bureaucrats below Cabinet level at the Justice Department and FBI to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove a president they deplore is not part of their…

The Indictment of Roger Stone

On January 24th Roger Stone, a long time political activist and ally and confidante of Donald Trump was indicted at the urging of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller on 1 count of Obstructing a Congressional Investigation by failing to turn over subpoenaed records and lying about their existence, five counts of False Statements to Congress and one…

Donald Trump, “The Manchurian Candidate?”

On January 11 Americans were horrified to read a front page story in the New York Times headlined, “FBI Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia.” Unfortunately, only about half were horrified that a few civil servants at the top of the FBI, on record as looking for ways to derail…

The President and the Chief Justice: No Big Deal

The hearts of the chattering classes have been all aflutter this week over an exchange between President Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts this week. The President criticized what he described as an “Obama judge” for a ruling against the administration’s attempt to bar migrants who cross the border illegally from seeking asylum….

CNN vs. Trump

A shorter version of this sentiment appeared on November 29. 2018 as “CNN and Acosta Will Have a Lot to Answer For Later” in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. The case brought by CNN against the White House over suspension of the “Hard Pass of correspondent Jim Acosta will likely not be decided tomorrow…

Birthright Citizenship: A Primer

President Trump proposes to end the long-accepted concept of “Birthright Citizenship” by executive order.  Contrary to most current commentary, there is a legitimate case to be made that he has that authority. It is not a good or persuasive argument, however, and it contradicts conservative political and judicial principles. The concept of citizenship, as it…

Press’s united front just bolsters Trump claims

Cape Cod Times, August 21, 2018 President Trump is not “a self-styled demagogue,” as you describe him (“Trump, tweets and the truth,” Our View, Aug. 16). By definition, a “self-styled demagogue” is one who calls himself a demagogue. I know what you meant, but that’s how these #fakenews things get started. Worse, the Cape Cod…

Immigration Politics Flare Up

In recent weeks the national dialogue has been dominated by hysteria at levels unprecedented even in the era of #nevertrump. Disturbing pictures of children, seemingly caged, were promoted by cynical activists and media outlets to the agitation of many whose political thoughts are dominated by their emotions. A goal of the Trump administration, so the trope…

Some Legal Advice for President Trump

President Donald J. Trump and his lawyers are engaged in a choreographed performance aimed, not at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but at the voting public. Trump acts as if  he is just dying to have a conversation to clear the air with Mueller, while his lawyers argue that there should be limits on any such…

Jim Clapper’s “Magical Mystery Tour”

Before he accepted his appointment by President Obama as Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper wrote in a letter to the President: “I have always sought to be ‘below the radar;” I do not like publicity.” The big payday of a large book contract seems to have overcome Clapper’s reticence. In addition to his paid…

President Trump, General Kelly and the Accused Aide

President Donald J. Trump and his White House Chief of Staff, former General John Kelly each came to their current position from different places and a different time. When Marine General John Kelly was commanding American and Coalition forces in battle in Western Iraq, if he heard that an exceptionally effective aide or company commander…