Category: Senate

Wait, How About Trump Collusion with Russian Oligarchs?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | May 1, 2019) –  Attorney General William Barr’s Hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, presented himself as uninformed, out of touch and severely biased. It was a very sad day for American justice.

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The Mueller Report. The scope of Robert Mueller’s Investigation was as follows:

  • “Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election”
  • “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and
  • “any matters that arose or may arise directly from investigation; and
  • “any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. 600.4(a)

Russian interference was extensive and pervasive. The staggering number of details in Mueller’s report have so much meat, that by the end readers can easily conclude that Trump is an illegitimate president. Further, Trump has acted like he knows he’s an illegitimate president ever since his inauguration.

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Links and/or coordination with Russian government. It seems that the operative word here is Russian “government.” What definition did Mueller and his team use when investigating the Russian government? The assumption is that Mueller’s Team went by the official definition of the Russian government:

  • Prime Minister
  • Deputy prime ministers
  • Federal ministers

The list of government officials is very straight forward. These are highly visible politicians. I can understand why Mueller didn’t find any evidence connecting Trump and his campaign to conspiring with Russian government officials. But did Mueller find evidence connecting Trump and his campaign to oligarchs, business professionals, and influential Russian citizens? It’s highly probable Mueller did. Was Mueller able to investigate these connections, or was it considered out of scope? Were these lower level Russians associated in anyway to the Russian government? So many questions still unanswered. If Mueller’s Report is narrow in scope, only addressing what Rosenstein stated in his original order, then Mueller’s summary makes sense, and seemingly Trump will be blindsided On November 3, 2020 when he leaves office.

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But this troublesome void of not knowing whether or not Mueller’s summary was based solely on Trump and his campaign’s conspiring with Russian politicians, versus oligarchs and business professionals and other Russians, leaves many in the public feeling unsettled. Hopefully we’ll learn the answer to this sooner rather than later.

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Silent GOP Senators Are the Force That Enables Trump’s Obstruction of Justice

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | April 25, 2019) –  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s silence is deafening. It appears that McConnell didn’t even read the Mueller Report. Or Lindsey Graham for that matter. The GOP game-altering “silence is complicity” perspective in 2018, led to the blue tsunami sweep on November 6, 2018. The Senate overhaul will be next.

Twenty-one months of GOP silence now has Trump by the throat. It’s the very reason why Mueller’s obstruction investigation uncovered so much evidence. The very reason why Mueller can’t exonerate Trump. If McConnell and the GOP Senators had followed-through with their sworn oath to the Constitution, Trump wouldn’t be able to obstruct. It’s become a Catch-22. Mitch McConnell and GOP Senators are enablers of Trump’s obstruction of justice, allowing him free reign to obstruct. Are GOP leaders now part of Trump’s criminal enterprise, or has their long game always been Trump’s demise? McConnell’s silence will eventually lead to Trump’s destruction, as well as his own. The ultimate goal in 2020 is to flip the Senate and the White House. McConnell’s pro-Putin, anti-American Constitution obstructionism will finally become the nail in his coffin.

McConnell has only made one official statement since the release of the Mueller report and it is completely unapologetic of any of Trump’s ludicrous attempts to subvert the United States legal system.

“I’m grateful for the Attorney General’s diligent work to release as much of the Special Counsel’d report as possible to Congress and to the American people. The nation is fortunate to have an experienced leader like Bill Barr in place to ensure maximum possible transparency while carefully protecting classified material and legally restricted grand jury information. Like all of my colleagues, I look forward to carefully reviewing the report.” ~Mitch McConnell, April 18, 2019

Lindsey Graham, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is in a state of denial. The statements in his tweet read like lies, except that he does clarify that they’re IMO (“To me”). But is it appropriate for the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to spin the Mueller Report in this way, or does he feel justified in doing so because he’s simply following Barr’s lead? Isn’t Graham obligated to adhere to professional standards in this leadership position?

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Sad. The gagged Senate GOP has become the springboard that will lead to Trump’s “day with destiny” (Neal Katyal) much sooner than otherwise.

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The Kentucky Plan | Boycott

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” ~Benjamin Rush

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report) – If McConnell is the obstacle causing so much pain and suffering, what’s the solution?

The traditional US negotiating tactic, dating back to pre-independence America and the Boston Tea Party, is that of boycotting products directly related to the subject being negotiated. We’ve seen this play out successfully in modern politics as well. For example, a large number of companies pulled ads connected to the NRA immediately following the tragic Parkland slaughter of 17 students on February 14, 2018. So effective was this boycott campaign, that the NRA is now on the verge of bankruptcy.

With that in mind, in an effort to block Senate Majority Leader’s aggressive efforts to advance Trump’s anti-American/pro-Russia agenda, despite McConnell’s sworn oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America, it’s now time to flex our muscles in preserving our American principles and the institutions we hold sacred, the two pillars that are essential to the survival of our democracy.

The following is a short list of the top consumer product corporations headquartered in Kentucky, and are thus the top candidates for an effective boycott campaign.

  • Yum! Brands | $5.88 Billion in 2017, down from $13.08 Billion in 2013
    • Kentucky Fried Chicken
    • Pizza Hut
    • Taco Bell
  • Texas Road House | $2.22 Billion, 2017
  • Papa John’s Pizza | $1.78 Billion, 2017
  • Churchill Downs | $882.6 million, 2017

All five food chains are in every state in America. We can do this!
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Battle Lines Are Drawn | Know Their Names

The resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Thursday December 20, 2018, and the release of his resignation letter the next day, Friday December 21, 2018, is what kicked off the longest shutdown in U.S. history at midnight on the 21st. The shutdown is still continuing, with today being day 31.

Retired Marine General Jim Mattis, a courageous warrior, nobly warned the American people in his resignation letter: BEWARE. Enemy at the door.

As long as Donald J. Trump is in the White House, we must never forget this alarming, and burdensome acknowledgement. Mattis’ dutiful sacrifice was executed for our benefit. He outed Trump publicly, which can only mean that Mattis was very aware of how harmful Trump’s agenda was for our well-being as well as our allies. We can actually feel this now during the shutdown. Our president is continuing along a perilous course that continues to undermine our economy, our foreign relations, national security, environment, debt, financial strength, and unity.

The situation is very grim.

In light of this sobering reality, it’s mind-numbing that 43 United States GOP Senators voted down the Democrat-led initiative to stop Trump from ending the sanctions against three Russian companies connected to Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska , who has deep ties to Paul Manafort. Both are connected to the election meddling investigation. The House on the other hand, in a bipartisan commitment to maintain these stringent guard rails that bolster our national security, passed by a vote of 362 – 53 to uphold these particular Russian sanctions.

The dichotomy is stunning. And in the face of the fallout of the undermining of our national security, it’s important to know exactly who sold out our country, for they will certainly do it again, as we can so clearly see during the shutdown.

These are the eleven GOP Senators who voted with the Democrats to maintain hefty Russian Sanctions on the three Russian companies connected to Deripaska; the “*” indicates that they’re up for re-election in 2020:

  • John Boozman (AR)
  • Susan Collins (ME)*
  • Tom Cotton (AR)*
  • Steve Daines (MT)*
  • Cory Gardner (CO)*
  • Josh Hawley (MO)
  • John Kennedy (LA)
  • Martha McSally (AZ)
  • Jerry Moran (KS)
  • Marco Rubio (FL)
  • Ben Sasse (NE)

Sadly, this is a very short list. The battle lines have thus been drawn. The other 43 GOP Senators voted against the United States of America, and against the American people in support of Russia. And they did so despite Mattis’ dire warning. Thus, to keep ourselves safe and alert in the upcoming months, we can never forget Mattis’ ominous warning, and we must be forever mindful of the short list of 11 GOP names who reached deep inside themselves and found a way to break with their party, and wear their patriot hat. Can they do this again to end the government shutdown?

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Impeachment is Easier Than It Seems

“A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.” ~Aristotle

The world has been traumatized by Trump’s delusion, and McConnell’s support of Trump’s delusion, for two painfully slow, long years. This feeling of continuous cognitive dissonance while we’re forced to endure these two self-serving cowards as they pretend to lead our massive nation, in the midst of defrauding us, ignites that effervescent American spirit that fills us with motivation, and the “can do” determination, on these toughest, darkest days.

Trump and McConnell appear to have a quid pro quo relationship. Kentucky is the largest coal producing state in the country. Trump has gone all in on promoting coal, and passing legislation that benefits coal producers while harming the health and well-being of millions of Americans. In return, McConnell has pledged his loyalty to trump in equal measure.

This is corruption. And this is why we have a twisted stalemate during this government shutdown that’s been a traumatic event for 800,000+ Americans.

According to The Hill today (Tuesday January 15, 2019), McConnell boldly blocked a “House bill to reopen government for second time.” Additionally, The Hill published the scoop that McConnell vowed “the senate won’t override Trump veto on shutdown fight.”

Which brings us to an historic crossroad. We’re forced to make a choice.

  • Unconvincing possibility? | McConnell and or Trump doing the right thing… proceeding forward with ending the shutdown because it’s what’s best for America.
  • Likely impossibility? | Expel McConnell so that we can impeach Trump which will end the shutdown. Perhaps Amazon and Apple and several states could front a loan to pay the 800,000 furloughed federal employees until this is over.

If Aristotle advises that it’s best to go with the “likely impossibility,” well then… let’s just do it. What do we have to lose? Absolutely nothing. The only way we can lose is by doing nothing, or by caving and letting a malicious bully weaken our resolve.

Impeachment is much easier than it appears. Just 3 steps:

(1)  House of Representatives debate the Articles of Impeachment against Trump and vote. They need a simple majority.

(2) Expel Mitch McConnell from the Senate. Senators must have 67 votes to succeed at this. McConnell has a super majority opposed to him right now, so this shouldn’t require much persuasion. Fourteen Senators have been expelled from the Senate since the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

(3) Once McConnell is expelled, the Senate will hold an Impeachment Trial:

  • House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative Jerry Nadler, acts as prosecutor and submits evidence
  • Trump’s lawyers submit his defense
  • Chief Justice John Roberts presides as judge and rules on whether the evidence is admissible
  • The Senate acts as the jury, 67 need to say “Aye” to impeach

It seems a very likely impossibility that we can succeed at this if we move swiftly to expel McConnell as soon as possible.

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How to Remove a Senator from Office

Removing a United States Senator or Congressional Representative from office is referred to as Expulsion. The process for expulsion is outlined at the beginning of the United States Constitution:

U.S. Constitution, Legislative Branch, Article 1, Section 5: …”Each House [of Congress] may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”

So it takes two-thirds of either the Senate or the House to remove one of its members.

The very first Senator to be expelled, was a signer of the United States Constitution, Tennessee Senator William Blount – July 7, 1797. This was less than ten years after the Constitution was adopted. The offense? Treason. John Adams was President.

Thirteen other Senators were expelled in 1861 for supporting the “Confederate rebellion.”

In light of U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ resignation letter on Thursday December 20, 2018, one that immediately set off  alarm bells all over the world, it’s essential that we as a nation pause to take stalk. Mattis’ letter reads more like a Code-Red “SEVERE” Threat Level warning, than a simple resignation.

In fact, Mattis’ resignation came at the conclusion of a year of SEVERE warnings, conveyed through a litany of book releases by other patriotic military generals, former cabinet secretaries, and acclaimed political writers. Here are a few:

With this many distinguished leaders sounding the alarm, and with the president of the United States going unchecked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a few like-minded colleagues, the only course of action available to the extremely concerned American public in the upcoming months is that of knowing that the father of the Constitution, James Madison, provided the American public with an action plan for removing this type of barrier to our sovereignty.

These are extreme times. The writing is on the wall. We’ve been warned over and over and over again. The blue wave arrives on January 3, 2019 and will take control of the House, which brings great peace of mind. However, the Senate still remains in control of the Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell who has consistently demonstrated his strong loyalty to Donald J. Trump and appears determined to maintain this same course of action in 2019.

With that in mind, knowing what counter moves we have available in the upcoming months, is sure to keep us on course as we proceed forward with removing one of the most severe national security threats our nation has ever faced.

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McConnell Most Responsible for Climate Change

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was first elected to the United States Senate in 1984. After serving five terms, he was re-elected to a sixth in 2014. He steadily rose the ranks to various leadership positions:

  • National Republican Senatorial Committee | 1998 – 2000
  • Majority Whip | 2003 – 2005, 108th Congress
  • Minority Leader | 2006 – 2014
  • Majority Leader | 2014 – present

The global temperature in 1984, when McConnell was first elected, was 14.10 Celsius / 57.38 Fahrenheit. During the thirty-four years since then, the global temperature has risen to approximately 14.8 Celsius / 58.64 Fahrenheit, more than half of one full degree. Numerous urgent international global warming warnings have spanned the past three plus decades; McConnell was present for every single one of these. In his leadership capacity, McConnell had the unmistakable, repeated opportunity to rally support and Legislative action to curb the rise in global temperature, but he chose to shun responsibility, bury his head in the sand and aggressively promote the fossil fuel industry. His campaigns have received a stunning $2,151,444 from Oil & Gas industries.

Timeline of Global Warming Warnings During McConnell’s Tenure in the Senate:

  • 1985Villach Conference | Consensus amongst experts, global warming inevitable, calls on governments to “consider international agreements to take action to restrict emissions”
  • 1987Montreal Protocol of the Vienna Convention | “imposes international restrictions on emissions of ozone-destroying gases”
  • 1988Toronto Conference | “calls for strict, specific limits on greenhouse gas emissions; UK Prime Minister Thatcher is first major leader to call for action”
  • 1989Global Climate Coalition established | created by “fossil-fuel and other U.S. industries to tell politicians and the public that climate science is too uncertain to justify action”
  • 1990 First IPCC Report | “world has been warming and future warming is likely”
  • 1992Rio de Janeiro Conference | “produces UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, but U.S. blocks calls for serious action”
  • 1995Second IPCC Report | “detects ‘signature’ of human-caused greenhouse effect warming”
  • 1997Kyoto Protocol | “setting targets for industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (rejected by U.S. senate in advance)”
  • 2000Global Climate Coalition dissolves | “as many corporations grapple with threat of warming, but Oil lobby convinces U.S. administration to deny problem”
  • 2001Third IPCC Report | “global warming, unprecedented since the end of the last ice age, is ‘very likely,’ with highly damaging future impacts”
  • 2004 – “First major books, movie, and art work featuring global warming appear”
  • 2005Kyoto Treaty | “signed by major industrial nations except U.S.”
  • 2006“An Inconvenient Truth” documentary | “persuades many but sharpens polarization”
  • 2007Fourth IPCC Report | “warns that serious effects of warming have become evident”
  • 2009Copenhagen Conference | “fails to negotiate binding agreements,” hopes fade of “avoiding dangerous future climate change”
  • 2015Paris Agreement | 196 nations/state parties “pledge to set targets for their own greenhouse gas dust and to report their progress” | McConnell sends letter “urging states not to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan”
  • 2017 – McConnell succeeds at urging Trump to pull United States out of Paris Agreement
  • 2018Katowice Climate Change Conference COP24 | “leaders reach deal bolstering Paris Agreement,” but not United States, “U.S. held event promoting fossil fuels

In a stunning rebuke of the 800 million people across the globe who are impacted by global warming, McConnell has consistently corralled his senate colleagues, and now the current president, to maintain staunch opposition to the science behind the global warming warnings. Despite the scientific facts, and the yearly physical proof that climate change is a reality, McConnel persists at denying the research and guidance of experts, and plows forward with legislating in conflict with the damaging impact of climate change reality.

Unfortunately, McConnell’s thirty-four years representing Kentucky in DC have not proven to be a career of public service, but rather of self-service. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, and many millions are at stake.

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