Encore of Revival: America, December 10, 2018

The theory presented on September 10 and November 19 proved useful enough to predict White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s departure. No one announces in advance that someone is leaving—before the departure, without also announcing a replacement. Nobody cares about a boss whose boss already announced would be leaving. That’s how to cripple any malevolent powers of an administrator that can’t be quickly unplugged, but needs to go—and do so without raising suspicion that the administrator did anything wrong. Even in his dismissal—not a “retirement”—Kelly fits the bill as the author of the “New York Times essay”, right down to getting tossed out in a way that no one would suspect a darned thing.

France is in trouble. The president who snubbed Trump has fallen into disfavor with his own people. This largely comes down to grandiose promises made by socialist agendas that everyone should have known could not deliver because of foresight rooted in hindsight. Socialism never delivers anything but what we see in France now. As for ado about Brexit, there’s no point in worrying so much since the queen can decide anyway, if she wants to. That’s what the British always tell Americans is so wonderful about the UK’s constitutional monarchy. But, acting like this is a problem helps keep the British press afloat.

A Trump campaign payment is now being compared to a situation with 2004 Democratic candidate John Edwards. But, that has three major holes in its boat: 1. The accusation encircles alleged campaign finance violations surrounding the Trump organization’s lawyer, Cohen, whose job it was to give legal advice; Trump is not a lawyer, Edwards was. Can a lawyer be witness against the client he advised, or secretly recorded? 2. The Mueller investigation sought to understand whether there was wrongful involvement with Russia and Trump. The Fourth Amendment limits the scope of search and seizure to a probable cause and any seized items must be specified by the warrant in advance. By starting with an investigation between Trump and Russia, but ending with a campaign finance accusation against a candidate accused by the lawyer who advised him, this has gone well beyond the scope that the Fourth Amendment was intended to limit. If courts allow this, it shows how much our legal justice system has wandered from the Constitution. 3. The electorate will want a good explanation for why Hillary wasn’t treated this way. The best reason so far would be that the courts have been usurped as a cudgel for political rivals. It’s not Trump who needs to be worried about an indictment; it’s the legal justice system itself that is about to go on trial.


Trump prods McConnell on sentencing bill: ‘Go for it Mitch!’ | AP

White House chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year’s end | AP

Ayers Won’t Be Trump Chief of Staff, Disrupting Succession Plan | BQ

Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers | MSN – NY Times

Tucker Carlson says Trump is ‘not capable’ and hasn’t kept his promises | MSN WA Post


Mueller flashes some cards in Russia probe, but hides his hand | National Post

Mueller investigation: Report recommends little to no jail time for Michael Flynn | KIRO 7

Michael Flynn: Mueller recommends no prison time for ex-Trump adviser | Guardian

Meadows tells Hannity that Flynn report is ‘good news for President Trump’ | The Hill

Grand jury to hear evidence on Flynn’s lobbying work for Turkey: report | The Hill

Mueller Reports Michael Flynn Is Singing Like a Canary | NY Magazine

Stormy Storm

Team Trump’s $130K payment to Stormy Daniels was illegal, argues leading national expert in campaign finance law. | Bayou Brief

Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney | Fox News

Schiff: Trump may face ‘real prospect of jail time’ | The Hill

Prosecutors connect Trump to illegal payments during the campaign | The Hill

Was Trump’s Stormy Daniels Payment Illegal? The Justice Department Was Asked To Look Into It | Bustle

Donald Trump reimbursed Cohen for $130k payment to porn star: Giuliani | Sydney Morning Herald


May in last-ditch bid to save Brexit deal despite growing mutiny | Guardian

Brexit: Critics urge renegotiation as ministers say vote ‘going ahead’ | BBC

Theresa May could still press pause on Brexit meaningful vote | Sky News


French student protests intensify alongside ‘yellow vest’ revolt | France 24

END OF MACRON: French MPs launch NO CONFIDENCE vote amid nationwide anger and riots | Express

France to deploy 89,000 security personnel ahead of Saturday protests | Yahoo – Reuters

Paris under siege: Tear gas, fury on the Champs-Elysees | AP

As it happened: More than a thousand arrested in Paris ‘Yellow Vest’ protests | France 24

Did French president snub Donald Trump at Nato summit? | BBC