Trump goes on rampage with pardon, veto threats and covid denial

“I think it’s a nightmare that everyone is passing through, and they all say it’s over,” Biden asked Tuesday if he expected a “honeymoon” of early political goodwill in the country. Helped to get rid of the epidemic and its consequences.

The final final days of the Trump White House were followed by new lows when the president withdrew his unattainable pardon power, another morally dubious use of executive authority while substituting political payoff for justice.

As the daily Kovid died at over 2,900, Trump focused on lying to investigators in the Russia investigation against two radicals and former GOP congressmen convicted of financial crimes.

He also spared the guards of the Black Water private security firm, which was founded by Eric Prince, a political supporter. The guards fired sniper fire, machine guns and grenades at innocent men, women and children in Iraq in 2007.

Vice President Mike Pence – just a day after receiving a coronovirus vaccine that became available to a small fraction of Americans – appeared before the shoulder-to-shoulder mob, which socialized as the government’s head of coronaviruses. Distancing makes fun of protocol. Work team. The incident demolished the continuing priority of a political campaign on public health that was at the root of the White House’s disastrous mismanagement of Kovid-19.

Trump crippled his last, most conspiratorial loyalists in the White House, plotting new ways to shatter Biden’s legitimacy in his unbridled quest to reverse his apparent electoral defeat.

“We are seeing a gourmet child not getting its way,” a Republican close to the president told CNN’s Jeremy Diamond.

A Washington bomb blast

Trump throws Kovid relief bill into doubt by asking Congress to amend

In a new attempt to maximize its fading effect, Trump released a video on Tuesday expressing disapproval of Kovid’s rescue bill, not including one-time stimulus payments and opening up the question Will he sign the bill?

The presidential working class is not the only one to point to a $ 600 payment increase to Americans and funding for pet projects put into the bill by lawmakers. But many of Trump’s GOP allies opposed the high payout. And their intervention is an act of political destruction as it threatens to escalate a delicate deal of brokerage into tortured negotiations and may result in the desperate help millions of Americans and small businesses need.

Trump’s apparent threat to veto a package passed by Congress could further deepen the nation’s formidable economic conditions.

The president’s new demand for a payment of $ 2,000 for every American would affect a rant among many who misjudged the stimulus check into the bill.

It can be no coincidence that Trump’s move – announced at the White House, which he must vacate in 28 days – could ruin Christmas for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who won Biden’s election victory last week Had broken with the President by giving recognition.

And the president showed his gamblers – a classic of Trumpian disruption – with a Machiavellian drama that revealed his hope of disrupting Biden’s presidency and included a baseless claim he could still win a second term.

While he spent billions of dollars stuffed into the bill for arts, foreign aid and other issues, Trump failed to mention that his White House had loaded it with a tax break for business lunches when many Americans starved Were happening

It is not uncommon for the last strangulation of a tired, shattered tainted presidency to share a sharp contrast with the energy and spirit of the next mission – a natural state of constitutionally mandated transfer of power is.

But comparatively intense at the time of national extremism in 2020, amid a century of epidemics, a resulting economic disaster and an outgoing president maximizing the means of self-serving, denying the outcome. A fair election he lost.

Biden tries to fill the vacuum.

Biden Key Lines Before Christmas

Biden on Tuesday made a new attempt to provide that kind of national leadership, which has been recognizing the Democratic and Republican presidency for decades and toward Trump’s disappearance for a long time. This vacuum is particularly in evidence of the US government epidemic and a Russian hack.

Biden warned that groundbreaking vaccines were in short supply and that despite Trump’s team campaigning, it would take “many more months” for most Americans to become available. And the kind of bracing message never adopted by Trump warned that tens of thousands more Americans would die.

“I’m going to tell the truth here. And here’s the simple truth: Our darkest days in the fight against Kovid are ahead of us, not behind us,” the president-elect said in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden also issued an unusually harsh condemnation of an outgoing president by a president over Trump’s absence from Russia for a massive cyber attack on US federal servers that his government had accused the Kremlin of.

“The attack happened on Donald Trump’s watch when he was not watching,” Biden said of a presidential response that has only deepened the mystery over Trump’s bizarre treaty for President Vladimir Putin.

“It is still his responsibility as president to protect American interests for the next four weeks. Rest assured that even if he doesn’t take it seriously, I will.”

Beginning of an apology

Trump announced a wave of pardons, including Papadopoulos and former lawmakers Hunter and Collins

The wave of pardon announced by the President on Tuesday was within his constitutional powers. And many other presidents have offered a sort of amnesty, providing jail-out-of-the-jail-free cards to supporters caught in the scandals. But no modern president has used the privilege to abolish politically or make a brief description of the procedures of the Department of Justice for the presidency. And the apology announced on Tuesday is likely to be only a down payment on more controversial moves in the coming days.

Trump pardoned former campaign aide George Papadopoulos and Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwan, who both convicted them of lying to investigators during the Russia investigation. Potentially prompts Trump’s attempt to seek clemency to highlight the poor results of the special counsel Robert Muller investigation, which offered evidence that he had potentially obstructed justice and during the election A number of dubious contacts between Trump Akaolites and Russia were detailed in which the Kremlin intervened. Help Trump

The president also pardoned two border patrol agents convicted in 2006 of shooting and injuring an unarmed unspecified immigrant and then covering him.

Former Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who was sentenced to 11 months in prison earlier this year and also waived a three-year supervised release related to his misuse of more than $ 200,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. was given.

Another outspoken Trump supporter, former Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, will be released from prison, where he has started serving a 26-month term after admitting conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making a false statement.

Four Blackwater guards – Nicholas Slaton, Paul Sloo, Evan Liberty and Dustin Hurd – were convicted by a federal jury in 2014. Prosecutors accused innocent men, women of unlawfully “powerful sniper fire, machine guns and grenade launchers”. And baby. “

Blackwater said his convoy had come under attack, and defense lawyers told the court that witness accounts were fabricated. But witnesses testified that the contractors fired without provocation.

The White House said his apology was supported by several members of Congress, as well as Pete Hagseth, host of conservative Fox News, an aide to the president.


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