Tuesday Night Owls: Don't assume there's nothing bad left to discover about Donald Trump

Under the 1978 Presidential Records Act, the National Archives might not provide the general public accessibility to governmental records for a duration of 5 years. Ex-head of states are offered significant latitude—excessive, truly—to limit accessibility to particular sorts of documents, consisting of those pertaining to national-security and also clinical issues. This suggests that it might be a while prior to we learn what triggered Trump’s unusual Saturday-mid-day browse through to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in November 2019. (The White House stated it belonged to his “routine annual physical exam,” a description that journalism quickly ended was a lie.)

Another problem will certainly be Trump’s practice, obtained when he remained in realty, of destroying records. At the very least theoretically, this protests the legislation. For a while, Politico reported, Solomon Larty and also Reginald Young Jr., 2 occupation White House records-management authorities, essentially collected wastepaper from the Oval Office and also the governmental home and also Scotch-taped the ripped-up records back with each other. But in the springtime of 2018, they were terminated quickly and also marched off the White House premises by Secret Service representatives. We don’t know whether any Scotch-taping continued after that. […]

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At Daily Kos on this day in 2009—The Last Person Who Should Be Opening His Mouth:

Whatever distinctions we as Democrats have pertaining to President Obama’s plan selections in Afghanistan, the something we can all settle on is that we’re unwell of listening to pyromaniacs spending time the fire they began informing us the most effective means placed it out. Certain media, nevertheless, excitedly include kerosene to the fires by constantly estimating them.

Thus, today, we have actually obtained torturer-in principal Richard Bruce Cheney – that existed us right into battle and also additional enriched himself and also his rich cronies at the same time—describing to Politico just how Obama has actually mishandled his choice due to the fact that he really hung out reasoning concerning it. Therefore, the President is predicting “weakness.”

Weakness is contributed to weak point, Cheney claims, by attempting some Gitmo detainees in New York in noncombatant courts. Uh-huh. By transporting self-described divine warriors right into American criminal courts to be attempted with burglars and also killers suggests the terrorists have actually currently won.

It takes no unique initiative or analysis in between the lines to see the major motif behind Cheney’s comments: Obama is offering help and also convenience to the adversary.