Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NewsMax

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Mueller Investigation
Are the Investigation's days numbered?

Newsmax CEO and a close friend of President Donald Trump, Chris Ruddy has said that the president is thinking about dismissing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed just last month to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

While speaking to Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour, Ruddy said that he thinks the president is weighing that option.

“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” he said. “I think he’s weighing that option. I think it’s very clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.

“I personally think it would be a very significant mistake,” Ruddy continued, “even though I don’t think there’s a justification … for a special counsel in this case.”

“I mean Robert Mueller, there’s some real conflicts,” he explained. “He comes from a law firm that represents members of the Trump family. He interviewed the day before a few days before he was appointed special counsel with the president who was looking at him potentially to become the next FBI director. That hasn’t been published but it’s true.”

“But I think it would be strange that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become prosecutor of the person he would be investigating,” he added. “I think that Mueller should not have taken the position if he was under consideration and had a private meeting with the president and was privy maybe to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the bureau.”

CNBC journalist Kayla Tausche saw Ruddy leave the White House before making the news on Monday morning.

However, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee says, “Chris speaks for himself.”

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Cali.) posted on Twitter regarding the claim, “If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don’t waste our time.”

Journalists and experts have also noted that Trump’s close aide Newt Gingrich has also publicly denounced Mueller after lauding him when he was initially chosen as the special counsel.

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Donald Trump

In a speech delivered yesterday by Donald Trump in Arizona, the businessman turned politician lauded that he had only spent approximately $200,000 promoting his campaign.

In scouring the Trump campaign’s FEC reports, the candidate was referring to a $201,073 list rental to NewsMax Media.

That’s nothing outstanding for most candidates, but for Trump, the expenditure was an outlier.

Out of the 1,547 itemized expenditures through September 30th of of 2015, only 132 bills were paid to the typical consulting class that we see rampant with other campaigns.

Of the $5.4 million spent by Trump, only $1.2 million went to consultants, promotion and polling.

Of course that sounds like a lot of money, but let’s compare that to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Not including SuperPACs, Cruz has spent $12.6 million in total, of which $6.5 million went to consultants, promotion and polling.

Cruz handed over 51% of his expenditures to the typical DC consultant class, while Trump handed over only 22% to them.

To people outside of the Beltway, the numbers above tell a story of efficiency and thriftiness on the part of Trump.

Inside the Beltway, the republican consultant class is fuming.

What Trump is doing is proving that the tens of millions of dollars spent on consultants in past presidential elections was essentially a waste. Especially in the cases of McCain and Romney where many beach homes were purchased by GOP consultants off of the backs of those failures.

Trump, using his unfiltered candor, has been able to energize the nation that has grown weary of Washington politicians.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign has spent more on flowers (over $1,000) than Trump has spent on survey research ($0).

While Trump boasts of his vast wealth and appears to have no problem spending money like a fat kid in a candy story, his habits prove that the rich don’t succeed by simply spending their profits – they succeed by spending their profits wisely.

Trump’s campaign expenditures, which look like a campaign from the 1970’s where most money is invested in travel and reaching the public directly, appear to prove his point that he would run the government with efficiency – assuming he would be as careful with the taxpayers’ money as he is with his own hard-earned dollars.

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