11/16/16

National Security: A Trumpian Priority

An early rolling of heads, as the Trump Team comes to grip with vital matters of national security.At first, it appeared that Christie and some of his henchmen were simply tossed aside as political expedients, a bit of political fecal-splashing over BridgeGate:

Christie’s former deputy chief of staff was convicted in federal court earlier this month along with another New Jersey transportation official for causing dangerous traffic tie-ups in September 2013 as political payback for a local official who did not endorse Christie. 

But it was more than that.

One of those loyalists who appears to have been thrown overboard with Christie is former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers. On Tuesday, he issued a statement that he was stepping down from the transition team, with speculation quickly arising that he was pushed out. Rogers, who was listed as the head of the national security transition team on an organizational chart obtained by Defense News, was seen in the intelligence community as a potentially stabilizing force on a Trump administration and was viewed as a likely nominee for a top post, perhaps CIA director. 

Mike Rogers didn't just 'step down;' he was part of the latest Trumpian "Nacht der langen Messer."

"A former U.S. official with ties to the Trump team described the ousters of Rogers and others as a “bloodletting of anybody that associated in any way on the transition with Christie,” and said that the departures were engineered by two Trump loyalists who have taken control of who will get national security posts in the administration: retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Rogers had no prior significant ties to Christie but had been recruited to join the Trump team as an adviser by the former New Jersey governor. At least three other Christie associates were also pushed aside, former officials said, apparently in retaliation for Christie’s role as a U.S. prosecutor in sending Kushner’s father to prison."

So ... the Trumpian transition team isn't stalled, dead for the moment in the water, because of the taint of BridgeGate. It is connected to Christie, but not because of that. Nope. It seems that back when Christie was a federal prosecutor, he did his job a little too well for the tastes of Jared Kushner, one of the Trumpian geniuses calling America's shots these days. Kushner's old man was a tax fraud; is a tax fraud, and Christie nailed his ass in court and got him sent off to prison. 

In the summer of 2004 Kushner was fined $508,900 by the Federal Election Commission for mishandling of campaign contributions. In 2005, following an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, Kushner was convicted of making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering. The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Chris Christie, negotiated a plea agreement and Kushner was sentenced to two years in prison and released after one year. As a result of his convictions, Kushner was suspended and disbarred from the practice of law in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Can't have that, doncher know. Bad form.

So the national security and national defense transition is stalled, dead in the water ... because Trump's son-in-law, a spoiled rich kid, is having a temper tantrum over his thieving daddy getting himself sent to prison.

Thank God we don't have that crook, Hillary, to deal with, and have such honest, upright, 
straightforward leadership coming down the pike. With, like, you know ... all those GOP 'values.'

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