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    Trump Falsely Claims Not To Know The Man He Hand-Picked As Acting Attorney General

    https://www.npr.org/2018/11/09/66623...attorney-gener

    President Trump defended his selection of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday as new questions arose about Whitaker's fitness for the post and whether his appointment is legal.

    Trump named Whitaker to the acting position on Wednesday after abruptly forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In doing so, the president passed over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, installing a political appointee with a record of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Trump, who has frequently dismissed that probe as a "witch hunt," feigned ignorance of Whitaker's background.

    "I don't know Matt Whitaker," Trump told reporters on Friday as he left the White House for a trip to Paris. "Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. And he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is. But I didn't know Matt Whitaker."

    In fact, Trump has met with his hand-picked appointee more than a dozen times. As Sessions' chief of staff, Whitaker reportedly accompanied his boss to the Oval Office on multiple occasions.

    "Matt Whitaker is a great guy. I mean, I know Matt Whitaker," Trump told Fox News last month. At the time, Trump also sidestepped questions about whether he was preparing to get rid of Sessions.

    "I'm not doing anything," he said. "I want to get the elections over. We'll see what happens."

    Sessions' dismissal came one day after the midterm votes were tallied.

    Trump is said to be a fan of Whitaker's appearances on cable television before he joined the Justice Department. Whitaker voiced doubts about the scope and direction of the Russia probe and suggested a future attorney general might put the brakes on Mueller by cutting off funding for the investigation.

    Trump has tapped a number of cable TV veterans for high-ranking posts in his administration — including communications director Bill Shine, once of Fox News; State Department press secretary Heather Nauert, also of Fox; and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow of CNBC.
    Whitaker also served on the advisory board for a patent promotion company that paid nearly $26 million to settle charges that it cheated clients.
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    Last edited by Zippyjuan; 11-09-2018 at 07:01 PM.
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    "Know" is a relative term.

    Obviously he has been in his presence a few times, but probably hasn't spoken with him much or at all and certainly not one on one.

    So he knows him, but not well.

    Of course the left has to act retarded and get all TDS.
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    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trump Last Month
    I know Matt Whitaker
    Quote Originally Posted by Trump Today
    I don't know Matt Whitaker
    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    "Know" is a relative term.
    lol
    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

    -H. L. Mencken

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    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    lol
    Words are often used in a sloppy manner, I could say I know you but it could also be said that I don't know you.
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    It depends on how the definition of the word "know" is known.
    1. Don't lie.
    2. Don't cheat.
    3. Don't steal.
    4. Don't kill.
    5. Don't commit adultery.
    6. Don't covet what your neighbor has, especially his wife.
    7. Honor your father and mother.
    8. Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.
    9. Don’t use your Higher Power's name in vain, or anyone else's.
    10. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

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    I know God
    I just want objectivity on this forum and will point out flawed sources or points of view at my leisure.

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    What Trump says on fox should only be used on fox, don't be twisting his simple declarative statements around and use them on another network, you know all those fake news places.

    Although it wasn't so long ago Fox News was Faux News on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpitcher View Post

    ...Although it wasn't so long ago Fox News was Faux News on this forum.

    That was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away
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    H. L. Mencken said it best:


    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”


    "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Words are often used in a sloppy manner
    Apparently this applies to principles, too. :shrug:

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Son of Liberty View Post
    Apparently this applies to principles, too. :shrug:
    Ya think?
    There is no spoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesiv1 View Post
    It depends on how the definition of the word "know" is known.
    Haha!

    I think Bill Clinton proved, without a doubt, that when a president comes up with a dumb lie that anyone can see through, a large number of sheep will rise to his defense with equally transparent, lame excuses.

    It's clear that Trump was lying. Either when he said he did know Matt Whitaker, or when he said he didn't know Matt Whitaker. But we no longer expect our presidents to be truthful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJ Liberty View Post
    Haha!

    I think Bill Clinton proved, without a doubt, that when a president comes up with a dumb lie that anyone can see through, a large number of sheep will rise to his defense with equally transparent, lame excuses.

    It's clear that Trump was lying. Either when he said he did know Matt Whitaker, or when he said he didn't know Matt Whitaker. But we no longer expect our presidents to be truthful.

    Their supporters certainly don't, anyway. But on the other hand, if the worst we had to concern ourselves with was presidents lying about $#@! like this we'd be immeasurably better off than we currently are. Sadly, we've much worse to be concerned over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Words are often used in a sloppy manner, I could say I know you but it could also be said that I don't know you.
    Whoa whoa whoa, let's be not hasty in calling them words. Are we sure that they were words? They might not have even been words.
    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    Trump hasn't even been in 6 months, you can't call him a boondoggle President unless he has overseen a military boondoggle for at least a year or two.


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    Quote Originally Posted by A Son of Liberty View Post
    Apparently this applies to principles, too. :shrug:

    Sadly very true.
    Chris

    "Government ... does not exist of necessity, but rather by virtue of a tragic, almost comical combination of klutzy, opportunistic terrorism against sitting ducks whom it pretends to shelter, plus our childish phobia of responsibility, praying to be exempted from the hard reality of life on life's terms." Wolf DeVoon

    "...Make America Great Again. I'm interested in making American FREE again. Then the greatness will come automatically."Ron Paul

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    Of course it depends on the meaning of “your”. And “keep”. And “Doctor”. And “like”.
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    Trump is like a parody of a politician. Most politicians lie constantly, but with Trump, you half expect him to turn to a side camera, and smile and wink every time he talks.

    They would love to get him under oath. He couldn’t keep his story straight for five minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    “If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor.”

    Of course it depends on the meaning of “your”. And “keep”. And “Doctor”. And “like”.
    Trump "lies" about things which are totally inconsequential, or more often they take a statement and twist it into something it isn't like this situation which gets the left all riled up.. then they use it as an excuse to lie about things that are consequential and actually hurts people.
    "He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
    "dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc


    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    After watching a couple of interviews of Pelosi and Schumer, Trump really is an amateur. They can lie and contradict themselves all day long, never breaking a straight face. It is 2+2=5 24/7 with them. The real scandal is that the leftist mainstream media pretends that they are as honest and pure as Mother Teresa.
    Twitter: B4Liberty@USAB4L
    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul


    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/vi...er_or_not.html

    Chris Wallace Grills Kellyanne Conway: Does Trump Know Acting Attorney General Whitaker Or Not?


    ,<snip>

    CONWAY: The president does know Matt Whitaker, has gotten to know him over the course of the last year since he has been the chief of staff to the attorney general. The president’s point is it’s not like he’s putting a friend in there who he’s known for his entire life, he’s putting somebody who has been working at the Department of Justice for 13 months now in a very senior position as chief of staff to Attorney General Sessions. And the president has dealt with Matt Whitaker in many different situations in the White House.
    Donald Trump: 'What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening'

    "Truth isn't truth"- Rudy Giuliani

    "China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump's very, very large brain," - Donald Trump.

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    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment



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