Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end. – William Shakespeare
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- Deputy Mason Moore
- Big Money in House Race
- Trump & Classified Material
- The Comey Memo
- The Image
Deputy Mason Moore:
My condolences and prayers go to the family, friends, and co-workers of Broadwater (Montana) County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore. Moore was killed while on duty early Tuesday morning. Moore is survived by his wife and three children. He was 38.
Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
C’Mon Big Money:
It’s good that Montana has Mike Dennison from MTN News reporting on the special House election, or we might not find out much about the election and candidates.
Dennison recently reported that Montana’s special Congressional election on May 25 has become the most expensive U.S. House race in state history, as spending and fund-raising for the three-month campaign have surpassed $12 million.
Wow. Remember – this is a shorter campaign season – only three months.
Check out the rest of Dennison’s story HERE.
Trump & Classified Material:
President Donald Trump seems to be having a hard time learning the job of President.
A case in point is classified information. Although the Trump Administration won’t come right out and confirm it, several reports say that Trump leaked classified information to Russians who were visiting him in the oval office.
Many of the reports are from unnamed sources.
Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said the sensitive information that Trump shared with Russia was “wholly appropriate” but denied it was classified. I think McMaster said it was “wholly appropriate” about nine times in his briefing on Tuesday.
The key is that the President can basically tell our secrets and say he needed to or maybe use a phrase like, “It was wholly appropriate that I released the classified information because of XXXX.”
It was later reported that the classified information that Trump shared was from Israel.
I’ve had a security clearance. I’ve had access to classified material and information. I had to take many classes and be tested on the handling of classified material. It would not hurt President Trump to have some training.
Maybe it would prevent him from bragging to people visiting the oval office about some “great intel” he received from his spies.
The Comey Memo:
It seems that every day there’s something that is reported about the Trump administration that could be a bombshell.
Yesterday afternoon it was reported by New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt that former FBI Director James Comey wrote memos after meeting with President Trump. In one memo it was reported that Trump asked Comey:
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Trump was referring to his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, and his ties to Russia.
The White House denied the version of the events, according to the New York Times.
As far as I can tell, nobody reporting about the memo has actually seen the memo. The New York Times reporter had parts of the memo read to him. He and his superiors felt secure enough with his source to run with the story.
Other media organizations also are reporting about the memo from unnamed sources.
Is this a big thing? It’s another distraction for the Trump Administration. If the memo is released and Comey testifies under oath about the President trying to sway the investigation, we may have a big thing.
Until then it’s just another diversion – one of many that is dogging this presidency.
Gallup polling this week reported that Americans’ opinions of the two major political parties are now similar after the Democratic Party’s ratings slipped to 40% — from 45% last November — while the Republican Party’s image is essentially unchanged at 39%.
No matter how you slice it, more people view the two parties unfavorably than favorably.
The parties’ favorable ratings still beat President Trump. His favorable rating is 38% according to Gallup.
It’s time for independents to make a move!