Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you. – Unknown
These topics caught my attention in the last 24 hours:
- New Hampshire Primary
- Roger Stone
- Lt. Colonel Vindman
NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY:
Unlike the Iowa caucuses, the state of New Hampshire actually provided results to the country just a few minutes after the polls closed last night.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders won the primary with 26% of the vote. Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg was second with 24% and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was third with 20%.
This was a very good showing for Klobuchar.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden were a distant fourth and fifth. These results have to be disappointing to the Warren and Biden camps.
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet dropped out of the Democratic primary last night.
Next up is the Nevada caucuses on February 22 and then the South Carolina primary on February 29.
Check out the primary and caucus schedule HERE.
Political consultant Roger Stone, due to the Mueller Report and Special Counsel investigation, was convicted in November on seven counts of obstructing and lying to Congress and witness tampering related to his efforts to provide the Trump campaign inside information about WikiLeaks in 2016. Prosecutors recommended seven to nine years in prison as punishment. (The Hill)
But then President Donald Trump stepped in via Twitter saying the sentence recommendation was “a horrible and very unfair situation.”
The Department of Justice then changed the sentence recommendation saying they wanted a shorter prison sentence for Stone but did not recommend any certain length.
The four federal prosecutors in the case quit the case after that announcement. Good for them.
In most instances, this would be known as tampering by the President.
Today Trump tweeted, “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.”
No matter what federal sentence Stone receives, Trump could pardon him. I’m not sure Trump understands that. Now it looks like Trump is tampering with a case.
For some reason, Trump does not understand that the DOJ is not his personal law firm.
LT. COLONEL VINDMAN:
Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman is in President Trump’s crosshairs. He had him removed from his job at the White House on the National Security Council. He now works at the Pentagon.
Vindman has been awarded the Purple Heart and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He knows more about honor than Trump ever will.
There are stories that Trump wants Vindman to be punished for testifying.
The Trump supporters may not know that Vindman was subpoenaed to testify before Congressional investigators. He appeared and testified under oath in the House.
I imagine Trump will make sure that Vindman’s career is over. That’s terrible and a sad chapter in the President’s term.
As the saying goes, if you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. I’m sure Vindman sleeps better at night than Trump.