Trump does (did) have a loyalty oath. In my opinion, Spicer and other members of the Trump administration signed loyalty oaths.
Conservative Kathleen Parker said on “Hard Ball” — I have a friend who is leaving because she refused to sign this oath. This statement was made BEFORE the New York Times article exposing the loyalty oath.
Here is the chronology:
On Tuesday afternoon 5/9/2017, Trump sent a letter firing Jim Comey.
The reason given was 2 letters from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“ … “President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.” …”
“ … Rosenstein, in his letter to Sessions, pointed to Comey’s July 2016 public announcement of his recommendation regarding the investigation into then-presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. …”
On Thursday evening 5/11/2017 6:30pm, Trump had an interview with Lester Holt where the firing of Comey was discussed.
HOLT: Monday you met with the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
HOLT: Did you ask for a recommendation?
TRUMP: What I did is I was going to fire Comey. My decision. It was not…
HOLT: You had made the decision before they came into your office (ph).
TRUMP: I — I was going to fire Comey. I — there’s no good time to do it, by the way.
HOLT: Because in your letter, you said…
TRUMP: They — they were…
HOLT: …I — I accepted — accepted their recommendations.
TRUMP: Yeah, well, they also…
HOLT: So, you had already made the decision.
TRUMP: Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.
HOLT: So, there was…
TRUMP: They — he made a recommendation. He’s highly respected. Very good guy, very smart guy.
And the Democrats like him. The Republicans like him.
He had made a recommendation. But regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it
And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won. …”
So the Trump administration lied about the reason why Trump fired Comey.
On Thursday evening 5/11/2017 7:00 pm, Kathleen Parker was on Hardball with Chris Matthews.
“…KATHLEEN PARKER, THE WASHINGTON POST: He`s suddenly the guy that`s
responsible for this whole massacre. You know, no one doubts ever that
Trump does exactly what he wants to. He does the counterintuitive thing
He also does this thing – he seems to hold his staff and even his vice
president in contempt. It`s sort of like, well, you guys really screwed
up, but I`m in charge and this is how I do things, you know? And even
though, it`s – I mean, I feel sorry for them frankly because there`s no
guidance for them and they`re kind of stuck –
MATTHEWS: Who does he care about? His family?
PARKER: He cares about himself, my dear.
MATTHEWS: I think he cares about Ivanka and her husband and maybe a few of
the other kids.
VOGEL: He cares about people going out there and defending him on TV, but
he`s put them in this untenable position where it`s almost impossible to do
PARKER: It`s always, always, always about loyalty. You know, people who
work in the administration are required to sign an oath of loyalty. And if
they`re not willing to do that, they have to leave.
MATTHEWS: That is –
PARKER: Or people do not –
MATTHEWS: Is this reporting you`re giving us now?
PARKER: I have a friend who is leaving because she refused to sign this
5/11/2017 evening New York Times article“after” Lestor Holt interview AND Hardball with Kathleen Parker
In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred.
“…Only seven days after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, James B. Comey has told associates, the F.B.I. director was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with the new commander in chief.
The conversation that night in January, Mr. Comey now believes, was a harbinger of his downfall this week as head of the F.B.I., according to two people who have heard his account of the dinner.
As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him. …”
Nothing was discussed on Hardball brought up the breaking New York Times article about Trump asking Comey for loyalty. You know how the 24 by 7 cable channels work. If Chris Matthews knew about the article, it would have been a topic of discussion.
Even though Kathleen Parker only has second hand information about her friend’s loyalty oath, it is a compelling evidence that there is a Trump Loyalty oath.
Mueller will be able to compel liars like Spicer to own up to signing or verbally agreeing to loyalty to Trump (much like the mafia).
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