“Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it’s marginal, right?” “If he [Biden] comes in, … the Christmas season will be canceled.” — President Donald J. Trump, October 18, 2020
Trump’s pardon spree is a series of corrupt gifts, administrative vandalism on the way out of the bunker, expecting others to clear up afterwards.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 25, 2018
The White House is stripping a good governance provision from the budgeting process that requires agencies to set goals and meet them in order to get funding, lifting the protocols just before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
The memo, posted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website on Christmas Eve, completely deletes from a government guidance the requirement that agencies do strategic planning and publicly share progress in meeting their goals.
In a memo to agencies, OMB Acting Director Russell T. Vought said the measures were being removed, in part, due to a lack of interest from the public.
“The thousands of pages of performance data generated by agencies and posted on performance.gov each year attract little interest,” Vought wrote, calling the effort one of many to “reduce the burden and expense of low-value government work [that] have been a hallmark of this administration.”
To the Mueller Team: Please show some self awareness. Your mealy-mouthed report failed to call @realDonaldTrump’s multiple obstructive acts for what they were: felonies. You chickened out and failed to do your job as prosecutors. https://t.co/y9Hg1iFjO5
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 24, 2020
In Bill Barr’s resignation letter, he explained he would “spend the next week wrapping up a few remaining matters important to the Administration and depart on December 23rd.” Barr stopped off at the White House yesterday for a short visit. He and his spox wrote his good-byes during the day and then left DOJ in charge of Jeffrey Rosen.
And then after all that, Trump pardoned Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. The Manafort and Stone pardons — for which the paperwork must have been done ahead of time but held until Barr was no longer Attorney General — only cover the crimes for which they’ve been found guilty. That means both men would ostensibly remain under investigation for their coordination with Russian Agents during the election (and both men assuredly did coordinate with Russian Agents during the election.
Pence’s Colorado vacation — defying the national pandemic he was assigned to help thwart — is your tax dollars at work.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) December 24, 2020
This is outrageous. On Christmas Eve, Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans deprived Americans of receiving $2,000 during the pandemic.
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) December 24, 2020
Republicans broke with Trump Thursday to block direct payments of $2,000 for Americans who have slogged through the nearly yearlong Covid-19 pandemic with limited government assistance. https://t.co/J5m2goAx2E @JackRodgersCNS @BBuchman_CNS
— Courthouse News (@CourthouseNews) December 24, 2020
Dominion CEO John Poulos confirmed that the company would be taking legal action against several individuals "promoting lies and amplifying those lies … on various media platforms since Election Day." https://t.co/taQIxsFLOA
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 24, 2020