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Trump provides billionaire donor (Another With ZERO Experience) to key intelligence post

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Immediately after taking office, Donald Trump made a series of controversial moves, but one that was never fully explained involved a billionaire donor named Steve Feinberg.

 

In mid-February 2017, the new Republican president invited Feinberg, a Republican contributor and the founder of a successful investment firm called Cerberus Capital Management, to “conduct a review of U.S. intelligence agencies.” Feinberg had no experience in this area, though his firm owns a defense contractor.

 

A controversy ensued – the Director of National Intelligence reportedly wasn’t pleased with the idea – and as best as I can tell, Feinberg’s audit never actually happened. Indeed, he needed to be cleared by the Office of Government Ethics, and given Feinberg’s work in the private sector, that would’ve been more than a little complicated.

 

But the billionaire, who contributed generously to a pro-Trump PAC shortly before the 2016 election, remained in the president’s orbit. In March 2017, for reasons that weren’t altogether clear, Feinberg joined Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis on a trip to Virginia to see a new aircraft carrier. A few months later, the White House invited Feinberg and Blackwater founder Erik Price to propose“alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan.”

 

Feinberg was also reportedly under consideration for a role at the Pentagon or the Department of Homeland Security, though he was, by one account, “blocked by senior officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.”

 

All of which led to late last week, when the president finally found a formal position for his pal. Vox explained:

The White House on Friday announced Trump’s plans to appoint Feinberg, 58, to become chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, a group that reviews the intelligence community. […]

 

Under Trump, the board hasn’t had any members. Feinberg, however, doesn’t have any experience in the intelligence field.

The news doesn’t come as a complete surprise, but it’s curious nevertheless.

 

Foreign Policy  reported back in January that Trump was likely to offer Feinberg this intelligence post, which the financier “angled for” over the course of several months.

The board, created in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, has typically been composed of independent experts in business and academia, or retired military and intelligence professionals. The members serve in an unpaid capacity as a personal resource for the president on intelligence matters – reviewing everything from bioweapons to intelligence failures, like the Bay of Pigs scandal.

 

Over the years, the board has had varying degrees of impact; it helped create the Central Intelligence Agency’s science and technology division and the Defense Intelligence Agency. However, the board’s effectiveness has often depended upon its leadership and how close the chair is to the president.

Feinberg won’t be the first billionaire on Team Trump – it’s been tough to keep up with them all – but given his background, Feinberg’s new role may be one of the more difficult to understand.

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7 minutes ago, benson13 said:

The White House on Friday announced Trump’s plans to appoint Feinberg, 58, to become chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, a group that reviews the intelligence community. […]

In fairness to Trump.. He heeds all the intelligence he can get

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Poor beanie.

 

He just can't seem to fathom that as PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP can appoint anyone he wants to any position he desires.

 

There is NO CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT that "They have experience" at anything.

 

Hell, you shi'tstains elected a junior Senator that had ZERO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE, never "ran" anything, and never has been ANYTHING but some "get out the vote" loser in life. AS PRESIDENT.

 

HE managed to fu'ck things up pretty good with his "brightest and smartest" bunch of FELLOW LOSERS than had NEVER done anything in life either, except be "professional students" all their lives.

 

Seems to me, and anyone that isn't part of the libreturd "group whine fest" crowd, that THIS NATION IS GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND THINGS ARE A HELLUVA LOT BETTER TODAY THAN 2-3 years ago.

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Just more Pay to Play in Trampland that republiKlans will completely ignore. If it was a democrat doing this they would have 3 investigations started by now.... republiKlans have corrupted our country and sold it off to the highest bidders.

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4 minutes ago, benson13 said:

Just more Pay to Play in Trampland that republiKlans will completely ignore. If it was a democrat doing this they would have 3 investigations started by now.... republiKlans have corrupted our country and sold it off to the highest bidders.

Pay to play..

You're right Benson.

 

Like Obama and Solyndra...

 

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Suddenly benson is upset that political donors get rewarded in D.C. 

The iWatch News investigation found:

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• Overall, 184 of 556, or about one-third of Obama bundlers or their spouses joined the administration in some role. But the percentages are much higher for the big-dollar bundlers. Nearly 80 percent of those who collected more than $500,000 for Obama took “key administration posts,” as defined by the White House. More than half the 24 ambassador nominees who were bundlers raised $500,000.

• The big bundlers had broad access to the White House for meetings with top administration officials and glitzy social events. In all, campaign bundlers and their family members account for more than 3,000 White House meetings and visits. Half of them raised $200,000 or more.

• Some Obama bundlers have ties to companies that stand to gain financially from the president’s policy agenda, particularly in clean energy and telecommunications, and some already have done so. Level 3 Communications, for instance, snared $13.8 million in stimulus money.

 

How weird.

 

 

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Even when we standardize it by getting annual averages, GOP administrations still have 29 times more indictments, 64 times more convictions, and 24 times more prison sentences. 

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Average annual executive branch criminal actions by party dating back to 1969.

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16 minutes ago, benson13 said:

Solyndra...LMAO

 

don't forget PizzaGate and benghazi....benghazi....benghazi....

 

Hey Benson...

You have a sense a humor...

 

Remember Solyndra donating to Obama?

Then they got $540 million of our tax dollars

Then they went bankrupt.

Then the CEOs pleaded the 5th in front of Congress..

 

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1 minute ago, Z09 said:

Hey Benson...

You have a sense a humor...

 

Remember Solyndra donating to Obama?

Then they got $540 million of our tax dollars

Then they went bankrupt.

Then the CEOs pleaded the 5th in front of Congress..

 

 

He thinks that is some "fake news".

 

Really.

 

He does.

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""Then they got $540 million of our tax dollars""

 

 

 

and most of that $$ was recovered...Its green energy protecting the Planet

 

Funny how bush spent $540 Million every 36 hours in Iraq without a Peep out of you cons....and Trillions in Tax Cuts for the Top 1%/Corporations BANKRUPTING America...and nothing but silence from the Racist party

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1 minute ago, benson13 said:

and most of that $$ was recovered...Its green energy protecting the Planet

 

NONE of it has been recovered there shi'tstain.

 

YOU made the claim, BACK IT UP WITH PROOF.

 

Oops.

 

Got caught AGAIN!!!!!

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Hey Benson..

Remember the time Michelle Obama's college classmate got a no-bid contract to build Obama's health care website?

 

Now that was a classic..

How many million?

 

Michelle Obama's classmate got the $678 million no-bid contract..

 

$678 million

 

 

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Oh beanie.....

 

 

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday he doesn't think taxpayers will recover much of their $528 million loan to bankrupt solar firm Solyndra, calling the situation "extremely unfortunate" while continuing to defend his actions to prop up the company before its failure. 

Chu testified Thursday for the first time before the House committee investigating the Solyndra loan. He insisted that the decision in late 2009 to approve the loan guarantee was his own and "absolutely was made only on the merits." He said it was not influenced by political considerations. 

But he acknowledged that chances are dim for taxpayers to see their money returned as Solyndra goes through bankruptcy proceedings. 

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