|Why Donald Trump’s Presidency Will Mark the Weakening of American Influence|
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Allan Lichtman has predicated the sensational downfall of President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump Picks Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General
Donald Trump has chosen Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. Sessions is a former prosecutor who was elected to the Senate in 1996. As a senator, he’s consistently supported anti-immigration legislation. In 2010, he was a leading proponent of the efforts to repeal the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to everyone born in the United States. Jeff Sessions has also been a vocal opponent of the Voting Rights Act. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated Sessions for a federal judgeship, but he was denied confirmation because of his history of racist comments, including reportedly saying he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “OK until I found out they smoked pot.” He has also called the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP “un-American” and “Communist-inspired.”
Trump Chooses Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser
Meanwhile, officials from Donald Trump’s transition team have told multiple news outlets that Trump has offered Lieutenant General Michael Flynn the position of national security adviser. Flynn is well known for his anti-Muslim worldview, having called Islam a “cancer” and saying “fear of Muslims is rational.” Flynn is also on the board of advisers for ACT for America, an anti-Muslim organization that’s been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This position of national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation. Flynn served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama, during which time some of his subordinates invented the term “Flynn facts” to refer to the false claims Flynn frequently made, including claiming Sharia law was spreading in the United States. Flynn was a key adviser for Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, during which he refused to condemn Trump’s proposed use of torture. Human Rights Watch said his pick shows “a deeply disturbing disregard for human rights principles and the laws of war.”
Trump Reportedly Considering General Petraeus for Secretary of State
Another controversial military figure, former CIA director and retired U.S. Army General David Petraeus, is reportedly in the running for secretary of state. In 2015, Petraeus was sentenced to two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine after pleading guilty to leaking highly classified information to his biographer and lover, Paula Broadwell. This comes after Trump has spent months calling for Hillary Clinton to be jailed for her use of a private email server when she served as secretary of state, despite being cleared of wrongdoing by multiple FBI investigations. Donald Trump also met with President Nixon’s secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, on Thursday at Trump Tower.
Intelligence Director James Clapper Resigns
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has submitted his resignation, sparking renewed calls for him to face perjury prosecution for lying under oath to the Senate in March 2013, when he was questioned by Senator Ron Wyden about the government’s secret surveillance program.
Sen. Ron Wyden: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
James Clapper: “No, sir.”
Sen. Ron Wyden: “It does not?”
James Clapper: “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly.”
Clapper later defended himself by claiming he had answered the question in the “least untruthful manner.” His resignation will be effective on Inauguration Day: January 20, 2017.
Trump’s Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Weighs Joining Administration
The New York Times is reporting Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is weighing the possibility of joining Trump’s administration—a move that may violate U.S. anti-nepotism laws. Kushner is the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka. He’s been a key adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign and transition team. Most recently, he orchestrated a purge of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his allies from the transition team. Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, was sent to prison by Christie when Christie was New Jersey’s top prosecutor.
Center for Research on Globalization–Nov 15, 2016