Inquiring minds want to know how Melania Trump’s Slovenian parents are living in the United States. “It’s a mystery why the White House refuses to answer such a simple question, given the president’s high-profile demand to limit immigration.” Would be really embarrassing if this was an example of “chain migration.”
It’s fair to inquire what the point of these White House briefings are. “With her dismissive gestures, her curled-lip sneers, her ready insults and guilt-free lies, [press secretary Sarah Huckabee] Sanders is a conduit — a tool — for [President] Trump’s own abusive relationship with journalists.” She’s plain rude, and therefore a bad role model for the country.
This inquiry seems more serious than many Israel-watchers assumed. “Israeli police on Tuesday recommended charging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a move that could lead to a formal indictment and is likely to further dent the leader’s popularity and threaten his ruling coalition.”
Republican lawmakers should inquire directly of the president: Does he have a problem with abusers? “Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday she is ‘extremely disappointed’ in the White House’s handling of allegations of spousal abuse against former aide Rob Porter, calling on President Donald Trump to more forcefully speak out on the scandal.”
The White House had full knowledge of the FBI’s inquiries. “The [FBI] follow-up investigation was then submitted to the Trump administration in November 2017 and the Porter file was administratively closed in January 2018. Both of Porter’s ex-wives shared their experiences of verbal and physical abuse at Porter’s hands with FBI investigators during those background checks. For those unfamiliar with basic math: the Trump administration–by way of Don McGahn and/or John Kelly–were fully aware of those abuse allegations for at least two full months before the story broke.”
Republicans in Congress are disinclined to make inquiries. “How could it be that Porter was still working with an interim clearance, and perhaps in line for a promotion, even after the FBI had delivered a report that recommended he not be granted clearance? In addition to showing how unseriously the White House treated the abuse allegations, this shows a fundamental truth of the clearance process: There’s no mechanism to enforce it.” Typical of the Trump White House — rule-bending, recklessness and incompetence to top it off.
In confirming judges, Congress should inquire more about temperament — it’s a critical factor. “[Chief Justice John] Roberts and [Justice Anthony] Kennedy are Republican appointees who voted to curb campaign finance regulations and strike down part of the Voting Rights Act. [Justice Stephen] Breyer and [Justice Elena] Kagan are Democratic appointees on the opposite sides of those issues. But as a group they stand in contrast to their five less compromising colleagues — Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor on the left and Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch on the right.” Never underestimate the importance of people-skills.