A Heavy Dose of Ranting: Is the US judicial branch compromised?

Shortly after the midterm elections, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired by President Trump [1]. It’s likely that Trump held off on the firing until after the elections because he knew the optics would be bad. He essentially fired Sessions in order to appoint someone else to control the Mueller investigation, since Sessions had recused himself from that role. Moreover, Trump had increasingly complained about Sessions’ loyalty towards his position rather than the GOP or the Presidency [2]. The reality is that a few GOP officials had been indicted for insider trading and a variety of campaign violations, which Sessions dutifully pursued. Trump was unsatisfied because the bad optics could jeopardize the elections. Unsurprisingly, the President could care less about the GOP adhering to the law. Personally, I doubt Trump cares about the GOP political party whatsoever; this comes down to two factors: the Russia investigation and support of Trump’s policies. Democrats gaining control is going to translate to Trump actually being held accountable and he won’t be able to pass any of his policies. Moreover, the GOP are willing to blindly support seemingly any Trump policy.

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A Heavy Dose of Ranting: A Journalist, A Martyr

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabian foreign and domestic policies. He took aim at the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen, the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the continued extremist policies used within “The Kingdom” (i.e. Saudi Arabia). He had been a reporter, journalist, and editor within Saudi Arabia for decades. He was the editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper, but was forced to resign by the government multiple times due to his willingness to publish critical views of the Saudi government. Eventually, He “voluntarily exiled” himself to avoid arrest. He didn’t want to cease his criticisms and seemed to realize that a reluctance to do so would lead to his arrest, or worse.  Due to his journalism experience in The Kingdom, he had numerous sources, connections, and routes to collect information from Saudi insiders.

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