The Latest Revelations of the Trump White House in March

By Bill Phan

With a quarter of 2018 behind us, we have seen the White House rocked by scandal, conflict between staff, and the President getting caught up in what might be grounds for impeachment, according to a Guardian article.

The resignation of Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, was tweeted out by Trump in March of 2018. Tillerson, whose appointment was initially received positively, has left the Trump administration with no large changes. While Donald Trump’s approval ratings continue to be relatively low, Tillerson has, by many journalists’ and pundits’ opinions, been a hindrance to the administration’s agenda, according to an analysis by Vox.

Rex Tillerson was known for antagonizing members of the White House Staff, like Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time of Tillerson’s announced resignation, was tapped by Trump. Following his senate confirmation, he will succeed Tillerson as the 70th Secretary of State.

Another scandal topping headlines was the alleged affair that Donald Trump had with adult film actress, Stephanie Gregory Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket.

The affair happened in 2006, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

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Daniels is now filing a lawsuit against Trump. In January, Cohen released a signed letter from Daniels stating that she did not have an affair with Trump, also known as a confidentiality agreement, and that her ”involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more.”

The lawsuit is in process due to Daniels’s claim that Trump himself did not sign the confidentiality, making it invalid.

But alleged actress affairs and irrational firing of one of the nation’s senior federal officers can all be dismissed as tabloid news, but consider this third and possibly most devastating scandal of the Trump presidency yet: possible collusion and criminal activity between Trump’s staff and the Russian government.

The New York Times reported on March 12 that the House Intelligence Committee found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Top Democrats on the Committee lament the decision. Adam Schiff (D) of California stated that the investigation put “partisan politics over fulsome fact-finding and had failed to serve American voters at a key moment in history”.

But that does not rule out the investigation directed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  According to a Vox report, so far it has indicted 19 people and three companies. One of Trump’s lawyers, John Dowd, has resigned over disagreement about Trump’s handling of the investigation, according to CNN.

Mueller’s investigations will go even further into Trump’s circle, casting a shadowy net over the Administration. As the midterm elections approach, his findings will crucially impact the election in the likes of which America has never seen.

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Trump and Daniels in 2006

Trump and Daniels in 2006