by Kathy Brocks
Rachel Maddow of MSNBC pointed out an aggressive media campaign concocted by President Elect Donald Trump and the Republican party in how they chose to hold six Presidential Cabinet Confirmation hearings all on January 11, 2017. Mitch McConnell called for a Vote-O-Rama on January 11, 2017, where votes are taken on a large number of bills simultaneously which also includes the repeal of the Healthcare act also known as Obama care.
President Elect Donald Trump conveniently decided to hold first press conference on January 11, 2017, seven months since last press conference in July of 2016 when Donald Trump invited Russia to find the Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.
The streets call this”Bum Rushing”, although normally “Bum Rushing” is a group of people coming at one person. But this :”Bum Rush is our elected officials “Bum Rushing” the American people they were elected to represent particularly those who did not vote for them. It’s hard to oppose one issue when many are thrown at you all at once.
This “Bum Rush” begins on January 10, 2017 with the controversial hearing of Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General who falsely claimed to have worked on civil rights cases. Lawyers who worked the cases said no significant contributions by Jeff Sessions. Sessions name was added to documents cause Sessions was the Attorney General at the time of filings. You can see this on the 01/05/2017 Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.
January 10, 2017 is the same day President Barack Obama gives last farewell address to the nation from Chicago, Illinois, where President Barack Obama began his political career organizing communities with grass-roots door to door canvassing finding out the needs of the people and obtaining solutions. This is a major event for mainstream media. Democrats are to request to have confirmations spread out over a few days for this six-pack of controversial nominees so that a full investigation can be conducted by republicans and democrats in a bipartisan effort. But since the last eight years has been a “Campaign of No”, it’s not likely that the democratic party requests will be honored.
Rachel Maddow is righteously outraged at this aggressive media campaign strategy Bum Rush. This type of strategy makes it virtually impossible for major media outlets to cover every confirmation because it’s all happening at the same time and main media will focus on Donald Trump, President Elect. This seems to be another attempt to control what America is allowed to hear and see. President Elect Donald Trump often calls media, the enemy. But the President Elect appears to be the enemy of himself and the people. Trump is a savant at controlling what gets talked about concerning his desires. Trump has discounted truths continuously by saying things like it never happened or the media lies as he did during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. So, in order to get things right and cover it all, Podcastors, you are needed at the confirmation hearings to record with video and audio. Get interviews from the politicians investigating the nominees for Donald Trump’s Presidential Cabinet. Interview the nominees.
This is the list of names for the January 10th and January 11, 2017 Presidential Cabinet hearings:
Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, Department of Justice Nominee, Hearing scheduled for 01/10/2017 and 01/11/2017 at 9:30am
01/11/2017 Hearings scheduled for names below:
Mike Pompeo, Director of Central Intelligence Agency, Hearing scheduled for 10:00 am
Betsy Devos, Education Secretary, Hearing scheduled for 10:00am
John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, Hearing scheduled for 2:00pm
Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary, Hearing scheduled for 10:15am
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of state, Hearing scheduled for AM and Afternoon.
Note: The White House Press Secretary released the names of additional nominees sent to the Senate for future confirmations. See press release here.
This is the list of the Model Committee Rules (an example of how the elected official are to conduct the questioning at the confirmations): PDF
MODEL COMMITTEE RULE CHANGE
1 This model Committee Rules of Procedure amendment is intended to serve as a template for all Senate committees to adopt in the appropriate form, requiring all cabinet/high-level nominees to provide the committee with three years of tax returns as part of the nomination review process.
1 Title: Amending the Rules of Procedure of [ ] Committee
2 of the Senate to require certain nominees to submit
3 certain tax information upon request of the committee.
7 SECTION 1.
8 CONSIDERATION OF NOMINEES.
9 Rule [ ] of the Rules of Procedure of [ ] Committee of
10 the Senate is amended by adding the following [ ]:
11 “[ ]. (a) In considering a nomination, the committee
12 shall conduct an investigation or review of the nominee’s
13 experience, qualifications, and suitability, to serve in the
14 position to which he or she has been nominated. To aid in
15 such investigation or review, each nominee may be
16 required to submit a sworn detailed statement including
17 biographical, financial, policy, and other information
18 (including tax returns of the nominee) which the
19 committee may request. Subject to subparagraph (b), the
20 committee may specify which items are to be received on
21 a confidential basis.
22 “(b) As part of an investigation or review with respect
23 to a cabinet-level nominee under subparagraph (a), the
24 committee shall require that the nominee provide the
25 committee with the individual tax returns of the nominee
26 for the 3 years preceding the nomination. Such tax
27 returns shall be considered as confidential, except that the
28 Chairman and Ranking Member may jointly issue a
29 public statement or report regarding any matters in the
30 individual tax returns that reflect on the nominee’s fitness MODEL COMMITTEE RULE CHANGE 2
1 for the office to which he or she was nominated.”.
Rachel Maddow Show, 01/05/2017, http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_aenquirer_170105
Source: MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show dated 01/05/2017, http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show , “Trump test media, burying controversy in tight schedule”, 01/05/2017, 1:58am
CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/04/politics/when-are-the-cabinet-senate-confirmation-hearings/index.html , 01/06/2017, 1:55 a.m.
U.S. Senate, https://www.dpcc.senate.gov/files/documents/ModelCommitteeRulesChange.pdf , Model Committee Change , 01/06/2017. 2:01 a.m.
White House Press Secretary 0/04/2017 Press Release, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/04/presidential-nominations-sent-senate , 01/06/2017, 2:08am