Mueller knows what Trump did and what role he played in this matter

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Mueller knows what Trump did and what role he played in this matter—and Trump and his lawyers know that Mueller knows this.      Lawfare

The irony is that Trump’s lies about Russia were exposed by his allies, not his enemies.      Weekly Standard

GOP Senator’s Move Likely to Doom Trump Nomination

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Vice President Mike Pence will no longer be able to save one of President Trump’s judicial nominations with a tie-breaking vote. Sen. Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, has announced that he has decided to oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to be a judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina, meaning the nomination is probably doomed, the Hill reports. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake joined 49 Democrats in voting against moving the nomination forward Wednesday, leaving Pence to cast the deciding vote after a 50-50 tie. The district court seat Farr was nominated for has been open since 2005. Republicans rejected two of Barack Obama’s nominees, both of them African-American women.

Scott—the only black Republican in the Senate—cited concerns about Farr’s work for the 1990 re-election campaign of Republican Sen. Jesse Helms, in which tens of thousands of black voters received postcards that the Justice Department considered an attempt to intimidate them from voting. Democrats and the NAACP have spoken out against Farr for his work defending discriminatory state laws, the AP reports. Farr “has been involved in the sordid practice of voter suppression for decades and never should have been nominated, let alone confirmed to the bench,“ says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Thankfully, he won’t be.“

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This week, America will commemorate one of the most tragic and consequential events in the history of our nation – the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.  As we reflect and remember, please take a moment to give thanks to all our esteemed World War II veterans; for those that fought on that fateful day; and for all those WW II veterans, living and deceased.  Thank you, as you were indeed, part of the Greatest Generation.  We will never forget Pearl Harbor and we’ll never forget the sacrifice and service of our veterans.

Where has the year gone?  Already into our first week of December and we started the month with more rain.  With an ongoing construction project at home, we’ve been living with mud since mid-September.  It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to finish the needed drainage work anytime soon, but we’ll make some temporary changes until some dry weather arrives.  Meanwhile, we’re preparing for lots of straw around the house and a couple muddy dogs for the foreseeable future.

From time to time, I’ve mentioned the scams that target our citizens, especially our senior population.  One more scam can be added to the list.  I received a call on my cell phone last weekend indicating that AT&T had suspended my account until certain account information could be verified.  The caller began listing all the personal and financial information they were requesting.  I listened longer than usual, as I knew it was a scam immediately, we have not account with AT&T.  When confronted with this fact, the scammer terminated the call immediately.

Especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, professional scammers and con artists seek to take advantage of the generosity, trusting nature and giving spirit of our citizens.  Their goal is simply to gain your trust and provide them sensitive financial information to steal your identity, drain bank accounts or run up credit card debt.

Every time the crooks are successful, they eventually cause otherwise generous individuals to retreat from giving.  So, during this holiday season, don’t let the crooks win.  Don’t give out personal or financial information on the phone to unknown callers.  Take time to check out and investigate any charitable requests you receive by phone or email.  And, remember that we always have a host of unmet needs close to home that count on your assistance.

The ongoing Supreme Court impeachment actions are most likely finished without producing any meaningful results.  Potentially flawed from the beginning due to procedural problems in House Judiciary, the process lumbered through the full House and passed on to the Senate for the actual trial.  However, an appointed temporary Supreme Court eventually halted the proceedings from continuing.

In the beginning, the process should have been limited to Justice Loughry regarding the infamous $32,000 couch, antique desk and furniture taken home for personal use, and a host of other charges that involved expenses and travel.  As is usually the case, his attempted cover-up was worse than the original charges.  Giving knowingly false statements to Federal investigators is not a wise move.

Had the former Chief Justice resigned in a timely manner, he could have spared the State the taxpayers the expense of impeachment proceedings that eventually encompassed the remaining court members.  Justice Ketchum resigned over tax and travel irregularities prior to impeachment.  Justice Davis resigned after articles of impeachment were returned.  Justice Walker was censured and is now Chief Justice.  The temporary Supreme Court blocked any action regarding former Chief Justice Workman.  Due to his federal trial, no action was ever taken on Justice Loughry until his eventual resignation a few weeks ago.

Now that the new Legislature is in place, any impeachment proceedings would require the entire process begin again.  I’m relatively certain that the current legislative leadership will not venture down that road soon, as it appears nothing can happen, barring a successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Also, there is no guarantee they would even hear the case.

At this point, my concern is the checks and balances we thought were in place between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.  It appears they are tilted in favor of the judicial branch, despite the intent of the state constitution.  At some point, there needs to be some definitive clarification as to the powers of the court to thwart the impeachment process.  Otherwise, a flawed process remains even more flawed than before with no clear remedy.  State government needs to act proactively to fix what we now know is totally broken.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

The McKinley Capitol Report

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House Passes McKinley Bill To Name Fairmont Facility After Katherine Johnson

This week the House passed S. 3389, naming NASA’s IV&V Program in the Fairmont facility after Katherine Johnson, the trailblazing NASA mathematician and West Virginia native. Her greatest contribution to space exploration were her calculations that helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module. As the lead House sponsor of the bill, I am excited to recognize this remarkable lady, as it now goes to the President’s desk for signature.

WVU Leads Nation With Game Changing Opioid Addiction Research

This week a team of medical investigators at WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute conducted the nation’s first clinical trial using a micropellet to combat chronic pain. The long-acting, local delivery of the micropellet slowly releases medicine to fight the pain associated with sciatica that would otherwise be eased through opioid use. This is a great step in the right direction to fight the opioid epidemic. I am glad to see WVU leading with innovative research to find non-addictive alternatives to opioids. This has and continues to be a top priority for our office.

McKinley Supports Hazelton Correctional Officers

We recently visited Hazelton correctional officers to discuss inadequate staffing levels and unsafe working conditions. Following the injuries of Hazelton officers this week after being assaulted by an inmate, prison reform is now more important than ever. Simply put, correctional officers deserve better

Have a great week,

David McKinley
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Report: VA Won’t Repay Vets After GI Bill Snafu

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A major snafu has hit benefit payments to student veterans under the GI Bill—and congressional aides tells NBC that they have been told the veterans are never going to be paid back. The aides say they were told by the Department of Veterans Affairs that the VA will not be making retroactive payments to veterans who were underpaid for their housing allowance because it would mean reviewing around 2 millions claims, further delaying implementation of a new system, which has already been pushed back to Dec. 2019. Under the Forever GI Bill signed into law by President Trump last year, students are supposed to be paid housing allowance based on where they take the most classes, not on where the school’s main campus is located.

Tanya Ang, vice president of Veterans Education Success, tells the Military Times that the VA’s excuse of retroactive payments creating too much work isn’t good enough. “That could be hundreds of dollars for some students—per month,“ she says. “If this was a disability benefit, this would never fly.“ The issue, which is the result of new legislation being introduced before the VA’s outdated computer system could handle it, has contributed to a backlog of claims that has forced some veterans facing final hardship to abandon their studies, the Tennessean reports. The agency is still working to process more than 58,000 claims, reports the Star Tribune. The paper’s editorial board calls the delays a “national disgrace.“ “Those courageous enough to go into battle should face zero delays in getting the education benefits they’ve earned,“ they write.

Have A Minute?‏

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I am always thankful for the opportunity to serve each of you and make a difference in your lives. In West Virginia, we have so much to be thankful for, including an economy that’s on the rise, communities that come together to support each other, and so many other things. This week in the Senate, I continued efforts to help our state make the most of the growth we are experiencing and put more West Virginians on the path to a brighter future.

Preparing Our Students and Workers

I am working hard to create economic growth in West Virginia, while also making sure West Virginians are prepared to take full advantage of the new opportunity being created. Education, including higher education, plays a very critical role in this effort. That’s why I teamed up with my colleague, Senator Peters from Michigan, to introduce bipartisan legislation that will help students and support economic growth in our state. Specifically, the bill would rewrite certain tax rules so that private foundations can help graduate students pay off their student loan debt through scholarships. As our state’s economy continues to grow, it’s important that younger workers are not constrained by the cost of higher education and have more options when it comes to gaining the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

Our Future Leaders

One of the most important responsibilities I have as a senator is nominating young men and women to our nation’s service academies. Earlier this week, I nominated 31 qualified high school students from 20 counties across the state. There is no question that these students are smart, talented, and driven and have worked extremely hard to get to this point. I am honored to support them throughout this process and look forward to following their journey as our future leaders in West Virginia and America.

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Shelley Moore Capito
United States Senator

More on Trump, Cohen, the money, and the Russians

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A handy timeline of contacts and meetings.    The Washington Post

Meanwhile, Trump’s largest lender, Deutsche Bank, is raided by police over money laundering allegations.      Mother Jones

Analysis: How Manafort’s deception may help Mueller.    Huffington Post

How Trump was compromised.    The Atlantic

Undermining Trump’s collusion defense.    Politico

The Russia deal said to involve a Trump Tower penthouse.    Buzzfeed

The plea agreement.    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

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