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It’s Almost Over For Jerome Powell: Trump Says He Has Authority To Replace Fed Chair

If the Fed doesn't cut rates in July, Powell is out as chair.

If the Fed doesn't cut rates in July, Powell is out as chair.
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13 comments on “It’s Almost Over For Jerome Powell: Trump Says He Has Authority To Replace Fed Chair

  1. Another step down the authoritarian slope — and I feel fine. Thank you gutless Republican pukes in Congress. #MAGA

  2. 40,000 headmen

    I don’t agree with your contention that “Powell was dovish as he could possibly be without actually cutting rates on Wednesday…”. I agree with Peter Cecchini of Cantor Fitzgerald who said that he didn’t find the statement all that dovish. I agree with his assessment that “the statement was quite balanced”. As Cecchini pointed out, Powell used the term “trends” to describe what he was looking for in terms of data that would affect monetary policy decisions. In my opinion, the market misread Powell. The Fed Chairman is not going to be so quick to start the journey back to zero as the market believes and/or wants to believe.

    • with all due respect, you and Cantor are wrong. Hatzius just threw in the towel too. it’s over. Trump has successfully commandeered US monetary policy

      • Anonymous

        Who will stop Scummo? The House and a Byzantine slew of lawsuits, to begin with. There may even be enough GOPer gimps in the Senate bc Babyman is in trouble in all swing states and anything more they permit now will become the Dem president’s prerogative.

        Besides, WHO is actually going physically make Powell go? You think Americans (or even a number of GOPers) will let Scummo try to physically have Powell blocked from his office? No. So courts it will be – and Scummo will be at 25% approval by the time the dilatory legal process plays out; why? Because the trumpCrash IS coming within the next 2 o or 3 months and the red state rabble is gonna be crushed by it.

      • 40,000 headmen

        If you listen to the 3 people who are steering the committee, Powell, Clarida, and Williams, they aren’t hitting the panic button at all. You are heeding the pundits and not the policy makers. If you saw Steve Liesman’s interview of Vice Chair Clarida, then you would have heard him say 3 times during that interview “The economy is in a good place”. Absurdly enough, Kelly Evans stated at the end of that interview “Sounds like a rate cut is on the table for June”. It’s ‘consensus by contagion’ as I like to say, and with all due respect, I think that you are caught up in the contagion.

  3. Harvey Cotton

    Almost every day brings a fresh national humiliation. The entire edifice of our political structure was built on the premise that people jealous horde power, and therefore the system of government that maximizes liberty for the people is one where power is diffused vertically in the federal structure and horizontally with three co-equal branches of government. Over time, even more safeguards were put in with bodies set up that were supposed to be technocratic and independent of political pressure. These institutions were supposed to be sacrosanct. If there were some brilliant Machiavellian tactician who through charisma, guile, political appointments, secret backroom deals, and cleverness was able to accrue the level of power necessary to overwhelm the Senate, Justice Department, Fed, and anyone else to achieve tyranny, well you just throw your hands up. What can you do? The Founding Fathers tried, and we had a goo-, eh, okay run. But Trump is able to destroy the sinews of our political culture and institutions as a subnormal idiot who falls ass-backwards into every triumph and the instrument of his power…is mean tweets? This is how we lose? Not guns. Not an apocalyptic plague. A vicious Twitter feed. How humiliating.

  4. I don’t know anything about Jerome Powell. I don’t have any personal insights into whether he is responding to pressure or just doing what he thinks is right. But putting myself in his shoes, I just don’t think he needs this job. Even if Powell is acting out of personal interest, I think he would rather leave the job being known as the person who was trying to do the right thing. He should prefer that to being considered the Fed Chair who tried to keep his job by being Donald Trump’s servant. Isn’t his future much brighter as the former than the latter? Not to mention his conscience? For the moment, it is difficult to look at anything Powell is doing or saying, and think that he is acting outside the bounds of what an independent Fed Chair would or should do. My best guess is that he is trying to follow what he believes is the best course, and probably hates the possible appearance that Trump is pushing him around.

  5. Love your comment, Harvey. It’s enough to make a person give up. Or drink.

  6. Is it possible that the Ruskies have something on Mitch too?

    • I just want to know what the hell is wrong with Lindsey Graham. not that i was ever a Lindsey fan in the first place, but my god. he’s off the deep end

  7. Anymouse

    Quote of the Day from Jim Grant:
    “Trump may not be able to fire Powell, but Powell can certainly fire Trump.”

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