‘Flip or Flop’ Regular Frank ‘The Tank’ Has Inoperable Cancer

The dark specter of cancer has once again descended on the “Flip of Flop” family.

“Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa, who himself has been public about his battles with thyroid and testicular cancer, took to Instagram to say that series contractor Frank “The Tank” has been fighting “multiple cancers” for many years.

According to Frank “The Tank,” the cancer “has grown and spread” to the point where it has become inoperable.

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El Moussa told his Instagram followers that the contractor is “still putting up the fight of his life,” encouragingly noting that doctors “told him a year ago he would not make it past six months, he’s proving them wrong, this man is a beast.”

The HGTV star then shared an update that Frank “The Tank” forwarded to El Moussa for his fans

“After three cycles of radiation and chemo the cancer has grown and spread. Now it’s inoperable due to being too close to my carotid artery,” the contractor wrote.

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He went on to say that he has begun immunotherapy while he’s waiting for a clinical trial, undertaking his first treatment last week.

“I am now trying to eat and drink orally at a slow pace. Thank you for your support which makes me want to fight that much harder..,” he wrote.

We all #love Frank the tank from Flip or Flop!! As some of you know… he’s been fighting multiple cancers for many years, even while filming our show, and he’s still putting up the fight of his life. The doctors told him a year ago he would not make it past 6 months, he’s proving them wrong, this man is a beast. I told him his fans loved him and wanted an update… here is what he sent me to share with all of you great people!!. . After 3 cycles of radiation and chemo the cancer has grown and spread. Now it’s inoperable due to being too close to my carotid artery. I am blessed to be approved for immunotherapy while waiting for a clinical trial and did my first treatment last week. I am now trying to eat and drink orally at a slow pace. Thank you for your support which makes me want to fight that much harder.. . ❤️you Frank!!!!

A post shared by Tarek El Moussa (@therealtarekelmoussa) on May 11, 2017 at 8:07am PDT

Tarek El Moussa was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after a registered nurse emailed the show’s production company in 2013 to suggest that Moussa get a medical checkup for a large nodule on his thyroid, according to The Independent.

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The reality star revealed earlier this year that, a month after being told he had thyroid cancer,he was also diagnosed with testicular cancer.

In January, El Moussa gave fans an update on his condition, writing on Instagram that he was still free of cancer.

“Still #cancer #free!!!! Having cancer is a very scary thing… I always get nervous going into each check up and today I got GREAT news!!” El Moussa wrote.

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Here’s the Easiest Way Trump Could Be Prosecuted

Republican leaders have made it clear they oppose a special prosecutor being appointed to take the reins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, even after President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI chief James B. Comey.

But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein can bypass Congress and appoint a special prosecutor to take over the ongoing FBI investigation without congressional approval.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions normally would have that power, but he recused himself from the ongoing FBI probe of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian government to interfere with the election after it was revealed that Sessions spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign.

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon suggested to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday that Trump could be investigated for not only for election interference, but also for obstructing justice by firing Comey to stop the Trump-Russia probe.

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“From Trump’s own words, it looks like Comey was fired to make the Russia investigation go away,” Wyden tweeted in reference to Trump’s admission to NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired Comey to halt the Trump-Russia investigation by the FBI.

Trump told Holt, “[W]hen I decided to just do it [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.”

“Trump (again) shows exactly why we need an independent special counsel and why we need it NOW,” Wyden tweeted in reaction to Trump’s statement to Holt.

https://twitter.com/RonWyden/status/862724441733828612

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Trump also could be investigated for obstruction of justice for reportedly demanding that Comey pledge his loyalty to the president during a private White House dinner on Jan. 27.  Comey refused, pledging that he could give a pledge to be “honest.”

Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe, a Trump critic, argued that if Trump really did demand a loyalty oath from Comey, it could be an obstruction justice, particularly because Trump later fired Comey.

“The demand for loyalty from the head of the organization investigating those around you, when you have the power to fire that person — if you wrote a novel about obstruction of justice, this would almost be too good to be true,” Tribe told the New York Times.

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed his opposition to a special prosecutor, warning that it would “impede the current work being done” by the Senate Intelligence Committee and FBI.

Comey has debunked McConnell’s concerns.  During a May 3 hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee on FBI oversight, Comey testified that if a special prosecutor were appointed, that special prosecutor would simply take over the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation by FBI agents and career prosecutors in the Justice Department.

The then-FBI director testified that a special prosecutor simply would become the lead prosecutor for both “the career level prosecutive team” and FBI agents already working on the Trump-Russia case.  For the “prosecutors and the agents, there’s no change except the boss is different,” Comey said.

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Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York said he has received assurances from Rosenstein that the deputy attorney general would appoint a special counsel “if one is required.”

The New York Times Editorial Board penned an “Open Letter” to Rosenstein after Trump fired Comey, urging the deputy attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor.

“Dear Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,” the Editorial Board wrote. “You have one choice: Appoint a special counsel who is independent of both the department and the White House. No one else would have the standing to assure the public it is getting the truth.”

The newspaper noted that only “a handful of Republican senators and representatives expressed concern at Mr. Comey’s firing” and “there is as yet no sign that the congressional investigations into Russian interference will be properly staffed or competently run.”

“And Americans can have little faith that the Justice Department, or an F.B.I. run by Mr. Trump’s handpicked replacement, will get to the bottom of whether and how Russia helped steal the presidency for Mr. Trump,” the Editorial Board said.

FBI agents are worried that without a special prosecutor, the current investigation could be slowed by incremental but harmful tactics, like reassigning FBI agents and slowing the issuance of subpoenas.

A former high-ranking FBI official who worked on aspects of the investigation told the Daily Beast that there’s “no doubt the investigation can be damaged” by interference by Trump loyalists within the FBI and Department of Justice.

“Hard to stop, but definitely subvert,” the former FBI official said.

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Donald Trump Thinks He Should Be King, Not President

I think I’ve figured out what’s going on with Donald Trump. He wants to be king, when instead he is merely president. King is obviously what he deserves to be in his mind. But president was the only available role in this country.

This would really explain the disconnect. Any idiot can understand that a titan of his stature, a man who has accomplished so much, built great buildings, risen to become a ratings superstar on network television, golfed with the best, married a supermodel or three, grabbed pussy where he felt like it and touched the very hearts of regular Americans — someone like this ought to be king, right?

On TV, he used to dismiss celebrities with a summary: “You’re fired.” Compared to that, the powers of the U.S. presidency are limited, what with the two other branches of government, the federal bureaucracy and then the states on top of that. It’s actually pretty ridiculous when you think about it: He has the most powerful job in the world, so why can’t he do what he deems best without any interference?

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Trump has already fired lots of people who were insufficiently on board with his world view. Sally Yates. Preet Bhrahara. Diplomats. That’s his privilege.

I think this is why Trump has trouble understanding all the dismay when he got rid of James Comey this week. The FBI director displeased him, and so he was fired. To a man like Trump, this is how it should be. On top of that, the Russia investigation is a bunch of malarkey, a distraction from all the things Trump is trying to get done. Trump is used to getting things done. This is how you get things done.

This would also explain why Trump doesn’t understand the problem in asking Comey to pledge his loyalty, as happened over a private dinner they had, according to multiple reports. And why he simply stated to Lester Holt the reason why he fired Comey: the “Russia thing.”

Others are interpreting that as evidence of obstruction of justice, an admission by the president of inappropriate intimidation or an attempt to shut down an investigation into his campaign being conducted by an independent agency.

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But to Trump, asking for loyalty must seem like a totally reasonable request — and punishing someone when it’s not delivered a natural consequence. How else is the president supposed to find out about whether he could be in legal jeopardy if not to ask the man in charge of the investigation? Honestly, isn’t this the way things should work? He did win the election, after all.

The press is another major headache for our new commander in chief. It’s a huge distraction, and except for Fox News it unnecessarily gets in the way of Trump doing what he wants.

This is why it’s utter chaos in Washington. Never have I seen op-ed pages and reported articles explode with the anger and righteous indignation over the actions and statements of our president as you saw this morning.

Jennifer Rubin, the conservative Washington Post columnist, wrote a white-hot manifesto after Trump tweeted this morning a not-very-veiled threat to Comey about leaking information. She is way up on her high horse: 

Republican Party identification has begun requiring intellectual vacuity. One has to be free from shame to agree that it’s no big deal when Trump confesses he fired former FBI director James B. Comey because he decided Russian interference in the election was “just a made-up story.” A slew of FBI agents is now investigating the “made-up story,” the entire intelligence community verifies it and members of both parties acknowledge that it occurred. To go along with such utterances means condoning Trump’s inability to accept reality (Russia did, in fact, meddle) and refusing to concede that pressuring and then firing the FBI director must be impeachable, if not criminal, conduct. This mind-set forces Trump defenders to say daft things such as: Trump has the right to fire Comey, so what’s the problem? Democrats didn’t like Comey, anyway. It doesn’t matter that he gave a pretextual answer for the firing.

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People are clamoring for a special prosecutor, a special counsel, an independent commission. They’re talking impeachment.

I’ve asked media veterans of the Vietnam and Nixon era, and they said it was never at this level of intensity during Watergate.

To the rest of us, Trump feels like a schoolyard bully who has been invested with the precious powers of our presidency in the democracy we all fiercely cherish.

But Trump must feel he is being unfairly blocked from doing what he wants. The winner should get to do what he wants.

All the way around, it would really be easier for Trump if we just declared him king, and vested with the powers of a monarch. The 17th-century kind. Then the rest of us would be more grateful for his largesse, and would admire a confident and winning leader instead of complaining about things like the Constitution, the First Amendment, the independent judiciary and all that stuff, blah blah blah. Enough already.

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