After Paul Manafort’s sentencing yesterday Manaforts lawyer, Kevin Downing, addressed the waiting TV cameras outside the courthouse, pirouetting for an intended audience of one saying Judge Jackson had found “no evidence of collusion” which was not strictly true or even close to the truth. The assembled crowd responded indignantly with shouts of “liar liar”. The Washington Post explains further: The defense’s “repeated” claim that Manafort wouldn’t have been charged but for the special counsel, she said, “falls flat” and “is not supported by the record.” In an apparent reference to Trump, the judge speculated that the claim “was being repeated for some other audience.” Jackson tore into the Manafort defense’s claim that Mueller’s team took a technical violation and “transmogrified it” into a major case. “To the extent that’s the correct word, it was the defendant who was the transmogrifier,” she said. As for the other claim frequently offered by Manafort’s defense, “the ‘no collusion’ mantra is simply a non sequitur,” she said, adding that it is “not clear if it is accurate” and that her ruling doesn’t vindicate or incriminate anyone in Mueller’s broader investigation. That was another apparent reference to Trump, who falsely claimed that last week’s sentencing of Manafort in a separate trial vindicated his “no collusion” claim. An Obama appointee, Jackson offered a mantra of her own: “If people don’t have the facts, democracy can’t work,” she said. “Court is one of those places where facts still matter.” Validating the judge’s suspicions about “some other audience,” Downing falsely declared to TV cameras immediately after the sentencing that “Judge Jackson conceded that there was absolutely no evidence of any Russian collusion in this case.” Despite the judge’s unequivocal statement on the subject, Downing went before the cameras and blatantly lied, clearly auditioning for a Presidential pardon for Manafort. Thanks to the crowd who called him on it.
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, another of the impressive Democratic Freshman class who represents the South Florida district which houses the Homestead facility for migrant children, represents the best of American values, a value system that was and is and should continue to be a source of pride for Americans, a system that offers safety and shelter for refugees in exchange for the immeasurable gifts and talents they offer our country in return. Debbie migrated here in 1985 from her native Ecuador with her mother and three sisters at 14 years of age, where she lived with her family in a one bedroom apartment while she complted High School, took a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College and a Masters in International Political Economy from Claremonte Graduate. Wikipedia: Mucarsel-Powell worked for non-profits like the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Coral Restoration Foundation. From 2003 to 2007, she served as the Director of Development at Florida International University. She was the Associate Vice President for Advancement at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine from 2007 to 2011. Mucarsel-Powell became an associate dean at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Mucarsel-Powell had volunteered for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama, and in 2016, she ran unsuccessfully against Anitere Flores for the Florida State Senate.Mucarsel- Powell worked for non-profits like the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Coral Restoration Foundation. From 2003 to 2007, she served as the Director of Development at Florida International University. She was the Associate Vice President for Advancement at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine from 2007 to 2011. Mucarsel-Powell became an associate dean at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Mucarsel-Powell had volunteered for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama, and in 2016, she ran unsuccessfully against Anitere Flores for the Florida State Senate.” Yesterday she visited the Children at Homestead. How many Debbie Mucarsel-Powells now languish in tents in Florida and Texas? How many children who have so much potential are being treated like criminals because of the fear and insecurities of our criminal *Resident and his unworthy-of-the-title “American” followers? Given the life she has made manifest, Debbie can only weep at the opportunities being lost to her adopted nation. As do we all.
I hate it when I’m right about something I hate to see happening, but would be remiss to point out that I was absolutely right about something I hate to see happening: And Turd Blossom II and his Republican enablers will keep repeating this mantra right up to the election in 2020, reminding the voters that, after two years of open and unapologetic law breaking and corruption by this administration, the Democratic Speaker of the House said: “I’m not for impeachment.” That fuckin’ toothpaste won’t go back in the tube.
Express Digest “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dominated the South by Southwest conference with her mere presence, bringing in a larger crowd than any of the 2020 presidential contenders, all of whom were asked about her or her Green New Deal in their own sessions at the popular event… …The crowd rose to its feet, whooping, cheering and hollering when Ocasio-Cortez entered, but, when she spoke, you could hear a pin drop…. …She slammed the treatment of minorities throughout recent American history from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, which she claimed was racist, to Ronald Reagan’s treatment of minorities. She decried the idea of incrementalism, a belief in change via small steps, and said it took big sweeping ideas to make a difference. ‘This idea of like 10 percent better than garbage shouldn’t be something we settle for,’ she said. ‘We fix the pipes in Flint first. We fix the electrical grid in Puerto Rico first. And we fully fund the pensions of coal miners in West Virginia,’ she said to applause. ”It’s not the CEO that’s creating billions of dollars of value a year; it’s workers who are creating it,’ she said. ‘I think that the effort to divide to race and class has always been the tool of powerful to take away the control of the government from the every day working people,’ she told the crowd to great applause. ‘We seek and prioritize profit and the accumulation of money above all else … above any human and environmental cost,’ she said. ‘To me that ideology is unsustainable and it cannot be redeemed.’ “(Elizabeth) Warren was asked if the youngest member of Congress was under-hyped or overhyped? ‘Right hyped,’ the Massachusetts senator said.” If you listen very carefully you can hear Tucker Carlson wailing, gnashing his teeth and calling for his mommy…
American Oversight “American Oversight has uncovered the signed directive from former Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructing a federal prosecutor to carry out President Trump’s authoritarian demand to investigate Hillary Clinton. The document, obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation by American Oversight, is a formal, November 2017 letter from Sessions to U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber and has never before been released to the public. In a sworn declaration filed in November 2018 in response to American Oversight’s lawsuit, the Justice Department had insisted that no written directive existed and that all guidance to Huber had been delivered verbally. Trump has repeatedly tweeted demands for DOJ to investigate Clinton. Throughout the 2016 presidential general election campaign and at multiple rallies after taking office, Trump and his supporters have used the rallying cry “Lock her up” to call for the prosecution of Clinton. “’Lock her up’ was wrong at campaign rallies, and it’s even worse coming from the Department of Justice,” said Austin Evers, American Oversight executive director. “Even after this long, it’s still deeply shocking to see the black-and-white proof that Jeff Sessions caved to President Trump’s worst authoritarian impulses and ordered a wide-ranging investigation of his political opponents based on demands from Congress instead of the facts and the law.” On November 13, 2017, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote to former House Judiciary Committee Chair Robert Goodlatte informing him that Sessions had directed “senior federal prosecutors” to evaluate issues the congressman had raised in previous letters. Goodlatte had written to Sessions calling for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate Clinton, the Uranium One sale, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s handling of the inquiry into Clinton’s use of a private email server.” Lock them all up.
Imagine our beloved Rachel Maddow possessing the comedic chops of Kathy Griffin. Or Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg wielding not only outrage and hilarity, but also an encyclopedic command of the minutiae of the Mueller investigation. If you imagination can conjure those, then you have a proximate idea of what it is like to listen to the Mueller She Wrote Podcast, a weekly spelunking into the ever expanding cavern of the Mueller investigation, delivered with wit, humor, verve and the seductive whiskey and cigarettes voice of host A.G. (she wrote reveal her full name to protect her FedGuv job) – interspersed with their oh so fun Girl From Ipanema bumper music. San Diego City Beat It’s Saturday and A.G. is sitting around the table of a small, colorful room in her North Park home. With her are fellow stand-up comedians Jaleesa Johnson and Jordan Coburn. The windows and the furniture are covered in thick, bright curtains (courtesy of A.G.’s husband, she says), which keep the outside noise at bay. On the table, three round microphones stand tall on a green, felt cloth as the women get ready to speak for a few hours. “I forgot to eat apples this morning,” says A.G., who prefers not to disclose her full name so as to protect her career in the executive branch of government. “They help you with the weird sounds your mouth makes.”… …A.G. says she began nurturing the idea of an all-woman political podcast after watching a documentary about the Watergate scandal last October. At the same time, special counsel Robert Mueller had just indicted Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, along with top campaign aide Richard Gates. “When Manafort and Gates were indicted, I thought that people would be interested in hearing about the Mueller investigation,” A.G. says. “I was surprised to learn that there wasn’t a show dedicated to the probe, so I created one.”… …“The most challenging part… is having people take you seriously,” Johnson says. “[However,] content is power, and women need more power. I think a great podcast takes a unique perspective and, in a male-dominated industry, women are full of unique perspectives.” I’m taking Jordan, A.G. and Jaleesa seriously. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh. Below is my transcription of a portion of their Feb. 17 podcast, Manafort, Stone and Cohen, Oh My, with A.G. discussing the RW conspiracy theory that someone in the Mueller investigation tipped off CNN about the impending raid of Roger Stone’s domicile: A.G. ”On Wednesday we learned Roger Stone, fighting against the gag order, told the judge that Mueller should have to prove he didn’t leak the Stone indictment to the press before he was arrested. And then his magical lawyers who can’t file paper work properly presented evidence that actually showed the indictment was released after Stone was arrested, as it turns out though, it was released just moments before the arrest was carried out and the time was filled in a little bit later. But Stone is beating this conspiracy drum that idiot right wingers, including Matthew fucking Whitaker, by the way, in his Congressional testimony, are trying to push, that CNN must have known about the arrest from Mueller ahead of time and are conspiring because they were outside of his house before the FBI knocked […]
Rep. Joe Knows how to make a point. Washington Post “A hearing on the threat seismic testing poses to North Atlantic right whales was plodding along Thursday when, seemingly out of nowhere, Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) pulled out an air horn and politely asked if he could blast it. Before that moment at a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing, Cunningham had listened to a Trump administration official testify, over and over, that firing commercial air guns under water every 10 seconds in search of oil and gas deposits over a period of months would have next to no effect on the endangered animals, which use echolocation to communicate, feed, mate and keep track of their babies. It’s why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave five companies permission to conduct tests that could harm the whales last year, said the official, Chris Oliver, an assistant administrator for fisheries…. …Cunningham, who represents Charleston and other coastal cities, pressed on. What if it happened every 10 seconds for days, weeks and months, he said. He asked Oliver to guess how much louder commercial air guns are than his store-bought air horn. When Oliver didn’t bite, he told him the sound from air guns is 16,000 times that of his air horn.” I love this freshman class!
Shocking. Someone in the admin doesn’t like the Prince and Princess of Griftland…. Axios “Scoop: White House leak to House Dems on Jared and Ivanka’s clearances The news: The White House this week rejected the committee’s request for documents on the process for granting security clearances to staffers. The twist: But the House Oversight Committee in early February had already obtained the leaked documents that detail the entire process, from the spring of 2017 to the spring of 2018, on how both Kushner and Trump were ultimately granted their security clearances. The senior Democratic aide who was involved in handling the documents told Axios that two staffers on the Oversight Committee said the documents are “part of the puzzle that we would be asking for” from the White House, “so we appreciate having this upfront.” The House Oversight Committee, via deputy communications director Aryele Bradford, declined to comment.” Couldn’t happen to a more detestable set of drips.
If you’re looking for justice for Paul Manafort you’ll have to wait for D.C. Bullshit.
(Aaron Rupar is a reporter for Vox.) This is gonna leave a mark. Underwood is a future star. Hell, she’s a present star. Dog pens or cages? Dog pens or cages? Barragan is pissed. Boom. Leave it to Al Green to say what is goin’ on. Thank goodness for the blue wave. And thank you Mr. Rupar for this excellent reporting.