Sunday, September 22, 2019

Dino Durrati

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Michael Harriot at The Root, on Impeachment – “Waiting is for...

(Michael Harriot is a critically acclaimed author and an opinion write for Very Smart Brothers, Ebony and The Root. He has very strong feeling about the reluctance to bring impeachment hearing on the Orange Menace. If you are white and can’t take some heat…stay out of his kitchen.) The Root Mr. Harriot begins with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., penned in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama. “First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice…who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” — Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” His second paragraph (and I again fervently implore you to click over and read the whole thing) states his reason for harking back to MLK Jr. regarding the matter at hand. “White people really believe in the idea of America. They trust that they live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. They have the privilege of using the “Star-Spangled Banner” as a deflector shield, knowing it will envelop them in the loving embrace of freedom and protect them from injustice. It is why they find it inconceivable that anyone would burn a flag or kneel during their beloved lullaby of a national anthem. It must be a wonderful thing to believe in America.” He goes on to quote Democratic leaders counseling patience in un-lodging the orange lump from the throat of America and their suggesting that we wait for the next election. Then the reading, if you are a white democrat, gets a little tough.  “How excellent it must feel to be exempt from the whims of an addlebrained white supremacist with unchecked power who repeatedly points a rifle loaded with racist policies at your head! It is easy to call for patience when your children are not being ripped from your arms. White people can stand to ruminate on their course of action as the president packs the courts with far-right judges who have displayed anti-black animus both anecdotally and statistically. It does not hurt white people to delay or even deny justice while Trump dismantles affirmative action, reverses rules on discrimination, destroys health care, promotes gentrification, champions police brutality and downplays the rise of white supremacist hate groups. Yes, waiting is for white people.” He goes on to explain why he feels that patience is no virtue before continuing his virtual tongue lashing:  “ We are supposed to believe that the Democratic presidential candidates will fight tooth and nail for wage equality, reparations, equal education and black lives. Yet, those same politicians are content with sitting on their hands and abdicating their responsibility to remove a Nazi-sympathizing, dunderheaded dictator wannabe as the leader of the free world. This is either callousness or wanton disregard, otherwise known as not giving a fuck…. …” The only logical conclusion one can reach is that either these politicians don’t care because they are immune from Donald Trump’s racism, […]

Jared Kushner says Russian Election Interference Amounted to “A Couple of...

Fuck this guy. NBC News “You look at what Russia did, buying some Facebook ads to try to sow dissent and do it, and it’s a terrible thing,” Kushner said. “But I think the investigations and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads.” “I mean I spent about — I think they said they spent about $160,000 — I spent $160,000 on Facebook every three hours during the campaign,” he continued. “So if you look at the magnitude of what they did and what they accomplished, I think the ensuing investigations have been way more harmful to our country.” Shortly after the interview, Trump tweeted praise for Kushner’s appearance. “Great interview by Jared,” Trump wrote. “Nice to have extraordinarily smart people serving our Country!” And he admitted he’d been briefed about Khashoggi’s murder before he went to bat for Mohammad Bin Salman. Even Shep at Fox call BS on this twerp. We need to build a prison on top of this POS.   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

Eugene Robinson Wants to Impeach Because He knows Republicans All too...

Eugene Robinson, writing in the Washington Post, is old enough to remember what Lindsey Graham had to say about impeachment when it was a Democratic President in the cross-hairs: “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body [the Senate] determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role . . . because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.” After pointing out Graham’s hypocrisy, Robinson looks into the future if the democrats do not go on the offensive soon: “Anyone who thinks there is a chance that Trump will lick his wounds and move on has not been paying attention. Having escaped criminal charges — because he is a sitting president — Trump will go on the offensive. With the help of Attorney General William P. Barr, whose title really should be Minister of Spin, the president will push to investigate the investigators and sell the bogus counter-narrative of an attempted “coup” by politically motivated elements of the “deep state.” Here is the important thing: Trump will mount this attack no matter what Democrats do . And strictly as a matter of practical politics, the best defense against Trump has to be a powerful offense. I fail to see the benefit for Democrats, heading into the 2020 election, of being seen as such fraidy-cats that they shirk their constitutional duty. Mueller’s portrait of this president and his administration is devastating. According to Graham’s “honor and integrity” standard — which he laid out in January 1999, when he was one of the House prosecutors for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in the Senate — beginning the process of impeaching Trump is not a close call.” And then goes on to destroy the fraidycrats main argument against holding Trump accountable… “The conventional wisdom is that Republicans made a political error by impeaching Clinton. But they did win the White House in 2000 and go on to dominate Congress for most of President George W. Bush’s tenure. If impeachment was a mistake, it wasn’t a very costly one.” While we dither about holding this hearing or that, Trump just goes on committing impeachable offenses —  telling members of  his administration not to comply with oversight, suing Elijah Cummings for asking one of his accounting firms for financial info because he had ordered his Treasury Sec. to refuse a lawful request for his tax returns, continuing to rake in graft from his hotels and on and on. And he will continue to scoff at accountability because he has taken our measure and has no fear of us. As Robinson sums up: “Does it “play into Trump’s hands” to speak of impeachment? I think it plays into the president’s hands to disappoint the Democratic base and come across as weak and frightened. Voters who saw the need to hold Trump accountable decided to give Democrats some power — and now expect them to use it.” It’s time to impeach.   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

Seth Abramson Is Pretty Sure The “Tape” Noted in Mueller’s Report...

(After Seth’s first tweet I used a Twitter thread unroll to make the diary more readable. I made one exception when he linked to the BBC News article. Set asked for his work to be widely disseminated, so I thought he’d want it here. Enjoy) It doesn’t require proof of criminality beyond a reasonable doubt to impeach a POTUS, though we have that now as to obstruction—an impeachable crime that can’t be indicted because Trump is president—and campaign finance felonies (ditto). A national security risk is sufficient. Counterintelligence investigations of Trump remain outstanding—their findings haven’t yet been disclosed, though they eventually will be to the House and Senate intelligence committees—but Mueller’s report does include corroborated information that is *central* to those cases. A president *must* be impeached if—in counterintelligence terms—there’s “high confidence” intel that he is “compromised” by a foreign power, meaning not that he is necessarily an agent of any foreign power, but that he cannot uphold his Oath of Office (and loyalty) to America. Almost immediately thereafter, I passed on this internationally available BBC report to the American public because—as a curatorial journalist—that’s one of the main things I do: find reliable international reporting that links up to domestic stories in a way that’s critical. To  the extent you’ve ever heard me called a “conspiracy  theorist,” it was this *BBC* reporting—which American media  for some reason attributed to me—that earned me that erroneous  title. So I wrote a book, PROOF OF COLLUSION, with all the British  reporting on Kremlin kompromat. PROOF  OF COLLUSION has an entire chapter on Kremlin kompromat called  “Kompromat,” and it amasses a wealth of internationally  reported information on Trump being blackmailed by the Kremlin that  was *all* from the reliable overseas major media outlets that many  of us read daily. These  outlets found ten witnesses (inclusive of—but not limited  to—dossier witnesses) who could confirm the brief section of  Steele’s dossier that indicated the Kremlin was holding video  blackmail material (“kompromat”) over Trump’s head. Most  Americans never saw the evidence. The  evidence included BBC-confirmed witnesses from the Ritz Moscow who  saw a “row” in the lobby of the Ritz on the night in  question—as a group of women argued with the hotel staff about  whether they would need to sign in or give their names in order to  go up to Trump’s room. The  evidence included a whistle-blower from within Trump Org who  confirmed the events, as well as multiple Ritz staff members  besides the American staying at the Ritz who saw the row. The  evidence included contradictory stories given by Trump and his  bodyguard, Keith Schiller. The  evidence included the fact that the best friend of a key member of  Trump’s Moscow entourage runs Moscow’s largest “dark web”  brothel; the evidence included actual dollar-amounted payoffs to  Trump’s bodyguard Schiller and much more—including spy craft  evidence—of the event. The  presumption of *all* these stories was that the blackmail had been  coordinated by Trump’s Kremlin-connected Moscow business partner,  Aras Agalarov, the man who runs the “Crocus Group” (a  Russian business entity) and is known for being Putin’s favorite  real estate builder. Vladimir  Putin had *personally* given Agalarov Russia’s highest civilian  honor just 10 days before Trump arrived in Moscow to be  surreptitiously taped by Agalarov. (NOTE: major-media citations for  all these statements are in PROOF OF […]

Militia Leader Who Kidnapped Refugees Arrested. Pardon in 3,2,1?

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the leader of The United Constitutional Patriots militia group that kidnapped migrants at gunpoint and who claimed to work with CBP and have phone conversations with Kidnapper # 1, was arrested yesterday on weapons charges: Daily Beast Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who runs The United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), an armed border militia group that spreads far-right conspiracies and rounds up asylum seekers on the border, was arrested by FBI in New Mexico Saturday on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon…. …The group also peddles conspiracy theories and produces a radio show where members spread information about QAnon, and accuse migrants of associating with ISIS. Hopkins has also claimed that president Trump has personally asked him about ‘Muslim immigration.’ UCP and Hopkins claim to work with Border Patrol, which has publicly denied doing so. Border Patrol agents sometimes appear in the periphery of the groups videos, which show camo-clad UCP members interacting with migrants at the southern border. “There’s no question about whether or not we work with Border Patrol,” said Jim, a UCP spokesperson who declined to give his last name. “That’s all documented, and not just once. It’s documented hundreds and hundreds of times over in the videos that I post.” Deplorables will doubtless be calling for a pardon for the abductor, but drumpf may feel a bit cowed by the impeachment talk and choose not to act. On the other hand, he needs to hang on to his base so it could go either way. What do you think?   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

Rick Wilson Tosses “Game of Thrones” Meme Back at Trump. “Winter...

(Above: Night King Mueller raising his legion of zombie investigations.) Drumpf really likes his Game of Thrones memes, so much so that the hit HBO show’s producers had to dispatch the Orange Idiot a cease and desist raven. For all the good it did: But if Mango Unchained had really been paying attention to the happenings in Westeros he would know that the games is hardly over, the dead may never die, and even if they do they don’t always stay that way. Wilson has been paying attention, however and, from his keep at The Daily Beast, he, after an hilarious recounting of the road to the final battle, issued the following ominous warning for The King of Vast Empty Electoral Acres. “They had hoped to turn the Mueller Report against itself—“no puppet” style”—to argue it exposed prosecutorial excesses and a conspiracy against Trump. Of course, it demonstrated nothing of the sort. Robert Mueller’s investigation as special counsel was, as expected, professional, bounded, and dedicated to finding the truth. That didn’t stop Bill Barr from continuing to incinerate his reputation. As if his absurd memo and prior statements didn’t convince you the Toady General was all-in, even a cursory reading of the Mueller report leaves no doubt. Barr mischaracterized, lied, elided and manipulated the findings from the moment of his four-page agitprop memo. At least 10 times during his absurd and nakedly political pre-release press event, Barr acted in his capacity as Donald Trump’s personal defender, a pudgy Roy Cohn with less venom and a higher BMI. With Mueller nowhere to be seen, Rosenstein stood behind Barr in silence, looking like the star of a hostage video. As the Trump world is declaring that the game is over, and the board swept clean, Mueller farmed out 14 elements of his investigation to other U.S. Attorney offices, including 12 we only learned existed with the release of his report. Those will continue to roll out more information, more news, and more convictions in the months to come. Congress now gets its bite of the apple, and the hidden secrets of Trump’s 2016 campaign and his reign of misrule will continue to come into the light.  Mueller’s obstruction section practically screams for Congress to dig deeper, and exercise their right to hold the president accountable for his actions, including—most certainly—abuse of the powers of his office. Never take a victory lap until you’re sure the race is over. Trump hijacked the Game of Thrones font to tweet “Game Over,” but it still looks more like Winter Is Coming.” The night is dark and full of terrors, Chump.   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

LOL. Barr Offers Top Dems a Peek at A Less Redacted...

AG William Barr tried to entice six top democrats into taking a peek at a less redacted Mueller Report today, a trap that would apparently restrict their ability to discuss the report with their colleagues, and which wouldn’t include evidence from the Grand Jury. Leadership said no dice. (Click through to read letter, will not download.) CBS News “Congressional Democrats have declined an offer by Attorney General William Barr to view a less redacted version of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as only 12 members of Congress would be able to read the report and could not discuss it with other members of Congress. In a press conference Thursday morning, Barr made the offer to the House speaker, the Senate majority leader, the House and Senate minority leaders, the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. These members of Congress, as well as one staffer for each member, could review a less redacted version of the report in a reading room, but could not take the report out of that room or discuss it with other members of Congress. “Unfortunately, your proposed accommodation—which among other things would prohibit discussion of the full report, even with other Committee Members—is not acceptable,” congressional Democrats said in the letter to Barr. The letter was signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and the ranking members of the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Mark Warner. “While the current proposal is not workable, we are open to discussing a reasonable accommodation with the Department that would protect law enforcement sensitive information while allowing Congress to fulfill its constitutional duties,” the letter concluded.” Nice try, Wile E. Genius at work.   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

Mueller Established Assange Cynically Used Seth Richs’ Murder to Cover for...

The Muller report firmly establishes that Julian Assange used Seth Rich’s murder to cover for his GRU sources after he published DNC emails on Wikileaks. I say used his murder because would he have dared to smear Rich, attributing to him the theft of the DNC material if the young man were alive to defend himself? I think not. Deplorable. Daily Beast “Julian Assange not only knew that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer wasn’t his source for thousands of hacked party emails, he was in active contact with his real sources in Russia’s GRU months after Seth Rich’s death. At the same time he was publicly working to shift blame onto the slain staffer “to obscure the source of the materials he was releasing,”  Special Counsel Robert Mueller asserts in his final report on Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. “After the U.S. intelligence community publicly announced its assessment that Russia was behind the hacking operation, Assange continued to deny that the Clinton materials released by WikiLeaks had come from Russian hacking,” the report reads. “According to media reports, Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an ‘inside job,’  and purported to have ‘physical proof’ that Russians did not give materials to Assange.” Seth Rich was murdered on July 10th, 2016. Mueller establishes that Assange coordinated with the Russian cutout DC Leaks in June 2016, and GRU persona Guccifer 2.0 in July to obtain the DNC material: “As laid out by Mueller, Assange’s involvement in Russia’s election interference began with a June 14, 2016 direct message to WikiLeaks’ Twitter account from “DC Leaks,” one of the false fronts created by the Russians to launder their hacked material. “You announced your organization was preparing to publish more Hillary’s emails,” the message read, according to Mueller’s report. “We are ready to support you. We have some sensitive information too, in particular, her financial documents. Let’s do it together. What do you think about publishing our info at the same moment? Thank you.” A week later, WikiLeaks reached out to a second GRU persona, Guccifer 2.0, and pitched WikiLeaks as the best outlet for the hacked material. On July 14, 2016,  GRU officers used a Guccifer 2.0 email address to send WikiLeaks an encrypted one-gigabyte file named “wk dnc link I .txt.gpg.” Assange confirmed receipt, and on July 22 he published 20,000  DNC emails stolen during the GRU’s breach.” Mueller could not establish who provided Assange with the Podesta emails, but notes that they might have been hand carried to him in the Ecuadorian Embassy. This Guardian article notes that Assange had at least 80 visitors in the months leading up to their publication. Assange was aided in his deception by Individual 1, the entire conspiracy-regurgitating RW so called press, Sean Hannity and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It would be nice to get those last two under oath and find out what they knew and when they knew it.   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

Looks Like Steve Bannon and Eric Prince Deleted Their Texts Concerning...

Steve Bannon and Eric Prince couldn’t get their stories straight about the alleged “back-channel” meeting in the Seychelles Islands —  Prince has said in public that he just happened to bump into Russian oligarch Kirill Dmitriev, but told Mueller that the Jan. 11th meeting was set up by George Nader and that after he returned to D.C. to brief Bannon. Bannon denies any knowledge of the meet. U.S. News and World Report “ERIK PRINCE TOLD THE special counsel’s office that he traveled to the Seychelles shortly after President Donald Trump was elected to meet the head of a Russian investment fund whose goal it was to establish a working relationship with the new administration at the behest of Vladimir Putin and that he had discussions that touched on U.S.-Russian relations. The founder of the Blackwater security firm and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told investigators he came back to the U.S. and promptly met with Steve Bannon to debrief the senior presidential adviser and pass along contact information. There’s just one problem: Bannon says that never happened…” Muller tried to get to the bottom of their conflicting accounts… but their texts had conveniently disappeared from their phones. “The conflicting accounts provided by Bannon and Prince could not be independently clarified by reviewing their communications, because neither one was able to produce any of the messages they exchanged in the time period surrounding the Seychelles meeting,” Mueller wrote. Prince’s phone contained no text messages prior to March 2017, according to the report, despite provider records indicating that he and Bannon exchanged dozens of texts. Prince denied deleting any messages and also told investigators he did not know why there were no messages on his device before March 2017.” ……………………………………………… The question that needs to be answered is why did Bannon deny knowing about this  meeting, which has been established to have happened, and why is he globe trotting the world setting up future fascist states instead of rotting in jail for lying to Mueller? And did Prince really tell the whole truth about what was going on in the Indian Ocean, though he was smart enough to realize he could not deny being there. Inquiring minds want to know, Adam Schiff. …………………………………………………   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [

Schumer and Pelosi Issue Statement Calling for Mueller to Testify Before...

Looks like someone is tired of all the theatrics…. The Hill “The top Democratic congressional leaders are calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill as soon as possible following what they describe as Attorney General William Barr‘s “partisan” handling of the release of the Mueller report. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement early Thursday, hours ahead of when a redacted version of Mueller’s report is expected to be released, and hours after a New York Times report revealed that White House lawyers and Department of Justice officials have already repeatedly discussed details of Mueller’s conclusions. The Democratic leaders laid out a series of actions they say show Barr as being loyal to the president. “Attorney General Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” Pelosi and Schumer wrote in a statement.” Personally, I think this should have been done three weeks ago when Barr initiated act one of this Kabuki shit-show. But maybe they had their reasons to delay. What steps will Barr and Trump take to prevent Mueller’s testimony? He seems a bit old to be drafted into the Space Force.   Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

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