Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Jason Miciak

Jason Miciak is an author and attorney who splits his time between the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Pacific Northwest. He has a wife, daughter and the most self-centered and smug dog to ever walk the Earth. Miciak's novels use science fiction to explore themes of morality and our current political environment.

Trump Oozing Desperation: Calls for Romney’s Impeachment

Proving once again that everything in Trump’s life is “transactional,” Donald Trump lashed out at Mitt Romney today. Of course Trump did. We could have written the headline yesterday. However, as per usual, there is an “only-Trump” angle that, well, “only Trump” could have come up with. He wants Romney “impeached.” I’m hearing that the Great People of Utah are considering their vote for their Pompous Senator, Mitt Romney, to be a big mistake. I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats! #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2019 Umm, dude? Never mind. Yes! Definitely, get someone on your staff on that. There must be a way for you to impeach Mitt, find it! Oh, and Trump wants you to know that he is correcting the record on who is interfering with the 2020 presidential election: Not only are the Do Nothing Democrats interfering in the 2020 Election, but they are continuing to interfere in the 2016 Election. They must be stopped! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2019 Let us set aside the question as to how one “interferes” in an election that occurred three years ago, in which one lost. According to Trump, it is the Democrats who are “interfering” in the 2020 presidential election, not him. Of course it is, because we all know that one of Donald’s favorite tactics is to take your accusation and accuse you of the crime. Hillary colluded with Russia, the Democrats are interfering with the 2020 election, and the Air Force is paying me to sleep at my house. Speaking of Hillary. She still lives rent-free in Trump’s pointed head. Breathe in this desperation, knowing how thoroughly puckered a guy’s gotta be to tweet shit like this on a beautiful October Saturday: So Crooked Hillary Clinton can delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER getting a Subpoena from the United States Congress, but I can’t make one totally appropriate telephone call to the President of Ukraine? Witch Hunt! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2019 Yessss. That kind of presidential desperation is like crisp air, sunshine, colored leaves … beautiful. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @MiciakZoom  
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Trump’s “Corruption Defense” Laughable on its Face: He Has no Defense

Backed into a corner, Trump’s last defense with respect to calling on Ukraine and China to investigate Biden is that he has an “absolute right” and/or “duty,” to investigate “corruption.” Clearly, Trump and his aides, Barr, Pompeo, and perhaps Trump-friendly allies around the globe, have determined that Trump must castigate himself as the anti-corruption president as the only way forward. Quote from Rawstory: “I don’t care about Biden’s campaign,” Trump said. “But I do care about corruption. His campaign, that’s up to him. Politics, that’s up to them. I don’t care about politics.“ He doesn’t care about politics, he cares about “corruption.” He cares about “Ukrainian corruption,” but doesn’t care about Russian corruption, perhaps the most corrupt country on Earth. Russian corruption sucks the lifeblood out of the global economy, because Russia’s only export is “lawlessness.” Trump cares about “corruption,” but gave cover to a nation borne of corruption, Saudi Arabia, that “corruptly” killed an American resident journalist in the most horrific manner, and has tortured and executed whistleblowers since MBS’s rise. Trump cares about “corruption,” but has overseen the most corrupt, grifting cabinet and “first-family” in history, and we’ve only scratched the surface. Think military spending at his Scotland resort, and the DOJ Christmas party at the Trump DC hotel. He cares about “corruption,” but when Jeff Session’s DOJ prosecuted two Republican congressman prior to the 2018 election for corruption, Trump criticized Sessions for the prosecution. I could go on. But, want to know who cannot go on? Can’t go on beyond: “I am against corruption”? Trump. On Friday, a reporter asked Trump to cite any other action Trump had taken around the globe against “corruption,” and whether Trump had asked a foreign leader for assistance in rooting out “corruption” in any setting besides political rivals, just one example. Trump had none. “You know, we would have to look,” Trump responded. “What I ask for and what I always will ask for is anything having to do with corruption with respect to our country,” he continued. “If a foreign country can help us with respect to corruption and corruption probe, and — I don’t care if it’s Biden or anybody else. If they can help us.” “If Biden is corrupt, if his son is corrupt — when his son takes out billions of dollars and he has no experience. He just got fired from the Navy. When they do that, that’s no good. So — just to finish your question. Anything having to do with corruption, I actually feel I have an obligation to do that.” So, the answer is “No, but listen to all these bad things about Joe Biden …” This is just so god-awful dangerous. Want to know the constitutional extent of the White House’s obligations? Keep its nose out of criminal investigations of all types. I know it all sounds quaint, but at one point, it would have been considered “obviously impeachable” for the president to even pick up the phone and direct the A.G. to investigate anyone, never mind pick up the phone and ask a foreign leader to investigate someone. At one point, the one sure answer you would hear from the White House about “investigations” of any type, was: “The White House does not comment about ongoing official investigations.” Indeed, even in Trump’s White House, Don […]

Weekend Pick Six: Impeachment Week Duex

We note that it is Friday, and Nicole Wallace is saying smart shit on TV, which means two things. It is near the end of the work week, and I have a mad crush on Wallace. As is our custom, your weekend “Pick-six” What Would Jason Pick to Click? Can’t beat Jane’s Addiction, “Jane Says” from the Hammerstein Ballroom: BEST FOOTBALL GAME of the WEEKEND: #7 Auburn University versus #10 Univ of Florida CBS: 2:30 p.m. BEST BRAINFOOD SMART STUFF TO IMPRESS NICOLE: “Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality.” THE BEST EXPLANATION YET FOR THE LAST 60 YEARS: The US government made a pact with Aliens for otherworldly technology https://t.co/f7jsJRuORi via @alienufovideos — Alien UFO Sightings (@alienufovideos) October 2, 2019 That part is actually true, and if you want to know how true, you need to read my novel. Readers who used to think UFOs were freaky-conspiracy theory stuff started questioning which “reality” to really believe in. I am not sure what I believe, but the questions are fun. BEST THING ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK For the love of god someone get this dog a beer!🔉 pic.twitter.com/SyO2nlGST5 — Funny videos / cute videos (@BestVideosviral) September 30, 2019 BEST COLD-OPEN on SNL in a While:   As always we will be around for breaking news, but I have a daughter who wants to go to a football game with her friends, and I am chaperoning, so … I can’t wait. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and Twitter: @MiciakZoom      
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Kushner to the Rescue: Trump Taps Jared to Lead Impeachment Defense

Lest you worried that Trump would understand the seriousness of the charges against him, and invest in the swampiest of the experienced swamp-monster attorneys in DC, fear not. Trump got a public defender. Jared. From Rawstory: As reported by CNN on Friday, the president is relying on Kushner and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to come up with a plan aimed at beating back investigations launched by House Democrats into the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponents… Kushner has been the mastermind behind some of Trump’s biggest mistakes as president, most notably the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and the conviction of multiple Trump associates for a wide array of offenses. If someone attempted to impeach me for the presidential crime of the century, I would be lining up the absolute best attorneys in NYC and DC, with a minimum of thirty years experience each, people who have tackled serious issues before, and won. Thankfully, it is Trump that is accused of abusing the powers of his office, not me. I get abused by my office. The internet is having a great time with the inspired choice: This is unfortunate news for the world. Now, who's going to solve the Middle East peace problem? — Jeff Dannenberg (@jecrda) October 4, 2019 😂😂😂😂😂 Kushner and Mulvaney to head impeachment defense. To my knowledge, Kushner does not have a law degree. TRUMP IS SCREWED! — Sherrie Kaw (@89wunderlust) October 4, 2019 To my knowledge, Jared’s tuition at Harvard (for undergrad) was well over a million dollars, that was the amount his father had to give the university to get his son admitted. F’ing moron. And, to remind everyone here of the stakes, and the need to keep an eye on “Kush” because he’s been known to “do whatever it takes:” Trump has tapped son in law Jared Kushner to lead his impeachment defense. While Jared is a repulsive and inept creature, we should not be overconfident. He has friends with bone saws who carve up journalists. — Jim David (@ComicJimDavid) October 4, 2019 Still, it could be much worse. Trump could have tapped someone who might have formed a plan, based upon experience, legal principles, and intelligence. Instead, he went to Jared. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com, and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom  
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The Intelligence Community’s “Most Wanted” Criminal Sits in the Oval Office:...

Trump is coming unglued, as we noted yesterday, sent into a frenzy by the seriousness of the latest allegations and increasing support for impeachment. It is good to remember, this all started due to a whistleblower report compiled by a CIA agent. In short, our intelligence and diplomatic communities are convinced that the entire United States’ executive foreign policy apparatus, has been co-opted by an foreign asset, selling secrets, and, for the first time ever, selling foreign policy itself. The nature of the threat leads to a shocking dynamic, where the people normally seen as “the good guys,” our CIA agents, FBI agents, and international envoys, are “the enemy” according to Trump and his cult-followers. I want to share a reply that I received to a Tweet yesterday. I received this reply to a tweet that I sent whereby I noted that Trump might have called upon Chinese President Xi to investigate Biden because he had already asked Xi in June – over the phone – to investigate Biden. Here is the tweet and the reply: Chalk this under, paybacks are a bitch, ain’t that right Obama, Biden, Clinton, Lynch, Comey, McCabe, McCain, Clapper, Brennan and dozens more criminally corrupt DC swamp insiders (including the msm) who orchestrated the whole Trump Russian tooth fairy conspiracy, suck it.. — Right Spin (@RightSpin1) October 4, 2019 Forget the “Obama,” “Biden” and “Clinton,” reference for a moment, those are politicians for whom the Right has a genetic-based hatred. Look at the other names on the list, Attorney General Lynch, FBI Director McCabe, “McCain,” (?) and the intelligence officials. All law enforcement, all invested in the security of the United States from foreign manipulation, and all put their loyalty to the United States, not Trump. Trump knew from day one that the foreign intelligence community would become aware of his compromised position, his personal deals, and conflicts. He set about to make the good guys, the bad guys, and it has worked. From Rawstory, today: This is the traditional way of Washington politics, now whipped to a froth by the convulsions of a dysfunctional and deregulated political system. Not only do U.S. intelligence agencies see the American presidency is vulnerable to manipulation (or capture) by pro-Trump intelligence services in Moscow, Riyadh, and Jerusalem, but the president himself is viewed as a threat to the national security process. The crisis runs even deeper than Watergate, which had the effect of empowering Congress and reining in the intelligence agencies. As in Watergate, the Trump crisis pits a president who says there are no limits on his freedom of action against the institutional forces of the CIA and FBI. These agencies were, and are, adept at defending their interests in the Washington press corps. As in Watergate, the interests of the agencies and the Democrats overlap—they both seek to curb and remove a lawless president. The tweet, along with those two paragraphs lead to a terribly depressing conclusion. Any evidence obtained about Trump’s crimes will spring from an investigation done by the FBI, CIA, and State Department, and the dynamic dictates that the stronger the evidence, the more likely Trump supporters will believe it is all the product of a vendetta by the “Deep State.” They made it all up, or it’s not a problem to begin with. Trump didn’t […]
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Leaked: Trump Talked Biden With Chinese President Xi in June, Call...

Unbelievable, and yet all-too believable. Let’s be very clear. Trump will use the entire might of the United States to hold hostage any nation he chooses, all to entice that nation into harming Trump’s political opponents. The China reference that Trump made on the South Lawn today was not the first time that Trump talked Biden with Chinese President Xi. From CNN: During a phone call with Xi on June 18, Trump raised Biden’s political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who by then had started rising in the polls, according to two people familiar with the discussion. In that call, Trump also told Xi he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed. The White House record of that call was later stored in the highly secured electronic system used to house a now-infamous phone call with Ukraine’s President and which helped spark a whistleblower complaint that’s led Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump. That “leak” from the White House is oddly worded. Trump discussed “Biden’s political ‘prospects,’ as well as Elizabeth Warren.” “Political prospects” can only be taken to mean whether or not Biden could win the election, how much support could he garner, or whether he was a flawed candidate. Why would the president talk Biden’s “political prospects” with a foreign leader? But that isn’t the really odd part in my mind. The odd part is that right after the leakers noted that Trump discussed Trump’s two opponents’ “political prospects,” Trump promised to “remain quiet on Hong Kong.” Why was that leaked in that manner? Are we to infer that within the discussion about “Biden’s political prospects,” President Xi made some assurance to Trump, in exchange for which Trump would “remain quiet on Hong Kong”? Did they do each other “favors”? We don’t know. We do not know, in part, because the conversation made its way to the ultra secret “codeword clearance” server, normally reserved for the most sensitive national intelligence issues. And then there was today, when, as we noted earlier, Trump flat asked for a Chinese “favor” in broad daylight in front of reporters. Is Trump preparing the nation for hearing that Trump had already asked for an investigation? Because as of today, we’re hearing more and more that Trump believes he has something with the China-Biden angle: Privately, Trump has been telling allies over the past week he believes Hunter Biden’s activities in China to be potentially more damaging than his business in Ukraine. “That’s not the best one. The best one was China,” Trump said at a private event in New York last week after going on a screed about the unfounded claims involving the Bidens and Ukraine. China is the new Ukraine. And Trump made the “ask” right out in the open. We cannot wait much longer to remove this man from office. He is selling the foreign policy of the United States to the highest bidder, a bidder willing to fabricate evidence on Trump’s political rival. It is time for Republicans to turn on this man. After all, as I just asked on Twitter, what makes Republicans think that Trump hasn’t collected dirt on them, and would use it if needed, down the road? There are some, McConnell and Graham, whom one could […]

The “Other Whistleblower”: IRS Political Appointee Meddled in Audit of Pres...

Presidential and Vice-Presidential audits are mandatory. According to an anonymous male IRS official, a political appointee in the IRS “attempted to meddled” in the audit of either Trump or Pence’s taxes from this last year. The whistleblower came forward to speak to the Washington Post, giving few substantive details, but expressing some well-founded concern about the whistleblower process itself: His complaint focuses on allegations that at least one political appointee at the Treasury Department attempted to interfere with the IRS’s mandatory audit process, in which it audits the tax returns of the president and vice president each year. The tipster is reportedly speaking to the Washington Post, and declined to tell the newspaper about the details of the complaint. “I steadfastly refuse to discuss the substance or details of the complaint, but I have some legitimate concerns about reckless statements being made about whistleblowers,” he told the newspaper. The whistleblower is going to adhere to the law to the letter, but he’s not going to let anyone call him a “spy” or political traitor, that much seems certain. Without engaging in toooo much speculation, if I had to pick whether the audit concerned Trump or Pence, my money would be on the guy who has steadfastly refused – sued, even, to keep a court from ordering otherwise – to turn over his taxes, and has been legitimately accused of making boatloads of money off “being president.” Sure, it could be Pence, but … But, the entire reason that we have not had hearings on this particular whistleblower complaint is …. House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) received the complaint on July 29, and told a federal judge about it in August as part of a lawsuit that seeks to force the Trump administration to comply with the committee’s demand for the President’s tax returns. I am guessing. But, my guess is that the whistleblower – in wanting to adhere to the law – did not yet want to finger the president, and thus put forth the “either/or” thing. Because I cannot for the life of me figure out why the whistleblower complaint would assist in Rep. Richard Neal’s lawsuit to force Trump to hand over his tax returns to the congressional committee, if the complaint didn’t involve Trump. But that’s just me. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @MiciakZoom
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Trump Just Committed ANOTHER CRIME! Just Asked China to Investigate Biden

Oh. My. God. During chopper-talk on the South Lawn, Trump just called on China to investigate the Bidens, along with Ukraine doing so. Recall yesterday how I noted that Trump would attempt to normalize the entire crime? The “Yeah, I did it, it was GREAT!” defense? I didn’t think he would do it this way, or this strongly, this soon! The ramifications are rippling across the nation, and twitter, already. It is against the law to solicit political help from a foreign gov’t He’s breaking the law. In plain view. It’s as if a bank robber called the police and said, “I’m walking into the bank now with a gun and a note. Meet me here in two minutes? I’ll show ya the cash I stole.” https://t.co/SpKPVPN3Mi — Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 3, 2019 So now Trump is openly asking CHINA to go after the Bidens! He’s poking the nation in the eye and daring us to hold him accountable for repeatedly violating American law and sovereignty. We have no choice but to remove him if we want to preserve our country. — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 3, 2019 “If China doesn’t do what we want…” 30 seconds later, Trump says China needs to investigate his domestic rivals. https://t.co/kFZzOwS6Tf — Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 3, 2019 I keep saying this, but the amazing thing about Donald Trump is he is endlessly confessing in public. You don't need secret tapes. You just need to turn a camera on him, or give him a phone connected to Twitter. — Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 3, 2019 Stunning. I am at a loss for words. He is forcing Republicans to convict him. Pelosi and Schiff need to have a press conference within two hours and declare the impeachment matter “urgent,” and “necessary to protect the integrity of the constitution and 2020 election, this man is recklessly tearing the nation apart.” They would get the votes in the House, and I swear, they might damn well get a conviction in the Senate. This is amazing. And behind closed doors, the former envoy to the Ukraine, is telling House lawyers all about what Trump did in secret. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @MiciakZoom
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UPDATED: Everything Is Different Now, Strong Majority Favor Removal

I sure like to think that I am smart enough to read the tea leaves and predict the ebb and flow of public opinion. Not. This shocked me, and it changes everything. New USA Today poll: Americans support House *impeaching* Trump by 45-38 They support *Senate conviction and removal* by 44-35 (!) Note: 30% of Republicans say pressure on Ukraine to smear Biden is an abuse of power. And it's early. More will come out.https://t.co/nIaJRZgP7E — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 3, 2019 I recognize the apparent discrepancy, that more favor “removal” – by 9% – than favor “impeachment,” by 7%. I suspect the discrepancy is rooted in how the question was asked, and what the respondents know about the process. The major point, as you sophisticated Zoomers well know, is that somewhere very close to double digit percentages of Americans believe Trump needs to be removed over his abuse of power. Impeachment is necessarily a political process. The Founders could have created a process that provided for a real jury of citizens, a judge, and a prosecutor, with a conviction equaling removal. But they did not. The founders created a political process. All political processes depend – to varying degrees – on public opinion. Republican senators, facing double digit percentages favoring removal (as likely will be the case if evidence keeps dripping out, and it will), will be forced to strongly considering removing Trump. As I have said already today, before I saw the poll, I am no longer convinced that Republicans will acquit Trump in the Senate. They have to be getting tired of this, we know Americans are: Schiff is a lowlife who should resign (at least!). https://t.co/nGp9aFP3rX — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019 and Schiff is a lying disaster for our Country. He should resign! https://t.co/ytwEy5NasJ — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019 I am now starting to think it might be 50-50 whether Trump stays in office. UPDATE: It gets worse: By a 52-21 margin, Americans think asking Ukraine to investigate Biden is an abuse of power, per USAToday poll. The gap among independents is huge: 45%-16%. It's even close among Republicans: 30%-40%. Doubling down like this is … unbelievably risky. https://t.co/PDVrJrMxSB — Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) October 3, 2019   **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com, and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom

Republicans Tired of Trump’s Defense Mechanisms: “He’s Weak”

I wrote last night that Trump’s defenses are so utterly predictable at this point that one knows the script beforehand, Schiff is the real criminal who should be going to jail, Biden is corrupt, and on and on. We have seen this for three years, so have Republicans. The difference being, Republicans are now tiring of it, and no longer buying it, according to those who know. Additionally, the media isn’t cowering away, either. There is a dramatic shift occurring. Politico’s Jake Sherman appeared on Morning Joe this morning, and laid out what he’s heard from Republican sources on Capitol Hill: “The president’s strategy here is a little bit worn out, according to all the Republicans we talk to,” Sherman said. “He’s trying to employ the same tool he’s used for the last two years, and it’s not been successful because he’s dealing with a entirely new set of facts. An impeachment inquiry that is obviously extremely legitimate — Congress has the right do this.” “We’ve heard him talk about the media like this before,” Sherman added. “We’ve heard him call people crooked, we know he doesn’t like Democrats. We know all of these things and, frankly, it’s not having much effect because we’ve heard it now for two years.” The key: Republicans recognize the inquiry is very legitimate. In light of a legitimate inquiry (as if Mueller was not a legitimate inquiry), they are aware that simply yelling at accusers is not a defense. It never was. But it’s been years now. Republicans have to know that the scandals are not going away because Trump can’t do business of any kind legitimately. And if the scandals aren’t going away, the yelling isn’t going away. Everyone gets tired of the drama, never mind the boy that cried wolf. Additionally, Republicans are having to deal with a media that seems to be learning its lesson. Sherman pointed to a remarkable exchange between an angry Trump and a calmly persistent Jeff Mason, a reporter for Reuters who repeatedly pressed the president to explain what he wanted the Ukrainian president to do for him regarding Joe Biden. “Reporters are standing up to the president and not cowering down when he bullies them, not that any reporter has before,” Sherman said. “But it’s important to keep that in mind. So these tricks that he’s employed for two years are not terribly successful. We have heard so much criticism of the media over the last few years, especially at the mothership, some of it deserved, some of it highly unfair. It should be noted just how damn difficult it must be to stand there and have the most powerful, obnoxious person on Earth screaming at you in front of hundreds of people, while remaining calm. Yet he did it. It is all having an impact: “You hear all around Washington the last couple weeks Republicans are very concerned that this White House has no strategy,” he said. “Why does it have no strategy? Two important things to keep in mind. No. 1, he has no surrogates that are willing to go on television to defend him. Why is that? Because they don’t know where the bottom is, they don’t know the entirety of the story, because the president has not been forthright.” “People like Rudy […]

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