Friday, October 18, 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.

Breaking: Trump Used Pence to Threaten Ukraine, Trump’s Defenses Coming Clear

Trump’s defenses are all too predictable, and now threatened with the most massive scandal to ever rock the presidency, Trump has resorted to the “usual,” with ruthlessness. Defense one: Always have a fall guy, one big enough to make news, and shield Trump. Amazingly, this time, he may be the first president to ever bring a Vice President along with him in impeachment: Breaking news from the Washington Post, Trump “used” Vice President Mike Pence to convey the threat to Ukraine, i.e., both directly and indirectly: In one instance, Trump ordered Pence not to attend Zelensky’s inauguration — despite the fact that other White House officials had lobbied hard for the event to be included on his calendar. This may have had the purpose of reinforcing to Zelensky that he had to work to earn allyship from Washington. In another instance, Pence was tasked with delivering the message to Zelensky that hundreds of millions in military aid to the country was being suspended — and that he needed to do more to fight “corruption.” Defense, the second: Attack whomever needed, use whomever needed. Not one single “good person” has ever said anything cross about Trump. Every single person who has ever uttered anything remotely critical of Trump is a “loser” – if they’re lucky, because others are called much worse. He has used this “defense strategy” from the beginning, but it is getting “tired” according to Washington insiders, from Rawstory, quoting Dana Bash on CNN: “He puts it right out there, and today, unfortunately for Republicans on the Hill and those in his staff, he had two events where he could let it all out and, boy, did he let it all out. Those were the personal attacks which are, even for him, pretty egregious …” “.. .That is just one example of how exhausting it is frankly to fact-check him, and how exhausted some of his fellow Republicans are getting on Capitol Hill, and probably why we haven’t heard from a lot of them,” added Bash. Defense three: Know your allies, and use them. Every single person who has ever flattered Trump is a “good person,” a “smart guy,” “beautiful,” “perfect,” you know the drill. This extends to known torturing murderers: Vladimir Putin, “Count Doo Ku” Kim, and Bonesaw-MBS, all great guys, because they love Trump, or at least “say” they do. The only “character trait” Trump admires is whether that person’s character submits to Trump. Witness the utter perfection of Mike Pompeo – in Trump’s eyes, the “First in Class at West Point,” who directly lied to the press earlier in the week. But, Pompeo is impeccable in his defense of Trump – “good guy.” Defense Four: Normalize lawbreaking, accuse others of doing what he himself did.  Trump committed the quintessential political crime, extorting a foreign country to bring down a political rival. Trump refers to it as the “perfect call.” Meanwhile, Trump accuses the person leading the investigation of treason, a crime punishable by death, for daring to paraphrase Trump’s message. Schiff is getting death threats. Congressman Adam Schiff should resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine! […]
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Did Twenty Minutes of the Ukraine Transcript Get Suppressed?

Unbelievable. That was the conclusion that Senator Angus King’s staff came to, after reading the transcript/memo of the phone call to Ukrainian president Zelensky. They had no trouble believing that an obvious shakedown that took place. No, that wasn’t what they had trouble understanding. Rather, they couldn’t understand how an undisputed thirty minute phone call yielded transcripts that King’s staff could not make last more than ten minutes, reading at normal conversational pace. According to Rawstory: Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, King asserted that according to an analysis by his staff, roughly two-thirds of the call time remain unaccounted for. The 75-year-old King (who was a Democrat before 1993) told Cooper, “I had two staff members from my office the other day read it aloud, and we timed it. They read it in normal speaking pace. It took them ten minutes and 40 seconds; the phone call was 30 minutes. Now, we don’t know what is missing.” Now that is interesting, no? I can’t help but note how many times we have heard that the phone call was “perfect,” how quickly the White House released the “transcript” (when have they ever done that?), and how often we have heard “no quid pro quo.” Perhaps the most damaging portions of the call are still on the server? We have seen the administration attempt to “spin” release of documents before, the Mueller report being exhibit one. King does allow that perhaps a translator was used, despite the fact that Ukrainian president Zelensky speaks English: The senator, however, noted that some of that time might have been taking up by translators. The 41-year-old Zelensky speaks English as well as Russian and Ukrainian, but English is not his native language. Whatever else is going on, King is no fool: “The problem is the president feels that he is the state — you know, like Louis XIV,” King told Cooper. Trump, King added, wrongly believes that “criticism of him is treason against the United States.” Yes. Just ask Adam Schiff. I want the tapes of the phone call, all of it, and I want it analyzed by forensic experts, because this White House is capable of anything. It does seem to me that a thirty minute phone call would entail a lengthier discussion than what appears in the memo. **** Peace, y’all Jason and on Twitter @MiciakZoom  

Trump Loses his “Shit” on Twitter in Humiliating Epic Meltdown

This is an official message from the President of the United States of America, issued on October 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019 All caps. By the person “overwhelmingly elected” by a negative 3,000,000 votes. To be fair, that tweet followed upon a far more sane tweet, focused upon setting the record straight as to who is and is not honorable in this great land. Adam Schiff should only be so lucky to have the brains, honor and strength of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. For a lowlife like Schiff, who completely fabricated my words and read them to Congress as though they were said by me, to demean a First in Class at West Point, is SAD! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019 Do not worry, Trump can multitask. He has a laser-like focus upon the pressing policy concerns of our time, as he engaged in a deep debate with Speaker Pelosi on future U.S. policy with respect to prescription drug pricing. Nancy Pelosi just said that she is interested in lowering prescription drug prices & working on the desperately needed USMCA. She is incapable of working on either. It is just camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment. The Do Nothing Democrats are stuck in mud! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019 Geez, it is almost like he’s implying that he would consider signing onto a bill that would help Americans with prescription drug prices, if only Pelosi would drop the impeachment inquiry. Almost, but that would be close to a bribe, right? “If you drop the impeachment, I will sign a bill that helps Americans.” “Psychological Projection”: Psychological projection is a defense mechanism people subconsciously employ in order to cope with difficult feelings or emotions, involving projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone else, rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings. APA (2017) All of this impeachment nonsense, which is going nowhere, is driving the Stock Market, and your 401K’s, down. But that is exactly what the Democrats want to do. They are willing to hurt the Country, with only the 2020 Election in mind! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019 Something seems to be occupying the leader of the free world’s mind, and he can’t quite put his finger upon it, but he knows it’s there. Of course, we all know, it’s just a bunch of bullshit, thrown out to feed the MAGA-heads, like chum in the water, with waves just starting to show whitecaps. **** Peace, y’all Jason and on Twitter @MiciakZoom

Polling On Impeachment Reaches High, Majority Favors Inquiry

As this critical day dawns, we learn that the American people increasingly appreciate the threat the lawless president poses, and support the ultimate penalty. A majority of Americans now favor the impeachment process, and they favor it even prior to learning of the unprecedented State Department inspector general’s report to congress about the conflicted Mike Pompeo. According to Politico, A batch of recent polling confirms the Democratic impeachment push is gaining steam — including a new POLITICO/Morning Consult survey that shows for the first time that more voters support than oppose proceedings to remove Trump from office. The uptick is primarily among Democrats, as Republican voters surveyed continue to have Trump’s back. In the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 46 percent of voters said Congress should begin impeachment proceedings vs. 43 percent who said they should not. Eleven percent had no opinion. That support represented a 3-point bump from last week, when voters were evenly split. The fact that a majority of Americans now favor impeachment represents a seismic shift that could ultimately determine the timeframe by which the process goes forward. Trump remains in office today only because it is widely believed that few Republicans would vote to remove him. But each Republican sitting in the Senate now has to recalculate all previous assumptions, sticking beside Trump at all costs may incur the ultimate cost to their political career. Before anyone breaks into a dance, it should be noted that the poll reflects whether the public favors the impeachment inquiry itself, and not “removal.” At this point, the people favoring “removal” still remain in the minority, at 44%. Additionally, the impeachment question, like near everything else in this nation right now, remains deeply divided along partisan lines: Voters are becoming even more divided along partisan lines on impeachment. The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows eight-in-10 Democrats support starting impeachment proceedings, while only 11 percent oppose that. Among Republicans, only 9 percent support impeachment proceedings, compared to 85 percent who oppose. Independents are split: 43 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while 39 percent are in opposition. Among the 41 percent of all voters who approve of the job Trump is doing as president, only 5 percent say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against him, while 88 percent say Congress should not. Make of that what you will. For me, it tells me that there is no point in doing the “narrow and fast” impeachment proceeding advocated by so many in Congress. The public is not supportive of removal itself, not quite yet. Still, the public has shifted its views after only seeing the tip of the corruption iceberg. Consider all we’ve learned in just the last week. And with each revelation, it seems the support to remove Trump grows. I cannot help but think that even larger scandals, more damning information – taxes, Deutsche Bank records – are coming, and sooner than we might think. But, for now, the important takeaway is that public opinion is shifting, increasing the risk to each Republican senator who continues to defend Trump at all costs, oh, and increasing the risk to Trump, too. **** Peace, y’all Jason and on Twitter @MiciakZoom  

UPDATE: Pompeo Has Direct Conflict of Interest and Will Not Recuse

I would update Murf’s perfectly-timed article on the impending meeting requested by the State Department Inspector General and various House committees, but our dashboard is not set-up that way, thus I urge you to read Murf’s, then follow over here. Word is breaking that the I.G. wants to discuss what to do concerning Pompeo’s obvious conflict of interest in the impeachment inquiry, and his refusal to recuse himself: Point 2 — Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) October 2, 2019 Originally, I thought that this letter was from the Inspector General to the committee chairs, but this letter goes from the Congress to the Under Secretary of State, asserting Pompeo has a conflict of interest, a conflict that is surely to come up during the I.G. discussion with Congress tomorrow. Indeed, it is likely to be the first topic addressed, the fact that Pompeo remains in control of the State Department’s response, despite his conflict of interest. That is likely why the Inspector General believes he needs to speak to Congress. The I.G. does not answer to the Secretary – it’s part of the whistleblower process, the I.G. is an “outside” person to evaluate department problems, – and the I.G. must be concerned that the same conflicted secretary is disallowing State Department employees from properly testifying before Congress. As an update, already, Lawrence O’Donnell is reporting that not only does Pompeo have a conflict of interest, not only should Pompeo recuse himself, but the I.G. doesn’t believe that Pompeo has the authority to prevent witnesses from appearing before Congress, nor does Pompeo have the right to require a State Department attorney present during the Congressional hearings. Last, further from O’Donnell, it is known that a week ago, a request went into the Inspector General to preserve all documents relating to the Ukraine, and from reporting on MSNBC, the I.G. is bringing along many documents pertaining to the Ukrainian investigation, possibly out of fear that the documents would not otherwise see the light of day. It is hard to know. The one thing all do know, this is wholly unprecedented. Not a single guest has seen any situation even approximating this happen before in Washington. More analysis to follow, and thank you to Murf, not meaning to step on anyone’s toes. **** Peace, y’all Jason and Twitter @MiciakZoom  

Brace Yourself: New Book Exposes Trump’s Ruthless, Insane, Lawlessness on Border

On those occasions when you imagined what meetings within Trump’s White House must entail, and all the disjointed hell, the panic, the cringe-worthy insanity, all of it, whatever awfulness you conjured up? You fell short. Or, at least I did. Honestly, there is nothing that could have prepared me to read the latest New York Times article, excerpting portions of a new book, “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration,” by  Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis. Zoomers, we engage in just the right amount of hyperbole around here, and sometimes we laugh because the alternative is to cry or scream in rage. But right now I want to say something with clinical clarity, and understate it. Our president, is mentally ill. Not only is he mentally ill, he is exhibiting symptoms that ought to be apparent to the steward in the room serving coffee. Our president is so mentally ill, that the head of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, having just accompanied Trump while Trump spoke to a room full of agents, having just heard Trump tell the agents to turn away every asylum seeker at the border, all of them, McAleenan – a patriot – made clear that the agents could not do what the president just ordered. After the president left the room, Mr. McAleenan told the agents to ignore the president. You absolutely do not have the authority to stop processing migrants altogether, he warned. That is chilling, because it was the exact right thing to do, and it was the right thing to do precisely because the nation doesn’t have a sane leader right now. Let us be perfectly clear on this, no one knows who is actually in charge. We only know that the man who thinks he is in charge is not mentally competent to execute the duties of the office. As is a recurring theme, the people within the White House not only ignore the law, but openly hate the idea of being under laws: Mr. Miller, meanwhile, saw an opportunity. It was his view that the president needed to completely overhaul the Homeland Security Department and get rid of senior officials who he believed were thwarting efforts to block immigrants. Although many were the president’s handpicked aides, Mr. Miller told him they had become part of the problem by constantly citing legal hurdles. “Constantly citing legal hurdles” translates as “people who repeatedly note that something cannot be done because it is illegal.” Miller and Trump don’t seek to change the law, they wonder why they can’t do what they want without regard to the “law.” When you merge reckless hatred for the idea of “laws” with abject insanity, you get meetings in which our “leader” advocates the unthinkable. Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him. No more of my smug […]
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A Turn Against Trump? “Civil War” Tweet Works into the Republican...

Recall this, we highlighted the viciousness of it yesterday, and all that it means: ….If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” Pastor Robert Jeffress, @FoxNews — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2019 We noted that Americans ran into machine guns on the beaches of Normandy for their country, yet Trump seems to be implying that we need machine gun each other down to save him, fuck the country. Others have taken note: NOW From a GOP Senate staffer: "The Civil War tweet is a tipping point for some, but not all." Says Trump's actions are pushing the GOP toward removal if that vote comes. It boils down to @senatemajldr . "If Sen. McConnell votes for removal, then it's over." @realDonaldTrump — Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) October 1, 2019 Forget for just one moment that it is Mitch McConnell, and just relish for a moment that Trump is not in control of his own destiny. Now would be as good a time as any to remind ourselves that Jared Kushner was spotted visiting McConnell late last week. Chuck Grassley is now reminding … well, it seems like he’s reminding an audience of one, Individual 1, to keep his mouth shut: NEW: Sen. Grassley statement on whistleblower: “This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected … No one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first." — NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 1, 2019 The best challenge that I have seen today? Crowdsourcing this: Running count of Senate GOP members who have issued a full-bore condemnation of “Civil War 2” and “Arrest my opponents” If reporters aren’t flooding the zone with Senate comms staff, they’re doing it wrong. This is an important moment. — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 30, 2019 It would appear to me that the leak concerning “If McConnell votes …” indicates that reporters are flooding the zone. We have repeated two adages several times over the last bit: The end could come blindingly fast, especially as Republican senators eye each other nervously. And we’ve also referenced the old stock trader adage: “Don’t panic, but if you do panic, panic first,” which matches the thought process of Republican senators, eyeing each other nervously, checking their twitter feed. We have almost made it through another day. ALMOST: Update, Richard Engel’s quote really frames the dilemma for Republicans. They HAVE to see that this is taking the country in a direction from which there is simply no return. This is just beyond what many of them can take: Not normal is an understatement. It's off the hook, The wheels have come off the bus. The AG investigating US intel services, via foreign intel services? ,.. what? — Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) September 30, 2019 **** Peace, y’all Jason, and on Twitter, where I am collecting followers: @MiciakZoom

A Heroin-Addicted Moby Fan, Son of Dead Deustche Banker, May Doom...

Alright. Much of this has been all-too-predictable. But not all. The fact that a Moby fan, addicted to heroin, son of a Deutsche Banker who committed suicide, might play a pivotal role in bringing down Trump and perhaps Putin? I admit, I didn’t see that coming. I figured more of a Green Day type. From Charlie Pierce over at Esquire, hit me one time: The saga involves the tragic suicide of a DB official who thought he hadn’t done enough to investigate trickeration and deceit inside the bank; his son, a musician, who came into possession of a massive trove of internal communications, and who decided that sharing is caring, and who apparently has been battling an opioid jones for most of his adult life; North Korean hackers, and the massive hack of the Sony Corporation; and a cameo appearance by Moby, who connected the whistleblower with Rep. Adam Schiff and the House Intelligence Committee. Sure, of course. Happens all the time. What is clear is that if the world ever wants to know the truth about Trump, someone is going to have to autopsy Deutsche Bank. Key word being “autopsy,” because that entity deserves to be deader than the chicken nuggets in your happy meal. From the New York Times: “Clearly, things went on in Deutsche Bank which weren’t kosher,” added the second agent. “What we’re up against is, all those bad acts are being pushed down on the little people on the bottom.” “The low-hanging fruit,” said the first agent. “And the larger bank in its entirety is claiming ignorance and that it’s one bad player,” said his partner. “But we know what we’ve seen. It’s a culture of just — ” Clearly. Mr. Simpson asked Mr. Broeksmit to travel with him to Washington and meet some of his contacts. Mr. Broeksmit shared some of his files with a Senate investigator and — after snorting some heroin — a former prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The documents found their way to a team of anti-money-laundering agents at the New York Fed. Coincidence or not, a few months later, the Fed fined Deutsche Bank $41 million for violations inside the American unit that Bill Broeksmit had overseen. (A Fed spokesman declined to comment.) What does all this mean? It means that the answer to everything Trump-Russia-Saudi goes through the servers at Deutsche Bank. Someone likely committed suicide over it. I am sure there are some in Russia quite willing to murder, if necessary to keep it out of our hands. God help us. Moby? **** Peace, y’all Jason      
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Pompeo Declares War: Refuses All Cooperation

Things have heated-up, exponentially, and real threats are now being exchanged. The Trump administration continues to defy the legitimacy of the House of Representatives and the Democrats that lead it. In a brazen rebuke of the rule of law, Secretary of State Pompeo refused to comply with the latest impeachment inquiry subpoena, compelling him and other State Department officials to testify and produce documents pertaining to the Ukrainian matter. Who could have predicted? From The Hill Pompeo asserted that the committee’s demand for testimony from five current and former State Department officials beginning this week raised “significant legal and procedural concerns” and questioned the committee’s authority to compel an appearance by officials for a deposition through the letters sent last week, according to a letter that the secretary of State released on his Twitter feed. The Secretary of State is concerned with the legality of a summons by letter? So he rejects it by releasing a letter, on his Twitter feed? Of course. None of us were under the impression that the administration would actually show up and answer questions, were we? After all, that would imbue some legitimacy into another branch of government. If f we know one thing about the Trump administration, it’s that they don’t acknowledge anyone who disagrees with them. Dictatorships tell dissenters to go fck themselves. To wit: The secretary of State also claimed that there is “no legal basis” for the committee’s threat that the failure of the officials to meet their timeline for documents and testimony would constitute obstruction of the impeachment inquiry. And he raised concerns that House Democrats are seeking to “intimidate” State Department officials with a slew of requests on Ukraine and President Trump‘s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky. “Intimidate” the State Department by demanding answers? Why, yes, I suppose when one finds the truth to be dangerous, it sure would be “intimidating” to be asked to tell the truth. It gets worse: I’m concerned with aspects of your request that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career Foreign Service Officers,” Pompeo wrote in a letter to Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday. “Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State,” Pompeo wrote. Please to be fcking off now. The roadblock is just the beginning, and it is a massive problem. Now would be a great time for some Republicans to find it in themselves to start wondering aloud if it wouldn’t be best to find out what’s really happening. Have no doubt, neither Trump, Pompeo, nor Barr have any intention of providing one word of testimony to this impeachment probe. They will simply ignore the entire matter until they are physically removed, or compelled. Book it. I have said this before, but at some point, the Democrats are going to have to enlist a second branch of government. They have to go to the SCOTUS and get a judgment to enforce their subpoenas. Doing so will serve two necessary purposes. One, it obviously represents […]

Coming Undone, “Civil War,” Witness Intimidation, Inspector Barr

Over and over, we’ve said it. Trump will not “go down” without taking everything he can with him, and increasingly, it seems he’s determined to take down witnesses, other countries, and our nation itself, if it saves His Greatness. Yesterday, in a column infested with Trump self-righteous rage-tweets, we noted that Trump floated the threat of “civil war” should law-abiding citizens determine that Trump be impeached. We were not the only one’s who noticed. Conservative columnist Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast tore into Trump’s unveiled threat: “In January 1973, National Lampoon featured an infamous cover declaring: ‘If You Don’t Buy This Magazine We’ll Kill This Dog.’” he began. “I was reminded of that when Donald Trump sent a similarly desperate tweet this weekend, suggesting that ‘If You Don’t Stop This Impeachment My People and I Will Start a Civil War.’” Of course he will. At no point in his life has Trump ever acknowledged anything greater than himself. If his presidency is threatened by Americans, he will absolutely wage war – limited only by what he’s able to get away with – on other Americans. Not only is Trump not interested in “what’s best for the nation,” not only is Trump going to spend 100% of his time and effort in saving himself, he will take hostages. Not that it should surprise anyone, after all, holding funding to Ukraine hostage for Trump’s personal gain is how he got into this mess in the first place. Trump doesn’t learn well, he will only accelerate the pace of his lawlessness. It will all come undone, absent some sort of pushback by Republicans, Republicans in office, with the ability to stop this man. Trump is also intimidating witnesses – another felony, tweeting out messages to anyone who might dare cross him. We will find you. So if the so-called “Whistleblower” has all second hand information, and almost everything he has said about my “perfect” call with the Ukrainian President is wrong (much to the embarrassment of Pelosi & Schiff), why aren’t we entitled to interview & learn everything about…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019 And ….the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him. This is simply about a phone conversation that could not have been nicer, warmer, or better. No pressure at all (as confirmed by Ukrainian Pres.). It is just another Democrat Hoax! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019 “Learn everything about the whistleblower” and also “the person who gave all the false information to him.” Learn everything about him. It doesn’t take a MENSA member to note the twisted logic here. If the phone call is the only issue, and the phone call is perfect, why do we need to know anything about the “whistleblower,” Mr. “President”? Because Trump wants that whistleblower endangered, in fear. Moreover, he wants potential future whistleblowers in fear. This is the same man who called witnesses to the Mueller investigation “rats.” This is the same man who states that his supporters will erupt in civil war over his impeachment, Trump knows damn well that his “supporters” will immediately endanger this whistleblower. That is the point. We have whistleblower laws precisely because people in power could exact revenge upon the person highlighting the abuse of power. […]

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