Thursday, December 13, 2018

Joseph "Murfster35" Murphy

Joseph "Murfster35" Murphy is a lifelong liberal political junkie. Being born and raised in Chicago, he is no stranger to bare-knuckle politics. He spent 20 years working for United Airlines, and another 9 as a fraud prevention expert for a large online retailer. He is the author of President Evil: The rise of Trump in the 2016 primaries and its sequel President Evil II: A Clodwork Orange. Murfster35 is a top recommended writer on the blog Daily Kos.
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Memo to the Trump kids. Don’t spend that inheritance just yet.

To say that Donald Trump is a ig is to give offense to fine and upstanding porkers the world over. After all, at least swine don’t try to pretend that they’re Arabian stallions while they’re wallowing around in the mud. If this isn’t a saying in New York, it should be, “To meet Donald Trump is to wish that you had never met Donald Trump.” To all appearances, Donald Trump has been to New York There is one thing that would hurt Trump much more than impeachment, and that iswhat the Cubs were to Chicago, a lovable loser. Nobody took his claims to wealth, sexual prowess, or business acumen seriously. He was like the loud uncle at Thanksgiving that you get wasted watching football, so that he sleeps through dinner. All of which suited Donald Trump just fine. Mainly because it was the perfect cover. After all, who would ever think that a guy you have to remind to zip up before he leaves the bathroom could be a criminal mastermind. When I think of Donald Trump, I think of Kevin Spacey’s character in “The Usual Suspects.” Nobody would suspect a wimp lke Spacey’s character of ever being the horrific and vengeful Kaiser Soze. Trump got away with his myriad schemes in New York for 35 years mainly because he just wasn’t worth the trouble. He ran a mom and pop bodega operation, and as long as he was discreet enough to provide at least some cover to his chicanery, he just wasn’t worth the trouble. Not anymore. And it was Trump’s unrelenting ego and narcissism that did him in. The problem for Trump with the Mueller investigation isn’t so much Russia, as it is the fact that the investigation gave the agents and prosecutors access to man other things that might not touch directly on Russia, but sure did make for interesting bedtime reading on other subjects. The incoming Attorney General for the state of New York has quite the laundry list of sins that she can’t wait to see if she can’t wrap Trump up in like a dead fish in yesterday’s newspaper. I’m not so sure that she actually has the authority to investigate the Trump Tower meeting, but I admire her spirit. But there are a host of other shenanigans, such as money laundering, bank fraud, wire fraud, and state income tax evasion that should keep her quite busy for the foreseeable future. The thing to remember is that a pardon can’t save Trump from retribution, not even on the federal level. Forget the issue of whether a President can pardon himself, it doesn’t matter. While Trump may be able to make his own criminal negligence go away, his company is a different matter. You can’t pardon a company, and the Trump organization is the vehicle that Trump used for most of his nefarious schemes. It is also his sole source of wealth. Trump’s favorite excuse for not releasing his tax returns is that they are perpetually “under audit.” True or not, Trump’s assertion that his annual tax return is the size of the greater Manhattan white pages only indicates just how intricately his personal wealth is interlinked with his business entities.Which can kill him. If he is found guilty of tax fraud, or money laundering, or bank […]

The murder that could change US history

Keep an eye on this. The US Senate is preparing to hold a vote on actually taking concrete action against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over Kreepy Kushners newest kash kow, Inglorious MBS, over the murder of journalist and permanent US resident Jamal Khashoggi. besides the importance of this country taking a strong moral stand over the state sponsored murder of an innocent journalist, it could end up having longer term implications for domestic US politics. For once, the devil isn’t in the details, it’s in the concept, and the process itself. The proposed sanctions range from pulling material support for the Saudi’s war in Yemen all the way to pulling air refueling support for the Saudi aircraft that are taking target practice on school buses. Personally, I prefer all-of-the-above, but that’s just me. The problem is not whether or not the GOP dominated House follows the Senate’s expected lead, but in the fact that the vote may end up being largely ceremonial, since I find it unlikely that either McConnell or Ryan could cobble together a veto proof majority, and Trump would be almost certain to veto the bill if it reached his desk. But here’s the important thing, this is a crack in the Trump foundation. If the Senate passes this bill, it is drawing a line in the sand, there are things Trump can do that are so morally repugnant that even his faithful sycophants in the Senate can’t follow him, lest they all grow beards since they can’t look themselves in the mirror in the morning to shave. If this bill passes, it would also be at least a small drop on the open sore our international allies are nursing, showing that there is at least some measure of moral judgement left in the US political process. If the measure passes, this won’t be the first time that his congress has chosen to disregard the wishes of Glorious Bleater. Remember that both the GOP dominated House, as well as the Senate, passed increased sanctions on Russia when Trump was trying to ease them, and they passed the measure with a veto proof majority. And drag their heels as they might, congress held Trump’s feet to the fire, forcing the Treasury department to implement the sanctions. This is where the stand the Senate is taking on the senseless murder of Jamal Khashoggi could impact US domestic politics in the future. The US Senate is supposed to be Donald Trump’s bulwark against impeachment. The introduction of the “naughty bits” from the Friday filings into the political bloodstream has knocked some Republicans for a loop. Suddenly, you’re not just hearing “I don’t pay attention to his tweets” anymore, or “That’s just the President being Trump.” As I wrote a few days ago, you’re starting to hear GOP lawmakers, off the record, begin to anonymously draw some lines in the sand as to what would be a bridge too far in Trump’s crimes. To borrow from an old catholic ditty, “In order to keep your faith intact, make sure it stays unsullied by fact.” And these days, there appears to be some preliminary sullying going on in the GOP caucus. The face of the GOP majority in the Senate is going to change on January 3rd. True, the GOP picked up two […]
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The times, they are a-changin’

There is an ill wind blowing in Washington DC right now, and the staff in the west wing had better make sure that all of the windows are closed, or before too long, His Lowness could end up catching a cold that could be the presidential end of him. The winds have subtly shifted in Washington in the last couple of weeks, and are now blowing directly into Trump’s face. And no, I am not talking about the impending Democratic takeover of the US House in about 3 weeks. I’m talking about something much more perilous to Trump personally. He may have run out of time. When you hear reporting on both CNN and MSNBC about congressional reporters starting to hear from actual GOP lawmakers, off the record, about what it could take to turn them against Trump. Up until now, whenever you were fortunate enough to trap a GOP lawmaker up against a fire door at the bottom of a stairwell, their response to the steady drip of information coming out on the investigations has been rather opaque, things like, “Well, we’ll have to see what Mueller’s report shows,” or something like “I don’t want to really comment on anything like that until all of the facts are in.” But not today, Hill beat reporters have reported that GOP congress critters, without going on record, are saying things like “Well, if the government can show actual corroboration of Trump coordinating or ordering specific crimes, it would be hard to continue to support the President.” At least one other lawmaker told reporters that Trump pardoning Manafort would be a game changer, he or she couldn’t condone a president using his power for a corrupt purpose like that. This is important. Because, for the first time, regardless of whether or not they currently possess the courage to go on the record, Republican lawmakers are willing to state publicly that there are limits to how far they will go in their support of Trump. Whether they have the cojones to follow through or not is open to debate, but this is yet one more red warning light going off in the Trump cockpit. And even if it’s all House members, the Senate is showing cracks too. Whether he’s heading out the door or not, Jeff Flake actually stood up to Trump and McConnell and shut down the judicial confirmation process for apparently the rest of the term. And the gutless wonder, Lindsey Graham, is up on his hind legs about the death of Jamal Khashoggi, and the necessity of holding the crown Prince accountable. Add in Ben Sasse making King Kong pounding-on-his-chest noises, and there is trouble brewing for Trump in the Senate as well. Right or wrong, this tells me something. So far, the smart money was that no GOP incumbents would dare to buck Trump until either they, he, or both went down in flames. Maybe Trump can turn a manure spreader catalog into a centerfold about the 2018 midterms, but surviving GOP incumbents can see the danger a mile off. But more importantly, it tells me that at least some GOP incumbents are starting to at least think that they see some softening in Trump’s support. Otherwise, there would be no logical reason to them to even potentially expose themselves as apostates to the pure faith. We’re […]

The next “great” President.

It has been a week of heart touching images, towering praise, and warm personal recollections. Yet, through it all, I was continually drawn to one constant, repetitive question. How can the simple act of remembering and telling one man’s simple decency, moral character, and devoted service provoke such a jarring contrast and stinging rebuke to the very man who now sits in the same chair that George H W Bush used to occupy, without ever mentioning his name? Everybody in the country blew out a sigh of relief when our current President, The Great Pumpkin, made it through the Bush lying in state, and state funeral, without embarrassing the nation any further than he already has. The sad part is that the bar has been set so pathetically low, that all Trump had to do was to not be caught on camera tweeting about the Mueller “witch hunt!” from the front pew of the national cathedral. This is like praising a 4 year old for not spilling soup on his shirt at a wedding reception, or dragging his finger through the frosting on the wedding cake. One of the problems of ascending to any high position, including the Presidency of the United States is the risk of “living in the shadows” of a predecessor. This has been known to happen. Lyndon Johnson struggled to remove himself from the shadow of the charisma, youth, and charm of John F Kennedy. Gerald Ford lived under the cloud of Richard Nixon’s perfidy. The recently passed George H W Bush was never able to escape the confines of the towering image that Ronald Reagan presented. There can be a real, mental and emotional problem for a successor to be constantly feeling like he has to “fill someone else’s shoes.”This is not, and never has been a problem for one Donald J Trump Pestquire. Hell, this goof couldn’t fill Curly Howard’s shoes on his best day on the planet. If Trump was a baseball player, his hero would be the old time pitcher “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, mainly because he wouldn’t have to worry about filling them. But it does present a problem for the man or woman who follows Trump into the Oval Office. Imagine that you are the new, incoming President, and are sworn in on January 20, 2021 at noon. You’re already hosed sideways. How can you take full pride, knowing that at this point, Alfred E Newman would be an improvement.  Not because the bar of expectations for you are set so high, but rather the fact that it is set so ridiculously low. How do you break free from the shadows of an overstuffed poltroon like Donald Trump? I’m serious, think about it for a minute. You can be a political genius, and nobody will see it, because everything you do is being done in comparison to your predecessor. You immediately become the paragon of executive dignity, for no better reason than you don’t trail a half a roll of Charmin up the air stairs to Air Force One behind you by the heel. You automatically become an administrative genius by default, simply for nominating cabinet secretaries who have actually  heard of the damned department they’ll be heading before you named them to the job. You’re a world champion government reformer on day one, for […]

The “Beto Factor”

Sometimes it’s almost hard to wrap your head around. It was only 29 days ago that we all hit the bricks for the polling places in the midterms, and yet, here we all are, officially on “candidate watch” for 2020. And here, people bitched years ago about the great “sports overlap.” They had nothing on this. But there is already one particular candidate that I can see topping the horizon, and I think he’s well worth keeping a close eye on, for several reasons. And I highly suspect that you, dear readers, have already spoiled my shock unveiling by reading the article title. The candidate I’m talking about is, of course, Beto O’Rourke. With the campaign he ran for the US Senate this year, and with the upheaval currently engulfing the Democratic party with regards to the number of people who are chomping at the bit to go up against an overstuffed, unpopular poltroon like Trump, the climate is perfect for an upstart candidate for O’Rourke to make a mark Here are some of the reasons I think O’Rourke could be a power player if in fact he chooses to run. Name Recognition — Let’s face it, Beto O’Rourke is a certified political rock star. And he got that way by a perfect confluence of events. He was a young, charismatic Democratic candidate going up against an incredibly unpopular GOP incumbent in Ted Cruz, in a state that Democrats are counting on turning purple in the next couple of cycles. When polls started showing O’Rourke as being within striking distance, he became national news. And in a year without a Presidential race at the top of the ticket, he became nearly a media obsession. Mike Bloomberg may have to “hit the road” to Iowa and other early primary states to introduce himself, but if the residents of those states own television sets, they damn well know who Beto O’Rourke is. This is also an advantage over prospective candidates like Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand, even though all of them are veteran Senators. There are very few prospective candidates out there on the Democratic side, such as Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden who are as universally recognized as O’Rourke. Charisma and appearance — At the height of his campaign, and even in the near aftermath, I heard several people favorably comparing Beto to Barack Obama. This may be applicable, but when I look at Beto O’Rourke, I think of another famous politician, Bobby Kennedy. That lean figure, that quirkily attractive face, the huge grin, the barely controlled mop of hair, it’s all there. As is his apparent undying love for “retail politics.” You take one look at a clip of O’Rourke on the trail, and you can see immediately that he is having the time of his life. He literally loves being out there, talking to people, laughing and listening, and it rubs off. O’Rourke makes a good impression because he has that quality that makes you think of him as the “neighbor next door,” nodding his head and listening as you complain about the line at the DMV. This is a characteristic that was pivotal in the success of many of the new, fresh faces that campaigned on the Democratic side in 2018 across the country. Fundraising — There is no doubt about it, […]

The forgotten issue for the “Lame Duck” session that can’t be...

Every cycle, this is the “Uncle Krusty Show” time for the congress. It’s a unique blending of hubris and rampant indifference. Look what happens every time during a “lame duck” session. You have a combination of incredibly important stuff that has to get done before year’s end, combined with the overpowering disinterest of a bunch of people who know they won’t be around to share the blame when the shit hits the fan. Look what’s on the plate between now and December 31. Funding the government, building that wall, protecting Robert Mueller’s investigation, and of course Ditch Mitch McConnell’s personal favorite, ramming judicial nominees through at warp speed, so they can keep us in indentured servitude to the master class for generations to come. So much to do, and so little time. Especially considering the fact that if we can get congress to work for three consecutive days in a week, they want to file for overtime. Obviously, with a packed, pressured schedule like that, congress must prioritize. In government that basically means pushing the shit that is most important to you personally, and pushing everything else off to the next bunch of goofs. Like a football team with a 3 point lead, they “run out the clock” on things they just don’t want to deal with. And they’re doing it right now, on a very serious subject, and one that shouldn’t be treated like the wrapping paper after the present has been opened. Does the name John Conyers ring a bell? No, how about Blake Farenthold? Any takers on Trent Franks? Come on now, don’t tell me you’ve never heard of Al Franken. That’s right, I’m talking about sexual harassment, specifically workplace sexual harassment. Those names all share one thing in common, they were all very nasty boys, and they all got their heads handed to them on a platter in the righteous fires of the #metoo movement. Congress walked around on egg shells for months, waiting for the next shoe to drop. The problem got so bad that even the constituents started to notice, and complain to their elected representatives that it was time to put their big boy pants on, and actually deal with this shit. And deal with it congress did. First they took the unprecedented step of actually passing a law that said that they could no longer use our money to pay the settlements for their personal quirks, they’d have to pony up themselves. Then the House took the step of actually passing a bill that dealt with the issue, and with some real chops to it. The Senate didn’t really care for that bill, since it might impose actual, you know, like penalties and stuff on personal behavior, so they came up with a weaker bill of their own. And here’s where they run out the clock. Congress has until midnight on December 31 to merge those two competing bills into one bill, and pass it in both chambers. If they don’t, like Cinderella’s carriage, it turns back into a pumpkin. The next congress will have to start all over again from scratch, but this time, without the consistent blare of headlines laying out the sexual kinks of powerful people, some of them congress critters. This is inexcusable. Just because we have found ourselves in a respite where the […]

This upcoming “cat fight” is going to be EPIC!

I’m still laughing. You know, I thought that the G20 meeting was supposed to be a serious matter, between serious world leaders. That swing-your-arm-back-a-foot, loud slap, thumb grab handshake between the two international pariahs, Putin and MBS that I was yesterday was the most juvenile display in the history of diplomacy. It looked like a couple of failed frat pledges who just scored a kegger to drown their sorrows. But such childish shenanigans aside, the spotlight was on the Cheeto Prophet, as it always seems to be at these moments. Trump once again made news by announcing that he was cancelling his one-on-one with Putin over the situation with Ukraine. Here is a guy who changed the GOP convention platform to bar giving the Ukraine lethal defensive weapons, but now he’s got his panties in a bunch over a fender bender between a Russian warship and a Ukrainian tugboat.The Russians immediately gleefully called “bullshit,” noting that Trump’s decision was much more likely caused by Trump’s domestic problems. But hey, at least they didn’t rub in the fact that they were the cause of those domestic problems. I was gratified to see that, as usual, the media pundits had their heads safely up their collective ass. Everybody was somberly opining that the reason that His Lowness cancelled the meeting with Putin was to avoid having to answer questions about Michael Cohen at the post powwow press conference. This is ridiculous, he already answered questions about Cohen before he got on Trump Force 1. His answer was basically, “So what?” What?” Trump couldn’t afford was having Putin standing at a podium answering questions about Michael Cohen. Look what happened in Helsinki. A reporter asked Putin if he did actually order his GRU to interfere in our election, and did they do so, and Putin answered “Yes, and yes.” Right now, Cohen’s accusations are publicly uncorroborated, the last thing Trump needs is his co-conspirator spilling the beans to the press. Putin is about to learn what everybody else already knows, namely, that Trump is your best friend until he’s not. Other foreign leaders already know this. When Justin Trudeau was staring adoringly at Trump like a kid watching his Dad show him how to change spark plugs, he was aces. But respond to Trump’s tariffs in kind, and suddenly he’s weak. Likewise with Macron, when he was busy showing off his war toys to Glorious Bleater, Macron was golden. But tell Trump that only idiots withdraw within their own borders, and suddenly it’s time for somebody else to “Make France Great Again!”Trumps problem is simple, the little light has finally gone on when the fridge door was opened. Cohen has finally shown a direct relationship between Trump and the Russian government, while he was running for President. Somebody finally took the plate with his bacon double cheeseburger away from him until he got it through his thick skull that doing everything but flush after he wiped Putin’s ass was making him look like a whiny little sycophant. He was going to have to put his big boy pants on and try to look tough when it came to Vladimir Putin. This is a ill planned course of action, for two reasons. First, it’s much too late. Trump has been slobbering all over Putin’s face like your […]
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The five most important words of the day. Or maybe the...

Donald John Trump is a liar. This is not breaking news, instead it is ancient history. And because he is so obsessive about it, it has become almost as blase and expected as a fortune cookie after a Chinese dinner. But, in response to Michael Cohen’s guilty plea in federal court today to lying to congress, Trump accidentally spoke the truth, and that one accidental truth could place his presidency on a collision course with his incessant lies. There are two things about Trump’s constant lies that are fundamental to his very character, and they’re important to remember. One, Trump lies because he can get away with it. Donald Trump lies about everything, and has done so from his first days in business. He lies about his wealth, he lies about the size and scope of his projects, he lies about his company, and if you listen to Stormy Daniels, he lies about the size of his dick. Find me another person n the planet who faked being his own PR shill to lie to the tabloids. And because he lies so constantly, and so outrageously, about things that can easily be disproven, he pays no penalty. It becomes just another aspect of his quirky personality, it’s baked into the cake. Second, and of equal importance, Trump has never had to pay a price for his lies. Lies about his personal life are not a bug, they’re a feature. Trump likes to consider himself a sort of raconteur, a wealthy playboy with a taste for the finer things in life, especially where women are concerned. The fact that he is a serial adulterer only makes him more envious to others in his own, childish mind. And as for lying in his business dealings, there is no one to hold him accountable. His organization is a mom and pop operation. He has no board to answer to, no shareholders. He can lie with impunity. And if one of those lies causes him legal troubles? Then he can simply buy his way quietly out of it, and nobody is the wiser, nor does it affect him. Trump’s personal belief in his infallibility when it comes to the truth has been manifested over and over again in his presidency. The now infamous Trump Tower meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer is a classic example. First, there was no meeting, and then there was a meeting, but it was about Russian adoption. Then, maybe it was about dirt on Hillary, but the Russians never delivered. And finally it was, “So what if it was, everybody does it.” And thanks to a feckless GOP dominated congress, upon further video review, the play stood as called. Which beings us to today’s falling-domino-effect utterance by Trump.When asked by reporters about Michael Cohen’s allegation that, contrary to his previous statements, Trump had pursued a Trump Tower Moscow plan long after he categorically stated he had dropped it, Trump said something akin to,”So what if I did? At the time I wasn’t President. I was allowed to run my business during the campaign, and there was a good chance that I’d end up as a private citizen. What was I supposed to do, not pursue opportunities?” And there you have it, the five words that could bring down the Trump […]
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None of the media’s “explanations” about Paul Manafort make any sense!

OK, I give up, somebody is gonna have to explain it to my dumb ol’ ass. The Prosecutions court filing yesterday saying that Manafort had blown his pea deal by lying apparently caught everybody by surprise. But, because media pundits are paid to be big know-it-alls, they all have it figured out. Except they don’t. One way that you can tell that they really have little idea as to what’s going on is that they can’t even come up with one consistent story line to push. There are actually three conflicting ideas of what’s going on in Paul Manafort’s head right now, and none of them make any sense, if you look at even the most rudimentary information that we already have. Manafort is frightened of Russian retaliation — OK, for starters, this line isn’t anything new, it’s been around since the summer. When Manafort appeared to be steaming inexorably towards his first trial, some pundits posited that Paul Manafort was going to trial on a high risk case because he was afraid of Russian retaliation if he cooperated with Mueller and the FBI. As long as he stayed in jail and kept his mouth shut like a good little droogie, he and his family were fine. But, if he strayed off of the gulag, it was the :London Tap” for the whole lot of them. Now, considering some of the people that Manafort had been involved with for years, there is some merit to this argument. But here’s where it falls apart. Nothing has changed for Manafort since June, except that he got convicted! The whole premise of Manafort going to trial was for him to be convicted, and keep his mouth shut, in return for safety for himself and his family, right? Then why in the hell did he roll over and sign a cooperation agreement with Mueller?!?  If he was too afraid of the Russians to save himself with a plea deal before the trial, when he held more leverage, what made him think that it would be any safer to sign up with Mueller after his conviction. And now that he’s “cooperated” with Mueller, what makes Manafort think that the Russians will trust him to not roll over again? The whole premise makes no sense. Manafort thought he could scam Mueller and the FBI — This one also has some merit on the face of it. In fact, most of the former federal prosecutors who are now more than willing to share their expertise and experience with us everyday Joes for a cool chunk of change, admit that in their careers, they repeatedly entered into plea agreements criminals who thought that they could scam the prosecutors silly. And it never worked. But there is one big difference this time. In most of those cases, the defendants copped a plea after discovery, when they saw what the government had, in an attempt to shut things down, and mitigate the damage. Paul Manafort doesn’t have the luxury of that excuse. Because he just went through a trial back in August. A trial in which he was convicted on eight counts, and should have been convicted on eleven more counts. A trial with so much evidence that the trial judge limited the amount of evidence that the prosecution could put on, in order to keep the trial from going […]
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An update to yesterdays article about Trump underestimating the American people.

Wipe that smirk off of your face right now. I am not denying, refuting, or admitting anything. I am simply enriching the texture of my previous narrative. I like the way that rolls off of the tongue, it sounds so much better than “I’m putting in some shit that I forgot yesterday.” Hey, both things can be true at the same time. I said in my article yesterday that Trump’s “base” supporters, not his maniacal ones, but his base ones, stood my him on faith and belief. And that faith can only last until empirical facts crumble the walls of that faith. I stand by that statement. Every year priests and nuns depart their vocations because things that they have seen cause them to doubt the infallibility of their God. But it was the late breaking Paul Manafort kerfuffle yesterday that reminded me of something I had completely forgotten, and it’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about. Back in August, Paul Manafort was convicted of eight criminal counts in Alexandria, Virginia. If it wasn’t for one numbskull who believed in jury nullification, Manafort would have bitten the big one on all 18 counts. After the trial, several jurors spoke to the media, including television interviews. And one juror in particular caught my attention. This particular juror was a Trump supporter. And not just any Trump supporter. She had voted for Trump in 2016, and with everything that has happened, planned to vote for him in 2020 if he ran again. She believed Trump, and believed in him. She even admitted that on more than one occasion, she had worn her MAGA hat to court, but left it in the car, rather than wear it into the courthouse, and risk giving the wrong impressions of her impartiality.I am not a criminal prosecutor by any means, but if I had brought out any of that information on voir dire, I believe I would have burned a peremptory challenge on her as a possibly prejudicial juror. She admitted that she was skeptical of the strength of the governments case going in. But then the trial started. And the evidence began coming in. Witness after witness, document after document, Correlations made, testimony buttressed with data, inferences confirmed. A compelling case, properly presented, with no stone left unturned. This juror is a Trump supporter. She believes the President, and for more than a year he had been telling her it was a baseless “witch hunt.” It never happened, and the Special Counsel was full of shit. But when the rubber hit the road, back in that jury room, she voted to convict Manafort. And not just on eight counts, she voted to convict him on the other eleven counts as well, and was very unhappy with the single holdout juror. That Trump supporting juror is Exhibit A in the case I made here yesterday. And she is exactly who Alan Dershowitz is thinking about when he says that Mueller’s final report will be politically devastating to Trump. This country is chock full of Trump “supporters,” people who want to believe Trump, and believe in him. But they’re not brain dead zombies either. They are cognizant that there are real facts out there, but no “alternative facts,” and when the facts come out, they’ll make that judgement based on those facts. […]

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