Monday, July 15, 2019

Alex Acosta’s job is safe…Tick-tock-tick-tock

I wrote in an article yesterday about his pathetic one man dog-and-pony show that I had gone on an Official Acosta Resignation (or Termination) Watch. Nothing in the resulting fallout has made me change my mind, but I’ve fine tuned it a little bit. If there’s one thing that a broken down reality show retread like Trump knows, it’s that timing is everything. By ordering Acosta’s paint-by-the-numbers nationally televised self castration yesterday, Trump accomplished two important things. One, he confirmed for himself that he owns Acosta lock, stock, and barrel. If there’s one thing Trump loves almost as much as money, it’s humiliating other people. And nothing gives a two bit bully boy like Trump wood more than kicking an already whipped cur. Two, Trump got a pretty accurate barometer of Acosta’s distraction quotient in the media. And that’s important to Trump. Because in very short order, Trump is going to need a big, fat, honking distraction. Next Wednesday, Robert Mueller has a chock-a-block full day of being beamed from two different house committee hearing rooms into every nook in America with a TV hitched up to cable. It is going to be Robert Mueller from the morning alarm until the last call at the bar. We haven’t seen anything like this since James Comey and Michael Cohen testified. But what actually happened after Comey’s and Cohen’s testimony? Well, post testimony coverage on hearing day centered on explosions, shocking, powerful exchanges or statements that could be quickly and easily found and cut out, and just as easily discussed and dissected by hosts and talking head guests. But the second day turned out to be even worse for Trump. Because in the overnight hours, producers and staff listened more closely to the quieter, less dramatic stuff, stuff that came in between the explosions. And there was some seriously damaging shit in there, which had gone unnoticed in the cacophony of the day before. And it dribble-drabbled out all the next day, with plenty of time for observations of what each thing meant, and why it was so damaging for Trump. Cue Alex Acosta:Enter Stage Left. I figure that the tweet will come at about 5 am eastern time Thursday morning, 6 am at the latest. Late enough to catch massive immediate eyeballs, but early enough to dominate the morning drive time airwaves. We have breaking news this Thursday morning. President Trump just tweeted that he has fired (or accepted the resignation of) embattled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. Acosta has come under increasing fire in the last week due to his handling blah, blah, blah. Combine that with a sarcastic or personally humiliating tweet about Acosta following immediately, and that should do the trick Alex Acosta will be the banner story at the top of every hour, with up to the minute analysis, and a gleeful concentration on the personal humiliation for Acosta, and his involvement in the Epstein mess. There will be plenty of Robert Mueller, but his story will be below the fold as they say in the newspaper business, and will live in the shadow of the Acosta news. Especially since, having been bombarded with about 18 hours of Mueller the day before, people will be ready for a change of topic, and the media will give it to them. And ifthat happens, you can forget about Friday entirely. Once the Mueller story […]

Epstein can’t be isolated from the story of Trump needing Russian money

We’ve only had a peek at the historically constant appetites of Individual-1 that only became important when he became a “public servant”. That peek got expanded this week. His political base ignores it or even...
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It’s one week to Mueller Day, but what that means is still anyone’s guess

Donald Trump and William Barr have already moved through the phases of post-report grief: 1) There’s no problem with Robert Mueller testifying before Congress; 2) there is no reason that Mueller should appear before Congress; 3) Mueller...
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Christopher Steele Interviewed By DOJ. Found To Be “credible and even surprising”

Politico has a story up that Christopher Steele was extensively interviewed for 2 days by DOJ officials.  According to the story he was found to be “credible and even surprising”. It’s a pretty short story, with...

Raving Rudy Giuliani Calls Mueller A ‘Hit Man’ and Mueller Investigation ‘A Plot’

It’s intriguing that Donald Trump is so concerned about Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress, scheduled for July 17, when Mueller purportedly totally exonerated him. You remember that, don’t you? No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019 In all events and for whatever reason, Trump and his minions are ramping up the conspiracy theory, big time. Here are a few clips from none other than Fox News. It’s worth listening to this nonsense to know what people are being told. We can’t fight propaganda unless we know about it. Grit your teeth. The clips are short. Brilliant Constitutional Lawyer, Dr. John Eastman, said the Special Prosecutor (Mueller) should have NEVER been appointed in the first place. The entire exercise was fundamentally illegal. The Witch Hunt should never happen to another President of the U.S. again. A TOTAL SCAM! pic.twitter.com/5sRAMhHAR8 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019 Renato Mariotti points out that multiple federal judges disagreed with this guy. This is total spin. There was intelligence about Russian interference with the election when Obama was still in office and McConnell refused to do a bi-partisan announcement on it. Then, Comey’s firing, after he revealed that Trump requested him to “go easy” on Michael Flynn, was the flash point that caused the appointment of the special counsel. There was cause for a special counsel to be appointed. Then there’s Rudy, raving about how it’s all a “plot.” “The reality is that this was a plot from the very beginning to frame Trump….” @RudyGiuliani pic.twitter.com/tMyNEPppm6 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019 It is no secret that Giuliani has lost the respect of all his former colleagues at SDNY, and it’s certainly no wonder. One week until July 17. They’re clearly freaking in Trumpworld. This is just the beginning. Expect the damage control on Fox to go to lunatic proportions.  

A Cliff’s Notes Analysis Of The Mueller Report, Part II — ‘Mueller Report Leaves...

[Editor’s Note: Part I of this series was published July 8, and is archived here. This is a solid reference tool and study guide, which I suggest highly that you bookmark and come back to refer to. Remember, Mueller testifies July 17. Mr. Wallace makes the comment here that you almost have to be a lawyer to get through the Mueller report. Thankfully, he is, and he’s done the work for us.] MUELLER REPORT LEAVES MUCH TO BE DONE                                                         PART II               TAKEAWAYS TO CONSIDER                                   By William Wallace               Purpose of this Mueller Report Volume I Summary Polls show that only 4% of Americans  have read the Mueller Report; understandably,  because the text of both volumes total over 400 pages. Moreover, it’s such a long, detailed read that you almost have to be a lawyer to get through it. As of May 29, 2019, it is even more important for Americans to know what is in the Mueller Report. Robert Mueller is going appear before Congressional Committees.  He stated in a public announcement, however, that everything Americans need to know is in the Report. Parts I and II of my summaries are quick-read highlights of the important issues in Part I. In Part I, I have stated matters directly in the Mueller Report, Volume I, with one exception which is noted in Part I.  It does not (and cannot in a few pages) recite all the facts and circumstances discussed in Volume I. I have chosen to focus on matters I believe are most important to Americans. I have written about Volume I of the Mueller Report, related to Russian interference and Trump team connections to Russia, because it is a major issue, concerning our country’s greatest enemy and seems to get less attention in the press than the obstruction issue in Volume II. To me, that Trump has obstructed justice and continues to do so is transparently clear. At least 1,000 former Federal prosecutors have signed a letter, concluding that anyone other than a sitting President would be indicted for obstruction of justice. I will address each Section of Part I with my understanding of why each section is important. Sections A and B There are so many blacked out portions of Volume I of the Mueller Report alone, that neither Congress nor the American people have a complete picture of what the Mueller team relied upon in grand jury findings and what related prosecutors’ investigations are still underway. Further disclosures and evidentiary developments could alter our conclusions as to what happened in 2016. According to the New York Times, there at least 10 Federal criminal investigations and 8 state and local investigations underway on matters involving the Trump Administration that grew out of the Mueller Investigation. For this reason alone, Congress needs to investigate and inform the American people. SECTION C The Mueller Report concludes that Russia interfered with the 2016 Presidential election in a massive way and the Investigation resulted in indictments of 13 Russian individuals and 3 Russian agencies. The Report‘s conclusion and indictments confirm the unanimous conclusions of the American intelligence community. In his 9 minute public statement on May 29, 2019, Mueller emphasized Russia’s interference with our Presidential election at the outset and reiterated it at the end of his brief statement to America. See below. The Mueller team does not find Trump or the Trump […]
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Trump’s man in Moscow testifies before House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday

Felix Sater, who served as Trump’s representative on the “Moscow Project” during the 2016 election, will appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday morning for a round of closed-door testimony. This appearance, which was...
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Tuesday Morning: Felix Sater’s magic bag of tricks opens in closed House Intel session.

930 am ET is the time scheduled for Felix Sater’s closed-door appearance before the House Intelligence Committee. This assumes that he’s not taken a sleeping pill like the last time when he missed his...
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The Resistance Must Be Televised: Time Is UP

If you will permit me this one indulgence. I take some pride, and not a little heat, for being a bit of a contrarian around here. I don’t think the NY Times is a worthless fish wrap. I do believe a white man could give voice to a new generation of Democrats and be our […]
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Overheard at the bushel of sweet corn in my local supermarket

Tonight I learned there are two types of people who buy sweet corn at the supermarket—those who take it on faith that the corn is OK and don’t shuck it (or “peek-shuck it”) first,...

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