Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Look Who’s Being Putin’s B*#ch Again!

It appears that Putin is asserting his dominance over his puppet - in plain view for everyone to see.  Bloomberg and the Guardian are reporting that, according to the Kremlin, Russia would have to give "consent"...

Stalled aid to Ukraine was a bipartisan, urgent mystery to Congress for months

Congress was at a low simmer for most of this year, CNN reports, over what had happened to aid to Ukraine that it had authorized, and that concern and confusion was bipartisan. It had...
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Putin reasserts his authority over Trump, reminding him where his true loyalties lie

If there was any question at this point that Russian President Vladimir Putin owns Donald Trump, this puts it to rest. https://twitter.com/carlquintanilla/status/1178657775439757312 That’s not a statement of fact from the Kremlin. The U.S. remains a sovereign...
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Has Trump been “Doing Favors” for Putin — in plain sight?

Well well well — I wonder whose idea this was?   Does Trump even know where Crimea is on a map?  You can bet your last dollar his pal Putin does … Trump Says He Hopes...

Kremlin says it hopes US wouldn’t release calls between Trump-Putin, then desperately attacks Pelosi

Donald Trump releasing the transcript with the Ukrainian president, has Russia in a bit of a panic, so the Kremlin sent a warning from his buddy Vladimir Putin. Asked if Moscow is worried that the White House could similarly publish transcripts of...
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Two Russian assets (Trump and the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre) meet to discuss how to...

On Friday, the same day a Senate committee released a report detailing how the National Rifle Association became a Russian asset, Donald Trump met with NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre. The New York Times reports the...
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Trump placed hold on military aid to Ukraine well before he called its president

Donald Trump didn’t just threaten the president of Ukraine in order to get him to go after Joe Biden. Trump put the squeeze on Volodymyr Zelensky at least a week before he called, just to...
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Moscow Mitch is still inviting Putin to hack our elections

The nickname for Senate Majority Mitch McConnell—Moscow Mitch—has definitely entered the mainstream, and it's definitely both enraged him and made him give in on funding for election security—to an extent. The $250 million he...
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side-show Rudy’s meltdown tries to divert attention from the Whistle-Blower complaint

There will be more heroic action by members of the IC, despite WH concerted efforts to obstruct the normal functioning of the whistleblower law. We should know more soon, especially after the upcoming Senate Intel...
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Lewandowski Says White House Objects Based on Executive Privilege

Over the next week or two you are going to hear a great deal about “executive privilege.” But, I suspect you will have a little trouble understanding how it is supposed to apply versus how it is being applied by Trump. Corey Lewandowski is sitting in front of a committee in the House, as if on a ping pong table. He is getting grilled by half the committee, while the other half – the Republicans, scream about the injustice of it all, and quite effectively. It is unbelievably regretful that the Mueller report did not establish, with much greater specificity, that they could not go forward with a criminal case against Trump, due – in part – to the lies Mueller noted, and the use of encrypted phones. I say this because the Republicans believe there is nothing to discuss at all, because Mueller found no Russian collusion, and they do not care that Mueller did, apparently, find obstruction of justice. Republicans have no desire to discuss obstruction, they continually bring up that they want to investigate those bastards that started the investigation, Comey and others in the FBI. Interesting, though, is that with respect to any actual discussions with Trump, Lewandowski has claimed “executive privilege.” This is, in plain terms, utter bullshit. If executive privilege applies to this matter, it means that every single utterance between a president and anyone, federal employee, White House employee, and even private citizens, is subject to suppression by the president. Congress can never ask what the president said in any context. Ever. And that is bad enough, but it goes much deeper. We in the law grant privileges in situations where as a matter of public policy, we want people to feel protected and immune from court proceedings. Privileges apply to attorneys, doctors, the clergy, and spouses. “Executive privilege” applies only to those situations where we want the president to feel comfortable discussing things during policy meetings among staff. That’s it. The worst aspect that we know as we go forward, is that all privileges can be waived, and most often, it happens by accident. This is not Corey Lewandowski’s privilege to assert, it is Trump’s and Trump’s alone. Trump waived that privilege by allowing Lewandowski to speak to Mueller at all. Moreover, the White House has allowed Lewandowski to testify in today’s hearing to matters within the actual Mueller report, but no other conversations with Trump. I cannot for the life of me understand how there is not already a court ruling on this. The matter is as simple as I can imagine. The president has allowed Lewandowski to speak about one conversation, the one in the Mueller report, but not about other conversations. Clearly, Trump has waived the right to assert the privilege. If we allowed people to pick and choose what conversations might be privileged, effectively allowing people to leave out the “bad stuff.” That is stunning, and offensive. More later, if I can stomach it. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and Twitter @MiciakZoom

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