Tuesday, December 10, 2019

After Speaker Pelosi’s press conference #AmericansForImpeachment trends big

On Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference where she explained that the House of Representatives would begin drafting the articles of impeachment in the case of Donald J. Trump. For his part,...

POTUS* is a “continuing threat to Democracy” – the end of the Trump era...

It has come to this, despite complaints that it’s all happening too fast while Trump refuses to follow the law. As Speaker Pelosi prays for Trump, so should we pray for the nation. Two presidents...

Fox’s Napolatino Predicts Trump Will Testify on His Own Behalf at Trial

This won’t come true because I haven’t been a good enough person for Santa to deliver this present to me. Having said that, it is fun to ponder, kind of like buying a lottery ticket just to sit and think about what you’d do with a few hundred million. Fox’s Judge Andrew Napolitano predicts that Trump will testify on his own behalf at his senate trial. Please, god, yes. Per a transcript in The Hill (and not interpreted by John Solomon) Bill Hemmer asked Napolitano who might testify on behalf of Trump, given that Trump hasn’t allowed anyone to testify yet. “Himself,” said Napolitano. The Judge states it will be the biggest political showdown in modern history, with 200 million people watching, in a trial overseen by the Chief Justice. Trump and his ego simply won’t be able to resist. Before you all laugh along with me, do note that unlike a real trial, Trump has this jury stacked. He might well believe he cannot possibly lose in this context, and will want to go all in on the matter. He is arrogant enough that – with a stacked jury – he might well think that he will finally show everyone that he can “own the libs.” It really could happen. I confess that I hadn’t thought through the fact that Trump will have a hard time presenting any sort of “defense,” since he hasn’t allowed anyone come to the capitol yet. If Trump were to call witnesses like Mulvaney or someone, they would be exposed to cross-examination. Thus, Trump is likely to act like a criminal and plead the 5th, basically, not put on any defense. Just assert that the Democrats didn’t prove their case. But if Trump thinks this matter is guaranteed, because he owns the Republican jurors, he might be stupid enough to walk his ass into the trial, fully expecting his stable genius-nature to walk on over the Democrats. On the one hand, yes, the Republicans are near certain to vote on Trump’s behalf no matter what. So what’s the risk? On the other hand, you know the risks. If Trump testifies, schools will close. People that could care less about politics will be listening in, and it is entirely possible that Trump will fall on his face under cross-examination. Yes, Trump has his “base” that believes he’s been terribly maligned. Yet how many of those people actually know what happened in the scandal? I will tell you the number isn’t many. Republicans have brilliantly spread so much bullshit in so many directions that their own voters truly don’t know what this scandal is about. The only thing of which they’re sure is that all this is terribly unfair to “the president.” (They will never refer to him as Trump, it is always “the president.”) So there is risk that too many people will watch. Trump will then inform those people, aka voters, as to what actually happened, and have a lot of people staring at each other uncomfortably, including senator-jurors. Sounds delicious. But I have been doing more thinking lately, as the trial gets closer and closer. I worry. Without regard to Trump testifying, if the Republicans still clear Trump, look the ever-living fck out. We will be living in the type of fascist dystopian […]
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Trump asks the Supreme Court to overturn yet another court ruling and protect his...

On Thursday, just minutes ahead of a noon deadline, Donald Trump appealed to the Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a congressional subpoena demanding eight years of Trump’s financial records. The subpoena has already...
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Re: A Theory for Why Trump’s Base Won’t Budge

This is a letter that I wrote to the editor at The Atlantic website in response to one of its articles.  (Note, I’ve added subtitles.)  The author, a psychologist, suggested that Trump was defying...
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As Impeachment Looms, 350 Mental Health Professionals Warn Congress That Nuclear-Armed Trump ‘A Threat...

A group of more than 350 health professionals—led by three preeminent psychiatrists—delivered a petition to the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday warning that President Donald Trump's allegedly deteriorating mental state could result in "catastrophic...
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“It’s On”: Pelosi Officially Asks Nadler to Prepare Articles of Impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared President Donald Trump to a despotic tyrant in a press conference Thursday and announced she has asked House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to prepare articles of impeachment. "The facts are...

Trump Says He Asked for Favor on Behalf of America, Not Himself

As we all know, the memo (it is not a transcript) from the “perfect call” referenced the critical line: “I need you to do us a favor, though,” as Trump spoke to Zelensky. It is Trump’s demand for the deliverable, the investigation of Biden. Now, today, Trump wants you to know that he was acting on “our” behalf. Yes, Trump was just looking out for you: ….”I would like to have the Attorney General (of the United States) call you or your people…..” This, based on what I have seen, is their big point – and it is no point at a all (except for a big win for me!). The Democrats should apologize to the American people! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019 And it only took him three months to come up with this explanation! Bravo. Moreover, Trump forgets to add in his tweet that he also wanted Zelensky to speak to Rudy Giuliani, who is not a government official, does not work for us, but is Trump’s “personal lawyer.” The tweet is totally credible. Totally. The Tweet does, however, demonstrate why we so desperately need Bolton and Mulvaney’s testimony. We are arguing about the meaning of one word in a document that I am not convinced is an accurate a reference. I can easily see some words twisted; take out a “me” and insert “us,” leave out a clause of a sentence, reword a different sentence and “voila,” the perfect call. It would explain where Trump came up with the “perfect call” meme, would it not? If the White House went under an intense review of the memo and slyly altered just a few things, changing “me” to “us,” and leaving out just a couple clauses, one can see them convincing themselves it was “the perfect call,” especially compared to how it originally read. One can almost see a few people, including bad lawyers, talking about it after alterations: “There, it’s perfect now, it looks just fine …” and Trump picking up on it. I do not want to get too far out in speculation because none of the witnesses noted anything too obvious missing from the memo. Moreover, I don’t find Trump using the word “us” to be in any way less condemning. Trump thinks of himself as the King of the United States, and thus I can easily see where Trump would believe that Zelensky is doing the United States a favor by destroying Biden and doing Trump’s personal bidding. Given that Trump subsumed the entire nation into his ego, saying “us” doesn’t mean a thing to me. Regardless, the focus on the word “us” screams out for greater discovery into the evidence. I want to hear from Bolton and Mulvaney, even though I do understand the House’s reasoning. I feel like they’re just pushing ahead into a known outcome, and a dangerous aftermath. There has been some discussion about calling Mulvaney or Bolton at the trial in the senate, especially since Trump has talked about calling Schiff and Hunter Biden. That is some high stakes pool, there. As a general rule, you never ever call a witness if you don’t know the answer to every question you are asking, and can prove it should the witness choose to lie. Still, it does need […]

Barr’s Own Investigator Says There Was No Intel Setup

WaPo is reporting this news: USDA John Durham, whom AG Barr hand-picked to look for a “deep state” intelligence setup to trick the FBI into investigating the Trump campaign, has told the DOJ inspector...

Have No Doubt, Prof. Jonathon Turley Is Full of S**t

Jonathon Turley will likely go down as history’s greatest concern troll. Have absolutely no doubt that Turley is a hired gun, called by the Republicans to help get Trump’s ass out of the sling while acting as if he’s maintaining some kind of intellectual standard and honesty. He is not. Anyone who supported the impeachment and removal of Bill Clinton, but not Donald Trump, is someone who is only out to hurt Democrats, period. If you didn’t believe it before today, you have far more evidence now. Turley wants you to believe that he is coming at you straight, no agenda at all. He just wants more evidence, and thinks that the “thin file” and rushed procedure are objectionable. His argument might have some weight if the Democrats specifically chose to only call the non-political staffers around Trump (Vindman, Taylor, Yovanovitch), while leaving the testimony of Bolton, Mulvaney and Giuliani waiting at the curbside. But Turley knows damned well that Trump has blocked, and will block, every single individual and document that he can. Facts are Trump kryptonite. In effect, Turley wants the Democrats punished for not having more evidence, knowing that Trump is going to take a year, minimum, in litigating each and every piece of evidence and individual that might come before the committee. Meanwhile, in the background, Trump will busily rig the fcking 2020 election and then – if he wins – declare the entire proceeding “Null and Void” because “the voters have spoken.” IF Turley were being intellectually honest, he would blast Trump for his blatant obstruction of the proceeding. It would be “semi-honest” to say; “Congress, you are going too fast. But, Mr. President, you are obstructing the proceeding without any good faith justification.” But Turley isn’t saying that, only Congress has done wrong, in his eyes. He got caught on it, too. In this questioning by Congressman Neguse, one can see the bullshit flow from Turley’s eyes. Transcript via Rawstory: “And you’re aware that President Trump has refused to allow his chief of staff or White House counsel to testify in this inquiry, correct?” “Yes, but various officials did testify and they are remaining in federal employment,” said Turley. So Turlely is expecting Congress to give Trump bonus points for not firing these people the moment after testifying? And, point of order, but Vindman was sent packing back to the Pentagon, and Ambassador Yovanovitch was fired prior to even testifying. “Am I right that President Clinton provided written responses to 81 interrogatories from the House Judiciary Committee and during that impeachment inquiry?” said Neguse. “And you’re aware that President Trump has refused any request for information  the president submitted by the president in this impeachment inquiry?” “I have, yes,” said Turley. At which point Turley did not die of embarrassment . “Are you familiar with the letter issued by White House counsel Pat Cipollone on October 8, written on behalf of President Trump, in effect, instructing executive branch officials not to testify in this impeachment inquiry?” “Yes, I am,” said Turley. The “You Can All Go Blow Me” letter? Yes, I have heard that it was issued. So? So what is Congress supposed to do when the president tells Congress to go blow itself? “And am I correct that no president in the history […]

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