As New Evidence Emerges, Trump Suffers Devastating Op-Ed by Conservatives

Within forty-eight hours, Donald Trump will be the third president in history to have been impeached, and the entire matter sent to the Senate for trial. Under no set of circumstances, no matter how “loyal” one’s party, is this a good development for Trump, nor does it make him “strong,” in any sense. At the same time, the New York Times is publishing an Op-Ed by four prominent conservatives, George Conway, Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson and John Weaver, which calls out the entire Republican party for putting the nation in this position in the first place. The timing is exquisite in that over the last two days, we see more walls closing in on Trump’s few defenses. As I noted yesterday, Rudy is spouting his mouth off about having Ambassador Yovanovitch removed, and the Times is reporting this morning that Rudy says he briefed Trump on Yovanovitch, In an interview, Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, described how he passed along to Mr. Trump “a couple of times” accounts about how the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, had frustrated efforts that could be politically helpful to Mr. Trump. They included investigations involving former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Ukrainians who disseminated documents that damaged Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign. Rudy’s strategy must be the adoption of Trump’s theory that if one does something out in the open, then clearly it cannot be wrong or illegal. Rudy is bragging about helping to get an ambassador removed because she wouldn’t tolerate his efforts. In Rudy’s head, it must be a perfectly rational and legal thing to do. The irony is that at the same time Rudy was trying to get the “dirt” on Biden, he was also involved in setting up his own money-making op, and knew that Yovanovitch had to go if he was to succeed: Testimony in the impeachment proceedings as well as other information have shown that Mr. Giuliani’s claims about Ms. Yovanovitch were either unsubstantiated or were taken out of context. In the interview, he portrayed himself as personally involved in the effort to derail a career diplomat around the time he was considering business arrangements with some of the Ukrainians funneling information to him. So this is the evidentiary environment to which Trump awoke this morning. It is also the environment in which the four authors of the piece took all Republicans to task for putting up with sh*t like Rudy’s antics above. After all, look at what Rudy and Trump were willing to do to Ambassador Yovanovitch to get what they wanted. They destroyed her. And the authors took notice: “Indeed, national Republicans have done far worse than simply march along to Mr. Trump’s beat,” they wrote. “Their defense of him is imbued with an ugliness, a meanness and a willingness to attack and slander those who have shed blood for our country, who have dedicated their lives and careers to its defense and its security, and whose job is to preserve the nation’s status as a beacon of hope.” Finally. I am heartened that someone has finally nailed Republicans for embodying what they have become. They are just plain “mean,” and being “ugly” or evil is not a virtue! It is only a virtue to those most craven Q-Anon voters who vote only to “own the […]

McConnell Makes Big Mistake, Wraps Present Under Dem Tree

No question, McConnell went on Fox News with the idea that he’d hitch himself to the Trump Train like a caboose, following right along. If McConnell could convince the clones who watch Fox that he was only going wherever Trump took him, McConnell would garner that much more support in Kentucky and the checks would need be hauled in by a separate train, stuffed with money from the sweetest of sugar daddy plums dancing in his head. And so into the studio McConnell went. He and Trump were one, not all that unlike those marriages that Kentucky hates to license. Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman of the WaPo think that might have been a very bad idea, one that’ll snap back at our snapping turtle: “If Democrats play their procedural cards right, they can pressure Republicans to allow for a much fairer and more open trial that could actually produce new revelations — and if they refuse, extract a political price for it,” “By telling Sean Hannity that the process of Trump’s trial will be set up ‘in coordination with Trump’s legal team,’ McConnell told the world he wants to rig the process to produce maximal benefit for Trump,” Hmmm, you’re not convincing me yet. Republicans control this process through and through, not sure what “political price” you’re talking about. But, okay, I am listening. “But McConnell might not actually be able to do this, if he doesn’t have 51 GOP votes for it — which could be the case, if vulnerable GOP senators don’t want to go along with it. And that allows Democrats to make a public case for a much fairer and more open process — and to try to force those vulnerable GOP senators to take a stand on whether they, too, want a fair and open process.” Oh, wait, you guys are referring to something well behind us at Zoom. Our readers heard of this possibility weeks ago, right in this column. We knew of the procedural importance that could be brought about by just a few defectors voting on those very same procedures. Except Sargent and Waldman are not talking about the possible anonymous ballots that we discussed (though they absolutely should be). They are talking about motions for the production of documents, administrative procedure (anonymous votes?) and which witnesses might be called. The theory goes that some vulnerable senators from blue”ish” states such as Colorado, Maine, and Iowa, might be forced to eat McConnell’s words, that McConnell rigged this shitshow from the beginning, and their voters will be reminded of that fact, over and over and over. Not only will these blue”ish” state voters hear about these Republicans’ ultimate vote to aquit, the voters will hear that these senators supported a rigged trial. These senators are so in Trump’s pocket (like McConnell) that the will of the people, and the crimes Trump committed, were washed away entirely. I am a consultant to a Senate campaign right now. We spend a lot of time finding damaging words to hang above our opponent’s head while running commercials with ominous music. Picture McConnell’s words on the screen: “I consult with the White House on everything …” and a very unflattering picture of McConnell and Trump becoming “one” (ew, won’t be hard), all in a commercial run against a Susan […]

White House Aides: Trump Friendless, Loneliest He’s Ever Been

File this one under water runs downhill, dogs love their humans and hamburger, Nicole’s giggle is the cutest and smartest, and that bears are Catholic. It would seem that Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, is a lonely man, getting lonelier, according to people who would know. HuffPost runs a great chronology of stories, starting from near the beginning of the Trump presidency, running through November, each one describing an isolated and lonely man getting increasingly severe. It makes sense. Trump used to be semi-rich and people would gather round him in the hopes of scooping up some dribble of cash left fallen to the floor. Most presidents are popular because they can offer power within government positions, or people liked to be seen as an “insider.” Trump’s trouble is that absolutely no one wants a position within his government, as it is a dead weight on future career prospects. Plus working for Trump means taking blame for everything wrong and having the few successes all claimed by Trump himself. Then there are the ferocious attorneys’ fees inevitably incurred by anyone who spends much time close to him. Positions within government are anything but sought. Plus, very few non-evangelicals want to be seen as an “insider” in the Trump administration. Trump may like evangelical support, but cannot relate to their priorities. In terms of actual “friends”? Who wants to be friends with someone who only cares about himself, has no empathy, and generally finds a way to use you somehow? Jesus Christ on the amicus brief, half his friends are in front of judges for sentencing. Regardless, it isn’t healthy for anyone to be that lonely, which could easily account for some of Trump’s increasing erratic nature, and some of the tremendous judgmental errors (even by his standards) made of late. The most recent report, as stated, dated in November, paints a distinctly dark picture: Trump refuses to attend meetings or go out for Chinese food. He engaged in the “unseemly” act (an associate’s word) of tweeting something cruel about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, proof that he is “devolving unmistakably into a different sort of man.” … … “A person close to Trump told me that the president feels isolated and has complained that he has no one in whom he can confide. ‘These heavy issues are weighing on him. He has nobody around him. There’s nobody,’ this person said.” “‘He just has no life,’ the person close to Trump recently told me.” Turns out those stories your parents used to tell you about money not buying happiness (though no one doubts, it does buy convenience), are true. Moreover, power misused for self-aggradizement, as opposed to truly helping other people, is empty power. Trump remains unhappy, and lonely. So much so it is obvious. Happy people do not regularly schedule “rallies” in arenas for the primary purpose of hearing people cheer him like a demi-god (or god, depending to whom you speak). As I recall, Obama loved spending time with his girls at Camp David, which sounds like a happy man to me. Hell, even George W. Bush, he of horrible choices in war and policy, still seemed self-fulfilled. He didn’t require large crowds, eschewed them – actually, preferring to spend time with his family at his ranch – which, […]
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Kushner to the Rescue: Trump Taps Jared to Lead Impeachment Defense

Lest you worried that Trump would understand the seriousness of the charges against him, and invest in the swampiest of the experienced swamp-monster attorneys in DC, fear not. Trump got a public defender. Jared. From Rawstory: As reported by CNN on Friday, the president is relying on Kushner and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to come up with a plan aimed at beating back investigations launched by House Democrats into the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponents… Kushner has been the mastermind behind some of Trump’s biggest mistakes as president, most notably the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and the conviction of multiple Trump associates for a wide array of offenses. If someone attempted to impeach me for the presidential crime of the century, I would be lining up the absolute best attorneys in NYC and DC, with a minimum of thirty years experience each, people who have tackled serious issues before, and won. Thankfully, it is Trump that is accused of abusing the powers of his office, not me. I get abused by my office. The internet is having a great time with the inspired choice: This is unfortunate news for the world. Now, who's going to solve the Middle East peace problem? — Jeff Dannenberg (@jecrda) October 4, 2019 ???????????????????? Kushner and Mulvaney to head impeachment defense. To my knowledge, Kushner does not have a law degree. TRUMP IS SCREWED! — Sherrie Kaw (@89wunderlust) October 4, 2019 To my knowledge, Jared’s tuition at Harvard (for undergrad) was well over a million dollars, that was the amount his father had to give the university to get his son admitted. F’ing moron. And, to remind everyone here of the stakes, and the need to keep an eye on “Kush” because he’s been known to “do whatever it takes:” Trump has tapped son in law Jared Kushner to lead his impeachment defense. While Jared is a repulsive and inept creature, we should not be overconfident. He has friends with bone saws who carve up journalists. — Jim David (@ComicJimDavid) October 4, 2019 Still, it could be much worse. Trump could have tapped someone who might have formed a plan, based upon experience, legal principles, and intelligence. Instead, he went to Jared. **** Peace, y’all Jason, and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom  
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The Losing Fight That Trump Just Can’t Quit

If you have a weak stomach, you might want to avoid Trump’s Twitter feed for a while, because it’s about to get bloody. Trump’s Department of Justice announced today that they won’t be filing charges or prosecuting former FBI Director Andrew McCabe. This follows the quiet announcement a few months ago that there will be no charges brought against McCabe’s former boss, James Comey either. This is going to get ugly quickly. For months now, it has been a standard part of Trump’s rally speech to not only opine, but to demand that “criminal” characters like Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Stzrok and Page be tried and imprisoned for their treason. But the fact that Trump’s own Justice Department keeps having to publicly have to decline to charge or prosecute these cases only undercuts his claims. But it isn’t going to stop. In fact, it’s only going to get worse as far as I can see. Because this is a fight that Trump can’t quit, simply because it goes to the core of his very being. When looking at Trump, and his reaction to the entire Trump-Russia investigation, you have to keep two things in mind. When it comes to Donald Trump, there are two absolutes, his omnipotence is absolute, and his thirst for payback in unquenchable. Trump has been impeached, and there isn’t a damn thing he can ever do to change that fact.His impotence to strike back at this outrage almost paralyzes him. Not only is he the third president to be impeached, but the first to have a member of his own party vote to convict him. And since he can’t change it, and it’s hard to sell it as an exoneration, he has to distract from it. Now, the Russia investigation is different. In the Russia investigation, Trump actually turned a clear victory into a -palpable defeat. And right now, he’s trying to take that palpable defeat and turn it into a total debacle. And because he’s Trump, and his dignity has been personally dented, he just can’t stop digging the hole deeper. Look what happened in the Russia investigation. After an exhaustive 20 month investigation, Robert Mueller did two things. He declined to opine on whether the President had committed crimes, since the standing DOJ policy prohibited charging a sitting president, and out of an abundance of caution, he declined to recommend that congress begin impeachment hearings on the matter. Game over. Exoneration, take a victory lap and move on. Except that Trump can’t do that. He can’t do that because his superiority was questioned, his power and authority were questioned, and his perceived honor was impugned. Exoneration isn’t enough for a man like Trump, he needs vindication, but most importantly, he needs retribution. And when Trump wants retribution, retribution is what he’s going to get. After all, why else would he install his own personal Roy Cohn to make sure his every whim is satisfied. Comey fucked with him, McCabe fucked with him, Brennan fucked with him, Stzrok fucked with him, Page fucked with him. And when somebody fucks with Trump, he fucks back ten times harder. All he has to do is to make his hysterical accusations, and the prosecutions follow. After all, it’s not like there’s a rule of law or anything in this country. But Trump […]

Cutting Trump’s “Lifeline”

I want it all. I want it all. I want it all. And I want it now   Queen   I want it all I Recently I wrote an article in which I said that the safest and easiest way to write the emergency stimulus bill was to use one of the GOP’s favorite tricks against them. For every dollar that went into the GOP corporate Easter basket, one went into a public driven source as well. And actually, the Democrats did a pretty good job of forcing the GOP to divvy up the pot about as well as you could expect. As we all know, Donald Trump is the most mercenary human being ever to befoul the planet. Trump would gladly spend the rest of his days running around the Caribbean, digging for pirate booty, if it weren’t for the unfortunate fact that physical labor is involved in that pursuit. That being said, anybody who actually believes that His Lowness would allow $500 billion to just slosh around without diving into the oil should seek professional help at once. Fortunately for all concerned, this isn’t the Democrats first time through the spin cycle. Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled the brilliant tactic of threatening to put out the House’s own emergency stimulus bill, which would bog down the process through reconciliation. This threat forced McConnell and the GOP to accept some very unwanted restrictions, such as a 5 man bipartisan oversight committee for the corporate slush fund, overseen by the Treasury Department Inspector General, and if I read the reports right, made Trump and his businesses ineligible to wallow around in the lagoon. Let’s be clear. For many years now, His Lowness has made a lot of his money from branding, he doesn’t actually own the building, fools pay him great gobs of money to slap his stupid name on it. Most of the properties he actually owns, both commercial and residential are mortgaged to the hilt. And the schlock palace hotels and resorts that he does own have been bleeding green since he took office, as shown by David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post on his way to a Pulitzer prize. Obviously, this kind of stonewall makes Moronicus Maximus a bird of extremely ruffled plumage. Fortunately, since the powers of El Pendejo Presidente are basically limitless, at least according to Tubby the Ewok, this really doesn’t present much of a problem. Covidiot-45 just came right out and said that he doesn’t consider the bipartisan panel as legitimate oversight, so he and the Munchkin man will just be ignoring it. Problem solved. Except maybe not. See, the problem is, regardless of what Tubby says, the president’s job is to enforce the laws, not to interpret them. Laws are expected to be applied as they are written. If there’s a constitutional question involved, then that’s when the courts step in, and adjudicate the matter. And that’s exactly where the Democrats go, using one of the GOP’s favorite, and time tested and approved tactics against them. The minute that Mnuchin tries to dispense so much as one dollar from that slush fund, to anybody, without oversight approval, the Democrats in the House run straight into court, and get a temporary restraining order shutting down the entire slush fund distribution process pending court review. And once they get that TRO, Trump and Mnuchin are fucked. Sideways. The court battle will stretch out past election day, […]

Rob Reiner, Robert DeNiro Are Taking The Mueller Report To The People, Via A...

This is fighting fire with fire, and it’s a brilliant notion. The activist’s activist, Rob Reiner, says that zero people have read the Mueller report, including the *resident of the United States, and that if they would do so, they would see that it’s “loaded with criminality.” So Reiner put together a short video with […]
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Mitch Made Major Mistake, May Cause Revolt Among Some Republicans

I will start with this. There is no conceivable way, barring an explosive revelation of new evidence, that Trump will be convicted and removed from office in his Senate trial. That doesn’t mean the stakes are not huge. If the House prosecutors can attract a handful of Republican votes, and hold the line with Democrats, earning a senate majority vote to convict, it really takes the power out of Donald Trump’s inevitable boast that he was “acquitted” and the whole thing is a Democratic hoax. It will hurt him deeply in 2020. Having laid out that premise, Mitch McConnell might have made the worst mistake he could have made in contemplating a total “dismissal” without the presentation of any witnesses or exhibits (documents) and noting that he coordinated with the White House in the preparation of the trial. The admission goes directly against the oath senators take prior to trial. His actions have gone so far as to cross the line with several Republican senators who are now approaching open revolt. Everyone knows that Lisa Murkowski, woman of strength and incorruptible nature, has already noted her anger with McConnell and seeming willingness to vote with Democrats on trial procedure. Meg Carlson of The Daily Beast writes that this may be just the beginning. “If only McConnell hadn’t blurted out his plans, he could have done everything he said he would with impunity,” she claimed. “Now, with Murkowski questioning McConnell throwing his lot in with Trump, he’s lost the first post-impeachment round to the House Speaker. At worst, by holding on to the articles of impeachment, Pelosi chose a slow death over a quick one in the craven Senate. At best, she may get a fairer, if not a fair, trial, a witness or two that if she had waited—and waited—for court rulings to compel their testimony that would have been met with cries of outrage for daring to continue hearings in the midst of an election.” I don’t think anyone can argue this point. Had McConnell kept his mouth shut, he might well have gotten away with what he had planned. So why did he blab all over? Easy, why does any Republican talk about anything? To please the boss, like any mob operation. “Pelosi has also exposed that when McConnell swears an oath to be impartial at the opening of the trial, in the sight of his Baptist God and Chief Justice Roberts, he’s either had an unbelievable change of heart, like Saul on the road to Damascus, or he’s perjuring himself,” Carlson concluded. Ultimately, this is the main point. In a political operation like the senate trial, where the mushy middle is looking for indications as to who is the more reliable party (keep in mind, they’re not following the evidence like we are, and maybe give some credence to Trump’s statement. That’s precisely why they’re “the middle.”), McConnell’s actions certainly look to a neutral observer like someone trying to cover the bad stuff. The coordination looks like someone who isn’t the least bit interested in hearing anything, and doesn’t care what Trump has done. That can lead to the public turning against Trump (even a small degree matters) as we’ve seen happen in recent polls. And that may lead the Republicans in the senate to open revolt, […]
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New Ethics Complaint Slammed Down Against Devin Nunes

It sure appears that Trump and his closest “advisors” rely heavily upon the presumption that nothing they do will ever see the light of day as evidence, and if it does they will just deny that reality’s existence, or application to this reality. It is the only explanation for how Nunes sat through the committee hearings without blurting out: “Before we go any further, I’d like the record to reflect that I’m ass deep in this shit.” Now it appears that Nunes might actually have to explain himself, as a new ethics complaint was filed against him Wednesday afternoon: “The House Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Report dated December 3, 2019 used a subpoena to obtain phone records which plainly demonstrate that ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) has an actual conflict of interest with an ongoing impeachment hearing he oversees … “That is because Rep. Nunes is currently engaged in overseeing aninvestigation in which it appears he is a fact witness, and which may examine his own activities and meetings with agents and lawyers of the President who solicited foreign election assistance, as well as potentially into his own contacts with foreign government officials.” The rule itself couldn’t be vaguer: “A member must behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Now, because I personally don’t use “creditably” as a word, I looked it up: “Worthy of belief: a creditable story.” Guilty. With such a ridiculously general standard, it is no wonder that few complaints are filed. Still; “Under House Intel Committee rules, Rep. Nunes could have known that record production had revealed his phone contacts with the persons under subpoena before the general public was informed with the release of the Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report,” the complaint continues. “Yet, the Congressman never disclosed his potential conflict of interest overseeing the investigation to the public, nor did he recuse himself from any of its activities, including the drafting of an official 120-page HPSCI Minority report.” There is no doubt Nunes now has a terrible conflict of interest. We know what Trump thinks of “recusals.” Recusal is for pusssss, it’s a doctrine reserved for countries that follow laws. And now we move into troubled waters. Because Trump has near torpedoed the entire idea of a “conflict” or that recusal should ever be considered. He has normalized having conflicted interests as part of the American political landscape. Can you imagine Trump not having some kind of personal conflict in something? Do we even have laws or rules anymore? It seems perilous, in part because it is so obvious. When Nunes was caught, when the records came to light, he went on Hannity to say that he might have spoken to Parnas, but denied “knowing” Parnas. Turns out, Nunes spoke to the guy he doesn’t know at least four times. I don’t see anything in the media about Nunes resigning in shame, do you? Trump has forced the entire right into a corner where no facts or crimes matter. Nunes can say “I don’t know a guy” in spite of records showing at least four phone calls minimum, and no one on the right cares. It is like they have a group suicide pact they have with Trump, whereby if none of them turn on each other, they […]
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McConnell May Face Republican Revolt as Tensions Rise in GOP

Senate Republicans face a choice that history might well view as weightier than their ultimate vote on conviction-acquittal. The choice, of course, involves whether they will follow McConnell’s planned kangaroo court proceeding, or whether Republicans will vote to hold something akin to a fair trial as contemplated in the constitution, one with evidence, witnesses, a lack of coordination with the man on trial, all that. Ex-federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner warns Senate Republicans that it is the vote on procedure that will be the one that defines their career for history: History is barreling down on Senate Republicans. Their vote on the impeachment trial will forever define their public life. Will they be remembered for voting in favor of McConnell/Graham’s no-witness rigged trial? Or will history record them as standing for fairness & justice? — Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) December 26, 2019 Call me naïve, but I believe tweets like this, which focus the issue like a laser and remind the Senators involved that they need to consider consequences beyond next week’s rage tweets, matter. This country certainly does sit at a crossroad, and history will be brutal upon anyone, on any side, that acts out of pure political expediency with such weighty issues hanging over the country. And my dog does it ever matter. First of all, we cannot count upon all 47 Democrats and Independents voting against McConnell. Senators like Doug Jones from Alabama, and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin face near political death by voting against McConnell representing the Trumpiest of states. It is very easy to yell at Jones and Manchin to do the right thing. Why even be a Democrat? I do make that argument. But while we do hold to that point, as we should, we should at least remember that having these people lose their seats because of such a vote only ensures they are replaced by far more repulsive Trump sycophants. It is kind of “no-win” for us and the senators, unless it appears Trump could be removed. So it is critical that influential people place as much pressure upon Republicans as possible, both to influence those Republicans that might break from McConnell, such as Murkowski, Romney, Collins, Alexander and maybe Ernst, to gather as many votes as possible, but also to give cover to those Democrats like Jones and Manchin, who are in a vice-grip political situation. Transitioning a bit in topics, I am beginning to believe that McConnell’s strategy might well end up hurting Republicans, including Trump, even if McConnell succeeds in operating a sham quickee. Another former prosecutor, Alex Little, said things may get rough for McConnell as he faces his caucus behind closed doors and away from the media. “I think there are three main people in the Senate that McConnell needs to look out for,” he began. “I think Murkowski, Romney and Collins who may take that tactic and may say, ‘listen, we care about the procedure, the institutional interests of the senate.’” Yes, those are the obvious ones, but there may be more. These Republicans need to understand that there is a fundamental divide (in the eyes of the independent public) between finding a reason to acquit the leader of your own party, versus voting to reject even hearing about what he did. Coordinating with Trump and refusing […]