Sunday, March 24, 2019
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Donald Trump could be impeached tomorrow.

I’m not being facetious, and the title isn’t click bait. If our congress was more like Amazon, and we could all chip in a few bucks for “Prime, with free 2 day shipping” the Judiciary committee could pass articles of impeachment today, if that is, they only took one day off for President’s day, and not the whole damn week. The House could vote to impeach tomorrow, and by close of business Friday, the Senate could ensure Trump a daily 8 am tee time at Mar-A-Lago for the rest of his life, or until the convictions start coming down. And I’m not talking about the Mueller investigation, we really don’t need that in order to get rid of Trump. And I’m not talking about obstruction of justice either, although that could add a little flash and dash to the proceedings. We already have more than ample evidence of the only crime we need to end the national nightmare. So, you say, what is this Dr Murphy’s Magic Elixir to rid us once and for all of the Peach Colored Poltroon? Willful betrayal of the public trust. And don’t start on me with any of that “betrayal of the public trust” is not a high crime or misdemeanor. We’re not trying this case in Department 302 of the California Superior Court. Impeachment is a political exercise, and eating pizza with a plastic knife and fork can be an impeachable offense if Jerry Nadler and 217 other Democrats say that it is. Willful betrayal of the public trust. Because, when you come right down to it, what else do we have in our politics? We have a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” but there isn’t enough marble in the world to build a congress with 280 million seats. We hold elections to send people to Washington DC to represent us, and to hold our national best interest in higher esteem than their own self interest, that’s the way it works. Politicians sell experience, knowledge, practicality, and charisma. But what we the people are really buying it trust. We trust them to do the right thing on our behalf. Not all of the time of course. I mean, we’re not total morons. Whoops. Clarification required. Those of us who don’t stumble and shamble around all day wearing MAGA hats are not total morons. We expect politicians to look out for us when they’re not busy getting laid, consolidating power, and hustling cash for their reelection campaigns. But when the chips are down, and the issue is bigger than just them, we trust our politicians to do the right thing, and to honestly tell us why it’s the right thing, whether we like it or not. When Jimmy Carter said in his inauguration speech, “My fellow Americans, I will never lie to you,” I turned to my now ex wife and said, “The little goober just told his first lie.” Even Rosalyn doesn’t fall for that line anymore. All Presidents lie, they lie because we, through the media ask them questions that they can’t tell us the truth about, because of national security. But when the evidence and events are right in front of us, we depend on the President to tell us what it means, and what we, through his power, are going to do […]
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Updates: Roger Stone has Been Arrested

Not much news yet. But Stone was just arrested in Florida, mostly on charges of lying and witness tampering. Reporters and analysts are still reading the indictments but it looks like most of the charges...
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About that upcoming Mueller report.

I’d like to take a minute to draw a couple of distinctions about the upcoming Mueller report, and the soon to begin congressional committee hearings. The Mueller investigation is not necessarily These two investigations do not necessarily dovetail with each other, in fact, in some ways they are diametrically opposed. Robert Mueller’s mandate from the DOJ is not to investigate Donald Trump. Mueller’s probe was designed as a counter intelligence probe into the 2016 election. His mandate was to investigate Russian interference in the election process, If he finds evidence of Russian interference, he will issue a report, documenting the interference, and exposing weaknesses in the system so that congress can move to repair them. He may be investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, but that is an ancillary investigation,  “matter arising from his investigation,” and not the focus of his probe. If Mueller finds enough evidence of obstruction, lying to investigators, or lying to congress, then he will issue criminal indictments. But neither he, nor the DOJ is likely to indict Trump, no matter what evidence he uncovers. The focus of the House investigations should not be primarily in criminal prosecutions. By necessity, the focus of the investigations should be on one Donald Trump, and whether or not he has undertaken actions that warrant impeachment proceedings. These hearings are not so much a legal proceeding as they are a political act. And while anything that Mueller uncovers that implicates Trump would certainly be incorporated into the committees investigations, they are going to need to uncover enough evidence themselves to satisfy the political aspects of this exercise. Here’s an example. Robert Mueller is not going to have word one to say about any violations of the emoluments clause of the constitution. Yet this is a serious issue that the House Oversight Committee will almost certainly look into. The necessity for these House investigations to uncover, and publicly present their evidence of any Trump misdeeds independently from the Mueller findings is critical for one simple reason. Because, whenever the Mueller report finally comes out, whatever it actually contains, and whatever Bill Barr and the DOJ allow us to see, it is already damaged goods.Remember the great ACA debate of 2009? The GOP came flaming out of the gate, decrying the bill as “medicare for all (like that’s a bad thing?),” and “death panels for Granny!” before the bill was even presented for debate. The Republicans framed that argument forcefully, before the democrats could even open their mouths, and as a result, it took 7 years for the ACA to finally hit the break even point in popularity. Trump may have failed economics 101, but he learned that political lesson from the ACA fight immediately. From the day that Mueller was named, the administration branded it a “witch hunt,” being operated by “13 angry Democrats.” In order to protect the integrity of his investigation, Mueller has been unable to respond publicly to this abuse, even when it became personal. And Democratic efforts to buttress up Mueller’s investigation, and integrity, have largely been futile, for the simple reason that little to no actual information is emerging from within the investigation that could counterpoint the Trump assertions.Just like with the ACA, the GOP has managed to set the narrative in stone, not for all of America, but for just enough of America to allow the Republicans […]

OK Democratic Chairs. It’s time to put up or shut up.

I have always enjoyed Michael Isikoff’s work as an investigative journalist. Not only does he uncover some really cool, nasty shit, but like his co-author David Corn, he has a natural talent for taking what could be complex and confusing political issues, and simplifying them so that people without a poli-sci degree can understand them. But I really loved him last night when he hit a grand slam home run on All In with Chris Hayes. He was talking about the upcoming testimony on February of Michael Cohen in the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Elijah Cummings, and he stated something that I have felt strongly about for a long time. He said that it was critical that neither Cummings on the oversight committee, nor Nadler on the judiciary committee, or Schiff in Intelligence should be showing the slightest deference to Robert Mueller’s investigation in their questioning of witnesses. Thank you Michael! Isikoff’s point was well taken, and to my mind 100% correct. The US Hose is a co-equal branch of government, Robert Mueller is an appointed member of the executive branch. And Isikiff made his point with a relevant historical reference. Did Senator Sam Ervin ask Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor in Watergate, permission to hold the Senate Watergate hearings? Of course not. And did the US House ask Leon Jaworski for permission to implement proceedings on articles of impeachment? Again, of course not. The constitutional responsibility for executive oversight rests with the congress, not an appointed member of the executive branch. This is important because Lanny Davis, Cohen’s legal adviser, has already said that Cohen will answer no questions that could impinge on Mueller’s investigation, and there has been talk of the committees coordinating with Mueller to ensure that they don’t step on any toes in their hearings. Bull-fucking-shit! Congress is investigating possible unethical, illegal, and possibly criminal actions by the sitting President of the United States, as well as his campaign and administration staff. Robert Mueller is conducting a counter intelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The only reason there is any overlap is because Mueller’s original charter allowed him to investigate “any matters arising from his original investigation.” The whole obstruction og justice probe wellsprings from Trump’s firing of Comey, not Russian hacking and interference. And I hate to remind everybody of this, but the only reason that Lt Colonel Ollie North didn’t serve a nice, fat federal prison sentence was because a committee in congress fucked up the prosecution by giving North immunity in return for testimony. Sometimes shit happens. As ranking members, Schiff, Nadler and Cummings have spent the last two years wailing and gnashing their teeth, not only at the Republicans obstructing any serious investigation of Trump, but also for cloaking any information they did glean in their slipshod probe by keeping it under a bushel basket with closed session hearings. Well boys, time to put on those big guy pants. You hold the gavels now, with full subpoena power, and you ste the agenda for hearings and availability. This is where the rubber hits the road lads. There is no legitimate excuse for a single closed door hearing from here on out. Michael Cohen never worked for the NSA. Nor the CIA. Ditto the DIA, nor any of the other alphabet […]
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Dave Leonhardt of NY Times calls for removing Trump

in a powerful and lengthy piece, up this afternoon, titled The People vs. Donald J. Trump and subtitled “He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?” He begins with a very blunt...
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Nancy Pelosi keeps both impeachment and indictment ON the table

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie of NBC News, Nancy Pelosi pointedly left open the door to a possible impeachment of Donald Trump. The new speaker of the House indicated that Democrats would not...

Songwriters Pen A Special Holiday Carol, ‘We Wish You A Mueller Xmas and Impeachment...

A group of artists and activists who call themselves “The Resistance” banged out this little ditty. They are:Scott Dworkin,Democratic Coalition, singer Ricky Davila, singer/actress Tara Strong, DNC member Khary Penebaker, patient advocate Peter Morley, Delaware County Democratic Committee Leader Shannon Bearman, actor Javier Muñoz, Democratic candidate for VA House of Delegates Hassan Ahmad, and Social Security/Workers Comp attorney and patriot Adam Cohen. And Natasha the Woozle. 1:58, enjoy.

The final “straw”?

When it comes to the events of the last 10 days, to borrow a phrase from Rachel Maddow, “Stick a pin in this.” And no, I don’t mean everything that has happened in the last 10 days, you’d need a cork board the size of Oklahoma. But over the last little while, there has been a series of events, coming from one particular source, that when taken separately, seem to be only mildly interesting anomalies, but when combined together, may well suggest a sea change. It seems to me that Donald J Trump, Pestquire, appears to be on the way to losing his grip on the GPO Senate. No, they’re by no means ready to impeach him yet, but the signs are starting to appear that GOP Senators are more open to acts of defiance against Trump. Personally, I think that at least some of this is due to the results of the midterms. Beto’s stronger than expected showing in Texas against “Calgary” Teddy Cruz showed weakness. He lost seats he campaigned like hell for in West Virginia, Montana, and Arizona, incoming Florida senator Rick Scott kept His Lowness at a double arms length distance, and Mitt Romney winning in Utah is going to leave him one short in the “congenital flunky” department, with the departure of Orrin Hatch. 22 GOP Senators up for reelection in 2020 have come, or are starting to come to terms with the fact that Trump’s coattails are not as long as they had hoped. In the last 10 days, the GOP dominated senate has handed Trump one stinging rebuke after another, and done so in public. Here are just a few examples; Not only did the US Senate rebuke Trump for his inherent chumminess with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, by passing a resolution condemning the kingdom, they took the extra step of declaring that they found the Crown Prince directly responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This sent a strong message that as far as the Senate is concerned, Saudi Arabia is on probation, whether Trump likes it or not. Outgoing GOP Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, all by his little lonesome, managed to put the kibosh on at least 23 judicial nominees that Trump and McConnell had planned on ramming through before the holiday break. I am not a senate scholar, so I’ll leave it up to someone more experienced to enlighten me in the comments, but considering that when McConnell gavels the Senate into recess, when they adjourn, they will not come back in session until the new class is sworn in, I’m not sure whether these judicial nominees will have to go through their judicial committee nominations again or not. Following Trump’s moronic, and seemingly gratuitous decision to yank all 2,00 of our remaining troops out of Syria, like they had reached the end of an invisible political bungee cord, , several GOP senators, including some who will return to Washington in January, slammed Trump for the ill advised move. My favorite was Lindsey Graham, stating in the well of the Senate that Trump’s contention that we had defeated ISIS was “fake news.” Trump could not have been more clear in his nationally televised hissy fit with “Chuck and Nancy,” if he didn’t get the $5  billion in funding for the wall […]
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Adam Schiff Planning His Own Investigation, One That Will Make Mueller’s “Look Like Child’s...

Soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, is preparing to delve deep into Donald Trump’s criminal activity in a way that could make the Mueller probe “look like child’s play”. According to The New Yorker, Trump said that he believes his personal finances should be off-limits to investigators and that if Robert Mueller sought to investigate the Trump family’s business dealings he would be crossing a “red line.” Well, Adam Schiff not only wants to launch an investigation that will be parallel to Mueller’s but as the New Yorker added in their recent article, “As Schiff described his approach, it became clear that he wasn’t just planning to cross Trump’s red line—he intended to obliterate it.” He also recently said, “I think the Justice Department needs to reexamine that OLC opinion – Office of Legal Counsel opinion – that you cannot indict a sitting president.” Rep. Adam Schiff: "I think the Justice Department needs to reexamine that OLC opinion – Office of Legal Counsel opinion – that you cannot indict a sitting president." https://t.co/QBKzIH7DFt pic.twitter.com/MHiDcm5SzV — The Hill (@thehill) December 13, 2018 This January is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Keep your eyes on Schiff.  He is on a mission to get the imposter out of the Oval office.
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Trump is getting worried and ranty about impeachment, sources say

Donald Trump is getting worried about impeachment, reports NBC News, and holy crap is this a story where you want more detail on what the unnamed sources are telling reporters. The reasons Trump might be...

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