Donald Trump appears to have two attack dogs, his “killer” lawyers, the Roy Cohn surrogates that he prayed for for so long, and they are William Barr and Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has apparently put together a “strategy” to save Trump which boils down to: if the House wants to play Impeach Trump games with their committees, okay fine, the Senate will play Investigate Biden with theirs. It’s seriously that juvenile. Giuliani has apparently persuaded Lindsey Graham to bring in Joe Biden and Hunter Biden to testify before the Senate on the subject of Ukrainian corruption. Graham said weeks ago that he had no intention of doing such a thing, but apparently Giuliani has worked out a different arrangement since then. The Hill:
I think that changed. Go ask him now,” Giuliani told The Hill Wednesday when asked if Graham made a mistake by ruling out the possible appearance of Joe or Hunter Biden before the Senate Judiciary Committee. […]
Giuliani says the Bidens are key witnesses related to an investigation into corruption in Ukraine and allegations that interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election stemmed from Ukraine and not Russia.
“If I were in the House and I had subpoena power, my first witness would be Joe Biden — for Trump. Because I would want to show the corruption that he unleashed in Ukraine that deprived us of the information that could have exonerated the president,” Giuliani said.
“My second witness would be Hunter and then a group of Ukrainians who would explain how they were engaged in vast corruption there, which would justify the president asking the president of Ukraine to follow up,” he added, referring to a July 25 phone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Our government has degenerated into a deranged poker game in Hell. Joe Biden said Wednesday that Trump should be impeached, so he raised the ante. Giuliani is calling him, and he’s trying to raise the stakes even higher by twisting Lindsey Graham’s arm. Initially, Graham was reluctant, but that does appear to be changing.
“I don’t want to turn the Senate into a circus,” Graham said, adding he saw no reason to call Hunter Biden before committee. “We’re not going to do anything because we don’t have any jurisdiction. I have no interest in opening up that front. I don’t want to blow up the Senate.” […]
But Graham appeared to shift course on Tuesday when he announced he will invite Giuliani to speak to his committee about Ukraine-related matters.
“I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns,” Graham said in a series of tweets, arguing that he was responding to the unfolding impeachment process in the House.
“Given the House of Representatives’ behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine,” he tweeted.
So now Rudy is running the show. If there is any doubt in your mind that Rudy Giuliani is completely batshit, may I refer you to his recent Twitter feed.
Even Salem witch trials didn’t use anonymous testimony. The accused had to be confronted by a witness willing to put their name and reputation behind the charges and then had to be available for cross examination.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 8, 2019
Can you believe that Rudy is comparing Trump to women burned at the stake? And that’s not the biggy. The biggy is that he’s conflating an investigation with a trial — let alone one of the most infamous in history. Aye aye aye. Bess Levin, Vanity Fair:
If you’ve ever pictured Rudy Giuliani flying through a New England town on a broomstick, snatching up small children to drop in a cauldron as his cloak billows in the wind, you’re not alone. The former mayor of New York City has also been thinking a lot about himself and witches. Specifically, that the 14 women and 5 men who were found guilty of witchcraft and executed by hanging in Salem circa 1692 were treated to a fairer justice system than him and his buddy Donald Trump, a grievous turn of events he ranted about via Twitter on Tuesday.
Seemingly referring to the news that House Democrats are considering having the original Ukraine whistle-blower testify “from a remote location and obscuring the individual’s appearance and voice,” in order to keep the person’s identity shielded from those who would potentially seek to harm him, Giuliani fumed:
In what is unlikely to come as a shock, Big Rudy’s understanding of the Salem witch trials appears somewhat lacking. For one thing, most of the accused probably wouldn’t attest to the fairness of the proceedings, considering much of the “testimony” provided by witnesses was spectral evidence, i.e. testimony that the accused’s spirit had visited the witness in a vision or dream. For another, refusing to go to trial led to death by crushing. Also, and this is where Giuliani’s legal degree really comes into question, the House isn’t holding a trial! This is part of an investigation which, incidentally, he was invited to participate in and declined, adding that other key players involved in the Ukraine scandal are unlikely to cooperate, as well, because Donald Trump’s got a fever and the only prescription is more obstruction of justice.
Now, let me take you on even a more bizarre twist — if it can get more bizarre and trust me, it can. This is the Trumpworld episode of Twilight Zone, a waking hell from which there is no escape until 2020 — if that doesn’t get botched. And it might. Because Facebook is playing dirty. Read about that, then jump to a tweet at the end that will blow your mind. Popular Information:
Last week, Facebook quietly changed the language of its advertising policies to make it easier for politicians to lie in ads.
On Tuesday, the Trump campaign launched a new ad on Facebook, which includes a claim that was ruled false by Facebook-approved third-party fact-checkers. On the surface, such an ad appears to violate Facebook’s rules against false content in ads. But Facebook quietly amended its policy on “misinformation” in advertising, allowing it to accept nearly any political ad, including this new one from the Trump campaign.
In the last week, the Trump campaign has exponentially increased its Facebook spending, shelling out over $1.5 million for ads.
Trump’s new video ad attacks rival Joe Biden. The ad (which you can watch here) states: “Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion dollars if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company.”
As promised, here’s the kicker:
Harbath is Facebook’s head of global elections policy. She literally worked for Rudy Giuliani. I can't make this up. pic.twitter.com/wQ1mf9CCY8
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) October 9, 2019
Now read this, also from Popular Information:
Mark Zuckerberg promises to “fight” Elizabeth Warren
As Facebook allows the Trump campaign to run false ads, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg privately said that it would “suck” if Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democratic frontrunners, was elected president. If that happened, Zuckerberg promised to “go to the mat” and “fight” her. He made the comments in a meeting with Facebook employees, which was leaked to The Verge.
That doesn’t mean that, even if there’s anger and that you have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies … I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. I mean, that’s not the position that you want to be in when you’re, you know, I mean … it’s like, we care about our country and want to work with our government and do good things. But look, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight.
These comments directly undercut claims by Trump and his allies that Facebook has a bias against conservatives. In these candid comments, Zuckerberg is much more concerned with the prospect of Warren becoming president — and the impact on Facebook’s bottom line — than Trump being reelected.
“What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy,” Warren responded.
This is what we’re up against. Politics has always had a feral side to it, that much is conceded by one and all. A lot of what has held off the potential for viciousness and allowed for some civility in our system of government is a code of ethics that said, among other things, that the law should always be used as a shield, never a sword. Well, wash that platitude down the drain with the dishwater. This is a new era. The GOP and Trump, with of all people, Rudy Giuliani as their main gladiator, will stop at nothing to keep Donald Trump in power and one of Giuliani’s cohorts and former employees, Katie Harbath, is Head of Global Elections at Facebook — and if we can believe what Legum reports and what Zuckerberg himself has said, Facebook is going to help them. Just like they did in 2016. It’s said that the pen is mightier than the sword, but if the Goliath of social media is being ruled by the covey of crooks in power, what good is it? We are in some serious hot water here.