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Congressman Schiff: Go to Court, Right Now, Force Trump into a Corner

We’re now approaching 16 hours after Rudy’s “You’re damn right I ordered the code red!!” interview on CNN, and the “facts” seem to be settling in. I say “facts” because, as of today, we only have a Washington Post story alleging Trump’s attempted bribe of Ukraine, Rudy’s “Damn right I did” moment, and Trump’s near admission: “It was pitch perfect,” along with noting the whistleblower that Trump claims not to know, is “highly partisan.” I think we’re safe to assume that Trump told Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son or face Trump’s “promise” to withhold the foreign aid. But we shouldn’t have to assume anything. We should have the complaint in front of the Congress, and through them, us. After all, we’re told it is perfectly legal, perfect “pitched” and Trump is out there encouraging people to “look into” the Biden conspiracy: Trump says it doesn't matter what he told the President of Ukraine, goes on to peddle Biden conspiracy theory. https://t.co/3KES46qMRd — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 20, 2019 So that’s where we stand. What can “we” do about it? What can Congress do about it? Nothing. Not until they have the complaint, and the ability to examine the whistleblower as a witness. (We are assuming that Republicans will not jump out in front of this and call for Trump’s resignation based upon what we know now, just leaving it open). Like any legal process, there must be an official record. You cannot have a “record” without real evidence. The first piece of “evidence” needed is the name of the whistleblower, and what the whistleblower heard. Barr says we can’t have it. Because Trump said we can’t have it, and what the yell are we going to do about it, anyway? Indeed, what are “we” going to do about it? Assuming no Republican help, and we feel safe in doing so, we’re going to go get another branch on our side. We’re going to court. We’re going to sue somebody. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence v. Barr.The DC Federal Courthouse is literally “down the street” from the Capitol. We’re going to go get a court order, a writ of mandamus, directing the Department of Justice and/or White House to turn over the complaint to the appropriate committees in congress. We are going to do it with a request for an “expedited” calendar, citing national security. Ideally, we will get a hearing within a month, perhaps two weeks. So, weeks or a month from now, we’ll get our ruling, the losing side will appeal it. However, the appeal will get filed directly with the Supreme Court, again, citing national security concerns. Here is where we might run up against our first real obstacle. If the Supremes want to give Trump time to “run out the clock,” the SCOTUS will not grant the direct appeal to the SCOTUS, and instead it will go to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Again, we continue to assume that the matter will get “urgent” review, and at each step where a judge attempts to slow things down, worry. Do note, however, that the longer Trump and Barr hold this up, the more they have to say they were “pitch perfect” but f-you, “no you can’t have it,” the more ridiculous they look. They will back themselves […]

Twenty-Five Saudi Royals Spent Week at Trump’s Resort in Scotland Last Summer

Things just got far more interesting, and dangerous, with respect to Trump’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. Reports are just coming out on MSNBC and some sprinkles around the net, that twenty-five members of the Saudi Royal family spent one week at Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland this past summer. They brought one-hundred pieces of luggage.  Just not only tit the military Air Craft stayed at the Scotland Trumps Resort that included the Saudis Royals family members there to who paid that Trump Resorts with cash to Trump that is a security risk to plus pay for play — Elke Zerr (@hanneloreursula) September 18, 2019 This is, of course, outrageous, but fully expected when one has a president who believes there is no conflict of interest to concern oneself with when wealthy people who lead another country dump money into that president’s pocket. Another disconcerting thing to consider, that of all the outrageously beautiful and luxurious resorts around the world for them to spend relaxing over the summer, that they just “happened” to pick this one. Now, let’s all pay attention to two details regarding what we know. First, note that odd detail above, one-hundred pieces of luggage. Why is that important? Well, here is a scary detail from a Trump quote just in the last two days, discussing why Saudi relations are so important. From Vox: Trump continued with this line of thinking at a Monday press availability alongside Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, claiming that the Saudis “spent $400 billion in our country over the last number of years,” giving them credit for “a million and a half jobs,” and then observing that “Saudi Arabia pays cash.” What? When did an American president, or any real billionaire, care about whether a payment is made ‘in cash,” over other terms of payment? I understand fully that “in cash” could mean “by check payable today,” but it likely damn well means what it says, “in cash.” Now how odd. How odd that a president would make a statement like that regarding “how the Saudis pay” with respect to military expenditures. Why on earth would it matter whether the Saudi government paid in cash up front, whether the terms of the deal were for payments over time, or payment in oil – as is often the case, oil for delivery – or payment by terms with regard to assisting in American aid, both normal and military, in other places? I don’t think I am reaching here by stating that any reasonable person would at least conclude that there is a chance, a fairly good chance considering the man and country involved, that the Saudi royal family brought some cash in suitcases. It is not some far flung conspiracy theory at this point. Now, the one-hundred pieces of luggage would not all be full of money, that would possibly add up to … I really don’t know. But, here is what I do know, if they were bringing money to eventually find its way directly to Trump, untraceable money, they would want it extremely difficult to find/see/question, and what better way to have five to ten suitcases full of cash hidden amongst one-hundred? I can’t be the only one that is suspicious at this point, because why the hell else would it even be […]

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