Unbelievable, and yet all-too believable. Let’s be very clear. Trump will use the entire might of the United States to hold hostage any nation he chooses, all to entice that nation into harming Trump’s political opponents. The China reference that Trump made on the South Lawn today was not the first time that Trump talked Biden with Chinese President Xi. From CNN: During a phone call with Xi on June 18, Trump raised Biden’s political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who by then had started rising in the polls, according to two people familiar with the discussion. In that call, Trump also told Xi he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed. The White House record of that call was later stored in the highly secured electronic system used to house a now-infamous phone call with Ukraine’s President and which helped spark a whistleblower complaint that’s led Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump. That “leak” from the White House is oddly worded. Trump discussed “Biden’s political ‘prospects,’ as well as Elizabeth Warren.” “Political prospects” can only be taken to mean whether or not Biden could win the election, how much support could he garner, or whether he was a flawed candidate. Why would the president talk Biden’s “political prospects” with a foreign leader? But that isn’t the really odd part in my mind. The odd part is that right after the leakers noted that Trump discussed Trump’s two opponents’ “political prospects,” Trump promised to “remain quiet on Hong Kong.” Why was that leaked in that manner? Are we to infer that within the discussion about “Biden’s political prospects,” President Xi made some assurance to Trump, in exchange for which Trump would “remain quiet on Hong Kong”? Did they do each other “favors”? We don’t know. We do not know, in part, because the conversation made its way to the ultra secret “codeword clearance” server, normally reserved for the most sensitive national intelligence issues. And then there was today, when, as we noted earlier, Trump flat asked for a Chinese “favor” in broad daylight in front of reporters. Is Trump preparing the nation for hearing that Trump had already asked for an investigation? Because as of today, we’re hearing more and more that Trump believes he has something with the China-Biden angle: Privately, Trump has been telling allies over the past week he believes Hunter Biden’s activities in China to be potentially more damaging than his business in Ukraine. “That’s not the best one. The best one was China,” Trump said at a private event in New York last week after going on a screed about the unfounded claims involving the Bidens and Ukraine. China is the new Ukraine. And Trump made the “ask” right out in the open. We cannot wait much longer to remove this man from office. He is selling the foreign policy of the United States to the highest bidder, a bidder willing to fabricate evidence on Trump’s political rival. It is time for Republicans to turn on this man. After all, as I just asked on Twitter, what makes Republicans think that Trump hasn’t collected dirt on them, and would use it if needed, down the road? There are some, McConnell and Graham, whom one could […]
“I want you to find out who the people are who gave the information to the Whistleblower because those people are almost spies, and in the old days we dealt with spies differently.” The above is an approximation of Trump’s latest statement to White House aides prior to Trump’s U.N. duties (today), and it ought to send electric shivers down your limbs. The statement may, may, be the one thing that starts to really split the Republican party. It may be the one thing that turns other members of the White House staff against Trump. Trump is clearly an unstable man, now out for himself, and threatening the very people working for this country. This is a man out of control. He wants to root out witnesses among his own staff, accusing them of activity that amounts to treason, punishable by imprisonment – or worse – and the threat goes against the type of people that come forward and discuss illegalities carried out by Trump. His words also work as a threat to keep any other whistleblowers from coming forward. This is where we stand. It is Day Two, and it is nowhere near over. Trump might be feeling so vulnerable, reckless and angry, because the Whistleblower complaint highlights so many deeply disturbing elements. The portion of the whistleblower complaint that leaps off the page revolves around that the White House “locked down” the transcripts of the phone call (which we still do not have), in a special “codeword” computer system, not where such calls are supposed to be logged. The codeword clearance log is to retain sensitive national intelligence, not to protect the president’s political life. Yet, they did move to lock it down, which evidences the fact that the White House, Trump, and various staff members knew exactly how dangerous the call could be if it fell into the wrong hands. From Politico: The whistleblower said about a dozen White House officials were on the president’s July 25 call and that White House officials later intervened to “lock down” records of the call. According to the whistleblower complaint, White House officials were directed by White House lawyers to move electronic transcripts to a more secure electronic system typically meant for classified information. Those officials who moved to “lock down” the call will soon face a decision. Come to the impeachment inquiry and testify to what they know, or roll the dice on sticking together and possibly face jail for obstruction of justice. The complaint also notes that this was not the first time that politically sensitive, or politically damaging phone call transcripts got moved to the codeword system. One wonders how often this procedure has been used, and what could possibly be in that system. Another revelation in the complaint implicates William Barr, further, a man who increasingly looks to be in need of the best lawyer money can retain, and a man who needs to strongly consider stepping down in light of the serious charges, and the “appearance” of impropriety. The whistleblower also indicated Attorney General William Barr was involved — and a summary of the call released by Trump on Wednesday indicated Trump had suggested Barr could provide Justice Department aid to Ukraine’s investigators. The Justice Department said Trump never communicated this request directly to Barr. […]
Sometimes people in Washington get it plain wrong!
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