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“Power To the People!” Trump’s Stonewall Cracks.

A day or so ago I wrote about what happens now that the public hearings are over. Short form, the House impeaches, the Senate acquits, Trump screams Exoneration! at the top of his lungs, and the Democrats work like hell to exonerate his ass right into a New York state orange jumpsuit. Several people in the media have asked the question, “Why stop the investigation?” There are witnesses left to try to get to, and documents they need to see. Impeachment or not, these hearings are capturing attention, why not keep raking Trump over the coals? I myself had once proposed this, rather than file actual articles of impeachment, just keep tarring Trump with hearings up until next November? We may end up seeing exactly that. Because at 10:40 eastern time last night, the State Department dumped the first tranche of more than 100 documents in response to a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit by a government watchdog group. The documents were related to the firing of Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch, and they’re liquid gold. Some of the first documents prove that as far back as March of 2019, Rudy Giuliani was dealing directly with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the character assassination of Yovanovitch. And when The Ghoul Man couldn’t get a hold of Pompeo, he used Trump’s personal assistant as a conduit for information flow. You now have a concrete paper trail that puts the Oval Office in the scheme to rake Yovanovitch over the coals to clear the field for their extortion attempt against Zelensky. And that’s just the first batch, there’s more to come in the weeks ahead. Why were these documents requested in the first place? Because Adam Schiff needed them, and couldn’t get them. Preparing for the hearings, Schiff requested these exact same documents from the State Department, which told him to go fuck himself. The next day, the watchdog group showed up and filed a FOIA request for the same documents. When the State Department told them to go fuck themselves, they said “See ya in court,” and filed a FOIA lawsuit. The judge asked State why these documents were being withheld, and State apparently said “Because we fucking said so!” To which the judge said “You have 30 days to release the shit, because I fucking said so!” And the documents were produced. It’s absolutely insane when you think about it. A bunch of private citizens with a sharp lawyer are able to get their hands on documents that a congressional chair with a duly authorized subpoena can’t touch, but welcome to life in Trumpmenistan. But here’s the cherry on top. In talking to Ali Velshi last night about the documents, the leader of the group said something that immediately caught both my, as well as Jennifer Rubin’s attention. He said that this is only the first of dozens of FOIA requests and lawsuits that are already in the system! Apparently, what is happening is that this group is monitoring House committee requests for documents, and the results. And every damn time the White House, a cabinet official, or a department denies those requests, this group is heading over to file FOIA requests for the identical information. And when their request is refused, they’re going to court. And the judges are going to give them the access they […]

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