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Donald Trump’s last defense against charges of extortion is more extortion

On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump spent most of his early “executive time” retweeting items that, notably, had appeared before the impeachment inquiry testimony of Ambassador...

BREAKING: If Ukraine won’t play ball, maybe China will?

See-Saw, Marjorie Daw, Jackie shall have a new master   English nursery rhyme July 25th, 2019 Ukrainian President Zelinsky tells President Trump in a phone call that Ukraine is almost ready to buy more javelin anti tank missiles from the US to defend itself from Russia. To which Trump replies, “We’d like you to do us a favor though,” and lays out a quid pro quo that Ukraine reopen the investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden, and presumably find something as juicy as a T-Bone. September 3rd, 2019 In response to a question from a reporter, Trump says that trade talks with Chine will be resuming soon, and that if China doesn’t do the right thing, “We are in a very strong position and there are many things we can do.” After which, the next words from Trump’s pie hole are, “But if China were smart, they’d open an investigation into the Biden’s.n” Apparently His Lowness figures that if a whistle blower can’t get the syntax right, he may as well just lay it all out himself, on national television. It’s true, trade talks with China about ending the trade war are supposed to resume shortly. But did Hair Furor just reprised one of his greatest hits, That’s a nice little economy you got there, be a shame if anything happened to it? This is the kind of blazing stupid that you can’t even learn at Trump U, you have to be born with it, kid of like a drop-from-the-table slider. Here’s why this goes beyond being criminally stupid, and enters the realm of Hannibal Lecter stupid. Ukraine was a traditional patsy. Ukraine had two choices, they could comply with Trump, or go back to borscht six days a week. Ukraine had no discernible pressure that they could put on Trump in response, nor any way to exact any effective revenge for Trump’s extortion. China on the other hand is a legitimate super power, not only nuclear armed, but an economic power almost equal to the united States. If Trump decides to slap more sanctions on China in a fit of pique for China not complying with Trump’s demand for dirt on the Bidens, China can slap back just as hard, and the US economy is already showing steady signs of weakening. Trump could literally start a recession in the US as punishment to China for refusing to pay up. But more importantly, China is in a position to turn the tables on Trump. There are things that China wants too, and they can use those as bargaining chips in return for dirt on the Biden’s. Let’s just say that China cobbles up some manufactured bullshit to please Trump. China can tease the dirt to Trump, and then turn around in the negotiations and say, “Now, about this little ‘intellectual property’ nonsense you keep droning on about. Do you agree that maybe it’s not such a big deal after all?” Trump would almost certainly sell U.S. entrepreneurs and companies down the river to China in return for the manufactured dirt on the Biden’s. This is unbelievable. I’ll tell you something. If I’m running some crappy little authoritarian country somewhere, and anybody with the name of Biden has ever set foot in the place, I’m telling my best forgers to start inventing shit, and don’t […]

Breaking: Trump Used Pence to Threaten Ukraine, Trump’s Defenses Coming Clear

Trump’s defenses are all too predictable, and now threatened with the most massive scandal to ever rock the presidency, Trump has resorted to the “usual,” with ruthlessness. Defense one: Always have a fall guy, one big enough to make news, and shield Trump. Amazingly, this time, he may be the first president to ever bring a Vice President along with him in impeachment: Breaking news from the Washington Post, Trump “used” Vice President Mike Pence to convey the threat to Ukraine, i.e., both directly and indirectly: In one instance, Trump ordered Pence not to attend Zelensky’s inauguration — despite the fact that other White House officials had lobbied hard for the event to be included on his calendar. This may have had the purpose of reinforcing to Zelensky that he had to work to earn allyship from Washington. In another instance, Pence was tasked with delivering the message to Zelensky that hundreds of millions in military aid to the country was being suspended — and that he needed to do more to fight “corruption.” Defense, the second: Attack whomever needed, use whomever needed. Not one single “good person” has ever said anything cross about Trump. Every single person who has ever uttered anything remotely critical of Trump is a “loser” – if they’re lucky, because others are called much worse. He has used this “defense strategy” from the beginning, but it is getting “tired” according to Washington insiders, from Rawstory, quoting Dana Bash on CNN: “He puts it right out there, and today, unfortunately for Republicans on the Hill and those in his staff, he had two events where he could let it all out and, boy, did he let it all out. Those were the personal attacks which are, even for him, pretty egregious …” “.. .That is just one example of how exhausting it is frankly to fact-check him, and how exhausted some of his fellow Republicans are getting on Capitol Hill, and probably why we haven’t heard from a lot of them,” added Bash. Defense three: Know your allies, and use them. Every single person who has ever flattered Trump is a “good person,” a “smart guy,” “beautiful,” “perfect,” you know the drill. This extends to known torturing murderers: Vladimir Putin, “Count Doo Ku” Kim, and Bonesaw-MBS, all great guys, because they love Trump, or at least “say” they do. The only “character trait” Trump admires is whether that person’s character submits to Trump. Witness the utter perfection of Mike Pompeo – in Trump’s eyes, the “First in Class at West Point,” who directly lied to the press earlier in the week. But, Pompeo is impeccable in his defense of Trump – “good guy.” Defense Four: Normalize lawbreaking, accuse others of doing what he himself did.  Trump committed the quintessential political crime, extorting a foreign country to bring down a political rival. Trump refers to it as the “perfect call.” Meanwhile, Trump accuses the person leading the investigation of treason, a crime punishable by death, for daring to paraphrase Trump’s message. Schiff is getting death threats. Congressman Adam Schiff should resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine! […]

Trump has been extorting U.S. ally Ukraine—and we’ve known it for months

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NRA head Wayne LaPierre has told the board that he is being ‘extorted’ by Oliver North

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Extortion. White House edition.

That’s a nice merger you got there. Be a pity if anything happened to it.   Don Cornholeone   The Birdcage Papers The story that Rachel Maddow and David Fahrenthold told last night was too simple to be news, but too stupid to be comedy. To briefly recap, in its first 17 months of operation, a grand total of 2 T-Mobile executives graced the front door of Trump’s Washington DC schlock palace, one night each. But 10 months ago, on the day after T-Mobile announced a $25 billion merger with Sprint, suddenly 9 T-Mobile executives, including their CEO, showed up to party. Since that day, T-Mobile has flushed $192,000 down the Trump toilet. And they haven’t been shy about it either. Executives walked loudly around the lobby, dressed in neon shirts with the T-Mobile logo on them, taking selfies and talking to anybody dumb enough to enter their atmosphere. They may as well have had a guy walk in with a D’Agostino’s shopping bag, with $100 bills spilling out, and “Merger bag Man” embroidered on his shirt pocket. O-tay, you’re saying to yourself, that’s pretty stupid, obvious bribery, but where’s the extortion demand? Oh, it’s there alright, in plain sight, you just have to know where to look, and what you’re looking for. But, that’s what you guys pay me for, isn’t it? To do the heavy lifting around here. Cast your mind back a year or so, to just before the announcement of the T-Mobile merger. What else was going on in the business world right about then? Yep, AT&T had announced a mega merger with Time-Warner. And with every public pronouncement, El Pendejo Presidente was dumping a scoop shovel bucket of shit all over the merger. Screaming a blue fit, and promising that his DOJ would take whatever steps were necessary to block the merger. There’s your extortion demand right there. Not for AT&T, Trump’s motives were purely petty vindictiveness there, over the CNN portion of the merger, but a clear clarion call to anybody else in the country that might want to merge anything larger than two street corner news stands together. Remember what Michael Cohen told the House committee last week, that Donald Trump talks in code. I grew up in Chicago in the 60’s and 70’s, and what he said was as natural to me as a Maxwell street Polish. With mustard and onions. One day late with the vigorish payment to your friendly loan shark? No problem. Two guys wearing sunglasses took a couple of Louisville Sluggers to your knees. On a street corner. Public, messy, and in your face. The message was clear, “Fuck with us at your own peril!”As Sean Connery said in The Untouchables, “That’s the Chicago way.” Trump used the same old Mafia code to announce it the “Washington way.” This is nothing new for His Lowness, he’s been doing it all of his life. He stiffs a vendor on services. The vendor lets out a suckers holler, and sues Trump for payment. And Trump very loudly and publicly derides the vendor, and drags it ot in court until the vendor eventually dies of natural causes. The message to every other vendor is sent out. “uck the contract, you get whatever I finally decide to give you, or you get nothing.” And T-Mobile got the message. Loud and Clear. AT&T got kneecapped on a corner […]

WaPo Reporter Says on “Last Word” That Bezos’ Investigator Believes “Gov. Entity” Procured His Texts

We all know that when Dotard drumpf makes an accusation he is almost certainly engaging in Psychological projection — it is so common in his speech that when one hears it, one can, with certainly, look to the accusation as a clue as to what the Orange Ogre has been up to…. Thus when he accused the Obama administration of “weaponizing” Government Agencies to use his political opponents he was either subconsciously telling us what his own administration is doing or consciously setting up a “whataboutism” argument for his friends at Fox news to employ. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether he is a one brain-cell organism responding to stimuli or a more complex lower life form capable of planning. Last night on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia indicated that Jeff Bezos’ lead investigator into the case of his extortion by National Enquirer owner David Pecker, Gavin de Becker, told the Post that a “government entity” had “gotten a hold” of the incriminating texts used to blackmail Bezos. “Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked – he thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten a hold of his text messages.”  This is most likely the reason Peckers has his undies in a bunch (sorry) about Bezos not being a good little victim and is, instead, investigating him and the National Enquirer. It was the Washington Post, after all, that 45 years ago began their Watergate investigation that rid the nation of the blot on the White House that was the Nixon Administration. How fitting, then, if it proves instrumental in bringing about drumpf’s downfall.

WOW! Jeff Bezos is coming for AMI/National Enquirer/David Pecker, and they will be history!

I mean, jeebus! They finally picked the wrong guy to mess with! They will be going down HARD! https://twitter.com/HuffPost/status/1093655011240873984 Let’s get the story from Bezos himself I have...

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