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Kushner to the Rescue: Trump Taps Jared to Lead Impeachment Defense

Lest you worried that Trump would understand the seriousness of the charges against him, and invest in the swampiest of the experienced swamp-monster attorneys in DC, fear not. Trump got a public defender. Jared. From Rawstory: As reported by CNN on Friday, the president is relying on Kushner and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to come up with a plan aimed at beating back investigations launched by House Democrats into the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponents… Kushner has been the mastermind behind some of Trump’s biggest mistakes as president, most notably the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and the conviction of multiple Trump associates for a wide array of offenses. If someone attempted to impeach me for the presidential crime of the century, I would be lining up the absolute best attorneys in NYC and DC, with a minimum of thirty years experience each, people who have tackled serious issues before, and won. Thankfully, it is Trump that is accused of abusing the powers of his office, not me. I get abused by my office. The internet is having a great time with the inspired choice: This is unfortunate news for the world. Now, who's going to solve the Middle East peace problem? — Jeff Dannenberg (@jecrda) October 4, 2019 ???????????????????? Kushner and Mulvaney to head impeachment defense. To my knowledge, Kushner does not have a law degree. TRUMP IS SCREWED! — Sherrie Kaw (@89wunderlust) October 4, 2019 To my knowledge, Jared’s tuition at Harvard (for undergrad) was well over a million dollars, that was the amount his father had to give the university to get his son admitted. F’ing moron. And, to remind everyone here of the stakes, and the need to keep an eye on “Kush” because he’s been known to “do whatever it takes:” Trump has tapped son in law Jared Kushner to lead his impeachment defense. While Jared is a repulsive and inept creature, we should not be overconfident. He has friends with bone saws who carve up journalists. — Jim David (@ComicJimDavid) October 4, 2019 Still, it could be much worse. Trump could have tapped someone who might have formed a plan, based upon experience, legal principles, and intelligence. Instead, he went to Jared. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com, and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom  

Cracks in Repub Wall? Republican Sen Johnson has “Concerns,” and Kushner Meets With McConnell

We acknowledged faint praise for Mitt Romney as the first Republican out of the gate to express some serious concern regarding allegations against Trump. That was one, an important first step. Republican Ron Johnson followed-up today to note his “concern” about an element of the whistleblower complaint. Strangely, Johnson isn’t worried so much about the phone call. No, he wants to know more about the “lockdown” of transcripts of the call. The White House released a summary Wednesday of Trump’s call to Zelensky, but the declassified complaint shows White House lawyers directed White House officials to “lock down” a word-for-word transcript of that conversation in a codeword-protected electronic system. “I would not be happy,” Johnson told Politico. “We’ll find out exactly what transpired here. To me, of all this stuff, that’s the part that concerns me. I’ve been around the president enough [the call summary] is just classic Trump.” I believe it is relatively safe to assume that Sen. Johnson understands that White House officials will be called to testify as to why this document got suppressed into a system reserved for the most sensitive foreign intelligence matters. Indeed, Johnson surely knows already. So, yes, that “concerns” him. But, if Johnson was being wholly honest and transparent in his concern, his next sentence would have been; “Because what really worries me is what else is in the codeword system, since the Whistleblower noted that this was not the first time such a procedure was used.” Johnson is right to be worried. In the investigation, it is more likely than not that some of those “other” transcripts put into the codeword database will be highly damaging, just as damaging as this one – or they wouldn’t be hidden away in the first place. If and when those other documents come out, one can expect a zoo break by Republicans upon the release of some of the worst abuses perpetrated by the Trump administration. But, for today, the most newsworthy aspect of Johnson’s revelation is the dawning awareness by Republican senators that they best start showing some “concern” and independence. Right now, each of them has to start calculating whether full-throated, unabashed defense of everything Trump, will come back – soon – to bite them, making them look like the fully-owned pawns of a lawless traitor. In other news, Jared Kushner was seen visiting Mitch McConnell’s office today: Spotted in McConnell’s office: Jared Kushner. — Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 26, 2019 Now, what could they possibly have to discuss? A better question, what could they have to discuss that they did not want to discuss over a White House phone, or within the White House itself with McConnell dropping by? I refuse to believe that Kushner went over there without Trump knowing. It is too early for Jared to be looking for an exit strategy behind Trump’s back. The most likely guess – and we’re all guessing, there are no theories on the net backed by anything solid – is that Trump sent Jared Kushner over to McConnell’s office to take the temperature of the Republicans in the Senate, get an idea whether they are all still on board for dismissing any allegation or complaint coming over from the House. The fact that the White House need ask indicates that an appropriate […]

Official U.S. Middle East Coordinater 30 Yr-Old Former Coffee Guy

And you thought tapping Jared Kushner as chief of Middle-East policy indicated a lack of professionalism and care about international relations. You didn’t use enough imagination, nor did I. Meet Avi Berkowitz, former assistant to Jared Kushner, described as the guy who handled Jared’s messages, now new coordinator for U.S. Middle-East policy. “Mr.” Berkowitz is, well, “new to the scene,” to put it with extreme understatement. Trump's new Middle East coordinator is Jared's assistant Avi Berkowitz. He's 28. He graduated from law school in 2016. — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 5, 2019 To be fair, Politico states that Berkowitz is thirty, not twenty-eight, and, of course, we all mature a great deal and learn a tremendous amount of Israeli-Palestinian history and policy in those two years, so it is far less a concern if he is thirty years old versus just twenty-eight. In fairness, we should note that Berkowitz has the academic prowess and background one would expect in someone charged with handling such a critical position. He graduated from Harvard law, as noted above, just three years ago. Here is where I will note that I graduated from law school in 1997, and though I do precious little law nowadays, but when I do I am far more experienced in handling various matters and do so much more effectively. I can also state without equivocation that my experience in life, including academics, writing, research, and this column, in no way prepared me to enact U.S. policy in the Middle East. I would not appoint myself to this position, and I would question the sanity of anyone who would appoint me. I do, however, believe I am qualified to be president of the United States, if the only alternative is the current one. I would at least appoint a shitload of experienced, smart, and patriotic people. I would then listen to as much of their advice as I could get. I would not appoint this guy. But, there are more details to the story, right Politico? “Avi Berkowitz cannot fulfill Jason Greenblatt’s role in this situation,” said Aaron David Miller, who worked on Bill Clinton’s attempts to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict as a top member of the president’s negotiating team. “My takeaway from this is that I’m not sure frankly that anyone on this team, including Avi Berkowitz, believes that this initiative has any chance of actually creating a framework that would allow Israelis and Palestinains to negotiate, let alone reach any type of agreement. Ironic, because I didn’t lead Bill Clinton’s team in this particular area, yet I came to the same conclusion. Some of the naysayers come from within Trump’s own camp. “People will walk past his desk and he constantly has the Drudge Report and Twitter up. No one thinks of him as a policy person,” said an administration official, who noted another of Berkowitz’s duties: handling Kushner’s press relations in the aftermath of former Kushner spokesman Josh Raffel’s departure from the White House early last year. “He is in the service of Jared, not Trump,” this person said. “Some people are scratching their heads to watch this guy go from keeping Jared’s schedule and secrets to brokering peace in the Middle East. It’s a big leap.” God help us all. This guy went from essentially being […]

Trump’s BFF King Salman, Beheads 37, Including Teen Once Slated to Attend Western Michigan University.

(King Salman above, second to right of Trump) Associated Press News “DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly pinned the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist to a pole as a warning to others. The executions were likely to stoke further regional and sectarian tensions between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi dissident Ali Al-Ahmed, who runs the Gulf Institute in Washington, identified 34 of those executed as Shiites based on the names announced by the Interior Ministry. “This is the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom’s history,” he said…. …King Salman ratified by royal decree Tuesday’s mass execution and that of 2016. The king, who has empowered his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has asserted a bolder and more decisive leadership style than previous monarchs since ascending to the throne in 2015.” Among those put to death was this young soccer player… …who had been slated to attend Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Detroit Free Press “Mujtaba al-Sweikat was 17 when he was detained at King Fahd International Airport in 2012. Earlier that year, Al-Sweikat allegedly attended a pro-democracy rally in the midst of the Arab Spring, which led to his arrest. He was intending to visit Western Michigan, where he had been accepted as a student, the university confirmed to the Free Press in 2017… …Sweikat was charged with armed disobedience against the king, as well as attacking,shooting and injuring security forces, civilians and passersby. He was also accused of destroying public property, causing chaos and disrupting the peace, by participating in a terrorist cell, to make and deliver Molotov cocktails.       During his time in custody, Sweikat was severely beaten all over his body, including the soles of his feet, and convicted on the basis of a confession extracted through torture, according to Reprieve, an international human rights group that has offices in New York and London and operates with partners around the world. After his arrest, he was not allowed to contact anybody for three days, and his family were not allowed to visit him for three months, during which time he was kept in solitary confinement, according to Reprieve.” Trump, Kushner and the State Department should immediately disassociate the U.S. from this barbaric regime and impose stiff sanctions on Saudi Arabia. But they won’t, as long as there is a possibility of extracting another dollar from them for Trump/KushnerCo. and using them as leverage in drumpf’s jihad against President Obama’s (in Trump’s words) “bad Iran deal.” They will issue a tepid condemnation, at most, and business will continue as usual. Just one more cost of having a sociopath in the Oval Office. (This post was created exclusively for PolitiZoom by Dino Durrati) Please follow me on Twitter @durrati  

Manafort Offered Admin Position in Exchange Bank “Loan,” Kushner Email: “On it!”

By now you’ve heard that some small-time bank CEO got fleeced out of $16 million dollars in a loan that Manafort never planned to pay back, on the pretense that Manafort would get the CEO a position in the new administration. Apparently, he wanted Secretary of the Army, bad. It also now apparent that maybe […]

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