Trump/Russia… Same as it Ever Was

“THIS IS THE END OF MY PRESIDENCY. THIS IS THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ME. I’M FUCKED!”

~ Donald Trump, on learning Robert Mueller had taken over the Russia investigation.

🎵🎼🎶And you may say yourself, “My God! What have I done?”🎶🎵🎼

Bill Barr, Trump’s pseudo Attorney General, and White House lying spokesperson, Sarah Sanders, seem to be on an ‘I’m an asshole tour’, designed to diffuse Trump’s situation…

Don’t let them:

    Ignore Sanders,

  • Arrest Barr.

  • How did we get here?

    🎶🎼🎵“How did we get here? 🎵 🎶 🎼 This is not my beautiful House.“🎵 🎶 🎼

    2016, Democrats were afraid to call Trump a fraud,

    🎶🎼🎵”Into the blue again in the silent water”🎶🎼🎵

    2017, Democrats reluctant to call Trump a racist,

    🎵🎶🎼Letting the days go by (same as it ever was)🎶🎼🎵

    2018, Democrats hesitant to call Trump a traitor,

    🎶🎼🎵”This is not my beautiful house!”🎶🎼🎵

    2019, Democrats are averse to impeaching Trump.

    Despite:

    🎼🎶🎵Into the blue again; into the silent water.👆🏼🎵🎼

    • 20 ongoing federal and state investigations

    🎶🎼🎵 “Same as it ever was”🎵🎼🎶

    • 14 referred Mueller prosecutions

    🎼🎼🎵 “Same as it ever was”🎵🎼🎶

    • 2+ ongoing counterintelligence investigations

    🎵🎼🎶 “Same as it ever was”🎶🎼🎵

    • 1 pending impeachable felony charge in NYC

    🎵🎼🎶 “Same as it ever was”🎶🎼🎵

    • 1 pending impeachable felony before Congress

    🎶🎼🎵 “Same as it ever was “🎶🎼🎵

    • 100+ Congressional subpoenas coming

    🎶🎼🎵“Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down“🎵🎶🎼

    Trump will not resign despite:

  • As per Robert Mueller’s report, any money Trump received while President, outside of his salary, is a bribe.
  • Donald Trump has been caught accepting bribes in exchange for political favors.

    🎶🎼🎵”Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down”🎶🎼🎵

    We watched Donald Trump obstruct justice in real time. These are some instances listed in the report:

    — Flynn investigation: “I hope you can let this go.”

    —The firing of FBI Director James Comey;

    —The firing of Acting FBI Andrew McCabe

    — Ordering Mueller to be fired;

    —Prevent disclosure of campaign emails about Trump Tower Russia meeting;

    — Ordered Jeff Sessions to end his recusal;

    —Order for McGahn to lie;

    — Indirectly offering pardons, in exchange for cooperation, to: Flynn, Manafort, and Roger Stone

    —Threatening Michael Cohen.

    All this, and Trump’s overall abuse of power make me wonder… why isn’t the self proclaimed deal artist trying to make a deal that would include his walking off into the sunset?

    He knows the presidency is keeping him out of jail.

    🎶🎼🎵”Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground”🎶🎼🎵

    Trump thinks he is going to get away with treason, as long as he stays in office.

    Trump is not a legitimate president, as such, he does not deserve to be protected by the subjective belief that a sitting president can not be indicted.

    🎶🎼🎵”Under the rocks, and stones there is water underground”🎶🎼🎵

    Very few items in the Mueller report were not whispered about on twitter. People who had inside informants with knowledge have told those who would listen most of it. This should not be a surprise.

    🎶🎼🎵”Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean!”🎶🎼🎵

    Why do 33% of Americans still support him?

    The billionaire bracket who don’t pay taxes have real motivation, all be it unethical.

    But what about the ones who vote against their own interests?

    🎶🎼🎵”Into the blue again after the money’s gone”🎶🎼🎵

    Do they support Trump because they’re racists, or to protect an embryo at all cost, but not provide for it once it grows into a child? Maybe it’s because they want access to machine guns, or maybe they think Trump is the guy from the Apprentice.

    🎶🎼🎵And you may find yourself
    Living in a shotgun shack🎶🎼🎵

    What ever the reason is, that leaves 77% of the American voting population who need to take action.

    What happens now?

    Do we have the luxury of waiting for the 2020 elections?

    🎶🎼🎵“Into the blue again after the money’s gone”🎶🎼🎵

    The Mueller report includes Russian hacking into our voting system.

    🎶🎼🎵”Under the rocks, and stones there is water underground”🎶🎼🎵

    Paul Manafort gave the Kremlin polling data from swing states: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

    Trump shocked everyone who had been following the exit polls, by “winning” those states at a 1% margin.

    🎶🎼🎵“Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down“🎶🎼🎵

    Do you think that was a coincidence?

    🎶🎼🎵“Letting the days go by, water flowing underground”🎶🎼🎵

    Nothing has been done to secure the elections from tampering… nothing.

    Ted Cruz beat Beto O’Rourke in an election that saw Texas go from red to blue.

    There were many reports of voting machine “glitches”, all in Cruz’s favor.

    🎶🎼🎵”Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down”🎶🎼🎵

    Russian media crows over Mueller report: ‘We will help you elect Trump once again — just like last time!’

    Our Democratic leadership knows Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, will block any vote to impeach Trump, once it get’s to the senate, that’s his modus operandi.

    Caught on tape:

    “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump, swear to God.” Kevin McCarthy,

    “This is an off the record . . . No leaks! . . . All right?” ~Paul Ryan’s réponse

    Which brings me to my last thought: who is Barr protecting in the redacted sections of the Mueller report?

    Pence knew, Devin Nunes plays the guilty perfectly, Mitch McConnell has been Trump’s wingman since before he was inaugurated.

    Paul Ryan Keeps It All in the Family

    Republicans can not win an election without— gerrymandered borders, the electoral college, voting machines with “glitches“, voter registration purging, disenfranchisement— cheating. But somehow they still hold office.

    Despite the knowledge that the GOP cheats, democrats want to wait to impeach, until 2020.

    Can Democrats win back the senate despite republican cheating?

    🎶🎼🎵”And you may ask yourself
    Am I right? Am I wrong?” 🎶🎼🎵

    👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

    https://youtu.be/5IsSpAOD6K8

    👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼

    And you may find yourself
    Living in a shotgun shack
    And you may find yourself
    In another part of the world
    And you may find yourself
    Behind the wheel of a large automobile
    And you may find yourself in a beautiful house
    With a beautiful wife
    And you may ask yourself, well
    How did I get here?
    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
    And you may ask yourself
    How do I work this?
    And you may ask yourself
    Where is that large automobile?
    And you may tell yourself
    This is not my beautiful house!
    And you may tell yourself
    This is not my beautiful wife!
    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again after the money’s gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was
    Water dissolving and water removing
    There is water at the bottom of the ocean
    Under the water, carry the water
    Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean!
    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again in the silent water
    Under the rocks, and stones there is water underground
    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again after the money’s gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
    And you may ask yourself
    What is that beautiful house?
    And you may ask yourself
    Where does that highway go to?
    And you may ask yourself
    Am I right? Am I wrong?
    And you may say yourself, “My God! What have I done?”

    Same as it ever was

    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was
    Look where my hand was
    Time isn’t holding up
    Time isn’t after us
    Same as it ever was
    Same as it ever was…
    ~The Talking Heads

    Barr’s Gaslit Announcement

    Q: When does an Attorney General make excuses for a person under investigation?

    A: Today

    Barr exonerated Trump of any interference with the investigation, due to Trump’s “frustration” over the investigation:

    “There is substantial evidence to show that the President was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency…”

    Barr says Trump felt like the investigation was “interfering ” with his ability to perform his job as president. This is corruption in itself.

    (Meanwhile Trump’s staff prepares Airforce One for departure to Mar a Lago, where he will spend more tax dollars golfing through a long weekend. Prior to today the tab for his golf trips totaled $96 million. Is Trump’s excessive “presidential time” interfering with his job as president?)

    Barr ended his press conference after a reporter questioned him on his decision to spin his own version of the report. Barr shook his head, not unlike a wet dog shaking off water, and left.

    My questions were not asked:

    1. Was Barr chosen as AG primarily because of his letter, in which he stated a sitting president can not be indicted, because of his ties to Russian Oligarchy, or his experience in withholding information in the 1980’s.
    2. Did Mr Mueller abruptly end his investigation, by choice, or was ordered to end it?

    Today we were victims of gaslighting, the obfuscation of Mueller’s words prior to their release— Barr attempted to render the meaning of the Mueller report unclear.

    Representative Nadler, Last night:

    Rep. Nadler: ‘Attorney General Has Taken Unprecedented Steps’ to Spin Mueller Investigation

    Barr, this morning:

    We should see the heavily redacted, and color coated, report late this morning.

    Barr said no one in Trump’s campaign did anything illegal. Okay, Bill.

    I look forward to reading the actual report, and to hearing Mr Mueller speak for himself— when he testifies before congress.

    https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/barr-drops-tomorrow/

    No Tax For You… a poem

    April 15,

    It’s tax day

    Poor and middle class

    Will pay

    ~

    ~

    Amazon, Chevron, Eli Lily

    Halliburton, Duke Energy

    General Motors, IBM

    Honeywell, Occidental Petroleum

    ~

    for 10 million Trump tax ‘cut’ actually increased taxes American families, report finds – ThinkProgress

    ~

    Netflix, Deere, Devon Energy

    CMS, Aramark… Who else? let’s see

    Kinder Morgan— NOT ONE DIME

    Trump Tax Scam… big Pharma time

    ~

    ~

    How many died

    Who couldn’t afford

    Insulin

    This was evil’s reward:

    Pharma Tax Cuts:

    Pfizer: $2.8 Billion

    Johnson & Johnson: $2.5 Billion

    Merck: $1.2 Billion

    Abbott Labs: $473 Million

    ~

    Big tax cuts

    Went to Big Pharma

    STILL they jacked prices

    That’s some bad Karma

    ~

    4 pharma companies saved $7 billion from GOP tax law – Axios

    ~

    “You’re much richer!”

    Donald Trump argues

    While hiding his taxes

    From OUR view

    ~

    Political Chaos, 4/13/2019

    This has been a particularly disturbing week for anyone paying attention to the news, each new story overshadowing the previous one.

    Donald Trump and his appointees have become more brazen in their refusal to follow the law, that seems to be the theme.

    The story that kicked off the week, that of Trump’s latest fixer, Attorney General Bill Barr, and his sustained squat on Bob Mueller’s report.

    Barr was questioned by congress this week, and contends it is his right to decide what anyone sees with regards to Bob Mueller’s report. He promises to give congress a heavily redacted version next week… color coded redactions…. 4 colors, each one a reason he chose to redact that particular section.

    Who will be surprised to hear 90% of the report is censored? The only mystery left is what colors he will choose, and will he use Smencils?

    Congress is investigating Barr. That’s the good news.

    Barr went on record saying he believes spying occurred during Trump’s election campaign. Those are Trump’s words coming out of Barr’s mouth.

    Trump and Barr are attempting to vilify the FBI, by accusing them of illegally spying, in order to cushion the impact of the inevitable release of the Mueller report.

    ~~~•~~~

    The second story is Steve Mnuchin ignoring a congressional request to turn over Trump’s taxes. A deadline set by congress came and went… ignored. The law is clear, it requires Mnuchin provide congress with Trump’s taxes on request. With his refusal to comply, Mnuchin risks a 5 year prison sentence. He does not appear to be worried.

    In response, democrats are threatening to hold him in contempt.

    Meh… shrugged off.

    Here’s the Law That Requires Mnuchin to Turn Over Trump’s Taxes, or Go Directly to Jail

    ~~~•~~~

    A third story this week sheds light on one reason Trump doesn’t want us to see his taxes. Tax fraud is a Trump family tradition.

    Donald Trump’s sister, appellate court Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, officially retired this week after receiving official notification of a complaint filed against her (and her siblings):

    An investigation into fraudulent tax schemes committed, with regards to inheritance money, is receiving “the full attention of a judicial conduct council”.

    Apparently tax fraud is in violation of judicial conduct rules, but perfectly acceptable for the executive branch of government.

    Other Trump family real estate business crimes include padding invoices to justify raising rent- in rent regulated buildings.

    Undervaluing the properties to avoid tens of millions of dollars in taxes.

    No need to worry about Judge Barry suffering along with the majority of retired Americans, trying to get by on Social Security and Medicare… she can collect in both, but she’ll also keep her six-figure, taxpayer-funded salary in retirement.

    Also, in 2004 and 2006, the siblings sold off their father’s empire, her share was $182.5 million… so she has that to fall back on.

    Retiring as a Judge, Trump’s Sister Ends Court Inquiry Into Her Role in Tax Dodges

    ~~~•~~~

    The fourth story is regarding Julian Assange of Wikileaks. He was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy, in London, where he sought asylum 7 years ago because he was wanted in Sweden for sexual assault. He has been removed for extradition to the United States under indictment, not for his indiscriminate dumping of sensitive documents and stolen e-mails, but for the conspiracy of unauthorized computer access.

    Many have tried painting Assange as a journalistic martyr, warning us that his arrest puts the free press is at risk. Assange is an asset of Russian intelligence, not a journalist.

    Why do I think so? Julian Assange had one line he refused to cross— he would not publish the Panama papers or any documents he was in possession of, that implicated Putin for his interference in the Ukraine.

    More Fun Assange facts:

    • Julian Assange outed a gay man in Saudi Arabia.
    • Published the medical records of teenage rape victims.
    • Wikileaks was responsible for releasing the names and personal information of 7 Jews who remained Baghdad.
    • He assisted American traitor, and spy, Edward Snowden, in his escape to Russia.
    • He worked in a coordinated effort with Roger Stone, Don Junior, Edward Snowden in the release of stolen Podesta emails an hour after the Access Hollywood tape dropped, to distract from the scandal that should have ended Trump’s political aspirations.
    • Assange has been indicted on a variety of charges across Europe, ranging from extortion in Spain to rape in Sweden.

    Mike Pompeo has called Assange: “Head of a non-state hostile intelligence service aligned with Putin’s Russia.”

    Assange is not a journalist.

    His arrest is a result of Robert Mueller’s work, and offers another opportunity for congress to obtain the Mueller report.

    U.S. prepares criminal case against Wikileaks’ Assange

    ~~~•~~~

    The fifth story, and the last I’ll mention today, I find most alarming:

    Thousands of FBI agents just had their personal information stolen and published by hackers: report

    The personal information of 4,000 FBI members was hacked and posted online, including names, personal and government email addresses, job titles, phone numbers and their postal addresses.

    The timing of this with regards to both Assange and Barr should not be overlooked.

    FBI hacked days after Assange arrested for unauthorized computer access, and while Barr is pushing Trump’s narrative attempting to discredit the FBI, implying their justified investigation included “spying”.

    Trump and his appointees believe they’re immune to any repercussions from their illegal behavior, in part because they’ve repeatedly been protected by the GOP members of congress.

    Our country is currently under control of those who own the GOP- the Koch brothers, the Mercers, the Forbes, the, NRA, etc.

    They not only control the GOP, but they use their money to manipulate the masses. For example, the Mercers funded Cambridge Analytica, the company that used Facebook data to target propaganda in order to suppress the vote in 2016. Steve Bannon worked for Cambridge Analytica. (The company has re-formed under a new name— Emerdata.)

    The CNP- Council for National Policy is a far right libertarian party.

    They can check off much of their agenda.

    ~~~•~~~

    I lied, there is one more story… more Trump playing dictator. If congress is in need of another reason to impeach Trump, this is it.

    Trump instructed a Customs and Border Patrol head to break the law, and promised him he’d issue him a pardon if he was sent to jail.

    Of all the impeachable offenses Trump has committed, this one is the boldest.

    Trump told CBP head he’d pardon him if sent to jail

    The democratic congress has a valid argument to try to avoid Impeachment for now. While it would be successful in the House, the GOP still holds the majority in the Senate. McConnell would shut it down. I keep hearing- we are playing a long game, when we take back the Senate in 2020 this will end.

    Any success of a long game would depend on the GOP and Russia not successfully rigging the election in 2020, and let’s not forget that Trump continues appointing questionable judges.

    Regardless of the GOP majority in the senate, beginning Impeachment proceedings would allow for the release of Mueller’s report.

    The GOP has been playing dirty for decades. Democrats have to find a way to end this now.

    ~~~•~~~

    Jews in Baghdad ‘put at risk by WikiLeaks’

    What the Latest Mueller Indictment Reveals About WikiLeaks’ Ties to Russia—and What It Doesn’t

    The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks

    Assange Arrested

    “I love Wikileaks.” ~Donald J Trump, 2016

    I know nothing about WikiLeaks.” ~Donald J Trump, 2019

    First let me be petty: This is what happens to a man, guilty of espionage and other alleged crimes, who spends 7 years in hiding. 47 year old WikiLeaks founder, Julianne Assange, who attacked our democracy in 2016, looks like he’s been dead several of those years, and decomposition is well underway.

    “At 50 you have the face you deserve.” ~ Coco Chanel

    Now onto the informational segment of my post:

    This morning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a citizen of Australia, was arrested at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, forcibly taken into custody by British police, for extradition to the U.S.

    He initially sought asylum to avoid facing sexual assault charges in Sweden.

    Let’s review: a few of the criminal charges Julianne Assange faces—

    • In UK, jumping bail (max 12 months)
    • In Sweden: alleged sexual assault
    • In US, “conspiracy to disclose classified information”

    Julian Assange is presumed to have worked in tandem with Russia to release emails stolen from Democratic politicians in order to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

    Assange is not a journalist whose rights are being infringed on. He committed espionage, attacking our democracy.

    There is an inherent difference between Russia’s tactics of political sabotage and journalistic whistleblowing.

    Thoughts and prayers.

    Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian embassy in London

    Video shows arrest of Julian Assange – CNN Video

    Congressman Massie Receives Honorary Certificate

    This story ties in to my post yesterday so well that I’d be a fool not to exploit it:

    Yes, this is the dumbest ‘must watch‘ moment in congressional history. (Notice the superfluous fool on the right.)

    This is an epic moment in stupidity. 👇🏼

    YouTube

    Is This the Dumbest Moment in Congressional History?

    (R/KY) Congressman Thomas Massie doesn’t understand the difference between “political science”, and “science”, but he holds his ground arguing that which he does not understand. Don’t be like Thomas.

    From what I understand, he will be awarded an honorary certificate into the Certified Ass Clown Society.

    John Kerry reflected on the exchange.👇🏼

    Massie goes on to poorly execute an “I meant to do that” maneuver, further embarrassing himself:

    Congratulations Congressman Massie, you make Kentucky proud. You are now a Certified Ass Clown.