Sometimes I Just Can’t… but here’s a limerick anyway

We all remember Trump’s interview

With Lester Holt— he said what we knew

James Comey was fired

“Trump/Rusherrr” he’d tired

Now the tape was “altered”? — let’s review

Notice: Faux-potus has gone quite mad

Which does happen before something bad

Tomorrow’s Friday

Mueller likes to slay

Traitors pre-weekend… and I’m glad

Trump to Lester Holt: I’d been planning to fire James Comey for a while

Trump Proclaims Treason is “Totally Legal”

Donald Trump has now admitted :

  • Don Jr- his son, Jared Kushner- his son in-law, & Paul Manafort- his campaign chairman met with Russians to conspire to win the presidential election.
  • He dictated Don Jr’s original (untrue) statement about the nature of the June 2016 meeting, (adoption).
  • He admitted to firing James Comey because he wanted to end the “Trump Russiar thing”.

What is Hope Hicks doing? Is Trump tampering with a federal witness?

Hope Hicks, Trump’s former aid, who resigned the day after she testified for the House Intelligence Committee, after admitting to “white lies” being part of her job. She also dictated Trump’s adoption story about the Don Jr meeting with Russians in June of 2016.

Hicks is a witness in Mueller’s federal investigation. Over the weekend she was seen boarding Air force one. Why would Hicks meet with Trump? Did her attorney think it would be in her best interest?

It would be if she flipped and was wearing a mic. (I can’t wait for the movie.)

“The House of Representatives… shall have the sole Power of Impeachment,” (Article I, section 2) ~U.S. Constitution

So, what’s it going to take, House? Does Trump have to shoot someone on 5th Avenue? Why is he still in office?

Charges or articles of impeachment must be brought in the House and pass with a simple majority, 1 more than half.

Congress is unwilling to vote against party lines. The current count in the House is Republicans 236 Democrats 193, and there are 6 vacancies.

This could change come November.

Impeachment does not guarantee removal from office. If a simple majority in the House does vote to impeach Trump, which they have not, he must still be convicted by a super majority in the Senate for it to mean removal from office. Bill Clinton was impeached in the House of Representatives, then went to trial in the Senate.

Once impeachment proceedings go to trial in the Senate…

“When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present” (Article I, section 3). ~U.S. Constitution

A two-thirds majority in the Senate means that 67 out of the 100 senators must vote in favour of conviction. Once this happens, the president may be removed from office.

Republicans currently hold a majority of 51 of the 100 Senate seats. There are 49 Democrats (including 2 independents) November elections could change that.

Bill Clinton was not impeached in the Senate, and remained in office.

On a what grounds can Congress impeach a president?

Art. II Sec. 4, “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”.

High refers to a person in a public official of a high position.

Crimes defined through a legacy of court proceedings and decisions that punished offenses not because they were prohibited by statutes, but because they offended the sense of justice of the people and the court.

By Art. II Sec. 1 Cl. 8, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Impeachable offenses, high crimes include:

  • Obstruction of justice,
  • Perjury,
  • Abuse of authority,

And get this Donald:

You are legally responsible for everything that everyone in the executive branch is doing.

An executive official is ultimately responsible for any failures of his subordinates and for their violations of the oath he and they took, which means violations of the Constitution and the rights of persons. It is not necessary to be able to prove that such failures or violations occurred at his instigation or with his knowledge.

“It is sufficient to show, on the preponderance of evidence, that the president was aware of misconduct on the part of his subordinates, or should have been, and failed to do all he could to remedy the misconduct, including termination and prosecution of the subordinates and compensation for the victims or their heirs.” ~Ken Starr, (who led the 5 year investigation that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the House)

The president’s subordinates include everyone in the executive branch, and their agents and contractors. It is not limited to those over whom he has direct supervision.

He is not protected by “plausible deniability”.

Trump is a stable genius with a lot of smocking guns.

But… in his own defense, he says everything he did was “totally legal”.

18 U.S. Code § 371 – Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute

  • OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE –

Obstruction of justice, 18 U.S.C. § 1503,

“whoever corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be (guilty of an offense).” Persons are charged under this statute based on allegations that a defendant intended to intefere with an official proceeding, by doing things such as destroying evidence, or intefering with the duties of jurors or court officers.

  • EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE

Using government office for personal monetary gain, receiving gifts from foreign heads of state in exchange for favors.

Also known as the Title of Nobility Clause, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution prohibits any person holding a government office from accepting any present, emolument, office, or title from any “King, Prince, or foreign State,” without congressional consent.

This clause is meant to prevent external influence and corruption of American officers by foreign States.

How did we get here?

Vote absentee, vote early, or vote on November 6th. Just vote.

Trump Tries a New Story on for Size

“I think Comey was the ringleader of this whole den of thieves. It was a den of thieves they were plotting against my election. Probably it’s never happened like that in terms of intelligence and in terms of anything else — but they were actually plotting against my election.” Donald J Trump June 16, 2017

The man lies knowing full well there is proof on film that he is lying.

https://youtu.be/8mKxeo67fn4

Why does he continue to lie so blatantly? Because it works. His tactic of repeating lies until they are accepted as fact got him elected. And they keep his “people sitting up at attention when he speaks,” just like North Koreans do with Kim Jong Un.

I saw some unsettling numbers yesterday regarding this “Trump, Rusherrr investigation”:

  • 59% of voters don’t know about the indictments & guilty pleas
  • Mueller’s approval rating is, at an all time low, 32%
  • Only 53% of voters believe Mueller is conducting a fair investigation

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

Let’s remind those people, shall we?

There have been over 100 charges filed against 20 people, and 3 companies.

More specifically:

  • Mike Flynn, convicted
  • Rick Gates, convicted
  • George Papadopoulos, convicted
  • Alex Van der zwaan, convicted
  • Paul Manafort, indicted and jailed
  • Robert Cohen, expected to cooperate
  • Felix Sater, expected to cooperate
  • George Nader, cooperating
  • Richard Pinedo, cooperating

Then there are those who have perjured themselves:

  • Trump Jr,
  • Jeff Sessions,
  • Eric Prince

For those who missed the news yesterday, Paul Manafort is no longer on house arrest. He traded in his ankle bracelets for an orange jumper, because was found to have been in contact with witnesses in the investigation… witness tampering.

Trump and Giuliani are now waving pardons in front of Paul Manafort before he’s even convicted, no doubt in attempt to keep him from cooperating with the prosecution. This is also witness tampering.

Paul Manafort’s crimes are both State and Federal, and State charges can not be pardoned by the president. I’d bet my tax cut (🙄) that Mueller is aware of this, as is the New York Attorney General.

But why would an innocent man need to be pardoned?

For an innocent man, Trump has put a lot of thought into pardoning himself.

New York State also has Trump and his family in an unpardonable net:

That the disinformation campaign continues to sway public opinion is mind boggling.

We are at war. Disinformation continues to spread unchecked. Russia is in the White House. The Kremlin has influenced most of the GOP, to the extent that they continue to push for an end the Mueller investigation.

Who wants to end an investigation that has been so successful in such a short period of time?

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Orin Hatch (R-UT), Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky)… just to name a few.

They say it’s costly and distracting. That $17 million spent in a little over a year is distracting our dotard.

Many members of the GOP still in office, (like Mitch McDonnell and Orin Hatch), had the opposite sentiment with regards to Iran Contra investigation which cost tax payers $47 million, and the White Water investigation which cost $52 million. The duration of each of those investigations was 5 years. Did I mention those investigations were unsuccessful?

So, what’s my point?

We need to educate those who are unaware of Mueller’s success to date. Spread the word. Wake these people up. November 2018 is just around the corner, let’s not let history repeat itself.

Donald Trump Lies

Donald Trump lies every time he opens his mouth.

Says everyone.

We were all there when these things he lies about happened, but the repetition of his lies have the effect of casting doubt on what we remember as fact. Still, it is hard to lie effectively when everything is documented on camera, but he does it anyway.

This makes sense because… 🤔 the democrats colluded to make Trump President because… I’ve got nothing.

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In this unrelated tweet last night, Trump either admits he is a spy, or he’s attempting sarcasm, implying he’s no spy. ~~~~~

Speaking of spys, let’s go back to May 9, 2017, the day Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Comey had been investigating Russia’s role in our presidential election, and he refused to pledge his fealty to Donald Trump.

On May 10, 2017, the day after Trump fired Comey, he invited the two Sergeys to hang out in the Oval Office. During said meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, and Russia’s Ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, Comrade Trump shared highly classified information which he had received from Israeli intelligence officials regarding— terrorist group ISIS’s work to develop laptop bomb that could pass through airport security undetected.

(🤔 That’s something a spy might do.)

Again, this was highly classified information that had not been shared even with close American allies. This disclosure alarmed intelligence officials in Israel and in the US.

Also during this partiya, Trump told the Russian diplomats—

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off. I’m not under investigation.”~ Traitor Trump May 10, 2017

Another curious occurrence during that meeting, the Russian press was allowed into the Oval Office to cover the story, while US reporters, without exception, were not.

The next day, in an interview with Lester Holt Trump said—

“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, you know, ‘this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.’”

~Traitor Trump, May 11, 2017

With regards to Russia’s meddling in the election, Trump was required by law to impose sanctions by January 2018. The sanctions to be levied had been voted on with a 100% yes vote by Congress. Trump just decided not to sanction Russia for its election meddling, ignoring the deadline.

On March 15, 2018, the White House announced Trump would punish Russia by fining 19 Russian individuals who played a part in tampering with the election. None of the 19 individuals do business with Russian military or intelligence entities.

On March 26, 2018, the US announced it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, in retaliation for the nerve agent attack that took place in London, targeting former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal (yes, another Sergei) and his daughter Sergei Yulia.

When Donald Trump realized the number of expelled Russians from the US exceeded that of those expelled by European countries he blew an orange gasket.

Soon after, a State Department official confirmed that the US would not require Russia to reduce the number of staff in its Washington embassy. To put it plainly, Russia could replace the 60 expelled diplomats with 60 new ones.

When it became apparent last week that Russia continues to support Syria, after their chemical attack against civilians, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said more Russian sanctions would be announced on Monday.

Monday rolled around and The White House contradicted the claim, stating Nikki Haley must have gotten confused when she said there would be new Russian sanctions on Monday.

Haley struck back at the White House, saying—

“With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”

Her confusion may have been in who makes US leadership decisions. Answer— Vladimir Putin. She’ll likely be next on the long list of former Trump administration officials. .~~~~~

Onto another unrelated subject this morning, Trump continues to attack the state that holds the 6th largest economy in the world, keeping this country afloat.

Still, part of this tweet of Trump’s is correct; there is a “revolution” going on. Regarding the nature and scope he is mistaken. The revolution is happening across America, and the revolt is against Donald Trump and the entire corrupt party that continues to enable him.

Trump’s revised version of history is wrong. Many of us don’t bother to question him anymore because it’s exhausting. That’s a dangerous habit to slip into. Donald Trump is not some senile old grandpa whose nonsense is best ignored. We need to continue to call him out on every lie. This president is not normal, and he is a threat to democracy.

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Trump Too Shall Pass

Like most of you, last night I watched George Stephanopoulos interview former FBI Director James Comey on 20/20.

Cudos to Stephanopoulos for his questions. (Run for office?)

The interview was all it was hyped to be, but it didn’t change my opinion of Comey, or Trump. (Good vs Evil)

Trump is evil. To use Comey’s words— Trump is morally unfit to be president, and he’s a liar.

Comey, a registered republican, is honest to a fault. That fault— ten days before the 2016 election he, unnecessarily and prematurely, offered congress information, in the form of a letter, informing them he was reopening the Clinton e-mail investigation, in light of new unexamined information. That letter was the straw that broke democracy’s back. It cost Hillary Clinton the presidency, and left us with Trump, a lifelong criminal, in the White House who seems to be running the country as per Vladimir Putin’s instructions.

Comey’s reasoning was, as the Director of the FBI, he was concerned with how the issue at hand would permanently damage the agency’s credibility. It is ironic that the agency’s credibility has been relentlessly under attack since Trump (literally) took office.

Comey doesn’t think he had a choice, he doesn’t see his decision as a mistake, and says, given the opportunity, he would make the same decision again.

(Ten minute writing break to bang head against wall.)

In Comey’s mind he was in an impossible position… he is honest to a fault.

So, what’s done is done, now what? We have a traitorous squatter in the White House, and a GOP majority whose detached indifference, or their own guilt, has left them paralyzed to act. They’d rather resign than stand up to Trump. They aren’t even willing to draft legislation that would protect Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Want another example of GOP hypocrisy?

The following is a list of GOP Senators, still in office who, will not take a stand against Trump but, voted to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about oral sex:

COCHRAN

CRAPO

ENZI

GRASSLEY

HATCH

INHOFE

MCCAIN

MCCONNELL

ROBERTS

SHELBY

My hope is that the Mueller investigation will survive the GOP.

To quote Madeline Albright, quoting Mussolini,

“if you pluck a chicken one feather at a time nobody notices.”

Be vocal. Stay focused. This is not normal. Encourage everyone you know to vote.

I know I vacillate between “It’s over,” and “Nothing will happen until Democrats take back congress in November and take office in January.” 😑The truth is only (the twitter) God knows when this will end. Chin up, Trump too shall pass.

http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/episode-guide/2018-04/15-james-comey-interview

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A Twitter ❤️ Love Story

“Unbelievably Comey” didn’t enjoy

My breath on his cheek, he was being coy

I could take it that far

Because I’m a star

Is this harassing those whom I employ?

The book Comey wrote is under my skin

Nothing’s been right since I hired Flynn

Comey wouldn’t let it go

Clearly he doesn’t know

Who I am…watch this story I spin—

Comey throws AG Lynch “under the bus”

I don’t know how, but I heard it on Fox

They’ve got me excited

I won’t be indicted

Tell me James, is our love really lost?

“I never asked Comey for loyalty”

I just wanted to hold him as you can see

I took my chances

He rebuffed my advances

Took the first opportunity to flee

Slippery James Comey is a tall man

I tried to impress him with my orange tan

Pulled him to my face

For a “manly” embrace

It was over before it began

sigh…

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