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« Reply #10240 on: May 22, 2018, 07:07:55 AM »
     Trump’s Latest FBI Attack Stuns Justice Dept. Officials: ‘We’re in Venezuela’

     Unleashing the IG on an active investigation with no facts to investigate can only be to do harm. The basis is in the FISA warrants, the judge panel is selected by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The GOP enablers in Congress, and the right-wing media bubble, are all in for making the US over into a banana republic.
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #10242 on: May 22, 2018, 02:48:04 PM »
seen elsewhere:

"Breaking: President Trump issues a statement that he plans to withdraw from the deal that the Obamas just signed with Netflix"

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« Reply #10243 on: May 22, 2018, 02:54:01 PM »
The grip of justice begins to tighten: A business partner in Michael Cohen's taxi medallion business just pleaded guilty to NY state charges of tax evasion and in return for no jail time is cooperating with the AG. So, sounds like they are going to get Cohen on similar state charges, for which no presidential pardon will be possible. Will the threat of years in prison make Cohen sing?   

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« Reply #10244 on: May 22, 2018, 03:55:13 PM »
Gosh, do you suppose this is why Supreme Loyalty Oaths are of such importance to The Thug President? . . .
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« Reply #10245 on: May 22, 2018, 04:15:38 PM »
An interesting discussion on Al Jazeera about the Iran sanctions:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/SlXZ_Vugjcw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/SlXZ_Vugjcw</a>

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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #10246 on: May 23, 2018, 04:20:01 AM »
“[El Tupé] said that breaching security protocols was disqualifying.” Oh, you sillies!  That only applies to Clintons!

If Clinton’s email prompted an investigation, so should [El Tupé’s] cellphone use

(not that any of the Tuperos here give a flying fork at a rolling cocktail onion)
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« Reply #10247 on: May 23, 2018, 05:34:46 AM »
“[El Tupé] said that breaching security protocols was disqualifying.” Oh, you sillies!  That only applies to Clintons!

If Clinton’s email prompted an investigation, so should [El Tupé’s] cellphone use

(not that any of the Tuperos here give a flying fork at a rolling cocktail onion)

[El Tupé] has created two potential security risks. First, “The president has gone as long as five months without having the phone checked by security experts. It is unclear how often [El Tupé’s] call-capable phones, which are essentially used as burner phones, are swapped out.” Second, “[El Tupé’s] call-capable cellphone has a camera and microphone, unlike the White House-issued cellphones used by [President Barack] Obama. Keeping those components creates a risk that hackers could use them to access the phone and monitor the president’s movements.” The kicker, according to Politico’s sources: The president said that it was “too inconvenient” to swap out his phones. Yes, the very same excuse that Clinton used for her home server is now [El Tupé’s] excuse.

Any comment from the Kool-Aid drinkers?  Ah, that must be the crickets.
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #10248 on: May 23, 2018, 06:22:54 AM »
"Donald trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes: Andrew Jackson’s rage; Millard Fillmore’s bigotry; James Buchanan’s incompetence and spite; Theodore Roosevelt’s self-aggrandizement; Richard Nixon’s paranoia, insecurity, and indifference to law; and Bill Clinton’s lack of self-control and reflexive dishonesty."

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/will-donald-trump-destroy-the-presidency/537921/
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #10249 on: May 23, 2018, 08:23:36 AM »
[El Tupé’s] legal problems might be just beginning

[...]

In short, [El Tupé’s] theatrics bear little resemblance to the progress of the investigation, which continues to ferret out details of mysterious meetings in the Seychelles between Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater; Kirill Dmitriev, the director of one of Russia’s sovereign wealth funds; and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. (“The inquiry into the meetings in the Seychelles suggests there is growing interest on the Mueller team in whether foreign financing, specifically from Gulf states, has influenced President Trump and his administration.”) These meetings were apparently brokered by none other than George Nader, who also played a role in a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., an Israeli social media guru and a representative of the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The number of witnesses and leads is growing, not shrinking. [El Tupé] is now seeing two of his closest associates (Stone and Cohen) being squeezed (although not yet indicted) and a whole new source of foreign money and influence-peddling apart from Russia being probed. Mueller’s prosecutors, who are expert in financial investigations, are, quite bluntly, having a field day as they track money and witnesses around the world. This sure doesn’t seem to be wrapping up.

And finally, Giuliani’s notion that Mueller should stick to Russia — not investigate possible obstruction — is ludicrous. Presidents can commit crimes in office (although the timing of indictments remains an issue); no prosecutor having come across a pattern of obstruction can ignore it.

In sum, Giuliani and [El Tupé] are flailing away, trying to contain the prosecutors. They are fighting a losing battle. Mueller is chasing down each and every lead, just as he should.


LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!
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« Reply #10250 on: May 23, 2018, 09:04:20 AM »
Worth noting that, in spite of The National Review's general ignominious descent into being a lesser amplifier of Foxlandia, one can find a piece like this:

Yes, a Reasonable Prosecutor Would Have Ordered an Investigation of the [El Tupé] Campaign
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« Reply #10251 on: May 23, 2018, 09:36:57 AM »
Great job, America!

Our fact-resistant White House:
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« Reply #10252 on: May 23, 2018, 09:55:59 AM »
The real scandal is that the Trump administration is quietly ending all Nasa programs for monitoring climate, which have the politically inconvenient effect of actually documenting climate change.

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« Reply #10253 on: May 23, 2018, 02:55:16 PM »
The contempt for fact and accountability runs deep in this administration.

Stalin Lite.
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #10254 on: May 23, 2018, 08:30:10 PM »
"Donald trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes: Andrew Jackson’s rage; Millard Fillmore’s bigotry; James Buchanan’s incompetence and spite; Theodore Roosevelt’s self-aggrandizement; Richard Nixon’s paranoia, insecurity, and indifference to law; and Bill Clinton’s lack of self-control and reflexive dishonesty."

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/will-donald-trump-destroy-the-presidency/537921/

That sums it up quite well.

Despite that, his approval ratings seem to be slowly rising.
His base and the GOP are happy nowadays.
Therefore I understand this:

I have this sinking feeling that Republicans will hold both houses of Congress in 2018 and Trump will be re-elected in 2020.

I'm not losing hope though. Fingers crossed.
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« Reply #10255 on: May 24, 2018, 02:42:28 AM »
That sums it up quite well.

Despite that, his approval ratings seem to be slowly rising.
His base and the GOP are happy nowadays.
Therefore I understand this:

I'm not losing hope though. Fingers crossed.

I completely agree and have said so since his election with only 46% of the popular vote.
And without a Dem House and Senate there will be no impeachment, no matter what he does. Literally.

The GOP made a decision and been true to it, Party Above Country.

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« Reply #10256 on: May 24, 2018, 02:45:02 AM »
The real scandal is that the Trump administration is quietly ending all Nasa programs for monitoring climate, which have the politically inconvenient effect of actually documenting climate change.

Not sure how quite this is but yes, this is occurring.

Science be damned unless it blows something up!
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« Reply #10257 on: May 24, 2018, 02:52:03 AM »
Quote from: The supposedly rational Trumpkins
Look, it’s totally fine, no different from any other White House administration.
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« Reply #10258 on: May 24, 2018, 02:55:12 AM »
Made-for-TV prayer!
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« Reply #10259 on: May 24, 2018, 03:05:35 AM »
^"Foul demons that haunt the President.. .BEGONE!!"