Trump presidency

Donald Trump has threatened to intervene in the Justice Department. He has heard the cries of congressional conservatives bleating that the DoJ has dragged its feet handing over documents. And he whined that what has been handed over was too edited. And why not? He has to do something to divert attention from his increasingly perilous legal situation.

Here’s the tweet:

A Rigged System – They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal “justice?” At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!

10:45 AM – 2 May 2018

It’s absurd. Head of Justice is AG Jeff Sessions — a Trump pick. Matters he recused himself from fall to Assistant AG Rod Rosenstein, a Trump administration pick. Reviewing the document requests, redacting them as necessary is John R. Rausch Jr., US Attorney, Northern District Illinois, another Trump Administration pick. All senior Obama picks are gone.

If anyone rigged the system, Trump did. But he’s discovering that federal lawyers have a code of honor and a dedication to their office that would never occur to Trump.

The DoJ has made itself available to talk to the House Judiciary Committee about timing and redactions. And it wouldn’t be a surprise if they are leary of a House Committee given the complete lack of integrity evinced by Trump ass-kisser supreme, Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, also known for leaking stuff and making things up.

Speaking of Nunes, if Trump is so against redacting why did he release the Democratic summation of the Intelligence committee’s finding with redactions throughout. What’s he afraid of?

It all points to the broader issue of Trump’s erratic behavior – and the possible involvement of his campaign and allies in the Russian hijack of the 2016 election.

And today yet another lawyer, Ty Cobb, quit Trump’s legal team. Lawyers are mercenary sorts, and there are few reasons they would quit on a client under federal investigation. One would be that their client is a complete shit. But Trump’s long-term lawyers already knew his character — so it can’t be that.

Another reason is that their client won’t do what they ask. But if their client is innocent, there isn’t much jeopardy. The justice system bends over backward to ensure rich white men aren’t wrongfully convicted. And there is little possibility that a Trump-picked DoJ would pursue charges unless the evidence was bulletproof.

So that leaves the last possibility. They knew Trump is guilty and they cannot get him to do what they ask. Say stop tweeting, or just shut up.

There is a whole lot of covering up, misdirection and mudslinging going on. But Mueller keeps up his inexorable progress. Trump is falling apart. And the lawyers are no more than rats leaving a sinking ship.



Nikki Haley Plays the Fear Card, Warns of Chemical Attacks in the US.

April 15, 2018

Nikki Haley warned Chris Wallace on Fox News that if we aren’t careful, there will be a chemical weapons attack in America. “This very easily could happen in the United States if we’re not smart, and if we’re not conscious of what’s happening.”  It brings to mind Condoleeza Rice’s admonition about Saddam Hussein: “The problem here is that […]

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Why Did Donald Trump Marry Melania?

April 10, 2018

Melania Trump is a strikingly beautiful woman — which shines through even as she makes some questionable make-up choices. I saw it first hand when I met her as she and Donald were in the youth of their relationship. She was very tall and very quiet. Trump, on the other hand, was glad-handing his way through the event […]

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Twitter Meltdown: Trump ($3B) Can’t Stand that Bezos ($107B) Is the Better Man.

April 1, 2018

Donald Trump does not like Amazon. Or more precisely, he doesn’t like Jeff Bezos. And this animus has been going on a while. Back in 2015, Trump tweeted that Amazon was a ‘no profit’ company and Bezos was a cheat – especially for using his ownership of the Washington Post to reduce Amazon’s tax bill. Donald […]

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Trump Takes a Nixonian Approach to Drug Addiction.

March 20, 2018

Trump went to New Hampshire today to tell Granite Staters that the solution to the drug epidemic is the death penalty for drug dealers. Which is a typical piece of Trump marketing. It’s splashy. It gets headlines. And it is useless. Drug dealers already work in a business where death is a fact of life. And for every […]

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The Rise of neo-McCarthyism.

March 19, 2018

Sebastian Gorka, the British-born, Hungarian Nazi — who rode his racist bona fides from dubious academic distinction in Hungary to the xenophobia of Trump’s ‘America First’ administration — has channeled one of America’s most shameless politicians to underpin his political philosophy. This oleaginous smarm gave a big clue to the roots of his thinking when he celebrated the […]

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Trump Goes to California and Trashes the State and its Governor.

March 19, 2018

Trump went to California today and insulted the Governor. Not to his face mind you, he’s too chicken for that. He’s the sort of spineless man that fires his Secretary of State by tweet. And being Trump his language was exuberant — but the truth was left in the limo, its throat slit. His assessment of […]

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Evangelicals Rip Up the Bible’s Rules to Promote a Porn Star Loving President.

March 10, 2018

I was sent away to religious schools when I was young. There was some form of service every day. Divinity was a mandatory class. And during school breaks, I was deposited once weekly at the local church for a maintenance dose of God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. I mention this only to establish that, while the […]

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Chickens in the ‘Home of the Brave’. Fear and Loathing in Conservative America.

March 1, 2018

Conservatives crow of their steely strength in the face of adversity — ‘America strong’ — while at the same time fret endlessly about all the threats to their way of life. Their leader, Donald Trump, is an exemplar of their knee-knocking courage. One moment he announces a willingness to stare down a lunatic firing an AR-15, the next […]

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