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He Is Crazy Enough

New York Magazine on OMP being crazy enough to fire Robert Mueller:

[OMP] will probably not fire Mueller right away. But the odds that he will fire him eventually are quite strong, perhaps 50-50 or higher.

First, [OMP] has a very strong motive to fire Mueller: He is probably guilty. Several of [OMP‘s] associates have obscured or lied about their meetings with or financial ties to Russia, [OMP] has taken a curiously pro-Russian approach to a series of diplomatic issues (including handing over sensitive information to Russian diplomats), and his son-in-law tried to establish a secret communications line to Moscow. Even if [OMP] and his inner circle turn out to be innocent of the underlying crime, he is obviously guilty of obstructing justice: demanding loyalty of the FBI director and asking him to halt an investigation into a presidential crony, asking other intelligence officials to make this request as well, firing the director, and then publicly admitting he did it to quash the Russia investigation is comically transparent fact pattern.

[OMP] continues to take actions that are difficult to explain if he is innocent and only sensible if he is guilty. A year ago, it seemed implausible to imagine that he could actually make it through the campaign without releasing his tax returns. What could he possibly have to hide that would be worse than the appearance of guilt he was inviting? Perhaps the answer is the same as why he might fire Mueller. What would be worse than the backlash from firing Mueller? The outcome of Mueller’s investigation, maybe.

Second, [OMP] has no intrinsic respect for political norms. He fired Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who had investigative authority over some aspects of [OMP‘s] business, after trying to ascertain his loyalty. He fired Comey after the same process. He pursues vendettas against those who challenge or threaten him with irrational vengeance. His need for deference and flattery is abnormal by the standards of either human beings in general or non-dictator politicians in particular. [OMP] is an instinctive authoritarian; the existence of an independent law enforcement system beyond his control is intolerable to him.

Third, [OMP] has endlessly violated a series of norms that appeared to be inviolable. From the outset of his candidacy, party officials warned him that his behavior — the absurd and promiscuous lying, refusal to disclose his tax returns, refusal to divest his business interests as president, undisciplined tweeting, and on and on — would have to stop.

These experiences have taught [OMP] that the caterwauling Republicans have no real power to hold him back. He can accuse Ted Cruz’s father of killing Jack Kennedy, and call his wife ugly, and however angry Cruz gets, Cruz will come crawling back. Republican warnings have always proved empty.

The rest of the article is equally compelling. 1
He Is Crazy Enough

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  1. It’s worth mentioning that regardless of whether OMP fires Mueller, that will have absolutely no impact on NY AG Schneiderman’s grand jury investigating state financial crimes, as well as looking into young Eric’s charitable impulses. Neither of these investigations can be halted by a president, or pardons issued afterward.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

We don’t know about you, but we fully expect the United States Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, once he has been fully sworn in before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, to immediately start stalling, obfuscating and –where necessary– lying his ass off.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

Sessions made it clear in yesterday’s cabinet meeting, where one by one each cabinet head proceeded to give OMP a lavish rim job (“It’s an honor to be able to serve you,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions) 1, that he was looking to get back into OMP‘s favor. 2

As one of the original neo-Confederates, Sessions has shown himself more than willing to lick OMP‘s shoes in public. Hourly, if need be. Which means he would fire Mueller in an instant should OMP ever mutter his New York version of will no one rid me of this troublesome special counsel? – “Get ’em outta heah!”

If the Senate Intelligence Committee is serious their very first question to Sessions should be: “Yes or no, please: at any time in your relationship with OMP did he demand your loyalty and how did you respond?” That would be a good question.

Sessions has absolutely nothing to gain by being truthful with the committee. Indeed should Sessions admit to more “undisclosed” meetings with Russia’s US Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it is quite likely he would be out of work and, possibly, facing federal charges. We can tell you without fear of error that an average federal government employee who had made similar omissions during the hiring process would have been summarily dismissed from government service, with prejudice, and, depending upon the severity of the omission, immediately prosecuted.

Stalling, obfuscating and lying, that’s what we’ll see from Sessions today. 3

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

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  1. If you are still undecided whether OMP fits the bill of a Third World strongman/dictator after that noxious display, you’re part of the problem. To put it in perspective
  2. We’re not any sort of medical personnel here at WNBTv, but it seems abundantly clear to us that –short man syndrome aside– Sessions has a few obviously unresolved daddy issues.
  3. If you want a worm to turn, reach out to Preibus; the guy doesn’t have and sand. When OMP pushes him to the curb, he’ll spill everything.

The Traitors Coats and Rogers

We briefly mentioned the traitors Coats & Rogers the other day; Congress called on them to testify, in their capacity as national security SMEs, regarding whether OMP requested they betray their country in order to crush public knowledge of OMP‘s (putative) treason.

Their response? They found those questions “too inappropriate” to answer.

Again, imagine for a moment the clamor from the ReThugs had Clinton told the Benghazi committee that a question was “too inappropriate” to answer.

So, no real answers from these cretins, right?

Not so much; had either of these traitors been able to honestly respond that OMP had not attempted to induce them into either perjury or obstruction of justice, we would have heard about it, loudly, resentfully and at length. Which means they have made a calculated decision to avoid, at all costs, lying in public. They had adopted this strategy because because they know the truth will inevitably leak out (e.g., see Nixon.) But they can’t tell the truth themselves ’cause…PROSECUTION!

This whole administration is built on lies and on lies it will fail.

The Traitors Coats and Rogers

Not Practical

George A. Sorial
Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Counsel
The Trump Organization
725 Fifth Avenue New York, NY  10022

Dear Mr. Sorial:

Thank you for your letter on May 11, 2017, responding to the Committee’s bipartisan request on April 21, 2017, for documents about steps the Trump Organization is taking relating to the President’s promise to donate to the Treasury all profits that his hotel makes from foreign governments.

Unfortunately, your meager response does not include the vast majority of documents we requested in our letter.  Instead, you provided only a single document—a glossy, eight-page pamphlet that contains a total of 40 sentences—and an email forwarding this pamphlet to various Trump Organization entities.  This pamphlet raises grave concerns about the President’s refusal to comply with the Constitution merely because he believes it is “impractical” and could “diminish the guest experience of our brand.”

Complying with the United States Constitution is not an optional exercise, but a requirement for serving as our nation’s President.  If President Trump believes that identifying all of the prohibited foreign emoluments he is currently receiving would be too challenging or would harm his business ventures, his options are to divest his ownership or submit a proposal to Congress to ask for our consent. 1

If it was not crystal clear before this point, it should now be beyond obvious that OMP, as well as his campaign staff, were compromised by and/or are still colluding with Russia.

It is also manifestly evident the ReThugs in Congress, the majority party, have not done a single thing about said calamity. As to why, but really? We all know “why”: the ReThugs, already among America’s richest citizens, are counting on OMP to assist them in a money grab worthy of the Borgias – a tax cut aimed at the wealthy. Put another way, the wealthy ReThugs could care less that Russia is pulling OMP‘s strings if that results in lower taxes for their masters and more bribes for them. it’s that simple.

When I was a lad, hell, even a decade ago, this would be considered treason.

Wake up, people.

Not Practical

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  1. The full document can be read here.

Tips for Meeting with OMP

After four months of interactions between [OMP] and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged:

  • Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span.
  • Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention.
  • Compliment him on his Electoral College victory.
  • Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama.
  • Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign.
  • Stay in regular touch.
  • Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.

“If you were prepping people for [OMP] the two or three points would be: one, bear in mind this is still a guy who focuses on wins,” Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to the United States, said. “He likes to have wins for America and wins for himself from bilateral meetings.”

Secondly,” he continued, “he is a deal maker, a pragmatist. Third, this is a guy with a limited attention span. He absolutely won’t want to listen to visitors droning on for a half-hour — or longer if they need an interpreter.”

Tips for Meeting with OMP

Climate Skepticism

The below is encouraging: Senate ReThugs didn’t muster enough votes to repeal an Obama administration rule on methane emissions. I doubt the failed vote was about imaginary “angry Western land owners”; none of Senators who flipped — Collins (R-ME), Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Walnuts (R-AZ)– represent states where leaky gas wells are a huge factor. Much more likely is Graham and Walnuts’ virulent antipathy toward OMP, as well as Collins on-again, off-again playing at “liberal” for her home base. In any event, it’s good for the planet…

Some Republican lawmakers balked at fully embracing the Trump administration’s climate skepticism Wednesday, as the Senate failed to kill an Obama-era plan for containing methane emissions that had deep support among environmental activists and many landowners in the West.

Three Republican senators joined Democrats in blocking the effort to kill the methane restrictions that the GOP congressional leadership had been confident it could scuttle. The push to scrap the methane rules faltered amid an uprising of protest in Western states, where tens of thousands of residents near drilling operations risk exposure to the toxic compounds that leak in tandem with the methane.

At issue is 41 billion cubic feet of a greenhouse gas leaking from many of the nearly 100,000 oil and gas wells on federally owned land. Methane is among the most potent accelerators of global warming, 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.

A House vote in March to eliminate an Obama-era Bureau of Land Management rule requiring energy firms to trap the escaping gas and convert it to electricity was followed by a swift public backlash. Several Republican senators wavered on the measure in recent weeks.

Climate Skepticism

Impeach Him

It’s as though a tiny portion of OMP‘s brain is acutely aware he’s drowning in the White House, and occasionally sends out SOSes (in the form of totally inappropriate behavior) in the vain belief the GOP will man up and impeach him. Won’t happen of course; there’s not a single man in the GOP caucus with the balls to do what’s right. 1 2

It never stops. It. Never. Stops. In the latest installment of the daily scandal machine that is the Trump administration, the Washington Post dropped a stunning story late Monday reporting that President Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their visit to the Oval Office last week.

The story was confirmed later in the evening by Reuters and the New York Times.

And it wasn’t just any classified information. This was what is known as “code-word information,” one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. The information the president reportedly passed on about a plot being hatched by the Islamic State was shared with Washington by an ally who did not authorize its distribution to anyone but a small circle in Washington. Or as one administration official said, Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

Pushback. Top administration is denying the reports. Or at least is denying something. National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster delivered a quick statement Monday saying, “I was in the room — it didn’t happen.” He added, “at no time — at no time — were intelligence sources or methods discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a similar statement. Problem is, none of the stories claimed that sources and methods were exposed.

And then on Tuesday morning, Trump dive-bombed McMaster’s statement that “it didn’t happen,” when he took to Twitter to confirm that in fact he did share classified information with the Russians via Twitter. Trump said he has the “absolute right” to share with top Russian officials information about an Islamic State threat. McMaster is slated to brief the press in the White House Briefing Room this afternoon.


Impeach Him

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  1. Totes unsure about GOP women; they may or may not have the balls.
  2. They have to be congratulating themselves in the White House, saying stuff like “Who knew we could get away with so much? If you told me we could so totally FUBAR the presidency last fall I’d have told you you’re crazy; SOMEONE would have stood up and started impeachment hearings. This is just so off the hook!”

Normalization?

comey pre-translationWe’ve friends who of late worried a dreaded normalization of OMP was well underway. 1

Wait for it, we advised: civilized people can pass for savages, savages cannot pass for civilized people. It’s just a matter of time.

Yesterday’s action not only proved us once again correct, but also removed any doubt as to OMP‘s qualifications for The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane.

The White House has said Comey was removed for his handling of the Clinton e-mail scandal, which has most of official DC and the MSM confused; didn’t OMP praise Comey’s handling of that episode? Well, yes, he did. But what has he done for OMP since? Is Hillary locked up? No, well don’t let the door hit ya on the ass…

Possible Comey Replacements:

Rudi Giuliani. Jebus H. Ke-rist on a Pogo Stick, no! On the other hand, he does have all that foreign government entanglement thing going on, so he’d fit right in with the rest of the neo-Confederate kleptocrats…

Chris Christie. Jebus H. Ke-rist on a Pogo Stick, no! On the other hand he’d simply be another partisan hack and, as such, would be almost entirely predictable…

John Pistole would be a bipartisan pick that would actually server the FBI well…so he ain’t gonna get it; wouldn’t be prudent.

Both the smart AND the desperate money is on Andrew McCabe, the current acting Director, though OMP is just as likely to pick someone political, Trey Gowdy say, just to rally his base, never mind the only “law enforcement” experience Gowdy has is all related to his Select Committee to Destroy Clinton’s 2016 Election Chances by Repeating the Phrase Benghazi! Over and Over and Over Again…

And so it goes.

Until OMP learns of his impending impeachment via Twitter, we assume from Sen. Al Franken  of course, we’re gonna have to keep a chary eye out at all times, sit with our back to a wall and be sure to keep our powder dry; it’s almost like this crew is working from a template

Normalization?

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  1. “Remember,” they said wistfully, “when W. was the worst that could possibly happen? Oh my lord, but we miss those days.”