Friday, January 5, 2018

When You Have Something (or Much) to Fear, Go On the Offensive...

Trump's actions, and those of his surrogates in congress, point to a man guilty of corruption, possible collusion, and possible obstruction of justice. The fact he sits in the Oval Office is mind boggling.

New York - There are two ways for a president to corrupt the vast powers of federal law enforcement. The one that has commanded the greatest attention so far is the defensive corruption of curtailing investigations into the administration and its allies (by, say, firing Robert Mueller). The other is offensive, by directing investigations into the administration’s political critics. And while this form of corruption has attracted less attention, Trump appears to have made far greater headway here.

Republican senators Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham have made a criminal referral to the Justice Department against Christopher Steele. It is unclear what crime they have in mind. Steele’s underlying offense is having been hired to investigate Donald Trump’s murky connections with Russia, and then having the leads he compiled published without his knowledge. While the FBI had other reasons to investigate Trump besides Steele’s reporting — reportedly the investigation began after Trump aide George Papadopoulos shot off his mouth to an Australian diplomat — Steele’s dossier became a source of humiliation for Trump. The president has been raging for the last year about the “fake” dossier — the veracity of which has been unverified, though many of its elements have been borne out by subsequent reporting. And now two Republican senators, one of whom chairs the Judiciary Committee, have taken up Trump’s demands to treat the dossier’s author, a well-respected British intelligence agent, like a criminal.

In the meantime, the FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation.

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Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is reportedly probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server again.

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At minimum, the effect will be to feed the right-wing news media’s message that Trump’s opponents are the real criminals, in order to supply a distraction for his base. At maximum, the “charges” will allow Trump to have something to trade away — he could fire Mueller while “magnanimously” pardoning his enemies in the alleged spirit of letting old feuds die. In either case, the threat of investigation can be used to make any potential Trump critic think twice.

Smells like the politics of the swamp Trump pledged to drain.

Complete article BELOW THE FOLD

20 comments:

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  2. Somehow that makes you look obsessed, not the honorable Mr. Sanders.

    Besides ... I am no longer nearly as "deluded". Thank your beloved Trumpire for some of that.

    Anyway, this is off topic...so buzz off.

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    2. Thanks dmark for handling WD, another flying rightwing monkey. Probably from WYD monkey farm.

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    3. P💩ul, did you run out of lithium pills again?

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  3. Actually Paul, you caused me to have to ask you, Why would I believe a troll who others have demonstrated is a liar and w/out character?

    Now, since your flagrant lying BS comment is OT I must insist you either comment on the post topic or don't return. You will be deleted if your comment is irrelevant and off topic.

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    1. What a dirty mind... No this is not WYD.

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    2. It seems as though some flying monkeys just never learn dmarks. They just change names and avatars, the BS is always the same.

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  5. The Registered Nurses' Male LoverSun Jan 07, 04:58:00 PM EST

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  6. The above dumb and crude comment should probably deleted other than for the fact that it mentions minions. I like those little yellow fellers.

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  7. Yeah dmarks, I think I'll let this one stand. The DA comment is being copied and pasted all over the place. It just demonstrates the lack of intellectual fire power of some on the right. Some people are proud of the dumbest things.

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  8. "Your buddy has multiple hate blogs against multiple people. He has sent me thousands of vile comments and multiple death threats, THAT is the sign of an obsessed criminal, so fuck off you pussy."

    P💩ul, has it ever occurred to you to ignore any of his messages and simply not visit his blogs?

    It's not like you are solving any perceived problems by obsessing over Dervish's every word and bellyaching with many IDs on many blogs year after year after year after year... Does it?

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  9. THIS time the investigation into Hillary Clinton is SURE to dig up the dirt required to send her to prison. I'm positive it's only a matter of time before Hillary Clinton is sent to prison for a very long time (jk).

    As for "Paul" (aka Luke, aka Steve, aka TOM), I didn't know he was talking about how much he hates me here. Regarding the many comments I've sent him (and will continue to send him, so long as he has his blog set to receive them), they are in full accordance with (his version of) the Golden Rule (which is do unto others as they do unto you. As opposed to do unto others as you would have them do unto you).

    For some examples of the vile, homophobic, disgusting and graphic comments Luke has sent me, see here. "WD" is Paul, btw. This idiot likes sock puppeting support for his hate.

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  11. Unfortunately it is neccessary to return to comment moderation.

    This weblog is not WYD, and, it never will become anything like WYD.

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    1. On the other hand, Les, if you leave the screen door wide open in the summer, you house will be filled with pests.

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  12. I experimented with no comment moderation for a few days and all that did was attract trolls. So it's back to comment moderation for me as well. I still get trolls, only I don't have to read what they send, I just look at the names and hit the delete button.

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