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And what does a financier know about communications? I don't get it.
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Three More Wishes?

WaPo reports that Donald Trump Sr. (how long will we be calling him president?) has consulted his lawyers about the possibility of using his presidential powers to pardon aides, family members and himself.

LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!

Oh, sorry, did I say that out loud?

From the Post:

With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.

A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.

The president is also irritated by the notion that Mueller’s probe could reach into his and his family’s finances, advisers said.

Trump has been fuming about the probe in recent weeks as he has been informed about the legal questions that he and his family could face. His primary frustration centers on why allegations that his campaign coordinated with Russia should spread into scrutinizing many years of Trump dealmaking. He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.

Trump has repeatedly refused to make his tax returns public after first claiming he could not do so because he was under audit or after promising to release them after an IRS audit was completed. All presidents since Jimmy Carter have released their tax returns.

Further adding to the challenges facing Trump’s outside lawyers, the team’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, resigned on Thursday, according to two people familiar with his departure. Corallo did not respond to immediate requests for comment.

“If you’re looking at Russian collusion, the president’s tax returns would be outside that investigation,” said a close adviser to the president.

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort are scheduled to appear before Senate committees next week. Here’s what’s at stake for them. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s private lawyers, said in an interview Thursday that the president and his legal team are intent on making sure Mueller stays within the boundaries of his assignment as special counsel. He said they will complain directly to Mueller if necessary.  

“The fact is that the president is concerned about conflicts that exist within the special counsel’s office and any changes in the scope of the investigation,” Sekulow said. “The scope is going to have to stay within his mandate. If there’s drifting, we’re going to object.”

Ahhhh, it's not just the probe, it's the tax returns. And they don't like mission creep. Why is that? Is Trump worried about a blow job in the Oval Office? Because, you know, if lying about a sexual indiscretion that was discovered inadvertently during a different investigation on pre-presidential indiscretions are an impeachable offense, you've got to figure hinky tax manipulations to cover up Russian money laundering and questionable real estate deals could be impeachable too.

Or not.

We are talking about Republicans after all. Democrats never get away with anything. Republicans can get foreign help to get elected, steal a Supreme Court nominee, dismantle the State department, put a nationalistic fascist in the White House as a senior aide, appoint a extreme ideologue to fuck around with voter registrations he doesn't like, etc, etc and no one does anything to stop it.

Blow job vs acts requiring a presidential pardon. You'd think this would be a no brainer. But we are dealing with Trump voters who have no brains and a Republican minority juggernaut that is counting on the brainless to keep them in power indefinitely.