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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.


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.

13 Responses

  1. The air is becoming too hot

  2. I just can’t get help smile knowing Mueller has his hands on his taxes. YES! And the buffoon thought nobody could touch it. LOCK HIM UP!

  3. ‘Foreign help to get elected.’ The charming dewy innocence of that breathless nonsense makes me quite nostalgic. Why it’s an American tradition, induced mass hysteria about enemy interference in your fake democracy. And you lap it up every time! Anything to keep from facing who really runs your country! I don’t suppose any of you frantic naïfs remember Charlie Trie.


    That, if memory serves, was way back when Cambridge CIA recruit Bill Clinton succeeded DCI G.H.W. Bush, before Clinton was succeeded by spy brats Bush Jr. and Obama (how did the youngster turn up partridge hunting in Pakistan with Musharraf’s future successor in ’81, anyway?)

    The really interesting question is how Brennan’s anointed, Hillary, who cut her teeth on CIA’s bloodless Watergate coup, managed to lose to a horny gauche buffoon.

    • Yeah, it is unbelievable that she legitimately lost, isn’t it?

      Which is a major reason that a lot of us don’t believe it was legitimate…(lookin’ at you, Vladimir Satanovich…)

      h/t Joe Cannon for Vlad’s nickname. 😈

  4. I have a strong feeling that Mueller is going to uncover facts that will blow his mind, Trump will fire him and Mueller will spend a long time bringing his findings to the press and public.
    What will it take for Congressional Republicans to abandon Trump, or as I like to call him, “President Stillson.”

  5. Down to friends and family … not much between the Donald and the light of day … and the door

    And he will get light shined on people who prefer to stay in the dark and remain anonymous … not a safe thing … “mysterious” things have happened for far less … just saying

  6. Sean Spicer resigns.

  7. Yeah, it’s gonna be ugly. We already know that at least members of his campaign were colluding with the Russians. If he’s that angry about Mueller getting his tax returns there is something in there that he doesn’t want anybody to see.

  8. Ah, GA6th, site of the Dem party’s ruinous money bonfire to install a cookbook DNC donor kleptocrat! How are the smoking ruins of public revulsion against public-position cant? Thanks for the news, which I hadn’t heard – cabinet members colluding with the Russians! Which Russians are those? Not all of them, I hope! Collusion is awfully serious! It means rights were derogated or illegal benefits were obtained, by clandestine fraud! Whose rights were derogated? Which rights? What illegal benefits were obtained? Give me the facts and I’ll denounce those scoundrels from the rooftops!

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  10. RD: Uppity uses a feature on her blog which automatically shunts all first-time posters to moderation. That would stymie the Troll Of 1,000 Names. Just sayin’… 😉

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