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Why being a subject of an investigation is a very big problem for Trump.

The Washington Post reports that Trump is a subject of Mueller’s investigation but not a target as of yet. There’s probably a good reason why he’s not a target and may not become one while he’s president.

There is a long standing presumption that it is not possible to indict a sitting president. That makes sense in that if you are not a popular president, it’s possible that your political enemies could get you on trumped up charges (no pun intended) and throw you in jail. That’s not the way we do things in this country. In this country, we use the impeachment process to remove a president from office. And the bar is set pretty high to try and convict him in the Senate.

Impeachment is unavoidably a political process. A president that is eventually removed by this process will need to have demonstrated not merely that he is self dealing or lacking character. His actions will need to be seen as a threat to the country. That’s why Nixon resigned before he was impeached and why Clinton was not convicted.

Trump is a different animal. He is a threat. His bizarre relationship with Vladimir Putin suggests that he will do nothing to safeguard upcoming elections. His trade policy is wrecking havoc on markets and people’s livelihoods. His foreign policy is so broken that our allies can’t depend on us. And his tax policy is going to bankrupt us. He’s not concerned. He’s been through bankruptcies several times. We’ll just stiff some creditors and keep on trucking. Except that the constitution forbids that. Like the Lannisters, Americans always pay their debts. The minute we say we’re not going to do that anymore, the full faith and credit of the country will be on the line and the world will shudder.

We haven’t even started to discuss what DACA deportations will look like or what will happen when a bunch of wanna be alpha men ammosexuals take to the southwest to defend the border from “caravans” of desperate asylum seekers. It’s going to be very ugly.

Now, with Scott Walker sounding the alarm about the Blue Wave in November, Trump and the Republicans May look the other way when it comes to Russian interference in our voting process.

This is very bad.

Robert Mueller still wants to interview Trump on some of his findings related to Comey’s firing. That’s to determine intent. And EVERYONE knows, even the Trump voter, that Trump lies about everything, even when he doesn’t have to lie. He’s going to break a law. But like I said before, he’s unindictable at this stage. So Mueller will write a report and hand it over to congress when its finished. It will probably include some pretty damning evidence. Trump breaks the law on a daily basis. Plus, the state of Maryland is already suing him for violating the emouluments clause.

All that is left to see is how the Republicans are going to treat this report. I think we know what that means. They’ll sit on it. They’ll do nothing to stop vote tampering. They’ll try to intimidate voters at the polls. All with the goal of preventing the wave. And if they succeed, there won’t be anything we can do about the dangerous toddler in the Oval Office.


Because if they can stop us in 2018, there won’t be a free and fair election in 2020. So even if the Roseanne’s of the world finally wake up from their anger induced stupor, there won’t be a thing they can do to change anything.

Everything that’s wrong with America summed up by a teenager.

Welcome to the much lauded “private sector”, Emma where there will always be some business person who will trash government on the one hand while money grubbing for tax payer money with the other.

This, I am pretty sure, is part of what the Trump voters were angry about but they keep voting for the very same people who will give them more of it.


“Early morning April four,

a shot rings out in the Memphis sky.

Free at last, they took your life. They could not take your pride!”