• Tips gratefully accepted here. Thanks!:

  • Recent Comments

    Ga6thDem on VEEP Stakes.
    Ga6thDem on VEEP Stakes.
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on VEEP Stakes.
    William on VEEP Stakes.
    Kathleen A Wynne on VEEP Stakes.
    Catscatscats on VEEP Stakes.
    Kathleen A Wynne on VEEP Stakes.
    tamens on VEEP Stakes.
    William on VEEP Stakes.
    riverdaughter on VEEP Stakes.
    Kathleen A Wynne on Throw it against the wall, see…
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on Throw it against the wall, see…
    riverdaughter on Throw it against the wall, see…
    William on Throw it against the wall, see…
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on Throw it against the wall, see…
  • Categories


  • Tags

    abortion Add new tag Afghanistan Al Franken Anglachel Atrios bankers Barack Obama Bernie Sanders big pharma Bill Clinton cocktails Conflucians Say Dailykos Democratic Party Democrats Digby DNC Donald Trump Donna Brazile Economy Elizabeth Warren feminism Florida Fox News General Glenn Beck Glenn Greenwald Goldman Sachs health care Health Care Reform Hillary Clinton Howard Dean John Edwards John McCain Jon Corzine Karl Rove Matt Taibbi Media medicare Michelle Obama Michigan misogyny Mitt Romney Morning Edition Morning News Links Nancy Pelosi New Jersey news NO WE WON'T Obama Obamacare OccupyWallStreet occupy wall street Open thread Paul Krugman Politics Presidential Election 2008 PUMA racism Republicans research Sarah Palin sexism Single Payer snark Social Security Supreme Court Terry Gross Texas Tim Geithner unemployment Wall Street WikiLeaks women
  • Archives

  • History

    May 2019
    S M T W T F S
     1234
    567891011
    12131415161718
    19202122232425
    262728293031  
  • RSS Paul Krugman: Conscience of a Liberal

  • The Confluence

    The Confluence

  • RSS Suburban Guerrilla

  • RSS Ian Welsh

    • Cold War 2.0 Incoming
      Right, with the ban on Huawei using chips made with American manufacturing equipment (one of America’s last few places of absolute advantage); the bans of TikTok, Tencent and WeChat; the attempt to convince other countries to not use Huawei 5G; the arrest of the Huawei founder’s daughter for doing business with Iran along with the […]
  • Top Posts

We’re headed for a showdown here

Amy Berman Jackson just ordered the justice department to turn over all of the Mueller report including the redacted portions so she can decide if any of it can be used by Roger Stone in his case.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a one-paragraph order gave the U.S. attorneys handling the Stone case until Monday to provide her with portions of Mueller’s report that deal with Stone “and/or ‘the dissemination of hacked materials’” that were leaked during the 2016 presidential campaign to the detriment of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Jackson said she wants to review in private those blacked-out sections of the Mueller report as she weighs several motions from Stone’s lawyers requesting access as part of a larger bid to dismiss the case. Mueller charged Stone in January with lying to Congress and obstructing the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, with a trial in Washington scheduled to begin Nov. 5.

How long will it take for Trump to ask Barr to stonewall Judge Jackson? Has it happened yet? By the end of the day? By the end of the week? Start the clock.

*****************************

The senate intelligence committee is trying to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. My tinfoil antenna are telling me that Don Jr. is the fall guy. Everything Russia related will be blamed on him. He didn’t know any better. Everyone knows he’s as dumb as a post. Trump Sr. has been taking all these steps to protect his son blah-blah-blah.

🙄

Got any other hypothesis?

21 Responses

  1. RD, I like mystery-type plots, unless they are real and insidious. But I think that these people are not byzantine. Trump and his people are not worried about impeachment. They may not be right about this, they are far from brilliant. But that’s where they are putting their chips. They will stonewall everything, ignore all subpoenas, refuse to let people testify. They don’t care how upset the Democrats get; in fact the angrier they get, the more fun it is for him; plus he is daring them to impeach him, which he thinks is a ratings and public relations winner for him.

    Trump had a history of stiffing creditors and contractors, and one of the ways he did it, was to just draw it out, threaten to sue them, let them sue him, figure that he just had more money and legal power than they did, so they would eventually give up and take pennies on the dollar. He even contended for that as an international business negotiation strategy on the campaign trail in 2016. So he’s doing it again, figuring that he can stall and draw out the process past the next elections, or that the public will get so weary of all of it, they will blame the Democrats. “You’ve got nothing on me, yet!,” lines from Cagney’s or Robinson’s movie characters, or his mentor Roy Cohn, And that is how Trump plays it. If Mueller never testifies, if they never turn over the unredacted report, no one can effectively contradict their lies about it. They rushed Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court just for this eventuality. So my thought is that they will just impede at every turn. It is very unlikely that his son would ever testify beyond taking the Fifth Amendment. (Trump said during the campaign that only the mob take the Fifth, but contradicting himself is a daily occurrence for him). I don’t know that they are right about their predicted outcome, but I’m sure they figure that it’s preferable to the other alternative: facts coming out and witnesses going before the House. But there are a lot of things coming at them, from Judge Jackson’s demands, to the House Committees, to the NY legislation to get his state taxes. He’s gotten away with these things all his life, and he’s figuring that he will again, but maybe he won’t this time.

  2. Reposting my comment from another site:
    I’ve had a rough night and I’m so mad I could spit. We’re all past the judging one another for strong language, right?
    Okay, so I’m never watching Ari Melber again. I’ve never watched “Veep, ” and you can bet the farm I never will. Melber had the producers of “Veep” on as guests and this fat fuck (whose name I don’t know) and the lisping Frank Rich (relax, he’s straight) said that after the fourth season, the antiheroine became Hillary Clinton, a horrible person. They drew parallels between Hillary and Trump (!) as both dishonest individuals who pretend to love their families. I wish I were kidding. I screamed out “Motherfuckers” and refrained from hurling my wine glass into the TV (it’s a very good TV). These smug, self satisfied, rich white men trot out all the old canards because when, for example, Roe v. Wade is struck down it won’t affect them in the slightest and, most importantly, because they will never, ever admit to their part in putting that monster in the White House with all of that “they’re all the same,” and what’s the difference?” Goddamn them and their progeny to hell.

    • Sue, I watched that segment, too, and I really did not even know what they were saying, though you are probably right about it. I don’t watch Veep, so I don’t know who is who on the show. I thought they may have misspoken, that they first said that some male character was not really Trump, but Bush; and then they said that the Dreyfus character was Hillary, but then became more like Trump. But yes, then it did sound like they were saying the bad things about Hillary. I think that Dreyfus herself was a Hillary supporter, but I’m not sure. It is very possible that Rich and this other guy are left-wing jerks, or misogynists. It was a worthless segment altogether, but I don’t blame Melber too much for it. I think that he was one of the fairer MSNBC hosts with regard to Hillary. He does have an affinity for rap stars and lyrics, and TV stars, but I don’t think that he was agreeing with any of what these guys were saying, whatever it was.

      I really like Nicolle Wallace’s show, but I am still upset at her having A.B. Stoddard on, the day after she wrote an awful piece at “The Bulwark,” that haven for Republican never-Trumpers, literally telling Hillary to shut up, that she would cost the Democrats the election. Wallace got a good deal of criticism from her liberal fans for having her on; and I wonder if the conservative Andrew Lack was responsible for Stoddard being booked. So I well understand the frustration and anger these things cause, particularly when the other stations are unwatchable.

      • Thanks for talking me off the ledge, William. Sometimes, I feel like my head’s going to explode. Despite thirty five years of dedicated public service, Hillary is always the preferred Press pinada. It’s despicable and makes me feel very protective.
        Wallace’s show is must see TV for me but I never forget that she’s a Republican who admires Obama but hates the Clintons.
        Ari Melber is dead to me.

        • “Press Pinada,” perfect! I love it, Sue. I like Nicolle too except when she gushes about anyone named Bush. Also wish she would dump Donnie Deutsch, another anti Hillary shill, a friend of Cohen, and “acquaintance” of trump; MSNBC just gave him his own show I heard.

  3. Reposting this from another site, if it shows up twice blame WordPress who’s forgotten me after eleven years.

    I’ve had a rough night and I’m so mad I could spit. We’re all past the judging one another for strong language, right?
    Okay, so I’m never watching Ari Melber again. I’ve never watched “Veep, ” and you can bet the farm I never will. Melber had the producers of “Veep” on as guests and this fat fuck (whose name I don’t know) and the lisping Frank Rich (relax, he’s straight) said that after the fourth season, the antiheroine became Hillary Clinton, a horrible person. They drew parallels between Hillary and Trump (!) as both dishonest individuals who pretend to love their families. I wish I were kidding. I screamed out “Motherfuckers” and refrained from hurling my wine glass into the TV (it’s a very good TV). These smug, self satisfied, rich white men trot out all the old canards because when, for example, Roe v. Wade is struck down it won’t affect them in the slightest and, most importantly, because they will never, ever admit to their part in putting that monster in the White House with all of that “they’re all the same,” and what’s the difference?” Goddamn them and their progeny to hell.

  4. Like I said, blame WordPress. I have to sign in everytime and it takes ten minutes to appear.

  5. Later, I made the mistake of watching Goody Comey’s town hall with Squire Vanderbilt. Someone had the balls to ask Dudley Do Right, if he had made a mistake having that infamous press conference scolding HRC for being “so, so reckless.” He mused and said “no.” Comey really thinks his shit doesn’t stink and, let me tell you something, those models of rectitude (in their own minds) sometimes do more harm than actual bad, bad actors.
    There’d better be a woman on our Ticket. Last week, some Sanders moron asked and with great disdain, if I was a “crotch voter?” I’m not kidding. You’re damn straight I’m a crotch voter. She’d never ask a black man if he was a “melanin voter”-she wouldn’t dare! But I’m fair game.

    • More and more, Comey evokes the image of a character in a Greek play who was sure that he was doing the right thing, but was actually doing all the wrong things, out of hubris and foolishness, which leads to calamity; and then spends his days encountering and confronting people, trying to convince them that what he did was right, and that nothing which happened was his fault; and the people view him with an admixture of horror and pity. I don’t know if that very last part is true with him, but it should be. Comey was and is a fool. He had three flaws: He did not like the Clintons; he was intimidated by the potential fury of the Far Right Republicans and the Far Right wing of the FBI; and he is so full of himself that he couldn’t even admit the truth to himself. He broke the rule about criticizing someone after a declination to indict, and everyone in law enforcement knows that rule. He broke the rule about not doing anything political a month before the election. He could easily have used a duplication detection device to check on the “new” emails, and see that they were not, before saying or writing a word about them. And did not tell the country that the FBI had a counterintelligence investigation proceeding against Trump, and now cites the same rule that he deliberately broke with regard to Hillary, who had been cleared. It takes a special kind of arrogance and self-indulgence to not only do all of that, but not even understand the horrors he caused. And like the character in the play, he will not go away, but will keep repeating the same rationalizations, over and over; he a useful and discarded tool for the purveyors of evil. Maybe he is comparable to Von Hindenburg in Germany, who allowed Hitler to take over the government, but would swear that he never meant any of the consequences to happen.

      • Yes, you said it so well. He’s convinced he’s a man of impeachable integrity and as you have shown, he’s not. Those types do so much harm.

      • I agree 100% William. Comey is so sure of his own holiness that he cannot accept he screwed up. He actually would be better off doing what McCabe did and just say it was a mistake. Comey followed the law when it came to not reporting about Trump but didn’t follow the law when it came to Hillary but if you had to make a choice what Trump was doing was way more necessary to tell the voters than his comments about email. Part of that is on Obama though. Comey did want to write an op ed about Russian interference but Obama shut that down.

        • Ga6thDem, thank you for reminding me about Obama’s part in the play, though I never should forget. I am bothered to see all the people pining so nostalgically for Obama’s regime, adulating him. Obviously, he is far better than Trump. But he wouldn’t fight for Garland, and he wouldn’t tell the American people about Russian interference in the election. People who say, “Well McConnell threatened him by saying he would claim it was partisan interference” are making a pretty pathetic argument. He was the President, he had the responsibility to tell the American people about this, and he was much more popular than McConnnell. But he stayed silent. Thinking that Hillary would win, is no excuse. The interference itself, the extent of which was much greater than known then, was even so a big threat to her winning. The obvious import was that Russia wanted Trump to win, were doing everything they could to cause him to win, and if he won, he would be either indebted to, or a tool of, Russia. How could a President keep silent about that?

          So in some way, Obama is like another figure in a play, the man who could well have stopped the tragedy from occurring, but did not want to risk his reputation, which thus remains intact, while the repercussions of his inability to act still torment the country. It really amazes me as to how little criticism he has ever gotten for this inaction, as compared to Hillary, who is blamed for everything she ever said or didn’t say. She called Trump “Putin’s Puppet” to his face, and she was the one who tried to warn everybody, but the media drowned it out because it came from her. And Obama has just floated along above it. Actually, all of this is some of the reason why I am not a fan of Biden, who knew about all of it, and gave Hillary the weakest support possible in 2016. But of course Biden is far better than Trump, and he gets to run against the known and horrifying Trump, while Hillary had to run against the projection Trump, whom the media thought was very interesting and refreshing.

          • To repeat myself: Obama was Chamberlain when we needed Churchill.

          • Obama was Hamlet.

          • Obama wanted to secure his legacy… a much easier thing to do when you come between W and tRump

          • Well, this is why I don’t think Biden should be the nominee among other reasons. Biden was there and didn’t say a darn thing. Again, this is mostly on Obama since he was president but Biden knowing that Russia was interfering went around in 2017 and said he would have won. Biden enabled the Nazis along with Obama. We have like 20 other candidates that don’t have Russian problems other than Bernie that also has them too. We don’t need a Russian tainted candidate.

  6. Yes also will flood the dorky jr messy divorce comebacks when DD slims Hunter Biden.

    On Tariff’s, Deranged Donnie s tax cost increase for we consumers, aka artificial economy boost, I’m going to be spending only on foods, necessities and services, I consume too much anyway so this is a really good reason to stop.

  7. Off topic: Happy Mother’s Day. 😛

  8. Mother had her little helper and Father was the Miltown Man–and then the older generations couldn’t understand why the kids thought drugs were OK. 🙄

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: