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And now the prosecutors speak

John Elias and Aaron Zelinsky are scheduled to testify before Congress today. Elias, former chief of staff of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, will answer questions regarding AG Bill Barr’s crusade against legal marijuana businesses. Barr was not a fan of legal medical marijuana.

Aaron Zelinsky, former prosecutor working on the Mueller investigation, says that the White House pressured the Justice Department and the courts to go easy on Roger Stone. Unredacted sections of the Mueller report last week showed that Stone was the middle man between Wikileaks and the Trump campaign in obtaining Clinton Campaign hacked emails from the Russians. Mueller suspected that Trump lied to him with his written answers to Mueller’s questions about the hacked emails. Collusion might not be a criminal act but conspiracy to work with a foreign power to influence an election just might be. I think Richard Nixon resigned over less.

But let’s put that aside for a moment. The Mueller investigation seems so five minutes ago. It was THE THING that Democrats thought would put a stop to Trump’s reckless behavior. If anything, Trump was emboldened by the fact that he was able to get AG Barr to wrap it up and deep six the report. It was only days later that he tried to get dirt from Ukraine on Joe Biden.

This is not a convoluted conspiracy theory that requires a maze of improbable events. This is straightforward “I am able to fix this so that I’m unaccountable, therefore, I’m going to do it again” behavior. You don’t need to be a chess master to see what’s going on. Lisa Page didn’t make him do it.

As for Barr’s distaste for companies with licenses to produce legal, medical marijuana, just imagine how he feels about ordinary people with a few pot plants in their gardens. Barr wants you to be chaste until you marry, go to mass every Sunday and stay away from Devil Weed. It’ll make you want to rape and kill.

Freedom!!

You can read Zelinsky’s opening statement here and John Elias’s opening statement here. The hearing starts at 12pm.

In case anyone thinks people are just hating on poor Donald and he gets blamed for everything he does, let’s not forget that people in Arizona, Texas and Florida are now getting hammered by Coronavirus (you can check the numbers at 1point3acres) and Trump is still not wearing a mask. The Republican governors of those three states are starting to rethink that whole mask wearing thing and are now requiring them. Well, not in all of Florida where it depends on how enlightened your local public officials are but you get the point. It took a bit longer than expected for the red states to face their public health catastrophe but now it’s here. It’s probable the that there will be a lock down in those states again. Say what you like about the regional Democratic state alliances, our numbers are down, our residents are expected to wear masks and if we can keep Arizonans, Floridians and Texans out of our regions, we will probably do ok as our states continue to reopen for business. Thank you, Tom Wolf.

An ounce of prevention… a stitch in time…

Forget that trip to Scotland though. The Europeans won’t let us in until our numbers are under control. So as much as some of us in the blue states would love to disassociate ourselves from the red states, we are stuck with them like albatrosses around our necks. Guilt by association as far as the EU is concerned. Lovely.

Anyway, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, Trump has committed many unethical and probably illegal acts in the last three years. But I think the one that’s going to bring him down is acting like a strongman on TV, not wearing a mask and encouraging his disciples to not wear them either. And as far as I know, numbers are not Trump haters. Inquiring minds don’t just fixate on one set of statistics. They look for convergence. If all of them are pointing in the same direction, then we can probably conclude that it’s just nature putting a point on the Trump “presidency” asking us to consider if we want 4 more years of chaos, institutional breakdown, cronyism, and instability or do we want something more like normal.

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