(THREAD) The Whitaker scandal is deepening, as it becomes clear that Sessions’ Russia recusal was a coordinated sham and his firing an act of obstruction—and that his replacement is a White House plant inside the Mueller probe. I hope you’ll retweet and read on for more details
What a political day today has been!
First, the Democrats took over the House of Reps. EXCELLENT.
It might not have been a blue tsunami, but it was certainly a blue wave.
But while we were still rejoicing, Trump goes and fires (forces ‘resignation’) of Jeff Sessions.
Worse than that, he bypasses Rod Rosenstein (Deputy Attorney General), and hires Sessions’ Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker, as Acting Attorney General. Within a very short period of time, it is publicly discovered that Whitaker is already on record saying the next AG should just cut all funding for the special counsel project, and basically choke the project via lack of funding. He also said that the Mueller investigation should not investigate Trump’s finances, that it would be a red line in the sand that should not be allowed.
Worse than that, Whitaker was Campaign Chairman for Sam Clovis, who is ALREADY a Mueller witness.
Whitaker, therefore, by law, should recuse himself. For two reasons ALREADY. But he won’t.
Constitutional Crisis, here we are.
The new House doesn’t take effect until January. This is turning very ugly, literally at defcon speed. Groups are already planning to march across the country tomorrow/Thursday. Trump is clearly freaking out about the House takeover by the Democrats. This is his response.
We can only hope that Rosenstein and especially Mueller knew this would happen eventually, and are ready for it. Otherwise, this could be a death knell for Democracy. My fingers remained crossed.
p.s. Trump replaced AG Session with personal loyalist Whitaker, activating the National Rapid Response to #DefendMueller
5pm, tomorrow, November 8th. 400,000 have signed up nationwide.
The People begin marching tomorrow night at 5 pm locally. It has begun.
The times we failed to hold up our standards recently are numerous.
1. allowing anyone to run for President of the United States without forcing them to provide tax returns.
2. electing a President of the United States who was caught saying ‘I like to grab them by the pussy.’
3. electing a President of the United States who openly mocks the physically disabled.
4. Congress not acting as the separate power that they are, to hold a daily lying to the world (via Twitter or verbally) presidential candidate, or actual President….accountable. Just acting like the President is Teflon Man, and nothing outrageous or an actual lie he utters over and over almost without the ability to contain himself…nothing sticks to him. No accountability.
The list is endless and we all know it is.
A love of Truth and Virtue is not leading this country anymore.
It is absolute abuse and corruption of absolute power. The country was set up with three branches of government; the Executive branch (the President), the Legislative branch (Congress), and the Judicial branch (the Supreme Court and lower courts.) The whole purpose was to BALANCE power.
There have been, of course, MANY times when one political party held all three branches of the government in control. But it has NEVER been as abused as it is being abused right now.
There was always compromise, based on a common goal of truth and decency.
That no longer exists.
We like to think that our elections are the one fail-safe we have to right the ship of abuse of power. Perhaps that is still true. But we don’t even know if we can trust our elections anymore due to electronic hacking and gerrymandering of voting districts.
There is no way that our Founding Fathers could’ve anticipated an electronic revolution that would allow hacking to the political level that it is currently being employed. Paper ballots is still the safest way to vote. We are told that there is enough separation of voting by states to prevent a change in the outcome. But we saw with the last election that if only a few states have a change of a few hundred thousand votes each, enough to swing their electoral college, well….we have a different outcome.
These are horrifying times for our country.
Whether Brett Kavanaugh was a notorious black-out drunk in high school and college…whether even if we accept that, and that condones his forgetting potential horrible crimes like gang rape…the ATTITUDE and BEHAVIOR and blatant LIES (about getting into Yale unaided–he didn’t, about “Devil’s Triangle”, about his age and the legal drinking age in high school, to name a few of his perjury lies)…he exhibited during Thursday’s testimony ought to make him unworthy of a lifetime appointment to the highest court in our country. The verbal abuse he spat out, the accusations against anyone left of him politically, where beyond appalling. He is supposed to be part of the most politically-free, impartial court in our country.
He even went so far as to THREATEN the left to expect retribution!
“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record,” Kavanaugh said. “Revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.”
First off, I seem to have come down with a cold. First one in 4-6 years. Not a normal cold, or a so far light flu. Time will tell… (I did get my flu shot in September.)
Anyhow, biggest takeaway in chapter one? No one Trump included, thought he had a prayer of winning. Right through election night, until it happened right before their eyes;
From the book…
“Not only did Trump disregard the potential conflicts of his business deals and real estate holdings, he audaciously refused to release his tax returns. Why should he if he wasn’t going to win?
What’s more, Trump refused to spend any time considering, however hypothetically, transition matters, saying it was “bad luck”—but really meaning it was a waste of time. Nor would he even remotely contemplate the issue of his holdings and conflicts. He wasn’t going to win! Or losing was winning.
Trump would be the most famous man in the world—a martyr to crooked Hillary Clinton.
His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would have transformed themselves from relatively obscure rich kids into international celebrities and brand ambassadors.
Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the Tea Party movement.
Kellyanne Conway would be a cable news star.
Reince Priebus and Katie Walsh would get their Republican Party back.
Melania Trump could return to inconspicuously lunching.
That was the trouble-free outcome they awaited on November 8, 2016. Losing would work out for everybody.
Shortly after eight o’clock that evening, when the unexpected trend—Trump might actually win—seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he called him, looked as if he had seen a ghost.
Melania, to whom Donald Trump had made his solemn guarantee, was in tears—and not of joy.
There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a quite horrified Trump.
But still to come was the final transformation: suddenly, Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be and was wholly capable of being the president of the United States. “
More to come tomorrow.
Dear @GOP, The President of the United States of America just turned the threat of *Nuclear War* into a dick-measuring contest.
Are you ready to have the “mental fitness” discussion, or should we wait until after the nukes are airborne? Sincerely, Terrified Americans
J. Dice added,
EDITED TO ADD an excellent commentary, that I believe is spot on (ABOUT Bannon’s attack on Trump today):
Definitely worth viewing (it’s only a few minutes long.)