Dump Trump (ITMFA!) and the Republicans

I’m breaking good blogging protocol. Here’s the entire article from the Pod Save [Whatevs] guys. It’s really good, and excerpting it doesn’t work, and as it is an email, there is no link to a web page.

The redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report is filled with stunning details about scores of contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials and agents, many of which occurred long after the Trump campaign learned the Russian government was actively, criminally sabotaging the election to help Donald Trump become president.


It is also filled with even more stunning information about Trump’s efforts to end, limit, or compromise the Russia investigation—most of which were unsuccessful, but some of which worked.


And, perhaps most importantly for Trump’s legal future, it reveals that Mueller made 14 criminal referrals to other prosecutors, 12 of which remain undisclosed.


The first part of the report recounts Russia’s criminal attack on the 2016 election; the Trump campaign’s awareness of Russia’s involvement; its simultaneous effort to mislead the public about Russia’s involvement; and the myriad, corrupt interactions between Trump associates and Russians offering to help the Trump campaign.


Mueller notes that “the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.” But notwithstanding Trump’s and Barr’s insistence that Mueller found “NO COLLUSION!” Mueller found tons of it. Most notably, he very nearly charged Donald Trump, Jr., and considered charges against others, for agreeing to accept dirt on Hillary Clinton from agents representing Russia in its efforts to help Trump win the election. Mueller declined to prosecute only because he didn’t believe he could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Don Jr. knew he was breaking the law, and that the value of the dirt on Clinton exceeded the legal threshold for campaign-finance felonies. The Too Dumb to Jail loophole. (Ed: we made that up.)


The obstruction section of the report recounts many episodes that occurred in public, and others that have been reported in the news media. But it contains granular details that we did not know, including Trump’s repeated orders to subordinates to lie and falsify evidence and even to prohibit Mueller from investigating any past elections—including the 2016 election. Mueller writes that the president’s efforts were “mostly unsuccessful,” which is to say that some succeeded, and that his associates’ lies to Congress and to the Justice Department “materially impaired the investigation.” The obstruction worked.


Because Justice Department rules prohibit Mueller from indicting Trump for this conduct, the report is plainly drafted as a factual record for Congress, should it decide to impeach Trump, and a future Justice Department, should it decide to indict Trump after he leaves office.


Mueller declined to accuse Trump of criminal obstruction in part because it could “potentially preempt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct”—impeachment—and because the president “does not have immunity after he leaves office.” Hear that Attorney General Kamala MayorPete Klobuchar O’Rourke?!


That language makes it clearer than it already was that Attorney General William Barr has spent nearly a month lying about the report’s contents and usurping Congress’s constitutional powers to protect the president. He even excused Trump’s obstructive conduct on the grounds that Trump only did it because he was “frustrated and angered” by the investigation, which seems like a pretty big loophole for crime suspects.


Many Democrats have rightly called upon Barr to resign. But after years of asking the public to wait for Mueller’s report, Democrats lack a clear message about what the report means, and what should happen now, because they remain terrified of doing what’s right—launching an impeachment proceeding.


They could say, “The president and his cronies desperately wanted Putin’s help in the election and then they committed crime after crime to cover it up.”


They could say, “The president has spent two years shouting No Collusion. This report makes clear once and for all that he was lying.”


They could say, “Donald Trump lied to the public, lied to the special counsel, and trashed our institutions of justice to protect himself and his wealth, in violation of his oath of office.”

They won’t say these things, because the truth invites the obvious question: Why shouldn’t Trump be impeached? Instead, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer said “going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point.” If Democrats follow Hoyer’s lead, they will abdicate a basic constitutional obligation, and reinforce Trump’s belief that he is above the law. And if this report makes anything clear, it’s that, should Trump get away with all this, he won’t be chastened—to the contrary, the scale of his criminal ambitions will widen, and the country will be in even greater danger.

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9 Responses to ITMFA

  1. Impeachment, absent votes in the Senate to convict, (or at least influential Republican Senators who still hold country over party hand have a come-to-jesus moment with Trump) is a useless exercise, and merely give the R’s a huge cudgel to beat on the Dems with, because they have no shame; they’ll say “It’s just like when we impeached Bill Clinton! It was all Political!”

    And they’ll win with that because the media will both sides the HELL outta the whole thing just like that.

    By now EVERYONE KNOWS Trump is a venal, corrupt thug and wannabe dictator. 40% of the country is OK WITH THAT.


    The Mass media is happy there’s a circus going on, and has zero interest in informing the public, and the public itself is largely happy there’s a circus going on and doesn’t give a shit about being informed.

    Impeachment at this point is a meaningless waste of political capital and would only fuel Trump’s pose as a victim.

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  2. I disagree, respectfully, with the desert rat. After reading much of the back and forth at LGM, I will say that Even if the Miss McConnell’s Senate is going to stonewall, there is a valid function. It serves not only to demonstrate that there are still some vestigial spines in the Democratic Party, but also that there are lines that are a step too far. If we remember, Nixon had a Senate firebreak as well, but when the House was ready to vote out Articles of Impeachment, which had some impact on how the Senate would vote, he stepped down rather than go through the whole mess… This is awful, this is criminal, and we need to step up and say that even if Mcconnell (a wholly owned subsidiary of Russia, Inc) refuses to even consider it, consigning it to the shitty pile with Merrick Garland’s nom9nation. After all, why are we allowing a smirking Russian turtle to dictate our government?


    • Nixon had a Senate firebreak as well, but when the House was ready to vote out Articles of Impeachment, which had some impact on how the Senate would vote, he stepped down rather than go through the whole mess…

      Nixon only resigned after several prominent and powerful Republican Senators put country over party, met him and told him he should resign.

      There are no Republican Senators who will put country over party; rather, they are like Trump: the party IS the country in their minds; WE are the un-American ones. The House passing Articles of Impeachment will have ZERO effect on the Senate. Oh, yes Susan Collins will mewl and bleat about ‘propriety’ and ‘norms’ then vote right along with the rest of the majority.

      As for why we’re letting a smirking Russian turtle to dictate to our government,? WE HAVE NO CHOICE! That’s why.

      McConnell is in a position of unassailable power, so long as he keeps his majority in line. Merrick Garland proved that. Announcing that a bill passed by 98% of the House of Representatives is “Dead on Arrival” proved that. His majority is FINE with this. His party is FINE with this. The Republican base is FINE with this.

      The modern GOP truly sees itself as the ONLY option for America. WE are the ENEMY not the opposition.

      AND 40% of the country is JUST FINE WITH THIS

      We either elect a Democratic Majority to the Senate, beat McConnell in 2020, or burn the fucking place down. That’s it.


  3. Infidel753 says:

    Short version: Mueller is correctly pointing out that under our Constitutional system, stopping a corrupt and criminal President is Congress’s job, not his. And Congress will not do its job, in the sense that there will not be the needed 20 Republican votes in the Senate to join with the 47 Democrats for conviction and removal — which makes impeachment a pointless and possibly counter-productive act of symbolism, as Brucedesertrat points out.

    At best, Trump might be persuaded to resign if a delegation from Congress were to threaten devastating legal action against him after he leaves office and promise immunity if he resigns now. Such immunity would thwart justice, but that’s not the main priority right now. The main priority is to get this hateful, stupid, impulsive, and morally-blind man out of office and away from the nuclear button before he does something in Iran or elsewhere that will douse America’s hands with the blood of more innocents than the Nazi Holocaust, re-defining our country and people in the eyes of the rest of the world for generations to come.

    But even such an intervention would be unlikely to work unless enough prominent Republicans — such as McConnell — were part of it. And we already know they’re too cowardly.

    As far as I can see, all our Democrats in Congress can do is stay prepared to launch impeachment in case something so monstrous emerges that Trump starts losing major Trumpanzee support and those 20 Senate Republican votes materialize — and in the meantime, keep the pressure up in every other way they can. Subpoena his taxes. Dig into everything they can think of. Maybe there’s something out there he’s so afraid of that he’d resign under threat of it being revealed. It’s all we’ve got right now.

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    • MDavis says:

      I seem to recall from Nixon’s kerfuffle that part of the process leading up to impeachment was a sort of “what, exactly, are we considering here that makes impeachment a possibility?” And, further, it looks, to me like the House has begun the process of gathering the necessary information. Isn’t that why Trump is fighting so hard against his tax returns being handed over to them?
      It also seems that it might be wise to start off by impeaching some of the worst of the worst of sitting judges, like those who consistently rule in favor of the side with the most money or higher status. We (our government) really should take this step anyway Why not start now?


  4. Pyed says:

    We now have enough information to inform us that Trump’s actions have reached the level of impeachment, and while no one can foretell the future with certainty, we can be fairly sure that it the Democrats do not impeach Trump, the Republicans sure as heck won’t.

    Impeach Trump because the Constitution neither says a president can do no wrong, nor does it allow Congress to sneak into the White House by night, beat the snot out of the president and lock him in the cellar for the rest of his term.

    Impeach the motherfucker, if for no other reason than impeaching such a criminal president is Congress’ constitutional duty.


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  6. laura says:

    Are we a nation of laws, or are we a nation of men? Let the investigations begin, let the groundswell build, ignore the naysayers and support and defend the Constitution from all enemies foriegn And DOMESTIC.
    Chop wood and carry water.
    If not now, when, if not Congress, who?

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    • MDavis says:

      “Chop wood, carry water”. This reminder will get me through today. If I remember, it should get me through tomorrow as well. My wood and congress’s are different, of course, so thank you laura.


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