Unbelievable.

 

Top intelligence office informs congressional committees it’ll no longer brief on election security

“…It also comes after the top intelligence official on election security issued a statement earlier this month saying China, Russia and Iran are seeking to interfere in the 2020 US election, a warning that prompted some backlash from Democrats on Capitol Hill who have continued to push for the public release of more information about the nature of those efforts.”

It’s amazing. Putin overthrew the United States without wasting a single bullet.

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13 Responses to Unbelievable.

  1. roket says:

    Isn’t withholding evidence an impeachable offense?

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    • beckymaenot says:

      Wasn’t he impeached? Seriously- at this point- none of this matters if he isn’t voted out in November. If he is voted out- it still won’t matter if nobody decides to prosecute this asshat for his massive criminal activity.

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  2. MDavis says:

    “… nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself… ”
    I thought you at least had to admit you’re invoking the Fifth.

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  3. Redhand says:

    It wasn’t just Putin. It’s pretty hard to remain a representative democracy committed to the rule of law when one of the Nation’s two political parties is fascist.

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  4. skinnydennis says:

    Fully expect the election to be cancelled.

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    • tengrain says:

      I fully expect to see the 4th Reich try to cancel the elections, but they cannot: elections have so many fail-safe and dead-man switches it cannot happen by declaration.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • Redhand says:

        Correct, but you know this election is going to be a total shitshow. It won’t look remotely normal.

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      • beckymaenot says:

        Really TG? Like the fail-safes in place to keep someone like Trump from ever being elected? Like the fail-safes in place to keep someone like Trump from overreaching in power and influence? Like the fail-safes in place to keep him in check?

        It seems to me that the fail-safes only work if everyone is playing by the rules and it has become abundantly clear that the GOP is more interested in staying in power than in our democracy. They are breaking laws out in the open and NOTHING is being done. What is going to keep them from just seizing our government?

        Dolt45 has already cued up his asshole supporters with “if I lose, it’s because they cheated” and inciting violence toward ANYONE who protests or opposes him. It is clear- that for the first time in our history- there will NOT be a peaceful transition of power.

        I no longer have any faith in fail-safes and instead am planning for the worst. Obviously- I want to be wrong- but, seriously- it is no longer a given that the criminal administration that is Trump’s Whitehouse CAN be voted out. It is no longer a dystopian fantasy that we might have to fight a second civil war. The gun nuts and fetus fondlers have all decided that they are in the right and that God is on their side. They will have no trouble at all turning their guns on those of us that proclaim to be liberal/progressives. And there are way too many of them that WANT to kill us. They have been agitating for a race war ever since the civil rights movement. They have been practicing and stockpiling for this war. They have been preparing to kill the people they don’t agree with because they can’t win them over.

        No-one is going to save us. We are going to have to do it ourselves. Of course our plan is to vote him out- and all of them out- but when they shut down the democracy, it’s going to have to be us saving our country: protesting, marching, fighting and having our blood spilled. It is going to be our turn to give it all we have- and it is going to be the fight of our lives. You better get ready- body, mind and spirit- because they aren’t going to go away quietly. They have spent the last 3 years dehumanizing everyone that doesn’t agree with them- they will have no problem killing us to get what they want. Jesus- they already are- They specifically let people in Blue Cities/ States die instead of supporting them with covid supplies, killing black people because they can, cutting off economic support for the poor sop they can’t take care of their families, and then actually shooting protestors- and being called heroes for it.

        Trump knows if he loses he is going to prison and he will do whatever is necessary to keep that from happening. He will do ANYTHING REQUIRED to stay in power. Do not kid yourself. It is already happening.

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      • tengrain says:

        Becky –

        Look, I get it. Everyone is concerned; I’m concerned too. But short of pulling a military coup, there is no way to cancel an election (legally):
        The date is set by Federal statute so the entire Congress —both House and Senate— would have to agree.

        Per the Constitution itself, the President’s term expires noon on January 20th; if there is no duly elected president to be sworn in, then the rules of succession kick in. If the House has elected a new Speaker, he or she becomes president. Otherwise, it is the president pro tempore of the Senate. Remember: the Speaker does not have to be an elected person, so even if the elections were somehow cancelled, the House could still elect Nancy Pelosi to be speaker and Boom! President Pelosi.

        Also fun fact: 100% of Congress is up for election and fully ⅓ of the Senate; cancelling or postponing the election means that there are only something like 60 Senators left in power. They are not gonna go for that.

        But the real reason Trump can’t postpone or cancel the election is that it is not controlled by the federal government. It is controlled by the 50 states and Washington, DC. The Democratic governors are not going to cancel.

        Unless you really think that the entire US military is going to back the man who uses them for props while simultaneously cuts their benefits, who disparages veterans and Gold Star families, who regularly hires and fires Generals… it ain’t gonna happen.

        Look, it is much easier to steal an election than it is to have a coup. Trump is crazy, but he is not a planner and executor of a plan. He is chaos.

        Rgds,

        TG

        PS – I am not discounting that there is going to be violence, there already is. Possum Hollar wants a war, and they’ve got guns. I see it much more likely that they would try to secede if they lost the election (the south, being likely). And seriously, I’d let ’em go. Send them change of address cards and a #2 pencil.

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      • tengrain says:

        From the brainiacs at Electoral Vote:

        “There are, in the end, five ways that Donald Trump might try to stay in office beyond January 20, 2021:

        1. Actually win the election: We all agree this would do the job. Obviously, both questioners are skeptical this will happen. And Donald Trump and his campaign may come to share this skepticism, particularly if the polls are looking bad in September or October. In that case, he might move on to the various forms of chicanery covered by the other four items on this list.
        2. Stop the elections from being held: It will not be easy to get states with Democratic governors, or with not-Trump-friendly Republican governors (VT, OH, MA, MD) to play along with this. The scenario contemplated by S.K. is at least plausible, but not very—we can imagine mayors putting “submit-your-ballot” mailboxes in high-traffic locations, or arranging for UPS or FedEx to collect ballots. And beyond that, if there is no election (however that might be accomplished), the key is this: Donald Trump’s first term ends at noon on Jan. 21, 2021. End of story. If there’s no election, then he will not have qualified for another term, nor will his running mate. It is also likely (although not certain) that the post of Speaker of the House will be vacant. If the Speakership is not vacant and Nancy Pelois (D-CA) is still speaker, she becomes the president. If the Speakership is vacant, then the presidency devolves upon the president pro tempore of the Senate, who will be chosen by a majority of the 33 Democrats, 30 Republicans, and 2 independents who remain in office. Those folks will choose a Democrat as pro tempore by a vote of 35-30.
        3. Game the Electoral College: The general idea here is that Trump would ask some of his gubernatorial friends/lackeys to cancel their state elections so as to keep anyone from taking an electoral majority, thus throwing the election to the House or to the Senate for resolution, where it would be awarded to the Donald by his Republican allies. We have covered the various scenarios here and here, and they all end with the same conclusion: There is no scheme that ends with Trump getting a second term; there are too many counter-moves available for the Democrats, particularly at the Electoral College level.
        4. Muddy the results, and then get the courts to step in: This is the scenario envisioned by J.P., and it’s the only one on this list, besides #1, that we believe could actually come to pass. But it’s not terribly likely. First of all, Joe Biden would have to win a small number of states (one, two, maybe three) by a slim number of votes (less than 25,000). Second, there would have to be some plausible argument as to why the final result is not legitimate. It’s true that the current Supreme Court is pretty clearly in the bag for the Republicans when it comes to elections, but it’s also true that they can’t just overturn a bunch of states’ election results because Team Trump cooks up a conspiracy theory about undocumented immigrants voting. Keep in mind, the power of the Supreme Court (and, for that matter, the presidency), rests on the consent of the governed. Right now, a huge percentage of the governed are very unhappy, but they are still (largely) playing along because they still buy in to the system, if not into the people who currently run the system. If the President and the Supreme Court distort the system beyond recognition, then that buy in goes away, and the power of those offices is badly damaged (or even destroyed).
        5. Stage a coup: Even if Trump were to declare martial law, that does not suspend the Constitution, and thus does not change the deadline for the end of his first term. That means that if he tries to stay in office without benefit of having been reelected, he will have staged a coup. Obviously, coups happen, so this is not impossible. However, this approach would require buy-in from federal law enforcement and from the military. You will notice that nearly all successful coups involve military officers, or else civilian leaders who had seeded the upper ranks of the military with their close personal allies. Neither of these things is true of Trump, and our experience is that America’s soldiers take their oaths to defend the Constitution (not the President, take note) very, very seriously. And even if the President and a cabal of soldiers and law enforcement officers do try to seize extralegal power, then they will have a rebellion of tens of millions of people to put down.

        “And, by the way, can we really expect all of this from a president who is more than willing to talk a big talk, but is rarely willing to walk a big walk. When push comes to shove, doesn’t he nearly always back down? Can we really believe he has the spine to go full Augusto Pinochet or Idi Amin?
        “And so, our conclusion remains the same: If Trump wants to stay in office, he better win the Electoral College unambiguously. Any other path ranges from “highly unlikely” to “impossible” on the spectrum of possibilities.”

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      • MDavis says:

        It is stunning to me that this is a legitimate discussion of our upcoming election.
        I seem to remember some frantic claims that Obama was going to steal the presidency, but it just didn’t seem like a serious discussion to me. This does.

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  5. beckymaenot says:

    Thanks TG- I appreciate your calm headed recitation of actual facts. And I am not being the least bit sarcastic in my gratitude.

    I’ve always been a fan of facts to head off a freak out. And it’s usually me keeping my head and talking others down. I am still upset because, well, that asshole is still in office. I guess there are just days where it seems so awful and they are so blatant now regarding corruption and criminal behavior- well, it’s hard to keep a good thought. I just have to keep reminding myself 65 days to the election. 143 days to inauguration.

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    • tengrain says:

      Beckymaenot –

      Over the years of writing this blog, the scenario of a Republican coup or refusal to leave has been a recurring theme. We all wondered if Dick Cheney would go peacefully, too, and if ever there was a megalomaniac, it was ol’ Blam-Blam. Your fears were not the first and nor will they be the last before this election is over. And honestly, given how unhinged Pol POTUS is, your worries are more mainstream than not.

      Even Congress has tried to get reassurance from the Military that they will not back up Cadet Bone Spurs, should he lose. You are not alone.

      Rgds,

      TG

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