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Senate Impeachment Trial

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Today, Robert O'Brien (our SIXTH National Security adviser) defended the administration. Speaking at the Atlantic Council think tank, Robert O’Brien argued that America would be a banana republic if the administration had not retaliated against Lt. Cols. Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman.

    “We’re not a country where a bunch of lieutenant colonels can get together and decide what the policy is of the United States,” O’Brien argued. “We are not a banana republic.”

    What a crock of shit.

    However, he DID speak one truth.

    We ARE a banana republic, and Trump's meddling in the Roger Stone case is further proof of that.

    Yes, I've said so a long time ago; the banana tree will hit us right in the head, but that does not matter; brains are optional anyway.
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    Believe it or not, we share 60% of our DNA with a banana, and 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees. In the case of Trump voters, that percentage is probably closer to 99%.

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    Schmidt Wrote: It is so depressing but predictable. The sociopathic, narcissistic president now "can do whatever he wants". He will go after everyone using the Barr Justice Department. He wants vengeance. There are no adults in the room to rein in this monster. The Senate Republicans cower is his presence. He owns the Supreme Court. He owns Mitch McConnell. He doesn't own Nancy Pelosi, but she better watch her backside.


    Trump's treatment of the Vindmans and Sondland mimics his behavior for his entire life.

    In the 1990's, Richard Branson had a one-on-one lunch with Trump. For the entire two hour lunch, all Trump talked about was how he was going to screw the 5 people who refused to help him after his bankruptcies. Branson’s account is congruent with a television interview Trump gave to PBS host Charlie Rose in 1992, in which Trump proclaimed that he “loves getting even with people” who have been “disloyal” to him:

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    Schmidt and Arizona; both you guys got it right on. He will also have that same mentality in the coming elections. In the meantime the Dem's just act like it is an "normal" (whatever is normal here) election, so what could go wrong? I just wonder what Trump will have "fabricated" by November to get an win. I don't see any strong counter measures to fight him, except than following the "normal" process. I bet he already bribed the whole "electoral college" people and heads of State.

    I certainly bet that my mail-in ballot will end up in the shredder.

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    Trump’s campaign to exact vengeance against government officials who opposed his illegal machinations in the Ukraine affair kicked into high gear with the White House’s decision to pull the nomination of the Department of Defense’s acting Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller, Elaine McCusker.

    A Freedom of Information Act examination of McCusker’s emails revealed that she had committed the cardinal sin of pushing back against the Trump team’s efforts to illegally withhold the military aid allocated by Congress to Ukraine, only to find herself thwarted by Trump’s political appointee at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) named Michael Duffy.

    “Based on guidance I have received and in light of the Administration’s plan to review assistance to Ukraine, including the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, please hold off on any additional DoD obligations of these funds, pending direction from that process,” Duffy, OMB’s Associate Director for National Security Programs, wrote in an email to three senior defense department officials. Duffy added: “Given the sensitive nature of the request, I appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those who need to know to execute direction.”

    Duffy is one of four witnesses the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wanted to testify in the Senate impeachment trial. Others are: Mulvaney, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Senior Adviser to the acting White House chief of staff Robert Blair, and a senior Mulvaney adviser.

    All four officials refused to agree to depositions by House impeachment investigators.

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    I have not weighed in so far as I recall on impeachment. We should not have been surprised at the result. Unlike the impeachment process which forced Nixon to resign the two impeachment’s afterwards, Clinton and Trump,were poorly handled by the party holding power in the house and the senate process.

    Pelosi screwed up. The problem lies in senators that live and die by polls. There was never enough support for impeachment to force Republican senators to vote to impeach because they were not threatened with loss of office if they did not vote to impeach. The argument, the case, was never sufficiently made in the media to the extent necessary. Sadly, I would be unsurprised if the Dems lost seats in both the House and Senate.

    Until the Democratic Party removes its head from its ass and realizes that this is bloody warfare on all levels we will see little to no restraint on an out of control president and the party that backs him. Gutter politics isn’t enough. This is sewer politics courtesy of the Republicans. Dems of various stripes can say “when they go low, we go high” until they are blue in the face. That means nothing unless the Republican Party is smashed.

    Nothing less than victory suffices.

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    Today, Steve Benson neatly tied together the St. Valentine's massacre of 1929 and the senate impeachment trial:

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    Lonely you are probably right; as long as McConnell sits glued to his corrupt seat and does not gets tossed out, as well that Dem's don't get the Senate majority, forget it. The problem lies with the "dumb" States which may screw up the elections again; just keep the "electoral college" in place; then you get screwed all the way. Also if the "laws" here stay as they are; then "power grabs" are the new "norm" thus from now onwards, Trump and others after him can be "dictators".
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    Over the past few days, news reports state that the moderate Senators exonerating the president in his impeachment trial have recently received grants for their states. On February 12, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) publicly thanked the U.S. Department of Transportation and our secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, who is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) wife, for allocating $20 million to the Port of Alaska to help it modernize. On February 13, Senator Susan Collins announced that Maine had been awarded more than $9.5 million to preserve and modernize affordable housing units for low income people and folks with disabilities.

    Sounds a bit like "quid pro quo" doesn't it?