LEGAL JEOPARDY: Trump Personally Dictated Junior’s Lying Excuse About Meeting With Russian Lawyer

The Washington Post reports:

Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said that he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared an article, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.” The claims were later shown to be misleading.

Over the next three days, multiple accounts of the meeting were provided to the news media as public pressure mounted, with Trump Jr. ultimately acknowledging that he had accepted the meeting after receiving an email promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.

The extent of the president’s personal intervention in his son’s response, the details of which have not previously been reported, adds to a series of actions that Trump has taken that some advisers fear could place him and some members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy.

  • Dave B

    Whaaaaaaaaaaat?

  • HAAAAAAA
    • ted-

      Yes, please!

  • bkmn

    There comes a point where the GOP has to decide how much they are going to put up with before Trump drags them down the drain along with him. I hope this is it but I fully expect Ryan and McTraitor will still have his back because they love being in power.

    • RoFaWh

      Some power when it’s all about supporting a complete fool.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      “There comes a point where the GOP has to decide how much they are going to put up with before Trump drags them down the drain along with him.”

      Please — they built that drain and they find it quite cozy.

    • Ken M

      Keep in mind also..Ryan is #3 in line.

      • bkmn

        And lyin’ Ryan would have no problem torpedoing Pence to get one rung up the ladder.

  • Michael R
    • ♩ ♪ ♫ “Heeere comes President Sluggo…” ♩ ♪ ♫

      • Would still be a step up.

  • Henry Auvil

    “A series of actions that Trump has taken that some advisers fear could place him and some members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy.” LOCK ‘EM UP!!

    • DaddyRay

      Lock them all up

      • RoFaWh

        Bannon first of all.

  • safari
  • DaddyRay

    I Did Not Collude with that Russian, Vladimir Putin

  • boobert

    A president that claims not to know about any meetings with Russians now accused of writing an explanation about it ! lol

    • Refugay

      Fake news! He did not know anything about it when he wrote about it. Anyway, he was just joking.

      • Ross

        …when he was grabbing pussy.

        • justme

          little Donnie Jr’s pearls were in a vise…

  • safari

    So, when is this RICO for POTUS?

    • Hue-Man

      Isn’t Potus Rico about to become the 51st state?

      • DaddyRay

        I Si what you did there Señor

      • edrex

        ha.

      • Hank

        They are BOTH very much in debt!!! /s

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      NY AG Schneiderman’s investigations are reportedly focusing on (1) money-laundering, and (2) the Trump Modeling Agency and its ties to human trafficking and sex with minors. Nothing to do with the election per se, but potentially lots of major crimes and lots of Russian involvement.

      • bkmn

        And, most importantly, state level charges that can not be pardoned by a sitting President.

  • CharlestonDave

    As a glass-half-full perspective, remember that we have survived 1/8th of Trump’s 4-year term.

    • blackstar

      glass full of PISS!

  • fuzzybits
  • RoFaWh

    Could place?

    How about plain ol’ “place”?

  • The legal jeopardy isn’t that Donald personally helped hand-craft Don Jr’s initial bullshit explanation and details about that meeting between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. Lying to the public isn’t a crime.

    However, it goes to the ongoing and ever accumulating evidence of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice.

    One thing I’ve noticed about Donald, which the news orgs like WaPo and NYT have taken full advantage of, is he consistently underestimates what other people know or have learned. Hence a recurring cycle where there’s some huge breaking news story with some missing key details. The Trump WH (and he) reacts instantly, usually trying to spin a false narrative of some kind. Then there’s a follow-up story where the fuller sourcing is revealed.

    In this case. the Trumpers didn’t know NYT had that email chain (likely leaked by Kushner’s attorneys), and issued statements accordingly. Statements which were soon proven false.

    Anyway, Donald’s participation in the coverup of a meeting that never should have happened easily supports the ‘reasonable conclusion’ assertion that he knew the meeting was wrong and potentially criminal, and has willingly joined in the conspiracy to obstruct investigations.

    • Natty Enquirer

      NYT has become rather expert at dangling the twit-bait.

      • Indeed.

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      • David Walker

        Never underestimate the abilities of “the gray old lady.”

    • JCF

      “However, it goes to the ongoing and ever accumulating evidence of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice.”

      I think we all get that.

    • Todd20036

      The trolls are reduced to: fake news! no proof of collusion!

      Remember, these are the same idiots who thought Hillary Clinton should be locked up for writing emails.

      • Bad Tom

        These folks will discover a Federal courtroom is not the same as Twitter, courtesy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.

    • RoFaWh

      “…have taken full advantage of, is he consistently underestimates…”

      Better phrased as “…have taken full advantage of: he consistently underestimates…”

    • ben-andy

      Al Capone didn’t ever go to jail for being a mobster. He went to jail for income tax evasion. Likewise, Nixon might have not known exactly what the “plumbers” were up to at the Watergate. But he certainly tried to cover up that they had any involvement with him and the cover up cost him the presidency [not that it mightn’t have happened in any case]. Bill Clinton lied to congress about his affair. Telling the truth wouldn’t probably have saved him from the House vote to impeach [they were out for his scalp] but it probably would have made the Senate vote far less of a near conviction for lying to congress.

    • Bernie Keefe

      Well said, and pointed.

  • blackstar
    • David Walker

      So Junior…what’s the view like from under the bus?

      • Todd20036

        He gets to look at Krispie a lot

  • Judas Peckerwood

    So the only remaining question is whether he was on the grassy knoll when JFK was shot.

    • Donald Trump was the Zodiac killer.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Wait, I thought that was Ted Cruz. Could there be TWO?!!!

        • DaddyRay

          Maybe they colluded

          • Natty Enquirer

            Gemini.

  • justme

    But NO ONE could do it better than Donnie!!

  • boobert

    I’m confused why scamunchie’s comment about bannon keeps getting reported as physically impossible. Does that mean that no reporters ever watched gay porn? Now THAT’S fake news, lol

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    “It’s a great day in the White House” ®

    https://twitter.com/justinjm1/status/891349908325900288

    • It’s not difficult to turn almost any rigid but acoustically reflective surface into a speaker…or a listening device.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I heard some surveillance equipment can use the vibrations of windows to hear what’s being said inside.

        • Grumpy Old Man

          ANY surface. They can now read the vibrations of objects in silent movies. Lasers can detect the most minute movement in hard surfaces. When I was thinking about setting up a home laser hologram, the setup included a waterbed full of sand mounted on tires to isolate from street vibrations. There was a story (probably apocryphal) about reading a glass jar that was scored in a spiral by an ancient Egyptian – the possibility of hearing ancient Egyptian as it was spoken by the artist.

          • RoFaWh

            I don’t believe that about silent movies. Movies are around 30 frames per second, so no sound with a frequency above 30 cycles would be retrievable.

          • Grumpy Old Man

            You are correct – but, in certain ways so am I; they found all the film for the shots that were not necessarily used in the movie; analyzed them, processed them, and after ‘years of computational time’ along with tweening were able to reconstruct a lot of the actual sounds on set.

            What really disturbed me was that
            *”But perhaps the biggest surprise came when they showed that they didn’t
            actually need a specialized, high-speed camera. It turns out that most
            consumer-grade equipment doesn’t expose its entire sensor at once and
            instead scans an image across the sensor grid in a line-by-line fashion.
            Using a consumer video camera, the researchers were able to determine
            that there’s a 16 microsecond delay between each line, with a five
            millisecond delay between frames. Using this information, they treated
            each line as a separate exposure and were able to reproduce sound that
            way.”*
            https://youtu.be/FKXOucXB4a8

        • Jefe5084

          check this out. short but interesting

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_microphone

        • perversatile

          Using a similar algorithm- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sHL-1hI9nc
          HOW IT WORKS: Instead of a needle, an optical sensor (Laser) reads the wood’s color and texture. Then, algorithms convert those variations into notes on a scale, which is mapped to a piano synthesizer and played.
          The rings of a trunk reveal the age of the tree, and environmental
          conditions like rainfall levels, disease, and even forest fires.
          Light-colored rings indicate growth spurts, while darker marks show times of a slowdown.
          Each slice is unique — a glimpse into the story of a tree’s past.

          • Todd20036

            That’s beautiful! Trees contain music! WHo knew?

    • bkmn

      Oui, oui.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Everybody thought it was a set up while watching it on TV.

      Also, if they have an easily detectable bug there’s bound to be tons of better hidden ones. It’s like cockroaches, see one expect dozens hiding.

      • safari

        I don’t know. Russia is a country where a radioactive source got embedded in an apartment building and killed quite a few people from cancer before it was discovered.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          It’ll never stop bothering me when I see a national leader trying to fuck over other countries instead of fixing his own.

    • safari

      I’d be surprised but I’ve heard stories of business execs in China asking the hotel staff when their laptops would be returned.

  • Christopher
  • Rachel’s seeing the truth of Donald’s problem with this latest revelation.
    https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/892192243452223488

    It all speaks to motive. Let’s say you’re coming out of a bank with a satchel. You see a cop. You appear startled, then turn and run. You’ve just given that officer probable cause to pursue and detain you.

    Here it’s “Why would Donald personally involve himself in crafting a phony narrative to explain a highly improper meeting between official Russian gov’t representatives and the innermost circle of his campaign?”

    There are no innocent explanation. This is Donald knowing they were doing something wrong, improper, and illegal—and taking active measures himself to CONSPIRE to cover it up.

    • Natty Enquirer

      If he took the measures all by himself, it’s not conspiracy. Conspiracy takes two or more to tango. Of course, his partner would be Junior (at least) in this scenario.

      • Here’s your conspiracy then:

        Air Force One took off from Germany shortly after 6 p.m. — about noon in Washington. In a forward cabin, Trump was busy working on his son’s statement, according to people with knowledge of events. The president dictated the statement to Hicks, who served as a go-between with Trump Jr., who was not on the plane, sharing edits between the two men, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

        • bkmn

          Imagine if a Democrat had done that. The GOP would be in full freakout mode. Democrats need to behave like the GOP for one and stage an uprising for public consumption.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • safari

      But a good day at the white house, I’m told.

      • Sam_Handwich

        Many people are saying one of the best days since Abe Lincoln. He’s an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.

        • David Walker

          Well, you know…you get your picture on the penny AND the $5 bill, somebody’s bound to notice you.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Attention whore.

      • Ken M

        Well…it was. The good day was first. : )

    • Grumpy Old Man
  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    There isn’t enough popcorn in the world…

    http://www.towleroad.com/2017/07/blake-mitchell/

    • DaddyRay

      Maybe his wife left him because she noticed he was following gay porn stars

    • DaMoldBrok

      Hopefully, there will be enough wine, beer, hard liquor!

      If we run out of popcorn, we still have the alternative of switching to puffed rice, some with flavor added really aren’t that bad, with enough alcohol.

  • Rocco

    Drip…drip…drip

  • billbear1961

    Maybe–it might–it could–perhaps–I’m so SICK of this BULLSHIT!!

    Those bastards have lied again, again, and again about their Russian connections, and that meeting was conspiracy to COLLUDE!!

    Trump is also guilty of repeated efforts to obstruct justice–this is one MORE! And then there are his other abuses of power: prodding the DoJ to pursue his political opposition, threatening Alaska, encouraging police brutality!

    Why aren’t these traitors testifying under oath and in public before Congress?! Why the DELAY?!

    Why aren’t the Democrats in front of the cameras, 24/7, talking about ALL of these matters and pushing for ACTION?! Are they or aren’t they an ORGANIZED political party?!

    We need that bastard’s financial records, and we need secure elections!!

    Democrats should be organizing massive and relentless protests to demand BOTH!!

    If a Democratic administration were guilty of this kind of misconduct and behaving like this, the GOP and the press would be BAYING FOR THEIR BLOOD!!

    • Joe in PA

      If I see “new bombshell report” one more time…. Arrrghhh.

      • And yet you shall. Almost daily.

        • billbear1961

          Isn’t there enough, even without Mueller and what he will likely find, to DEMAND his removal from office for OBSTRUCTION?!

          • Joe in PA
          • FAEN

            Puppy ❤️

          • Jefe5084
          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            No, if you want take down a corrupt president you had better have an ironclad case that cannot be the least bit able to give them any wriggle room out because they know he has the lawyers to do it. Patience is really fucking hard right now but we need to let the investigation play out, as long as it takes.
            Meanwhile, [[[[[[[[Billbear]]]]]]]]]]

          • RoFaWh

            Actually, he doesn’t have the lawyers “to do it.” His lawyers are experts in sleazy commercial cases, not ones like this.

          • zhera

            As long as there are christo-rightwinger judges to put on benches, the GOP will not remove the pResident. His circus is providing cover for their dominionist take-over, making sure the focus and outrage are always aimed at the Twitter in Chief and not Congress.

            With Pence as president things would be much calmer and saner, and the focus would come back to Congress.

        • Joe in PA

          Daily?

      • UrsusArctos

        The rockets red glare. That led to the burning of the White House. Looks like it’ll be arson the next time (an inside job too).

      • SockMikey

        It is so ordinary now, I would not be surprised to see a Breaking News Alert stating that there’s No Breaking News.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i continue to have faith in Mueller and the senate intel comm investigations.

      and i think the more Dems exploit this now, there more the investigation is perceived as tainted.

      something really serious happened and i think it’s being examined very carefully.

      • bkmn

        Along with NY AG Schneiderman, who is looking into state level charges that cannot be pardoned by a President.

        • billbear1961

          I thank GOD for him–it may be proceedings at the STATE level–something he cannot pardon–that finally bring that bastard and his henchmen to JUSTICE!!

          • bkmn

            Damn right billbear. I hope he and his family live a long life in jail as poor people. The best justice.

          • Todd20036

            And don’t get Maloni as a cell mate. HES MINE!!

      • billbear1961

        I still think they should be demanding ANSWERS! The right is going to claim it’s all tainted no matter HOW we behave!

        How long have we known about that meeting with the Russians? Where are the SUBPOENAS? Why the DELAY?? Why aren’t they testifying under oath and in public? Why are these traitors being treated with KID GLOVES??

        • Joe in PA

          Lucy says…”I’m taking my stick and going to bed”. Night all!

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19ad2f986763d3e26d4ea823e0c29efaf37631c1b6f81b647e1d9e7cbb15507d.png

          • FAEN

            Good night matey. Sleep well and we’ll see you tomorrow.😴😴😴

        • Sam_Handwich

          or maybe Senate intel has slowed down with public testimony in deference to Mueller’s interest in those parties. who knows

          • billbear1961

            I frequently forget that angle–I have heard it mentioned, once, some time ago.

            It is very frustrating!

            The longer that bastard is in office, the more damage he does–I’m thinking in particular of the COURTS.

          • Sam_Handwich

            i’d rather see this fester and then explode next spring, in time for midterm campaigns.

            Patience, Mister Bear! :o)

          • RoFaWh

            My hope is that when the counter-revolution takes place, all acts by the 45 administration and by Congress while he was president become null and void.

            Bye, bye, Gorsuch.

        • John

          Patience, patience. The best shot we have is an iron-clad case and that takes time and diligence. If we blow this then it’s ‘game over’.

      • romanhans

        No. This is not justice or equality. This is a broken system. Hillary lost due to accusations. Obama was nearly driven from office due to accusations. We have piles of proof on Trump but nothing will ever be done. One day Mueller will provide piles of indisputable evidence of treason and clllusion and the Republicans will finally throw their hands in the air and say, “You know what? He’s a Republican and he’s in power. We really don’t care.”

    • teeveedub

      Not only do they lie continually and habitually, they’ve spun such a web of lies that they need help making up the next lie. Hence, #Dolt45 has to script the lie that DoltJr tells.

      I long for the day when we might be so fortunate to have someone like Charles Laughton interrogate the entire tRump team.

      https://youtu.be/A_cSvp2Ze7Q

  • shellback

    Please tell me that “legal jeopardy” means a trip to the guillotine. Please, oh please.

    • bkmn

      Hopefully for the entire family and all their advisors.

    • Adam King

      “Let them eat chocolate cake.”

  • Ninja0980

    So how long will it be before Trump cans Sessions due to this?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      The buzz right now is that Tillerson will be the next to go.

      I know, that doesn’t make any sense, but nothing Donnie does makes sense.

      • tbj5

        Paranoid dementia. He’s convinced the cabinet will pull a 25th on him.

        • JCF

          Because he’s paranoid & demented . . . they should!

      • Ken M

        Tillerson isn’t getting fired. He’s been talking about going back to Exxon since last month.

        • Adam King

          He might be starting to notice that he sucks at his new job and hates it.

    • safari

      I’d care.

      But I’ve already found them incapable of living without their wealth.

      • DaddyRay

        I would pay to see them without their wealth

        • safari

          A $1 bet is normal, I’ve seen.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I want to see the adult Trump kids go “Would you like fries with that?”

          • Joe in PA

            Would you like me to SUPERSIZE that for you?”

          • I’d much rather hear them plaintively plead, “Can someone please put some money into my prison commissary account? I’m desperate for a packet of ramen noodles.”

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            I’d love to see them try to make pruno and Ivanka crying because her blond dye job is growing out.

          • jimbo65

            “Poor” Ivanka wouldn’t be able to survive in prison. She has no skills, wouldn’t even know how to make her own purse and shoes. At least Martha Stewart had homemaking skills to use to her advantage when she was in prison. I have to give her props for that.

          • Adam King

            “…and my celly’s tiring out my jaw muscles.”

    • Joe in PA

      Now what were you tell me Becca about the daily “bombshell”? Let’s go for hourly. 🙂

      • True, true… Amazing, isn’t it, how the Trumpers were apeshit about Clinton mishandling emails whereas they can’t even keep from being punked and breaking security with phishing hackers.

        There is probably an email account addressed [email protected] which receives copies of everything everybody sends.

    • SoCalGal20

      THE REINCE AND SCARAMUCCI EMAILS OMG!!! LOL

      (And who knew Eric was the smart one?)

      • UrsusArctos

        Well, that is a low bar to clear.

      • RoFaWh

        Trust me, with those genes, he’s no “smart one”. Occasional flashes of common sense, maybe, but definitely no smarts.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      They’re morans, all of them.

      Greedy, nasty, morans.

    • In another exchange, Scaramucci was hoodwinked by the same prankster pretending to be Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman Jr.

      “Who’s (sic) head should roll first?” the bogus Huntsman asked from a Gmail account on Friday, before the Priebus termination had been announced. “Maybe I can help things along somewhat.”

      “Both of them,” responded the real Scaramucci, in an apparent reference to both Priebus and White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon, about whom Scaramucci has been quite critical.

      After a few other nice messages of support from faux Huntsman, Scaramucci wrote, “Are you in Moscow now? If not please visit.”

      Believe it or not, ERIC was one of the few to catch on.

      Eric Trump, too, was similarly hoodwinked by the prankster emailing as his older brother, Donald Trump Jr., but he soon caught on and responded, “I have sent this to law enforcement who will handle from here.”

      • Adam King

        The bros have a secret baby-talk code only they can understand.

      • perversatile

        Energy Secretary takes 22-minute prank call from
        “Ukrainian Prime Minister”
        Rick Perry defended Paris Agreement withdrawal,
        entertained pig manure biofuel idea.
        https://arstechnica.com/tec

        • Ernest Endevor

          Let’s not forget Scott Walker and the fake “David Koch”.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      BUT HER EMAILS!

    • zhera

      The scary part is that ERIC Trump was the one who caught the bluff and not, say, the cyber security official at the fucking White House!

      • clay

        Maybe they’ve beat it into him not to talk to strangers?

    • boatboy_srq

      Good grief. THEIR OWN SYSTEM FLAGGED THE MAIL “SUSPECT” AND STILL THEY FELL FOR IT.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Ok, at what point is this nonsense going to stop. Enough with the would, could, should and every other excuse for not exposing this treasonous asshole. Either show us the tapes, transcripts, documents, whatever or just stop. If my man ever teased me this much and I didn’t get satisfaction, I’d refuse to punish him for a week…and yes, he’d be very upset. Simply put, Media, Law Enforcement, whoever…SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT!

    • safari

      Patience, sir. Let them put it all together for even the stupidest American — who will promptly ignore it.

  • Tawreos

    Does Trump keep doing this stuff so that he can brag that law enforcement didn’t catch him he caught himself?

    • DaddyRay

      I have wondered that myself, he seems like he is taunting them to catch him.

    • Adam King

      He’s used to civil suits that he can buy his way out of through settlements. Those serious criminal charges he’s facing just aren’t something he can imagine his sleazy lawyers not being able to weasel him out of.

    • RoFaWh

      US law enforcement views far too many people as untouchable.

      Just look at all the religio-grifters.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Ross

      All I can think of is: Look at those fabulous furry forearms.

      • All I can think of is: My god, I want a magic bottle of scotch just like that one.

        • FAEN

          HA!

        • Adam King

          That’s the trouble with booze bottles these days–they go empty much too quickly.

        • NZArtist

          Regretably the magic glass will never let the magic bottle of scotch fill it.

          • Bad Tom

            And he never gets to drink it!
            He has to stare at it, for eternity.
            That’s Hell.

  • Jerry Kott

    We are all getting a tour of the Underworld. No one wins in this game.
    What I though was interesting is that google has reported an increase in searchs for Roman Catholic Churches in neighborhoods and the time of Mass. Also I heard that there has been an noticeable up tic in people having their Wills completed at this time.

    Any clues?

  • safari
  • MusicBear88

    Not surprised, not shocked, not that dismayed. However, if I broke the law once by lying under oath or committing contempt of court, I would be in jail or at least paying a hefty fine. The same applies to most of us here. These people could have dozens if not hundreds of charges and they’re not only still free, but they’re still running the goddamn country. When does it finally turn into a crime for them?

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    What angers me is that GOP voters aren’t ashamed of their vote. THAT is the main thing. I hate how much shit Trump produces and they’re not going “Oh, shit, this is going so wrong.”

    • Ken M

      They’re still in “It’s better than Hillary” mode. It’s one reason he has to keep reminding them, and thanking them for his “win.”

    • DaMoldBrok

      A dear friend voted Republican, not necessarily for Drump, wasn’t a fan of Hillary (yes, I do tease him regularly) is now wanting to contact the voter board to see if he can correct his ballot, he feels that he might have made a grave error.

  • houstonray
  • Ken M

    At the risk of sounding too positive…there is NO WAY he can keep this up another 3 1/2 yrs. The impeachment trail may last that long though. : )

    • Adam King

      I wonder if Mueller’s timing things to peak right before the midterms.

  • Blake J Butler

    I’m probably going to piss off skme Bernie bots, this afternoon they were running a Kamala Harris article with her having to win over the progressive Bernie supporters.it was on Facebook here’s what I wrote:

    I think 2020 provides a packed field of candidates, that should satisfy most democratic voters, with alternatives to bernie who is not and refuses to join the democratic party and support its candidates unless they kiss his ring.

    I do not think we should put much emphasis on progressives since the label only applies to people who are addicted to bernie with a cult like worship mirroring trump voters.

    Should he get it in his head to run again, he’ll run into the same problems in last years primary: he sucks at outreach to non-white voters, he does outreach to socially and fiscally conservatives in states that will never vote democratic, his gaffes flew under the radar because the media was giving trump a glide and spent a year talking about hillary’s fucking emails.

    Republicans loved him because they had so much potential ad planned because he could easily be branded as a communist. (their beliefs not mine) Republican hate media machine is the vilest and evil machine that exists, and they will not go soft on an old socialist from Vermont.

    People especially voters are that fucking stupid, and it would be suicide to throw him out on a general election campaign. And before someone comes with but Hillary lost, let me remind you key facts: She won with all voting demographics except the white working class, she won with working class voters of color just not white voters.

    Almost more votes than Obama in 2008, even with the FBI, the Russians, foreign hackers, republicans, and bernie bots believing decades of republican talking points about her.

    We have states that have only recently started voting
    democratic like Virginia and Nevada, and they may not be as blue anymore if we keep talking with voters that will never vote democratic in the south and the Midwest at the expense of voters that are the future of the party as working class white voters become a smaller percentage of the electorate every election cycle.

    • bkmn

      I think Progressives need a larger seat in the Democratic party, but not if they insist on ideological purity. A livable minimum wage, pro-union stances, equal pay for women are all things that almost every Democrat can embrace. As for Bernie, if he wants to run as a Dem next time around he needs to join the party. I am done with him trying to be a Democrat light who has no problems bashing the party, and lets not go into the dirt about his wife which will weigh him down even more next time.

      And Democrats need to pull off the kid gloves and be willing to call a crook a crook. Trump is a crook, most of his admin is a crook and the GOP is loaded with crooks who may well be complicit in money laundering for the Russians. Now is not the time to be ‘nice’ Democrats.

      • Blake J Butler

        Purity is their problem though, im still seeing purity in these statewide elections like Virginias governors election this year. Refusing to vote for Northam because of the pipeline that he can’t do anything about because if lies with the Feds translation: out of state and out o his hands.

        Periello would have run into the same problem, but guess who are the real dumbasses.

        We need to now further left but it needs to be more approachable and not hard left like sanders wants to, in sorry but voters are that fucking stupid and we already are more left than we were 4 and 8 years ago and will be 3 years from now. These things take buildup and time.

        • Ninja0980

          The VA race irks me because the Trump guy immediately told his base to vote for Gillespie.
          Our side has folks urging the exact opposite to send a “message.”
          And if the folks in VA get screwed with a governor who will allow voter id, anti-LGBT laws, abortion laws etc that the current Democrat has blocked, so be it.

    • Michael

      Wow, I guess you missed the line of white people waiting for hours to see Sanders speak when you say he had problems reaching out to white people.

      No, he had issues with people like you who hated anyone who dared go against your queen.

    • jerry

      I’m very progressive, an enthusiastic Clinton supporter, and have been involved with the Democratic party over 20 years, and I didn’t support Bernie because of the problems you outlined above. More than anything, though, I’m pragmatic, and the worst blue-dog Democrat is still better than whatever candidate the GOP puts out. Clinton, and most of her supporters, were progressive and (ignoring the multiple conspiracy theories during the race) ended up arguing with Bernie supporters over minutiae differences in their policies.

  • jimbo65

    So it looks like Kelly is being made out to be the last hope 45 has to put an end to the leaks, and get his head out of his ass and govern. In the end I’m thinking it’ll fail. He’s incapable of seeing the big picture and has poor delayed gratification control.

    • Natty Enquirer

      I hear that military types do not have a good track record in the Chief-of-Staff position.

      • Adam King

        Alexander Haig did a bang-up job. Just look how well Nixon’s presidency turned out.

        • William

          Haig really took control after Reagan was shot.

      • TampaDink

        In this case, he’s up against a draft dodger who does not tolerate authority figures.

    • RoFaWh

      “In the end I’m thinking it’ll fail. He’s incapable of seeing the big picture and has poor no delayed gratification control.”

      • TampaDink

        Additionally, I doubt that hair furor will submit to the level of authority that I would expect Kelly to bring into the West Wing.

  • bkmn

    O/T – LA has the 2028 Olympics, my sympathies to any JMG readers in LA.

    • DaddyRay

      I am sure it will not have any impact on traffic (it couldn’t possibly get any slower)

    • SoCalGal20

      I’m actually kind of excited about it?

      L.A. 1984 I think is the last Olympics that saw a profit. As host cities go, LA already has most, if not all, of the facilities.

      Incidentally, several months ago I was at Exposition Park (across from USC and the location of the L.A. Colisseum) to go to the Natural History and I saw they still have concrete benches there from the 1984 Olympics, with the Olympic insignia stamped on the benches.

      I talked to a friend of mine several years ago about that Olympics and she said it was pretty great.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • houstonray

    This is the first Presidency where the citizens are the ones that look like they age 5 years every month.— Frederick Douglass (@HITEXECUTIVE) July 30, 2017

    Sad but true….

  • bambinoitaliano
  • FAEN

    Come on Republicans, how far does this buffoon have to go to wreck what your party stands for(admittedly those principles started to erode before Trump but still)before you finally say stop?

    • DaddyRay

      Makes you wonder just how much blackmail Russia provided Trump about Congressional Republicans

    • Natty Enquirer

      What do the Republicans stand for? They only stand in opposition to the Other Party.

      • Adam King

        Republican principles:
        Steal from the poor, give to the rich;
        Be rich;
        Dismantle democracy, institute kleptocratic oligarchy on the Russian model;
        Be one of the kleptocrats;
        Bully everybody.

    • Ninja0980

      As long as he continues to nominate right wing judges at the pace he is.. never.

  • JCF
    • Rebecca Gardner
      • paulrees100

        He actually looks better without the rat on his head.

        • Adam King

          That picture’s old and doesn’t reflect his current deterioration and weight gain.

          • JCF

            That’s not his body.

      • pj

        i want him in handcuffs and walked out of the white house into a police wagon. and i want it now

      • TampaDink

        I don’t think that he has that much hair, once his bizarre coif is shaved off & the stubble goes without dye….I cannot imagine that there much of the white hair at all. And….I think it will take years in confinement for him to trim down to that size of a gut.

    • AJ Drew

      Ba da daaa… “Pop, Squish…”

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    Donny, junior: Get your attorney to contact Mueller’s people ASAP. Arrange to meet with the FBI to see if you can work something, ANYTHING, out with them. You’re going down one way or another, but better to do it on your own than have that shitstain of a father (who only loves Ivanka, the rest of you he couldn’t give a crap about) throw you to the wolves, BECAUSE HE WILL IF IT MEANS BUYING HIMSELF SOME TIME. Get protection for your family. We’re dealing with Russia here.

    Sucks to be you, but you made this mess.

    • Adam King

      Jr. can’t imagine there’s such a thing as trouble he can’t buy his way out of. It’s never happened before to anyone he knows personally. (Except maybe Jared’s daddy.)

  • normadesmond

    I think he may be the best republican president
    we could ever have in the White House.

  • houstonray
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • another_steve

    I guarantee you that most Americans have tuned out of all this horror. It’s too complicated and too multilayered. Now it’s up to Mueller to reveal the truth and for the Republican congressional slime to react to it.

    If we get to Mueller’s report.

    Big ‘if.’

    • Sam_Handwich

      i’m liking the drips and wonder if it’s by accident or design.

      Mueller needs a solid foundation to land on

      • another_steve

        I’ll be surprised if Mueller survives in his current position to the point of issuing a final report. Really surprised.

        I’ve believed for months now that Trump will conclude that he and his children have more to lose by Mueller being allowed to complete his work than by Trump ordering that Mueller be fired.

        • Hank

          Then watch the Senate Intel. Committee hire Mueller!!!

          • another_steve

            The Republican-led committee?

            I’d be surprised.

        • Refugay

          What would happen to Mueller’s findings if he were to be fired? Honest question. There has to be some kind of hand off and review. Right?

          • another_steve

            Having worked in the federal government for 26 years prior to retirement – both as a career civil servant and as a manager – I think I have a feel for how this might play out.

            Trump’s thugs would do their best to bury/suppress any of Mueller’s findings to date.

            The career people on Mueller’s staff would leak relevant findings to journalists working the story.

          • RoFaWh

            If he’s smart, he’s copying all documents to a thumb drive that he can hide in the heel of one shoe.

      • DaddyRay

        The longer this draws out the easier it will get for Muller because Trump is doing an awesome job incriminating himself

        • TampaDink

          And the more he keeps incriminating himself, the less likely he’ll be able to get rid of Mueller…by replacing Secessionist.

      • ClevelandJim

        Wasn’t there mention last week of a story concerning trump’s family that the MSM had, and they were sitting on it at Mueller’s request? If this is that story, and it was released today, something important is about to happen.

        • TampaDink

          We live in hope.

      • AJ Drew

        Yeah. I assume (hope?) our IC is biding time, especially as the DOJ is, at best, unsettled at the moment, plus they (IC) has to consider the fallout (Pence as POTUS, Ryan… etc etc.) Perhaps DT can be a “useful fool” after all.

  • DaddyRay
    • bkmn

      Does anyone believe these denials, after all the lies that have come out of this admin? I hope not.

      • David Walker

        Believe? Probably not many do, but 45 is still “their man.” Sheesh.

        • DaddyRay

          Agreed – they will defend him no matter if Trump came out and admitted it right to their face

          • Bad Tom

            They are not, and never will be, a majority of the decent people of America.

          • RoFaWh

            The deplorables are not decent people.

      • RoFaWh

        The answer to your rhetorical question is too obvious to bother with writing it down.

  • BobSF_94117

    He probably wrote it on the plane so he wouldn’t forget what Putin told him to write.

  • worstcultever

    What’s there to say anymore. The trainwreck has to wreck.

  • ClevelandJim

    Cheeto was right in his tweet: this HAS been a great day!!

  • billbear1961

    O villainy! Ho, let the door be locked!

    Treachery! Seek it out!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXbPGz_pxgc&feature=youtu.be&t=15m3s

  • David Walker

    A friend posted an interesting article “Washington Journal”
    http://washingtonjournal.com/2017/07/31/republican-congressman-just-told-robert-reich-partys-big-trump-impeachment-secret/
    Excerpt (bolding mine because it’s such a great image):
    Him: Going totally bananas. Paranoia. You want to know why he fired Priebus, wants Sessions out, and is now gunning for Tillerson?
    Me: He wants to shake things up?
    Him (chuckling): No. The way I hear it, he thinks they’ve been plotting against him.
    Me: What do you mean?
    Him: Twenty-fifth amendment! Read it! A Cabinet can get rid of a president who’s nuts. Trump thinks they’ve been preparing a palace coup. So one by one, he’s firing them.
    Me: I find it hard to believe they’re plotting against him.
    Him: Of course not! It’s ludicrous. Sessions is a loyal lapdog. Tillerson doesn’t know where the bathroom is. That’s my point. Trump is fritzing out. Having manic delusions. He’s actually going nuts.

    • bkmn

      Robert Reich posted that earlier, after talking to a Republican former Congressman. Reich has been wrong about many things but on this I can see he is talking truth.

  • Jefe5084

    Way to go sport. one of these times your worshipers will wise up–well a few of them, maybe, we hope, we’re desperate here….. (Thanks to Mexico for this great Bill board they have in Mexico City)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/50a1475822719dcc88d1d29d22afb9305d439d93a1d38fea3737b73044e9dbc0.jpg

  • DaddyRay

    So glad the White House Leaks have stopped /s

    • ClevelandJim

      thank god the mooch was able to accomplish something in his short stay!

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • DaddyRay

      I love that guy

    • bkmn

      The orange one will not like being teased. Good. More mistakes to be made.

      • RoFaWh

        He has no sense of humor and intensely dislikes being mocked. Full speed ahead on the joke machine, folks.

    • Jefe5084

      HA! Good one.

    • Also good would have been “The Apprentice, White House”

    • ted-

      If this is real, I love this guy

  • Jefe5084
  • SoCalGal20
    • Ninja0980

      Will make family dinners awkward.

  • Leo
    • bkmn

      Sure Jan. But you had no problem setting up multiple meetings with Russian reps.

    • AJ Drew

      So, um, akin to: “I am innocent of colluding with Russia, I was laundering money for the Saudis at the time, I can prove it!” Grrr.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Adam King

      Which is why they got caught.

      • Ross

        Thank you!

    • Takes little to no effort to commit a crime and participate in an act of treason.

      They were too disorganized and incompetent, however, to successfully cover up these crimes.

  • DaddyRay

    I find it amusing that when the Mooch came on the scene 10 days ago the righties were calling him mini Trump – well only 10 days later and mini-Trump was voted off the island

    • TampaDink

      It takes longer to rid them (and the rest of us) from maxi-trump.

      • RoFaWh

        Maxi-trump seems to be pretty confused even at the best of times. Possible to persuade him to fire himself?

        • TampaDink

          To quote the wisdom of Judy Tenuta, “It could happen!”

  • Lazycrockett

    Kelly is gonna have so much fun.

  • boobert

    I just remembered another casualty today! Poor Mario Cantone,lol .

  • Paula
    • fuzzybits

      Looks slippery.

      • Adam King

        Could cause an accident…

  • Leo
    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      If true, this becomes the cherry on today’s Shitstorm Sundae.

      • Sam_Handwich

        no nuts

        • Adam King

          I think we’ve about had our fill of those.

      • Robincho

        And here it is, still only Mondae…

    • Ninja0980

      Fuck, I ran out of booze today too.

    • jimbo65
    • DaddyRay

      Lewandowski is a certified idiot – why anyone would employ him is beyond my comprehension

      • Todd20036

        One American News is a RWNJ “network”, similar to Newsmax

    • DaMoldBrok

      He is kind of cute, just need to borrow a brain tazer / memory wiper thingy to clear out the trash that he was brainwashed with growing up. Start out with a clean slate, and train him properly.

      FSM help me, the thoughts floating through my head!

      • RoFaWh

        Send him to Jina with a polite request that they brainwash him. They’re pretty good at that.

        Perhaps they can convince him he’s an under-ripe avocado?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Yay! Between Mooch, Joe Arpaio and Lewandowski, Monday has scored a perfect trifecta!

    • Todd20036

      What did he do? Report on a Trump scandal without blaming Obama, Clinton, or libtards in general?

  • DaMoldBrok

    OT; Just watched a video about Psychiatrist removing their gag rule of speaking out of the mental condition of Politicians. 27 of them are putting out a paper in October on the condition of Drumps mental state.

    See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cteBEMQ_r7g

    Now Congress will be able to do what they are REQUIRED TO DO, according to the Constitution Of The United States of America, in the 25th Amendment!

    Here we go!

    • Leo

      My first thought was ‘October? Too late! We’ll all be dead!”

      • houstonray

        LOL, same here.

      • TampaDink

        Not if he keeps playing golf all of the fucking time.

        • RoFaWh

          Maybe they’ll stage a 25th amendment coup while “he” is out on the golf course shitting his pants.

          • TampaDink

            Chances are….as things get dicier, he’ll be playing golf every day, all day long, into the night. Leaving him time for eating crappy food & tweeting about what a bad predecessor he had….who played golf all of the time instead of running the govt.

        • Todd20036

          Who would have thought that his being lazy and incompetent would turn out to be his saving graces?

          • TampaDink

            Certainly not his lawyers and bankruptcy attorneys.

    • houstonray
    • 25th Amendment or impeachment are both political acts. While I dearly wish for either to happen, right now the cost of keeping him on will need to vastly overwhelm the easy path of doing nothing and just waiting this out further. Same with forcing resignation.

      If it does happen, we’ll all be like, “Holy shit, that was sudden.” Until then though it’s going to be day after day of a nightmare.

  • fuzzybits
    • Adam King

      I missed it! If only I’d known.

    • Michael R
      • Bad Tom

        Delightful!

    • DaMoldBrok

      Well!!!! Didn’t even know it was National Avocado Day, and just happened order a sandwich with Avocado on it, go figure.

      Was rather tasty;
      Metropolitan Sandwich with pastrami, bacon, avocado, spinach and our own special sauce. Served on marble rye. http://ingridsok.com/

    • TampaDink

      I had no idea. But…speaking of avocados, I recently discover Trader Joe’s now has an Avocado/Citrus Greek yogurt. It’s quite tasty, even given a thumbs up from my non avocado eating mate.

    • Max_1

      Even avocados last longer than Mooch…

    • RoFaWh

      I avocado. You avocado. He/she/it avocados. We avocado. Y’all avocado. They avocado.

      What is the near-future irrealis fifth person singular midlde voice form of the verb “to avocado”?

      Does this make sense? No, not at all. It’s all your fault for reading it.

    • TuuxKabin

      Mixed one into a cauliflower, sweet white onion, cayenne pepper, lemon zest, sesame, mayo dressing ‘slaw.’ The color was like the kitchen appliances from the 50’s and/or 60’s. Was really good. Didn’t even know it was NAD. Thanks!

      • Reality.Bites

        My boyfriend hates avocado, so on his behalf I’m saying keep your nads to yourself.

        • TuuxKabin

          bite it.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • DaddyRay

      Wow that was quick

      • Nychta

        Yeah, I’m amazed at how fast he works.

        • Todd20036

          Ok, exactly WHAT are we talking about here? Just so we are on the same page….

          • Nychta

            Oh, you know, scripting and shooting.

    • Nychta

      Arrivederci, indeed. LOL.

      • TuuxKabin

        arrivemoochie.

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s worth watching, if nothing else for the little bit between 3:04 and 3:18.

  • Michael R

    Reclaiming my time the musical

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqCZzs7UXIo

    • Adam King

      Sweet.

  • fuzzybits

    This gives me life. https://youtu.be/L8UA8KZ7XHQ

    • houstonray

      Beautiful, just beautiful….

    • DaddyRay

      Found the full clip without news coverage

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8UA8KZ7XHQ

      • Sam_Handwich

        i’m turning this car around right now

    • another_steve

      The gay gene at play.

      • DaddyRay

        I want that shirt in an adult size please

      • JCF

        One really hopes his Good Southern Mama can recognize/accept that (that the intellectually challenged can be as gay as anyone else!).

    • theonlyseven

      My father was in construction and when he was a young man he had a job on a project at a camp for children with developmental issues. When he spoke of the kids who had Downs Syndrome (or as they said in those days, mongoloids) he said, “they are the happiest people you will ever meet. Always laughing, always loving. Just always happy. People say they are handicapped, but I’m not so sure. They are complete free spirits. How can that be a bad thing?” My father was not a deep man, so for him to talk like that was unusual. He was only on the job for a few days but it had a big impact on him, ridiculing the handicap really got him upset. I wish he was still here so I could show this to him because I know it would cause him to launch into that story again.
      And now I’m a little verklempt…talk amongst yourselves …

  • thatotherjean

    “. . .a series of actions that Trump has taken that some advisers fear could
    place him and some members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy.”

    Could place him in legal jeopardy? What else would he have to do–stab Jeff Sessions in the back with a knife instead of insults, in front of a dozen witnesses? How much can Trump get away with before somebody calls him to account for it?

  • Sam_Handwich
    • RoFaWh

      Unfortunately, this doesn’t satisfy the Warholean promise. Being WH comms director is not a form of fame.

    • If that offer is made, I will renounce my citizenship.

  • Cuberly
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      That’s what happens when you actually give a shit about your voters and they understand that. You don’t have to hide away from angry protestors or cherry pick people for a town hall.

      • JCF

        Well said.

      • Cuberly

        She took some messed up heat from Donnie & some of her peers. But, she did the right thing.

    • Lazycrockett

      As I have said before she had no problem with voting to repeal the ACA when the Senate called for a vote previously. She didn’t like this bill, but she is in no way trying to protect the ACA.

    • Todd20036

      But, Obamacare is imploding. The Orange Wizzar said so!

      • clay

        And he has Price drafting an EO for him to sign to kill it and kick >10 million off their private insurance within a year out of spite.

      • Cuberly

        Must be failing due to those WH prayer sessions…..or not.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    At least one branch of our Government is still functioning.

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/892200486006390784

    • Ninja0980

      At least until the right wing hacks Trump gets on there changes that..

  • Sam_Handwich
    • DaddyRay

      I think Kellyanne may be the next one fired

      • Sam_Handwich

        i suspect the jesus freaks love her and she’s around for a while.

        • DaddyRay

          I don’t see her as being a net positive for the Trump Administration – if this new reorganization is what I think it is we will see far less public spokesmen going out and saying anything. All media will be controlled

        • DaddyRay

          With Kelly in I see this as the militarization of the Executive branch and the Military don’t say anything unless forced to or it suits their agenda

          Lose Lips Sink Ships

      • AJ Drew

        sadly, nah, she’s too savvy; she’ll bend with the wind (and $) thrown at her.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      1. I thought Trump had problems with women in any positions of real power.

      2. I’m not seeing how she’s going to do any better.

    • Adam King

      She’s so candid and straightforward–she’s earned the trust of the American people. Plus, she’s pretty and pleasant to be around. Oh wait…she’s the opposite of that.

      • RoFaWh

        I particularly like the way her eyes are exactly on the same level.

        /snark

  • TampaDink

    I’m not sure if anyone has posted this….I sent it to Joe but there has been so much real news today. It is from a Tumblr account (no naked pix!) and a bit long but the satirical breakdown of the recent healthcare bill defeat is pretty damned funny.
    The Health Care Freedom Act: A Transcript
    INT. SENATE FLOOR – NIGHT
    SEN. MCCONNELL addresses the august body.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    Okay, idiots. We’ve had seven years of the Obamacare hellscape, which, as everyone agrees, has ruined our country, killed jobs, slaughtered animals, and set the Bible on fire. But now the GOP is in charge – and it’s time for this national nightmare of “sick people being able to maybe not die or go bankrupt” to end.
    SEN. SCHUMER
    Okay, you’ve been talking about a replacement bill for eight years. Let’s see what you got.
    SEN. CORNYN
    Whoa whoa whoa – you’re being a little “pushy” there, Chuck.
    SEN. SCHUMER
    That’s usually code for “Jewish.”
    SEN. CORNYN
    Nobody said “Jewish.” I said “pushy.” You’re being pushy, is what I said. Don’t put words in my mouth. Anyway: read it and weep: the American Freedom Bald Eagle Old Glory Healthcare for Everyone with No Exceptions “It’s Gonna Be So Easy” Act.
    SEN. WARREN
    …Where is it? We haven’t seen it yet. Can we see it?
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    No.
    SEN. JOHNSON
    A little history for you: when the Democrats wrote “Obummercare” –
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    (chuckles)
    Nice.
    They high-five.
    SEN. JOHNSON
    – they did it in secret, in scarcely 16 months, behind closed doors, with not even 100 Republican amendments, and barely 70 public hearings.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    Like you can craft anything good in 16 months!
    SEN. CORNYN
    In contrast to that undemocratic process, we, the GOP, spent literally dozens of minutes crafting this, over chicken caesar wraps and Arnold Palmers, earlier today in the senate dining room.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    Enough talking. We’ve been discussing this bill for almost eight minutes. Time to vote.
    SEN. WARREN
    Can we see the bill?
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    No.
    SEN. SCHUMER
    Can we offer amendments?
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    No.
    SEN. WYDEN
    Can we have public hearings?
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    No. Go back to Oregon, you dirty hippie.
    SEN. COLLINS
    I’m voting no, Mitch. This bill is terrible.
    SEN. MURKOWSKI
    I’m voting no too. It’s an abomination.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    (shakes his head sadly)
    Broads. Look, I know the bill is miserable. It would crash the insurance markets immediately. But who cares? This is just symbolic. This bill isn’t going to be a law. We’re just doing it to initiate a conference with the House, so we can actually pass a real bill later.
    SEN. JOHNSON
    I just got a text from Paul Ryan. The House might just pass this bill.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    They might pass it?! Why the hell would they pass this bill we are about to pass?!
    SEN. GRAHAM
    (fanning himself)
    This bill is abhorrent. It’s absurd, I say. I shudder to think what would happen if it became an actual law!
    SEN. SCHUMER
    So how will you vote?
    SEN. GRAHAM
    Oh I’m voting “yes.”
    SEN. CAPITO
    This bill would devastate the people of West Virginia!
    SEN. PORTMAN
    It would ruin lives! My own governor hates it!
    SEN. SCHUMER
    You’re both voting for it, though, right?
    SEN. PORTMAN
    Oh yeah.
    SEN. CAPITO
    No question. Voting “yes.”
    SEN. HARRIS
    Can we read the bill now?
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    No. Any word from Ryan?
    SEN. CRUZ
    I’ve been texting him a lot. No word. Oh – hang on, he’s writing back…I see the little bubbles.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    What’d he say?
    SEN. CRUZ
    “New phone, who dis?” Guess I have the wrong number.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    No, that’s his number. It’s just: nobody likes you.
    SEN. JOHNSON
    Ryan just texted me. I asked him if he could guarantee the House wouldn’t just pass our bill.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    What’d he say?
    SEN. JOHNSON
    (reading)
    “Look, this is complicated. This stuff gets a little wonky – I don’t want to bore you with the nerdy, wonky details. I’m kind of a policy geek, so I kind of get down in there with the nitty-gritty stuff, that other people are bored by, because they’re not policy geeks like me.”
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    …He didn’t answer your question.
    SEN. CRUZ
    (checking Johnson’s phone)
    Let me see what number you have for him…yeah, that’s the same number I have. Weird.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    It’s not weird. No one likes you.
    SEN. GRAHAM
    (lying on fainting couch)
    My fellow members of this most august body, don’t you see we are headed for a disaster? This bill cannot pass! It would upend generations of Senatorial norms and procedure, and devastate the very fabric of American society!
    SEN. SCHUMER
    Still voting for it, though?
    SEN. GRAHAM
    Oh yeah, still a solid “yes.”
    SEN. MURKOWSKI
    I’m still a “no,” by the way.
    SEN. COLLINS
    Me too.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    No one cares, ladies. Go get your hair blown out or whatever.
    SEN. HARRIS
    Can we read the bill now?
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    (angry)
    No! Why are there all these women haranguing me?! How many goddamned women are in the Senate now, 95?!
    SEN. WARREN
    Twenty.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    Seems like 95. Look: no one gets to read the bill. It’s not a real bill! It’s not supposed to become a law!
    SEN. JOHNSON
    What if the House just passes it?
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    Call that little pissant Paul Ryan and tell him they better not!
    SEN. JOHNSON
    (dials)
    Paul? It’s Ron Johnson. You better not pass this bill that we are about to pass, because we don’t want it to pass, even though we are gonna pass it!
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    What’d he say?
    SEN. JOHNSON
    He said the process of passing bills is wonky, and it’s hard to explain, and he’ll try not to bore me with the wonky details.
    SEN. CRUZ
    Let me talk to him.
    (takes phone)
    Paul? It’s Ted. Listen, bud –
    (beat)
    Oh, sorry. Okay.
    (hangs up)
    It was the wrong number.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    We were already talking to him, moron.
    SEN. PORTMAN
    No one likes you.
    SEN. WARREN
    Can we read the bill?
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    No. No more women talking. Time to vote. It’s a fake bill, and if the House passes it and all hell breaks loose, we can just blame Hillary or something.
    (calling out)
    Who wants to pass a fake disastrous bill that, if it became law, would cause the insurance markets to collapse, and 18 million people to immediately lose health care, but who gives a crap, because it’d be the House’s fault and no one pays attention to this stuff anyway?
    49 REPUBLICANS
    Yay!
    48 DEMOCRATS
    Nay!
    SENS. MURKOWSKI AND COLLINS
    Nay.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    (aside)
    Must be that time of the month.
    SEN. CRUZ
    Nice!
    Cruz goes to high-five McConnell, who ignores him.
    SEN. MCCONNELL
    Okay, one more vote. John?
    SEN. MCCAIN
    I vote no.
    Everyone loses their minds.
    AMERICAN MEDIA
    MCCAIN VOTED NO! MAVERICK! ONCE AGAIN HE DEFIES THE PARTY! HERO! NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS!
    SEN. MURKOWSKI
    …I voted “no” as well.
    SEN. COLLINS
    Yeah, Lisa and I are also Republicans who defied–
    AMERICAN MEDIA
    WE REPEAT: THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED! LITERALLY ONLY JOHN MCCAIN WOULD EVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS! PLUS HE HAS CANCER – AND HE STILL CAME HERE AND VOTED!
    SEN. HIRONO
    I have Stage 4 kidney cancer, and I voted –
    AMERICAN MEDIA
    JOHN MCCAIN JUST DID SOMETHING THAT LITERALLY NO OTHER MAN IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA WOULD EVER DO EVER!
    SEN. CRUZ
    Bummer, huh guys? Anyone want to come over to my place, get some wings, watch a little “Life of Brian?” No? Rain check, then.

  • Bad Tom

    Ahem.
    The. Coverup. Is. Worse. Than. The. Crime.
    That is all.

    • DaddyRay

      In this case when the crime is fully disclosed that may not be true in this situation

      • Bad Tom

        No. One. Expected. Stupid. Watergate.
        ——-
        Except Saint John Oliver.

        • Friday

          Or anyone who noticed the ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ were public before the inauguration?

      • Friday

        The crime could be bad enough that if it hadn’t happened the Republicans would be in no position to cover it up in the first place. 🙂

    • Robincho

      That’s “covfeferup” to you, bub…

  • Cuberly

    Well, the Moochy memes will pass, bummer, there was just so much to work with. Sad.

    https://twitter.com/danwlin/status/892201776010678274

    • JCF

      LOL!

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I think Don himself should start wearing red.

        • TampaDink

          I’m hoping for orange.

          • RoFaWh

            I’d go for classic couture for him: black and white stripes. If they can be tattooed into his rotten skin, so much the better.

          • TampaDink

            I think that would constitute “cruel & unusual punishment”…..for the tattoo artist.

    • Bad Tom

      All the graphs in the chart on the wall are going down. With ominous cutoffs. No wonder Kirk is looking so stern.

      • houstonray

        Poll numbers on the wall in Bannon’s office?

    • Max_1

      Go w/ the Russian… Mr. Pavel Chekov.

    • Friday

      “Obviously, results are beneath my bigly projections, according to this graph I never looked at, so whose fault is it today?”

      “The rest of you will say it’s the best day ever, of course, …..set phasers to self-immolate. That will be all, gentlemen.”

    • Not realistic for a number of reasons:
      1. Shatner’s hairpiece looks more realistic than Trump’s
      2. He’s in much better shape.
      3. There’s a black dude in that line and WH Communications Director isn’t an “urban” job.

    • Todd20036

      Notice the red uniforms.
      They’re all doomed

  • Max_1

    “I’ll take ‘Conspiracy to Collude w/ the Enemy’ for a thousand, Alex.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWuQVpBeqLs

    • Friday

      Funny enough, Russia wouldn’t *be* ‘the enemy’ without the collusion, just another rogue state trying to mess with democracies.

    • AJ Drew

      as the contestants would know the answer already, I’m thinking there would be no bet less than $1M. (

    • Even Nixon knew to outsource nearly all of his covering-up with Watergate. What finally nailed him was him merely saying “uh-huh” on tape to the suggestion that the Feds could try to quash the investigation.

      Donald made a huge, huge mistake participating directly. It means he knew the meeting was improper. It means he knew it had to be spun as other than attempted collusion with the Russians to swing the election, complete with a sanctions-for-spying quid pro quo. It means he was trying to sway an already open investigation into his campaign’s dealings with the Russians.

      Normally the state of mind in an obstruction case is the hardest part to prove. Had he not participated in the subsequent coverup, Donald could’ve plead ignorance. The *smart* move would’ve been simply to direct lawyers to help Don Jr craft his statement.

      The kicker: Don Jr may still have no idea his own father implicated him in a criminal conspiracy as the guy most directly responsible for the meeting happening at all..

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: He makes all kinds of cocktails but he’s done a few videos where he’ll try to recreate a TV show cocktail.

    https://youtu.be/njI5tHKd4v8?list=PLflDIgzn3VNkZbEQiiH2RnWCt4BaJigOw

    • Archer’s improvised drinks are nightmarish.

  • Max_1
    • justme

      What was that saying Donnie always uses?? oh Yes “I fire the best people”

  • Max_1

    Scar-a-mooch, Scar-a-mooch
    He can’t do the Trump tango
    https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/892118886471970817

  • Steven B

    Fabricating this lie means that DJT was actually willing to risk a Federal prosecution of his son in the name of obstruction.

    • That’s right. And furthermore, done in such a way Don Jr could’ve gone to prison.

      Donald threw his own son under the bus.

      • JCF
        • There are those who’ve said, “Yeah, Donald’s depraved as hell, but if there’s someone he’ll protect at all costs, it’s family.”

          He’s proven that theory wrong.

          In a way, I’m not surprised. This is where truly pathological psychotic narcissism goes: Literally nobody else exists who matters, not even family. Still, it’s also surprising to get to witness it, writ large at a national level. For this, I blame the Republicans for being shown repeatedly what they were getting and still allowing and encouraging it to happen.

          • Todd20036

            I really am not surprised in the least. In fact, I would have been more surprised if Trump would have been willing to take the fall for his kids.
            This was the same man who punched Uday because he wasn’t wearing a suit.

      • Steven B

        Could have gone to prison? He still can!

    • clay

      Donald’s always been insulated from real risk.

  • Max_1
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  • billbear1961
    • AJ Drew

      So, the tainted cookies have wore off?

      • billbear1961

        Alas!

      • billbear1961

        Back to reality!

        • AJ Drew

          I enjoyed Disco Bear!

    • AJ Drew
  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    considering the brand is now toxic and Don Sr. probably is up to his eyeballs in debt, I think Don Jr. needs to go to therapy to figure out why he’s loyal to a guy so willing to sell him out AND probably has nothing for him to inherit.

  • Max_1

    Sorry, but this is how it went down…

    JR.: Dad… You know that secret meeting we had in the Tower?
    Don: Yea…

    JR.: It’s not a secret anymore…

    • AJ Drew

      puh-leeze, more like:

      JR: Dad… You know that secret meeting..

      DT: Let me stop you right there, whoever you are. Guards!

      • Max_1

        Naw, think about it for a moment. If he was/is going to toss his son under the bus, Donald would have done that long ago. IMO…

        However, this does test the Trump family nepotism…
        … Is Ivanka really that safe?

  • fuzzybits
    • M Jackson

      What does it mean? I don’t know the Danish zeitgeist but apparently it involves teletubbies.

      • fuzzybits

        Not sure either. I think it has something to do with corrupt money and religion.

      • fuzzybits

        Then there’s this. https://youtu.be/mwxNK9PR-m0

      • Max_1

        Easy…

        Tinky-Winky… With a dollar sign. (Not a triangle)
        Dipsy… With a Crucifix. (Not an antennae)
        Instead of TV screens, their bellies are Illuminati signs.
        Instead of a baby sun, Trump. Golden and bright.

        We’re an immature Nation that caters to the antics of religion and money. We wake every morning to the 3AM Twitter meltdown our golden leader wakes us up to… If the Danes can see it, Americans should also. However the saying is true… When you’re mired in it sometime it becomes difficult to know it. Lost in the woods…

        • AJ Drew

          Nicely done, and quickly!

        • Ernest Endevor

          Is that a in Christiana? Such a sweet place. I live in the actual Woodstock – or close by – not the imitation one. Walking around Christiana I found myself thinking, “You dear sweet people don’t really have a clue, do you?”

        • Acronym Jim

          I thought Po had the cross. After all, that’s the Teletubby who provided the Poverb that was carved into Ben Carson’s mantle.

  • billbear1961

    Yes, I know the crimes involved are not the same, but they call for similar retribution.

    https://youtu.be/Y_lKW22k88Q?t=6m25s

    • JCF

      Eeek, I had to stop this clip just in time. }-p

      Still, it reminded me of Thomas Boleyn in “The Tudors”. He pimped out all his kids, two of whom (plus a daughter-in-law) lost their heads…but at the end he’s all “Skippety-doo-dah, I’m keeping mine!”

      • madknits

        You do know that “The Tudors” was only *based* on history, and a whole lot of it was made up?

        • JCF

          You mean Superman wasn’t the moral authority? And Thomas More didn’t quip about a heretic-burning being “well done”? And Henry stayed as thin as Jonathan Rhys Meyers throughout?

          Yeah, I know about historical fiction. [But Boleyn did pimp out his kids. And two (Anne, and her brother w/ whom she was falsely accused of committing incest!) were beheaded. And somehow Thomas kept his head. That much is true.]

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  • JT
    • canoebum

      Several years?!! How about 15-20 minimum?

      • JT

        You’re assuming that execution for treason is off the table.

  • Boreal
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  • Michael R
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  • At this point 45 and his entourage are all greased pigs. But the more dust they kick up in their pen, the easier it will be to catch them.

  • Mark McGovern

    Prediction: Trump has desensitized citizens with his repetition of the outrageous. As he becomes cornered, he will make unprecedented slash and burn power grabs and decisions that won’t seem as outrageous as they will be, given the desensitization by Trump, Fox and Friends and conservative media who support him. Just imagine the screaming had Obama behaved this way.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Trump repeatedly shows that he thinks he is smarter than his lawyers. Let’s hope that he continues with this trend.

  • JWC

    this is where General Mayhem and Donnie will come to blows

  • Tom Ato

    Dictated by a dictator who’s a dick.

  • infmom

    Throwing Junior under the bus in 3…. 2….. 1…….

  • JHunter