Impeach

Yippee Ki-Yay Rudy


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Nobody liked the idea of John Bolton as Trump’s national security adviser. Bolton, a longtime war hawk who has publicly endorsed starting a war with every nation hostile to the United States, was now in an influential position close to a president who could be influenced by the slightest flattery. “Wow! That was some insightful tweeting today at Kristen Stewart’s expense today, you stable genius you.” The next thing you know, we got a Bay of Pigs do-over.

What probably prevented Bolton, who still believes invading Iraq was a fantastic idea, from effectively advancing his own agenda is that half the world’s tyrants he wants to bomb are tyrants Donald Trump idolizes and claims he receives “beautiful” letters from. During Bolton’s tenure, Trump said, “I actually temper John.” After Bolton resigned and Trump claimed he was fired, he said Bolton was “holding me back.” Yikes.

While intelligent people who aren’t in a rush to bomb half the planet were glad Bolton was gone, nobody liked the way it went down. While John Bolton is eager to start needless wars with our nation’s enemies, at least he is able to identify our enemies.

Now, it’s come to light that John Bolton was the voice of reason in the Trump administration.

Former White House aide Fiona Hill testified before three House committees that John Bolton objected to the campaign pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on Trump’s political opponents. Bolton is not a liberal or friend to Democrats and has propped up his own conspiracy theories in the past. But even he saw this for the shitshow that it is.

According to Hill and two other witnesses, Bolton got into a heated exchange last July with European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland about the campaign to withhold aid to Ukraine unless they began an investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic candidate and former vice-president Joe Biden.

Hill testified that Bolton told her to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council about a rogue effort by Sondland, Rudy Giuliani and Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff. He told Hill to tell the lawyer, “I am not part of whatever drug deal they’re cooking up.” In case you’re a Republican, “drug deal” is a metaphor.

On another date, Bolton told Hill, “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.” That’s pretty much what’s happening now. It’s blowing up. And again for our Republican friends, “hand grenade” is a metaphor. There weren’t any real hand grenades.

Hill also testified that Sondland told her he was in charge of Ukraine and was given the task by Donald Trump. What’s very interesting here is that Sondland is ambassador to the European Union. In case you’re a Republican, Ukraine is NOT in the European Union.

Just how much of a hand grenade do you have to be for John Bolton to think you’re a hand grenade?

There are more hearings scheduled for this week. Coming up is George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, Gordon Sondlond (who will either engage in coverup and obstruction, come clean to save his own ass, or refuse to show up), and Counselor of the United States Department of State T. Ulrich Brechbuhl (who’s close to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo).

The House has also subpoenaed documents from Sondland, Giuliani and his two goons who were arrested last week, Mulvaney, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Mike Pence, acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought, and Pentagon officials (to explain the delay in providing aid to Ukraine).

This is stupid Watergate, but instead of following the money, we need to follow the goons. Imagine what we’ll know by tomorrow.

What I know right now is Donald Trump is a criminal and he should be impeached. Any administration where John Bolton is the reasonable one needs to be tossed out.

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Two Tricky Dicks


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Arguing the House Judiciary Committee should be denied obtaining grand jury materials from the Mueller investigation, the Justice Department said the decision to release secret grand jury materials to the House in 1974, when Nixon faced impeachment, was incorrect and that those materials should have been kept from Congress at the time.

The Trump administration and its poodles in the Justice Department are arguing that the materials that provided the roadmap to impeach Nixon shouldn’t have been allowed. The judge hearing the case, Beryl Howell in the U.S. District Court in Washington said, “Wow.”

Wow, indeed. The White House and Justice Department are arguing that Nixon…should have gotten away with it. That obstructing justice is the president’s right. If this is allowed to stand, there are no more checks and balances and the president becomes an emperor.

The Justice Department argued that the House doesn’t have a right to the material, and in order to properly seek the grand jury material the House should first vote on a resolution authorizing a formal impeachment inquiry, and then seek the material through a judicial proceeding.

Trump and his goons in Congress and various talking heads on Trump TV argue Congress is violating the Constitution by impeaching without a resolution. They say Congress should follow the precedent set by the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the run-up to impeaching Nixon.

The cases on Nixon and Clinton had special counsels. The bulk of the investigating was done by the time it got to Congress’ impeachment inquiry. And if you want to follow precedent, then a president who blocks testimony and materials is obstructing justice. I mean, according to 1999 Lindsey Graham it is.

Douglas Letter, a lawyer for the Judiciary Committee, had a better argument than the lawyers at Justice. He said, “We are in an impeachment inquiry, an impeachment investigation, a formal impeachment investigation because the House says it is.” Letter’s argument is better because he’s right.

The Constitution doesn’t say the House has to vote on a resolution before it can talk about impeachment. That’s an imaginary rule created by Trump and his lawyers which is about as real as the rule it’s not cheating if you’re in another zip code. The House decides on impeachment. It’s not even a legal matter. It’s political. The House can conduct an impeachment investigation because the House says it is.

Trump is refusing to cooperate with the House until it votes on a resolution. That’s obstruction of justice and there’s no legal precedent that allows him to do it. Again, there is an impeachment because the House, as the Constitution allows, says it is. Done. Fact. Deal.

Trump is arguing Nixon should have gotten away with it because he’s trying to get away with it. This Congress should not let him get away with it.

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Ruffin’ Fur Rudy


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Donald Trump says, “I don’t know those gentlemen,” when asked about Rudy Giuliani’s two associates who were just arrested for campaign finance violations while trying to flee the country. That’s too bad because he’ll probably need some friends to show him around once in prison.

Despite not knowing the two men, Trump said there are probably photos of him with them because he takes photos with everybody. I guess he also has “everybody” over at the White House and engages in conversations with. But, if he’s still not sure, he can ask idiot son number one, Don Jr, who they are as he’s in a photo having lunch with them.

Also, despite not knowing them, they were working on his behalf in chasing down conspiracy theories and connecting Giuliani with people in Ukraine. Yes, this is connected to Trump’s impeachment. They, along with Giuliani, campaigned for Trump to remove our ambassador to Ukraine because she wasn’t cooperating with their conspiracy schemes. The two men, Lev Parnas and, I’m not making this up, IGOR Fruman, are charged with funneling illegal campaign contributions to the United States while enlisting public officials in their moneymaking and political efforts in Ukraine. This will not shock you but all the money went to Republican candidates.

Lev and IGOR gave sketchy money to a pro-Trump super PAC, another PAC for Florida governor Ron DeSantis (the guy who racists think is a racist), and then another super PAC for a West Virginia attorney general candidate. There are additional reports they may have funneled money to a Texas congressman, two candidates in Nevada, and House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy. That last one’s probably true since McCarthy says he’s giving the money back.

Here’s a fun fact: The Federal Election Commission can’t launch any new investigations into illicit campaign contributions from foreign nationals at this time. Why? Because, at this time, the agency is without the minimum of four commissioners necessary to make high-level decisions. Last August, Matthew Petersen, a Republican, resigned without giving a reason. Trump has only made one nomination for the FEC, but after two years, the Republican-controlled Senate still hasn’t given him one confirmation hearing. There are two more vacancies and Trump hasn’t moved on those either. I wonder why.

Even though Trump doesn’t know Rudy’s two friends, they argued they wouldn’t testify before Congress, where they were to appear this week, on the basis of attorney-client privilege since they’re working for Trump’s lawyer on his behalf. Ya know, Nixon didn’t know the Watergate burglars either.

Lev and IGOR were at Dulles International Airport in the first-class lounge when FBI agents arrested them. They were attempting to leave the country after, get this, purchasing one-way tickets to Germany. Before they headed to the airport, they were dining (guess where!) at Trump’s Washington hotel with (guess who!) Rudy Giuliani.

Lev, a Ukrainian-American, has a trail of debt and lawsuits and was trying to get a natural gas deal in Ukraine. If Trump’s still trying to root out corruption in Ukraine, maybe he should call President Zelensky again and ask him to investigate this gas deal. With IGOR, a Belarusian-American, Lez incorporated a company called Global Energy Producers. Associates of these two men said Lez told them they’ve paid Giuliani hundreds of thousands of dollars.

One question I have is; Who’s paying the tab for Rudy’s work and travels in Ukraine and other nations? He claims he’s working for Trump, and other times he says he’s working for the State Department. So, who’s paying Rudy? I hope a reporter asks him that question soon in addition to, “What sort of hobbies will you pursue once you’re in prison?”

While professing he doesn’t know these two guys, Trump said, “Maybe they were clients of Rudy.” Yes, Donald. They were/are clients of Rudy and they’re going to prison. Hey, aren’t you a client of Rudy’s?

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Kurds Get Trumped


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Donald Trump is not just a risk to our national security. He’s a risk for the world’s security.

Trump has a good argument about America being in “forever wars,” like Afghanistan. He’s not the first to make the argument as it’s one that’s been carried by Republicans and Democrats alike. But pulling our troops out of Kurdish-held northern Syria isn’t removing us from a “forever war,” as most of the fighting on our behalf has been done by Syrian Kurds. They’ve fought with our equipment and training to defeat ISIS.

This is where it gets tricky. The Kurds are holding about 11,000 ISIS fighters. Trump says Turkey must now take responsibility for those prisoners. They also operate camps for families displaced by the war, holding tends of thousands of people. Many of them are non-Syrian wives and children of ISIS fighters.

Turkey does not like the Kurds. They have been fighting separatist Kurds inside their borders for years and consider all Kurdish fighters, including our allies, the Syrian Kurds, to be terrorists. Turkey is planning to invade Northern Syria after the U.S. removes its protection of the Kurds.

Syria’s dictator, who the Kurds have also been fighting, along with ISIS while they’ve been fighting ISIS (told you it’s confusing), controls the southern half of Syria. President Bashar al-Assad is backed by Putin and he wants to retake northern Syria. He’s looking to make a deal with the Kurds. Russia also has troops in Syria.

On Monday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers issued a joint statement saying, “If Turkey attacks these Kurdish soldiers, there is a grave risk that the ISIS fighters they guard will escape and return to the battlefield.” Susan Rice, the former national security adviser for President Obama, told Stephen Colbert, “This is batshit crazy.” Trump’s former UN ambassador Nikki Haley said we’re leaving the Syrian Kurds “to die.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out of his shell and said this will benefit the Syrian regime, Iran, and Russia.” Even Lindsey Graham, who usually resides in Donald Trump’s butt, said this is “complete chaos” and a “disaster.” The butt, however, according to Lindsey, is nice this time of year.

This is America bailing on an ally after they helped us defeat ISIS. Already, there are reports of Turkish artillery shelling and airstrikes on Syrian Kurdish positions. Trump made the decision after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Erdogan, probably after Erdogan promised dirt on Hunter Biden.

The White House said Turkey would “now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.” Turkey replied, “Yeah, uh-huh. Right.”

The United States has a long history of abandoning the Kurds. President Richard Nixon helped foment a Kurdish uprising in Iraq to fight Iran. But after Iran and Iraq mended fences in 1975, we turned out back on the insurrection and left them to be slaughtered and driven into exile. In 1991, George H.W. Bush called on Iraqis to rise up against dictator Saddam Hussien. After we were done with Desert Storm, we abandoned the Kurds again and Saddam crushed them. Last August, the Trump administration convinced the Kurds to pull back from the Turkish border and dismantle their fortifications. Now, with those fortifications dismantled, Donald Trump has given Turkey the green light to invade northern Syria.

Trump’s former top diplomat in the war against ISIS, Brett McGurk tweeted, “The value of an American handshake is depreciating.” Plus with Trump, you don’t know where that hand’s been.

Hearing the criticism and concern over Turkey’s intentions, Trump tweeted yesterday, “If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).” Well, shoot. I guess we were all concerned about nothing because we still have Trump’s “great and unmatched wisdom” to take care of things. If nothing else, he’ll destroy Turkey’s economy like he did before which nobody remembers happening.

The conflict of interest in this crisis should also be noted. There are Trump Towers in Istanbul (in case you’re a Republican, Istanbul is in Turkey). Trump’s proud of these towers and said in 2015, “It’s called Trump Towers. Two towers instead of one. Not the usual one. It’s two.” Unfortunately for the Kurds, they don’t even have one Trump Tower.

We are bailing on our allies and proving to the world we can’t be trusted. Our next president, unless it’s Mike Pence, will have to rebuild that trust. Someone said, “Don’t forget, that’s their territory. We have to help them. They fought with us. They died. We lost tens of thousands of Kurds, died fighting ISIS. They died for us and with us. And for themselves. They died for themselves. They’re great people. And we have not forgotten. We don’t forget.” In case you can’t tell from that sentence structure, Donald Trump said that. He said it last year and, I think he forgot.

All these world leaders who throw Trump parades, flattery, visits to secret cities, sword dances, and promise investigations based on conspiracy theories on his political opponents need to keep in mind, Trump is not loyal. But for us, when Trump bails on an ally, it’s not just his reputation he’s harming. He’s making America look bad. Sure, world leaders in the future will realize our next president fully understands two towers is more than one tower, but they’ll remember we’re the idiots who put an orange idiot in the White House.

We need to show the world that we can do one thing right and that is impeaching Donald Trump because he’s bringing America’s credibility down to his level. And in case you’re a Republican, his level is a sewer.

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The Impeachment Blues


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Yesterday, a screenshot circulated on Facebook of a tweet attributed to Monica Lewinsky stating she would “take one for the team” and do to Donald Trump what she did to Bill Clinton in the Oval Office as “that’s the only thing that can convince Republicans to impeach.”

If you saw the tweet, shared it, liked, commented, or cheered Monica on, I hate to burst your bubble. It’s fake. She did not create that tweet. But it does create an interesting discussion.

What would convince Republicans to impeach Donald Trump? How far are they willing to go to debase themselves and lose all dignity for a horrible troglodyte such as Trump?

Lewinsky was probably the first victim of cyberbullying and it was her fake friend who convinced her to preserve the “evidence” on the blue dress, and not take it to the dry cleaners. Monica wanted to wear the dress to a family function and her “friend,” Linda Tripp, who was secretly recording her, manipulated her into keeping the dress by telling Lewinsky it made her look “really fat” and she shouldn’t wear it again in public.

Later, the dress was turned in as evidence which proved Bill Clinton had lied about his relationship with her. It seems kinda crazy twenty years later that the dress was even sent to a lab to prove a president was lying about receiving oral sex in an investigation that started over a 1970s land deal. For that lie, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives impeached Bill Clinton. Of course, the Republicans had to go through three Speakers before they could finally land one to preside over the impeachment who hadn’t also committed adultery. Years later, we discovered the Speaker they settled on was a pedophile. Ya’ gotta love Republicans, right?

Just like the blue dress incriminated Bill Clinton of lying about a personal matter, there’s incriminating evidence that should impeach Donald Trump.

The summary of Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine incriminates him of asking a foreign nation to meddle in our election. It also shows there was a quid pro quo, not that it’s needed. Texts messages from U.S. diplomats show there was a quid pro quo in Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Rudy Giuliani incriminates himself and Trump every time he opens his horrid mouth. Now, there are records incriminating Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Vice President Mike Pence in this scheme. On top of all that, Trump has publicly called for other nations to help him in the next election and has bullied the whistleblower. In case you’re a Republican, both of those acts are illegal.

But back to the fake Monica tweet. The joke in the tweet is that oral sex is the only thing that will convince Republicans to impeach Donald Trump. I don’t believe that. They’ve ignored all the accusations of sexual assault, which numbers around 20. They’ve ignored him asking Russia to help his campaign. They’ve ignored his lies and conspiracy theories. They’ve ignored his racism and bullying when they’re not joining in. They’ve ignored his obstruction. They’re ignoring his taking money from the military for his stupid, racist wall. Why would anyone think a little Oval Office action would hurt Trump?

Edwin Edwards was governor of Louisiana for 16 years, but not all at once. The voters would elect him, toss him out, elect him again, toss him out, etc. It did help that the last time he won, his opponent was a Grand Wizard. During that last race in 1992, there were bumper stickers reading, “Vote for the crook. It’s important.” Edwards was a crook but he had a strong base of support. But even he had limitations which he acknowledged when he famously said, “The only way I can lose is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.” Louisiana might be the best state for political cartoonists.

While being caught with a live boy would have ruined Edwards, it probably wouldn’t hurt Donald Trump. Not with these Republican sycophants and the evangelicals who for some reason believe Trump is a God-fearing Christian. They’d probably say, “Jesus wanted him to have that boy.”

Don’t believe me? Let’s look at a few of the Republicans serving today who were around during the Clinton impeachment.

Lindsey Graham took impeachment seriously in 1999. He said, “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.” He also said, “Impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeaching is about restoring honor and integrity to the office. Today, his integrity has him saying, “Impeachment over this? What a nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had a tough time with Bill Clinton’s lying. In 1999, he said, “The president would seek a win at any cost if it meant lying to the American people. If it meant lying to his cabinet.” Today, “If this is the launching point for the House Democrats impeachment process, they’ve already overplayed their hand.”

Newt Gingrich was a champion of impeaching Clinton and cried in 1998 about the “level of disrespect and decadence that should appall every American.” Today, he says that Democrats are pandering to “partisan extremes.”

In 1999, Republicans were sending dresses to labs searching for semen. Today, half of them can’t bother to read a five-page summary of a transcript.

Republicans have debased and degraded themselves far more than Monica Lewinsky could ever imagine. At least in Monica’s case, she was a naive, young girl who was taken advantage of by a smooth-talking president of the United States. But her actions never allowed Clinton to destroy the nation. These Republicans know exactly what they’re doing as they’re turning their party into a cult and sacrificing our nation because they’re afraid of Trump’s base. And you know they aren’t swayed because Donald Trump is a smooth talker.

Pompeo, Barr, Giuliani, and Pence have each traded in their reputations, dignity and self-respect for Donald Trump. They have sold their souls to this conman. They’ve lost more by their actions than they ever could have merely by wearing blue dresses in the Oval Office.

At some point, I hope they discover the bad taste in their mouths.

Creative Notes: One of my proofreaders looked at several of my rough ideas Thursday night and said about this one, “I didn’t really get the one about the guys in blue. Handmaid’s Tale?” And about ten minutes later, she messaged me with, “Oh my god!” My girlfriend, Amanda, got it immediately. But then again, she is weird enough to be dating a political cartoonist.

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North Korean Thong Attack


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Carrie Cordero, a former Justice Department and intelligence official who’s served in Republican and Democratic administrations asked the question in a PBS interview that we all need to ask.

Cordero said, “The problem has to do with whether or not he is in violation of the Constitution and of the constitutional principles of whether or not he is fulfilling the oath of office, whether or not he is abusing his constitutional authorities to conduct foreign affairs by using that access to foreign leaders to basically work in his own personal interest.”

Her question is: Is the president (sic), when he’s conducting foreign affairs, acting in the United States’ interests, or is he using that position to work in the benefit of his own personal political ambitions?

Many Trump supporters say our president should root out corruption in nations that are receiving financial aid from the United States. That’s a fair point and it’s one previous administrations have done. In fact, it’s what the Obama administration was doing when Joe Biden pressed Ukraine to get rid of a prosecutor, who was NOT investigating his son. But, why is Joe Biden, who has not been accused of doing anything illegal the focus of Trump’s pursuit of rooting out corruption in foreign nations?

Some Trump supporters argue that Joe Biden was not a candidate when Trump was asking other nations to investigate him, so that means he wasn’t a political opponent at the time. But as reported yesterday, Trump brought up Biden’s presidential prospects to China’s president Xi Jinping last June. Biden announced his presidential campaign last April. In case you’re a Republican, April comes before June. Even before Biden announced his campaign, Trump was tweeting attacks at Biden and mentioning his potential campaign. Donald Trump viewed Biden as a political opponent.

Hunter Biden is accused of leveraging his name and father’s position as vice-president to make money off foreign nations, specifically Ukraine and China. But, that’s not illegal. Even if it was illegal, it probably wouldn’t stop Trump and his children from doing the exact same thing.

Since January 2017, Eric and Don Jr. have sold more than $100 million of the family’s real estate, according to Forbes. That includes a $3.2 million deal in the Dominican Republic, despite their daddy’s pledge not to do any new foreign deals while in office. Yes, he promised that. That also hasn’t stopped the Trumps from making $41 million last year from their Washington hotel, which foreign money is pouring into on a daily basis. It hasn’t stopped them from engaging in a $1.7 billion Trump project in Indonesia which received a $500 billion infusion from a state-owned Chinese construction company. It hasn’t stopped Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, of getting a massive cash infusion from Qatar. That hasn’t stopped Ivanka from receiving trademarks for her brands in China. Yet, let’s investigate Hunter Biden.

When Eric and Don Jr. aren’t making money off the presidency in foreign countries, they like to spend their spare time attacking Hunter Biden for making money in foreign countries.

Back to the question, is Trump using the presidency to advance the nation’s interests when he talks to foreign leaders, or his own? According to new reports, Trump has asked Australia to help discredit the Mueller investigation. According to the Times of London, just two days after Boris Johnson became prime minister, Trump called him seeking help to discredit the Mueller investigation. That was just one day after his call to Ukraine where he asked that nation’s president to investigate Joe Biden. Last week, Attorney General William Barr flew to Italy to pressure that nation to help discredit the Mueller investigation. Yesterday, Trump publicly called for China to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.

The impeachment inquiry began because of Trump asking a foreign nation to help his campaign. That’s exactly what Trump did publicly yesterday. Remember that “no collusion” line? It’s the same thing he did during the 2016 campaign when he asked Russia if they were listening, to help his campaign. Later that day, they proved they were listening and started hacking Democrats.

Trump withheld foreign aid from Ukraine that was approved by a majority in both houses of Congress until that nation’s president told Trump he’d help with investigating the Bidens. If all these dealings are for the nation’s interests and not his, then why is Trump sending his personal goon/attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to harass Ukraine instead of it being an initiative of the State Department? Why did he remove the ambassador of Ukraine, a staunch advocate of ridding corruption in Ukraine, after Giuliani complained about her?

Is Trump abusing his power by threatening the whistleblower and those who helped him? Is he abusing his power by insinuating they should receive the death penalty for exposing his corruption?

Russia helped Donald Trump win the presidency. Since then, he’s forgiven them for invading Ukraine and has argued they should be allowed to rejoin the G7. He’s taken Vladimir Putin’s word over his own intelligence agencies about Russia meddling in our elections. He’s pulled us out of a nuclear treaty with Russia. He’s destroyed notes of his meetings his Putin. On top of all that, he refuses to say one negative word about the Russian president. What will China receive for digging up dirt on the Bidens? Will it end the trade war?

Yesterday, it was revealed that text messages between top diplomats and a representative for Ukraine’s government were discussions that a high profile visit for Ukraine’s president to Washington was contingent on that nation investigating Burisma, the gas company whose board Hunter Biden served on, and an investigation to prop up the conspiracy that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 election to help Hillary Clinton.

The diplomats, Special Envoy Kurt Volker, William “Bill” Taylor, the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, were the diplomats trying to get Ukraine to announce an investigation before they would receive a date on a visit to D.C. After aid to Ukraine was withheld, Taylor sent a message stating, “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” At that point, Sondland messaged, “I suggest we stop the back and forth by text.”

Taylor also wrote at one point, “Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?” From the messages, yes, it was.

This abuse of power, trading U.S. security for political favors with foreign leaders, threatening whistleblowers, and Trump’s daily corruption is OK with his cult. For them, they would be fine if Trump shot someone on 5th Avenue. But what about the rest of us?

We’ve become desensitized to Trump’s emolument violations, his sexual assaults, his vulgarity, his lies, his stupidity, his greed, and his narcissism. We kinda stopped demanding to see his taxes. But if enough time passes, will we become inoculated to this? Will we not care anymore? After Christmas, will we struggle to remember why there’s an impeachment inquiry? This is the very definition of corruption and Trump is flagrantly waving it around, daring the nation to remove him. This is a man who believes he’s above the law. These acts of corruption are enough to make Richard Nixon say, “Damn.” Seriously, we should have thrown the guy out when he suggested hosting the G7 at one of his crappy resorts.

Republicans will try to distract us at some point, but I’m not going to let it go. I hope you don’t either. Trump cultists may not deserve better but we do.

In response to Carrie Cordero’s question; Yes, Donald Trump is abusing his office and using his position for political (and financial) gain. My question is: Are we going to let him get away with it?

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Impeachment Civil War


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Donald Trump is losing his mind. He’s screaming at reporters, embarrassing us in front of visiting foreign leaders, lying, spreading conspiracy theories, encouraging his supporters to engage in violence, and promising not to accomplish anything with Congress (like you were totally expecting action on gun violence). OK, that sounds like a typical Wednesday for Trump, but the stress is still showing.

Trump has been on edge more than usual lately. Wednesday was filled with rage tweets and unhinged press meetings. The impeachment inquiry over his dirty dealings with Ukraine and abusing his office by withholding foreign aid unless that nation helps him destroy a political rival is unraveling Donald Trump.

He has accused House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff of “fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States,” and of committing treason. It’s a good thing for Trump that lying to the public isn’t treason or even illegal (his boy Corey Lewandowski brags about it). He also said Schiff should resign and that “he’s sick.” He ranted to the press that “Shifty Schiff” couldn’t carry Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “blank” strap. He said, “I won’t say it because they’ll say it was terrible to say. But that guy couldn’t carry his ‘blank’ strap.” Donald Trump wouldn’t say it because he believes “jockstrap” is a dirty word, but he tweeted out “bullshit.” Trump also misses that “couldn’t carry his jockstrap” is a term normally used in sports, and doesn’t fit in this context unless Mike Pompeo is required to wear an actual jockstrap (which I trust no one wants to carry).

Trump screamed that the “transcript” of his call with Ukraine’s president was “exact” and “word-for-word,” it wasn’t. It was a summary with a warning at the top that it was NOT a “transcript” meaning it’s not “exact” or “word-for-word.” In fact, it’s estimated that the summary only covers ten minutes of a 30-minute phone conversation.

Holding an article that actually was in The Times reporting Schiff learned about the outlines of the whistleblower’s concerns days before the complaint was filed, Trump said that was a scandal and Schiff “probably helped write it.” Never mind the fact that the White House also knew of the complaint and tried to bury it before it was filed. Afterward, he again called himself a “very stable genius.”

He rage tweeted at The Washington Post for reporting that he wanted a “moot” filled with snakes and alligators at the border wall (it was actually The New York Times that reported the story). Everyone assumes he meant “moat.”

He cried about the stock market being driven down because of impeachment talk, and that being exactly what the “Democrats want to do.” He tweeted, “They are willing to hurt the Country, with only the 2020 Election in mind.” On that subject, the S&P 500 gained 27% between Clinton’s impeachment inquiry and his acquittal. The stock market did drop during Nixon’s Watergate drama, but stocks were in a bear market, the nation was in a recession, and in an oil crisis.

Trump retweeted a meme inaccurately showing the counties he won reading, “Impeach this.” He even sent out an inaccurate tweet of the 2016 electoral score (it seems like he’d know since he was there). He’s argued his electoral victory is too big for him to be impeached and other Republicans have accused the Democrats of overturning an election. They forget that the election they’re overturning was won with help from Russian interference, Trump didn’t win the popular vote, and that Nixon was facing impeachment after an electoral victory much larger than Trump’s (Trump won 304 electoral votes. Nixon won 520. In case you’re a Republican, 520 is greater than 304). It doesn’t matter if it’s geographical, weather, or electoral, or a placemat you color in at Bob’s Big Boy, Trump is really bad with maps.

At a press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Trump berated and bullied Reuters reporter Jeff Mason for asking what he hoped Ukraine’s president would do about Joe and Hunter Biden. Trump did a DeNiro and screamed, “Are you talking to me? Listen…We have the president of Finland. Ask him a question. Trump said the reporter was being rude for not asking the Finnish president a question, but when he did, Trump interrupted and answered for him. I think Mason should have said, “OK then. President Niinistö, what do you think Trump wanted Ukraine’s president to do about Joe and Hunter Biden?”

While screaming at Mason, Trump said the impeachment was based on a hoax, the media was “playing into the hoax,” called the press “fake news” and in “many cases, the corrupt media.”

Trump has demanded to interview the whistleblower saying he deserves to confront his accuser (he doesn’t). He’s accused the whistleblower of being a “partisan hack” and of committing treason along with those in the White House who have helped him. He has insinuated the whistleblower and those who have helped him should be put to death. He’s warned of a Civil War if he’s impeached.

Donald Trump doesn’t care if the nation burns if it saves his hide, or at least gets him good ratings. He’s never shown more concern for anything over himself. If he riles up Nazis, Klansmen, Fox News hosts, and MAGA-hat wearing gun nuts, so be it.

Finland’s president was asked by a Finnish reporter, not about raking leaves to prevent forest fires, but if he could detail what kind of favors Trump had asked him. As reports are coming in that Trump has asked leaders of Ukraine, Australia, Italy, and now England, to work as opposition researchers for his 2020 campaign, it was a fair question. A question Trump interrupted by rambling about how he’s been praised by Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

The Helsinki Times (in case you’re a Republican, Helsinki is the capital of Finland), published an article this morning with the headline, “Did Trump tweet throughout his entire meeting with Niinistö.” It’s a fair question since Trump tweeted ten times about impeachment during the two hours when he was meeting with Niinistö. For Niinistö’s sake, I hope the meeting wasn’t in the bathroom since the tweets were indicative of his poop tweets. That guy will never come back to America.

President Niinistö enjoyed visiting many sites while in Washington. Perhaps he got to see the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, or Mike Pompeo’s jockstrap. At the press conference, Niinistö may have even enjoyed throwing a little shade at Trump during his opening statement. He said, “Mr. President (sic), you have a great democracy. Keep it going on.” Unfortunately, Donald Trump is too slow to detect this sort of burn. He’ll notice it Sunday.

But about Niinistö’s statement on our democracy; there really is only one way to keep our democracy “going on.” Since Trump has delusions of being an authoritarian leader, attacks the rule of law constantly, is recruiting foreign nations to help his 2020 campaign after one helped his in 2016 (and Vladimir Putin “joked” about helping again in 2020 yesterday), and is encouraging his supporters to start a “civil war” if he’s impeached, the only way to keep it going on is to impeach Trump.

Let’s keep it going on.

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As I noted in a previous cartoon, these are perilous times for political cartoonists. But you can help me continue to create cartoons, blogs, and videos by making a contribution. All support, large and small, is greatly appreciated. You can also support me by purchasing a signed print (8 1/2×11) for $40, or a signed poster (18×24) for $100 by clicking the PayPal button (just include a note if you’re purchasing a print). If you want to support but don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a contribution through the mail (address is on the contact page. Again, include a note for a print).I don’t plan on going anywhere and your support will help guarantee that. Whether you support, can’t. or just choose not to, please know that I am truly thankful that you visit my site and read my work.

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