Indictments

Drain The Deep State


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I’m sure corrupt Republicans were corrupt long before Donald Trump became the cult leader of their party. But, he totally emboldened them to push the limits of greed and self-serving.

Donald Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by making money from his office. Anyone who feels the need to get on Trump’s good side, which he makes very clear is required, stays at his hotel in Washington. From Republicans to foreign dignitaries, they put their money into Trump’s pockets. Recently, the embassies of Kuwait and the Philippines held parties in the ballroom in the D.C. Trump Hotel.

It’s not just in Washington either as revenue for the Trump Hotel in New York rose by 13% after two years of decline, just by one five-day visit from a Saudi Prince. Neither the Prince nor any members of the Saudi royal family actually stayed at the hotel, as they have standards and probably heard what Trump does on the mattresses with hookers, but he sent his entourage to stay there.

Trump also makes huge windfalls every time he plays golf at one of his resorts as the United States government needs to pay for members of the administration and various government employs to book rooms. There’s also his restaurants at the resorts and hotels, golf cart rentals (which the Secret Service has to pay to watch Trump cheat at golf), and other incidentals.

Trump also stole from his charity to buy gifts for himself and settle lawsuits for his businesses. The charity was also managed by the Trump Campaign during the presidential race, and coordinated for political events. Other acts of corruption and cons are Trump’s fake university and paying off porn stars and Playmates to keep quiet about sleeping with him. He’s also giving do-nothing campaign jobs with huge salaries to former White House staffers, so they’ll keep their mouths shut too.

Trump is rewarded for all of this with an approval rating from Republicans nearing 90%. So, when other Republican politicians witness this, why wouldn’t they think they could get away with it? When Trump’s corruption is investigated and people are going to prison, he cries “witch hunt” and perpetuates the ridiculous deep state theory.

Republican congressman Duncan Hunter is blaming the deep state for his troubles. He has been indicted on a series of counts ranging from conspiracy to campaign finance violations. He is being accused of spending campaign money on personal expenses.

In a seven-year period, Hunter and his wife overdrew their checking account over 1,100 times with overdraft fees of $37,761. The Hunters took more than $250,000 from his campaign.

They would make personal purchases and later claim they were campaign related, like buying golf clothes and later claiming they were golf balls for a Wounded Warriors project. They spent thousands on vacations to Italy and Hawaii, on video games, books, puzzles, trips to Costco, Target and Walmart, computers, and lavish meals. Duncan Hunter once claimed miles on a trip where he didn’t take his car. He also made his wife his campaign manager, so she could collect the salary.

His wife once paid an overdue balance to her dentist and then later told the campaign’s treasurer it was for a charity called “Smiles for Life.”

Then, there’s the bunny. Hunter spent $600.00 to fly the family’s pet rabbit. No word yet if Hoppy ever got his own room at a Trump resort.

When he would be questioned by his staff about the expenses, he would accuse them of not being loyal. Does that sound familiar? Also, familiar sounding, when the indictments came down, he blamed a “deep state” conspiracy among “partisan Democrat prosecutors,” despite the fact they’re coming from other Republicans. The prosecutor was appointed by Jeff Sessions. He also blamed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and claims this attack on him is a way to get to the president.

Hunter was the second Republican in Congress to endorse Trump for president. The first Republican to endorse him was Chris Collins from New York who was just…wait for it…indicted for insider trading. Yes, the first two Republicans in Congress to endorse Donald Trump have been indicted. Once you go orange, you don’t go back.

They love to shout “drain the swamp” at Trump rallies. Trump has said he initially didn’t like the phrase as he thought it was cheesy but grew to like it when it became a chant. Obviously, it’s about the chant and not the definition. Even if Trump does know what “drain the swamp” means, he has no real intention of ending corruption in Washington as his administration may already be the most corrupt in American history.

If Trump really wanted to end corruption in D.C. and “drain the swamp,” he would resign. Maybe that would be an act other Republicans could follow.

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Indictment Palooza


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If you’re feeling squishy about yourself because you boldly predicted Mueller’s first indictment would be for Paul Manafort, give yourself an obvious cookie. What will you predict next? Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deflect with something stupid?

One person who deserves a cookie, or an entire box, is Robert Mueller. This man, despite being accused of leaking by Trump sycophants, keeps his cards close to his vest. Manafort was not a surprise. Rick Gates, OK that makes sense. George Papadopoulos? Who? I recall hearing about that guy months ago and how bizarre it was that his qualification to serve as one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers was that he played on the model U.N. when he was in school. But, if you had picked Papadopoulos then that would have been as brilliant as when I picked Adrian Peterson in fantasy football his rookie year. Though, with my fantasy football team, that involved more dumb luck than brilliance.

Donald Trump and his idiotic followers have been telling us for about a year that there has been no collusion with Russia. It’s all “fake news.” Every intelligence agency tells us there was collusion. Facebook and Twitter have told us Russia bought ads, thus collusion. Trump even begged for Russia’s help during the campaign. Yet, it’s all “fake news.” Now, it has come out that Donald Trump Jr. wasn’t the only goon seeking information on Hillary Clinton from the Russians. How much longer are the sycophants going to continue parroting the lies from the Trump administration?

Mueller indicted Paul Manafort on twelve counts, some being conspiracy against the United States. Trump has boasted that all the charges against Manafort and Gates were for crimes committed before they worked for Trump. Like it’s a great big accomplishment that his campaign manager conspired against America. It’s indicative of what kind of people Trump surrounds himself with. Next time he hires someone, he needs to conduct a background check that at least involves reading their Wikipedia page.

Just after Trump tweeted that he had no connection to the crimes and there was no collusion, word came out about Papadopoulos and how he was seeking collusion with Russia as a representative of the Trump campaign. Oops.

Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI and has made a deal with Mueller. He’s cooperating with the Special Counsel’s investigation and has been for months. Does this mean he may have had conversations with Trump people while wearing a wire. Oh, please say yes.

Trump’s defense is that he doesn’t remember Papadopoulos, despite claiming he has one of the best memories. He and his collection of stupid people have claimed that Papadopoulos was a low-level staffer, thus he didn’t have any real important job with the campaign. They made it sound like the guy only fetched coffee and made copies. In reality, he fetched covfefe.

A low-level staffer was apparently what his campaign was looking for to make connections with Russia. In one email from a top unnamed staffer, he was encouraged to travel to make a connection between Trump and Putin. One email read, “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips, It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.” If that is not collusion then I don’t know what is. It’s a lot heavier than the Uranium deflection or hiring someone to conduct opposition research on your opponent.

For a low-level guy, he got some good play from Trump. The then-candidate mentioned him as an adviser and how he was a good person. A photo has also surfaced of him sitting at the same table with Trump and Jeff Sessions at a policy meeting. He was not delivering coffee.

The White House says they believe Mueller is wrapping up his investigation. This just might be the end of the beginning. Mueller is just warming up his arm. There could be more charges on Manafort. Papadopoulos may not be the only one who’s been secretly working with Mueller. This will and probably has already, created an environment in the White House where no one trusts anyone. Who’s wearing a wire? Who’s working with Mueller? Who will send me to prison so they don’t have to go? What a great working environment. They go in thinking they’ll serve four to eight but in reality, most will be looking at ten to twenty.

What I’m looking at is how many people will be convicted of lying to the FBI, because everybody who works for Trump lies their ass off. I feel sorry for Huckabee Sander’s future jailhouse bitch. I’m going to feel sorry for Sean Spicer and Jared when they’re both the jailhouse bitches. When Trump testifies, and he will, he will commit perjury. The man can’t talk about anything without telling a lie. I bet that chocolate cake even tasted like crap.

Despite their argument that they’re focused on the nation’s business, the White House is panicking. There’s a report that Trump wants Ivanka and Jared out of the White House and return to the private sector. He should never have brought his kids into his corruption.

There are things to expect, like Michael Flynn’s upcoming indictment. There will also be surprises. Apparently, this Mueller guy is really good at what he’s doing. He’s not distracted by shiny objects.

Shit got real yesterday. It’s only going to get worse for the White House. There are reports that Trump was fuming at the indictments. Expect a full meltdown when Mueller goes after his taxes.

I’ll supply the popcorn…and the ink.

Creative notes: I tweeted out the line to this cartoon yesterday. As I started working on an idea this morning (after having several), I kept going back to my smart-ass comment on social media. I liked it better than the cartoon I had started. So, I debated myself and stared at the Surface Pro for an hour before deciding to erase everything and start over.

I hate tweeting out the idea before I use it, because that ruins the surprise for my readers on social media, at least for the ones who saw it. Also, a fellow cartoonist once admitted to me that he got one of his cartoon ideas from one of my tweets. Sheesh. You’re supposed to get your ideas from Trump’s tweets, not mine.

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