Mick Mulvaney

A Trumpian Supper


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Yesterday, Gordon Sondland, Ambassador to the European Union, testified that he followed Donald Trump’s orders to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden and that other top officials knew.

There is no argument that Donald Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and promote the debunked conspiracy theory that it was that nation and not Russia that meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s request is in the so-called transcript of his call with Ukraine and he’s made public statements wanting China to investigate the Bidens. It’s also a fact that asking a foreign nation to help your political campaign is illegal, even before you get to a “quid pro quo,” bribery or extortion.

Trump’s supporters argue that he’s concerned about corruption in Ukraine and he was concerned about sending tax dollars to a corrupt nation. If he’s concerned about corruption in Ukraine, then why did he ask Ukraine to investigate his political opponent? Wouldn’t Ukraine be too corrupt for that? As for the money, he approved it. It was approved by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed by Donald Trump. If he was concerned about Ukraine being too corrupt to receive American money, then why did he approve it? The fact is, he was withholding it as bribery. He never asked Ukraine about corruption. He only asked about the Bidens. As it was revealed yesterday, Ukraine knew they hadn’t received the money.

Sondland testified that he followed the directions of Rudy Giuliani. Republicans will now try to throw Giuliani under the bus. Unfortunately, Giuliani has been all over television stating how he was in Ukraine working for Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the so-called transcript has Trump asking Ukraine’s president to talk to Rudy Giuliani. The evidence is there that Trump sent Giuliani to run a “drug deal” in Ukraine.

Ambassador Sondland said Trump doesn’t care about Ukraine, and that he only cares about the “big stuff” in that nation. Not big stuff like war with Russia, but big stuff like investigating Joe Biden. Yesterday, Sondland said others were “in the loop.” He was talking about White House Chief-of-Staff Mick Mulvaney (who’s admitted there was a quid pro quo), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo )who’s too much of a coward to defend his staff from Donald Trump), Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Vice-President Mike Pence.

Republicans like Jim Jordan argue that Ukraine got their money so there isn’t a crime. If you rob a bank then return the money, there is still a crime. The Trump administration gave Ukraine the money only AFTER Congress started looking into the whistleblower complaint. Ukraine also wanted an Oval Office meeting for Zelensky. He still hasn’t received that.

Trump has asked a foreign nation to assist his campaign. He used taxpayer money to extort Ukraine. He’s obstructed justice by not allowing his people, like Mulvaney, Perry, Pence, Pompeo, and John Bolton to testify. He’s intimidated and harassed witnesses, even while they’re testifying. Republicans don’t believe Trump’s offenses amount to being worthy of impeachment, yet they impeached Bill Clinton over a blowjob.

If election meddling, bribery, extortion, obstruction, and witness tampering aren’t impeachable offenses, then what is?

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Get Over It


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Mick Mulvaney went on Fox News Sunday and tried to “clarify” his quid pro quo comments to Chris Wallace. He blamed reporters for misunderstanding and misrepresenting his words. Unfortunately for him, Wallace played the tape.

Last Thursday, when told what he was describing was a “quid pro quo,” by a reporter, Mulvaney said it’s done “all the time,” and that we need to get over it. What Mulvaney was saying is, the Trump administration is corrupt. Get over it.

Donald Trump is going to be impeached, but he’ll probably impeach Mulvaney before that happens. Former chief-of-staff for Obama, Rahm Emanuel publicly advised Mulvaney, “Get yourself a lawyer, and do it fast.”

Trump had a hard time filling the chief-of-staff job after John Kelly quit, and Mulvaney only took it in an “acting” capacity. It’s a job nobody wants because smart people know that working for Trump means you’ll need a lawyer and you may still end up in prison…especially if you’re stupid.

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Quid Pro Uh-Oh


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Out of the multiple times I shouted at the TV yesterday during acting-chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney’s disaster of a press briefing yesterday was when he was answering a question about the House investigating Trump awarding the next G7 summit to himself. He said they were expecting the House to look into it because this administration has had to deal with oversight ever since the Democrats took Congress.

That is when I yelled loudest at the TV because dealing with oversight isn’t something that should have just started when the Democrats took control of Congress. The Republicans should have exercised oversight over this corrupt administration while they had Congress. If so, maybe they’d still have Congress. Instead of oversight, they spent two years bootlicking, kowtowing, ass-kissing, and being subservient sycophants engaged in cult worship. They allowed this administration to run roughshod over emoluments and provided intel over House investigations into the assistance the Trump campaign received from Vladimir Putin. They allowed and defended Donald Trump when he attacked the FBI, the CIA, the free press, and even their own members. Every Republican in Congress who allowed Donald Trump to violate his oath of office and desecrate the presidency, in turn, violated their own oaths and abandoned protecting this nation.

Now, we get to watch Trump’s butt poodles in Congress create new talking points over the fact there was definitely quid pro quo in Trump providing military aid to Ukraine. If you’re wondering if they’ll abandon their previous defense, then you haven’t been paying attention.

During Robert Mueller’s investigation over Russian interference, the talking point was “no collusion.” To use this talking point, you have to accept collusion is bad.

Then, Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he’d accept help from a foreign government if it was offered. That is welcoming collusion and Republicans were silent. There was no outrage or even disagreement. We didn’t even hear a tsk-tsk.

Then, the day after Mueller testified before Congress, believing the coast was clear to do whatever the fuck he wants, Donald Trump dangled military aid to Ukraine’s president in exchange for them investigating a political opponent.

The two defenses of this are: Trump can ask a foreign government to investigate corruption by Americans in their country (ignoring the fact he asked a foreign government to help his re-election campaign), and it’s not bad because there was no quid pro quo.

First off, even if there wasn’t a quid pro quo, it’s still illegal to ask or accept help from a foreign government in your political campaign. Fact, fact, fuckity fact. But, there was a quid pro quo.

Even if we didn’t have copies of texts between diplomats talking about the “deliverable,” which was a reference to the end result of Ukraine actually announcing the investigations, or a summary of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky where Trump brings up investigating Joe Biden and conspiracy theories of 2016, the quid pro quo is out in the open.

There is a quid pro quo in the mere fact that Donald Trump is president (sic). The president of Ukraine wouldn’t even be on the phone with Trump if he wasn’t president, less enough offering to help him with his reelection. On top of that, you have Rudy Giuliani admitting he was asking Ukraine to look into the Bidens on top of Gordon Sondland’s testimony yesterday that they were ordered to follow Giuliani, who is not elected, appointed, or working for the State Department, in dealing with Ukraine.

Yesterday, after European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland testified before Congress, Congressman Jim Jordan, who’s spent his entire tenure during the Trump administration jacketless shouting at the top of his lungs in defense of Trump, said there was no quid pro quo. Meanwhile, Mulvaney was telling the White House press corps there was a quid pro quo. Oops.

A reporter pointed out that asking Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in exchange for monetary aid (money approved and designated by Congress) was quid pro quo. Mulvaney replied that there is always politics and exchanges for foreign aid. He admitted there was a quid pro quo and they “do it all the time.”

He used foreign aid being withheld from the triangle nations in Central America as an example. In that situation, the Trump administration withheld funding from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras until they created immigration policies acceptable to Trump. Now, whether you like that or not, that is a legal quid pro quo. It’s also a shitty example that Mulvaney could only use if he’s dishonest or an idiot…or both. In that case, the quid pro quo wasn’t for personal help in a political campaign. But, I’m sure we’ll all hear more Republicans use it this week because they’re all dishonest and idiots.

Mulvaney admitting there was a quid pro quo was bad. How bad? White House lawyers issued a statement that they weren’t aware he was going to say that. Trump told the press it wasn’t accurate. Finally, Mulvaney issued a statement trying to clean it up and said he never admitted there was a quid pro quo. According to reports, Trump is upset over this but more at the media for taking Mulvaney’s words out of context. The only problem with Mulvaney’s backtrack and Trump being mad at the press is that Mick’s comments are on tape. He said it. There’s no taking it out of context. The context was trading military aid in exchange for a foreign government investigating the Bidens and debunked conspiracy theories.

This leaves Republicans, who have gone from collusion is bad to collusion is fine if there’s no quid pro quo, to trying to find a way to defend quid pro quos. Confused? Be glad you’re not a Republican. At some point, Republicans are going to give up trying to explain anything Trump does and just declare he’s king and can do anything he wants. That’s how they want it anyway.

Donald Trump broke the law. He violated his oath of office and betrayed America’s trust. He’s given us the evidence. He’s done it in front of us. And in what will probably be the last press briefing during the Trump administration, his stupid chief-of-staff admitted Donald Trump broke the law.

If Donald Trump hasn’t broken the law in this case, then what the hell is illegal?

The best example of hypocrisy here is this conversation about corruption went down while announcing Trump was awarding himself a contract that will allow him to grift the United States and other nations with the G7 Summit.

I had a Twitter conversation yesterday about how it’s hard to satirize satire, but could these criminals at least understand they’re satire?

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Smelling Blood


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Fun fact; if Donald Trump was to send out a tweet condemning each investigation against him, he would have to tweet seventeen times. Another fun fact; he will.

There are currently seventeen investigations into Donald Trump that we know of. These don’t include current or upcoming congressional investigations or those against the criminals he’s appointed to his cabinet.

Five individuals committed the Watergate burglaries, but 69 people were eventually charged with 48 pleading or found guilty from the Nixon administration. And yet, no president has ever faced a legal assault like the one hitting Donald Trump.

There are not seventeen investigations against Trump because “angry Democrats” or the “deep state” are out to get him. There are seventeen investigations against him because he’s brought it upon himself. He’s a crooked individual, and he’s operated his businesses like shell games for his entire professional career of being a conman. Running for and becoming president has exposed those cons.

A lot of people already knew Trump was a crook before he ran for president. American banks stopped loaning to him years ago and a lot of lawyers and contractors refuse to work for him. Trump even talks like a crook, saying his former lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen is a “rat.” Calling someone a “rat” implies there was something to rat about.

His current lawyer and scary mouthpiece Rudy Giuliani have gone from arguing Trump is innocent to the laws he’s broken aren’t that big of a deal. When Rudy argues that nobody got killed, it makes me think we’re going to find a body. Some Republican Senators have accepted Trump is guilty of crimes though they won’t do anything about it. Utah’s Orrin Hatch even said, “I don’t care.” But how much longer will they remain not to care with seventeen investigations piling up evidence of criminal activity and many former friends and business associates flipping on him? Does anyone believe seventeen probes won’t reveal some crimes?

Keeping track of all those investigations can be difficult without a scorecard. Keeping track of all the firings and resignations from the administration is hard enough. Fortunately, Wired has published a guide to each investigation.

There’s the attack on our election by Russia and if Trump colluded or is obstructing justice. Wikileaks is being investigated and there are questions if Trump or his associates knew in advance of their leaks. Investigators are looking into whether Israel, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates helped the Trump campaign. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort is going to prison. There’s the Trump Tower Moscow project. At least fourteen Trump campaign surrogates had contact with Russians. New York prosecutors are looking into his company’s financial shenanigans. There’s paying off women with hush money which were campaign finance violations. The Inauguration funding is missing over $40 million, and there are signs Trump profited, questions if foreigners made contributions, and there were several Russians in attendance at the event. Trump’s super PAC is being investigated. We have foreign lobbying. The NRA received money from Russia and some of that may have gone into the Trump campaign. The administration may have been making a deal with Turkey to hand over a U.S. resident they accuse of being a criminal. The New York Times exposed Trump for decades of unpaid taxes and other assorted financial schemes. His charity, the Trump Foundation coordinated with the campaign and was also a slush fund for The Donald. Finally, we have lawsuits over emoluments, where Trump is making money off the presidency.

These investigations aren’t just hitting Trump. Also, entwined are three of his kids, Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka. Even Melania might have a finger in the Inauguration scheme.

Is it any wonder Trump had a hard time finding a Chief of Staff? You would need to hire a lawyer just to take the job as you’re sure to receive a subpoena at some point. Trump basically forced his Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney to take the job. Even then, he would only accept on the condition that he has “acting” as part of his title, as in, he doesn’t want to be there for the long haul. Who can blame him? The job could have you “acting” like you’re going to prison.

Prison is a place where you could land if you work for Donald Trump. Ask Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.

There is blood in the water attracting sharks. The sharks are better than you. If you work for Trump, some of that blood will be yours.

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