Trump Corruption

A Nationals Impeachment


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Washington, D.C. has not sent a baseball team to the World Series since 1933 (which they lost). In fact, the city was without a baseball team from 1971 to 2005 because their team, the Washington Senators, fled to Texas to become the Rangers. The Washington team that went to the series in 1933, also named the Senators, are now the Minnesota Twins. Today’s team going to the World Series, who may face the American League team Houston Astros who used to be in the National League, used to be the Montreal Expos. This is a lot more confusing than Trump’s impeachment because Trump committed the crime, admitted it, and he should be impeached.

By the way, Donald Trump has never thrown a first pitch as president. He refused an invite from the Nationals in his first year as prez, either because he would have been booed out of the stadium or because walking from home plate to the mound might land him in a trauma unit. Even FDR, who was in a wheelchair, threw out first pitches. He did it ten times. Hell, even Nixon threw out a first pitch. If Trump ever does throw out a first pitch, I expect him to take a golf cart to the mound.

I’m one of those people who roots for two teams. The Chicago Cubs (who have always been in Chicago and in the National League) is my team. But I was here to see the start of the Nationals franchise, have cheered for them when they haven’t been playing my Cubs, and I’ve been to several games. But, I don’t feel like I’m finally seeing my team go to the World Series after years of waiting because, again, the Cubs are my team. But I’m very happy for the Nats and I hope they win the series. I also hope they face the Yankees because that’ll make for a more exciting series and look much more dramatic in the record book years for now. Who doesn’t want to take down the Yankees? The Astros? Meh. The Nats just took down the team that’s won the second most World Series. Maybe they’ll get a shot at taking on the team that’s won the most.

It didn’t look like the Nats would even make the playoffs as they were twelve games behind in their division last May. But, baseball has a very long season. They made it to the playoffs as a wildcard where they beat the Milwaukee Brewers, who originally started in Seattle then moved to Milwaukee to replace the Braves who originally started in Boston and then landed in Atlanta. They then earned the right to play the number one seed Los Angeles Dodgers (who used to be in Brooklyn) who they beat three games to two. Then, they swept the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to none. The Nats weren’t supposed to be here, but baseball is a funny game. So is politics.

It looked like Trump wasn’t going to be impeached after the Mueller Report came out and the Justice Department twisted what was in it. Any momentum to remove this corrupt president faded. With the primary season approaching, Democrats thought it best to beat him and the Russians at the ballot box. At the very least, Donald Trump knew that working with foreign governments to win an election was wrong and illegal. That was repeated over and over throughout the Mueller investigation and the Trump team knew it too as they kept repeating the talking point “no collusion.” I mean, after two years of talking about it, the illegality of it was made clear, right?

The day after Mueller testified before Congress on his report, Donald Trump asked a foreign government to meddle in the next election. It’s like getting off on a technicality on a bank-robbing charge, so you celebrate by robbing a bank. He then hid the evidence. He used money approved by Congress to extort that foreign government to help his campaign. His administration tried to block a whistleblower report from reaching Congress. And then, Donald Trump admitted he asked a foreign government to help him and then publicly, he asked another one to help. Finally, Trump obstructed justice by denying subpoenas from Congress for documents and testimony from people in his administration. Despite all this, most Republicans claim he didn’t do anything wrong.

Democrats are not overturning an election by impeaching Donald Trump. I mean, not unless they replace him with Hillary Clinton. It’s like the argument that it’s a coup, but it can’t be a coup if Democrats replace him with Mike Pence. The election was fraudulent and Trump and his team worked to make it that way. Impeaching Trump, which is authorized by the United States Constitution, isn’t as outrageous as Russia attacking our nation by making Donald Trump president. But, if anyone is overturning an election, that person is Donald Trump for violating and betraying his oath of office. It’s not the Democratic Party or the media’s fault Donald Trump is a corrupt son of a bitch who’s used his entire time as president to divide the nation and advance his own personal agenda and enrich himself further.

Article Two, Second Four of the United States Constitution was written in preparation for a president such as Donald Trump. It says a president shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. The only missing in Article Two is a picture of Donald Trump.

I don’t know if the Nationals are going to win the World Series. I don’t know if Donald Trump will be removed from office. But I do know two things. The Washington Nationals are going to the World Series and Donald Trump is going to be impeached.

Both are well deserved.

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The Corrupt Pumpkin


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Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was forced out by Rudy Giuliani and his fellow goons, testified before Congress yesterday. She was told that Trump had lost trust in her and had wanted her out since 2018, though he extended her term to 2020 less than two months before. On the same call telling her to get on a plane to Washington immediately, she was also told she had “done nothing wrong.”

Yes, she did. She stood in the way of Trump’s corrupt henchmen pretending to seek out corruption. They were afraid she was going to stand in their way. In her prepared testimony, she said, “Although I understand that I served at the pleasure of the president, I was nevertheless incredulous that the U.S. government chose to remove an ambassador based, as best as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Clearly questionable motives.

Yovanovitch is still an employee of the State Department, though she may be fired now under false pretenses because the administration sought to block her from testifying. The House issued a subpoena for her, and obeying the law, she complied.

The senior adviser to Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, resigned this week. Two others followed. Kurt Volker, the special envoy to Ukraine, had already resigned. Yesterday, the acting head of the Department of Human Services resigned (the fourth in Trump’s first term to lead that agency). Two of Rudy’s goons were nabbed trying to flee the country. Rudy is reportedly under investigation for illegal lobbying. Donald Trump, who lost five court cases yesterday, is going to be impeached.

The State and Justice Departments are defying subpoenas as the White House is blocking all testimony that will incriminate Donald Trump, though he’s already incriminated himself by admitting he asked Ukraine to interfere in our next election.

Yesterday, he said the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said bad things about Yovanovitch. If you read the summary of the transcript, he didn’t. In fact,  Zelensky never mentioned her. Donald Trump, who tried to praise her a bit yesterday, was the only one who mentioned her and said bad things about her on that call.

Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, needs to issue subpoenas as if they’re PEZ. After all, it is the Halloween season. As the White House continues to defy subpoenas, Schiff needs to take them to court, again and again.

Eventually, he’ll catch the Great Pumpkin.

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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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The First Crime Family Condemns Crime Families


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Donald Trump Jr truly lives up to his namesake. Always eager to help his father lie and smear political enemies, he went after Hunter Biden last Wednesday. Trumpy Jr said that Hunter serving on a board of a Ukranian energy company while his father was vice president created the “appearance of impropriety” and represented a “clear conflict of interest.” Then, he gave a speech condemning pomade-abusing, trust-fund baby douchebags.

The Trump family believes they’re American royalty. What they are is royal hypocrites. I believe Washington political pundits have forgotten how to stare in stunned disbelief.

Melania Trump’s anti-cyberbullying campaign, “Be Best,” is best at being silent about her husband’s cyberbullying campaign, “Be Worst.” Still, it’s not as bad as Ivanka’s “Be Oblivious” campaign when it comes to her father and sexism. Ivanka is spearheading a women’s initiative in the White House, but it’s not in her initiative to comment when her dad said Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her whatever,” or when her dad called Rosie O’Donnell “fat little Rosie,” or when he endorsed an accused pedophile, or on the multiple on top of multiple sexual harassment and rape allegations against her dad, or whenever he attacks women of color, or when he calls Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” or when he says “send them back,” or when he brags about grabbing women “by the pussy,” or, etc., etc.

So now Trump Jr says Hunter’s business dealings don’t look proper and are a conflict of interest. So how proper does it look when foreign diplomats book rooms at Trump hotels? How proper is it for Trump to make the U.S. government spend money at his golf resorts for 293 days, and counting, of his presidency? Does it not appear to be a conflict when he promotes his businesses from the platform of the presidency? There’s not a conflict in trying to host the next G7 Summit at Trump Doral? I suppose the United States government being the landlord to Trump’s Washington Hotel isn’t a conflict either. Don’t expect the attorney general to look into that as he just booked a $30,000 party at the hotel because none of the other hotels in D.C. met his requirements, such as having the name Trump on them.

Before Trump became president, he cut deals in some of the most corrupt places on the planet. Before she spearheaded that women’s initiative, Ivanka led a hotel development in Azerbaijan, ranked 152 out of 180 on Transparency International’s index of the world’s most corrupt countries, which is a nicer way of describing the nation than as a “shithole.” The partner in that project was the son of the nation’s transportation minister who’s linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. In case you’re a Republican, they’re the bad guys.

The Trumps worked with the son of a former dictator on a proposed hotel project in Brazil. That one only collapsed after Trump was elected and prosecutors went after the partner for a scheme where he diverted pension funds into…wait for it…real estate developments. I know. You’re shocked to discover there’s gambling in this establishment.

How much foreign money came into Trump’s inauguration committee? The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is trying to find out. How much do the Trumps owe Deutsche Bank? How much of that is backed by Russians?

In Indonesia, the Trumps are building two resorts with a man who bought one of their L.A. mansions last summer. While Donald Trump is yelling for China to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden, their Indonesian project is partly funded by…you’re totally going to be shocked with this one…China.

China doesn’t have a reputation for respecting American brands’ claims on intellectual property rights. Yet they’ve granted daddy’s sweet little princess, Ivanka, 34 trademarks since daddy took office. Three of those were approved the day she and her father dined with China’s president at…try not to be shocked with this one…Mar-a-Lago. I wonder how much China spent on their stay at that resort.

The sister of Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s husband, promoted her family’s connections to Trump while marketing investment programs in Kushner-owned companies. After two years of trying to get new partners or financing for a New York City property at 666 (seriously) 5th Avenue, that a previous partner said “would be worth a lot more if it was just dirt,” a Canadian company with investment from Qatar (if you’re a Republican, Qatar is a country, not something you do to a chick that dares criticize Dear Leader) bailed the Kushners out by purchasing a 99-year lease on the building. Jared, who’s buds with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, backed a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar. Some felt the Persian Gulf nation was attempting to influence Kushner to influence Trump. By the way, one of the Saudi demands of Qatar was that the nation close Al-Jazeera, a news outlet broadcasting throughout the Middle East that reports stuff they don’t want people to know.

You would think Don Jr would take a cue from Ivanka and Melania. They remain silent about Trump’s bullying and sexism, contradicting positions they pretend to be passionate over. Maybe Dumbass Jr should shut up about Hunter Biden.

I agree there is an appearance of a conflict when a vice president’s son serves on a foreign board. Even then, no law is being violated. But, if Hunter’s involvement is worthy of an “investigation,” then so are the Trumps foreign wheelings and dealings. I want to hear a reporter ask Donald Trump if China should investigate his kids’ business dealings. I want to hear the deflection he comes up with for that.

If Donald Trump really cares about fighting corruption, then maybe he should start in his own house, if he hasn’t sold it to an Arab prince yet.

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Do For Trump


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Donald Trump is admitting he’s corrupt and he’s daring Congress to do something about it.

He’s admitted asking Ukraine to investigate a political rival. In the summary of the transcript, he’s telling the president of Ukraine to talk to his PRIVATE lawyer about investigating his political opponent and chasing down conspiracy theories. He also asked him to get together with his attorney general in regards to these political pursuits.

Last week, he publicly asked Ukraine and China to go after his political opponent. Marco Rubio said he was trolling the media, which is part of the narrative of “he didn’t actually say it” to “he was joking” to “you didn’t understand it” to “yeah, he said it, so what?”. Now we can add, “he was only trolling.” It helps his supporters ignore the fact he’s committing a crime right in front of them.

Now it’s come out he’s asked Italy, Australia, and the UK’s Boris Johnson, just two days after he became prime minister, to help him perpetuate conspiracy theories for his political benefit. Foreign policy often comes with conditions attached, but not personal ones for a leader of a Democratic nation. For Trump, our foreign policy circles around what can our friends and foes do for Donald Trump.

Asking a foreign nation to help with your political campaign, even if you don’t receive it, is illegal. That’s not debatable. This is corruption at its core. Those who can’t see that and still continue to defend Donald Trump are putting the cult before their nation.

If you’re a Trump supporter, you’re not asking what your country can do for you or even what you can do for your country. You’re asking what can you do for Donald Trump. That answer is, put him before your nation. That’s exactly what you’re doing.

If you ask what our country can do for Donald Trump, I suggest it give him an impeachment.

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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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Another Shrimp On The Barbie


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Everything Donald Trump touches dies. That presents a quandary for world leaders as they’re challenged to continue normalized relations with the United States without being covered head to toe in orange feces.

The U.S. has the world’s largest military. Our finger is in every pie and we dish out more foreign assistance than any other nation. That hasn’t changed with an insecure narcissist with the vocabulary of a Rottweiler at the helm. Typically, American foreign policy doesn’t change with political parties in the White House. Our friends and foes remain the same. But now, other nations have to extend themselves beyond being friends and allies and must reduce themselves to placate Donald Trump’s ego and kiss his ass. We are learning for some, that goes beyond sword dances and extends to patronizing his conspiracy theories.

Outside of this country, Donald Trump only has a positive approval rating in two countries. Israel and Russia (surprise!). If a foreign leader isn’t careful when dealing with Trump, he could go from watching his own approval ratings go down and start hearing his constituents call him Monica Zelensky. The stain of Donald Trump has ruined previously respected reputations of people like H.R. McMaster, Rex Tillerson, and Kanye (that’s a joke), but as we’re learning now, the funk of Trump extends beyond our borders.

When William Barr became attorney general, many wondered if he’d maintain the independence of the Justice Department or act as a stooge and personal lawyer for Trump. That mystery was solved when he interpreted the Mueller Report as clearing Donald Trump of any obstruction, which of course, the report did not do. Barr is also playing to Trump’s hatred and conspiracy theories by reopening investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Steele dossier. We learned from the summary of Trump’s chat with Ukraine’s president that Barr is acting as Trump’s personal lawyer, goon, and co-conspirator in chasing conspiracy theories and roping a foreign nation into helping Trump’s re-election campaign. It will be interesting but not too surprising if the nation’s top lawyer is indicted.

Kurt Volker was a special envoy to Ukraine. It was his job to mediate peace between that nation and Russia. And then, Rudy Giuliani showed screen grabs on an iPad of text messages allegedly from Volker that showed he was aware of Rudy’s meddling in Ukraine for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Soon after, Volker resigned. Ukraine and Russia are no closer to peace and Volker’s reputation has an orange stain.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on This Week and was asked about whistleblower complaint. He said he hadn’t seen it. What he failed to disclose was that he was on the call where Trump pressured Ukraine’s president for dirt on a political rival. Now there are questions about how deep Pompeo is in this scheme. Did he help make the decision to hide records of the call in the server normally reserved for classified information? Why didn’t he reel Trump in when he started blackmailing Ukraine’s president? Why is he carrying water for Trump’s conspiracy theories? What does Mike Pompeo know and when did he know it? Pompeo used to have a decent reputation. Not anymore. The House has subpoenaed records from the State Department and it has until October 4th to comply.

Mick Mulvaney, the “acting” chief-of-staff, is implicated in this mess. He was told to withhold the funding granted by a majority of both houses of Congress for Ukraine. He was also told to lie about why it was withheld and not to give out any more information.

During a rambling presser at the United Nations, Donald Trump threw his vice-president, Mike Pence, under the bus when he said Democrats and the press should “look at Mike Pence’s phone calls.” See what you get for selling your soul and loyalty to Donald Trump? I guess Trump figures if he’s going down, he’ll take Pence with him. Do Republicans really want a President Pelosi?

Rudy Giuliani ruined his reputation a long time ago. Nobody takes the man formerly known as “America’s mayor” seriously anymore. Most people think he’s off his meds. Rudy has been subpoenaed by the House and they’re requesting text messages, phone records, and other communications they referred to as possible evidence. They also requested documents and depositions from three of his business associates. Rudy is floating the idea of not complying.

Volodymyr Zelensky is a former comedian, but he’s not laughing right now. Instead, the man who ran for the presidency of Ukraine is being mocked and laughed at and is being referred to in Ukraine as “Monica Zelensky.” The man who ran on an anti-corruption platform now has to explain why he promised to help America’s corrupt president engage in more corruption. Zelensky isn’t politically experienced enough to acquire U.S. aid without becoming a member of Giuliani’s Ukraine Clown Posse (credit to Virginia Bauman, @vaisfourlovers on Twitter, for that).

It was an Australian diplomat based in London who alerted the FBI that Trump adviser George Papadopoulos had told him in May 2016 that Moscow had incriminating “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The diplomat’s alert is what triggered the FBI’s investigation in Russian meddling. While the Trump campaign was silent on being offered dirt by the Russians, it was an ally who warned the United States. Now, it’s been reported that Trump called Australia’s Prime Minister requesting help to find information to discredit the Russia investigation. The Aussie PM agreed. While that’s not directly helping an upcoming American election, it’s feeding into conspiracies over the previous one. Morrison could be chased out of office and sent to the Outback if enough Australians view the man as another of Trump’s flying monkeys.

Donald Trump will be impeached unless he resigns. There’s already been one resignation over this. It’s not the resignations that office pools across the country are based on. It’s the indictments.

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