Trump’s Tariffs Goal Met

Putin has been paid another installment on his investment in Trump, the gift that keeps on giving.

Any question over the reasoning behind Trump’s additional tariffs, the consequences of which will force more farmers into bankruptcy, has been answered. Trump gave Putin the US trade agreement with China.

China canceled its trade agreement with the US as a result of Trump’s latest tariffs. Putin will pick up that trade agreement and sell soybeans and poultry meat to China.

Trump’s means of obfuscation comes with the offer of a second farm bailout, (cough-socialism). The first bailout went to a Brazilian bobsled team, (yes, that’s a joke, not a bobsled team, but Brazilians who bribed officials,) and Senator Grassley. Who will be on the receiving end of this taxpayer-funded farm bailout?

Let’s a review. Trump indirectly pays Putin US taxpayer money by increasing tariffs again, which causes China to cancel its trade agreement with the US, which Russia picks up, American farmers go bankrupt straining the economy; further, Trump pays another taxpayer-funded bailout, that will probably not end up in the hands of those who need it, and the deficit goes up.

And no one notices a thing, because this is a three-ring circus, (honk🤡), and the spotlight is on whichever ring Trump tweets.

The mainstream press is easily distracted, and reports 24/7 on what Trump says or tweets, not on what is happening.

The only question that remains is, does Trump, the guy who hasn’t mastered the umbrella, understand what he has done?

Trump asking farmers to make ‘patriotic’ sacrifices in his trade war

Putin says Russia will supply soybeans, poultry meat to China

Trump administration farmers bailout money went to corrupt Brazilian brothers who bribed officials

White House explores new farmer bailout plan as US-China trade war heats up

Millionaire Sen. Chuck Grassley Applying For Trump’s Farm Bailout Funds

Traitor Tot Gets a Subpoena

The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence committee’s issuance of a subpoena to Don Jr, concerning the Russia investigation is significant, but how?

Is it a signal that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings are having an impact on the corruption in the White House after all?

Does it mean the Senate plans to take action against Don Jr for the well-documented perjury, he committed when he testified before the Senate Intel committee in mid-December 2017, concerning the Trump Tower meeting of June 2016? Does it mean he isn’t too stupid to be indicted after all?

Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr. over Russia matters

The angry response to the subpoena by the GOP would lead one to think Uday (Jr) should be nervous.

Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intel Committee, has been attacked by most Republicans for taking this action, although a handful of GOP Senators, including Susan Collins and Chuck Grassley, stand in support of Burr’s effort. Hmm, curious.

Trump allies warn: ‘If you touch Don Jr our base will come after you’ | Raw Story

David Jolly, former GOP Florida Congressman, is appalled by the attacks against Burr.

With all due respect to Jolly, Trump’s ”boy” is the same age as the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, who is an adult.

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Those speaking out against Burr for this action against Junior include—

Trump ally, California Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who tweeted:

and Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, who has been linked to Russia, who tweeted:

and then there is Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, who said ”the ’good news’ is that Burr has ’already indicated that the committee will find no collusion,’ staying consistent with the findings of the Mueller Report (which, by the way, did not make a determination on collusion as it has no legal definition.)”

Mitch McConnell Reassures Hannity: Don Jr. Subpoena Will ‘Have a Happy Ending’

Which brings me to the point of my post; I’m skeptical. Although the Senate Intel committee has been odd, in that it is a GOP led committee that is considered mostly bipartisan, the GOP Chairman of the said Committee, Bill Burr, who initiated the subpoena, is a man of questionable integrity.

How many times have I been fooled into hoping a hero would emerge from the fog of Trump ranks to save our democracy? I don’t want to discredit myself too much, so I’ll only list two: Bill Barr (I know🙄), and Rod Rosenstein (I know 🙄).

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me three times, or more, and I don’t know what.

That said, I can not trust Senator Burr. His loyalty to Donald Trump goes back to the days of the Access Hollywood tape.

A quick Google search into Senator Burr’s voting history makes me think this subpoena is not what it appears to be.

He’s a typical GOP Senator, voting against: healthcare, climate change, medical marijuana, he has an A+ NRA rating, voted to “overhaul” (cut) Social Security, voted for Betsy Devos, and while he believes climate change is real, he says man does not cause it. As such, he has voted for oil pipelines, against taxing carbon emissions, he opposes efforts by the government to restrict the release of greenhouse gases. Necessarily, he’s only against pollution if he and his friends and lobbyists don’t profit from it.

His name sounds familiar, right? That’s because he is a very cousin to Aaron Burr, the 3rd Vice President of the US, traitor, and murderer of Alexander Hamilton. I’m not suggesting that because he’s related to one of the great villains of American history, he is equally evil, but I’m thinking it.

So what’s my theory today? I believe the GOP wants to subpoena Junior before the entirely redacted version of the Mueller report is released so that when all the facts are known, and the extent of Junior’s crimes have been exposed, the GOP will argue against another subpoena. I think this is theater.

I believe the House, led by Nancy Pelosi, has a plan, and they’re well on their way to accomplishing their goal, to raise public awareness to garner increased public support for impeachment. But the Senate is led by snake Mitch McConnell, who has power over all their committees, so I don’t buy the Junior argument.

I hope I’m wrong.

Barr’s in Contempt of Congress, and Trump’s an Idiot

In today’s news, Donald Trump asserted executive privilege, in a strange attempt to circumvent Contempt of Congress charges against his Attorney General, Bill Barr. The House Judiciary Committee’s hearings and vote are being held today.

That big news seems to have been overshadowed by the New York Times story that discloses a decade of Trump’s taxes from 1985 to 1994. The story chronicles Trump’s business failures and highlights the fact that he lost over $1 billion in that decade.

”The numbers show that in 1985, Mr. Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings. They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.” ~New York Times

The story goes on to say that year after year Trump appears to have lost more money than any other taxpayer in America.

I thought this was understood. We knew Trump filed bankruptcy six times. We knew he had 35,000 lawsuits filed against him by unpaid vendors and workers, for goods and services rendered. We could have guessed most of what’s in this big story.

What is astounding to me is that Trump’s ego prompted him to defend himself in two tweets, now deleted, in which he inadvertently admitted to tax evasion and bank fraud, calling it “sport.”

The man is an idiot who is destined to die in jail.

The report of Trump’s record-breaking lack of business acumen took the spotlight off the drama unfolding in the House Judiciary Committee hearing. Donald Trump, likely on the request of Bill Barr, who faces Contempt of Congress charges, invoked executive privilege.

”In the face of the Committee’s threatened contempt vote the Attorney General will be compelled to request that the President invoke executive privilege concerning the materials subject to the subpoena,” ~DOJ

Last night, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, received a letter from Attorney General William Barr, claiming the entire Mueller report, including that which has been publicly released, is now subject to executive privilege. In theory, this move might make it harder for Congress to get the unredacted Mueller report, with the underlying evidence. It might or might not slow down the process, but it won’t stop it.

More importantly, by claiming executive privilege on the Mueller report, Donald Trump is obstructing justice— again and may have put himself in Contempt of Congress along with Barr.

The House is going forward with hearings to be followed by a vote, and unfortunately for Barr, he will be convicted and face fines and a possible prison sentence (unlikely), of up to five years. Finally some consequences.

The question for those in the Trump camp: why is Trump fighting so hard to hide a report that “fully exonerates” him?

House Judiciary Committee Moves to Hold No-Show William Barr in Contempt

Barr: “It’s Not a Crime” for Trump to Demand Staffers Lie to Investigators

Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses

Mnuchin and Barr follow Cohens Lead

This week Michael Cohen began his prison sentence; he is just one in a long line of former Trump employees who are suffering the consequences, for breaking the law on individual 1’s behalf. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is clamping down on the stolen presidency that keeps him a free man.

As wrong as it is, that Trump is not Cohen’s current cell-mate, I hope Cohen finds a long line of mutual acquaintances will soon join him.

Steve Mnuchin has repeatedly ignored Congressional mandates to turn over Trump’s taxes. The most recent missed deadline was this morning, and by ignoring it, Mnuchin has broken a law that comes with a five-year prison sentence. He is obstructing multiple Congressional investigations.

“Under Section 6103 of our tax code, Treasury officials ‘shall’ turn over the tax returns ‘upon written request’ of the chair of either congressional tax committee or the federal employee who runs Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation.”

Munchin ”rejects the request.”

When did rejecting a congressional subpoena become an option? Mnuchin appears to be confident he is under Trump’s protection. Like Michael Cohen before him, Steve Mnuchin is misguided.

On what grounds does he withhold evidence?

“Out of respect for the deadlines previously set by the Committee, and consistent with our commitment to a prompt response, I am informing you now that the Department may not lawfully fulfill the Committee’s request,” Mnuchin said, citing guidance from the Department of Justice. ~NBC News

The DOJ told him he could break the law. Who runs the DOJ?

BILL BARR

Ah, Secretary of State Bill Barr, who has been squatting on the unreacted Mueller report and it’s associated evidence, since March 22, ignoring his congressional subpoena, is advising others to follow suit.

Barr obstructs justice, while acting in Trump’s defense, violating his role as Attorney General. Like Mnuchin, Barr has been given countless opportunities to cooperate. Monday’s deadline, issued on Friday, gave Barr 48 hours to consider his action, and now he has been given another 48 hours before the House votes on what action they will take.

The glaring disparity between Trump and his mob, with creeping deadlines and countless opportunities to follow the law leave a bitter taste in the mouth of anyone paying attention. Still, with all of the above, the DOJ has protested against the Democrats ”rush to hold Barr in contempt.”

These white collar criminals are making a mockery of the House Judiciary Committee; its time to prosecute.

If this were a game of chess, several Pawns would be gone. Munchkin would be a Rook, Barr Trump’s Queen. It isn’t always necessary to take the Queen out to capture the King, but it may be in this case.

Mueller Report: Justice Department Protests Democrats’ ‘Rush’ to Hold AG William Barr in Contempt | National Review

Full Video: Attorney General Bill Barr Press Conference On Final Mueller Report

Here’s the Law That Requires Mnuchin to Turn Over Trump’s Taxes, or Go Directly to Jail

Mnuchin rejects Hill request to hand over Trump tax returns

Treasury misses the the deadline to turn over Trump tax returns, says decision coming May 6

Nancy Pelosi’s Plan

The New York Times published an interview on 5/4/2019, with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. In it, she says that she doesn’t trust Donald Trump to step down if he loses the 2020 election with anything less than an indisputably wide margin.

Pelosi Warns Democrats: Stay in the Center or Trump May Contest Election Results

Many are shocked that this is not the #1 news story. I am shocked it’s garnered any attention at all. Why is anyone surprised?

When Michael Cohen, who knows Donald Trump better than most, testified before the House Oversight Committee, on February 27, 2019, he said:

”Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power…”

No one batted an eye.

independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…

Trump refusing to step down isn’t our biggest worry. Speaker Pelosi also expressed concern that Trump might steal the 2020 election. Trump pillaged 2016 without consequences. Of course, he will steal the 2020 election.

The prospect of winning the election, against a party that’s cheating, is a challenge Democrats do not appear to be planning to fight realistically.

Russia’s role in Trump’s stunning 2016 ”win” is not a secret on Russian TV. They joke of a repeat in 2020.

Russia’s Mueller Report: If Putin Did It, He Did It for You

What has been done to secure the election? Nothing.

States slow to spend funds to enhance election security, report finds

Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell have fought every attempt to overhaul election security, ignoring money designated for just that.

$380 million was allocated to be used in that effort; a fraction has been spent, and that which has been spent was in purchasing machines, that can change votes after they’ve been cast, on paper ballots.

New “hybrid” voting system can change paper ballot after it’s been cast

The presidency is keeping Donald Trump out of jail. He will contest election results no matter the margin of loss.

What kind of president calls an investigation a coup? Trump is a dictator, and dictators don’t step down. Appeasing him, and waiting this term out, is not the right strategy for the situation in which we find ourselves.

The longer Trump is in office, the more time McConnell has to stack the courts and block reform. The Senate has just confirmed Trump’s 100th judicial nominee, while we wait for 2020.

Senate confirms Trump’s 100th judicial nominee

Nancy Pelosi’s passive plan is the result of current polls that show a majority of Americans do not want impeachment. She also cites Mitch McConnell’s tireless efforts to protect Trump as her reason not to start impeachment hearings. McConnell will stop proceedings when they reach the Senate unless there is overwhelming public support.

I respect Pelosi, and I can see the impossible position she’s in, but her plan doesn’t make sense to me. Waiting for 2020, hoping Putin will let someone other than Trump win, and by a landslide, is a fools bet. Democrats only have the majority in the House of Representatives.

Pelosi wants Democrats to win support by not veering too far left; stay center, focus on healthcare and jobs; this is her strategy to sway the masses.

A majority of Americans have tuned out the news. The only way to get public support is to get the public’s attention. Pelosi’s plan is too deferential to wake America up. Public support will come with full disclosure of Trump’s crimes.

We need public outcry to sway the Senate. Garnering the kind of public approval that will convince Republican senators to vote to impeach can only be achieved with televised impeachment hearings. Impeachment must start now. Trump cannot be trusted to run a fair election. He spent an hour on the phone with Putin on Friday. Who believes they didn’t discuss election strategy?

I hope I’m wrong, but I believe Speaker Pelosi’s plan to win a fair election, by a landslide, in 2020, against cheats and traitors, is like having a life plan based on winning the lottery, and I can tell you, that doesn’t work.

Mueller revealed his Trump-Russia story in plain view

Bob Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary committee on May 15, maybe that will be enough to win over the masses.

Whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, urge your House Representatives to vote for resolution 257 to give the House Judiciary Committee the authority to hold televised impeachment hearings, call them: 202-224-3121.

Trump Spoke to Putin— words

Donald Trump spoke

With Putin yesterday

Did Trump question him

About his foray

Into election meddling,

Cyberwar

Against our democracy?

Tell me more.

He smiled,” Trump said

When asked for a retort

On Putin’s response

To Mueller’s report

Has Putin seen

The unredacted file

Before Congress?

Either way, this is vile

They weighed whether

Trump’s administration

(Wait, I am confused;

Who runs our nation?)

Should let former White House

Counsel McGahn

Testify before Congress—

As was planned

Trump on Mueller to Putin,

However,

Not of Putin to Mueller,

How clever

To commit treason

Under the spotlight

No care for

Democratic oversight

Investigating

Administration,

No hiding of

Russia’s infiltration

”Hell is empty;

All the Devils are here.”

That’s a quote by the bard

~William Shakespeare