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Throw enough political crap against Trump’s wall and some of it is bound to splatter around. You might wanna duck. -Me
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The snowball is picking up speed!
It’s going to be very easy for Trump Conservatives to interpret Mueller’s Report… Trump is totally vindicated, and that’s their bottom line. Obviously most of them are likely getting their interpretation from the FOX folks… Trump’s “Ministry of Propaganda”, and not by actually reading the report. But be that as it may.. the Trumpsters will follow Trump straight into the hole (and it might be prudent for Dems running in 2020 to consider that along the way, that they, Trumpsters, are also fellow Americans and not some “enemy”).
In the past I’ve been a bit concerned.. apprehensive.. cautious.. pick your word, about the idea of impeachment. Prior to the release of the report there was a sense that Trump Conservatives, and the more virulent Right wing, might get worked up with the popular idea on their end that the entire investigation was a witch hunt.. and started by Dem conspiracies and their presumption the start was all illegal and biased. I had concerns that there could be a period of increased violence. The other side to that… anything started by the House in presenting articles of impeachment to the Senate would likely be defeated by the GOP majority there. I have been agreeing in principle to Pelosi’s preference to table impeachment and wait until the final Mueller Report, if not just let the voters decide in 2020.
Well… as it is rolling forward today like an unwavering juggernaut, and likely in the days to come as everyone digests the Muller Report contents, impeachment fever is seemingly more on the horizon. So.. what’s changed?
The Mueller Report itself certainly disqualifies the previous myth that the entire investigation was a witch hunt. It reveals testimony by Trump administration staffers themselves, detailing White House conflicts, irregularities, and the idea that those staffers saved Trump from truly being seen as a guilty of obstruction of justice. The inner workings of the White House reveal, without a doubt, from their own testimony, a staff working in a wild fantasy environment, trying to keep Trump in line. Press Secretary Sanders confessed to lying. So even the most conspiracy-minded Right wingers can see for themselves the wayward lies, ethical violations, and general internal Russian intrigue coming from their Leader. The witch hunt accusations are over.
Regarding the risk of a stalled impeachment in the Senate…. well, one can sense that color is changing as well. I think today’s public statement by GOP Utah Senator Mitt Romney…
“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney said in a statement. “I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.”
Romney of Utah called reading Mueller’s report “a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.” It was the most critical statement yet from a Republican senator on what Trump on Friday called “the Crazy Mueller Report.”
There is a certain responsibility on the part of Congress to try and do something. Before the report Pelosi likely had a valid point in holding off. The report was a bombshell that immediately blew away all the witch hunt accusations and the idea that the investigation itself was started “illegally”. It’s readily apparent that there’s no “conspiracy fudging” of the evidence because the vast evidence included testimony from Trump staff themselves. The important result of this, there’s GOP senators lamenting their next move. Some may be like Romney, although Romney fell short himself in calling for impeachment. If the House identifies with their responsibility that their job is to impeach regardless what the Senate chooses to do.. then that entire media coverage of establishing the articles of impeachment will haunt public opinion that could very easily push some GOP senators to go that same route by time it gets to them.
But.. will the House Dems all be willing to impeach? Very likely those running in 2020 are all going to sign-on thinking that’s the popular thing to do. It remains to be seen what the House leadership is willing to do. Is the public ready? I have a feeling much of the public has a bit of “Mueller and Trump fatigue”.. but even that’s hard to say. I honestly think that Trump himself will determine who ends up going along with impeachment. After all, he has brought all this onto himself… so it’s a fair bet he will continue to be abrasive and buffoon his way doing whatever he thinks he needs to do… and now he is under a ton of pressure and it’s going to get worse for him.. and he will take it out on America. He’s already threatened retaliation (against who??) for the Mueller Report.
This business about AG Barr.. he’s flat out a Trump lacky as his statements were just blabble and favors Trump. Barr should resign before he corrupts the ongoing federal court challenges against Trump and his organization. In the meantime.. someone, somewhere in government better start taking this Russian electioneering threat seriously. This is NOT on Obama. Obama warned Putin when the intel revealed Russian involvement, hands off… and he told Trump to watch out for Putin. It was close to the 2016 election and Obama made a judgment call.. and rightly so… that making a big public media stink about Russian tinkering would very easily be perceived as an attempt on his part to affect the election. He did his part to warn Trump. But all that is irrelevant.. Trump has been President and has done very little to contain Putin, to the point that it looks suspicious.
I leave the reader with this from Kellyanne Conway’s (Special Counselor to the President) husband…
“What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump.”
“Congress now bears the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay.”
So, we are now going into the Easter weekend. People will be going home.. facing their families and extended families over dinners.. and contemplating their next move with a mix of spirituality. Next week should prove interesting. See that signpost up ahead? That’s your next stop… a post-Mueller Presidency.
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