Instead of appending these as updates to other posts, I figured it was time for a new one.
Well, I am going to miss the full-bore SWAT-team raids at dawn against aging political factota like Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. It was really very courteous of CNN to have been parked outside the homes of those hapless victims so that television audiences all across the country could all be edified by these exhibitions of the coercive arm of state power in action. Mr Mueller could just have had one of his 17 Obama-and-Hillary supporting prosecutors ring up the latest mark and ask him to pop down to headquarters. But that would not have been as dramatic, as expensive, or as cruel.
All good things come to an end, however, and yesterday, after 674 days, the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, G-Man extraordinaire, finally came to an end when he filed his long-awaited report with the Attorney General, William Barr.
All we really know at this point pertains not the the contents of the report per se but rather to the future action of the Special Counsel. There will be no more indictments.
How that announcement must have stung the NeverTrump fraternity. Here they were, huddled around Bill Kristol’s Twitter feed for the last two-plus years, praying, predicting, posturing that very soon now, any day in fact, Robert Mueller would descend into their midst, the deus ex machina through whose instrumentality they were to be delivered at long last from the nightmare of Donald Trump and his unacceptable record of robust economic growth, hundreds of constitutionally-minded judicial appointments, rising wages, historically low unemployment, a more rational and business-friendly regulatory environment, deeper ties with Israel, a revitalized military, and serious attention to our immigration crisis and the growing threat of an increasing militant China. Yes, it’s been a bad couple of years for the NeverTrumpers.
The question is, however, what comes next?
Hoft makes what I think is the perfect suggestion regarding that:
There are some terrific ways to deliver justice to the coup plotters short of capital punishment. Obama/Clinton/Carter/Page/Rosenstein and many others should enjoy lengthy public trials, but no matter the outcome one thing should be on the coming agenda post 2020… IMPEACH OBAMA!
That’s right. Impeach the illegal spying coup leader. He doesn’t have to be in office in order to be impeached and tried in the Senate. It’s happened before to a Cabinet Secretary.
The Constitution allows only two penalties as a result of impeachment: removal from office, and being banned from holding future federal office.
Technically, it is probably the case that Congress could impeach a President who had left office in order to prevent them from holding future office in the Federal government. This would not only prevent a one-term president from returning to seek another term at a later time but would prevent a former president from running for Congress or serving in the cabinet of a future president or as a federal judge or Supreme Court justice.
…there is some precedent for the idea. In the 1870s, Ulysses S. Grant’s Secretary of War, William Belknap, was impeached on charges of corruption and bribery. He resigned his cabinet post before the House could actually vote to impeach him, but the House went ahead and impeached him anyway. There was a lengthy debate in the Senate over whether it had the power to put Belknap on trial for the charges brought by the House, since Belknap had resigned. In the end the trial went forward…
Republicans should make this their 2020 election platform. Elect us so that we can finally deliver a shred of justice, at long last, and make sure the enemy domestic can never hold any public office for the rest of his miserable life.
Republicans tend to be useless so we’re not holding our breath.
Too true, too true. But a man can dream, can’t he? Elsewhere, Ross compiles a shit-ton of thrice-worthy Twitter blasts from, of all people, our old blog-foe Gleen Grenwald. I won’t embed any of ’em here on account of I’m tired and lazy; just go on and have a look.
Lastly for now: somebody please wake up Hispanic-of-convenience mental giant Robert “Call me Pedro Kennedy” O’Rourke, will ya? He seems to have fallen facedown into a puddle of stale beer and his own vomit again.
You have a president who, in my opinion, beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, no matter how ham-handedly, to collude with the Russian government, a foreign power to undermine and influence our elections. The sanctity of the ballot box, the ability of each and every single one of us to make informed decisions about those who seek to represent us and hold positions of public trust.
“Beyond a shadow of a doubt” is it, bright boy? Unremarkable for him, I suppose, except for the inconvenient truth that he apparently burped this up yesterday. Bitter clinger much, Bobby? But when it comes to bitter clingers, Roberto is but a mere piker, an amateur, compared with gormless nitwit and True Conservative™ Hillary-supporter David Frum:
No matter what Attorney General William Barr reveals—or doesn’t—about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, everything Congress needed to know about Donald Trump and Russia was already clear.
It’s not a theory but a matter of historical record that Vladimir Putin’s Russia hacked American emails and used them to help elect Trump to the presidency.
It’s not a theory but a matter of historical record that agents purporting to represent Putin’s Russia approached the Trump campaign to ask whether help would be welcome, to which Donald Trump Jr. replied, “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
It’s not a theory but a matter of historical record that Donald Trump publicly welcomed this help: “I love WikiLeaks!”
It’s solid political science that this help from Russia via WikiLeaks was crucial, possibly decisive, to Trump’s success in the Electoral College in November 2016.
One more time: Podesta’s emails weren’t “hacked”; he was stupid enough to fall for a phishing scam, whereupon the emails got posted to Wikileaks and things went on from there. Nor is there one iota of evidence that even one fucking vote was altered by any mythical “Russian hacking,” a paltry hundred grand in Facebook ads, or anything else.
No point in bothering further with this tripe; Mueller’s inability to conjure up any “collusion” charges yanks the credibility out from under such wobbly assertions better than any words of mine could ever do. Frum is an idiot, holding onto his worn-out NeverNeverNeverNeverNeverNEVERTRUMP!!! delusions with all the mindless tenacity of a deer tick on an old hound.