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The Shearing of Hair Trompf (4)

May 13, 2017

5-12  It’s getting real. From WSJ:  “—A Treasury Department unit that specializes in combating money-laundering will share financial records with an expanding Senate probe into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates,. . . particularly interested in information about shell companies, money laundering and the use of property transfers that may be germane to the committee’s Trump investigation. . . . The inquiry could also include businesses owned by or associated with Mr. Trump’s family members, including Kushner Cos., where his son-in-law and now senior White House aide, Jared Kushner, was previously the CEO.”

Cultivate patience.  Practice your breathing.

What makes organizations such as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard or a Trump casino valuable to their big-time participants is the untaxed, international flow of large sums of money.  Here’s a brief New Yorker explanation of how that can work.  MoJo is on it.

5-13  So it has come to that.  Listen to Lawrence Tribe in this video clip.  If he’s right, and surely he is, then right out there like the nose on its face, President Trump has committed impeachable offenses (with more that are likely to join the nose, some of which he has already committed, and new ones that he will commit or at least compound, because Donald Trump will go right on being himself).  And here’s Tribe’s WaPo column, “Trump Must Be Impeached.  Here’s Why.”

That’s the moment that we are in now.  Surely everybody in DC knows it, and Republicans are trying to calculate how best to ride the storm.  There seems to be lingering support for T among the R active voters.  How soon can they be brought around?  How soon will they shift to Pence?  If the politicians wait too long to move against T, they will find themselves having to take sides at the very moment of run-up to the 2018 election.  During Watergate, my own, conservative R Congressman, David Dennis, defended Nixon to the end, and lost his seat, although the district (recently IN 6th, but the 10th at the time of Watergate) was solidly red, and is, again, today.

5-14  Recently fired U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New york, Preet Bharara, explains why we must have a “truly bipartisan investigation in Congress,” an FBI Director who is “apolitical and sensitive to the law-enforcement mission, not someone with a long record of reflexive partisanship or commentary on the very investigative issues that will come before the bureau” and “an independent and uncompromised special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.”

5-15  And here’s some added urgency (just imagine if Hilary had done this!).  Here’s some added thought about it.  And.  5-16  The President says he has the “absolute right” to share intelligence with another nation, including info that intel officials say cannot be reported by WaPo because that would “jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.”  If I were making this up, I’d show Trompf recklessly, cluelessly, jeopardize the intelligence capabilities of the U S and some of our allies (as Anne Applebaum puts it:  “revealed details of an ongoing intelligence operation”); I would show him putting himself in these situations at the request of Putin, in order to protect his relationship with Putin, so that Putin does not reveal information about T’s criminal business activities.  It’s a matter of two absolutists of a feather trying to settle into the same nest.  From T’s point of view, that nest is his delusion of grandeur, his fantasy that he can do no wrong.

Ouch.  I think the Intelligence Community is going to have T for dinner, and they won’t waste time at the stove.  If it comes down to T v. the IC’s ability to protect the nation, from terrorists, Russians, N Korea, T is outa here.  The clown isn’t funny anymore, nobody’s laughing but the Russians, and the CI will not tolerate White House chaos.

And oops, Mr. Comey has been documenting his experiences, of obstruction of justice.  Another take.

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