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Old January 27th, 2018, 09:18 AM   #1
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Even Now, Republicans Are Ignoring the Storm Clouds

Even Now, Republicans Are Ignoring the Storm Clouds



We learned this week that President Trump in June ordered the firing of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, but few Republicans on Capitol Hill bothered to raise an eyebrow. In more settled times, this kind of presidential assault on an independent investigation would have stirred grave concerns throughout the halls of Congress. But Trump’s corrupted coalition has instead trotted out one twisted conspiracy theory after another, all designed to distract the president’s most fevered fans and concoct a case against Mueller’s investigation.

Wild tales of secret societies, Obama wiretaps and “deep-state” conspiracies flow freely from the tongues of Trump apparatchiks. Those preposterous narratives are then spread across cable news networks and inside Capitol Hill cloakrooms.

Not so long ago, Republican leaders prided themselves on protecting middle-American minds from the liberal intellectual rot being spread by politicians and college professors they viewed as being hostile to law enforcement, contemptuous of constitutional traditions, indifferent to personal morality and accommodating to Russian tyrants. They claimed to be the intellectual heirs of Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley Jr. Now those same politicians debase themselves daily in service to Trump.

In the Age of Trump, it is no longer in vogue to stand athwart history in defense of American institutions, constitutional norms and cultural traditions. These days, Republicans’ intellectual firepower is rather focused on defending Stalinist attacks on the press and pricey payoffs to porn stars.

The president now finds himself in full panic mode. The revelation that Trump ordered the firing of the special counsel charged with investigating the White House is just one more in a long line of desperate attempts to derail his Justice Department’s investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 campaign.

Early in his presidency, the commander in chief demanded a loyalty oath from FBI Director James B. Comey and pressed him to drop the investigation of the national security adviser, Michael Flynn. This presidential pressure was applied even though Trump would later admit that he knew Flynn committed a federal crime. After Comey rebuffed Trump’s loyalty demands during their famous one-on-one dinner, Trump would fire the FBI director, concede to NBC’s Lester Holt that he did it to end the agency’s investigation, and offer the same confession to both Russia’s foreign minister and the ambassador to the United States.

“I faced great pressure because of Russia,” America’s president told the Russians. “That’s taken off. I am not under investigation.”

But Trump’s brash move against Comey and the FBI’s investigation created an even more toxic legal reality for White House lawyers. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had already been forced to recuse himself, and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed Mueller to conduct his own probe. Sessions had no choice in removing himself, but the panicked president began planning to dispose of his attorney general.

Facing pushback from his Breitbart base, Trump ultimately backed down, and he turned his focus instead to the firing of Rosenstein. As the New York Times’s Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman reported this last week, Trump considered firing Rosenstein and replacing him with another deputy, who presumably would follow his orders to fire the special counsel. The president ultimately ordered that deed to be done by White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn, but McGahn threatened to resign first.

Imagine that. Beneath the blizzard of news headlines pounding ceaselessly at our nerves, this week we discovered a Republican loyalist willing to sacrifice his political standing over a higher principle. McGahn’s stand contrasts greatly with Capitol Hill conservatives who do little more than occasionally tweet a veiled critique of the president or deliver a meaningless speech from the Senate floor.

As a storm gathers over Washington and the world, Donald Trump’s Republican Party remains complicit in his frenzied efforts to undermine the American institutions and established values that conservatives once claimed to share.

And while the clouds overhead are cause for all to be concerned, it will be the husk of a once-proud Republican Party that will be swept away first by the deluge that is sure to come.

By Joe Scarborough

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Old January 27th, 2018, 09:30 AM   #2
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I want Donald Trump to remain in office until 2021.
I want Trump to be the face of the Republican Party in 2018 and 2020.
(Unless we can replace him with Roy Moore)
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Joe and Mika are certifiably brain-dead....The OP starts out "We have learned this week"....bullshit!!....They were going on about it in June....This is all a distraction because they are in panic mode over revelations that the FISA Court was abused and top echelons of the Mueller Investigation Team were rogue Agents.... The chickens are coming home to roost and Joe "the Schmoe" knows it....
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Joe and Mika are certifiably brain-dead....The OP starts out "We have learned this week"....bullshit!!....They were going on about it in June....This is all a distraction because they are in panic mode over revelations that the FISA Court was abused and top echelons of the Mueller Investigation Team were rogue Agents.... The chickens are coming home to roost and Joe "the Schmoe" knows it....
OK, let's pretend you aren't being duped again...

When should the indictments come down?

Give us a date, if we get to that date and Hillary isn't indicted, you admit you've been fooled again.
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Joe and Mika are top notched, and the opinion he wrote is top notched, too. Scarborough opines that the President was under investigation. Trump is a pathological liar, who said that he was not under investigation. Looking back at an article from the Wall Street Journal more than two weeks ago, a lawyer of him arranged $130,000 to pay the silence of Stormy Daniels, the adult film star. I agree with Scarborough on that take. Otherwise, it is hot water for the President.

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LOL @tristanrobin. Third thread already by the left on this alleged story.

And this allegedly happened in June, 7-months ago. Suddenly, after the memo story heats up, the Strzok texts, the missing texts now found. Suddenly, after Trump is very well received in Davos when they thought that would not happen. Suddenly, up pops this nugget. Pure diversion.
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Joe and Mika are top notched, and the opinion he wrote is top notched, too. Scarborough opines that the President was under investigation. Trump is a pathological liar, who said that he was not under investigation. Looking back at an article from the Wall Street Journal more than two weeks ago, a lawyer of him arranged $130,000 to pay the silence of Stormy Daniels, the adult film star. I agree with Scarborough on that take. Otherwise, it is hot water for the President.

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If you think they are top notched, your at the top of the duped food-chain.
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If you think they are top notched, your at the top of the duped food-chain.
Are you in a case of blindness on the alt-left? If you are, then I think you are suffered with vision loss.

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The democrat national committee is in a mess. They’ve got nothing but pocket change in the bank for the next election. They have no spokesperson who can speak with any moral authority.

The republicans have a ham handed ass for a leader that appears to be restoring a prosperous future the country and much of the world.

The republicans have the edge.
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OK, let's pretend you aren't being duped again...

When should the indictments come down?

Give us a date, if we get to that date and Hillary isn't indicted, you admit you've been fooled again.
First we need to see these memos......That should happen very shortly (next couple of weeks).....Then it is time for Sessions to get off his dead ass, that is assuming he is not already investigating something...and order a "special Counsul" to investigate just why the Hillary e-mail investigation was covered-up, who ordered it, and how much of the highest echelons of the FBI and DOJ were involved in it....Then , and only then, does he order a "Special Prosecutor", if investigations show that there is irrefutable evidence that there was a cover-up involving the Hillary e-mail Investigation.....But that all needs to transpire by the end of this summer...
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