Trump is not permitting the NSA to stop Russian cyber attacks

Free and fair elections are a crucial element to the success of any representative democracy and it is just one of the reasons Donald Trump despises America’s electoral system as passionately as he loathes the U.S. Constitution. There is some hope on the left that the upcoming midterm elections may be favorable for Democratic candidates, but with Trump in the Oval Office it is looking a lot less “favorable.” Trump is not doing anything to support fair elections and it should not surprise one American; he is a lying, corrupt Republican after all.

Whether it was Trump falsely claiming that 5.7 million immigrants voted illegally in 2016, or convening a special commission to affect future elections in Republicans’ favor, or rejecting the claims of intelligence agencies that the Russians interfered on his behalf in the last election; it is glaringly apparent Trump does not want fair elections.

That assertion was verified by Trump’s National Security Adviser who said Trump will not give permission and authorize intelligence and Defense Department officials to combat the Russians who are still interfering in the electoral process.

During queries to Trump’s director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Michael Rogers testified that “President Donald Trump had not given him or his agency the authority to fight back against Russian attacks on the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.”

That’s right, despite the universal knowledge going back nearly two years that Russians interfered in the 2016 primaries and general election attacking America’s democracy, the corrupt reprobate has not taken any steps to protect America or the integrity of the electoral process. Of course that includes refusing to follow the direction of Congress and protect the nation by imposing sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 election.

In response to a question from Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) regarding the Department of Defense’s ability to respond and defend against cyber attacks from Russia “against our forthcoming elections,” Admiral Rogers was not hesitant to explain why nothing whatsoever is being done to protect the nation’s democratic process. Senator Nelson said:

We have been attacked and there are a lot of us that feel like we are still being attacked and that we’re going to be attacked particularly with regard to our elections. So, what’s the holdup?”

Admiral Rogers replied:

The challenge for us is right now we have this thing called the law. And the legal framework shapes what DOD can and cannot do.”

Mr. Nelson pressed the issue to get an explanation about why there has been no action and what about the law is holding up a defense of America’s electoral process. He asked Rogers:

What do you need as the commander to say go after and punish these guys that are trying to tear apart our critical infrastructure?”

Rogers replied thus:

I need a policy decision that indicates that there’s specific direction to do that. The secretary [of defense] would ultimately make a recommendation to the president… and then based on that, we’d be given specific direction and specific authority.”

Seemingly perplexed, Senator Nelson asked, “So you need a direction and specific authority from the White House?”  Rogers explained that yes, “The president Trump ultimately would make this decision.”

Trump made his decision a little over a month ago when he decided not to impose Congress’ sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 elections. His reasoning was that passing the legislation was enough to serve as a “deterrent.” Congress voted overwhelmingly to impose sanctions on Russia as punishment for “election meddling” in 2016. The concept of “deterring” a past action is beyond a mind-numbing assertion, even for a mind-numbing ignoramus like Trump.

Trump is not going to punish Russia for its past election meddling and it is apparent he has no interest in stopping them now. If that were not the case he would have imposed Congress’ latest sanctions a month ago, and unleashed the Department of Defense on the Russians immediately after learning the attacks are continuing, but he has not. He is so indebted to Russia and needs their attacks to continue unabated, he even violated the Constitution by not imposing Congress’ sanctions. It is a clear signal he is not going to stop Russian election interference because he obviously opposes fair elections.

Free and fair elections are no more appealing to Trump than they are to his Republican cohorts, particularly in Republican controlled states. The Trump demonstrated that a couple of weeks ago when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had to take action to stop Republicans’ unconstitutional gerrymandering. Trump said that the Republicans’ “unconstitutional gerrymandering” was “correct” and that Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court was wrong. Trump encouraged Pennsylvania Republicans to take their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where conservatives will continue their, and the GOP’s, assault on fair elections.

What Trump claimed was correct, according to his disdain for fair elections, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court labeled “clearly, plainly, and palpably a violation of Pennsylvania’s state Constitution.” Of course Pennsylvania Republicans concurred with Trump and said the state Supreme Court’s ruling was wrong; they oppose the concept of “fair elections” or they would not have fashioned a system blatantly skewed to elect Republicans.

The head of the Executive Branch refusing to punish a foreign entity for attacking America in the past, and failing to authorize the defense department to combat ongoing attacks is simply beyond comprehension; it is also un-American and it damn well should be considered treasonous. It is also a clear indication from Trump that he is as frightened of the Russians as he is opposed to free and fair elections. Plus, not punishing or opposing their election meddling efforts is remuneration for aiding him and Republicans in 2016. That the Republicans in Congress are refusing to use their considerable power to punish Trump indicates that they too are either afraid of the Russians or want them to carry on interfering with impunity; everyone knows they oppose fair elections.

One hopes that Democrats are prepared for what may be incredibly disappointing results in the 2018 midterm elections.  Because with the party in power opposed to fair elections that would evict them from power, and the head of the Executive Branch unwilling to interfere with the Russian election meddling efforts, the midterms may produce exactly what the Russians want – a wave election that augments Republican majorities in Congress and the states.

 

A Dictator In the White House Is A Constitutional Crisis

When the nation’s Founding Fathers and Constitution’s framers considered how the new republic would be governed, they were well aware of the inherent dangers of a government’s authority resting in one man. Of course it is why they created a government with three separate but equal branches as a means of checks and balances – to prevent what they were subjected to under an English monarchy. That system of government worked fairly well for 240-plus years because the Legislative and Judicial  branches understood the concept of separate but equal and exercised their constitutionally-mandated oversight of the only branch most likely to become authoritarian and its head a dictator.

Trump made it abundantly clear, even before his poorly attended inauguration, that he was not interested in following the rule of law or the Constitution; he did complain early on that the Constitution was “bad for America” because it prevented him or his criminal cohorts from ruling unilaterally and unchecked. That complaint by the head of the Executive Branch was a portent of what transpired recently when Trump refused to execute an act of Congress because it involved punishing the hostile foreign nation that granted him access to a place he should be banned from visiting, much less occupying.

If any American is still confused whether or not dirty Don Trump exists to serve the interests of Russia and Vladimir Putin, his refusal to impose sanctions as mandated by a ridiculously overwhelming majority of the United States Congress should enlighten them. If not, they are either idiots, dirty racists, or evangelical fanatics supporting the authoritarian in the White House.

There have been insinuations over the past year that a few of Trump’s actionspresented the government with an honest-to-dog Constitutional crisis, but they pale in comparison to Trump’s refusal to do what his overseers, the United States Congress, mandated was his Constitutional duty; execute the will of Congress.

This particular incident, violating Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution (take care clause) represents two separate “constitutional crises.” Not only did Trump thumb his nose at an act of Congress, that very same Congress is thumbing its nose at the Constitution by not exercising its oversight of the executive branch. As this column noted the other day, America as a representative democracy is in a critical state because both Trump and Republicans in Congress refuse to adhere to the rule of law or govern according to the Constitution they all swore a “so help me god” oath to support and defend.

Instead of announcing he is a dictator and is going to violate the law to protect his Russian facilitators, Trump’s State Department issued an announcement with a genuine bovine excrement excuse for not adhering to the United States Constitution:

Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales. Since the enactment of the . . . legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions.”

It is a striking assertion, but a Trump state department representative actually saidthere was no need for sanctions “because the legislation is serving as a deterrent.”

So, the just the idea of sanctions “deterred” Russia from interfering in elections? Even for a Trump statement, this is a mind numbing assertion.  In no universe are sanctions ever meant as a deterrent; these particular sanctions were passed specifically to punish the Ruskies for helping Trump and Republicans in the 2016 elections as the nearly unanimous legislation Trump signed explains.

As the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) stated directly after the State Department announcement:

The State Department claims that the mere threat of sanctions will deter Russia’s aggressive behavior. How do you deter an attack that happened two years ago, and another that’s already underway? It just doesn’t make sense. I’m fed up waiting for this administration to protect our country and our elections.”

The legislation’s title, “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” states that its explicit purpose is “to counter aggression by … the Russian Federation and for other purposes.” The legislation’s word choice, to “counter” cannot possibly be misconstrued as “to deter” something; especially something that occurred well over a year-and-a-half ago. Add to that the legislation “was widely billed by Republicans as a response to Russian interference in the 2016 election.” Even idiot Republicans comprehend there is no such thing as “deterring” a long-past event.

Still, no matter that Trump is lying about the purpose of the unanimous vote in Congress, or that the vote is working to “deter” Russian interference, there is the constitutional crisis of the “dictator” willfully refusing to follow the will of Congress.

Another issue it that there is no “success” in deterring Russian interference in America’s electoral process according to the Trump administration. In fact, mere hours prior to Trump’s State Department alerting Congress that the head of the executive branch is violating the Constitution, Trump’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director issued his own statement warning that Russia was continuing to intervene in the 2018 midterms. CIA chief Mike Pompeo said:

I haven’t seen a significant decrease in their [Russian] activity. I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that, but I’m confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election, [and] that we will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”

There was no explanation from Pompeo for his “confidence”  that America will have a free and fair election when he is equally as confident that Russia is continuing to interfere in American elections. Still, despite Pompeo destroying Trump’s excuse for not imposing sanctions according to a near-unanimous vote by both houses of Congress, it does not address a lawless White House occupant refusing to follow the will of Congress, and by extension the will of the people.

Republicans being the criminal conspirators and beneficiaries of Russian electoral assistance they are likely knew Trump had no intention of adhering to the Constitution by executing Congress’ sanctions. Trump said the sanctions were “seriously flawed” and claimed he only signed them to avoid having his veto overridden; as if he could have ever vetoed a “veto-proof” 98-2 vote in the United States Senate and 419-3 in the House. Even if Trump refused to sign the legislation, it would have went into effect according to the law of the land.

Trump still claims it is doubtful that Russia ever interfered in the 2016 election despite 17 different American intelligence agencies contrary claims; including his hand-picked CIA director. It is glaringly apparent this particularly deliberate constitutional crisis is solely because Trump is not going to bite the Russian hand that gave him access to the White House; and congressional Republicans are not going to punish Trump because they received Russian election assistance in 2016 and will again in 2018.

It is obvious that Republicans in Congress are not going to hold Trump accountable for what is certainly a constitutional crisis. They simply accept that their party’s standard bearer is not going to adhere to the law of the land any more than they are going to exercise their Constitutional duty to exercise oversight on a lying corrupt dictator; they are too busy harassing a Special Prosecutor and investigating American intelligence agencies so Trump can continue shielding Putin from sanctions.

America as a representative democracy under the rule of law is doomed because the U.S. Congress is allowing the head of the Executive Branch to openly defy the will of Congress and violate the U.S. Constitution in the process. Trump not “taking care” to execute legislation by Congress is, no matter how one parses it, the action of a dictator, autocrat, despot, tyrant  or whatever moniker applies to a lawless cretin like Trump. Tragically, now Trump knows Congress will never hold him responsible for violating the law of the land and that should terrify the life out of every American – including Republicans in Congress.

Mueller Sets Russia Investigation Sights On Republican Congressman

It was bound to happen sooner rather than later, but now there are reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III is expanding the Russia investigation to include a Republican congressman allied with Trump, Michael Flynn and the Russians. It appears to be the first time the Russia investigation has went outside of Trump’s immediate circle and it doesn’t bode well for Russian sympathizer Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher is a House Republican the Federal Bureau of Investigation took the time to warn that he was being recruited by Russian spies. It is highly likely the FBI’s warning was too late according to Rohrabacher’s long-standing love affair with Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Rohrabacher has made no secret he is enamored with the Russians, or that he was Hell-bent and duty bound to have sanctions against the Russians lifted. However, Mueller is looking carefully at Rohrabacher because of meetings he had with disgraced Michael Flynn and high-level Russian officials in Moscow last year during the presidential campaign.

According to a report by NBC, Mr. Mueller’s team is investigating a meeting between Trump’s treasonous and former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Representative Rohrabacher who is renowned for expressing pro-Putin views on a number of America’s policies, but especially policies regarding sanctions on Moscow.

Mueller’s team is reportedly looking at emails sent from Flynn’s lobbying group to Rohrabacher thanking the congressman for his role in the meeting. One of the meetings between Flynn and Rohrabacher occurred in Washington in September of last year while Flynn was an advisor to Trump’s campaign. That particular meeting was organized by Flynn’s lobbying group and attended by Flynn’s son and two of Flynn’s business partners. No source was willing to confirm whether Rohrabacher and Flynn discussed American policy towards Russia during the September meeting, but it doesn’t take a genius to intuit that it was likely the primary reason for arranging the meeting.

About a month ago an article in the Wall Street Journal reported that Rohrabacher offered Trump a “sweet deal” to protect WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange from “legal peril” regarding his connection to the Russians and their attack on American democracy. Apparently Rohrabacher had a plan devised to help Russia and Trump involving Assange who would contradict 17 American intelligence agencies’ proof that Russia was the source of hacked emails that WikiLeaks used to damage Hillary Clinton.

According to a July story in The Atlantic about Rohrabacher’s trip to Moscow:

“Rohrabacher’s 2016 Moscow meeting has been revisited in recent days because of the document’s connection to the anti-Magnitsky campaign that formed part of the Trump Tower meeting. Last week, Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged that he met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian attorney he believed was prepared to hand him compromising information on Hillary Clinton as part of a broader Russian government effort to help his father’s candidacy. During the meeting, Trump Jr. said that Veselnitskaya was focused on repeal of the Magnitsky Act.

Rohrabacher has not been shy about pushing for “better relations with Moscow” like Trump, and his trip to Russia to was to meet with Putin officials about how to successfully overturn the Magnitsky Act the Russians despise like the plague.

The Magnitsky Act (2012) froze assets of Russian investigators and prosecutors and it is no surprise that Rohrabacher traveled to Russia to meet with  and assist the prosecutors and investigators under sanction by the United States. In fact, the Russians handed Rohrabacher a document marked “confidential” at the top that was chock full of accusations against Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian lawyer who died in prison in 2009 and Bill Browder, the Hermitage Capital CEO Magnitsky worked and was a driving force behind the Magnitsky Act legislation.

According to a report in the Financial Times, the person who handed Rohrabacher the “confidential document” in Moscow was the top aide to Russia’s prosecutor general with whom the lawyer in the now infamous Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort is close to. It explains why Trump Junior, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner were excited to meet with her for information to help Trump’s campaign.

The lawyer,  Natalia Veselnitskaya, is the Russian Trump Jr. expected to hand over compromising material on Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia’s effort to elect Trump.” Trump Jr. “claimed” that Veselnitskaya was only there to get assurances that Trump would repeal the Magnitsky Act in return for Russia’s assistance. Junior’s assertion, coupled with the confirmed reports that the Russians handed confidential documents in Moscow about repealing the Magnitsky Act, now put Rohrabacher in a very perilous position.

It is worth noting that congressional Republicans were aware of Rohrabacher’s intimate relationship with the Russians during the presidential campaign. Barely a month before Trump secured the Republican nomination, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told colleagues, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, that There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Ryan attempted to play off McCarthy’s comment as “a joke,” but it is clear now that his remark was not a joke and likely as true a statement as saying the Sun will rise in the East.

Although this is good news that Mr. Mueller is going beyond Trump’s inner circle like one expected from a comprehensive investigation, it is still too early to celebrate the end of another pro-Putin Republican. However, what it reveals is that despite what Trump said today, that Putin told him he definitely wasn’t involved in tilting the election for Trump, a claim Putin denies ever saying, there is a mountain of evidence proving otherwise. One can only hope that Mr. Mueller is allowed to complete his investigation without interference from Trump because if  he follows every alleged connection between the Russians and Trump, there is a very real possibility that he will end up investigating more congressional Republicans than avowed Russian sympathizer Dana Rohrabacher.

Putin Warns Americans To Stop Disrespecting Trump

In case there were any doubts about Trump’s close relationship with Russia’s president, Putin’s recent directive to Americans to stop disrespecting Trump should clear up any misconceptions. It is not entirely clear if there is a concerted effort among Trump’s supporters and the Russians to stop criticism of the moron in the White House, but by joining the chorus of evangelicals and conservative pundits condemning criticism of Trump, it appears to be the case. It also is a sign that this administration is serious about crushing dissent. That a hostile foreign leader is joining Trump’s tyrannical effort should put to rest any doubt that Putin is still supporting the man he put in the White House.

As reported by the Russian news agency Tass, Trump’s love interest Vladimir Putin told American citizens to “stop disrespectingPresident Donald Trump. Then the dirty Rusky insulted Americans by claiming the only reason the people are exercising their constitutional right of free speech and criticizing Trump is because of the United States has a “poor political system.” Putin, like Trump, doesn’t like democracy or America’s constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.

Putin was speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, and took some time to deny that Russia interfered in last year’s presidential elections. While he was at it, Putin defended his “political ally” from what he claimed was “unfair criticism.” Putin lied and said Trump “won honestly” and that Trump and his devotees are “behaving legitimately” in response to the current climate in America.

Putin said:

Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system. One can’t show disrespect, even not for him personally but for those people who voted for him.”

Maybe in Putin’s dictatorial Russia no-one is allowed to criticize the ruler, or his supporters, but America is not yet under a dictatorship; although Trump is making a serious effort to make it one.

Putin also spent time defending Trump’s “controversial approach” to running the country. According to Putin, Trump’s “unpredictable decisions” are the only “reasonable response” to “great domestic resistance,” especially from the media. Putin argues that “resistance” is preventing Trump from doing what he wants without resistance. In America, and around the world, that “resistance” is part and parcel of what it means to live in a free democratic society and the primary reason Putin is calling for Americans to shut up and conform. He, like Trump, cannot countenance a free democratic society and they damn sure can’t comport a free press.

Putin’s assertions are precisely the same arguments Trump proffers in his never-ending attacks on the press. Trump claims the media is busy promoting an “overtly negative portrayal of his administration” instead of praising his every dictatorial move. No, the media reports the truth about his “overtly negative administration” and that is exactly why Trump and Putin claim America is governed under a “poor political system.” Remember, Trump made no secret he is not a fan or devotee of the United States Constitution he claimed is bad for Americans because it prohibits him from ruling like Putin; at least for the time being.

According to Putin, there is nothing negative about the way Trump is attempting to rule and not only does he not deserve criticism, he is too smart to need any advice; except from Putin of course. Putin said:

The president of the United States does not need any advice because one has to possess certain talent and go through this trial to be elected, even without having the experience of such big administrative work.”

No doubt Putin supports Trump’s effort to dismantle America’s government and sever long-standing relationships around the world; that was, after all, the motive behind installing Trump in the White House. It was no coincidence that Putin “authorized” Russia’s official news agency to report the pro-Trump “segment” of his speech; he was sending Americans a message to end any dissent and send an “I got your back” message to his BFF Trump..

The implications of Putin’s remark is that a free democratic society is bad, and that constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of expression, speech and the press represent a “poor political system.” It is precisely what Trump has been preaching and implies that despite what Putin or Trump claim, transforming America into a Russian-like dictatorship was part and parcel of Putin’s interference in the last election.

There is no doubt Putin’s remarks will be hailed by Trump and his dirty supporters. Trump’s latest love interest, Alabama bigot Roy Moore is so enamored with Putin that he recently told the Guardian that “Maybe Putin is right. Maybe he is more akin to me than I thought.”  

 Trump’s friend, ally and advisor Rudy Giuliani gushes about Putin and it explains why he loves Trump. Giuliani said:

 “Putin decides what he wants to do, and he does it half a day.”

 As Jeremy W. Peters opined a couple of months ago, the reason conservatives love and respect Putin as much as they do Trump is because, “ he personifies the qualities and attitudes that conservatives have desired in a president: respect for traditional Christian values, a swelling nationalist pride, and an aggressive posture toward foreign adversaries.”

 Now one of America’s foreign adversaries is issuing directives to Americans to stop disrespecting a man fully intent on ruling America like Putin rules Russia; especially after Putin went to great lengths to install Trump in the White House. Americans should be acutely offended that after installing a Russian sympathizer in the White House, Putin is now telling Americans to sit down and shut up. If they aren’t infuriated it is either because they are a Trump acolyte or a Russian sympathizer like a growing number of conservatives.

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House Oversight Chairman Will End Trump-Russia Investigation

 

After just a few months of the new administration it’s patently obvious that if there was ever a universally agreed upon theme describing the Republican Party, it is that they are all liars. Oh it’s true they hate the U.S. Constitution nearly as much as they hate equal and civil rights, and that they are fundamentally evil for evil’s sake, but the overarching Republican trait is not necessarily hate, it is that they lie.

The latest publicly recognizable liar is incoming House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC). Of course Gowdy has spent a fair amount of time attempting to divert attention away from his party’s “liar-in-chief,” but now he’s devised a plan he thinks will make some of Trump’s Russian trouble go away.

On the same day a Time report revealed that one of the five congressional committees probing Trump’s corruption is now investigating whether the Trump’s campaign used voter data stolen by his hacker friends in Russia, Trey Gowdy announced that under his leadership, the House Oversight Committee is ending its investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia.

Gowdy also said that the Oversight Committee is dropping any investigation into Trump’s crooked son-in-law, Jared Kushner; apparently because the Committee is not interested in providing a Republican White House with oversight involving the criminal activity of its most senior members.

Although the Time report did not reveal which of the congressional investigations is looking at election tampering, it is certain it is not the House Oversight Committee – Gowdy is more concerned about a census than an attack on America’s democracy.

Yesterday Gowdy told reporters that as the new chairman of the Oversight Committee, he “wants to return the Oversight panel to its ‘compulsory’ jurisdiction;” like providing “oversight” on “normal” issues like government procurement and the census. That was Gowdy’s first lie in why he’s shutting down the Russia-Trump collusion investigation.

He also claimed that since he doesn’t want to get in the way of “Special Counsel” Robert Mueller’s investigation, it was best to just close down the Committee’s inquiries altogether. Instead, Gowdy will direct the important committee work on overseeing “the critical” issues it was created to address like the census and government procurement. That too is a lie.

For six long years the Republican-run Oversight Committee, of which Gowdy was a member, investigated the Obama Administration non-stop for myriad things its then-chairman Darrel Issa fabricated, or that were initiated during the previous administration. Investigating the stinking census or procurements was never a Republican Oversight Committee priority while Barack Obama was President – because he was a Democrat in the White House. Now that there is Republican with a damn dark cloud of corruption and collusion with a hostile foreign government in the White House, the Oversight Committee will be turning its attention to the census.

It is impossible to believe even one of Gowdy’s pathetic pretexts for shutting down the Oversight Committee’s investigation into his party’s standard bearer. This is particularly true because the last time Gowdy was involved in any part of the congressional Russia-Trump probe, he did everything he could think of to derail the investigation, shift attention away from Russia and Donald Trump, and portray the ongoing investigations as either folly or fake; especially because his hero in the White House said the real problem is “the leaks.”

Exactly a month ago, Gowdy revealed then why he now intends to scrap the Oversight Committee’s investigation into collusion between Trump and Russia; he has wanted it shut down to protect Trump. Anything he says to the contrary is a dirty lie.

Last month when it came to Gowdy’s turn to question former CIA Director John Brennan when he testified before the House Intelligence Committee about the Trump-Russia probe, Gowdy tried to get Mr. Brennan to say under oath that “no such evidence exists” to investigate possible collusion and treason.  In fact, Gowdy has “repeatedly tried to change the topicfrom collusion involving Russia and Trump’s campaign to ‘the leaks.’” It is the exact same ploy Trump uses regularly.

It is noteworthy that although the previous Oversight Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), absorbed much deserved criticism for his lackadaisical approach to Trump’s collusion with the Russians, at least he “pretended” to do his due diligence. Chaffetz held hearings on Trump’s Russia scandal, but he never was as dogged as he was pursuing an email scandal involving Hillary Clinton. No doubt if Hillary had “officially” won the election, both Gowdy and Chaffetz would have the Oversight Committee working overtime, because she is not a Republican.

Gowdy is as much a Trump shill as he is a liar and the combination of the two is why he is ending the Oversight Committee’s investigations into Trump’s Russian collusion. It is not due to Gowdy’s regard for the census any more than government procurement; it is to shield the corrupt criminal in the White House and it may be admirable among the criminal cult in America, but it is another form of obstructing justice in any sane Americans’ mind.

 

 

 

 

Conservative Calls to Fire Special Prosecutor Are Mounting

 

There is little doubt that Donald Trump was disheartened when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 general election, and the Trump campaign’s cooperation with Putin’s operatives. This is especially true after he told the Russians in a secret White House meeting that he “relieved” himself of the FBI’s part in the Russia investigation by firing its director James B. Comey; the man he called a “nut job.” Donald Trump considers James Comey a “nut job” for daring to do his job and oversee an investigation into the Trump’s expansive criminal enterprise.

Now that Robert Mueller is proceeding with an independent investigation, replete with a pledge from the DOJ that he will not face pressure of termination from Trump, there are mounting calls for Trump to fire Mr. Mueller. It is almost certain that Trump has attempted to concoct a reason to “relieve himself of pressure” from yet another Russia investigation, so it appears the right wing media and conservative punditry calls for Mueller’s firing are a propaganda campaign and not attempts to incite Trump to take action.

What is curious is why Trump hasn’t acted thus far. Because if he boasted that he only fired Director Comey “over that Russian thing” and then celebrated with the Russians the “relief” it gave him, he likely doesn’t need encouragement from his conservative media supporters. But he does need to sow suspicion among the public about Mueller being unfit before he acts.

According to conservative columnist Byron York, the man that George W. Bush appointed as FBI Director in 2001“is unfit to investigate anything related to Comey or the Russians.” Apparently York’s primary objection is that Robert Mueller and James Comey have “professional respect” for each other.

Of course that is the case; they have each held the same high-level law enforcement position and they know each other is honest, and that as patriots they serve America and its Constitution, not Donald J. Trump. In conservative circles and in Trump’s mind serving the nation and its founding document instead of the GOP and Trump would make anyone “unfit” for any government job.

As noted in the New York Times, York and another Trump sycophant, Laura Ingraham, both overlook the level of respect for Mr. Mueller from Democrats and Republicans alike, and that he was Republican George W. Bush’s FBI director. No doubt Ingraham is defaming Mr. Mueller on Trump’s behalf because she is rumoredto be in the mix for a communications job in the White House.”

However, it is only recently that some Republicans, conservative pundits and media clowns have stopped celebrating Mueller’s appointment because it is apparent he is a patriot and serious about the investigation; he is not going to make the “Trump-Russia thing” just go away.

It is probable that Mueller’s appeal to Republicans is why close Trump adviser, boot-licker, and disgraced former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich hailed Rosenstein’s appointment of Mr. Mueller as “an impeccable choice;” but that was before Mr. Comey’s testimony before the Senate. About three weeks ago Gingrich tweeted:

Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down”

Now Gingrich, like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and a chorus of conservatives is singing a different tune and took to Trump’s media outlet, Twitter, to publicize his suspicion that Mr. Mueller, widely respected on both sides of the aisle and “a superb choice” three weeks ago, is not to be trusted. Maybe it is dawning on Republicans that Mueller is not going to sweep the investigation under the rug which is what Republicans expect and Trump demands. Gingrich tweeted Just two days ago that:

Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel [Mueller] is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.”

Gingrich wanting Republicans to rethink their support for Mueller informs that despite what Trump and his lying underlings claim, James Comey’s testimony did not signal or prove to them that there is nothing to investigate any longer. If conservatives aren’t claiming Mueller is “unfit” and can’t be trusted, they are claiming a special prosecutor is unnecessary since they claim Mr. Comey’s testimony debunked the entire Russia story as “fake news.”

What is certain is that Gingrich’s remark about “look who he (Mueller) is hiring” is a direct reference to the former FBI director hiring deputy solicitor general Michael Dreeben to be part of the “rapidly expandinginvestigative team.  Michael Dreeben, according to former acting US solicitor general Neal Katyal, is another serious prosecutor and would not have been recruited without good reason. Mr. Katyal remarked to CNN that, “You don’t bring Michael Dreeben onto something ordinary… He’s the top criminal law practitioner in the United States.”

Despite the calls for a quick termination of the special prosecutor, it will take the cooperation of the second-in-command at the Department of Justice to get rid of Mueller. Rod Rosenstein will have to remove the “no interference” clause to allow Trump to “relieve” himself of the pressure of an expanding investigation. If Rosenstein fails an order from Trump, the crook will have to fire him and find someone in the DOJ to give him what he wants. And what Trump wants is the “Russia-Trump thing” to disappear.

No American should be surprised if Trump fires the special prosecutor and anyone else who dares keep the investigation going. It is why Trump marshaled assistance from conservative pundits and Republicans to take to the airways after Comey’s Senate testimony to declare the issue settled and time for the investigation to end.

Now, with a growing and seemingly concerted effort to cast aspersion on Mr. Mueller’s honesty, and the increasing number of conservatives calling to fire him, it is apparent the conservatives for Trump are busily spreading propaganda Trump will use to justify why he “had to fire” Mueller. He used the same tactic in firing James Comey by blaming a recommendation letter from Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein; a reason Trump himself debunked on national television, and when he boasted to the Russians in private that he got rid of the “Russia-Trump thing” by firing Comey.

If Trump were not guilty he would not be doing everything in his power to halt the investigation into his collusion with the Russians. There is no doubt whatsoever that if he had the authority, Trump would summarily fire every House and Senate member, regardless the party, involved in any committees investigating the pesky “Trump-Russia thing.”

Regardless whether Trump fires Mueller or not, it is glaringly apparent he is not going to allow any investigation to progress to get to the truth and there is only one reason why; he is guilty and like any mob boss he will do anything to just make the case go away.