(CA-25) George Papadopoulos, Mueller Report footnote, loses election, gets divorced

Little noticed in the wait for the awarding of delegates last week was the loss of Mueller investigation felon, George Papadopoulos in CA-25. Only 1500 people voted for George in the GOP primary. He might have done better marrying Maria Butina. Papadopoulos launched his long-shot campaign to fill the CA-25 seat made vacant when Democratic Rep. Katie Hill resigned amid…

Judge in Roger Stone trial slaps down motion to disqualify her

Roger Stone’s lawyers recently threw a Hail Mary, filing a motion to disqualify Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who presided over Stone’s trial for being a worthless ratfucker witness intimidation and lying to Congress. Well, the response to the motion is in, and it didn’t go Stone’s way: x BREAKING: Judge denies Roger Stone motion to disqualify her,…

Federal prosecutors recommend 0-6 months for Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn gets the sentencing memorandum in the aftermath of his “assistance” to the Mueller investigation. The tune-changing, much like Paul Manafort’s results in a shift in the sentencing recommendation. THREAD: Why are federal prosecutors recommending 0 to 6 months in prison for Michael Flynn? — Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) January 7, 2020 1/ Today federal prosecutors…

Fox News convinced Comey's 89-year-old mother-in-law that he was going to jail

The Washington Post ran an op-ed from James Comey today in which the former FBI director recounted the findings from the DOJ inspector general’s report on the Russia investigation while taking a melancholy victory lap of sorts. The IG report — which concluded that the investigation into Trump’s campaign was conducted properly, with no “treason,” “spying,” or “wiretapping”…

Boom! if there were an FBI coup d'etat in 2016, we'd surely know it

Ben Wittes of Lawfare outlines some questions in advance of the Monday’s release of the IG report on the Russia investigation. Advance reports indicate exoneration. href=”https://twitter.com/benjaminwittes/status/1203307823926595585? (1) It is important to remember the big questions and allegations that make Mr. Horowitz’s investigation important: The President has publicly alleged a treasonous conspiracy at the FBI to spy…

Snakes On A Plane. RNC Knew When Wikileaks Would Dump the Emails In 2016.

Buzzfeed has gotten hold of a tranche of the Mueller Report’s unpublished memos and southpaw on Twitter has been sifting through them. One of the more explosive states that, according to Rick Gates, the Republican National Committee knew in advance when Wikileaks would drop the emails from the Clinton campaign that Russia had stolen, and co-ordinated their messaging…

Mueller Report Versus Whistleblower Complaint.

I thought I would summarize what the concensus seems to be on why the Mueller Report basically failed to launch an aggressive impeachment inquiry versus the impact of the intelligence whistleblower complaint.  I tried uploading the image into this diary directly, but the dimensions were too small to see.  If anyone has a solution for this,…

Adam Schiff humiliates Meghan McCain over question of collusion

In the annals of journalism, only two sentences have had the power to send a frisson of dread down the spine of any politician: “Hello, I’m Mike Wallace, and I’m from 60 Minutes” and “I’m Meghan McCain from The View, and I have a really stupid question to ask you that you’ve already answered a…

It’s not Collusion it’s Corruption

In a closely contested TV football game, viewers let out a relieved sigh, take a bathroom break, maybe grab a sandwich or a hand full of chips and take a deep breath, anticipating a conclusion.  I find myself unable to inhale cleanly after taking in the polluted brand of Republican justice. Representative Jim Jordan was…

About Trump's “Strategy?” Stop Laughing, It Worked.

We’ve all seen, heard of, or read about it. A well dressed, well off, PhD who gets skinned down to his skivvies by a 16 y.o. high school dropout with a 3 card monte table on a street corner. And no matter how often we see, hear, or read about it, it’s Donald Trump who…

Can the press atone for its Mueller coverage this week?

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony before Congress Wednesday not only provides a key opportunity to educate the public on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, it also allows the Beltway press a chance at redemption. It gives news organizations an opportunity to go beyond the White House spin and the media’s soggy…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 123)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1403. Moved to close 9 civilian conservation centers 1404. Used an emergency declaration to sell…

Major bookmaker changes odds of Trump impeachment from 8-to-1 to 2-to-1

It’s amazing what a verbal recap of the major conclusions of a report that’s been out for nearly six weeks can do. Seriously, did anyone read this thing? Judging by the reaction from the right-wing media especially, one would think Robert Mueller’s press conference yesterday had included new allegations that Trump was regularly getting happy-ending…

Hannity, et al., are freaking out over Mueller press conference

When you live 24/7 inside a giant acrylic hamster ball full of unicorn glitter farts and faerie dreams, reality can really chafe you when it finally rears its head. Sean Hannity and some Fox regulars are finding that out now. Today, in the wake of the Robert Mueller press conference — in which he stated in…