Ah the Senate Democrats. Just a couple of weeks ago they hosed us on that border funding bill. They voted so overwhelming for McConnell’s bill that it helped jam the House Democrats. And now Speaker Pelosi is catching grief from progressives, and Pelosi is dishing back to one of the Mean Girls at the NYT. Don’t you just love Democratic discord?
Oh yeah, migrant kids are being abused.
And speaking of child abuse, we have the resurfacing of a sweet heart deal made my Alexander Acosta for poor pedophile Jeff Epstein. It just so happens that prosecutors in SDNY decided to do something about all that evidence which was ignored about Epstein molesting maybe up to 80 girls. And Epstein appears to be still committing crimes with his child porn collection.
But everyone is saying that this is old news, and sure looks like it is. In fact, Senator Tim Kaine asked Acosta about this lenient deal during his confirmation hearings for Secretary of Labor.
Based on video footage of Acosta's confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine questioned Acosta about the Epstein case and why the lenient plea deal was kept secret from the accusers. None of the Democrats who voted to confirm Acosta sat on the committee.
Acosta suggested that the safest way for he and his team of prosecutors to guarantee a conviction was for the non-prosecution agreement to be made, saying that a draft indictment with dozens of federal charges that was reportedly shelved would “not consider, often, the strength of the underlying case.”
“[O]ften a very positive outcome — again, not talking about this case, but generally — a very positive outcome can become a negative outcome,” Acosta told Kaine. “Not because of a change in the underlying substance, but because by something not looking public, it is looked at with suspicion.”
From a non-lawyer’s perspective, none of that makes the least bit of sense. To have a conviction, Acosta had to keep it quiet and not tell the victims? Is that what he is saying? And was a non-prosecution agreement really necessary? Non-prosecution of whom exactly?
Law experts say that there was no rush to close this case, and they don’t recall using non-prosecution agreements unless the person is rolling on others. As far as I can tell, Epstein gave up no one. Or am I wrong on this? I’m not a lawyer, but I am trying square what he said during his testimony with the lies he told in his press conference.
Anyway, the piont is that something was smelling about the plea agreement worked out with Epstein. Or someone else besides Senator Kaine should have noticed, especially since the U.S. Senate is filled with lawyers.
But guess what happened? Not only did Acosta get all 51 Republicans to vote for him, but he also got eight Democrats and Angus King of Maine. Note: did the Democrats who voted for this Trump appointee think they were going to get brownie points with the voters back home? The Republicans did not need their votes, but they went along. And now three out of those eight Democrats lost their seats.
Now, on the first day of this brewing scandal, we had one of the remaining Democratic Senators get all huffy and say they were still supporting Acosta for Labor Secretary — guess who that is? Go on!
“If he made a mistake or a judgment call or something like that, does that affect the way he’s doing his job now? I’m going to basically judge him on what job he’s doing and how he’s doing it,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted to confirm Acosta. As far as calls to resign, he said: “I’m not getting into that feeding frenzy.”
Yes, our resident Trump hugging Democrat in the Senate Joe Manchin.
But it is amazing what happens when another rape victim comes forward, then Acosta has a “Everyone else fucked up but me! I’m the hero! And I’m not apologizing!” press conference, and senate aides finally get their bosses copies of the Miami Herald stories to read. From Newseek:
The remaining Senate Democrats still in Congress who voted to confirm embattled Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta rebuked the former U.S. attorney Tuesday, with some going so far as to call for Acosta's resignation—a change of pace from the more muted or neutral responses offered the day prior.
But in offering their condemnation for Acosta, who issued a mild plea deal to multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2007 for sex crimes involving minors, several Democrats claimed they lacked prior knowledge of the events surrounding the case, despite published news reports and it being a topic of discussion during the Trump cabinet official's confirmation hearing in 2017.
Four of the five Senate Democrats who voted to confirm Acosta—Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, John Tester of Montana and Mark Warner of Virginia—told Newsweek they believe he should now step aside.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the lone Democrat to say he had not yet come to a conclusion. “I'm getting all the information I can to make that decision,” he said.
Uh huh Joe. Yeah. You all did not have the information necessary to make an informed choice. I’m sure that will work in your defense.
Hey Merlin! Why you are you bashing the Senate Democrats? They didn’t nominate him!
No, but they did what they have been doing lately. They are going along to get along. Instead of standing up and asking some more questions, those eight decided, “The previous guy was a wife beater, and this one didn’t beat his wife. Therefore, let’s just vote and get it over with.”
And now we have a guy in charge of human trafficking who let’s a guy running an industrial sized pedophile ring loose.
Democrats just need to stop voting for anything Trump does or proposes. Period.
Fifty year old progressive who is a little grumpy after more than 30 years of conservative dominance of the political system. We need to hamstring conservatives and devour their entrails.