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Sat Oct 5, 2019, 02:07 AM

Walter Shaub's excellent summary thread on Trump's evil doings.....

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Walter Shaub
@waltshaub

Twenty-one. That's how many Republican Senators need to decide whether they love America. I don't like thinking about parties, but 21 stand in the way of saving America from the catastrophic consequences of President Trump's republic-destroying corruption. Consider this snapshot:

1. A sitting POTUS solicited a foreign attack on our election by an authoritarian superpower that recently stole 21 million security clearance files, which contain the most intimate personal information imaginable, and is now engaged in a trade war with us.

2. A sitting POTUS solicited a foreign attack on our election by a desperate country that has been invaded by our nemesis and is fighting for its survival in a battle that has already killed 13,000 people and cost it territory, making it completely depending on our government.

3. A sitting POTUS agreed to back off on criticizing the superpower's repression of protesters in Hong Kong, raising the issue of an apparent quid pro quo (which is not necessary for impeachment but is a horrific aggravating factor).

4. A sitting POTUS blocked aid to the dependent country and sent his political appointees to demand that the dependent country demonstrate it will investigate his political rival before he would even meet with them. AGAIN, although quid pro quo is not necessary, it's now CLEAR.

5. A sitting POTUS fired his AG for not stopping an investigation of his campaign, which later produced a shockingly damning report, and the beneficiary of this slow motion Saturday Night Massacre is now working with him to abuse federal resources to investigate the investigator.

6. A sitting POTUS has posted ON THE WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE evidence that he may have directed his slow motion Saturday Night Massacre beneficiary of an Attorney General to abuse the criminal investigative apparatus of the State to investigate his political rival.

7. A sitting POTUS has attacked the whistleblower who exposed his solicitation of a foreign attack on our election, in an effort to not only intimidate this whistleblower but to intimidate other whistleblowers in order to ensure that his corruption continues unchecked.

8. A sitting POTUS has attacked the constitutional separation of powers by implementing an unprecedented across-the-board refusal to cooperate with any Congressional oversight, risking the total destruction of our system of checks and balances on executive abuses of power.

9. A sitting POTUS is using federal resources to promote his properties by taking staff and foreign leaders to his resorts and by creating the appearance that access to government and favoritism can be purchased—a message influence-seekers have heard and acted upon.

10. Members of Congress who, for eight years of the Obama administration, lauded whistleblowers have done the President's bidding by attacking whistleblowers as a means to insulate the President from consequences that may flow from his rampant corruption.

11. A sitting POTUS obstructed an investigation into possible coordination with Russian during the 2016 election and has failed to explain the extensive links between his campaign and Russia, after having asked Russia on camera to hack his political rival's computer system.

12. Trump White House officials tried to conceal wrongdoing by hiding records of official conversations, both inappropriately in a highly secure national security system and by collecting translator notes and other records.

13. A sitting POTUS has violated the constitution by accepting emoluments from foreign governments, the federal government and at least one state.

14. A new whistleblower raises the possibility that a Trump appointee tried to interfere in the IRS audit of POTUS or VPOTUS's tax returns. And, even if investigation doesn't wind up substantiating the claim, the admin is violating a law requiring release of Trump's returns.

15. A sitting POTUS has advanced his scheme of corruption by targeting or publicly condemning career officials who attempt to hold him accountable or merely uphold the rule of law, including our former Ambassador to Ukraine, the Special Counsel, investigators, and others.

16. A sitting POTUS has called on DOJ to investigate his former political rival for his political advantage. He similarly pressured the USPS to raise rates on an American business because he didn't like the coverage of his misdeeds by a paper the owner of that business also owns.

17. He has called for a "treason" prosecution of a Congressional Chair for conducting congressional oversight, repeatedly attacked the free press and debased the office of the President by his disgraceful public remarks and behavior. (See impeachment of Pres. Andrew Johnson)

(The math is a little off. Technically, it's 19 Republicans. I forgot there are 2 independents. And there are some typos. But the government is burning down, so these are not the details that matter.)

We need to print this list and hand it to every Rethug we encounter.....

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KY_EnviroGuy Oct 5 OP
gordianot Oct 5 #1
mahina Oct 5 #2
smirkymonkey Oct 5 #3
KY_EnviroGuy Oct 5 #4
CousinIT Oct 5 #5
KY_EnviroGuy Oct 5 #7
littlemissmartypants Oct 5 #6

Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 02:30 AM

1. Trump's final card.

Trump goes so goes his toady Pence. Think they are willing to accept Nancy? Trump being Trump blames Pence and they turn on each other. The rest of us are the table. I have a bad feeling about this and expect pain. Putin won.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 03:04 AM

2. I have an immense crush on Walter Schaub. Please forgive me Mrs or Mrs Something-Schaub

If you exist but Walter Schaub makes me weak in the knees. He’s such a good and decent intelligent man. With hazel eyes no less.

Walter, my love dumpling, I adore you. If you are single and on DU, you should definitely move to Hawaii.

Also, thank you for the list. As ever, dead right.

That is all.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 03:11 AM

3. K&R and bookmarked.

Thanks KY_EnviroGuy! Very handy little list here.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 04:02 AM

4. My pleasure, SM.

All this madness keeps my head spinning, so it's great to run across a nice clean summary by a very smart fellow like Mr. Shaub.

KY...........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 05:40 AM

5. REMEMBER that Trump (and Bannon) said they were going to . . .

"destroy the administrative state"?

THAT is what they're doing.

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 07:44 AM

7. Yes - in service to the oligarchs, libertarians, etc.

The weaker our deep administrative state is, the easier it is for corporate and special interests to control our government through politics.

Happens every single time Rethugs gain any control......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 07:25 AM

6. Kicked and recommended. ❤ nt

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