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7/26/2018

Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan Introduce Articles of Impeachment for Rosenstein

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:16 am



If I had ever been inclined to take these people seriously before (not that I recall that I ever was), that ship has sailed. Clowns. They should be honest and put on the makeup and big floppy shoes, because that’s all they are.

The Republican party is such a joke. And the only people who bother to stand up and declare what nonsense this all is? People who are retiring anyway.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

192 Responses to “Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan Introduce Articles of Impeachment for Rosenstein”

  1. Donald Trump has driven this party completely and wholly insane.

    Patterico (cff84e)

  2. Too many GOP “Leaders” have assumed the GOP rank and file in insane. So they aren’t going to give up their career to oppose what the “Leaders” “know” to be the Id of their base.

    I wish somebody — a Ted Cruz type, not the usual moderate who gets assigned this duty, would start telling some truths to their voters, and even risk getting voted out of office. But there isn’t much of a career path for the old fashioned politician who just wants the government to work in a somewhat constitutional fashion. They are all people pretending to be the loud guy in the bar with all the self-confident opinions.

    Appalled (96665e)

  3. I predict that the responses will be WHATABOUT CLINTON, fake news, and there has been no crime. Aaand go…

    Colonel Klink (caf570)

  4. Ignoring that rosensteins appt was illegitimate and this that of Mueller, re a false representation of the comedy memos, but your fine with railroading like Libby Mcdonnell and Conrad black?

    narciso (d1f714)

  5. And you are the arbiter of truth, appalled, now Ryan has gone along with this fraud for two years now.

    narciso (d1f714)

  6. I choose to assume that the people who are retiring into the ‘lecture circuit’ and the ‘book deals’ that are transparently payoffs for services rendered to donors in office may in fact be the ones who shouldn’t be taken seriously.

    Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan are putting in a Congressional pretext to fire Rosenstein or have him ‘resign in protest’, let’s not pretend they don’t know exactly what they’re doing, having learned from how the Democrats operate. They know that the feeble rejoinders of “CLOWNS!!! RED-NOSED MISCREANTS!!!” from the cheap consultant seats are rather the opposite of convincing.

    Paul Ryan will be remembered mainly for losing quite badly to Joe Biden in what should have been an easy debate, his first gigantic loss against Team Clown and a convincing case to start accrediting Clown College degrees for future reps.

    Steppe Nomad (f857c4)

  7. Heck he even lost to patty Murray, he doesn’t even get the case of ricearoni.

    narciso (d1f714)

  8. Rosytwat’s a viciously corrupt little man who’s been caught lying over and over again about the necessity of these bogus redactions.

    And the only people who bother to stand up and declare what nonsense this all is? People who are retiring anyway.

    lol they’re not retiring

    the people standing up for rosytwat are corrupt trash like doj-alum gowdy and Mitt Romney’s sex-boi sextoy Paul Ryan

    ie, they’re filth-dirty swamptrash what are moving on to more lucrative and/or prestigious positions soon who don’t want to offend the corrupt vindictive trash at the sleazy Sessions DOJ (licklick)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  9. narc:

    I don’t claim truth aribtration on my resume. Maybe I should start.

    Appalled (96665e)

  10. Haiku:

    I know better than to click on that link.

    Appalled (96665e)

  11. What fresh hell, coronello. Comey was also a party to that rigmarole about the us atty, the dems opportunity to purge any crimethink from the department.

    narciso (d1f714)

  12. 11… good call… it would put you off your feed for an undetermined time…

    Colonel Haiku (207293)

  13. rosensteins is the enabler of 13 Hillary backers every whim, a rolling star chamber

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says he is tabling his efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after having several meetings with Republican leadership, stating that he would instead pursue contempt if the Justice Department (DOJ) does not turn over documents Congress is seeking.

    the sleazy corrupt DOJ’s been given a license to obstruct justice by pedophile Mitt Romney’s slicked-up and ready sex toy Paul Ryan

    this is not good for America

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  15. I am old enough to remember when Republicans took personal attacks and didn’t push back. How did that work out, Mitt?

    AZ Bob (885937)

  16. Charles ortel have revealed chapter and verse about rosensteins protection of the Clinton’s over the course of 20 years

    narciso (d1f714)

  17. It’s a start. A warm-up, let’s say. You know where the buck stops, right? If the Republicans lose the House in November, they will impeach Trump in the lame duck session. And maybe even convict him.

    nk (dbc370)

  18. Well they have impeached themselves, hey we have a creature from the black lagoon miss sodeberg trying to crawl into desantis seat, she was key to the Korean framework.

    narciso (d1f714)

  19. Now you want the end to fracking personal self defense and air taxes, then go ahead,

    narciso (d1f714)

  20. Anybody who doesn’t think Pence will be a better President than Trump, raise your hand and I’ll call an ambulance for you.

    nk (dbc370)

  21. You think they font go after him next, they hate him even more.

    narciso (d1f714)

  22. Lisa Page in her testimony made the committee aware of more documents that DOJ has been hiding. Why are the never Trumpers so supportive of corruption?

    Nate Ogden (e62f0d)

  23. Pence would never stand up to nor survive the attacks and lies. Like the previous GOPe losers he is all defense.

    Nate Ogden (e62f0d)

  24. No Shirley it was all legit.

    narciso (d1f714)

  25. “You know where the buck stops, right? If the Republicans lose the House in November, they will impeach Trump in the lame duck session. And maybe even convict him.”

    Your lips to Satan’s ears…

    Colonel Haiku (207293)

  26. Meanwhile, Ben Sasse…what’s the DCSCA phrasing I’m looking for…SPIT ON AMERICA’S SERVICEMEN AND WIPED HIS A** WITH THE REPUTATIONS OF PATRIOTIC MEN AND WOMEN WHO BLED AND DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY:

    https://twitter.com/JBurtonXP/status/1022183054826254337

    Memo to Ben Sasse: ‘booing the press in general’ is a healthy trend, especially when the problems of the ‘press in general’ are directly related to that business’s current industrywide standards, biases and best practices. Jim Acosta is a clown, and Jim Acosta is also a model employee, because the people who run the press do not *want* to hire smart, independent people who may turn on them.

    Steppe Nomad (2ce54d)

  27. Certain limp wristed factions and labor hate Pence more. The POC can live with him.

    urbanleftbehind (3837c3)

  28. “Anybody who doesn’t think Pence will be a better President than Trump, raise your hand and I’ll call an ambulance for you.”

    Does anybody seriously think it would even matter? The same mindless, #resistance/NeverTrump horseschiff would continue, probably ramp up after they see the underbellies of the doggie submissive quislings waiting for their belly rub.

    Colonel Haiku (207293)

  29. Face it though, it lines up well for a timed voluntary or “involuntary” resignation circa 2022 and handoff until 2032. The questions are “is Pence worthy?” and “if not, who should be the VP at said time”. An open switch would give away the strategy, so Pence mereky needs to avoid a Spiro moment.

    urbanleftbehind (3837c3)

  30. @27. How’s the weather in Moscow, Comrade?

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  31. #1, Patterico, you say that Trump has driven (the GOP)…insane.

    I but it’s not

    ropelight (dc19bf)

  32. My #32 is inadvertent, I’ll continue.

    ropelight (dc19bf)

  33. Uh-oh, drip, drip drip: “Weisselberg … has been subpoenaed to testify…”

    Tillman (d34303)

  34. And you are the arbiter of truth, appalled, now Ryan has gone along with this fraud for two years now.

    narciso (d1f714) — 7/26/2018 @ 9:44 am

    He’s got a much better grasp on it (and the English language) than you do, sir. Still not over Nachos Grande?

    Appalled, the problem with hoping for a Ted Cruz to put his future career at risk to just call out the nonsense is that all the Ted Cruz types care about is their future career. But as long as the GOP doesn’t value… values, they don’t get my vote.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  35. #InSearchOfTehLostPorridge

    Colonel Haiku (207293)

  36. Dustin —

    I am in the same place. I think there’s some integrity possible in the GOP, but not as long as the GOP politicians are so frigging scared of their voters.

    Appalled (96665e)

  37. I only read Impeachments for the articles.

    Oh I wisha Occupier would:

    #occupyicepdx
    Dominos driver takes no sh!t from Danielle YouTube

    Pinandpuller (f8d568)

  38. Since they’re not forcing House leadership to vote on the matter, Jordan and Meadows are basically engaging in political posturing. I agree with Mr. Graham: Thin on substance and futile in practice. Oh, and Rosy, Mueller and Comey have all been Republicans longer than Trump has.

    Paul Montagu (57bb34)

  39. Meadow’s, et al, spine is showing. They backed out of it within 6 hours when they were told by their betters to sit down and shut up, so they did.

    Colonel Klink (c5d38f)

  40. dirty fbi slutmonkey bobby mueller isn’t even pretending to investigate russian collusion anymore cause everyone knows it’s a hoax

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  41. Meadow’s, et al, spine is showing.

    we’re seeing how bought-and paid-for trey gowdy and paul ryan are

    fortunately both of these corrupt bastards are retiring

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  42. It isn’t that Trump has driven the GOP collectively insane. It’s that Trump is getting the GOP to finally show their true colors.

    Gryph (08c844)

  43. what you want to abolish medicare, dustin, even in texas that would be a whole sale, putin is there in part because yavlinski and gaidar, basically enabled Schreiber and sach’s give away to the oligarchs, you’re not going to buy any credibility after that,

    summarizing Rosenstein’s career, he gave Hillary a clean bill of health, then rejoined the justice department, looked after their interests, at the tax division, and covered with a cloth on other matters,

    narciso (d1f714)

  44. Collusion isn’t a charge, never was, they were never investigating “collusion”. Not sure why you think Trump’s characterization of the investigation into his campaign is what the investigation actually is. Simple mindedness I suppose.

    31 people indicted, one currently on trial for up to 300 years, 5 guilty pleas. Looks pretty good for 16 months work, especially compared to the 18 years between Whitewater, Scooter Libby, and Iran Contra.

    Colonel Klink (c5d38f)

  45. Gryph:

    And this is the message your side intends to trot out for the next 50 years. I can’t say I blame you, but there is nothing inherently racist, sexist, or nationalist about wanting smaller government, a court system that doesn’t legislate, and not taxing the smithereens of anything resembling a business activity.

    Appalled (96665e)

  46. Legend of a Senate Mind (apologies to teh Moody Blues)

    Theodore Cruz is dead
    No, no, he’s outside looking in
    Theodore Cruz is dead
    No, no, he’s outside looking in
    He’ll cast his Senate votes
    Hit teh wall to see what floats
    He’s a man what talks to goats
    Theodore Cruz, Theodore Cruz

    Theodore Cruz is dead
    No, no, no, he’s outside looking in
    Theodore Cruz is dead
    No, no, no, he’s outside looking in
    He’ll hit teh campaign trail
    Ask for cash, it never fails
    Senate Floor, just wind in sails
    Theodore Cruz, Theodore Cruz

    Along gulf coast you’ll hear them boast
    About a light they say that shines so clear
    So raise your glass, we’ll drink a toast
    To the Senate guy who sells you out and brings the tears
    He’ll take you up, he’ll bring you down
    He’ll steal your dreams, you won’t even hear a sound
    He aims so high, he stoops so low
    He knows exactly which way he’s gonna vote
    Theodore Cruz, Theodore Cruz

    Colonel Haiku (207293)

  47. so what are these great scalps. general Flynn, probably coerced without resort to council, not repeating the pitch mr. mifsud, told papadop, while miss tuffet batted her eyes over cocktails,
    nabbing a junior associate in the London office, yet not touching neither the supervising partner, he was allowed to resign without much adoo, nor his manager, going after manafort for a case that had no grounds in 2014, much squirrel,

    narciso (d1f714)

  48. And it all came from this box of chocolates

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/26/fusion-gps-dossier-buzzfeed-lawsuit/

    narciso (d1f714)

  49. (continued from #32) Patterico, you say Trump has driven (the GOP)… insane.

    I tend to agree to the limited extent that filing an impeachment bill is an obvious overreaction which is likely to backfire. Yet, the bill’s sponsors are certainly to be commended for taking bold steps to force DOJ and FBI stonewalling front and center.

    Congress has legitimate constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities which are unambiguous and require the timely production of necessary documents. It is the blatant slow walking, stonewalling, and excessive redactions which are at the root of GOP (and voter) frustration with Rosenstine’s campaign to obstruct Congressional investigations into malignant political corruption at the very top of DOJ, FBI, CIA, and State Department under the control and direction of Barack Obama and his co-conspirators in the WH Oval Office.

    This criminal conspiracy both before the election (Uranium One and whitewashing Hillary’s multiple felonies at the State Department) during the election (sabotaging the Sanders campaign and obstructing justice by destroying evidence) and after the election by using the institutions of the Federal government to conceal their crimes and frame Donald Trump for manufactured crimes.

    If Rosenstine was pulling any of this sophomoric crap on a real Attorney General, he’d have long ago been perp walked out of the building in handcuffs and into a waiting paddywagon.

    BTW: Did it ever cross your mind that when Strozk mentioned an insurance policy to Lisa Page – he may have been referring to Jeff Sessions?

    ropelight (dc19bf)

  50. no Rosenstein was, based on his track record, his part in the fisa foofaraw was carefully hidden,

    narciso (d1f714)

  51. check it out

    canada’s doing what failmerica is too cowardly to do

    it’s producing oil in the waters off its east coast!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  52. 47. I agree. And if you think those laudable goals are what the Republican Party stands for, then you are an irredeemable fool. NO politician is your friend, and it doesn’t matter who you vote for. The sooner you get that through your skull the sooner you’ll start down the road to real freedom.

    Gryph (08c844)

  53. Rosenstein, Comey, Mueller and Strzok all illustrate the old saying: He thinks his shit don’t stink.

    They all climbed to the top of the ladder of the US justice system and when they got there started acting like it was OK for them to put their crap on lady justices scale because their crap is gold, full of truth and of the purest order

    steveg (a9dcab)

  54. @55 narciso

    Popehat put an explainer up this morning:

    https://twitter.com/Popehat/status/1022521507648557061

    tl;dr: “A thing that is not a crime can be evidence of a crime.”

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  55. that doesn’t explain very much i still have a LOT of questions

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  56. Can you just say you are a democrat now? Thanks

    Hi (72bfde)

  57. Why should the DOJ get away with constitutional crimes while trying to destroy anyone who dared to work with Trump?

    ““It’s one of the outstanding questions that we have for the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. We’ve had that question out to them for pretty much three months now. They have not answered it yet,” Nunes told The Hill’s Buck Sexton.

    “Is it your belief it is likely that there was activity going on in advance of the start of that official FBI investigation?” Sexton asked.

    “I will just tell you we wouldn’t be asking those questions if we didn’t think we had some suspicion of that,” Nunes responded. “The problem with this is, running informants into political campaigns, or political campaign actors on the counterintelligence side especially, is a major problem.”

    Nate Ogden (223c65)

  58. there’s no difference anymore between the doj-fbi and the kgb

    they both hate american values same-same

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  59. Libertarian conservatives like paul ryan are leaving the republican party. Ryan can’t wait to cash in with the koch brothers. Neo-con artists like bill kristol have left because war mongers no longer wanted in party. Populist and social conservatives now control republican party. Free trade scum are now crawling over to democrat party to fight it out with bernie sanders and alexandra ocasio-cortez anti free traders. The rest are flushed down to the libertarian party.

    wendell (57904f)

  60. plus they’re both super-racist

    how many black kgb agents have played a role in this story none

    how many black of even hispanic fbi slutters have played a role in this story none

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  61. oops *or* even hispanic i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  62. first the filthy australians played a key role in the fbi coup with their drunk-ass ambassador

    now they’re tipping off Iran about military plans

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  63. Congress, Republican and Democrat, still drinking the ‘free trade’ and ‘free movement of peoples’ kool-aid:

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/26/gop-and-democrats-triple-h-2b-visa-workers-to-almost-200000/

    “The GOP-run House appropriations committee voted to help business owners on Wednesday by tripling the resident population of wage-cutting H-2B workers to almost 200,000.
    The H-2B visa-worker program imports roughly 66,000 seasonal workers each year, allowing seasonal companies to lower wages for American seasonal workers and for year-round staff and supervisors.

    The new amendment will allow CEOs to hire H-2B workers from the two prior years without counting them under the 66,000 annual cap. That legal trick will give CEOs a population of up to 198,000 H-2B workers to help lower wages for a larger number of Americans — even though wages are climbing very slowly in the current good economy, and many younger Americans are far worse off than their parents.

    The proposed H-2B population is huge — it is roughly equal to the number of new jobs added in a good month.

    “The cheap-labor lobby never sleeps,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “The only solution is the elimination of the [H-2B] category.””

    Indeed. We beat the cheap labor lobby for a few generations in the aftermath of the Civil War, but memories are short and rich people are always looking for an excuse to lord it over people for pennies on the dollar.

    Steppe Nomad (0cabfa)

  64. The notion, that anyone at Australian broadcasting channel, would have a clue, is dubious pikachu.

    narciso (d1f714)

  65. yeah they’re clueless but sleazy slurk-boy jimmy mattis probably leaked it or he had one of his oh-so-precious tranny-trash tatters do it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  66. We need to build a Wall on our border with Iran. A big Wall. A beautiful Wall. A tremendous Wall. And we should make Iran pay for it.

    nk (dbc370)

  67. is DRJ ok did i miss something

    my attendance has been spotty i had ny trip then a rolling series of visitors and i think i gained ten pounds jesus christ america

    i did go to dancen though speaking of north korea

    the fire chicken is everything it’s my whole world, plus the seafood pancake is wonderful but you wanna ask for a side of the cucumber jalapeno mix they serve with the (disappointing) squid sashimi

    i tried the makgeollie – we got a huge glug-glug bowl of it with a ladle

    our one had yogurt and a mix of strawberry pineapple and i think something else

    i think next time i’m a try just strawberry no yogurt

    i was kinda meh on it but it’s icy and pleasant

    service was ok but not special in any way

    if they had been remotely attentive we would have tried a few more cocktails but we decided to try our luck in lincoln square

    the fire chicken is everything (with cheese)

    oh i had roasted ginko beans for the first time

    bitter but pleasant but way over-priced – i saw these guys tuesday when i visited our incredible exciting gorgeous new H-Mart in the west loop – a nice little package for a few bucks – so I think you wanna roast your own ginko beans at home if you wanna check that box

    just google a youtube on how you do it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  68. Donald Trump has driven this party completely and wholly insane.
    Patterico (cff84e) — 7/26/2018 @ 9:17 am

    He has certainly had that effect on some people.

    Anon Y. Mous (acdecf)

  69. oopers *makgeolli*

    but they had their own spelling anyway something like

    Mak Ge Gul

    or whatever

    same thing

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  70. here’s a charming introduction to the gingko nut

    oopers i spelled that wrong above too

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  71. They might need their own maginot all g the Belgian border:
    http://www.thetower.org/6446-germany-charges-iranian-diplomat-in-paris-terror-plot

    narciso (d1f714)

  72. Are Meadows and Jordan teaming with Democrats to push back on Sessionszzz reversal of 0bama’s policy of granting entry into the country for anyone who claims fear of gang retaliation in their OWN country?

    Colonel Haiku (207293)

  73. I don’t understand the question, right now they are going after rosenstein, who answers the Edwin starr question.

    Narciso (e0402c)

  74. Is Jim Jordan the same Jim Jordan who is accused of not having done enough to save some college wrestlers from being “ogled” (really) or “touched inappropriately” by the team doctor? College wrestlers. Male college wrestlers.

    nk (dbc370)

  75. What is the difference between donald trump and most american jews? answer Donald trump’s grand children are jewish.

    wendell (55d395)

  76. yup it was pussy snowflake wrassle boys vs. team doctor (happy hands)

    and they took it to the mat

    long story short

    there ain’t enough goddamn therapy pups in ohio

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  77. wendell made a funnie

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  78. Vision quest which came out in high school, discouraged me from considering wrestling, no there was no linda fiotentino around either.

    Narciso (e0402c)

  79. 39 “#occupyicepdx Dominos driver takes no sh!t from Danielle”

    Occupy has not changed one bit from Wall St to ICE, leave a mountain of trash and human waste for someone else to clean up and the taxpayers to cover:

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/26/portland-sweeps-ice-protest/

    harkin (b524bb)

  80. here’s that video from vision quest it just came out this spring

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  81. “Vision quest which came out in high school, discouraged me from considering wrestling”

    You don’t need a movie, one photo suffices.

    http://assets.perfectlytimedphotos.com/hashed_silo_content/silo_content/20999/resized/balls.jpg

    harkin (b524bb)

  82. There should have been a 2nd Hastert rule – no one in a leadership post from the wrestling world for at least 50 years. I just can’t believe that a handsy doctor would not have been dealt with at street level or at least how Brad Pitt dealt with Weinstein over Gwyneth Paltrow (who is cropping up in her own rumors today about Jay Z).

    urbanleftbehind (3837c3)

  83. “Is Jim Jordan the same Jim Jordan who is accused of not having done enough to save some college wrestlers from being “ogled” (really) or “touched inappropriately” by the team doctor? College wrestlers. Male college wrestlers.”

    While making light of sodomite wrestling coaches is a little less easy after the whole Penn State atrocity I’m pretty sure it’s opportunists in either the Democrat or the Ryan wing of the Republican party taking revenge on people who violate the ‘independent judiciary’, whatever that means.

    Also I found a great comic DCSCA should like:

    https://i.imgur.com/rSUGIpl.jpg

    Steppe Nomad (7ee4e0)

  84. Vision quest which came out in high school, discouraged me from considering wrestling, no there was no linda fiotentino around either.
    Narciso (e0402c) — 7/26/2018 @ 6:34 pm

    I thought that movie depicted wrestling in a positive light. What was there about it that made it seem like a negative to you?

    Anon Y. Mous (acdecf)

  85. How did hastert end up speaker in the first place, it’s because the homunculus Flynn uncovered Livingstone affair with a lobbyist, which in retrospect was near beer.

    Narciso (e0402c)

  86. Maybe I found Matthew modine annoying. So getting back to point, Greg Jarrett has listed chapter and verse all the statutes Mrs Clinton broke, but she can’t be touched legally, she is also incapable of public humiliation.

    Narciso (e0402c)

  87. he’s in strangerthingers now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  88. Btw about those remains of servicemen that were never coming back:

    Narciso (e0402c)

  89. It’s telling that wrestling started with the Greeks and Romans.

    Colonel Haiku (207293)

  90. 77… narciso, it has been reported that there is no Republican support for maintaining Jeff Sessionszzz reversal of that Obama policy that Dimocrats are trying to have reinstated.

    Colonel Haiku (207293)

  91. Sean Spicier
    @sean_spicier
    I’m sure President Trump appreciates CNN releasing tapes to prove his innocence but that doesn’t mean they’ll start calling on Acosta at briefings

    harkin (b524bb)

  92. Not surprising they are generally bland mange, just like brexiters mostly fold.

    Narciso (e0402c)

  93. He has certainly had that effect on some people.

    Tell me precisely to whom you are referring, Anon Y. Mous, and specifically tell me if you are referring to me. I need this with clarity: “I am not referring to you” or “I am referring to you.”

    I’ll take the extra step of moderating you to ensure that the next comment you leave on this site answers this question very specifically.

    I’m done with cute passive aggressive potshots. So let’s find out if that’s what this is.

    Patterico (9c904b)

  94. @95. “Some pussy cats, conservative rats and GOP elephants, but sure as you’re born;
    You’re never gonna see no unicorns…”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EPsuOEH1fY

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  95. “Is Jim Jordan the same Jim Jordan who is accused of not having done enough to save some college wrestlers from being “ogled” (really) or “touched inappropriately” by the team doctor? College wrestlers. Male college wrestlers.”

    Hmmm. He wants Hastert’s old job now, too. No, not that one; the Speakership.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  96. Breaking- CNN/NBC reports Cohen says Traitor Trump made aware of meeting w/Rooskies in Trump Tower to get dirt on HRC by Donnie Junior. NBC reports Trump furious; hurling ‘expletives’ at TeeVee as story breaks this evening.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  97. That’s why they sent manafort to sit in, state department had a,translator in the parked, nothing came of it.

    Narciso (e0402c)

  98. Good grief! Just what kind of a slime-bucket is this Cohen?

    nk (dbc370)

  99. And Lanny Davis aiding and abetting him.

    nk (dbc370)

  100. @103. Triple threat: An attorney; Traitor Trump as a client and a flipper-in-waiting.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  101. But were those wrestlers of antiquity also swarthy?

    urbanleftbehind (3837c3)

  102. Lannys actually sprung a Russian oligarch from an extradition beef this march, so Cohen is very small fry by that standard.

    Narciso (e0402c)

  103. And the pimp Michael Avenatti.

    nk (dbc370)

  104. 106… swarthy and oiled up, I’d wager, ulb. Ancient scrolls indicate this geographical area was the birthplace of teh Reacharound.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  105. Well Rodrigo Santoro as xerxes looked ridiculous in 300, even more in the sequel.

    Narciso (e0402c)

  106. 101… ASPCA mindlessly forgets Hillary Clinton actually went beyond and PAID for dirt that was assembled by the Russians that then made its way into the Federal government’s so-called justice system.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  107. “What a revoltin’ development this is!”

    —- ASPCA

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  108. Speaking of articles of impeachment, Michael Cohen will testify that Donald Trump had advance knowledge of the June 2016 Trump Tower collusion meeting with the Russians.

    WOMP WOMP

    Dave (445e97)

  109. I love that President Trump has casterated the idiot Republican Party. Ryan is a disgrace to breathing humans.

    mg (9e54f8)

  110. =Haikhrushchev!= Brezhnevheit!

    Grab your colludescope, Red: Look! It’s Halley’s Comet!

    Any Trumpskite who keeps trolling for Traitor Trump– from the decks of Trawler Red Fox; on blogs, on editorial boards, in White House press briefings, cowering weakly around Cabinet tables, in Congressional cloak rooms, in bars, bed or otherwise- is essentially complicit; enablers– Russian colluders all.

    Traitor Trump will not be allowed to distract from this. It’s commands repeating this to the Red Colonel and Trumpskites over and over, – as is their hunger for a daily dose of Traitor Trump’s ‘modus operandi:’

    Traitor Trump, strode on to the global stage in Helsinki, Finland, stood just five feet from Putin, a trained KGB agent, dropped his pants, and sh!t on every American citizen in front of a worldwide audience, then to Vlad’s utter delight, wiped your azz w/t U.S. flag.

    Still quite the Helstinki, Red Colonel.

    Way past time you honored America: shower.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  111. The president needs to fire attorney general Lynch I mean Holder no I mean Sessions. All the same slice of Schiffy pizza.

    mg (9e54f8)

  112. Ryan is a disgrace to breathing humans.

    Such is the requirement for the GOP VP spot.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  113. Disco is still playing 8 track Christopher cross all the way down.

    Narciso (983444)

  114. @113. Vladimir, Vladimir, on the Kremlin Wall; who be your Reddest Colonel of all!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  115. If he was still a commie, Pelosi would probably embarrass herself more than usual.

    In Managua Havana or Caracas though that ain’t katchup spilled on the walls

    Narciso (983444)

  116. @119. The four-channel whine of the Colludin’ Cuban; bitter dregs.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  117. “that Donald Trump had advance knowledge of the June 2016 Trump Tower collusion meeting with the Russians.

    WOMP WOMP”

    ConDave thinks this must be the pony in the pile!

    Sad.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  118. Cohen *yawn* thats the kind of testimony you get when you torture someone… which is what Mueller is doing.
    He crawls into your skull and starts gnawing like a rat. Your family, friends, business all get tortured by douchebag amoral hitmen like Weismann. But everyone says torture doesn’t work because under torture the person being tortured will say anything to make the pain stop. Or thats what liberals used to believe.

    This won’t muss Trumps hair. He’ll beat Bernie and his socialist bimbo VP choice like a gong in 2020

    steveg (a9dcab)

  119. This just in, darth Vader is Luke father and Bruce Willis is really dead in the sixth sense

    Narciso (983444)

  120. Red-faced ASPCA… keep at it, Skippy! Perhaps another candy necklace will give you enough energy to spark teh few remaining brain cells.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  121. Yes the appropriation committee thanks to rino frelynghusen but also what’s wrong with Kansas did reverse catch and release.

    Narciso (983444)

  122. Dave comes across like a true congressman, working to keep his job instead of doing his job.

    mg (9e54f8)

  123. Let’s link the NYT some more, eh? Real pieces of… work: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/new-york-times-targets-kavanaughs-wife.php

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  124. I sure miss Gary G. He was a riot.

    mg (9e54f8)

  125. @127. =Haikhrushchev!= Brezhnevheit!

    Ever Helstinki. Honor America, Red: shower.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  126. @130 Red Squirrel! Red Colonel still putin’ the U.S. in collusion.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  127. I swear, you can’t make this stuff up:

    Rudy Giuliani on Michael Cohen [emphasis added]:

    “I expected something like this from Cohen,” Giuliani said. “He’s been lying all week. He’s been lying for years.”

    Later, Giuliani added: “I don’t see how he has any credibility.”

    While we’re on the subject of credibility, Rudy, what was Cohen’s job while he was “lying for years?”

    Oh that’s right, he was Donald Trump’s personal attorney and fixer!

    Just like you are now…

    Dave (445e97)

  128. @135. “I expected something like this from Cohen,” Giuliani said. “He’s been lying all week. He’s been lying for years.”

    Meh. And America is expecting something like this every day from Rudy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IrE6FMpai8

    Flats or heels today; only his hairdresser knows for sure.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  129. Now do comey and Mueller who have been lying since 2002, around the time of the enron task force, the whole Libby brouhaha, the hospital encounter with ashcroft.

    narciso (d1f714)

  130. Heh. Almost as funny as Trump asking in faux outrage what kind of attorney secretly tape records his client’s phone calls. Well, the sort of attorney that has Trump for a client. Other Trump lawyers have a strict policy of never talking one-on-one with Trump because without a witness to the conversation Trump has a bad habit of “misremembering” what was said and what was agreed to. And you might notice Trump frequently mentions incredibly fantastic things people have said to him or about him in private conversations – and I mean “incredibly fantastic” in the sense of totally unbelievable, like claiming Orrin Hatch told him he was the greatest president ever. (“I said, ‘Does that include Lincoln and Washington?’ He said ‘Yes’ I said, ‘I love this guy'”) You gotta laugh to keep from crying.

    Jerryskids (cfad51)

  131. You can add the aipac witchhunt, the phony indictment of Ted Stevens, which was either the 59th or 60th vote,

    narciso (d1f714)

  132. Lanny Davis gathering up signatures that dimitro furtash was a good egg, now that’s funny, like Monty python funny

    narciso (d1f714)

  133. Re that coffee clutch, the lead member was the one who commissioned the report from Glenn Simpson, there was a state department translator in the room, what’s that about?

    narciso (d1f714)

  134. You keep polishing that turd, jerryskids…

    Colonel Haiku (3f4d38)

  135. Jerryskids is exactly right. But the fault is Cohen’s.

    Basic law office management: A bad client will walk into your office. Don’t take him on in the first place is the best course, but he might fool you initially. If you do take him on, follow the rules scrupulously, charge him your maximum rate for every minute of your time, and the minutes he breaks the rules, asks you to break the rules, or doesn’t pay you, fire the sonuvab!tch.

    nk (dbc370)

  136. What aren’t they telling us:

    https://www.conservativereview.com/news/government-data-shows-the-entire-family-separation-crisis-was-built-of-lies/)

    Lets remember khuzaimi let nearly every subprime player go free when he wee at sec, who was he counsel for, Deutsche bank, tell me what he wins don pardon?

    narciso (d1f714)

  137. Well compared with her relatives its practically a misdemeanor:
    https://www.dailywire.com/news/33652/bidens-niece-avoids-jail-after-felony-conviction-ryan-saavedra

    narciso (d1f714)

  138. It has been reported that Cohen didn’t mention his new claim when he testified to two Congressional committees last year, and a person knowledgeable about Cohen’s House Intell Committee testimony told CNN (yay!) that Cohen said nothing at that time as to whether or not Trump knew of the 2016 meeting.

    And all of a sudden, he remembers.

    Colonel Haiku (3f4d38)

  139. 145… don’t focus on the Big Picture, narciso, wouldn’t be prudent.

    Colonel Haiku (3f4d38)

  140. The clintons have been on the public teat off and on, for 40 years, they find someone to clear them, to look after them.

    A private citizen is hounded for allegations about things he may have done before he assumed office. You think people.

    narciso (d1f714)

  141. #147 — Did anyone ask Cohen a question that would have elicited an answer (or should have elicited an answer) at those hearings? I could see him invoking privelege (based on his claim that he’s Trump’s lawyer), or nobody thought to ask the right question.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  142. michael cohen is just stormy daniels without the obscenely large tits

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  143. About 70% OT, but the columnist misses the forest for the trees – it would actually not be that much of a stretch for the T-man to do a Blago pardon since Blago is a scion through marriage of one of the Vrdolyak-29 (the blue dog Reagan loving) faction of the 1980s Chicago City Council and in turn get some of the reluc-D in IL on his train. Blago is a folk hero to many and is often lauded for his refusal to raise State sales and income taxes whilst in office.

    http://www.latimes.com/ct-perspec-zorn-patti-blagojevich-trump-pardon-ingrate-0727-20180726-story.html

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  144. Talk about “economic stimulus”…

    Avenatti just announced that he has three other female clients who were also paid hush money by Michael Cohen on behalf of Spanky.

    He also said that he will run against Trump and defeat him in the 2020 election if the Democrats don’t find “a street fighter”.

    Allahpundit riffed on the latter possibility most humorously yesterday:

    I keep telling myself that this is just an elaborate PR stunt by a guy who never met a camera he didn’t like.

    Problem: I told myself that in 2015 too.

    Dave (445e97)

  145. If you’ll consider that New York state’s top attorney got his rocks off by beating the women he was having sex with, and the third one back had to resign from Governor because he was engaged in interstate prostitution, Cohen might be as good as it gets for New York lawyers. Giuliani was considered a slimeball, too, kind of an olive-oil drenched, swarthy Roy Cohn, when he was the US Attorney there.

    nk (dbc370)

  146. narciso! Have you been talking to Patti Blagojevich?

    nk (dbc370)

  147. Just as with the Cohen revelation about the Trump Tower collusion meeting yesterday, this latest isn’t all that surprising either – Rudy even hinted, back when they admitted Trump’s lies about the Daniels payment, that there might be other women.

    What both episodes *do* prove yet again is that if you believe the worst about Donald Trump, he’ll never disappoint you…

    Dave (445e97)

  148. I would have thought “olive-oil drenched and swarthy” was fulsome praise, coming from a Greek…

    Dave (445e97)

  149. the fellow who had his dispute with his firm, sealed to the press, that’s rich,

    narciso (d1f714)

  150. are we going to pretend the 4.1 gdp isn’t happening, that’s peak kos,

    narciso (d1f714)

  151. I would have thought “olive-oil drenched and swarthy” was fulsome praise

    I dunno about fulsome praise, but those are his redeeming qualities.

    nk (dbc370)

  152. there isn’t any obvious malpractice in the blago matter, but fitz did get a short reach when it reached king daley and points east,

    narciso (d1f714)

  153. les moonves come on down, and sit next to Charlie rose,

    narciso (d1f714)

  154. Excitable Andy has been less excitable and more insightful these days. They must’ve adjusted his meds.

    It’s only a shade under three minutes long. But unlike the Billy Bush tape, Trump is not performing or bragging or trying to charm someone he doesn’t know that well. He’s at work, with an intimate, trusted wingman, every single guard down. It really feels like the actual Trump, the man behind the curtain. And this Trump is quite clearly in charge. He’s not some addled 70-something, delegating large swathes of responsibility for day-to-day operations to underlings. He’s clearly aware of everything that’s going on: “Let me know what’s happening, okay?” he says to someone — Pam (Bondi)? — on the phone at first. He talks about how some issue will blow over: “I think this goes away quickly … in two weeks; it’s fine.” He then asks Cohen, “Can we use him anymore?” referring to an Evangelical pastor, and Cohen says absolutely.
    Then they briefly discuss “the financing” for the National Enquirer’s capture and withholding of the McDougal story. “So, what do we got to pay for this? $150?” Trump asks at one point, meaning $150,000. The question of “cash” is raised by Trump (the precise wording is hard to make out from the audio), and Cohen strongly rules it out: “No, no, no.”
    What this tiny glimpse into reality reveals is something quite simple. It’s not that it’s a shock that Trump has been lying about this incident from the very beginning. That has long been clear. But there’s something about listening to his voice acknowledging this in such a breezy, matter-of-fact tone that exposes the purity of the cynicism behind the lies. “We have no knowledge of any of this,” Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks, had, after all, originally told The Wall Street Journal when it broke the story days before the 2016 election. The idea that Trump had had an affair at all, let alone organized hush money to the National Enquirer, was “totally untrue.” And yet here, as the curtain is pulled back, we hear Trump himself figuring out how to finance its cover-up.
    This is not a man embarrassed by something unusual in his private life, lying defensively in a panic. It’s a world-weary operator in sleaze and outright deception, dealing with an item of everyday business. The euphemisms — “info,” “financing,” “our friend David,” etc. — are those of people who know they’re doing something shady. He even talks of “using” a religious-right figure. It’s the tape of a con man, discussing the con with an underling in a kind of consigliere code. And this revelation is therefore dangerous. It demonstrates that Trump is, in fact, just another crooked pol — and does so in his own voice.

    He’s as establishment as it gets. Along those lines, the DDID returns to some charges of FAKENEWS! by Trump that turn out to be not fake at all. I wonder what the tipping point will be when unquestioning Trump supporters start questioning this man’s credibility, and when in their hearts will they wonder “WTF was I thinking in supporting this clown”. All those denials by him about a meeting with Putineers and about hush money were all lies.

    Paul Montagu (57bb34)

  155. They must’ve adjusted his meds.

    That, or marriage made an honest man of him?

    :)

    Dave (445e97)

  156. Purge the rinos. They are worse than auntie Maxine’s Democrat party.

    mg (9e54f8)

  157. a search that outgrew from an illegitimate investigation, born of misrepresented memos re an interview concerning a bogus dossier based on Russian sources, gets you a ham sandwich,

    narciso (d1f714)

  158. which chair in ben smith’s office will gubarev hold,

    https://twitter.com/pspoole/status/1022874658339733504

    narciso (d1f714)

  159. it was as cloying with maria cantwell,

    https://twitter.com/YossiGestetner/status/1022863892542894080

    narciso (d1f714)

  160. Paul, the convo that takes him down with his base would have to be a Cagle-esque admission of never intending to fulfill a certain promise.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  161. They bought the story back, not the same thing, paying for a story from a burnt spy, no not Michael Weston who couldn’t even be in country which created this fraud is more indicative

    Narciso (e21a34)

  162. “Donald Trump has driven this party completely and wholly insane.”

    Oh please, they were completely and wholly bonkers well before Trump. If anything, Trump is improving them. He seems to given some small measure of courage to Mitch McConnell and others.

    Fred Z (88cae8)

  163. So there is a story but no evidence, when there is contrary evidence to a given narrative like chuck Ross, luke ro siak, the media organs shadowban the story.

    Narciso (e21a34)

  164. Paul Montagu (57bb34) — 7/27/2018 @ 9:19 am

    Great call Paul! That quote is exquisitely perceptive.

    Tillman (d34303)

  165. I remember when Democrats were squealing about the illegality of purloined emails off a server, etc., but that noise did not distract from the fact that the DNC actually did put their thumb on the scale in favor of Hillary. For the sake of argument, even if the revealing of tapes and such was illegal, it does not distract from the fact that Trump lied repeatedly about paying hush money to porn stars.

    Paul Montagu (57bb34)

  166. They bought the story back, not the same thing…

    It’s the same thing, narciso. The intent by Trump was to hush up a scandal, whether by paying Pecker or paying Stormy.

    Paul Montagu (57bb34)

  167. Patterico–

    Those two “clowns” are the past and current chairmen of the House Freedom Caucus. I am pretty sure that you supported the caucus in the past, at one point calling them “heroes.”

    Sure, I disagree with the impeachment idea (the DoJ’s problems are elsewhere). But since I’ve disliked the HFC back when you were on their side, I just gotta remind you that you didn’t always.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  168. @151.michael cohen is just stormy daniels without the obscenely large tits

    Be it flats or heels, America’s Mayor still loves both of their wardrobes, Mr. Feet.

    “He’s [Michael Cohen] an honest, honorable lawyer.” – Rudy Giuliani, ‘This Week’ ABC News, May 6, 2018

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  169. he’s america’s mayor cause of the terrorisms what they did on new york Mr. DCSCA

    he’s the only mayor of new york what was in office on 9/11 (fateful day)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  170. @180. And always dressed to the nines, Mr. Feet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IrE6FMpai8

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  171. Mr. Martin and Mr. Turley both make solid arguments against the prospect of impeaching Rosy.

    Paul Montagu (1ff0e3)

  172. Jonah, too.

    But Rosenstein is not a branch of government. The president is. And Rosenstein works for the president. Trump could order Rosenstein to hand over any documents he sees fit. He hasn’t done that. As Jack Goldsmith, hardly a left-wing loon, writes:

    Impeachment, moreover, is not an appropriate remedy for Rosenstein’s alleged transgression of insufficient transparency. He, after all, works for the president, who is ultimately responsible for the information the Justice Department gives to Congress and who can order Rosenstein to disclose more on threat of removal. Congress is overstepping its authority in micromanaging the executive branch by seeking to impeach an official for refusing to turn over information that the president has not ordered him to turn over. Congress appears to have only once used the impeachment tool against an executive-branch official other than the president — in 1876, when it impeached Secretary of War William Belknap after he resigned for accepting bribes and kickbacks in office.

    If the impeachers were seriously outraged — truly, seriously, outraged — by the executive branch’s behavior, they might be moving to impeach the executive. Or, at the very least, they would be imploring the president to order Rosenstein to hand over these materials or to fire Rosenstein for refusing to do so.
    They’re not doing that. Why? Because they’re putting on a show. This impeachment effort is a prop in the passion play, a talking point for Hannity’s opening monologues and the president’s Twitter feed.

    Paul Montagu (1ff0e3)

  173. Good grief i told what a backstabbing weasel was 14 years when his capricious tantrum likely endangered the surveillance of the Madrid cell, put John yoo and bybee in legal jeopardy

    Narciso (6693b3)

  174. Is this the same turley who vouched for his fmr student avenatti, Eisenstein authorizes a 24/7 pursuit by hillary partisan which interferes with the conduct of foreign relations among other things.

    Narciso (6693b3)

  175. …his capricious tantrum likely endangered the surveillance of the Madrid cell…
    Goldsmith defended NSA warrantless wiretapping. He was against so-called enhanced interrogation. He was right on both counts.

    Paul Montagu (1ff0e3)

  176. No he didnt, read any account of the time, he threatened to resign over it, along with Coney Wray baker et al

    Narciso (6693b3)

  177. Of course, comes account is based on Mueller’s notes which were written after the hospital bed confab, Alberto Gonzalez based in his memoir, still doesn’t what was done to him.

    narciso (d1f714)

  178. Goldsmith, Comey and Mueller threatened to resign over an abuse of power, not warrantless wiretapping (Goldsmith defended warrantless wiretapping while at OLC). Goldsmith resigned because the Bush admin supported and defended torture.

    Paul Montagu (1ff0e3)

  179. A note on the Manafort trial.

    That’s where this case becomes unusual. Plea bargains are the de facto mode of resolution for nearly all federal criminal charges: Fewer than 3 percent of cases go to trial. Moreover, the charges and evidence against Manafort do not lend themselves to a surprise courtroom upset. While the anticipated testimony of Manafort’s former partner, Richard Gates, is likely to be damning, it is not the basis for Manafort’s prosecution.
    “This is a paper case, based on documents, records and email messages,” explained McQuade. “Gates can serve as a sort of narrator as a cooperating witness to provide context and background to explain the documents,” but the paper trail remains, even if Manafort’s lawyers succeed in undermining Gates’ testimony.
    “Paper cases like this rarely reach trial because it is difficult to defend against documents,” McQuade said.“Witnesses can be impeached for bias, failure to observe or faulty memory, but documents don’t lie.”

    The only way this makes sense is that Manafort is waiting for a Trump pardon, which will cause a political firestorm.

    Paul Montagu (84878a)

  180. Paul Montagu (84878a) — 7/31/2018 @ 1:22 pm

    The only way this makes sense is that Manafort is waiting for a Trump pardon, which will cause a political firestorm.

    he probab,ly was not offered any good plea bargain.

    He may have some hope of an appeal on the basis of a defective indictment, and anyway, the later the sentence, the lower the sentence.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  181. @188 Mueller’s notes, which you know may not really be contemporary, don’t really support anything Comey said in any case.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/16/AR2007081601358.html?noredirect=on

    Although Mueller did not directly witness the exchange between Ashcroft, Gonzales and Card, his notes recounted Comey’s personal statement that Ashcroft at the outset said that “he was in no condition to decide issues.” Ashcroft also told the two men he supported his deputy’s position on the secret program, Mueller said Comey told him.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)


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