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3/22/2019

DEVELOPING: Mueller Delivers Report to DOJ; Breathless Nation, uh, Watches Basketball [UPDATED]

Filed under: General — JVW @ 2:25 pm



[guest post by JVW]

Attorney General Barr now has the report from Special Counsel Mueller. Let the grandstanding begin.

This can be an open thread. Feel free to post developments as they emerge.

UPDATE: Fox News reports that Mueller does not recommend any new indictments. That tidbit has been added to the original link in the post.

– JVW

133 Responses to “DEVELOPING: Mueller Delivers Report to DOJ; Breathless Nation, uh, Watches Basketball [UPDATED]”

  1. Oh Lord, here comes all of the Democrat Presidential candidates with their two cents.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  2. Mueller pinches; ‘ouch’ cries Lincoln; big sale on copier paper at Office Depot!!!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  3. Does it even matter at this point? I’m of the mind that he is personally not disciplined enough to pull off being anyone’s agent, not even his own.

    He was manipulated, absolutely, but that isn’t an actual crime, he’s got plenty of those in the past, they’re just of the garden variety real estate scams. If we were lucky, he’d get primaried, but that’s not happening, so get on with it.

    Now, policy arguments, please. Oh, and tell Beto to shut up, anyone but his sanctimonious butt.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  4. 3. You don’t have an antecedent there, but it looks like you mean it wss Trump who was manipulated./

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  5. I’m of the mind that he is personally not disciplined enough to pull off being anyone’s agent, not even his own.

    A very salient point.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  6. He can’t even stop sniping at dead guys.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  7. On WOR AM 710 this morning Mark Simone thought he would do it today (the”ve been surmising it’s getting close because most of his prosecutors have left, and there didn’t seem to be any new indictments coming ) because Mueller is close to Comey and Comey (and others) would do these news dumps on Fridays.

    This was in order that it should be covered on;y by the Saturday newspapers, 2which are read the least.

    This consideration no longer applies in the era of the Internet, but old habits die hard.

    Kimberley A. Strassel, columnist in the Wall Street Journal, wrote today that the FBI was getting numerous copies of the Steele dossier (when? Apparently late 2016) and she evidently thinks it was part of an effort by Glenn Simpson to pressure the FBI into starting an investigation of Trump.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-fbis-counsel-told-congress-11553209575

    The unreleased House transcript of the testimony of James Baker, former general counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is Exhibit A for why it is so crucial for Americans to get full documentation, and soon.

    Bits of the Baker transcript have leaked….But it’s his Oct. 3 and Oct. 18 interviews as a whole, which I have obtained, that make for revealing reading…Mr. Baker makes clear the FBI knew that Glenn Simpson, head of the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS, was papering Washington with his scandalous material—which the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign paid him to have Mr. Steele gather.

    “My understanding at the time was that Simpson was going around Washington giving this out to a lot of different people and trying to elevate its profile,” Mr. Baker testified. More important, the FBI understood it was the target of this pressure campaign. Mr. Baker acknowledges there were “various copies of the dossier floating around Washington,” and that they were all being funneled to the FBI.

    But Domald Trump somehow got the idea the FBI had it only because of John McCain. He was listening to the brodadcast commentators, who should have known better.

    The story always was that when McCain gave Comey the Steele dossier, Comey already had it.

    Trump was manipualted by more than just teh Russian government.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  8. Yes, I’m fine with Mueller, he’s an experienced mainline conservative. I never thought that any of the Trump drivel was actually true.

    But of course Trump’s been/being manipulated, that’s part of intelligence and diplomacy. You want him on your side, and you figure out how to massage his ego to get it. Parent’s do it to kids, kids do it to parents, and just tell Trump about how great and historic his election was, and what big hands he has, and he’s your man.

    Normally there are barriers to how successful that can be, but other than that wall thing, Trump doesn’t like barriers, so he ignores the diplomats and IC; see North Korea, Russia, Saudi’s…Canada.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  9. @6. That’s a strategy; a diversion. It’s clever; and it works.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  10. Trump was sniping at McCain because he though the was about to be vindicted and because he thought McCAin had instigated the investigation.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  11. JVW, #6: look at this site, as well. There are some folks who just can’t help attacking dead people. Over and over again. It works when your goal is to stir up many different factions.

    Simon Jester (5721e2)

  12. This was in order that it should be covered on;y by the Saturday newspapers, 2which are read the least.

    Also, Sammy, it means that there can’t really be extensive coverage in the Sunday papers either, since much of that content (except for the Saturday news coverage) is already in the can. I know that so many people get their news from sources other than the newspapers these days, but tradition still dictates that Sunday newspaper coverage is pretty important.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  13. “Trump was sniping at McCain because he though the was about to be vindicted and because he thought McCAin had instigated the investigation”

    vindicted: verb; past tense: vindicted;
    clear (someone) of blame or suspicion only to seek prosecution for that which one was accused of
    Example: “teh President was vindicted by the media lapdogs”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  14. pullin for the wofford terriers and/or north dakota state, need some cinderella magic up in here.

    JRH (8f59ea)

  15. “Sent over after 5:00 p.m. On a Friday. On the Friday of what is pretty much the biggest sports weekend of the year. After 5:00 p.m. on a Friday during a time when it’s a running joke about how nothing will get done because everyone is watching basketball.
    Oh yeah this is going to be a huge blockbuster and prove treason by Trump.

    Yup yup yup yup.”

    —- alex the chick

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  16. Suspect this is why 1%Joe’s been ‘Biden’ time… waitin’ to see the weight of this report. If/when Trump beats any rap, 1%Joe is 100% toast.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  17. UPDATE: Fox News reports that Mueller does not recommend any new indictments. That tidbit has been added to the original link in the post.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  18. If/when Trump beats any rap, 1%Joe is 100% toast.

    That’s interesting. What is your thinking that leads you to this conclusion?

    JVW (54fd0b)

  19. The next BIG thing will be what isn’t covered in Herr Mueller’s report…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  20. *YAWN*

    Gryph (08c844)

  21. the season finale of the black list will be more interesting, next week it’s a flashback with Stacey keach as Robert vesco, who technically died in 2007

    narciso (d1f714)

  22. how long till the left blames the jooooos?

    mg (8cbc69)

  23. My position on this remains what it’s been all along: it’s possible that a foreign government colluded with a presidential campaign to influence an election, it’s possible that a us government concocted a scam to interfere with the effectiveness of its successor government, and it’s possible neither of these happened — and it would be irresponsible for me to conclude any of the above until the evidence is in.

    The evidence is in, but it’s not public, so it’s still irresponsible to reach a conclusion.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  24. It was hand deliverd to DOJ at aproximately 4:11 Pm – this is all under extremely ttight security – maybe why Mueller hasn’t leaked, although things could be deduced, and to Congress at 5.

    A summary can be expected to be made public by Monday, and maybe before. It has probably already been written and was written, reporters say, to avoid any questions of national security or executive privilege., and that’s why it would be ready to go.

    The summary may not be any more than a list of persons indicted, and what the indictments alleged, and and maybe people investigated, but more likely I would think people who were
    witnessess.

    Congressional committees can be expected to try to obtain and release anything that Mueller wrote.

    Sammy Finkelman (e70ce9)

  25. Which isn’t to say I won’t be spending the entire weekend breathlessly waiting for leaks.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  26. 12. You can put a lot in the main news section. There just won’t be any feature articles – but there’s no news anyway, other than that Mueller has finished his work, and that there won’t be any big surprises.

    On Monday, or possibly Sunday, we’ll find out something, but we can guess what’s in it.

    Sammy Finkelman (e70ce9)

  27. The whole thing, modulo necessary national security redactions, should be released as soon as possible. There isn’t a force in the world that can keep congressmen on different sides of the Trump issue from selectively leaking parts favorable to them, and those selective leaks will create a massively misleading impression and undermine public trust — the best course is to release the whole thing in one go and let the public decide rather than listening to the leakers.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  28. The evidence is in, but it’s not public, so it’s still irresponsible to reach a conclusion.

    I heard a brief discussion regarding this on one of the news channels (but I swear, I was mostly watching basketball). There’s a real conundrum here. On the one hand, when there is an investigation that does not lead to indictments, generally the report is kept private for understandable reasons. However, given that this pertains to public figures, how do we respect privacy yet still maintain public trust? I think this is going to be a really nasty debate going forward.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  29. There isn’t a force in the world that can keep congressmen on different sides of the Trump issue from selectively leaking parts favorable to them. . . .

    Good point. But yet another reason why competent and normal people might shy away from what we like to call “public service.”

    JVW (54fd0b)

  30. 29. “Public service…” Where government bureaucrats put the “moron” into “oxymoron…”

    Gryph (08c844)

  31. final season of supernatural, well they’ve been through two apocalypses,

    narciso (d1f714)

  32. 31. Ugh. My wife likes that show.

    Gryph (08c844)

  33. well after the second one, where else do they have to go,

    narciso (d1f714)

  34. “The evidence is in, but it’s not public, so it’s still irresponsible to reach a conclusion.”

    Yes, it is, but the real question is will Hillary Clinton continue to escape justice?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  35. @18. His procrastination.

    Ol’Joe’s been choking at the chain over the decades to run for POTUS and now suddenly months of indecisiveness. [Personally, don’t believe he’s emotionally stable enough for the gig.] Being a tease isn’t cute at his age; it looks feeble. He’s either waiting to see which way the wind will blow w/this or genuinely dithers. Not a confidence builder at his age. He’s the Dem’s Dole.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  36. Per the long-standing rules of the DOJ, the sitting president can’t be indicted.

    1) Trump won’t be indicted
    2) Trump was never in any legal jeopardy
    3) Great legal minds like Dershowitz and several former federal prosecutors had it wrong, almost from the get-go.

    In a more perfect world, there would be a reckoning for the irresponsible media, irresponsible former federal law enforcement personnel and intelligence directors, irresponsible politicians, etc.

    Well over two years of this ninnie/mook nonsense. Make the entire thing public!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  37. And then name another Special Counsel to investigate the activities of the previous administration, the fed bureaucracy, all of those involved in the surveillance, the funding of the Dossier, and those who went out of their way to destroy the lives of a good many people.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  38. LOL… good stuff!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  39. …he’s gonna beat the rap; he’ll crow it the TeeVee and tweet to the max, spin it, win it and sail to Term Two.

    What. A. Show.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  40. ^on the TeeVee

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  41. From noodle head ned Ben rhodes coffee boy

    https://mobile.twitter.com/nedprice/status/1109237835717111808?p=v

    narciso (d1f714)

  42. If the report shows no wrongdoing by Trump and his Administration (other than the non-campaign-related crimes committed by Manafort et al), does this mean Mueller is a neutral and fair investigator after all?

    DRJ (15874d)

  43. CNN
    @CNN
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff says his panel is willing to subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller to obtain a clearer picture of the contents of his final report

    __ _

    Mueller obviously another of Putin’s agents.

    harkin (d67dd3)

  44. FWIW I think the next focus will be the SDNY investigation that (I think) will involve Trump and his organization’s past and current financial dealings.

    DRJ (15874d)

  45. Adam Schiff should be full of shame, not just full of schiff.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  46. It sure would be nice if these lawyers would get a taste of their own medicine.

    mg (8cbc69)

  47. Watching CNN and the collective disappointment mixed with demands for new investigations…..imagine that.

    Watching Anderson Cooper struggle to just get the words ‘no indictments’ out of his mouth was a hoot. He almost swallowed his tongue.

    harkin (d67dd3)

  48. They will go after Trump any which way, and this will be so destructive to the process that only people who hire hit men will run for office. Unsubstantiated allegations by Trump’s perjuring ex-lawyer (in all meanings of that phrase) are being used as “probable cause” to open up tax returns, corporate accounts and other private matters where EVERYONE KNOWS there is no chance in Hell that the warrants would stand up at trial, or even be issued if the political fix were not in.

    But who cares, it’s the leaks that matter. If it hurts Trump it’s good because we must at all costs destroy this man before the gravy train is totally spoiled.

    Calling this a witch hunt gives witch hunts a bad name. Am I the only one left that cares about the means we use to get to our ends?

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  49. The collusion, the conspiracy, is an open and widespread attempt to stage a coup by perverting the judicial branch of government aided and abetted by a virulent press. It’s no different than tanks in the street. Michael Corleone explained it: “I don’t need tough guys. I need more lawyers.”

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  50. Can’t say I disagree… https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=gya6wuMCJoA

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  51. As for Meuller’s investigation, well, it’s not like it was a total waste. MILLIONS of billable hours!

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  52. Actual video of Mueller team wrapping up today.

    https://im3.ezgif.com/tmp/ezgif-3-c7cf8a02a25a.gif

    harkin (d67dd3)

  53. 53… one would think hope pray that people who work in the legal profession would share the sense of outrage about the last two years that many of us laymen do. Although there are exceptions, I don’t get the sense that is the case.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  54. mr. mueller was never going to do anything except exonerate mr. trump the president because mr. mueller is a good man

    nk (dbc370)

  55. all about the billable hours with these lawyers.
    imagine a job where winning and losing doesn’t matter.

    mg (8cbc69)

  56. mr. john edwards the lawyer took all his personal injury cases on a contingency basis and only got paid if he won

    that’s why everybody loves him so much

    nk (dbc370)

  57. but not as much as watching scantily clad young men running around and bouncing a big ball

    nk (dbc370)

  58. Whoops – ignore my last. I got played.

    Should have read past the cover.

    harkin (d67dd3)

  59. Had to use a lawyer in North Carolina a while back for my daughter, The man was All World and salt of the earth. sad people like him don’t work for the gubmint.

    mg (8cbc69)

  60. The Motley Crue biopic dropped on the ol Netflix today…that one goes into the When California Was California category for sure.

    urbanleftbehind (cc3dfe)

  61. and the cable news guys has a collective sad… https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1109201503418490880

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  62. NO COLLUSION with russia nyet! I have been saying this here for a long time. media vermin need to be trashed over this.

    lany (069e47)

  63. 65. …when men were men and they all used more hairspray than their girlfriends! 😛

    Gryph (08c844)

  64. VDH knocks it out of the park:

    Autopsy of a Dead Coup

    …..About a dozen FBI and DOJ grandees have now resigned, retired, been fired, or reassigned for unethical and likely illegal behavior—and yet have not faced criminal indictments. The reputation of the FBI as venerable agency is all but wrecked. Its administrators variously have libeled the Trump voters, expressed hatred for Trump, talked of “insurance policies” in ending the Trump candidacy, and inserted informants into the Trump campaign.

    The former Obama directors of the CIA and National Intelligence, with security clearances intact, hit the television airways as paid “consultants” and almost daily accused the sitting president of Russian collusion and treason—without cross-examination or notice that both previously had lied under oath to Congress (and did so without subsequent legal exposure), and both were likely knee-deep in the dissemination of the Steele dossier among Obama administration officials.

    John Brennan’s CIA likely helped to spread the Fusion GPS dossier among elected and administrative state officials. Some in the NSC in massive and unprecedented fashion requested the unmasking of surveilled names of Trump subordinates, and then illegally leaked them to the press.

    The FISA courts, fairly or not, are now mostly discredited, given they either were willingly or naively hoodwinked by FBI and DOJ officials who submitted as chief evidence for surveillance on American citizens, an unverified dossier—without disclosure that the bought campaign hit-piece was paid for by Hillary Clinton, authored by a discredited has-been British agent, relied on murky purchased Russian sources, and used in circular fashion to seed news accounts of supposed Trump misbehavior……”

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/02/17/autopsy-of-a-dead-coup/

    harkin (d67dd3)

  65. Completely off topic, but by the next cantata post I won’t remember where I saw it, so I will post it now.
    https://slate.com/technology/2019/03/google-doodle-bach-ai-music-generator.amp

    Kishnevi (98c9fd)

  66. The OG Hillbilly
    @LauraLMonroe33
    The Deep State and the media better have criminal and financial repercussions for this insanity. This is a major tipping point in this country.
    6:14 PM · Mar 22, 2019

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  67. Julie Kelly
    @julie_kelly2
    Whooo boy the NeverTrumpers have their Mueller report spin and it’s unconvincing. But don’t worry, some of us remember everything you NeverTrumpers said about collusion. And if you’ve somehow forgotten, we’ll be pleased to remind you once the report is out.
    3:59 PM · Mar 22, 2019

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  68. Okay. My turn. Something like that, Haiku?

    nk (dbc370)

  69. Ahoy, sailor!!!

    Bill Kristol
    @BillKristol
    But at his back Trump always hears
    Bob Mueller’s chariot as it nears;
    And wonders if his future features
    A report of high crimes and misdemeanors.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  70. Yes, nk. Just. Like. That.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  71. It’s a Vlad hand that beats three kings w/a pair of deuces.

    Repeatedly.

    And Putin smiled…

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  72. “The President”, Season 2, Episode 1: Revenge Of The Covfefe.

    nk (dbc370)

  73. Haiku…..

    I’ve been waiting to read the lyrics for your cover of Carly Simon’s Anticipointment.

    harkin (d67dd3)

  74. Lol… I will give that a shot, harkin

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  75. Anticipointment

    We may never know what to make of this
    But we’ll think about it anyway
    And we’ll wonder if the time is now at hand
    Or we’ll face it on some future day

    Anticipointment, anticipointment
    Is fuelin’ their tears
    They’re a pain in our rears

    In high places, they hatched a plan to foil the voters’ will
    Something evil, hard to grasp how bad this really was
    And today, they had to swallow a bitter pill
    But smaller than Andy Cooper normally does

    Anticipointment, anticipointment
    Is fuelin’ their tears
    They’re a pain in our rears

    And tomorrow we might not be together
    I’m no prophet but I’ve slept in a Holiday Inn
    So I’ll try to find some common ground
    But it stops right here ’cause it’s a fight we must win
    But it stops right now ‘cause it’s a fight we must win
    (it’s a fight we must win)
    (it’s a fight we must win)
    (it’s a fight we must win)
    (it’s a fight we must win)

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  76. Not really interested in Mueller since it’s been a sham from the beginning, but can any of our legal minds explain how this isn’t judicial tyranny?

    https://www.breitbart.com/news/judge-blocks-laws-passed-by-wisconsin-republicans-in-lame-duck-session/#

    A judge decides that laws passed in a lame duck session aren’t valid and also invalidates all appointments made by the legal Governor at the time. Are we ruled by a black-robed oligarchy and just pretend to be a Republic?

    NJRob (4d595c)

  77. 82 – lol bravo!

    harkin (d67dd3)

  78. Carl Paulus
    @CarlPaulus
    So basically much of twitter is still coming to grips with the idea that the American people chose Donald Trump to be president rather than Hillary Clinton, and that choice was made on purpose.

    harkin (d67dd3)

  79. Watched a little bit of Maddow tonight and she also seemed close to tears…but still kept it together enough to ignore everything she’s been saying before today while spinning new-improved conspiracy theories.

    harkin (d67dd3)

  80. Guess I wasn’t the only one who thought so…..

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1109300503593340930

    harkin (d67dd3)

  81. 87 disagree madcow was crying as she tried to bulldyke her way thru.

    lany (069e47)

  82. Applause, Col.

    mg (8cbc69)

  83. I see where Rachel was fishing for trout, sounds about right!

    mg (8cbc69)

  84. Catherine Herridge will either be fired or shot by fox news.

    mg (8cbc69)

  85. Swalwell/Schiff/Death Row/2020

    mg (8cbc69)

  86. And all the lawyer never trumpers were dead wrong, again.

    mg (8cbc69)

  87. Not all. I am a Lawyer Never Trumper (With Extra Covfefe) and I always thought the Russian collusion yammering was so much yak borscht.

    nk (dbc370)

  88. It’s just, you know, that Trump gets crushes. You know. Stormy Daniels, Vladimir Putin, Rodrigo Duterte, Kim Kardashian, Kim Jong Un ….

    nk (dbc370)

  89. Sorry, nk. never meant to throw you in with that ilk.

    mg (8cbc69)

  90. I t is a good thing Trump doesn’t have a crush on Alinsky, like the democrats.

    mg (8cbc69)

  91. nk- who would you prefer to investigate the Clinton, Russian, Deep State collusion?

    mg (8cbc69)

  92. I think Trump’s new Attorney General should follow the exact same process that led to Mueller’s appointment. There will still be “Nixon!” and “Enemies List!”, but Trump will have the law and precedent on his side.

    nk (dbc370)

  93. Charles Cooper would be my suggestion.

    mg (8cbc69)

  94. Collusion is a catch word used as a distraction, because collusion is not a crime that anyone can be indicted or prosecuted for. Conspiracy and obstruction, however, are crimes. So are illegal campaign contributions, fraud, self-dealing, tax evasion, money laundering, and violating the emoluments clause.

    All we may ever see is a summary brief of Mueller’s report by Barr, although the House did vote unanimously the actual, full report should be released and made public.

    It could be that Mueller found evidence of conspiracy and/or obstruction, or various other high crimes and misdemeanors, and declined to prosecute because of DOJ policy. If so, that is a matter for Congress.

    Various committee investigations have only just begun, and their scope is not limited. Investigations by US Attorneys in New York (Manhattan and Brooklyn), New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia are ongoing, and their scope is not limited either.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  95. Bernie can still be declared the winner of the 2016 election, too.

    nk (dbc370)

  96. Or it could be bupkis like he did with Stephen hatfill or what Sydney Powell found with Arthur andersen.

    Narciso (ade828)

  97. They wanted Trump in a compromising position
    So Special Counsel they appointed me
    They thought they were cute when they screamed collusion
    Well now I think they’re full of beans

    I fight Covfefe, Covfefe always wins
    I fight Covfefe, Covfefe always wins
    For almost two years now
    My wheels’ve been spinning
    I fight Covfefe, Covfefe always wins

    nk (dbc370)

  98. wretchardthecat
    @wretchardthecat
    What was revealed was the extent of rottenness in the system. If Trump had been a godlike Alexander it would have been one thing. But he’s not. That they are actually less competent than a casino manager and reality show host is too much for them to take.
    12:03 AM · Mar 23, 2019

    @wretchardthecat
    Yet it is nevertheless true. The real crisis of American governance isn’t that Trump is some evil genius. It is what a bunch of mediocrities the elite have turned out to be. Better to have found out now than in the middle of some existential conflict with a great power.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  99. Give Peace a Chance Give IT a Rest

    Two, one-two-three-four!
    Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout
    racism, sexism, Trumpism, mookism, gimpism, sadism
    This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m

    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest

    Hit it
    C’mon, ev’rybody’s talking about
    Collusion, pollution, contusions, confusion, retribution
    Black eyes and white guys and bye-bye, bye-byes

    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest

    Let me tell you now
    Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout
    Indictment, excitement, internment, imprudent, insurgent
    Divergent, detergent, appeasement, anointment, Amendment

    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest

    Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout
    Liz and Beto, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Slow Joe Biden, Hickenlooper
    Jussie Smollet, Bernie Sanders, Rachel Madcow

    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest
    All we are saying is give IT a rest

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  100. cheers, Col.

    mg (8cbc69)

  101. And to you, mg. Happy Saturday!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  102. Well we are defying competence too broadly their wild snipe hunt has gone on for three years since they opened this investigation.

    Narciso (5136f2)

  103. I’m still basking from the decisive Husky victory yesterday. Who knows, maybe we can sneak one past the Tar Heels tomorrow.

    Paul Montagu (d49d0a)

  104. Go Huskies.

    mg (8cbc69)

  105. Glenn Greenwald
    @ggreenwald
    If you constantly went on TV or wrote things to mislead millions into believing Mueller was coming to arrest Trump, Jr., Jared and a whole slew of others for conspiring with the Russians, just admit it. Save yourselves the embarrassment of all this whitewashing & pretending.7:04 AM · Mar 23, 2019

    Glenn Greenwald
    @ggreenwald

    At least CNN and MSNBC had the decency last night to have a funereal tone. There were no admissions of wrongdoing, and it seemed more pained and coerced than voluntary, but at least it was the first step in the coping process. Down that path lies some salvation at least.

    Glenn Greenwald
    @ggreenwald

    I mean: they didn’t even get Carter Page! When I was urging a full investigation in lieu of media leaks & predicting the likely outcome back in March, 2017, even I thought they’d get one low-level person for Russia conspiring. No: they got zero.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  106. Go Wofford!!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  107. Carter page is the greatest villain since Mr. Neutron (obscure python reference)

    Narciso (61d324)

  108. come on Terriers

    mg (8cbc69)

  109. on this issue maddcow was crying because she wanted trump to be a knave not a fool.

    lany (21fb68)

  110. Roger Simon at PJ Media:

    let’s a have a brief review of what we’ve really learned so far from the multi-million dollar Mueller investigation: who actually got indicted. The worst miscreant is clearly Paul Manafort, who, before he worked for Trump, did some dirty dealing with nasty characters in the Ukraine and elsewhere. Nothing good can be said about Manafort except he has a distinct similarity to Clinton friend Tony Podesta (with whom he worked, but who has not yet been indicted) and a whole host of other Beltway creeps that infest our nation’s capital, sucking off the body politic, foreign and domestic.

    And then there’s Michael Flynn. He may or may not (it’s unclear) have been scared into lying about something minor, but his real crime, the reason they were really out to get him, was his strong opposition to the Iran deal. In any case, some investigators didn’t even think he did or said anything wrong. Mueller tried to muscle him. And so far Flynn hasn’t even been sentenced to anything. It keeps getting postponed for some reason. Will he be? Who knows? But Trump will doubtless pardon him anyway and should.

    Then there’s the nefarious Papadopoulos character who also got caught making a “false statement” and did minimal time.

    Next there’s Roger Stone who, it turns out, is something of a braggart and a liar. (We needed a million-dollar investigation for that?) Of course, the idea that Stone would do anything in any way meaningful is ludicrous.

    And then there’s Jerome Corsi. He was supposed to be indicted unless he turned evidence against someone. But he refused and wasn’t indicted. Conclusion: Corsi was perfectly innocent. They were just trying to muscle him. Pretty creepy, wouldn’t you say?

    And finally, there’s Michael Cohen, the fixer. He’s a pathetic character, but none of his multiple lies or glancing truths (there must be some) come within miles of Russia collusion. In fact, he’s the guy who didn’t go to Prague.

    And, I almost forgot, the indictment of twenty Russian hackers in St. Petersburg who will never be arrested. We’re supposed to be shocked that Russkies are spewing disinformation at us when they’ve been doing it since the tzars. Of course, we’re probably doing similar things to them too, but don’t tell anybody. (At least I hope we are. We’re paying the CIA for something.)

    So there you have it, folks. Two years worth of investigation and millions of taxpayer dollars for that, not to mention hamstringing the president of the United States in his activities almost everywhere he went during the same period.

    Proud of yourselves, David Corn, CNN, John Brennan, MSNBC, Adam Schiff, Washington Post, Don Lemon, Eric Swalwell, New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc., etc., ad nauseam? Think you saved the republic? Actually, you owe Donald Trump billions. You made out like bandits lying through your teeth about him for two years.

    SPECIAL TO ADAM SCHIFF: You represent Los Angeles, where people are defecating in the streets and living in tents. Why don’t you try to do something about that instead of lying every day about Donald Trump?

    https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/the-american-media-destroyed-themselves-over-mueller/

    Skorcher (400c3f)

  111. When Donnie Comes Marching Home

    There’ll be no frog-marching today, today
    We’re sad! so sad!
    There’ll be no spectacular price to pay
    We’re sad! So sad!
    Lib men will whine and our boys will pout
    Our ladies we will all turn out
    And we’ll all feel gay when Donnie comes marching home.

    Schiff’s eyes will be buggin’ out even more
    He lies! He lies!
    Chuck Schumer continues to make us snore
    He sucks! He sucks!
    It takes a village the Clintons say
    It must cuz they never pay their way,
    And we’ll all feel gay when Donnie comes marching home.

    Get ready for the Pelosi,
    Oh noes! Oh noes!
    Don’t like her peaches, don’t shake her tree
    Dat’s sick! So sick!
    Her crooked broom is ready now
    All sussed with jet engines to fly dat cow
    And we’ll all feel gay when Donnie comes marching home.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  112. Well I dunno about gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Skorcher (400c3f)

  113. Heather Anne Campbell
    @heathercampbell

    has anyone considered that part of an asymmetrical warfare campaign would be using fake leftist accounts to promote the idea that there is obvious Russian-backed collusion, so that when there’s no evidence of that collusion, the left falls apart and becomes angry/defeatist?
    __ _

    It’s like they’re trying to parody themselves.

    harkin (d67dd3)

  114. 121… that was supposed to be a lib’s lament… had to keep at least some of the original lyrics!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  115. A Viking cruise ship with 1300 on board sent a Mayday and is evacuating via helicopters in bad weather off Norway. Literally amazing to see. Here is video from a passenger. A tweet says the ship is moving again but it may be a rumor.

    DRJ (15874d)

  116. Thank goodness that piano is anchored. Didn’t a piano crush a guy in one of them Poseidon flicks?

    Hoping everyone gets through this OK, feel real guilty laughing at some of those comments.

    harkin (d67dd3)

  117. I’ve been on some cruise ships with absurdly rough seas, but never anything like that. Insane. Ships usually avoid hurricanes and similar storms. What happened?

    NJRob (4d595c)

  118. 27. aphrael (e0cdc9) — 3/22/2019 @ 3:52 pm There isn’t a force in the world that can keep congressmen on different sides of the Trump issue from selectively leaking parts favorable to them, House Speaker Nany Pelosi has decided to protect herself from that, and from seeming to claim something anti-Trump that will, in the end, not be backed up, by declining to bbe included in any briefing of the “Gang of 8″ (the top 8 memnebrs of Congres, defined as the two top Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and the House)

    That way she will never be under any obligation not to dsay anything, and she can give any opinions without being accused of, or having people be under the impression, that that is in some part based on secret information. It’s lets her be more anti-Trump than the evidence justifies, and avoids having her NOT be anti-Trump.

    Sammy Finkelman (e70ce9)

  119. 119. quoting Roger Simon at PJ Media:

    And finally, there’s Michael Cohen, the fixer. He’s a pathetic character, but none of his multiple lies or glancing truths (there must be some) come within miles of Russia collusion. In fact, he’s the guy who didn’t go to Prague.

    But they raided and seized all of his files, and discovered, besides problem with his personal (not Trump)business, that he and Donald Trump colluded with the National Enquirer, or started to.

    Sammy Finkelman (e70ce9)

  120. “I’m seeing 2 big examples of how the media are reporting good news for Trump this weekend. It’s really embarrassing for them because the 2 stories are very big and very good for Trump and, in both, the same move is made to turn it into something negative and ominous… So watch for it. The rule is: When something good for Trump happens, find the nearest bad thing and make that the focus of the news report.”

    — Ann Althouse

    https://althouse.blogspot.com/2019/03/how-any-good-news-for-trump-will-be.html

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  121. Wrong thread, sorry.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

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