Obstruction in plain sight

I don’t want to blog tonight, as I’ve got it in my head the I need to watch the 1979 made for TV movie Murder by Natural Causes again, but, before I sign-off for the night, I wanted to mention that our President today retweeted an image showing the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, a man whom he appointed, behind bars, with a caption suggesting that he should be tried for treason, along with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. When asked by the New York Post why he’d tweeted a meme showing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein behind bars, Donald Trump responded, “He should have never picked a Special Counsel.” [It was Rosenstein, of course, who appointed Robert Mueller, the man who has, since being named Special Counsel, brought 191 criminal charges against 3 companies and 32 individuals, including Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, and Trump national security adviserMichael Flynn.]

I know, given the totality of the insanity that we’ve witnessed over the past few years, this may not shock some of you, but it is absolutely shocking… The President of the United States, consumed in scandal, just suggested that his Deputy Attorney General should be imprisoned for treason. I know Trump’s supporters will laugh it off, saying that it’s just Trump being Trump, but, had this happened under any other administration, Congress would unanimously be exploring avenues to impeachment.

During this same interview with the New York Post, Donald Trump, it’s worth noting, also said that a pardon for his former Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, is “not off the table.”

Had Trump been caught on tape saying this to one of Manafort’s attorneys, it would be a scandal. People, quite justifiably, would be accusing Donald Trump of having attempted obstruction of justice. As it’s happening in plain sight, though… right out in the open… we apparently just don’t know how to respond. There’s just no model for dealing with something like this, as we’ve never seen it before. We’re in completely uncharted waters here… The President of the United States just announced to the world that he may pardon the man who prosecutors would like to be their star witness against him. What happens next? Does he wear a “Don’t Talk, Paul” baseball cap on Fox and Friends? And, if he did, would we respond, or would we just chalk it up to Trump being Trump?

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16 Comments

  1. Jean Henry
    Posted November 28, 2018 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Manafort can’t be pardoned by the President from the state charges. Important to remember that. Mueller wisely brought the NY and NJ attorney’s general into the investigation for thsi reason I suspect.

  2. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    With no evidence you assume there is something for him to tell about Donald Trump. I’m sure the President would not like to be railroaded which appears to be what Mueller is trying to do with this extreme pressure on Manafort. They have enough on him from the Obama era to put him away for life so if he just uttered one little damning lie about the President he could get off light.

  3. John Brown
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Just a quick reminder to any aspiring Liberal Panthers that the prices for ARs and ammo will skyrocket once impeachment begins – so get em while they’re cheap. In fact the NRA and gun industry is hurting and the bump in business from Agent Orange’s downfall will be welcome by them. So much so that they’ll play along.

  4. Randy Credico via Twitter
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    “What Roger Stone is confided in me about your depraved sexual behavior and your venal economic crimes is enough to put you in prison and then orange jumpsuit to match your hair for the rest of your fat life…Stone has information about you going back 37 years and your sexual perversion and economic crimes…stay tuned fatso.”

  5. Jean Henry
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Out best chance of removing Trump is still 2020, by the voting booth not revolution.

  6. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    “John Brown
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink
    Just a quick reminder to any aspiring Liberal Panthers that the prices for ARs and ammo will skyrocket once impeachment begins – so get em while they’re cheap. In fact the NRA and gun industry is hurting and the bump in business from Agent Orange’s downfall will be welcome by them. So much so that they’ll play along.”

    You have made a number of posts with insinuations of murder, sometimes with racial overtones.

  7. M
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Washington Post: “Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Trump real estate project in Russia, AP reports”

    I guess he didn’t get a coded message about a pardon.

  8. John Brown
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    HW, encouraging my political bretheren to exercise their 2nd Amendment is Apple Fucking Pie, Yankee Doodle Dandy. Nothing more, nothing less. Ask the NRA, or any bought and paid for Republican shill.

    Whereas your side literally drives RWNJs to execute bombing campaigns and slaughter helpless worshippers. Double standard beyond belief.

  9. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    You have insinuated people on “my side” need to be hunted down with weapons. I think you are full of shit but if you go too far I will have no problem reporting you.

  10. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    You have the double standard. No one I am on a side with drives what you say they drive. You have no problem with LWNJ’s though. Remember when your boy tried to wipe out the Republican ball team and nearly succeeded in murdering Scalese?

  11. John Brown
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    HW your reading comprehension is shit. Let me repeat my reminder to my Liberal friends:

    Its your right to get gunned up to defend yourselves and the Constitution from enemies foreign and especially domestic. And if that fact makes Agent Orange supporters nervous, good.

  12. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    My comprehension is fine. That’s not even what you said. In the past you said you think murdering women and children of slave owners was right and made the comment: “Hatchets are being sharpened again. Slow learners take note.” So who are the ones today you think would be good to hack up? Great great great great great great grandchildren of slave owners or just all the white folks you deem to be “white supremacist” (with no rationale, just dim propaganda I might add.)

  13. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    That Agent Orange shit is stale. So he looks a little orange. So what? Maybe we find out in the end he was afraid people would see his skin as “too white.” Imagine though: your choice for pres was so icky she couldn’t beat a fuckin’ ORANGE guy! Wtf?

  14. Anonymous
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    You’ll need that bath towel to wipe that spittle off your chin.

  15. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Nice one there.

  16. anonimal
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    No spray tan in prison, we’ll see his true color soon enough

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