Another day in the tumble dryer.
The noise from the MSM early in the day focused on the wife of Steve Mnunchin attacking a woman on Instagram, and whether Trump would pardon recently convicted Sheriff Joseph Arpaio. The White House just announced that he wouldn’t, but Trump has a tendency to go off script.
Today, there are 3 big stories that need some focus.
First, The co-founder of Fusion-GPS met with the Senate Judiciary Committee for several hours. This is big. Remember The Steele Dossier? Well, the FBI remembers. Quick refresher, the Steele Dossier was originally an opponent research commissioned by one of Trump’s GOP opponents *cough*Jeb Bush*cough* to look into Trump’s dirty past. Christopher Steele, a former British spy, was digging up some truly dirty stuff on Trump when his patron dropped from the race. At that point, the Democrats picked up the bill. Steele worked with the FBI on his findings, which included several meetings between Trump and the Russians, traces of money laundering, and accusations of sexual kompromat. Not only did Glenn Simpson meet with the committee for several hours, but he also shared 40,000 documents supporting the dossier.
Next, front page of the New York Times, Trump and Mitch McConnell are in the middle of a Cold War. There is no love lost between the two. Mitch has been quiet in public regarding Trump’s antics and speaking recently, but behind the scenes he is fuming. On August 9, they had a profanity laced phone call where Trump accused of not doing enough to get health care reform passed or stopping the Russian investigations. Further, he threatened other senators who refused to do his bidding.
Notice that part in bold? Trump’s blaming Mitch for not stopping the Russian Investigations. Considering that Trump has already asked the FBI Director, the CIA Director, and the NSA Director to all stop this investigation, plus all of the shenanigans pulled by Devin Nunes, and his threatening Sally Yates during her Senate testimony, it is well within the realm of possibility that Trump asked Mitch to bury the investigation. This is yet another Obstruction of Justice charge. One more and he can fill out his punch card.
This will not end well for Trump. The true power in the United States government lies in the Senate. If an impeachment resolution passes the House, the trial is held in the Senate. 67 votes are needed to remove an official from their position. Currently, there are 48 Democrats and 52 Republicans. As of today, maybe 7 or 8 Republican senators might join the Democrats, but they’re still a dozen short. Mitch controls the largest voting block in the Senate. If Mitch supports removing Trump from office, he might as well pack his bags.
Of course, we wouldn’t be in this mess if He had put Country before Party while the Russians were attacking the United States.
Finally, this one I picked up from Twitter where The U.S. Navy is looking into whether their ships were hacked leading to two fatal collisions this summer. Four collisions have taken place in the past year, which is a little too coincidental. This Article shows that GPS spoofing has occurred in the Black Sea, and it’s not completely unimaginable that it could happen on a larger scale. The way it works is by confusing the GPS receiver, sending it a fake signal. I’m wondering how this could work without the radar picking up the other ships. This is worth keeping an eye on.