Daily Check-In 07/25/2018

Wednesday, July 25th

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION: MARK MEADOWS FILES IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES AGAINST ROD ROSENSTEIN

I can’t say I’m surprised by this move.  Hell, I was expecting it after what happened a couple weeks ago. (Daily Check-In 07/13/2018).  These articles have been sitting around for a while, but the timing on them is a publicity stunt.

Congress’s last day in session is Thursday.  After that, they’re in recess until after Labor Day.  Meadows and Jordan could have forced a voice vote on this, but decided no to.  Likely because they have little to no support.

Only 11 people sponsored this bill.  Here is the list so far…

  • Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)
  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
  • Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA)
  • Rep. Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA)
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
  • Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
  • Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
  • Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)

All 11 are members of the Freedom Caucus, the Tea Party wing of the House.  Many of them have their own problems or tie-ins.  Matt Gaetz has ties to Roger Stone, (Daily Check-In 12/13/2017), Mark Meadows is closely tied to the Trump Organization, and Jim Jordan has spent the last month calling sexual assault victims liars (Daily Check-In 07/18/2018).  Paul Gosar is a dentist who claimed to know more about reading people than the former head of FBI Counterintelligence (Daily Check-In 07/12/2018).

The accusations are baseless and an obvious attempt to obstruct justice.  They claim that Rod Rosenstein has not provided enough information to the House in their “investigations” into Russia, even though the DOJ has handed over hundreds of thousands of documents.  Their basis for the claim is that some information is being withheld which is vital to an active investigation, and this Congress has shown no interest in honoring law enforcement practices or traditions.

Republicans filed impeachment proceedings against a Republican appointee as Deputy Attorney General who ordered an investigation into the firing of a Republican FBI Director by a Republican President, and appointed a Republican Special Counselor after the Republican Attorney General recused himself from the investigation.  Yet they’ll scream this is all the Democrats fault.

 

COHEN

We’re now to the point where the President releases a fake transcript of a recording his attorney made because the client is a lying sack of shit.

As this goes on, more and more tapes will come out, and the content will get worse and worse.

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Nunes hasn’t read it because he doesn’t have the security clearance to read it.

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMOLUMENTS

 

TRADE WAR

I want to sit back and admire, just for a second, the sheer amount of stupid at play here.

Trump decides to start a trade war with China because reasons (treasons, more likely).  He places tariffs on the Chinese buying produce from the U.S., which causes them to say “screw it” and not buy that produce.  Farmers who depend almost exclusively on the Chinese and their 1.3 billion people to buy their products are about to lose everything.  Instead of rolling back the tariffs, Trump doubles down on them, and then says that they’ll help the farmers by offering them $12 billion in welfare to help them, but can’t make that money out of other programs because he signed a tax cut of more than a trillion dollars, so the only place he can get that money to pay the farmers suffering because of high tariffs on the Chinese are… the Chinese.

 

IMMIGRATION

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

SCOTUS

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ELECTION 2018

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Wednesday.

I’m not sure what’s coming on Thursday, but I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the last few days on Reddit.  Normally on /r/politics, there are decent collection of varied stories on the front page, all about new stories from within the last day or two.  Recently, I’ve seen several examples of old stories, more than a week old, hitting the front page and sticking, and almost all of them are either non-Russia related, or have clickbaity titles.  This then buries new stories that are Russia related, or focuses the attention elsewhere.

I hope this is just a fluctuation and not a trend.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalits, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

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