[ portions of this post appeared in CrankyYank Vol. 51 on 16 February 2017 ]
[ This post has updates where indicated below—Skip to the update ]
There’s a booming rager going on at the top of the U.S. government.
Is it a birthday soirée ? Did they bring in another hooker to pee on a mattress? Did Donald switch hairdressers at Carlotta’s Downtown Weave Salon?
Nope. It’s a изменой партия —or “Treason Party” in Russian. (Scroll down for the latest updates.)
With the recent firing of Mike Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, details have come to light that he had lied about the contents of his phone conversations with Russian officials after President Obama hit the country with sanctions for election meddling.
And even though congressional republicans promised years of investigations and articles of impeachment against Secretary Clinton before the election was over, their collective reaction to this latest news?
And that, my friends, is treason. It is a textbook betrayal of the rule of law. Even declining to do something can fall squarely in that category. To that end, I give you the in-courageous Senate and House members who are obviously stonewalling to protect their own skin and that of Trump:
- Rand Paul: “It makes no sense” for GOPers to investigate GOPers.
- Jason Chaffetz: “Sid the Science Kid” is way more important.
- Mitch “Mouthful of Muffin” McConnell: I want the public to stay in the dark.
- Rep. Devin Nunes: “seems like there’s a whole lot of nothing there.”
But the mysterious plot thickens further: The New York Times—a publication which, by the by, repeatedly impugned the legitimacy of Sec. Clinton—published an explosive report detailing the Trump campaign’s communication with Russian officials a full year before the ’16 election.
What were they doing on that call? Were they working on a future-failed real estate deal? Did they trade recipes? Or, more likely, did they collude and conspire to predetermine or at least influence the outcome of the election?
“We’re only one menstrual cycle into this presidency and there is BLOOD IN THE WATER.” — Samantha Bee
After this, we’re hearing many Watergate-esque quotes like “what did the president know and when?” My question is, Does Donald know anything besides tweeting on the crapper at 3 a.m.?
The act of treason has many levels. Even if the Flynn firing were to be investigated, it’d be sent to the Attorney General,
Beverly Lesley Brother Boy Jeff Sessions; he’s already indicated he will not recuse himself. Which is also a subtle act of treason in that he could not be a fair adjudicator of the situation.
So we’re in the midst of exploring just how deep and complex the act of treason goes, and how far the Republican party will obfuscate to protect its hold on government.
— Will Help You Pronounce ‘Ghislaine’ Correctly (@bywillpollock) February 16, 2017
UPDATE: Since this post originally went live, we’ve had a number of developments that support the original thesis: the GOP is hard at work committing treason. Here’s what we know as of today:
- Sessions is recused the same way Kim Kardashian will receive the Nobel Prize.
- Flynn will, by all accounts, take the 5th in response to a subpoena.
- Nunes is under ethics investigation for leaking classified material.
- Trump fired FBI Director Comey because of his expanding Russia investigation.
- Trump spilled state secrets to the Russians in the Oval Office.
And that’s just for starters.
The GOP response? <crickets chirping>
Time to play the alternate universe game: let’s say that a Dem president—not Hillary Clinton, just Dem Politician A—committed 20% of the acts Donald Trump has done since taking the White House.
Let’s also say for argument’s sake that the Dems control the Senate, but not the House. For posterity, let’s also say that the Dem president is someone never investigated for anything before.
Not only would you have the entire GOP caucus FREAKING out—you’d have hysterical investigations, hearings, and panting, drooling hysteria trying to get that person removed from office. “They’re a danger to democracy,” they’d say.
Fact: you’d have at least 50% of Dems equally outraged by what a head of their party is doing, joining hysterical republicans calling for investigation. But in the case of Trump? Crickets.
But in this case, we have one or two republicans expressing concern. That’s it. Fact: you’d have at least 50% of Dems equally outraged by what a head of their party is doing. But in the case of Trump? Crickets.
I’m writing this post as a marker. Some of us have long memories; I’m old enough to remember Trump lying about his Iraq-invasion opinion, or when he openly invited a hostile foreign power to hack his opponent.
We will NOT forget GOP obfuscation of justice and the disgusting double standard applied in the case of Trump. You’re ready and willing to go down for this guy? Really?
TV pundits and my intel sources are saying that many, MANY high-level GOP politicians and operatives in Trump’s orbit are implicated in the TrumpRussia scandal. Like cream in coffee, the truth will rise up.
You can protect Trump, GOP, but you cannot hide.
I’ll update this post with new tidbits as I get them. 🔵
— Will Help You Pronounce ‘Ghislaine’ Correctly (@bywillpollock) December 1, 2017
UPDATE 2: Well, well. Mike Flynn has pleaded guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI. how does this relate to the GOP complicity? There have been two indictments and two guilty pleas so far from the Trump administration*—and the walls are closing in on Donnie. With that as the backdrop, GOP
compatriots enablers are sticking with him until, apparently, they can get the tax cuts they want. It’s opportunism on steroids. Will update again with related news items.
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