We are in a crisis. We have to recognize that. Right now, we have a criminally compromised president. If he's allowed to get through this unscathed, we're never, ever going back. This is a four-alarm fire and we have to treat it as such.
Right. Now. 34/
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) April 18, 2019
On the bright side we’re living American history. On the other hand we’re witnessing the attempted murder of our constitutional democracy all while rubbernecking republicans watch with glee.
America’s once-grand-old party is in perpetual servitude to a suicide-cult leader; overstuffed Angry Orange Potato; an insecure small-penis dick-tator.
A heavily censored Mueller report was released today and even the “Barr Filtered” version is damning to all involved in the Russia scandal. This will create a cascade of new tweets, articles and reporting that flesh out the unredacted stuff we can’t see yet.
Bottom line: what William Barr did today was treasonous. He’s in violation of his oath of office to be *America’s* attorney, not a PR flak desperate and hungry for Donald’s affection. This entire charade will not end well for Barr. (Writer’s note: I’m not going to embed video of AG* Barr’s propaganda but if you like you can view it here.)
What follows are a series of tweets that pull threads on existing reporting and investigations, which show plainly that Donald Trump *must* be removed from office immediately.
PETER SMITH was contacted by Michael Flynn to find the deleted Clinton emails, at Trump's request, per Mueller. pic.twitter.com/jKhZZAOcrp
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) April 18, 2019
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) April 18, 2019
You can be the President’s defense attorney or America’s Attorney General. But you can’t be both. #MuellerReport
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 18, 2019
Trump ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. McGahn planned to resign rather than carry out what he felt to be an inappropriate order. McGahn decided not to quit and not to follow Trump's order.#MuellerReport https://t.co/xndp3nJfYJ pic.twitter.com/0z1UzkIHM9
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 18, 2019
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis, but you probably don’t realize it because Trump has been obstructing justice and committing a “Saturday Night Massacre” in slow motion every day for the last year.
— Ryan Knight 🌹 (@ProudResister) April 18, 2019
Our national media bears significant responsibility for enabling Barr’s whitewash and cover up—most notably The New York Times, which ran this across-the-fold unpaid MAGA advertisement:
let us never forget this slam dunk of a front page pic.twitter.com/YThv0G7nTI
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) April 18, 2019
None of that is true. 0.00% of that headline is true, and yet the paper with an international reputation winning Pulitzers and earning record profits just reprinted a lie in bold type. Fuck you and the shitty horse you rode in on; you’ll NEVER get another dime from me.
Given that the Mueller report concludes that the Russian government hacked the DNC severs, here's a reminder that Glenn Greenwald denied it throughout. Why? Because he himself was colluding with an identified Russian state hacker to disseminate stolen DNC information pic.twitter.com/ScZpj0bArM
— Oz Katerji (@OzKaterji) April 18, 2019
William Barr is not attorney general, which is why he appears in my twitter TL with an asterisk—just like president*, white house*, administration* and inauguration*. None of those things are legitimate and no attempts should be made to normalize them. He’s behaving as Trump’s personal defense counsel and not a very good one at that.
I’ll update this post as events warrant. 🔴
AG* Barr earns an asterisk from me since he’s already engaged in obstruction and should be prosecuted for it #maddow
— William Barr’s Jumpy Polygraph Test (@bywillpollock) March 30, 2019
Will Pollock is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (the award-wining Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.
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