The End Is Near! (The Trump Presidency Faces Certain Doom)

While it is not quite certain how it ends. That the Trump Presidency is crashing to an end is certain. The proof lies in the increasingly desperate measures the President and those surrounding him are taking to stave off impending disaster. They have taken to distraction as their only means of defense because the facts are not on their side.

Because of the nature of news cycles, it’s easy to forget that Gen. Michael Flynn, one of Trump’s closest advisors, long ago became a cooperating witness, presumably against Trump. His son Donald Jr, along with Jared Kushner and Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, have had multiple undisclosed meetings with Russians, all of which they lied about, sometimes to the FBI which is in and of itself a crime.

Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, blatantly sold access to the President, collecting millions of dollars based on promises only one man could deliver on. One thing Trump would have learned at the side of the New York mob figures he associated with, is to always get his cut. Trump did business with the Salerno and Castellano crime families, whose ready-mix concrete built Trump Tower, along with hundreds of undocumented Polish workers he paid $4 an hour, often working without gloves and hardhats. Trump was never so rattled as when the FBI raided the offices/hotel/home of Michael Cohen and carted off all his records. Imagine the strength of the evidence required to get search warrants against the President’s lawyer? Trump got his cut and the FBI now has the records.

Trump’s ability to avoid prosecution throughout his life had depended greatly on his ability to pay off would be regulators. It’s why the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement never followed up seriously on complaints against Trump. Why Pam Bondi failed to investigate the fraudulent Trump University after he donated $25,000 to he re-election campaign for Florida Attorney General. He bragged about buying favors from politicians during the Presidential campaign which is one of the few times he told the truth.

“Follow the money,” is an axiom often used in law enforcement. Following Trump’s money shows a seedy trail of money laundering and a flow of Russian money into Trump’s coffers. Trump hotels in Toronto, Panama, condo’s in New York and Florida, golf courses around the world all show Russian money buying his properties at overinflated prices. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the data and cannot be bought off which is a devastating combination for Trump.

There is no quick and easy process to remove a President, no matter how incompetent or criminal. Trump is not likely to resign, an indictment of a sitting President is unlikely,  Impeachment remains the most viable option. The current Republican-controlled Congress is not inclined to impeach Trump but the evidence has yet to be presented. Robert Mueller and the condemning words of cooperating witnesses Michael Fynn, Felix Sater, George Papadopoulos and others will place the nails in the coffin. Look for someone else close to the President; Michael Cohen, Donald Jr, Jared Kushner or even Ivanka to save themselves and spike the nails tight.

It will get messier before it ends. Look for Trump to do any and everything to derail the investigation including firing Robert Mueller and any in the Justice Department that stands in his way. Nixon tried it to no avail and it won’t work for Trump either. Trumps supporters in Congress will melt away as their own reelections take precedence over the support of the mortally wounded President. They will slink away before their own appeasement and support get too close a look.

Impeachment itself will be messy. Republicans in the House will try to explain away the evidence as it comes out bit by bit. But the Impeachment will be televised. The public will see for themselves what others have worked so hard to help hide. The House will ultimately vote to impeach and send the matter to the Senate for trial.

The Senate will take it up reluctantly, they will send a representative to the President to try to convince him to resign, he doesn’t have the votes. Fox News, however, will tell Trump what he wants to hear. They will tell him to stand fast, the evidence is tainted, he’s the victim of a “Deep State.” The Senate will vote him out because they ultimately are self-serving and they can get more done with a Pence than a mortally wounded Trump. Bill Clinton was able to not only survive but to thrive after facing Impeachment hearings. The feeling then was that the punishment didn’t fit the crime. Donald Trump has literally sold out his country and will get no such pass.

As far as the timeframe, Impeachment won’t likely come until after the mid-term elections in November. Whether the Democrats retake the House or not, the margins will favor Trump less and his crimes will be acknowledged by enough to take up the case. While Trump and his allies try to convince us of conspiracies, spies, and lies. The Impeachment will be televised, Trump’s end nearer each day.

 

Impeachment or Indictment? That is the Question.

Each day, new revelations reveal the depths of depravity of the Trump campaign, administration, family, and the President himself. What is also apparent is that in every instance reported by the media, Special Counsel Robert Mueller already knew and has known for some time. The final report when issued will be damning, incriminating and it will be clear to the majority of Americans that it’s time for him to go. The question will be, how to proceed?

The two primary options, excluding the unlikely scenario of Trump’s Cabinet committing mutiny and conspiring with VP Mike Pence to remove him for being unfit mentally or physically, is to have him indicted in criminal court or impeached by Congress.

There is an open-ended legal question as to whether a sitting President can be indicted. The issue has never been settled by the Supreme Court, nor is it delineated in the Constitution. There are two Department of Justice findings suggesting it shouldn’t be done but neither carry any legal weight, they are simply Justice Department rules. Filing an indictment will generate a round of appeals as to whether the indictments themselves are legal and the protracted court battle could last well past the President’s term in office, at which time any indictments could be filed without objection on those grounds.

Impeachment is a political process vs. a legal one. It depends on getting a majority of the House of Representatives to vote for impeachment, after which the Senate would conduct a trial, which would require a two-thirds vote to remove the President. Timing is critical as there would be a world of difference between Impeachment proceedings led by House Republicans as opposed to House Democrats if they regain control of the House, Under Republicans, they would draw up the Articles of Impeachment (what crimes will be considered) which would likely be narrow and limited. The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee would normally conduct the proceedings and could disallow certain areas of questioning as not being directly related to the Articles and could control witnesses testifying before the House. An attempt at Impeachment prior to the mid-term elections would likely face rejection unless the Mueller report is so compelling it cannot be denied. That won’t keep Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, and others from attempting to reject the Mueller findings and blame some vast deep state conspiracy against Trump. Should Democrats take control of the House in November, Impeachment becomes much more likely but Democrats shouldn’t jump the gun and get ahead of the report from the Special Counsel.

Should the President be impeached; witnesses may be compelled to give testimony that might be excluded from a criminal trial. If the President is later indicted, that testimony could likely be used against the President and the possibility of a successful indictment leading to a guilty verdict intensifies if he were impeached first. Even an unsuccessful Impeachment will bear fruit in later criminal action taken against the President and those surrounding him.

Most importantly, the impeachment will be televised. Not only will America have the chance to hear first hand of Trump’s high crimes, misdemeanors, and moral failures. Each member of Congress will have to stand up and indicate whether they put Party before Country. They will either continue to protect someone that has literally sold out the nation, putting his personal interests and wealth before any consideration of the people. Or, our representatives will do the will of the people. Trump has not been able to do this alone; it took Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Lindsay Graham, and from time to time even John McCain who found mavericking a little too tough on some crucial votes. Like the village it takes to raise a child, it also took one to support a would-be dictator.

Indictments will still be there awaiting Trump when he finishes his term. In perhaps wishful thinking, I find it hard to believe our government will stand for allowing him to pardon himself. Criminal and civil actions will follow Trump the rest of his life and there is no one more deserving. For the moment, using the legal means of impeachment, we must rid ourselves of this menace before he does any more harm.

 

Trump Word For The Day: Discovery

Forgotten amidst the omnipresence of Stormy Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti is the defamation suit brought by Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant. Miss Zervos accused Trump of “inappropriate sexual contact,” saying he “ambushed” her,  “tried to kiss her repeatedly” and “touched her breast.” Trump responded by saying Zervos and “all the other women” lied, accusing her of making up the incidents to help Hillary Clinton. Zervos lawyer, Mariann Meier Wang argued in court,  “Trump cannot be allowed to attack a woman who has factually described his sexual groping and be allowed to get off scot-free.”

Trump has fought the lawsuit, seeking its dismissal, yet The First Department of the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division just refused to stay the lawsuit and is allowing Summer Zervos to proceed with pre-trial discovery. New York Supreme Court Justice said, “No one is above the law, It is settled that the president of the United States has no immunity and is ‘subject to the laws’ for purely private acts.” That ruling relied heavily on a 1977 Supreme Court ruling indicating Bill Clinton, a sitting President, could be sued in Federal Court.

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Zervos has requested records regarding accusations that Trump  “subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.”  She is also requesting tapes known to exist from The Apprentice where Trump says demeaning things about women, is seen engaging in inappropriate behavior and alleged to have used the “N” word as well. Forget the Access Hollywood tape where Trump describes what he does. We may yet see Trump actually engaging in sexual assault and harassing women.

Given the Mueller investigation, raid of his lawyer’s home, office, and hotel, and possibility of both his son and son-in-law facing indictment. Perhaps “Discovery” isn’t high on his list of priorities. If he has any concerns remaining about his image? It should be!

Trump’s Wars And Their Death Toll

While Trump supporters are hoping he is included in the discussion for the Nobel Peace Prize. The truth is there are already thousands injured and dozens dead that wouldn’t be if not for Donald Trump. As a result of Trump doing what other American Presidents would not, moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with nothing for the Palestinians in return. Israel responded to Palestinian protests by killing 58 people including a baby and several children and injuring over 2,700 during protests on the Gaza Strip. There are claims of Palestinian provocation yet there is no accompanying death toll on the Israeli side. One thing that is certain, without Trump’s Embassy move, more people would be alive today.

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In another area but still involving Israel. Iranian forces and Israeli’s have directly faced off. While most of the American media says that Iran crossed a red line by sending missiles towards the Golan Heights in Israel. Those reports don’t mention that Israel had attacked Iranian troops several times in Syria, including an airstrike on a military base in Syria killing seven Iranians. The only thing that had kept Iran from striking back previously was the desire to maintain the peace accords that Trump reneged on. After the United States pulled out of the agreement, Iran sent missiles toward the Golan Heights and Israel responded with attacks on almost every Iranian base in Syria.

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Some Israeli leaders are open in their desire to go to war with Iran, ostensibly to keep them from developing nuclear weapons. If they do go to war, it’s likely the US gets dragged into it as well, something Israel was less certain it could do under other US Presidents. Much of the world including Japan, Guam, and South Korea are fearful of what might happen when Trump gets into a room with Kim Jong-Un of North Korea. Who knows what kind of distraction Trump might be looking for to cover up the Special Counsel administration and new reports on the band of thieves that surround him.

We won’t count his preannounced airstrikes in Syria where Russians propping up Bashar Al-Assad were told to get out of the way first, although a dozen or so Syrian villagers were killed. The one constant in all Trump’s wars is that the people actually dying aren’t among those Trump (and many of his followers) care about. If he did he’d look for ways to admit more refugees rather than leave children in the way of his own missiles, Syrian chemical weapons or Israeli “self-defense.” Trump representatives celebrated and partied in Israel at the Embassy opening while not far away, bodies were being carted off. There were a couple statements issued blaming the protesters for their own deaths. The body count is rising, sooner or later we’ll start to get to real numbers.

White House Aide: “He’s Dying Anyway!”

Kelly Sadler, responding to Sen. John McCain’s opposition to President Trump’s nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel said, “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” She made the comments in an internal meeting of about two dozen White House communications staffers. The White House didn’t deny she made the statement but later responded, “We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time.”

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Sadler has been unavailable for comment… we are still paying her salary.

Cindy McCain, John McCain’s wife responded to Sadler on Twitter. “May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren.”

Donald Trump: Family Man

The most recent explanation for why Donald Trump paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in the days leading up to the 2016 election is that he, “did it for his family.” We apparently are to believe that Donald Trump, with no ulterior motive, gave away $130,000 to a woman he claims he “never had an affair with,” because of his overriding concern for his wife and family. He obviously wasn’t thinking of his wife when he slept with a porn star, without a condom, for a few moments of pleasure.

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Way back on January 27, 2017, when Donald Trump requested a private dinner with James Comey. Trump allegedly brought up the “golden showers thing” in Russia. Asking Comey to investigate, saying it bothered him if “there was even a 1% chance” his wife Melania thought it was true, according to Comey. That’s our President, always looking out for his family. It’s entirely possible Trump was concerned about the inconvenience to himself of having to face an angry wife that already stayed in a separate bedroom, maybe even a divorce and the loss of assets that go with it. I’m sure any thoughts of his family were limited to the drama it would cause and how much of a headache he would have in dealing with things.

Reflecting back on how Donald has treated his family. He cheated on first wife Ivana with Marla Maples who ultimately became his second wife. Donald leaked to the media that Ivana’s breast implants “didn’t feel right” and that Marla Maples, “suited him better.” Trump even secretly brought Maples on a “family” ski trip at Aspen, culminating with Maples introducing herself to Ivana saying, “I’m Marla, and I love your husband. Do you?” Miss Maples for her part told the tabloids her trysts with Donald provided, “the best sex I ever had.” During his first marriage, Donald had not matured enough to be concerned about his wife.

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After divorcing Ivana, Trump married the side chick Maples in 1993. Their marriage lasted 6 years on paper although they were separated after 4. To be fair, there were few allegations of cheating by Trump although he demonstrated little class in a 1999 Howard Stern interview where he declared he, “got rid of her just in time,” based on changes in her appearance.

In checking to see if he was a better father than a husband? Trump admits than first wife Ivana raised his kids; Donald Jr, Eric, and Ivanka. Donald had little to do with them save Ivana until after they graduated and could “talk business.” When Donald Jr was 11, he stopped speaking to his father for a year because Donald Sr kept trashing his mother in the press during their divorce. In 1998, while technically still married to Marla Maples, Trump began dating model Melania Knauss. They got married in January of 2005. In September of the same year, Trump was caught on tape talking about how “when you’re a star, they just let you do it.” He was describing walking up and kissing women, even “grabbing them by the pussy.”

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The year 2006 was a busy year for the family man. He was alleged to have begun a year-long affair with Karen McDougal, had a fling with Stormy Daniels and witnessed the birth of his third son, Barron. Between then and now, a total of 19 women have accused Trump of sexual assault and in one case, a then 13-year-old accused him of rape. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said through one of Trump’s lawyer’s, Marc Kasowitz, he paid off “hundreds of women.” Another “fixer,” Michael Cohen, is responsible for the payouts of $!30,000 to Daniels, $150,000 to McDougal, and other payments to women are alleged. Whatever you may believe of Donald Trump, that he is willing to sacrifice for the general welfare of his family, probably shouldn’t be one of them.

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Note: The featured family photo needs to be updated ad Vanessa and Donald Jr are divorcing because Donald Jr fell in love with one of the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice. When Donald Sr heard about the affair he told Junior to, “cut it out.” Since he never led by example, his words went unheeded.