Ain’t no witch hunt, but this witch better watch out for falling houses

President Richard Nixon resigned in August, 1974 because his Republican confidantes said he would be otherwise impeached. He said two things over and over before his demise. The first was “I am not a crook.” He was. The second was to refer to the Watergate investigations as a “witch hunt.” They were not.

President Trump uses the same second phrase over and over again, with his confidantes, sycophants and subordinates echoing the line. The Russian thing is a “witch hunt” or it is a “Russian witch hunt.” As with Nixon, this is not a witch hunt. Robert Mueller has indicted thirteen Russians and five people, four of whom have some relationship to Donald Trump. Three of the four have confessed to lying to the FBI, with one serving jail time. The most egregious offender per the indictments thus far, will stand trial.

But, as we consider the thirteen Russians indicted, help me understand that if this was a witch hunt, why did the US government include those thirteen people in specific sanctions when the President finally succumbed to pressure to act? Call me crazy, but that seems to be a direct admission by this administration that Russian meddling occurred. So, how could that be a witch hunt?

One of the sad truths about what is transpiring is the House Intelligence Committee making intelligence gathering political. The leader of this committee, Congressman Devin Nunes, has done several unethical things and had to step aside for awhile as one action was investigated as a breach. While cleared of wrongdoing, it did not erase the lack of ethics in the first of several questionable actions by Nunes to mask the truth.

His lack of ethics was the subject of a conversation between Senator Richard Burr, the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committee and Speaker Paul Ryan. Burr told Ryan his committee did not support the conclusions or the release of the famous Nunes’ memo on a report he never read. Burr also said that Nunes had defamed with false accusations another Senator who happened to be a Democrat.

Yet, the purpose of Nunes’ politically partisan efforts was to give the President a prop to waive and tweet about. Fortunately, the Senate committee has been far more thorough and bipartisan. And, the Senate Judiciary committee has passed a bipartisan bill to give a fair hearing to Robert Mueller if he is fired by this President. It is sad the Mitch McConnell won’t bring this bill to the floor for a vote, which is highly political as well.

But, the one clear action of the President over the last sixteen months is to consistently change his story about things related to the Russian meddling. Why? Quoting Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, “if the President is innocent, it would help his case of he acted like it.” Gowdy answers his own statement in the first part of the phrase.

Just paying attention to this issue and what the President and his confidantes have said, I see a man who is guilty of obstruction of justice at a minimum. His own words and changing story to as late as yesterday indicate this. I see a man, at a minimum, who is an unwitting participant in Russian meddling, so says a CIA agent who testified in front of Congress. Yet, I will not be surprised if he is guilty of worse. A man who cares about his image and what people think of him would be interested in what was going on around him to get elected. Plus, there are those many financial relationships between Trump and Russian investors.

So, this is not a witch hunt. The FBI and Justice Department are not the bad guys. I find Trump’s attack on honorable law enforcement people a disgrace. But, I will say, if someone has done witchy things like this President does and appears to have done, he may want to watch out for falling houses.

33 thoughts on “Ain’t no witch hunt, but this witch better watch out for falling houses

  1. Note to Readers: Recognizing that Guiliani is trying to help Trump stay ahead of what will be revealed by the Cohen stuff, what he did the last two days is very important. He confirmed and it was reiterated by Trump that the President was lying about his awareness of the payment to Stormy Daniels. This stunned Guiliani’s interviewers and the White House, as they were caught with their pants down. It should not be a surprise that Trump lied, as he obviously has been lying all along. But, to his sycophants, it is a revelation that is irrefutable. Keith

  2. Mitch McConnell is perhaps the most detrimental factor to this country, right behind the top tRump. He enables the sickest attributes of his β€œboss”. Which is in itself a problem because his boss should be the American People, not the President.

    • Linda, I have long felt that McConnell and Harry Reid on the Dem side are the poster children for what is wrong with Washington. Then Trump made them look trivial with his dysfunction. Right now, Devin Nunes is my least favorite member of Congress given his lack of ethics. Keith

  3. This does seem to indicate his lack of perception as to how the system of Checks and Balances works within the USA; also a distressing absence of dignity which you would expect from the holder of the office.

    • Roger, I would wager that he does not give a darn about checks and balances. And, when I think if dignity and honor, the name Donald Trump does not come to mind. Keith

    • Checks & balances? Did someone say ‘checks and balances’? I think we did away with those a year or so ago, didn’t we? They went the way of the dinosaur when we were handed the dictionary of ‘alternative facts’.

      • Jill, keep pushing on the spineless Congress to remember why they are there. I did hear a conservative commentator refer to Congressman Devin Nunes as a clown. These conservative voices need to speak more loudly. Keith

      • What, I wonder, are they afraid of? Losing Trump’s support during the mid-terms? Losing the support of Trump’s base? Yep, we have to keep pushing them to remember who they work for, and it is NOT Donnie Trump!

      • Same thing was said during McCarthy era Jill. Social and Political Forces aren’t done with these little people.

      • Release the wolves …AaaooOOOOO! AHoOOOO! 🐺🐺🐺🐺…AooOOOO!

      • It is funny you used wolves today. I mentioned to my wife Guiliani will be gone by the end of the week. When you lie down with a wolf, you will get fleas.

      • Awwww … wolves are my favourite animal. Couldn’t you have used ‘pigs’ or something? But to the point, I suspect you are right … Giuliani has done some real damage to Trump. Then again, I heard one commentary online that said Trump hired Giuliani just to go on television to compete with Stormy Daniels’ lawyer. Who knows anything, anymore? Not I.

      • Maybe I should have used a fox or jackal. As for Rudy, I think the latter is perfuming a pig. I believe he is doing damage as he is introducing into the public that Trump is aware and has more than a few settlements. Keith

      • A jackal or … hyena? πŸ™‚ Frankly, I’m not sorry for the damage Giuliani has done … if it accelerates Trump’s demise, I will cheer Rudy!

      • Jill, I think Guiliani is imitating the hyena while Trump is the jackal. Joe Scarborough’s piece this weekend on Rudy’s decline from America’s Mayor is good. Keith

      • I will have to check that out tomorrow (er, um, later today). It’s sad, because there was a point, in the days following 9/11, that I had nothing but respect for Giuliani. No longer.

      • Jill, to me his childish speech at the 2008 GOP convention started the slide. After 9/11 he was seen favorably. Keith

  4. Note to Readers: It took one day for Trump to change his story and throw Guiliani under the bus. I am sure we will hear more from the NRA dais this weekend.

  5. Note to Readers: Our friend Gronda has done an excellent job reporting on the financial ties the President has to Russian people. In essence, with six corporate bankruptcies, US banks stopped lending him money. So, he got it from Russian investors and Deutsche Bank, which was penalized for illicit lending practices. When the President says he has no financial ties to Russia, that is not true. But, this famous Steele Dossier continues to look true, as it is in keeping with how Russian compromises someone. So, the President may be deeper than just colluding. This why Mueller must be allowed to do his work.

  6. Dear Keith,

    Thanks for referencing me. You have the picture regarding his probable guilt.

    To anyone who has objectively observed the president’s behaviors towards Russia, there is only one reasonable conclusion. He is somehow beholden to some powerful figures in Russia. This is what I am worried about before even the issue of collusion is considered. He probably is heavily indebted to Russian business icons with ties to the Kremlin. But President Putin could also have kompromat on him. He has consistently lied about his connections. Frankly, the president looks, talks and acts like a Russian asset.

    He was surrounded by key players with Russian associations like Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Rick Gates, Carter Page, General Mike Flynn. He was attempting to develop a major project in Moscow in 2015 but the deal fell through. His own sons have publicly stated that most of his money loans/ monies are from Russians.

    Law enforcement would be derelict in its duties for not making sure that the US leader in the White House is not subject to coercion because of his ties to Russia. This is separate from any collusion allegations or even the US elections’ infrastructure having been attacked by Russian operatives.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, I have found you do your homework and cite credible sources. Follow the money has consistently been our mantra. He is too beholden and acts like a compromised asset. Keith

  7. Anybody with a functional thought-processing center (aka brain) can see that Trump is, even on the very surface, guilty of thievery, lying, collusion, and obstruction of justice. If allowed to dig really deep, I cringe to think what crimes he has likely committed. And yet … Congress licks his boots. McConnell believes he has the right to shut down all points of view that may not agree with Trump. Why? We need to find the answer to that question … what do these dolts such as Ryan, Nunes, McConnell, and others stand to gain by sacrificing any crumb of integrity they may have once had, to support an obvious narcissistic bully? Money? Power? Or something even more daunting?

    • Jill, somewhere the politician McConnell has figured out at least for the primary season not to make waves. Once they head to the November election, will he allow Trump dissent to become more vocal. As an Independent, I will be hard pressed to vote for anyone who supports what this man is all about. He has taken out nation (and world) down a perilous path. Keith

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