The Raid On Trump’s Lawyer

The more I think about this, the more it offends.

We used to have medical privacy. What you told your doctor was between you and the Doc. Why? So folks would be open about their health issues and not hide things out of fear. Like, oh, Kaposi’s Sarcoma and “why” one might be at risk. It, in fact, forms the foundation of the finding that their is a Constitutional “right to abortion” (as to forbid it would require disclosure of private protected communications). Yet now that’s long forgotten. Everybody and their cousin claims a right to see your medical records / communications. Your employer, the insurance company, the Doctor’s legal department, the Government. Kiss off Medical Privacy. (Especially under ObamaCare). Yet the demise of this “right to medical privacy” has not weakened the abortion finding…

I’m not sure if communications with your Priest is still sacred, or not. It seems that sometimes the Priest can decide to “share” with the police and others if they deem it “appropriate”. Similarly, communications with your psychologist or psychiatrist is now up for grabs as part of the Gun Grabber agenda. (Good or bad isn’t the point, just that it isn’t private any more and there’s a move to get it into Government run databases for national distribution).

About the only private communications left was the Attorney Client Privilege. Yet here we have an attorney having his offices and hotel room raided and documents collected for, supposedly, having conducted a negotiation and contract with Stormy to have her agree to be quiet about sexcapades. BEFORE the election happened. For a then private citizen.

So just WHEN does one give up Attorney Client Privilege (A.C.P.)? When you run for any public office? When you get elected (retro-actively it would seem…)? Whenever some random politicians assign a “Special Prosecutor” for any old unrelated topic? Any time at all?

I’m sorry, but I “just don’t get it”.

The whole idea behind the A.C.P. is that it is essential to justice for a person to have private communications with their legal representative. Toss that out the window, you can kiss off ALL of the legal system. It just becomes a set of show trials based on who has the most investigative power at the moment. (Those in charge use the legal system to stay in charge and those out of power all get screwed over legally to assure it.) We become the world’s largest Banana Republic.

This article, for one, seems to recognize there’s some problem here, and it isn’t all that supportive of Trump:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/fbi-agents-raid-manhattan-office-trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-article-1.3924200

FBI agents raid Manhattan office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen

FBI agents raided the office and hotel room of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday, reportedly confiscating emails, business records and documents relating to a range of topics, including a payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

At this point that sound you hear is thousands of Lawyers calling up IT consulting companies and asking about document encryption technology… or at least they ought to be doing that…

Federal prosecutors got search warrants for an office Cohen uses at Rockefeller Center and a room he is staying in at the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, according to reports and Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.

Ryan said the raid was not linked to Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, but likely related to information his team had uncovered and flagged for prosecutors in New York.

So Mueller’s charter is “Russian election meddling” but this is not related; so how can he be driving it? Seems like a fishing expedition to me…

The raid was “completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan charged in a statement, adding that it “resulted in the unnecessary seizure” of records protected by attorney-client privelege, including communications between Cohen and Trump.

Ive bolded the bit that gets my kettle to the simmer… This just seems so wrong.

Trump was outraged by the raid, calling it “disgraceful” and “an attack on our country.”

“It’s an attack on what we all stand for,” Trump told reporters during a bizarre press conference at the White House Monday night.

I saw some of the press conference. Nothing looked “bizarre” to me. Seems someone has strayed from news reporting to emotional garbage collecting…

Trump went on to rip Mueller’s team of investigators as “the most biased group of people I’ve ever seen.” He wouldn’t rule out firing the special counsel.

Please, Mr. President. Do.

They want to play dirty, send them a manure spreader of dirt in return. No more sitting back and taking it. No more “play nice” to the assault. Tit for tat needs to become Tit-meet-nuke. Fire his ass for exceeding his mandate.

“Why don’t I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it’s a disgrace. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said.

Well, at this point I’d expect Trump to consult the attorneys who advise on what is legal to do, but since consulting attorneys is now a public act and subject to raids, I guess our President just has to wing it… Though I do like the sound of “We’ll see what happens”. Fireworks, please. I’ve got a nice Polish Dog and BBQ ready for the post firing fire. BYOB.

Cohen’s attorney did not elaborate on the nature of the seized documents, but a person briefed on the raid told the New York Times that agents confiscated emails and business records relating to a $130,000 payment that Cohen made to Daniels 11 days before the 2016 election. Agents also seized documents relating to possible bank fraud, the source said.

Daniels alleges she accepted the hefty payment in exchange for keeping quiet about having sex with Trump in 2006.

How is it bank fraud to pay off a gold digger?

Frankly, really, I have exactly zero interest in where Mr. Trump sticks his Mr. Happy. None. As long as he is doing the job of President and cleaning up the catastrophe that Washington D.C. has become under both Republicrims and Dimocrats, I’m happy. I don’t even care if he uses the “Kennedy Entrance” tunnel (the one JFK used to sneak out to see Marylin) or arranges a stop at the Bill Clinton Blow Dry Salon (just outside the Oval Office I think…) I also don’t care how much money he shovels at Bimbos to STFU. I just wish they would keep their trap shut. I really really don’t want to hear them complaining about getting so much money for having sex. Makes them sound like prostitutes. Oh, wait…

Experts noted that the raid bodes badly for Cohen — and, perhaps, for Trump as well.

WHICH experts? Those from the Clinton / Obama Support Group? The FBI “Warrants on speed dial” council?

The president may have violated federal election laws if he in any way coordinated or had knowledge of the payment to Daniels. He has denied any knowledge of the payment.

This I also don’t get. How is paying off some blackmail a violation of election law? Isn’t it the blackmailer who’s supposed to be in trouble?

But the search warrant could likely only have been approved because prosecutors had strong evidence to suggest that Cohen and Trump have been involved in something criminal, according to Bradley Simon, a criminal defense attorney who previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn? Isn’t that a bastion of the Left? Doesn’t Clinton have some kind of facility in N.Y.C. like in Harlem or some such?

“It appears as if Cohen has gone beyond simply providing counsel. It sounds like he’s become a co-conspirator,” Simon told the Daily News.

Co-conspirator to what? Paying a blackmail fee? Giving money to a jilted lover to make her happy?

Jeffrey Cohen, a Brooklyn-based family lawyer who has followed the Trump-Daniels scandal closely, noted that it’s very unusual for judges to approve search warrants targeting communications protected by client-attorney privelege.

“This suggests that Cohen was used, either knowingly or unknowingly, to further a crime or fraud,” Jeffrey Cohen told The News. “This is very bad news for Michael Cohen and it may be very bad news for Donald Trump.”

Roll out the concern trolling. So no chance that it was just a fellow swamp dweller signing off on some juicy news making ploy from the “Get Trump” squad, eh? Seems there’s been a LOT of “easy warrants on speed dial” judges where the FBI has been concerned. Lots of folks willing to entertain ANY legal fantasy as long as it makes news.

I’m not buying it At All that this was a hard warrant to get and needed extraordinary evidence.

Now again we get slander, not news:

In addition to Mueller, Trump attacked Attorney General Sessions, Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during his unhinged press conference.

“They’re not looking at the other side,” said Trump, who was flanked by Vice President Pence and newly-minted national security adviser John Bolton. “They’re not looking at Hillary Clinton and all the horrible things that she did and all of the crimes that were committed. They’re not looking at all of the things that happened that everybody is very angry about.”

Nothing “unhinged” in that. It’s exactly what galls me about this whole thing. We have what are clearly career criminal corrupt politicians getting a very free pass for egregious and obvious crimes, and a “nothing burger for a year” special persecutor trying anything and everything in an all out Get Trump effort and coming up empty.

On second thought, “banana republic” is too good for what’s going on now.

Prior Notes On This Topic

There are two other locations with comments on this topic so far. Folks wanting to ‘catch up’ can read prior comments there, and anyone arriving far in the future will not need to hunt to know where to look for the start of the discussion.

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/oh-dear-sex-lies-democrats/#comment-92989

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/w-o-o-d-9-april-2018/#comment-92990

Feel free to discuss it in any of the locations. I just was P.O.’d enough about the whole thing, and the obvious “slant” being given to all of it even in the cited article in this posting, that I needed a bit of place to toss stones…

IF the Swamp Dwellers succeed in a “take down” on Trump, they will be faced with more grief from the general public than I care to contemplate. While I’m personally more prone to “Passive Aggressive” forms of resistance, others are more prone to active response. They ought to remember that the reason they have Trump in their grill is that We The People were so fed up with D.C. (BOTH Republican Establishment AND DNC Machine) that he looked like The Best choice and the only one with the guts to “get ‘er done”. The next escalation after a Trump “take down” would be to someone even more “outside” than Trump… “We” will not go quietly into that good night.

I, for one, would see it as a coup d’etat and any subsequent Government as illegitimate. I fear it would spawn a division as strong as that which led to the Civil War. I could easily see a block of States (the “Red States” in the middle of the country) just saying “No, thanks.” and refusing to accept any substitute President. No matter now fancy and polished the legalities; they would be based on a fundamental fraud against the voters.

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48 Responses to The Raid On Trump’s Lawyer

  1. Salty says:

    I’m mad as hell; and I’m not going to take this garbage lying down.

  2. p.g.sharrow says:

    IF Trump decides to spring his trap on the Dark State it will have to be Sudden and Hard. This will be no place for half steps. Mueller is the Leader of this cabal of FBI 7th floor Bureaucrats. Democrats and RINOs all. The Soros YSM will go ballistic and the DC swamp creatures will scream. Time to roll the dice if Trump has completed his hit list. So far he has kept his powder dry and out of sight while the swamp creatures are building their traps. This is early April, I would think about this time in September would be about the right time to strike back. This raid on Trump’s lawyer is a bad over reach by the Dark State, they will lose a lot of credibility as people digest this and realize the implications. If Democratic politicians jump on the Dark State bandwagon to GET Trump they will lose badly in the coming election…pg

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    According to some of the chatter on twitter the bank fraud angle is based on the assertion that the money was from a bank load and Cohen did not tell the bank the money would be used to pay off a bimbo. (I have no clue if any of that is true).

    In other chatter I have seen have been comments that the assertion those warrants are hard to get is not a fact in the real world that judges frequently take the assertions of misconduct at face value and issue the order without much question asking (unless the subject of the warrant is some progressive golden boy like Teddy Kennedy in which case such a warrant would have required massive amounts of justification).

    Yes – very troubling development.

    Interesting observation, folks made a lot of comment on how Trump sat with his arms crossed in the morning meeting. I wonder if he had gotten a tip about the raid and that was his unconscious body language signal that he had gone in burn it down mode, and was plotting in his own mind where to send the crowds with torches and pitch forks.

    He has a history of using that body language, in late December 2017 he did the same thing in a meeting just prior to the signing of the tax cut bill which he eventually signed.

    Some media body language experts made a big deal about it at the time, but it is interesting to note that he won that vote and signed the tax cut the progressives were fighting.

    That might be his poker table tell that he has you by the short hairs but you just don’t know it yet.

    It will be interesting to watch this play out and see what back door moves end up taking place and how this shakes out. Makes you wonder if his investigators have enough dirt on the major players to cut them off at the knees when he needs to.

    What the left does not realize is that they really are getting close to stepping over the line and really having people in the streets with figurative torches and pitchforks. Things right now feel a lot like the time when the farmers drove their tractorcade to DC.

    https://modernfarmer.com/2014/02/living-legacy-d-c-tractorcade-35-years-later/

  4. Brent Buckner says:

    You wrote: “How is paying off some blackmail a violation of election law?”
    I believe the allegation is that it constituted an in-kind campaign contribution over the legal limit
    c.f. http://www.businessinsider.com/michael-cohen-hush-money-to-stormy-daniels-illegal-campaign-contribution-60-minutes-2018-3

  5. philjourdan says:

    I made my comment over at WOOD – https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/w-o-o-d-9-april-2018/#comment-93046

    But I do see that PG has again jumped on what the OTHER hand is doing. This episode is everything that EM says, but that is the hand you are supposed to be looking at. Mueller has decided to get desperate, and is dragging the swamp with him. Trump is not a plastic man. He has emotions just as anyone. But while quick to anger, he is slow to react. His anger is the primary hand – the one the magicians want you to follow. His actions are the other hand. The one you do not notice until the trap is sprung.

    The trap is in 2 parts. The first one is coming in September. It will take down a lot of the top of the swamp. But not the head of the chicken. That is coming in 2 more years.

    But this episode is also a trap. It energizes some of his base (such as EM). At the same time setting a very dangerous precedent. If this episode is allowed to stand, no creature of the swamp is safe.. You may remember that Hillary was “immunized” by hiring all her staff as her lawyer. That immunization just got tossed out the window.

  6. Steve C says:

    I must admit that my first thought when I heard this on the BBC was WTF? – with exactly the concern you mentioned about lawyer/client privilege. The swamp still needs a LOT of draining if there are still slugs like these out there committing their crimes, and frankly I am beginning to worry that the Donald has been “dealt with” and rendered “safe”.

    Plus, if “Stormy” took that money to keep her trap shut and then shot her mouth off, she has taken that money under false pretenses, and should be sued for its immediate return. Simple.

    Having said which, it’s amazing how often the “deep state” scumbags roll out the old “Oh Look, He Can’t Keep It In His Trousers” attack, on just about anyone who looks like they might get in the way of global domination. Remember Dominique Strauss-Kahn? One minute flying high and likely to win the election he was participating in, then suddenly up pops a “convenient” chambermaid and pop! – DSK is relegated to Just Another Mister Knobby. Ha, ha, can’t keep it in your pants, eh, Dom? Total fiction, of course, but by the time that was allowed to become public DSK was yesterday’s man, a nobody. Strange (and how very, very convenient) how the sexual revolution of the sixties seems to have passed politics by.

  7. H.R. says:

    Don’t forget that DOJ IG Horwitz’s report is due on or before April 30th. I believe that this egregious raid was conducted at this time (close to the IG report release) just to set up the narrative that President Trump is a dictator ordering ‘unprecedented’ political payback if indictments arise from the IG report. I do believe that the IG report will result in indictments, as IG Horowitz has been working with Prosecutor Huber for better than 6 months now.

    The raid was done to goad President Trump into firing Mueller,upon which charges of obstruction of justice would be pushed, or to set up the political retaliation narrative painting President as the Banana Republic dictator.

    It would not surprise me at all if Mueller pulls off one or two more of these in-your-face travesties as we get closer to the release of the IG’s report.

  8. cdquarles says:

    Yep. This is the leftist Democrat/RINO government-media complex at work. Don’t trust the reports. This thing is a political theater writ large. Bigger than the ‘Stand in the Schoolhouse Door’. The thing not reported is what we need to look for.

  9. agimarc says:

    These guys need to be very, very careful, for the problems we don’t solve at the ballot box will be solved with Vigilance Committees, trials, ropes and trees once the public comes to the conclusion the whole bloody thing is so corrupt that the normally acceptable modes of public engagement are no longer acceptable to the left. And we can fix that. Cheers –

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    What Trump’s opponents seem to forget is that he went to a military school. “New York Military Academy”. It has given him a lot of discipline and a strategic method. While there he was known to take the fight to folks who harassed the weak. (i.e. he helped those in need).

    So he knows how to “lay back and wait” while looking forward to the coming fight. IMHO, that’s what the crossed arms posture indicates. “Hold it all in and wait until they are in the kill box”.

    @Brent:

    I think that requires some intent. Seems to me that a long time lawyer employed with some kind of power-of-attorney and a mandate to “take care of issues” would be inside the normal and expected activity area to pay off a person threatening suit. Isn’t that kind of “doing their job”?

    IMHO, you are right about the thesis, but it’s way beyond a long-shot stretch and into legal fantasy land. Then again, it likely (now) only depends on if the judge assigned is an Obama or Clinton appointee…

    @Phil:

    I can see that as a possible. The whole “goad into illegal or offensive act” is a common tactic. But Mueller does not impress me as the sacrificial lamb type. Sadly, I think the “state of play” has exceeded my level of competence to perceive. Too much data missing in back rooms and too many dark agenda interacting.

    I’m reduced to just hope that Trump wins and fear of what happens if he doesn’t.

    The Loony Side Of Left does not seem to understand that given the present attitude of the Red States they would be in deep trouble if they “win”. I fear they are too much in the coastal echo chambers and believing their own bull shit. That’s a very bad place from which to make decisions.

    @Steve C:

    Yeah, the “Bimbo Eruption” has become such a standard ploy it has almost reached the trite boring rerun overdone stage…

    Personally, I’d like to see one so accused just get on camera and state: “Well, I didn’t have sex with her, but if she’s offering, I’m in room 2345 … I understand she wants $130k to stop talking but I don’t know what price she wants for the night tonight. I’m up for a few grand.”

    I’d be rolling in the isles…

    @H.R.:

    Good point. So Trump has a column en marche and has just taken an artillery round to the field logistics office… I can see him saying “They already have their orders. Let them run. Fix up the logistics office and either move it or get that artillery site under bombardment” then sitting pat, arms folded, waiting for First Contact on the front…

    So being crafty, I’d figure “We’ll see” means “AFTER I’ve had my battle plan executed, THEN, I’ll deal with this tool…”

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    I think we need a word or phrase for the process being perpetrated by Mueller & The Swamp.

    “coup d’Etat par la loi”

    Coup of the State via the law.

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another possibility just appeared:

    Al Boe BREAKING NEWS
    ‏@AlBoeNEWS
    5 hours ago
    #BREAKING: Trump attorney moves to have Stormy Daniels defamation case dismissed READ MORE:

    Suppose it was an intentional personal foul, to blow the defamation legal case out of the water?

  13. beththeserf says:

    Violation by Swamp of US Constitution 5th and 6th Amendments. Outrageous.

  14. philjourdan says:

    Ok, no way to prove it, but I did not read this before posting my comment – http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/10/ann-coulter-trump-mueller/

    She is saying the same thing (partly) that I am. If it is getting so obvious that pundits are now saying it, it is no secret. And Mueller is no genius. He is trying to martyr himself. Primarily because he has no clue about Trump! And is frustrated that Trump is stumping him at every turn.

    Just wait until Trump Pardons Manafort and Gates. Trump has not because it serves no purpose. But once Mueller gets desperate enough, it will be the straw that sends Mueller off the deep end.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    I reported to the Corporate Shark Lawyer for a while. “V.P. Business Affairs” IIRC. What I learned there was how to leave zero written trail. He would ask a question, I’d give a long answer, he would suggest “less”. I noticed his email tended to be a single sentence devoid of much without context. Like “See me” or “Have an email issue”. Eventually I learned to just say things in reply like “Yes”. “I’ll check on it”.

    That was where I learned the word “Prolix”. As in his telling me I tended to be too prolix…

    IF Trumps attorney is at all clueful, and I’d bet he is, that’s what they will get in the email dredge. A lot of “Mr. Trump, there’s an issue.” and the reply “Deal with it, you have the accounts”. All other communications done face to face in secure space.

    Heck, I was in a relatively dinky 200 person company and almost all “stuff of interest” happened in the VP Biz office face to face only. I’ve got to think I guy with $Billions under constant attack / shake down attempts would be even more circumspect.

    I’m personally hoping that Trump is just “sitting on the response” as he knows they got nothing. Letting them take the rope, put it on their neck, and run with it…

    I have no reason to think it, but my feeling is that Mueller isn’t trying to be a martyr, he’s just got so much warm jello he’s grasping at that he will end up being martyred by default. I’ve just got this feeling that my read on Trump is “Got irritations, but no worries. Prepared and ready when needed.” The look of a Silverback Gorilla with some dumb toddler gorilla pulling on his hair… Not fond of it, but not going to kill the kid for stupidity…

  16. ossqss says:

    Ummm, wasn’t this investigation about Russia? Now we have porn stars and lawyers? Where is the hard evidence for continuation related to Russia after so long?

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    The evidence? It has been reliably reported that the bar in Trump Towers serves Vodka Martinis…

    To /sarc; or not to /sarc; that is the question… Hell, they might even stock Stolitchnaya

  18. Larry Geiger says:

    “I, for one, would see it as a coup d’etat and any subsequent Government as illegitimate. I fear it would spawn a division as strong as that which led to the Civil War. I could easily see a block of States (the “Red States” in the middle of the country) just saying “No, thanks.” and refusing to accept any substitute President. No matter now fancy and polished the legalities; they would be based on a fundamental fraud against the voters.”
    A large part of the federal government influence in the states is a type of budget blackmail. If the state legislatures get ticked off enough to just say no, then a large part of federal influence goes away. For instance, education. Almost all federal influence in education is bribery for budget dollars. All sorts of “grants”, “block grants”, etc. Same for housing. Same for Medicaid. Same for roads and highways, etc. I don’t know if there is a list of this stuff anywhere. It’s sort of a hidden thing. Many people think that the feds are “just in charge” when really the states knuckled down over the years when they should have said NO! Maybe some state legislatures will get some back bone. Maybe…

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    I think I just “got clue” from Al Jazeera.

    They had film of ‘Little Chucky Schumer’ ranting that “this congress needs to pass a law” to assure that Trump can not terminate Mueller. Then there was some concern trolling over can he / can’t he fire Mueller and the situation being unclear (yeah right…) and maybe Trump would need to lean on / fire Rosenburg or even Sessions to ‘get it done’.

    IMHO it’s an attempt to inflame Trump enough to get Mueller fired so a “constitutional crisis” pops up that lets the Congressional Swamp Creatures have enough cover to assign permanent President Special Investigators to harass indefinitely any President they don’t like and hound them from office. A power play to move prosecutorial powers from the Executive to the Legislative.

    The swamp critters want Trump out. They intend to use the legal machinery to grind up anyone around him and hope to get him in the process, or goad him into a mis-step. This is the “insurance policy” via the FBI…

    So how to counter it?

    Firing Mueller just precipitates the congressional take over.

    NOT Firing Mueller just keeps the meat grinder going prosecuting folks for doing their normal jobs and not being legal authorities on edge cases of obscure law.

    I suspect we need to find a way to dump a lot more Congress Critters and purge a whole lot of the Federal Employees List in the DOJ, EPA, FBI, etc. etc.

    I hope Trump can find a way to squash these folks. Hard.

    Wonder if a convention of the States could fix it…

  20. gallopingcamel says:

    The swamp creatures at the FBI and DOJ actually believe they can get away with conspiring against a duly elected president. The Left finally believes it can take off the mask and openly defy Congress, the Constitution and the president.

    My guess is that this will end very badly for this band of corrupt bureaucrats and politicians:
    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/moving-purposefully-towards-the-head-of-the-fish/

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    @GC:

    Except… Many in congress are a party to this coup plot…

  22. jim2 says:

    What we need is a bill to make special prosecutors illegal, unless it is for a very limited and well defined area of investigation. I can only hope the opposition investigations can bag Comey and maybe even Mule-er.

    Special prosecutors with free reign like Mule-er are a bane to a free society.

  23. Serioso says:

    I’m not sure what y’all are worried about. Trump will pardon them, every one. The only prosecutions the presumably guilty have to worry about are State acts (e.g., New York), where Presidential power doesn’t reach.

    We have campaign finance laws in this country. It seems likely they have been egregiously violated. There are also tax laws on gift giving. Any time a payment exceeds $15,000 or so, the IRS is likely to smell a turd (if they aren’t too busy). So is a corporate accountant, assuming he’s not on the take. Anything over one hundred thousand dollars raises all kinds of red flags, assuming some TLA is looking for red flags. It’s hard to be surprised at the FBI raids into Michael Cohen’s records: The testimony of the two women made him an obvious target for tax-law and election-law fraud. There will be a trial, or a confession, or an agreement of cooperation; fraud will likely be proved, and all will be pardoned. Is anyone surprised?

    As for attorney-client privilege, it is clear that Trump-Cohen-Trump correspondence will be shielded from the prosecutor’s view, at least if you believe the prosecutors. I do. You probably don’t.
    Y’all thought Trump was gonna drain the swamp. Instead, he flooded it. Of course this depends on your view of the swamp. I think of O’Connell & Ryan; you think of career civil servants who rose through the ranks owing to their integrity and ability. Different swamp.

    I am excessively fond of a quote I heard long ago about FDR, but I can’t source it: “Third rate intellect; first rate judge of character.” What can we say of Trump? He can’t even choose sycophants!

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    Paying off a blackmailing bimbo is a campaign finance?
    Giving money is not taxed, the recipient is subject to IRS scrutiny.
    Trump has not “flooded the swamp” at all. He’s drained a bit of it, and riled the swamp critters who are now fighting back.
    We’ll watch for the leaks and see just how well protected this trawl for information ends up.
    Who’s the swamp? Just about everyone management and above who works in DC… Especially those that are political appointees and partisan (from both parties).

    Well, at least we can agree on FDR being a third rate intellect…

    What can we say of Trump? Can you say Wharton? A premier school with a stellar reputation. Clearly he learned the curriculum well (business school) given his $Billions earned.

    And why on earth would anyone want to choose sycophants? That’s a losing strategy. One chooses folks who have their own ideas and have lively debate so the best ideas win. At the end of that, though, you all “salute the flag” and endorse the decision and “move on”. Folks who then want to toss rocks a the team get shown the door. SOP.

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting thesis, that Cohen was the one doing the sexcapades and Trump didn’t, then used Trump money to pay here off… but isn’t she in public and one record saying it was Trump she diddled?

    Seems a stretch unsupported by known actions, but not provable as wrong.

  26. ossqss says:

    NDA’s are not gifts or campaign contributions and are entered into regularly like many other binding contracts. This item has nothing to do with the fundamentals of the Russian investigation which has fundamentally failed to produce anything Russia related to date, aside from documented democrat collusion. I really could care less about the rest, but it appears to be a good distraction for the media. When was the last time you saw a Russian Collusion headline? Just sayin,,,,,,

  27. D. J. Hawkins says:

    Contrary to depiction in movies or television or other works of fiction, for Catholic priests the seal of the confessional is absolute. He would not, in fact, be permitted to confirm that a confession even took place.

    From Canon Law:
    “The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason.”

    If a priest should break the seal, he is instantly and automatically excommunicated. Only the Pope has the power of absolution for that offense.

    Interestingly, if a layman should happen to overhear a confession, he or she is likewise bound by the seal of the confessional.

  28. gallopingcamel says:

    @Chiefio,
    Poor Serioso. He imagines that Trump picks sycophants!

    Trump picks talent. Why else would he pick Nikki Haley to be UN ambassador given that she fought tooth and nail against him. Nikki Haley will go far. She may be the next Secretary of State and perhaps the first female president.

    “Trump: An American Dream” is worth watching on Netflix. The people who know Trump give a “Warts and All” view of the great man. His chauffeur was fired from the NYPD in the early seventies. He hired Ms. Res to manage the Trump Tower project. She could not stand Fred Trump and accuses Trump of being so cost conscious that his “Luxury Apartments” had Formica counter tops.

    The idea that Trump is cost conscious enough to open himself to the accusation of being a “Cheap Skate” really appeals to me. Imagine in his second term that he starts applying his “Cheap Skate” instincts to government. No more $1,500 toilet seats. No more $2,000 wrenches.

    Our government is corrupt which means everything the government does costs two or three times more than it should. The difference between the actual price and the proper price goes to pay off corrupt politicians and corrupt government employees. If you want to understand what is going on, Netflix can help.

    “O Mechanismo” is a dramatized version of the corruption that eventually led to the impeachment of Dilma Rouseff. In Brazil the “Little People” in the Brasilian equivalent of the FBI were honest while their superiors in Brasilia were totally corrupt. Does that sound familiar? The FBI office in Arkansas is investigating the Clinton Foundation but it won’t matter as long as the FBI HQ in Washington is corrupt:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_of_Dilma_Rousseff

  29. Tony Hansen says:

    Serioso,
    “I think of O’Connell & Ryan”
    Who is O’Connell?

  30. David A says:

    Just an alternative view to consider…

    Muller continues to do the thus far ineffective outrageous. Yet everything he does leads to far greater evidence of guilt on the part of HRC and Obama. For instance…
    Mueller chases Trump for $150,000 Donation from Ukrainian Oligarch …Who Gave $13 Million to HRC.
    You can repeat this with every Mueller accusation and he is blatantly on a political witch hunt.

    While this witch hunt is vitriol in tone, it is THUS FAR, completely ineffective and actually more incriminating against HRC.

    So the question I ask is this; might it still be possible Mueller is a black hat forced to turn, ( What have all the IG reports on Uranium one, past Mueller legal abuses costing hundreds of millions after being overturned, etc, revealed about Mueller legal liability for past crimes) Have they forced Mueller to play against the deep state to draw all their fury and fire to one get Trump venue, that is in fact a false venue, meant to reveal and collect evidence on 8 years of Obama hires, while Mueller teases the statist with rumors of Trump impeachment just around the corner, but ever falling short? Even the media could be drawn into this Mueller honeypot of get Trump at ALL costs. Was Mueller given the same talk that other turned deep-staters were likely given – play are game or go to prison for a very long time.

    Consider who hired Mueller.
    ( yep VSG TRUMP)
    Consider that Trump knew going in what he faced, and he is neither stupid or unsophisticated.
    ( ,Trillions are at stake, they will stop at nothing…”
    Was Mueller, Wray, Sessions, all just dumb mistakes on Trumps part?
    Why is every attorney on Muellers team an overt DNC supporter.
    ( If you could put all your bad actors in one class room, and give them and the complicit media unicorns to chase while you dealt with real issues;
    China, NK, SK, Japan, Multible Grand Jury investigations, Immigration, etc… would you?)

    Trump has not rescinded FISA powers, so are they all being monitored all the time?
    Consider that thus far Mueller is all huff. ( Yes Flynn and others were harmed, but they may come out redeemed and victorious in the end)

    Well this is LIKELY wishful thinking on my part, yet on ocassion truth is stranger then fiction.

  31. philjourdan says:

    Related to this whole kefuffle – http://dilbert.com/strip/2018-04-11

    Scott Adams is looking to bring the wrath of the snowflakes down upon himself again.

  32. cdquarles says:

    In this case, EM, I don’t think a convention of the States can fix it. CA, NJ, NY, IL, MA, MD, CT, OR, WA, and VT, I don’t see signing on. That’s 10 of the 13/14 they need to block it. Now consider VA, NC, DL, OH, MI, NV and a few other marginal ones.

  33. cdquarles says:

    Hmm, this is interesting: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/04/good_cop_bad_cop_sessions_and_trump.html. Remember that nothing is as it seems, particularly with the “news” media. I have not gotten to read TCTH yet.

  34. philjourdan says:

    @Larry Geiger – sadly no, the states are not learning. After years of resistance, Virginia is now buying into the Obama Medicaid fraud. You are correct. It is a drug. The feds get them hooked on the money and then they have them.

  35. philjourdan says:

    Serioso,
    “I think of O’Connell & Ryan”
    Who is O’Connell?

    One of the 3 stooges, you know….O’Connel, Larry and Serioso.

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting revelation that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may have had a 30 year friendship and close association with the Clintons. If true this shows yet again how incestuous the relationships between the upper level of FBI management and the Democratic power players.

    https://truepundit.com/inspector-general-mccabe-friendship-spans-decades-before-mccabe-cleared-hillary-in-email-probe/

    Seems every where you look, these folks are interconnected like some sort of secret society.

    At the same time, we see that MoveOn (dot) org may have pre-planned massive protests in case President Trump tries to shut down the special prosecutors investigation.

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    @PhilJourdan:

    Cute, but too close to “Insult to the person”. It is OK to make a “Public Person” the butt of a joke, but not private individuals. Goose, gander, and all that…

    Per O’Connell:

    I think that was supposed to be McConnell…

    @Larry:

    Just another Street Theatre Color Revolution Wannabee group. Soros inspired, or coordinated and paid, depending on how well they suck up …

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    By the way new chatter about Syria just popped up (12:59 MDT) It is currently about 10:00 pm in Syria.

    World-Events Live
    ‏@IdeologyWars
    11 minutes ago
    #RUMINT: BBC is reporting 2 #US warships in #EastMed have launched dozens of cruise missiles. This is unconfirmed at this time. Take it with not a grain but PACK of salt.

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well so far no confirming reports or chatter so the originator is calling this as a bogus report

    World-Events Live
    ‏@IdeologyWars
    10 minutes ago
    More World-Events Live Retweeted World-Events Live
    #UPDATE: I’m going to put this off as false alarm since BBC has not reported this on their site. Whether or not it’s true this was broadcast I cannot tell at the moment but I’m calling this one fake.

  40. E.M.Smith says:

    When wondering about the Clintons & Obama packing government posts with friends and ideologues:

    Remember that FDR packed the Supreme Court, deliberately, and we’ve suffered the consequences for decades; then that FDR is one of the Democrats high saints…

  41. E.M.Smith says:

    Unrelated to anything side comment:

    Am I the only one who finds it odd that The Three Stooges were really FOUR?

    Larry, Moe, Shemp, Curley Joe …

    Most folks forget Shemp… but I always liked him ;-)

    though the wiki says there were six:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Stooges

    There were a total of six stooges over the act’s run (with only three active at any given time), but Moe Howard and Larry Fine were the mainstays throughout the ensemble’s nearly fifty-year run and the pivotal “third Stooge” was played by (in order of appearance) Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Joe Besser, or Curly Joe DeRita.

    But I guess “mushing” together the Curly, Joe, Curly Joe set is forgivable… Joe was only in for two years starting in ’56, while Curly Joe looks a lot like Curly anyway…

    So a fun trick question at parties is to ask “How many stooges were in the three stooges?”…

  42. philjourdan says:

    I always thought Curly was first. Wiki says Shemp was. But then I only caught them in reruns (mostly).

  43. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, Curly did appear in some of the early Shemp stuff, but as a different character:

    Curly is the one on the left with hair and a mustache…

    So might be another fun party question: In what episode did Curly first appear?…

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    Reading over the wiki, it looks like Curly and Shemp alternated a few times. Shemp first in the vaudeville act, then Curly, then Shemp, then Curly, then…

  45. p.g.sharrow says:

    It is nor necessary to “pack”the bureaucracy with ideologues. Liberal Progressives naturally gravitate to government jobs. A liberal Arts Degree is best used to get a government job.Those that are like minded are promoted into high management positions. Republican or Democrat is just the party affiliation convenient for the key promotion.
    Mueller is not a honest Republican appointee He is a RINO Deep State leader. A part of the DC Swamp Elite that will do anything to get rid of that Populist outsider, Trump.
    The Clintons joined the governing Elite a long time ago. Hillary as a ….collage republican!
    Under Mueller’s guidance the FBI ran up quite a record of investigative and enforcement over reach. This attack on Trump’s Attorney is nothing new for his staff operations. This politicization of the FBI has been going on for a long time. Small wonder that the FBI 7th floor operation would protect the Clintons and attack Trumps team. Sessions is not a Trump man, he is a DC Swamp assigned watch dog that protects the DC Swamp team. You must remember that as soon as Trump won the contest he was surrounded By the RINO team with their selections of people to put into to levers of power. Only those that were DC Swamp rat approved saw their nominations approved by the Senate.
    I am sure Trump has seen this game played before and is playing his real cards close to the vest, Meanwhile making the swamp team think he is the loud mouth fool.. ..pg

  46. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    One can only hope…

    Though I do note in passing that Trump likes to make a big noise, make a show of preparing for launching all he has in a Berserker rage run; and then behind closed doors says “So, would you like to talk now about this little thing I’d like?…”

    Classic real estate negotiation skills. “The carpet needs replacing. The paint is a hideous color. Too bad it is such a bad school district. OMG, looks like the roof needs replacing next year. So, how about 10% the list price, 5% down, and you carry paper?…”

    FWIW, I’ll believe Mueller is a paragon of prosecutorial virtue and non-partisan when I see some Hillary & Friends indictments handed down and the Clinton’s “charity” has an FBI raid picking up papers… We can see she has absolutely obvious violations of law, and it’s crickets. Trump has somebody 2 removed from him claims something that is NOT illegal, and his lawyer gets raided and he gets slandered.

    As long as it says this clearly and obviously “prosecution for effect” and “differential application of law”, then it’s just a Swamp Creatures Coup in progress and a Color Revolution Hunting Expedition.

    All one needs to look for is balance and mirror. Does one side look like the mirror image of the other side in legal application? As long as it is imbalance and asymmetrical, it’s a legal farce.

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