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November 1, 2017

National Horror Story: first of many

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

The big big national news on Friday (and Monday when those sealed indictments actually unsealed) was this, from the Washington Post:

You surely know the news by now: Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, and his longtime business partner, Rick Gates, were charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and other charges in connection with their work advising a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine.

But the biggest bombshell of Monday — the real October Surprise — is that former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos agreed to a plea deal and admitted to making a false statement to FBI investigators about his contacts with foreigners claiming to have high-level Russian connections.

Are we MAGAing yet or what?



  1. The bigger national news is the NYC terror attack by a green card holder admitted as a result of a “diversity” lottery. Thank God he passed the Uber background check (sarcasm).

    The next big story is how both Facebook and other social media moguls testified in Congress there was little or no Russian influence on the election based on the percentage of traffic…

    Manafort was charged with events in 2012. He is very likely to beat the charges based on the illegal surveillance and faulty Russian dossier paid for by Clinton. Papadopoulos was a real small fry- a volunteer-hardly an “adviser.”

    Heh-how about a story of the NK nuclear “accident” which threatens to pollute all of Asia with radiation?

    Comment by Nowyouknow — November 1, 2017 @ 6:45 am

    • Hit all the Fox News talking points! Who’s the goodest boy? You’re the goodest boy, here’s a treat.

      Comment by MAGA-Man — November 1, 2017 @ 9:15 am

    • Agreed. The Manafort events began as far back as 2006. If they were that much of a threat to the USA, why didn’t OBAMA’s Justice Dept. prosecute him?

      OTOH, the CSPAN testimony by Google, Twitter, & FB execs, streamed live on FB yesterday, was extremely entertaining and germane to our daily lives. It’s hot. Manafort’s not.

      Comment by vigi — November 1, 2017 @ 10:18 am

  2. Here’s what I’ve long thought will be the results of Mueller probe:

    While we already know there was communication between the campaign & Russian entities, and it doesn’t take much of a stretch to believe actual collusion, Mueller will not be able to make that one stick hard enough to get 2/3 of the Senate to remove. An impeachment could happen if the House flips but Il Duce will survive the Senate.

    But Mueller will find conclusive proof that Trump has been a serial violator of money laundering laws & regs, as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as some serious tax fraud. He’ll also be exposed as having significant debt or minority equity positions to shady Russian interests.

    His rank incompetence will likely be enough to keep him from running in ’20 but the ignominy of his Russian ties exposed will be icing on that shit cake. He’ll spend the rest of his post-Presidency life fighting criminal charges. He’ll probably avoid prison, though, because he’ll be able to drag things out long enough to die outside of a cell.

    You heard it here first.

    Comment by dave — November 1, 2017 @ 6:50 am

    • Sadly, it’s not even likely that he’ll face criminal charges as he can likely pardon himself. There’s an episode of the “What Trump Can Teach Us About Con(stitutional) Law” podcast that walks through all of this. You’ll find it at if you’re interested.

      Comment by Jim Meyer — November 1, 2017 @ 9:27 am

      • maybe the creditors and bankruptcy trustees will get him (except for whatever he can homestead OJ-style in Florida)

        Comment by MP — November 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am

      • A attempt at a self pardon would likely have him immediately impeached & then handily removed, and I think even most Republicans would vote that way.

        Comment by dave — November 1, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

        • I agree Dave, a self pardon to me would be the equivalent of being a King, not a president. it won’t happen.

          Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — November 1, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

    • 7-12-2017 From Politico: Stop using “collusion” as a short-hand for criminality’
      Paul Rosenzweig is former deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security and founder of Red Branch Consulting.

      “Collusion is not a federal crime (except in the unique case of antitrust law), so we should all just stop using “collusion” as a short-hand for criminality.”

      Collusion is an opinion word. Its definition depends on the intent of the writer using it. It is not an impeachable offense, “dave”.

      Comment by vigi — November 1, 2017 @ 10:08 am

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