So wow… just wow…
Buzzfeed news has reported that President Individual One personally directed his longtime attorney and supposed “fixer,” to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow that were still ongoing during the 2016 campaign. Which he did, which is why he’s going to prison for three years.
Congressional Democrats are… shall we say… upset? And while leadership has been trying to put the dampers on talk of impeachment, the new House majority, full of foul mouthed whippersnappers eager to stretch their new muscles are already agitating for the process to begin.
Watergate? This is WAY worse than Watergate.
What makes the Cohen lies even worse—and yes, far worse than Watergate—is that it exposed any U.S. officials who were involved in orchestrating his false testimony subject to blackmail by Russia. As Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney and professor at the University of Michigan Law School, wrote at Just Security, “in the context of counterintelligence investigations, lies can also compromise national security. … A foreign adversary like Russia can use lies as leverage over government officials to coerce them into complying with its demands or else face exposure of the lies.”Ryan Goodman, Slate
As former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified in the context of Flynn’s lying about Russian contacts, “To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.” If Trump suborned Cohen’s false statements, the president would have exposed not only himself to Kremlin blackmail, but also other members of his team who, according to court documents and reporting, helped orchestrate his personal lawyer’s congressional testimony.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to negotiate a smooth Brexit blew up in her face in completely predictable fashion, because Brexit was based on a lie.
The Government is still shut down. Furloughed Federal workers have taken to crowdsourcing to raise funds for things like rent, heat, medicine and food. Which is completely normal… right?
In Buckeye State news, our new Governor, Mikey DeWine, took his oath of office on a comically large stack of Bibles.
Why is Baby Hitler trending on Twitter? Thank Ben Shapiro, Conservative “thinker” and licensed straw man stuffer. The responses are brilliant…
All sorts of folks are gonna be running for President over the next 20 months or so. My good friend Gretchen at Giant If has a helpfully preachy primer about it…
Late Night of the Week
Rudy Giuliani went hurtling off the rails in an interview on CNN, it was hilarious.