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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, the official word is that Michael Cohen will plead guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud, and campaign finance fraud. There's 8 counts in all.

Meanwhile, a libel lawsuit brought against Trump dossier author Christophere Steele by Russian oligarchs and bankers named in the dossier was thrown out of court. They couldn't prove their claim that Steele misrepresented what he found.

Finally, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner (R) "joked" that Putin is going to help him win in November.

In a recording obtained by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and provided to HuffPost, Wagner is heard cracking the joke to a crowd in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

“By the way, the Russians are going to help me with Tom Wolf,” Wagner says, prompting a round of laughter and applause from the audience. “If I have to use Paul Manafort, I will.”

Ha! Get it? Because Putin helped Trump win and everyone knows it.

Great stuff.

Today was a very long week.

  • katanahamon

    And we watch as now the crimes are described as “not really illegal,” “but what about Hillary,” etc. Truly disgusting. How anyone can defend a criminal ringleader as president is stunning.

  • Nefercat

    Wagner is the GOP gubernatorial candidate who is refusing to release his tax returns because they’re “nobody else’s business.”

    • The response to that should be, “If they’re not the people’s business then Wagner shouldn’t be doing the business of the people.”

  • Badgerite

    Giuliani is just flailing out there. He isn’t making an argument. He is putting on a show and hoping to confuse the public.
    He is trying to deflect from the obvious. trump acquired the office by conspiring to break the laws of the United States of America. And directing others to do so. He didn’t just accept the help of Russian intelligence. The Russians expected a quid pro quo. And a significant number of Republicans and Republican leadership seem to be very willing to oblige.
    Kislyak made the rounds at the gop convention and the gop obliged by changing their party’s platform stance 180 degrees with respect to Ukraine and Russian encroachment on their borders. The June 6 meeting at trump tower was for the purpose of getting assurances from trump that the sanctions imposed on those Oligarchs responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky would be lifted. The adoption issue only comes into it because Putin ended American adoption of Russian orphans in response to the Magnitsky Act and the sanctions they imposed on his base of support in Russia, which would be the oligarchy and the Russian mob.

  • Draxiar

    The trump cult masters are half a step away from claiming, “The truth is what we say it is!”

    • Badgerite

      “There are four lights.”
      The great Jean Luc.

  • Aynwrong

    Paul Manafort has been convicted of eight crimes and Michael Cohen has plead guilty to crimes that he says Trump ordered him to commit.

  • Victor the Crab

    Wagner may not be joking. Him and many other GOP candidates.

    • Scopedog

      Agreed, Victor.

      But if it’s any consolation, Wagner is, like some in the GOP, incredibly fucking stupid–which is why he blurted out this “joke”.

      The GOP is now the Grand Old Party….of Russia.

      And yet, and yet….go on DownWithTyranny! or Liberal Values or check Walker Bragman’s Twitter feed and these idiots are still howling about how both parties are the same….but the Democrats are somehow worse.

      I need a drink. Feel free to join me.

      • Speaking of bothsiderism….just heard on NPR….journalist asked Sen. Blumenthal if the Democratic members of Congress advocate for impeachment of Trumpov would it seem hypocritical given that many of them defended Pres. Clinton. I facepalmed really hard. Blumenthal screwed up his response. He said something to the effect that it’s not hypocritical to wait for the outcome of the Mueller investigation. What he SHOULD have said was, “There is no moral equivalency. Saying that lying about a blow job is the same as felony campaign finance violations and colluding with a foreign power to subvert our elections is ludicrous, no hypocritical.” Dems HAVE to get this message across.

      • Victor the Crab

        If you’re buying! 😉