Give or Take

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Clay Bennett)

In other news, Trump now says he won't predict that he'll ever sign a trade deal with China even though he said a deal would be done in four weeks just yesterday.

Meanwhile, the FBI has arrested a man in New York who was allegedly discussing a plan to recreate the Christchurch, New Zealand shooting that killed 49 Muslims inside their mosque. The plan he discussed involving shooting Muslims in Baltimore, Maryland.

Finally, Trump's former henchman Michael Cohen has handed over new documents that say Trump told him to lie about Trump Tower Moscow, among many other things.

In a 12-page memo sent to top House Democrats, Cohen’s attorneys said Trump “encouraged Cohen to lie and say all Moscow Tower project contacts ended as of January 31, 2016 using ‘code’ language — telling Cohen during various conversations that there was ‘no collusion, no Russian contacts, nothing about Russia’ after the start of the campaign.’” [...]

The more than 100 pages of documents included with Cohen’s memo claim to lay bare a “conspiracy to collude” with the Russian government during the campaign, along with an array of other crimes by the president. The memo also for the "first time discloses Michael Cohen’s testimony to the Mueller team and to other non-public testimony to congressional committees," according to Cohen's legal team.

There's not a whole lot of tangible news happening right now so I'm cutting the day a little short to avoid burnout.

Have a good weekend.

  • katanahamon

    I’m just..sick of this facade where the Republicans lie, and cover for Rump, then lie and attack the Dems when they are complete hypocrites. We should already have the entire Mueller report and Rump’s taxes. I just don’t see how our democracy survives this. This talk of Rump winning another election sickens me, since a criminal should be carted out of the White House in handcuffs, not being predicted to enter another election. The Republicans have corrupted the separation of the branches of government, partisan-ized and politicized any semblance of justice, stolen and perverted the Supreme the judges Rump (well, let’s face it, whoever is the hard right winger in charge actually is) he’s appointing will do damage for decades. It’s really coming down to whether a corrupt, narcissistic, failed reality tv personality wins, or American democracy.

    • Badgerite

      You are right. If it is not utter corruption of the law, it is pretty damned close at this point. A lot of law is finding arguments to justify what you already want to do for reasons other than legal ones. But there comes a point where all you are doing is covering up for corruption and abuse. And at that point, there is no law. And no democracy.

      • katanahamon

        And just look at all the media coverage..reinforcing this idea that Barr has “exonerated”’s sickening..even something like this in my news feed.. This is infuriating! (This was Colbert roasting Rump’s low polling..)

        “Only adding to Trump’s poor polling, the 72-year-old has seemingly flat-lined in his average approval rating. Following special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings of no collusion between Trump and Russian officials in the 2016 presidential election, Trump’s approval rating only jumped one-tenth of one percentage point, according to Real Clear Politics poll tracker.”

        • Badgerite

          We don’t know what the Mueller Report says. Barr is trying to bury it. Clearly. How can the press not see this. Or are they only seeing what is commercially prudent for them to see?

  • Aynwrong

    Our economy is in the hands of a feckless moron.

    Terrorism. Plain and simple.

    That Muller didn’t indict for obstruction at least is a genuine outrage. Of course Trump instructed Cohen to lie about everything. I’m wondering if Trump’s encoded speak wasn’t part of the logic behind Mueller not indicting him or his family for anything.

    Have a good weekend everyone.

    • katanahamon

      Well, Mueller is a lifelong Republican, and the Republicans are at their heart loyal to Party first, and Rump is the single most damaging thing to their party. They’ve gone so far as to steal elections and a Supreme Court seat,’s the limit.

    • Badgerite

      With all of the known attempts that trump made over and over again to shut the Russia investigation down, how likely is it that he did not suborn perjury to do the same. Cohen is going to jail for covering up the Stormy Daniels story at trump’s clear behest so that it did not come out. Though a violation of election laws, it is almost trivial compared to colluding with a hostile foreign power to defraud the public in a presidential election. I doubt that anyone truly believes that trump didn’t encourage, order, in language coded or otherwise, Cohen to lie.
      In actual fact, this is the kind of question you would put to a jury. Iran Contra Bill gets around this by making the act of firing James Comey to end the Russian investigation within the powers of a president to fire people in the executive branch if he so chooses. Even if the intent of the firing is to shut down an investigation of a foreign intelligence operation of a hostile power bent on installing the candidate whom the that foreign power could be said to have compromising information on and thereby control over into the Oval Office?
      Even if that candidate was not only aware of that intelligence operation but also had extensive contacts with those involved in that operation and not only didn’t report this to law enforcement but continuously put for a flood of lies to cover up the existence of this plot from the American people? In other words, even if that investigation is undertaken because the foreign plot imperiled this county’s sovereignty and national security?
      Know what? I don’t think so. If that isn’t corrupt intent, then words have no meaning and the law is an ass.

      • katanahamon

        We don’t say it enough to all the “regulars,” but..thanks for your energetic, thoughtful posts.

        • Badgerite

          Thanks. Be nice if we could talk about something positive but the only thing I see positive is that us liberal/progressive types have finally had it with the gop and the alleged ‘Christian’ evangelical right wing phonies. They have inflicted disaster after disaster on this country and it is time they were told NO. We want out democracy back with all the equal justice, the Rule of Law and representative governance intact.