Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, names Matthew Whitaker as interim replacement

quote [ President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a year-long public shaming campaign that has raised questions about whether the president improperly interfered with the Justice Department’s inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. ]

Related, new term presidential harassment is in the news.
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[by biblebeltdrunk@8:10pmGMT]


ScoobySnacks said @ 9:01pm GMT on 7th Nov [Score:5 Funny]

knumbknutz said[1] @ 9:04pm GMT on 7th Nov [Score:1 Underrated]
Prepare a front row seat for a kick-ass view of a "scorched-earth retreat."

tRrump is going to burn everything and everyone to the ground and then salt the earth afterward, to try save himself from what is coming down. He can't stop all of it, but between now and Jan-20, he's sure as hell going to try.

Sessions and Rosenstein are only the beginning.
bbqkink said[1] @ 9:46pm GMT on 7th Nov
Which is why last night's election was so damn important. Just imagine what it would look like if the Dems haddn't won last night. With no threat of oversight and no fear of impeachment this would be a different fight.

This is over.

Here is the rub. Trump is not under the threat of an election, or from the House or Senate...until Jan. This is about to get ugly in every way you can imagine.This is just the first move.

Repeal Obama care, neuter Robert Mueller, and many more things I can't get my mind to focus on out of fear of what might just be on the list.

Bottom line this will be a historic Lame Duck. These people know they will never have as much power as they do right now.

Dienes said @ 10:21pm GMT on 7th Nov [Score:1 Underrated]
These people know they will never have as much power as they do right now.

You have a level of optimism I can no longer muster.
knumbknutz said[1] @ 4:20pm GMT on 8th Nov [Score:1 Insightful]
Here are a few optimistic points to mull over:

1 - Vote cheating will get more difficult. Seeing how state houses flipped (especially in PA, MI, WI and MN) should mean less gerrymandering, and better ballot auditing.

2 - GOP incumbents that held on just learned a hard lesson. The General Election is looming now, and the fact there were no real landslides in districts that should have been cakewalks has a huge psychological effect. Most notably the fear of being primaried. That could go either way in trumpland-red areas; actually resulting in moderate gestures like infrastructure repair, or, it may drive them crazier than they already are. Should be mildly entertaining either way to watch them squirm.

3 - Mitt Romney entering the Senate. I know that sounds silly considering, BUT he personally loathes Donald Trump. Moreover, his fellow Mormons are starting to notice the utter moral turpitude of the rest of Deep-Red America, and they already know that the Mike Pence Dominionists pricks consider mormons all to be damn infidels. Strange bedfellowas and all that...
Dienes said @ 5:29pm GMT on 8th Nov
As much as the different Christian sects hate each other, they hate liberals a lot more. A dead pimp won an election over a liberal.
bbqkink said @ 2:45am GMT on 8th Nov
If you are in a submarine and you can hear all of the joints creaking under the stress...the only choice you have is to trust the welds will hold.
Dienes said @ 5:28pm GMT on 8th Nov
Or to ram your submarine into the enemy, smoking a cigar and holding both fingers in the air.
dolemite said @ 8:20pm GMT on 8th Nov
If you only have two fingers should you really be trusted to operate a submarine?
zarathustra said @ 8:50pm GMT on 8th Nov
He also had seven peg-fingers.
knumbknutz said @ 3:26pm GMT on 8th Nov [Score:1 Underrated]
Basically - he just lost control of the house, sees who will be in charge of investigations now, and threw a massive tantrum. What we saw yesterday is a serious "holy shit - fire everyone involved and start shredding documents" moment. Not that that a shady mob-connected casino owner would know anything about that. 🙄

And I am reasonably sure that Mueller is prepared for what these people are prepped to do next.
ComposerNate said @ 8:41pm GMT on 7th Nov
Interim means sabotage the investigation to a stall and bail when Trump declares it's time to move past it?
knumbknutz said[1] @ 8:47pm GMT on 7th Nov
Sounds like a Trumpertantrum is going on at the White House.
LurkerAtTheGate said @ 9:12pm GMT on 7th Nov
I'm starting to hear there's some indictments being unsealed of Trump family members...and Ivanka is one of the first. Looking for some confirmation.
mechanical contrivance said @ 9:29pm GMT on 7th Nov
Trump is great at firing people. That's kind of what he's known for.
bbqkink said @ 2:41am GMT on 8th Nov
bbqkink said @ 2:54am GMT on 8th Nov
bbqkink said @ 2:49am GMT on 8th Nov
milkman666 said @ 6:19pm GMT on 8th Nov
0000 said @ 4:11pm GMT on 9th Nov [Score:-1 Boring]
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arrowhen said @ 5:16pm GMT on 9th Nov [Score:1 Underrated]
That quote comes from a series of tweets that begins with a link to a pretty good article.

Here's a more relevant quote from it...

It's all confusing. There's even an example in which all parties are mostly correct. Watson's clip is different than the CSPAN clip because it was taken from a GIF and thus missing frames, which could cause Acosta's movement to appear faster than it actually was. In that case, one can argue that the video was altered. If that's the case, there's also an argument that Watson is telling the truth — he didn't personally speed up the video; he just used a clip that was missing frames.

To sum it up: A historically unreliable narrator who works for a conspiracy website tweets a video in order to show alleged bad behavior on the part of a journalist. The clip goes viral. The White House picks up and disseminates that video and uses it as proof to ban the journalist from reporting at the White House. Outraged journalists decry the White House's use of a video taken from a historically unreliable narrator. Then, users attempt to debunk the video as "actual fake news." Others, unclear if the video is fake, urge caution, suggesting the media may be jumping the gun. An argument breaks out over the intricate technical details of doctoring a clip.

The entire ordeal is a near-perfect example of a scenario disinformation experts have predicted and warned of, where the very threat of video manipulation can lead to a blurring of reality.

What's interesting to me is how your quoting that particular tweet served much the same function as zooming and compressing the video in question; you didn't "doctor" the article, you just focused on a particular segment of it in a way that suggests an interpretation that fits your agenda. And of course BuzzFeed made it easy for you by breaking it up into shallow snippets of ready-made misinformation, free from inconvenient context and ripe for cherry-picking.

It's the perfect example of why Twitter is a shitty medium for discussing anything more substantial than cat memes.
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bbqkink said[1] @ 9:22pm GMT on 8th Nov

George Conway Slams Trump In Op-Ed: Attorney General Appointment Is ‘Unconstitutional’
Kellyanne Conway’s husband insists that Trump isn’t upholding the Constitution in an op-ed published in The New York Times.

The only way this is legal is if Sessions quit without notice or resigned do to health...In fact he was fired which means the Rosenstien should be named acting AG just like he was last time. This is illegal.
hellboy said @ 12:34pm GMT on 9th Nov
It's doubly illegal - regardless of how Sessions left (though it's pretty clear he was fired), no principal officer can be appointed without Senate approval. That said, it's likely that the McConnell Senate with its fondness for treason and rape would happily rubber-stamp this guy - at which point it suddenly becomes very germane that Sessions was fired.

Whitaker's a desperate last-ditch attempt to hold the wolves at bay, and he's stupid enough to think he's capable of doing it, but Schiff and Cummings will have subpoena power soon and anything done before then to try to bury the investigation will be grounds for obstruction of justice charges. Whitaker will either end up indicted or "resigning". Hopefully he has a lot of company.
bbqkink said @ 8:09pm GMT on 9th Nov
Oh this is more wrong every time you look at it.

Why Donald Trump's Appointment Of Matthew Whitaker Is 'Unconstitutional'

And an easy way to tell if trump is doing something illegal he starts lying about it.

Trump’s dishonest, incoherent defense of naming Matt Whitaker acting attorney general
He falsely claimed that he didn’t even know Whitaker.

That should be a dead giveaway to prosecutors to get copies of these meetings there was something incriminating discussed in them ...just sayin.
hellboy said @ 2:06am GMT on 10th Nov [Score:1 Insightful]
Whitaker is a moron and wannabe badass who is going to end up faceplanting because he's been (illegally) promoted to a position he's badly unqualified for. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't even last a Scaramucci. Only a fucking idiot would have taken that job.
mechanical contrivance said @ 5:25am GMT on 10th Nov
Since when is being unqualified a problem?

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