Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Michael Gerson, Washington Post: There is the narrative of [the Trump] campaign in which high-level operatives believed that Russian espionage could help secure the American presidency, and acted on that belief. There is the narrative of deception to conceal the nature and extent of Russian ties. And there is the narrative of a president attempting to prevent or shut down the investigation of those ties and soliciting others for help in that task. In all of this, there is a spectacular accumulation of lies. Lies on disclosure forms. Lies at confirmation hearings. Lies on Twitter. Lies in the White House briefing room. Lies to the FBI. Self-protective lies by the attorney general. Blocking and tackling lies by Vice President Pence. This is, with a few exceptions, a group of people for whom truth, political honor, ethics and integrity mean nothing. What are the implications? President Trump and others in his administration are about to be hit by a legal tidal wave.




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We look at the Russia scandal and see lies. A skilled prosecutor sees leverage. People caught in criminal violations make more cooperative witnesses. Robert S. Mueller III and his A-team of investigators have plenty of stupidity and venality to work with. They are investigating an administration riven by internal hatreds -- also the prosecutor's friend. And Trump has already alienated many potential allies in a public contest between himself and Mueller. A number of elected Republicans, particularly in the Senate, would watch this showdown with popcorn. But the implications of all this are not only legal and political. We are witnessing what happens when right-wing politics becomes untethered from morality and religion.


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Many of us have been observing this train wreck in real time - like a "24" episode that just keeps repeating day after day, with different circumstances and characters, but with the same behaviors. NBC tonight will shed illumination on only one of Trump's branded properties, showing how international crooks and thieves use high end real estate and dummy shell corporations to wash their ill-gotten loot. Trump is going down in a fashion most people have no idea is coming. The Trump organization has been little more than a family-owned subsidiary of international organized crime and Robert Mueller is sure to know this and put enough of the puzzle pieces together that will possibly put many in jail for long periods of time.

Obstruction of justice will end up looking like a speeding ticket infraction by the time all of this is done.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-17 04:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"stupidity and venality"

That could be their 2020 campaign slogan... and they'd still get the same 36 percent.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-17 04:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-17 05:01 PM | Reply

Some or all of the Trump Clan is going down. But not for Russian collusion. Lying under oath and money laundering for Russian organized crime is more likely. On the other hand, our legal system can drag anything on for decades, as long as you have the money. The biggest problem is going to be, Trump himself enjoys protection from our partisan politically active Supreme Court.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-18 06:11 AM | Reply

Christopher Steele informed Luke Harding, a journalist for the Guardian, that "the contracts for the hotel deals and land deals" between Trump and individuals with the Kremlin ties warrant investigation. "Check their values against the money Trump secured via loans," the former spy said, according to a conversation detailed in Harding's new book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. "The difference is what's important."

According to his book, Steele did not elaborate on this point to Harding, but his implication was clear: it's possible that Trump was indebted to Russian interests when he descended Trump Tower's golden escalator to declare his candidacy.


#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-18 08:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Just like Watergate, it's the coverup that gets you.

#6 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-11-18 09:31 PM | Reply

"stupidity and venality"
That could be their 2020 campaign slogan

Coincidentally, "Stupid" and "Venal" are their Secret Service monikers.

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-11-19 12:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Everything Trump touches is crap. Even his tiny hands shrivel at the thought of touching himself.

#8 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-19 07:17 PM | Reply

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