Donald Trump actually tried to follow through on his pledge to “Lock her up.”

By |2019-04-26T06:31:34-08:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |20 Comments

Using presidential powers to go after political enemies is a big no-no.

Courtesy of NYT:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a tenuous hold on his job when President Trump called him at home in the middle of 2017. The president had already blamed him for recusing himself from investigations related to the 2016 election, sought his resignation and belittled him in private and on Twitter.

Now, Mr. Trump had another demand: He wanted Mr. Sessions to reverse his recusal and order the prosecution of Hillary Clinton.

“The ‘gist’ of the conversation,” according to the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, quoting Mr. Sessions, “was that the president wanted Sessions to unrecuse from ‘all of it.’”

Mr. Mueller’s report released last week brimmed with examples of Mr. Trump seeking to protect himself from the investigation. But his request of Mr. Sessions — and two similar ones detailed in the report — stands apart because it shows Mr. Trump trying to wield the power of law enforcement to target a political rival, a step that no president since Richard M. Nixon is known to have taken.

No evidence has emerged that Mr. Sessions ever ordered the case reopened. Like many of Mr. Trump’s aides, as laid out in the report and other accounts, Mr. Sessions instead declined to act, preventing Mr. Trump from crossing a line that might have imperiled his presidency.

Instead, Mr. Sessions asked a Justice Department official in November 2017 to review claims by the president and his allies about Mrs. Clinton and the F.B.I.’s handling of the investigation into ties between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia. The department’s inspector general had already been scrutinizing the issues and painted a harsh portrait of the bureau in a report last year but found no evidence that politics had influenced the decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton.

But that wasn’t enough for Trump:

Nine months into office in October 2017, he reminded Mr. Sessions in a private meeting that he believed the Justice Department was failing to investigate people who truly deserved scrutiny and mentioned Mrs. Clinton’s emails.

Two days later, Mr. Trump repeated his desires publicly, accusing law enforcement officials in a pair of tweets of “a fix” in the Clinton inquiry and asking, “Where is Justice Dept?”

A month later, Mr. Sessions found a way to satisfy Mr. Trump’s demands without opening a new investigation into Mrs. Clinton. He told Congress that he had asked the United States attorney in Utah, John W. Huber, to examine the allegations Mr. Trump and his allies made about Mrs. Clinton and the F.B.I. No charges have arisen from that examination, which is continuing.

But Mr. Trump wanted more. He pulled Mr. Sessions aside after a cabinet meeting in December 2017 and “again suggested that Sessions could ‘unrecuse,’” according to the report. A White House aide who witnessed the encounter believed Mr. Trump was talking about the since-closed Clinton investigation and the open Russia inquiry.

“I don’t know if you could unrecuse yourself,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Sessions, according to notes taken by the aide, Rob Porter. “You’d be a hero. Not telling you to do anything.”

Noting that Alan Dershowitz, a prominent lawyer and informal adviser to Mr. Trump, said Mr. Trump had the power to order an investigation, the president took pains to suggest he was not trying to influence the attorney general.

“I don’t want to get involved. I’m not going to get involved,” the president said, according to Mr. Porter’s notes. “I’m not going to do anything or direct you to do anything. I just want to be treated fairly.”

This is now a well known Trump tactic, to make various hints that he wants his people to do something illegal or unethical while still giving himself the ability to deny that he came out and ordered that it be done. 

The fact is that Trump wanted to punish Hillary Clinton, and was ready and willing to use his office to make sure that it happened just so long as it could not be directly traced back to him. 

Trump has been compared to a mob boss a number of times now and the more we learn the more fitting that comparison becomes. 

Man, this Mueller report is just the gift that keeps on giving. 

Update: Just in case you think that Trump is over all of this Hillary stuff, well he’s not. 

Last night on the Sean Hannity Show he accused Hillary of staging a coup and of destroying the lives of some members of his campaign.

Remember that commenter the other day who suggested that Hillary should just stay quiet and spend time with her grandchildren?

Well, this is why she most certainly should not do that. 

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20 Comments

  1. rawstory April 26, 2019 at 6:34 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/rod-rosenstein-lashes-obama-russian-election-interference-unusual-public-speech/

    “Sources with knowledge of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation have told journalist Murray Waas that at least two prosecutors on Mueller’s team believe they had enough evidence to charge President Donald Trump with criminal obstruction of justice — but they didn’t do so because of the Department of Justice’s policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

    According to Waas, the prosecutors told officials at the Department of Justice that “had it not been for the unique nature of the case — the investigation of a sitting president of the United States, and one who tried to use the powers of his office to thwart and even close down the special counsel’s investigation — they would have advocated that he face federal criminal charges.” “Mueller’s report specifically states that it would have exonerated Trump of obstruction if it felt it could do so — and then pointedly declined to exonerate him.

    The report also outlined multiple instances in which Trump may have obstructed justice, including his orders to White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller and his order to henchman Corey Lewandowski to tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to retract his recusal from the Russia probe.”

  2. Anon April 26, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Hillary totally won.

  3. Anonymous April 26, 2019 at 6:41 am

    trump is again SAVED by others, this time Sessions.. if they had gone ahead and acted on trump’s dictatorial ideas we would be rid of him by now!!!

    • Whatevs April 26, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      One’s failed attempt to obstruct justice, like an attempted murder does not mean one is innocent of a crime.

  4. Anon April 26, 2019 at 6:53 am

    What had melania done to serve our country? She swallowed an old man’s cum and let us know she doesn’t care anymore. What a stupid hooker.

    • anonymous April 26, 2019 at 7:32 am

      “She swallowed lots of an old man’s cum” She Fucked a tiny ‘Toad’ way to much tOO. Bingo Barron.

  5. anon April 26, 2019 at 7:01 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-mental-decline-mueller-report_n_5cc216d9e4b081706966945c

    “can’t rationally process risk”
    ““The singular reaction is perhaps indicative of the extent to which the president is, as with his contrary reaction to Russia’s attack on the integrity and validity of our process of electing a president, preoccupied with himself to the point where he does not even consider the good of the nation,” states the report, which is being released on Friday.” “The report bears an unwieldy title:
    “Mental Health Analysis of the Special Counsel’s Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.”
    The authors’ chosen subtitle, though, goes more to the heart of their thesis: “If One is Too Incompetent to Commit a Crime, Despite Trying Hard,
    Is One Competent to be President?” “If he believes he is fit, he should agree to submit to one,” Lee said, adding that if he refuses, her group will piece together a “profile” of Trump’s mental condition much the way the CIA prepares psychological profiles of foreign leaders who are deemed to be threats to the United States. “We believe it is equally valuable to do one when an internal leader is a danger to the nation.” “The professor said that as a Navy officer in 1962, he witnessed the last above-ground nuclear test conducted by the United States and that has shaped his concerns about Trump. “The president still has the authority to start a nuclear war by himself,” Merikangas said. “That’s one possible consequence. … It’s a very, very dangerous situation.””

    https://dangerouscase.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Report-on-the-Mueller-Report.pdf

  6. YEE-HAW April 26, 2019 at 7:13 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/gonna-give-them-hell-how-trump-and-his-lawyers-plotted-for-months-to-make-democrats-pay?ref=home

    ‘Gonna Give Them Hell’ $O ‘get ready for a knockout, drag-out fight over everything.’
    “since January, the president began mapping out, with both White House and outside counsel, how to handle the coming onslaught of congressional probes and subpoenas aimed at his administration, his family, and his business empire, according to three people with knowledge of the various conversations.”
    “Trump’s opinion—an assessment reinforced by the advice of his lawyers and friends—was that he and his legal war council shouldn’t give an inch to congressional investigators and liberal lawmakers. He wanted his legal teams’ approach, out of the gate, to be far more ostentatiously aggressive than it had been during the two-year Trump-Russia saga. “[We’re] gonna give them hell,” Trump said, with a $mirk, according to a source with direct knowledge.”

    “The back-to-back events of this week are likely merely a preview of the counter-offensives and legal fights to ensue in the remaining Trump years—and it’s a fight that the president seems to relish as an act of retribution.” “According to Caputo, Trump told him, now that the Mueller investigation has wrapped, that he’d keep in touch.

    The president also indicated to his former adviser that he wanted Democrats to pay for what they’ve done to him and his associates.

    “It was very clear to me that the president isn’t the least bit intimidated about all the bluster in Washington about obstruction,” said Caputo. “My advice is for the Democrats to buckle up, based on what he said. It’s going to be a wild ride. The president made it clear during our conversation that he wants to go on the offensive, not stay on the defensive.””

  7. Anon April 26, 2019 at 7:26 am

    WTF?
    ““I think that I just feel like a young man,” “I’M so young! I’M the youngest person. I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe [Biden], I don’t know about him. I don’t know about him. I would never say anyone else is too old. I know they’re all making ME lOOk very young, both in terms of age and in terms of energy.”
    Trump also defended his comments about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, after which he said there was “blame on both sides” for violence that led to the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer. “If you look at what I said you will see that that question was answered perfectly,” “I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general,” “Whether you like it or not, he was a great general.”

    “They have to get their shots. The vaccinations are so important. This is really going around now. They have to get their shots.”
    “Previously, Trump has falsely claimed there is a link between the measles vaccine and autism.”
    Earlier Friday morning, Trump sent off several tweets, claiming he is “the greatest hostage negotiator,” that no money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier’s imprisonment and torture, and calling billionaire donor/impeachment enthusiast Tom Steyer a “weirdo.”

    ““I never told Don McGahn to fire Mueller,” Trump told the reporters “If I wanted to fire Mueller, I would have done it myself. I had the right to. And frankly, whether I did or he did, we had the absolute right to fire Mueller. In the meantime, I didn’t do it. I’M a student of history. And I see what you get when you fire people and it’s, uh, not good. But there would have been nothing wrong with firing him. Legally, I had absolute right to fire him. But I never told Don McGahn to fire Mueller.”“And by the way, and Mueller finished out his report: No collusion, and no obstruction!” “This is a pure political witch hunt,” “We did nothing wrong.”
    “If I’M guilty of anything, it’s that I’ve been a great president.”

    And with that, he boarded Marine One to travel to speak to the National Rifle Association convention.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-trash-talks-joe-biden-at-white-house-exit-i-am-a-young-vibrant-man

    • Anonymous April 26, 2019 at 8:03 am

      “I think that I just feel like a young man,” “I’M so young! I’M the youngest person. I am a young, vibrant man

      ============================
      Maybe Karma will get him and he will drop dead because he is a bloated, obese, old man

      • $BM April 26, 2019 at 8:16 am

        dRUMPf is a ‘black beauty-white cross’ Viagra junkie $hitgibbon.

  8. Anonymous April 26, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I would like to know why the idiot in “cheif”, is using our Air Force One to fly to the NRA convention?

  9. Anonymous April 26, 2019 at 8:36 am

    I think all of those on the trump train are testing the waters to see how weak our country is and they will go there if encouraged. Another four years of trump will take us over that forbidden hitler hump. We think things are bad now just wait and see.

  10. OK April 26, 2019 at 9:05 am

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/26/politics/donald-trump-sean-hannity-fox-news/index.html

    “Now, she lost and now they are trying to infiltrate the administration to — really, it’s a coup. It’s spying. It’s everything that you can imagine. It’s hard to believe in this country that we would have had that.”

    ‘wiretap’ “They thought two years ago when I said that just on a little bit of a hunch and a little bit of wisdom, maybe, they — it blew up because they thought maybe I was wise to them or they were caught. And that’s why.”

    “I want to find out what’s on that server, the DNC server, because that’s the big thing. Nobody has seen that server yet. The FBI didn’t see it, and these are the top people at the FBI where you had absolute dirty cops. These were dirty cops.”

    “Everything is going to be declassified and more, much more than what you just mentioned. It will all be declassified.”

    “We have ordered jets, the likes of which no country has. We have fighter jets, the F- 35, the F-18. We have jets the likes which no country has at all.”

    • Whatevs April 26, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      US to sell new fighter to Taiwan: https://www.businessinsider.com/china-outraged-as-trump-expected-to-sell-new-fighters-to-taiwan-2019-3

      Canada has F-18s, so does Australia, and Finland and Kuwait and Malaysia and Spain and Switzerland.
      While the United States is the primary customer and financial backer, along with the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Norway, and Denmark have agreed to contribute US$4.375 billion towards development costs.[291] Total development costs are estimated at more than US$40 billion. The purchase of an estimated 2,400 aircraft is expected to cost an additional US$200 billion.[292] The initial plan was that the nine major partner nations would acquire over 3,100 F-35s through 2035.[293] Sales to partner nations are made through the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sales program.[294]

      There are three levels of international participation.[295] The levels generally reflect financial stake in the program, the amount of technology transfer and subcontracts open for bid by national companies, and the order in which countries can obtain production aircraft. The United Kingdom is the sole “Level 1” partner, contributing US$2.5 billion, which was about 10% of the planned development costs[296] under the 1995 Memorandum of Understanding that brought the UK into the project.[297] Level 2 partners are Italy, which is contributing US$1 billion; and the Netherlands, US$800 million. Level 3 partners are Turkey, US$195 million; Canada, US$160 million; Australia, US$144 million; Norway, US$122 million and Denmark, US$110 million. Israel and Singapore have joined as Security Cooperative Participants (SCP).[298][299][300] In particular, there are signs that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is interested, as the force has indicated that it is seriously evaluating a potential purchase[301] and the defense minister has indicated that an F-16 replacement will be announced soon.[302]

      Japan announced on 20 December 2011 its intent to purchase 42 F-35s with deliveries beginning in 2016 to replace the F-4 Phantom II; Japan seeks 38 F-35s, to be assembled domestically

  11. Anon April 26, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Many are allegedly saying:
    “Sarah Sanders is a fucking fat evil pig. Every restaurant in America should kick that bloated inflamed skank bitch out to the curb.”

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