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Oh MAN, we continue to learn hilarious things about disgraced National Security Adviser/Foreign Agent Michael Flynn! Remember how Flynn was with Donald Trump basically the entire campaign, but Trump allegedly (haha yeah right yup) had no idea Flynn was a foreign agent who was currently making a nice chunk of change working on behalf of the Turkish government? Well, that story seems even odder to us now, considering what Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has revealed in a letter sent to Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis and FBI Director James Comey. It looks like before the campaign, Flynn was taking money from several instruments of the Russian government, and even better, it looks like he totally violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution in doing so! WEIRD, YEAH?

From Rep. Cummings’s summary:

As part of his letter, Cummings released new documents obtained by the Oversight Committee—including payment vouchers, international financial transaction logs, and detailed email exchanges with Russian media officials—showing that the Kremlin-backed media outlet known as RT paid more than $45,000 for Flynn’s participation at a gala in Moscow in December 2015, during which he dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in apparent violation of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. […]

The documents reveal that Flynn also received $11,250 from a Russian charter cargo airline and $11,250 from a top Russia-based cybersecurity corporation.

WHOA IF TRUE! Cummings notes that the U.S. intelligence community has considered RT to be a tool of the Russian government since way back in 2012, when Flynn was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, so he PROBABLY would have known that, when he got paid $45,000 to dine with Vladimir Putin and Jill Stein at the RT gala. You remember that picture, right? Let’s look at it again!

We figured he ate some nice Russian food at that gala, but we never realized there was $45,000 underneath his napkin, or that it was left there by the state-run RT network!

The letter from Cummings goes through all the dirty details of how RT, and also the Russian airline and the cybersecurity company, are linked to the Russian government, and demands to know whether or not Flynn disclosed these details when applying for his security clearance. We’re sure the cybersecurity outfit is no big deal, since it’s not like Russia “cybered” America in any way over the past couple years, that we can think of.

Now, as to the part about Flynn violating the Emoluments Clause, the Cummings letter notes (without specifically saying so) that it doesn’t matter that Obama had fired retired GENERAL Michael Flynn before he did these activities, because the clause specifically applies to retired military personnel, on account of how they can potentially be called back to service:

Significantly, retired regular military officers are also subject to the Emoluments Clause because they are subject to recall, and, therefore, hold an “Office of Profit or Trust” under the Emoluments Clause.

And as to the question of whether working for these companies funded or controlled in part by the Russians counts as “working for Russia,” Cummings includes this handy quote from the Defense Department:

A foreign state includes any organization that is owned or operated by a foreign government, including federal, regional and local level governments … Thus, foreign governmental entities, such as commercial entities owned or controlled by a foreign government and foreign public universities controlled by a foreign government, can be considered instrumentalities of “foreign states” for purposes of the Emoluments Clause.

Yep, sounds like Flynn is GUILTY!

So did he lie about all this stuff in his security clearance applications? Because that’s a GO TO JAIL felony. Or did he tell the truth and Donald J. Trump just doesn’t care, because Donald J. Trump doesn’t love America? Who can say!

Oh, by the way, Cummings is also asking that the “Defense Department initiate steps to recover all foreign funds accepted by General Flynn in violation of the Emoluments Clause,” so we guess Flynn better check his piggy bank and his couch cushions and stuff, because he needs to PAY UP!

We’re glad we keep giving Elijah Cummings that Legislative Badass Of The Year award, because he sure does continue to earn it.

Here, have a Rachel Maddow segment about this:

So weird how everybody in Trump’s inner circle keeps getting caught working for foreign governments, don’t you think? TOTALLY NORMAL.

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  • Jenny

    Nothing to see here. Just totally normal American activities.

    • proudgrampa

      Yup.

  • memzilla Ω
    • Oblios_Cap

      J’accuse!

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Gesundheit.

    • proudgrampa

      Memzilla – YOU have Cyrillic keyboard? Mighty suspicious, if you ask me…

      • Oblios_Cap

        “Wire tap” him!

    • Lamashtar

      I just wanna say how happy I am to see this cartoon. Doonesbury was transformative for me as a young’un.

  • Michael Smith

    Putin has to pay people $45,000 to hang out with him?

    Wow, he really is a lot like Trump.

  • Nounverb911

    Insert Manchurian Candidate clip here

  • anwisok

    In fairness, if someone offered to pay me $45,000, plus travel expenses, to have dinner with them, I’d likely not decline.

    • Oblios_Cap

      If they paid for the dinner, as well.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      What if you have to sit next to Jill Stein?

      • magyar of infinite power

        I’d need 50+ for that

        • FlownΩver

          If she’s one of the pee hookers I’d need even more.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        How many forks can I keep at the table at one time?

      • anwisok

        Depends. Do I have to be polite?

        • Gayer Than Thou

          At least until the check clears.

      • Little Lulu Ω

        And, forgive me for asking a question which is probably on everyone’s mind, but: how much was Jill Stein paid to be there?

    • magyar of infinite power

      So would I. Lucky thing I’m not subject to the Emoluments Clause.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        It puts the emoluments on its clause or it gets the hose again.

        • magyar of infinite power

          Here is your daily internet, sir

        • jodyleek

          Emoluments Claus is who fills corrupt government employee’s stockings?
          I’ll see myself out.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Guessing it was not for the thrill of watching him chew, though.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I’ve learned the hard way – no one pays you $45,000 just to sit there and look pretty. Sooner or later, they all want something.

      • magyar of infinite power

        If there’s enough booze involved, is that ever a problem?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Um….never been a tested possibility with me…..what am I doing wrong?…

  • Oblios_Cap

    Up against the wall – the yuge new Trump wall – says I.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    The worst part is that he doesn’t need a pee hooker to do this shit.

    • magyar of infinite power

      I would bet my cat that there were pee hookers involved.

    • dslindc

      Perhaps. But it seems irresponsible not to speculate wildly.

    • Little Lulu Ω

      You know how a really stupid song gets stuck in your head for no reason? I was having just that problem this morning with “Russian pee hooker.” The phrase, not the song. Or Melania.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        My newest trump song refrain:

        Putin! Putin! Putin!
        Fuck Donald Trump!….

  • Vincent Ricola

    “I asked for his resignation. He respectfully gave it,” Trump said. “With all that being said, I think he’s a fine man.”

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Trump’s Truth Translator: “I tried to keep it under my plugweave, but for Corinthian’s sake, you can’t believe the levels of stupid with this guy, am I right?”…

      • Nope, as far as Trump is concerned bribery and deceit are all perfectly good business practices

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          Of course, but getting caught is just…Sad….

  • wide_stance_hubby

    Wow, is there any country Flynn won’t grab his ankles for (other than the US, obvs)?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I’m sure that North Korea has some PR needs.

  • Crank Tango

    Wow, this really is an elaborate Conspiracy Theory™, I just wonder how George Soros managed to get the money into Flynn’s accounts just to make innocent, benevolent, bare-chested dictator Vladimir Putin and his orange idiot look bad.

  • freakishlypersistent

    We all know this is going on, when will the shit hit the fan, or rubber road, or whatever other metaphor we can come up with? And when will his imbecile supporters realize what they’ve done? (Rhetorical, NEVER.)

    • Rick Hill

      After Seoul is burning?

    • Crank Tango

      push:shove, also.

  • Chadwells

    I’m really not surprised by any of this. This is a man who believed and propagated the Comet Pizza bullshit. Not a big logic leap that he would be this fucking stupid and a pathological liar.

    • magyar of infinite power

      TBF, that was his son, wasn’t it?

      • Chadwells

        Hmmm…perhaps. I was under the impression that is was the both of them.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        He was spouting it too. He got fired from his intelligence job because he was so awful. It’s pretty tough to get fired from a government job, especially one that was so high up.

  • Rick Hill

    C’mon people. The weird thing would be if someone in trump’s circle that WASN’T corrupt

    • Rick Hill

      Or stupid

      • Rick Hill

        Or unqualified

        • MynameisBlarney

          Or a gnatzee.

          • magyar of infinite power

            Obligatory: AOT,K. AOT.

          • SpideySenser

            OK, more obligatory … Emoluments Clause! Garage band name.

          • Rick Hill

            Or been caught doing a goatse with a goat?

      • arglebargle

        Obligatory why not both?

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Alan

      The shocking part is that she’s a former teacher. I wouldn’t let my kids within miles of this idiot.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        She does appear to have an enormous gravitational pull.

    • Crank Tango

      “So far, everything’s been positive, from what I can tell,” she told the newspaper. “I just hope that more and more people and children get covered under this new health-care plan.”

      https://media.giphy.com/media/pDgHg2Lcju3Ty/giphy.gif

    • So her 35 yo son (who was originally earning $1800 per month) was being charged $900 pcm for his insurance which his Momma was helping him with

      Then he loses his job and it’s a blessing from God and Trump …

    • proudgrampa

      Ah, the Stupid. It burns.

  • Alan

    Why is this not shocking anymore?

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      Trump has got them Russian ties
      And all that Faked-up Fake News
      Nothing’s Shocking…

  • Creepoman

    “$45 thousand, and all I got was this lousy country that $20 Trillion in debt?”
    – V. Putin

  • Gayer Than Thou

    That RT “gala” looks like it’s happening in the rec room of a senior center.

    • laughingnome

      Dining on Meals on Wheels

      • Gayer Than Thou

        I’m assuming a big chunk of the party budget went to hiring prostitutes Flynn and Stein to come to the party.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Obligatory: LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!

    • Lefty Frizzell

      See previous thread. What I’m saying is that we might in fact all agree with that sentiment, I know I do (although with a trial first as a formality!) but it just doesn’t feel right as a mob chant. It’s a good snark, to turn the opposition chant round at them, but as a real call to action it feels dirty, wrong.

      And that’s because liberals (generally) value independence of thought and action and conservatives (generally) value authoritarianism.

      And that’s because of shit like blanket training.

      And that’s why Europe can’t understand what the fuck America is doing.

      • Crank Tango

        liberals (generally) value independence of thought and action and conservatives (generally) value authoritarianism.
        There’s yer bumper sticker right there.

      • Crystalclear12

        How ’bout “Bless his heart” then?

        • Lefty Frizzell

          Good. Outwardly polite, bitterly dry humor inside, nod to The South.

  • FlownΩver

    “Emoluments” – another good, woody sort of word.

    • proudgrampa

      Definitely not tinny.

      EEEEEEEK!!!

  • memzilla Ω

    Who else would pay good money to see Judge Judy settle this guy’s hash in about 22 minutes?

    “So General Flynn, were you lying then, or are you lying now?”
    “umm.. well…”
    “UMM IS NOT AN ANSWER! Now General Flynn, it can only be one of the two. Lying THEN? Or lying NOW? SPEAK UP!”
    *melts into puddle of uniform-wearing goo*

    — CUE THEME MUSIC | COMMERCIAL BREAK–

  • Chadwells
  • Bill D. Burger
  • arglebargle

    Sin like Flynn.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    As part of his letter, Cummings released new documents obtained by the Oversight Committee—including payment vouchers, international financial transaction logs,

    Whatever happened to the brown paper sack, or the briefcase full of untraceable bills?
    Geez, espionage and bribery is so…bland…nowadays.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    And y’all were pissed at Rachel for stretching out the two page nothing tax return thing which she had to do because tax returns?…

    • Alan

      I doubt anyone was pissed but it was a nothing.

      • magyar of infinite power

        Plenty of people were pissed, Fox accused her of committing ALL THE FELONIES!!!! for disclosing tax info.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • wide_stance_hubby

      He needs to be stripped of all his medals. Right after they are sewn to his actual chest.

  • Martini Ambassador
    • MynameisBlarney

      Less than a year I bet.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Too “rich” to go to jail – I’m thinking he’ll emigrate. Just ahead of the pitchforks and torches. Ya know, the way dictators always do when the people get fed up.

      • Martini Ambassador

        The list of places where he’s still welcomed (because he hasn’t insulted them due to gross incompetence and complete lack of diplomatic skills) has got to get shorter every day. But Russia might possibly still have him.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Alan

      We used to have a pun jar. You owe a dollar.

      • MynameisBlarney

        HAHAHA!!!

        Check’s already in the mail!

        • Oblios_Cap

          Nicely done. ISWYDT.

        • Alan

          Yeah, from you and Soros.

          • Crystalclear12

            You haven’t got yours either!?

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Was this supposed to be camp?…

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Nice pitch.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Flynn got less vetting to be National Security Advisor than a Somali tourist applying for a visa.

    • Rick Hill

      And the red flags were ignored

      • magyar of infinite power

        “Vetting”, since it no longer counts if it’s in quotes

        • Proud Liberal

          Well, since we don’t vet our Presidents anymore, who cares if our National Security Advisor is a traitor?

      • Celtic_Gnome

        White skin will do that.

    • Or tthe “Irish Blessing” trump gave to a group of Irish politico’s including P.M. Enda Kenny.

      Turns out that the “Irish Blessing” was derived from a poem by Nigerian poet.

      Jeez, these guys.

    • Asterix

      That’s true of the entire administration so far.

  • Rick Hill

    One thing that’s been in our faces but ignored so far, trump kept saying we should take the oil from other countries. Any bets that theft of another country’s resources is literally what he wants to do?

    • Alan

      Seems that’s how he runs his business so….

      • Rick Hill

        And he’s tried to do everything else he said in the campaign, no matter how stoopid

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Tillerson/Putin/North Sea….

    • Proud Liberal

      Trump wants to be king of the world. The man is delusional.

      • Rick Hill

        When Bush was running amok, someone noted that what is done with a country that is the only superpower going crazy is the other countries band together and isolate the superpower. The rest of Asia working on TPP is the first step of that

  • magyar of infinite power

    Are we taking bets on how long it takes for trump to declare bankruptcy on this whole “President” thing?

    • Alan

      You mean his soul?

    • Nounverb911

      The day after he actually bankrupts the country?

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Day before. Remember, Trump gots to get paid.

  • Meanwhile, another dude who has received income from Russian deals, Sec State Tillerson, is searching his Seoul for new ways to threaten “nuclear war” without actually saying “nuclear war”.

    • Liberoid Ron

      ‘Deliver high-yield thermal devices to Pyongyang and its surrounding suburbs as well as concentrations of government facilities.’ Makes it sound like you’re sending them electric heaters.

      • BackDoorMan

        … this is why the MIC likes purposely vague/misleading/doublespeak terms in describing their high-tech toys of maximum havoc and destruction and maiming and death. Remember the so-called Smart Bomb? Delivers precise extermination results of targeted individuals, leaves property intact. Or maybe that’s an urban myth – it’s getting so hard to tell between imaginary and real these days.

  • Rick Hill

    Seth Meyers:
    “Meals on Wheels?!?” Meyer exclaimed. “How dead inside do you have to be to not want old people to get food? Your heart is so small it makes your tiny hands look like catcher’s mitts. Old people voted for you! Your key demographics were old people and older people. They believed you when you said you cared about them. There’s nothing more low-life than lying to the elderly. You should know that. You’re 70.”

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Part of me is excited that he’s going to be fucking over the idiots that voted for them.

      • Alan

        Yeah, makes me feel dirty though.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Me too. I can’t help it though, I want the idiots who voted for him to suffer the most, because they sure didn’t mind screwing the rest of us over.

      • Rick Hill

        What’s the German word for Schadenfreude but you’re standing watching your whole village burn down at the same time?

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Schadenberggefeurenfreude?

        • Nockular cavity

          Die Gotterdamerung

          • Rick Hill

            I heard once there is a Norse word or something, where you know your doom is coming and you still choose to stay on the path that is taking you there. Or something like that. Mentioned the german people exhibited it at the end of the war

        • Rags

          ooo ess aah! Ooo ess aah!

      • Martini Ambassador

        Throughout my life, I have known a *ton* of elderly folks dependent on Meals on Wheels. Not all of them are right-wingers. This makes me very sad, because I know this means choosing between heat, possibly a living space, meds or food for some folks. But yeah, I hear you, that is the sweet-spot demographic for the conservatards, and they just shot themselves right in the fucking ass.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Yes, I know, I’m quite torn. On the one hand I’m thrilled he’s fucking over his own base, on the other hand, I know he’s fucking over good people too.

          I have a RWNJ neighbor whose wife works for the federal government, and I’m hoping she loses her job. They won’t go hungry, since he has his state pension, and his Social Security paychecks, and her house is paid off, but I’d like to see them get screwed. Republicans have run up a huge hole in our state pension system, so I’m hoping they screw him out of his pension, too.

          She owned a lot of Bank of America stock in 2008 when it became virtually worthless, and she STILL votes for Republicans. They really need another lesson in how bad Republicans are.

          Trump has brought out some ugly emotions in me, but I can’t help it.

      • Snopes Shop

        But we’re here, too…

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          I know, therein lies the rub. The only way we’re ever going to get rid of Republicans, and Tea Party assholes, is if we let them actually create the government they want (no taxes for the rich, no social safety net for the rest of us).

          • Lamashtar

            I don’t believe it. Kansans are still conservative.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            My belief is that they just haven’t been screwed hard enough yet. Once they realize hating other people isn’t really going to help them, they might change. Otherwise I guess we can all just adjust to living in the Handmaid’s Tale.

          • Lamashtar

            Global warming does mean that Canada will be much more livable?

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Silver linings!

    • Crank Tango

      I keep picturing an old guy I saw on Thanksgiving, sitting in his wheelchair with his MAGA hat atop his be-liverspotted head. That dude’s fucked.

      • Marceline

        Good.

      • Rick Hill

        Save on meals on wheels and then save on Medicare and SS. you see? Win-win

        Ps. Dead eyed granny starver is no longer funny

  • Chadwells

    Soooo these guys like to victim shame rape survivors, right? Can we victim shame Dampnut for being a Russian puppet? Seems like it would be the least we could do in return.

    Does that make any sense? I’m kind of baked!

    You know….because Dampnut is trying to play the victim in this wiretap bullshit.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Apparently being as crazy as a loon doesn’t get in the way of making smack.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Trump holding a press conference to explain that the media is fake, and that Obamacare is on a respirator and imploding. His plan is terrific, yooge, classy, and everybody will be taken care of. Luckily he’s saying he’s 100 PERCENT BEHIND RYANCARE. Good job, dipshits, hope you pass your bill, fuck your supporters, and get your asses handed to you in 2018.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    I can’t decide what looks worse for Trump..if he knew, or didn’t know.

    And WTF Jill Stein, you insufferably sanctimonious gasbag?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “What, I had a Green salad.”
      — Jill Stein

      • Proud Liberal

        And I did my best to elect Trump. What more to you want?

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        She deserves a beet-down.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          How about a rough ride followed by a wood shampoo (of votes)?

        • Lance Thrustwell

          With a Borscht belt.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            I concede the floor to you, sir!

    • Rick Hill

      The people who want to burn this country down are not the ones going to be paying the price of that happening

      • Liberoid Ron

        They never are. Never, ever.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Trump: Quick release some more tax returns!
    Jared: But sir, those two pages were absolutely the only ones that made you look legit.
    Trump: All right then. I didn’t want to go there, but this is serious. Release the Sean Spicer sex tape.

    • laughingnome

      The Sean Spicer sex tape is obviously phony. No one would sleep with Spicer.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Morbid curiosity, however, would force me to watch it.

      • Lamashtar

        I’m the only one getting sexually confused by Melissa McCarthy looking like Spicer?

    • writersbloc

      XXXtra Spicey!

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      I just became nauseated at the thought of that.

      • Roni Raven, Just Microwavin’

        Especially if he’s wearing the Easter bunny costume in it.

    • BackDoorMan

      … I especially like it that you have Jared calling Donnie “sir” – you just know this is how he maintains his position in the Family. I’m willing to bet Ivanka has whispered in his ear “just be a sycophant, he likes that, and he’ll listen to you that way.”

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Don’t. Jump!…..

    • Chadwells

      I want to sleep in that box…

    • magyar of infinite power

      Put Them In My Belly!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Gulliver appreciated the Lilliputians’ attempt at a bowl of Cheerios for him.

    • Nockular cavity

      “No, Homer, don’t jump! It’s a trap!”
      “Mmmm, donuts.”

    • proudgrampa

      Yum!

  • Paid 45k for Flynn…how much did they rent Jill for?

    • Belasaurius

      that whore gave it away for camera time

    • wide_stance_hubby

      She’s like the bride on the cake. Inedible.

      • proudgrampa

        OOOOH. Nasty!

    • magyar of infinite power

      20 bucks, same as in town

      • Oblios_Cap

        *rimshot*

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    From nothingburger to shit sandwich. Spicer’s denial at the daily airing of grievances should be delicious.

  • Belasaurius

    anyone else notice “Dr.” Jill Stein in that pic?

    • Proud Liberal

      I did long ago. Nobody heard me.

      • Vincent Ricola

        I’m sure she was just there to give a $45,000 speech on the dangers of home wifi. Nothing to see here. Western medicine is a tool of the devil. No puppet, you’re the puppet.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Ms. Gnome was recently in the hospital for an unexpected long weekend. Western medicine is fucking science fiction. People walking around with goddamned tricorders.

  • DrBigHead

    So is it time to permanently give the Legislative Badass of the Year Award to Rep. Cummings’ and retire his jersey?

    • proudgrampa

      I truly love and admire that man.

  • Crystalclear12

    Either Trump did know or he is a complete idiot.

    Whoops, let me fix.
    Trump did know AND he is a complete idiot.

    • Proud Liberal

      Trump is a traitor. Nobody wants to admit that fact.

      • Oblios_Cap

        I will.

      • laughingnome

        Today we are all Trump accusers.

      • Crystalclear12

        Benedict Arnold libel!!

      • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

        Meh, what’s the big deal, really? At least he proposes gutting everything soft and pansy from the budget, and getting rock hard for defense spending. ‘MericaFUCK YEAH We’re fucked!

      • proudgrampa

        OK. I admit it! There. Happy?

        • Proud Liberal

          I kinda think we are in trouble. A traitor is the President of the United States.

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            I’ve used that word and been told that it doesn’t quite reach the level of legal challenge. But sure…

      • Nockular cavity

        Worse, a third of Americans are belligerent supporters of him.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Amazing…despite a lifetime of practice, these bumbling assholes aren’t even decent liars, cheats, and thieves.

    • Crystalclear12

      Not their A game.

      • Crystalclear12

        Maybe their “A” game?

    • Out of all of this, I am hoping it will make EVERY con man think 3 times before trying a stunt like this again, because you will be watched, closely, and all your dirty little secrets will come out

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Of course, the nature of a con man is to always think you’re smarter than everyone else.

    • BackDoorMan

      … yeah, whatever happened to “Go big or go home”, “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch”, “In for a penny, in for a pound”, or any number of other pithy sayings… I mean, why rob the local bodega at gunpoint when you can join the government and have a chance at grifting the really big bucks? If you fuck that up… well, I have even less sympathy for you than I might have had before.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    aren’t like half of Trump’s employees Russian agents?

    • Rick Hill

      Only at Mar-a-Lago

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Cheaper than buying a membership.

    • laughingnome

      They keep Russian but they never Finnish anything.

  • Oblios_Cap
    • NastyBossetti

      He should feel embarrassed every damn day, about nearly everything that comes out of his stupid mouth hole.

      • proudgrampa

        He’s bad. And he should feel bad!

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

      Perhaps a hearty grundle punch would cheer the poor lad up?

      • magyar of infinite power

        Is that like a donkey punch? Because he definitely needs a donkey punch. With votes!

        • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

          Similar idea, but without the implied coitus, cuz I don’t think anyone wants that.

          • magyar of infinite power

            I think we are using different definitions. I know a donkey punch as just hitting someone in the taint

          • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

            Yes we are using different definitions, and yes to the original ask then.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          At the very least, a dutch oven the next time Ivanka stays over.

    • Crystalclear12

      Well about time. We’ve been embarrassed on his behalf for months!

    • BadKitty904

      Good.

    • Mary Sandoras

      Nah, the ghost of Obama has taken up residence in his brain, and it’s haunting Trump every day. He’ll come up with a twist, just give him time.

    • Alan
    • Marceline

      Finally some good news. Wait until he has that meeting with Merkle where she keeps subtly reminding him all the ways Obama was better.

      (I’m feeling really depressed and vicious today so allow me to apologize in advance.)

      • magyar of infinite power

        “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit next to me” – Scarlett O’Hara (Allegedly)

        • LucindathePook

          Alice Roosevelt Longworth, no?

      • NastyBossetti

        I heard a piece on the radio this morning saying she and Obama used to “compete” to see who could come to their meetings more prepared. How nerdily charming! Wonder what friendly competition she’ll have with Trump…

        • magyar of infinite power

          Dick size. She’ll win.

          • NastyBossetti

            He would never whip that out in front of people who haven’t signed an NDA saying they can’t talk about how pitifully small it is.

    • chicken thief

      Prolly isn’t helping that the Irish dude fucked with his head in the St Paddy’s Day comments.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Wait! Was that? That little tingle. Was that like empathy or sympathy or something?

      Nope. Just gas.

  • BadKitty904

    So weird how everybody in Trump’s inner circle keeps getting caught working for foreign governments, don’t you think?

    Not NEARLY as weird as how nothing whatsoever keeps being done about it.

    • Oblios_Cap

      It’s that one weird trick to keep you from going to jail.

      Apparently the trick is to have a GOP majority in all three branches of government.

      • BadKitty904

        And all the resources of a powerful enemy state backing you.

    • Vincent Ricola

      The RNC (a party full of creepy child grabbers) was also hacked, but the contents were not released because Wikileaks said it was all “too boring”.
      *adjusts tinfoil bra*

    • Liberoid Ron

      I’m beginning to think you lot aren’t very good at this ‘protecting the country’ thing. Do we need to send the Mounties down there?

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Remember the Bernie bros who became Jill Stein supporters? Yeah I wonder how much Puti paid her, too.

    • Martini Ambassador

      Ug, those guys. Way too smart for all of us Hillbots, and yet, so easily taken in by Russian propaganda. Really makes ya think…

      • Vincent Ricola

        And they all managed to disappear after the election. Wonder why?

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Jill Stein’s a big disappointment. I think a strong green movement aligns very nicely with a center left social democratic agenda, but she’s just all wrong for it.

      • magyar of infinite power

        Johnson was far less insane but couldn’t get any traction. Because he was far less insane.

        • magyar of infinite power

          He also has a smoking hot body.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Also a little under-prepared in the whole foreign policy field.

      • C4TWOMAN

        Sorry, but the Green movement in the States has been under attack, and in many places coopted by opportunists, for quite some time. One example:

        https://web.archive.org/web/20070908233549/http://www.burlingtongreenparty.org/

        Important Notice

        This Burlington Green Party is the legal
        town committee of the Vermont Green Party which is an affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. You may confirm this fact with the Vermont Secretary of State at 802-828-0771. Please regard an “official” site by Owen Mulligan, Rene & Jeanne Kaczka-Valliere, Annette Urbschat, James Vos, Frank Haddleton, Sean Starfighter, Hillary Weeks and Patrick Stanton to be a fraudulent representation of the Lyndon LaRouche cult leader Craig Hill from Montpelier.

        Craig Hill is listed on the VG wiki page:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermont_Green_Party

        There’s an archive somewhere of the effort that went to to try to take over the main green party, but I don’t have a link handy. When that didn’t work, they turned to cyber squatting and other sleazy moves.

        Until further notice, I regard the USA Greens as flakes, however else I may want to support them in theory.

        EDIT: Craig Hill was also covered on Alex Jones Prisonplanet website:
        http://www.prisonplanet .com/articles/march2007/020307Panel.htm

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Two gentlemen were fighting over ownership of a nonprofit corporation for a crazy fundy church. Both were evidently officers of the corporation. Both signed up with the Secretary of State’s office to receive email notifications whenever changes were made to the corporation’s records.

          Person A is the statutory agent, the only contact info in the record, essentially the official mailbox for the corporation.

          Person B goes in, files a form to appoint himself as agent, signs as an officer of the corporation, and pays a $25 fee.

          Person A receives notification of the change of agent information on the record, files a change of agent form re-appointing himself as agent, and pays a $25 fee.

          Person B gets the notification and re-appoints himself. $25. Rinse and repeat.

          We could have funded Meals on Wheels with these two guys.

    • Marceline

      Those idiots got played. So did Bernie. It makes one wonder where some of those $27 donations came from.

    • Lamashtar
  • anon_the_great

    So how much was Jill Stein paid?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Oodles of rubles.

      • An Outhouse for the Resistance

        Carats of whore diamonds.

    • Alan

      Doesn’t matter, private citizen.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “They made me feel important, that’s all the payment I need.”
      — Jill Stein

    • Belasaurius

      camera time for that media whore

    • chicken thief

      A spaghetti diamond necklace?

    • Pilotshark

      commandant of a FEMA camp.

  • Zonath

    Putin: Mr. Trump, we Russians do everything better than Americans. We even do capitalism better than you do.

    Trump: You’re lying. We invented capitalism!

    Putin: But it’s true! When Russia broke from communism, we sold practically our whole government to powerful Russian oligarchs. Your government still owns quite a lot.

    Trump: I’ll show you! When I’m President, I’ll sell the entire US Government to powerful Russian oligarchs. Then you’ll see!

    Putin: Yes, I’d like to see you try.

    • C4TWOMAN

      In essence probably how Putin probably Trump. Play to his ego, suggest he can’t do something Putin wants him to do, pat him on the back when he does.

    • Pilotshark

      POTUS + Putin Owns The United States

  • Jon Sussex

    Is that a pic of the employees’ table? (Looks at Stein.)

    • C4TWOMAN

      Fuck her again with…….lots and lots of votes.

  • laughingnome

    Okay, I’m becoming more and more convinced this Russian takeover strategy includes Bannon and Conway somehow. Anyone care to speculate wildly?

    • Alan

      Definitely Bannon. Conway is just stupid.

      • laughingnome

        I read in a Bloomberg article that she was one of the first purchasers of a condo in the Trump tower near the UN where a lot of the other initial purchasers were oligarchs. Plus she’s been connected to those weird Mercers for a while.

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          Okay, so Conway, too…..although she’d make an awful pee hooker…

          • magyar of infinite power

            Depends on how big her bladder is

        • Hemp Dogbane

          That was likely the Mercers placing her there.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      I doubt Conway because she was a Cruz director before Trump — she is just a soulless hack willing to take dollars.

    • LucindathePook

      Conway is there to push dominionism, I believe.

  • AJ Milne

    So is the Liar–in-chief gonna freak out at 3 am Saturday over the _Oversight Committee_ bein’ all McCarthyist this time?

    … Or are we going back to how he’s all peace and groovy love and he just wants ‘peace’ with aggressive, violent kleptocrats running a mafia state.

    Bookies’ odds:

    . 10:1 — McCarthyists! Watergate! Derp!!!
    . 5:1 — Obama is _too_ in my toaster! Huge majority! Bargle!
    . not taking wagers — AJ so doesn’t fucking care anyway. Just #STFUDumbass.

  • Sophia

    Add another Trump lover to the caught list

    Tea Partier and Trump supporter Steve Stockman has been charged with violating federal election law by misusing money from a charity that he created while in office. The former Texas congressman allegedly started the non-profit Life Without Limits, then channelled $350,000 in charity donations back to his own account.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/trump-loving-former-congressman-hauled-off-in-handcuffs-for-allegedly-looting-his-own-charity/

    http://www.click2houston.com/news/former-texas-congressman-steve-stockman-accused-of-violating-federal-election-law

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    GO TO JAIL! GO TO JAIL! GO TO JAIL!

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      DO NOT PASS RUSSIA!…

      • Mr Canoehead

        DO NOT COLLECT $45,000

    • C4TWOMAN

      LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!

  • Rick Hill

    Seriously, the observation trump had more scandals than Obama wasn’t meant to be a monthly challenge.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      See also, vacation days.

      • Sonyacaguilar

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !dd266c:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !dd266c:
        ➽➽
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    • Lamashtar

      Trump: Challenge accepted

  • mancityRed6

    So how long does the paper trail have to be before they follow it all the way to tRump?

  • Martini Ambassador
    • C4TWOMAN

      Ever since the “gay-pizzagate” fiasco, (the OTHER pizzagate) that resulted in $800,000(!) crowdfunding from the far right, I’ve been trying to think of a legal and ethical way to make money off the alt-right.
      So mebbe mugs ad t-shirts? But I think others have beat me, sigh…

      More on gay-pizzagate for those who don’t know:
      http://time.com/3771465/indiana-no-gay-wedding-pizza-parlor-raises-money/

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        A Republican from Texas corrupt? What’s news is that he got caught.

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        Well, apparently, we’d just have to promise them instant riches if they’ll just send a check for “handling and processing” to this convenient P.O. Box, but, unlike the Republicans, we have some kind of moral core.

  • Crystalclear12

    Republicans are cheap. Clinton got a lot more for her speeches and didn’t even betray her country.

    • azeyote

      just the progressive wing of her party

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        Just exactly what Karl Rove wanted you to think

        • azeyote

          sorry i’m way more progressive than Goldman Sachs and that whole rip –

  • laughingnome
  • x111e7thst

    depending on how that dick-weenus filled out his paperwork there might be an indictable offence there. now if there was a prosecutor willing to indict..

  • Shoto

    ADX Florence or Gitmo? Discuss.

  • BearGHAZI

    If I were the Trump Administration, I’d just blame everything on Jill Stein

    • JustDon’tSayMicrowave

      Trump Admin, hell – I blame Jill Stein.

      • CindyinEncinitas

        Do you wonder if she paid them to go to that dinner?

        • JustDon’tSayMicrowave

          With campaign moniez, do ya s’pose?

          • CindyinEncinitas

            And with her tears and pitiful pleas to be relevant.

          • JustDon’tSayMicrowave

            “Please laugh”

    • phoenix00

      They already blame Hillary/Obama/Blahs/Messicans/Mooslems/Ghynah/anyone but themselves so that just adds to The List.

  • chicken thief

    What, no pee hookers? I guess only the yoogest, orangy-est people bigly get the pee hookers.

    • Pilotshark

      well even with all his sleezery, he knows better than to get compromised like that, deception, deceit, fraud, greed yes.

      • puredog

        “Knows better than to get compromised”, like when he was swept up in the predictable tap of Kislyak’s phone?

        • Pilotshark

          I meant something like pee hookers. you can see that coming from miles away.

          • NellCote71

            No one expects the Spanish, er, Russian pee hookers.

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Lock him up dude was projecting the fuck outta that chant, AmIrite?

    • JustDon’tSayMicrowave

      Yup. So much yup.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      I’m guessing that the full chant he had in mind was “lock her up before she gets into office and I end up in the slammer for my crimes because no way she winks at them the way that Orange Foolius would do!”

      Problem is, that doesn’t scan as well, so…

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        SO MUCH THIS.

    • NellCote71

      I will never forget his hate-filled face, the specks of spittle flying from his mouth, when he led that chant.

  • Regarding the T-shirt idea from a few days ago, I would like one that states “LOCK HIM UP!”. Just a thought.

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    Offer Flynn an immunity deal and I guarantee you,

    ♫ The halls of Congress will be alive,
    With the sound of singing. ♫

    • puredog

      I dunno. He’s military, and inculcated in the value of falling on his sword for the Chimp in Chief.

      • NellCote71

        Ideally so, but he seems more the Me First type, and someone who puts personal interests above country.

    • Hospergar

      Until the Russians get wind of it and Mikey has a sudden accident.

  • puredog

    All exciting, but as a former prosecutor I would have to lift an eyebrow re the viability of going after a perjury conviction stemming from taking money from a (purportedly) “private” “tool” of a foreign government as being a violation of the Emoluments Clause because of the scienter element. But maybe I’m just a wimp. (Most prosecutors are wimps about perjury prosecutions.) I mean, the case against Sessions is MUCH stronger, and that’s going nowhere fast.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Too bad they can’t forum shop it over my way. The 9th Circuit may see things differently.

    • NellCote71

      Interesting concept, but as a very high-level U.S. military officer, one who was in charge of military intelligence, isn’t it incumbent on Flynn to have known this?

  • goonemeritus

    I like money as much as the next guy but dining with Jill Stein would require my top per hour compensation rate.

  • faroutinNM

    Wow. It sounds like Flynn is setting himself up for a lucrative job as a right-wing pundit type. They always love a traitorous type like this.

  • susan_g

    I would like to know how much Jill Stein was paid, too.

    • Panika MCD

      that is a compelling point.

    • HazooToo

      Particularly because she keeps opening her assmouth and talking shit about Democrats being corrupt. Bitch, do you OWN a goddamn mirror?!

  • Panika MCD

    a) you’re going to just have to name the award in Congressman Cumming’s name at this rate.

    b) this is a no win for Tsarina Anusmouth’s supporters, but I’m sure they’ll try anyhow and it will be hilarious.

  • Swampay

    Cyber security? Whew, I’m glad it’s not something fishy.

  • Werewolf
  • Villago Delenda Est

    This is what needs to happen to Flynn. The difference here is that Jason McCord was innocent of all charges.

    https://youtu.be/TXlUS5-ag_g

  • Heather Alexander

    And Stein? Is anybody going to ask Stein if she also got $45,000? Or does she get a pass…

    • Weevie

      Leave her alone, she’s such a dingbat, things would only get worse trying to make sense out of anything she says. Give her a lobotomy pass.

  • gratuitous

    Oh, you librul elitists! As if none of you has ever had $33,000 just fall out of the sky into your pocket. Happens to guys like Gen. Flynn all the time, and who is he to question the mysterious ways of a benevolent deity (presumably)? You’re all just being so unfair!

    • Longstreet63

      Totally true. I found ten grand under my napkin just yesterday at the FSB luncheon. What kind of guest would I be if I suggested it came from them?

  • Weevie

    “Flynn also received $11,250 from a Russian charter cargo airline”

    To move exactly what kind of cargo?

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I’m so tired of reading about Russia. Can we just put the whole Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight in jail and be done with this?

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