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California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is fed the fuck up with Donald Trump and his justice-obstructing ass. She is not taking kindly to Trump’s bitching and moaning on Twitter about how he is being “witch-hunted” by the person who “told him” to fire the FBI director. Of course, Trump is pretending Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ordered him to do that, but as far as we know, the only person who “told him” to do that is Jared Kushner. Stop investigating Ivanka’s dad, JARED! Rude!

Feinstein is the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight over the Department of Justice, and she’s saying OUT LOUD that she’s worried Donald Trump, in the middle of a sticky orange night sweat, will get mad and fire not only special counsel Robert Mueller, but also Rod Rosenstein. Here, have a full statement:

“I’m growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller.

“The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired. That’s undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president’s oath of office.

“First of all, the president has no authority to fire Robert Mueller. That authority clearly lies with the attorney general—or in this case, because the attorney general has recused himself, with the deputy attorney general. Rosenstein testified under oath this week that he would not fire Mueller without good cause and that none exists.

“And second, if the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he’s in for a rude awakening. Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law.

“It’s becoming clear to me that the president has embarked on an effort to undermine anyone with the ability to bring any misdeeds to light, be that Congress, the media or the Justice Department. The Senate should not let that happen. We’re a nation of laws that apply equally to everyone, a lesson the president would be wise to learn.”

We explained the other day that, if Trump wanted Mueller gone (which would only make the case against him WORSE), he would have to direct Rosenstein to do the firing. Unfortunately for Trump, Rosenstein would probably refuse that order. It’s possible Trump is so fucking stupid he thinks he could fire Rosenstein, nominate a new person to be Deputy Attorney General, and the Senate would be like “This is totally normal! We will vote unanimously to confirm the replacement for the guy you fired because you don’t want to be under investigation anymore! Who is this new person anyway? Eric Trump? Your goon lawyer Michael Cohen? All of this is just lovely.”

While we wonder at Feinstein’s assertion that “even [Trump’s] staunchest supporters will balk” at an attempt by Trump to place himself above the law — because his staunchest supporters are some IDIOTS — we do believe Republican senators like Richard Burr and Old Butterscotch Farts McCain would be like “HENNNNNNGH?” And that’s without even mentioning senators like Lisa Murkowski, who haaaaaaaaaaaates Trump, and was actually the first GOP senator to openly support the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Of course, it’s possible that Rod Rosenstein may have to go to Recusal Jail with Jeff Sessions, since he wrote the “Hillary Sux” memo Trump used as a cover for firing FBI Director James Comey. In other words, he could be a witness, at least for the obstruction of justice part of the investigation.

Maybe Trump thinks the next person in the line of succession — Rachel Brand, a Trump appointee — would do his dirty work. But if this quote from a Washington Post profile of Brand is any indication, President Baby Hands might be shit outta luck:

“I’m just delighted to be back,” said Brand, who ran the department’s Office of Legal Policy under President George W. Bush. “I love DOJ. I have a great amount of respect and affection for this institution.”

Fuck! She respects the law and loves the Department of Justice! Is there NOBODY around here who will unquestionably take orders from Donald Trump, the Constitution be damned?

We don’t know what Trump’s next justice-obstructing move will be, but Dianne Feinstein is right to be worried, and we’re glad she’s ready to fuck him the fuck up.

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  • The Wanderer

    I have rarely seen a man so eager to cut his throat with his own tongue.

    • Christopher Story

      “Look what I can do!”

    • Ill-Advised

      And it’s not sharp enough to do that. Might be long enough to choke him, though.

  • William
    • The Wanderer

      That smirk is horrendous.

    • PubOption

      “Let’s say that half the people in the witness box tell lies, seems reasonable, right. If God cared about the lies we tell under oath, if He cared and He struck the liars down, there would be hearses lined up at the back of the court like taxis at the airport.”

    • BearGHAZI

      Nice try, libtard. He’s too stupid to know what the truth is.

  • bookish

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/markjoyella/2017/06/16/just-trust-me-alex-jones-has-badly-damaged-nbcs-plans-for-megyn-kelly/#6d006a216fb7

    This was never intended to be journalism. It was just meant to be promotable TV, and the mission wasn’t “shining a light” on anything other than Megyn Kelly’s new show.

    Kelly even hints that she wouldn’t hit Jones too hard because she wouldn’t want to scare away future guests.

    “The next time I want to get somebody, they’re going to say, ‘Look what you did to Alex Jones,’…it’s not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I promise you that.”

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      So let’s call it “Megyn Kelly’s Fun-Time Softball Hour”, then?

    • ariel_gee_398

      Then she should have been hired by the entertainment division of NBC, not the news division. Jesus fuck these people.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Chris Wallace’s father is spinning in his grave.

        • The Wanderer

          Ed Murrow should come out of his grave. He would fuck all of these people up.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Uncle Walter would be joining Ed.

          • The Wanderer

            Damned right. Cronkite led troops into battle (accidentally, it must be said – he picked up the wrong helmet). He can easily beat the fuck out of these morons.

          • Werewolf

            Ernie Pyle also, too.

          • Duckbudder

            Don’t forget Chet, and David.

          • Paul

            HL Mencken would be fun now.

          • The Wanderer

            ODG, Mencken. (swoons)

        • Wild Cat

          Then Mike shouldn’t has spun in Chris’ mother.

      • Wild Cat

        She’s a whore who wouldn’t even break the news that Fox was rampant with sexual misconduct.
        NBC is feces for hiring her.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        As far as NBC’s corporate masters are concerned, there is no difference between “news” and “entertainment.” Both are expected to be wildly profitable.

        • JCfromNC

          I believe the news division is actually part of the entertainment division, so it’s expected to turn a profit instead of providing a service.

    • Persistent Demme

      There’s a special place in Hell for her.

    • mfp

      what a crock o shit, the whole idea of giving that piece of shit jones that big a platform and exposure…and fuck megyn kelly and whoever else was responsible for this whitewash…btw, the author of the piece?….please, point out to me where megyn kelly “…clearly has talent…”–assumes facts not evidenced

    • georgiaburning

      If she wants to be the next Barbara Walters, she’s not starting well

    • Clicked the link, got this:

      Quote of the Day

      If you work hard, you can break barriers.

      Kim Kardashian West,
      TV Personality

      Srsly, Forbes? SRSLY?!

      • MizzMazz

        I got it too. I have to think it’s a joke, I just have to. Like the brown cows make chocolate milk thing; most of those people you thought that was the case HAD to be joking/trolling.
        Right?
        Right?

        • Rags

          It was an online poll.

          • MizzMazz

            So absolutely no credibility at all. Got it :D

  • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

    Glad to see she’s doing this preemptively.

    • cmd resistor

      I am, too.

    • Persistent Demme

      She and Kamala can be California’s butt-kicking avengers.

  • Michael Smith

    His supporters won’t balk at anything. They want him to fire the entire government and rule personally, and I’m not kidding. They believe that liberalism (which is “a mental illness”) has so encased itself in the bowels of the government that the only way to restore the constitutional order is to absolutely destroy the state.

    Then it should be rebuilt by God-fearing, self-sufficient, patriotic Americans like Trump who will recognize that the state’s role is to protect limited personal liberties, NOT to equalize things for people or try to correct historical injustices or the unfairness of the natural world.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The Founding Fathers were worse than liberals…they were followers of the Enlightenment.

      • snigsy

        Aka common sense.

      • Michael Smith

        I wonder how they would feel about their ideas and very identities being used to support superstition, anti-intellectualism and reactionary politics.

      • Rags

        And they were scientists.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      To protect private property…to include human chattel.

    • Rex Thorne

      You know someone has an extremely limited mind if they repeat the absurd claim that being an intelligent, compassionate, person is a mental-illness. I’m sure it looks that way to sociopaths, but they should be more guarded with their toxic “opinions” that signal what they are.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        It’s always projection with these assholes. Always.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I think Feinstein is an optimist. If Trump were caught on video drowning a puppy in a bucket, his supporters would say he was giving it a bath or something.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Or that the puppy deserved it.

      • jowgajen

        Drowning that puppy made a liberal cry so it’s a good thing.

        • Michael Smith

          That’s no joke what their line would be.

          • cmd resistor

            Yep, they would drown their own children’s puppies if it made a liberal cry.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            They do, after all, love their guns more than their own children.

        • Persistent Demme

          One of the many reasons that I say, “Fuck ’em!”

        • Rex Thorne

          Their hatred of intelligent, compassionate, people tells us a lot about their poisoned subculture.

          This is the result of not telling Rush Limbaugh to crawl back under his rock decades ago. The addiction to propaganda drove Conservatives mad, and put them into a spiral that just keeps making them angrier and more delusional.

        • Kiri the Unicorn

          It was a Muslim puppy anyway.

      • Indivisible Snark Tank

        Keep him away from Chihuahuas, please!

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Well, his support is eroding among his base.

      I’m just not even sure even they can handle four years of this.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      My two dogs, OTOH, would do things that violate every Rule for Radicals.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Donald was not wrong when he said he could gun someone down on Fifth Avenue and his supporters wouldn’t care.

      • Rex Thorne

        As long as that person wasn’t a white, male, right-wing Christian.
        Having a large exclusionary subculture, with cult-like beliefs, is a major problem for the country.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Okay, DiFi had a double helping of Wheaties this morning.

    • The Wanderer

      Or someone slipped her a Proton Super-Energy Pill.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        “When criminals in this world appear
        And break the laws that they should fear
        And frighten all who see or hear
        The cry goes up both far and near!”

        • Villago Delenda Est

          “Look! In the sky!”
          “It’s a bird!”
          “It’s a plane!”
          “It’s a frog!”
          “A frog?”
          “Not bird nor plane nor even frog. It’s just little ol’ me, Underdog!”

          • The Wanderer

            Hee!

        • The Wanderer

          Thank you for the reference-spotting! I was starting to get worried.

          • Predisenting Ron

            Err, how did you manage to conflate Underdog with Roger Ramjet?

          • The Wanderer

            Because:
            Underdog’s ring he’d fill
            With a proton super-energy pill!

          • Predisenting Ron

            I am embarrassed to have to admit I had to look that up. I just flat don’t remember it, though in my defense I haven’t seen an episode since the early 70s.

        • Werewolf

          “When tyrants tremble in their fear
          And hear their death-knells ringing,
          When friends rejoice both far and near,
          How can I keep from singing?”

        • Rags

          Under Dog is here!!!

    • Persistent Demme

      Sounds like RBG is sharing some “kick-ass juice!”

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “All those telegrams and pony express dispatches from constituents have really got me motivated. Also, I’m very old.”

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Can’t believe I haven’t made one of these images until now, but I’m glad Dianne Feinstein gave me a reason to do so. Please make a habit of that, Senator…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d615cf66fdee1f6512c9365a2f844d60acfd54fb396602b66e7cf980a5435cf4.png

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Feinstein is saying OUT LOUD that she’s worried Trump will have a tantrum
    and try to fire Rod Rosenstein AND Robert Mueller

    And, in other breaking news, the sun rose in the East today.

  • Not a fan of Feinstein, but in this case, she’s doing the right thing.

  • ariel_gee_398

    “If and when Trump fires Mueller he will have shown through his actions that he will not allow any investigation of Russia and his campaign to go forward. Bob Mueller is one of the most respected law enforcement officials in the country. His integrity and independence are considered beyond reproach. If one insists on looking under the veil at his own political leanings, he is a Republican – both a registered Republican and the appointee, as FBI Director, of a Republican (George W. Bush). If Mueller is not acceptable to Trump as an investigator, clearly no legitimate investigator is or ever will be.”

    And even if that is made clear, Congressional Republicans are still unlikely to act.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-very-very-dangerous-situation

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Yeah, that’s the choke point in all of this.

      Right now, not even pee hookers would get him impeached.

      • jowgajen

        I don’t think the pee hookers is an impeachable offense. Just scandalous as fuck.

        • GreenGoldSharpie

          It would be funny to see a US president impeached for picking up a hooker.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about a blow job.

          • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

            Silly you! He was a DEMOCRAT!

        • Crystalclear12

          It is compromising material used by the Russians to change his behavior.
          Motive.

        • Erala Contratista

          Tacky, tho.

          • The Wanderer

            Only after it dries.

  • cmd resistor

    OT but I just glanced at Trump giving his Cuba pandering speech in Miami, without sound (work). Then he stopped for a minute and some guy played something on a violin. I assume it was the national anthem because Trump and many of the sycophants had their hands over their hearts, although Trump was kind of tapping his fingers. Hm, could have been a Cuban song? Anyway, then he talked some more, then signed the new whatever, I suppose executive order. I swear his signature is about 1/3 of the second page. Gave out 3 pens. I can’t stand watching that guy. I’m not quite sure what he did, though.

    • jesterpunk

      He didnt do anything. Its all for show for his stupid base.

      • cmd resistor

        I read something last night speculating that if he undercuts tourism to Cuba, he will harm his hotel competitors during the period that he is not able to open his own hotel there.

        • snigsy

          Makes sense.

          • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

            Nothing makes sense anymore.

        • jesterpunk

          Would you be surprised by this?

          http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/14/donald-trump-cuban-embargo-castro-violated-florida-504059.html

          But really his thing today did nothing.

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-announces-revisions-to-parts-of-obamas-cuba-policy/2017/06/16/dee8671c-52ab-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

          Administration officials who briefed reporters ahead of Trump’s
          address, on White House-imposed condition of anonymity, said no policy changes would go immediately into effect. Instead, the new presidential directive will order the Treasury and Commerce departments to begin within 30 days to write new regulations that reverse some of those Obama implemented to ease the U.S. embargo against Cuba that has remained in place for nearly 60 years. Only Congress can lift it.

          Asked whether companies that have already signed Cuban contracts, such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts, should expect to lose money, an official said, “that will be handled in the specifics of regulations by Treasury and Commerce.” But “the administration’s intent,” the official said, “is not to disrupt existing transactions that have [already] occurred.”

          • cmd resistor

            The only surprise would be if they thought that far ahead. It was Starwood Hotels that was mentioned in that article. Nothing sleazy they did would surprise me at all. I read something else about how he really wanted to do (a pandering thing) to make the old Bay of Pigs guys who gave him an award shortly before the election happy.

        • georgiaburning

          It will be easy to find Trump’s hotel, just follow your nose. Everyone in Havana will make it a point to pee on the wall whenever they walk by

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Yes, it was the US national anthem. The violinist’s dad was executed by the Castro regime.

      I thought it might be something creepy like the Batista national anthem, but Cuba has had the same anthem since 1902 without change.

      • Clark_Nova

        It’s always reminded me of the old Gillette commercial theme from the ’50’s.

  • The Wanderer

    Trump on the stand:
    ” I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so anyway, I said to her, I said, they can’t afford that on what he earns, I mean for a start the feathers get up your nose, I ask you, four and six a pound, and him with a wooden leg, I don’t know how she puts up with it after all the trouble she’s had with her you-know-what, anyway it was a white wedding much to everyone’s surprise, of course they bought everything on the hire purchase, I think they ought to send them back where they came from, I mean you’ve got to be cruel to be kind so Mrs Harris said, so she said, she said, she said, the dead crab she said, she said. Well, her sister’s gone to Rhodesia what with her womb and all, and her youngest, her youngest as thin as a filing cabinet, and the goldfish, the goldfish they’ve got whooping cough they keep spitting water all over their Bratbys, well, they do don’t they, I mean you can’t, can you, I mean they’re not even married or anything, they’re not even divorced, and he’s in the KGB if you ask me, he says he’s a tree surgeon but I don’t like the sound of his liver, all that squeaking and banging every night till the small hours, his mother’s been much better since she had her head off, yes she has, I said, don’t you talk to me about bladders, I said…”

    • Jenny

      Mom?

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      “Sir” said the attorney “I asked you to state your full name.”

      • The Wanderer

        Cardinal Armand du Plessis du Richeliu.

    • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

      Captain Archer, is that you Sir?

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      “Your honor, permission to treat the witness as hostile?”
      “He’s your client, counselor.”

      • The Wanderer

        (GRAMS: Slapsticks)

    • armed_bears
    • Lance Thrustwell

      Did you make that up? That has a certain Joyce/Beckett kind of rhythm. Or perhaps Dickens with a demented character.

      • The Wanderer

        Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

    • Terpsichord

      Virginia Woolf? Mrs. Dalloway?

    • Pisto75666

      https://media.giphy.com/media/NnGGHE0muVqpO/giphy.gif

      BTW that was a hell of a lot more entertaining to read than ANYTHING that’s come out of the Orange Fuhrer’s mouth hole lately

    • Tiffany de Houston

      Sarah, is that you practicing up for your next Trump endorsement speech?

  • ArgieBargie

    Gee, I wonder why Trump thinks he can fire his way out of this mess.

    How’s that “Let’s elect a businessman!” thingy working out for ya, Wingnuts?

    Also, too, I have no doubt he will try to fire Mueller.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Or, if he doesn’t, the unfulfilled urge to will make him ever moar crazy.

    • Christopher Story

      You liberals hate him so much you won’t even give him a chance! Trump Derangement Syndrome!

      I just laugh anymore

      • jesterpunk

        How many chances per hour do we have to give him?

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        Crybabies! You’re just crying because you lost! Also, we’re literally that stupid that that’s the only reason WE get mad–we think it’s just about winning and losing, and have no idea about how anything works!

        • Villago Delenda Est

          A real troll would not get this post at all.

      • BMW

        Whether we give him a chance or not is irrelevant. He has his chance whether we wanted him to or not. He should stop whining and start trying to do something besides help his rich friends. He doesn’t need our permission to do a good job.

      • aureolaborealis

        Or, as my wingnut auntie posted on FB today, “What if we prayed for the president, instead of criticizing him all the time?”

        • Dudleydidwrong

          Ask her what we should be praying for? He’s preying on the country. If everybody “said their beads” for his resignation or arrest and trial, would that help?

        • The Wanderer

          Here’s my prayer for Trump:
          “May God bless and keep President Trump – FAR AWAY FROM US!”

        • Christopher Story

          Praying for the president of US to be successful! What a unique and novel idea! I’m guessing your Auntie was born yesterday?

          There’s an old conservative religious quote, I forget who now…

          “God isn’t a Democrat or a Republican, and he sure isn’t a Democrat.”

          • aureolaborealis

            She’s ~80. So … no?
            Also, a nephew who spent much of the Obama administration using his FB page to do a bad impersonation of Ted Nugent, who now whines that, “if people would just give Trump a chance, they’d see that all he wants is to make America great again.”

          • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

            America can’t be successful with a stupid, crazy traitor in the White House. Why is this so hard for you to understand? If it were just political differences, we could deal. But this man is crazy. Do you really not see that? He’s a seething narcissistic child who is under criminal investigation and will stop at nothing to stop the investigation because he knows he’s guilty and thus will never be vindicated.

        • CeeQ

          Dear God – please help Trump to repent utterly for his sins and wrong doings and resign his post for the good of the country.
          Amen.

    • marxalot

      It’s been pointed out that Trump runs his bijou empire not as a 20th or 21st century corporation, but (at its heart, behind the LLCs and shifting shell companies) as that most robber-baron of institutions, the proprietary firm. Therein lies the weakness, both in the structure and the man. The proprietary firm went extinct for a reason, but his overweening ego would have it no other way, and it explains why he thinks he can just Trump all over things.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I’m betting he won’t. 5 Wonkbucks!

      • Werewolf

        Ten quatloos!

        • Villago Delenda Est

          So the exchange rate is 2 quatloos to the wonkbuck?

        • The Wanderer

          250,000 Flainian Pobble Beads!

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Inflation is a bitch in United Flainia.

          • Last Hussar

            Disclaimer, only exchangeable for other Flainian Pebble Beads

      • Dudleydidwrong

        Three Yap Island stone dollars says he’ll try to get Rosenstein to fire him and when he doesn’t, he’ll fire Rosenstein.
        (If you win you’ll have to pay your own way to Yap to collect.)

    • BMW

      William Kristol predicted a few days ago Trump probably wouldn’t fire Mueller, so there’s your proof he will probably try to fire Mueller.

      • President in Exile Firefly

        Yes. Always assume that Kristol is wrong about everything.

      • Last Hussar

        On the other hand I did enjoy him in Monster’s Inc.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      He wouldn’t be the first. Just go dig up the moldy skeleton of Richard Nixon and like Hamlet ask it why he thought he could go that route. Nixon was a smart but unscrupulous crook. Trump is …well, you know… One attempted firing, coming up!

  • Crystalclear12

    It is now safe to threaten Trump. Stage 2 complete.

    • The Wanderer

      In what way is this a threat?

      • Crystalclear12

        OK, speak out, call him on his shit. Hold his feet to the fire.
        A line has been drawn.
        Better?

        • The Wanderer

          To be strictly fair, he’s tweeting most of it and undercutting his own staff’s attempts to change the narrative.

          • Crystalclear12

            Proving you can’t fix stupid. Bless his heart.

  • ArgieBargie

    “Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    That’s cute, Lady D, but let’s face it: he could admit he had a one night stand with Putin in exchange for lifting sanctions, and they would still support him!

    • Persistent Demme

      Shhhh.
      She’s trying to take the high road.

      Eh, never mind!
      HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Maybe that’s what’s on the tape

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I have an even lower opinion of them: I think if he said “Hell, yes, I colluded with Russia to beat crooked, lying Hillary” they’d cheer him, and I worry that they’ll rise up with fury and firearms when he is impeached.

      • Duckbudder

        The 2A is for liberals too.

      • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

        His die-hards have already said this on TV. That they know Russia stole the election for him and they’re grateful. They’ve been programmed to love Putin.

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      Haha she thinks he was kidding about shooting someone on 5th ave.

  • wait! what?

    It’s a tight corner; bad news no matter what Donald does. Sounds like a good time for a false flag. Although, I imagine the VP wishes Donald would adopt the Kenneth Lay defense.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “I will just keep firing people until the person supervising Mueller is an underappreciated Russian immigrant janitor who has always dreamed of a dacha on the Black Sea.”
    — Donald Trump

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      “I will keep firing people until the person supervising Mueller is Putin”

      • Rags

        Already is

  • marxalot

    And we’re back to “meddlesome priest.”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Comey was so right on with that reference. So was Angus King.

      • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

        Comey and Mueller both knew that Mueller would be next on his hit list, which is why Comey didn’t personalize it. He made it clear that Trump will do it to whoever is investigating him.

    • Jenny

      Now there’s two! It’s like a hydra of law enforcement!

      • mysonsam

        I rather enjoyed that the reference had to be explained to the people back home.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Feinstein is goading him. She’s playing the long game. If Trump pulls a full-on Saturday Night Massacre, his chances of impeachment go way up. And if the House doesn’t impeach him for that, then the Dems’ chances go up in 2018/2020!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      If and when Trump signs the AHCA, he’ll be a Republican hero and impeachment will be off the table for good…my cynical prediction.

      • Stulexington

        Or maybe his usefulness (putting his name to the worst bill they’re pushing) and they’ll get Pence … er Ryan … er Mitch … er that speaker of the house guy? He might be left standing when Trump is done pulling everyone down with him.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Maybe so. But then 2018 and 2020 look a lot better. And actually, maybe that’s preferable. If we get a President Pence or Ryan, we have a GOP rubber-stamp President who’s more likely to stay and get re-elected.

        • BMW

          Political calculations should be irrelevant to whether or not a criminal should be punished.

          • this.

          • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

            Should.

      • Yr. Gma

        The Republicans in congress love the bill, but there will be a different reaction when the Republicans at home lose their insurance.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          It will take a few years for that reaction to propagate from the Republican bases hind brain to the one in their skulls…cynical again, I know.

        • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

          Obama brings in ACA.
          Republican voters get healthcare.
          Trump kills ACA.
          Republican voters lose healthcare.
          Republican voters blame Obama.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        I don’t think the AHCA is gonna get through – the Senate can’t agree on anything, and pushing the phase out of Medicaid to seven years will a) probably kill its chances for being eligible for reconciliation and b) make it radioactive to the Freedumb Caucus in the House.
        Plus, Donnie Two Scoops wants to move off of this and onto tax “reform” (read: giveaways to the 1%). They can’t do that if they’re still debating health care.

        • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

          I hope you are right.

        • Werewolf

          They need to eliminate healthcare in order to cut taxes.

          • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

            No, they don’t need to. They want to. This on them. If they eliminate health care, they’re killing themselves. People will not sit back and let themselves be murdered for money. This will END them.

      • Persistent Demme

        I don’t think impeachment is even ON the table.
        It’ll have to be something else.

        • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

          They could 25th A him.

        • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

          It is. Republicans hate Trump. He’s too stupid, unstable, and uncontrollable for their taste. They’d love to be rid of his ass. All they need is permission from Republican voters to dump him because he’s too toxic without paying for it during the primaries. The problem is that GOP voters like Trump more than they like Republicans in Congress. But Republican voters are childish and can turn on a dime like they did with Romney and Cruz. If Trump loses all but the deplorables, kiss him goodbye.

      • Marceline

        My prediction: impeachment isn’t even on the table now and it never will be. That doesn’t mean that every other person around him won’t end up some combination of the following:
        1.) in jail
        2.) impoverished
        3.) in exile
        4.) drinking a polonium smoothie

        Everyone around him will suffer. Poison Ivie, Jared, Bannon, Moscow Misha Flynn, Pastor Pence, etc…

      • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

        Until mid-terms.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Here’s hoping…

      • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

        The AHCA has a 14% approval rating nationwide and that’s with nobody knowing what’s really in it. The reddest state in the US, Oklahoma, which is more than 65% Republican, only has a 34% approval of it. NOBODY wants this bill and it’s popularity will only sink. Even Trump said it was mean. So, if they get it, he’ll blame them for all the death.

  • Yr. Gma

    “His supporters” covers a lot of ground. The die-hard rubes in the hills will never forsake him, but there are others whose devotion is less strong, and that includes the cowards in Washington who are looking for a good reason to get rid of him. He is rapidly becoming more trouble to them than he is worth. No legislation has been passed for him to sign, and every day there is a new distraction from their desired agenda. I suspect that Dianne knows who those cowards are and knows what it might take to get them to turn on the Fat Fuck.

    • cmd resistor

      Wait, I thought he had passed more legislation than anyone in the history of history?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        True. I am also Queen Marie of Romania.

        • Kurt Weil

          YOU HAVE RETURNED, BELOVED QUEEN! *eyes fill with happy tears*

        • Meccalopolis

          TR here. CHAAAAARRRRRRGGE!!!

          • Rags

            Upvote for Arsenic and Old Lace reference!

          • The Wanderer

            Let’s dig another lock for the Panama Canal!

          • Clark_Nova

            In the basement.

        • BeachBum

          Wow, if I’d a known a queen was here I would’a put on pants ! Or nah, prolly not. But welcome Your Highness !

    • MassiveQuantitiesofPie

      Exactly. The fact that Republicans have gotten almost nothing out of him because he’s so politically ignorant and lazy will be his undoing.

  • armed_bears

    Admission: I do not play 3-D chess, and I have no idea what comes next.

    But thought experiment: If Trump were somehow to precipitate Mueller’s departure, requiring Rosenstein’s removal as well, what chaos would he create in the interregnum prior to confirmation of RR’s replacement? I ask honestly: Does he not seem to use chaos to distract and confuse?

    Does Warmbier’s condition upon return and Trump’s NK focus suggest options for major-league skwerl?

    I ask, only because this guy really worries me.

    • Stulexington

      I wouldn’t put it past him to try to nominate the manager of his favourite KFC to AG to try to get someone to fire Mueller.

      • ariel_gee_398

        There must be one Bork currently working there, right?

        • cmd resistor

          Maybe he’s fired so many and not replaced them that not? Wishful thinking.

  • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

    OT – I saw that man again for coffee, and we have a date for Monday for lunch. :)

    So far, he seems like a good guy, and certainly doesn’t mind being seen with me in public. I think there is a 50% chance we actually have the date.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Very cool! Best of luck, Anna.

      • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

        Thanx Lance. It’s been nice just having pleasant company over coffee, honestly.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Isn’t it, though? I miss that, too. It was nice having someone leaning on the counter chatting while I was cooking, or stirring something while I took something else out of the oven. I think that’s as important as the sex, just having another person to share company with.

          • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

            *nods* My last Girlfriend dumped me without a word when my mom’s health went south, and my friends dropped me after I moved. I’m hoping to just have somebody to spend time with and do fun things with. We ended up looking at clothes and shoes today, so at least I know he is wiling to be seen in public with me,

          • Jeffocaster in the East

            He’s a keeper if he looks at shoes and clothes with ya. I love my wife dearly, but wouldn’t do THAT……….lol

          • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

            xD It’s a first in my experience.

          • kareemachan

            This SO this.

    • kareemachan

      Kudos! Have fun!

    • Red Bird Ω

      Coffee is a good start.

      • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

        It is. :) We are finding lots to chat about, it seems positive so far.

    • The Wanderer

      Most excellent. Best of luck.

      • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

        Thanx. :)

  • Lance Thrustwell

    You know, it occurs to me – maybe Mueller’s planning to take a rreeaallly long time. Why? Well, if he’s a patriotic, clear-thinking American, he might see how fucked up the GOP has become. And he might say to himself, “you know, if I get this guy impeached too soon, then Pence or Ryan will have time to build goodwill and support before the 2020 election. Then they’ll get re-elected, like incumbents usually do, and it’s four more years of the GOP’s batshit agenda.”

    But if Trump gets impeached – or it’s finally obvious to everyone he should get impeached in, say, late 2018… possibly a much better result all around.

    Strategery!

    • jesterpunk

      I think he will take a long time because he wants to present a bullet proof case that even Republicans cant deny.

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        Yup. These things take time. A long time. Which does not play well in the current speedy news cycles.

      • Rags

        And pence knows he goes first in any negotiations for impeachment. I’m betting that’s why he’s lawyering up.

    • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

      My guess is 2018 will be the last elections held in America. I fear we may have a Civil War before winter of this year.

      • Red Bird Ω

        Jesus I hope you’re wrong.

        • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

          I hope I’m wrong too.

          • Persistent Demme

            I hope you’re wrong, too.
            But if you’re right, you can fight with me in the People’s Republic of San Francisco.
            (I will even show you the ocean!)

          • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

            It’s a deal. :)

      • PersianOregano

        Where do you think they will go for the new Capital of Trumpistan after we run his flabby orange ass out of D.C.?

        • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

          Moscow.

      • Clark_Nova

        Then spend a LOT of range time learning how to shoot.

    • Red Bird Ω

      Interesting theory. Peter Thiel, Known Trump supporter, did say in an interview back in 2016 that he thought whoever was elected would only last one term.

    • another_scarlett

      That isn’t a bad theory, but I’ve had the impression that he’s actually moving pretty quickly. People are finally starting to admit just how unstable Trump is – like, ‘yeah, we see that he’s eaten up with narcissistic personality disorder, which makes him a legit sociopath who probably ought not to be wandering around with that biscuit in his bathrobe pocket.’ Most would rather have President Pence or Ryan than be obliterated in a nuclear holocaust.

      That said, Pence & Ryan are surely dirty too. It’s just a matter of sweeping them up with the rest of the trash. If that happens, we’re down to President Hatch. Essentially, just a different, albeit less deranged, toxic and hateful sort of bad. One which we could at least survive, literally & politically.

      In order to wake up every morning and not immediately weep quietly in a corner, I tell myself there might be justice and it could be swift. While I have no inside info, I think Trump’s end will be like Al Capone’s, they’ll get him on provable financial crimes. I don’t care how they do it really. They just need to do it ASAP. The more Trump feels backed into a corner the more dangerous he’ll become.

      Here’s hoping Meuller is as awesome as is purported, and that he’ll come for the king with a vengeance and not miss.

      —- points for using strategery :) —-

  • Invidosa

    I unfortunately think that the senator is over estimating the ability of Trump’s staunchest supporters to think rationally

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      See “Gingrich, Newt.”

      • cmd resistor

        Well, at least Newt is not in a position to actually DO anything except run his mouth.

      • JustDon’tSayCovfefe

        To be fair, Newt himself overestimates his ability to think rationally.

        • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

          He has zero ability to think rationally. It would be rather difficult for him to underestimate it.

  • ExecutorElassus

    Ohgod, I really hope That Asshole pulls the trigger on this. Because impeachment proceedings will go exactly nowhere in the present congress, and running on “vote for us to get that guy impeached” will not win the House (or the Senate, which would have to be Democrat-majority to convict) for the Dems (and may, in fact, backfire and strengthen the GOP majority as well as “vindicating” That Asshole) in 2018.
    The only way this is going to get anywhere is if That Asshole burns everything down even faster, and the GOP either has reason to invoke Amendment 25, or the polls become so bad that impeachment becomes necessary to stay in office.
    God, we are so fucked, aren’t we? The whole worse-before-it-gets-better darkest-timeline shit really is going to be awful and I’m not sure my liver can take it :(

    • AnniNoone

      May I recommend weed? It’s less toxic than alcohol and has the added benefit of pissing Beauregard Sessions right the fuck off.

      • Malaclypse

        and if you stick to edibles, rather than smoked, you don’t have the pesky lung cancer issues to worry about.

  • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

    Even Ken Starr thinks Donnie needs to back the fuck off. That’s right – the man who thought it made sense to screw the entire government up over a fucking blow job:

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/ken-starr-warns-trump-firing-mueller-would-be-an-insult-to-the-founding-fathers/

    • Ill_Used_Floppy_Disk

      And resigned from Baylor because of the sex scandal

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    So here’s what needs to happen. The House needs to basically come out and say “Firing Rosenstein for not firing Mueller will leave us no choice but to consider articles of impeachment” and stick by it. The ball really is in their court now and doing this will give them political coverage they will not get otherwise.

    Surely enough members of the GOP realize by now that Donnie will throw them under the next available bus on a whim. They can save face with their own bases by doing this. They will not be “caving” to “Russia hysteria” from the left in this case because this would have nothing whatsoever to do with any collusion investigations. This is prominent republicans drawing a reasonable line in the sand and waiting for Donnie to cross it on his own.

    Yes, I am a dreamer.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      They don’t think it will come to that.

      Which is why it is even more important to GOTV in 2018 and drown the lot of them in an electoral tsunami.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        ^^ 100% ^^

        • CindyinEncinitas
          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            San Diego North 49 is the only huge bright spot in my life lately. We need a lot more peaceful, nonviolent resistance and we need more of a meeting of the minds between advocates and those who are under direct assault.

            We are all human beings. Gay, straight, male, female, able-bodied, disabled, immigrant, people of color “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us”.

          • CindyinEncinitas
          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            I still want an aswer to what, exactly, he was doing up there. I mean, sure, filming, but why?

          • CindyinEncinitas

            He was scurred.

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            Rich white dudes sure scare easy.

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        Democratic vote turnout in this weeks gubernatorial primary was 170% higher than a last one.

        That’s what’s called hope for the future.

        • Malaclypse

          I had to re-read this. First couple times it came across along the lines of “gop turnout was 170% of registered voters”

          I’m hopeful that 2018 and all elections leading up to it signals a wave change, but I’m concerned about how far the jerrymandering, registration purges, voter suppression, and general ratfuckery have moved the goalposts.

          • Persistent Demme

            Take heart!
            swingleft.org

          • Rags

            Good idea but they put me in the wrong district.

    • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

      I think now that 2/3s of Quinnipiac polled Americans disapprove of tRump, and support the Special Prosecutor’s investigations, the House will have to submit, as it would be mid-term suicide to them if they don’t.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      “Yes, I am a dreamer.”

      I believe that is now a deportable offense.

  • BeachBum

    I don’t wanna brag, that’s a lie, I do, that this whole pile of warm, steamy cow dung would not be the same as our 2 CA Lady Senators were not involved.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    What would we be talking about if it weren’t for the Electoral College? Can anybody remember back before the Trumpocalypse when we had occasional posts that weren’t about politics? Mind you, I’m not saying I miss reading about the Duggars or the Bundys. (Hee hee, my computer wants me to spell that one “Bundies.”)
    But once in awhile if we could just get through a day without some new fucktussle about what the shitgibbon in chief is doing, maybe our livers would survive until 2018.

    • Lisa

      Or idiots from Florida spotlights. Oh, the good ole days.

    • mysonsam

      I too miss the good ole days, (that weren’t always so good…) do you remember when we could disagree vehemently about policy but it never occurred to anyone sane that the Prez was actively destroying our Country by colluding with a hostile nation?!

      I have a vague hazy recollection of that…(I can’t tell if it’s because of the copious quantities of alcohol or not.)

    • Persistent Demme

      Or thinking that Dubya was as bad as it could get?
      Ahh…(wistfully), good times.

    • Chris Mattson

      Well, it does rhyme with “undies” after all.

  • Marceline

    “Maybe Trump thinks the next person in the line of succession — Rachel Brand, a Trump appointee — would do his dirty work.”

    Bit by bit this keeps being brought down to women having to save this country from toxic idiot men.

    • armed_bears

      Yes, please, and thank you.

  • (((fka_donnie_d)))

    Oh, fuck this reality tv bullshit. You’re such a big strong maverick donnie, just nut up and fire his ass. Get it over with. That way everybody will know _exactly_ how full of shit you are. That way, if you don’t get impeached, we can finally have absolute, undeniable proof that the republican party is a crime family.

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      Donnie doesn’t have the stones to fire Rosenstein. Maybe that’s what we all need to do – go on his Twitter page and needle him about it:
      “You haven’t got the huevos to fire Rosenstein, Donnie! You’re pathetic! Sad! Weak!”

      • JustDon’tSayCovfefe

        “Maybe President Bannon has the guts!”

    • Pilotshark

      an a sale out to the country! all of them republicans!

  • Notreelyhelping

    Since there’s a buzz about a U.S. ally leaking (ahem) the pee hookers tape (if so, please be England or Israel), firing Mueller and Rosenstein would make a fine distraction, though not for long.

    I’m also not convinced that the Russian materials are limited to pee hookers; at this point, that’s been talked about so much that nobody would be too surprised, even though it’d be embarrassing. (If Donald’s whacking off to the pee hookers, please matrix that out–there are some things the world isn’t meant to see).

    It either has to be more depraved (I’m personally hoping it includes snorting blow off a hooker’s ass), or it includes undeniably incriminating dialogue–financially or politically.

    “Yeah! Yeah! Pee on that bed! That’s exactly what I’m gonna do to [Obama] when you guys make me president! Fuck those dumbass rubes! They’ll believe anything I say!”

    Or something like that. With blow off a hooker’s ass.

    • Persistent Demme

      England, Israel or Australia.

      • Clark_Nova

        After the incredible (and hilarious) televised dump that the Aussie PM took on Donnie’s head last week, I really hope it’s them.

    • javadavis

      He wouldn’t do that to blow. I am oh so certain that he would be afraid some of the product would soak into her(?his?) skin somehow and he would not get all of it. Donnie is not into sharing.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      I’ve heard rumors about underage girls

      • harryr

        There were rumours about links between Jeffrey Epstein and several senior US politicians a while ago.

      • Tiffany de Houston

        I really don’t think the golden shower tape would hurt Trump at all with his Neanderthal base and I suspect that if there were underage girls involved, his supporters would slut shame them and bray nonstop about how they “looked” so much older, so he’s the “real victim” of all of this.

        • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

          Unfortunately, you’re probably right. Except for the Neanderthal libelz!1!1! Neanderthals are apparently much more civilized than their reputation. I don’t know what species the shitgibbon’s followers are.

        • Last Hussar

          The fake horror over Trump’s golden showers is giving us perverts a bad name.

    • Rags

      Is there anything he could possibly say that would actually damage the support of his base?

      • thixotropic jerk

        “I’m going to build a wall around those ehing Canadians instead because mostly white, pouting-raping and criminally polite although some I assume are good pe– naahh they all suck maple sap!”

        Would that be enough? Hard to say but it might!

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          Not even close. The Trumpazees would start shitting on Canadians in a heartbeat.
          He’d have to start taking advice from Obama to even get their eyebrows up.

      • Notreelyhelping

        “Look. I thought she was 12, all right?”

    • artem1s

      sry, no. every odious minute of it should be broadcast worldwide on a continuous loop. Dedicate a fucking entire cable channel to it. The GOP needs to be shown that they can’t take advantage of people’s decency anymore. Just because we’d rather not see it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be shown. Actually that is exactly why it should be shown. If it is possible for someone to become critically ill from embarrassment, so be it. It should make us all sick. It should have made the GOP sick enough that they should have blocked that asshole from becoming the leader of their party (sry, I believe that most of the GOP leadership saw it before the convention and have been compromised because of it). And it should be rebroadcast every fucking year 10 days before a major election as a reminder of what can happen if we lose site of how horrible the GOP and the right wing and the Christianistas have become. They are not good guys. They don’t deserve a break. They deserve to have their noses rubbed in it forever.

      • Notreelyhelping

        With Trump and Carter Page as, respectively, Ben Stiller and Chris Elliott in “There’s something about Natasha.”

    • miss_grundy

      Since Dolt 45 will do anything for money, I hope that it involves receiving funds from Putin and the oligarchs and providing them with highly classified information, so it becomes an act of treason. I believe he would readily commit treason if offered enough money.

      • Clark_Nova

        He already has.

  • CeeQ

    As stupid as he is – I’m not surprised Trump thinks he can do what he likes and Congress will rubber stamp. They’ve defended him up till now. No reason for him to expect they’d suddenly object now.

    • thixotropic jerk

      Give him a chance!
      He’s still learning!
      “If I push this red button what it do?”

      • CeeQ

        Hey can we play battle ships with our actual battle ships?

        • thixotropic jerk

          What a novel idea!
          Except DumTrum would try to cheat and get blown by North Korea.

      • Gregory Brown

        Ah yes, the GOP defense: Let our president do what he wants, except when he really fucks things up, but don’t blame him, because he’s incompetent and doesn’t know any better.

      • Teto85

        “Do not push the red button!!”

        “I am Groot.”

    • unclejeems

      They’ve defended him because they know he’ll sign anything they send him, and because his childish antics keeps the glare off their machinations. The minute he shakes his wattle, folds his arms, stomps his little feet, and balks at going along with the program–or his unpopularity rises to the level of an electoral threat, he’s finished.

      Enter then Mike Pence, shining sword of the lord and Republican regular–rarely as controversial but if anything, more dangerous than Trump.

      • CeeQ

        Yea they’re keeping Pence out of this as much as possible. When the time comes, they’ll close ranks around Pence and leave Donald for the vultures. Unless he pulls a Trump & blabs! Taking everyone down with him!! That could totally happen.

      • laineypc

        Seems to me Pence will be much less a PIA for them than Trump is. At least SOME of their constituents are disgusted by him, probably more than are his true blues. He is constantly garnering unflattering attention and despite distracting from their machinations, the agenda is surely slowed down by all this Russia business. I truly don’t see what they have to gain, unless they are also up to their eyeballs in Russia.

        • unclejeems

          Yes, Pence would be less of a pain, but more of a threat. He knows how Washington works, and would use that knowledge to advance his anti-democratic, Dominionist views and policy positions. I would hope that, were Trump to go down, Pence would be so tainted with the stain of the scandal that he’d go down too. Not that Ryan would be much better.

  • JustDon’tSayCovfefe

    DiFi: Fire Rosenstein and you’re in BIG TROUBLE MISTER!
    TrumP; Someone hold my Taco Bowl.

    • catnmus

      He certainly doesn’t like wimmin telling him what not to do.

  • Grizzly

    It’s as if old orange butt is tweeting “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest.” Hoping Puitin some loyal knights will take care of the Special Prosecutor for him.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    My guess is Rachel Brand would fire Mueller in a heartbeat. She did get approved on a party line vote

  • mellowjohn
  • cmd resistor

    So in response to the “Rosenstein might recuse” stories, DOJ says, not at this time. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/deputy-ag-rosenstein-sees-no-reason-to-recuse-himself-from-russia-probe-justice-dept-says/ar-BBCMnZQ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

    “ ‘As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will,” Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement. “However, nothing has changed. ‘”

    • thixotropic jerk

      j’recûsé!!!!

  • Mavenmaven

    Trump is simply going to fire the entire Congress and Senate, so no more talking back and no witch hunt. After all, he won the electoral vote, and would have won the popular vote if it weren’t for the illegals, so the country is his to rule as he sees fit.

    • LifelongLurker

      This possibility may be all too real, given Congress’s status as the only major American institution with an approval rating lower than Trump’s.

  • Internet Hitler

    I don’t get it. Why doesn’t Mr. Trump just talk to Mr. Mueller in private and ask him to stop the investigation. And he should secretly tape it, too, so Mueller can’t lie about agreeing with him.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      He should just ask Sessions to permanently leave the room.

      • thixotropic jerk

        Go bake cookies Elfrottager*

        *I know Dumpy couldn’t come up with that term but Wonkette is a fantasy site so–

        • ThanksSatan

          A fantasy site? I don’t see any nudity here.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            You’re supposed to imagine it.

        • Teto85

          Fromage? MMMM I love a god baked Brie.

          Oh, you meant frottage. I think the Mrs could be persuaded.

    • phoenix00

      Because he’s too busy Making America Great Again. Or golfing.

  • catnmus

    I see this as DiFi saying “Listen up Republicans. You know this ain’t right. Man up!” And also saying that to the electorate – “When this happens, it’s NOT NORMAL and if your Repub representatives try to act like it is, GET RID OF THEM.”

  • NotConvinced

    We’re only one terrorist attack away from Orange Blumpkin declaring martial law. After Bannon explains what martial law is.

    • BearLeft

      That’s the guy from Gunsmoke, right?

  • Machnethylsteinerbincolabird

    If he fires Mueller, tell Mueller to just ignore him. Keep going to work as if nobody said anything. What’s he going to do, have him shot?

    • Pisto75666

      Don’t give him any ideas

    • moeman

      “What’s he going to do, have him shot?”

      Good chance and by tRump himself, in the middle of 5th Ave., where no one will care, or so he thinks (in his feeble mind).

  • Mavenmaven
  • kittygrrl

    Rumor has it that Rosenstein’s weird memo is in response to the IC chatter that the Kompromat on Rump is dropping very soon. Another version of pay no attention to that man behind the curtain who is fellating Russia, selling America’s interests to line his pockets, and is crazy as a bedbug.

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    Wait, wait, wait. You aren’t suggesting Senator Di will actually do something other that write an indignant missive though, right? Because that just sounds crazy.

  • Shibusa

    Sadly, if Trump fired Rosenstein, the GOPers in the US Senate WOULD be like “This is totally normal! We will vote unanimously to confirm the replacement….” This

    • Hospergar

      I don’t think that means what you think it means. McMullin hates Trump A LOT, and I suspect he’s saying that if worse comes to worst, Rosenstein should pull a Bharara to make the scandal as huge and undeniable as possible. If Rosenstein caved to pressure to resign, the admin could try and pretend like it was his choice.

      • Shibusa

        That’s pretty much what I thought it meant.

  • artem1s

    Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law. maybe now that they are getting shot at, they might have finally figured out that Donnie’s bent on taking everyone with him. They will surely stick with him as long as they aren’t getting hurt, but I have a feeling none of those ratfuckers are interested in taking anymore bullets for that guy. Hopefully they will figure out Donnie is gonna throw them under the bus anyway, so they might as well start looking for a lifeboat.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Donnie is gonna throw them under the bus, so they might as well start looking for a lifeboat?
      Is that a global warming joke?

  • President in Exile Firefly

    “Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law.”

    No they won’t.

    • Paperless Tiger

      They haven’t yet, but it’s high time to call them on it.

    • Explody Brain

      My only argument is that sitting presidents are short termers.

      Everyone else has to worry about their careers.

  • Toledo Window Box

    Don’t count on it. Feinstein is incapable of bringing the heat when it counts, like when she repeatedly enabled George W. Bush’s administration and their evil deeds.

    • Clark_Nova

      She’s a billionaire. ‘nuf said.

  • Teto85

    Yay for my other Senator and former Mayor, DiFi. Hopefully she won’t be too much of a corporate suck-up while she gets donnie all fucked up.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Sorry, Donnie: It’s meddlesome priests all the way down.

  • Charon_69

    RosenTrump and GildenKushner?

  • “We’re a nation of laws that apply equally to everyone”

    Okay. Why are all of the minority Wonkers laughing, right now? What’s so funny?

    • Explody Brain

      It’s not just the minority Wonkers laughing.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    “It’s possible Trump is so fucking stupid he thinks he could fire Rosenstein, nominate a new person to be Deputy Attorney General, and the Senate would be like “This is totally normal! We will vote unanimously to confirm the replacement for the guy you fired because you don’t want to be under investigation anymore! Who is this new person anyway? Eric Trump? Your goon lawyer Michael Cohen? All of this is just lovely.””

    Who’s going to stop him? Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Butterscotch Farts McCain, Miss Lindsey? The only way Trump is getting impeached is if the GOP realizes he’s about to tank ALL of them.

    • Explody Brain

      That’s not true. Every single member of the House faces reelection in 2018. The House initiates impeachment.

      A good many of these congresspeople may be thinking how good it will look to act against Trump.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I’ve not seen ONE of them stand up to him, other than Evan McMullan, who makes no secret of the fact that he thinks Trump is a dolt.

        • Explody Brain

          I wasn’t implying they had, just that they had another reason to.

        • Maree Martin

          When he is no longer supported by enough of his idiot base to keep the other Republicans in line, they will turn on him. Never before, because they are all party over country.

    • Last Hussar

      To be honest I’m surprised they aren’t trying to get rid of him; that way they get their man, Pence, in.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I think they were afraid of Trump’s cousin marrying, drooling idiot base, rising up against them. I’m still hoping that Trump manages to rip the GOP in half. It would be the only good thing he’d ever done. I’d consider him a decent president if he managed to split that party in to two groups – the insane, and the truly insane.

    • laineypc

      I am sure they are constantly weighing that against the enormous pain in the ass he’s become to them.

  • Explody Brain

    What would be your dream headline for next week?

    Mine:
    Doctors Report Brainless Man Also Spineless

    (Trump resigns.)

  • Marc Berrenson

    Everybody keeps saying that you cannot indict a sitting president, but nobody actually cites statutory or case authority for their opinion. It appears that, thank God, this is something we haven’t had to concern ourselves with. But now, The Cheeto is forcing us to do exactly that. This guy will never voluntarily leave. He has to be dragged out of the Oval Office, along with his partners in crime. That means an indictment, an arrest, and appearing before a magistrate to enter a plea and set bail. And if bail is denied, Cheeto will sit in a cell until his next court appearance. They’ll take his phone, and he won’t be able to communicate with his supporters or family because they will also be in jail. And depending on what Reverend Pence knows and when he knew it, and what spineless Paul told Devin Nunez before Devin (I hear he is taking the short bus to congress these days) ran to the White House to confer with The Cheeto, we might be looking at indicting them all. And you know who that leaves… Oren, “I’m really trying to stay awake,” Hatch. I could live with that as the result of a cost-benefit analysis.

    • Policy Chick

      Of course you can indict a sitting President. Whoever is asserting that does not know the law.

      • Marc Berrenson

        The issue is whether he can be prosecuted, i.e., put on trial. Many constitutional scholars opine that his unfettered right to pardon himself would “trump” the government’s right to prosecute him for criminal acts.

        • Policy Chick

          Well, angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin arguments aside… Yes, the President has the power to pardon -convicted- criminals. That said, if he is indicted for obstruction (which is a high crime) or treason (which is treason) by the AG/special prosecutor/et al, then he would most certainly be impeached. If the House impeached and the Senate convicted, he would be removed from office. Then of course if the indictment continued to trial and he was convicted, he would not have the power at that point to pardon himself because he was no longer in office. I mean, that’s my take. I’m no Lawrence Tribe, so. Take it for what you will.

          • HogeyeGrex

            -convicted- criminals

            Well, Ford granted “a full, free, and absolute pardon” to Richard Nixon for crimes he “has committed or may have committed” while in office. So the scope may be a bit wider than that.

          • Policy Chick

            Fair enough! But I think we can agree that 1. Nixon was not your usual candidate for pardon – if I remember correctly Ford took that extraordinary step in an attempt to ‘heal’ the country (was that the wise thing to do? Discuss.) and B. Nixon did not pardon himself, which is the crux of this particular discussion.

            But yes, you do have a point, the power is broad!

          • HogeyeGrex

            I was just saying that while a pardon is normally reserved for a convict, and accepting one is inherently an admission of guilt, there have been been not uncontroversial uses of them in the past. I don’t think any president has ever pardoned himself. And I don’t think it’s mentioned that he can, though it’s not excluded either. Yet we consider it a possibility.
            Ford’s blanket pardon raised quite a kerfuffle because it did change what a pardon was and meant.

          • TundraGrifter

            President Ford did the right thing. Mr. Nixon was toast. Enough was enough. It probably cost Mr. Ford the election, but it was the proper move.

          • Clark_Nova

            It was a HORRIBLE precedent.

          • TundraGrifter

            It was nation over politics. We didn’t need to grind Mr. Nixon into dust – or make him a hero.

      • bbayliss

        The prevailing view among most legal experts is no. They say the president is immune from prosecution so long as he is in office.

        “The framers implicitly immunized a sitting president from ordinary criminal prosecution,” said Akhil Reed Amar, a law professor at Yale.

        The closest the Constitution comes to addressing the issue is in this passage, from Article I, Section 3: “Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States: but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to law.”
        NY Times

    • phoenix00

      I’m not sure that Trump will stick around no matter what – he is a child, after all. Children will quit under pressure or if they’re frustrated beyond ability to cope.

      And that is what I’m hoping for, given enough time.

      • honeywest

        Agree. He’ll find a way to bow out. But it MUST look like a WIN. That’s all he cares about.

        • phoenix00

          Expect “Spend more time with family” to figure prominently in the press release.

  • Last Hussar

    Serious question.
    Impeachment removes the POTUS, and there is a line of succession.
    What if the election that put him there was corrupt. The VP is there because of the corrupt election, likewise everyone who follows only has the position due to the election.
    This isn’t Pence saying “I’m not part of [say] emoluments breach” and thus being qualified to take over.
    Is there any way an election can be voided because it was corrupted and the real result can’t be determined.

    • Policy Chick

      This is speculation to a certain extent, but if POTUS and VP are removed, then the presidency would go to the Speaker (constitutional line of succession). I think the law is silent on this set of facts (rigged election).

      • bbayliss

        1 Vice President Mike Pence (R)
        2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R)
        3 President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R)
        4 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R)
        5 Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R)
        6 Secretary of Defense James Mattis (I)
        7 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)
        8 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (R)
        9 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (R)
        10 Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (R)

        i believe we’re down to Hatch.

      • Last Hussar

        That’s my point, the Speaker has his presidency only due to the rigged election. Where the post exists only due to illegality no one for saw what to do.

        Isn’t it the AG next after Speaker (Limey who can’t be bothered to google)?

        • Policy Chick

          bbayliss (commenter below) provided the hierarchy:
          1 Vice President Mike Pence (R)
          2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R)
          3 President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R)
          4 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R)
          5 Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R)
          6 Secretary of Defense James Mattis (I)
          7 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)
          8 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (R)
          9 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (R)
          10 Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (R)

    • Fennec

      I was just wondering this. If the senators and congresspeople who were elected were elected under suspicious voting issues too wouldn’t that nullify every disgusting decision they’ve made over the past 5 months? Would it mean that Gorsuch isn’t rightfully appointed and must step down? Like what can be rolled back?

    • Buddy_Rogers

      Al Franken stole his US Senate seat from Norm Coleman in 2009.
      Every thing that only passed by a single vote in the US Senate that he voted for should be declared null and void. This would include Obamacare.

      • bbayliss

        Wanna bet? He won by 363 votes in a process that took 8 months in a state with a noted lack of corruption at the polls.
        So there.

        • Buddy_Rogers

          Yes, magic lost ballots kept turning up and turning up and turning up until the desired result was achieved.

          “The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.” – Joseph Stalin

  • phoenix00

    Feinstein is making FAR, FAR too much sense. And that’s not allowed, just like the comments.

  • Jimmy R

    I don’t trust her. She commenced her political ascension by stepping over the murdered corpses of Milk and Moscone. A careerist corporate shill, she’s never been a friend to progressive causes, unless she could personally benefit.

    But she’s welcome to prove me wrong.

    • Fennec

      OMG, can we stop with the accusing Democratic women of murdering people already? Hillary didn’t murder anyone neither did Diane. And what do you expect, if someone dies or is murdered in office that no one should ever fill that position again? That it should just be left open as a memorial forever? I just don’t get people like you, sorry that the world isn’t a perfect utopia filled with Bernie clones or whatever it is that you want.

    • Marla

      I’ve never cared for her, either.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Oh FFS, she didn’t exactly “step over” Milk and Moscone… I’m pretty sure that she’d have preferred not to have become mayor like that, as she was the one who found Milk’s body. Considering that she has been a loud and strong voice for gun control ever since, it seems to me that it was pretty traumatic and not exactly a “yippee! Yay, me!” moment for her…and yes, she’s no liberal firebrand, but for the love of fucking Pete, can we get past this idea that anyone who doesn’t pass the ideological purity test is worthless or corrupt or a bad person?
      I’ve been a progressive my whole political life, but at least I’m enough of a fucking grown-up to know that we’re NOT the majority in the Democratic party and never will be. We have to be loud and insistent as we push the party leftward, but without the rest of the Democrats, we’ve got as much hope of effecting the changes we want to see as the fucking Green Party.
      Moderates, centrists, middle-of-the-roaders may not be perfect Bernies or whatever you’re looking for, but they’re all still Democrats and they’re all still working with us and facing in the same direction, and I’m sick to fucking death of watching purity ponies tear them down with the same “corporate shill” comments I heard used unfairly against HRC instead of saying “well, we have some disagreements, but…” like fucking adults.
      It infuriates me that the right wing has done such a masterful job of turning the word “liberal” into a curse to delegitimize very-lefties…how about we not do the same with the word “moderate” and recognize that not everyone has to share our exact politics?
      Sorry for getting ranty, but it’s a sore spot.

      • Mike Steele

        Agreed. Kindly leave the circular firing squads to the muzzle-sucking RWNJs…and the assorted (D)s on the NRA’s A-list.

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          ExACTly.

      • honeywest

        Bravo. I was in SF. DiFi is a hero and was absolutely SHOCKED and horrified at that incident.

      • TundraGrifter

        FTW !!1!!

      • Toledo Window Box

        Sorry but I adored Boxer and have always been lukewarm at best toward Feinstein, who carried much more than her share of water for the George W. Bush crime family.

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          I get that, I really do… and it’s completely reasonable to disagree over policy, but the reflexive sliming of anyone who takes a position even slightly to the right of the Sainted Bernard gets right up my fucking nose.

          • Toledo Window Box

            Fair enough.

    • bbayliss

      xxx

    • TundraGrifter

      Jimmy R: You are clueless. Ms. Feinstein didn’t step over the murdered Milk and Moscone. She was a well-known political figure in San Francisco, she was head of the Board of Supervisors, she’d run for Mayor. She united a City torn apart by those crimes. She has tremendous integrity and she is fiercely loyal. Look at the first-rate work she did to get as much of the CIA Torture Report out as has seen the light of day.

    • Toledo Window Box

      Agree 100%. And she carried a lot of water for GWB.

  • bbayliss

    Brand is known as “The Federalist Societie’s Prom Queen.

  • Mr. White

    “Old Butterscotch Farts McCain” made me howl with laughter.

    • Toledo Window Box

      HWL over here too.

  • SighSperling

    “Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law.”

    L-O-fuckin’-L!

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