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Professional chaos monkey Steve Bannon worked his magic yesterday with the House Intelligence Committee — say what you will about the guy, but he ain’t boring! During a contentious 10-hour interview, Trump’s former campaign manager refused to answer most of the Committee’s questions, treason weasel Devin Nunes found his courage and issued a subpoena, and the White House ordered Bannon to STFU and ignore it!

WHAAAAAAA?????? Let’s retrace our steps and see if we can make some sense of this. (Spoiler Alert: NOPE.)

Just two weeks ago (!) Michael Wolff spilled the dirt from Steve Bannon’s gin-soaked ruminations on various Trumpland morons: Greasy Moron Jared, Treasonous Moron Donny, Jr., Entitled Moron Ivanka, and of course the OG, Fucking Moron Donald Trump. Also, too, we learned that old Steve had no intention of going down with The Good Ship Moron in the Mueller investigation.

[Bannon] insists that he knows no Russians, will not be a witness, will not hire a lawyer and will not appear on national television answering questions.

LOLOLOL! Bannon immediately became Public Enemy Number One in Trumpland and got banished from Dead Breitbart’s Home For Latchkey Fascists Who Still Love Daddy Two-Shirts Even Though Mommy Took Scissors and Cut Him Out of the Family Album.

Bannon’s loose lips got the attention of Russia investigators, which is a thing that happens when you talk about all the cool treason stuff that went down during a presidential campaign. Mueller’s team skipped the friendly invitation and issued a subpoena, and the House Intelligence Committee invited Bannon in for a voluntary chat. So Bannon lawyered up, hiring William Burck, the same attorney who represents current White House Counsel Don McGahn and former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

And then shit got weird. Did Trey Gowdy and Devin Nunes think Bannon was fair game since he was permanently You’re Fired from the royal presence? Did they misread White House cues and accidentally subject Bannon to a real examination? Did the White House lawyers forget the signals and fumble the play? OR WAS IT AOT,K? Per CNN,

Lawmakers had been questioning Bannon for roughly 90 minutes when questions began on the transition, several sources said. Shortly into that line of questioning, Bannon was cut off by his lawyer, according to the sources. At that point, the interview stopped and the committee issued a subpoena to force him to divulge this information. GOP leaders of the committee would not rule out holding Bannon in contempt for failing to provide information.

Hold the phone! Team Treason has been refusing to answer questions left and right, and the Intelligence Committee hasn’t done shit about it. Suddenly Devin Nunes, who is supposed to be recused goddammit, is whipping out a subpoena on the spot to force Bannon to talk? WTF is going on here?

So Burck called up the White House where someone who may or may not have been his own client Don McGahn told him that the president was invoking executive privilege. And in McGahn’s(?) opinion, that privilege applies to everything that happened since election night, including the transition and all those gab sessions Bannon had with the old man after he got shitcanned. Guess that’s why they call it Executive Time!

At which point Trey Gowdy LOST HIS SHIT.

That’s why the subpoena was issued. Because it is the most tortured analysis of executive privilege I have ever heard of. So when you make very provocative claims like treason and unpatriotic, there’s a zero percent chance that these Russian lawyers weren’t walked up to see then candidate Trump, then you’re going to be asked about it. And you’re going to be asked a lot about it.

Lil’ Squinty made some stupid noises about why does anyone even ask these questions, since we all know there was NO COLLUSION and NO RUSSIA. But Gowdy was too furious to take more than a passing swipe at Adam Schiff before going back to hollering like the prosecutor he used to be before he became a lyin’ ass politician.

He also needed to be asked about things with respect to Comey. The reason we had a little hiccup this morning was because executive privilege now covers things before you become the chief executive, which is just mind-numbing and there’s no legal support for it, but we can’t make a witness answer a question.

And Gowdy wasn’t the only pissed off Gipper.

Well, alright then. Gonna be lit today when Rick Dearborn and Corey Lewandowski have their turn in the House Intelligence barrel!

Are they all going to suddenly start claiming some BS executive privilege that started November 8 and ends when Trump leaves office? Will Gowdy and his posse remember that they are useless lackeys and fall back in line? Are these Trump goobers going to try this nonsense with the special counsel? The Daily Beast reports that Bannon is happy to throw that shit up against the wall and see what sticks with a spineless weasel like Nunes, but he’s not going to try it with a real investigator who’d happily cite him for contempt and throw his ass in jail.

Okay, so let’s recap what we’ve learned so far.

  1. According to the White House, Bannon is a crazy loon who barely knows Donald Trump.
  2. Also according to the White House, Bannon is expressly forbidden from telling the House Intelligence Committee all the things he doesn’t know about Trump and his family.
  3. The White House has complied with every request until today, when suddenly they invented a new, mutant executive privilege and invoked it bigly.
  4. Also, the White House has nothing to hide and is cooperating fully.
  5. The House GOP has spent months carrying water for Trump, but suddenly they’re going on Fox to shit all over his latest gambit.
  6. Everything is confusing and scary and nothing makes sense.

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  • OrG

    Huh.

  • Nounverb911
    • JeanieBeanie

      ick ick ick

    • TundraGrifter

      That explains the 3 or 4 shirts. Male Spanx.

    • BadKitty904
      • J. M. Tusks, Esq.

        Alien in a skinsuit libel!

    • Hiss

      I used to carry an old, thin cat like that to keep her warm. If that’s what Bannon is doing it’s probably intended for lunch.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Kuato Lives!

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      6’3″ 185 pounds, right?

    • coozledad

      Six foot one, a hundred and eighty pounds. With his genes, he could drink at least another two hundred cases of Johnny Walker Red.

    • Ergoetal

      Too busy bein’ smart to work out.

  • coozledad

    Suddenly Devin Nunes, who is supposed to be recused goddammit, is whipping out a subpoena on the spot to force Bannon to talk? WTF is going on here?

    Because internal polling puts the Republicans somewhere between St. Helena and a firing squad.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Ere they saw Elba…

    • puredog

      I thought I remembered that Nunes got officially un-recused.

  • JeanieBeanie

    Daddy Two Shirts!!!!! Genius, Evan.

    • amrak63

      $5F, not Evan.

      • JeanieBeanie

        Stand corrected thanks

  • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

    He’s not hiring the lawyer that he just told the fbi to talk to?

  • TundraGrifter

    Well, at least he did one better than Eric Trump and didn’t claim attorney-client privilege.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Here’s the Montreal Cognitive Assessment btw

    http://dementia.ie/images/uploads/site-images/MoCA-Test-English_7_1.pdf

  • Nounverb911
  • alwayspunkindrublic

    To be clear, the House issued the subpoena because they are trying to exonerate Trump by humiliating Bannon, not get the goods on his treason.

  • If and when I ever need a lawyer Five Dollar Feminist is going to get my first call.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Lil’ Squinty (Nice moniker!):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbebjUYItKw

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    The White House can’t invoke executive privilege over things that happened during the transition since Trump wasn’t predisent yet.

    http://gifimage.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/thats-not-how-this-works-gif-.gif

    • OrG

      They can invoke whatever they want. Doesn’t mean it’s going to work.

  • La forza del resistino

    From the Chief Strategist to persona non grata at every Lincoln Day dinner in just months. There’s always the Green Party. Steve.

    • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

      He’s not insane enough to associate with Stein

    • BadKitty904

      Bernie may be hiring.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Don’t give either one of them ideas.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Maybe he and Rove can team up with Luntz and do some consulting work for the GOP. And charge the shit out of them.

  • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

    Is Renato Mariotti our new boyfriend in the “not-Schiff” category?

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Running for AG in Illinois! I am intrigued! (There are 10 people running for AG, and most of them are pretty awesome)

      • vukojebina_MΩment

        Can’t we just get them to form a Justice League of America franchise for Illinois?

  • amrak63

    Maybe the GOP Establishment has finally decided that Donnie Two Scoops is more of a liability than an asset?

    • BadKitty904

      They’ve got their tax scam passed – they don’t need Putin’s dancing monkey to distract the peasants any more.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Seriously, they can pull all their other heinous shit just as well, if not better, with Pence as the dunder figurehead.

        • BadKitty904

          Mikey is MUCH easier to control, as the KochBros will tell you.

        • TJ Barke

          Yeah, but the fascist horde that is their base loves Donnie far more than Pence….

          • Rooster Cogburn105

            True dat. When it comes to putting the “id” in idiocracy, that goat-fondling dishrag got nothing on Ol’ 2-scoops

    • Duke

      They got their tax cuts.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Poor Republicans — according to Trey Gowdy, the Democrats have hijacked the investigation and are dragging it out against the Republicans’ will and the obvious total and complete lack of evidence that there’s any collusion (except for the June 9th meeting with Russian agents at Moscow-on-the-Hudson and all the other meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russians, which clearly don’t count). It’s just too bad that the GOP is literally helpless in the face of the overwhelming power of the minority party.

    • bbayliss

      I wrote this last July, in the wake of learning of the June 9th meeting:

      I wrote this this morning (7/20/17), had to add #17 tonight

      a short history of ONE small aspect of this mess, the June 9th meeting :
      1. It did NOT happen
      2. OK it happened but we talked about adoption
      3. OK it was about Clinton, as the email said, but there was NO collusion
      4. Ok there may have been collusion, but it’s NOT a crime
      5. I knew NOTHING about it until I read it in the papers
      6. Ok maybe someone mentioned it in passing a while back
      7. There were 4 people at the meeting (that we said didn’t happen)
      8. Ok there were 5 people at the meeting that we said didn’t happen
      9. Ok there were 8 people at the meeting that didn’t happen, but they were all private citizens.
      10.Ok one of the people at the meeting had been in contact with the Russian state prosecutor, by her own admission. all the rest, private citizens.
      11. Private citizens who had NOTHING to do with Hacking.
      12. OK The alleged former Soviet intelligence officer who attended the meeting with top campaign officials last June was previously accused in federal and state courts of orchestrating an international hacking conspiracy. Akhmetshin told the Associated Press on Friday he accompanied Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to the June 9, 2016, meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort.
      13. So what? “coulda been China” doing the hacking. It’s not like I had ANY connection to anyone at the meeting.
      14.Ok the eighth person at the meeting was Ike Kaveladze, is an executive at a Moscow-based property firm owned by Aras Agalarov, a business associate of mine accused of 1.4 billion in money laundering
      15. OK My business partner sent a representative from Russia, but it was just “politics as usual” except with a foreign government which ISN’T illegal.
      16..OK it’s illegal, but WHAT ABOUT HILLARY?
      17. How do pardons work?

      • Ill-Advised

        This should be a poster!

        • bbayliss

          Be my guest.

  • Nounverb911
    • SayItWithWookies

      That chalet-peaked noggin of Gowdy’s doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for brains, does it?

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      They’re pissed off not about Bannon lying to them, but for telling the truth about Trump in the book.

      • Ducksworthy

        First recorded case of Zika in the Continental US.

        • PubOption

          I assume you mean Gowdy.

  • BadKitty904

    <– tries to think of anyone who doesn't already hold Bannon in contempt

  • vukojebina_MΩment

    FWIW, Devin Nunes has a flaccid subpoena, from what I’ve heard.

    • Ducksworthy

      Its written in the Cyrillic Alphabet so its kinda hard to read.

  • Hiss

    How about trying the Spanish Inquisition? No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

    • proudgrampa

      How about trying Sir Thomas More? No one expects Sir Thomas More!

      • Hiss

        That ended poorly, as I recall.

        • proudgrampa

          Yes.

        • Blanche de Shambles

          Well, Bannon did claim at one point that he wanted to be Trump’s Thomas Cromwell.

          That also ended poorly.

    • MynameisBlarney
  • Nounverb911
  • bbayliss

    “Everything is confusing and scary and nothing makes sense.”
    Why is Bannon being treated differently than Don Jr.?
    The white house already knows what Don jr is going to say.
    When Nunes wants to know what Bannon is likely to say before he appears in front of Mueller’s grand jury I become suspicious about what he intends to do with that information.

    • Courser_Resistance

      I’ve barely been able to function so far this week. I feel like I’m in some sort of anti-gravity field and don’t know which way is up. I’m a total fucking basket-case. I feel like I’m dragging a 2 ton weight behind me.

      Hang in there bbayliss!

      • bbayliss

        Chin up…Like you I feel as though I’m under assault. I think things may get worse before they get better, but I think we’ll get better. maybe try this?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92i5m3tV5XY&feature=youtu.be

        • Courser_Resistance

          OMG, there’s a Fuck That App!

          :::grabs phone:::

          Thanks bbayliss!

  • middleclassman1

    The house investigation is nothing more than a dog and pony show being used to attack evidence and witnesses

  • Ron Spangler

    I believe we are in what the kidz call “constitooshunal crisis” territory. Kinda surprised it took so ling to get here, really. I guess at least now the courts will have to decide what is and is not executive privilege, so our grandchildren living on the burnt cinder won’t have to go through this again. #yay

    • BadKitty904

      The Republican Party and its owners aren’t going to give up power voluntarily.

      • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

        This entire administration is proof of that. They wouldn’t even be here if we truly had one person (PERSON, not corporation), one vote.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Thank gawd the republicans have been packing the judiciary.

  • Ducksworthy

    Truckerfuker has lost the thread? Again?

  • Martini A, very stable genius

    I’m kinda surprised Darth Bannon continues to carry water for King Clown. He seems like exactly the kind of backstabbing little bitch that would be happy to turn on a disloyal associate at the drop of a hat.

    • amrak63

      Perhaps Darth Bannon is not afraid of Trump, but of the true Emperor–or rather, Tsar.

      • dslindc

        Indeed. Wouldn’t want that bathtub full of gin to be poisoned!

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          “Your polonium, sir. It’s on the house.”

          • Celtic_Gnome

            If Vlad slipped Bannon some polonium, how would we know?

          • Rooster Cogburn105

            Salt will do the trick on slime molds

        • MynameisBlarney

          How could one tell the difference?

    • OutOfOrbit

      he may turn yet again. so far, every change of the winds has caused him to change his allegiance, like a wind-cock on a barn in a twister

      • PubOption

        Turn around bloodshot eyes,
        Every now and then he falls apart.

    • Duke

      Maybe they’re all dirty as fuck and know that when the ship goes down they’ll all be swinging from a tree.

      Metaphors, I love them!

  • dslindc

    “Steve Bannon was a minor member of the transition team and had a very unimportant role in the White House. I think he got coffee or something and the President has never met him.”

    -Sarah Huckabee “Poot Lips” Sanders, probably

  • Daniel Hooper

    In regards to Gowdy, I’m wondering if his anger is less because of Bannon’s potential involvement in the undermining of American politics, and more because he’s simply being a dick to Gowdy himself.

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      Yes.

    • PlutoAnimus

      “Bannon, I’m the one who gets to be condescending here, goddamn it!

  • Scooby

    I think they just wanted to know what Brannon was going to tell Mueller.

    • BadKitty904

      You just KNOW that’s what they want to know.

      • Scooby

        Yea, then report back to Trump.

        • BadKitty904

          …McConnell, Ryan, Putin, Murdoch, the Kochs, et al.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Sanjay Gupta on turmp’s actual health.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/369287-sanjay-gupta-by-all-standards-trump-has-heart-disease

    Considering he only eats fast food, his arteries must be absolutely clogged with plaque and calcium.

    • BadKitty904

      Good.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Apparently, he just eats that stuff on camera to appeal to the base, then purges and has a broccoli/kale smoothie. That’s how he keeps his ‘trim figure’.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Riiiiiight. lol

      • Major^3 Andre

        Broccoli/kale enema, a minor, but fundamental difference.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Snitches get stitches sounds like obstruction of justice to me.

    • OutOfOrbit

      yesterday the tRumpsterfire made Bannon an offer he couldn’t refuse,
      tomorrow Mueller will make another offer that Bannon can’t refuse… heh heh heh

    • puredog

      Even an arguably valid invocation of a privilege =/= OOJ. The question is whether this one is arguably valid.

  • ManchuCandidate

    What is going to happen? Will Trey Gowdy behave like a real questioner and apologize to US Amercia for his hair and Benghazi? Will Steve Bannon continue to be a self cock sucker? Will the Trump Admin continue to make new ways of delaying? What does Bob and Chuck about this even though they aren’t even in the Trump Admin? Stay tuned for the next episode of Trump Soap.

  • La forza del resistino

    Being subpoenaed mid testimony is like your waiter presenting you with the check before dessert and wanting to see the money.

    • OutOfOrbit

      nuttin wrong with that

      • La forza del resistino

        I tell my dinner date the same, happens all the time.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Uh oh, I left my wallet in my other Grand Jury!”

    • Me not sure

      Yes, but what kind of arcane game are Gowdy and Nunes playing? I wouldn’t have expected them to go along with it based on previous statements and actions. Is it some odd strategy or is the Trump spell finally losing its magic?

      • La forza del resistino

        We’ll might have to wait until Hannity weighs in.

        • Me not sure

          Ahhhh… the brains of the outfit.

      • puredog

        Bannon has lost all his support in all quarters and is thus fair game.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “I’ve decided to just go ahead and burn all my bridges. My dentist is not happy.”
    — Steve Bannon

    • H0mer0

      Why wouldn’t he be? Those things are expensive!

  • TJ Barke

    So that seems perfectly innocent…

    • BadKitty904

      For a Mafia family…

  • (((Sedagive)))

    So executive privilege is now retroactive and airborne.

    The Democrats are going to have much to be thankful for. Soon.

    • BadKitty904

      As long as WE make it so…

      • (((Sedagive)))

        RAmen.

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      If I ever get in trouble, I can just say I’m planning to run for President the next year so I don’t have to testify. Neener neener neener!

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “On the golf course, I use executive privilege to invoke a double minus mulligan! #MGWA (Make golf winnable again)”
    — Donald Trump

  • Ryan Denniston
  • cheetojeebus

    This is good news for big pitchfork.

  • lucidamente
  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Amazing. The polonium the Russians poisoned Bannon with has turned his body into a grotesque, scabby sac, yet he was still able to show up for his hearing.

    • Me not sure

      Fuck polonium! The “Cannon” eats polonium sprinkles on his donuts.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “OK, we thought we were good at this decay thing, but this guy beats us hands down.”
      — Polonium atoms

  • Mentally Stable Ron

    What the hell is WRONG with these people?

    • BadKitty904

      Evil.

    • TJ Barke

      Authoritarian personality disorder.

    • Most Stable Land Shark

      Evil AND stupid AND arrogant.

      • Notreelyhelping

        Which makes for a most lovely fall.

    • Proud Liberal

      They believe they are above the law. Republicans have proven that correct so far.

  • Duke

    Another beautiful day in America. But I need some help. On the way to work, should I sing:

    America the Beautiful
    This Land is Your Land
    The Star Spangled Banner
    Proud To Be an American
    Sheena is a Punk Rocker

    I’ll be in the car, btw.

    • OutOfOrbit

      “Born in the USA” ?
      — the Boss

    • Antonin Dvorak
    • MynameisBlarney

      Sheena is a Punk Rocker.
      Always.

      • Most Stable Land Shark

        Always.

    • Parakeetist

      Sheena

    • The True Cosmic Owl

      Rocket to Russia.

    • Notreelyhelping

      Sheena. DON’T SNIFF GLUE AND DRIVE!

    • C4TWOMAN

      Curse you! Now I have the Sheena ear worm!

    • Raan

      I vote “Fortunate Son”.

    • Rags
    • Lordpnut

      “America” by Motorhead.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Courser_Resistance

      Hey Adam! They don’t need Dems to pass their Zombie Agenda. They hold all three branches of government.

  • Most Stable Land Shark

    So Gowdy and Nunes are trying to get in front of this because they, too, know they’re as guilty as shit?

    • mike stone

      Both of them are too stupid to use that kind of logic.

      • Most Stable Land Shark

        I’d say that’s true of Nunes … he’s a lickspittle idiot. But Gowdy (at least) has a litigation background. Or maybe he’s just scared shitless?

        • OutOfOrbit

          scared shitless, both of’em

    • Proud Liberal

      This is an election year. They are trying to keep their jobs. Let’s make sure they don’t.

    • OutOfOrbit

      those who have their own ruskie skeletons in their own dirty closets are losing their nerves, wondering more and more, “Will Mueller get to me before this is all over?”

      • C4TWOMAN

        That could be leveraged in the right situation: they’d take loosing all the perks they have with Trump in exchange for being let off with a slap in the wrist.
        But they’re have to be intelligent persons with the foresight to not have gotten mixed up with the Russians in the first place, to leverage that….

        • OutOfOrbit

          in other words: “they burned”

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Uh, we’re talking the Republican party here. No intelligence in evidence. They all their successes to an avalanche of money from their billionaire donors.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Pence: Sir, you can’t just keep inventing new executive privileges like this.
    Trump: No invent, no invent, you’re the invent! Melania found this one in the couch cushions.
    Pence: I don’t believe you sir! Melania doing housework! Preposterous!
    Trump: You speak the truth, but truth doesn’t cut it with me. You’re fired!
    Pence: Yes, sir. See you tomorrow sir.

    • The True Cosmic Owl

      Melania does not CLEAN!

      Nor does she FARM!

  • fawkedifiknow

    An observation: When Michael Flynn was caught talking on the telephone with the Rooskieskies by use of a wire tap (like our spooks do all the fucking time against people like the Rooskies), the Moron brigade (Trump, Nunes, Jim Jordan, et al) howled like the ignoramuses they are that it was a terrible sin against the Constitution for the Obama (of course) Administration to wiretap a PRIVATE CITIZEN LIKE POOR MICHAEL FLYNN, Ret.U.S.A.. So to recap, when it suited their fancy, a member of Trump’s transition team is only a private citizen pre-inaugural, but when it makes them shit their panties that Bannon can really fuck them up, he’s not a private citizen, but a member of the executive branch.

    These stable geniuses hold the welfare of all of us in their tiny, but graspy, hands, folks.

  • CripesAmighty

    OT–why does anybody put Jim Messina on TV? The living definition of ineffectual incompetent with cutting-edge strategies for recycling 30 year-old campaign techniques.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      He worked for Obama, so he has cachet?

      • beatbort

        Maybe they should get Kenny Loggins instead?

        • RickyG

          Kenny is a little footloose with the truth.

  • Most Stable Land Shark

    Mother Pence is measuring for drapes … to bad her hubby is going down on the SS Trümptanic.

    • shivaskeeper

      Maybe. Another plausible scenario is they get Trump to resign in exchange for the pardon from Pence. I can see the calls for national unity and reconciliation. For us to get behind the new President and look forward, not to the past. And the they the investigations just die away.

      I don’t think Pence will make the first move in that because he is a professional toady, but he will take advantage of it if it happens.

      • Antonin Dvorak

        Pence becomes Gerald Ford II: Evangelical Boogaloo, the moment he pardons the Dotard.

        • shivaskeeper

          Don’t get me wrong, I think Pence is eyeballs deep in this too. I just think if they can get Trump out, before charges are filed, Pence will call for reconciliation and a period of national healing instead of continuing on with the investigation.

          • Ω cynmac’s skipping the SOTU

            Yeah, he can try that.

          • shivaskeeper

            He can, and if it comes to it, her will. It’s only a possible scenario though. I think it’s going to go more like Nixon/Agnew. They are both going to resign before the charges come down.

        • Meccalopolis

          Profile in courage my ass

      • chicken thief

        A POTUS pardon only works for federal crimes. If Mueller hands his findings to, say, the NY AG, and he prosecutes then there are no pardons. Any of the financial stuff, or perjury related to the financials, could easily be prosecuted in NY.

        • shivaskeeper

          I get that. I also understand that Mueller is using the NY AG’s office as his dead man switch. Schneiderman also knows it and is going along. Federal charges are better and carry more weight than state charges, but we’ll take what we can get.

          I think if the federal charges work, or at least the threat of federal charges, and they resign, it is possible NY will just let it go. Mission accomplished when they are out of power sort of thing.

          I could be wrong, and time will tell.

  • ChumpsForTrump

    Wonder why the house cover-up.. er, “investigation” would suddenly be acting aggressive toward bannon? Maybe they think he can be the fall guy?

    • Gosala, a Girther

      I thinks that’s exactly what they’re hoping. I also think Bannon won’t go quietly.

      • beatbort

        If Nunes is going after him, then you KNOW that’s the reason. Nunes takes his orders from Putin…via Trump.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          A little-known first draft of Dylan Thomas’s most famous poem proves remarkably prescient:

          Do not go gentle into that Trump night,
          Old fart should howl and lie at close of day;
          Rage, rage against the shlonging of the blight.

          Though dumb fucks at their end claim dark is right,
          Because their peens had fucked no Stormy they
          Do not go gentle into that Trump night.

          Bad men, the hearing by, crying how bright
          Their frail crap might have danced in a Fox bray,
          Rage, rage against the shithole of the blight.

          Worse men who caught and sang that bum in flight,
          And learn, too late, he thieved him on his way,
          Do not go gentle into that Trump night.

          Slave men, though white, who see with blinding sight
          Linds-eyes could be quite fuddy-duddy yet be gay,
          Rage, some against the puss-grab of the blight.

          And you, Don, Jr, there on the half-height,
          Curse, sell you out with Dad’s fierce tears, I pray.
          Do not go gentle into that Trump night.
          Rage, rage lest we should normalize the blight.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      He better be on the lookout for Polonium soup.

    • PlutoAnimus

      This makes sense.

      Any other theories, or is this case solved already?

      • Raan

        Maybe that the shitweasels are starting to see that Mueller isn’t going away and they can’t make him go away without mass protests.

        But the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

    • C4TWOMAN

      I think they’re trying to make him a fall guy. But someone like Bannon will not go quietly. If he has no future with the Mercers or GOP, I’d expect him to take them all down out of spite. The fact he hasn’t tells me he’s not so much on the outs as they’d like us to believe.

      • amrak63

        In that case, I hope Bannon has good security. I doubt Putin will stop at stitches for snitches.

    • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

      I am wondering this also too. But I don’t expect Steve-O the Hutt to play along.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Raving and drooling they fell on his neck with a scream

      • Meccalopolis

        Dragged down by the stone

  • Major^3 Andre

    Apparently, the amulatory chancre has struck a deal to be interviewed by Mueller’s League of Extraordinary Investigators rather than a supreme court. Hope his lawfirm of Beam, Black, & Daniels keep him talkative.

    • Major^3 Andre

      Which begins to see why the GOPers might be so anxious to get the answers and try to get out in front of the consequences. Complicit motherfuckers gonna take it on the chin in November. Yippee!!

  • beatbort

    Executive privilege…or privileged executive?

  • beatbort

    This just in: Trey Gowdy has linked Steve Bannon to Benghazi, but Hillary is still not off the hook.

  • Lefty Wright

    I think the Republicans in the committee wanted to turn Bannon into a scapegoat for Trump. Nunes is too dense to attempt the aggrieved representative of the people trying to get to the bottom of Bannon’s perfidy. Asking loaded questions attempting to shift responsibility for any Russian contacts to Bannon, trying to infer Flynn made his calls to Russia in Bannon’s behalf, and other ridiculous innuendo. I see Gowdy in that role, but failing just like he did with Benghazi.

  • The Very Stable Librarian

    Of course Dems want to take back the House because GOP does nothing but make a mess then whine. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no collusion between Trump & Co and Russia. Apples and oranges Mr. Gowdy, but I throw rotten tomatoes in your direction.

  • Mavenmaven

    When the GOP senses that Trump is a liability rather than an asset they will tear him apart like Pentheus in The Bacchae.

    • chicken thief

      The letters I read always spelled it “Penthouse”.

  • Alice Peal

    Boy Howdy, Trey Gowdy. I’m so sorry the Dems are dragging out the silly old Russian COLLUSION thingie. So bigly unfair of them to distract you from the “but her emails” thingie.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Isn’t it mean of the Democrats to do that? I mean, Trey, et. al. had barely four years to look into Hillary’s every move the night Benghazi happened. Why can’t the Democrats have wrapped up investigating a vast and multi-year series of related events in a couple of months! UNFAIR!!

  • Jgb979

    Executive privelage???

    I thought Bannon was just some drunk team T barely knew??

    • jeffg166

      He is until he isn’t.

  • Hemp Dogbane

    “Will Gowdy and his posse remember that they are useless lackeys and fall back in line?”
    Lol

    • Toomush Stability

      They just want to discredit him…

  • SweetDeeKat

    What.The.Fuck. I actually agree with Trey Gowdy. I vowed to cut my exposure to this whole raging harbor fire, and I get reeled back in.

  • GlazedHaim

    Why can’t Bannon at least tell us how girthy Daddy Shithouse is?

    • natoslug

      I refuse to join the girther movement. Given that fat weighs less than muscle, and shit weighs less than fat, and given that Trump is 50% shit, 49% fat, and 1% other, it is entirely plausible that he only weighs 239 pounds.

  • eggs ackly-wright

    A little light treason is OK because it happened in the past and can’t we just move forward into the future?

  • Gorillionaire

    Apparently someone has concocted a crazy strategy to lay all of this at the feet of Stevo Bannon and thus absolve everyone else in Trumpland, and Stevo ain’t going along with it. Nunes and Gowdy expect to be treated like the prettiest girls at the prom, and threw a hiss fit when Stevo showed them the splotchy end of his ass.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      I’m having trouble believing there’s a non-splotchy end

      (I’m NOT looking)

      • Gorillionaire

        Come to think of it, he’s all ass.

        • BreakingDeadMen

          Asses all the way down

          • H0mer0

            ah, that’s better. You went from the imagery of splotchy assness to innocent mooning from the movie “Grease”

    • Meccalopolis

      I had thought they would hang it all on Flynn. They still might

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Trump will try to hang it all on Don, Jr. if he gets backed into a corner. Or Kushner. Or even Crown Princess Knee Candy.

        After all, his other daughter, namely any porn actress who can hold her nose, is always there.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    So we’ve reached the part of the story where the bad guys all turn on each other and try to slit each other’s throats in order to save their own asses.

    Well played, Mueller…

    • Rooster Cogburn105

      Cue Reservoir Dogs ending

  • PlutoAnimus

    Mueller is accommodating Bannon. Why?

    My guess is that Mueller wants a ‘clean’ (unindicted) witness against Trump & Co., and Bannon seems to be outside most of the Russia-related shenanigans.

    Meanwhile, the House Republicans are getting aggressive.

    One group wants to hang the whole thing around his neck, the other wants to make him a star (innocent) witness.

    One side wants to save him to use him, the other side wants to drown him.

    • Mike Steele

      Last line, true dat…however, Steverino is very much INSIDE the ratfuckery. Mercers/Cambridge/Bannon did most of the legwork to target Russian efforts on social media – and, likely, at polling places.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Haha, he can get his revenge on all of them.

        (Of course, if he is caught in a lie, he could be indicted despite any useful information he coughs up. Careful here, Steve, just getting a shave, a necktie, a semi-fitting suit and taking your every-other-year bath isn’t enough in this situation.

    • lurch394

      Some of them want to abuse him, some of them want him to self-abuse….

  • sgt. jmk of the résistance

    That clip of Gowdy is freaking infuriating. How the fuck does the man who spent YEARS pursuing Hillary through MULTIPLE investigations have the utter crust to say that, “if the tables were turned,” the Republicans wouldn’t be able to do all this kind of investimuhgatin’??? And how the fuck does he have the stones to claim that the good ol’ “mainstream media” just “didn’t care about Benghazi”???

    Ugh… it’s barely noon, and I want to punch a wall already.

    • SisterArtemis

      For me, pretty much every one of the last 435 days….

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I guess it might be understandable if Trey Gowdy was a profession fucking fucking hypocrite but… Oh, wait.

  • DainBramage

    The Republicans in Congress could put on a show of being tough with Bannon because they knew beforehand that he would not answer hard questions.
    Mueller’s grand jury is a whole other thing. Bannon will be sitting in the room without his lawyer present (OK, lawyer will be just outside), and won’t be able to invoke EP. At least that’s what Rachel Maddow led me to believe last night.
    Bannon may have taken the stance that he could say FU to Congress, but that he’s compelled to talk to the Grand Jury – nothing he can do.

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      I think he can plead the 5th.

      • ken_kukec

        If he does, his lawyer will have to make a good-faith proffer to a judge demonstrating how his answers might tend to incriminate him. And even if he succeeds, Mueller can give him a grant of immunity and make him talk (thereby “cracking him like an egg,” as someone once said).

    • Mike Steele

      As of now, ‘no grand jury; no grand jury – YOU’RE the grand jury!’ Looks like Bannon’s visit w/Mueller will simply be a cozy little fireside chat…maybe peppered with a little ‘strong language’?

  • chicken thief

    Could Gowdy’s new found balls be explained by his resignation from chairing the committee? Or maybe Paul Ryan passed the word that there would be no more covering for the Cheeto-in-Chief?

    Ok, ahahahahhahahaha, just kidding with that second one!!!!1!!

    • Mike Steele

      Actually, Gowdy resigned from Ethics Committee, after arranging exoneration of Dirty Devin, still-‘recused’, yet remarkably active chairman on HIC.

  • motmelere

    I’m starting to rethink my position on enhanced interrogation.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Hannity volunteered for it years ago. For charity.

      So far. No show. Because bonehead spurs, I guessing?

  • Ergoetal

    God bless sweet Tucker boy:

    Gowdy: “Blah blah blah, etc.”

    “Tucks: “Yeah, but how bad are the Democrats, really?”

  • BreakingDeadMen

    My understanding is that Bannon achieves auto-fellatio using the same device that Peter Frampton does on his guitar.

    • Heyzeus Ahchay

      Steve Bannon auto-fellating: “Do you feel like I do?”

      • BreakingDeadMen

        yes!

  • Karen Marie

    “Are they all going to suddenly start claiming some BS executive privilege that started November 8 and ends when Trump leaves office?”

    Oh, come on – with Trump it NEVER ends.

    • HooverVilles

      There is nothing so low that Trump won’t go lower. There is no bottom with the Donald. The undercarriage of the bus will be littered with every last one before hair Trumpen Fuhrer goes down.
      He will be the last rat off the ship.

  • Ghoti theLinguist

    It seems The Human Dumpster has made a deal to speak to a special prosecutor. http://www.ajc.com/news/national/steve-bannon-strikes-deal-mueller-probe-reports/zX77rtsNUXhiL3wecWi7AL/

  • Zyxomma

    Thanks, $5F. Despite the eternal shitshow, you made me smile!!

  • Heyzeus Ahchay

    Slippery Steve: I will tell Mueller everything I know
    Robert Mueller: OK, Mr. Bannon. Tell me everything you know.
    Slippery Steve: I know you represent an evil secret government, and I will not help you maintain the security of the USA, which I intend to bring to its knees by destroying the government from within with the help of my fuhrer.

  • death kitten of death

    ‘we can’t let him say any of those things he doesn’t know’

    The Kafka call of the totalitarian.

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