14 thoughts on “Journal During the Trump Regime (7)

  1. I mentioned before that I don’t trust Parnas, especially without a plausible, benign explanation as to why he’s releasing this information. To me, harming Trump and others may be harmful to him–unless it somehow helps the shady characters he’s associated with. Two possibilities comes to mind, although this is speculative and will make me seem paranoid:

    1. Parnas releases the tapes, and over time we learn their inauthentic. This can create impression Trump not guilty or make the public exasperated, leading to them giving up on knowing what’s true or not.

    2. It may distract from some bigger scandal or occurrence.

  2. It’s worth reiterating a point about Trump’s claim that he was concerned about corruption in Ukraine involving Hunter Biden. If one behaves in really corrupt ways, one can’t claim to care about corruption–not in any credible way–especially when one only cares about corruption when it hurts one’s enemies. The idea of calling the Bidens to testify is a farce, a transparent attempt at a political hit job, not a genuine interest in rooting out corruption.

    March 6, 2020

    Republicans Now Poised For Biden-Burisma Subpoena With Romney On Board

    Really disappointed to hear Romney give his support for this.

    1. When you read this think about how Trump and his followers want you to believe that his going after the Bidens was because he cared about curbing corruption.

  3. Summary of important happenings in the past week:

  4. WaPo (2/14/2020)summary of what’s been going on.

  5. Mitch McConnell refuses to allow a bill that would strengthen the security of elections. It’s hard not to see this as wanting the Russians, or any other country, to interfere in the elections. It’s on par with McConnell rejecting Obama’s request that congressional Republicans and Democrats stand together to repudiate Russian interference. McConnell threatened that he would accuse Obama of trying to tip the scales, if Obama made a big deal of this. McConnell is one of the most reprehensible Americans.

    Also, I believe Trump has removed current acting DNI, Joseph Macguire and replaced him with Richard Grennell, who is will also be acting DNI–i.e., not vetted by Congress.

    Edit

    Can’t help but feel Trump cares about staying in power and protecting himself than protecting the elections from foreign interference. I also can’t help but feel Trump would engage in electoral shenanigans himself to win the election.

  6. From WaPo: Romney May Vote Against Trump Again–This Time with Some Bite

    Apparently the Senate Homeland Security Committee is planning to vote issuing a subpoena related to Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company. If the Senate begins an investigation on this, it will be another of many examples of the way the GOP have become a party primarily about maintaining power–placing this far above principles, including the rule of law. I don’t get the sense the news media is hammering this point hard enough. Should they, or am I off my rocker?

    Let’s consider this. The GOP ostensibly wants to begin this investigation because they believe corruption is really bad thing. But if they were genuine, why wouldn’t they investigate Trump and his children. For example, WaPo also published the following article today–Newly obtained documents show $157,000 in additional payments by the Secret Service to Trump properties. Surely this is far worse than the son of the VPOTUS gaining employment from his father’s position. And if something like this warrants an investigation, this means that a) Republican congresspeople are not guilty of something similar or worse, and b) if there was a distinct possibility of this, the GOP would begin investigations on these members. Right?

    It’s hard not to conclude the GOP only cares about corruption when it serves their goal of gaining and keeping power–which is to say they don’t really care about corruption. Senator McConnell would rather win the presidency than uniting with Democrats to publicly speak out against Russia (during the 2016 campaign) and he apparently wants to leave our election vulnerable to electoral interference (He’s not allowing a vote on bi-partisan bill to give states more money to secure elections); he and other GOP-ers find it acceptable that the POTUS uses his office to pressure foreign leader to help his campaign. Is it crazy to think the GOP have now become an authoritarian party? I don’t think it’s crazy to think that, nor do I think it’s crazy to think that they pose the greatest danger, along with Trump, to the United States of a America.

  7. With COVID-19 hurting the economy, I’m wondering if this would be a decent time to start spending on infrastructure. If a lot of people are staying at home, it would seem like an ideal time to work on improving infrastructure.

    If unemployment increases, I wonder if the government could create programs like they did in FDR’s time. Then again, this might go against mitigating the spread of the virus.

  8. Former intelligence chiefs: Trump’s removal of experts is deeply destructive to our nation’s safety

    Nine former intelligence chiefs:

    We do not suggest that post-9/11 reforms should be etched in stone. All healthy institutions should evolve with changing circumstances, and the NCTC as well as the rest of government must adapt as circumstances change. But the gutting of the intelligence community’s experienced professionals is not reform. It is politicization, pure and simple. It is destructive of our nation’s ideals, and it puts us all at risk.

    If congressional Republicans, Fox News, and other conservative pundits remain silent or continue to claim a “Deep State” and mainstream media just hates Trump, they’re putting the nation in harm’s way.

  9. Trump says he will fire intelligence watchdog at center of Ukraine allegations that led to impeachment from WaPo.

    If Trump is allowed to get away with this, without really showing a compelling reason for doing this, then this is another step in placing Trump above the law. He’s taking down the system of checks-and-balances, bit by bit. So many warning signals about Trump’s authoritarianism–specifically indications that he believes he is above the law. Some others that come to mind off the top of my head: criticizing AG Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, even though this was appropriate; publicly intimidating witnesses in the investigation, and other forms of obstructing justice in the Russia investigation. No one can say they didn’t know; that there was no evidence.

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