Sessions’ Short Memory, and the Campaign Chaos Defense.

Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin on his trip to Asia last week and endorsed his denial of hacking interference in our election. The intelligence agencies of America, who have unilaterally concluded otherwise, were thus laughed at and disregarded, by the President of the United States of America, in favor of an offhanded denial from the Russian president. It’s a sickening state of affairs.

Robert Mueller’s team dropped many a bomb this week, however. After the dust settles, there’s reason to hope for an early end. A number of former Watergate prosecutors believe that Mueller has all he needs already. All he has to do is gain access to the email inboxes of Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, Hope Hicks and others. Kushner, for one, has been sending hundreds of emails from a private server ever since January.

With all the documentation of Russian collusion piling up, Trump’s best excuse so far may be that his people were too incompetent to organize a conspiracy. They are running out of plausible lies to tell. And so, for once, they’ve decided to tell the truth. The Slob Defense has been born.

A not-guilty-by-reason-of-stupidity defense has the virtue in this case of being plausible, but since when has ignorance been an excuse in our legal system? It’s true that Donald Trump Jr. is not an intelligent man, but why should he catch a break because of it? He’s been given every advantage. How often do poor people beat a case due to similar limitations? About as often as Donald Trump Sr. tells the truth.

We’ve known about the meeting he had with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year, to collect the “dirt” they had gathered on Hillary Clinton. He wasn’t very careful about hiding it, and he blurted out all he knew when questioned. That was huge. Yesterday’s revelations about Trump Jr’s private electronic conversations with Julian Assange of Wikileaks register on a similar scale.

Trump Jr. exchanged multiple private messages on Twitter with Wikileaks before the election. In several cases, it appears he acted on requests from the group. In one instance he tweeted a link it had sent his way.

This is solid proof that the Trump campaign was in direct contact with WikiLeaks, described by Trump’s own CIA director as “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”

At the time, both WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, were under tremendous scrutiny for their role in disseminating stolen Democratic emails.The earliest known conversations with Trump Jr. were held just before their release.

Donald Trump Jr. is certainly having a rough week, but he is not the only member of the Trump clan under the Mueller microscope.

Jared Kushner has turned over all documents pertinent to his connection with the firing of then- FBI director James Comey earlier this year to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Kushner is said to be persona non grata around the Trump household these days. For all his blundering, though, he has made at least one important contribution to the Donald Trump administration.

His pleas of ignorance have inspired a pathetic go-to defense in the face of collusion charges. Over the summer, Kushner explained to congressional investigators, the Trump campaign was chaotic and disorganized to a miserable extent. So miserable, in fact, that even something as significant as a meeting between him and a number of other campaign aides and individuals with Russian ties didn’t even register.

We will not neglect to mention the email defense. Hillary Clinton was all but burned in effigy over the supposed carelessness of her handling of emails. In the Trump administration, carelessness is a best-case scenario.

“It was typical for me to receive 200 or more e-mails a day during the campaign. I did not have the time to read every one, especially long e-mails from unknown senders or e-mail chains to which I was added at some later point in the exchange,” Kushner said, claiming that he did not read an e-mail outlining the Russian effort to bolster Trump’s candidacy.

For a guy who claims to be a genius, he’s sure got a lousy memory.

Thus was born the Trump campaign’s chaos defense. Other aides have recognized in it their lifesaver, and are all rushing around vigorously, screaming out the tales of their incompetence. Anything to deflect from their own suspicious contacts and memory lapses.

Jeff Sessions spent the whole afternoon employing this technique. He was faced with a rough slate of questions, especially when Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) told Sessions flat out that he’s lying, either to the Senate or the House.

“That is exactly the opposite answer you gave under oath to the U.S. Senate,” Lieu replied, referencing Sessions’s Jan. 10 confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Either you’re lying to the U.S. Senate, or you’re lying to the U.S. House of Representatives.”

The House Judiciary Committee was prompted in their inquiry by a series of fresh revelations from campaign advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, two other guys who spent some hours in front of that committee as of late.

The attorney general tried blaming his own short memory on the sloven and incompetence that surrounded Donald Trump during last year’s election.

“It was a form of chaos every day from day one,” Sessions told the committee. That statement does not adequately fill hearts with confidence.

Collusion notwithstanding, there’s always the 25th Amendment. If thirteen Cabinet members and a Vice-President who would like to escape the wrath to come will simply vote the President out as incompetent, it is not too late for them. They had better act fast, though. The other doors are all closing.

Democrats Victorious, Gaining Crucial Momentum for ’18!

The Democratic Party won big today. In Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City, we swept our races completely. Voters demonstrated a thorough repudiation of the repugnant way of life we have come to know as Trumpism.

The American people gave us back all the power they could in Tuesday’s elections.

We needed this. Big time. The way the media tells it, this whole last year has been one disaster after the next for us Democrats. The papers all have a dig to throw at Hillary Clinton any chance they get. They gleefully insist that Bernie Sanders is the face of our party. He is reviled so completely by most of us that he wasn’t even welcome to speak at a Women’s Convention without all hell breaking loose. It’s like they’re having a rape fantasy about it.

That whole narrative disregards a great many tangible and improbable victories scored by Democrats over the last year. Even our losses were wins in a number of cases.

Take the Jon Ossoff- Karen Handel race last springGeorgia’s Sixth District has been red since 1979.  We came within a hair of taking it. $23 million was raised for that race.

As of September 27, Democrats have picked up a total of eight Republican-held seats as a result of special elections from New York, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. After tonight, you can bet people will start talking about it.

This combined with how close we came to winning the special elections earlier this year, suggests strongly that we’ve got everything it takes in 2018 to overcome the large mathematical disadvantages peculiar to this year’s electoral map.

Things went great in New Jersey. Philip Murphy easily polished off his mountebank opponent. That governor’s office has been in Republican Chris Christie’s hands for eight years. Across the map, in mayoral contests, state legislative races and ballot measures, everything went our way.
In Virginia, we saw a historical milestone pass. Voters elected the state’s first openly transgender candidate, Danica Roem, to the Virginia House of Delegates. Ralph Northam won the Virginia governor’s race handily, as close as the race looked toward the end.
And in New York City, Bill de Blasio secured the biggest mayor’s office in America for the Democrats.
The only rain on our parade came from a certain non- Democrat, Bernie Sanders, who dealt a blow to leftist unity by refusing to endorse Northam. That’s one race he could have made a significant impact on, but he refused. Northam has a wonderfully progressive platform, as opposed to his race-baiting slanderous Republican opponent. Bernie chose to actively try to hurt him. How much more proof do people need that this man is not on our side?
Our Revolution, the advocacy group founded by Sanders, has endorsed six candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates. But when it came to the governor’s race, Bernie remained silent. He’d endorsed Tom Perriello, one of Northam’s primary opponents. It seems he’s back to sulking.

“They’ve done nothing, and it’s a shame,” says a Democratic strategist with Virginia roots. Wary of escalating the tensions between the Hillary and Bernie wings of the party, he doesn’t want to be named.

“This race is really the first battle for the resistance, and it’s dangerous for our prospects going forward if we can’t win this.”

Republicans will wake up tomorrow in a world of hurt. Full control of Congress, which favored them strongly in terms of electoral math, find themselves now in serious jeopardy.
Trump’s approval ratings have been abysmal since the start, but are worsening daily. He’s a liability. This is why so many of them are retiring. It will continue to be much harder to convince incumbents to run in such a hostile environment.
Northam’s opponent, Ed Gillespie, was reprimanded by Trump for not having fully embraced him and his principles in a tweet sent out Tuesday night. Trump blames Gillespie’s defeat on this, but it is not the simplest explanation.
Tonight the people of America sent  Donald Trump a message.
They have figured out that they made a mistake, and they intend to fix it. Donald Trump underestimated the spirit of this country. We are trusting and generous. We give people the benefit of the doubt. But we have a very hard core, at the end of the day, and we do not like being cheated.
Russiagate is winding toward a brutal conclusion; just ask Carter Page. That will be his eventual downfall. the country is stuck in the mud, and Democrats are the only ones who can get us back on track and keep us there. We need to turn Congress Blue again next year. And we have all the tools we need.
That pretty much says it all.

Russiagate’s First Criminal Charges Filed- The End of the Beginning.

CNN reported Friday night that a federal grand jury has formally approved the first round of criminal charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

It is still unclear what the exact nature of the charges are, as they remain sealed under orders from a federal judge. According to “sources briefed on the matter”, anyone charged faces incarceration on Monday.

The Mueller team’s information lockdown has been total. This is coming out because he wants it to.

The DC federal court in which the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation was host to Andrew Weissmann and other top lawyers who are helping to lead the Mueller probe.

Reporters present saw a flurry of activity in the grand jury room, but officials made no announcements.

Regardless of who they indict, this is a move guaranteed to send shockwaves throughout the Trump administration and the nation’s capital.

Until now, the Russia investigation has certainly cast its shadow over Trump’s mutated presidency, but the danger has been theoretical. A federal indictment of anyone connected to the Trump campaign or the White House will turn that theoretical danger into hard reality.

The GOP has been up to something all week. Intensifying conservative criticism of Mueller’s probe managed to dominate the headlines for a few days. Trump-aligned media figures latched onto a CNN report that Clinton campaign officials had funded the creation of the Steele dossier, in a transparent attempt to discredit the overall Russia investigation.

Mueller is authorized to investigate “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s order. That includes scrutinizing Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia.

This has had Trump making all sorts of noise earlier this week attempting to frame the old news regarding the Democratic funding of the latter half of the Steele dossier as a breaking scandal.

It seemed like a reach even for the Republicans, and the Millennial Democrats team felt it was nothing but a cheap and obvious distraction. It’s like their recent attempted revival of the uranium scandal that never was. Or the House decision to have one last dance with Hillary Clinton’s old emails.

With so many actors involved in the crimes, it’s impossible to know who exactly might be facing federal authorities on Monday, but the name of Paul Manafort, at the very least, seems like a shoo-in. The New York Times reported in September that Manafort was informed of his impending indictment in August, during an early-morning raid at his Virginia home.

Last year, the FBI ran an investigation monitoring the communications of Manafort, as well as former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of the investigation into Russian meddling. Earlier this month Page invoked the Fifth Amendment, refusing to speak to the Senate Intelligence committee

Then-director James Comey had his employment terminated for his failure to help Trump cover it up. Trump denied this at first but later admitted it openly against the advice of his attorneys.

POLITICO has learned that last week, the realtor who helped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort buy the Alexandria, Virginia condo that was recently raided by the FBI testified before the federal grand jury in the matter of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Mueller’s team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by Manafort’s old partner Roger Stone, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and others.

His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a number of others involved in the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya,  Donald Trump Jr and other officials from the Trump campaign.

It also came out on Friday that Veselnitskaya shared the information, information she thought would be disparaging to then-candidate Hillary Clinton, she was going to give the campaign with the Kremlin first. This runs in direct contradiction to statements she herself has made. In the past, she has stated she was working alone and without state sanction.

Three committees on Capitol Hill are conducting their own investigations, independently of Mueller’s probe. The competitive atmosphere is a given.

We wish also to extend our thanks to Robert Mueller. He looked tired and sad today. It’s got to be heartbreaking, having to watch a thing like this take place after a lifetime of good service. It should never be forgotten that he came out of retirement for reasons of sincere patriotism.

The struggles ahead are going to register as the greatest legal showdown ever to touch a courtroom. The best America has to offer will be squaring off against Donald Trump, whose billions will undoubtedly raise a defensive army to dwarf even O.J. Simpson’s Dream Team.

We have reached a major turning point. The end of the beginning has come.

Trump is said to have become unhinged today upon learning of the imminent nature of the charges. If that is any indication, the beginning of the end has come as well.

It’s important to place the correct median of emphasis on the significance of this event. This is fantastic news, but it won’t end the case by this year. A great deal of patience will still be called for.

Sooner or later, this will burn Donald Trump and the Republicans down to the ground. In the meantime, we’ve got to start preparing for the midterms. Robert Mueller has performed a great service for the people of this nation, and he’s got his work cut out for him going forward. So do we.