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VICE sues the FBI

What Was James Comey Thinking?

I wonder if we’ll ever find a smoking gun:

VICE News is suing the FBI, demanding the bureau release records related to its curious disclosures, behind-the-scenes actions, and apparent leaks in the days leading up to the U.S. presidential election.

The wide-ranging Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning in conjunction with Ryan Shapiro, a doctoral candidate at MIT and research affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Earlier this month, VICE News and Shapiro filed more than 50 FOIA requests with the FBI seeking documents about the bureau’s discussions regarding Donald Trump, along with other documents that would shed light on the FBI’s decision a week before the election to tweet newly posted records from a long-dormant Twitter account about Bill Clinton’s 2000 pardon of financier Marc Rich.

The pardon, a controversial decision by the former president, was investigated at the time by current FBI director James Comey while he was U.S. attorney.

Our FOIA lawsuit notes that the FBI failed to respond to our requests for expedited processing. We argued that we urgently needed the documents to immediately inform the public.


Clinton campaign backs call for intelligence briefing before Electoral College vote

I don’t understand why every other Democrat is so silent about this:

Former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Sunday he believes that Donald Trump’s associates may have colluded with Russian hackers to win the election.

In his first TV interview since Hillary Clinton’s loss, Podesta said he doesn’t believe that president-elect himself was part of the plan but suggested some of his associates may have gone off the reservation. The Electoral College electors, he said, have the right to know the extent of the Trump campaign’s involvement before they cast their votes Monday.

“It’s very much unknown whether there was collusion,” Podesta said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“What did Trump Inc. know? When did they know it? Were they in touch with the Russians?” Podesta asked. “I think the electors have the right to know what the answers are.”

Oh darn

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That would be so sad, wouldn’t it?

Donald Trump is warning that a Colorado lawsuit brought by two Democratic members of the Electoral College could harm his bid to become president.

“It is little exaggeration … to say that this lawsuit threatens to impair the interests of the President-elect and the Campaign,” attorney Christopher Murray argued on Trump’s behalf in a filing submitted to the U.S. District Court of Colorado. The judge in the matter, Bill Clinton-appointee Wiley Daniel, is set to consider the matter Monday afternoon.

The suit, brought by Colorado electors Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich, is intended to overturn a state law that forces them to support the statewide popular vote winner when the Electoral College convenes to pick the president on Dec. 19. In Colorado’s case, the winner was Hillary Clinton but a legal victory could invalidate similar laws in 28 other states, including several where Republican electors say they’re legally required to support Trump.

Murray argues for the court to allow Trump and his counsel to intervene in the matter.

“Of course, President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have more than enough electoral votes to secure their respective offices,” he writes. “Plaintiffs’ lawsuit, however, threatens to undermine the many laws in other states that sensibly bind their electors’ votes to represent the will of the citizens, undermining the Electoral College in the process. That is why the President-elect and his Campaign seek to intervene in this case.”

McConnell’s investigation isn’t enough

Dear President the United States Mr. Donald Trump , First Lady Mrs. Melania Trump ,Dear Vice President Mr.Mike Pence and Senate Majority Mr. Mitch McConnell

This morning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shrugged off calls for a Select Committee to investigate intelligence agencies’ meddling in the election while reassuring everyone that he was sure North Carolina Senator Burr would convene an investigation via regular order. Calling the allegations of Russian meddling “disturbing,” McConnell said the intelligence panel should take the lead,… Continue Reading →

War with Russia isn’t the issue. Treason is.

Dear President the United States Mr. Donald Trump , First Lady Mrs. Melania Trump ,Dear Vice President Mr.Mike Pence and Senate Majority Mr. Mitch McConnell

After reading through a lot of the comments on my post about the various pointers to the obvious; namely, that Russia’s hacks were done with a mind to tilt the election toward Trump with Mitch McConnell’s blessing, I see some are misconstruing the emergency here. This is not about war with Russia. It’s about treasonous acts… Continue Reading →

A soon-to-be American tragedy

The Confederate States of Trump: Get Ready! | The Huffington Post

Jesse Berney for Rolling Stone:

We know the next president of the United States uses his powerful platform to take revenge on individual citizens. He attacked Alec Baldwin for parodying him on Saturday Night Live, threatened to cancel a contract with Boeing because its CEO questioned his trade policy and called a union leader “terrible” for pointing out Trump lied in his characterization of the Carrier deal.

We know he doesn’t understand or care about the most fundamental constitutional rights, after he threatened to revoke the citizenship of anyone who burned a flag. We know he’s suggested using the power of his office to go after the press for vigorously reporting on what he says and does. (Quote him, and he’ll call you a liar.)

Add it all up, and what do you see? A child who reacts to the slightest perceived attack with vicious vitriol. A vengeful president who is willing to violate basic rights. A government run by incompetents, racists, bullies and conspiracy-mongers.

It’s a formula for tragedy.

No one can predict the future – we learned that lesson the hard way a month ago. But if you were to imagine what impending American fascism would look like, you couldn’t place the pieces on the board any more neatly than they’ve been placed in the last year.
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I don’t know if this is true

But it would be pretty funny if it was:

A little bird informed me that some Trump critics have been reserving tickets for his upcoming gloat-fests, and – *gasp* – aren’t planning to attend. Thanks to the power of the Internet (and the collective rage of the majority of the country), this effort might leave quite a few seats empty for the remaining events. It might seem like a petty slight at first glance, but think about it: when Donald Trump takes the stage to remind everyone how fantastic he is, he might be yelling his boasts at an arena in which more than half of the seats are intentionally left empty. If there’s a better way to visually remind him (and anyone watching) that more than half of America rejects him, I can’t think of it.

Reservations for upcoming Trump events can be made – for free – on this website.

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