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The Walls Are Closing In
Author: BobR    Date: 10/09/2019 13:11:50

There are a lot of possible analogies to describe tRump's legal situation. He could be described as a "wounded animal" lashing out, or a "cornered animal", threatened and ready to strike. I've probably used those myself. I think a potentially better analogy might be that he feels the walls closing in around him, as the people he can count on, the people he can use as shields, and his avenues of escape keep shrinking. His actions certainly reflect that.

The tRump tEam initially tried to dismiss the whistleblower complaint as "2nd hand information", despite the fact that it matches up exactly with the official transcript (and post-call actions) of tRump and his administration. Now that a 2nd "whistleblower" (witness?) with 1st-hand knowledge has come forward, the actions of the whistleblower seem even more justified:
A White House official listening to President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president described the call as “crazy” and “frightening” and was “visibly shaken,” according to notes taken by the intelligence official who filed a formal whistleblower complaint after speaking with the official, and others.

ABC News has learned that the two-page memo, written by the whistleblower a day after Trump’s call, suggests that at least one aide to the president feared that Trump’s own words in the call were damning.

Despite tRump admitting to the contents of the call (and thinking it was all perfectly legal), he is under the impression that the impeachment inquiry is unwarranted. He's called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "guilty of treason", and actually thinks he can once again obstruct justice and get away with it:
The White House sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday calling into question what it referred to as "points of irregularity in the investigation."

In the letter, attorneys for the White House write to House Democrats that, "Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it."
[...]
She responded with a statement on Tuesday night.

"This letter is manifestly wrong, and is simply another unlawful attempt to hide the facts of the Trump Administration's brazen efforts to pressure foreign powers to intervene in the 2020 elections," Pelosi wrote in her statement. "Despite the White House's stonewalling, we see a growing body of evidence that shows that President Trump abused his office and violated his oath to 'protect, preserve and defend the Constitution.'"

Of course tRump doesn't know impeachment is a legal process written right into the Constitution. Democratic Chairmen Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel and Elijah Cummings have stated that attempts to block documents or testimony are de facto evidence of obstruction. They can issue subpoenas which carry legal weight - we'll see how the Administration responds to being legally squeezed.

We know he's already tried to throw Pompeo and Pence under the bus to save himself. Their continued allegiance to him is baffling. So is Lindsey Graham's, who has decided to open an official investigation of the Bidens and invited Ghouliani to testify. It's a sad attempt to justify tRump's behavior, and it makes one wonder just what tRump has on Graham.

We knew the tweet storms and lashing out would grow in intensity and craziness as this process played out, and it's happening as predicted. What will happen when the inquiry becomes articles of impeachment remain to be seen. Will he resign (with a promise from Pence for a pardon, ala Nixon/Ford)? Will he stick it out to the messy end? As the walls close in and time grows shorter, the shitshow will hit it's dubious finale.

Bonus Click: Nice rundown of the evidence from WaPo
 

18 comments (Latest Comment: 10/09/2019 20:40:41 by Raine)
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Comment by Scoopster on 10/09/2019 13:23:57
Mornin' all!


Comment by Scoopster on 10/09/2019 13:31:56
Didn't he just try to throw Rick Perry under the bus too?

Comment by Scoopster on 10/09/2019 13:35:20
Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 13:49:15


morning.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/09/2019 13:49:24
Morning

Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 13:49:34
Quote by Scoopster:
Didn't he just try to throw Rick Perry under the bus too?

He's in bunker mode, I believe.

Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 13:50:39
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all!

Every word of this.



Comment by Scoopster on 10/09/2019 13:54:48


Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 14:08:41
a little levity!






Comment by TriSec on 10/09/2019 14:37:57
As we all know from many tales, "A Wounded Animal is the Most Dangerous".

Now it is backed into a corner, and will lash out at anything and everything, both friend and foe.

It's up to us now to put it out of its misery. Too bad the NRA clearly has its tongue down the back of Trump's trousers. If there was ever a clear-cut case of "Second Amendment Remedies", this is it.



Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 15:23:51





Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 16:46:32
ZOMG.







Comment by Scoopster on 10/09/2019 17:52:06
Erm okay.. Trey Gowdy looks like he's had it pretty rough since he left Congress.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EGaFOAvW4AAcjzb?format=jpg&name=900x900


Comment by BobR on 10/09/2019 18:31:58
Quote by Scoopster:
Erm okay.. Trey Gowdy looks like he's had it pretty rough since he left Congress.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EGaFOAvW4AAcjzb?format=jpg&name=900x900

He looks like an old lesbian

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/09/2019 19:45:36
Quote by Scoopster:
Erm okay.. Trey Gowdy looks like he's had it pretty rough since he left Congress.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EGaFOAvW4AAcjzb?format=jpg&name=900x900


Has he been sleeping under a bridge?

Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 20:39:15
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Scoopster:
Erm okay.. Trey Gowdy looks like he's had it pretty rough since he left Congress.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EGaFOAvW4AAcjzb?format=jpg&name=900x900

He looks like an old lesbian

Girl needs a makeover.

Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 20:40:01
I'm gobsmacked.





Comment by Raine on 10/09/2019 20:40:41
Gobsmacked part 2: