Friday, March 24, 2017

‘There is no other word for it’: Former Bush ethics czar says FBI uncovering evidence of ‘treason’

Mod: My theory on yesterday's failure of the Republican dominated Congress to repeal Obamacare? Lack of respect. Trump, who gave it everything he had, could not carry the day because many in Congress do not consider him to be a President that matters anymore. A short timer, as it were, and as such someone who you just don't have to worry about.

‘There is no other word for it’: Former Bush ethics czar says FBI uncovering evidence of ‘treason’ (Raw Story link): The former ethics lawyer for George W. Bush believes the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia has uncovered evidence of treason. Richard Painter, who joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s foreign business ties, tweeted a link late Wednesday to a McClatchy report on a federal investigation into whether U.S. right-wing websites coordinated with Russian operatives to attack Hillary Clinton.

“(The) FBI uncovering evidence of treason,” Painter said. “There is no other word for it.”

Painter also agreed with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that an independent commission or select committee was needed to investigate possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Senator McCain is right – Congress has no credibility in undertaking the Trump-Russia investigation,” Painter tweeted.


Mod: Meanwhile, back in Russia, Putin's enemies, along with diplomats in a position to know about his intelligence operations here during last year's presidential election, are dropping like flies.

Denis Voronenkov's death latest in string of harm to prominent Russians (New York Daily News link): The death of former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, gunned down on a street in Kiev by an unidentified assailant, came as the latest in a list of important Russians seriously injured or found dead in recent months.

Voronenkov’s killing came only two days after Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer representing the family of a late anti-corruption investigator, mysteriously fell five stories from an apartment building in Moscow.

Gorokhov, 53, was set to represent the mother of Sergei Magnitsky at a court hearing on Wednesday before his fall the night before.


In the Last Six Months, a Number of Russian Officials Have Reportedly Died Unexpectedly (GQ.com link): Considering the current state of the news cycle, specifically as it pertains to President Trump and his cronies' deep and abiding love for all things Russian, it's probably a good idea for us as a nation to start keeping more of an eye on what's happening with Putin and company. 

So what's going on in the land of winter and Bond villains? Well, it turns out it's not just the deaths of investigative journalists that are strange and suspicious. No, in the last six months, seven different Russian officials have died unexpectedly, and many under shady circumstances.

Since late 2016, there's been a slew of odd-seeming deaths: Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died of a heart attack in New York; Russia's ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, died of a "brief illness," according to the Times of India; and Russian consul Andrei Malanin was found dead in his apartment in Greece. And that doesn't even include the fact that ex-KGB general Oleg Erovinkin, who is suspected of aiding the MI-6 agent who allegedly assembled the famous pee-pee dossier on Trump, was found dead in the back of his car.

Now, do we know that foul play happened in these cases? No. Of course not. But is it suspicious? Of course it is. And what is possibly most terrifying is that our current president and his administration are working overtime to hide what looks like abundant connections to that government. You know that old saying: Politics makes strange bedfellows. And playing footsie with Russia makes murderous-seeming bedfellows.

Mod: Interesting times.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

73 comments:

  1. Let's repeal and replace this president. Okay?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

      Delete
  2. Trump's lie about health care for all is his most deceitful and devious lie and the fact he made that lie doesn't seem to bother him a whit. What kind of guy does that? How can he support a plan that will leave twenty four million people uninsured, some of whom will needlessly suffer and some of whom will die, after he said he would "cover everybody" ? It reminds me of lying Mafiosi who always say "I swear on my mother."

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It takes a special kind of stupid to make what you're fighting against more attractive than your alternative.

      Delete
    2. Sure mr smarty pants but who comes after Pence?

      Delete
  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What does Hillary have to do with Trump campaign collusion with Putin and the Russians? Kind of a stupid post there, 6:52.

      Delete
    2. 6:52 is saying that the people who read the Tattler were complacent and didn't get enough votes for Hilary Clinton, because the Tattler readers trusted the polls. I'm going to ask that his or her post be removed because of the obscenity in it.

      Delete
    3. LoLllllll.........

      Delete
    4. 6:52, we in California are not responsible for this fraud of a president.

      Delete
    5. Clinton beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes. In a democracy that would have been enough.

      Delete
    6. When you are playing a game you might what to read the rules so you know what you are up against, I don't think was done, someone must have underestimated what the result would be, next time try to do better.

      Delete
  4. Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. general
    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN16U234?il=0

    ReplyDelete
  5. LoL. Is todays post, the best you can come up with on your "anyone but Trump" rants?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, treason is such a small thing. LoL.

      Delete
    2. 7:34 - you seem young. Are you friends by chance with that Oklahoma Senator?

      Delete
    3. If you want to figure out what's behind this complex Trump election conspiracy, the rule is simple: Follow the rubles.

      Delete
    4. RotfLol. @7:34 What's the subject of your blog today? Oh thats right you can't post a literate anon. comment much less a complete paragraph.

      Delete
    5. 7:34 keeps threatening to leave but still here everyday

      Delete
  6. I want the same health care Congress gets. Could save so much $ if they just did away with Insurance Companies and we all had the same government backed health care, same as Congress. Big buildings and big salaries paid for with money paid to the insurance companies. It's like the Mafia coming by each weak at the back of your business wanting your protection money, protection from them busting up your place.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I want the same health care coverage City of Sierra Madre employees get.

      Delete
    2. I just want my Medicare I worked and paid for for 50 years.

      Delete
    3. You won't make America great again by stealing the healthcare of people whose taxes paid for it.

      Delete
  7. The federal government has failed to enforce it's laws, failed to prosecute the Clinton's for tax evasion and failed to register bill as a registered sex offender. Special people has special privileges. Go Trump

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you replaced 'Clinton' with 'Trump' you'd actually be on to something.

      Delete
    2. Remember you had that chance in November but something happened, oh yeah, I remember you got Trump'd!!! Plus not have something to write about, if Trump wasn't in the White House your blog would be boring...

      Delete
    3. You have a point. A treason trial followed by impeachment will be fascinating. Plus how will he be able to keep his hair in place at Leavenworth?

      Delete
    4. When will the fantasy about impeachment end? It's not going to bappen folks. Keep up the rants though, it reminds me that you are all a little nutty.

      Delete
    5. Sure. Just like the Republicans were going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Speaking of nutty.

      Delete
    6. "It's not going to bappen folks."

      3:46 - I think you might have taken a "bappen" upside the head a few too many times.

      Delete
    7. Give it time people. Obama care will either fail on its own or be replaced by summer time. Enjoy this little set back for now.

      Delete
    8. Sure. Whatever you say.

      Delete
    9. Thats more like it!

      Delete
  8. Look who's back in town! Just drove by One Crater, and Robert Ho of Long Dragon Realty has got a for sale sign up at the foot of the driveway.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Where you been? Robert Ho never left town and neither has his law suit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Does that mean the lawsuit has been going on for 7 or 8 years?

      Delete
    2. On the website it says 3 Nathanial Terrace - I thought that was the lot some in-laws, or other kind of relative of Ho or the CETT owners, wanted to build their dream home on, because, ya know, they loved Sierra Madre soooooo much.
      Ho was memorable at the hearings.

      Delete
    3. Type Robert Ho into the Tattler search bar, under the "Measure V Respect the Vote" statement on the right margin.
      Quite a lot of history.

      Delete
    4. Yay! Trumpcare has been pulled. This is HUGE! I'm watching CNN, "The blame game is already starting." One commentator on the radio said that Paul Ryan's career is dead. We can only hope! Thank God there are still some adults left in Washington! Now they just need to make the Russian connection and impeach the fool (45).

      Delete
    5. Trump is no longer of use to the GOP. They need to flush him now before November 2018 gets too close.

      Delete
    6. Notice how quiet Pence has been lately?

      Delete


  10. Tom Paine anticipated Trump and his acolytes in The Age of Reason:

    Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

    Trumplites no doubt will say "But what about Bill Clinton's lie and what about Benghazi?" but these are just more lies for they well know the issue is the Current President, not a president of 20 years ago or someone who will never be president.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great quote. Thanks for posting it.

      Delete
  11. They should have allowed a straight up or down vote. Cowards.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's how yellow belly Repuglies hide themselves from their angry constituents. They didn't want to go down on record as having supporting this cruel piece of crap.

      Delete
  12. Evil must have an outlet, so the question is what will get Trump's attention now?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. War with North Korea.

      Delete
    2. Deporting Hispanic families who have lived here for generations and construction of the great wall of trump.

      Delete
  13. The defeat of the repeal attempt is good news for Trump Guy #1 and Trump Guy #2. They don't have to lick their wounds. They get treatment thru Obamacare. It covers pre-existing conditions!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beware of what you wish for, the Democrats OWN Obama Care now.
    Hello big government, good bye freedom to choose.
    California won't see much change in government healthcare, until the IRS follows their subsides laws on distribution of assistance.
    How long before the Dems approach the GOP and say; ok, now we have to make a deal...imploding was not something "we" planned on!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Keep smoking that Tea Crack.

      Delete
    2. Hopefully as conscientious legislators and patriots the "Dems" have already approached the corrupt regime and are trying to make deals." President Trump has gotten a hard lesson from his first legislative debacle: Leadership takes more than being able to close a deal".It's not about Russia,and trump it's about our country.

      Delete
    3. If it implodes it's the republican's fault. They have total control and have almost a decade to come up with an alternative. They got nothing. Elite corrupt swamp out of touch with real Americans.

      Delete
    4. Republicans can't create anything. They just destroy.

      Delete
    5. There are no more real Republicans in an organized sense. There are Republican individuals, but the party as a whole has morphed into something else, some primitive fundamentalist extremist ill-educated grouping of hostile and frightened people.

      Delete
  15. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Give it a year or two. Hopefully just a year, all GOP will have to work together and come up with a better bill.
    The Dems, will have to work on correcting what was a bad law to begin with.
    Stop the tantrums, or blue dogs will turn red.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The extremist republicans have failed to repeal the ACA over sixty times. Fanatical dogs out of touch with the working class.

      Delete
  17. Laugh riot of the year (so far) "...the Democrats are responsible for the failure of the passage of the Repugnican's healthcare debacle." So sayeth #45.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's useless.

      Delete
    2. I'm glad that he doesn't understand. It will make it easier to continue defeating him.

      Delete
  18. Anyone ever heard of H.R.676 ? Google it,is true healthcare reform,pretty much Medicare for everyone.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry 4:40, but covering everyone would take away our freedom to die of treatable diseases.

      Delete
  19. I've got to call BS on 2:47's "bye bye to freedom to choose." The "freedom to choose" meme makes it seem like buying insurance is like buying a car and the big bad Dems want to limit the types of cars sold or the available car options.

    The GOP neglects to mention that the purported "choices" available to the poor and those of limited means involve what types of coverage to OMIT from their policies. Some choice that is, but of course it's cynically sold as a loss of "freedom."

    Everyone should have the same full coverage enjoyed by their representatives in congress, but, oh my, that would limit our freedom.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Healthcare for all- promote the general welfare. Redirect bloated useless military spending on infrastructure and education. Let's create a strong economy the good old fashioned way - by earning through collaboration. Not backroom deals where only millionaires benefit

    ReplyDelete
  21. This is what causes terrorism:

    BAGHDAD -- The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Mosul that allegedly left more than 100 civilians dead last week, according to a statement given to The Associated Press on Friday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Disagree that it is the cause - for that you have to look into the ideological commitments of Islamic fundamentalism. But without a doubt, it does add fuel to the fire.

      Delete
    2. These acts are what radicalize

      Delete
  22. Several months into the administration with only a fraction of this Congressional session elapsed, yet we have an absolute deadline on Obamacare repeal that has passed. Why not continue to work on what they believe is a yuuge problem?

    Could it be that other, more pressing issues require attention? Are the various investigations of Russian influence in the election closing in more quickly than imagined? Is the administration scrambling? Why the relative silence of the the yapping dogs of the right? Is the end nigh?

    Are there mechanisms in place to prevent a diversionary cataclysm?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I heard that Trump barely focused on it because he was CYA over Russia.

      the art of the ordeal

      Delete