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Trumpocalypse Now
I imagine what likely happened was this:

1. Barr tells Trump, or assumes Trump will understand, that a public display of independence will +1 the public's view of his integrity, or at least more easily pretend people within government institutions to pretend that Barr is independent of Trump.

2. Barr does his interview.

3. Media institutions, desperate for a story that's not 'Trump is an evil incompetent, surrounded and enabled by evil competents' because a) they're bored of that and b) they hate reporting on a situation that cannot be fit within their snug, decades-old, entrenched, and intellectually dishonest 'both sides' mindset, do exactly what Barr and Trump want them to.

4. Barr's 'criticism' is reported, helping Barr and Trump.

5. Trump, who derives little to no satisfaction from political games, grows tired of the 'Barr is independent' narrative, even though it helps him, and makes explicitly clear that it's transparent nonsense. Doing so, he salves his own ego while, once again, making life more difficult for his loyal henchmen.
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Susan Collins is concerned that the President's actions this week may have been inappropriate:
https://twitter.com/JonWGME/status/1228433780387520512

Its almost like he hasn't learned his lesson! We've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas!
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More interference:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/us/po...ticleShare

Quote:Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter.

The review is highly unusual and could trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work of career prosecutors.

Mr. Barr has also installed a handful of outside prosecutors to broadly review the handling of other politically sensitive national-security cases in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the people said. The team includes at least one prosecutor from the office of the United States attorney in St. Louis, Jeff Jensen, who is handling the Flynn matter, as well as prosecutors from the office of the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen.

Over the past two weeks, the outside prosecutors have begun grilling line prosecutors in the Washington office about various cases — some public, some not — including investigative steps, prosecutorial actions and why they took them, according to the people. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal deliberations.
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ICE has their own version of SWAT called BORTAC, and they're being sent to sanctuary cities to carry out immigration raids.

[url=https://www.nationalreview.com/news/trum...ry-cities/]
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The Justice Department informed former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe that it will not be seeking charges against him:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/doj-seek...tter_abcnp

Quote:The Justice Department has informed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that it will not seek charges against him for allegedly lying to internal investigators several years ago. 

McCabe was fired from the FBI on March 16, 2018, after the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that McCabe misled investigators looking into how Justice Department and FBI officials handled matters associated with the 2016 presidential election.

Reacting on CNN, where he is now a contributor, McCabe said that it was an "absolute disgrace" that it took two years for the Justice Department to reach what he called the "obvious conclusion" -- that he said could have been drawn "a long, long time ago." 

"Just so glad that my kids don't have to live with this anymore," McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's wrath, said.

"To have this horrific black cloud that's been hanging over me and my family for almost the last two years, to have that finally lifted is just an unbelievable -- it's a relief I'm not sure I can really explain to you adequately," McCabe said.

He also said he had been concerned that Trump's "revenge" following his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial had "amplified my concerns about what would happen in my own case." 

McCabe filed a civil suit against the Department of Justice and the FBI in August, arguing his firing was unjust and politically motivated.
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Golf update: $133.8 million in taxpayer dollars (that we know of).

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/trump-gol...31310.html

Quote:President Donald Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening for the 29th golf-related trip of his presidency to his for-profit Palm Beach, Florida, resort, raising his total taxpayer golf tab to $133.8 million.

That figure translates to 334 years of the presidential salary that Trump and his supporters frequently boast he is not taking.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Trump frequently claimed he was playing golf too much and at too great an expense to taxpayers.

“I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. @BarackObama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain,” Trump tweeted in December 2011.

“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” he wrote three years later.

As he began his own run for the White House, candidate Trump repeatedly promised that golf would never make it onto a President Trump’s schedule. “I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again. I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again,” he told a rally audience in February 2016, referring to his courses in Scotland and Miami. “I don’t ever think I’d see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off.”

Yet after three years in office, Trump has spent two-and-a-half times as many days on a golf course as Obama had done at the same point in his first term. If Trump plays golf both Saturday and Sunday, he will have played 248 times. Obama by his 1,123rd day in office had played 92 times.
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I'm still 100% fine with him playing golf and think he should pretty much only play golf.
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https://www.mediaite.com/news/america-20...p-account/

   
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prezidint Camacho is at it again...

Trump's Daytona 500 appearance could include lap in presidential limo
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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Oh sweet Jesus...
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Now that Trump has been acquitted by the Senate, he is bragging that the Ukraine call was a scam.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/02/...popular4-1
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(02-15-2020, 12:31 PM)vtran Wrote: prezidint Camacho is at it again...

Trump's Daytona 500 appearance could include lap in presidential limo

Maybe he'll end up sobbing like Henry Ford Jr. in Ford v Ferrari.
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Barr personally tried to push SDNY away from indicting Turkish bank Halkbank, but US Attorney Geoffrey Berman resisted:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/15/politics/...index.html

Quote:Still, despite the alarm sounded in recent days, Southern District of New York prosecutors believe that their leader, Geoffrey Berman, has defended the office's relative autonomy, particularly since Barr's arrival, according to people familiar with the matter. 

Barr, these people said, has attempted to micromanage certain cases, asking more questions and for more frequent updates than his predecessors on matters from Berman.  

Berman has bristled at those demands, according to these people, and has repeatedly pushed for actions on certain politically sensitive cases in opposition to Justice Department leadership, most notably the indictment in October of the state-owned Turkish bank, Halkbank. 

According to a person familiar with the discussions, Barr personally spearheaded an effort last year to negotiate a settlement with the bank that would have allowed it to sidestep an indictment after Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pressed Trump in a bid to avoid charges. Berman, however, insisted on criminal prosecution, according to the people familiar with the matter. 

A spokesman for the Manhattan US attorney's office declined to comment for this story.
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If we do our duty and show up to the polls in November, come next February (when Dildo can no longer issue pardons), there are likely going to be SO MANY indictments on people up and down this administration.
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(02-16-2020, 12:59 AM)farsight Wrote: If we do our duty and show up to the polls in November, come next February (when Dildo can no longer issue pardons), there are likely going to be SO MANY indictments on people up and down this administration.

Assuming the hypothetical next Democratic administration does their duty, and assuming Trump doesn't drop a hundred Gerald Ford-esque preemptive pardons the day before inauguration, including one for himself, and more importantly one for Barr for "destroying federal records" ie all the evidence at a federal level.

There might be state level charges to contend with but Lord Dampnut and any of his immediate family are never gonna see a cell.  They'll be living it up in a no extradition country and tweeting about how they are the rightful rulers of the USA for the rest of our days.
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Pumpkins will only issue preemptive pardons if Fox News reminds him to.

And I could happily live with the whole pumpkin patch living in exile in Russia with all of their US assets seized.
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and those pardons might not be upheld if it involved co-conspirators.
Regardless, he can only pardon for federal crimes. Most of the guilty parties will be nailed on the same crimes at the state level so they're not going to get away scott free.
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(02-16-2020, 11:16 AM)Judas Booth Wrote: and those pardons might not be upheld if it involved co-conspirators.
Regardless, he can only pardon for federal crimes. Most of the guilty parties will be nailed on the same crimes at the state level so they're not going to get away scott free.

I think there's a pretty good chance the current makeup of the Supreme Court upholds them.

I know it's pretty obvious, but I have very, very low optimism that anyone important is going to suffer any significant consequences for all this. It doesn't matter how important it is, because the Democrats will make noise about "healing the country" while privately they're terrified if they start locking Republicans up then as soon as the pendulum shifts they'll all be framed for crimes that put them before a firing squad, because that's how our country works now.
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Slender Man is married:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Reince/status...3449012231

   
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Finally he will know true suffering.
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Live from the reception:

   
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There was little doubt the bride would wear white.
My karmic debt must be huge.

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Gotta love this:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/stephen-m...25da4dc356

Quote:Stephen Miller, the senior White House adviser behind some of the Trump administration’s most hard-line immigration policies, tied the knot over the weekend, and his uncle chose the perfect “wedding gift” to honor the newlyweds: a donation to a refugee advocacy organization.
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Because of course he is....

Trump expected to commute sentencing of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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The fuck?

I mean, it's not unexpected, but the fuck?
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Love to imagine Trump's crack team of social media goons keeping a constant eye on the conservative-leaning polls like Rasmussen, anxiously waiting for one of them to finally crest 49% so they can cobble together a 'THANK YOU!  WORKING HARD!' tweet like its some sort of major victory.  

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Maybe a message to those who might be thinking about taking a deal and testifying against him in other cases that may arise?

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(02-18-2020, 02:46 PM)vtran Wrote: Because of course he is....

Trump expected to commute sentencing of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Blago's a Democrat so I guess this is Lord Dampnut's proof that he's corrupt across the aisle.
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How long until 45 starts pardoning the dead?
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Isn't there precedent for that?
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The odds that the DJT administration ends like Casino are becoming greater and greater ever day...
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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I see Trump's very serious crusade against corruption is going well
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Guess who else...?

Trump commutes sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, pardons ex-NY police commissioner Kerik, ex-49ers owner DeBartolo — and Michael Milken


Quote:Trump also announced that he had pardoned Michael Milken, the former junk bond king who became a face of the insider trading financial scandals of the 1980s.
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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It's all projection. He's pardoning people with similar crimes that he's guilty of to normalize the expectations.
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