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Trump breaks the law, so Republicans say it's the law that needs to go—and the agents who caught him

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Donald Trump only stole those secrets so he could leak them to America, which would create jobs ... is an argument Trump sycophant Peter Navarro actually said out loud.

The Republican reactions to Trump, ahem, being caught with highly classified nuclear weapons-related documents after asserting to federal agents he didn't have them continues, and as the facts worsen for Trump his pro-attempted-coup Republican allies are sliding towards the obvious endpoint. If a Republican leader commits a crime against the government, well then maybe that thing shouldn't even be a crime at all!

Rand Paul has been homing in on that one. He started out claiming that the FBI might have been planting evidence against Trump.



Then we found out that it wasn't just
any documents the government was hunting for, but classified nuclear weapons documents, and that among the potential criminal charges facing Trump was violations of the Espionage Act, so Paul had to revise and extend his hackery. If Donald Trump violated the Espionage Act, and the government has him dead to rights on that, it can only mean the Espionage Act is wrong. "It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment," tweeted Paul.

It's not enough to merely suggest that the FBI is full of crooks who would plant evidence against Dear Leader, as addled Trump supporters throughout the country target FBI offices and individual FBI agents. No, if Donald Trump is caught with classified national security documents being stored in a room at his spy-riddled for-profit golf club, it is A Violation Of The First Amendment Itself to not let him keep them. Or to, you know, even look into it.

Good work, Rand. Can always count on you to jump off any rhetorical bridge you might come across. A First Amendment right to keep and sell classified nuclear secrets, sure, you stick with that one.

Rand Paul has always been a bit of a turd, piping up with sudden libertarian proclamations in between advocating for big government powers, but ... actually, I forget where I'm going with that. He's just a turd.

On Team Spy, however, Trump ally Peter Navarro isn't content with "let's just repeal whatever laws Donald Trump was caught violating." He wants you to know that Donald Trump was
patriotically planning on patriotically leaking our nuclear secrets so that the American people can "get more jobs."

The video suggests that Navarro was on exactly as much cocaine as you think he was when suggesting this.



Got it? Donald Trump is a big-brain whistleblower who was going to out national nuclear secrets so that the United States would "stay out of wars." Then you'll all get jobs, America. Don't you want jobs?

Surely, we can all agree that Donald Golf Resort Trump, in between hosting Saudi golf tournaments and attempting to overthrow the United States government, only has the American people's best interests at heart. He wasn't going to
trade those documents away for the right to build a new hotel in Saudi Arabia or in the center of Moscow. He was going to patriotically release that information for the good of everyone who congregates in midwestern diners.

It is not enough, say other Republicans, to merely erase whatever laws Donald Trump may have willingly broken. The Republican focus during two impeachment trials and during every other scandal during Trump's years was always on finding out who was trying to enforce laws Donald wanted to break, so that those people or government agencies could be punished good and hard.

That's why Trump and his lawyers released their copy of the government warrant papers served at Mar-a-Lago with the names of the government agents involved left unredacted, which in turn immediately led to Trump's base hunting down information about the agents and, predictably, death threats. It's why Republicans followed up the release with a party-wide campaign accusing the FBI of being corrupt, which almost immediately led to an attack on FBI offices because of course it did.

By Wednesday the Republican message was already out, though. Sen. Rand Paul was only one of the Republicans whose immediate reaction to the raid was to parrot the Trumpworld insistence that whatever Bad Stuff the FBI might have found was, uh, actually planted there. Why, Dear Leader being caught doing a crime means it's time to gut the FBI, which every Republican knows has been corrupt this whole time!




Don't just get rid of the laws Trump broke. Find out who found out he was breaking the laws, call them corrupt, release their public information, and shutter their whole agencies if we have to. All hail Dear Leader, and so forth.

Obviously, catching Donald Trump with nuclear weapons secrets in the basement of his spy club means that the sitting attorney general also has to go. That's just common sense.




Here's a tip: "GOP strategist" is not a news thing. CNN chose to host a "GOP strategist" despite the job of "GOP strategist" being, quite literally, strategizing how to best bullshit the American people with party-flattering spins on news events. It is not news; CNN, as a network, is reliant on booking partisan liars to mislead the public about current events in between news reports of what those current events actually are. Hosting professional liars is the core network strategy; it's cheap, it's assured to generate faux-"controversy," and you can be abso-tootly sure that party-paid propagandists will always, always be willing to show up. They own the suits, they know where the studio is, and they know how to look presentable on camera. Can’t say that about government records law experts.

But sure, this is all very bad news for Merrick Garland. The first former president to be caught stealing nuclear secrets is really putting Merrick Garland in a bind here, and if Merrick Garland doesn't want to be seen as overplaying his hand he either has to put Donald in prison or this or resign in shame.

Sure, fine. Let's go with that. The dude who defended Trump through a list of half-dozen treasons and counting is going with it, so you know it's gonna be a (very stupid) thing. But we agree: If the Department of Justice can't see its way to prosecuting a very powerful figure caught dead to rights doing the sort of crime other people get decades in prison for, then it would certainly demonstrate Justice Department leadership isn't up to snuff. That's what you meant, right?

All right, so the Republican response is now morphing into one in which Trump violating the Espionage Act means we have to erase the Espionage Act, Donald Trump hiding nuclear weapons secrets in his for-profit golf club serves only as proof that Donald Trump was valiantly trying to save the American people by spilling those secrets, the FBI discovering that Donald Trump was lying through his crooked teeth when he claimed he didn't have the documents now requires a wholesale purge of the FBI for Their Unholy Audacity, and the attorney general who oversaw getting those papers back is now hopelessly politically compromised because he may have actually believed the bullshit we tell our schoolchildren about "nobody being above the law," which is not something the Republican Party has believed at any point in its modern history.




If you're going to eliminate whatever laws Donald breaks from now until his eventual McDonald's-caused death, plus whatever agents discovered the crimes, plus whatever agencies the agents belong to, plus the attorney general for having the audacity to believe he had any right to, for example, take classified nuclear documents out of Donald's golf club and for-profit wedding venue even if Donald didn't want him to, there's not much of America that's going to be left. You're undermining everything that counts as "rule of law," when people say "rule of law."

At some point you don't have a government at all, if you're getting rid of all the parts that might inconvenience Dear Leader during a crime spree.

Which, as it turns out, is what the pro-insurrection parts of Republicanism's violent base are again saying out loud. Republicanism is becoming indistinguishable from the threats of terrorism it fosters. And it's all because Republicans think that whatever Trump wants, whether it's stealing nuclear weapons secrets or staying in office despite losing an election, Trump should get.
 

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....The political implications for Trump remain to be seen. Trump’s base, of course, will believe that the Justice Department and the F.B.I. are falsely accusing him. But, for everyone else, a sense of exhaustion with Trump’s antics feels inevitable. The credit goes to an unlikely figure—Attorney General Merrick Garland. In an unexpected news conference on Thursday, Garland announced that he was asking for the warrant to be unsealed. It was a way of puncturing Trump’s bluster about the raid. Garland also defended the men and women of the Justice Department and the F.B.I. “I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” he said. Garland was measured in his tone. He was balanced and fair. He did not smear Trump, nor did he publicly accuse him of any crimes. It remains unclear if Trump will be prosecuted. But Garland stood up for the rule of law and also respected the rule of law.......
 

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.....The situation has changed with astonishing speed. Biden has salvaged his domestic-policy agenda, his party’s base has snapped out of its torpor, and the economy is showing signs it just might pull through. And while not all these developments are his own doing, nor do they completely extinguish the political danger he faces, they all redound to his benefit. In the span of a few weeks, Biden’s presidency is back from the dead and looking something close to triumphant.

The event that triggered the turnaround was the decision by five Republican Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade. In so doing, the Court’s right wing disregarded the advice of its more cautious chief justice, John Roberts, who reportedly tried in vain to steer his colleagues toward an incrementalist strategy that would avoid a backlash.

Roberts’s fears have been vindicated. One reason midterm elections almost always punish the president’s party is that the public has an instinct to curtail the powers of those in power. The Dobbs decision inverted that calculation, creating a context in which Republicans were responsible for dramatic social change and Democrats could stand for the restoration of the status quo.......
 

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Lindsey Graham fails to wriggle out of testifying in Georgia 2020 election probe

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Sen. Lindsey Graham’s efforts to squirm out of accountability for his role in Donald Trump’s coup attempt have failed. The South Carolina Republican has been ordered to testify before a grand jury in Georgia about his role in pressuring election officials there to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state.

Earlier this month, Graham challenged a subpoena to testify before a Fulton County special grand jury that is investigating the Trump team’s efforts to subvert the election. Graham asserted that he’s a U.S. senator and is thus immune from having to answer for his effort. Nope, says U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May. “[T]he Court finds that the District Attorney has shown extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues relating to alleged attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2022 elections.”

Graham was among the first to jump into the fray in the days after the November 2020 election, including calling Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger twice, according to Raffensperger, to try to get him to illegally throw out legal vote-by-mail ballots and overturn the election. President Biden pulled out a 12,000 vote win in Georgia, or to be more exact, 11,780 votes. Graham was allegedly echoing Trump’s notorious plea to Raffensperger to “find” those votes to toss.
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Last month, a Fulton County judge ordered Graham to testify, but he challenged that ruling, attempting to get his objection moved to a federal court. Graham’s lawyers argued that the U.S. Constitution “provides absolute protection against inquiry into Senator Graham’s legislative acts.”

They further argued that “Sovereign immunity” prohibits a local prosecutor from summoning a U.S. Senator “to face a state ad hoc investigatory body” and argued that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis didn’t now show “the ‘extraordinary circumstances’ necessary to order a high-ranking federal official to testify.”

High-ranking, my ass, Judge Martin May said in many more measured words. “In sum, the Court finds that there are considerable areas of potential grand jury inquiry falling outside the Speech or Debate Clause’s protections,” she wrote. “Additionally, sovereign immunity fails to shield Senator Graham from testifying before the Special Purpose Grand Jury.”

The case goes back to the Superior Court of Fulton County, Graham’s federal court appeal lifeline severed.

 

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Lindsey Graham is censured by former Republican supporters in SC's 4th largest county...

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The backlash was swift and inevitable. Lindsey Graham has lived by the sword that now threatens him at home, in Horry County, SC. Horry, (pronounced Ory with a silent “h”). The county that encompasses the Grand Strand beaches of North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach is made up of staunch Trump supporters with MAGA “merch” sold in tents and in strip malls that stretch down U.S. Route 17. Before it was “Trump country” it belonged to Graham. Graham has been fighting for a position in the long line of Republican pols who shamelessly sell The Big Lie. Many, like Kevin McCarthy, have made the journey of shame seeking closer proximity to smooch their idol’s ample behind. Graham was there first. He has been one of the most loyal in his support of Trump from the time that he wasn’t. The man who has traded affection for his former BFF, the late John McCain, to embrace the man who dishonored his friend even in death, has now become vulnerable to the MAGA crowd’s karmic boomerang. Orthodoxy isn’t enough for Republicans these days, they require purity:

The Horry County Republican Party has created a resolution to censure Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for his support of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, on August 1, 2022, the GOP unanimously passed a resolution with 45 votes to "censure Senator Lindsay Graham for his conscious and deliberate violation of Republican principles and the South Carolina Republican Party Platform."
--WPDE ABC 15 News, by Emma Parkhouse,Sunday, August 14th 2022

Oh, the inhumanity! His lapdog devotion to the Republican gilded idol wasn’t enough to spare him the ire of the out-of-control MAGA mob. Trump has sown the wind and LG is reaping the whirlwind. Poor Lindsey, he has finally arrived in that irrational no man’s land conquered by Trump and reserved for those who will ultimately find themselves “damned if they do, damned if they didn’t.” Catch-22 has become Caught 45. What we are witnessing is the implosion of a belief system that was always unsustainable. While it may not have yet reached its denouement, it is coming. The question becomes how much more damage, how many more lives, more careers get flushed as the toll rises?

Lindsey is discovering that he and those like him have hitched their political stars to Trump’s Death Star. They are simply collateral damage when it implodes. The crazed cult-like followers will, in the end, collapse like the gasbag they worship. The action taken by the DOJ this week is a step. The Republican Party of Horry County’s political infighting and disruption of internal order is another. These are harbingers of how this all ends. We were all there at the beginning, the moment that America entered this protracted dark period on January 20, 2017. It was the day that a president with a limited vocabulary could find so few good words to share. His speech with the theme of American Carnage brought on a torrent of hate and disunion in our nation. Just as sure as it began, it will end, but there will be little joy looking back. As one of our Founders reflected,

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
--Benjamin Franklin

Lindsey Graham, born of humble circumstances in the heart of South Carolina, has chosen his path. The first in his family to attend college and a once rising star in the Republican firmament, Graham gambled his future on a thrice-bankrupt con artist. He may not have drunk the Kool-Aid, but he helped stir it for others to swallow. Caught in the undertow of the Trump riptide, Graham now finds himself in a plot that resembles one that might have been written by Rod Serling for The Twilight Zone. Serling always ended the program with a line or two that served as the moral of the tale. This one could have been written for LG:

"A scared, angry little man who never got a break. Now he has everything he's ever wanted – and he's going to have to live with it for eternity."
--The Twilight Zone episode, “A Nice Place to Visit”

And forever is a long, long time, bless his little heart.