Wednesday, March 01, 2017

House Republicans defeat resolution to force the Justice Department to reveal Donald Trump's ties with Russia.

Mike Pence and House Republicans pose for a selfie.
Courtesy of HuffPo:

House Republicans on Tuesday defeated a resolution that would have asked the Department of Justice to reveal what it has uncovered about President Donald Trump’s contacts with Russia and his conflicts of interest with other foreign governments. 

Eighteen Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee opposed a resolution offered by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that would have required Attorney General Jeff Sessions to hand over information related to investigations into the president, his campaign aides, the White House and Trump’s businesses. 

The vote came about after Nadler and other Judiciary Committee Democrats made several unsuccessful appeals to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) requesting he hold hearings on Trump’s Russian ties and other foreign conflicts. Goodlatte opposed the resolution, calling it “overbroad” and “premature.” 

Nadler’s resolution is one way Democrats are pressuring Republicans over the president’s business conflicts and his campaign’s possible ties to hacking by Russian intelligence services against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

So is that it, is this whole thing over?

Fuck no!

In fact it is just getting started.

Right now the Republicans are hoping against hope that they can obfuscate, undermine, and ultimately delay all of this until the American citizens get distracted by the next shiny new thing.

However the more pressure they receive in the form of phone calls, emails, and faxes the harder it will be for them to keep putting things off. (You can start that process by clicking here.)

Want proof?

Here is what Darrell Issa, that guy who would have investigated the Obama Administration for wearing white after Labor Day, had to say after this was voted down:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) did not support the resolution, but said committee members should send bipartisan letters asking for information related to the Russian hacking allegations. He added: “If [Russia has] attempted to distort our democracy, we need to know it.”

So why would Darrell Issa, a guy who is so partisan that he would have thrown his own mother in jail for voting Democrat, be breaking with his GOP comrades over this?

Because he just barely won his seat in the last election that's why and he is smart enough at least to figure out where the wind is blowing on this, and it is not blowing in Donald Trump's favor.

All it takes for the Republicans to jump on board the "Let's investigate Donald Trump" train is the realization that if they don't their political careers are over.


  1. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Democrats in Congress should do the same thing the Republicans did with their "repeal Obamacare" mania... every week, introduce a new resolution demanding an investigation; attach it as a rider to every bill that moves through; talk it up nonstop in meetings and on TV. Resistance must not rest.

    1. Anonymous1:07 PM


    2. Anonymous1:25 PM

      Oh look how "hip" the Pencster is with his cool selfie stick! And look at all those thumbs everyone pulled out of their butts, after 8 years of sitting on them!!!

    3. Anonymous1:42 PM

      @1:25 trying to out do Ellen.
      6-6-6pence is disgusting and how
      "little thumbs up proud" they all look at themselves.
      Should draw a 'hitler stash' on ALL of them.

  2. Anonymous8:54 AM

    Under pressure from the Office of Government Ethics, the Trump White House has formally responded to OGE's request for an investigation into comments President Donald Trump's top advisor Kellyanne Conway made promoting Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories line.

    The White House's response: It was an accident, it won't happen again and that's the end of that.

    1. Anonymous1:07 PM

      So now, China now wants to be the global leader! Or is.
      See you gop effers, you shitup the USA.

  3. Anonymous8:55 AM


    ‘How can you exploit his widow?’ The View’s Sunny Hostin boils with rage over Trump’s Owens tribute

    1. Anonymous11:47 AM

      I only tuned in while changing channels. They were showing IVANKA standing next to his widow. It simply turned my stomach that here stands the bird brained daughter who's idiot father got that family's son/father /husband taken do to sloppiness and need to be in the News.

    2. Anonymous12:58 PM

      The widow should also be ashamed of herself, unless they lied to her in order to get her to appear.

  4. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Elections are looming. Once these traitors wake up and smell the coffee, they will change their tune. Ryan and McConnell are herding them into line, because they KNEW about the Russian intervention last year. McConnell REFUSED to allow an investigation.No one person should have this much control. Time to level TRAITOR allegations against some of these people. Keep it up,folks, and you will be replaced next year, or in 2020.

    1. Anonymous9:43 AM

      TREASON BEGAN on Jan 20th 2008
      During THIS MOMENT>

      when CJ roberts tried to fuck it up from the very beginning..The GOP are all Traitors.

    2. Anonymous10:59 AM

      Correction> @ 9:43 It was 2009. My error.
      I was thinking about this date too >
      Aug 29, 2008
      "Vice presidential nominee.
      Sarah Palin.
      Sarah Palin's candidacy for Vice President of the United States was publicly announced by then-presumptive Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain on August 29, 2008."



  5. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Maddow Won't Let Hugh Hewitt Spin Trump's Lies On Yemen Raid

  6. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Maddow Won't Let Hugh Hewitt Spin Trump's Lies On Yemen Raid

  7. Anonymous9:10 AM

    I sent Darrell Issa an email last week regarding his comments on having a Trump/Russian investigation. At least he accepts emails from outside his jurisdiction, unlike Paul Ryan, where you have to go on Zillow and get someone else's address in order to send him a comment. After submitting my comments, I was directed to his home page where one will find that he has introduced an Obamacare replacement--that everyone has access to what federal employees do.

    1. Anonymous11:15 AM

      I know some Pennsylvanians are having buyers remorse when it comes to pat toomey. I went to get his phone # from the list all of the Senators name was in red his was the only one in faded black..hmmm

    2. Anonymous1:38 PM

      Issa is gonna have to go along with single payer or burn. California is getting serious about saying screw you to the Feds.


  8. Anonymous9:21 AM

  9. Anonymous9:24 AM

    They will be tossed out of office. Thanks for the selfie, now we can be assured we have everybody’s photo for the mid-term.

  10. Anonymous9:30 AM

    Get the folks out of the United States Congress from Alaska!! Way over due!

  11. Anonymous9:35 AM

    Come on wikileaks, explode, russian recordings, tax returns,.......

  12. Anonymous9:37 AM

    I was just thinking about her last week..RIP

    1. Anonymous10:03 AM

      Helen Thomas was a force of nature. She was relentless in digging for the truth.She struck terror into the people she questioned. We need many more like her Especially with the subhuman occupying the white house. Instead we get people like Chuck Todd and his ilk.It is so disheartening.

  13. Dinty9:59 AM

    Someone warn the Palin refrigerator that there will be cans incoming - Trump offered the Canadian Ambassador gig to somebody else...

  14. Anonymous10:30 AM

    8 years.

  15. Anonymous10:31 AM


  16. Anonymous10:39 AM

    BUZAU is watching USa.

    1. Anonymous11:03 AM

      Moscow Ru$$ia too!

  17. Anonymous10:48 AM

    Tom Brokaw Practices Journalism: Trump's Speech Is Words Not Optics
    .... Last night, while most of NBC's punditry class were waxing poetic that Trump acted almost normal, Tom Brokaw stepped up and discuss his actual words, and not his tone.
    Brokaw said, "Well, we've been waiting for the pivot since August, remember? We're gonna pivot to being presidential. Tonight, this is easily the most presidential that he's been."

    "Fact checkers will be very busy for the next 24 hours or so, taking a look at some of the claims that he made."

    Brokaw said, "For example, the 20 million people on Obamacare are pretty happy with the health care they're getting right now, that's the focus of a lot of those protests. He talked about crime among immigrants. There's a lot of other crime in America that doesn't involve immigrants, including shooting crimes."

    "We have had mass murders that don't involve immigrants and don't involve Islamic terrorists," he continued. "No one is condemning gun violence in the country, only when it involves an immigrant of some kind... So he's saying I want to be inclusive, but he singles them out."

    He added, "And then when he talks about immigrants taking jobs away from Americans, the fact is, I've been out in those states. They're taking jobs that Americans don't want to do anymore. Food processing plants, dairy farms in northern Wisconsin, construction jobs. it doesn't mean we don't have an immigrant problem, we do, but at the same time, we can do it and still be accurate about it."

    . The Washington Post fact checkers were very busy.
    President Trump’s maiden address to Congress was notable because it was filled with numerous inaccuracies. In fact, many of the president’s false claims are old favorites that he trots out on a regular, almost daily basis.
    Wapo highlights "13 of the more notable claims, in the order in which the president made them," and then there's this:
    We did the math...

    Trump told a whopping 51 lies in his 61-minuted #Jointsession address.

    (Full GoogleDoc is coming!)
    — CAP Action (@CAPAction) March 1, 2017

    .... The press has always kept the bar as low as possible for Trump as a candidate and now they are doing it as a president.
    Bill Maher was correct when he told MSNBC, "...the idea of a serious Trump could be more dangerous because it would normalize him to the American people. The speech “will fool a lot of people,” said Maher, who added that Trump remained as unprepared as ever. “We’re living in cuckoo cloud land … we see that he doesn’t know anything. He’s just finding out that healthcare is difficult.”
    It certainly fooled a lot of politicos.

    And right on cue Robert Costa reports:

    Some sources in WH are frankly surprised at how pundits are warming to the speech. Say Trump has not changed, no big shift in policy coming.
    — Robert Costa (@costareports) March 1, 2017

    Tom Brokaw gets a fruit basket for not falling into the media's tone-trap and calling Trump out on his buckets of dishonesty.

    1. 51 lies in 61 minutes?

      That beats his old record of a lie every 00:01:30.

  18. Anonymous11:02 AM

    Here are the five worst moments from Trump’s so-called ‘presidential’ speech

    1. Anonymous1:36 PM

      "The moment that raised the most eyebrows across America probably came when “the time for small {dick and hands} thinking is over. The time for TRIVIAL FIGHTs is behind US.” WTF Does that MEAN?

  19. Anonymous11:04 AM

    One of Trump's worst proposals yet was also implemented by Hitler in Nazi Germany

  20. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Don't Be Fooled, Donald Trump Didn't Pivot

  21. Anonymous11:05 AM

    Donald Trump fact check: Almost every big claim he made in his speech to Congress was false

  22. Anonymous11:06 AM

    Trump’s Use of Navy SEAL’s Wife Highlights All the Key Ingredients of U.S. War Propaganda

  23. Anonymous11:07 AM

    Trump's Tribute to a Slain Navy SEAL Was Crassly Manipulative

  24. Anonymous11:09 AM

    News coverage of Trump is really, really negative. Even on Fox News.

    The early television news reviews of the Trump presidency are in and they are not good — not even on Fox News.

  25. Anonymous11:11 AM

    Barack And Michelle Obama Ink Historic Publishing Deal With Penguin Random House
    The book deal reportedly broke a record for presidential memoirs.

  26. Anonymous11:12 AM


  27. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Donald Trump still silent a day after Russia bombs and kills U.S. backed troops in Syria

  28. So what? That is just one investication and not the root.

    The sources, the primary sources are still there and that will come out.

    It will only make the Republicans look BAD. Accomplices before or after the fact. Cover-up.

    They've basically shot themselves in the foot. They have ruined their 2018 and 2020 election hopes.

    They just don't know it yet.

  29. Anonymous11:18 AM

    "Trump, instead of doing where his campaign was, which was against both establishments, Democratic and Republican, so there might be some areas of common ground, has moved so far to the right that I don’t see any place we can work with him,” Schumer said. “He’s not even talking about infrastructure, he’s not talking about trade."

  30. Anonymous11:24 AM

    OT? “Fuckface Von Clownstick.”

    1. Jon Stewart was GREAT on Colbert Tuesday night.

      He's probably glad he's retired but grateful that when he has an itch, Colbert will give him face time to scratch it.

  31. Anonymous11:28 AM

    LOL, poor little donnie loses again and we all know how important his ratings are to him!

    TV Ratings For Obama's First Address Beat Trump's By Huge 17%
    Somebody's going to have a hissy fit.

    Spicey better watch his back.

    TVbythenumbers is reporting that Trump's speech wasn't close to matching President Obama's first address by a whopping 17%

    President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress delivered smaller initial ratings than Barack Obama’s first such address in 2009.

    Metered-market ratings for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, along with CNN, Fox News and MSNBC have Trump’s address at a 27.8 among households, 17 percent lower than Obama’s address at the beginning of his presidency, which drew a 33.4. Tuesday’s speech will likely outdraw Obama’s final State of the Union, which was the lowest of his two terms.

    Maybe Trump will claim that he had the biggest Republican speech since Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Herbert Walker, Bush, the son?

    Variety writes:
    These are early numbers that tend to be directional — final ratings will be available from Nielsen Wednesday afternoon. However, President Obama’s first address ended up pulling in an audience of 52.37 million people across the four broadcast networks, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, and Univision. The audience for President George W. Bush’s first address, at 39.79 million, was overshadowed by the State of the Union Address he delivered in 2003, which brought in 62.06 million viewers.

    The question needs to be asked:

    "Are Trump TV appearances ratings poison?"

    1. Anonymous2:10 PM

      And then there's the people who tuned in to pick apart His Orangeness' speech. Not fans, exactly....

    2. Doesn't matter. He'll order Spicey to announce he had the highest ratings of any presidential speech EVER.

      I hope Melissa McCarthy is on deck for the next new SNL. I'm starting to have withdrawal.

    3. Anonymous12:31 AM

      Me too. Waited for Spicey last SNL. No Spicey. :o( sad. On the upside to the last election,ya can't beat the comedy . It certainly writes itself.

  32. Anonymous11:48 AM

    It's not as if Drumpf was dishonest about his intentions when he ran. Pretty sure the slogan "Make Russia Great Again" was an unambiguous declaration of where his loyalties lie. It's out fault for not listening carefully enough.

    And believe me, if you listen to Drumpf even a little, you quickly realize his loyalties lie ALL THE TIME!! Sad.

  33. Anonymous12:40 PM

    I hope that all of this will result in a mass rejection of Issa, Chaffette, etc. in the next House Election. It will be EXTREMELY difficult for the Dems to take the Senate, but if the Republicans continue to do all their nasty legislation while not lifting a finger to do anything about the crazy leader of their party, then there is actual hope of that happening too. The one good thing about the Repubs getting their megalomaniacal president and control of both the House and the Senate at the same time, is that now everybody knows what their actual "values" are, which is to give corporations whatever they want even if it destroys the planet in a matter of decades, to promote racism, sexism, intolerance, and a whole lot of other ugliness.

    1. Issa was really close to losing this last election. He'll be facing the same opponent in 2018 and will most likely lose then. He's scared and acting against character, like speaking to constituents. He even proposed his own health care fix, which won't happen, but allows him to defend himself.

      I don't think it will be enough.

  34. Anonymous12:55 PM

    OT: Seen on Twitter

    Canadians should be pleased. SCOOP: GOP fundraiser Kelly Knight Craft has accepted Trump’s offer to be U.S. ambassador to Canada, sources tell me.

    1. Pay to Play.

      She bought the ambassadorship.

  35. Anonymous12:55 PM

    It is so obvious that the republicans are scared what trump actual has done. If they believe him to be innocent they would have no problem with investigating.

    Same goes for trump. When the truth comes out, he will have a one way ticket to siberia waiting for him.

  36. Anonymous1:06 PM

    The GOP is trying to stall until early next year. Then, they will get rid of the whole admin - tRump as well as Pence, and get Ryan in. They are hoping that he will be able to rule for the next TEN YEARS. (Two years because of both tRump and Pence being thrown out/impeached /tried for treason at the same time, and then two 'official', gerrymandered elections)...

  37. Anonymous1:48 PM

    I see Only 1 Black far to the RIGHT.......

  38. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Where was the " you lie"! Imbecile. They might have at least shown the video every time the liar opened his potty mouth. Just to make sure?

    1. I think when Trump got his standing ovation, all of the women in white should have stood up and turned their backs on him.

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  40. Anonymous4:31 PM

    That selfie of the lily-white, mostly male GOP is disgusting. They are so smug and full of themselves.


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