Getting Crazier by the Day, and the Fat Lady’s Still Warming Up

N.Y. Times, A Senate Trial Could Put Trump’s Use of Aggressive Defense Tactics to Their Biggest Test

Greg Sargent, Trump’s impeachment trial will be a sham. Here’s how to blow up his lies.

As I said, gettin’ crazier by the day. Sometimes by the hour.

It feels like the irresistible force is about the collide with the immovable object. It feels like things are about to blow up.

I don’t know how this ends. I haven’t spoken with my daughter Pollyanna lately. I am not here to spread sunshine and joy and optimism. I am not here to tell you that good always triumphs over evil and truth always triumphs over lies. But I am here to say that things are about as fluid as they can be, and that it’s going to get worse for the Orange Man.

At some point, John Bolton will shoot his bolt. Giuliani’s goon is said to be about the sing like a canary. Giuliani, himself, may yet be thrown under the bus—causing him to invoke his insurance policy. More civil servants will probably come forward. More documents will be leaked.

And now this.

Often, Trump lies with conscious intent to deceive. Sometimes, he acts delusionally: the person he has deceived is himself. As far as I can tell, in the latter category is his fairy tale about a Ukrainian company that isn’t Ukrainian and a Democratic server that is not in fact being held in a secret location in Ukraine.

As the above two articles detail, Trump has ordered that his impeachment trial must try to prove these fairy tales and that all members of the Republican Cult must endorse them. Some are now doing that very thing.

Meanwhile, as Gerg Sargent points out, the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by a Repubican senator, has investigated these claims thoroughly and is about to declare them to be the fairy tales they are.

Like I said, push coming to shove.

 

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and the Senate Intelligence Committee Would Like You to Know Some Things About the “Russia Hoax”

Russia Hoax

For example, they would like you to know that,

The Committee found that Russia’s targeting of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was part of a broader, sophisticated, and ongoing information warfare campaign designed to sow discord in American politics and society. Moreover, [Russia’s “Internet Research Agency”] conducted a vastly more complex and strategic assault on the United States than was initially understood. The IRA’s actions in 2016 represent only the latest installment in an increasingly brazen interference by the Kremlin on the citizens and democratic institutions of the United States.

The unclassified version of the 85-page report is available here.

Putin’s Dupe

By now, y’all have probably already seen this, from yesterday’s Senate Intelligence Committee. If not, please watch, beginning about 4:40 into the video. The questioner is Senator James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma–who seems to have asked the question with full knowledge of what the gist of the answer would be.