Even the most conservative estimates have pegged the total cost of the Mueller investigation at $20,000,000 minimum, and that’s from seven months ago. Figure that if Mueller’s investigation cost $20 million over the first full year, it’s at least cost another $10 million in the past half year.
And what have we gotten for it? What has that $30,000,000 gotten us?
There’s no Russian collusion, there’s no obstruction of justice. They’ve all but given up on those angles.
But because they just know Donald Trump is guilty of something, the latest impeachment straw the Dems are grasping at is “campaign finance violations“:
“Federal prosecutors in New York said Friday that Trump directed his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, during the 2016 campaign to make illegal payments to two women claiming they had affairs with Trump.
“Illegal”? My ass.
“Earlier Sunday on “State of the Union,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said that those offenses would “certainly” be impeachable offenses.“
What an idiot.
If this is “impeachable,” then we need to throw Barack Obama in prison:
“Cohen may well have to pay far more than the existing record federal elections commission fine of $375,000 involving 1,300 undisclosed contributions levied on the 2008 Barack Obama campaign—an event generally ignored by the media given the extenuating hurrahs of 2009.”
It was the largest penalty ever levied by the FEC on a Presidential campaign, meaning Obama’s 2008 campaign committed the single largest campaign finance violation in the history of the United States.
Go fuck yourself, Jerry Nadler.
Apparently, however, ultra-partisan federal attorneys in the Southern District of New York are going to ignore all precedent and indict Trump under the “ORANGE MAN BAD” section of the US code:
“Scott has described Andy McCarthy’s article “Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney.” McCarthy does the heavy lifting associated with a legal analysis of whether Trump has, in fact, violated campaign finance law, as the Manhattan U.S. Attorney seems to believe.
[. . .] Justice Department guidance holds that a sitting president may not be indicted. If prosecutors in the Southern District of New York decide nonetheless to indict Trump for a campaign finance infraction, the Attorney General (presumably William Barr) should overrule the prosecutors. Justice Department policy shouldn’t be ignored or overturned to prosecute the kind of case that, according to McCarthy, is “often settled by payment of an administrative fine, not turned into [a] felony prosecution.”
They are so ridiculously corrupt it’s unbelievable. They have literally no shame or morals whatsoever. They know this is all horseshit, and yet they keep pushing it.
Thirty million dollars for a campaign finance “violation” that nobody but a few shameless partisans in the SDNY give a shit about.
“House Democrats might seize on the alleged campaign finance violations as a basis for impeaching Trump. But McCarthy asks, “Do campaign finance violations qualify as ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ which is the constitutional standard for impeachment?” I agree with his answer:
‘It is hard to imagine an infraction that the Justice Department often elects not to prosecute is sufficiently egregious to rise to that level, but the debate on this point between partisans would be intense.’
The prosecutors understand this problem, and want to preempt the argument that they are going after Trump on a mere technicality. That, I think, is why, reportedly, they are spinning the alleged campaign finance violation as Trump “defrauding” voters. They want us to believe that, unlike a technical violation that marginally increases a candidate’s war chest, this violation deprived the electorate of important information about Trump’s behavior.
But the public has no right to know with whom a political candidate has had sex. If it did, all candidates would be required to disclose this. Thus, although Trump’s alleged finance violation does differ from normal ones, it’s ludicrous to claim that voters were defrauded because they lost the opportunity to learn about Trump’s extra-marital sex life.”
Yes, candidates should be required to disclose every person they’ve had sex with. We need full and complete transparency. Of course if that were the case, we’d also find out about all the men Barack Obama had sex with in Chicago gay bathhouses.
Hey, just because the media only wants to focus on the rumors about Trump’s affairs doesn’t make them any more legitimate than the rumors about Obama’s secret gay life they did their best to ignore and hide from the public.
It’s also quite convenient that the Democrats were not pushing this angle in 1992 when Bill Clinton was running for President and the “bimbo eruptions” were popping up left and right. In fact, back then, Dems were arguing precisely the opposite.
The Democrats knew there was no Russian collusion from the start, and in fact they were the ones who began the rumor in the first place–yet they used it as their pretext to demand an unchecked special counsel investigation that has wasted over $30 million. Mueller has known all along he was never going to find any “collusion.”
They’re just despicable people. Truly horrible.
To call this a misleading title would be putting it mildly.