More mobsters arrested, and other things

I can’t remember when the last round of mass mob arrests happened in NYC, but I’m thinking it was February or March.  That time it was the Bonanno (sp) family, if I remember correctly, and it was 10 low-level members.

Today the FBI arrested 20 members of the Lucchese mob family.

Trump has ties to both, and allegedly both families have ties to the mob in Russia.  So I’m guessing this is all sort of connected, but we’ll see if we ever hear another word about it.  So far there’s been dead silence about the older case(s) against the Bonanno family.  I can only theorize that maybe these crime families were being tapped to carry out murders on behalf of the powers that be in Russia, in order to protect Trump and/or frighten anyone who comes forward to speak out against him.  But that’s pure conjecture.  It’s more likely that all these arrests were just for the usual racketeering stuff, and the Trump connections are just coincidental.  We’ll see.

Anyway, speaking of never hearing another word, the White House today announced to the press that it will take no more questions about the Trump-Russia affair.  Any further questions from the press must be…get this…addressed to Trump’s lawyer (who also happens to be under investigation for Russian ties).

Definitely the administration is very, very nervous.

Also nervous is Twit #2 Devin Nunes, who was stripped of his top-secret security clearance today, probably for continuing to read Trump-Russia briefs long after he’d recused himself from the House investigation (and allegedly blabbing about them to the White House).  This begs the question of why Jared Kushner, who is accused of a far worse crime, hasn’t been stripped of his security clearance.

Meantime, about that “war room” that Trump is putting together to fend off Trump-Russia talk…this seems to be connected: observers on Twitter and the MSM have noted that Trump has suddenly added an extraordinary amount of new followers to his Twitter account (one person said that at a certain point it was something close to 100 a minute), and that most of the accounts newly following Trump were fake.  In fact, around 40% of all this followers on Twitter have always been fake.  Now his opponents on Twitter are complaining of harassment from Trump-sucking Twitter accounts, and that bots have been installed to track people, and so forth.  So I’m guessing that the Trump war room feels that if the Russia tricks worked during the election, they’ll still work now and no one will notice.  Except that they did.

There was also an attempt, seemingly by Trump himself, to turn reality on its ear (not that it hasn’t been already), by inserting a nonsense word into a tweet and later claiming that only Trump and a select few know what it meant.  Twitter had a field day with the word, which I won’t repeat here.

And then there was the attempt to pull poor little Barron Trump into the whole mess; Trump tried to claim that the boy had been traumatized by a comedian’s stupid gaffe yesterday (she posed with a rubber severed head that looked like Trump).  This was another planted story and impressed no one but the established Trumpsuckers, and it wasn’t the first such planted story (remember the one about Ivanka being harassed on a budget flight in front of her children — poor dear!  Never mind what she was doing on a budget flight to begin with).  Expect more of that kind of thing, and whenever the Trumps pull this, think of what the right wing did to Obama and his family for 8 years.

So that’s where we are today, May 31, 2017.  Time drags on.

Chaffetz and Russia

Turns out that Russia has more on Jason Chaffetz than just financial ties:

Palmer Report

Right now we have two Congressmen with confirmed Russian slop on their faces (Chaffetz and Nunes); I’m waiting for something to drop about Ryan and McConnell, and possibly Gowdy and several others.  Stay tuned (see update Mr. Benghazi Bails).

Hint: if a Congressman/woman is Republican and is passively or actively obstructing the Trump/Russia investigations, keep an ear out for future revelations about that person’s Russia ties.

More rockets bursting in air

Yesterday I came across a tweet from a “White House staffer” that claimed that we should watch for Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation any day now, because “the knives are out” for Nunes at the White House.  As I know at least some of the White House leakers are actually minions of Bannon, I was skeptical.  It didn’t seem to make any sense.  Why would the White House be gunning for someone who was making an utter fool of himself trying to defend them?

And now, this: Strap in tight

Okay, now I get it.  (Note: Latest word has it that Nunes has denied everything and is not recusing himself.)

A few minutes later another bomb burst, this time about Flynn (who was peripherally involved in the Nunes situation, but that’s the least of his problems).  For two weeks we’ve been hearing that Flynn was about to flip.  Now it appears he has:

Flynn, WSJ

Shoes are dropping and rockets are bursting faster than I can type today, and I’m sure there’ll be more.  All I can promise is that I’ll post things as quickly as I can make sense of them and find reliable sources to refer my readers to.

P.S. for what it’s worth: White House staffer tweet

The department of scaredy-cat

I am writing this in the midst of a Trump Tweetstorm.  I don’t follow Trump on Twitter, but everyone’s saying that he’s trying to deflect attention from Russiagate by claiming that Hillary Clinton, (of COURSE) had her own Russia thing.  Why he isn’t also demanding an investigation of Nixon on the China story is anyone’s guess.

He did get away with this once before, almost.  That was the time he claimed Obama had personally “wiretapped” him.  And yes, his lapdogs in Congress jumped at that and wasted a lot of hearing time asking questions about it.   You know, because it’s not about the actual story, it’s about who leaked it.

That, however, was then.  This is now, after Rep. Nunes disgraced himself by running to the White House for instructions on what to say, then said it, then admitted it, then denied it.  He’s now facing this:

And that ain’t all.  The media are after him; his fellow Congressmen/women are after him.  It doesn’t sound like it’s just going to go away.

Nunes has lost his credibility.  Whether or not he recuses himself from the investigation is no matter.  The work of his committee is now lost because of him.  Rep. Schiff or no Rep. Schiff, it’s gone.  That may be no big deal, though, because the Republicans on that committee were more fascinated with who leaked the stories about Trump than the actual stories about Trump.  It’s kind of like casually watching your house burn down, and then your one of your neighbors calls the fire department, and then when the house is in ruins you try to find out which neighbor had the nerve to call the fire department.

Of course that’s only one lapdog down; there are many more in Congress.  It’s just that Nunes was a big one.  Plus, the always-obtuse Paul Ryan expressed his support of Nunes today.  Ryan…you know, the guy who the White House just tried to throw under the bus when the Republican anti-healthcare bill died.  Ryan, the guy everyone hates.  I guess because both he and Nunes are said to be at least peripherally involved in Russiagate, Ryan’s thought is that if he stays quiet about Nunes, the nervous, hiccuping Nunes won’t burp up any secrets about him.

That’s the problem: when the Trump administration finally falls, it’s set to take several ranking members of Congress and possibly the entire Republican party with it.  So who among them is really going to investigate anything?

This brings me to another, slightly unrelated point.  Keep in mind always that just about everyone in the Trump administration has been implicated in Russiagate.  This includes Mike Pence.  If Pence manages to weasel his way into the Oval Office, his stay there won’t be comfortable and he’ll spend whatever time is left to him in office fighting off scandal rather than passing every anti-gay bill he can possibly lay his hands on.  The guy’s a walking scandal-bomb.  He’s certainly no better than Trump, but the point is, he’s no worse.

Also keep in mind what I said earlier: many Republican Congressional members are also possibly involved.  This includes number 2 in the line of succession to the president’s seat once Trump is gone.  That, my friends, is Paul Ryan.

I bring this up because even now I keep hearing and reading whiny articles and posts and comments saying, “if Trump is gone we get Pence, and he’s worse!”  And then when you rule Pence out, they jump to, “but then we get Ryan!”

Uh…people…do you really want to keep Trump for four years because you’re afraid of Pence and Ryan?  That’s assinine.

Even if Trump is deposed somehow (and I don’t believe it will be via impeachment, but I’m still having a hard time believing he will resign, so I don’t know how this will happen), and Pence takes the office, remember that Pence is compromised.  If Pence is removed, the chance of the embattled Ryan still being there to take his place looks like a shaky premise right now.  After all, the Trump administration is trying very, very hard to throw him under the bus and even had the gall to demand he resign as Speaker of the House.  Also, he’s implicated in the Russiagate thing.

But what if he becomes President?  This: nothing.  He’s about as popular as anthrax, even among his own party, and is ineffective to boot.  The only guarantee with Ryan as president is a landslide for the Democrats in the Congressional elections of 2018.  And after that he’ll be paralyzed and unable to do anything, not that he does much anyway.

All that said, let’s get back back to Trump’s Tweetstorm going on tonight.  It’s earlier than usual (it’s only halfway through the evening as I write), and on a Monday (somehow I tend to believe that most of his Tweetstorms happen later in the week).  What’s this about?  Nunes canceled the House Intelligence Committee’s meeting, which was supposed to have been this afternoon.  Can’t be that.  Might be the Senate Intelligence Committee’s meeting on Thursday.  That could mean a long week of Tweetstorms ahead.

It also could mean some major shit is going to hit the fan before Thursday, and Trump knows about it and is nervously trying to deflect.  Never mind that one of his lapdogs has been disgraced, and he’s publicly shamed Ryan, so that’s two down among his sworn secret-keepers.  He probably hasn’t factored that in, anyway; he’s too dumb.  And you’d think it would occur to him at some point that the reaction of an innocent man would be to swear to get to the bottom of this supposed hoax (Russiagate), or to carry on quietly and with dignity (knowing the truth will come out), rather than Tweet like mad to try to deflect interest elsewhere, but no…again, he’s too dumb.

No, something caused this Tweetstorm that hit too close to the truth for him to stay quiet.  I can’t wait to find out what it is.