Mueller Time

How ironic we celebrate the life of a patrician war veteran known for his soft-spoken yet tough genteel nature as yet another of that ilk, Robert Mueller, yields that nature upon our national life.

Mueller unloads Michael Flynn sentencing document. Recommends no jail time, indicates substantial cooperation.

Key sentence: “Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards.”

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  1. Pogo, “I’m so screwed”

    Mueller writes in this document, “Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards.”

    That’s how ivy league patricians say “Fuck you dumb ass”

  2. key takeaways from Mueller’s Flynn sentencing memo:

    • “assistance to the government was substantial”
    • so substantial that Flynn may not get prison time
    • “several ongoing investigations”
    • Flynn gave info to Mueller in 19 different interviews
  3. C.O.L.L.U.S.I.O.N

    Mueller doc says Flynn assisted the special counsel’s office “concerning links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign” and interactions between the transition team and Russia.

  4. Oh there must be a lot of rage going on in the East Wing right now.  SFB must be screaming at the pictures right now.  If he really did not drink booze before, this is a good time to start (instead of any other thing he might have imbibed in before).  It would be hilarious to have the low intelligence senile old fool be brought up on drug dealing.

  5. Why wasn’t it just this past weekend thaSFB thought “General Flynn” was being treated poorly by the special counsel?  Wonder if he still holds that opinion.

  6. Flynn must have sung like a bird. Were I the chairman of a House standing committee I would want to hear from Flynn. At length and in public. Yertel may wish to reconsider the Mueller protection bill because this is most likely headed for collusion and one way or another SF B is involved.

  7. pogo asked “Contest- what’s the first thing through SFB’s “mind”?”

     

    “piss” or “shit” whichever  organ he usually thinks with

     

  8. the new Yorker:

    … Mueller redacted much of the document in the public filing. The document states that Flynn sat for nineteen interviews with the special counsel’s office (S.C.O.) or other attorneys from the Justice Department, that he coöperated in at least one criminal investigation separate from the special counsel’s investigation, that he turned over documents and communications, and that he spoke to Mueller’s team about interactions between Trump’s transition team and the Russian government. But whole paragraphs are blocked out. Names, dates, and other details remain unknown. There is one other interesting part of the document, though. In a section titled “History and Characteristics of the Defendant,” the memo states, “The defendant’s record of military and public service distinguish him from every other person who has been charged as part of the SCO’s investigation”—a nod toward Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, et al. “However,” the document goes on, “senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards.” Whom might this second sentence be nodding toward?

  9. This Flynn business. The news out of North Carolina about absentee ballot fraud. The Wisconsin GOP passing laws willy-nilly to restrict an incoming Democratic Governor.

    I don’t know. It’s all got me a little down today.

    I conditioned myself awhile ago to be patient and wait out the slow grinding of events to deal with the buffoon currently occupying the White House. Now that the drip seems to be turning into a torrent, I guess the width and breadth of the corruption is more overwhelming than I anticipated.

    I mean, I knew it was there. We all did. But seeing it unfold is…well, it’s just got me down today.

  10. TravisC…

    some outgoing Congress critter on Hardball yesterday said that what the Wisconsin Gop was trying to do was unconstitutional.  I’m sure the incoming Dems will file suits.  I’m optimistic.  Before the 2016 election Michael Moore was very down…   now he’s all smiles.  Sure… things won’t ever be the same… but then…  when the hell are they.  Change is the nature of all things.

  11. January 3, 2019 around noon is when D.C. starts to shift back to a real universe.  And, that is when SFB and his cult can quit town and go to their various prisons.

    It must burn hard for SFB to have to sit near the winner of the 2016 election, and the other living presidents, all of whom are better people than he is.  Although GWB used to own the bottom of the list, even he is up one and better than the grifter.

    Seeing the picture of Carter, Hillary, Bill, Michelle and Obama makes me feel good and yearn for real presidents running our country.

  12. RR, yep, Rachel did do well with the sentencing report last night.  She and her staff got more out of it than I would have.

    In a day filled with irony, Marc Thiessen (most famously known at WaPo as Torture Boy for his advocacy of waterboarding during the GWB  administration) and the No. 1 source of cover for SFB on the WaPo editorial page calls for a kinder, gentler approach to politics at least for a few days.

  13. I guess the naive idealist in me takes a hit every once in awhile and needs to sulk for a minute while the rational realist takes the reset.

     

  14. I wonder if SFB is wearing a protective vest (or girdle)?  He has an odd, and not moving, sitting position.  I noticed this in 2015.  It is a weird forward, yet straight back position.

    Is it about time for the senile old guy to stand up and mutter “get me outta here” as he waddles down the aisle and exits into a restroom.

  15. I’ve been reading Jill LaPore’s political history of America –THESE TRUTHS

    and George HW Bush is certainly the period on the end of an era.  Truthfully an era I am not sad to see go.

    He may have been a nice guy and all that but he was a product of his time an entitled white guy.

    And Shrub was making calls for his guy Kavanaugh

    And in the end apparently a butt pincher.    He was loved and he loved in return and I think that makes for a

    successful life.  As for everything else he did..in my view not so much.

  16. Craig – Watching Bush II go over to the presidential pew I expected to see someone with a squirt of hand sanitizer give him a dollop after he shook the old guy’s hand.

  17. Travis

    Look at it this way…at least they caught the voter fraud and it turns out to be Republicans.

    The Wisconsin laws will be overturned in January when the new legislature comes in.  It’s childish behavior funded by the Koch Bros

    The moron aka Chris Mathews just said the next president should be Biden because he is like HW such a decent man.
    A big fat load of hooey

    And by the way saying being a gaffe machine is better than being a liar isn’t enough and some of the “gaffes” are much worse.

  18. flatus, I agree re meacham. but most of all really enjoyed the levity interspersed by all the eulogists, especially simpson.  for example
    “Those that travel the high road of humility in Washington are not bothered by heavy traffic,” said Simpson.

    so what did you think about Mulroney’s eulogy?  here’s some of newsweek’s take on it:
    Canada’s former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appeared to take aim at the blaring policy differences between his friend, former President George H.W. Bush, and Donald Trump during a stirring eulogy on Wednesday.
    Pointing to the former president’s achievements when it came to addressing environmental issues as well as his work to promote free trade, Mulroney lauded Bush, who died at 94 last Friday, as a “genuine leader” who was “more courageous, more principled and more honorable” than all other presidents.
    […]
    “President Bush’s decision to go forward with strong environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act … is a splendid gift to future generations of Americans and Canadians to savor,” Mulroney said. “In the air they breathe, in the water they drink, in the forests they enjoy and the lakes, rivers and streams they cherish.”
    “There’s a word for this,” he continued. “It’s called leadership.”
    Since taking office, Trump has pushed to dismantle environmental regulations, arguing that business interests are more important. He has also removed the U.S. from the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Accord. As of now, the U.S. is the only nation in the world that does not support the international treaty.
    Mulroney also pointed to Bush’s efforts to promote free trade on the continent, specifically through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The treaty between the U.S., Canada and Mexico “created the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world,” the Canadian leader, who helped push the pact forward, pointed out.
    […]
    Seen by some as a attempt to contrast Bush’s leadership style to that of Trump, the former prime minister also emphasized the respect and admiration Bush drew from leaders throughout the world.
    “When George Bush was president of the United States of America, every single head of state in the world knew that they were dealing with a gentleman,” he said. “A genuine leader. One who was distinguished, resolute and brave.”

  19. boss, I beg to differ with you on your “Clintons and Carters looked straight ahead, pretended they weren’t there.”

    from this clip by the guardian,  big dawg and jimmy did look twit’s way and smiled (twit either didn’t see or just didn’t acknowledge them).

    At George HW Bush’s funeral in Washington, the president and his predecessor came face to face for the first time since January 2017. Trump and Melania shook hands with the Obamas, and the first lady shook hands with Bill Clinton and waved to Hillary Clinton, but the president and the Clintons did not appear to make eye contact

  20. Ah, those odd sensations in life, wondering if you will remember them after this moment.  Special Mission 41 just flew by on its way to Houston.  When Air Force One takes off or lands there are holds around so there are fewer air craft flying, so if you know it is taking off you can sometimes spot it or at least hear it.  This moment was only hearing the plane as there is a cloud cover.  The engines in that plane, 747, are recognizable.  Bush I is heading SW and for a final rest.  Will I remember the sound of the plane, under power to gain altitude?  I don’t know.

  21. BB, maybe, if you’re that big a fan of GHWB somehow AF1’s sound will stick with you – otherwise, just go to Dulles and listen to the next 747 headed out to Europe to remind yourself.

  22. Poobah, I’m guessing Shrub or more likely, Mrs. Shrub, was responsible for the twit’s invitation.  I bet teh conversation went something like this:

    Shrub:  I’m not going to ask that orange prick to come to Dad’s funeral.

    Mrs. Shrub:  Yes you are, you have to, they are letting us stay in the Blair house.

    Shrub: After the way he talked about Jeb, he can kiss my ass.

    Mrs. Shrub:  Still, he’s letting us stay in the Blair house.  But how about this – invite him to the funeral but don’t let him say anything.

    Shrub:  Hmmm.  I kinda like that – it’ll probably embarrass him that he can’t try and say something when we’ve asked Jon Meacham to speak.  Yeah, I like that.  You can be a mean one when you put your mind to it.

  23. Not a fan of Bush I in the way you would think.  My world at that time was one of high stress and long hours, even after the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union dissolved.  The world changed and Bush team did a great job of keeping things from going berserk. There was a lot of concern that those losing power would start a massive war to burn the remains.  Much was happening in many places, it makes today’s world seem calm.  I think the main reason that things did not explode and fledgling democracies formed is the work of Bush I and his teams.

    There was a lot to celebrate back then, and a future had the chance to look bright.  Many of us carry good memories, but our enemies do not.  To which my world continues to deal with the bastards who are still not happy about “losing”; although many of them are young and taught to continue the fight against me and others like me.

    There is little else to talk about that time for me.  I lived a very different life and now look back at wonder at what I and others accomplished.

    Pogo – being in the Air Force taught me a lot about military vs civilian engines. Big ones like the 747’s are ones I like, but nothing compared to being in the blast zone of a F-4 taking off with afterburners.

  24. I think Jeb and Shrub both have good marriages and lovely wives – that does seem a hallmark of the Bush family.

    Neil and Dorothy have both been divorced  and Marvin is married to his original wife  So that’s above the national average.

  25. BB, yeah, my uncle was an instructor at the Air College at Maxwell AFB when I was a kid and teenager.  They didn’t have lot of Phantoms there – what I remember is T-33s, but the Alabama ANG had F-4s at the BHM airport and in high school we used to toodle over to the airport to watch the planes take off and land – good parking spot at the end of the runway, and would hear the F-4s on the weekends mostly.  Definitely louder and more obviously powerful than the commercial jets.  BHM was an interesting airport for a kid who loved planes – they had a huge Hayes International facility where they serviced and refurbed cargo planes during Vietnam -mostly C-130s, C-137s and the KC-135 tanker models.  Our house was about 3 1/2  miles from the airport as the crow flies and was just  adjacent to the glide path for the main runway.  Lots of military air traffic, which I loved.  

  26. Pass the tin foil please.  Rudy needs a new hat.

    WASHINGTON – Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and personal attorney to President Donald Trump, tweeted a minor typo Friday – and by Tuesday, he knew there could only be one explanation: an anti-Trump conspiracy at the heart of Twitter.

    It began innocently enough, with Giuliani posting a tweet denouncing special counsel Robert Mueller as “out of control!” But amid the post implying Mueller was timing his indictments to embarrass Trump ahead of potential meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the president’s attorney failed to leave a space between G-20 and the start of his next sentence, inadvertently creating a hyperlink to http://g-20.in/. (urls ending in .in are associated with India).

    The url wasn’t in use before Giuliani’s tweet, The New York Times reported, but it caught the attention of Atlanta web designer Jason Velaszquez, 37, who decided to buy the domain for $5 and post an anti-Trump message on the page.

    “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country,” the website tells visitors. Beneath is a link to a breaking news story related to Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.
     
    “I did it, mostly, because I could,” Velazquez explained to CNET.

    LOL – Twitter is for young fools, not old ones.

  27. fix newz is now claiming that trump’s transition team had a right to collude with russia, to undermine and destroy American foreign policy. Looks like the murdox and their myriad myrmidons are accessories after the crime(s), unless of course, they too are trump’s personal attorneys. 

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