14 thoughts on “Squirrel Season”

  1. the guardian:  


    Nadler: Mueller has evidence of Trump high crimes and misdemeanours

    The eyes of America will be trained on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as Robert Mueller testifies before two House committees about his report on Russian election interference, links between the Trump campaign and Moscow and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

    On Sunday, the chairman of the judiciary committee indicated the stakes when he said the 448-page report contained “very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanours” – the benchmark for impeachment.


    “It’s important that we not have a lawless administration and a lawless president,” the New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler told Fox News Sunday. “And it’s important that people see what we’re doing and what we’re dealing with.”


    Nadler’s committee would initiate impeachment proceedings. Mueller, a former director of the FBI, will also appear before the intelligence panel.

    “The report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanours,” Nadler said, “and we have to present, or let Mueller present those facts to the American people and then see where we go from there because the administration must be held accountable and no president can be above the law.”


    On Sunday Adam Schiff of California, the House intelligence chair, told CBS’s Face the Nation: “It’s been clear from Bob Mueller that he felt and the justice department feels bound by this Office of Legal Counsel opinion that you can’t indict a sitting president.”


    The Russia investigation is not the only subject of discussion of impeachment and whether Trump has committed “high crimes and misdemeanours”, a standard not defined in the constitution and thereby forever the subject of debate.


    In the case of now-closed investigations of campaign finance violations involving former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen making payments to women who claim affairs with Trump, Schiff said the president was “essentially an unindicted co-conspirator”.

    “He has been identified as ‘individual one’,” he said, “the person who directed Michael Cohen to commit this fraudulent campaign scheme. And I assume this all means that in the Southern District of New York, the case will be reopened when he leaves office.”


    Schiff also said that though Cohen is in prison, Trump is “not above the law. He may have a temporary reprieve” while he is in the White House.


  2. The Case of Al Franken

    Gillibrand has cast herself as a feminist champion of “zero tolerance” toward sexual impropriety, but Democratic donors sympathetic to Franken have stunted her fund-raising and, Gillibrand says, tried to “intimidate” her “into silence.”

    Good article on the necktie party that drove him out of office without proof.


  3. patd…   great cartoon!

    I’m wondering what trumpty dumpty will do on Wednesday to try to distract us from Mueller’s testimony.  Hopefully it isn’t something too stupid…. like start a war with Iran.

  4. Poobah, the site build time on my desktop is agonizingly slow – probably took over a minute to open the site, log in and get to the point that the cursor appeared in the comment block.  Did not have that problem with my phone.

  5. craig, like pogo I see more slow down in opening the site than before housekeeping change. 

  6. an aperitif before the feast on Wednesday?

    Washington examiner:

    Daily on Healthcare: Psychiatrists to use Mueller report to argue Trump is mentally unfit

    PSYCHIATRISTS TO USE MUELLER REPORT TO ARGUE TRUMP IS MENTALLY UNFIT: House Democrats are eager to hear from former special counsel Robert Mueller about his investigation into Russian election interference and whether President Trump obstructed justice, but a group of mental health experts who view the president as dangerous see another angle.


    In an online town hall Tuesday, they will make the case that Trump is mentally unsound and will urge lawmakers to ask Mueller questions that seek to glean more information about the president’s mental capacity. The event, which will kick off at 5 p.m., will allow viewers to submit questions anonymously.

    The town hall, called “Critical Mental Health Questions for Robert Mueller,” will be led by Dr. Bandy Lee, a psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine. Others set to present are Edwin Fisher, clinical psychologist from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and psychiatrists Drs. Leonard Glass of Harvard Medical School, James Merikangas of George Washington University, and James Gilligan of New York University.


    Lee is editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book the other panelists also authored that argues psychiatrists have a responsibility to warn the public when a president is dangerous. The position is controversial because psychiatric associations urge members never to diagnose patients they haven’t personally evaluated, saying it undermines the scientific rigor of the profession.


    But Lee and others who agree with her stance say that their description of the president’s behavior is different from a diagnosis. The assessment they issued about the Mueller report, for instance, says Trump has an “inability to take in critical information and advice,” “loss of impulse control, recklessness, and ability to consider likely consequences,” and “proneness to placing himself and others in danger.”

    “The signs are so glaring and somebody has to speak the truth,” Lee told the Washington Examiner.


    The event initially had been set to occur on Capitol Hill last week, but was rescheduled and will now only take place online after the congressional committees moved back the Mueller testimony by a week. Tuesday’s forum is separate from another Capitol Hill event that has been in the works, whose exact timing will be revisited in the fall, Lee said.


    The panelists won’t be keeping track of which lawmakers tune in to view the 5 p.m. event. They also are hosting a conference call at 3 p.m. that will only be for members of Congress and their staff, which is closed to the press and will allow participants to be anonymous. Lee said she hoped both Republicans and Democrats would be open to hearing about the findings.

  7. I use a tracker detector called Ghostery, an adjunct to my Firefox browser. I receive no shocking findings from the new configuration, but this bit of software may be doing the slow-down. Again, I don’t find it alarming:”

    AddToAny (formerly Lockerz Share) operates: AddToAny, Lockerz Share

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    Anonymous (Browser Information, Cookie Data , Date/Time, Hardware/Software Type)Pseudonymous (IP Address (EU PII))
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    Aggregate data is shared with 3rd parties., Anonymous data is shared with 3rd parties.
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    I choose not to be tracked by using Ghostery on all my browsing

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