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Saturday, April 04, 2020

President Trump is firing the intelligence community inspector general whose insistence on telling lawmakers about a whistle-blower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine triggered impeachment proceedings last fall, the president told lawmakers in a letter late on Friday.

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This sleazy lowdown no good mfer is firing a person for competently doing their job in making sure the law was followed?

And doing it in the very moment Americans are dying by the hour due to an unprecedented global pandemic - upon which everyone's attention is rightly riveted?

At the very moment I truly, finally, beyond any shred of doubt think that this waste of protoplasm has reached the absolute debts of self delusional human depravity - he manages to dig a little deeper for the benefit of no one but himself and his insatiable sociopathic ego.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-03 11:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

My thoughts were a bit more...no, no they weren't. They were significantly less refined than yours, Tony.

I wonder how long this is going to have to go on before something happens?

#2 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-03 11:27 PM | Reply

#2 In his 1992 work "The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012," which was awarded "Best Strategy Essay" by Colin Powell, then-Lieutenant Colonel Charles Dunlap describes how the ongoing glorification of military culture, scope creep of their mission (i.e. Nation Building) and the relentless ineptitude of government gives rise to a situation in which the people are essentially clamoring for a military takeover of the government.

We're a few weeks from that.

Once Florida sees the hospitals overrun and old people left to die in their beds in the nursing homes, we'll be ready.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-03 11:35 PM | Reply

#3 - We wouldn't be the first. Many countries have gone that route with the people pleading for the military to save them.
I can't think of a case where it turned out well.
Unfortunately we have a Republican Senate that's irredeemable, and sycophantic worship from the VP and the Cabinet.
Trump's not going to get any better.
Each time I think he can't possible sink any lower he exceeds my expectations.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-03 11:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

the relentless ineptitude of government gives rise to a situation in which the people are essentially clamoring for a military takeover of the government.

Not a takeover, just a housecleaning of the current crew because they control federal law enforcement to the point it's completely ineffectual in holding them accountable. And give a huge assist to a now wholly situationally-moral and perverted political party that knows full well that laws rules and regulations are either being violated or broken - sometimes all three simultaneously, yet they allow it to occur by either cheering or refusing to stand up in opposition to what they would never countenance from the other party's administrations.

This is straight-up Saturday Night Massacre revisited with Trump obviously playing a roll he's comfortable with, namely acting like a guy named Dick.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-03 11:48 PM | Reply

With #1 and #2 out of the picture the Constitutionally designated #3 is actually a competent leader.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-03 11:49 PM | Reply

That is definitely true. She's serious and competent.
I was concerned you were advocating a Military Plenipotentiary.

#7 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-03 11:55 PM | Reply

SCOTUS is adjourned for the foreseeable future, too.
These are some times we're in.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-03 11:56 PM | Reply

#6

That's exactly what I was thinking. The "current crew" being 1 and 2.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-03 11:56 PM | Reply

SCOTUS is adjourned for the foreseeable future, too.
These are some times we're in.

I remember during the series "24" the cabinet met via telepresence to vote on the 25th Amendment. There should be some way the IC can upgrade ZOOM's security or put together secure group video technology so that some proceedings can still go on.

With the staggered and still non-countrywide restrictions, the waves of virus spikes aren't going to ebb everywhere for a while, and if we lift restrictions and start traveling again while the virus is still rampant in some places, we'll likely just start the cycle over again. So Congress is going to have to figure out something or continue to put themselves in unneeded risk by trying to gather and meet in DC.

Normal is gone and isn't coming back anytime soon, if ever. Time to start the new normal and learn to live with it.

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-04 12:05 AM | Reply

I can't think of a case where it turned out well.

It worked alright in Thailand a few years ago.

It was a little more messy in Nepal about two decades ago.

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-04-04 12:22 AM | Reply

or put together secure group video technologY

This technology exists. Zoom on the other hand isn't too secure for sensitive purposes

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-04-04 12:23 AM | Reply

SCOTUS is adjourned for the foreseeable future, too.

The Court is not adjourned. Only oral argument has been postponed. All other business continues although social distancing compels teleconferencing. If this continues much longer, expect the bar to clamor for teleconference of oral arguments. Lower courts all do it. No reason the SC can't.

#13 | Posted by et_al at 2020-04-04 01:05 AM | Reply

What would a military coup look like in America? What would happen if it failed? Who would be the coordinators? Would Trump be under arrest?

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-04 03:42 AM | Reply

Is there a legal course of action that would constitutionally support a Military coup?

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-04 03:47 AM | Reply

"Is there a legal course of action that would constitutionally support a Military coup?"

In a Tom Clancy novel, yes.
So, yes.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-04 04:27 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

Sociopaths keep Lists. The Lists are never subtracted from, only added to. Trump is going to make sure that every single person on his List suffers eventually.

The terrifying thing is that there is every reason to believe that on Donald's List are entire American States.

#17 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-04 09:03 AM | Reply

Has anyone checked in on Lisa Murkowski and/or Susan Collins?

I'm sure they are both "troubled."

#18 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-04-04 09:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#18 Mitt Romney was said to be "deeply concerned."

#19 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-04 09:24 AM | Reply

On topic, the level to which we've grown accustomed to Trump firing essentially any government employee who fails to do his personal/political bidding is staggering. This is yet another among literally hundreds of stories that would have consumed any other presidency but will barely register as a blip here due to Trump's incessant and unwavering corruption and stupidity.

#20 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-04 09:27 AM | Reply

He is suffering from rally withdrawals its making him cranky.

#21 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-04-04 09:28 AM | Reply

The republic is already dead. Stick a fork in it.
Our "system," has shown itself to be easily corruptible by a TV show huckster.
We are a "light unto nations,a shining city on a hill" We lead the way,we are the exceptional nation. LOL.

#22 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-04 09:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump has "learned his lesson."

#23 | Posted by anton at 2020-04-04 10:21 AM | Reply

Looks like he and the captain are gonna "go through some things".

Looks like all of America is going to "go through some things".

I would suspect Humpy is gonna "go through some things", too.

When the American death toll is high enough.

The tree of Liberty is still very thirsty.

Apparently.

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-04 10:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

what whistle-blower?

as far as anyone knows there never was one

#25 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-04-04 10:44 AM | Reply

#25 trump gets away with it because idiotic morons like this exist.

Hey idiot, the guy who got fired and others read the whistleblower complaint. Or did they make it up as members of the deep state?

#26 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-04 10:50 AM | Reply

He's spending his time on corrupt vengeance instead of helping the people. Sick.

#27 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-04-04 10:51 AM | Reply

I am anxiously awaiting the Daily COVID-19 presser where Dear Leader collapses at the podium while "going through some things." Having "You're fired" one of the last people in his maladministration who might be smarter than himself, the idea that was America is pretty much over, anyway.

#28 | Posted by john47 at 2020-04-04 11:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sociopaths keep Lists. The Lists are never subtracted from, only added to. Trump is going to make sure that every single person on his List suffers eventually.

The terrifying thing is that there is every reason to believe that on Donald's List are entire American States.

#17 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-04 09:03 AM

Dear Zed,

My wife is a prolific knitter, and I have stopped making jokes about her cosplaying Madame Therese Defarge. She may have a "tell," insofar as her melodic laughter has been replaced by a cackle.

Best,

John47

#29 | Posted by john47 at 2020-04-04 11:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I love this subtle, suggestive military coup talk. Like you are in charge of how it would play out. Idiots.

#30 | Posted by 6thPersona at 2020-04-04 11:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Lower courts all do it. No reason the SC can't."

Our corrupt SC has always fought against any TV cameras in the SC. They actually don't want Americans to be able to listen in during hearings. It' will be interesting now to see what they do, my guess, they will do nothing.

#31 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-04 11:42 AM | Reply

I am anxiously awaiting the Daily COVID-19 presser where Dear Leader collapses at the podium while "going through some things."

#28 | Posted by john47 at 2

The sooner the better.

#32 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-04 11:59 AM | Reply

I love this subtle, suggestive military coup talk.

#30 | Posted by 6thPersona at 2020-04-04

Talk of military coups is irresponsible.

Trump dying suddenly of natural causes would be one more reason to celebrate the Fourth of July.

#33 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-04 12:09 PM | Reply

The simple fact of the matter is that Donald Trump is worth more to the United States dead than alive.

#34 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-04 12:11 PM | Reply

But of course:

Kyle Cheney @kyledcheney

Per a congressional source:

"Atkinson was only informed tonight that Trump had fired him, and he has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately."

Administrative leave helps skirt a requirement that the intel committees get a 30-day heads up before removal.

#35 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-04 12:21 PM | Reply

This what Crime Bosses do; they rule through intimidation and fear.

#36 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-04 12:22 PM | Reply

Total support for Mob Moss mentality has infected nearly every Trumphluffer on this board.

#37 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-04-04 12:41 PM | Reply

Total support for Mob Moss mentality has infected nearly every Trumphluffer on this board.

#38 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-04-04 12:41 PM | Reply

#18 Mitt Romney was said to be "deeply concerned."

#19 | POSTED BY JOE

I'm sure ole down the middle, even steven jeffj and his fellow Trump ccck suckers are concerned as well.

I can't wait to see the hypothetical article that the other cocksccker, who will definitely vote blue, posts about how Joe Biden would have certainly fired him as well.

It will get 95 posts.

#39 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-04-04 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

President Donald Trump addressed his Friday night firing of the inspector general for the intelligence community Michael Atkinson, calling him a "disgrace to IGs."

"I thought he did a terrible job " absolutely terrible," Trump said at the Saturday coronavirus task for press briefing.

Atkinson alerted Congress to the whistleblower's complaint, touching off the inquiry that led to the President's impeachment.

Calling the complaint "fake," Trump expressed his outrage that he never met Atkinson in person.

"He never even came into see me," he said indignantly. "How can you do that without seeing the person?"

Trump quickly segued into bashing the whistleblower himself, whose identity he claimed that reporters in the press briefing room knew.

"Frankly, somebody ought to sue his ass off," Trump said.

talkingpointsmemo.com

This is a criminal who is abusing his power to wrongly fire a law enforcement officer who rightly performed his obligated duty under the Constitution of the United States.

There is not a person in DC claiming that the IG did anything wrong by following the statutory rules of his job in both forwarding a credible, corroborated whistleblower complaint up the chain and protecting the whistleblower from reprisal from the subject of the complaint.

#40 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-04 06:47 PM | Reply

We are now at last the Banana Republic of Trumpistan.
Congrats, COVEFE-45 voters, you built this.

We are officially a second-rate nation.

#41 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-04-04 10:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What did happen to the DNI threat assessment? I suspect it would have included an honest assessment of the coronavirus pandemic and was held back for that reason (and perhaps others):

Brett McGurk @brett_mcgurk (Former Presidential Envoy. Served under Bush, Obama, Trump.)

As this news breaks, important to ask: where's the DNI threat assessment? An unclassified version is released each year to inform the American people about threats to our nation, including public health threats. Except this year. WHY NOT? What's in it?

Some background on the bottled-up report in thread below. This is the first year since the DNI's first threat assessment in 2006 that there has been no public report. Someone doesn't want the public to see it. WHY? Presumption: because its authors"IC professionals"tell the truth.

Tonight's news only reinforces the warning from Joe McGuire, fired last month as DNI for no credible reason, and his fellow IC colleagues, that this WH is actively eroding OUR nation's first line of defense: its intelligence community and professionals.

twitter.com

#42 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-05 10:26 AM | Reply

PS I don't think it is coincidental that Durham is said to be going after John Brennan. That's just another way to intimidate the IC from doing its job and from speaking truth to power.

#43 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-05 10:27 AM | Reply

John O. Brennan @JohnBrennan

One more example of Trump removing those who seek to stop his lawlessness. All Americans fed up with Trump's incompetence, venality, & narcissism have the opportunity to "fire" him in November"the most important election of our lifetime.

Quote Tweet

The Associated Press @AP

BREAKING: President Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the intelligence watchdog who handled the complaint that triggered his impeachment. apne.ws

#44 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-05 10:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

what whistle-blower? as far as anyone knows there never was one

The whistleblower was named by Rand Paul and multiple irresponsible media outlets and you still don't believe he exists?

#45 | Posted by rcade at 2020-04-05 12:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

you still don't believe he exists?

Trumpublicans are the dumbest of Americans.

Or the most evil of Americans.

Those are his only voters these days.

Those too dumb to see what he's doing. And those who are benefiting from what he's doing, so they don't care how it effects the nation.

#46 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-04-05 04:28 PM | Reply

The only way for the HOR to exert control is through the allocation of money based on performance i.e. parcel out the money to the Trump admin as it meets certain benchmarks; one of those bench marks being the timely reports to congress as to who received money, how much did they receive, when did they receive it, what did they do to deserve it, etc. If the reports from the Trump admin are lacking, they don't get to spend the next tranche of money.

#47 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-04-05 06:24 PM | Reply

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