In a month, more Americans figured the T-Rump ought to be impeached (Reuters this afternoon):
The number of Americans who said President Donald Trump should be impeached rose 5 percentage points to 45 percent since mid-April, while more than half said multiple congressional probes of Trump interfered with important government business, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.
Yet: ‘Trump’s popularity was unchanged from a similar poll that ran last week – 39 percent of adults said they approved of Trump, while 55 percent said they disapproved.’
President Donald Trump seemed to hedge a bit on his months-long chant of “no obstruction, no collusion,” saying that the redacted Mueller report revealed “essentially no obstruction” during a bill signing Thursday.
“At the end of the testimony, no collusion,” he said.
“And essentially no obstruction.”
This is a significant shift, as it shows that at least some of the realities of the redacted Mueller report have punctured the President’s bubble.
Special counsel Robert Mueller cleared Trump of collusion, but said that he could not come to a conclusion on obstruction, in large part because he does not believe a sitting President can be indicted under Department of Justice policy.
Mueller outlined nearly a dozen instances of potential obstruction by Trump.
Nancy Pelosi is playing the game (New York Times):
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the United States was in a “constitutional crisis” and warned that House Democrats might move to hold more Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress if they continued their refusals to comply with committee subpoenas.
Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Ms. Pelosi said she agreed with Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who said Wednesday that the nation was in a constitutional crisis after his committee recommended the House hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over an unredacted version of the special counsel’s report, along with the report’s underlying evidence.
“The administration has decided they are not going to honor their oath of office,” she said.
“In terms of timing, when we’re ready, we’ll come to the floor,” Ms. Pelosi said.
“There might be some other contempt of Congress issues that we want to deal with at the same time.”
“We’re going to do the right thing, that’s just the way it is, and it is going to be based on fact and law and patriotism, not partisanship or anything else,” she said.
“Will the administration violate the Constitution of the United States and not abide by the request of Congress in its legitimate oversight responsibility?” she asked, adding, “Every day they are advertising their obstruction of justice by ignoring subpoenas and by just declaring that people shouldn’t come speak to Congress.”
And in the bit about timing,’ and ‘other contempt of Congress issues,’ most-likely Pelosi also had in mind action taken today by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam B. Schiff: He issued a subpoena to Billy Barr for ‘the full Mueller report and evidence, as well as all counterintelligence and foreign intelligence generated by the special counsel’s investigations.’ Barr has got until may 15 to caught it up.
Pelosi also popped a slap at Mitch McConnell today on the floor of the House, speaking for the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, an attempt to oppose the GOP’s full
throttle hatred of the Affordable Care Act, and calling out the turd for his disturbingly-creepy inability to govern
“In the coming weeks, House Democrats will bring forward more bold legislation to reduce the price of prescription drugs, to empower states to build better exchanges, and to block junk plans and reverse the GOP’s enrollment sabotage.
Senator McConnell says that he’s the grim reaper, he wears that as a badge of honor.
He’s the grim reaper.
He’s going to kill any House legislation For The People.
Saying that he will bury our bills in the senate graveyard, effectively.
That’s really not a very hopeful political agenda, the grim reaper.
But I have news for him.
Legislation to protect the pre-existing condition benefit and many of the other pieces of this agenda are alive and well among the American people and they will make their voices heard.
The American people want action and the special interest GOP Senate needs to stop standing in their way, Leader McConnell.
Our entire T-Rump narrative in another life would be a most-excellent, and hilarious Aaron Sorkin stage/TV/screenplay, but…
The whole fucking political/governmental landscape is getting dangerous, and way-way scary.
A for-instance — the T-Rump’s ‘big ‘joke‘ at his rally last night in Panama City, Florida (good read at Esquire):
Trump asks Florida rally crowd: "How do you stop these people" from crossing the border?
"Shoot them!" a rally attendee shouts out.
Trump: "That's only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff. Only in the panhandle."
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) May 9, 2019
We’re in a Twilight Zone episode…