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Public lawfare to take down Trump World is The Resistance’s current phase

Public lawfare to take down Trump World is The Resistance’s current phase

A Lilliputian strategy to tie down the giant

The attempt to undo the 2016 election has gone through various phases, some overlapping in time period.

The first phase was the attempt to prevent the transfer of power by intimidating Electoral College Electors into not following their respective state votes.

Then came the protest phase, fueling the Inauguration protests and Women’s March, and Antifa.

Then came the Mueller phase, Part I, which is ongoing, but to date has not revealed publicly any meaningful evidence of campaign collusion with Russia. And then the Mueller phase, Part II, which is obstruction of justice for firing James Comey, someone who has revealed himself in the subsequent months to be worthy of firing, and a disgrace who has done much damage to the FBI. Then the Mueller Phase, Part III, involving non-Russian actors, reportedly from the Middle East. And then the Mueller Phase, Part IV, which so far has been the only successful phase, rounding up various people whose only crime was lying to the FBI about things that we not themselves criminal.

And throughout it all, the momentum has been sustained by the “scoop” fever of the mainstream media, falling all over each other to sustain continuous news cycles meant to freeze the administration. Often those scoops were nothing more than “sources close to the Mueller investigation indicate that Mueller is looking into such such, or considering such and such.” But it creates a never-ending cycle of 2-3 day news cycles.

But as we’ve been documenting, the current phase of The Resistance is the public lawfare against all things Trump, led by Democrat state attorney generals. Unlike the prior phases, the public lawfare is not just against Trump, his campaign or inner circle, it’s an attempt to take down Trump World.

And starting in January, House committees will join this public lawfare, and possibly the House as a whole through impeachment proceedings.

Timothy O’Brien at Bloomberg News calls it a Legal Vise:

The breadth of investigations is so sweeping — as many on social media and reporters with the Washington Post, the Associated Press, and Bloomberg News have already noted — that few of the worlds Trump inhabits have escaped prosecutors’ attention. The Trump Organization, the Trump Foundation, the Trump family, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, the Trump inauguration, and the Trump White House are all being probed for wrongdoing.

Wired counts 17 investigations, as summarized here by Axios:

Investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller:

  • Russian government’s election attack (the Internet Research Agency and GRU indictments)
  • WikiLeaks
  • Middle Eastern influence: Potentially the biggest unseen aspect of Mueller’s investigation is his year-long pursuit of Middle Eastern influence targeting the Trump campaign.
  • Paul Manafort’s activity
  • Trump Tower Moscow project
  • Other campaign and transition contacts with Russia
  • Obstruction of justice

Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York:

  • Campaign conspiracy and Trump Organization finances
  • Inauguration funding
  • Trump super PAC funding
  • Foreign lobbying

Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia:

  • Maria Butina and the NRA

Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia:

  • Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, the alleged chief accountant of the Internet Research Agency who was indicted separately earlier this fall, charged with activity that went above and beyond the 2016 campaign. Why she was prosecuted separately remains a mystery.
  • Turkish influence: Michael Flynn’s plea agreement includes some details of the case, and he is cooperating with investigators.

Investigations by New York City, New York State and other state attorneys general:

  • Tax case: In the wake of an N.Y. Times investigation that found Trump had benefited from more than $400 million in tax schemes, city officials said they were investigating Trump’s tax payments, as did the New York State Tax Department.
  • The Trump Foundation
  • Emoluments lawsuit: The attorneys general for Maryland and D.C. sent out subpoenas earlier this month for Trump Organization and hotel financial records relating to their lawsuit that the president is in breach of the “Emoluments Clause” of the Constitution, which appears to prohibit the president from accepting payments from foreign powers while in office.

And there’s a mystery investigation from an unknown office:

  • Redacted Case #2: A second, redacted Flynn investigation could be one of the other investigations mentioned here. It could also represent another as-yet-unknown unfolding criminal case or could be a counterintelligence investigation that will never become public.

This is a full frontal attack on Trump World. And it’s just a continuation of the refusal to accept the results of the election with a Lilliputian strategy to tie down the giant. The sheer breadth of investigations is the point.

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It is simply unbelievable that Trump has the entire FBI/DOJ against him. He has absolutely no control of his own agencies. None. The new AG went bad as fast as Wray. What is going on here?

    Barry in reply to puhiawa. | December 17, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    “What is going on here?”

    The government from top to bottom is corrupt. They fear being exposed. Trump doesn’t play by their rules, he owes them nothing, he has no skeletons that they know about to keep him in line. So, they’re manufacturing them.

    ROTONDARON in reply to puhiawa. | December 18, 2018 at 8:02 am

    This is ‘EXACTLY”, why the swamp must be drained, & Mueller, so far, is the biggest “plug”, in the drain!

    The DNC, & many other Libtards, are the other “libturds”, plugging the drain! remove them, & “ALL IS WELL”!

    “OTHER”, main “Plugs: Californication/Sanctuary cities, “A-moral Hollywood, The Senate Justice COmmittee…[ led by Diane Feinstein, & her band of ignorant, & “un-American”, libtards, }……The entire Libtard Senate, & House, of “NO-REPRESENTATIVES”….They just fight, scrap, & wallow in their Trump hatred…..{ Why isn’t the work of the people being done?} You Liberals, that elected the “anti-American class of Liberal voters, should be soooo, ashamed!

    What’s going on is Hillary Clinton still runs the Justice Dept.

it will never stop until the bedwetters wake up and decide to fight fire with fire. Republicans* need to start investigations into every democrat they can find.

*I know, a real laugher.

    MarkS in reply to Barry. | December 17, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Yeah, when pigs fly!

    PersonofInterests in reply to Barry. | December 18, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Not with the bunch of Never Trumpers running Congress; a Federal Government polluted with Deep State Obama Holdovers and Subversives masquerading as “apolitical career professionals.”

    If anything, President Trump has highlighted just how politicized, weaponized, and corrupt our Government is.

    It’s going to be up to those who support him to do the job of helping him because he’s getting no help from anyone else.

    Frankly, more than a few of us are fed up writing to people like Mitch McConnell and soon to be departed Lying Paul Ryan; our elected officials, only to get standarized form letters that ALWAYS includes a request for a donation. Maybe it’s time to form a multimillion person march on their offices in Washington to get their attention??

I’m wondering if the New York Attorney General, or any of the lawyers in Mueller’s office, et cetera, have any property or business dealings in states controlled by GOP A.G.s.

If so, those GOP A.G.s might find it curious that they have dealings and curious about the legalities of those dealings….

Who is scrutinizing the scrutinizers? We should be, thoroughly, in depth, and unrelentingly. We know none of them are pure.

If nothing else they intend to bleed him dry with legal fees, which will probably be millions of dollars collectively once this is all said and done.

I can’t figure out why Trump’s appointees are turning on him so quickly, it’s as if Trump can’t reliably vet anybody for loyalty.

    mailman in reply to randian. | December 18, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Like who?

      Close The Fed in reply to mailman. | December 18, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Powell at the Fed.
      Sessions, who didn’t tell him he would recuse.

        Hmmm…your interpretation of “being turning on” seems to be as malleable as the democrats belief in border security.

          PersonofInterests in reply to mailman. | December 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

          The Proof is in the pudding. Just compare the obedient following of Barack Obola of corrupt individuals like Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, James Clapper, and John Brennan and it’s obvious that President Trump can’t find honest help to perform. When you can’t even move an Attorney General to do the job that he took an Oath to Office to do like eunuch Jeff Sessions in indicting the Clintons given all the EVIDENCE that already exists, that tells me that our Government is so pervasively corrupt that Joe Stalin would be proud.

          We’re headed for a Civil War if we don’t soon get evidence that Equal Justice under the law still exists and that there isn’t a two tiered Justice System that goes after those attempting to Make America Great Again and those who carry out tyranny, treason, and break laws (e.g., Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Andrew McCabe) that others have been punished for having done.

          I’m hoping that Judge Emmet Sullivan will toss Mueller’s abomination against General Flynn today to demonstrate that there may be at least one man who will do something while no others will.

It makes me want to throw up

Please someone put a gofundme together so President Trumps 63,000,000 supports can help

This is beyond insane

I really hate these people

It makes me want to throw up

Please someone put a gofundme together so President Trumps 63,000,000 supports can help

This is beyond insane

I really hate these people

It’s amazing that these sewer rats are getting nowhere. I never expected that Donald J. Trump would turn out to be Mr Clean, but that’s what it looks like. Naturally, I wouldn’t expect a career screwup like Mueller to be able to find a social disease in Tijuana, but somebody should have come up with something after searching two years for their Holy Grail of high crimes and misdemeanors.

Now of course no matter what they fail to do to Trump, the D’rats have declared open war on American law & order, so any future candidate who isn’t already a card-carrying member of The Swamp can expect the same treatment. And not too many are likely to be able to weather the storm as well as Trump has so far.

    randian in reply to tom_swift. | December 17, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    “No matter what they fail to do to Trump, the D’rats have declared open war on American law & order, so any future candidate who isn’t already a card-carrying member of The Swamp can expect the same treatment.”

    This is as much about conditioning future elections is it is about getting Trump now. Many good candidates simply won’t show up because of what they’re doing to Trump now.

Hello, some questions for some knowledgeable person to answer:

1) Cannot President Trump declare the info/docs, personnel requested etc. covered under Executive Privilege?

2) Cannot these charges by the investigations be dismissed as frivolous and subject to court costs and fines? and

3) Cannot the existence of all these democrat sponsored investigations be evidence of a RICO conspiracy by the crime syndicate democrat national party and requires another special counsel?, maybe someone named Fitton or DeGenova?

Like to see some fight fire with bigger fire responses, like tie them up in litigation, and fleece their pocketbooks of all resources, so they will have to borrow from their children to finance their coup.

    1) Watergate precedents say no. But that was when Congress demanded them. So, at best, Nadler and the Senate Intel Committee can demand them and then executive privilege will be overcome by blunt legal force.

    2) A judge could do that. Don’t hold your breath

    3) Speech and Debate Clause makes holding congressional investigations to be a criminal act a really, really bad joke.

    You’re proposing fighting with enough fire that the entire Constitution will be burned down in the process.

      “You’re proposing fighting with enough fire that the entire Constitution will be burned down in the process.”

      The constitution was burnt down long ago. We’re operating on the smoke still rising from the ashes.

      No chance of losing something already gone. Best we try to resurrect it.

And yet, here we are 2 years later and a gazillion investigations later and nothing. Absolutely…NOTHING.

That alone must be driving the liberal bed wetters insane! HAHAHHHA

I predict that in the end this will all have the same effect on the country as did the Kavanaugh debacle did. Most likely the outcome will be little found against Trump and much or most the country turning against the Democrats for such a blatant display of malfeasance of power.

    casualobserver in reply to Cleetus. | December 18, 2018 at 8:20 am

    It will have a similar effect if it becomes the sole focus of the House will little else to show by the next election.

    MarkS in reply to Cleetus. | December 18, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Never! The Dems will continually point out that Mueller is a Republican

      PersonofInterests in reply to MarkS. | December 18, 2018 at 10:57 am

      As if that has anything to do with the tyranny. How many so called “Republicans” have not ultimately be seen and proven to be what they likely always were: RINOs.

      Matthew 7:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

      You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

      15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

      16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

      17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

      18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

      19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

      20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

This really belongs in the ‘Forum’ here on LI but, we don’t have that option anymore.

Kurt Schlichter on the Townhall site has an interesting take on this whole coup thing.

casualobserver | December 18, 2018 at 8:23 am

I think this strategy has two goals. Not only to hamstring and barrage Trump, but also to make anyone within a country mile of his circle suffer. To be at all working for, supportive of, or even near him should be the most agonizing choice anyone makes.

Whether or not he is taken down might not matter if they can keep people from working with him.

    They wan’t anyone and everyone associated with Trump to fear that every rock will be overturned and everything about their lives exposed. The Dems and those who don’t want to change the trillion dollar government cabal are no longer the least bit shy about using third world political tactics.

    PersonofInterests in reply to casualobserver. | December 18, 2018 at 11:06 am

    All of this is meant to drive President Trump’s poll numbers down into the 30s or 20s so that the Spineless Creatures we have in our Government supposedly representing us and NOT their Big Donors and Special Interest Groups, may find enough backbone to support the Poisonous Democrat Media Complex and Demtards in what was always the goal: A Coup D’Etat Impeachment and Removal if President Trump.

    This is to demonstrate to those of us who had the temerity to elect an outsider in hopes of performing a Colon Flush followed by a fumigation of our Government to get the Garbage out and have a chance of having Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness by getting Government out of our lives, that just like all the other Banana Republics, fighting back is useless.

Hopefully they will still attacking PDT in 2022.

Everyone expects the Fascist Inquisition.

 This lawfare harassment isn’t limited to Trumpworld. It’s also oozing down ballot to those politicos riding Trump’s coat tails, et al.

Scott Walker and Co. were all too familiar with the fascist inquisition. John Doe, anyone?

Here in Missouri, it was used successfully to hound Gov. Eric Greitens(R) out of office after the media unleashed a year long tidalwave of salacious tidbits about an adulterous affair Greitens had with his hair dresser before his campaign for governor.

This was followed up by continuous media probes into alleged ethics violations concerning campaign funds.

A zealous St. Louis DA indicted Greitens on charges related to his adulterous affair.

Then-AG Josh Hawley(R) started investigating Greitens. The MO legislature soon launched its own investigation before demanding Greitens resignation, or face impeachment. All the while the willing accomplices in the media were persistently publishing juicy details about Greitens adulterous affair.

This lawfare bankrupted Greitens and hamstrung his administration until he finally resigned in 2017 after 17 months in office.

Greitens real crime? Lowered taxes, signed right-to-work into law, refused obamacare medicaid expansion, cut funding to MU after the pathetic Ferguson Black Lies Matter riots on campus, etc.

Now who is in the crosshairs of the fascist inquisition? U.S. Senator-elect Josh Hawley(R). His crime? Defeating Claire McCaskill(D).

KC Star: It shouldn’t be a big deal that Jay Ashcroft is investigating Josh Hawley, but it is

Missourinet: Hawley’s office calls funding allegations ‘frivolous act of political harassment’

AP: Missouri GOP calls on lawyer to step aside in Hawley review

St. Louis Post: Auditor Galloway to give ‘heightened scrutiny’ to allegations Hawley misused state resources

And on, and on and….

Everyone should expect the Fascist Inquisition.

seems to me, the first phase were the late call of the election then the recounts. But who is quibbling…

When the call was made, I turned to my wife and told her Pres. Trump will be hassled every second of every minute of every day he is in office. She didn’t believe me – she does now.