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White House Officials Are Resigning En Masse Because They Fear Being Charged With Treason: Report

In the 24 hours since Donald Trump gave his blessing to rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building, more and more members of the administration have resigned in protest, CNN reports:

“Several senior figures were weighing resignations or have already stepped down, including Trump’s deputy national security adviser, Matt Pottinger, who resigned Wednesday.

“Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced in a statement Thursday that she will resign effective Monday, saying she was ‘deeply troubled’ by the ‘entirely avoidable’ events at the Capitol building.

“On Thursday morning, a senior administration official confirmed that John Costello, the Commerce Department’s deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and security, resigned from his post. Ryan Tully, senior director for European and Russian Affairs, also resigned from the National Security Council, a White House official confirmed. And Tyler Goodspeed, the acting chairman of the Counsel of Economic Advisers at the White House, submitted his resignation Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

Did all of these people resign out of a crisis of conscience, or could their reasons for distancing themselves have to do with the fact that they’re afraid of repercussions if they remain?

According to Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair, the real motivation behind the raft of resignations is that many of the officials are terrified they might be charged with treason if they remain until the bitter end:

“As the violent mob incited by President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, some West Wing staffers panicked that they were possibly becoming participants in a coup to overthrow the government. ‘What do I do? Resign?’ one nervous White House staffer asked a friend on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after news broke that a woman had been shot and killed inside the Capitol. The West Wing staffer told the friend that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone was urging White House officials not to speak to Trump or enable his coup attempt in any way, so they could reduce the chance they could be prosecuted for treason under the Sedition Act. ‘They’re being told to stay away from Trump.’

“Cipollone’s purported concern that Trump was committing treason—a federal crime—illustrates the chaos and fear of Wednesday’s unprecedented events.”

Treason and sedition are words that are in the air all around Washington, D.C., and they damn well should be. Because when a head of state and his enablers in Congress begin suggesting that an election was “stolen” and that protesters need to “take the country back,” it certainly has the Jacobin ring of “off with their heads” that was heard back in the darkest days of the French revolution. At least then people were unseating a malevolent monarch who cared only for himself.

Now, however, we have Trump, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) taking a massive shit all over the Constitution and daring to defend the wildest conspiracy theories birthed in the darkest corners of the internet.

Treason and sedition? There’s a case to be made that many who consider themselves “leaders” of this country could and should be charged with both. But instead of a guillotine, let’s give them life in prison without parole so they can ponder their treachery for decades.

 

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GOP Shares Portrait Of Trump That Makes Him Look Like Infamous Traitor Benedict Arnold

The Arizona Republican Party brought a wave of mockery and ridicule down on their heads with an image they shared on Twitter showing President Donald Trump as some sort of historical hero, Newsweek reports:

“The Arizona GOP tweeted the painting of Trump on Monday afternoon. In the painting, Trump is wearing a military uniform that looks like it’s from the late 1700s while holding an American flag in his left hand and touching a handgun with his right hand. A flying eagle is also pictured over his left shoulder.”

Along with the image, the Arizona GOP also fired off this message via Twitter:

“Sorry (not really), but we can’t stop fighting for election integrity! It’s just too important for our voters, our state, and our great country.”

Ok, whatever. But some sharp-eyed Twitter users were quick to note that the image of Trump reminded them of the notorious American traitor Benedict Arnold, who conspired with the British during the Revolutionary War:

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Veterans Group Releases Powerful Viral Video That Asks, ‘Traitor Trump, Who Is The Enemy?’

The advocacy group VoteVets.org has released a powerful new video that was posted online Sunday, and it may well be the best commentary on the reckless actions of Donald Trump ever created.


As you’d expect, the video directly references The New York Times report that Trump allegedly knew about cash bounties paid by Russia to militants who targeted and killed U.S. forces in Afghanistan.


The video from VoteVets directly address the Times report. Take a look:

If indeed Trump knew about the bounties paid by Putin and never did anything about it, that clearly makes him a traitor and a threat to the national security of the United States. If he didn’t know, then he’s utterly feckless. Either way, he’s unfit to serve as commander-in-chief of the armed forces. And that’s exactly who people who saw the video had to say:

Voting Trump out of office isn’t nearly enough. He also needs to be charged, indicted, and put on trial. The first count against him should be treason.

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Barr And Trump Asking Allies For Information So They Can Do A ‘Hatchet Job’ On U.S. Intelligence Agencies

As Donald Trump became only the third president in U.S. history to face impeachment and removal from office this week, Attorney General William Barr was in the United Kingdom, asking our top ally to provide information that can be used to attack and discredit American intelligence agencies that played a role in the Russia investigation conducted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


The Independent reports:

“The attorney general is focusing on the theory, aired on far-right conspiracy sites, and raised by Trump and Giuliani, that Ukraine framed Vladimir Putin over the US election in a complex triple-cross operation by impersonating Russian hackers.

“Trump and Barr have also been asking other foreign governments for help in investigating the FBI, CIA and Mueller investigators. The US president has called on the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison for assistance, while the attorney general has been on similar missions to the UK and Italy.”


If you were wondering just how unusual such a request is, our allies are said to be shocked by Barr’s requests:

“One British official with knowledge of Barr’s wish list presented to London commented that ‘it is like nothing we have come across before, they are basically asking, in quite robust terms, for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services.'”


With the Ukraine scandal growing worse by the day for Trump and the White House, they are clearly trying to create a counter-impeachment narrative that involves the Russia probe. Since there has long been suspicion that Trump is eager to do the bidding of Russian President Vladimir Putin, discrediting any person or agency that played a role in the Russia investigation is essential to the administration as they prepare for the public impeachment hearings which will begin in a couple of weeks.

In their desperation, Trump, Barr, and anyone else involved in this attempt to attack the agencies which keep us all safe are engaging in the most blatant and disgusting form of treason imaginable.

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Michael Flynn Signals He’s Ready To Help Prove Trump Committed ‘High Crimes And Misdemeanors’

The story went almost unnoticed by most, but it could turn out to be the biggest development in the growing case against Donald Trump, one that could eventually wind up with the president being impeached.

Politico reported Thursday that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn had just fired his attorneys:

“The lawyers, Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, offered no explanation for their abrupt dismissal in a two-page motion delivered to the federal judge who will mete out Flynn’s punishment stemming from his 2017 guilty plea to special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors.”


On the face of it, that doesn’t seem like a big deal; people part ways with their legal team all the time for various reasons. But what makes this so noteworthy is that Flynn is about to be sentenced for numerous federal crimes. Who fires their attorneys when they’re about to face a judge for sentencing?

Two theories on why Flynn ditched his lawyers were put forward by former federal prosecutor Elie Honig:


But there’s another possibility, and it’s the one that would be the most devastating for Trump: Flynn fired his attorneys because he’s about to sit down and tell the House Judiciary Committee everything he knows about Trump’s connections to Russia and just how deeply tied the president is to Russian President Vladimir Putin. That alone could earn him some major brownie points with U.S, District Judge Emmet Sullivan. It might even keep him out of prison completely.


Think for a moment just how powerful it would be if a few days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the judiciary committee, Flynn sits in front of that same committee and presents evidence that supports major portions of Mueller’s report, perhaps even detailing new crimes Trump has committed. That alone could be all that’s necessary for articles of impeachment to be drawn up.

Granted, there’s no way we can yet know the reason Flynn fired his attorneys. But if he’s getting ready to tell what he knows to a congressional committee, Donald Trump’s nightmares are just beginning.

Stay tuned.