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Donald Trump’s 2020 Campaign Manager Appears To Be Conning His Boss Out of Millions

There’s an expression we’ve all heard since we were children: Birds of a feather flock together.

Such appears to be the case with Brad Parscale, who serves as campaign manager for the Trump 2020 effort and has created what he’s dubbed the “Death Star,” a digital campaign operation Parscale brags will roll over all opponents, despite the fact that in the “Star Wars” movie series, the Death Star is destroyed not once, but twice.

But what exactly is Parscale doing other than charging exorbitant rates for his services and offering a digital strategy that is so secretive he’s the only person who fully understands it?

Here’s the real question: Is Parscale conning the ultimate con man, Donald Trump?

That’s the conclusion of Jonathan V. Last, who writes for The Bulwark that Parscale seems to be engaged in ripping off a man who has made a career of ripping off others. And in doing so, he’s basically made himself irreplaceable:

“Creating the impression that the entire Trump campaign will rise or fall with an opaque digital operation is a way to make Parscale un-fireable. Because unlike the 2016 campaign, which was basically about letting Trump be Trump, there is now a great deal of sunk-cost into an operation which is purpose-built to keep the septuagenarian boss from understanding how it works. Or even, what it really is.”

And then there’s the fact that Parscale’s supposedly indomitable digital operation — while it may have lots of bells and whistles and cost a cool fortune — doesn’t seem to be producing any results, as elections forecaster Harry Enten explained recently when he observed that Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden, currently has the largest, steadiest polling advantage against an incumbent president in the history of polling! How’s that for a negative return on investment? Isn’t Trump supposed to be an expert on the so-called art of the deal? Sounds more like he’s being rooked into believing a line of bullshit just because it has some fake cred attached to it.

Last perfectly explains the whole bizarre muddle of a mess inside the Trump campaign by noting:

“If Trump keeps Parscale around even as he lags Biden in the polls, it’s a sign that the president no longer believes that he is enough to get his voters out on his own and that he’s hostage to whatever sales pitch he bought from Parscale.

“It’s a good reminder that inside every con man is a mark.”

Or, to use an expression you may also have heard: If you’ve been in a poker game for a while, and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.

Congratulations, Donald: You’re the patsy and you’re being conned. How’s it feel?

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Federal Judge Rips ‘Banana Republic’ Trump And Barr New Ones In Scathing Remarks

A federal judge called Donald Trump and his designated lackey, Attorney General William Barr, utterly lacking of integrity and compared their actions regarding the investigation of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to something one would find in a “banana republic.”

HuffPost reports that the remarks from U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton came from court transcripts obtained by a watchdog group which filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ):

“The chilling statements were disclosed in records obtained by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in a lawsuit. The attack by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton on White House pressure emerged amid mounting controversy over Attorney General William Barr’s manipulation of criminal cases involving allies of President Donald Trump or those he perceives as enemies.”

Judge Walton, who was appointed to the bench by George W. Bush, is widely seen as a conservative jurist who often sides with the government. He serves in the District of Columbia, and he took prosecutors with the DOJ to task for their repeated delays in deciding whether or not they would file criminal charges against McCabe for allegedly misleading investigators about a leak to the media dealing with an FBI probe into the Clinton Foundation.

Specifically, Walton cited what he suggested was retaliation by President Trump against McCabe for having been an FBI official when the agency began an investigation into possibly illegal collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia, telling prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office:

“I don’t think people like the fact that you got somebody at the top basically trying to dictate whether somebody should be prosecuted. I just think it’s a banana republic when we go down that road and we have those type of statements being made that are conceivably … influencing the ultimate decision. I think there are a lot of people on the outside who perceive that there is undue, inappropriate pressure being brought to bear.”

Judge Walton went on to add:

“(The) integrity of the process is being unduly undermined by inappropriate comments and actions on the part of people at the top of our government … As a government and as a society we’re going to pay a price at some point for this.”

What is being done by the attorney general and president is not going unnoticed by judges and or those who have worked in the criminal justice system. Trump and Barr  have turned the Justice Department into a politicized agency that has the sole intent of catering to the whims of an unstable, vindictive head of state.

When he ran for president, Trump repeatedly said he was going to “make America great again.” But with his every action and reaction, he only succeeds in making us less safe, less secure, and more reminiscent of the banana republic Judge Walton is warning about.

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Legal Experts Say New House Investigation Should Have Trump Very Worried

Now that Congress has returned from its long summer recess, things are about to heat up in the House of Representatives, and a new investigation planned by the House Judiciary Committee could wind up being a major threat to President Donald Trump.

The Washington Post notes that Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the judiciary committee, will hold hearings on the payoffs Trump instructed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal:

“The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to hold hearings and call witnesses involved in hush-money payments to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels as soon as October, according to people familiar with the plans who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.”

But the really bad news for the White House is that there’s already so much evidence Nadler’s committee can examine, and it all points directly to the president:

“Democrats say they believe there is already enough evidence to name Trump as a co-conspirator in the episode that resulted in his former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleading guilty to two campaign finance charges.”

Nadler’s hush-money probe will be part of a larger move by the House to prove that Trump has indeed committed high crimes and misdemeanors and should be impeached:

“The new congressional inquiry will reopen questions about the extent of Trump’s involvement in the episode — and whether he would have been charged if not for Justice Department opinions that a sitting president cannot be indicted.”

While attorneys for Trump have repeatedly sought to shrug off congressional investigations of the president, legal experts say the fact that Cohen is already serving a three-year sentence for violating campaign finance laws suggests that Trump is also partially guilty.

Duncan Levin, a former prosecutor for the Justice Department and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, told the Post:

“It’s inconceivable Michael Cohen acted alone … what happened? When you have one of the most important, sensitive investigations into the president and his family and his company, and then when you unexpectedly drop it, it is going to raise a lot of questions.”

New York University law professor Stephen Gillers agreed with Levin, noting that Cohen didn’t act alone, and the threat to Trump is that he will indeed be named as part of a larger conspiracy:

“There is clear evidence that one or more people participated in Cohen’s crime. We just don’t know who they are and whether they are subject to investigation and could still be prosecuted.”

Even if Trump isn’t formally impeached, getting the facts about his alleged crimes out in public hearings could be incredibly damaging to Trump politically. With Trump’s approval rating at a historically low level, to lose even one or two percentage points of support could prove devastating to his reelection chances.