Saturday, June 02, 2018

'Toontime: This Week in Trump

More: As if to prove the statement US Person made about him being "without moral compunction", Mr. Yuge claimed the right to pardon himself in a twit. The statement is so outrageous and contrary to Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence, that the Repugnant head of the Senate judiciary committee was required to respond. Chuck Grassley said that Trump does not have any such power, and if he had a lawyer that was telling him that, he would "hire a new lawyer." Even the Don's new lawyer Rudi 'Ghouliani' told the press that a self-pardon would precipitate an impeachment in Congress.  Specific bills for just that are already pending in the House.  All it will take is a Democratic majority to make the essentially political process a reality.  The fundamental fact confronting his rabid supporters, is that no one is above the law.  Just ask Richard Nixon.

credit: Steve Sack, Star Tribune
Wackydoodle sez: Leastwise he ain't selling indulgences!

{06.02.18} Mr. Yuge has become enamored of pardons lately. No surprise since presidential pardons may be his trump card when the Russian Connection investigation gets around to the source.  Mr. Manafort could certainly use one if he is convicted of money laundering; of course a pardon would be conditioned on him remaining loyal and not implicating Mr. Yuge in any criminal wrongdoing. Hair Further has already indicated he is willing to pardon some unsavory people like former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, convicted of corruption in office, and former TV hostess, Martha Stewart, convicted of conspiracy and false statements regarding insider trading. Trump also announced his intent to pardon controversial conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza this week.  D'Souza used straw donors to make illegal contributions in a Senate race. The Don's latest interest in pardons is all about who can do the most good for a man without moral compunction. He will make you an offer you cannot refuse.

Viktor Vekelsburg, the Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin, visited Michael Cohen in his Trump Tower office eleven days before the inauguration, reports the New York Times this week. The subject of the meeting was improving US-Russian relations according to a third party at the meeting. Cohen received a $1 million consulting contract from a firm related to Vekelsburg, Columbus Nova, shortly thereafter.  The meeting came months after Mr. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., met at Trump Tower during the campaign with a Kremlin-linked lawyer claiming to have damaging information on his opponent. A former campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, met with Russian intermediaries in Europe. During the campaign, Mr. Cohen was also pursuing a deal to build a Trump high-rise in Moscow, which did not come to fruition.