“After all, the devil fights under great disadvantages, and has to carry weights in all his races which are almost unfair. He lies as a matter of course, believing thoroughly in lies, thinking that it is by lies chiefly that he must make his running good: and yet every lie he tells, after it has been told and used, remains as an additional weight to be carried. When you have used your lie gracefully and successfully, it is hard to bury it and get it well out of sight. It crops up here and there against you, requiring more lies; and at last, too often, has to be admitted as a lie, most usually so admitted in silence, but still admitted, -to be forgiven or not, according to the circumstances of the case. The most perfect forgiveness is that which is extended to him who is known to lie in everything. That man has to be taken, lies and all, as a man is taken with a squint, or a harelip, or a bad temper. He has an uphill game to fight, but when once well known, he does not fall into the difficulty of being believed.”
Anthony Trollope, Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite
Trump and his lawyers, Cohen and Giuliani, for all their many faults, at least no longer have to worry about falling into the difficulty of being believed.
“I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction.”
Katherine Anne Porter
Sadly, even an attempt at telling the truth seems to have fallen out of fashion.
Powerful interests are capable of amassing armies of lobbyists and lawyers to influence (and even capture) politically accountable bureaucracies. But what about everyone else?
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch writing in dissent in the Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC case.
Excellent and unavoidable reasoning by Justice Gorsuch. But what about powerful lobbyists, lawyers, dark money contributors and influence peddlers influencing and even capturing elected officials in light of Citizens United? What about everyone else in that case? Will he be as worked up about that practice?
“We have the worst laws in the world.”
Yes, our Insult Comic President calls the laws of the United States of America the worst in the world. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Sudan are all celebrating at being raised from the bottom of the heap.
“When your lawyer needs a lawyer, you need a lawyer.”
Stephen Colbert – giving advice to Donald Trump
“That’s the whole point that we’re supposed to have the rule of law. It ain’t the rule of law when they kick in your door at three in the morning and you’re faced with armed men and you have no reason to be told you’re going to have that kind of treatment. That’s Stalin. That’s the gestapo in Germany. That shouldn’t be the American FBI.”
Newt “Gasbag” Gingrich on Fox & Friends
Red wonders if that scumbag Nazi Mueller will soon be hauling people off to concentration camps or the American Gulag and summarily executing them. Maybe Newt is afraid that he will start with him and Steve “the Stupidest Man Ever Allowed on TV” Doocy. Gingrich knows Trump is soiling his big-leg pants over the entirely legal Cohen seizure and he will stop at nothing to defame those who would hold Trump and his band of crooks accountable in a desperate attempt to deflect blame.
Somehow Red just doesn’t recall Stalin or the Gestapo going through the rather strict process of getting a search warrant based on probable cause under the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The reason you get a search warrant is because you have enough of a quantum of evidence to establish that a crime has been committed. And the reason for surprise in executing a warrant is because you have reason to believe that the target will otherwise destroy evidence. Both Manafort and Cohen have associated themselves with utter scum and have a track record of unethical behavior. It doesn’t strain credulity to see either of them destroying evidence.
For draft-dodger, serial philanderer, for sale to the highest bidder, bloviator Newt to attack a man who served his country honorably in Vietnam and has dedicated his life to the rule of law and fighting crime shows exactly how desperate the Trumpians are at this point. When you have absolutely nothing left you play the Nazi card. To quote Jim Hightower, “You have to watch out for Newt. He’s a slimy little lizard.”
“Evangelicals still believe in the commandment: Thou shalt not have sex with a porn star.”
Robert Jeffress, Pastor First Baptist Church Dallas
But not really, because in the case of Donald Trump, Jeffress will give him a pass on breaking any of the Big Ten, because if Trump will support the Gun-toting, Gay-hating, Race-baiting, War-mongering, Money-loving Prosperity Jesus Bullshit version of the New Testament preached by Jeffress and his ilk, then – well Donald – go ahead and commit adultery, screw Stormy Daniels and any other skirt you want. Because after all, the only God this breed of Evangelical worships is the God of Money and clearly the God of Money has blessed Saint Trump.