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Monday, April 09, 2018

L'etat, c'est moi?

I had planned to let this go, but he wouldn't let me:

Farmers "are great patriots," Trump said at the White House. "They understand that they're doing this for the country. And we'll make it up to them. And, in the end, they're going to be much stronger than they are right now."

A moment later, he said of China: "It's not nice when they hit the farmers, specifically, because they think that hits me."
So farmers have been drafted in our trade war, and there is no college exemption this time?  Okay, fine; but then he doubled down on it:

Seizing documents from his attorney's office (based on Cohen's lawyers response, that Cohen has already turned over documents, and the announcement that documents seized were covered by attorney-client privilege, I'm going out on a limb that those were the documents Mueller wanted.  Cohen can't turn those over without express permission of the clients involved.) is now "an attack on our country...what we all stand for."  He is the State, after all; doesn't that put him above such petty matters as criminal investigations?*

The average Joe on the street who runs afoul of the police powers of the state that the poor and minorities face daily can complain about those powers when wielded against him; but the POTUS has no standing to make that complaint at all.  You lost that when you took your hand of the Bible in January a year ago.

Suck it up, buttercup.**

And by the way:

Can anybody name a Chinese car label?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Ferris Bueller?

*And yes, Trump is in deep shit now:

Napolitano explained that in this case, the lawyer is Cohen and his client is “his only client— the president of the United States.” The judge noted Cohen’s office is located on the 26th floor of Trump Tower and is hardly the “traditional” or “discreet” set-up one would expect from a lawyer.

“He works for Donald Trump the person, the Trump Organization and it’s various entities,” Napolitano said. “And that, as far as I understand from sources, is all he works for.”

And Mueller now has all those records.

**Trump railed against Sessions, too.  Turns out that's because Rosenstein signed off on the application for the search warrant and approved the raid.  So that's Sessions' fault, because the AG is supposed to protect the President.  Or something.


Blogger ntodd said...

Dammit, GMTA. Etc.

12:52 AM  

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