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Paging Don McGahn! Donald Trump just backed that orange MAGA bus up and ran your sorry ass over. AGAIN. Thank you for your patriotic service to the nation!

The former White House Counsel is currently locked in a battle over his testimony with the House Judiciary Committee, and Donald Trump just pantsed him but good. Because McGahn already defied a congressional subpoena, fobbing off Chairman Jerry Nadler just a few hours before his scheduled testimony with a vaguely worded letter alluding to "Executive Branch equities." Note that McGahn's very good lawyer Bill Burck did not assert "executive privilege" (although he did quote the White House claiming it) since privilege has an actual, legal standard, and he will likely lose if and when he tries to assert it in court. Particularly in light of the fact that we've all read what he said already, assholes.

Clearly, if there was ever any privilege to McGahn's testimony, it was already waived when the Justice Department allowed the substance of it to be published in the Mueller Report. But McGahn's laughable claim that he can't possibly tell Congress what he already told Robert Mueller got a lot more rancid yesterday when Donald Trump shit all over it on television.


TRUMP: Number 1, I was never gonna fire Mueller. I never suggested firing Mueller. I don't care what he says. It doesn't matter. That was to show everyone what a good counsel he was.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But why would Don McGahn lie under oath to Robert Mueller?

TRUMP: Because he wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer. Or he believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen, including you, including the media, that Robert Mueller was conflicted. Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest.

"STEPHANOPOULOS: "He has to go?" [McGahn's quote of Trump in Mueller Report.]

TRUMP: I didn't say that.


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Don McGahn hallucinated that Trump called him up and ordered him to fire Mueller on multiple occasions after eleventy hundred hours of listening to the old man rant about Robert Mueller's non-existent conflicts? Did Corey Lewandowski also hallucinate being told to fire Jeff Sessions if he wouldn't unrecuse himself and put an end to the Russia investigation? And James Comey hallucinated being told to "go easy" on Michael Flynn? In fact, there must have been a group hallucination about the original letter that Kushner, Trump, and Stephen Miller cooked up explicitly firing Comey because of Russia, after which Don McGahn flipped his shit and got Rod Rosenstein to draft that idiotic memo firing Comey because he was mean to Hillary Clinton. DEEP STATE probably put psilocybin in the White House water supply!

If there ever was any privilege in conversations with the White House Counsel -- and Harriet Miers would beg to differ -- it's gone now. Once the holder of the privilege flaps his yap about the conversation to a third party, it's waived. That would include going on a widely viewed television program and denying the existence of said conversation. It would also include repeating one's own private statements about Mueller's "conflicts." President Blabbermouth Footshooter strikes again!

Just to be clear, there never was any privilege, it was dead when the White House allowed McGahn to testify about it to Mueller, it continued to be dead when Trump failed to exert executive privilege over sections of the Mueller Report pertaining to McGahn's testimony, and Trump just slurped up the brains of whatever zombie privilege McGahn was clinging to like a life raft.

LOL, remember Wednesday when Congress voted to allow Judiciary Chairman Nadler to sue Don McGahn to compel his testimony and force him to produce documents to the committee? Well McGahn didn't have any defense yesterday, and he has even less of one today.

So much for making himself look like a good lawyer, huh?

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FINALLY. Of course, we say "finally," because we haven't been behind the scenes in the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees to witness the negotiating and wrangling firsthand, so we don't know what it's taken to make this happen, but clear your calendars for July 17, because Bobby Mueller is goin' to Congress!

Committee chairs Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler sent the letter late yesterday, accompanied by a subpoena, for Mueller to testify at 9 a.m. Eastern on July 17, which is a Wednesday, so you will presumably not be busy with brunch. The hearings for each committee will be back to back, after which members of Mueller's staff will meet with committee staff behind closed doors.

Schiff told Rachel Maddow last night that it should not be viewed as a friendly subpoena, because as we all know, Mueller has been very reluctant to become the star of the political circus this will surely create. However, he's gonna have to suck it up, because as we all saw after what happened when Mueller addressed the nation for 10 whole minutes, there is great value in actually having Mueller breathe life into his own work, for an American audience that hasn't read his 448-page report. (And we don't blame them/you! We probably wouldn't have read it all if it wasn't our job. It would probably be on our "list," like "someday I am going to watch 'The Sopranos' start to finish finally. And then I will read the Mueller Report!")

Point is, it needs to happen on live TV, where people can gather around at work and on the train and in the Fantastic Sams while they gets their hair did, and let this highly respected public servant tell the story of how America's most hostile enemy attacked the 2016 election in order to help Donald Trump, how the Trump campaign was positively orgasmic over that reacharound, and how Trump criminally obstructed the investigation into that hostile foreign attack at every turn.

And because Robert Mueller is a patriotic American who respects the rule of law and our institutions, he will be complying with the subpoena, because of fucking course he will.

Right off the bat, we have a couple of questions:

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