We should say at the outset that the news we have just received -- that former White House counsel Don McGahn, at the instruction of the White House, has told the House Judiciary Committee to fuck off with its subpoena for documents related to his testimony as laid out in the Mueller Report -- is not entirely unexpected. Despite the fact that McGahn has already testified for over 30 hours for Robert Mueller, which kinda sorta completely waives any legitimate "executive privilege" claims, he is at the end of the day a court-packing conservative lawyer who, despite his unwillingness to literally do the Saturday Night Massacre for Donald Trump, nonetheless has an expansive view of executive power, because most conservatives, at heart, love presidents who are authoritarian Daddy types. Hell, during the Mueller investigation, McGahn was the one in the White House pissed off that Trump's original lawyers were cooperating so nicely with the investigation and that they weren't invoking executive privilege.

We should also note that what's just happened with the letter McGahn's lawyer sent, which was sent attached to another letter current White House counsel Pat Cipollone also sent McGahn's lawyer today, has absolutely nothing to do with Congress's subpoena for McGahn's testimony. For the documents, the White House might have a little bit more of a leg to stand on. Maybe. Nadler would point out -- and has -- that all the documents he's requested have been turned over to investigators already, which would seem to suggest Trump's claims of executive privilege can fuck right off. But who knows?

As for McGahn's testimony, he is a private citizen and he has spilled everything to Robert Mueller already. So if McGahn tries to fight that, then we'll be in a real situation. (As if every minute of every hour of the Trump presidency hasn't been a real situation.)

Here's the letter from McGahn lawyer Bill Burck to Jerry Nadler:

Click to embiggen that if you want, but essentially Burck says he forwarded Nadler's request to the White House and (quelle surprise!) Cipollone and Mick Mulvaney say fuck off. They also note that the Department of Justice, which is run by the biggest justice-obstructing rat of them all, Bill Barr, also agrees that fuck off. None of these facts are relevant to constitutional law in the United States of America, because the current staff of the executive branch is illegitimate and criminal.

However, what we note in this letter from Burck to Nadler is that it doesn't quite have the "fuck off" tone that you'd expect from somebody who isn't going to cooperate at all. It mentions McGahn "maintain[ing] the status quo" until the Judiciary Committee and the White House come to some sort of agreement on production of documents that Pat Cipollone contends "implicate significant Executive Branch confidentiality interests," as his letter states. (And yes, Wonkette is aware that there's a greater chance of unicorns flying out of Trump's ass or Trump having a good spelling day than there is for Congress and this current White House to agree.)

That, of course, doesn't mean Jerry Nadler won't start contempt proceedings against McGahn, like he's doing with Barr. And considering how McGahn is now a private citizen, it'd be mighty interesting to see how that played out. But at the same time, we have a feeling we'll get a sense of how cooperative McGahn is being behind the scenes if Nadler doesn't immediately move to contempt proceedings after this. McGahn, after all, faces another deadline for his testimony, one that's coming up soon. And on that, CNN reports that according to someone "familiar with the matter," the White House hasn't said whether it's going to try to stop McGahn from testifying. (Yes, we know Trump opened his fat stupid maw hole and said he's going to block McGahn from testifying, but SPOILER BIG SURPRISE ROSEBUD IS A SLED HE CAN'T.)

Robert Costa reports a bit on what the White House is really thinking with ordering McGahn not to produce documents that have already been handed over to the Mueller investigation, and surprise, it is DELAY! DELAY! DELAY!

Uh huh. They are just hoping they can maybe delay all this until after the 2020 election, if they're being honest, and they're not, because they never are.

So what happens now? We don't fucking know, keep your eye on the news, we are sure they will tell you. Oh wait, Wonkette R The News, so we guess just keep reading Wonkette.


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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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