Hot Revenge on The Menu at the White House

    Vindman was escorted out of the White House minutes ago, per his lawyers.

    — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 7, 2020


    Key impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, who was the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, was pushed out of his White House job months earlier than expected, his lawyer says

    — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 7, 2020


    against his enemies as...Kim Jong Un




    In related news, Trump was seen making an unannounced visit to his local anti-aircraft armory, asking which model would best be suited to blowing away an offender...

    Vindman's lawyer's statement:

    Maybe get rid of the twin brother, too? If the Vindman's are like the Trump family, makes sense:

    Yes, verily, the twin brother was escorted out at the same time!

    speaking of Trump family values:

    Susan Collins is DISAPPOINTED

    — Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) February 7, 2020

    Edit to add Frank Rich:


    Disappointment visualized


    I will long remember Soundland's response in his House testimony when asked about his expectations of the fallout in the Trump world after he spilled his beans:

    "Easy come, easy go."

    thanks for sharing that one wink

    Rick Wilson: kneel, vassals:

    @ tonite's Dem debate:

    Joe Biden gets the crowd to stand and give a round of applause for Lt. Col. Vindman.

    — Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 8, 2020

    I confirm, just saw it, entire audience got up

    so hot he's sweating off his makeup!

    Hmmm, seems like maybe he gives special humiliation to those who could be defined as being in "deep state" positions?

    Remember that when Trump fired James Comey — who was in L.A. on FBI business — Trump wanted to prevent him from using the FBI plane to fly back and force him to get his own way home.

    He fires people in the most humiliating way possible — that’s how you know it’s personal.

    — Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) February 7, 2020

    Comey has a new op-ed out, somehow I think it's kinda related, that he will humiliate these types, that's red meat for the base, is the key to the base, mistrust of the see-all know-all  control-all Feds?

    James Comey: As usual, Trump called me a sleaze. But the audience reaction to his rant was more upsetting.

    — James Comey (@Comey) February 7, 2020


    "insubordination" and offering up a different version of reality than Trump (truly is the first Postmodern president, what Derrida wrought)

    “Fake News @CNN & MSDNC keep talking about ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was,” the US president tweeted on Saturday morning.

    “Actually, I don’t know him, never spoke to him, or met him (I don’t believe!) but, he was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information. In other words, ‘OUT’.”

    from The Independent Trump publicly admits he fired White House official as retaliation for impeachment testimony: ‘He was very insubordinate’ 

    Chinese imprison doctor for reporting about disease outbreak, spreading fake news about China's perfect contagion response, making China look bad. Very insubordinate.

    except they would careful not to signal things like possible psychological self-doubt issues by putting the word perfect in quotation marks?

    I'll get back to you on that - I'm not sure.... [aaaaggggghhhhhhhh..... no, please, i won't do it again.....]


    This is shocking. It's an earthquake. The corruption of DOJ under Barr is now complete. Absolutely every decision the agency makes from now on will be suspect. DOJ accepts dirt on political rivals from Trump's attorney and goes easy on his friends.

    — Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 11, 2020

    Overnight on the President’s Twitter feed: retweets f-bombs, defends Roger Stone, spouts disproven conspiracy theories & suggests Trump cronies in prison were wronged by the Obama administration, demonizes leadership at FBI (again), calls impeachment a coup.

    — Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) February 11, 2020

    I hope Judge Jackson asks the Justice Department for the exact tick tick of when Trump called Barr and how it rolled downhill.

    Also, hello, House Judiciary?

    — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 11, 2020

    3 Stone case mousketeers now:

    ah, finally: D'Artagnan!


    Judge Amy Berman Jackson seems unlikely to deviate from her sentencing -
    especially with Stone's clever trick of putting her in crosshairs -
    so is the strategy to blame her for being an Obama appointee and overstepping
    the revised low sentencing recommendation, and then giving Stone a pardon?

    I guess I shouldn't say that won't fly, since these days anything will...

    He's now attacking her directly with 9 days to go:

    Everything is fine:

    Turns out Rick is right, as it's been done before:

    Marcy points out the Flynn offer may be designed to show that the government wasn't overreaching in it's sentencing suggestion, avoiding one big grounds for appeal or pardon). So since probation was laid out as an almost tingue-in-cheek recommendation, the filinfg does parenthetically highlight subtly some factoids that will likely piss Judge Sullivan off, such as Flynn being in a high trusted position and still pulling his shit. Total time sentenced for non-disclosure was never going to be great, so a 6 month is maybe max to expect. But Mike put a crazy woman in charge of his renewed defense and withdrawn guilty plea/cooperation, so there's little chance if just probation, unless they have Judge Sullivan's grandkid in an undisclosed location, which is distinctly possible (who's got the keys to Lindsey Graham's balls?)

    ok Philip Bump tries to summarize the whole thing:

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