While Trump is away screwing things up in Vietnam, his former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, is testifying behind closed doors in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee (Republican Richard Burr is the chair so don’t expect much.) Tomorrow he’ll testify in public in front of the House Oversight Committee (Democrat Elijah Cummings is the chair so expect much.) He’ll testify behind closed doors again on Thursday for the House Intelligence Committee (Adam Schiff is the chair and he wants everything public so expect he’ll find a way to tell us as much as he can while Devin Nunes runs straight to Trump and tells him everything.) Cohen is expected to show documents that will back up his statements and memories of Trump breaking the law while in office.
Joaquin Castro, Democratic congressman from Texas and candidate for president, has put forth a one page resolution to end Trump’s declaration of a fake emergency that will be voted on today. He’s running on a platform that includes atoning for the sins of slavery. “It is interesting to me that under our Constitution and otherwise, that we compensate people if we take their property. Shouldn’t we compensate people if they were property sanctioned by the state?”
The Democrats have an embarrassment of riches running for president, the Republicans have Trump.
Republican hypocrite fun fact: The Republicans have Trump.
Joaquin Castro’s mom, Maria del Rosario “Rosie” Castro, was a Chicana political activist who helped establish the Chicano political party, La Raza Unida. She ran for San Antonio City Council in 1971. She took her boys to organizational meetings, campaign rallies and demonstrations. Her mother came to America in 1920 when she was 6 years old and never received an education. The daughter of an orphaned immigrant raised 2 extremely accomplished, well respected civil servants who have degrees from both Stanford and Harvard (Joaquin’s twin brother, Julian, was Obama’s HUD Secretary and is the former mayor of San Antonio) and she did it as a single mom. Because of her and the other founding members of La Raza Unida there are a lot of people with last names Garcia and Valdez on school boards, city councils, city hall, congress, and one day soon, the Oval Office.
The House Judiciary Committee says it has evidence that Trump asked Matt Whitaker to obstruct the Cohen probe while he was serving as acting attorney general.
Former Senator Harry Reid went on CNN and said that he doesn’t think that Trump is doing anything right and that he has trouble accepting him as a person, much less a president.
Trump must have been watching “fake news” CNN because he went after him, an elderly private citizen with pancreatic cancer, in a tweet: Harry Reid (he got thrown out) is working hard to put a good spin on his failed career. He led through lies and deception, only to be replaced by another beauty, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer. Some things just never change!
While all of this is going on in DC, Trump is making a spectacle out of himself overseas. “My daughter’s created millions of jobs,” he told a group of governors. “I don’t know if anyone knows that, but she’s created millions of jobs.” He made fun of Xi Jinping’s aides who wore glasses. He said they looked like they were straight out of central casting and then he made eye glasses with his hands.
Ivanka Trump took a shot at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a Fox News interview. “People want to work for what they get. I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want………I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling in this country over the last 4 years. People want to work for what they get.” She said this with a straight face. Ivanka doesn’t work for what she gets. She’s been handed everything on a silver platter. Ivanka doesn’t work. None of the Trumps work.
“Ivanka Trump gets lucrative annual streams of income, rents and capital gains. $1 million here, $5 million there from her biz, her husband’s biz, and her father’s biz that she largely gets for just sitting there.” — Tim O’Brien
Both Trump and Mike Pence are out of the country right now. That means that Nancy Pelosi is the highest ranking elected official in the country. Quick, build a wall so they can’t get back in.
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