Friday Quick Hits

A few quick observations at the end of the week.

This Is Why I Don’t Like Gangster Movies

You have to be suspicious of people who enjoy gangster movies a bit too much.

January 6 and the Collusion Trap

What is the right measure of success for the Committee investigating the Capitol riot?

January 6 Committee Closing in On Trump

New evidence gets us a wee bit closer to a smoking gun.

Resetting Our Politics

Did Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony change anything?

Taking Notes on a Criminal Conspiracy

The Proud Boys, Trump family, and Alex Jones all filmed documentaries of their actions leading up to January 6.

Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

Republicans are aghast that he’s abandoned his principles.

Some Tabs

Some tabs plus some tabs equals some tabs.

Gaetz’s Trouble Deepens

His partner in crime wrote it all down.

Trump Wants to Push ‘Stolen Election’ Claim in Senate Trial

The man still can’t get out of his own way.

‘Stop the Steal’ Founder ‘in Hiding’

A one-time denizen of Blogger’s Row at CPAC has come a long way.

Trump Pardons More Cronies

Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and Charles Kushner are among last night’s lucky recipients.

The Flynn Pardon

Perhaps the most normal thing President Trump has done.

The Corruption of Justice

The AG is Trump’s lawyer, not ours.

A Timeline Of Nihilism And Fecklessness

How about crowd sourcing a timeline for all of Trump’s enablers?

Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence

A shocking and yet completely unsurprising development.

Bill Barr Standing Up to Trump?

The Attorney General claims to be frustrated by Presidential tweets that undermine his department.

Justice Department Report Undermines GOP Conspiracy Theory On Russia Investigation

An internal Justice Department investigation fails to find any evidence of political bias in the Russia investigation.

Trump Associate And Confidante Roger Stone Convicted

One of Donald Trump”s closest associates has been convicted by a Federal jury.

The Quid Pro Quo Debate

A little bit of this for a little bit of that.

Judge Dismisses DNC Lawsuit Alleging Trump Campaign Conspired With Russia

A Federal Judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the DNC alleging a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

Robert Mueller Underwhelms, But Still Hits Important Points

Robert Mueller didn’t provide a smoking gun yesterday, but the President and his supporters are wrong to claim that the hearing vindicated the President.

Trump Says He’d Accept ‘Dirt’ About Opponents From Foreign Sources

President Trump says in a new interview that he would be willing to break the law to get “oppo research” on an opponent.

Donald Trump And The Triumph Of The Conservative Grifters

At least some conservatives appear to finally be recognizing that their movement has been taken over by grifters and frauds. The only question is, what took them so long?

No Mitch McConnell, It’s Not “Case Closed”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared “case closed” on the Mueller Report and the Russia investigation. This is far from the truth.

Trump Calls Putin To Exchange High-Fives Over End Of Mueller Probe

President Trump’s obsequious effort to please Russian President Vladimir Putin continues.

Redacted Mueller Report Provides Few New Answers

Thus far, the full(ish) release provides plenty of juicy details but no real revelations.

Line(s) of the Day: Trump’s Immigration Politics

Trump really has no plan about the border save for demagoging the issue.

Post-Mueller Recriminations

The mea culpas and I-told-you-so’s are rather premature.

Mueller’s Report: We Don’t Know Much

Predictably, news that the investigation has ended has people on both sides cheering. It’s unwarranted.

Michael Cohen Hearing Paints Trump In Horrible Light

Michael Cohen pulled back the curtain and revealed much about the true nature of Donald Trump yesterday. It’s not a pretty picture.

Michael Cohen Set To Deliver Potentially Blockbuster Evidence Against Trump

Michael Cohen, the President’s former lawyer and “fixer,” is set to deliver several bombshells in his testimony before Congress today.

Roger Stone Gets Off Easy As Federal Judge Imposes Gag Order

After posting an image that clearly threatened a Federal Judge, Roger Stone walked out of court with a full gag order imposed on him. It could’ve gone a lot worse.

Roger Stone Ordered To Court Over Instagram Post Threatening Federal Judge

Roger Stone is being ordered to Court after an Instagram post that appears to be a direct threat against the Judge presiding over his criminal case.

Trump’s Latest Political And Legal Setbacks Don’t Bode Well For 2020

Looking ahead, the political landscape does not look well for the President.

How Did CNN Get That Video Of The Raid On Roger Stone’s House?

Many people are wondering how CNN knew to be at Roger Stone’s house in Florida this morning. It turns out that it was good old-fashioned reporting.

Roger Stone Indicted In Russia Probe

Roger Stone, who worked with the Trump campaign in an official and unofficial capacity throughout the campaign, has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Florida Governor Removes Broward County Sheriff Over Inaction In Parkland Shooting

Florida’s New Governor has removed the Sheriff of Broward County over his officer’s lack of response before and during the Parkland shooting.

Federal Government Inadvertently Reveals Sealed Indictment Against Julian Assange

A filing in an unrelated case has apparently revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate With Mueller

Another day, another plea agreement in the Mueller investigation. This one could prove to be problematic for the President.

Mueller Probe Indicts 12 More Russians For Election Meddling

The Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued indictments against twelve Russian intelligence officials for election-related hacking, and in the process has shown most of the arguments made by the President and his surrogates regarding the Russia investigation are nonsense.

More Evidence of a Russian Offer of Dirt on HRC

The offer was made to Roger Stone.

Mueller Investigation Hits First Anniversary With Little Sign It Will Be Ending

The Mueller investigation turns one year old today and, despite the arguments of Trump and his supporters, there’s no sign that it will be coming to an end in the near future.

Robert Mueller Has Some Questions For Donald Trump

Robert Mueller has some questions for the President, and the wide range of topic areas should worry President Trump significantly.

Democrats Sue Trump Campaign, Russia, And Wikileaks Over 2016 Campaign

The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit alleging a wide-ranging conspiracy to influence the 2016 election. As a legal document, it appears to be little more than a political stunt.

Mueller Asking Whether Trump Knew About Hacked Emails Before Release

The Russia probe is focusing on the sequence of events surrounding hacked Clinton campaign and DNC emails.

Trump, Trump Jr., And The Attorney-Client Privilege

Donald Trump Jr. is claiming that some conversations between him and his father are covered by the attorney-client privilege. Based on what we know about those conversations, there’s a good possibility that he’s right.

Donald Trump Jr. Had Direct Contact With Wikileaks Regarding Information About Clinton

More indications that Donald Trump Jr. was heavily involved in Trump campaign efforts to coordinate with foreign contacts regarding damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

John Kelly Can’t Control Donald Trump

John Kelly has only been White House Chief of Staff for a month, but it’s already apparent that he isn’t likely to last very long in that position.

Rex TIllerson Throws Trump Under The Bus Over Charlottesville Response

Donald Trump’s Secretary of State is refusing to defend his response to the violence in Charlottesville.