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(Guardian)   Yo dawg, I heard you liked quid pro quos, so I'm offering a quid pro quo to the senator chairing the committee investigating me for offering quid pro quos so you can get a bribe from me while investigating me for bribes   ( theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Creepy, Donald Trump, Trump Jr, President of the United States, Bill Clinton, The Apprentice, Barack Obama, Donald Trump Jr, George W. Bush  
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2017-08-30 04:25:23 PM  
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2017-08-30 04:42:14 PM  
i would say this is a common practice, but leave it to Trump to do it in such a ham-fisted way that...well, actually, i pretty much expect ham-fisting like this.

there's more ham-fisting here than a Friday night at Karl Rove's place
 
2017-08-30 04:45:54 PM  
d'oh
 
2017-08-30 04:51:56 PM  
Just another case of Chuck Grassley's cui bono non publico work.
 
2017-08-30 04:59:54 PM  
Not being an expert in bird law, I am unable to grasp the headline but it sounds like it's self-evident

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2017-08-30 05:05:55 PM  
Donald Trump called a senior Republican senator from Iowa on Wednesday whose congressional committee is investigating his son, Donald Trump Jr, and promised him critical federal support for the biofuel ethanol, a key issue for the lawmaker.

Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee and a major advocate of the ethanol industry, announced on Twitter that he had received a phone call from Trump and had been assured by the US president that Trump was "pro ethanol" and was "standing by his campaign promise" to support the biofuel.


seems totes legit.
 
2017-08-30 05:31:08 PM  
God, this Trump is so farking obvious.
 
2017-08-30 05:37:26 PM  
ethanol is good good good

Well, if he says it's good three times it must be!
 
2017-08-30 05:38:55 PM  
Grassley has his own shady Russian connections, he was never going to treat this responsibly. He's already done plenty to slow/obfuscate the investigation.
 
2017-08-30 06:44:05 PM  
We didn't come up with rules and guidelines about conflicts of interest and nepotism because we were bored one day.
 
2017-08-30 06:53:26 PM  

SoupGuru: We didn't come up with rules and guidelines about conflicts of interest and nepotism because we were bored one day.


But we ignored them because IOKIYAR.
 
2017-08-30 06:54:35 PM  
Mueller's paralegals must have a form subpoena set up by now.
 
2017-08-30 06:54:50 PM  
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2017-08-30 06:57:51 PM  
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2017-08-30 06:59:02 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2017-08-30 06:59:33 PM  

John the Magnificent: [i.imgflip.com image 750x500]


Anyone confident that this investigation will be the end of Trump has their head in the sand.
 
2017-08-30 07:07:48 PM  

DubyaHater: John the Magnificent: [i.imgflip.com image 750x500]

Anyone confident that this investigation will be the end of Trump has their head in the sand.


Trump will wind up being removed from office... via military intervention.
 
2017-08-30 07:12:34 PM  

LewDux: [i.imgur.com image 425x700]


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2017-08-30 07:14:42 PM  
It's easy to hate on Grassley here, but there's only 100 senators. Each state has a handful of pet issues, and only 2 senators to get those pet issues handled. Grassley, like it or not, has a responsibility to represent his constituents across all issues.

Should he resign from the committee just so he can take a call from Trump offering support on ethanol? I'd suggest that would be worse. Take the call, be thankful for the support on the issue, and continue the work on the committee. Grassley isn't so stupid as to believe that Trump can be trusted on his word. If it were truly quid pro quo, Grassley should have asked for Trump's payment first and the agreement put on Twitter so that it's official and shiat. Instead, we've got a phone call that might imply a "hey, if you help me out in making this investigation go away, I can help with the ethanol issue". Let's see what happens in the investigation before tossing ears of corn his way, okay?
 
2017-08-30 07:15:45 PM  
Could you imagine the outrage if Obama had done this?
 
2017-08-30 07:18:21 PM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: DubyaHater: John the Magnificent: [i.imgflip.com image 750x500]

Anyone confident that this investigation will be the end of Trump has their head in the sand.

Trump will wind up being removed from office... via military intervention.


I guess everyone has to have a dream
 
2017-08-30 07:21:11 PM  
He drained the swamp and the water is clear again. His administration is transparent. Unfortunately all he is doing is exposing his shady ways, stupidity and too numerous to mention other faults. Nothing has changed it has only gotten worse but at least it's all visible now. With nary a wet fart in response from any one who can do anything about it.
 
2017-08-30 07:25:00 PM  
Is this like the Cornhusker Kickback 2.0?  The ol' Hawkeye Handjob?
 
2017-08-30 07:26:05 PM  
Reminds me of this Congressional committee:
http://jezebel.com/5885672/congressional-birth-control-hearing-involv​e​s-exactly-zero-people-who-have-a-uterus

Or this one:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Select_Committee_on​_​Benghazi

Or this Congressional inquiry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_involvement_in_the_Terri_Sch​i​avo_case

Republicans don't care about America in general (and never really have), only their piece of it and certainly not the majority of Americans, the citizens who don't vote for them. That many of them are stupid doesn't absolve them of responsibility for the many ways in which they've harmed the country.
 
2017-08-30 07:27:17 PM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: DubyaHater: John the Magnificent: [i.imgflip.com image 750x500]

Anyone confident that this investigation will be the end of Trump has their head in the sand.

Trump will wind up being removed from office... via military intervention.


By what country?
 
2017-08-30 07:28:54 PM  

Ed Grubermann: Could you imagine the outrage if Obama had done this?


Now, that you mention it, Obama must be responsible for this! That sinister bastard. Is there no end to his perfidy?
 
2017-08-30 07:31:04 PM  

Koodz: backhand.slap.of.reason: DubyaHater: John the Magnificent: [i.imgflip.com image 750x500]

Anyone confident that this investigation will be the end of Trump has their head in the sand.

Trump will wind up being removed from office... via military intervention.

By what country?


Canada. They're tired of the neighbor that's driving down values of the whole neighborhood.
 
2017-08-30 07:34:14 PM  

Koodz: backhand.slap.of.reason: DubyaHater: John the Magnificent: [i.imgflip.com image 750x500]

Anyone confident that this investigation will be the end of Trump has their head in the sand.

Trump will wind up being removed from office... via military intervention.

By what country?


All of them.
 
2017-08-30 07:35:44 PM  
Oh please

Like biofuel was ever on the table or even thought about being put on the table like its some hot button issue. That shiat is never going away because it props up farmers and agribusiness. You might as well dream the sun will go dark before ethanol subsidies end.

This man is a joke. He has no leverage other than something that isn't even threatened nor has the possibility of being threatened nor is in his power to threaten
 
2017-08-30 07:36:58 PM  
More like quid amateur quo, am I right?
 
2017-08-30 07:41:18 PM  

somedude210: i would say this is a common practice, but leave it to Trump to do it in such a ham-fisted way that...well, actually, i pretty much expect ham-fisting like this.

there's more ham-fisting here than a Friday night at Karl Rove's place


HEY-O!
 
2017-08-30 07:49:39 PM  

Ed Grubermann: Could you imagine the outrage if Obama had done this?


Every day.
 
2017-08-30 07:50:14 PM  
They look like one of those cast iron banks where the penny is in Trum's hand and Grassley is supposed to get it, (but it never happens)
 
2017-08-30 07:53:07 PM  

Ocean_Pimp: Oh please

Like biofuel was ever on the table or even thought about being put on the table like its some hot button issue. That shiat is never going away because it props up farmers and agribusiness. You might as well dream the sun will go dark before ethanol subsidies end.

This man is a joke. He has no leverage other than something that isn't even threatened nor has the possibility of being threatened nor is in his power to threaten


This. If this phone call actually did occur the way the story says, Grassley probably got a little chuckle out of it.
 
2017-08-30 07:54:34 PM  

somedude210: i would say this is a common practice, but leave it to Trump to do it in such a ham-fisted way that...well, actually, i pretty much expect ham-fisting like this.

there's more ham-fisting here than a Friday night at Karl Rove's place


img.fark.net
 
2017-08-30 08:01:43 PM  
media.giphy.com
 
2017-08-30 08:09:54 PM  

somedude210: i would say this is a common practice, but leave it to Trump to do it in such a ham-fisted way that...well, actually, i pretty much expect ham-fisting like this.

there's more ham-fisting here than a Friday night at Karl Rove's place


Holy crap, I'm going to barf. Nicely done.
 
2017-08-30 08:11:46 PM  
My son got caught spray painting the side of his school.  I went up, offered to pay to have it cleaned up and donated an additional $1,000 to their "Purple Fund" (the PTA's fund drive).  My son wasn't even brought on the carpet.  Walked away scott-free, while the other kids that were doing it all got a 3 day suspension.  Oh - and my kid is white and the other two kids are black.  Pissed a few people off, but I said "don't hate me 'cause I'm white and rich" and that was that.  The important thing here is that my son learned you can buy your way out of everything and there are no consequences when you can manipulate the little people.
 
2017-08-30 08:37:08 PM  

HighOnCraic: Koodz: backhand.slap.of.reason: DubyaHater: John the Magnificent: [i.imgflip.com image 750x500]

Anyone confident that this investigation will be the end of Trump has their head in the sand.

Trump will wind up being removed from office... via military intervention.

By what country?

All of them.


memeguy.com
 
2017-08-30 08:44:55 PM  
Yo, dawg, go back to just doing cars. This is getting out of control.
 
2017-08-30 09:05:26 PM  

Ocean_Pimp: Like biofuel was ever on the table or even thought about being put on the table like its some hot button issue. That shiat is never going away because it props up farmers and agribusiness. You might as well dream the sun will go dark before ethanol subsidies end.


"federal support for the biofuel ethanol"? The biofuel ethanol which is federally required and supported? What a surprise.
 
2017-08-30 09:07:58 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Mueller's paralegals must have a form subpoena set up by now.


I think they probably have the app from the app store. You can knock out a subpoena in less than an hour on it with drops down menus for judges, locations,  testimony sought, evidence sought,  penalties. Easily worth 0.99¢
 
2017-08-30 09:23:34 PM  

roostercube: Grassley, like it or not, has a responsibility to represent his constituents across all issues.


Grassley, like it or not, took an oath to support and defend tthe Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. If to defend the Constitution, he has to decline to support Trump, that's the price he, and the citizens of Iowa, have to pay to preserve our republic.
 
2017-08-30 09:47:41 PM  

roostercube: It's easy to hate on Grassley here, but there's only 100 senators. Each state has a handful of pet issues, and only 2 senators to get those pet issues handled. Grassley, like it or not, has a responsibility to represent his constituents across all issues.

Should he resign from the committee just so he can take a call from Trump offering support on ethanol? I'd suggest that would be worse. Take the call, be thankful for the support on the issue, and continue the work on the committee. Grassley isn't so stupid as to believe that Trump can be trusted on his word. If it were truly quid pro quo, Grassley should have asked for Trump's payment first and the agreement put on Twitter so that it's official and shiat. Instead, we've got a phone call that might imply a "hey, if you help me out in making this investigation go away, I can help with the ethanol issue". Let's see what happens in the investigation before tossing ears of corn his way, okay?


FFS, Grassley knows that Trump routinely breaches written contracts so what would be the point of getting anything in writing from 45?
 
2017-08-30 09:49:26 PM  

PiperArrow: roostercube: Grassley, like it or not, has a responsibility to represent his constituents across all issues.

Grassley, like it or not, took an oath to support and defend tthe Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. If to defend the Constitution, he has to decline to support Trump, that's the price he, and the citizens of Iowa, have to pay to preserve our republic.


Sure. Are you asserting that taking a phone call from the sitting president (regardless of who it is) would be a violation of his oath? I don't see how that's viable--and I'm not a Trump supporter or apologist. Heck, I'm not even a fan of Grassley. But, it's just a phone call (so far). While we can all agree that Trump wants to influence where the Senate Judiciary Committee goes looking, we should also allow Grassley plenty of rope to bind himself (cool) or catch Trump in a trap (even better).

Bear in mind that Grassley also sits on the Senate Budget, Taxation, and Ag/Forestry Committees. Corn subsidies are topics in those committees. We all recognize that Trump wants to reassure the fine senator from Iowa that those subsidies are quite safe so long as there are no changes to the executive branch, but what we don't see (yet) is that Grassley will trade his oath to the Constitution and the nation in return for those subsidies. Quite honestly, those subsidies are likely to be safe with or without Trump's explicit support. Making the phone call public was a way to ensure Trump can't rescind support on ethanol subsidies later without being accused of trying to influence the Judiciary Committee's work. The messaging from Trump could have been done secretly--instead, it's public. To me, it looks like the first parts to a snare; but, we all know that if you want to catch hairs you need to set a lot of traps and wait.
 
2017-08-30 10:18:51 PM  
Truly some twit for tat politicking
 
2017-08-30 11:16:09 PM  

fusillade762: ethanol is good good good

Well, if he says it's good three times it must be!


"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.

"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What I tell you three times is true."
 
2017-08-30 11:18:55 PM  

HighOnCraic: [img.memecdn.com image 588x732]


Is there perhaps a set of Russian dolls depicting, in no particular order, the Flim Flam Führer, his various brats, the Third Lady, Kushner and Putin?
 
2017-08-31 02:39:44 AM  
A 2 minute conversation?
No way they discussed biofuel.  D2S would hardly have had time to talk about how he had the biggest inauguration crowd ever, how sexy his daughter is, the lying fake news media, and how to MAGA bigly.
 
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