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The Afternoon Sh*tshow: The Last 12 Hours of the Trump Administration

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | December 18, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | December 18, 2018 |


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Any one of the things that happened today to the Trump Administration would have been enough to sink nearly any other presidency for at least a year — and seriously, we forget that — but for this White House? It’s an afternoon wrap-up post. It’s just another day in Trumpmerica.

— The Trump Foundation — the charitable arm of the President of the United States of America — will dissolve after the AG’s office illustrated “a shocking pattern of illegality —- including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.” The Trump Foundation may dissolve, but the claims against it will not, as the Attorney General will continue to pursue its lawsuit against the foundation for $2.8 million in addition to banning Ivanka and Don Jr. from serving on a charitable board for life in New York. I mean, this is his charitable organization, which was ostensibly designed to do nice things for the world.

— Michael Flynn was not sentenced today, which was probably for the best because it sounded like the judge was angry enough to throw the book at him. “This is a very serious offense. A high-ranking senior official of the government making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while on the physical premises of the White House … Arguably, this undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out.” Sentencing has been postponed until Flynn completes his cooperation agreement with Mueller.

Meanwhile, I love this on Judge Sullivan, per Newsweek:

Judge Jeanine Pirro—a Fox personality and Trump ally—had said Sullivan was “a jurist unafraid of the swamp, a judge who has a track record of calling out prosecutorial misconduct, a man who does not tolerate injustice or abuse of power” and someone who might toss away Flynn’s guilty plea, via the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. Pirro appeared to have misjudged Sullivan.

Ya think?

— Trump has signaled that he will not shut down the government over the Wall on Friday, backing off said pledge after recognizing that he’ll take 100 percent of the blame because he told the goddamn press that he would be entirely to blame. The Senate believes it has a plan nearly in place to fund the government. Meanwhile, the White House is looking elsewhere for its $5 billion, and Trump is asking all the other federal agencies to chip in. Is that even allowed?

… Uh.

— Finally, Martha McSally will replace John Kyl who replaced John McCain as Senator of Arizona, meaning that McSally — who McCain did not particularly like — will become his replacement until the 2020 election. McSally, by the way, lost an election to become an Arizona Senator last month.




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