Could you repeat the inquiry, Mr. Mueller?

Getting to the bottom of Collusion-gate
was “outside his purview”

‘Deep State,’ anyone?

Now we know why Robert Mueller did not want to testify. He’s lost his mojo. Don’t want to be “age-ist” here but the man seemed ready for assisted living’s mid-morning craft time. 

Did someone else write Mueller’s homework? Was he a figurehead? Name on the letterhead? The Deep State conspiracy mongers have been given more fuel to light their fires. 

The bean counters at the Policy Werkes lost track of how many times the old warrior asked the question be repeated. (How many times did Democrats thank him for “your service”?) To one questioner, he asked three times. Granted, many of the questions were convoluted but the white lab coats here at the Werkes were able to understand them. 

Yes I'll hold

“Yes, I’ll hold.” — from the Babylon Bee

How many times did Mueller deny a statement only to be reminded that said statement was a verbatim quote from page this or that of the Mueller report? Priceless exchange:

Robert Mueller: Where are you reading that from?

Rep. Sensenbrenner: “My questions.”

The man could not remember which President appointed him to an earlier post, guessed Bush and was told “Reagan.” (“What do we have for our contestant, Don Pardo?”)

To the Rep from Vermont during the afternoon Intelligence Committee hearing, Mueller was groping for a word. The Policy Werkes is shouting out “conspiracy!” Finally, the Rep from Vermont supplies the word, then offers “You help me out and I’ll help you.”

No Republicans need apply

More damaging was the revelation of his team’s political bias: 13 of his 17 associates were Democrats, none were Republicans. Not one! Nine were Democratic donors; six coughed up money to Hillary Clinton. At the imputation of bias, Mueller went all Joseph Welch (“at long last senator, have you no decency”) at the suggestion that his team was less than impartial. But this is a crew that included Peter Strzok who, in e-mails to his lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, vowed to defeat Trump.

Appearances, anyone? We’re not prosecuting a Mafia don here; this is a President elected in a most bitter, close and and partisan election.

As for actual evidence of political bias, consider the point raised by Josh Gerstein at Politico:

At times on Wednesday, Mueller just seemed out of it. Under questioning by Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), the former special counsel appeared to deny that his office looked into whether the Trump campaign worked with WikiLeaks or others to steal Hillary Clinton campaign emails.

“That matter does not fall within our investigation,” Mueller said, puzzlingly, given that this was a central focus of his probe.

At another point, Mueller claimed not to know anything about Fusion GPS, the private investigation firm commissioned by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to prepare a dossier of opposition research that appeared to fuel the early FBI investigation into ties between Trump, his advisers and Russia.

What was obstructed?

Republicans did a good job of stripping away the Democrats’ last fig leaf: obstruction. Did Mueller finish his probe? Yes. Was he hampered in any way? No. Denied any documents? No. 

O.K., Trump vented at White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller. Was Mueller ever fired? Of course not. (For one thing, McGahn was not in Mueller’s chain of command.) Contrast that with the Saturday Night Massacre. Richard Nixon ordered his A.G. to fire his special prosecutor. When he refused, Nixon fired Elliot Richardson. The next man up (guy by the name of Robert Bork) followed through and fired Archibald Cox. Contrast that with Trump.

MSNBC gleefully put Democrat (of course) Ted Lieu on camera with his great “get,” having promoted Mueller to say he wold have indicted Trump for obstruction if he weren’t a sitting president.

Mueller began the afternoon session with Schiff’s Intelligence Committee with a clarification and repeated that to a questioner. “As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”

Rep. Ratcliffe of Texas had two kicks at the cat, serving on both committees. He made the point that prosecutors do not exonerate. Their job is binary, ones and zeroes. They either indict or they do not, prosecute or go home. The subject of their inquiry may claim exoneration as a result. But prosecutors do not because in the criminal justice system everyone is presumed innocent. Ratcliffe had a good line: “No President is above the law but no President is below the law, either.”

That said, the congressional power of impeachment is not criminal justice it is political and rightly so. There are no presumptions. 

Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances forget that the Mueller team’s indictments — outside the Russians (remember them?) — were virtually all caught up in acts having nothing to do with Russian collusion. 

Someone was lying about collusion

Why weren’t they prosecuted? Freedom Caucus leader Jim Jordan went for the jugular.

“The president [was] falsely accused of conspiracy. The FBI does a 10-month investigation and James Comey — when we deposed him a year ago — told us at that point they had nothing. You do a 22-month investigation. At the end of that 22 months, you find no conspiracy and what [do] the Democrats want to do? — they want to keep investigating. They want to keep going.”

Maybe a better course of action is to figure out how the false accusations started. Maybe’s it’s to go back and actually figure out why Joseph Mifsud was lying to the FBI and … that’s exactly what Bill Barr’s doing. And thank goodness for that. That’s exactly what the attorney general is doing … and they’re going to find out whey we went through this three-year saga and get to the bottom of it.”

Jordan asked why informant Joseph Mifsud had not been charged with obstruction given that, like Peter after the Crucifixion, he lied three times and posed as a Cambridge University professor in an attempt to deceive Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos for confidential campaign information.

“Outside our purview,” was Mueller’s terse reply.

Can’t win if you don’t play

Inexcusable that former chairman Devin Nunes would take a pass at closing arguments in the Intelligence Committee. He had done such a good job at the opening. (Democrats were complicit in running the “Russia hoax” with the the fake news media. More here.) Never leave an open microphone or hot camera empty. Especially since Adam Schiff was effective.

It is said that prosecutors can pound on the facts or pound on the law but if they have neither, they pound on the podium. That is what Schiff did Wednesday. Still, he was effective.

Blaska’s Bottom LineNancy Pelosi’s job just became impossible.

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44 Responses to Could you repeat the inquiry, Mr. Mueller?

  1. George's son says:

    The Probe: “All gong, no dinner… “

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  2. madisonexpat says:

    When you aim at the king you better not miss.
    But they sure did.

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  3. madisonexpat says:

    Mr. Muellar, how did the top management of the FBI become so corrupt under the direction of your self and Mr. Comey? How many have been fired or resigned in disgrace in the last year and a
    half?

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  4. Anne R. says:

    Oh I think they got Trump dead to rights. Only a DOJ/OLC rule stands between him and indictment. I think Rosenstein flinched and now we are stuck with a pompous ass who is giving Republicans and Conservatives a bad name. Running America is not a sport. Enough with the stupid conspiracy theories from the crazy right. Trump has TRIPLED our national debt and embarrassed our fine country world-wide. No TRUE CONSERVATIVE would have allowed Obama do what Trump has done, so why are we putting up with it just because some New Yorker with a silver spoon in his mouth puts a (R) after his name?

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    • richard lesiak says:

      All excellent points. Now we need to find out is why McConnell refuses to big that bill up for a vote that would protect the integrity of our elections.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Last year 12b to farmers as aid. This year another 16b. “Trade wars are easy to win.” You just have to set up a new class of welfare folks.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Anna R;

      ”why are WE putting up with it just because some New Yorker with a silver spoon in his mouth puts a (R) after his name?”*** (bold/caps mine)

      I wasn’t happy when Hopey Changey was democratically-n-constitutionally elected twice.

      Yet I, and I’m not alone on this, haven’t been dangerously immersed in catatonic/apoplectic, pillow-biting, mouth-breathing, weenie-whiny, simpering-whimpering complete metaphysical, emotional, existential, psychological, philosophical, full-throated, freaking out, melting down, totally collapsing free-fall FOR_989_DAYS_AND_COUNTING since, trying to overturn ANOTHER democratically-n-constitutionally elected President.

      ***Anywho, with all due respect, because WE know what the alternative is.

      FTR; The Gotch thinks The Donald is an @$$hole, a boor, uncouth, self-absorbed, narcissistic, and a liar.

      Please recall: Ike, MacArthur, Patton, Lombardi, Grant, LBJ, Churchill, etc. and any number of other flawed human being leaders demonstrated those attributes as well; Lombardi not being a liar.

      I know Jabberin’/Joltin’ Joe is trying to convince us that nothing (election interference), and I mean NOTHING, like that would ever, and I mean EVER, have taken place under the Hopey Changey regime.

      Wait a minute.

      The alleged allegations allegedly took place during the 2016 election, am I right?

      Never Mind

      And again, with all due respect; if @richard lesiak is agreeing with you, you miiiiight just want to take a step back…like to Lake Mills…

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Mitch McConnell just blocked TWO bills that would strengthen our election security. Just after his own GOP led Intelligence Comm. Put out a report that the Russians were inside the state of Illinois voting system. WTF.

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    • Boxerpaws says:

      Indict Trump for what? Rosenstein flinched because he was already in too deep signing the last FISA warrant let alone some crazier desperate move he might end up being held accountable for. He was afraid of getting caught. Probably would. They did their dirty deeds but left a paper trail a mile long. The FISA warrants have been declassified. Barr & Dunham have them for sure.The IG probably has them.A true conservative is not a private club meant only for the people with the secret password. Trump got cornered with the first Omnibus bill thanks to Paul Ryan. Ryan lied to Trump and stabbed him in the back. Trump got stuck with this bill because there is a majority of Dems in the House. You know very well every time there’s a government shut down the blame goes to the Republicans. The other things Trump has done? You mean not only saving our economy but having it take off like a rocket. You mean putting our unemployed back to work? You mean bringing back manufacturing to a certain extent after that great wooshing sound took it out of our country. You mean like the strict constitutionalist judges he’s put on the courts and the 2 he put on the Supreme Court. I see a pompous ass too. Right here and she goes by the name of Anne R.

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  5. Batman says:

    For a while I felt sorry for Mueller as he appeared to be Pre-Alzheimers—what’s Fusion GPS Bob wonders aloud, that exoneration concept sure is confusing, what year is it, please tie my shoes darling, jeez.
    And then I remembered he did not have to take the job and could have quit any time citing a medical condition without specifying what that was. He allowed himself to be used as the face of the investigation, endorsed the intensely bias team who wrote the report/steered the investigation, and made a ton of money along the way. His wife was obviously complicit.

    If you want to understand Mueller (before neural tangles and amyloid plaque accumulation) and henchman A. Weissmann just give a 12minute listen to former federal prosecutor Sydney Powell explain their behavior in the Enron case and the Supreme Court unanimous (that’s 9-0 folks) reversal of their illegal charges.
    The entire 41minute Powell interview is also available on YouTube.

    That karma thing sure is inconvenient isn’t it Bob.
    Karma is like gravity; you may not believe in it but it’s inescapable nonetheless.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Batman;

      You lookin’ to get flagged for not only Inconvenient Truth, but unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct to a Lefty, roughing the Lefty, illegal contact (with a Lefty’s narrative), spearing/leading with the helmet/crown on a defenseless Lefty, piling on (a Lefty)?

      That’s 105 yards/96.012 meters, pal!

      Wait a minute.

      Your (sic) the victim?

      Never mind.

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        To my dear friend Un…If you want to keep sending me love letters please put them in the mail. Don’t write them on the side of the rockets you keep shooting off. Thanks; your good friend Donny T.

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    • David Blaska says:

      “Amyloid plaque accumulation!” Of course, that explains it. Why, oh why, did Rep. Devin Nunes not make a motion to have Mueller given a full neurological examination by a team of specialists from Walter Reed Hospital right there in the committee room, on camera. The full test. Putting the odd-shaped blocks in the correct holes. Reciting the alphabet backwards. Following the finger from eye to eye. The commitment orders and an appointment of a guardian ad litem to handle Mueller’s affairs. The immediate arrest and interrogation behind a one-way window of his “team” leading to criminal charges of elder abuse. Batman, by the power invested in me by the Board of Governors of Blaska Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon), I hereby appoint you doctor of jurisprudence plenipotentiary. What size white lab coat do you take?

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    • David Blaska says:

      Gravity is also the Law!

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  6. AnonyBob says:

    You guys can keep trying to trash Mueller, but he gave a solid, professional, lawyerly performance yesterday and didn’t give in to partisanship. (Gives you new respect for Hillary’s cool handling of 11 hrs. of Trey Gowdey committee abuse, eh? I’m sure you agree.) His integrity and the integrity of his report stands. What he said about Russia’s interference in the election, and continued interference, was stark. Yes, Splat, “Russia, Russia, Russia.” Today the Senate intel committee releases a bipartisan report highlighting Russia’s cyber aggression against all 50 states’ voting operations in 2016, yet Mitch kills two bills that would help the states protect themselves. Since when did being a Republican mean siding with the enemies of our country for short term political gain? You’re not disgusted?
    Bats: aside from embarrassing yourself with sarcastic elder abuse talk – Sidney Powell? Flynn’s new joke of a lawyer and the Fox hack? Smooth move; he’ll now be looking at serious time. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving traitor to his country. Why is it so many people in Trump’s immediate orbit have to lie so much? Lie to the point where they go to jail for it?
    Trump is a criminal, and so is his mafia family. You Trump lovers would love to just move on, but this blight on our country is far from over and can’t be ignored. Look for formal impeachment inquiries to begin after congress returns in the fall.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      ”(Mueller) gave a solid, professional, lawyerly performance yesterday and didn’t give in to partisanship.

      THAT is End-Stage, psychotic-episode, delusion…FULL STOP.

      But not to be outdone, Rachel Madcow @MSLSD:

      “I will tell you, I was not quite sure what to expect from today’s testimony by Robert Mueller. If you had told me that today, we would get from Robert Mueller over the course of these seven hours such a blunt accounting from him… of who in the president’s campaign was compromised by Russia, and how, specifically how they were compromised by Russia, including the President…

      All in all, just look at today as a whole, IT WAS A REMARKABLE DAY, not just for this presidency but for the presidency. I know the Trump White House and conservative media are trying to, like, chin up tonight, make it seem like they had a great day today… they did not have a great day today.” (bolds/caps mine)

      Both the blithering addlepates that put such words to pixel ought forward their hilariously scatter-brained slobberings to the NYT, David Axelrod, Wolfie Blitzer, et al, who, for once, acknowledged a sliver of a fact-based reality.

      Both Madcow & @AnonyBob are in SEVERE need of psychiatric intervention!

      The Gotch

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Now Gootch, I may disagree with your interpretation of a day’s events, but that doesn’t mean I need to question your (obviously manic) mental health.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “that doesn’t mean I need to question your (obviously manic) mental health.”

          ‘Course, neither you nor I need to; it’s a luxury.

          Anywho, long live IRONY, am I right?

          Can you honestly say that were The Gotch to say something like: “Gosh, The Donald sure is a self-deprecating, selfless diplomat!” you wouldn’t respond similarly?

          Madcow isn’t stupid by any stretch. But the lucid are left to conclude that she sees her rapidly dwindling audience as a collection of bespawling addlepates; she couldn’t possibly see them otherwise.

          The Gotch

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    • Boxerpaws says:

      you have no idea what’s going on. NONE.

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  7. White Hills says:

    #ClintonBodyCount

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  8. madisonexpat says:

    Impeach? I dare you. And in the next election you won’t mind if President Trump gets a cabal of intel apparatchiks to spy on his opponent and staff and leak it to favored media hacks will you ABob? poor richard? Turnabout is fair play, right?
    But it won’t be necessary because when any non terminally TDS Democrat has to state a reason to impeach beyond “because I hate him” they’ll fail again. Like their stupid dossier, like their, incompetent coup, like their Collusion Delusion, like their Muellar Report and, like their next dozen odd balloon/anvil, magnetic bird seed/rocket skates plans.
    He has beaten you cold, repeatedly.
    And no I don’t want to move on. You do because the most recent failure floated so many hopes and dreams for so long remember “Muellar Time?” Let’s linger here for awhile.
    And I’ll see your Hillary’s 11 hours and raise you the 13 hours in Benghazi when Hillary and Obama wouldn’t answer the phone while our people fought and died. And let’s not forget that those hearings surfaced her pay for pay private server that showed 22 felonies the corrupt FBI gave her a pass on because apparently ‘security is hard for girls.’ THAT is criminality. That required a hopelessly partisan corrupt FBI put in place by Muellar and Comey.
    Let us linger. let us remember.
    There are a lot of scared witch hunters out there because Karma.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Splat, you’re just repeating the Fox and RWNJ world’s long discredited Pack o’ Lies about Benghazi and…everything. And like all Loyal Deflectors, you ignore the reality of the criminal Trump and Family elephant in the room and their simple, naked greed. But what I really can’t abide, and I’m always surprised you LD’s can, is your tolerance for his shredding of our Constitution while doing the bidding of our country’s enemies to weaken us. You and his other LD’s are blinded and manipulated by your long list of resentments (of women, of minorities, of globalism, of modern society, etc…the list is loooong).

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Trump is a criminal, shredding our Constitution, in Putin’s pocket. “Hillary!Hillary!Hillary!…”
      See how silly you sound?

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      • madisonexpat says:

        That’s incoherent. You brought her up.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          Forget “You brought her up.” (bold mine)

          LOCK_HER_UP!!!

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          In the face of everything Trump has done, your defense of him is “…yeah, BUT HILLARY!” That’s what’s incoherent. “Lock her up!”: case in point.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Mitch refuses to bring up house passed bills to protect states’ election systems the day the Senate intel committee releases a bipartisan report stating Russia attacked all 50 states’ systems in 2016. Like with Trump, when did being a Republican come to mean siding with and protecting a hostile foreign power trying to weaken our democracy, all for short term political gain? Don’t you find that disgusting, if not treasonous? “Show me proof any vote was changed!” Splat sputters. How do you know any weren’t? The Russkies have already won when it comes to undermining our faith in our system, with the full cooperation of “useful idiots” like Trump and his Splat.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “Show me proof their were illegal votes cast by illegal aliens!” @AnonyBob sputters.

          How do you know there weren’t?’

          FIFY!

          The Gotch

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “Show me proof THERE were illegal votes cast by illegal aliens!”

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Moscow Mitch is in the pockets of the Russians along with Rand Paul. A little history lesson now. Kentucky’s Gov wanted a aluminum plant ,but was way short on money. They go to trump to have sanctions lifted. House votes no. Off to the senate. With Moscow Mitch and Paul plus one other traitor it narrowly passed. Putin’s good buddy Oleg Deripaska shows up in hillbilly heaven and drops 200 million to get this project off the ground with a total expected investment of 1.7 billion. (CAN YOU SAY RUSSIAN MAFIA MONEY.) The story ends with Moscow Mitch’s PAC getting a 3.5 million donation. What other under the table money is flying around is anyone’s guess. So now Moscow Mitch owes a boxcar full of favors with the threat of being exposed as a traitorous bastard hanging over his head. Thus; the blockage of anything that would harm the commies that he’s in bed with.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          Whoa Nellie! THAT reality bereft slobbering, brought to you by Alcoa/Reynolds Wrap, earns you a coveted Gotchie!

          The Gotch

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          Kentucky’s Gov wanted a (sic) aluminum plant” (bold mine)

          Your staggeringly embarrassing illiteracy aside, The Gotch is an Honorary Kentucky Colonel, on both sides and must recuse himself from any-n-all judgements which might result therefrom; capisce?

          The Gotch

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        • David Blaska says:

          Crispy or original recipe, Colonel?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          I don’t always eat KFC, but when I do, it’s CRISPY; and it’s finger lickin’ good, Suh!

          The Gotch

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  9. madisonexpat says:

    No ABob, YOU and your party have undermined peoples faith in our elections. YOUR party insisted Gore beat Bush and YOUR party said Kerry beat Bush based on exit polling. Now ballot harvesting, illegals getting drivers licenses in NY and CA for motor voter registration, your party impedes demand for legit ID to vote. You have no faith and a Lefty’s only system is Chicago style voting. Russia can’t weaken our democracy but the Dems can and do. No free speech, no guns, no immigration laws, politicize the IRS, weaponize intel agencies and the DOJ and the judiciary, witch hunts for non existent crimes, no presumption of innocence for citizens.
    Hell, Putin should be paying you. You and the Democrat Party have done far worse things to our democracy than he. What crime exactly, are you accusing the president of?
    But now the Pelosi Congress goes on a nice long vacation after having done so much of the people’s business. Besides the Muellar s&*^ show, they’ve accomplished what?

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  10. madisonexpat says:

    And while ABob lectures us on electoral sanctity let us remember that when Hillary, her super delegates and Debbie Blithering Schultz rigged the primary elections to ace out Bernie (sweet Karma) ABob and the rest of Pants Suit nation were all for it.
    The difference? Trump did not do it and Hillary did.
    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary.

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  11. richard lesiak says:

    I have your gotchie right here fool. Do some research before running your mouth. After learning about the mine bribes check out the money Moscow Mitch got from the voting machine makers. Where are all your gop hero’s gotch? Ryan, Johnson, Walker; they are all hiding out. The scum.

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  12. richard lesiak says:

    So gotch; your a Kentucky WHAT? A Kentucky chicken? Crispy from your old age or just the regular slop they serve.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      ”your (sic) a Kentucky WHAT?”

      This, kiddies, is proof positive that Everclear is no friend to suffocating illiteracy!

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Another nothing post from gotch with his Neverclear yapping. Even Faux News ran a piece on the commies in Moscow Mitch’s state doing “business?”

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        • madisonexpat says:

          Russia Russia Russia. Now its McConnell and Rand Paul. Meanwhile the grown ups get 100 miles of wall.I am not tired of winning and the Loser Left is not tired of losing.
          Extra butter anyone?

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