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Thu Jul 5, 2018, 07:50 PM

Even if you're already at peak outrage, this one needs your attention, BIGLY!

Trump is trying to install Brian Benczkowski, who represented Russia’s Alfa Bank, to head the DOJ Criminal Division.
Please strongly consider calling your Senators to express your disapproval!

Here's the quote from Senator Dick Durbin-
Remember Brian Benczkowski? He represented Russia’s Alfa Bank and was a top staffer to then-Senator Sessions. Senate Republicans plan to vote next week to confirm him to head the DOJ Criminal Division. Heading the DOJ Criminal Division is a critically important job. This person will supervise over 600 federal prosecutors handling thousands of cases and investigations, and will oversee sensitive matters such as the criminal investigation of Michael Cohen.

Benczkowski has no prosecutorial experience. He showed poor judgment by choosing to represent Alfa Bank while he was seeking a DOJ job despite reports that Alfa was under criminal investigation. And he won’t commit to recuse himself from Russia-related matters if confirmed. Why does President Trump want Brian Benczkowski for this important job? Why not find an attorney who has actual prosecutorial experience and who is free and clear from Russian connections? And we still don’t know the full story behind Alfa Bank and what they did in 2016.

In May I joined my Senate Judiciary Democratic colleagues in calling for Benczkowski’s nomination to be withdrawn. See our letter here:

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Reply Even if you're already at peak outrage, this one needs your attention, BIGLY! (Original post)
Snarkoleptic Jul 5 OP
Leghorn21 Jul 5 #1
Snarkoleptic Jul 5 #4
murielm99 Jul 5 #10
Snarkoleptic Jul 5 #31
murielm99 Jul 6 #37
SummerSnow Jul 5 #2
Boomerproud Jul 6 #43
Solly Mack Jul 5 #3
alittlelark Jul 5 #5
Honeycombe8 Jul 5 #6
Snarkoleptic Jul 5 #32
mr_lebowski Jul 6 #38
Honeycombe8 Jul 6 #41
mr_lebowski Jul 6 #42
dhol82 Jul 5 #7
Maraya1969 Jul 5 #18
Snarkoleptic Jul 5 #33
Hortensis Jul 5 #8
Snarkoleptic Jul 5 #34
Hortensis Jul 6 #40
Hekate Jul 5 #9
Sophia4 Jul 5 #26
BadgerMom Jul 5 #11
Snarkoleptic Jul 5 #35
calimary Jul 5 #12
Kablooie Jul 5 #27
nature-lover Jul 5 #13
Snarkoleptic Jul 5 #36
FailureToCommunicate Jul 5 #14
Pepsidog Jul 5 #15
Mc Mike Jul 5 #16
Pacifist Patriot Jul 5 #17
smirkymonkey Jul 6 #39
SunSeeker Jul 5 #19
apkhgp Jul 5 #20
superpatriotman Jul 5 #21
Volaris Jul 5 #22
yuiyoshida Jul 5 #23
pangaia Jul 5 #24
oasis Jul 5 #25
Kablooie Jul 5 #28
liberalla Jul 5 #29
Duppers Jul 5 #30
lagomorph777 Jul 6 #44
RVN VET71 Jul 6 #45

Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 07:55 PM

1. K&R - thanks for this very thorough post, Snark - eom

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 07:59 PM

4. Thanks!

I'd call my Senator, but he's the author, Dick Durbin.
So glad to have two Senators who are Democrats.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:21 PM

10. Here we have all these Democrats,

not doing anything.....

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 11:24 PM

31. I highly recommend my path...

which is to become a Democratic Party Precinct Committeeperson.
Get on Votebuilder and the mobile app. Minivan, then reach out to your folks and compare/contrast D vs. R.
It's not that tough, except when you encounter brainwashed trumpanzees, which is when you move along.

Be the change you want to see!

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #31)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 12:33 AM

37. I do that already.

I have been a precinct committeeperson for years. I have been building relationships with Democrats in my community for close to thirty years. Recently, I canvassed with a candidate. She was impressed with how effective my husband and I are in our community.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 07:56 PM

2. I bet he never read it, someone else did and told him what it said.

He is stacking the deck to protect himself

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 02:02 PM

43. No doubt it ended up in the shredder and no one will piece it back together.



If I was at the edge of the cliff I've jumped off of it now. But, that means trump won, and I can't have that.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 07:56 PM

3. K&R

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:03 PM

5. KnR n OMG !!!

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:09 PM

6. My senators are Trumpers, so wouldn't do any good. There aren't enough non-Repubs ...

to cause these Senators any damage. They are Trumpers all the way. Down to the last drop of blood they want to wring out of every poor person, to give to their big donors.

Seems like they have found a way to stop Mueller? What happened to the current head of DOJ?

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 11:34 PM

32. I strongly disagree with your despair/inaction angle...

Staffers tally pro vs. con phone calls.
Be a positive force (or sit on your hands and don't be vocal)
I am an active blue speck in a (changing) red county.
"State your mind or mind your state" - Snarkoleptic

Become a Democratic precinct committee chairperson and be the change you want to see.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 01:59 AM

38. His name was Brett something ... conveniently took a job in the private sector right in the

middle of all this shit going down.

Wonder how many million$ the $alary offered was?

It's EXACTLY the same tactic used by the Drug Companies that was exposed by the top DEA guy who was going after the Opioid distributors for delivering like 1,000,000 pills to pharmacies in WV towns of 540 people, and failing to report it to the DEA, seen in a story mid-June on 60 Minutes.

Once DEA started investigating the matter, there was like 30 career DEA people suddenly got high-paying gigs with the Drug companies, effectively gutting the investigation, and then Republicans (with little Dem resistance, sad to say ... Holder was adamantly against, yet Obama signed anyway ) passed a bill to 'protect pain sufferers from not being able to get their meds' that effectively gutted the ability of the DEA to hold these distributors accountable in the future. Basically took their power away, so nobody is 'watching' what they do anymore.

I suppose the 'plan' is just to go after the Doctors and more so ... users. Fine the doctors millions, and put users int the private GOP donor prisons, and do NOTHING to the mega-donors in Big Pharma for creating this crisis.

This is just another example of big-money private enterprise corrupting the ability of the Government to protect the Citizens, the Nation as a whole, courtesy of the GOP.

We SHOULD be hearing about this little scam of getting the DOJ Head of Criminal Division sucked over into Private Enterprise, only to be replaced by an asshole with Russian ties on our 'liberal media', but ... good luck with that.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #38)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 09:13 AM

41. Yeah...I saw that 60 Minutes.

The whole thing was pretty disgusting. How do those people sleep at night?

I missed in the news that he'd left the DOJ. That's very bad news. He'll be replaced with a Trump loyalist and in a position to be a David Nunes, passing all info on to Trump's legal team, and interfering in the investigation. Maybe conducting his own "investigation" into Clinton's emails and such.

Sickening.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #41)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 01:50 PM

42. Sry actually I think this replacement might be for Mary McCord ...

And now I can't find the article about this Brett guy but it was on DU here just a couple days ago. Can't even find on Google now. Weird.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:10 PM

7. May I share this?

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 09:17 PM

18. Share it. The OP didn't write the letter, Dick Durbin and Diane Feinstein did

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 11:36 PM

33. Please share it far and wide!!!

Now is a time of action.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:16 PM

8. Democrats have held up this outrageous nomination

for nearly a year now, their May letter coming something like 11 months after B's name was submitted.

Enemies foreign and domestic are trying to embed corruption to destroy our systems and take over our democracy. Instilling corruption has become a major political weapon, and the Republican Party has become effectively totally corrupted. That's not news to our Democratic Party leadership, though.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 11:39 PM

34. This awful prom-zit is coming to a head next week.

Please call your Senators Left and Right to let them know how atavistic this is.
A call takes 3-minutes, inaction will last a generation.
MAKE THE CALL!

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #34)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 05:51 AM

40. Called months ago. On the plus side, so to speak,

I haven't called either senator in the last several months without finding their message lines filled up. Atavistic is a nicer word for both of the senators here in Georgia, where the enlightenment has always flickered weakly at its most energized.

But good for you!

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:16 PM

9. Looks like my Senator DiFi is already on it

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Response to Hekate (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:23 PM

26. Yes. And there is no way that Kamala Harris will vote for that creep!

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:31 PM

11. Outrage won't help.

My senators, Feinstein and Harris, oppose him and did in committee, too. I’ll call to let them know I’m paying attention and stand with them, but I feel really impotent. I really want the House and the Senate this fall.

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Response to BadgerMom (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 11:42 PM

35. If you have any friends or relatives who are Red-State, non-Trumpanzees,

please reach out and ask them to contact their Senators in opposition of this awful appointment.

We cannot afford more Russian influence in our government.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:32 PM

12. Dear God will this EVER end?

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Response to calimary (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:28 PM

27. Trump is going to pull every shady trick he can come up with to protect himself.

So no ... it will never end until Trump is locked up in prison.
Even then he will probably be able to pull strings.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:45 PM

13. I will call both my senators (again). They both glow bright red, but it makes me feel better.

At least they know that there is someone out here paying attention who is not part of the trump base .

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Response to nature-lover (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 11:50 PM

36. I call that, a win!

Call and encourage the other blue dots to call.
That's how red turns purple,then blue.
#resist

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 08:52 PM

14. Peak outrage for sure.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 09:00 PM

15. Wow just when you thought you saw it all now comes this cluterf_ck!

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 09:10 PM

16. No puppet. No puppet. You're the puppet.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 09:17 PM

17. OMG how many WTFs do I have left?

Hell yeah I'll call.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 05:09 AM

39. That's pretty much where I am too, but I'll still call as well.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 09:31 PM

19. K & R for exposure.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 09:38 PM

20. No way this happens

A criminal enterprise run by the chief scam artist. Here he wants to screw the public over even more than he already has. This jerk has some nerve.


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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 09:40 PM

21. This is outrageous even for .45

Seems his superpower is being able to pick the absolute worst candidate for every position of power.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:00 PM

22. Jesus Christ this misadministration is the plot from The Departed...

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:01 PM

23. Trump is TIRED of FUCKING PORN STARS... He is out

to FUCK YOU AND ME... BASTARD.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:02 PM

24. The installation of gangsters continues.




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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:08 PM

25. Oooooh no you don't.

You have enough slimy rats in your pack.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:30 PM

28. So this guy must have promised to do what Trump expected Sessions to do.

Subvert the legal system to keep Trump out of prison.

I hope this goes wide and loud.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:37 PM

29. YES THIS IS BIG! OMG, this guy can't head up DOJ!!!

shit!

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 10:50 PM

30. Will indeed call. Thank you!

K & R

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 03:21 PM

44. This is catastrophic if allowed to go through.

Must portray any RePutin who votes for this guy, as treasonous.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2018, 04:27 PM

45. It's no longer just a matter of colluding with the Russians.

It's gifting them -- with the country. Trump is not a colluder. And he can't really be called a traitor, except for the incidentally fact of his birth in American. (Well, yes, he is, legally, a goddam traitor. It's just that he can't feel like a traitor to a country he's never given a damn about. Even as "president" he doesn't pretend to be America's leader but, rather, the leader of the ignorant, racist base that cheers him on whenever it gathers to hear him speak. The rest of us are non-entities to the s.o.b. and he has neither use nor respect for us.

Mostly, he's always been out for himself and only himself. As soon as he failed so badly in business that he needed help desperately to keep the world from seeing what an untalented, perverse, incompetent failure he is, he sold us out to the highest bidder and became Putin's babe. And he now plans to deliver the country to him.

We're screwed unless Mueller intervenes. And with Russian involvement, you never know what might happen to him.

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