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Mon Jan 27, 2020, 10:50 PM

A Monstrous Fraud Was Perpetrated on the Senate, and John Roberts Had to Know It

Eventually, you move into a realm beyond journalism while dealing with people like Pam Bondi and Eric Herschmann.

BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
JAN 28, 2020

WASHINGTON—I am glad I am leaving this place on Tuesday and heading to Iowa, where some decent people are contending to head a government and a political system so corrupted and debased at this point that the ship of state most closely resembles that homeless wandering garbage barge from 1987. The last thing I saw was Republican Senators John Barrasso and Mike Braun, red-faced and hollering, because some reporters wanted to know precisely how much of the bullshit slung by the White House lawyers on Monday afternoon anyone should believe.

Make no mistake about it. From about 4 o’clock, the time former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi rose to speak, until about 6, when a longtime lawyer for El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago named Eric Herschmann wrapped up what amounted to some MAGA rally cosplay, a monstrously obvious fraud was perpetrated on the Senate, sitting as a court of impeachment. If any lawyer in any municipal court in the country had lied and misrepresented the facts of a case involving a speeding ticket as thoroughly as Bondi and Herschmann did here, that lawyer’s license would have been pulled by lunchtime. However, Chief Justice John Roberts, perhaps exhausted by the effort it took to extend the work of Breckinridge Long into the 21st century on Monday morning, sat there like one of the marble vice presidents in the niches of the visitor’s galleries above. A fraud was perpetrated on the court over which Roberts was presiding, and he had to know it.

I thought the defense case had scraped bottom when Ken Starr was brought out of cold storage to lecture the Senate on the dangers of a runaway impeachment process. But that turned out to be merely particularly odious concern-trolling. Irony died a long time ago and all Starr was doing was digging up the casket and setting it ablaze. However, it was the Bondi-Herschmann pas de deux ended up shredding the last possible rags of dignity that still clung to the truth in this farce. Bondi began by explaining how it was the House managers that forced her to get up and talk about the Bidens and Burisma. Of course, Bondi was the Florida attorney general who, in 2013, buried that state’s investigation into the fraudulent Trump University after a $25,000 check from the Trump Foundation landed in her campaign account. At the moment, she’s making $115-large as a lobbyist for the government of Qatar. So, naturally, she was the lawyer chosen to crank up the innuendo machine regarding the Bidens and Burisma, especially since the Republicans Have The Votes, so nothing else matters.

Reading her prepared argument like a seventh-grader delivering a history report, Bondi found herself inevitably stanning for the deeply corrupt former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. In reality, Shokin was removed because the government of the United States, the World Bank, and virtually every official in the western world except Sir Paul McCartney knew he was for sale and wanted him gone. Biden, then vice president, had been tasked with delivering the warning from the United States to Ukraine. Shokin had opened an investigation into Burisma but he had then stuffed it. That was part of why everybody thought he was a crook. Bondi, however, asked us to sympathize with Viktor Shokin, the victim of Biden shenanigans, a theory that has been debunked from here to glory. I swear to god, if they’d put a menu from Denny’s in Bondi’s folder, she’d have blamed Hunter Biden for the Grand Slam breakfast.

More:
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a30682720/pam-bondi-trump-impeachment-defense-john-roberts/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 11:24 PM

1. Robert is the same unprincipled goon who presided over...

...the gutting of the VRA
...Citizens United
...As of just yesterday, Trump's immigrant wealth test
...the Kavanaugh hearings wherein he withheld documents and evidence pertaining to Kavanaugh's rapey past, and once confirmed, destroyed them.

He's garbage in a high chair. That he wears a god damned robe and sits on a court somehow termed "supreme" does not make up for his lack of conscience or absence of principles, particularly moral principles. He's VILE. Period. I've got stuff sitting my cat's litter box with more ethical values than John Roberts has.

Pfft.




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Response to CousinIT (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 28, 2020, 09:26 AM

6. Gee, I wish you'd tell us how you really feel.

Agree completely. I have desperate friends who are hoping that, somehow, Mr Roberts will find some integrity. If he did, it would probably be under the cushions on his couch.

-- Mal

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2020, 12:46 AM

2. CJ Roberts is a political hack in robes

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2020, 01:01 AM

3. Excellent article. Thanks for posting. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2020, 01:40 AM

4. Maybe stupidly, I have a bit of faith in him.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2020, 02:06 AM

5. I just LOVE Charlie Pierce!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2020, 11:41 AM

7. This is a good reason why Democrats need to unify

And do whatever it takes to get the consistent 57% of voters who say they won't vote Trump to support their candidate and make sure they go to the polls on election day. We need to hold Congress, win control of the senate since McConnell has already nuked the majority rules and have a President who will sit down and in the first 100 days, clean up the mess made by the GOP and prevent it from ever happening again. We need a blowout win that sends enough Republicans packing to make the rest quake in their boots if they ever even think about roast quail in sour cream.

They need to get the Supreme Court seat back that Obama should have filled, by either impeaching the sexual assaulter and getting him off the bench or packing the court.




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