Shoot The Messenger???

The news on the street … well, okay, on the internet … is that the Freedom Caucus of the House of Representatives has prepared paperwork to propose impeachment proceedings against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  Apparently, in light of his indictments against 12 Russians in the Robert Mueller investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 election, the House Freedom Caucus has decided to shoot the messenger rather than try to understand what happened two years ago.  Now, in preparation for this post, I did some research into the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) and the Tea Party movement and I turned over some facts that I found very interesting.

The Tea Party movement began almost immediately following Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration (in January 2009) when his administration announced plans to give financial aid to bankrupt homeowners.  It is notable that this was one of the first things Trump reversed via executive order after he took office.  The driving force behind the movement was none other than David H. Koch of Koch brothers fame.  But here’s the really interesting thing … one of the things the party stands firmly in favour of is a reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit.  The tax bill of December 2017 ensured the exact opposite of both of these goals!  Both debt and deficit have been increased and are projected to be ‘bigly’ increased over the coming decade.

Left to right:  Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Mick Mulvaney

The House Freedom Caucus was founded by none other than current Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney, and is currently chaired by Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, consists of the following members:

Justin Amash Michigan
Joe Barton Texas
Andy Biggs Arizona
Rod Blum Iowa
Dave Brat Virginia
Mo Brooks Alabama
Ken Buck Colorado
Ted Budd North Carolina
Warren Davidson Ohio
Ron DeSantis Florida
Scott DesJarlais Tennessee
Jeff Duncan South Carolina
Matt Gaetz Florida
Tom Garrett Jr. Virginia]
Louie Gohmert Texas
Paul Gosar Arizona
Morgan Griffith Virginia
Andy Harris Maryland
Jody Hice Georgia
Jim Jordan Ohio
Raúl Labrador Idaho
Mark Meadows North Carolina
Alex Mooney West Virginia
Gary Palmer Alabama
Steve Pearce New Mexico
Scott Perry Pennsylvania
Bill Posey Florida
Mark Sanford South Carolina
David Schweikert Arizona
Randy Weber Texas
Ted Yoho Florida

These 31 men are the most radically conservative in the U.S. Congress, and they have been preparing the impeachment documents against Mr. Rosenstein since April, it is said.  Their focus on Rosenstein is explained by the fact that it is he to whom Robert Mueller reports on the status and results of the ongoing investigation into the election of 2016.  Initially, the investigation was to determine the extent to which Russia had interfered in the election and who was involved.  The investigation quickly expanded, however, as various members of the Trump campaign, and even some of his family members were found to have involvement.  The HFC is apparently feeling threatened by the mounting evidence and intends to shut the investigation down, one way or another.

The House Freedom Caucus has only 31 members, and 31 is not a majority in a House comprised of 435 members.  It would require the support of 187 additional members to pass, and that seems somewhat unlikely.  But then … there are an awful lot of boot-lickers these days who seem willing to sell their souls to support and protect the worst president in the history of the U.S.

Rosenstein, for his part, deserves a standing ovation.  He has stood his ground and been the voice of reason, perhaps the only voice of reason in this past week.  Here is a small part of his speech … you can read the full speech here if you are interested.

“We do not try cases on television or in congressional hearings. Most anonymous leaks are not from the government officials who are actually conducting these investigations. We follow the rule of law, which means that we follow procedures, and we reserve judgment. We complete our investigations, and we evaluate all of the relevant evidence before we reach any conclusion. That is how the American people expect their Department of Justice to operate, and that is how our department is going to operate.

The indictment was returned today because prosecutors determined that the evidence was sufficient to present these allegations to a federal grand jury. Our analysis is based solely on the facts, the law, and Department of Justice policies. I briefed President Trump about these allegations earlier this week. The president is fully aware of the department’s actions today.

There will always be adversaries who seek to exacerbate our divisions and try to confuse, divide, and conquer us. So long as we are united in our commitment to the values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed. A partisan warfare fueled by modern technology does not fairly reflect the grace, dignity, and unity of the American people. The blame for election interference belongs to the criminals who commit election interference. We need to work together to hold the perpetrators accountable, and we need to keep moving forward to preserve our values, protect against future interference, and defend America.”

In addition to the data theft, hacked emails and computers of key people in the DNC, it has been determined that the Russians were responsible for hacking the website of a state election board and stealing information about 500,000 voters.  A half-million of us private citizens had our personal information stolen as part of a giant scheme to rig the election in favour of Donald Trump, and the republicans are mad at Rod Rosenstein???

I am going to be emailing my representatives tomorrow to inform them in no uncertain terms that I will break their kneecaps not stand silently by and allow this ridiculously blatant attempt to cover up a massive crime against the citizens of this nation!  I stand by Mr. Robert Mueller and Mr. Rod Rosenstein – possibly the only two men in Washington that have a conscience and are trying to do the right thing for the people of the U.S.

36 thoughts on “Shoot The Messenger???

  1. IF…there is no guilt, what is the rush to silence and/or end the investigation? Saving taxpayer’s money, I doubt that is even a concern. Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller must be permitted to continue. It is long past time for those lost in Trumptopia to be toppled. Our nation has suffered from within and without long enough. It can only get worse, unless the truth is shown the light of day and justice is finally served. Thank-you!

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    • Saving taxpayer’s money? Hah! Look at the exorbitant amounts that are spent on travel by Trump and his cabinet members! No, there is no conscience over our tax dollars. The theme is “Live for today and to hell with tomorrow”. Sigh.

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I’ll be joining you in contacting the US lawmakers themselves. I’ve been writing notes as well as tweeting them.
    These GOP lawmakers are extra upset over their joint committee hearings where their persecution of the FBI agent Peter Strzok that backfired where they ended up looking like fools.

    Within the 7/13/18 indictments against the 12 GRU Russian operators, there is a reference to a US Congressman who worked with the Russians. Wouldn’t it be ironic if this legislator were one of the House Freedom Caucus republicans.

    Hugs, Gronda

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      • While I am certain that Devin Nunes is enough of a boot licker, I am not convinced that he is smart enough. Nunes follows orders, I think, and that is about the extent of it. Who is it? I don’t know, but I hope we find out soon!

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    • My own representative, Warren Davidson, is a member of the HFC, and I have written him a number of scathing letters, and have yet to receive a response. Now, here’s what puzzles me. I live in a relatively low-income and very diverse — African Americans, Muslim refugees, Hispanics — district, so how in heck did he even get elected?

      Oh yes, it would be delightfully ironic if it turned out to be one of the HFC members!!!

      Hugs!!!

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  3. Jill, if this is brought to a vote it will be a shame. I have called numerous Congressman and written to mine. This makes the GOP look petty as it portrays them as party first, country second. To be frank, the GOP is very worried that their leader is in trouble with future Mueller pronouncements and indictments. The GOP made their deal with the devil, now the day of reckoning is near. As a former Republican and Independent, they deserve the negative news that they are trying to stop. Their boss is guilty of a little or a lot. He daily betrays the fact he is not innocent. Keith

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    • Exactly what I was saying to a friend tonight … “Since when did loyalty to party take precedence over loyalty to the nation and its people?” My own representative, Warren Davidson, is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and I have sent him a number of scathing, yet well-worded letters, and have yet to receive a single response! You’re right … there is no way that Trump is innocent. Every time he opens his mouth, his words bespeak his guilt.

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  4. These idjits are simply trying to show tRump how much they love and worship him. They are obstructing justice, liars, traitors, and immoral bastards. I’m pretty certain they won’t be able to impeach Rosenstein, but, if so, I’m hoping the Senate will not remove him. Hoping, but, who knows. This is a disgusting, sickening time in our country.

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    • I truly do not believe that they can get the majority required to impeach. But then … I didn’t believe Trump could be elected president, either, so what do I know. The good of the nation, the good of We the People, has taken a back seat … waaaaaayyyy back … to the GOP and its leaders. These days it is about loyalty to the party, not the nation. Something needs to change and very fast.

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      • No No NO! Jill! not waiting for you, the whole world is waiting to see what Diablo Thumbblower does with Vlad Put-In-Ski today. Knowing DJT as we do, he probably swallow anything VVT gives him.

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        • Oh! I guess my feelings of guilt made me jump to the conclusion that you were hinting that I still owe you an email … and I DO! But now we know what he did and now we are FURIOUS!!! 👿

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          • Calmly, calmly, calmly, take a deep breathe without a cigarette in your lips. The Deadbeat Treaty-ripper-upper is not talking for anyone’s benefit but his True Believers. The rest of us can rant and rage, but what’s the use? He’s a jerk, and everyone knows it. After a year and a half, I am quitting listening to him. As long as one fool believes him, he is happy. Now it’s up to the voters to show him he can’t have cake and eat it too.

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            • I tried deep breath with no cigarette, but the air quality this week is so poor that the cigarette smoke is actually easier to breathe!

              Yes, it is up to us in November. If all eligible voters actually do so, we should see an entirely different Congress in 2019. If they don’t?

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                • It varies by state, and I cannot remember where Nan lives, but I think somewhere in New England (I am old and my memory is going). But in my state, Ohio, ballots are not mailed to everyone, but you can request a mail-in ballot. Some states do not even allow voting by mail without cause, such as you’re going to be out of state, or an illness or disability keeps you from being able to get to the polls. Last year was the first time I voted by mail, and I don’t know yet if I will this year or not. The problem with mail-in ballots is they are treated as provisional ballots, counted last, and if there is a strong majority that the provisional ballots wouldn’t likely change, they are not counted at all. Again,

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                  • What a helluva way to run an election. Why do different states get to have different rules on federal elections? In their own states, okay, but a federal one, I see no good coming of it. But a helluva way to control who the voters are. As for mail in ballots I can see if the number of such votes is less than the spread of the counted votes, but otherwise not counting them is assinine. Your elections really amaze me, how they are run. I don’t know how Canada treats mail in votes, but I’m pretty sure they count every one to make it look like people actually care who gets in. I don’t know about recent elections, maybe John can fill me in if he sees this comment, but I know most of our elections used to only have about a 40% voter turnout. We are not a particularly political people, and sometimes we suffer for it, but the two main parties are different sides of the same coin, and the 3rd main party is socialist-leaning, and you guys down there have many Canadians believing Socialism is an EVIL! But whatever, your elections sound quite uncivilized down there, IMO…

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                    • Sorry I couldn’t answer this one last night … my internet went down and the answer is too lengthy to write on my cell phone with it’s tiny keypad.

                      Why do states have different rules for federal elections? You as an excellent question, and one for which I have no answer. In my opinion, it should not be so, for it has opened the door for many abuses and disenfranchising policies in certain states, especially in the south.

                      As to the mail-in ballots, I think they should all be counted, even if it is pre-determined that they will not alter the outcome. The reason? The popular vote matters. For instance in the 2016 presidential election, Trump actually lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes. It doesn’t change the outcome, but to me, I think it is important to know. And if I take the time to fill out a ballot and mail it in, I damn well want it to be counted!

                      Yes, I would agree that our election process could use an overhaul, especially since twice in the last two decades a man has gotten into the White House even though the majority voted for the other candidate. I’m in favour of eliminating the electoral college altogether, since in 2016 it enabled the very thing it was designed to prevent!

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                    • The other bad election was George W., and the fiasco in Florida? Amazing what a screwed up system can cause to happen! Even though I choose not to use our system, (I think) it works every time, no lost ballots or things like that, though there are other ways to screw it up. I’ll tell you in a private email some day. US politicians don’t need any more ways to take the vote away from the “people,” I don’t think.

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                    • Yep, Bush’ 2000 election. Gore won the popular vote by about 1/2 million. Not as wide a margin as in 2016 when Hillary won by nearly 3 million, but still …

                      Yes, I’m curious what other ways they have found to screw it up. Just don’t share those with our politicos, for as you said, they don’t need any more ideas of how to disenfranchise the people.

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  5. Come on!!!!!! As of yesterday, I have re-directed my attention from trump to the members of Congress supporting him. He has the mentality of a sixth grader! He is mentally incompetent and is not going to change! It is Congress ….who has to be held accountable! The person needing to be impeached is trump! He has violated the Emoluments Clause again and again! They have enough evidence …even without Mueller’s findings to impeach him! The whole world is watching!!!!!!

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    • Well, you are quite right that Congress are the ones we must hold accountable for reining him in, for putting on the brakes, and so far they have done a really shoddy job of it. But we cannot turn our back on him, either, and must watch closely, for he is the one steering this runaway train! He may have the mentality of a sixth grade child, or less, but he is nonetheless dangerous, for he may well have a puppeteer who is very smart indeed. The whole world IS watching, but unfortunately there is little they can do to help.

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