One of the multitude of outrages of the Donald Trump Administration is his pardon of former Maricopa County (Phoenix) Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was about to be sentenced for his conviction of crimes perpetrated while he was in office for 24 years from 1993 to 2017, including mistreatment of prisoners, mistreatment of women, abusing the 4th Amendment, racial profiling of Latinos, and general abuse of power.
Trump pardoned Arpaio before sentencing, and without a review of the case by the Justice Department, and we now know Trump tried to stop the prosecution, interfering with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who refused Trump’s attempt.
If this is not obstruction of justice, and abuse of power, then nothing is!
And it encourages abusive law enforcement, as it is a outrageous miscarriage of justice that Arpaio avoids accountability!
This man in the White House is out of control, and might be signaling Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort not to worry, that he will pardon them if they refuse to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which, if true, would be further evidence of obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
Trump, by trying to prevent Mueller’s investigation, is clearly showing signs of guilt on Russian Collusion, and yet his followers continue to assert there is no such collusion.
The nation is suffering under this corrupt President, and let us hope the Mueller investigation is nearing the point of bringing charges against the most corrupt President in American history!
Tweedle Dum said in his press conference this afternoon that he announced the pardon during the hurricane because of high TV ratings. Again, he makes me sick!
* A couple of big items on the Trump/Russia story broke today. Hereâ€™s one from the New York Times:
A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.
The associate, Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trumpâ€™s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he boasted about his ties to Mr. Putin and predicted that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would highlight Mr. Trumpâ€™s savvy negotiating skills and be a political boon to his candidacy.
â€œOur boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,â€ Mr. Sater wrote in an email. â€œI will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.â€
* Then there was this from the Washington Post:
A top executive from Donald Trumpâ€™s real estate company emailed VladiÂmir Putinâ€™s personal spokesman during the U.S. presidential campaign last year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress Monday.
Michael Cohen, a Trump attorney and executive vice president for the Trump Organization, sent the email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlinâ€™s top press aide.
* Hereâ€™s some perspective from Chris Hayes:
Again the incredible irony that not a single Clinton/Podesta email was as incriminating as the *two* Trump campaign emails we’ve seen. https://t.co/JYxf7U6QDZ
â€” Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 28, 2017
Hereâ€™s another tweet that captures whatâ€™s going on pretty well:
“Connecting the dots” is becoming “look at all those dots directly on top of each other, a coincidence that defies all laws of mathematics.” https://t.co/cVr0ZJkr2W
â€” Jesse Lee (@JesseCharlesLee) August 28, 2017
North Korea has launched a missile that flew over Japan.
Sounds like the North Korean nut is trying to provoke Tweedle Dumb into war.
Mueller is asking if Trump tried to hide purpose of that June 2016 campaign meeting with Russians at Trump Tower.
Trump is trying to militarize police.