Fredo gets shivved by Chuck Grassley

Fredo gets shivved by Chuck Grassley

Well, this morning was a late morning for me. I was able to sleep in since I'm taking Madre de LL to a doctor's appointment. Aside from North Korea yanking Trump's chain, it had been a slow news cycle. (How quickly we forgot the massacre of Palestinians.) Surely nothing would happen. Right?

Much to my surprise, I awoke to news that Senator Chuck Grassley released over 2,500 pages of transcripts from testimony given to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Trump/Russia matter. And let's just say that Donald Trump, Jr. doesn't come out well.

Par example:

Or, on the famous statement he issued:

Or, on concocting a cover story for meeting with Russians:

All this shows that, with a son like this, there's no way Trump could have won on his own. He is a moron surrounded by morons. He was in dire need of foreign assistance to secure the presidency. He was also fortunate in that the media treated him as a sideshow, assuming Hillary Clinton would be the next president, so it went at her hammer and tongs while just snickering at Trump, missing or downplaying all the looming clouds gathering around him. Inform a Trumpite of those facts when they retort: "If he's so stupid, how did he win??"

Of course, what's interesting is that Grassley released the information at all. This doesn't seem like someone who is going to die on Trump's hill. These documents enhance the case for collusion, rather than quashing it.

One can only surmise why Grassley did this. Perhaps he realizes that Trump is done, and it's best to get in front of events. Perhaps this is a solid to Mike Pence and his creeping takeover of the executive. Or, perhaps, there's some corner of his soul which still puts country above party. (I know, fat chance.)

The weak link in Trump's dealings with the Russians is Don Jr. He acted like he was James Bond, but instead bumbled around like Inspector Clouseau. Or, I should say, like Clouseau without his ability to still solve the case in spite of himself. Again, the fact that Don Jr. was Trump's point man in collusion is proof that this regime needed all the help it could get from foreign actors to get over the hump. A team this inept shouldn't have won a race for town selectman, much less the presidency.

Grassley hopping off the Trump train is a major development. Unlike in the House, the Senate seems to be distancing itself, as the GOP faces a blue wave which might wash it even out of the upper body. It won't be enough to save it. But it is an indication of which way the winds are blowing.



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