Michael Flynn Bombshell further confirms we’re dealing with a Criminalized Presidency…Before we get to the Michael Flynn story & other relevant articles from the past few days, first here’s our opening paragraph.  In all our Part 2’s of our weekly posts, we tend to focus on the threats to our democracy & the deceptive, delusional, destructive diatribes coming from extremist far-right media, which we refer to as the echo.  While many among the Dems & real media are doing a good job of warning about the dangers which in recent years have become unique for America, we need a lot more voices out there helping to articulate the risks we’re facing in this Trumpian era.  It’s far better to rein in the powers of darkness before they usurp absolute power & it becomes too late.  So as Americans who love our country & would never want to see some autocrat turn us into a totalitarian state, we ask you please share The VORACS blog address with others.  It takes truth to refute the relentless echo lies.
 
 
Defiling the Constitutional Separation of Powers
 
So kicking off the articles from the newsfeeds, the White House is trampling on our Constitution by denying Congress their rightful oversight authority:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mueller Report Leaves Many Unanswered Questions
 
The counterintelligence side of the investigation has mysteriously & suspiciously disappeared, which could disclose the extent Americans were found acting as agents for a foreign power.  The congressional committees need to pick up the ball & run with it, as seen inside a couple links here:
 
 
If Trump continues to stonewall & obstruct the ongoing investigations, impeachment may become a necessary & viable answer, as described in slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/congress-subpoena-fight-trump-impeachment-mueller-john-roberts
 
How’s this for major breaking news today in this article posted from msn.com/en-us/news/politics/flynn-told-mueller-people-tied-to-trump-and-congress-tried-to-obstruct-probe.  It’s yet more solid evidence of Trump & his henchmen around him committing criminal obstruction of justice by attempting to manipulate Michael Flynn.  And they have the evidence on tape!  Plus it’s being reported there was reaching out to WikiLeaks!  And more reports are Trump’s sycophants in Congress were involved!  The more we learn, the closer we get to impeachment becoming a no-brainer.  I would even say at this point, the coming impeachment of President Donald Trump by the House is more likely (& needed) than not: 

 

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told investigators that people linked to the Trump administration and Congress reached out to him in an effort to interfere in the Russia probe, according to newly-unredacted court papers filed Thursday. The communications could have “affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation,” special counsel Robert Mueller wrote in the court filings. Flynn even provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, the court papers say. “In some instances, the SCO was unaware of the outreach until being alerted to it by the defendant,” Mueller wrote. No other details were provided in the filing, but the Mueller report noted that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer left a voicemail message for Flynn in late November 2017 that addressed the possibility of him cooperating with the government. “[I]t wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve gone on to make a deal with … the government,” the attorney said in the voicemail message, according to Mueller. [I]f… there’s information that implicates the President, then we’ve got a national security issue, . . . so, you know, . . . we need some kind of heads up. Um, just for the sake of protecting all our interests if we can …. [R]emember what we’ve always said about the President and his feelings toward Flynn and, that still remains.”

 

Flynn’s lawyer Robert Kelner did not immediately return a request for comment. The White House also did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to a charge of lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before Trump took office. He faces up to six months in prison. A judge has yet to set a sentencing date. Mueller’s office had previously told the court that Flynn should receive little to no jail time due to his “substantial assistance” in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference. Mueller wrapped up the probe in March, concluding that there was no proof Trump or a member of his campaign conspired with Russia. But the special counsel declined to make a judgement on whether Trump obstructed justice. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that there was insufficient evidence to pursue the matter further.

 
Here’s more articles on the Michael Flynn bombshell that landed tonight.  Not only does this strengthen the case for impeachment, but could get some more of Trump’s cronies involved in this Flynn obstruction indicted:
 
 
 
 
 
Rubin points out other unanswered questions from the investigations, including Betrayal, Corruption, Obstruction of Justice & Obstruction of Congress.  The article from washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/15/constitutional-crisis-call-it-what-you-want-heres-what-trump-has-done offers this conclusion:
 

It should be patently obvious that there may be grounds for impeachment. However, it is also clear that Congress, in no shape or form, has the evidence it needs to reach a decision on impeachment. Like the Watergate hearings that went on for about a year before impeachment hearings began, it must obtain that evidence and educate the public. Rather than say impeachment is not on the table, Democrats would be wise to lay this all out and tell voters: We need to uncover all evidence concerning these actions to determine whether Trump broke the law or committed impeachable acts. Democrats would be wise to stop debating what to call it and, instead, repeat again and again the four categories of conduct that may justify his removal and the need to gather evidence for each.

 
 
Our Nation has Never Before been this Close to Tyranny
 
Rubin also chimes in on whether the courts can stop this assault on our constitutional democracy, seen in washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/15/will-courts-stop-insanity
 
From the birth of our nation, America’s worst nightmare was perceived to be the conjoining of ignorance and power, as explained inside salon.com/2019/05/11/eminent-historians-donald-trump-is-the-founding-fathers-worst-nightmare
 
Trump is leading a worldwide crusade against democracy, embracing dictatorial strongmen while always chiding our democratic allies.  We can accurately assume he has visions of setting up a rogue dictatorship for America (in our attempts to limit the number of live links, any of these you could look up):
washingtonpost/trump-favors-democracys-enemies-an-oval-office-meeting-monday-makes-the-point
 
alternet/trump-gleefully-compares-himself-to-an-authoritarian-strongman
 
nymag/president-trump-meets-viktor-orban-authoritarian-model
 
rawstory/trump-perversely-admires-dictators-for-being-able-to-utterly-crush-dissent-new-york-times-contributor
 
mediaite/harvard-prof-laurence-tribe-notes-trump-and-hitlers-physical-and-behavioral-resemblances
 
 
Lies, Lies & More Lies
 
Our president’s avalanche of lies (10,000+ & counting) exemplifies why he cannot be trusted, & a leader like him who cannot tell us the truth deserves to be removed from office ASAP, whether through impeachment or electing a Dem:
 
 
 
 
The Origins were Obvious to Everyone but Echo-Heads
 
It’s clear what the origin of the investigation was all about, it was the Russians were up to no good & they were caught red-handed interfering in our presidential election.  So everything surrounding their nefarious intent were a legitimate target for investigation.  But the GOP is trying to turn the narrative all around through their lies & conspiracies.  The prez has a full stable of liars throughout Congress & the echo willing to say anything in compliance to their corrupt leader, advancing ridiculous stories about what launched the Russia investigation as seen inside these articles below.  With all these echo-knuckleheads spreading disinformation & delusions, & AG Barr appointing a person in charge of unleashing the powers of the Justice Dept. against FBI agents conducting the probe, guess what message that sends?  It’s telling our enemies they can attack our elections & America’s current top leadership will blame Americans.  It also puts many loyal civil servants on pins & needles, afraid that doing their critical jobs in protecting our country could lead to them being falsely accused.  Yes, these are very dangerous times for America:
 
 
 
 
 
 
The GOP has Become the Unethical Party of Corruption
 
GOP politicians had better start realizing their legacies are on the line, from which history will judge very harshly those who sacrificed their principles in favor of demagoguery.  See the first part posted from this article inside thehill.com/opinion/white-house/443076-history-will-judge-sycophantic-republicans-harshly:

 

The country is at a crossroads. We are facing an unprecedented breakdown in our democracy brought about by the Trump administration’s lies and violations of every norm and convention that have been sacrosanct since the birth of our country. Ever since the Mueller report came out and Attorney General William Barr was allowed to launch a narrative favorable to Trump that obscured the actual findings of special counsel Robert Mueller, we have been stuck in a rigorous tug-of-war. On one side are the Democrats, who want to fulfill their constitutional responsibility of holding the administration accountable; on the other side are Republicans, who are doing everything they can to protect a corrupt commander in chief who has shown more loyalty to Vladimir Putin than to our own democratic institutions. To do their jobs, Democrats have been trying to obtain the entire Mueller report, including the underlying documentation and evidence that AG Barr astoundingly admitted he had not even read yet.

 

After the administration rebuffed the deadline to hand the report over, the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold AG Barr in contempt — a serious and rarely used move that underscores the gravity of Barr’s partisan-based intransigence. The full House vote is expected in a few days. As a result, President Trump exerted executive privilege over the entire Mueller report to get back at Congress’ contempt vote. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) exclaimed that we are now in the midst of a “constitutional crisis.” He is right. Trump’s belief that he is above the law and the unflinching support of his sycophantic members of Congress are weakening our democracy and dealing our Constitution a death by a thousand cuts. The question is: How will history judge congressional Republicans who have shielded and protected this unethical administration to the point of abdicating the constitutional duties of the branch to which they belong?

 

Republicans didn’t even seem to bat an eye when the Mueller report so clearly stated that there were at least 10 instances in which Trump appeared to obstruct justice. What’s more, the main reason Mueller did not charge the president with a crime is because the Department of Justice guidelines say a sitting president cannot be indicted. In fact, the Mueller report clearly states that if investigators would have been able to clear or exonerate the president, they would have. They could not, so they stated three times in the report they cannot exonerate him. Even with this, AG Barr took it upon himself to declare that Trump was clear of any obstruction charges when he did not have the authority to do so. We have also recently learned that Mueller wrote and called Barr to let him know that Barr’s characterization of the report was inaccurate. In addition, nearly 700 former prosecutors wrote a letter saying that Donald Trump would have been indicted for obstruction of justice if he wasn’t president.

 

What will it take for Republicans to finally open their eyes and understand the existential threat to the country that is Donald Trump? Do they really think that he has acted honorably, lawfully and in a manner worthy of the Office of the President of the United States? Or have they completely sold their souls to the devil of political expediency and thus are willing to endanger our democracy? Where is the point of no return for them? So far, sadly, we know the answer to that. Democrats, however, will not let our democracy sink into the depths of Trump’s putrid political swamp and will do what is necessary to hold this president accountable. Will it be easy? No. Facing pure obstinance from a president who fancies himself an autocrat and with no help from their Republican colleagues who have ceded their principles, Democrats will face headwinds unseen before now. But that will not dissuade them from their mission of finding the truth and acting on it no matter where it may lead. 

 
Liberal, conservative or moderate, ideological political labels matter little when dealing with a party belonging to a cult:
 
Also a party now without a conscience:
 
While the GOP keeps shamelessly supporting an incompetent narcissist:
 
 
Iran Tensions Heating Up
 
This could be little more than a Wag the Dog strategy, heightening tensions which could spark military conflict, ostensibly to distract attention away from Trump’s own legal troubles:
 
 
Fox Fake News
 
As a lifelong Republican I took in a regular diet of conservative media for decades, feeling they were a valuable counter to the liberal press.  But that was prior to that conservative media taking a radical turn in recent years, to the point their narratives are totally unrecognizable from the conservatism of a couple decades ago.  Fox fake news jumped on the crazy train by copying the same far-right extremism regularly heard on crazy radio talk shows & internet groups who hijacked authentic conservatism, turning it into something ultra-sinister:
 
The prez demands his very own state-run media:
No truer words were ever spoken:
 
Pure irrational idiocy:
 
Even the Fox news division is truth-challenged:
 
These fans are nuts!  It’s because they’ve been brainwashed!:
 
Hate-for-Profit racket seen in several articles here:
 
 
Conveniently overlooking their own lying & the way the Russians are using social media to sow discourse, Trump-world is looking for bias in all the wrong places:
 
Sometimes we could use a good laugh:
 
The culture wars that neither side can win:
 
 
Failed Evangelical Leadership
 
A demonic spirit of deception keeps infiltrating certain evangelical leadership which filters down to the flock.  The pathetic leadership who lack moral integrity & have abandoned their greater purpose are exposed inside thebulwark.com/what-would-thomas-more-do.  It seems the abortion issue is all that gang really cares about, conveniently ignoring the rot & decay that has embedded itself within our political leadership.  I too am pro-life, but not at the risk of undermining our democracy with a tyrannical autocrat.  And the pro-life movement is now badly overreaching, seen in the Alabama case disregarding rape, incest or life of the mother: thebulwark.com/newsletter-issue/the-alabama-abortion-law-is-the-best-thing-to-ever-happen-to-planned-parenthood
 
To be perfectly honest, I don’t personally hate Donald Trump.  I just hate what he’s doing to our country.  I also believe he’s a lifelong criminal which the various investigations are soon to discover, so he’s unfit to lead.  That evangelicals remain his most loyal demographic base is quite disturbing.  It reflects poorly on all of us of faith when fellow Christians keep falling for the lies, while the sheer hypocrisy distances outsiders further away from the faith.  Christians are being duped by the grifters & the damage it will do to the evangelical church long-term are immeasurable.  Check out these perceptive articles:
 
 
 
 
The real masters of hate-speech are coming from the radical far-right.  They peddle their tribal demonization of others that if need be would explicitly advocate a call to violence.  It’s especially insidious when these purveyors of hate spread their venom under the auspices of evangelical Christianity.  I thought heretics like Jerry Falwell Jr. were the lowest of the low, but others carrying the mantle of supposed evangelical leadership spew messages that are even worse, an example being from this article inside the link thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/far-right-american-pastor-becomes-first-person-banned-from-ireland.  The tragedy stems from many in the evangelical flock empowering these false leaders by buying into their insidious message orchestrated from what I believe, & I’ll state again, is a demonic spirit of deception.