I Love This Episode of The Real Housewives of Congressional Hearings

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We made it to the weekend.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Lynne Patton, a Department of Housing and Urban Development employee, reportedly couldn’t get permission from her employer to star in a reality TV show about black Republicans—but that’s not going to stop her from trying to get her face on TV more often. The Trump aide had a cameo at the Michael Cohen hearing as a visual reminder that the president hires black people, and appeared on Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity’s shows after that. A rising star! She’s also been living in New York City public housing to demonstrate just how bad they are—and next week, has invited media to tag along. Something tells me this isn’t the last we’ve seen of her. [Washington Post]
  • In other HUD news, carbon monoxide poisoning has taken 11 lives in public housing since 2003, a problem that could be solve if, oh I don’t know, the federal law required public housing to carry carbon monoxide detectors. [NBC News]
  • Another Democratic nominee hopeful enters the 2020 race, will probably his dreams crushed. [Washington Post]
  • Will anyone step up and take this open job as the head of the super PAC Trump needs to get reelected? No? Anyone? [Politico]
  • Sheldon Adelson, who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to Republican causes and conservative super PACs in the 2018 election, is in “dire” health. [Politico]
  • In addition to keeping the service and agricultural industries running, undocumented immigrants also pay mad taxes, not that racists will care. [Vox]
  • More than 1,000 TSA agents who worked during the government shutdown are still waiting on back pay. [CNN]
  • More evidence that women in government detention don’t receive proper medical attention: The number of undocumented women detained that has miscarried has almost doubled since Trump took office. [Daily Beast]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

Senior Writer, Jezebel



This is slightly off topic, and way too long, but it’s a partial scorecard...

Trump and probably several family members are going to be indicted and convicted after he leaves office. There are a staggering number of ongoing investigations. In addition to the Mueller investigation (now much less important), here are SOME other ongoing probes, in no particular order:

  • The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the Kushner and Gorka clearances. (It’s reported that Trump personally ordered approval of Kushner’s clearance.) Chairman Cummings has also said that he wants the Trump Traitortots (Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Jared) to testify on Trump Organization finances. The Oversight Committee is also preparing to talk to Trump’s personal secretary, Rhona Graff!
  • The House Intelligence Committee intends to call the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer to testify.
  • Intelligence Committee Chair Schiff announced that the committee will investigate whether “any foreign actor” holds leverage over Trump, his family, associates or the Trump Organization, including financial leverage; and whether they were at any time at risk of or vulnerable to “foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure or coercion” – as well as if Trump and his team have acted, while in government, “in service of foreign interests.” The Deutsche Bank loans to Trump are part of the probe.
  • The House Financial Services Committee will investigate the Trump Foundation, and will follow up on Trump’s fallacious financial statements..
  • The House Ways and Means Committee is looking at the best way to get hold of and release publicly Trump’s federal and state tax returns.
  • Rep. Adam Schiff with the Intelligence Committee and Rep. Eliot Engel with the Foreign Affairs Committee tell Politico’s Andrew Desiderio they are exploring options to legally compel the president to disclose his private conversations with the Russian president.
  • The House Judiciary Committee is investigating the Trump Organization.
  • “At least six committees are investigating some piece of Trump’s life before the presidency. Their staffers meet at least three times a week, to share information and plans.”
  • The Southern District of New York is investigating “several other areas.” They are known to be examining whether any Trump Organization executives violated campaign-finance laws as part of the scheme to reimburse Cohen for payments and are investigating the Trump inaugural committee.
  • The NY Attorney General is investigating the Trump Foundation, and has filed a lawsuit, for self-dealing. She is also investigating the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian official, any illegalities involving Trump’s real estate holdings in New York, and possible estate tax fraud.

This is a partial list, assembled in a few hours, and does not include numerous other investigations of cabinet members and White House staffers, or the many civil suits pending against Trump and Co. Every scam, fraud, and dirty financial deal Trump has ever done is going to come out. And even if he is pardoned for the federal crimes, it is likely that the state of New York will indict Trump for tax fraud, money laundering, and other felonies, which means he could well serve time (notwithstanding some strange NY State double jeopardy laws).

TL;DR: He’s going to jail, and he knows it.