HAMMERNEWS- Michael Hammerschlag

Current Political Commentary by journalist Michael Hammerschlag; Thoughts on foreign policy, Republican outrages, liberal strategies, science by 8 year correspondent in Russia/Ukraine over 22 years and longtime commentator; Website: http://HAMMERNEWS.com

Friday, October 04, 2019


Some Dem should have categorical explained Repub lies:
Grand Juries ARE ALL SECRET to protect the innocent + the witnesses, and prevent witnesses from collaborating- Repubs suggestions are just wild goose chase diversions to delay, obfuscate, & confuse. Their "exculpatory witnesses" are the crazy Conspiracy theories pushed by Putin, Trump, and Barr (Chump just retweeted some nut putting out Firtash's lies!!).

Will ONE OF YOU stand against collaborating with the Russians to steal an Election, bribing Ukraine, bribery by Erdogon + Putin, torturing children in cages, forcing refugees to die in the desert or gang infested hellhole. No NO, you are all on board with ANYTHING THIS DISGRACE OF A PRESIDENT DOES- even if he commits MURDER- his argument is he is ROYALTY. Well America doesn't have royalty.

YOU people have all heard and seen this President's crimes- he fires Comey and parties with his Russians Pals in the Oval Office; he commits thousand of acts of Obstruction by Twitter threats, attack, bullying, he makes hundreds of millions from paying his OWN PROPERTIES; his family, lawyer, & Admin meet Russians with dirt on Hillary in Trump Tower; he blackmails Zelensky like a Mob Boss to do the SAME THING, he criminally defies legitimate subpoenas and legal rulings.

10/13 Gentlemen Start your Engines! An INQUIRY Anyway: 228 Reps (inc 2 R), 191 undecided, 14 unresponsive!! WE HAVE THE VOTES!!!  Not on NYT, Chicago Trib front page; small on WaPo's!!!  NY AG Letitia James, drop the Don Jr, Jared, Ivanka INDICTMENTS NOW!!!! Note I predicted- 205 by Wed morn, 215 by Thurs morning- DEAD ON.

Nancy can wave this over Chump's head till he grovels like a kicked dog.... and should EXACT EVERY CONCESSION!! 1. full reversion to old Immigration protocol, 2. Reinstatement of every purged AGW scientist and release of their reports, 3. release of moneys to Planned Parenthood and any other health org & cancelling the muzzle rule, 4 FILL IN THE BLANK

But we need more Repubs to give it more credibility; and probably 65-70% public support for Removal. Although obviously cowardly treasonous scum, judging by their negligible horror at the grotesque destruction of American values, standards, decency, and honor under Trump. Of course R-Reps IMPEACHMENT voters would be swiftly punished; but note CONVICTION VOTING R SENATORS won't, because the Traitor will be gone (after he causes a Time of "Troubles").

A new FOX NEWS POLL on whether Congress should impeach Trump and REMOVE HIM from the presidency:
51% yes
40% no
A FOX NEWS POLL. Let THAT sink in. Trump's latest Kurd betrayal could be his Gotterdammerung (sp), losing half his Repub support. In a rage, Trump forced the firing of Shep Smith.

AP: "a Washington Post-Schar School survey conducted in early October shows 58% of Americans are supportive of the decision by Congress to initiate an inquiry, including 49% who say Congress was right to begin an investigation and should also take the next step to remove Trump from office."  Trumps only friends

43 MORE Inappropriate Trump sexual contacts;  26 MORE sexual molestations. The .....  Pig ..... Donald

2 MORE WHISTLEBLOWERS- A WH IRS employee who claims Trump's mandatory Pres. Audit was interfered in; AND another CIA Agent (heard) with 1st hand knowledge about the Ukraine extortion  (which we still haven't seen unredacted). The major Scandals are coming so fast, you need a blackboard, or with Trump, a whiteboard. Case in point:

UKRAINE BLACKMAIL                 Ukraine Timeline
Feds Are Scrutinizing Rudy Giuliani’s Finances Following Arrest of Associates 


FINALLY SOMEBODY IS ARRESTED (at Dulles Arprt) by the Southern District of New York's Jeff Berman, maybe the last USAt Office still investigating political crimes. Berman was recently forced to grovel for Trump (look it up); this might be him snapping back, straight out of an episode of BILLIONS. I wish NY State would get over their cowardice, they have enough evidence for 150 years of jail time for ALL the Trump Family.

These arrested US/Sov guys tried to bribe TX ex-Rep Pete Sessions (son of FBI Dir William), Repub candidates for Gov, Adam Laxalt, + NV AG, Wesley Duncan (both lost) to get Ukr Amb Marie Yovanovich fired; and buy influence to set up a huge pot growing biz- who knew THAT was illegal in today's America?  Their lawyer is John Dowd, also Trump's, who sent a contemptuous letter to Judiciary refusing to testify- think they may be more amenable now??  Total money is ~$4 million, on a blizzard of fed charges, campaign finance, the NAFTOGAS scam, and recreational marijuana. BEST ARTICLE: https://www.vox.com/2019/10/10/20907972/lev-parnas-igor-fruman-rudy-giuliani-arrested Nice pc of Lev+ Trump at the WH. Only the Best!

Even corrupt Oligarch (+Zelly backer) "Ihor Kolomoisky, claims they urged him (in Israel) to help arrange a meeting between Giuliani and Zelensky — and that he didn’t agree. He described Parnas and Fruman to Ukrainian media as “two clowns” who were “milking the bull,” working with Giuliani in “a clear conspiracy against Biden.” Giuliani soon sent an angry tweet about this."

 @RudyGiuliani:   An American analyst describes Kolomoisky as “super dangerous.” The notorious oligarch returned from a long exile and immediately threatened and defamed two Americans, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. They are my clients and I have advised them to press charges.

DISBAR GUILIANI + BARR in DC and NY. BARS. Too confuse things more, The WH has hired Bob Barr, the RW nutcake Georgian who was a prime motivator in the Clinton Impeachment and the despicable Bengazi torturer yokel Trey Gowdy. Rudy's a criminal running around the world trying to blackmail up "evidence" against political opponents. Bar Barr in the Bar, too.

NAFTOGAS EXTORTION: Apparently the whole Ukraine thing was connected to and pushed by a Perry/Guliani/Sondland scam to force Ukrs nat gas giant NAFTOGAS to buy US LNG (much more expensive than piped nat gas) and pack their Board with Repub ringers! Perry made clear that the Trump administration wanted to see the entire Naftogaz supervisory board replaced (there was 1 American linked to Obama). The Trump trash wanted to cash in by bullying what they saw as a weak + vulnerable country, and that blackmail morphed into blackmail on  the Biden "Investigation" when Chump made their requested calls. He actually wasn't lying when he tried to dump it on Perry, why Ricky is running off from Energy Dept in Nov. The released transcript is only ~10 min of a 30 min conversation, may be what Trump thought was the non-criminal part, and Dems must get the whole transcript! Here is the WhistleBlowers complaint. Apparently Big Bill Barr + Pompeo are guilty as hel too. COMPLETE BACKSTORY - Economist Oct 12

 My neo-acquaintance  MHammerschlag©2014-
Ukr ex-AG Yuri Lutsenko NOW says Hunter did nothing wrong, but the whole Hunter thing ORIGINATED from Yuri. I got maybe my best quote ever from him (although Dep Defense Min admitted that Ukraine's military was totally penetrated by Russian agents and NYT Europe doyen put it on the front page, after I played him my tape), clapped in jail for 2 1/2 years by the criminal Yanukovich with Tymoshenko for losing the Election, a 4-5 minute response as I chased him out to the elevator (I'd been late), about wanting to get revenge on his persecutors. "I had nothing to do but read, so read 300 books, including the Buddhist Bible which says, 'He who seeks revenge only ends up destroying themselves.'" As we entered the public elevator foyer, 20 photogs blasted away for a solid minute, and my loyal vassel Vasyl videotaped the whole thing- I was going to be on the cover of every mag in the country !!! (None). Vasyl accidentally deleted the file; and my cassette recorder was on voice activation so turned on and off 15 times, and I lost half of it!!! 

Like I said EVERYONE IN UKR IS CORRUPT. Zelensky himself and many subordinates are seemingly allied with the biggest crook oligarch in the country- Kolomoisky! AFAIKnew Yuri was a straight shooter- he spent 2 1/2 years in a cell without meds for courageously taking on world-class thief Yanukovich (you think you know emoluments, $40 theft bil alleged!), and the Maidan Rev was partially fueled by the outrageous jailing of Tymoshenko + him; but he doesn't have the greatest rep. What I believe happened was in Zelinsky's blunderbuss election allegations and attacks, there were some minor $1/4-5 mil Poroshenko scandals, and Zelly promised to try to jail Yuri, so Yuri was desperately angling for the protection of Trump with the Hunter Biden story he peddled to Trumpore journo The Hill's John Solomon (which he got- TPD warned Zelly to not fire Yuri), and wild claims about Ukraine hacking Hillary's emails, and respected Amb Yovanovitch giving him a do-not-prosecute list of individuals (she was purged on the assistant of Trump's face actor Guliani).. but under the firestorm kliege lights of the 5-alarm world scandal, he just recanted. In Ukraine, you don't even pay attention till the scandals reach $20 million. Even relatively clean Poroshenko tripled his wealth as Prez after promising to divest it. 

I think Trump's emolument rip-offs, payola, hotel stays, etc etc are easily north of $1/2 bil now, probably $1 bil with Jareds scams, just his golf bill is $140 mil!!!! Lutsenko had contacts with Trumps people from Jan- May 2019, Guliani and the 2 Ambassadors assigned to "manage" the situation (promote the extortion), Herr Volker (a State professional) just secretly testified for 10 hours to the Judiciary Com, but Sondland was just a slimy Trump fund-raiser. Trump's guilt is without question, he used the laws passed to stop HIS treason with Russia to try to investigate a wild specious claim that Ukraine/Hillary hacked the DNC and implicated Russia (told to him by VVP?), and Hunter's supposed

Immediately Impeachable + Removable.... but haven't we seen this all before? But DEMS have the votes, and now 47% to 39% of Americans support REMOVAL!! Course all these numbers must be taken with a shaker of salt. One Repub Senator said they would get (OnPoint) 30 R votes for Removal in the Senate... if it were secret. WHY NOT?? I bet there is absolutely nothing in the Constitution about how the House or Senate does the vote!!!           Kurt Volker -
Unhappy with the speed he was going down the tubes, Trump doubled down, publicly inviting CHINA to investigate the Bidens, and so claiming this was all normal and justified, because he was... well.. Louis 14th.. and of course the entire RW Echo Chamber fell in line. Insane!!! TPD is trying to muddy the waters w China, after it was revealed he pressured them to interfere against Biden. Jeez, Russia with Hillary and destroying America's alliances, now blackmail w Ukraine, illegal pressure on China (who are hurting from Trade Sanctions),  Australia, and Saudi Arabia to hurt his opponent. IS THERE A COUNTRY TPD HASN'T COMMITTED BRIBERY OR TREASON WITH?? 
                                                                                        "He did it too!!!"
   After also being exposed as complicit (in trying to blackmail Zelensky in Warsaw), Pence also has joined the Trump Treason Train: "No AID until you deal with the corruption" (our corruption, that is).  I saw NOTHING, did NOTHING !! But it was perfectly OK.... in the multilevel clouds of chaff the Trumpies eject to fog the public's radar. Trump, in the tradition of the Mafia Don, intentionally dirtied his Veep, then threw him under the bus- "Talk to Mike Pence, he talked to Zelensky too!"
      I think Pence’s implication in the Ukr extortion is NOT good news because at some point in this saga of eroding synapses, psycho rages, unhinged lies, and terrifying possibilities…. Repubs will realize TRUMP’S GOTTA GO, and vote for the safe sane white-haired Christian android. But if Miko is guilty of the same treasonous conduct, Conviction/Removal of only Trump has little coherence, and Repubs would prefer nuclear war (until, you know, it happens) to allowing a President Nancy!!  
      But I’ve long thought the traitorous rot ran deep through the R- Russian, racist Party: Ryan, 3-4 Reps, McConnell, maybe 2 Senators- they all have a YUGE vested interest in avoiding any breach of the Justice Dam, a 400 vert ft Lake of pent up decency, honor, legality, and sanity to wash away their perfidy and crimes down to the bedrock. So these swine will NEVER vote to Convict!

The incomparable Rick Wilson dissects Trump's implosion, where the monkey has devolved into full-time fuminating feces flinging:
      Donald Trump’s Oval Office performance-art masterpiece Wednesday was one for the ages, a pity-party, stompy-foot screech session by President Snowflake von Pissypants, the most put-upon man ever to hold the highest office in the land. If you watched his nationally televised press conference, Trump’s shrill, eye-popping hissy fit scanned like the end of a long, coke-fueled bender where the itchy, frenzied paranoia is dry-humping the last ragged gasps of the earlier party-powder fun.
     Between calling Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) a panoply of Trumpish insults (and for the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to be held for treason), engaging in his usual hatred of the press, talking about Mike Pompeo’s intimate undergarments, and quite obviously scaring the shit out of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto—who looked like he was the very unwilling star of an ISIS hostage video—Trump spent the day rapidly decompensating, and it was a hideous spectacle. All the Maximum Leader pronunciamentos won’t change the reality that Donald John Trump, 45th president of the United States, has lost his shit.

Re Hunter's supposed corruption, everyone is missing the point: the whole system of Board of Director seats is insanely overpaid and totally corrupt, but connections, fame, family are a VALID reasons to be appointed, to smooth over Gov problems (since this Co has no connection w America not such a case); the thinking was ANY AMERICAN would be more honest and clean than the Ukrs they had. I remember it at the time (2014) and thought GREAT!!  Joe didn't pressure Burisma to choose Hunter (and friend), THEY did it to try to curry favor, and say, "See, now you can keep an eye on us!" Also NOT having expertise in the field is considered an asset, new eyes to see new Aves and approaches.... and escape the entrenched corruption of the industry. Liz Warren is on the Boards of several big companies- it is a spectacular perk of having the right connections, fame, or name. Meet like 4 times a year for a day and pull down $1/2 to 1 mil!!! I'm available!!!

EXCELLENT:  It was AFTER the revolution that several foreign officials were invited to join the Burma board as a public sign that it was prepared to run things honestly. Those people were Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland, Cofer Black, former Director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center & counter-terrorism Ambassador, and Hunter Biden. Hunter was selected for a simply reason: He was a lawyer with Boies Schiller Flexner, the American law firm founded by prominent lawyer David Boies. Bodies Schiller had been hired as Burisma's lawyers & Boies Schiller selected him to handle the client and be on the board so there was somebody there who understood corporate compliance. 
i. Summing up the Hunter part, he was never investigated, the company was never investigated, he was there as part of the law firm which in turn was being paid a $50,000 monthly retainer. Firms like Boies Schiller charge $500-1000 an hour for corporate representation. That means the retainer covered about 50 hours of week per month - hardly unusual for a major corporate client...

Incredible Buzzfeed expose how the Repub RW has adopted Russian disinformation tactics, impersonating millions (up to 10) of "commentators" just in the battle about net neutrality (remember the tens of millions of comments), connected with Mary Cheney. Media Bridge’s website, the company has described itself as having expertise in “overwhelming government agencies” with avalanches of public submissions in 20-30 campaigns!!!!

Somewhat terrifying article about Trump's massive support among the Military, where Fox News is on every TV in CENTCOM Intelligence HQ, and minds have been progressively (not by progressives) poisoned for 25 years.

Also the resurgence of hundreds of thousands in extremist militia groups sworn to defend the Donald; there is NO Constitutional protection for these groups, indeed, there are laws against them in all 50 states! The Oath Keepers 24K tweeted .. “All he has to do is call us up. We WILL answer the call.”
"...25 states prohibit assembling together to teach, demonstrate, train or practice with firearms, explosives or “techniques” capable of causing injury or death, knowing and intending to further a civil disorder. And another state criminal statute, found in some variation in 12 states (and in the U.S. Code), prohibits the false assumption of the duties of a law enforcement or peace officer or the unauthorized wearing of military uniforms or close imitations thereof"

A few days before the Election, I mused how wild it would be if Trump won, everyone would turn on their TV or radio every day to see what crazy sht the moke did. I’M SORRY!!!   ENOUGH!!!   I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE! Just GO HOME, Donald. No more crazy news of the lying WH criminal, bellowing away in that brutal barroom drunk rasp! NBC will give you any show you want, 5 year contract. Congress will sign a No-Prosecution pledge for all your crimes; you won’t have to room with Snowden in Moscow. Putin will fly you in a shiny new wife every 3 years. Just make it all STOP! Please!   George Conway- TRUMP UNFIT for office

Zelensky gave an excellent bang-up speech to the UN, speaking of the cost of a Russian bullet that killed a great Ukr opera singer in the endless Donbas War (15k deaths), which took the life of 3 of my friends +10 acquaintances (2 were my reg correspondents). His English is actually OK, esp for someone from the East of Ukr, but he doesn't come off too well kissing Trumps behind in his whistleblower conversation. Inevitable with a supplicant country to a superpower run by an authoritarian narcissist- one mustn't take his latest promise to investigate Burisma too seriously, what else would you say to an erratic psychotically vindictive neo-dictator of a superpower you need to survive (Ukraine gets $1-2 billion a year in loans and grants). Chances are he is just shining Chump on.

JUMPIN JOE HAS LEFT + GONE AWAY:          MHammerschlag©2005 
RIP: Joe Wilson, 69, American hero + 4x Ambassador who got sent to investigate the fake GB2 conspiracy about Iraq buying Niger uranium (with a doc that had Ministers a decade out of power!!) he used to start the Iraq Invasion. Wilson exposed this in a NYT op-ed, but only 4 mo after the March Invasion, and had the full weight of Bush/Cheney's vengeance directed at him: "They sent FBI to talk to my business contacts who said "Don't do business with him- he's going down... They tried to destroy my consulting business and they succeeded, the year before I had made $850K, that year I made $150K". I questioned him in/after an interminable Bruno lecture in 2005 for 5 minutes or so, but the audio (on ProJo for a decade) is lost.  JUMPIN JOE.

And his still beautiful wife Valerie Plame (movie FAIR GAME, after traitor Cheney exposed the CIA anti-proliferation agent) talks to Chris Mathews Oct 2 just after. The only person ever punished for the Iraq War Crimes, Scooter Libby, was convicted for leaking Plame's status; pardoned by Chump, after being commuted by GB2.   They divorced 1-2 years ago, which probably helped- men drop like flies after late divorces. Plame wants to buy Twitter just to kick Chump off!!! Boo yah! She is apparently running for 2020 Congress in New Mexico

 The Trumpsters are engaging in another criminal Conspiracy to persecute Dems so outlandish I almost didn't believe it. SoS Investigators are hounding + harrassing ex-Ambassadors + State employees over retroactively classified HILLARY EMAILS, now 5-10 years ago! Downgrading, damaging, & slandering them + security clearances. A Pompeo Project via Corn-pone creep Grassley.

Trump also had calls with PUTIN + MSB on that classified server- if THOSE are ever released, even Repubs will convict him!! Hence Putin's way too casual warning. Trump has betrayed America WITH 7 COUNTRIES:  Kurt Volker resigned after Rudy tweeted his pvt messages, if Volker sounds familiar, that's Paul Volcker, FED Chairman, Amb Kurt had been detailed to Ukraine to assist in Trump/Guliani's dirty work in ginning up a Biden investigation. Also the reason DNI Dan Coats resigned was BECAUSE of this whistleblower complaint- he didn't want the heat so took the Cameron escape. And the bloody Wayne LaPierre met Chump in the WH Friday, maybe to provide guns for hire to combat the tide of protesters. And an Army Communication Officer stationed at Mar-a-Lago was sentenced for child porn (no word if he found and made it there). Marathon in Hel- 90F even when held at midnight in Quatar. It was so hot 40% of runners dropped out (also probably were not awake!). And Tesla has developed and released a million mile battery!!


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