More turds dropped on Roy Moore, and the Klanmaster General wants the Clintons investigated…. (More)

“It’s not a big secret in this town about Roy Moore”

The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea reports that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore (R) was banned from a local mall because Moore repeatedly tried to pick up teenage girls:

Greg Legat, who is now fifty-nine and living in East Gadsden, was, from 1981 to 1985, an employee at the Record Bar, a store that was in the Gadsden Mall. By the early eighties, Legat told me, the mall was “the place to be. There were no empty stores. And lots of kids came around. Lots of teen-agers. You went there to see and be seen.” Legat met his wife, Jo Anne, there. She worked at a restaurant called Orange Bowl. Legat remembers that parents dropped their kids off at the mall, typically unchaperoned. Teens filled the place.

Legat says that he saw Moore there a few times, even though his understanding then was that he had already been banned. “It started around 1979, I think,” Legat said. “I know the ban was still in place when I got there.” Legat recalled a Gadsden police officer named J. D. Thomas, now retired, who worked security at the mall. “J. D. was a fixture there, when I was working at the store,” Legat said. “He really looked after the kids there. He was a good guy. J. D. told me, ‘If you see Roy, let me know. He’s banned from the mall.’” Legat recalled Thomas telling him, “If you see Moore here, tell me. I’ll take care of him.’” Legat said that his boss, Eddie Hill, also told him to look for Moore. A phone call to Hill’s number was not returned.

Thomas refused to comment for the story, but at least two Gadsden police officers told Bethea said it was “general knowledge” that Moore sought teenage girls at the mall. As one put it:

The second officer went further. “A friend of mine told me he was banned from there,” he said. He added, “I actually voted for Moore. I liked him at one time. But I’m basically disgusted now, to be honest with you. Some of the things he’s said recently, I’ve changed my tune completely about this guy.”

AL.com’s Anna Claire Vollers found other sources willing to talk:

Moore and other Republican leaders have questioned why it took so long for his accusers, now in their 50s, to come forward publicly.

And yet people who lived in Etowah County during that time have said Moore’s flirting with and dating much younger women and girls was no secret.

“These stories have been going around this town for 30 years,” said Blake Usry, who grew up in the area and lives in Gadsden. “Nobody could believe they hadn’t come out yet.”

Usry, a traveling nurse, said he knew several of the girls that Moore tried to flirt with.
“It’s not a big secret in this town about Roy Moore,” he said. “That’s why it’s sort of frustrating to watch” the public disbelieve the women who have come forward, he said.
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Five other current and former Etowah County residents also spoke to AL.com with similar accounts.

“Him liking and dating young girls was never a secret in Gadsden when we were all in high school,” said Sheryl Porter. “In our neighborhoods up by Noccalula Falls we heard it all the time. Even people at the courthouse know it was a well-known secret.

“It’s just sad how these girls (who accused Moore) are getting hammered and called liars, especially Leigh (Corfman).”

The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan agrees:

[The women’s] reward for this public-spirited bravery?

To be smeared as liars.

To be the objects of vicious criticism about their private lives — their marriages, divorces, and bankruptcies.
And to be described as political tools of the Democratic Party.
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This incident happened almost 40 years ago, goes the outraged refrain. Why are these women only coming forward now?

Here’s a better question: Why would any other woman, seeing what’s happened in the past week, ever come forward again?

That’s exactly how sexual harassment and abuse so often stay buried for so long. The good news is that more Senate Republicans are calling for Moore to withdraw from the race. The bad news is that so far he remains defiant … and the race is still a toss-up.

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“The Trump administration is firing up the fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe”

Also, the Washington Post reports that the Klanmaster General now wants another special prosecutor … to investigate the Clintons:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns – including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia – and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Post.

The revelation came in a response by the Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who in July and again in September called for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate concerns he had related to the 2016 election and its aftermath.

Goodlatte claims this is about “restoring public confidence in our nation’s justice system and its investigators.” Which is to say, if they’re not investigating Both Sides – and especially the Clintons – than how can the public be sure it’s fair?

What a pile of rabbit poop. Just like today’s photo.

Former Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon called it what it was:

“Like clockwork, just as we learn of damning details of Donald Trump Jr.’s contacts with WikiLeaks, the Trump administration is firing up the fog machine to distract from the Mueller probe,” Fallon said.

And speaking of….

“Hiya, it’d be great if you guys could comment on/push this story”

The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe broke the story of Trump Jr’s emails with WikiLeaks:

The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long – and largely one-sided – correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States.

The emails put paid to any claim of WikiLeaks as an ‘independent’ whistle blower. They were, for all intents and purposes, part of the God-King’s communications team:

WikiLeaks played a pivotal role in the presidential campaign. In July 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks released emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee’s servers that spring. The emails showed DNC officials denigrating Bernie Sanders, renewing tensions on the eve of Clinton’s acceptance of the nomination. On October 7, less than an hour after the Washington Post released the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, Wikileaks released emails that hackers had pilfered from the personal email account of Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.

On October 3, 2016, WikiLeaks wrote again. “Hiya, it’d be great if you guys could comment on/push this story,” WikiLeaks suggested, attaching a quote from then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton about wanting to “just drone” WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

“Already did that earlier today,” Trump Jr. responded an hour-and-a-half later. “It’s amazing what she can get away with.”
Two minutes later, Trump Jr. wrote again, asking, “What’s behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?”

Perhaps Robert Mueller should investigate whether this coordination – essentially in-kind media work – violated federal election fundraising rules. Just sayin’….

“The 800-pound gorilla was that it was not disclosed”

And while we’re rooting around the rabbit dung, the God-King’s latest federal judge nominee – the one who’s only been a lawyer for three years, the one who’s never tried a case or even filed a motion in court, the one the American Bar Association unanimously deemed “not qualified” – is married to an Outhouse stapher:

Brett J. Talley, the young lawyer nominated by President Trump for a lifetime federal judgeship in Alabama, was asked by a Senate committee to disclose family members who are likely to present potential conflicts of interest if he is confirmed.

In response, Talley said he would evaluate “real or potential conflict, or relationships that could give rise to appearance of conflict” and recuse himself from cases if necessary, according to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

He did not, however, identify any family members – including his wife, who is one of President Trump’s attorneys. Annie Donaldson is White House Counsel Donald McGahn’s chief of staff.

Oh, and McGahn is the coordinating the nomination of federal judges. In other words, his chief of staff said something to the effect of “What about my husband?” and McGahn said “Sure!”

Small wonder Talley didn’t disclose that. And no, the fact that his wife sat behind him at the hearings is not a defense, as the Post’s Kristine Phillips reports:

Taylor Foy, spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee and its chair, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), said nominees are not required to list their spouses’ occupation.

“It’s no secret that Mr. Talley’s wife, Ann Donaldson, is the chief of staff to the White House counsel,” Foy said. “She was sitting behind Mr. Talley at his nomination hearing. Anyone who had any concerns about his wife’s occupation could have raised them at the hearing.”

Charles Geyh, an Indiana University law professor, said Talley’s marriage to a White House attorney is not bothersome and should not disqualify him from his nomination. Federal judges are required by law to recuse themselves in cases that present conflicts of interest.

But, Geyh said, “the 800-pound gorilla was that it was not disclosed.”

Meanwhile, an FBI report shows hate crimes were up for the second consecutive year:

Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released Monday.

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people because of their race or ethnicity.

More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20 percent were against whites, the report shows. And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion. Crimes fueled by bias against LGBT people rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 last year.

And CNN reports that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold hearings to decide whether the God-King should have the authority to launch a nuclear war:

A decades-old presidential authority to use nuclear weapons is suddenly coming into question as US allies and some lawmakers from both parties want the Trump administration to assure them that President Donald Trump cannot rashly launch a nuclear strike, according to multiple sources.

The potential that Trump could use existing law to authorize the deployment of a nuclear weapon on his own is becoming the subject of frequent conversation – and bipartisan anxiety – on Capitol Hill. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker will hold a hearing Tuesday on the authority of the President to maintain sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.
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“The more people think about this, the more they realize Donald Trump can start a nuclear war,” Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who sits on the Foreign Relations panel, said in an interview.
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Corker, who has announced he won’t seek re-election next year and has become a frequent Trump critic, has said he would use his committee chairmanship to keep the President in check.

“The committee is going to be very active,” he said in October. “I think it will be very informative to the American people and the rest of the Senate about what powers the President has – should, shouldn’t have, whatever. It’s going to be a very robust period of time.”

Yes, the Senate will hold hearings on how to keep the president away from the nuclear button. Really.

That bunny made enough poop to smother an elephant.

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Photo Credit: Stephan (TheBunnyGuy)

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