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It’s Lawlessness All the Way Down

President-elect Donald Trump meets with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse of the Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

I still find it hard to believe that a minority of American voters, located in just the right places to activate flaws in our electoral system, gave the awesome power of the U.S. government over to a failing grifter with no vision beyond his immediate self-interest. But here we are, enjoying another round of idiot’s kleptocracy.

President Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is said to have pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate the son of former vice president Joe Biden, according to three senior administration officials.

Officials at the Office of Management and Budget relayed Trump’s order to the State Department and the Pentagon during an interagency meeting in mid-July, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. They explained that the president had “concerns” and wanted to analyze whether the money needed to be spent.

Administration officials were instructed to tell lawmakers that the delays were part of an “interagency process” but to give them no additional information — a pattern that continued for nearly two months, until the White House released the funds on the night of Sept. 11.

Apparently, all of this might prove a bridge too far for the House leadership and moderate Democrats. Too bad FOX News and its political wing (that is, the Republican party) would rather drown the Republic in a gold-plated bathtub than oust a dangerously corrupt and lawless president.

Bonus: here’s me calling for impeachment after Trump admitted he fired Comey in order to obstruct justice. Seems like an eternity ago.

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