Welcome to the Mop Up for June 23, 2022

I’m David Feldman coming to you from an airshaft overlooking a parking garage somewhere in Manhattan where the temperature is 73 degrees and partly cloudy.

The Virginia home of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was raided before dawn on Wednesday by federal agents looking for evidence in the role Clark played helping Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election.

If you remember, Clark, in the waning days of the Trump administration, reportedly angled to get Trump to name him Attorney General. In return, Clark reportedly promised Trump that he would use the full weight of the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 elections.

Last time I checked that’s against the law, and far worse than Watergate where 40 Nixon staffers were eventually indicted and or jailed.

On Wednesday, Clark was reportedly standing out on the street in his pajamas while the FBI searched his home.

Attorney General Merrick Garland reportedly feels the pressure, as Washington DC appears surprised by the number of Americans who, after watching the January 6 hearings, are now more predisposed towards an arrest of Donald Trump.

Why is a former low level Justice Department functionary like Jeffrey Clark suddenly targeted?

Days before the January 6 uprising, Trump was ready to fire Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen and replace him with Clark. But during a heated three-hour meeting with Rosen, Clark, and Trump all in the same room, Trump backed down once Acting Attorney General Rosen threatened Clark’s appointment would trigger mass resignations inside the Justice Department.

At that point, by law, the acting attorney general, Rosen, was obligated to report Trump to the FBI and hold a press conference announcing that the president of the United States is part of a criminal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Federal officials, especially the Acting Attorney General, have a statutory obligation to report criminal activity within the federal government to the Attorney General.

That would have prevented January 6. Instead, Rosen kept his job and his mouth shut.

For that he should be disbarred if not arrested as an accessory after the fact.

Instead, today he testifies before The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection as a conquering hero.

The committee holds more hearings today where the focus is on Donald Trump’s criminal conspiracy to pressure the Justice Department into claiming falsely that there was enough evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election to justify several state legislatures sending alternative slates of electors to Washington on January 6– when Congress certifies the results.

There are men and women behind bars for far less. It was the responsibility of Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen to report the crime of a president pressuring him, and his Justice Department, to help overthrow the government. Again, not reporting the crime is a crime.

The witnesses testifying today are Jeffrey A. Rosen, the former acting attorney general; Richard P. Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general; and Steven A. Engel, the former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.

All of whom were derelict in their duty to report a crime they not only witnessed but were asked to participate in.

By not reporting the crime, by not reporting what so clearly by then was going to be a violent attempt to overthrow the government, they are now accessories after the fact.

I dare anyone with a law degree, anyone who passed the bar, to challenge me on this.

All three of these men Jeffrey A. Rosen, the former acting attorney general; Richard P. Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general; and Steven A. Engel, the former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel should have their law licenses taken away and then frog marched into the Washington DC Correctional Facility.

During today’s hearings they are expected to outline precisely how Donald Trump illegally tried to overthrow the election results. Begging, once again, the question why didn’t they themselves immediately start a criminal investigation?

Even a six-year-old knows this is illegal.

You’re acting attorney general. Deputy attorney general. Assistant attorney general for the office of legal counsel. The president of the United States asks you to break the law. A big law. He’s asking you to overturn the 2020 election. I believe it’s called “sedition.” Trump said, and I quote, “Don’t worry about the evidence, just say there was election fraud, and I’ll take it from there.”

And all you did was refuse to help him?

You don’t get credit for coming forward a year and a half after the insurrection.

You should be disbarred, you should be arrested as an accessory after the fact. You failed to report a crime.

After the Nuremberg trials, the entire federal government was put on notice that it’s not good enough to disobey an illegal order from your superior officer. You are obligated, especially as the top officials in our justice department, to report that illegal order. Failure to do so will result in a criminal conviction.

2.5 million Americans behind bars. But no room at the inn for these three highly credentialed grifters?

January 6 happened because three days before it, our acting attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen failed to report it.

You’re not a hero. You’re a criminal. The Justice Department knew what Trump was up to, and they did nothing to stop it.

Do you remember FBI Director James Comey?

When Trump ordered him not to investigate General Michael Flynn, Comey did what he’s supposed to do, and proceeded to investigate Trump for orchestrating a coverup.

That’s what you do. It’s your job.

On February 14, 2017, James Comey met with President Trump. It was one day after Trump had to fire his national security adviser Michael Flynn after Flynn was caught lying to the FBI about his illegal conversations with the Russian ambassador during the final days of the Obama administration. Flynn pled guilty and was later pardoned by Trump in the waning days of his presidency.
General Michael Flynn is a crazy Christian Evangelical who has sworn an oath to Q-anon and has illegally lobbies on behalf of Turkey and Russia.

Obama warned Trump not to name him national security adviser because, Obama said, he could not be trusted.
Flynn was fired. The day after he was fired, in 2017 during a meeting with FBI Director James Comey Trump asked Comey to “go easy on Flynn.”

Comey immediately understood this was an illegal order, it was part of an illegal coverup. And so, Comey wrote a memo to his own FBI and entered it into the ongoing investigation of Trump.

That’s what you do when you are given an illegal order, especially when you work inside the justice department.

Rosen, Donoghue, and Engel are all testifying today.

I want to know why they didn’t immediately go to the FBI, why they didn’t immediately hold a press conference to alert this country as to what Trump was planning.

We are told that the Justice Department is there to keep the citizens and our country safe.
On the last show, I outlined how our police do such a piss poor job preventing and solving crime.

Here was a crime committed right in front of our acting attorney general. He did nothing. And by doing nothing, he failed to prevent an even worse crime three days later on January 6.

Jeffrey Rosen, Harvard Law.

The crackpot Jeffrey Clark who wanted to replace Rosen as acting attorney general by overthrowing the election results—graduate of Harvard college.

The three justice department officials testifying today, did not nothing to stop January 6. When Trump said he wanted to replace Rosen with Clark all they did was threaten to resign, and when Trump didn’t fire them, they kept their mouths shut.

They kept their jobs, and their mouths shut.

Real heroes.
Why is it so hard for the people who enforce the law to obey it?
The federal government is littered with signs that read,
“If you see something say something.” OK fellas, you first.

In Washington DC it’s really, if you see something write a book, get paid millions for it, and then, when it’s too late said something.

John Bolton, the former national security adviser under Trump, Mark Esper, the former secretary of defense under Trump, the list goes on and on. Former trump administration officials who refuse to say something unless there’s money in it for them in a book.

Why report a crime when you can write a book about that crime and make millions?

In other news…
Congress is poised to pass the most sweeping gun control legislation in decades as soon as July 4th.

50 Senate Democrats along with a filibuster proof 14 Republicans appear to support The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which would:
• Forbid anyone from purchasing a gun if they have been accused or convicted of abusing an intimate partner.
• The law still allows children under the age of 21 to purchase weapons but expands background checks into a three-day screening process looking for criminal and mental health issues.
• It would carry stricter penalties for what are called “straw purchases” where individuals buy guns for those who cannot pass background checks.
• It would expand mental health treatment to those on Medicaid and in our public schools.
• And it would add an additional 300 million dollars to fund the policing of our public schools, which Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warns is making it too easy to arrest rather than properly discipline school children.

One of the myths propagated by opponents of gun control is that these laws don’t work. They often cite Chicago as an example of a city having the strictest gun control laws in the nation, and yet it’s turned into a notorious shooting gallery.

While this is an effective talking point used by Republicans it’s misleading and a lie.

It’s remarkable at how Fox and Republicans repeat the lie over and over until it’s received wisdom that Chicago is proof positive that gun control laws don’t work.
It’s a lie.

Linda Qiu writing in the New York Times on May 27, following the NRA’s Houston convention which mentioned Chicago more times than the musical, points out:
• That yes, Chicago has the highest number of gun related killings in the country, but that’s only because it’s the third largest city in America.
• Chicago’s gun murder rate is 25 per 100,000 making it the 26th highest murder rate in America—not the first.
• For a city as diverse and burdened by gangs 26 is impressive.
• More importantly, the cities with the highest murder rate are Jackson, Miss.; Gary, Ind.; and St. Louis, Missouri. These top three cities have a gun homicide rate twice that of Chicago’s and have much more lenient laws when it comes to guns.
• The talking point should not be that Chicago is proof gun control doesn’t work. The talking point is compared to the top three-gun homicide cities, Jackson, Gary, and St. Louis—gun control does work.
• Here’s a talking point that should stop the GOP in their tracks. Guns kill more people through suicide than homicide. And the leading instrument in suicide is far and away guns. The states with the strictest gun control laws are Illinois, California, New York and New Jersey and they have the lowest suicide rates in the country. Think about that, New Jersey has one of the lowest suicide rates in the country. Because the people of New Jersey are smart enough to know that if you live in Jersey, you’re going to use that gun on yourself.
• Illinois, that’s where Chicago is, has one of the lowest suicide rates in America.
• Where are the highest suicide rates? The states with the most permissive gun laws.
• It’s fascinating. You look at the Northeast, very strict gun laws, very low suicide rates. Except for Vermont, gun laws not so strict, Bernie Sanders is from Vermont and his record on guns is problematic. In 1993, Sanders voted against the Brady Bill, a law that imposed a five-day waiting period. He voted to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits. He did vote for the assault weapons ban, and for the past fifteen years has come down hard on guns, but to please his constituents he has not been anti-gun, because Vermont likes their guns.
• Which is why Vermont’s suicide rate is the outlier in the Northeast—it’s the highest in the Northeast, and among the highest in America.
• At the NRA Senator Ted Cruz, a Harvard Law school graduate, lied when he said Chicago proves gun control laws don’t work because they have banned handguns, and the shootings persist.
• Ted Cruz knows this is a lie. Twelve years ago, the Supreme Court’s Heller decision made it unconstitutional for a city to ban handguns. He knows this.
• Ten years ago, the state of Illinois’ bans on carrying a concealed weapon was overturned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago,
• Chicago doesn’t have the toughest gun control laws in the country because for more than a decade our Supreme Court has stripped Chicago of its ability to control the sales of guns.

More guns mean more crime, more murder. Guns take away our freedom.

In a supreme court ruling today, New York City’s gun laws were voided, and so were my pants.

Today the Supreme Court struck down a New York Law that limits the rights of citizens to carry guns with them wherever they go.

Because the first thing that comes to mind during a sweltering New York City summer reeking of sweat and garlic is, “You know what this subway car needs? More Glocks.”

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that Americans should have the right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home. Kind of makes sense since so many Americans no longer have a home.

Clarence Thomas delivered the majority opinion, making him the biggest hypocrite in this entire decision. Clarence Thomas, of all people, is one of America’s biggest practitioners of gun control having never once turned one on his wife Ginny.

So far this year, there have been almost three hundred mass shootings.

But now that the Supreme Court has allowed all Americans to carry guns with them wherever they go, I guess we won’t need to be paying for Brett Kavanaugh’s ’round the clock security detail. He’s free to carry a gun! He’s perfectly safe. Money saved!

Well, if the Supreme Court’s solution to guns is more guns, then the solution to this Supreme Court is more justices. It’s time to start packing. Not weapons. The court.

By the way, the Court also today ruled in favor of a Georgia death row inmate who instead of Lethal injection would like to die by firing squad. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure a firing squad is a lethal injection.

This court will rule in favor of anything that involves guns.
I honestly believe Republicans would keep abortion legal if we could somehow figure out to perform one with an AR-15.

Between the Heller Decision and now today’s ruling, the Supreme Court has proven itself to be the most anti-gun control court in decades.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
This guy officiated Rush Limbaugh’s last marriage.

He is best friends with his former law clerk John Eastman, the unhinged architect of Donald Trump’s criminal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.

Also, best friends with John Eastman is the equally unhinged wife of Clarence Thomas, Ginni, who is now being forced to testify before the January 6 committee because she exchanged hundreds of texts and emails with John Eastman in the leadup to January 6.

Eastman and she illegally conspired with Trump chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and lobbied Arizona lawmakers to send their own slate of electors to Washington on January 6.

This is illegal, it is a criminal conspiracy. Jinny Thomas and her husband’s former Law Clerk John Eastman, belong in jail.

When the January 6 committee subpoenaed the white house for all the records regarding the leadup to January 6, the supreme court ruled they could have all the evidence. It was a unanimous ruling except for one justice. One justice ruled against turning over the evidence. That would be Jinny Thomas’ husband Clarence Thomas.

Which makes no sense. If you were married to Ginni Thomas, wouldn’t you do everything in your power to get her locked up?

The fact that Clarence Thomas is still married to nutjob is dispositive proof that he lacks the compos mentis to serve on the supreme court.

Marking the second time this year I’ve used the term compos mentis. I deserve a cookie.

Clarence Thomas knew that if the texts between Eastman, Meadows and his wife fell into the hands of the committee, Ginni Thomas would be called to testify if not prosecuted.

This is not normal.

But we know by now, nothing about Clarence and Ginni is normal—or legal.

Ginni Thomas, according to the New Yorker, after flunking the bar exam, joined Lifespring a cult that stripped her naked and fat shamed her. Ginni Thomas later told the Washington Post in 1991 that she had to go into hiding to escape this cult. She found a new cult. One that’s less a danger to her than it is to our democracy.

These are not bright people. They sit on the supreme court not because they follow the law, they are there because they follow the rules.

Clarence Thomas should resign. We all know he lied about Anita Hill. Like the Kavanaugh hearings, there were plenty of other women who were willing to come forward—but the Judiciary Committee had no interest in hearing from them.

Brett Kavanaugh is a rapist. And Clarence Thomas is a liar.

These are sick people. Which is why their solution to gun violence is more gun violence.

I have read that 1 percent of the general population can be classified as psychopaths. That means out of 100 Americans, one of us is a psychopath.

What are the traits of a psychopath?
Poor judgement and a failure to learn from previous experience.
You know, like knowing that there’s more than one mass shooting each day but still ruling that Americans should be allowed to carry weapons with them wherever they go.

I’m not saying Clarence Thomas is a psychopath. I’m saying his wife Ginny is one. Clarence Thomas is merely suffering from a delusional disorder by remaining married to her.

This is why I voted for Biden. It’s why I voted for Hillary.
I don’t like them, and I don’t trust them.
They are horrible people. But not as horrible as the Republicans.
And they pick the supreme court.
And while their supreme court picks are going to be bad, they won’t be half as bad as Trump’s. Or Bush’s. Or Cotton’s. Or Cruz’s or whatever half-baked paranoid schizophrenic the republicans try to run for president in 2024.

I’m a progressive. I want progress. But I also realize that you can’t move forward if someone is pushing you backwards.
Republicans aren’t just preventing new ideas; they are destroying old ones.

You can’t institute new and better progressive laws without protecting the ones already on the books.

When it comes to playing Offense, I want Medicare For All, The Pro Act, The Assault Weapons Ban, The New Green Deal, free tuition at all public universities, universal preschool, defunding the police for the sole purpose of making sure the police prevent and solve crime and nothing else, and a hike in the minimum wage. I blame the democrats for not getting us that. That’s our offense.

At the same time, we need to play defense, we need to keep the stuff we already gained. And They are taking away everything our grandparents fought for from FDR’s New Deal to LBJ’s Great Society to whatever middling accomplishments Clinton and Obama got through.

I am fully aware that Joe Biden and Hillary want to cut and privatize. I am aware of that.

But at least when Hillary and Biden are picking justices, we have a fighting chance to stay on offense.

We’re precipitously close to losing Abortion, voters rights and an administrative state that can regulate business, especially the businesses that are destroying our planet.

I get it. The Democrats are horrible. They are. But…

No Trump. No Gorsuch. No Kavanaugh. No Amy Coney Barrett.

That means a completely different court. Say what you want about Hillary. Had Hillary won, roe v wade would not be within hours of ending up on the chopping block. The supreme court would not be ruling today in favor of gun manufacturers over school children.

So now, thanks to trump…everyone in New York can carry a gun. Of course, it’s the city that never sleeps, who can sleep with all those guns going off.

The great thing about this ruling is I am no longer an agoraphobic. I’m cured. I’m no longer a shut in. I am cured. Thanks to this ruling, anyone who steps outside their New York City apartment should be placed in a 36-hour psychiatric hold.

Trust me, we’re only days away from people hailing cabs by blowing the tires out.

I am never leaving my apartment.

I would like to know how many of the justices ruling for the majority own stock in all the companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Apple which are quickly transitioning their business model over to the meta verse.

400 million guns in America and counting. Pretty soon nobody is leaving their home in America.

They’re going to put on their virtual reality goggles and stay put, and this ruling makes that happen sooner than later.

Put your money into virtual reality because Republicans are making actual reality some kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland that would give Hieronymus Bosch the creeps.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, said she is thinking of convening a special session of her state legislature to pass a new gun control law that will fit within the court’s new ruling.
But there’s always the possibility the court would overrule that.

Apparently, the federalist society, which picks republican justices, believes in states’ rights. Except when the states want to regulate guns. Then the rights of gun manufacturers trump the rights of the state.

In other words, if you believe in states’ rights, you believe that the states are only entitled to the rights you agree with.

It’s almost as though the Republicans will wrap their entire agenda in whatever intellectual and legal heft is necessary to further the political and financial agenda of the dark money behind them.

This is a supreme court of radical extremists who want us dead. They have stripped Obamacare of its muscle, they continue to strip EPA laws that protect us from climate catastrophe and now they want more, not fewer, guns in the hands of psychopaths.

I am utterly convinced the only reason republicans insist on calling themselves Pro Life is, so they don’t have to save one.

No reasonable mind could look at the recent racially charged massacre in Buffalo, where a retired police officer working as a security guard was shot to death, no reasonable mind could look at Uvalde, Texas, where close to 100 police officers from six different agencies were too terrified, waited outside a door while one kid shot up a classroom of children with an AR-15, no reasonable mind could conclude that the solution to all this carnage is more guns.

But that’s who we are.
We are nation at peace, but we can’t stop spending one trillion a year on war.

From weapons manufacturers to movies like Top Gun to video games—this is an economy that profits off our orgiastic delight in weapons.

We send 60 billion dollars’ worth of weapons to Ukraine, without sending a single peace overture towards Russia.

We flood Ukraine with weapons, with no oversight, no inspector general. We have no idea where those weapons end up, nor do we care.

If those weapons end up in the hands of Russians, or terrorists—then we just make more!

We are an increasingly isolated and lonely nation because we reward violence and mock those who call for peace.

Our solution to violent crime is more violence- especially in our jails and prisons.

Football is our national pastime.
A game that prizes violence. Violence towards others, and to ourselves.

The NFL’s Tony Siragusa ate himself to death this week at the age of 55, on the same day, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died mysteriously at the age of 26.

Marion Barber III, former Dallas Cowboy, on June 1, 2022, found dead at the age of 38 under mysterious circumstances in his Texas apartment.

Shane Olivea, played for the San Diego Chargers until he was sidelined by an addiction to painkillers, dies on March 3 at the age of 40, cause unknown.

Wide receiver Damarlo Belcher formerly with the Indiana Hoosiers found dead in his car On Feb. 15, 2022, at the age of 33 after overdosing on fentanyl and cocaine.

Junior Siavii, played with the Kansas City Chiefs, found dead at the age of 43 earlier this year inside his cell at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, awaiting trial. Cause of death unknown.

The list of football players dying young goes on and on and on.

How many football players arrested for sexual assault?

This week the house oversight committee held hearings that revealed Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder oversaw an assembly line of sexual assaults, that he tried to cover up by hiring private investigators to intimidate the victims into remaining silent.

We know the underbelly of pro football is a rape culture that cherishes violence against women.

This week we read about Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson who has been accused of seuxal harassment and assault by at least 24 women.

This comes as no surprise. It’s the nature of the game because it’s the nature of this country.

We don’t put up with it. We celebrate it.

We know that pro football causes severe and permanent brain damage. We’ve known that for more than a decade.

A recent study of autopsies conducted on football players revealed 99 percent of NFL players showed some degree of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in their brains.

We know they can’t make a helmet strong enough to prevent the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy which causes these players to turn violent and suicidal.

It causes the early onset of dementia and physical paralysis.

How many football players end up as wounded warriors before they even make it to 50?

And yet, and yet, football is more popular than ever. We know lives are ruined every Sunday on the field—which is why Americans love it even more.
We are a violent culture. Our movies, our music, our sports, our video games, and our relationships are steeped in the threat of violence.

And yet, we’re told it’s all about personal choice. That

Young people and adults should discover all by themselves where the line between virtual and actual violence is. It’s not working. We are the most violent country in the industrialized world.

Too many of us don’t know where that line is because our culture keeps demanding we cross it.

Violence is rewarded in this country.

All the way to the supreme court. Brett Kavanaugh had several credible rape and sexual assault charges against him that were conveniently ignored by the FBI and the senate judiciary committee.

But those charges didn’t have to surface. We already knew who Kavanaugh was, and he was appointed anyway. Not despite his violent demeanor, because of it.

In a sane and rational world, Brett Kavanaugh automatically disqualified himself from sitting on the highest court by the way he answered those charges of drinking to excess under oath.

He was a volcano of red-faced vitriol, spewing vomitous contempt at female senators like Amy Klobuchar who dared to ask if he ever drank to the point of blacking out.

When Kavanaugh’s white male privilege was challenged, in a menacing tone that suggested a physical price would be exacted had this question been asked in private, he answered belligerently, “You’re asking about blackout, I don’t know, have you?”

That response was celebrated on the right. “Have you?”

I should mention that he essentially said he drinks to excess. If you’re asked, do you drink to the point of blacking out, and your answer is, “I don’t know.” The answer is you do.

This is who sits on our court. These aren’t learned scholars. These are angry, malevolent finger-puppets of the dark money, anti-democratic fossil fuel and wall street overseers who put them on the court.

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has a third-rate judicial temperament. She served as one of the leaders of People of Praise, an Indiana-based religious group—a communal organization of Christian crackpots that live on top of another. LITERALLY

According to the Guardian, People of Praise would chain children as young as three and five to a crib and force them to watch sexual acts performed by the People of Praise’s religious leaders.

Four others have stepped forward claiming sexual abuse—all this going on while Amy Coney Barret and her husband were living there.

This is not normal.

These are sick people. And they are in charge.

Countries go insane, insanity is contagious. We have a republican party of extremists, radical extremists, who have now taken over the Supreme Court.

Like I said The Supreme Court overturned today a New York City law that forbids people from carrying their guns to places like Yankee Stadium, Times Square, or a concert at Madison Square Garden.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh during hearings on the case remarked that the second amendment guarantees everyone the right to own a weapon, and it doesn’t restrict that ownership to the home. He says people should be able to carry a gun wherever they want.

Armed guards are now stationed outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home, at the expense of taxpayers, because a 26-year-old- crackpot from California allegedly decided to carry his gun out of his home and bring it into Justice Kavanaugh’s home to kill him.

One would think owning a gun would make Justice Kavanaugh and his family safe. Someone is threatening your life, buy a gun. That’s why we have a second amendment. So, we can protect ourselves.

No, when Justice Kavanaugh’s life is threatened by a gun—he requires around the clock security detail. He requires congress pass sweeping new legislation to protect the lives of our Supreme Court Justices.

Rules for thee, but not for me.

You would think a Supreme Court terrified of getting assassinated would think, “You know, maybe we need to get these guns off the street.”

No, their answer is more police. More guns. More police.

The Republican solution for every problem is more police and more guns. And yet, they insist, guns in the hands of ordinary citizens are what keep America from turning into a police state.

This is insanity