Here Comes the Bribe

From salon:

President Trump is rewarding senators that support him on impeachment with bundles of campaign cash, drawing accusations of political bribery.

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On Wednesday, Trump’s campaign issued a fundraising appeal to supporters to donate funds that would be equally distributed among Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., all of whom are supporting the resolution [to condemn the House impeachment inquiry] and face tough re-election battles in 2020.

the bribe

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Trump is also expected to host a fundraiser for Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., at an event where guests are being asked to donate up to $100,000, according to Politico, and will speak at an event held by the Senate Leadership Conference, a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

All of those senators co-sponsored the resolution to condemn the impeachment inquiry, while [Senator Susan] Collins, who refused to back the resolution and has criticized his rhetoric on the probe, was snubbed.

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Republicans have been largely united in their defense of Trump. Just three senators, Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah, have not signed on to the resolution.

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Trump lashed out at Romney on Twitter, prompting McConnell to intervene and persuade Trump to stop attacking senators who would soon decide his fate in an impeachment trial, Politico reported.

Though presidents often raise money for down-ballot races, Trump appearing to tie support on impeachment to fundraising drew allegations of “bribery.”

Richard Painter, who served as White House ethics chief under President George W. Bush and now serves as vice-chair of the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, called Trump’s scheme “criminal.”

“This is a bribe,” he tweeted. “Any other American who offered  cash to the jury before a trial would go to prison for felony bribery. But he can get away with it?”

“The senators can raise their own campaign cash,” he added. “Any senator who accepts cash from [Trump] before the impeachment trial is guilty of accepting a bribe and should go to the slammer.”

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13 responses to “Here Comes the Bribe

  1. Ugh. I think we all know what hog Ernst is fantasizing about castrating there.

    I guess we should be grateful that when the fates sent us a would-be fascist dictator as president, they made him so inept and blatant. This is such flagrant “jury” tampering that it must surely qualify as yet another impeachable offense.

    • I wanted to make this as vile as possible before tweeting it to Ernst. She’ll probably never see it, but it still makes me feel better. By the way, I think that hog has already been castrated by First Lady Kidney Tits (thinking of calling her Malaria or Melanoma Knausseating, whaddya think?). Jennifer Rubin from WaPo called it “self-impeachment.” I hope it works better than Mittsie’s self-deportation.

      • Those names work. I have often seen her called “Melanoma”, but I don’t think I’ve seen “Malaria” before, and certainly not “Knauseating” (maybe “Knausea” would work just as well and fit “Knaus” more recognizably?). I also once saw her called not FLOTUS but FETUS (for “First Escort of the United States”). Wish I could claim credit for that one.

        • I called her Melanoma at first, but I switched over to Malaria years ago. I’ll have to work on Knausseating or Knauseous. She spelled her maiden name with two S’s. FETUS is hilarious, but the evangelicals will protect her and we’ll never get rid of her.

  2. the rub

    aaah, the double standards of the rich and famous. too bad the laws of the land that apply to the rest of us peons don’t apply to them.

    • The irony is that they are the ones who write the laws, and then they blithely break them. If they don’t like the laws the way they are, they are the ones who can change them. I hope every reporter who spots one of these criminals asks them why they are breaking the law and accepting bribes.

  3. Ugh, I had blissfully forgotten that Joni even existed. Still as odious as ever…..

  4. Twittler’s criminal and blatant acts just do not stop. Every week if not day there are more acts of wrong doing and the sad fact is that he and the repubs are getting away with all of it. It never ceases to amaze me how open and in your face he and his cohorts conduct their business.

    • It’s criminal to offer a bribe, and it’s criminal to accept one. Ernst, Gardner, Perdue and Tillis are commiting crimes every time they use bribe money in their campaigns.

  5. It’s giving him enough rope to hang himself. None of this is surprising, just sad,😣

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