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Nov 13 2018

Moran

I find myself explaining my jokes more frequently which is not a good sign but it is of a piece with the gaslighting alternate reality that Republicans seem to inhabit.

In case you missed the humor of it, my post Serious Mendicant was entirely (well, mostly, on another level it’s about the PBS style begging sites that aspire to make money do at this time of year, and I don’t begrudge them. I’m more than fortunate it’s not a consideration for me.) about George Papadopoulos and his ingratitude for the sweet, sweet deal he got from Bob Mueller in exchange for his co-operation.

Two weeks, five weeks of Community Service, $9,500 fine. Not much for being an accessory to TREASON for which the maximum penalty is DEATH!

Seriously.

I mean, this is the kind of sentence you get for a DWI, better even because as far as I know they didn’t suspend his Driver’s License and Car Registration.

Evidently his lawyers think he’s under appreciative of his good fortune also since they’ve filed a motion to cease representing Papadopoulos.

Lawyers for George Papadopoulos ask to withdraw from his case as he rants on Twitter about being framed
by Travis Gettys, Raw Story
13 Nov 2018

Thomas Breen and Robert Stanley filed a motion Tuesday asking to withdraw from the case, saying Papadopoulos had hired at least one other attorney to represent him going forward in the special counsel probe.

Papadopoulos was sentenced in September to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents investigating his contacts with Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.

But since he was sentenced, Papadopoulos has frequently claimed on Twitter that he was framed by British and Australian intelligence as part of a plot to undermine the Trump campaign, but he hasn’t provided any evidence.

Papadopoulos, who joined the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser in March 2016, pleaded guilty in October 2017.

He agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which has resulted in the guilty pleas of other top campaign officials.

I’m flabbergasted by the sheer selfishness, ignorance, and sense of privilege on display here. Were I a vengeful man (and I am, but I try not to show it much) and Bob Mueller (which I am not at all) I would be re-examining my agreement to see if there was an opportunity to provide Mr. Papadopoulos more time for reflection and repentance because I don’t think he grasps the gravity of his actions and the situation he finds himself in.