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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Michael Moore is *Almost* Right (My Hillary Clinton Fan-Fiction)

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Michael Moore wrote a lengthy Facebook screed (I didn't want to use the word, but it was particularly screedy) about the potential removal of Trump from office on Tuesday night that just came across my feed this afternoon:

Stunning bombshell right now from the New York Times -- Trump campaign chair, campaign officials and Trump associates made repeated contacts and calls with Russian intelligence during the YEAR leading up to the election.
It's what we all suspected. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going on: TRUMP COLLUDING WITH THE RUSSIANS TO THROW THE ELECTION TO HIM.
So this is what I want done NOW:
1. I and tens of millions of Americans demand that the weak and spineless Democrats bring Congress to a halt until investigative hearings are held and impeachment charges are filed. We don't want to hear you Dems huff and puff and grandstand and take symbolic actions. We demand that you halt all actions being taken by an illegitimately elected government until this matter is resolved.
2. Attorney General J Beauregard Sessions must immediately appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate these potentially treasonous acts.
3. So-Called President Trump could save the country a lot of time, money and pain by stepping down tonight.
4. Somehow, our judicial system has to find a way to make restitution to this country. Pence can't be president as he, too, was elected under this same fraud. The court has to rule either that the President is the winner of the popular vote OR the election must be held over. The Republicans-- the beneficiaries of this treason --cannot be allowed to hold on to the power by default. If it turns out there's a traitor in the White House, the judicial branch must find a fair, peaceful way to un-do and then re-do the election of 2016.

I like the sentiment, but I can't imagine it going down that way. Trump isn't going to step down overnight right now; if it happens, there will more likely be a more drawn-out process, like Watergate. And I don't think it'll be courts deciding it; there's that whole 4-4 tie thing. Additionally, it might happen behind the scenes rather than in the public. Once it gets public, it might get out of control and be seen as a political play. Plus, is Jeff Sessions really going to turn on Trump? Doubtful.

This, I think, could be a plausible scenario to put Hillary Clinton in the White House (where she should be):

1. Michael Moore shuts up about "weak and spineless Democrats bring[ing] Congress to a halt" until he tells us how it can administratively done. In the meantime, Republicans are doing a good job of halting themselves.

2. The Dems "lawyer up" and put together a case, against not just Trump and Pence, but Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, James Comey, and any other prominent Republican that was in any way complicit with Russia over the last year.

3. The Dems collaborate quietly with journalists who can make this case in a way that is both convincing to and understandable by the public, and prepare to have it plastered on the front page of every mainstream newspaper in the country (if I recall correctly, something like this happened with the Starr Report).

4. Before sending the case to the media, Democratic leadership and members of the intelligence community corner Republican leadership and present them with a deal. Republicans hand the Executive branch over to the Democrats, with a pre-agreed slate of Cabinet officials to be confirmed. The Republicans keep the Senate and House, but no new judicial nominees until after the 2018 election. No legislation or Executive Orders other than those necessary to keep the government going until 2019. No one other than Trump and Pence have to admit guilt, and Clinton pardons them both.

5a. If there's an agreement, the Democrats and Republicans jointly announce the deal to the press and move forward as a country.

5b. If not, the Democrats put the whole story of widespread Republican guilt out to the papers and we go from there.

I'm probably wrong, but this seems more likely than Jeff Sessions being at the center of taking down Trump.

Besides, it would be irresponsible not to speculate, right?

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