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A Weekly Online Publication of the Anonymous Anything Society — April 18, 2018
THE GUTTING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY and Waiting for Michael Cohen to Hope for a Pardon
Scott Pruitt is the first administrator of the EPA to believe he has a mandate to dismantle the Agency. Try and explain that to the folks in California, Tornado Alley and the Pacific Island Nation of Kiribati, once known as Cook Island, slowly being inundated as the result of ice melting, thousands of miles away.
In 2010, as Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt dissolved the Oklahoma EPA, and was rewarded with $215-thousand in campaign contributions from fossil fuel fans, even though he did not file to run again for that office.
Scott Pruitt has been busy in his first year in Washington—having seen to the repeal or delay of at least thirty environmental rules and regulations passed by both Democrat and Republican administrations over the last 48 years. (This alone deserves some sort of reward from the medical and big pharmaceutical establishments).
Although Pruitt is only 50, he deserves a nickname: "Fossil," for there isn't a fossil fuel he doesn't love, and the feeling in the gas, oil and coal industries is mutual. There is talk that Trump may (finally) fire U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Pruitt is not coy when asked if he would humbly accept the honor of heading up the Department of Justice—and therein lies an irony: News outlets are anxious for Scott to explain his rental of a Washington apartment paying $50-a-day to the wife of one of those lovable lobbyists whom Pruitt favors. Senate colleagues are also questioning Pruitt's taste in travel accommodations and unexplained but extremely generous raises to subordinates—that he swears he didn't approve. Probably took place when he was on one of his taxpayer-supported junkets with his wife overseas.
"FAMOUS FEUDS:" Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr, The Hatfields-McCoys, Louella Parsons-Hedda Hopper (Hollywood Gossip Columnists), Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis (Comedy Duo) and the current Donald Trump-James Comey feud, involving FOX Gnus' Unfair and Unbalanced Star, Sean Hannity, the "other client" of Attorney Michael Cohen (Yes, the lawyer who facilitated the $130,000 payment to a certain porn-queen two weeks prior to the Trump election; the lawyer currently under investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for yet unspecified possible criminal acts.
A federal judge has refused Cohen access to the materials seized this week from his properties by the FBI until she and/or an unbiased "Special Master" who may be appointed, view the materials of interest to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In the meantime, this will not stop the investigators from sifting through the files now in their custody.
My prediction: Remembering that the USA Attorney for the SD of NY had to get a judge to approve the raid, demonstrating first that incriminating evidence of possible criminal nature needed protecting, once they give Cohen a tiny twist in the wind, he is going to roll over like the floor of the interrogation room is paved with ball bearings.
These are the guys who put John Gotti in the Marion, Illinois Federal Prison. (I was once given a tour of the Marion lockup by the warden, at that time a Colonel still in the U.S. Marine Corps—after I signed an agreement that if taken hostage, there would be no effort to extricate me.)
PS: As far as I can tell, none of the above scenario has to do with the ongoing probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of possible illegal, US-Russia, back-channel connections.
EXCEPT that Attorney Cohen is, for the moment, connected at the hip to our President. When he flips, lookout, everyone!
(I could NOT make this up, even if I tried my very best to do so.)
Excuse me, but I must get back to reading James Comey's book.
-Phil Richardson, Observer of the Human Condition and Storyteller. "He goes doddering on into his old age, making a public nuisance of himself."—Joseph Menchen
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