We’ve been watching The Loudest Voice, the Showtime series about Roger Ailes and top-rated Fox News. You will recall that Ailes finally had to step down as head of Fox, after doing everything in his considerable power to help elect Donald J. Trump president. Ailes had to leave because Gretchen Carlson got millions of dollars in settlement/hush money over sexual harassment from Fox when it came out that Roger had been molesting many women at Fox and Roger, apparently, kept demanding things like short dresses and blowjobs from other women at the station. I wasn’t there, of course, and this could be the same kind of liberal hit job that brought down Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, Bill Shine  threatened poor Boof Kavanaugh’s entire life and even ended the career of liberal lion Al Franken. 
So anyway, Fox had a bombshell today. They had a Republic(an) Member of the House Judiciary Committee spill the goods on Trump-hater Jerrald Nadler. Nadler, we learn, began an impeachment inquiry even before Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election (“widespread and sweeping” though “insufficient evidence of criminal conspiracy, due in part to perjury and destruction of evidence”) and obstruction of the investigation into Russian interference (“we can’t say he didn’t obstruct it, in at least ten different ways”) was released!
Fox reports, under the banner DEMOCRATIC COURT FILING SUGGESTS TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROBE BEGAN BEFORE MUELLER EVEN SUBMITTED REPORT, that Nadler’s committee apparently initiated an inquiry on March 4, 2019 into
‘threats to the rule of law’ encompassing alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates and members of his Administration, one critical purpose of the Committee’s investigation is to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the president.
(per court filing yesterday)
Of course, a nitpicker might point out that public corruption (including profiting from his hotel in Washington DC while president, regular publicly funded trips to his resorts, with full staff (armed with Mar-a-Largo credit cards), appointing unqualified family members to high government positions) and other abuses of power (declaring a state of emergency to overrule Congress and build his wall, ignoring court order to stop separating migrant children from their parents, telling subordinates to create false evidence and disobey all subpoenas, dangling pardons, bypassing security clearance screening for his son-in-law and others) were not within the scope of Mueller’s investigation.
And a Trump supporter might say, as the President himself does, that this is all bullshit. For example, anyone who had the power to do so would address a meeting of world leaders and pitch holding the next conference at his luxury resort in Miami. Plenty of parking, huge beautiful accommodations, everything first class, the best, and in Miami– enjoy it before it’s underwater, folks.
Yes, there are partisan issues at stake here, as always. Trump diverts over $155,000,000 from FEMA disaster relief funds, at the start of hurricane season, to shore up his operations at the southern border where the crisis (a hoard of rapists, if you must know) rages out of control. The money will pay for additional detention spaces and new expedited courts to get more migrants lawfully deported. Trump decides Planned Parenthood gets no money under Title X if it continues to counsel women about the option of abortion. Trump continues to appoint lifetime judges off the Federalist Society’s list as his own team of lawyers fights disclosure of anything that could shed light on his suspected shady financial operations with entities like Deutsche Bank — even as he is the victim of history’s longest tax audit.
There is also the sobering fact that we live in a country that has, under Trump, virtual state TV, the sole source of fair and balanced news for tens of millions of a carefully cultivated demographic. On Fox, criticism of the president diverting a dump truck full of money from FEMA to stop a manufactured (“fake”) existential threat at the southern border is laughed away as typical liberal propaganda.
As Fox tells us: the Dems are pathetic, pretending to wait for the Mueller report while rushing to irrationally accuse the president of everything under the sun even before the report was even partially released. Bill Barr said Trump was completely innocent, and right to feel that he was the victim of a witch hunt and fully justified in shutting down the investigation – which was totally within his legal prerogatives as POTUS– into his totally innocent behavior. Bill Barr, ladies and gentlemen . The People rest.
 Bill Shine (born on the Fourth of July), you may recall, was hired by the President as White House Communications director after Shine was fired from Fox for his longtime role in covering up sexual harassment (and worse) at Fox News.
from Shine’s Wikipedia page:
In particular, those objecting [to Shine’s appointment as Trump’s Communications Director] cited Shine’s awareness at the time of the channel’s hiring private detectives to intimidate alleged victims of Roger Ailes. Later it was reported that Shine’s compensation upon leaving Fox was in the neighborhood of $15 million dollars.
On March 8, 2019, it was announced by the White House that Shine was resigning from his position to serve as an advisor to President Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign. Shine said in a statement about his resignation that he is “looking forward to working on President Trump’s re-election campaign and spending more time with family.” In May 2019, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told Politico that he did not intend to replace Shine with a new communications director.
 while looking for names to add to this list I came across this:
Donald Trump (R), the 45th President of the United States, was accused of sexual assault by 13 women during the 2016 election and he denied the allegations. The allegations arose after The Washington Post released a 2005 video of Trump, recorded on a hot microphone by Access Hollywood, in which he bragged about sexually assaulting women.Trump himself renewed the controversy a year later by alleging that the video was fake, to which Access Hollywood replied, “Let us make this perfectly clear — the tape is very real. Remember his excuse at the time was ‘locker-room talk.’ He said every one of those words.” The first reports of an alleged 2006 affair between Donald Trump and adult film star Stormy Daniels were published in October 2011 by the blog The Dirty and the magazine Life & Style.
compare and contrast:
Al Franken Senator (D-MN), was accused by radio newscaster Leeann Tweeden of forcibly kissing her as part of a skit and later being in a photo pretending to grope her without consent (there was no actual physical contact) during a U.S.O. tour in 2006. Tweeden produced photo evidence of the pretend grope, taken of Franken when Tweeden was asleep. Franken admitted to the allegations and apologized for his actions and then resigned.
just for fun: (left to right: Karen MacDougal, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Melania Trump)
 a hell of a bagpiper, I’ve heard.