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The Electric Chair & the Nobel Prize

This is a day when President Trump said he deserves the Nobel Prize -- if only he was treated fairly -- and that former Vice President Joe Biden deserves the electric chair.

That, my friends, is quite a day.

Following a meeting in New York with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan after Trump said he was "ready, willing and able" to mediate a decades-old dispute between India and Pakistan over the territory of Kashmir, Trump was told by a Pakistani journalist that if he could solve the dispute "you'll be deserving a Nobel Prize."

To which Trump replied, "I think I'm going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don't."

Poor Trump. Now it's the Nobel Prize people who are treating him unfairly. He just can't stand the fact that President Obama won the Nobel Prize for Peace early in his presidency.

Perhaps showing his angst about the growing sentiment for impeachment stemming from his reported pressuring of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden in a July phone call, Trump insisted that he had done nothing wrong and then went nuts about Biden and his son, Hunter.

Trump claims that when Biden was vice president he pushed for the firing of the country's special prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, for which Hunter Biden had done work.

Eventually, Shokin was voted out of office by the Ukrainian Parliament and his replacement completed the investigation. Shokin's dismissal had been sought not just by the vice president, but also by others in the Obama administration, other Western governments and international lenders. Hunter Biden has not been accused of legal wrongdoing.

“If that ever happened — if a Republican ever did what Joe Biden did, if a Republican ever said what Joe Biden said, they’d be getting the electric chair by right now,” Trump declared.

All of that comes from the still-secret whistleblower complaint and questions about whether the administration's subsequent decision to withhold aid to the Ukraine was tied to that call, which Trump has repeatedly denied. “It’s very important to talk about corruption. If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?” Trump said.

Of course, the best way to prove he didn't try to bully a foreign power to attack his possible Democratic presidential challenger would be to make the transcript of the call available to the public and to release the whistleblower complaint to Congress.

Meanwhile, Democrats, many of whom have resisted calls for Trump's impeachment as a result of the Mueller Russia investigation, are growing increasingly restive and have intensified calls for an investigation of the Ukraine affair.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has agreed to testify in open session before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday about the matter, which the intelligence community inspector general has deemed "credible and urgent."

"By failing to act, Congress is complicit in Trump's latest attempt to solicit foreign interference to aid him in US elections," presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tweeted on Friday. "Do your constitutional duty and impeach the president."

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), told CNN yesterday that while impeachment is something Democrats would "reluctantly" pursue, that if Trump did pressure Ukraine into investigating a political opponent, impeachment could be appropriate.

If true, it would be the second time that Donald Trump has invoked the power of a foreign government to interfere with the U.S. elections. The first time it landed him in the White House.

The second time just might send him packing back to "The Apprentice" or some other freaking reality show -- if not in the slammer.

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