Impeachment Drama (Again)

Since Americans do not seem to give a crap about things since Donald the Orange was removed from office in the 2020 election….the impeachment process that is ongoing has not generated much interests……I thought I would bring my readers up to date on the process….for the second time…..

On the House side, 10 Republicans voted with Democrats to impeach. But Senate Republicans have been sounding reluctant lately to convict after their strong initial reaction to the Capitol riot, per the New York Times. Many of the GOP senators aren’t defending Trump’s behavior so much as citing objections to the trial process, with some of them saying it’s not constitutional to convict a former president. Others have been saying a trial will be too divisive for the country. The Senate is scheduled to formally ask Trump to respond to the charge Tuesday afternoon. The trial schedule also is to be agreed to then, and senators will take an impeachment oath to carry out “impartial justice” in the case.

Now that the articles have been delivered to the Senate from the House…..the drama brings again…..

Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday against moving forward with Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial, making clear a conviction of the former president for “incitement of insurrection” is unlikely. In a 55-45 procedural vote, the Senate set aside an objection from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that would have declared the impeachment proceedings unconstitutional, the AP reports. That means the trial on Trump’s impeachment, the first ever of a former president, will begin as scheduled the week of Feb. 8. Democrats rejected GOP arguments that the trial is not legitimate, pointing to an 1876 impeachment of a secretary of war who had already resigned and to opinions by many legal scholars.

The senators took oaths Tuesday to ensure “impartial justice” as jurors in the trial. Yet the support of 45 Republicans for declaring the trial invalid indicates that there are long odds for Trump’s conviction, which would require the support of all Democrats and 17 Republicans, or two-thirds of the Senate. While most Republicans criticized Trump shortly after the attack, many of them have rushed to defend him in the trial, showing the former president’s enduring sway over the GOP. The Hill reports that the five Republicans who voted against declaring the proceedings unconstitutional were Sens. Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, Pat Toomey, and Susan Collins.

This whole early drama shows me that this about party politics and not the Constitution……this helps make my case that the GOP is loaded with cowards and spineless politicians.

What the vote count means….

Former President Trump’s impeachment trial begins Feb. 9, but a vote Tuesday in the Senate revealed a mostly partisan split over the validity of having the trial in the first place. It was a win for the Democrats, only in that they, and five Republicans who joined them, quashed an objection by Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who insisted impeaching an ex-president would violate the Constitution. The vote that killed Paul’s objection was 55-45, but it’s a vote count the Washington Post says signals a “likely acquittal” of Trump, as 67 senators would need to agree to convict him. If a conviction does come to pass, Trump could be banned from future office with a second vote by a simple majority. The five Republican senators who joined their Democratic colleagues in the vote: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey. Reaction:

  • Agreed: Mark Meadows, the White House’s former chief of staff, aligns with the notion that this vote is a signifier of the bigger picture, per the Hill. “If today’s Senate vote is any sign, the Democrats’ ridiculous impeachment of former President Trump will fail—again—by a long shot. Dead on arrival,” he tweeted Tuesday.
  • Constitutionality: That’s the issue many Republicans are citing, and some of them met Tuesday before the vote with law professor Jonathan Turley, who testified for the GOP during Trump’s first impeachment trial. At the luncheon, per the Wall Street Journal, Turley pushed the idea that it’s unconstitutional to try a former president, and that Trump “might be best served by simply not participating in the trial.”
  • Top Dem pushes back: “The theory that the Senate can’t try former officials would amount to a constitutional ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card for any president who commits an impeachable offense,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in response, per NPR.
  • And another: Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, who’s serving as one of the impeachment managers for the trial, concurs: “If we had a rule that you can’t be tried for anything that you did in your last three or four or five weeks in office, that would basically be sending an extremely dangerous signal to future presidents that they could try to incite or execute a coup or an armed insurrection against the government and say, ‘La-di-da, it’s too late to prosecute me.”
  • Historical precedence: The New York Times offers an example of when this type of impeachment trial has happened before—in 1876, when William Belknap, the secretary of war under Ulysses Grant, resigned “in tears,” but was impeached by the House soon after anyway. The Senate in that case agreed it had the jurisdiction to hear Belknap’s case, though it ended up acquitting him.
  • A crack in the firmament? An acquittal isn’t completely out of reach. GOP Sen. John Thune tells CNN, “I don’t think [this vote] binds anybody once the trial starts.” Sen. Rob Portman, meanwhile, who recently announced he won’t run for reelection, says he just wants a debate on the matter, but is similarly open: “I’ve not made my mind up. I’m a juror.”

The big point is that since Trump is no longer president he is a private citizen and cannot be impeached.

My thought is why not?

He was still president when he instigated that insurrection so he is still available for impeachment….the Senate trial should go forward.

In a real trial the judge would not allow someone that has already decided the outcome to become on a jury…..but yet it is perfectly okay for the Senate to do so.

If they have made up their mind then they should be dismissed.

Time for the Senate to start acting like lawmakers and not a pack of political twats.

But this may be an exercise in futility for the Repubs have made up their minds in advance and NO amount of evidence will change those minds.

For me this makes the entire GOP co-conspirators and should be handled as such.

Since they have made up their minds on this they should be denied committee assignments for they have proven that the rule of debate and evidence is a moot point with them.

This proves my assertion that the Senate is nothing but a club for old white guys…..that have NO interest in doing the work of the country.

They are a worthless pack and time to maybe considering a unicameral system (more on this soon) maybe then we could actually enact laws and the business of the nation.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

The good news is that Trump is NO longer the leader of a free world…he may be gone from DC but his legacy will remain.

A recent poll shows that Trump’s final approval rating was a record low of 34%…..but that matters not for Trump will do what he always does…..take revenge on those that opposed him.

He will not be president just how could he exact his revenge?

First he will target the Republicans that turned on hm throughout his presidency…..he has sycophants but not all were on-board with is lunacy he called his presidency.

You may ask….how can he take revenge on those how wronged him?

Since he has such support with the old white guy wing of the party….he has thoughts of forming a competing party, the Patriot Party…..

“Mr. Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said. The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said,” reported Andrew Restuccia. “Mr. Trump has feuded in recent days with several Republican leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who on Tuesday said Mr. Trump deserved blame for provoking the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Polls show Mr. Trump retains strong support among rank-and-file GOP voters.”

“It’s unclear how serious Mr. Trump is about starting a new party, which would require a significant investment of time and resources,” continued the report. “The president has a large base of supporters, some of whom were not deeply involved in Republican politics prior to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.”

https://www.rawstory.com/trumps-new-political-party/

This could prove hurtful to the GOP….for Trump has in his pocket many mega-donors…..he also has some influential people in Congress as well…like McCarthy, Jordan, Gaetz, Gohmert, Hawley, Cruz just to name a few.

Patriot?

Seriously?

They stand in opposition to most of what the Constitution brought to America….how can that be patriotic?

Words do not make a patriot!

These sycophants will make sure that unity is NOT on the agenda for the Biden Administration.

My thought is….let them go ahead…..that would virtually destroy the GOP and its strangle hold on this country…..which might be a bad idea.

But reality tells me that the GOP will work hard to keep its far right slugs within the party.

By all means…please make the Patriot Party a reality…..put all the crazies in one party.

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Final Thoughts On Trump

Closing Thought–21Jan21

Some final thoughts on the Trump presidency and the people he had around him……

First something positive…..

Trump attempted to cease those endless wars and bring troops out of harms way…..he was unsuccessful.

Now for what I really feel…..

Raising middle finger relays information, judge rules in case of man  accused of breaching no-contact order | National Post

Good-bye Pres. Trump….you will definitely not be forgotten.

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Trump’s Senate Trial

If so then it will be the second one in four years.

There is lots of talk about a second trial for Trump in the Senate….the first one failed (go figure)…..

After the events on 06 January 2021 and the situation where Trump fed the lunacy of his supporters….he was impeached twice in the House….and then the trial in the Senate…..but since Trump has left office can he be tried by the Senate?

President Trump, having reached the historic — and infamous — landmark of being impeached twice, now faces trial in the Senate. But unlike the first time, he will no longer be in office. So, does the Senate have the power to try an ex-president on impeachment charges?

The Constitution says that after the House of Representatives votes to impeach a president or any other civil officer, the case is sent to the Senate for a trial, which “shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification” from future office. Conviction requires a two-thirds vote, but barring Trump from future office would take only a majority vote.

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/18/957866252/can-the-senate-try-an-ex-president

As you can see there is a bunch of opinions on this matter.

But what about the US Senate?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointedly did not rule out Wednesday that he might eventually vote to convict the now twice-impeached President Donald Trump, but he also blocked a quick Senate impeachment trial.

Minutes after the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, McConnell said in a letter to his GOP colleagues that he’s not determined whether Trump should be convicted in the Senate’s upcoming proceedings. The House impeachment articles charge that Trump incited insurrection by exhorting supporters who violently attacked the Capitol last week, resulting in five deaths and a disruption of Congress.

“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell wrote.

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-impeachments-capitol-siege-mitch-mcconnell-29ca8c7dff7943c3daf2952d4a809097

You see there is still a wealth of opinions and possible actions.

Personally I want to see Trump pay a high price for thumbing his nose at the Constitution and the rule of law.

Any thoughts?

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Trump’s Final Approval

Closing Thought–20Jan21

He has left the building…and the fumigation has begun.

AS the Trump imperial presidency draws to a close…..time to look at his final approval rating.

As he gets ready to head out of the Oval Office and back to life as a private citizen, President Trump just received his final report card—and Gallup notes he’s leaving “on a personal low note.” In a survey of 1,023 random American adults taken Jan. 4-15, only 34% gave him a thumbs-up for the job he’s doing, the lowest score of his presidency, and one point lower than the 35% he hit several times in 2017, such as after the deadly white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va. The outgoing commander in chief’s overall average approval rating of 41% for his entire presidency is 4 points lower than any other president has received in Gallup’s history. And, in a sign of our polarized times, there was a historic 81-percentage-point average gap—more like a chasm—between Democrats and Republicans; the previous record had been 70 percentage points.

Only Harry Truman left with a lower rating, at 32%. Trump tied with Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush for second lowest. Trump is the only president since the analytics company started registering presidential job approval in 1938 to not get over the 50% hump at any point; a 45% rating during his first year was his best. He did get close in 2020, hitting 49% a few times after his first impeachment but before the pandemic began. What did him in toward the end of his tenure, per Gallup: his refusal to concede the election, the continued COVID death toll, the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and an unprecedented second impeachment. The numbers are slightly better for him in a final NBC News poll, which surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Jan. 10-13. Trump ends with a 43% approval rating, though nearly half rank him as “definitely worse than most presidents.”

The worse approval since Harry Truman….how pathetic is that?

Say good-bye to inept president….hopefully we can do better with Biden.

But will we?

A majority of American voters surveyed in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol believe that twice-impeached President Donald Trump should be barred from ever running for office again, according to polling results reported exclusively by The Hill on Tuesday, his last full day in office.

The survey was conducted by the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and the Harris Poll from January 12 to 14; it found that 57% of U.S. voters think Trump—who entered politics in 2015 to run for president—shouldn’t be allowed to seek office in the future, compared with 43% who don’t support such a ban.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/19/57-us-voters-want-trump-barred-seeking-office-ever-again-poll

Really?

After all the crap in the past 4 years and only 57% is the best we can muster?

My closing thought…..

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The Final Pardons

The last day of the Trump debacle that some call a presidency……Donald the Orange has made his list of pardons public.

Pardon day is here. The White House was expected to announce a slew of pardons and commutations on Tuesday, President Trump’s last full day in office, but instead the list came out early Wednesday, hours before his term ends at noon, CNN reports. The most notable name on the list of people being granted clemency in some form: Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist charged with fundraising fraud. Sources say there was much debate at the White House over whether to include the controversial pick, even until the last minute. Not on the list: Trump himself, members of his family, or Rudy Giuliani, NBC News reports; there had been speculation he might issue preemptive pardons in those cases. There are a total of 143 names on the list, the Washington Post reports. Among them:

  • Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, who are jailed on weapons charges
  • Elliott Broidy, a former top fundraiser for the Trump campaign who pleaded guilty in a corruption and bribery case
  • Conservative political operative Paul Erickson, the ex-boyfiend of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges
  • North Carolina political donor Robin Hayes, who was convicted of trying to bribe officials
  • Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, convicted of racketeering, extortion, corruption, and other charges
  • Professional sports gambler William Walters, found guilty of insider trading
  • Israeli air force officer Aviem Sella, whom the US accused of spying
  • Casey Urlacher, brother of former NFL star Brian Urlacher, accused of helping to run an illegal offshore gambling ring

Prior to this group, Trump had only granted clemency to 95 people; the only one-term president to have a lower number is George HW Bush.

Not a person listed deserves a presidential pardon.

If they accept then they admit they committed the crimes they are accused of doing.

I guess those pardoned kissed enough ass for Trump to take notice….and wrote a big enough check.

These pardons are not about justice but rather about money.

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A “Heroes Garden”?

Awhile back the president ordered the ripping up of the White House’s Rose Garden….a feature that has been a stable in DC a place for announcements, pressers and just a great source of inspiration for most of those roses were planted by numerous presidents….

Melania Trump’s redesign of the White House Rose Garden is making headlines—and not all for the better, Vox reports. The First Lady has torn out crabapple trees and vibrant tulips dating back to the Kennedy era for a more sedate color palette of white and pastel roses. She also introduced paved walkways along with under-the-radar fixes like better drainage, disability access, and media-friendly technical improvements, per the AP. But the less colorful design and vanquished trees inspired a wave of outrage on Twitter, where the Independent reports that users accused Trump of “removing Jackie O’s rose garden” and constructing “a cemetery.”

It is now gone and on Trump’s last full day as president he announced that it would now be the “Heroes Garden”…..

President Trump issued one of his final executive orders that calls for the establishment of a “National Garden of American Heroes,” what Business Insider describes as a collection of “statues of an eclectic range of candidates” that Trump first mentioned last summer. (By “eclectic,” think Christopher Columbus set in a landscape alongside Whitney Houston, Kobe Bryant, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.) But as people have started to analyze the list of nearly 250 luminaries on Trump’s list—which includes athletes, authors, TV and film stars, and historical figures, among others—the garden that’s meant to “reflect the awesome splendor of our country’s timeless exceptionalism” is receiving some criticism for its makeup. Specifically, Axios ran the stats and found that male candidates outnumber the women at a nearly 4-to-1 rate.

Most notably missing: female athletes, Mike Freeman notes for USA Today. Not a single one, though Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Babe Ruth all get a nod, as well as 10 other male athletes and coaches. “An argument could be made that Serena Williams is the greatest athlete this country’s ever produced,” Freeman writes, also scratching his head over why Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Simone Biles, Megan Rapinoe, and others weren’t possibilities. Historian Michael Beschloss thinks the entire garden is a terrible idea, telling Axios: “No president of the United States or federal government has any business dictating [to] us citizens who our historical heroes should be.” Where the statue garden would be located hasn’t yet been mentioned, but NPR notes it may all be a moot point anyway, as it doesn’t see the garden ever coming to fruition. Read the full list of candidates here.

I still do not know why the roses had to go.

Time to replant and continue a tradition…..a tribute to real ‘heroes’ is a good idea but not at the cost of presidential roses.

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More Pardons?

Today is Donald Trump’s last day as president of the United States. (Celebrate when he is gone)

Trump has been on pardoning frenzy for the last couple of months as the leader of the Free World and his last in office may be NO different.

Word has come out that he plans many for his last day.

President Trump’s pardoning spree will continue until pretty near the bitter end, sources say. Three people familiar with the matter tell CNN that the POTUS will issue somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 pardons and commutations on Tuesday, his last full day in office. He has until noon on Wednesday, Inauguration Day, to grant clemency. Aides don’t currently expect that list to include himself, members of his family, or his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, though they warn that could change; all of the above had been speculated as possibilities. Rather, CNN says the list will include “white collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others.” Sources tell the Washington Post the names are largely expected to be “uncontroversial.” Trump granted clemency to 49 people in the week before Christmas; the total number of his presidency so far is 94, mostly friends and allies.

Not many specific names are being reported, other than Dr. Salomon Melgen, a prominent eye doctor from Palm Beach, Florida, who is jailed on health care fraud convictions. He is seen as “wealthy and influential” in South Florida, CNN says, and sources say that’s a common theme in the list: “Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him,” one says. Julian Assange is not expected to be on the list, and it’s not clear whether Steve Bannon will be. Trump met with daughter Ivanka, Jared Kushner, and other aides at the White House Sunday to discuss the list, which is seen as fluid and could change before it’s finalized. As for why he isn’t likely to pardon himself, a source tells Reuters there’s a concern that could make him look guilty regarding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Once again he will pardon people that can be of benefit to him….not those people that necessarily deserve a pardon.

Will any of the 06 January crowd be included?

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Second Time A Charm?

Yep it is impeachment time again.

A good place to start…..

The federal criminal code (18 USC 373) makes it a crime to solicit, command, induce or “endeavor to persuade” another person to commit a felony that includes the threat or use of physical force. Simply put, it is a crime to persuade another person, or a mob of several thousand, to commit a violent felony.

The federal criminal code makes it a crime for “two or more persons … to oppose by force the authority [of the United States] or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States” (18 USC 2384). That felony, including the use of force, clearly was committed by the mob after being encouraged by the president.

Now act!

After the breaching of the Capitol by protesters the Congress is taking it very seriously and is blaming the president for the instigation of violence and destruction.

For the second time in a couple of years there is a vote in the Congress to impeach the president of the United States….

There were 130 years between the first and second presidential impeachments in American history—and 13 months between the third and fourth. A majority of House members on Wednesday voted to support a a single article of impeachment charging President Trump with “incitement of insurrection,” making Trump the first president to be impeached twice, the AP reports. Roll Call points out the second impeachment differed from the first in that it had bipartisan support, with 10 Republicans, including No. 3 House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, joining House Democrats. In Trump’s first impeachment, three Democrats broke with their party, but Democrats were unified this time. The final vote Wednesday was 232 to 197.

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—the first speaker to oversee two impeachment efforts—said in a floor speech before the vote that Trump is a “clear and present danger to the nation we all love.” “We know we experienced the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people’s Capitol,” Pelosi said, per the Hill. “And we know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country.” House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy argued that while Trump should “accept responsibility” for his role in the violence, a “vote to impeach would further divide this nation,” Politico reports. The next step will be a trial in the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t bring senators back early for a trial before Trump’s term ends next week.

Why will McConnell NOT convene the SEnate for a vote?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office told Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) staff on Wednesday that the GOP will not agree to reconvene the Senate before Jan. 19 to allow an impeachment trial while President Trump is still in office.

A senior Senate Republican aide confirmed that McConnell’s office reached out to Schumer’s office to relay the message that Republicans will not agree to a Friday session to enable House Democrats to present an article of impeachment to the Senate while Trump is in office.

McConnell said in a memo circulated to colleagues last week that the Senate will not be able to handle business on the floor until senators are scheduled to return to Washington on Jan. 19 unless all 100 senators agree to reconvene sooner.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/534053-mcconnell-wont-agree-to-reconvene-senate-early-for-impeachment-trial

Only mere days left int the imperial presidency and the Senate will not vote…..

Keep that in mind when they once again ask your support.

Tell them to go f*ck themselves.

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Pardon Me? (Again)

After the breach of the Capitol and all the calls for retribution on Trump and his supporters there is concerns he might try an end run before he leaves office.

There has been a bit of a will he or won’t he about Trump attempting to pardon himself…..https://lobotero.com/2020/12/09/pardon-will-he-wont-he/

News last week came the tale again…..

President Donald Trump has prepared a sweeping list of individuals he’s hoping to pardon in the final days of his administration that includes senior White House officials, family members, prominent rappers — and possibly himself, according to people familiar with the matter.

Trump is hoping to announce the pardons on Jan. 19 — his final full day in office — and his ideas are currently being vetted by senior advisers and the White House counsel’s office, the people said.

The biggest question facing his legal team may be whether the president has the authority to pardon himself, as he has discussed in recent weeks with top aides, according to the people familiar with his conversations. Trump has previously claimed the power, though it’s a matter of legal dispute and has never before been attempted by a president.

A self-pardon could also prove a major political liability and hamstring another presidential bid, with opponents sure to suggest the self-pardon amounted to an admission that he thought he might be prosecuted for breaking the law.

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/trump-prepares-pardon-list-for-aides-and-kin-and-maybe-himself

The big question is…..can a president self pardon?

President Donald Trump has declared that he has the “absolute right” to issue a pardon to himself. Yet the law is much murkier than his confidence suggests.

No president has attempted to pardon himself while in office, so if Trump tries to do so in the next six weeks, he will be venturing into legally untested territory without clear guidance from the Constitution or from judges. Legal experts are divided on an inherently ambiguous question that was left vague by the Founding Fathers and has never had to be definitively resolved in court.

https://apnews.com/article/can-donald-trump-pardon-himself-3fcbe6a0e961d8e90e9fc0a48e2ff126

After the riot on 06Jan21 the president is considering an all-purpose pardon……

As The New York Times reports, Trump has been talking to his staffers about whether or not he can perform autopardonica. Trump’s ability to get masturbatory with his pardon pen remains a subject of open debate, and obvious distaste. Apparently, Trump’s pardon lust was previously at the “idle musings” level, but in recent days he’s been chatting up the idea. That’s especially the case as Trump has become convinced that “his perceived enemies will use the levers of law enforcement to target him after he leaves office.”

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2021/1/7/2006893/-After-inciting-an-insurrection-Trump-is-seriously-considering-handing-himself-an-all-purpose-pardon

This will be yet another attempt by Trump to circumvent the Constitution and to be honest he has been pretty damn successful in the past.

Will he this time?

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