Written by a twelve year old:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
5:10 AM – 9 Jun 2017
I’m not going to even try to make sense of it.
If you’re astute you’ll invest in popcorn futures.
Less than a month ago:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
7:26 AM – 12 May 2017
Contemporaneous notes might do. We’ll find out on Thursday.
Today, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) while everything else was hitting the fan:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Be sure to thank a law enforcement officer this #NationalPoliceWeek!
4:53 PM – 19 May 2017
One of the responses:
Elliott Usher @UsherElliott
Thanks James Comey!
5:35 PM – 19 May 2017
We are a nation of smart asses.
True believers (May 15, 2017)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): in for a penny, in for a pound (May 17, 2017)
This evening, via Twitter, from Senator Claire McCaskill (D):
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
It is a very bad idea to appoint a politician to head the FBI right now. We need a law enforcement professional. #bipartisan support.
9:22 PM – 18 May 2017
A couple of the responses:
Well if it’s a bad idea – you can be sure that Trump will do it…
Especially a politician that is a partner at the law firm that represents the president!
In 2008 John McCain (r) made a choice between Joe Lieberman and Sarah Palin. That’s all you need to know.
Russia. It’s got to be about Russia.
From the White House:
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 09, 2017
Statement from the Press Secretary
Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office. President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” said President Trump.
A search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately.
Read that second paragraph. Several times. He never got out of junior high school…
One of many reactions:
Joy Reid @JoyAnnReid
We’ll soon find out if we also have a compromised congress, in addition to a scandalized White House. 1/
5:27 PM – 9 May 2017
Joy Reid @JoyAnnReid
If Senate Republicans rubber stamp a Trump lackey to replace Comey and don’t appoint a special counsel, we’ll know Rome has fallen. 2/
5:28 PM – 9 May 2017
Joy Reid @JoyAnnReid
Trump, with Jeff Sessions and his deputy’s help, may have just took a huge step toward putting himself beyond the reach of law. 3/
5:29 PM – 9 May 2017
Who watches the watchers?
We received confirmation yesterday of what most sane individuals had already figured out for themselves. There was nothing to the latest effort to revive the GOP Clinton email scam. Most individuals, that is, but Grand Old Partiers who are suffering from permanent anti-Clinton hangovers.
Clinton remains, as she always was, a technically unsophisticated woman who followed the precedent set by her predecessors and used her personal email to transact State Department business. She broke no rules; out of thousands of emails, three marked classified, one in the header and two within the text, were found- all, incidentally, dealing with old news already in the public domain. A little over a thousand more emails were deemed to merit classification after the fact. Her server was never hacked. That’s it. No scandal
In spite of the recent effort to revive the topic, that’s still it. No scandal. The so-called “new” emails were all either personal in nature or duplicates. The whole thing falls into the category of those events that leave future readers of history shaking their heads, wondering just how backwards and gullible their parents and grandparents really were.
Of course, the unhinged Trump doesn’t care. He just went back to talking about rigged elections and yelling “crooked Hillary” into the wind.
Other Republicans, reluctant to stop trying to club Clinton with the email wet-noodle, have also kept up the hue and cry. Missouri’s GOP Senator Roy Blunt, for example, is showing himself reluctant to disavow Trump’s hilarious denial of the obvious:
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the FBI had engaged in “rushed work, which the FBI clearly has botched.”
Blunt faces Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat, in one of the nation’s closest Senate races on Tuesday. Blunt previously criticized the FBI for granting too many immunity agreements with Clinton aides and for allowing for the destruction of some computers and electronic devices.
“The investigation was a failure,” he said in a statement issued Sunday night.
Rushed work? Echoes of the Trump campaign’s claim that there’s no way folks could go through 65,000 emails in eight days – which makes anyone who remembers that we’re talking about emails, digital content that can be analysed and deduped via computer – howl with laughter. There’s software readily available that would make short work of the project.
In fact, my husband, who worked in computing research for years, observed that it shouldn’t have taken the FBI more than a day and a half at the most to have vindicated Clinton. The entire review could have been done before Comey sent his first letter to the Congress a couple of weeks ago. Because of this failure to act as expeditiously and efficiently as possible, Blunt is almost right when he dubs the investigation a failure, although not for the reasons he alleges. It was certainly handled in an unnecessarily clumsy fashion from the get-go, by, one suspects, would-be GOP partisans in the FBI.
Blunt, of course, doesn’t dare anger truculent Trump supporters. We learned in last Saturday’s (Nov. 5) edition of the St. Louis Post-dispatch that when GOP Rep. Ann Wagner disavowed Trump in the wake of his sex assault scandal, she was besieged by constituents vowing to vote for her Democratic opponent, Bill Otto, for no other reason than to punish her for disrespecting their Fearless Orange Leader. That’s how important the cult of angry personality is for the raging Republican hordes Trump has inspired.
Blunt also has other reasons to hang on to the dishonest GOP Clinton narrative. She is, after all, his only viable weapon against his election opponent, Jason Kander. In recent weeks the corruption tainted Blunt’s only real defense against Kander has been a plethora of adds and mailers trying to tie the conservative Democrat to the GOP fantasy of a corrupt and radical Hillary Clinton. Guilt by association can be effective in politics, but in this case there are many of us on the real left that wish it were just a bit truer. We’re all too aware that Blunt, in the best Trumpy style, regularly misrepresents and outright lies about Kander’s moderate positions.
Steve Benen has said about Paul Ryan’s late embrace of Trump that it is clear that he is “a man of ‘principle’ – weak, malleable principles, which he’ll forgo whenever partisan considerations get in the way, hoping no one remembers what he said before.” The same goes for Roy Blunt. And that, in a nutshell, is the story of how the GOP ended up with incompetent, racist, presidential nominee Trump.
Today, via Twitter:
Jake Tapper @jaketapper
been hearing for weeks anecdotally about the CIA-FBI divide over this election.
7:06 PM – 3 Nov 2016
Jonathan Coppage @JonCoppage
No idea what this refers to, but holy cow what an awful sentence to read
7:12 PM – 3 Nov 2016
Norman Ornstein @NormOrnstein
Two words: banana republic
7:34 PM – 3 Nov 2016
It’s their world, the rest of us only get to live in it.
And that is why civil liberties are so utterly vital.
Does anyone remember the anthrax attacks that happened in the weeks following the attacks of September 11, 2001? I sure as hell do, because literally everyone in my line of work (clinical laboratory sciences) got looked at very closely. We will not soon be forgetting how quickly we became suspect after our decades of service to the public and, in many, many cases, service in the military in the Medical Officer Corps.
The government really dropped the ball on that one and still haven’t caught the culprit(s). They did manage to ruin the life and career of one academic, though. Now they have settled with him, to the tune of $5.8 million dollars.
The Justice Department on Friday agreed to pay more than $5.8 million to Steven Hatfill, the former government scientist once branded by the Justice Department a person of interest in the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001. The legal settlement to Hatfill, in cash and an annual payments, signals the end of a civil lawsuit Hatfill brought against the Justice Department and FBI, accusing them of violating his privacy rights by improperly leaking sensitive information about the anthrax investigation to reporters.
“I think it’s a gratifying end to a very sad chapter in [Hatfill’s] life and that of the FBI and DOJ,” said Hatfill’s lawyer, Thomas Connolly, of the Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis law firm in Washington, D.C. “I’m hopeful that the settlement is punitive enough that they will learn their lesson” regarding the treatment of future suspects in high-profile criminal cases, he told NBC News.
The settlement language tries to give the government a figleaf by stating that it “should not be construed as an admission of liability or fault on the part of the FBI or Justice Department” but only an idiot will believe it. Lots of us remember the attorney general naming former Army scientist Steven Hatfill as a “person of interest” in the anthrax attacks, we remember that the FBI agents and Justice Department officials leaked key details about the case to willing reporters, according to depositions provided in Hatfill’s civil suit. The FBI kept the pressure on Hatfill by conspicuously tailing him in public, with one agent in an unmarked car once running over his foot. We also remember the resulting media trial as the first anniversary of September 11 drew near.
Hatfill deserves at least as much compensation as he received. And the government officials who leaked the information should face federal civil rights charges. And I would be saying that even if I didn’t take Mr. Hatfill’s experience so very personally on so very many levels.
And the fact that the government, spurred on by a 24-hour news cycle that encourages speculation and false accusations, gets it so spectacularly wrong so freakin’ often (Richard Jewell, anyone?) is exactly why it is so important to jealously safeguard our remaining liberties.