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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trump and the FBI

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official says.The FBI is supposed to neither shill for the President nor take direction for any aspect or element of an investigation from the White House.

That's Nixon/Hoover grade fuckery.

And it was foolish as fuck for Priebus to even try. The FBI has a long institutional memory; they know that being seen as a tool of the White House damn near destroyed the agency in the 1970s.

Priebus may be a little tool, but he's been around long enough to know that.

Which means that the order to do it came from either President* Trump or Shadow President Bannon.

Also, one should not overlook the possibility that Trump's current beef with the media is a way to undercut them on reporting about the ties of both Trump and a number of his associates, as well as the reporting of Russian interference in the election. It's the Trump/Bannon was of delegitimizing the media so that his supporters are primed to ignore everything bad that comes out about Trump.

There are already Trumpanzees hassling and killing foreigners. It won't be much of a stretch for them to start doing the same to reporters.

All of which leads me to state that there are a considerable number of so-called conservatives who would be very comfortable with the destruction of American freedom and liberty. For them, the Constitution is like the Ten Commandments; nice words to be engraved on a monument and ignored in daily life.


Anonymous said...

There are several million Cold Warriors that must be wondering why they endured long hours, endless training and drills, hazards of working with dangerous weapons, machinery, and terrible weather from the Arctic to deserts to jungles and storm tossed oceans, only to have fucking Orange Julius Caesar sell us out to his bro Putin.

I hope the IC keep going until the truth is out and people go to jail.

One encouraging post quoted a high ranking IC official who stated "He will die in prison."

We can hope...

Jack the Cold Warrior

And thanks for your blogposts... I check for them everyday...

w3ski said...

I have tried to converse with a tRumpeteers on facebook on occasion and it can be really hard in that everything I hold as 'fact and has proof', is now suspect to them.
The resident has so degraded and poisoned any source of sanity that facts(tm) have become whatever they choose.
Just like little children with the fingers in their own ears going "na na na I can't hear you".
I have this personal thing against people spouting complete bullshit to the unaware, and I am at the age where I just don't care if I be thought "rude".
It seems though that our resident has thought out a defense of his lies, as he spoke them. If that isn't fascism someone will need to get back to Merriam Webster and fix that.
troll hunting can be fun!

Keaaukane said...

CM, Two things.

1. The FBI "institutional memory" was sufficiently weak for Director Comey to release a letter three days before the election that arguably threw the election to Trump. Priebus had reasons to hope the FBI would go along.

2. I think the easiest way to understand the Republican adoration of Putin is to realize that the Repugs don't hate Russia per se. They hated communism. Communism is bad. But now Russia is a kleptocracy. Repugs like kleptocracy, admire it, want to do it to the US. If you keep that in mind you can understand why the Repugs have no difficulty accepting a Russian agent of influence as President.

That said, I totally agree with you that the attempt to enlist the FBI to lie for them was vile.

dinthebeast said...

Keaaukane: About that kleptocracy thing. I fear you are correct on that, and I turn to Bannon's recent speech as my evidence. Every time he used the word "deconstruct" the missing part was "and sell to the highest bidder".
I just don't think they know what they're doing very much, and details like not being able to enlist parts of the DoJ to help them manage the optics of their behavior don't occur to them. Which makes their insular tendencies all the more dangerous.

-Doug in Oakland