I miss the good old days (2008-2016) when a person could unplug for 12 hours and not find evidence of traitorous behavior in the highest levels of government and multiple instances of chief executive buffoonery upon reentering the media stream. Here are a few things that caught my eye:
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 against accepting foreign payments as he entered retirement, according to new documents obtained by the House oversight committee…
“These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, in a statement. “Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation.
This stinks to high heaven, y’all. This specimen simply must be questioned under oath.
I’ve read a theory that Trump die-hards in the wingnut media are recognizing that this Russia business has the potential to bring the orange fart-sack down, so they’re creating an alternative narrative that, while the Trump campaign was thoroughly infested with Russian operators, he was personally clueless about it during the campaign but has now turned wily spy-hunter. That’s the line taken by tabloid trash purveyor David Pecker, Trump friend and aptly named publisher of the National Enquirer.
In another curious turnabout, Trump favorite and notorious Hillary-hater Judge Napolitano of Fox News published an op-ed questioning FBI Director Comey’s handling of the Russia investigation before the election:
How could Comey justify the public revelation of a criminal investigation and a summary of evidence of guilt about one candidate for president and remain silent about the existence of a criminal investigation of the campaign of another? How could he deny knowledge of surveillance that was well-known in the intelligence community, even among his own agents? Why would the FBI director inject his agents, who have prided themselves on professional political neutrality, into a bitterly contested campaign having been warned it might affect the outcome? Why did he reject the law’s just commands of silence in favor of putting his thumb on political scales?
I don’t know the answers to those questions. But the American public, and Hillary Clinton, is entitled to them.
Truth from an unlikely source. Will the fact that even Fox News bigwigs are questioning his precious integrity and impugning his self-cherished aura of bipartisan competence spur Comey to attempt to unshit the bed he so thoroughly shat in 2016? We’ll see.
It also appears that Trump got pantsed by Canada and Mexico after blustering about NAFTA yesterday. He’s agreed to “renegotiations” rather than following through on threats to unilaterally withdraw. Possibly Peña and Trudeau simply explained how the treaty works, just as President Xi held an impromptu “North Korea for Dummies” seminar at Trump’s private club, clueing Twitler in on the complexities of that situation.
Were I a citizen of Canada or Mexico, I’d be dancing with glee at the prospect of the upcoming negotiations with such an easily provoked, idiotic ass. The upside for us? Maybe we’ll get taco trucks on every corner after all, with a Tim Horton’s across the street!
There are at least half a dozen more news items that would be screaming headlines for weeks in a normal administration, such as Trump’s idea to break up the 9th Circuit Court because he doesn’t like its rulings. I didn’t need to read about that after watching the first three episodes of “A Handmaid’s Tale” yesterday.
Anyhoo, I miss the days when a tan suit could cause a media furor. Open thread!