We’re now at the bargaining stage where Trump’s repeating a prior claim that his being a Russian agent is “not a bad thing”, just like ordering the Treasury to lift Russian sanctions on Oleg Deripaska, the guy to whom Paul Manafort owes $16 million. Wotta tough guy POTUS* is:
I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. I fully expect that someday we will have good relations with Russia again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019
It all seems like some basic ethics problem:
Even without Russia, firing an FBI Dir. for investigating him should‘ve ended his presidency. When it didn’t, firing an AG should have. When it didn’t, picking Whitaker should have. When it didn’t, the increasingly erratic behavior, incoherent statements & corruption should have. https://t.co/8EalGs1jbe
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 12, 2019
When you're attacking FBI agents because you're under criminal investigation, you're losing https://t.co/SIoAxatCjp
— Sarah Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) November 3, 2016
The shut/shakedown is not about the southern border wall, but trying to obstruct the work of Congress.
The Big Three — Jerrold Nadler on Judiciary, Elijah Cummings on Oversight, and Adam Schiff on Intelligence — have spent the past two years of the Trump presidency hamstrung as Republican chairs investigated anything but the man in the Oval Office and his team. Why worry about Russians corrupting the election process when you could be combing through Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, right?
Democrats now want to make up for lost time. Just to give a flavor of how much pent-up frustration Democrats have endured, Cummings, as the then-ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, submitted 64 subpoena requests during the past two years. None were approved by the then-Republican chair.
Among the subpoenas not issued by the former Republican Intelligence Committee chairman, Devin Nunes, was one that might answer an intriguing question: Who did Trump Jr. talk to on his cell phone between calls setting up the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton? Trump Jr. insists he simply can’t recall, and Nunes was remarkably uncurious about it. Not so, Schiff.
Also of interest are “persistent allegations that the Trumps, when they couldn’t get money from US banks, were laundering Russian money,” Schiff told the Lawfare Podcast. “If that is true, that would be a more powerful compromise than any salacious videotape or any aborted Trump Tower deal.”
Wonder what the National Enquirer exoneration of Trump would have been on FBI investigating if he’s directed by Russia before it started cooperating w DOJ
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) January 12, 2019
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) January 12, 2019
Today is the day the mango Manchurian Mussolini truly became individual one. https://t.co/Q6Lk3VTunS
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 12, 2019
Too much executive time on his hands, there are seven more tweets, repeating his whining about “almost being alone” in the WH.