Subject: Re: Trump/Russia investigation: shutdown attempts going psychopathic
On Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10:46:11 AM UTC-8, risky biz wrote:
> Referring to the phony 'Nunes memo':
> 'The DOJ and FBI have both strenuously argued in private that the memo is factually wrong, because
it leaves out key points; that it is misleading, because it is decoupled from the intelligence that
feeds it; and that it would recklessly reveal classified information.
> “The FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee
voted to release it,” the statement said. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave
concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
> Trump has also publicly and privately expressed anger about Rosenstein, falsely claiming he is a
Democrat, even though Trump appointed him. Rosenstein was also preparing for important testimony at
the Capitol. Nunes, meanwhile, was a member of the Trump transition team and previously colluded
with White House aides on an accusation of intelligence overreach by the Obama administration.
> According to CNN, citing “sources familiar with the meeting,” Trump asked Rosenstein if he was
“on my team.” Rosenstein reportedly seemed surprised, but replied, “Of course, we’re all on
your team, Mr. President.”
> It’s a mysterious episode, but Trump has a history of asking questions of aides that seem to
demand personal loyalty, even of those charged with upholding laws. Fired FBI Director James Comey
testified under oath that Trump asked him for loyalty in January 2017. At a May meeting, Trump
reportedly asked Comey’s deputy, Andrew McCabe, who became acting director of the FBI, who he had
voted for in the 2016 election. It’s surprising that Rosenstein would have been surprised to be
asked such a question. (When Rosenstein appeared before Congress, he defended Mueller, whom he
oversees, and said he approved of the job the special counsel was doing.)
> Then CNN dropped another big story about FBI agent Peter Strzok, who has been accused of
conspiring to hurt Trump’s campaign; the president has (appallingly) accused him of treason,
because he was critical of a presidential candidate in his private communications. The accusations
stem from texts that Strzok exchanged with his lover, an FBI lawyer, in which they were critical of
Trump, though also critical of Hillary Clinton. There has not yet been any evidence that Strzok
affected the course of investigations into either Trump or Clinton.
> The new story changes that, a bit: Emails obtained by CNN indicate Strzok wrote the first draft of
a letter that Comey sent to Congress on October 28, 2016, informing members that the FBI was
reopening an investigation into Clinton based on emails newly found on Anthony Weiner’s computer.
Strzok “also supported reopening the Clinton investigation once the emails were discovered on
disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop, according to a source familiar with Strzok’s
thinking,” CNN said. The revelation further undermines the story of Strzok leading some sort of
resistance cell to Trump inside the FBI—though the Strzok texts, in their entirety, never really
supported that narrative either..
> The White House’s assault on Justice and the FBI has long been premised on being able to an
asymmetric war: Trump and his allies can make claims or even release the memo, but DOJ, bound by
concerns about classified information, is hobbled from rebutting the memo. But many of the claims
laid out by Trump champions make little or no sense.
> In the past, Nunes has alleged that the Obama administration conducted improper, politically
motivated investigation of Trump aides. The current Nunes memo reportedly claims that Rosenstein
improperly approved a warrant application that made use of the Steele dossier. We have no way of
knowing whether that accusation is true or not (and there are some reasons to doubt it), but the
implication is that Rosenstein, a Republican Trump appointee, is somehow part of the same
Clintonite-Democratic-Obama administration plot against Trump.
> The contradictions don’t end there. When Trump fired Comey, he released a memo, written by
Rosenstein, which criticized Comey for having spoken publicly about the Clinton investigation in the
run-up to the election—a violation of DOJ guidelines that counsel caution about taking steps that
might be seen as interfering in the election. Yet after McCabe was forced into early retirement on
Monday, the Post reported a focus on whether McCabe had slow-walked the investigation of Clinton. In
other words, FBI employees have now been forced out of their jobs both for being too aggressive in
investigating Clinton and for not being aggressive enough.
> That is not the most glaring contradiction involving the Clinton investigation. Trump sees the
FBI, a historically conservative organization, as conducting a long conspiracy to prevent him from
taking office, and then to delegitimize him once he entered office. During the election, however,
some FBI employees were leaking anti-Clinton information, including to Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani.
(The inspector general is investigating preelection leaks.)
> Even more to the point, the FBI released the October 28 Comey letter, which likely cost Clinton
the election. Even if that was not the intention, Trump is now engaged in hand-to-hand combat with
the very organization that likely clinched his victory. In an increasingly energetic attempt to
discredit the investigations that are targeting him, especially the Mueller probe, Trump is not
discriminating about his targets.'
More background on the purge:
Republicans are doing far more to lower respect for the law than 'Black Lives Matter' ever did.