There they go once more. For the one millionth time, anti-Trumpers are horrified, aghast, stupefied.
The president’s newest offense towards their sensibilities is a pointed use of his pardon energy. To this point, he has pardoned simply 5 folks, together with Jack Johnson, the legendary black boxer whose conviction a century in the past was an act of pure racism.
However 4 others contain latest, politically-tinged instances, together with that of conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza. Most alarming for the standard critics, the president hints that he’s simply getting began and cites a potential pardon of Martha Stewart, whose conviction got here below James Comey, the previous FBI boss and Trump’s archenemy.
Sen. Mark Warner, (D-Va.) advised reporters he worries Trump is sending a message to witnesses in particular counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, including “In the US of America, no one is above the legislation.”
Bingo! That’s precisely the purpose Trump is making, although he and Warner clearly disagree on who “no one” is.
To Warner, it’s Gen. Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen — Trump’s former aides and one in every of his attorneys. The primary two face expenses introduced by Mueller, and Cohen is within the crosshairs of the Justice Division. Warner’s worry is that Trump is signaling pardon awaits those that are loyal to him.
Maybe so, however to Trump, the concept “no one is above the legislation” applies simply as properly to Comey, his former FBI deputy Andrew McCabe and different Obama period officers who spied on his presidential marketing campaign and leaked categorised data to the liberal media.
Trump believes Comey broke the legislation and cheered when McCabe was fired and referred for potential prosecution for mendacity to FBI investigators.
However on the subject of Comey, there’s extra to the president’s anger than the suspect dealing with of the Hillary Clinton electronic mail case or Comey’s assaults since Trump fired him. Rather more.
Return to January 6, 2017, when Comey briefed Trump, then president-elect, on the notorious Russian file at Trump Tower.
Nicely, not the entire file. Solely the salacious allegation involving Trump and prostitutes in a Russian lodge room. Requested why he didn’t inform Trump about different allegations, Comey advised CNN, “As a result of that was the half that the leaders of the intelligence group agreed he wanted to be advised about as a result of we knew it and thought it was about to develop into public.”
That’s a fishy evasion while you understand Comey’s briefing was instantly leaked to CNN, in all probability by James Clapper, then the director of nationwide intelligence and shortly — what a coincidence! — a CNN analyst.
It’s additionally not incidental that Comey advised ABC Information that then President Obama was a part of the White Home assembly on Jan. 5 the place it was determined Comey would temporary Trump alone on the file and restrict it to the prostitute declare. That assembly is similar one Susan Rice cites in her weird memo to herself, the place she insists Obama ordered the probe be dealt with “by the guide” and stresses he gave no orders to investigators. The reality of what occurred at that assembly would reply many questions.
In the meantime, take into account the issues Comey withheld from Trump that January day.
The checklist begins with the very fact he didn’t inform the president-elect that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Nationwide Committee paid for the file, or that it was compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy.
Comey didn’t inform Trump the FBI had Steele on its payroll, and fired him for deceptive brokers about media contacts.
He didn’t inform Trump there was a surveillance warrant on Carter Web page, a fringe participant within the marketing campaign, or that the file was used within the FISA courtroom utility to get the warrant.
Most unimaginable of all, Comey didn’t point out that the investigation into Trump’s marketing campaign was nonetheless ongoing at that very second.
Think about that. He might have stated, “Mr. President-elect, I’ve to inform you the investigation into potential collusion with Russia continues whilst we converse.” However he didn’t.
That was no mere oversight. It was a deliberate selection, permitted by Obama.
Nor did Comey inform Trump about Stefan Halper, the American professor in Nice Britain not too long ago outed because the spy who approached three members of the Trump staff, making an attempt to see in the event that they knew something about collusion, or making an attempt to entrap them.
The issues Comey didn’t point out are astonishing while you do not forget that Trump would take the oath of workplace in simply two weeks. The brand new commander in chief was intentionally being saved at midnight by the outgoing administration.
So what was Comey as much as with that very restricted briefing? It’s potential the only objective was to say the prostitutes, then give CNN the story as a approach to inject the file into the political bloodstream and hope Trump would step apart.
Or maybe the objective was to observe how Trump reacted. Recall that the investigation was nonetheless secret, Web page was nonetheless being surveilled and different marketing campaign gamers, together with Flynn, had been being picked up “by the way” on different wiretaps. Possibly Trump was, too.
In his guide, Comey writes that Martha Stewart was prosecuted for mendacity a couple of inventory sale to “reinforce a tradition of truth-telling.”
Truthful sufficient, however to actually “reinforce a tradition of truth-telling,” those that implement the legal guidelines have to be held to a minimum of the identical customary as everybody else.
That’s a very powerful message Trump is sending with the pardons of individuals prosecuted by Comey and his cronies. Even the FBI is just not above the legislation.
Let’s bee critical!
A Boston Globe headline on the Samantha Bee outrage: “Why the c-word continues to be the third rail of profanity”
Does it actually must be defined?
Hill answered our prayers
Reader Warren Goldfein, in a way of talking, contains Hillary Clinton in his prayers. He writes: “She is a part of my Thanksgiving blessings. I give thanks for my well being, household, residing within the best nation on the planet, and to the truth that Hillary didn’t develop into president.”
NYCHA is Blas’ mess
Experiences that the town will settle a federal investigation into neglect on the Housing Authority by spending a minimum of $1 billion for repairs increase extra questions than they reply.
First, who determined the great, spherical quantity— Manhattan federal prosecutors? What do they find out about constructing upkeep?
Second, what occurs to the $550 million Gov. Cuomo promised to the authority — as soon as a state monitor took over? The feds wish to set up their very own monitor, so Cuomo’s monitor appears to be a useless difficulty. Is the state cash additionally withdrawn?
Third, metropolis officers submitted paperwork falsely claiming that they had examined flats for lead paint. Will anyone, together with former chairwoman Shola Olatoye, be held accountable for mendacity in a sworn doc?
Your entire difficulty is a huge mess for one purpose — as a result of New Yorkers elected Mayor de Blasio. He talks a superb recreation about serving to the poor however on the subject of effort and competence, he’s at all times a no-show.
But solely taxpayers get penalized.