If you want to know what's to come in Washington, take a look at John Durham's investigation. Michelle Goldberg writes:
Trump’s circle insisted, falsely, that the Mueller inquiry was a hit job that employed Russian disinformation — via the Steele dossier — to frame Trump, all part of a plot cooked up by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Durham seems to have bought into this Trumpist conspiracy theory, and to help prove it, he tried to employ what appears to be Russian disinformation to go after the Clinton camp. More specifically, he used dubious Russian intelligence memos, which analysts believed were seeded with falsehoods, to try to convince a court to give him access to the emails of a former aide to George Soros, which he believed would show Clinton-related wrongdoing.
Astonishingly, The Times found that while Trump’s attorney general Bill Barr and Durham were in Europe looking for evidence to discredit the Russia investigation, Italian officials gave them a “potentially explosive tip” linking Trump to “certain suspected financial crimes.” Rather than assign a new prosecutor to look into those suspected crimes, Barr folded the matter into Durham’s inquiry, giving Durham criminal prosecution powers for the first time.
Then the attorney general sat back while the media inferred that the criminal investigation must mean Durham had found evidence of malfeasance connected to Russiagate. Barr, usually shameless in his public spinning of the news, quietly let an investigation into Trump be used to cast aspersions on Trump’s perceived enemies. (The fate of that inquiry remains a mystery.)
The Republicans have fine-tuned this kind of thing:
This squalid episode is a note-perfect example of how Republican scandal-mongering operates. The right ascribes to its adversaries, whether in the Democratic Party or the putative deep state, monstrous corruption and elaborate conspiracies. Then, in the name of fighting back, it mimics the tactics it has accused its foes of using.
Look, for example, at the behavior that gave rise to Trump’s first impeachment. Trump falsely claimed that Joe Biden, as vice president, used the threat of withholding American loan guarantees to blackmail the Ukrainian government into doing his personal bidding. Hoping to get Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to substantiate his lies, Trump tried to use the threat of withholding American aid to … blackmail the Ukrainian government into doing his personal bidding. The symmetry between accusations and counter-accusations, in turn, fosters a widespread cynicism about ever finding the truth.
It’s important to keep this in mind because we’re about to see a lot more of it. Now that they control the House, Republicans have prioritized investigating their political opponents. McCarthy has stacked the Oversight Committee, central to the House’s investigative apparatus, with flame-throwing fantasists, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar and Lauren Boebert. Further, as Politico reported in a “field guide” to the coming Republican inquiries, McCarthy has urged Republicans to treat every committee like the Oversight Committee, meaning all investigations, all the time.
The Republicans have no policies. They have no principles. All they have is a voracious thirst for revenge.
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Americans blaming Russia for the Trump ascendancy ...
rather than addressing their own failing-state status would be funny if not for the planetary existential implications.
The failure of the United States will have world wide consequences, PoV.
Thanks for the link, PoV. Mueller didn't indict Trump because written department policy proclaimed that a sitting president couldn't be indicted. Trump is running again because that policy is still in place.
I was pretty sure after roughly five minutes of reading about the initial Russiagate case that it was some kind of a put-up job. It just did not pass the smell test:"Is the Russian "GRU" that stupid?".
What amazed me was that is seemed blinding obvious that Trump or the Trump organization was very crooked. He almost surely could have been nailed for money-laundering, tax evasion and general mopery and dopery. And this with either Russians or citizens in the *stans.
I think there may even have been evidence of him trying to do business with Cuba.
Instead, the various US Gov't organization and particularly the press go wildly off chasing insane conspiracy theories. But' as NPV says, the US must find an outside culprit.
With Trump, if you follow the money, you'll always find the source of the stink, jrk.
Trump falsely claimed that Joe Biden, as vice president, used the threat of withholding American loan guarantees to blackmail the Ukrainian government into doing his personal bidding.
Fascinating. It may or may not have been “his personal bidding” but the threat seems to have been made and IIRC that was the prosecutor who was investigating Berisma.
"With Trump, if you follow the money, you'll always find the source of the stink"
I think you can substitute "Many US politicians" in place of Trump.
Trump isn't the only villain, jrk.
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