Trump Just Made a Desperate Move That Will Have Huge Consequences
President Donald Trump just made his most Nixonian move to date. Clearly unhinged and in meltdown mode on Sunday, Trump dove deeper into his rage-filled attacks, and “officially” demanded the Department of Justice investigate if the FBI infiltrated the Trump campaign, and if so, if it was directed by the Obama administration.
I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
Trump’s assertions are direct from the Fox News obstruction factory, and multiple legal and justice experts have made it crystal clear neither the DOJ nor the FBI infiltrated and spied on the Trump campaign.
CNBC’s John Harwood sums up what just happened:
Trump’s most consequential interference in our system of justice since he fired the FBI director who was investigating him https://t.co/Q5SL8kTNMv
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 20, 2018
This is unchartered territory. For decades there has been an impenetrable wall between the Dept. of Justice and the Oval Office.
Trump’s latest allegation is just as unhinged as his previous but more dangerous in its implications. The President is officially knocking down the firewall between policy and law enforcement–an indispensable element of the rule of law. And for his own personal ends, too. https://t.co/zsQPiicFA7
— Ned Price (@nedprice) May 20, 2018
The president under no circumstances is supposed to use the DOJ or FBI to investigate his enemies – which is what disgraced President Richard Nixon did.
In fact, using – and abusing – the Justice Dept. for political purposes was part of the articles of impeachment of Richard Nixon.
Here’s how some experts are responding to this extraordinary development:
A presidential order to investigate the FBI’s secret source, which forces a showdown with DOJ. If DOJ does not comply order, things could get very, very messy. https://t.co/hVtdnkV8sv
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) May 20, 2018
Trump appears to be setting up his own Attorney General (Sessions) and Deputy Attorney General (Rosenstein) to be forced to refuse a presidential order.
Which he might then use as justification for firing them.
Now THIS? This feels like a Rudy Giuliani inspired move.
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) May 20, 2018
This is a nakedly corrupt attempt on the part of the President to derail an investigation of himself at the expense of a human source to whose protection the FBI and DOJ are committed.
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) May 20, 2018
In other words, this tweet is different from other Trump craziness tweets. It’s one that promises a specific action on a specific date (tomorrow) with respect to a specific agency that will, if it takes place, precipitate a showdown. /7/
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) May 20, 2018
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Trump Swipes at Mark Zuckerberg Asking for White House Goodies: ‘He Didn’t Do Too Well’
Former President Donald J. Trump mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and “big tech” during an interview on Tuesday when he appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity.
Trump meandered throughout the interview and went off on a tangent claiming he did “big things” when discussing the 2020 election. Trump said Zuckerberg visited the White House “trying to get goodies,” but that “he didn’t do too well.”
Trump added, “So I thought that he was concerned we were doing things. We were doing things. Had we had a second term, we would have had that much, really, pretty much under control. We had some incredible things planned for big tech.”
Watch the video below.
Lincoln Project Trolls Trump with New TV Ad Where He’s Currently Vacationing
According to the Sun Sentinel, the group has bought air time in the West Palm Beach market from Wednesday through Jan. 5. Trump is scheduled to be in the area until Jan. 3.
“A major pillar of The Lincoln Project’s 2020 strategy was aiming to torment an audience of one — Trump — through advertising on cable shows he’s sure to watch on channels such as Fox News,” the Sentinel reports. “That’s the aim of the latest effort, which seeks to drive a wedge between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress at which the electoral votes making Joe Biden the next president will be counted.”
The ad focuses on recent reports that say Vice President Mike Pence is “backing away” from Trumpworld’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“When Mike Pence is backing away from you, you know it’s over,” the ad states.
Watch the ad below.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 22, 2020
‘A Parting Gift to Dictators’: Trump Issues Final Round of Foreign Military Sales in Middle East
On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Brian Klaas tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for a final round of foreign military sales in the Middle East that function as a “parting gift to dictators” — and suggested he could even be using them to set up a private quid pro quo down the road in his post-presidency.
“All three regimes have abysmal human rights records,” wrote Klaas. “Saudi Arabia has beheaded dissidents, subjugated women and detained female activists who have pushed for reforms, and murdered and dismembered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The United Arab Emirates is home to torture, arbitrary detention and forced disappearances. Egypt’s dictatorship has carried
“Given past behavior, we know how these weapons will likely be used,” warned Klaas. “Despots will use them to help facilitate war crimes in places such as Yemen and the Sinai Peninsula while maintaining an iron grip over their own populations — all aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”
And even worse, Klaas argued, Trump himself could be using these sales to call in a personal favor from these countries in his post-presidency. “Once Trump leaves the White House, odds are good that he will cash in,” he wrote. “Seen in that light, the recently approved arms sales and military technology transfers are even more worrying. Are they just the beginning of a quid pro quo?”
All of this is occurring as President-elect Joe Biden alleges the Pentagon is obstructing him from getting all of the national security information he requires for the transition — something administration officials deny.
“For the past four years, Trump has painted the image of a United States that consistently sides with tyrants,” concluded Klaas. “Biden now has an opportunity to reverse Trump’s catastrophic foreign policy. He should take it.”
You can read more here.
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