Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trump

This administration is about one serious revelation away from a full blown crisis. If they (and in particular the President) can't get themselves under control this is not going to end well. The alarm is no longer confined to the lunatic left. Questions about basic competency and integrity are starting to be raised across the political spectrum. With a credible allegation that the President may have tried to interfere in an ongoing FBI investigation, the only reasonable recourse is to appoint an independent counsel. Assuming there is nothing to hide, this would  give the administration a chance to get back on an even keel and lower the political temperature a couple degrees by removing the various investigations from closely divided and highly partisan congressional committees.

11 comments:

123 said...

"Questions about basic competency and integrity" were obvious from tbe start to everyone, right, center, and left. Some decides they coukd hild their noses in favor of some itch he scratched for them, emotiinally and rhetorically.

As conservative P. J. O'Rourke put it before the election: "I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises.
It's the second-worst thing that can happen to this country, but she's way behind in second place. She's wrong about absolutely everything, but she's wrong within normal parameters.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

With Trump on the ballot as the Republican candidate I could, and likely would have held my nose and voted for either her or the Libertarian candidate. But their unambiguous pro-death positions was a moral deal breaker for me. That's a bridge I can't cross. So yeah, I stayed home for the first time since I have been old enough to vote.

August said...

You hate Trump and as a consequence, your analysis is terrible.
Trump needs to figure out he either drains the swamp, or the swamp drains him. He is in a fight for his life. He needs an F.B.I. doing investigations into actual criminality- on both sides of the aisle- rather than an F.B.I. protecting and covering for the criminals. Susan Rice admitted Trump was under surveillance, and that she unmasked various campaign people. She was investigating in real time. She said this stuff because she wanted to defend herself against the accusation of leaking and/or doing something illegal, but she inadvertently proved what we should already know- i.e. these Trump/Russia investigations are a diversion.


123 said...

I could see there being nothing at all to the Russia story in substance, but there are too many connections and too many self-inflicted wounds from Trump himself not to investigate. For example, the fact that FBI surveillance inadvertently netted Trump and some associates while the FBI was surveilling Russian agents - that might not be a crime, but it starts raising questions. Add to that Flynn and Russia, add to the the connections between Trump's second campaign manager and Russia, add to that Trump's attempt to influence the investigation into Flynn, add to that Trump firing the person responsible for that investigation after he requested to expand the investigation and the day before he was to testify before Congress on the topic, and add to that the actual criminal activity of Russia in the election (hacking is a crime). Like Hillary, there will likely be nothing to warrant an actual indictment of Trump - or even the "high crimes or misdemeanors" required for the political process known as impeachment to begin. As usual, the cover-up is more damaging than what is being covered up. There are enough unforced errors coming from the White House to make it dangerous to assume there's literally nothing there or that the appearance of objectivity, rule of law, and good government will not require an investigation. Dismissing those who think Trump unfit for office doesn't magically make him fit for office.

August said...

You've got it wrong. It isn't inadvertent surveillance. It is near total surveillance even before he ran. So someone has the surveillance and they want to play this Russian angle, so they find interactions that they've already vetted, and they put it out there as if it hasn't been investigated yet.
And Flynn- he wasn't 'paid by Russians.' This was vetted- remember he's been working for government for ages- and he was paid by an American company that does this speaking engagement work. Again, known stuff- stuff the damn media can easily find out because the Flynn stuff isn't even classified.
Russia is a state, not a person. No one has even established that the hacker who stole the emails was even Russian, nor where his paychecks come from.
You can't assess Trump's fitness for office while simultaneously holding a bunch of lies about him in your head as fact. There are certainly things to criticize- bombing Syria being number one- but all the politicians he beat probably would have done worse. When Comey was fired- that was something that made me hopeful, that maybe Trump will start moving in the right direction. This is really beyond acting presidential, or nicely, or whatever. He's got to fight a fight of survival. The criminals in D.C. aren't going to let him live, especially not in the manner he is accustomed, if he doesn't root them out.

unreconstructed rebel said...

If it is the purpose of the Russians to disrupt American politics, they certainly have succeeded thanks to a lot of help from the useful idiots in the Democrat party & MSM.

Gregory DeLassus said...

Impeach him now or impeach him later. The only real question is how much damage he is permitted to work on the republic and the party before the inevitable.

August said...

Flipping retarded. He hasn't done anything impeachable.
Meanwhile the list of Republicans and Democrats who ought to go to jail- I'm thinking I might be able to clear about three people from both houses of Congress from even being investigated. Pretty much all Obama era hold-overs should be summarily fired, precisely because of what Rosenstein just did.

He's got to fight like mad, and no doubt, offend your sensibilities while doing so.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

August is right. And most disturbing of all is to see effete "conservatives" punching Right as they march to their demographic overthrow.

unreconstructed rebel said...

Unlike the Democrats, Republicans have no stomach for a fight. It was Republican cowardice that brought George H.W. down. They deserted him in droves & we got stuck with the Clintons.

123 said...

Typically casual grasp of even the smallest facts in favor of id. For example, President Trump nominated Rosenstein to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice on January 13, 2017. Rosenstein was appointed to serve as U.S. attorney for Maryland in 2005 by then-President George W. Bush and was kept in the job by President Barack Obama. He's not a deep state holdover from Kenyan-born Muslim Obama's administration.