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This week we finally saw the right’s defenses of Donald Trump grow into an overarching “theory of everything,” as Salon’s Matthew Sheffield wrote on Thursday: A Department of Justice and FBI gang worked feverishly to help Hillary Clinton shun burden for her crimes, and was only thwarted by the fast talent of Donald Trump. This “secret society” is now doing all in its energy to overpower the president. We spent the week following 3 specific strands of this purported scandal, all of which have disintegrated by Friday morning.
First we had the supposed secret multitude which was excitedly flogged by the whole Fox News apparatus and taken up, maybe a bit gingerly, by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. That incited out to be a fun in a content summary from one of the FBI lovers at the core of the Republican swindling theory. Literally. So that was that.
The second strand was the case of the “missing texts,” in which some of the messages on the two lovers’ dungeon phones were lost in the send to new devices. President Trump got into that one, claiming that 50,000 texts were left and dogmatic it “one of the biggest stories in a prolonged time.” The Republicans fundamentally just dusted off their old “Clinton emails” articulate points and done it all sound questionable for a couple of days. Then the Department of Justice informed them that thousands of phones had been influenced in the switch — and that all the blank content messages had been restored. So much for that.
Finally there was “The Memo,” a request created by House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif., that purports to show a swindling to injustice the FISA probity routine to sanction an illegal notice of former Trump playmate Carter Page. Unfortunately, nobody but Nunes and other House members can see the memo since it’s personal and releasing it, even to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee or officials at the Department of Justice, would be wrong.
None of which creates much sense. The Democrats who have seen the underlying personal comprehension contend the memo is bunk, the DOJ has refuted its conclusions and it turns out that even Nunes hasn’t seen it and instead depended on the visualisation of longtime Benghazi examiner Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
Shep Smith just totally cracked the Nunes memo account his colleagues Fox News have been pushing. pic.twitter.com/JAdkVjQOtA
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) Jan 25, 2018
Poor Devin! The same thing keeps happening. The White House slips him some information to use to urge the president, it doesn’t vessel out and he looks like a fool. Still, Republicans suspicion they had built some movement that would give Trump some cover as Robert Mueller’s examine closes in on the White House. On his own Fox News show, Sean Hannity thundered that shelter was at palm since “the walls are shutting in on those obliged for this large crime and abuse of energy at the top levels of supervision in what we are now calling state-sponsored sabotage.”
That talented account collapsed on Thursday night with the bomb story in the New York Times stating that Trump had systematic White House warn Don McGahn to fire Mueller back in Jun — and McGahn, a fixed Republican and Trump loyalist, pronounced he would quit rather than follow that order. This happened shortly after James Comey was fired at the FBI and around the time it became transparent that Mueller was looking at probable White House efforts to hinder justice. Trump had unleashed a series of Twitter rants about the investigation, many of which went something like this:
You are witnessing the singular biggest WITCH HUNT in American domestic story – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Jun 15, 2017
Trump playmate Chris Ruddy went on radio and pronounced undisguised that the boss was meditative of banishment Mueller, which in review looks like a hearing balloon:
Chris Ruddy to @JudyWoodruff: President Trump is deliberation banishment special warn Robert Mueller, who he deliberate for another position. pic.twitter.com/X4IIHlh8at
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) Jun 12, 2017
At the time, the White House furiously denied that Trump was meditative any such thing and claimed Ruddy didn’t know what he was articulate about. While the boss has publicly denied that he ever wanted to fire Mueller, we can’t contend for certain either that was the only time he’s come close to pulling the trigger.
In Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” he mentions Trump’s mania with Mueller, which Wolff suggests is really about Trump’s fear of the prosecutor getting into his personal financial dealings. He writes that one of Trump’s “repetitive loops” is “I can fire him.” Wolff describes the president’s meditative this way:
He lived in a mano a mano world, one in which if your own respectability and clarity of personal grace were not a peerless issue — if you weren’t diseased in the clarity of wanting to seem like a reasonable and important person — you had a superb advantage. And if you done it personal, if you believed that when the fight really mattered that it was kill or be killed, you were doubtful to meet someone peaceful to make it as personal as you were.
That may be what Trump believes about himself. But the New York Times essay reports that in the finish he didn’t have the courage to fire Mueller himself. He tasked McGahn to do it, who told others in the White House that the boss “would not follow by on the exclusion on his own.” In fact, for all his boast and his TV catchphrase “you’re fired,” Trump is a doormat who always has others do his unwashed work. You may remember that Jim Comey listened he’d been discharged from a TV news broadcast.
Everyone wonders since this story would come out now, with 4 sources all revelation the same story to some-more than one reporter. Logic says it was leaked by McGahn, to urge himself from intensity rapist charges. But whoever the leakers are, this suggests that people are getting shaken about being concerned as accessories to Trump’s deterrent of justice. The justification is pier up.
This news that Trump systematic McGahn to fire Mueller comes in the same week when we heard that FBI Director Christopher Wray had threatened to renounce if Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t back off his demands for a full-scale inform of the FBI. Earlier in this tortured tale, you may recall, Trump had asked Sessions to renounce since the latter had recused himself from the Russia investigation, and then Trump declined to accept his resignation. That’s not all. As the Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand tweeted recently, “Trump asked Comey for loyalty; asked him to dump the Flynn probe; fired Comey; pressured Sessions not to recuse; pressured Sessions to fire McCabe; pressured Coats, Rogers, Pompeo and mixed congressmen to contend he wasn’t under FBI investigation; and tried to fire Mueller.”
On his way to Davos on Wednesday Trump denied obstructing probity and mockingly said, “You fight back and oh, it’s obstruction.” Mr. President, you can't fight back by abusing your energy to cover up a crime or by intimidating and conversion witnesses. He simply doesn’t seem to know that the order of law relates to him.
The good news for the boss is that his bottom of excitable supporters is adhering with him no matter what. Here’s Sean Hannity, right after he listened the latest news about Trump and Mueller:
Liberal media sheep repelled @realDonaldTrump suspicion about banishment Corrupt Mueller and his magnanimous group of Hillary lovers, which HE DID NOT DO! They have NO CLUE about what’s coming. Tick tock, parasite tock….Stay tuned Irredeemable deplorables. Best Sean
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) Jan 26, 2018
They’re all doing this well, aren’t they? “What’s coming” is likely to be nauseous indeed.
Heather Digby Parton, also famous as “Digby,” is a contributing author to Salon. She was the leader of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.