There has been so much going on this last week. I kept telling myself to just wait for more information to come out before writing about one situation and then ten more situations followed. It’s crazy! So let’s dive in…
Last Monday (May 8), we learned that President Obama personally warned Trump not to hire Michael Flynn. Of course WH staff played it off as President Obama being childish and not wanting someone he fired to work in Trump’s admin. That is was simply a case of President Obama not liking Flynn. Really guys? That’s your excuse. Then they try and blame President Obama for them even hiring Flynn in the first place, saying that it was President Obama’s fault that Flynn wasn’t properly vetted by Trump. Ummm, that’s not how this works.
On Tuesday (May 9) a figurative bomb hit FBI headquarters when Trump fired Director James Comey. WTF? We found out that a few days earlier, Comey had asked for more resources for his Trump/Russia investigation. The excuse that the White House gave for firing him? His unfair treatment of Hillary Clinton. Seriously!
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who you may remember had recused himself from anything pertaining to the Russia and campaign investigations) had received a memo from Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein that stated Comey had lost the trust of the Justice Department and the Trump admin because of the way he handled the email investigation. Because he had publicly talked about it twice (once when saying there was nothing there and again when he advised congress about finding more emails on Anthony Weiner’s computer) prior to the election. Granted, he shouldn’t have spoken up either time, especially 11 days before one of the most important elections of our time.
However, to think this is actually why he was fired is absurd. The Trump campaign allowed chants of ‘Lock her up’ and openly talked about putting Hillary in jail for her ‘criminal’ negligence in the handling of classified material (more on this little hypocrisy later). It would have been better to leave Clinton out of it completely and maybe people would have given Trump the benefit of the doubt. He thought people on both sides of the aisle would have been happy with the firing and he may have been able to get away with it without the absolutely brazen lie about Hillary. The impetus of the firing was placed on Rosenstein, who later that evening threatened to resign because he was getting all the blame. In actuality, Trump already planned on firing Comey and asked the DOJ to come up with reasons. He knew that openly admitting that he wanted to fire Comey because of the Russia investigation wouldn’t go over well. His communications team tried so hard to convince us it was all about the unfair treatment of Hillary and the recommendation came from Rosenstien and Sessions. Until…
He actually admitted to Lester Holt on NBC that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. God this guy is a fucking moron. His quote…
“When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.”
We also learned later, after Trump threatened Comey in a tweet (yep) that Comey better watch what he says because Trump has tapes from the Oval Office. First of all, if he has tapes, he has to hand them over and/or save them for records purposes. Secondly, there probably aren’t any tapes and Trump is just being the juvenile that he is and lashing out because he knows he’s losing. Either way, Trump is an imbecile. But so is Sean Spicer. After the firing, in an attempt to get away from reporters, Spicer hid in a fucking bush. No joke!
We further found out that Trump, after inviting Comey to dinner (then lying and saying that Comey asked for the dinner), asked Comey for his loyalty, which Comey refused to give, offering up his honesty instead. I appreciate that as the FBI is loyal only to the United States of America, not the president. Trump also lied and said that Comey promised him on three separate occasions that Trump wasn’t under investigation. That didn’t happen.
Jumping ahead to yesterday (May 16), we find out that Comey wrote a memo after said meeting with Trump and it revealed that Trump asked Comey to let the Flynn investigation go, because Flynn is such a nice guy and all. That’s blatant obstruction of justice folks. Comey had been asked to testify in a private session with the House after his ouster, but he refused because he’d rather it be an open session. Yasss James Comey! Get it!! I can’t wait for that shit. Get your popcorn ready everyone!!
Going back to Wednesday (May 10), Trump had a meeting in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. No U.S. press is allowed in, but a photographer from TASS (Russian state media) was allowed. Really? Because we no longer have access to the White House visitor’s logs, we wouldn’t have even known about the meeting had the TASS photographer not released the pictures. What the hell is going on here? I fell like this was a masterful troll job by Trump…fire Comey for investigating his ties to Russia, then invite Russia into the Oval with no oversight from American media. I don’t think my eye’s can roll further into the back of my head and I’m almost certain they are about to get stuck back there.
More importantly, it was released on Monday this week that Trump revealed highly classified information from an ally to the Russians in that meeting. While the president has the right to declassify any information to share it when he deems necessary, this was an egregious error on Trump’s part. Not only was this code-word sensitive, but it wasn’t actually ours to share. More than likely, this information he gave to Russia will (or already has) put an operative in harms way. It seems that we got the information from Israel, who is a sworn enemy of Iran. Who is an ally of Iran? RUSSIA! For Fuck Sake!!!
Trump just wants to feel like he’s in the big boys club and handing over highly classified information to an adversarial foreign power makes him feel cool. He literally opened his big orange mouth and told the Russians something he shouldn’t have. But he wanted to put Hillary in jail because she sent some emails that weren’t classified until AFTER THE FACT!!! The hypocrisy doesn’t end with Trump though. Many republicans in congress just can’t understand why this is such a big deal, but wanted the intelligence briefings stopped for Clinton during the campaign because she is apparently ‘careless’ with classified material. I just can’t with these people anymore.
Do you want to know how serious this breach was though? This information that he shared like it was fucking candy, is so sensitive that details had been withheld from our allies and very tightly restricted in our own government. News agencies have been asked to withhold information by the intelligence communities because of the highly sensitive nature. It’s unbelievable how CARELESS this asshole is. Let’s put him in jail.
Things are going completely off the rails (I’m sure I’ve said that before). It’s only a matter of time before Trump is either impeached or removed via the 25th Amendment for being utterly incompetent. I’d prefer impeachment under criminal grounds and then we can watch him and his entire administration perp-walked right into federal prison.