Remember last June when Bill Clinton met privately for a couple of minutes on a plane in Phoenix with Attorney General Loretta Lynch after realizing they were both on the same tarmac? Remember what a scandal it was?
The House Benghazi Committee was going to release its report on how Hillary Clinton had personally murdered thousands of people (or maybe that she had personally drowned thousands of puppies – I don’t really remember whatever it was supposed to be about, because it was all made-up nonsense), and the Justice Department was conducting an investigation of her email server.
The “optics” of Bill Clinton speaking privately to the AG confirmed that the independence of the Justice Department was “compromised”, according to Donald Trump, FoxNews, and virtually all Republicans, who all howled about “Crooked Hillary” for days. It was a significant blow to her campaign.
Trump said to conservative talk show host Mike Gallagher, “It was terrible. It was really a sneak. You see a thing like this and, even in terms of judgment, how bad of judgment is it for him or for her to do this? Who would do this?”
Republican John Cornyn called for a “Special Counsel” to take over the email investigation, reading an impassioned speech about this corruption into the Congressional Record.
Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group that has sued for access to records pertaining to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while leading the State Department, is asking for the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the meeting. They said:
“Attorney General Lynch’s meeting with President Clinton creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment. Attorney General Lynch’s decision to breach the well-defined ethical standards of the Department of Justice and the American legal profession is an outrageous abuse of the public’s trust. Her conduct and statements undermine confidence in her ability to objectively investigate and prosecute possible violations of law associated with President Clinton and Secretary Clinton.”
Well, less than a year has passed, and all talk of “the appearance of violation of law”, “ethical standards”, “abuse of the public trust”, and “Who would do this?” has mysteriously ceased.
Trump has no problem calling in the head of the F.B.I. to an unprecedented private dinner while the Bureau was conducting an investigation of his election, and demanding his loyalty. Who would do this?
And the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has demonstrated more than just the “appearance” of being compromised. He had recused himself from the Russia investigation because of his own meetings with Russians during the campaign (which he then lied about, under oath). In violation of this recusal, he recommended that Trump fire the head of the F.B.I. (apparently after Trump requested him to do this). This recommendation was the first of four stories about why Trump fired Jim Comey.
Trump soon enough gave other explanations through his surrogates, finally throwing them all under the bus, as usual, with his own interview, in which he said he had been thinking about firing Comey for a long time, because the Russia/Trump connection was fake news made up by Democrats. He thereby confessed to obstruction of justice.
He also said that he didn’t see why asking for Comey’s loyalty “would have been a bad question to ask”, thereby revealing once again that he doesn’t understand that he is not Emperor or King or Führer, but merely President.
But according to Republicans across the land, it’s all smoke and no fire. Ya gotta love their consistency, right?
You know what? I don’t even care about Trump and his lies and craziness anymore. I mean, of course I “care”, because he just might get us all killed while trying to distract us, but I don’t care about these stories – it’s all more evidence of the obvious. Trump is unfit to be president, and may well be deranged. It’s all been amply demonstrated many times before.
And I don’t care because no one else cares and therefore nothing will come of it and it doesn’t matter. Everyone already knows the Russians meddled. Everyone already knows Trump benefited and is happy about it. Everyone already knows he’s unfit for the job.
I admit I’m befuddled about why the Republican Congress keeps ignoring all these golden opportunities to get rid of this toxic clown. I mean they’d still have everything they want with Pence, no? But I guess they have their reasons.
The thing that keeps gnawing at me, though, is how quickly the Republicans cast aside their own words and their own alleged principles. How they go on as if there is no record of what they’ve said and the positions they’ve taken. Is there no one other than John McCain and, occasionally Lindsay Graham, to push back? Not that they don’t have their own motives, I’m sure, quite unrelated to “integrity”.
Why do people who should know better stand by this crazy clown so predictably?
Who would do this?