Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Real.

This cannot be emphasized enough:

The smoking gun in today's events is the discrepancy between the words used by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein in his memo recommending James Comey's firing:

...I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails...
The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong.

And Trump's words in his letter firing Comey:

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.

Rosenstein and Trump were not on the same page, they were not even on the same planet. There is not one mention of an investigation on Trump in Rosenstein's memo and not one mention by Trump in his letter of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. Trump's sole concern was the investigation of him as a Russian agent.

This was a hurried, panicked decision made by a Justice Department that had gotten some very bad news from the FBI on Trump's ties to Russia and passed that news on to Trump. In his hurried panic Rosenstein could think of no other justification than the Clinton emails, a comically preposterous see-through coverup of the real reason, the FBI's bad news on Trump as a Russian agent and the very reason Putin and Trump were able to steal the election, the conclusion that so shocked, shocked! Rosenstein now in May, being the same conclusion praised by Trump in October and the reason he kept Comey on. In their hurried panic Rosenstein and Trump did not even compare texts. Rosenstein wrote his, sent it immediately to Sessions; Sessions called Trump and gave him the "bottom line," firing Comey, and Trump then wrote his letter of dismissal without reading Rosenstein's words, brooding over the real reason both knew for the firing, that the FBI was getting closer to concluding that Trump was a Russian agent.