Yup, the GOP was always diligent on opposing Russia. McCain was until the end and Romney is too. Weren't there a bunch of GOP senators going to Russiaate last year? I really think it's way more broad than Trump, hes just the crown jewel.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.
Key Democrats were stunned by the GOP response and exasperated that the White House seemed willing to let Republican opposition block any pre-election move.
- the suspicion was on a sitting President, not a candidate
- The nation's top law enforcement agency not only found the Comey firing suspicious, they went so far as to open AND conduct a counterintelligence investigation to determine if the sitting President was working for another country, specifically Russia
- We had no window into how Trump-appointed heads of agencies were operating these investigations - Trump fired five of the top six FBI officials but couldn't kill the investigation into his campaign, nor this one
- We all know we have only been exposed to the tip of the iceberg in terms of information related to these investigations. This report tonight not only confirms that there is much more to discover, but that info is likely very heavy info.
Maddow did a segment on this as well. And another little tidbit from right after Trump's inaugeration: while doing fuck all to transition the government competently, and making embarrassing gaffes, Trump's administration requested information on "Polish incursions into Belarus". I know nothing about that, but according to Maddow, there were no such incursions. It's another Putin propaganda talking point.
It's becoming clearer and clearer that Trump learned everything he knows about foreign policy from Russia. I mean, he's been openly hostile to NATO from day 1 of his campaign.
He's either a Russian asset, or a Russian patsy. Really, the only question is the nature of their relationship. Are they blackmailing him, or just working this moron?
Yup, Think about it. The FBI hands over their initial investigation to Mueller. Mueller goes over what they have and proceeds to lay ground work on indictments of Manafort and all the others to what we have today. And hes not even done. Their initial work led to what Mueller has done so far. This is not a coincidence.
Guys, guys. Nothing's going to come of this. The key word here is “secretly”. He's not secretly working on behalf of Russia after firing Comey. He's just plainly working on behalf of Russia after firing Comey. the FBI can stop their investigation. Nothing's going to come of this.
Major figures within the Republican Party are likely compromised. Handle this wrong and the country could devolve into a minor civil war and that’s not accounting for military splinters.
They can’t just ‘remove’ Trump at the drop of a hat. There are few if any immediate legal mechanisms for the military and intelligence agencies to do so. You’d be talking about an asassination or coup by the military against the elected US President and it would be carried out in broad daylight.
The Republican Party itself is likely compromised, making escalation through official channels dangerous. It’s also quite likely that what they had inially was circumstantial, without a smoking gun to leak or release that would force action in the public sphere. Given the high likelihood of that, once they started digging (post the firing of comey, mind) any smoking guns they may have found likely were buried within the sprawling depths of systemic corruption, necessitating time and meeting the legal standards necessary to uproot those webs then also become a priority. Unseating President shitbag world interrupt those goals.
And by letting Trump carry on as long as their hands are not forced, they can better uncover, define, entrap, and intimately expose the web while doing the least immediate damage to the core foundation of the United States as a democratic countryruled by laws and a system of governance once it all comes to a head.
Not too mention that they likely need the Republican Parties compromised elements marginalized further by 2020 to have the best conditions to proceed with what will define and damage the country for decades to come, if not longer.
I've always thought Trump being forced to resign has always been a very real possibility 1) As the ultimate truth (and it probably goes way further and deeper than anyone could possibly imagine) will decimate the publics trust in Govt 2) He'll be able to keep hold of his money
He's basically saying if they try to sack the Republican leaders now, their base with all their guns will think "liberals" are forming a coup and will take arms, which is possible. The military splintering comes from who's loyal to the Commander In Chief and who's loyal to the Constitution.
What he means by "civil war" is a giant retirement binge and predictable retreat into "both sides are bad" silence by previously moribund shitbirds who'll return again when they think the n-word or graft might become available again. The GOP is DONE but won't die and will recalibrate back to a racist position that's slightly more patriotic than the "venal traitor" of now, but still horrifying in every moral or ethical pretense. Like an inhalation of the Freedom Caucus full-gut exhale, but by no means a reset.
Just biding time.
Meanwhile the media will continue to report that not excoriating or jailing gay couples while fellating Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex is a "massive swing to the left" and our normalization of facism as the GOP will stutter, but continue rightwards.
Thanks Maggie Haberman. Not your fault, but you went to college and you know what your are. You're a PH strip.