Erick Erickson-!-Calls for Independent Counsel
File this under the ‘Life comes at you fast’ file.
“A lot of people who think Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are American heroes are under the impression Donald Trump and members of his administration are traitors. Hollywood celebrities are openly calling for a military coup. Political commentators are comparing Donald Trump’s election to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor because, allegedly and with no evidence, Russia stole the election. I would encourage you to read John Podhoretz on just how bad this situation could get.”
For the record I’m not at all sure that Snowden and Manning are heroes. Roger Stone-amazing how he’s back in the news; it’s the best omen to the fact that Trump is indeed barreling down the Nixon track.
As for the 9/11 or Pearl Harbor comparison, this is in my view an apt comparison. But this starts with two words: James Comey.
As Steve Miller would put it: Asked and answered, Chuck, asked and answered.
Steve Miller may sound like a punk 31 year old kid. But unlike you he’s running US foreign policy with Steve Bannon.
We don’t have clear, irrefutable evidence that Russia stole this election but we do have probable cause-which is a lot more than what James Comey had in opening his investigation into Emailgate.
But let’s not put too fine a point on it. This is Mr. RedState America we’re talking about. And he’s calling for an Independent Counsel.
“On the other side, more and more Trump supporters are treating the American intelligence community as the enemy. The President grows more suspicious of the intel community by the way and he has good reason to do so.”
“Right now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that intelligence agents are withholding information from Donald Trump because they fear it will be given to the bad guys. The New York Times is reporting Donald Trump is about to send in a friend to clean house. The intelligence community is concerned.”
“This is all going to end badly. Just about all of us were wrong about where 2016 would lead and now we can all see the worst case on the horizon.”
“The left is in a nonstop state of agitation calling for mass resistance. Trump supporters are looking to settle scores. Democrats have every incentive to play up unproven allegations that the Russians tampered with the election. Republicans have every reason to play up the theory that the intelligence community is out to get the President.”
“Both sides need to work to defuse this situation. It is escalating quickly and given antics on both sides, I concur with John Podhoretz that things could turn violent.”
“The wisest course of action is for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to name an independent counsel to examine two questions and for both sides to stand down on the matter while the investigation is ongoing.”
“First, did the Trump campaign collaborate with the Russians to affect the election?”
“Second, are some members of the intelligence community leaking to undermine the President?”
“We need answers to both. The first to satisfy the left and the second to satisfy the right.”
“What seems most plausible to me is that the Trump team individuals with known ties to Russia probably were in communication with the Russians about their other business dealings, not Trump. As the New York Times is reporting and everyone is ignoring, there is plenty of evidence of communications, but no evidence at all of coordination.”
“If both sides will not cooperate on defusing this situation, we are in for some seriously rocky times.”
HT: Tom Brown
I argued earlier that the GOP would be better off if they got rid of Trump. Arguably this would be better for them than Democrats.
I mean better in the sense of giving themselves any chance of actually implementing a GOP agenda. Again, as a Democrat I don’t want them to implement a GOP agenda. So long as Trump’s in there, there’s little chance of that
1. His various scandals and outrages suck all the air out of the room in terms of any policy agenda.
2. He doesn’t seem that interested in signing bills from his party in Congress. What makes me say this? For starters, it’s been nearly a month and he has not signed one meaningful piece of legislation yet.
They don’t want to propose their own bills as then Trump repudiates them. But he won’t offer up his own.
Again I don’t believe they will heed my ‘advice.’ But that Erick Erickson of all people is talking about an Independent Counsel, shows it’s an idea whose time has come.
It’s the only way to prevent the Russia story from literally doing to any GOP agenda what Godzilla did to Tokyo.
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