But Her Emails
Charlie Sykes, the former Right wing radio host, talks about the contingent of anti anti Trumpers, who no matter what the new outrage is more outraged about liberals being too outraged over Trump than Trump’s outrage itself.
But as Rachel Maddow put it last night, hyperbole is now dead. Seriously, as many ‘conspiracy theories’ as the anti anti Trumpers have accused liberals of engaging in, they actually pale next to what we learned last night: that Trump showed classified information to the Russians in the Oval Office just last Thursday morning-the morning right after having fired James Comey.
Ah-but Putin accepted, so what choice did Herr Trump have?
The conservative anti anti Trumpers-who pretend to have reservations about Trump but much more reservations about liberals who criticize Trump in their mind too vociferously came up with a euphemism during the campaign:
Liberals take him literally but not seriously, his base-upstanding Americans from Middle America-take him seriously but not literally.
But as we’ve seen with his so far still born attempts to institute a Muslim ban and kill ObamaCare-or his more successful efforts at mass deportations-to take him seriously you also have to take him literally.
On the other hand there are things that didn’t mean literally like not touching Medicare or health insurance for everybody or Mexico will pay for the wall.
Turns out outrage over mishandling classified information is another case where you would have been smart not to have taken him literally.
Who would have thought it figured pic.twitter.com/hFEComKg3x
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 15, 2017
That is such a great picture, I’ve looked it up online and plan to get it put on a t-shirt.
Will everyone who shouted "lock her up" please delete your account.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) May 15, 2017
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) May 15, 2017
“Donald Trump is president today in large part because of voters’ concerns about protecting classified material. There are several layers of nuance to that point, of course, including that those concerns were generally a subset of critiques of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server as secretary of state. But the sticking point for conservative critics of Clinton’s behavior was that her use of a private server included the transmission of classified information, per the FBI — thereby putting that information at risk of being intercepted by foreign agents, should her server have been compromised. (Clinton’s team repeatedly insisted that the server hadn’t been breached; the FBI said there was no evidence that it was.)”
“While Trump campaign events were powered by chants of “lock her up,” the reason for the locking up was generally a pastiche of concerns about Clinton’s purported transgressions. On occasion, though, the rationale for that urgent demand crystallized over concerns about the release of classified information. For example, there was former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s speech at the Republican convention in July.”
“I have called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race,” Flynn said, “because she, she put our nation’s security at extremely high risk with her careless use of a private email server.” He then joined in the chants: “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
“Given The Washington Post’s report on Monday that, as president, Trump himself revealed classified information in conversation with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, it’s worth revisiting what he himself said about Clinton’s email security — a subject that came up regularly in his freewheeling stump speeches.”
Phillip Bump then gives us a list of the many times Trump hit Hillary for allegedly being ‘very careless’ in the handling of classified information. It’s an impressive and long list-though not exhaustive.
Then there is what Trump’s GOP said about it.
Individuals who are "extremely careless" with classified information should be denied further access to such info. pic.twitter.com/0C76Ae95LD
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016
But that was then this is now. Now Paul Ryan says he only worries about ‘Things I can control.’ Too bad as Speaker of the House he has no control. Nothing he can possibly do about this. Not a thing. What he can control? Taking away millions of people’s Medicaid and privatizing Medicare.
Regular reminder that the entire election turned on fake anger that Clinton had mishandled unmarked material at low-level classification.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) May 15, 2017
Yet the GOP is still trying to soft pedal this. John McCain-probably the best hope on the GOP side-blandly responded that it’s troubling but it’s legal.
The POTUS is the only one for whom this is legal. Anyone else who did it would either be terminated immediately-if they did it without intent-or go to prison-if with intent.
Of course, this makes it kind of ironic with all the faux outrage over Hillary’s server: if she were POTUS she too could just call anything unclassified and that’d be that. Right? I’m sure the GOP would in that case also just say Gee, it’s too bad and I don’t like it but I worry about what I can control. And while what she did is troubling she has the legal right to do it. She also has the right to legally fire the FBI Director. Who’s got coffee?
Bob Corker also said a few critical words. But talk is cheap. At this point only actions matter. Let’s have a Special Prosecutor and a Select Committee. John McCain has called for these things. Let’s hope his mild public comments are just a cover.
He did vote with the Democrats to sink CRA last week as payback on the Comey firing. But it’s past time for the GOP to for once put country over party. Or they will stand condemned for many years to come.
Contrary to Paul Ryan’s shameful abdication of his own responsibility, the Congressional GOPers are at present the only ones who do have control and could do something. That’s assuming they weren’t utter hypocrites all along about ‘mishandling classified information’ which is probably the wrong assumption.
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