Treason Wins the White House: First as Tragedy and Then as Farce
You might think the title is about Trump but I’m thinking about Nixon. No, not Watergate in 1972 though Nixon cheated that year as well, bigly.
Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower actually does remind of Watergate that Trump with great chutzpah invoked. In 1972, as part of their coverup the Nioxn team tried to find proof from the FBI that LBJ had spied on Nixon-after Nixon had deliberately sunk LBJ’s Vietnam peace talks.
Think about that. They were trying to deflect blame on Watergate by saying ‘Yeah but look what LBJ did to us in 1968. You know he was spying on us committing treason to win the election. That sure was wrong of LBJ.’
Of course, they were no more able to prove this than Trump has been able to prove that Obama was ‘wiretapping Trump Tower.’
It seems to me that in both the case of Nixon 1972 and Trump 2017 we’re dealing with some pretty high levels of projection. Unlike Nixon, LBJ never personally set up his own private plumbing system to catch leaks.
If Trump’s phone was tapped it wasn’t Obama but the DOJ and FBI.
But Trump is yet again reminding us of Nixon by saying ‘It sure is unfair that they tapped us committing treason.’ Treason ought to be protected and confidential.
Meanwhile, Trump’s good friend James Comey is rebuking him.
“The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.”
“Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.”
“A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment. Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also declined to comment.”
“Mr. Comey’s request is a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the position of questioning Mr. Trump’s truthfulness. The confrontation between the two is the most serious consequence of Mr. Trump’s weekend Twitter outburst, and it underscores the dangers of what the president and his aides have unleashed by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr. Trump’s young administration.”
So does Comey regret now putting him in the White House in the first place?
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