President Trump’s political opponents and most of those in the media (but I repeat myself) have lost their minds.
Usually, “lost their minds” is just an expression, not to be taken literally, meaning that people need to get a grip. But this time, after a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland, in which Trump publicly offered some positive words about Putin –- keep in mind, no one but their translators knows what had been said behind closed doors –- these people seem literally to have gone stark raving mad, to the point of needing antipsychotic medication and perhaps early retirement to an assisted living facility where they can be kept away from sharp objects. An MRI would show that their brains are no longer firing on all cylinders, if they ever were.
RELATED READING: The Helsinki Summit
The President is a negotiator with specific goals in mind, not a politician or diplomat; he doesn’t always choose the exact words I might use in a given situation, and this press conference was no exception. At the same time, I’d really like to ask those who say his conduct bordered on treason: what is so wrong with someone who has been victimized the way Trump has by his own intelligence community to expressing a lack of trust in that community? The President surely knows that Putin isn’t to be trusted –- regardless of what he said for Putin’s consumption –- but who says Trump's intelligence agencies are?
To answer that question, let’s review. Former CIA Director John Brennan, who on Monday called Trump “treasonous” and “guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors," voted for the Communist Party candidate for President when America was deep in the Cold War, and judging from his tweets, he’s as active and virulent an anti-Trumper as one will ever encounter. It’s inconceivable that he hasn’t been involved in the broad effort to sabotage Trump.
The FBI used unverified information paid for by Hillary’s 2016 campaign (through two layers of intermediaries) to get FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign associates. It defied protocol to exonerate Hillary to keep her a viable candidate against Trump. Former FBI Director James Comey leaked government information to a professor friend, an FBI “freelancer,” with the express purpose of getting a special counsel to investigate Trump. Former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is under investigation for lying about leaks to the media, and it was in “Andy’s office” that FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page discussed an “insurance policy” against Trump being President.
Strzok and Page, in their thousands of texts, made it clear they hated Trump and his supporters and wanted to stop Trump from becoming President. Coincidentally (sure), Strzok headed both the Hillary and the “Trump/Russia” investigations and was part of the special counsel probe until the exposure of his anti-Trump texts risked the “appearance” of bias.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions surprised Trump, early on, by recusing himself from anything “Russia” and so cannot act concerning any of this. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed off on one of the FISA warrant renewals on the “Trump/Russia” spying and SHOULD have recused himself but didn’t. Rosenstein’s timing of his indictment a few days ago of more Russians seemed strangely calculated to throw a big monkey wrench into the meeting between Trump and Putin.
There’s much more. The DOJ shut down tight when it came to documents relating to the start of the “Trump/Russia” probe. They redacted the material they released so compulsively that entire pages were blacked out. FOIA requests and congressional subpoenas were ignored. When Congress held hearings, the FBI sent in their own attorneys to make sure witnesses didn’t answer. Special counsel Robert Mueller packed his own team with with Hillary donors and supporters, and brought on Andrew Weissmann, a hard-nosed specialist in the kind of legal torture intended to get witnesses to “sing” –- or “compose,” if necessary, to bring down the big fish (in this case, Trump). And the President is absolutely right to question the whereabouts of the DNC server and who might have breached it. (Much more on this at the link below.)
I could go on. Now, considering all this, should Trump really be criticized for not expressing more confidence in his intelligence agencies?