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The Shearing of Hair Trompf (3)

May 10, 2017

Wow.  The perfect event to begin the next page.  Immediately after “5-9 Former (fired by Trompf) acting U. S. attorney general, Yates, testifies regarding Flynn, White House, Russia,” at the bottom of page (2), we get “BREAKING [in more ways than one]:  Trump Fires Comey.”

And now 5-10 Josh Marshall’s take on it:

“Here’s the key issue.

Months ago Jeff Sessions recused himself from any involvement in the Russia probe. That recusal put the investigation in the hands of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Whatever his reputation to this point, Rosenstein has zero credibility to run this investigation. The taint of corruption and disgrace on him permanent and irreversible.

Here’s the fundamental issue facing the country right now.

In criminal trials there are certain actions defendants can take from which judges will tell juries they can infer guilt. In a political context, this is one of those moments. We are now hearing word from White House officials that the White House is stunned at the backlash at Comey’s firing. Didn’t Democrats think he was doing a bad job? We’re even hearing commentators speculate that maybe this may have been a huge miscalculation. The White House didn’t realize how big a deal this was. In the final analysis I think this will be judged a major miscalculation – just not in the sense they mean. Frankly, no one is that naive. It doesn’t wash.

There is only one reasonable conclusion that can be drawn from the decision to fire Comey: that there is grave wrongdoing at the center of the Russia scandal and that it implicates the President. As I write this, I have a difficult time believing that last sentence myself. But sometimes you have to step back from your assumptions and simply look at what the available evidence is telling you. It’s speaking clearly: the only reasonable explanation is that the President has something immense to hide and needs someone in charge of the FBI who he believes is loyal. Like Jeff Sessions. Like Rod Rosenstein.”

Some who’s who & what’s that (thanks to JM).

And now this, from CNN:  “Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Good plots do tend to thicken.  Some ingredients of the thickening.

A “grotesque abuse” of Presidential power,” on “a dark day for American history.”  And.

Other potential investigative units.  Flynn won’t provide requested docs, so he gets a subpoena.

Yep, Comey asked Rosenstein for more money for an expanded FBI investigation.  Well that’s when the filthy lucre hits the fan.

5-11  On the pattern of T’s sabotaging the investigation.

[Here’s an informed and well-written reportorial narrative of impulsive incompetence.]

[Pages (1) and (2) and (4) of this episode.]

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