Wednesday, July 04, 2018

emptywheel, Mall Cop

Tweet (Aaron Maté):
"Can those breathlessly sharing this post explain why, & what it reveals? It says Trump transition wanted to talk Syria w/ Russia, which we already knew. And that she then reported a source to FBI, which raises Qs. "
The truly bizarre piece in question: "Putting a Face (Mine) to the Risks Posed by GOP Games on Mueller Investigation ".  She's like the mall cop that's always wanted to be real police, or, in this case, real IC.  The spy-fighting, Ruskie-battling 'journalist' brings in a suspect!

On Flynn, Mueller seems to be having difficulties on pulling the trigger on the sentencing ("As Manafort Battles FBI, Mueller Gives Flynn Another Unexpected Reprieve"), and the Trump supporters believe that is because the basis of the case against Flynn, his lying to the FBI, is subject to controversy within the FBI itself, which will come out if one unquestioned agent testifies (see "What Happened During the FBI Interview With Flynn?" and "Why Has Joe Pientka Not Been Subpoenaed?").  Manafort is just a very bad dude that Trump should have stayed well away from, but, much as I dislike Flynn, his framing reeks of prosecutorial and FBI misconduct, and the early peacemongering and diplomatic operations of the Trump Administration are exactly what they should have been doing.
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