Maggie Haberman from the NYT is out with yet another leak, regarding the meeting between Trump and the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. If true, I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, we know Trump is a shit-talker and men tend to say inappropriate things in private. On the other, under no circumstances should the President of the United States impugn the former head of the FBI in front of foreign agents.
The positive aspect of acting like a shit-talking pavement ape is that it scares people — the old ‘Crazy Nixon’ routine. If people are scared of Trump, because of his changeability, then they’re less likely to fuck with him. Even still, this isn’t exactly “presidential” decorum, certainly not befitting for the highest office in the world.
Obviously, we must impeach now.
President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”
The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. Mr. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.
The White House document that contained Mr. Trump’s comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. One official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.
In a statement, he said that Mr. Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president’s ability to conduct diplomacy with Russia on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Mr. Spicer said. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
This is getting tedious, but who are these officials leaking to left wing newspapers? Does it matter? Should we embrace the transparency, just like we embraced the Podesta emails? If you were delighted over the Podesta leaks, then you cannot be pissed over these leaks, and vice versa. It’s part of the discussion now — a new era of neo-transparency and direct democracy.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter