A Week to Remember
Here we are at the end of an amazing week. The big meeting in Singapore has concluded with an agreement in principle; now the technical people can sit down together and negotiate the terms for a final deal. One would think that this would be good news.
The Inspector General of the Justice Department has come out with his much-anticipated report about the recent investigation into the Clinton email scandal and now we can argue about what it said.
Mr. Trump reports that it proves his innocence: I wasn’t aware that anyone had accused Mr. Trump of having any involvement in Mrs. Clinton’s illegal email servers…
I’m not sure whether this week is more memorable for the substantive things that happened, or for the bizarre atmosphere in which they have taken place. Here are a couple of examples…
The Singapore summit resulted in about as much as any reasonable person could have hoped for. Therefore, it’s being denounced. The very same people who were demanding that Mr. Trump meet with the North Koreans to negotiate instead of threatening, are denouncing Trump for coddling a dictator, for giving legitimacy to a rogue regime. Foreign Policy experts are denouncing an agreement in principle as though it were a final treaty for it’s lack of detail, even though they know full-well what it really is, and other serious people are joining in, also knowing that what they are saying is a complete misrepresentation of the facts.
Even more amazing is the fact that no one in particular seems to care; it’s business as usual.
Then there’s the IG report… Topping the list of bizarre and ridiculous has to be Mr. Trump’s claim that it proves his innocence in the Russian matter. It wasn’t even about the Russian business, that’s a whole different report. Sir, as hard as it is for any of us to believe, not everything in this world is about you.
It seems that over the past couple of days, everyone claims that the Report proves… whatever they want it to prove. I think we all know that can’t be true.
Finally, we have the stories that have been lost in coverage of the 2 “big” stories. The Department of Justice continues to defy requests for clean documents from the relevant Congressional oversight committees, and the former director of the FBI, Mr. Comry, has threatened the committees to avoid being held in contempt of Congress.
“Houston, we have a problem.”
Is there outrage in Congress and the Press about this illegal stonewalling by the FBI and DOJ? No, of course not. There is denunciation of the oversight committees, even on the part of the minority members themselves who claim that Republican majority members of the Committees are engaged in some kind of partisan witch hunt against a Republican-run DOJ.
This week has been nothing, if not surreal.