Sunday, May 20, 2018

One Good Witch Hunt Deserves Another!

One question:  why can't he do it today?  Are the offices closed?  Would it interrupt his golf game?  Is his secretary with the Rolodex of phone numbers not available?

(And if you are wondering:  a)  no, it probably won't happen ("there are rules", i.e., the same reason Jeff Sessions recused himself from things touching on Russia and the Trump campaign) and b) there probably was no "spy," just the FBI "trying to figure out just what was going on between these Trump guys and Russia."  Trump can rail all he wants; it won't stop the slow, grinding mill wheels of the law he finds himself caught in.)

((Okay, now I'm piling on, because it just gets funnier:

“It’s opening Pandora’s Box in my view,” Callan told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield. “First of all, the investigation would necessarily involve an investigation of what [special counsel Robert] Mueller is doing and whether Mueller’s investigation was, in part, based on an illegal infiltration of the Trump campaign. So, I think what would have to happen mechanically is you would need a second special prosecutor or independent counsel to do such an investigation.”

He went on to say that doing that would mean there would be two independent counsels looking into what happened with the Trump campaign. Callan noted that Trump likely hasn’t spoken to anyone to explain why this is a really bad idea for him. He predicted that when the “lawyers arrive” on Monday, Trump will likely change his tune.

"We'll see what happens," right?  I may need more popcorn.  Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare, has another analysis:

So maybe not popcorn; maybe whiskey.

I need to go to the store in the morning.  This IS something I can't do on Sunday.



  1. The Justice Dept. and Rod Rosenstein are a jump ahead of Trump's "tomorrow" demand.

    Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement she shared with TPM:

    The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct.

    She added the following statement from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:

    “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”

    Careful what you ask for, Donnie. Sometimes it doesn't smell so good when you hold it in your hand.

  2. I do have to wonder if someone told him that having two, instead of one prosecutor looking at his campaign might not work out very well for him and his crime family.