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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Daily Combover - May 18, 2017

The official White House mouthpiece to the digital world has always been through And last night, the website updated with the following quote from Trump:
As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.  I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.  In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.
I'm not sure Nixon would have had the gall to post that up for the world to see.

But today we're going to take Trump at his word and imagine that he is completely innocent of this... what should we call it?
Thanks Donnie. That's the perfect description.

And from reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," I know that where there's a witch hunt, there's usually a falsely accused witch. So where is our witch?

No, no, no. The other witch. Let's see... He was last seen registering as a foreign agent for Turkey. He--what's that? He was working for Turkey while employed as the NSA? Never mind that. --He was also spotted sitting with former presidential contender and fulltime nutjob Dr. Jill Stein and a bunch of dudes speaking some foreign language: 

Look they all have Russian names. What's that about anyway?
That meal obviously meant nothing because Lavrov and Kislyak weren't there. And we know it isn't a Russian conspiracy party unless you're partying with those two:

Kislyak clearly finds it funny people thought Roger Ailes would outlive him. He's as fit as Trump!
We seem to keep getting sidetracked with the Orange Witch of the North. Sorry about that. Back to the original witch hunt. You see, while Trump is constantly fighting off his own hunters, poor Flynn used his crystal ball and saw the writing on the wall:

President Donald Trump pressured a “reluctant” Michael Flynn into accepting a job as the White House’s top national security official even after Flynn warned the president that he was under investigation over undisclosed lobbying on behalf of a foreign government, The Daily Beast has learned.
The president’s continued loyalty to his ousted former aide is so strong, in fact, that the two have remained in touch despite the potential that their communication could be portrayed as White House interference in a federal investigation.
Now both men could pay a huge price for it.
“He did not want to be national security adviser,” Michael Ledeen, a friend of the retired Army general, told The Daily Beast on Thursday. “He didn’t want to be in the government. He wanted to go back to private life.”
“But Trump insisted on it,” said historian Ledeen, co-author of Flynn’s 2016 book The Field of Fight, their manifesto for defeating Islamic militancy. “He likes him, he trusted him, he was comfortable with him,” he said.
Flynn was “reluctant but honored” when offered the post, according to a senior Trump administration official, and only accepted it at the president’s urging.
A third source with direct knowledge of Trump transition team discussions confirmed that Flynn did not want the national security adviser post, though he claimed Flynn was instead hoping for a position in the intelligence community, preferably director of national intelligence or the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Trump’s pressuring of Flynn to take the job came even though Flynn had informed the Trump transition team that he was under active FBI investigation over undisclosed lobbying on behalf of a Dutch company—lobbying that, Flynn now admits, may have advanced the interests of the Turkish government.
Flynn didn't want the job. But Trump needed him there. After all, Trump's Boss Man insisted on it.
Artist's rendering of Trump and his Boss Man

Trump’s affinity for Flynn apparently led the president to urge former FBI director James Comey, before his firing last week, to drop or ease a federal investigation of Flynn, according to Comey’s written account of a meeting with the president.
But Trump doesn’t just hope that Flynn will beat the rap. Several sources close to Flynn and to the administration tell The Daily Beast that Trump has expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI’s investigation in Flynn’s favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity—a scenario some of Trump’s closest advisers in and outside the West Wing have assured him absolutely should not happen.
“Trump feels really, really, really bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back,” said one White House official.
One former FBI official and a second government official said Trump thought he owed Flynn for how things ended up and was determined to clear Flynn’s name and bring him back to the White House.
Talk about brand loyalty. And while we're talking about brands,

Like his steaks, Trump is truly in a league of his own. You can say it's unpresidented how unique his time in the White House has been. 

Trump’s apparent plea for the FBI to step back from its probe of Flynn set off allegations by congressional Democrats of potential obstruction of justice. Revelations that Trump has been in contact with Flynn—and openly mused about a new job for him—could add more heft to those allegations.
“The last thing [the White House] would want is an allegation of conspiracy, witness tampering, or coordination,” national security attorney Mark Zaid told The Daily Beast last week. “If Flynn is going to be indicted, or certainly under investigation, then I would want the president to be as far away from him as possible.”
Such conversations would create “huge issues,” according to Zaid’s law partner, Brad Moss. “Talking with witnesses got Nixon in trouble.”
But Trump won't do that. Trump doesn't need to worry about anything because he's innocent. If he wasn't innocent, why would he say "no puppet, no puppet" in front of the world? Case closed.

Catch you on the flip side.

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