I probably need to check with a lawyer, just in case. Recently I began to be concerned that it’s not legal for me to be having this much fun. So I’m going to play it safe.
I’m talking to people I know who call themselves conservatives and also voted for Donald Trump. I’m getting different reactions. Some are putting their chins up and saying they are glad they voted and that Donald Trump as President is doing everything they expected and hoped for. Others are grasping for words, and refusing to discuss points I bring up. And I am having way too much fun.
Here is the latest from a story that ran yesterday on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir streaming on Hulu, where I obtained these screen shots.
Trump cites Russia probe as motivation for revoking former CIA director John Brennan’s clearance
In a striking admission after his unprecedented move to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, President Donald Trump said in a new interview that his true motive for targeting Brennan was his role in the start of the Russia investigation.
“I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,” Mr. Trump said in a Wednesday interview with The Wall Street Journal. “And these people led it. So I think it’s something that had to be done.”
For the record:
Confronted with the admission, the President squirmed:
A highly paid government employee paved over the facts.
Reading off a statement from the president from the briefing room podium prior to his interview, Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Wednesday the president’s move to revoke Brennan’s clearance was related to “risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior.”
“Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations – wild outbursts on the internet and television – about this Administration,” according to the president’s statement. “Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent with access to the Nation’s most closely held secrets and facilitates the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos.”
And I watched and giggled—without remorse.
Former CIA Director John Brennan committed the unpardonable sin of speaking harsh truth about President Trump:
Retired Admiral William McRaven weighed in with an oped penned to The Washington Post:
Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President
William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Dear Mr. President:
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.
I am obviously having way too much fun.
Way too much fun. I need to stop. No, I’m sorry. I can’t. There’s more:
That sharp-looking woman strolling with Eric Trump is his wife, Lara Trump. She is in this story because she is President Trump’s daughter-in-law and for no other reason whatsoever. Being loosely related to the president she obtains the privilege of weighing in on important political matters, one such matter being how to deal with a former government employee with the ability to do some damage to the president:
That’s Lara Trump talking to Omarosa Manigault Newman, Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison until January of this year. Apparently on the occasion of Omarosa’s involuntary departure from government service, Mrs. Trump contacted her with a deal aimed at sweetening her future actions and commentary. Omarosa unkindly recorded the conversation and has recently played it back, along with dribbles of other recordings:
Lara Trump: It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you’ve got in the back pocket to pull out. Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can’t have – we got to –
Omarosa: Oh, god, no –
Lara Trump: Everybody positive, right?
Lara Trump: So I know you were making $179 K at the White House. And I think we can work something out where we keep you right along those lines.
Lara Trump ended offering Omarosa $180,000 yearly to “come on board”( my wording).
I am guessing that an ounce of personal integrity was never a qualification for working for the Trump organization. As viewed:
I need to go now. I think the Happiness Police squad just rolled up to my front door. May Jesus have mercy on my soul.