This unfortunate and hopefully soon-expiring moment in U.S. history, Donald Trump’s presidency, has been anything but subtle in summoning the worst energies, impulses, and dimensions embedded in the nation’s history and still animating contemporary culture and politics.
This is just the latest evidence that Trump’s plan to hide the Mueller report is going bad, and in fact is turning into a disaster.
And, according to MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann, Trump and Barr’s strategy with respect to Mueller’s report is going to look worse every day.
Appearing on MSNBC with Brian Williams, when asked if the report could contain any good news for the president, Heilemann said:
“No. I think it’s evident that things are bad, and are going to get worse for the White House as it goes forward.”
Heilemann then explained that Barr’s actions make clear that he is acting in a partisan political way. And he doesn’t think in the long run this is going to help Trump at all politically.
In fact, he questioned if Trump even has a well thought out political strategy, saying:
“It is increasingly hard for people of good will, who wish for the Attorney General to be not a political actor. It’s almost impossible now to not see him as a political actor given where we’re headed, given the flimsiness of the explanations, given the lengths to which he seems to be going to protect the president.”
“He made a political and PR judgment to do this and it strikes me as a foolish one in that.”
“There was the idea of getting the best possible case out early, thinking this would cement public perceptions. They hoped the president would then be able to claim exoneration, so when the bad news does come out people won’t notice because everyone will have bought the exoneration line.”
“Part one has happened,” Williams pointed out, saying that they did succeed in getting out the best news first when Trump claimed total exoneration. But that wasn’t good enough, and it could backfire eventually.
According to Heilemann:
“Part one has happened, but I think it’s a woeful misreading of the news environment we live in now, where everything is changing so fast, where everything just vanishes into the air.”
“Winning the day now is not winning the first day, it’s winning the last day in the argument. It seems to me the trajectory of this only gets worse for the president and that this strategy fails on its own merits in that sense, but also looks increasingly bad as you go forward.”
Trump’s Mueller Report Strategy Is a Disaster and Will Only Get Worse For Him
Once members of Bob Mueller’s team leaked to the press that Bill Barr’s short letter was very misleading, things have only gone downhill for Donald Trump.
He was able to claim “total exoneration” for two days, but since then it has become clear that nobody believes this is really what Mueller’s report says.
Now Trump and Barr have decided to deflect public attention by starting to investigate the FBI itself, as if this will really do any good.
House Democrats are demanding to see a full, unredacted Mueller report, and if they don’t get it, they will immediately sue.
Donald Trump’s attempt to hide the report from Bob Mueller will fail, and in the long run will be a political disaster that will make it very unlikely that he will win reelection next year.
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The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday praised former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for his recent public comments about Donald Trump, saying he had “sufficient basis” to think that the president might be a Russian spy.
In numerous media interviews McCabe has explained in detail why he had decided to launch FBI investigations into the president nearly two years ago.
John Brennan, who served as Barack Obama’s CIA director, was on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” with Brian Williams to discuss the latest in the Trump investigations.
Before interviewing Brennan, Williams played video clips from two interviews that McCabe did on Wednesday on other MSNBC shows.
Then Williams said:
“Director Brennan, Mr. McCabe is out there talking about our president as a possible Russian asset. Some people watching no doubt hear this and chalk it up to crazy talk and perhaps they have heard the attacks on Mr. McCabe from the conservative media, from the president. I wanted to get your take on the possibility that our president is a Russian asset.”
One of the great hypocrisies behind MSNBC's decline is their willingness to fire liberal hosts for telling the truth while giving corporate favorites and liars like Joe Scarborough and Brian Williams chance after chance.
It looks like NBC is intentionally trying to destroy MSNBC as the network has demoted Brian Williams from evening news anchor to breaking news/special reports anchor at MSNBC.
As FFF is fond of pointing out, ratings is not truth. It's ironic that Ailes compares Fox "News" to 2 fictional channels and a sports network, the models of which Fox resembles far more than a "News" channel.
During the Friday night broadcast of The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly responded to a Mother Jones story showing he embellished his war coverage as a reporter by throwing out personal insults and accusing the magazine and others of being "far left zealots."
When Friday Fox Follies went to press last week, Brian Williams' spectacular crash to earth still echoed in Halls of Mediazuma. Many wags (this one included) noticed the condemnation was loudest (shrillest?) at the Fox "News" Channel, which did not hold itself to the same high standards.
Bill Maher used the Brian Williams fiasco to call out the entire network news corporate media for not reporting the news. Maher suggested that they all should go away.
The big news this week was about fake newsmen Brian Williams and Jon Stewart and -- wouldn't you know it -- Fox "News" had fingerprints at both scenes of the crime.
During Monday night's broadcast of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart addressed the recent revelation that NBC News anchor Brian Williams had made false claims about taking rocket fire during a helicopter ride in Iraq in 2003.
This past week on Fox, we saw fake apologies, complete flip-flops on how the network views terrorist propaganda, anger over movie heroines and quasi-racist country songs.
You heard it right. John McCain, responding to an attack by Louie Gohmert (R-TX), said Gohmert is not what you call an intelligent man. This is not news to liberals but McCain himself is known, from time to time, to be a little slow on the uptake.
I wrote the other day about the brewing war between tea party and establishment Republicans, about impulses to take the GOP over altogether and impulses to start a new party. I mentioned the attacks at the Values Voter Summit on some of these establishment Republicans, including John McCain.
One of those attacks was made by Gohmert, who said, to the laughter of the crowd:
I heard just before I came some senator from Arizona. A guy that liked Qadaffi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy that liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that’s been to Syria and supported Al-Qaeda and rebels. But he was saying today that the shutdown has been a fool’s errand. And I agree with him. The president and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down.