As discussed on Friday, DAG Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian military-cyber-operative guys. In the process, he ruled out any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the DNC/Clinton campaign email hack and distribution. Also, I guess he verified that the emails were authentic all along. Donna Brazile hardest hit.
I’m not going to rehash everything since we have an active thread on it already, but what we know from this indictment has a tie-in to this week’s horribly cringe-inducing Congressional hearing with Peter Strzok.
I didn’t have much of a chance to watch the hearing live, so I missed a lot. The clips I have seen are terrible, from Gohmert personally attacking Strzok for lying to his wife over screwing one of his co-workers to Steve Cohen suggesting that Strzok should get a Purple Heart for, apparently, lying to his wife about screwing one of his co-workers while he was poisoning the two most important FBI investigations of 2016.
Congress’s procedural antics and grandstanding aside, my worst suspicions of Strzok were confirmed by the hearing. He’s a creepy psychopath who fully believes in the righteousness of every shitty thing he has done.
The giveaway was that “duping delight” smirk he wore repeatedly throughout the hearing, when he wasn’t sneering. It’s the look of a guy who not only thinks he’s better and smarter than the people he’s conning, but that he’s already proven it.
It’s not a stretch for me to say this. His text messages to Page said as much for his contemptuous attitude toward our elected representatives. It’s good that he’s no longer in charge of investigations, but the fact that he ever was highlights why the FBI is such a shitshow on wheels.
Peter Strzok's wife threatened to leave until he explained that not once did he let his affair with Lisa Page affect any specific actions he took in their marriage.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 13, 2018
That, plus the politicization of the FBI’s role.
These Russian individuals did their work during the Obama years. Why didn’t Obama do something about it? Because he thought Crooked Hillary Clinton would win, that’s why. Had nothing to do with the Trump Administration, but Fake News doesn’t want to report the truth, as usual!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018
In Obama’s defense, Wikileaks didn’t really expect Trump to win either. They gave it a 25% chance. So there’s some consolation.
What else for scandal news?
Jim Jordan savages Rosenstein, runs for Speaker, and totally coincidentally gets accused of ignoring old cases of sexual abuse. Also, not uncoincidentally at all, the same law firm that hired Crowdstrike to
scrub inspect the hacked DNC server hired Fusion GPS to build the Trump Dossier is all over it. Of all the scandals going on, this one is the dumbest and most transparently political, I think. I’m so bored with these obvious Deep State plot twists.
Let’s see; Manafort hasn’t been convicted and is locked up in solitary confinement. Flynn has been convicted and Mueller hasn’t gotten around to locking him up. His sentencing is delayed for the third time.
Outside of DC, there’s Harvey Weinstein, who you should feel sorry for, you jerk.
“You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome. I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lotsa girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.”
Is it bad that I have about as little pity for his victims as I do for him, on that basis? Not the office employees and regular women he victimized, but the ones who became A-list actresses with his support. The whole system is disgusting. Is he simply unlucky to have become not the face of the problem, but to be portrayed as the entire problem?
That’s all I have. There’s plenty of entertainment on pfluffy’s DJ thread.
Oh! Hey, Hal wrote an article over at Ordinary Times on the human trafficking thing I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Check it out.