It’s been a busy week and I haven’t been keeping up with the Trumpocalypse as thoroughly as I usually do, but I did want to point out a few things real quick.
Trump’s “Not-A-State of the Union” Speech
I’m not going to watch it and you can’t make me. Folks, I gotta draw a line somewhere.
Besides, The Flash was on and Gorilla Grodd was invading Central City. That’s not any kind of choice at all. If it’s literally anything, up to and including the actual Second Coming, vs. Grodd on The Flash, I’m totally watching The Flash. That’s just how life’s gonna work.
That having been said, I did read Trump’s speech this morning, and I’ve heard several snippets. News people were initially pretty impressed with the speech, I think because Trump stood somewhat peacefully in front of a podium and spoke in complete sentences using his inside voice. Also, he managed to go a fair length of time in front of a camera/audience without bringing up his election win or bashing the press, which is amazing.
Despite that, his speech was a bunch of same-old, same-old. Executive orders, Make America Great Again™ (dressed up in Sunday clothes), school choice, health savings accounts, blahblahblah. Nothing surprising.
Jeff Sessions lied during his confirmation hearings – he met with the Russian Ambassador during the campaign.
This story is just now breaking, so hold on to your butts.
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general. [Read the rest.]
People are hollering “PERJURY!” on Twitter, but Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief at Lawfare, says this isn’t perjury. I don’t know why it wouldn’t be, but it’s probably safe to assume he knows more about it than I do.
Ok, listen, I have no brief for Sessions, but to be clear: This almost certainly IS NOT perjury. Stop imputing criminal conduct prematurely.
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) March 2, 2017
And just to be complete about things, here’s Sessions lying through his teeth at his confirmation hearing:
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 2, 2017
The Obama administration tried to preserve Russian election hacking/Trump intell in its last days by spreading it as far around the government as they could.
This one’s pretty new, too. As the Obama administration wrapped things up in its last days, it made sure to spread its intell about Trump/Russia around so it would be harder to lose or cover up.
In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators. [Read the rest.]
Okay, folks, I got paczkis to eat and Arrow to watch, so I’m out. Keep your eyes open for a proper Trumpster Fire tomorrow, and if you need a real blow-by-blow for the last few days, be sure to stop by WhatTheF*ckJustHappenedToday.com.