DiGenova Presents the Alternate Universe Version of Mueller Investigation

Joseph DiGenova, whose frequent appearances on Fox News got Trump to try to hire him for his legal team until the plan was scuttled by conflicts of interest, presented the Trumpworld alternate reality version of the origins of the FBI investigation. In that universe, the FBI is guilty of crimes and Trump is an innocent victims.

TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Joe, what do we know?

JOE DIGENOVA: We know that Hillary Clinton was illegally exonerated, we knew that a year ago. We know that there was a substantial effort to frame the current president of the United States with crimes by infiltrating his campaign, and then his administration with spies that the FBI had set upon them.

We have learned that the crimes were committed by the FBI, senior members of the Department of Justice, John Brennan, Mr. Clapper, Mr. Comey, and others associated with the Democratic Party, and that Donald Trump and his associates committed no crimes.

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DIGENOVA: Categorically and unequivocally, it has been proved that the FBI, in violation of all guidelines, all legislation, and I believe they committed crimes in doing so, purposely sent people into the Trump campaign to plant false information, then force that information to be forwarded back to CIA, and then funneled to the FBI, to be used as false information in FISA applications. Everybody involved in that process who knowingly participated committed a crime.

Apparently by “categorically and unequivocally” he means “undeniable inside my rectal cavity, which is where my head is and thus all I can see.” First of all, the notion that any of the people he named are “associated with the Democratic party” is absurd. Yes, they held positions in the Obama administration, but they rose through the ranks to those positions under Republicans. The first President Bush appointed Clapper to head the Defense Intelligence Agency. The second President Bush appointed him to be Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Obama then named him the Director of National Intelligence. He was unanimously confirmed, by Republicans and Democrats alike.

The same is true of John Brennan, who was named Deputy Director of the CIA and then director of the National Counterterrorism Center by Bush 43. He was initially rejected to be CIA Director because of his involvement with torture and extraordinary rendition during the Bush administration (one of Obama’s more flagrant mistakes, as I said at the time). And Comey is a lifelong Republican. This is just a ridiculous argument. Career FBI, military and intelligence officers are not known for being wild-eyed liberals.

But this is how simpleminded tribalism works. Trump is the head of their tribe now, so any criticism of him is an attack on them and must be coming from the rival tribe. Anyone who criticizes Trump is now a RINO and a traitor.

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