Where were you when it hit you that America elected a Twitter troll to the presidency?
Donald Trump’s desperation over losing the House to the Democrats is only beginning to peak, giving the public a good view of his panic.
Meanwhile, Representative Adam Schiff (D-N.Y.) is set to take over as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. That being the case, I suspect we’ll see different behavior surrounding the Russia probe than we saw with Representative Devin Nunes, who spent an unusual amount of time attempting to cast doubt on special counsel Robert Mueller and the probe.
It’s a lot of pressure for a man who has seen people from his campaign team dropping like flies, due to what the Russia probe uncovers.
On Sunday, Representative Schiff challenged the appointment of Matthew Whitaker to the position of acting Attorney General.
Other than serving as chief of staff to Jeff Sessions and getting a few television gigs to spout off about how to shut down the Russia probe, Whitaker has no real credentials.
President Trump took to his Twitter wall attack Adam Schiff with one of his custom-made nicknames.
“So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!” Trump wrote in a tweet.
Yes. A sitting U.S. president actually thought it was the height of intelligence and diplomacy to make such a reference about Democrat lawmaker.
So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018
This isn’t the first time the president has brought up that Robert Mueller was not confirmed by the Senate, either.
“Don’t tell me about Whitaker, because Mueller was not Senate confirmed, and Whitaker was, actually,” the president said earlier this month.
Yeah. Here’s the thing…
The position of attorney general is one that requires Senate confirmation.
The position of special counsel does not.
Do you think there’s anyone in Trump’s current circle that tells him these things?
It’s not that Mueller couldn’t make it through a confirmation process. He did that very thing in 2001 and 2011, when he was unanimously confirmed to be the FBI director, and serving a total of 13 years, under both a Republican and a Democrat presidency.
Whitaker went through the process in 2004, as he assumed the spot of U.S. attorney in Iowa for the subsequent five years.
That doesn’t make him right to step in as the new head of the Justice Department, but that didn’t enter into Trump’s equation. He was looking for a political hitman to solve his current “Mueller problem.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Schiff clapped back at Trump with his own tweet:
“Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one. Was that like your answers to Mr. Mueller’s questions, or did you write this one yourself?” Schiff wrote, referring to reports that Trump’s lawyers are writing Trump’s answers to written questions from Mueller.
Sweet burn, Mr. Schiff.
I can’t even begin to say how unprofessional and uncouth it is for our president to drag down discourse to this level.
Unfortunately, this is where we are, and it will take the people to stop indulging Trump’s bad behavior before we see any changes.
I just don’t see that happening.