Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, February 02, 2018

The key law enforcement figures in what President Donald Trump and his allies have characterized as a "deep state" conspiracy against him are not lefties or even Democrats: They are Republicans. And Trump picked a number of them himself. Trump and Republicans are continuing to attack the nation's top law enforcement organizations to undermine the special counsel investigation into his campaign, which has already resulted in criminal charges against four Trump associates. But factually speaking, it's really tough for Trump backers to credibly argue that the deck has been stacked against the president, simply based on the political leanings of the key figures in the case. Robert Mueller III, aka "Bobby Three Sticks," is the special counsel tasked with investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mueller is a Republican.

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Ron Hosko, a former top FBI official who believes the FBI should have been tougher on Clinton, laughed when HuffPost asked him about the notion that the FBI was a hotbed of liberalism.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," Hosko said. "At its core, the FBI is still a pretty conservative, right-leaning organization that tries to divorce itself of politics."

One FBI source told HuffPost that rank-and-file FBI agents are perplexed by the attacks on the bureau coming from the party that had aligned itself so closely with law and order.

This is nothing more than criminals attacking those investigating their crimes and coordinated behavior in using Russian help and support in order for Trump to be elected. Innocent people do not have to go after unbiased investigators and most rational people should be able to understand this quite simple logic. There are already four individuals indicted and two guilty pleas already filed in the courts. The notion that this is a witch hunt driven by partisan leanings is as unconscionably daft is the fantasy that Trump and the Republicans pushing this batshit narrative of corruption within the DOJ/FBI are now aghast at the use of the legislation they themselves have publicly supported as short as three weeks ago during the FISA 702 renewal debates.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-02 07:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

For some reason, Trump thinks Rosenstein -- the man he nominated as his deputy attorney general -- is a Democrat.

He doesn't, but he knows his moronic base will believe him if he said he was.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-02 08:27 AM | Reply

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump

The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people
3:33 AM - 2 Feb 2018

The only people who have politicized the investigation are you, your cronies in Congress and Fox News.

John Schindler @20committee

Anyone who believes the #FBI is a conspiratorial den of Hillary-loving lefties has had ZERO interaction with the actual #FBI.
5:17 AM - 1 Feb 2018

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-02 08:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

✔@< a href=https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump>realDonaldTrump

The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!

6:33 AM - Feb 2, 2018

"Perhaps Republicans haven't fully thought this through. For one thing, judge-approved surveillance of suspected agents of foreign powers isn't terribly controversial. But even putting that aside, what the Nunes memo is actually doing is reminding everyone – the public, the press, lawmakers, international observers of every stripe – that Donald Trump's presidential campaign brought on a suspected Russian agent as a foreign policy adviser for reasons no one in Trump World has explained.

None of this makes the Justice Department of the FBI look worse. It does, however, make Donald Trump's political operation look worse." Steve Benen

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-02 08:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

From Eugene Robinson yesterday:

The far-right echo chamber resounds with wailing and braying about something called the "deep state" -- a purported fifth column of entrenched federal bureaucrats whose only goal in life, apparently, is to deny America the greatness that Dear Leader Trump has come to bestow. It is unclear who is supposed to be directing this vast conspiracy. Could it be Dr. Evil? Supreme Leader Snoke? Hillary Clinton? This whole paranoid fantasy, as any sane person realizes, is utter rubbish.*

The asterisk is for the FBI.

www.washingtonpost.com

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-02 09:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Max Boot‏ @MaxBoot

So the top leadership of a Republican administration is biased against Republicans? Even for Trump that's a logical stretch.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-02 09:29 AM | Reply

Angry WH Staffer‏ @AngrierWHStaff

Angry WH Staffer Retweeted Donald J. Trump
Sounds great if you ignore all of the facts.

Page: surveilled since 2013

Manafort: surveilled since (redacted)
...well before candidate Trump was a thing.

Flynn: picked up incidentally on comms w/ Kislyak because he's the dumbest former head of DIA ever.

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump

"You had Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party try to hide the fact that they gave money to GPS Fusion to create a Dossier which was used by their allies in the Obama Administration to convince a Court misleadingly, by all accounts, to spy on the Trump Team." Tom Fitton, JW
3:49 AM - 2 Feb 2018

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-02 09:36 AM | Reply

What this should be doing but apparently isn't is notifying all Republicans that Trump will throw any of you under the bus if you even so much as question his loyalty no matter how much evidence piles up supporting your questions. None of you are safe and all of you are being told that your loyalty is to Trump not to the USA. Just yesterday it was reported that Rosenstein was asked by Trump, "are you on my team?" That is completely inappropriate and would have been unethical for Rosenstein to say he was. This President is indefensible and those who support him have given up any claim to patriotism.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 09:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ted Lieu‏ @tedlieu

I read both memos & @realDonaldTrump is lying. Also, here's the leadership of @FBI / DOJ:

-Rosenstein, a Republican appointed twice by GOP Presidents
-Wray, a Republican who gave $39k exclusively to GOP candidates
-Brand, a Republican who gave $37k exclusively to GOP candidates

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-02 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
"You had Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party try to hide the fact that they gave money to GPS Fusion to create a Dossier which was used by their allies in the Obama Administration to convince a Court misleadingly, by all accounts, to spy on the Trump Team." Tom Fitton, JW
3:49 AM - 2 Feb 2018

#7 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Didn't the Republicans give money to GPS Fusion to create the Dossier too?

Oh that's a fact we aren't supposed to talk about? My bad.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-02 11:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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"Didn't the Republicans give money to GPS Fusion to create the Dossier too?"

Simpson testified before Congress that they also gave money to GPS Fusion to create a dossier of oppositional research on Clinton too.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-02 11:05 AM | Reply

"Didn't the Republicans give money to GPS Fusion to create the Dossier too?"
Simpson testified before Congress that they also gave money to GPS Fusion to create a dossier of oppositional research on Clinton too.

#11 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Exactly. I don't remember that in the memo...

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-02 04:10 PM | Reply

It's like I've said from the start.

"Deep State" is just a conservative effort to rebrand decent men and women that they once lionized as "law and order".

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-02 05:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Conservatives are avoiding this thread like the plague.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-02 07:50 PM | Reply

"Rooting out the corruption left over from B. Hussein." -- FISHPAW

Pescadito Blanco was truly mistaken.

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 08:30 PM | Reply

Conservatives are avoiding this thread like the plague.

#14 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Because to accept this fact is to accept that Trump and his supporters are obviously guilty as hell and are doing everything possible to obfuscate from the face erstwhile patriotic public servants upholding their oaths to the US Constitution are somehow partisanly motivated actors only bent on "getting Trump" at all costs.

The very fact that Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty and admitted that Russian operatives approached him as a Trump representative and offered him access to their cache of stolen emails in order to harm Hillary Clinton's campaign seems to escape them, along with the fact that US authorities were told about this by another friendly government's official who heard it innocently as happenstance, themselves having nothing to do with Hillary Clinton's electoral interests whatsoever. The interests here are counterintelligence, not partisan politics. Politics only enters into it because the actors themselves were part of a political campaign who solely existed for their candidate's political goal of being elected POTUS.

Never before has the party of law enforcement accused them of grievous abuse of their power before any evidence nor conclusions have been brought forth because the investigations are not yet finished. This is simply the guilty trying to undercut the investigations by any and all means necessary to make sure their own complicity and guilt can always be argued as having never been proven.

#16 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-02 10:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

What gets me is that 62,984,825 of our fellow citizens believe him (well, most of them, anyway).

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-02-03 12:01 AM | Reply

Who to trust?
Republicans appointed by Trump that have demonstrated integrity over long careers in law enforcement, or a serial fraudster, compulsive liar and sexual assault braggart.

The Dotard's defenders are either defending their egos, greed or bigotry, and often all three.

#18 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-03 05:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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