Worrying about Bill Barr as Roy Cohn is more important than Trump's badger questions


It’s shark-jumping time in the White House. Remember that even the revenge-tour could be misdirection for other malign activity.

Remember that there are the 2016 contingency plans for protecting the federal elections that could also be used to disrupt them.

The prosecutors and Mueller

Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started?”
Speaking to reporters Wednesday about the prosecutors who withdrew, Trump said, “Perhaps they were Mueller people.”
Facts First: Only two of the four prosecutors who withdrew from the case worked on the team led by special counsel Robert Mueller that investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The claim that the prosecutors were “exposed” is misleading — they made their sentencing recommendation in a public court filing, not in secret. And the Mueller investigation was not illegal.
Multiple federal courts have upheld the legality of Mueller’s appointment and endorsed actions he took, such as subpoenaing witnesses to testify before a grand jury and bringing criminal charges against some senior Trump aides.
The inspector general for the Department of Justice conducted an exhaustive review and determined in a report released in December that the FBI had a legitimate basis for opening the Russia investigation in July 2016, though his report also criticized some FBI officials for how they had handled other aspects of the investigation.
  • When Reince Priebus was the White House chief of staff, President Donald Trump often subjected him to questioning about badgers, the state animal of Priebus’ home state of Wisconsin, a new book says.
  • According to “Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump’s Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington,” by the Daily Beast reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, Trump asked Priebus if badgers are “mean to people” how they “work,” and what they eat.
  • Trump would raise these questions while Priebus was trying to brief him on domestic and foreign policy, the book said.
  • At one point, Trump reportedly also asked Priebus whether badgers have a “personality” or if they are boring, and he wondered if Priebus could show him pictures of badgers.


  • February 13, 2020