As Donald Trump and his minions lash out madly to suppress any discussion of his presidential campaign’s suspected collusion with Russia, they are only causing the opinions of a truly massive scandal to rise up. The White House’s attempts to control the FBI and bully the press corps of the White House and Washington DC, is clumsily encouraging appraisals between this and Watergate — although as usual with this group, it is not simple to distinguish malice from stupidity.
STRUCK A NERVE
CNN as well as the New York Times obviously struck a nerve that was quite sensitive with articles saying that the FBI is investigating numerous contacts last year between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. The nature of those contacts and officials are unknown but it is certain stories like these that neatly fit into the narrative that was long-developing about an illegitimate effort by Kremlin operatives to influence our presidential election on Trump’s behalf, using:
- News reports with fake information;
- Hacking of emails;
- Hiring of trolls on the internet;
- Working with WikiLeads.
If the story of the Russian hacking was troubling for Trump, it was not nearly as treacherous as the possible involvement of Trump aides and advisers in that conspiracy. While there is not any direct evidence of involvement released, the accusations are wide spread.
WHITE HOUSE RESPONSES
The responses of:
- Press secretary Sean Spicer;
- Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff;
- Chief strategist Steve Bannon;
With Trump himself were so telling. After repudiating the Times story on Meet the Press, Priebus asked a top FBI official to back that denial — this is the type request that the bureau suitably rejects quickly because its probe is still ongoing. Spicer attacked the stories from the press podium and then, in an astonishing measure, excluded the Times, CNN, and several other news organizations from an update in his office. Bannon, in what is considered a public appearance that is rare for Bannon, at the ’Conservative Political Action Conference’, declared an everlasting war against the “independent press”, warning “it’s going to get worse every day for the media.”
But Bannon and others need to remember the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. This makes the press dug deeper into matters such as this.
- White House denies any collusion between the Trump …LATimes
- How ‘New Cold Warriors’ Cornered Trump – Consortium News
- Top Intel Dem: Too soon to allege Trump campaign–Russia collusion