Today they are talking about taking down Sessions who in my opinion is one of the worst of the garbage in the cabinet. And, considering that Kushner was at the same meeting with Sergey Kislyak, he is likely going to be part of the same “gone” crowd. Sessions recused himself from further involvement in the ongoing discourse. This is the discussion (in case you are confused since there are so many) about how many of Scrotus’ batch of cronies were involved in “chatting” with Kislyak.
And, in case you aren’t clear who’s who in this mess, Sergey Kislyak is either Russia’s biggest spymaster, or maybe, just a really bad guy.
This is about how much the Russians knew. How they knew it. And how much involvement did the Republican party have in the Russians knowing it. Was there actual collusion on the part of the president and his cohorts?
So it is rather Nixon-like. He didn’t have to spy on the Democratic party, but he did it anyway.
As to Scrotus, my guess is whatever he got from his Russian connections, he could have gotten the same results — without Russian involvement. That’s a guess. I’m sure we’ll all find out. Soon enough.
Nixon was elected by a wave of Americans who didn’t like the negative talk about Vietnam. He got in kind of like Scrotus. With a plurality in Congress and all that. But there was this thing hanging over him. The burglaries at Watergate. Nixon wasn’t half as bad as Scrotus, but he was bad enough. These days, he looks pretty good. That IS ironic.
Sessions was responding to a Washington Post report, published Wednesday night, in which Department of Justice officials confirmed that he had twice met the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the campaign. Sessions also appears to have misled the Senate about his contacts. At a January 10th confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee, Senator Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat, asked Sessions what he would do, as Attorney General, “if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.” Sessions, under oath, replied, “I’m not aware of any of those activities.” He added, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
— The New Yorker, By Evan Osnos, March 2, 2017
I don’t need to repeat the story. This is all over the map. If you haven’t heard about it, you really aren’t trying very hard, What I’m finding interesting — very interesting — is how much this is beginning to remind me of Richard Nixon.
This is how it went. Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip.
One down, one to go. Two down, another on the way. Three down, four down. Five down. Drip. Drip. Drip.
And finally, the president went down. His Vice-President had already gone down, replaced by a perfectly pleasant fellow who never really got much of an opportunity to do anything. Ultimately, the pall of Nixon lay over Washington like a layer of oil on a roadway. Traffic that hit the oily patch went spinning wildly off the road.
Drip. Drip. Drip.
We were watching NBC News and they were saying if the GOP does not deal with “the Russian issue,” it will take down this presidency. No one will get the opportunity to do anything — which would be fine with me. So, if you aren’t old enough to remember, this is how it went.
Nixon hated the press, but at least he didn’t go out of his way to make all of them hate him at the same time.
The taking down of Richard Nixon became a daily event. I bought myself a tiny radio which I listened to whenever I could. I came back from work and planted myself in front of the television. The story kept going. Drip. Drip.
Then whoosh, thunder, whack. There was nowhere left for Nixon to turn. He resigned. He wasn’t half as bad as this guy. He just taunted the press with “you can’t get me.”
Which is an incredibly stupid thing to say to our press corps. They aren’t in as good shape as they were back in the 1970s, but for all that, being press is what they do. What they are. Members of the press really live for exactly this kind of event. With all the terribleness of what’s happening, this is the blood of life to the press corps.
Drip. Drip. Drip.