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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Recognizing the Swamp

For John, BLUFThis topic seems like it was based upon some Republican master plan.  Sort of like how Republicans view Democrats and Media people and their talking points.  While it may be a Republican "Talking Point" it also seems to conform to what we are seeing ongoing, like former FBI Acting Director McCabe getting a pass after lying, but LTG Flynn and Mr Roger Stone getting a lot of time recommended, and being bankrupted by the process.  It looks bad and it smells bad.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Correspondent J Christian Adams, 14 February 2020.

Here is the lede plus one:

This was the week that President Trump really started to drain the swamp.  It came when he yanked the nomination of Jessie Liu to a Treasury Department post.  The decision was all Trump’s, and occurred after Trump learned details about what was going on when she was United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Though Trump was most aggravated with Liu not clamping down on the outrageous sentencing recommendations of her staff in the Roger Stone case, there was a long list of other concerns that made it clear to the President the extent of ideological weaponization across the Justice Department.

Let’s start with Roger Stone for now.

Liu’s so-called “career prosecutors” devised a sentencing recommendation of nine years in prison for behavior that became commonplace anytime former Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before Congress under oath.

Lest we forget, Holder was found in criminal contempt of Congress in a bipartisan 255-67 vote.  Back then, most House Democrats didn’t find contempt of Congress to be an impeachable offense.  Don't forget, House Democrats marched off the floor during the Holder contempt vote.

This nicely illustrates the central theme that has animated Trump’s impeachment, Justice Department investigations of Trump, Liu’s yank, and the entire political saga of the last three years.

Justice is no longer blind.  Investigations, charges, and even prison terms depend on the ideological views of the targets.

I am sure Ms Jessie Liu is a competent leader, but I can see how the President may have lost some confidence in the impartiality of the Civil Service.  I am not sure he can get it back.  Or if the next Democratic Party President will feel fully confident in the professional advice he or she receives from the non-political staff.


Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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