Somebody help me with this

So let’s see if I’ve got this right.  The President asks for the FBI director’s loyalty. Then he asks the FBI director to stop investigating Flynn.  When he refuses, Trump fires him.

The administration’s stated reason is the assistant AG’s report that pointed to flaws in the Hillary investigation.  Then the assistant AG takes umbrage, and indicates that he didn’t cause Flynn to be fired.  Then Trump says no, it was me all along, and cites unhappiness with the Russia investigation.

Then it comes out that Comey has a memo describing Trump’s attempt to stop the investigation.  People start talking about obstruction of justice.  So yesterday Trump goes back to the first story, it was the assistant AG’s report, not the Russia investigation.

Getting dizzy?  Trump’s just getting warmed up.

Then we find out that Trump met with some top Russian officials, including a top spy.  (Let’s not even get into leaking the secret intel from Israel.)  And at the meeting with America’s adversary, Trump brags that he fired the “nut job” FBI director who was investigating the Russian hacking of the 2016 election (that’ll discourage them from doing it in 2020!), and that this took the pressure off him. Now (by implication) he’ll be free to do more pro-Russia policies.

Let’s not even talk about the fact that while he was patting the Russians on the back and telling them he fired the FBI director over the Russia probe, he was telling the American public something completely different.  Or that he lied to the reporter who recently asked him whether he had ever tried to in any way impede the investigation.

And the White House doesn’t deny that he said this to the Russians.  Why?  After all, weren’t they denying that Trump tried to get Comey to stop the Flynn investigation?  So they deny the less serious charge, but then act like the more serious charge is nothing.

Didn’t they used to hang people for treason?

PS.  Trump says Comey is crazy person, a showboat, a grandstander, a liar and a nut job. Hmmm . . .

Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

PPS.  As the end approached, Nixon was showing signs of being mentally unbalanced.  Here is the NYT:

In the days leading up to Nixon’s resignation in August 1974, Mr. Schlesinger, as he confirmed years later, became so worried that Nixon was unstable that he instructed the military not to react to White House orders, particularly on nuclear arms, unless cleared by him or Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

But of course Nixon was an idiot who knew nothing about foreign policy, whereas Trump has a sophisticated understanding of when it is appropriate to use nuclear bombs.  Trump is also not at all immature and impulsive, even when being attacked, and is very good at taking advice from experts when they tell him he is wrong.

Seriously, Schlesinger’s action was not legal, and we should not expect it to be repeated.  Here’s the sad truth:

When Trump takes office in January, he will have sole authority over more than 7,000 warheads. There is no failsafe. The whole point of U.S. nuclear weapons control is to make sure that the president — and only the president — can use them if and whenever he decides to do so. The one sure way to keep President Trump from launching a nuclear attack, under the system we’ve had in place since the early Cold War, would have been to elect someone else.

Have a nice weekend.

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