Posted by on January 11, 2019 9:13 pm
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Asking for Hillary’s emails to be leaked. Demanding loyalty oaths. Firing James Comey. Interfering with the Justice Department. Holy thermonuclear national security meltdown!

In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.

Maybe we now know why Rod Rosenstein, who must have been thoroughly cheesed off by Trump and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions essentially conning him into writing a memo to justify Comey’s firing, proposed wearing a wire when in Trump’s presence. Trump, after all, is now known to be the subject of a secret preliminary inquiry into whether he was acting in Russia’s interest green-lighted by the top people at the Justice Department — and, quite possibly, a full criminal investigation.

Tonight’s big get by the NY Times follows one of the worst weeks of Trump’s presidency — particularly the destruction of Trump’s pivotal “Mexico will pay” narrative, a failing government shutdown, and the announcement that former trump fixer Michael Cohen will give public testimony to the House Oversight Committee.

The shelf date on Trump’s Regime just slipped a few months closer — at very least. And if you doubt that, go read the inventively snarky Spicy Files’ impolite analysis of the Times piece. We think you’ll love it too!

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