Trump says Dems concocted Russia conspiracy, but he fired Flynn anyway

In his latest tweetstorm, Donald Trump, furious over the ongoing leaks that are methodically building the case for treason against him, claimed that Democrats are responsible for creating the “fake news” about Russia’s involvement in our election, including Russia’s penetration of his campaign.

Trump then praised Gen. Flynn and bemoaned the loss of him as National Security Adviser, even though it was Trump who fired him.

You’ll recall that in the last 48 hours, we learned that Trump’s now-former National Security adviser, and two other Trump campaign staffers, allegedly had “constant contact” with Russian intelligence during the campaign.

Those revelations, which included the fact that Gen. Flynn lied to the public, and possibly to VP Pence (it’s still unclear if Pence is also lying), about his conversations with the Russians, led Trump to ask for Flynn’s resignation earlier this week.

Telling Congress to create an independent bipartisan commission to investigate Russia’s penetration of our government.

Yet only 24 hours after Trump fired Flynn, Trump claimed that the “fake media” has treated Flynn “unfairly.” More from CNN:

“Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he has been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases,” Trump said. “And I think it is really a sad thing that he was treated so badly.”

If it was so unfair and unjustified, then why did Donald Trump fire Flynn based on the media reporting?

Here’s Trump’s morning meltdown:

We also learned last night that Trump is hiring New York billionaire Stephen Feinberg, who has zero experience in intelligence matters, to oversee a purge of the US intelligence community in retaliation for the information that was leaked about Trump’s increasingly creepy ties to Russia. On two different previous occasions Trump has called the CIA “Nazis,” and this past week he called the NSA and FBI “un-American,” and claimed those agencies act “like Russia.” Those attacks on patriotic Americans come on the heels of Trump’s claim on Super Bowl Sunday that US service members are “killers” as bad as Putin in Russia.

Back to Feinberg overseeing the intell purge. Trump was previously considering Feinberg to be his Director of National Intelligence, or the head of the CIA’s clandestine services — meaning, Trump was considering putting a business guy with no intell experience in charge of our most secret undercover spy operations. What could possibly go wrong?

Telling Congress to create an independent bipartisan commission to investigate Russia’s penetration of our government.

 

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  • I’m sure that’s his desired result — or Bannon’s — but given the level of competence displayed so far by this administration, I doubt they’re going to be able to do an effective purge of anything. Also, aren’t the majority of personnel in the intelligence community civil service? It’s almost impossible to fire civil service.

  • mgiltz

    Shame on me for not thinking of that. We’ve all been saying that Flynn lied to the Vice President but that may have just been an assumption on our part or the story the VP leaked. It’s just as reasonable to think Pence lied as well. So the President may have lied to the Vice President. The President definitely lied to the American people. National Security Adviser Flynn lied to the American people and to investigators and possibly the VP. And Vice President Pence either lied to the American people or was played for a fool and lied to by the President and the National Security Adviser. I suppose any person of integrity would resign after being lied to but then a person of integrity wouldn’t have sold their soul to gain power in the first place.

  • Tarheel

    Shortened Trump Press Conference

    “They’re coming to take me away – AHA!
    They’re coming to take me away – OOH HOOH
    HEE HEE HAA HAA
    To the Funny Farm
    Where Life is Beautiful ALL the time
    And I can’t wait to see those nice young men
    In their clean white jackets…

  • Kenster999

    Here’s a scary thought: what if there are two camps (pro- and anti-Trump) within the intelligence communities, and Trump succeeds in firing all of the anti-Trump people. Are the communities now his private KGB?

  • Badgerite

    Earth to Donald Trump——F*ck off.

  • Quilla

    This is so much worse than, say, l’espirit de l’escalier, when you make up a witty remark after an event where you were not so sharp.

    The Mango Mangler is writing his own revisionist history to events that challenged his ego. He expects if said (or tweeted) often enough, we’ll believe it.

    Ummm.

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