Friday, 2 February 2018

Draining the Washington swamp and surely it is Donald Trump who will be left high and dry

The spooks are a hard team to beat. They are specialists in the black arts. Which makes that tweet from US President Donald Trump this evening our time something to behold.
It was provocative enough to authorise the publication of a Congressional committee report the FBI said should be kept secret. Tweeting that your nation's law-and-order chiefs are disloyal is a straight out declaration of war.
I will be surprised if this commentary in The New York Times "In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose" does not turn out to be true.
Tim Weiner, a former national security correspondent for The New York Times who is the author of “Enemies: A History of the F.B.I.” and “One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon” writes:
President Trump entered office last year as a singular figure. But he has come to resemble two of his predecessors in one crucial respect. Though he’s more paranoid than Richard Nixon and more mendacious than Bill Clinton, he seems bent on following them down a road to hell: a confrontation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Like them, he’ll lose.
He might win the battle with the bureau over the pending release of a scurrilous memo concocted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, a cudgel created to attack everyone who’s been in charge of the federal investigation of Team Trump. He may try to fire them all. But he won’t win the war.

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