Speaking of mail:
…which brings us to the topic of the GOP-led Senate intelligence committee’s final report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. We learn that there was even closer connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives than we thought:
- The committee identified Paul Manafort’s associate Konstantin Kilimnik as a Russian intelligence officer, who may have had direct involvement in the GRU’s email hacking operation. The Committee describes this as “a grave counterintelligence threat.”
- The senate committee made criminal referral of Junior Mints., Steve Bannon, Jar-Jar, Eric Prince and Sam Clovis to federal prosecutors in 2019. You may have noticed that all these people still walk amongst us, unindicted. Thanks tons, Bill Barr.
- Prznint Stupid did discuss the stolen Democratic emails with Roger Stone, so he lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Shocking, I know.
- The campaign directly worked with WikiLeaks to time the release of the emails to mitigate fallout from the Access Hollywood tape.
- Once Comrade Prznint Stupid was elected, Russian intelligence services exploited him and his team to their benefit.
Sen. Big Gulp, er, Marco Rubio declared that the report somehow exonerates The Russian Usurper Comrade Stupid, because they found no evidence of direct cooperation between Comrade Stupid hisself and the Russians. Little Marco had to reach really high for that one.
Today’s Press Run takes our failed Political Press to task:
The conclusions of the three-year probe are stunning — and they’re not. It’s shocking to think an American president was elected because his side gleefully reached out to a foreign adversary and leaned into their efforts to undercut the integrity of a U.S. election. (The report describes Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a “grave counterintelligence threat.”)
It’s not shocking because it’s Trump, it’s 2020, and so much of his anti-American behavior has been normalized. It’s been normalized by the Republican Party, which could not care less about Trump’s treacherous behavior. It’s also been normalized by the political press, whose woeful coverage of the Wikileaks email dump in 2016 helped elect Trump. That’s why the press owes Clinton an apology.
Most in the media have never acknowledged, let alone apologized for, their shameful election performance. The new Senate report though, sheds additional light on that egregious failure. Now, after Trump threatened to defund the U.S. Postal Service so ballots cannot be counted, it’s important to examine the media’s 2016 shortcomings when covering Trump’s authoritarian behavior.
It’s so good. Please go read it. The Media is essentially an unindicted co-conspirator.