Did you know that the FBI was, at one time, investigating whether President Donald Trump was, in effect, acting as an agent for the Russian government?
You do if you read Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt and Nicholas Fandos’s article in yeterd’ay’s edition.
Here are the first three paragraphs:
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.
Translation: according to unnamed sources (the gold standard for attacks on Trump’s presidency) Comey’s buddies in the FBI’s deep-state division decided to get back at him.
Point of order: the FBI Director serves at the pleasure of the President and can be fired at any time for any reason . The fact that this is left out of the article is, I’m sure, just a minor editing error – no intent, of course.
Interestingly, if you keep reading, you’ll find this little tidbit buried in the middle of the article:
No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials.
Wait a minute. What does that say? No evidence has emerged that anything like what is being investigated actually happened???
Well, that’s interesting.
A question to the New York Times: if that is true – i.e. there’s no evidence to support the premise of the article – then what the bleep is it in your paper for, let alone on your front page…
…other than to continue the paper’s regularly scheduled series of hit-jobs on Trump (intentional) and continue to decimate whatever credibility the Times has left (unintentional, I assume)?
What next? Will The Times inform us that Trump is secretly related to Putin and they are conspiring to jointly take over the world? That Trump was abducted and brought to the same mother wheel as louis farrakhan, where he was programmed to take out the FBI as a prelude to installing Minister farrakhan as supreme ruler of the USA?
Please don’t laugh, folks. This is today’s New York Times. Anything is possible.