Grind for March 9th
“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts.” – Arnold Bennett
Criminal Referrals Coming For People On Mueller Investigation, Nunes Says
One of the biggest problems in Washington, D.C., is that when people in government do bad things, they are not often held accountable. There is also a glaring double standard for who is charged and who isn’t.
For example, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI even though the bureau had no reason to question him in the first place, and it was later shown that Flynn was interviewed in order to trip him up and get him fired. Meanwhile, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe – who also lied to the FBI – was not only not charged but received a CNN contract and book deal. The difference is that the media and career bureaucrats like McCabe because he went after someone they hated: President Donald Trump.
It appears that may be changing for the people who actively investigated Trump and his 2016 campaign for the sole purpose of spinning a narrative to damage his administration. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett that criminal referrals would be made “in the coming weeks” against members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, many of which hid exculpatory evidence on FISA warrant applications that allowed the investigation to continue.
The Washington Examiner (my former employer) reported on Nunes’ remarks, which aired Sunday evening on a special Fox News program titled, “Witch Hunt: The Flynn Vindication.” Read more…
Trump Wins the Lockdown Wars
President Trump has won the lockdown wars as coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses are eased across the country, so far with few signs of dire health consequences for the population.
Just weeks ago, the question was whether to reopen, with the first states to press ahead accused of engaging in human sacrifice and killing their residents to appease the “Trump death cult.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman asked, “How many will die for the Dow?” as recently as Thursday.
Now, the debate is primarily over how quickly and to what extent reopening should take place, with the stragglers mainly blue states. Anthony Fauci, considered by many the public face of stay-at-home policies, now says the country can’t stay locked down forever.
When Trump’s Easter target date was deemed unrealistic, Memorial Day weekend was floated as another possibility – and the grand opening is beginning.
Whether Trump wins reelection now depends substantially on how the reopening is perceived. Voters are still nervous about returning to normal too quickly, including key Trump demographics such as senior citizens, who have been trending Democratic during the pandemic, and religious voters, among whom there has been some slippage in favorability for Trump. But a Harvard/Politico poll found that 60% of Republicans now want nonessential businesses to open up in their states, following the president’s lead. Trump is betting heavily that reopening will lead to an economic rebound without deepening the public health crisis. Read more…
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