Missing messages and other things

They did not name him Tricky Dick for nothing…

There appears to be a certain quantity of shock in some quarters that Secret Service texts, Homeland Security texts, and now DOD messages have all gone lacking, all of them from round January 6. 

Really? Surprise?

It’s nearly as if something that passed off greater than 5 minutes in the past simply disappears from frequent reminiscence.

Has everybody forgotten Watergate, and how one of many things that broke it extensive open was the revelation that Richard M. Nixon had been secretly recording things in the White House?

One of the extra notable parts of that story was the 18 ½ minute gap that was mysteriously erased from one of many tapes. There’s nonetheless no convincing rationalization for the way it occurred or what may need been on there.

But that was Nixon. 

To speak about all of the things that took place on Ronald Reagan’s watch that they tried to maintain out of the highlight would take a number of books. And there’s a cause George H.W. Bush was handing out strategic presidential pardons on his approach out of workplace.

George W. Bush took things to a wholly new degree: 22 million emails went missing on his watch. The occasion that had an prolonged hissy-fit over Hillary Clinton’s emails had no disgrace when it was their flip.

Clinton’s e mail habits look positively clear in comparison with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “misplaced” 22 million emails. This correspondence included tens of millions of emails written through the darkest interval in America’s current historical past, when the Bush administration was ginning up assist for what turned out to be a disastrous struggle in Iraq with false claims that the nation possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political causes.

Like Clinton, the Bush White House used a non-public e mail server—its was owned by the Republican National Committee. And the Bush administration didn’t retailer its emails, as required by regulation, and then refused to adjust to a congressional subpoena searching for a few of these emails. “It’s about as wonderful a double commonplace as you will get,” says Eric Boehlert, who works with the pro-Clinton group Media Matters. “If you take a look at the Bush emails, he was a sitting president, and 95 p.c of his chief advisers’ emails had been on a non-public e mail system arrange by the RNC. Imagine if for the final yr and a half we had been speaking about Hillary Clinton’s emails arrange on a non-public DNC server?”

Astonishingly, the press appears to have ignored all this when it was Hillary Clinton’s flip within the barrel. /s

So, it ought to come as no shock that important info has mysteriously evaporated from the time Donald Trump was instigating a coup try. It’s a Republican reflex — one Trump was already primed to undertake after a long time of duplicitous tax filings and other ways. Forget “If you’ve finished nothing unsuitable, you don’t have anything to fret about.” The GOP precept is “If they’ll’t show something, you will get away with no matter you need.”

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen testified how Trump ran his enterprise empire like a mob boss, talking in code, by no means instantly saying things that is likely to be thought of actionable.

In Cohen’s scathing testimony at a House committee listening to, he repeatedly described Trump, the onetime head of a household enterprise, like a mob boss minus the physique depend: fast to bully and anticipating others to do his soiled work. Cohen described himself as a consigliere, telling lawmakers he did Trump’s bidding for years, intimidating possibly 500 folks and mendacity to scores, together with the primary woman. But Trump by no means instantly informed him to do it, he stated.

“He doesn’t provide you with questions, he doesn’t provide you with orders,” Cohen stated. “He speaks in a code, and I perceive the code as a result of I’ve been round him for a decade.”

In his ebook “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” former FBI director James Comey stated he bought the sinking feeling that Trump’s operation functioned just like the mob. Former appearing FBI director Andrew McCabe spun the same story, and a former agent and former federal prosecutor tweeted Wednesday that Trump’s ways as detailed by Cohen certain felt quite a bit just like the mafia.

There’s even a “Godfather: Part II” reference within the indictment by the particular prosecutor investigating Trump’s doable ties to Russia. Trump confidant Roger Stone informed an affiliate to tug a “Frank Pentangeli” earlier than a House committee, the indictment says. In the movie, Pentangeli, an affiliate of the Corleone crime household, lies to guard the household throughout congressional testimony.

Trump actually had a factor about not leaving a paper trail. And Mark Meadows certainly has some questions to answer. Given how Trump operates and the sort of folks he surrounds himself with, it’s stunning there’s any file of something.

But… lies and lacking information is a Republican custom in any case. You’d suppose folks may do not forget that by now.



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