Since facts, truth, and reality are rarely on the side of Republican propaganda, the right-wing has become masterful at “muddying the waters,” so to speak, by spending their time trying to find any way to cast doubt upon facts, truth, and reality. For most conservatives, it’s not really about proving anything that they say is actually true, it’s just about doing their best to make people doubt whatever evidence or facts others are using against them.
Case in point, Donald Trump and the GOP’s effort to undermine the credibility of the on-going investigation into whether or not this “president’s” campaign colluded with Russia. They’re not trying to prove that these various secret meetings Trump’s son and campaign associates have had with Russians they desperately tried to keep private weren’t unethical, or possibly even criminal, in nature. Their “plan” from the very beginning has been nothing more than a calculated attempt to discredit anyone or anything that raises questions concerning why so many people linked to his campaign have been caught lying about their communications and meetings with various Russians.
Whether it’s the media, U.S. intelligence, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, James Comey, Robert Mueller, the FBI, or even Trump’s own Department of Justice — you name it, apparently they’re all part of a “massive conspiracy against Trump.”
The “deep state,” if you will.
Lately it’s been focusing on personal texts messages sent by an FBI agent who briefly worked with Mueller’s investigation before being removed after they found out he spoke negatively about Trump.
Apparently, at least according to Republicans, FBI agents aren’t allowed to have personal opinions outside of work — or something.
It’s been nothing more than a classic attempt by the right to cast doubt on the credibility of factual evidence because, like in most instances, facts, truth, and reality simply aren’t on their side.
Logically speaking, the fact Mueller removed the agent who had sent the texts after learning about them (long before the public knew they existed) actually proves the credibility of the investigation. However, since we’re dealing with Republicans, simple, rational logic doesn’t matter a great deal.
Now there’s been reports that, due to a glitch, some of the texts have gone missing, with the Department of Justice working to recover them.
Of course, as Republicans tend to do, they’ve seized on these missing texts to claim there’s some sort of conspiracy as to why they’ve gone missing. Well, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) just poured cold water on that idiocy by telling CNN’s Manu Raju that he doesn’t see any grand conspiracy against Trump related to these missing texts:
BURR doesn’t share same alarm as Trump over missing FBI texts. “I’m not going to read anything into it other than it may be a technical glitch at the bureau.The fact that they have provided the rest of them certainly doesn’t show an intent to try to withhold anything,” he told us
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 23, 2018
The big flaw in all this nonsense is the fact that Mueller wasn’t appointed to lead a special investigation into Trump’s campaign until May 17, 2017 — after this “president” fired Comey. Moreover, the FBI is currently being led by Trump’s own hand-picked successor to Comey, Christopher Wray.
So, to summarize how preposterous all of this is:
- According to Republicans, FBI agents apparently aren’t allowed to have personal opinions.
- The agent in question was removed by Mueller after the counselor learned about the texts that took place before the 2016 election.
- When the agent was removed the public didn’t know about these texts, so it wasn’t as if Mueller’s decision to remove the agent was based on public pressure. He did so out of an ethical basis to keep his investigation free from possible conflicts.
- According to Sessions, they’ve already reviewed thousands of texts, yet nothing that’s raised any major concerns has apparently surfaced. If there had been some concrete evidence of unethical or criminal wrongdoing by this agent, they’d have almost certainly released it by now.
- The missing texts are from a period of time before Mueller had been assigned to oversee the investigation into Trump’s campaign.
- The current head of the FBI was appointed by Trump, himself.
- Both Robert Mueller and James Comey are actually Republicans.
This is all just so ridiculous. It couldn’t be more obvious what Republicans are trying to do here. Their only “plan” right now is to attempt to cast doubt on the credibility of any evidence Robert Mueller has collected, which includes attacking the credibility of those who’ve collected it.
That’s exactly how I would expect people who know someone is guilty to act.
How all this turns out is anyone’s guess at this point, but at the end of the day this may very well come down to how many Republicans are willing to stand up and do their Constitutional duty to put the best interests of their country over those of their political party.