WASHINGTON: As everyone knows by now, the Deep State and the NY Times have a very cozy relationship. Since the election of Donald J. Trump as president, Deep State and resistance entities, the U.S. intelligence community, and the FBI, have selectively leaked information of their dubious “counter intelligence” operations against President Trump to America’s “newspaper of record.”
But are these same sources telling the NY Times that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump is an epic fail? More on that later.
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Recently, the NY Times went so far as to run a story designed to soften the revelation that President Obama’s FBI inserted spies into the Trump campaign.
They absurdly insisted that unmasking said spies (like former GOP State Department hack and retired Cambridge Professor Stefan Halper) threatens their lives and those of 310 million Americans.
This ham-fisted claim only provided a minuscule fig leaf to mask what is turning out to be the worst political scandal in United States history: that a Democratic administration, which weaponized the IRS against its Tea Party opponents ahead of President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, that sold weapons to Mexico’s deadly Sinaloa drug cartel, also weaponized Deep State agencies against the Republican Party’s 2016 candidate for president.
Trump delegitimized the illegitimate
Now the NY Times’ opinion columnist Frank Bruni suggests the “resistance” may have placed too much hope on the success of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump investigation.
According to Bruni:
“Mueller and Russia, Russia and Mueller: This is the drumbeat, sometimes deafening and often drowning out all else… Mueller’s journey down certain tributaries strikes even some observers who aren’t Trump partisans as invasive and punitive. His crawl and sprawl have also given the president the time and the trove of details that he needs to refine his tactics for delegitimizing the investigation.”
And Trump’s deft use of the presidential bully pulpit – via Twitter – has done a remarkable job delegitimizing Mueller’s “witch hunt” in the minds of Americans.
As Bruni himself notes:
“A CBS News poll several weeks ago showed that fewer Americans believed Mueller’s investigation to be legitimate (44 percent) than to be politically driven (53 percent).”
The recent revelation – by the NY Times and Washington Post – that Obama’s FBI enlisted the services of never-Trump Republicans to spy on the Trump campaign will only further the distrust Americans harbor toward Mueller’s tainted endeavors.
And that brings us to the gist of Bruni’s piece.
He says Mueller’s collusion probe is a…
“… yardstick whose measurement has come to matter more than any other, the one test that Trump must pass… What if he passes it?”
A Mueller epic fail?
Is this, as they say in poker, the “tell”? Is the Times readying the resistance for a profound disappointment on par with Hillary Clinton’s humiliating defeat in November of 2016?
Has the Times received leaks from the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that the charge of Trump/Russia collusion is, in the end, a nothing burger?
Speaking of nothing burgers, Bruni says the Mueller probe has distracted Americans from other issues of great national importance. Like…
“Trump’s deliberate, cavalier use of a cellphone that doesn’t have strict security safeguards… The story outraged me…”
And after Robert Mueller recedes into obscurity, perhaps Bruni and the resistance will demand a new special counsel investigate Trump/Cellphone effusion.
Top Images: Robert Mueller. Photo: Department of Justice.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. “Real Time with Bill Maher” screen grab.