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January 10, 2018 10:27 am - NewsBehavingBadly.com

This lovely Wednesday morning, cable news is obsessively parsing yesterday’s televised meeting between former TV host Donald Trump and congressional leaders to pantomime some kind of “leadership” on closing the borders immigration.

Yes, affable old Uncle Dotard looked like he was flailing to appear at the top of his game — don’t get us started on his obliviousness to the definition of a “clean bill.” He’s no Ronald Reagan.

The media is easily fooled by any shiny object Trump wields — a press spray here, a tweet tantrum there.

They should know better by now — especially after Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bold move yesterday. She is, as you likely know, the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Early yesterday afternoon, Feinstein released the full transcript of the committee’s August 22, 2017 interview with Glenn Simpson, top dog at Fusion GPS, the most authoritative American research/investigative firm when it comes to all things corrupt in Russia and the company that commissioned former MI6 Russian expert Christopher Steele to look into Trump-Russia connections.

Feinstein mace the move without the consent of the Republican Party or Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chair. This may not only be an unprecedented move, but more dramatic and substantial than anything that happened on Capitol Hill during the Watergate scandal, because it directly implicates Republican senators in a cover-up. Let attorney Seth Abramson explain:

Grassley trying to block the release of this transcript is him trying to keep Americans from finding out that the Dossier wasn’t the FBI’s main source.

But far more important than the GOP smearing the dossier when they knew it had corroborated information the FBI already had is that the GOP was trying to hide the fact that the FBI had a whistleblower on Trump-Russia ties within the Trump campaign. Process that a second.

What this means is the GOP knew the Trump-Russia story was legitimate — as it came from a whistleblower in Trump’s own campaign — in August 2017. That’s over four months ago. They’ve been lying this whole time. This is an unspeakable act of disloyalty to the United States.

This means every time Trump said the Russia story was a “hoax” that originated with the Democrats there were many Republicans in Congress who knew it was a lie. And they let him say it. They let him lie, and mislead, and thereby aid the Russian effort to destroy our unity.

Now we know why the NYT story on October 31, 2016 was called a “Halloween Special” by Simpson — it essentially exonerated Trump of any ties to Russia at a time the FBI knew from a Trump campaign member that was a lie. Yet the FBI—which reopened Clinton’s case—said nothing.

So of course Steele then assumed there was a pro-Trump conspiracy at the FBI — as it was reopening Clinton’s case for what shortly (by November 5th) would be revealed to be no reason while allowing The New York Times to falsely report there was no Trump-Russia story.

I don’t think the word “bombshell” is enough here.

Wake up, media: it’s time to tell the people about GOP corruption and complicity. They are, with this failed attempt to quash Glenn Simpson’s testimony, doing Putin’s bidding. They are your enemies.

‘Nuff said.

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Dave "Doctor" Gonzo is a renegade media producer, occasional bassist, web developer, and Grammy® voter. He is editor and senior contributor to News Behaving Badly. He has written for American Politics Journal, Alan Colmes' Liberaland (Dave was also a semi-frequent Friday guest on Alan's radio show), and (in print) Audio Review. Dave lives in s fortified compound with doorman in Manhattan's not-so-trendy Yorkville neighborhood.