The Tanchurian Candidate

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By Bill Maher

You may have seen the recent New York Times headline: F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia. Duh – he’s openly working on behalf of Russia. How useless would the FBI be if they weren’t looking into whether he’s also been doing it secretly? 

A simple recap: after he’d been briefed over and over by U.S. law enforcement that Russia attacked our democracy, he repeatedly denied it in public. He admitted to Lester Holt on TV that he fired Comey to stop the Russia investigation. The next day, he invited Russian leaders, and Russian cameras, into the Oval Office and assured them “the pressure [is] taken off.” In Helsinki, he took Putin’s side over America’s and did things to him that would get him kicked out of a bathhouse. Again, on TV. We only need a Mueller investigation for people who don’t have television.

 I don’t know exactly when Trump went full Manchurian, but for years, in plain sight, he’s been trying to clean up for Russia like he’s Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction. As James Baker, the former general counsel for the FBI, told congress, if Comey was fired to shut down the investigation, and clearly he was, “not only would it be an issue of obstructing an investigation, but the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national security.”

Benjamin Wittes, a Washington lawyer who’s a friend of Comey’s and breaks a lot of news on his site, Lawfare, asks, “What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion?” Well, it’s certainly part of it, isn’t it? 

People say this report is alarming. It’s even more alarming that we’ve known about this real national emergency – that the president of the United States is Russia’s bitch – for over two years, and haven’t done anything to stop him.