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The Morning Briefing: Mueller Almost Got 'You're Fired,' More Text Messages Released and Much, Much More

TGIF!

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the president of the Republic of Rwanda
  • The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the president of the Swiss Confederation
  • The president addresses the World Economic Forum
  • The president departs Switzerland en route to Washington, D.C.

Text messages found and other developments on the Mueller "investigation"

Back during the election, when Trump-confused friends and family could not fathom why someone would vote for that "buffoon Cheeto man," I explained that a large part of Trump's support originated from voters who were tired of being bullied. They were tired of being bullied by the Democrats who scream that policy disagreements are really career-ruining racism and bigotry. They were tired of having college administrations restricting the free speech of their children and the anti-man sexual harassment campus witch hunts. They were tired of having Hollywood, recently revealed to be a bunch of sexual predators and degenerates beyond anyone's wildest dreams, lecturing and shaming them toward proper "thought and behavior." And finally, they were tired of watching a weaponized government being used against them (IRS scandal, anyone?) for their political opinions. These were all things where voters saw little pushback from "our" side and big pushback from Trump. There were no leftist-created sacred cows for Trump. Finally, they thought, someone who will give back as good as we are getting.

The accumulation of questionable conduct with this Trump investigation is piling up sky-high and only reinforces the perception that there is little fairness or justice to be found in our highest law enforcement agencies. "The deck is stacked against us and Trump," people think. Perhaps you don't like Trump; he's brash, he's unrefined, he's rough around the edges. But does that mean the force and reach of government should be used to take him out by any means necessary? (Will these tactics now be considered acceptable by the Trump administration against their political opponents?) Because if you believe this, then we no longer share a political framework based on the Constitution, which was devised with a view toward limiting the tyranny of the government over the citizen. We indeed live in two different countries and if "anything goes" in the battle of politics and culture, well then "anything goes" for both sides. Let's go.

Now, onto the latest peek at the man behind the curtain:

More text messages between DOJ/FBI power couple Peter Strzok and DOJ attorney Lisa Page have been released where we learn the duo was concerned that if they were "loaded for bear" in the interrogation of presumed presidential victrix Hillary Clinton, they might face retribution when she ascended to her Queendom. Contrast this with the stormtroopers that raided former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's house. This doesn't seem fair. Clinton trafficked classified information through a MacGyvered home-brew server and the feds are going to tiptoe around her during an interrogation not even conducted under oath? Not even a record of the interrogation! Meanwhile, Lt. General Mike Flynn participated in a meeting he eventually learned was a formal interrogation and he didn't even have a lawyer. (Was Strzok worried that he might face retribution coming in "loaded for bear" from the sitting National Security Advisor? I guess not so much, eh?) That doesn't seem fair. So when the public sees text messages talking about a "secret society" of government employees, it doesn't seem that far-fetched. We've watched repeatedly over the years how things always seem to work out for them, and almost never for us.