Yesterday was supposed to be a day for Republicans to grill Peter Strzok, the former FBI agent accused of aiding and abetting the ‘deep state’ conspiracy against Donald Trump.
Strzok was removed from the Mueller investigation after texts emerged showing that, in his personal capacity, he thought Trump was a massive moron who shouldn’t be president.
In other words, he isn’t a moron himself.
The former FBI agent fielded questions from both Democrats and Republicans, but it was the words of Democrat Jamie Raskin that really hit the nail on the head.
When you can use somebody’s own words against them, there’s not much of a counter-argument to be made. Cue Raskin running through a highlights reel of Republicans insulting Trump, and asking whether or not Strzok was to blame for that too:
WATCH Raskin remind everyone that insults toward Donald Trump do not mean deep state conspiracy as he points out overwhelming Republican hypocrisy. These greatest hits insults are delicious. pic.twitter.com/vEwy9jqQp3
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 12, 2018
That will leave a mark.
Strzok himself also had plenty of burns of his own to dish out, and overall the day’s proceedings didn’t pan out the way Republicans would have hoped.
Here’s the Daily Beast:
This latest spectacle was designed for one purpose only: the destruction of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia ties…
In the coming days, you’ll see Sean Hannity flirt with apoplexy, coating the camera lens with flecks of spittle as he rants over Strzok’s perfidy. You’ll see pro-Trump columnists herniate themselves stretching to turn flippant text messages into a vast conspiracy. Twitter will be a flood of moronic memes, white-hot takes, and promises that Strzok will soon be in Gitmo alongside Hillary, Obama, Podesta, and Soros.
None of it will deter the Terminator in the Special Counsel’s office. None of it will change the facts of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and Trump’s ass-deep ties to Russian money and influence. Trump’s unhinged, shithouse-rat-crazy tweets today should tell you how deeply he fears Mueller.
Strzok was supposed to be a key in the imaginary conspiracy that Trump’s congressional lackeys and media fantasists have desperately tried to write as history. The idea that his text messages poison the entire Mueller investigation was a pillar of their defense of the president. This morning they were going for a quick kill. They needed Strzok to flail, and wilt. The Gowdy, Goodlatte, and Gaetz types needed their grandstanding, dick-waving mock outrage to leave Strozk shaking and begging for mercy.
Strzok had none of it. In this morning’s round he left the Trumpists of the House staggered in their corner, cut and shaky, wondering where Strzok learned to hit back that hard.
It won’t matter to Fox and the Trump brown-nosers, who have long since rid themselves of any link to the truth, but I imagine Donald might wince when reminded of the insults of days gone by.
The Sentient Naartjie is scared of Mueller, and the wolves are circling.
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