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originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
Agreed. 'course I voted independent last election, and my guy didn't even raise a flicker... Hopefully, they've woke to the fact that Johnson is more of a detriment, than a help.
originally posted by: proteus33
all they were interested is who leaked meeting to public.
originally posted by: antiantonym
It would be comforting, on some level, to believe that Trump is simply lying, that he is trying to convince us of what he knows to be untrue. It is scarier to believe that Trump is delusional, that he has persuaded himself that Democrats have said things they’ve never said, that his base has strengthened when it has actually weakened, that it’s really his opponents under investigation for collusion, that his campaign has been cleared of wrongdoing when the circumstantial case for collusion has only grown stronger.
But that is far from the end of the interview.
Trump: “I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department”
A few paragraphs later, for instance, Trump offers this chilling comment when asked about Hillary Clinton’s emails (which, amazingly, we are somehow still talking about in December 2017):
NYT: You control the Justice Department. Should they reopen that email investigation?
TRUMP: What I’ve done is, I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter.
Read Trump’s phrasing carefully: “I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department.” It’s a statement that speaks both to Trump’s yearning for authoritarian power and his misunderstanding of the system in which he actually operates.
And it’s followed by something yet scarier. “For purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter,” he says.
I know Trumpers don't mind Trump lying like crazy or making absurd claims, but his comment quoted above about the Justice Department has to bother all Trump supporters in my view. Consider the following moments from recent history.
In this video, Trump asserts that he would have the power as POTUS to put Hillary Clinton behind bars.
In this video, Trump asserts that he does not have the power as POTUS to put Hillary Clinton behind bars.
I thought locking Hillary Clinton up was one of the things Trumpers cared about most. Therefore, I would think they would care about whether Trump has the absolute right to do what he wants with the Justice Department.
If he does, then he's apparently betraying his supporters.
If he doesn't, then it's just another day and another Trump lie.
originally posted by: Grambler
People are worried about Trumps words here.
Meanwhile, Obama went beyond words and did whatever he wanted with the DOJ, the FBI, the IRS, the EPA, and so forth.
originally posted by: queenofswords
President Trump is doing the right thing. He is letting it all unravel itself. He's right. The president holds a great deal of power over the Justice Dept., but he is standing back and letting everything fall into place as the investigation reveals more and more of what the Obama administration was really up to.
I actually believe Hillary Clinton will be incarcerated.
originally posted by: AMPTAH
originally posted by: dasman888
BUT... just because he runs the Executive branch... doesn't mean he can legally suspend Due Process... even for a career criminal like Hillary Clinton.
Well, the executive branch can arrest people and throw them in jail, or send them to gitmo.
And Since the Patriot act, they can hold citizens indefinitely without due process too.
So, if Trump wanted, technically, he could arrest Hillary and send her to Gitmo to sit and rot for years without any processing at all.
Those are the awesome powers "grabbed" by the government, using "terrorisim" as the excuse to increase their power to the level required by authoritarians.
Trump is King. Long live the King.