Look, it’s going to be up to him

Trump did another Blab All with Fox News today.

President Trump said he would not overrule his acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, if he decides to curtail the special counsel probe being led by Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign.

“Look, it’s going to be up to him . . . I would not get involved,” Trump said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Oh, suddenly the AG has all kinds of autonomy, when the previous one (who was for real as opposed to Acting) was supposed to protect Trump instead of recusing himself. Funny how the rules work in Trump-world. Sessions was supposed to jump when Trump said jump, and Whitaker is supposed to chart a courageous lonely course through the murky waters of How Exactly To Kneecap Mueller.

In the weeks since Trump forced Jeff Sessions to resign as attorney general and chose Whitaker to serve as his interim replacement…

How do journalists lose track of time so easily? It’s been eleven days, not “weeks.”

In the weeks since Trump forced Jeff Sessions to resign as attorney general and chose Whitaker to serve as his interim replacement, Whitaker has faced calls from Democrats to recuse himself from oversight of the probe given his previous criticism of the investigation. Trump said in Sunday’s interview that he “did not know [Whitaker] took views on the Mueller investigation as such” before he appointed him to his position.

Big lie. Big obvious flashing-lights almost-funny lie.

During Sunday’s wide-ranging interview, Trump said he does not feel it is necessary for him to listen to an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month.

“We have the tape. I don’t want to hear the tape. No reason for me to hear the tape,” Trump said. He described it as “a suffering tape” and told Wallace, “I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it. . . . It was very violent, very vicious and terrible.”

So he lets himself off the hook, while maintaining his tight embrace of Saudi Arabia.

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi leaders and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. But Trump maintained on “Fox News Sunday” that the crown prince had told him “maybe five different times” and “as recently as a few days ago” that he had nothing to do with the killing.

Ya, same with Putin, who said several times that he didn’t interfere with the US election. Meanwhile, lock her up, and the Central Park Five totally did it and should be executed, or perhaps lynched. Top class epistemology.

“Well, will anybody really know?” Trump said in Sunday’s interview when asked whether the crown prince might have been lying to him. He added: “You saw we put on very heavy sanctions, massive sanctions on a large group of people from Saudi Arabia. But, at the same time, we do have an ally, and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good.”

Good at indoctrinating the guys who knocked down the twin towers, for instance. Very good at that.

Trump praised Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen but also suggested that she may leave his administration at some point. Trump has voiced dissatisfaction about Nielsen’s performance on immigration enforcement and has previously told advisers that he has decided to remove her in the coming weeks.

“I want her to get much tougher, and we’ll see what happens there. But I want to be extremely tough,” Trump said in Sunday’s interview.

By which he means, he wants to violate human rights, imprison children, turn asylum seekers away contrary to international law, and generally be as sadistic and brutal toward brown people as he possibly can. Extreeemlee tufff.

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