As the mainstream media has covered the Conservative Political Action Conference, it has interjected several times about how they really feel about conservatives.
“For much of America, the FBI, [Department of Justice] and [special counsel Robert] Mueller represent the government’s most esteemed law enforcement agencies and professionals – the nation’s best effort to dig for the truth, detail evidence and prosecute bad actors in pursuit of protecting Americans from both physical harm and damage to the institutions of a democratic republic,” wrote Jonathan Allen on NBC News.
“But that’s not how conservatives see it.”
Conservatives, according to Allen, “speak of a conspiracy within the elite levels of the justice system” aimed at President Trump, as well as incompetence for not following up on tips that may have prevented the school shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead.
“Their complaints echo the lines of argument forwarded by Trump, NRA officials and television talk-show hosts like Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who recently said some DOJ and FBI officials ‘must be held accountable, they must be investigated, they must be indicted, and probably many of them thrown in jail.’”
Two committees of Congress have charged – with no meaningful rebuttal – that conservatives, as represented by Allen, quite possibly are on to something … that the FBI, CIA and others may have been used by the previous administration to spy on the Trump campaign, transition and its first few weeks in office.
The rubes at National Harbor also were incapable of understanding where the real scandal lies – with Trump administration collusion with Russia, according to Phillip Elliott, writing for Time.
“Don’t mention Russia around Chris Poulton,” Elliott led his story. “Don’t use the word ‘collusion.’ And don’t dare question Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory by his own mettle.
“No. The whole l’affaire Russie is a creation of the liberal media for Poulton. And among the thousands of activists huddling at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference here, he is not alone in that view.
“The indictments keep coming, although there is no link to the president,’ the 34-year-old Charlotte, N.C., man said in the hallway at CPAC, a red Make America Great Again [hat] atop his head. ‘Russia did something, but to what end? I don’t think they had anything to do with the election.”
What nonsense, Elliott tried to tell us.
“The Justice Department last week indicted 13 Russians for meddling in the election,” Elliott wrote. ”At least two former Trump advisers have pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling, whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians and whether Trump or anyone in his orbit obstructed justice.”
Long way of saying Poulton the rube better understands what is going on than Elliott the reporter. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made clear at the press event for Friday-before-a-holiday-weekend news dump that no Americans wittingly participated in the scheme the Russians are accused of implementing and that there was no evidence the Trump administration or campaign cooperated in any way with the accused.
Moreover, a judge has put off sentencing of Michael Flynn, one of those who pleaded guilty, because the FBI is now known to have not thought he was guilty in the first place, and the other plea agreement involved someone the president barely knew.
The NBC News story treats the notion that Trump and company could be correct and the FBI and Justice Department deserve a harder look with incredulity.
“The idea is that there are holdovers from the Obama era, hires to Mueller’s team and various others who have made it their mission to stop Trump – from the time he was a candidate through his presidency to date,” Allen wrote.