RedState’s Water Cooler – February 18, 2019 – Open Thread
Happy President’s Day!
Mark Penn: DOJ/FBI Officials Trampled the Constitution to Get Trump
Mark Penn, a Democrat, was the chief strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign, and Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate and 2008 presidential campaigns. Currently, however, he is a strong supporter of President Trump.
In reaction to the publication of Andrew McCabe’s new book which details the DOJ/FBI plot to remove President Trump from office for firing FBI Director James Comey, Penn wrote a scathing op-ed. Here are some of the highlights.
Penn writes that McCabe’s book “confirms the most egregious anti-democratic actions ever taken by the what can now fairly be called the Deep State.”
Justice Department and FBI officials spied on U.S. citizens with false warrants, gave a pass to one presidential campaign with a predetermined investigation, investigated another political campaign on the basis of no verified evidence, and illegally leaked information on investigations. They discussed wiretapping and using the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove President Trump, and appointed a special counsel as a retaliatory move for Comey’s firing.
They had the hubris to believe that they – not the American people or their duly elected representatives – should decide who governs and how.
They upended our election process, fanned partisan political flames, distorted our foreign policy by isolating us from Russia, and abused the powers of their office.
Yet upon President Trump’s firing of Comey, the remaining officials didn’t wait for the proper appointment of a new FBI head. Instead, they worked themselves up into an unfounded hysteria and acted to create an independent counsel over obstruction that never happened…McCabe said he was concerned that the Russia investigation might be snuffed out.
Instead of waiting for a new FBI Director to be confirmed, McCabe immediately opened a new obstruction of justice investigation and Rosenstein appointed a special counsel. Neither was appropriate.
Had FBI officials waited for a new director to be confirmed by the Senate, they might have had a new boss who looked over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and discovered that the key evidence for them was an unverified dossier from a fired source who had materially lied to the FBI.
Penn lists the many additional improprieties a new director would have discovered.
Rather than allow the new incoming head of the FBI to make these decisions, they acted to empower their buddy Robert Mueller as a special counsel.
Mueller, in turn, hired only Democrats, including a lawyer for the Clintons, and the “insurance policy” was launched and ensconced in power. So a counterintelligence investigation that was formed without probable cause now became the largest criminal investigation in history of a campaign and a presidency, dragging on since May 2017.
Adding to the intrigue is that Comey, McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein all disagree with each other in material ways.
McCabe believes he never lied to investigators and had permission from Comey to leak to the press. Comey says McCabe acted on his own.
McCabe and others say Rosenstein was deadly serious when he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment and wiretapping against President Trump in an effort to remove the president from office. Rosenstein says he was just joking around.
He then lists the steps that new Attorney General William Barr should take “to crack all this wide open.” Let’s hope he listens.
The full article can be read here.
Gen Zers Join The Workforce
Generation Z includes people born between 1997 and 2010. The first members of this group are joining the workforce and ZeroCater’s Abby Quillen tells us what we need to know about them.
Quillen writes that Gen Z is the largest generation ever. The oldest members of this demographic are now graduating from college and entering the work force.
Here are some of her key findings:
Make up 25.9 of the US population.
49% identify as non-white, compared to 44% of Millenials, 40% of Gen Xers and 28% of Boomers.
98% own a smartphone.
92% have a digital footprint.
50% are connected on line for ten hours a day.
70% spend more than two hours a day watching youtube.
80% feel distressed when kept away from personal electronic devices.
72% believe that racial equality is the most important issue today.
77% expect to work harder than the previous generation.
Most Gen Zers prefer SnapChat and Instagram, compared to Millenials who prefer Facebook and Instagram.
Most were raised by Gen Xers, compared to most Millenials who were raised by Boomers.
Gen Zers are mobile “natives” compared to Millenials who are mobile “pioneers” (Compared to my first use of a computer in college. The computer filled an entire room.)
Most grew up during a recession compared to most Millenials who grew up during an economic boom.
Read the entire article here.
Reaction to the Jussie Smollett News: Two Great Tweets From RedStater’s Brad Slager and Seton Motley
The giddiness was with all the news outlets that leapt on the pre-fab Trump-inspired hatred story from the start.
Your co-worker Don Lemon has been speaking to Smollett daily since this story broke. https://t.co/4CLASOPfIu
— Brad Slager: aka Wuhan Solo (@MartiniShark) February 17, 2019
And one great response to a Sarah Jeong tweet!