Moscow Is Attacking the 2020 Election. But the Trump Administration Won’t Say How.
Putin is at it again, and no one is sounding the alarm.
When Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), an ardent Trump partisan whom the president has nominated to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was testifying this week at his Senate confirmation hearing, he noted several times that Russia was covertly intervening in the ongoing 2020 election. This produced no thunderclap headlines. And here’s the big question: Why the hell not? Moscow is again attacking American democracy, and there’s not much fuss about it. Certainly not a peep from the president, who benefited from Vladimir Putin’s clandestine intercession four years ago.
The cases before the court are Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP; Trump v. Deutsche Bank AG; and Trump v. Vance. In the first two, the president is trying to block congressional subpoenas seeking access to his personal financial records. In the third, he’s asking the court to block a subpoena issued by a New York City grand jury, and to accord him unprecedented “absolute immunity” from state criminal investigations.
Trump does an excellent job of advertising his own ignorance
Former National Security Adviser Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the Mueller probe. The Justice Department just moved to dismiss the case altogether.