Does Donald Trump have the “rats” scurrying? That’s at least the take from Rush Limbaugh, who says that a letter from White House counsel Emmet Flood to Attorney General William Barr could signal the beginning of a counteroffensive from the White House.
“I think, based on Trump’s interview last night with Catherine Herridge on Fox News, that New York Times story yesterday admitting that they’re spying on Papadopoulos and trying to entrap Papadopoulos, and Emmet Flood, Trump’s lawyer, has sent a four-page letter to William Barr, and I think it means that they are on the warpath now,” Limbaugh said on his show last week.
“I think they waited ’til Mueller finished, they waited for all of the dust to settle, and I think they are on the warpath, and I think Nadler knows it and I think Pelosi knows it. And I think the Drive-By Media knows it, and I think the rats are scurrying, trying to get out in front of this,” he continued.
Limbaugh was referring to Trump’s sit-down with Herridge where he openly defied congressional Democrats’ subpoenas of administration officials.
“They’ve testified for many hours, all of them. I would say, it’s done,” Trump said. “Nobody has ever done what I’ve done. I’ve given total transparency. It’s never happened before like this. They shouldn’t be looking anymore. It’s done.”
The New York Times also admitted in a story last week that the FBI had sent an investigator to meet with Trump campaign official George Papadopoulos and query him about possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“Now, what happened last night that tipped me off that something is on the verge of happening, the White House released a four-page letter written by Emmet Flood,” Limbaugh said. “Emmet Flood is White House counsel for Donald Trump. And the letter that he wrote is to the attorney general, William Barr.”
Limbaugh then read — and commented on — the letter itself.
“’Dear Mr. Attorney General: I write on behalf of the office of the president to memorialize concerns relating to the special counsel report and to address executive privilege issues associated with its release.’ And that right there tells you, executive privilege issues, they’re getting ready for hardball,” Limbaugh said.
“’The SCO Report suffers from an extraordinary legal defect: It quite deliberately fails to comply with the requirements of governing law.’ In other words, the White House response is this report is not even legal.
“’Lest the report’s release be taken as a precedent or perceived as somehow legitimating the defect,’ the lawlessness of the report. ‘I write with both the president and future presidents in mind to make the following points clear. I begin with the SCO stated conclusion on the obstruction question: The SCO concluded that the evidence ‘prevent[ed] [it] from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred.’ But conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred was not the SCO’s assigned task, because making conclusive determinations of innocence is never the task of the federal prosecutor. What prosecutors are supposed to do is complete an investigation and then either ask the grand jury to return an indictment or decline to charge the case,’ and that is it,” he continued.
“’When prosecutors decline to charge, they make that decision not because they have conclusively determin[ed] that no criminal conduct occurred, but rather because they do not believe that the investigated conduct constitutes a crime for which all the elements can be proven to the satisfaction of a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.’
“In other words, if you don’t think you can make the case, if you’ve investigated, you’re a prosecutor, and you don’t have the goods, you drop it,” Limbaugh said.
“You don’t keep searching until you can exonerate the accused because that’s not the job of any prosecutor. The prosecutor either has the goods or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, that’s it. He doesn’t announce what he’s got, he doesn’t impugn the accused, he doesn’t say ‘we couldn’t conclusively exonerate.’ You don’t do any of that. And that’s why this report, Mr. Flood essentially says on many other points, is illegal, essentially violates the law and ethics.”
“This is why I’ve said this report can be done in two pages. It didn’t need 448. All those pages are to slime and smear Trump by listing a bunch of garbage that could not be used to even charge him with a crime and so that stuff should never even have been included is the basic point Flood is making here,” he continued.
“That stuff is prejudicial, it’s defamatory. And the fact that you include is when you can’t use it to even make a charge is outrageous. This report has no business being released, period. It had no business being produced as it was, and we’re getting it on record here from the White House that we think this is a travesty of the American judicial system.”
The letter went on in that vein, noting that “[i]n the partisan commotion surrounding the released report, it would be well to remember that what can be done to a president can be done to any of us.
“My point is, I haven’t spoken to anybody about this. So you have to give me a wide berth in being wrong. I find it fascinating, by the way. This letter is … To anybody that can think and has a broad-based enough knowledge of this whole scam, this whole hoax, this letter should provide a lot of information,” he said.
“[The media is] trying to excuse all of this behavior the past three years in advance of the inspector general report and the Barr investigation. I think that this letter from Emmet Flood to William Barr indicates that Trump is on the warpath. And I had that really confirmed for me last night when I saw Trump being interviewed by Catherine Herridge at Fox News, in which he said he’s very close to declassifying everything having to do with the FISA warrant applications and that he’s held back — he’s held back — because he wanted all of this to settle.”
Give Limbaugh a wide berth on this; Trump may be on the warpath, but so are the Democrats and they want their subpoenas and testimony and concomitant donor clips and what-have-you. However, El Rushbo says the American people aren’t going to care about that, but they will end up caring about the White House’s counteroffensive.
Limbaugh noted “that the only thing the public cared about here was collusion with Russia. They don’t care about obstruction, don’t care about any of this. As long as there was no collusion with Russia, the public is satisfied that the election was legit and it’s over. And anything done to keep this alive runs the risk of irritating people and making them frown, shall we say, on the Democrats. Democrats are trying to continue to perpetuate this hoax.
“So I think, since the Trump team knows full well what’s gonna happen (they’ve got it all gamed out), I think you can expect (we can expect) rapid-fire disclosure of the inspector general report. I think we’re gonna get rapid declassification of the origination documents for the FISA warrants, this stuff that Trump’s gonna declassify. Barr’s investigation into the origination of the investigation … I think this stuff is going to happen rapid fire.
“I don’t think we’re looking at years for all this to play out,” he added. “We’re looking at months for this to play out, and I think any indictments for anybody in the FBI or the DOJ who lied to investigators, who actually conducted a spy operation on the Trump campaign, anybody who lied to Congress like Comey has, or anybody that leaked classified information — and that list is as long as your arm! The New York Times and The Washington Post survived for two years on leaked classified data. I think you’re gonna see all of this be made public rapid fire.”
Well, from his mouth to God’s ears. I wouldn’t count on it, given how dearly the Democrats are holding onto any sort of narrative they can out of the Mueller investigation. However, if he’s right, Christmas could indeed come early for political junkies.
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