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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America close the week with three crazy martinis and a champagne toast. They sigh as President Trump tweets that he is ordering U.S. companies to scale back in China in response to the very real practice of China ripping us off. They also evaluate former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne’s claims that he was ordered to conduct political espionage on four presidential candidates in 2015-2016 on orders from the FBI and Justice Department. They react to CNN hiring disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as an analyst. And Jim offers a toast to the late David Koch for his tireless efforts to expand freedom and opportunity to Americans.
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The guys come off as a bit thick in this one — as if they’ve never heard of a President jawboning industry before.
Nor did they consider the possibility that the intended audience for Trump’s remarks was China.
N.B.: Given the kind of powers that Congress and the courts have granted to the modern Presidency, when the guys talk about this or that action being “unconstitutional”, that may be merely wishful thinking on their part.
Also a bit thick in the remarks about Maria Butina and the Overstock.com guy. Why didn’t she vamp somebody more important, nyuk nyuk!
Obviously, in espionage as in other things, you take what you can get; you use relationships you have, not relationships you don’t have.
Did she think she couldn’t get to anyone more important? Sad.
You have to start somewhere, presumably; become a regular in the circles of the super-rich.
N.B.: I read somewhere that the case against her was a frame.
Which sounds a lot more believable now that it would have in, say, 2016!
Or maybe she stopped there because she found she liked the guy, and didn’t want to “move up” to someone she might hate.