Lee Smith on The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History.

Lee Smith is a veteran journalist whose work appears in Real Clear Investigations (which named the Whistleblower), the Federalist, and Tablet. Smith reported from the Middle East for a decade after the 9/11 attacks and wrote the critically acclaimed The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations. A Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Smith is a frequent guest on television and radio, national and international, including Fox News, CNN, and France 24.

 

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Richard Easton Member

    That was an excellent interview. Thanks for posting it.

    • #1
    • November 22, 2019, at 10:50 AM PST
    • 1 like
  2. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Good talk.

    I agree with Molly Hemingway (everyone should just have that as a keyboard macro) Trump made a huge mistake when he didnt fire every single Obama appointment effective his swearing in. He was naive, he thought they cared about their jobs, and would continue to do it for him – but what they really cared about was the policy – they’re not going to do the job if they dont love the policy. Every single secretary should have been given the mandate to replace his underlings as quickly as possible. The transition team should have been asking governors and state party chairs for resumes for state attorneys and ambassadors, this could have helped the Trump team glue itself onto the Republican establishment better…

    This is why it was such rough sledding for the first year of the Trump administration, with all the leaks and court reversals. Its ironic, trump didnt fire them and they burned him for his generosity.

    • #2
    • November 22, 2019, at 11:07 AM PST
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  3. Joe D. Lincoln

    I wish i could get you (or someone like you) to debate the Goldberg’s or French’s of this world (here on Ricochet). Maybe it’s done elsewhere, but I haven’t heard/seen it. It would be great to hear someone who passionately thinks there was obvious Ukrainian interference, obvious Biden graft, that this is a Trump witch-hunt, that if there was a quid pro quo it was pretty soft to the point that it ended up not mattering for the funds – debate never-Trumper types who passionately believe that there was only Russian pro-Trump interference and no Ukranian (or nearly no) interference, that while Biden’s behavior was maybe bad it does not violate any laws and certainly doesn’t raise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors that apparently asking a foreign leader to investigate graft, and seemingly only consider withholding funds is.

    • #3
    • November 22, 2019, at 11:35 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  4. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    The transition team should have been asking governors and state party chairs for resumes for state attorneys and ambassadors, this could have helped the Trump team glue itself onto the Republican establishment better…

    The question is why didn’t he have an effective transition expert to tell him where the bodies were buried and who to fire? Was the establishment working against him from the beginning? Could Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have helped him wade the deep state waters? 

    • #4
    • November 22, 2019, at 1:48 PM PST
    • 1 like
  5. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    The transition team should have been asking governors and state party chairs for resumes for state attorneys and ambassadors, this could have helped the Trump team glue itself onto the Republican establishment better…

    The question is why didn’t he have an effective transition expert to tell him where the bodies were buried and who to fire? Was the establishment working against him from the beginning? Could Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have helped him wade the deep state waters?

    The transition team was lead by Chris Christie – not a Washington insider, so he wouldnt necessarily know where the deadwood in each department is. Also he didnt believe his work would be needed, so clearly wasnt diligently working on vetting candidates, and got caught very flat footed when Trump actually won.

     

    • #5
    • November 22, 2019, at 3:53 PM PST
    • 1 like
  6. Dave of Barsham Member

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    The transition team should have been asking governors and state party chairs for resumes for state attorneys and ambassadors, this could have helped the Trump team glue itself onto the Republican establishment better…

    The question is why didn’t he have an effective transition expert to tell him where the bodies were buried and who to fire? Was the establishment working against him from the beginning? Could Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have helped him wade the deep state waters?

    The transition team was lead by Chris Christie – not a Washington insider, so he wouldnt necessarily know where the deadwood in each department is. Also he didnt believe his work would be needed, so clearly wasnt diligently working on vetting candidates, and got caught very flat footed when Trump actually won.

     

    Also, remember a lot of the people that were the most experienced didn’t want to be involved in his administration. They didn’t expect, or want, him to be POTUS and kept their distance afterwards.

    • #6
    • November 22, 2019, at 4:14 PM PST
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  7. Taras Coolidge

    Dave of Barsham (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    The transition team should have been asking governors and state party chairs for resumes for state attorneys and ambassadors, this could have helped the Trump team glue itself onto the Republican establishment better…

    The question is why didn’t he have an effective transition expert to tell him where the bodies were buried and who to fire? Was the establishment working against him from the beginning? Could Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have helped him wade the deep state waters?

    The transition team was lead by Chris Christie – not a Washington insider, so he wouldnt necessarily know where the deadwood in each department is. Also he didnt believe his work would be needed, so clearly wasnt diligently working on vetting candidates, and got caught very flat footed when Trump actually won.

     

    Also, remember a lot of the people that were the most experienced didn’t want to be involved in his administration. They didn’t expect, or want, him to be POTUS and kept their distance afterwards.

    Given all the trouble the Trump administration has had, filling open positions, it had a strong bias toward leaving people in place, if at all possible.

    Democrats are accustomed to putting their party’s interests ahead of the country’s. (For example, Teddy Kennedy’s immigration reform in the Sixties.)

    As a result, Chuck Schumer’s strategy in the Senate has been to make it as hard and as slow as possible to fill positions.

    This has the added advantage of leaving career bureaucrats (i.e., Deep Staters), nearly all Democrats, as acting heads of departments.

    • #7
    • November 23, 2019, at 8:22 AM PST
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  8. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Dave of Barsham (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    The transition team should have been asking governors and state party chairs for resumes for state attorneys and ambassadors, this could have helped the Trump team glue itself onto the Republican establishment better…

    The question is why didn’t he have an effective transition expert to tell him where the bodies were buried and who to fire? Was the establishment working against him from the beginning? Could Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have helped him wade the deep state waters?

    The transition team was lead by Chris Christie – not a Washington insider, so he wouldnt necessarily know where the deadwood in each department is. Also he didnt believe his work would be needed, so clearly wasnt diligently working on vetting candidates, and got caught very flat footed when Trump actually won.

     

    Also, remember a lot of the people that were the most experienced didn’t want to be involved in his administration. They didn’t expect, or want, him to be POTUS and kept their distance afterwards.

    Thats true. The republican foreign relations establishment all signed a letter denouncing Trump during the campaign. Which made them all toxic to a Trump Administration. Again going back to my original point – its not the job they want its the policy. If these people cared about their careers and job prospects they would not have signed the letter, and kept their misgivings to themselves.

    • #8
    • November 23, 2019, at 9:58 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  9. RufusRJones Member

    Taras (View Comment):
    Democrats are accustomed to putting their party’s interests ahead of the country’s.

    They have a whole system for this, including taking care of Democrats that get harmed politically for falling on a sword. 

    • #9
    • November 24, 2019, at 2:04 AM PST
    • 1 like