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Thursday, February 20, 2020

The president tapped controversial German ambassador Richard Grenell to oversee the all 17 intelligence agencies, despite having no experience in intelligence or running a large bureaucracy -- among other disqualifying characteristics.

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Blew right past Odd, shot past Farcical, and hurtled straight into Tragic.
And the GOPers are saying...what?

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-02-20 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They could not remember an ambassador who was more ill-equipped to hold down an important post than this guy,

He's the perfect addition to the Trump Administration.

Trump only hires the richest morons.

Or as he likes to say.

He hires the "best people!"

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-20 11:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Blew right past Odd, shot past Farcical, and hurtled straight into Tragic.
And the GOPers are saying...what?

#1 | POSTED BY DOC_SARVIS

Neither schit, nor shinola.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-02-20 11:17 AM | Reply

"he lacks intelligence, he lacks discretion, he lacks knowledge of the subject. He especially lacks judgment."

A perfect fit for this administration. He won't tell the boss anything he doesn't want to hear.

#4 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-02-20 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh noes! A president appoints a loyalist rather than a back-stabber, and a gay man at that.

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-20 11:43 AM | Reply

@#5 ... A president appoints a loyalist ...

FTFY...

A president appoints an unqualified loyalist to a critical post...

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-20 11:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

A political Trump loyalist rather than country first America loyalist. What could possibly go wrong?

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 11:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2020-02-20 11:52 AM | FLAG: Do you think that positions should have been filled with qualified appointees like obamas?

During his second term, Obama named 31 campaign "bundlers" " supporters who raised at least $50,000 to fund his presidential campaigns" as ambassadors. Obama tapped nearly all of these bundlers to serve in Western European nations or other highly developed and stable countries such as Canada and New Zealand.

publicintegrity.org

Also, what you call America First appointees are just what President Trump wants and has, i.e. patriots who put America over party, unlike the dems.

#8 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-02-20 12:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

During his second term, Obama named 31 campaign "bundlers" " supporters

#8 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-02-20 12:02 PM | Reply

And which of these 31 did Obama appoint as acting DNI?

#9 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2020-02-20 12:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Also, what you call America First appointees are just what President Trump wants and has, i.e. patriots who put America over party, unlike the dems."

When your primary loyalty is to Trump instead of the nation then you are not a patriotic American.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2020-02-20 12:10 PM | Reply

I bet progressives had a fit when JFK appointed his brother as Attorney General.

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-20 12:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Also, what you call America First appointees are just what President Trump wants and has, i.e. patriots who put America over party

#8 | Posted by MSgt at 2020

They're just ordinary mob soldiers.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-20 12:13 PM | Reply

I think Trump is promoting another previously appointed (for another position), unqualified sycophant to "acting" DNI in order to do yet another end round the required Senate confirmation process. I think it is no secret why Trump is doing this:

"Further, by Presidential Policy Directive 19 signed by Barack Obama in October 2012, the DNI was given overall responsibility for Intelligence Community whistleblowing and source protection."

He wants to make sure the new DNI puts a lid on anything that would implicate Trump and his crooked cronies in criminal wrong doing. I think it likely the reason Coates and his deputy left last August was directly related to the whistleblower complaint, which launched Trump's impeachment, coming to light.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 12:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#10

Nationalism is not patriotism... a confusing point for rwingers.

www.merriam-webster.com

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2020-02-20 12:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Also, what you call America First appointees are just what President Trump wants and has, i.e. patriots who put America over party, unlike the dems."

You may buy that BS, hook, line and sinker. Many of us don't.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 12:18 PM | Reply

Many of us don't.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 12:18 PM

Neither does MSGT.

But part of his job is to defend dead dogs.

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-20 12:22 PM | Reply

"Also, what you call America First appointees are just what President Trump wants and has, i.e. patriots who put America over party"

Like the "America First" Senate just did?

Sure Vern.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-20 12:24 PM | Reply

@#13 ... He wants to make sure the new DNI puts a lid on anything that would implicate Trump and his crooked cronies in criminal wrong doing. ...

That's how I view it as well.

Quite similar to AG Barr's directive to all DoJ offices that new cases or expansion of current cases must be approved by a prosecutor hand-picked by AG Barr.

Pres Trump, slowly but surely, is organizing the Federal government for his own political advantage, to reward himself and his allies, and to punish those who do not profess unfettered fealty to him.

Somewhere in the mix, loyalty to the Constitution is being lost, being pushed out by loyalty to Pres Trump.

L'etat C'est Moi.


#18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-20 12:26 PM | Reply

LL, scary times:

Trump allies target Mueller team, one by one

The president's defenders are using him to remove anyone and everyone involved in the Russia probe.
www.politico.com

And this isn't limited to Trump:

Citizens for Ethics @CREWcrew

1. Congress asks Transportation IG to investigate Elaine Chao's use of her office to benefit Mitch McConnell

2. Transportation IG resigns

3. McConnell controls when/if a new IG is appointed who would continue investigations into his wife

Any questions?

The Transportation IG Vacancy Is a Massive Conflict for Mitch McConnell
www.citizensforethics.org

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 12:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Also, what you call America First appointees are just what President Trump wants and has, i.e. patriots who put America over party, unlike the dems.

#8 | POSTED BY MSGT

LOL Jesus H. You just can't make a dent in this level of stupidity.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-20 12:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I bet progressives had a fit when JFK appointed his brother as Attorney General.

#11 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

The 1960's called. They want their talking point back.

#21 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-20 12:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

40 months for Stone. How long before Trump pardons him? I'm thinking immediately.

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 12:35 PM | Reply

That 40 month sentence falls smack dab in the middle of the 3-4 year sentence Barr asked for, so Trump can't pardon Stone on the grounds of a draconian sentencing fiasco. Just sayin'.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 12:43 PM | Reply

The King has spoken!

Only those betrothing fealty to the king above everything else will be placed in positions of power.

Can't have Dear Leader being held accountable for his crimes.

#24 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-20 12:43 PM | Reply

I bet progressives had a fit when JFK appointed his brother as Attorney General.

#11 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Was he covering up a series of crimes committed by JFK?

Please show your work.

#25 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-20 12:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump wants the surveillance state to work for him and not for the American people:

Justin Amash @justinamash

Curious that President Trump keeps appointing long-time supporters of the surveillance state to key positions. The new DNI is someone who blasted me and others for fighting unconstitutional NSA abuses.

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 12:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--Was he covering up a series of crimes committed by JFK?

Did he investigate Sam Giancana and the Chicago mob that delivered Illinois to his brother in 1960?

#27 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-20 12:57 PM | Reply

"despite having no experience in intelligence or running a large bureaucracy"

The people who are okay with this are the same people who say college is a waste of time, and that climate science is rigged.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-20 01:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#27

Dulli spreading debunked rwing conspiracy theories?

No one could have predicted....

What is historical fact is that AG Kennedy made his reputation jailing Mafia crime figures.

#29 | Posted by Corky at 2020-02-20 02:42 PM | Reply

Isn't it clear Trump intends to cheat in 2020, with or without Russian help, and that he doesn't want any one in the IC, the FBI or the DOJ investigating and reporting on it?:

Shane Harris @shaneharris

SCOOP: After a congressional briefing on election threats, Trump "dressed down" acting DNI Maguire, then appointed a loyalist to take his place.

After a congressional briefing on election threats, Trump soured on acting spy chief

Maguire had been considered a leading candidate to be nominated for the post of DNI, White House aides had said. But Trump's opinion shifted last week when he heard from a GOP ally that the intelligence official in charge of election security, who works for Maguire, gave a classified briefing last Thursday to the House Intelligence Committee on 2020 election security.

www.washingtonpost.com

#30 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 04:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Russia Backs Trump's Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support
www.nytimes.com

...Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, Mr. Trump berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump cited the presence in the briefing of Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment proceedings against him, as a particular irritant.

During the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump's allies challenged the conclusions, arguing that he has been tough on Russia and strengthened European security. Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying that had the official who delivered the conclusion spoken less pointedly or left it out, they would have avoided angering the Republicans....


I suspect the new acting DNI will prevent such information, i.e., information that runs counter to what Pres Trump wants to hear, to be disseminated to those who need to know it.

#31 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-20 07:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#31

I wanted to read that article, but alas, I am not a NY Times subscriber.

Thanks for posting some of it.

#32 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-20 07:16 PM | Reply

Mr. Trump berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place,

The reason Trump selected a new DNI makes more sense now.

#33 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-20 07:18 PM | Reply

Trump is a sloppy criminal

#34 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-02-20 07:29 PM | Reply

@#32

I am not a subscriber either. I do clear browser cookies regularly, maybe that has something to do with my ability to read some articles.

The article I cited was updated this evening and has some good info further down the page, worth a read if you can.

#35 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-20 07:40 PM | Reply

@#36

Also, I turn off "privacy mode" for some sites.

#36 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-20 07:41 PM | Reply

It could be the browser cookies, that does make sense.

I'll try that next time.

Thanks

#37 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-20 07:44 PM | Reply

The installing of ignorant party hatefuls and all the hateful partisan rhetoric that Trump is spewing and his allowing and tacitly promoting and condoning the influence of hostile foreign nations in our elections are all EXACTLY the same things that George Washington warned us about as he set the example for the first peaceful transfer of the immense power of the American Presidency.

#38 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-21 05:04 AM | Reply

Appoint someone with no real intelligence experience to oversee the intelligence community for a buffoonish fascist who doesn't believe anything he didn't make up out of his own head or see on tv?

#39 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-02-21 05:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Can anyone honestly say they believe Grenell's priority in office will be to protect America at all costs, even if it means hurting Trump?

#40 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-02-21 10:09 AM | Reply

Elections have consequences.

Buckle up buttercups!

#41 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-02-21 11:32 AM | Reply

I bet progressives had a fit when JFK appointed his brother as Attorney General.

#11 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

No, because Robert Kennedy had a decade of experience as a lawyer for the government.

Robert Kennedy was a lawyer at the Internal Security Section of the DOJ. He was at the US Attorney's Office. He was assistant counsel to the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He was an assistant on the Hoover Commission. He was chief counsel on the Senate's McClellan Committee.

He had 11 years of experience working as an attorney mostly for the government.

Could JFK had found someone more qualified? Yes. But Robert Kennedy was qualified to do the job.

Richard Grenell has been an ambassador and run a company on public affairs. Grenell has ZERO intelligence experience.

#42 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-21 01:15 PM | Reply

Who woulda thought that "heckuva job, Brownie" would seem so quaint now.
How far our Banana Republic has fallen, so quickly.

#43 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-02-21 02:47 PM | Reply

Oh noes! A president appoints a loyalist rather than a back-stabber, and a gay man at that.

#5 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2020-02-20 11:43 AM

If CocoJeebus had done this, the headline would have proclaimed "Obama appoints first openly gay Cabinet member" with dancing bananas and tears of joy from the Usual Idiots of the DR Left.

#44 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-21 05:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

'Woke' Media Fail to Notice Historic Cabinet Appointment by Trump. Of Course They Did.
pjmedia.com

"So it was rather surprising to discover that mainstream news stories about the first openly gay White House Cabinet member " ever, ever " were left on the newsroom floor."

Not surprising at all, actually.

#45 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-21 09:02 PM | Reply

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