Donald Trump fired respected U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara earlier this year, in an attempt at preventing Bharara from investigating and exposing his financial crimes in New York. Since that time Bharara hasn’t exactly been Trump’s biggest fan. Each time Trump commits yet another crime, Bharara has helped explain it all to the public, often in a humorous manner. However, now that Trump is screwing with the FBI, Bharara is being rather blunt.
This afternoon Trump began using Twitter to dishonestly attack and threaten FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. This led Ben Wittes of the Brookings Institution to fire back at Trump by tweeting “The President of the United States is a profoundly bad person.” Preet Bharara retweeted this, adding “And profoundly weak.” In three words, Bharara managed to get more across than Trump had in three incoherent rambling tweets. He was far from the only one slamming Trump for the debacle.
Trump also punished the FBI’s top lawyer James Baker by reassigning him, simply because he happens to be a witness in the obstruction of justice case against Trump. This led former FBI Director James Comey to rip into Trump for the move: “Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain. James Baker, who is stepping down as FBI General Counsel, served our country incredibly well for 25 years & deserves better. He is what we should all want our public servants to be.” Trump later tweeted “Wow, ‘FBI lawyer James Baker reassigned,’ according to Fox News,” suggesting that Trump is too senile to even remember having made the move two days ago.
Meanwhile former CIA Director John Brennan joined Twitter this week just so he could condemn Donald Trump. Brennan tweeted “Trump Admin threat to retaliate against nations that exercise sovereign right in UN to oppose US position on Jerusalem is beyond outrageous. Shows Donald Trump expects blind loyalty and subservience from everyone—qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report