Episode #211 of the Countdown podcast is up.
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- SPECIAL COMMENT: The Washington Post’s choice of its headline was the Mar-a-Lago workers moving boxes full of classified documents the day before the Justice Department stopped by to pick up what they’d subpoenaed, but that’s not THE headline in the story. THE headline in the story is really startling and could be the biggest in this week-long festival of leaks, this waterfall of sources-saying because this leak the Post DIDN’T think was the headline suggests Jack Smith has witnesses who saw Donald Trump commit not just obstruction of justice but espionage.
- “Prosecutors … have gathered evidence indicating that Trump at times kept classified documents in his office in a place where they were visible and sometimes showed them to others … (They) have been told by more than one witness that Trump at times kept classified documents out in the open in his Florida office, where others could see them … and sometimes showed them to people, including aides and visitors,” unquote. So that’s literally espionage. Ten years or a fine or both. Per count. 18 US Code 793 “Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information”, paragraph “E”. Keeping classified documents is one thing. But having “unauthorized possession” of any document relating to the national defense and then being that guy who “willfully communicates, delivers, transmits, or causes to be communicated … to any person not entitled to receive it” is the point at which the option to not prosecute for espionage has typically ended.
- Also: The Ron DeSantis Twitter disaster has been explained by tech experts. It’s not tech, it’s — what else — the cheapness of Elon Musk. Plus the judge not only throws the book at Oathkeepers culprit Stewart Rhodes but tells him to his face that he's not a "political prisoner" and most importantly of all, warns the courtroom and the nation that we could have another January 6th. And the TPM website decided to work backwards in its files on Rhodes and find where he made his national TV debut. You may not be that surprised by the answer.
- Lastly, just for laughs: Trump gets the year wrong and Junior tries to insult DeSantis but winds up saying “Trump” instead.
(Cocaine use makes your vision look blurry, right?)
- POSTSCRIPTS TO THE NEWS: I lament what my invention, MSNBC, has become. Once we were liberal skeptics, calling out lies and pressing Democrats to earn our support and do what’s right. Now it is a place where if NBC decided tomorrow to go right wing, all most of the hosts would need to do would be change names or dye hair and they’d get away with it. Because it’s now about them. Happily, seven years ago this week Lawrence O’Donnell confessed he and the current crowd had “broken” my invention.
- EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY: Sam, the two-year old female in NYC
- FRIDAYS WITH JAMES THURBER: My father’s favorite Thurber story, the amazing saga of Thurber’s 4th Grade Class and the other students who had been in it for decades: “I Went To Sullivant”.
(This reading was broken into two episodes in 2010. Hence, the change in clothes.)
That’s all the damage for now. Good morning, good afternoon, good night, and good luck!