Julian SanchezThere’s nothing wrong *in principle* with kicking the tires on the Russia probe. But it’s impossible to read Trump personally hectoring the Ukranian president about imaginary servers & think this resembles a serious fact-finding effort.
The Attorney General William Barr traveled to Italy to meet with Italian secret service agents—and, potentially, undermine the Mueller investigation.
Julian SanchezSubtext: there's a notion circulating in the fever swamps to the effect that Mifsud wasn't actually a Russian cutout, but a CIA asset (or something) sent to set up the Trump campaign. If Barr is chasing down stuff like that, we are in a very weird place.
The president’s brazen attempt at cheating has taken “decide it at the ballot box” off the menu. Impeachment is imperative.
Julian Sanchez“Resolving the question of the president’s fitness at the ballot box isn’t really an option, much less the best option, when the question boils down to whether the ballot box will be stuffed.”
Trump has joined an army of conservative commentators in pushing a false story involving an obscure government form, a Trump official, and the whistleblower.
Julian SanchezIn case you don’t spend enough time in the fever swamps to know what this “changed whistleblower form” nonsense is about, @kpoulsen has a good explainer debunking the latest garbage pseudojournalism Trump’s defenders are desperately clinging to.
Julian SanchezThis is extraordinary and incredibly disturbing. The acting DNI is apparently illegally refusing to give Congress access to a whistleblower complaint, which the IC inspector general deemed both credible and urgent.
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur L. Ross Jr., the commerce secretary to have NOAA publicly disavow the forecasters’ position.
Julian SanchezIt’s easy to laugh at how absurd this is, but it’s really incredibly disturbing. We rely on federal agencies for so many kinds of important data—much of which, unlike weather forecasts, can’t easily be privately duplicated.
“I had no choice but to leave,” General James Mattis says of his decision to resign as President Trump’s secretary of defense.
Julian SanchezIt’s one thing for Mattis to say cabinet officials owe a duty of silence as a specific requirement of their roles. What he seems to say here is that it is “endangering the country” to attack a president, full stop, which is appalling and authoritarian.
The idea that proponents of greater electoral equity have to quiet down because we live in a ‘republic’ is absurd.
Julian Sanchez“A republic not a democracy” has become annoying not because the underlying sentiment is wrong—“more democracy” is not always & automatically better in every context—or because it’s terminologically confused, but because it substitutes for an argument.
Big tech companies enjoy legal immunity premised on the assumption they’ll respect free speech.
Julian SanchezThis is embarassing, and WSJ should be embarassed for printing it. “Opinion” is not a license to lie to readers about basic facts, which this does, repeatedly. The Journal should print a retraction.