The White House press corps and lots of politicians are all in a lather about President Trump providing no evidence to back up his claim one week ago that he was “wiretapped” by the previous Administration. To paraphrase The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the response from the White House has been “Evidence? We don’t gotta show you no stinking evidence!”
I wrote about this lack of evidence on the day the President tweeted the whole claim about how he was “wiretapped” by the Obama Administration. That post is worth reading if you haven’t done so. Here is the important idea:
Now, to date is there any actual evidence to back up the President’s tweet? ABSOLUTELY NONE. And that is driving the media over the edge. And therein lies the beauty of his tweet.
For months, the Democratic-media complex has been hounding first Candidate Trump and now President Trump over claimed connections to Russia. To date, despite extensive investigation by the FBI, the CIA, and every media organization in DC, there has been NOT ONE SCRAP OF EVIDENCE OF ACTUAL WRONGDOING WITH RUSSIA BY THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. Nothing. Zip.
I went on to point out that the President accomplished a couple of very important things with his evidence-free tweet.
First, he got the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to add the actions of the Obama Administration to their investigative agenda regarding the election. This was a huge win, because up until that point they were only investigating President Trump. Now, they are investigating Obama as well.
Second, he highlighted the fact that to date there has not been one scrap of evidence showing any collusion between the President’s campaign and Russia. None. Zero. Zip. However, the media wouldn’t let up. So now, whenever people scream about the President’s lack of evidence, the Administration people can point out that there’s no evidence on the other side either … and that leverage has been very effective. The discussion of the lack of Russia evidence has a much higher profile now.
Finally, in a mark of true political insight, after he got the two Intelligence Committees to agree to investigate the question, he stated that the White House would make no further comment on the case, because it’s under two Congressional investigations … hey, it’s standard procedure, an official can’t comment on something if it’s under review or investigation. Here’s what I wrote at the time
A few minutes ago, the White House through Sean Spicer just announced that they would make absolutely no further announcements on this matter until the House and Senate investigations are completed ….
Game, set, and match. Nothing left to see here, folks, although the media will grind on it for days. He’s already won and moved on.
How beautiful is that? For the cost of a couple tweets he gets the matter investigated by Congress, and then says he can’t comment on it because it’s under Congressional investigation! Ouroboros would weep in envy at the circularity of that argument.
And just as I predicted, days later the media is still grinding on it.
I watched the Press Briefing with Sean Spicer this morning. Again and again Sean was asked about the evidence. Again and again he said yet another variation of what he’s said in every press briefing since last Sunday, which is that they White House will not comment on any of it until the investigations are completed. The media can’t let it rest, and the White House isn’t giving an inch. The reporters simply don’t get it. It’s done and dusted, folks. The caravan has left, the ship has sailed, the game is over.
The journalists are not the only ones who don’t get it. John McCain, US Senator and poster boy for the fact that true heroism doesn’t necessarily confer either wisdom or logic, said:
I think the President has one of two choices. Either retract, or provide the information that the American people deserve.
Senator McCain’s statement contains a logical fallacy called the “Fallacy of the Excluded Middle”. The fallacy is that there are only a certain number of choices, which excludes other possible choices.
Now, all these folks keep telling President Trump what he should or shouldn’t do. Senator McCain, other politicians, the media, they all keep advising him of what they think is his proper choice in this matter.
Here’s the curious part about everyone giving him advice about what he should choose. They’re way late. The President already made and clearly announced his choice on the same day he tweeted, and it’s neither of McCain’s choices. He’s chosen to wait for the Committees to finish their investigations and release their findings, he’s told us just exactly that, and you’d be crazy not to believe him.
However, the cra-cra is not in short supply these days. Lots of folks out there heard the White House announce his choice, and it’s been repeated for well over a week now … but bizarrely, somehow it doesn’t seem to have sunk in. He won this round, folks. He achieved his objectives, and now it’s off his plate entirely. As Julius Caesar is reputed to have said, “Veni, tweety, vici”, which is Latin for “I came, I tweeted, I conquered”. And having conquered, he’s under no obligation to provide any evidence to the media, and he has no intention of doing so.
New days, new politics … what a time to be alive!
Sunshine here, feels like spring … best of the season to everyone.
PS—Is the President’s accusation true? I’m no fool, so like him I’m gonna wait for the Investigations … but in the meantime, I will note that a large number of the media reported that the President’s associates had been spied upon during the campaign, and the New York Times said reports on that spying were sent to the White House. Now they’re all saying that there was no evidence of any such spying, not a bit, and that the White House didn’t “order” anything, nothing to see here … say what?
In addition, the Obama Administration not only spied on and hacked the computer of a reporter, it spied on the Congress itself, and then flat-out lied about it when asked. So the idea of the Obama Administration spying on an opposition candidate is hardly a stretch.
PPS—The President has much to gain by NOT providing any evidence he may have, and little to lose. He wants to keep the issue of evidence alive as a counterpoint to the evidence-free Russia accusations. It focuses the attention on Obama and not on the President. And he has no objection to seeing the media all spun out and wasting precious questions on something that will never be answered. So no … whether he has evidence or not, there will be no evidence released. As he said, he’ll wait for the Committees to report back.