Guys, I don’t think President Trump is even trying to push back against the Deep State. In fact, he seems to be empowering and promoting neocons like Mike Pompeo:
“WASHINGTON — Soon after he took over as C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo privately told lawmakers about a new target for American spies: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
Intent on finding out more about Mr. Assange’s dealings with Russian intelligence, the C.I.A. began last year to conduct traditional espionage against the organization, according to American officials. At the same time, federal law enforcement officials were reconsidering Mr. Assange’s designation as a journalist and debating whether to charge him with a crime.
Mr. Pompeo and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions unleashed an aggressive campaign against Mr. Assange, reversing an Obama-era view of WikiLeaks as a journalistic entity. For more than a year, the nation’s spies and investigators sought to learn about Mr. Assange and his ties to Russia as senior administration officials came to believe he was in league with Moscow.
Their work culminated in prosecutors secretly filing charges this summer against Mr. Assange …”
This is exactly why I argued at length with Cantwell about how President Trump and the Trump administration operate on two different tracks. It is other people like Pompeo who are making the real decisions.
President Trump is asked, “Should Julian Assange go free?”
Trump: “I don’t know anything about him. Really. I don’t know much about him. I really don’t.” pic.twitter.com/3RT12rAaB9
— Andrew Blake (@apblake) November 20, 2018
Trump when asked about Julian Assange said:
“I don't know much about him, I really don't." pic.twitter.com/FF34ywxRHK
— Cassandra Fairbanks ??? (@CassandraRules) November 21, 2018