Trump, America’s Villain

The little-known bureau [the financial crimes network], which operates out of a toilet bowl-shaped building in the suburbs of Washington, serves as the financial intelligence network of the United States, gathering and maintaining a vast collection of data on transactions and suspicious financial activity that can yield valuable leads and help expose hard-to-find networks. [New York Times]

THE PRESIDENT “grew increasingly agitated.”

Infuriated

If this was a fictional tale, President Trump would be the villain. He’s unwittingly crafted his own role through his emotional spasms and outbursts. He’s America’s petulant man-child, our own supreme leader.

The New York Times

As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him.

Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not “reliable” in the conventional political sense.

He’s finally trashed the brand that won him fame, the love of tabloid readers, and the White House. All that’s left is the unwinding.

He won’t deliver health care to everyone, as he promised.

He won’t stay out of the Middle East.

He won’t give tax cuts to middle America.

POTUS questioned the “loyalty” of James Comey, and thought he was “strange” and “sanctimonious.”

The Washington Post, and The New York Times reporting is as juicy as any political book I’ve read this year.

Mr. Comey thought the man in the White House was “outside the realm of normal,” even “crazy.”

The press secretary stood alongside tall hedges in near darkness and agreed to answer questions with the cameras shuttered. “Just turn the lights off,” Spicer ordered. “Turn the lights off. We’ll take care of this.” [The Washington Post]

Trump “fumed” over Comey, “stewing last weekend,” which tied him in a knot.

Again, we’re talking about an emotional response. Feelings that Trump is letting build and grow by listening to the tape playing constantly in his own head.

The commander in chief of the United States is “obsessed with loyalty.” He saw Comey as a “rogue operator.”

Mr. FBI considers the president the “ultimate loose cannon, making irresponsible claims on Twitter and jeopardizing the bureau’s credibility.”

The president is “irked”… He “burned”… watching his nemesis “grandstanding.”

Meanwhile, Mr. FBI admitted being “mildly nauseous” that he might have helped President “Crazy” get elected.

“Enough was enough,” said The Villain’s fool.

Mr. FBI had sent the president over the edge.

Unpredictable has become erratic.

In a striking repudiation of official White House statements, the acting director, Andrew G. McCabe, said the inquiry was “highly significant” and pledged during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that the F.B.I. would resist any attempt to influence or hobble the investigation.

“Simply put,” he said, “you cannot stop the men and women of the F.B.I. from doing the right thing.”

[The New York Times]