“I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the Pre-sident of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. … The President’ s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well.”“I am also concerned that these actions pose risks to U.S. national security and undermine the U.S. Government’s efforts to deter and counter foreign interference in U.S. elections.”“[S]enior White House officials had intervened to ‘lock down’ all records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call… the trans-cript was loaded into a separate electronic system… used to store and handle clas-sified information of an especially sensitive nature.” “One White House official described this act as an abuse of this electronic systembecause the call did not contain anything remotely sensitive from a national security perspective.”#
Commentators like Andrew Bolt will put themselves on all sides of the fence in order to appear opinionated as well as safe to be able to say “I didn’t say that or I told you so in the same breathe”. After all Smollet is a Fox Star.(ODT)
But instant commentary is almost a necessity in 2019 if you are a celebrity or a politician — or anyone with a Twitter account.
The confusion over this story is a by-product of a culture that is quick to judge and to call-out, and one that so often rewards people for taking a side — instantly and via strong language — on an issue of public concern.
Candidates seeking office, like celebrities seeking status — like all us who are extremely online — have become incentivised to weigh in.
But as the Smollett case has shown, when a useful narrative emerges, certainty becomes secondary.
Trump is proud of rendering a woman stateless. Being stateless will place the woman in permanent detention without a trial. When in fact if she commited a crime she should have her day in court. (ODT)
But Ms Muthana’s lawyer Hassan Shibly, who also works for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Ms Muthana was born in the US and had a valid passport before she joined IS in 2014.