Following Inspector General Report, Trump’s Disgusting, Intelligence-Insulting, Stomach-Turning Lies

Since Donald Trump took office, reasonable people have been waiting for a time when his comfort with lying would finally become so overwhelming that there would be a collective scream of, “ENOUGH!” If we didn’t reach that this week, we never will.

Sure, Trump has strung together some truth-challenged statements before But nothing like the news conference following the release of the department of justice’s inspector general report on the handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The report had a number of important findings about former FBI Director James Comey and certain justice department officials who were fired after emails came to light that they were biased against Trump.

What is did not report was anything, absolutely anything, about the investigation into Russian meddling into our Democracy, Russian contacts with Trump’s people during the campaign and transition, or whether there was any collusion or coordination between Russian operatives and Trump’s people.

That didn’t stop the president from making some literally unbelievable statement of fact that were outright lies.

Let’s review (from compiled news reports):
• Trump: “I think that the report yesterday, maybe more importantly than anything, it totally exonerates me. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. And if you read the report, you’ll see that.” That. Is. A. Lie. While the report does take a look at some text messages sent by some FBI agents, it in no way even addresses possible collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, let alone exonerate the president.

• Trump: “They [the FBI] were plotting against my election.” That’s not what the report said. In fact, IG Michael Horowitz said the opposite: “We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions we reviewed,” Horowitz said.

• Trump: “You know, Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. He worked for Ronald Reagan. He worked for Bob Dole. He worked for John McCain, or his firm did. He worked for many other Republicans. He worked for me, what, for 49 days or something? A very short period of time.” Paul Manafort, who was sent packing to the pokey for violating conditions of his bail, worked for the Trump campaign for 144 days including during the unsettled time of the Republican National Convention.

• Trump: “It was a pretty good report, and then I say the IG blew it at the end…I thought that one sentence of conclusion was ridiculous.” The conclusion of no bias was not a throwaway sentence. Two entire chapters of the report, importantly, look at anti-Trump text messages sent by deputy director for counterintelligence Peter Strzok to see if his anti-Trump sentiments affected the investigation. “Strzok was not the sole decisionmaker for any of the specific investigative decisions examined,” the report concluded.

• Trump: “I feel badly for General Flynn. He’s lost his house. He’s lost his life. And some people say he lied, and some people say he didn’t lie. I mean, really, it turned out maybe he didn’t lie. So how can you do that?” Trump himself has said repeatedly that Flynn lied: “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” Trump said. Flynn himself pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

• Trump: “What [Comey] did was criminal. What he did was so bad in terms of our Constitution, in terms of the well-being of our country.” While Horowitz smacked Comey around pretty good (for actions that actually helped Trump), he concluded there’s no evidence that Comey violated any kind of criminal statute or acted in any way unconstitutionally.

And for good measure, here is another flat-out lie from the president in that post-inspector general report news conference:
• Trump: “I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law.” This is an unequivocal lie. The separation of children from their parents at the border is a policy decision by the Trump administration’s justice department as articulated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. There is no law—passed by Democrats or Republicans—that requires this separation. None.

There were 22 lies told by the president in the impromptu news conference after the report’s release.

How do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?’ – George Orwell, 1984.