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Riiiiight, Obama did it.

The “Justice Department” has opened a criminal investigation into the investigation of the 2016 elections and Trump’s ties to Russia.

Yes, our “Justice Department” is diving right into the right wing conspiracy theory that Obama started it all and spied on Trump. You’d think they’d let it go since they already ruined the Mueller report (and then the very next day tried to extort Ukraine to get dirt on Biden.) But that’s not how the big orange works. He doubles down, he goes after his enemies, he menaces government employees.

He calls the rest of us scum for being insufficiently deferential to him.

I was no fan of Obama. I didn’t like the way he ran his 2008 primary campaign. In it we can see the seed of what became targeting of certain demographics, weaponizing the word “racist” and getting Wall Street to foot the bill in exchange for leniency when he took office. He was compromised in many ways.

But I can’t in a million years see Obama taking a hands on approach to starting a spying operation on Trump. That wasn’t Obama’s style. For one thing, it would require him to take a stand and he wasn’t the kind of guy who wanted to upset his backers. More likely, he listened to the initial intelligence reports and tepidly approved of the agencies keeping him informed. He wasn’t a mastermind directing a covert operation on Chez Trump.

The agencies themselves used to have departments that worked on counterintelligence. That was their jobs. Those jobs preceded Obama. We need to have people in those positions so we can ascertain what hostile nations are up to. Those departments are in tatters now. This is a very dangerous situation for our country for many reasons. I leave the numeration of these reasons as an exercise for the reader.

The timing of this criminal investigation couldn’t be more significant. Adam Schiff says he doesn’t even need the whistleblower’s testimony anymore, which suggests that he has collected more than enough information in his depositions so far to impeach 10 Trumps. So, what better time to roll out a giant time and money sucking distraction for the deluded Fox News viewers.

We’re headed down a rabbit hole here and you have to ask yourself, if Obama acted like Trump, like some kind of unaccountable mafia don with an enemies list and an AG like Barr, how long would it have taken Matt Gaetz and Lindsay Graham to impeach his ass? Damn right. He wouldn’t have lasted a year. And they would be right to do it.

But because Trump is a “Republican”, whatever that means these days, he can get away with murder of our country and anyone on 5th Avenue who gets in his way.

It’s time to get mad.