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WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg (not seen) at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Jan. 10, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Washington could "conceivably" re-enter into the global Paris climate agreement, from which he announced the withdrawal last year. (Xinhua/Ting Shen)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg (not seen) at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Jan. ... WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg (not seen) at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Jan. 10, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Washington could "conceivably" re-enter into the global Paris climate agreement, from which he announced the withdrawal last year. (Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 1, 2018 12:46 p.m.

Let’s stipulate that the bogus Devin Nunes memo was designed to muddy the waters, kick up a lot of dust, spread chaff — pick your metaphor.

When Robert Mueller, who is supervised by Rod Rosenstein, makes an allegation against Trump or his associates, then what about Rosenstein’s own problems? What about the FBI’s bias? It’s simple, direct and not terribly creative whataboutism (though I have to say the whole “secret memo” designation has worked brilliantly). But for the con to work, you have to maintain the charade, stroking your chin and muttering about your grave concerns and the dark conspiracy that could be at work. You have to pretend to believe the mock concerns you’re raising.

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