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The Idiot’s Men

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Clay Bennett)

In other news, special prosecutor Robert Mueller's team has subpoenaed right wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi to testify in front of a grand jury about his relationship with Trump's lifelong henchman Roger Stone.

Meanwhile, the EPA's inspector general says the agency didn't have legal authority to triple the size of former administrator Scott Pruitt's security detail which was never justified.

The IG's report said it wasn't clear that the protective service detail had the legal authority to give Pruitt 24-hour coverage. It found there were no standard procedures for the expanded coverage, so the spending behind the budget spike went undocumented.

It also found that the protective service detail never conducted a threat analysis, to evaluate what was needed to keep Pruitt safe.

Finally, British authorities have charged two Russian intelligence officers with the use and possession of chemical weapons, among other things, for poisoning Sergei Skripal, his daughter, and a local policeman earlier this year.

Prosecutors say they poisoned the Skripals by using the nerve agent on the front door of their home.

Police said the two men were travelling on authentic Russian passports under the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and arrived in the UK on an Aeroflot flight days before the attack. The Crown Prosecution Service said there was enough evidence to charge them. [...]

The investigation has recovered CCTV of the two suspects after they flew into Gatwick airport and stayed in the City Stay hotel in east London. After arriving on Friday 2 March on an Aeroflot flight, they went to Salisbury on the Saturday in what police said they were satisfied was a reconnaissance trip.

They returned to London that day and went back to Salisbury on Sunday, when police say CCTV showed them in the vicinity of the Skripal house. Police believe that after contaminating the front door of the property, they immediately went to Heathrow via train and London underground and flew back on Sunday night at 10.30pm.

These guys even look like what I imagine Russian hitmen would look like.

  • muselet

    1) I would pay good money to see the transcript of Jerome Corsi’s grand jury testimony. That should be a hoot and a half.

    2) Scott Pruitt wanted a 24/7 security detail because it made him feel important, full stop. He was more at risk of being hit by a bus than being attacked by some crazed environmentalist. Poseur.

    3) The two hitmen are Russian intelligence officers, yet they travelled on Russian passports, pretty openly scoped out Sergei Skripal’s house and were in the UK for a suspiciously short time. Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale could have done better. Either Russian intelligence is scraping the bottom of the barrel for recruits or they really don’t think much of the UK police.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      It’s increasingly apparent that Putin doesn’t really care if they get caught. He may even enjoy getting caught. Sure, his government denies a lot of things, but no one takes the denials seriously. I think Putin enjoys gaslighting the world knowing that there will be few consequences.

      • muselet

        Agreed.

        In fact, it’s possible “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” were under orders to be sloppy with their tradecraft, just to troll the Brits.

        –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      Upvote for Boris and Natasha reference. Thanks!

    • Christopher Foxx

      Scott Pruitt wanted a 24/7 security detail because it made him feel important, full stop.

      Something so obvious it’s surprising it actually has to be stated.