Lately I have taken to watching "Meet the Press," which airs at 10AM on Sundays. I guess it's been several weeks, certainly since the Inauguration. I wanted to see the characters in this ongoing drama, and to hear what they had to say. More on some of them another time.
Yesterday morning, two of the persons interviewed were Schumer, the Democratic Senate Minority leader, and Rubio, the Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Also interviewed was James Clapper, the head of Intelligence under Obama, now retired:
The topic was Trump's tweets accusing Obama of having his ( Trump's) building/offices/residence in New York bugged in the weeks before the Inauguration.
The Obama spokesman has denied it, and Mr. Clapper, a veteran intelligence officer, denied it .
I want to cut and paste part of the discussion among the members of the press about this issue.
This is part of the transcript of the show. I zeroed in on the remarks of Thomas Friedman of the New York Times. I have been reading his essays and articles for many years and think he is very insightful.
Here it goes:
Welcome back. Panelists here: Democrat pollster Cornell Belcher, he's author of the book A Black Man in the White House, Kim Strassel, columnist and member of The Wall Street Journal's editorial board, Danielle Pletka of The American Enterprise Institute, and Tom Friedman, columnist for The New York Times. At some point, I don't know where to begin here, but Tom Friedman, it is, it was jarring, President Trump accusing President Obama. And obviously, I guess it was an attempt to distract? But I don't see how this distracts from the Russia story.
Then Jim Clapper came on.
Then, in the next segment:
So what have we been talking about for the last three weeks?
This is -- waking up at 6 AM in the morning, tweeting out one of the most damning accusations one president could make after another, and then, as Dany said, then talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger, that is not—