Mitch McConnell and Kit Bond today did something that you would have never thought a Republican would even dare think of doing. Make fun and slander the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
First, it was the Missouri senator showing how reckless he could be whenever he opens his mouth by announcing that he thought the information of Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab's cooperation being made known public was dangerous and that it somehow went against what FBI Director Bob Mueller promised him in regards to "keeping his cooperation quiet."
Bond said the "release of this sensitive information has no doubt been helpful" to Abdulmutallab's "terrorist cohorts around the world."Bond's absurd desire to publicly make an example of the FBI was not dismissed at all by Gibbs when Tapper asked him about it:
Gibbs said "no briefing is done here or anywhere in this administration where classified information is used in a place where it shouldn't be."Bond's shameful statement was not outdone though by his Senate leader.
The White House spokesman said that news that Abdulmutallab was cooperating again -- shared at a congressional hearing on Tuesday by director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) and FBI director Mueller was "not something that was timed purposefully."
Bond, Gibbs said, "owes an apology to the professionals in the law enforcement community and those that work in this building...who work each and every day to keep the American people safe and would never ever, ever knowingly release or unknowingly release classified information that could endanger an operation or an interrogation."
The feeble brain of McConnell thought it was a good idea to make fun of the FBI today by saying that Larry King would do a better job interrogating Abdulmutallab than they would.
"He was given a 50-minute interrogation," said McConnell. "Probably Larry King has interrogated people longer and better than that, after which he was assigned a lawyer who told him to shut up. That is not the way to deal with a person in the war on terror."
This isn't the first time this week however where McConnell has inadvertently petitioned himself to be apart of a new Looney Tunes crew (though he's already apart of it though). On Sunday while talking to John King (setting up probably why he brought up his name this afternoon), McConnell was asked by the CNN anchor why would Republicans even question the military figures that favor what the current Administration was doing with Abdulmutallab. You know the narrative, Republicans never question the military on anything?
I'm so glad Steve Benen caught this
(King): If General Petraeus, Secretary Gates, and the intelligence leaders say, do it in court, why do you say that's a bad idea?If you're able to follow the day in day out grind of the governing story in this country, then their actions don't surprise you anymore of course.
MCCONNELL: I simply disagree and so do the American people.
Keep in mind, it wasn't too terribly long ago that Democratic politicians simply weren't supposed to say that Petraeus, Gates, and intelligence leaders were wrong about national security matters. Indeed, for Dems to say that they knew better than Petraeus, Gates, and intelligence leaders -- that their judgment was superior to military leaders' -- was grounds for mockery, if not condemnation.
And yet, Obama has spent a year following the guidance of military leaders, and Republicans have spent a year breaking with the judgment of the military establishment.
But for the audience partially in tuned to the ever changing political realities of our time, it is another staggering example of how Republicans have even abandoned the idea of conflicting with our military figures because it fails to now suit their insane agenda.
And now today, the FBI has become part of their list to publicly humiliate anything that disagrees with them. McConnell and Bond should apologize for their ugly demeaning of some of the bravest people fighting to protect our country.
Adam Serwer couldn't say it any better here:
This is an unconscionable statement. The men and women of the FBI put themselves on the line every day to protect the people of the United States from terrorist attacks, while politicians like McConnell puff out their chests and act like tough guys. They don't deserve to be disparaged by some high-ranking politician groping for a talking point on cable news.But all you will receive is a "HARDY har har har har har" from them on why they need to apologize for their statements. Their impenitence won't be halted.
McConnell owes the men and women of the FBI an apology.
The crazy is so strong from this pathetic party, that even the CIA of all beloved and sacred agencies of Republicans is probably no longer exempted from their attacks if they disagree with them.
Jack Bauer, if you're reading, prepare yourself if you are on the other side of a discussion with them in the future.