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Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:07 AM

Trump Demeaned Bureaucrats. This Is Their Revenge.

Honesty is the best foreign policy.

By Elizabeth Drew
Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington who covered Watergate.

'The opening hearings on the Ukraine scandal demonstrated that mundane government processes and seemingly colorless bureaucrats are what keep our country going. It was these sorts of unknown public servants who maintained the executive branch functioning during Watergate — and are doing so now while our distracted president and his acolytes try to circumvent the rules.

The witnesses in the first week of open hearings were three lifelong career diplomats — on Wednesday, William Taylor, currently the chargé d’affaires in Ukraine, and George Kent, the senior State Department official on Ukraine; and on Friday, Marie Yovanovitch, the career diplomat whom President Trump fired as ambassador to Ukraine because she got in the way of his private schemes.

While the three witnesses came across as unusually admirable, they’re not atypical of their breed. They will endure only so much abuse or see only so much scandal around them before rising up in some way. All three testified in defiance of the president.

Mr. Trump cannot fathom such people, because they’re not interested in big money or fame. The “bureaucracy” may seem sluggish, stubborn and unimaginative at times, but it also can stand as a bulwark against assaults on the laws and the Constitution by the passers-through who inhabit the administration of the moment. Mr. Trump made a big mistake by demeaning civil servants from the outset (his awkward, self-reverential speech to the C.I.A. on his first full day in office was an embarrassment and also an omen) and then setting about trying to make them irrelevant.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/16/opinion/sunday/trump-impeachment-hearings.html

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Sun Nov 17, 2019, 09:47 AM

1. I remember on the day of that CIA speech thinking "There's no coming back from this."

And the retribution has only just begun. Trump is just one man. Thousands of people enabled and CONTINUE TO ENABLE this criminally incompetent buffoon (who is also a criminal, on top of his criminal incompetence).

There's plenty of blame to go around here.

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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 10:56 PM

2. *Eliz Drew on Lawrence show NOW.

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Tue Nov 19, 2019, 12:06 AM

3. Revenge or long delayed justice?

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