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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 01:31 PM

The President appoints the ambassadors.

The latest revelations puzzle me. If Mr Trump was dissatisfied with his ambassador, he could just fire her and appoint someone more to his taste. Indeed, he did fire her and appoint someone more to his taste. Why would agents acting on his behalf (allegedly) go through such an elaborate and risky surveillance, to say nothing about what action was contemplated that required such surveillance? Only if one were hoping to create a provocation and pin it on someone else, it seems, would it be worthwhile to go through such a charade.

-- Mal

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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 01:34 PM

1. Except Trump is extremely vindictive if he thinks someone crosses him even a tiny bit,

and he had been (falsely) informed that the ambassador was badmouthing him and working against him.

To Trump, that would deserve major retribution --logic be damned.

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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 01:36 PM

2. Because when you're committing crimes, you're often paranoid about being exposed

They likely feared her due to her seniority and level of respect she'd gained at State ... and she knew they were engaging in crimes.

I wouldn't assume they wanted to physically harm her (w/o evidence) but try to see who she's talking to and what she's doing, maybe hoping to catch her at something they could more legitimately fire her for than just 'we don't like her'.

Really, who knows, we're dealing w/fucking criminals and mobsters ... and none of us here are either. We can only guess at their pathological thought processes.

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