In a recent interview with Rachel Maddow on the MSNBC network, Sen. Charles Schumer, who is the Minority Leader in the U.S. Senate, recently hinted darkly that the federal intelligence agencies could decide to harm Donald Trump. He told an approving Maddow:
Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday to get back at you, So, even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he is being really dumb to do this.
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Schumer said he didn't know what agents would or could do to Trump. "But from what I am told, they are very upset with how he has treated them and talked about them," he said.
First, and most important, Schumer was endorsing the intelligence agencies like the CIA and the NSA as "shadow governments" of this country. If he did not approve of such "shadow government" activities, it seems he would have stated his opposition emphatically. Notice that he did NOT say: "Trump has decided to take on the intelligence agencies and, in turn, they are going to try to undermine him. While I do not support Trump, nonetheless, I believe the intelligence agencies are under the authority of the President and Congress and I will not stand for those agencies to subvert our constitutional system of government."
Instead, his comments – and the look on his face when he makes them – demonstrate that he approvesof whatever the CIA and NSA might do to Trump. He is not signaling alarm at the behavior of agencies that supposedly are under authority; instead, he seems to relish the prospects of the secret police doing away with the Democrats' political opposition.