It wasn’t Trump who banned the media from a recent townhall. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez banned the media from a recent press conference claiming that it was a “non-story” and that she did it so that her potential constituents could “feel safe discussing sensitive issues in a threatening political time.” So far no one in the media has thought to ask her if she thinks the press are the “enemy of the people”. But many media members weren’t buying her reasons.
James Clapper, Leon Panetta, and several other former CIA directors and Obama administration big wigs joined 70 former CIA leaders in ridiculing Trump for taking away John Brennan’s security clearance. Apparently their argument is that former intelligence officials should be able to use their unclassified information to hit the President with partisan attacks. However, security clearance is usually maintained for those who “need to know” so that their successors can go to them for help and information. But it is doubtful that anyone from the Trump administration is going to be going to hostile John Brennan for help.
The jury in the Manafort trial is home for the weekend, but Judge Ellis is not revealing any information about their identities. Apparently the jury had expressed to him that they feared their identities being released. That’s probably a good move. The media and public opinion has already condemned Manafort, and any verdict that sets him free is sure to cause riots. As it is, the Manafort trial has been a disappointment for many on the Left. He is in trouble for tax and bank fraud, but the massive Russian collusion has once again failed to materialize.