As Trump told Comey he’d love to emulate his pals Erdogan- Duterte and Putin and crack down on press freedom.
Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media – saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information – according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.
First of all the FBI doesn’t put people in prison.
Trump seems confused about how the justice system works in general – so probably he didn’t know that.
One only hopes that he doesn’t figure it out because when he does he’ll realize that his most loyal collaborator Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the man to talk to about that.
It’s true that Sessions is busy at the moment ramping up the drug war and making life miserable for people of color but he could probably find time to put a few journalists in jail if this would make the boss happy.
Trump’s warm affinity for strongmen like Vladimir Putin of Russia – Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines – Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is not a good omen in this regard.
Every one of those rulers has jailed journalists or done worse to them for their being critical of their country’s leadership.