The Natural: Would American intelligence have gotten the most damaging dirt on trump ahead of the Russians if master muckraker J. Edgar Hoover was heading the FBI instead of James Comey?
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"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations." -- From George Orwell's "1984"
Say what you will about the late J. Edgar Hoover, but one thing seems certain; if Hoover -- a certified muckraker extraordinaire -- was still around, "President" donald trump would have a lot more worries with regard to what J. Edgar has on him than from any "trump dirt" that Vladimir Putin might possess.
It was Hoover -- when he wasn't reportedly stuffing himself into a girdle and panty-hose-- who devoted much of his time as FBI director amassing and curating with fetish-like precision, a treasure trove of compromising intelligence, "kompromat," as they say in Russia, on activists, entertainers, and "ordinary" Americans. Hoover was particularly hard on Americans he considered communists or under the influence of commie regimes like the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which of course, is today known as Russia.
But he also kept such files on nearly every American president or presidential hopeful from Calvin Coolidge to Richard Nixon. And he used those files to cultivate their allegiance. The cagey Hoover's method of insinuating his potential for scandalmongering was dry-snitchingly basic. He'd simply call you in for a sit-down, let you know that he's in possession of potentially damaging information and materials on you, but "assure" you that in the interest of national security, he, as FBI director will personally see to it that it is never revealed. If you are someone like John F. Kennedy, what you likely heard was: "I know what you did last summer, muthafucka. So, you probably don't want to do anything stupid"like fire me."