That doesn’t count: we didn’t believe you

Inspired by this week’s obviously untrue explanation by the White House that John Brennan’s security clearance was revoked because of his erratic behavior, I’ve added a new entry to my Copied list of frequently used images:

Maltese Falcon lie

It’s from The Maltese Falcon, both the film and the book, in the scene where Spade visits Brigid Wonderly/Leblanc/O’Shaughnessy after Miles Archer is murdered. (“When a man’s partner is killed he’s supposed to do something about it.”)

I should have added it long ago, after James Comey was fired, which was said to be because he was unfair to Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Or when we were told the Don Jr./Jared/Manafort meeting with the Russians was about adoption policies. Many missed opportunities, but the great thing about the Trump administration is that there will always be more. The only question is who’s taking the fall.