The Mueller Report – what a mess. Many of us knew as soon as we watched the hearings on the appointment of William Barr to take over as AG that two years of hard work was about to disappear in a puff of smoke, or a summary in four very expensive pages of a document that is most likely longer than most books. We now know we were right in deciding that Barr was appointed as just another Trump stooge. Today he declared that the ACA is unconstitutional. There is chaos ahead.
However, as to what Trump did or did not do, we know what we saw. We saw a candidate for the American office of President flippantly request that a leader of a foreign nation, who often is seen as our adversary, and who governs by fear, find the emails his opponent had deleted from her server. He now says this was a joke but I never found it at all funny and many Americans agree. It is also beside the point to wonder whether he was joking or not. He said it and it seems to have been a request that was taken seriously as we then got a document dump from Wikileaks and the DNC was hacked. I have never seen a candidate on network television appeal for help from Russia.
We know what we saw when Lester Holt interviewed Trump and he said that he fired FBI head, James Comey, because the Russia investigation was a ‘witch hunt’ and he wanted to stop it. He also fired Andrew McCabe who took over at the FBI for James Comey. This was public evidence of obstruction. Who even needs a Special Investigator to determine that this President tried to obstruct any investigation into his business. The passion with which he pursued maintaining secrecy about his taxes and his business dealings looks pretty damning also. What does he have to hide? Well I contend that his business dealing are transparently crooked. However, Trump has found ways to make sure that his transgressions don’t accrue to him.
Donald J. Trump is a slippery man. He is always accused and almost never convicted. This is because he has others do his dirty work. He understands deniability probably better than anyone we have ever experienced. He inspires loyalty in his cohorts but why is difficult to understand. He abandons them to bear the consequences of the underhanded tasks he signals them to take on for him. Despite the evidence we have of what happens to his hapless lieutenants he maintains an army of loyal souls who continue to do his bidding. Incomprehensible and frightening. Small wonder that Mueller was unable to get through this man’s cluster of protectors and defenders to connect Trump to anything. He’s an escape artist.
It seems that being President of the United States offers Donald Trump some big perks. He still needs a few fixers in the Justice Department, the courts (the 9th circuit he is always going on about), and the Supreme Court, but he no longer needs his old cronies, his henchmen. Good thing since they are all in prison or under indictment.
Turns out the guy he put in charge of “his” Justice Department, the new AG, William Barr, does not believe we can indict a sitting President and he also believes the President has powers that are just about unlimited. From Trump’s point of view the Office of the President of the United States is a perfect spot to land in if you have cheated and lied in business, in life, and in an election campaign. Now he is free to act alone, to sign all the executive actions he pleases and there are no consequences if he is wrong. Of course he has to get reelected. But for now this is the greatest achievement of all time for an escape artist. It is the Great Escape.
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