Thursday, January 12, 2017
Coming Apart at the Seams. Can Trump Lie His Way Out This Time?
As scandals go, this one is really complicated. It involves a blowhard businessman/incoming chief of state of questionable mental stability and the sexual appetites of a goat; more than a couple of his closest aides (yes, that includes you, Rudy); a powerful and murderous foreign tyrant; espionage; the nation's top law enforcement agency and its director; the nation's intelligence and security services; foreign oligarchs and a broad range of crimes and perversions -for starters.
There is amazing scope for scrutiny. Details warranting investigation abound. Travel. Real estate deals. Financial transactions. Paper trails everywhere. Some of the allegations may never be entirely verifiable but the circumstances underlying them often can.
Here's an example. The dossier on Trump has cast a broad net. Among those caught in it are the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its director, James Comey. The US Justice Department has announced it will investigate Comey's curious behaviour during the election, acts that might appear to be politically motivated.
Among these is the disclosure of criminal investigations into the Democratic candidate's emails just nine days prior to voting day, while many Americans were going to advanced polls to cast their ballots. It beggars belief that would not have a significant impact on American voters, an impact not corrected when Comey sounded the "all clear" several days later.
Word is out that Comey acted due to threats from the New York FBI Field Office, the "Giuliani Brigade", that they would leak the details if he didn't announce them publicly. Rudy Giuliani went on FOX news and practically cackled to let slip that a bombshell was coming that would turn the tide for Donald Trump. Of course, if Giuliani was either privy to these secrets or instrumental in them, he and several others may be facing felony charges. It would also support the argument that the FBI interfered in the election to throw the White House to Donald Trump.
Was the FBI, as widely suspected in the months prior to the election, in Trump's pocket?
Director Comey is also going to have to explain how he handled the Trump dossier, what he chose to reveal (nothing) and conceal (everything), and why.
Trump has already acknowledged that the Russians hacked the election to help him by damaging Clinton. If it now emerges that the FBI were corrupted to give him another leg up, his legitimacy as president is shaken to the ground.
At this point all Trump has to rely on is his credibility, his integrity. That's pretty scary.