Saturday, March 03, 2018
This Seems to Explain a Lot
I have my own reservations about Rachel Maddow. Sometimes she gets just a little carried away which is never a good thing if you're chasing witches. That's why I rarely post clips from her show. This time, her show from February 28th, is, IMHO, really important.
Why? Most of us, the writer included, are following the unfolding Trump scandal from a distance. It's just too depressing to delve too deeply. I confess, I'm as guilty as most on this one.
We hear or read a lot about obstruction of justice and other high crimes and misdemeanors that are being attributed to Donald Trump, his family, and their minions. At times it may not seem to make a lot of sense.
As a grizzled barrister who once boasted of a reasonably enviable success record, I had trouble making sense of an event aboard Air Force One when Trump and his intimates conjured up a cover story about the meeting at Trump Towers involving Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and a gaggle of well-placed Russians.
So Team Trump, the Donald included, conjured up a bullshit cover story for the meeting, claiming it was about adoption of Russian orphans, so what? Politicians, including our own, lie as though it were a virtue. I never understood the "big deal" until I watched a segment from Maddow's show on February 28th.
Now I get it and "it" goes a long way to explain this week's Trump meltdown in the Oval Office. What do you think?
If Maddow's take on this is correct, and I cannot imagine it isn't, then Trump is a cornered rat. Sure it's vermin but it's also extremely dangerous.
Author Michael Wolffe in his tell-all West Wing book, "Fire and Fury" relates the lengths to which former Trump confidante, Steve Bannon, went to quarantine himself from the participants in this effort. There were certain people he would not be seen with. If they came into the Oval Office he either retreated to a corner or simply left. It appears this played a role in Bannon's attack on key White House figures as traitors committing treasonous acts against the United States.
This is fascinating stuff until you realize that Mueller's investigators must have been alive to this months ago. Then you have to ask why none of these issues have turned up in grand jury indictments to date. Nothing, nada, but why? The safe money bet is that Mueller has many more indictments working their way through his mill.