Saturday, August 25, 2018
A Week Like No Other
What a deliciously horrible week for Donald Trump. His former lawyer and fixer cops to eight felonies. Rat. His former campaign manager is convicted on eight felonies and faces a bigger trial next month. His media mogul bestie, Pecker, cuts an immunity deal with prosecutors. Rat. And then, the icing on the cake. His family's right hand man for the past half century, Weisselberg the accountant/CFO, who knows where all the bodies are buried, cuts an immunity deal with prosecutors. Rat.
Trump has the tenacious New York Attorney General nipping at his heels, tearing into the Trump Organization, the Trump Foundation, and the kids - Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, and Kushner. He's got the federal prosecutor for New York Southern District following the Trump blood trail. The federal Attorney for Washington is pursuing Trump and his minions. And there's the Mueller investigation spinning work to all of the others and ready to pounce on the Russia connections. They're gunning for the Mango Mussolini and they're coming at him from all directions.
The various prosecutors are employing RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) tactics, rolling up the suspects, getting them to rat out the guys above. They're falling like dominoes.
Team Mueller has done its homework. One witness who testified before Mueller's Grand Jury said the prosecutors knew him better than he knew himself.
Even Trump's lawyers are lawyering up. Rudy Giuliani has decided to go golfing in Scotland.
Trump is desperate to fire his AG, Sessions, and replace him with some malleable stooge who will shut down the Mueller investigation but it's hard to see how Congress can do that now that the floodgates of scandal have opened so wide. Mueller hasn't even submitted his interim report yet but that will come out well before Trump can get a new AG in place to silence the special prosecutor.
If Mueller moves on the kids, Trump's best move might be to resign and have Pence do a Gerald Ford, pardoning everyone named Trump or married to one.