With Game of Thrones over with for a couple of years or so, we’re forced to pay attention to real-life intrigue again. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve discussed the Trump-Russia stuff, mostly because I think the whole thing is wank but also because there hasn’t been much to report of substance.
But there have been some ongoing developments in that and some of the other scandals of yesteryear. So let’s talk about them.
Bob Mueller has brought in the IRS Criminal Investigations Unit to assist in whatever it is he’s investigating, according to “sources familiar with shit”. Supposedly, going after Trump’s taxes would be a “red line” for Trump and it was suggested that he would try to pull the plug if Mueller went after his tax returns. Well, there hasn’t been a peep as far as I know. Assuming it’s true that Mueller is working with the IRS, I think it unlikely that Trump is the target.
Mueller is also looking at a letter Trump wrote about how much he wanted to fire former FBI Director Comey for refusing to–truthfully–publicly acknowledge that Trump himself was not under investigation regarding collusion with Russia. Somehow, this supports the investigation of “obstruction” against Trump. I’m not sure how.
Yes, we know that Trump didn’t tell the truth about the original reasons that he fired Comey. He screwed up royally by not firing Comey on Day One. Failing at that, he made it worse by not just firing Comey and then shutting up about it. Instead, he had to keep taunting him publicly and changing the official story. The whole state of affairs is ultimately Trump’s fault. But did he obstruct justice? No.
Oh, speaking of Comey and obstruction of justice; evidence has emerged that he apparently intended to squash the Clinton email investigation much sooner than when he said he had made the determination only after reviewing the facts. This would also be perjury, if true. Honestly, I don’t know why Trump is just sitting around tweeting about this instead of going in for the kill. Considering how Comey released his old memos specifically to bring about the Special Counsel, it seems like it would be a case of “turnabout is fair play”.
As I’ve said before, it looks like the whole investigation which has been forever supposedly descending on Trump is destined to land on Manafort. Flynn too, to an extent, but his biggest headaches are somewhat separate from the whole Trump-Russia collusion fiasco.
All of this may not remove Trump from office, but it may be aligning him with the goals of “Deep State” by forcing him to maintain a harder line with Russia than he would otherwise want to. You know my attitude on this. I hate it.
Speaking of Deep State, Dianne Feinstein made the shocking observation that there is an expectation that a duly elected president should be expected to finish his term of office. Worth pointing out that if the NSA had gathered any evidence positively linking Trump to Russian espionage, she would be in a position to have seen it.
In any event, a White House lawyer expects the matter to be closed by Thanksgiving. There should be a rapid closure to this, honestly. If Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia, sufficient time and resources have already been invested in learning about it since last year.
Sure, Mueller could keep digging and maybe find something to damage Trump over. Unfortunately, he has filled his investigative team with so many partisan Democrats that it’s impossible to see how half the country would see his efforts as anything other than an attempt to undermine the outcome of the 2016 election. I don’t think Mueller would want to destroy his reputation over it, but who knows these days?
The evidence is either there if it isn’t. If it isn’t, Mueller needs to admit it so Trump haters can move on to the next very serious matter for which Trump should be destroyed. I’m sure they’ll find something.
Where does everyone stand on Trump-Russia, out of curiousity? Have any of you changed your position since we last discussed it? Do you see it as something worthy of pursuing or have you started to doubt there’s anything there? I’m just curious.
It’s all meaningless, of course. Even more insane events are happening. I guess this really is like Game of Thrones. While we watch people we love to hate jockey for power, a greater threat is emerging from the “north”. It’s led by an inhuman maniac and nobody knows what the hell he wants nor can he be bargained with.
Maybe it’s just me, but I always get nervous in the run up to 9/11 anniversaries. Do you get the feeling that we’re not going to be talking about Trump-Russia a few months from now…and we’re all going to miss that being the big topic?