Just follow me on this. Even you conservative folks want to know what the report says, yeah? I mean, if the report suggests that Trump is in the clear, or at the very least, suggests that he didn’t do any prosecutable offense, you’d want that clearly on the record, right? Trump and his camp are suggesting that Mueller has completely vindicated him, so if that’s the case, let’s see his vindication! Let’s see it loud and proud! Because why would ANYONE HAVE ANY REASON TO HIDE THEIR INNOCENCE?! Make no mistake, I am in no way SOLICITING HACKERS TO ILLEGALLY OBTAIN THE MUELLER REPORT. Obviously that would be illegal, and I wouldn’t want anyone to get themselves into trouble (I mean, if you’re good enough to obtain the report, you’d probably be good enough to cover your tracks). I mean, even the politicians are publicly saying that transparency here would be preferable, even though Mitch McConnell, who himself called for a full release of the report, blocked a bill that passed the House that would call for just that.
I think I spend an unhealthy amount of time trying to understand Donald Trump and his logic. Because I feel like he has to operate on some kind of notion for how the world works. So I watch his speeches, and see how he reacts to events over Twitter and let me tell you…I’m no closer to figuring it out then I was 2 years ago. Take for instance his reactions to what should for him be bad news. You see, on days where not much happens in the news, Trump will go on these long rants about how unfair the investigation is, how it’s a witch hunt. How everyone but him is a liar, and how he’s absolutely innocent of everything. Then, on days like last Friday, where these big leaps in the investigation get revealed, instead of again playing the defensive, he’ll insist that Mueller has somehow vindicated him. Let me assure everyone, Mueller’s investigation has lead to the Department of Justice to say, on the record, that it presumes Donald Trump engaged in criminal behavior. That’s official. And that’s about a million miles away from “vindication”. I would almost call it gaslighting if it wasn’t so backwards and obvious. Even if you like Trump, and think everyone but Trump is a liar, you would have to find it impossible to suggest he was absolved of ANYTHING. I dunno. If it turns out that Trump is just trying to actually drive us all crazy, then maybe he’s more clever than I give him credit for.
You know, there are people who actually believe Donald Trump when he calls himself a genius, and I have to point to his Twitter account and ask “Seriously?’ Even if you believe he penned “the Art of the Deal” (he didn’t) and is a master dealmaker (he isn’t), any and all of that is negated by verbal equivalent of garbage he spews on Twitter. I’m not talking about the offensive stuff, either. I’m talking about the outright dumb things he says and admits to. Like, he’ll claim he didn’t collude with Russia during the election, but then suggest that even if he did, it wouldn’t be a crime. And while you might argue that such a statement isn’t a direct admission of guilt, I’ll give that to you, if only because he doesn’t just use Twitter to admit crimes, but seemingly also to commit them. As it turns out, publicly praising someone for not ratting on you looks an awful lot like, and can be pretty easily interpreted as witness tampering. Similarly, publicly calling for an end to an investigation, directed at people under your employ, into your potential crimes could easily be read as trying to obstruct a criminal case. Let me assure you, this isn’t brilliant posturing. If anything it’s admissible evidence on the public record.
The last week has felt like we’re finally starting to see what momentum in this long, contentious Russian Investigation really looks like. Within 2 days, 4 Trump cronies (Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen) have been called out by Mueller for lying to investigators and/or Congress. Of those 4 cronies, 3 of them have joint defense agreements with Trump, meaning their lawyers are being given slight latitude in communicating with each other. Now, in the days following Trump’s submission of written answers to Mueller’s questions regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election (though apparently questions regarding obstruction of justice were not allowed), Mueller seems have his ducks in a row, and is finally starting to make moves. And now we see if Mueller is really playing chess against a bunch of checkers players.
So, Donald Trump submitted written answers to questions in Robert Mueller’s investigation, and, as is predictable at this point, Trump is pretending that this action will, and indeed already has vindicated him, and further proves that the investigation is a witch hunt. I mean, it’s not. The revelations and indictments it has already turned up proves that. But I have to admit, with Trump’s written answers, the whole situation is even more annoying, because the questions that were submitted to Trump were so watered down by this point, that it’s questionable whether they will yield any kind of desirable insight into the events we’re hoping to get cleared up. But who knows? Trump does have a habit of putting his foot in his mouth, regardless of how softball the questions. At the same time, I’m curious to see how written responses actually WRITTEN by Donald Trump turn out. I’m dying to see the man answer some questions that he can’t dance around. What do those responses look like? Here’s me keeping my fingers crossed that the document in question eventually goes public.
You know, with the plot to smear Robert Mueller, I can practically hear wheels turning in the heads of the monsters trying to exploit the #MeToo movement in the grossest way possible. In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, right wing operators seemed to have gotten an idea in their heads that creating a sexual assault scandal was as simple as paying people off. They didn’t seem to realize that most people are, generally speaking, decent, and won’t want to accuse an innocent man of assault. The two names you should know about in this plot are Jack Burkman ,a man with a reputation for conjuring right wing conspiracy theories, and Jacob Wohl, a young hedge fund manager/Donald Trump acolyte. These two men allegedly engineered a scam to pay women to make up false sexual assault and harassment claims. I don’t know that they were working in collusion, but the two women in question did forward their correspondence with the people who aimed to pay them off to the FBI. Reporters, who essentially only needed to go as far as Google and LinkedIN, were able to trace these claims back to Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl, the two men I mentioned at the start, and, surprise surprise, these two men have been publicly claiming to have statements that would expose Robert Mueller as a sexual predator! Weirdly, it seems like neither of them were actually able to produce the supposed victims though. It’s a rough day when a bad plan falls apart.
How much of his day on average do you think Robert Mueller thinks about Donald Trump?
Day in and day out, Donald Trump is constantly blasting his Id all over Twitter. His angry, early morning Tweetstorms have become something of a tradition at this point. They’re like ugly, less thought out, inflammatory fireside chats. And he constantly has something to say about the probe into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 election. In fact, I’ll bet if I mention Russia or Mueller to a random person, the first word that comes to mind is “witchhunt”.
It’s Donald Trump’s omni-present narrative that got me thinking about the fact that Robert Mueller has NO narrative. Everything we know about his side of the case is entirely based around what kind of scoop news organizations get, and the veracity of ANY of those stories is questionable. Honestly, we have no concrete understanding of what Mueller’s side of the investigation looks like. We have no idea what or who he’s zeroing in on until he makes a move, but he never broadcasts it. And Trump himself is constantly maneuvering around what he think’s Mueller’s machinations are, ALSO based on what the media is saying. Remember, Trump also has NO IDEA what Mueller is actually doing.
He keeps calling this investigation a “witch hunt” without at all knowing if he’s even a credible target at this point! Only the tiny investigation team and Mueller himself know what’s actually on the table, and they aren’t giving an official narrative, because of course they aren’t! Law enforcement and prosecution teams don’t discuss ongoing cases. Which leads me to back to the question I had at the beginning. How much do you think Mueller thinks SPECIFICALLY about Trump? While we know for a fact that Trump CAN’T STOP thinking about Mueller and his investigation, I imagine Mueller isn’t plagued by a similar problem. Because Mueller’s agenda isn’t to nail the President. It’s to uncover the scope of a hostile foreign power’s penetration into our election. I would imagine Mueller’s head is much less chaotic.
Donald Trump, Jr. might be looking at a bit of trouble for his participation in a meeting in Trump Tower during the 2016 election. For those not in the know, Don Jr, potentially (probably) with the knowledge of his father, took a meeting with a Russian lawyer in the hopes of getting dirt on Hillary in the election. The more information that becomes public, especially as it relates to a statement by Jr, probably drafted by Sr, the less good it looks for Jr. And I guess Papa Trump might be getting worried as well. Whether that is genuine concern over the welfare of his son or concern for himself over the blowback is up to whoever is telling the story. But whichever the case, it’s certainly causing Trump and his legal team time and energy. And the flip flopping over Don Sr.’s level of knowledge of the incident before it happened is only causing more waves. All I can imagine is that Trump would rather Jr. be out of reach for the time being.
I feel like the term “witch hunt” has taken on a new sort of resonance since the special investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections began. President Donald Trump uses the word publicly several times a week to refer to Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation because he has decided that it’s a liberal conspiracy to bring him and his administration down (OR he he’s trying to hide his malfeasance and/or criminal behavior…that’s a possibility as well). But you see, the term “witch hunt” is supposed to imply that you’re searching for something that isn’t there or doesn’t exist, and as a result, innocent people get burned. But it’s important to note that if you’re on a witch hunt and you find ACTUAL witches, e.g. You find exactly the bad things you suspected you might find, then it CAN’T be a witch hunt. In the case of the Russia investigation, besides uncovering Russian spies and several conspirators working with Russia who had key roles in Trump’s campaign, it also uncovered specific examples of Russia explicitly attempting to collude with Donald Trump’s campaign. Whether Trump or his campaign did anything wrong remains up in the air, but Mr. Trump! Your witch hunt has turned up witches! You can’t run from that anymore!