Friday, June 16, 2017

His Own Worst Enemy

President Trump now finds himself exactly where he doesn’t want to be: under investigation by a dogged, highly respected prosecutor who owes him no personal or political loyalty. And the president has only himself to blame.


Trump let off some steam Thursday morning by issuing a couple of angry statements on Twitter: “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice.” And then: “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!”

Someone please take away his phone.

No don't. This is the best train-wreck of my lifetime - even better than Watergate.
Not for the first time, Trump gives a false impression of what’s really going on. He pretends there has already been a finding that there was no collusion between anyone involved in his presidential campaign and the Russian attempt to meddle in our election. No such conclusion has been reached.
The truth doesn't get in Donald J. Trump's way!
[Regarding t]he possibility that Trump may have obstructed justice in his repeated efforts to quash the investigation. How could any prosecutor fail to pursue this line of inquiry? Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, sent out spokespeople and surrogates with a far-fetched cover story to explain the dismissal, and then told NBC’s Lester Holt that the real reason for the firing was Comey’s pursuit of the Russia investigation. Trump also bragged to visiting Russian diplomats that getting rid of Comey relieved him of “great pressure because of Russia.”

Those very public actions and statements alone cry out for investigation.


Attention is focused on the question of obstruction simply because so much of Trump’s campaign to deep-six the investigation has been conducted openly, at full volume.


As Trump still struggles to acknowledge, the U.S. intelligence community is fully convinced that Russia carried out an attack on our democracy. We need to know what happened so that we can ensure it never happens again. Why would the president object to a thorough investigation — unless he had something to hide?
I can't think of any reason. At one point, someone made him put out an official statement (written by someone other than Trump, undoubtedly) that said he welcomed and the country needed a thorough investigation. In truth, he's obviously desperate to prevent that and incapable of seeing how he's actually insuring it.

Just an observation appropo only of a conversation I had yesterday with my sister about his use of a tanning bed...that nose is going to fall off like a crock-potted chicken tail if he doesn't lay off. The chin is looking a little iffy, too. And it just occurs to me that as bizarre as his reverse raccoon splotchy tan is concerned, perhaps it really is a much better look than his natural baby lizard skin color.

Those eyes. Creeeeeepy.

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