The Worst Is Yet To Come – Part II

In the beginning … waaaaay back in the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign, I thought Trump’s candidacy was a joke.  A bad joke, to be sure, but a joke all the same.  I kick myself now, but not too hard, for political pundits with far more experience in these matters than I, made the same mistake.  I genuinely thought that Trump’s candidacy was nothing more than a publicity stunt, something to keep his name in the headlines.  And then, on the night of November 8th, 2016, when it became obvious that Donald Trump was winning this election, I truly thought that he was as surprised as any by his win.  They say a fool is born every minute … well, I lay claim to the minute of 3:12 a.m., 06 June 1951!

I no longer think that Trump was surprised, but rather I think he would have been surprised if he had lost.  There is not a doubt in my mind but that Donald Trump worked through his campaign staff and family to collude with none other than Vladimir Putin and the Russian government to ensure his win. There is too much smoke for there not to be a fire, and Trump himself exhibits signs of guilt every day.  But mine is not the opinion that matters.  What matters now is cold, hard evidence that Trump either assisted the Russian government or, at the very least, was aware of their efforts and remained silent.  And that onerous task belongs to special counselor Robert Mueller and his team of investigators.

Mueller, selected for the position of Director of the FBI by President George W. Bush in September 2001, has earned the respect of members of Congress, both republican and democrat.

“I think the best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job.” – Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan

“I don’t think it’s going to influence Bob Mueller’s work one way or another. I’m pretty confident just knowing him and knowing the way he conducts himself he doesn’t wake up in the morning and read those things and have them impact his ability to do his job. He’s going to do his job.” Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio

“It sort of looks paranoid to me. If he fired Bob Mueller, I think you’d see a tremendous backlash response from both Democrats but also House Republicans.” Republican Representative Michael McCall.

Robert Mueller III is well-respected across party lines.  He is considered a man of honour and has cultivated a reputation for independence and fairness throughout his career.  Yet Donald Trump claims that he and his investigators have ‘conflicts of interest’ and Trump’s lawyers and aides are “scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation — or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused.”

Former Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr praised Mueller at length. “I don’t think there’s a legitimate concern about Bob Mueller,” Starr said, explaining that the former FBI director was “honest as the day is long.”

Thus far, it appears that the ‘conflicts of interest’ Trump’s lawyers and aides are looking into are centered around the fact that Mr. Mueller interviewed with Trump for the position of FBI Director that was vacated when Trump fired Director James Comey.  I see no reason why this would create a conflict of interest, nor do most of the legal analysts whose opinions I have read.  The other things they are looking for are donations to Democratic candidates and investigators’ past clients.

Although Mueller is still hiring investigators just one month into the probe, these are a few of the people who so far comprise his team:

  • Aaron Zebley, Mueller’s chief of staff when he was FBI director
  • James Quarles III, former Watergate investigator
  • Jeannie Rhee, former deputy attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel
  • Andrew Weissmann, DOJ criminal fraud section chief
  • Michael Dreeben, DOJ’s deputy solicitor general

You can read more in-depth background of each of these people here.

Several among them have, in fact, made campaign contributions to Democratic candidates including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  However, according to Justice Department rules, making a campaign donation does not constitute a ‘personal or political relationship’ that would be considered a conflict of interest.

It seems to me that any attempts on the part of Trump associates to discredit Mueller’s team this early in the investigation are strong suggestions of Trump & Co having something to hide.  An interesting article in The Washington Post shows Trump’s response vs how a president who had nothing to hide would respond to some of the tough questions.  I am not alone in my speculation:

“It’s early in the game to begin to impugn the prosecutors,” said Philip Allen Lacovara, a Watergate prosecutor and a Republican. “It’s a pre-emptive nuclear strike. If you’re afraid of what the prosecutors are going to find out, you try to debunk anything they might come up with in advance by attacking them.”

Unlike Trump, Mueller knows how to keep quiet, and has imposed “stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures that deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct.”

Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, Newt Gingrich  blasted Mueller and his still-forming team. “These are bad people,” Newt Gingrich told George Stephanopoulos. “I’m very dubious of the team.”  Every person listed above is highly qualified, and as far as I can tell, have no dark skeletons in their closet.  The continued negativity from Trump, his lawyers and his aides certainly do lead to perceptions of guilt.

So, would Trump fire Mueller?  Who knows … the man is a loose cannon and anything is possible, though it would, in the minds of most, be as good as an admission of guilt and would have the potential to take him down the same road Richard Nixon walked some 40+ years ago.  However, there are differences.  We currently have a Congress, the majority of whose members appear to be blindly dedicated to Trump.  And Trump has no conscience … none at all.  I cannot predict what will happen, but I certainly hope, for the sake of our democracy, that this investigation is allowed to continue unfettered.  Stay tuned …

31 thoughts on “The Worst Is Yet To Come – Part II

  1. I can’t wait to see who/how/when he starts pardoning the figures behind all of this. Now both Jared and Don Jr. stink like fish wrapped in week-old newspaper, but Sessions looks iffy too. Not to mention Big Daddy himself.

    Oh, it’s going to get weird, wild, and woolly! 🤢

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    • You’ve got that right, my friend! Here’s an example of how narrowly focused I have become: My friend Herb sent me a music clip to listen to a couple of nights ago. Just happened this particular band was playing at Red Square, and my first thought was “I wonder if they are part of the Russian connection?” I really must come up for air more often! 😀 😀 😀

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    • Sadly, I must agree with you. I think that, were he to stay in office for the full four years, we would no longer be a free nation. We would have no allies, and I cannot even begin to imagine what the nation would be like. I don’t think he can possibly last that long, but then his new communications director is already saying he will win again in 2020. I think we just need to get him out quickly before he destroys everything that was once good about this country. I read the latest Gallup survey today that shows 87% of republicans still think he’s great. How can that be? Are they blind and deaf? Or do they simply not understand the first thing about how government works? I’m confused!

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      • Me too…I don’t get it at all. Our own prime minister, Theresa May only has to smile the wrong way and both public and politicians come down on her like a ton of bricks (despite her narrow .majority in the election last month). She is far more eloquent and knowledgeable than Trump who sounds more retarded every time he is quoted. He is like a cowboy kiddie with a cap gun, shooting everthing that moves around him. How does this compute in a supposedly intelligent modern society? 😲

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        • I wish I knew the answer to that. And it is even more puzzling in light of the constant criticism Obama endured for the entire eight years of his presidency. As you said about May, if he just smiled wrong. I remember one time he failed to have his flag lapel pin on during a speech and the masses ranted about that for DAYS! Sigh. I am still working on figuring out this mystery, but it is difficult when those who support him are either unable or unwilling to explain why. The only answer I ever get is “I don’t have to tell you anything.” Very helpful, yes?

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  2. Dear Jill,
    I am convinced that DDT is guilty as sin and that he wants to fire Mr. Mueller, the FBI’s special Counsel in the worst way. You can bet his is working overtime to figure out a way. .Crustyolemothman has a theory on how he could do this, legally.and I’m blogging about it.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. I can only hope that as more and more proof emerges about collusion with Russia by Trump and his cronies/family that his adherents in the Republican party drop away en masse. Given that very few of the population are millionaires I hope that the wishes of that party to promote tax cuts for the rich (and the richer still) will start to permeate the brains of those voters who put Trump and the Republicans ahead of Country. Never again will these mistakes be made. I obviously shan’t be holding my breath.
    Trump is isolating America from the rest of the World and it worries me that this may be planned leaving her vulnerable to the forces massing against her, Russia, Turkey, Iran and North Korea.
    xxx Cwtch Dear Jill xxx I was born in January of the same year. xxx

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    • Well, dear David, yes one would think that the supporters, the lemmings, would now be awakening and realizing that Trump is NOT the ‘man’ they thought he was. One would think that. And some apparently have, as his approval ratings continue to drop to the lowest of any president in the history of the nation. (Though he continues to assert that everybody loves him) But the reality is that far too many still claim that the Russian connections are a hoax perpetrated by the Democrats to bring Trump down. Awwww, poor maligned little Trumpie. These are … I try not to say ‘frightening’, for fear solves nothing … but these are nerve-wracking times. Mainly, I think, because Trump is such a loose cannon and he is … has to be … starting to feel like a trapped animal, which makes him even more unpredictable than before. And because of his threats, members of Congress seem to feel that they haven’t much choice than to stay out of the whole mess.

      But to your other point … yes, he is disparaging our allies … every bloomin’ one of them, while playing footsies with our antagonists (Russia, Turkey). It does in fact leave us isolated and vulnerable. When Congress refuses to allow Trump to lift sanctions (see Gronda’s post ) then I do not know what Putin will do, for he invested a lot into getting Trump elected for that very purpose. Interesting times we live in, my friend!

      Ahhhh … so we were almost “crib-mates” ! 🙂 xxx Cwtch Mawr, dear David xxx

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  4. Jill, beware of the quiet guy who takes his time. Trump cannot tolerate such a focused person and continues to have admissions of guilt. We have all sensed he is guilty, but did not know all the facts. But, Trump corroborates the facts with the tweets, comments and babbling interview he did. Right now, I have a hard time seeing the President as innocent of collusion. With his need to be the center of attention, of course, he knew what was happening.

    As for Gingrich, he lost his credibility a long time ago. Right now he is embarrassing with his sycophancy.


    As for Gongruch

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    • So true … rather like the old saying that goes ” … give him enough rope and he will hang himself”.

      And yes, I would bet my last dollar that he knew all of it. He certainly knew about Junior’s meeting last June, for he admitted to seeing the email. His son, son-in-law, and closest advisor were in a meeting one floor above him and he didn’t know? Nah, sorry, we are not that gullible. Sigh.

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      • To your point, the President spends an inordinate amount of time paying attention to what is said about him on the news. Now, he wants us to believe he had no curiosity about what was discussed in a meeting he knew about? There is one thing that drives a narcissist up a wall is knowing there is a secret and not be told. That is why Mueller’s quiet approach is so unnerving to Trump and also why Trump had to know what was discussed at the meeting that his son and son-in-law attended. Keith

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          • You know, Keith, I have had that thought multiple times of late, that things he says and does is an insult to our intelligence. For example when he says the American people are not interested in his tax returns and wouldn’t even understand them. It’s condescending and I am insulted. And as to the Russian investigation …. there can no longer be any doubt … it’s just a matter of pulling together the evidence. I’m still puzzled as to how some can still say it is a hoax perpetrated by democrats to bring down Trump. Are they really that ignorant? Or do they just want to believe so badly?

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        • Very good point! Yes, he has an unhealthy (for us) obsession with what is said about him. Another point that I was thinking of this evening … he spends so much time and effort tweeting about the fake press and how wonderful he is and how everybody is against him. And he spends so much time bullying and browbeating both Congress and his own staff, that he doesn’t have time to do any real work! This week, he is coming to Ohio and doing some campaign-style rallies, from what I hear. What a waste of time and of OUR money!!! I realize that one must have a rather large ego to even run for president, but this is ridiculous! Sigh. Okay … I’ll hush now. 🙂

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