What in the Sam Heck is going on here? Three stories from yesterday should make your blood boil, for all three show just how big a bully Trump has become and how the safeguards to keep a president from acquiring too much power are crumbling under his bluster.
For those who may be unfamiliar or have forgotten about the Bridgegate scandal in 2013, a very brief synopsis:
Two of Governor Chris Christie’s associates, Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, ordered the closure of two of three lanes on the very busy George Washington Bridge at the point of access/egress to Fort Lee, New Jersey. The closures were proven beyond a doubt to have been politically motivated as retaliation against Fort Lee’s Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who had not supported Christie as a candidate in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election. They caused massive rush-hour traffic tie-ups for a full week for no reason at all. Also involved, or at least in the loop, was Bridget Kelly, deputy chief of staff in Christie’s office. All three were tried and found guilty on all counts in November 2016.
Yesterday, however, nearly four years after their conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously to overturn the convictions. The Court held that Baroni and Kelly for no reason other than political payback reshuffled the lanes on the George Washington Bridge. Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the move jeopardized the residents of Fort Lee but concluded that “not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime.”
I smell a rat. The Court admits that it was a politically motivated move and that it had negative consequences for the residents of a town, yet … no harm done, nothing to see here, folks? Christie has become quite a bootlicker to Donald Trump, and just yesterday he came onto my radar for claiming that there was really no point to saving lives, that it was more important to get the economy up and running. Perhaps this is his reward?
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017 about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. He confessed, pled guilty … and yet yesterday, the Department of Justice under the ignoble William Barr dropped all charges against him. Yep, you heard me right … dropped all charges … free to go, nothing to see here, folks, and have a nice day Mr. Flynn.
Right before the charges were dropped, however, an interesting thing happened. The lead prosecutor, Brandon Van Grack, withdrew from the case without giving a reason, only a terse single sentence to Judge Emmet Sullivan that he would be quitting the case. Almost immediately thereafter, the Justice Department announced the charges were being dropped.
Again, I smell a rat … a big, fat rat named Donald Trump.
And last, but certainly not least, there’s this …
In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in March cleared the way for Congress to access secret evidence from Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in one of a set of separation-of-powers lawsuits between House Democrats and Trump. If there is nothing to hide, after all, then why shouldn’t Congress and ultimately, We the People have access to everything?
But noooooo … Trump has asked the Supreme Court to block the ruling! Again … what are you hiding, Mr. Trump??? And once again, I smell a rat.Will the Supreme Court capitulate? Well, they seem to be on a roll of supporting Trump and whatever he asks for these days, don’t they? The only time they decided against him of late was on April 27th when they ruled that the federal government owes health insurers massive payments from prior ACA (Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare) funding commitments that Trump & Co attempted to renege on. While I applaud that decision, it is literally the only one in which Trump has not had his way. Checks and balances??? Hah!
There are six months left until the election, my friends. Every week, the abominations multiply almost exponentially. How much more damage can he do before then? Perhaps by November he and his family will have claimed ownership of the United States, renamed it “The Divided States of Trump”. How much longer will Congress … and We the People … put up with this b.s.? Or, will we sit back like good little citizens and trust the wheels of justice to work for us until one morning we wake and realize we are subjects, not citizens?