By Jason Taylor
If there were ever an issue which should bring the country together, this is it. An outside and adversarial government has manipulated with our election and have a stake in Trump holding the White House. It’s time for Republican leaders to now act as national leaders… though, I seriously doubt that will ever happen.
A normal person can’t get as unpatriotic and seditious as a Congressional Republican; they have to work hard every day at inventing new ways at overthrowing American democracy through deflection, subversion and changing the subject. And now when Russia attacks the entire American democracy on American soil and fundamentally interferes with the very foundation of America, “most Republicans want to keep the focus on leaks of classified information”.
This is beyond a Greek tragedy at this point. Not even Sophocles could have written this level of hubris among so many characters. I’m not even sure Shakespeare could have written a character this appallingly pitiful. And the worst part of it all is that Trump isn’t the only character in this farce. It is now perfectly clear why Trump has been so insistent on this bogus wiretap story. By accusing President Obama of wrong-doing, Trump is deliberately trying to politicize the FBI’s investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing. It’s all part of his modus operandi: deflect, deny, distract.
The coverup and dodge have already begun. The Washington Post reports that Trump has installed so-called political aides in each cabinet. They are essentially spies that report back to Trump any disloyalty they observe. Installing “minders” throughout his administration is the kind of thing dictators do. Trump is preparing for what is about to come. He wants to stay one step ahead of anything that might come out that would hurt him.
Ivanka is now setting up an office in the White House. She will be an unpaid, untitled aid. I seriously doubt she will be there to hold daddy’s hand. Trump is circling the wagons and his daughter is his most trusted and loyal confidant.
The dodge is the constant drumbeat of Republicans to investigate those that leaked classified information to the press which exposed this corruption. If it were not for those leaks, this investigation would never have been undertaken. Only exposure in the press has pushed it into that daylight.
Comey is setting up a dodge by not revealing findings by any date certain. Drag it out. Another dodge is the false equivalency campaign. The GOP is trying to use up the oxygen in the room by investigating our Constitutionally protected free press instead of treasonous collusion and corruption that threw a presidential election. The constant talk of no ballots were hacked is another dodge. Machines were in fact not hacked. People’s minds were hacked which cannot be quantified but hacked they were.
Despite the clouds of distraction, obfuscation, and blatant lies being spewed by the Trump administration and his GOP enablers, let’s not forget that another leg of this investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia must include a detailed accounting of Trump’s conflicts of interest and his violations of the Emoluments clause and ethics regulations. We need to see at least the last ten years of tax returns for Trump and the Trump Organization, including a comprehensive review of his hundreds of LLC spinoffs.
I think this is possible that the FBI is investigating A: criminal act or acts
committed by Donald J. Trump, and also committed by members of his campaign for President, and now members of his official cabinet. Jeff Sessions AG: Rex Tillerson Secretary of State: Wilbur Ross-Secretary of Commerce.
Trey Gowdy virtually threatened the Press with 10 years in prison for publishing anonymous information about this investigation. The GOP knows that this may go on for months, possibly years, and every leak with be explosive news. Trump may spend his entire presidency under the dark storm clouds of a criminal investigation. And no, Donald, the meddling with ‘our sacred election process’ did not come from President Obama, whose name you have again besmirched with your lies, but from Putin, for whom you blatantly cover for.
Democrats came prepared, in particular, Congressman Adam Schiff and Congresswoman Terri Sewell. Schiff laid out a case that would have impressed any prosecutor, and FBI Director Comey confirmed that in fact, his agency is investigating coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. There are already serious casualties like Michael Flynn and Jeff Sessions, and deeply problematic characters like Roger Stone, Carter Page, and Paul Manafort. These hearings, though only for one day, gave me confidence that our officials will get to the bottom of what was going on, and hope for our federal government and country.
Given that both Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers yet again exonerated President Obama from Trump’s slander AND given that Comey confirmed the investigation, will the GOP do *their* job and hold this president accountable? And if they don’t, will voters finally hold the GOP accountable this year and in 2018 for their obstruction and defense of what looks increasingly like treasonous behavior, as well as to punish their tireless work on behalf of Wall Street and global corporations?
Is anyone surprised by any of this? Putin hated Hillary Clinton with ever fiber of his being….she said that he, as a former KGB agent, had no soul. Paul Manafort had direct dealings with Victor Yanukovych, Michael Flynn took $65,000 from RT (aka Tass and Pravda), Trump said, “Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,”…“I think you will probably be rewarded”. It is appropriate to discuss impeachment: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”
Russia has nuclear weapons aimed at our country, constantly threatens to use them and illegally seized the territory of a sovereign nation. At what point do we need to stop debating “Treason” and demand that the House of Representatives file Articles of Impeachment?
Trump is not king. Trump is not a dictator. Trump is merely President.
The powers of the President do not include lying, cheating, criminal activity and/or coverup. If, as and when he does so, he is a mere mortal, no different than the rest of us. He is subject to investigation, criminal prosecution, and impeachment, as warranted. If his obfuscation of the truth, and/or that of his henchmen rise to that occasion, he and they must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
It’s about time for the law to apply to everyone, including but not limited to the President, Wall Street Bankers and Big biz magnates, just as it does to the man in the street, and to the rest of us.
And politicians themselves who aid and abet corruption of their brethren should be run out of office by the rest of us the United States. Corruption is corruption. No excuses.