Friday, May 19, 2017

"We Interrupt This Outage" -- For Mr. Trump's Remarks To The Russian Ambassador, Last Week. Treasonous? Maybe. Proof of Obstruction? Probably.


Well -- as Mr. Trump departs on Air Force One, for his pre-arranged nine-day Middle East visits -- his problems just deepened appreciably -- and from his own mouth (again). While I wait at a cell lot, for the airport runs -- The New York Times is breaking the following.

And as a side note, Mr. Trump plainly miscalculated, when he intentionally alienated the US intelligence community -- over and over, again. There is zero reason to think that this account is in any respect inaccurate. [And I am pretty sure Vlad Putin will offer us new transcripts to "prove it," as a second source -- if we but ask! That is only partially snark, BTW.] The upshot:

. . . .“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”

The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. . . .

Many Democrats and some Republicans have raised alarms that the president may have tried to obstruct justice by firing Mr. Comey. The Justice Department’s newly appointed special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was given the authority to investigate not only potential collusion, but also related allegations, which would include obstruction of justice. . . .


What I glean from this is that Mr. Trump is more interested in currying favor, with the Russian oligarchy, than he is in defending America from foreign threats. But why?

That's the over-arching question, right? I strongly suspect that is driven not by principle, but because he owes the Russians potentially billions of dollars.

And I claim the right to make that comment, because Mr. Trump will not reveal his IRS filings, to show where, and to whom, his loans are owed -- on all his real estate, and other holdings. But we do know that 45's own son has previously said on the record that "a lot of it" came from Russia. You may draw your own conclusions. But this is a pure Amendment One-protected conjecture, now. And I bet it will prove out to be true, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller, III is all done. Have a great weekend, one and all! Out!

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