by Justin Rosario
For the last 25 years or so, Republicans and right wing billionaires have spent an obscene amount of money trying (and failing) to dig up dirt on Bill and Hillary Clinton. The “liberal” media spent decades trying to destroy them as well and had to literally invent scandals because the best they could come up with was innuendo, disproven rumors, and a blow job. Naturally, the only logical conclusion is that the Hillary Clinton is a criminal mastermind beyond the dreams of Moriarty, able to run a vast empire of corruption and leave no damning evidence. Lock her up!
Just kidding. That’s the conclusion of imbeciles and the mentally ill.
On the other hand, in a stunningly short amount of time (it really has only been 7 months), Robert Mueller has dug up a massive conspiracy with relative ease. And that’s just the stuff we know about. Mueller has access to a wealth of information we don’t and he’s not talking. Yet.
While it’s true that Mueller has put together a group of legal minds that would give even a crack team of defense lawyers nightmares, that’s not the main reason Donald Trump and his cronies are finding themselves in increasingly dire legal trouble. The real problem for Team Trump is their astonishing stupidity and Donald Trump’s inability to keep his mouth shut.
Take just this last week for two prime examples of how they’re tightening the noose around their own necks. First, Trump’s lawyers threw a hissy fit over legally obtained emails they could have made disappear but didn’t:
Kory Langhofer, an Arizona-based attorney representing Trump for America, spelled out the complaint in a seven-page letter sent Saturday to the main House and Senate oversight committees where he raises potential violations of attorney-client privilege and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unlawful search and seizure.
Mueller’s office got the records earlier this summer from the General Services Administration, the government agency charged with holding all transition materials, even while it was “aware that the GSA did not own or control the records in question,” Langhofer wrote.
That sounds all ominous and terrible until you recall that all of those emails were sent to and from government email addresses. That makes them, by definition, public property accessible by law enforcement in the course of an investigation. Trump had one of his lackeys in charge of GSA but he got sick and died. Since Trump and his administration were too lazy and/or incompetent to get around to replacing him with another lackey, there was no one in place to fight the request from Mueller for the documents or to “accidentally” erase them. Mueller’s team legally requested them and the GSA legally handed them over.
This meant Mueller had the emails and Trump’s people didn’t even know. This, in turn, raises the very real possibility that Mueller and his team asked questions they already knew the answers to in order to get Trump’s people, who have a nasty habit of lying about everything, to lie to the FBI. Lying to the FBI is a federal crime and that would give them leverage on the small fish to give up the goods on the bigger fish.
You can see why Trump’s lawyers are freaking out over the emails and making arguments that would be laughed out of a traffic court. They have no idea who incriminated themselves or who might now be working for Mueller (by wearing a wire, perhaps?). The amateurish response only confirms how much trouble Trump and his people are in. This is not how innocent people (or the lawyers of innocent people) act.
There’s so much evidence left all over the place, it brings to mind the “orgy of evidence” scene from 2002’s Minority Report:
Remember, no one expected Trump to actually win, including Trump himself. The entire point of the Russian operation against Hillary Clinton was to undermine the credibility of our elections so there was no need to hide the evidence; they wanted it to be found. Then Trump won and he and his band of idiots realized how much money they were going to make looting the country. Along the way, they must have either forgotten how much evidence they left behind or thought they would be able to cover it up because they were in charge. The problem is, Trump only seems to hire sycophants with zero government experience so they haven’t the faintest idea how the government works or how to cover their tracks while they blunder about stealing everything they can get their grubby little mitts on. I can’t think of any other reason why they keep seeming so surprised every time they step on one of their own landmines.
Basically, none of them seem bright enough to keep track of all the lies they’ve told and to compound the problem, look to example number two from this past week: Trump can’t stop shooting himself in the foot.
The president, celebrating his $1.5 trillion tax cut with fellow Republicans at the South Portico of the White House, was midway through his remarks when he veered sharply off message.“
I shouldn’t say this,” Trump said, “but we essentially repealed Obamacare.”
No, he probably shouldn’t have said it. But it’s true. Republicans, in rushing the tax bill to passage, kept fairly quiet about the fact that they were killing the “individual mandate” and thereby removing the engine that made the Affordable Care Act work. In doing so, they threw the health-care system into chaos without offering any remedy. And Trump just claimed paternity of the destruction.
Combined with all the rest of the instability Trump has injected into the healthcare market, next year’s rates and coverage are going to be a mess and there’s Donald Trump claiming ownership for himself and the entire Republican Party for every terrible thing that happens leading up to the midterm elections and beyond.
Right now, the only thing protecting Trump is his rock solid support among racist Republican voters. As long as they love him for attacking brown people, they won’t care that he’s taking away their future and giving it to the rich. They no longer have the capacity to think that far ahead anymore so it won’t trouble them. But a sharp spike in their healthcare costs is in the here and now and hey, there’s Trump on camera saying he killed Obamacare! Even the densest Fox News viewer is going to have a hard time blaming Democrats when Republicans control the government and they killed Obamacare just like they said they would. People are going to be furious and they’re going to know exactly who to blame.
Trump is already floating in the low 30s for public support. If he slips into the 20s as his racist supporters turn on him for making their healthcare more expensive, Republicans will be forced to abandon him for their own political preservation (not that it will work). After that, the only thing standing between Trump and the beginning of impeachment proceedings is how long it takes Mueller to wrap up his investigation.
And that was just in the last few days. The books they’re going to write about all the ways Trump and his flunkies sunk their own ship will be either have to be in listicle form, very tiny print or split between multiple volumes.
If Trump and his team were even slightly better at covering their crimes, or if Trump had the tiniest bit of self control, they might be able to survive what’s coming. But Trump hired a group of incompetent criminals and his own arrogance and lack on intelligence have created a perfect storm of idiocy to bring us “Stupid Watergate”. Even with the Republican Party, Fox News, AM Hate Radio, and right wing hate sites working nonstop to tear down Mueller and the FBI, Trump may not be successfully impeached but he and his clown car of co-conspirators will still manage to lose it all and they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.