Donald Trump spent a good part of Monday ranting about how there’s a conspiracy by “the other side” to destroy him and once again talked about firing Special Consul Robert Mueller. But, as Bob Cesca keeps pointing out, everything Trump does makes things worse for Trump and this appears to be no exception.
Trump’s latest ragegasm occurred after the FBI carried out a “no knock” raid on his mob lawyer Michael Cohen:
FBI agents on Monday raided Cohen’s Manhattan office, home and hotel room as part of the investigation, seizing records about Cohen’s clients and personal finances. Among the records taken were those related to a 2016 payment Cohen made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump, according to a fourth person familiar with the investigation.
Investigators took Cohen’s computer, phone and personal financial records, including tax returns, as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center, that person said.
In a dramatic and broad seizure, federal prosecutors collected communications between Cohen and his clients — including those between the lawyer and Trump, according to both people.
To be clear, for a judge to sign off on a no knock raid there has to be compelling evidence. For a judge to sign off on a no knock raid on a lawyer, allowing the FBI to seize normally protected client-attorney communications, the evidence has to go well beyond compelling. Anything less would rightfully see the entire case thrown out of court in a heartbeat.
Trump, of course, is livid that his “enemies” are getting closer:
“I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now or longer,” he said. “It’s an attack on our country in a true sense; it’s an attack on what we all stand for.”
Revisiting his grievances about Mueller and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump complained about what he suggested was a concerted and sometimes partisan effort to target his leadership. He noted that he has been urged to fire the special counsel, calling Mueller’s investigators “the most biased group of people.”
All over social media, Trump’s followers are screeching bloody murder about the “Deep State” and how the Democrats are behind all of this. They’re especially incensed at Robert Mueller and they’re demanding his removal/execution.
Here’s the thing, though. Robert Mueller wasn’t actually involved with this raid at all. On the other hand, almost everyone that was is both a Republican and a Trump appointee.
Mueller (a Republican appointed by a Republican) found evidence of Cohen’s criminal activity but since it didn’t have anything to do with the Russian probe, he did exactly what he was supposed to do: Pass it on to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein (a Republican appointed by Trump) could have allowed Mueller to expand his remit to go after Cohen but decided instead to kick it over to the acting U.S. Attorney at the Southern District of New York, Geoffery Berman.
Berman is a Republican appointed by Jeff Sessions (himself a Republican appointed by Trump) after Trump personally interviewed him. You may recall that interview caused a bit of a kerfuffle when it happened because it was obvious Trump was looking for someone who would be loyal to him, personally, and not to the rule of law. Apparently Trump thought that’s what he was getting (Berman allegedly even donated to Trump’s campaign) and clearly that’s exactly what he didn’t get because Berman is the one that dropped the hammer on Cohen knowing full well that Trump would fly into an uncontrollable rage.
For an additional dose of karma, Berman was hired to replace Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney Trump fired so he wouldn’t investigate Trump’s numerous shady business dealings in New York.
It’s not clear who the judge is that signed the warrant but the way this ordeal is going, it’s probably going to be one Trump appointed. Just because.
Trump may have filled most of the government with corrupt scumbags like Scott Pruitt who are looting the palace while setting it on fire, but he seems to have an astonishing track record of hiring law enforcement who refuse to ignore the rule of law. Naturally, this infuriates the deeply corrupt Trump who seeks to blame…someone, anyone, for all of this law and order stuff that keeps haunting him.
That’s not the “Deep State” calling, that’s the rule of law and no one is above it, not even Trump.