The Mob Boss in Chief’s interactions with Ukraine illustrate how he operates. According to Max Boot’s editorial today in the Washington Post, “There is now overwhelming evidence — not least from the president’s own mouth — that he held up military aid to Ukraine and a meeting with Ukraine’s president over a demand that Ukraine manufacture dirt on former vice president Joe Biden and information clearing Russia of 2016 hacking. This would be not just an impeachable offense but, as Philip Zelikow of the University of Virginia argues, an attempt to solicit a bribe in violation of federal law. But wait — there’s a second layer of corruption too! Trump delegated Ukraine policy to his personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, who was trying to drum up business in Ukraine with two shady characters who have now been arrested. Giuliani’s own business practices are under investigation by federal prosecutors.”
Our president has surrounded himself by felons from the beginning (i.e., his previous personal attorney, his first national security adviser, his former campaign chairman, and his former deputy campaign chairman, as well as his adviser George Papalopolous), and his longtime associate Roger Stone awaits trial. And by now it should seem quite obvious that many more of our criminal president’s associates will also be spending time in prison as well. Indeed, the crime spree committed by this administration makes the Nixon administration appear saintly.
Clearly #45 lied about his payments to an alleged mistress in apparent violation of campaign finance laws; engaged in pervasive obstruction of justice to stymie an investigation into his campaign links with Russia; lied on average over 20 times a dayduring his entire tenure as our Liar in Chief; and he even falsified a weather map to prove his prediction of a hurricane hitting in Alabama was right, when in fact it was incorrect.
Given such an unethical, and even illegal, track record of the current president’s past conduct, and now that the DOJ’s investigation of the investigators (looking into the origin’s of the Russia investigation) has been deemed criminal in nature, how can anyone possibly assume that it is all above board and on the up-and-up?
As a reminder, Mueller’s special counsel investigation resulted in 34 indictments and seven convictions along with the release of a report, showing without question that Russia interfered in our 2016 Election to benefit the Orange Monster in the White House. Essentially, he was installed as Putin’s puppet, and I fear, given our Attorney General’s past and current behavior, that Barr too was and is on the Kremlin’s payroll.
Despite the unequivocal and overwhelming evidence presented in the Mueller Report that Russian interfered in 2016, and also the findings of the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee’s nearly three-year investigation proving the same thing, the OM continues to insist that Russia’s attack on the 2016 election was a “hoax.”
Meanwhile, AG Barf has been flying around the world pressing foreign governments to help what is clearly an effort to substantiate Trump’s insane theory that a server in Ukraine will somehow show that Russia was framed for the attack.
Now, as the impeachment inquiry into our current president’s illegal behavior continues to gather steam, the Justice Department’s probe has been elevated to a criminal investigation — potentially allowing for the smearing of some of the OM’s severest critics. How timely and how convenient!
As Max Boot commented in his column today, “Trump claims that the probe will uncover “really bad things.” But Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), the widely respected ranking Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted: “Senate Intel is wrapping up a three-year bipartisan investigation, and we’ve found nothing remotely justifying this.”
I wish I could give the current administration the benefit of the doubt. But I simply can’t. No objective observer could. The onus is on the administration to show otherwise. That’s hard to do given that you can’t believe a single word that the liar in chief and his dishonest aides say.
Max Boot ends his opinion piece by saying, “When you can have no faith that the president is acting in the public interest — when, in fact, you have good cause to believe the opposite — it’s time to impeach and remove, because the president has lost all credibility and hence his ability to carry out the duties of his office.”
I could not agree more.