In addition to the New York Times piece that Trump called former FBI Director, James Comey, “crazy” and a “nut-job” and Trump told the Russian Ambassador to the United States and Russia’s Foreign Minister in the White House that with his firing of Comey “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off” is startlingly but actually more important was a Washington Post piece that stated that the law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant "person of interest," showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter.  The “person of interest” has been tagged as Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. 

Kushner has been given a shit load of responsibility in the Trump White House, heading up the Government Reinvention and Innovation Office, acting as the primary point of contact for presidents, ministers and ambassadors from more than two dozen countries" and involved in brokering peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and as well as serving as a general advisor to Trump. 

In a side, but vitally important matter, a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., recently issued a subpoena for records related to Flynn’s business, the Flynn Intel Group, which was paid more than $500,000 by a company owned by a Turkish American businessman close to top Turkish officials, according to people familiar with the matter.  The Flynn Intel Group was paid for research on Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who Turkey’s current president believes was responsible for a coup attempt last summer. Flynn retroactively registered with the Justice Department in March as a paid foreign agent for Turkish interests.  Think about this:  Trump invited Russian officials to a meeting in the White House last week – the infamous confab with Lavrof and Kislyak – and this week hosted Turkey’s strongman President, Erdogan.  And, as if to punctuate Erdogan’s authoritarian, dictatorial nature, his body guards beat up a bunch of protesters in front of the Turkish Embassy here in D.C.  First Amendment, anyone? 

The biggest difference between Watergate and Russiagate is the nature of the respective Presidents who were in office then and now.  Nixon was an exceptionally experienced politician having been in politics – he was a Congressman serving in the House of Representative’s for six years and served as Reagan's Vice President for eight years.  He was intimately familiar with the workings of Washington.  Trump, on the other hand, has spent his later years as a television personality, has no government experience, and has no idea – as he has amply demonstrated thus far – of how Washington actually works.  

I was astounded that he took on the FBI, CIA and NSA during his campaign and even as President has continued to slam these agencies.  You just don’t do this.  You just don’t do this if you don’t want 16 intelligence agencies after your ass after you become President.  What Trump doesn’t seem to understand is that these government “moochers,” as he might call them, tend to be pretty patriotic men and women who are not devoted to any President but are devoted to doing their jobs as best as they can.  Doing the right thing, let’s say.   I know this personally from having met and worked with dozens of FBI, CIA and NSA employees over my own career.  Sure, many of them held diametrically opposite political views than I did, but there was no question that politics was not their thing.  Doing their jobs as effectively and as forthrightly as possible was their métier.  You do not fuck with these people –as Trump has done and continues to do – without facing the prospect of severe retribution.  They are not folks to play with and they collectively wield a not insignificant level of power in Washington.

Trump’s biggest mistake in this unholy mess, was firing James Comey.  No other action could have set off an entire agency’s animosity towards a sitting President than this action but Trump – and presumably his White House staffers – did not realize that this would be the reaction of the FBI.  This, folks, reveals the abject naiveté and incompetence of the Trump Administration.   Trump, now on two occasions, has self-implicated himself in obstructing justice.  One, by his reason for  firing Comey and two by bragging to the  Russians that he had stalled the Russia investigation.  These are actions that politically experienced Richard Nixon did not, and could not, have ever committed.  

The evidence?  No, there is no hard and substantial evidence that Trump and/or his campaign minions colluded with Russia in rigging the Presidential Election.  Yet.  Not yet.  This is, naturally, the theme of Rush, Alex and all the right wing pundits.  But those of us who lived thought the Watergate Hearings understand that “evidence” is different from anonymous allegations.  Evidence emerges from Grand Jury investigations, from documents gleaned from folks under investigation, recordings, and the testimony under oath from House and Senate investigations.  The reason why we don’t have “concrete evidence” of Trump’s and/or his campaign minions as yet, is because all these processes are slow.  Still in their infancy.  But they will come.  The procedures and legal restraints are precise.  They are based on facts and data and not on rumor and innuendo and they have yet to reach the a level of subpoenaed testimony and documents.  But they will come. 

Actually, the designation of a Special Counsel will slow the factual aspects of Russiagate, the evidence gathering, the sworn testimony and the collection of implicating documents and communications.  But there are startlingly parallels between Watergate and Russiagate.  Nixon’s hubris in believing that he and the White House staff could deflect and ultimately squelch the Watergate investigation is pretty much parallel to Trump’s hubris in believing that he, alone, can contain the Russiagate investigation is remarkably similar.  One ended badly for a sitting President and it remains to be seen if Trump will survive Russiagate.  It’s not looking very good for Trump right now but who knows?  With White House staff researching impeachment data and looking into the hiring personal attorneys, they are obviously cognizant of what’s up with the Russiagate investigations. 

Oh, yes, the White House and Trump apologists keep on deflecting to the “leaks” as what are important not that Trump and/or his campaign minions assisted in rigging the Presidential Election in Trump’s favor.  Legitimate concerns, I guess.  But when it’s the White House itself, i.e. Trump staffers, who are leaking, then I think we’ve entered a new phase of Russiagate.  It does not look good for Trump.

So While It’s Difficult To Keep Up With The Trump Breaking News Headlines Every Day, Stay Focused And Resist!  




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