It's almost never the crime, it's the cover-up
Life comes at you fast.
I took a break of barely an hour last night, and two bombshells broke.
First, the New York Times went live with a story about how European intelligence agencies passed information to the Obama Administration detailing contacts between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian agents. Obama aides then made sure to seed that information within our own intelligence agencies to make sure it would leak.
Then, there was the Washington Post with an even bigger bombshell. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing when he said he had no contact with Russian diplomats. His spokesperson confirmed that he did in fact have those contacts.
It's an old saw from Watergate days that it's not the crime which will get you, but the cover-up. The Trump regime, basking in the glow of a somewhat successful address to Congress, didn't make it twenty-four hours before everything again blew up in its face. And it blew up in an even more violent way than the steady drip drip of the previous forty days.
It's likely that the European agencies had signals intelligence on what the Trump campaign was doing, intelligence now in possession of the US intelligence community. And for a nominee to Attorney General to perjure himself under direct questioning is unheard of. Even with the GOP in charge of Congress, I don't see how Sessions survives this.
The fact of the matter is that the Trump regime consists of the most inept conspirators to ever grace a political thriller. Their contacts with a foreign adversary were so open and unabashed that it's amazing Trump has lasted this long. Rather than being SPECTRE, it's an evil version of the Keystone Kops. But that's to be expected; an organization is only as competent as its leader. And no one can call Trump competent, in anything.
Of course, these don't consist of nails in Trump's coffins. There is still the little matter of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell going to any length to protect him. But one can discern the faint sound of sawing, and perhaps measurements are being taken.
However, Trump isn't the only cancerous body. The GOP, from root to branch, benefited from Russian interference in our electoral process. All of them are tainted to one degree or another. There will never be a reckoning until citizens rise up at ever special election and in 2018 to deal the repudiation to Trump and his ilk which they deserved last year. There won't be a full investigation as to how our democracy was sold until Nancy Pelosi again wields the Speaker's gavel and Chuck Schumer is Majority Leader. Until then our main job is to keep up the pressure. The fact that Trump had to seem kinder and gentler in his address is proof that the pressure is working. A regime which thought it had a winning hand would have dispensed with such pleasantries.
As Ferris Bueller said, life moves pretty fast, and if you don't stop to look around, it can pass you by. The Trump Train is careening off the tracks. Time to dynamite the rest of it.
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