The wheels on the bus are coming off, day 3 - Recusal refusal
I really wasn't expecting such a bang-whiz start to the new year. Certainly under Barack Obama this time of year was a slow time, when geopolitics were still shaking off their holiday slumber. But all that's out the window in the Age of Trump.
Last night the New York Times came out with, yes, a blockbuster report. (We'll be using that phrase for a while.) In it reporter Michael Schmidt—whom we were lambasting over his stenography in the infamous Times Trump interview just last week—details how White House Counsel Donald McGahn pressured Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Russia inquiry.
We all knew that Trump thinks that the purpose of every sector of government, executive, legislative, and judicial, is to serve his needs. Now we have further proof this is the case. The following paragraph is the kill shot:
Yes. Trump longs for the ghost of Roy Cohn, who, if there's any justice, is in Hell right now having horrible things done to him. He thinks the Justice Department should operate like a low-life law firm, shielding him from the nasty world.
Between the publication of Fire and Fury, this Times piece, and the piece in New York Magazine, in the span of a week we've had confirmed what we always knew: Trump is a dangerously unhinged megalomaniac, who went from running for President as a lark to believing he actually had the nous and gravitas to inhabit the world's most powerful office.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the punditry was saying that Trump had turned a page after his tax "victory". Those of us who observed him knew this wouldn't last. And it hasn't. A regime as dysfunctional as this one can never hold on to any gains. It will lose them and then some. The saving grace which gives us more than a fighting chance is that Trump is no steely-eyed schemer like Vladimir Putin. He's an undisciplined, out of control child, who has been given matches and a stove. He can still do a lot of damage, and is doing so. But his time on the stage will be short.
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