The best infrastructure week continues apace
So, your friendly neighborhood librarian had an errand to run for Madre de LL, and returned home to this news:
That’s right, the honeypot has tipped over. Now-admitted Russian agent Maria Butina has admitted that she acted at the direction of the highest levels of the Russian power structure. And since nothing in Russia happens without Vladimir Putin’s say-so, this is the first admission of a link between l’affaire Russe and Putin.
It was thought that when Putin dragged Butina’s father out in front of the cameras, where he nervously said that his daughter wouldn’t betray Russia, that at most she would incriminate the GOP and NRA. But no. She’s gone the full monty (probably not for the first time) and directly linked Putin to the shenanigans of 2016.
The past few days since last Friday, when the Cohen and Manafort sentencing memos were released, have seen an acceleration of pressure upon air-quote president Donald Trump. One by one the onion is being peeled, revealing in legal terms the depth of his corruption and treason. Today’s plea agreement is another unveiling. Robert S. Mueller III now has a cooperating witness who will link Putin and Trump in no uncertain terms. (The fact that she also takes down the NRA and GOP is an added bonus.)
I return to this over and over again, because it still amazes me. Trump could have continued in his crimes, with investigations and then slaps on the wrist, had he just not come down that escalator in his gaudy pile. But the drubbing Barack Obama gave him on the night of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner—while Osama bin Laden was being sent to his Maker—twisted him into such impotent rage that he had to run for president for the sole purpose of undoing everything Obama had done. But, to paraphrase Michelle Obama, the presidency doesn’t change you, it reveals you. Trump chose the most glaring spotlight, and was nowhere near prepared to tolerate the glare.
Now, he may be the test case as to whether or not a sitting president can be indicted. His crimes are so manifold, and being revealed at such a pace, that it’s become imperative that justice be meted out. The House Democrats would vote to impeach; but the Senate GOP wouldn’t vote to convict, which would leave us in the untenable situation of a criminal in the White House.
Maria Butina’s plea deal is one more flagstone on the road to a full-blown constitutional crisis. All because a real man emasculated him publicly.
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