Many folks, myself included, have probably been a bit too careless when throwing around the word “treason” when referring to Donald Trump. I do think there’s a very high likelihood that something treasonous occurred during last year’s election, but I’ve never thought Trump, himself, was directly involved in any type of collusion.
My feeling has always been that, while being someone who I feel is a legitimate imbecile, Trump’s criminally crafty enough to have not directly communicated with, or contacted, any Russian official. Remember, this is a man who, as stupid as he is on many levels, was “smart” enough to clear the room when he was trying to pressure James Comey on various topics and while attempting to obstruct justice. So I do think Trump’s “smart” enough to know that any direct contact between himself and Russian officials would have been strongly ill-advised.
However, I also feel that Trump’s dumb enough to think that simply taking a “hands-off” approach where he knew about, empowered, or possibly even instructed his associates to communicate with the Russians would completely absolve him from any criminal charges and keep him out of trouble.
Keep in mind, Trump’s mind works very much like an organized crime boss. These types of mob/mafia leaders rarely do anything personally, they just make it clear to their subordinates what they want done and how. That way if law enforcement agents are watching, they can claim they weren’t anywhere near a crime when it occurred.
Of course, that b.s. “alibi” doesn’t hold up in court once there’s evidence — or an associate turned witness for the prosecution — “rats” on their former “boss,” testifying that they were the mastermind behind any number of crimes. That’s often how criminals in very powerful positions are caught. It’s not because they were directly linked to a crime, but because law enforcement officials get someone to “flip” on them who then became a witness for the prosecution.
That’s exactly why special counselor Robert Mueller’s latest move to bring in a witness-flipping expert is Trump’s worst nightmare.
As reported by Reuters:
A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors.
Andrew Weissmann, who headed the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal fraud section before joining Mueller’s team last month, is best known for two assignments – the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organized crime cases in Brooklyn, New York – that depended heavily on gaining witness cooperation.
All along this is how I figured Trump would be brought down. Not because investigators would ever find any instance where Trump, personally, colluded or communicated with any Russian official during last year’s campaign, but because some of those he might have been instructing to make this contact would “turn witness” against him.
That’s why I think he’s so nervous about what they might find on Michael Flynn. If the investigation into Flynn’s behavior during last year’s election has him facing a long stretch in prison, that could easily be parlayed into some kind of a deal to find out what he knows about collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
At some point, someone who knows more than Trump might like, or can at least point investigators into a direction the “president” doesn’t want them looking, is going to be facing the decision of saving their own backside or telling law enforcement officials everything they know. I’m not an expert on law enforcement tactics, but I do know it’s a whole lot easier to “flip” some “nobody” who’s going to be thrown under the proverbial bus by the “mastermind” behind a major crime than it is to find direct evidence linking that “boss” to the crime, itself.
This is part of the reason why I laugh when Trump claims the length of these investigations is somehow “proof” that they can’t find anything. If these investigations simply centered around a handful of sketchy, although ultimately innocent, communications between his associates and Russian officials, they would have wrapped up long ago. The fact that we’re now approaching a year into this, with reports that we’re closer to the beginning than we are to the end, is actual proof of how much corrupt, or possibly even criminal, activity investigators are finding.
Now that we know Mueller has brought in an expert at persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues, and superiors, that’s actually a huge sign that those with much more knowledge about what’s going on than any of us have clearly believe witnesses may need to be “flipped” on some very powerful people.
And right now, there’s nobody more powerful than one Donald J. Trump — a man whose behavior is a textbook example of someone who’s guilty of something.
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