Growing up, I was always taught that if you do the right thing and tell the truth, then there’s no reason to lie or try to hide anything. It’s a simple philosophy based upon the idea that as long as you’re an honest, decent person, then there shouldn’t be much to worry about if anyone ever questions your motives or character.
That’s why I’ve been vocal concerning my belief that when it comes to the allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia during last year’s election, Donald Trump is lying through his teeth.
This is a man who’s exhibited practically every textbook example of someone who’s guilty and desperately trying to save their own backside. He’s attacked U.S. intelligence agencies, the media, fired FBI directors, spread conspiracies, and has allegedly tried to obstruct justice.
For a man who continues to claim he’s innocent, he damn sure isn’t acting like someone who is.
Now Reuters is reporting that Trump’s looking at ways to potentially undermine and sabotage the special investigation into his possible ties with Russia:
The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia, two people familiar with White House thinking said on Friday.
Within hours of Mueller’s appointment on Wednesday, the White House began reviewing the Code of Federal Regulations, which restricts newly hired government lawyers from investigating their prior law firm’s clients for one year after their hiring, the sources said.
An executive order signed by Trump in January extended that period to two years.
Mueller’s former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who met with a Russian bank executive in December, and the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is a subject of a federal investigation.
If the department did not grant a waiver, Mueller would be barred from investigating Kushner or Manafort, and this could greatly diminish the scope of the probe, experts said.
If Trump’s not guilty of any of these allegations then why, “within hours,” was the White House looking for ways to weaken the effectiveness of Mueller, trying to find ways to keep him from investigating two key figures linked to the Russia investigations?
Not only does Trump seem to be looking for ways to limit who Mueller will be able to investigate, but I can guarantee everyone reading this that a big part of his propaganda against this special investigation is going to be based upon attacking its credibility.
As with everything else involving Trump, he’s going to play himself up as the victim who everyone’s out to get.
If Trump has nothing to hide, then he shouldn’t have any problem with these investigations. If all these allegations are, as Trump claims, “FAKE NEWS!,” then there’s nothing for him to be worried, defensive, or hostile about — except that’s exactly how he’s acting.
As former Meet the Press host David Gregory recently said, insert Hillary Clinton’s name into any number of the allegations swirling around Trump, and Republicans would be going absolutely ballistic. Instead, the majority of the party continues to support and defend Trump, with most Republicans downplaying the allegations against him. Hypocritical behavior from members of the same party which spent years holding bogus investigations into Benghazi, painted Clinton’s email scandal as something worse than Watergate, and once talked about impeaching Barack Obama over an executive order protecting DREAMers from deportation.
One of the most ironic parts about all of this is that, because Trump continues to act so incredibly guilty, that’s only making things worse for him. The more unhinged and rattled his behavior becomes, the more pressure he’s putting on members of his own party to take these investigations seriously.
Furthermore, the 2018 midterms are just around the corner. In a few months most of Congress is about to go into “election mode.” The lower Trump’s approval rating sinks, and the more Americans think he’s guilty of colluding with Russia, the less likely big chunks of his own party are going to be able to keep defending him.
If this new Reuters report is true, then this is just another example where Donald Trump, while proclaiming his innocence, continues to act like someone who’s guilty.
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