I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to saying, “This is what’s going to bring down Donald Trump.” Sadly, many people in this country underestimated just how ignorant, hateful, and gullible the vast majority of Trump supporters are.
That said, the surprising, though not entirely unexpected, news that former national security advisor to the Trump administration, Michael Flynn, had agreed to a plea deal with the FBI that reportedly includes his willingness to testify against the “president” and members of last year’s campaign isn’t an opinion-based issue dependent upon how Trump’s supporters feel about something.
The FBI and Robert Mueller couldn’t care less what Trump supporters refuse to believe is or isn’t true.
Flynn agreeing to cooperate with the FBI is just one part of a growing nightmare that’s facing Donald J. Trump.
Not only do we already have a lengthy list of people linked to Trump who’ve been caught lying about their communication with Russian officials — including his eldest son and the current attorney general — but four people with ties to the “president’s” campaign have now been charged by the FBI.
Let’s not forget, as valuable of a witness as Flynn’s going to be — Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort is facing some rather serious charges that I’m pretty certain Mueller’s team is going to use to “flip him” for information, too.
If Manafort flips — look out.
While I’m sure Flynn has plenty of valuable information the FBI can use, Manafort ran Trump’s campaign for several months and was in attendance for the infamous meeting on June 6, 2016 attended by Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner where Russian officials were promising them “dirt on Clinton.”
You know, the one they kept hidden for over a year — then lied about after the media reported that it had taken place.
My prediction is that an indictment for Kushner, the person currently being identified as the “senior-level official who instructed Flynn to contact Russia,” is coming fairly soon.
Though I can’t help but wonder how this all will ultimately play out.
Typically investigations work their way up. Seeing as we’re already at Flynn and Manafort, simple logic tells me that “bigger fish” are next. And when it comes to “bigger fish,” you don’t get much larger in this particular instance than Trump and his family.
Especially now that Trump’s stupidity drove him to all but admit that he tried to obstruct justice last year when he attempted to pressure James Comey into ending the FBI’s investigation into Flynn.
My gut tells me that, fairly soon, there’s almost certainly going to be a point at which someone in Trump’s family is going to have to make a choice between going to prison or “flipping” on a relative.
Then if it’s proven that Trump knew about all of this, despite spending the last year lying about it, along with the fact that there now seems to be a very solid case against him for trying to obstruct justice — this could get really ugly in the next several weeks.
Also keep in mind that there’s still the underlying factor that Trump’s campaign could have very well established a quid pro quo collusion effort with the Russian government to undermine our democracy, which in the eyes of many could constitute treason.
It’s important to point out that much of what we’re looking at here relates to making false statements to the FBI. Those are definitely crimes, but the real question is why are all these people connected to Trump lying about their communications with Russian officials?
Typically people — especially this many — don’t lie unless they’re trying to hide something.
I joked with a buddy of mine today that, at this point, it would be easier to name the people connected to Trump who haven’t been caught lying about their communications with Russians, rather than trying to name all the ones who have.
Again, I’m not going to predict that “this is the end for Trump,” but it’s incredibly difficult for me to see how, once this all plays out, he remains “president.” I’m not saying he’s definitely going to resign, or the gutless Republicans in Congress will actually impeach him, it’s just hard for me to see this ending well for the current “president.”
There already seems to be more than enough evidence to charge him with obstruction of justice, and it seems Mueller and the FBI are still piecing together a rather complex puzzle that, at least thus far, seems to indicate that there was clearly collusion between Donald Trump, his campaign, and Russians who were trying to undermine the integrity of our democracy.
The next few weeks are going to be very… very interesting.
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