Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Muddying the Waters
Tr*mp's friend Christopher Ruddy was interviewed on the PBS NewsHour last night. I had to watch the interview three times.
There is no doubt that Republicans would love to delegitimize Mueller's investigation: special investigations always find something, even when the original focus of those investigations comes to nothing. (Think of Whitewater.) Tr*mp's base would not believe anything bad about their hero even if he did shoot somebody on 5th Avenue — but the rest of the country might not be so cooperative.
If there actually was collusion between Russian intelligence and the Tr*mp team, I'll eat one of those red caps. Why would Russia bother to "collude" with loose cannons like Carter Page or Eric Prince? Of course, that doesn't mean mean Tr*mp associates were not compromised by Russian agents — and who knows what kinds of financial connections might come to light?
Pointing to Mueller's meeting with Tr*mp — not to mention Tr*mp family connections to Mueller's law firm — just might help to shake public confidence in Mueller enough to limit the length and scope of his investigation. Tr*mp won't fire Mueller — even he's not that stupid — but Republicans will do all they can hold him in check.