Trump’s problem with Mueller: the special counsel is ‘batting a thousand’
The other day, President Trump published a very familiar tweet, summarizing his idiotic fury over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into his crimes. “The illegal Mueller Witch Hunt continues in search of a crime,” Trump wrote. “There was never Collusion with Russia, except by the Clinton campaign, so the 17 Angry Democrats are looking at anything they can find. Very unfair and BAD for the country. ALSO, not allowed under the LAW!”
The “in search of a crime” part of the tweet made me laugh. Whether Trump noticed or not, Mueller has already gotten convictions and/or guilty pleas for cases against several of the members in the president’s inner circle – indicating that the special counsel’s “search” is going swimmingly.
Trump is throwing this tantrum because the special counsel keeps winning. Following Paul Manafort’s guilty plea and cooperation with prosecutors, Rachel Maddow said something enlightening on her MSNBC show:
“This is the eighth person convicted or pleading guilty in Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the election. Robert Mueller is now batting a thousand in terms of convictions and guilty pleas from everybody who he has pursued in court.
“He’s also now batting a thousand in terms of securing cooperation from every single American who has been charged in this case – including the president’s national security adviser, the president’s deputy campaign chair, and now the president’s campaign chairman who himself has decades’ worth of links to the former Soviet Union and whose business partner is believed by the FBI to be himself linked to Russian intelligence agencies.”
Paul Manafort’s deal was a breakthrough – and not only because Manafort oversaw Trump’s campaign in 2016, and not only because Manafort can help the special counsel discover the truth.
Rather, when Mueller flipped Manafort – “nabbing his white whale” – a powerful reminder was given to everyone involved in the historic scandal that Mueller is still on a winning streak that’s sure to continue.
Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the leading Democrat for the House Intelligence Committee, explained on “Meet the Press” yesterday, talking about Manafort’s plea deal, “[T]his sends a message to anyone who is in Bob Mueller’s crosshairs right now: you better get to the special counsel and make your deal now because anyone who gets indicted by Bob Mueller goes down. And the longer you wait to come clean, the worse deal you’re going to get, the more time you’re going to face.”
No wonder Trump is whining like a baby about the investigation being “illegal” along with being (Trump has such a way with words) “not allowed under the law”?