By Jason Taylor
Getting it right doesn’t mean doing things fast. It means digging deep, being detailed, not jumping to conclusions until all the facts are in, and avoiding distractions. It ain’t over until its over, and I have a feeling it has just started.
I would like to know why this Administration is so obsessed with getting friendly with Russia when they just cyber attacked us. Something smells rotten and it’s time to find out what that is. An Independent counsel and bipartisan investigation are necessary to get to the bottom of this.
I certainly don’t think Russia “threw” the election in any real sense. But even if you charitably assume that Trump just has some cozy business connections with the Russians, there are two facts that are hard to get past:
1) the choice of Tillerson as Secretary of State. In U.S. history, we’ve never had a Secretary of State with no real foreign policy experience. Why wouldn’t Trump put an experienced diplomat in that role, in the same way, he put experienced military people into military roles? The only plausible reason to pick Tillerson is because he’d been asked to by the Russians (because of potential oil deals) or had cut a deal with the Russians.
2) The fact that Trump said in his campaign that he hoped the Russians hacked Hillary’s emails. It was a weird comment to make unless he was in on that choice from the beginning. I’m pretty sure the “big thing” that Trump is hiding is that he was in on the DNC hack ahead of time. (Interestingly, according to Comey, the only Republicans who got hacked by Russia were Lindsey Graham and John McCain, who are both openly critical of Trump. That makes the whole thing look a lot like opposition research.) Because of Watergate, Trump knows that being in on the hack is an impeachable offense. That’s the big mystery that Trump is covering up. And that’s why he wants his supporters to distrust: the press that could dig up the dirt, the intelligence community that could confirm it, and the justice system that could prosecute it.
The sheer quantity of these contacts; other less confirmed leads, such as the reports of a deeply concealed server-to-server link between the Trump Organization and a Russian group, which might be nothing or might be something; of course the infamous dossier; and perhaps most of all the bizarre behavior of the administration — in sum they do start to shift one’s view.
If there’s nothing to see here, why not just let investigators in, throw open your records, come out with a forceful statement that there’s nothing to hide?
Why try and bully the FBI? Or give misleading testimony to congress that’s slippery at best and possibly perjury? Or lie to your boss about talking to the ambassador? Or say your people have “nothing to do with the Russians” while also claiming that talking to them is business as usual?
I really don’t want to jump to conclusions. The truth is important, and speculation serves no one. On the other hand: It feels like the burden of proof is really starting to shift here.
The encouraging yet frightening news is that the Trump-Russian puzzle pieces are assembling to form a picture not only of collusion but of a kind of Keystone Cops degree of incompetence. No wonder the Russians are having buyers remorse, just like the increasing number of Trump voters except the latter are more clueless.
Months ago, I might have started this with “call me paranoid,” but given the sheer insanity of recent months, I think my next thought is firmly grounded in the realm of possibility.
I think the extent of the RNC hacking was far worse than what the public was lead to believe. In fact, I believe several members of the GOP might indeed be standing idly by as a result of damaging information that was discovered during that hacking.
Those who were not hacked, but going along, are simply power-hungry cowards. I’m talking about you, Paul Ryan and you, Mitch McConnell. History will certainly judge you as the traitors you are.