Trump to be Subpoenaed by Special Prosecutor, while his son is indicted by grand jury
. . . desperation descends upon 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
E LaMont Gregory MSc Oxon
Donald Trump, is fighting the daunting subpoena power of the special prosecutor. And, as an inevitable indictment of his son looms, Trump today fired the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and replaced him with a Trump loyalist, who has publicly suggested that Trump's son did nothing wrong in taking the meeting with the Russians in response to their promise to provide the Trump campaign with damaging material on their opponent. US law prohibits campaigns form accepting anything material or otherwise of value from a foreign person, entity or government.
The crux of the matter is this, and let's be crystal clear about what the issue is, what the charge is and, what the violation of law is that is being investigated by the special prosecutor: there is evidence that the Trump campaign reached out to foreign persons and a foreign government for their assistance, during the election, with the purpose of affecting the outcome of the election, and that is criminal.
Trump often states that he and the other principals of his campaign have not committed a crime because there was no collusion. There is no crime called collusion, therefore, it is perfectly reasonable to accept that Trump and the other principals of his campaign did not violate a law that does not exist. It is also, therefore, a meaningless statement.
The charge against Trump and his principals is that they knowingly and willfully, contrary to law, accepted the assistance of numerous foreign persons and a foreign government, during the election campaign, for the purpose of affecting the outcome of the election.
And, upon that precise understanding of the facts, indictments have already been issued and convictions obtained, with more to come.
The Manchurian Candidate fires Attorney General, constitutionality of Whitaker appointment to be challenged in the courts
Donald Trump, at this moment, is fighting the daunting subpoena power of the special prosecutor, Mueller, as well as, and at the same time he must contend with the awesome power of a grand jury to indict. But with due and proper regard to Justice Department protocols, public awareness and the details of the pending subpoenas and indictments will come to light only after the mid-term elections, on Tuesday the 6th of November. The term for the current state of the subpoenas and indictment is that they exist, under seal. Indictments often exist under seal until the persons named in the indictments are arrested.
Trump's all out war on everyone who opposes his policies, now that a Mueller subpoena and grand jury indictment of his son is imminent, and the party opposite will soon take control of the House of Representatives, his vitriol has been elevated to a new and frankly dangerous level. Nonetheless the subpoenas and indictments, help to explain, Trump's growing since of impending doom, and of being trapped with no way out. Trump is beginning to exhibit characteristic signs of the discomfort and mental anguish associated with that last long slow walk to the gallows, as it were. And, his performance at the, 7 November 2018, White House press conference was that of a very troubled individual.
The public is well aware of the bravado coming from Trump's revolving legal team about how they would oppose a potential subpoena from Mueller, well now that potential, is pit and pendulum-like. That is, moment by moment with each swing of the pendulum the dreaded but inevitable event inches closer and closer. Mueller for the time being has agreed to allow Trump to submit written answers to a list of questions, which should not be seen as a milder from of examination, since the written word can reveal just as much as an oral question and answer examination.
The appointment of Whitaker, which is being challenged in the courts as unconstitutional, to replace the often chastised Jeff Sessions as attorney general, is an obvious and sure to fail ploy by Trump to receive real-time notifications of Mueller's progress in the investigation of what of value the Trump campaign received contrary to law from foreign entities during the 2016 election campaign. And, any subsequent actions by principals of the Trump campaign to conceal those illegal actions, if in fact it can be proved that they did occur.
The White House counsel's recent departure came about because McGahn was obliged to inform the president that his, McGahn's constitutional responsibility was to the office of the presidency. And that many of the problems besetting the current president lie well outside that sphere. Especially, his role as the Manchurian candidate in the 2016 presidential election. And, that an often spoken of looming constitutional crisis exists steadfastly in the minds of Trump supporters, but not in fact and in law. And, the subpoenas and the indictments are at hand.
Jeff Sessions, a die-hard southern racist of long standing, was one of the first senators to recognize and then to embrace the white-nationalist candidacy of Donald Trump. Sessions knew of the KKK ties of Trump's father, who after the death of several Italian Americans, during an attack on them at a KKK rally in Queens, became well-known within certain circles. Circles, such as, those who trade in the sordid business 0f Black Memorabilia. Sessions was unworthy of ever being attorney general, and the damage that he has done, mother and child separation, blocking asylum seekers contrary to law, removing correction orders on police forces around the country and unfortunately so on and so forth, will require the next, non-Trump, appointee to undue the damage to American Jurisprudence that Sessions has done.
Now Session's replacement, another Trump pick, Matthew Whitaker, went to a lot of effort to let Trump know that he was with him, all the way. So much so, that Whitaker claimed on a CNN broadcast that Trump's son did nothing wrong in taking the meeting with Russians to get dirt on their opponent. It seems Trump has a habit of appointing Justice Department high officials who have to recuse themselves from oversight of the special prosecutor.
CNN employed Whitaker as a legal opinion contributor, and no apology to the American people has been forthcoming from CNN for the utter nonsense that Whitaker often spoke from that platform.
Speaking of CNN, for reasons that are unclear Cuomo keeps trying to rehabilitate Steve Bannon, who has become irrelevant. Bannon, who thought he would help spread racist venom in Europe only to discover that he came very close to being charged with exciting racial hatred and violence there, because his hate speech is contrary to European human rights laws. Bannon is trying to work his way back, with the help of Cuomo, but it is not working. And, without Trump's backing and Mercer money, Bannon is where he should be, available only as a speaker for small gatherings of fringe hate groups. His role with Conway in finessing private user data from Facebook and then turning that data over to Cambridge Analytica, who passed it on to Russian intelligence, will, perhaps slowly, but inevitably work its way into an indictment. But, there is no rush, because neither Bannon nor Conway are going anywhere. And the continued use of that data by Russian intelligence, adds to their crimes, which are mounting as time passes both in number and extent.
Perhaps, while Cuomo is scraping the bottom of the barrel, he should interview the architect of separating the children of lawful asylum seekers from their mothers' at our southern border. But Trump won't let Steve Miller near a microphone or camera.
Trump has tried to pit the ethnic groups of America against one another for purely political reasons, which is why the terms, white nationalist and neo-nazi, are often used as descriptors for Donald Trump.
And yet, remarkably there continues to be scant in-depth reporting of the race issue in America in relation to Trump. Why? After an interview with John Kasich, towards whom Nicole Wallace of MSNBC was obviously enamored, she commented that surely someone from MSNBC would grab Kasich before he left the building. This is the same John Kasich who assembled a cabinet when he was elected governor of Ohio that was less diverse than any cabinet since the Civil War era. And, whose 'I can balance the budget mantra' resulted in Ohio becoming the childhood poverty capitol of the United States. Kasich launched a vindictive campaign against people of color in Ohio that is the hallmark of his reign as governor. How can Nicole Wallace, lead an in-depth discussion of race while praising those who perpetuate racial animus? And she, Wallace, is just a symptom of a larger problem when it comes to race issues in America, and so-called investigative cable news network journalism.
There is much speculation, and some suggestion that Halley resigned her UN post because she assumed some sort of ethical stand, however, in fact her departure became inevitable when UN-busting Bolton joined the White House staff. From that moment her tenure at the UN was superfluous to the Bolton/Trump agenda. However, revisionist commentators have already begun to suggest that Halley's departure was due to her standing against Trump's disregard towards the UN. The truth is very much to the contrary, as she had every opportunity to speak out when the Government of the United States began to violate its obligations under international agreements concerning asylum seekers, and she was ethically silent.
Ryan's self-inflicted and disgraceful fall, to coin a phrase, is and will now and for evermore be linked to the 'midnight madness' caper and his tacit encouragement of the Nunes/White House intelligence hoax plot. Remembering, the recorded Nunes California speech in which he claimed that if we want to keep 'this' going, we have to keep the House of Representatives. There are grieving families in Pittsburgh who understand fully and painfully, as does the nation, exactly what 'this' is.
And, with the loss of control of the House of Representatives, Nunes will be referred to the Ethics Committee, and Ryan, having resigned his seat, becomes just another witness to the facts of the hoax and plot to subvert congressional oversight of the executive branch of government. Ryan saw the writing on the wall and suddenly and dramatically announced his retirement from congress. But the weight of his wrongdoings still rest firmly upon his shoulders, and testify he will, under oath, and under subpoena.
There is much more to the resignation of Paul Ryan and the recent disappearance of Rudy Giuliani, as his absence and silence is obvious, glaringly so, which will be the subjects of a near future article.
Trump's problems and those of his son are not limited to those associated with the special prosecutor, far from it.
Federal tax fraud investigators as well as the New York State Prosecutor's Office, among others, are well into what will ultimately, as in the conviction of Paul Manafort which includes an apartment in Trump Tower, strip Trump and his children of most, if not all, of their property holdings and bank accounts, for their decades of deliberate and willful tax evasion and outright fraud. Kushner's troubled New York properties, will shortly no longer be his concern.
The president's sister, a sitting federal judge, will either resign or be impeached for her part in the Trump businesses and charities decades-long litany of illegal activities. And, if those problems were not enough, although they are substantial, they also represent a fraction of the Trumps' past and continuing wrongdoings.
The election has obscured the fact that Putin has begun to speak out about the relations between Russian intelligence and the Trump presidential election campaign. Commentators, especially on cable networks, are rather fond of repeating the mantra that no one knows what the special prosecutor knows. Well, it should be obvious that that statement is unsound.
Both Trump and Putin know what the special prosecutor knows. Both American and Russian security and intelligence services know what the special prosecutor knows, as well as, those foreign intelligence services who, for lack of a better phraseology, broke the story, which prompted American intelligence services to wake up to the fact that orchestrated skulduggery between Russians and the Trump campaign was afoot. The reason Putin is speaking out now, while most Americans are rightfully so concentrated on the upcoming election, is that Putin and Trump can claim after the election, when attention is focused on what Putin is saying, as being old news.
Trump is fearful, cornered, and outflanked. And now added to his long list of future interactions with criminal prosecutors, especially for his children on state charges, Trump has to contend with the greatest threat to his beleaguered presidency, impeachment and trial. That process has begun in earnest now that he has been subpoenaed (still under seal) by the special prosecutor and the road map is in the hands of the public.
The road map, as it is being called, removes much of the fear of the unknown surrounding Trump's removal from office for the high crimes he has committed. Let us be clear, the road map is not conjecture, it is not supposition about what this or that person thought or conspired to do. The road map is a statement of the facts, and nothing but the facts. The road map is a factual list of the crimes that were actually committed, when they were committed, and by whom.
Trump's tactics of heaping ethnic division and hatred for those who find his brand of leadership Duce-esque, will not delay his day of reckoning. Trump believes irrationally that keeping the House of Representatives will save him, and there are those who cheer on his divisive murder inciting rants, but in final analysis, the facts are what they are, and all the rabble rousing in the world cannot put the genie back into the bottle.
Although Kemp and King narrowly escaped electoral defeat, the third K, Kobach has felt the full weight of ostracization for his false accusations concerning the existence of mass voter fraud among those who did not support Trump. When all along, the accusations of voter fraud were a ruse to hide his engineering the largest scale voter suppression scheme in US history.
Kemp and King, as will others who even in the face of mass murder, continue to cheer on Trump's violence inciting ethnic scorn, especially at Trump's white nationalist fear mongering gatherings, where he entertains those who long for the good ole days when the psychological wage was the only pay increase they ever received. But as long as they could feel that they were better than someone else, they could contend with empty bellies.
Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney missed a historic opportunity to demonstrate leadership in times of adversity, and both failed miserably. Ryan will be under investigation for most of the next decade, while a future senator Romney enters that chamber without a morsel of ethical or statesmanship credibility. Silence in the face of barbarity is not golden, Mitt Romney, it's just plain yellow.
While, most of Trump's officials, will never hold a position of public trust ever again, Steve Miller and Jeff Sessions, the architects of family separation, will eventually face trial for knowingly conspiring to deny asylum seekers their lawful right to do so. And, someone will, must, stand trial for those children who have died while illegally separated from their mothers.
We must all take a deep breath, and remember that in the creed of this great American Republic, we scorn the evil done, we punish lawfully the evil doer, but otherwise maintain our unflinching respect for human dignity, and for human life.
Donald Trump, is currently fighting the daunting subpoena power of the special prosecutor and the indictment power of the grand jury. And, as the noose tightens around the Trump presidency, Trump's white-nationalist rants become more & more incendiary, with all too predictable and lethal consequences.
When we arrived at this juncture in the Nixon debacle, some right thinking members of his own party went to him and suggested that he spare the nation the trauma of the presentation of the evidence, the road map which details the crimes Nixon committed and commissioned. Nixon saw the wisdom of that course and resigned.
In our present circumstance, we know that the Graham that boldly announced 'we have a new sheriff in town' after the nothing bombing of the Syrian airport, does not have the stature to do so. Hatch, of the New York people are different comment, having embraced Trump's divisive nature, no longer possess the wherewithal to act as an American hero, or statesman. The list of those who can do so, as we will discover, is a short one. Trump during the incendiary press conference yesterday, stated that we have the senate, which in his mind means they, the spineless senators, will follow me where ever I lead.
And therefore, we may not be able to avoid the ultimate American trauma, after all.