Truly innocent people will do whatever it takes to prove their innocence. If that means submitting evidence, they’ll do it. If it means being forthcoming with information pertaining to the investigation, they’ll do that too. Truly innocent people don’t spend the duration of an investigation acting suspicious, trying to handpick who does what as it relates to the investigation, etc. Donald Trump has engaged in far more of the latter examples than the former ones.
This week, he even went as far as sending a strong message that, to a lot of people, sounded like he chose Jeff Sessions for the position of Attorney General, simply because he thought he’d have a “yes” man who’d be Trump’s puppet. Trump said:
‘Sessions gets the job, right after he gets the job, he recuses himself. Sessions should’ve never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should’ve told me before he took the job and I would’ve picked somebody else. So Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the President.’
“Very unfair to the President?” Americans are unsure if the person charged with the responsibility of leading them has committed any number of crimes and all he can think about/express disappointment regarding, is what he thinks is “unfair” to himself? That’s not how that’s supposed to work!
It’s true, though, that’s how Donald Trump thinks. And because of how he thinks, it’s not hard to believe that his anger towards Sessions and his frustration about the mounting evidence against those closest to him has him doing whatever he possibly can to interfere with Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. According to The Washington Post, impeding the Russia investigation is exactly what the Trump administration is doing.
It seems that interfering with the investigation would equate to the same charge of obstruction of justice some are saying Trump committed when he terminated James Comey. However, The Post reports that using clever legal loopholes, undercutting Mueller’s investigation and establishing a case for what they claim are Mueller’s conflicts of interests, is precisely what Trump’s legal team is doing.
Even worse, Trump’s legal team is already discussing Trump’s powers in terms of granting pardons; this means, anyone Mueller finds culpable, could find him/herself free from any legal consequences if Trump has his way. Sources also say that Trump has inquired about his ability to pardon aides, family members, yes, even himself, in conjunction with the probe.
Trump’s legal team was offered the opportunity to address the rumors outlined above, but they declined to comment. However, one adviser told The Post that Trump merely wants to understand the scope of his powers, as well as just how far Mueller’s investigation can go. Isn’t that something Trump should’ve educated himself about regardless of whether Sessions or Mueller was investigating, if in fact Trump has nothing to hide/be ashamed of?
As Mueller’s probe deepens, Trump’s legal team is working harder than ever to diminish Mueller’s investigative powers. Going as far as gathering, or perhaps fabricating a list of matters they deem a barrier to Mueller doing his job effectively, the Trump legal team is leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to get in the way of Mueller’s ability to clear Trump of the allegations against him, or find him guilty.
If Trump is innocent and has done nothing wrong, why is he so angry with Jeff Sessions when Sessions actually did what was right, ethically, given his own conflicts of interests? If Trump is innocent, why is he doing everything possible to keep Mueller from getting to the facts of exactly what happened with Russia’s interference in Election 2016? Maybe Trump isn’t as innocent as he says he is, after all.
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