Trump continues to deny any connection with Vladimir Putin. Of course we know that is just another Trump “alternative fact,” but if he wanted everyone to believe him, his actions prevent him from convincing anyone.
Hiring Michael Flynn and his national security adviser can only be called an act of ‘arrogance.’ Trump was warned by President Obama, acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, and even from Flynn himself about the illegality and suspicion of actions involving foreign entities. Trump hired him for just 24 days.
Then Trump attempted to halt the investigation of Flynn by the FBI. He tried to influence Director James Comey, but Comey refused.
Possibly Trump’s most self-destructive act was his rash firing of Comey, and a subsequent admission to newsman Lester Holt that the reason was Comey’s ongoing investigation about Trump’s relationship with Russia. White House sources claim that when Trump watched stories about the issue on television, he would immediately enter into a rage; screaming at the television.
Comey had begun to escalate the investigation. Trump created another problem; Comey kept detailed notes about his meetings with Trump, and they present the possibility of impeachment based upon possible charges of ‘obstruction of justice.’
Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, has taken precautions to prevent Trump from making hasty decisions, and taking rash actions in the future. All information which is to be presented to Trump must first be examined by him.
I continue to be frightened by the single fact that Trump has the nuclear launch codes. In any critical situation with one of our adversaries, military action should be the last resort; not the first. Because Trump lacks the acuity to consider all of the facts, and all of his options, he is a great danger to world peace. Because he failed to select competent advisers within his circle of sinners, he has no one with the knowledge or experience to contradict his decision-making process.
Saturday, James Comey’s father spoke by phone to CNN, and described his son’s opinions of Donald Trump.
J. Brien Comey called his son’s firing last week “a Trump deal.”
Although the FBI Director ‘works at the pleasure of the president, he is expected to act independently. The senior Mr. Comey described the relationship between his son and Trump.
“[Comey] didn’t give him 100% loyalty, and he demands that of people who work with him,” the 86-year-old said. “[Comey] said he would give 100% honesty, but not loyalty.”
Comey said his son, whom he described as a “straightforward and honest guy,” was fired “because Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day.”
Once again Trump ‘stepped on his own foot’ when he invited Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and Ambassador/Spy, Sergey Kislyak to the Oval Office at the ‘request’ of Vladimir Putin the day after he fired Comey. During the “secret” meeting:
“I just fired the head of the FBI,” Trump told the Russians, according to a document summarizing the meeting that was read to the Times. “He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Either Trump was revealing greater ignorance than I expected, or he was once again exposing himself regarding his naivete about how government functions. ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.’ That is not just a law of physics, it also pertains to government.
With Trump away, the investigation continues under the auspices of special counsel Robert Mueller. He has the power to act as an attorney involved in a criminal trial. He can subpoena records and individuals; issue warrants; and file charges of perjury and obstruction of justice if necessary.
I doubt that Trump will be eager to return to the White House. Personally, I wish that he and his staff would never come back; I would sleep better at night.
by James Turnage
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