Saturday, October 28, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He dispatched his press secretary to accuse Hillary Clinton of the things he and his campaign are being investigated for.

Yesterday, the federal grand jury in the Mueller investigation returned its first indictments. While the targets are not yet known, at least one target--Trump's campaign chair, Paul Manafort--had already been told by Mueller that he could expect to face charges.

Today, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to claim that Hillary Clinton, and not Trump, had "colluded" with the Russian government. To substantiate this claim, she pointed to the fact that law firms employed by the DNC had helped to fund the research that became part of the Steele dossier. This is a report compiled by a former British intelligence agency that claims that the Putin regime has been actively cultivating Trump as a (possibly unwitting) means to the end of sowing chaos in American politics.

Because the Trump team's public relations strategy relies on painting the report as partisan anti-Republican lies, Sanders did not mention that the report was originally commissioned by the ultra-conservative Washington Free Beacon, which abandoned its efforts to derail the Trump campaign once he clinched the GOP nomination. 

No part of the Steele dossier has been discredited, and many of its most serious allegations regarding secret contacts between Trump's inner circle and agents of the Russian government have been independently confirmed. It is a matter of absolute certainty among American law enforcement and intelligence agencies that Russia deliberately acted to undermine faith in American democracy and sow chaos in its government by helping elect Donald Trump.

Why should anyone care about this?

  • It's bad if a hostile foreign power has successfully carried out an attack on the American democratic process itself.
  • Someone who doesn't want people looking into his past probably shouldn't run for president.
  • Eventually Donald Trump will have to stop blaming people who aren't president for the problems of his presidency.