Saturday, September 29, 2018

What did Donald Trump do today?

He lied about interfering in the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh.

En route to a campaign rally in West Virginia, Trump promised reporters that he would not be putting restrictions on the FBI's investigations into Brett Kavanaugh, who is accused by at least three women of crimes or gross sexual misbehavior. 

Trump said that the FBI has "free rein to do whatever they have to do." But in reality, Trump has set strict limits on what the FBI is allowed to investigate in their one-week window of opportunity, according to White House officials.

The FBI will not be allowed to investigate allegations made by Julie Swetnick that Kavanaugh participated in group sex with drunk or drugged women during college parties. Swetnick is represented by Michael Avenatti, who is also the attorney for Stormy Daniels, the porn star Trump had an affair with and paid hush money to. Avenatti's brash, public taunts have infuriated Trump, and his response to Swetnick's allegations were to lash out at her lawyer.

Kavanaugh also likely perjured himself during testimony this week, and it appears that those statements will be off-limits to the FBI as well.

Why does this matter?

  • It's wrong to say you'll do one thing, and then do another.
  • It's bad to appoint people to the most powerful positions in government if they can't stand public scrutiny of their actions.