By Dan Peak
The Commoner Call (8/24/17)
Dear Fellow Readers,
Trump is like a total eclipse regularly elbowing aside all other news as all media is drawn like moths to his billowing fires. Trump rallies the faithful in Arizona and spins on and on about neo-Nazis, threatens shutting down government, rants about fake news, a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio and on and on … and on.
Meanwhile, Special Counsel Mueller continues quietly doing his work undistracted.
Trump Resignation Game-Ender?
That said, Keith Olbermann, on Tuesday’s The Resistance, gets credit for pulling together important clues behind more obscure headlines to come to an enticing declaration…
- More predictions of Trump’s resignation? Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is flipped by Mueller then gets attacked by Trump rag The National Enquirer?
- Remember the FBI raid of Manafort’s home in July? Perhaps to help Mr. Manafort to see the light?
- Many more Trump-Russia meetings than have been made public? Up to dozens?
- A reminder that Trump business partner Felix Sater predicts jail time for himself and Trump.
- Former Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus gets Mueller’s attention?
Olbermann offers the hope we’ll wake up one morning to find Trump’s sudden resignation will be the story of the day, the year, maybe our political lifetime. His case is broad and personal.
For added color, here’s The New York Times story Olbermann references about the Russian hacker that is now a witness with the FBI: In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking
The hacker known as “Profexer” says he is happy to be alive. While he may not have been involved with Russian intelligence, his rationale for turning himself in is that his work was identified as part of the attacks and he feels safer as a witness. As we’ve seen many times, Russians who Vladimir Putin doesn’t like have a nasty habit of dying abruptly and mysteriously.
I often see arguments and discussions of Trump-Russia using the views of RT and Sputnik. For a bit of color, here’s former Sputnik News Service White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, first hand view of propaganda offered as news by Russian state media. Beware your source – there is real fake news but it’s not CNN.
Trump’s business partners have a habit of turning out to be crooks, oligarchs, dirty money launderers and drug traffickers. Trump’s rationale is that it’s not his responsibility to vet partners and investors in a licensing arrangement. While convenient, not a defensible legal argument. You might be interested in the consistent flavor, this one by Univision News about the Trump business in Panama.
Trump is consistent – and his bluster won’t save him. I hope Olbermann is right sooner than later.