Saturday, July 28, 2018

Trump Did Collude (Didn't We Already Know That?)

(Cartoon image is by Chris Britt in the Illinois Times.)

On June 9 of 2016, three officials from the Trump campaign (Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort) met in Trump Tower with several Russians who had connections to the Russian government. The purpose of the meeting was to get dirt on Clinton from the Russians in exchange for promises to remove sanctions when elected. The participants claimed that Donald Trump did not know they were meeting with the Russians (even though he was in Trump Tower at the time), and Trump Jr. even testified to Congress and told them that lie.

Now, the news networks are abuzz with the news that Michael Cohen has said that Donald Trump did know about the Trump Tower meeting before it occurred. Of course, Trump denies it, and now says Cohen can't be trusted. But Trump trusted him for a decade and allowed Cohen to know all of his dirty secrets (because Cohen was the person Trump counted on to fix any problems he had created for himself). It is only now that the secrets are starting to be revealed, that Trump says Cohen can't be trusted.

Frankly, I'm surprised that so many of the talking heads on cable news are acting like they're shocked to learn that Trump did know (and is therefore guilty of colluding with the Russians). Didn't Trump's repeated claims of "no collusion"  and "witch hunt" give us a clue as to the truth? Didn't he just protest too much? And doesn't he have a history of telling lies to cover for himself (telling over 3200 lies in his first 18 months in office)?

But it goes beyond the lying. Anyone who studies Trump even slightly should know that Trump is a micro-manager. He was a micro-manager of his many businesses. He has been a micro-manager for his administration. And he was a micro-manager during his campaign. Nothing happens in Trump's world without his knowledge and approval. His family and employees know that, and they are aware of his fits of temper when things don't go his way. There is no way any of his family members or associates would do something as radical as meeting (colluding) with the Russians without Trump's knowledge and permission.

No one should be surprised at Cohen's latest revelation. All it does is confirm what we already knew -- that Donald Trump did collude with the Russians to affect the 2016 election.


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