Imagine an America in which the intimidation factor is so high that no one in his right mind would dare work for a Republican candidate.
Unless things change, that’s where we’re headed, and the first to say publicly that he will never do it again is former Trump campaign communications advisor Michael Caputo. In an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s FOX News show after his three-hour interrogation before investigators from the special counsel’s office, he made it clear that Mueller is still looking very seriously into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. When asked if there was any such collusion, Caputo replied, “Of course not.”
Nevertheless, the Mueller team appears to be scrupulously prepared to conduct an anal exam on Trump. “I’ll tell you, they know more about the Trump campaign than anybody that worked there,” Caputo said, “and they know more about what I did in 2016 than I do myself.” He hesitated to elaborate, though, saying he’d been “warned” by them not to say anything that might interfere with their investigation. Tucker wondered aloud if Caputo was being intimidated against exercising his freedom of speech. “I’m not gonna be friending them on Facebook today, if that’s what you’re asking,” Caputo replied.
He went on to detail his $125,000 in legal bills, which is more than he makes in a year –- “for nothing,” just complying with investigators –- plus the death threats against him and his family (including a piece of a sniper rifle that was mailed to his wife last month), and also the way he and his family are being trashed. “I’m just a witness,” he said. “I can’t imagine if somebody is a subject or a target, what they’re going to go through.” He’s opened a GoFundMe page to help cover his legal expenses and has raised about $10,000 so far.
And here’s where it gets chilling: “I certainly didn’t sign up for this when I went to work for the Trump campaign,” he said, “and I will NEVER, EVER work for another Republican campaign for as long as I live.” He went on to describe this as a part of the Democratic strategy, punishing people who work for this President. “I think they want to destroy the President, they want to destroy his family, they want to destroy his businesses, they want to destroy his friends, so that no billionaire in, let’s say, 15 years, wakes up and tells his wife, ‘You know what, the country’s broken, and only I can fix it.’ His wife will say, ‘Are you crazy?? Did you see what happened to Donald Trump and everybody around him?’ That’s what this is about.”
He made it clear that he was speaking only of Republican races (obviously, those are the ones being targeted), and that somebody would have to legally indemnify him for him to participate. “Clearly, these lawsuits after the fact are the new Democratic strategy: when you lose, you still win. I don’t think ANYBODY should work on a Republican campaign again unless they are legally indemnified. I think if you do, you’re crazy.” Tucker didn't ask the obvious follow-up question: "Well, after what Democrats have done to you, how can you work on Democratic campaigns?
So this is the goal of the Democrats’ scorched-earth policy: to destroy the Republican Party by using such ruinous intimidation tactics that no one will be associated with a GOP candidate. We saw it happen in 2016 in subtler ways to Trump voters, many of whom decided it might be better not to put a sign in the yard or admit to friends and co-workers that they were supporting him.
Caputo seemed quite calm and chatty on Tucker’s show, considering he’d had a rough day that included not just his testimony but also a blow-up in front of Democratic congressional aides. He said he’s had to sell his house to pay his staggering legal bills and that there had been a “visceral impact” on his children. He says that to make enough money to pay attorneys, he anticipates having to move from the small town in upstate New York he’d settled in to give his family a nice life and go back to working in Washington DC or some other high-powered den of iniquity (my terminology),
According to the story in the Daily Mail, Caputo directed his ire mostly at ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner of Virginia, who gets briefings from Daniel Jones, the former staffer for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein who under the name “Democratic Integrity Project” (ha) rounded up $50 million from wealthy Democratic donors to continue paying Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to keep the “Russia” narrative going after Trump’s election. (We took a look at that story a couple of days ago.) He really wants to know who those donors are, because by keeping that bogus story alive, they’re causing grief to a lot of innocent people.
For the full story and transcript of his amazing statement to the committee, click here. I have to caution you, he does use a bit of rough language, but keep in mind: he is just about at the end of his rope, as any of us would be.
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