After two years of special counsel nonsense and the sinking feeling that justice will never prevail, we’re finally seeing some of Robert Mueller’s targets and witnesses fighting back, vigorously. By far the most heartening of these is the President of the United States himself, who is starting to talk tough.
This travesty of “justice” has been going on for so long, with seemingly no limitations, that I know many of my readers have thrown up their hands and given up thinking there will ever be anything but a two-tiered system of justice. “Why doesn’t the President DO something??” is the common lament. “I have no hope that Hillary will ever pay for anything she’s done,” is another. Some are so disgusted (or confused, or bored) that they don’t even want to think about it any more.
And that is just what the left wants to hear from Trump supporters. They’d love to see us give up or be distracted by something else –- anything else –- and tune them out while they continue working feverishly to get Trump out of office, no matter what they have to do. (Never mind that this would leave them with a President Pence; they hate Trump so much that I’m not sure they’ve thought that far ahead.) Democrats in the House intend to investigate Trump’s potential business conflicts of interest, his tax returns, his family, any past dealings with Russia, and anything else he ever said or did in his entire life, if that’s what it takes.
But Trump, in an exclusive 36-minute interview on Wednesday in the Oval Office with New York Post reporters Marisa Schultz and Nikki Schwab, made it clear that he has had enough of being harassed and is ready to fight back. In anticipation of Democrats’ taking control of the House –- and the House committees –- in January and launching one investigation after another, he warned that they would pay a heavy price for doing so. In fact, he said that if they started harassing him, it would be the best thing that ever happened to him.
“I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard, they’d never been hit like that,” he said.
He’s armed for bear, with plenty of unredacted material that he could declassify at any time, including the FISA applications and other materials from the Mueller investigation. He said this information would show that the FBI, the Justice Department and the Hillary Clinton campaign were working together to set him up to be investigated on allegations of “collusion” with Russia. This is what we who’ve “connected the dots” have thought for a long time, and he says he’s got the evidence to prove it.
Of course, Democrats are still trying to use intimidation to keep him from doing this, saying that it would be obstruction of justice, but that strategy suddenly doesn’t seem to be working so well. With witnesses such as Jerome Corsi and Paul Manafort very vocally refusing to be “flipped” by the special counsel if it means lying –-- even if they have to spend the rest of their lives in prison –- there’s a change in the air. More people are seeing how Democrats will try to RUIN anyone whose destruction is useful to them; I think they started paying more attention to this after the inexcusable tactics used during Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. They don’t want to see an America in which anyone standing in the way of what one side wants is viewed as collateral damage.
For a time, Trump’s opposition was able to skew things so thoroughly that he couldn’t bring honesty and transparency to the table without being accused of OBSTRUCTING justice. In an odd twist, it seemed his hands were tied. He couldn’t even fire people who badly needed firing and whom he had the constitutional authority to fire. His lawyers surely had advised him to do nothing and let the process play out.
But I’m sensing maybe that has changed, too.
“I think that would help my campaign,” Trump said of Democrats’ plans to harass him. “If they want to play tough, I will do it. They will see how devastating those pages are.”
Trump was called on in September by his allies in the House to declassify numerous DOJ documents, such as the FISA warrant application and renewals to spy on Carter Page (their gateway into the whole Trump campaign) and memos concerning Bruce Ohr’s interactions with “dossier” creator Christopher Steele. There are also the unredacted emails and texts from former FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Trump initially said he’d declassify them, and then...he didn’t, citing concern by U.S. allies (assumed to be mostly Great Britain and Australia, home to some of the key characters in this charade). But now it seems he considers these documents to be part of his arsenal against the Democrats.
During the interview, he said his lawyer Emmet Flood had advised him that it would be best, from a political standpoint, to hold on to the material for now. He added that “if we had done it already, it would already be yesterday’s news.” So It seems he plans to save the big unveiling for just the right moment. I can see how that might be kind of fun.
It’s frustrating, though, to us onlookers, who would prefer to see the special counsel shut down NOW and who want more than anything to see some real justice done. The country has important issues to deal with, and this is one crack-up we need to be looking at in our rear-view mirror. If Trump has evidence that could lead to Hillary being perp-walked to Cell Block A, he should declassify it without delay. If he can show us everything the FBI was doing back in 2016 to let her off the hook, it’s time to expose that scheme. And if Trump has evidence to show the DOJ and FBI “colluded” in an attempt to defeat and/or depose him, it should be made public, no matter how high the plot goes (and I suspect this is a plot that goes EXTREMELY high, if you know what I mean).
Are we going to have to wait for it to appear as the “October surprise” in 2020?
And what if Trump’s threat is enough, and the Democrats back off without his having to release all that devastating material? He addressed that question in the interview, and after hearing his answer, I hope he’ll change his mind, because he said that maybe we shouldn’t ever see it. “Some things maybe the public shouldn’t see because they are so bad,” he said. “Maybe it’s better that the public not see what’s been going on with this country.”
Of course, Trump changes his mind all the time, and in this case, he definitely should. True, he's seen what’s in those documents and for that reason perhaps is in a better position to say, but I still think we as Americans deserve to know every last bit of “what’s been going on with this country,” no matter what it is or who is implicated. Make that sooner rather than later.