Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, January 26th, 2019 - 141 comments
Categories: accountability, capitalism, class war, corruption, Dirty Politics, Donald Trump, International, us politics - Tags: mueller, nancy pelosi, roger stone, trump
Pear shaped President Donald Trump has had a pear shaped day.
Before dawn, armed FBI agents took Trump advisor Roger Stone off to court, where he arrived in handcuffs to face multiple charges of lying to the Mueller enquiry.
Later in the morning, Trump caved in to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, ending, at least temporarily, the lockout of 800,000 Federal employees.
The agreement provides no additional funding for Trump’s wall.
Trump has been thoroughly exposed as a hopeless negotiator, completely unable to cut a deal with people who aren’t powerless. This is the fundamental difference to his bragging in his book the Art of the Deal; this time he’s not dealing with contractors and business people who need him more than he needs them.
This is a defeat of historic proportions. It may be the day that Donald Trump realises that one term is all he’s getting.
The right aren’t best pleased, with Ann Coulter tweeting that Trump has overtaken the late George HW Bush as the wimpiest President ever.
However bad the political optics, it’s the arrest of his best bud Roger Stone that will be causing Trump the most worry.
The Stone charge sheet includes what is possibly the most pointed line in the Mueller enquiry so far:
“ … a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information [WikiLeaks] had regarding the Clinton campaign”.
This order was given to the senior Trump campaign official after 22 July 2016, a month after it was reported that it was Russian government hackers who had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems.
This clearly contradicts Trump’s claims that his team had nothing to do with the leaks, Wikileaks or the Russians. If not outright collusion, it is at least a coordinated effort to attempt collusion.
So who was the senior campaign official? Who gave the order? Does that person have the surname Kushner or Trump?
Stone says he ain’t saying. But that may be of no significance anyway, as it looks very much like Mueller is in possession of the facts anyway.
My favourite sidebar to today’s events is that among the FBI agents who raided Roger Stone’s house this morning were volunteers who have not been paid for a month because of the Trump shutdown.
They say in the States that ‘you can’t fight City Hall’. In this case, Trump has taken on the entire apparatus of Government and lost very bigly indeed.
A great day for democracy, a lousy day for the President.
And I’m so looking forward to Trump’s next book: The Art of the Plea Deal.