There was some speculation that this tweet storm was coming. The weather in Washington was poor over the weekend, so no golf for the Donald. Theses tweets included name calling (crooked New York Times) and unfounded allegations all centered around the Mueller investigation, and the media. It reminds me why I subscribe to the New York Times, because it provides hard facts, often taken from court filings. Revealing the name of the FBI informant is a diversion, and it won’t work, as all law enforcement depends on keeping sources confidential.
A totally open investigation, where confidential information in FISA warrants and names of informants, is given to the public, not only can ruin this investigations, but severely limit future investigations.
Mueller has obtained either indictments or guilty pleas for key campaign officials:
Paul Manafort, under house arrest awaiting trial, Trump’s campaign manager, June to August 2016, Faces many charges, including financial fraud, conspiracy against the US, failure to register as a foreign agent working for Ukraine.
Rick Gates, plead guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, worked as number 2 along with Manafort, and then continued after the election, in planning the inauguration ceremonies. His cooperation with the Mueller investigation may uncover more Russian links.
General Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Joined Trump’s campaign in February 2016 as a foreign policy adviser. Trump appointed him National Security Adviser, a position he held for 24 days until resigning as facts surface on his contacts with Russian officials which he had lied about to Vice President Pence. He is cooperating with the Mueller investigation.
The list goes on. George Papadopoulos, former campaign foreign policy advisor, has also plead guilty to lying to FBI agents and is also cooperating with the Mueller investigation.
This is white collar crime, involving bank fraud, conspiracy with Russian agents, campaign finance violation and money laundering. It must be investigated and prosecuted. The investigation is not completed, but the tweets say one thing: Donald Trump is scared of what is likely to be revealed. When you’ve got nothing to defend yourself, you can always pound the table. Or send your TV lawyers to Fox News to do it for you.
Keep informed. It’s a complex story, and not everything will connect up. It will take time for Mueller to complete the investigation. See links below on the tweet storm and summaries of the investigation. And kudos to the New York Times, Washington Post (I subscribe to both newspapers) and Wikipedia (send in your donation today!).
(Getting results, slow but sure)