Spin is everything…

Spin is everything…

Up till now, news in the Age of Trump has broken on Friday, too late for anyone to pay attention because they’re commuting home, burned out from another week fighting the dumpster fire our nation’s become. They’re too busy trying to reclaim their lives on the weekend, pretending that the house isn’t falling apart around them.

So it will come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that the news of Mueller’s pending indictment(s) came on Friday. What’s different is the way people have reacted since that news broke. Reactions ranging from “it’s nothing” to “they GOT the son of a bitch” have been all over my FB feed and on Twitter. Those who Know how slowly the gears of justice grind have cautioned folks to adopt a “wait and see” approach.

Since Friday’s news hit my feed, I’ve been squarely in the latter camp. No popcorn popping, no advance celebrations. I am in damage control mode here at TCT, mostly because I had better things to do last weekend than to exercise wild, idle speculation over who was going to get whacked come Monday morning.

So here we are, today.

Paul Manafort turned himself into the FBI this morning. So did Rick Gates. Who? According to Yahoo News:

…Gates was linked to internal turmoil during the campaign. Most notoriously, according to a campaign source, the Trump aide signed off on and edited the plagiarized speech given by Melania Trump at the Republican national convention, when she was quickly revealed to have copied chunks of a speech by Michelle Obama.

Here’s all the documentation you need regarding all the charges against them, thanks to Associated Press:

Mueller investigation documents

It’s an important step, but not the bombshell people wanted. Here’s why:

Wired.com: How to Interpret Robert Mueller’s Charges Against Paul Manafort

But the big news? The thing nobody expected?

George Papadopolous.

Who?

Wasn’t there a guy by that name way back in the Clinton administration? No, that’s George Stephanopolous.

I could Retweet everything Seth Abramson has to say on this, but if you’re already on Twitter, go read the thread for yourself.

The bottom line here is not just that there’s grounds for collusion with Russia over the campaign, but also subsequent grounds for suspicion AFTER Trump took office in January. At least that’s my takeaway from this:

Business Insider: It looks like another Trump adviser has significantly changed his story about the GOP’s dramatic shift on Ukraine

The takeaway?

Of course, it’s Hillary must be colluding instead! Go arrest her and Mueller. They’re in this together!

This “wag the dog” moment brought to you by a flailing US President on the verge of a massive meltdown over his own fuck-ups, mistaken alliances, and a path to prison for at least some of the people who aided and abetted his rise and subsequently corrupt administration.

If you want to see what Rome looked like just before it burned, I invite you to peek into Washington, DC this morning.

Twitter’s the fiddle and Trump’s playing it for all it’s worth.

Now I’m going to get the popcorn.

ETA: Here’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders pretending none of this is connected to the campaign.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?436546-1/sarah-sanders-briefs-reporters-wake-manafort-gates-indictments

To Trump, from Russia, with love…

To Trump, from Russia, with love…

Paul Harvey was a well-respected Midwestern radio broadcaster for ABC Radio Networks. When my dad used to take us on our epic summer cross-country road trips, Harvey’s broadcasts were highlights in otherwise endless drives from destination to destination. His segments near the end of every broadcast always began with the phrase “And now, the rest of the story.”

Ironically, Harvey was a conservative who believed a lot of things I didn’t, and don’t, but that didn’t stop his segment from having compelling threads and familiar themes. He’s been gone since 2009.

Last night, news broke all over the place of Donald Trump’s own email server and obstruction of justice  problems, but there’s a “rest of the story” here, and it came to light this morning.

The GOP are so desperate for an October Surprise that will guarantee their supremacy in just a week, they managed to push the agenda one small step too far. I am absolutely certain that if the Democrats win in the numbers they ought to come this time next week, we will finally see sunshine blown into all the dark crevices of government, but for FBI Director James Comey, this could well be the end of a career as he steps off the Hatch Act ledge.

The news that there were additional emails on “a device” related to Anthony Weiner, which broke on October 28th, came straight from the top, but it’s not the end of the story. And it stinks.

It took all of four days to go from the story, which relates to investigations of Weiner’s laptop, the device in question, to the revelation that Comey decided to skip announcing Donald Trump’s direct link to the Ukraine.

And in that time, here’s a summary of the changes in the news, in three articles:

Rawstory: Cummings’ shocker: Americans don’t ‘have a clue’ how hard the GOP pushed the FBI to attack Clinton

New York Times: Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia

CNBC: FBI’s Comey opposed naming Russians, citing election timing (Auto-sound warning)

So we’ve just gone from a criminal violation of the Hatch Act to something considerably more insidious.

Given Trump’s public goading of Russia to hack servers and provide evidence that Hillary Clinton was a criminal (thanks, WikiLeaks), and his own issues with email and obstruction, this ought to be enough to take down Donald Trump and all the Republican cronies who are pushing him into office, except for one thing: His supporters don’t actually give a damn about any of this.

Trump has acknowledged that he’s committed sexual assault. He’s committed adultery (twice, at least), he’s LOST almost a billion dollars, and not one of these revelations is enough to sway his supporters from their goal of mutually assured destruction.

We are so, so fucked.

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