View from the Left: Individual 1 has ZERO game plan for weathering an investigatory onslaught
The world of make believe Donald Trump traffics in is about to hit a big massively destructive wall. After a Friday court filing from federal prosecutors in New York alleged that Trump committed a felony, Trump’s thumbs rustled up a swift response.
Totally clears the President. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
But the worst is yet to come for Trump and his overactive thumbs. As Democrats prepare to take over the awesome investigatory powers of the lower chamber, Trump has already been accused of criminal violations and the special counsel’s probe isn’t even close to culminating, as evidenced by the many redacted pages in Robert Mueller’s court filings this week. Yet Trump and his top aides have devised no plan whatsoever for how to survive the investigative tsunami headed their way next year as more revelations spill out from the Russia probe and elsewhere.
Even as Trump promised on Friday that his team would be doing “a major Counter Report” to push back on the revelations flowing from Mueller, his loquacious lawyer Rudy Giuliani admitted days earlier that it had been nearly impossible to make progress on that supposed document. The Atlantic writes:
Giuliani said it’s been difficult in the past few months to even consider drafting response plans, or devote time to the “counter-report” he claimed they were working on this summer as he and Trump confronted Mueller’s written questions about the 2016 campaign.
In fact, according to a half-dozen aides and close confidants of Trump, besides Trump’s twitter counter offensive, they have no road map for how to handle what’s coming down the pike.
That’s surely due in part to the fact that in order to formulate such a plan, Trump and his team would have to take a clear-eyed look at what might actually emerge in Mueller’s findings and what bombshells are yet to drop. But Trump is one of the least capable people on the planet to engage in such an unsparing assessment of his personal ties to Russia, the dependence of his family business on Russian money, and what role he and his campaign might have played in Russia’s 2016 election interference.