It’s hard to believe, but after 9/11, Rudy Giuliani as New York’s mayor was a respected national figure. What propelled him to fame was his prosecution of high-profile criminals. He was considered a presidential contender.
Collusion with the enemy is betraying your country. It is an impeachable defense — one of the few sins our Founding Fathers saw fit to consider removing the top executive over — and it’s hard to differentiate whether or to what extent one’s hand is in the cookie jar.
This is akin to arguing whether the president’s hands were wrapped around three Oreos or two Oreos. Perhaps thin mints should be excluded. Certainly, peanut butter crackers don’t count (after all, it is the cookie jar). The evidence is still vague, but as the picture sharpens as special prosecutor Robert Mueller concludes his investigation, the likelihood of confirming collusion is going to be almost 100 percent.
We certainly have passed the “walks, talks, and quacks like a duck” phase. We are in the “walks, talks, quacks, has feathers, and lays eggs” stage.
Honestly, I didn’t link President Donald Trump because of his arrogance — yet this trait might work to his advantage in isolated cases — but again it has become clear that the United States is doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding and sewing discontent with NATO and opening the window to further Russian aggression in Europe.
While the economy is looking good in the short run, the long term is becoming problematic as the deficit projections come into view. Again, the picture is a bit blurry, but is good enough to foresee problems.
Based on many articles written in The New York Times in the past two years, there is considerable evidence that Mr. Trump went over the line on reporting income and would be legally guilty of such crimes. There was a famous slogan from Watergate — follow the money — and it’s most likely more apt today.
The Achilles heel in financial crimes is not illegal acts of how the money was obtained — what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas; what happens in Russia stays in Russia — it’s how the earnings, e.g. overseas plundering, is hidden from the Internal Revenue Service.
It is just an opinion on my end, but I’m convinced that Mr. Trump deep down doesn’t consider his shady Russian business connections a “crime.” He’s just doing what probably other billionaires might be doing, perhaps a little bit sloppier. I’ve never arm wrestled with a bunch of oligarchs, and I’m sure it’s not easy. As they say, don’t try this at home. He just can’t grasp the intertwining of personal and national interest. Probably nobody can. He clearly thinks we’re all a bunch of schmucks. To some extent he might be right; why didn’t others think of the same thing?
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, didn’t pay taxes on approximately $60 million of income based on this week’s trial. He apparently earned his money colluding fair and square but didn’t feel the need to pay the United States’ taxpayers back.
The Koch Brothers and Mr. Trump (both multi-billionaires) are now in a Twitter war. From what I can determine, much of the animus is regarding tax amounts. Mr. Trump doesn’t want to pay any, and the Kochs want to pay little legally, since much of their business is not offshore.
Finally, the Russian election hacking is said by our intelligence community to have red lights flashing. I believe we’ve proceeded to the next phase, which could be an entire meltdown of our American economy and having dire consequences before we have to worry about global warming extinction.