The White House is Really Bad at Covering Its Tracks
Words by Alexander Kamczyc
The White House is starting to look a lot like a Spanish soap opera. Except the drama is real and the main character/main antagonist has access to nuclear codes and drinks 12 Diet Cokes a day.
In a series of tweets this week, President Trump went on a rant about the ongoing investigation into the 2016 election and whether or not Russian agents affected the outcome of it. He even went as far as to blame the FBI for the shooting that had just happened in Parkland, Florida, saying that because they were too busy looking into possible Russian collusion they couldn’t prevent it.
His tweet reads:
“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign — there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”
While there is something uniquely disgusting about someone shoehorning something that had nothing to do with the tragedy into the national conversation about gun control, unsurprisingly there’s more.
He even blamed the Obama administration for falling to stop Russia from interfering with our election, making bold claims that he’s been tougher on them than the former president.
Which is where we find ourselves today, with no one’s favorite Spanish soap opera. A seemingly desperate attempt to finally prove that the Trump campaign had nothing to do with the 2016 election being meddled with.
In fact, there have been reports that Trump still doesn’t believe that there was any meddling with the election to begin with. Despite blaming Obama for not doing anything when he was in office in a separate, yet still head-scratching, set of rants about the subject.
Truth is, no one’s really buying it anymore.
Maybe it’s the fact that just last week 13 Russian agents and three Russian companies have been indicted for the crime of attempting to defraud the United States. The details of this indictment state that Russia has been working to interfere with our legal system since 2014, in which 13 members of a research company created U.S. personas on social media websites to create a divide in our community.
The indictment also specifically states that part of their operations was to support the Trump campaign.
This is important because not only does this show that Russia did indeed tamper with the 2016 election and swing some of the favor toward the Trump campaign, it also shows that foreign agents have been working with people related to the Trump campaign in exchange for favors — all of which is illegal.
Just recently, Alex Van der Zwaan, a lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe about his communications with Rick Gates, a former Trump aide during his campaign. For those not in the know, Gates was indicted in October for offenses related to lobbying on behalf of foreign figures during the campaign.
I don’t want to sound like Keith Olbermann, but it’s starting to smell a lot like collusion. Maybe not in the most extreme form of the imagination, but something definitely happened during the election between foreign agents and the Trump campaign effort.
None of this is news either; we have the Trump dossier that launched initial investigations into what happened during the election. The Republicans even tried to discredit it, to no avail, with their bland Nunes memo that did nothing to sway the public’s opinion to stop the FBI’s probe.
Before that, we had reports that Trump’s own son met with Russian lawyers linked to the Kremlin because they promised they had damaging information on the Clinton campaign. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former adviser Paul Manafort, who was also indicted in October for conspiracy, were also in attendance at the meeting. Don Jr even implicated himself on Twitter in an attempt to be transparent about the subject.
Which sort of helped? I’m not saying we don’t talk about him and his connection to this investigation, but he’s not making headlines because of that anymore.
All of this leads me to believe that the White House is just extremely bad at covering its tracks.
Not to mention the fact that a few weeks ago, they also lied about knowing Rob Porter is an abusive monster. It might come out that they lied about an alleged affair between him and a porn actress named Stormy Daniels. Hell, they lied about the crowd size of Trump’s inauguration.
The fact of the matter is, however, we only have threads of something bigger. Like a good plot line in your favorite show, we’re not going to know what will happen until the truth is finally revealed.
Which may be some time from now.
So what will happen next week on this soap opera called American Politics? Will Omarosa finally reveal that deep dark secret she’s been (maybe) hiding from the gang of Celebrity Big Brother? Will Ivanka finally gain the courage to stand up to Donald Trump? When will the evil twin be revealed? Or would it be a good twin and Donald Trump is exactly who we thought he was the whole time? A giant lizard in a human suit?
We’ll just have to wait and see next week.