President Trump Launches a Twitter Tirade Defending Paul Manafort

- Agustus 01, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during the 37th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

After a good night sleep after a barn-burner of a rally in Tampa, Florida, President Trump was on Twitter early this morning expressing his displeasure with one of the favorite targets of his displeasure, Robert Mueller.

From my point of view, there is a lot of truth here. The initial FBI counterintelligence investigation started out as a “get Trump exercise” (let’s recall, that in 2008 John McCain had a campaign staffer who had done work for a Putin-affiliated entity and the FBI approached McCain privately about their concerns and the staffer was dismissed, that courtesy was never afforded Trump) and gathered steam as it became what seems to be the “insurance policy” FBI deputy assistant director for counterintelligence, adulterer, and maker of demon-possessed faces, Peter Strzok boasted about.

Manafort is being tried on charges that are over a decade old and even a federal judge says the only reason he’s been indicted is to try to coerce him into being a witness against Trump. None of this is to say that Manafort is not a sleazebag, but the way the he has been treated should remind us all of what awaits us if we have a bit of bad luck and run afoul of a federal prosecutor.

Getting back to an earlier post of mine today, I think the proper way of viewing all of this is theater. Trump needs a bad guy and Mueller is it. Not that I don’t think Mueller isn’t a heavily bent prosecutor who seems to be pursuing a political agenda rather than whatever the hell it is he’s supposed to be doing. This kind of thing ratchets up pressure on Sessions and Rosenstein. It gives his allies in Congress more courage. It lays out his case to dismiss whatever Mueller is going to inevitably find, which will not be collusion of any kind, as a political hatchet job. (After today, Mueller may add jury tampering to his will-o-the-wisp obstruction investigation.)

I think it also signals that a pardon for Manafort is a high probability once a verdict has been reached.

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