The drip, drip, drip of the Trump-Russia scandal that has kept the White House in perpetual panic mode became a deluge on Thursday night when the Washington Post dropped yet another bombshell on the presidency that seems like it was doomed from the start.
Terrified at the prospect of special counsel Robert Mueller having access to his tax returns and probing his family finances, Trump demonstrated his willingness to act like a spoiled rich kid who would do anything to get his way.
Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe.
This, of course, begs the question; if no one did anything wrong, why would they need to be pardoned?
While there’s no clear legal view on whether a president can pardon himself, the fact that Trump would even see the need speaks volumes about his character, and how little he cares about the vows he took on Inauguration Day. But as anyone living in reality already knows, trying to slip out of a self-inflicted noose like a greased pig is not surprising behavior from Trump.
What seems different about this report is Trump’s sense of self-preservation rising above the panic. It’s as if the reality TV host has figured out that he needs to go off-script before the lights on the camera go out.
As Elisabeth Parker points out on American News X,
The so-called Leader of the Free World and his legal team are hedging their bets. They plan to undermine Robert Mueller and his Russia investigation with bogus “conflicts of interest” allegations. But in case that doesn’t work, he also wants to know whether a president can issue presidential pardons to himself, his family, and his staff.
There appears to be no scenario where all this ends any way but badly for the Trump administration and the Republican Party. If Trump fires Robert Mueller, he will look even more like he has something to hide than he did when he fired FBI director James Comey. If the ongoing investigations in the House, Senate, and special councils office lead to charges of obstruction of justice, money laundering, collusion, or anything else illegal, even cowardly Republicans will have nowhere to hide.
Under the most unlikely premise that Trump and his family have done absolutely nothing wrong, it won’t change the behavior of the selfish, flippant, undisciplined, Tweeter-in-Chief, who has no idea how to govern, and at age 71, is not likely to learn now.
In the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin goes through several possibilities for how the Trump presidency might end, and perhaps rightly concludes, “In no scenario does Trump’s presidency recover.”
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