In late January, Donald Trump gave an interview to the New York Times, in which the president asserted that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who oversees the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — had assured him he isn’t a target in the Russia probe:
“He told the attorneys that I’m not a subject, I’m not a target.
“Rod told me I’m not a target of the investigation. The lawyers ask him. They say, ‘He’s not a target of the investigation.’”
There are two factual problems with Trump’s assertion:
- Rosenstein would have never told Trump whether he was or wasn’t a subject. He probably wouldn’t have told Trump’s attorneys, either.
- As many connections as we already know exist between Trump and Russia, to dismiss the president as a possible subject or suspect would be gross incompetence on the Mueller team. And they are not know for being incompetent.
So while Trump continues to maintain he’s innocent and never did anything wrong over the course of the 2016 election, legal experts are calling bullshit on his latest lies, with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace noting recently on her show “Deadline: White House” that a former Department of Justice official says that the president is in very big legal jeopardy:
“A former senior justice official puts a finer point on the president’s comments adding, quote, of course, Donald Trump is a subject in the Mueller investigation. Mueller knows it and Donald Trump’s lawyers know it too. There no way Robert Mueller would have pursued responses to questions, the source adds, for as many months as he did if the president were not a subject. He adds also in the cases out of the Southern District of New York, Donald Trump is implicated in a crime. It may very well be a target of that probe and ultimately a criminal defendant.”
Yes, the 45th President of the United States is probably a target of investigators and will ultimately become a criminal defendant.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 1, 2019
The irony is that Mueller may be the least of Trump’s problems. Most legal experts agree the investigations being conducted by the Southern District of New York are the bigger threat. Those involve things Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, has direct knowledge of, including payoffs, rigging polls, and business deals in Russia. And don’t forget that prosecutors have recordings of conversations between Cohen and the president. Those could be pure gold as evidence.
Donald Trump’s remaining days in office are numbered. Though we can’t predict when, one day we’re all going to wake up and find that he’s finally gone either via resignation or impeachment. Either way, this country will finally be rid of the cancer currently afflicting our nation.