As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to move ever closer to Donald Trump and his co-conspirators, Trump tries to come up with new excuses, lies, and alibis for the endless connections he and his family have to Russia.
But Trump’s latest attempted smokescreen is so transparent and damning that one day he’ll probably wish he’d never sent the tweet it hinges on:
Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI “SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT.” Andrew McCarthy says, “There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.” If so, this is bigger than Watergate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2018
What exactly is Trump referring to? Well, he’s trying to get us to believe a column published last week in the National Review, a conservative publication. That piece claims that a “human source” was placed inside the Trump campaign, though it offers zero in the way of evidence. The author, Andrew McCarthy even notes:
“Something tells me [Glenn Simpson], the co-founder of Fusion GPS, was dead-on accurate when he testified that Christopher Steele told him the FBI had a ‘human source’ — i.e., a spy — inside the Trump campaign as the 2016 presidential race headed into its stretch run.”
Does McCarthy have any proof of his assertion? Nope. At least none that he was willing to share with readers. Instead, he’s just operating on a hunch.
But the much larger problem is for Trump. And here’s why: If he suspects that there was an informant in his campaign, shouldn’t he be delighted to hear that because it would prove his innocence in the Russian collusion matter? A so-called “spy” would serve as an ideal witness who could report back that he never saw any contacts with Russians while he was inside the Trump campaign staff. That would completely exonerate the president.
So, with that one tweet, Trump handed Mueller and his team of investigators exactly the confirmation they need to establish that Trump conspired with Russia and knows someone saw him doing so. That opens him up to charges of conspiracy against the United States, obstruction of justice, and election tampering.
What Donald Trump hasn’t factored into his plans of how to defend against those investigating his actions is that while he may well be the most powerful man in the country, the law is even more powerful. As Lucian K. Truscott IV writes today in Salon:
“You can lie at rallies, you can lie to the media, you can lie to voters, but lies don’t work when they come up against laws. That’s where Trump finds himself today. He’s a lying, thieving traitor who conspired with a hostile nation to steal the presidential election of 2016 and he got caught. Not even his bone spurs will get him a deferment this time. He’s going to be drafted for the farm team at Leavenworth. He’s going down.”
And most ironic of all, Trump punched his one-way ticket to prison with something as simple as a tweet.