Robert Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort for alleged crimes unrelated to the Russia investigation demonstrates that the Washington establishment, and Democrats in particular, are on a path to succeed in their effort to reclaim the election from voters by ousting President Trump.
Here’s how it has worked. The Democrats and the press went wild over allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to install Trump in the presidency, even though there is absolutely no evidence this occurred. One of the hoariest members of the Deep State establishment, former FBI Director James Comey, embittered over being fired, leaked his records of conversations with Trump in the hope that it would spur the appointment of a special prosecutor. Soon after, a special prosecutor was appointed.
Now, here’s the problem for Trump, and Americans who voted for him. Mueller’s indictment of Manafort proves what everyone suspected – that Mueller, another honored cog in the Deep State apparatus, will use the Russia probe as a pretext to investigate everything about Trump he can think of. I imagine he will find something that stinks. Nobody running a vast business empire has done absolutely absolutely everything Kosher for Passover, even if by mistake.
Vanity Fair describes the threat concisely:
Until now, Robert Mueller has haunted Donald Trump’s White House as a hovering, mostly unseen menace. But by securing indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and a surprise guilty plea from foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Mueller announced loudly that the Russia investigation poses an existential threat to the president. “Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg. “Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s fucked.”
The first charges in the Mueller probe have kindled talk of what the endgame for Trump looks like, according to conversations with a half-dozen advisers and friends of the president. For the first time since the investigation began, the prospect of impeachment is being considered as a realistic outcome and not just a liberal fever dream. According to a source, advisers in the West Wing are on edge and doing whatever they can not to be ensnared. One person close to Dina Powell and Gary Cohn said they’re making sure to leave rooms if the subject of Russia comes up.
According to Vanity Fair, one of the people Trump is blaming for his predicament is Jared Kushner.
According to two sources, Trump has complained to advisers about his legal team for letting the Mueller probe progress this far. Speaking to Steve Bannon on Tuesday, Trump blamed Jared Kushner for his role in decisions, specifically the firings of Mike Flynn and James Comey, that led to Mueller’s appointment, according to a source briefed on the call. When Roger Stone recently told Trump that Kushner was giving him bad political advice, Trump agreed, according to someone familiar with the conversation. “Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history,” Nunberg said.