GOP frantic that Trump is taking them down with him
President Donald Trump remains confident that he will be able to beat the rap on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 campaign, but other Republicans are not so sure, the Washington Post reported in a deeply sourced piece Saturday.
“Trump remains headstrong in his belief that he can outsmart adversaries and weather any threats, according to advisers. In the Russia probe, he continues to roar denials, dubiously proclaiming that the latest allegations of wrongdoing by his former associates ‘totally clear’ him,” the report says.
This confidence is not shared by other Republicans.
“Some GOP senators were particularly shaken by last week’s revelation that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had met with Mueller’s team 19 separate times — a distressing signal to them that the probe may be more serious than they had been led to assume,” the report said, sourcing the information to “senior Republican officials.”
“Anxiety is spiking among Republican allies, who complain that Trump and the White House have no real plan for dealing with the Russia crisis while confronting a host of other troubles at home and abroad,” the report says.
Inside the GOP they see Trump as having a “shrugged shoulders” strategy for the Mueller findings.
Among those who spoke on the record was former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who said that Trump should be prepared for “siege warfare” but isn’t.
“The Democrats are going to weaponize the Mueller report and the president needs a team that can go to the mattresses,” Bannon said. “The president can’t trust the GOP to be there when it counts . . . They don’t feel any sense of duty or responsibility to stand with Trump.”
Trump’s team is going to “wing it,” revealed a former White House official.
“A war room? You serious?” the source said. “They’ve never had one, will never have one. They don’t know how to do one.”
Retiring sometimes-Trump critic Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who was replaced by a Democrat in the 2018 midterms, said the GOP is in deep trouble.
“It’s like the party is a frog slowly boiling in water, being conditioned to not be worried, to not think too hard about what’s happening around them,” Flake told the Post. “They feel at a loss about what to do because it’s the president’s party, without any doubt. So, there’s a lot of whistling by the graveyard these days.”
Read the full report here.
For his entire life Trump has been able to bluff and bully his way through. He has never before encountered anything like Mueller, SDNY, Congressional Democrats — and the American public who recognizes him for the incompetent buffoon that he is.
Of the 42 allegations in the Steele dossier, almost h alf have been proven to be true. Not one has been disproven.
The Steele Dossier is arguably the most controversial document in recent American history.
The bombshell document was first published by BuzzFeed News in January 2017, and included lurid allegations about President Donald Trump’s sexual proclivities along with details of more banal financial crimes.
The dossier is the subject of rage from Republicans who write it off as a partisan political document and scorn by leftists like journalist Glenn Greenwald, who dismissed it as “farcical”.
But Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has unidentified three key facts from the dossier that special counsel Robert Mueller has now corroborated.
“White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the latest filings ‘tell us nothing of value that wasn’t already known,’” he wrote. “That’s true in the sense that recent findings essentially corroborate much of the 2016 ‘dossier’ by former spy Christopher Steele.”
Specifically, Milbank points out that Mueller’s findings echo the dossier’s allegation that Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had an “ongoing secret liaison relationship” with the Kremlin, including working to build a Trump Tower in Moscow into the middle of 2016 and lying about it.
But it’s not just that, Milbank writes.
“The new revelations about Cohen also show that the dossier correctly identified Putin lieutenants Dmitry Peskov and Sergei Ivanov as the ones managing the Trump campaign for the Russian government,” he says.
Peskov, who is now the Press Secretary for Russianb dictator Vladimir Putin, has only recently admitted to his deep ties to Cohen.
The dossier said that in August 2016 Peskov was “scared sh*tless” about the hacking of the DNC being exposed and blamed on him.
Ivanov was a rival to Peskov, also a former KGB agent, and was fired in August 2016.
As Milbank writes, five former Trump aides have now pleaded guilty in Mueller’s Russia probe, and many now see it as “perfectly plausible that Trump himself, as former aide Sam Nunberg put it, ‘may very well have done something during the election with the Russians.’”
Read the column here.
Just wait — before this is over, EVERY SINGLE ALLEGATION in the Steele dossier will be proven to be true — including the part about Trump entertaining prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room, complete with video.