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The Perfect Political Storm Is Roiling Washington

July 11, 2017

There is nowhere for those who played fast and loose with our democracy to now hide.  As my Grandma always said in her plain but very honest assessment of things “Everything comes out in the wash”.  And so it is with the actions of Donald Trump and those around him in the political campaign for the presidency.

The drip-drip of hints and speculations that was reported all through the months of the election about Russian ties to the Trump campaign has now turned into a gusher of incredible articles and devastating news.  In arguably the biggest revelation yet into the allegation that the 2016 Trump campaign had contacts and connections with Russian officials, as The New York Times has reported allows us to better understand how the very foundations of our electoral system was used and played with for a mere win.

We now know–and ONLY know due to reporters–that Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email before his meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer that it was part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign against Hillary Clinton.   This is most troubling evidence that there was indeed collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.  The very type of collusion that Trump has repeatedly stated did not exist.

The tight, cozy, and utterly incomprehensible manner in which Trump has allowed himself to be used and manipulated by the Russians in his campaign, and since, is startling and should make each American pause.  This is simply mind-boggling.

All this is to be added to the vast array of leads and connections the Justice Department and congressional investigators will use to examine how the Russian government tried to disrupt last year’s election.  American intelligence agencies have determined that the Russian government tried to sway the election in favor of Trump.

As one who is nearing 55 years of age, and with a decades long love of reading history, there is a bright red light that has been turned on for me over the past three days. The shifting statements that have come out of the White House is ham-handed and serves only to further embarrass, but more importantly, further erode the White House’s already diminished credibility.   After the bizarre–and needless to say unsubstantiated claims- from Trump about everything from mass voter fraud to illegal wiretapping means he has no legs to stand on when making any statement of his innocence over the latest news headlines.

This all would make for a loony summer-time read in novel form if it were not so serious a problem for our nation.  While Trump strokes his ego and thinks the election and his time in the White House is all about him, the fact is this nation suffers as does our political institutions, and it never makes a dent in his thinking.   The long path forward as this investigation takes the steps necessary to ferret out the truth will leave us not only weaker at home, but erode our standing internationally, too.  World leaders are left wondering how much more strange can it get as real crises demand a strong leading role from the United States.

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