Feb 5, 2018
A memo that some Republicans wrote is now being praised by ... the very same Republicans who wrote it. They say it brings “transparency” into the Special Counsel’s investigation of Trump’s dealings with Russia. And Trump goes so far as to say it “vindicates” him, proving he has done nothing wrong.
Have these partisans of “transparency” demanded that Trump release his tax returns? Have they required him to reveal in what tax haven he has stashed much of his money? Has he reported even once who gave him all the money needed to get his companies out of bankruptcy, not once, not even three times, but six times? Who supplied all the money to let him build Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago, not to mention all those golfing resorts? And what about those rumors that all that money came from Russian oligarchs? The “transparent” way to disprove that is to show where the money did come from. Couldn’t be more simple.
As for “vindication,” this term that Trump throws around so lightly – usually it means someone is shown to be innocent of charges. But what Trump is pushing for is to shut down the Special Counsel investigation into his election campaign’s ties with Russia right now – before the investigation has a chance to finish.
The bigger the fuss that Trump and his supporters raise, the more it seems that he has something very big to hide.
Could it be that Trump really is what he appears to be – a scheming fraudulent money grubber, ready to squeeze money out of anyone he can put his hands on to build his own fortune?
Could it be that, in this beginning of the 21st century, he is a fitting president for U.S. capitalism, whose tentacles are wrapped all over the world?