Mar 19, 2018
On March 16, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired. He was just the latest in a string of people pushed out of the Trump administration over a blistering ten-day period: Trump fired Rex Tillerson, his Secretary of State, along with Steve Goldstein, the Undersecretary of State. Trump fired John McEntee, his personal assistant. Just one week earlier, the Director of Trump’s National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, stepped down.
And on top of this rapid turnover, Trump announced three new major policy changes in the same period. He would meet with the leader of North Korea, he would impose major tariffs on steel and aluminum, and he would support some gun control legislation. Trump may have quickly undermined all three of these announcements. He may pretend that “there is no Chaos, only great Energy!” in his administration. But every time he made a new announcement – he was able to occupy the news.
And that was exactly the point – to obscure the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was probing Trump’s financial empire.
That became obvious on March 6, when it came out that an advisor to the United Arab Emirates with ties to the Trump administration was cooperating with the investigation.
Just a few days later, on March 15, Mueller subpoenaed the Trump Organization, which oversees Trump’s businesses. This subpoena expands the investigation to focus very directly on Trump’s money and how he got it. Like many others, this business “empire” has been based on fraud, theft, loans from gangsters, and ripping off contractors.
Throughout his business career, when Trump was caught in fraudulent activities, he moved aggressively to tie up and divert investigations and lawsuits. Like a rat caught in a corner, Trump is lashing out once again.