If you were a bingo fanatic, you’d love this new game. It’s called Trump indictment bingo. You win by getting a black-out, meaning that all people on the card are indicted.
I already have the new cards Trump Against Humanity, but I just learned about Indictment Bingo.
Last Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies, accusing them of conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election and help Donald Trump win the White House. Certainly Donald Trump is doing everything possible to deflect any attention that might focus on his family’s involvement in this Russian interference. Trump’s tweets would suggest the Ruissian meddling was really Obama’s fault.
“If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the subject of investigation? Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren’t the Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Sessions!”
What Trump seems to have missed as a result of his narcissistic personality disorder is that as the President of the United States HE should be taking action to prevent further meddling. His non-response is unacceptable, regardless of who else might be indicted.
Since Jeff Sessions recused himself from all DOJ probes into the 2016 campaign, including looking into Russia’s involvement, Trump has periodically torched the former Alabama senator for this decision via Twitter.
What may be especially troubling to Trump in these indictments are the words:
“and their co-conspirators.”
The words are repeated in all counts, after reference to the named defendants. That repetition signals that this indictment presents only half a picture. Yet to come is the mirror image — the identification of and charges against co-conspirators.
Like the already-named defendants, those co-conspirators will be charged with knowledge of alleged crimes, unlike the “unwitting” persons whom this indictment says they exploited. And while resistance to international extradition may shield indicted Russians from US prosecution, it seems likely that some of the alleged co-conspirators will be Americans, fully subject to trial in the United States.
For Mueller’s latest indictment, he must prove that the conspirators agreed to interfere with one of the federal government’s lawful “functions.”
The theory underlying Mueller’s indictment is that the conspirators agreed to obstruct the federal government’s “lawful function” of administering its own election laws. Although prosecutions such as these are relatively rare, they are not unprecedented.
These indictments say nothing about intentional collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the election. They do not implicate nor exonerate anyone in the Trump campaign. They merely allege that Russian nationals interfered with the 2016 presidential election, a fact that was already well known.
What remains so interesting is a separate question:
Perhaps the Trump tax returns are more important than ever!!! Perhaps the real story of the Russian meddling is not whether Trump colluded with the Russians, but whether Russians wanted Trump to be elected because he was their partner. It seems this is a likely scenario.