The facade of Trump’s presidency continues to crumble, revealing the red Russian heart beating beneath. The long list of connections between the president and Moscow grows daily.
Recently, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, a transparent attempt to stop the investigation into Trump’s Russia connections The day after, Trump met with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador inside the Oval Office. It was almost as if he was mocking the American people, rubbing his foreign corruption in their collective face. Shortly after, it was revealed that he gave highly classified intel to the Russians, betraying the trust of the Israelis who provided the information, and endangering the operative embedded in the Islamic State who was the original source. Today, The New York Times is reporting another stunning revelation about the Oval Office meeting.
Trump told the Russian officials that he fired James Comey to relieve the pressure on him from the Russian investigation.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” Trump said. The exchange was recorded in a series of notes by an American official and was leaked to The New York Times. The notes have been distributed within the administration as the White House’s official version of the meeting.
When asked for comment, Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn’t deny the veracity of the document. Instead, he attempted to deflect:
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
Once again, when faced with the exposure of a massive scandal, the White House tries to shift blame to the person responsible for the exposing. They implicitly insist that the American people have no right to the truth.
This latest development gives momentum to the accusation that Trump obstructed justice in his firing of Comey. His motivations have been laid bare through his own words. He wanted the investigation into him to stop, so he fired the man responsible.
The White House’s original story, that Attorney General Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein suggested the firing because of Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation, and that Trump simply followed their advice, has been utterly torn to shreds. Indeed, it seems the administration has forgotten that it was ever their story in the first place.
At this point, Trump seems to be sending an SOS to the public, begging for us to impeach him. His criminality is matched only by his stunning, farcical incompetence. He’s a crook who can’t stop talking about his crimes. It’s time Republicans joined the rest of America, and admit that Trump must go. For what it’s worth, deep down Trump seems to agree.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.