President Trump is a man of many qualities, the vast majority of them bad. But it will be deliciously ironic to watch the same qualities that propelled him to the presidency – his childish impulsiveness, his vindictiveness, and his arrogance – ultimately be the cause of his undoing.
Earlier today at a press conference with President Klaus Iohannis of Romania, Trump was asked by a reporter whether or not he would be comfortable repeating his accusations that FBI Director Comey had lied during Thursday’s historic testimony under oath before Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“100%” answered Trump without hesitation. “I would be glad to tell him exactly what I told you.”
This impulsive denial by the President sets him directly upon a collision course with the truth. Even if Trump was innocent of any collusion with the agents of the Russian Federation to tilt the November 2016 election in his favor, his extraordinarily clumsy efforts to cover-up the wrongdoing of his allies has landed him in impeachment territory just a few months into his presidency.
Trump’s refusal to back down or show any sign of weakness is going to come back to haunt him. Former Department of Justice lawyer Matthew Miller took to Twitter to poke fun at the President for his apparent self-sabotage of his own defense.
Charging into a perjury trap against an FBI Director with contemporaneous memos & 3rd party witnesses is a novel legal strategy, to be sure.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) June 9, 2017
President Trump announced a few days after he fired Director Comey that there are tapes of their conversation. If this is true, then there should be no problem in proving that the FBI Director was lying during his Senate testimony.
But if there are not – or if those tapes are destroyed – it will be the world of the nation’s top cop and a decades-long public servant against the word of a man known to be a pathological liar. That does not bode well for Trump.
The perjury trap has been set – and Trump almost immediately blundered right into it, somehow convinced he can bluff and bully his way out of facing any consequences for his actions. But his hubris is going to do him in. While he may have had success paying his way out of lawsuits by cheated business partners, customers, or ex-wives, he’s willingly picking a fight with the former Director of the FBI.
Trump is about to find out the hard way that the rule of law is not yet dead in the United States.