Like Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man defending his driving ability, President Donald Trump has reminded us daily that there was no collusion.
That is to say, he did not take part in, nor did he help direct the massive Russian disinformation campaign that helped him win the presidency by minus three million votes over “Crooked Hillary.” Until now. In the past few days, Trump attorney and fellow serial adulterer Rudy Giuliani made a whirlwind tour of every TV show that would have him to say that collusion isn’t a crime. What happened?
Michael Cohen and Rick Gates happened.
Cohen, of course, is the guy who didn’t do a very good job of getting the President’s multiple mistresses to shut up and go away. He’s prepared to testify that the President DID know about the infamous Trump Tower meeting in which Presidential Son and Adviser Donald Trump, Jr. met with Russians who had promised to turn over the dirt on “Crooked Hillary.” The President has denied knowing in advance about the meeting, despite his having tweeted just beforehand that he would soon be announcing, gee, the dirt on “Crooked Hillary.” It turned out, unfortunately for Team Trump, that no such dirt would be forthcoming, because the only information Don, Jr. got at the meeting with Boris and Natasha was “keel moose and squirrel.” The President then compounded his troubles by dictating Don Jr’s statement about the meeting, denying that he dictated it, then admitting he dictated it.
That brings us to Gates. He is the star witness in the trial of former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort. As such, the statements he gave in the Mueller investigation would have been turned over to Manafort’s defense team. It does not take tremendous deductive reasoning skills to assume that Giuliani has learned from the Manafort defense that Gates can prove the President knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting and lied about it. Thus, the change from “I didn’t do it” to “so what if I did?”
It appears the real dirt is under the fingernails of the President of the United States. One minute to Judge Wapner.