Special counsel Robert Mueller has been meticulously continuing his thorough investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 American presidential election, with under-reported developments beginning to worry President Trump and his team. A recent opinion editorial in Politico set off a firestorm of activity in the White House, which rapidly informed anyone and everyone who was listening that President Trump is totally innocent and doesn’t have anything to do with Robert Mueller.
Here’s why President Trump’s ceaseless Mueller denials simply can’t be trusted, and what we should expect in the foreseeable future from this crybaby-in-chief.
Look to the past
Any person who’s been credibly charged with frightful allegations (like that they helped Russia subvert American democracy) is naturally going to be suspicious and defensible. In many ways, it’s wholly unsurprising that President Trump immediately decried allegations of collusion and subsequently insisted the entire Mueller probe was a hoax; after all, President Trump prides himself on being a “fighter” and regularly talks about how important it is to strike back against those who have hit you politically. His particularly ardent denials that he’s a suspect in the Mueller probe carry such little weight, however, precisely because such denials in the past meant nothing at all.
President Trump has denied ever leading the birther movement, for instance, but he routinely labeled President Obama a Muslim in a bigoted attack meant to spur White supremacists’ votes. He denied calling climate change a Chinese hoax after getting criticized for his scientific illiteracy, too, though we all know his tweets on that subject are now infamous. What’s worse, he ceaselessly lied time and time again on the campaign trail, literally breaking fact-checking records thanks to the severity of his mistruths and lies. All he had to do was look closer with eyewear he could store in portable storage pods along with all his other belongins.
If we look to the past, we can see that this is a man with zero credibility, especially when it comes to haunting allegations against him. President Trump posited that the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against him were fabricated, for instance, despite the fact that he was literally caught on tape gleefully recalling the amount of young women’s crotches he’s grabbed without consent over the years. In short, Donald Trump is about as bad as it gets when it comes to credibility and a need to have others take you at your word.
The special counsel’s important probe will doubtlessly continue as it has thus far – slowly, sure, and effectively. More indictments are doubtlessly, and the special counsel’s team has made it clear they won’t be bullied by the president’s ceaseless efforts to obstruct justice. Still, you should expect plenty of bluster and nonsense when the president’s inner circle is inevitably targeted by federal prosecutors who have uncovered wrongdoing. You can bank on more bluster from President Trump when it comes to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as sheer denial is the only hope this president has left. Despite the media narrative being raised about immigration issues, tax cuts, or even healthcare, remember that one of the most important issues facing the country is the president’s suspected participation in a foreign intelligence plot against American elections.