Donald Trump Shows his GUILT as Mueller Closes In

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As Robert Mueller’s investigation closes in, Donald Trump increasingly acts more and more GUILTY. His latest bizarre acts reveal a man who is desperate to cover up his crimes with lies and deception. Trump’s blatant lies and smears of our criminal justice system reveal his clear consciousness of guilt. Even more telling, Trump and his criminal defense team now have resorted to making outrageous claims that Trump is above the law and can’t face prosecution for any of the crimes that he allegedly committed.

Recently, Trump brazenly tweeted, “I have the absolute right to PARDON myself,” essentially asserting that he can serve as his own judge. Even Republican Senator Chuck Grassley disagreed, saying that if he were president and had a lawyer that said that he could pardon himself, “I would hire a new lawyer.”

Trump’s own lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, also asserted that Trump is above the law, when he resorted to thug-like tactics, claiming that Donald Trump could shoot former FBI director, James Comey, and not be prosecuted for it while in office.

“I don’t know how you can indict while he’s in office. No matter what it is,” Giuliani told the HuffPost in an interview, continuing that “in no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted,” even, “if he shot James Comey.”

In an utterly stunning moment in our nation’s history, a sitting president’s lawyer claimed that the president could shoot the former FBI director in cold blood and not be prosecuted.

Trump recently had the audacity to claim on Twitter that he “never fired James Comey because of Russia.” This is an abject lie. Overwhelming evidence shows that Trump fired Comey precisely because of the Russia investigation, including Trump’s own admission to Lester Holt that he fired Comey because of “this Russia thing.”

Such bald-faced lies are part of Team Trump’s strategy to “gaslight” us by weaponizing lies in their assault on the truth. Everyone knows that innocent people don’t tell blatant lies in an attempt to cover up the truth – only guilty people do that!

If Trump and his cronies truly are innocent and have nothing to hide, then why did no one disclose the now-infamous 2016 “Russian lawyer” meeting at Trump Tower between Don Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, and the Kremlin operative (“lawyer”), until Kushner sent in his third revision of his original SF-86 national security form?

And why did Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, and White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, LIE repeatedly, claiming that Trump had nothing to do with Don Jr.’s FALSE statement about the Russian lawyer meeting?

Trump now admits that he did dictate Don Jr.’s statement, so someone clearly lied, but who? Did Sekulow and Sanders knowingly lie to protect Trump? Or did Trump or someone else lie to Sekulow and Sanders to hide Trump’s involvement with covering up the Russian lawyer meeting?

If this Russian lawyer meeting was so “innocent,” why have Trump and his cronies tried so hard to cover it up? The answer is that the Russian lawyer meeting was not innocent. The reality is that the most senior members of Trump’s campaign – Paul Manafort and Trump’s own son (Don Jr.) and son-in-law (Kushner) – met with a seasoned Kremlin operative (the Russian “lawyer”) to discuss getting dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russia, dropping sanctions, and donations to the RNC.

If this doesn’t reek of “collusion,” then what does?

The blatant lies and smearing of our justice system is all part of of Team Trump’s broader gaslighting campaign, as they attempt to hide the truth in the face of mounting pressure from the multiple investigations by DOJ and Robert Mueller. Common sense would tell any rational person, regardless of political party, that these are the tactics of a guilty man, not an innocent one.

The reality is that the walls are caving in on Trump. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, likely will be indicted by a federal grand jury in New York. Trump’s pal and notorious “dirty trickster,” Roger Stone, is under investigation by a federal grand jury for a number of alleged crimes, including his role in coordinating the release of Democratic emails hacked by Russia. And the trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is scheduled to start next month.

Making matters more ominous for Trump, Manafort appears to be suffering financial problems, and just recently launched a legal defense fund to pay his lawyers. Notably, Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael “Misha” Flynn, flipped and cut a deal with Mueller shortly after starting his legal defense fund last year.

Trump appears to be terrified that Manafort might cut a deal and roll on him. And Trump should be terrified, given Manafort’s intimate knowledge of the Trump campaign’s inner dealings. No surprise, just a few days after news of Manafort’s financial troubles was made public, Trump bizarrely blamed the FBI and DOJ for not informing him that Manafort was under a federal counterintelligence investigation. In reality, Trump hired Manafort before the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation was launched. Further, counterintelligence investigations are kept secret, so the investigators would not be expected to inform Trump of any ongoing criminal investigation of Manafort or others on his campaign.

Trump’s repeated attacks on law enforcement officials and false claims of unprecedented presidential powers are not the acts of an innocent man, but instead, are clearly the acts of a guilty man who is desperate to cover up his crimes. As the pressure from Mueller’s investigation continues to mount, I predict that Trump will become even more desperate, as the stark reality sets in that he is not above the law, and he cannot evade justice.

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