As the Trump Administration begins its freefall. Republicans are working towards how to rise from the ashes and position themselves in the best possible way for the future. The “Russian Connection” that without a doubt reaches all the way to the President and has tentacles throughout his staff is becoming more clear. The attacks will come daily from the media, from Democrats and ultimately the Republicans in Congress who can finally equate National Security with doing their job.
There has never been any love in Congress for Trump, the brash outsider who has at one time or another belittled them all. They’ve kept silent or offered grudging support as he offered up an unqualified batch of billionaires to fill his Cabinet. The Trump support had little to do with love or respect for the man. They fear the Trump supporters who would turn on them at the first sign of dissent. Ferreting out the Russian links to the Administration will be the means to the end whereby they can get rid of Trump while offending the smallest portion of his base.
Mike Flynn is gone as head of the NSA. Not because he lied to Mike Pence or the President but because it was about to go public the Justice Department revealed to the White House that Flynn was susceptible to Russian blackmail. The important detail there is that Trump and others knew for a month and did nothing. Why?
It is impossible to conclude Trump didn’t know about Flynn’s phone calls in real time. It’s most likely that he was directing the content, undermining the current President and the sanctions he placed on Russia which Flynn said Trump would undo. It is impossible to believe that nobody bothered to get to the bottom of how the language got changed in the Republican Platform at their convention in favor of Russia. Now suddenly, they name Paul Manafort the ousted former Campaign Chairman as the culprit.
Investigations are already underway. The FBI, CIA and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. It is the last which may do much of the damage because it will be more public. The same Committee where Republicans a month ago tried to refuse to investigate the Trump/Russia ties will now see Republicans take the lead as they try to recover the self-esteem Trump had previously crushed.
At the White House, self-preservation will be in full effect. This is a new Administration with no real loyalty to each other and questionable loyalty towards Trump. Most are there because their role increased their personal income or influence. It’s hard to be a true believer when the man you work for has few if any core beliefs. Who will be willing to throw themselves on their sword to save Trump? Probably nobody. The question, who would tell everything they know to save themselves would likely generate a line. When faced with prosecution or perjury charges, the truth will be told. Except from Trump who is incapable of telling it.
The elephant in the room is that if and when it’s revealed that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to help him win the election and that Trump knew. What do we do then? While the Impeachment/resignation of Trump would be clear. How could any of his appointments go unquestioned? Bannon, Sessions, Conway… all those who were there early and often will be suspect. Everybody brought on by Flynn. Tillerson with his Russian ties. There will be a feeling that if the election was truly influenced by Russia that the result cannot stand. As opposed to simply handing over the reins to the next in line, Mike Pence.
Great lengths are being taken to pass along the narrative that Mike Pence was lied to. He wasn’t part of the plan and was the leading force behind ousting Mike Flynn. When Pence went out on national TV supporting Flynn, he was only repeating the lies told to him so that’s okay. It’s not like Pence has ever lied to us before. During the campaign he would blatantly lie about things Trump had said saying, “He never said that!” He lied about Trump saying more countries should get nukes. He lied and said that Trump “never attacked anybody.” He lied about the Carrier Corporation jobs staying in Indiana scam where he as Governor of Indiana granted them millions in tax offsets while Carrier merely shifted jobs from another location. Why would we believe anything Pence says about anything?
We will be given a theory that Pence will be the solution as opposed to being a continuation of the problem. The narrative is already building. The Republican Congress has always preferred Pence because he’s someone they feel they could more easily do business with. There are many including the LGBT community that have long feared a Pence Administration more than Trump. Let’s hope their fears aren’t realized.