In his first public statement about Rob Porter after his resignation when reports of physical violence against his two ex-wives and a third unnamed person who reported an incident to the White House Counsel. Trump said, “He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent.”
In November he said about accused pedophile Roy Moore, “He totally denies it!” When asked by a reporter whether electing a “child molester” was better than electing a Democrat? Trump insisted Moore denied the charges against him.
When then Campaign Chairman was accused of violently assaulting a female reporter at a campaign event. Trump said, “How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?” After being confronted by photos.
In August of 2016, reports of Steve Bannon’s assault of his ex-wife became public including police reports. Trump made no statement about it and Bannon stayed on with the campaign/administration for another year before being fired for unrelated reasons.
As for Trump himself, he’s been accused by his ex-wife Ivana of sexual abuse and rape. And of course, there are the other 18 women that have come forward alleging a variety of sex-related charges including harassment, violence, and rape. Trump claims he’s innocent and the women are all liars.
Donald Trump answered, “Why? You’ve already done enough for him. You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have!”
The rough time Hope Hicks is having extends back a bit more than a year. During the Presidential campaign, when her on-again, off again, boyfriend Corey Lewandowski was being dragged thru the press after being charged with misdemeanor battery (grabbing a female reporter) and constantly making news, overshadowing his sensitive boss, Donald Trump. In a meeting with Trump and his eldest sons, Hick wondered aloud, “what she could do to help?” Donald Trump answered, “Why? You’ve already done enough for him. You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have!” Hicks allegedly ran from the room.
In July of 2017, Hope Hicks, now Director of Strategic Communications for the White House, found herself on a flight back from Germany on Air Force One when news broke about a Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and several Russians. She participated in the drafting of a false statement, dictated by the President, that she has had to testify about before the Mueller investigation and lawyer up at exorbitant cost.
Speed up to the present, Hope Hicks is now involved with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, one of the few people in the Administration not publicly implicated in the Russia probe and rarer still, perceived to be doing his job well. Then a British publication comes out with allegations that he physically abused both his ex-wives along with a photo of one with a black eye. It seems that Chief-of-Staff John Kelly knew, the FBI knew and had previously reported this to White House officials, what are the odds that Hope knew before finding out in the press? Once again finding herself drafting statements supporting someone she was involved with.
Based on her background before working with Donald Trump which was working on Ivanka’s staff. She was unprepared for the job in the first place. She’s seen two boyfriends decimated in the press and listened to widespread rumors linking her romantically to the President himself. Her previous statements about the Donald Trump, Jr. Meeting has been publicly refuted by someone about to testify before Mueller, suggesting a possible perjury charge.
The White House and friends are officially throwing Paul Manafort under the bus in hopes that we’ll forget about all the rest that colluded with Russia and committed untold financial crimes.
Corey Lewandowski, a former Trump Campaign Manager, said this, “I think if anybody, and I’ve said this, if Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, or Rick Gates or Carter Page, or anybody else attempted to influence the outcome of the U.S. election through any means that’s inappropriate – through collusion, coordination or cooperation – I hope they go to jail for the rest of their lives.”
Vice-President Mike Pence said of the man perhaps most responsible for his selection, “We’re just going to let this process go forward.”
Many White House insiders are privately conceding the mountain of known evidence against Manafort is insurmountable and have chosen to disown him, suggesting there’s no way out for him.
The problem for the White House is, Manafort was not an island and often acted with Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner in his Russian dealings and we have no idea at what level the President himself was involved? With Manafort facing indictment (as has been reported widely by multiple news outlets), the question is, who will go down with him?
Without knowing the man and looking at his proclivity for fancy suits and fine dining. I have no sense at all he’ll do well in jail. I have little doubt that if he has bigger fish to offer up, he’ll do so in a heartbeat. Racing to beat disgraced General Mike Flynn to the witness stand to tell all he knows.
White House insiders are even willing to accept there may have been some degree of collusion with Russia, pointing at Manafort while ignoring the elephants in the room including Donald Trump’s son and son-in-law. The question no longer seems to be “if” someone is going down. But who and how many?