I am putting the Trump impeachment puzzle pieces together. Here are intriguing bits of info I’ve picked up on three important players in the FBI investigation: fired NSA Michael Flynn, fired FBI Director James Comey and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. (This is a work in progress and I will be adding hyperlinks to sources later today).
On Michael Flynn:
– A few months ago, Michael Flynn said he “has a story to tell” and asked for a deal.
– Trump texted Flynn to “stay strong.”
– It appears from the flurry of damaging Flynn leaks that Flynn might have sold out the admin. and told his story to investigators.
On James Comey:
– Trump asked Jim Comey to pledge loyalty to him.
– Trump asked Comey to “let go” of the Flynn investigation.
– Trump asked Comey to give his prepared testimony to him in advance.
– Trump wanted Comey to debunk the Trump-Russia investigation publicly.
– Trump fired Comey.
– We find out that Comey documented Trump’s alleged efforts to impede the FBI investigation into his associates.
– Comey is expected to testify soon that he thinks Trump was trying to influence him.
– It appears this is an open-and-shut case of obstruction of justice, which was the main crime in Nixon’s articles of impeachment.
On Rod Rosenstein:
– The WH deputy press secretary said firing Comey was deputy AG Rod Rosenstein’s idea.
– Rosenstein apparently refused to cover for the lie and the WH back-tracked.
– Trump then admitted he fired Comey because he thinks the investigation into his campaign’s potential collusion with Russia is made up (said to Lester Holt on TV) and wanted to take the pressure off (said to the Russians in closed Oval Office mtg).
– Rosenstein apparently realized the investigation may have been compromised and appointed an independent special prosecutor, telling the WH at the same time as reporters.
– Rosenstein told House members in closed briefing that the probe is considered a criminal investigation and that Rosenstein’s memo on Comey (which the WH claimed was the justification for Comey’s firing) is part of this investigation (now under Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s jurisdiction).
On where the Trump-Russia investigation stands:
– It has been reported that a current close WH advisor is a “person of interest” in the FBI investigation and that the once covert probe is now entering an active phase.
– Senate investigators requested records from FinCEN (the federal anti-money laundering agency). Trump Taj Mahal was fined $10 million in 2015 for federal anti-money laundering violations. The property returned to Trump’s control in 2014.
– WH counsel is researching impeachment.
– Approval numbers are dismal and dropping.
– Congress is worried about the mid-terms and is being threatened by its own damaging leaks (like Paul Ryan and other House members discussing Trump receiving money from Putin, as the WashPo reported. Ryan first called it fiction, then inaccurate, then a joke).
My bet is on impeachment, within a few months. I don’t see how VP Mike Pence escapes the backlash given his full-throated defense of Trump and direct involvement with Flynn.
What do you think?