We’ve all seen movie scenes in which a suspect cracks under the pressure of an interrogator’s aggressive questioning, and gives himself away by contradicting himself. If you’ve ever wondered how poorly Donald Trump will hold up if and when he’s questioned by Robert Mueller’s team, you no longer have to wonder. Trump just cracked and did it all by himself.
Two weeks ago, Donald Trump decided that his only chance of surviving this was to give up his year-long “No collusion” stance, and instead admit that his son Donald Trump Jr did collude with the Russians, while also claiming that it was all somehow perfectly legal and normal. But that promptly blew up in his face. First, it probably sent Trump Jr to prison for the rest of his life. Second, it made it a whole lot easier to criminally charge Trump himself for having signed off on the meeting in advance.
So now that Donald Trump’s new “Yes collusion (but it’s okay)” stance has so thoroughly failed him, he’s already abandoning it. This morning Trump posted this quote from unhinged Fox News lie machine Jeanine Pirro: “Bob Mueller, isn’t your whole investigation premised on a Fake Dossier, paid for by Hillary, created by a man who hates Donald Trump, & used to con a FISA Court Judge. Bob, I really think it’s time for you to give up your phony investigation.” Then Trump added “No Collusion!”
That’s right, Donald Trump is now back to claiming that he and his son and his campaign didn’t conspire with the Russians after all. Does this mean that his position is now that the meeting never happened? Is he suggesting that the meeting was all about plotting a surprise birthday party for Hillary? Surely, Trump no longer knows what his position is. But he just cracked under the pressure and changed his story yet again – and any prosecutor will tell you that this makes it significantly easier to prove someone’s guilt.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report