Donald Trump has a surreal habit of trying so desperately to distract from impending bombshells in his Russia scandal, he ends up unwittingly tipping off that they’re coming. The past few days Trump has been trotting out all his greatest hits, attacking everyone from Hillary Clinton to the media to the FBI, in an over the top manner even by his unhinged standards. Now we know why Trump has been so desperate to create a distraction.
On Saturday evening, the New York Times revealed that Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos drunkenly bragged about the Trump-Russia conspiracy to an Australian diplomat in early 2016, and that’s how the FBI first got wind of the treasonous plot (link). In terms of the investigation, this is a stunning development. It confirms that the probe was not originally based on the infamous Trump-Russia dossier, as Trump’s allies have been insisting in recent weeks, but that it was instead based on a Trump adviser’s own mouth.
Trump appears to be particularly thrown off by this story. Just as it was being posted to the NY Times website, Trump tweeted “I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press,” now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent “sources” are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!”
In other words, Donald Trump is trying harder than ever to push the notion that the damaging stories being reported about him are baseless. This comes even as we’re now seeing that these bombshells are based on the firmest kind of evidence. One of Trump’s own key people got drunk and bragged about the Trump-Russia plot to a diplomat. Evidence doesn’t get any more legitimate than that. No wonder Trump has been so desperate to distract from this story.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report