Massive flooding following the destruction of Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine this week appears to be the latest of Putin’s atrocities since Russia invaded Ukraine over a year ago. In addition to several deaths and injuries, thousands displaced, and hundreds of thousands now without drinking water, the dam collapse is being described as the biggest eco-disaster since Chernobyl. In addition, the Red Cross is now warning that uprooted mines getting carried away by floodwaters could pose a grave danger for decades.
A very different type of flooding also made news this week. Unlike the Ukraine deluge, this flooding was minor and did not cause a single injury. However, because this flood concerns Donald Trump, it’s characteristically bizarre. According to a new CNN exclusive, a room at Mar-a-Lago that contained servers with surveillance video logs was flooded—possibly intentionally—in October. The flooding occurred after an employee drained the swimming pool as the federal investigation of Trump’s handling of classified documents heated up.
Federal prosecutors are considering the flood as “suspicious,” given its location and timing, which followed initial subpoenas for surveillance footage, an FBI search, and a Department of Justice request that same month to preserve additional footage. CNN also reported that the employee who drained the pool happened to be the same person who helped Walt Nauta, Trump’s body man, move boxes of classified documents before the FBI’s search.
Prosecutors have been focusing on the Mar-a-Lago flooding story, including whether Trump himself directed it, as yet another curious incident that may factor into an obstruction conspiracy case, according to the report. Ironically, testimony has so far revealed that no video surveillance equipment in the room was damaged. So, if the goal was indeed to prevent prosecutors from obtaining additional footage, then this sloppy attempt to obstruct justice will go down as one of Trump’s most comically pathetic failures. There’s a reason why Donald Trump is America’s most famous buffoon.