Top Republican lawmakers told Politico this past week that they have not read all or even any of the Mueller report. Whether are not these statements are true, they are no doubt part of a strategy to discredit the Special Counsel’s findings ahead of his Congressional testimony, which was just rescheduled for July 24. “What’s the point?” (Sen. Tim Scott) and “It’s tedious” (Sen. Lisa Murkowski) were just some of the dismissive comments GOP leaders offered. Apparently, they are hoping to convince America to forget about the Mueller report, discount Mueller’s testimony, and accept what Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt in May 2017, that “this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.”
If reading Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is too much trouble for these supposedly bright, studious, and overachieving lawmakers who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against foreign and domestic enemies, perhaps they can at least read a two-page “final conclusion” to the Mueller report. This brief document was authored by Dr. Bandy X. Lee and other top mental health experts who warned us in their 2017 book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, of the dire risk that Trump’s continued occupancy of the Oval Office poses to this country.
Based on the experts’ analytical review of the Mueller report, they determined that Trump has engaged in a “profound and pervasive pattern” of dangerous behavior in four main areas. You don’t need to be a psychiatrist to appreciate the fact that these areas are kind of essential for the proper functioning of any chief executive officer, not to mention the sustainability of any nation. They include: 1) the inability to accept critical information and advice, 2) the faulty processing of information (involving lying, excessive worrying about image, and more), 3) the lack of rational decision-making (thanks to defects such as a lack of impulse control and failure to consider consequences), and 4) the tendency to attract the risk of harm through reckless actions.
Concluding that Trump “failed every criterion of sound mental capacity to make rational, reality-based decisions, which are critical to functioning in the role of President,” the experts urge action based on their recommendations, citing a “level of extreme urgency” (which they underline for even greater emphasis). Dr. Lee and her colleagues will be holding an online town hall event at dangerouscase.org on July 16 at 11 a.m., which was scheduled for the eve of Mueller’s original date of testimony. Any lawmakers out there who are even mildly interested in ensuring America’s survival should be sure to tune in.